Monday, June 30, 2014

God's Place

There are times when prayer means silence. There's no need for words. Just me and God. Alone. In silence. In an embrace. And that's the only time when I feel so complete and whole. 

Prayer is presence. God's presence and yours in one place. And that place, wherever you are is a part of heaven.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Extra challenge

This week, I took a challenge that I have not done for about five years-I attended a job interview. The interview took about 30 minutes and the 3-part exam took 4 hours! It was a tough challenge because I had to do so many tasks in a limited time and a different environment. 

I don't know the result yet but when I went out of the building, I felt pride smilling at me. I didn't know I could do such tasks. And I didn't know I'm confident now more than ever.

Thank You Lord for the challenge. Even if I don't get the job, at least I know I've grown up.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Bittersweet Dreams

Not all dreams are sweet. Some dreams just need to happen so we can wake up to God's sunshiny promise. 

Peace does not equate to happy and quiet. Jesus was still amidst the storm. 

If these are the answers to Your prayers, keep me still, Lord. I want to surrender to Your will. I want to be with You in the morning.

But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind. PSALM 40:31

Monday, June 16, 2014

Fuel for Worship

We are taught to use ACTS (adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, supplication) as prayer pattern. I've tried to use this for so long yet I find adoration the hardest part. I'm not saying that the pattern is wrong, it's just that the pattern does not fit me. TACTS works better for me because above all the parts, thanksgiving is the easiest, at least for me. We would always find a blessing to be thankful for. And then because we realize that we are so blessed, we come to know God. We get food and shelter, so we could shout He's a great provider. We find comfort in His presence, and so we praise Him for stooping down to our level and become our bestest best friend. Then I ask for forgiveness.

The last part is actually thanksgiving/supplication. Because I'm confident that my God will answer my prayers in the best way He knows, I thank Him in advance. Instead of demanding, "Lord, please give me a house and a car...", we can simply say "Lord, I thank You in advance for the house and car that you are about to give me." That makes me feel closer to God as well. Close kami eh so I can express such prayers. :D

So the next timw you find it hard to pray, start with saying THANK YOU LORD!

GOD makes everything come out right*

I've been praying something for a long time now...And finally I've come to a decision that gives me peace. That's my indicator that the Lord will be with me all the way. 

Thank You Lord for this peace. Thank You for holding my hand today. You are my fortress. You are my shield. You are my refuge. 

*GOD makes everything come out right; he puts victims back on their feet. He showed Moses how he went about his work, opened up his plans to all Israel. GOD is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love. He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever. He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs. As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who fear him. And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins. As parents feel for their children, GOD feels for those who fear him. He knows us inside and out, keeps in mind that we’re made of mud. Men and women don’t live very long; like wildflowers they spring up and blossom, But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly, leaving nothing to show they were here. GOD’s love, though, is ever and always, eternally present to all who fear him, Making everything right for them and their children as they follow his Covenant ways and remember to do whatever he said. -Psalm 103:13 MSG


 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New Project

I believe in the importance of the scientific method. To answer a question or a problem, we must learn to conduct some sort of an experiment, collect and record data, and draw conclusions. This method is also applicable to our daily lives. And today, I started another gratefulness project.

BLESSINGS IN BOTTLE


Materials:
Empty glass bottle
Colorful papers
Pen

Methodology:
1. Clean the bottle. Write at the bottom of the bottle the date when you started the project.
2. Think of something to be thankful for.
3. Write it on a colorful piece of paper.
4. Fold the paper.
5. Drop inside the bottle.
6. Repeat every moment you receive a blessing.
7. When the bottle becomes full, read and count each entry.
8. Share to your friends the result!

Yes, we are blessed beyond measure. But there's no harm in measuring it. Believe me, you will feel more blessed in counting the blessings that you have.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Imagine: Eternal Victory

Can you imagine a life without failure but only victory over victory? Wow. Sounds like heaven for me.

“For the Commanding General-God is so committed in His love of the subject-world, that He unleashed His only begotten Champion-Son; that whoever rallies behind Him and joins His Army will not lose life’s battle but will have eternal victory.” -Jn3:16 (reworded by Obet Cabrillas in Didache)

Thank You Lord for saving us. Thank You for the life after this. I heard there would be no pain there. I'd love to have that.

Househelp

I'm writing this post while listening to our househelp sing inside the bathroom. She's a few points better than Anne Curtis I must say. But I'm very fond of listening to her because she sings (or shouts) without a care to the world. She's just a walking example of a happy person. She does her job excellently and finds pleasure in delivering clean clothes, shining shimmering bathroom, and savory food. She is such a blessing to our family. Thank You Lord for Ate Pearls. Sana magtagal siya sa'min. Hihi






Sunday, June 1, 2014

Dreams Do Come True

The best person to affirm that statement is my good friend and sister in Christ, Ishi. At the start of this year, we had a date and talked about our plans for this year. She said she wanted to go out of the country so she can earn more and help her family. She started applying in March and barely two months after, she flew to Taiwan.

If you would know, you would say that it's not just a story but a beautiful testimony of God's grace. Ishi loves to serve the Lord. She's always willing to do whatever the Lord asks her to accomplish. There are times when situations become tough for her, but she never forgets that the Lord is there to see her through. We always remind each other that the Lord in never blind to our sacrifices.
God doesn't miss anything. He knows perfectly well all the love you've shown him... Hebrew 6:10
When we learned that she will be leaving soon, we spent as much time together as we could. Ishi has always been there for me no matter what. She even spent a night with me in the hospital when I was sick and sad to leave Katy at home. Hay...I will definitely miss her.

Whenever I feel sad because of the years we will spend apart, the Lord simply reminds me that Ishi is in His good hands. That this is His answer to Ishi's prayers. And so I feel comforted, inspired, and grateful at the same time.


with the "lolas" (photo from Gail)

Katy enjoys Ninang's company just like everyone else
Last sleepover before Taiwan

Iiyak na si Ishi :D
 
Last na babye na talaga