I'm feeling much better compared to yesterday and since I've been pretty much stuck in bed, I was productive enough to do a lot of school work and have the time to fiddle around with some old pictures.
Monday started out really well. Nothing major happened, but the fact that I woke up excited for something and feeling that the day was going to be a good day, made a lot of difference. Perhaps, it was all that prayer and intimacy that I experienced during prayer and fasting in church.Hmmmmm....
At night I waited for mom in GCF. I finally checked out the new chapel and spent a few minutes reading there. It was nice.
Tuesday, I started the day right, I prayed and played Christian songs. When I got to work early, I quickly checked my FB and saw that I was tagged. I knew the girl who tagged me, but I didn't know the guy who took it. I clicked on it and found this:
Hahaha, I was really surprised. During service, I was spotted. It felt funny, but I felt nice! (Just want to say that I'm not trying to prove anything here. Please don't get me all wrong thinking that I'm some self-righteous freak :o)
After work, I went to Podium to pick up an item that I had reserved. Unfortunately, there was some miscommunication and I was disappointed. What can you do?
I attended night watch with my parents. It was good.
On Wednesday, it started to pour around the time that I had to leave for school. I was worried cause I wasn't wearing the right shoes for the weather and who wants to walk in the rain!?! But despite that, the Lord provided a way MOST CONVENIENT for me. My co-worker dropped me off half way and I took the FX going to school. Around this time, the rained was not as strong and the driver passed a different route which was right in front of the school! AWESOME! I didn't get wet.
Then there was Thursday. We had a field trip to Fun Ranch. It was fun and a SUCCESS! I was also able to do a book just for the field trip... It was cute. The only sad part about this day was that I accidentally stepped on a kitten!!! WAHHH! I seriously don't like cats!!! You never know if they're behind you, beside you, or by your feet!!!
After work, I went to Shangri-La to pick up the item that I had reserved. I was hoping that this time it would not turn out to be a failed attempt. On my way to my main destination, I dropped by a store and heard a familiar voice! It was my friend on the radio! I texted her and said, "Hi!" She then greeted me and I felt really NICE once again! HAAHAA.
When I arrived at the store, the main purpose of why I was at Shang, I started to question whether or not I really wanted the item! "I always feel this way! Make up your mind!!!" So I decided to take a walk and think think think! I bought my favorite juice and made conversations with myself! Hahaha. Then finally made a decision to buy it.
After that, I made a spontaneous decision to drop by Forever21 in Mega Mall. I got there not expecting anything. I just wanted to check out the new styles and be inspired. THEN I found something that I have been looking for. Woop Woop! Amazing steal. I was really happy! I was literally dancing in the dressing room!
When I was done with my little shopping spree, my mom told me that it was raining... I dashed out of the mall and got worried. I was wearing my Crocs this time, but tell me, who likes rain!? But yet again, God made me feel secure. He came to my rescue and the rain stopped. I got to the condo all dry.
Friday, the last day of the Field Trip. It was crazy humid and HOOOOT! I enjoyed myself with the afternoon class, which had lesser kids, and I finally got to ride on the TRAIN! LOLS!!! HA!!! It was also on this day that my co-workers and I were laughing our heads off during our break. I still laugh about what we talked about up to now. When I got home, I worked on the report due for this day. I stayed up until 3:30 AM doing it. I was satisfied and excited to do my report.
Saturday! TODAY! I woke up with a smile and wore the pants I got in F21. I was ready to go until my parents and I realized that our neighbor blocked our car so we couldn't leave right away. I texted my professor and made it to school probably 5-10 minutes late. When I got there, THE PROF. himself was late! HA! I still arrived early! See, it's one of those days when you wish things like this would happen!
Then I got nervous about my report because I suddenly realized that I might not have saved it in its compatible format. Ichecked it and thankfully tt worked on my classmate's computer. BUT the video didn't! I was sad, but what can you do!?
During class I was going through my notes and felt confident with what I had prepared. But towards the end of the period, I double checked my material and FLIPPED OUT!!! I realized that I actually worked on the wrong TOPIC!!! NO JOKE! It was the wroooong topic! I immediately talked to the prof. and informed him. He laughed in confusion but he was very considerate. He smiled and said, "It's okay, it happens! Let's do it next session." WHEW!!! No points were taken off. He was kind and I was happy that he was okay with it! But I guess he felt that way because he was eager to go home when he said he wanted to leave after my report. HA! With this though, I was sad because of the effort I put into it.
Sigh! "It happens."
After class, my friend and I had lunch together. We talked and talked until our conversation got really interesting. We talked about religion and her faith as a saved Catholic. She explained certain things to me and I learned from her. I appreciate her a lot and I thanked God for what happened.
When I got to the condo, the elevators were yet again under maintenance. Only one elevator was working and people were squeezing to get in. As soon as I got inside, I felt a little nervous. We were a lot and I needed OXYGEN!!! "AIIIRRR!!!"
As soon as the elevator passed level 2, guess what? It stopped for a good 10-15 seconds. I was about to collapse!!! No joke, I was trying to open the doors. I told myself, "You shouldn't have! You shouldn't have!!!!!!!" WAHHHH!!! I needed to get out. The elevator made strange sounds and a jerky movement leading us back down to LG. I IMMEDIATELY STEPPED OUT AND PRAISED THE LORD FOR MY FREEDOM!!! It was such a horrifying experience!!!
Night time... I picked up a Christmas gift from my friend's house. I felt so blessed to receive a present especially after telling God that I wanted to buy a new lip balm and to be specific, I wanted one that was minty! And this is what I got!
YAYNESS!!! It is one of my favorite products by C.O. Bigelow!!!
So that's that!!! Ahhh. I feel so blessed and now I'm ready to sleep.
Genesis 27:19 “Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game so that you may give me your blessing.” – Genesis 27:19
Small lies, big lies; no matter how trivial it may be, the action still falls under, SIN. God never meant for sin to be categorized based on the depth of pain it will cause. Sin is a sin, and lying is a sin. Sometimes, it is easy to tolerate such action when we know it won’t lead to any major consequences. But in the life of Jacob, it certainly did. In Genesis 27, we see how Jacob listened to his mother’s scheme to get his father’s blessing. In the end, his relationship with his brother turned sour and Esau plotted to kill Jacob. Our situation may not turn out to be this extreme, but lying can get addictive especially when no one finds out. Habitual lying piles up like a stubborn mildew in the tile of your bathroom - it gets difficult to remove in the long run.
Jacob’s life was not full of integrity. His very name meant, “Deceiver” and in return he himself experienced being deceived and lied to. In life, we can choose to stay true to our word or constantly put a front. The life of integrity is more valuable than trying to impress people, gaining acknowledgements, or trying to cover up faults and weaknesses. Yes, lying can grant us success and an easy way out of embarrassment, but God sees our hearts and will discipline us sooner or later.
Have you been tolerating lying? Confess now and ask God to help you stop and control yourself the next time you’re tempted to do so.
Genesis 25:33 “But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.”
Have you ever purchased something really expensive and realized it was not a need? Perhaps, you were impulsive and didn’t really give enough thought to your actions before you bought it. Life is full of choices – big or small. The Bible provides an example of such action in the life of Esau who traded his birthright for the immediate satisfaction of stew. Because he was famished, he impulsively reacted to
his need without realizing the value of what he was giving up. Sometimes the reason why we give up something valuable is because it is the easier and convenient route to take. But at the end, it causes us/others pain, regret, and sorrow that will impact us for the rest of our lives.
You are free to make choices, but you are not free to escape the consequences. Have you made decisions out of emotional and physical pressure? Do you find yourself, at times, willing to negotiate anything for what you feel you need now? The pressure of the moment distorts our view and our perspective. So what must we do? Prioritize prayer and wait. You may not necessarily get what you want, but God who knows everything will give you what is good for you, because He is the giver of life and the one who knows best. Trust in His provision for whatever needs you may have and He will provide.
We are not in control of the things that happen to us, but we can be in control of making responsible responses. We must consider the consequences of our actions instead of being impulsive or careless. And remember, you are free to make choices, but you are not free to escape the consequences.
I just want to spread the word from my other blog.
Anne Graham Lotz said that it's not a matter of IGNORANCE but INTOLERANCE that is making our society turn away from the TRUTH. In a place where Christ and the Church is accessible, no one really has the grounds to say that he or she was not presented with the gospel. In New York City alone, hundreds of people volunteer to distribute tracks and talk about the love of God in the subway station. Although some people can be harsh and direct to the point, the news is out. The truth hurts and Christianity should not have to apologize for that. "We've reached the point as a nation - and as a church - where we are scared to offend anyone. We want to be accepting. We want to be open, non-judgemental, nonconfrontational, and inonffensive. But listen carefully: The church of the LOrd Jesus Christ offends by nature. Either we will offen almighty God by living in rebellion, or we will offen the wicked who walk in darkness." (Charles F. Stanley) I can't blame this lady who is, well, pretty much CRAZY to even raise that slogan up high. Many people would rather go for what is convenient than the high road. Many religions exist and the last thing anyone would want to hear is a religion that claims to be the absolute truth. But we as Christians, are passionate about what we believe. Aside from being commanded by Jesus to spread the gospel, we CARE to share it because HELL is REAL. Hell is not beautiful.
I wish people will look deeper into what Christianity is all about. Christ came to show us our dire need for a Savior. We are so messed up and our shortcomings are illuminated each time we draw nearer to the Father. I know we are to practice what we preach, but we can never be perfect and we will always fail. Look at the characters of the Bible, not one lived a sin-less life to the end. Solomon, David, Moses! They all sinned. We are fallen and unbelievers will never understand that. I am aware of believers who are irresponsible to conduct themselves in a manner that's not worthy. I am also aware of believers who try to shove the truth in people's throats when their lives are not even in check. But see, that's the reason why we, as sinful as anyone, cling on to Christ. It offers hope for what is bleak and completely lifeless. We cling to it because it's the source of what the world doesn't offer.
We do say that Christianity is the TRUE religion, because it is! The Bible can't be denied. It's existence cannot be denied. It contains historical events and names of people from centuries ago. The apostles wouldn't give up their lives for something mythical. They saw something and believed in it.
God lowered Himself to where we are at. It's just beyond our imagination that a God would do such a thing. Movies and cartoons and other media productions have made it fantastical as to what kind of king we should bow down to. They have made us believe that a GOD who saves has to be magnificent, bright, and SHINY. That's what people think Jesus should have been... But He did not. He was like us and a carpenter. He was born in a manger and God lowered Himself as a sign of pure love. Love that He is able to sympathize with us. He understands us.
If this kind of love is not worthy to be honored, I don't know anything else greater.