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Just Green.

As much as I want to satisfy my feet’s itchiness to hop on board and travel again, I just can’t afford to ask my mom to pay for my traveling expenses. I really miss traveling. I miss the skies, the mountains, the seas, the GREENERY.

I  am so  craving/wanting to hike in Mt. Batulao for months now and see this creation with my own eyes.

Mt. Batulao

My last travel outside Manila, I think, was last March 2012 in our 3-day Bicol trip  visiting Legazpi, Donsol, and Naga. Six months had gone so fast and I could feel that nature is indeed calling me.

Yesterday as I woke up, I was unconsciously reflecting how I miss the greenery when I turn myself into green in itself.

Look at me, a woman in green in the greens. As I was walking along Madrigal Business Park, I simply say, “Oops! I belong!” 

A walk in the Park.

Because seeing the greenery is my Passion, why not turn it something into my Fashion at least I can say I am a walking nature. Be your own nature.

 

Nature is in Me.

Who says I need to have money and plane tickets to see the greenery?

Its just inside the city, in a car park but it is still green. There are trees, and it really feels that it is a different part of the nature. So foresty, so magical.

 

Indeed, all things that God created is good, and I’m just so into God’s wonderful creations and that includes loving nature and myself, thanking God for His goodness and greatness in my life and in everything around me.

At the end of the day, it will never be about the creation but with the Creator. My beauty will fade and nature can be destroyed, but His love never fails and His faithfulness endures.

         


Acknowledgements:

Green cover-ups courtesy of Ms. Lynsie Dimayuga. Pictures taken by no other than my partner in travels (even in car parks) Ms. Jade Hafalla.

Thank you very much girls for making me feel nature just by looking at myself.

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Go!

Chapter 16

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

This is one of the last words of Jesus to His disciples before He left for heaven. He said Go! as a follower of Jesus, I should also go not just to my comfort zone or to the people I know, but He said Go to all the world and preach. Right at this very moment that I am writing this journal, my mom is talking at  my back saying that I should go and accept a job offer in Singapore. I really don’t want to go and live my brothers here, I said to my mom that I will think about it. But with Jesus’ command, I know I should not think about it, I should go where He leads me to proclaim His good news.

Lord, I pray that You will lead me to the place where You really want me to be and that may I gain obedience to take the steps that You direct me. Lord, I know Your words are the light unto my feet and a lamp unto my path; and as I delight in Your words Oh Father, I know I will never be lost as I go out into the world preaching your word. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

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Why God?

Chapter 15

34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)

Have I ever feel that God forsaken me? Yes, there are times; and in here Jesus asked God the same way the Psalmist David (Psalm 22) asked God why did God forsakes him. I feel so guilty, for I know Jesus have suffered because of me. Does God really forsakes me? I’m sure a loving God won’t ever forsake His people. He sacrificed His son and forsake Him because He loves me. This is how God loves me  that no matter what situation I am in, He will never leave me nor forsake me that He will send His beloved son just to save me again and again – this is unfailing love.

Lord, I know my thank You will never be enough to say how grateful I am for Your love that You give Your own son, Jesus, to die instead of me. Lord, thank You for saving me and for not forsaking me. I love you. Amen.

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His will be done!

Chapter 14

36 “Abba, Father,”he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.

Indeed, Jesus is human; He feels the pain and He asked for deliverance from God. Jesus is the greatest example of humility and obedience. He humbled Himself before God and of men, and He obeys God even obedience to the cross. There are things in which I asked God for, things that seems to be impossible, yet I  know nothing is impossible with Him so still I pray. When I’m in pain, I pray believing that only Him can heal me. Sometimes, we don’t have to struggle with the things that we want, but all we have to do is to humble ourselves to God and know that only He can, and obey knowing that His wills are better than our plans.

Lord, in this life I have so many things that I want to do and achieve, yet just like Christ, may Your will done and not mine. Instill in my mind Oh Father that Yours are better than my plans and that You have a good, pleasing, and perfect will for me and all I have to do is to obey. Amen.

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Guard Up and Watch Out

Chapter 13

“You must be on your guard. 23 So be on your guard; 33 Be on guard! Be alert! 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”

Guard! Jesus said those words repeatedly. I remember when I was in my Muai Thai training the very first thing we do when we have boxing match is we raise our defenses, our coach would say, “Guard up!”  If we don’t raise or guards then our opponents will be able to find a hole where he/she can penetrate and knock us down. I believe this is the same thing with what Jesus said, I must never lose my defenses. I shall be watchful all the time and be always on my guard so that no one can penetrate me when they try to win over me. Jesus already win over me, I shall not allow anyone to steal me back from Him. Jesus asked me to wait for Him while being guarded, and so I must be.

Lord, thank You for giving me the patience to wait for the return of Jesus and as I wait Lord, may give You give me also the strength and perseverance to raise my defenses to be on guard and to be always ready for His return. Amen.

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Alive and Living

Chapter 12

27 “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

If God is dead then where does my worship goes? Will He hear it? No, so my worship is worthless then. If God is dead then to whom does my prayers go? If God is dead then my prayers will forever be unanswered. But I’m grateful that Jesus said that God is alive, He conquered death and that makes my faith alive too. My worship and prayers will never be unheard for the God that I am worshiping is surely alive; and as long as I live, He will be my God and my worship will never ends. If someone stupid would say to me that He is dead; I will just say, God is the source of life then how can He lose His very own life? 

Lord, thank You for being alive for me. Thank you for the life that You have given me in Christ. Indeed, as long as I am living You will be my God, and I shall worship no other gods than You. I love you. 

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Claim it!

Chapter 11

24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”

Jesus says that whatever we ask in prayer will be ours. He is a generous God. God is affirming me that as I pray and believe that He will give it, surely it will be mine. However, He didn’t said that whatever we want He will give instead He said ask in prayer and believe.

Lord, Thank You for Jesus for through Him I can come boldly to You asking and claiming for the things that I desire and by faith Lord I know You will give it all to me, for You are more than a generous God. Amen.