A Gift Called Life.

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Today, I’m officially 17 years old.

I’m grateful that God gave me another year to live this life. For the past years, I have this mindset that always reminds me that I’m worthless. That there’s no sole reason to live. But that changed when God finally opened my blind eyes. He made me realized that He gave me life because I have a purpose. This purpose is the reason why I keep on going.

In the past, I’d always think that maybe I should give up on my Christian life. Because the influence of the world was stronger than what I imagined. Yet God wouldn’t let such a thing. Something inside me keeps on pulling me back to Him. I can’t turn my back and face the scheming world of the devil. The latter would always put worldly things inside my head and tells me that I should do what I want in order to be truly happy.

But thank God, grace won.

I realized that you don’t need to do wrong things just to be happy. Because true joy is found in God. I found joy in living this life having Him as the center of it. My life then was dull and pointless. But when He came, I just found my life worth living.

Thank You Lord for giving this gift called life. For now, my only goal is to finish this race and to do what I’ve been assigned to. With God beside me, of course.

 

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Since Jesus Came Into My Heart.

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What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought
Since Jesus came into my heart;
I have light in my soul for which long I have sought,
Since Jesus came into my heart.

Since Jesus came into my heart,
Since Jesus came into my heart;
Floods of joy o’er my soul like the sea billows roll,
Since Jesus came into my heart.

I have ceased from my wand’ring and going astray,
Since Jesus came into my heart;
And my sins which were many are all washed away,
Since Jesus came into my heart.

I’m possessed of a hope that is steadfast and sure,
Since Jesus came into my heart;
And no dark clouds of doubt now my pathway obscure,
Since Jesus came into my heart.

There’s a light in the valley of death now for me,
Since Jesus came into my heart;
And the gates of the City beyond I can see,
Since Jesus came into my heart.

I shall go there to dwell in that City I know,
Since Jesus came into my heart;
And I’m happy, so happy as onward I go,
Since Jesus came into my heart.

Quotes of Smith Wigglesworth.

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There are four principles we need to maintain. First, read the Word of God. Second, consume the Word of God until it consumes you. Third, believe the Word of God. Fourth, act on the Word.

Great faith is the product of great fights. Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests. Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.

There is something about believing God that will cause Him to pass over a million people to get you.

God is more eager to answer than we are to ask.

If you are in the same place today as you were yesterday, you are a backslider.

I just feel so inspired by reading the quotes of Smith Wigglesworth. I hope you will be inspired and motivated as well. God bless us all!

Do Not.

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Do not speak about your money in front of a poor person.
Do not speak about your health in front of a sick person.
Do not speak about your power in front of a weak person.
Do not speak about your happiness in front of a sad person.
Do not speak about your freedom in front of a prisoner.
Do not speak about your children in front of an infertile person.
Do not speak about your mother and father in front of an orphan.
Because their wounds cannot bear more.

REPOST.

In His Presence.

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There’s this song I really love to sing. The name of that song is ‘In His Presence’. The lyrics of it is so relatable that I couldn’t just stop singing it from the bottom of my heart.

The verse of the song quote, “In His presence, In His presence, there is peace. In His presence, In His presence, there is joy.”

True. When you’re in His presence, you don’t feel neglected. You don’t feel unlove. When you’re in His presence, you could feel the warmth of His love embracing all over your whole being. It’s perfect. You’re overwhelmed (in a good way) that you can’t utter words and just enjoying that absolute moment.

Some people complain they don’t feel God’s presence in their lives. The truth is, God manifests Himself to us; we just fail to recognize Him.

 

The Little Things.

“We sometimes underestimate the influence of little things.” – Charles W. Chestnutt

What are the little things that we do everyday but has a huge impact to our spiritual life? First is prayer. Often we think that prayer is just a necessity on our Christian lives, yet sadly for some, it became a tradition. But it’s just more than that. Prayer is a communication to God. It’s a way of pouring your heart’s content before the Lord. And by praying, you make your relationship with God grow. So pray without ceasing. (1 Thess. 5 :17)

Second is, praising God. 

God deserves our praise.”For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods. (Psalm 96:4)” By praising God, it reminds us of His wondrous work that happened on our lives. And it inspired us more just by meditating on it. It keeps us pushing to live confidently because we know that God is on our side and He will never forsake us.

There are still a lot of little things that we don’t notice. But for now, these two are one of the main deeds.

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us– so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. – Psalm 67:1 – 2

 

I Lost It All To Find Everything.

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I had won all I could win, there was no place I hadn’t been
But my heart was so needy and so poor
Then, I heard Him gently say, “Lose it all and find my way.”
So, I gave it up, and found it all and more

I lost it all, to find everything, I died a pauper, to become a king
When I learned how to lose, I found out how to win
Oh, I lost it all to find everything

I was frantic to survive, I was racing to arrive
And I walked on, any standing in my way
Then, I watched my schemes all die and realized that I
Could find new life, because the old had died that day

Walang Kwenta.

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Laging merong natitira sa lima. Kapag pinag-pares mo sila, may maiiwang isa. Nakakalungkot siguro ‘yong buhay ng naiwang isang ‘yon.

Sa buong buhay ko, sa edad na labing-anim na taong gulang, lagi akong napag-iiwanan. Lagi na lang naiiwan na nasasaktan. Alam niyo ‘yung pakiramdam na ‘yon? Na hindi naman importante ‘yung presensiya mo sa lipunan. Wala naman silang pakielam sa’yo kasi wala ka namang kwenta.

Masakit isipin. Pero mas masakit kapag naramdaman mo na wala ka nga talagang halaga. Na ayos lang na paulit-ulit dinudurog ‘yung puso mo. Na ayos lang kapag sinabihan ka nila nang maaanghang na salita kasi hindi ka naman nila naiintindihan.

Sa labas na pagkatao, maayos lang hitsura ko. Para bang walang pinagdadaanan na masakit. Pero sa loob ko? Mas mabuti pang huwag nang alamin. Kasi wala namang taong makakaintindi sa’kin.

Ayaw ko talagang mag bukas sa kahit sinong tao. Kasi ang nakukuha ko sa huli, panghuhusga. Na dapat ganito-ganyan ang iniisip ko. Imbes na mga salitang makakapag-komportable sa damdamin ko, sermon ang nakukuha ko.

Ang sakit. Sobra.

Do You Love God?

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One day, I woke early in the morning to watch the sunrise. And the beauty of God’s creation is beyond description.
As I watched, I praised God for His wonderful works.
As I sat there, I felt the Lord’s presence with me.
He asked me, “do you love Me?”
I answered, “of course, God! You are my Lord and Savior!”
Then He asked, If you were physically handicapped, would you still love Me?”
I was perplexed. I looked down upon my arms, legs and the rest of my body and wondered how many things I wouldn’t be able to do, the things that I took for granted.
And I answered, “it would be tough, Lord, but I would still love You.”
Then the Lord said, “if you were blind, would you still love My creation?”
How could I love something without being able to see it? Then I thought of all the blind people in the world and how many of them still loved God and His creation.
So I answered, “it’s hard to think of it, but I would still love You.”
Then the Lord asked Me, if you were deaf, would you still listen to My word?”
How could I listen to anything being deaf? Then I understood. Listening to God’s Word is not merely using our ears, but our hearts.
Then I answered, “it would be tough, but I would still listen to Your word.”
The Lord then asked, “if you were mute, would you still praise My name?”
How could I praise without a voice? Then it occurred to me; God wants us to sing from our very heart and soul. It never matters what we sound like. And praising God is not always with a song, but when we are persecuted, we give God praise with our words.
So I answered, “though I could not physically sing, I would still praise Your name.”
And the Lord asked, “do you really love Me?”
With courage and strong conviction, I answered boldly, “yes Lord! I love You because You are the one true God!”
but God asked, “then why do you sin?”
I answered, “because I”m only human. I’m not perfect.”
“then why in times of peace do you stay the furthest? why only in times of trouble do you pray the earnest?”
No answers. Only tears
the Lord continued, “why do you only sing at fellowships? why seek Me only in times of worship? why asks things so unfaithfully?”
The tears continued to roll down on my cheeks.
“why are you ashamed of Me? why are you not spreading the good news? why in times of persecution, you cry to others when I offer my shoulder to cry on? why make excuses when I give you opportunities to serve in My name?”
I tried to answer, but there was no answer to give.
“you are blessed with life. I made you to not throw this gift away. I have blessed you with talents to serve Me, but you continue to turn away. I have revealed My word to you. But you do not gain in knowledge.
I have spoken to you but your ears were closed. I have shown My blessings to you, but your eyes were turned away. I have heard you prayers and I have answered them all.”
And the Lord asked me again, “DO YOU TRULY LOVE ME?”
I could not answer. How could I? I was embarrassed beyond belief. I had no excuse. What could I say to this?
When the tears had flowed, I said, “please forgive me, Lord. I am unworthy to be Your child.”
The Lord answered, “That is My grace, My child.”
I asked, “then why do You continue to forgive me? Why do You love me so?”
The Lord answered, “because you are My creation. You are My child. I will never abandon you. When you cry, I will have compassion and cry with you. When you shout with joy, I will laugh with you. When you are down, I will encourage you. When you fall, I will raise you up. When you are tired, I will carry you. I will be with you ’till the end of the days, and I will love you forever.”
I asked God, “how much do You love me?”
The Lord stretched out His arms, and I saw His nail pierced hands. I bowed down at the feet of Christ, my Savior.
And for the first time, I truly prayed.
“God never gived up on me because I know that He died at the cross for me.”
 
“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us…” – 1 John 3:16

From Heaven’s Point Of View.

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Today I faced a mountain that I have no strength to climb,
And the struggle of this journeys left me weak both in body and in mind

Where I stand to the peak is a distance on my own I cannot reach ,
So this journey of a thousand steps begins right here on my knees

Soon I’ll soar like an eagle high on wings of grace,
Far into the heavens where I can almost see God’s face ,
Rising in His splendor to heights I never knew,
What once looked like a mountain is just a hill from heaven’s point of view

I may face things tomorrow I can’t comprehend today,
Circumstances so uncertain make it hard to find the strength to pray,
But I’m living in the promise I’ll never leave you,
I’ll always see you through so what’s this mountain ,
To an eagle flying high from heaven’s point of view.