Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Today I praise God as I visit Laurie's site for the weekly Thankful Thursday meme because the theme is what I exactly need right now. I am reminded of Joshua when they are about to cross the Jordan river, God told them so many times to be courageous.
Joshua 1:9 (New International Version)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
I know that is what God has been telling me. We need to be courageous as we face difficulties in life and I thank HIM for reminding me this today.
Hubby's family had a meeting last week because their youngest sister which is only 16 is pregnant. We were all shocked, disappointed, hurt and somewhat confuse on what to do to her. We pray she'll find courage to stand up again too. This will have a big impact in our married life because she lives with us.
Thank God for the humble and gentle heart of my husband. I know he is also hurt but he deals with this problem with gentleness.
I still and will always believe that GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME.
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Wound being treated
We also treated those who have hair lice
Nail clipping section
3. cotton buds
4. band aids
6. a comb
7. a face towel
8. and a bath soap
We're coming up of a hygiene mobile van project, which will cater to kids who live on the streets, we also would like to give and teach them basic hygiene, we hope to tie up with NGO's or Orphanage so they could be taken out of the streets and be able to live a decent life. This is a big big project so we need all your prayers and support.
Thank you for praying for us.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Now that I am trying to conceive, I know that I have to lose weight. So how do I motivate my self? I guess there is no better way than to go with what the bible says about it. Here is an article I found over the internet which I think is very helpful. I am going to print it and pray that I will do what it recommends.
I don't want to try any weight loss supplement available over the drug counter anymore because as per my OB's advice it might not help me in conceiving.
Things I must do on a regular basis are;
1. WALK for at least 30 to 45 minutes-thrice a week.
2. LIMIT my food intake specially rice as it is very very rich in carbohydrates.
I'm keeping the faith but I know I have to work on it.
RELATED BIBLE VERSES
Galatians 5:22-23But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Monday, April 27, 2009
July 7, 2005 - by Rick Warren
Sometimes the biggest conflicts in marriage are over the most trivial issues. One of the silliest fights Kay and I ever had was over bath soap. For me, a hot steamy shower is a spiritual experience. Right up there with eating fresh cinnamon rolls. I also happen to be a person who gets bored very quickly with the same thing. So I like variety. I don't want to use the same kind of soap for 42 years.
One day I said to Kay I'd like some different kind of soap. But I said it in a way that sounded like our marriage was a failure because we used the same kind of soap all the time. Three or four months later at Christmas time, she personally wrapped and placed under the tree - 27 different bars of soap!
Every relationship, even good ones have conflict. If you don't know how to deal with it, how to resolve it, how to manage it, you can kill your relationship.
The Bible is very clear about it. Mark 3 says, "A home filled with strife and division destroys itself." We're going to look at some practical steps right out of God's Word that will help us Pull Together When We're Pulled Apart. If you're not married, you can use these principles in your business, with your best friend, with children, whatever. We all have conflict any time we're involved in relationship.
What causes conflict?
The Bible says conflict is caused by selfishness. James 4:1, "Do you know where your fights and arguments come from? They come from selfish desires that war within you." I am basically a selfish person. I think of me before I think of anybody else. And you do too. I want what I want and you want what you want, and when these competing desires collide that's called conflict.
The night before I got married, my father in law sat down with us and said, "There are five areas where marriages usually have conflict: money, sex, in-laws, children, and communication." My father-in-law was a prophet. In our marriage we went five for five! We hit every single one of them.
Some of you are in major pain right now. You are frustrated to no end. You feel stuck in your relationship because you have argued about certain issues over and over in your relationship and there has been no resolution, much less reconciliation. You don't know what to do.
God says, "Here are some steps." I've seen these steps work in dozens, if not hundreds of couples.
If you're going to pull together, when you're pulled apart, you have to...
1. Call on God for help
Pray about it. Before you go to the other person and talk to them about the problem, discuss it with God. This may solve the problem right there. Before you start dealing with the issue, before you talk to anybody about the problem, talk to God about it, and ask Him for help.
I challenge you to practice what I call ventilating vertically. Many of you are very good at ventilating horizontally, but ventilating vertically is when you come to God. You come and say, "Here's how I feel." And you just lay it out.
James 4:2, "You quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God." This is so foundational; you have to get this point. Conflict often occurs when we expect other people to meet needs that only God Himself can meet in our lives.
One day you stood in front of a bunch of people and you said, "I do." What you were really saying was, "I expect." You weren't thinking about what you intended to do and the promises you were going to keep. You were thinking, "Good! All my needs are going to be met now! This person is the answer to my dreams and is going to fulfill me in every way." There is no person alive who could possibly meet all your needs. Only God can do that.
God says, "You quarrel and fight. You have unmet needs because you don't ask God." How do I know when I'm looking to other people instead of God to meet my needs' It's called anger. Anger is a warning light, which says, "I'm expecting somebody to meet my needs." When I have a need for you to be on time and you're late, or when I have a need for you to notice me and you don't, I get angry. God says, "Why don't you try talking to Me about it first." Instead of expecting your mate to meet all your needs, God wants you to look to Him. "You have not because you do not ask God."
2. Confess my part of the conflict
Before I start attacking and blaming, I need to do a frank evaluation and ask, "How much of this conflict is my fault? I need to do an honest checkup and admit my part. When you're wrong, admit it. And when you're right, shut up!
Be honest. Matthew 7:3, Jesus speaking, "Why do you look at the speck in another's eye and pay no attention to the log in your own eye' Take the log out of your own eye first and you'll be able to see clearly."
Everybody has blind spots. When Jesus says, "Before you start getting the sawdust speck out of your partner's eye, why don't you get the telephone pole out of yours?'' He is by exaggeration saying, check yourself out first.
I need to ask, "Am I being unrealistic? Am I being insensitive? Am I being over-sensitive? Am I being too demanding? Am I being ungrateful? Before I get involved in dealing with you, I first need to talk to God, and then look at myself and admit what problems I'm bringing in."
The number one excuse for divorce is, "We're just incompatible." That has an innocent, no fault air to it. Leading experts on marriage have this to say about the issue of compatibility.
'Dr. Paul Tournier, the Swiss psychiatrist who wrote in To Understand Each Other: "So called incompatibility is a myth invented by jurists in order to plead for divorce. It is likewise a common excuse for people to hide their own weaknesses and failings. Misunderstandings and mistakes can be corrected when there is a willingness to do so. The problem is the lack of complete frankness." And I'd add inflexibility.
'Dr. Arch Hart, who's spoken here at Saddleback, says, "If people can be divorced for incompatibility, I cannot conceive why all of us are not divorced."
Marriage is a life long process of overcoming your differences. The Bible says, "If we say we are without sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us." Each of us has an infinite capacity for self-deception. I can blame you for all my problems. But the fact is, it's not incompatibility. It's selfishness and an unwillingness to change. Let's call it what it is.
3. Convene a peace conference
Conflict does not resolve itself. It must be dealt with intentionally ' deliberately. Conflict gets worse when you leave it alone. Hearts grow hardened and positions get solidified, and bridges get broken beyond repair. So you have to intentionally deal with the conflict.
The Bible is very specific about this. In Matthew 5, Jesus says, "If you remember that someone has something against you leave your gift at the altar and go at once to make peace. Then come back and offer your gift to God." It is impossible to worship with bitterness in your heart and unresolved conflict with others.
Jesus says don't ignore it. Deal with the issue while you can deal with it. If you've got something wrong with somebody or they've got something wrong with you, God says you go to them.
When? At once. Postponed conflict only gets worse. Another verse in the Bible says, "Don't let the sun go down on your anger." I think that means 24 hours would be a maximum amount of time you should let something go unresolved. You need to do it as soon as possible, before it festers and turns into bitterness.
4. Consider my mate's perspective
I can't just look at my own viewpoint, my own situation; I have to look at your viewpoint too. This is very difficult because it's not natural. It is not natural for me to look at life from Kay's viewpoint. It is not natural for me to look at life from your viewpoint. This requires an intentional shift where I have to change my focus from looking at my needs to looking at your needs. It takes God to do that. It is a mental shift that we do not do naturally. But it's the secret of resolving conflict.
The secret of resolving conflict is understanding where people are coming from. When you understand where people are coming from, it's so much easier. The better you understand somebody, the less conflict you're going to have with him or her, because you know how to deal with him or her.
How do you learn to understand someone' Listen. Listen more than you talk. This again, is not easy for many of us. It's not easy for me. Some of us get so anxious to make our point, to tell our side, to defend ourselves; we don't even stop to listen to what the other person is saying or their point of view. We must seek to understand before seeking to be understood.
The Bible says in Philippians 2:4, "Look to each other's interest and not merely your own." The word "look' in Greek is scopos. It's like a scope on a rifle or a microscope. It means pay attention. You are most like Christ when you ask, "What are her/his needs and how can I meet them'" When you're angry, you're preoccupied with yourself. But when you're like Christ, you look to each other's interest and not merely your own. One of the most powerful peace making statements is when you say to your husband/wife, "I'm sorry. I was only thinking of myself."
5. Concentrate on reconciliation, not resolution
There's a very important difference. Reconciliation means to re-establish the relationship. Resolution means to resolve every issue by coming to agreement on everything. That's not going to happen.
You'll discover there are some things you're never going to agree on. I don't care if you both love the Lord and are both dramatically in love with each other. There are some things you're never going to agree on simply because God has wired us differently.
You're not going to agree with everything your mate believes or thinks. But you can disagree without being disagreeable. That's called wisdom. The Bible says in James 3, "Wisdom is peace loving and courteous. It allows discussion and it is willing to yield to others." The Bible says it's wise to compromise. You can have unity without uniformity. You can walk hand in hand without seeing eye to eye. You can have reconciliation without resolution of every issue.
Some of you are worn out from the conflict in your marriage. You want to throw in the towel. Don't do it! It is more rewarding to resolve a conflict than to dissolve a relationship.
So your homework is to schedule a peace conference.
Let me close with a couple of suggestions:
1. Some of you may need to get professional help. Many marriages are miserable, and they go year after year with the same old problems, because they're just too proud to go get help. Don't go to just anybody. Get a godly counselor who bases his/her practice on God's Word.
2. The other thing you need to do is get help from God. You can't do this on your own. I've seen these steps work. But you need Christ's power to work them.
Many marriage conflicts would be solved overnight if both the husband and wife would kneel before Jesus Christ and say, "We humble ourselves and humbly ask You to make this thing work. We submit our egos to You and our hurts to You. Jesus Christ, do what only You can do."
Got this article in my subscription to " a better life" from purpose driven life website. Hope this will help couples resolve conflicts in their marriage. Hubs is off for a three day youth camp this week so I'm having all the time to search, read and post good articles sitting in my file folder. I also have time to search for Comfort Inn New York City hotel and the scary swine flu.
Friday, April 24, 2009
We went out last Sunday night and I am so thankful for that time we spent together.
I am as always thankful that hubby was specially chosen for me by our Father.
I am thankful for this wonderful flowers he gave me and for his selfless love.
Thank you Lord for giving me my husband.
Of course I am thankful too that we are both healthy and we and that we do not have any serious sickness like mesothelioma for the past three years.
I am so much grateful too for PROVIDING for us for 3 years and I'm sure He will provide for us for the rest of our life together.
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Monday, April 20, 2009
This is tough time, I'm sure everyone will agree. Recession in the US has an effect mostly on all countries. Prices of commodities going up, unemployment rate is so high, companies closing, and a lot more. But guess what, in the midst of this crisis we will arise..WHY?
Our Pastor gave us five points from Romans 8:31-39
1. In the midst of crisis we will arise because GOD IS WITH US.
Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
- If God is on our side, why be afraid? we may become unemployed, people may hate us, friends may desert us but if God is with us and for us, we need not worry about anything.
2. In the midst of crisis we will arise because HE GAVE HIS SON FOR US
Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
If HE gave His only son to die for us in the cross? would he nor give us what we need? Would He not give us job when we need it? Would He not give food in our table?
3. In the midst of crisis we will arise because HE JUSTIFIES US.
Romans 8:33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
He has forgiven our sins and transgression and therefore we are justified, there is now no condemnation in Christ. We are to live a full life.
4. In the midst of crisis we will arise because JESUS INTERCEDES FOR US.
Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
I cried when my heart heard this, you see? Jesus Christ himself is praying for us right there at the right hand of God. Why then would I worry about recession and crisis? It's ok if your church don't pray for you, if your family often forget to pray for you..JESUS is praying for you!!
5. In the midst of crisis we will arise because NO ONE CAN SEPERATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD.
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
Hardships? Lost that job? lost that house? that can not seperate you from the love of our Father.
and verses 36 -39 says ;
36As it is written:
"For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither 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.
SO IN THE MIDST OF THIS CRISIS WE WILL ARISE!! AMEN!
Hope you are encouraged :)
Sunday, April 19, 2009
For the mean time I'm off to do some health insurance leads and cheap hotels for our anniversary celebration (wink wink)
Friday, April 17, 2009
I hope he'll be okay by tommorrow or else he won't be able to worship lead for the Sunday service, but then I would love him to get some rest too because they've been waking up early and working the whole week because of the DVBS.
Anyways, I'll appreciate your prayers for him to get well soon.
Blessings to you all!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I was late with my Thankful Thursday post last week so I made sure I am early today.So what am I thankful for this week? here's my list ;
1. I received an overseas phone call this morning from a very dear friend of mine and I am so grateful for that. Friends are priceless gift.
2. Thank God for the provision He gave us for the registration of our motorbike. Hubby is so happy we can go for quite long drive with that motorbike again.
3. I am thankful for the volunteer teachers in our church, as I have said there is an ongoing DVBS this week, I see those teachers up early, dedicating their whole day for five straight days teaching the kids, they are awesome.
4. I am also thankful for the results of hubby's ALS test last October. It came out last week and he passed the said exam, now he is eligible to take college course and he's thinking of studying computer or anything related to computer. He's into photoshop lately and he learns so fast. I pray that when he do an IT job search after he's short course, he'll be able to get a good job.
5. And for my last, I am forever thankful that I am the KING's daughter. Therefore I am a Princess right? We are all princesses! I have all the right and privilege given to me by my Father. Thank God I can always come home to my Father and tell Him all my worries, my fears, my victories, my joys and my all.
So what are you thankful for this week? Share it to us, head on to Laurie's site.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Next week will be our 3rd wedding anniversary and I'm hoping we can get a day off from work and ministry so we could spend time alone together. A Suburban extended stay hotel gift card will be very much appreciated. (wink *~* wink ) but if none a movie date will just be fine.
But guess what I really want? A trip to the prayer mountain.
Because this is the time where we need to seek God and ask for His direction in our life and ministries. I know we need to spend time and hear from Him.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Anyways, I still want to give praise and glory to God our Father through this weekly thanksgiving post.
This week, Lauri of woman taking a stand chose SACRFICE as the theme. Because it is lent week and this is the time where every people in evry nation talks about what Jesus did on the cross 2000 years ago. The greatest SACRIFICE given for us mankind.
I would like to share some pictures from our ministries. Again these are not big sacrifces but all these are for God's glory and praise!
These pictures are taken last week from our newly opened feeding and literacy program.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Words and Music by Scott Wesley Brown, Jeff Nelson
Every promise we can make
Every prayer and step of faith
Every difference we can make
Is only by His grace.
Every mountain we will climb
Every ray of hope we shine
Every blessing left behind
Is only by His grace
Grace alone Which God supplies
Strength unknown He will provide
Christ in us, our cornerstone
We will go forth in grace alone.
Every soul we long to reach
Every heart we hope to teach
Everywhere we share His peace
Is only by His grace.
Every loving word we say
Every tear we wipe away
Every sorrow turned to praise
Is only by His grace.
Our Pastor used these verses in Ephesians last Sunday in his preaching and I am overwhelmed by God's grace. Everything I do I know I was able to do it because of God's grace. EVERYTHING.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (New International Version)
8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
As scheduled, we started the feeding and literacy program last Saturday. I must say the kids loved it and had fun the whole time! The teacher assigned is awesome, she taught them the creation from Genesis, my husband taught them two songs, and then we taught them proper hand washing and they love the coloring activities. We were just there in the street at first but it rained so we squeezed them into a small covered space, when the rain stopped we were out there on the street again.
It was so much fun! We had many volunteers and observer as we are of course planning to start another one in another urban poor area next month.
We still need lots of stuff, like our first aid kit is not yet complete and we still need some coloring books and crayons. I hope to buy some of those when they goes on sale this week.
I have tons of pictures but I haven't uploaded them yet. I'll post them soon. Thank you for prayers. We hope you keep on praying for this ministry.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
This week I want to share with you what I am thankful and hoping for.
* I thank God I have HOPE that someday I will be blessed with a child. We've been praying for almost 3 years now. The doctor I went to said I have PCOS and that it would be hard for me to get pregnant but I am thankful I have GOD who can open and close a woman's womb. I remember Sarah and my Hope gets high that there is NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE FOR OUR GOD.
* I am grateful for the opening of our literacy and feeding program in one of the urban poor areas here in Makati this Saturday. I pray that this program can give hope to these kids and their families that life is beautiful with God.
* Thank God for friends who helps us hoping for things we are praying for.
HAve a nice day everyone!
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