Posted in Each New Day, From Worry To Glory, Lessons Learned from Sickness

One Fine Day

Lessons Learned from My Sickness Part 26: One Fine Day

Castlepoint Lighthouse at Wairarapa NZ
One fine day with God at Castlepoint Lighthouse, Wairarapa NZ. Photo by Jade Mark Jarbadan

How do you define a fine day? Perhaps to many of us, a fine day is a day that is devoid of any problems, burdens or cares.

Everything you encountered provides you joy, blessings, entertainment, and gives you a sense of fulfillment or accomplishment. That’s why people who encountered such kind of day blurts with excitement, “You have made my day!”

One of the most common greetings I heard from people who came to visit me was, “How’s your day?”

I’m grateful that they are so concerned about my situation and that they would like to know whether I still find joy, meaning, hope and peace in that particular day.

My ready answer to that is of course, “I have a fine day! Or, “My day is fine!” This is because I do not look at the negative circumstances surrounding me on a particular day in order to make my judgment, but I focus on God’s goodness and grace which enables me to appreciate the new day that God gave me.

The fact that I still woke up to a new day is already a great reason for me to say that my day is fine!

Proverbs 11: 27 says, “He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.”

In other words, we will be able to define our day as a fine day by looking at all the positive things that God gave us and learn to celebrate that day by affirming God’s goodness and faithfulness.

But if we focus our attention to all the negative, hard, evil aspects of the day then that’s how we will also perceive our day – negative, hard and evil.

Ever since I discovered this verse, I learned to focus on searching the good things that God prepared for me on that particular day.

For what you seek, you will find! Have a fine day everyone!

Posted on FB: 18 March 2015 – 8:41 PM

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces is the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He and wife, Martha have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.

Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.

In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he has lung cancer. He is undergoing chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny writes his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness”.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles. Please pray for Pastor Ronny’s healing.

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Posted in Faith, Testimony

I Have Not Seen The Righteous Forsaken – My Testimony of God’s Faithfulness

righteous is never forsaken

The world said “hard work pays off” but my God says “ask God and claim His promises.”

Last July marked the 8th month that my husband was jobless after he finished contract work in KSA (or Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). I am into selling cosmetics, vitamins and more.

My family has simple needs and as parents, we always impart to our children to spend for needs over wants so that we won’t have any obligation from other people.

Happy to say I follow the Bible to “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8) and we are always contented of what we have.

My daily Bible readings concentrate on character traits and more often than not, I’m always hit straight to my heart. I even argue with God in my thoughts but in the end I bow in surrender to His correction.

Despite of my answered prayers journal to draw strength from, I do worry a lot.

How are we going to pay for my son’s monthly tuition fee in College, our bills and food expenses. I forgo buying medicine just to save for our food.

Then on 3rd week of July, my body manifested a lot of signs that my blood sugar was high. I have been itching all over my body that my daughter who’s a nurse persuaded me to see the doctor.

The result, I had very high FBS and cholesterol levels. My doctor prescribed a lot of medicines and the one I detest most was having daily insulin shots.

My body reacted in many ways for having insulin shots. I had bouts of hypoglycemia almost every other day. I always felt dizzy hindering me to do my usual household chores.

I’m thankful my husband is always there to assist and take care of me. He’s my walking buddy, my friend and the love of my life.

I praise God for giving me a kind and understanding husband because when I’m sick I could be difficult and touchy.

That was the time we were at our lowest. I always cry in my prayers and I prayed “my pain and problems are all yours please do something that will glorify your name!”

I posted on my Facebook the pain I was going through for having diabetes. Then out of the blue an FB friend from my birthplace offered financial help. I refused her offer since we are not that close and I wasn’t soliciting for financial help. She insisted and told me to charge it as loan.

So I accepted with joy and tears flowing knowing it’s the answer to my prayer. A week later, a kind-hearted person sent financial help without my prodding.

Two days later my husband got hired again as contractual worker in a government agency. These made me testify how good God is, my praises and thankfulness I shared on FB.

During my lowest He never abandoned me instead God reminded me of Psalm 37:25 which so real in my life.

Leap of faith and total surrender to God make a big difference! I praise God and glorify His name especially how He uses people to respond to my petition.

During those low times we never experienced having no food on our table, our bills were paid on time.

With all gratitude and sincerity I can truly claim “God is good all the time.”

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