When I was young, younger than I once was, I thought I’m going to take the world by storm. I said to myself, “I can make change happen.”
Now that I’ve come of age, my idealistic declaration of good change is becoming clearer. I had more time to think and more time to learn from past mistakes. There is good change noticeable to many and an even better change which God will not fail to see. What I counted as decorated life is worth nothing without God in my life. Only if I discover my true purpose in life and fulfill it under God’s unending grace then my life has meaning. #WhatToLeave #TouchTheNextGeneration #LivingALifeOfPurpose
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
Acts 20:24 NIV
Isn’t it amazing? Of all the things God would do He desired to redeem us through His Son – Jesus Christ. His Son who became flesh chose to dwell with us. Him who is full of grace and truth. It is indeed amazing.I’m a recipient of the many wonders, miracles and goodness of the Lord. #UnveilingGodsLove
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 NIV
As a daughter to my non-Christian parents it is expected that I receive a dose of darts thrown at me. Even more so my earnest desire is for their salvation that one day the heavens would rejoice to welcome them home. Yes, it’s emotionally painful, physically draining and financially challenging but all of these are nothing compared to what Jesus accomplished in my behalf. He died on the cross for me. His sacrifice is not only for me but for all so, there’s no use keeping the joy to myself. The truth that Jesus lived, died and rose again is the very foundation I should be clinging to and resist the temptation of impressing my self, my family or others. #LivingInService #HumilityInAction
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Philippians 2:3-4 NIV
I graduated as a Secondary teacher in Benguet State University last 2008. I majored in English. After three years of working in a private school I decided to engage in a curtain shop business to help my mom. While assisting I worked my way through finishing up my Masters in English as a Second Language in the same institution. I will be graduating this year. Though I may have accomplished my schooling units to a higher level of education the real lessons I got came from my initiative to assist my mom in the curtain shop. It is during these days that I learned real life application of dealing with sellers, buyers, suppliers, workers and landlords. Not all people are the same. There are some when they hate you, they would devise any means possible to put you down. There are some when their interest is for you to succeed their help is obvious and thank you is not enough to express the gratitude we’d like to express.
Just to note, neither of these life challenges were discussed in school. I noticed that the more I am exposing myself to the business world the deeper my understanding of my need for Godly advise, sound wisdom, forgiveness, humility and undivided discernment coupled with love to everyone whom I transact with. Unlike in school when you finish a course everything ends there – advise, studies, extra curricular activities, achievements and recognitions. In the business world life lessons and the need for advise is continuous while we breath. Seek for Godly advise so that blessings will come your way in any plans you do. To some the process may take longer. To others it could be painful but despite all that God promised us that everything works together for the good to those who loves Him. Its my prayer that we as believers prosper as God planned us to prosper as we desire to listen to His and the Godly people He sends our way. #IJNA #SeekAndYeShallFind #HeedToGodlyAdvise
The ear that hears the rebukes of life Will abide among the wise. He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.
Proverbs 15:31-32 NKJV
I grew up listening to the golden oldies hits from the 70’s and 80’s. My mom always kept the radio running from 4am ’till the program ends before it shifted to slow rock songs. I was also exposed to the 90’s songs on MTV ’till we reach popular songs aired this year. These playlists never touched my mind but it left a mark in my memories. There were many tunes which when played I would unconsciously sing along like I knew the lyrics by heart.
When I came to know Christ my lists of songs shifted from these era of songs to songs of love, joy, praise and adoration unto the Lord. The closer I get to Him everyday the more defined the songs are. There were also many tunes which when played I would unconsciously sing along but this time these songs where of the Spirit. When God’s greatness is declared and made manifested in our lives never lose that opportunity to sing it out loud. #GodIsGreat #SingPraisesUntoTheLord #SongsForTheSoul
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord ; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
Psalm 95:1-2 NIV
Isn’t it amazing to know that the Lord is near us when we come to Him in the fullness of the truth in our life? Yes, we might be empty, broken, tired and troubled but despite all of these God gave us unmerited favors. He had been working in our behalf to have us realise that He loved us so much to not let us go.
Indeed the process of bringing us to safety may sometime mean pain, suffering and distress but eventually it’s for our own good, safety and welfare. None of what’s causing us pain resulted into a more distant connection to Him. His connection to us had been constant – He first loved us.
It is normal to act in contempt against what God had been doing and in the heat of our anger we may fail to see how much we need Him in our walk. Continuing in this attitude will only bring more heartache than one could ever imagine. In order for us to be released from this false truth simply go to Him, call Him and tell Him the truth. #OnMyKnees #NothingIsImpossibleForHim #HeListens #HeLovesEndlessly
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
Psalm 145:18-19 NIV
It’s tempting indeed to just throw in the towel. When everyone is not doing their part in a task at hand just give up too. But God made us a part of a far even greater plan and quitting was not in His plan. After all the pain that you endure now is nothing as compared to the endless regrets you’d feel when you quit.
As a child of God I never ran out of trials and I had my fare share of pain too. My greatest desire is my parent’s and sibling’s salvation. That they would get to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. My thought then was ministers will reach out to them but it was otherwise. God is using me to help them, love them and care for them the way Jesus would. I know in my heart that when I help them in love I would never think of quitting.
Are you desiring to help others in any way you could? How are you starting to help now? #HelpWithAHeart
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Hebrews 6:10 NIV
Worry had been one of the key reason why my life is not moving the way God planned. Whenever I encounter a difficulty, say for example, in business. I have always struggled to sell the curtains my mom is sewing. I worry so much for not helping enough in the family. I always thought I knew less and that I cannot equal my mom’s abilities when it comes to marketing. She’s good at it. I desire to have that ability but it was difficult for me. What I only knew then was to study hard and accomplish my responsibilities in school – I excelled with flying colors. These colors were nowhere near noticeable to my parents.
I chased the dream of someday being recognized by my parents by what I’ve accomplished in school and yet it didn’t happen as expected. I worry so much that I couldn’t please my parents enough that I’m afraid I’m failing them.
Somehow I was mistaken. We have our own ability and each one complements the other. In a family of five there are also five abilities. If I worry so much that we are lacking then we already failed as a family because worry is a burden. I learned to face each challenge one day at a time and the results are remarkable. Never have I felt the need to measure up to anyone by doing what would please them or doing eveything to be like them.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:34 NIV
As someone who grew in a none Christian home, I was brought up in the heart of self reliant beliefs and practices. Not a day goes by that I was not taught to rely to myself in all circumstances. I cannot go to school without hard work. I can not respect anyone if I don’t respect time. I cannot trust anyone because they will just pull me down and more. These, coupled with short moments of lighting candles and staying outside of the church front door. I thought then that I would melt without accomplishing what I swore by the church door. Needless to say that whatever life is left of me is slowly being consumed by these beliefs and practices. I had more anger, restlessness and unmet expectations than I ever notice in myself. I thought then that I was a strong woman but just like a fog that blocks my view to home it was a battle seeing my way through until Jesus found me.
My challenge was to be a renewed creation. This only means that I should be detaching myself from anger to forgiveness, restlessness to faith and false expectation to trusting the Lord always. It was difficult. It took me ten years to finally realize that whatever I placed in my heart that’s what will overflow. If I put nothing in it nothing will flow. If I put life from God’s Words then blessings will overflow. What a great reminder this verse have been to me. I never knew how much I battled within me before I could finally turn to the one true source of living water – Abba Father! #BeGlorified #SourceOfLife #LifeChanging #RevolutionAndRevival
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
John 7:38 NIV
While Q and El we’re playing at the living room we thought it’s the best time to prepare dinner. Suddenly Q cried so loudly as if he was badly hurt. We all rushed to his aid when I saw Q’s gesture. He was pointing at his sister and holding his left hand in pain. Her sister bit him on his hand. I was furious and in my anger I lashed out at El letting her know that hurting others is not good. She cried. I took Q to the kitchen while her father talked to her. A few minutes later El came with her father and he asked her,”What do you say?” El said,”Sorry,kuya(big brother).” Q replied,”That’s alright.” While in tears.
It’s good when we are reminded to quickly forgive anyone who wronged us. Yes, it’s difficult because even though our mouth uttered the words,”I forgive you.” Or in this case,”That’s alright.” and yet our heart is still hurting. If we treasure our relationship with anyone, a forgiving heart is what we need because people are inadequate in supplying what we expect of them. If we are not forgiving our love, joy and peace will be taken away from us. Our hearts will then be callous making it impossible to draw near to God. Unforgiveness may be a small thing but it’s impact is silently eating the very life out of us. The Lord desires that we should know Him more and while doing so we are changed to praise Him with an upright heart. Never will we be drawn closer to Him when we keep unforgiveness closer. I then apologise to El for lashing in anger at her. She replied,”Mom,are you happy.” I melted. #LettingGo #LettingGod
I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.
Psalm 119:7 NIV