365 Daily Boosters for the Heart

A pill a day keeps the sickness away.
Ang paalala ay gamot sa taong nakakalimot.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
(Proverbs 16:24 NIV)

365 spiritual boosters from the Bible for each day
of the year.
Mga pampalakas ng loob na
– malalim at mababaw
– mataas at abot-kamay
– nakakakiliti at nakakalungkot
– sumasagot at nagtatanong
Lahat ay Bible-based, katas ng malalim na pag-iisip.

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365 Daily Supplements for the Heart

365 pills from the Bible for each day of the year.
Organic. Healthful. Some sweet like honey, some bitter like herbs.
All good for the heart.

Wisdom of the ages applied to daily life
in the unique ED Lapiz way. Nakakatawa, nakaaliw, nakagigising.
Empowering, enriching, comforting.
Read a page each day and walk
wiser, stronger, happier.

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Today’s Word

DIVINE REMINDERS

Psalm 121:1-2
I look to the hills! Where will I find help? It will come from the LORD, who created the heavens and the earth.

To “look up to the hills” is really a figure of speech. Many people lift up their eyes to the clouds or to look at the rain. Some people can even remember God by looking into a microscope. Dapat mayroon kang ganung ritwal sa buhay. Tuwing nakakakita ng maraming pagkain, naalala mo ang Dios. Mayroon naman na tuwing kikilos siya at malusog, naaalala rin nya ang Dios dahil naikukumpara nya noong siya ay halos malumpo at hindi makalakad. Ano’ng nagpapaalala sa atin sa Dios? What do we do to physically and symbolically remember God?

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HINDI IKAW SI SUPERMAN

Mark 10:18
Jesus replied, “Why do you call me good? Only God is good.”

Walang taong Superman! Huwag nating papaniwalain ang isang tao na siya ay isang superhero, o isang super holy man or woman. Naniniwala tayo sa kanyang talino. Humahanga tayo sa kanyang prinsipyo at paninindigan. Bilib tayo sa kanyang honesty at integrity. Nai-inspire tayo sa kanyang sipag at tiyaga. Pero huwag natin siyang papaniwalain na siya ay invincible dahil pahihirapan natin siyang panindigan ang monumentong ginagawa natin para sa kanya. Siya man ay masasakal at malulunod sa ganyang expectation.

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KUNG KALOOBAN NYA

Psalm 62:5
Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on him.

Noong araw, bago may sabihin ang mga matatanda lalo na’t medyo magdi-disagree, nagpapasintabi muna sila at humihingi ng paumanhin. “Mawalang galang na po.” Kung sa kapwa tao ay nagpapasintabi tayo, “Hindi naman po dapat na ako’y marinig pero ito po ang aking abang ideya” bakit kapag nagdadasal tayo sa Dios ay ganito: “Lord, ibigay nyo sa akin ito now”? Parang alam na alam na natin talaga kung ano yung mabuti sa atin at mas marunong pa tayo sa Dios. Dapat, “Lord, kung kalooban nyo po sana at kung mabuti sa akin ito. Pero kung hindi po, kayo pa rin ang masunod.” Yun ang essence ng prayer.

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LEND YOURSELF

Mark 10:45

“The Son of Man did not come to be a slave master, but a slave who will give his life to rescue many people.”

Halos lahat ng pinakamatatayog na mga gawain na paglilingkod sa kapwa ay hindi economically profitable. Kaya karamihan ng gumagawa ng ganitong paglilingkod ay mga volunteers. Magvo-volunteer ka na magtanim ng mga maliliit na buto sa mga nakakalbong gubat, maglinis ng mga sapa, ilog at dagat, mag-alaga ng mga bata sa bahay-ampunan, magpakain ng mga matatanda sa home for the aged. At dapat sa buhay na ito, hangga’t kaya ng ating katawan, mayroon tayong sinasalihang volunteer work not for our personal benefit but for the benefit of others, the environment, and even the kingdom of God.

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MINISTRY OF COMPANIONSHIP

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

You are better off having a friend than to be all alone, because then you will get more enjoyment out of what you earn. If you fall, your friend can help you up. But if you fall without having a friend nearby, you are really in trouble.

Generosity goes a higher notch when we also engage in giving time, attention and companionship. Hindi ba magandang maging volunteer to be a companion to someone? Para kung mayroong kaibigan o kapatiran na nalulungkot, naiinip, nababagot, naguguluhan, gusto nang tumalon sa Ilog Pasig pero nangangailangan lang pala ng kasama ay maging available tayo. Maraming pinagdadaanan ang tao at ang mahirap kung minsan ay wala naman siyang makasama at makausap. Walo nga ang anak, nasa abroad naman lahat. Gustong makausap ang asawa, pero nasa trabaho naman. Busy rin ang mga kapatid sa kani-kanilang pamilya. Giving time to those who need companionship is one of the greatest charities.

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OUR TRUE FAMILY

Hebrews 2:11

Jesus and the people he makes holy all belong to the same family. That is why he isn’t ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.

Sino ba talaga ang nag-aalaga at nagtitiyaga sa atin hanggang wakas? Ang pamilya. Kaya dapat laging mabuti sa pamilya. Sa katanghaliang tapat ng inyong buhay kung kailan kayo malakas, maganda at maraming kinikita, mahalin nyo ang pamilya nyo. Tangkilikin nyo sila. Huwag nyong tatalikuran o iiwanan. Kasi sa inyong pagtanda, sila rin ang magtitiyaga sa inyo.

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KEEP DREAMING

Proverbs 19:21

We may make a lot of plans, but the LORD will do what he has decided.

People dream. That is one basic reality. People have hopes, desires, and plans. Without these, life would be nothing but mere existence. Pagka ang buhay ay wala nang hinahangad, walang minimithi, walang pinagpupunyagian, parang magiging boring existence lamang ang buhay. Dapat talagang punung-puno tayo ng mga gustong gawin, matupad, at ma-accomplish. We should turn our dreams into plans. Pagka pangarap pa lang, medyo vague pa yan. Ano ba ang pangarap mo? Paano mo ba gagawin yun? Kailangan mo ba ng training o ng education? Do you need somebody to give you a break? Kailangan mo ba ng lugar? O management?

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INESCAPABLE

Hebrews 9:27

We die only once, and then we are judged.

Takot na takot ang mga tao sa kamatayan at dapat naman talagang matakot ang marami. Death is inescapable. But death is not the end; it is only the beginning of eternal life. People die and when they do, they face judgment immediately, ultimately. Walang makatatakas sa kamatayan at sa paghuhusga. Wala nang hintayan, walang grace period, at walang appeal. Kaya nga isang nakakatakot na katotohanan ang naghihintay sa mga hindi pa handang humarap sa paghuhusga ng Panginoon.

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YOU ARE WITH ME

Psalm 23:4

I may walk through valleys as dark as death, but I won’t be afraid. You are with me, and your shepherd’s rod makes me feel safe.

Kahit dumaan tayo sa kamatayan o sa mga halos ikamatay natin na mga karanasan, alam nating kasama natin siya. At kung loobin ng Panginoon na mabawian tayo ng buhay, alam nating sa isang saglit, we will be there with the Lord in a much greater state of spirituality because we will no longer be confined in this physical body. The evil and threat of death, the evil spirits that scare us with death, we will not fear them. Why? Because the Lord is with us.

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PRE-EMPTING DEATH

Galatians 6:14

…Because of his cross, the world is dead as far as I am concerned, and I am dead as far as the world is concerned.

One of the best ways to deal with death is to pre-empt it. Lampasan ang makalupang pamumuhay bago pa man sumakabilang buhay. Lumampas sa mga araw-araw na mga alalahanin. Transcend your earthly existence and begin to live in eternity even while you’re still here on earth. Then when death comes, it will not be a big surprise, and you won’t have to make a very big adjustment. Mamatay na bago pa dumating ang kamatayan. Ano ang ibig sabihin nito? Putulin ang relasyon sa mga sobrang attachment sa buhay. Kung mayroon, magpasalamat, pero kung wala, puede rin. May natupad na pangarap, salamat. Pero kung hindi natupad, salamat din. May mga pagsisikap pero kung ang bunga ay hindi inaasahan, salamat pa rin. Hindi ka masyadong attached.

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NOT TOO ATTACHED

Matthew 5:4

God blesses those people who grieve. They will find comfort! (10 words)

Lahat ay hiram lamang–ang ating mga magulang, asawa at anak. Ang importante ay habang ipinahihiram sa atin ay ating pinagsisinupan, minamahal at kinakalinga. Sa ganun kung panahon nang isoli ay wala tayong sukat ipagsisi. Salamat sa bawat oras na nahiram. At salamat na ang buhay na ito’y hiram lamang. Sapagkat kahit siguro gaano kasarap at kaganda ng buhay na ito sa ating paningin, hindi naman natin gusto na habang panahon ay ganito. Ito ay isang estado na nilalampasan at dinadaanan kaya hindi tayo dapat sobrang malibang, mahumaling at umibig sa buhay na ito. Whatever good we can do, we do. Whatever goodness we can achieve through God’s love, we achieve. But we don’t get too attached to anything, even to anyone, in this life because we are transients and we are just passing through. Tayo’y nakikiraan. Tayo’y dumadaan lamang. Thank God that he allows us to enjoy many things along the way. When people we love pass on and return to God, we remember to be thankful to God for them.

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REUNION

1 Corinthians 15:22

Adam brought death to all of us, and Christ will bring life to all of us.

People come from God. They pass on and then return to God. Walang kamangha-mangha at bago sa katotohanang ito. Ang buhay ay ipinahihiram at binabawi. Ito ay bahagi ng isang mas malaking katotohanan. Death becomes a necessary step so people may complete their union with their Maker.

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