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Welcoming 2012

I woke up to 2012 with a sore body. I wonder why because all I did during the new year’s eve is watch MBC’s Gayo Daejun. (Don’t judge me, please. :P) Good thing, I requested to be assigned for the exhortation on the second service because I might wake up late. Although I was awake early enough to be able to attend the first, you know how it’s like after the holiday. Hehe.

But then, yes, I was able to attend the morning service. Yay! And it’s a good thing I did.

The message for 2012 is that this is a year of establishment.; in governing the blessings that God is giving us. Some things might not happen yet in 2011, not because we were punished but probably because we “don’t deserve it” – meaning God knows what is and when is the best for us. 🙂

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Be thankful in all circumstances…” But why do we need to thank in all circumstances? Because everything is done  (in the cross, two thousand years ago, that is.)

My 2011 isn’t perfect. I may have received a lot of blessings but I also have several regrets. But it won’t stop me from being grateful because I know the Big Guy up there has done something for me; for us all.

And claiming that this is a year of establishment, I told my friend, Yan, that it doesn’t only apply to buildings or careers. I know we all have something we want to establish this year. How are you starting off and what are you gonna do to accomplish it? 😉

Happy new year, everyone!



I made use of the above title because it’s my favorite word for the week (and maybe the rest of my life, for that matter.)

Last week, I came across a song entitled Song of Jabez (sung by According to John) I remembered not so long ago, this passage from 1 Chronicles 4: 9-10 was an instant hit. Sermons in churches were about it – there was even a book published on this. It mentions the following:

9 Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez,[a] saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

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While doing my morning ritual of checking out the Tweets that I follow, I stumbled upon Sitti‘s and one of her updates says, “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” This was inspired by the verse from Ecclesiastes 11:4 (Let me use the version from The Amplified Bible) which says,

He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.

Too many times, we came across circumstances where decisions are necessary; and not just simple decisions as what color of flip-flops you would wear or what hairstyle you would have today. Sometimes, decisions which we have to make is a matter of life and death (Yeah, exaggerated maybe.) – Life and death of a career; life and death of a relationship; life and death of a breakthrough.

Most of the time, we calculate too much – looking at our surroundings, checking if each strand of eyebrow is at place or if our shoes are well-polished, not knowing that there proves to be situations when getting caught open and willing to change and motion bears good results.

Waiting for the perfect time to come may not happen if that’s what holds you from doing whatever you need to do, or want to do. Unless you make an action or two, given the circumstances where you’re in, you could never move from where you are now.

Don't be afraid of crossing the other side of the street... Like a kid, there is Someone who could guide you through until you can do it yourself 😉

Taking risks may cost you something, right. But would you rather learn from it or play it safe, waiting for the perfect time until never finding out what could have been? Your choice.


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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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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:



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.


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.


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. 🙂


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

Faith In Spite Of

Last evening, I was given an opportunity to share in our weekly young adults’ small group meeting (Our leader, Ate Merly went out with the other ladies from the women’s network for a day out that’s why I was prompted. Nyahaha!)

Anyway, even if that was rushed a bit (I was informed yesterday morning), I did not decline since I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to share a topic I was supposed to share a few weeks back but was not able to due to weather changes and other natural occurrences I have encountered (LOL).

I talked about faith. Few months back, I began reading Philip Yancey’s book Disappointment with God and gained a whole lot of insight on a lot of things, particularly when God doesn’t seem to show up when we need him most. I was particularly moved on his discussion on where we should base our faith.

As I began with my sharing I asked, “Yes, we know that it requires faith from our end to receive God’s promises, but what if we don’t receive anything that we hope for? Should our faith waver?”

Hebrews 11 has always been the best reference for the men and women who exuded faith despite their circumstances. Before, I thought that all these people were blessed from the beginning of their calling up to the end of their lives; I thought wrong.

Yes, there were mighty men and women of God who were really blessed. To quote from vv. 33 to 35a:

“… who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again.”

But then again, not everyone did. Some experienced the worst; others don’t deserved what they have gone though. To quote a passage from Hebrews 11, vv. 13 says:

“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.”

Some people who were heroes of faith did not receive everything that God has promised; they even received the opposite. To quote further vv. 35b to 37:

“Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated…”

Yet, these people, who were tagged heroes, held on to the promise that God had for them. These promises may not be right away given to them, some were not of this lifetime, but for sure, those promises that they held on to were those that will SURELY happen. They viewed disappointments as something temporary and a preparation for something better. They understood that they are strangers of this world; they knew their identity that’s why they did not lose hope; further, they did not lose faith in God.

Hebrews 11: 39 to 40 says,

“These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”


After my sharing, I gained really important and true insights from the people in the group but these two stood out:

  • God answers us not based on what we need but what He wills. This is not to power trip on us but because He knows what’s best for us. He wants us to be excited for what He has in store for us; and,
  • Faith as we know it, is not just trusting God; it is something far greater than any discouragement, than any persecution. It is constant. It does not depend on circumstances. It does not depend whether God answers our heart’s desires or not; but it makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see.

So everytime I lose hope, oh well, what more proof should I need? Faith is not an excuse for me to force God to do what I want but it is a hope on what He has promised me. After all, I am not called His daughter for nothing. 🙂


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