JULY 2023

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Narrated by Alex Tinsay & Written by Alma S. de Guzman

Ngunit si Jesus naman ay pumupunta sa mga ilang na lugar upang manalangin.

Lucas 5:16

When a child learns to stand up and walk, the first direction to take is to step forward. The next milestone is learning to step backward. According to research, nakakatulong sa bata ang paglalakad nang patalikod. It allows a child to learn to counterbalance a fall, helps strengthen leg muscles, develops balance and coordination, and boosts awareness on how to move their body backward without stepping on an object. However, backward walking is not a normal thing for us adults. Syempre kung maglalakad tayo dapat forward lagi. Pero kung ico-consider natin na gawin itong exercise, it will surely help our bodies to have a better balance.

Like our bodies that need proper balance, our lives need balance too. As human beings, we can be consumed by all the chaos around us. Kadalasan, hindi natin napapansin na sobrang overwhelming na pala ang stress at nagma-manifest na ito sa health natin ― physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Jesus had a work-life balance when He was here on earth. Despite His loaded ministry schedule, He made sure to always step back from the crowd to soak Himself in the love of the Father and align Himself to His will. Jesus teaches us the spiritual discipline of prayer and rest. He modeled it to us not as a religious ritual, but as a means for us to recenter our focus and to refresh ourselves in God’s presence. So, like Jesus, let’s make it a habit to step back for a while to commune with God. Bigyan natin ng puwang sa puso natin ang pagmamahal ng Panginoon. Let your life be not just about work and adventures; balance it with Jesus at the center of it all.

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Lord, I am consumed with life’s concerns. Help me to gain my balance and let me encounter You in a fresh way. Thank You for Your love.


Take your planner and schedule a retreat and recreation on your desired date. Take this time to read the Bible, pray, and just relax. Prepare your heart to be refreshed by the Lord.



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