Fruits and Chami

I ate chami at a lomi house near the bus stop.

I know I am blessed with so many things because God loves me.  And because I am blessed, it’s but natural to have good fruits.  So what are the fruits that God expects from us?

  1. Love
  2. Joy
  3. Peace
  4. Patience
  5. Kindness
  6. Goodness
  7. Faithfulness

I will try to explain for these following days on how that should be. 🙂

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The way you make me feel

It’s a beautiful day.  Summer is here in the Philippines although it’s still not that hot.  I wonder what it will be like during the Holy Week.  I so love the Holy Week because it’s all about God and it’s during the summer.  I love it! 🙂

It’s also nice to share this drink with E and talk about a lot of things.

I’ve gained a lot of weight but I have realized something and I want to be fit and healthy as soon as possible. 🙂

Missing me

I miss blogging!  I have been really exhausted these past few days.

I only discovered last night that one of my roommates is a nutritionist.  Wow!  She asked me to answer some survey and she assessed my health status.  She told me to lose weight and to eat healthy.  What?  As if I didn’t know.  I felt like I was being pressured again to lose weight.  That was why I ate the more this morning.  I don’t want to be pressured with losing weight.  Let me.  I will eventually be fit but just let me.  I cannot force myself.  I just have to let myself fall in lo

Speak Life

I would always want to choose to speak life.  Despite people bombarding us with deathly words, I would choose to speak life.  I want to.

So how do we speak life?

Speaking life, for me, means speaking words of encouragement to strengthen one’s faith and to speak in love the words of truth to make the person be on the right path.  There is always the right way to send the message across without destroying that person.

If you snap out in annoyance, you may have driven your point across but you have lost that person’s trust.

Whew.  Okay.  Enough of that.  So how was I?  This past week I’ve been busy–so busy with a lot of things.  Then I jumped into something–financially, that is a big strain on my budget.  But then when will I be able to enjoy things?  I want to enjoy it now.  So I can focus on other stuff–like something deeper and for the future.  Like business and other long term goals.

This morning I was glad to know that the pants that I was expecting to not fit me anymore actually fitted me. 🙂  Maybe that was what stress can do–it can either make you gain or lose weight in an unhealthy way.

God embrace me with Your warmth.  I need You in my life all the time.

To Begin

My sister and I had lunch at Red Ribbon at SM City Lipa.  My sister recommended its salisbury steak.  The meal comes with a slice of cake and drinks.  I chose the sansrival to go along with my meal.

It was delicious.  Most of the customers bought it, too. 🙂

The sauce was not that salty, it just tasted right.  The secret is in the beef 🙂 and also the small scoop of mashed potato to go along with the rice.

The sansrival is also famous here.  I loved it.  I love its chewiness.  But I don’t like the ceam on top and so I had to take it off, less on the unwanted calories 🙂

The pic was dark but can you see my delight? 🙂

Now, enough of the food.  The stomach is full, now let’s fill our spirit 🙂

This sunday was blessed because a pastor from VCF Alabang visited us.  He was Pastor Jojo.  He told us about how to begin with becoming strong with God.

How do we really begin?  The scripture used here is from the Book of Joshua, chapter 3.  Have you ever have this instance when out of your thoughts to yourself, visions of your life–like your dream or goal unfolds in your mind without really thinking about it?  Like the thought enters your mind from out of the blue.  Or you suddenly fall in love with someone or something and you know that you gotta have it.  For me that is called a DREAM.  A dream for me is God’s promise.  But of course, this is subjected to our own definition and we might be wrong, but the thing is, it keeps us going–to go for our dreams.

Did the Israelites have it easy when they finally cross Jordan River to take the land that God promised them?  I don’t think so.  First of all, other nations/tribes were occupying the land promised to them.  Do you think these tribes would just go away just because the Israelites arrived and demanded the land to be given to them?  Not without a fight, I guess.

It’s like saying, “I will make you rich, but you have to work hard for it.”  It’s like, “I will give you bountiful harvest, but you have to first plant the seed, water it, and make sure that no pest will invade your crops…”  We have to work hard for it.

It’s the same with our dreams.  We have dreams.  But we have to work hard to get it.  So how do we begin to work on our dreams–on God’s promise for us?

Forget the past. It’s hard to move forward without leaving the past behind.  Our cup has to be empty so God can fill it to the full.  But this takes courage and strength.  Where do we get these courage and stregth–to God.  God is the source of strength and courage.  Enough of thinking “what could have been” and start making dreams into reality.

Follow God. Now that we have forgotten the past, we can now follow God wholeheartedly because nothing is holding us back.  Here we have to establish on who is the boss.  Here God is now the boss.  And we also have to yearn for God’s presence not just God’s promise.  To have His presence,, we have to hear the Word of God, bask in the presence of God, and read the Bible.

Focus on God’s presence. During the crossing of the Jordan River, God commanded the people to take a several yards away from the Ark.  Why do you think God asked for this distance?  This is to make sure that the people know what or who they are following–to give them the right visual of who they are following.  To give them the right distance so they will focus on God (the Ark) and not be blinded by other stuff in the desert.

Let God consecrate us. We have to allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse us.

God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.  So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken and mountains fall into the ocean depths; even if seas roar and rage, and the hills are shaken by the violence.” Psalm 46:1-3

I still want it

The lines were not that long.  It was 5pm or should I say 6pm, but it was fine.  A part of me misses home but I like it here.  People here are so absorbed with their own thoughts.  But that’s okay, I am also absorbed with taking in as much as I can, of the culture here, of this place.  Hoping it will be stored in my memory, hoping that this won’t stay as memory, but as a reality.  This is the place I want to be in.  I want to live here. Yes, the people here can be cold, I guess that’s attributed to progress, but the place is warm.  I want to be around this cold, absorbed people.  Because I know that deep inside, they can still be warm.  They won’t be progressive without that innate goodness.  I just know it.  This place won’t be peaceful and disciplined without that kindness.  The bus finally arrived and I went inside.  I saw the lights and the stores and the buildings.  It is beautiful here.

Source

I can still remember that kind guy who really went out of his way to find this institute within the vicinity.  I just heard him speaking in Filipino and I found the guts to ask him for direction.  I thought he would just point me somewhere, but no, he went to the information counter asked for the direction, walked with me and took me there.  He even showed me the way to the bus station.  He bothered telling me his stories.  He was so kind.  I encountered kindness without expecting it.

I don’t mind working like a bee.  I know the honey there is good.  And the hive is peaceful.  I guess that’s what I want most of that place–the peacefulness in that warm place.

God I still want to be there.  But of course God, Your will be done.  Thank You.

Rude

Continuous work of God within us is needed for us to do good.  After salvation, good works should follow but oftentimes, our selfishness and ignorance can still offend other people making others want to avoid us because we are offensive and rude.  Christians can still be rude no matter how long you have been baptized.

I don’t like rude people.