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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.