It’s been a challenging month for us. The kids have been alternately getting sick and a couple of them got into really bad accidents. Getting into the details only make me cringe, so I’ll spare you. I have been tempted to complain, to question, to nag, to run away. And I know it’s not just me. A lot of my friends are nursing sick kids  back to health too as I write this.

So, why do bad things happen? I wish I can answer that. We try our best to keep our kids healthy, to watch over them and protect them, and still, things happen to them. One thing I know though, is what the Bible says about how to respond when unpleasant things happen.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicI read this morning (from 1 Thes 5:16-18) to “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” To be honest, there are times when the last thing I feel like doing is being joyful and giving thanks. One of our pastors said that it’s okay not to want to do the right thing. Yes, he did say that. But he didn’t end there. It’s okay not to want to do the right thing, as long as you DO it anyway. That stuck with me.

I don’t feel like being thankful, but I choose to be thankful because this is God’s will. And don’t we desire to do God’s will? I am thankful that things are not worse. I am thankful that I have a husband who supports me and understands me especially when I overeact. I am thankful that God saw it fit to entrust to us 4 wonderful children. I am thankful that my kids love me unconditionally and see beyond my impatience and mood swings. I am thankful for my family and friends who have stood with me in prayer for my children. I am thankful that Jesus died for me, and if God didn’t spare His one and only Son for us, how much more will He not give us everything else? I am thankful for God’s grace that enables me to be thankful in the first place. Really, apart from God, I can do nothing and I am nothing.

I am thankful!

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  1. hi jen,,, you are always an inspiration and encouragement to me . last weeks have been very challenging particularly in my biz. i have lost my temper many times even if i know i shouldnt simply because some staff overlooked, made mistakes, etc, etc , etc…i have been travelling and indeed its taxing though i try to make it a point to give myself a day to relax when i travel. but workaholic as i am, i simply just go on working even while trying to relax…

    thank you for writing this blog… i am always grateful for the good and the bad that happens to me but its a such a refereshing and inspiring note to read your blogs. i am truly blessed.

    i always look forward to reading your blogs all the time i get a chance.. i thank God for your wisdom, anointing, great faith, honesty, sincerity and candidness as you write . i pray that God will bring you and your family to greater heights of faith, favor, provision, promotion that only He can give. Bless u!!!!

  2. ganda po. keep on writing and encouraging us.

    i approached you po one sunday after service at the fort for prayer. 🙂 thanks again.

    our Lord is truly so soo good!

    God bless you and your wonderful family.

  3. It is nice to read how people share their life experiences and reminds us we are indeed all humans going about our own ways in the pursuit of life’s answers, so thanks Jenn for the insight. In my life’s tribulations, I have learned that bad things happen to all people. It is more profoundly felt by the good people for they have a loving heart and therefore tire more easily. Bad things happen because it is part of life’s DNA, & as humans we have the tendency & are wired to self destruct and cause our own troubles. We have been put here as a gift from god to ride the journeys of our life’s stories. It is a gift of free will! Along the way we will get hurt or even inflict hurt to a lot of different degrees, thats the way it is and will always be, we are all an imperfect life form. The beauty of God’s love is the promise, that when bad things happen, he will be there to help us stand and pick up the pieces, it is NOT god’s intention to hurt us, but it is always easy to accuse a higher being for our tribulations since we believe he has the power to stop the negativity in our lives. Sometimes bad things happen to teach us our life’s lessons, a lesson we can all carry & comprehend because these tribulations are tailored to suit what we can be bothered with…maybe the right discussion would be..why do good things happen??? or do we just love to discuss the bad things and forget the good blessings we receive??? aren’t we all guilty??…

  4. Hi Ms. Jen

    It is do difficult for me to get inspired, joyful or thakful. I try to put a brave and “happy” face foin formt of my kids. I try to encurage them to LOVE GOD. I bring them to Sunday School and read them bible stories.

    Deep deep inmy heart there is loneliness and fear. So many bad , awful things happened. Somebody said that my husbands case is like that of JOB – now can you imagine the bad things we are experiencing?

    This is the first time is years that I opened up….. I have no small group…. I tried…. even that, God took away from me.

    But yo know what, I still beleive that GOD IS GOOD. It is me that made the wrong decisions and declared hurtful words that is why bad things happened to me. I realized that the bad things were just consequences of my actions in the past.

    I am trying to reconcile my heart with GOD… its been a difficult journey….sometimes I wonder and ask him. Are our sins too big for you to forgive that is why we cannot recover until now?

    I pray that God will lift his hand and carry us already. My hope is that the bad things stops NOW..

    1. hi techie! if you can email me or send through facebook your contact nos (just click on either icon on the left side of the page) so i can hook you up with people whom you can talk to and pray with you. i can feel your difficulties and i can only imagine how challenging it must be to hang on. i declare God’s goodness and faithfulness in your situation. i pray God will give you a greater understanding of the things you are going through. i’m praying for you…

  5. Hi Ate Jenn,

    i am not sure if you know me. I used to be a kids` church teacher and when I was in the Philippines, I attended VCF Pasig. Now, I am part of our Every Nations Church in Tokyo. I find your blog really encouraging. I hope you do not mind if I include your site in my links.

    Thanks. Have a great day!

    Avic Castillo-Tatlonghari

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