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Prayer Time

Mama left for Singapore early this morning and she’ll be back on November 8. As usual, we prayed together before she left. Mama was about to start the prayer when Papa said, “Okay, Jas, lead the prayer.”

Oooh, that was something new. Mama seconded that I lead the family in prayer. She told me to pray for her.

Yes, of course, I thought.

Then she said, “Pray also for the patience of all of you here at home.”

And so I prayed. I prayed for Mama’s safety and fulfillment on her travel. Then I prayed for a productive weekend for all of us left at home. I hesitated to pray for more patience, concerned that they might get offended. I wanted to pray for more love at home, but I held back my words. It was kind of awkward to say it aloud. I mean, how would everyone react if they hear the phrase more love at home? (We don’t usually talk about love at home hehe.)

The prayer ended without me saying all that I wanted to lift up to God in prayer. Oh, next prayer time if I’ll be asked to lead again, I hope I could say my prayer without reservations. 🙂

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Upon writing this, I realized we should start talking about love little by little so that it won’t keep on being a taboo inside our home. Maybe by saying and hearing the word love more often, we could be able to express our love for each other more naturally. Oh yeah! HAHA

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Quality Time

If I will be asked what I truly desire right now, it is quality time with my family. We lack that. We often have no time for each other. I, too, am guilty. Yeah. I just wish we could be together and spend real time with each other, share and listen to each other’s stories, sing songs, dream dreams, exchange smiles and hugs and kisses, dine together, play fun games, and do just anything together. It seems impossible right now but I know this will surely happen in God’s time. Yes, please, Lord Jesus, fill our family with love. Amen.

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Hallelujah Psalm

Psalm 146

Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

I will praise the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes,
    in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
    on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
    the sea, and everything in them—
    he remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
    and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
    the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
    the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner
    and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
    but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reigns forever,
    your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord.

Imagine for a moment what your life would be like if it were a hallelujah psalm. If every day began and ended for you in the praise of God. If the departure point of everything you did and the goal of every activity were to bring praise to God. Imagine what would happen to your work, your relationships, your home, your leisure time if all these things were enfolded in the praise of God and if you recognized in these things a beautiful opportunity to proclaim God’s praise. What would our world be like if all of us made praise of God our highest priority?

-Roger Scholtz, The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

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Right now

Dear Jesus,

You have poured out Your love for us when You shed Your blood on the cross 2000 years ago. Thank You for Your love. Now, I pray once again that You may fill us with Your love, Lord. Fill our family with love for each other. Fill our home with love that comes from You. May we all taste and experience the goodness of Your love and grace. May we let each other experience Your love, mercy and grace. May we be a family that seeks You and delights in doing Your will. May we praise and worship and serve You together as a family. This is my heart’s greatest desire now, Lord – that we, Crismo family, would come together to know You more and love and serve You and each other more and more each day. May You grant this desire of my heart, Lord Jesus. Thank You for Your love, for this life, and for our family. I love You, Jesus. Thank You for loving me. Amen.

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May liwanag ang buhay :)

Paminsan-minsan, nawiwili tayong piliin ang dilim kaysa liwanag. Kasi doon, hindi tayo makikita. Hindi mae-expose ang mga mali nating ginagawa. Walang sisita sa atin. Hanggang sa nasasanay na tayong magtago at mamuhay sa dilim.

Pero hindi yun ang gusto ng Diyos para sa atin. Gusto ng Diyos na magkaroon tayo ng buhay na ganap at kasiya-siya. Gusto Niya tayong mamuhay sa liwanag. Kaya nga Siya pumunta sa mundo para bigyan tayo ng liwanag. Hindi para silawin lang tayo sa ningning Niya. Hindi para konsensyahin lang tayo sa mga mali nating nagawa. Dumating ang Diyos para ialis tayo sa dilim at dalhin tayo sa liwanag. Dahil gusto Niya tayong iligtas sa kasamaan at sa kamatayan. Dumating ang Diyos dahil gusto Niya tayong mapabuti. Gusto Niya tayong mabuhay ng ganap dito sa mundo at mabuhay nang walang hanggan sa langit kapiling Niya. 🙂

Ngayong ang Diyos na mismo ang gumawa ng paraan para mapalapit sa atin, pipiliin pa rin ba natin ang dilim kaysa sa liwanag?

Sana, gaya ni Bartimaeus, gustuhin din nating makakita. 🙂

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I Will Never Pursue You

“Maybe I’m beginning to like you a lot
But I will never pursue you.”

Sorry sa pagma-manipulate ko ng mga bagay-bagay.

Lord, please keep my heart pure. Let me pursue only You.

ARABY

Maybe I’m beginning to like you a lot,
but I will never pursue you.
 
 
Around me, I’m tempted by all these pawns
calling me to use them,
looking me in the eye, saying
maybe you and I can ”accidentally” bump into each other in a coffee shop;
maybe we can schedule “friendly dates” with a bunch of conniving friends;
maybe I can start “innocent” topics with you over that gleaming chat box,
ask you things that no one would brand as bad,
I can even send you “wrong sends.”
But even this early, I realized
that albeit pawns are the most numerous pieces in a game,
at the end of the day,
they are but
the weakest.

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Don’t get me wrong -
I want to be with you.
Just to get to know you more,
I am ready to manipulate
so many things -
things…

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Only YOU will I adore

Same feels again. Too much crush talk with my girl friends. Got to search my heart once again and check my desires. Do I still take great pleasure in God alone?

jassy delights

“Ever I will sing, only YOU will I adore…”

Lately, I notice I’ve been spending too much time just thinking of my latest crush and admiring him. I even get to tell others how I feel about him, what we do when we’re together, and even our conversations which I almost memorized.
Hearing this line, “only You will I adore” struck me. Is it only God whom I adore? Do I really mean this song for God, my Creator and my Savior?

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Ulan, payong, at sapatos

Naisip kita kanina.
Umuulan kasi.
Suot ko yung sapatos kong ayokong ilusong sa ulan.
Sabi mo nun ilusong ko na kasi masisira’t masisisira rin naman kahit anong ingat ang gawin ko.
Ayoko talaga kaya pinili kong magpatila na lang ng ulan.

Umuulan nga noon.
Wala kang payong.
Saktong pagbaba ko ng jeep parang nakita ko ang sapatos mo.
Kinalabit mo ko. Ikaw nga.
Katabi na pala kita di ko pa namalayan.
Sabay tayong nagpatila ng ulan.
Ikaw, para di magkasakit.
Ako, para di masiraan ng sapatos.


Nasa jeep ako kanina nung lumakas ang ulan.
Naisip ko sapatos ko.
Maya-maya ikaw naman sumagi sa isip ko.
May dala ka kaya ngayong payong?

Linabas ko payong ko papunta sa terminal ng traysikel.
As usual, naghihintay ako ng mabbackridean.
Palinga-linga ako’t umaasang may makasabay.
Paglingon ko, akalain mong katabi na pala kita?!

Wala ka na namang payong.
Ano pa nga ba edi pinasukob kita.
Hinawakan mo payong ko kagaya lang nung dati, nung sabay tayong tumawid sa hi-way sa silong ng isang payong.
Hawak mo rin kamay ko noon, sabi mo para di ako mabasa at para makatawid tayo nang matiwasay.
Okays. Kunyari naniwala ako. At kunyari patay malisya lang ako. Kebs kuno haha..


Ayun.
Nagkamustahan tayo.
Napag-usapan ang late na pag-uwi, ang kawalan ng payong samantalang umuulan, at ang pag-iingat sa malapit nang masirang sapatos.
Nakakatawang tadhana.
Akalain mo yun.
Kung kailan kita biglang naisip saka naman kita biglang nakita.
Parehong sitwasyon. Nagkataon lang ba ito o sadyang nakatakda?

Mas mahaba pa sana ang kwentuhan pero dumating na ang pwede kong masabayan pauwi.

Hayaan mo na nga.
Wala lang naman ito.
Hanggang ganito lang tayo.
Pili lang ang panahon na pinagtatagpo tayong dalawa.
Kapag umuulan, wala kang payong at suot ko ang sapatos ko.
Bihira lang yun.
Unless gusto mong sadyain.
Pwede rin naman hahaha 😉
Kung ganun lang ba naman kadali e.

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If You Ever Fall In Love

Oh yeah. 🙂 If I ever… hehehe

James Michael Sama

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If you ever fall in love, fall in love with someone who…

You can laugh with, but also cry with.

You can joke around with, but also be serious with.

You can enjoy the present moment with, but also envision a future with.

You can enjoy nights out with, but also sit in comfortable silence.

You can bring around your friends, but also around your family.

You can be young and crazy with, but also picture being old and wise with.

You admire.

You respect.

You are proud to be with.

You smile just thinking about.

You would do anything to spend time with.

You make a priority in your life.

You can picture raising children with.

You genuinely miss when they are not around…

Fall in love with someone who comes into your life and makes you understand why it never worked out with anyone else.

Fall in love…

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