Only Believe

I will be sharing to you my morning devotion today, from streams in the dessert devotional app.

Perhaps in your life. You say, “I do not understand why God let my dear one be taken. I do not understand why affliction has been permitted to smite me. I do not understand the devious paths by which the Lord is leading me. I do not understand why plans and purposes that seemed good to my eyes should be baffled. I do not understand why blessings I so much need are so long delayed.

Friend, you do not have to understand all God’s ways with you. God does not expect you to understand them. You do not expect your child to understand, only believe. Some day you will see the glory of God in the things which you do not understand.—J. H. McC

I love these verses about believing Jesus’ promises.

John 11:40
Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?

Romans 8:32
He who did not spare his own son,but gave him up for us all-how will he not also along with him, graciously give us all things?

I’m so glad that Jesus reminded me again that His promises are true. So this morning I challenged myself; I wrote all that He promised me and its a joy to see that I almost filled my note!

So, I would like to challenge you today to write all the things that you believe about Jesus; all his promises to you.
You can start with the phrase,
I believe that….

Happy writing! Be blessed!

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Made for more

Where do you go when your life runs out? When you’re empty? When there’s nothing left?

Sometimes we get tired of the mundane. Feels hopeless, alone and afraid.

I felt the same. But see! I believe we are made for more! We felt these things because there’s something in us that wanted to do so much more! There is something more than the ordinary life that we’re living for.

Being a teacher sometimes is tiring and it’s just like a cycle. This is my ordinary life. I do my stuff like preparing my lessons, teaching kids, attending meetings. I feel bored doing the same things every day. I felt hopeless if changing the lives and attitudes of these kids is possible. But, if I will always see the same stuff as boring and no hope, indeed it will.

So, I’m trying to change my perspective. This time, I try to see things positively. And try to make every day an opportunity to do better. To serve and maybe to be a blessing to others. For instance, during my vacant times I try to listen to my kid’s stories, they have a lot of things to say..atleast it removes the tension in class. And if I had a friend who wants to talk to me, I think just listening to them is a great help. Sending encouraging messages to friends or family member is helpful too. Especially now a days, we can use social media in a positive way. To eradicate the negative impression on social media we can use this as a tool to inspire someone.

Instead of wasting my time in watching movies that sometimes lead me to worldly thoughts and behaviors I shift to reading books, especially motivational books that will help me grow as a person. There are many available free e-books online, we don’t even need to buy them. It’s free! Thanks God to internet!

Writing journals. It is indeed helpful. Believe me! I did it and it encourage me many times. Especially when I feel discourage, when I reread my journals I felt thankful and realize I’m so blessed that I overcame many tests.

Doing arts and crafts! Many DIY stuff are available on the web, it can enhance our creativity and maybe we can do it as a gift and a hobby that can lead to making money as well.

Travel! Go hiking! This is what I love! Especially when our days had been so busy. Doing outdoor can be a lot of help. I love what John Muir said,

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, when nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

Travelling helps us connect to nature; to appreciate God’s beautiful creation and to people as well.

I think in today’s world, instead of being bored in life, feeling hopeless and lonely. Let’s try to engage in fun and creative stuffs! Speak out, stand out! Be an encourager! When we do that, we can be encourage as well.

We are indeed made for more! If you think you’re not. Look up to the cross! He died for you because Jesus wants you to live a free life! He even said in John 10:10,

I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly!

So in our mundane we can make a difference and we can give hope. Let’s choose to live our best!

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More than travels

At this moment I am browsing my old pictures with the adventures and travels I had especially my adventures in the mountains. I am just so overwhelmed and thankful that God had given me the chance to travel and go on an adventure.

I don’t know how this excitement to travel got into my nerves but I am sure I belong to people who are called “wanderlust” –people who have the strong desire to travel.

Some of my colleagues in school see me as quiet and simple girl (I’m not bragging here, haha! But some said that..really!) But when they found out that I’m on hiking they don’t believe that I can do that. Me either! It’s just that I choose to try maybe. And when I did! The story continues.

I know I’m just a newbie when it comes to hiking and travelling, I have a lot of friends who have gone so far and it inspires me seeing them going to places. They are amazing people!

Here’s what I learned from all those travels I had. Especially my hiking experiences.

I started my adventures in the mountain last October 2013, it is special because I made it as an escape for an argument with my former boyfriend. And then came another chance and the passion keep on.

Climbing is not easy, you sweat, sometimes you will look haggard, and you need to give your strength to it. You need to endure long hours of walks and never give up! Or else you’ll be left behind and never reach the summit. You have to be fearless too! Standing at the edge of a cliff or rock, overcoming your fear of heights, enduring the pain and expect to have bruises! But all these sacrifices are worth it!

Along the journey you’ll meet the most amazing people, people who have different stories, people who are fearless, funny and people who have faith; who believe in themselves that they can conquer and that there is so much more in store for them.

So, when I meet other people along the way, it inspires me and made me think that all of us have our own journeys, even if you’re young or old, the most important thing is you learn how to persevere and keep pushing because you know that there’s a prize awaits to the top! A wonderful breathtaking view! Just like God’s promise that He sees the big picture and He knows the plans He has for us, all we need is to trust and keep going!

One more thing, when I’m on top I can see how mighty these mountains are, how great and marvelous my God is. And how small I am. This makes me trust Him even more. He knows the big picture anyway.

And when I go down, I feel refreshed to start anew! A new dream, a new journey!

Travelling is not only an escape or so you can just say that you’ve been to these places but it becomes more because of the people you meet and the memories you have that you can treasure for a life time!

These are some of my photos in the travels I have. My more than travel adventures!

Adventures above the clouds!

Adventures above the clouds!

Mt. Batulao Adventure! One of the best mountain for me!

Mt. Batulao Adventure! One of the best mountain for me!

Rocky and Spiky mountain! In this I overcome my fear of heights. Mt. Pamitinan!

Rocky and Spiky mountain! In this I overcome my fear of heights. Mt. Pamitinan!

I'm in the wonderful crater of Mt. Pinatubo!

I’m in the wonderful crater of Mt. Pinatubo!

Clear water, Caving, Swimming and so much more. A wonderful park indeed! Minalungao!

Clear water, Caving, Swimming and so much more. A wonderful park indeed! Minalungao!