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A PERSONAL JOURNAL OF A MAN LIVING WITH HIV

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A New Endeavor

This could be the beginning of the consummation of one of God's promises in my life.

How God works in my life or to anyone's is pretty awesome and I must say funny sometimes. Why did I say that? I remember when I became a true Christian I told the Lord that He can ask me to do whatever He wants me to do for His kingdom except to serve Him as a Pastor. Besides, I am really enjoying the ministry He entrusted me. In fact I am willing to be a channel of hope for the rest of my life to many people.

Early last year I do not know what occurred to me, I woke up one day with the desire of becoming a Pastor! Perhaps not a preaching type because I am not sure if I have the gift of preaching but more of a counseling kind of Pastor. Counseling has been in my heart ever since I have recovered from the tragedy of being HIV+, so it became my dream and desire to be a professional in this area.

After three years of serving the Lord in the HOPE ministry, He had given me the opportunity to start something on this new desire and dream. Currently I am enrolled at Asian Theological Seminary to pursue the MA program in Pastoral Counseling! This week will be my third week at the school and so far I am having a great time and always looking forward to my next class.

Please allow me to say this to people out there who might be in the same health condition like me or to those who have lose hope already. This is clear evidence that being HIV+ is not an encumbrance to God's plan in my life. All we have to do is trust Him, continuously surrender our lives to Him and allow God to take over no matter situation we are in right now!

God said in Psalms 32:8, I will instruct and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. In Isaiah 41:10b He said, I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Lastly in Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

2 comments:

stanw said...

Wow, I believe with all my heart that you are going in the direction the Lord has for you. Also the first two verses are ones that have always stood out to me, it inspires me to read what you have shared here. So pleased that your studies are confirming that you are in the right place in your life, also that yes, even HIV+ does not stand in the way for you or anyone else! Go with God, praying for you dear brother.

E L R o i said...

Those verses you're referring to, I always hold on to that promise of God because taking new directions in life is never becomes easy but these words bring me peace in comfort. All we have to do is trust Him completely and sail through with Him. Thanks for the prayer brother and I am praying for you too. Inspire me more with the posts you're doing in your blog. God bless you brother and I love you :)