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Ahhhh . . . new year and every time I write at the beginning of the year it is mostly a look back of what happened in the previous year and/or write something hopeful for the new year. Today it’ll be different, actually I never thought there would come a day that I would write this. For years since I started this blog I’ve written a lot of entries about being single (like this, this, and this. That made my blog slightly famous by the way), I bet now you’ve guessed what I am about to write. This, I believe, is the best time to announce that I’ve met him, the person I call in my blog “my future husband.”

Woohoo! *throws confetti*

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Actually, I said “of course”

I’ve met Fosty June of 2014 during our MPD training. I was seated right next to him, a quiet guy from Macau. I thought he was a local so I started asking him questions about Macau only to find out that he’s Filipino (lels~) who works there and decided to do ministry work and plant churches. A young guy in his twenties deciding to do what God has called him to do, interesting right? After that five days training we parted ways, he flew back to Macau and I stayed in the Philippines. We never saw each other for six months, never even communicated with him. And why would I? For me we were just seat mates. But I didn’t know that during that time he was already praying for me.

To those who know me personally you already know my love story. It’s beautiful how God orchestrated every detail of our lives to bring us closer together. I’d probably write portion of it here every now and then, but for now I just want everybody to know that I am so looking forward to tie the knot with him this 2017.

I’ve been praying for him, I’ve waited for him, and prepared for him. God molded my heart and disciplined me not to make my future husband my idol/god, I thought I would never meet him because of that season of pruning. I trusted God’s plan for me. Yielded to His love. So now I am engaged, and I am in love with my fiancé, but Jesus will always be the lover of my soul. In this process of trusting God I’ve really learned (and this lesson is continually being engraved in my heart) that being a wife or a mother in the future will not make me whole and complete as a person. Only in Jesus will I be truly complete.

I’m excited to write new adventures, new lessons in this new season in life with Fosty. 🙂

YES  current mood: Hopeful. This is it, pansit!

Preparing for the Battle

Bumalik uli ako sa pagkabata nung nakatanggap ako ng Nerf gun nung Christmas mula sa aking malapit na kaibigan. Kung friends tayo sa facebook malamang napansin ninyo na excited ako sa aking bagong weapon of mass destruction.

Pero higit sa pagkakaroon ng bagong Nerf gun I think nagkaroon din ako ng mission itong dadating na 2013. This coming 2013 I am going to face and defeat my giants.

Dahil nung 2012 winagaway ko ang aking white flag, I surrendered everything. Hindi sa aking kalaban kundi kay God. Though alam ko na God is for us, pero madalas nakikipag-laban ako mag-isa. Hindi ko talaga makuha kung bakit ko ito ginagawa noon at nilalagay sa alanganin ang sarili ko, pero natututo na ako. I surrendered and I acknowledged that I cannot do these battles on my own. I need Him. The battle is not mine to begin with, it is His—kung baga saling kit lang naman ako, so bakit ko sosolohin?

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I’m right behind you pop.

So this year, 2012, is a year of prepping up­—nag-aral, nakinig kay Jesus, at kumuha ng bagong marching orders galing sa kanya. Ang gagawin ko nalang ay magtiwala sa kanya at sundin ang kanyang marching orders.

Hindi ko sinabing hindi ako mapapagod o kaya’y masusugatan, pero alam ko kung hindi ako gagalaw haharapin ko uli ang mga giants ko sa 2014. And of course I want, at the end of 2013, to wave the banner of victory and enjoy the fruits in the coming yearssssssss.

Kaya abangan ninyo next year masmakulay na adventures ang maikkwento ko.

Manigong bagong taon sa inyong lahat! 😀

 

groovy dance  Current mood: Isang tulog nalang new year na! 😀

Twenty-twelve

Hindi ako mahilig gumawa ng year ender report at lalong wala rin akong balak magbalik tanaw sa kung anuman ang nang yari sa akin nung 2012. Pero ang taon na 2012 ay isang life changing year para sa akin, lalo na nung 3rd quarter ng taon. Na kwento ko lang ito sa mga taong ka-close ko, at baka balang araw maikwento ko rin ito sa buong mundo. Sa ngayon ang maishe-share ko lang ay ang mga key verses na babalik-balikan ko kapag sa tingin ko hindi ko na kaya.

2012 key verses:

You’ll be called Hephzibah (My Delight),

and your land Beulah (Married),

Because God delights in you

and your land will be like a wedding celebration.

For as a young man marries his virgin bride,

so your builder marries you,

And as a bridegroom is happy in his bride,

so your God is happy with you. (Isaiah 62:4-5)

and this is my reply

Beloved My lover is mine and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16)

For Jesus alone is the lover of my soul, and like the Shulamite woman I will always be in love with my lover, my bestfriend.

——-

For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. (Matthew 16:27)

Keeping my eyes on Him who gives the reward. Reminding myself to do good works for Him and His delight, not for the praises of men.

——-

And lastly,

17Since my youth, O God, you have taught me,

and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.

18Even when I am old and gray,

    do not forsake me, O God,

till I declare your power to the next generation,

    your might to all who are to come. (Psalm 71:17-18)

Back when I was younger, till today, and when I grow old, by His grace, I will continue sharing His word to the next generation. I will always rely on His presence.

Hindi natuloy ang end of the world na ineexpect ng mga tao kaya tuloy ang buhay. Taon 2013, handa na akong harapin ka.

 

YES  current mood: Excited!

2009 Year-End Report

Sa atin kapag sinabi nating “past” ang ibig sabihin nun ay ang mga kaganapan na napagdaanan na natin kaya nasa likod na natin ito. Ang salitang “future” naman ay mga kaganapan na pagdadaanan natin kaya ito ang ating hinaharap. Pero sa salitang Hebrew ang salitang “past” o ” qedem” means infront at ang salitang “future” naman o “olam” means “at the back.” Bakit? kasi ang nakaraan ay napagdaanan na nila kaya nakalatag na ito sa kanilang harap at ang future naman ay mga pangyayaring di pa nila nakikita kaya ito’y nasa likod nila.

Ngayon, napaisip ako, sa halip na sasabihin kong ako’y magbabalik tanaw, sa tingin ko masmainam sabihin na ako’y titingin sa kaganapang nilatag sa akin ng Panginoon nung 2009 para Siya ay pasalamatan sa mga biyayang binigay niya.

Mag-highlight nalang ako ng mga pangyayaring pinagpapasalamatan ko sa Panginoon:

January, as a church, lagi namin sinisimulan ang taon na magpray ay magfast. I didn’t ask anything else but God, His presence, to always be with me and my family. I wanted more of Him. Sabi ko sa sarili ko pwede akong humingi sa Kanya ng request ko anytime of the year, pero itong taon na ito (2009) sisimulan ko ang lahat sa paglapit ko sa Kanya. Christianity is a relationship, kaya unahin ko ang relationship ko  kay God more than anything else.

February and March, inaayos ko na lahat ng papeles ko para sa US visa ko. God was able to provide money ang favor sa aking pag-alis. March nung sinabi ng consul na iaaprove niya visa ko, I was given multiple visa na hanggang ten years. ilang buwan na ang nakakalipas at hindi ko pa rin lubos maisip kung paano nangyari yun, no doubt that it was God moving in my situation.

March, second time kong magconcert ng bonggang bongga kasama ang The Orchestra ng ICA (international Christian Academy) sa Philam Theater.  I am really thankful to be part of that family. More of this story here.

May and June, first time kong makabyahe papuntang USA mag-isa. Kakaibang experience at sobrang nakakamature din. madami akong nakilala sa airport at madami din akong nakita na lugar na kakaiba sa akin. Read more here.

July, naexperience ko at nakicelebrate sa 25th anniversary ng Victory. Dahil dun ako’y nagbalik tanaw din sa aking spiritual maturity and thanked God for calling me and letting me know His will and purpose in my life. Nagsulat din ako ng 3 part series ng aking journey with Him. Read here.

September, birthday month at nagpaulan si ondoy (two days before my birthday). I am not thankful about this catastrophe, but God protect me and family during this time. Albeit my sister and her husband’s house was devastated by the flood God protection was with them and they are safe. God also restored what was loss and gave even more. Days after that was my birthday, wasn’t able to celebrate my birthday but it gave me an opportunity to help people. Tumulong kami sa pagbilang at pagsend out ng mga relief goods sa mga nangangailangan.

December, I thank God na nacecelebrate ko ang pasko kasama ang aking pamilya. Nabigyan kami ng sandamukal na blessing na hindi ko na halos alam kung san ko ilalagay yun. haha! overflowing nga. 🙂

Kung titignan ang lahat ng ito, hindi ko talaga maiisip na ako lang ito at sadyang swerte lang ako. Hindi, masasabi ko talaga na si God ang dahilan ng lahat ng blessing, protection at favor sa buhay ko. excited na ako sa susunod na taon, I believe madami pa Siyang plano sa akin na sadyang exciting.

Isang tulog nalang at 2010 na. 🙂

Happy new year sa lahat and God bless!

Tuzki Bunny Emoticon current mood: Paalam na year 2009.