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The Siblings To Keep

My siblings are my treasures. I often fight with them or scold them but I love them all. My sickness brought me to the understanding that although we have our differences, it’s really is a “blood thicker than water” no matter what.

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Just imagine my older sister whose kids I love the most. She might have some lapses and mistakes in her past but she’s been doing all stuff to provide and take care of the four kids. Strong-willed but caring,even to me when my mom was away is something worth sharing. Regardless of her past, I love the only princess in our home, she’s one gift I’ll never give away.

My younger brother is one to stick around. The 3 of us still calls him “gang”,an endearment since he was a kid. He sometimes becomes rebellious but not to the point of no turning back. He took care of me when I got sick. He cooked for my meals even without sleep and carried me around going up or down the stairs, pulled my wheelchair and even cleaned me up when I couldn’t do it myself. I saw his immaturity but I also experienced his love for me when he became a kuya at one point in time.

My other sibling is my twin brother. We’ve been the closest friend ever since high school. He loves me, no questions asked. He’s also the only person I listen to when scolded. There was a time where I cried because he didn’t visit me at home. I texted him and told him I cried in the bathroom for an hour. It didn’t take an hour for me to see him with an ice cream on hand. He took care of me, carried me and even fed me when I can’t hold a spoon steadily. He sticks closer than any friend and accepts me for who I am.

I’m sharing these things to honor their lives. It’s never too late to say “thank you” through this. And yes, I did say it to them more than once.

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Choosing Rightly For A Bright Future

Luke 9:61-62: Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Looking forward to a year of breakthrough? We first need to have the will to let go of our past – mistakes, failures and misgivings. We also need to let go of our achievements, goals and experiences. It’s hard,huh?

Like a farmer’s plow,it has to be steered by focusing on where it is going. The driver of the plow pushes itself forward to cultivate the land. The same goes with our relationship with the Lord, we need to move forward to and correct our steps to grow in him.

We then decide to toil for a better future by starting it right with God. We need to focus on Jesus and His words through the bible to grow, move forward and experience a fruitful life.

Our experiences determines where we are but can never determine where our future is heading. Where do you want to go from here? What do you want to accomplish? What do you need to let go to move forward?

These are beneficial questions for us as we start 2014 right and my prayer, we answer correctly and act on it as if it’s the end of the year and we can hear Jesus’ words “well done, good and faithful servant.”

Through Thick & Thin

Manila was hit by flood, Visayas was struck by an earthquake and Mindanao experiences war and rumors of wars. What does this tell you? Well, aside from the fact that these are signs of the end times, natural calamities (& those that are man-made) will be part of life until Christ’s return. The Apostle Paul was right when he wrote it to the Romans one time –

Romans 8:20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

How then do we respond to all of these?

When calamity, chaos and panic stirs the earth from time to time, I often ask the question on how I should respond and not on the “why” or “what” of life. And yes, God is good because with all these inner struggles and questions, I was given a good reminder for my situation.

The verse God placed in my heart in this season became clear by reading through a couple of verses down the same chapter in Romans:

Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life (affected by the calamity), neither angels nor demons (who are sent to do these things), neither the present nor the future (after the calamity), nor any powers (natural disasters), neither height (of flood) nor depth (of quake) , nor anything else in all creation (wars and rumors of it), will be able to separate us from the love of God (that protects, bring favor and made us stand strong) that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (with His work on the cross).

Therefore, I find rest and assurance in God’s purpose and promises. God is and will always be in control – through thick and thin.

 
How about you? What has God been telling you lately about the current issues of this world? I hope it’s drawing you closer to our Creator, King and Savior and not the other way around.
 
God bless!

Of Dreams, Teachings and Parables

I heard two sermons today. One was based on a parable that Jesus shared about the vast vineyard owned by a rich man, while the second was all about dreams – how to accomplish it and how God paves our way for the fulfillment of this abundant life He intended us to have.

I love it when God speaks to my heart. It makes me intentionally listen to his audible voice – a rebuke and “wisdom for the moment” kind of thing you’d always expect from a loving father. I even ended up thinking through the entire sermon on how I became the negotiator of a dream and a promise that could be bigger than what I want or expected it to be.

The parable of the vineyard in Matthew 20:1-16 was themed “God Honors Faithfulness” which speaks about uncommon favor. And to quote Pastor Edman:

“Uncommon favor is an attitude of goodness towards you,not an exchange or payment for something you have done. Uncommon favor is only guaranteed to those who qualify through acts of obedience.”

Surely, God is not yet done with me yet. It is God’s uncommon favor that allows me to walk by faith, to live in the promises of His words and move forward only through His grace. I posted this the other day on Facebook which I believe speaks about my learning these days:

“I am not a perfect masterpiece but a work in progress through God’s perfect grace.”

“I live to fulfill a dream far bigger than my own but it’s not through my own will or acts that it can be accomplished. This is probably my “uncommon favor” of which God has given me.”

So,what now?

At the age they call the “mid-life” crisis cries out the desire to continue desiring God and his dreams for me. I’m focusing on the vine-dresser, the author and perfecter of my faith to accomplish what he alone intends to do through me. But more importantly, I’ll be playing on his terms, his moves and intentions and not on my own anymore.

Can life be better?

Yes, it was and it is but I know I’m still in for a brighter future because the ONE who has called me is old faithful. But in an eternal perspective, God’s plan will always prevail even in my own mishaps.

If you are in the same situation as I am, entrust your plans and dreams unto our Father in heaven. He can and will perfect our moves to fulfill His purposes and plans for our lives. He can turn your situations into the good and make his promises in your life as well. 😉

God’s Faithfulness On My Limitations

Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fails. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23

God continues to remain faithful in our lives, even at times we fail to see his hands in our own situations. It might be a cliche example but He is like a sun in the sky, even when dark clouds and nightfall appears, it is still glowing.

Today, I am reminded to praise him because of this truth – He remains faithful and true to his word and promises. I am amazed and energized to continue living and enjoy life that is brought by challenges but of an inner result of change and of being grateful.

Also, last Sunday’s message was a great reminder that as believers, we are not exempted to trials and tribulations. It is for our growth and refining that we continue to believe in God’s promises and for us to reach that eternal reward, that is in heaven.

And that Jesus has overcome the world, so shall we in the end of time. 

It is my prayer that your day be vibrant and remain a joyous journey of understanding who God is! Keep in mind that even in the darkness of the night there is this new morning which gives us new strength and joy to move on, only because HE IS FAITHFUL.