My favorite pastor, Joby Soriano, was the speaker today. I always have fun & sit in attention when he’s the speaker! ;) His topic today was Anger, which is very timely because I can’t seem to shake off the resentment I have been feeling for almost 2 weeks now, no matter how hard I try.. no matter how hard I pray.
“Staying angry is like taking in POISON yourself while waiting for the other person to die” -Malachy Mc Court. This sums up what I have been feeling, and I’m ashamed of it. He gave this guideline to keep off that feeling of anger that simmers & boils at every opportunity because the devil has gained a foothold.. STOP, LOOK & LISTEN.
|Remember: Anger is 1 letter away from DANGER!|
STOP: You cannot take back words. And words can scar. So try not to speak in anger. When you are angry, count 1-10. When you’re very angry, count 1-100! :))
keep themselves from calamity.
LOOK: Instead of anger, have compassion & understanding. Look at their prospective.
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.
LISTEN: When we are angered by others, our natural reaction is to get back. But God wants is for us to get down on our knees & PRAY. Tell God HOW YOU FEEL. Pour out your anger & resentment, all the poison & leave it with God.
New International Version (NIV)
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
Pastor Joby then showed us a great example of how the Holy Spirit being in you helps you face the world & cope better. He had 2 balloons. One was filled with air, which popped when put on top of a lighted candle. This is like a person without the Holy Spirit. The other was filled with air AND water, which depicts the holy spirit in you. Even though it was put on top of a lighted candle, it remained constant & didn’t pop. That’s how the holy spirit reacts to all the frustration, anger, malice, bitterness & resentments of this world.
Moral lesson of the story??? Don’t put a waterless balloon on an lit candlestick haha, LOLjk! :P Seriously, if you have the holy spirit in you, nothing & no one can ever make you pop, figuratively! ;))
I went home with a heavy burden lifted. My spirit is renewed.
And just look at what greeted us as we came home for lunch! :) Our cook went out of her way & made us tropical fruit juices complete with umbrella & pineapple! <3 Isn’t she just the sweetest? What a great way to toast & bid adieu to my anger & resentment! ;))
|haha pardon the plastic cover.. we are a chinese family after all! ;))|
|I appreciate the effort our cook goes through into making our sunday lunches extra special.
And she was sick today, to boot! <3
|and lomi noodles|
|3 kinds of dessert! Yum!!! m/
Strawberry shortcake, Choco overload & Blueberry cheesecake.
All from Contis! <3
Have a happy sunday everyone!!! :-*
PS- I have discovered a new blog that you might want to visit! It’s about a Dale, a dad who dons a different costume every single day & waves goodbye to his teenage son Rain as he rides the school bus going to school. Click HERE if you want to read his humorous blog! ;))