Are you worrying about anything RN?

This verse is too comforting it deserves a space in my blog. I hope you too could be comforted by this:

“Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus. So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work, praising him always.”

Philippians 4:6

The Passion Translation (TPT)

18 things I learned this 2018

I skipped my 2017 year-end blog last year because it was too difficult a year to write. Needless to say, I wasn’t well at that time.

I started 2017 up to the early months of 2018 with negative emotions – anger and hatred toward other people. I lived every day nursing an evil thought of feeling superior to anyone else. And it was by God’s will that this translated into frustrations in the household and felt deeply by my loved ones.

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My husband – the gracious gift God has bestowed upon me is also His key instrument in changing my life for good. God allowed things to happen so He could help me look within my heart to catch the virus determined to destroy relationships. And sorry for the faint heart, but the light shone on it and found the virus to be the devil.

This 2018 I have:

  1. Struggled with knowing that what people think about me is a reflection of how I see the world.
  2. Learned that it’s better to be kind than to be right.
  3. Learned that faith cannot be imposed on anyone.
  4. Learned that I am not perfect.
  5. Chosen silent cries over angry confrontation.
  6. Learned my role in life.
  7. Changed a few things about myself that resulted in believing that others can change too, in God’s time.
  8. Realized that some things beyond our control are always within God’s control.
  9. Worked on the idea that there’s a possibility that God is absent in our lives because we don’t call on Him.
  10. Realized that I need to work on surrendering everything to Jesus. It’s easy to be rocked when troubles come. I am a work in progress.
  11. Decided that there’s only ONE I aim to impress.
  12. Learned the greatest sermon ever given is found in Matthew Chapter 5-7; this needs to be MEMORIZED to serve as CONSTANT meditation through prayer.
  13. Realized that it’s more important to have a PERSONAL relationship with God than to just know him.
  14. Realized that we need to be warier in practicing our faith in front of others for malicious intent to please people.
  15. That knowledge and faith is NOTHING without ACTION. – still struggling. But praying.
  16. Strengthened the belief “Everything happens for a reason.”
  17. Learned that a true Christian is JOYFUL, gentle and kind.
  18. Acknowledged that when we delight ourselves in the Lord,  He will give us our heart’s desires.

As the year come to a close, I wish for us to ponder on our relationships.

Do we have friends we no longer talk to? Are we carrying any bitterness toward a person who hurt us? Are we consciously avoiding some people whenever we see them in the workplace? Are we deliberately keeping our kids away from our in-laws or parents because they “can’t meddle with our affairs”? Do we spend time with our officemates more than we spend time with our husband or wife? Do we listen to our husband with respect and not belittle their thoughts or ideas? Are we loving our wives enough to the point of considering her feelings above ourselves or anyone else’s? Do we have idols in our heart?

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Are we divided?

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I have a friend. We’ve been friends since kids. But some 9 years ago, a virus infected my heart, let’s call it pride, which prompted me to believe that I did not need her in my life. And true enough, I’ve had a career, a family, and a son – enjoyed my life as it is – without her friendship.

Some weeks ago, a common event reconnected us. “What were we even thinking! Not talking for 9 years?!” We’re still the same crazy individuals who click together in the idea of fun and humor – like nothing’s changed. Turns out, all that grudge and hurt feelings, and hatred we felt years ago seems so tiny and immature now as we see it. But it still didn’t change the fact that that small seed of hate, caused a decade of missed chances to be a ninang, a friend, a travel companion, or simply a “person to lean on.”

So much laughter, fun, and wisdom from someone who could have been a source of all that, were wasted.

But you know, if you are living a truly Christian life, no amount of sin or imperfection could separate us from the path that Jesus intended for us to walk in. Every broken piece of our life could be restored. Renewed. Made whole again.

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Christians see everything as “possible.”

First, we need to realise that we have a real enemy. And the enemy is NOT our parents, spouses, bosses or friends.

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As humans, we see the world as imperfect, poisoned, decaying and destined to fail. But when we see the world through God’s eyes, we realize our roles and purpose – and that is, to be instruments of light in the world.

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And when we see the world like this, forgiveness becomes easy. Compassion and humility become our default mode when dealing with people we do not understand. We have a fresh perspective that allows us to search our lives inwardly and find that we are no better than anyone else. But God uses our gifts to serve His purpose.

 

Have a Blessed New 2019!


Problems? No problem!

Early this year, I struggled with having my husband see the world the same way I see it. I even blogged about my surprise when I first found out he doesn’t pray because he doesn’t want to be a hypocrite.

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But God never left us. Throughout our sufferings and confusion, his eyes were fixed on our family and He reached out His faithful hands just as we tried to keep ourselves afloat in trying times.

And today, I write my gratefulness in this blog with no fear of what may come in the future because there’s no turning back in the life of faith. No matter how my human emotions try to control me, I know that I can rest confidently in God’s unfailing love all my days.

As I breathe out my bouts of stresses to my husband, His mind churns double time to advise me on how to deal with things head on. I get surprised with the wisdom he is now able to impart with me. Today, he tells me that God is in control of my life and that I can get through things and be tougher than I already am.

Ultimately, I appreciate how God is at work in His life as well. Suddenly, I feel that the problems I encounter in life are merely avenues for my husband to teach me about faith no matter the state. (Ephesians 5:22-30).

“Make Yourself” by Jerald Ferriol

How I wish sometimes that my husband were also a blogger so that he could have an avenue to express his learnings without me having to pry it from his semi-laconic demeanor. But, oh well, God made us into different people with unique qualities.

But one time, he purposefully told me that he wanted to hone his speaking skills by joining an internationally-acclaimed public-speaking club, Toastmasters, and who am I to go against that?

It was the first time he wrote a speech drawn from his innermost ideas, principles, and experiences, which won him “Best Speaker” from his icebreaker last September. And woah, this is just the beginning.

Why is it important? Well for one, he’s never the speaker, yet when he tried, his audience was able to relate well, which merited his first unofficial “recognition.”

So, without further ado, with his permission, I paste in this blog the transcript of his speech.

He also chose the images, which flashed onscreen during its delivery. If you’re an Incubus fan, you may find some words he used from their song titles too.

 

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Pardon me in advance if I sometimes read through these notes.

Back when I was a kid, I was very fond of building Lego blocks. I stacked it as high as I could and tried to create different figures out of my imagination.

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It’s a well-accepted fact that human beings constantly crave to create and build. But for me, it was an expression of my thoughts, which made ‘building things’ a part of myself and made me really proud.

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In school, you would consider me the guy you can count on for creative or technical stuff. I design, I build, I make and edit. I’m the guy in the group who is always the creator of PowerPoint presentations but never the presenter. I felt invincible working behind the scenes.

I was invincible because I felt exempted from the rattling questions and the piercing eyes of discerning teachers and classmates.

Now as an adult, I’ve never stopped building. I have switched my Lego blocks to a more serious hobby.

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My job lets me create design applications.

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Then I got married, started building a family.

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And built or rather made a very energetic baby boy.

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I always take pride in the tangible things I’ve built. It really drives me. Like I said, they are expressions of myself.

But there will come a time when your creations will be subject to criticism from another person’s perspective that you will be forced to justify it and convey your ideas to them.

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I thought that the stellar objects I perfectly built were enough. But I learned it the hard way when I realized they weren’t. I failed to convince them otherwise due to a glaring weakness. I am not a presenter, I am builder.

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Because of my inability to express myself in words the feeling sometimes become anti-climactic. I felt that there’s so much to say about my idea that I’ve worked so hard on with all of my heart. But I fall short in words. Instead of making me proud, I felt disappointed. Instead of making me strong, I felt weak.

To be honest, I felt invisible.

It didn’t take long for me to find out that the real root of my weakness is that I fail to consider building the intangible. I have realized, that in order to fully enjoy the things I build I must share the joy and the idea with others.

You see, ladies and gentlemen, being a builder doesn’t only mean that we focus on material things. Sometimes we take for granted the equally important, unseen aspect of our lives. And that is to build yourself. From within.

It all starts on building your character. In finding your weakness you are able to carve your path. These things are the fundamental building blocks of yourself. Building your confidence, building relationships, building trust, and building your spiritual connection to God.

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When I searched within me I found out that there’s more to build. And this plays a vital part in my path to building my character.

Ultimately, I’ve learned that though we have missing pieces on the inside, we can make it a project in itself to build ourselves so that we can translate that into the things we do every day.

And when the things we have built are seen with a heart, other people begin to understand us better. They relate and extend their empathy with us more. The things I’ve built suddenly become not only the expression but also an extension of myself.

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I stand here before you as a work in progress. Working my way through a better version of myself. I’m a builder, a leader, a baby maker and now a Toastmaster. Join me in my journey.

Goodevening and thank you!

2 Timothy 1:7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

Questions every wife should ask her husband

Take it from our married chinita Heart Evangelista who asked these questions straight to her husband Chiz Escudero in the now-viral Q&A vlog.

So last night, my husband readily answered these questions with short but honest responses. I was surprised that despite him being busy in the middle of killing a boss in one of his games (haha), he was still able to entertain me.

Being that there was not enough time to really think deeply about his answers, most of these are “top-of-mind” responses.

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So I asked permission if I could blog about his answers and he agreed. Albeit short, to me, all responses are meaningful.

1. Me: How do you balance passion and practical income making?
Husband: You have to manage your time; use it properly.

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2. What is the wisest investment for fresh graduates?
They should learn their craft to make their resume as impressive as possible. If you have a good craft and a good familiarity with your skills, you have a higher chance of landing that job.

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3. How do you become independent from your parents?
You have to trust yourself and save up. Hehe.

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4. How do you court someone?
It’s about making the person you like feel special. If you treat her well and be yourself (sic), you can make that person love you also.

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5. Does a man need to pay 50-50 on a date?
It depends. If it’s a special date, you have to pay for all. But if it’s casual meals and your girl insists on spending, it’s all right.

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6. What is a wise amount to spend on a date?
If you’re looking for a figure, I think 1,500 to 2,000 is enough. But for me it’s not about the worth, it’s all about having fun with your partner.

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7. How do you recover from a breakup?
You have to be busy as much as you can. Because if you’re idle, it’s certain that you will think of the person you’re forgetting.

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8. What are your life lessons about your past love and breakups?
Love yourself also. You will know the worth even of the person you are loving, and it will make you a better person.

9. What is the toughest lesson you learned in the real world?
You have to shrug off the criticisms and negativities from your surrounding so that you will have a better armor against unclassy people on earth.

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10. How do you deal with anxiety, pressure and depression?
It’s my weakness. If I have emotional stress or something makes me anxious, I go to my nearest comfort person – my wife.

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11. What’s your purpose in life?
To make my family happy. And make my wife happy.

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Try asking these questions with your partner! You might be surprised. 🙂

Downtime.

This weekend, I had a 20-min. breakdown. With my 4-year old kid literally beside me. I’m thankful he was there because while I was screaming underneath the pillows and maybe banging myself on walls, he was just there, safe at a corner, laughing all throughout.

I was rampaging inside but his innocent mind thought I was having a comic performance. Finally, when it was over, I looked back and I can laugh at the whole situation.

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I thought he didn’t know what was going on but while I was in between sobs, he ran out the room to fetch his lola and ratted me to her. “Crying” he said and pulled her into my room. Oh Zach! Thanks for laughing at meeee!

Since I rekindled my relationship with God, I felt joyful and powerful. But this situation right here is a reminder that we still struggle as humans. It’s difficult to choose spirituality over human desires – to rise above situations that stare blankly in the face.

I kept saying “I can’t take it anymore.” I’ve changed a lot since a few months back but this broken world keeps doing its thing. Faith is a daily exercise. Christianity is an everyday choice. And yes, the devil is twice as active in our lives. It doesn’t come easy – and for us to continue this walk, we’ll need all the support we could get.

I can only think of this lyrics by Hillsong’s “Oceans” on repeat,

“Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior”

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I guess I’d like to reach out to struggling Christians out there. You are not alone. Yes, there may be difficult people who are yet to be caught by Christ. There will be difficult situations as well. But I pray, that in our daily devotions, we grow roots deeper in faith in Jesus Christ. No turning back on this one.

There may be downtime, but trust in His promise:

Psalm 34:17-20

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

Also, for the devil, don’t think we don’t have the power over him.

James 4:7

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

May God’s spirit lift us up today and every day. 🙂

♥ Jazz

When kids hide, seek them out.

One Monday, I took half a day off to observe my kid in school. I’ve heard he accidentally pulled off a classmate’s earring, and did some other things a typical, importunate toddler would do so I decided to come by and see for myself.

It was a short but meaningful experience especially when I don’t get to see him in school a lot. And after that session, I learned that when kids misbehave, instead of getting angry, adults need to find the heart of the “misbehavior” to help deal with it.

To better understand, SEEK them out.

1. Show compassion

No kid has ever set out planning the day to hurt anyone. When a child misbehaves, it’s not because they deliberately want to be mean to someone. But, more often, they want to be close to or to play with someone.

In the 2 hours that I sat in that class, I saw that kids’ play is more physical – they run around, hop like frogs, hide things, pull clothes, and hug. And they have fun doing those things.

I realized, that in its natural form, these acts are to be seen more as an act of love than a punishment to their peers or to any adult.

Of course, there are exceptions. It would be ideal to teach our kids to behave especially around people.

But the point is, during those times we see them act like, well children, we ought to be more compassionate by being more patient, using gentler words, always being present to remind them to behave, and never condemning them for their actions.

2. Empathize

While in my son’s classroom, I saw him wandering around while the rest of the class listened to the teacher. From a spectator’s point of view, it would look like he’s deliberately trying to escape the lesson.

I noticed that he got lost behind the big shelf of books. So I stood up to take a peek at him from behind the shelf. He looked up to me and said “pupu.

He was literally doing the Number 2 deed! Had I not been there to look for him, he would have stayed there – despite the teacher asking him to come back; and she’d be left thinking he just wandered off out of misbehavior.

What can we get out of this? I learned, that adults may be of help by seeking out any kid to check on his mood, feelings, and more importantly, needs of the moment.

I was able to help my son then – and within minutes, he was back on the table doing the next class activity.

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You see, Zach doesn’t always say he needs to go to the bathroom due to a gibberish speech. It is actually this scenario that inspired me to write this blog.

This also serves as a lesson for us every time we reprimand our kids for apparent “misbehavior.” Let’s ask ourselves “What does he need right now?” Maybe, that tantrum was caused by hunger, sleepiness or tiredness.

Seek out their needs and address them ASAP.

3. Engage with them

Zach has a play now, listen later kind of attention. But when the teacher takes the time to really sit down beside him to guide him through a writing or coloring activity, he is all-ears.

Sometimes, kids tend to “misbehave” because they don’t get much of our attention so they, in turn, seek them out from us. I am guilty of this because my time somehow gets distracted by other responsibilities.

One thing I noticed is that when Zach gets preoccupied with something like cutting out magazines (an activity that day in class), he gets to focus on it and forgets to bug his seatmates.

Generally, let’s try to engage with our kids through activities and conversation so that their minds would be somewhere productive and not on something “destructive”. Hehe.

4. Kindly remind them

During my school visit, each time I see my son somehow inconveniencing another classmate, I call out his name to sign “no” or “stop.” To which, he responded to negatively.

But, always, I try to reconnect with him by smiling. Because as I have noticed, he listens more and accepts correction when he knows that I am not mad.

Proverbs 15:1

A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

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This also is true for our kids! Talk to them gently, and they’d be listening more.

But being “not mad” is not to be confused with “spoiling” a child. I am a firm believer of “tough love” all because I want him to learn.

Our kids may not remember their offenses but they will always remember how we made them feel. For instance, do we ever remember a time when our own mothers “ditched” us with her amigas? Like, “pinahiya” ka or “nilaglag” ka sa harap ng mga friends niya. Lol.

Most probably, we won’t remember why but we will always remember the feeling when they did that to us.

Kids, in their sensitive age, also tend to remember these kinds of memories or emotions. We, as adults, need to take an extra step in helping all kids have happier memories without sacrificing learning moments.

It was also fortunate that I was there to answer any question that Zach’s classmates had for him. “Ganyan po ba talaga siya?” his classmate asked me when Zach tried to hug another and both almost stumbled to the floor.

“He is just happy to see you,” I said. Which is true!

Zach has always been an energetic ball of a child who finds humor in wrestling his mom and in seeing our bizarre facial reactions to things he does.

When he likes you, he’d hang from your limbs or legs and find humor in your distress as you try to keep your balance, disrupted by his weight. If he knows you, he’d get too excited to hug you, which would cause him to speed through to you like a cannonball aimed at maximum impact.

His love hurts (literally). 🙂 But it doesn’t mean he wants to hurt anyone.

SEEK kids out and hopefully, through our guidance, and God’s, they will grow up to become kind and a blessing to others.

When God Gives And Takes Simultaneously

Today, I read a story of a married couple who grew old childless. Despite feeling incomplete, they remained servants of God, lived a life of righteousness; and filled their every prayer with the hope that someday, they’d be granted an offspring.

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One day, the husband, let’s call him Zechariah, learned that God was listening after all when a messenger, let’s call him Gabriel, appeared to deliver the good news. “Your wife, Elizabeth, will bear a son,” he says.

For someone, who has NEVER had a son, and who HAS JUST LEARNED that a child is coming his way, this could probably be THE BEST DAY OF HIS LIFE. You know what I’m saying?

Kulang nalang magtatatalon siya sa tuwa! (He could have just been happy for himself — too much that we’d find him jumping up and down for joy.)

BUT INSTEAD, THIS HAPPENED:

“How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years,” Zechariah said.

He was filled with doubt, that’s what happened.

“Paano naman mangyayari yun.. or, paano naman ako makakasiguro diyan eh matanda na kami,” sabi niya.

Then, Gabriel said , “I have been sent to tell you this good news. But now, because you doubted me (AKA did not believe my words, as approved by God), you will be unable to speak… until the day comes.

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If we were to hear the greatest news ever heard in our lives, we immediately would want to share it with our loved ones, right? But Zechariah was forced to keep mum about it until his son was born. If I were in his shoes, ang hirap nun.  

So that particular moment that could have been the happiest, was marred with punishment as well.

Binigyan ka pero may kapalit ang drama.

You were given and taken from at the same time.

And sometimes that’s how we see the blessings in life. We’re given a roof on our head, a family who loves us unconditionally, a source of income and yet, we doubt the days to come that was already promised by God to be beautiful. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Have we ever asked God, “Paano naman ako makakasiguro sa sinasabi mo Lord?”

Friend, the truth is, wala tayong choice. We don’t see the future but He can. And we can choose to believe it through faith.

Let me tell a quick story. My first blog ever was when I was in high school, and was published with raw emotions over a heartbreak on a missed school opportunity. I poured out my soul in that blog and even until today, when I read the words of my past ache, I still find the rawness beautiful. But, I could not believe that I was too scared and heartbroken over something I wanted for myself too much at that time – when I was even more blessed in the school that God wanted me to grow in.

You see, I was too afraid of college – that I relied too much on the plan I had for myself. But God’s plan was different. And now I’ve graduated and God still offers me the best opportunities He knows I would benefit more from.

So…“Why are you afraid? You people of weak faith?” (Matthew 8:6)

Have we ever thought that the reason why we keep missing some things in life is only because we doubt God?

This ‘Kilay’ Conversation Became Today’s Devotion with Husband

While stuck in traffic at the passenger’s seat, I struggled to fill in my eyebrows. For wives who don’t drive, traffic is a friend when it comes to hurried makeup.

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My husband then asked, “Paano kung makarating ka na sa pupuntahan mo nang hindi pa tapos yung kilay mo. Ano gagawin mo?”

Then I told him, I have a great sense of time estimation. If I know I won’t finish both brows; I won’t start it. In other words, I’m always confident that I’d be able to complete both eyebrows during our morning drive to the MRT. All because I HAVE TO – and it’s my ‘priority of the moment.’

Simply put, I’ll do all it takes to get off that car with groomed brows.

Why?

I believe it’s for the simple reason that KILAY IS LIFE. For women who know the difference between a groomed kilay and a messy kilay, they wouldn’t wish upon themselves to be seen without it – for all sorts of social reasons. In short, “over my sexy bodieee” :))

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But on a deeper level, that’s how we all are when it comes to things we value the most. If we are a “Work is Life” kind of person, we’d always make conscious, calculated decisions at work. If our priority is “Family is Life” then we’d spend our days thinking about how to improve on our role as a family man or woman and make necessary decisions for the betterment of the family.

We will NOT allow ourselves to leave tasks unfinished. To be seen as someone who can’t or will allow half-hearted work – despite time pressure or threats.

Should we forget and fall, then we can humbly accept to be seen kilay-less or.. in our most vulnerable state, only then can we allow God’s helping hands to lift us up and take us back on track.

And no, it’s not just about the kilay.

Matthew 6:21

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

It means, where we spend our time and money in is where our attention and pure heart is dedicated.

Let’s check ourselves:

Friends, apart from whether our eyebrows’ on fleek or not today, is our heart thinking about the things that matter the most? What is our life’s priority? Are we spending enough on it? how dedicated are we into getting things done?

Jazz

8 things to consider when you speak the truth in love

I recently followed a young, smart, pretty, PTV4 reporter, host, and actress on Instagram. I didn’t know her before this year until news on her engagement with a young actor and dancer surfaced. I got curious because it took them a decade to finally come to a decision to get married – and personally, I like examples of strong relationships.

Browsing through her IG stories one day, I learned that she is a devout Catholic who loves and prays to Mama Mary. And at this sensitive point in my life where I have just started rekindling my relationship with God, I naturally had a lot of questions. And it’s no surprise, that many have asked this question long before we were born – across all ages and nations.

“Is it okay to pray to Mary?”

If you are a bible believer, and a legit follower of Jesus Christ, you would know that Jesus is the only way to heaven. “No one comes to the Father but through me.” (John 14:6).

But how come, many who adore, believe and pray to Mary – are still happy and blessed with their lives? Are Christians better, “more saved,” more blessed than people who pray the rosary?

I have prayed the rosary when I was younger – because I grew up in a Catholic school. So it didn’t bother me then. But, based on my PERSONAL experience, I wasn’t able to take the repetitive words to heart. So to me, it didn’t really make a huge difference in my life.

But even if we pray to Jesus, but our hearts are far away, it won’t make a huge difference as well.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 7:21)

What do we get in all these?

  1. whether we pray or not, we will live the lives we want.

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2. whether we pray to Mary or Jesus, we will live the lives we want.

You know why? Because God allows things to happen. He has seen things before they happened. But He doesn’t stop them. People are given free will by God – because, believe it or not, He loves us very much. He gave us the mind to think on our own.

15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” – Joshua 24:15

What can we get in these part 2?

3. We are given then the truth. But the truth is not for everyone. We can either accept Christ in our lives and let Him lead us. Or we can serve other gods.

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4. Ultimately, we should NEVER look at others and judge them. 🙂

Judging Others

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matt. 7:1-4)

So I guess, I was wrong to look at people’s IG stories and compare faiths. After all, I am nobody. Not superior nor inferior to others. I don’t know a thing but I continuously ask. Because as the Lord says:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matt. 7:7)

5. If ever, at one point in our lives, we do not feel satisfied, we can always come to Him and ask. Simple as “Lord, am I doing the right thing? Teach me Your ways. Guide my heart”

Ask and take comfort in knowing that you will get answers, as He promised.

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6. But, as Christians, we are the salt and light of the world.

Sometimes, people don’t ask anymore. Because either they have found the truth, or are not familiar with the truth. That’s when we can step up. Because as I’ve always believed, if we’re the ones who need help, we would appreciate God’s instruments – special people – who would go out of their way to help us, right?

Also right on this note let me just insert, that I.. personally.. would NOT impose my faith on others. I am against legalistic ways I guess. 🙂 Ultimately, if Mama Mary becomes an instrument for people to come closer to Jesus Christ, then why not? 🙂

But I believe that the bible is very clear – Jesus is the only way to the Father in heaven.

If we just found the truth, the light inside us has just been ignited. And it’s impossible to hide it. If we’ve been touched by God, our hearts become pure. And we find ourselves speaking about the truth every day, in every way.

A Lamp on a Stand

16 “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. 17 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. (Luke 8:16)

I guess my way of telling the truth to my son, my husband, my family, and friends is through this blog. I hope one day when people read this, I am able to inspire them to ask. Open their eyes. Jesus Christ is waiting for us to come to Him. Surrender our lives to Him.

7. Speak the truth in love

But as you know, talks on religion have historically ended up in war. That is because we always think we know everything, and undermind the beliefs of others. Also, because we speak the truth as if it were our own. But if we learn to speak humbly, not to impress or to feel great about ourselves but to lift God in our lives, there becomes more room for understanding.

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A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)

I have always suffered from this weakness. Whenever I am angry, I couldn’t control my voice. But God is commanding me to choose a gentler tone in order to achieve a more peaceful discussion. And each time I remember to be gentle, by the power of the Holy Spirit, problems become resolved easily.

15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)

The next time we wish to speak the truth to another, be salty-flavorful with a touch of gentleness. 🙂

8. Be respectful and compassionate.

Always look at a person for the blessings they bring into the world.

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No hypocrisy here. Every day I ask God to remind me of His ways. I am a struggling Christian. But as Pastor Peter Tan Chi said, let’s always set the GPS of hearts toward Jesus. We may fall, or get lost one too many times, but because we know the right path, we will always come back to it.

 

*** Photos were all taken from the Internet. 

 

 

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