“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.
When we view life as a race, we have this tendency to compete and win at all cost, sometimes even forgetting our values and trampling on other people’s worth just to emerge as winners, successful or powerful people. God gave us a life to travel along with Him, to journey and enjoy each moment. When we race through life, we do not stop and smell flowers. That is contrary to what life is about. Learn to slow down, to enjoy each moment, to rest in His love and to trust in His purpose. Learn to trust the journey. ☺
Truly, God, in His Mercy, takes care and provides for His flock. For me to be able to join the recent World Youth Day in Krakow is a miracle in itself. He has converted the ‘yes’ into a possibility. I had my reservations going into this trip – with all the chaos going on in most parts of Europe, then as we were nearing our departure via Turkish Airlines, there was bombing in the airport followed by a failed coup less than a week before we leave. The trials never stopped there but with the loving mercy of our Lord, He has went ahead and prepared a way for us.
Everything that comes into our lives is a moment of encounter with God.
From the homily by Fr. Bert during the Eucharistic celebration last July 25, 2016 at the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Litomerice, Czech Republic.
It’s not only in the extravagant events or in the ‘fireworks display moment of our lives’ that we encounter God but also in the little moments and sometimes, for us, trivial events that He is there, nudging us, knocking in our hearts, presenting Himself to be recognized by our soul. And it is easy to be distracted and to not see God in the midst of the noise and the activities, with the world presenting you with so much diversions, with sceneries and oh the potatoes. When we were reminded that Continue reading
Lent. Easter. Missions. Election.
Each moment went by, and I’m left to ponder on what I took from each one. Have I been repentant enough during Lent? Was I victorious in Easter? Have I given enough in our Sunday missions? Did I vote wisely in the election? What’s next?
Sometimes, we go through life watching moments pass us by. We live in the moment yet we forget afterwards. And I do not want that. I want to always have something to go back to and remind me of how it was, whether it was good or bad. If it was bad, it’s a reminder to change and make it better the next time around. If it was good, it’s a reminder of victory, a motivation to do better and an encouragement in times of doubt.
I hope we go through life aware and alive, not living like zombies going from one gesture to another, moment to moment, without investing anything and taking anything from it. Whether we grieve or celebrate, falter or winning, may we always see God’s goodness and faithfulness in every moment we go through. After all, our lives are made of these moments.
Winter is over, spring has come
The flowers bloom
There’s an empty tomb
Crossing over death, He’s done
From cross to grave
He defeated death
Lent is over, Easter has come
Alleluia, He’s risen
Christ is truly risen!
22:51 03.30.16 ©
Whenever I reflect on God’s Mercy, I cannot help but be amazed of the love that He has for His disobedient and stubborn people. I see how unworthy I am of such love and how faithful He is for keeping His covenant in spite of all that the other party, we, does. Seeing this love always drives me to tears and gratitude and makes me see that all other things matter less in this world.
One parable commonly told is that of the prodigal son, in other texts it is entitled the parable of the Merciful Father and rightly so. Often the focus is on the son who Continue reading
It’s been a quiet second half of 2015 for me here at wordpress. A lot has happened towards the end of 2015, all in God’s timing and grace.
I started learning and practicing brush calligraphy or modern calligraphy with the discovery of using those amazing brush pens. And it was truly a grace and a gift that I can use that new hobby and passion in lettering/writing to share the good news to people via my instagram account @djletters. The instagram account started off as my “shop” account which later turned into my lettering account. (: Hope to see you there! My shop account: @shop_pixiesnstardust
Then at work, what I have been praying for, God delivered in His own time and His own ways. Never had I imagined that it could end like this but it ended really amazing and beautiful. Truly, His thoughts and His ways are not ours and He knows BEST – taking care of each sheep in His flock, not letting a sparrow fall without His knowing. TRULY AMAZING FATHER! (: I may be out of job in a few days but He has secured me for the days to come and opened new doors and ways for me. As the reading from Isaiah today greeted me declared:
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
Now I’ll be getting more free time than I used to and I am praying that I will be able to use them properly – for the fundraising for World Youth Day this coming July, for practicing and using my passions – lettering & writing – for His glory and for earning income and for the important matters in life. Truly 2015 has pushed me, led me and shown me how to walk by faith and not by sight and I pray that He will sustain me to do that this year as well. Prayers and desires in my heart I lift up to the Lord and though some of them seem impossible, I hold on to His faithfulness and His great ability to work in the impossibles of my life.
HAVE A WONDERFUL AND BLESSED 2016 EVERYONE!!!
He who loves me,
He who cares for me,
He who holds me in His hands,
He who never lets me go.
He who calls me,
He who chooses me,
He who keeps me under His wings,
He who steadies my heart.
He who disciplines me,
He who forgives me,
He whose mercy never fails,
He who never lets me fall.
He who strengthens me,
He who sustains me,
He who gives me His life,
He who is forever faithful.
He is my Dad,
He is my King,
He is my God,
To Him my heart sings.
©djklmnopi 11:32 10.22.2015
People can love you to the moon and back and you’d still get disappointed with them. God loves you to the moon and beyond and He never disappoints.
Life is God’s novel. Let Him write it.
~ Isaac Bashevis Singer
Sometimes you just want to tell someone what has been happening, or write it down and hopefully someone will be interested to read it. But then again, nah! I don’t want to bore you with my life story. 😛
I’ve discovered Easter, I still walk in valleys at times, and desert on other times, yet I know very well my God is with me, always with me. And busy months followed Holy Week – Mission Sundays, weddings after weddings – but the most important event, I must say, would have to be the moment God told me that the hour has come and my salvation is nearer than thought of – this is in relation to the work I’m in for 12 years now. Few years back, I prayed hard for a decision I am trying to make and God gave me the word – to wait for harvest time. Just few months back, after being persecuted yet again in this job that I’m in, God gave me consoling words one after the other, day after day, capped off with the verse from Romans. So now I am looking forward to God’s fulfillment of this promise. 🙂
And I ask, whoever will come to read this, to also pray for me and for the next step I will be needing to make – to entrust my future to God. And if it is not too much to ask, kindly include us in your prayers so we can all make it to Krakow next year for the World Youth Day! 🙂 THANK YOU!
Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried you since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (Isaiah 46:3-4)
I am in the valley, the ‘white space’ in my walk with the Lord – the space where you know He’s there but you just can’t see or hear Him. I feel abandoned, let down, disappointed, and yet I know He’s gotten me all secure and safe. It’s just that my heart struggle to accept some things and prefer to enjoy the hurt because the hurt is there but the promise unseen. Yet, His promise, His Word stands firm, it is the only thing that is eternal and lasting, the only truth in all these mess I am in. For the past days I have been praying, “Lord, please speak to me… please talk to me… please…” and like what I told a friend, it felt like an off-air signal on the radio, not even static. I would read His Word each morning to console me that all is not lost and that He is there, always there. I tried reading between the lines, of figuring out what’s going on, of looking for His will yet the more I try, the more I get side-tracked, lost and frustrated. As much as making sense, they don’t. So imagine my delight when I finally opened yesterday’s Faith Gateway devotional “When You Can’t Feel God“. And I know, He has opened the door I’ve been banging on for the past days to slip me this message. This white space necessitates me to walk by faith and not by sight. I clearly do not see any thing that has been promised, I witnessed it being taken away actually. Right now, clearly, His promise is the only thing I have, His Word, His faithfulness, Him – my God.
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. (2 Corinthians 5:1-9)
My dear Father who loves giving surprises has began His work… and I’m still uncertain where this is leading. All I know and all I hold on to right now is the Word He gave me this morning from Ecclesiastes: “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” And He will make this circumstance I am in right now beautiful as well, in His time, in His perfect time. And knowing God, there is just no way I can fathom or even imagine what He can possibly do for me.
Sometimes I would find myself trying to figure it out, which will only frustrate me obviously. I went through hell yesterday feeling insecure, cheated, questioning and stupid. I thank God for surrounding me with discerning people who knows to say the right thing as I grapple for His Word the whole day yesterday. It was already evening when I finally see the word HOPE and TRUST which was staring at me all day long, which in my insecurities and questionings I failed to see.
The best thing for me to do right now, though it may not be the easiest, is to TRUST HIM WHOLLY and LEAN ON HIS UNDERSTANDING and HAND OVER THE PEN TO HIM (refills and all) for Him to write my story and BE PATIENT. Not a matter of “OR” but AND’s … I have to fulfill the four! Not easy… Yet possible. By prayer, with thanksgiving, possible. Please pray with me. Thank you.
I had a rough Tuesday night. Since I posted an ad selling my old phone, there was this sneaky inquirer who insisted to meet up instead of me shipping the phone to him. I prayed about it and I felt disturbed. For one, this person never gave me his name (I don’t even know if he’s a he or she). Second, even if we’re meeting in a crowded place in the morning, I don’t feel secure at all. So when I decided to call it off, this person started sending me foul SMS… calling me names etc. I replied with respect at first, stating the reason why I feel uneasy meeting up because of the lack of information this person is giving when he already have information of my bank details where he should deposit the payment (as I do not trust myself in distinguishing fraudulent currency to real ones and it’s not just a few hundreds…). He replied to my reason with 3 really bad SMS, I was so furious I wanted to cry. I didn’t reply anymore, screen captured the messages to show a friend and then deleted it. I prayed… really prayed because I was mad and then I was scared. If this person is a part of some big underground or criminal group I might be in trouble cos they have my full name, mobile # and bank acct #. Goodness, what media do to your imagination! It was disturbing. I prayed, and out of fear all I uttered were verses I could remember about the Lord being my fortress, my hiding place, my shield. I don’t even know if they’re really verses or I read them some place else. Then I fell asleep.
Wednesday morning, my phone greeted me with this daily verse –
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. ~ Proverbs 18:10
Always grateful, always in awe. ♥
This morning, I was driving very lousily and I felt my energy drain because I was fighting to be good and to feel good. Thankfully, I am blessed with an extended family who knows exactly what to say in moments like these for me – truly instruments of God. In all my searching and craving for God’s Word and receiving all these Word, I have forgotten to praise. I was too focused on understanding the Word, of trying to keep up with it and live it out that I have left out an important recipe in my walk with God – to praise. After all, we are all made to praise God. 🙂 Only after that revelation was I able to feel better and only when I started praising and humming did I feel my heart lighten and the lousy morning turn into a productive day. Thank YOU LORD! ♥
What freedom lies in leaving the darkness and stepping both feet into the light? They talk about it, I have yet to find out.
To believe and to EARNESTLY SEEK HIM. To go beyond the mental details of knowing Him and come to know Him even more deeper than the words printed in the Bible.
In praising I see
Beauty beyond compare
In thanking I see
Joy enough to share
In praying I see
Calm so resolute
In loving I see
Power that’s absolute
© djklmnopi 12.09.14 13:04