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Bakit Wala Ka Pang Asawa?

Bakit Wala Ka Pang Asawa? (Why Are You Not Yet Married?)

There are times when I meet a single man or woman – successful, good looking, has a good character, has the right age for marriage, I would always ask myself, “Bakit kaya wala pa siyang asawa?” (with a big question mark). I just can’t find any reason why such person can’t be married yet.

Bakit nga ba? Bakit? Bakit?

Truth is, there is not one specific answer. If there is, I could have been married now and all my other single friends too.

Some could have their own reasons of why, some could have formulated their own ready answers just to easily deal with it, and some are still trying to figure it out.

But then I realize, the answer to the “Why” is something that we need to leave with God.  Would we be able to handle if God would answer it?  Instead, we should start asking God, “What?”

 What should I be doing while I’m still single?

Do I have a balanced personal and work life?

Is my character displaying godly traits?

Is my mind perceiving the right thoughts?

Am I committed to my relationship with God, family and peers?

A lot of married couples say that being single is truly a blessing. It is a phase in life that should be maximized and not wasted on unnecessary things. However, this is something most singles fail to realize. Some are too focused in their careers and ambitions that they forgot about relationships. Or, some wanting to have all sorts of experiences that they jump from one relationship to another. Some are living the life the way they want it to be and just don’t care of the consequences. And some, clouded by their own insecurities, fears and failures that they just gave up trying to become better.

 Until  we start doing “What” God has intended us to do, we will continue to miss out the blessings of being single.

We just have to trust God that when the right time comes, just like when God brought Eve to Adam, God will also make it happen for us. Until God is not yet done with us being single, we will never be married.

So for now…

Let’s set aside the “Why” and start doing the “What”.

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Waiting for too long?

I can’t believe I’m turning 31 next month. Next year, my age is off the calendar month days. 🙂 🙂 🙂

But, it doesn’t really bother me. To have another year added is a milestone, a blessing. But for some it could be dreadful, especially to singles like me. Right? Right? Com’n… 🙂

You feel like you’ve waited for so long? I do. Let’s be real. And you know what I’m talking about. For sure, if you were at my age, you’ve been bugging God more often than before on when you will really meet that person that He has prepared for you. Well, maybe you have already. God is not just telling you, yet. 🙂

Well, anyway, so how has waiting been for you? Have you been very impatient? Are you almost giving up that you want to take ahead of God? Or, giving up and just really decided to remain single for the rest of your life?

I hear you, sister. Waiting for me recently hasn’t been easy as well. Especially that I just moved to another country, building relationships and meeting new people. Being away from family and my friends didn’t help at all at this time of waiting for me.

However, God has remained faithful. His love continues to sustain me that I can only remain joyful despite of going through this season with little loneliness sometimes. I know that God is at work at this aspect of my life. And if I take ahead of Him, I will totally mess up what He has been preparing ahead of time. And I don’t want to do that. I can only trust His timing.

I mean, life is meant to be lived fully as Jesus desired us to have. Regardless of how difficult this kind of waiting can be at times, life can still be lived abundantly. Because my life doesn’t revolve around me and what’s happening to me. My life revolves around Jesus who is the very reason why I wake up each morning even if at times I don’t feel like going to work. He gives me reason to take care of myself because of the purpose that He gave to my life. He pushes me to go beyond my comfort zone so that He may reveal Himself to me more and see how much He can do more. He is my reason for living.

As I wait and prepare for God to bring me to that person He has for me, I want not just to wait and prepare for that reason but all the more for the time that Jesus will come back.

That’s what makes waiting more purposeful and meaningful. Waiting not just for somebody but waiting for the One who is really worth the wait. Jesus Christ.

Happy Waiting! 🙂

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I got everything I need, I don’t need God…

Princess Pepay

As I ride the sky train or walk in the mall, I see a lot of lost souls.  And it really breaks my heart.

I keep asking God, “How can I tell them about Jesus?”

In this era of materialism, most of us define a life of meaning and success based on what we have – wealth, career, fame.  And if someone has all of those, then really, why would that person need God?  If everything is going very well, then, what is God for?

It’s a point missed. BIG time.

If God allowed me to be born in this lifetime to survive, be successful and accomplished, do whatever I want, but then die eventually , if death will just make everything in vain, then what is really the point of living?

We missed the point. Truth is, until we truly know who God is and His great plan for…

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A Letter To A High School Student

 

Dear High School Student,

I am writing this to you because I want to let you know that life after college is not just the life you are imagining right now.

The different professions you know like nurse, engineer, accountant, programmer, teacher, doctor, or banker are not the only jobs out there. There are a lot. Too many that you never thought your personality, talent and skills would be suited for that job.

So while you are still in high school, you need to do your homework.

On school days, be good in every subject you have.  Listen attentively. Study hard. Take note of the subjects you are good at.

On weekends, do something that will develop your other potentials. Get a hobby, read a book, build a webpage, make little inventions, do sport, write short stories or cook your favorite food. Do anything that will not waste your energy and time as long as it is something you enjoy doing.

On your summer vacations, explore different activities. Serve on a fast food, be a cashier of your parents’ business, volunteer in a charity, teach in Sunday school or join a summer camp. Don’t let summer breaks be over without experiencing something that will help you in your future someday.

You need to understand that your college years are crucial to the kind of life you want to have someday. Your parents will not just invest on you with their money but you will also invest your own time and effort for it.

As early as now, you must learn to set a vision for yourself. What kind of work would you want to end up with when you retire? Mostly, the first job is not really the kind of job you want but it would be the first step that would bring you to that vision you have set.

While you are still young, keep the balance of having fun, learning and developing your potentials.

And lastly, always remember that God designed you for a purpose. Don’t ever feel that you lack or you are no better than your classmate. You are unique. All you need to do is to discover what that purpose is.

Think about it. 🙂

Just me, caring for the future generation.

 

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Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  (Psalm 90:12)

A Volunteer’s Journal

If you look back at your life 12 months ago, will you be able to say that you’ve changed a lot as a person?  Every end of the year, some might say time flew so fast or to some the year seemed so long. Truth is, how the days passed by 10 years ago or thousand years ago had no difference to how they passed by a year ago. Looks like how we view it is always relative to how we have lived our lives.

Last year, just a week before this weekend, I participated as one of the facilitators of the Singles@Work Conference entitled, “Pursue Love”.  God revealed Himself during that conference by teaching me to be more trustful and to be humble. He used different situations that time to remind not just me but I believe all the volunteers the importance of prayer and humility.

And just this weekend, I had the same privilege of serving God as a volunteer again for another S@W conference entitled, “Purpose Driven”.  If I compare this year’s conference to last year, I must say that this year has really improved a lot and is much better.  Though somehow, that should always be the goal. To always improve.

But then, I realized that comparison should not be based on how the event had turned out. What should be compared is how the volunteers have changed.  How the event was implemented was really because of the condition of the heart, mind and soul of God’s workers because God never changed.

This conference is no different to the other events that the ministry has organized. Because every event has one purpose and that is to make Jesus known. And as we all share our own gifts to God’s work, we get to see how God could really orchestrate every detail for His work.  The differences that each volunteer had were used by God for His perfect plan. And to be able to see that as I worked behind the scene was truly amazing.

My main take home for this conference was really to see the heart of each volunteer that I’ve never seen in the previous events that we had. I can’t speak for how each one has prepared for this event or even how much was changed in them as compared to last year or in every event organized. I can only speak for myself.  I’ve become more patient, more trusting to the Lord, more loving and more prayerful.

As for the rest of the volunteers, I don’t know what changed but all I can say is I’ve seen growth. I’m truly blessed to serve God with brothers and sisters in Christ who are so passionate for the Lord. As I ponder last night how amazing the event has turned out, I realize that God was not just working in the hearts of the participants but as well as in every heart of the volunteer.

All glory to the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!

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Ministry: Singles@Work – https://www.facebook.com/singlesatwork

True Design

This week, I’ve been reading the first 2 chapters of the Book of Genesis as I prepare for a material of an upcoming event about life’s purpose. I just want to once again be refreshed and reminded of God’s design for man and there’s not better way to do that than to start on the creation of man.

As I was reflecting on the 2 chapters this week, (I’m really having a hard time describing what I felt, words can’t define) I was actually speechless, I got teary-eyed and just so amazed of who God is. I’ve read Genesis so many times but this week, God just really made my heart grew more for Him.

A human mind can never grasp the depth of God’s love even if He created us to be above all His other creations. God’s love can never be fathomed. His pleasure in us can never be defined. His longing for us can never be explained. The relationship of the Creator to His creation is very important to Him that we never even bother to understand or even realize.

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:27)

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Gen 2:7)

 “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.” (Gen 2:8-9)

These verses reminded me not of who I am in the eyes of God but of who God is and that even in the passing of time, the way God sees us has never changed. Who God is never changed and will never will.

Our life was never about us since the beginning. It has always been about God that’s why He created us. But God made sure we will be His very important masterpiece. He designed us in His own image. He breathed to us the breath of life. He planted a garden for us. He made trees that were pleasing and good for food. And importantly, we are a creation that God allowed to make choices. Can an apple tree choose to bear an orange fruit? Can a dog choose to fly than run? But God never forced us unto Him. He gave us a choice. (You tell me an inventor who gave his invention the freedom to its own will?) Because that’s what a relationship is.  Because that’s what God wants from us. For us to choose Him over anything else.

In all our busyness in this life,  it’s always a good start of our day to day to ask our selves – WHAT AM I LIVING FOR? Why should I love my family more even if they cause me pain sometimes? Why should I love my enemies too? Why should I give my best at work even if I don’t feel like doing it? Why should I choose to stay quiet even if I’m so angry?

When we truly realize and understand that this life is never about us, then, we will feel the true sense of freedom from putting pressure on ourselves that we have to become this somebody, when actually all God wants is for us to be His child.

flower“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?” (Matt 6:30-33 The Message)

To my Creator and Father- Thank YOU. Unto You God be the glory forever!