Be humble

Our God is a humble God (Psalms 113: 5-6). He delights in His child who stays humble even in the midst of many blessings and many trials.

When blessed, the child does not say, “I am blessed because I did so many good things unlike other Christian.” But says, “the Lord grants me all these, because He is a generous God and He blesses all who gives Him honor.”

When in the midst of trials, the prideful child says, “I did all the things you’ve commanded but You still does not bless me.” But the humble ones say, “I am not worthy to receive you Lord or any of Your blessings but I come here today to pray for wisdom in the middle of these all.”

So in all our ways, be humble and avoid prideful life.


Devotion on September 13, 2015

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Worshipful Wednesday: Lessons from the Past

Today’s world is no better than the past. It seems like what happened in the past is happening right this time. I fear that the world will fall like Sodom and Gomorrah. I fear that the world will be like Hitler’s time or the two World Wars. I fear that we, human beings, have reach the point where we do everything for the so-called freedom that the history will repeat itself. And we cannot do anything about it but be imprisoned by the “freedom” set by the world.

“The Word of God is our mirror and all of history testifies to His sovereignty and wisdom in the precepts and laws He gave to free us. Boundaries and limits were set to bless us, but man, tempted by the enemy to pridefully think he knew better, supplanted God’s truth and replaced it with lies. There is nothing new underneath the sun.”

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Psalm 78:2-7

2 I will sing a song that imparts wisdom; I will make insightful observations about the past.  3 What we have heard and learned–that which our ancestors have told us– 4 we will not hide from their descendants. We will tell the next generation about the LORD’s praiseworthy acts, about his strength and the amazing things he has done. 5 He established a rule in Jacob; he set up a law in Israel. He commanded our ancestors to make his deeds known to their descendants, 6 so that the next generation, children yet to be born, might know about them. They will grow up and tell their descendants about them.  7 Then they will place their confidence in God. They will not forget the works of God, and they will obey his commands.  8 They would not be like their ancestors– a stubborn…

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The Greatest Love Letter

Letters are very near to my heart. I am fond of it. I love smelling the stationary papers which I have written the letters. I love receiving letters and I love writing one. Call me sentimental, but yes I am and I am okay with that.

When I was still in my grade school years, me and my friends always exchange letters, we make it a habit to give each other letters. For us, it is a way of communication even though we are only 2 seats apart. Then, high school came, and writing letters had gone minimal. It was sad.

For over 22 years of my life, I collected hundreds of letters from my best friends, closest friends, and admirers. I kept those until we transfer house.

The only letter I keep is the love letters of my number one admirer… God.

When I became Christian, I found out that the Bible is the love letter of God for us. It is the direct communication of God to us. Before knowing it, I thought the Bible is a historical book full of commands. But I stand corrected.

I love how the Bible changes my perspective in life. It gave me wisdom, strength, peace, direction, understanding and more than that is RELATIONSHIP. It taught me that God is a relational being. He is not a distant God who will just watch me from afar. He is a God who is present in all the things I am encountering.

The Bible keeps me sane every time. Whenever I have trouble, before I ask another human being for advice, I will first consult my Bible. It helps me a lot.

The Bible keeps me in the armor of God.

Yes, it is more than a glimpse of the past but it is a letter for you and I. We cannot hear him audibly, but what I know is that He speaks through our Bible.

 

-My reflection on the 24th weekly devotional

A Sweet Morning

Dad rejoicing on the return of his lost son

One of my favorite parable in the Bible is the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It is such a sweet reminder that our God who made the heaven and earth, really cares for us (the lost). He only needs repentance. We do not have to do so much to make Him rejoice but to repent.

Read: Luke 15:11-32 (New International Version)


A quick thought in the morning (June 10, 2014)

 

Are you what you think?

They say, we are what we eat. But for me, WE ARE WHAT WE THINK. The mere thought can dictate our actions, our principles, and our values.

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What are you thinking the past days?

The past few days, some “big” thoughts are wondering my mind– the thoughts of being not good enough, thoughts of being too afraid of pursuing my dreams, thoughts of not believing in my decisions and thoughts of losing my values because of “the world’s most important thing.”

As the result of the negative thoughts running through my mind, I have become worried, stressed, anxious and sickly.

Frank Outlaw once said,

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

Truly, my thoughts became my words. Have you noticed my past entries (not the devotional one)? Those are full of depressing thoughts which translated to depressing entry.

Then my words became my actions. I have observed that I am withdrawing myself to people since having negative thoughts. I became more sarcastic as ever. I meant what I sarcastically joked.

And I am afraid that my actions will become my habit if I will not find ways to get my thoughts right.

WE ARE WHAT WE THINK!

Others think about their family and their needs. Others think about their crushes. While others think of the deeper things.

Whatever we think, negative or positive thoughts, it reflects our life, our values, our priorities and our principles.

But we can control our thoughts. God has given us the power to clean our minds from the unhealthy thoughts, like, hopelessness, lustful thoughts, bad thoughts about other people, worries, thoughts about people who offended us in the past, and anything that prompts us to sin.

One good suggestion of Paul to fill our minds with is:

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable  — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such thing.” ~Philippians 4:8

This week I am claiming for positive thoughts! May the power of control be with us all.

To end this, what are the thoughts you have been entertaining on your mind this week?

-my reflection for the 18th week devotional of Refuel by Ru dela Torre

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That’s life!

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Our days are numbered. Life is so short to live in a stagnant life. Unlike the people in the Old Testament who could live for 300 years, the people today cannot.

The author of Refuel, Ru deal Torre nearly face death many times. One, he has his car accident (which by the way, the starting point of his faith to God); two, when he was a toddler having fell from the carousel ride.

It took him so many trials to realize that “Life is so short, and we have to make each day count.”

And look where he’s been now, he is now a Youth Director of Wildfire and Youth Ministry of His Life, he inspires many youth to stand with their faith to God.

I never had a near death experience. However, sometimes I feel like I am dead because I am not living my life the way it should be, that I’m still alive but not connected in this world. But one turn around point changes my concept of life. That one event made me realize, “Julienne, you’ve been that kind girl all of your life… now start living your life… dream big… dream excellently… it is your time now.”

God wants us to seize our day, to connect with people, to love our family, friends and enemies, to take every opportunity (which by the way may stretch our faith to God), to dream big, to love, to cry, to smile, to laugh, to work and most of all to praise and worship Him (by the way, yesterday’s entry is about putting God first before our dreams ).

I just remembered my entry last January 20, 2014 (please visit it here). I told there that I should now start living and seize the day. Take it one step at a time.

Here’s a little thought for you: Stop living like you will not die tomorrow. Live life like there’s no tomorrow. Start loving today, start pursuing your dream today, and start connecting today… because our days are numbered. Well, that’s life!

–my reflection for the 16th week devotional of Refuel by Ru dela Torre.

 

Why I love The Chronicles of Narnia

After reading the whole series of The Chronicles of Narnia, I have decided to tell you how this “children’s books” really captivated my heart instead of reviewing it (because I am not a good reviewer…hehe).

Early this year, I just found myself delving into it word by word, page by page, book by book. And now, I’ve realized how beautiful these books are. And to think, I really am not a fan of this kinds of stories (you know, animal talking and stuff) but these really captivated my heart.

Favorite book:

My most favorite book in The Chronicles of Narnia is…

Well, this is hard, I love The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe but in the same unexplainable way, I also love The Silver Chair.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Why I love The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe because of the simplicity of its story and also because of Edmund. Well, if you have read it or watched it, you will know that Edmund is “The Traitor.” What I really love about it is the story behind it–Edmund being the traitor but find redemption through Aslan (The Lion). The best part would be, Aslan offering himself as a sacrifice for the sin of Edmund and Aslan being resurrected. Familiar, eh?

The Silver Chair

In the same way, I love The Silver Chair. A magic had drawn Prince Drilian into amnesia forgetting all his memories of the outside world. It had drwan him for ten years by the Queen of Underland, until, Jill, Eustace and Puddleglum came to the rescue. They also had experienced the amnesia little by little, as if, there is really no world outside the Underworld. The best part would be Puddleglum, saying to the Queen of Underland while fighting her magic: “I’m on Aslan’s side even there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like as Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.” These statements really strucked me, it as if Puddleglum was trying it to slap in my face.

These two books have special place in my heart.

The Last Battle

I also love The Last Battle, it has so much revelation about heaven, good and bad, the whereabouts of the 8 friends of Narnia. It has so much wisdom in it. And of course, I love heaven stories.

Favorite Characters:

For the book The Lion, The Witch and The Lion: I love Edmund‘s role. Even though he was a traitor, Aslan still redeemed him and a total change in his character.

For the book Prince Caspian, of course, Prince Caspian, simply because his a Prince.

For the Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Eustace is my favorite and Reepicheep. Like in Edmund’s case, Eustace was renewed by his experiences in Narnia. And Reepicheep, is the bravest, he has courage as as big as a giant.

For The Silver Chair, I fell in love with Puddleglum‘s character since he has wisdom like no other.

For the Horse and His Boy, I think I like Shasta‘s character though this book is not my favorite.

For The Magician’s Nephew: Digory is my favorite, he is really stubborn yet knows how to tell the truth.

For The Last Battle: I love everything about it. I love the stories and characters behind the 7 friends of Narnia, namely, Peter, Edmund, Lucy, Eustace, Jill, Digory, and Polly. But I felt so sad to know that Susan never came back to Narnia.

But my most favorite character is Aslan. Simply because he is Aslan.

I think these books are one of a kind and I thanked C.S. Lewis in writing these. It is more than a children’s book, I tell you. The Chronicles of Narnia is a story of one of us, looking for freedom, wisdom and truth. This is a story of finding redemption in the midst of misadventures. This is a story of you and me.

Big Miracle, na-ah!

Everybody needs healing. Some needs emotional healing from a scarred past. Some needs physical healing from a terminal illness. But whatever it is, we all need healing.

For the nth time, I’ve been witnessing and hearing people who have been healed by God emotionally. However, only few people I know who were healed physically.

I’ve read Joyce Meyer’s restoration from cancer through her faith with God. But, honestly, I have never experience that kind of healing. I would love to witness with my own eyes or feel with my own body, but, na-ah! No big miracle for me.

The closest that I think I could remember of physical healing was when I was very sick–sore throat, dry cough and high temperature. My friend told me, just to claim that God can heal me. So, I did. And days gone by, little by little, I was healed.

Is that the healing they are talking about? Is that the miracle I am waiting for?

For me, when you say miracle, it should be as big as an elephant or as huge as God healed the men with leprosy.

Then I realized this: Healing comes from the most little thing of this world.

–That miracles are still miracle even how small it is.
–That I do not need extravagant miracles like the men with leprosy were healed by God.
–That even the little scratch in my skin can be healed by God.
–That it should not take a HUGE MIRACLE for me to believe and have faith and to proclaim His healing.
–That I do not need to have cancer and all that just to know God can heal.

-My reflection on the 12th week devotional of Refuel by Ru dela Torre

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” -Mark 5:34

Love is not forcing relationship

If God is so powerful, why does He keep Himself waiting for us to love Him? He can just make us love him, right?

It is because God wants a relationship with us, without forcing us to love Him. For God, “Love is not forcing relationship.” That’s why He gives us freedom to choose and to learn…. Learn to love Him with all our hearts and not by forcing us to love Him.

-inspired by the movie, “The Perfect Stranger” And this was written way way back 2010-2011 (can’t remember the exact date).

And to sum it up in earthly explanation, don’t force anyone to love you. If he/she does not love you, don’t force him/her. Because it is not love if that’s the case — it is selfishness.

Thus, love is freedom. 

If you love someone, just try to remember this:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

And always remember, LOVE IS NOT FORCING RELATIONSHIP!

Imagine this: God does not force us to love Him. But we, mere humans, forces someone to love us back. Oh c’mon!

 

Misplaced

I always misplaced things. I think it is because of my forgetfulness. If things are too trivial for me, I totally forget it.
Like, my draft of today’s blog post. I misplaced it. Blah.
This made me realize that there are things that are not meant to be. But in the right time, it will come and you’ll find it but not just today. 🙂

–I think I’m just being too rational about my forgetfulness. But what the heck, at least I learned something.