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God Will Bless You There….

By Nanette G. Barzaga


This message I received from a very dear friend really made my travel back to this foreign home very inspiring, she wrote “ …Find a church community  and settle there to be your spiritual barnyard. Wherever I go whether it is short or long term stay, una kong ginagawa (the first thing I do) is find a church accessible sa akin (to me). Plod your way in their community/church life no matter what the dynamics of relationship you are sensing. God will bless you there. So, ready…get set…go!”  These lines have a great meaning to me that I became stronger and confident.  True enough why should one be afraid when wherever you will go, God will be there and God will bless you there.

Church community, a place where people matter, hopes are realized, life is renewed and God is made center, making it my spiritual barnyard,  is a humble place of rest where all your needs will be just around the corner.  So confidently, I searched for my soon spiritual barnyard and I have always have found one. The feeling is different because I am new and only know a few people – my friend and her family –  yet I feel the welcoming spirit of the people. Church people have that sincere smile no matter what your race, age or language is.  I have in my heart the thought that “God will bless me here.” And I thank and praise God because not a single day had He not bless me, but every single day of my life.

We, as children of God, are mindful that people matter in the church, Philippians 2: 2-3 says, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. We are asked to look after each other.  I felt that when meeting people in other churches.  There is an unspoken understanding that we must take care of one another.

It is important to value people and live for others, at this age of time when things seem to be going on the rough, what gives us the confidence to move on are people who believe in  us no matter what.  We don’t discourage each other, rather we live as brothers and sisters, the way God wants us to be.  A line I happen to read somewhere explains Solidarity is one of the most embracing teachings of the church, simply it says, “Where all in this together…”not just one but all.  Whatever is good for all, that will be the main goal.

“If your hands are tired, I will give you mine, and together, we’ll make out of clay, a castle, a pot, a musical instrument, a flute, for the wind to talk and sing. And, if your feet are tired, I’ll give you mine, even the footprints that I left on my paths…    – Anonymous.  Living for others is living for Jesus.

No matter what life offers us, we can always be assured that our Father in heaven is watching us, making sure that we are taken care of.  Let us always be excited of what or whom God will send us, and be more excited to be that one whom God will send to others