challenged

Last night, the Lord is telling me to do something. I asked, "Lord, how?" I continued to reason out about this and that. But He keeps on telling me, "faith, don. Just have faith in Me. Trust Me, I'll take care of everything." I've been hard-headed. He keeps whispering, "faith". "you have a little faith, and you even doubt it.", He added. I cried, I wanted to say "yes, Lord. I will." But the statement has been full of 'buts'. I asked for more confirmations and a promise to hold. [kapal pa talaga ng mukha ko]
By morning, I received a text message saying "For whatever is happening in your life. Don't preoccupy yourself with the question WHY? But rather ponder more on to WHERE these events bring you...Once you get to WHERE God wants you to be, then you'll know WHY." In my case, it's not WHY, it's HOW. But either way, it's the same issue. I was drowned by my thoughts--thoughts of my incapabilities, that i can't do it.
But eventually I got through it by God's grace. He gave me the 'signs' [of confirmations] and i became so excited and joyful to embrace it. Yes, I responded to it, being reminded with so many things and having my confidence in  Him.
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100 simple and joyful things in 100 days

  1. Sept. 23 (Wed): found a 20 peso-bill along the road
  2. Sept. 24 (Thu): power of the mind: trip to Great Wall of China
  3. Sept. 25 (Fri): breakfast together with my family
  4. Sept. 26 (Sat): got new tracks on my playlist
  5. Sept. 27 (Sun): a very special day: sunday service, close cell, post-enc, bonding with s. sissies
  6. Sept. 28 (Mon): still counting on HIM plus the chat with te kiar and te ruby
  7. Sept. 29 (Tue): bonding with te yanny 
  8. Sept. 30 (Wed):  joined marj's open cell, dinner with diananorre shares and bonding with ross
  9. Oct. 1 (Thu): got pinipig loaded and a slice of cake..(yum3x)
  10. Oct. 2 (Fri): Youth Reload Rock! plus joke cracking with mommyding, cath, ezra, and kean  at jollibee
  11. Oct. 3 (Sat): party with my dear cousins and baby keysha
  12. Oct. 4 (Sun): hijas sportsfest, enjoyed playing especially the badminton (after 48 yrs of not playing the sport)
  13. Oct. 5 (Mon): kuwentuhan with te ruby for 4hrs (matagal-tagal na rin ng hindi nakapag-usap ng ganito kahaba)
  14. Oct. 6 (Tue): it's cath's birthday (siya'y nasurprise sa harana ng closed cell)
  15. Oct. 7 (Wed): a night of silence
  16. Oct. 8 (Thu): still holding on
  17. Oct. 9 (Fri): filled with joy/overjoyed and sooooo excited; just so grateful to HIM
  18. Oct. 10 (Sat): spent time with the LHH
  19. Oct. 11 (Sun): candle-lit dinner and oops! i almost forgot, i love the check! it always help me a lot. (thanks, momma Bek!)
  20. Oct. 12 (Mon): His grace is enough
  21. Oct. 13 (Tue): papa brought some durian (yum3x!)  by the way, congrats for the 181pipz! debate done! :D
  22. Oct. 14 (Wed): sooo many things to do, with a little time to do it, yet i'm certain that everything's gonna be fine and will be in its place
  23. Oct. 15 (Thu): given the 2nd chance (He's soooooo gracious!)
  24. Oct. 16 (Fri): back to the cross
  25. Oct. 17 (Sat): finally, was able to face it (have overcome the deception by His grace); power hug
  26. Oct. 18 (Sun): physically tired but the mind and spirit is fighting, peaceful
  27. Oct. 19 (Mon): bonding with kean at victoria plaza (humot a2ng mga kamot after db kean?hehe)
  28. Oct. 20 (Tue): read one whole book for about 4hrs--learning and changing (another book for tomorrow!)
  29. Oct. 21 (Wed): i went to the grocery (and wonder what if i tried the free taste of that enfakid milk.. :D)
  30. Oct. 22 (Thu): back to *i-love-you* mode
  31. Oct. 23 (Fri): picture bonding with my dear sisters (see those photos on fb.. :D)
  32. Oct. 24 (Sat): reload livewire! with YWAM team from Hong Kong..
  33. Oct. 25 (Sun): being part of somebody's 12 is a great privilege (great thanks to God and to my leader!)
  34. Oct. 26 (Mon): closecell
  35. Oct. 27 (Tue): victorious (Glory to God!)
  36. Oct. 28 (Wed): ping2x's bday! :D
  37. Oct. 29 (Thu): YR prep + bonding with tehrz..
  38. Oct. 30 (Fri): YR Hala-Win Big Event! :D
  39. Oct. 31 (Sat): ♥♥♥
  40. Nov. 1 (Sun): was my 1st time to attend sunday service in Matina.. power!
  41. Nov. 2 (Mon): bonding with cousins..the family finally planned for a grand reunion..(sooo exciting! :D)
  42. Nov. 3 (Tue): cooked macaroons and spaghetti sauce for the 1st LHH outing..:D
  43. Nov. 4 (Wed): LHH outing! :D
  44. Nov. 5 (Thu): subjects approved for enrollment..
  45. Nov. 6 (Fri): trip to Tagum! :D
  46. Nov. 7 (Sat): meeting, prayer, soaking, reload--i'm getting married! power day! :D (jollibee afterwards!)
  47. Nov. 8 (Sun): cry out to Him! sing.sing.sing for Him! :D (thanks, cath, for the treat at mandarin after..)
  48. Nov. 9 (Mon): finally, i'm officially registered for the second sem, AY 09-10! (got 21 units this sem, nonhuman entity daw ang kumukuha ng 21 units in a sem, but i believe i'm still human and i'll be able to make it by God's grace..)
  49. Nov. 10 (Tue): *melancholic-mode*..go for the 1.0! :D
  50. Nov. 11 (Wed): rain down! :D
  51. Nov. 12 (Thu): it's been a long day.. got more exciting promises! weeee! :D
  52. Nov. 13 (Fri): *search-my-heart-mode*
  53. Nov. 14 (Sat): te kiar's bday! plus rated R: renewed, restored, redeemed, reconciled! :D
  54. Nov. 15 (Sun): "meaty closecell.."--momma bek
  55. Nov. 16 (Mon): mcdo sundae amidst the cold weather..love the heavy rain..
  56. Nov. 17 (Tue): more downloads..
  57. Nov. 18 (Wed): square one's solved
  58. Nov. 19 (Thu): praying and increasing the faith
  59. Nov. 20 (Fri): "bato2x sa langit, ang matamaan magrepent"--Ptra. Grace Badilla
  60. Nov. 21 (Sat): whew! was able to say it to them already..(parang nabunutan ng tinik)
  61. Nov. 22 (Sun): Sundays have always been so fun and meaty..
  62. Nov. 23 (Mon): thanks for the courage and the boldness, Lord!
  63. Nov. 24 (Tue): still enduring..
  64. Nov. 25 (Wed): silence, even if it becomes unbearable, still encourages me to have my strength in Him alone..
  65. Nov. 26 (Thu): drowned by tears, and He wiped them away..
  66. Nov. 27 (Fri): finished my poem..
  67. Nov. 28 (Sat): they're talking to me..
  68. Nov. 29 (Sun): amazed by Ptr. Ruffy's wisdom, passion, compassion and love for his people..(he really took time to check on me..i love my pastor..:D)
  69. Nov. 30 (Mon): melancholy, review, intercession, intercession, and intercession...
  70. Dec. 1 (Tue): enjoyed purchasing the materials and tokens for the STARTANIUM..bringing out the creativity by God's grace...
  71. Dec. 2 (Wed): fully loaded day! still grateful for the strength He's giving me.. :D
  72. Dec. 3 (Thu): a full blast! STARTANIUM was successful and excellent! to God be the glory!
  73. Dec. 4 (Fri): had rest from a week full of activities..
  74. Dec. 5 (Sat): it's our beloved Ptr. Ruffy Lagat's birthday.. :D
  75. Dec. 6 (Sun): the LHH klosel is finally complete...(wala ng iwanan! wala ng magkuquit.)
  76. Dec. 7 (Mon): bonding with charm, jen, and te tin with few of d AMAT's @ McDo and NCCC Mall.. (naaliw ako sa paglalakad kasama si te tine mula McDo patungong NCCC Mall, at NCCC Mall papuntang gasoline station sa Sandawa.. :D)
  77. Dec. 8 (Tue): had a headache, but was able to endure
  78. Dec. 9 (Wed): enjoying the LHH daily updates...
  79. Dec. 10 (Thu):♥♥♥
  80. Dec. 11 (Fri): God provided for people
  81. Dec. 12 (Sat): dominion night, God loves me so much for giving much grace, i always find my strength in Him
  82. Dec. 13 (Sun): Liz's birthday celeb + lesson learned
  83. Dec. 14 (Mon): had a great time with mama and lola at PCBS and McDo Victoria Plaza
  84. Dec. 15 (Tue): joyful dinner with few of the UPY2DN team
  85. Dec. 16 (Wed): physical and spiritual strength came from Him alone..got home by passed 5am, went to school by 10:30am, the rain poured, got home by 11pm, must be at school by 8:30 the next day
  86. Dec. 17 (Thu): finally done with the class play, it went well by God's grace
  87. Dec. 18 (Fri): we got the multi-cab mama won from a raffle, had a family bonding at the mall
  88. Dec. 19 (Sat): party at the company papa works for, their team was the champion for the sports fest and he won a consolation prize during the raffle
  89. Dec. 20 (Sun): exciting plans were made during the closecell
  90. Dec. 21 (Mon): re-encounter day1: renewed my commitment
  91. Dec. 22 (Tue): re-encounter day2: had a terrible headache in the middle of the sessions but God enabled me to get through it and healed me by the blood of the Lamb; post-encounter staff's party at G12 cafe at night was really awesome..had a fun-filled night
  92. Dec. 23 (Wed): had joy in serving mama through helping her do the laundry
  93. Dec. 24 (Thu): had preparations for the noche buena
  94. Dec. 25 (Fri): He is the reason to celebrate
  95. Dec. 26 (Sat): first grand reunion of the Ching's, had a wonderful time with all the relatives
  96. Dec. 27 (Sun): thanksgiving party at Mintal was great; enjoyed my high school classmates' company during the alumni homecoming during the afternoon and the bonding at jollibee by eve
  97. Dec. 28 (Mon):♥♥♥
  98. Dec. 29 (Tue): went out with my high school barkada; super enjoyed their company
  99. Dec. 30 (Wed): convicted
  100. Dec. 31 (Thu): still convicted but by God's grace, i didn't remain just convicted but became humble enough to accept my faults, repent and learn from it; so great to end the year by leaving the things i must leave
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"'Di Bale ng Sobra, Basta 'Wag lang Magkulang"

Isang gabi nang marining ko ang mga katagang "Di bale ng sobra, basta 'wag lang magkulang." Nangyari ito nang minsang pauwi na ako galing YR Rock with my 2 girls. We were chatting as we were traveling kaya naman 'di namin namalayang malapit na palang bumaba ang isa sa'min. Dahil pareho naming 'di alam kung magkano nga ba ang pamasahe, we estimated an amount na alam naming mas mataas pa sa saktong pamasahe. Diana reasoned out, "Di bale ng sobra, basta 'wag lang magkulang. 'di ba?" dun ko rin naisip. "oo nga noh? 'di bale na ngang sobra ang binibigay mo kaysa naman kulang." more questions came to my mind at that time. questions such as, "do i give enough love to the people God has blessed me with--family, discipler, s. sissies, disciple/s, friends, or was it lacking?", "do i give God what He deserves or i just give Him what's average, so-so, or ayos lang?" "kamusta nga ba ang pagmamahal ko sa bayan?" nasupalpal ako sa mga katanungang alam kong hindi basta lang kagagawan ng aking isipan at imahinasyon. alam kong sa sandaling iyon, nangungusap Siya sa aking puso't isipan. Nanunuyong baka pwede namang huwag 'yong kulang ang ibigay ko sa Kanya. sa lahat nga naman kasi ng pagkakataon, sobra ang ibinibigay Niya. nararapat lang naman sigurong maghandog din ako nang higit pa sa 'ayos lang', higit pa sa kung ano ang katamtaman. madalas kasing naiisip ng tao, pwede na siguro 'to, o 'di naman kaya ay tama na 'to, maiintindihan naman ni, Lord. ito lang talaga maibibigay ko. babawi na lang ako sa susunod. paano na lang kung wala ka nang 'susunod na panahon'? or how 'bout having it the other way? what if, hindi itinuloy ni Jesus ang pagpapapako sa Krus? paano kaya kung naisipan Niyang tama na Ama, marami-rami na rin naman ang naging galos at sugat na aking natamo. masyado ng nayurakan ang aking pagkatao. pagod na ako. but Jesus did everything, He gave His all. He sacrificed His life on the Cross just to redeem us all. kung iisipin, mukhang sobra nga naman at kinailangan pang humantong sa ganoon. pero ganun din naman kasi ang pagmamahal Niya, sobra. so why can't we give Him more than what's ordinary? He deserves more than average. He deserves our best.

going back to the night when i heard that line, there was one thing missing at that time. and that was inquiry. we could have asked the driver or his assistant how much the exact fare was but we didn't. kinailangan nating malaman kung alin nga ba ang sakto, kulang at sobra. dapat rin nating malaman kung saan ang ating kinalalagyan. nararapat lamang na magtanong tayo. inquire, ask, consult, talk to God. am i giving You my all? am i giving You my best? am i pleasing You? or Lord, what more can i give to You? help me that i could give it. it takes humility in all these things. and His grace will always be enough to enable you do the things you never thought you could.




(matagal-tagal na nang maisulat ko ang blog na ito.. at ngayon ko lamang namalayang hindi ko pa pala ito naipublish..hehe uhmm, hope you're blessed..)
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He's with me

Deuteronomy 3: 22 "You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you."

Deuteronomy 4: 31 "For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your father that He swore to them."
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I just can't contain it

His love is steadfast.
His love is great.
His love is constant, it will never change.
And His love is for you and me--for everyone.
His love is so wide.
His love is so big and my heart and mind can't contain it.
♥♥♥
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sa aking pag-uwi, ako'y nakangiti
masaya't namamangha sa aking nakikita
naaaliw habang pinagmamasdan ang mga ilaw
mga ilaw na nagbibigay liwanag
at sa aki'y nagmulat, ulan pala'y pumapatak

ako'y lubos na nagpapasalamat
sa hatid Niyang liwanag
ako'y namulat sa umaapaw na pagmamahal at biyaya
madalas hindi makita ang bawat patak ng ulan
simbolo ng Kanyang walang hanggang pag-ibig at katapatan

muli't-muli akong magpapasalamat
dahil sa liwanag na nasilayan
at sa patuloy na pagsibol ng pag-asang minsa'y pinagkait ng kadiliman
ngayo'y batid ko na ang kasiyahan
at patuloy na pagmamasdan ang kagandahan ng buhay
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♥love-the-rain-mode♥

i love the rain.
i simply love the rain.
i love the cool air it goes along with.
i love the cold weather.
i get an escape from the sun's skin-scorching heat.
the rain brings a promise of God's pouring out of blessings upon our lives--abundant grace.
the dry and barren land is being prepared for its season as the rain starts to pour down.
i love the Creator of the rain.
uhmmm...i think, something's gonna happen very, very soon.. :D
i'm soooo excited for that day to come..
it's raining down in UP... :D wooohooo!
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David

David has been known as the boy who fought and killed the giant Goliath.
He was a psalmist.
He was the man after God's own heart.♥


more about David...
1 Samuel 16:18 says, "...Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite [David], who is skillful in playing, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence, and the Lord is with him."(ESV)

  1. He is skillful in playing the lyre. He [i guess] used to play the lyre as he sings his songs to the Lord.
  2. He is a man of valor. He is courageous in facing every battle and obstacle. "Don't worry about this Philistine," David told Saul. "I'll go fight him!" 1 Samuel 17:32(NLT)
     He is very bold in proclaiming who God is.
     "..."...And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord 's battle, and he will give you to us!"" 1 Samuel 17:47(NLT)
  3. He is a man of war.
  4. He is wise, prudent in speech.
  5. He is a man of good presence. He must be very smart and alert.
  6. The LORD is with him.
  7. He keeps/maintains a good balance. He works for the king but still gives time in tending his flock and serving his family. "So David went to Saul and began serving him...but David went back and forth so he could help his father with the sheep in Bethlehem...and [David] set out early the next morning with the gifts, as Jesse had directed him...David left his things with the keeper of supplies and hurried out to the ranks to greet his brothers.1 Samuel 16:21;17:15,20,22 (NLT)
  8. He never leaves his flock unattended. He keeps his flock guarded by leaving them to a keeper whenever he has an errand to attend. "So David left the sheep with another shepherd and set out early the next morning with the gifts, as Jesse had directed him...1 Samuel 17:20(NLT)
  9. He defends and rescues his flock when enemies try to attack them. "...When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock,I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. ...1 Samuel 17: 34-35(NLT)
  10. He has great confidence in the Lord. "The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine! ... but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven's Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord 's battle, and he will give you to us!1 Samuel 17:37, 45-47(NLT)
  11. He tests and masters using his weapon. "David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before."I can't go in these," he protested to Saul. "I'm not used to them." So David took them off again.He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd's bag... Reaching into his shepherd's bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. "1 Samuel 17:39-40,49-50(NLT)
  12. He overcomes challenges and obstacles the moment they confront him. "As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him."1 Samuel 17:48(NIV)
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offended, huh?!?

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HALA-WIN: The Final Destination


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