Spiritual Refreshment

Do you know what's amazing about reading the Bible?

It is when you ask God to speak to you through His Word and when You seek more of Him, He will surely reveal His answers to your heart's deepest longings. It is more than finding the light at the end of the tunnel... more than a finding a message in a bottle. It is laying down all your plans at the feet of Jesus and letting His purpose prevail in your life because He knows what He is doing and working in you and through you.

Just like how God used Joshua 1 to speak to me again. I'm familiar with this Bible story yet as I read it again, I got fresh teachings. It spoke to my spirit in a deeper level. The words are now etched in my heart one by one. I was truly joyful when I found what I was searching for a long time.

This is the importance of meditating God's Word and desiring a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is something special and captivating. It is a personal experience.


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I was even able to write a short poem because I could not contain the joy and love God gave me one night. And after posting it on my Facebook page, I happened to see this post from Joyce Meyer ;) Such an amazing moment!



The Camera That Can Bring More Joy

Photography is fun and my passion. It's extra special if one can express the same feeling in photographs as trying to capture the beauty of people, places, nature, and things to create good memories.

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Photo taken in Stockholm last December 2016

I have been using my DSLR for many years and this camera is still reliable. But in my recent vacation, I had encountered inconveniences using it. It's heavy and bulky. Though I can still take good pictures, it's hard for me to photograph during night time or in the low light. So it was easier for me to use my mobile camera anywhere and anytime. I also noticed that most of the tourists were using mirrorless compact camera, lightweight DSLR, or action camera. That's why my next goal is to invest for a new camera - mirrorless kind. I think that it'd a good companion because it's easier to carry during photo walks and visiting museums/indoor locations.

And this is why I like Sony Alpha a5000. The brand claims that this is the world's lightest interchangeable-lens digital camera and it has good features like Picture Effect, Multiple Exposure, Time lapse. The last one is my most favorite for the love of sky timelapse! This camera can sync photos and videos to smartphones since it has built-in-Wi-Fi and NFC. Make some enhancements to your photos and upload your shots to share.

With its Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C) Sensor, BIONZ X™ image processing engine, and high sensitivity ISO 100-16000 - I can capture in low light and without flash. This is perfect for my need.

more camera details here

You can also record movies in Full HD which gives you the option if you want a fast or slow setting.

And on taking selfies - it'll be more fun since it has tiltable LCD screen, face detection plus smile shutter; and can enhance photos with soft skin effect,

To fully enjoy this camera, there are different lenses and accessories available in the market.

Can't wait to explore more places and capture sunset/cloud timelapse with Sony Alpha a5000. It's a great camera with wonderful features.

Before 12: Falling in love with sunsets

What do I love about sunsets?

Its colors and warm tones. The texture of the sky as the daylight lets go of its brightness; as well as the night awaits for the stars to come out. The richness and beauty of changing colors proclaim how great our Creator is. He is a magnificent artist. Sunsets inspire me so much.

Soon, I'll be seeing my 31st sunset. ^_^

Each sunset reminds me of what I should be thankful for:
1 I lived and survived another day.
2 I have eyes that can see well and appreciate the wonders of nature.
3 Another opportunity to take good photos or make a painting to treasure its beauty.
4 A new hope. It's a signal that there will be a new day coming soon.
5 A time of waiting and developing its beauty.
I already posted some sunset photos in my blogbefore and I never get tired of appreciating its beauty.

So tomorrow, try looking up to the sky and let the artist in you appreciate what your eyes can see. It's already a blessing to know that you are alive and have a gift of sight. Not everyone is able to see what we can see though not everything is perfect and good for our sight but it's another thing.

What matters now is we adore the creations of the Lord Almighty. God shows His love and care for us through His creations.

I am ending this blog post with some of my favorite sunset photos I took in Sweden. In different seasons, with different kinds of beauty but same wonderful time of the sun to hide its brightness for a while.


Summer

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Autumn

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Winter

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Before 12: I Learned to WAIT

It is exactly seven days before turning another year older. I am so thankful for everything I have learned and experienced in life. But until now, I am still a work in progress. I believe that the Lord will not stop molding us until we are made in completion according to His divine purpose.

Waiting has always been a part of our journey on earth and it is not easy if patience is your weakness. Yet I am still praying for some of my prayers to get answered. Be it a yes, a no, or wait still from God.

That is why I am blessed to have a mother who is prayerful and God-fearing family. It would be impossible for me to survive the challenges I have faced in the past without my relationship with Jesus Christ. My heart and my flesh are weak but He is strong. Now, I am still pursuing my dreams and actively waiting for a new chapter to be unfolded.

Why do I have this kind of hope?

Because of God's promises written in the Bible and I know that my God is a promise-keeper. I am privileged to witness His sovereignty and love.

Just like three months ago during my devotion time, I received a Word from God. I sensed in my spirit that it's meant for me and it's a promise to me as well. I was sure of this because I kept on reading and hearing about Abraham's unwavering faith on his Friend as recorded in Romans 4:20-21.
No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God, Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.  (Romans 4:20-21 AMPC)







I learned that Abraham waited for God's promise to be fulfilled in His own time frame.
This man knew who God was, is, and is to come.
Because he was very close to God's heart and he knew that He would never lie.


It is not easy to embrace the waiting time but we have options to spend it with joy, hope and faith or anger, bitterness and frustrations. So let us choose not to be miserable.

Option A: "Naghintay, nag-grow, gumanda lalo"
Option B: "Naghintay ka na nga, pumangit ka pa."

And how can we survive this tiring season of waiting?

1. Having our full trust and dependence on God's will alone.
We know in our hearts that His timing is perfect and He is never purposeless.



2. Wait with great expectations and believe God does not give mediocre blessings.
He is gracious and loving. He never lacks wisdom, He cares for us and knows what is best for His creations.

3. Try not focusing on our pain and brokenness but rather be thankful for everything.

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God had saved me from a lot of my messed-up plans and decisions. Jesus has always been there to receive me with hands with open like the loving father in the prodigal son parable.

And I love this popular quote, whoever said this - he/she was right.
"I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future."

God is already there.
Trust His plans and His heart.
He loves us.