Thy Will <3

“Thy Will” – Hillary Scott

I’m so confused
I know I heard You loud and clear
So, I followed through
Somehow I ended up here
I don’t wanna think
I may never understand
That my broken heart is a part of Your plan
When I try to pray
All I’ve got is hurt and these four words

Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done

I know You’re good
But this don’t feel good right now
And I know you think
Of things I could never think about
It’s hard to count it all joy
Distracted by the noise
Just trying to make sense
Of all Your promises
Sometimes I gonna stop
Remember that You’re God
And I am not
So

Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Like a child on my knees all that come to me is
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will

I know You see me
I know You hear me, Lord
Your plans are for me
Goodness You have in store
I know You hear me
I know You see me, Lord
Your plans are for me
Good news You have in store

So, thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Like a child on my all that come to me is
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
I know You see me
I know You hear me, Lord

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Tauren Wells – Hills and Valleys

“Hills And Valleys”

I’ve walked among the shadows
You wiped my tears away
And I’ve felt the pain of heartbreak
And I’ve seen the brighter daysAnd I’ve prayed prayers to Heaven
From my lowest place
And I have held Your blessings
God, You give and take away

No matter what I have, Your grace is enough
No matter where I am, I’m standing in Your love

On the mountains, I will bow my life
To the One who set me there
In the valley, I will lift my eyes
To the One who sees me there

When I’m standing on the mountain
I didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley
I know I am not alone!

You’re God of the hi-hi-hills and valleys
Hi-hi-hills and valleys
God of the hi-hi-hills and valleys
And I am not alone

I’ve watched my dreams get broken
In You, I hope again
No matter what I know
I’m safe inside Your hands

On the mountains, I will bow my life
To the One who set me there (to the One who set me there)
In the valley, I will lift my eyes
To the One who sees me there

When I’m standing on the mountain
I didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley
I know I am not alone

You’re God of the hi-hi-hills and valleys
Hi-hi-hills and valleys
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone

Father, You give and take away
Every joy and every pain
Through it all, You will remain
Over it all

Father, You give and take away
Every joy and every pain
Through it all, You will remain
Over it all

On the mountains, I will bow my life, yeah
In the valley, I will lift my eyes, yeah!

On the mountains, I will bow my life
To the One who set me there (to the One who set me there)
In the valley, I will lift my eyes
To the One who sees me there

When I’m standing on the mountain
I didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley
I know I am not alone (I’m not alone)

You’re God of the hi-hi-hills and valleys (yeah)
Hi-hi-hills and valleys
God of the hi-hi-hills and valleys (You’re the God of the hills)
And I am not alone

You’re God of the hi-hi-hills and valleys (yeah!)
Hi-hi-hills and valleys
God of the hi-hi-hills and valleys (You’re the God of the hills)
And I am not alone (God of the valleys)

And I will choose to say
Blessed be Your Name
And I am not alone

Sentiments…..

Lately I am in this phase of my life where I get so fussy about what is happening in it.

People will disappoint you big time.  I used to have many around me.

Material things will disappoint you big time.  I used to have good earnings and a car that I use excessively here and there.

Your so called close friends will disappoint you big time.  Priorities change.  They seem to be unreachable.

I am alone……scared to get close to anyone anymore.

BUT…………….

GOD is constant.  HE is there; through my hills and valleys, through the highs and lows.  HE is just there.  HE doesn’t let go no matter what.  I can say that I am strong because HE is.

For that….I am more than grateful and overwhelmed.  Restoration will happen and I believe!

Isaiah 40:28

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:28‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? GOD doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch His breath. And He knows everything, inside and out.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:28 MSG‬‬

This verse wants us to remember, to think through every conversation, every message, every time we had been told about the nature of God. Our walk with God was not to be defined by the moment we are in. The moment we are in was to be defined by our long walk with God.

This verse reminds us that God is the everlasting God, God is the Creator, God is the God of the ends of the earth, God is the God that does not grow weary, and God is the God who knows us and knows our needs. Don’t think that HE doesn’t know what you are going through right now, that HE doesn’t know your difficulties, that HE doesn’t know how to long to help for your family or you have to build your own family yourself or that intimacy you are longing for HIM. HE is all-knowing.

“Ikaw na lang ang umunawa”

Unawain mo na lang.  Intindihin mo na lang.

What does this phrase really mean? Why is it that it’s always being thrown at me?

When we were kids, my mother and grandmother always throw at me this phrase whenever/after me and my siblings get into the fight or we have misunderstandings. “Ikaw ang mas matanda, ikaw ang umunawa”

When I get into misunderstandings with my older cousins or just a normal conversations that fell into argument. “Ikaw ang nakapag-aral, ikaw ang umintindi at umunawa.”

When I get into discussions with educated/learned acquaintances, classmates or friends or someone special. “Hindi ka nila kilala, ikaw na lang umunawa. Masyado ka kasing mataas at malalim.”

When everything is by the book — don’t be like this and like that, out of “pakikisama” — and still you can hear it thrown at you. “Ikaw na lang ang umunawa.”

Tonight, as I was overthinking about this phrase, I asked myself, “Kailan kaya dadating yung ako naman ang uunawain?” “Kailan kaya dadating yung time na hindi na ako mag-e-explain?” “Nakakapagod ha?!”

In my life, I have been spat at, called names that no one can stomach, threatened to be killed, blamed to be the caused of someone’s misery, too perfectionist, too difficult to deal with (this one I admit because I am hormonal and “tumatandang dalaga na!”) and many more.  And of it all, I am the one to “unawa or intindi” all of them.

Not that I have a problem understanding or something but it made me think…..”I must be a very very really really horrible person?!” and I lack understanding and consideration. I can be a Guinness Book of Records worthy as “The Most Misunderstood Person Alive”! Not a very prestigious title is it?

It also made me think, why can’t I just die now so the people around me especially my love ones could suffer no more. So much of #PURPOSE and #beingsaltandlight when I don’t feel I have one and am being one. I very much wants to impress GOD everyday but when I get into this circumstance, I beat myself so much of “I am a bad person!” and “here I am again!”

So yeah…….what does “Ikaw na lang ang umunawa” phrase means? Is it applicable only for/to me?

#thankGODforeverything #IAmMyBelovedsandHEisMine

A scout for a job in the Philippines continues (part 2)…..

So guess what? I was able to get a job already.  It’s in one of the BEST place I like on earth….El Nido.  The job offer was Operations Liaison Officer to a 3-star Hotel in the town. The job is on a Supervisory / Managerial position.  Hence, one month after, I am still doing Front Desk-ing! It’s not my desired job or work but GOD’s voice is the major factor in considering this job. To scout means “to explore”. Exploring connotes many different things or places or likes or hobbies until you get what makes you happy or satisfied. So as I scouted, I have considered a lot of opportunities and job openings. And then, I asked GOD to give me a signal where HE’ll lead me. I have a lot of possible and promising job offers but I asked GOD that whichever company would give me a favorable contract then that I choose. Lo and behold, an offer from this hotel arrived. I said whatever Your plans LORD or purpose, so be it!

My first week with this job is really tough.
First, to be working with all Pinoys that’s first for me. Observing how are they with regards to habits and norms. Very challenging indeed.
Second, you can’t ask anything with them especially if they are teaching you what they just knew. They don’t appreciate it if you are inquisitive. They want you to just look at how they work and just be satisfied with it.
Third, a company with no system and standard?!?!?!
Fourth, in 3 working days with this job, I was being prejudged, stabbed at the back and called names I can’t imagine.
Fifth, staff accommodation (no comment!).
Sixth, self-entitled customers who think own you already or they are the MOST important creation in the whole wide world.

Very humbling indeed. BUT, GOD taught me and made me realized the lesson here. I have this personality which I get too emotional when being told of something. GOD really dealt with me about this. And I praise GOD for everything! What happens next week? To be continued…….^_____^

Godly friends are forever

FRIEND:
(Merriam Webster Dictionary)

  • one attached to another by affection or esteem.
  • one that is not hostile.
  • one that is of the same nation, party, or group.
  • one that favors or promotes something (such as a charity).
  • a favored companion.
  • a Quaker.

(Oxford Dictionary)

  • A person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically one exclusive of sexual or family relations.
  • A person who supports a cause, organization, or country by giving financial or other help.
  • A person who is not an enemy or opponent; an ally.
  • A Quaker.

(Cambridge Dictionary)

  • a person you know well and like a lot, but who is usually not a member of your family.
  • A person or organization that is a friend to/of a group or organization helps and supports it.

From the Bible:
Proverbs 12:26 (NLT), “The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.”

Proverbs 17:17 (NLT), “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.”

Proverbs 20:6 (NLT), “Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?”

Proverbs 27:5-6 (NLT), “An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.”

Proverbs 27:17 (NLT), “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9–12 (NLT), “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

John 15:13–15 (NLT), “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”

And many more…….

Examples of Good Friends in the Bible:

David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18:1-3, 20:17, 42; 2 Samuel 1:26)
King David and Abiathar (1 Samuel 22:23)
David and Nahash (2 Samuel 10:2)
David and Hushai (2 Samuel 15:32–37)
Elijah and Elisha (2 Kings 2:2)
Job’s Friends (Job 2:11)
Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 1:16-17)
Paul’s Ministry Friends (Romans 16:3-5; 2 Corinthians 2:12-13; Philippians 2:25; Colossians 4:7, 14; 2 Timothy 1:2-4; 1 Philemon)

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. – Hubert H. Humphrey

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. – Ann Landers

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. – Walter Winchell

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. – Euripides

Of all possessions a friend is the most precious. – Herodotus

A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same. – Elbert Hubbard

This blog was inspired by the recent event in my life which involves two friends – one went to another country and another friend I haven’t heard voice of for a long time. And because this is my blog so I’ll use my own adage about “friends” or “friendships” – “godly friends are forever”!

This is so true to me since I am very picky and choosy with friends that I want to be with in life. My favorite definition of a friend is “the favored companion”. Yes, I believe that that definition is correct because there are those people whom you got acquaintance with – first instinct – that doesn’t tingle to your senses. You didn’t like them at first; they annoy you because they kept you wait for more than an hour. They test your limit everytime they kept telling you the same sentiments over and over again and even if you already told them your opinion about it, they still didn’t hear you.

But then eventually you liked them because they are always there and for some reasons you kept them, you go out with them, chat with them and know them even if they have personalities that are totally different from yours. You started to share “you” to them even if you don’t know if it matter to them or they care. By the way, “they” means “few” like you can count on your fingers kind. And “they” means “old and young” alike.

“Godly friends are forever” can be “me” or “my godly friends”. “Me” because I am rare piece of stone (naks….hahaha!). As I’ve said, I am picky and choosy when it comes to people that I welcomed and kept with in my life. Because of the many betrayals I’ve experienced, I became protective of myself. I’d rather be heart broken by a lover than to be heartbroken by a friend. For me, I can bear losing a boyfriend than losing a friend.

Within the course of time, i can count in my fingers those whom I chose to stay in my life (even if they don’t want me in there’s) because I know these friends are the ones who have heart for GOD. Also, I have guaranteed that these friends have kept me in their endocardium for life and life after that. And, because I know that they love GOD too much not to love me and keep me in theirs too. The friendship that I offer is unconditional, no boundaries, no limits and no amount of disappointment can destroy it or let it go to waste. I am no special nor jewel but I can say that I don’t lie. I am also a faithful friend and a sincere confidante.

But yeah, for the sake of the “benefit of the doubt”, I’ll ask these friends who “Claire” really to them and why they keep her in their life as well. Or if it was you my “favored companions”, please leave a message below! ^_^

For “my godly friends” because simply they are godly…^___^.

No distance can ever separate me to them because I’ll keep knocking on their Viber, WhatsApp, Messenger, or whatever app there are available. No year of silences can ever shut me from just saying “hi” and “hello” to them. That’s the thing noh?! With godly friends or close friends even how long haven’t you talked or hear from each other when you do it feels like it’s just yesterday. Things to talked about never run out. It’s a bottomless sharing. And what I like about godly friends are it’s always GOD – the Hero, the icing on the cake, the appetizer, the main menu and the dessert of our sharing. There are cries at the same laugh in between. Haaaay….the perks of having godly friends by your side. So yeah, Airahtot, if you are reading this, you are loved and will forever be in my heart. HE Who began a good work in you will perfect it. I believe HE has done what I’ve asked HIM for you already. To Michie, friendship, I am just here (lalim ng hugot noh?!). Love you too more!! To Glenda, Oliver, Tita Babes, Christie Ann, Tita Aida, MOMSHIES……you are all in my prayers always! I am your silent intercessor. Silent coz I whisper to GOD everytime I think about you. All respect and honor and love to you all! ❤ ❤ ❤