Unwise Servant

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I don’t want to make the graveyard wealthy by not utilizing my gifts. I may feel inadequate sometimes, I may feel like I don’t have gifts or talents at all but I believe God has given me enough to share. It may not be as spectaculars as others. I don’t want to bury it out of fear and insecurity just like the unwise servant.

Father my prayer today is, may you show me the skills, gifts or talents you’ve given me. I may need to develop them or need to be invested in order for them to mature. May you open doors or opportunities for me to use, develop or invest them. I want to utilize anything that you’ve given me to glorify your name.  Amen

Multitudes on Mondays

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Thankful when the children are playing and sleeping, oh how I need quietness, I feel refreshed and energized when the house is quite. This is my “me” time, thinking, reflecting and meditating.

Thankful for the people who mentored me from afar, I read their books and blog, Frank Viola, Max Lucado and Phillip Yancey.

Thankful for the weather, it’s not too hot today. The air is good as well

Thankful for the book I’m reading “When Will My Life not Suck”

Thankful for I have time to read books.

Thankful that I can be with my children for this season of their life, watching them, taking care of their needs.

Thankful for the songs I’m listening, it quiets my soul.

Thankful for a sister who is generous.

Meeting relatives before leaving.

Dining out for free, the owner of the restaurant didn’t charge us and the food was  wonderful.

Missing the Main Point of our Faith

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There are so many things that vie for our attention that we lose sight of God. I’m not talking about the cares of this life, I’m speaking of the spiritual things. We talk too much about doctrines, church multiplication, God’s mission, giving, gifts of the Holy Spirit. We are too busy with the things of God, unknowingly we are losing Christ.

We talk about church multiplication, but never mention Jesus Christ. We preach holiness but failed to present Christ as our holiness. We preach righteousness but failed to mention Christ as our righteousness. We talk about blessing but failed to remind the Church that Christ Himself is our great blessing. We are passionately pursuing the things of God, without realizing we are putting other things on the throne (religious, spiritual things) and let Christ sit on the floor. And we wonder why we couldn’t see Christ move in the Church

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This reminds me of the story of Zaccheus and the young rich guy who questioned Jesus Christ on how to be saved. He failed to see Jesus as Savior. He wanted salvation but never seek the Savior. He wanted an answer but not the teacher.

Zaccheus however, did everything just to gaze at Jesus Christ. He risk whatever he had to see Jesus Christ and the Lord rewarded him. Jesus Christ dined with him, conversed with him and revealed Himself to him.

We maybe rewarded with knowledge when we pursue the things of God, there is more than knowledge though, Christ, He wants to reveal Himself to us. May we not miss the main point of our faith which is Christ alone by pursuing the spiritual things.

Hebrew 11:6b “he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him”

Multitudes on Mondays

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Thankful for the washer 

AC finally summer has arrived

 Visit in the park

 Seeing my children’s excitement every time we go out.

 The happiness I can see in my children’s face when they play with their father.

 Thankful for the food here, I will surely miss them when we move to the Philippines.

 Roasted duck, I love it.

 Lamb, love the taste.

Bountiful supply of fruits like Cherries, Water melon, Apricot etc, etc. they’re pretty cheap here.

 Listening to my 22 month daughter talking, she’s funny.

 An inquisitive 3-year-old daughter

 A husband who is wise in handling money.

 Thankful fur the household chores, they are my therapy

I’m in the process of learning and mastering contentment, I’m thankful for that, I desire to be what Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

The grace to live each day.

Ability to taste food

Ability to talk

Ability to hear.

Ability to feel

Ability to see.

Ability to walk.

Living a simple life, fewer worries, less expenses, less stress, more time for the family.

Multitudes on Mondays

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Beautiful surroundings, I love the threes.

Comfortable house.

 Thankful for we are not paying rent.

Mother-in-law who allows us to stay with her.

Kiddos that are bilingual

For the tight budget and because of that we rarely eat junk food. We couldn’t afford to waste our money with those junk food. No sodas, fast food, processed food,  sweets, etc.

Thankful that our children are somehow eating vegetables like broccoli, mushroom, etc.

Kiddos who love to eat fruits.

Thankful that I can still exclusively breastfeed my 22 months old daughter.

The simple joy of watching The Mentalist Season 6.

Eating healthy food.

I’m staying at home mom, I’m thankful for that.

The continual growth that I go through as a Mother

Thankful that we can still access Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and other sites that are blocked.

Simple life.

New mercies every morning

An extra-large bed that  allows us to co-sleep with our children

 The joy of photographing my daughters.

 Internet, we might not have this unlimited access when we move to the Philippines.

Life has been challenging lately, thankful for His grace and strength.

 Psalm 107:1, “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

Washing of the Feet

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Ahh…what an amazing verse, a picture of humility, grace, forgiveness and mercy. The Lord who washed His disciples feet, such a humbling act.

A Teacher who washed His disciples feet. A Master who did the work of the lowliest servant. If there’s one person in the room who was worthy of having his feet washed it was Him. That’s humility.

He knew that Peter will deny Him, He knew that Judas will betray Him, He knew so well that the rest will abandon Him, they were not worthy of having their feet washed still The Lord did it anyway. That’s grace.

He knew what these men were about to do, yet He forgave them even before they committed it. He offered mercy before they even sought it.

It is easy to wash other’s feet but extending grace and forgiving others especially those who wronged me is quite hard to do. Humbling myself to others even if I didn’t do anything wrong is not easy.

Oftentimes I think like this ” I didn’t do anything wrong, this person hurt me” neither Jesus, the one who’s worthy of being served, served others. The one who was innocent, bore my sins and died for me. He extended grace towards me, He forgave my sins and died for me. Yes I ought to do that to others.

If I then, your Lord and Teacher (Master), have washed your feet, you ought [it is your duty, you are under obligation, you owe it] to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you this as an example, so that you should do [in your turn] what I have done to you. (John 13:14, 15 AMP)

Lord, your heart is truly amazing, You’ve asked me to do the same. It may seem hard, it is actually hard. However you made it possible. May you give me the willingness to forgive and extend grace to others.

This is the Real Me

My real identity can not be earned, it can not be bought. It doesn’t depend on my performance. It doesn’t depend on my success or failure. It doesn’t depend on what I have or don’t have. It doesn’t depend on my job. It doesn’t depend on what the people say about me. My identity doesn’t depend on the ministry I am doing. My identity can not be tampered or changed. My desires, passions and goals don’t define my identity. My achievements are not my identity, my family is not my true identity.

My identity is GIVEN to me. My true identity is in CHRIST. This is me, the real ME.

I’m pre-approved

I’m reconciled to God

I’m declared righteous in Christ.

I’m forgiven of all my sins.

He loved and chose me in Christ to be holy and faultless even before the world was made.

I’m adopted by God.

He showered his kindness, wisdom and understanding on me.

I am free.

He blessed me with every spiritual blessing.

I’m united with Christ.

I belong to Christ.

I have become a child of God.

I have given free access to God.

I am complete through my union in Christ

My life is a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.

I am redeemed from slavery to sin.

I am dearly love by God.

I am accepted by God.

I have received God’s Spirit.

The Spirit of a God lives in me.

I am a new creature.

I am God’s masterpiece.

I am wonderfully made.

Christ is my life.

I will share in all His glory.

I am God’s possession.

I am saved.

I have inheritance.

I join the people of a God

Knowing the real Me was totally liberating. It freed me from self-pity, guilt and insecurities. It stopped me from comparing myself to others. I stopped squeezing out Christ-like actions from me. It’s not my job to transform the inner “me”, it’s the Lord’s job. I gave grace to myself by waiting on The Lord to transform me. It freed me from the guilty feeling of “not doing anything for The Lord”, my identity doesn’t depend on the things I do for Him. I am forever grateful to Him from allowing me to completely rest from work and ministry. The only ministry and work I have is my family. My situation made me realize that I defined my identity with the things I have or don’t have. My identity was based so much on my job and ministry.

Knowing my real identity made me closer to Him, knowing that He loves me and I am giving Him great joy is awesomely wonderful.

and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” (Matthew 3:17 NASB)

Grateful…yes I am

Thankful for allowing me to be in this situation, I have learned to appreciate the things I took for granted in the past. You’ve taught me to enjoy and appreciate every season of  life, i wish I’ve realized that before.

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Thank you for allowing me to accept our current situation.

Thank you for the healthy, fresh and abundant food we are eating everyday.

Thank you for letting me lose some pounds.

Thank you for we are all well.

Thank you for letting my two year old daughter sang God is good all the time and you are my hiding place, during the times that I felt low. The songs reminded me of your goodness and faithfulness, no matter what we are into, the fact remains, you are good and faithful.

Thank for paying our expenses.

Thank you for giving my husband the wisdom on how to handle money. I don’t need to tell everything but you know what I meant.

Thank you for the book I’m reading, the book speaks to me and I know it’s you who’s speaking you’re just using the book.

Thank you for letting me feel hopeful today.

Have I told you before how much I’m thankful for the house we are staying, I thought it’s not your will for us to stay in this house, I realized it was also part of your plan, what if we are renting while Albert has no job we would be spending a lot without any income, thank you so much

Thank you for helping me not to desire clothes, shoes and other material things. I’m really thankful that you are meeting our needs. Right now I’m no longer asking for the things we don’t need.

Thank you for teaching me to live simply, and teaching me to set aside my wants.

Thank you for teaching me to appreciate even the smallest things, like the toothpaste, brush, floss, soap, etc.

Thank you for we can still use internet.

Thank you for teaching me through my children. They are happy because their needs are being met. They don’t need new clothes to be happy, they don’t new toys to be happy. As long as we are here with them, as long as they have enough food. You know, we’re able to meet their needs. You are teaching me to be like them, as long as you are with me I should be happy, and as long as you’re with me my needs are being met.

Thank you for teaching me that you alone is the true source of joy.

Thank you for reminding me everyday that I’m a work in progress and i don’t need to be stressed. I’m still messing up, I shout at my kids, my husband and I argue from time to time.

But most of all thank you for your mercy, grace and love, they are new every morning