Friday, December 27, 2013

Chase

My heart will never stop being grateful for all the Lord has done and how He is moving in our life.  I just finished reading Jennie Allen's book Chase and it encouraged me a lot to pursue a journey ... a journey to chase God's heart.



I want to be like David, Lord.
I want to love you with my whole heart, soul, mind and strength.
I don't want to just say it but I want it to be seen in my ways.
I don't want to live for the wrong things.
Lord, lead me to the life you want me to live.

Jennie stated it beautifully, "When I meet God, I want to face Him completely out of breath for having chased him with these few days I have on Earth. On that day, I want to have lived what I say I believe. I want to have talked to God more than I talk to anyone else.  I want to have trusted God and followed Him anywhere."

In my quiet time yesterday, this verse spoke to my heart. "Asa's heart was blameless all his days." (2Chronicles 15:17)   What made God say this about him? Asa removed the abominable idols from all the land and He restored the altar of the Lord.  I need to remove anything that takes the place of Jesus in my life. These things are not bad but they become my idols once I prioritize them over God. God's throne should be in its proper place - in my mind, in my soul, in my heart. By the time the Lord calls me back home, I want my heart to be blameless before Him.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

And The Word Became Flesh

     In our family devotion this morning, we thought of what we would feel if President Obama or Queen Elizabeth would choose to live in our home for 33 years. We would have turned our house around and still feel unworthy of the honor. Yet Jesus, the King of Kings, the creator of the universe, did just that.

"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His Name, who were born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us ... " (John 1:12-14)

God sent forth His beloved Son to save me. Unworthy as I am, He dwelt in me and chose to adopt me.. He gave me the right to be called a child of God!

I like this quote from Chase, a book I've been reading by Jennie Allen, "Because of Christ, not one thing is the same. We are not striving to be new. We are just ... new. The old "us" died with Christ and we came back something entirely different ... He chased after us, not because we were worthy but because God is just that good." 

GOD
chose
adopted
filled
strengthened
enabled
convicted
restored
forgave
established 
US

What grace! What joy! What love!

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That is the essence of the season. We cannot separate Jesus from Christmas. He is CHRISTMAS.

"After chasing everything the world has to offer,
nothing is more satisfying than God."-Jennie Allen
I AM HIS.
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Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas ... from our family to yours.


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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Kits And Goodies

It will be Christmas soon and what better way to document the special memories it would bring by using these wonderful kits by Leaving a Legacy Designs.

Joyful Noise is a fun festive Christmas kit with adorable caroling reindeer and mouse.




If you want to scrap the nativity scene, The Greatest Gift is perfect for you.





Both kits are perfect also for non-themed layouts.
Grab them here: JOYFUL NOISE, THE GREATEST GIFT

Here are the layouts I made for these kits.



WA by WA World




I also made some jar labels for your homemade goodies.


You can get them here: Christmas Movies Day 11

... And there's a fun Christmas mini-kit that just came out!  You can grab Ho Ho Oh No HERE.

 



12.13.2013 Coop Gift-Giving in Pasig. We donated books
and toys to our adopted Library.
 Our children acted out the first Christmas story, 
sang Christmas carols, gave food and goodies
& shared the 4 most important truths to the attendees.
1. God loves us..
2. We have sinned
3.. Jesus died for us.
4. We have to decide to live for Christ.


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Greatest Gift - A Dgroup Christmas Outreach

It has been almost a year now when our Discipleship Group started conducting monthly Bible studies in Balubad, a resettlement area in Marikina City.  From a usual 10-12 adults and 35 kids,  our attendees increased to 15-30 adults and 150 kids.  God is using this ministry to help us train our Dgroup members to facilitate, teach and conduct outreaches.  It has truly been a blessing to all of us. My husband and I also use this to train our kids in ministry, showing them how to give and share their blessings to other people.
Our kids helping give some goodies to the kids

packing some loot bags for the Balubad kids
God has also provided this multi-purpose hall for our Sunday School
My eldest, Michael, teaching the kids an action song
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As a culminating activity this year, we conducted an outreach which was attended by around 352 residents (kids and adults). Our goal was to share with them the true meaning of Christmas, the greatest gift of all - Jesus Christ.


OUtreach Ticket
credits: LST/WA World

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To learn how this ministry started, you can click this link: DGROUP OUTREACH MASS WEDDING 

All glory to God!









Monday, December 02, 2013

Our Chocolate Love Story

        My kids love everything chocolate ... from milk to spreads to ice cream! I guess our love story with chocolates started in the womb. When I was  pregnant with my first child, I ate M&Ms and  Chocolate Sundae (almost) everyday.  Working near McDonald's didn't help at all. My excuse: I can't feel my baby move. I want to make sure he is alive. (lame, I know. lol) The moment I eat my M&Ms, Michael would do his somersaults inside me and I would be comforted.

     That wasn't a very good idea, I know.  It was by God's grace alone that my blood sugar level was still normal but I did gain a lot of weight.  I only realized I was getting bigger and bigger when I saw myself in a photo.  When I asked my husband  about it, he sweetly said, "I didn't notice it at all. For me, you still look like the Ayenn I married on our wedding day."



No Wonder my kids love to each chocolates!
Template from JMC Designs for November 16-30 Template Challenge

We couldn't say no to the world's biggest Hershey bar.

Layouts made using Leaving a Legacy Designs' HOT, HOT CHOCOLATE.
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