Monthly Archives: November 2011

Cupcakes

So today I started giving out samples of my cupcakes. Good feedback so far, the cake itself is moist, they say 🙂 let’s see how this business goes. 🙂

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On Visions & Revelations

When you have an intimate relationship with God, He definitely gives you a vision of His plan for you. A plan to bear fruit.

Last year, He gave me a burden for the youth, specifically to reach out to the HS students of our school. On a separate occasion, God gave me a vision to set up a retreat. I didn’t know how to go about it, but after much prayer, brainstorming & consulting, we converted our usual every-other-year JS Overnight Prom into a JS retreat where we invited a couple of youth leaders from CCF Marikina to share about Our Father’s love & how He died on the cross, and encouraged the juniors & seniors to do hard things for the Lord.

It was awesome to witness a vision unfold, The day before the retreat, my mom & brother, who were supposedly heads of the event, bailed out and assigned me to oversee & spearhead the event. I was so scared to do it but I knew I needed that independence from them so that my reliance will solely be on God. But everything went smoothly and I was able to reach out to the students, and I was able to see how God worked in the whole retreat. The results, I leave up to God, but my heart is filled with joy knowing that He trusted me enough to work for Him, and that I obeyed. And that He did most of the work, all I had to do was to listen and do a few calls, organize, follow up. But with that simple gesture, I made my Savior happy. And I believe in my heart that lives will change because of that.

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Galatians 6:14-16

Galatians 6:14-16
The Message (MSG)

14-16For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. Can’t you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do—submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally new, a free life! All who walk by this standard are the true Israel of God—his chosen people. Peace and mercy on them!

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Faith…

Faith without deeds is dead.

James 1:22-25, James 2:14-26

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On being shallow – utmost.org

This is probably the most awesome devotion I’ve read this month, that I just had to copy-paste the whole passage here.

All I can say is…. TRUE THAT!

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Nov 22, 2011

Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God —1 Corinthians 10:31

Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not ordained by God; they are ordained by Him equally as much as the profound. We sometimes refuse to be shallow, not out of our deep devotion to God but because we wish to impress other people with the fact that we are not shallow. This is a sure sign of spiritual pride. We must be careful, for this is how contempt for others is produced in our lives. And it causes us to be a walking rebuke to other people because they are more shallow than we are. Beware of posing as a profound person— God became a baby.
To be shallow is not a sign of being sinful, nor is shallowness an indication that there is no depth to your life at all— the ocean has a shore. Even the shallow things of life, such as eating and drinking, walking and talking, are ordained by God. These are all things our Lord did. He did them as the Son of God, and He said, “A disciple is not above his teacher . . .” (Matthew 10:24).
We are safeguarded by the shallow things of life. We have to live the surface, commonsense life in a commonsense way. Then when God gives us the deeper things, they are obviously separated from the shallow concerns. Never show the depth of your life to anyone but God. We are so nauseatingly serious, so desperately interested in our own character and reputation, we refuse to behave like Christians in the shallow concerns of life.
Make a determination to take no one seriously except God. You may find that the first person you must be the most critical with, as being the greatest fraud you have ever known, is yourself.

utmost.org

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Hongkong, Mabini Style

Here’s a short clip of how our Hong Kong Trip went. Super fun! Will probably edit a longer one soon, when I get the time! 🙂

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All-Good (early) Weekend

Finally I’m back to exercising! I think! Thursday, I went with my friend lee to ultra, but I felt so unfit, so we walked and chatted the whole time! And today, my friend meg coerced me to hit the gym to do cardio. I still felt like a sissy so I only did a few minutes biking & walked on the treadmill for an hour. I hope I get my energy back soon, it’s just that I ate too much junk this whole month, with all the instant meet ups, buffet, weddings, vacations etc. hopefully in the coming weeks I lose all the weight i gained. I might need to set a day just to detox!

But this weekend was a blast, definitely one for the books (or blog!) it started a bit early with my brother asking us if we wanted to go to Yakimix for lunch last friday. And boy, we sure pigged out! Then we tried this new coffee place in marikina called Coffee Alley. Coffee was good, but a little pricey for the area.

Saturday came and our good friend & small groupmate Rio got married!!!! It was wonderful, and I never tire of hearing their love story cause it really sets the bar high for all of us singles. Pearl, Lanie & I also got the privilege to sing at the wedding, it it was quite an awesome experience to sing with these super gifted ladies! plus I got to catch up with most of our dgroup mates, and was blessed to hear that they are still fighting the good fight of faith.

And today, I got to listen to Pastor Sonny’s message in CCF Eastwood, about Loneliness. I learned that you can’t just brush off that feeling, and you really have to admit to God if you’re lonely, and it’s a fact of life. And when there are periods in your life that you experience it, you have to learn to listen to what God has to say, and see how He will reveal Himself at that certain point, and how we have to deal with it.

After service, I got to meet Meg to watch Breaking Dawn, which was SURPRISINGLY interesting, before we worked out.

All in all it was a tiring but fun filled week(end). It was also purposeful, and I learned something about God again.

Thank You Lord for the week that was!

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Ultra, At Night

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While I Walk.

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Yummymix! this was my first plate. I practically had 3 platefuls of food, PLUS dessert!!! Ube Cake was THE BEST!

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My Brother’s Happy Eating Face

 

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Coffee Alley

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Pastor Ito giving his spiel during Rio and Miguel's wedding

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Lanie & Pearl

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Extreme closeup! Counter clockwise from top left: Erwene, Lanie, Me, Myra & Pearl

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Me, Lanie & Pearl waiting for our turn to sing.

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the sweet couple, Miguel and Rio!

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bathroom photo

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