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Who is God? (Part III)

This is the last installment of my compiled Facebook timeline posts for the month of June 2012. You can visit the Part I for the reasons why I created these posts, and you can also check out the 2nd installment here.

June 21, 2012

Today, God reminded me that He is the SUSTAINER.

“You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the raven to feed you there.” – 1 Kings 17: 4 

Elijah didn’t beg for food but the ravens fed him because God provided for him. This verse reminded me that it never reach a point that I beg food from my mom, she just gives me all I need because I am her daughter. How much more God, our father in heaven? He is our provider, the Jehovah Jireh. We don’t need to beg. We just have to worship Him not just to ask but to claim that He has provided.

Lord, I thank you that I don’t need to be a beggar for I am a princess in your eyes. Thank you Lord for being my Sustaining King.

June 22, 2012

Today, God revealed Himself to me as the UNDEFEATED COMPETITOR.

“Then you call on the name of your God, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The God who answers by fire – he is God.” – 1 Kings 18:24

This is the very first time I have encountered this verse from the Bible, though I have been into Bible studies since I was 3, God never fails to continuously reveal His “Awesomeness” to me, daily. Today, I was so amazed in this story about Elijah when he competed with the gods of the people of Ahab, in the name of his God. Indeed only ours and Elijah’s God prevailed because there is no other gods but Him. He never lose in any battles nor competitions, for He is a God of victory.

June 23, 2012

Today, God revealed Himself to me as the SILENT WHISPERER.

“After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” – 1 Kings 19: 12

People talk in whispers when gossiping, when the topic is confidential, or when in places wherein it is not allowed to talk in normal voices like in the librarY. We have different reasons why we speak discreetly.

I, myself, loved to talk in whispers with close friends when we talk about our lives, secrets, and plans. But today, God revealed himself to me as someone who also speaks in whisper. With this, I felt so excited to listen to that still small voice of God. I’m so thrilled about the words that He will be going to say to me, be it a command, a reprimand, or His plans and purposes, or whatever it is. I’m just sooooo excited. And so my prayer is that I may be able to distinguish His whisper from the noise of this world.

June 24, 2012

Today, God revealed Himself to me as the ORCHESTRATOR OF PERFECT HAPPINESS.

 Jews got relief from their enemies, and … their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration.” – Esther 9:22

I used to be a cry-baby. People say I’m tough, but I easily cry. This past few months, I found myself asking God for tears. Why? Because I can’t cry. Before, I used to cry to let go of the sadness, the hurts, disappointments, and burdens; but when I knelt at the cross, I can’t cry anymore. I asked my sisters if I’m still normal that no matter how hurt I am, I can’t cry. They just say, “Di bagay sa’yo umiyak.” Then God reminded me that I used to cry because I’m weak, but now that I surrendered everything to Him, it is not me anymore but Him. I am now overjoyed by His presence, His message, His comfort, and His love.

June 25, 2012

Today, God revealed Himself to me as the HOLDER OF SATAN’S REINS.

“The Lord said to Satan, ‘Very well, then, everything he has in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.’ Then Satan went out to the presence of the Lord.” – Job 1: 12

I super love Job, for he is one of my favorite characters in the Bible and as I read his story again today, this verse did made me smile. How come Satan spare Job’s life? Well, Satan obeyed God. Funny, but he did not touch Job’s life because God said so. Indeed, God has power over Satan. But then another thought came to me, if Satan (the most evil and disobedient being) was able to do what God said, what more us, the children of God? God holds and owns everything. If we only recognize His authority and His greatness in our lives, then it would be easy to obey.

June 26, 2012

Today, God reminded me that He is a REWARDER OF THE FAITHFULS.

“The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first.” – Job 42: 12

God allowed Satan to take away all the possessions of Job, his everything, but Job kept his faith. Job questioned God, but in his questionings, he honors God. I always say that I am afraid to experience what God did to Job, but God reminds me that when He takes something away it is because He will surely give more. In nothingness, Job kept his faith. And in his faith, he receives everything.

If God is with me, I will never have nothing; because God is my everything. ♥

June 27, 2012

Today, God reminded me that He is my REFUGE.

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.” – Psalm 18: 2

When I was a little girl, every time Mamang scolds me, I usually go under my bed and cry myself to sleep. As I was growing up, I hid myself under my blanket and cry. When a friend of mine died, as I was traveling home, I couldn’t help myself but cry inside the bus. I only had my jacket with me that time so I covered my face with my jacket and cried so hard.

But today, God reminded me that He is my refuge, the one who comforts me better than my bed and blankets. With this, I know I can cry and seek refuge anytime; because He is with me whenever and wherever.

June 28, 2012

Today, God reminded me that He is my SHEPHERD.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” -Psalm 23:1,6

I could not ask for more, His love is more than enough. A shepherd won’t lead the sheep into harm, he always leads them to the green pasture. A sheep is only lost when they lose sight of the shepherd, but fixing my eyes on the shepherd and following his path, I know I’m on the right track.

And so I sing, “Where you go, I’ll go. Where you’ll stay, I’ll stay. When you, I’ll move. I will follow.”

June 29, 2012

Today, God revealed Himself to me as the COUTURIER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. 

“For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness…” – Isaiah 61: 10

As a girl I always love dresses and accessories. It takes a week for me to decide what to wear on events or even just for my daily outfit. But today God reminded me that He has given me something to wear every day and that is the garments of salvation and robe of righteousness in Christ. With this, I don’t have to worry about what others will say about my attire, for it is God who gave these things to me. This outfit can never be found in lookbook or any fashion magazines but in Christ Jesus alone.

June 30, 2012

Today, God reminded me that He is the SOURCE OF ETERNAL LIFE. 

“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3: 16

This verse is already planted in my brain since I was in grade school, this has been one of the most famous verse in the Bible, and so God reminded me of this verse today, saying even if the decay rate algorithm of Spiderman exist, He is still the only one who could me a life that is never ending in Christ. Christ is the greatest equation, in Him I was transformed in His image and likeness, not into a giant lizard but into a princess, the daughter of the King of Kings.

I hope you learn from my Facebook timeline posts, and be inspired to make your Facebook posts worth to be liked by your grandkids.

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Who is God? (Part II)

Here’s the 2nd installment of my Facebook timeline posts for the month of June 2012. Check out the Part I here.

June 11, 2012

Today, God revealed himself to me as the GREATEST AVENGER.

“The Lord said to Moses ‘Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.'” – Numbers 31:1, 2

“If we can’t protect the earth, you can be damn well sure we’ll avenge it.” -Iron Man

Reading Your word today Lord made me realize that You are the greatest Avenger. God you are greater than any Avenger, because in Your name Your people won countless battles. Indeed You put favor to Your people, and whoever hurts them can never escape Your vengeance. I’m not an Israelite, but You said through Your words that I am Your daughter and that I believe no one can harm me because You are my protector, but even if they could, still You will avenge me.

June 12, 2o12

Today, God revealed Himself to me as the and ONE AND ONLY.

“Acknowledge and take heart to this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.”  -Deuteronomy 4:39

Many people who fell in love said, “I found the One.” But, when I met you God and fell in love with you day by day, I know there is no one in this earth that could ever make me say that they are the one because for me You are my One and Only. The One who completes me, the One who could make me go head over heels, and the One who can make me feel so worthy to be loved.

Thank you Lord for simply being the One.

June 13, 2012

Today, God revealed Himself to me as a TESTER OF TRUE LOVE.

“The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul.” -Deuteronomy 13:3 

God’s exams doesn’t require sleepless nights of reviews nor dozens of books to memorize but simply a whole mind, heart, and soul. It may be hard to give our all, but the Lord God gives us everything. How could we deprived him of what is due for Him? Lord, you know how much I hate it when I commit mistakes during exams or quizzes. You also know that I was a grade conscious student before, and that I hated it when I just passed an exam rather than acing it. And, so I pray to you Lord God that when you test my love for you, I will maintain the attitude of consciousness and perfection that I may be able to pass and ace your tests. Lord, I know I’m not perfect but you perfect me with your love.

June 14, 2012

Today, God revealed Himself to me as the ONLY RULER.

“But Gideon told them, ‘I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The Lord will rule over you.'” – Judges 8:23 

Every night, I couldn’t count how many times Dong Yi repeatedly say, “Kamahalan” to her husband. While reading God’s words for me today, I just remembered Dong Yi’s respect and obedience to the King and to the rulers of her society. I asked myself, can I allow a man to rule over me like that? For now, the answer is a No. But, God said in His words that He is the ruler of my life,  so to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, I say, “Rule over my life and let me worship and serve you, aking Kamahalan.”

“All of the earth is Yours. You’re my delight. You are Lord of all.”

June 15, 2012

Today, God revealed Himself to me as the CONSUMING FIRE.

“If I am a man of God,’ Elijah replied, ‘may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!’ Then the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men.” -2 Kings 1:5 

As Miami Heat wins today and all the OKC fans were on heat against the Heat, God reminded me that I should also rejoice because He is the source of every heat. And, as the typhoon Butchoy come and bring coldness around, I am not afraid; for I know I will always be in heat because God’s love consumes me like a fire inside and out. His love is like a fire that burns deep within and brings eternal life, but the fury of the Lord also brings heat that could burn as alive.

June 16,2012

Today, God revealed Himself to me as the HEARER OF PRAYERS.

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.” – 1 Samuel 1:27

Everywhere I go, I keep on hearing this line from a contagious song, “So Call me Maybe” then today God reminded me that He is a God without a number, and I don’t need to be crazy to call upon Him and get in touch with Him. He is always available, always ready to connect, and always listening to the calls and messages of those who call upon Him.

“Hey Don’t be lazy, He (God) has no number. But we can call Him daily!”

June 17, 2012

Today, God reminded me that He is a LATE NIGHT CALLER.

“One night… Samuel was lying in the temple of the Lord… then the Lord called Samuel.” – 1 Samuel 3: 2, 4

Last year, an unforgettable late night call made me cry, it is when my Architect friends called me at 1 am to greet me a “Happy Birthday”, they were all having a good time then but they never forget to make me feel special. I felt so loved by that one simple call. As I read God’s words for me today, I was reminded that God also makes calls daily, all we have to do is to answer. God calls us every time and anywhere not just to make us feel special and loved. He calls us because He wants to and because He is more than willing to talk to us. Samuel missed the call of God thrice, I missed His call countless times, but I thank the Lord for He never gives up calling.

Lord, I pray that as you call to me, give me listening ears to distinguish your voice from all the worldly noise and a humble mouth to answer.

June 18, 2012

Today, God revealed Himself to me as the RESOLUTE GOD.

“He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change.” – 1 Samuel 15:29

Being the eldest and having a sweet little brother who always makes himself pleasing to me so that he could convince me to do favors for him, I always find myself saying “Nauto na naman ako ng batang yun!” And, while reading God’s words for me today, He reminded me that He is unchanging that no matter how much I tried to please Him, I couldn’t change His mind for He is a resolute God. His plans will never change and all I have to do is to accept it even if it hurts. I could say that it’s unfair. As a sister I could change for my brothers but how about Him as my father but then it was also said in His words that He is not a man, He is God.

And so I couldn’t say more; instead, I’ll be like Jesus saying, “Let thy will be done, not mine.”

June 19, 2012

Today, God reminded me that He is the PROTECTOR OF THE UNDERDOGS.

“David said to the Philistine,’You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled.'” – 1 Samuel 17:45 

There are 2 contradicting headlines today from PDI and PhilStar about China and Philippines and the unending issues of the Scarborough Shoal and it somehow created a tiny anxiety in me that when the giants make even a small move, how can we the little ones create a big counter move? But it was so amazing that God’s words for me today is a message of assurance as I read the story of David and Goliath again (for the nth time). He reminded me that He is the protector of the little ones and the ones who are right in His eyes.

Today, God also reminded me that the world will give us contradicting messages, but His words will be the same, the one we should listen and trust to. There will be no more anxiety if we put our trust in Him.

June 20, 2012

Today, God revealed Himself to me as the PROVIDER OF WISDOM.

“God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.”-1 Kings 4: 29 

Every day, as I enter my room and see my Graduation photo hanging on the wall together with my medals, trophies, and certificates that I received while I was studying, I could not help but smile it all reminds me of myself being one of the “brights” (bright is the Visayan term for smart) in class but not the nerd type, and the bibbo kid (bibbo kid means active) in school. And today, as I see all those things reminding me of my achievements somehow I could sense of pride inside me, but God revealed Himself to me today as the provider of wisdom and so the pride turns to humility as I accept the fact that all of this things comes from Him alone.

As humans our IQ’s are measurable, but Solomon (a human) had a wisdom that was immeasurable. I don’t need to ask why Solomon was favored because God’s word clearly said that He provided Solomon because he has asked, and so God will give us wisdom, if only we ask. ♥

To be continued... Part III
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Who Is God? (Part I)

I attended an all-girls event last Friday for all the young girls in Grounded. The event is called True Beauty, and we were blessed to have Ms. Carla Bonifacio (Rica Peralejo) as one of our speakers. During the question and answer portion, a girl asked, “What can you say about those girls who post almost everything in Facebook and other social media sites?” Ms. Carla’s response is that if the post is worth seeing for a lifetime then let it be but if not, then why post it? She even mentioned that when you post something, it should be worth showing your future kids and grandchildren.  After the event, I checked my Facebook timeline, and I am happy to find out that some of it will be the first lessons I will teach my future sons.

Here are my Facebook posts for the month of June 2o12 – the month when I decided to empty my mind of my knowledge of who God is and allowed Him to reveal Himself to me not as a subject of my study but as my sole desire. Thanks to my NIV Bible, Zondervan for the 30-days-with-God guide for these daily devotions.

June 1, 2012

Today, God reminded me that He is a COVENANT MAKER.

Rainbow

“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”

– Genesis 9: 13

God never said that there will be no rains, storms, or floods, but He made the rainbow – a covenant that He will never give us anything more than we can bear. There will be light and colors in the darkness.  There is hope as God promised.

Thank you Lord for the tiny seed of hope that you gave; by faith and Your words, this hope grows.

June 2, 2012

Today, God reminded me that He is a THWARTER OF EVIL AMBITIONS.

“God did not allow the creation of the Tower of Babel because the desires of the people were for their own glory.” – Genesis 11:1-9

But even if God thwarts the evil desires, He also promised that He will give the desires of those who fear and put their delight in Him.

When an evil thing grows in us, let’s  ask God to pluck it out immediately. God knows the desires of our hearts, and only Him can give it to us. Whatever we desire, let’s pray that it will please the Lord.

June 3, 2012

Today, God reminded me that He is a WRESTLER.

Wrestler

“So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak…Then the man said, ‘Your name will not be Jacob but Israel because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.'” – Genesis 32:24, 28

Jacob  was a deceiver, a stubborn man, and a man who never gives up. When faced with God, he wrestled with Him, but when he knows he will never succeed, he surrendered.  Who can win over God? Like Jacob, no matter how determined we are to win, when God intrudes, we must learn to give up and surrender. Let God wins over us and let Him overcome not against us but with us , for God doesn’t want us to become victims but victors in Him.

June 4, 2012

Today, God reminded me that He is a PROVIDER OF ANSWERS.

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“‘I cannot do it’, Joseph replied to Pharaoh, ‘but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.’”

– Genesis 41:16

I may have a lot of How’s, Why’s, What’s, Who’s and When’s at this moment, but I count only on God for the answers. To have an open mind, an understanding heart, and listening ears are my desires to hear His answers. Yes, Google is handy, but God is unlimited. Google may feed me with knowledge, but not wisdom.

June 5, 2012

Today, God reminded me that He is NOT FORGETFUL.

“God heard their groaning and He remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and with Jacob.” – Exodus 2:24

Indeed His promises are sweet, and with Him, we shall put our trust, keeping in mind and in faith that He will not forget all that He has promised.

June 6, 2012

Today, God reminded me that He is a PROTECTOR OF THE FAITHFUL.

The Shield

“When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the door frame and they will passover that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.” – Exodus 12:23

The shield of Captain America seems good in battles, yet God is the only shield that could protect and cover us from all forms of evil and harm, not just with bullets and swords. God is the best shield and protector.

June 7, 2012

Today, God reminded me that He is a CATERER PAR EXCELLENCE.

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God’.” – Exodus 16:11,12

Every meal that we had eaten, it comes from God alone. Let us thank the Lord, for every food that comes in our mouths, and in exchange, let our mouth speaks of overflowing praises to Him. Let’s thank the Lord for being the best caterer not just of food but for everything that we need.

June 8, 2012

Today, God reminded me that He is a LAWGIVER.

“For I, the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments” -Exodus 20:5,6

Let us thank the Lord for reminding us that He is not just a lawgiver but He is a just lawgiver, punishing those who disobeyed and loving those who keep His laws. Let us please Him with our words, thoughts, and actions as we keep and obey His commandments, so that He will not hate us and our next generation will be loved by Him.

June 9, 2012

Today, God revealed Himself to me as the PUNISHER OF REBELLION.

The punisher

“The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished…” – Numbers 14: 18

We could have sin day after day and not repent if we didn’t know that God punishes sinners, and so let’s thank the Lord because as He punishes the sinners, He also forgives those who repent. Punishment and forgiveness are two opposite things, yet He can give both. Indeed, there is no one like our God.

June 10, 2012

Today, God revealed Himself to me as the OPENER OF EYES.

“Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.” – Numbers 22:31

 Our eyes aren’t blind, but if there are things that we couldn’t see clearly, let’s ask God to open our eyes to see. Let us see the directions that we have to take, the decisions and actions we have to make from His perspectives. Let’s thank the Lord for all the majestic and wonderful things that we have seen. May our eyes be blessed. May it be holy and pure, so that when we face God, we won’t be like Balaam. We won’t face down, but instead, we will have the confidence to see His glorious face.

To be continued... Part II

 

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The Love We Deserve

While watching The Perks of Being a Wallflower last month, a line did caught my attention and made me ponder on it. It is when Charlie said, “We accept the love we think we deserve.” As I reflect on that line, I remember the Love that isn’t fair. If you don’t know about that unfair love of mine yet, Click this.

I believe, Charlie is right; we only accept the love we think we deserve. What kind of love does a woman like me deserve, knowing my worth that a man died for me to show me His love?  Somehow, I really don’t feel deserving of that love, yet He made me worthy. Therefore, I believe I only deserve that kind of love – the greatest love of all.

When Ptr. Joe Bonifacio said his wedding vows to Ms. Carla (Rica Peralejo), I really loved it when he said to her, “I promise to constantly pursue you, make you feel loved and wanted because YOU’RE WORTH IT.” Even Ms. Carla, in one of the single ladies event in VCF Makati, said that out of all the lines of Pastor Joe in their wedding vows, we should bear in mind the last one. Yes, a woman in Christ is worthy of an unconditional love!

Another Church pastor, Ptr. John Del Rosario, described his love for his wife  with this, “I love my wife like Christ love the Church; and I would die for my wife like Christ died for the Church.” I actually wrote down this line in my notebook because that line is the sweetest comparison of love I’ve ever heard from a man.

Yesterday, I saw this viral poem in a video by Brent Rice; and this made me look forward more to the love that I will accept because I believe I only deserve that kind of love.

 Crucifixion Type of Love

Brent Rice

My biggest prayer is to love her right. I want to love her like Christ loved the Church, love her like her Father in heaven loves her, love her like the Holy Spirit loves her soul and love her like she was created to be loved but sometimes, sometimes my flesh tries to intimidate me with that kind of love. It’s like my spirit can rise from the depths of this corrupted prison with the voice of Abel screaming that “I have not yet loved her to the extent that Christ loves the church” see, I want a crucifixion type of love.

Every time I hug her, I want my arms to be spread out on the cross and I want to die to my childish ways. Every time I look into her eyes,I want a crown of thorns to be placed upon my head so that I will surrender my thought life to her honor. And, I want the walls to be taken apart to be nail driven into my feet so that they would lead her with the authority of Moses; see, I want a crucifixion type love.

I want my side to be pierced every time we laugh together so that I’ll always remember that she is my rib. And every time I sleep and dream of her, I want my back to be beaten with a cat o nine tail so that I’ll always carry her burdens for her. And every time I’m not with her, I want to stand before Pilate and stand true to my relationship with her; see, I want those who have seen me to have seen her in me when we are apart. I want a crucifixion type of love.

I want a love that will cause dead men to rise. When people gaze on us I want them to know who is this Christ that we speak of. And every time she falls I want to take her in my arms like my cross and carry her up to Calvary. I want men to mark me for not wanting to be like them, for not wanting to squander my love on various women but to have the passion to pour out my love onto one soul for all of eternity. I want a crucifixion type of love.

I want a love that was predestined before eternity. I want a love that was birthed in my mother’s womb. I want a love that is willing to give up this world for her. I want a love that is immaculate. I want a love that makes angels wish they were in our shoes. I want a love that will make me pray to God and say who am I that you are mindful of me to bless me with her. I want a crucifixion type of love.

I want a love that bleeds purity. I want a love that people will lie on us just to see us split apart. I want a love that will make me run away to a far village build a mansion for you with my bare hands and send you love letters every day reminding you of me, letters that you can keep in a book and spend time reading them every day. I want a love that will make my spirit pray for you. I want a love that will make me walk on water in the middle of the most dangerous storm for you; see, I want a crucifixion type of love.

I want a love that my friends will betray me because of my affection for you. I want a love that after we’re gone that for centuries to come, men will aim to follow on our legacy. And every time I rise in the morning, I want it to be my cross being raised up right for you, to stand up on the hill of my life and portray a beautiful sacrifice. I want to be placed in the tomb of your heart, the tomb that your mother and father built. I want a love that will rise with all power over adversity. I want a love that people will flock to see if it’s real. I want a crucifixion type love.

I want a love that shows my yearning for you. I want a love that even when we argue, I still have a burning passion and desire to be with you. I want a love that heals, the kind of love that covers the wounds that were dug deep by the knives of infidelity and insecurity. I want a love that makes God get up and dance around His throne every time He sets His eyes on us. I want a crucifixion type of love.

So, with all of that said…

Lord, please give me the strength to love her like you love me. Like the way you didn’t consider being equal with the father, a thing to be grasped, but you came and gave up your throne for the filth of this world and in love you served; so in the same way let me serve her unconditionally, infinitely. So, let me man up and quit wasting time playing games and pursue her like you pursue your church because you have chosen me to be entrusted with her heart. So, let me cherish it like a jeweler cherishes a diamond, let me examine it and find out every minute detail about her worth;  see, I want to love her like Abraham loved Sarah, like Isaac loved Rebecca, like Jacob loved Rachel, like Boaz loved Ruth, like Solomon loved his queen, I want a crucifixion type of love.

So, into your hands I commend this relationship because I want to love her like you love your church. I want a crucifixion type of love.


The lines that are in bold are my favorite lines. If you are wondering why I love Boaz and Ruth, which is another entry to write, you can ask me via email at ramalicarte@gmail.com. I’ll be glad to answer.

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Love is Waiting

Last weekend, I headed south alone to Calamba, Laguna where I’ve seen my beloved trees and clear blue skies that made me felt kilig evermore. Upon reaching my destination, one girl sang Brooke Fraser’s song, Love is waiting, and it made me remember my ever admired King David and the man I will spend the rest of my life with; for just like King David, he is a worshiper.

I’ll be writing about this worshiper soon, but first let me share to you my very first song/poem for my musician husband-to-be. Allow me to share here a poem I based on the Love is waiting song. I have edited the song’s lyrics to make it a more personal poem, but you can listen to Brooke Fraser’s song below.

 

Another December on the ground

between the traffic and the Christmas sounds,

I am thinking signs and seasons

and hold on to God for reasons,

 

I watch as lovers pass me by

walking stories of who’s, how’s and whys,

I’ll give it time, give it space and be still for a spell

when it’s time to walk that way, we will walk it well,

 

I’ll be waiting for you baby

I’ll be happy preparing to be your best lady,

I’ll be holding back the darkest night

Love is waiting until we’re ready, until it’s right,

 

It’s  my caution not the cold

there’s no other hand that I would rather hold,

The climate changes but I’m still writing for strangers about you

and how I’m glad to have a love that is so true,

 

Don’t keep watching the time, you can slow the pace

I know, we will be together in this race,

Just hold on, I know you can

I am sure now, that you’re my man,

 

I could write a million songs about the way you say my name

and let you sing it for God’s fame,

I could live a lifetime with you and then do it all again

I would still choose you out of a million different men,

 

Like the way I can’t force the sun to rise or hasten summer’s start,

neither should I rush my way into your heart,

I will be writing, traveling, reading, go hiking and diving

until I do these things with you, my Love is patiently waiting. 

Love is patient. – 1 Corinthians 13:4

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I am N.O.W.

N.O.W.  stands for No Other Woman

In just a year, there are almost 3  Philippine movies that shows  about adultery, being a mistress and the like. I am not against these movies, I watched the No Other Woman. (Maybe because it was the first movie that deals with this issue, I didn’t know that there will appear more. Philippine movies, how about you come up with a family-oriented one?).

Honestly, I was laughing while watching the N.O.W. (there is humor despite the immorality), yet there is one best thing that I realized from it –  I am educated, I have my dignity, I know my worth; and so I will never stoop down to the level of being a mistress or just another woman.

One of my favorite lines in the N.O. W. movie was the line of Carmi Martin that says, “Ang mundo ay isang malaking Quiapo, maraming snatcher.” 

I have my own version of that line, here it is – “Ang mundo ko ay parang Quiapo, maraming  santo na nakapalibot kay Nazareno.” 

Let me explain that line if you didn’t get my point. Jesus is a man who is from Nazareth, so He is the Nazarene (I’m not referring to the statue or figure.) For the saints, I once asked if who are the saints that are written in the Bible, and the answer that I believe in now is this – the saints are the people who believes and lives with Jesus as Lord and Savior; and in His holiness, we are made holy. (I will expound more on this when I go deeper in Theology.) So, my line simply says that my world is Jesus and the people who loves Jesus.  

How about you? Is your world filled with snatchers? or with Jesus and his saints?

If you think that the world can take away anything (worth, beauty, intelligence, possessions, loved ones, and your man) from you at any moment then be scared.  But, if your world revolves with a man named Jesus from Nazareth then be secured

Now, here comes my main point: We can find security in Jesus.

Want some evidence? Check on my 5 short-listed reasons below:

You are complete!

No man can ever complete and satisfy you, only God. He said, “You will be fed by my finest…I would satisfy you.” – Psalm 81:16

You look like God!

God created us in His own image and likeness– Genesis 1:27 So no woman should be looked at as a second choice or second best.

You are beautiful!

Nothing is wrong with your appearance. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. – Psalm 139:14 When you look at the mirror, who do you see? The fearful or the fearfully made? You don’t need any compliment or praise from a man to feel admired and adored.

You are an heiress! You are a princess!

We are the child of God. Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ -Romans 8:17. We are heiresses, royalties, princesses, dignified, and respected, so why let any man step down on your highly valued dignity and status?

You are worth it!

There may be a thousand men in this world that can give you all the things you desire and would like to have, but ask that man if he is willing to give his life for you, maybe that man will think twice. Remember this, While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.-Romans 5:8 Imagine that love? While we were still unlovable, He love us that He gave His life for us. You are worth a life! So never let any man make you feel unlovable, you are worth it.

You are no other woman, for you are a woman of God.

I am sorry if I can just write 5 out of the thousand ways on how God shows and proves that every woman shouldn’t be just another woman.

I just want to share here a question from God on adultery.

Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man’s wife? – Proverbs 5:20 

For the women, let me change it, Why be captivated, my daughter, by an adulterer? Why embrace the bosom of another woman’s husband?

I have my own answers to that question already, how about you? Answer God.

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10 Things My Husband Hates About Me

Ever watched the movie 10 Things I Hate About You? I’ve seen that movie in my High School days, yet I can still memorize the poem of Julia Stiles on the things that she hates with her boyfriend. While writing this, I’m singing, “I love you baby … can’t take my eyes off you.” haha.. I really don’t know why I woke up so nostalgic about this movie. However, it made me reflect on things that my husband will hate about me, and so I list some of them here.

1. I love the Comfort Room more than the Living Room.

In all honesty, people who knows me say that I stay in the bathroom for more than an hour. What am I doing? Taking a bath and SLEEPING!!!

Yes, I sleep in the bathroom for hundreds of time since Elementary and even now that I am a professional. Mamang used to knock at our bathroom door just to check if I’m taking a bath or sleeping. So, to my dear husband, know when to knock and wake me up, okay?


2. I don’t regularly use spoon and fork AT HOME.

So primitive? Yes! I love to use my bare hands when eating AT HOME (I don’t do this in public places. I do have manners.)

I grew up with the boys; my Kuyas would just cut a banana leaf from our backyard, wash it, and that will be our plate. No spoon and forks just our bare hands. Every day was a boodle fight back then, and I love it even until now.


3. My pillows have names and I can’t sleep sound without them.

I thought after I graduated High School I won’t be the same girl with the love for pillows, but now even at 23, my pillows  still have names.

They aren’t my security stuff or whatever, I just can’t sleep right without my more than 10 pillows and stuff toys around me.


4.  I’m not into television.

 I’m not just into it! Please understand. I love the news but not the variety shows, telenovelas, talk shows, etc.

I can watch movies with you dear husband anytime but please don’t ask me to watch teleseryes with you.


5. I have fevers every month.

Seriously? Yes! Since my childhood days, but it feels normal for me already. However, there are days when fever and stress collides that it makes me knocks down to my bed. I’m a nurse though, so I can nurse myself. Just try to understand and do your best to take care of me dear husband when I have those high temperatures.


6. I have insomnia though sometimes I felt narcoleptic.

It’s really hard for me to fall asleep. I believe, the worst thing I did during the peak of my insomnia is that I clean my entire room at 3 a.m. just to make the time staying up worth it.

But, even though its hard for me to fall asleep,  I can also sleep for 23 hours without getting any headache. That’s my talent! haha..

When insomnia attacks, I would usually ask my brother to play a song in his music player or in YouTube so that I can fall asleep. So dear husband if you see me having trouble sleeping just hum me to sleep, alright?


7. I have a weird taste buds.

I’m not  a healthy eater, but I love ampalayas and fried frogs. I can’t eat green mangoes without sugars and apples without salt. Weird? Yes it is. I am also addicted to scrambled eggs, but I’m taming my tongue with that already.

There are lots of food that I do not eat because my taste buds doesn’t like it, so before you cook for me dear husband, ask first if I can eat those food but anyway thanks for the effort.


8. I’m a coffee addict.

I can have 4 to 5 cups of coffee a day whether that is brewed, cappuccino, or frappe. Starbucks or Nescafe, as long as it is coffee, that is fine. Smokers smells smoke when they talk, but not for me, I sometimes smell like a brewing machine. haha..  I love coffee even though it gives me palpitations at times.

So dear hubby, stop me when I attempt to drink my 6th cup, for studies shows that 6 cups of coffee a day leads to hallucinations already.. haha..


9. I vowed to leave the metro once a month.

I love the seas, the skies, the clouds, the mountains, the trees, the greens.. the nature and the things I don’t and can’t see in Metro Manila every day, so I vowed to leave the city once in a month to travel and appreciate nature.

I’m not Dora the Explorer though I feel like her at times, yet I just love to give my eyes the best view to see and admire. Dear Hubby, you can travel with me or stay at home, and by the way, I also hike mountains and dive seas, so if you can’t take the fact that your wife is adventurous as Lara Croft, don’t dare ask for my hand.. haha..


10. I vowed to read 1 book  a month and watch a movie in the cinemas every month.

For almost 2 years, I’ve been going to the cinemas alone, but I never felt lonely for I know someday you (dear hubby) will seat and watch beside me soon and share with me my favorite cheese popcorn, but please don’t bother me when I’m watching or else I’ll watch alone again.. haha..

I’m a self-confessed bookworm, and I treasure books than food. So, at night times that you see me reading or when we are traveling, please don’t deprive me with my ME time or else I’ll use my Muai Thai skills with you. haha..


There are more than 10 reasons that my husband can hate me, but I believe that he is a man who can accept me no matter how childish,  primitive, weakly and adventurous I can be.

I’m writing this while I am still single with no plans of getting married yet, and after finishing this, I’m still not willing to let go of these things making me say, “I’m not yet ready for a husband.” The time will come that I’ll be surrendering myself to someone; someone who will accept me for who I was, am and will be.

I may not do these 10 not-so-gruesome things about me someday, but one thing I am sure of, I won’t change for any man but I’ll change for a better me.

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