You are not the horrible child. You are more than just the second choice. You are not a ‘leftover’ or a ‘last resort.’ You are not stupid. You are more than your body size. You are not ‘talentless.’ There are people who want you here. There are people who are glad you are here, alive.
You have a purpose, a calling, a gift. You are special, wonderfully and fearfully made, and unique. Don’t look down on yourself. Don’t look at yourself the way people tell you. Don’t think that you are alone, because you are not. There are people who love you. Most importantly, God loves you. He wants you just the way you are; He accepts you wholly. He is unlike any person you have met. He is more. He is perfect. He created you because He loves you. He wants you to enjoy this life with Him.
I recently had the honour and blessing of crossing paths with an 82 year old homeless man, named Louie. Louie is originally from Italy, and has been living on the streets of Melbourne, in and out of shelters and protective housing for the last 27 years. Every day he walks the same route throughout Melbourne, and he passes the home where his daughter and family now live and reside; though he has never met his daughter. He makes his way to Princes Park in Carlton North, where he finds food in the 8 designated bins around the outskirts of the park.
Louie and I have shared fruit, sandwiches and as of last Friday, a meal, a coffee, a new outfit from the op shop and an incredible conversation about his life, and about God together. Louie shared his story with me, and I shared my story with Him, my story of how my life was drastically changed through the incredible power and love of Jesus Christ.
His words were as follows; (I asked him if I could write them down in my phone, because I felt the power of what was coming from his mouth was precisely the truth as to why so many people feel unloved, and uncared for.) Louie said to me upon me finishing my story of how Christ radically altered my circumstances:
"You see all the people who do go into the churches, you see them. You see their children and their families and their nicely shined shoes. You see their hair is done and their faces are happy, because they know that they have much. But they see me, and they tell me that they do not have time to talk, they do not have the money to give me that I can have a warm drink. They do not see that I am homeless. They think maybe that I am blind? That I cannot see they can help me just a little? I love Jesus because He keeps me warm in my heart but, I do not like His followers. And people ask me why I do not? And I say because Jesus is about love and He is about giving to those who need His blessings, and His people… They are not."
And so, on this note, I decided to share with Louie about my church, and about my blog. I shared with Him that I have followers on here who would love the opportunity to show Him kindness, and also in my church. He said to me "If God can show me through you that He can love me practically and He see my need, then maybe I can come to Him?"
This is where YOU GUYS come in, I would LOVE to raise some money to pay for Louie to stay in a rehabilitation clinic here in Melbourne for a three week intensive rehabilitation course for Alcoholics, which has the potential to lead into some community work, which then has the potential to lead into part time work for him, depending on his progress in the rehabilitation program.
In the long run, my desire out of this is to see Louie come to know the love of God, and to; through the love of His people, and the support of His people, see His circumstances radically changed! I KNOW the power of love and giving, and invite you to be a part of this incredible opportunity…
CAN I LEAVE ENCOURAGEMENT/A NOTE FOR LOUIE WHEN I DONATE?
Yes, you absolutely can, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
IS THERE A SPECIFIC AMOUNT I HAVE TO DONATE?
No, you can donate as you feel led. $5, $10, $20, $30, $50, $80, $100 or more, or less. Whatever your heart feels inclined to give.
Please know ALL DONATIONS will go towards bettering Louie’s situation.
I know God has orchestrated and blessed me to be in this position, where I have the reach of thousands of people from all across the world to partner with me in this opportunity to bless a mans life, and allow him to receive a second chance, and to potentially come to know His maker intimately through a random act of kindness through strangers.
Thank you all in advance for your willingness to pray, read, love, listen, understand and of course, donate. I know God has great plans for this situation, and I know His favour is upon Louie’s life… We did not cross paths by chance, God does NOT do ‘coincidences’.
The following is a brief history of Louies life, which I was blessed to hear him share over an evening meal in a local café near the park he passes daily.
Louie is 82 years old, he was born on the 7th of September 1931, in Italy. Louie had a fantastic life in Italy, though lost his father at the age of 11 due to a heart condition, and his mother at the age of 13 due to cancer. Louie cared for and raised his two younger siblings Anna Maria and Katterina until they were old enough to find work. He then at the age of 24, met his wife Mabel — a beautiful woman from England with a love and desire to travel. Mabel had family wealth, a healthy career and as Louie says ‘She was more beautiful than the flowers of spring time.’ Four months later, they were married, and Mabels family purchased a small home for them in Italy, where they lived for many years happily together. Louie was working for a leather company producing footwear, and mabel had plans to travel. Louie never imagined himself living in another country, and without a word of english before meeting Mabel, the idea was very scary. However as Louie put it “Love will always find a way to give the best to others in need.” — and so, they moved to Australia.
Louie and Mabel had the support of Mabels’ family, but struggled to make Australia ‘home’ for quite some time. Louie was blessed to work on the tram lines; a steady income with a little work each week - leaving mabel to be a stay at home housewife. Years went by, and it seemed life was settling well for them. Until one evening when Louie returned home from work to find an empty home. Thinking perhaps that Mabel had gone travelling as she often would, he waited patiently for her return, going to work for first one week, then the second week passed by and still no word from Mabel. He waited, and waited, and waited for her. She never returned, which Louie described as ‘The most painful beat of my heart.’ Several months following, Louie lost his position working on the tram lines, and decided to open himself up to the ways of the world.
He sold their family home, and moved from bed to bed, eventually settling in the small town of Yallourn, where Louie began working in the coal industry, drinking excessively and smoking excessively. For years Louie went on like this, until his body decided it had had enough. Louie was diagnosed with a rare alcohol induced liver disorder, as well as lung cancer. Having no family and few friends to support him through this time, he put off the treatment, and continued smoking and drinking, until he could no longer function at work, losing his position, no longer being able to afford his lifestyle, and rendering himself without a choice, he took himself in for medical treatment. His second nurse tending to him the third night of his stay in hospital, was none other than his estranged wife, Mabel. After some time of talking, Mabel admitted she left because she fell pregnant, and that he was the father of a little girl. Mabel no longer desired a marriage with Louie and had already begun another relationship with another man. Louie says “It was this moment that you can feel your heart does truly break, you know? She tell me I cannot see this little one too.” Mabel had made it clear Louie was not welcome to see their daughter, and that she did not want him to request her while he was in care either. His heart was broken.
Louie later went on to (and to this day still does) suffer from severe depression, loneliness, alcoholism, regret, heartbreak and severely retracted from social situations and society. Louie since being discharged from treatment has been living on the streets of Melbourne, in and out of emergency accommodation, shelters and hostels for the past 27 years. He knows the name, and address of his daughter, thanks to brief contact with Mabels parents fourteen years ago. She currently resides in Carlton North, with her family. Louie walks through this area every day on his way to the dog park (where he and I crossed paths) and passes her home, in the hope that someday perhaps, somehow, they too, will cross paths and he will catch just a small glimpse of his daughter. But as he says "I believe I will see her and she will know who I am, I do not know when, but I do know this in my heart, that someday she will know me."
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I just found out that my 25-year-old uncle(my mother’s cousin) passed away this morning. He died of cardiac arrest in his sleep. Please pray for my grandmother and his family. I do believe though that they’ll get through this. God is the One taking care of them right now. It’s just shocking and saddening. Thank you!
Hello, beloved! A good morning from the Philippines! I’m sorry if I have not been really active in Tumblr since I’d been very, very busy in school. I’m starting my second semester as a sophomore student, and God has been faithful. I’d always been a crammer and procrastinator, but He’s still faithful; also, right now, I am learning to not panic despite of the time constraints and seemingly unstoppable comings and goings of activities and work.
Anyway, I’d been learning that God always has something to teach me and establish me in for every semester in college. This time, it’s about trusting in Him. Casting all my cares in Him. It’s seeing the rationality of no anxiety, of being confident in His care, and of acknowledging the peace that He gave me.
So wherever we are in life, I believe that God always works in us. He does not stop; everything is going to be alright, and will work together for our good.
Haha. I’ll be coming home to our province on Saturday night. I’ll start posting and answering questions then. I hope all of you are fine! You’re all greatly blessed, brothers and sisters! Let’s not stop praying for one another. We are family. ^^
We may see a lot of things failing in front of our very eyes. We may feel the disappoint and the shame trying to creep in our hearts. We may lose hope, confidence, and joy, but one thing stands true. God is the strength of our hearts. He is an ever-present help in trouble. That means that He is with you right now, and He’s not just there to comfort you. He is getting you out of that ‘trouble.’ God is more than just a presence, He is powerful and He is able. He helps you and moves in your life because He loves you.
“Life is more than eating and drinking and paying bills. The abundant life that comes through Jesus is nothing less than the adventure of exploring the limitless love of a great God. It’s riding atop the shoulders of the One who made all things.”—Paul Ellis, The Gospel in Twenty Questions
Okay. I just read someone's ask about " God putting you through trials so you'll draw closer to him" that couldn't be any further from the truth and people need to be reminded that God does not make bad things happen to you. Like death. Break ups. Sickness. Or anything bad really. Evil does. God does a beautiful thing when he brings light to terrible situations. Us as believers do not need to be telling non believers that God causes the bad things, that is not a very good way to disciple.
I believe that God let me go through terrible things so that I could be a light and support for other people who are going through similar things. I wouldnt change my childhood if it changed who I was today, because I feel like I am the woman God meant for me to become. I went through hardships so that I could better serve. I wouldn't be able to help others in the same way that I can now, if I hadn't had those experiences.
I also want to add to your post about suffering. I, personally, think that God allows some people to go through certain trials because he wants you to draw closer to him. When you realize how bad your situation is, he hopes you will stop focusing on wordly troubles, seek your bible, and pray for a better tomorrow. When he has taken you out for tribulation, you will be a testimony to others & a mentor your friend in need. Don't take all suffering as God being angry! He truly does love you :)
If there was no such thing as darkness, how would we understand what light is? In the same way, if there was no such thing as suffering/pain/sadness, how would we understand how great God’s love/grace/gentleness/mercy is?
This reminds me of something Pastor Prince said in a sermon. He said that oftentimes, we think that the enemy attacks first and God will just catch up to counteract it with His goodness. That’s not the way it is though. The reason why the enemy causes many troubles is that he sees what God is doing in each of our lives and he wants to counteract it. The enemy wants us to focus on what he's doing. Not God's work.
But God’s grace is greater and more abundant that what the enemy could ever do— so much greater is grace that even the enemy’s tactics can be used for the beloved’s good and God’s greater glory. Though we can’t see God working in the midst of the troubles, He still is working and doing something. He will never leave us. He has something great up His sleeve.
Actually, this is what I’m believing for about what is happening in our country.
if God loves all the people in the world,why does he let people suffer?
Hello, beloved. We live in a fallen world— that’s why there are thorns, and weeds, and suffering. I don’t claim to know all the answers. I don’t understand everything.
Here’s what I believe, though: It is not God’s will that people suffer. He loves each one of us. That love has been shown in the cross and finished work of Jesus on the cross more than 2000 years ago. There are hunger, poverty, storms, earthquakes, corruption, and sickness in this world because it is fallen. There will be a day when everything will be renewed, and all the things that cause suffering will be destroyed.
I’m sorry, beloved. That’s all I know. But it is not God who orders the suffering. He won’t do that. He won’t punish people through hunger, and poverty, and brutal typhoons. Christ has been punished already in our place. You’re greatly blessed!
If there is a God why do so many people disbelieve or doubt ?
Hello, beloved! There could be many reasons why people disbelieve or doubt God. One that I’ve observed is that there is always something that’s holding them back— a weakness, a bad memory, a belief that they’ve gotten from the world, or a fear.
We are made to believe that we can reach and do anything that we want if we just give all our best and give all we’ve got. We can reach happiness, that promotion, be the kind of person we want to be, and do everything by our own strength, education, and efforts. However, as we go through life in this way, we realize that first, we can’t do it on our own. Second, happiness and satisfaction can’t be found even if we acquire all the things.
And so we struggle to find out where we should go. But we can’t believe in God because there are some scientists who say He does not exist and you have to act intellectual. Or because God can’t exist because there is so much trouble in the world (if He does, why does not He just solve everything?). There are some people, though, who do not want to believe in God because they have been told that they can’t come to Him since they are like this or like that.
Nevertheless, whatever may be our reason for not running to His arms faster than light, God will still exist. And He cannot stop loving us.
Believing in God, for me, is not about trying to win a theological debate, or trying to brag to people. Believing in God is a personal decision— it is admitting that you need Someone who is greater than you, whose love for you will never end. Trusting does not have anything to do with what other people may think— it’s about making the best decision you’ll ever make.
Eventually, people will realize that God is who they need. They may admit it, or not. But I pray that they will admit that need. And accept His love. God has done everything for us. He does exist. He really, really does. The kind of culture we have right now does not stop Him or change Him. He will always be the same.
Please, could you pray for my boyfriend and his family? Salvation for his brother, health (& a miracle) for his mother, peace, strength and faith for him & his family's finance. I would seriously appreciate it! Thanks :'3♥
Will do, beloved. :) Let’s claim all these, in Jesus’ name! Our Savior will overwhelm your boyfriend’s family with His goodness, greatness, and love. Jesus has a plan for each of them. :’>
how was your struggle through everything? you're an inspiration.
Aww. Hello, beloved. :) How was my struggle? I actually can’t fully describe it. I know though that I am not alone in all the things that I am going through, no matter how difficult they are. I knew that some people, somewhere, are also experiencing what I am.
There are times when I do give up. Hahaha. As in really give up. I start thinking, “My life is not going to change anyway. I am not going to change. Let’s just stop this nonsense, Pam. Your life has been a joke.” I start thinking that God does not exist, or He does not really love me, and all those good things that He did where purely luck. I would write negative and rude things on my journal, but halfway through it, I start crying and crying without succeeding in trying to stop.
Then something would happen: it’s either some friend would text me or message me about how he or she misses me or thought of me, or I’d read something here on Tumblr, or my parents would tell me something out of the blue. Those are the times when I admit to myself that though times are hard, I really can’t claim that God does not exist or He does not love me. His love has been made manifest in the precious people He surrounded me with, in the way I can still feel hope in my heart, in the hopeful thoughts permeating in my mind.
I mean, things are hard and all that, but they really get better. I am infinitely much better now, than I was years ago, and sometimes I just forget that. We just have to remember that it is not who is fighting these battles; it’s God. And He’s not really fighting. He’s seated in His throne in heaven! It means that the battle is over and it’s won. The victor has been declared. That’s you, me, us— in Christ Jesus. The enemy could still roam around this world, but no, he’s already defeated. He’ll never conquer us completely. Christ’s foot has crushed him already.
It hasn’t been always easy, but when you focus on Jesus Christ, all the pain, the hurt, the anxieties, the jealousy, the insecurities, and all the other things weighing us down would just start to ease off. He has always been the One able to bring us through and carry us past all these things. In Him,there is peace. In Him, we find our worth and our future. Though we give up, He never will. He will always hold us.
Can you please pray for my sister? she is struggling with eating disorders and depression and its breaking my heart. she is in a really bad place. she needs all the prayer she can get. please?
Will keep your sister in my prayers, beloved. I know that there is no eating disorder, no depression, no anxiety, no power, or no stronghold could ever separate her from the love of Christ. I pray that Jesus would pour out on her such strong revelations of His love and grace for her. She is worth it. She is loved. She is valued. Her healing and restoration has been made available in the cross by Jesus Christ.
Don’t lose hope! Nothing is impossible with Love. We will pray for your sister. You’re greatly blessed!
Hi, can you please pray for my family and I that god will SEAL THE DEAL for us today because we've applied for a migration to new Zealand and we've waited nearly 6 months. Please that today we get our break through. It would mean a lot to me.
Praying, beloved. I’ve also had many relatives who have applied for migration to different countries. One thing I’ve learned from their testimonies is that it doesn’t matter whatever seems to come up— what matters is that Jesus is faithful and He would do so much greater than your plans in His own timing. :”>
Let’s believe that in Christ’s name, your application has been approved! You’re greatly blessed, beloved!
Since you live in thePhillipines, have you seen any extent of the damage the typhoon had? Could you tell is specifically what needs prayer? I hope you're alright :)
Hello, beloved. Please pray for the hearts of the Filipinos especially those who were badly affected. Also, please pray for our government and national leaders. That’s what we need right now. So much help has been coming in from different parts of the world, and we’re so grateful for that.
I believe that Jesus is our comforter during these times. Thank you so much for this. Really. :”> You’re greatly blessed! Thank you again for your concern for the Filipinos!
Hi. im from UP elbi din, sana mameet kita someday dito. sobrang nableblessed ako sa life mo. :) May the Lord bless you more.
Hello, kapatid! Oo nga, sana magkita tayo or maging kaklase kita sa isang elective or GE. To encourage one another would be awesome. I’d love to know you and hear about your stories. You’re greatly blessed! Si Lord ang wisdom, honor, at excellence natin!
I'm reading this book called Jesus > Religion. It's a wonderful book I highly recommend if you haven't read it already :)
Is this the book written by Jefferson Bethke? Unfortunately, I haven’t read it, beloved— but I’m hoping that I would one day. I don’t know if it’s available here in the Philippines. Hahaha. Thanks though, beloved! I’ll surely keep it in my “To Read” list. :> You’re greatly blessed!
That’s why God created you, beloved. He loves you. He cares for you.
Your Papa Daddy listens to you. He wipes your tears away. Don’t let all these emotions get to you. Don’t you hear Him? He says He loves you. You are not alone.
Don’t you see Jesus on the Cross? It was His love for you that kept Him there. It is His love for you that will hold you, not another person, not another test grade, or not another best friend. Please wake up. Wake up, dear Lily of God.