Changes

Changes happen inevitably most of the time.  But whatever changes we may encounter, let it transform us into the image of Christ.  Open our minds and heart to God, out of our own free will, choose to let God in.

I am about to move houses.  Our new unit will be a bit far from work.  For whatever reason, I know God got this. 🙂

I am about to start with my new position.  It has more expectations and responsibilities.  Through my many months here, I have realized, that abilities come from God.  I know that He will enable me to do whatever it is that I must do.  I just have to open myself to God and He will do far more than I can imagine.  To God be the glory in everything I do.  He is my boss, my guide, I will work for Him.  I will seek to please Him.  I will be focused on Him.  I will seek to obey His commands.

I’ve been praying and seeking encouragement for what are about to change.  This verse came to mind.  1 Corinthians 2:9 spoke to me.

However, as it is written:

“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him”[a]

God is really amazing.  God is doing something good in my life.  He’s teaching me to trust and love Him.  Thank You so much Lord.  He is the God who gives and takes away.  He is Sovereign, He does whatever He wants but He loves us so that things happen to us for our own good–for the good of those who love Him.  His presence is enough.  His presence in my life is the reward.  How much more can I feel if I am with Him for eternity.  That is what heaven is–to be with God forevermore.

Notes on Discipline

  • Discipline in Christ is liberating, life-giving and jubilant as seen in the example set by Jesus.
  • “A person without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken-down walls.” Proverbs 25:28
  • God will not give us good habits, He will not give us character, He will not make us walk aright.  We have to do all that ourselves, we have to work out the salvation God has worked in.  “Add” means to get into the habit of doing things. (Oswald Chambers)
  •  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
  • The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:6-8)
  • The way one thinks is intimately related to the way one lives. (Cynthia Heald)
  • Discipline is a decision.
  • The discipline of emotions is the training of responses. (Elisabeth Elliot)
  • Discipline the body, it’s the temple of the Holy Spirit.
  • Discipline the time to make the most out of every opportunity.
  • A disciplined person is a flexible person.
  • The purpose of our discipline is to order our lives in such a way that we are made available to be used by God.

 

Christmas Gift

I have received my Christmas gift from God.  Thank You God for making it happen. 🙂

I’ve bought gifts to some people, wrapped them already, just waiting for Christmas.  While people back home are all merry and excited, eating puto bumbong and bibingka, wrapping gifts, going to shopping bazaars, malls are packed, christmas parties here and there.  It’s so nice to be back home this time of the year.  Christmas services and all these great things.  Wah!  Can I go home during Christmas?

Rain

This is exactly how I feel right now:

Rain

Suddenly this defeat.
This rain.
The blues gone gray
And the browns gone gray
And yellow
A terrible amber.
In the cold streets
Your warm body.
In whatever room
Your warm body.
Among all the people
Your absence
The people who are always
Not you.

I have been easy with trees
Too long.
Too familiar with mountains.
Joy has been a habit.
Now
Suddenly
This rain.

(Jack Gilbert)

 

Granted

This is not the life I have imagined for myself.  Just thinking of what I have to go through, it really is an effort to get up in the morning and continue on.  Most of the time I want to give up.  But I can’t be selfish now.

I would ask God why He put me in this place and not that place instead?  And the reason that came to my mind was that He wanted me to concentrate on becoming a registered professional here.  If He would put me in that place, I may not be able to concentrate and just do church work.  Like join small groups, attend activities, have fun.  He wanted me here for me to witness His glory and the wonders that He would do for and through me here.

Anyway, I just want to share this that I’ve read in a book:

Obedience is willingly submitting to the process God has chosen for us to be conformed to the image of His Son.

This is God’s chosen process for me.  I have to undergo through this so I can be conformed to the image of Jesus. 🙂

I just have to trust Him on this.  I have to remind this to myself everyday. 🙂

Sweet Sydney

I had to leave at 2:45 am to wait for the bus at the pick-up point.  It took 7 hours to reach Sydney.  When I arrived there, the weather was gloomy and cold and I didn’t bring any jacket with me.  I thought, what a way to welcome me.  As I walked towards the central station, the breeze reminded me of Melbourne.  I missed Melbourne but I began to feel good.  I didn’t find it hard to search for the platform that I should be in to get to my venue.  I went there, followed how others get their ticket, then I alighted at the nearest station to my venue.  The trains in Sydney have 2 floors.  I thought, maybe it was because there were so many people in Sydney.  Anyway, after finding our venue for the next day’s activity,  I went back to the station to eat.  I said I would only eat food not found in Tamworth.

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View towards the nearest train station.

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Turkish food.  The serving was big so I wasn’t able to finish all of it. 🙂

Then I went back to the central train station to wait for my friend and to do some shopping if there would be a sale.  But I couldn’t find shops, so I just asked my friend where she worked and I would just go there.  This led me to Bondi Junction and to this very big high-end mall.  The place reminded me of Melbourne.  I felt at peace and excited.  I also looked for this:

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Easy Way Tea, lychee black iced tea with lychee jelly.  This has become my favorite ever since my cousin-in-law introduced me to this. 🙂  Too bad there is no Easy Way Tea in Tamworth.

I’ve googled for the nearest Easy Way Tea while I was there.  I went out, walked, but I could not find any.  I just gave up.  I went inside the mall when I saw an Easy Way tea stall.  Yey!  I missed it so much.

Then before I went back to Tamworth, I was looking for another Easy Way Tea stall at the central station, but there was none along the vicinity.

It makes me realize that sometimes we go out in search for something, only to find out that what we’re looking for has been with us all along, has been at home all along.  I’m in search but what I’m looking for has been here all along.  It makes me hope that even though things seem impossible right now, if God wills it, it will come to pass no matter what.  I just have to trust Him and remain in faith and obedience to His Word.

Divinely arranged and beautifully timed.  Those were the words given to me as I went to sleep last Monday.  I slept so well that night.  I felt so at peace like everything is all right with the world.  I haven’t had that sleep in quite a while.  I feel like I’m finally home.  When I woke up, I was a bit disoriented though.  Hehe… 🙂

I felt great and so grateful.  I felt so hopeful that things will be all right from now on.  I went to the venue after, made it in time. I made a mistake in not purchasing another ticket but they didn’t make a deal out of it.  The food during the tea break was nice.  The hotel’s hand soap and hand cream at the toilet smell really nice and natural.  The weather was cold but comfortable.  People were generally nice.  I felt so protected by God.

The weather outside became stormy.  I was inside the bus.  I was praying for a safe journey back here.  Kudos to the elderly driver who drove well despite the storm.  Just like in life, as Christians we are not promised a storm-free life but a storm-proof life.  I pray that God will ensure a storm-proof life for me.

I went back to Tamworth but i brought here the sweetness that i have experienced in Sydney.  Memories of a place is determined by the people you know in it, that’s according to the movie line I’ve watched.  I think.

A beautiful life is also possible for me.  It is happening right now.  Thank You Lord for all Your blessings and for being with me all the time. I look forward to being with You forever. 🙂

Fishy

This theme is fun 🙂  I was thinking about my previous header though and I don’t know how to download it on this laptop.  I don’t have my original file with me because I left it back home.  That header pretty much describes what I love to eat back home.  But none of those is available here.  So I guess, it’s time to just get a new header.  Something that won’t really make me miss those food.