What’s wrong with dreaming?

What’s wrong with dreaming those blue eyes? Is there a law forbidding me not to dream?

What’s wrong with dreaming a hospital for Cancer Patients? I had been a cancer patient myself and I know how all the chemotherapy and radiation can destroy ones body?

What’s wrong with dreaming comfort? A house and a car? Almost 2 decades my parents struggled working under the scorching heat of the sun, farming the land that was not ours. I walked some 7 kilometers everyday back and forth for 10 years in order to go to school. Am I not allowed to dream on that while I am still on earth?

What’s wrong with dreaming a school for the out of school youth? I have seen so many young adults in our neighborhood that wanted to go to school but cannot because of their parents’ meager income.

I know too well that our intellect and other gifts have been given to be used for God’s greater glory but I also do know that God is taking pleasure in our prosperity and truly enjoying meeting our needs.I know He desires to bless His people His abundance so that I/WE can be a blessing to others and confirm His covenant with ME/US.

I am not going to use the Word of God as an excuse, but this is based on the truth that I know. I believed that we are already redeemed by God with all the curses of the law in Deuteronomy 28. These are spiritual death, sickness and poverty.

 

Deut 28:1-4 (you can open your Bible and read the entirety)

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:

You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

I don’t think any good charitable works one shall do on earth will gain you access to heaven. I am not trying to perform infront of God’s eyes but I just want to claim and believe His promises to be TRUE. Is it wrong to believe His promises? What shall we do on earth? Slack off? and wait for the apple to fall on our mouths just like Juan Tamad (Filipino for “Lazy John”)? Is that the picture of living by Faith?

For me, dreaming for prosperity isn’t that bad, but making our intellect and giftings our very god for us is a sad news. We should not think highly of ourselves than we ought, but remember that everything good in us and all the blessings are gifts from God.

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What are your dreams?

I have looked at my dreamboard again and I am reminded of my dreams. I have so many dreams for myself. I have so many dreams to reach. But am I closer to getting them? I wrote them and put pictures on it just so I could visualize them. I have done it 2 years ago, I have 7 more years to comply for it.

-Bloody Red Mazda 3
-House in the middle of the woods with 3 bedroom/2 bath made mostly of wood.
-Vacation in Prague, New Zealand and Japan
-College Education for daughter-DONE
-School for free teaching English and Values
-Hospital somewhere in Bukidnon that offers no medicine, no surgery, no radiation but just plain nutrition, no pollution, fresh air, organic fruits and vegetables (joint venture with my friend)

I know some of my dreams are only for myself because I believe God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I follow this mnemonic M-A-G-I-C from a young friend of mine Jan Hilado who is already an author of a book called Rich, Real, Radical.

M-easurable. Don’t just say I want a happy family. Say I want a happy family with 1 boy, 2 girls in 2015.

A-mbitious. Ambition is not a negative word, it simply means you dream high, you aim high. Because bigger dreams can actually keep someone excited. Make it attainable as well.

G-odly. Dreams that are not Godly can make someone miserable and empty. Notice that the G is actually in the middle of the word MAGIC because that only means that God should be the center of our dreams. He is the Great source. He is the richest among the rich. Discover the dreams that God has placed in your heart. I am really dreaming of building my own school and educate the young children for a better and beautiful tomorrow.

I-maginative. I can now imagine my house in the middle of the woods as a matter of fact I browsed the internet and looked for something that is almost the same with what I have in mind.I want to be married to a man with blue eyes, blonde hair, strong arms, taller than me, inlove with God and have heart for service.

C-omplete. Your dreams should touch all important aspects in your life; spiritual, family, physical, financial.

What triggered me to write this post is the message that I received today, I was invited to teach again at the University of Southeastern Philippines for another 10 days and I was like asking myself, shall I do this or not? But how can I say NO to 40 incoming college students who I can probably inspire, who will need God in their lives.

Lord thank you for this beautiful reminder. Thank you that you are lining up things in my favor: the right people, the right breaks, the right opportunities. I surrender my mind, my heart, my will and my emotions and even these dreams of mine Father God, so that I can live as a testimony of Your work in my life.

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UNCONQUERABLE: My own version of INVICTUS

I wrote this poem some three years ago before my Surgery and Radioactive Iodine, I didn’t know anything about Jesus, about His healing power yet He had been with me even when I was not even thinking of Him, I relied on my own strength, trusted my own not knowing there is a greater God after all who can heal all kinds of diseases.

Through the ups and downs,
over  the rough and ease of life

Remarkably enduring people whose setbacks turned to be an ambition
remained strong and unshaken

In the midst of all nerve-wracking fiasco
remained to be holding on to the myriad dreams

Unsought and unasked yet their hearts are filled with so much joy
for the magnitude of their hardships corresponds to their hearts’ desires

Moving, Steering, Moving forward to the direction known as success
no hesitation, no surrender, no retreat until victory is attained

Prevailing ’til the end of time, ‘Tis a battle I want to win, ‘Tis a battle I shall win
A battle where no one gets hurt, no pain all but gain

Havoc is everywhere, And hope is power
Two confounding options I shall revere.

And I shall use these means to become stronger and emerge a winner
I shall not fear!  I shall not fear!

No suffering will ever be worth it without overcoming
In life, we all have to fight instead of crying and whining

To the cancer cells growing in my neck, to the cancer cells which make my life even more worthwhile
I shall fight, I shall win and I shall stand with a smile.

 

Now that I am a born again Christian, here’s my own version of INVICTUS (Unconquerable)

PSALM 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation—

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life—

of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked advance against me

to devour me,

it is my enemies and my foes

who will stumble and fall.

Though an army besiege me,

my heart will not fear;

though war break out against me,

even then I will be confident.

One thing I ask from the Lord,

this only do I seek:

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

all the days of my life,

to gaze on the beauty of the Lord

and to seek him in his temple.

For in the day of trouble

he will keep me safe in his dwelling;

he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent

and set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exalted

above the enemies who surround me;

at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;

I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Hear my voice when I call, Lord;

be merciful to me and answer me.

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”

Your face, Lord, I will seek.

Do not hide your face from me,

do not turn your servant away in anger;

you have been my helper.

Do not reject me or forsake me,

God my Savior.

Though my father and mother forsake me,

the Lord will receive me.

Teach me your way, Lord;

lead me in a straight path

because of my oppressors.

Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,

for false witnesses rise up against me,

spouting malicious accusations.

I remain confident of this:

I will see the goodness of the Lord

in the land of the living.

Wait for the Lord;

be strong and take heart

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What church do you go to?

I have been on church hopping mode for the past few months, But now I know where God wants to put me. I had been going to Church 153 in Davao, Livingstream, Victory Christian Fellowship in Davao, Cebu and GenSan, And when I am away from the city I go to Jesus Christ, King of kings, Lord of lords (JCKL). I’ve met some people in JIL (Jesus Is Lord) and they were all so nice and invited me to their church. I have also met the head Pastor of Word for the World and amazed by how God annointed him with so much wisdom.

 

I’ve asked God for discernment where I could use the talents that He bestowed on me. Everyday God wants me to meet new people from different churches, I have already rest my heart in staying with Victory Christian Fellowship because that’s where I found my cell group and some good mentors. But it also occurred to me that God might want me to be in different churches. Lord, thy will be done.

 

Because I have the gift of gab, I gotta use this to disciple people and now I am proud to have done one lately with my student.It is just amazing how Jesus changes my life. How I feel so loved and secured and blessed. And I just want to be of use to others, that I may become a blessing as well.

 

So I guess the church hopping continues. But my home church is Victory Christian Fellowship. What’s yours?

 

-Magic-

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What is God doing in your life right now?

Is He moving in your life? Do you feel His
love every waking day of your life?

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So here I am at the airport waiting for my
flight back to Davao City. We checked out early
from the hotel but our flight will be in six hours
from now. Waiting. Idle. I decided to
rummage on my laptop for movies I haven’t watched.
My friend Rose gave me movies and told me
to watch it but because of my hectic and toxic
schedule, I haven’t opened it. Or was it because
my being a Christian is a mediocre. She gave
me Darren Wilson’s movies entitled Finger of God,
Furious Love, and Father of Lights. Finger of
God was documented way back 2007, I was probably
still out there in the world of lost, out
there in the world full of lies. She told me so
many times already to watch it, but these movies
stayed dormant in my laptop for days now.

But today,today is the day that I should know
all these things about God,hope,power,glory,Gospel,
miracle,love,love, love above all.

Here are some few things I noted down
-Act on what you believe
-Messiah means hope of glory
-God is moving in power today
-Be willing to learn
-If we are in Christ. All of us have the Holy Spirit.
We have the same resource. All of us have God communing
with us.
-God is the most exciting, captivating being in the
world.
-If you are not at peace for God, you are not
gonna be at peace of the powerful miracles next to
you.
-When we believe God, we should be poor in
spirit, Be child like so we will depend on our
Father and not depend our own strength.
-Stop and Love.
-When you love somebody, you will like what they do
-Love is the greatest power in the universe.
-God is calling all of us to a life of power, but
that power can only come when we humble ourselves
and set aside fears and unbeliefs.
-The biggest miracle is learning how to love.
-God is real. God is relevant.
-Be in love with God, Love everyone!

Miracles do happen. And the purpose of miracles is
to meet the God of miracles.Lord, I have set my
heart ready for You,everyday of my life. Lord that I
pray and cry out to you not because I need
miracles to happen, not because I want something done.
I pray because without praying, breathing would be
impossible too.

What is God doing in my life right now?

Am I living a holy life so I would become holy like Him?
This world is full of temptations,full of lies. I
stumble over and over again. The first point says,
Act on what you believe. Act not just say it. Lord,
I trust you that you will heal all areas of my life.
That I will be able to surrender all areas of my life
be it financial,emotional,physical,mental,moral,spiritual.
Like a child I will depend on you, Father.

For years, I have been praying that my father here
on earth will come to serve You, will feel your love
Father, make me that instrument. Lord, I thank you
for the love that you gave me and I will use Your Love
to serve and love others.

Tell me what’s your story?

Happiness is a choice you make.

beautifulWhat is happiness to you? What makes you happy? What gives you the sense of contentment? I also asked myself the same questions, What can make me truly and deeply happy? What is it that makes me happy? Money? Success? Accomplishment? I am still in my quest to finding what is happiness. I want to pursue my dreams and give my daughter the life that she deserves. This is certainly something that I want. Something that every single mothers want. I want to fulfill my dreams, to be successful in my chosen field and be able to provide for my daughter and live comfortably. Who wants to live in discomfort anyway? Then I learned that happiness for me is getting the things I want, happiness for me is being successful, happiness for me is fulfilling my dreams, happiness for me is living in comfort. Is this the kind of life that I want? Is this my purpose in life?

Writer Leo Rosten wrote, “The purpose of life is not to be happy, but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to make a difference in this world.” I have also asked myself several times, especially when I visit a wake in the neighborhood, would my disappearance leave the world poorer or just less crowded? Now my view of happiness has changed. To be happy means to live a meaningful life.

Now another important question we need to answer, How to live a meaningful life?

This is my guide but you can also try this.

1. CHOOSE TO LIVE A GOD- CENTERED LIFE

Yes, I am a baby born again Christian and still growing and still a work in progress. But I am gearing towards having a mature and personal relationship with God. Because having a personal relationship with Him can free us from the anxiety of meaningless existence. Today I am reminded “That in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to God’s purpose.”

We are all humans, imperfect, flawed, sinful, selfish…Yet having a relationship with God will draw us out of our preoccupation with our own interests and will enable us to minister to the needs of others.

2. CHOOSE TO BE THANKFUL

Make it a practice. Get two sheets of paper. On one paper write your fears, doubts, worries, problems. On the other sheet write all the things you are grateful for. And then check the result. I’ve tried it and I was surprised with the result. Be faithful to those little things God gave you so you can be trusted with bigger things.

3. CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY

Live.Love.Laugh. If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. Just simply clap your hands. Every single thing we have can be taken away from us. Money? can be robbed. Success? can disappear. Our friends? Our family? The people around us? They are not ours. One thing that we can keep is our attitude towards any given circumstance. So while reading this, YOU CLAP YOUR HANDS! BE HAPPY!

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oh!These flowers are burst of sunshine! It makes me happy!

4. CHOOSE TO FORGIVE

Bitterness, grudges can suffocate us. I am human. I still have forgiveness issues and I am working on it, working very hard.

Another reminder today, “For in the same way you judge others, Christ said, You will be judged.” Matthew 7:2.

And it’s definitely hard when the one thing that you can’t forgive is yourself.

5. CHOOSE TO LOVE OTHERS

I know loving involves risk. But what’s worse is not taking risk at all.

6. CHOOSE TO WORK AT SOMETHING MEANINGFUL AND FULFILLING

Maria and I started our Sunday School last Sunday and it was a success and it is a very fulfilling feeling to be able to help others.

I CHOSE TO SERVE.

7. CHOOSE TO BE OPTIMISTIC

It’s very simple. When life hands you a lemon, make a lemonade. I am sure that there are a whole lot of people out there who experienced misfortunes more than you do. So just be thankful, be happy, be optimistic. Transform obstacles into opportunities.

Life is beautiful. And how to make it more beautiful is to live a meaningful life.

Now tell me what is your criteria of happiness?

REALIZATION

I have just been told by my parents not to always call my kids for I might disturb them! Wow! I am speechless! I only get in touch with my kids once in two weeks!

How could a mother like me who is oceans apart from her kids be deprived of such activity! It was like I’ve been killed by a dozen stray bullets and I’m still alive! I can’t take that I will be prohibited from talking to my very own children! I am so angry! I want to scream! Aaarrrrrggggghhhhh!!!!!!!

But wait! There’s another option I might take. They are my parents, that’s a fact. No argument about it. But then, I can choose to make a decision which I think is right because I am also a parent. Okay! So I am not promoting disobedience here! What I am saying is that even if they are my parents, they can be flawed sometimes because they are human beings too. Everyone is not exempted in making mistakes, in doing not the smartest things. They’ve never been away from their kids in such a distance like in our case. They never did! They didn’t understand.  I don’t intend to disturb my kids. I only want to say “hi” and from there if they’re really doing something I can put down the phone. My intention is not to distract my kids by any means. What I would only want to happen is to show my kids I am always around for them, not disturb them. A mother will never intend to do that.

Maintaining a good communication with my kids will never disturb my kids. I hope I’m right but mother’s instinct tells me I’m right so I’m right to that. Oh God! You are giving me wisdom to do actions which are sane and proper. So I decided to instead argue with my parents on this matter, just keep quiet and wait for my kids might be available for me to talk anytime later. In this case, I have made an option healthier for me as a person where there’s less stress and I didn’t sweat myself in trying to win on this issue. All the glory is yours Lord! Thank you! Patience + respect + consideration + self-control + anger management + forgiveness = REALIZATION! 🙂