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Let’s talk about anger and temper

In a span of a few hours this morning, I’ve already felt a roller coaster of emotions. From being eager to come to work despite the thunderstorm, to being grateful for my husband for driving me, to impatiently waiting at the line in the MRT up to losing my temper over an insensitive couple within the car.

How can one person transition from being ‘best behaved’ to the ‘notorious tita in public transportation’ in such short a time?

Yesterday at church, the pastor talked about all sorts of things including having a “double life.”

“Don’t fool yourselves,” he says. “Don’t live a life that is good outwardly but you have a secret life when you’re all alone.”

Am I living a double life? I strive to study God’s words but sometimes fail in my deeds. Not a proud moment. No justification there.

But the pastor also says… although Christianity doesn’t give us the license to sin, as humans, sometimes we fall. We feel trapped and we find ourselves slipping and swiveling down rock bottom.

But the beauty of this is that we can always set our eyes back to Jesus. Consider our sins, repent and ask for forgiveness to strive to become better the next time. And by God’s grace, fully turn away from sin.

We also ought to know our weaknesses and protect ourselves against it. For instance, if I know I hate the crowd, I could have just waited for the next train than squeeze myself into a full car. Pro-activeness is key. :))

Looking back, I learned that I reacted the way I did because I felt inconvenienced. I made the situation about myself instead of thinking they’re having a difficult time too.

I could have also gotten help from a verse:

Proverbs 19:11 The Passion Translation (TPT)

11 A wise person demonstrates patience,
for mercy means holding your tongue.
When you are insulted,
be quick to forgive and forget it,

How do you deal with such situations – where you need the Holy Spirit but forget to call on Him?

We don’t want a double life. Let’s find out together.

 

This ‘Kilay’ Conversation Became Today’s Devotion with Husband

While stuck in traffic at the passenger’s seat, I struggled to fill in my eyebrows. For wives who don’t drive, traffic is a friend when it comes to hurried makeup.

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My husband then asked, “Paano kung makarating ka na sa pupuntahan mo nang hindi pa tapos yung kilay mo. Ano gagawin mo?”

Then I told him, I have a great sense of time estimation. If I know I won’t finish both brows; I won’t start it. In other words, I’m always confident that I’d be able to complete both eyebrows during our morning drive to the MRT. All because I HAVE TO – and it’s my ‘priority of the moment.’

Simply put, I’ll do all it takes to get off that car with groomed brows.

Why?

I believe it’s for the simple reason that KILAY IS LIFE. For women who know the difference between a groomed kilay and a messy kilay, they wouldn’t wish upon themselves to be seen without it – for all sorts of social reasons. In short, “over my sexy bodieee” :))

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But on a deeper level, that’s how we all are when it comes to things we value the most. If we are a “Work is Life” kind of person, we’d always make conscious, calculated decisions at work. If our priority is “Family is Life” then we’d spend our days thinking about how to improve on our role as a family man or woman and make necessary decisions for the betterment of the family.

We will NOT allow ourselves to leave tasks unfinished. To be seen as someone who can’t or will allow half-hearted work – despite time pressure or threats.

Should we forget and fall, then we can humbly accept to be seen kilay-less or.. in our most vulnerable state, only then can we allow God’s helping hands to lift us up and take us back on track.

And no, it’s not just about the kilay.

Matthew 6:21

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

It means, where we spend our time and money in is where our attention and pure heart is dedicated.

Let’s check ourselves:

Friends, apart from whether our eyebrows’ on fleek or not today, is our heart thinking about the things that matter the most? What is our life’s priority? Are we spending enough on it? how dedicated are we into getting things done?

Jazz