when i packed my bags to leave the philippines in 2007 to relocate in australia, i never imagined i would come back for more than a vacation. i have been here for 2 years.
it took me some time to understand God’s reasons for promptly taking me far away “in the land of promise as in a foreign country” (Hebrews 11:8-9) to learn life’s lessons, understand His Word, and be blessed with the closest divine encounter only to return to my “place of humiliation” 2 years later.
but thank God for my favorite daily devotional of 12 years (My Utmost For His Highest) everything is crystal clear.
“it is in the valley (where we are prone to be hurt, abused, tempted, and tested again by the very circumstances, personalities, and addictions of our old life), that we have to live for the glory of God. We see His glory on the mountain, but we never live for His glory there. it is in the place of humiliation that we find our true worth to God— that is where our faithfulness is revealed.” — My Utmost For His Highest
i hope to God that i am not the same person anymore. i love You, Jesus. 🙂
“my Lord Jesus, You have reconciled me to the Father and ever since, the Holy Spirit has been at work on me. grant me, please, the favor to reap the benefits of my spiritual transformation that lead to holiness. strengthen me in trials and temptation and let not my sinful nature control me but only Your Spirit who dwells in me so that You may fulfill Your purpose for me. i pray the same for my sons and daughters, my sisters, cousins, friends, and loved ones so that we may always live in the glory of Your redemption, believing and trusting in You alone. amen.”