Updated: Mar 25
Welcome to Walid Rafo Advice!
I am a Spiritual Counsellor and I have opened up this site to help those in need. Specifically, those who are encountering certain obstacles in life. It is a great blessing to be in this position. A position where I can help others just as Christ has helped others. Most things I have had experience with, and others I have learned from. Either way, I do not answer questions I am not knowledgable of. I will take my time to respond if I must. Either way, I will make sure that your question is answered as soon as possible, and to get you the assistance you need through my writing.
When you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit you do not begin to question whether or not God is in your life. With the Holy Spirit you are certain that you have the Lord in your life, as a matter of fact he is in you. There are people, however, who begin to question whether or not God is in their life. These people have specific reasons.
For example, the person asking this question mentioned that the reason they don't know whether or not God is in their life is because of all of the suffering that they are enduring. I can almost guarantee that anyone who suffers feels the same way, and I do not blame you. Is it wrong to feel that you don't know whether or not God is with you? No. This is a common feeling many people have, especially when they are going through trials and tribulations.
I, however, have never questioned. Just take a look at all of the prophets in the Bible. Look at all of the Martyrs. Didn't they all suffer? As a matter of fact, wasn't God always with them? Let us not let our trials and tribulations get in the way of acknowledging that God is in our life.
When you have God in your life, it is the most beautiful thing in the world. No one can separate the love you will have for each other. There is such great and beautiful love that is present, and personally, I would never trade it in the world for anything! This is the love you must have for God.
Now, on the other hand there are plenty of people who believe they have God when they do not. This is why quite often we question also. It is quite easy to discern whether or not you have God by examining your life. If you are someone who is constantly breaking the commandments of God without repenting nor feeling any remorse, you do not have God. If you are someone who has repented and strives everyday to live a Christ-like life out of love for God, you have God in your life.
All of these questions of yours can be easily answered and determined through examining your life. In other words, you cannot dissipher a book without first reading its context.
Today's main focus will be on the saying, "Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me." This was a message I received in a dream of mine. Now that I'm thinking back to that dream, I say to myself, what a loving and close God we have. If we show tremendous amounts of love to God, it's as if he shows love beyond what you expect him to show. It's quite difficult to explain. Imagine you, not knowing what else to do to show love to the person you love. You sort of go crazy inside of yourself, because you want to show more love but don't know how to express it.
This was the dream:
One day, I saw my father inside of the chapel in our home. He was on his knees, bowing his head and praying. When he finished, he was kneeling in silence. Then, he saw a bright white light. He turned his head behind him and saw our Lord Jesus sitting on the chair. Jesus is beautiful. His presence is beyond what we can try to explain. My father said to him, "My Lord. Welcome." Jesus said to him, "My father loves you very much, and you do not know exactly how much. Let me take you with me, and let me show you something."
Then, Jesus and my father held hands, and he took him to the house of one of my father's siblings. I saw my father knocking on the door, and Jesus was beside him glowing in a bright white light, but no one could see him except for my dad. When his sibling opened the door, my father stepped inside. But when he went inside, his sibling said to him, "Get out of here, I don't want you in my house. I don't want anything to do with you anymore!" Then, my father looked to Jesus in sadness. Jesus said to him, "Dust your feet on their matt, and leave." My father dusted his feet on the matt, and I saw so much dust flying in that area. Then, he stepped outside of the house. Jesus said to my father, "Because you dusted your feet at their home, it is proof for their household that they rejected you. If ever one day they say that they welcomed you, my father will show them the dust."
Then, Jesus said to him, "Come, let me take you somewhere else now." Jesus took my father to a bakery. My father ordered an espresso, and just to be humorous, he asked Jesus if he wanted an espresso also. Jesus laughed and embraced my father. Then, they went to sit down. One of my fathers other siblings came to the bakery, and we were sitting down together. He asked my father, "Please, come over to my house. It will be a blessing for my home to receive you." My father rejected. But then, the Lord Jesus said to my father, "You are wrong to reject them. Whoever welcomes you, welcomes me. Whoever rejects you, rejects me. This family of yours is welcoming you, so you should go, and do not say no to him." Then, my father apologized and accepted. He went to his home, and their home was filled with light and the presence of the Holy Spirit.
At the end of the dream, Jesus showed my father everything from a distance.
He saw himself visiting the first home of his sibling that rejected him, but he noticed that instead of him, it was God the Father at the door. When they opened the door, they were surprised by his visit. The Lord walked into the home, but none of us could see his face. When he entered, he asked them, "Why did you reject my child?" They answered him, "He was never here. If he would only accept our invitation we would be more than glad." Then the Lord in anger said to them, "Really? Was he not here? So then, why is your home filled with dust?" He was referring to when my father was there and Jesus told him to dust his feet and leave. They were all speechless, and the Lord left them. But then, my father saw the Lord walking to his other sibling that invited him to his home, and he saw the glory of God's light radiating throughout their entire home. It was a beautiful and strong white light. If you were to enter the home, you would not be able to see where you are going from how powerful the light was.
This was my dream about my father. I've learned quite a lot from the dreams I have received about my father. Although many of the dreams were directed towards my father, I learned a lesson from each and every dream. I consider myself blessed to have received so many revelations from the Lord and his kingdom.
Many years ago, my grandmother (Nana) was in critical care at the hospital. She was a loving, strong, respectful individual that everyone loves. She is held most sincerely in the hearts of everyone who knew her. For the sake of my background, I will refer to my grandmother as "Nana."
A while back, my Nana was in critical care. She was about to die and everyone was in great devastation. We all felt great sorrow within our hearts because we didn't want to lose such a valuable member of our family. All the families were crying and grieving greatly. Among the people there were my father, my grandfather, and his brothers and sister.
All the doctors at the hospital mentioned that this is the end of the road for her, and that it's time to pull the plugs. They pulled the plugs and everyone began to weep even more heavily than before.
My father left the hospital at once and travelled to MaryLake Shrine. He has always had a special spot in the heart of our most Blessed Mother Mary. He arrived at MaryLake to find electricians working on an impossible electrical issue. As soon as my father walked into the shrine, all the lights turned on immediately. There was a priest there by the name of Father Eugene. He went to my father while he was praying to the Mother Mary statue, and asked Mother Mary for forgiveness because he interrupted him. He told my father, "This is a miracle, this is a miracle! All the electricians are talking about the big estimates we will have to pay in order to fix the electricity in the church because it's such a serious problem. But as soon as you walked in all the power was restored automatically. Even the electricians can't believe their eyes." Ever since that day, my dad and Father Eugene have had a close relationship.
My Father went back to the Mother Mary statue in the shrine, knelt down, and continued to pray. He cried a lot during his time with our Blessed Mother and asked Mother Mary to keep Nana in life. At the moment he started to cry, he heard the voice of our Blessed Mother Mary. She said, "Go. She will live three more years from now." My father immediately wiped his tears and rushed to the hospital. He rushed to the floor she was at and saw everyone crying. He saw his father weeping the most exclaiming that she's dead.
My Father went to his father in a strong presence in front of the doctors and said, "Baba, she's alive she's not dead." He answered, "No, she's dead! Look my son she has no more life." The doctors said, "It would be a miracle if she came back to life. From everything we've observed, she's gone. I'm sorry for your loss." My father persisted, "She's alive, I had a message from my Mother Mary that she's going to live an extra 3 years." As soon as my father finished saying that, Nana took a deep breath as if life entered her again, and smiled. All the doctors were amazed and proclaimed, "It's a miracle!". Everyone believed that the most Blessed Mother Mary's intercession was answered by her dear Son, Jesus Christ.
After this, she lived for exactly three more years, just as the blessed Mother Mary had mentioned. Then, she passed away into the loving hands of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us take this as a great example. What did Jesus say in the Bible? He said you will do things that I have done and even greater. This is a time when my Father did something through the Power of Jesus Christ, like Jesus himself. I never write these blogs glorifying ourselves, because we are unworthy of our Lord. Instead, we glorify the one who has done these things through us, Jesus Christ. There is most definitely great power and healing in the name of Jesus Christ.
I am glad that through the intercession of Mother Mary, my Nana was given three extra years. I at least got to spend more time with her and come to know her better than before.
Thank you, Mother Mary, for this gift you have given to us.
Now, in order to appropriately answer this question we must go back in time to the beginning. God created us as clean and pure. He would walk the earth and speak with us as if it's a normal occurence. The question now becomes, what stopped and changed? Was it God or us? How did it impact our relationship with God. The answer is that we sinned and went against God. We chose our desire and will over his. It impacted our relationship with God in a negative way and distanced ourselves from him.
Is there any good news or only this terrible news? Fortunately, there is still good news! God sent his only beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to the world to redeem and rescue us. The only actions we must partake in is accepting him. Now, accepting him isn't just saying "I accept Jesus and that's all." It's about being a representation of who Jesus is on the earth. Making disciples from all nations in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. It's about showing love to all people and doing what Christ has asked for us to do. We are expected to follow his greatest commandment in "Love one another, just as I have loved you."
Therefore, if sin is what separated us from God, refraining from sinning through the love we have for God and through our relationship with Jesus Christ is enough to reunite our bond with him. You cannot love both God and sin. You cannot serve both God and sin. It is like saying you serve two masters. It just doesn't work that way.
Also, there are certainly things that you can do in order to get closer to God. Some of those things include prayer, reading the Holy Bible, going to the Holy Mass, meditating, and showing love to others just as Jesus Christ has showed his love unto us.
When you pray or go to mass, do not stare at your watch or phone. Your attention should be solely upon the Lord and nothing else. Let him be your good target in everything you do. Even if you are at work or speaking with a friend, never let the Lord off of your mind! He must always be in your heart, mind, and soul.
How to Be a Successful Working Student To work while studying is something that will really stress you out if you don’t know how to manage your time and settle your priorities. Your life, your work, your relationships all seem to conspire to deny you the time needed to do the reading, the writing, and the classes needed to complete your course of study, or so it seems. However, it doesn’t mean that you have to punish yourself and neglect the enjoyment that is offered by student life.
I know somebody who couldn’t be a Doctor or a Lawyer. They’re doing something now that they actually love to do. See, all things come together for the good. That’s how we should be in our life. Not only you and your life, but what about the people around you? You know, if you think that you have no purpose in your life.
Jesus showed the way to heaven, by following his teachings. Jesus showed life after death when he resurrected from the death. Jesus taught Christians for God to give you life after death, you have to prove your faith by actions and putting the teachings of Jesus into a Christians daily life. So Christians did this.
Helping people’s lives to be better and uplift people’s lives. I love it. Now, what do you want to do in your life? Is there something more to your life? Because I found something more to my life and I believe it’s God and you want to know Him too, then it’s fine. The choices are yours. Look at me and my life.
2. Your Pleasant Personality Your pleasant personality is defining you for those with whom you come in contact or interact with. What do you want people to know about you? How do you want to be perceived by others? What characteristics do you have? Are you helpful? Are you an inspiration to others? Do you have a sense of humor?
No matter how much we have we still ask for more. Third, without knowing your purpose life will seem uncontrollable. We often do things we think is right, but actually we are being deceived by the knowledge the world has put into us and not by our own knowledge that God has given us. But on the other hand, if you will know your purpose of living, there are also benefits from it.
Because if you do not know your purpose and so confusion will take control of you, and when that happens you just go with the flow like the river flowing into the sea. You just go round and round and back again. Second, without knowing your purpose life will seem unfulfilling. Like the saying goes history merely repeats itself because there is no contentment, no satisfaction at all.
School and social life are like oil and water – they don’t mix. You absolutely want to go hang out with your friends, but you need to study for that test the next day! Dear teens, here’s how to balance your social life and school! Steps Do your homework as soon as you get home. It’s tough, and you want to relax.
Are you really contented with your life? Do you even know the real purpose of life here on Earth? What is your purpose for waking up everyday? Why can you hear, see, smell, talk and think? What are you here for? Every life here on Earth has their own purpose of existence. The plants, they play a huge role on maintaining the cleanliness of our planet and the air we breathe.
Sometimes they don’t realize how it can affect you and they don’t even do this on purpose. I can even admit seeing myself doing it sometimes. Then again, this picture will fade when having fun, but make sure you always have it at reach in the back of your head. You never know when something could go wrong and ruin your life and opportunities.
The meaning of life is to give life meaning Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. Life Philosophy of John Wooden Even a fool knows you can’t reach the stars, but that doesn’t stop a wise man from trying. “You can’t make someone Else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
You may start to feel depressed because you feel unattractive about your appearance. This could have an affect on other aspects of your life if you do get depressed because you may become isolated and not want to leave the house. Your social life will suffer if you do not want to go outside because you will not be going out.
I do what I do because I want to. It’s that simple for me; I do it because it means something to me. “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can” (Kaye). I believe this quote is saying that you should give life your all and do whatever it takes to make your life the way you want it.
Everything you do, just follow your heart. If that’s who you want to be, if that’s what you want to do in life, then walk to it. One day at a time. But I want you to know that nothing is IMPOSSIBLE and if it is impossible for your dreams to come true let’s say you want to become a Doctor or a Lawyer and you can’t become a Doctor or a Lawyer for some reason, maybe you’re not good in science or in business law and politics.
Carl Sandberg said “time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Therefore, how to control your use of time? First and foremost, look cautious at your priorities and Identify your goals .
Knowledge of an individuals rights and duties written down gives all sides the knowledge of what is considered right and wrong in that group. . How do you know when you are improperly using your personal power? How do you know when your life is out of balance? How do you bring it back into balance? Self analysis and appraisal is required to obtain this knowledge.
However, in older age you get maturity with age because you have been there done that. This means that you can offer advice to your family. If you are retired you will have more time to socialise with friends that you have made though your life. In older age it is very important that you have good relationships so you know that they are people to look after you later on in your life.
Even if you manage to get a good grade, it cannot make you feel good knowing you did not earn it. There is going to come a time in your life when you are going to need to put what you learned in school to use in real life. If you did not do the work, you will not be able to do this. In college they are to prepare you for your career.
Don’t discount the importance of interpersonal skills in the workplace. How you are perceived by your manager and co-workers plays a large role in things as minor as your day-to-day happiness at the office and as major as the future of your career. No matter how hard you work or how many brilliant ideas you may have, if you can’t connect with the people who work around you, your professional life will suffer.
Friendships can be good for you. Find out about the connection between your health and friendship, and how to promote and maintain healthy friendships. By Mayo Clinic staff Friendships can have a major impact on your health and well-being, but it’s not always easy to build or maintain friendships. Understand the importance of friendships in your life and what you can do to develop and nurture friendships.
“We want our lives to have meaning death suggest life adds up to nothing. ”(Qtd Mchugh) This quote means we have to live to the fullest never know when your day can come to die. Life is too short to be playing around cant live forever. If you believe in the Bible, the meaning of life is Jesus Christ, because He is the only one that defeated death.
In the early years of your childhood, is the time when you learn most of your traits that will make you who you are for the rest of your life. Whether your parents held you enough when you are a child can determine if you are successful in life, or if you drop out of high school and start beating your wife and kids. If you teach your kids when they are little to tie their shoes or to spell their name than they are more likely to like school, your culture can determine whether they do well in school or if they don’t understand from the beginning.
Biggest example I can recall is resent war in Iraq,President Bush and VP Chaney failed to show responsibilities as an ethical decision makers. How do you know when you are improperly using your personal power?How do you know when your life is out of balance? How do you bring it back into balance? The focus of the Relationship Lens is always fundamental fairness.
Which aspects of your research methodology bore the most fruit? What gave you the most accurate results? If you had to start over from scratch knowing what you do now, what kind of advice would you give your former self to decide on how to structure your research process and what to do? What parts of your research would you devote further time or resources to, given the chance?
Compare and contrast your way of life with that of your parents. Which way life do you think would be more satisfying to future generation? Nowadays, people have been changed the way they live. To compare between my age and my parent, there are differences ideas in the job preferences and the success of life.
Dave does a brilliant job and by reading the book, it really changes your life. Dave presents abuse in this book very well and really shows the affects of it. Dave wrote the book exactly how it happened in real life. A Man Named Dave makes you want you know how or why someone can abuse a child and ruin his/her life.
I mean, who doesn’t want to have this kind of life? If you ask me, I’d give everything just to live a life like that. And I know you’d do the same. A life where everything is in good hands and nothing seems to go wrong. Well, there is such a life. And I can tell you how. If you’re interested, I can share it to you.
You will need to be aware of all the settings policies and procedures for safeguarding so you will know how to spot signs of abuse and how/who to report your concerns. When you are about to carry out an activity with children you need to do risk assessments to check the environment and children are safe. You constantly need to be checking that all areas are safe so that no children are at risk of being harmed.
Let’s say you have a problem in your life and you want to give up now. Imagine, if someone ten years older who’s gone through the exact same thing that you have actually gotten through it and came to you and said, “You know what, I know how it feels, I’ve been there! I’ve been going through what you are going through now.
Part 1: Creative Thinking Construct one metaphor about five different things that describe any aspect of your life, such as someone you know, something you do, some place you have been, or anything else. Refer to Activity 7.1, located in Ch. 7 of Thinking, for examples on how to create metaphors. Example: Event /Person/Place: Mother Metaphor: A mountain in the mist; Strong and everlasting; A blanket of safety and comfort.
You can even collect your own chess library. In life, is it important to know how to find, organize and use boundless amounts of information. Chess gives you a perfect example and opportunity to do just that. § Chess and Art. In the Great Soviet Encyclopedia chess is defined as “an art appearing in the form of a game.” If you thought you could never be an artist, chess proves you wrong.
Coping-Stress Tolerance: 1. How does your family cope with stressful life events? 2. What resources do you have access to or use already? Values-Beliefs Pattern: 1. Do you as a family identify with any cultural, ethnic, religious, or other organizations? 2. What are your family’s values and beliefs and how do they influence your daily life?
Life Philosophy from Gene Roddenberry You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action. Life Philosophy from Anthony Robbins If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t.
You’re driving home from a movie with your best friends and you’re doing about 60 on a country road you’ve known all your life. All of a sudden, out of your peripheral view, you see a couple of deer heading straight for your cars path. You hit the brake to try to avoid them and narrowly miss. You think to yourself how lucky you are that you didn’t hit one.
If you have gone throughout your life doing everything for yourself, you may feel embarrassed about asking people to help you. In some cases you may also feel ashamed. Your confidence will also be affect, this could be because of your mobility. If you do not have the best balance, you may not want to go in case you fall over or injury yourself in anyway.
And although we cannot see Jesus, we can sense His love for us as the Spirit shed it abroad in our hearts. In many ways, we know Him better than if we knew Him from His mere physical presence. As Peter wrote, “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.
Of course some would. We all know how everything in our profession as a Soldier is always based on “WHAT IS YOUR PT SCORE”. Not on how well you do your job, or lead Soldiers. Now if you said yes…… ask yourself if you would do either of these two things knowing that you are putting yourself at serious health risks.
Now I’m not going to delve into the argument of whether an unborn fetus is life because that’s a complete and utter waste of time. But I do want to know if life is as valuable as everybody claims. Do you really think about how valuable the life of a beggar is when you meet him or her down the street?
Everyone wants to be successful in life. The easiest way to do so is to set goals for yourself just for a day or for the rest of your life. Having goals makes you have a clear focus and helps you organize your plans to achieving the goals you have set for yourself. My parents always remind me how it’s difficult to be successful in the world if you have no college education.
But the question is are we ready when that time comes? Are we able to comply with the purpose where God has placed us? If you feel tired, unfulfilled and uncontrollable then it means that you are still in the process of knowing your purpose. But, if you are focused, living a simple life, motivated and prepared for the future, for eternity then you are living the purpose of God in your life.
I'd like to thank all of you for taking the time to read these spiritual counselling blogs. If you are reading and would like counselling on a particular aspect of your life that you are having difficulty with, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or through the contact form on my website. I am looking forward to answering all of your questions as soon as I can. I am looking forward to assisting you.
May God bless us always.
Walid F Rafo.