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Dear young person,
I wish I could tell you the secrets of life: how to be really happy, how to get good grades while having fun, how to look beautiful despite the stressful life, how to be everybody’s best friend without losing yourself, how to make your family proud but not becoming a people pleaser, how to be rich and still be humble, how to serve in ministry without burning out and how to be really close to God.
I wish this article would be about me trying to inspire you how to be all of those things. I wish I could give you all the steps you can follow and how you could look up to me and see that I have already passed all the tests in life. I wish I could tell you it was easy because I was always in tune with God and followed Him every step of the way. I wish I could say that it was because of a certain church or a group of people that pushed me to follow Him was the answer. I wish it was easy as reading the Bible every day, praying every day, attending Sunday services, serving the ministry.
What I would like to tell you in this article is that the secret of life is Jesus. And that’s it. I will not be hesitant in telling you that there is no other way to life and joy but Jesus. While I am thankful for this Church, PNCBC for helping me know God earlier in my years, I am thankful for my parents for introducing me to Christ and being an example to follow, I am thankful for all the leaders and volunteers who have wholeheartedly serve the local family of believers… All glory and praise still belongs to Jesus Christ himself. After all, everything comes from Him and was everything is made for Him (Romans 11:36).
We are saved because of what Jesus did not because of anything we’ve done. Jesus came down on Earth to become flesh. He lived the life we should’ve lived and died the death we should’ve died. He exchanged His life for our sins so that we might have Eternal Life. On the third day, He rose again proving that He is the Son of God and that we can put our faith in Him. We need not to strive and earn our right standing and relationship with God because Jesus already made a way for us.
There is no other inspiration to be good, excellent and beautiful but Jesus. When you know that that Jesus loves you and He has given you everything for life. Everything is just an overflow of His Love. You don’t just do things because it is required of you but because your gratefulness results in good works. Even the way you treat other people and carry yourself reflects God’s beauty and His nature. And it’s not tiresome nor is it showing-off because you are secured that your value is not the measured by the applause of men but the applause of God.
Life was given to us so that we might live a constant journey to be like Jesus. If you were given the impression that Christianity is a set of rules and rituals, I want to break that mindset right now. True Christianity was meant to be progressive and enjoyable because it is first and foremost a relationship with Christ. It was never about a list of religious things to do or not to do. God redeemed us so that we can be free and live life to the full not be enslaved again by religiosity. Our God is a relational God. He is not an angry God who is distant and waits on people to sin and condemn them but He loves His children and knows them by name.
I have not yet finished the race and no living Christian yet has. No matter how “mature in the faith” or “experienced in life” we are, we are all works-in-progress. This truth pushes me to press on with my own race because I know I have people running with me. And I need not compare myself with them. There is no place for insecurity, no place for competition and no place for comparison because we all have our own unique race to run. Stop comparing, start running.
The race is simple but it is not easy. Jesus left us with a commission to go and make and disciples of every nation (Matt. 28:19). Before anything else, we are first and foremost disciples of Christ called to share the Good News. Everything else such as leadership, various ministries and compassion efforts are only but tools for us to help engage the lost but without the message of the Cross we are no different from other charity groups. It is the message of the Cross that saves people (Rom 1:16). And to preach the gospel requires effort, resources, time and strength or to put simply, it requires you to be in inconvenience. But Jesus promised that He will be with us as we simply obey Him. (Matt. 28:20). His presence is more than enough reason for us to preach the Gospel. For it is in His presence that we are made complete and become whole.
Dear young person, there is no relationship that will complete you. There is no wealth that will ever satisfy you. There is no achievement that will last. There is no life event that will not pass away. There is no greater exploit or adventure than a life with Jesus. Everything apart from Jesus is temporary and meaningless.
If you really want to be significant, beautiful, loved and be truly happy, it is my hope and prayer that you will seek and find Jesus. More than praying every prayer, reading every verse, serving in every ministry, excelling in every area of your life, I pray that you would seek Jesus and find life in Him (John 5:39). A life with Him, is beyond what you can ever imagine and everything you can ever need and more.
In Him you are made for a great purpose and you are destined for greatness. You are treasured and loved beyond belief. By His grace and strength, you are a nation builder and a world changer. This is who you are. A child of the King.
Your co-heir in Christ,
abbiecl said: hi sorry if you might find it disturbing that im liking your previous posts haha i find your entries really fitting for my situation and im very appreciative of the content. so thank you for writing these, continue to be an instrument of Christ:)
I don’t mind, I’m glad that you got something from all these God-inspired thoughts :) hope you would be able to write your own too :)
Yes I know I have an exam tomorrow. :)
Wala akong masabi.
Ang funny lang ni God. (ay, conyo) :))
Can I just say that the way God has been growing me this past weeks has been well…humorous and I don’t even know if that makes any sense to you but for me that’s really how I’ve been seeing and experience it. :)))) God has made all things work together in a very very funny way and I’m sorry if I can’t explain it any further. :)) Basta funny lang talaga :))
Hello Sab if you’re reading, I know I shared one story with you. :))
That’s all. Bow :))
I was suppose to do a legit blog post but since it’s late I decided to finally put up my Hope List for the Holidays :))
The Hope List is basically a wishlist…for me. :)
so here we go~
The Hope List 2013
Anything Hope. The only vanity I have is my name so anything that has my name on it is super duper appreciated! :D
Books. Strengths Finder 2.0; Captivating; Books on Purity (except the Joshua Harris books) & Leadership;
Devotional [I have a lot already! :))]
Spend Time. My love language is quality time! Text me & let’s have breakfast/lunch/dinner/alloftheabove together, your treat! :))
Letters. Because handwritten letters take so much effort. They are priceless. <3
Earphones. Just because I need a nice one. :)
UP Lanyard. Because my old lanyard is murdered already. :))
Make-up. Seriously, I’ve been wanting to explore and learn how to make-up since I turned 18. :))
White/Black Layered Necklace. It’s gonna go well with my solid colored tops. Basta. :))
Chocolate Chip Cookies
To be continued…
When I said I wanted to blog about something, this is not what I had in mind. :)) I wanted to blog about something a bit deep. I actually wanted to write a poem about someone but I’m a little afraid that person might get offended if ever the person finds out that was meant for him/her. I also wanted to blog about some random stuff I’ve been thinking about lately. I also wanted to blog about leadership and something a bit controversial. HAHA. Maybe sometime else.
But then again, people don’t really read much about what I say here anyway, although I wish they would. I mean if we’re friends and all, you should atleast read my blog, it’s the only time I get to tell you what’s going on about my personal life.
Anyway, the point of this blog is to give an update about my life. And I will divide it in the different aspects of my life. :)
Ever since Ptr. Nixon’s preaching about Extreme Productivity and what Ate Tating shared about Perseverance & Faith, I have found a new passion to learn. Yup, not just to study but to learn. I remember what my friend Admon have said about his perspective in studying. From a perspective of studying for the sake of studying, the need to study changed to actually wanting to study. He changed from “I need to study” to “I want to study” attitude. And blimey, there’s so much difference when you change your attitude about studying.
And that’s goes for me also. Though I wish I’ve realized this much much sooner. Still, I am thankful that God’s Word is timely and so is the wisdom from godly people, ates and kuyas and even adings!
The teachings seemingly arrived late for the semester considering it’s almost coming to an end, but these teachings aren’t just for me to have better grades, it’s really more about having a better attitude, better character. At the end of the day, success will come to those who have formed the right character. And I’m glad, I am being thought just so :)
Actually, the teachings weren’t late at all even for the semester. All of my last exam scores have been unexpectedly high. And I just know that it was a product of really working hard and persevering. And of course, so much grace from God. :)
God has been revealing a bit by bit what path He wants me to take after PH. And it’s really getting clearer and clearer now. It has been settled in my heart that I was brought to UP, to really serve people and my country, not for my own fame or self-promotion. I have resolved it in my heart that it would be a privilege for me to serve the RSA after graduation. My mom’s actually excited about it. She wants me to help out in our local Health Center and she says I can go work in Isabela with my Tito. I could also give Dra. Maite (my former Pastor’s Wife in Ilocos during HS) a call and work in Vigan. Just the thought of going there and really being with people and gives me so much peace and excitement. :)
But what makes me more excited is the Good News and Great Healing that God wants me to bring to His people. Yiii! <3
I’ve beenlooking at past pictures of clingy people and it just amazes me how faithful God has been to us :’) People have come and go in the campus but the relationships are as tight as ever. And more and more young men and women are standing up for God and for the destiny they have in Him. The next generation had always been an inspiration to me. Eversince the first time Ate K-an speaked to my life about building revelationally, relationally and generationally one Sunday morning. It was not just about loving the younger ones just because of my Ate instincts but really fighting for their destinies. Loving them and fighting for them are really different especially if their future and inheritance is involved. I’ve never been the best ate to them nor have I ever claimed that I am, they know and I know that I fail them at times but the best service I can ever give them is to really my relationship with God. That out of God’s love for me, they would experience it’s overflow. And up until now, it’s never ending journey of character-building and trusting and obeying Him.
That’s why I’m glad even when only 2-3 girls show up every Tuesday or it’s just 2-3 of us with Ate Tating on Thursday. Because atleast, someone will hear the Gospel again for the nth time until it really sinks in to them and even to us who are leading. Because that’s what matters, us coming to God and leading them to God so that all of us will be in God’s Will.
Sab has been amazing. (Hi Sab!) Her passion to know God is overwhelming. There are times when I ask myself, “Should I tell her this part? She might get offended or it may seem “off” for her, maybe it’s not the right time” but whenever I ask her indirectly, she’ll be like “I’m excited to hear about that!” and she means it. And I’ve asked her why she doesn’t feel awkward or confused since she comes from a different “faith” before, she simply says it amazes her to know more and more about God. And things she never knew about Him makes her stronger in her faith. And that really amazes me. That’s why I always look forward to our 121 dates together because we learn together and we cry together and we come together to God and ask Him to keep us strong and close to Him so we can love others like Him. It’s amazing. <3
After my first “gig” with Kuya Andrew (which was super duper duper fun!), I prayed to God that I would get casted again before my birthday. My prayer got answered that same week and amazingly, I got casted again the Friday after (which was just last Friday!) :))
God is full of surprises indeed! :)) I am really grateful of this ministry God has given me, it was not just fun but I’ve really learned a lot from Kuya Andrew, Kuya Enriko and Kuya Pao especially how to handle God’s Word correctly which is also one of my longtime prayers. :)
I’m looking forward for the more opportunities with God and with my co-emcees. Hoping for a training session again soon. :D
Everbody knows this but I am very relational person and I’m glad God has surrounded me with super amazing people who are secure in their identity and strong in their faith by God’s grace. :)
Again, people come and go, but I’m glad that there are friendships that are really worth keeping especially if God is in the center of that relationship. :)
One person I’m really grateful this season is…dun dun dun dun…
Marielle! :)) (Hello Marielle, yes you Ms. Divino! HAHA)
I’m glad that I’ve found a friend in her. She is such an amazing person. I tell you if you give her something, she’ll get to work done. And the grace she has whenever she’s under pressure is unbelievable but so true! Two more things I’m amazed by her is 1) her honesty and 2) her faith in God. She doesn’t hide the fact that although her faith in the Lord is strong, it’s still continuous. She’s honest and sincere when it comes to her feelings and her thoughts but one thing she does, she chooses to live by faith not by sight. Though circumstances are unfavorable to her and sometimes she can’t understand what’s going on or where she’s headed, there’s one thing she’s certain of and that’s God’s love for her.
I am so kilig for her! <3
One more thiiing! Marielle’s so funny! HAHAHA. That’s why I love her. HAHA. Kidding. But really, I love this girl! :))
There are a lot of other people who I’m blessed to have especially in this season. :) As much as I want to mention all of you, it would take a whole day to even mention names. But you know who you are esp. those who I’ve been spending a lot of time with recently whether in person or virtually :)) I promise to give you thank you notes on Dec. HAHA. :D
I guess in all of the areas of my life, this one had more testings and trials compared to the others especially this month. But with trials, come great triumphs in the Lord.
3 family members got into accidents this month. Haryll, Mommy and then Harold. While Haryll and Harold (both my brothers) got into minor accidents leaving them with just a hematoma on the eye and a cut in the head respectively. Mommy had a stroke and left have of her body paralyzed and in need of therapy. Though she’s okay now, I can not fathom what she’s probably feeling right now but my prayer is that God would give her grace to endure this season.
I got to talk to her the day before she got rushed to the hospital. Actually, she was rushed just right after my Dad send me off on a bus going back to Manila. He didn’t bother telling me because I might get worried. So I never knew until he left a comment on one of the photos I uploaded. People then started texting me asking me what happened and how I was going about the situation. They actually thought that it was my Mother but it’s actually my grandmother. So sorry for the mix-up and thank you so much for your concern. Thank you also for the prayers. :)
That was not the first time Mommy complained about her blood pressure and aching foot. I know that it had happened in the past. But somehow when the fact that the medicines weren’t working for her this time and the thought of her not wanting to get confined even when my parents were already insisting made me feel uneasy. Still, I had so much faith in my parents knowing that they’re doctors and they’re amazing in what they do made me believe that it’s gonna be okay soon. But apparently, that was not the case.
But one thing I’ve realized is that although my parents are good doctors because God has enabled them to excel in the medical field. God is still greater and God is still the person who allows them to heal people. While I am thankful for my parents who are good doctors, I am more grateful that there is a God who not only binds up wounds physically but restores the hearts of his children to Him.
And that’s the kind of person I want to be in the future, a Person who points people to the One who gives Life and restores Life to the broken. :> hihi. (Ooops, this part should be in the career aspect. HAHA)
I thank God for His faithfulness in my finances. I am glad that the God I serve his willing and able to meet my needs because He is an unlimited God. :)
God is teaching me to a good steward of His resources and I am glad to say that after running out for the past months, I have savings again! HUHUHUHU. Thank You God!
AAAND, My Every Nation Coinbank is more than halfway full alreadyy. Hooray! <3
AAAND, God is calling me to support a friend on a Youth Leadership Camp. What a privilege. :)
Huhu. Thank You God for feeding me everyday. (Seriously!)
And thank you for Mom and Dad for supporting their first ever student campus missionary. HEHEHEHEHEHE. =))))))
Finally, the newest aspect of my life. =)))))))))))))))))
I’ve been reading the Old Testament more this path weeks and I feel like God’s birthing a love for a certain nation in my heart. Praying for it! :))))))))
Wow, that was such a long post. I hope I covered everything :D
Alsooooo, I might really move to Wordpress this SemBreak. I know I’ve said I will after my debut but I decided to stay here in Tumblr because it’s so much easier. But we’ll see how it goes. :)
I’m glad I took the time to write all of these down. It will serve as a reminder of God’s faithfulness to me. The sem isn’t over yet but God is giving me grace to persevere! Pls. continue to pray for me. I hope you were encouraged by this post.
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The Bible tells us that when you pray, have faith, and you will receive it. Faith moves mountains. Faith pleases God. Faith is what opens doors. What is faith? It’s believing in God and His goodness. It’s knowing that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Faith is believing that the promises of God are true. It’s obeying His Word. It’s what causes you to act.
Where does faith come from? Scripture tells us that everyone is given a measure of faith; that faith grows by hearing the Word of God. Simply put, the more you hear the Word of God, the more real it becomes in your life and the easier it is to believe His promises.
It doesn’t matter how much faith you have today, begin growing your faith by choosing to obey God’s Word. As you hear and obey the Word, your faith will strengthen, and you will receive what you’ve been believing for in Jesus’ name!