Denial

Whew!

Edit, revise, edit, revise.

That’s all I did with my new blog site. I lost count of the 72 hours from the day I purchased my blog domain on the net. I tried it on chrome browser, am not sure if it’s still not working or it’s just that my blog site is not that popular and the search engines cannot fetch. As mentioned I started off with Wattpad, there were articles there about writing. I was happy to read one author said, it doesn’t matter if your stats says you have this x numbers of views, what is important is you enjoy what you are doing and that you love to write. I said, ya, but since I have this obsessive compulsive behavior. I cannot count anymore how many time I have looked at the stats from the WordPress. But ya, good to remember – what is important is I enjoy what I am doing and I love to write.

This is my first day.

So I started to use the book I got called “Celebrate Recovery Bible”. At the back of the Bible is a 30 day daily devotional that talks through the “Celebrate Recovery” steps.

I heard another small voice from reading through this material. It says,

““Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:18-19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

If you look at the bottom right hand corner of this blog site… yes you found it?

Leave what is behind and lean on what is ahead.

Bound by guilt, we keep beating ourselves up over some past failure… no one could love the real us or forgive us for the terrible things we’ve done. But we’re wrong: God can. Jesus went to the cross for all our sins.

Day 1 Daily Devotional, Celebrate Recovery Bible

The same thing with change and risk management disciplines in the professional world. I cannot forget and take a step forward if I do not know and accept what I need to leave behind. I can no longer self deny.

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

That doesn’t mean we’re to ignore the past.

Instead, we need to learn from our past, offer forgiveness and make amends; in doing so, we break its hold on us.

Day 1 Daily Devotional, Celebrate Recovery Bible

I love the serenity prayer. Do you also?

Prayer for Serenity God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; so that I may be reasonable happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen. Reinhold Niebuhr

So how do I grow in faith? I exercise my faith.

With this I need peace to accept the things that I can no longer change, it includes my past.

I need the courage to change the things I can, that is now.

The wisdom to know the difference.

As they say courage is not the absence of fear.

It is doing the right thing in spite of fear.

One stormy day at Bacuit Bay El Nido Palawan Philippines. This was taken November 2018, when I was caught up with those weather systems here in my country. I was having breakfast then at the Art Cafe in the middle of El Nido town.

I remember Pastor Peter mentioned about a painting, of a big beautiful falls with water plummets from the height of mighty rocks. It was entitled “Peace”. Underneath the rocks was a branch of tree, in it is a mother bird and her chicks… singing through the thunder and rumble of the falls. Peace is not the absence of troubles… it is in the presence of Christ.

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