‘Tis the season to be jolly

Its Christmas time again. They say it is the season of love, joy and giving.

People celebrate this holiday in different ways. A lot of people celebrate it because of love. In Japan, they arent Christians but they celebrate it as a day of love (couples’ day)

Other people celebrate it by giving. They help others (charity), they give gifts to other people etc.. Some attend parties and join the exchange gifts.. Here in the Philippines, the term is “monito, monita”

But today.. I want to focus my sharing on the most important meaning of Christmas which was obviously being taken for granted.

It is the word “joy”

A few weeks before, I had a wonderful conversation with a very cute and smart girl on the telephone. She wanted me to sing with her “Deck the halls”.

As we were singing a few stanzas.. When she was singing “tis the season to be jolly”.. I suddenly realized that yes! Christmas is truly the season to be jolly!

But how can we be happy if we have lots of problems right?

Notice.. That the word “love” and “giving” is about other people. But “joy” is a personal thing.

It is a choice if you want to be jolly this Christmas or not.

So if its a choice.. Why is Christmas, a season to be jolly?

Because God gave Jesus to us.

Because of Jesus, we can freely come to the Father whenever we want too. Because of Him, we became free from the damnation of hell. Because of Jesus, we are living an easy life.

Easy life? You call this easy?

Well our lives right now maybe tough, full of problems.. But it is Easy if you compare the lives of people today and the people in the past.

Example: if they have sinned, they have to kill a clean lamb and offer it to the altar behind the curtain. < this was broken after Jesus died on the cross (Matthew 27:51).

Happiness is the outward, joy is inner, it is everlasting… It maybe a choice… But if you chose this joy that Jesus wants to give to you.. Despite any circumstances in your life, you will feel this inner contentment, this calm delight.

“But the angel said to them, “do not be afraid, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all people: today a Savior, has been born to you, He is Christ the Lord” Luke 2:10-11

Have a joyous Christmas everyone :)

If you love someone, you don’t have to convince yourself

I heard this quote today from one of the students in SJH bldg. “If you love someone, you don’t have to convince yourself.” – whenever we hear those kind of quotes.. we always think about ourselves and the people around us.

But.. for me.. when I heard her saying that quote… I suddenly remember “God”.

Nah, I am not talking about religion.. I am talking more about a relationship with Him. You see.. when you Love God, you don’t have to convince yourself to go to church, or have a fellowship with other Christians. Your Love for our creator will just show to the whole world. That is why once you have a relationship with God.. it’s not about the “Do’s and Don’ts.” It is about.. like avoiding sins because it will hurt God or I have to do this because I love God.

But you don’t have to convice yourself or others that you Love God. At the end of the day… It is still between you and God. (Not you, your spiritual parent and God.. or Not you, and your pastor and God.) It is between you and God.

For the whole time you are inside the church. You serve God through any kind of ministry. But the question is.. when you go home.. how is your relationship with your family? How is your relationship with God?

No one can judge a person. Because.. the things between God and you.. will always be.. between you and Him and no one else.

12th Spiritual Birthday (my open letter to God)

Dear Father God,

It has been 12 years… A life with You is full of challenges. There has been good times and bad times. The good times involves.. me… serving You for Your glory, sharing Your love to others, living miraculously etc. The bad times involves… persecutions, misunderstandings, temptations, trials, problems etc… But in each of these times.. (especially during bad times), You always.. ALWAYS makes a way for everything… You SHINE so bright that even I can’t deny nor ignore You.

Though.. I know You already knew what’s in my heart.. But I want to write a letter for You in Public. I want to express and show to the whole world what I want to tell You.

The purpose of this letter.. is to say three things to You.

The first thing that I want to say is…  “I am SORRY”. I am sorry for being a bad daughter. That I disobeyed You a lot of times, that I blame You in my wrong decisions, That I hurt You many times because of my selfishness. But even though, I’ve been a pretty bad as a Christian, as your child.. You LOVE me UNCONDITIONALLY. You were always there when I needed You, You always forgive me and giving me a chance to stand up.

Father God… are You teasing me? While writing You this love letter… My MP3 randomly played “Jesus will still be there.” Now I am crying.. :P 

You have given me a vision yet, I destroyed it. A calling that I’m not using. A purpose that I ignored. Yet just like the prodigal son’s story… You open your arms so wide to welcome me and forgive me for all of these things that I have done. I am also sorry as well for the times I blame You for my mistakes.. I am sorry from thinking negative things towards other people.. for being busy and forgetting to even say goodnight to You.

But no matter what I do… no matter what I have done, You never forsaken me. I tried to stop Loving You… but You never stop loving me, I tried leaving You and my faith.. but You were patiently waiting for me. Whenever I forget your presence… you would tap my shoulder and say, “My child.. I am just here…”

So because of this.. I want to say.. “THANK You.” Thank you for everything You’ve done to me. Thank You for giving me a chance to stand up whenever I fall down, thank You for not leaving me, thank You for Your unconditional love, Thank You for giving me an awesome supportive family and friends, For giving me true people who stayed even in my darkest hours. Thank You, Thank You, for not giving up on me. Thank You for choosing me, For being in my life.

God, You are an Amazing Father. 

Lastly that I want to say.. is “I LOVE You.” Though there are times I hurt You, there are times… I don’t express it, or even show it to other people.. but I know You know how much I love You. You are the one who changed my life, and still in the process of changing the ‘ME’ for the better. You are the one who saved me from damnation in hell, Just like that song.. ‘When I sold my soul.. You bought it back for me…. and held me UP and gave me DIGNITY.. You took me home.. in Your ARMS.’ You showed me many miracles which I cannot deny, and have saved me from a lot of troubles.

Father God, for the next years… I want to continue walking with You. Though there maybe times.. I may waver and will leave Your side while walking.. I know that I will always.. ALWAYS come back to You… I want to be even more closer to you, but I can’t promise that I’ll be a good daughter.. because I know I will break that.. since I am a human and I am not perfect.. and I am still a sinner… but I’ll try my very best with the help and grace of Jesus Christ.

For these 12 years… I am sorry.. I love you and Thank you..

I’m looking forward for the years to come with you holding my hand.. I love you Father God and happy.. 12th Spiritual Birthday to me.. :)

Thank you for the 12 years relationship with You.. Your Unconditional Love..

Love Chette

Be a Part of God’s family

I’ve been getting a lot of emails recently, saying… where is the salvation corner of your blog? I mean, you were sharing your testimonies and how God is working in your life but you don’t help people who seek.. and tell them the steps of accepting Jesus in their life.

Well the reason for this dilemma.. is because I.. really feel that I have no right to lead someone in Christ. For I am a dirty woman, and even though I am trying to change; I am not perfect and I am a sinner, and sometimes I am a hypocrite.

But you know what? This is why Jesus died on the cross… for us.. who are hypocrites, sinners, liars, dirty rags, unrighteous people. He knew that we can’t be perfect; so He died for all of us to save us from damnation. He is the “LAMB of GOD who takes away the sins of the world.”. He knew that we can’t be perfect and that even though sometimes, we want to live in a life without sinning.. we can’t do that. Others are doing their best to pay for their sins by going to church, having fellowship, reading the Bible and praying. But–we should not feel these things as an obligation. We don’t go to church because we feel as if we need to pay God for we have sinned. We should always put in our minds, the reason why Jesus said. “It is finished” right before He died is because we can’t be perfect. We will always be sinners… until we die.

So this is God’s Gift to humankind… HIS SON.. the PRICE.. and once you have accepted HIM; no matter how dirty, how imperfect, how bad you are.. God will always.. always forgives you.. just like a son/daughter who committed mistake and the father will stretched out his hands to hug his child.

But how…? how can we be a part of His family? (continue reading)

He is my comfort…He forgives like no other…

Lord, no one speaks with the power of Your voice-
You said “Come forth” and the dead lived again; You said, “Rise, take up your bed and walk” and the feeble could stand to their feet; You said, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam” and clear images flooded darkened eyes.

Lord, no one speaks with the comfort of Your voice-
it calls me as a shepherd to its lost lamb; it soothes me as a mother to her hurting child; it woos me as a bridegroom to his bride; it reassures me as a friend to his companion.

Lord, no one speaks with the clarity of Your voice-
You speak words of light to shine upon my path; You speak words of nourishment to feed my soul; You speak words of truth to make me wise; You speak words of vitality to make me whole.

Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks. John 7:46

-Devotional excerpt by Roy Lessin, from his blog Meet Me In The Meadow