Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original. [galatians 5:25 - 26msg]
He created you. He knows every little detail about you. and He didn't make a mistake when He gave you that personality, that body type, and those weird quirks. each of us in an original masterpiece, made by the Master Creator. we are all made in His image. We are all made into His likeness. He just decided to use different forms of art when He made each of us.
- you may be like the mona lisa, so mysterious and enigmatic.
- you could be like a warhol painting, so colorful and full of life.
- or you could be like the pieta, once a cold hearted stone, now your life is filled with beautiful details.
- you could have a personality as enchanting as van gogh's starry night
- or you (or other people you know) could be a picasso painting, something that is quite difficult to understand and even appreciate, and yet it's still considered beautiful in some people's eyes ;)
all different pieces of art. they are all unique. they are all priceless. not one is better than the other.
we are all unique. we are all priceless. not one of us is better than the other. He's put a little bit of Himself in all of us and we bear the stamp of our Master Creator because we have the breath of life. don't think any less of yourself because God knew what He was doing when He put you together. don't think highly of yourself either, because all you have was only given to you. don't compare yourself to others and wish you were like them. and don't wish others to be more like you. instead celebrate how He made you to be and rejoice in others' uniqueness too.
our Creator has showcased His splendor by creating something as beautiful as you and sharing it with the rest of the world... so embrace what God has put in you and embrace the beauty of the people around you as well.
so celebrate you. and celebrate others.
each life is worth celebrating because each life is from Him
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
that God has given you a dream for the generations to be.
this world thinks "it's all about me"
but we are called to live a life selflessly.
so grab hold of the dream that He's given you.
He's given you everything you need, to make the dream come true.
remember that it's not about you so don't give up.
if you think only about yourself, you will get stuck.
it's of utmost importance that you run your race.
you must pass the baton, as time we chase
before you meet your Master face to face.
before you are called home to our eternal place.
so while you have time, build a legacy that's strong.
make sure to run that distance, even it's tiring and long.
run your course till He calls you where you rightfully belong.
in Heaven where all nations will gather along.
to worship and adore Him with worship and song.
"if you read history you will find that the christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this." - c.s. lewis
All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
this day deserves more than just one picture of the day.
so here are my favorite moments of this day =]
i had the pleasure to meet their family during one of their "coffee stopovers"
@ the galleria while they were on their LA tour. they are such a great family!
and yes my face looks HUGE in this pic!
and the rest of the pics show how we like to roll on a friday night.
first off, we had good home cooking - sinigang FTW!
then rolo christie, sami, dane & christian played wii bomberman.
then we played cranium and yahtzee
Thursday, August 12, 2010
- prayers for my son to hopefully have a wonderful relationship with his father one day
- prayers of wanting to be financially stable and not having to stress about monthly bills all the time
- prayers that my parents' relationship will one day be restored enough to be friends
- prayers for my future adopted children that i've been praying for for 8 years.
- prayers for my sister's skin to be healed
- prayer for my own place, one where bathrooms need not be shared and i can finally have my own bedroom again.
- prayers for family members who are choosing to live in sin instead of living for God
- prayers for salvation of loved ones
- prayers for more open doors for ministry... to be able to fully walk out in the dreams He has put in my heart to do.
- even deeper cries of my heart for certain personal prayers that i have been believing and praying for for years now
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
*we have to work on the language and vocabulary though.
listen to the story: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/state&id=7591930&cmp=twi-kabc-article-7591930
if you have no idea what prop 8 is then here's a link to give you some info:
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
this first ever guest blog post was written by tracee.
I think God looks at my requests and has to chuckle. In reality, all of my requests are on his timeline. I look back and can’t even imagine what my life would be like, or the repercussions that would have ensued had he granted my requests. I think I know better, but I have learned that he always knows best.
The story of Lazarus is one of those stories that illustrates waiting prayer for me. All of the bullet points of logic didn’t make sense why Jesus would wait to heal Lazarus.
- Lazarus was one of Jesus’ closest friends.
- Jesus had spoken words and healed people from far away.
- Jesus loved Mary and Martha so much, so why wouldn’t he help them?
- Jesus was able to heal him.
When Jesus heard about Lazarus’ state of health, he waited. Confusion and questions broke out among his followers, yet he waited. God feels no pressure with time. God knows no immediacy like we do.
So why did Jesus wait? Why did he seem silent that day when is close friend needed him?
The purpose for Jesus always has to do with his father being glorified. Jesus cared about people believing more than anything. Only he knows the best way for that to be handled. Only he has the perfect timing for that. Jesus even says to his disciples, “I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe.”
I know there are times that if God had answered my prayers in the timing I wanted it, I would have believed that he was an easy-button Jesus, and that I was in control.
Jesus also feels the weight of our loss and desire for him to show up. Both Mary and Martha came out to him and blamed him for not answering their prayers. However, they both believed that God was still God and that was enough.
Jesus feels our hearts break. He wept with Mary even though he knew what was going to happen next. He feels our hearts loss and ache. Jesus weeps with us in our broken hearts. He weeps over the fact that we even know pain at all. God sits with us and comforts our pain regardless of what happens next. [john11:35]
I have learned to shift my prayer life from submitted prioritized lists to just talking to him about my wants, desires, and needs. His answer is always to believe. He will always chose to answer in a way that leads to his glory in us.
this first ever guest blog post was written by tracee. i "met" her on twitter [via alece] and her spunky tweets and her blog posts that are full of wisdom immediately made me want to know this awesome woman of God better. here are a few random facts about her: aside from her obvious love for God, she has a huge heart for loving people (being the extrovert that she is). she also likes eating chips and salsa and enjoys doing things (sometimes illogical) that add some zest to her life (i.e. skydiving, camping, etc). i believe she will be an amazing speaker one day...so here's your chance to get to know her too! find her on twitter and on her blog.
breathe life series: [part 2]
breathe life series: [part 1]