Wednesday, December 2, 2015

God is an Abundant God

The multiplication of loaves and fish is the way that God has shown us His provision. He is an abundant God.  He isn't satisfied with enough. He wants us to have more. 

it was not enough that God came, healed, taught, forgave then gave His life for us.  He is present with us in the Eucharist. He waits for us in every adoration chapel. That is the way God gives, it is an everlasting gift.  

God loves us with compassion and understanding. He has given everything to us, and will not withold any good thing from us.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Precious Peace

Hello there,

Advent is finally here, the most magical season of all, and a season of peace.  

Since peace is in such short supply nowadays, I wanted to give you something to take with you.

This free e-book is a compilation of some peace quotes that can make us think about how we can contribute to the work of peace in the world. 

Hope you enjoy it!  

Precious Peace

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Stand Erect and Raise Your Heads

"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, 
and on earth nations will be in dismay, 
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 
People will die of fright 
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, 
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 
And then they will see the Son of Man 
coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 
But when these signs begin to happen, 
stand erect and raise your heads 
because your redemption is at hand."
- Luke 21

In this chapter, Jesus warns the Jews of difficult times ahead.  He tells them that there will be great trouble and distress, that they'll be hemmed in from all sides - and that all they can do is to flee.  Yet He also says that this is the time to "stand erect and raise your heads".

Much like today's news, many Christians around the world - in the Middle East in particular, are being persecuted. It's dangerous to be a Christian in certain parts in the world.  The other parts of the world are increasing in secularism and relativism rapidly.  God is oftentimes shoved into the backdrop and summoned only as a last resort.

People put the blame on religion all too easily ans say that more death and destruction are wrought by war than any other cause.  They want to throw the baby out with the bath water.

Christianity is unlike all religions in as it teaches us to love our enemies and the God whom we serve wants to be our friend and our Father.  It is the only religion where a God loved the world so much that He died to save it.  It's not religion, it's a relationship.

I suggest that the real harm is to say you are a Christian and not to live like one.  If being a Christian is so bad then what would you make of Mother Teresa who prayed four hours a day then tended to the poorest of the poor?  If being a Christian is so bad then what would you think of Corrie Ten Boom who saved so many Jews from the holocaust, then forgave her oppressor?  If Christianity is so bad then what would you say of Maximiliian Kolbe who traded his life to save another under Nazi Germany?  There are countless others examples -  one or more for every day of the year - to accuse of being a Christian.

Stand erect. Be who you are in today's world.  Stand amid the rising tide and don't get swept away by values that tell you something other than what Jesus said.

Raise your heads.  Look up to Christ who loved those who crucified Him and who is King over sun and moon and rain and frost and chill. 

Be who you say you are ... a Christian... and you will do a world of good.

Friday, November 20, 2015

God is Enough

God's amazing grace gets us through anything in this life.  Sorrow, sickness, sin, fear, apathy and even death.  Feeling lonely?  He is enough!  Feeling inadequate?  He is enough!  Feeling discouraged?  He is enough!  God is enough!  In fact He is even more than enough! 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Give Your All

Have you ever stood out in a crowd?  Picture yourself as a commoner waiting for hours for the king to come out of his palace.  You finally catch a glimpse of his shiny crown and crane your neck to see more.  

Then suddenly he looks directly at you!  He seems to see your soul and smiles from a distance and points you out to his royal courtiers.

This is somewhat what happened in ancient Israel.  Someone seemingly unimportant and unnoticeable among the synagogue's wealthy, held Jesus' eye.

"Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.
 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:41-44

The widow who was one of society's most poorest and most pitiable gave the most.  She didn't give the most money but she gave all she had to live on.  

I usually come across this passage when the Lord is asking me to accept more responsibility for a new role I need to take on such as when I was asked to serve the poor or when I was asked to become a pastoral leader (and other such terrifying things!)

Fear must have gripped the widow as she considered giving her last coins.  How will she live?  What about the future?  But then she must have received much from God that her gratitude superceded her fear.

I can relate.  God has been so good to me that it would seem ridiculous to withhold anything from Him.  He who has nor withheld any good thing from us, even His only Son!

God usually asked something of us that we don't have much of.  God is rich in all things, except for one thing.  He only had one Son.  But that is what He gave us, the most dearest to Him.  So it is only a fitting thing to give God not from our surplus but coming from a place of lack to show Him how thankful we are for all the goodness He has shown us!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Encouragement Sunday

Today I realized that some people are feeling the pinch of being different but don’t think you’re the only one. Everyone is. You’re not alone! Someone up there is looking out for you! #hope #youcan #inspiration

Whatever you are facing right now or whatever is haunting you from the past, know that you can overcome it and you have everything you need right now to be the best you can be and what God has made you to be!

... If you believe! 

Here’s to all of you brave souls out there! #kudos

Friday, October 30, 2015

Where it All Began

If Jesus is just a myth, how come we can stand on His promises?

A man told me today that he didn't believe Jesus ever existed. 

His words took me back decades ago when I was a college freshman. I thought to myself then -now was the time to find out for if God was really real- not to simply believe because my parents believed:

I made a silent prayer. I said "God, if you're real, I will serve You all my life but if You're not, I will be an atheist. Then I started seeking the truth. I attended prayer meetings and went to mass and asked questions. Some people made a significant impact on my" investigation'' because they said things like "God told me" this and that. I realized that these people were so joyful, which I wanted. Then I realized they were really good people to be around.

It was not long after that I started sensing Gods' presence. I felt an inexpressible joy and peace I've never known in my life. In fact l've always had short fingernails due to nail-biting but at that time I was able to grow them long because I wasn't on anxious anymore! 

One desire I had was to hear God speaking to me-like I would hear the other Christians speak about!  It didn't really happen right away. I would have regular times of prayer (and that in itself was grace) but still no booming voice from above.

Then I went to a retreat.  At the start, the retreat master said "Some of you who are here are wounded with scars from the past." as I heard that I thought to myself "Thats' not me. I wonder who that is?".

Then we had time for personal reflection.  We had guide sheets with bible verses to read and think about, but suddenly it seemed like God was right beside me. He spoke in the depths of my heart saying, "You are the one with the master was talking about. You have wounds I want to heal. 

And I said, "Lord, what wounds?  What scars? I am the happiest college kid here!" (with pride) and He said, "Your parents didn't plan you but I planned you."  Once I heard that I started crying.

It all came to me in an instant. Yes, being the youngest in the family, I was an "accident". I was the 5th child to arrive and the 3rd girl, so if ever they wanted another child, they would have wanted a boy.

I didn't know I had an issue but apparently I did - and God showed it to me!  Then God told me not to be sad because He said its even more wonderful if He plans things. He said I had a special mission. So that greatly comforted me.

I felt so loved and amazed at how God was dealing with me so personally and imagine that, I didn't need to pay a shrink!  God did all the work! 

I was a changed person after that retreat.  God showed me that I needed to be healed and restored fully so I could be free to love Him and others better!  This was only one of many instances when I've sensed God speaking to me, expressing His boundless love for me and how He is truly my best friend and Saviour!

He has "fixed me", forgiven me and embraced my heart countless times. He is truly the lover of my soul and I cannot imagine journeying through life without Him, my North Star!  He is a personal God and He wants to give us fullness of life. What else can we ask for?

I sincerely pray that all of you reading this will experience God's love in amazing ways! 

Monday, October 26, 2015

God's Everyday Gifts

Today I was thinking about how we have a God who loves us so much that He blesses us and gives us gifts even when we don't ask for them.

When we wake up in the morning, the new day is a gift we don't always thank Him for.  Our every breath comes from the Lord.  Each family member is a gift from Him, whether we realize it or not.  Our abilities, our fruitfulness, our opportunities are all gifts from Him and He gives these freely whether we thank Him or not, or even if we believe in Him or not.  

Just today I was reading the story of a woman whose body was bent for 18 years.  Just imagine not being able to sit properly or look up at the sky or just look at people you were taking to for such a long time.

But this woman, instead of sulking at home, came out to hear Jesus preach.  When she got there, she didn't call attention to herself and neither did she call out to Jesus. Here's what Jesus did...

"Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, "Woman, you are set free of your infirmity." He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God. .." Luke 13:10

Jesus called out to her.  He gave her the gift she was afraid to ask for or probably even hope for. After all this time she could now stand straight painlessly!  Nothing less than an awesome miracle! 

What does the woman do?  She glorified God!  What do we often do when we get an unexpected blessing?  Do we do the same as she did?  I sure hope I do.  Sometimes I forget that God works 24/7 even when I'm not praying and asking Him for things.  Indeed our whole life is best lived out wholly in gratitude!

I once asked a man in his 70s what he thought was the best way to live and his answer was, "say thank you, thank you, thank You God!"  Simple and yet powerful words to live by!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Free Bath Labels


Sharing with you all, free downloadables for your bathroom!

It's a way to add some charm to your home and at the same time, make everything look organized and coordinated.  

These labels are in my freehand writing so there isn't any font that can duplicate these.  They're just for you so use them and have fun!

*Please take note that these are only for non-commercial purposes.  I know I can trust you :)

How to Use These Free Labels:

1.  Save the images by right-clicking and use "Save as..." option.

2. Print out on short or long bond paper.  The third set is in black ink so you can color in the spaces with markers or watercolor.

3. Glue on to your bath containers.  You can also print these on sticker paper to use more easily!

Teal Blue Labels

Thursday, October 15, 2015

JOY Jesus Others You

How does one love best?  

Where does love come from?  Where does it begin and does it have an end?

In today's world, a popular way to think of love is a feeling one can get in an out of.  One can be "in love" and "fall out of love".  It is feeling like you're on top of the world one day and feeling "what was I thinking" the next.  But is this really what love is?

To love best, one must find the true meaning of love.  Is it to find someone we are attracted to because they have a bright smile or long lashes or run fast or cook well?  What then when they lose their teeth, when their lashes fall out, when they slow down or get too lazy to cook?  Is love really as fragile as a butterfly that is here and then gone the next day?

Maybe it would be better to look at love that is constant no matter what happens.  The love that is there through thick and thin.  This is the kind of love we hear at weddings, "for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness or in health".

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." 1 Corinthians 13:4

So if we all agree that this is really what love is, then we must acknowledge that God's Word is truly the authority on love.  It says that God Himself is love, so this is actually the basis we have in loving others.

If we do not start with loving God, we cannot love others.

Love comes from God alone.  He is love and He is the author of it.  He taught us to love by loving us first.  Therefore, only by loving God can we love like He does and not the kind of butterfly love the world teaches about.

When we love God, we will want to do what He tells us - and in so doing, we take on His mind more and more.  

Once we love God with our all, it is a natural progression to love others for we will love who God loves. We will learn to see people with God's eyes rather than the eyes that look towards selfish gain.

When we have learned to love others, and express that love freely, then we will love ourselves. 

We can only love the self that gives and cares about others.  We can only run away from the self that is isolated and self-serving, the self we can't bear to look at in the morning.  

When we love God, He transforms us to love others and ourselves in a much deeper way.

We can only love ourselves if we first love others and we can only love others if we love God with our all.

If we start the other way around, gratify our selves first then others and God last, we won't get past just looking out for ourselves.  We will get stuck there, and in the end, won't be very happy just caring for ourselves.  We were made for communion with God and with others.

So if we want to love others and ourselves better, love God first of all.


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