Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your 2015 as I enjoyed mine. This post will include: (1) Summary of how my 2015 went, (2) my expectations on 2016, and (3) some personal experiences on my faithlife. So I hope you’ll keep on reading 🙂

My 2015 went on like a roller coaster ride (like every year), but what’s important is that I’m still here alive and kicking, my family is safe, and we’re all happy. 2015 was very memorable for me because I turned 18 this year!!! Yes, I’m just 18 okay… It’s not as life changing as I imagined in my head it would be. I thought that turning 18 would open up a whole new world of adulthood, and well, it did. But it’s not exactly being 18 that made the difference, it’s the growing up part that did. I noticed that I know more things now than I did a year ago not only in academics but life in general. I’ve learned that you cannot please everyone, and everyone can’t please you. So maybe try to change the things you can for the better, and be at peace with those you can’t do anything about. I  now understand why some events had to happen before, for me to be the person I am today. Yes, our experiences make us, but they are not the definition of who we are. Being in college also exposed me to the many kinds of people and situations I haven’t encountered before. Growing up in the small community we have in Sta. Rosa, you basically knew almost everyone around you, either by name or by face (or by username on social media). In college, I started seeing new faces everyday. And this is without exaggeration, I see a new set of people everyday as I go to school. Being in a different and a busy part of the Philippines also gave me a lot to adjust to. But nonetheless, these things helped me learn more about myself and the world we’re living in. 2015 has been a year of new experiences and changes for me, and I know that 2016 will be full of them as well. Like a famous quote says, “The only thing constant in this world is change.” So I’m entering 2016 with a grateful heart and an expectant mind. I am choosing not to establish myself on something or someone that may change. I choose to put my trust on the One who is the same yesterday, now, and forever.

I am very thankful and grateful to God for all of the love and grace He had poured upon me and my family in the past year. But I am more excited for what He has in store for 2016. My January 1 devotion from Our Daily Journey is about “New” (duh Krista New year) but not really. New here doesn’t mean “brand new” but instead it means “renewed”. Like the new life we have when we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior. We become dead to sin and alive in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). We don’t die physically, but it’s the life that we lived before that does. This is the start of the “New” life that we have in Christ and it doesn’t just happen in a blink of an eye, it takes time. We are not perfect, but that doesn’t make God love us any less. I myself have been Christian for the longest time, but there are still times that I fail. I fall short. I ask for forgiveness but still feel regret and like I am not worthy anymore of the love of God. But it is in these times that I feel God’s love pouring out on me, His hand reaching out to me, His voice calling out my name.  I am beyond grateful that our God is a God of second(and third and fourth) chances, because after the many times I’ve failed His mercy still remains and He’s still there to welcome me with open arms. Following God’s word is not easy, and is sometimes uncomfortable but the temporary is nothing compared to eternal life we will have in Heaven with Him.

Going back to the present, I still am not perfect. But everyday is a chance for me (and for you) to be a step closer to becoming a better person and to get to know God more. We have a purpose, and God has something planned out for each and everyone of us (Jeremiah 29:11) and I hope and pray that this will be the year that we are guided with wisdom to make the right decisions for our future. Let us make the most out of the new year and may we have a fun-filled and faith-filled 2016.

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Opo Lord!

Isn’t it hard sometimes hard to just obey? For example, your parents tell you to wash the dishes but you feel lazy, so you make up excuses not to do it. Or when you want to go somewhere but you’re not allowed just because. Isn’t it hard to obey? But what do we usually end up doing, just obeying, because they are our parents and they are in authority over us.

Yesterday, I went to church with my grandparents, our normal sunday routine. And the preaching was about prayer, and the last point on that prayer was request. That’s usually what we do when we pray right? request to God. But then this verse was used by ptr. Janssen:

 

Part of my notes on the preaching

 

John 15:7. This verse had such an impact on me. At that time it wasn’t that clear why, but as you can see, it was the only verse that I actually typed out fully. Then it was further explained, that God wasn’t just a wish-granting factory. Because He will not grant all requests.

 

 

 Then, while reading “Be All You Can Be by John C. Maxwell” before I went to sleep

It was actually not the first time I read this book, I started it out last January but I didn’t finish it. So I decided last night to restart on this.

I stumbled upon something familiar.           

 

 

 

It was the same verse!

 

 

 

 

John 15:7

If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.

See the condition there? If. He said that if we abide in Him and His words abide in us. because when we are in Him, we will not desire anything against what His words says. Sometimes, He doesn’t grant us what we want because maybe our hearts are not yet aligned with what is right. That’s why God aligns us first.If we could follow our parents, why not follow God as well. There might be things that have to be taken out of our lives, for us to be able to abide in Him. These might be habits, objects, or relationships that brings us away from God. The disappearance of these from our lives will help us grow closer to God.

And when we are already in Him, what we will be wanting is already coordinated with His word. and that’s where the second part of the verse comes in. We can ask for what we want and it will be done for us as long as it agrees with the word of God. But God has 3 answers to our requests; A) Yes, B) not now, or C) I have something better for you. We might not receive what we ask for right away, but God’s timing is perfect and I am assured that however way He answers me, that is the best way.

I’ve been asking God to speak more clearly to me, sabi ko “Lord please gusto ko po kayong mas marinig pa.” (Lord, I want to hear You more) And guess what, I heard Him. Loud and clear.

especially after reading the verse form the book, I was like, “Lord gets ko na po, sige po, thank You po” (Lord, I get it, okay, thank you) because really that was what I needed.

If I would be summarizing this whole thing into two words, it would be:

Just obey.

 because nothing God says will bring us to harm I am sure of that. So that’s it,

just obey, and everything else will fall into place.

creds to YouVersion for the editing

 

 

(p.s. To my parents (and grandparents) if ever you would be seeing this… Sorry for the times I disobeyed you, sorry for being stubborn at times, but I assure you that I will obey you na!! Promise talaga! hehe Love you all <3)

Reflection

Well this is actually a CL reflection assigned to me by my CL teacher but since it’s ‘worth blogging’ I shall post it!

The Ten Plagues Reflection

The ten plagues are found in the book of Exodus, chapters 7 to 11 of the Old Testament in the bible. These ten plagues are turning the water in the Nile river into blood[Exodus 7], Frogs, lice and flies[Exodus 8], Livestock boils and hail[Exodus 9], Locusts and darkness[Exodus 10] and the plague where in all of the first-borns will die[Exodus 11]. These Plagues struck Egypt because the Pharaoh doesn’t want to free the Israelites from their slavery, despite warning from Moses and Aaron, as instructed by God.

Some people may be wondering why God would bring plagues unto His people if they just read the stories and didn’t understand them. But as I read the stories, bringing plagues to the people weren’t to destroy them but to prove how God is powerful over those who worship and follow Him. He had sent Moses and Aaron to relay His messages to the Pharaoh of Egypt so that the Pharaoh would just let the people of God, the Israelites, go. But the pharaoh’s heart was just too hard to bulge in the first plagues that came to him. He really tried to solve the problem by worldly solutions. So God had to bring it to the extremes for the Pharaoh to realize that he cannot do it by his own hands or weapons but the Pharaoh needs to follow God’s command and let the Israelites go.

Sometimes, we are like the Pharaoh. Though we are already experiencing tough times, we try to solve everything by ourselves. But I think God is making us realize that we cannot do everything alone, especially without His guidance. God wants us to open our hearts to what He wants to tell us because all the Lord wants is what’s best for us. All we need is to listen and follow God to be able to go through the challenges we are facing or more challenges we are going to go through.

The Night/Hours Before the First Day of My Senior Year

Oh it’s the first day of school later and I’m here. since I’m not doing anything na, might as well blog.

So this week has really been like the last  of last of the last vacation. I can feel the pressure of school coming. ugh I really didn’t want to go to school my gash, parang summer vibes are still with me and it didn’t want to leave woosh woosh study mode: snooze joke haha. well that was until a friend of mine texted me na that she really wanted to see me, I just felt so happy in that moment and I felt excited to go to school.

I was actually having my devotion at that time haha. so yeah, while I was having my devotion, the topic was about, Me having a God-given purpose.Well, back then I really didn’t think about me having a purpose, I just prayed and that’s it. I really didn’t care about sharing the word or something. This year is when it just really clicked in my mind that I had a purpose. In this devotion it was about Samson, who was from birth already had a God-given purpose and the devotion said that I  have my own God-given purpose. Even before I was born, God already had a purpose for me. And I know that purpose is to reach out to people, all kinds of people. I mean I’m a really “madaldal” person so why not use it for good huh? I can make daldal  in the right ways, I should not use my mouth for gossip and hate and swearing and those stuff. I’m just really struck by the devotion that I had today. My purpose is not to please anyone else, it is to please the One and all-powerful God.

I really hope that I can do God’s purpose in my life. After all, my life is for GOD. 

Aaaand I read a testimony of a friend of mine, here name is Khayla, and I just got really inspired (you can read her’s here)

xo, Krista he he

Ignite 2013: The Fire Within

Ignite 2013 is a campus conference that happened in Cuneta Astrodome for 3 days, May 29, 20 & 31.This event has really been a life-changing experience for me.I don’t have many pictures tho but I have really lots of experiences.Let’s start with Day 1:Here’s us waiting outside for the gates to be opened.

The worship was really really awesome and blessed.

A sort of summary of the happenings on the first day.

(this is from Orange Gregorio)

And these are the Merchandise I bought!

Day 2:my ootd : Ignite 2011 shirt 😀

I keep on posting the worship time photos because the worship is really amazing.

Another ‘summary’ picture of what happened from Orange again 🙂

After the day 2, we slept over at bay garden residences near MOA 🙂

Look there’s me and my Kambal hihi :”>

She’s Christine Sy lol haha she has no blog kase so yeah

there’s a bendy lamp beside each of the bends hehe

Me with my kambal again hehe

Day 3:Campus Day/NightThis is where we show our Campus Pride!Animo Lasalle before we went to cuneta that day we ate at MOA sa savory and we took this picture.

this are official photos of ignite.ph so copyright to them :))

^I was awkwardly nakanganga 😩

These are my pictures na hehe

Worship still strong, even stronger on the last day.

I painted an animo star on my hand

And I am Sold and bought with a price -1 Corinthians 6:20

we got this as a souvenir, only for the ones who attended ignite.

The Every Nation Asia Campus Confernce: IGNITE 2013 is a gathering of student leaders from all over the Philippines and Asia. – See more ate: http://ignite.ph/#sthash.qUSLRJQF.dpuf