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Touch the Sky by Hillsong United

This song beats my heart for Jesus.

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[Persevering] Day 7: Always Rejoice

Reading: Psalm 40:16-17

Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
Let those who love Your salvation say continually,
“The Lord be magnified!”
Since I am afflicted and needy,
Let the Lord be mindful of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
Do not delay, O my God.

Reflection:

I remember this line from the movie, Facing the Giants – “If we win, we will praise God. If we lose, we will still praise God.”

As we seek God, we do not only praise Him when things are going well with us. Our rejoicing and gladness with the Lord should not be dependent on our current condition. It should be constant and continuous regardless of. Though, this is never easy especially when we feel so trapped and hopeless. But just like David, he still chose to praise and worship God despite of his current situation.

Every time I feel down and start to question God, I just go back to His Word and remember the love He has given to us through Jesus. I am then reminded that everything in this lifetime is temporary. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18) And that I can look forward to eternity in heaven, someday. This gives me hope and restores my joy.

I would also remember the things that God has done for me in the past. How He never failed me on the lowest points of my life. At times, we may feel that God does not hear us. But He does. His delays as we thought they are strengthen our faith, which makes us more dependent on Him and not in our selves. We just have to keep fixing our eyes on Jesus. “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” – Hebrews 12:1. With this, we can have the faith and confidence to a BIG God and say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6)

Starting today, may you face each day having peace and joy regardless of the trials, challenges and problems you will be facing. Again, fix your eyes on Jesus. You can say this prayer to the Lord.

Prayer:

Dear Father,

Thank you for the promise that you will never forsake us especially on the times that we feel so down and hopeless. I ask that you give me strength through Jesus that I may endure each day with joy and peace in my heart. Help me to trust and always fix my eyes on Jesus that my faith will not be shaken. Thank you for the trials as they make me more dependent to You and mold my character. I entrust to you my day to day, knowing that you will be my helper and refuge. This I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Song:

[Persevering] Day 4: Go and Tell

Reading: Psalm 40:9-10

I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation;
Behold, I will not restrain my lips,
O Lord, You know.
I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;
I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your loving-kindness and Your truth from the great congregation.

Reflection:

When something good happened in your life, are you excited to tell it to people?

I always share my victories to my family and friends because I want to celebrate it with them. But then just like David, I am more excited in sharing to them the love and faithfulness of God in my life. Since I came to know Jesus more, I can’t help but speak of His goodness and greatness. Words are not even enough to proclaim how awesome God is. I always run out with words.

Have you encountered Jesus in a way that you can’t help but tell everyone about Him? If you haven’t, I hope you won’t allow yourself to miss it out. Jesus’ very words, He said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17) The good news is, Jesus came to this earth for you and me, sinners.  And, He said also, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) That is a promise that will never fail.

How’s your life today? Are you living a life that is full of peace, joy and love even in the midst of your problems? Or, are you feeling empty and unsatisfied? Only Jesus who is loving, righteous, faithful and kind can satisfy you and make your life complete – as He promised. God loves you so much that He wants you to be part of His family. “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 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 4:9-10)

Are you excited to have a life that is full and abundant? Do you want to experience content, joy and lasting peace? Are you thrilled to proclaim to the world how much God loves you that He sent His Only Son, Jesus for you and for everyone? If you have sincerely received Jesus Christ in your life, do you know that there is a party in heaven for you? “There is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10) I’m excited on how God will continue to work in your life and how He will use you also just like David to proclaim His amazing love to others.

As you made a commitment today of loving Jesus, may this prayer guide you.

Prayer:

Dear God,

Thank you for your sacrificial love that You have sent Jesus for all of us that we may be a part of your family. Thank you for your patience that it took me awhile to receive Your Son, Jesus in my life. I’m looking forward to an amazing journey with you as I desire to love you, know you and share your love to others. Teach me and guide me to live each day a life that will speak of your love to others. I pray that I will not restrain my lips or be afraid of proclaiming you to my family and friends who still do not have Jesus in their life. This I pray, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Songs:

Shout to the Lord by Hillsong

All of My Days by Hillsong

Bacolod is Home

There’s more to home-cooked meals, yummy delicacies, unbeatable chicken inasal and laid-back life every time I go home to Bacolod.

Just a few days ago (time is really fast!), I went home together with my best friend, Kyat and her two kids who just arrived from Canada. We had a little reunion together with our other highschool girlfriends, some I haven’t seen for more than 5 years. It was really a blessed time just to hang out and catch up.

Looking back, it made me realize that no matter what, at some point in our lives, we would always find ourselves wanting to go home, not really to stay but to be with people who makes the place home.

Last year was record breaking for me, I went home 4 times than the usual once or twice year. I must have missed home so much. 🙂

For now, Bacolod is home because my family is there. Who knows, it will be somewhere else someday. 😉

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AMITY

As defined by the free online dictionary,

amity [ˈæmɪtɪ]
friendship; cordiality
[from Old French amité, from Medieval Latin amīcitās friendship, from Latin amīcus friend]

I asked my dad before why my sister was named as Amity, and he said, he looked it up from the dictionary. Our parents like to give us unique names (well – except for my brother which is a different story and thus, explains the unique spelling of my name).

In my quiet time this morning, I thought of Amity. She is my second eldest sister. For those who don’t know, my sister passed away just a month after her 25th birthday. It’s been 6 years already.  My very last clear memory of her was her big laughter in a video that she also took with everyone in the family. I wasn’t there in that video and that’s why she recorded that for me. If you know my sister or met her, you would know how she laughed so hard.  An all out laugh!

I really don’t know how Amity has touched the lives of people around her (but I’d love to know!). But my sister was one of those who really pushed me to be at my best all the time. When I started working, she would tell me to dress up properly, fix my hair, be presentable in going to work. You know how she was when it comes to dressing up. She was always at her best.  She wasn’t a mediocre. She was very driven in what she does. She had passion for her work. She was a dreamer. She was very hard working. She always wanted the best for us, her family. If she is still here, for sure, she would have accomplished greater things than she already did.  We would be travelling together. 🙂

My sister taught me – Family. She was very protective of us. She would fight for us, even die for us. Yes, she was a fighter. She was very driven not because of her own dreams. But because she thought of us. Everything she did, we were a part of it. She inspired me. She taught me not just to dream for myself, but also for my family.

I miss Amity every day. I would sometimes imagine what if she is still with us now. Would be a lot of fun and laughter! My sister made a graceful exit from this world. She was at her very best when she left. She was top 5 (if i’m correct) for having the highest sales nationwide in her company. She was suppose to do an oath-taking for passing the teacher’s license exam. Yes, she was suppose to be a teacher for special children. We thought, she could have done more. But God’s purpose for her had been completed already.

One day, when the time comes, we will meet again. This time, in a perfect place with our Maker. 🙂

My only wish is that her friends and everyone who knows Amity will never forget her. That when they see the name Amity or hear the name Amity, they will thought of her and how she had made an impact in their lives.

(And yes, I always talk about her hair! haha! I so like her natural curly hairs!)

She lived 2 Timothy 4:7.

road trip vs life

When I was on the road last week, I did some little reflection. What if my life would be like that of a road trip? No plans…not knowing where to go…no direction. I realized it would be fun. I had fun when we had our road trip. We stopped on places that we saw along the way just because we wanted to…did the things that we didn’t plan to do…just enjoyed every moment. Same goes with life. I can just do anything that I would want to do. Not thinking of what’s next. 

But then, during our road trip. We had a contingency. One of us brought a tent just in case we’ve got nowhere to sleep and good thing we rented a van. I had to bring some extra cash just in case we might be needing it since we really didn’t make any plan. And then, I compared it with life. Then, I saw the difference. In our life, there are no contingencies. When we choose to live an easy-going and carefree life or I must say, a life with no purpose and we reach the end of our life, we just can’t sleep in the tent. Our destiny is final. We can’t do anything when we are already dead, right? 

And so, I’m glad that I did not choose that life. I praise God that He opened my heart to choose a life of purpose with Him. I’ve been in a road trip type of life once. It was fun. But at the end of the day, my life was empty. I had fun in our road trip last week. But the truth is, there was really no purpose fulfilled. It was a good experience which really taught me that next time, I should definitely make reservations! And when the day comes that I will meet my Maker, I can excitedly face my destiny. And that is heaven. 🙂

How about you? What trip are you making? 

To God be the glory. 🙂