Merry Christmas!

Photo: Google Images
Photo: Google Images

Time to change your desktop calendar. December is officially here! This is love! Oh how did this year fly by so fast?

Anyway, I love December because Christmas season is my favorite time of year. Filled with family, foods, gifts, Christmas lights, Christmas decorations and Christmas music. But in the midst of the busyness, shopping, crowds, and activities let’s be sure to take some time to stop and reflect on why we celebrate Christmas.

Christmas represents the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In selfless sacrifice, God gave His One and only Son to die in order that we might be reconciled to the Father. I cannot even begin to fathom the level of love God has for each one of us and I am so thankful for it!

Another aspect of Christmas that I am so thankful for is the time with family and friends. I always get so excited to watch Mom and my siblings in our Christmas morning open the gifts I wrapped for them and are always so surprised by the gifts they wrap up for me (but sometimes they just give it on hand to me! Haha!). In the midst of all the joy and celebration, I am still very mindful that there are a lot of people in the world who do not have family to celebrate with, food to eat, or a safe place to call home. Let us be intentional this Christmas to bless those around us who are in need but remember them not just this season.

Let us always return to our first love: JESUS. And as we take time this month to celebrate the birth of our Savior, let’s remember the motivation behind God sending His Son to earth: LOVE. Because of God’s love for us, we no longer have to remain asleep (spiritually speaking) or live from a place of anxiety, doubt, and fear. Rather we are able to choose to be awakened and live from a place of rest, consumed by His love, and empowered by His grace. I am so thankful for the incredible gift of salvation we have been given, and I believe for many more people to come to know God’s love for them this Christmas.

I pray to you and to your family to have an amazing Christmas this 2014 and that you are refreshed and filled with new vision as we enter into the New Year. One of the verses God has really laid on my heart for this next season is Isaiah 43:19 which says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” This next season is going to be a new and a good season for you and your family.

Merry Christmas!

 

Your sweetest Melody, ❤

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Kapag umuulan ☂

Uwian na. Ako na lang ba yung nasa office? Ay hindi, may kasama pa pala ako. Pero good thing at least makakapagsulat ako nang tahimik habang umuulan sa labas. Ayoko pa rin namang umuwi dahil ang lakas pa ng buhos.

Kaya, eto, nagmumuni-muni na lang ako rito sa opisina. Napakasarap sa pakiramdam tuwing umuulan. Nakaka-relax at nakakaantok. Pero bigla kong naisip na may blog pa pala akong tatapusin. Sakto! Tungkol sa ulan itong gagawin ko! May inspirasyon na.

Nauuso ang mga hashtagHUGOT ngayon sa mga kabataan kaya kahit pala pag-ibig pwedeng ihalintulad sa ulan. (Hashtag KILIG) Yikes. Kinikilabutan ako sa sinasabi ko. HAHAHA. Well, ganito talaga nagagawa ng  pag-iisa at ng ulan sa isang tao. Nakakabaliw! Hahaha.

So ibabahagi ko na lang sa inyo yung mga paghahambing na naisip ko. Pero bago ka mag-umpisa, i-play mo muna yung Ironic ni Alanis Morissette para feel na feel mo yung pagbabasa.

  1. Minsan ang ulan di mo alam kung kelan bubuhos. Magugulat ka na lang na pagsilip mo sa bintana nandyan na pala. Parang pag na-inlove ka di ba di mo naman siya ka-close, ni-di mo nga siya kakilala totally. Pero dumating na lang bigla at, BOOM! nahulog na yung loob mo sa kanya.

2. Meron namang ulan na may kasamang hangin. Yung sobrang bilis at lakas ng dating. Ambilis niyang dumating at sobrang lakas ng tama mo sa kanya. Pero kung anong ibinilis ng dating niya, ganun din kabilis naglaho. Ang laki pa ng pinsalang iniwan. Parang super typhoon Yolanda lang.

3. Minsan din naman may ulan na pabugsu-bugso. Minsan gusto mo siya, minsan hindi. Pag andyan siya, parang wala lang, pero pag wala na, biglang nami-miss mo. Tapos nung magkahiwalay na kayo, nalimutan mo rin, pero nung nagkita ulit kayo, parang meron pang natitirang damdamin para sa kanya.

4. Meron ding pag-ibig na parang ambon lang. Yung hindi mo maibuhos nang todo dahil hindi ka pa handa o hindi mo alam kung siya na ba talaga. Parang yung isa kong kakilala. Di niya alam kung ano yung nais iparating sa kanya nung kaibigan niya kaya patak-patak lang din yung binigay niya noon, hanggang sa di na nagtuloy sa ulan. Ayun, umaraw na. Pero at the end magkaibigan pa rin naman sila.

5. May ulan ding walang tigil. Parang yung pag-ibig na sobra-sobra, na lahat ibinibigay at lahat ibinubuhos. Pero sabi nga nila, lahat ng sobra ay masama. Ang nangyari, sa sobrang ulan, bumaha. Nakakalunod na, nakakasakal. Possessive ba. Hindi rin nagtagal, tumila yung ulan. Sa mga pelikula at nobela, nakita ko na ito. Buti na lang di ko pa nararanasang malunod sa ulan.

6. At syempre, yung ulan na sakto lang. Yung hindi malakas at di rin naman ambon. May konting hangin pero hindi delubyo. Eto yung ulan na kapag dumating, alam mong dapat kang lumusong at maligo. Para itong pag-ibig na hindi nakakalunod at hindi nakakasawa. Well, hindi ko pa siya nararanasan. Pero oras na matyempuhan ko yung ulan na to, walang duda, lulusong ako at magpapakabasa.

Ayun, tama na yan! Mag-comment na lang kayo kung may idadagdag pa kayo. Hanggang diyan na lang. Tumila na yata yung ulan. Pwede na kong umalis. Tatantanan ko na yung pagiging cheesy at nakakakilabot talaga. Di bagay sa akin. Mas okay pa kung tititigan mo na lang tong Love fusion Light and Rain painting ni Kshiteej Chapagain. Binebenta po yan baka sakaling gusto niyong umorder. (Hindi ko po siya kilala. Nakita ko lang ‘to sa net.)

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(http://fineartamerica.com/featured/love-fusion-light-and-rain-kshiteej-chapagain.html)

 – Salamat Jaquelyn E. Alvarez sa pagpu-push para matapos ‘to. 🙂 Kiligs! :*

Your sweetest Melody, ❤

Christ is Enough

“God will strip you off until you have come to nothing, and when you have nothing you will have God, and when you have God you have everything.”

Every life tells a story. Every person has a story. You have your own stories about parents and grandparents, family members and others. Some of them are good stories that you are proud to recall. Others may not be so memorable, but they all combine into the intricate weave that forms the pattern of life.

I am glad to share with you the story of one of the closest persons in my life. I have known her for almost a year and as my ministry leader, she influences me to my passion and especially to my spiritual growth.  I see her as a cheerful and simple woman who is devoted serving with His Master, yet behind those sweet smiles, she experiences a lot of struggles, personal problems and challenges. I never know her deepest life story until she allows me to write and share to the world how God directs her journey.

“Growing up in a broken family is not so easy. There have been times I feel a great loneliness and longing. Sometimes I asked, “Bakit sila may mama at papa? Bakit ako wala?” I compare myself to others and I feel that I am not complete. LOST.UNLOVED.REJECTED

As a child, I went through life searching for love because I was empty inside. Because of that, I actually look for someone I could love and loved me back. I’m always searching for love. I feel like my life is an endless loop of unhappiness. Lagi akong tumatanggap at naghahanap ng satisfaction sa ibang tao. Akala ko masasatisfy ako sa ibang tao, sa ibang bagay o  sa mga pangarap ko. Yes, I feel relieved and happy at some time, BUT after that, still I always ended up being hurt kasi iniiwan din ako. Ika nga “there is no such person or thing as permanent in this world, everything passes away, everything changes” – (walang permanenteng tao o bagay sa mundo, lahat nawawala, lahat nagbabago ). A true-life word! Paulit-ulit lang na bumabalik sa ganung sitwasyon ang buhay ko. Pauli-ulit lang akong nasasaktan.

Until one day, while listening to a youth pastor, she said that, “God will strip you off until you have come to nothing, and when you have nothing you will have God, and when you have God you have everything”. And that makes a big impact to my life. Sabi niya aalisin ng Panginoon lahat sa buhay natin hanggang sa wala nang matira sa atin, dahil sa sitwasyon na walang wala na tayo doon lang natin makikita na may Diyos na sapat sa buhay natin.

Then God gave me the thought to comprehend what the pastor said.

  1. First, God wants us to empty ourselves so that He can fill us and He can move to our life. He wants to LIVE with us but He wants us also to LEAVE every pain, bitterness, anger, and all the junks in our hearts. Sometimes we are not aware that our lives had already contaminated with so much pollution from this world that we do not even have the space for His word and for His presence. For God to enter our lives fully, we must be ready to create space: longing opens the heart to receive (Psalm 63). The door to our inner self, heart, and mind must be opened. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). God needs openings in our lives to get through to us, to communicate with us, to stretch us to greater growth, to nourish us, to revitalize and renew us with love.
  1. We need to TRUST in Him. “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes” (Psalm 118:8-9). On our own, we are not strong enough to bear our burdens. On our own, we won’t be able to endure the trials set before us. In every storm, He is always beside us.  He is never too far. People may disappoint us but God will never and only God can satisfy the longing of our hearts, our mind and our soul.
  1.  We need to be DEPENDENT only to God. It is not bad to be open to someone, but we ought to be more dependent to God. Sometimes if we depend on others, we end up being hurt because no man is perfect, everyone has flaws and not all the time people will be with us, they might leave or they might change but God promised us “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” He will never leave us in every season of our lives.

I have learned that the greatest things in life are not things. Everything I need can never be found from this world because the world can never complete and satisfy my whole being.  Only when I find the Author and Finisher of my faith, I have found real LIFE and LOVE. Though I’d failed to have a perfect family, I thank God for giving me the most wonderful people—my spiritual family. They support me in every way, help me and mold me to be a good and faithful servant of our Master. So now, no matter where I stand, what I face or where I’ve been or who I am, Christ is enough and He is more than enough for me! Jesus Christ is my EVERYTHING! He keeps showing me He is good. I trust Him to carry the burden. I trust Him to carry me. I believe no matter what else happens in life—He is all I need!”

Above all those words, I want to share with you the song that motivates me to write and tell my story to many people. Just remember Christ is enough to fulfill all He has planned for you. I hope even in the small piece of my life story inspired and blessed you! To God be the glory!

Christ is my reward
And all of my devotion
Now there’s nothing in this world
That could ever satisfy

Through every trial
My soul will sing
No turning back
I’ve been set free

Christ is enough for me
Christ is enough for me
Everything I need is in You
Everything I need

Christ my all in all
The joy of my salvation
And this hope will never fail
Heaven is our home

Through every storm
My soul will sing
Jesus is here
To God be the glory

I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back
No turning back

The cross before me
The world behind me
No turning back
No turning back

Listen to the song “Christ is Enough by Hillsong”. Here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9fTw9MLKAo

 

Your sweetest Melody, ❤