Outrageous Love: Part 2

Over the past centuries lot of individuals, movement, religion, and whatnot have misrepresented Jesus. They do their plans “in the name of Jesus” hurting and killing so many lives. Sad thing about it is that Jesus’ name is still being used for their own personal gain.

I’m not writing this to defend His divinity, I am writing this to somehow tell you, my beloved readers, why Jesus came and did what He did when He was here on earth, and the WHY behind WHAT He did is far more important to me. But before anything else, I do not claim to be a theologian, I am though, a Christian who’s been smitten by this outrageous love that only He (Jesus) can give.

One day when I went home to visit my mom, one of our cute dogs, Coleen, approached me with her tail wagging like crazy, then she dropped something on my foot like a gift from her to me. To my surprise horror it’s not a toy but a cockroach, barely alive twitching and turning trying to escape his uh . . . death. So I shook my leg horrendously wanting to get that thing off my foot. But my dog was just so happy, she offered her gift of love and who am I to complai? But I don’t need her gift, I don’t need her pet cockroach, I just want to play with her.

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We humans are somehow like Coleen, we come to God and we offer our gifts of love, our sacrifices, our good works trying to please Him — our Master. But God doesn’t need our gifts for He owns everything, He doesn’t need our talents nor our good works, He just wants you and me. All this sacrifices and good deeds are like filthy rags to Him (or like that cockroach). God is not an insecure God that if you don’t do certain religious stuff He’ll be sad or mad at us. In reality, He was the One who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy Him forever. I’m not talking about hyper grace here, but I am presenting this outrageous, lavish love He wants to give us.

Now about good works and obedience to His word and commands, we still have to obey that. Not to show how much you love Him but for us to know how much He loves us, so that we may understand His will and know, by obeying, His will is good, pleasing and perfect for us.

How then do we receive this “outrageous love”? By simply admitting that, by your own good works, you cannot merit His love. We can only get it if we receive it by faith. Acknowledge that it is only through Jesus that we can go to God — nothing more, nothing less. Some may be offended by its simplicity, some may not even accept Jesus. But Jesus is not moved to love you more if you love him back or not, because even before He went to that cross He had already decided to love you and me extravagantly. And now the question remains, will you accept that love? If you do then I want you to pray and tell God that you want to receive that love and acknowledge that it is only through Jesus you can receive that eternal love from the Him, our Father.

46  Current mood: loved.

Outrageous Love

It has been 3 months since I last wrote something for my blog. As some of you may have noticed (or maybe not) I’ve shifted my writing from Taglish to English, mainly because I am widening my audience not just for Tagalog readers but also to people from all over the globe.

Why? I’m glad you asked.

It’s because of this reason: I want to share how amazing God is. Yeah, yeah, sure it sounds cheesy. But that’s really it.

You see, God loves you. He doesn’t just love you; He is madly, deeply in love with you that everything around you is manifesting His love towards you.

Some may not believe me. You may post a question like “How can this ‘loving’ God allow so much evil in this world? If you say that God loves me, why am I stuck in this stupid job, working for 9 to 10 hours and I don’t even get to enjoy my salary? If God loves me, then why am I suffering?”

I wish I can answer all your questions, I wish I can go to every city, every house, and every corner of this planet to tell you personally how much He loves you. But I can’t. As sad as it is, I really can’t, even if I want to. I can only go to one place at a time and only do things with these God-given abilities. I am not omnipotent and I am not omnipresent, but God is. And God Himself can show you how much He loves you.

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And as you are reading this and maybe saying to yourself that this is crap and full of nonsense and that her grammar and sentence construction is awful, let me tell you this, God is God even if you don’t believe Him. But if you ask Him, and tell Him you want to give it a shot, and allow Him to love you, He will. There is so much in store for you than what this world can offer and this is not an empty promise; this promise is real.

But now you have a choice, whether to receive that promise and the love that you so much wanted, OR you can just watch from afar and say maybe it’s not for me. But I tell you, you have a choice.

Watch and be amazed when God pours out His love upon you.

But how? How can you receive this awesome love that I am bragging about? Again, I’m glad you asked.

Let me continue to answer that on my next blog post.

160  current mood: loved beyond measure

One Important Lesson Traveling has Taught me

I’ve been traveling a lot lately and there is one important lesson that stuck and changed my life completely. Now, there are a lot of lessons I’ve learned while going to different places and meeting different people but I just want to share this one simple yet life changing lesson.

I’ve learned to number my days. Yes, it is a simple as that. You see, traveling with people or alone taught me how to manage my time well, keep a calendar, and fulfill every single task on time. Traveling forces me to think about the travel time and strategize how to go from one place to the next in the shortest amount of time. Why? Because time is precious. My reasoning, if I miss my plane, if I miss my bus, if miss my boat, I don’t just miss my mode of transportation but I miss my opportunity to meet amazing people, miss an experience, miss the sunset, miss the sunrise, and so much more. Every minute counts.


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A day is composed of 24 hours and it is so easy to spend one day until you realize one week have passed and you have done nothing to move forward. Traveling has taught me that a day wasted means I will be left behind.

The Bible also teaches us the same thing, Proverbs 90:12 tells us,

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

You don’t have to be a traveler to apply this lesson. If we learn to number our days, we learn to live a better life; we make better decisions; we make every moment count. So I ask God to teach me to number my days because everyday is His gift to us, and how I spend every moment is my act of worship to Him.

  Current mood: Busy but happy

Love Wins

I have read and seen some facebook posts about the legalization of same-sex marriage. I have been quiet about the whole issue and would only speak unless I was asked about my opinion. But today I am breaking my silence and will say what’s inside my heart.

I am not pleased with what has happened in America, the news breaks my heart. Not just because of the legalization of this law, but more on how the Christian churches have reacted. I am not, in any way, including all Christian churches. I do believe there are churches who are doing a great job of honoring God and loving the people. Also, I am not just addressing this to the Christians in America but to the Christians all around the world.

People — male, female, young, old, poor, rich want to be loved. We crave for it; we write songs, poems, and stories about it; we paint pictures in our head what a loving family or community will look like. All of us crave for love and we, the church, should be the ones who are in the forefront in loving them. Instead we became judgmental, smug, proud of how good we are in the sight of God and we have forgotten about Jesus and what He did for us and for these people.

He came to this earth because He loves us. Jesus was dubbed as the “friend of sinners” because he loves them and who are we not to follow in His footsteps.

(11)For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. (16)By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. – 1 John 3:11,16

For example, (and I have seen this happen in real life) what do we do when a cross-dresser enters our church building? Do we laugh at them, look at them as if they are the scums of the earth? Or do we welcome them and love them as our brother or sister? Most of the church has been successful in rejecting them and judging them and we have been so loud in the social media by showing how immoral they are and how clean we are and yet we have been silent and apathetic in showing the love of Jesus to them. That, my beloved, grieves me.

If we have been loving people, then they won’t be looking for love anywhere else. Where can they find love and respect they want and deserve if we, the church, won’t lavishly give it to them? We do not want to misrepresent Jesus, do we?

(34)A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (35)By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35


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I have also seen how Christians have reacted because the LGBT community have used the rainbow to symbolize gay pride where in fact it is a symbol of God’s covenant to His people and the earth. I want to look at the positive side of it and it gives me hope, instead of seeing the symbol being desecrated, I’d rather see it as a reminder of God’s love to them. How? Let’s look at the passage. This is after the great flood . . .

“Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, ‘I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.’” – Genesis 8:20-22

This symbol will serve a reminder of God’s love to humanity. This Holy God knows how evil we are but His love still remains. Church, I hope we will not just fast and pray about this but we will also be the answer to our prayers, let us continue to be the light and salt of this world and let us continue to love one another as Christ have loved us.

Why? Because love wins.

160  current mood: successful first blog for 2015!

The Pain of Jealousy

Have you accidentally stepped on a piece of lego barefoot? Do you remember the pain? Well, as much as that hurts, that is nothing compared to the pain of jealousy. Stepping on a piece of lego will last for minutes but the pain of jealousy can last for days, months, or even years.

Think about the last time you felt jealous for someone. Do you remember the piercing pain inside your heart? Remember the feeling that you can’t almost breathe knowing that the person you love lost interest in you and have run after someone else? You ask yourself, what have I done wrong? But no good answer satisfied the hurt that you’re feeling.

Remember the anger you feel for that person or that object that stole the love that was rightly yours. Anger that you want to destroy his/her object of affection. Please bear with me and for this moment remember all that pain.

That pain, my friend, multiplied 100 times, is exactly what God feels for you. We have all deserted Him and ran after our gods. We have prostituted ourselves to someone or something that never truly loved us the way He does.

Who has has your heart?

Is it your boyfriend? Your girlfriend? Your crush?

Is it your work? Your ministry?

Is it you plans? Your dreams? Your ambition?

If you know what jealousy feels then you know exactly the pain that God feels.

“Do not worship any other God, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” (Exodus 34:14)



really tired  Current mood: Unexplained.


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image  Current mood: Supah blessed.

Why I Won’t Marry A Tennis Player

Isang random na usapan tungkol sa idea na ano kaya kung makapangasawa ako ng tennis player. Ang process of elimination na ito ay napag-usapan namin nila tita Sonny—a friend and a colleague, witty and straight to the point. Also, with my two best buddies Chique and Rhia (I just love them to bits). Ang usapan ay naganap sa cafeteria:

Me: Ano kaya kung makapangasawa ako ng tennis player?

Tita Sonny: What about?

Me: I don’t know how to play tennis!

Rhia: Tennis players usually marry a fellow tennis player or a model.

Chique: Ana got the 50% covered. LOL!

Me: But it’s just sad I won’t be able to enjoy his passion. :(

Tita Sonny: Your problem is easy. Don’t marry one!

Me: LOL! Good point!

Moral of the story: Kapag madedecide na kung sinong pakakasalan mo, don’t decide on your own. Ask your family, trusted friends, and mentors. Also, pray about it and don’t rush.

This is just a random post. Very random.

image  Current mood: Randomness delight