Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nag-QT knb?

"Nag-QT knb?"

I can't think of a word to describe how wonderful and fruitful it is to be always spending Quality Time with the Lord.

I always pray na sana lahat ng mga Kristyano ay meron nito... Mahirap ang walang feeding directly from the Source. Alam ko yun kasi na-experience at nae-experience ko yun every time I fail to be consistent with my QT...

Haaaay... Ayun lang!

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. -Psalm 119:105

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I love surprises!

Can I say that again? I so love surprises! As in... But then, syempre hindi ko naman ina-ask sa mga tao na isorpresa ako. Kaya ako na lang ang nag-plan nito for beloved:

*The moment he entered the room: napa-kamot ulo na lang sya dahil sa sorpresa.*
John's surprise birthday bash was planed more than a month before his actual birthday... And God really answered my prayer as everything, just as planned, fell into place. Sobrang blessed and favored ako (and of course kaming lahat na nanalangin for) that day!

Dear God, Thank You so much for this privilege of loving someone and being loved back just the same... For the joy You've given me while planning this in my head and for teaching me important lessons along the way... Thank You for the good weather! Thank You for everyone who helped me out in my preparations. Thank You for being present that night and for speaking to the hearts of the people... And thank You for Your affirmation of love through the love of everybody who came!

Marami pong salamat sa lahat ng tumulong para sa surprise birthday bash ni John! Sana wala akong nakalimutan:

  • Mich Lopez, for being my side kick and shock absorber sa lahat lahat ng excitement and for affirming me of what I'm doing. For buying the cake and for emceeing with JV.
  • Connect Core Group (Abe, Janet, Juli and Lea) kahit si Julie lang ang andun. Hehe. Salamat po sa prayers, moral support and sharing your blessings for the event.  Thank you also for your love sa aming dalawa ni John. 

*CONNECT peeps with Osie and P.Euge*

  •  Connect Agents' of Change (C.A.C), our Bible study group members: Ancore (for the balloons), Ann (for the preparation and for sharing your blessing), Lheng (for being present and willing to share her blessing),Oliv (prayers and support), Kinit (fresh from work, we missed you!)

*On their lunch break- SITEL peeps*

  • SITEL peeps: Sai, Mhay, Hermie, Sherwin, thank you for all the prayers and support and for John's birthday cake! For the rest of people from SITEL na kasamang humabol, thank you for the birthday card!
  • Other Connect people, JV (for showing up and being the emcee on the spot), Claire (also for showing up after quite sometime and for sharing your blessing)

*Mich and Jv with Ace leading the prayer*

  • Ace Pendon, for the prayers and for bring the Gospel Tracks c/o Campus Crusade for Christ.

*With our dear Mentor and "Tatay"*

  • Pastor Raul Caguin, for being such a loving mentor to us ni John, for you willingness to speak and proclaim the Good News that day and for all the prayers.
  • Pastor Jojo and Tita Vivian Lacanilao, our growth group's mentor, thank you for your love and prayers.

*MIS Net peeps while waiting for John (tagal kasi dumating eh!)*
  • MIS net peeps: Gene, Charles, Richard, Rowel, Faustus (along with his wife, Dianne), Jeff, Kai and Vane (John's colleagues) for being excited with me during the planning period and for making sure that John was not aware about the surprise while you communicate with each other and for being so gracious in sharing your blessing for his birthday and for loving him as your friend, really appreciate it!
  • Pajo  and  Osie, one of my closest newly wed friends, thank you for the support and prayers for us ni John!
  • Mang Boy, for being my buddy sa pamimili and for cooking almost all of John's birthday handa. Salamt po at sa uulitin! Hehe.

*Ate Alynna giving her birthday message to her "twin" brother.*

  • John's family: Ate Alynna (for being excited with me and for the Kitaro na napagsaluhan after the party), Ma Edith (for being supportive kahit na the day before lang ako naka-pamili. Hehe), Maezie (for documenting the event at di ko pa nahihingi copy nung video na yun!), Erwin and Jane with Chloe, Noel and Kate with Nikki (for being supportive and being there to celebrate! Sayang Kuya Gani, Ces and Jelo are in SG).

*Mama Edith and her gwapong anak*

  • Raya (my dear sister), for cooking her super duper sarap na carbonara.
  • Papa (my Dad) for being very willing in documenting and taking pictures, and i mean lots of pictures on that day... Thanks Pa for being our official and best photographer ever!
Allow me also to share this video, taken from my cellphone *pardon the quality*:

*Click here if you're unable to view it from here*

Like I said, sobrang nagulat si John, speechless at napakamot-ulo lang pagpasok sa room. At ako, sobrang ecstatic na excited na ninenerbyos na kinikilig sobrang thankful and all! Yung narining nyong loud laugh sa video? Hahaha! Ako yun! Hahaha ulet!

Here's some more pictures:

*Blow your candle love! Ü*

*Greeted by Tita Vivian and her husband Pastor Jojo*

*Message from a dear Mother*

*Nanginginig at umiyak ako nito. Drama ko tlaga! Hehe.Ü*
*Proclaiming the Good News!*

*Expressing our joy, gratitude to all the guests...and praise and honor to our Lord God...*

*Mae (the one holding a camera) is John's eldest niece*

*MIS Net peeps, (L-R): Richard, Charles, Gene, Rowel, Dianne and Faustus*
*The Velasquez Family*

*Group Picture yey! Si Papa wala dito pero may dala naman syang tripod. Hehe.*

*Bday Cake: Hatiin na nang makain na yan!*

So happy... Yes, he was so happy too!

Thank you all and thank You, God soooo much! Sa uulitin? Wahehehe!

At nga pala, John's text to me after the celebration was this:

Thanx uli 4 a wonderful weekend and a  very memorable bday. Love u. (",)


Three decades and five years

July 23, 2010

Warning: What I'm about to share with you is kind of mushy. Hahaha!

Sharing my birthday e-mail to John-my-beloved, sent: Fri 7/23/2010 12:09 AM

"You just don’t know how thankful I am for you...
…for all the loving
…for all the caring
…for all the “looking after my walk with Christ”
…for all the rebuke and tough love
…for all the acts of service you have given (and giving) me
…for all the quality time spent with you
…for all the encouragements and affirmation and prayers
…for the partnership we have in the ministry
…and for all of you, you giving yourself fully to the Lord

I pray that…
-you will continue to grow in His likeness,
-you will continue to love Him unreservedly,
-you will continue obey Him in all aspects,
-you will continue proclaim Him and make Him known through your life,
-you will continue to serve Him with all your heart, mind, body and soul,
-you will continue to bow in His Lordship and sovereignty…
…because as you do, you are tagging me along and I want that for myself too!

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” -1 John 5:14-15

I love you and no one else but you…
I desire to be with you always, for the rest of my life… (parang redundant: always na for the rest of my life pa! haha!)

You are a treasured blessing, an answered prayer, the Lord’s affirmation of His faithfulness to me…
You are the love of my life, my best friend, #1 accountability partner, #1 prayer warrior, protector, mentor, leader, teacher…
I will not ask for more.

Stay being a blessing to all of us! I hope you will enjoy your very special day today. Mmmwwuuuaaahhh!

-yours truly and yours only,
RAJSH be continued!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

We love because...

...God first loved us!

+ July 21, 2010 +

Sharing with you how we (John and I) spent our 22nd month:

Bible Study with the SITEL Core Group Leaders

For the love of God and His people... John has been teaching them on how to do inductive Bible study.

My role is to support him as an intercessor...
Kahit antok na:
I look badtrip dito ah! Wahaha! But no, I was just sleepy, mga galing sa shift kasi...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

crying out loud

Just thinking and crying out loud:

Sana dumating din yung araw na pag may problema tayo harapin natin at wag nating takasan. At wag na tayong magpalusot at mag-justify but rather admit our mistake(s), repent, forgive, ask forgiveness, move one and heal...

Tama na. Sobra na. Nakakasawa na. Napakasakit na...

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives." -1 John 1:8-10

"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me..." -John 17:20-23

+ Pray with me and for me. Thank you. +

Monday, July 19, 2010

Christian Wedding Reflection

I feel really blessed whenever I attend Christian weddings. Most specially if it's my close friends' wedding...

Like what I told P. Euge and Osie earlier when we had our short chit-chat: Sa Christian wedding ko lang nararamdaman na welcome talaga si Lord, na acknowledge ang presence Nya, at alam mong ordained and blessed by Him ang event. Kaya sobrang nakaka-bless.

And besides, mali talga na parang "extra" lang si Lord sa isang wedding since Sya author nun...

"The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." -Genesis 2:18

"Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior... Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her..." -Ephesians 5:22. 23, 25

...Going back to P.Euge and Osie's wedding, John and I were so blessed that night! The Lord was welcomed and actively involved eh... As in! Nakakaiyak rin (sa tuwa) kung paano nagprovide si Lord for my two dearest bunsos! Sobra talaga Nyang gracious, loving, faithful and He gives without finding fault sa Kanyang mga anak...

At kaya naman, kami rin ni John, yun ang pinagpe-pray namin for our big day-- that we will honor God, make His presence felt and point our guests to Him as we also have the desire to share the Gospel on that day... At sana kung anuman ang mapag-planuhan pa it will be according to His will. Basta we want His name to be lifted up on our special day...

Excited!!! ;-)

(Disclaimer: Matagal pa po yun. Nag-iipon pa kami at hinahanda pa kami ni Lord spiritually and emotionally. Hehehe.)

Do pray with us as we continue to desire to bring glory to His name in our relationship today and for the rest of our days together.

"We love because he first loved us." -1 John 4:19

Share ko na rin pala ilang pics during P.Euge and Osie's wedding. I was able to take these photos during the reception (yung ilan dito courtesy of Strong, Raya and Rj Yu). Nasa harap ako nung ceremony, nahiya naman daw ako gumalaw. Hehe!

Here goes:

Before the march with my partner P.Beej and P.Euge as extra.
With my super gwapong John-beloved. *wink*

There's my beautiful name! Hahaha!

Me and my prettyful sister, Haraya Lama.

Sila namang dalawa.

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Geanga!

Nga pala, agkukuha ako kahit naka-gown pa ako. Wahaha! I couldn't help it eh. ;-)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Huy "Ate" Mich!

Dahil mas matanda ka na sa akin ngayon Ate na rin kita! Mwahahaha! Pareho na kayo ni ate Oliv. Hahaha! Peace!

Si Michelle Rose Lopez po ang kaisa-isa kong kaibigan na pinaka-matagal ko ng nakasama. I met her back in 2005, sa ICT Group (na ngayon ang Sykes na), nauna lang ako sa kanya ng ilang buwan dun sa call center na yon then minsan nakasabay ko lang sya sa bus papuntang Pacita nung pareho pa kaming uwian everyday (Laguna to Ortigas and vice versa) at yun na ang umpisa ng pagkakaibigan namin...

Almost half a decade na pala kaming magkaibigan! Kaya naman when I think about it, natutuwa ako na very close pa rin kami ngayon at nag-level up na rin into being accountability partners! Praise God for blessing me with Christian friends like her! Bukod don, kasama ko pa syang nagse-serve sa GCF Connect:

I'm really blessed to have her.

Maraming bagay sa buhay namin ang pareho, marami kaming attitudes na pareho kaya minsan nagka-clash kami, marami rin kaming ka-dramahan na almost the same na minsan di muna kami maguusap kasi wala kaming mapapala dahil mag-e-emo lang kami pareho! Hahaha!

Matibay rin ang loob nyan, she's been through a lot but I praise and thank God for carrying her through and through, picking her up in His grace! In her life, nakita at nakikita ko ang dakilang katapatan ng Panginoon!

Mahal na mahal ko yan! Kahit minsan (or madalas ba Mich?) di halata. Hehehe. And I'm so happy that it's her birthday today...

Happy-happy birthday Mich, my dear Sister in Christ, ang pinaka-matagal kong kasamang friend, my accountability and prayer partner, (at times) my shock absorber and crying partner, and all...

I pray that you will continue to seek His will, that you will continue to delight in Him, obey Him, love Him, serve Him with all your heart, mind and soul... Alam mo na naman yun di ba? So, reminder lang ito. Hehe! ;-)

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." -Hebrews 12:2

"Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes." -Psalm 37:3-7

"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." -Matthew 5:5

Enjoy your special day and be a blessing! ...Mmmwuaaah...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Two Decades

Aba, aba, aba... akalain mo yun at ang aming baby Majar ay bente anyos na today?!

A blessed birthday to you my dearest brother.

I'm proud and grateful to be your Ate... Remember this? Bago si John ikaw ang beloved ko... Hehe!

Continue to shine for Him, for His renown...

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. -Romans 15:13

Mahal kita Majar! Uwi ka this weekend ha?! =P

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Personal Retreat?

I'm thinking if I'll go to the Prayer Mountain in Antipolo for my birthday next month...
But I also want to spend time with my pamangkins that day (7 na sila lahat! Grabe, sa dalawang kuya ko pa lang yun. Haha!)...
Also want to have dinner bonding date with my Connect family...
And then date in Maitre Chocolatier Boutique with John...

2009 - natulog maghapon dahil pagod from Singles' Retreat at kinagabihan nagdinner sa Korean BBQ
2008 - natulog maghapon dahil pagod from SG trip then kinagabihan nakipag-date kay John (trivia: di pa kami nun. hehe)
2007 - nasa baguio ako with Sager and Divine (and Mama and Papa)
2006 - wala pa akong blog nito pero tandang-tanda ko ang ginawa ko nun: Date with MYSELF. Thank God day off ko nun.
2005 - nagrent ako ng resort sa Pagsanjan, Laguna to celebrate it there with my family and my "true friends," Totz and Prime (sa dinami-dami kong ininvite, sila lang dumating na frend ko. Kaya true friends) hahaha!.

For this year... Hmmm... Ano naman kaya?
Still praying about it. =)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

HIS purpose

19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (Romans 8:19-21, New King James Version)

I know for sure that what I'm going through-- carrying this heavy burden in my heart over a VERY serious matter-- has a purpose. I'm convinced, as the Lord revealed to me and impressed upon my heart that it is according to His perfect will.

All I need to do is be patient for His purpose to be fulfilled and revealed to me, to put an end in this grumbling in my heart and holding grudges against someone, because I am called by Him to do so for His HOLY Name's sake! At hindi yun madali for me and that is why everyday, I ask for His grace to fill me and to carry me through. And indeed, His grace is sufficient...

Enable me Father to enjoy you even at this times of sorrow... In Jesus' name, I pray, amen.

Just married

July 9, 2010

Two of my dearest and closest friends from church got married yesterday. Answered prayer and nakaka-bless ang faithfulness ni Lord sa dalawa kong bunso.

Best wishes to Pastor Eugene Dave Geanga and Mary Rose Tiangco-Geanga.

I know for sure, He will continue to go ahead of you and bless you!

I love you two... and I love our trio! Hehe.

(more photos to come next time, will be updating)