Thoughts&Reflection

Questions

He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” -Luke 10:26 ESV

I personally have a lot of questions that I raised to God. When I was young my most questions are about my identity in Him. Growing up, I am asking about my purpose in this life. And now an adult, I mostly ask questions like “Lord, what shall I do?, “Is this the right thing to do?”, or “Is this Your will?” And the Lord is answering me another question, “What does the scripture say?”

In this world where information is available everywhere, it is important to know the “truth” of Jesus. We should always go back to His word and know that it is always the answer. It is really important that we read His words everyday and see what He says. And as we decide, I pray that we rely on what God says about it to make sure we are doing the right thing. Remember that His truth will always be reassuring, and His plans are always good.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. -James 1:5 ESV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. -2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. -Colossians 3:1‭-‬4 ESV

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Fan Girl #2

Jeremy Lin’s reminder. 💌

More than loving to watch him on the court, I have been a huge fan of him because of his love for God. I even subscribe to his prayer email and pray for the concerns he raised there. And despite the change of directions – NBA to CBA, what I saw was more of his heart towards God’s plan for him.

I remember one time when we were watching NBA last year, I showed my brother his prayer email. He was delighted and was even eager to pray and do his devotion. He realized that even basketball players could be a great believer of Christ. And I am happy how my brother saw a good model for him to look up to.

A point to ponder: Today, many are called influencers. The question is, what kind of influencers do we follow? Or what kind of influencer are you? Do you spread positivity, or God’s word?

Good morning. 🌅

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Amazing Grace Prayer and Fasting 2020

Spotify Prayer and Fasting Playlist
Youversion Prayer and Fasting Material
Our church is holding a Prayer and fasting on July 7-9. You may join if you want.
You may check the Worship and Prayer on Youtube and Facebook. It will be available at 7 AM and 7 PM Philippine time.

Sharing this here so if you want to join, you may. And if you want to share your prayer concerns, please do. I will include it to my prayers.

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Life Celebration

Jorel’s 17th birthday 🎂 (The one wearing Dedicated and Devoted shirt)

Thank you Lord for the life of our baby brother. May you always be with him. Make him a courageous man. Make him love you even more. Make him see you in everything. Make him to be like you. May your love, joy and peace abound to this young man.

Jorel is my youngest brother. He turned 17 today. He also finished his junior high school with honors. We are so excited for him to see what God has in store for him.

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Dancing in the Current

We had internet outage for 6 days and it’s not really good. It hindered me do things like working, posting here and connecting with loved ones. And if you’re asking for data connection, it’s hard to get it on our area. Even Facebook messenger was really hard to open. Good thing, it’s already fixed.

But what did I learn from those 6 days? I learned to enjoy each moment.

These days, the Lord has been teaching me to wait and to tell you, it’s not my favorite lesson. As a person who doesn’t want to waste time, you can say that patience and waiting is not really my thing. But thankfully, He is our teacher, He will patiently teach us so we can eventually learn things.

During that time that we had no internet connection, I was able to read my Bible more, bond with my nephew, niece, and cousins. I had more time getting to know my cousins. I had more time doing household chores. I had less time online and spent it offline. I surprisingly enjoyed it. If it will be my usual self, I will surely be calling the Internet Provider every hour, pestering them to fix the connection but I didn’t. Instead, I just did the activities I can do like play with the kids, watch movie with them, chat with my cousins, accompany them to get driver’s license, read books and my Bible, laundry my clothes, wash the dishes, cook and experiment and etc.

Isn’t God so creative in teaching? In teaching, we have what we call, “Learning by doing” and I think that’s His teaching style. He wants us to get involve and experience to fully understand and learn.

God wants us to learn how to dance in the current sometimes and stop forcing things. This is what waiting and patience really mean – resting in Him assured that He is making things work together for good.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
-Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 ESV

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! -Psalm 27:14 ESV

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. -Isaiah 40:31 ESV

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

(Small Group with APEC Students – Date with Papa – Victory Group after service – Prayer time with the team – Youth International day – Small Group in the office)

I just miss the days when social distancing and staying at home is not the norm yet. Thankful for the gift of friends.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. – Ecclesiastes 4:9

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17

Whose lives are you thankful to God today?

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On becoming First Choice

“Do I deserve to be a second choice?” We all have seen this question before and maybe even you already asked this question while re-affirming your worth.

I then remember one preaching about Ruth. It struck my heart because the pastor regarded her leaning on leftover grains as ‘getting leftover love’. And then he asked, “Have you ever felt like you are picking a leftover love or significance from your parents, friends, or other relationships?” And all I know is that I have been there but I don’t want to feel that way anymore. I am so done.

We love because he first loved us.   -1 John 4:19 ESV

See, even God gave us his FIRST so why are we settling in second place? He also gave his best and all for us. Remember that the greatest public display of affection was done on the cross. This even convinced me that we don’t deserve to be a second choice.

But the question also bounced back to me?

Does God deserve to be the second place in my heart? I choked. That struck me even more. This reminded me then of a commandment from the Lord.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. -Matthew 6:33 ESV

Seeking the kingdom is seeking the King. Where will the King be anyway? Remembering this, I evaluated myself, did I make the King first in everything I do?

As a single young professional, I want to establish a good long-lasting career so I always make the extra mile to excel. That’s not bad but I saw myself being too busy taking care of my job, making everything else second in my priority lane. I felt so guilty.

The Bible wants to remind us this:

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  – Hebrews 12:2

He must increase, but I must decrease. – John 3:30

I am thankful for God’s wonderful reminder of really seeing Him more than seeing myself, making Him my top priority every day. And I realized that I will never be the top priority because He should be that one. And I will always be happy to be the second knowing He is the first choice. And it will be enough that I am God’s first choice over being somebody else’s first choice.

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Song Cover

(Sorry for the low-quality video). This was taken on my birthday last year and I really miss singing (and even playing instruments). I am currently at my aunt’s house right now (due to lock down) and I have no equipment with me here.

Sharing my favorite song declaring God’s dominion over all the earth. I hope you listen to this song.

Have a blessed day.