Gratefulness

To realize God can bring joy to the most unexpected moment is to realize how great He is, how great His love is, how great His mercy is.

You never fail to surprise me, Lord! You never fail to show Your greatness! You never fail to give joy. You are the ultimate joy-bringer, hope-bringer and rest-bringer.

Thank you, Lord!


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P.S. I can’t contain the joy I am feeling right now. I can’t really put it to right word.


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Starting Over Again

*Disclaimer: the following thoughts are not cohesively written.  So please bear with me.

Slipping away. I have slipped away. Feeling guilty of how I became too comfortable with silence; how no voice can penetrate my self-loathe; how I see life as black-and-white.

The past months have been a great struggle, looking for other ways to make my life purposeful, forgetting that my life, our life is in purpose when we are walking to the Light, not from it.

One morning, I wake up from a boiling water… where I am? How did my life turn this way? From His silence (or  more of my deaf ears), I heard Him (more of I read it but that’s the same in a sense). I heard Him say “START AGAIN.” And I am dumbfounded, not because I am shocked by the revelation but more of I am now beginning to understand what He is trying to say all along.

START AGAIN

Remember Paul? Before being Paul, he was Saul, killing Christians, or those who dare to follow the path of Jesus Christ. But then, Paul was renewed and started to believe in Jesus.
God gave Paul the chance to start again a new life with Him. And the story of Paul, along with the many stories in the Bible, is a proof that our God is the God of second chances (third/millionth).

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He wants me to start again. He never gives up on me (because If I were Him I would be giving up on me now). He has given me another chance after chance to see His unfailing love. He never gets tired in making me understand that He is the God of second chances that even though I slipped away again and again, he will never let my hand lose its grip, because in the first place, His hands are the ones holding me tight.


My thoughts have been incoherent these past few months, but I hope you get what I am trying to say. I am just amazed by His unfailing love. So amazed that I wanted it to share to the whole wide world but I seem to fail on delineating it cohesively.

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Time and Sacrifice

You know what’s the most sacrificial thing you can do? To share something you value so much. To share a part of yourself. To share yourself to others.

This past week, my life shattered before my eyes. My supposed to be uneventful life turned into chaotic, mix up life. Priorities and plans have been altered to fit my current situation.

Before those things (read my previous post), my weekends were spent doing some calligraphy arts, reading, sleeping, writing and watching Nickelodeon series. Now, most of my time is used in resting from doing household chores (which I don’t usually do), bathing my mother (since her arm is injured) and being idle (too exhausted to even think).

Then it hit me, this year is supposed to be the Year of Gratitude. Tell me, how can a person be thankful in the midst of chaos? Yet, I choose to be thankful. I realized that God is using this situation to further tell me how to be thankful to things that are in front of me.

God is using TIME (a valuable part of my sane existence) to teach me about sacrifice. As you can tell, I value me-time. I don’t want people (even those close to me) to meddle every me-time. Plans and priorities are all set. No one can bend those. But, last week has been a test of time and even currently, it is still a test. Right now, I cannot own my time. I need to share my time with others. I need to sacrifice a part of my time to others. People may think that sharing time is easy, but as for me, it is not. And God is working on that.

The lesson I learned from my current situation: be ready to share a part of yourself to others. Be ready to sacrifice what you value the most. Remembering Jesus who gave up His life at the cross should empower us to surrender and give up things for the sake of the goodness of others. Sacrifice this lenten season is not about traditions but it is about giving up the things you value for God.

Life in a Week

Last week was very eventful week. There were many things that had happened last week which until now I can’t seem to comprehend. Life seems to hit us hard when we least expect it.

My mom had an accident and needed to have an external fixation surgery. Her arms got broken too bad.

Last friday, my 2 smartphones were lost (snatched). I was too sleepy that time to be alert of my surroundings.

But because of these happenings, I learned many things:
1.  Always take a bath in the morning. You’ll never know what may happened in that day (in my case my mother had an accident and I needed to accompany her without taking a bath for that day).
2. Life is ironic. Minor situation can turn to major ones.
3. God has a reason. Always. Even we don’t know it at the time.
4. God is good. Always.
5. Our life’s purpose is to share ourselves to others and to live up to what Jesus did.
6. God is a provider. Have faith.
7. Learn to let go and keep moving forward.
8. Love your life more than the material things.
9. Put God first.
10. Be mindful of your belongings even when you are too sleepy.

I thank God for His love and mercy. I don’t know what to do without Him. I should be insane right now if it isn’t for Him.

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instrument.
-Habakkuk 3:17-19

Would You Stand Up for What You Believe In?

Would you stand up for what you believe in? It takes great courage to stand up for what we believe in, in a world full of different kinds of people with different culture, different principles, different faith, different belief system. Some people will find a way to obnoxiously alter our beliefs.

Have you ever been in a situation wherein you just take and swallow what they feed you in order not to create chaos? A situation wherein you become complacent of your belief because of the fear of nonacceptance of the faith you choose to believe?

It is easier to stand up to the people you do not know, a far friend, online colleagues, co-workers. But in a situation where you need to stand firm to the people whom you treasure, that’s the risk.

It is easier to let your co-workers know that you are a Christian than to your mother who is a full-pledged Catholic. It is easier to let the blogosphere know why choose what you choose than to your father who is a non-believer. It is easier to let your friends know that you believe that Jesus is your Savior than to your siblings who believe that their life depends on themselves. It is easier to be rebuked by the people outside your circle. But if your family will rebuke you for the belief you choose, would you still stand up for what you believe in?

Somewhere deep in me, I want to be Ruth — bold and courageous. Bold to stay with her mother-in-law and help her. Courageous to stand up for what she believes in. I want to be her…

…(to be continued)…


“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:26

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13

Too Many Thoughts, So Little Time

What I am pondering right now:

  • Between me and Jesus, there is no middle man (Read: John 14:6).
  • My religion cannot save me. Only through God’s grace will I be saved (Ephesians 2:8).
  • Should have watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix but I remembered Umbridge. Me: “no way I will suffer again the injustices of Umbridge.” I hate Umbridge so much!
  • I want to try writing love letters to strangers. Because I can’t seem to embed the video: here’s the link.
  • Must finish Lord of the Rings!!!
  • I wasted my time looking at a blank space.
  • I want to spend my time highlighting Bible verses.
  • Eminent
  • Food blog
  • John Green is truly a nerd. Oh, now I want to read Paper Towns.
  • What does God think of people who is just following their ministers and not backing it up with His word? (News over the weekend).
  • Could people with blind faith be saved? (News over the weekend).
  • Separation of State and Church. (News over the weekend).
  • No one is above the law. When you are living in a country, you are bound by their law, no matter what religion you are involved in. (News over the weekend).
  • Respect other religions. Pray for them. (News over the weekend).

Too.many.thoughts.so.little.time.

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Second Chance

Everybody deserves a second chance.
A second chance in life.
A second chance to live again.
A second chance to feel.
A second chance to do good.
A second chance to laugh.
A second chance to hope.
A second chance to make things right.

The truth is I don’t like to write about second chances. Why? Because it was once a foreign idea to me. An idea which was only read in a book or watched in a movie. An idea which was hard to fully accept.

It was hard for me to give people a second chance when they did wrong. It was hard for me to forgive those who wronged me. It was hard for me to be good to people who once was bad to me.

Swallowing the idea of second chance was not an overnight process. It was never easy. As I write this, I cannot still fathom how I changed my stand about second chances. One thing is for sure though, when I started to have faith in God, slowly everything became clearer.

The stories in the Bible is all about redemption. It is all about second chances… It is not about who did wrong or who did right. The stories in the Bible is all about who are willing to be redeemed. All the great people and prophets in the Old Testament were given second chances. Even they had lapses or they did wrong or even murdered others, God still gave them second chance. In the New Testament, the greatest story of redemption was when Jesus nailed at the cross for our second chance in life. Jesus doing that made me realized that nothing in this world is irredeemable. Nothing is undeserving of forgiveness and second chance.

We are the story of second chance. We are given another day to pursue greatness, to pursue God. This is the day we have to learn to love ourselves. This is the day of forgiveness. This new day is our second chance. What now if we did wrong yesterday? This day is a new day to make things right. Everyday is a chance to do good. Salvation. Redemption. Second chance. What more can we ask for?

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Poor and Homeless

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I used to wrestle with giving money to beggars. I always wondered for what they would use the money. But one day I realized that God would hold him accountable for how he used the help that he received. He would only hold me accountable for my willingness to help.

~ Alison Whitley

Jesus is poor and homeless. I am not saying this for me to feel happy with my life. What I am trying to point out is that: Jesus is powerful. He is the Son of God. But He chose to be poor and homeless. He chose the road of simplicity in sharing Himself to others. He chose to share God’s word in poor areas. He healed the leper, the blind. He talked to the poor. He never loathe them. So who are we to judge poor and homeless people? Or who are we to judge at all?

He is poor and homeless. My point is that, yes, God wants us to live our life with prosperity and abundance but we should never forget what Jesus did. If your gospel is revolving around prosperity and abundance financially, think again. Because come to think of it, he stooped down on poor people’s level, eat with them, dine with them, talk to them, hug them. So where is the abundance there? In the heart not in the pocket.

He is poor and homeless. You know what I realize about this? I realized that I need to be kinder to people. I want to feed the poor. I want to share to them the stories of redemption. I want them to see how God’s grace work.

I used to wrestle with giving money to beggars. I always wondered for what they would use the money. But one day I realized that God would hold him accountable for how he used the help that he received. He would only hold me accountable for my willingness to help.

~ Alison Whitley

And now, I can say, I am more than willing to help.

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Caught in Between

There is a thin line between normal and abnormal. A thin line between sanity and insanity, genius and dunce. And a thin line between excellent and lukewarm.

These past few days I observed myself seeing others’ lukewarmness. They conform to what the world is offering. They go to the movie theatre to see what other people are talking about or because the actor is sexy or hot. They go worship idols. They go rebuke others’ values because it does not qualify on their worldly standard. And the list goes on and on.

It breaks my heart to see them settle for less, for things that I know they can excel but choose to stay lesser. What breaks my heart is they don’t know that their principles and values are being twisted by this world’s standard. For a person like me, it hurts for me because I believe in the potential of humans. That everyone has the capabality to dream, to be extraordinarily wonderful, to hold on to the principles and values they once have, to hold on to their faith, to live out the truth. But they settle to being lukewarm. They settle on the world’s standard.

Living out the truth is a YES or a NO, no MAYBE’s, just say Yes if you agree or No if you do not. There is no in between. We cannot be caught in between. Being in between is like being doubtful about the truth. You either fall in the pit of sin or doubt God’s existence.

The truth I am saying is, Jesus is the only way. There is no other way. Living out this truth is like walking in a snowy rocky mountain, hard but if you reach your destination, it is surely worthwhile. We are God’s, we are expected to be beyond this world. Even though it seems hard and tempting to be lukewarm, we are called to be excellent, to stand up to the Truth, to remain in God’s loving arms, to be ready for the battle of Truth against the world’s lie.

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