The blessing of family

Days ago, one of my 5 month old kitten died. She’s the closest to me, to the point that she sleeps with me during the night and woke we up at dawn so she’ll poop or pee outside the house.

So eventually, when she got sick, 4 days of not eating anything.. I talked to God. I told Him, “Here we go again Lord. The last time you take all my kittens I knew it because they became my idol. They occupy more of my waking time. But this time, are you dealing again with me? Why is that every time I overly loved my pets, they’ll die?” Then I cried and prayed for my cat, I lay hands to her and speak life to her. But I knew it. She’ll die. God put it in my heart. I knew it, so I was able to accept the fact. God is a jealous God, you know. The problem with me was I’m just too occupied with my pet.

Then 2 days ago, I saw my mom by the gate waiting for me. And I knew it. So I asked her, “Is she already dead?” She’s a little reluctant to answer me, because the last time she saw me cried so much is when my pet cat so dear to me died, that was last year, which I also featured here. I knew that my cat died not because it’s unusual for my mom to be awake by the time I arrived home from work, nor because it’s also unusual for her to stay outside late at night waiting for me. I knew my cat died because the Lord put it in my heart, “She’ll die.”
So what more could I do, but to accept the fact. So I bury her, my mom had just cried. She was surprised by my reaction cause I show no single pain in me. There was even joy inside me. I was released even before the day she died, because Jesus conditioned my heart the time I cried to her asking, “not again Lord..” but He’d answer back, “She would die.” So that news was no surprise to me anymore. He had spoken.

Why people grieve….
It’s not wrong to grieve. In fact, it’s biblical to grieve for your dead loved one, and to cry is a medicine to the soul. The thirst washes the pain away.

However, I learned the fact that the reason why people grieve is because they can not accept the reality of the person’s or any creature’s death or lost yet.
…hence, it’s easier on my part because I accepted the fact, God told me beforehand. Can I reason to Him?

Everything is a matter of decision…
You decide to act on something, telling yourself to do this and that. Like last week, one of the speaker in the bible class I attended to shared on how quick she forgave her dad for murdering her mom. It’s because she decided to forgave him, to act on it by faith. If she didn’t put her faith on God that she’d forgive her dad, she couldn’t look at him directly to the eyes nor could have lived with him peacefully in the same roof.

When I asked my cousin how come he changed. He no longer smoke nor drink. He said, “I just decided. It’s a choice.” Folks, everything is a matter of faith. You put your faith to Jesus, that He’d take care of the things you decided on doing, that He’d help you to consistently do it by renewing your mind, because on the first place He’s the first one to want you to do it.

Since this week’s theme is about family and marriage…allow me to share this.
Last night, my mom confessed to me, “Do you know why you did not grieve for your dead cat? It’s because the moment she died, I prayed to God that He’ll take care of your emotions, that He’ll let you accept it easily and not to grieve over it.” Honestly, I was touched by that motherly confession.
Many times my mom saved me from heartbreak by praying to God to take care of me. That’s moms for! That’s our parents. How many of you did not know that many times our parents are praying for us even it seems they didn’t? That’s how we’re blessed to have parents, so let’s continue honoring them.

To God be the glory!

The Bible…

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#Wow I learned a lot today!

READ the bible to be WISE..
BELIEVE the bible to be SAFE..
and PRACTICE the bible to be HOLY!

The bible contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. The bible is traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword and the Christians’ charter.

In the bible, paradise is restored, heaven is opened, and the gates of hell are closed. Christ is its grand subject, our good design, and the glory of God to its end.

The bible should fill the memory, rule the heart, and the guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently and prayerfully.

Read the bible through,
pray the bible in,
give the bible out,
pass the bible on. — Dr. Fensenfeld

to God be the glory!

The best teacher!

The teaching of Jesus—the richest food and the tastiest.

Today, I remembered My first love.
He said, “Return to me you who hide in the cleft of the rock. Come up my bride.”
Lord Jesus, if my heart is not right with you then tell me.

How wonderful and sweet it is to talk with my Father!

I was reminded of my humble beginning…
Those we’re the days when I was so depressed and sick and wanted to die, days, weeks and months…perplexed, bewildered …and there He rescued me. I was left with videos of Jesus stories (animated version)…simple yet so helpful. Repeatedly, that CD plays as if it never stops from sunrise to sunset till I kiss my pillow to sleep. Each day I was dying, but every day I listened to it, as I watched it and as it slowly envelops my being, captivating my soul,then I was relive, revive or born again. Thank you for your teaching Lord. I could have been lost, but now I’m found.
#Jesus my healer.
#teachingofJESUS
#incomparable
#theBestTEACHER

to God be the glory!

Benefits of Having the Word of God

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When we have the Word of God, we will:

  1. Have life – John 1:4; John 6:63

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)

  1. Have faith – Romans 10:17
  2. Have healing – Psalms 107:20
  3. Have the truth – John 17:17
  4. Have light – John 1:4; Psalms 119:105
  5. Have the weapon (sword) against the enemy – Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12
  6. Be sanctified – John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26

That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word. (Ephesians 5:26)

  1. Be cleansed – Ephesians 5:26
  2. Have a shield of faith for protection – Ephesians 6:16

Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (Ephesians 6:16)

(Source: The Power of the God’s Word in Healing by Jean Lim)

Mind over matter

“Being a mumbler, a grumbler, a whiner or a complainer does not seem to show that you are ACTIVE. In fact, you are yet as PASSIVE as those who don’t do anything but keep silent, UNLESS you SUGGEST or RESOLVE your situation/ circumstance.”

Many instances like, ‪#‎the‬ Israelites’ wandering for 40 years in the dessert and were not able to enter in God’s rest (promise land) because they are grumbler, complainer, mumbler, whiner…

We don’t realize that God uses our situations to test our hearts. On how are we to react. Are we thankful enough in every situation, whether good or bad? Or are we faithful to Him knowing that tomorrow won’t be the same as today?

Everywhere we go if we keep the same old attitude of being grumbler/ complainer and ungrateful, our situation won’t change.
It’s like, new level, new devil. If you can’t pass stage 1, why would you jump into higher level when you know you’ll just fail as you did in stage 1? Kung di na nimo mapasahan na stage, hantud dra ra jud ka….grade 1 section 12 hantud next year mao lng gihapon repeater, and so on and on…

Dr Cindy Trimms says, “It’s not the people around you who’s got wrong or have some problem, but it’s you because you let them in to your cycle, you let them part into a relationship with you….and you let them hurt you…and you never even pray for it before it comes. But if you start changing your perspective, if you renew your mind, everything else around you will also starts changing including how you’ll react on certain situations.”

Yes, totally agree. We must realize that God sends people to test our characters.
You must thank your enemy’s role in your life! Without them, you can’t learn the true act of LOVE.

Last week lng, I was reminded about the true value of freedom and what real freedom really is after I watched this movie “IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE (1996)” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlpNI7cDEMk) —This true to life movie about injustice’ main character was imprisoned for 15 years for the crime she didn’t committed and when locked inside the “high intensive cell” for 6 months without light, window, a person to talked to and was tortured, she was almost gone mad. To ease her uneasiness, she kept walking back and forth (for the first week) inside a very small prison (bartolina) screaming, “At least, please… I need someone to talk to…!!!”

When asked, “How did you survive?” She simply smiled and said, “Well I realize I can’t change my situation, so instead, I need to change my PERSPECTIVE. So I started to do meditation and was able to have PEACE. They might have my body but not my SOUL.”

It must first begin with what you think.
‪#‎mindOverMatter‬
‪#‎truthCanSetUfree‬

LAST NIGHT’S MEMORY VERSE:
Psalms 55:22 “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”

To God be the glory!

I can walk on the water, too

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I woke up from a dream today, 21nd of February 2016.

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In my dream, I was inside a van. The driver is a white man, tall and has a huge built. From the highway, the vehicle suddenly turned left and changed direction across the rice fields and passing through the rivers; another rice field towards an irrigation…the driver keeps on driving and turning neither to the left nor to the right. He only follow through the straight path, until I could see a large body of water…it’s a sea! I panicked. “Hey, driver, will you please stop the car! stop driving, can’t you see we’re heading towards the sea!” He did not pay attention until the wheels could touch the water and I was thinking of us drowning. But the driver was so confident about what he’s doing. He’s in total control of the steering wheel.
Next, we could literally felt the wheels running smoothly on the surface of the water and though we knew that we’re getting far, going towards the middle of the ocean, still we didn’t sink just like how Jesus walks on the water. Then there’s a voice telling me that the driver is God.

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The water indeed was so calm. We passed through solid; dry; wet; solid again; dump; wet; and muddy road until we reached the water’s surface but still our ride is not bumpy but consistently straight without interruptions.
HOW MANY TIMES, LIKE PETER, HAVE WE BEEN LIKE THIS DOUBTING GOD’S CONTROL OVER OUR LIVES AND CIRCUMSTANCES?

READ: Jesus walks on the water (Matthew 14: 25-32)

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Lord Jesus, We’ve been so faithless though you remains faithful. How many times have we worried about our daily living, our present circumstances and not even willing to move on from the past? Forgive us, Lord. Forgive us for being so self-centered, unforgiving, boastful and proud, lovers of pleasure and ungrateful. Help us to listen to your voice, to grasp your hand, never letting you go as you are not giving up on us.

To God be the glory!
Happy Sunday everyone 🙂

How can you prove God is real?

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awesome beauty of nature…created by a real and living God. I watched a movie entitled “The Rapture” yesterday and there’s this American professor who’s an atheist. He has made his students depend a thesis study on the existence of God and one student answered his question “How can you prove there is God?” The black american student answered, “Well, look around, the trees, the sky, the animals, aren’t they proof?” Yeah, indeed, an iPhone or a computer did not just existed by itself. Someone or somebody created them. Same goes with everything in this earth. Someone or somebody which is not dead must have created it all. And who else can, but GOD. 1524044_807262582651687_2390060366635637646_o

(this photo was taken 1 and half year ago in a remote place in Southern Philippines in one of our mission trips and evangelism.)