Category Archives: Sunday Reflection
I was washing the dishes from our breakfast when my 4 years old son approach me and all of a sudden told me "mommy, God did not created me. Sabi mo God made me, hindi ganun yun." I curiously asked why to find out how he arrived to that idea. His answer was, "kasi pinanganak mo ako. God did not created me." I was blown, how that innocent mind thought of it. Baffled, I quickly answered "God formed you in my womb, that's how He created you." I think he was a bit convinced, but he stared at me, while he repeat what I told him. I taught them the song "God Made Me" and I'm sure they have also heard it from the Sunday School. So I am pretty sure that it's from that song that they learned the concept of God being our creator. Soon in our homeschooling, we will reach the sixth day of creation where God created the animals and people. So I am thinking of how I can expound this matter to him. Would they understand it? Would they pay a high regard to our magnificent Creator if they themselves know that God created them
Do not worry. That was the words I got from our senior pastor Peter the afternoon I saw him at a hospital . I just had my stress test done, and while on my way out of the building I saw Pastor Peter going out from physical rehab center. I took the fire exit stair which he also did, and that's where the conversation started. Hearing those words from a great servant of God really meant soo much to me. I believe it was not a coincident, but God purposely allowed me to see Pastor Peter to convey His message to me. After the sudden death of my father, I have been worrying about a lot of things. I have been holding God's promises to us in the Bible, but despite knowing some of the many promises He has for us, but I just can't get away from worrying. I felt loved and special, having heard those words from a great servant of God. Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food,
It would have been your 61st today Tatay. I am trying to muddle through the sad feeling celebrating your 61st without you on earth because I know, you are celebrating it with joy and there is nothing better than celebrating it with Jesus. And that is something we should celebrate as well. Paul said in Philippians 1:21, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Although it maybe painful to the ones left behind, but this passage is just telling me that death is not the end. It is simply a beginning of a much much better life in eternity. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="822"] photo from google images. poem by Kathleen Viaes[/caption]
If there is one great man I know, it's undoubtedly my Tatay. He introduce me and my sister to the Christian faith. He taught me to pray and love God, to be honest, to be humble, to be forgiving, to respect and be compassionate to everyone. Those lessons greatly impacted my life. He modeled contentment by living a simple life. He is exemplary kind and responsible. I will never forget all the sacrifices you've made to give us a good life despite being a solo parent. You relinquished your own happiness for our sake, and that to me is as precious as jewel. I thought I would have much time to show you that I am grateful of all the things that you have done for us. I thought we still have plenty of time to bond together. I thought I will continue seeing your happy face whenever you are with my children. I thought I would be able to take care of you when your knees are week, when you are suffering from gout , or simply when you get really old. It really hurts that without any warning, you went "home" too early. I have asked God "why too
While on the cab last sunday morning on the way to church for Sunday service, the Passover came to my mind, and then I was trying to recall a little knowledge about the matter. But since I was with my kids, I was'nt able to do so, I think I need stillness to do that. I didn't know why it suddenly hit my mind in the middle of conversations about cranes, bridges and buildings. You know boys. Later did I know that the message last sunday was all about the 10th plague which is the Plague of the First born or the passing of the angel of death - The Passover. I was really surprise. If I couldn't recall that little knowledge, probably because I heard it over a year ago. I know I read it from the Bible, but I fully don't understood it. And here comes sunday service. I know it's not a coincidence that I thought of Passover hours before the service. It's God, answering the desire of my heart. Let me share what I learned from today's message. The title of the message is Rest in God's Salvation. But since the title of this post is passover, I'd
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] photo fr mirroring-for-mission.com[/caption] But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions -- it is by grace you have been saved.(Ephesians 2:4-5) For if it not have been for Your Son, who is blameless, who took the penalty of my transgressions, I would not be who I am today. I will always be in awe to You my God my King! Thank you for the forgiveness, and for loving me first.
In my attempt of doing things my way, I finally got to a realization that I really can't make it out of my own strength alone. I have been trying hard to escape a circumstance something that the enemy has delivered. And the more I press on my own strength battling, the more I get tired and exhausted. It was when I felt like my mind was going to blow out that I get to my saturation point that I "Surrendered"it to Him. Surrender is yielding to the power or control of another upon demand. Having no one to talk to on a midnight, I realize that it is God alone that I cannot run. I remember a preacher said, "go to throne, not on the phone". We have a big God, who has a big heart whom we can always call on, yield on...we may not see Him but we can definitely feel His presence. We all have the privilege to experience God in a very personal way. Going to the "throne" and surrendering is one of the best thing to do during storms in life. Many times we fail in our own ways and strength, but if we
A few days ago I noticed that I am a bit exasperated with my toddlers naughtiness. Yes, just like other toddler's, he started to be naughty (in a bit). Last night I was feeling tired and sleepy and as we hit the bed, he still refuses to sleep. He keeps on bubbling, rolling and sometime pulling my hair (and that hurts). I was a little annoyed so I grabbed him pushing him down the bed. And just before he cries, my mind told me to be calm and patient. Oh well, I may have a little patience with other things but when it comes to raising my children, I am trying to have a plenty of it. Patience creates a compassionate and respectful family environment. While losing our patience result in frustration and then to anger then into resentment. So just before I yell to the tot, I then heard myself and realize that I needed help. Patience has always been my prayer, and before it gets the better of me, I had to call on the Lord for help. David says in Psalm 18:6 “In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help.”
Thank you Jesus for shedding Your blood at The Cross as a redemption for all our sins! There's no greater love than these. We are truly nothing wihout YOU!
Did you know that God never created you to be average? He never created us to reach a certain level and then plateau. We should all know that God created us to excel and He wants us to know that there is no limit to how high we can go in life. There is no limit to what we can accomplish, if we only learn to shake off complacency and keep pressing forward to the next level. We maybe trying to succeed but have hit the walls again and again. Don’t stop dear! Try again. Keep going until you get what you want to achieve. It’s sad that there are many people who grow satisfied with far less than God’s best for their lives. We simply get comfortable with it not knowing that God has something better for us, if we only keep on stretching to the next level. Let us exercise our faith in achieving our goals. Keep going, don’t keep your toned body grow flabby by not exercising. Let us exercise our faith. Our potential has been put in us by our Creator when we were born. It’s up to us to use it or not, remember it
As we welcome the New Year many of us sets new goals and resolution in life. This has been viral every time New Year comes and everyone wants to be successful with the new goals and resolution. Topping the list of New Year’s resolution is something about our personality or attitude, something that we want to change for the better. Second is something about food, diet is one of them and the third is something about health, and working out is one of them. But sad to say, many of us fail. Perhaps only 2 out of 5 people succeed. As we set our new goals, have you think of becoming dead to sin this year? Did you ever consider this in one of your many New Year’s resolution? The Bible tells us that we are lovers of ourselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. (2 Timothy 2-4) This year why don’t we try to free ourselves from sin? Why don’t we welcome God in our lives today? It’s not
With the current tragedy that happened in Cagayan de Oro City, I can’t help but pray for the victims especially for the innocent victim of typhoon Sendong which are the children. I can’t hold on my tears seeing those dead pictures of children being circulated in a social networking site. I don’t have relatives in that area but I have friends online who lives in Cagayan de Oro and I praise God that they are alive. Though some of them lost their possessions but really praise God that no lives were claimed. In the midst of natural disaster where you see children are separated from their parents, lives being torn and hundred of people dead I think I can’t blame you asking “Where is God?” very sensitive question likewise sensitive to answer. There are event in the Bible which shows that God was involve in a disaster. The great flood in the time of Noah was sent by God. Perhaps the right question to ask is why does He allow them to happen and that question should be followed by a follow up question what lesson is to be learned. We are living in a sinful world, and so it
Inspired by the preaching of our pastor, today’s reflection is all about Purity. Our scripture today is from Matthew 5:8. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God It may be impossible to achieve purity from a wordly view. What we don’t know is hat, God has planned purity for us and has done everything in His power for us to achieve Purity. To justify this, one of the reasons why Jesus died on the cross is Purification as said in 1John 1:7; But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[a] sin. It means that if we walk and commune with Jesus, purity is going to start to manifest in us as spending time with Jesus will change us. Purity works from the heart to outside. It’s not good to just aim to look pure. We should be pure and the more that we spend time with God, the more we are change from the inside. And it goes along, as we are change from the inside, purity becomes evident on the outside.
We have not planned this, that’s why I was not happy when I found out that we are having our second baby. I am not yet ready emotionally and perhaps we are not yet ready financially plus our eldest is only 10 months old. Despite the worries I had laid to my husband, he was happy about the news and he was determine that together we can face the new responsibility and that there is nothing to get worried about. But it took me a few days to finally embrace the good news and thank God for this new blessing! Encouragement from good friends and family helped me a lot to have the courage I have right now. I released my worries, and entrusted it to HIM for He has better plans for me, than I have. And so realised that I shouldn’t be sad about this, instead, I should be thankful. I know it’s a big responsibility to be a mom for the second time plus the adjustment that I need to make since I’ll be going through this second pregnancy without my husband; my eldest and I will be going home for good while hubby will continue working
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." Matthew 6:14 Forgiving is allowing another person to be human for faults, mistakes, or misdeeds. It is letting another know that there is no grudge, hard feelings, or animosity for any wrongdoing. Forgiving is the God like gift of spiritually connecting with others, touching their hearts to calm the fear of rejection, quiet the sense of failure, and lighten the burden of guilt. Forgetting is the God like gift of spiritually touching others' hearts with the reassurance of a happy and full life with no fear of recrimination, remonstrations, or reminding of past offenses. Forgetting is putting these behind you; they are no longer brought up and no longer remain a barrier to your relationship. In order to forgive and forget, you need to let go of past hurt and pain, Trust in the goodness of mankind and the goodness and mercy of God to take over for you. Let go and let God lead you during a hurtful time and Believe in God's infinite justice and wisdom. There is nothing so bad that cannot be forgiven. Nothing! So Live a peaceful and joyful life, Forgive and