2014 First Half

Time really does fly. Cant believe we are almost done with July.

Since I am leave today, I decide to look back how I fared during the first half of 2014.

1. God’s Abundant Love. I have been so blessed to be able to grow in faith and learn more about God each day. I still have a lot to learn! But one thing is for sure, He shows me everyday how much He loves me. Thank you God for leading me to Victory Makati. They are a testament of how beautiful people are when Jesus is in them :) 

2. Travel. Been to HK for Chinese New Year and CDO – Camiguin – Bukidnon for a late summer trip. Hmmm, this seems to a great pattern. One domestic and one international. Might do it again next year!

3. Making new friends. Being mature enough to “clean” my friends list. As the saying goes, tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.

4. Family Love. All of us has been healthy and happy. Thank you Lord! My nephew also turned 2 this year. Still the apple of {all} our eyes. He is the sweetest! Okay, I will stop gushing now. Heehee.

5. Career. I can say I have learned a lot in the first half. Been really productive at work. But due to some circumstances, I am thinking about my options. and if I do transfer, I hope that it will be somewhere where I can balance my head and heart. God’s will over anything, so I will let Him guide my steps :)

My journey has not exactly all that I planned it to be. But I a grateful for all the blessings and lessons. God has taught me patience, trust and unconditional love. And that is all that matters. Here is to hoping and praying that we finish 2014 strong. 

 

I am finally able to sit and write! A lot of topics have been running in my head for quite some time but I am never able to write something. I admit I have been filing my plate with more and more stuff. Sometimes I want to take a step back to see if I am being fruitful or I am just being busy. {There is quite a difference but let us save that for another blog entry, shall we?}

I have been feeling a bit down lately. Once again, I have thrown my heart into something and when things did not work out, I become a jumble of emotion. And no, this is not about a boy. Do you know the feeling when you want something so bad, you cannot sit back and relax? Yep, that is what I am feeling right now.

I have been praying and praying about it. Sometimes, I pray to the Father to grant my heart’s desire. Other times, I pray for help to let it go.

One thing is for sure, I am failing the Lordship test. I am so ashamed that I am playing tug of war with Him on this.  I do not know why I cannot just let go.

Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not do what I say?”

But God being a loving God, told me this:

Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”

He is one gracious God, isn’t he? Whenever I am lost, His word always leads me back to His loving arms.

Father, thank you for your radical love. Thank you for being patient with me. I am a work progress but Your love will see me through.

A Lesson In Letting Go

Abby:

Letting go from a guy’s POV. It is always not easy no matter whose point of view it is. But all these pain have a higher purpose.

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A Lesson In Letting Go

(This was recently written by myself as a guest post for the lovely Lauren DeMoss over at thefulltimegirl.
She’s a godly and inspiring woman, head on over there and show her some love.)

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Out of nowhere, you’re brought to your knees again by a cruel turn in life. You’re emotionally winded and spent. You’re in pain and confused. You realize finally that something has to change; something needs to be let go of.

“Pain is God’s megaphone to a dying world.” C.S. Lewis

And now you’re listening loud and clear.

Change is uncomfortable, good or bad. Letting go is always a change. Something is being removed so that something else can take its place. The past is more familiar and comforting to you than not knowing what will happen when you let go. When you let go of something you want very much…

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Love Is A Choice.

Christ did not say, “If you love me, you will feel warm, cascading sensations of religious emotion.” Instead he told us, “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15). True love always expresses itself in obedience to God and service to others. Good feelings are nice but not necessary.

Jesus’ death on the cross also shows us that love is under our control. He chose to love us. He chose to lay down his life for us.
- I Kissed Dating Goodbye

I am happy to whole heartedly obey you Dad. Thank you for your plans to prosper me and not to harm me. Thank you for the warm hugs during tough times and good job pats on my back. Thank you for choosing to love me. I love you Dad!

Be More Creative

Hello everyone!

Summer is officially over as I am typing this post with the rain falling. Hindi man lang ako nakapagbeach. Hahaha.

Oh well, it is still a summer well spent! :)

I have been exploring a lot of creative outlets these past few months. Goal is to set creative time every week to explore what I can do and hone whatever little creative juices I have. Hahaha!

Art attack!

 

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Today will one of those days wherein I have so much on my plate, a long list of to do’s. Before everything comes like a speeding bullet, I spent a few quiet minutes with God. He is my calm before the storm so to speak. He started our morning by giving me a love letter. How sweet and loving You are Lord!

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Thank you Lord for the constant reminder of what matters most. Take my heart Lord, you are more than enough.

Love: Don’t Settle For Anything Less

Repost from The Mom Cafe.

I came downstairs, tired and grumpy as I always am in the morning.  I approached my kitchen counter for my first stop.

As I began the routine of making the kids breakfast, packing lunches and making my coffee, I glanced down at his note.I blushed.  I smiled.  I sighed.

Cassidy came beside me and saw the note as I held it to my heart.“He never forgets, does he mom?” “No.  Never. And I pray that one day, you will find the man who loves you like your father loves me.”

A man who takes time to feed your heart and honor your dreams.
A man who nurtures your weaknesses and carries your burdens. 
A man who tells you over and over again that you’re beautiful. 
A man that sees beyond your flaws and embraces your quirks. 
A man who puts your needs first and his second.
A man who praises your efforts and accepts your failings. 
A man who holds you when you crumble and raises you when you desperately need the lift.
A man who forgives your mistakes and remembers your gifts.
A man who listens to your thoughts and cherishes your perspective.
A man who realizes your potential and admires your purpose.
A man who trusts you with his vulnerabilities and realizes his insecurities.A man of honesty and strength and integrity who can lead his family with faith and perseverance.
A man of deep abiding passion for all he holds dear.
A man that never gives up or lets go, because sometimes life gets hard. 
A man who realizes his worth and values yours.
A man who sacrifices much so that you can have plenty.
A man who loves you as you are and celebrates as you grow.
A man who is committed and dedicated to loving you. 

Oh, precious daughter.  Don’t settle for anything less.