Tag: love

A Brother’s Love

Apart from my friends, my siblings are my most loved people in the world (although it may not look like it sometimes. Hehehe.) 

There are times when we argue but I firmly believe (and I know they do to) that we got each other’s back. Especially in times of crises. 

In the book of Philemon, we witness how Paul and Philemon’s brotherly relationship is founded on the love of Christ. 

(For starters, the purpose of Paul’s letter to Philemon is to ask him to take back the slave Onesimo, who ran away from him. And of course, who would like to take back a slave who left his responsibilities from his master? Definitely not me!) 

Why was it acceptable, if not easy, for Paul to request Philemon to take back his slave? Because they have a brotherly relationship. 

Why did not Paul demand from Philemon to do what he wants ASAP? Because he values the relationship he has with his brother and since he can do a simple request instead of an order, then he’d take that path instead. 

Oftentimes, we are so busy reprimanding people for their mistakes, for things they forget, or tasks they did not complete that we forget to ask ourselves if we thought of building and strengthening our relationships with them. 

If instead of enforcing what we want, we extend care and understanding, disputes can be easily taken care of. Of course, challenges can still be there, but we are more considerate, and in simple ways, we make them feel our love. 

In such a toxic world as ours where many of us would impose our ways on others, be one who cares, considers, and understands. In our speech and in our actions, be that brother, who’s got another brother’s back despite differences, despite misunderstandings. 

A Person’s Worth (Thoughts on Relationships and One’s Value)

I told myself that from now on, I will only ship real life couples. And not just real life ones but those who present exemplary values, both as individuals and as a couple. (I can hear some of my friends snorting at me for being *too* idealistic again but as I believe, ideals are hard to achieve but not impossible.)

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That Happy Ever After

If there is one movie which all the songs in the soundtrack I love, that would be Enchanted. It’s so funny because during this time, Grey’s Anatomy is really popular and well, Patrick Dempsey IS popular; but I only appreciated his being (Mc)dreamy after this movie. (Then Made of Honor came and so on and so forth… Though I find him attractive on both movies, McDreamy is not for me in the long run. But that’s another story to tell.)

Anyway, the scene below is my favourite! It’s bittersweet though, having to think all along that some Prince Charming is meant for you until you met someone whom you grew affections for, not because he’s perfect but because he’s just himself and you love it. Sometimes I’d believe meant-to-bes are intentional, ya know, for it involves choices. But again that’s another story (so many side stories, pardon.)

A life goes by
Romantic dreams will stop
So I bid mine goodbye and never knew
So close was waiting, waiting here with you
And now forever I know
All that I wanted to hold you so close

Those are my favourite lyrics from my favourite song in the soundtrack. It speaks about the reality of every relationship that though we want perfect, there are some challenges and there are some things you don’t/won’t like while you’re in it. That eventually, you need to make a choice about what you would be able to live up with and accept wholeheartedly. Sometimes you thought you don’t have a choice anymore. But that’s just what you thought.

That like in the movie, Giselle was surprised by the bustling streets of NYC, not finding the perfection of (animated) Andalasia. That she realised Prince Edward, no matter how perfect he seems, may not be the perfect fit for her. That she learned there is a Robert Phillip, who is real and with whom she is willing to work things out with no matter what the circumstances. That she thought there is no chance for them to be together because Edward is there, but then her life did not depend on Edward after all. And that she can choose and stand by that choice.

I think I need to re-watch the movie. But today’s a Thursday so it might need to wait one more day. 🙂

Pursue

I know many of us are familiar with the words of Psalm 23. Some of us have even memorized its words since childhood.

I came across the chapter for my quiet time earlier. My favorite verse is verse 6. One of the popular versions is,

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

As I am reading the New Living Translation (Gifts and Rewards Edition), I have encountered another version of such verse with something that caught me with glee. It goes,

“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”

Notice the word pursue. I don’t know with the guys (or some girls out there) but this had an impact with me as every woman would love to be pursued. The word follow used in other versions may sometimes be associated with stalking (LOL) but pursue — it is done by someone whose love is sincere and willing. And yes, that is such an understatement.

Now, could you imagine the depths of God’s love for you? That He, the Creator of the heavens and the earth pursues you regardless of who you are and what your background is? That his goodness and never-ending love pursues you even if you are undeserving?

And you may say, “Oh, I don’t need it and I don’t care.” It’s alright. He just wants you to know that He is there and that you don’t need to be anything for Him to love you and shower with with His goodness.

Christmas Gift List: Item Number 3

It’s been quite a while since I have last updated my blog, and well, I have to be consistent with my weekly gift list so here (HAHAHA!)

Me and a few friends are talking over several things over Yahoo Messenger when suddenly, the term soul mate came up. Haha! This is a pretty popular subject I talk about with friends, especially, well, I don’t know why. 😛

Then VOILA! I remembered something I really wished to have but can’t find here in the Philippines. I have asked several friends abroad, too, to try find me one, but this item was out of stock in stores. So here, I just thought someone might find it and give me one. 😛

by author, Ravi Zacharias

It is a suggested read; plus, Isaac and Rebekah’s love story is one of my most admired ones from the Bible. I wish to read it – soonest. 😀

Secured

This morning, while I was fighting over going or not going to work, I browsed through my phone and found a draft containing the verse Psalm 16:5. Didn’t bother looking at it as I returned to sleep. When I finally got up, I checked my phone again and passed through the drafts folder, and there, I get to see Psalm 16:5 again. Then I decided to browse through my Bible and here’s what I found (Got the NLT version):

“Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.

You guard all that is mine”

Most of the time, I worry a lot on what is in store for me in the future and what is about to happen with my immediate involvements. But God has assured me that my future is well taken care of already, and with this promise, He has assured me more that everything, as in EVERYTHING – every single promise that He is bound to let flow in my life,  is in the palm of His hand. 🙂

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Promises

I have been reading the book of John as of the moment (but yeah, I should have been in Acts na nga e. LOL) and upon arriving to chapters 15 and 16, there have been wonderful promises and statements from the Lord Jesus Christ which I (and everyone else who believes) should always be reminded of:

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CHAPTER 15

vv. 4 “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”

vv. 7 “But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!

vv. 9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.

vv. 15 “I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”

vv. 16 “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.”

vv. 18 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.

CHAPTER 16

vv. 7 “But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.

vv. 13 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.”

vv. 24 “You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.

vv 26 to 27 “Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God.”

vv. 33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

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What wonder it is to read the Word as you discover that you are given these things! God is marvelous! He never leaves us hanging. We just have to be open to know what He has in store for us. 🙂

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Passages were from the New Living Translation, taken from The Bible Gateway.