After watching the movie mockingjay, I just realized that most adventure/action packed movies nowadays have women as their leads. I, then, began to ask why?
Here are some of the realizations I had:
1. We live in a world that promotes gender equality and I guess this is one of the venues that can promote such. This kind of movie only shows that women are capable of fighting and winning a battle.
2. Uplifting the morale of women. Women are not just followers but also leaders in their own fields. Furthermore, these films also show that women can stand on their own.
3. Lastly, women's identity and value. These movies only show the value that women have in the society. We can also be a world changer and a defender.
I'm writing this article not just to acknowledge the value of women but also for the men to make them aware that women are valuable. Treat them with respect and value. You may not know when and where to find such a piece of gem. So, treat them the way they should be treated. And women, show these men that you are of greater value. Allow yourself to be treated like a princess. And if anyone, treated you the other way around... Please do yourself a favor... Love yourself, know what's best for you and seek counsel (a godly one). Keep in mind that you are so precious to the extent that someone (Jesus) gave His life for you.
To end, for women reading this article, keep in mind that you are valuable. And for men, please treat women with value. Show them how much you love, care and respect them.
With all that had happened all over the world, it seems to me that Philippines had been in the state of panic considering that several leaders around the globe is coming here for the APEC Summit.
Just a gentle reminder, being cautious is different from being fearful. We need to be careful but we don't have to be afraid. Fear freezes us and that is what the enemy wants from us. If Christ lives in you, you dont have any reason to be afraid. Yes, terrorists attacks are real. Yes, earthquakes and calamities are real too. But Christ is also real. And He is above and greater than any of these. As it is written, greater is He that is in you than that is in the world.
I kept on seeing posts that says pray for paris, pray for japan, pray for lebanon, pray for this and that country or pray for the world. And a question just popped into my mind, what are we to pray for? Is it just peace? Is it just justice? Is it to be free from terrorists' attacks? Then, I was reminded of the prayer of Daniel. Here's his prayer:
Daniel 9:4-19 4 I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly land rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.7 To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they have committed against you. 8 To us, OLord, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. 9 To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him10 and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by nhis servants the prophets. 11 All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, refusing to obey your voice. And the curse and oath that are written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against him. 12 He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our rulers who ruled us, by bringing upon us a great calamity. For under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what has been done against Jerusalem.13 As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us; yet we have not entreated the favor of the Lord our God, turning from our iniquities and gaining insight by your truth.14 Therefore the Lord has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us, for the Lord our God is righteous in all the works that he has done, and we have not obeyed his voice. 15 And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have made a name for yourself, as at this day, we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
16“O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a by word among all who are around us. 17 Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate.18 O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see sour desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”
Let us therefore continue praying for the nations. Not just for peace, justice or freedom from terrorist attacks. But let us also pray for repentance, for people to turn their hearts to Jesus the true source of peace and justice. After all of these, God is still good. He is sovereign and is in full control. Let us continue trusting Him.
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