I hope people will spend the 14th knowing the real Love.
I’ve got a new bed because the girl who’s helping our mother in the market is now living separately with her husband. She uses my previous bed which I really liked. I’m not saying that I don’t like this one though. It’s just a bit less softer than the other one.
Anyway, I feel bad for her because she broke up with him, but at the same time, I’m happy for her because of the same reason. Gah.
Her relationship with him reminds me to trust God more on such a thing, that is, marriage. It reminds me of how different the relationships between those who don’t have a personal relationship with Him and those who do have a deep relationship with Him is.
Earlier, I had a Bible study with my leader. It was supposed to be later around ten, but she has a night in prayer. It is pretty difficult to explain the feeling, but I’ve got to say that I’m so blessed after it. For the first time in our Bible study, I cried.
The Word is in 1 Timothy 4. I just… have this certain feeling that’s making me down for weeks now and it’s just this week when it troubled me so much. Seems like my leader felt it (she has a gift of discernment), so she asked my housemate to have their Bible study tomorrow since she’s not going home.
Then, she suggested that I have a day in prayer, so I will. I’ll have it on Saturday and I’m so excited for it. I feel so thirsty of God’s presence now and I’m so thankful that He used my leader to give me the solution. I’m just… so blessed.
GODSRADICALDAUGHTER’S 1ST BOOK GIVEAWAY
This blog is running for almost three years, and this is a sign of my thanks for all the encouragement and love you have given me.
There will be one winner. He/she will be receiving:
- Refuel by Pastor Ru dela Torre [new]
- Roadtrip by Pastor Ru dela Torre [new]
The winner should also tell me his/her favorite color, bible verse/quote, and hobby, since I have another surprise or two to give him/her. :”)
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So much love,
One time, while there were worship songs playing, I was talking to God about my having no confidence to lead to Christ the people He has introduced to me. I felt like I wasn’t capable of the task because I lack so much. Then, this song played suddenly that I couldn’t help but cry because it became His reassurance to me. Through this song, He reminded me that it isn’t me that will work but it is Him working while using me.
Then, earlier, one minute before the online registration, this played again. It’s such a sweet assurance of God that He will deliver me well from the circumstances that will happen.
The Father to His daughters. (via choc-o-late)
These are pictures taken yesterday during the swimming with some of my high school friends. I totally missed every one of them. Everyone are still so active and fun to be with. They still like to tease people. For example, when I got in there yesterday with Christine, they joked about me being pregnant so I wasn’t going home always. And, oh, how they still love to tease me about having a relationship with someone in these pictures. (Seriously though, I hope they’ll forget about it. We’re both growing Christians. -,-) Though they still seemed the same, there are still unmistakable changes that happened to them, physically and not.
One of my closest friends, who I was truly blessed to hear talking when we were high school students, is one of those who changed. As in one hundred eighty degrees change. The person who used to be the most active in church and tells us of things about the Bible is gone. Now, she’s smoking, the very first change that I knew about, and even drinks alcohol. I heard her curse yesterday, too. And last year, if I’m not mistaken, there was a text a lot of us received, asking if she was staying in our house. I just knew yesterday that the reason why that text was sent was because she was missing. She had gone with her boyfriend to Puerto Galera without her parents or any relative knowing.
One of our closest friend, Shem, the girl in blue beside me in the top picture, said that that friend of ours said that everyone changes and that she’s no longer a Christian. Izay, a best friend who left earlier so she wasn’t able to be in any of the pictures here, said that she herself was surprised of the drastic changes that happened. And yes, she didn’t want to talk to her. She never talked to her yesterday, I observed. Izay also said that that person’s changes were due to wrong choice of peers and boyfriend.
Every one in our circle of group are really sad of what happened. As Izay said, “Nakakapanghinayang na ‘yung dapat katulong natin ay naging ganyan”. Then again, I just thought now that maybe, she didn’t really have a deep relationship with God like what I thought before because if she did, she wouldn’t have done all the things that she did and is doing. If someone already experienced the overflowing love and grace of God, who would dare go out and be lost? Then again, maybe situations are really different from everyone; I don’t know.
What I do know is that I have to continue praying for her. I know that God is still holding her. She may be lost but our Shepherd is great. No matter where she goes, no matter how far that place would be, He’ll still be able to find her.
Last Tuesday, during the fellowship, my crush seated next to me when they were asking people to sit around the chairs for the game. He greeted me and asked how I was doing. I responded to him. It was just a brief encounter, but I still felt so giggly. Add the fact that he sat down next to mine again when some of the chairs were added for those who just came. Those moments didn’t distract me during the worship and message but I still remembered them after the youth service. I even shared the story to my housemates and some friends.
Then, the next day, the Word to me was in Hebrews 13.
"Let brotherly love continue."
— Hebrews 13:1
I was like, “Okay, Lord. I’m so sorry. I won’t give malice to any encounter with him or any other one anymore”. Then, I remembered my desire to have some people to treat as older brothers because I badly want one. I should really treat him as an older brother just as I am treating the other older guys in the church as older brothers.
Oh well… it’s amazing how God quickly corrects His children. It’s just as fast as Him giving them comfort, assurances, and reminders. I’m so happy to have such a Father! <3
I’m going to fast for three days. I’m not going to watch any Japanese, Taiwanese, Thai, or Korean dramas or movies. This will be the first time I’m doing this and I’m so excited. I’m so excited for the things that my Dad and I will be able to talk about. I’m excited for the things that He’s going to make me realize and learn. I’m excited to spend the special times with Him.
I also want to set aside reading the others books I have to finish reading Lisa Velthouse’s Saving My First Kiss, Max Lucado’s It’s Not About Me, and John Mason’s Conquering an Enemy called Average. Also, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia.
I’m going to use this sembreak to be more intimate with Him. <3