Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Celebrating This Season For The Real Reason



Taken from Cathedral Of Praise Candle Light Communion Service
December 24, 2013



Merry Christmas Everyone!

As we celebrate this Christmas, let's remember the real reason of this season, 
the Lord Jesus Christ. 
May your heart be filled with His love today. 
His love endures forever.



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By the grace of God I am what I am


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gift-giving and Christmas Party Turned To Giving To Yolanda Victims




Collage of pictures during the packing of relief goods
held in our connect group host's house 



I handle a teens/youth connect group but most of the attendees are kids ages 6-14. These are ordinary kids who go to public schools and live in small houses in a barangay in Paranaque.



During December, the cell group host (who is also our church member and who owns the house where we hold our bible study) and I prepare food and simple gifts for the kids and we always have simple gift-giving that the kids are able to give to each other and have games for fun.



But this December, when I was planning for our simple Christmas party, it came to my idea to just tell the kids that we are not going to have our Christmas party anymore but instead of gift-giving and party, we  will just give relief goods to the Yolanda victims. 



Before i asked them to send their relief goods to our connect group meeting, i taught them first about giving based on 2 Corinthians 9:1-12, and emphasized on  verses 6-8 that say,



 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, 
and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 
 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, 
not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
  And God is able to bless you abundantly, 
so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, 
you will abound in every good work



I was surprised that the kids were very willing to give. The following Saturday, 10 of them went back to our connect group meeting and gave clothes, shoes, canned goods, noodles and a toy. 




kids happy to give to the Yolanda Victims



We packed them in a box and the next day (Sunday), our cell group host brought it to the church because our church has teams that go to different places like Leyte, Cebu, Aklan and different places affected by the typhoon Yolanda and give relief goods to the typhoon victims. 



Although our church has enough funds to give relief goods to thousands and thousands of Yolanda typhoon victims and they don't need a thing from an ordinary kid/ordinary kids, those kids were still willing what they have and for them, it is a blessing to give. 



I was teary eyed when i was packing those relief goods with the kids and our connect group host and assistant because those kids were so happy to share what they have and they had that feeling of accomplishment and they felt good and happy about it. 



Some of their words to Yolanda victims were: "God loves you. Don't worry. God will help you." 




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(I put "copyright" on my every post because this is my blog site, it's like my signature on my every post.)
By the grace of God I am what I am


Monday, October 21, 2013

Happy 75th Birthday, Mother!




6 days before she reached 75


To My Mother..


Thank you so much for all your sacrifices...

for your love..

for your support in every aspect of my life...

for your care... 

for your compassion...

for the tears you've shed...

for the time you've spent with me...

for the good memories...

for your prayers...

for being my prayer partner...

for your understanding...

for your acceptance...

for your encouragement...

for your love for the LORD...

for serving God...

for your sweetness...

for everything...

and most of all, for being my mother...

for me, i couldn't imagine being a daughter of just anyone else...

thank God for you!

you are such a blessing!

you are not just "Mother of the year '77"

but for me, you are the mother of all time!

you are the best!

i love you with all my heart!

Happy Birthday!

More years to enjoy!


mom (center)


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By the grace of God I am what I am



Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Tribute To My Father And Mother



my father and mother in their younger years



Today is my late father's birthday and it has been 4 years that he has passed away but i still miss him especially during father's day and his birthday.



As a tribute to him, i would like to say that i'm so thankful to God for him. He may not be a perfect father but i learned a lot from his fatherhood. He exemplified hardwork, determination to succeed, taught us to value education, value life and before he died, he exemplified forgiveness and trust in the Lord.




me and my father before he died (2009)



When he was still alive, he listened to me when my heart was broken. When i needed extra time to learn how to drive after graduating from a reputable driving school for ten days, he was my great teacher...far greater than my driving school teacher. 



He has been a good provider, strict but reasonable and a good father. Thank God for my late father!



Aside from being thankful to God for my late father, i'm also thankful to God for giving us a good mother. One of a kind! Last mother's day, i failed to give her a tribute on mother's day on this blog site but i believe its not yet too late. 




My mother (center) 


For me, she was not just the mother of the year 1977 but she is a mother of all time. I am thankful for her sacrifices, her time, her generosity, her being a forgiving mother, loving, kind, godly....and so many good character traits she has as a mother and as a person. She may not be perfect but she is the best. She is a blessing! She is one of my best friends, my prayer partner and my confidante. I love you, mother! May you live longer and see all your present and future grand children!




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(I put "copyright" on my every post because this is my blog site, it's like my signature on my every post.)
By the grace of God I am what I am

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