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M.A.D.E.L.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. – Proverbs 31: 30

Allow me to honor and praise one woman whom I know is indeed praiseworthy. Her name is Madel; I call her Ats for AT Squared – Ate and  Attorney, and as per my research her name means high tower. Her name is also a variant of Magdalene who is a follower of Jesus. No wonder why she is indeed someone I look up to and indeed fellowship with as a follower of Jesus.

Today, as she celebrates her awesome birthday, I just want to honor her and remind her of how she is loved by me.

MOLDED with beauty.

Created in the image and likeness of God; therefore, she looks like  a goddess (walang kokontra, birthday niya).

 

AWESOMELY HUMBLE!

She listens to younger girls’ advice, and despite her status in life, she serves in Church in the different ministries.

DELICATE but TOUGH.

Ats may be looking fragile at one look,  but do not be deceived, inside her is a one great lawyer soon.

EMBELLISHED with SWEETNESS, THOUGHTFULNESS, and CARE.  

Ats is just so sweet and it can be seen in her actions; no wonder why many people loves her and wants to be around her.

LOVABLE. 

One could not resist but admire her beauty, intelligence, and charm. Ats, is always LOVE, for she is a woman fears and love the Lord.

Ats,

Happy Happy Birthday!

You are such a blessing to my life and to the girls. We are so honored to be with an honorable person like you.. hehe.. For being our ate when we need to be serious and for being a kalog when we need a good laugh.

I know God has indeed prepare a good future for you, and I can see that you are almost hand  in hand with your dreams. I’m so excited to be with you as I witness the faithfulness of God in your life. Continue to grow in love with Him.

I will always be here for you. I love you Ats!  More birthdays to come and celebrate!

                                                                                                                          – Ram

P.S.

The one that you have been asking me – Matthew 21:22.

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On Beauty and Compliments (and not to mention Hormones).

We, GIRLS, feel low at times especially when hormones are spiking and fluctuating; mood swings just come out of nowhere no matter how  we try to control it. And, even though I am secured with my beauty and figure believing that I am fearfully and wonderfully made still I have this “I feel so fat,” and “I’m so ugly.. Grrr!” days.

While I’m down with fever, headache, and flu (blame it with the heat as I travel to work at noon and uncontrolled AC in the office + hormones), someone gave me a compliment that made me feel elated. It was my REAL dad who commented on my picture in FB (the 1st comment below) just when I feel so guilty for eating too much these past few days.

My dad and I just met once and that was a decade ago, so he really doesn’t know what I look like in person, but He can say that I am beautiful (oh well, I’m his daughter!).

My dad somehow made me feel so beautiful by his comments, but I believe I really do not need those, for I should be secured on what my Father in heaven said, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”  –  1 Peter 3:3-4

I must have a gentle and quiet spirit so that I may be fully secured on who I am and Who is in me that will make me feel really beautiful; this includes mastering over my emotions, hormonal changes, and guilt plus more time with the source of all beauty – God.

Moreover, I really don’t need praises every day or reassurance that I am beautiful nor compliments to flatter me, for my Father in Heaven said,  “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” – Proverbs 31:30

My fathers are right; I am beautiful, and I should never grow weary with that fact.  I don’t have to be praised every moment of my life, my fathers’  words are enough. After all, who I am including my beauty is created not just to please the woman I see in the mirror and the people around me, but the One who created me.

Let the King be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for He is your Lord. – Psalm 45: 11

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Dong Hae made me smile

We just finished the series entitled Honorology in our youth service in Church, and part of my application of it is honoring my mom with my time, so despite the fact that I’m not a TV person, I sit with mom when she is at home watching her favorite TV series.

As she was watching this Koreanovela in GMA 7, Smile Dong Hae, an exchange of dialogue did caught my attention and somehow there was a light bulb signaling my neurons to search for this episode and transcribe the awesome confession of a man’s love. Here it is,

Dong Hae: Makinig ka, Oo, mahal na nga kita. Dahil pano naman kita hindi mamahalin Bea? Pero ayaw ko ng ganito. Dahil puso ko lang ang tanging maaalay  ko sayo ngayon at wala ng iba. Bea, gusto kong ibigay ang kahit na ano sayo. Gusto kong maibigay ang lahat ng pangangailangan mo. Tingnan mo nga ako. Wala akong maibigay sayo. Hindi nga kita kayang protektahan eh tsaka wala akong ni isang pag-aari. Pero, bigyan mo pa ako ng konting panahon para maging karapat dapat ako para sayo. Gusto kong harapin ang magulang mo at hingin ang permiso nila na mahalin ka. Gusto ko maging klase ng lalaking ipagmamalaki mo sa iba. Gusto kitang mahalin pero wala man lang akong kahit anong ipagmamalaki sayo, hindi ganito ang lalaking bagay sayo.

See? How manly he is with his words, man enough to accept that he is not good for a girl.  Dong Hae, a fictional character, knows what it is to be a real man! A real man knows that his love is not enough to be with a woman. Allow me to quote the tweets of our pastors,

God gave Adam a job before God gave him a wife.” – Steve Murrell 

in a more comprehensible sense…

“Get a job before you court a girl.”- Ryan Tan

I also remember what Pastor King Lucero called those boys who courts a girl while they are still dependent with their parents –  self-centered and immature.

Dong Hae is not the typical guy who would profess his love with words that say a lot about himself. Instead, in all honesty,  he points out to things that will disqualify him to be loved by a woman, yet he knows what to do, and that is to prove himself to the girl and her family. Here is another good read about men who put their  best foot forward.

Note to young men:

Boys, be like a man. If you want a woman, just tell us your flaws. If  you are not yet secured with your own future then don’t risk a girl’s future with you. If you can’t protect nor give anything she needs then don’t you dare pursue her just like what Dong Hae did.

Here’s the link on the quoted episode of Dong Hae,  GMA 7 Smile Dong Hae 11- 16-12 episode

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How Intimate?

Book: Under Cover

Author: John Bevere

Where to buy: I’m not sure if this is sold in leading bookstores, but I do see this book in Christian bookstores, try OMF.

Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ – Matthew 7:23

I’m still with the book Under Cover, and my attention got caught in the footnote containing the Greek word of knew which is ginosko. Ginosko represents intimacy. Reading that verse from Jesus in Matthew 7:23, I believe, Jesus was actually saying, “I am never intimate with you.”  

We may not hear Him talk directly, but He speaks and He listens. How familiar you are with the voice of God? How intimate you are with Him?

Knowing God by just pure knowledge is far different from having an intimate relationship with Him. For whoever have knowledge do not yet know as they ought to know, but whoever loves truly knows.

The Sistine Ceiling.

 Connect with God. 

for whoever loves God is known by God– 1 Corinthians 8: 3

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What If???

Book: Under Cover

Author: John Bevere

Where to Buy: I’m not sure if this is sold in leading bookstores, but I do see this book in Christian bookstores, try OMF.

I don’t have any plans of writing today; however, reading is part of my schedule and now I can’t help myself but write my reflections on this book that I’m currently reading.  I’m still in Chapter 2, which the author entitled, It’s hard to kick against the goads. In all honesty, I don’t know what that means until the author says that it was taken from the book of Acts talking about resistance to authority.

 The point of the author in this chapter is that God appoints all rulers. Now, this is where my thoughts are bothered. If God did appoint all rulers how come our former President who is now trialed for  cheating on elections won? Was she appointed by God too despite of the wrong manner of having her as President? What if the real winner won? What could have happened to the 6 years of having him as our President?

While holding on to that thought, I remembered  a picture of a real winner yet ended up losing as God has planned. The picture of the cross where the real winner was crucified.

What if Jesus won over Barabbas?

What if Jesus wasn’t crucified?

What if He did not die?

What if He wasn’t able to fulfill the redemption plans of God?

What if He was not able to prove Himself victorious in His resurrection?

In the end, God revealed the true winner in the resurrection of Christ. Victory comes after 3 days.

In the case of our country, I don’t know when this country and our government will finally share that kind of victory, but I know God has plans why He allowed her to be the President, and I’m more excited on the victory of this nation than to see her in jail.

Here is one of my favorite lines from the book,

“Just because it has been twisted by man doesn’t mean it wasn’t authored by God.”

We may have so many what if’s in mind right now but take heart and trust God for He knows why He allowed such things to happen. Indeed, in his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps (Proverbs 16:9). Whatever happened, He allowed it for His perfect plans. For everything God created is good and nothing is to be rejected (1 Timothy 4:4).

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Apples of your Eyes!

I opened my Facebook and Twitter accounts, and ladies all over are talking about this handsome guy, Mario Maurer. I do like him, but I won’t talk about him that much. Why? Is he worth it? Worth the time? Worth to stare at for more than 5 seconds? I can already read 3 verses in that span of time or chat with my cute little brothers.

Cutie check: Have you given time to check your siblings or your parents FB status or ask them how they are personally? Or you spend too much time checking over the cute guys in the web?


These boys, Oh I love their voices! But to follow all their whereabouts and even tweets, I can’t. Why? I don’t even have enough time to sing praises to The One Way,  so I’d rather sing to Him than with these One Direction guys.

Music check: When was the last time you sing a worship song to God and how long? Or do you sing the direction songs too much?


Katy and Taylor! They are so beautiful and talented. They write songs and sing well. Things that  should be admired in a lady, and that is why I don’t spend much time watching their MTVs, if I watched it once then that’s enough, I also have talents to be honed and practiced.  Following the way they dress and act can already consume time – time that should be well spent doing things that can help one self become better and not just a better fan, impersonator, or  idolater.

Talent check: Do you have talents or creative ideas? How do you please your Creator? Do you please the One who gives your talent? Or you spend so much time copying the styles and talents of your favorite celebrity?


The latest iPhone5 or iPad mini truly from Apple, but are they the apple of your eye as well that you desire them too much than anything? And if you already have them, you spend much time holding it, configuring it, and using it as if it is the only best thing in the world.

Gadget check: What is the best thing/companion in the world? Your iPhone5? Or your family, your friends, and Jesus?


  

 

 Make-ups, Shoes, Bags, Dresses! They are so lovable! Yes, I’m a lady, and I love those things too. I even save my allowance just to buy these things. But, in all honesty, it doesn’t consume much of my allowance. I make sure that my allowance is spent more wisely than any outward adornment. I make sure that I gave to God what is due to Him first before buying these things.

Budget check: Have you gave to God or treat your parents? Or your closet received it all?



Books and Movies! Things that I vowed to spend time with once a month.

I’m a self-confessed bookworm and a cinema-goer, but I do make sure that what I read and watch is a good one; and when I say good, it means it won’t cause me harm, it won’t make me feel bad, it won’t make me think bad, it won’t make me sin.

Movies are so-not-real, so don’t live in it. I do love fantasy movies, but I don’t act like what the characters portray. Why? Because I live in the real world. If you act like what you have watched then what will you be, a 17-year-old young lady who sacrificed everything for the love  of her life? Oh C’mon!

Book  and movie review: Have you spend so much time reading your Bible? Or with a good and popular book/movie that caused you to think lustfully or sinfully?  


Remember: What your eyes see goes to your brain, your brain process it, and then emotions, actions, and words come in. When you say, “guard your heart”, it means you guard your senses especially your eyes, for what it sees goes to your heart.

If you think too much of your crush, your boyfriend, a thing, or whatever, it will come out even in your dreams, it can work with you even unconsciously, and it can even be a weapon of the enemy to input lies to harm you.

Protect your eyes and check your heart! I always love to check my heart because I see the wrongs and good things growing inside me, but most importantly, I check my time if I consumed it wisely and my pocket if I spend wisely.

Reality check: What are the apples of your eye?  How do you spend your 24 hours and monthly budget? What consumes your thoughts?

Bible check:

Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. – Proverbs 7:2

Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. – Psalm 17:8

God is asking us to have Him as the apple of our eyes.

How to start?

Here’s my tip:  Fix your eyes on Jesus – the author and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:2).