Look on the Bright Side Day, 2020

Every year on the 21th of December it’s Look on the Bright Side Day, a day to be optimistic, a day that encourages people from around the world to see positive situations and circumstances. Look on the Bright Side Day is all about learning the positive lessons and embracing an optimistic approach.

The origin of the phrase “to look on the bright side” remain shrouded in mystery. As for the meaning, it’s a way of someone telling us to be cheerful and optimistic despite of the difficulties one may be facing during the day.

This advice has many benefits, as making sure to keep a positive mindset can actually help in various ways, such as:

  • Increase life span.
  • Lower rates of depression.
  • Lower levels of distress.
  • Offer greater resistance to the common cold.
  • Improve psychological and physical well-being.
  • Reduce risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
  • Improve coping skills during times of stress.
Lucian Hodoboc smiling selfie 2020
Lucian Hodoboc smiling selfie 2020

Since I’m called upon to look for something positive, out of an otherwise bad or sad situation, I will try to do so. I’ve been suffering from chronic pain for a long time, I struggle with mental health problems, such as OCD, anxiety and depression, I’ve been raised in a dysfunctional family and I am too poor to afford the medical help I need. And that list of problems doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what I’ve been through. But God has been by my side throughout my life and I trust that He who started a good work in me will complete it and will glorify Himself by showing His mercy on me.

Sometimes, bad experiences have positive lessons to be learned. If you have any such lessons from your life that you would like to share with the world, I invite you to do so (either in a brief paragraph or in more detail) in the comments section below.

If you ever feel like you don’t matter, remember this:

God gave you a fingerprint that no one else has, so you can leave an imprint that no one else can. You matter. You can do great things. You can accomplish your dreams if you keep your eyes on God and pray to Him for guidance.

7 truths to remind yourself when you are in a difficult spiritual battle

The apostle Paul warns us that, in this life, we are in a constant spiritual battle against evil and the enemy’s forces (Ephesians 6:12). Sometimes, the spiritual battles can get difficult. I want to share this short list of 7 truths that you should remind yourself when you feel overwhelmed fighting the good fight:

  1. God is good (Luke 18:19)
  2. His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9)
  3. You are a child of God (Galatians 4:7)
  4. You don’t have to be afraid (Philippians 4:6)
  5. He is able (Ephesians 3:20)
  6. You are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  7. Be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10)

God bless you!

Helpful Bible chapters for various occasions

In our walk with God, us Christians live complex lives. We have successes and failures, we feel all sort of emotions and we have to face various obstacles. In this article, I want to share with you a list of ten fragments from Scripture that will come in handy in various situations.

If you are worrying, read Matthew 6:19-34. Remember: God takes care of everything when you put your faith in Him. Besides, as Jesus points out, worrying doesn’t prolong anyone’s life.

If you are lonely or fearful, read Psalm 23. Remember: When The Lord is your shepherd, you lack nothing and should fear nothing. Trust in His goodness and His love, which follow His children forever.

If you are in sorrow, read John 14:1-6. Remember: Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life. You shouldn’t let your hearts be troubled if you trust that Jesus will show you the way to Paradise (His Father’s house).

If you are grateful, read Psalm 103. Remember to praise God for all He has done, is doing and will do for you. King David gave us great examples of how to praise The Lord in prayer.

If you are disappointed with other people, read Psalm 27. Remember: Seek The Lord, seek His Name, seek His Face, seek His beauty, and He will grant you confidence and help you face whatever enemies may come against you.

If God seems far away, read Psalm 139. Remember: God is everywhere and, even though we might not feel His presence sometimes, He is close. Like the psalmist, we should marvel at the omnipresence of God even in the most secret of places, and praise God for His vast knowledge of the future.

If you need courage, read Joshua 1. Remember: Joshua needed courage when he was installed leader, after Moses’ death. When we feel scared or uncertain about whether we can overcome certain challenges, we should read the words of encouragement that God gave to Joshua.

If you are in danger, read Psalm 91. Remember: God will deliver you from any troubles if you put your faith in Him. Psalm 91 is a reminder of the fact that God always helps those who obey Him and seek Him.

If you have sinned, read Psalm 51. Remember: it is important to confess our sins to God and to ask for His forgiveness. We should also ask Him to change our hearts and our souls according to His Will.

If you want to be more like Jesus, read John 15. Remember: it is important to be in Him in order to bear fruit. This chapter will also teach you about how to face the adversities of the world.

Let me know if these have helped you. Feel free to share, in the comments section below, your favorite verses or fragments from The Bible.

Don’t give up – motivational speech – Bishop T. D. Jakes

In this post I’d like to share one of the most inspiring motivational speeches I’ve ever listened to. It’s part of a sermon held by the Bishop T. D. Jakes.

If you’ve been feeling down lately, if you’re dealing with hardships in your life and are thinking about quitting, I hope this video will encourage you to see things differently. Remember: never give up! You do make a difference.

A lesson in self-appreciation

A heartwarming scene from Luc Besson’s movie “Angel-A”. The girl, Angela, is some sort of (fallen?) angel on a mission to teach André, a self-loathing guy who had a rough life and wants to kill himself, the importance of self-appreciation and the impact that taking time to reflect on one’s own qualities can have upon a person’s self-esteem.

This is one of my favorite movies and I highly recommend you watch it. 🙂

https://www.allmovie.com/movie/angel-a-v340390

Motivational Bible verse about repentance

“Come now, let us settle the matter,”
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.”

(Isaiah 1:18)

Stock photo used: https://www.pexels.com/photo/red-wooden-house-surrounded-with-trees-covered-with-snow-1887629/

Be who you were made to be

In this video, Neale Donald Walsch explains that we are given all we need in who we are and that, despite being surrounded by hustle and bustle every day, we should strive not to get lost by paying attention to what God has given us to help us make the best of our lives.

Be Who You Were Made To Be – a motivational video by Neale Donald Walsch