Lights

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” ~Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT)

 

I came across this book called Searching for Mrs. Oswald Chambers by Martha Christian. It’s about Mrs Biddy Chambers, the woman behind the man who wrote My Utmost for His Highest. Since I started using this devotional book for straight days (I kept avoiding it for as long as I can remember because that one time I read it, I found it too heavy and decided that I’m not *that* kind of Christian yet [I was young, what?]), I have found a new leap to my walk with Jesus.

 

Anyway, Faith and I were browsing through titles in an OMF  bookstore during lunch break and talking about Pastor’s Wife mechanics. I had no intentions of purchasing anything save for the Ilocano Bible I was going to give to a friend. The title just jumped out from the shelf and I could not resist not buying. I haven’t finished reading it; I haven’t even gone past twenty pages but this particular paragraph made me tear up…

 

‘Biddy Chambers kept the flame of faith in Jesus Christ burning. She lived what she believed, and others saw Christ in her eyes. The reflection of the light of Christ shines in the faithful ones who follow the path of the Cross, and Biddy Chambers mirrored the love of Jesus Christ.’

 

The whole time I was reading those lines my thought was, ‘I pray that when God calls me home, these words will be said of me, too.’ If only that meant Jesus Christ was evident in me and that I reflected the Son in my life.

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This.

This morning, I woke up earlier than my alarm clock but I just laid still and listened to praise and worship music. The Lord prompted me last night to get on my knees (literally) and pray for the items on my list. It’s a challenge I accepted knowing that it would be simple to get on my knees while praying. It’s not rocket science and it’s definitely not an aerobic activity; how hard can it be?

I signed up for the prayer chain in my church and picked the 6:30 am slot just to stretch myself into committing wee hours (I consider it wee hours, haha) into prayer and fasting. Anyway, as I was listening to music, I had my eyes closed and decided to wait for my alarm to go off before I start praying. And then I felt weird pain in my stomach. It wasn’t of hunger. In fact, I couldn’t recognize what kind of pain it was but I had to hunch over and hold my sides. At first, the pain was manageable and it went away as soon as it had come.

I didn’t think much of it whenever the pain went away but as I was getting on my knees, I felt something assault me that I had to hang on the edge of my bed. I got back to my knees but found that they were hurting (which is crazy because I’ve only been kneeling for ten seconds!) so I figured maybe I was too heavy (heehee). So when I did a semi-kneel, half-sitting pose, I started writing my prayers down and started to choke. I wasn’t too alarmed because I normally have coughing fits in the morning, especially when my rhinitis acts up, but this particular moment was not ordinary. When I finished my Bible reading and prayer time, I moved back up to bed and finished praying there. My stomach started rumbling again, at first with hunger, then with that weird sensation that I cannot hold it anymore. I prayed that the Lord will comfort me. I closed my eyes and breathed deeply and the next thing I know I was drifting off to sleep.

When I woke up, the pain was gone (even my nasal problems) and I prayed and thanked God for rescuing me.

This caused me to believe that the Lord will do amazing things in the lives of the people I prayed for. I’m not going to stop interceding for them even when the enemy attacks me. What’s the worse that can happen? I die? To live is Christ, to die is gain. 😉

New Theme

Thanks to the very brilliant people who create such beautiful themes, I have updated mine. Thank you, Caroline Moore! 🙂

 

This theme looks more like me, eh? 🙂

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Speaking of themes, our church is currently going through a week-long fasting and prayer time. Last night, our Pastor challenged us to have a personal slogan for the year, something that the Lord will ignite in our hearts as a battle cry.

As I was mulling over what that IT was (that something that can only go by prayer and fasting), it dawned on me that I do not trust the Lord enough. I do trust Him but I haven’t come to the height of fully depending on Him, so much so that I have no say in the matter He’s dealing me with. I’m a control freak! That’s just one of the things I believe He’s asking me to let go of. I’m so thrilled to find out more. I know He’s still got a lot of things to say to me. It’s absolutely amazing that the Lord would even speak to me. Woe to me, person of unclean lips. I am ruined!

But that’s the kind of God He is. Indescribable!

As far as new themes go, I think I’d borrow Alice’s slogan. #manalig2013

Therapies

Isn’t it great that mortals are designed to have sanity-upkeep activities so that they may retain their well, sanity? While I’m all about the crazy times (and I have been getting a lot of those lately), there’s nothing like a quiet evening at home, reading, writing, making arts and crafts or baking.

(I get a kick out of saying I bake. I don’t really. I just follow what my discipler tells me to do, hehe)

One night, I got the urge to bake something and decided to employ my little brothers in a kitchen-fun night. We thought about making cookies but I did not know what shortening was or where to find it so we looked up recipes that did not require that ingredient. We then decided on baking brownies and dump ice cream on it when it’s cooled.

I thought about cutting the ingredients in half since we’re only going to make a batch that’s good for the three of us. It’s pretty cool that we have every ingredient and tool ready; we even got to practice math skills as we divided fractions (half of 1/3, half of 1/4, etc).

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Like a boss. The batter went well. The consistency was okay, it was chocolatey enough and we found a small pan that can fit the brownie mix.

I pre-heat the oven like the recipe said and when that’s done, I set the oven to 30 minutes. For the first ten minutes, the house smelled of brownies that I feel like I should get a Martha Stewart sash and crown. By the time it hit 15 minutes, something smells burnt so we looked into the oven (with a flashlight even!) to check on our brownies. It looked okay so we didn’t mind the burning smell. And then we knew it was really burnt when there was smoke coming out of the oven. Hahahahaha.

bake2We ended up making BURNies!

Ate Dot checked up on our baking project and discovered that I did not adjust the heating circulation thingy gauge in the oven and it was on high heat. Since our batter was cut in half, it baked quickly. The burnies turned out to be crisp (like cookie/cracker) and the top was so burnt, it was black (like asphalt). It did taste okay but the burnt part was screaming ‘this is cancerous, don’t eat it!’ LOL. The brownies were messed up but I was happy just the same. Good thing they brought home sweets from the wedding or we wouldn’t have had dessert. Hashtag-happyfail.

Anyway, that’s what happens when you bake without parental supervision.

To Make Up For Lost Time

Bagong taon ay mag-bagong buhay! Sabe.

 

In keeping up with the age-old tradition of making resolutions… I shall not. I know I hardly ever keep them anyway. I won’t resolve anything. I’m just going to do it. Char.

 

And so today, I shall blog. I haven’t written in a while and the things I write on my journal don’t count. Why not? Because. Let’s just say  the things found there can be quoted and used against me. Bwahahaha.

 

I loved 2012. Loved as in past tense because, duh, it’s so last year. Bwahahahaha.

 

I told my friends I will try to write more this year. And I have good reason to. I was informed that 1985, 2002 and 2013 have the same dates. And those years were milestones. First, I was born. Then I went to college. If I were a normal human being, the next step would be…? I hope it’s a might be. I’m open for possibilities. (Side note: my nephew’s first word for the year is possible. He goes, ‘The fireworks are scary. I’m possible.’ Such. A. Darling!)

 

I dedicate this first blog post of the year to the year that was. These are my highlights of the supposed last year of the world (not in any particular order)…

 

BAKING TIMES. One of the reasons I love hanging out at Ate Dot’s house is that I get instant wifery lessons. I’ve made cakes, cupcakes, cookies, prata and cooked several dishes when I’m in their home.

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DIY PROJECTS. In 2012, I helped repaint a whole room, made arts and crafts for an Ate’s wedding, drew souvenir notebooks for missionary friends and doodled like crazy.

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ALICE TIME. Alice is one of those people I’m blessed to call friend. Any time with her is fun and I love how we can talk about anything (and anyone, hahaha) without being guilty or judged for being too judgmental, hahahaha. And she supports my crazy plans.

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SUPERFRIENDS TIME. I love them to bits! I love that we have a new baby in the barkada. I love that we get to spend time when we can. I love that we always make plans to meet but hardly ever. And on the very rare times we do, it’s always a blast.

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BRIDESMAID DUTY. My high school barkada and I planned on going to Europe in 2012. Hahahaha. Instead, we ended up in Baguio to be bridesmaids. It’s great that Cindy’s married and we’re about to have a baby on the way. So yay! I’m pretty sure Kathy’s up next. 😉

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SOUTHWEST VISIT. I love my Oregon friends! As in sobra. I can’t even begin to write about them because I’m going to tear up, apply for a US Visa, pack my bags and go. Ganun ka-OA. It’s great that though they are much younger than I am, we share the same faith and they have inspired me to live a life worthy of the gospel, boldly proclaiming the Word of God and sharing the love of Jesus to anyone, anywhere.

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BACOLOD. All we did was eat! But it was such fun travelling with lifetime friends and seeing places in the Philippines.

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THURSDAYS. It’s my favorite day of the week. Hands down. If it were entirely up to me, every day should be Thursday. LOL.

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WEDDING APPEARANCES. Two of my church friends got married this year. One KC mate. One cousin. One highschool barkada. One college barkada. I love participating in wedding planning and reception stuff. Teehee.

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I’m tinatamad na to remember more stuff but these are top-of-mind events. I’m sure I’ll remember more as the day progresses. And hey, I have a whole year of blank pages to fill! I think I’m more excited to look ahead than look back. 😉

 

Thank You, Lord for an amazingl 2012. You have authored it wonderfully! ❤