Day 1: God’s Love

Ola!

So, a major decision in my life was made yesterday, and it is to step up in my service, from a Youth For Christ member to Singles For Christ, because I am not getting any younger.

Yesterday, I had a fresh start in Singles For Christ: Christian Life Program. The first talk was about the God’s Love. Since I came from the family ministry as well, I am already aware of God’s love to me, but then, I just felt that it is all a fresh start and renewed faith.

The speaker emphasize God’s love through others. Making the people around us the channel of His love.

Then I started reflecting,

Do I thank those people enough because they have been with me in every ups and downs in my life? Or do I just take them for granted? So as well as, am I a channel of God’s love to others? Am I being a blessing to others? Do I share God’s love as well to the people around me?

After the talk, the challenge was, we could give back the love God has given to us by loving others, but how can we love others?

When I just thought that I had the God’s message already by that afternoon, right after the program, I had a date with my co-Youth for Christ in a cafe. From our seat, there is this decor that says,

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

My heart is still broken from a relationship, but I am reminded today to be back in the waiting game, and be His princess again. I believe in His timing, perfect timing.

Going back to the message of embracing others as a sign of loving God. Just this morning I received a phone call from my grandmother, saying she needs me to be her companion for two weeks. I will be back to her house, where I was during my high school days. So responding to God’s love, I believe that I must show my love to my Lola.

And also, this morning, I received an invitation from my college friends to have a mini catch ups, I never really contacted them since our graduation, and I now is the perfect timing to catch up things with them.

 

I just can’t believe how God is moving accordingly to His messages to me. He told me to bring back the love to others, then here comes my grandma situation. He told me that everything is beautiful in His time, the he gave me the invitation to catch up things with my college friends.

And what’s more interesting and loving about myself today? It is that everything is starting fresh and it is all because of God’s love to me. ❤

Here’s for the new start with the people around me, new beginnings with the feelings within us, and new challenges of life with God.

 

If you’re reading this, I also challenge you to bring back God’s love to others. Let us be a channel of God’s love to our surroundings.

 

G?

G!

 

 

 

Advertisements

We Stand For Jesus

Have you ever experienced staring at children and a certain question suddenly pops in your mind? Like “What could be the future of these kids?” or suddenly prayed “I wish I am a kid again, no worries and all fun”. If you are the kind of person who always reflects, I bet you already experienced it.

As for me, I always experienced it. I always ask, “Can she still remember me years from now?”, “What could be their work when they grow up?” “Would they stay as kind and sweet as they are now when they turn to teenagers?”

Last weekend, a conference was held in Legazpi, Albay. (behind the scene photos are already posted in my previous posts) And I think that my questions above are already answered.

Who would imagine that these person was once our Kids For Christ?

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

And now, they are with me serving the Lord. Yes, it really sounds I am an adult now, but I think it is one thing I am proud of, I grew up serving the Lord. And I am gladly to serve the Lord with the people who I used to served for.

As I grew serving the Lord, I realized that I am standing for Jesus already. I will still stand for Jesus as much as I can.

These kids we used to serve are now also serving other kids. And it answers my questions. Kids can be a servant of God as well if we only pray continuously for them. Kids can be a servant of God if we never let go and never give up to them. Kids can stand for Jesus if We can also stand for Jesus.

As for my stand, I wanted to share these photos of kids that our team captured during the conference.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Something I liked the most to kids is their innocent faces. It is so innocent that all I want to give them is the love of God that needs to be shared. I always pray that their hearts and minds would be open for Christ, instead of worldly things in life. I pray that they would also have the heart of a servant just like those who were once kids and now serving the Lord with me.

Here’s a calling for us, servants, we need to stand for Jesus.

Since these kids can see us as their role model, they would also imitate us, so as We Stand For Jesus, these kids will also Stand For Jesus.

Just like last year’s conference, this year’s family conference has been so personal to me again. It is also a calling for all to strive for our family, just like these families.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

This emphasize the need for a family to catch up, even every dinner. In our family, it is a must to have a dinner together while our mother asks us “Kamusta ka?” / how are we in our aspects in life, a daily catch up, like, how was my day at work, how was the day of our younger brother at his school, how was my elder brother’s client deals, simple questions that really meant a lot for us. And there were times when I was away from them over the weekend to attend conferences like this, they always say that they miss me, and asks how was the conference. As soon as I get home, there’s the need to catch up with them and I would tell them how happy the conference was.

Family should be the major strength in us, when life gets rough, I know there’s a group of people (my family) who has my back.

So I say, Family Dinner is very important.

I thank the Lord for this conference, and I am excited for what’s next for us.

For us, again, Let us Stand for Jesus and finally declare that

WE STAND FOR JESUS.

Endless Staircase

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” Isaiah 43:19, NIV.

Throughout my walk with Jesus, I have experienced many ups and downs. There were days when I felt as though I was in perfect sync with God, and others where I felt nothing but condemnation for my shortcomings. Every time I would mess up, I set myself back. I imagined myself on an endless staircase with no destination or end point. In my mind, I kept heading upward on the good days, the days I felt holy, and filled with a heart of praise and thanksgiving. Then, on the days I didn’t feel so great about myself or knew I missed the mark and blew it yet again, I imagined I fell down a considerable flight of stairs. One step forward on the good days, ten steps backward on the bad days.
I felt unworthy, would beat myself up over my mistakes and thought I had to serve my “time-out” and perform better before I could come into the presence of my Savior again. This is a nuclear defense of the devil. When we mess up, his condemnation and guilt sweep in to put a wall between us and our Father. But what does Jesus do? He makes all things new. He hung on that cross so that when we fall short, we can receive His sweet forgiveness. He is ready to forgive us, before we even come before Him to ask for His mercy yet again.
Sister, there is now no condemnation to you because you are in Christ Jesus (see Romans 8:1). That mistake you made, He casts it as far as the east is from the west, and He remembers it no more (Psalm 103:12; Hebrews 8:12). The sin you committed, He washed in His blood. The mess you made of things, He has made new and is creating a divine purpose. He is focused on your future, it’s time to let go of your past.
He is saying to you today, “I will carry you forward. Stop punishing yourself. The price has already been paid. I carried away your shame, your sins, your insecurities. I rescued you from the power of darkness and placed you in my Kingdom. You are mine and I’m taking you to higher ground now.”

Prayer: Father, I thank You for your endless mercies and Your forgiveness. Lord, I ask You to forgive me of my sins and the times I have failed You. Help me to put the past behind me as You already have. Help me to stop punishing myself, and step into Your righteousness that You have given me through Your finished work. Carry me through, Jesus. I welcome Your sweet presence to fill me, and make whole every part of me that is broken. In Jesus name, Amen.

(Read Isaiah 46:4; 1 Peter 2:24; Colossians 1:13)

 

Credits: http://www.dot-k.com/

Stay Alert and Grounded.

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong” 1 Corinthians 16:13, NIV.

As you grow and become stronger in your faith walk, you will start to take over territory that the enemy has held for way too long! He doesn’t want you to make any advancements, and so he will do whatever he can to steal, kill and destroy any progress you make! He’ll do it by whispering lies into your spiritual ears to try and get you to quit the journey. Or he’ll attack in one way or another. He’ll even use people to push your buttons so that you fall into frustration or discouragement. Those are just a few of his tricks. So watch out for them, and if you sense he’s trying to mess you up, then draw even closer to Jesus. Jesus is your protection and your power. The enemy can’t be in the same place with your Lord. Use your weapons of God’s Word. Take your authority in Christ and order that defeated enemy back to his pit and out of your life.

There will be forces that will want to take you off the course and detour you. But God has a destination for you. He wants to lead you, direct you and reveal His truths to you, but to receive what He has; you need to stay on the path, walking forward with Him one step at a time.Take His hand and let Him lead you, and leave all the forces that are trying to hinder you behind. When you walk hand in hand with Jesus, those hindrances will weaken and become tiny objects in your rear-view mirror. Greater is the One within you, than the one who is coming against you.

Don’t give in and don’t give up. Nothing worth having is going to come without a fight. Maybe you’re fighting for your health, for your finances, for your spouse, for your kids, etc. It sure is easier to give up, but is it worth it? No, it’s not! Staying on the narrow road is worth it, and only when you get to the very end will you appreciate it’s worthiness.

Prayer: King Jesus, I ask that You intercede for me today and that You keep me guarded, firm and courageous. Renew my strength and keep me determined to stand on the rock of Your Word all the days of my life. Amen!

 

Pls see linked, sharing you my devotional site.:

http://www.dot-k.com/stay-alert-and-grounded/

If He called you, He is sure of it.

“Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” 2 Timothy 1:9, NKJV.

One day a friend came to me and said, “You need to start a daily devotional”. To say I was hesitant is an understatement. As a matter of fact, I laughed and said, “No one reads devotionals these days.” But lo and behold, I began to pray and God began to deal with my heart about writing a devotional for women. He gave me the name, the look, the message, and I started the very next day. The response was almost instant and we give God the glory!

So many times we think, “Lord, are You sure this is what You want me to do?” “Are you sure people will be blessed by this?” “Are You sure You called the right persont?” We question His choosing, we question His assignment, not understanding His sovereignty and wisdom. If He called you, He’s sure. If He gave you a purpose, He’s sure. “I am sure.” God says, “I am sure about many things regarding you. I am sure about My purpose and plan for your life. I am sure about My divine power to see you to the end of it. I am sure about you moving forward in it. I am sure of the fruit that will be produced from it. Yes, I am sure.” Be sure as He is sure.

There are several things you must know when you are seeking to fulfill God’s purpose for your life:

  • Understand your purpose will always agree with the Word of God
  • Know that if God called you to do anything, He will equip you with the wisdom, grace and heart to do it.
  • Understand that a God-given purpose won’t stop when you stop. It will continue because He’s at the helm
  • Pray about timing. If God can show you the “what”, He can show you the “when”
  • Pray for God to do the impossible, then go and do the impossible through Him

Prayer: Yes God. I humble Myself under Your mighty hand. Thank You for the purpose and calling You have given me. You have ordered my steps right. And even when I don’t understand fully, help me continue to trust and obey Your leading. Help me to be confident and sure. I receive Your grace to do what You’ve called me to do. Help me fulfill every detail of Your purpose for my life. Be glorified in me. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

http://www.dot-k.com/page/9/

 

DISCLAIMER: I have inserted the link for this devotion, all credits to Daughters of the King Daily Devotional.

Dealing with Pain

November 25, 2015

Dear Scoliosis,

I noticed you when I was still in high school, but I didn’t want to get to know you more. So I just left you behind. But I didn’t know you’ll become the monster that you are now. You ruined my life. You took away all of my comforts, my dream, and my satisfactions.

In a person’s life, the age of 20 is the discovering age. You are dreaming of what you wanted to be and the beginning of putting your life in the line you wanted.

It was August when I turned 20. I just resigned from my first job because that is not what I wanted. At September, I was hired on my dream job. To travel while helping the kids all over the Philippines. But at late September, there you go, comes my way and ruined everything. So at November, I had to resign and focus on keeping you away from me.

You planted too much pain in me that I couldn’t sleep at night anymore. But the most painful part is that you are able to keep me away from the things I really wanted to do.

You kept me away from travelling. Now, even a three-hour long drive, I can’t handle anymore. Why did you came from the first place? You let me live the life I wanted for months. You let me experienced travelling in Visayas for almost a month. YOu let me see and feel the joy of discovering new things. But then you also let me ruin my life.

It’s been 4 months since I started focusing on you. But no, there’s no improvement. I wanted to quit on you and start living my life again, but I am afraid of what more monster you could be. I guarded myself with an armor just to keep you away from me, but seems it is just useless.

I wanted to travel. I wanted to work. Okay, I’ll now accept office works, but here you are, you just don’t allow me to sit the whole day.

Most worrying part was, I wanted to have my own family. I also have the dream of carrying a fetus in my womb. But how? All these worries are bothering me, all because of you.

 

I hate you. I really do. But what can I do now? 4 months has passed, and I think I am really away from my dreams. 😦

But no, I won’t give up. 5 years from now, I will read this post again, and surely, I am what I wanted to be. You are never and will never be a hindrance for my success.

 

Love,

Saira

image

image

December 6, 2016

Dear Pain,

Hi there!

Today, I read my message in the drafts of my wordpress account, and chose to write once again about the pain of Scoliosis.

A year ago, I asked myself “How will I able to achieve my dreams?”.

Good thing, I am currently in the process of achieving it!

After 6 months of wearing my back brace, having my self-pity, crying almost everyday in the bathroom, I did one brave action in my life.

It is to believe in myself, that I will because I can.

How am I now?

I am now currently employed in an office with 20 minutes travel time away from home. And I am happy with it.

I can now help my parents financially.

I can now serve the Lord with my full capacity.

I can now go where ever I wanted.

How?

Because I believe I am healed.

For you who are judging me that I don’t care about myself, about the people worried about me, NO. I CARE. I actually do exercise every morning. I may stop my treatment, but not my prayers. I believe that my faith can heal me.

There are still painful nights, when at the middle of the night, I need to boil water for my hot packs, I need to operate my tens doctron, I need to cry because of pain. Yet, I lift myself thru prayers. I can fall asleep thru prayers.

There are still unbearable aches during travels, I still need stop overs, I can’t go on long walks and run. Yet, I can still travel to Mindoro, twice this year, I am booked to Cebu for next year. All because there are my friends to care about me, to assist me, to always ask if I am okay.

There are still no improvement. But I believe in miracles.

Pain, you made my life at worst, but thank you. If it wasn’t because of you, I am not where I am now. And I am proud of myself.

Pain, you are part of my life now. Yes, but I won’t hate you, ever. Because you made me stronger, physically and spiritually.

Pain, there are times when you don’t want to leave me, that is how much you love me, and thank you for that love.

 

But Pain, no matter how you made me stronger, no matter how much you love me, I still wanted you OFF my life.

I am with MIRACLE and FAITH.

You can leave us alone.

Thank you.

Saira

 

 

 

 

We will never be a FATHERLESS Generation.

FATHER –

 

According to Google:

A father is the male parent of a child. Besides the paternal bonds of a father to his children, the father may have a parental legal and social relationship with the child that carries with it certain rights and obligations, although this varies between jurisdictions.

But according to what I have learned and observed, a Father may be defined with 3 P’s. What are those? I’ll explain it later.

 

Our generation is now called a FATHERLESS GENERATION, because of only few of us has a father. With this generation, with pre-marital sex issues, boy who can’t be a man for what he had done, a boy who can’t stand being a father in an early stage, these are the reasons why many of us are fatherless. A man can just go away, but a mother can’t. We all lived in our mother’s womb for 9 months. For 9 months, we felt how we are loved by her, she can’t just take us away in her body. But for a father, yes, he can.

 

Besides of being a biological father, I believe that being a father is not just by blood, but by heart and the responsibilities he accepts for his child.

 

As I said earlier, here are the 3 P’s.

PASTORAL HEAD. 

As the Father is the head of the family, he himself should also be the Pastoral Head of the Family. He should be the one initiating the kids to grow up with the Lord. And not just that, not just by words, but also with actions. There are some fathers who wants to go to church with the family but does not the gospels to their family. As a father, he should be the one nourishing the family, proving and teaching the family of what is wrong and right.

PROTECTOR

As the Father, he should always prioritize the safety of your family. There will always be the questions, “Are you home, son/daughter?”; “Where are you, son/daughter?”, because being a man means protecting your love ones, assuring that they are safe and not just physically but also emotionally. I admire those father who just secure their family if they are okay with every aspects of their lives.

PROVIDER

Here comes the very issue of I think most of the family has. As a father, he should be the one providing all of the needs of his family. He should assure that his family is in the right state. Provide foods for the health, educational needs of the children and of course the shelter. He should be a great provider.

 

Those 3P’s are the ideal identity of a Father. But wait, if your father does not qualify those 3 P’s, it does not mean that he is not a good father. There are some circumstances as well in life that a father could not come up with those characteristics.

I am not telling this to put all the fathers down for those who can’t be the Pastoral head, Protector and Provider.

My father does not reach those qualification as well. Not because he does not wanted to, but because just as I said earlier there some circumstance in life that are unexpected. My father used to be the Pastoral Head of the family, but then our faith was tested. My father used to be the protector, but then our bond as a family was tested that leads to having individual lives. My father used to be our provider, but then he had an heart attack when I was in elementary and stopped to work.

But here is my main point. For those who can’t feel their fathers, who never had the chance to meet their fathers, who thinks their father is useless, this is the only thing I can say:

“Look at the Father above, He is our real father.”  

He is our main Pastoral Head.

Ephesians 6:4

Fathers,do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

He is Protector.

Psalms 91:1

Whoever goes to the Lord for safety,
    whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty,
can say to him,
    “You are my defender and protector.
    You are my God; in you I trust.”

He is Provider.

Philippians 4:19

19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

 

See.

Reflect.

Do you understand that we will never be a Fatherless Generation?

That up there, someone is hearing our cry, someone is comforting us, someone is concern with us, someone is protecting us, someone is providing our needs, and someone is loving us eternally.