What Is It To Be Light?

To be hope.
As light at the end of a dark tunnel signifies an end of the dark claustrophobic journey.

To be life.
As light to a soil brings life to a seed buried in the ground.

To be joy.
As light brings smiles after a gloomy day.

To be truth.
As light exposes what the dark conceals.

To shine.
As light cannot be hidden, it is by nature made to shine as far as its might can take it.

11.26.13 21:39

“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,

Isaiah 42:6 NIV

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Why We Share?

Sometimes, we find ourselves divulging too much of our thoughts and feelings to certain people, for reasons we try to justify – seeking advices, looking for reassurances or validations, wanting to be heard, or just simply we want to unload some stuff off our chests.  Whatever the reason, sharing does make the load double or half.  Mathematically it is something not possible… either sharing is a multiplier or a divider but it can never be both.  That is why, you know, math cannot explain ALL things in life.  So, I hope they cut down all the years in math that, as students, we took! Well, unless you can prove to me that if I share 1 with 2 I can get a result of 2 and sometimes 0.5 when sharing, mathematically, is dividing something for others.  I’m not here to prove math is useless, I’m just entertaining myself with this idea that ha-ha, math does not have the answer! 😛

What I’m really trying to point out is, how wonderful and amazing sharing does to a person that it puzzles me why some people would still choose not to.  Share your joys, they double.  Share your sorrows, they decrease if not disappear.  When you feel God loves you and you are overwhelmed with this love, share it.  When you feel you are in a trial and you are overwhelmed as well, share it!  That is the magical equation of sharing. (:  Share the good stuff, we feel good.  Share the bad stuff, the burden lightens.

If we’re not yet in the habit of sharing, start small.  Start with a candy, share a thought that makes you happy, or share a concern you have.  In my experience, what good vibes you receive afterwards.

PS. Don’t expect when you share.  Just, share.  And let God work on your heart and your situation. (:  The real subject of sharing is you.  The real benefactor when you share is yourself.  So when you think about it, if you love yourself, you’ll share yourself more!

Exile for the 2nd Time

Having this theme, Exile, for the second time makes me appreciate it even more.  To have God’s Word laid out in front of me is such a treasure.  If the first time I swam in it, this time I’m diving in to it.  There is so much more to reveal, to know, to proclaim, and so much glory found in His Works, His Plans.

Lord, sustain me, sustain us! Cos, we can become tired and then lazy to move after a day’s work… sustain us to move our butts, lift up that book, the Bible and the pen, and read into Your message.  And prepare us, the group, for all that You are going to reveal in this theme.

Confession: I am struggling to keep my eyes open as of this writing… so my mind’s debating whether lunch break is for nap time or reading. 😛

A Happy Birthday to Me (:

No candle to blow (but we got a yummy moist choco cake from Conti’s it was heavenly and sinful at the same time!!), no gifts to tear open, no party hats, no sumptuous dinner but it didn’t make it less special. It went by like my previous days… another blessed day. (: Aside from the SMS alert I get from time to time, Thursday, June 20, went by like what a normal Thursday would be for me – go to work, pick up sister after work, and cold dinner. Okay, honestly, I have this nagging scene in my head of me eating cold dinner with only my sister and it seems to want to make me feel self-pity.  Maybe last year I would, but this time I don’t because that’s how it’s always been every Thursday and Friday night, cold dinner for us since we get home later than everyone else, nothing new, nothing to fret about, all’s well. We got edible and healthy food on the table and that’s what matters to me! ((: I’m just always glad to be home after a long day at work. 😛

So it was my birthday, and society dictates that one should be made to feel extra-special and be showered with attention on his/her birthday or that there should be a birthday treat or a party, even a birthday holiday. Nothing wrong with that, nothing bad about that, I like to have those – but the absence of them doesn’t make my birthday any less special. Gone were the days where I envision surprises for me each year on my birthday, which never came (Friends, I am still undecided whether I will be happy about that… hahaha).  Don’t get me wrong, I STILL LOVE SURPRISES! *hint hint* just that I will not be sulking or feeling bad if I don’t get one on my birthday, only that. (:  Because right now, I am overly grateful, God has surprised me more than I could have asked for, every day! And I feel loved and special, every day! Every day I wasn’t living up to God’s standard, I struggle (especially when I am behind the wheel, my goodness! Horns & tail out! Yun fork na lang kulang!!! And I thank God He never permitted me to have the fork, the damage it could have done!.).  Yet every single day, He looks after me, guides me, embraces me, loves me. The extra attention, the extra time from people who greeted me, they were greatly appreciated and were bonuses to an already blessed life. ♥

I will have to especially thank and mention a very dear friend, for asking me about my birthday wish, you were the only one who did!!! and for doing more than just greet me but went the extra effort to have a conversation with me… Gino!!! thank you… (:  We all know how busy you can get AND you remembered before the day ended! 😛

Well, I have to correct myself, having that extra time and attention from people that matter does make it feel a little more special. 😀

Shifting Focus

Cos really, it’s not Brazil that is the goal – it’s the maturing of my faith.  It’s not getting on that plane and arriving there – it’s the journey from the moment of yes to the moment of least resistance, total surrender and acceptance of His will… so I won’t let this monster of “I want to go to Rio” eat me up again and derail me from seeing the real, bigger picture.  Yes, God said I should be clear with my destination – destination = goal and it is every Christian’s goal to run the race and win the prize that is – heaven. (:

What The Lily Taught Me

Last Wednesday, I got a Stargazer from the flower market on my way to work.  It’s a flower I’ve always wanted to have beside me, cos of it’s wonderful color and fragrance.  Little did I know I’d be reminded so much by this lily.  More than just appreciating how lovely they are and how nice they smell, they reminded me of life’s brevity, God’s glory, God’s providence, and His amazing grace.

As I see a bud opens up, I’m reminded of Matthew 6:28-31.  Why worry?  See the beautiful flowers in the field, even in the short span of their life, how pretty the Lord has dressed them without them toiling that even Solomon was never dressed as lovely as them.   How much more, then, that God will provide for us?  It also showed me how these fragile creatures never hold back in showing off their beauty to bring glory to their Maker.

Today, one of the lily has withered and it reminded me of life’s brevity; that beauty is fleeting, what is important is to praise God (Proverbs 31:30); of God’s faithfulness in the frailty of this life (Isaiah 40:8);  and the will of the Lord. (James 4:13-16).

It is in the little things, even the tiny flower that springs up from a crack in the pavement, that teaches us the greatest lessons.  Often, it is in the things we take for granted.  So always keep your eyes, ears and heart open, cos our Father is always speaking to us. (:

Repost: Morning Glory @ Donsol Sorsogon (:

Remembered this blog post of a MORNING GLORY because of the developments with the Stargazer Lily.  (: Thought I’d share this again, cos really, seeing the brevity of a flower’s life yet how beautiful they are reminds us how amazing our God is! (:

Beautifully opening your eyes to the day
Kissing the morning dews with the beauty of your face
The sun rises in the East while you shine your best
You know that life’s short and you don’t bloom anything less
When the sun moves west and the day’s about to end
Your colors start to fade, and with grace, slowly you bend
You’ve brought glory to our Creator, you’ve done your part well
Proved that a day is always enough time for one to be his best

-debi-

Photo taken: Donsol, Sorsogon. April 2006.

A Memorable Moment

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Got to work finding the bud that was yesterday is slowly opening up. And today, it’s slowly unfolding its petals. So lovely, and I’m loving the scent more and more.

Thank You so much Lord for this wonderful gift of flowers.

And it also reminds me of Matthew6:28. Look at the lilies of the field. They do not work or spin yet Solomon in a his splendor was not dressed like them.

Don’t Stop

No one can have it all figured out. But it doesn’t mean you have to give up with life’s mysteries and stop your yearning to understand.

Realizing leads to understanding which leads to actions that are geared towards improving your situation. Don’t stop looking for answers, for the missing pieces in your life’s puzzle, they are all out there just waiting to be discovered.

The best place to start your search is in the stillness of your heart. In the quiet, ask, seek, and you shall find. In solitude emerges self-discoveries that are vital to self-improvement. With the hustle and bustle of our world, it is a struggle to find that moment of quiet. Take the time, find the place.

I still have a long way to go as I am one who is easily and constantly distracted. Discipline. If ever you question why we need to spend so many years in school studying different stuffs that most won’t be used by us in the future, it’s all about discipline and perseverance. And these are what I need to keep myself from being distracted with the unnecessary. That also made me realize, the decade of schooling wasn’t a waste of years after all. (:

Bottomline: Don’t stop… Searching, asking, looking, finding answers, believing, praying, trusting. Don’t stop. It may take a while, maybe longer, whatever circumstance, wherever you may be right now, don’t stop.

Cultivate The Seed Planted In You

I’m reading this book by Francis J. Kong entitled “Just When You Think You Can’t Do It… Do it!”  It’s a compilation of his essays.  Aside from getting this book at a super price-off (20 pesos for a 560pesos book, hardbound!), I’m loving his essays!  Inspiring, encouraging and above all, a constant reminder of how God works in our lives.

At one he talked about a musician, actually he talked a lot about musicians – their passion, their discipline, their perseverance, and how they value their God-given talent (in spite of their situation) and use it to bring glory to our Lord.  It made me think about my own God-given talent.

It can be hard to know which is which because we often confuse the want-to-be’s with the talent that we really have, and it doesn’t help when you feel talentless at all, because you think talent is just about singing, playing an instrument, acting, drawing or painting.  Talent is anything that you are good with; and with discipline, practice, perseverance and the right heart and attitude, you can excel in.  It can be in public speaking, in academics, in understanding people, in counseling, in writing, in hair-dressing, in sewing, in cooking, in baking, in interacting with children, in teaching, the field is soooo wide we all have our own space and mark to make.  The sad thing is, not everyone of us realizes that, and not everyone of us aim for it.  And some even see their God-given talent as a burden, as a job.  We seem to want what others already have and neglect the talent-seed planted by God in us.

It’s about time we know what we’re made of, know what we’re capable of, cultivate our God-given talent and use it to glorify our Lord.

Because of what I got to read last night, I am in the process of once and for all determining where I can excel and to work on it. (:  Writing is sure to be in the list.  Daydreaming?  Will that be counted?  And i really have to take playing the guitar seriously, no more shortcuts, as it is an offering and service for our Lord.  Go!  Fighto-o!

To Look Good and Feel Good

While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, real beauty is what you feel inside and what radiates outward. It’s not the clothes we wear or our hairstyle or makeup, but the smile we project, the twinkle in our eyes, the warmth of our presence and the glow in our faces. And only when we have Christ in us, when we let the Spirit fill us, when we accept the graces and let them overflow, do we achieve such beauty. It is, for me, the most beautiful of the beautiful’s. To feel and look good, start within, call on the Lord, listen to Him, and let His love for you overflow.

Thank You Lord. Life in this world has wonderful fairy tale stories and endings because of Your love. Reality is real, but You and Your love overcome what most people accept as reality. The world may be harsh and cruel and reality bites hard, yet You let Your people shine as Your love overflows and You have conquered the world.

All is Fun That Ends in Laughter

Laughter.  Not only the best medicine.  Not only music to the ears.  Laughter, for me, is my lifeline.  As long as I can laugh, I am alive, I will sure to live on.  To laugh is not insanity or craziness, it’s my outlet.  As long as I can find something to laugh about – my boo-boo’s, funny stories, corny jokes, amusing events – I know that my life is worth-living.

God loves a cheerful giver.  And I believe He also loves the person who can laugh about trials, not because it’s funny or he’s trying to get away with it by laughing, but because he lifted it up to Him and laugh at how great and wonderful God’s sense of humor is and trusting He will surely deliver.

Haunted by a sin, trapped by a fear, one need only to pray, to call on God, to rejoice in Him and watch how wonderful things turn out.  And the result, you’ll laugh about it – how eaten up you’ve been by your sins and fears, how you’ve forgotten you have a BIG GOD who is ALWAYS in control and how you’ve stressed yourself, growing wrinkles by thinking too much and wallowing in your problems.

Laugh.  Laughter normally won’t solve the problem, but it gives your life a push, it makes you feel life is good after all, and it makes you feel good inside.  From there, shifting your focus from your situation and lightening up a bit, you will view yourself better, and find it in your heart the strength to keep going.  Because, after all, all is well that ends well and all is fun that ends in laughter.

Follow Your ♥

Hasty.  While most girls are stereotyped as fickle-minded, I happen to fall in the category of ‘impatient/hasty’.  I am not fickle, I was pretty consistent with being hasty, prudence was not in my vocabulary.  I was not rushed, but I was rushing with my choices.

For years I’ve been going around in circles, not learning my lessons.  If you’ve seen ‘Tangled’ (I ♥ that movie), there’s a scene where Rapunzel was having extreme happy-sad moments: one minute running around all excited and the next crying and sulking.  I laughed at that scene, it was funny, but most of all, it reminded me of myself.

I have to hit the brakes.

It’s time to set the fine line with following one’s heart to making hasty decisions.  The desire of the heart can be deceiving.  The devil knows your desires and will use it against you.  Unlike the princesses in fairy tales, I do not have that much margin for error, no prince charming (yet) to save my fall, no fairy godmother to fix broken pieces.  It is still best to follow one’s heart.  And anyone who tells you to do so advises well.  However, following one’s heart requires patience, prudence and a lot of prayer.  Only then can God protect your desire and in His time fulfill it.