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Olongapo City/ Subic/ Quezon City/Alabang, Central Luzon/ NCR, Philippines
I am a BA/ MA History graduate from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Presently enrolled at San Beda Alabang-School of Law. I was a full-time faculty from Miriam College High school and currently a professor of History at San Beda Alabang. Advocate for the environment and co-convener of Share The Road Movement in Metro Manila. I am an optimist, I believe in the goodness of every person and of every thing. Very passionate, sensitive but strong willed. Love the color pink in all shades. Love to write, to paint, to take pictures, to laugh and most of all I love to love! Cest' La Vie!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Gift of Prayer

1 John 5:15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have petitions we have asked of Him."

Prayer is the most beautiful gift from above
It is our weapon in times of danger,
Our way out in times of trouble
It has the power to change the atmosphere...
And even for no reason at all let us utilize prayer to talk to the Father,
To give Him thanks, to give Him praise and to give Him honor.
He loves hearing from us like a parent waiting for a random call or sweet text from their children.
It is a way for us to bond with Him, it need not be long it can only be a few words, a few minutes but certainly He loves to hear from us.

It is normal for us to call to the Father when we have needs and problems; and sometimes answers do not immediately come and we get frustrated. This is understandable but the ways of the Lord is higher than our ways. His knowledge and understanding is above our human capacity. When our prayer requests are not immediately granted sometimes it does not mean NO, instead NOT YET.
When our prayers are not answered it is when FAITH comes in that we BELIEVE we will receive by persevering in our prayers. In my personal experience some of my prayer requests are not immediately given by the Lord, it took a lot of perseverance on my part, patience and hard work.

Hebrews 12:7-12 "Endure hardships as discipline; God is treating you as His children. For what children are not disciplined by their father if you are not disciplined- and everyone undergoes discipline then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplines us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good in order that we may share in his holiness. NO DISCIPLINE seems pleasant at the time, but painful, however it produces a harvest righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."

Sometimes when we pray we tend to be demanding, and as children asking from the Father, it is important to keep our heart aligned to His will that is we seek Him first before everything else and we love Him above everything else as we offer before His feet our petition. This may seem difficult for some, it was difficult for me especially during my rebellious years but if we desire to seek I guarantee you, you will find Him, He will make ways, He will use your circumstances, send you people until you find Him.

"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints." -Ephesians

There are no rules when it comes to prayer, anytime of the day, everywhere we can talk to the Father and invite Him to hear our petitions but if we aim to have a more deeper and more meaningful prayer life there are six steps that can help us pray and invite our Father to influence every aspect of our life. It is a way of working together with God in our lives:

John 16:23-24 "And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive that your joy may be full."

Mark 11:24 "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them."

Mark 11:25-26 "And whenever you stand praying if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses."

Romans 8:26-27 "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts know what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

ROMANS 8:26 "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."

Jude 20 "But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit."
1 Corinthians 14 "He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself but he who prophesies edifies in the church."

When you pray, have the confidence of heart that the Father hears your voice.
One secret to prayer life is to say our prayers in the name of Jesus our Saviour.
John 14:6 "I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as wel. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him."

In the past years before I completely surrendered to the will of the Lord and prior to my decision to follow Jesus, when I pray my heart is always full of anxiety and mostly adamant if the Father truly hears me. There was no certainty in my prayer. There was doubt. I believe because I wanted to believe. It was my mind dictating but my heart does not agree. I did not understand then as I understand now. Reading the words from the Bible helped me understood my faith, and it was such a revelation to be able to believe and to understand at the same time. It is not complicated as I thought it was. To have faith after all is a decision of the heart and not satisfied by logic and reason. It is our core from the heart direct to the Father.
So when approaching God, I remind myself, "Valerie, you are the daughter talking to the Father and because He loves you, He sees the blood of Christ in you; because He sees you and He hears you... You have him... You are heard, You have it."
The Father wants to unburden our load by seeking Him, by asking His help. God does not give us the spirit of fear but the spirit of hope to be able to do things. Hence when we come to the Father it can help us to communicate by beginning with thanksgiving and praise,

Thank you for another day to experience the abundance of Your love, grace and mercy.
Each day Father I long for you, I seek for You, in Your presence there I find my peace and contentment.
Thank you for the kindness and compassion of people around me, thank you because indeed the length of Your arms reach the farthest of the far to embrace each and one of Your children. All can experience the warmth of Your embrace. Father please help me to be worthy of all the blessings you are sharing with me.
I know Father that you know my voice,
You know my name,
I love You Father
My contentment is my knowing that You are beside me always
That is all that matters
This I pray in the name of Jesus'
Our Savior and Mighty King

Philippians 4:4-7; 10-13, 19-20 REJOICE IN THE LORD
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. the Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Like children talking to our Father, Just ask, believe that God is working in our life. Another secret that I can share if I may is to find someone who you can agree with in prayer.

"Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask,
it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.- Matthew 18:19"

Just like any activity two heads are better than one. During our times of trouble and distress it is best to seek a close friend or a spiritual advisor who can understand your situation and can pray with you to the Father in Jesus' name.

The following are more verses on prayer:

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you." -Matthew 7:7
"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." -Matthew 6:33

"Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you."
-1 Pater 5:7
As brothers and sisters in faith, let us encourage and motivate one another that none of our problems can ever be greater and bigger than our God. His arms can stretch the opposite ends of the universe and His works are mighty and His intention for us is always the best. Let us always come to Him for everything that concerns our life. He want to get to know us, let us introduce ourselves to Him through prayer. Prayer is ours let us make the best out of it.

(The Six Most Important Things in Prayer is from Newlife Christian Center www.newlife.ph)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Jesus is Kindess and Compassion

Living in a world diversified by so many languages, different cultures and beliefs it is a great challenge to speak a universal language which will be understood by everyone regardless of ethnicity or race.

But there is one way that can bridge all diversities, binding us together showing that we are all children of the Father, this is the universal language of kindness.

The Word tells us (Colossian 3: 12-17) to clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another. If any of you has a grievance against someone, forgive as the Lord forgive you, and above all these virtues put on LOVE which bonds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart since as members of one body you were called to peace.

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another will all wisdom through psalms, hymns and songs from the spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts; and in whatever you do, whether in word of deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God, the Father through Him.

Kindness and compassion is Jesus in the act. By all humility and meekness He dwelt among us. The Son of God in flesh and body experienced humanity so that we may relate to kingdom of heaven where we are all made to become citizens in God's time.

Jesus is our bridge, our key , our password which is a direct access and a hotline to dial the Father anytime twenty four hours a day seven days a week. Through Jesus' humanity we get to understand the will of the Father for us as temporary citizens of this world, that is to serve and to love one another as brothers and sisters, as children of one God.

And thus, though as consuming as the worldly tasks are, we are reminded that our real treasures do not lie on material possessions but in spiritual abundance through grace stored up in heaven that do not run out. Hence, in whatever we do, let us work with all our heart as working for the Lord not for human masters, since we know that we will receive an inheritance from the Lord as reward. The reward of eternal life in His presence. A goal we all hope to achieve as followers of Christ.

Let us be reminded that it is the Lord Christ we are serving every time we show an act of kindness to our brothers and sisters in Christ. And anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs and there is no favoritism we are all made His children and there is not preference in status, gender or age. God does not hear us or recognize us by our status but by our FAITH in Him and by how we follow His command to love one another.  Let us therefore devote ourselves to prayer being watchful and thankful looking out for each other. Let our conversation be always full of grace seasoned with salt so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Let us make Christ Jesus, our advocate in heaven,  real and felt through us by our act of kindness and compassion, a universal language that the whole world can truly understand.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

God is Love a Reflection

God is LOVE.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love.

This is how God showed his love among us. He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.

This is LOVE. Not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice. for our sins. Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is LOVE. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment. In this world we are like Jesus. There is NO FEAR IN LOVE. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fear is not made perfect in love.

We love because He loved us first.

I used to define love based on feelings and emotions, that passion and yearning to nurture another person and be nurtured in return, there is no denying that these are part and parcel of how we feel love but one thing  we need to understand is that feelings and emotions can change. Even if we promise it to the stars and carve them in stone. It is part of human beings to undergo change and yes oftentimes it involves a change of heart. Depending on the kind of experience we go through in life be it positive or negative and depending on how these experience can affect our emotions in the process.

This is where commitment, faith and prayers come in, that though our feelings change our commitment to love remains faithful just as God is faithful and unconditional in loving us. It is one decision to love which involves a lot of thinking and not just based on feelings. And from this commitment, we fireproof our love for each other to withstand the hardest trials and obstacles.

But one perfect and solid definition that transcends the understanding of the physical and spiritual realm is how LOVE was defined in 1 JOHN 4:7-21. God's love for us is unconditional that though we were sinners from the time of Adam and Eve He loved us and sent His son to redeem us and save us. The kind of love that follows us wherever we go and whatever we do, it is the kind of unchanging love that can complete us and make us whole. And because we are complete based on this love that God has for us we are made capable to share LOVE not because we are lacking but because we are complete.

As followers of Christ may we share our cup that is full. Sharing God's love to one another through kindness and encouragement.Therefore with partners or without partners (to those who are still searching and waiting for the right one), to the blessedly single, we are made full in the love of God through Christ Jesus and with the knowledge of this news we are complete. Our completeness therefore need not be based on another person because we are already complete not by our own strength but by the love of God manifested by death of Christ on the cross, what greater love can there be? To offer His life so that by His death you and I (we) may live.

But to have another person in our life of course is a gift a bonus and that is a wonderful thing. With this understanding then we can share LOVE with one another, with our partner, spouse, friends and even strangers because our cup overflows with the abundance of faith, hope and love that is from above. A kind of love that is perfect. God's love is infinite, wise and trustworthy. His love shall never fail and will be with us for the rest of our days. Let God's love be manifested in our lives through our relationships and in all aspect of our lives. It is our way of receiving and giving of our share of God's kingdom on earth. Share GOD, SHARE HIS LOVE. Let us make God real and felt through LOVE.

(images are from google)