Watch Your Words

Watch Your Words

Last Sunday afternoon as I entered the mall’s rest room, I saw someone familiar who greeted me with a smile. So I smiled back at her. I didn’t intend to chat because I was in a hurry. But even before I turned my back at her, she quickly made a comment about my husband saying how much he gained weight and that I should watch his diet. It’s funny how people think they have a hold on you by giving such assertion. Thank God for the grace that instead of words (that can be an unpleasant reply) to come out of my lips I let a smile to cover my surprise.

Sometimes I wish people would be sensitive enough about giving comments. I believe they don’t mean to offend. They are just ignorant that commenting on somebody else’s physical appearance is actually really rude.

So here’s my take on that.

  1. If you don’t have anything good to say about someone, then don’t say anything.
  2. If you can’t help talking, then just ask how the person is doing.
  3. And unless you really want to offend the person, you can just focus on what you see is good about him/her.
  4. More often than not, it’s not really what you say but how you say it that offends. So when you want to say something, always make sure that it is out of love.

Life is good but we can make it a little sweeter by saying things that are inspiring, encouraging and life-giving.

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. – Ephesians 4:29

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What to Feed Our Minds With?

What to Feed Our Minds With?

My thoughts in the shower today:

“The work of the enemy is to feed our minds with the bad things. The moment we give in into thinking negative about something or someone means we fall into the enemy’s trap.  And one awful thought can be multiplied over and over again until it became part of us…”

Let’s do something. We will not be fed without our permission.

 The world is a beautiful place after all. Choose to see only what is beautiful and fill our minds with amazing things.

Start with the person that first comes to mind and think of something nice about him/her.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Broken and Perfected

Broken and Perfected

People say you can’t put back things together anymore once it’s broken. They say, you can try but why go through all the trouble? That statement was true to me for the longest time until this morning…

Broken pieces of tiles put together created uniquely and beautifully.

Which reminds me…

We can be broken by life’s tough and painful experiences but God always has His way of putting us back altogether in one beautiful piece.

 

 

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. 

Who Are You Following?

Who Are You Following?

 My last memory of Fiesta ng Quiapo was back in college. From my campus to the bus station going home I need to pass Quiapo church. And since I was new in Manila, I didn’t know this whole Quiapo celebration so I was stuck in a long traffic that took like forever to move and forced me to walk from Quezon Blvd up to Jones Bridge down to Lawton.  From then on, I made sure to always remember that January 9th is Quiapo Day.

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I grew up Catholic but I didn’t know why the Black Nazarene runs up devotees. Today as I see thousands and thousands of advocates that seems to multiply each year, I perceive an incredible display of faith from people in almost all walks of life. It’s unbelievable how legions of its followers are geared up to brave all kinds of obstacles just to get near the statue and believe that just the mere touch of it brings restoration and healing to their lives.

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This is like the story in the bible where Jesus feeds the five thousand (John 6:2).

The only difference is that, in the bible, the great crowd of people followed Jesus and not a statue. With due respect to the followers of Black Nazarene, growing up, I also lined up for the image of Sto Nino to kiss its feet and wipe my hanky on it. I didn’t have a clear understanding on what was that for but I just followed what my Dad was doing who was a devotee of Sto Nino himself.

 I didn’t give much thought about it until I began to wonder about the people who go to church but just stay outside talking with friends or meeting up with boyfriends or girlfriends while the priest is doing his homily. I would assume that those are the same people who joined catholic processions and kiss an image. And so I thought that Catholicism is a label that a person believes in God but not necessarily follows Him. What these people follow is the tradition that they were born into and not Jesus himself.

Following Jesus is not easy. It is in fact the hardest thing to do especially now where deception thrives in this world we live in. People can easily be lured by others to believe this and that and that’s exactly my point. Don’t let yourself be a follower of something you don’t really know about. Do your own research.  In John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 

You only need Jesus in your life, nothing else and no one else.

Mark 8:34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 

Legalistic

Legalistic

It’s funny how people can be so legalistic because they don’t see anymore the heart of the matter.

You know it’s always the HEART issue. Insecurities hide in the heart. So if the heart is not secure it follows the law but without understanding.

When Uncertainty Strikes

When Uncertainty Strikes

It’s New Year and I want the least variables of what lies ahead.  The left and right expenditures don’t even equal to the cash that’s coming in and I found myself asking ‘how is everything else going to be?’

Suddenly, uncertainty strikes in… and that equates to doubt and worry.

I don’t know why all these uncertainty issues have to introduce itself on the beginning of what could be a wonderful year. And so I ask, should I soak myself up in worries and in the ideas of going nowhere and ending up at nothing at all?

NO.

Uncertainty may be very intimidating but it’s also the very sanctuary of hope and of faith. And these two are the only things I choose to absorb.

 I found this on the ‘net today and it speaks loudly to me.

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  Thankful that my sweet Lord always has something for me. His promise always strengthens me.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you… plans to prosper you and plans to give you hope and a future.

Can’t You Ask God Why Bad Things Happen?

Can’t You Ask God Why Bad Things Happen?

Do you remember the story of “Sarah the Little Princess“? Camille Prats portrayed the role of Sarah in Filipino version back in 1995 when she was only 10.

It only seems like yesterday but Camille is no longer that little girl anymore. She got married in civil-ceremonies in 2008, had her child, and re-married in church only last year. They are a young couple, almost my age. The future looks so bright for them, full of dreams like any married couple.

But indeed, life is short.

This Monday, I learned that Camille’s husband passed away who was diagnosed with stage four cancer just three months after their church wedding. I don’t know Camille Prats personally neither her husband or anyone related to them but I was just as shocked to know that someone’s dreams can end just like that, especially at an early age.

This reminds me of people who tell others in grieving situations this, “You never ask God when things like this happen because it’s really beyond our own understanding.” A pretty harmless advice right? But that’s not right. In fact, you can ask God anything and everything because He can comfort you and give you what you need in alignment to His perfect will for your life. God wants us to go to Him and pour out our hearts when we are overwhelmed with the events in our lives.

Remember, sicknesses are not of God’s. In the same way, bad things happening in our lives are not of God’s. They are tests from the enemies, which God can turn into opportunities. He allows us be tested so we can experience His greatness and His presence in our lives. Nobody could comfort us like God could. Nobody can ever show us the light at the end of the tunnel without trusting God.

After all, life is not about us but about Him.

I feel for Camille and for the rest of the people who are going through the same crisis in life. My prayers are with them and my hopes are for them to experience God’s healing and comfort. And be able to enjoy a relationship with Him.

2 Corinthians 12:9  – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me