Personal-Reflection

What is Prayer?

June 06, 2017

Hi there! 
Hi me! 
It's been a while since I last posted my entry. I have been very "busy" these past months. Oh that sad word B-U-S-Y :(
Because of being busy, I got disconnected with people I dearly love. I haven't heard news about them. And that's bitterly sad for me since I cannot take back the time I lost with them.
And same thing with my prayer life. I always remind myself to stay connected with God whom I recognize as my loving Heavenly Father. Reminding myself to make prayer a natural act from my inner desire of communing with Jesus Christ. However, there were times when I do not pray - that I just shut the door of my heart and go with the flow of my everyday "routine" in life. And so things fall apart, and I do get disappointed on things and on people. Then I would ask "God, why do allow these to happen?" And God would point out to me, "My child, why do you allow these things to happen?"

And so I need to get back on my prayer life and reflect or re-evaluate how do I really allow myself grow in faith and wisdom with my Savior Jesus Christ. 
I am not perfect. I still have pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenty of flaws. Only the grace of God and by His blood I am able to kneel down at His feet and offer every baggage I still choose to carry. 

These past weeks, I have been reading a book by Keith Williams "Prayer". I have been pondering and asking myself as well "How am I doing in my prayer life?" But first, let me share with you what's in the first chapter of the book.

1. Prayer is a Gift from God.
The Bible teaches that God created man to have fellowship with Him. He created us in love and His desire has always been that we respond to Him in love. Prayer is mysterious. No one claims how it works but somehow, because of God’s grace when we humble ourselves and come before Him we do make contact.
Call to me and I will answer you; I will tell you wonderful and marvelous things that you know nothing about.” – Jeremiah 33:3
When we are willing to pray, God promises to meet us there.

2. Prayer is a Communion with God
Prayer is first of all this flow of conversation between two persons. It is not primarily an outward act; it is an inward expression of the devotion, deepest needs and longings of the heart. Prayer at its best is a dialogue between two persons who love each other. It is a two-way street. We must learn to listen for the voice of God as well as learn to speak to Him.
“As a deer longs for a stream of cool water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for you, the living God.” – Psalm 42:1-2

3. Prayer is Asking from God
When we ask from God we are recognizing our dependence upon Him for all our needs. In this way we remind ourselves of our proper relationship: creatures looking to the Creator, children looking to a loving Father. We have the promise that when we ask, He hears us. (I John 5:14)
“My grace is all you need, for my power is strongest when you are weak.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

4. Prayer is a Commitment to God
Prayer is not complete until we are able to place our lives in the hands of God. This keeps prayer from becoming self-centered. God’s way is the best way. Your greatest struggle in prayer will not be in winning your request, but in losing yourself.


This remind my to always commune myself with the God of PEACE in this busy and noisy world.
It is also my prayer that we commit ourselves to Christ, and commune with Him, talk to Him daily not just during the times when we think He is our last resort. 



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A Letter to My Son.

February 27, 2017

February 25, 2017
Your daddy and I left our house to visit Tito Jerahmeel before he goes to Japan the next day. We didn't bring you with us for the reason that we'll go straight ahead to church to prepare for the camp's fundraising.
In fact, we left the church late at night. Your daddy and I were exhausted but Jesus truly sustained us, son. We arrived home and you were sleeping soundly with Nanay Monet. We kissed and cuddled you carefully that we didn't want to wake you up. You seemed so peaceful son. I envy you! :) 

February 26, 2017
Church day! Your daddy and I left the house early in the morning to attend the 1st worship service. We needed to prepare for the fundraising after the service. 
And while I was selling books outside the church, with my two big eyes, I saw you with Nanay Monet and Ate Tina! Oh what a joy! You three looked great! Then I hurriedly embraced you and carried you! Until the rest of our church mates willingly took care of you while Mama was busy selling.


My dearest son Asher David,

          I really wanted to say SORRY for the time your daddy and I missed over the weekend. I felt incomplete knowing I didn't spend most of my time with you on Saturday. I know you're just a baby (and you will always be MY baby!) assuming that everything's fine with you, that you can't understand our situation yet because you're just a baby. But as your mother, I can deeply sense our lack of time with you these past weeks. I am sorry anak.

         By the time you are accountable with all these emotions, responses, I want you to know that as early as now, I recognize what you feel son. It may not be clear yet though, but as your mother, I can sense it.  And I just want to say I am sorry and I really hope and pray that we can make it up to you. So we can make bawi. That we can also bring you with us on weekends in church. It is tiring son. But by the grace and power of Jesus, we are sustained and renewed daily. 

        Many are looking forward for you to play drums and sing songs for Jesus! and I want you to know that your daddy and I are your number one fan! :)


     Love, 
Mama

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Marriage: Just Like a Pair of Shoes

November 28, 2016

November 27, 2016

google map
On my way to meet my husband at Lucky Chinatown mall so we’ll be together going to our Young Couples’ Seminar at GCM located at Stateland building. Given the map on the side was my trail walking towards the place. I was complaining as I felt so exhausted and my feet were tired. It was the best way to reach my destination rather than to take a tricycle.
Upon meeting my husband, I rested under the air-conditioner located at the exit door of the mall. And so we’re about to go to Stateland. And my husband was ready to walk. I was complaining and nagging about my exhaustion – that I haven’t regained my strength yet. But I yielded and walked.

To cut my story short, as we got back home. I saw my husband’s pair of shoes. It was almost broken. The inner part of his shoes was torn and I can’t imagine how my husband managed to walk using his 3 year old shoes. I felt ashamed. Not because my husband’s shoes was almost near of saying good bye, but because of my attitude towards him earlier. I felt naked and ashamed before the Lord how I treated my husband with such behavior. And so I hurriedly laid down my emotion towards my husband, embraced him and told him “Hppy, sorry. Nakakahiya yung ginawa ko kanina. Nagrereklamo ako sa pagod ko sa paglalakad kanina. Pero yung shoes mo, malapit na masira. It shows kung gaano mo siya gamit na gamit. Nakakahiya ako sa reklamo ko.” I cried and hugged him while he was sleeping soundly.

The next day, he was curious whether he just had a dream or was it real that I cried. Then I told the same thing again.

I realized how powerless I am without the Holy Spirit. I praise the Lord that I was able to recognize my weaknesses toward what I claim was my strength. I love the Lord and I pray that I would really  honor Him by honoring my husband and our marriage.

Our marriage is just like a pair of shoes. It looks new and shiny for a day because it was shone for a purpose. Then, days would pass without noticing the dusts on it yet would still wear it the next day. We assumed to be okay but we know we were not. There were underlying issues or misunderstanding that needs to be resolved, yet we still choose to "wear" it. Until the pair of shoes would make us feel uncomfortable urging us to let it go and have a new one. We, as a couple must let go of our issues and misunderstanding before the Lord who is the Author of our story. We must both agree that we're not a perfect couple without blemish. Having a new pair of shoes would mean having a new and refreshing perspective from the Holy Spirit on how the Lord designed our marriage. 

And just like a pair of shoes, if one is missing or absent, then it wouldn't be called a PAIR. A husband and a wife is a pair, a team, and partners. But the Lord Almighty is the main character of the picture called MARRIAGE for He orchestrated everything perfectly!

Personal-Reflection

Respect is something we should earn and give.

April 22, 2013


My heart breaks to see people bullying each other, probably a way of making fun of other people? to be entertained? to get attention from others ? I don't know. Right now, my heart is crying. This applies to all -Christians and Non-Christians. I hope and I pray we could learn to respect others; learn how to earn respect from others as well.

While browsing the internet, I saw this article. I was rebuked and reminded. We are not perfect. But God called us to be PERFECT in His terms not ours.


Respect Others—Even if They Haven't Earned It

(How to Respect People Who Don't "Deserve" Respect)

Show proper respect to everyone (1 Peter 2:17).

Introduction: It can be hard to respect others.

When counseling with couples, I often hear one person say something along the lines of, "He (or she) hasn't earned my respect." Parents often say this of their teenage children. Most of us slip into this way of thinking when we talk about politicians.

It's normal to feel this way, yet it isn't the attitude God wants us to have. We can be aware of others' faults, and there may be times when we need to confront sin, yet the Bible tells us that we need to maintain an attitude of respect for everybody.

May these guidelines, adapted from Chapter 5 of the book Encourage Your Spouse, help you develop a godly, respectful attitude toward those around you.

Show respect because God commands it.

A good starting point is to respect others because God said to. For example, we read in the Bible that husbands and wives are to respect their spouse:
... and the wife must respect her husband (Ephesians 5:33).

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect ... (1 Peter 3:7).
The same principle applies to other relationships. Peter wrote that we should show respect to everyone and honor the king, although the king in those days was an evil person (1 Peter 2:17).

Respect others because of their position.


You can respect your spouse, child, parent, boss or others because of their position. For example, after David killed Goliath, he became more popular than King Saul. Saul became jealous and determined to kill David, so David fled.

Saul gathered his army and chased David. On two different occasions, when Saul’s army was pursuing David, David had the chance to kill Saul.

Most of us would say that David had every right to kill Saul. After all, Saul was trying to kill him. Yet although he knew that Saul’s actions did not deserve respect, David honored Saul as his king and refused to kill him. At his second opportunity to kill Saul, David said, "The LORD forbid that I should lay a hand on the LORD’S anointed" (1 Samuel 26:11).

God wants you to respect others because of their position in your life.

Acknowledge that others have weaknesses.

Everyone is imperfect. Be careful not to let their failures erode your respect for their good qualities.

Look for things that you can respect.

You can find something to respect in anybody if you look hard enough.

Respect others as children of God.

When with Christians, you are with God’s children and should honor them accordingly—regardless of how they are acting. (When with non-Christians, respect is still necessary!)

Respect others as made in the image of God.

The Bible says, "For in the image of God has God made man" (Genesis 9:6). Whether or not someone is a Christian, honor him or her as God’s creation.

Honor others because God loves them.

The Bible says, "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John 4:10). Do not dishonor someone God loves.

Respect others' desire to be good people.

Your husband, wife, child, boss or employee may make foolish decisions. He or she may be lazy and forgetful. Yet chances are good he or she wants to be a good person and do the right thing. You can respect the desire of someone's heart even if you are disappointed by his or her actions.

Honor others for their potential.

See others as God does. Each of us has an amazing potential. Gideon was a fearful man, living hidden from the enemy, yet the angel of the Lord greeted him by saying, "The Lord is with you, mighty warrior" (Judges 6:12). The angel’s greeting was not because of anything Gideon had done, but because he knew how God planned to use Gideon.

Personal application:

Who is someone you have had trouble respecting?


Which of these insights will help you treat him or her with more respect ... even if he or she has not "earned" your respect? 


(c) 2005 by Doug Britton (Permission granted to print for personal use)

Be Perfect!

February 13, 2013


In Matthew 5:48.... "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."

"CHRISTIANS AREN'T PERFECT, JUST FORGIVEN." So says the bumper sticker and it may be an accurate description for you at this point.  But that's not an excuse to settle for just being forgiven.  God wants you to strive for perfection,  Jesus said so himself, and Matthew recorded it.  When you read this, you might think something was lost in the translation: I'll never be perfect.  Perhaps Jesus said to be as close to perfect as you can be or as to be a perfectionist.  No, Jesus said it is possible to be perfect.  Saying otherwise is saying God is unable to make you like His Son.  That's a statement about God as much as it is about you.

Biblically speaking, to be perfect means to be complete, lacking in nothing.  To be perfect means to reach spiritual maturity.  It doesn't mean you never make mistakes.  It means the fruit of the Spirit will be evident in your life (Galatians 5:22), so your life will be characterized by the same things that characterized Jesus' life:  LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS AND SELF-CONTROL. In other words, to be perfect means to be like Christ.  A tall order! You bet.  But God wants to fill it.  His Word says so (Galatians 2:20).

Throughout history, the human race has accepted a lower standard for ourselves than God's standard for us.  Our sin has caused us to fall short of becoming the people God meant for us to be.  The Bible is filled with accoutns of those who chose to disobey God instead of cooperating with Him, and it always led to their destruction.  We still do it.  We still don't trust God can make us complete, so we choose our own way.  We do what we think is best, and we get what we be that way.  God has a plan to make us spiritually mature.  We just have to trust him and follow it.  If we will allow him, he will rid us of every selfish and sinful attitude in our hearts.  Then He'll remake us into the image of His Son.

(The Experience: Lessons from the Sermon on the Mount)


God indeed impressed me to be perfect! I might not be the most beautiful person in the world, but I believe that I am wonderfully made! :) I'll strive to be perfect and that is to make the fruit of the Spirit evident in my life!

So how's your daily quiet time with the Lord?
Never underestimate the power of God's Word. He has a lot in store for us! a lot of promises and revelation to tell.

Thank You Jesus.

I love my job!

January 15, 2013


These were the experiences, conversations, I had today with my babies - my pupils :)

I WANT TO BE A....

One morning with preparatory pupils, this cute kid told me:
Student:  teacher, I want to be a chef
Hearing that, he wants to be a chef, not a policeman anymore!
Teacher: but why? You don’t want to be a policeman anymore?

He couldn’t explain why.  Then I asked the rest of the class the unending question of all time “what do they want to be when they grow up?”  My students wanted to become a
“doctor, so I can cure sick people”
“a pastor, I want to be like my father”
“a teacher, I want to be like…..(while browsing her book looking for her uncle)”
“a driver….”

I asked, what vehicle do you want to drive?
“a tricycle driver”

Now, that’s something to ponder on.  I don’t judge tricycle drivers, or even pedicab drivers. They save my time! Instead to laugh at my pupil’s answer and tell him “why a tricyle driver? Why not a pilot?”, I realized how difficult it is to be a tricycle driver, in addition to their safety as well.  My student taught me something, and that is to appreciate tricycle drivers and their profession!


AN ACCIDENT.

I have a story to tell…..
“It was a dark and stormy night and I was on my ship with my crew.  I was making my way to light where it was safe but a giant cracken jumped on my ship.  I tried to rescue my crew by loading them on the rescue boat.  The cracken grabbed me and was about to devour me, but I punched it in the eye.  It dropped me and I was falling into the sea, however, I fell on the rescue boat with my crew.  The cracken was full of rage. It smashed my whole ship and the debris hit the rescue boat.  I accidentally hit my head on the boat’s blade.  It was so epic I’d never forget it.  Now my head is full of stitches and I was so thankful to survive.”

but the reality is..

While I’m on my way to school this morning, the tricycle I’m riding in was hit by a jeepney.  Both drivers were so mad.  Apparently, it was the jeepney driver’s fault.  When it bumped our tricycle, I accidentally hit my head on the metal part of the tricycle.  Good thing I’m still fine and doing well.  And I’m wondering, maybe that’s the reason why I came up with a story.  My head was shaken!
-Kirk Mullen


I KNOW.

While reviewing my 1st grade class in Language, I made it a group activity in which they will earn points if they get the correct answer.

(done with Present Tense of the Verb)……

Teacher:  let’s review Past tense of the verb……give me the past tense of this word…
(orally) ‘know’

With so much excitement, my students answered incorrectly. They tend to speak without thinking first!
“knows….?”
“knowed….?’

"C’mon, you know this already.  This is just a review J  I’ll give you an example “I KNOW the answer!”

One student bragged that he knows the answer so I called him, hoping that he’ll get the correct answer.

" Ok, what’s your answer?"
"Yes."

BANGGG!!!
 >_<



OUR PASTE, YOUR GLUE.

I always teach and remind my students how to properly paste or glue their spelling lists or vocabulary words list in their notebooks.

“Always put small amount of glue at the corners of your paper, not on the whole paper. You’ll just wet you lists”

But there were still some who can’t follow my instruction. So I demonstrated how to do it and borrowed a glue from her classmates.

And I used the paste which I also used during my elementary days.

Elmer's Glue – makes it more convenient to use (less messy)


It reminds me how time flies, yet there are still students who are using the same paste I used.

Indeed, I love my job! why?
because MY JOB IS MY MINISTRY, MY JOB WAS AN ANSWERED PRAYER.

Thank You Jesus.



What's in your eyes?

January 04, 2013

Luke 6:42
 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

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It's good to help your friends live the life God desires, but your priority should be to make sure your life pleases God.  Be diligent to keep sin out of your life; then you'll be able to see others in the correct perspective.  When you have sin in your life, it distorts everything you see.  If your heart is pure, you won't condemn others for their sin, nor will you jump to conclusions without any evidence.  You'll have the grace to help them without judging them.

Father God, thank you for reminding me this truth.  Thank you for reminding me to evaluate myself first before I look on other people's lives. Forgive me whenever I tend to be judgmental to others with my harsh words or unfriendly actions. 
Help me everyday Father God to look at others who need the love like the one You have for me; to see them as Your creations who need a Savior, a Friend, a Lover who never  changes.
Help me not be selfish - that I may freely share with them the gift of salvation that only comes from You.

Thank You for Your unending love Jesus.

Amen.

God

Ballerina

December 20, 2012

Read Psalm 121:1-8

When television coverage of the Winter Olympics brought visions of twirling, whirling ice skaters into our home, we had two diminutive skaters in our living room.  Spin after spin catapulted them into tangled heaps of arms and legs on the floor.  Finally, my five-year-old asked in exasperation, "Mommy, how do they spin so fast?"

 I tried to explain a technique learned many years ago when I was the ballerina-to-be the technique of spotting.  Start by focusing your sight on a fixed spot and with each rapid turn of the head, return your gaze to the same place.  No dramatic improvement resulted from my little ballerina's initial efforts as she began trying this technique.  Spotting does not come naturally at any age.  She and her sister continued to look like they were playing a musical game of Twister, ending in the same heap on the floor.  But slowly, ever so slowly, spotting took effect.  Her turns were more controlled, she retained her balance and before long she was trying to explain spotting to her little sister.

Spotting takes practice, but it works.  And it's no different for grownups.  On what do we set our sights? Are we spotting on career moves, relationships, things? What occupies our minds as we wake in the morning or creeps in unsolicited to our thought as we close our eyes at the end of the day?  Our uninvited thoughts and recurring worries are probably a good indicator of what we're using to spot.

The psalmist wrote, "I lift up my eyes..." (v1). He knew about about, even if he didn't call it that.  He knew where to set his sights.  Only one thing is worthy of our practiced focus, and only one thing will enable us to maintain balance.  When my head is spinning and my world is turning too fast, I can spot on the One whose power is greater than mine, One who never loses His balance. (Debra Klingsporn)

*this was from my devotion time this morning



God gave us talents to glorify Him. 
"He gives and takes away"...

This morning, I was told how good I was having my talents in dancing and singing.

My response: It's all because of God!

I always love to share how God molded me and my talents. It’s not for the purpose of bragging but to share God’s goodness and faithfulness in my life.

During my elementary days, singing was my first love.  I love to sing in the class and my classmates would always point at me whenever our teacher would ask "Who would like to sing in front?" From then on, I told myself that I will join our school's glee club when I reach high school.

I submitted my one-fourth sheet of paper with my name, section on it to our Music teacher who happened to be the choir master of the glee club.  I was too confident that I would be in! (I was the first to submit the paper)
To my surprise, I didn't.
Then I stopped loving singing.

My high school year was fun. It was the year that I learned how to love dancing. I was known as a dancer that time (not a glee club member). It was the year that I couldn’t stop my passion for dancing until I enter college.

I was able to finish my studies without shelling out money because of dancing.
I have been to different places in and out of the country because of dancing.
I was known in the university/college because of dancing.
My mom was very proud of me because of dancing.

Those were the days when I only spot on myself, my skills and ambitions.

“Let them praise His name with dancing” – Psalm 149:3

Now it’s different story…

I now realized how the Lord worked in my life during those years. That it was Him who prepared me well. Though I experienced many challenges and struggles, the Lord didn’t leave me.
I now dance for Him.
I now use my talents to minister others and to glorify His name.
I don’t need lots of audience to watch me dance – for I know God is my greatest Fan! I don’t need to hear people clap, I know God and the angels are doing it.

And the sweetest part of my story is this,
God brought me back to my first love – singing.

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord” –Psalm 150:6

I know it was God’s plan to call me in the music ministry. It was Him who prepared me and my heart to sing songs for Him. It was Him who called me to serve Him, to praise and worship Him.

God’s plans are better than mine.

It was His grace that I turn my spot on Him.
(12-20-12)




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and i pray the same prayer...

April 27, 2012

Dear Lord, 



Don't let me become frantic when I hear the statistics. The computer doesn't know me - doesn't know how much I laugh and cry, how well I'm loved, who my friends are, or how I'm prayed for.  It certainly doesn't know that You have a timetable for my life and Your timing is perfect.


Amen.




* surely this 2012 summer time for me is the most productive and challenging time i've had.. got the hectic schedule yet manageable..by the grace of God, He keeps on sustaining me and encouraging me to finish this race i have..

God

why doubt if you have faith?

April 03, 2012

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Matthew 14:31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said,“why did you doubt?”



I have an issue of being a worrier. I worry a lot. I think a lot. 
think+worry=me and I know that's not what God wants me to be.  

So why worry if I have a big GOD?

I have prepared myself yesterday to get my grades in school. Standing in a verrrrrrrrry looooong line, patiently I waited before I could head on to the person in-charge with all the manual processing of releasing the grades. Suddenly, I felt something that I don't want to feel in that situation - butterflies in my heart! So I stopped and prayed, "Lord, please let me see a passing grade."

And there my grades are! PRAISE THE LORD! I passed all the subjects! What a relief! THANK YOU LORD!

Next step:  Check the Schedule for Summer Classes.

I went to the enrollment area and saw thicker lines of students.  Schedules for the subjects were projected.  I sat down and waited for the specific subjects that I need to take for summer.  I was hoping that my schedule would fit for my summer commitments.  Down up to the last subject, I was losing hope.

"Shall I quit?"
"Shall I continue?"
"What if...?"
"How can I....?"

Those were the questions I asked, not knowing to whom those questions were addressed.  I ended up thinking and worrying - again.

How can I have my summer tutorial if my schedule would be like that?
How can I teach and be a VBS teacher if I have classes at the same time?
How can I earn enough to support my tuition fee?

But the Lord rebuked me last night telling me to "Be still, and know that I am God."(Psalm 46:10)

"Father, forgive me for doubting you. I am calling you Father yet I act like I am not Yours.  I do things on my own with my own strength, forgive me Father."

I almost have gone crazy last night of what to do. Coco told me to stop worrying for it will not help me in any way.  It was as if he doesn't care for me at that time but at the back of my mind I know that he is right.  We believe in the same God. We worship the same God but our faith differs.  I admire him on how close his relationship is with the Lord.  I admire him how firm he was as he said those words.  Encouragements which I've heard several times yet I still turn back, think, worry and do things on my own.  "My faith is like shifting sands." :(

"Father, I am going to sleep now.  I don't know what will happen tomorrow.  Just let me have a good sleep."

And everything was shut down.

I opened my eyes and paused, "What day is it? What time is it now?" Then I realized that it's another day that the Lord has made. "Thank You Lord."

I tried not to think too hard to solve my worries yesterday. "Today is the day that the Lord has made."



I remember the wallpaper I made for my phone, and I hold on to it.

In my devotion, God taught me to be thankful in everything! "Oh Lord, what are You going to reveal to me this time?"

What do I worry today? Money for my tuition fee. How can I finance myself today for my enrollment?  Will I receive some blessings today or not?

And then I again the Lord rebuked me:“You of little faith,” He said,“why did you doubt?”


yaaaaaaaaaaaay! I can enroll for my summer class!!!


Excitedly, I told Coco about the blessing I received and he just told me "See..."


On my knees, I was so embarrassed to the One whom I'm calling Lord, my Father, my Provider, my Comforter.


O me of little faith.


Probably the Lord is asking me the same question as He did with Ms. LJ:


"My child, when will you ever learn to fully trust me?  Have I not shown you enough? Have I not proven what I can do? Have I ever failed you?"


"Forgive me Father for being blind in spite of all the blessings that You have given me.  Forgive me Father for doubting even if You've proven Your power and sovereignty several times in my life.  Forgive me Father for worrying even if I know that I am more important than the birds in the air and the grass in the field.  Forgive me, break me Father, I always try to do things with my own strength knowing that YOU ARE THE GOD WHO IS THE STRENGTH OF OUR HEARTS... "

Although I doubt at things, people, situations several times, there is one truth that I won't doubt at all: GOD IS A LIVING GOD.

I still pray the same prayer "Help me finish well, Father."

God

The Inconsistent Blogger

April 01, 2012

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I am missing out a lot of things in mind to share in my blog. I am almost missing out to visit my blog even if it's my default page in my computer. Oh, I say, I've been tooooooooooooo busy :(

February:
It was a month of challenge for me.  It's the month when I can totally feel the life of a student and a teacher. It was a bit hard.  Doing exam papers today for my students' exam next week, then review for tomorrow's exam or prepare for the report, etc.  It was totally exhausting.  BUT, I thank my God because He never fails to give me strength and push me to keep going and indeed, God enabled me!

March:
It was still a month of challenge for me. FINALS FINALS FINALS.
Aside from studying and preparing things for final paper works, March was also a time for dancing, rehearsals, preparations for the graduation/sem-ender.
It was also a time of success and victory for the Lord.
March 24 marked the 17th Recognition/Graduation Exercises of the school I'm currently working at.
March 25 marked the first activity of the Singles Ministry of our church.  A ministry on which I am involved with; a partnership with Coco; a success for our Father in heaven.

I just want to say: THANK YOU LORD.
That covers for the strength, provision financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually.
THANK YOU FATHER for the unfailing love.

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GOD: THE LOVING FATHER....

March 02, 2012

God is our loving Father, and the world we live in is our Father's world.  He is in control, but He doesn't necessarily arrange things to keep us comfortable or to make life easier.  Sometimes He permits just the opposite to occur, and we find ourselves nervous and upset and looking for somebody to blame instead of somebody to love.  We start groaning instead of growing, and another opportunity is lost for glorifying the Father.

-Warren W. Wiersbe 
(Bless You: Receiving and Sharing the Blessings of the Lord)

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Happy Birthday To Me

January 18, 2012


Humbling myself down at the cross and asking for God’s forgiveness were the things I remember 4 years ago.

It was the time that I surrendered my crooked and hopeless life to the Lord.
Year 2007 wasn't the ideal year for me - it was a year of rebellion until such time that I finally gave up and said "What have I done, Lord?"

Accepting JESUS CHRIST as my personal Lord and Savior was the best decision I made in my 21 years of existence. I have been the worst person and did worst actions but the GRACE of God was upon me and He extended His loving arms to lift me up from my old, hopeless and sinful life.

In my 4 years of being a Christian didn’t guarantee me to live a sinless and perfect life. Giving up all the things that were not pleasing to the Lord’s eyes was not a one-day mission. It's a step by step  process as I continually walk with the Lord.

“That why we are CHRISTIAN – without CHRIST, I am IAN, I Am Nothing”

Indeed, my life here on earth is nothing without CHRIST.

And for some reasons that I am blogging again, I would like to thank some significant people who have been a blessing and inspiration to me, as I celebrate my 4th Fruitful and Blessed year!

to my MAMA, for supporting us (Ate, Monica and I). Thank you for your love. I pray that someday, you'll finally come back to the hands of our loving GOD. Love you Ma!

my high school BEST FRIEND, Jenelynn Rapanut, who was used by God years ago that I may come to know who Jesus is.  Thank you for always inviting me to attend in Victory, cell group and youth night - at which I cannot FULLY understand why you keep doing it and I keep saying "yes" although at times, I need to make up alibis so I couldn't join you! :) I really didn't understand the plans of the Lord during those years but every time I look back and reflect from those experiences, I really thank the Lord because indeed, HE IS AT WORK IN ME and IN YOU. (I really miss you!)
Just like what you said when I told you that I finally came to receive Christ, IT'S AN ANSWERED PRAYER. Thank you Jen! :) and thank you for being part of my Baptism - April 23, 2008.
I Love you!

to my DISCIPLER, Tita Vo Canoy, for continually sharing and investing time for me (and to my other DG friends). Thank you, that in spite of the short time that we've known each other, it seems like it has been YEARS! I am really blessed and inspired in your spiritual life. As you keep on telling us, EFFORT. It takes a lot of effort on our part to have that more intimate and deeper relationship with the Lord. Thank you also for those years that I needed comfort of a "mom". Those years that you really spent with me just to listen in my "crisis of belief", "reflections". You never failed to remind me to look upon God's love and His plans for me. Love you Tita Vo!

to my SPIRITUAL FATHER (who's now my "partner" and prayerfully be my lifetime partner), Coco Ramos.
Thank you for sharing your God with me. Thank you for introducing Jesus to me. If God didn't use you as an instrument, I would always look back and ask, "ANO NA KAYA AKO NGAYON?" Thank you for those years of ups and downs, arguments, etc. In spite of all the things that had happened, I looked at them as LESSONS from the Lord. It's wasn't just about me, or you, or anyone else, but on the truth that I would learn from the Lord. The truth that would help me view things maturely and would mold me to be the person God wants me to be. I pray that the Lord will always teach us and guide us in our relationship. That He would always be the Third party of our relationship, only GOD. I pray that we would both grow more spiritually.

"I thank my God every time I remember you." 
– Philippians 3:1

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

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