Kidney Cleanse


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Got lower back pain and suspect it might be a kidney stone? Try this cleanse before an expensive hospital visit. Small kidney stones can be dissolved a few weeks with a few changes in your diet and large amounts of water to wash out any toxins that have built up over time.

This cleanse is not just to remove kidney stones though. The kidney filters out all kinds of toxic substances from your blood and is particularly sensitive to infections – keeping this organ clean and functioning properly is highly important for your health.

What are Kidney Stones?

A kidney cleanse is a great way to avoid kidney stones, but how do they form? If you are dehydrated or have consumed lots of toxic substances, the urine that passes through the kidney can crystallize, forming mineral deposits or kidney stones.

If the stones become too big they can block urine…

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The Must Read Interview With God: What Is The Gospel?


Just sharing Greg Holt’s article originally posted at Inspirational Chrisitians for Today. May it inspire us to deepen our FAITH in our Lord Jesus Christ and to live by His Word.

As we enter the HOLY WEEK, let our sinfulness die with Him and may we all resurrect with Him as transformed Chrisitans. A BLESSED LENT TO EVERYONE…GOD BLESS US ALL!!!

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Atheism-agnosticism-following God

Man: Lord what is the Gospel?

God:I love you

Man: Could You be a little more specific Lord?

God:I love man; despite man’s sin against Me. Despite the heinous acts committed, crimes committed, man’s defiance and outright disobedience – I love man. Taking My name in vain, disbelief in Me, doubts even among My own children, not believing My Son is God, misinterpreting My Word – yet do I love man.

Man: But what about the Gospel Lord?

God:My love for you IS the Gospel; don’t you see?

Man: We see in part Lord; some saved some not, all understanding some, and none understanding all.

God:I AM who I AM. I have always been, and I will always be. I am the Lord; I am righteous and just, merciful and loving, slow to anger and full of grace.

As I am perfect, so must all of…

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imageIt was one of those late noon walk-run exercises I had with my husband. “The trek on the hill  always gives me a feeling of peace and serenity and some kind of euphoria that I couldn’t explain”, I said to my husband. Believe me, it’s a totally different kind of   experience that I don’t usually feel when I’m on the treadmill and so, I’d say . . .  what I often hear is true: “You become closer to God when you are connected with nature.” I just love our “green exercises”, as others call it, because not only am I doing something good for my body but it is also my time to meditate and reflect on how  great the Lord is. They are my moments to appreciate the wonders of nature and to give thanks to God of this beautiful world. I’d always find myself in awe with the beauty of the surroundings – the trees, the birds and all of God’s wonderful creations. My thoughts  wandered from time to time though, as I noticed the other joggers and runners who came in different shapes and sizes and I was just wondering how long  they have been exercising when suddenly,  this thought popped into my mind, “Everyone tries to get fit and healthy to live long, but death could come in an instant even to the healthiest and fittest person on earth. And if that happens to me, how will I  be remembered?  Have you ever thought about this too?

In the Old Testament, book of Chronicles are fascinating stories of famous and powerful people. Some went to their death in disgrace and some in fame and glory. Their life stories finish with a one-line summary. For example, King Jehoram was arrogant and ill-liked. He died at age 32 of an incurable disease. The chapter of his life closes with these words: “He passed away, to no one’s regret, and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings” (2 Chronicles 21:20).

What a contrast to another king, Josiah, who lived a few generations later. Of him, it was written, “He was buried in the tombs of his fathers, and all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for him (2 Chronicles 35:24).

LEGACY! Like the two kings mentioned, many of us want to leave a legacy. When we leave this life, we want to be remembered for the good things we have done but does it really matter? Is legacy really that significant? My personal belief is that  what is more important is not how people will remember us  when we are gone but how prepared we are to meet our Creator when our time comes. In life, we do  lots of preparations. We prepare  to go to work, to school, to church, to meet somebody and even before going to bed. Let us not forget though, that the  MOST important preparation of all is to prepare for our souls to meet our Creator as death could come anytime and anywhere. This is a lifelong preparation. However, if you think you haven’t prepared  as of this time, it is not too late, you can start TODAY!

So today, tell yourself, “This isn’t just another day. This is today, the most important day of my life. It’s the only day that I can do something about.”

JUST FOR TODAY, strive to do God’s will, remembering the failures of yesterday are behind you. When you wake up in the morning, learn to say, “God, please walk with me today as though it were the last day of my life.”

Live today as though you would meet your Maker at the end of the day. Paul wrote, “Today is the day of salvation.” (1 Corinthians 6:2). If you have no peace in your heart, reach out to the loving Savior, and invite Him to come into your life and give you the assurance that if you met God at the end of the day, you would not be ashamed to call Him Father.

It has been said that life is a series of todays, that so quickly turn into yesterdays to which some of us spend our time regretfully looking backward. Still others, through worry or procrastination, are always waiting for tomorrow. Focus on today!

How my heart grieves for others who have not yet accepted the Lord in their lives. Especially for those entangled in the web of deception. They would rather seek the pleasures of the world than seek the Lord, “Tomorrow,” they always say. Tomorrow, I hope it’s not too late for us to answer God’s invitation.

If for some reasons, God draws a line at the end of your life tonight, how would you be remembered? No one knows when we should prepare the epitaph for our final resting place. Yet we are remembered both for what we are and what we do. To me, my legacy doesn’t matter. In fact, it isn’t important that I’d be remembered. All I want is that my epitaph will read like this: “Well done, good and faithful servant!”


Latching The Gate And Starting Anew

imageSome maybe wondering why the year starts with January. Here is the story – way back when, the Romans had a god named Janus. He was the god of doors and gates and had two faces – one looking forward and the other looking back. So, Julius Caesar thought it would be appropriate for January, Janus’ namesake   month, to be the doorway to a New Year, and when he created the Julian Calendar, he made January 1, the first day of the year. Hence, not only is January the start of the New Year but should also be the start of a new life and and a new beginning.

Such that when British former Prime Minister David Lloyd George, was playing golf with a friend on one occasion and they had to cross a fenced area, when his partner pushed the gate closed but did not bother to latch it. George, seeing the failure, went back and secured the gate. Then George told of an old doctor friend who lay dying. After calling his family and friends to his bedside, he gave these parting words, “Close every gate through which you have passed.” David Lloyd George said that he owed more to that bit of wisdom than to anything else he had ever heard.


To close the gate on yesterday’s failure will require two things: God’s forgiveness and your “forgetfulness” – His forgiveness and your willingness to close the gate.

The second part – your willingness to forgive yourself – is sometimes harder to do than to find God’s forgiveness. Yet if God has given His Son to provide a way to forgive us, why should we do any less than to forgive ourselves? Learning to forgive oneself is one of the most difficult tasks that confronts a person, yet if we take the first step – acknowledging the fullness of God’s forgiveness, forgiving oneself is possible.


As January – the start of the year is here, we are into a transition once again and transitions in life are never easy. Remember how it was when you were a youngster and moved from one grade to another, or changed neighborhoods when your family moved? That same feeling arises as an adult when you moved from one job to another. As you ponder the transition from one year to another, there’s a trace of nostalgia, a hint of excitement and an element of fear.

Yet in the wise providence of God, there comes a time when you have to close the door on one phase of your life and make the passage to the next. I noticed an interesting phrase in the book of Acts where Luke used the phrase, “Now after these things were finished,” where he tells how it was time for Paul to leave Ephesus and go to Jerusalem.

For some of us, tomorrow is a great big question mark, and even acknowledging it creates fear in our hearts. Closing the gate on yesterday – and latching it – gives hope for tomorrow.  Let us reach out and take the strong hand of God and know He can walk with us day by day through this New Year.

Hey Kids, It Ain’t Clausmas, It’s Christmas!



imageChristmas trimmings are here, there and everywhere for it’s just a few more days and it’s Christmas. Well of course, Christmas is not complete without  Santa. Santa Claus has been very famous during Christmas as long as anyone can remember.

As a child, I remember scribbling a note to Santa and putting it on Christmas tree expecting a gift the next morning. Do you remember doing that too? And Oh! “Santa” would never disappoint me ’cause every time I would see my gift all wrapped up the morning after.

Yesterday, today and all the years to come, kids adore and will always adore Santa. It’s a joy to see them full of excitement in anticipation of receiving gifts from ol’ Santa. And yet, is it really a good practice?

Well, here’s what I thought: I strongly believe that Santa Claus has gone too far and as Christians we need to correct this. Why?

First of all, Christmas must ALWAYS be a birthday celebration – of the birth of Jesus Christ. But if you notice, the birthday celebrant is completely forgotten! Kids know Santa better than they know Jesus. Why? Because parents teach their children in this manner.

“Hey kids, Jesus was born some 2000 years ago in Bethlehem. . .etc. By the way, Santa is coming today. He is going to give you a gift. He has been watching if you were a good child or not the whole year.” Tell us, which person will your children  be interested in,  a baby born ages ago or some dazzling merry man in red who is here today giving gifts?

Our proper response to this dilemma would be to present to our children who Jesus is. Tell them that Jesus is here today! So, make  this Christmas different, make it  more special than your past Christmases. . .This time, on Christmas eve, why not have a small family prayer meeting? Let the children greet Jesus a Happy Birthday. And for us filipinos, maybe we can do this after noche buena (a filipino tradition where families and friends gather for a sumptuous feast on Christmas eve). And instead of writing notes to Santa, why not let them write birthday cards to Jesus? Sing to Jesus on Christmas eve, Make Him the center of His Birthday – make Him the center of your family.

Second, I remember a friend who told me what his son said right after she and her husband told him  that Santa was not real. Her son told them that he doesn’t believe in God anymore. Of course my friend and her husband got the shock of their lives when they heard this. Then the son continued, “If you could lie to me for several years about someone watching over me to see if I’d been good or bad, why shouldn’t you lie to me about God? So now, if I don’t see something, I won’t believe it.”

So parents, you need to understand that if children catch you lying, they will lie too. And what’s more, they will not believe you anymore, especially if they cannot see  with their own two eyes what you are imparting to them.

A word of caution ‘though. It may not be possible to eradicate all traces of Santa. Everywhere your kids go, they’ll see his smiling red face with the bushy white beard, sometimes even with elves clothed in red and green and huge reindeer like Rudolf, and Prancer and Dancer. . .you know what I mean.

imageFor sure, they will ask you who this character is. Don’t panic. It’s quite alright to explain who Santa is. You could even tell the story of good old St. Nicholas (Our Saint for the Season, who is always mistaken to be Santa Claus)

Just be sure to end by very clearly saying Santa’s make believe. And that even without him, Christmas would exist. For if Christmas couldn’t exist without jolly old Santa Claus, then this Season’s name would have been Clausmas.  Oh! Well Virginia, there’s no Santa Claus but  there’s baby JESUS born in a manger. He is REAL and He’s always  there with us even long after  Christmas is over. In short, JESUS is the REASON for this SEASON. Thus, this Season ain’t called Clausmas but CHRISTMAS, got that kids? 



Watch Your Thoughts



imageJeepneys are the most popular means of transportation in the Philippines, they are twin-benched jitney bus that are known for their crowded seating. One day, while a police officer was aboard a jeepney  he foiled the attempts of four men to rob the jeepney passengers. He did it out of gut feel, they say. But to the police officer who did the heroic act, it was out of pure wit.

In an interview, he said that he already knew beforehand that these men were robbers. For one, they boarded the jeepney and they already took the most strategic seats. As he watched them carefully, he noticed that their eyes were scanning all the “merchandise”, that their hands were all fidgety and that cold sweats was trickling down their foreheads. In a sense, he read their minds by the way they looked.

If wise human beings can read minds, it’s funny how some think that they can hide their thoughts from God!

Nope. God knows our evil, greedy, proud, envious, lustful thoughts – even before we think of them!

Let’s keep our minds to be pure always. More than the daily sacrifices that we offer up to the Lord, let us seek above all else to abstain from any thought that is not pleasing before the Lord.

Ultimately, let us take every thought captive in obedience to Christ.




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imageDAVID Nankervis says there’s no better feeling than giving someone a second chance at life. As a volunteer surf life saver with Torquay Life Saving Club, he has brought six people back from the brink through his first aid skills. David is proud to be a life saver and part of the vast life saving network which  continues to provide valuable water safety services to communities throughout Australia.

Do you want to be a life saver too? Have you noticed that there are also many who are drowning on dry land? With more and more people finding themselves drowning or near drowning in the turbulent seas of life, what the world needs now are more and more life savers – individuals who can point them to the hope found in Jesus. If you can give someone a second chance at life like David Nankervis, or if you could change someone’s life forever, would you?

Yes! You  can also be a life saver, but not as a rescuer of people drowning in  waters  but a life saver of people drowning in the ocean of life’s problems.

Everyday, we find individuals struggling with personal and social issues – unemployment, family or marital conflicts, homelessness, teenage pregnancies, financial difficulties – all kinds. Name it, someone’s suffering from it.

Just look around you, the people you see represent a tiny tip of a massive iceberg of men, women, boys, and girls, for whom your  life saving stint maybe essential. He or she may be your sick neighbor, a friend who just lost her job, a relative whose business just failed or a hungry stranger. And then there are those who are grieving over the recent lose of a spouse, a child, parent, or a friend… Sometimes, the sadness of those who mourn casts a spell of loneliness too powerful for spoken words or shallow songs to break. In all of those people  mentioned, what is missing? To paraphrase the statement of Oscar Wilde:

“Something is dead in each of them, And what is dead is hope.”

In a world that says no, we need people who says a constant yes – an encourager, a comforter – a life saver. The world is never short of people to encourage or to comfort. For all you know, the person you might be encouraging now is already drowning in the waters of depression and may have already been entertaining thoughts of ending his or her life. In fact, it has been reported by Psych Central News that depression is now taking a serious toll around the world and it has been found that globally, incidence of suicide is escalating.

Hence, we need more life savers – we need more encouragers! We need more comforters! We all know that the world can never have too many encouragers! To encourage is to inspire someone with hope, courage or confidence; telling someone, “You can do it! Hold on to God. Keep on praying. He will answer. Everything will be fine. . . ”

Encouragement to your heart is what oxygen is to your lungs. Many would criticize you – a thousand who tell you when you “blew it”, who manage to flash that “I told you so” look when things aren’t going well. Yet one person with a word of encouragement can do more to lift you up than the whole lot put together. A word of encouragement can make the difference between success and failure, life and death.

Anyone can be an encourager! You don’t need money, professional degree or special talents. All you need is a caring and understanding heart. You see, God calls each of us to be an encourager. 1Thess. 5:11 says, “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up.”

So, C’mon Let’s Build ‘Em Up in  a World that Tears ‘Em Down

Develop the art of encouragement by practicing the following:

1. Focus on a positive aspect of a person, and say it. Your comments should focus   upon something positive, leave out negative observations. Mixed messages like, “your sales were pretty good last month, but if you had taken my advice, they would have been better,” don’t qualify as encouragement.

2. Be sincere in what you say. Encouragement is not flattery; it is a decision to say something good that is true. A phone call, a note, a few words in passing – these do a lot to boost others in a world that puts people down.

3. Cultivate encouragement as a habit. One of the reasons, we give so little of encouragement is that our old nature tends to make us look for the flaws and failures of others. In building each other up, we build up ourselves as well.

Just think about this – encouragement is not a difficult task. It can come in the form of a gentle hug, a positive note, a kind word at just the right moment, a pat on the back, a sincere smile, a simple phone call, a listening ear. . . and the list can go on and on. . .

We must admit, much of life seems to be working against us, and that’s not pessimism – it’s a realistic observation. For every person who pats us on the back, there are nine others who clobber us. Therefore, we have to cultivate the attitude of encouragement.

The late Dr. Maya Angelu once said, “Be a rainbow in someone’s clouds” – a metaphor of the simple act of giving others hope and encouragement.

Her own life tells a story of traumas, difficulties and unsettling childhood. She was open about her lack of education. She felt that being poor, black and uneducated meant there was no hope that she would ever have the life she longed for.

Then came the rainbow in her cloud, her paternal grandmother, who told young Maya that one day she would be a teacher to millions and would do so in many languages. Her grandmother’s love and support and steadfast belief in her helped Maya persevere and overcome her feelings of inferiority.

Dr. Angelu used the gift from her grandmother to become one of the most respected and beloved writers, poets and performers. She has given hope and encouragement to millions. Her role as a teacher has taken on many forms, perhaps even beyond what her grandmother imagined.

Dr. Angelu had always been proud to say that her grandmother was not only her mentor but also her encourager – her rainbow in her clouds.

Likewise, as Christians, let us not forget that we have a Christian duty to encourage one another. Let us point to one another the hope that is found in Jesus. We know that without hope, we have nothing in life. Christian hope is what gets us through. And thanks to Jesus Christ, we have LOTS to hope for because He promised us glory. It is comforting to know that no matter what troubles we are currently experiencing in our life, we will always have salvation waiting for us.

Let us remind each other that God the Father is always watching out for us. Christian hope is based on this simple fact – never in our life will we be alone. Jesus Christ walks beside us through our Christian path and this is the reason that we should feel hope.

By giving encouragement and hope through feeding someone’s mind and soul, you never know how many lives you might ultimately touch and save. Talk about being a rainbow in someone’s cloud! An encourager!  A comforter! A life saver! This is the challenge for every Christian.

I encourage you to find someone to encourage today and tomorrow and the next day. Like Dr. Angelu’s grandmother, be the someone that a child or a friend remembers as one of their great encouragers.

Someone once said, “The greatest thing that a man can do for his Heavenly Father. . . is to be kind to some of the Father’s other children!” I cannot think of anyone kinder than those who encourage and give hope. . .Let our hearts be like our Lord Jesus Christ –  the Lord of life savers who walks on water. Sure, we can make a difference – one heart at a time. And hey! Why not now?




The Ultimate Timekeeper


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“God is precisely on time. His timing, however, is different from ours. He is bound neither by time nor space,” that’s what I said to a friend when she told me about the struggles that she and her family are currently facing.

Well, I’m sure most of us will agree that it is impossible to fully understand God’s timing in our lives. 

For when we ask to be lifted above our cares,  He would send us sorrows. . . For when we ask for light to see the path ahead, clouds appear instead. . . Then  when we ask for peace and quiet that we may meditate, everything around us swirls in confusion. . .

But as D. Martin Llloyd-Jones wrote: “He may sometimes do the opposite of what we anticipate. . . Yet it is fundamental principle in the life and walk of faith that we must always be prepared for the unexpected when we are dealing with God.”

Yes, indeed! It is difficult to understand God’s timing but we must remember, God looks at life from a different perspective. He’s the ultimate timekeeper, and when we think He is late, He’s apt to show up, and we learn His time is in His hands.

I repeat. . . His time is in His hands. . .

As you know, when it looked like Jesus was late in arriving. He showed up and raised His friend Lazarus from the dead. God is neither early nor late, He is exactly on time.

When You Are Frustrated

imageSometimes, we get frustrated and impatient waiting for God’s time. But have you ever thought that spiritual giants never get frustrated?.” Take Daniel for instance, don’t you think he was frustrated when he ended up in the lion’s den? The devil must have said, “See, buddy, what serving God gets you into?”

One of the natural responses to frustration is flight – you can quit. You just can walk right out. Essentially, that’s what Jonah did when God told him to go to Nineveh with His message. Jonah did not want to go. His frustrations turned to anger. He couldn’t fight God so he ran away.

So, what’s this all about???

imageThen, you may ask, “Lord, what is this all about???”

When you get frustrated, remind yourself that God is telling you something through the events of life that you’re presently facing.

For a moment, stop. . . and be quiet. . . and listen to God’s voice. Sometimes, God’s voice is soft like a whisper. . .  Occasionally though, He may raise the volume to get your attention. . .God speaks clearly through His Word, but He gets your attention through the events of your life.

Be still – so you can hear God’s voice. Times of quietness are part of His natural laws. God had not promised  to spare us from life’s burdens. Sometimes, God allows miseries because He knows these things will drive us to Himself and teach us lessons through our own life’s experiences.

When we are weak, God does not say be strong but be still“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength” – Isaiah 30:15

Wait for God’s Time

imageMeanwhile, patiently wait for God’s time. . .

When we are easily convinced that doing anything is better than doing nothing, waiting seems to be contrary to progress.

Waiting, however is not doing nothing. It is a kind of action that prepares us for the right choice in the future. It means finding God’s timing and avoiding tragic mistakes.

“There is an appointed time for everything,” wrote Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes. Waiting is never easy, but as Martin Luther wrote, “He who waits on God, wastes no time.”

Our Creator designed time and set things in motion. By having faith in God as our ultimate timekeeper, we can live by courage instead of fear. We can experience His great  plans  and perfect timing as we choose to trust Him time and again.

When God’s people are overthrown by the forces of Babylon, many thought that God had forsaken them. Yet God said, “I know the plans I have for you. . .plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” – Jeremiah 29:11.

God has a plan for you too. Waiting for God is not a wasted time. Rather, it will bring your restless heart in conformity with the Divine and prepares you for what He has ahead.

“All the times of our life are in God’s hands. In His own perfect time, He will cause things to happen for us, that will bring us joy and happiness. Trust God, for He makes all things beautiful. . . in His time.” – Anon

When I told my friend that her prayers will be answered in His time, here is her reply – “I believe so too! God will answer  in His most perfect time.” What a strong faith she has. No wonder, I never see her without a smile on her face.

Will you trust like her?




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imageWell known is the fable of the dog who had a large chunk of meat in his mouth. But as he bent over the water at the lake, the chunk of meat in the reflection seemed much larger than the one in his mouth. What he did was to let  go of his meat to grab the bigger piece, only to discover the folly of his greed.

                  Two spiritual points from this story:

                 FIRST, all material beauty is really a reflection of Jesus. ALL. Not a shred of color, pleasure, joy, or excitement, comes from the world. The problem? Once we lose Jesus, the real source of that beauty, all material wealth becomes terribly ugly. It will fade away and draw us in its dark waters.

           SECOND, Jesus is the only thing that’s for real. That will last forever. Everything else are just shadows of the night.

                 Friend, listen to this,

                 If you have Jesus now, hold on to Him.

                 Cling to Him as steel grips steel.

                 Let other images pass by…..

“Take care to guard against all greed…” - Luke 12:15

The Anchor Of Faith


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imageDo you know that a ship has all the controls and automation but it is quite helpless when it comes to the simple concept of braking?  As you know, when you park a car at night or  a hilly region, you simply apply the hand brakes so that the car doesn’t move on its own. Unfortunately, there are no brakes on the ship for the simple reason that the ship is floating on water. So, when the ship is stopped and its engines are not running, there needs to be an anchor to ensure that the ship does not drift freely in the sea. If the anchor is placed properly on the bottom of the sea, it can hold a giant ship fast, even in rough seas.

Just as ships need anchors to keep them from drifting away on the open seas, people need anchors when the wind of life blows. Unless we have anchors that hold us, the fragile ship of our lives may crash against the rocks.

Anchors are what we need when we encounter storms in our lives, literally and figuratively. And speaking of storms, it’s been a year since  Supertyphoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever put on record, hit our country where many perished when the City of Tacloban and Eastern Visayas in the Philippines bore the brunt of its devastating power and was practically destroyed and flattened. Many survivors are still suffering to this day and perhaps it will take a long period of time before they could finally recover.

Nov. 8 marks one year since the killer typhoon devastated Central Philippines and condemned millions to deeper poverty. My heart bleeds everytime I see on TV the outpouring of grief of tens of thousands as they  marched to the (mass) grave sites under the hot sun to offer flowers, light candles and say prayers. My heart bleeds even more when I hear  stories of the survivors, how they terribly miss their loved ones who perished that fateful day when the storm struck.

A mother said she lost her 3 children during the storm including her youngest who would have celebrated his 2nd birthday on Nov. 9. While another says she is now hopeless that the remains of his missing brother could still be found. She said his name was not on the list of those buried in the mass grave, so she just wrote his name. Today, and perhaps in the many more days to come  most of the survivors would still be in pain physically, emotionally and maybe even spiritually  and many would still be suffering as they continue their fight to survive and stand up once again after a hard blow.

“Many survivors have succumbed to depression,” the news reported. Their feelings of hopelessness and helplessness may have been aggravated by the “painful slow rebuilding effort” as most survivors complain. With millions poorer and many dangerously exposed to the next big storm as they still live in shanty homes along coastal areas, one may be tempted to  ask,  “Lord, will they ever recover? If so, when???”  If  the minds of some people (just watching their poor situation on TV)   have now been tainted by pessimism and doubt  asking God if there is an end to the survivors’ sufferings, how much more unanswered questions linger in the minds of the poor victims themselves?

With sincere empathy and compassion I say, “situations change, and the sands of time shift” but the Bible says, “those who put their trust in God are immovable like Mount Zion.” – Psalm 125:1

All of us…and I mean all of us, experience  life’s storms from time to time. No one is excused from pains and sufferings for they are integral part of human existence. We can only differ in the intensity and the gravity of the crisis that each of us encounter.

When the storms of life rage, we need four anchors: faith in God, faith in yourself, faith in your family, and faith in your friends. But there are times when your friends fail you, when your family lets you down, when you can hardly believe in yourself. Only the anchor of faith in God endures when everything else fail.

Just as  the ship’s anchor  needs strong chains or ropes for link and support, our Anchor of Faith also needs reinforcement to hold our life’s ship during  turbulent journey.

Our faith therefore, must be more than the faith in generic dictionary variety. Our faith to be meaningful and to be effective to hold us fast must be centered in Jesus Christ, His life and His teachings. In addition, faith to be real must be coupled with belief and trust.


Real faith consists of two elements: belief which appeals to the mind, and trust which is experiential and demands a response to what you believe. We believe  God can do the things we are hoping for, but we don’t think He will. Belief, we have; but we’re short on trust, and without trust our faith is shallow and incomplete.

In addition to the two elements, our Anchor of Faith to be complete should be firmly grounded on the following:

  • Faith in God’s presence:

Storms can never hide us from God. We may not see Him, but He sees us. We may think God is a million miles away, but HAVE FAITH, He is with us and watching us.

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” - Hebrews 13:5

God is right there with us. We never go through anything by ourselves. No matter what situation you are going through right now, God is with you. He is the ONLY anchor that you can fully trust.

In Acts 27:24, Paul quotes God’s Angel (who visited him in the night): “Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.” God told Paul, “I have a plan for your life.

  • Faith in God’s purpose:

Realize that God has a specific purpose for your life. Storms are just temporary setbacks toward fulfilling that purpose. Absolutely, nothing can change God’s ultimate purpose for your life unless you choose to disobey Him.

If you choose to reject His plan. He will allow you to do that, but the Scriptures teach that no outside person can change God’s plan for your life. God leaves that up to you. No matter what happens on the outside, external forces cannot alter God’s purpose for your life as long as you say, “God, I want to do your will.”

God’s purpose is greater than any situation you will ever experience. God has a plan beyond the problems you are facing right now.

The point is this: It is dangerous to focus on your problems more than your purpose for living.


  • Faith in God’s promise:

Once you lose your goal, you will lose sight of the very meaning for which you exist; and you will become purposeless.

In Acts 27:25, Paul says, “Keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as He told me.”

God keeps His promises without fail.  Storms cannot hide our faces from God, because God is always with us. Storms cannot change the purpose of God, because it is ultimate. Storms cannot not destroy the child of God, because God’s promise is certain. So, HAVE FAITH!

Some of us are going through devastating crises right now. Our problems are overwhelming.

God says this to you: “You may lose cargo; you may lose the tackle of the ship; you may lose the ship; you may even get into deep waters and drown- but you are going to make it” because of the promise of God.

What we should do while waiting for the crisis to end? Anchor yourself of the truths of God and pray. Let His truth stabilize your life and give you the confidence you need in every life’s turbulence you face. Storms cannot hide God from you or you from God. God has a purpose for your life. There is a reason for it and you are going to make it safely to land.

Raging storms are one thing; subtle currents that catch you unaware are another. With the storm you’ve got to fight to stay alive. But with subtle currents, you don’t know what’s happening. Subtle currents can pull your boat without you knowing it until you realize you are already a long way from where you are supposed to be.

Life’s like that, every now and then we encounter life’s storms and real monster storms like Haiyan  and subtle currents too when we are uncertain of what’s going to happen to us today, the next day or in days to come. In either case, let us make sure that we are firmly anchored to our faith in God for it is the ultimate anchor that we need and the only anchor that could save us from the strongest storms and the roughest seas.

As Charles Spurgeon puts it, “If your faith is fixed on Christ, though it seems to be in itself, a line no thicker than a spider’s web, it will hold your soul throughout time and eternity… For remember, it is not the thickness of this cable of faith, it is the strength of the anchor which imparts strength to the cable and so shall hold your ship in the midst of the most fearful storm.”


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