Monday, May 30, 2011

More than wonderful


This was sung yesterday during the installation service of our new GCF Senior Pastor (Dr. Larry Pabiona) and my heart was really pouring out because this song is just so pregnant with truth about Him...

Let me share with you the lyrics:


Artist: Sandi Patti
He promised us that He would be a counselor
A Mighty God and the Prince of Peace
He promised us that He would be a Father
And that He would love us with a love that would not cease.

Well, I tried Him and I found His promises are true
He’s everything He said that He would be.
The finest words I know could not begin to tell
Just what Jesus really means to me.

For He’s more wonderful than my mind can conceive
He’s more wonderful than my heart can believe
He goes beyond my highest hopes and fondest dreams.
He’s everything that my soul ever longed for
Everything He’s promised and so much more
More than amazing, more than marvelous
More than miraculous could ever be
He’s more than wonderful, that’s what Jesus is to me.

I stand amazed when I think that the King of glory
Should come to dwell within the heart of man
I marvel just to know He really loves me
When I think of who He is, and who I am.

For He’s more wonderful than my mind can conceive
He’s more wonderful than my heart can believe
He goes beyond my highest hopes and fondest dreams.
He’s everything that my soul ever longed for
Everything He’s promised and so much more
More than amazing, more than marvelous,
More than miraculous could ever be
He’s more than wonderful, that’s what Jesus is to me.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

the suprise!



My sister, Raya, graduated yesterday... and I tweeted about my SUPRISE earlier... Check it out!

Wala pa rin si Raya dito sa bahay... She's coming from Laguna, kina lola... Can't wait to give surprise gifts for her that I collated. Wahehe! :)

We're on our 32nd...and counting!

* 32nd months of being together: May 21, 2011... and more months to come! Yehey! * 

You may notice that I always say this here in my blog- God is ever faithful!- but I will never be tired of saying it because it's always true, He is always faithful!

Thank You dear Lord, for being with us in our journey together in this loving relationship... 
Thank You for the many many things that You are to us... and for loving us first that we are able to love each other!

For this day, no celebration for only the two of us but rather we joined our ministry to our first ever Breakfast Fellowship outreach for the SITEL peeps in Mandaluyong...

Pictures to follow na lang kasi kanina pa ako nagta-try, mga ilang oras na pero ayaw pa rin mag-upload. Tsk.

Anyway, to God be all the glory! :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Have I mentioned?

That I love surprises?
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Di nga? Hehe.

Well, here's [another] one for my dear Ann.  A simple surprise birthday bash during our growth group session last Saturday (May 14):





I love you dear! I hope you had fun and that you were surprised. Hehe! God bless you!


See also, her birthday celebration last year... She wore the same polo shirt. Hehe. :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Happy tears

Nakakatuwa talaga si God.

His timing is really PERFECT! Walang palya…

Just when I thought nagkulang ako sa pagminister sa isang taong ito, just when I thought bad testimony kasi ako and I failed God…

He encouraged me and affirmed me that I’ve done what has to be done and He saw that. And that He sees little things I do that the world doesn’t even know I do, nor do they know it exists…

Thank You God for that quick and sweet chat with her.

Thank You that I heard from her the words I never thought I would hear before she leaves—Thank you Rajsh!—ayan na naiiyak na ako!

…Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. –Matthew 6:4
…Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. –Matthew 6:6
…but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. –Matthew 6:18

For now, my reward is His Words of affirmation through her. Thank You, God! I'm just overjoyed and really feel loved by You...

Thank you too, dear.. I will really miss you! I will keep you in my prayers...

See also: Wow talaga!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Love... with all your...

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  -Matthew 22:36-40

Still llistening to God...

I think might update this post some other time once what He want me to learn (need to learn something new as He has been stretching my faith lately) has been made clear to me.

Happy Thursday everyone! ♥

Thank God it's Thursday... Bukas Friday na... then weekend na! Yahoo! LOL :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Reading 1 Kings

It’s amazing that the “theme” of my qt (quiet time) and Bible reading are aligned with what was taught to me on my first post this week.

This was not planned by me… But I guess planned by Him.  :)

Just want to share the passage I read earlier:

"If you do whatever I command you and walk in obedience to me and do what is right in my eyes by obeying my decrees and commands, as David my servant did, I will be with you..." -1 Kings 11:38

PMS

I've been doing a lot of thinking if PMS is a valid excuse for ladies to be grumpy or easily irritated... Is it?

I do not know the answer... yet... Need to do research, need to pray more about it and need to ask God for wisdom...

But what I know right now is that I experience being the "grumpy me" on the first day of my period just like today... Hindi ko tuloy na enjoy ang qt ko kasi iritable ako because of dysmenorrhea na sinundan ng head ache... :(

Thank God for pain killers.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Too wise

Authority Challenged

When He entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him while He was teaching, and said, "By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?"

Jesus said to them, "I will also ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.

"The baptism of John was from what source, from heaven or from men?" And they began reasoning among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say to us, 'Then why did you not believe him?'

"But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the people; for they all regard John as a prophet."

And answering Jesus, they said, "We do not know." He also said to them, "Neither will I tell you by
what authority I do these things.


What have I learned from this passage?

God is too wise to be mistaken.

There is none, not even one, who is like Him.

How can we (believers) relate to the Pharisees?

Believers, we all have heard that, we all know that—God is too wise... He is omniscient! But sometimes—uhh, okay fine—most of the time, we take it for granted. We act as if we can outwit the Lord with our decisions, that we go on ahead of Him and insist on what we want before we seek what He really wants...  Neglecting the fact that what He wants for us is the BEST.

"...God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." -Romans 12:2

Monday, May 9, 2011

On preferring His will

To start off with my one week challenge, let me greet all the mothers in the world:

Belated Happy Mother’s Day yesterday!

Specially to all the Single Moms-- you are true heroes!
The Lord is looking after you and your kiddo! :)

I wasn’t able to text every mom that I know because I was watching the Pacquiao and Mosley fight (will post a separate entry on that. Hehe).

Now, allow me to share to you what I learned in my quiet time this morning.
 
I asked the Lord to change my heart as I’ve been struggling with pride and anger and so He led me to read Ephesians chapter 4... I wish I have the time right now to post everything that He told me but I don’t, I suggest you go read on that chapter and chew on it firsthand na lang, much better yun! Hehe.

What I want to share is short and sweet:

As a believer, it is basic that we know God’s will... Those of which are clearly stated in His revealed will—the Bible. But the question is, do we prefer God’s will all the time?

The underlined question was the question of my mentor (Carol Felipe) to all of us yesterday during our Growth Group Leaders’ training.

After reading Ephesians 4, I prayed to God, asked for forgiveness and cleansing from my sins and plead once more—Lord, I want more of You!

So He led me to read on the next Chapter and His voice became all the more clearer:

“…find out what pleases the Lord.”Ephesians 5:10

I thank and praise Him for meeting me where I am, for meeting the deepest longing of my heart, for dealing with my sin with His righteousness, and for giving me His peace that surpasses all understanding.

The challenge for me is to live out what He just taught me. And I guess posting it here will make me accountable to do so. Do pray for me and with me kapatid.

To God be the glory! :)

Also read: How Can I Know God's Will For My Life?

Friday, May 6, 2011

one weeek challenge

I want to challenge myself to blog everyday next week.

I've been learning a lot in my quiet time and I'm so dying to share it here but I just don't have the luxury of time... But, next week, beginning Monday, I will try my best to post something/anything. As in I want to blog for one week straight. Really do. :)

Let's see if I can do it. Hehe.

Happy Friday everyone!

Thanking God for His faithfulness,
-Rajshbratinella ♥

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Suprise!


Hahahaha!

Yes, suprise it is!

I love surprises... really, really do! And I'm cooking one! :)

Thank you for the people who have responded to my text message earlier. Waiting for more to come.

Oh Lord, this is going to be great... Thank You, for that "light bulb" moment. Hehe.

Grabbed the photo here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Just a preview of my "summer"


from L to R: Lola Fids, Tita Tess, Tita Auring and Tita Susan

This entry was supposed to have been posted on April 24, 2011... But anyway, here goes my kwento...

After service, John and I went to Laguna to visit my Lola who turned 86 years old that day.  Nakakatuwa kasi isinabay kami nila Tita Susan since they were going back hom to Laguna, so nakatipid kami sa pamasahe ni John. Hehe!

We just had lunch. Walang party like last year, Lola just wanted to have a simple gathering of her extended family (kahit di kami nakumpleto). She cooked/prepared lumpiang hubad, adobong isda (forgot anong isda yun), macaroni salad (one of her specialties. the best macaroni salad ever! hehe), then we bought pancit miki-bihon, dinuguan, puto BiƱan, and ice cream. Sarap ng food trip!

Also had a chance to bond with my cousin Nikki, my niece and inaanak Nonggie and Julia.

Meet Julia Sabio the golden retriever. She look small here but she's really BIG! She's from Las Vegas, Nevada but now resides here in Pinas. :)

I forgot to take pictures kasi naging busy sa food at nawili sa panonood ng Star Wars with John. Hehe. Kaso bitin, di namin natpos because we had to leave...

We had to leave for another birthday celebration and Connect fellowship in Cavite... Anyway, bago kami umalis sakto dating ng dalawa kong kuya with Diwa, Dayaw and Kaya (mga pamangkin ko pa rin). At nakow, ayun nga wala akong picture with them... Sigh.

For the Cavite highlight naman:

Ate Lea, one of my co-leaders in Connect, celebrated in advance her birthday.  We had food trip: tahong, inihaw na bangus, adobong manok, chocolate cake ng red ribbon, home made dessert na super sarap (chilled na ripe mango with melon and kaong soaked with evaporated milk).  At syempre fellowship with a team building activity, then Bible study then swimming na!
 
Saya-saya! From 11pm to 4:30am akong nag-swim (ang pahinga ko in between ay pose sa picture taking, chikahan kain at inom ng kape. hahaha!).  Kaya naman pagakauwi ko kinabukasan, ansakit ng katawan ko...

Just a few pics to share... If I'll have the luxury of time, I'll post some more. Hehe:


Birthday Girl: Lea Mae


before the Bible study

Connect Girls... Bakit ba ako ang nasa unahan?! LOL


Career sa pag-pose!

I was carrying my "cross" Hahaha!
Thankful for summer! Praying that more fun and swimming will come...

Hope you guys are having fun just the same kahit napaka-init talaga dito lately sa Pinas. :)