BER months are here!

BER months are here! Only 113 days to go before Christmas and everyone is so excited! Our country has earned the distinction of celebrating the world’s longest Christmas season. Parols, Christmas lights and other Christmas decorations will be brought out and displayed again in the homes and streets everywhere and Christmas carols will be heard as early as September.
 
Everyone is getting excited to attend Christmas parties and also simbang gabi that last for 9 days. While ninongs and ninangs will be busy again listing the names of their ina-anak and buy gifts for them. And others are going to get busy again shopping for new clothes, toys, gadgets and presents!
 
So, How are you going to spend your Christmas this year? I hope everyone will have a very happy Christmas!

Having a positive attitude makes a difference

 

When there are difficulties in our life and we feel down, this is the time to reflect, think and expect the positive. Our Heavenly Father sent us to earth to learn, grow, experience, succeed and not to fail. We must always remember that God will never give us a burden that we cannot bear. Each and everyone of us have different challenges in life and it is up to us if we face it in a positive or negative way.

When we choose to have a positive attitude, we usually perform our work better and faster, and we usually enjoy it more. Filling our life with happy thoughts will help us overcome the negative feelings we feel inside. Some challenges might be easier for us to face if we will develop a positive attitude. We must learn to trust our self and God then do our best in our life no matter how many difficulties we may face.

President Spencer W. Kimball said:

“I remind you … that regardless of your present age, you are building your life; … it can be full of joy and happiness, or it can be full of misery. It all depends upon you and your attitudes, for your altitude, or the height you climb, is dependent upon your attitude or your response to situations” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1974, 112–13; or Ensign, Nov. 1974, 80).

We must always remember not to let circumstances influence our thoughts and moods. By rising over them mentally, we will eventually rise over them materially. By trusting in the Lord, praying and reading the scriptures we will develop a positive attitude and personal growth.

May the Lord bless us all! Keep smiling!

Merry Christmas!!

Just want to greet everyone a very “Merry and Blessed Christmas!”. Spread the love and show that you really care to everyone around you! Remember that material things are not that important to be given or received this Christmas, what important is that we remember and celebrate the birth of our beloved savior “Jesus Christ”. Let us all rejoice and be merry for this wonderful Christmas day!

Love,
Mie-chan
x.o.x.o

Be of Good Cheer

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The Lord has taught us to be of good cheer. When we are in our premortal life we shouted for joy because of the opportunity to progress to our second estate (Job 38:4, 8) We were aware that during mortality we would experience pain, sorrow, disappointment, afflictions, problems as well as joy and happiness. With all this knowledge we felt peace and security because we knew that our Heavenly Father would always be mindful of us and that He will always be there to help and comfort us.

Trials are part of the Lord’s plan for us

In life, we will have:

  • disappointments, trials, and problems
  • experience joy
  • Satan will tempt us – because he wants us to be miserable like him

The Lord wants us to succeed and be happy in our life. Eventhough we have so many challenges in our life and sometimes we feel down and miserable, remember always that there is someone who can help us rise above our blues and that is the Lord.

We can be of good cheer even in difficult times

In John 16:33 it says and I quote “These hings I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

In Matthew 14:27 it says and I quote “But straightway Jesus spake unto them saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

The Lord will always be there for us no matter what. He knows what we feel and what we want. He is there to strengthen us whenever we feel lonely and down. We are given trials to gain experience, to shape our character and to learn and progress in this life. Whenever we feel discourage, remember to count the blessings we receive each day and we will be surprised on what the Lord has done to us.

Remember that we shall find rest in the Lord and He will lift us at the last day if we will remain faithful and righteous unto the end.

 

When Things Go Wrong

We often ask ourselves, why our lives take a turn for the worse even if we were trying to live the gospel. We keep on doing the things according to God, but still, we find ourselves in deep water sometimes.

I too, have felt the same feeling of being alone and empty in my life and keep on asking myself the same question during the time of deepest trials my family has faced. But, I’ve never losed my faith, trust and hope to the Lord. I’ve continued to do what is right having a positive attitude that someday my family will overcome the trials given by God.

I know that if we continue to obey the Lord’s commandments, our lives will be blessed. The Lord will always be there to help us in times of our deepest trials and afflictions. He has carried me and made my burden light.

The scriptures says, “Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith” (Mosiah 23:22). Let us put our trust in the Lord for He will deliver us out of our trials, our troubles and our afflictions, and we shall be lifted up in the last day (Ether 6:5, 11-12)

Let us always have patience in facing our afflictions, having a firm hope that one day we shall rest from all our afflictions.