I cannot believe we are already in the last month of 2013. Indeed, time flies very fast! As a filipino, December is one of the most awaited month of the year and it is certainly the most festive! This year, December has not been so festive as before but it certainly brought me to reality that it is not about the gifts and reunions but it is a time to remember the love of God towards all mankind. December brought me to my knees as I reminisce the GOOD NEWS OF THE BIRTH OF MY SAVIOR, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. 🙂
1. Made in Candy
This is a store found in Alabang Town Center. You can actually see how they make these yummy candies! It’s very entertaining and the prices of their products are not really expensive, you can have a bag of candies for 100 pesos. 🙂
2. ROY & BIV
This is another newly opened store in Alabang Town Center. I just love how they arrange their products according to every color in the Rainbow. It is fun and beautiful inside. Oh, and by the way, they do have a huge range of products from shoes, clothes, accessories, to figurines and other displays. Prices of the products ranges from 300- 800 pesos. 🙂 (Of course, I had to go straight to the GREEN section. Haha)
1. Dorm Devotion
New semester, new roommates! I led the first devotion on Psalm 18:30. “As for God, His way is perfect. The word of the Lord is tried, He is a buckler to them that trust in Him” It was a blessing, God has taught me to put my trust in Him because He will always protect me and He has proven His perfect way countless times through His word. What an encouragement to know that when we put our dependence on Him, He will make our way perfect (v.32)
2. Pastor Jun’s Surprise Birthday Celebration
We surprised our Pastor with a small lunch fellowship, a gorgeous cake by Ate Lorenie (La Madeleine Bakery) , and a huge birthday card filled with birthday greetings from the members. I was assigned to do the card, and I had so much fun doing it– ’cause I really like to give surprises and to plan surprises. The Sunday before the celebration, I sneaked on to every Sunday school class to ask them to write their birthday greetings in the colorful papers that I passed out to them, it was super exciting! Haha
3. BJMBC Christmas Party
My first and probably last Christmas party at BJ, it was a fun night of fellowship with friends! 🙂
4. Christmas Gift for Amos and Sopi
We bought ourselves watches from Tomato time! Yipee!
5. LPBC Mini Concert and Mime plus Christmas Party
December 22 could have been the most hectic Sunday in December because we had our Choir mini concert, and then the skit that we’ve been practicing for almost a month will be performed on the same day, plus we had our Christmas party after, and to end it all, Amos and I had to travel to Malabon for the Nueva Ecija trip the next day. Whew!
But it was so much fun!! I could just start off by saying how proud I am of my “mimers”: Grace and Abi (my sunday school students), John2, Stephen and Valedi!(Katrina was supposed to play the part of Valedi but she got sick..:s) Although there were certain trials at the beginning, and we were close to quitting, God gave the grace for us to carry on and do this for His glory. It was my first time to direct such an act– but it was awesome! I enjoyed our practice time! 🙂 (Special thanks to Tep and Joy for helping me too!)
Just to hear people say that they can relate to the skit and it was great was an encouragement but all glory goes to God alone! Everyone did a wonderful job!!
6. Nueva Ecija Trip with MFCBC
I was able to go with the Amos and the MFCBC choir to Balaring, Nueva Ecija for their evangelistic concert. The trip was packed with fun from the very beginning even though we travelled almost 6 hours going to Nueva Ecija. I had to start a game so no one in the truck will get bored. Haha We arrived at 5:30 and the concert will start in 30 minutes or so. I was blessed to hear tagalog Christmas songs and to hear Pastor Edquiban gave the Gospel afterwards, although there was no invitation given, Amos and I prayed during the preaching for the souls of the guests. I know God has worked mightily on that night and although I wasn’t given a chance to counsel, someone could have walked out from that church building–SAVED! 🙂
I also enjoyed the fellowship I had with Nicole, a former student of MFCBA. The last time I saw her, she was just a little grade-schooler, now she’s in 2nd year Highschool–all grown-up. Oh, I really am getting OLD! Haha
She remains the same as before; sweet and beautiful. Now, she’s singing in their church choir. What an encouragement to see how she is growing in the Lord. 😉
The trip back home took around 5 hours. We travelled around 9:30, took a break in McDonalds and in a gas station then Amos drove straight for the rest of the hours. I tried my very best to be awake for him–and to make him awake. So, I did a lot of things. :)) I sang, I gave out jokes (which was really funny, you can ask him! :)) ) , I talked and talked, I tried to give him a pat on the back every once in awhile. Well, it did work pretty well for him but as soon as we reach Malabon, “na low-bat na ako” ;))
It was just a wonderful experience that God allowed me to have. I know for the next few years, I am going to take care of Amos for the rest of my life. 🙂
7. 90 months !
Amos and I could not believe it has been 90 months. Haha. The first thing that came to our mind, “we’re getting old!” Hahaha. But one thing God reminded us about is that He remains faithful over those 90 months and it is a reminder for us to do the same, to be faithful not only until marriage but even after that. Happy monthsary my silly lovey dovey! 🙂
8. Christmas 2013
Every Christmas in our family, we usually stay at home and (sometimes dress up on Christmas eve) while we open our gifts for each other. That has been our Christmas for years– but things has been different this year. (because of my relationship with my father) Christmas dinner has been awkwardly quiet. But hey, it was a good time to be reminded that INDEED it is not what we do on Christmas that is valuable, it is not a time for gifts or food or family reunion (although all those are great) but it is a time to reflect on the person of our Lord Jesus Christ who chose to become man to be our Savior, He was born to die on the Cross of Calvary for our sins so that we will receive the gift of eternal life if we put our faith in Him.
9. Last day of the year
2013 comes to an end, wow! Time flies so fast! I am reminded of a particular verse in 1 Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. “
As life on earth may end anytime soon, I am reminded to be steadfast, unmoveable and CONTINUE ON TO SERVE THE LORD UNTIL HE CALLS ME HOME.
I could look back at the things that happened this past year and just smile. Praise the Lord for His goodness, He has been good to me this 2013 and I know He will always be.
Last day of the year, mom and I decided to spend it in prayer. Praying for the next year, for what lies ahead, for what God would require of us.
Speak of God’s righteousness all day long, Psalm 71 says. That implied two conclusions for me:
1. Have a grateful heart
2. Actively share the Gospel to others
And I was blessed that I have exercised both this past few days and would (prayerfully) continue to do it and build it as a habit for the next years. 🙂
1. I lost all my jobs this Christmas break but God is good, I still have enough money up to now! 😀
2. Finally had the chance to see my ultimate church buddy after a year. We only had a couple of hours to catch up but it was great to see her again. I’ve always looked up to her diligence and she has been a blessing to me! Love her like my own sister! This is one of my long-time prayer requests so I am truly GLAD that God answered it! 🙂