November has not been as good as the other months, one reason would be the devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda over the Visayas area; and for most of this month, I have been bearing this pain in my back and almost my entire abdomen. I went to 4 different doctors already and they say it may be GERD (acid expulsion caused by stress and wrong eating habits) or UTI ( because I also experience pain whenever I pee) or GALLBLADDER/KIDNEY STONE.
They have been giving me different set of medicine that only helps for a while. This burden has distracted me greatly in my studies, I could not concentrate in school and I’m having a hard time to be productive. I miss most Sundays and Wednesday prayer meetings for this and even school. I’m praying that this will end SOON!
Another reason would be papa’s arrival– I’m going to tell about it more at the end of this blog. But God truly gave me strength and comfort through His Word. I’m praying for a willing spirit to be faithful to the end. And, as I learned today (11/30/13) Suffering is as much a part of living for Christ. David experienced pain of close friends and family turning against him, Christ has promised that we will experience that, too. Jesus said that He did not come to bring peace, but a sword; and our own household will come against us.
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Through purging, more fruit I will bear right? I don’t usually do this but as soon as you read the end of my blog, could you whisper a short prayer for me– that I will endure this faithfully. I appreciate it, thank you so much!
November 3, 2013- A short yet wonderful time of fellowship with Pastor Abel (Amos’ dad)
Who would have thought an unplanned visit to MFCBC would lead us to a wonderful time such as this. Pastor Abel talked to me and Amos about our future plans. It was such an encouragement to know that he’s praying for us and that he will always be there to support us. The Lord is good! Now, Amos and I will devote time to pray harder not only for the wedding but for marriage. Truly in the multitude of counselors, there is safety..and JOY (Proverbs 11:14) 🙂
Since then, we decided to keep a notebook wherein we’re writing encouraging verses, wedding plans, plans to talk to counselors/couples and other things.
November 5, 2013 – First day of 2nd Semester
I have 8 subjects this semester, 15 units in total. Harder than the 1st sem but I know God will be my strength. I’m excited to see what God has in store for me this semester even if I was not off to a good start because of my sickness, I had missed several classes already. Well, God still works all things for good, right? 🙂 The second picture below was taken by my Church History teacher– Dr. Arnold, I wouldn’t want to say that this class is my favorite because every subject I have this semester is great but Church History seems to come pass my expectation, I never thought the history of Christianity centuries ago will help me understand the wider scope of the God’s power over His people. I find every meeting interesting, every date, every person, every persecution. God has been so good all along. So yeah, I can say Church History is my fave this sem. 😛
November 8, 2013- Typhoon Yolanda
We are all aware that there are light and strong typhoons that came across the Philippines, but we never thought this will create as much damage as it did. It was truly devastating to see dead bodies piled up in the streets– people’s testimonies of their experience, loved ones can’t get a hold on to their families because communications were down. And to think, how many of these dead people came to know Christ as their Savior? It was truly a wake up call for an urgency to evangelize while there’s yet time!!
I thank God that Amos’ classmates at WOLBI were safe. They were missionaries to Tacloban. Also, Pastor Canete and his wife with their 1 yr. old son were safe as well. They hosted two tournaments of NHP for the past year.
What did I do to help?
Pastor Amos and I found out that we could buy books in National Bookstore to donate to the children, we didn’t find any GOOD book from the selection but we taped a tract inside( which is more valuable than the book itself). Praying that the child who gets to have my book finds eternal hope in Jesus Christ.
November 10, 2013 – LPBC 36th Anniversary
36 years! Wow, what a reminder of God’s faithfulness! This year, we had our Yearbook released! (PRAISE THE LORD!!!) and Pastor Jones preached God’s Word! It is truly a blessing to see them again and to be reminded that they were the ones who shared the Gospel to my mom’s family!
November 20, 2013- Date with Mama, Amos and LA
We went to Alabang Town Center. It was certainly a fun day with my loveys! 🙂
November 25, 2013 – Papa is back
What would have been a rough day for me turned out to be another evidence of God’s grace. As some of you know, my father is not very happy of my decision to enter Bible school nor was he happy to know I resigned from what supposed to be the BEST JOB EVER (in the bank). But I was truly grateful that for the last few weeks before he came back, family and close friends bombarded me with prayers. To be frank, I was scared– if you know who my father is and what he is like especially when he’s not happy, you’ll get what I mean when I say “I’m scared”. BUT, the Lord is my helper! For several weeks, The Lord spoke to me through several Psalms that mainly taught me to “hope in God”, “Trust in His mercy”, “Have faith in God no matter what the circumstance may be”. Truly, I can say nothing else but “..who is so great a God as our God?” 🙂 🙂 🙂
God has a special way to make His children stand in awe of His sovereignty:
1. Papa asked AMOS to pick him up in the airport. ( who would have thought he would choose Amos to pick him up, it has always been Pastor Jun and Tita Cyn!) 🙂
2. Papa wanted to meet Amos’ parents some time soon. 🙂
Everything feels so unreal yet God is filling my heart with joy!:)
Ended November in total serenity.
I was told to rest for a week, the doctor even asked me to “empty” my mind for a while because stress can create more acid that will in turn cause more pain. What an opportunity to just spend more time in prayer, casting all my worries to God. Although, I know how much I’ve missed this week at school, I need to get healthy again to be able to become more productive in the next few days.
Also, November 29, Papa got so mad at me for telling him about my desire to serve the Lord in fulltime, he told me he’s going to live like i’m no longer his daughter…
God is still in control. I know. I trust Him.
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
1. Since I was sick for most of November, God has opened my eyes on a truth that I never cared about before. I’ve always loved to eat (who doesn’t?) but it extends to the point that I don’t pay attention to what I’m eating anymore. Too much, too unhealthy — and now, I’m suffering from the consequences. I’m weak all the time, I have pain and sores all over my body, I’m always dizzy, I cannot focus, I can catch sickness easily from others. That’s not a good life at all.
God has taught me a valuable lesson using this painful experience this month.
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” 1 Corinthians 6:19
This verse, often related to sexual purity, is also about taking care of what you eat and drink. The fact is, there are healthy and unhealthy food, and I have to mindfully choose to eat what’s healthy all the time because… IT CAN AFFECT MY FUTURE IN THE MINISTRY. Who wouldn’t want to serve God for a very long time, maybe even in the age of 60 up? Well, I can’t be that person if I’m not taking care of my body now like I should.
I spent time researching for healthy food now and here’s a link of a site that was helpful:
I have to be disciplined in order to give back 100% of my strength to the Lord in His work AND it is also a good example to others to do the same. Eating healthy is obedience to God’s command of taking care of our bodies.
2. Worrying is sin. The more we worry about anything, the more we’re actually saying we don’t trust God. Worrying made me sick, LITERALLY. But God, because of His lovingkindness reminds me over and over again to cast my burden to Him and He will sustain me.
Psalm 56:3 “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee”
Psalm 56:11 “In God have I put my trust, I will not be afraid what man can do unto me”
I believe God brought me this awful sickness to remind me from now on to trust in Him no matter what happens OR ELSE, I’ll get sick. Haha 😛
1. Pastor Amos and hist team went to Tacloban to help them with food and shelter but above all, their goal is to point the people to the only source of hope anyone could possibly have. God has worked everything out from day 1! Praise Him!
4. A dear sister in Christ is back and restored! I’m so happy to know that she is starting over again, forgetting the silly things that she did behind and looking forward to more years in God’s ministry. PRAYER DOES WORKS! 🙂