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 ūüôā

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.

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)

Imperfections and All, I’m Still #ProudToBeMe

It’s been so long since I’ve posted or even took a picture of me bare-faced. Maybe it’s because I’ve been really into make up lately, and I’ve been practicing make up looks a lot. But there’s also that standard given that your face needs to always look perfect. Even your body has to be sexy. There are all these standards given to us by society on what’s beautiful but is it really what is beautiful?

There is a noon time show here in the Philippines called showtime and one of their newest segments is the Advice Ganda. It’s where people can voice out their problems and Vice Ganda will give them advices or truths that they need to know. The problem given earlier was that this girl was being bullied, being called ugly and dark skinned. She was disappointed on how people judge so easily based on looks and I saw how hurt she really was because I saw her emotions flowing out in her voice and in her tears. So Vice gave her some advice about how real beauty comes from within and that acceptance is the key to becoming better. Clich√© as it may sound, but it’s really what’s on the inside that counts.

I think that we’ve all gone through that phase of wanting to be beautiful to fit in or to be more attractive to others or than others. But wanting to be pretty for others will not do you any good. Because different people = different opinions, whatever we do, there’s going to be someone who disagrees with us so why bother trying to please others. For me, being pretty depends on what you think of yourself. If you think you’re pretty with make up on then go put some on, but if you prefer going bare-faced then that is fine as well. Being beautiful will not start with others thinking that you are, but it’s when you think you are Beautiful.

The beauty that I’m talking about is not just about outer beauty, but more importantly, our inner beauty. It feels good to look beautiful but let’s not forget the things that really matter. That ganda will get you friends, but your personality is what will make people stay. When you’re beautiful inside, it will radiate to your outer beauty. We should think about other people’s concerns. Spend time getting to know others and developing relationships. Check up on your friends whom you haven’t talked to in a while, they might have some stories to tell. Don’t forget to spend time with your family, give them a day or two of full on family time. Spend time with God, getting to know Him and building your relationship with Him.

I know I’m not perfect, I have my flaws but hey, there’s always room for improvement and that’s why I’m trying to be better each day. We still have a long way to go, lots of people to encounter, many more experiences but there’s only going to be one of us, so here’s to becoming beautiful inside and out.

bare-faced me says hi

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