Connect

I attended my first official connect group.  I feel so happy.  Like I can see clearly again.  Thank You Lord for making this happen.

My takehome:

1.  Pharisees, saducees, sanhendrins were created because they want the favor of God to go back to Israel.  For years, during the times when there’s Judah and Israel, the prophets warned them that God would abolish the kingdom if the people would continue to disobey God until such time when God has abolished the kingdom.  So to have the favor of God, to have the kingdom again, group of Israelites wanted to make sure that they would now follow the commands of God so God would favor them once more so that the kingdom will be built once more.  The Roman empire ruled Israel that time.

2.  People were expectant that God would bring the Messiah–the One who will save them just like David and all the other kings before.

3.  Pharisees and others were expecting a different Messiah because they were expecting that Jesus if He were the Messiah would recruit them instead because they are supposed to be closer to God because they follow God’s commands.

4.  As saved by Christ, we should reach out to others and show the love of God through our actions and love towards them.

5.  Share Jesus with others.  Go and make disciples. 🙂

6.  In connect groups the focus is taken out of ourselves we focus instead to Jesus. 🙂

7.  Because we are grateful for the love of God, we share it to others 🙂

Giving

And then he cried in front of me.

Giving.  He is so giving of himself that he can open up to me.  That is why I can open up to him, too.  That is why I am giving of myself with him.  In other words, I call this friendship.

But how can I be giving to people who attack me?  It’s human nature to build walls.  So it would not hurt as much.  God said to pray for those who persecute us.  God said to forgive those who wronged us.  As Christians, we are called to do these.  But I know, this is only possible with the help of God.  By His grace, we can be forgiving and giving of ourselves to everyone.  By our example, we will be the salt of the earth.  Our kindness and goodness will show that we are really from God.  Again, it’s only possible if we have God in our lives.

Love.  That is the source.  God is love.  We can be giving if we love one another.  Love comes from God.

God puts me here surrounded by all these beautiful people.  May God be able to use me to reach out to them.  May I successfully plant the seeds of faith.  Because having faith in God is the best thing that we can share with everyone.

Community

Yesterday, although it was freezing, I attended the Stress Less Activity at the Bicentennial Park.  I could not stay longer because it was really cold and I only have 2 layers on.  But I like how this community really tries to have all these activities.  They also served free food, massages, and other fun activities.  If it were warmer, I guess more people would come by.

 

I got fascinated by these ducks swimming in this pond. 🙂  I was trying to see their feet.  Grace under pressure.  Maybe I could learn something from them. 🙂

 

Amateur photo 🙂  I just want to capture some activities that went through that day. 🙂

Message

I was contemplating on doing something major when someone sent me an earth-shattering news.  I was like what am I gonna do now?!

Then this message was sent to me as soon as I received that earth-shattering news:

Hi __,

Encouragement, testing and encouragement goes on…

But now the Lord says:  Be strong, Zerubbabel.  Be strong, Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest.  Be strong, all you people still left in the land.  And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.  My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt.  So do not be afraid.” (Haggai 2:4-5 NLT)

After work, I went to this moon lantern festival.  It was fun for me seeing kids and adults to showcase their talents 🙂  At such a young age, some kids can play violin really well. 🙂  I finally tasted a mooncake, too. 🙂

I also liked the weather this afternoon.  I love the wind and walking.  I think I needed it that time.  That festival helped me to relax. 🙂  God is really good to me.  I am really under His care. 🙂

Labor Day

What a busy week!  I’ve been so blessed.  God is really faithful to His promises.

Labor day meant food galore day! 🙂  Labor to have food.  I’ve had the most delicious food this labor day.  Starting with:

What a nice morning snack while I wait for my friends at Trinoma.  The flavor of these almonds are really appetizing. 🙂

Then I also ate this because a handful of almonds is not enough for a morning snack (actually breakfast).

We had lunch at this chicken place called Bacolod Chicken Inasal and had chicken thigh and leg part.  Unhealthy but I don’t have that much option.  After lunch, we decided to try this gelato stall called Stick House.  It sells gelato on stick and you can dip it and sprinkled it with nuts.  It’s quite pricey but it tasted like Magnum only better.  I recommend the pistachio and or guinduia gelato. 🙂

After that, we walked around the mall looking for a white dress for my friend.  After that, we decided to eat at Mary Grace and I ordered grilled cheese roll.  They are famous for this.  Finally I got the chance to try this. 🙂

My friend also ordered this 🙂

Mango benne!

They also ordered flavored iced teas–wild raspberry and apple cinnamon!

After that, we still tried to look for that white dress but to no such luck.  We decided to part wayd and I allowed to give in to my craving that day–cheese!

Introducing, cheesy quesadilla from Army + Navy!  It is so good!  I so love it!  They even provided me with salsa and their chili sauce.  It’s really, really oh so good 🙂

And since I’m already on it, why not add this delicious fries!  It’s spicy and salty but it’s just great 🙂

Their very own version of brewed iced tea–Libertea! 🙂

And while I was enjoying my food–rain came!  The first rain in May.

It’s gonna be a bit colder–a break from this very hot and humid weather. 🙂

Inipit Cake at Eurobake

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One of the perks of going to other places is the chance to try out their specialties. Last saturday we went to Malolos, Bulacan fir the barangay health worker seminar and on our way home we stopped by Eurobake wgere the original inipit cake is sold.

Inipit is made of of two slices of chiffon cake sandwiching milk and egg filling.

It tastes just right–not too sweet and not to tasty.  But when it comes to inipit, I prefer the tasty kind being sold in other local bakeshops.

They have other nice products such as the humongous ensaymada.

Rose

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Just so you know, someone gave me a rose on valentine’s day. My VG sister gave it to us during our fellowship. It just felt nice to receive flowers on valentine’s 🙂

Oh I also received chocolate that day from my officemate. She gave us all chocolates. I ate it before taking a picture though. Ha! 🙂

5Ws1H

I found myself seated at a Singles’ Event where almost all of the participants were 10 years younger than me.  I felt like a “lola”.  Hehe 🙂

I was blessed though because of the speaker.  Pastor Joe spoke about marriage.Before going into any relationship, specifically marriage, we have these guide that we can follow.

  1. Identity.  Do you know who you are?  Who do you say you are?  We must first be complete in ourselves.  The line, “You complete me” is one big lie.  To really love is to be complete in ourselves first.  So how can we be complete?  Through these years I have found out that the only way to be complete is to let God complete you.  To be satisfied in God.  To enjoy God’s company.  To love Him first among others.  You soon will find out that you are already complete.
  2. Status.  Where are you?  Where are you in your walk with God?  Are you ready to get married?  Do you still have a lot of dreams?  Are there still things you want to do that you can only do when you are single?
  3. Maturity.  When do you want to get married?  Are you ready financially?  What about your maturity?  Marriage is a commitment.  It takes maturity for it to work out.  The giddy feeling will go away, but if you are committed to the commitment, then life will be sweet.  And it is only possible to have a sweet satisfying marriage if God is the center of that marriage.
  4. Character.  What are the character you are looking for in a spouse?  What are your non-negotiables?  For me, I want to get married to a follower of Jesus.  I want a faithful, kind, gentle man.  I want someone who can deal with all kinds of people.  I want a good provider.
  5. Intention.  Why do you want to get married?  Marriage should not be for ourselves only.  We should also have the intention of serving our spouse.  We should also have the intention to live a married life that can glorify God.
  6. Application.  We should apply our standards in our lives and our standards should be based upon the Lord–to what pleases Him.

New Year’s Photos

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New year’s pics. Maybe I’m 150 lbs in this pic. But look at all these food. So yummy and so carbohydrate 🙂

We did not cook that much food but there were still a lot to give to my relatives who visited us on new year.

Glad the holiday is over. Looking forward to summer. Oh btw, I’m weighing less than 150 lbs now. 🙂

Tuesday Night and Others

Last night, I attended the worship service. Then after that, T called to tell me that her vertigo struck her and she was at the ER. We went to her after the service. We waited fr 2 hours then ate at McDonald’s. But before that, I was on my way to the church when I could no longer resist the urge to pee and so I passed by this McDo branch just to use their restroom. The guard was giving out “ang pao” with discount coupons. I accepted one envelope. Fast forward several hours after, I was distributing discount coupons with my sisters 🙂 Everything happens for a reason.

Several good things happened at that place. We talked about the messages God gave to my sisters. I was just listening to them and God revealed to me that we have a relationship–that He’s also speaking with me.

After praying, one man seated nearby has heard us pray and so he asked for our prayers for his friend who was admitted in the hospital I worked in. We were awed for being approached and asked for prayer.

Another good thing, two people told me that I looked nice or different. Maybe the lipstick and eyeliner are really okay. 🙂

One commented that my face is shrinking–becoming fit? Hopefully. I must stick with this goal. Few clothes fit me if my waist become smaller, I’d be able to wear my old better clothes.