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Because what’s ahead is so unclear {A Prayer}

God, I need you. Because what’s ahead is so unclear. I am frustrated. I am worried. I am awake with anxiety.
I strain to see what’s next. I labor to make out something. Anything.
If I only knew, I would be at peace.
All I see is gray—uninterpretable and formless.
If only I knew.
I want to believe whatever awaits beyond the gray is good, because you are good.
This is my prayer that you will teach me to believe, Lord.

http://findthelovely.com/2016/03/31/unclear-future/


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Raising Funds, Raising Hope

Blog Post from Pearl Bautista

It is almost universal to feel compassion whenever we hear of remarkable stories about people who persevered and did everything to change the course of their lives no matter how difficult. Whatever background we come from – nationality, race, belief, or faith – we feel touched, moved, and at times in awe of how some people can have so much persistence despite having the odds stacked against them.

Try watching this video from igivetolife.com https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XwWyFNPUAXo
which features some of the most heart-wrenching life stories of Real Life Foundation scholars. Their struggles will help you understand what I mean.

Such scenarios are particularly special to me as I, for one, had a taste of how it was to struggle with the thought of not being able to go to school the next day due to financial issues. Coming from a big family, I have witnessed how my parents worked so hard to try to make ends meet just so they could send me and my four other siblings to school all at the same time. Like the students in the video, our hope to make things better on the financial side lied on getting an education.

Looking back, I can’t imagine what kind of life we would be facing had we not pursued our studies. Apart from my parents’ love and dedication, my only indication of hope that things will be better was the fact that I was still able to go to school everyday and together as a family we are overcoming our situation. It was this experience that made me not hesitate to help those who are struggling with the same situation as I was.

This brings me to four years ago when myself and a bunch of very good friends were given the opportunity to sponsor a student via Real Life Foundation. We started a yearly fundraiser for Melody – our adopted scholar. For three years, we were organizing dance sessions we entitled “I Wanna Dance for Zumbady”, where we sold tickets and donated the proceeds to the scholarship fund for Melody. Year after year, we would be totally awed by people’s generosity to give to the fund. Not to mention, participants had fun dancing and of course meeting new people.

Last year, apart from Zumba, we partnered with Dee Capulan of Souldeelight to provide Calligiving sessions or calligraphy workshops for a cause. It was certainly deelightful (pun intended) to witness a new group of people get involved in this benefit, and at the same time, see them enjoy this wonderful art of hand lettering taught by the ever passionate Dee. And if you must know, it was our best year yet in terms of total funds raised.

This 2016, we are excited to put together two Calligiving sessions to raise funds for the fourth and final year of Melody. It’s weird, but we feel like parents extremely looking forward to sending a daughter to her last year in the university. We couldn’t help but feel amazed at how her once impossible dream of getting a university degree is now becoming a reality.

With this, I humbly invite you to experience the joy of doing something not for yourself but to make someone else’s life better. Your giving is more than sending the scholars to school, or providing them with lunch money; it is an act of love and of shedding hope so that they may face a brighter tomorrow.

 

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Prayer For March 25th

Hope For The Broken Hearted

Good Friday Prayer

Hello, Friends! Here is the prayer for today…

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today is a solemn day as we think about all our Savior went through on our behalf…we will never fully understand this side of heaven the depths of Christ’s love that compelled Him to take on our sin…our pain… the debt that we could never pay…

Lord, there is so much we will not understand this side of heaven…so many questions that will never be answered…but several truths we can cling to…Christ lived and died and made a way where there was no way…death could not keep Him or hold Him down…if you can take something as hideous and horrible as the cross and Jesus’ death and bring new life and hope from all that pain and suffering, you can do the same from our trials and struggles…nothing is too hard for you…nothing is impossible for you…

You have shown how much…

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There’s no such thing as a wireless Anchor

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Our hope is secure and immovable, anchored in God, just as a ship  anchor holds firmly to the seabed.

To the true seeker who comes to God in belief. God gives an unconditional promise of acceptance. When you ask God with openness, honesty and sincerity to save you from your sins, He will do it. This truth should give you encouragement, assurance and confidence.

The thing about anchors is that to be effective, they must be attached to something. There is always a connection: a rope or a chain. They aren’t wireless and can’t be connected to Bluetooth. That connection is every bit as vital as the anchor itself. It doesn’t matter how securely that big hunk of metal is wedged into the ocean floor – if you’re not tied to it, it’s not the least bit helpful. The chain matters greatly.

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The wonderful thing about the anchor of the soul is that it, too, comes equipped with a mighty chain. Hope has a rope: the Holy Spirit.

Before entering God’s presence in the ascension, Jesus promised to send His spirit to be our Helper. He is our great rope that cannot be frayed, the one who has lashed our hearts to heaven.

Through the Spirit we have an everlasting guarantee, a down payment on the life that is to come. He is the proof that there is more in store and the death is not the end.

In times of overwhelming sadness, your anchor should strengthen you, but you should also be encouraged by the chain.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, JESUS, has entered on our behalf. he has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizidek”

~Hebrews 6:19-20~

 

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#TGIF #TodayGodisFirst

Credits to Elton John Tan

 


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Faith

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast”

~Ephesians 2:8-9~ NIV

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When someone gives you a gift do you say, That’s very nice – now how much do I owe you? No, the appropriate response to a gift is “Thank you”. Yet, how often Christians, even after they have given the gift of salvation, feel obligated to try to work their way to God.. Because our salvation and even our faith are gifts, we should respond with gratitude, praise and joy.

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“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh  the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith

~1 John 5:4 KJV~

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Jesus never promised that obeying Him would be easy. But the hard work and self-discipline of serving Christ is no burden to those who love Him. And if our load starts to feel heavy, we can always trust Christ to help us bear it.

Too often, Father, I try to think my way through my problems rather than feeling my way. Open my heart so that I might know Your Love in the deepest way possible. Amen

 

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Spiritual Refreshment

“For this is what the high and exalted One says – he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

~ISAIAH 57:15 NIV~

 

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“In six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed”

~EXODUS 31:17 ESV~

 

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The giver of life is also the renewer of hope, and He is ready and waiting to fill you with new life, new hope – to transform your heart and lift you out of the pit. All you have to do is ask.

Breath of life, breath into me Your sweet joy and peace.

Help me see the coming years as an opportunity to discard the old and embrace the new.

Amen.