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Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Power Of Prayer

My hubby requested to our pastor that he would like to preach in our church before we leave Texas for the Philippines. So my hubby got to preach Wednesday night. His message was about PRAYER. Before he started his message, he told the congregation how the good Lord has answered our prayers. For many months, we've been praying to the good Lord that we can sell our house and give us the means so we can go back to the Philippines. My hubby even set a goal that he would like to go to the Philippines by the end of this year. I told him it's impossible because it's not easy to sell a house these days. It was already October and still we didn't have a buyer. But then, we kept on praying and believing that God will answer our prayers in His time and He did. God sent us a buyer of our house on the 1st week of November. Now we're getting ready to go back to the Philippines. It's really amazing how the good Lord answers prayers. If you pray, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours. Praise the Lord!

Below is the photo of my hubby when he preached last Wednesday. You can watch the video of our church service that night by clicking here and it will lead you to our church website.



Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Invitation

You are cordially invited to

A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!!!

Guest of Honor: Jesus Christ

Date: Every day. Traditionally, December 25
but He's always around, so the date is flexible...

Time: Whenever you're ready.
(Please don't be late, though, or you'll miss out on all the fun!)

Place: In your heart.... He'll meet you there.
(You'll hear Him knock.)

Attire: Come as you are... grubbies are okay.
He'll be washing our clothes anyway. He said something about
new white robes and crowns for everyone who stays till the last.

Tickets: Admission is free. He's
already paid for everyone...

(He says you wouldn't have been
able to afford it anyway...
it cost Him everything He had. But
you do need to accept the ticket!!

Refreshments: New wine, bread, and a
far-out drink He calls "Living Water,"

followed by a supper that promises to be out of this world!

Gift Suggestions: ; Your life. He's one of those
people who already has everything else.

(He's very generous in return though.
Just wait until you see what He has for you!)

Entertainment: Joy, Peace, Truth,
Light, Life, Love, Real Happiness,

Communion with God, Forgiveness, Miracles, Healing, Power,
Eternity in
Paradise, Contentment, and much more!
(All "G" rated, so bring your family and friends.)

R.S.V.P. Very Important!
He must know ahead so He can
reserve a spot for you at the table.
Also, He's keeping a list of His friends for future
reference. He calls it the "Lamb's Book of Life."


Party being given by His Kids (that's us!!)!
Hope to see you there! For those of you whom I will
see at the party, share this with someone today!



Friday, December 5, 2008

Requirements for Answered Prayer

READ | John 14:12-14


Jesus taught many things about prayer and its central role in a believer’s life. He also promised that our petitions will be answered when we meet certain requirements.

One condition is mentioned in John 14:14: after receiving Christ as our personal Savior, we have the right to present requests in Jesus’ name, which means praying something that the Lord Himself might pray. Whenever we exercise this privilege, we must come to the Father, depending not on our own good works or character but on the merits of Christ alone. Jesus’ atoning death on the cross is the only basis for approaching God and being assured of receiving an answer to our petitions.

A second requirement is separation from all known sin. Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear.” This refers to ungodly behaviors and thought patterns which we know are wrong but refuse to give up. Remember, God looks at our heart attitude. If we struggle against our sinful ways, grieve over them, and ask for forgiveness, He will hear our cries and respond. But when He sees a hard heart, He is not obligated to listen.

Next time you pray, start with words of praise to God for His sacrificial love (1 John 4:10) and gratitude to Jesus for dying in your place. Express that you understand why your prayers are heard—because you have a relationship with the Father through Christ, and not because of anything you have done. Confess all known sin and ask for forgiveness. Then, present your requests to God with anticipation that He will answer.


Monday, November 24, 2008

Answered Prayers

I am writing this to share to everybody how the good Lord had answered our prayers in His perfect time. My hubby and I had plans to go back to the Philippines and live there. God had also impressed on our hearts to start a ministry there for the Lord. But we can't just go there right away. I have to wait for my US citizenship to be done, we have to sell our house and also wait for the payment from Cheasepeak company for our land with gas in Alvarado. My hubby had put the For Sale sign in front of our house more than a year ago. At that time I haven't filed for my US citizenship yet. There were lots of people who called and came and look at our house. Most of them were interested to buy it but they backed off when we told them we wanted cash for the payment. They can't get a loan from the bank. Then I filed for my US citizenship and it really took a while to wait for it. It was a long process. Still there were number of people who came and look at our house but no bite yet. My hubby and I kept praying and trusting the Lord that he will send us a buyer in His time. Then I got a mail from the USCIS regarding my US citizenship application. To make the long story short, after 8 months since I filed for my US citizenship application, passed the interview, I was finally sworn in as a US citizen last October 2, 2008. It was an answered prayer and hubby and I praised God for that.

Then on November 3, 2008, while I was walking around our block, It's like something or somebody was urging me to go to the Central Bail Bond office, just one house after house. I know that they bought the house next door and I was just wondering if they would want to buy our house too. I told my hubby when he came for lunch that I wanna go there to that office and ask them to buy our house. He said it's up to me. So when hubby left for work, I prayed first to God to teach me what to say when I'll go there. After that I went outside again and did my walking with the intention of stopping by in that office. I walked back and forth and at first I was so shy to go but the urge inside me to go was so strong. So finally I gained the courage to go to that office and offered the daughter of the owner to buy our house. She asked how much we want for it and I told her the price. She said she will tell her dad when he come by in the office. Then I went inside the house and I was just praying to God to give us a buyer of our house. I was singing praise and worship song while working in the kitchen that time. Then our phone rang. I didn't answer it thinking it was one of those telemarketers. When the lady who was calling was leaving a message and I heard that it's about the payment from Cheasepeak, I grabbed the phone and talked to her. She wanted to know where will they send the payment, in Alvarado or here in Wichita Falls. I asked her if can they send it to our bank account. I had the feeling that moment that we will sell our house soon and it will be a problem again to change the mailing address. So the lady said that she will mail the form that my hubby will sign so they can deposit the payment to our bank account. I was so happy after I talked to her and I called my hubby right away. He said he wanted the first payment to be sent in our mailing address. I tried to call the lady but I got no answer. Hubby said, never mind. They can send the payment to our bank.

After maybe half an hour, I was still in the kitchen trying to start cooking for supper when I heard a knock from our door. Instantly, I had the feeling that it was the lady whom I offered to buy our house. When I opened the door, there she was! She told me that her dad stopped by their office and he made an offer to buy our house. She quoted the price that her dad wanted to pay and it's lower than what we were asking for. But the catch is, they are willing to pay cash, the taxes and the closing cost. We won't have to pay anything in the closing cost. I was so stunned and I told her that I have to tell my hubby about it. I called my hubby right away and told him about their offer. He said we will talk about it when he comes home. To make the story short, we decided to accept the offer. That night, my hubby and I had a devotion and we were just praising and thanking God for answered prayers. Just imagine, in just one day, two of what we've been praying for in a long time had been answered. I can't help myself but cry. I can't contain my happiness that I was shedding tears of joy. God is so faithful. He answered our prayers in His perfect time. Three days after, I received my US passport in the mail. It's really amazing how everything had worked out. When we were praying about it many, many months ago, it's like there was no clear answer but I never lose hope. I told my hubby that God will answer our prayers in His time table, not ours. He can see the big picture and we can't. It reminds me of one of my favorite verses in the Bible, "All things work together for good, those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28. God knows our hearts' desire, to go back to the Philippines and do His work. For months I have been praying and crying out my heart to God to make our plans come true. My hubby and I committed everything to Him, our plans, our lives and all that we have. It is all for His glory and we asked God to use us in a mighty way to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Ephesians 3:20


Friday, November 14, 2008

Of All The Joys

At times I'm so discouraged
with problems of the day
I fail to see the joyful things
that are along the way
When troubles overwhelm me
It's then my nerves may fray
that's when I need to take the time

To simply sit and pray
Reflecting on God's many the gifts
It makes me so aware
Of all the joy in little things
around me everywhere!
I must try to remember
though problems come my way
not to miss the joyful things
and the beauty of the day.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Watching God Work

READ | Ephesians 3:14-21

A modern tragedy in the church is that so few Christians are aware of the Lord's work in their daily life. Most believers rejoice when God answers prayer and marvel when He reveals a new scriptural concept. Yet too few of us expect Him to have any interest in our relationships or workday. We must remember that the Lord is involved in all aspects of our life, and we can see Him move if we look at things with His perspective.

First, we must have a right relationship with God. We will be blind to His work until we trust His Son as our personal Savior. At the moment of salvation, we're each given an amazing gift, the Holy Spirit, who provides spiritual discernment. He helps us see how situations that may appear insignificant or negative are actually part of the Father's plan to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ.

Second, we ought to be characterized by prayerfulness. Talking to God places Him at the center of our focus and makes us attentive to His work. As we pray, we are likely to be asking for His intervention on our behalf and watching carefully for His response.

Third, we have to submit our will to God. When we are prepared to do whatever it is the Lord requires of us, He most definitely will be working in our life. We can expect to see results every time we follow His guidance.

The Lord's work is an expression of His great love. He wants us to see what He is doing so our faith will be strengthened. If we are prayerful and submissive, the Holy Spirit will open our eyes to the Father's hand in our life.






Friday, October 17, 2008

Thank You Lord!

Lord, I want to thank you for all the things you have done. You are so good Lord and I want to praise and worship you all the days of my life. My life is yours Lord and use me to be your vessel of honor. Lord I want to thank you for giving my brother Celso a job in Singapore and for answering our prayers that he will pass the medical test so he can get a work permit there. I want to thank also those who prayed for my brother. God knows who you are and I believe God will return the favor to you. Lord continue to be with my brother and protect him there. Help him to adjust quickly in his job. Give him also peace so he will not miss his family that much. I thank you Lord for you saved my brother before he went to Singapore. I know that you will guide him and be with him as he work there so he can support his family. Continue to bless him in his health, his job and most especially his spiritual life. I pray that he will develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord for answering our prayers. I LOVE YOU LORD!!!


Monday, October 6, 2008

The Sky Angel Cowboy

Here's a video of a little boy who is as young as he is, he had blessed a lot of people by sharing this voice message. He really touched my heart. God can truly use anybody to touch other people's hearts with Gods love and His word and this time He used this young boy named Logan. If only a small part of the world knew God as he seem to, what a better world this would be. Just watch the video below.




Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Five Sins of Christian Women

I've been reading this book entitled The Five Sins of Christian Women by Dr. Marlene Evans. I wanted to write about it here and share what I read. I'm not yet done reading it but I already learned a lot of lessons while reading this book. According to the author these are the five sins of christian women:

1) Nerves, Worry and Depression- Most of us commit this sin and I admit I'm one of them. I'm a worrier and sometimes I just can't help it. But now I have something to control it and that is through prayers. As they say, why worry when you can pray. Commit everything to the Lord and I find it effective.

2) Gossip and a Critical Spirit - Now, we women are really very fond of this thing, gossiping about others and criticizing them. So we better shut our mouth if we don't have anything good to say about other people or else we'll fall into this sin. No talk, no mistake.

3) Lack of Loving Your Husband and Children - We must love and obey our husband and try to please him all the time. Also we should give our time to the kids and show our love and devotion to them.

4) Immodest Dress- Christian women should have a dress code. According to the author our dress should be not too low, not too tight, not too short, not too dowdy not too extreme, not too mannish, not too sheer or bare. Christian women should not dress as the worldly women dress, that means no revealing clothes. A woman's dress can provoke a man to commit the unthinkable crime of rape. So ladies, when you go to the mirror, ask yourself, "Am I pleasing the Lord with my dress?" Your clothing reveals your attitude about yourself.

5) Lack Of Soul Winning, Bible and Prayer- Christian women need to win souls for Jesus by sharing the gospel to the lost. We also need to read our Bible daily and pray to God everyday of our lives. We should not be contented in going to church only on Sundays, sit there and just listen. We need to witness to other people about our Lord Jesus Christ so they too will get saved and go to heaven. We need to have fellowship with God daily by doing our daily devotion, talking to God through prayer and reading His Word. As I keep reading the book I found out that the author has added one more sin of christian women and that is

6) Jealousy - We tend to get jealous of what other people have that we don't have. At one time or another, every person gets jealous. We need to fight this sin of jealousy. We need to be satisfied with what the good Lord has given us. So these are the sins of Christian women.

As long as we are in these flesh and blood, we tend to commit sin. But the Bible says in 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

How Prayer Help Us

P- Prepares the heart. Proverbs 16:1 THE PREPARATION OF THE HEART IN MAN AND THE ANSWER OF THE TONGUE, IS FROM THE LORD.
R- Renews, Psalm. 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right Spirit within me.
It repairs the decay of spiritual strength. It renews a constant spirit within us
A- Apply, Proverbs 2:2 So that those incline thine ear unto wisdom and apply thine heart to understanding.
Y- Yield, Psalm 40:8 I delight to do thy will O my God, yea thy law is written in my heart.
We must stop opposing or objecting to what God is telling us, yield our heart, soul and body to His ever command.
E- Enlightens, Ephesians. 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
R- Request, Philippians. 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.

Prayer is very important in a Christian's walk in life, it gets God's attention. It make old satan worry because he knows God is going to answer your prayer. We should never take prayer lightly or for granted. Pray one for another. God bless.


Friday, September 26, 2008

What A Day That Will Be!

The lyrics of the following song really touched me. The first time I heard this song was when we sang it in the church and my tears rolled down my checks while we were singing this song. They were tears of joy knowing that someday when I get to see my Savior, that would be a glorious day!

What A Day That Will Be

There is coming a day when no heartaches shall come
No more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eye.
All is peace forevermore on that happy golden shore,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

There'll be no sorrow there, no more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain, no more parting over there;
And forever I will be with the One who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a glorious day that will be indeed! Just thinking about it makes me excited, to be able to look upon my Savior's face and thank Him for dying on the cross for me! Just think, no more pain, sickness or sorrow, nothing but peace and joy. Jesus love us so much that He died just for us who are but sinners and unworthy of that kind of love. He is really worthy to be given thanks, praise and love.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16



Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Our Help In Prayer

Does this sound familiar? Determined to spend more time in prayer, you come to the appointed hour, drop to your knees, open your mouth and draw a blank. Sure, you manage a few words about what you need the Lord to do for you and your family, but you should be praying for more than that, shouldn't you?

Yes, you should. The Christian's needs are indeed God's concern; not even the smallest detail escapes His notice. However, He tells His people to imitate Jesus: "they should not merely look out for [their] own personal interests, but also for the interests of others." (Philippians 2:4).

Selfless prayer, though, isn't natural to us. We too easily think of God as a "genie", someone to do our bidding as we live life our own way. Thankfully, God has supplied a Helper. The Holy Spirit, our willing and able partner in praying effectively, intercedes for us when we can't pray as we should. (Romans 8:26).

How should we cooperate with the Spirit's intercession for us? First, we must recognize God's authority, holiness, and glory. Then, we need to submit our lives to his leadership. When we do, God?s will and desires become foremost in importance for us. Finally, we must submit our future to Him, trusting that He will bring great good out of negative as well as positive events in our lives.

In submission to the Lord, we will discover greater peace and joy. We'll also find new words for our prayers. Even more importantly, we will develop a deeper understanding of God's greatness.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Paid In Full

I got this from my e-mail and I was really blessed while reading it. I thought of sharing it here and it's my prayer that you will be blessed too.

After living what I felt was a 'decent' life, my time on earth came to the end.

The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house.

The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table.

As I looked around I saw the 'prosecutor.'

He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me.

He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen.

I sat down and looked to my left and there sat My Attorney, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed so familiar to me, I felt I knew Him.

The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes.

He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room I couldn't take my eyes off of Him.

As He took His seat behind the bench, He said, 'Let us begin.'

The prosecutor rose and said, 'My name is Satan and I am here to show you why this woman belongs in hell.'

He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole, and In the past when I cheated others Satan told of other horrible Perversions that were once in my life and the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank.

I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone, even my own Attorney, as the Devil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten about.

As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset at My Attorney who sat there silently not Offering any form of defense at all.

I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life - couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I'd done?

Satan finished with a fury and said, 'This woman belongs in hell, she is guilty of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise.'

When it was His turn, My Attorney first asked if He might approach the bench.

The Judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan, and beckoned Him to come forward.

As He got up and started walking, I was able to see Him in His full splendor and majesty.

I realized why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior.

He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge, 'Hi, Dad,' and then He turned to address the court.

'Satan was correct in saying that this woman had sinned, I won't deny any of these allegations.

And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this woman deserves to be punished.

Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed, 'However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life and she has accepted Me as her Savior, so she is Mine.'

My Lord continued with, 'Her name is written in the Book of Life,and no one can snatch her from Me.

Satan still does not understand yet. This woman is not to be given justice, but rather mercy.'

As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father and said,'There is nothing else that needs to be done.' 'I've done it all.'

The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down. The following words bellowed from His lips..

'This woman is free.'

'The penalty for her has already been paid in full.'

'Case dismissed.'

As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, 'I won't give up, I will win the next one.' I asked Jesus as He gave me my instructions where to go next, 'Have you ever lost a case?'

Christ lovingly smiled and said,

'Everyone that has come to Me and asked Me to represent them has received the same verdict as you,

~Paid In Full~





Monday, September 15, 2008

My Brother and His Wife Got Saved

I have 3 siblings, a sister next to me and 2 younger brothers. Three of us got saved many years ago except my brother Celso. I've been praying to the good Lord to save my brother and I even cried out his name to the Lord every time I pray that he will open his heart and accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. I've been trying to witness to him many times and he kept saying he is saved. But he doesn't go to church on Sundays and he still drinks beer with his friends.

Lately I haven't been sleeping good due to the ringing in my ears. But the Lord had used this for good. Since I can't sleep last Thursday, I went online early in the morning here in Texas and it was evening in the Philippines. My brother saw me online and he called me. I talked to him and his wife and I saw in the webcam too their newborn baby. While talking to my sister-in-law, I talked to her heart to heart and I asked if she wants to get saved and know for sure that if she dies, she'll go to heaven. She was willing and I read to her the Scriptures on how to get saved. Then I asked her to repent from her sins and she prayed quietly. Then I prayed with her the sinner's prayer and she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.

Next, I talked to my brother and I did the same. He bowed his head and prayed quietly asking God to forgive him of his sins. Then I prayed with him the sinner's prayer and led my brother to the Lord. I was so happy that I can't help but cry while I was praying with him. I was so emotional and happy at the same time seeing two of my family got saved. It was an answered prayer. I just can't contain my happiness that my brother got saved and the Lord has used me. I was so thankful to the Lord after that. I was talking to both of them after they received Jesus in their hearts and I asked my sister to buy a Bible for them and charge it to me. I advised them to pray always and read their Bible daily. They were so thankful to me after that but I told them it's the Lord who really worked in their lives. The Lord is so good for saving my brother and his wife. The Lord had impressed in my heart that I have to be bold in witnessing to them and led them to the Lord and it was the right time.

My brother will be flying to Singapore tomorrow to look for a job there. So I told myself last Thursday, now is the right time. I just don't want him to leave the country without him being saved and I'm so glad he was willing. His heart that was hardened was softened. Thank you Lord. I just talked to my sister-in-law last night and she told me that my brother has been reading his Bible and he stopped drinking beer. His friends had been inviting him to have a drinking session with them but he turned them down. My sister-in-law was so thankful to me for leading my brother and her to the Lord. It was the Lord who worked in their lives. I'm just a willing vessel to carry God's work. My hubby and I got to talked to my brother again this morning. He was busy packing his things and he's gonna fly to Singapore tomorrow. I gave him sisterly advises to continue in the faith, develop his relationship with the Lord and always talk to God through prayer. My hubby and I prayed with him online this morning too. There is joy in serving the Lord and leading people to Him. I'm so glad that 2 people that are dear to me got saved.

You too can be saved. Just acknowledge that you are a sinner and repent from your sins. Ask God to forgive you and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh to the Father but by me." John 14:6.

If you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please pray this prayer with your heart. This is the sinner's prayer that I prayed with my brother and his wife when I led them to the Lord:

Dear God, I admit I am a sinner, going to hell. I know that I cannot save myself. I repent of my sins and I put my faith in the blood that you shed for me on the cross to pay for all my sins. I now accept you as my Savior and trust you to take me to heaven. Thank you for saving me. Amen.



Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Right Response To Our Trials

Discerning the right response to trials is impossible without God's wisdom. Formulating your own theories, making your own guesses, and imagining your own reasons for hardships are worthless. Only under the guidance of divine wisdom can you begin to see through the tragedy, uncover God's purpose, and discern the appropriate responses. There are a number of wise response to trying times.

(1) We must be persuaded that the Lord is in control of the timing and intensity of the trial.

It may last a day, week, year, or decade. First Peter 5:6-7 promises that if we put ourself under God's authority, He will be faithful to resolve our difficulties in His time. We may want Him to act sooner, but only He knows the perfect time to accomplish His purpose in our life.

(2) We must recognize that God has a specific purpose for allowing each trial in our lives.Because He is a loving Father, He will not prevent every challenge. However, the Lord will always endow His children with power to over come the obstacle. Furthermore, He will use those hard times to shape us into the mature believers He desires us to be.

(3) We must acknowledge that each trial is designed to meet a specific need that God sees in our lives. Oftentimes we will not see or understand that need until the trial is over and we have gained some distance and perspective. Then we can look back and realize that there was a tremendous lesson to be learned or an error to be corrected. Because God has that perspective from the outset, He is able to do whatever is necessary to correct the problem.

(4) We must be convinced that the Lord will walk with us through each step of our stormy times in life. There will never be a moment when He is absent. Hebrew 13:5 states this plainly "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you" Christ's presence provides a continual refueling of our courage and patience. With Jesus at our side, what possibly overtake us. Although these are all positive ways to deal with hardship, there is one response we must never forget- recognizing that by God's grace and power, we will not only survive, but we will truly conquer life's obstacles. That is true wisdom Yes, life does hurt.But those of us in Christ will never face hardship alone. As we lean on each other and bow down before the Lord, we know that Jesus is with us in our trials. Moreover, He will take our mournful ashes and use them to paint a magnificent picture for His glory. Thank You Jesus.....



Monday, September 1, 2008

The Blood Of Jesus

One night in a church service a young woman felt the tug of God at her heart. She responded to God's call and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. The young woman had a very rough past, involving alcohol, drugs, and prostitution. But, the change in her was evident. As time went on, she became a faithful member of the church. She eventually became involved in the ministry, teaching young children. It was not very long until this faithful young woman had caught the eye and heart of the pastor's son. The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans. This is when the problems began. You see, about one half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was suitable for a pastor's son. The church began to argue and fight about the matter. So they decided to have a meeting. As the people made their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting was getting completely out of hand. The young woman became very upset about all the things being brought up about her past. As she began to cry the pastor's son stood to speak. He could not bear the pain it was causing his wife to be. He began to speak and his statement was this: 'My fiancee's past is not what is on trial here. What you are questioning is the ability of the blood of Jesus to wash away sin. Today you have put the blood of Jesus on trial. So, does it wash away sin or not?' The whole church began to weep as they realized that they had been slandering the blood of the Lord Jesus Chris t. Too often, even as Chris tians, we bring up the past and use it as a weapon against our brothers and sisters. Forgiveness is a very foundational part of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. If the blood of Jesus does not cleanse the other person completely, then it cannot cleanse us completely. If that is the case, then we are all in a lot of trouble. What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus! End of case!!!! 'Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee, he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.' Psalm 55:23


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Island Of Feelings

Once upon a time there was an island where all the feelings lived; happiness, sadness, knowledge, and all the others, including love. One day it was announced to all of the feelings that the island was
going to sink to the bottom of the ocean. So all the feelings prepared their boats to leave. Love was the only one that stayed. She wanted to preserve the island paradise until the last possible moment.

When the island was almost totally under, love decided it was time to leave. She began looking for someone to ask for help. Just then Richness was passing by in a grand boat. Love asked, "Richness, can I come with you on your boat?"

Richness answered, " I'm sorry, but there is a lot of silver and gold on my boat and there would be no room for you anywhere."

Then Love decided to ask Vanity for help who was passing in a beautiful vessel.Love cried out, "Vanity, help me please." "I can't help you", Vanity said, " You are all wet and will damage my beautiful boat."

Next, Love saw Sadness passing by. Love said, " Sadness, please let me go with you." Sadness answered, "Love, I'm sorry, but, I just need to be alone now."

Then, Love saw Happiness. Love cried out, " Happiness, please take me with you." But Happiness was so overjoyed that he didn't hear Love calling to him.

Love began to cry. Then, she heard a voice say, "Come Love, I will take you with me." It was an elder.
Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that she forgot to ask the elder his name.

When they arrived on land the elder went on his way. Love realized how much she owed the elder. Love then found Knowledge and asked, "Who was it that helped me?" "It was Time", Knowledge answered. "But why did Time help me when no one else would?", Love asked. Knowledge smiled and with deep wisdom and sincerity, answered, "Because only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is."

The Facts of Life:
1. At least 5 people in this world, love you so much they would die for you.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you, in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you, is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you, can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone.
7. Without you, someone may not be living.
8. You are special and unique, in your own way.
9. Someone that you don't know even exists, loves you.
10. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
11. When you think the world has turned it's back on you, take a look, you most likely turned your back on the world.
12. When you think you have no chance at getting what you want, you probably won't get it, but if you believe in yourself, you probably sooner or later will get it.
13. Always remember complements you received, forget about the rude remarks.
14. Always tell someone how you feel about them, you will feel much better when they know.
15. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.


Friday, August 22, 2008

My Personal Testimony (Part II)

I can say that my life is very colorful, full of drama, joys and trials. Sometimes just thinking of making my life story open to others who barely know me make me feel uneasy but I am doing this just to show how the good Lord has worked in my life and that everything that happened in my life, God had a reason. You have read in my previous post how a very big trial has hit me and just more than a year after, another big trial befell me.

I had a boyfriend whom I loved so much and he was very loving and affectionate to me. He had been with me when I was in my lowest moments in my life. He had seen what I’ve been through when I was battling the cancer and he had accompanied me during my chemotherapy for 4 consecutive months. During those times that I thought I was going to die, he didn’t leave me. He stayed by my side. I was even ashamed to face him at that time because I looked so ugly, no hair because of the chemo and I was so thin and dark. I didn’t want to face him at first but he insisted to talk to me. I told him I want a break-up because I didn’t know if I’m going to live or die soon. I also told him that he can find a healthy and pretty girlfriend and I’m setting him free. He’s a good-looking guy and a lot of ladies had a crush on him in our town. He didn’t want to and he told me that he really loves me and he said that my hair will grow and that he already expected my hair to fall out after the chemo. So he has been with me through the bad times in my life. He’s seen me without my hair and he has witnessed the worst effects of chemo on me but he never gave up on me. Whenever I was having a throw-up he was there massaging my back and giving me support. He went with me to the hospital every time I went for chemo and check up. I’ve seen his faithfulness and his love for me. Until I recovered everything went smoothly again but not for long.

My BF has been watching in the tv this religious program and he got impressed with the minister because he seems to know a lot about the Bible. The audience asked that minister questions and he answered and quoted verses in the Bible from memory. So without me knowing, my BF went to find a church affiliated to that program and he studied their doctrines and got baptized. At first I was impressed at my BF because he read the Bible and has been taking notes in their doctrines. Until he told me about their doctrines then I got the big shock of my life. They don’t believe in the Holy Trinity and they don’t believe in the original or inherited sin either. They only believe in God the Father and God the Son but don’t believe in the Holy Spirit. So I started watching that tv program of that minister and I saw and heard how he twisted the meaning of the verses in the Bible. He also blatantly criticized all the other religions and he even cursed on tv. So I discerned that he is a false teacher/minister and that their religion is a cult. The Lord has really prepared me for this because during the time that I was in Baguio City having my radiation and chemotherapy, I read my Bible daily and I even highlighted those verses that really blessed and inspired me. God had been talking to me through His Word not knowing that my faith in Him will be put again to the test. 

So every time my BF came in our house we always have an argument about our beliefs and I even brought out the Bible and read to him and explain it to him but he had different interpretation. It’s the interpretation of course of their false teacher. One time I got so upset because my brother had a birthday celebration and my BF came but he didn’t eat because he said it’s against their doctrines to eat if the celebrant is of another religion. How absurd! I even quoted to him 1 Timothy 4:1-5 but he won’t accept it. Then he wanted to invite me to attend their church so I can see how they pray and sing but I refused. He said that when I invited him to my church he came with me many times so I should go with him too but I declined. I said I’m already contented with my church because they’ve been with me when I was sick and they prayed for me and they are my prayer warriors. Also it’s in my church that I got saved and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. He said that he would be praying for me so I would join him in his church but I told him no need to pray for me about joining his church because I already cancelled all his prayers and it won’t be effective. He said he is the man and he should be the one to be followed. I was really in spiritual warfare that time. 

He even proposed marriage to me but he said we will get married in civil ceremony or in their church. I told him “No way, if I will get married it will be in my church and will be officiated by our Pastor.” He said he really wants to marry me even though I can’t have kids anymore because of the chemo and it really made me cry. I know that he really loves me. His mom was very fond of me too and she always cook for me whenever I would go to their house. I asked him one time if now that he’s been faithfully attending that church if he’s sure that he is saved and he said nobody knows for sure. That’s why he’s doing good works so that he might be saved. I quoted to him Ephesians 2: 8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” It just fell on deaf ears because he’s already been brainwashed by their false doctrines. I felt so frustrated. Then I had this dream that my BF and I were talking when I saw a sack and something inside it was moving. He went to open it and I told him not to open it because it might be a snake. But he opened it and it was really a snake. What puzzled me is that the snake crawled past my BF and crawled in my direction and tried to bite me and then I woke up.

I told my dream to a pastor and he interpreted my dream. He said the snake is the devil and the reason he went past my BF because he was already his and he wanted to attack me because I’m not his. So I had to make a decision. Satan had reminded me all the good things that my BF had done to me especially when I was so sick and he didn’t leave me. Even my aunt told me that I can’t find a man as good as him who really loves me. My father and my siblings are very fond of him too. He used to give my father haircuts so I when I told my father that I broke-up with my BF he felt sad. Satan told me that no man would love me no more because of my illness. But I have to stand on my faith and my beliefs. The Bible said in 2 Cor. 6:14, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbeliever: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness.” I prayed to the Holy Spirit for guidance and direction. Though it hurt me so bad I decided to break-up with my BF after 4 years of our relationship. I told God that I love Him more than any man in this world and that when I will see Him face to face and He will ask what I gave up for Him, I will tell Him my boyfriend whom I love. 

My BF was really sad that night when I told him my decision. I saw the hurt in his face and he had to go home earlier than expected but what can I do? I can’t accept his doctrines and beliefs which are contradictory to mine. I cried and cried that night. It took me a few months to get over it. I remember my sister asked me that time why is it that I have a lot of trials in life. I really don’t know why but I only know that God won’t give us trials we can’t bear. A few months after the break-up, my father passed away in February 2000. So it was another trial in our family. But with God’s grace I slowly overcame the hurt and the pain of losing 2 people that I dearly love. I can’t handle it without the help of God. Life has to go on. In 2001, I met a guy in the Internet from Oregon and I corresponded with him for 9 months. He planned to meet me personally but it didn’t happen because he’s not God’s will for me. He met a Filipina in Oregon and decided to marry her. I was so hurt again and I felt bitterness and hatred in my heart because I felt cheated and broken-hearted. But the Lord has dealt with me and later on I forgave the guy. If God can forgive me, then I can forgive other people too. It made me feel lighter and the bitterness and hatred in my heart slowly vanished away.

I prayed to God that if it’s His will that I get married, then He will give me a man who is a Christian, one who loves the Lord and who has the same beliefs as mine and also one who will love and accept me for what and who I am and despite the illness I’ve been through. I also prayed to God that if it’s His will that I will remain single all my life, then I would still be happy serving and praising Him. Every night I prayed to God for the right man to come along in my life. Then on May 2002, I met George on the Internet at Christian CafĂ©. He is a widower for 5 years and he’s a Christian. We corresponded for 3 months and I told him everything that happened to me, my illness and my break-up with my ex-BF. Before I emailed him about it I had to pray to God and to the Holy Spirit for guidance. I prayed to God that if George can accept me despite the illness that befell me, then he is God’s will for me. If he will get turn-off then he’s not meant to be. So after I prayed, I e-mailed George and told him everything and the title of my e-mail was My Personal Testimony. The next day I was in the school’s division office because I had to submit some papers there when my cell phone rang. It was George and he told me he had read my e-mail and was touched and he was even teary-eyed when he read it. I asked if he still love me and he said yes. I was so happy and I knew that time deep in my heart that he is God’s will for me. My world became colorful again and my heart was aglow. 

Here’s the e-mail he sent to me after reading my e-mail. I printed all his emails to me and kept it. I re-read them over and over and it really made me love him more. Here it goes, “My dearest darling angel, I read your letter and tears came to my eyes, it made me LOVE you even more and I knew you truly were sent to me by God. The LORD had kept you alive because HE knew that someday you could be an encouragement and uplifting, a very special person, a LOVING ANGEL for me. After I read your letter, I fell to my knees, prayed unto Him to forgive me for being so selfish. I had no problems, praise Him for giving you to me. My faith was restored by just reading your testimony. LISA I MOST DEARLY LOVE YOU. LISA you are the WOMAN I HAVE PRAYED FOR, THE WOMAN GOD HAS SENT ME TO LIVE OUT MY LIFE WITH. The LORD has given me life again. He forgave me for turning away from Him then accepted me back in the flock…LISA I LOVE YOU. I got to close for now. John 3:16. I thank God He also gave me YOU..." George

My tears were flowing down my cheeks while reading George's e-mail. They were tears of joy. The Lord has finally answered my prayers. He gave me the man I prayed for, one who loves me unconditionally. I love George very much next to God. On August 25, 2002 George came to the Philippines and met me and my family and on September 11, 2002 we got married in our church. It was one of the happiest moments of my life. It was a whirlwind romance so to speak. On September 30, 2003 I arrived in the US with my husband. God is good all the time and I praise God for everything that He has done and He's going to do. God is really amazing! He answered my prayers and had given me my heart’s desire. God is sooo good! I can't thank Him enough. God is awesome! God deserves all the glory, honor and thanksgiving from me. “He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20. My husband and I are now doing missionary works in the Philippines. We started a church their and we've seen people got saved after hearing God's Word. God is good all the time and I praise God for everything that He has done and He's going to do.TO GOD BE THE GLORY.


Friday, August 15, 2008

Just For Today

--Smile at a stranger.
--Listen to someone's heart.
--Drop a coin where a child can find it.
--Learn something new, then teach it to someone else.
--Tell someone you're thinking of them.
--Hug a loved one.
--Don't hold a grudge.
--Don't be afraid to say "I'm sorry."
--Look a child in the eye and tell them how great they are.
--Don't kill that spider in your house, he's just lost, so show him the way out.
--Look beyond the face of a person into their heart.
--Make a promise, and keep it.
--Call someone, for no other reason than to just say "Hi."
--Show kindness to an animal.
--Stand up for what you believe in.
--Smell the rain, feel the breeze, listen to the wind, enjoy the sun.
--Use all your senses to their fullest.
--Cherish all your TODAYS!

Great advice for today, any day, and EVERYDAY.


Monday, August 11, 2008

Why Praise God?

I had the opportunity to preach this message last Sunday night in our church. I praise God for he called me to be a preacher and delivered me from the pit of sin.

TEXT PSALM 92:1


YOU NEED TO SET ASIDE TIME TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE TO GOD FOR THE BLESSINGS HE'S GIVEN YOU. PSALM 92:1 SAYS 'IT IS GOOD TO GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, AND TO SING PRAISES TO THY NAME O MOST HIGH. WE THINK WE ONLY HAVE TO GIVE THANKS AND PRAISE AT THANKSGIVING.
BUT IN REALITY WE SHOULD GIVE THANKS AND PRAISE GOD WITH EVERY BREATH WE TAKE, MORNING
EVENING, NOONTIME, AND NIGHTTIME. THERE IS 7 REASONS WE SHOULD PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY.

1 (PRAISE HELPS US READJUST OUR FOCUS) TENSION, STRESS, AND PRESSURE OF THIS WORLD DISTRACT US FROM GOD.OUR THINKING, OUR INTEREST, AND OUR USE OF TIME BECOME SELF-CENTERED INSTEAD OF SPIRIT-LED. WHEN WE PRAISE HIM, WE REMEMBER THAT OUR LIVES SHOULD CENTER AROUND GOD ALMIGHTY.PRAISE REFOCUS US ON ETERNAL MATTERS.

2 (PRAISE REMINDS US OF OUR DEPENDENCE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST) WE REMEMBER HOW MUCH WE NEED GOD. NO ONE IN THE WORLD- WHETHER THAT PERSON IS A BELIEVER OR NOT-CAN SURVIVE INDEPENDENTLY OF THE LORD FOR A SINGLE MOMENT. IN THE BLINK OF AND EYE,HE CAN STOP A HEART FROM BEATING HE CAN STOP US FROM TAKING OUR NEXT BREATH OR WAKE UP IN THE MORNING PRAISE REMINDS US OF OUR NEED TO RELY COMPLETELY ON THE LORD. WE SHOULD RELY UPON GOD IN EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIFE, TAKE EVERYTHING TO HIM IN PRAYER AND PRAISE GOD.

3 (PRAISE RELEASES US FROM OUR ANXIETIES.) TO BE PHYSICALLY, AND MENTALLY HEALTHY IS FOR US TO THANK AND PRAISE OUR LORD.WHOLE-HEARTED, GENUINE PRAISE DRIVES OUT TENSION THE NEXT TIME YOU FEEL ON EDGE JUST PRAISE GOD THANK HIM FOR WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE'S DONE FOR YOU.

4(PRAISE REFRESHES OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD)

5(PRAISE REFINES OUR SPIRITUAL PERCEPTION)

6(PRAISE REINFORCES OUR FAITH)

7(PRAISE REJOICE OUR SPIRITS)

WHY SHOULD YOU AND I PRAISE GOD? HIS HOLY WORD SAYS IT'S GOOD. THAT SHOULD BE ENOUGH MOTIVATION FOR EVERYONE. BUT I BELIEVE WHEN WE TAKE OUR FOCUS OFF OURSELF AND DEVOTE TIME AND ENERGY TO MAGNIFYING OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, WE ALSO REAP TREMENDOUS SPIRITUAL REWARDS THAT WILL BENEFIT US HERE AND NOW, AS WELL AS IN ETERNITY
THE GOSPEL IS ORDERED TO BE PREACHED TO EVERY HUMAN CREATURE, IT IS REQUIRED THAT EVERY HUMAN CREATURE PRAISE THE LORD. PRAYERS ARE CALLED OUR BREATHING, LET EVERYONE THAT BREATH TOWARD GOD IN PRAYER, BREATH FORTH HIS PRAISES TOO. WHILE WE HAVE BREATH LET US PRAISE THE LORD AND WHEN DEATH RUNS US OUT OF BREATH, WE WILL BE IN A BETTER STATE TO BREATH GODS PRAISES IN A FREE AND BETTER AIR. LET US TAKE PLEASURE IN KNOWING WHAT GLORIFIED SAINTS ARE DOING IN HEAVEN, WHAT THOSE ARE DOING WHOM WE HAVE BEEN ACQUAINTED WITH ON EARTH, BUT WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US AND LETS QUICKEN US TO DO THIS,OF THE WILL OF GOD, ON EARTH AS THOSE DO IT THAT ARE IN HEAVEN. HALLELUJAH IS THE WORD THE SING AND SHOUT THERE. LET US ECHO TO IT NOW HALLELUJAH PRAISE THE LORD.
(PS.106:1) Praise ye the Lord o give thanks unto the Lord for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.
(PS. 48:1) GREAT IS THE LORD AND GREATLY TO BE PRAISED IN THE CITY OF OUR GOD, IN THE MOUNTAIN OF HIS HOLINESS.


Saturday, August 9, 2008

Victory

I refused to be discouraged
To be sad, or to cry;
I refuse to be downhearted,
and here's the reason why...
I have a God who's mighty,
Who's sovereign and supreme;
I have a God who loves me,
and I am on His team.
He is all wise and powerful,
Jesus is His name;
Though everything is changeable,
My God remains the same.
My God knows all that's happening;
Beginning to the end,
His presence is my comfort,
He is my dearest friend.
When sickness comes to weaken me,
To bring my head down low,
I call upon my mighty God;
Into His arms I go.
When circumstances threaten
to rob me from my peace;
He draws me close unto His breast,
Where all my strivings cease.
And when my heart melts within me,
and weakness takes control;
He gathers me into His arms,
He soothes my heart and soul.
The great "I AM" is with me,
My life is in His hand,
The "Son of God" is my hope,
It's in His strength I stand.
I refuse to be defeated,
My eyes are on my God;
He has promised to be with me,
as through this life I trod.
I'm looking past
all my circumstances,
To Heaven's throne above;
My prayers have reached
the heart of God,
I'm resting in His love.
I give God thanks in everything,
My eyes are on His face;
The battle's His, the victory is mine;
He'll help me win the race.


Monday, August 4, 2008

Made For Praise

READ | Psalm 100:1-5

Think about the husband who doesn't communicate with his wife unless he needs something. If the only time he interacts with her is when he has a need, then she's not being loved. She's being used.

But don't we sometimes treat God the same way? We lift prayer request after prayer request. And yet we fail to give Him admiration and praise. How frequently do we attempt to use the Lord to fill our selfish needs?

First Peter 2:9 says we exist to praise God. Our worries and concerns are of great importance to Him. But He also wants us to come to Him with a worshipful heart, not an attitude of self-centeredness.

You may ask, "What's the point of praise?" When you begin to worship the Lord, your focus shifts to Him. Then you'll begin to recall the ways in which He's impacted your life. As Psalm 105:5 says, "Remember His wonders which He has done, His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth."

Praising the Lord is one of the main themes in Scripture. We're told to do so joyfully (Psalm 100:1), throughout the day (Psalm 113:3), and in the presence of others (Psalm 108:3; 111:1). God truly created us to praise Him.

Take some time today to reflect on God's mighty work of salvation in your life. Instead of approaching the Lord with a list of requests, simply praise Him for His faithfulness and righteousness. When your heart is full of praise, worries will wash away. And you'll trust God to provide for your needs in His own timing.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Jesus Christ Is My Healer (My Personal Testimony Part I)

Here is one chapter in my life that will always stay fresh in my mind. Sometimes I don’t want to think about it because it brings back a tremendous feeling in me but the Holy Spirit has been leading me to share it here in my blog. This experience in my life is a living proof that God is still the same yesterday, today and forever and miracles happen when we pray. I’m not telling this to glorify myself or anybody but to glorify the name of Jesus, my Healer.

It was September 1995 when I felt a lump in my left breast while I was taking a bath. I got worried but I can’t go to the doctor at that time because I had no money, no job and my grandmother who had been supporting us from her pension just passed away. My sister Violy was the sole bread-winner at that time and life was not that easy. I am a college graduate but it's not easy to get a job in the Philippines. I tried my best to look for one and I applied in different offices but no luck. Then after a few months of searching and applying the Lord finally answered my prayers and I landed a job in a public high school in our town on March 1996. After I got my first salary I went to see a doctor for a check up of the lump in my breast and he said I needed to have an excision for biopsy. I was so scared to go under the knife but with lots of prayers from my church, my family and my own prayers, I finally got the courage to go under the knife. My first salary just went to the doctor. To make the story short, after the biopsy, I was diagnosed of the Big C, breast cancer! I remember, I was with my aunt in the hospital when I got the biopsy result and I cried and cried. I asked God "Why me Lord? There are lots of bad people out there but why me of all people?" I said I’m still young and I’m going to die soon. To have a cancer is just like having a death sentence. My mother passed away because of breast cancer when I was 16 and I’ve witnessed how hard it was for her to suffer this disease. I prayed hard to God, at that time I was still a baby Christian but I believe that God can do miracles. I wanted an instant healing miracle like what I watched in the tv a few times but God had another plan. I just realized later that God deals with every individual differently based on their faith. 

I didn't want to have another surgery because I was so scared and I remember my sister and I used to cry at night. I told her I'm going to die like our mom, she had undergone surgery 3 times but she still died. But Violy encouraged me and with lots of prayers I agreed to undergo another surgery because I wanted to live longer. It was really so hard for me financially, my mind was bothered with my illness and I was also tortured of thinking where will I get the money needed for the surgery. My sister Violy decided to get a loan so I can have the money I needed for the surgery. Also my brother Celso just got a job and he helped me too. My neighbors who are well off were hesitant to loan me money because they thought I won't be able to pay it. This time I needed a lot of prayers again from my church and for one month I was the subject of their prayer meetings and also they came and prayed for me in our house. I needed the courage to go under the knife again. I was so nervous before I went to the operating room. My BP was high but the doctor decided to perform the operation anyway. Everything went alright after the surgery but it took some time for the wound to heal. Then I went back to work after a few days and I just took some medications which the doctor prescribed me to kill the cancer cells.

But lo and behold! After almost 2 years I had a relapse in 1998, the cancer came back and it was inflamed. This time I went to see another doctor in Baguio General Hospital. He’s an oncologist and he was the doctor of my late mom. He still remembered my mom and he said mother and daughter. I cried at that time and he recommended to me to have a chemotherapy and radiation therapy as soon as possible. I had to remedy again the money needed for the treatment. I was so depressed this time. My salary was not even enough to cover my treatment each month and I needed to have the chemo every 28 days for 6 consecutive months. I prayed to God to take care of my financial needs. I said to God that He owns the world and everything on it and I trusted Him that He will meet my needs and God has been so faithful. He provided all the money that I needed. He used other people to help me. Just after my 1st chemo my hair fell out and it really made me cry. I was so depressed because it was hard for me to lose my hair. Also I always throw-up until there was no more food in my stomach and I was worst than a pregnant woman because I didn’t even like the smell of certain foods. It made me throw-up too. My youngest brother Albin accompanied me in my treatment alternately with my aunt and my BF in Baguio each month. 

After my 2nd chemo, the worst happened. The effects of chemo and radiation therapy was worst than the cancer itself. I can’t eat and I can’t sleep for almost a week and it made me so weak. I didn’t even want to look at myself in the mirror because I saw an ugly woman whenever I look at the mirror due to the effects of the therapy. I was so thin, so dark, no hair and my fingernails were black. I was even ashamed to go out when other people came into the house. I hid in my room. I used a hat then I bought a wig from a beauty parlor to cover my bald head. That wig was ugly so I asked one of my friends who was working abroad to buy one and send it to me and she did, thank God. I almost died after my 2nd chemo. It felt like there was a heavy stone in my chest and I can’t lie down for even straight 5 minutes. When I sat down I got tired easily so I really didn't know what to do. I can't eat because my throat was sore due to my throw-ups. I knew my immune system at that time was so weak because of the chemo treatment. It killed the good and bad cells in my body. My room was upstairs and I can hardly go up there. I remember I even asked forgiveness from my father who was still alive at that time and all the members in my family because I thought I won’t live long. I really cried and I knew they had a hard time seeing me suffer. My sister and her husband took me to the hospital to have a dextrose to make me stronger but it didn't really helped a lot. Still I didn't feel any better. When everybody were all sleeping at night I was wide awake sitting down on my bed and looking at the sky talking to God and pleading my case. 

Then that memorable night happened. I was really so weak and can’t sleep for many nights already. I kneeled down beside my aunt and I cried out my heart to the Lord. I said to God that if it’s His will to take my life, then take it now because I already suffered a lot and I can't handle it no more but if it’s His will that I will live, then He will heal me. I said to God that I know that all people will die but I pleaded to Him to please extend my life so I can help my family and also His ministry. I claimed His promises in the Bible, like “I am the Lord that healeth thee" Exodus 15:26, “Ask and it shall be given”, Matthew 7:7, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24”, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" Hebrews 13:5, “With God nothing is impossible” Luke 1:37. While I was praying, my aunt knelt down too beside me and we both prayed and cried to the Lord to heal me for half an hour. I made a total surrender to the Lord. After that I laid down and I focused my thoughts on Jesus. I kept telling myself, Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me, then I drifted off to sleep for the first time after almost a week of not being able to sleep. When I was sleeping Satan came to disturb me because I dreamed of my mom having a lot of lumps in her body and I woke up. I rebuked Satan and commanded him to leave in Jesus’ name. I told him that greater is He who is in me (Jesus) than he who is in this world (satan). I really said it out loud. Then I went back to sleep and when I woke up in the morning I decided to go back to work. I had to fight my illness and won’t let the enemy win. From that time on I slowly gained back my strength and my healing has been slowly and surely.

Until now I’m cancer free and I'm not taking any medicine. It's been more than 12 years and I thank God I'm still alive. Jesus Christ has healed me! The Lord is really amazing! He’s the greatest physician in this world and I give Him all the glory, honor, praises and thanksgiving. He had also transformed me from glory to glory and I’m not ashamed to tell the whole world that Jesus Christ is my Healer, Provider, Comforter, Savior and Lord of my life and I belong to Him. Jesus Christ is also my coming King. This trial in my life had strengthen my faith in God and I developed a closer relationship with Him. This was really a test of faith and I am a living proof that Jesus Christ still heals today as long as you have faith. To anybody who is reading my testimony, it's my prayer that you'll be blessed and if you have any problems in your life, just go to Jesus and talk to Him through prayer. Nothing is too difficult for Him. What He has done for me, He can do it for you for He is no respecter of person. Just have faith. To God be the Glory.


Sunday, July 27, 2008

Directions To Home

Make a right onto believeth Blvd.

Keep straight and go through the green light which is Jesus Christ.

There, you must turn onto the bridge of faith, which is over troubled water

When you get off the bridge, make a Right turn and keep straight.

You are on the King's highway- Heaven Bound.

Keep going for three miles; One for the Father, One for the Son, and One for the Holy Ghost.

Then exit off onto Grace Blvd. From there make Right on Gospel Lane

Keep straight and then make another right on Prayer Road.

As you go on your way, Yield Not to the Traffic on Temptation Ave.

Also avoid Sin Street because it is a Dead End.

Pass up Envy Drive, and Hate Avenue,

Also, pass up Hypocrisy Street, Gossiping Lane, and Backbiting Blvd.

However you have to go down Long-suffering Lane, Persecution Blvd. and Trials and Tribulation Ave.

But that's alright because Victory Street is straight ahead!
AMEN!!!!!!

Life is God's gift to you........


Monday, July 21, 2008

Someone Else

We are all saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our church's most valuable members, Someone Else.

Someone's passing created a vacancy that will be difficult to be.

Else has been with us for many years, and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than a normal person's share of the work.

Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results: Someone Else can work with that group."

Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone's list- Someone Else.

"Let Someone Else do it" was a common refrain heard throughout the church.

It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the largest givers in the church. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference.

Someone Else was a wonderful person, sometimes appearing superhuman; but a person can only do so much.

Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else.

Now Someone Else is gone! We wonder what we are going to do.

Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it?

Who is going to do the things Someone Else did?

Remember-we can't depend on Someone Else anymore!


Monday, July 14, 2008

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS

When in sorrow............................call John 14
When men fail you........................call Psalm 27
When you have sinned.....................call Psalm 51
When you worry....................call Matthew 6:19-34
When you are in danger...................call Psalm 91
When God seems far away.................call Psalm 139
When your faith needs stirring.........call Hebrews 11
When you are lonely and fearful..........call Psalm 23
When you grow bitter and critical.call I Corinthians 13
When you feel down and out....... ...call Romans 8:31
When you want peace and rest.....call Matthew 11:25-30
When the world seems bigger than God.....call Psalm 90
When you want Christian assurance...call Romans 8:1-30
When you leave home for labor or travel..call Psalm 121
When your prayers grow narrow or selfish.call Psalm 67
When you want courage for a task.........call Joshua 1
When you think of investments and returns..call Mark 10
If you are depressed........... .........call Psalm 27
If your pocketbook is empty...............call Psalm 37
If you are losing confidence in people....call I Corinthians 13
If people seem unkind........ ...........call John 15
If discouraged about your work..........call Psalm 126
If self pride/greatness takes hold.......call Psalm 19
If you want to be fruitful..............call John 15
For understanding of Christianity...call II Corinthians 5:15-19
For a great invention/opportunity.......call Isaiah 55
For how to get along with fellow men.....call Romans 12
For Paul's secret to happiness..call Colossians 3:12-17


ALTERNATE NUMBERS:
For dealing with fear.................call Psalm 34:7
For security..........................call Psalm 121:3
For assurance...........................call Mark8:35
For reassurance.....................call Psalm 145:18


PLEASE NOTE: Emergency numbers may be dialed direct. No operator assistance is necessary. All lines to Heaven are open 24 hours a day! Feed your FAITH, and DOUBT will starve to death! Pass it on and on!