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Highlights of 2016

It’s that time of the year—the time for a year-end review.

As the end of the year comes near, I would like to thanks for the blessings I received. And I would like to name a few of it.

First and foremost was the kid during the first month of these year. I’m referring to this story  “Children of God” which I posted January of this year. I almost felt you that night, that You were there and comforting me.

To be honest, my gut feel told me already. Everything was correct I just don’t want to believe it that time not until he told me everything. That’s why my reaction during his confession was like that. (I don’t know if I’m going to considered it as a confession but put it this way, maybe he needed someone that time.) It’s a thing I didn’t see it coming, that he will tell it that’s why I was shocked and somehow rude. Gusto ko kagad isara un topic pero mas inisip ko na kailangan niya ng kausap. Masakit. Kasi kaibigan ko un sinaktan niya. Pero may mas masakit dun G, at alam mo un. Siya, pinili niya siya. Binigyan siya ng pagkakataon. Me, never mind.

Secondly, family. For always being there, for being my support system.

Third, my barkada. (highschool or badminton group). Thank you for these people because they are the people whom I could called my run to people. Support system. College barkada, i missed them this year. We didn’t see each other. And I cancelled the dinner for some reasons. (peace)

Forth, ate Lai. A lady in her forties. I met her during Saturday service.

Fifth, my officemates. I’m happy seeing them like that. Un nagkakaisa, almost I could say that. What is company? db dpat nagkakaisa??!! but seeing them talking and having fun these past few months, sarap pagmasdan. And thank you for that. 🙂 We don’t know what are the intentions of each other but its good to see it like that.

“Every friendship starts with being a stranger.”

And more thing, for the priest whom complementing me after the mass. That he like my smile. I’ll never forget the first thing he said during the mass, “Bakit ang tao hirap magpakumbaba?” humility. Which is true.

And I’ve read this some sort of quotation: Pride is one of the biggest reasons relationships struggle. Pride is short-tempered, unkind, and envious. Pride exaggerates its own strength and ignores the virtues of others. Pride is selfish and easily provoked. Pride assumes evil intent where there is none and hides its own weaknesses behind clever excuses. Pride is cynical, pessimistic, angry, and impatient.”

“Even when you are not at fault—perhaps especially when you are not at fault—let love conquer pride.”

And another one, that little stranger person. This year was good for us, though I don’t know what that person real intentions are. I don’t want to elaborate it more, cause You’ve seen everything. I just have this question to You G, why? Nakakadalawa na e, twice ko na siya pinalaya, then binalik mo ulit.. uhmmm, ano meron? First was un sa ate, second un sa kapatid. Pero nun comeback nito, mas naging close (maraming taong nagsasabi, pero hinayaan ko lang) or dahil wala na siya makasama??!! Pero G, nagtakang naman ako magtanong. Oh well, I surrender everything to you. Kayo na po bahala. And isa pang kinatuwa ko sa kanya ay un huminto tlga siya para lang hanapin un cd.

Thank you G, for being always there for me. For all the things you’ve done to me (guidance, comfort and a lot), although pasaway tong anak mo you’ve never abandoned me. For all the circumstances I’ve been through You stood beside me. And for the quota 🙂 lam mo un conversation na un.

Sorry for there are times I don’t speak to You, I forgot to pray, but thanks during the nights I’m crying because You were there. Thanks for those two kids, I won’t forget that 🙂 Love you G.

 

 

 

In God we trust

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

My life verses are Proverbs 3:5-6. What are life verses? Simply, they are favored verses that hold a deep meaning to us. What do these verses mean to me? They are how I live my life. They guide my life. They are my default verses. When I am faced with choices, struggles, and uncertainties—I run to these verses and apply them to each present situation.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Trust is vital. Trust is faith in action. Trust is the essence of faith and the essence of my walk—my relationship with God. God has built trust deep into my being, and it lies at the core of how I live my life.

And lean not on your own understanding. We need to understand that we are not going to go through life doing things our own way. Not in a trusting relationship with God. We will have a divided heart if we try. That is what I have learned. It was a valuable lesson when I learned to just let go of my own way and go His way. My heavenly Father knows best.

In all your ways acknowledge Him. Believe God is who He says He is and make Him Lord of your life. See His Holiness. See His majesty and power. See every knee bowed low one day. He is God. He is in control. He is sovereign.

And He shall direct your paths. My life is in His hands. As I follow Him I am going where He is leading and this is how I know I am where I am supposed to be and going where I am supposed to be going. Even the twists and turns are sovereignly being navigated by God as I yield my heart and life to His will.

There is power to live the Christian life in these two amazing verses. As you read these familiar verses again today, I pray they plant themselves deep in your heart and grow an unshakable and lasting trust in the Lord your God.

don’t take things for granted

If you take her love for granted, you’ll regret the love you were too oblivious to see, the love you were too oblivious to feel, to respond to. If you take her love for granted, hope that you’ll realize it before she’s gone.

If you take her love for granted, and in return she leaves, you’ll continuously wish you could go back. And if she’s the kind of girl who believes in second chances, you might have the opportunity to make her happy she gave you one. But if she’s the kind of girl who doesn’t look for love in a place where it’s already been lost, she will find love somewhere else. She will find love with someone who appreciates it from beginning to end.

What was that, G.

A news was unlocked – at first that news was just gut feeling not until that afternoon. I was shocked partly though I’m prepared to hear it already. But I just don’t want the ending.

G, why? The question  I want to ask you. I leave, hand over to someone else. I was hurt, I feel the pain for that person, parang ako un nasaktan para sa kanya. Alam mo un G, un pakiramdam ko that time habang nagkwekwento siya nun. Actually wala ako naramdaman un mga oras na nagkwekwento siya, naramdaman ko nlng lahat un nun gabi.

“Swerte nun girl, dahil un tao pinangarap ko minahal siya. Tapos ganun lang gagawin niya. E sobra ko nga siya iniingatan e. Imagine mo ang lapit ko na katabi na nga niya ako hindi pa niya ako makita, sa malayo pa siya tumingin. Baka kailangan ko rin lumayo para lang makita niya ako, pero baka pagnakalayo na ako at dun lang niya ako napansin baka un naman un panahon na mawawala na rin ako sa kanya.” – hugot. I don’t know to say about this G. All I know, at sinasalpak sa utak ko is “You alone is enough.” kahit masakit, hindi ko pwede pakita un sa kanya na nasasaktan ako para sa kanya. Ang sakit G, ako un durog. Ganun ko nga ba siya kamahal para maramdaman un or dahil kaibigan na lang kami. Minsan manhid na rin ako e.

Ayaw ko isulat lahat ng gusto ko sabihin dito dahil lalo ko lang mararamdaman.

All I can do for now was to be there for that person gaya ng pangako ko sayo dati, G.

Teach me to embrace the past.

You know every single detail about how I feel, the pain and I never rejoice it. Dahil mas naisip ko kung kamusta un puso niya.

 

The First Cord

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken” Ecclesiastes 4:12, New Living Translation (NLT).

It is a three-fold cord that is not easily broken. It is God’s desire to make your marriage stronger than ever, but He must be the first cord and an integral part. Without Him, you won’t have an anchor to keep you close during the rough seasons. For the believer, this is not optional. It is our responsibility to let God be the first cord so that our marriages will be godly examples and shine bright in a dark world.

God becomes the first cord when you let Him take His rightful place in your heart and in your home. When His Truth settles every issue, when His love is the bond that keeps you together, and when you worship Him together with your lives, your marriage will not be easily broken. Your marriage will be powerfully blessed.

Challenge: Get three cords and hold them in your hands. Together, ask the Lord to be the first cord. Then husband, acknowledge that you are second and wife, acknowledge that you are third. Tie the cords together and tie a knot at the end.

three cords

Seen and Felt

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” Romans 12:10, ESV.

God’s love is much like the sun. You can feel it’s warmth and you can see it’s light. In marriage, you know it’s real love when it’s seen and felt. God’s Word tells us in 1 John 3:18, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” If you tell your spouse you love him, but they cannot see it or feel it, it’s not love.

The sun shines on us because God commanded it to. Centuries later and the sun is still being obedient to God’s single command He gave at the beginning of creation. It shines on the just and on the unjust, on the good and on the evil. God wants us to love our spouse the same way.

God always pour out His love and grace on us when we least deserve it. There’s nothing we can do to deserve His love. He lavishes it on us as His children. We can see it and we can feel it. Show that same love God has shown you to your spouse. Be obedient to God’s command and let your love be seen and felt. This doesn’t mean you stay in an abusive home environment trying to love someone. Love means you will do as God’s commanded. Leave the rest to Him. Remember, it’s the goodness of God that leads us to repentance .

HIS alone

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”

What love the Father has lavished on us indeed! We are His children. Let our identity be found solely in Him – who has loved us so much that to be called His.

Where is it that you put your hope? Where do you find your value? Is it in your success? Failure? Body size? Numbers on a scale? Scars? Accomplishments?

When you think about your identity – what thoughts cross your mind? Is it, ” What do you like?” or “What do you want?” or even “Who do you want to be?” When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

It is not your body size, the number on the scale, your successes, your failures, your accomplishments, your scars, your status, your deeds, or even what you see in the mirror looking back at you. THAT IS NOT WHO YOU ARE. You are not your age, your physical beauty – or lack thereof. You are not your flaws, your bank account status, or your profession.

You are God’s children. You are HIS – nothing else defines you.

“Your worth is found in God.