I never thought I will be doing international ministry. I was only planning to join them and get some lessons and expectant for Gods revelations in my life. But I loved it when he calls you to do something impromptu, and yet it turned out great because you did it for Him, for His glory.
I and with some of the leaders of our church in Aruba attended a General Conference of Congregational Holiness Church, our mother church in Georgia. It was held in Gainesville, GA. God had been busy revealing many things to me. Excitingly, he let me see not only one state.
Our pastor, Ptr Roel Tangco was assigned to preach in CHC Alabama. It was a great experience. His wife and I were able to lead a worship song as well. Unexpected. God is so good, I love God’s surprises.
While on the road, I was in my thoughts. “God, you are amazing. I love doing things for you. I feel like I am fulfilling what I am called. Thank you for the opportunity!”
Does a good career will make you feel successful, fulfilled? I don’t think so. I heard this from my sister Queen when we talk about ministries “Success is doing what God wants you to do” You’ll only feel the satisfaction in your life if you know in your heart that you are doing what God wants you to do.
What a joy we have in Jesus.
God says, “I will use you mightily if you are willing. Make yourself available.”
It was a great Sunday Worship Service.
Anna Ruby Falls
They didn’t only bring us to the conference for the spritual matter, they brought us also to some places to see attractions. God bless them. We went to Anna Ruby Falls. Nice View 🙂
While walking going to the water falls, God reminded me of His Word.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
I will never lack anything because God is my provider. The green trees remind me of His peace in my darkest days. He never let me fall, he chases me all the time and when I tend to go the wrong way, the other way, he never let me get lost. The woods represent the distraction in our life, we may go in a different way but He will show the path right back to His presence, secured, loved, peaceful, where I belong. He corrects me and teaches me, it may be a hard discipline but He does that to mold me, to make me a better one.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”
Cabbage Patch Kids
A doll in a cabbage. It’s cool how this attraction was created. Read the Legend of the Cabbage Patch Kids on their official site. But really dolls here are for sale, they are actually adopted by people. When you buy, they will give you baby’s birth certificate. It is a perfect place for babies and kids who want to adopt a baby doll.
Are you ready to visit the babies in this hospital? Hehe
Who wants to adopt this little one? HAHA
It’s so good to be young, huh? Should I get one for me?
I think I will try to make my own baby first, and adopt one day? What do you think?
Georgia – Peach Market/Farm
Georgia is known as Peach State. We went here just to have some fresh peach ice cream. They also sell strawberries, apples etc. I was just focused on peach, I wasn’t able to check other products they have. But what good about here is, they’re fresh.
Peach Ice cream!!!!!
First time to see an apple tree. Thank you, Jesus! Happy kid..
There’s a store there who sells this stuff, I love rustic!
Free Chapel Worship Center
Attended Worship Service at Free Chapel. They are amazing! It’s my second time seeing Pastor Jentezen Franklin, an American pastor, author and can be seen on television too. He is the senior Pastor of Free Chapel Worship Center. He is a great preacher.
It was Father’s day when we attended the service. He encouraged the fathers to be a Man of Word, a man that obeys His Word so they could be a good example for their children. Truly, that the Word, the Bible is the lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Love his heart. God bless him!
This experience was a blast! I thank God for everything. God is so good. When God plans, it is always the best. One thing I am challenged to do, expect more from HIM. He is a great God! HE can do great things. Dare to believe!
Enjoy today! Rejoice for the Lord rejoices with you. Do not worry about others opinions. You are highly favored and so loved by the Highest. 6:41 am, Friday, June 9, 2017
I stood up and stayed on the balcony for a while. My tears suddenly fell and whispered, “Thank you, Jesus, for your love is amazing.” Looking from our hotel room, the view was nice. I got to see buildings, they’re huge and tall. The sound of a busy road, vehicles driving in the city. I liked it. And I loved the fact that even we had struggled, at some point in our lives we almost given up but God reminds us that He can make impossible things possible.
U.S.A Experience. Unexpected but planned by God. In every state or place, we went to, He was revealing something to me. I love how God spoke to me through these events:
Would you believe? I don’t really have the budget for a luxurious vacation or something. Never had I imagine to travel this year. I prayed for unexpected blessings but I didn’t plan to go out of the country because if I would only look at my finances, never in the world I could possibly fly anywhere.
But God is GOD! His works are astounding. I know in my heart that during those times I suffered from extreme sadness and depression, one day I would understand why things happened. There must be something from it. I was hopeful for God’s revelations. HE did it again! And here I come, Georgia.
Stayed in a very beautiful hotel, Hyatt Regency Atlanta. I together with our Pastor and leaders had experienced a quick fancy 1 night and 2 days in Hyatt. What a favor. It’s free for me. Here’s the secret: if you are an employee at any Hyatt Hotel, you’ll have a free stay for three days (as much as I know) in other countries. That’s one of their benefits. Isn’t it cool? I love that! It makes me want to work in Hyatt. Two among us work at Hyatt Aruba so we had two rooms checked-in.
God is good.
God has already planned it. He knew that I will be needing this vacation. And I am thankful. It was so great to see buildings, honestly. I’ve been living in Aruba for almost six years now, all I can see there are beaches and small establishments. It’s a small island so you won’t see huge buildings. Nevertheless, Aruba is a very beautiful island. But it is good to see something new, right?
I missed the kind of noise, wide and busy roads and view in the city sometimes. It was a big deal for me to have experienced this.
Unexpected but Planned. Planned by God. He provides.
Five Star Hotel stay isn’t for rich ones only. It’s also for God’s princess who cannot afford. God provides, always.
2017 Congregational Holiness Church General Conference
Few weeks before the flight, I had a call from my mom asking me if I want to come over and visit. Of course, I would love that. I did join the group first from our church, attended the conference for few days. The trip is not for a luxurious vacation, by the way, we were just blessed to have stayed in a gorgeous hotel for few days in Atlanta.
The next day, we were picked up from the hotel to go to Gainesville where we will stay for the next days. It’s like almost two hours drive.
We stayed in Union Grove Campground, Gainesville, Georgia. We have met pastors and church leaders from different states and countries. We are all under Congregation Holiness Church. It’s really a blessing to see their dedication to the Lord and to the ministry. They are doing great to share God to people and I am really blessed by their lives.
God has revealed a lot of things to me during this stay.
My heart was melted and I was really inspired by these people. I honestly cried at nights during our stay at the campsite. God has been speaking to me and this experience is one of the confirmations I am asking for.
They are not young anymore but their diligence and dedication inspired me so much. Regardless of their age, they are doing their best, going on the mission trips, serving the people, cook food for the delegates from different countries, driving from here to there to let us see some places. And.. wow! HOURS of driving. Not to mention all the countries and mission they went to just to spread the Gospel. It’s just WOW! How dedicated they are.
And I will repeat, they are not young anymore. I don’t know how they do that but I was really shocked. For them, it’s normal. but for me, It really touched my heart how these wonderful people of God exert efforts and strength for the ministry, for God. My point here is, they are very serious about their ministry and it encourages so much that I desire to be like them. I have all the strength, I can still walk fast and do things or heavy ones to support a ministry, but I sometimes get tired easily, discouraged easily. Look at them, they are awesome, giving their time, their lives to serve people and to serve God.
Wow! How and why do they do that? The answer. LOVE. They love God so much that God poured out His love towards them and leads them to love people. Loving God, loving people.
The conference was held in CHC, New Haven Church
Thoughts like “Lord, what am I doing in my life? Why am I not sharing your love to people? I have all the strength, I am not old yet. I can still do things, but I always have excuses” I am a worship leader at our church, I attend youth groups, Bible study and teach kids tambourine dance. But I feel like God is speaking to me to do more, I don’t know exactly (or maybe I know, I am just stubborn) I’ve been praying for God’s direction in my life. I am not asking for a luxurious life. I just want God’s will in my life because I know how it feels when I give joy to the Lord, it is my strength. We are created by Him and for HIM. God is asking more from us because HE has more for us.
The conference helped me so much to see and be reminded once again our purpose. Make Jesus known. Go and share Him. Their hearts impressed me so much. Like.. really! Regardless of their age, they enthusiastically served people and dedicated their lives to the ministry.
I admired one of the pastors I’ve met there, Rev. JD Sosebee. (the man in the picture wearing sunglasses! Cool!) He’s very cheerful and anointed. He drove from Houston to Georgia. 13 hours drive. Imagine that? wew! Quite a long drive huh. I do understand that it is normal for them to drive this long from state to state. I do understand that but I still admire him and others who diligently meeting up, fellowshipping with one another to glorify our King. I am simply amazed. Most of the time, we, the group from Aruba would be riding in his van. We laughed all the time. It was fun, indeed. And the sweetest thing I observed from him is from time to time, he calls his wife and shared what was happening in the conference, he talked about the people he met and say encouraging words. He still shares his thoughts and God’s revelations to her wife. And I melt. That was sweet. I would imagine myself and my future husband talking about God’s goodness and faithfulness every single day. Such an inspiration!
I also met Mrs. Cecilia from Africa. She’s sweet, we talked about God’s faithfulness in our lives and I also asked questions like how is it living in Africa, is it really difficult? I know that it is not as rich as America, she confirmed. But I admire her more when I asked her “If you are to choose, where do you want to live? Here in America or Africa?” Africa, where her family is, she answered. She is very humble and content. She’s happy serving God and her family in Africa. It’s all well to her knowing Jesus is their everything. We also laughed about things, how African could be really funny like “Emmanuela” (Anyone of you understand Emanuela’s humor? I do. Thinking about her now makes me wanna laugh. HAHA I love her!)
This event has become an eye-opener to me. They inspire me to do better and more for the Lord, what it really means to have a servant’s heart and to follow HIM wholeheartedly.
What saddened me is… There were few young people there. I looked around and I can count on a hand. Who would be the next to continue the ministry? Who would share Jesus with people? And that is a wake-up call for me. What am I doing in my life? I’ve been praying to God to show me what He wanted me to do. If this is His answer, I would love to have that courage to do His will. If I am called for a mission, I would love to be equipped and be knowledgeable so He can use me. I don’t know where to start, what to do but I have the desire. It’s up to me now to do something.
Unexpected but God already planned this. He wants me to see what joy it could bring to Him if we do share Him to people. He blessed us so he wants us to be a blessing as well.
“God must be really wanting me to know that there is joy in serving HIM. If I am looking for joy and peace in my life. Serve Him wholeheartedly.”
God never stopped proving me that I am a princess. From finances to wisdom, revelations, and realizations, he opened my eyes. He opens a door that no one can shut, he shut doors that no one can open. He does great things! And He truly speaks. I could loudly hear Him telling me how much he loves me and gives me the joy. And that JOY that I am looking and searching for can only be found in Him and in serving HIM.
A Christian life is never an easy journey. We will experience ups and downs, joy and pain most of the time hardships, trials not to break us but make us stronger. But this journey is very fulfilling and satisfying. I want to look forward on that day I will have the courage to do the things God wants me to do. I know I am called to greatness because He said so. I should stop thinking about all the negatives in me and in my life and begin to see how the Lord mold me and wanting me to be used in His Kingdom. It is a privilege to be called His daughter, His princess.
Unexpected events but they were already planned by my King, my Daddy in Heaven.
***I have so much more to share with you. I will stop here, will post more soon. Thank you for your time reading my post. I really do appreciate it. ‘Til next time.
It’s been a while, I know. I haven’t been writing on my blog these past few months. Well, who would notice, anyway? My last post was about getting myself back on track. I wrote an open letter for Princess, myself. It’s kind of connected with this post.
“Why Me?” “Why are you sending me here?” Why am I even here?” Living in Aruba for quite some years, the Lord might be tired of hearing me asking these questions to HIm? As if they weren’t answered. I can tell that God reveals His answers but sometimes I am just busy thinking about the situation without even realizing He’s been answering all this time. If only I take my time listening and hearing His voice instead of complaining and murmuring about the circumstances.
“Why Me?” I heard this again today from the missionaries we’ve met in the ship called LOGOS HOPE. It is a non-profit organization, international ship which brings knowledge and hope through literature. They sell books and at the same time ministering to people by their kindness and care to the people coming in the ship. You won’t only be happy by all the books in the library but also by their genuine and pure hearts that inspires me to keep believing and seeking God. Their passion in sharing hope and love of God is very exhilarating.
I’ve heard about it a long time ago but I didn’t have a chance to visit the ship. It visited Philippines, I believe. But I wasn’t able to go. Logos Hope was here in Aruba 7 years ago and I wasn’t here yet that time. Last April 21 up to today, May 7 they’re here in the island. And I am really blessed to have experienced the uplifting ambiance and admiring hospitality of the crew members. I needed this for all the seeking and healing process I’m going through. God just really know how to comfort me. Just in time, never early and never been late. Perfect timing.
I went in the ship like five or six times since they arrived in Aruba. I bought some books and they are not expensive. Thank God! The first day I went, I was really really let me repeat again.. REALLY in awe. Looking around, observing every single crew in there doing their task for this ministry melt my heart once again. They are not paid. They are volunteers who gave their time and efforts, their lives for the Lord, following their calling in their lives and doing the will of God – sharing the good news. There are 400 or more crew members in the ship. Different nationalities and culture. They are meeting the world in the ship, actually. Isn’t it fascinating how God unite these people together with different languages and yet they have the common understanding that makes them united. JESUS. The love of God for them and for the people.
I think it is one of the bravest thing to do in one’s life. Leaving your family, love ones and your career behind for the sake of following Christ. Some of them are professionals but they left their good jobs because they are called to seek the One and be the light to the World. They don’t think about the position but they have the hearts for service. A heart of a servant. They are doing what God’s will is. – to go and share the Gospel. These people are doing the right thing. Selflessly obeying God in their lives. Who wouldn’t melt their hearts towards these people?
“Why Me?” There will be times they will ask God why they are sent there. They are humans too. They feel sadness and loneliness as well. Homesickness will be very overwhelming for sure. But they are holding to God’s promises. They still find peace and joy. The more they feel it the more they run to the Lord which makes them more closer to Him. God’s revelations and wisdom are very active to their lives because all they do is to seek God in their lives while staying in the ship. They have personal and group devotions, worship times, lessons, Bible studies and discipleship lessons. And I love all these things.
One of the crew members is having a hard time ( I think everyone over there experience this) she was tired and sad, she went to the prayer room,grab her guitar, cried out and ask God, “Why Me?” She can’t speak English so well, She just started learning for nine months now. One of the requirements if you want to participate with them is you can at least understand and speak English at a reasonable level. God still sends her there, anyway. For the reasons? I don’t know why. I’m sure that this is her training ground for more greater things in her life. And after days of crying to God, HE sent someone for her to be her teacher in English. They are now like sisters, caring for each other, building each other up. And yeah.. she is doing great because she can actually converse with other person now. When God calls you, HE will enable you.
Listening to their stories makes me ask a different question this time. “Why not me?” I admire them so much. Their courage and for being brave are inspiring. The third time I was in the ship, we attended a prayer event called “Pray for the Nation” we prayed for some unreachable countries like North Korea, Venezuela and more to open doors of opportunities to share the good news. We also prayed for what the world is going through like poverty, addiction, slavery, human trafficking etc. that people would know that there is hope in life. JESUS is the answer. He is the only one who can heal us within. And after the event, we got home and all. I was about to sleep, turned off my lights, but my heart is still overwhelmed. I prayed and I cried so hard like a baby on my bed. I needed this. I needed that moment. I missed that time where my heart’s only desire is to obey Him , to seek Him and to love Him. I was like a baby crying and telling him everything I feel. I felt so bad for not doing anything for His kingdom, I felt so sorry for not loving the lost anymore, I sobbed for I know God is calling me to do His will but I am to stubborn. I only look on my ugly situation, I only care about myself. While others are suffering and dying from starving, from the abuse of the evil, children are being forced to work for some countries, little ones who can’t see the beauty of life because they are abused, people who are broken and don’t see their worth so they end up hurting themselves, found their happiness in the wrong ones like pornography, smoking and alcohol and drug addiction, shopping and everything they think will complete them. They are lost. And what am I doing? I live in fear, no confidence to speak about the truth, keeping to myself. Am I being selfish? I know the goodness of God. But I wasn’t on my self these years, I cried all the time to seek and know what was this thing that He wanted me to do. There is something inside of me that I know He wants me to share , to get out on my shell and see the world and do something..
“Why Not Me?” I want to be part of this ministry. Who wouldn’t like? But is this something God wants or just me? I prayed and told Him wherever I go, I want to be a channel of His blessings. I will speak what He says, I will go where He goes. At the end of my prayer “I want to be with you” I want to know you more” ” I want to do your will” It doesn’t need to be in Logos Hope. All I want is to be with you. I was lost and weak because I didn’t want to follow Him, I lost my motivation because I only look at myself. But these days since I came to that amazing ship, God has been talking to me, God has been shaking me and getting me back on track. He’s revealing me His words and promises to me “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4
I believe that everyone is called for a specific task in this life. It’s just a matter of obedience. If it’s God”s will for me to be in the ship one day, it’ll happen and he will give me confirmation through His word, prayers, from the people around me. Just like one of the staff in the ship told us. For the meantime, while living in Aruba with a different culture and language, I have to know and seek my purpose here. I am sure that I am not only here for work. He’s been telling me to do something but I still didn’t. I pray and you can also pray for/with me that the Lord will give me the courage to do His will in this island.
I can say that the island is so beautiful. Life in here is easy and relaxing. Some Filipinos call this place as milk and honey place where abundance is present everywhere. I am thankful and grateful for that but life isn’t all about it. Aruba is called One Happy Island. Like what I have said I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. But for me, this is also called “Temptation Island” where everybody is busy making money, making life very comfortable, relaxing, bars everywhere, prostitution in a certain place which is legal here. It is very comfortable that not everyone is willing to take time to gather for the name of the Lord. I honestly got used of being relaxed. But in my heart I know that this isn’t life for me. I want to see people , Christians who are willing to give their time for the work of the Lord, who can really take time teaching people about the knowledge of God, who worship God in Spirit &truth not a performance, I want to see a generation in this island who seek God and knows God’s holiness. IF I want to see it, I must begin to be one.
“Why me?” shouldn’t be ask this time. Should I ask “Why not me?” If God can use those missionaries in the ship mightily because they are willing and made themselves available? Why not me?” It doesn’t have to be in the ship. If God calls you, he will enable you. It would be great if one day I can participate with them but now my mission field is in Aruba. A revelation that God has been telling me that didn’t get in to me until Logos Hope arrived. Thank you so much for this ministry. You guys are amazing Logos Hope!! 🙂
I walked by the hotel areas and by the beach. I was stunned and made me say “Gosh, Aruba, you are truly beautiful.” Aruba is known as One Happy Island, reason why many tourists come back and forth in the island. It is a great place to relax and be away from stress at work, family and all.
People also walk or run in here especially at the hotel area. You would love to see the view, hear the sound of the waves, the sand, the people wearing swim attire with their beautiful body. (Men would actually love that). Life is beautiful. Life is a beach.
There are so much to be thankful for. I used to stay home when I am sad and going through some difficulties in life.Exercising is the best cure for anxiety and depression. Get out of your room and see the beauty of your place. So, I’ve learn to embrace the place where I am now. No to homesickness or depression. Yes to appreciating life and be positive everyday
A perfect spot for lovers, huh? While walking I see them, my heart is so happy to see couples spending their time together at the beach. It’s so romantic. 😍
Kids love beach so much. Their voice and laugh while playing are good to ears, they are the sound of joy and happiness. Life is a beach.
Let me not label them as old. They are young at hearts. They are enjoying the view and waiting for the sunset. Cameras everywhere, you’ll see.
It was a beautiful walk. I enjoyed it so much. My heart was so happy! 😘 Life is a beach. Enjoy it.
“How does it feel when you are encouraged by someone? Do you usually take advises in a positive way or you feel uncomfortable when you are being encouraged by someone?” Kuya Monjhet asked each of us this question during our small group devotion. We gathered every Friday to listen to God’s word, we worship, we bond, we eat and we laugh. Fellowship. This is how we get our strength from the whole week of stress from work, and or school, at home and all. We all have the tendency to be preoccupied with the busyness of the world but we try to meet once a week to build each other up.
Some of the answers are:
“I feel special. It feels good because you feel you are loved”
“I don’t usually get some encouragement from people besides from my sisters and mom, maybe because people think I am just fine, I joke around all the time. They do not know what I am going through but it always feels good when someone encourage you, it gives you strength”
“I am good at encouraging others but when someone encourage me, it doesn’t get within me”
“During the time I was really down, someone encouraged me and it helps me to keep going and not to give up.”
It feels better!
“I want to give up, I want to die! I just can’t take this anymore”
Did you ever say this to your self or ever feel this way? I did. I would not deny that there were times in my younger years. I release these words and thoughts did run to my head. I thought that I could not make it, I thought it was the end and would not able to keep going because of trials, pains and sufferings I was going through. Everybody has different kinds of difficulties. For others, it’s not that hard but for others it is. But one thing is for sure, there is a cry inside that we want to be understood somehow.
People nowadays seek attention through social media. I have no problem with them posting different stuff marketing themselves. I also do selfies and cover songs, though! 🙂 So this is not to judge anyone. But most of them who shared lengthy and dramatic posts problems about their family, love life and all, are mostly the ones who need to be encouraged, seeking for someone to understand. Selfies are also way of people wants to be noticed. Everyone seeks attention and affection. They want to be accepted and appreciated.
When someone takes time to listen and give you words of wisdom during troubles, it makes you feel better, special and loved. I also felt this, I do not seek advises or comfort from anyone, because to tell you the truth I am so good in covering myself by smiling and laughing. It confirmed when a missionary discerned me that I was going through hard time but I am so good in covering it. So, yeah! That is me. But believe me, encouragement like that penetrates deep inside my heart.
Good thing about encouragement, it always makes you feel better. So what are you waiting for? Find someone now who needs your simple words like “I care for you”. “I appreciate you” “Whatever you are going through, remember I will always be here” “I believe in you, you can make this” and more.
It pushes you beyond your limit.
Encouragement doesn’t only give you the feeling of being loved and special but it also pushes you to do greater. When someone believes in you, you start to feel confident. If you do not trust yourself and yet there are people around you trust you, it gives you the courage to go beyond your limit.
Hebrews 3:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin
Exhort means to strongly encourage or urge someone to do something. The Bible tells us to do it daily to one another. Why? Nowadays, as we can see, the enemy is trying to give us the life that we think the best for us. Clubs and bars are full while churches are empty. What do you do when your friend is choosing the other way instead of running towards God when in pain or downcast?
We are reminded to urge someone to be in God’s love all the time. The world offers great things in our eyes but we still lack of peace, joy and sometimes or all the time we feel left out or alone. As brothers and sisters in Christ, never stop encouraging someone. That is the best thing we can do to help us grow together in the knowledge of the Lord. The peace we are all looking for is in Christ Jesus alone.
It pushes you beyond your limit. Okay, before I became a worship leader, there’s a lot of encouragements I had to receive to obey. I doubt myself, I was shy, I’m still shy now, but knowing about God’s grace that is sufficient in our every needs, through the push of God’s servants, I am still a worship leader. I thought I couldn’t make it and having thoughts like I am not really called by God to do this, I can only sing but not to lead. But because someone encouraged me to use my gifts and talents for the Lord, I tried and it was not a bad decision. I realized that this is what I am called for. This task that I thought I could not able to do, I am still doing it by the grace of the Lord.
It gives hope
Encouragement doesn’t only give you the good feeling, pushes you to your limit and beyond but it also gives you hope. If you think that there is no other way but to just simply finish your life, you are so wrong. I encourage you to speak over your life and to others. It is true when you are still alive, there is still hope. You will find hope in God.
Why is it important to encourage someone? There are people today who are giving up with their life. A simple word or action to show them that there is hope will give someone the courage and trust to keep going and have an expectations of greater things.
I admit, sometimes I enjoy the negative thoughts in a way by dwelling on them the whole time. But it is the work of the enemy to destroy us. It is not from the Lord. There is hope in those who believe in God.
..the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
It motivates and disciplines
I really wanted to learn how to play piano. I am not good in playing but I can play to accompany my singing, the basics. I was told to keep practicing until you really say you can play it. Motivation and determination are some of the factors to make things happened. You are also responsible to encourage your own self. Just like playing instrument if you are not gonna take a step to learn, how are you gonna able to do it?
“What do you want to do with your life?”
“I want to be a writer”
“Oh, Nice. Do you write?”
“No, because I don’t know how to”
“You want to be a writer? Then write”
There are so many ways to learn. You just have to begin. I think everyone starts from the bottom, so you better start to do what you love to do. I write not to be praised. I write because I love to write, whether I am good or not, it doesn’t matter. I finally figure that out. Beginner will always have doubt and for us to be on that higher level, we need motivation, determination and discipline. Easier said than done, huh? I know, right. But this is also note to myself. I am not saying that I am perfectly confident in my life. Of course not, if you only know how I struggle with self-confidence. But through God’s grace, I will able to do this, right? 🙂 Encourage me now.. HAHA
When someone is encouraging you it motivates you, right? So if you ever feel motivated by someone, pay it forward. You know how encouragement can change a person’s life. 🙂
It nurtures patience and kindness
I was so impatient with myself. There are traits in me that I wanted to change instantly. So, the tendency, I got frustrated and depressed. I look down on myself and because of that, I won’t able to do a task perfectly. Do not be hard on yourself. God is patient to us, you should be too. God wants us to practice kindness to others, but also to ourselves. It is difficult for us to be kind if we are not kind to ourselves. So, through God’s grace, I am able to love and be kind to myself, believing that God created me for something better and can do greater things.
Everybody has different trials in life. When someone is mean, I try to look through that person, the inside, something within him/her. Maybe she/he has a hard time in some areas of her/his life. I am thankful to my friends who are so patient with me. I used to complain so much about my life but having people around you who never stop inspiring you and praying for you is awesome. I am blessed. It made me patient to others needs as well. Their encouragement goes within me because you know that they love you as you are, when you make mistakes, they are not gonna look down on you but they are understanding and take time to really understand how I feel. Life is learning. Everything happens for a purpose, whatever the purpose is, be open to know by running to God’s arms. His word to penetrate within us and cultivate a good heart.
Romans 15:4New King James Version (NKJV)
4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
Helps you grow in Christ
Last two weeks ago, we are also reminded to make this our goal to our group. We all know that we are not perfect but God want us to build each other up. When someone is down, pull him/her up. Do not judge. Love and encourage them. A simple “How are you?” and “How can I pray for you?” can really make a change in one’s life. When I am down, God sends people to do that to me, I am grateful. Knowing that God sees everything and he wants us also to look after our neighbors and family in Christ, to pray for them.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
You are not alone!
Lastly, Remember that! God is there with you, God’s servant are also willing to be there to the people in need. When you encourage someone, that person feels he/she is not alone same as you feel when you are being encouraged. You need them. They need you.
John 13:34-35New King James Version (NKJV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Let us love one another. God, as our father will really be happy seeing his children loving each other. Encourage them. When you think that there is someone around you needs yous simple smile. Do it.
SMILE! Give them hug! and Pray for them! 🙂
BE ENCOURAGED! 🙂
We worship before we start, we sing “Great are you Lord”
Devotion Topic: Encouragement
And after.. we played 7up . Shagiddy shagiddy shapopo (idk if I spelled it right ! HAHA)
Have you ever think to stop and start again? 🙂 I just turned 29ish yesterday. March 1, 2016, Tuesday. When someone ask my age, it’s kinda difficult to admit I am 30, so I better say 29ish. Okay? I am trying to calm down but really? Am I this old? I demand a recount. LOL.
Hahaha. I really laughed when I see this. What happened? … LOL 🙂
I didn’t plan anything actually. I just wanted to stay home and have a birthday sleeping mode. My friend, Cherry, encouraged me to do something fun. It’s only once that I turn 30. True enough but for me “sleeping”is fun. haha I asked for a week vacation from work. It’s good to have rest like this. Thank God. So yeah, had to gather myself, relax and have fun!
How did I celebrate my 29ish:
I cleaned my room (half cleaned haha)
I washed my bed sheets.
I stayed home with my cousin because everyone was at work.That is sweet of him special mention to Christopher Neil Grajo for going straight here after school. He accompanied me.
My brother took a half day off, well actually I was not the reason, he had to fix some documents. But then I am happy he came home early. Yey! May kalaro na ako.
Papa arrived in the afternoon, nice way to spend your birthday with the family
Decided to eat dinner out with relatives and friends, Papa and Tita Blessie couldn’t join because Papa was not feeling well. But he gave me his gift. 🙂
Had fun at Peanuts Restaurant with them
Busog na busog na ako halata sa tyan. Patawad HAHA
with my fiance and mother in law to be 🙂
Tito Mommy Miles and Tito Daddy Emong , Tita Janet
Sige Birthday nyo? Kayo na malaki image. Sila yun walang sawang mang asar sa akin pero kami tatlo lage magkakasama, I am their Princess. kaya nga wala ako dyan. I am their favorite pag dating sa bully-han 🙂 I love you men! My cousin and brother.
I woke up early in the morning, heard my phone beeping continuously. So I checked it and yeah it’s March 1, people are giving their greetings, encouragements and prayers posting on my Facebook Timeline. One of them is a blog greeting surprise for me made by my sister Queen. I remember making her one last year. I interviewed her friends for some silly and serious questions about her. She did it to me this time. How sweet! 🙂 I am blessed to have her and the people participated. Thank you so much. I feel so loved
She asked three questions:
Who is Yhang to you ? (Yhang is my nickname)
What is/are unforgettable moments or experience with her
Birthday Messages/Prayers for her
Click if you want to know more : Birthday Messages from Friends and Family created by Ate Queen. Sweet 🙂 Thank you so much for the effort and love, people. I can’t mention names one by one but I am really grateful for all the greetings! God bless you all!
February 29 and March 1 are my birthdays. 🙂 Philippine time and Aruba time. My first greeter made me cry at first.
Four reasons I cried after reading this:
Ang hirap basahin. Hindi na ako marunong magbasa ng short texts, Jejemon ka sis. LOL
I wanted to hug you and everyone over there but I can’t, I am too far. But I whispered to God to embrace you all for me. I love you!
The surprise. It was very touching, though I know you all making that for me, I knew it, you guys were so busy na naseenzoned lang ang beauty ko 🙂
My scrapbook materials kept in the baul for 4 and half years. Haha You guys used my materials for the surprise. Funny! It’s okay, I really appreciate the effort 🙂 I am excited! I would surely love it!
My day was already made by the touching messages and revelation from the people close to my heart in the morning. I grabbed my journal and start to write. Thanking God for all the blessings. Its not money or material things but it was a very great gift. God made me feel I am so much loved by Him by giving me those people in my life. Nakakaiyak malaman na naiiyak at namimiss nila ang old times with me. Thank you God for their friendship and love. I feel so blessed and loved, really. Ang sarap sarap nilang basahin. 🙂 Thank you to my sister, dalawin nyo sya, follow din Queen’s WordPress Blogsite. I really really like them, you know? I had so much tears and laugh while reading them. Thank you for everything. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH 🙂 Panalo sa effort te. Pak na pak. I feel loved.
Only One Regret : Yesterday, I could have gone to Starbucks. If it’s your birthday, you do not need to pay anything. It’s free! 🙂 Here in Aruba, it’s free. I do not know with other countries. I was already tired and full from the dinner so we all went home 🙂 I will have to wait another year to have a free Starbucks. Haha Now I want it. Grrr.
To my Facebook friends, thank you so much for the greetings. I appreciate you all. May God bless you abundantly. 🙂
This year is my year! Yey 🙂 On my next blog, I will be writing about My Thoughts on Turning 30. Thank you for reading. I know I am not that good blogger, but I have to do this because I love doing this, it helps me express myself through writing. So, even I am not that well (yet) please bare with me. Let me enjoying blogging. No bashers please. 🙂 Cheers!
I am craving now. this is what I ordered yesterday at Peanuts Restaurant:Fish Chicharon
Pahabol: I love him, I carried him when he was a baby, I did it again on my 30th.
My brother King 🙂
Family. My inspiration. I love you all
Ako na ang latak! haha my Queen and King 🙂
My Grandmothers. I really miss them. Tears 😦 Thank you Mama Esther and Lola Nena
Me! Small and looked terrible 🙂 haha
Princess at 29ish . Happy Birthday to me! Thank you Jesus for another year. 🙂
IV. PCLI Workmates (Philippine Christian Literature, Inc.)
From: Kuya Henry
From: Kuya Mike
From: Sir Nestor
From: Kuya Onin
From: Sir Ram
Dami kong tawa kay Sir =D
From: Ate Shanz
Salamat Ate Shanz sa love mo sa sister ko, sweet =p
From: Kuya Eman
Yhang, miss ka na nila =D
From: Sir Ronald
For the record, nakilala ko lang si Sir sa fb nakita ko kasi na taga PCBS baka connected din sa iyo Yhang 🙂 at nakalimutan kong Princess ka pala sa office, dami ko bloopers sa surprise na ito hihi #niceexperience. Anyway sir, thank you for answering all my questions 🙂
From: Ma’am Sol
Yhang, Ma’am mo Oh 🙂 #sweet
So…. Di pa tayo tapos Yhang…
Happy ka ba? =D
May isa pang babati sa iyo = D
I remember ikaw ang unang nag-invite ng speaker sa Church at camp natin non na popular, sa iyo nag-umpisa iyon eh.. Eto na…
You used to surprise many people, especially those people who is close to your heart, IKAW IYAN!!! Pero this time IKAW NAMAN! I’m not good as you my Princess but I want you to know,feel that you are loved and special malayo man, malapit rin =D
Nag-interview ako ng mga taong nakakakilala sa iyo, mga taong napadaan sa buhay mo. I asked them this 3 questions:
Who is yhang to you?
What is the most unforgettable experience or moment you had with Yhang or some people know you as Princess?
What is your message to Yhang on her birthday?
My prayer as you read this blog mapapangiti ka and you’ll realize how blessed you are; ikaw ay naging blessing sa kanila. So sit back and relax at sana may popcorn ka dyan sa tabi mo…
WAIT!!!! Naghalungkat ako sa magic baul mo at sa mga old photo albums natin at…
Ang tunay na maganda hindi nahihiyang umutot, hindi rin nahihiyang magluto ng pansit canton na naging biko. Ano daw? LOL Sa part 2 po natin mababasa ang ilan sa masayang moments ng mga kaibigan nya with her. Pero ito talaga, ang tunay na maganda di nagsasawang tumulong sa kapwa nya.Wala ng intro ah? Wala ng maisip e. Haha
Part 3 and last na yehey! Makakatulog na ako.
Ang puso nya ang mas nagpapaganda talaga sa kanya. Kaya nga marami talaga nagmamahal sa Queen of our hearts e. Kung bakit? (Part 1)
Ako, personally marami ako natutunan sa kanya e. Kung paano nya ako inaalagaan ganun din ang pagtingin nya sa ibang tao. She is really concern about a person’s heart and soul. Charming talaga e. Napakaswerte talaga nung matatawag kong kuya. Ready na ba tayo? Alamin natin kung paano talaga sya ginagamit ni Lord para mag inspire at mag-encourage sa ibang tao.
What are the lessons you’ve learned or wisdom you’ve got from her?
Obedience to God is the key to success. Amen
“But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’
Leiah Falguera .Special shout out for this beautiful lady of God and soon to be wife of Ptr. Mike Calingacion. She surely asked God’s confirmation. Excited na yan o?! Yung usapan natin ah? HAHA All the best! Congratulations. True Love Waits and True Love Weds. Cheers
Sana hindi ako mali pero this from Sheena Marie S. 🙂
To her best friends, sige kasali na din ako. Thanks for loving my ate Queen huh! Bawi ako one day. 🙂
May future ba kayo ni ate Queen, Ric? Haha Joke
At marami pa talaga…
Commercial Break ulit..
Oh Vitamins for the eyes. Sino mas pogi? Haha Itanong nyo sa akin dali sino yun isa dyan! LOL 🙂
Ito daw natutunan nya kay ate Queen:
May isa pa sya natutunan Kinain mo tae mo? Tinuro din ni ate Queen. Mahusay na magtagalog yan HAHA
Isingit na rin natin ito. I supposed to ask this sa mga nasa Aruba and ibang bansa kaso I didn’t have the chance to interview them. But we want you to know ate Queen We miss you so much!
Ramdam mo na ba ano ang kahilingan ng marami? Let’s take a look.
Ito na yun o?…
Ang alin kaya? May nawawala! Hanapin natin. Sing sing ba ito? ALDUB ang peg.
Lahat naman pala e. NAghahanap ka rin ba? Ano ba tong wish na to?
Pwede bang i-box na ‘to? Iregalo nating lahat? LOL
Ito mas excited kasalan agad agad e! Ako din mapapatalon ako pag nangyari yan. Yung aabot ang talon hanggang Pinas sa sobrang saya.
Bongga diba? Mas mabilis ito. Baby agad. Nasaan na kaya kasi e no?
Sa Isang tulad niyang ganito?…
Hindi paba dinggin ni Lord ang prayer natin for her? Hehe Sa Tamang Panahon
May nakakamiss sayo sobra o! 🙂
I promised her ipaparating ko sayo to te Queen, kaya ayan usap usap kayo lage. 🙂
Let’s also wait for Mr. Left? Haha May ganun ba? Dami na kasi humahabol dyan kay Mr. Right. Tama na yan!
Let’s have faith. See you soon! 🙂
Mahanap na nya ang TAO para sa kanya. Tao ah. Tao. Hindi yan Bagay o H? HA? Hay? HAhaha up! 🙂 Thumbs up! Salamat neng..
Yes po. Amen. Sa dami natin nagpepray nyan o? Yes na yan Lord diba? 🙂
Bata pa naman pala e. Maghintay pa tayo
Nasaan ba Mak nagpunta yan at hindi pa rin dumarating gang ngayon? Dami na naghahanap sa kanya o?! Natraffic. May forever e. Forever traffic! Only in the Philippines.
Mr. Right, God’s will, God’s best, si Forever at kung anu ano pang tawag sakanya, where na you? Dito na us? Madami dami kang mapapasaya pag dumating ka sa takdang panahon. Kaya medyo bilis bilisanmo. Matraffic? Maglakad ka na. Pwede na din yan. So Bayaw? Can’t wait to call you Kuya!
Pero guys seriously, God’s love is more than enough. Kaya nga siguro nakapaghihintay si ate Queen at single pa rin sya hanggang ngayon dahil na-enjoy nya ang love ni Lord. Totoo naman na mas nakakakilig ang love Nya sa atin.
Ang sarap sarap sa pakiramdam kapag alam natin may nagmamahal at nag aalaga sa atin. Yung bang kahit na alam mo na hindi ka perfect pero ang tingin nya sayo ay perfect, righteous. Sa totoo lang, darating sa buhay natin na mararanasan natin masaktan, iwan ng minamahal natin pero may isa na kahit kelan hindi ka iiwan. Mawala na ang lahat, wag lang ikaw Lord. Ito ang isa sa mga aral na naituro sa akin ni Lord through ate Queen. Kasi ang buhay sa mundo ay pansamantala lang, maging ang mga tao sa mundo. Hindi lahat nasa tabi mo, hindi lahat lage andyan para sayo, hindi sila ang magkukumpleto sayo. But if you seek the ONE who will fill your longings and emptiness, hindi ka luge kasi pupunuin ka nya ng pagmamahal ng walang kapalit. You are the apple of His eyes. Sya ang FOREVER natin, the ONE and our TRUE LOVE . His name is JESUS.
Pero dahil gusto ni Lord na magtiwala tayo ng bongga sakanya. Maganda na ganito na rin wish natin sabay sabay. 1 2 3..
O diba? Hindi pa rin ako tumigil. Pataasan ng faith o? LOL
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SISTER QUEEN! We Love you so much 🙂
Thanks so much for taking time to read. Sa lahat po ng nagmamahal sa ate ko sobrang thank you po. God bless you all!
Life on earth is ephemeral. Do what makes you happy!