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Through HIM

It was only last week that I finally made a decision to process my application of PR for Canada. I had this sudden peace to make such decision and somehow found some hope. I need to take the IELTS exam as part of the immigration requirements. Tomorrow, I will be submitting my registration form and will be scheduled for the exam. I need to take the exams on March 9 so that I could still make it to the cut off for my application for PR. I need to complete everything before April or else, I would miss my chance. I shouldn’t be applying for PR because right now, I don’t really see myself wanting to live there. However, when I had a conversation with Emily, a Filipino friend in Canada, I found some hope on it. It made me think that anything could possibly change in the next year.

Before I went back to Manila last year, I really wanted to apply for PR. It’s just that I wasn’t eligible back then. It required 2 years of fulltime experience and I only had 1 year and 9 months. Fortunately, just this January, they changed it to 1 year only. I was telling God before that if it is really His will for me to apply for PR, He will make a way for me. And I believe this is a chance that God wants me to take. You see, I still don’t hear God assuring me that I will really be moving to Canada. But God is teaching me to start making big decisions again. I’m not a risk-taker. I like to be sure always. And I know that this application is another test of my faith to Him. I trust that tomorrow when I set a schedule for IELTS, I will be able to get the March 9 schedule. It is only through God that this will be possible. As what the blind man that Jesus healed said that if Jesus is not from God, He could do nothing. Same also for us, apart from God, we can only experience the normal, not the impossible. It is only through God that we are able to enjoy not just the blessings but His very presence, His character, His power, His favor.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Written Jan. 22, 2013

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I call you, Friend.

How would you feel when our President Noy would call you his friend?
What would you do when the Queen of England would make you part of her circle of friends?
How will you react when your ultimate celebrity crush would put you in his/her friend zone?

If that would all be me, I’d be very ecstatic! But it would also make ask, why? How did it happen? What did I do to deserve such privilege?

Here’s another one…

How would you feel if the Creator of this world, the Savior of this world, the King of kings, the Prince of Peace, the Son of God would call you His friend?

I have two words – In awe.

Who am I to be called a friend of Jesus? It’s more than a privilege. It’s grace.

We might never be friends with the president, the queen or celebrity, but being a friend of Jesus is very, very possible.

His very own words, “You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father, I have made known to you.” (John 15:14-15)

Why would we do what Jesus has commanded us? It’s not a performance. It’s a matter of the heart.
He said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” ( John 14:15)

Do you love your family? Your friends? Why do we do what they ask of us? It’s because we love them and we want them to be happy.

If we love Jesus, then, we are called His friends.

Do you want to be in the circle of friends of Jesus?

Think about it…

🙂

Some of my ladies who are also in the Jesus’ zone. 🙂 This was our trip in Baguio.

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