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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happy Sunday

It's a rainy Sunday! For a few days now, it's been raining cats and dogs due to typhoon Mina. I was praying to the Lord that it will not rain hard today so people will go to church. The Lord answers prayers. The people who were present this morning in our worship service were more than what we expected. Hubby prepared his message a few days ago entitled Christ as Lord in our Lives and the text verse is found in Colosians 3:1. We had a good service today though it showered a little bit this morning. Thank you Lord for you are the Lord in our lives. Jesus the Boss, Lord of lords and King of kings!

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3 KJV


Friday, August 26, 2011

Forgive and Forget

It's really hard to forgive others who did us wrong especially if that person is one whom you consider as a friend.

I used to have a neighbor who came and cleaned the house three times a week. She did some house chores like vacuuming, mopping, washing dishes, dusting, throwing out the trash and cleaning the bathroom. She worked for me for seven months and we became friends. She's the first Mexican woman who became my friend. Before she starts her work, we go out walking first for our exercise. While we were out walking, I asked her to take photos of me with the nice scenery that we passed by with my digital camera. Every time she make tortillas, she gave us a bunch and she even showed me how to do it. In return I gave her lumpia and pancit whenever I cook. I also tried to witness to her about the Lord Jesus Christ and invited her to church with her 2 grandkids. After 5 months though, I noticed that some of my jewelries were missing. The diamond ring that my hubby gave me and the matching necklace and earrings were not in my jewelry box no more. So I asked her if she's seen it because nobody go in and out of our room except her besides me and my hubby. She said she didn't see it and didn't take it. So I just let it go just like that though those jewelries had sentimental value to me because the diamond ring was hubby's gift to me when we repeated our vows here in Texas and the matching necklace and earrings were hubby's gift to me on Christmas 2005. She still continued cleaning our house.

After 2 months since that incident, my digital camera was nowhere to be found. I searched and searched but I can't find it. I called her on the phone to come and help me find my camera. She came and we searched all over the house but unluckily we didn't find it. I told her that since she started cleaning the house, most of my valuables were gone. I told her that my digital camera is so dear to me because I bought that with my salary from my first job in the US. Though I haven't seen her stealing my things, she's the only suspect I have since she was the only one coming in our house. I really felt so bad, tears started to roll down my cheeks. Though it hurts me to fire her, I had to before all my things will be stolen. I even threatened her to report to the police but she hung up on me on the phone. That was the last time I talked to her. I haven't seen her since then because they moved to another house which is 3 blocks away from my house a few days before I discovered that my digicam was missing. That night I can't sleep thinking of my camera that was stolen. My hubby told me not to think about it so I can sleep. He said it's just a piece of metal and we can't do anything now to find it. He told me to forgive my suspect, the person I considered as my friend. Well, though I wanted to, it was really hard at that time. I was still hurting and it caused me some sleepless nights and I felt hatred in my heart. I had to do a lot of praying to the Lord and asked Him to give me a forgiving heart.

My hubby had bought me a new digicam to replace my stolen camera. A few months had passed and I can say that I had already forgiven her. They said that time heals all the wounds, but for me, it is God who heals all the wounds. Though she didn't ask forgiveness, I chose to forgive her. How can my Heavenly Father forgive me if I don't forgive others who wronged me. The Bible says that we should forgive others 70 times seven which means always. No matter what others did to us, we must forgive them because it is the will of God. Forgiveness will release us from the bondage of hatred and bitterness in our hearts.

For if ye forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive you But if ye forgive not men their trespasses. neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15 KJV





Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Marygen's Testimony

We had a great service last Sunday. Though there were some members who were absent, we felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. As usual, we started the service with opening prayer followed with congregational singing of hymns and praise songs. After that, we had the testimony time. One young mom stood up and shared her testimony. Her name is Marygen. She's been attending our church since February and was baptized in water last May. The past few weeks, she haven't been attending church because her husband had to go to the field to plant rice and she had to take care of her son.

Then one day she had colds and that started both of her hears can't hear. She became literally deaf and can't hear anything. She said day and night she was praying to the Lord, crying out her heart to God. She asked forgiveness from the Lord for not going to church for 4 Sundays. She believed that God chastised her for not going to church. She promised that if the Lord will restore her sense of hearing, she will go to church on Sundays to listen to God's word. She didn't lost hope, she persisted in praying to the Lord. She opened her Bible and the page she opened she read this verse "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you" in Matthew 7:7. She claimed this verse and asked God to heal her. She even slept with the Bible as her pillow. The Lord healed her so that Sunday morning, she was present in the church. She was crying while relating her testimony. She said that God is good and He answers prayers. Most of us were teary-eyed while listening to her testimony and I was truly blessed. Pastor George's message that morning entitled "Approaching The Throne Of Grace" goes with her testimony. To God be the glory.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of. Hebrews 4:16 KJV



Sunday, August 14, 2011

Free Bibles

Yesterday, hubby and I went to attend the orientation and to pick up the free Bibles from the Philippine Bible Society. We arrived there at 10AM because we were in the second batch. The first batch was not yet finished when we arrived and I was surprised to see a lot of pastors and ministers from different churches who were there to attend the orientation and to pick up free Bibles too. We have to pay Ph165 for the registration and they gave each church 50 Bibles and also 40 pieces free visual aids for the kids in my Sunday School with matching story and Bible reference at the back. We were also given 20 booklets of the Book of John. We saved more than Ph7000 just for the Bibles alone.

During the orientation, the speaker told us that the donor of the Bibles is the Generic Pharmacy. They give out 1 million Bibles yearly to the Filipinos. According to the statistics in 2010, there are more than 94,013,200 million Filipinos and only 40% Filipinos own Bibles while the other 60% don't have. So there are 56,407,920 Filipinos who don't have Bibles. It's a good thing there are people who has big hearts and very much concern to lost souls going to hell like the Generic Pharmacy that they donate 1 million Bibles yearly. I hope there will be more like them because if they are the only donors, it will take more than 56 years for them to give Bibles to all the Filipinos. Thank you Generic Pharmacy and may your tribe increase!