You are the Custodian of Your Own Happiness

It is important to understand that whatever a human being portrays on the outside comes from within. Your attitude towards a particular situation, person or circumstance determines the kind of reaction you exhibit. Positive attitude brings out joy and happiness while a negative one causes anger, discontentment and disappointment. You have the power and ability to change your attitude towards everything in life and this result to a happy or a miserable life depending on what you choose. The Bible encourages the believers to count it joy even during the tough times of trials as endurance will result to increased faith. Job went through awful moment in his life but still found joy even in deepest pain. This is a teaching that you are the custodian of your own happiness and therefore you can still be happy even during the hardest moments of life by focusing on God and looking on the positive side of that particular situation.

Don’t allow the silly little things steal your joy.

It is obvious that the enemy comes to cause harm and since the beginning of times, Satan has been moving around trying to rob your joy. Every day, there are small things that happen and end up making you angry or even fall into sin. However, God has sent a helper who will always enable you realize the tricks of the devil and end up not falling into temptations. The Holy Spirit enables you to discern the evil and exempts you from it. Potiphar’s wife was used by the devil to cause Joseph fall into sin and steal his joy but the power of God was upon him and he overcame the temptations. This example encourages the believers today to rely on the help of the Holy Spirit so as not to allow the devil steal their joy.

Renew your mind daily with God’s Word.

The present day world is full of so many things that engage people’s mind in diverse ways. This calls for a daily renewal of all believers’ minds so as not to get conformed into the thing of the world and forget about their maker. The Word of God is the food to your soul and just like the physical body which cannot go without food, so is the soul. The soul requires daily nourishment through reading and studying God’s World. Reading the Bible also brings Glory to God as Ezra did and all people bowed down and worshiped God.

The joy of the Lord is your strength.

Knowledge about God comes with rejoicing and gladness resulting to renewed strength. When a person comes to God and accepts salvation, he/she becomes a new creation filled with joy and strength to overcome sin. Christians who truly know God and abide in His teachings experience extra ordinary joy. The children Israel had forgotten the ways of God and had fallen into sin causing them not to find joy even when they had completed building the wall. After they received the good news from the Bible about God’s love towards them, their joy was restored and their strength was renewed. Faith and the testimony that believers posses about the love of God is what gives them strength to keep on cultivating the salvation.

Don’t put your key to your joy in someone else’s pocket.

It is wise not to rely on others so as to experience happiness but rather trust upon the Lord for renewed strength. Additionally, it is important to acquire skills on how to approach situations with the right attitude and focus on the positive side of everything in order to lead a happy life. Studying the word of God on daily basis also ensures that you remain in sound mind and are able to differentiate good from bad and therefore end up not falling into temptations. Remember you are the custodian of your own happiness and following these guidelines will enable you remain in control.


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Personal Money Saving Tips Learned from the Story of the Prodigal Son

Money has always been a topic of great debate especially when it comes to spending and savings. Jesus’s once told a parable of a son, who approached his father asking for his share of his inheritance. Having been granted his request, the son packed his belongings and went to a faraway land and squandered his money. Upon releasing his mistake, the son goes back to his father and begs for forgiveness which the father gladly gives him when he is overcome with Joy at the reunion with his son. This parable tackles a number of issues and different personalities. We can also incorporate a few personal money saving tips learned from the story of the prodigal son into our individual lives. Below we shall discuss some of those tips worthy of consideration:

1. Leaving security for supposedly greener pastures

One of the first things we can learn in this story is that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Upon getting his money, the son leaves his comfort zone and secure base, only to discover that life can be harsh in unfamiliar settings. Sometimes people need to realize that where they are in life is worth being grateful over and contentment is the first step to financial happiness plus security.

2. Spending everything on temporary gains

The second money saving tip that can be learned from the parable is about frugality. In life, it is easy to become taken into the lifestyle of flash and glam, which comes with it a hefty sum to be paid in order to be maintained. Fragility is an essential part of saving money and it simply means spending money on things/items that are useful to yourself and others. Spend on what always has a benefit, especially long term.

3. Those spending money with you are seldom present when the money runs dry

The third tip we learn is also a lesson in the judging of character, especially with those closest to us. Every dog has its day is a very popular saying and it demonstrates that we all need assistance sometimes as well as we also need to assist others. The parable talks of the son spending money with different people but later shows that once the money was done, so were the ‘friendships’. Surround yourself with people who not only wish you well but can also be there to advise you when things are not alright, in times of heavy spending for instance.

4. Wealth even in excess can vanish if misused

Fourthly, we can learn from the parable that wealth if mismanaged becomes a temporary thing. Upon getting his inheritance, the large sum offered the son freedom to do whatever he chose. This freedom often blinds people in realizing that even a small hole can sink a great ship. Thus manage the small amounts so that you can also manage the larger amounts.

5. Redemption through the father

Lastly and probably the most important lesson is the love of the father. This teaches us that even when you have not been a good steward with your wealth, God is always ready to love and forgive us. This reminds us that regardless of your situation or money habits, the father is our true source for everything and there is always a redemption and way back.

As stated above, the parable has a lot of life lessons and applications as well different viewpoints to learn from. These are some of the money saving tips that individuals can learn and apply to their personal life.


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The beauty, intelligence and grace of 24-year-old Kylie Verzosa from the Philippines led her to win the much-coveted Miss International 2016 title. The pageant was held on Thursday, October 27th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Verzosa bested 69 other candidates including first runner up Australia; 2nd runner up Indonesia; 3rd runner up Nicaragua and 4th runner up USA.

Verzosa holds a Business Management degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and worked as a pre-school teached and a model. She wowed the audience and judges not just with her poise but also with her eloquent speech. When asked what she would do if she were crowned Miss International, Verzosa underscored the importance of fostering international understanding by promoting culture.

She said culture, education and international understanding the three words that come to mind when one mentions Miss International. Verzosa then built her case on why she should be given the crown. She stressed that it is through sensitivity to other cultures that people learn “to expand horizons, tolerate differences and appreciate diversity.” Verzosa then said that she is more than ready to fulfill these roles and responsibilities as Miss International 2016.

Miss Philippines received thunderous applause from the crowd when she was announced the winner. She’s no stranger to volunteer and charity work having been part of an International organization that works with distressed women as well as suicide prevention. Kylie Verzosa is the 6th Filipina to win the Miss International title.

Gemma Cruz first won the pageant in 1964. She was followed by Aurora Pijuan in 1970; International model Melanie Marquez in 1979. The long lull was broken in 2005 when Precious Lara Quiagaman won the title. The most recent queen was Bea Rose Santiago, who won in 2013.

Filipinos are considered celebrities in the pageant world. Among them are reigning Miss Universe, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and 2013 Miss World Meagan Young.


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God will make a Way when there seems to be No Way

As it is written in the Bible that there is time for everything so it is in human life. There are good times as well as challenging moments for every human being. Sometimes the difficult times are so hard and seem to last longer and may put one down. However, for Christian believers, this is an opportunity to have renewed strength since God will make a way when there seems to be no way.

Faith in God

The complete trust that God is the only source of help and strength is what may be defined as faith in God. Christians get to have faith through reading the word of God and a continuous study of this Word strengthens one’s faith. One believer’s faith can be used to strengthen others as witnessed in the life of a centurion whose faith in Jesus Christ healed his servant even without physically seeing him.

Hope in God

Hope in God is the ability to completely surrender one’s life to God knowing that He will take care of everything that one is concerned about. A complete reliance in God gives one an opportunity to love and take care of others since all personal needs are left in the able hands of God. Hope brings glory to God as believers serve one another without putting themselves first and therefore manifests the love of God to humankind.

God Will Make a Way

There are tough moments in human life when everything seems not to work and one wonders where to turn to. During these times God’s power which is above any other is experienced in the lives of those who believe. Hope and faith enables one to patiently wait upon the Lord even when times are hard and at the end victory is realized for the light shines and darkness disappears.

You Can Do All Things through Christ

It is through the strength given to those who believe in Christ that everything becomes possible. For example, when Paul was facing temptations and even saw death coming closer, he was able to move on since he was encouraged that everything was possible through Christ who was on his side. Believers ought to pursue great things in life since the strength that is received from Jesus Christ will enable them to do even what seem impossible in the eyes of men.

God’s Presence Is Heaven in your Heart

When you open up your heart to receive Christ, everything becomes beautiful and a little heaven is created in your heart. This means that life becomes enjoyable, full of peace, love and satisfaction. The only way to experience the true meaning of life and be sure to see Jesus in His second coming is to allow Him to have His way in your heart and confess that He is Lord.

Nothing is Impossible with God

In conclusion, it is important to understand that nothing is impossible with God. There are many things that seemed impossible to men but God manifested His power through them, such us Lazarus coming back to life. In the Bible we also see God saving Daniel from the lion’s den and also Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were not consumed by fire. These examples show that when we fully trust in God, there is nothing that we cannot achieve and there is no danger that He cannot save us from.


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A Humble Attitude is Your Highest Praise

We live in an era of delusion and glare. Nowadays, we have passion to raise ourselves, to demote and judge others, to sin and to be greedy, even more than the previous ages. Who does not have this passion?

Be Humble with Yourself First

Everyone has the passion to raise himself. From scientific point of view, it is physically normal for the human brain to behave like this. Who would not like to be the best among others? Who would prefer to be a servant and not a master? We are humans with education and we have to think that if everybody would be a master in this world, how we would be able to go on as a community of masters without servants? In our society, there must not be only what we call “education” but also the rule of church that says, “Ignorance is bliss.” Everybody in this world has to be equal with the others. Of course, everybody has to put the effort to act for himself with the best way. Every single person has to try to increase his education, his experience and his quality of life with the appropriate manner. Not only Jesus came on earth to teach about humility, but also other significant personalities such as the ancient Greek doctor Hippocrates. Hippocrates wanted his pupils to be simple doctors. He would not like the doctors to use wonderful dresses and to act as great and magnificent personalities. Another Greek ancient philosopher, Socrates, became famous because he said, “I know that I know nothing”. Thus, we have to be honest with ourselves that we have all of us just a human mind and we cannot differ much from the others.

Be Humble Before Others

Since we are honest with ourselves, we can be easier honest with the others among us to be useful in our community. If we humble ourselves, we can make the other people to sympathize us. Think about a man that believes that he is a master of everything. Would you adore a person with a behavior like that? Whereas if we knew that a person would be simple, we would really “like” him and we would admire his achievements. The same happens to everybody for the rest of us. That is why; we have to be simple men, frank with the others and to have a pure spirit because God gives bless to worthy people.

Be Humble in the Presence of God

When Jesus came on earth, he was teaching the crowds about love, mercy and humility. He made the crowd to understand that the father would react to them as they react to the others. He was trying to advise every single person to humble himself to be able to have entrance in heaven. God knows every single personality. He made us on earth to act as his slaves and not to behave to the rest of the people as a master. That is why, if we humble ourselves, we are honest to God too.
Watch the growth of the bamboos. The higher they grow, the lower they bend. We do not want to grow as a bamboo. We want to grow straightly to be able to reach our father in heaven. This has to be our most important achievement. That is why – if we use to raise ourselves on earth, the God will neglect us in heaven. Whereas the most humbled person on earth, who was Jesus, will be the King of heaven. Instead of that, we have to humble ourselves to make the most of the people of our community to respect and admire us correspondingly.


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Amazing Life Lessons I learned from My Dogs

No matter how old or young we are, no matter how easy or hard life may be, a dog’s love and affection can instantly make a tough day easier. Here are some of the amazing life lessons I learned from my dogs.

1. Dogs are Great Companions

We all know the well-worn phrase – “a dog is man’s best friend,” but it is absolutely true. A dog’s loyalty, compassion, devotion, and inherent ability to lift your mood makes him or her an essential friend for life.

What can this teach you? It can show you just how important it is to treat another living creature just as you would like to be treated in return. Dogs’ love for their masters is absolutely unwavering – so why not give them that same affection?

Few things are more satisfying and uplifting than coming home after a long, hard day, to find your beautiful dog waiting for you. The joy you can feel as your dogs jump up, wag their tails, and make you feel welcome and valued simply cannot be overstated. They also make your home feel far safer: you’re not alone on dark, stormy evenings anymore. You can curl up on your couch and cuddle up to a soft, loving creature you know would do anything to protect you.

This is incredibly important for senior citizens, who become frightened easily and crave companionship. Having another heartbeat around the house can transform your life – and make you feel reborn!

2. Dogs are Great Friends

Dogs love to go for walks, for runs, and to explore new locations. For anyone who has felt lonely, or is missing a loved one, taking a dog out with you for the day is a beautifully fulfilling experience.

One great lesson you can learn from your dogs is friendship.

They just listen. They don’t talk back. They don’t butt in with their own opinions.

You can just talk and talk to your dog, and no matter what secrets you tell them, their feelings towards you will not change. This has a lot to teach us about being better friends: we tend to judge even our most beloved friends when they unburden themselves – is this really the basis of a great friendship?

Be like your dog. Listen. Allow your friends to get their problems off their chest without butting in or belittling them.

3. Dogs are Great Lovers

Dogs are incredibly skilled at making you feel valued, loved, and like the most important person in the world – isn’t this how we all want to feel at one time or another?

When you come home, your dog is there to embrace you and devote their time to you. There may as well be nothing else in the world vying for their attention: they are in love with you, and you with them.

Another great lesson: be just as devoted as a lover as your dog is with you.

Treat your partner as if they are the only person on Earth. Give them your total attention, your complete commitment. Don’t let yourself be distracted by trivial matters.

Dogs can be some of the world’s greatest teachers – just watch how they live their lives and try to echo their finest moments. In short: life is better and happier with a dog.


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Let Your Greatest Pain Develop into Your Greatest Strength

Ever wondered what pain is? Pain is a distressed feeling caused by damaging stimuli. I want to talk about the pain associated with feelings and emotions. It is that kind of pain when you suffer a loss or grief out of something or someone. This pain and the feeling is inevitable. When you experience such kind of agony, the feeling is sometimes unbearable and you often find yourself trapped in the depth of it all. It is hard to divert the attention from it but did you know you can let your greatest pain develop into your greatest strength? All you need is a little courage and motivation.

There is Strength in Every Struggle

Whenever you experience emotional pain, there is always a strong urge, a strong feeling that attracts you in its power. Fear not though for with a little act of courage, you can control that power and turn it into your strength. Now the question here is, how can you overcome your struggles? The answer is very simple; you just have to trust in God. You have to draw the strength from offering prayers to God as him only will give you strength to bear that pain. You must pray for the strength and peace mind to not only overcome but withstand it. Once you are be able to trust and believe in God, you will find your true strength in every struggle you face.

Prayer is the key

You should also try and make prayers part of your usual routine. Only through this will you find the inner peace within yourself. The prayers will serve as the only key for unlocking the inner strength needed in overcoming pain and suffering. They will not only give you the strength to fight but also the strength to overcome and strength to develop your pain into your strongest power and energy.

God Makes You Strong

Sometimes you also wonder why you were given that suffering, why not someone else? The answer is simple. God wants you to become strong. He chose you as the sufferer because he wanted to test your commitment to overcome those challenges. He wanted to show you that you are actually stronger than you think. God doesn’t give you pain and sufferings if He thinks you are weak and not ready to accept them. On the contrary, He only gives that much of pain because He needs to use you as a testimony that pain can be conquered. There is no any concept in life without pain. If there would not have been pain in the world, then you would not have understood the true concept of happiness and ultimately, you would not have recognized God.

God is in Full Control

Every happiness is borne of pain and with every pain springs is happiness – they are that intertwined. You just have to look tough and try to look at the bright side of your suffering. With the blessings of God lies your true strength and with his will lies your true glory. Without him, you are nothing. God has the control of this entire universe and he has the power to do and undo every happening, including your suffering that may now appear insurmountable. With your trust in him all the time, you can have the satisfaction and his endless generosity. You can have your greatest pain turned into your greatest strength – just have faith in God and believe it is possible and it will happen.


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Be Humble and God will Lift You Up

If you want to be successful and happy, one of the very important traits you need to have is humility. There are many verses and the quotes in the Bible that confirm this. When you are humble, it means that you recognize that your true worth comes from God alone.

Humility is Honesty with Yourself

For you to achieve genuine spiritual progress and real happiness, you need to have the ability as well as the willingness to be honest within yourself. When you are honest about your motives and actions, you will be able to keep your ego in check and also nurture a more self-giving attitude.

But personal honesty and self-awareness does not mean that you have to be overly critical of yourself. By being humble, you are not trying to make yourself feel guilty. It is not only about knowing your sins and confessing them, but having the willingness to understand your true motivations and also being aware of your shortcomings.

You will struggle too much to make any real progress in life if you always live with an attitude of self-justification and feel that you are always right. You will also be more prone to insecurity and pride. But when you are honest and aware of your shortcomings, it will be easier to become the person that you really want to in life. Even though it may be a little bit of work, it will definitely be worth it in the long run.

Humility is Honesty with Others

Being honest with others is not an easy thing, but it is something that can be achieved. We lie to people for different reasons. There are times that we do it to make ourselves look better by using embellishments, exaggerations or flat out tales. When we are unhappy about some things, it is usually easier to fill in with lies as opposed to telling the truth.

Another reason why we lie is to avoid embarrassment. We do it for covering up for transgressions and bad behaviors that we are not proud of. People also lie to their peers because they want to earn respect from them. They also lie to authoritative figures in order to avoid punishment or embarrassment.

To break the chain of lies and be honest with other people, you need to know how to anticipate behaviors that will make you feel guilty and avoid them. You can also achieve honesty when you stop comparing yourself with other people. It is only by doing so that you will be able to give yourself the value that you deserve. Because you already feel valuable, you will not feel the need to lie in order to bring yourself up. Other ways that honesty can be achieved include accepting consequences and deciding to face them and doing things that make you feel happy and proud.

Humility is Honesty with God

To be honest with God, you need to share everything with Him. When you are reluctant to speak honestly to God, it shows that you do not trust Him fully. Sometimes, we fail to be fully honest with God because we are mad at Him or we are afraid that He will get mad at us. We fail to trust God to be forgiving, just and helpful when the truth of the matter is that He is all these things. He wants us to come to Him with everything that we have on our minds and He will help us see a way through.

To be humble, you need to be like a bamboo – the higher it grows, the lower it bends. This simply means that the higher you are in grace, the lower you should be willing to stoop and serve others. You will not become a loser by serving others.


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Honesty is the Best Policy

God, our creator, expects us to be honest in our relationships that transcend every sphere of our lives. We shouldn’t only be honest with our God but also with our parents, our friends, our family, ourselves, and even the strangers that happen to chance into our life. There’s nowhere this is more starkly put than the biblical story of Ananias and Sapphira who had to pay with their lives for their dishonesty and deceitfulness.

Honesty with Yourself

One thing we are highly skilled in is telling lies to ourselves. We don’t want to be brutally honest with ourselves. How many times have you been into a hot argument with someone and retreats back to yourself and said, “Honestly I was wrong there?” Yes, what we always operate goes by the name double standards, generously judging ourselves, our actions, and our motives without any inner questioning or debate of ourselves. Learn not to lie to yourself to build a stronger relationship with yourself.

Honesty with Family

Perhaps you have seen how dishonesty can tear apart the fabric of the family. Most of the divorces, financial ruin, name it, have their deep roots in dishonesty. We tell lies all the time. However, a good Christian family life should be one where you are honest with each other. When you are not honest with your spouse, you are teaching your kids not to be honest with the world. Do not lie to any member of your family. A lie is only going to earn you a short-time reprieve, but from the seeds of lies you have planted will sprout the reality where no one within your family is going to ever trust you again. When you are wrong, just admit it, and not lie. You will be building a healthy relationship within the family with honesty.

Honesty with Friends

No man is an Island. We all need friends since they’re the bedrock of our existence, when things are crumbling; we rush to them to give us a helping hand. It’s therefore important to build a healthy relationship with friends through honesty. When you lie to your friends, it’s going to be difficult for them to trust you in return. They’ll just melt away into oblivion from your life. Lies and secrets, even when you think are better for you, normally in the end turn out worse. Someone eventually is going to find out. And when your friend inadvertently hears the truth from another source apart from you, it catches them totally unaware making them feel betrayed. The relationship is not going to retain the same facade you had before. Friends should never be dishonest with each other!

Honesty with Strangers

He’s just a stranger, so? Let me lie to him he gets out of my neck. After all I am not going to see him again! The world is small. That person you were dishonest with, further down the road of life, you are going to meet him.

It behooves us as Christians to be honest with everybody, including strangers, however hard and brutal it looks. Perhaps you heard the story of this creative San Francisco man who, to test the honesty of strangers, went around the rich and the poor areas with a fake winning lottery in his hands asking strangers to tell him if he’d won or not. Some were honest, some cheated him. But what’s important here is you should also build a healthy relationship with everybody, even including total strangers. When Jesus was recruiting his disciples, he was honest with them on what He expected them to do, and they hearkened.

Relationship with God

He’s our Creator and we cannot lie to Him. An honest relationship with God implies that we are not going to estrange ourselves from Him, and as a Father, he is going to grant you that favor you need. God sees through us, and when we lie – as Ananias and Sapphira did – He is going to find out, and you aren’t going to be favorable before His eyes any more.

Honesty is the best policy, as is always said. When you are not honest with one another, even with yourself, you are living a life of lie and soon it catches up with you. It destroys your relationship with everyone around you, even with God.


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Today I am Counting My Blessings not My Problems

I am wonderfully fortunate that today I am counting my blessings not my problems. Today I am blessed. God is good always.

When I think of how God has blessed me I feel like singing praises and glorifying Him. He is the superpower and always a provider and I have always felt fulfilled with Him. I thank God for the gift of life, the air we breathe, the food and shelter. By His grace I have managed to overcome my challenges, temptations and problems. Why am I blessed?

1. My Heart is Beating

Just the other day, I met up with some of my friends and an argument arose on how the term being alive can be defined. Nowadays with improvements in technology and surgical procedures anything from heart to the kidneys can be transplanted from one person to another but the one thing that was agreed on was that it is only God that can give the breathe of life. The breath of life is one of God’s greatest gifts and with every heartbeat, God’s continuous presence and dependence in our lives is seen.

2. I have Food to Eat

Birds do not have hands but they have their own homes .The mother can provide for her young ones and can’t complain at all however they sing praises to Yahweh. The almighty has always provided for my food. The street children wake up without food, money or clothes but at the end of the day they will have something in their stomach. What a blessing, He touches the hearts of good Samaritans and well-wishers to offer charity to the underprivileged.

3. I have Water to Drink

Water is life and God gives life. God has provided water in streams, rivers, the rains and lakes. I once watched a documentary on the superb powers of God to provide water in extreme condition such as the sandy and rocky deserts. He always gives hope even where there is no hope. With His amazing art of creation He has enabled flora and fauna to adapt changes in their habitats for their survival. The cactus have thorns and thick leaves like stem to allow it absorb water and not to lose it also. That is why I praise Jehovah.

4. I have Oxygen to Breath

The amazing blessing of the air we breathe is really awesome. The birds in the sky, the fish in the seas, the animals not forgetting the plants swaying and giving praises to God for the amazing gift of oxygen. If oxygen would have been for sale, everybody would have been poor since we can’t live without it; Life would be obsolete.

5. I am Alive, Healthy and Strong

Every day I wake up I always remember to thank the Lord for it is only through His eternal and everlasting love and grace that enables me to see another day. As much as we have a part to play in ensuring that we live in an environment that is safe and healthy environment, it’s only by God’s divine intervention that we are able to maintain our heath and be able to see another day.

GOD is the giver of life, the provider of all our needs and always has a part to play in our lives. He is always ready to hear you and His door is always open, you only have to Let Him in. And for sure today I am counting my blessings not my problems.


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