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JE # 30 – Everything is for our Own Good

Enero 9, 2008

Yesterday, two shocking news reached my ears. Tears streamed down from my eyes as those stories came flashing again and again on my head. I was sad but happy. Why?

The first news: Bianca Morales died last Sunday. Remember her? I posted her message here last month. You can read it here. I read a post on about what happened. She was an inspiration to me. She’s the one who encouraged me to continue writing on this blog. Bianca’s friend, Olivia Sayo posted a message on Christianster which is reproduced below. If you want to leave a comment, you may click this link for the original post on Christianster.

Second, my sister informed me yesterday that she’s pregnant. And i don’t want to talk about that here.

Whatever the situation, I am convinced that everything works together for good to those who love God.

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Bianca taught me a lesson that life is so short. I should make the most in every opportunity. I will not waste my time, money and effort for things that are not important. Life should be lived for the greater glory of God alone. And never will I take part of the glory that belongs to Him alone.

My sister’s situation taught me to be understanding. All of us have our own weaknesses. There are times that we are strong in one area and weak in another. Judgment has no place in here. I think that’s all for now. I dont want to talk about this topic.

I’m happy because Bianca has joined our Creator and I still praise God for His goodness in my life. Day by day, new lessons are being taught by Him. And im so grateful for that.

Tomorrow, God willing, I will post Bianca’s last two posts before she died. As promised above, here is the post of Ms. Olivia Sayo:

In Memoriam Of Bianca Morales [Bianca_fella] (Oct 30, 1984 – Jan 6, 2008)

It is with great regret but also of great joy to inform you that Bianca already joined her creator on January 6, 2008 at the Asian Hospital at excatly 3:56am. She died of multiple organ failures brought about by cancer that tortured her body day in day out.

I am Olivia Sayo, a friend of Bianca. She gave me her password to her christianster account and allowed me to view her profile. Within the past few days, I was the one accessing the account. Bianca would like to extend her apologies for not replying to her friends here since she was no longer able to type with her fingers and eventually lost her vision.

Bianca’s death came earlier than expected. All of us were in despair but also joyful that she now have come to experience her dream. No more tears and no more pain.

I would like to thank, on behalf of the late Bianca Morales, those people who never stopped praying and encouraging her through the most trying times of her life.

As our token of thanks to Bianca, may I request those people whom Bianca’s life have touched to leave your euology or last words on comments of this sharing. Please share how Bianca’s life have moved and changed you in any way. I believe that Bianca would love to hear that.

Thank you Bianca, my friend.

Olivia Sayo

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Journal Entry # 20 – 5 Reasons Why God Uses Problems

Disyembre 13, 2007

The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you,
depending on how you respond to them.
Unfortunately, most people fail to see
how God wants to use problems for good in their lives.
They react foolishly and resent their problems,
rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring.
Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:

1. God uses problems to DIRECT you
Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving.
Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change..
Is God trying to get your attention?
“Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways.”
Proverbs 20:30

2. God uses problems to INSPECT you
People are like tea bags
if you want to know what’s inside them,
just drop them into hot ever water!
Has God tested your faith with a problem?
What do problems reveal about you?
“When you have many kinds of troubles,
you should be full of joy,
because you know that these troubles test your faith,
and this will give you patience.”
James 1:2-3

3. God uses problems to CORRECT you
Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure.
It’s likely that as a child,
your parents told you not to touch a hot stove.
But you probably learned by being burned.
Sometimes we only learn the value of something… health,
money, a relationship … by losing it.
“It was the best thing that could have happened to me,
for it taught me to pay attention to your laws.”
Psalm 119:71-72

4. God uses problems to PROTECT you
A problem can be a blessing in disguise
if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious.
Last year a friend was fired
for refusing to do something unethical that his boss
had asked him to do.
His unemployment was a problem,
but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later
when management’s actions were eventually discovered.
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good…”
Genesis 50:20

5. God uses problems to PERFECT you
Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders.
God is far more interested in your character than your comfort.
Your relationship with God and your character
are the only two things you’re going to take with you into eternity.
“We can rejoice when we run into problems…
they help us learn to be patient.
And patience develops strength of character in us,
and helps us trust God more each time we use it,
until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady.”
Romans 5:3-4

Here’s the point:
God is at work in your life
even when you do not recognize it or understand it.
But it’s much easier and profitable when you cooperate with Him.
“Success can be measured
not only in achievements,
but in lessons learned,
lives touched
and moments shared along the way”

What you send out, you get back.
What you give, you receive.