First CHRISTmas Celebration in my Hometown (and probably not the last)

I know it’s kinda late posting it but I just want to write it down.

Since I went abroad on 2004, 13 years working to the country I called my second home, 2017’s CHRISTmas was celebrated for the first time in my hometown. How was it? Hmmmm…..

Back in Bahrain, CHRISTmas was normally celebrated with my spiritual family. We follow a program design solely to celebrate JESUS’ Birth and giving gifts and exchanging gifts to close friends and foooooood!!! It’s always being celebrated with so much joy because the real reason for this season was given an appreciation and remembered that without HIM being human, being born, we’ll not enjoy the grace, mercy, salvation and excitement that we, as believer, have been exploiting and enjoying so to say. Plus the weather is really really nice – cold and fashionable.

Back here in my hometown, 2017’s CHRISTmas was like: I often hear my mother complains about not having food in the table to prepare with, no spirit of CHRISTmas because no Christmas Tree or Christmas decorations inside the house. And as the day itself is fast-approaching, the complains are getting noisier and louder. Here comes the day itself, viola! There are food prepared in the table, delicious and yummy food BUT no ones enjoying it. WHY? Because some are already sleeping because they can’t cope up staying late, some are still full from the sumptuous dinner and some are not present because they got an invitation from friends. I kept on explaining to my complainer that “handa” or “media noche” is NOT the thought or significance of CHRISTmas but it’s JESUS’ Birth. And I think this statement was just being said to the air that she can’t understand it.

And you know what happened next? The food that was prepared supposedly for media noche lasted for 3 days. Well in that case, we save a bit for lunch and dinner.

My assessment for the whole thing is that JESUS is THE Way, THE Truth and THE Life. He alone can satisfy us. HE totally gets it when there are no food during media noche or no gifts being given to your mom or nieces or godchildren. HE understands our situation that sometimes we have so much and nothing at all. HE still loves us so dearly. HE will still come for us to be saved and to have a relationship with HIM. Too bad that some kept numb on what HE offered us instead they still want to kept their tradition and what for them is nice. It’s sad as well that these people are your family and you also want them to experience HIS scandalous grace. Well, I still believe in the saying that “you and your household will be saved!”.

#kapitlang #keepyourfaith #patienceisavirtue

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The Saving Love of GOD

The Saving Love of God

Our Daily Bread

Although we might think of Christmas as a time of “escapism”, the intention of the biblical narrative couldn’t be any more different. Jesus’ birth was not one of fantasy—He wasn’t born in a rich palace with midwives on hand to support Mary. If He had, what would it have said about God’s gift? That it’s only for the rich and powerful? Or only for those who are worthy in some way? The actual events and details carry a very different message.

A birth for everyone: Jesus’ birth plunges us into the real world. Imagine the anxiety of Mary and Joseph as they tried to find somewhere to deliver the baby, or the unclear future that lay before them as they fled to Egypt to escape Herod (Matt. 2:14). Jesus was born in the stark reality of poverty, uncertainty and weakness. As we are told by the apostle Paul: Christ “made Himself of no reputation… coming in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:7 emphasis added). He wasn’t born in “the likeness of rich, powerful, self-sufficient people”; by His own choice, Jesus was born among livestock in the humblest of circumstances, and then placed in a feeding trough. We are told in the book of Hebrews that Jesus can fully “sympathise with our weakness” and He was “in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (4:15). It wasn’t just that Jesus looked like us; He became like us, suffering through hardships and trials, even from the day of His birth. He truly became one of us.

Jesus really is for everyone. He was born in a stable (or cave of some sort) crowded with animals. It wasn’t a high-profile, “private property” kind of place; there was no lock on the door to keep the world out. In fact, the first visitors to see the Baby in the manger were people of relative unimportance: shepherds (Luke 2:15–16). They didn’t stumble onto the scene, but were invited by “an angel of the Lord” (v.9). Jesus came that all would be able to find Him and know Him personally.

A rescue for everyone: Jesus was given two powerful names at His birth:

“You shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” —Matthew 1:21 (emphasis added)

“The virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” —Matthew 1:23 (emphasis added)

The promise of these names should leave us in absolute awe. Jesus was born into a world not ready for Him or looking for Him, yet He came to “save His people” and be “God with us”. These are the names God instructed to be given to His Son. Their message doesn’t rely on our circumstances or how well we are doing; it’s His mission to save us and make us His again. Jesus’ names show His rescue can be for everyone because it depends only on Him.

A sacrifice for everyone: Jesus was called another name at the beginning of His public ministry; one which adds some crucial explanation to the Christmas Story: “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). Jesus wasn’t just born among livestock, He was born as “The Lamb”.

Lambs were very significant in Israel’s worship towards God. God’s law required lambs to be sacrificed as sin offerings (Lev. 4:32), guilt offerings (14:12) and other forms of offering. Yet the most important lamb sacrifice happened during the Exodus, when God freed the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt (Ex. 12). Every Israelite family was told to slaughter a lamb and put its blood on their doorposts. When God then visited Egypt in judgment that night, whenever He saw the blood on the doorposts, He passed over that house. He only brought death to the firstborn in the Egyptian houses, where this payment of blood had not been provided.

Jesus, “The Lamb of God”, is the fulfilment that the Exodus “Passover Lamb”, and all the other sacrificial lambs, pointed to. He wasn’t just born to teach and lead us; He was born to die. In a similar way to the Passover lambs (who died in place of the Israelite firstborn), Jesus paid for “the sin of the world” for us by dying in our place. He brought an end to the need for sacrifices, taking away “the sin of the world” for good.

Jesus didn’t die for innocent people who were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. And He didn’t die for His friends. Jesus died for His enemies—messed up, broken people who have no relationship with God and no way of making things right on their own. Now, anyone who puts their faith in Christ can enjoy a life and eternity of “God with us”.

Disclaimer:

This article is not mine. I liked it from OUR DAILY BREAD so i thought i’ll share.

Reboot / Restart

“Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth;Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,Rivers in the desert.”

Isaiah 43:19 (NASB)

9 days in Palawan now but the feeling is still surreal, the whole thing haven’t sunk in yet. I am still wishing that I was just here for 1-month vacation and I’ll be back to my second home after 3 weeks.

I have a house but I can’t call it a home. Here I am sitting in a coffeeshop, figuring out what to do tomorrow or the next day. I always make myself occupied everyday to forget what’s really on my hand – being unemployed, just expectant with what tomorrow will bring. I hear GOD but there is this childlike in me that I refuse to hear. Often arguing with HIM and most of time requesting to HIM that HE return me back to the people I have learned to love and I call my family.

When the reality is slowly presenting itself everyday, the more I am hesitant to embrace it, refusing to accept it. I wish i wake up from this reality at the soonest and be in my dream. Skip all the process and be at peace in one place. I am in my Peniel, I can’t deny that fact. I know HE will win or HE won rather but still discussing the possibilities and what ifs.

Daddy GOD, I am sorry for feeling like these towards Your way. Give me a heart that is so submissive and just enjoy this phase. I am not worried nor anxious though, just wishful.

Your Daughter,
Claire

The Joy in a Sprout

I am currently living in Middle East, Bahrain specifically, wherein she only have 2 seasons – the super summer and winter. Summer is from late March to Early December and winter is from late December to early March. I like winter more than summer of course because of the many nice things that I benefit during this season:
– lower electricity consumption
– lower petrol (car) consumption
– you don’t get burn when you go outside
– people are not that smelly (hehehe…..)
– the air is fresher
– the plants are healthy and smiling

And the opposite of all of the above is summer which has the most months in every year. But it is during summer when i get to eat most nice fruits and some veggies that I like. So every other Saturday; me, Chrissy, Tita Aida and Tita Babes go to Manama Central Market coz there is where we can buy a fresh and cheaper produce.

At home I don’t throw away the seeds of fruits and vegetables that I cook and prepare. I dry them instead. After couple of weeks I will plant it to my mini garden at my terrace. Sometimes it’s kinda trial and error thing if these seeds will sprout and grow because it is really really hot in the summer in this part of the world. So when I see a sprout…..my joy!!!!

What can I learn from the sprout?  Why do I have joy within me?

  • GOD’s righteousness and faithfulness

Isaiah 61:11 (NASB), “For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up,
So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
To spring up before all the nations.

  • Hope

Job 14:7 (NASB), ““For there is hope for a tree,
When it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
And its shoots will not fail.

And in this side of the world which summer can be as hot as 50 degrees, it is impossible to have plants grow coz even the water use for watering is also hot.  That is why the moment that seed show up a promising grin/green, that is something!

 

Random 103

I have an encounter with one client yesterday, “and men….” I told myself. People who are allergic to people who do / making mistakes or afraid of making mistakes (in short….perfectionist??) are so unhappy people (I think!). They’re the ones who are close to 6 feet under the ground coz their enthusiasm is so little that their heart doesn’t have an exercise. I would assume as well that these kind of people are looking far far from their age because they only know one expression….poker face! There is a dog who look like that….what’s it called again? “bulldog”

Also, long exposure to these kind of people will make you one as well. It’s contagious…be careful!

“Contagious” —- I remember during my college days. I used to live in a boarding house, a room with 6 occupants. I was then a very “me, myself and I” person. Show off who I am. Don’t care if I make friends or not….kinda like “this is me, want me or hate me” person. So, if I am upset, I am upset! If I like you, I like you! If i don’t like you, I don’t like you! So here comes a test to this behaviour/attitude…..I have a clash with a boardmate. Didn’t talk for almost a month (just for a silly reason really?!). Then I think she had enough so she indirectly say to me (she is actually telling it to me but she is talking to the instant noodle that she is cooking), “I hate this behaviour, this is contagious! No wonder you don’t have friends!”

Wow….that changed me totally in dealing with people. I don’t want to be contagious in a bad way, it’s not a good asset isn’t it? So I broke my pride and talk to her the afternoon. Everything’s fine from then on and I am pretty sure that we’ll just laugh at this when we talk about it.

So yeah….for people who have such an attitude, I can only tell you my experience and what I’ve learned. It is still your choice. But isn’t it nice if you are being called contagious but in a good way? Contagious laugh. Contagious beauty. Etc. Etc.

Ciao….stay strong and happy y’all!!!

I’ve learned….

This is a compilation of the many lessons I’ve learned through life since I can remember! Sharing them as I’ve wrote them first (no date mentioned but in my calculation, year 2004!) Don’t judge! ;-P ^_^

I’ve learned that….
….when you find the best company, you’ll live with them forever.
….the true hapiness is found in the presence of the LORD.
….it is not easy to let go of a TRUE FRIEND.
….it is not enough that you have education, you also must have good relationship with people.
….you’ll still be dependent with your parents even after you graduated college.
….if you have fought to a certain person, it takes time to heal and forget the issue.
….love will conquer all even the biggest failure you’ve committed.
….the best way of forgetting your problems is by listening inspirational songs with Christian lyrics.
….Word of GOD fattens your spiritual worthiness.
….GOD is the BEST Friend you’ll ever find.
….in every happiness there is always loneliness.
….when you get even with someone, you’ll just letting that someone continue to hurt you.
….there are people who like you just because they want something from you.
….real people are hard to find.
….you’ll find true happiness when you’ve accepted JESUS in your life.
….it is relieving when you accomplished one of your plans.
….if it’s not GOD’s will, whatever it is you do, you’re not satisfied.
….a person with no love, no sincerity is seen.
….having a degree is not enough to say that you’ve proven your worth being a student unless you’ve gotten a job with that degree.

Kinda felt like 1% of King Solomon here. ^_^

My first song composition

As promised I will showcase all my first here and I want to start with my first song composition (unfinished!)

November 13, 2002

Bakit ako’y nananaghoy
Kahit ako’y nagtitiwala na SAYO
Dahil sa salit-salit na panlilibak
Ay napipilitan akong tanungin KA

Oh, Panginoon ako’y patawarin MO
Sa ganitong pag-uugali ko
Dahil sa mga hirap ko
Hindi ko na alam kung ano ang gagawin ko

Marapat na ngang ako’y tulungan MO
Naniniwala ako na walang imposible SAYO
At naniniwala ako na hindi MO
Pababayan o iiwanan ang lahat ng naniniwala SAYO

I guess I need to finish it soonest……..^_____^