Philippians 4:4-9 (New International Version)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.Sign language classes. Purpose-Driven Photography workshop. FIP classes. Capturing Grace. Operation Blessing. Open Doors.
Don't be surprised if the word Grace dominates this entry. When I think about it, everything points back to the grace of God. All of these are gifts, I am but deserving of it all. I still remember those times when i'm still confused as to what I want to be, what I want to do my whole life, where I would be most useful and happiest at the same time. Finally I was able to surrender all my worries about the future. And my prayers, apparently, didn't get unanswered. To those people who God brought into my life, those He used for me to come to this point, to those He has used as channels of His blessings, may you all be blessed. Thank you for believing in me. Let's all bring back to God whatever he has imparted to us. I'm more than excited for the future. =)
Ecclesiastes 8:5-7 (New International Version)Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a man's misery weighs heavily upon him. Since no man knows the future,who can tell him what is to come?
The state of my heart has been unstable for a while. But God assured me through this verse that by praying and claiming an obedient heart before Him, there is nothing to worry about. The safest place in the universe is indeed at the center of His will. Let me serve you, Father, as I wait. Thank you for making me fragile, weak, vulnerable to everything. My brokenness magnifies your grace, and as I put all my trust in you, I know I am made more faithful.
Jeremiah 1:4-10 (New International Version)
The Call of JeremiahThe word of the LORD came to me, saying,
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew a]">you, before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
"Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child."
But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.
Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant."
As the three of us cousins sit at the table and ponder and talk about things, I was brought back to our first date along Megamall. It all started with one unsolved problem (that has been going on for years), and we found ourselves at the presence of one another, praying for the whole family. Last night, we were burdened at the same time elated with the task God has given us. To stand up for God before the older people, to openly rebuke the sins that have always been ignored, to reveal what needs to be revealed, to shed light to the truth we're all yearning for in this family. God is asking for our commitment in this; in return He promised that He will do all the work for us, we just needed to say yes. And we all said yes. Fears were apparent but the important thing is we were all in this together, and the promise of God is so clear that He will rescue us in times of need. I'm so ready.