Friday, June 29, 2012

NO - YES

April 2012 when the Hillsong Conference in Sydney Australia accepted our registration and confirmed it that we will be attending the said activity come July 2-6...you know, it was my husband's prayer since last year,that we can attend, listen and worship the Lord with fellow believer across the country. Hillsong Conference is a yearly activity for people of all ages who are passionate about the local church and the call of the Kingdom of God. It is about being refreshed and inspired and finding great strength and unity amongst the diversity of the local church worldwide...

we asked our trusted travel agency, Travelwarehouse, to process our visa, flights to sydney on June 28 and Melbourne on July 10, booked our hotel and tours 2 months ago...but our passport was only passed in the Australian Embassy 2 weeks ago because we used it in our India and Nepal trip weeks ago...the Hillsong Department also sent a letter to the embassy to allow us to get our visa easier and in time...

who could say no to this conference?with the list of speakers they have, we will surely blessed...
Joyce Meyer...one of the world's leading practical Bible teacher
Louie Giglio...a passionate communicator, i personally love his talk, as seen on past videos :-)
Steven Furtich...founder and lead pastor of one of the fastest growing church in America
Joseph Prince...fro Singapore, known for teaching God's word in a fresh, practical and revelatory way that always unveils Jesus
Chris Tomlin...who can't recognized him? one of the premier songwriter of today...at gwapo sya :-)
and Matt Redman...composer of the songs, Heart of Worship, Better in One Day and Once Again
updates of the conference as of today...

and who could say no to the place we are about to go in our 17 days of stay, like...Sydney
Canberra
and Victoria Melbourne
but one week before our scheduled flight ( june 28 supposed to be), i fetched my son TJ in school, and on our conversation he suddenly told me out of nowhere that he has been praying the past days that God will not allow us to go to Australia...i asked him why? " because Mom, i don't want you to go, because no one will hug me everyday!"




...i told this to my husband and my heart started saying that i don't want to go also if my going to Australia will break my son's heart...we traveled in some countries but none i can't remember that he said anything to me to not go...while the day or our departure is going nearer, i started to feel loneliness, sadness, nagdadalawang -isip, lahat na ata,di ko maintindihan...i can also feel that my heart says i should not go anymore... been praying also of God's leading to us...plus our visa are not yet on hand despite the confirmed booking of our whole trip ( one of the reasons of me to back out), because my husband really wanted to attend...when 3 days before June 28, Han talked to me privately that if i really feel that our presence here at home will compromise our departure, and that if our kids really don't want us to leave, and if 2 days before our sched flight our visa did not released, then we will not go to Australia, i felt relieved and hopeful :-) why 2 days before? because flights, hotels, conference, tours though everything was paid and confirmed, allowed us to rebooked it without charging our cards if we cancel 2 days before we arrive...and guess what? our visa just arrived last night, june 28, our scheduled flight...

you see, God orchestrated everything for His purpose and Glory.
why did God allowed us to be accepted in the conference when on the later day, He will not released our visa on the scheduled date?
TJ is a prayerful boy, we pray a lot everyday...before he leave the house for school, when he needs protection, when he is scarred, when someone bullies him, when he has a friend who need help,when someone is sick, before eating, whenever we will go out the house, before he sleeps etc etc....this is just one of his prayers that was answered again, truly the prayer of a child is very powerful :-)

God answered NO to us but He answered YES to TJ!

i felt joy, peace and thanking God for answering us NO, but His answer is YES to us :-)
TJ has an overwhelming praises to God for the YES to his prayers.

how about you, how do you response when great things and opportunities are already at your reach when suddenly God says NO to you?

and how do you response when He answers your prayers with a YES?

John 16:24 "Ask and you will receive, that your joy will be full..."

Matthew 21:22 "whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Forgiveness

i can't remember how many times i forgive someone for something he/she has done...sometimes, i told myself, i think i already mastered that thing :-) why did i say so?

in our early married life, life is not perfect...relationship is not nor we are not...many time we failed...many times we learned...and on each failures in every aspects of our relationship, i felt i'm lost too...or worst, angry!...for the hurts, for the betrayal, for the denial, for the lies, for the sins... until i came to know Jesus!

i was so down that day, no one is around me, when a neighbor knocked on our door and ask if we want to order a delivered mineral water...until we realized we already been talking for many hours...and ended up inviting me to a gathering that night in their house...i attended....was surprised that it is a bible study group...listened and heard many things, but what impacted me is that, God is faithful, he knows your heart, he knows your woes, and he knows your troubles...have faith that it will all pass, as long as you obey Him...went home that night with that promise that i cling to to this day...

i begin to search about God...i started to read His words...i keep on attending different bible study meeting...and i keep on worshipping God...i focused myself to Him and not to anyone else, not even myself...and i surrender my life to Jesus since then...the best decision i ever made in my life!

that was the beginning of my journey with God...he change me completely, one by one, little by little...i've noticed it, and i like what i'm feeling...joyful, understanding, hopeful and forgiving and love ...

yeah, the hardest part they say is how to forgive...but it came to me naturally since then...i forgave he/she completely, without any buts, no ifs, no condition...but more on letting them see Jesus in me...

why so easy to do so?...because i have learned that many times too i hurt God in day to day of my life...i was forgiven by Him, no questions ask, no ifs and no buts, just be obedient my child, He said! i was loved tremendously...showered with many favors and mercy all from Him...who am i not to extend the same love and mercy towards others...

fast forward...now, i'm harvesting the seeds i planted years ago :-) i have experienced the best in life has to offer...a very supportive, loving, and a husband who also love the Lord...a very promising business...a healthy and smart kids and a blessed walk with God each day...everything is not an instant, its a day to day process...but the reward is fulfilling and eternal!


why is God so particular that we forgive other?

1. because we are sinners we should forgive others...Matthew 6:14-15 says, for if you forgive men when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

2. hey, be ready to forgive over and over again...Matthew 18:21-22 says, Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, " Lord how many times shall i forgive my brother when he sins against me?" Jesus answered, " I tell you, not seven times, but seventy seven times."

3. confess and God will forgive you for your sins...1 John 1:9 says, if we confess our sins, He is faithful  and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness

4. because love will lead to forgiving others...Numbers 14:19-20 says, in accordance with your great love, forgive the sins of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now. the Lord replied "I have forgiven them, as you asked."

5. priority when it comes to forgiving others...Matthew 5:23-24 says, therefore, if you are offering your gifts at the altar and they remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, first go and reconciled to your brother, then come and offer your gift.

6. forgive other rather than judge them ok...John 8:7 says, when they keep on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If anyone of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her"

7. a remarkable example of forgiveness indeed...Acts 7:59:60 says, while they were stoning her, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, received my spirit." then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord do not hold this sins against them." when he said this, he fell asleep

8. Jesus is our model, right...Luke 23:33-34 says, when they came to a place called Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals - one on his right, the other on his left, Jesus said, "Father forgive them for they don't know what they are doing."

9. we are commanded by Jesus...Luke 17:3-4 says, so watch yourselves, if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repent, forgive him. if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times come back to you and say, "I repent", forgive him.

10. so, how do you treat your enemies?...Romans 12:20 says, on the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. in doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.

we are so blessed we have the Bible to guide our lives and actions...Let us go forth and live by His Words about forgiveness :-)

Alex's First Day In School 2012-2013

last year, she attended the Gymboree music and art class...now its time to enter the big school...her first day :-)





Praying For Others

i saw this photo in a facebook account called Pinoy Medic...
my heart instantly felt so much love and concern to this siblings...i wanted to help...i wanted to send them in school until they finished their studies...but how?...so i prayed that night to give me a leading on what to do...the next day after, i sent a message to the owner of the fb account expressing the desires of my heart to this two innocent kids, asking their whereabouts and all the infos he may have for them...after a day, i've got a reply that says,

Hello thanks for your concern. I've just got the pics in some of the Pages. I just realized that it is worth sharing. Maybe it came from another country but this also reflects our society as of now. It's a picture worth an example especially to the younger generation.


i was so sad i can't reach out to them, tears flowing on my checks...for days since then, i still felt responsible and need to do something to touch their lives, but how?


until i came to this verse from Philippians 4:6-7...do not be anxious about everything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made know to God. and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus...


my heart now rest in God's provision...i will continue to pray for their future, because i know God will somehow touch their lives thru my prayers...

how about you, how do you pray for others?
i remember, years ago, i prayed for this woman who, in many ways hurt me so deep that i taught it won't heal...to this day, i praise my God for the grace and the wisdom He taught me about praying for others, especially for the people who have malign and almost destroy my soul and consider me an enemy...i prayed for her everyday, that she may be well and touch by the Lord, that after sometime of doing so, i felt inner peace, i felt joy, i felt forgetting all the bad things she have done...


Job 42:10 says, and the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friend. and the Lord give Job twice as much as he had before...see, i not only received twice, i've got more and life's been beautiful after :-)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Siblings Bonding

we miss meeting together lately...everyone seems so busy...and finally, after i arrived from India, i texted everyone in town to have some dinner in Alabang...i was the one who organized but i was the one who came late :-) sorry guys...
with my two nephews...

aha, me nakahalo...si Ms. Ellen :-)




will do this often again :-)

TJ's First Day In School 2012-2013

while everybody already started their school activities, my son's just had it this week :-) favor to us :-) ... as expected, we were still in awed that he is now in Grade 4, for jumping one year ahead at the very young age of only 8...all because of K-12 program...we know that this year is very tough, challenging and more difficult for him (because you are surrounded with chinese kids) and to us too :-) but we are confident that our son will make his school life easier :-) and that this time, he will make it in top 1, i don't like top 2 son, you promised me, top 2 is for last year :-)...a BIG surprise is awaiting for you at the end of school year...conquering your dream of going to the remaining 3 more Disneyland Park in the World (Europe, US & Japan), by God's grace :-)

i super like the theme of their classroom...Cars!









what's your chinese name again son?


a new locker outside...
and a clean CR...



Moments

looking at them from a far makes me so joyful and blessed...
Alex wore a Disney dress that she picked in Disney store :-)

i used to accompany her in every ride, but this time, she said, "mom, i'll do it myself" wahhh malaki na nga sya :-)









i will be forever grateful to God for the blessing of a solid family and healthy kids :-)