Sunday, April 6, 2014

7 Days of Positivity


Sharing my 7 Days of Positivity. I posted these inspiring messages on my Facebook wall from March 10 up to 16. I thank God for good feedbacks; some of my friends even sent me a message of how they were encouraged by these everyday posts. All glory to God! So friends, let's choose good words rather than senseless stuffs, be a blessing... we'll never know who could be touched by our simple online posts :)




Day 1: Have the attitude of gratitude.



"Napansin mong di marunong magsabi THANK YOU ang friend mo. Anong sasabihin mo sa kanya?" (Q via ROAD TRIP)

Naku, mainisin ako sa ganito... pero sabi nga nung isang sumagot, "Magsabi ka na agad ng You're Welcome! then mag-smile"

Tip naman ni Pastor Ru dela torre 
(1) Model it (be an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity [1Tim 4:12])
(2) Speak to him/her life in love (if open rebuke is better than secret love [Prov.27:5] then teach him/her the importance of giving thanks to the Lord and of counting our blessings [Lk 17:17-18])





Day 2: DREAM GREAT dreams and RENEW the old ones

words from Holley Maher's I Do song

Francis Kong quoted,

Whether it’s business or ministries; none can become great without dreamers. 

The successful people are those who dare to dream great dreams and persistently set their eyes on the goal. 

But dreamers make their dreams come true when there is faith and courage. And these 2 indispensable qualities are provided for when there is a life partner who gives her full support. (from Dream Great Dreams)

Dreams are renewable. They need not expire like an over-due library book. 

No matter our age, we can breathe new life into old dreams. I believe that the best age is the age you are, but something even better awaits just ahead for those with the courage to dream and to act. 

Are you renewing your dreams?

Feeling old?

Age is something that doesn't matter unless you are cheese.

It’s not how old you are, but how you are old. 

from Are You Renewing Your Dreams?)





Day 3: Have faith in Jesus, your storm will soon pass away.



John Bevere quoted from his Relentless book,
"God will never lead us into a storm that He doesn't give us the power to overcome."

We must remember what Jesus did on Mark 4:35-41 (NLV) - when the wind and waves Obey Jesus.

[ It was evening of that same day. Jesus said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” After sending the people away, they took Jesus with them in a boat. It was the same boat He used when He taught them. Other little boats went along with them. 

A bad wind storm came up. The waves were coming over the side of the boat. It was filling up with water. Jesus was in the back part of the boat sleeping on a pillow. They woke Him up, crying out, “Teacher, do You not care that we are about to die?” 

He got up and spoke sharp words to the wind. He said to the sea, “Be quiet! Be still.” At once the wind stopped blowing. There were no more waves. 

He said to His followers, “Why are you so full of fear? Do you not have faith?” 

They were very much afraid and said to each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and waves obey Him!” ]





Day 4: Have Integrity



Whatever work you do, do it with all your heart. Do it for the Lord and not for men. (Colossians 3:23)

Kapag mayroon kang integridad (katapatan, karangalan, kaganapan sa gawain o kalinisan ng kalooban), naniniwala akong lagi kang may kapayapaan dahil hindi ka nag-aalala na baka may makahuli ng mali mong ginagawa.

He that is faithful with little things is faithful with big things also. He that is not honest with little things is not honest with big things. (Luke 16:10)

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. (Proverbs 10:9)

Ngunit kung wala namang nakakapansin sa kasipagan at paghihirap mo, huwag mag-alala... ang gantimpala mo ay siguradong magmumula sa mabuting Diyos.

The Lord will pay each man for being right and good and faithful. (1 Samuel 26:23)

Sabi nga ni Pastor David Sumrall ng Cathedral of Praise, "Live by your ethics... Integrity with protect you."




Day 5: Spend quality time with your family


(photo via designlap.com)

Ito yung priceless! Di kailangang i-explain.







Day 6: Pray more


Spend time with God through prayers. Then hear Him through His Word. 

"When we pray, we open the door for God to come into our problems and situations and work on them." ~Joyce Meyer





Day 7: Walk by faith and not by sight





The hardest in our faith is the WAITING TIME. 
but...
Remember that God is ALWAYS WITH US "since" the time He "called" us. (Ptra. Terry Broqueza quoted in her preaching.)

311 days... ganito pala katagal akong naghintay para sa panibagong chapter na ito. Kala ko noon may authentic faith ako kay Lord, yun pala, feeling ko lang yun. Pride ko lang yun. Nagplano ako nang marami na hindi Sya ang Master... siningit ko lang Sya.

My faith was really tested and just like a clay - the Potter made me into another pot that pleases Him. I struggled a lot but I learned so much. Now I understand what humility is and how to surrender my all to the Him. Nabanat talaga ng husto ang pasensya ko sa paghihintay, nabawasan na rin ang pagrereklamo ko kasi wala na rin naman akong magawa noon... di na kinaya ng powers ko... si Lord lang talaga makakasagot at makakatulong. Kailangan ko na lang sumunod.

Ang hirap kaya! Pero sa tuwing maaalala ko ang journey na ito, dito ako lumago spiritually at dito ako nabago. At tunay ngang ang Panginoong Diyos ay hindi ka iiwan at hindi ka pababayaan. At ang pagbabasa ng Kanyang Salita at sa pamamagitan ng panalangin ay lalo mong malalaman ang kalooban Nya.

Moses spoke: "Be strong and have strength of heart. Do not be afraid or shake with fear because of them. For the Lord your God is the One Who goes with you. He will be faithful to you. He will not leave you alone." (Deuteronomy 31:6)

It's not easy to let go and let God nor do the walking by faith while your eyes are closed but if you're confident that the Lord is with you... it'd be like the person who's walking by the seashore who thought Jesus had left her/him; realizing then that the Lord had carried him/her all the way.

Our powerful God can change our lives "suddenly" but sometimes His will is for our transformation to take time: slowly but surely.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Passion Manila 2014 on God's great dance floor

I feel alive
I come alive
I am alive on God's great dance floor


"Passion (Conference) is about one Savior and one God." ~Kristian Stanfillsee his Instagram post below.

via http://instagram.com/kpstanfill
Aaaaahhh!!!! It was indeed an amazing night for everyone who attended Passion Manila 2014 at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Present na present si Lord, sigurado marami ang bumalik ang "passion" nila to serve the Lord as best as they can do, kasama na ko doon!

At di pa rin ako makapaniwalang nakapunta ako tonight with my niece! I just won the tickets by downloading the latest app of Positively Pinoy Online Radio a couple of weeks ago. And then last week, I was informed via text message that I actually won, woohoo! thanks God talaga! also thanks to Positively Pinoy / The Edge and Becca Music Inc. Salamat din for making it easier for us to claim the tickets. God bless your ministries :)

photo via Positively Pinoy website

Actually, since I've heard about Passion Manila last December, nasa prayer list ko na ang makapunta dito lalo na kasama si Kristian Stanfill ^_^ Nagkaroon ako ng budget para makabili agad kaso nagamit ko for other purposes then early January, sold out na ang March 28. Mabuti na lang nag-open ng isa pang gabi kaso sa dami ng interested, mabilis din nawala ang Patron and Upper A seats. Nalungkot na ko, gusto ko kasi talaga sa ganitong areas. Kaya ito, answered prayer na naman ako! So blessed!

Well here are what we've heard and enjoyed so much tonight. Thanks to the Passion band, Kristian Stanfill and David Crowder. Galing at ramdam mo ang heart of worship!

Worship Songs Lineup (March 27, 2014)


1. God's Great Dance Floor (led by K. Stanfill)
2. Don't Ever Stop (led by K. Stanfill)
3. O Praise Him (led by D. Crowder)
4. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) (led by K. Stanfill)
5. Burning In My Soul (led by Brett Younker?)
6. Our God is Greater (led by K. Stanfill)
7. Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) (led by K. Stanfill)
8. How He Loves (led by D. Crowder)
9. One Thing Remains (led by K. Stanfill)
10. My Heart is Yours (led by K. Stanfill)
11. How Great is Our God  (led by K. Stanfill)
12. I Am (led by D. Crowder)
13. The Lord Our God (led by K. Stanfill)
14. God Of This City (led by K. Stanfill)
15. God's Great Dance Floor (led by K. Stanfill) again and again ^_^




Pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church started his message by quoting Romans 8:38-39that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord

“Start to be a non-dancer who dances.” Pastor Giglio said before giving us the theology behind their song God’s Great Dance Floor. 

He then shared his honeymoon experience way back many years ago when he was actually tricked by the brochure convincing them to go to a place somewhere in the Caribbean based at the picture he saw – perfect scenery and a beautiful  half cove. But then he became disappointed much to discover what’s in the other half of the cove. At first he was feeling so amazing by excitement and his impression but just like a cropped photo where you were not able to see the missing part – Satan is also cropping our freedom plans and always bring disasters to our lives. And when we experience freedom fail (deciding every plan in own way and own time) where our freedom plans not working anymore, and we want to come home – we can always go back to our Father in Heaven’s embrace (just like the story of the lost Son in the Bible), for He is full of grace and mercy and will even prepare a feast for us and this rejoicing in heaven will happen as well (Luke 15:7). This is God’s great dance floor, a holy party.

Thanks God for the other two parables (the lost sheep and the lost coin) that teach us about God’s compassion for man are also written in His Word.

"Sin makes us spiritually dead: no improvement in conditions, cut off from God, spiritually done. But God the Father sent Jesus Christ not to make bad people good people but to make them alive again. We were dead but alive again, this is spiritual death to spiritual life. Our testimony of our faith is how God’s mercy brought us back to life. He is greater than how far we can run… deeper than how deep we can go."

Everyone is welcome in God’s great dance floor, even the other son of the rich man who got mad when he heard about how his father accepted his brother again and the fattened calf was killed for the feast. This son worked too hard for a long time and this is why he missed the fact that he already has what his father has, even his love for him, yet he also got too busy trying to earn it. 

Self-effort is not needed for this for God already gave Christ for us – this is real love. And He wants us to work for Him because we love Him not to gain His love because we already have it, already proven.

After this message, I found myself not so different from the other son. Yes, I was lost before but God found me again yet I stored up too many ugly things inside of me: bitterness, hatred, anger, jealousy, pride, etc. The Lord even rebuked me by making me realize that I sometimes didn't feel happy when others were experiencing good things. A busy-me at ministries don’t actually reflect my genuine faith in God because just like that son – I was trying too hard to earn God’s attention. I often forget that He already gave me Christ and there’s nothing I can do to make God love me more that He is already doing now. He is love.

So tonight I was blessed, forgiven, refreshed, strengthened, inspired and encouraged by God again. Thank you Lord.

Isama pa ang super nakaka-amaze na mashup ng singing stars and whales. Narinig ko na ito dati through a Youtube video, (watch Louie Giglio: Symphony (I Lift My Hands) online) pero mas iba pa rin pag live maririnig tapos ang ganda pa ng sound system sa Araneta kanina. Totoo, wala nang makakapantay sa kapangyarihan at husay ng ating Panginoong Diyos. He is our Creator and He deserves all the glory and honor. There’s no excuse to give the best worship and praise to Him for even His non-human creatures can give beautiful sound for Him.

Overall, this experience is God's will for me and everyone who came to this event. The Lord is not finished with us yet, He continue to mold us and change our hearts. We just need to make a decision to let Him in and make Him our real Lord and Savior.

Once again, thank You God for this blessing! Can't thank you enough :)

P.S.
If you are going to make memories, make the ones that last. Oh well, this event will surely last on my heart for this was an answered prayer. 

God bless you Passion Team. May God give you more strength, faith, wisdom and joy for tomorrow's another event. Philippines' so blessed to have you back :)

Sa mga pupunta naman para bukas: please bring clean towels (request ng Operation Blessing). Meron silang mga tao doon na nagko-collect, kanina mukhang marami ang di nakapagdala so sana makarami bukas :) 



Saturday, January 4, 2014

To Friend or Unfriend

  
Life is always a matter of choices so make a good one on choosing your friends and people you’ll look up to. Make sure that those you hang out with will help you grow sensibly as well. Everything on earth will just pass away and we should live wiser day by day. If you want to have a positive life then avoid talking to negative people or you'll soon become like them, give yourself a favor. Unless you're a very optimistic person and courageous enough to influence these friends of yours ;)


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Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 
And in reality - sometimes we have to let go some people and open our doors to welcome others who are worth keeping and can help us to be better. As 1 Corinthians 15:33 also warns us not to be misled because a bad company will certainly corrupt a good character.

A good friendship is a two-way relationship of give and take: but actually it’s more on - you - giving without expecting in return. True friends are blessings from the Lord so make sure that you're also a reliable friend to count on. Be a good listener and spend time to have fellowship with them. Make their lives easier and happier.


P.S.
Let's do a self-check if we are also the kind of friend worth keeping for lifetime :)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hello, Hello 2014!




My 2013? It's all good, fun and blessed.





ALL GOOD dahil kahit ano man ang mangyari sa akin araw-araw… pangit man ang tingin ko doon minsan ay palagi pa ring lumilipas lang at may natututunan akong bago at pwedeng paghusayin pa sa aking sarili. Sabi nga sa Romans 8:28"And we know that for those who love God ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD, for those who are called according to his purpose."


FUN kasi sa bawat desisyong ginagawa ko at kahit walang kasiguruhan kung maganda ba ang magiging resulta – ay natuto naman akong magpahalaga at mag-enjoy! Salamat sa Diyos tinuruan Niya ako kung ano ba talaga ang “faith”. Sa Hebrews 11:1 sinasabi doon na: "Now faith is BEING SURE of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Ang hirap kapag maiksi ang pasensya mo at madalas kang mag-alala pero sa taong ito ko natutunan ang maghintay at manatili sa mga gagawin ng Diyos sa buhay ko.

BLESSED dahil buong taon hindi ako pinabayaan ng Diyos, pati na rin ang pamilya ko ay inalagaan Nya. Matagal man akong wala pang full-time work ay di naman ako nawawalan ng freelance projects mula nang mag-resign ako sa huli kong trabaho at palaging may “provision in many ways” ang dumarating at hindi ko inaasahan. Masaya rin akong magkaroon ng mga bagong matatapat na kaibigan lalo na sa loob n gaming simbahan. Isama mo na din sa taong ito ang nakapagbakasyon sa ibang bansa ang nanay ko – doon kung nasaan ang kapatid ko. At sa loob ng 3 buwang wala siya ay nakaya kong mabuhay ng solo hehe!


Sa 300++ na mga araw sa taong ito, inulan ako ng pagpapala – hindi ko man pansin ang iba at hindi man lang ako nakapagpasalamat. Pero salamat talaga sa Diyos at sa lahat ng nagmamahal sa akin. Lalong salamat sa mga kapatid ko, feeling ko mas naging close tayo nitong 2013 no? Salamat dahil patuloy ding tinuturo sakin ng Diyos paano magpakumbaba at huwag masyadong maapektuhan ng nararamdaman ko (kunwari magdedesisyon o magsasalita kung kalian galit na galit).



Natutuwa rin ako dahil ngayong December ko ulit muling binasa ang aklat ni Joyce Meyer na Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind. Sabi nya dito:


"Your mind plays an important role in your victory; Negativism has to go!"

"Positive thoughts are always full of faith and hope; Negative thoughts are always full of fear and doubt."

"Expect a miracle in your life."



At 2.5 oras na lang ay bagong taon na muli, 2014 na! Naniniwala ako sa tinatawag na “breakthrough” – I’m claiming this in the mighty name of Jesus!

Pinanghahawakan ko pa rin ang pangako ng Diyos sa Jeremiah 29:11 na "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

At ito naman ang Motivation & Encouragement 2014 Life Verse ko:

FORGET THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST. Do not keep on thinking about them. I am about to do something new. It is beginning to happen EVEN NOW. Don’t you see it coming? I am going to make a way for you to go through the desert. I will make streams of water in the dry and empty land.  

Ang prayer ko naman para sa bansang Pilipinas ay magkaroon tayo ng bukas na isip at puso sa mga nangyayari sa ating bayan. Magtiwala pa rin sa kapangyarihan ng Diyos dahil di naman Sya nagbabago at di Niya tayo pinapabayaan. Maging mas matatag pa sana tayo sa mga pagsubok at mapagmahal para sa ating bayan. At sana, maialis sa pwesto ang mga tiwaling opisyal na nasa mataas man o mababang posisyon at maparusahan ang mga may sala. Magkaisa sana ang lahat ng Pilipino at patuloy na magbayanihan :)

God bless our 2014! God is good all the time!



P.S.
Excited na akong gumawa ng Vision board ko! ^_^

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Stuck in Love


Walking along the street so peaceful
There’s darkness all over
What am I here for? I don't remember at all
Except for a promise to keep on waiting
The stars are not even bright tonight
And the saddest story is not yet told
But I am sure I will come to like it more
For I would love to shed a tear for you
While smiling my heart out
Reading the lines of your book
Let your guards down bit by bit
Please make me a part of it
[2:22-2:26AM 1st of December, 2013]

Alright, I just wrote these lines really fast. I just typed everything that entered my mind right away. I got inspired by the movie I just saw a little while, titled “Stuck in Love” and I enjoyed the featured music right away and so the story line. I thought it would be just an ordinary Thanksgiving movie but I this one is just appealing and very easy to love, oh the mixture of dreams, passion and different perspective of love and hope! See the trailer below.



I believe it can be appreciated by hopeless romantics, realists, good writers and frustrated ones like me haha! The Stuck In Love: The Writers Playlist (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is amazing – I liked it as much as the tracks from Yes Man, Catch&Release and October Baby.

And hey, I notice that Logan Lerman's character (Eddie) here is kind of the same as Charlie in the Perks of Being a Wallflower. He writes, reads a lot of books and has a good taste in music! Double like!

I also love this conversation between a daughter, who hated her mother so much for divorcing his father, and his father - who struggled moving on and just revealed the truth why he keeps on waiting for her mother.

Samantha: What are we doing down here?
Bill: Your Mom loves you. She never did anything to you.
Those things she did to me, the things you've been holding over her, I had already done to her years ago.
Samantha: What are you talking about?
Bill: I fell in love with somebody, and got lost, left. You were just a baby, and your mother waited for me.
Samantha: Shut up, Dad.
Bill: She waited six months, Samantha. And when I realized what a selfish * I'd been... She took me back. It's the truth.
Samantha: You couldn't tell me, Dad? Really? You just made me hate her!


Stuck in Love stars Jennifer Connelly, Greg Kinnear,
Lily Collins, Logan Lerman, Kristen Bell, Liana Liberato, and Nat Wolff
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And now, here are the good final lines from the movie, which are also the ending of “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” by Raymond Carver.

I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone's heart. I could hear the human noise we sat' there making.
Not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark.
P.S. 

When it comes to love, we need to pray hard and think carefully about the decisions we make. As the Word of the Lord says in Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” and “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” in Proverbs 4:23

And, family members should really stick together no matter what and communicate more with each other   Always try to give second chances and fulfill your promises! 
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