Mind Your Experience, Transform Your Mindset [Thoughts I used to…]

It's me!

For the past weeks, I have been thinking of my “I-used-to-but-now” thoughts. Gah!

I pondered on thoughts and experiences that happened long time ago and just recently. It felt like I was re-reading a book; looking for the highlighted words and sentences. I must say this is an influence of Mr. Bob Goff, author of Love Does. Thanks Sir! I enjoyed the book. I am more than blessed.

Here are some of my “IUTBN” thoughts. I’ll just add whenever there are “light bulb moments” and “live-pop-out images”. I hope and pray that you’ll also be blessed. Nah! If not, God bless you and from deepest part of my heart, I am sending you my sincerest apologies. 😀

I used to think love was logical but now I think logic is selfish and aggressive. Love is a different thing. Sometimes, there are no happy endings but it gives you your best chance.

 

I used to think taking a risk was a problem to be solved but now I think it is an experience to be treasured.

 

I know God only whispers the truth. Yet, in times of trouble, I still try to listen to the lies of the enemy for I thought it will give me comfort. But now I think I don’t need comfort to get over a bad day, I only need an unfailing love. And it’s from a God who whispers, a God who loves to come close- knee-to-knee, elbow-to-elbow.

 

I used to think you would have real happiness when you finally succeed your own battle. But now I think real happiness comes when you rejoice with the success of others.

 

I used to think distance would separate you to people you truly cherish. But now I think it isn’t about distance; it’s about communication and connection empowered with love. If you know how to value those two, you can beat the distance in between. It’s not about the miles, it’s about the heart. That’s the immeasurable power of love. Love knows no distance. A genuine relationship knows no boundaries.

 

I used to think waiting was hard [especially if it’s a long wait]. But now I think, it’s harder to see yourself distracted and destructed by something you’ve been waiting for- which will actually be given to you if it’s yours; or will not be yours because the truth is- the best is yet to come. Remember, it’s not about what you are waiting for. It’s who you are while waiting.

 

Though I am fond of clouds I used to see them as simple formation of gases and stuff- the basic scientific process of cloud formation. But now I think, clouds are made to show us that the One who created them is always there to look down and check on us- day and night; a reminder that there’s more to life and there’s a lot of reason to look up.

 

Things change, certainly. It is because the constant thing on Earth is change. I used to think change was a way to grow up and be a “lady-of-honor and success”. But now I think it’s not just about change, it’s about knowing your identity and transforming your mindset.

 

I used to think a way-out would make things better. But now I think there’s no need for a way-out when circumstances aren’t going well. Because there’s another way to keep things chill, look up, close your eyes and think of how you want to have an awe-inspiring tomorrow. Remember, tomorrow is another day. Every day is a brand new day therefore welcome “tomorrow” with a smile.

 

I used to think failure was like a “dead-spot”- it kills our dreams, our happiness and all other greater things that we imagine. But now I think failure is like a dose of vitamin that makes us a better version of ourselves- so we can have a better version of the things we dreamed of. Hello Yo! It is an opportunity to change a “make-up” plan.

 

I used to think when we weren’t able to craft a plan everything else would turn out as a mess. But now I think that it doesn’t mean you don’t have a plan  you won’t be strategic. Sometimes, the best experience/strategy comes out when we’re out of our plans.

 

I used to think comfort zone would sustain life. But now I think it is a killer zone. I’d rather step out and enter the courage zone than not to experience the sweetness of God during a battle and His pre-planned victory.

 

I used to think giving up and failure were variables “x and y directly proportional to each other if there is a non-zero constant k “. But now I think I don’t have to make things complicated. 😀 Life is not just an equation and giving up doesn’t always mean failure. There are just things that are not worth fighting for.

 

I used to think blessings were rewards from the good things I did. But now I think blessings are more than rewards. Blessings are precious gifts from a man who has already paid all of it at the cross. He is doing things that you cannot do for yourself.

 

I used to think letting go of your dream was letting go of your future. But now I think there are dreams that we have to let go so we will be of greater impact to others. Fulfilling a dream which you alone would benefit does not make any sense at all.

 

I used to think when we asked God for a way out in an unwanted circumstance, He’ll make a way to give it to us because He is a God who gives. But now I think, the more you ask for a way out, the more He will trap you. The more He will prove to you that you deserve to stay, continue what both of you have started. He wants you to finish the fight. He wants you to know that He is God, not a wish granting factory. And sooner enough, you’ll understand that He has in store greater things in your life.

The Environmental Evangelist

Ever since I was a child, I am fond of looking at the sky, watching -the clouds [as they move and disappear], the trees [dancing gracefully], the river flowing, the sun rising and bidding goodbye, the rainbows with magnificent hues, the oceans with their dancing waves, the colorful butterflies, the birds chirping in the morning and everything else that God has made [except for reptiles, I’m so sorry.]. Oh nature.

I don’t just like nature. I love it. I love how God created all these things. This is maybe the reason why I’m in this field now. I may not be as great as the apostles who built or will build a church in different places, a prophet who will tell the word of God and what’s in it for the future, but I’m very happy to be a teacher on how to save nature, [just like the gratitude of serving nations]. Above all, I want to be an “environmental-evangelist”. Para sa makakalikasang pamumuhay! We should not just win people and lead them to God, we should also be good stewards of the environment.

I suddenly remember a line from one of my favorite books:

“Our Earth is like a child who has grown up without parents, having no one to guide and direct her. ” As Jesus spoke, his voice intensified in subdued anguish. “Some have attempted to help her, but most have simply tried to use her. Humans, who have been given the task to lovingly steer the world, instead pluder her, with no consideration other than their immediate needs. And they give little thought to their own children, who will inherit their lack of love. So they use her and abuse her with little consideration, and then when she shudders or blows her breath, they are often offended and raised their fists at GOD. (Jesus to Mackenzie)” pp. 153-154, The Shack by WM P Young

Mack : ” So why don’t you fix it?… The Earth I mean.”

Jesus: Because we gave it you.

Mack: “Can’t You take it back?”

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Jesus:  Have you noticed that even though you call me Lord and King I have never really acted in that capacity with you? I’ve never taken control of your choices or forced you to do anything, even what you were about to do was destructive or hurtful to yourself or others.”

Mack:  “I would have preferred that you take control at times…”

Jesus: “To force my will on you is exactly what LOVE does not do. Genuine relationships are marked with submission even when your choices are not helpful or healthy.”

This is who God is. He entrusted us of His creations. This is why we have to do our part. It’s also for us.

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On Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley

I haven’t read a Christian book that is so honest and discomforting; a book that will unveil hidden ideas; a book that will definitely hurt feelings and convict beliefs; a book that will start out murmurs to minds; a book that initiates new thoughts on change- until a book entitled Deep and Wide written by Andy Stanley was introduced to our church.

About the Author

Andy Stanley is the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. (NPM). Each Sunday morning, more than 33,000 people attend one of NPM’s seven Atlanta area churches… Over one million of Andy’s messages are accessed from North Point websites monthly, including both leadership and sermon content. Andy and his wife, Sandra, live in Alpharetta, Georgia and have three children. (http://andystanley.com/about/Image

North Point Ministries, Inc., was founded in 1995 with the vision of creating churches that un-churched people love to attend. Since its inception, NPM has grown from one church to five in metro-Atlanta and has developed a global network of more than thirty strategic partner churches. (http://northpointministries.org/)

Deep and Wide:  Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend 

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I will not make a book review here or a commentary. I’ll just share how this book has touched my heart. To top all of it, I listed all my favorite lines I got from the book.

“Write your vision in ink; everything else should be penciled in. Plans change. Vision remains the same. It is natural to assume that what worked in the past will always work. But, of course, that way of thinking is lethal. And the longer it goes unchallenged, the more difficult it is to identify and eradicate. Every innovation has an expiration date. The primary reason churches cling to outdated models and programs is that they lack leadership.” 

As leaders, we are never responsible for filling anyone else’s cup. Our responsibility is to empty ours.”

“As a leader it is your job to protect the missional integrity of the Jesus gathering to which you have been called. It is your responsibility to see to it that the church under your care continues as a gathering of people in process; a place where the curious,the unconvinced, the sceptical, the used-to-believe and the broken, as well as the committed, informed and sold-out come together around Peter’s declaration that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 

 “Marry your mission. Date your model. Fall in love with your vision. Stay mildly infatuated with your approach.”

“Don’t fall in love with a tactic and defend it forever. Instead, decide once and for all if you’re in a market or not.- Seth Godin”

I couldn’t agree more on things Andy discussed. I’m now into his vision and passion. I love how he sincerely pointed out the significance of change and the role of leaders and church members to successfully execute their vision and mission. Leadership is vital. Once a leader refuse to accept change; acceleration, growth and moving towards a new chapter will be very challenging or worst, all of these will stop and the church will just be a place full of attendees and “Sunday Christians”.

And yes, the church is not just for those who believe Jesus but it is for the unchurched people as well. There are a lot of unchurched people whom we have to extend the unfailing love of everlasting King.

Amongst the lines above, here is the most unforgettable statement that really captured me.

“You want to see change? Ask God to start with you. Ask him to burden you with something worth risking your career for. And no, that’s not hyperbole. That’s the nature of a God-ordained vision. It’s not simply something that could be. It’s something you are convinced must be. When that’s clear, and when you think you’re ready to begin talking about it in terms people can understand and get behind, then and only then are you ready to start talking about what needs to change.”

Change is up to our own choices. Change is sacrifice. Change is a risk. But change is what we need to understand what God has laid for us. Let us love change and read this powerful book.

Francis Magalona: An Inspiration

#Inspired by his words, thoughts and his courage to face his struggles in life.

Saw this in his multiply account before. Good thing I was able to “copy and paste” it before Multiply completely deleted all other related files.

He’s such an amazing man. A man for God, a man of God. Honestly, I never thought that this man would be saying these words. But he did. He wrote these words to acknowledge the presence of God in his life. He saw the goodness and greatness of God before he died.

Let us all be inspired and be encouraged. God loves us.

“Today, September 25th, 2008 is the day I learned that Cancer isn’t all about death. It’s about LIFE. And today I celebrate and embrace that life.

 

Today was a day of reckoning. I went to my doctor at her clinic, and from the smile on her face as she entered the room, I knew The Lord, Jesus Christ gave me a reprieve. I knew that someone, somewhere made a prayer, and continues to pray for me, my family and my recovery.

And Jesus heard it.

 

I am a sinner, and I will continue to sin, for I am just a man. But the Saviour has forgiven me and will continue to forgive me. This God who became man spilled His blood for me during my 36 days in the hospital. And even before that He suffered, and today He spilled some more of His blood, for me to get the good news.

 

This is the only thing I can do, to write about His goodness, amidst this badness I am going thru. “-FRANCIS MAGALONA

…and I say “goose bumps” to this video. T T Father and son. Elmo must be missing FM alot.

“Success: It’s not always what you see”

I write a lot. I love to write all my thoughts, insights and feelings even while walking, listening to music or patiently waiting for my bus to move forward due to heavy traffic jam.

But one Sunday morning, God gave me a chance to speak up and share what’s on my heart. Actually, I never imagined myself to preach. I am afraid of so many things. I fear to stand in front of other people.  Well, aside from death that’s the thing that I fear the most. However, He knew that I am BORN for this. We are all born to share His word not just through writing but also declaring who He is; for the world needs to recognize Him. I spoke during our Sunday Service for almost an hour. Isn’t that amazing? His love casts out fear. I was able to finish it with His grace and faithfulness. Now, to You be all the glory.

“When you find yourself wavering in faith, judge Him faithful and be at rest. He cannot fail you and will do as His Word has promised.” Ptr. Joseph Prince

Romans 10:15
New Living Translation (NLT)
15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

Oooh… And now, I can finally say, “I have beautiful feet”.

God don’t want the message to be heard by those who were just there during our service. So, I’m writing this post to share what God wants to in store for His beloved children.

“Success: It’s not always what you see”

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I started my message with this: Success: It’s not always what you see.

There are times in our life that other people thought we are successful with so many things yet, the truth is; we are still longing for something that can fill a part of who we are. Being successful is not defined with what you are able to achieve but how you actually reach it and how you undergo the process. If we know that we are satisfied and we endure the process with joy, then that is a “Good success”.

Joseph The Dreamer

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He is one of the distinct characters in the Bible. He has a very strong and unique character. The book (Genesis 37, 39-47) has this significantly beautiful story line about Joseph that captivates the heart.

Who is Joseph?

  1. Son of Jacob (Israel)  and Rachel
  2. 11th son of Jacob
  3. Rachel’s firstborn

The Robe

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3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate[a] robe for him. Genesis 37:3

Why of all the sons of Israel he gave the robe to Joseph? Maybe, Israel (Jacob) is his son to Rachel whom he loved so much. The chapters on how Jacob waited and sacrificed a lot to win Rachel proved his unconditional love for her.

The robe that Jacob did for Joseph is a prophetic sign of royalty. Joseph is born to become a royalty.

 

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Lesson #1 from the life of Joseph

There are things that are destined to be yours even if you don’t seek or ask for it. You are born for something even before time began. You are born for greatness.

The Failures and Successes

 

Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”

His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.

Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”

25 As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.

26 Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed.

28 So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels[b] of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.

Joseph brothers were jealous of him. They plotted to kill Joseph but they just sold him to Midianite merchants.

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But…

The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

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Lesson #2 from the life of Joseph

2. The lowest points in our life are actually launching pads to God’s greatest promotion.

I suddenly remembered Nick Vujicic. Nicholas James “Nick” Vujicic is a Serbian Australian evangelist and motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. His situation didn’t stop him to live his life to the fullest. He said, “If I fail, I try again, and again, and again. If YOU fail, are you going to try again? The human spirit can handle much worse than we realize. It matters HOW you are going to FINISH. Are you going to finish strong?” Without thinking of his condition, he was still able to learn a lot of things that some of the normal person can’t do (e.g. golf, swimming, surfing). Woah!

Potiphar’s wife plotted to put Joseph in prison…

13 When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, 14 she called her household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. 15 When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”

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Joseph was then put into prison…

But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

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Lesson #3 from the life of Joseph

God is a god of “unexpected” surprises and unmerited favors.

While in prison, Joseph interpreted the dreams of the cupbearer and the baker. After interpreting the dream of the cupbearer, he asked the latter not to forget him and put him out of prison after.

23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

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Lesson #4 from the life of Joseph

Our present circumstances will tell who we are and who we become.

 

Joseph interpreted the dream of the Pharaoh

39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”

41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.”42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring * from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, “Make way!”Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.

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Lesson #5 from the life of Joseph

Do not expect God to do all your expectations. Expect God to do the unexpected. Expect to see good success beyond your present circumstances. Stop looking at your failures and stop allowing them to discourage you. 

 “Dream. Believe. Survive… and be Victorious”

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Colonel Harland Sanders was 65 years old when he Launched Kentucky Fried Chicken. It starts with him dropping out of school in the sixth grade, not because he was lazy, but because he had to take care of his younger brothers. He got a social security check for only $105 and was mad. Instead of complaining he did something about it. He thought restaurant owners would love his fried chicken recipe, use it, sales would increase, and he’d get a percentage of it. He drove around the country knocking on doors, sleeping in his car, wearing his white suit.

Do you know how many times people said no till he got one yes? 1009 times! (http://www.biography.com/people/colonel-harland-sanders)

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Joseph revealed himself

Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.

“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay. 10 You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me—you, your children and grand children, your flocks and herds, and all you have. 11 I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come.

So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land, the district of Rameses, as Pharaoh directed. Gen. 47:11 (which is the Land of Goshen, the land of provision, blessing and protection)

Lesson #6 from the life of Joseph

Forgive. Forgive. Forgive…, Forget and Move on.

Our life does not go in a linear way. It is like an electrocardiograph; the moment it goes to a straight line, it means we’re dead. Therefore, let us be thankful that our life goes up and down then up like the ECG, it means God is working in our lives and we are breathing and living a life full of surprises and excitement.

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Lesson #7 from the life of Joseph

“…though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again…” Proverbs 24:16, NIV

Thus, we should…

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What makes you HAPPY?

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Hey! Instead of weeping all day in your bed, remembering all the sad stuff, taking all the bitterness, why don’t you just get up, smile and think of all those things that make you happy? Every day is another day. God wants you to be happy. He wants you to be delighted. The Bible says,Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Be more than happy because God is with you all the time. His love never fails.

Make a list of the things that make you happy and be very thankful of that stuff.

Join me. Let’s do HAPPINESS 101: Make a list of things (person, food, and others) that make you happy.

MY HAPPINESS 101 LIST

Food. DQ Ice cream and Filipino flavored sorbetes. J Co, Dunkin or Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Jollibee fried chicken.  Spaghetti. Burger. Blue berry cheesecake. French fries. Apples. Strawberries. Bananas. Mangoes. Steak. Vegetables. Banoffee. Contis’ pastries.  Jamba Juice.  Milk tea (Gongcha). 3 in 1 or brewed coffee. Energen (banana flavor). Pizza Kariman. Fried noodles. Milk and chocolate drinks. KFC Halo-halo krushers. my parent’s favorite recipe (sinigang, adobo, kaldereta, menudo, dinuguan). noodles with egg. Kwek-kwek. UPLB’s chocomilk. Barbecue. Siomai. Razon’s special halo-halo. Sisig. Proven. Pizza. Chocolates… and a lot more of food.

YUPI ELBI. Mariang Banga, Marya Fountain, Forestry, CHE, Destiny Center, IRRI, Freedom Park, Main Library, Carabao Park. FOREHA.

Worship. Praise. Preaching. Prophetic arts. SOD 07 Batch mates. Little/Big brothers and sisters. Sunday Services. Soaking.

Crush. Yes! Crush! I am happy when I’m with you. I am more than happy when you smile back.

Music. Serenades please. Updharma Down. Rez Toledo (aka Someday Dream). Sugarfree. Ebe Dancel. Urban Dub. Parokya ni Edgar. Mymp. Christian Bautista. Sarah Geronimo.  Eraserheads. Taylor Swift. Bethel Music. Francis M. Jason Mraz. Kari Jobe. Chris Quilala. Bruno Mars. Gary V. US. Jayesslee. Silent Sanctuary. Rocksteddy. Lady Antebellum. Chris Tomlin. Jason Upton. Jaci Velasquez. Kutless. Hillsongs. Destiny one. 33 Miles. Hawk Nelson. Lincoln Brewster. Westlife. Britney Spears. Mandy Moore. Joe Brooks. Backstreet boys… and all other great singers and their songs.

Movies. Titanic. Book of Eli. Waiting for Forever. Cloudy with a chance of meatballs. Rise of the Guardians. Serendipity. Facing the Giants. Fire Proof. The Proposal. Tangled. Megamind. Despicable me. Happy Feet. City of Angels. Face Off. The Blind Side. 50 First Dates. 3 Idiots. The Stoning of Soraya M. Kate and Leopold. The Wedding Singer. The Notebook. A Walk to Remember. Taare Zameen Par. Forest Gump. One More Chance. Chronicles of Narnia. Crazy Little Thing Called Love and others.

Books. I love to have my own library at home.

Kids.

Life. Travel.

Clothes.

Butterflies. Cats. Puppies. Rabbits.

Writing. Blogging.

Flowers. Notes. Talks with my closest and beloved friends. Dates.

My Family.

Adventure. Hiking. Trekking. Swimming. Coaster rides.

Sunrise. Sunset. Moon. Stars. Shooting star. Aurora Borealis (though I haven’t seen one).

Sleeping.

Fireworks.

Theatre. Musical Plays. Stage Plays. (happy to just watch them on stage)

Nature. The Greens.

And the list goes on.

Finally, YOU (above all).

Thank You for Your love and giving me opportunities to love life and You.

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The Race

The race

Been in this pursuit for so long

Felt the hurt, experienced the fall

Decided to sit and to hear His song

He said “Continue and do My call”

 

 “Running the race takes a bolder you

To reach the finish line, isn’t that easy

But running with Me is all you have to do

To cease and win the battle completely”

 

“Set your heart on fire, keep the passion

Carry my strength, I’m here to lift you up

Bestow faith and all your devotion

Let My unfailing love fill the gap”

 

You are all I want, You are all I need

Cultivate my heart, nurture this seed

Come to me and hold my hand

Until Your face is seen in this land

 

I’m desperate for You, I long for You

Every hour, every minute, I’m desperate for You

Your grace abounds, Your light shines for me

Lord, I promise to finish the track and start a new.

 

 

On “The Fault in Our Stars by John Green”

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“That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.” — John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Finally after almost 3 months, I already finished this book. Busy-ness chased my momentum to read.

Okay. So how do I start this?

First, I should say I was “Hazel Grace-d”. What is “Hazel Grace-d”? It is being in Hazel Grace’s position. It is experiencing and feeling the same frustrations and murmurs she had in the book.

Well, I thought the story’s just the same with “A Walk to Remember” by Nicholas Sparks. But, NO. Yeah. It’s not the same as NS’s book. I must say, Mr. John Green is GENIUS. I didn’t expect the flow of the story. It brought me into a situation where I can feel the emotions and understand the thoughts of the characters. Argh. The ending of the story is full of twist. I was upset but I can’t get enough of it. I even thought of doing what Hazel Grace and Augustus did after reading the “An Imperial Affliction”. This book touched me in different ways I didn’t think I could be touched. Romance, comedy, tragedy, amazing!

It is a life changing book especially to those who are like Hazel Grace and Augustus. If you happen to read the book, you know what I mean.  This is a good read when your faith is shaking, when you’re lost in the world you’re searching, when you’re in doubt of tomorrow.

PS: I was alarmed when I turned to the last page. It was empty. 😛 (Spoiler, sorry)

Dear Ms. Green,

If you happen to read this, may I request for your email address? Where and how can I see you? I just want to ask what will happen to Hazel Grace. Does she find  what she’s looking for? What happen to Van Houten and Ms. Lidewij? Does Mr. Van houten write the part two of his book?

Thank you Sir.

Regards,

Melancholicbutterfly

Arise, Shine and Tebowing

I would like to thank our beloved pastor for sharing this to us during our Sunday service. It was indeed a great message. It’s worth to be shared here.

Be blessed.

ARISE and SHINE

Matthew 5:16

New International Version (NIV)

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

As children of God, our ultimate goal is to praise our Father in Heaven.

How do we do this? We have to be the LIGHT of the world. We have to be SERVANT LEADERS.

L. I. G. H. T.

1. L- Love the Lord.

Let us love our Father in Heaven above all else. We receive God by drawing near to God.

Deuteronomy 6:5-7

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5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

2. I- Imagine

A dream starts with an imagination and/or inspiration.

Ephesians 3:20

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20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

3. G- Give 100%

Give your very best. Do it from your heart.

Colossians 3:23

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23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

4. H- Stay Humble

Value others.

                                              Philippians 2:3

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3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,

1 Peter 5:6

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6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

5. T- Turn to Jesus

Our Father in Heaven is always with us. We just have to ask for His presence and keep the faith.

Matthew 11:28

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28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

 

Hebrews 12:2

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2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

“It is not always about the destination, it’s the journey.”- RCBeloy

 

TEBOWING

Well, I was never been a foot ball fan. It was my first time to hear his name. Thank you Sunday Service and Pastor Ronnie for introducing Mr.  Tim Tebow.

Tim Tebow was a college sophomore when he won the Heisman trophy (for outstanding all around player) as a quarter back.  In 2008, he led his team to victory in the BSC National Championship game.

More of his biography here: http://www.biography.com/people/tim-tebow-20786869?page=1

http://www.timtebow.com/

Aside from being popular in his field, he is also known as a devoted Christian. Tebow has also become recognized in the field because of his “Tebowing”- dropping to one knee in prayer with his head resting on one hand. Even if others are mocking him because of his belief, he continued his passion for Christ.  Tim Tebow founded the Tim Tebow Foundation in January 2010. It is a faith-based outreach group with children in need in both the United States and the Philippines. Tim-Tebow-2 at7mo-tim-tebow-blog

 Tim Tebow is one of the representations of excellence and light. He is an inspiration to everyone.

Let us desire God to live in us. Let us arise and shine. Let us drop our knee to pray and ask for more of Him in our life. Let us- NOW!

The Bright Side

Bright Side

March has always been a memorable month for me.

March 7-9, 2008 , the dates when I first encountered Him (face to face). It changed my life not just for days but for a lifetime. It transformed me to a new creation who values His love and calling.

But wait there’s more…

Looking on the Brighter Side of PAINS, STRESSES and NEGATIVES

March 2013 has been a roller coaster ride for me.

My mind says,” if I’ll be given a chance to skip a month, that’d be March. “

My heart says, “March is the greatest month ever.”

God has been teaching me a lot in this season of my life. There were ups and downs, bumps and curves, bruises and pains. But I believe  God wants me to realize that it’s time for a new beginning! YES!

First, I had this heart breaking experience. This caused my heart and my whole body to lose all its energy.

We just had our first SOD Encounter! Praise God! Finally! But before we successfully lead those dear students to God, we (I) experienced trials such as: being scolded by their parents to the point that their anger almost fly into rage, asked who we really are, where do we get our money, what is Destiny, and many other interrogations. It wasn’t easy. But again, Praise God for the wisdom and peace!

Dead tired, stressed, body aches…

I felt so down after the camp to the point that I was already out of focus on things. There was this instance that forgot all my important documents (e.g. Diploma, TOR, IDs, etc.) Even if I got home late, tired, (considering that the travel time is almost 2 hours) I still went back to the place where I think I left it. Unfortunately, the store was then closed. I felt so helpless and dizzy. I didn’t know what to do. Those were so important! But God reminded me of His love and His power. He gave me peace and wisdom. The next day, I got off my bed early morning, packed my things, prepared myself and dropped at the store where I possibly left the documents. Whew! Praise God! All of the documents were there. Of course, I thanked the sales man for keeping my things.

Few days after, my patience and faith were again tested. My boss asked me to coordinate with our project partner on arranging his flight. I did the assistance and other things needed. But, to my “forgetfulness”, I failed to ask for a copy of his e-ticket. Arrrrrrgh! I was just reminded of it when I received a call from my boss. “What should I do? I don’t even have the number of my contact person. Only our exchange of emails and it’s almost 8:00 pm, Sunday. ” I asked myself.  Then God re-entered the situation. He said “My daughter, trust me, we can handle this.” Oh, how sweet! I revisited my e-mail then. I saw the contact number of my point person’s immediate boss.  I saw a landline and a mobile number.  First, I tried to send a text. Then, I tried calling both numbers.  It was so frustrating that no one’s answering the phone or even sending a text.

Seconds after, God said, “My daughter, it’s all gonna be okay.”

I boldly declared of receiving a text from them at exactly 9:15. Minutes after, I received a text from my point person’s boss. She told me to wait for her colleague’s call in a short while. Then, a girl named Cherie texted me. The message went like this, “Hi. This is Cherie from (anonymous). May I have your email address so I could send it to you?”.  Wow! Amazingly, when I rechecked the text minutes after she asked me, I received the text at around 9:13 pm. And then, it was 9:15 when she informed me that the email was already sent to me. Praises be to God! That was the Power of Declaration.

These are just few of all the unexpected-unwanted things happened to me. Not so good experiences but when we see the bright side, God was there to save me. He was there to shower grace and favor.

God is wonderfully amazing. His love is so sweet.

“18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared

to the glory he will reveal to us later.”

Romans 8:18 (NLT)

Friends, we should praise Him always for He is King. He has everything. When good things happen, let us praise Him. When negative things happen, let us still praise Him anyway. When we are in need, He’ll rush to save us. Let us always see Him in our situation. Let Him work in our midst. Have the peace from Heaven. Let there be clarity in our hearts and in our minds. Let us let our troubles fall behind us. In the end, we will be able to finish the race. Beloved, fight a good fight of FAITH. See the bright side through the eyes of Heaven.