PEACE + LOVE = JESUS CHRIST

“Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15 (NIV)

I wouldn’t be a part of a ministry if it were not for the grace of God and if it were not for my faith. I realized that God is my Maker, He made me, and I owe worship to Him. But I also realized that sin is my failure. I have sinned and rebelled against Him and I deserve His condemnation and I realize that Christ is my Savior, the only Savior who came to die in my place that I might be reconciled to God and that I must rest and trust on Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

It’s a pleasure for us to live in that new life where we’ve been freed from the bondage of sin. That’s what brings a church together. I’ve heard a sermon one time and he said, “A Gospel church is a family. It’s a family loved and chosen by God.” Tama nga naman, we are brought together by God in the first place. Kaya dapat we manifest God’s life in us in the graces of the Christian life, especially yung love. Ang “Christian love” ay dapat nagma-manifest sa ating relasyon sa bawat isa, from pastors, elders, workers at maging sa congregation.

Yes, kaya nating magbasa ng bible mag-isa, mag-pray ng solo pero may mga bagay na di natin kayang gawin sa sarili lang natin. Ako mismo I can’t grow and become more mature in Christ kung wala yung tulong ng aking mga leaders at mga kaibigan . We need one another. We can’t grow to Christian maturity apart from one another because so much of our growth is in our relationships with one another. Families get on one another’s nerves, families have to learn to forgive. Families can be places of tension and contention but we don’t want it to be that way. Syempre gusto natin at gusto ng Lord yung family that is shaped by the Gospel. We want a family with RESPECT, ESTEEM, AND LOVE FOR ELDERS WHO LABOR, LEAD, AND HELP YOU LEARN.

Family is amazing pero makikita natin na lahat ng members have very, very different aspects of their characters and personalities. There are different kinds of people. And Paul tells us that we don’t respond to everybody in the same way. Wala tayong karapatang husgahan kung bakit ganito siya, bakit ganyan siya. From my past experiences, I’ve learned that everybody who surrounds me is a blessing. Whether I hate that person or I can even accept her/his attitude but God used them for me to grow.

God wants us to have a peaceful family. Kahit minsan ikaw na yung nasasaktan, ikaw na yung nagsasacrifice, ayos lang! We are going to act like Jesus acted in His earthly ministry to us. We’re going to seek to do good to one another. Lagi nating isipin na mas matindi pa yung dinanas ni Jesus Christ para lang maligtas tayo.

 

Peace and Love and Jesus Christ

PEACE + LOVE = JESUS CHRIST

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word. I ask that You would enable me to respond by seeing my own sin and repenting of it and by aspiring to this beautiful vision of what a church shaped by the Gospel should look like. I ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Your sweetest Melody, ❤

Happy Friendiversary Powerpuff

Anniversaries are not just for lovers. As great as celebrating the special anniversary of being with your loved one is, there are other important relationships in our life that should be treated the same way: our FRIENDS.

Today is our FRIENDIVERSARY! Dalawang taon na simula nung mabuo ang “POWERPUFF”. A year full of talking, hugging, crying and laughing. A lot! Mabababaw kasi kaming tao at punung-puno ng ka-cornyhan sa buhay. Without them, life is black and white.

Anyway, moving on, I cannot tell you how amazing this past year has been. Shane and Ces have been such an amazing friends. Napakadami na nating napagdaanan. Nakita ko kung paano niyo na-overcome yung mga challenges sa buhay at maging sa friendship natin.

As Jeff Yourison said,

A true friend is one who helps you see the truth, even if it hurts. This doesn’t mean we can go around stabbing our friends with hurtful words. Rather, it means being up front with friends about important issues, raising gentle questions with tact and love, never gossiping or putting them down to others behind their backs”. 

Thank you Shane and Ces for being there for me when I needed you most. Thank you for listening when I was ranting, and making me smile when I only wanted to cry. Talking to you girls always puts me in a good mood. I can’t even tell you how many times you made me smile kahit ang kokorni nyo! I’m not sure if I can count that high. AHAHAHA!

Thank you for sticking by me no matter how weird, awkward, or crazy I am, thank you for being those things with me. Thank you na kahit pumapalya ako minsan nandyan kayo to correct and make sermons on me. Sorry din sa mga times na kahit tinatadtad niyo ako ng text and call pero wala akong response, alam niyo ang reason ko at naiintindihan niyo ako. Sorry sa mga mood swing at tampo days ko.
Sobrang nagpapasalamat ako kay Lord kasi kayo yung taong binigay Niya na makakaintindi sa akin lalo na pag may saltik ako, kakailanganin ko sa mga oras na lugmok na lugmok ako at kailangan ko ng matinding yakap, mapagsasabihan ko ng lahat-lahat simula sa mga embarrassing moments ko hanggang sa mga success stories ko sa buhay, makakasama ko sa paglago in His words at magiging pangalawang kapatid ko.

Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. But I thank God dahil hanggang ngayon kayo pa rin yung ka-date ko, kaharap sa mesa kasama ang yogurt, kaholding hands ko, kasama ko kumain every Sunday sa chowking, kakwentuhan ko tungkol sa puso, utak at tiyan. At in the near future, sama-sama pa rin tayong mamamasyal with our future Mr. Right and eventually madadagdagan na ng stroller. Hahaha!

Friends come in all sizes, large, medium and small. But there is no friendship greater than ours. Our friendship is a blessing to me. I thank God every day for His grace and mercy. More years to come for our Christ-centered friendship.

Isang taong pagbabalik-tanaw:

MAY 2013

LOTN-Mandaluyong summer outing

LOTN-Mandaluyong summer outing

 

June 2013

Dance practice

 

July 2013

Yogurt Time

Yogurt Time

 

August 2013

Coffee Time

Coffee Time

 

September 2013

Rhythm of the Heart

Rhythm of the Heart

 

October 2013

Lor of the Nations 12th year Anniversary

Lord of the Nations 12th year Anniversary

 

November 2013

Saltik Mode

Saltik Mode

 

December 2013

Young Pros badminton day

Young Pros badminton day

 

January 2014

CCF Thanksgiving

CCF Christmas Party

February 2014

Lovestruck Convergence 2014

Lovestruck Convergence 2014

 

March 2014

Camera360 day!

Camera360 day!

Young Pros Summer Outing

Young Pros Summer Outing

Hiking 2014 at Mt. Manabu

Hiking 2014 at Mt. Manabu

 

To complete the year, eto ang pinaka-latest photo!

April 2014

2nd year anniversary

2nd year anniversary

 

True friends are a blessing no matter where you find them!

 

I love you so much Shane and Ces. :* ^__^

 

Your sweetest Melody, ❤