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LOVE

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I attended the Sunday service yesterday and our Pastor shared that he and his family started to put a theme in their faith goals*. Wherein he encourage us to apply it in our own faith goals where we can think of one word that we can use as an inspiration for our faith goals for this year. Pastor A shared his theme which is the word fight, wherein he will fight for his love for God, fight to spend more quiet time with the Lord, fight to find time to date her wife once a week, etc. While he was sharing I started to think and whispered to God what word shall I use as a theme for my faith goals this year. And while Pastor A was sharing the Topic for today’s WORD the word LOVE was highlighted in the projected screen as shown in the picture. From there, I have decided to use the word “LOVE” for my faith goals this year. As it says in Mark 12:28-31, Love God with all your heart and soul and love your neighbor as yourself. This year will not just to receive love from God or people around me but to give and share God’s love to other people. 2014 is love, love, love!!! ❤

Writing my faith goals each year is one of the things that I always look forward every start of the year because I am excited for the plans God has set for me for the year and to know His purpose and revelations everyday. This is also one of the things I look forward up to the end of the year as I go back to my list of faith goals and be thankful for each on the list that are already answered and those that are not and will soon be answered.

*Faith goal is somehow like writing your new year’s resolution except that this time you will set all your plans or goals or things that you desire to happen for this year and putting faith by praying and trusting God to help you fulfill each and every goal that you have according to His will.

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Counting 0-1-2-3 to 2013

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A New Year is about to start and it made me amazed and more grateful to God that I was able to pull this year through. Every experiences I had this year was a journey that I might not forever remember but will surely contribute to what I will become as I continue to run this race called life. I can definitely say that I am blessed to have encountered every challenges I have to face because through it I was able to meet new friends and learn to value the people that are already and will still be part of my life. I wouldn’t be able to learn my lessons through every circumstances that I have to deal and I believe those are just instrument to mold me to accomplish God’s purpose.

Before I actually start to list down all my faith goals for 2o14 I would like to count my blessings and things that I am thankful for the year 2013 which is about to end.

1. Relationship with God. My relationship with the Lord has been my source of strength, wisdom, hope, peace in my heart and a real great joy not just this year as well as the previous years and I do believe that God will continue to be with me in the future and the years to come because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). God never fails to send His message and reveal Himself to me in every way; from the ever reliable and consistent God’s Word, Bible, through using other people as an instrument to send Father God’s message and for allowing me to be His instrument in so many ways, and to His own unique ways like for this year the name of the taxi owner to a simple note from an unknown person in my notebook but really gave me great reminder and hope during tough times and a lot of amazing revelations. My sincerest gratefulness to my Dear Lord for unfailing love and hope, unending protection and guidance, surprising revelations and discernments, continuous blessings and gifts for this year.photo 3

2. Family. Each year I am grateful to God that He gave me a supportive and caring parents. Sometimes even my craziest ideas they support me. One story I can share that happened this year, one day I was so stressed and feeling so messed up with my job and I told my mom I wanna quit my job and she answered go ahead. I was thinking if my mom was just trying to reverse psychology me but eventually I realized that my parents can see my sleepless nights and my health is also affected though I appreciate my parents concern but have to deal with my career in a more mature way that I cannot just leave just that. Anyway, it’s in a different bullet and I would just like to share one of my craziest conversation with my mom ‘coz there’s a lot crazier with my dad. I love my crazy family!!! I am also grateful with my extended family; my equally crazy cousins and friends who became my siblings which I thought I never had before which God never fail to fill those missing pieces in me. And to my second parents tito’s and tita’s who has always been there for me as well. 😉

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3. Friends. I’ve been blessed to have met new friends in my present company, HP, who happens to be my colleagues. Though this has been one of realization last year that I am a team player and not a one man team though I was able to do so last year with God’s help. This year has taught me how to value more my friends especially the one that are for keeps. God has put situations and circumstances this year which I’ve learned a lot from them and I realized how to cherished and appreciate the friendship that they have given me. Thank you Guys for being part of my life and for putting a spice on it. photo 5

4. Good health. I have appreciated each and every blessing God has put in my way but sometimes I don’t give so much attention of my health. I must be thankful to God that a headache is the worst “illness” came across me last year which I end up to have a reading glasses as the Doctor prescribed me to get one. And the Word has constantly reminding me that “our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6: 19). One more thing is my discipline in my eating habit. I don’t want to starve myself to death just to gain the skinny weight everybody wants to have. I’ll include in my faith goals and resolution next year is to respect and discipline my body and health.

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5. Travel. Ever since I started working I got a chance to see a lot of breath taking places and enjoy the beautiful creation of Father God in my country, Philippines. Few years back my goal is to visit at least one province of each regions in the Philippines but God is a limitless Father who can exceed what everyone can imagine and dreams for themselves. I was able to visit maybe not all the provinces but more than what I have imagined for myself and this dream has been accomplished last 2011. And for 2013 one of my dream goal was answered and that is to travel out of the country and not just to one country but I as able to visit two Asian countries with my girl friends who has been there with me for almost 2 decades. With this trip I did not just enjoy the places that we visit but I have learned to appreciate more of my friends. I thank the Lord that I was able to visit the modern city of Singapore and the country that seems like Philippines, Malaysia.

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6. Work. My work has been a real challenge to me since I left my 5-years previous company and it was a real tough adjustment since last year. This year I can still consider that it was tough year for me at work but I can definitely say I am more confident to face every trials because of my new found friends through my colleagues. For this year, I am more looking forward to fight a real good fight and to give my best shot at work.

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7. Gifts. Through those challenges I had this year at work God uses it as an instrument for me to be able to reveal another gift that I never thought I could possibly have. Writing my thoughts was one of revelation before I left my previous job and this year another gift was revealed and it was the gift of writing a poem. It was just amazing whenever I finish a poem because it was like a beautiful artwork reveal how each and every word was made together and create a message that is perfectly inspired by God, family, friends and a lot of instrument God can possibly gave me.

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8. Share the blessings. I have been blessed to be part of companies who has a heart to give back and reach out. I thank the Lord that we have a lot of ways to reach out to people and be able to serve in my own simple ways. This year has been a truly amazing year and I am very grateful to God that I was able to become part and instrument to share His love and give back. Thank you Lord for being part of CSR!!!

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I may not be able to list everything I received because for sure God’s outpouring blessings are immeasurable. And looking back it made me realized that I really had a blast last year. Let me end this by quoting Ernest Hemmingway.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

Worrying Ahead

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I was about to go home from work and my colleagues from the other building told me about the traffic in front of our building and so I checked it for myself. Indeed the cars are piling up. And so I decided to stay because I was worried that I might just be stranded because of the traffic. Until one of my colleagues told me if I wont leave the office, there will be no difference I will just be stranded. And so I decided to go with her and when I was about to approached the line on the taxi bay there I saw that the traffic isn’t really existing. The cars are just piling up because of the bottle neck because there is just one way going to the taxi bay line.

Sometimes we tend to worry too much of things we shouldn’t really worrying about. Eventually we realized that the things we worry too much are not really existing which makes us away from the things or people more important to us like our relationship with our friends, family and God. Sometime it preoccupies our time instead of focusing on what should we really are doing or spending time to a more valuable and important to us. When worries are on our way let us use the time to pray and talk to God who understand us always and know what future lies ahead. Let us live by faith and not by sight.

Cab Song

cabsong♫♪Whatever you do?
I’ll be two steps behind you
Wherever you go?♫♪
I’ll be there to remind you
♫♪That it only takes a minute of your precious time to turn around, I’ll be two steps behind .♫♪

While I was on my way home this song was played though I wasn’t able to grasp the whole lyrics and I’m not really sure what’s the message of the entire song. I only heard the latter part of the song which I believe the chorus of the lyrics that just keeps on repeating until the song fades.
It feels like God is talking in each line.

1st line: WHATEVER YOU DO?
>>Normally, we are so busy with our work, studies, family, friends or simply with our lives. We have a lot of things to do that it seems one day is not enough for everything.

2nd line: I’LL BE TWO STEPS BEHIND YOU
>>God reminds us that despite of our busy schedule, He is incomparably ALWAYS there waiting for us to talk to HIM. Why two steps? Because 1st, it’s a DECISION to make from yourself that you need and want Him and find time to talk to Him. You don’t need to spend a load or even a single centavo just to talk to Him.
2nd step is to TALK TO HIM or in short PRAY once you have decided to spend your time with Papa God this is it.. Pray does not require you to go to “church”. Remember our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). We can pray or talk to Papa God whatever, wherever or whenever we are. But take note that doesn’t mean we no longer have to attend mass or sunday service. That’s a big NO! NO!

3rd line: WHEREVER YOU GO?
>>Wherever we are God is there. God is everywhere. He can be inside or outside of our heart, it always depends on us if we allow Him to enter our lives or not. God sometimes allow things happen to help us draw into Him. I, myself is a witness on His ways and each and everyday God made me feel amazed and grateful how loving and forgiving He is.

4th line:I’LL BE THERE TO REMIND YOU
>>Just like the famous line “God moves in mysterious ways.” God never fail to remind us in His so many ways to give His message, revelation or reminder. Remember God does not live in church alone we can experience God everywhere. God uses everything around us, whether your family, friends, relatives, or anyone whom just bump into. A thought, a billboard, a song just like this where that I almost wrote another blog, a message from a book or whatever you can think of. God is truly a resourceful God. He is a truly amazing God.

Last line: THAT IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE OF YOUR PRECIOUS TIME TO TURN AROUND, I’LL BE TWO STEPS BEHIND
>>God does not require your whole day to pray. Isn’t it a precious time with HIM is like our time for ourselves to breath, relax or outburst all the tensions, worries and fears. We can tell everything to God wherein you cannot be judge or mock. You can cry on to Him or simply just share a story like how you share with your friends or family. We can confess and ask Him for forgiveness for our sins. Remember He is a sweet, loving and forgiving God. Let us start and/or end our day talking to Him.

When God made you He must have been thinking of….

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When I first heard the song When God Made You by Newsong I felt so kilig* and I uttered to myself I wish I could sing this with my special someone on my wedding day. Well, I think this song was really created for a couple and mostly heard on a wedding day but just this morning while humming and singing some lyrics that I remembered from the song;

♪♫”When God made you, He must have been thinking about me.”♪♫.

God made me realized that this song is reminding me how special I am in God’s sight, how special we all are in our Heavenly Father’s eyes that even when He was creating the people around us (our parents, siblings, friends, relatives, boyfriend or husband, girlfriend or wife or even the people that we will just bump into) He was still thinking of us. Imagine that!? I can’t help myself but share this wonderful feeling and put it into writing on my blog.

We are not just created to make our own dreams come true but other’s dreams as well. You might think or ponder that your life is just a waste and no one loves you or cares for you. I’m telling you God loves you (John 3:16) and He knows you so well that even the number of strands of your hair are known to Him (Matthew 10:30-31). That’s how special you are to Him. He created everything for you.

Think of this;
You are a gift perfectly made from God to other creations.You might be the girl of others dream or the guy she’d been waiting for. You might be the answer to other’s prayer because when God made you, He must have been thinking about others too…

Share your life and spread God’s love.

To spread more love here is the lyrics of the song When God Made You.

♪♫ WHEN GOD MADE YOU lyrics
by Newsong featuring Natalie Grant

(Guy)
Its always been a mystery to me,
How two hearts can come together,
And love can last forever.
But now that I have found you I believe,
That a miracle has come when God sends the perfect one.
So gone are all my questions about why,
And i’ve never been so sure of anything in my life

Chorus:
Oh I wonder what God was thinking,when he created you.
I wonder if He knew everything I would need,
Because he made all my dreams come true.
When God made you, He must have been thinking about me.

(Girl)
Ooo ooo,I promise that wherever you may go, wherever life may lead you,
With all my heart I’ll be there too.
And from this moment on I want you to know,
I’ll let nothing come between us, and I will love the ones you love.
(guy)o gone are all my questions about why (girl echoes):about why

Duet:
Oh I wonder what God was thinking when he created you,
I wonder if He knew everythin I would need,
Because He made all my dreams come true.
When God made you He must’ve been thinking about me.

Bridge:
He made the sun He made the moon,
To harmonize a perfect tune,
One can’t do without the other they just have to be together.
And that is how I know its true,
Your for me and i’m for you and my world
Just cant be right without you in my life

Chorus
(Guy) He must have heard every prayer I’ve been praying (girl echo)
I’ve been praying (both)He must’ve knew everything I would need

When God made you, He must’ve been thinking about me.♪♫

*kilig is a tagalog word means to tremble or shudder in delight