Change this Heart Oh God

Change heart

While I was listening to Sidewalk Prophet’s Change this Heart, so many thoughts came my mind. I was really moved by the line “without you I am nothing but a weak and dying man” and it brought me to these four simple truths about our walk with the Lord.

1. We often take God out of the picture – When we’re facing problems and difficulties in life, we tend to rely on our own strength instead of God’s. We tend to work it out on our own without seeking God and the help from other believers. What we fail to see is that the more you think it’s hard to escape, the more we should be closer to God.

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him”. – James 1:12

2. When your relationship with the Lord is not Ok, it will Reflect in your Life – There are so many factors in our life that can get affected when there’s a problem with our walk with the Lord . Small decisions lead to mistakes, mistakes lead to sin and sin leads to an unrepentant heart.  We easily distracted, annoyed, impatient, stressed out and we lose self-control. Even our relationships with the people around us get affected and our priorities in life suddenly become meaningless.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind”. – James 1:2-8

3. We no longer put importance in our priorities – All of us, consciously or unconsciously, have priorities. Our priorities affect the way we think or act. They determine the direction of our lives. But if God is not our main priority anymore, then you know that something’s wrong with the way we think or act. A person who puts God down their list of priorities is a person with a crowded mind. He never thinks of the circumstances of his/her decisions and the results of his/her actions. Once we put God at the top of our priorities, everything will follow.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”. – Matthew 6:33

4. We miss God’s blessings because of our own hard headedness – When we think of God’s blessings, we often think of the tangible things. What we don’t see is blessings are more valuable if we think that God alone is the ultimate blessing you can have. The sweetest moments are those when we are intimate with him, when we can hold on to the hope that can only be found through God, when we have a peaceful mind and experience the unspeakable and overflowing joy because of God.  But we miss all of these because of our stoned heart.  We become unfaithful and we struggle to drive our own life. We remove God from the picture without even knowing that this is the worst decision we can ever make. We need to remember that God alone is our only hope and in Him we can find true happiness that can never be found anywhere else.

“In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him”. – Ecclesiastes 7:14

As we mature in faith, we realize how insignificant we are. How small we are compared to our God, yet His love towards us is vast and incomparable.  Just like what the song says “without God, we are nothing but a weak and dying man”. Pray that God will change your heart. I pray the same prayer with you. I don’t know what you’re facing right now but I know that God will never give you what you can’t bear. Keep the faith and let’s continue the race that God has already set before us.

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Robin Vinz Salvador is a freelance writer who enjoys challenging his creativity. He is an art enthusiast who pays close attention to details. He loves the photographic medium for expressing what he loves about life and all the creations of God. Know more about Vinz through his Life’s Testimony and The Reason why He Blog. Follow his amazing journey on twitter and google+

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Broken Melody of Love

Broken Piano

Have you ever experienced the feeling of being broken? You cry all day… all night… and even if you get tired of crying, your tears still seems to enjoy getting out of your puffy soaked eyes.

The feeling of saying the words: “Nobody understands me. Nobody cares. ” Feeling desperate and all, until you feel like listening to music – opened your laptop, ipod or play any instrument and guess what?  You played a more heart-broken themed song. You play a loop of love songs that makes you wanna cry again (more than what you’ve already cried) – a sudden nod there huh? Relate? You’re not alone – we all cry, we all feel pain and we all act stupid when this sort of things happen. It’s all normal and here’s one proof:

Well, let me share a story about a girl named Viola –Spoiled as they say because they treated her as a baby, probably because she’s the only girl in the family and she’s the youngest among four siblings (not until their dog came who is treated like a baby too. haha) Anyway, back to serious business… Viola felt the love she ever wanted from her family. Buy her stuff even if she doesn’t need it but want it – clothes, shoes, makeup, etc. She thought this is what you call love. Not gonna ask for more.

When Viola got herself into college, she met a lot of people and met this guy. A guy named Whilom. He made her feel more special, someone who does things for her, someone who made her feel more of a princess than a baby. She thought: “It’s nice to get this feeling from a guy who’s not my brother. Maybe this is the real love”. She liked the feeling and somehow enjoyed it; she doesn’t have any idea on these kinds of things, but because of peer pressure… she said yes when the guy pursued her. As time goes by, Viola sometimes forgets giving time for Whilom. They seldom see each other and talk because of their studies. Then one day, Viola realized she’s still not ready to give in to these kinds of relationships, and she realized that this is not love. To cut the story short, they broke up. Maybe she cried a little… no one knows, but not broken. She decided to live her life with her friends and be contented with the love she gets from her family. In the long run, she dedicated herself to music.

She loved music than anything else, another love she experienced. Mingling with her “music friends”, she didn’t notice falling from another love. One guy she always talk to with her problems, a guy who listens to her even if sometimes she’s being random on her opinions and stories, a guy who made her feel more of a queen rather than a princess. This time, she felt good about it. Not just enjoying the feeling but really loving it. The only problem is… they’re just friends. This guy’s name is Eli. He loves music like Viola does, they love going out with each other, sharing stories, exchanging ideas and Viola loved the feeling of being special whenever she’s with him. This is the guy who made her feel that it’s okay to let go of the things she treasured the most, because just by being with him, she got everything. As the year passes through, their music clings together. There’s no better match than what they have. Her music flies like an angel while his music opens the heaven’s gate. Now, this is what she called “Love”. Then the day came for them to feel mutual, only they knew what really happened. What we only knew is… they hold each other’s hand and be contented with each other’s company.

 

They play the music of love. Then danger came, they made their own world. They became inseparable –loving someone is not a sin, but loving someone too much is. They keep each other safe and secure with what they call commitment, but they forgot something important – someone important. The one who suppose to earn the music that bound them together (God). After some time, their relationship became more and more difficult. They even got choke to some responsibilities like too much work or too much school loads. Something’s not right here, why all of a sudden; their great love story starts to fall down little by little. They still continue what they have even if they’re already loosing focus. After a long battle… they end up broken.

Viola felt the pain with every single vein she has. Her music became broken as she is. She lost every talent she has. Say no to practice because she might see Eli. She kept the pain and made a broken melody. Played a loop of love songs that made her eyes lit up with tears, she knows it will hurt her more, but she still keeps on listening. (I’m not saying that listening to this sort of music can’t help you ease the pain. In fact, they help. It gives comfort to anyone who suffers from pain. Have you ever heard of the phrase “Love the shame, ease the pain” – by freely embracing the situation, you’ll get used to it and then you can easily let go of the pain you feel) Maybe because she can really relate to what the lyrics say, or she can’t stop listening to music because it’s the only thing left of him in her. I sometimes do it as well and until now, I don’t know why. But I tell you, crying with something on the background somehow does help. It pours out emotion and let you relax after. Maybe that’s it, we really don’t know.

…and, because Eli is now out of the picture, Viola gets a lot of time to spend with her family and friends. Sometimes she’s still hurting, especially whenever she sees Eli. They still play music together, but this time… it’s for a certain person who really deserves it. Both of them had more time to spend practicing for music. Something they took for granted when they still hold each other. – Sometimes God take something away from us to see what we’re missing. He take away what blocks our way to see what we’re taking for granted. He needs to take that person away from us to polish them and be a better person. When that time comes, we have to let go. As it is said on one of the blogs I often read:

 

“Even if the person you love tells you that she’s yours, she’s not. She belongs to God. And if you hold on tightly to her even when she’s meant to fly, you will not only ruin her – you will ultimately cripple her from what God designed her to be.” – h3sean.com

 

– We only borrow all things from God; when we borrow something and didn’t return it, it might be taken away with force and never let you borrow anything again. We suppose to give it back when He claims it. Let go and let God polish it. You’ll never know, maybe God wants that person to be good enough to be the best person for you… and as He polish him, he’ll do the same to you. He won’t let us have garbage or 2nd best. He wants us to have the best! Now, this is what you call a real love.

 

PolPol is a 25 years old single mom, clayist, band vocalist and OPM enthusiast. She also likes art, skin tattoos and photography – learned some of it. Now, she’s currently working for a company as a Social Media Specialist. To know more about her, you could go to her website: www.saliwngmusika.com

 

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YOU, not me. YOURS, not mine.

worship

I have always wanted to write about “worship”. But each time I would try to start, I find it too-complicatedly-wonderful-a-topic that I would end up just writing about something else. I think it’s because I see myself as a lifelong student in this area and I still have so much to learn. So everything in here will just be a glimpse of what “worship” is.

 

WORSHIP.

 

It’s definitely more than singing songs beautifully. If it is, then my worship would frequently be out of tune. I love to sing but I don’t have a great singing voice (it will get better in time, I know, hehehe!).

 

It’s far beyond just uttering (or writing) dramatic words of adoration, honor and love for God. Anyone can say or craft heart-piercing statements or songs, but still be far from God.

 

In worship services, we raise our hands, bow our heads, cry our hearts out, or even kneel down at times. These feel great! But there’s certainly more to worship than those.

 

The melody, the words, the tears and the worshipful gestures can be great expressions of worship but they’re just like the tip of the iceberg. The unseen, a lot more difficult part is what it really is: self-denial, obedience, and the resolve to yield to God’s will and ways no matter the cost.

 

Worship says,
“YOU, not me.”
“YOURS, not mine.”
“YOU lead, I’ll follow.”

 

 “Do YOUR will, have YOUR way – wherever it brings me, whatever it takes, right now!”

 

We worship when our actions say, “It’s all about You, God, never about me. So even it will make me unpopular or will go contrary to what people expect of me, as long as it will please and honor You, I will do it.”

 

We worship when we choose His will over our own – even at the expense of our own desires, convenience, questions and conditions. That could mean giving up something (or someone) you hold so dear, being in a place you’re afraid to go to, humbly initiating the talk with a person you’ve been avoiding for so long, doing that thing that doesn’t just make sense, forgiving even if it feels more right to do otherwise, and the list goes on.

 

We worship when our lives showcase the astounding beauty and love of God – in the words we say, in the things we do, in the decisions we make, in the work of our hands, in the way we treat others.

 

True worship is difficult. And here’s my main point: We can only worship by the grace of God! We are only able to do it as God reveals who He is to us. It is God-initiated, God-sustained, and God-directed.

 

Worship is both a motivation and an expression (to obey, yield, step out, and trust). But for always, it’s all about Jesus – His beauty, His unfathomable goodness, His awesome power, His unfailing love, His unending kindness, His sovereign grace, all that He is and He will be to us. It is never about us and what we can do for God. We are able to worship because of who Jesus is. We are therefore given the grace, wisdom, courage, faith, hope and love to do everything that pleases God the most.

 

Even the melody, the words and the gestures are from and because of Him.

 

Worship. Only Jesus. Always Jesus.

 

Because of Your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.” Psalm 5:7
Cherry Marcelo
Cherry Marcelo is my Mentor, Discipleship Coach, Leader, Friend and Sister.
Author Bio: Cherry Marcelo – Strives to be a woman who is truly grown up, yet child-like. A daughter, a sister, a friend, a social worker, a Poet-Wannabe, a Child well-being advocate, and a Dreamer!
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