Peace Be With You

10:43:00 AM

Two weeks ago I had an intimate lunch with my Mom and what I love most about our lunches is aside from being able to spend time with each other despite our busy schedules, we get to talk about a lot of things. This particular lunch was more about some of the burdens and hurt my Mom is currently carrying. I will not elaborate on what the specific issues are because:

1. They are not my issues to tell
2. My Mom deserves her privacy and
3. I don't think the specifics are really necessary for the main message of this entry

With that being said, I want to be able to share with you guys a few things I told my mom as I was listening to her talk and pour out her hurt feelings and what have been weighing her down. The reason why I want to share this with all of you is because not only does this literally "hit home" for me, but because I too have days where I think "Gosh Lord, will these things ever stop?" or "When will it be okay for me? Why isn't anything good happening to me?" and even the occasional, "Why me Lord? I'm not a terrible person and yet these things are happening to me. Why?"

I always look back on the things I learn during Bible Study (I strongly encourage you all to give it a try or at least find a group of people who you can talk about these things with) and the one thing that really struck me was our lesson on "Experiencing the Peace of Jesus." Allow me to share the things I learned and the things I told my Mom. After all, the peace of Jesus first starts out with, Faith.

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I think one of the things we forget when we are faced with problems or hurtful things in life is we think the Lord doesn't know what it is like to experience our problems. Like Jesus doesn't know what it's like to be betrayed, cheated on, disrespected, maligned, backstabbed, replaced, forgotten, mistreated... all the horrible things we experience Jesus never experienced. Only we know what it's like to be so tired and drained from all the troubles plaguing our life... This is SO wrong.

Mark 6:31
"He said to them, 'Come with me privately to an isolated place and rest a while.."
Might I remind you all about the story of Jesus? Here it is in summary: Born without fault or sin, He took up the responsibility to die for millions of people He didn't even know. Among those millions of people were the people who were going to torture, malign, betray and backstab Him. He was going to lay down His life even for those people. Don't you think that made Him even just a wee bit tired? It sure did.

Jesus knew when to rest and when to pray in silence. He knew when to just escape from the world and pray to His Father. Why? Because He felt what we feel everyday. He felt the betrayal, the suffering, the hurt, the pain, the backstabbing... He felt it all. And He still does.

NEVER go through life thinking that Jesus isn't hurting every time you hurt. In fact, He hurts more. This is something I truly believe in and that is why when things get tough I make sure to pray to Him. I ask Him for strength through the tough time and that I may be granted the wisdom to see the greater purpose when the time is right. Always remember that when you hurt, God hurts too. And He doesn't forget because He KNOWS exactly what it's like.

1 Peter 5:9
"Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kind of suffering."

I know it's a little wrong to think about it this way, but if you must (especially when times are tough) look to this for comfort: YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

One of the things I learned in Bible Study is that the Lord will never make you feel bad/lonely/hurt or whatever else that is negative. That's the job of the enemy. He is the one who plants those seeds of pain in your heart. That's why it is important to KNOW in your heart that it isn't God who is doing that to you.

Also remember that the enemy will do whatever he can to make you feel that God is personally picking on you. That only YOU have problems and only YOU are hurting. This isn't the case. Always remember that everyone on this Earth is suffering and fighting their own battles. There will be days wherein your problems won't seem so bad and there will be days when it seems like problems are all you have. You have to remember that in the end, it is our choice whether we suffer through it and become better or just suffer forever.

Psalm 91:4
"He will shelter you with his wings; you will find safety under his wings. His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall."

Because God wants what is only best for us, He will do whatever He can to make us feel His love. It is, however, our choice whether we want to feel it or not. If you can manage to allow God in when everything seems to be falling apart, I can guarantee you that things will get better. Why? because your Faith and choice to believe in Him will give you a strength that you never thought you had.

Based on my experiences with betrayal and bullying, I know what it's like to have absolutely NO ONE. I know what it's like to be betrayed, backstabbed, hurt and whatever else bad you can think of. I'm not saying that right after you pray for strength it will no longer hurt, no. It will hurt, but it will get better. Allowing your Faith to grow allows more space for God's love and less space for hatred and bitterness. Guys, I know, sometimes it feels good to just hate on the one who did you wrong and wish them ill, but that's a temporary "happiness." And you know what else?

Feeling bitter, wishing someone ill, cursing at someone, fighting back and maligning them does not take anything away from them- but takes EVERYTHING away from you. Be better. As hard as it is to not fight back and say your side/prove something, DON'T FIGHT BACK. Pray. As for strength. Surround yourself with good people.

Philippians 4:13 
"I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me."

Believing that you can get through any tough time first starts off with the choice to act. Having Faith in the Lord allows you to believe in your heart that whatever hurt or pain you feel is nothing more than a temporary feeling. That, in the end, everything will work out accordingly. With this in mind, it is also important to allow God to work in you, especially during the pain.

When we act based on bitterness, hurt and revenge, God cannot work. But when we act based on maturity, wanting to be better and in Faith, then God can make sure that whatever it is that we do, we do for His greater glory and for our betterment as His children.

KNOW that you can get through any tough time because GOD WILL GET YOU THROUGH IT. Know that and you'll be fine. That was the thought I held on to during the bad times. That is the thought that I think about when things start to go "bad." :)

Proverbs 16:9
"A person plans his course, but the Lord directs his steps."

Proverbs 21:5
"The plans of the diligent lead only to plenty, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty."

I always read these two together because I feel they're supposed to really go together (pinipilit ko yung timing ng Bible? Haha). I think one of the things we should really remember is to know that every bad thing we face, will END. This is what I always tell my mom. To trust in His timing.
This is probably the HARDEST thing to do. God has a funny sense of time eh. His timing is always so DIFFERENT from ours. Being the people that we are, we have to admit that we always want to be in control. We always want to know "What's next?" or "How much longer?" - the reason why God's timing is so beautiful is because it is based on our GROWTH. On our FAITH.

God will grant us whatever it is He has planned for us only at the RIGHT TIME. In HIS TIME. We just have to learn to be more mature and open to the possibility that it might take long, that it might seem like forever. "But what about the people that did me wrong? Why are they getting blessed?" "Why are these mean people living life as if walang karma?" "Doesn't God care about me and all the bad things they're doing to me?"

YES. Yes He does. But we have to remember that God loves them too. OUCH, right? But yes, God loves them just as much as He loves you. He doesn't agree with the bad that they've done to you- He doesn't love them because they bully you, no. But He loves them because they're His kids too. We just have to learn to focus on bettering OURSELVES instead of comparing. Just focus on your relationship with God and on your life. Bahala na yung karma and whatever else. It will come rin. :)

Jeremiah 29:11
"'For I know what I have planned for you,' says the Lord. 'I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.'"
Last but not the least, here is probably my favorite passage from Jeremiah. This brings me the most hope during the most trying of times and this is something that my mom and I spoke about during our lunch. Whenever things become too much of a burden to bear, when things feel like they're never going to end, when the problems just keep pouring in... remember this.

God will NEVER purposely hurt you. God will NEVER want you to feel pain for the rest of your life. Whatever God has planned for you, it is nothing but GOODNESS. Why? Because He loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only son to die for YOU.

YOU. The sinner, the one who only prays when things get tough, the one who's been hurt, bullied, backstabbed... YOU. For everything that you are, and everything that you are not, God loves you. ALWAYS and FOREVER. :)

I hope you guys enjoyed this entry, and I hope I didn't sound so preachy and whatever. I just wanted to share with you all the highlights of my talk with my mom and how we were able to feel God's love even through a simple lunch of two girls. :)

I really just want you guys to all know that FAITH is really worth having. It is really worth keeping and strengthening. I don't know where I would be today if it weren't for my family, friends and of course, GOD. :)

This is one of my fave letters ever written. If you have the time be sure to open up a Bible and read the passages that accompany each line :)

Father's Love Letter

My Child ~
You may not know me, but I know everything about you ~ Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up ~ Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways ~ Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered ~ Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image ~ Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being ~ Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring ~ Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived ~ Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation ~ Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book ~ Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live ~ Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made ~ Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb ~ Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born ~ Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me ~ John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love ~ 1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you ~ 1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child and I am your father ~ 1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could ~ Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father ~ Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand ~ James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs ~ Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope ~ Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love ~ Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore ~ Psalm 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing ~ Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you ~ Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession ~ Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul ~ Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things ~ Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me ~ Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart ~ Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires ~ Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine ~ Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you ~ Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart ~ Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes ~ Revelation 21:3-4
And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth ~ Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus ~ John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed ~ John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being ~ Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you ~ Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins ~ 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled ~ 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you ~ 1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love ~ Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me ~ 1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again ~ Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen ~ Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father ~ Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is ~ Will you be my child? ~ John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you ~ Luke 15:11-32
                                                                                                   Love, Your Dad, Almighty God

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  1. Aww. This made me cry. Thanks Karla! :)

  2. Faith is accepting that u may not understand everything, but knowing that God will direct u to what he wants for your life. Knowing how much you're really worth comes from being close to the God who gave you your worth. - Jane :)

  3. Did you know that the sentence "Do not fear" appears in the Bible 365 times? God made it that way because He wants us to put it within His power all our sorrows, problems and anything that makes us feel down. He is there for us 24/7 telling that we need not be afraid because He planned it all just for us. You are doing good just by seeing the other side of the problems in your life. God wanted you to experience it to make you a better person. I really love the letter and it summarizes what God wants and will do because of His love for us. I hope that all goes well with your mother. :) God Bless, Karla. :)

  4. Got teary-eyed reading Father's Love Letter. Keep inspiring others ate Karla! :)

    1. Thank you Jo-anafelle! It's one of my favorite letters ever! :)

  5. These two verses struck me the most:
    Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen ~ Luke 15:7
    I am waiting for you ~ Luke 15:11-32

    My heart just melted by reading your entry. Keep it up Karla! :) I will include your mother in my prayers even if I don't know what's really happening. :) God Bless. :)

    1. I love the whole letter and I'm glad that those verses really struck you. Thank you so much Jean, your prayers mean the world! :)

  6. THIS! plus the Father's Love Letter. yes, I will! ikaw na talaga ate karla. haha. (is it okay to call you ate? kahit ilang beses ko na yan tinatawag sa'yo) wala na talaga ko ma'say sa'yo. :)) you're so close to God and that's good. again, thank you for this. God Bless you and your mother. :))

    1. Hi Joyce! Karla is just fine, no need for the Ate Hihi :) Thank you so much and I'm glad you enjoyed this entry! I only hope to become closer to God in time :)

  7. Thank you sooo much Ate Karla for this blog entry! :'( This made me realize lot of mistakes I made! Thank you!!!!! Super I can't even put to words how thankful I am to know you and your blog. Stay pretty and continue inspiring us!! I love you! I wish you're my friend so I can hug you and bond with you. :( no more tearful days for sure. Thank you!


    1. Hi R! Aww thank you so much, that means a lot to know that my blog has substance and can, in ways, affect people positively. I'm glad you were able to reflect on your life with this entry. Hope to meet you soon! Hug hug :)

  8. I got goosebumps when I read the Father's Love letter. It's such a nice blog entry.

  9. Father's Love Letter has always been my favorite ever since. Every time na i feel like im all alone, i always read this and pray. Hay ate Karla, i have a question, i know deepdown that i have a strong faith in Him but this time, sobrang nahihirapan ako, parang konti na lang i would collapse. I always remind myself, things will be better, pero until now its not. :( when you wrote "If you can manage to allow God in when everything seems to be falling apart," tanong ko yan sa sarili ko simula ng dumating "tong problema ko" parang nawala lahat ng pinag-aralan ko sa christian values and tinatanong ko sarili ko, "how will i know if God is talking to me" Paano ba ate? :( I always ask this to myself. And most of the time i would end up crying like shit. Haay, hope you can answer this. wanted to send a private mail kaso baka di mo mabasa eh.

    Thanks for sharing this. will read this again maybe later before i go to bed. God bless ate Karla!

    1. Hi sweetie, first of all, thank you for writing to me. I honestly can't give you like a direct answer as to how to see if God is speaking to you. All I can tell you is that when He does, you will know. You have to try your best to just solider on, to continue to pray for strength and guidance in order to hear His word. He will speak to you when your heart is ready. You have to just set aside whatever pain and hurt you feel and leave room for His love and message. Hope this helped and please feel free to drop me an email, I will read it. :)

  10. Hi, Ate Karla! First of all I just want to say thank you so much for writing this entry. It touched my heart and now I am more inspired to face the challenges that come my way. I admire you so much for being a fashionista, a blogger and a MYX VJ but what makes you my idol is that I can tell you are an intelligent young woman who is not only a good daughter to your mom but also to God. You are an inspiration to many so more power to you! I'll continue to read your blog and watch you on MYX! :)

    1. Thank you for letting me know how you feel and I'm glad that this entry has helped give you even just a little bit more strength to get by. Thank you so much and I hope you continue to enjoy the entries that I'll post here! :)

  11. OMG! I love you Karla :) Thank you for this :>

    -Ri <3

    1. You are most welcome, Ri. I hope this entry helped you :)

  12. It was his plan for me to see and read this. I'm going through a very dark tunnel right now and this is just what I need--Light.

    1. Hi Camille! I'm glad The Lord has brought you to this entry and I hope that in some way it has made you feel better and more hopeful. Know that He is God and He will never ABANDON YOU. He is with you always, even in the toughest of times :)


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