Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Importance of Our Testimony

Unless someone who has witnessed God's goodness in their life, announce to the world (people around us) what he experienced, the world will remain ignorant and blinded about the Truth. One very significant example in the Bible is the story of the Samaritan woman. After her encounter with Jesus at Jacob's well, she went about all over the town telling everyone this man who knows all about her story. 

Then the woman left her water jar, and went into the city and began telling the people, “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done! Can this be the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed)?”
John 4:28-29 (AMP)

Because of her boldness to share what she just witnessed, the people in her town became curious of what she said. Yet, it is not only her audacity that made people interested to investigate on what she had spoken. Something beautiful from her inside happened and it's showing on the outside (physical appearance). She just encountered the Messiah. Her spirit just fed from His Word that came out straight from His mouth. Her inner self became alive.

This is what usually happens to us when we first heard about the Good News of the True Gospel (God's grace). It is so good that something inside us is stirred. And that beautiful thing that happened inside us is manifested outwards. People notice the difference. The way we talk, the glow in our face, the inner peace that shines from within. This is what called the attention of the people in Samaria about how the Samaritan woman testified her encounter with Jesus. There was excitement in her voice. There was peace in her being. There was this inexplicable joy in her face, so contagious that their hearts want to have it too.

People believed what she said, so they followed Jesus and even asked Him to stay. He stayed for two days. Within those two days listening to His word, they have confirmed it to themselves who this woman was talking about. Many more believed. 

 Now many Samaritans from that city believed in Him and trusted Him [as Savior] because of what the woman said when she testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they asked Him to remain with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 Many more believed in Him [with a deep, abiding trust] because of His word [His personal message to them]; 42 and they told the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; for [now] we have heard Him for ourselves and know [with confident assurance] that this One is truly the Savior of [all] the world.”
John 4:39-42 (AMP)

It all started with one person's testimony. That one testimony spread like wildfire and many people believed and were saved. The world needs your testimony and mine. The world hungers for it. We cannot just hide to ourselves the goodness and kindness that God bestowed on us through His Son, Jesus. It has to be shared. The world deserves to hear it. They too deserve to experience what it is like to be so loved by their Father in heaven. They too deserve to be prosperous and joyful. They too deserve the peace that we have in Christ. 

This is God's will. This is God's heart.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Count it All Joy - I Love My Mom

April 26, 2019
11:11 PM

Today is a very special day. My precious Felicia delivered a very touching speech at the Mother's Day Tea that her teacher hosted for their class. The speech was about, "Why do you love your Mom?" She stood up in front of the stage with boldness and confidence. There was never a hint of shyness. While most of the kids just say a line or two, Felicia's was the longest and the most touching one. She actually asked permission from her teacher beforehand if she can make her speech longer ๐Ÿ˜‚ She got her wish and did as she planned to. She makes me so proud. I cannot believe I raised such an amazing child. I asked what did I do to deserve her? But no, it's not what I did or will do, it's the goodness of my Father God to me. My Abba is so, so, good to me. She gave me this extraordinary girl.

The kids in her class performed poems and songs for the moms. One of my favorite speeches from a kid is, "I love my Mom because she makes a lot of money!" That was a good laugh for everyone in the room ๐Ÿ˜‚ This is one of the days I will hold dear in my lifetime.


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Count it All Joy - Happy Birthday Dad

April 13, 2019
Saturday, 11:08 PM

My father-in-law turned sixty-eight today. The family gathered at his place for dinner and dessert to celebrate his birthday. The girls made him birthday cards (I forgot to take pictures). I am very blessed to have a father-in-law who is very loving, supportive, and funny. He is all I could ask for as his daughter-in-law. He is fun to be with and I can be me around him. There are no pretensions. I appreciate everything he does for us, always ready to extend his helping hands when needed. I pray that God will give him many more years to enjoy this life with us, especially his grandkids whom he adores so much.

F requested her Grampa for a donut with ice cream on top for dessert. Of course, Grampa doesn't say no.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Count it All Joy - Heaven on Earth

April 12, 2019
Friday, 11:25 PM

On our way to the girls' karate class, the beauty of the sky overwhelmed me. The hues of gray and blue mixed together was so beautiful, and the rays of the sun shining through the thick clouds was so stunning. The sky was filled with clouds above us. Half of it were different shades of gray, the other half was white and sky blue. There are no words to describe the beauty of the sky today. All I felt and all I could say was, "heaven." That moment I experienced heaven on earth. Made me wonder if other people around saw it too. Simply amazing. I knew in my heart that was a treat from my Father God. So beautiful.

Crazy Hair Friday
Today's theme for Spirit Week is crazy hair! F had dinosaurs all over her hair and E decided to have a bird's nest. Crazy hair day is one of the school events I look forward to because I get to style their hair. F was very proud and excited that she gets to carry dinosaurs with her, while E thought she needed five birds ๐Ÿ˜‚

"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." - James 1:2-5

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Reason of the Gospel

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek."
Romans 1:16 (NKJV)

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What is the Gospel? What is in the Good News that the souls of the lost world desperately cry for it?

The Father's love and the gift of salvation tied with it is the Gospel. The unconditional love of the Father God is easily accessed to each and every child of His.' And you, dear friend, is His child. You are not exempted, you are not excluded. 

The famous Bible verse, John 3:16 sums it all—"Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life." (ERV)

One doesn't have to be perfect to be accepted by His Creator. To become perfect is totally impossible! If you wait for that time to come, you will leave this world in despair. The way to eternal life is easy. In fact, it's too good to be true that many people doubt it. Why? Because you don't have to do anything but only believe and accept. Believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God sent by Him to redeem you from sin and receive Him as your Lord and Savior. That's all you need. You do not have to do good things first and then present yourself to God so He will approve of you. You don't have to cleanse yourself from bad habits, attitude, character, or addiction beforehand so you can enter into His presence. God's love is not limited by what you do. It does not depend on whether you do good or bad. You were already loved even before the foundation of the earth. And that love was decided to have no condition attached to it. It's fixed and therefore cannot be changed. Whether you live your life in darkness or in the light, the love of your Father God hasn't changed a thing. It is the kind of love that the finite mind cannot fully understand.

Come as you are into His loving arms. Be bold in doing so for you are His beloved child after all. He has been patiently waiting for your homecoming. Cannot you feel it? Cannot you see it? See and feel it in your heart, then you will know. His arms wide outstretched, longing to wrap you in it. You are loved. You are treasured by the Creator of the universe who happens to be your Abba, Father. Once you were lost, but now you're found. Once you were blind, but now you see. You are a new creation. Rejoice child of God! The kingdom of God is at hand, freely given, all because of His enduring love for you!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Count it All Joy - Loved

April 9, 2019
Tuesday, 9:32 PM

How are you self? I just realized today that I have not been connecting as much as I should with the Holy Spirit. I told Him about it. I told Him that I don't like it when I don't push myself on being mindful to stay connected to Him. He never condemned me despite of my weakness. Instead, I felt a gentle tap on my back telling me He's got me. I am loved after all. So loved. 

Blast from the Past
The girls' Spirit Week theme for the day is "Time Travel." E dressed up as the Doctor Who 11th Doctor and F is dressed in the rad 80s fashion look. It's funny how they owned their roles today. The teachers from their school were quite amused of F's look ๐Ÿ˜ I told her that my favorite era for music is the 80s. It's the best of all time!

Dinosaur Shopping
I started shopping online for F's birthday. She wants a dinosaur birthday theme (of course). We thought of just doing it at home with few of F's friends from school and church. We used to hold birthday parties at home when they were little. It's exhausting but fun. I tend to overdo birthday theme decor. I guess if our house is bigger, I'd fill it with decoration ๐Ÿ˜‚ I am glad I have the luxury of time to make decorations. We will for sure come up with games to play and maybe a dinosaur piรฑata. I got dino shaped balloons and a very cute set of dino cupcake wrappers. F is very excited about her birthday. As her mom, my heart's joy is to see her happy. She deserves all the happiness this world can give.

"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." - James 1:2-5

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Count it All Joy - Revival

April 7, 2019
Sunday, 11:11 PM

Quite a busy weekend for my family! We had the HSK Junior Leadership Kick-off Party yesterday! 14 kids (4th & 5th graders) came and a few parents stayed to find out what the program is about. We had lunch, desserts, worship, games, prizes, and an inspirational talk from my husband who leads the program. It's amazing to see these kids wanting to become junior leaders and work alongside the kids' ministry leaders! I heard that there were two more who submitted their application this morning. We're growing!

Today, I trained two of our new junior leaders how to support running an early childhood room. I can't praise enough how the kids were on top of their game. I gave them directions on what to do and they were awesome. I talked to the parents of one of them and reported how their son was owning his new title. I love seeing their joyful faces so full of pride for their child!

My E was there to help me train them and she did just a great job. I told my husband that I want to train the kids at the most four weeks, and by that time, they will have the confidence and know on how to play their role as junior leaders.

Our weekend was a win-win! Praise be to God who supplies us everything!

"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." - James 1:2-5