Hey! It has been more that a year since we last posted in this blog. Many things have happened and there are quite some other noteworthy things that didn’t happen.
Well, I guess, that is just how life is ought to be. As it is said, we may have a bunch of plans, but still, it is the Lord’s plans that prevail.
As I back read our posts, I believe that we are not those people that wrote those stories/ideas anymore. In a span of a year, God has been so faithful to us to not let us be just those people.
God has molded each of us uniquely according to His purpose. Some of us are already in the industry; pushing our earnest, relying on the foundations that we were able to establish when we were still students, and holding on to His grace everyday in order to make a difference, and to establish that living a pure and holy life in the middle of the chaos (that is workplace) possible. Some are in the full-time minstry, using their all in order to actively advance God’s kingdom in the campuses. Some are in the campuses, fighting on the frontline, pursuing excellence in their studies while actively fighting for campus saturation of God’s word.
What I am trying to say is, I have been encouraged by those people who wrote those stories a year or two ago. But I know all of you. And I highly believe that the ‘we’ that we are now, is far more encouraging and uplifting than the ‘we’ that we were before.
Please share your stories again. We can never know who will get to read these lines again and just like me, relate with every story while blowing off my nose and wiping my tears and saying, “HAHA. Yeah. God is indeed faithful.”
But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 49:14-15, 18)
I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. (Jeremiah 24:7)
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem… how often I have longed to gather your children, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. (Matthew 23:37)
Sobrang kinikilig lang talaga ako. As in. I am reading Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge, when I came across these three verses; still in the second chapter but really learning a lot. But more than just understanding my circuitry and my heart, I learned the natures of God that He decided to incorporate with my design.
I was really amazed when I realized that God wants to be in an intimate relationship with me. That simple thought gave me shivers. I have been in this walk for two years and the idea never fails na pakiligin ako. Na yung Diyos na gumawa ng mundo, with all its beauty, eh sobrang in love sakin at gustong gusto na sa kanya lang ako.
“I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god!” (Exodus 20:5)
The God, in all His majesty, longs for my affection! And He is not willing to share it with any idol in my heart. He wants to be above anything else. He longs to be my priority.
He longs to change His status as to “in a relationship with LJ Parpan” in His facebook page! Can anything be more amazing than this?
And this is applicable to each and every one of us. The Bible is the story of how God loves His people and how He wants to be pursued, yet He always moves with the initiative. After Adam and Eve committed sin, He was the one who made them garments of skin and clothed them (Genesis 3:21). And He was the one who died on the cross, paying for the sins we can never pay, with the mere intention of taking us back to be with Him.
“… neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
*kinikilig na naman ako :”>
I am always busy. I am busy with my academic activities (i.e. thesis, quizzes, projects). I am busy with my friends. I am busy with my ministry. I am busy with MY life. The world and circumstances are moving so fast that I NEED to keep up.
With all the things that are happening, I felt like being busy is a reasonable and acceptable alibi. But I noticed that every time I use this as a reason, it is on the act of rejecting another activity that seems ‘less important’.
For instance, a friend asks for my time, kwentuhan lang. But I have a quiz the next day. I would probably say, “Next time na lang. Busy eh.”
But as I think about it, I also use it towards God. I am too busy to pray. Too busy to read His word. Read More…
“ But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Are you seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness? Are you pursuing this relationship with Him? Do you know in your heart that following God, laying down your life for Him and serving Him, is all worth it?
Well, then, if you nod off to these, here is a simple yet mind blowing, faith reviving, heart consuming fact for you: YOUR BLESSINGS WILL COME.
When the Bible is specific that troubles and challenges will come in this life (John 16:33), it is also certain that whatever you need, when you have faith, you will receive (Matthew 21:22). It is just a matter of time.
The floodgates of heaven are always ready to pour, but are you ready for the flood?
Are you prepared when the blessings God is pouring down on your life saturates you neck deep? Will you still be able to be consistent in pursuing God in spite of all the things, people (church harvest), and breakthroughs that will fall on your lap? Will you still be sold out to seek His face more than His hands? Think about it.
At the sight of God’s FAITHFULNESS, the only reaction you could come up with is WORSHIP.
The moment God showed up in my situation, wonder and amazement filled me. Why would a divine, marvelous, great God move His hands for an unfaithful daughter like me? Indeed His love surpasses human expectations. His love overthrows imperfections and uses them to reveal His perfect, good and pleasing will.
In a situation when I literally cried out to Him due to financial problems concerning my tuition and the difficulties I were facing in my academics ( I am a computer science student, about to conclude our thesis and I don’t have my own personal computer to start with), He gave me this promise:
Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. – Exodus 14:13-14