Dear Future Husband

Dear Future Husband,

I’m tired of playing the emotions of other men and tired of the one being played.
My prayer is that we’ll go beyond that.
That we’ll not test each other’s emotions to know if we are for one another.

My prayer is that you’ll love me not because it’s just the people who told you so.
That you love me not because they teased you.
Who would want to see his man needing the stirring up of people just to realize his woman is the one for him?
I pray that you are beyond that.
People may tease you to me but let it not be your only basis.
Instead for teasing, may you seek godly counsel and encouragement.
May your courage and faith do not come from the emotional suggestion of men but by the approval Word of our Father and Loving Author in heaven.

My prayer is that you love me
Because God tells you so.
That you love me
Because it is you who decided with the wisdom and counsel of married men and women around you.

May you love me for how strong and weak I am.
May you love me for how funny and corny I am.
May you love me for my beauty and imperfections.
May you love me for who I am and who I am not.
May you love me by finally seeing no other woman but me to be with you for the rest of our lives.

Because I’m loving you now as I write this to you… even if I don’t know yet who you are.
I’m expectant with so much joy in His promise.
But please decide firmly and prayerfully, and move lovingly intentionally towards me by faith when God already tells you so–holding on to His Word and promise that I’m the one for you.

Here lovingly waiting for you,
Your Future Wife

#DearFutureHusband #2ndLetter #Woman

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Again

Wonderful God, what does it mean to follow and truly love Thee?
So many times I have to give in to be in
Even at the cost of not giving high regard for Your Name.
But why do You love me still?

Denying myself is what You said what it means to follow Thee.
So this time in everything, let me desire to seek and honor You more than anything.
Teach me again how to follow.
I want to love You. Truly. Again.

#again

Let Me

Let me not lose sight of You, LORD.

Because without You, I lose hope.

Let me always be reminded of Your love.

Because if I forget, I become a compassionless routinary Christian.

 

LORD Jesus, You are all I need.

Always.

More than anyone.

More than anything.

 

I want You and not just what You can give or do.

Let me always remain in You.

Dear Online Me

How do you make use of your social media accounts?
Why do you invest most of your precious time (especially in the evening for, if not all, most days of the week) than investing it in your real life?

How’s your heart everytime you look at others’ accounts or updates?
Is it guarded from”the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life”?
Are your eyes still healthy in viewing other people’s online cabinet?
Does your scrolling lead you to comparing yourself and your life with others?
Does it lead you to ask yourself:
“Why do they have that?
Why does he/she have so many friends?
Why is he/she already in that status of life and I’m still in this situation?
Why can’t I go to that place?
What’s wrong with me?
Why is my life still like this?”

Is your heart still truly celebrating with other people’s breakthroughs?
Do their updates inspire you to thrive or do they make you jealous to strive?
Are you also still updated about what needs to be treasured, to be changed and to be improved in your life or are you so hooked with others’ progress?
Does your consumption of social media already consumed your heart’s gratefulness for what God has blessed you with?
Does the enemy have stolen your joy and contentment after you logged out?

Does it compete with your time with God, with your family, with your study or job, and with your other greater priorities?
Are you still always active and online in the Word of God, prayer and other spiritual disciplines? Or is He just kept for later view?
Do you still take time to spend and enjoy quality communication with the people you love?
Does your online use become too much that you’re missing out on your everyday purpose and impact?
Does social media still one of your tools in life or has it become your life?

“Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life.”
– Proverbs 4:23

“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
– Psalm 90:12

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
– John 10:10

#DearOnlineMe

The Next Generation Cries Out

If the next generation is crying out and if we are truly hearing them, they’re saying: DON’T GIVE UP ON US!

I couldn’t imagine what I could have become today if there were no people who believed in me and in my God-given purpose and destiny even if there’s really no great thing about me when I was still lost and had no direction in life. I was a student who wanted to die because I thought I was ugly and useless.

This still gets me teary eyed remembering who I was and who I am right now saved and being changed by the grace of God. We need to see how the next generation is in need of people who will truly believe in them and not judge them and not set them up for failure but for the purpose God lovingly designed for them! They need us and they need to be discipled so that they may also know Jesus as their LORD and Savior and that they may know that they are loved and they don’t need to get it from the wrong sources. That they can be influential as world changers as they hear, believe and preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth!

The next generation is worth it. Let’s fight for them and do everything we can to disciple them while it’s not too late and raise them as leaders in their campuses so they may also stand up as leaders in the different spheres of our society.

I’m grateful to God for the opportunity to disciple them in full time capacity. I’m grateful to God for parents and families who are allowing their children to be discipled by us. I’m grateful for people who are partnering in our campus ministry through financial partnership and mighty prayers. We’re grateful for the school administrators, teachers and faculty staff who are allowing us to enter their campuses.

So if you are believing in the next generation, this is to say THANK YOU for never giving up on them. They are worth it! Jesus died for them too and He believes in them no matter how hard-headed and hard-hearted they are now. Through the Gospel too their lives will be changed and they will change the world with us!

Pag-ibig

Naisip at naranasan ko ang pag-ibig sa lente ng mundo ay parang apoy na ‘di mo mapigilan, gustong kumawala at kung walang ingat maaaring makapanira.
Naisip ko din na ang ganitong pag-ibig ay dahil parang apoy, ‘di mo mapipilit na hawakan sa sarili mong kamay, sa sarili mong lakas kahit anong pigil sa pagpupumiglas.
Kung pigilan sa sariling kamay masusugatan, lalamunin ang balat at mag-iiwan ng markang ‘di kaaya-aya, habambuhay nang nakalamat.
Pag-ibig daw na tinutukso ka at gustong kumaripas at baka malampasan.
Kumakabog ang iyong dibdib, tumatakbo ang oras, napag-iiwanan ka na ng iba.
Pag-ibig daw na nagdala ng damdamin mo sa langit sa saglit na oras kahit na mali.
Pag-ibig daw ngunit binago ka, tinakpan ang iyong mata at dinala sa mundong pati sarili ay nakalimutan mo na.
At ngayon ‘di mo alam, nahihirapan bumalik.
Tunay ba ‘tong pag-ibig, bakit walang kapayapaan, ‘di buo ang kasiyahan, alam mong ‘di pangmatagalan?

Ngunit may isa pa kong alam na Pag-ibig.
Parang apoy. Pero apoy na tumatagos sa puso at nilalamon ang buo mong pagkatao.
Pag-ibig na ninanais ang kabuuan mo pero ‘pag sinakop ka, ‘di ka iiwang pinaasa, luhaan, duguan.
Pag-ibig na hindi ikaw ang kailangang humawak para ‘di kumawala, pero ikaw ang ‘di pakakawalan.
Manlamig ka man patuloy na maglalagablab, sasabihing, “Patuloy lang, anak. Sapat ang Aking pagmamahal.”
‘Di tulad ng pag-ibig na binibigay ng mundo, ang Pag-ibig na ito ay hindi nagbabago, tinatanggap pati ang baho mo.
‘Di ka lang pinapabango ngunit patuloy na binabago nang sa gayon ay maibahagi din sa iba ang pag-ibig na natatamo.
Pag-ibig na pinagaling ka, ‘di ka hahayaang kalimutan ang iyong sarili, bibigyan ng mas maganda at walang hanggan na pagkakakilanlan.
Pag-ibig na kinalimutan ang langit, bumaba sa lupa para lang ikaw ay sagipin at dadalhin ka sa totoong langit.
Pag-ibig na tinuruan kang tunay na umibig.

Ang pag-ibig ayon sa mundo: Itago mo. Sa akin lang ‘to. Ito, siya ang gusto ko. Ito, siya ang susundin ko. Masira na buhay ko, buhay ng pamilya ko masunod ko lang ang nais ko. Makasarili.

Ngunit ang tunay na Pag-ibig, alam mo kung anong tinutukoy ko. O mas magandang sabihin kung Sino ang tinutukoy ko. Oo. Ang Panginoon ay Pag-ibig. Hindi ko depinisyon ‘to pero Siya lang ang totoong may ganitong katangian at ganitong pag-ibig na binibigay sa lahat, ‘di ka mauubusan: “matiyaga at mabait, hindi naiinggit, hindi nagmamapuri o nagmamataas, hindi nag-uugali ng di-nararapat, hindi ito naghahangad ng sariling kapakinabangan, hindi madaling magalit at hindi nag-iisip ng masama, hindi ito nagagalak sa kalikuan kundi nagagalak sa katotohanan. Ang pag-ibig ay nagtatakip ng lahat ng bagay. Ito ay naniniwala sa lahat ng bagay, umaasa sa lahat ng bagay, nagbabata sa lahat ng bagay.” Ang Diyos ay Pag-ibig.

Naisip at naranasan ko ang pag-ibig sa lente ng mundo, minsan nagpapanggap sa anyo ng tao, bagay, katanyagan, yaman, pagkakataon.

Pero walang katulad ang Pag-ibig na nakilala ko. Pinaibig at umibig ako pero ‘di ako nabigo.

#pagibig