The Comfort Influencer

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So I gather there is such a thing nowadays gaining ground, comfort influencer. People find themselves gravitating towards comfort on social media, especially during this unstable and rapidly changing time.

And why not!? It is totally needed! It’s like “Hey you’re going through something?” “Yea, me too! How did you get through that? Follow!”

There are all things comfort, comfort food, comfort pillow, comfort zone; and I love that! My husband and I have gained some weight recently due to comfort food. My kids love a good “huggie pillow.” I love a great worship album such as those of Victory Worship, and Every Nation. (Hopefully no one listens to Bethel, Hillsong, Elevation, Kari Jobe or anyone from New Apostolic Reformation camp anymore)

The newly released Filipino songs of Victory Worship – Ligtas, Paghilom, Lilim, Maghari; are incredibly comforting to me. I’m immensely blessed they released that! Tahan Na, ironically, makes me cry more than it makes me “tahan.” 🙂

In the same way, I’m equally blessed that our friends in Dumaguete and Davao churches have started to release Visayan versions as well. I’m not Visayan, but my husband is. (I’m good in speaking Visayan, and by good I mean I’m good in making people laugh when I speak it) 🙂

Longing for comfort inherently means there is something in us genuinely uncomfortable, and we need something to help us deal with that.

It’s good we recognize we are uncomfortable! We in fact inherited sin from our first parents. We are in our sinful natural bodies, wherein its natural for us to sin. It just cannot be helped.

Matthew 15 says “out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” It also says the heart is incredibly deceitful.

That’s why we have this broken world. That’s why if you look at it, all jobs are hard, marriage is hard, parenting is hard. Sometimes it takes a good admitting. Life is, in general, a string of struggles connected to one another. It’s not that all of it is hard, but that it’s never free of struggle, we get over one thing, another one is waiting by the curbside.

Thankfully we are being renewed everyday in Christ. Thankfully, in as much as we were saved once, we are constantly being sanctified.

I love tuning in to most influencers, we’re friends with the Bonifacios. Mad respect! They sure have been through a lot, and they do a great job encouraging others too! Post-World War II, our modern times, I don’t think there has been more need for encouragement than now in this Covid pandemic.

Still, social media encouragement is ultimately – screen time, and whether we admit it or not, screen time is, at the end of the day, draining. We really cannot be simply watchers, we need something more, real relationships that “teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness”; hopefully, and best done, done in church community – which is actually what Pastor Joe would always encourage people to do.

The need for comfort is always there. The question in our hearts is always what is your comfort? Thankfully in Christ there is the answer.

My only comfort, in life and in death is that I am not my own, but I belong wholly, body and soul, to my Savior, Jesus Christ. But what does this really mean? I am kept by Him. That comforts me so much in that, whatever calamity or discomfort that may occur here, I am in Him, His presence protects, sustains, and preserves, and in death, I am with Him in heaven. That reassurance makes me enjoy earthly life in waiting for that future hope, it makes me understand why ultimately nothing here 100% satisfies. That is my comfort. Jesus is our only comfort, here we see a ton of beautiful and joyful glimpses, but there it is even indescribably complete. 🙂

Relevant Music at a Time of Depression

With today’s global economy facing the biggest recession yet, there is another depression going on. I know of a lot of people experiencing it, and mental health is no small thing to deal with.

I’ve always been a fan of Hiphop/RnB music, and of the Grammy-winning artist Lecrae when I had already become a Christian. Recently I took notice of a song he has with Tori Kelly that resonated as something I’ve heard of from a lot of people close to me:

“I’ll Find You” by Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly

I’m hanging on by a thread
And every breath is like a battle
I feel like I ain’t come prepared
And death’s knocking on the front door
Pain’s creeping through the back
Fear’s crawling through the windows
Waiting for em’ to attack
They say “Don’t get bitter, get better”
I’m working on switching them letters
But tell God I’mma need a whole lotta hope keeping it together
I’m smiling in everyone’s face
I’m crying whenever they leave the room
They don’t know the battle I face
They don’t understand what I’m going through

Incredibly familiar about the stories they tell me.

I may not know all the answers, but I do believe that God is sovereign, He is providential, He has a purpose for everything.

God is sovereign simply means He rules and reigns over all the Earth, preeminent in authority and power.

His providence means He sustains, provides, and governs the world.(John Piper, Providence)

I’m blessed to find my hope and security in Jesus. I wish it was that easy for others. I’m blessed to not trust and put my hope on any human construct. I wish it was that easy for others. I ultimately get my identity from what I know of God as I read by Bible and pray everyday. I wish it was that easy for those suffering from depression, and even so, many would still suffer it.

“But I can’t do this on my own
That’s why I’m just trusting in you
Coz I don’t know where else to go
And I don’t know what else to do”

“Just fight a little longer, my friend
It’s all worth it in the end
But when you’ve got nobody to turn to
Just hold on, and I’ll find you”

(On another note, I really do admire these two excellent Christian artists, Tori Kelly and Lecrae, making waves in the American entertainment industry, that definitely is difficult!)

GOOD MORNING AMERICA – Lecrae and Tori Kelly perform live on “Good Morning America,” on Friday, September 22, 2017, airing on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) TORI KELLY, LECRAE

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. 

Psalm 16:9

You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. 

Psalm 119:114