113th Independence Day

Today is a special day for 3 reasons. First, it is our country's 113th Independence Day. We celebrate the freedom that Philippine heroes Apolinario Mabini, Gregorio del Pilar and Emilio Jacinto have won for us Filipinos.

More so we commemorate Dr. Jose Rizal, our peace-loving national hero on his 150th birth anniversary. His life was marked by personal sacrifice to ignite the Filipino's passion for independence. The third event today is the birthday of the Christian church. The beginning of Pentecost. "Pente" means "50" marking the 50th day of Passover. We've had 50 days of Easter, more than Lent's 40.

It is a deeply significant freedom that Christ won for us that day as He sent a mighty wind over the timid, anxious apostles and transformed them into bold warriors defending the cross and eloquent preachers of His life and Word.

His Holy Spirit now dwells within our hearts for those of us who believe and from Him we draw the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit - Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord. He gave us a 7 in 1 deal on a permanently free promo offer!

Whenever we feel unsure, we can draw upon these gifts that reside in our heart and know that we are never alone.

We are truly blessed with abundance!

"Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance." - Matthew 13:12

I've been following the Lord since I was 16 years old and I've been extremely blessed at every turn. Sometimes I think I've seen everything, and have reached the ultimate limit to God's generosity. But this Pentecost, Christ promises even more abundance than I have ever known.

There is more that He desires for us. He is not yet finished. For those that love Him, He has an overwhelming urge to give like a high-powered waterfall that never ends.

My sister Patsy gave a Creative Journaling session yesterday and this is what I made. I only used a permanent marker and a silver gel pen. We only had about half an hour to finish our journal entries.

It's really a big scribble but it's something to remind me of a truth that I must never forget. That there is no limit to what God can do in our lives and today all we have to do is to accept all He offers us and say "Yes Lord I want even more"!!!

“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him." - 1 Corinthians 2:9

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Calej lives in Japan with her husband. She designs and doodles for a living.