Giving Back the Gift of God

Letting go

Human gifts are imperfect, frequently unappreciated, wrongly motivated, defective and temporary. Gifts that are good gifts and perfect gifts come only from above.

(James 1: 7) “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the Heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

The Gift of Life, Salvation and Creation, just to name a few, are all perfect. What more can you ask for?

It was not apparent to me that I needed anything, sure I wanted things, but the desire comes and goes. God had me in His hand and kept me and my needs in check. He is more than enough for me. But God knows something about me that I still don’t know or perhaps, He knows how much I need to fulfill a purpose in my life that I am yet to uncover.

Until He gave it to me.

There was a note saying “Do not open yet”. It was obvious, readable and understandable.

I tried fighting the thoughts inside me:

“When is the right time to open it?”

“Why?”

“I need it now”

“I think it’s okay”.

I didn’t receive any answer, or was I too focused on the gift to hear the answer?

I made myself believe that I had confirmation and my excitement led me to open it.

Finally, I have seen it with my own eyes; I have felt it in my arms and my heart started pounding. From that moment, it was the most precious thing I had, and I wanted to keep it for the rest of my life.

I valued that gift more than I thought I could. Spending time with each other, we became seemingly inseparable and I invested too much of my emotion.

I think at that point, I loved too much. Although it seems difficult to define what constitutes excessiveness in love, my “too much” implied something on the lines  of  “I love him too much to let go”.

I thought I ‘owned’ the gift and I felt jealousy whenever I saw someone else holding it. I became so selfish forgetting that the gift can be used for something greater, not just for me to have something to hold tightly.

Now, the One who gave it to me wants it back. I need to loosen the grip.

I was so stubborn, and so scared of getting hurt. But getting hurt is inevitable, plus, I know that I will only hurt more if I don’t obey. So I give it back to God. “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21) It was indeed a beautiful gift which I’ll always be grateful for. He allowed me to have it, even though it was only for a short amount of time. It’s up to Him now if He will give me the same gift in His perfect time, or if He will replace it with a better one.

Everything belongs to God. Our lives are His, and in our lives lie opportunities to give back to Him what is already His. Our time, treasure, devotion, relationships, dreams and ambition.

He is good (He can’t be anything other than good) and He loves us faithfully.

He said I am precious to Him (Isaiah 43:4) and whatever He asks of me can be trusted. I just need to obey. I believe that He loves me and wants nothing but the best for me. He leads me towards the direction he wanted me to move. (He wouldn’t ask me if He is not willing to help me)

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

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100 Random Things I Learned While In HK Vacation

Hongkong

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It is my dream to go to different places around the world. May it be local or International, Mission or Vacation or Work related. That’s why I am so overwhelmed given a chance to have my first international flight.

It is indeed an answered prayer.  I thanked God for provision, protection, and all the experiences.

I remember last Nov. 2012, I had a hard time convincing my parents to allow me  to go to  this travel, because they are so worried that I’ll be a thousand miles away from them. Its not just mommy and daddy whom I need to talk to about this matter but also my brothers. To make a long story short, I have their permission.

So… the 4 days and 4 nights came a long so fast. And I just want to share some things I learned during the HK and Macau Trip. These 100 Random Things (In no particular order).

1. Plan your travel.

 

The thought of traveling without a well-structured plan can sound extremely scary to those who have never done it.

2. Prepare- Financially, Emotionally, and Spiritually.

3. Pray – Ask and Trust God for Provision.

4. You can’t put a price on your most memorable life experiences.

5. Ask your parent’s permission before booking a ticket.

6. Simple Things may end up being more fun.

7. There are times that you really have to stand on your own.

8. If you can’t pick up your bag. You prolly packed too much.

9. No matter how rude the person in charge on the immigration, stay calm and smile. After all, they will decide if they will allow you to travel or not.

10. Believe me! Not all Nurses wants to go abroad for work.

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11. Monitor How much you spend.

12. Don’t Always Convert

13. Most of the world’s people are friendly and decent.

14. Don’t worry about travelling alone.

15. Travelling can teach you more than almost anything else.

16. It’s really nice to have a sister.

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17.  HK People are very stylish

18.There’s a lot of free taste in Macau.

19. Almond Cookies taste good.

20. ESPRIT in HK is affordable compared here in PH

21.Dim Sum is Delicious!

22. There is no shame in saying “I don’t know”

23. Money can’t buy happiness but Money can buy something that makes you happy.

24. You will find anything and everything you could ever need at HK Market.

25. Not all Hotels have shuttle services to the Airport.

26. HK Seaport is so Nice.

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27. Taxi’s flagdown rate in HK is $20

28. MTR Opens at 6, ’till 12MN

29.Cebu Pacific’s Wintermelon Milktea is fine.

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30. What doesn’t kill you will only make you strong.

31.Always check your emails if possible. But, You can’t work and travel at the same time.

32. Your whole life can change in a day but your hometown will be just as you left it.

33. Learn how to Bargain.

34.Milk Tea in HK is cheaper. $14– around 78php.

35. No matter how many beautiful things you see, never stop appreciating the clouds. AND SUNSETS!

36. Always ask for a map.

37. At least attempt to learn the local language. (Hello and Thank you) Ni Hao and Xie Xie will get you farther than you think.

38.Always Smile.

39. Street and wall art can be just as rewarding as paying to visit a museum.

40. Sometimes, you have to embrace cliche.

41.Respect the elderly wherever you are

42. Bring snacks for Airplane, Bus and Train rides.

43. Earplugs.

44.Call/Text your parents just enough so they won’t worry. No matter how old you are, they are still your parents.

45.Trust your instincts.

46.Guard your passport and ticket with your life.

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47.Talking with other travelers will teach you more than checking government websites.

48.No matter what your beliefs are, respect local culture.

49.No one said travel is easy. But it is Fun!

50.Look at the signs ( if picture is allowed).

51. Check the weather. But for you to make sure, always bring a jacket.

52. Be grateful (There’s a lot of reason to be thankful for)

53. Just enjoy what God has for you.

54. There are things that you just can’t learn (Like the left-right side on the escalator)

55. There are also things you can learn.

56. Take good care of the “Octopus Card”

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57. Don’t let the simple things spoil the good things that happened.

58. Say Sorry.

59. If there’s a conflict, talk about it. Resolved.

60. Be with someone who is comfortable with your silence.

61. Always bring your charger and adapter.

62. Bring extra Bat for Cam.

63. Check the Currency Rate

64. Spontaneity can be the best personal quality you embrace  and cultivate, even if it doesn’t come naturally.

65. Fear shouldn’t stop you from achieving anything you dream of!

66. It’s all about how you respond.

67. It’s good to know someone misses you.

68. HK have a lot of SASA and Body Shop Outlet.

69. Haagen Dazs Macadamia taste really good!

70. Everyone, everywhere basically wants/need everything (Ask Maslow)

71. Check your Roaming.

72. Deferring your happiness to the future is a terrible idea.

73. HK is very organized and easy to get around.

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74. The Internet is the greatest tool ever available to us

75. Pony Tail $70. why?

76. You don’t know what you’ve got ’till its gone.

77. Appreciate you boss for VL approval. 🙂

78. Winter clothes are nice

79. Horizon is an amazing thing.

80. Even if you’re still. You’re still moving.

81. There’s beauty in every photographs.

82. Follow Traffic Rules.

83. Music makes me happy plus plus plus the lights

84. Fireworks <3

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85. Mickey and Minnie are so adorable as well as other Disney Characters.

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86. There are different exits on MTR.

87. I never seem to regret taking the time to take time.

88. Eurika’s story. -Her life is a great testimony.

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89. Ruins of Saint Paul is a good illustration about foundation.

90. Walking is the best way to explore the city and to burn Calories.

91. Ref Magnet is Mom’s fave pasalubong of all. 😛

92.  Remember. You’re making memories.

93. It’s good to have a movie on your ipod, to watch while waiting at the Airport.

94. A pen is better than a key chain as a gift for your friends.

95.  All things work together for good.

96. Writing 100 Things I’ve learned during my vacation is cool.

97. I need to keep God and His word in my mind and in my heart.

98. God never leaves me nor forsake me. Never will.

99. You don’t really need to go to a vacation to know number 97 and 98. 🙂

100. There’s no place like home.

The most important lesson in life can never be expressed enough in words, but in action. I pray that the next time I’ll travel, I’ll be more responsible and prepared.

Learning is never ending (Doesn’t end in 100). I’m just so thankful to God that He turned this vacation in more than just a tour but a lot of lessons in life. As He said, All things work together for good.

Thank you, God for allowing me to experience these things. and also, Thanks, Kuya Chris for my Plane ticket. 🙂 hehe

The world is Big! God’s creation is Great! and God is Greater! I’m excited for more!

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Can This Be Love..? :D

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Mommy and Daddy ♥

Every couple has Their Story.
(How I met you Mother? How I met your Father? :D)
The story they tell when they meet each other’s friends and families for the first time, the story they tell their children or even to their grandchildren.
The story they whisper to each other during romantic moments “Do you remember when…” :”> ayeeeh. haha!

Every couple has Their Story of how they got together.

Some stories are simple, some stories are complicated.
Some stories are funny, some stories are serious.

All stories are wonderful and have a happy ending especially when you let God write that story.

My Mom and Dad are happily married for 33 years now.

For some time, I’ve been wondering if true love still exist because the word “love” has for the most part seemed to have lost its meaning. BUT here it is. Right in front of me.. a kind of love that still hold each others hand after fight.

I love you, Mommy and Daddy. ♥

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Best Christmas This Year!

Madrona Family

…An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” —Matthew 1:20-21

Jesus is enough reason that makes the Christmas BEST, every year. It is something that we should live everyday. It should be born in the hearts of each one of us, motivated by pure love. God sent his son Jesus to save us, because HE loves us.

May the beautiful holiday lights, parties, shopping and the exhausting rush of these days not distract us from the true meaning of what Christmas really is — and can be.

Merry Christmas to all!

 

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Celebrating Christmas with your Family is Priceless. 🙂

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