Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sufficient Grace

Have you ever stood at the edge of the ocean and marveled at its depth and vastness?  I have.  

"My grace is sufficient for you for my strength is made perfect in weakness."  2 Corinthians 12:19

When we are weak, we rejoice in His strength.  If sin was a drop on the ocean, think of God's grace as the whole depth and vastness of the sea.  It is incomparable.  Therefore His grace is more than enough  for us to remove sin from our lives.  

It is a time to rejoice for Jesus has conquered sin and death for us.

Peter said, "Master, why can I not follow you now?  I will lay down my life for you."  Jesus answered, "Will you lay your life down for me?  Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times."  John 13:37-38 

Peter loved Jesus so much and yet he denied Him three times.  We may have often denied Christ when selfishness puts ourselves before Him, not just three times but many times.  We can take comfort in the fact that despite Peter's failures, God chose him to head His church.  

This is a great encouragement to us who have stumbled in our walk with Him but deeply desire to get back up again to live for His glory.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Year that Passed

2013 was one busy year.  So busy in fact that it just flew by without my even noticing it.  But as tradition may have it, I'm counting the many blessings that I received and reflect on God's goodness.

The start of the year was unimaginably awesome!  My sister, her husband along with a bus load of Filipinos and I traveled to Jordan, Israel and Egypt!  To walk where Jesus walked was just too amazing for words.

Israel was my obvious favorite.  I felt like I was home.  And to think I was a bit apprehensive to go due to the random bombings and such.  The minute I came home I wanted to go straight back!  In my lifetime I wish to climb a mountain (like the temptation mountain) and join an archeological dig there.

Pictured above is Nazareth where Jesus grew up.

I loved the people, places, food, weather, culture, everything!!!

When I came back from the trip I started making hummus, salad and meals with pita bread!

Above picture location is known to be the modern day site called Golgotha.

From the trip I got to take too many pictures at bucket list Giza pyramids.  See a candid shot of a young woman.

After the Holy Land, I had a few more trips.  There was our beach hopping trip at Ormoc.  We stayed with a most generous friend and she fed us, housed us and brought us everywhere!  On the way we spent some hours in Tacloban, not knowing that after a few months, it would be devastated by typhoon Haiyan.

The whole family also enjoyed many days of pure fun at Punta Fuego, Batangas, Singapore and Las casas de Acuzar, Bataan.  The photograph below is from Las Casas.  We put on traditional costumes to match the restored buildings.

Some more incredibly enjoyable things I was able to do this year was take up kickboxing, belong to a band and singing to my heart's delight, saw my first owl who wasn't in a zoo, join a tree walk and volunteer at a local community event (TNP Sacred Heart).

Midnight (my furbaby) turned 1 year old this year!  You may think it quite silly to have an all out kitty party for him but let me remind you that we nearly lost him, so every day with this irresistible black cat is such a joy!  Read about it here http://calej.blogspot.com/2013/06/caturday-birthday-party.html

At the last quarter of the year though my mom had to be confined for an infection and for nutritional deficiencies (up to this time).  So glad though that people have been so loving, caring and supportive, always praying for us.

As the song goes, "What a journey it has been and the end is not in sight but the stars are out tonight, and they're bound to guide my way."

One can only hope that this year will be the most wonderful of all!!! ��

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grace Amidst Troubled Times

There is no other time in my life that I am so thankful that I know Christ.  Without Him there would only be despair, hopelessness and anger.  With Him there is peace, hope and love.  Every single day.

Every day when I wake up, it is like waking up to a nightmare.  You hope that you would just find it all was a very bad dream and that you will just wake up.  But God is very present through it all, He has revealed His presence at just the right moments, just when you need it most!

My mom's struggle with health issues has been like a roller coaster ride to the whole family.  One day you are up in the clouds seeing progress, then one day you find your hopes dashed to the ground.
I remember the time when my mom would try to go to church despite her weakness.  One could only admire her devotion when in her condition she would be much comfortable in bed.  We would need another companion as I couldn't support her on my own.

But then the last time we went, we had to go home in the middle of it. I felt so sorry for my mom. While driving her home, it seemed like someone whispered in my ear "God had abandoned your family" and I knew it was the enemy trying to discourage me.  My eyes started to well up with tears.

Just then I looked up into the clouds (don't worry it was a red light) and noticed a sea of clouds had a huge hole in the middle (like an upside down manhole).  Peeking through the clouds was a perfectly shaped face of an elderly man.  Picture Santa Clause looking down from a cloud curtain.  I was in awe!

I told my mom and our companion to look up but because they were sitting in the other side of the car, they could hardly see it.

The man had a gentle beard and soft, wavy hair and a kind face.  But what struck me was the very sad expression on his face.  His eyes were sad though I could only describe my reaction to seeing him was pure joy!

In my heart I knew God was telling me that He hasn't abandoned us.  In fact, He too was sad when we were sad.  That He knew every sorrow.

" You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book." Psalm 56:8

And seconds after the cars started to move, signifying we had to be on our way.  I drove across the intersection and not even five minutes after, I glanced up again to look at the face.  It was gone!  Clouds don't move that fast!  The only thing left was the hole in the sea of clouds.  God peeked into the earth just for a moment to show me His ever watchful presence.

Every time after that when things started to turn bleak, I would remember the face in the clouds and be strengthened once more.

At another instance, when my mom's condition rapidly worsened, I felt that our options for treatment were dwindling.  Then The Lord told me, "until the last breath there is hope".  So I continue to hope in Him with eyes of faith.  

"For we live by faith and not by sight."  2 Corinthians 5:7

Even when my heart was joyful and full of hopes, God would continue to bring word of His love and presence.

One time a friend, in the middle of a large gathering, just turned to me and said that God wanted to tell me to just allow Him to love me (that was the gist of of it). Then another friend texted me the same message.

Tonight a friend from abroad messaged me saying she dreamt of me.  That God wanted to calm me in the midst of the storm.  God's timings are just perfect!  His word would fill me up for the journey.  Despite my sinfulness, He is so faithful.  

At no other time in my life have I felt His boundless grace.  Thank You Lord!!!  ☺️❤️������

The Best Medicine

Proverbs 17:22

Celebrate Every Day

Every day is a chance to celebrate!
You're not getting old!  It's just gravity! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Have a Blessed Christmas!

A Most Blessed Christmas to you and your loved ones!
May the love, joy, peace of Christ remind with you throughout the new year!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Along the Path

"Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?"
 - Garth Nix

Do you sometimes feel like you are in uncharted territories?  That each has a path to take and we can't take anyone with us?  

It can be a road to growth, a bright new future or to changes never foreseen before.

Wherever we may be on our personal trails, we know that we are never alone.  God is on the path with us for He made it and knows where it leads.

“You never know what's around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you've climbed a mountain.” 

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Way of Life

Sometimes the path of life seems a bit too overwhelming.  The road seems dark and dreary and too tiresome to go on.

But just as one can be stilled and silenced by how far one must still go, the best way is still to make one step forward and just begin.

"Walk while you have the light"
John 12:35

Cherish Our Families

Every single day there is much to be thankful for.  Our families for instance.  They are our strength when it comes to difficult times.

It can be a mothers smile that brightens many of our days or the fact that ordinary days are priceless gifts from above.

We are a part of God's family if we so choose it.  Whenever we smile at our heavenly Father, it warms his heart.

"...neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:39


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