The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. – Psalm 145:18-19 NIV
A psalm of praise. Of David
1I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.
3Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
4One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
5They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.b
6They tell of the power of your awesome works—
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
8The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
9The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
10All your works praise you, Lord;
your faithful people extol you.
11They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
12so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.c
14The Lord upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
16You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
17The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all he does.
18The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
20The Lord watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
21My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. – Hebrews 6:10 NIV
Verse of the Day |March 30 2017
What you’ve been treated the people sorrounds you will reflect on how you are to God.
If you are a giver to the people then you are a giver to God.
If you sympatized others then you also sympatize God.
For being good to people is being good to our God.
Each one of us symbolizes who God was be.
He is our father, our creator. The one who made us and mold us who we are today.
As what my second family says : Because we Love, we serve.
God’s way is perfect. All the Lord ’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. – Psalms 18:30 NLT
30 God’s way is perfect.
All the LORD’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
31For who is God except the LORD?
Who but our God is a solid rock?
32God arms me with strength,
and he makes my way perfect.
33He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
34He trains my hands for battle;
he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.
35You have given me your shield of victory.
Your right hand supports me;
your help has made me great.
36You have made a wide path for my feet
to keep them from slipping.
Today, March 01,2017 is Ash Wednesday and was marked as the first day of Lent.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in Catholic World and will manifest by services of penitence or showing sorrow and regretfull. Its official name is “Day of Ashes,” because of the practice of rubbing ashes on each persons forehead and in the sign of a cross. Since it is exactly 40 days (excluding Sundays) before Easter Sunday, it will always fall on a Wednesday for there cannot be an “Ash Thursday” or “Ash Monday.”
Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the Liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.
Why we receive the Ashes
Our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and reminds us that life passes away on Earth. We remember this when we are told as the Priest mark our forehead :
“Remember, Man is dust, and unto dust you shall return.”
Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”
Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.
Where are the Ashes made from
The ashes are made from the blessed palms which was used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the last year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance.
What to do after receiving the Ashes and marked on your forehead
Usually if the person who received the Ashes will be having a fasting or any actions that involves in volunteerism. Some may not eat meat on friday or even everyday of the week, there are also some people who really taking more seriously this feast and will have to apply the fastimg every day of their lives until Easter Sunday and will just eat Vegetables and Fish.
Their are also some people who cut some of the usual unnecesary things they always do.
Have you already received the Ash on your forehead? What are your fasting plan or what are your penitence this Lenten Season?
DAILY THOUGHT : BELOVED DUST
Many of us today will have our foreheads crossed with ashes. It is a stark reminder that we came from dust and one day will return to dust. It is useful for us to remember this, especially when we get over-preoccupied with how we look, what we own and what others think about us. We are not going to be around on this earth forever. Knowing this, as someone once famously said, concentrates our minds wonderfully.
Yet, the fact that we are marked with a cross reminds us of another even greater reality. In the words of Paul, we are God’s beloved and nothing, not even our death, can separate us from God’s love for us in Jesus Christ. We are beloved dust.
Go outside sometime and pick up a handful of soil. As you do this, consider two powerful symbols : dust and the cross. This is who we are. We are fallen, fragile, fallible human beings redeemed by God’s love in Christ Jesus.
Before going to bed, read the closing words of Romans 8:31–38. Keep these words close to you as drift off to sleep.
Nothing can separate us from GOD’s Love
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?
33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.
34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?
36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”<span class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NLT-28114a" data-link="[a]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>[a])
37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,<span class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NLT-28116b" data-link="[b]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.