We should bring back the glory to the Lord.The love He gives us is our treasure and our love for Him should be reflected in our lives in any way. We can show Him by praising Him and this I consider is the hidden gold.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Dear God, Thanks for everything. You are a wonderful God and a great provider. You always remind me of my sins so that I can confess them to you and I appreciate your understanding. Dee
Jesus, I believe. These are the words that we should say this Christmas. A few but meaningful words. The only One important is Him above everything else.His birth and the reason of His birth should give us the reason to celebrate. Let us open our hearts to Him and believe.
You know dad and I love you son. Yes, we scolded you today because you didn't listen to us.We didn't want you to play with the little girls because you were impatient with them. A four-year old boy like you should have more patience to two year-old girls. I know your young mind don't understand us but we are doing this because we love you. We don't want your playmates to call you a bully.
Son,here's my prayers tonight : Heavenly Father help us be better parents. There are moments that we don't know if we are doing it right. Are we really on the right track as parents? Do we give him what he needs or only his wants. We need you Lord and we humbly ask for Your guidance. God we trust You. In the Mighty name of Jesus,Amen.
I never thought that I will forget my time with God.Today I just want to ask His forgiveness. God, I am here feeling so ashamed of myself. I don't know if I can do what You want I don't know if I can be a good daughter I just want to ask for Your forgiveness Please, Heavenly Father, give me strength Please, help me follow your will I can't do it alone, I really need You Oh,my sweet Lord, help me change Help me be a better daughter to You and mom, a better mother to kurt and a better wife to Kin. This I ask in the Mighty Name Of Jesus. Amen
We had a Bible study two weeks ago and because I was the one to lead, I asked those who attended to write on the papers that I have given them all the sickness and diseases of this world and at the back of the papers all the sins that they have done. I gave them red ball pens to use in writing. Why Red? I wanted them to remember that the blood of Christ can cleanse all the sins and diseases of this world.When they were through I asked them to put all the papers inside a can and then we lighted a matchstick and watched them burn.We ended it with a prayer that focused on making us stronger for Him. Right now, I can still see how important that moment was not only for them but for me.There were times that I really wanted to share that I am a Bible study leader and that I am willing to help others be closer to God but I can't because I am still struggling as an individual and as a servant of God.There were moments that though God was always beside me, I was the one pushing Him away.Maybe because I was so busy or because sometimes I really didn't think about what He wanted for me. I became focused on what I wanted for myself and didn't take time to ask Him or consult Him on all the things that I was doing. I didn't take time to really listen to the things that God was saying whenever He wanted me to feel His presence. I really felt ashamed for being one of those who have no time to pray . Oh, I knew from the start that I needed His strength and so all my weaknesses were written on those blank white papers two weeks ago. May God's light continue to shine to all of us.
Today is my mom's birthday and she's now 61 years old.May God continue to guide her and keep her healthy and safe. Here's a short poem about her. M- Mommy is an inspiration not only to her family but also to people she meets o- One and only, if you ask me, because God had chosen her to be M- Many wonderful blessings and people came today to greet
Father's day here in the Philippines is about to end but it sure was a memorable one.Not only because we had a delicious lunch at home with my in-laws and my mother but also because I felt happy that my four-year old son greeted his father without me reminding him. His dad told me that while I was still sleeping ,our son,Kurt, woke up early and went out to see him in the yard.I just want to insert before I continue that my husband is an early riser not like me. Back to the real topic, Kurt greeted his dad and told him that he will give him a surprise.Our son went inside and guess what he brought for his dad.I am not good with suspense so I'll go on and reveal what,Kurt took one of the tokens that he helped me make, which are to be used in the church, because he knew his dad will also be given one so he took the chance to be the one to give it. I didn't teach him to do that and I felt proud of my little boy.He really made Father's Day a very memorable one for his dad with his own little way.I thank God for giving me a thoughtful son.
I was assigned to prepare some tokens in our church for Father's day. Looking for simple but significant remembrance on Father's day was hard. Last night in one of the duty free stores, I found the perfect gifts for all the fathers in our church. Do you want to know what I bought for them? Small display plaques which are just right because I can paste the copies of the Father's Prayer on them.I really thank God for helping me find them. They are affordable and at the same time the right tokens for the Father's Day celebration. I believe that even though dad is no longer present here on earth,if he was alive he would be proud of me and that knowledge makes Father's day worth waiting for. The most important thing is that father's day would not be only for those on earth, it should be a day to celebrate a Father in heaven who is always with us.
The five year old son of one of my co-workers bit my four year old son on the stomach. They were playing together for about fifteen minutes when I heard my little boy cry. His cousin who was looking after him told me about the incident.Though my son had a shirt on, the boy's teeth made a mark on his stomach and even scarred. Before it happened I tried to pull my son away from that boy because I noticed that he was pushing him.My son insisted that he would play with the boy for a few minutes longer while I talked to some people so I let him. I wanted my son to be independent and didn't think something like that would happened.I even thought that it might improve his social skills because he didn't have playmates at home.Now I really felt bad for him .His experienced with that playmate might make him suspicious of other kids.I talked with the boy's mom and she said her son's reason why he did that awful thing was because he wanted to play alone and that my son was a nuisance.His mother also added that it was the first time for her son to bit someone like that. I can't scold the boy because that was his mother's role. I didn't bother to tell that boy how bad he was though I really wanted to.I just told my son not to play with that boy again.I know it was not a good experience for my son. He didn't suspect there are kids like that.This made me realized how unaware we are every time the enemy strikes.He set an attractive trap while we are away from God and then bite us.We should always be on guard and we should be aware of God's warnings in order not to be bitten by sin.
I think to some people going to church maybe one of the hardest thing to do.I've observed that there are many people in the malls, theaters, sports complexes, and the like but few are seen in their churches.God is with us twenty four seven but are we with Him. I sometimes feel sad whenever there are occasions that I need to skip going to church but I feel sadder every time I feel lazy to go there.The saddest thing for me is being inside the church but not in there because of other things in mind besides worshiping God. I admit that teaching Bible Studies motivate me to go to church.It was one of the reasons why when our pastor asked me to teach, I didn't have second thoughts. I was happy to hear it because I really need something to do in order to be more enthusiastic when going to church. Now I pray that other people will also include themselves in some church activities but that doesn't mean that the activities will become the focus when going there.They are just part of it.The main reason and the priority will always be our Father in Heaven. It will be a dream come true if the churches are full of people who praises and glorify His name and yes will be the answer to, Do you love going to church?
I sometimes feel bad for neglecting my time with God. Sometimes praying becomes a task and I feel bad about that. I know God wants us to have a real relationship with Him not a scheduled one.I'm posting my prayer here to remind me to always find a quiet time with Him and include Him in everything that I do.
Dear God, I feel so bad I never thought of you today Now I feel really sad For I didn't have time to pray Please Lord help me listen Help me feel Your loving presence Let Your light above glisten Cause nothing makes any sense If You're not included in my list. I hope that this prayer will be A reminder to pray and bend my knees. In the sweetest name of Jesus, Amen.
Among the twelve disciples, John is my favorite. This is because my dad is also called John. Dad's favorite verse is even found in that book. " For God so love the world that He gave us His only begotten son and whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have an everlasting life." John 3:16 Dad is the eldest among seven siblings.When his father died,He was only a teenager so he became the bread winner of his family He stopped schooling and worked hard to help his mother provide for their needs. I can say that Dad is a good brother and son.
Perseverance and determination are two of his many good traits.He pursued his studies in college at the age of twenty six. He finished it and became an Agriculturist.
As a husband he was not the kind to give flowers on Heart's day but you can see his love for mom everyday. He was a very supportive husband and of course as a father,he was created to be one of the best.
He got sick when I was in Junior High and underwent an operation so I was not able to attend my recognition day in school.Some people said I didn't attend because I was rank number two instead of one and they assumed that I was a sour loser.
It was then that I remembered his words when he noticed that going to school became a burden and the main reason was that, I was affected by the academic competition and some comments from my classmates and other people that year ... He just said one night, when we were about to sleep," Gold, you don't need to prove anything.We know your strength and weaknesses.We understand that you can't handle some of those who criticize you. What matters to me and your mom is that your health wouldn't be affected.Whatever the result, we will be happy as long as you're healthy."
His words made me feel that I am accepted for who I am and not because of what I can do.I also realized then that people who keeps pulling me down don't matter.I may be losing the battle academically because I was letting go and was giving up to stop the pressure around me but these things didn't affect me physically and emotionally because I kept my promise to stay healthy till I reached the senior year .Though my rank remain the same I was happy that I had passed that test of endurance.
Dad walked with me in our graduation march.He looked as handsome as ever after a year's operation.Mom watched with pride in her eyes. I was indeed one of the happiest graduates of that year.