Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thank you Lord for encouraging me...and btw..I really love Canon in D by Pachelbel (the one played in the video).
Posted by penlighted at 4:46 PM
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
(copied from http://takeck.blogspot.com/2008/11/take-stand.html)
Posted by penlighted at 9:21 AM
The best song of praises has not yet been written. The best melody of thanks has not yet been played. The best way of lifting Your Name has not yet been discovered.
Lord, thank you for the peace that you are giving me right now. Thank you for allowing me to experience Heaven on earth because of your presence.
Father, can this moment last forever? Please let this moment last for a little longer. It is so wonderful to be sitting here with You, thanking You for everything.
God, I know I have a lot of things to pray for but I don't know, those things just doesn't matter anymore. I am glad and amazed by how my world stood still now that I am talking with You.
I want to go with You Lord and have an unending conversation with You. Father, I love you. Thank you for loving me.
Oh God, you are amazing!
Lord, the world that You have made had become so polluted with sins. Take me with You Father. I know Your Kingdom is better than this. I want to play with Your angels Lord. I want to sit and just be with You forever.
Father, thank you for blessing me with this moment. Thank you for allowing me to experience this. It's hard to say goodbye. I know You are there. It's just that ending this moment means I have to face our world... I know my world is different now, You have made me see it differently. It's just that...Please spend time with me again Lord. Please? Let me experience this again and again and again.
I love You Lord...thank you Father...I will treasure this forever.
Posted by penlighted at 7:26 AM
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Three days ago I had fear.
Three days ago I didn't have confidence.
Three days ago I had unanswered questions.
Three days ago I had envy in my heart.
Three days ago I was hurt.
Three days ago I was too confused to pray.
Two days ago I knelt before Him.
Two days ago I had asked Him to help me let go.
Two days ago I had asked God to help me trust Him.
Two days ago I cried and begged my Father.
Two days ago I had laid my worries and doubts.
Two days ago I surrendered everything.
Yesterday I was healed.
Yesterday my fears were erased.
Yesterday I had completely forgotten about my worries.
Yesterday He told me He had already solved everything.
Yesterday I thanked Him for the miracle.
Today, I am confident.
Today, I completely trust Him.
Today, I praise Him.
Today, I thank Him for giving me the answers.
Today, I don't have any doubts.
Today, I am stronger than before.
Today, I am happier.
Today, I am more satisfied.
Today, I don't worry about tomorrow.
Today is better than yesterday.
And forever I will be in His kingdom, praising Him,
giving worship to my Father,
thanking my Creator, loving and serving my King.
*thank you for praying with me*
Posted by penlighted at 7:01 PM
Sunday, November 23, 2008
This morning during the Sunday mass I was able to kneel down and talk to God. I told Him to take away the feeling of envy that I have towards my batch mates in college because they will already graduate on March and I just feel left out. I saw their pictures and I just wish I am there with them.
I had already accepted God's plan for me about my studies but I guess I was just starting to worry and I know I am ashamed that I will end up going home and just realize one day that coming here in New York is not His plan after all. That's what my mind is telling me. But in my heart and with my faith, I know God had given me enough signs to do what I have done.
I told my Father that I want to trust Him and to help me let go. I told God that I love Him so much and I know that He loves me too. I pray that He will take away everything that is causing my heart to turn black.
Out of nowhere Isobelle, a friend of mine, sent me a text message and I believe that it was God who told her to do so. She doesn't text me that often and this is her first message that contains a verse. She sent me Mark 11:24 which says...
Also, a while ago my friend Cherry sent me the link to this video.
The video made me cry especially the part when the girl kneel down, pray, let go and just let God help her.
Lord, You are my everything and all I want to do is just follow Your plan.
Posted by penlighted at 4:17 PM
Saturday, November 22, 2008
When I was new to blogging I really wondered when wil I ever get those blogging awards and now God is giving me a lot. Having new friends and knowing that there are people who are reading your thoughts makes me happy. It feels like you are in a Bible sharing group, wherein you can give your own reflections and at the same time learn from other people.
This award got no rules but I want to share it to my new friend, Anders of Poems of A.W.E. Visit his blog and enjoy his poems for Jesus.
Posted by penlighted at 11:01 AM
Monday, November 17, 2008
I know that it is hard to convince the blind to believe the scriptures, how much more if we ask them to pray. But in the contrary, I believe that God can make impossible things possible in His time. I just pray that it would be not too late for them to repent and that they could still have time to enjoy the wonderful life of being a Christian. I don't want to argue with them anymore but I hope they would take time to think about what Jesus said in Matthew 25:13, "Watch out, then, because you do not know the day or the hour."
How about our brothers and sisters who failed to build a tight relationship with our Father?
I've heard people who said that the Bible is boring, praying makes them sleepy, they are attending mass every Sunday and, of course, they already believe that God is there. Being a Christian is not merely about involving your self in a religion and following what your religion is telling you to do, like going to Church every Sunday or offering a part of your income.
Christianity is building a relationship with God. Think about the things that you do to show your affection to the girl/boy that you like. Do that to God! Spend time with Him. Talk to Him. A good relationship takes time and effort to build. And always remember that our Father is already on our way, waiting to meet us. He had sent a thousand of ways to help us build that relationship with Him. God is a humble and a giving Father. Jesus said in Matthew 7:7, "Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you."
Know God through the Bible. In Sirach 6:32-33 He said, "My child you can learn if you want to. You can be clever if you are determined to be. If you are willing to listen, you will learn and become wise." and in Sirach 6:37 He is encouraging you by saying "Devote all your time to studying the Lord's commands and thinking about them. He will give you the insight and wisdom you are looking for."
Posted by penlighted at 9:42 AM
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I brought my broken dreams to God, because He was my friend,
But then, instead of leaving Him in peace, to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help, with ways that were my own
At last, I snatched them back and cried.
"How can You be so slow?"
"My child," He said
"What would I do? You never did let go."
We have heard a lot of times the advice "let go and let God". It is honestly easy to say this but I know that it is hard for most of us to do it.
Most of the time, especially when we encounter difficulties such as sickness, financial problems, failures or whatever it is that we had asked God to help us, we try to resolve it with our own. We worry so much and even afraid that we could not receive the result that we want. Rememeber Proverbs 3:5, Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; and also Psalm 56:3, When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.
Have faith and trust God. If you are afraid and worried, pray and just believe that He will fix things for you.
Posted by penlighted at 2:10 PM
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The Parable of the Three Servants
16As soon as the man had gone, the servant with the five thousand coins used them to earn five thousand more. 17The servant who had two thousand coins did the same with his money and earned two thousand more. 18But the servant with one thousand coins dug a hole and hid his master's money in the ground.
19Some time later the master of those servants returned. He called them in and asked what they had done with his money. 20The servant who had been given five thousand coins brought them in with the five thousand that he had earned. He said, "Sir, you gave me five thousand coins, and I have earned five thousand more."
21"Wonderful!" his master replied. "You are a good and faithful servant. I left you in charge of only a little, but now I will put you in charge of much more. Come and share in my happiness!"
22Next, the servant who had been given two thousand coins came in and said, "Sir, you gave me two thousand coins, and I have earned two thousand more."
23"Wonderful!" his master replied. "You are a good and faithful servant. I left you in charge of only a little, but now I will put you in charge of much more. Come and share in my happiness!"
24The servant who had been given one thousand coins then came in and said, "Sir, I know that you are hard to get along with. You harvest what you don't plant and gather crops where you haven't scattered seed. 25I was frightened and went out and hid your money in the ground. Here is every single coin!"
26The master of the servant told him, "You are lazy and good-for-nothing! You know that I harvest what I don't plant and gather crops where I haven't scattered seed. 27You could have at least put my money in the bank, so that I could have earned interest on it."
28Then the master said, "Now your money will be taken away and given to the servant with ten thousand coins! 29Everyone who has something will be given more, and they will have more than enough. But everything will be taken from those who don't have anything. 30You are a worthless servant, and you will be thrown out into the dark where people will cry and grit their teeth in pain."
This parable is reminding us to spread the word and share the love of God to us.
We already received God. We love Him and we are afraid to commit mistakes, but it shouldn't end there.
We should spread the word of God, be instruments, to be willing to become servants who will help people to be closer to our Father and to know Him more. We should not be ashamed to share and speak to others of how great is our God. We should not just keep the gifts that God has bestowed upon us. Testify. Win souls for Jesus.
Feed the hungry. Give the thirsty something to drink. Clothe the naked. Take care of the sick. Comfort the weary. Pray for others. Help those who needs our help and allow them to see God's love through us.
Be not a servant who is good for nothing.
Posted by penlighted at 6:36 AM
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Please pray for her mother and their family. Please pray for healing and for their financial needs. It is really hard to be hospitalized in the Philippines because we don't have medical insurance there that can help us pay for the bills.
Thank you in advance for your prayers.
Posted by penlighted at 12:59 PM
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Visit www.youtube.com/byronofgarcia to view their videos. They publish videos every month.
Posted by penlighted at 10:43 AM
Then he asked, "What if you will open the verse wherein Peter hanged himself?". (he said Peter ^_^)
I believe that the Bible is full of symbols. That is why we need to pray and ask God for wisdom so that we can understand it. Each verse that we can open from the Bible when we are praying will give us a personal message. It is not us who is interpreting it. It is through God's wisdom that we will be able to understand it, like as if God is talking directly to us.
I would like to share a verse that I had received when I prayed to God before I left my country. This verse gave me comfort and assured me that it is really His plan for me to leave.
I really believe that the verses that I had read when I was praying that directly answered my prayers are not coicidence. And honestly? It is actually fun because I am like having a chat session with God. ^_^
Posted by penlighted at 6:40 AM
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Last night, we celebrated the 21st church wedding anniversary (they were married twice) of my mom and dad. It was a simple celebration. My dad and I just bought roses for my mom and then we prepared a special dinner.
I am really glad and thankful that my parents are still together and that they are still in love with each other.
My dad treats my mom like a queen. He prepares her clothes for work, our breakfast, her lunch pack, do the groceries, do the laundry and a lot more. My mom goes to work by 5am and so my dad does everything to make things convenient for her; and when mom comes home, dad always make sure that dinner is already ready.
I really appreciate and admire them on how they manage to adjust their lifestyle when we came here in New York. They seem to exchange roles.
My dad was an official in the Philippine Army and he goes home only once in every two weeks or month because of his job back then, that's why most of the time we were left with mom alone. She was really hands-on in terms of taking care of us, teaching us and molding our character even though we always have a helper at home.
I can still remember whenever my dad comes homes, mom would always prepare something special. She will clean the house, buy something to make it more pleasing, and she will always cook my dad's favorite meals.
They are definitely destined by God. Their love story is really amazing. It can make a good movie. But I will write about it next time..
Happy 21st Anniversary mommy and daddy!
We love you so much.
from kuya Philip, Ate Joy and Jay
<--not a good picture..they were about to sleep that time...I forgot to take a pic
Posted by penlighted at 9:09 AM