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[1: 1,924 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 18 of 42

In Journal on August 16, 2018 at 8:44 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 18: Experiencing life together

I am very motivated about this chapter because it is an introduction to having a group and the perfect size is having 12 members so everyone can participate. I am hoping to build my group in Dubai.

The following are the experiences of a real fellowship:

  1. Experience authenticity. Being authentic requires both courage and humility.
  2. Experience mutuality. Mutuality is the heart of fellowship: building reciprocal relationships, sharing responsibilities, and helping each other.
  3. Experience sympathy. Sympathy meets two fundamental human needs: the need to be understood and the need to have your feelings validated.
  4. Experience mercy. Fellowship is a place of grace, where mistakes aren’t rubbed in but rubbed out. Fellowship happens when mercy wins over justice.
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[1: 1,923 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 17 of 42

In Journal on August 15, 2018 at 11:55 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 17: A place to belong

Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of Christ’s body. If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it. Or if one part of our body is honored, all the other parts share its honor.

The church is a good place to belong and be an active member. I have to start committing to a ministry because it is lacking in my life, to be part of a community, a church that I can grow together with my spiritual family.

God wants you to love real people, not ideal people. You are called to love imperfect sinners, just as God does. I am called to belong, not just believe.

[1: 1,922 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 16 of 42

In Journal on August 14, 2018 at 9:44 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 16: What matters most

It is in loving that we are most like God.

Rick suggested this as our prayer when we wake up, “God, whether I get anything else done today, I want to make sure that I spend time loving you and loving other people – because that’s what life is all about. I don’t want to waste this day.”

“The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.” Rick finished on this chapter.

I have days of walking in an elevator and not see the face of the people I shared that intimate space with. I avoid the connection with my fear that it’s too much of foreign energy that I have to process. There are days that I gather the brave and strong being inside me and wish someone in the lift a great day and they return it back to me. May I always have my heart speak of love to everyone.

[1: 1,921 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 15 of 42

In Journal on August 12, 2018 at 11:04 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 15: Formed for God’s family

There are moments when I forget that I am worthy because of my God but instead I feel so small in this big world and beaten by the lack that I formed in my head.

There is one person who is so close to me, my youngest sister, who puts up with my incredulousness because we are family. If I go beyond the steps of my home, anyone outside is my family and as mighty as God.

I was born to be God’s family and for that I am grateful.

 

[1: 1,920 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 14 of 42

In Journal on August 11, 2018 at 8:00 AM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 14: When God seems distant

Rick shared, “God is real, no matter how you feel.  The dark night of the soul is a test of faith. God’s more concerned that you trust him than that you feel him. Faith, not feelings, pleases God. Rely on the promises of God, not your emotions, and realize that he is taking you to a deeper level of maturity.”

The Bible says, “Christ was without sin, but for our sake God made him share our sin in order that in union with him, we might share the righteousness of God.”

Trusting God that He is present all the time even if it doesn’t feel like it.
Trusting God that He loves me unconditionally and leads me to the right path.
Trusting God that am getting stronger to fill my life with goodness to serve others.
I trust you God even in the moments that you test me.

 

[1: 1,919 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 13 of 42

In Journal on August 10, 2018 at 7:28 AM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 13: Worship that pleases God

With “Invitation” by Philip Glass playing in the background I savor this moment as I write about this chapter. Melodies and lyrics that I like have powerful effects that make my soul come to life, and I often think it is probably because that art was made me love. It was a beautiful line when Rick said, “Worship is your spirit responding to God’s Spirit.”

It is a form of worship when I am given every single new day to live my authentic self, doing what I do now with my best and love, and having the intention to serve. The Bible lovingly reminds us that, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Our body shows our connection why we are alive, this body that breathes on Earth, leads us to be present if we don’t get lost in our mind. Breathe in. Breathe out. Create the space and don’t think but feel the gentle air that goes into our body and giving that air a gentle send-off. In every new breathe, new air, we can recognize that right now we are OK, enough, and go ahead smile.

[1: 1,918 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 12 of 42

In Journal on August 9, 2018 at 12:07 AM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 12: Developing your friendship with God

This is my favorite chapter so far because it shared the stories of all the friends of God in the Bible. These human beings are authentic, vocal about their struggles, and truly deeply love God. I couldn’t help but remember my friends for more than 15 years and how when you have something great going on you like to share it with them; we’ve never met but I want to share it with you, God is awesome!

God doesn’t expect us to be perfect but He wants our honesty, He encourages us to voice out our feeling even if it’s a complaint, second-guessing, accusing, and arguing with our creator. My heart and my imperfect personality tear up when I’ve read God’s response to Moses who was speaking with candor, “All right. Just as you say; this also I will do, for I know you well and you are special to me.”

“Dear Jesus, more than anything else, I want to get to know you intimately.” God told the captives in Babylon, “When you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.”

[1: 1,917 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 11 of 42

In Journal on August 7, 2018 at 10:55 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 11: Becoming best friends with God

We can absolutely approach God anytime because of God’s grace and the sacrifice of Jesus that restored our intimate connection with God.

I do talk to God as much as I can in a day and below is a sample. I also want to be best friends with God because He can give me the peace that I aim for.

Morning. The moment I wake up, I think “Good morning God” then I sit to say my prayer. First, to be used as a vessel of God in order to serve and love for the day. Second, when I am too stressed out at work, I seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit to give me wisdom in order to complete my task smoothly. Third, I am grateful for this beautiful day where I can see the world lit up out of my apartment. I am also grateful that I have another chance to do my best.

Throughout the day. I breathe when I feel overwhelmed and utter make me strong God to learn the lesson for today. I feel optimistic to feed myself with good lessons like right now I listen to Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations podcast (I love every interview!). When I was at the mall today, I consciously recognized that each human has God in it and it made me feel lighter and loving. When I look at our two beautiful houseplants that are marvelously growing, I smile and am grateful to God, these plants made me feel grounded.

Evening. I prepare this blog and reflect on the chapter of the day. I read the chapter for tomorrow in order to have time to contemplate and absorb the holy bits. Before I go to bed, I sit and pray again. First, I am grateful that I am on my bed about to take a rest. Second, I offer all my worries and seek forgiveness of the things that I have not done with integrity. Third, I pray for good rest to have the right energy when I wake up again the next day.

[1: 1,916 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 10 of 42

In Journal on August 6, 2018 at 9:30 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 10: The heart of worship

The heart of worship is surrender. The three barriers that block our total surrender to God: fear, pride, and confusion. The more we realize how much God loves us, the easier surrender becomes. 

We don’t want that we’re just creatures and not in charge of everything. The oldest temptation is wanting to be God. When faced with our own limitations, we react with irritation, anger, and resentment.

E. Stanley Jones said, “If you don’t surrender to Christ, you surrender to chaos.”

The way I practice surrender is giving my best, hoping for the great outcome, but I don’t become attached of it all; but I let it go and trust that God’s will is what I pray for.

[1: 1,915 of 10,000] WOEAIHF? Day 9 of 42

In Journal on August 5, 2018 at 6:24 PM

WOEAIHF is Rick Warren’s “What On Earth Am I Here For?” book.

Day 9: What makes God smile?

I’m not sure where did I learn it from the past but at some point when I was younger I am conscious if my choices, actions, thoughts, and words make God smiles.

It is not easy to do this, especially that I have an internal resistance from my ego (Wayne Dyer acronym for it is ‘Edging God Out’) questioning why do I need to make God smile, what’s in it for me? I often try to understand God’s love by seeing Him as a parent and I am a child. I resist having children since I couldn’t remove my dilemma that they will be obliged to take care of me when I am too old to care for myself.

I am wrong, I would never be able to define God’s love for me and I should not stop myself from loving others and letting others love me. It is a practice that I am trying to keep my spirit stronger. In my soul, I know that of course, I want to make God smile, because it means I am doing things with a clear conscience and that in return makes feel good and my ultimate aim in life to be at peace.