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I’ve got place…

11 Dec

I’ve got places in my head, mostly houses full of memories and past history, that I want to write about one day. I would like to see them for real, touch their walls and know the stories of each room and each wall. I would like to know the lives and personalities of the people who lived in those houses and the agenda of every visitor who entered their doors. I would like to spend a very nice afternoon in the patios and balconies or read a book beside the windows or dream on its couches and beds. I wonder what life would be like in those houses. I wonder how it would be like to live those lives.These houses in my head, the people that live in them and memories that haunt its room might not be real but having them in my head is enough.

I’ve got many places, people and stories that I want to write about one day and somehow, I hope they won’t remain just stories in my head.

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Wait.. Why?

6 Oct

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, i cried:
quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied.
I plead and i wept for a clue to my fate,
and the Master so gently said,
“Child, you must wait.”

“Wait? You say, wait!” my indignant reply.
“Lord, I need answers. I need to know why!
Is Your hand shortened? Or have You not heard?
By faith, I have asked, and am claiming Your word.

My future and all to which I can relate
hangs in the balance, and You tell me to WAIT?
I’m needing a “yes”, a go-ahead sign,
or even a “no” to which I can resign.

And Lord, You promised that if we believe,
we need but to ask and we shall receive.
And Lord, I’ve been asking, and this is my cry:
“I’m weary of asking! I need a reply!”

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
as my Master replied once again, “You must wait.”
So, I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut
and grumbled to God, “So, I’m waiting… For what?”

He seemed then, to kneel
and His eyes wept with mine,
and He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens, and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead, and cause mountains to run.

All you seek, I could give, and pleased you would be.
You would have what you want –
but you wouldn’t know Me.
You’d not know the depth of My love for each saint;
You’d not know the power I give to the faint;

You’d not learn to see through the clouds of despair;
you’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m there;
you’d not know the joy of resting in Me;
when darkness and silence were all you could see.

You’d never experience that fullness of love
as the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove;
you’d know that I give and I save, for a start,
but you’d not know the depth of the beat of My heart.

The glow of my comfort late into the night,
the faith that I give when you walk without sight,
the depth that’s beyond getting just what you asked
of an infinite God, who makes what you have last.

You’d never know, should your pain quickly flee,
what it means that, “My grace is sufficient for thee.”
Yes, your dreams for your loved one
overnight would come true, but, oh, the loss if I lost what I’m doing in you!

So, be silent, My child, and in time you will see
that the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.
And thought oft’ may My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still, “Wait.”

SOURCE: Emotional Purity by Heather Arnel Paulsen

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God got this.

17 Sep

God got this.Last Saturday while I was trying to finish the first chapter of my thesis, my laptop kept on hanging. I was getting frustrated for I had a lot to finish. I thank God for the reminder.

The Bible said not to be anxious about anything but pray about everything. So I prayed for my laptop, my work and my day. The laptop kept on hanging that day but my mind was at peace, knowing that God is with me and He got all of these in His hands.

The Best is Yet to Come

21 Jul

Have you ever felt your life is like a roller coaster? or like the lifeline on monitors in hospitals that goes up and down, up and down?

One moment, you’re encouraged and fueled by God’s Word. You feel and know God loves you so much and you just want to go tell that to the world. You go on encouraging other people and wonder why they live so dejected and defeated when there’s a God out there who loves them.You can’t help it.  Then, suddenly, you feel like you’re the worst person there is or everything feels like falling apart and nothing’s going your way.

In those times, it is good to be reminded God is still with us. No matter where we are. No matter how low we fall. No matter how bad things are going. He’s there all the time. He encompass everything and He governs all.  Life may go up and down. It’s certain to give us bad times, disappointments and failures but worry is optional. No matter what we do and no matter how much we hate it, life will plunge us down.You may feel good for a day or so but when disappointments and longing come, remember that the best is yet to come. We will never be completely happy here because we’re not yet home. The hope is we

Not I, but Christ

16 Jul

I threw myself to the bed at the end of the day. I was exhausted physically and emotionally. I asked myself, “Is it worth it?”

I had to finish two papers, prepare for a debate, a report and make much much research but I can’t start working on any of them because I need to meet someone who needs me. Three hours passed before I got to go home. I prayed, “Lord, is it worth it?”

Early this year, I realized I don’t really know how and what love is. I wanted to know what love is and I want to know how to love. So, where else should I turn to but to the God who is love? I prayed to God that He will teach me. I prayed that He will teach me to love like He does and so He did. He taught me not only through the Bible but as He teaches me through His Word, He also put me through everyday circumstances where I can practice what I learn.

The process is enlightening but it is also painful. I didn’t only learn what love is but I also learned about relationships, priorities, motives, words and actions. So far, the most difficult thing about love is sacrifice. There are times when sacrifices are worth it. It’s those time when I enjoyed the fellowship or when God replaces what I lost with something better.

However, that is not always the case. Lately, I asked God and myself if my sacrifice and suffering are worth it. Then I saw this verse, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me (Gal. 2:20).”

I asked myself “Is it worth it?” I’ve forgotten. This is not for me and this is not about me. This life I live, I live in Christ. I may lose this life but I’ have eternal life. So I pray that I’ll be a bridge of His blessings, love and His grace. I’ll pray that my hands will always be open to receive and give what God gives me. And when this life comes to its end, I’ll go home to God’s embrace and enjoy Him forever.  Will it be worth it? A thousand times YES! ^_^

The most important thing about you is your perception of who God is

9 Jul

Ancient Knowledge on the Purpose of Life

27 Jun

God wants to give you your dream.

27 Jun

More than you want your dreams to come true, God wants your dream to come true for His glory.

Dreamers, listen to this. ^_^

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I’ve Learned

26 Jun

I’ve learned…that when you’re in love it shows.
I’ve learned…that just one person saying to me, “You’ve made my day!” makes my day.
I’ve learned…that having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
I’ve learned…that being kind is more important than being right.
I’ve learned…that you should never say no to a gift from a child.
I’ve learned…that I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.
I’ve learned…that no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
I’ve learned…that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
I’ve learned…that simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I a child did wonders for me as an adult.
I’ve learned…that life is like a roll of toilet paper. the closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I’ve learned…that we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.
I’ve learned…that money doesn’t buy class.
I’ve learned…that it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I’ve learned…that under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I’ve learned…that the Lord didn’t do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?
I’ve learned…that to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
I’ve learned…that when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that
person continue to hurt you.
I’ve learned…that love, not time, heals all wounds.
I’ve learned…that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with
people smarter than I am.
I’ve learned…that everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
I’ve learned…that there’s nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling
their breath on your cheeks.
I’ve learned…that no one is perfect until you fall in love with him.
I’ve learned…that life is tough, but I am tougher.
I’ve learned…that opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
I’ve learned…that when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I’ve learned…that I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
I’ve learned…that one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
I’ve learned…that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I’ve learned…that I can’t choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.
I’ve learned…that when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life.
I’ve learned…that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
I’ve learned…that it is best to give advice in only two circumstances: when it is requested and when it is a life-threatening situation.
I’ve learned…that the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

SOURCE: FEBC Philippines

Never Give Up on Yourself

25 Jun