A spark of hope

This is not the first time I write about the organization I’m joining in,  Light collective outreach is now becoming a part of my life.
I’m happy to know I served this ministry very well.

My feet keep me coming back, keep bringing me to this place called smokey mountain because My heart keeps wanting to see again and again their innocent smiles and eyes…

Getting to know each them deeper, Discovering their lives, their weaknesses and strengths and guiding them with God’s love thru his word kept them encourage and motivated, coaching them, telling them to get up and keep moving on after a fall, a failure, a mistake, holding them by hands and  helping them to walk in this lonely and confusing world.

I’m comforted to know with this small acts of caring, with my heartfelt simple little prayers to God of my love to this Kids are the possibilities of a better and brighter future for them.
my hopes will not disappoint me, – Romans 5:5
I will do my part, and God will do His part
and the magic will follow.

Pray for me to keep pressing forward.

 

 

 

Photography by Wen Gonzales

A spark of hope

We at Twenty-five.

I woke up my sister to greet her a happy birthday.
and posted few photos of us in instagram
though I didnt greet her there in the sweetest way because Im gonna greet her here.
this is my favorite space to express my love toward her.
I know she might not read it,
but maybe someday she will visit this blog.
To My Sister!

Once a upon one fertilized egg splits and develops into two babies with exactly the same genetic information, and that’s US!( WHOOHOOO!) can you believe that????? (Freaking amazing) we were best friend since birth!
and we grow up to be women together.
The little girls that we were, playing together, sharing clothes and embarrassing family photos with, vacations, road trips, fought with, sang with, got in trouble with, and laughed for hours.

we grow up, even though we know the fact that we were twins we are exact opposites in almost every way,
with everything in common at the same time.
I could not be prouder to call my sister my own, my other half.
I cannot imagine life without you there, my life is sweet, fun and challenging because you were in it!
this day 25 years ago the greatest gift God gave me, is you.
It’s my joy to share everything I have to you since we already shared everything from the very start. (I’m talking about our mother’s womb)
until now in our birthday you are still the best gift I ever had.
to grow with my best friend
the most sincere friend, the best listener, incredibly loyal, hardworking. It is the most wonderful thing to grow up with you and watch you be so successful at everything you’re doing.
really! Couldn’t be more proud!
Happy 25th birthday to both of us!

We at Twenty-five.

For my kins and little cousins

December 29,

This will be the last day my kins will going to stay in our place so I asked them to sleepover in our room, so we could spend more time to each other one last time

Our room usually is an off-limit to boys, I dont allow any male stranger or friends to step in this part of our house, but this time there are exceptions because My kins they were all boys!

when these kids are awake? They were all over the place, playing around and we all just having a lot of fun, endless laughing about many stuff, stories and movies.

And seeing them sleeping peacefully and untroubled makes me say a little prayer of how thankful and grateful to God for introducing them to me.

This is the first time I got to know each of them I grew up not knowing my other cousins are since my mom has conflicts with my father’s family long time ago but praying for a happy Christmas and new year God gave them to me, and I cannot ask for more better Gifts, I saw how God binded the broken relationship this year by humbling my mother.

“Hey guys! Sleep well! “Tita” loves you all so much!” Is all I can murmur to myself.

There is one left that are still awake that night.

And he said he didnt feel sleepy so Stay awake with him until 1 in the morning, I let Him tell a story about how he was while growing since that was the area of His life I missed all this years.

His name is Mckinley, this kin of mine, started having a crush and even falling in love, and tell me he is ready to marry this girl already and he is so young for that decision.

So Here is some “tita” moves,

I ministered him telling him some realities which includes true meaning of love written in corinthians 13, which says “love is patient” and some verse in songs of solomon “do not awaken love if it is not ready”, And that “God made everything beautiful in its time” written in Ecclesiastes.

I told him love is not about falling but more on growing and commitment, and that it is not really painful and breaking but fixing and building each other and how important it is to find someone who loves the Lord so that while time passing them by they would survive change and differences.
I tell him a lot of things I cannot remember some of them. But scriptures above are some important.

Not love expert here, this things I learnt because of my relationship with Jesus.

I started praying to God that How I wish to answer my prayer right in this moment to just freeze this hour for a moment because I just want to take a good look each of their faces because time passes us by they grow up fast.  I prayed God protect them from temptations and all the sinful things this world can offer to them,  I hoped they will grow up well or praying that God help them in all their decisions in life and kept them from evil ones, help them make their dreams come true and that his will be done into their lives.

For my kins and little cousins

DIY-ing our Prayer wall.

Last Nov 19, we asked LCO Kids IN Smokey Mountain to write down their prayer to God, or any wish they had for Christmas, to be honest, it is their prayer that motivates me to work hard in this prayer wall.
It is important to me to hear their prayers and small voices as much as how important they are to God.
I spend so much time building this and with the help of Cristine, we manage to buy stuff we needed within the budget of 1000 pesos.
It is actually an impossible to budget that small amount for a huge wall.
but there is nothing impossible to God.
we buy our affordable stuff at the following stores.

http://www.papemelroti.com/  for our textured wallpaper for only 50php / $1.00 each
https://www.nationalbookstore.com/ other extra stuff like glues and tapes
national bookstore actually know because it is one of the most favorite store here in Manila.
https://www.facebook.com/ButtonsNWrap/ for Twines for only 80php / $1.60
I provided the Christmas lights.

It is an answered prayer to have more people to help us out, because it is impossible to finish this whole thing with Just two of us.

How grateful I am, to see how  God works with small things and can change a heart and build friendship,
and it all starts with a prayer wall.
I get a chance to know each of this people through this little Project.

When I met Cristine, we agreed to meet up at Glorieta so we could buy stuff we needed for this project, it was a shame that I’m late and for whatever reason,
I know it is not reasonable to be late in agreed time of meet up.
Actually, I shoved two people precious time that day,
Cristine waited for me 3 hours at Glorieta and CJ waited for both of us for 5 hours in CCF Makati, I’m such A selfish person.
I kept thinking of CJ while buying stuff, I know in my heart I wasted so much of His time.
we arrived at CCF 6pm, and we see Him crying…
Crying because he was praising God and Singing sentimental worships song with Elevate.
I was little surprise to see him not angry or anything but smiling while welcoming us for arriving (late)
Me and Cristine:  “
CJ! Sobrang Sorry!( CJ, Im so sorry!)
CJ : “Ano ba kayo Guys! ok lang, masaya naman ako sa “Elevate”, may purpose naman si God.” (Don’t worry guys, I enjoyed Elevate, God has a purpose!)  
with that great patience, he had Portray, before me a sample of Christlikeness attitude, which is I know shouldn’t take advantage of.

we agreed to meet up again on Wednesday, Wednesday is a Bonifacio day a National Holiday here in the Philippines.
that’s when i got a chance to meet more people,
like Lovely and Marriz,
Marriz, I have known her during LCO Outreach last Nov. 19, but I don’t really got a chance to know her deeper, except she told a story on how she love wakeboarding.
and I thank God for this little opportunity to know each her better.
I heard her own stories of Salvation.

later that night I get little disappointed with the group because my Ideas didn’t happen,
I isolated myself from them for awhile so I can deal with my own feelings and emotions and come back after a while to express myself and to be honest with them of what I really feel about the whole thing also making sure not hurting anyone’s feelings.
I know, I made everybody uncomfortable especially Lovely and everything awkward.
then wisdom came upon me telling “that this people should be more important than my selfish ideas, because they are more important to God.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves -Philippians 2:3” 
now this is the verse God teaches me  and I have known by heart while making our praying wall.
Im so happy that God reward my self-control after awhile because a better Idea come up, which is I know that it is not mine, or anyone but of God.

we had better lighting in the backdrop.

DIY-ing our Prayer wall.

Freely you have received; freely give.

2015 I already stopped doing art, I thought just turned my focus away from it and didn’t look back,
but then, with no materials to use or stuff to start, out of nowhere God had provided me all the things I need to continue thru my Godmother who wants me badly to continue doing it. from that day I think God’s saying “I need you to invest in this talent I gave you, bring me glory thru it” its in  Matthew 25:14-30 the verse he spoke to me.
right now I had a lots of plans for the future, actually I cannot imagine my future without doing art.
but here’s a one deal I have with God that all the proceedings with Bible scriptures or design will go to my chosen charity or foundation.
freely I received this talent so free I will give, I want his Word would benefit other people.
Remember this blog qoute “Love is God’s finest work of art” I will stick to that,
it means that for me Art is not my greatest love, but giving Love is my greatest art, and that God would continue to use me and my talent for His Glory, to brought light and life to other people.

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Freely you have received; freely give.

Defining Womanhood

Perfect woman doesn’t exist, but a righteous does.
It’s impossible to define a righteous woman without putting the name of God in the midst,  and It is almost impossible to have a discussion about becoming a godly woman without looking at Proverbs 31.

A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

she is the best example of womanhood.
Proverbs 31 gives a word picture of the character traits of a godly woman. She is a woman who is close to God. She is a helper for her husband and an example of God’s love and provision to those around her. These are traits she shows on the outside.

She is a picture of love.
patient, kind. Idoes not envy, does not boast, not proud.  Idoes not dishonor others, not self-seeking,  not easily angered,  keeps no record of wrongs.   does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
-1 cor 13:4-8

She is picture of light.

She shines before others, and people see her good deeds and glorify her Father in heaven.

To make it short A true woman portrays Christ love and light before others because of Her deep relationship with God.
she is a perfect definition of a real woman
nothing in this world can define her,
and her worth is far more than Diamonds and jewelries.

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Defining Womanhood