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Friday of Thanks

Thank You Lord for this day! Thank You for helping me finish my long overdue assignments. Thank You for my kwentuhan with Ate Mai. Thank You for TFP’s email, my heart really jumped for joy! Thank You because I am now one step closer to coming back to teaching. Thank You for friends who rejoiced with me as I update them with this good news. Thank You for their expressed support and for their willingness to be a part of my application journey! Thank You for their moral support, Lord. Thank You for opening this door to me. Thank You!

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If your gift is teaching, devote yourself to teaching

This is really my call. I know. I am sure.
I am called to teach the Word of God to the people.
In order to do this faithfully, I myself should study God’s Word deeply. And then live it out.

Teaching Math. Yeah, I also love this, but…
I want to teach not just Math. I want to be a teacher of many things.
I want to teach music and arts. I want to tell stories. I want to share the Word of God.

The question is How?
How can I be a teacher of many things, especially, a teacher of God’s Word?
Will that be more feasible if I become a public school teacher?

What if I take up Master of Arts in Biblical Studies?
Then I could learn more about the Bible and might be allowed to teach Bible subjects in Harris.
There I could also teach Math, music, and arts!

What about our dream library?
Would it really be a reality?
I hope so, and I believe I could be a teacher of many things in that library.

Let’s go back to the public school.
There I could teach Math and values and other life lessons.
I might inspire more students coz indeed there are more children in public schools than anywhere else.

What should I do now?
I don’t know the answer, Lord. I really don’t know.
Where are you leading me? What do you want me to do for You?

*Daily Prompt: Passionate

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How I decided to teach again this school year (instead of translating)

Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Many are the plans in a man’s heart but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

Trust in the LORD and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He’ll make your path straight.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Why do you call me “Lord, Lord,” and does not do what I say?

Let your Yes be yes, and your No be no.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

God’s gifts and calling can’t be taken back.

If your gift is teaching, devote yourself to teaching.

Don’t think that you’re so smart. Consider everyone as equal, and don’t think that you’re better than anyone else.

If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord.  Therefore whether we live or die, we belong to God.

I have a goal to preach the gospel where they haven’t heard of Christ yet.  Those who hadn’t been told about Him will see, and those who hadn’t heard will understand.

Jesus said to everyone, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow me.

All things are from Him and through Him and for Him.  May the glory be to Him forever. Amen.

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Paano malalaman ang best?

God speaks to us in many different ways. 🙂

Malaking bagay ang pakikipag-usap ko sa mga kaibigan ko. I spent six hours talking with my best friend about my career plans – shall I start teaching now or enter the field of book publishing? I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, with area of concentration in Mathematics, and I studied to learn how to teach.  I enjoy teaching and sharing my God-given knowledge in Math.  I am excited to see students have their “aha!” moments in Math.  But my cooperating teacher offered me a job – to be a Math Editor in a publishing house.  I was thrilled with the idea of being an editor and seeing my name printed in a book. Ooh, also I wanted to know how it is in there.

Hmm.  I applied as a teacher and took an exam in my Alma Mater today.  I went there with my twin brother who applied as a History teacher.  Our demo was scheduled on Friday 10am.  On my way home, my best friend texted me about my plans to work. Ohh, I just wanna cry that moment inside the jeepney; her message was just what I needed.

Congrats sa pagsablay! 🙂 Sana wag mong kalimutan ang mga gusto mong gawin sa buhay at wag ka sana mapagod or tamarin magturo.  Wag isipin na magsisimula ka pa lamang sa tunay na buhay kasi baka ipagpabukas mo ang paghahanap ng opisyal na trabaho – bagkus ay ituring na tinutuloy mo lang ang nakasanayan at minamahal mong gawin.  Wag tumigil sa pagkilos at paggawa dahil sa trabaho makikita ang mga natutunan mo at ang passion mo. 🙂 Kayang-kaya mo yan Jas! God’s grace!

Haay, I dropped by her house right away. It was a blessing talking with her. Haha. After 9 long months, we finally saw each other again! Yey! 😀 I shared her my thoughts, my reasons, my hesitations, my reservations, my excitement, and whatsoever is in my head and heart.

We have decided what I should do.  Go to the publishing house the next day, and then wait for two weeks if they would hire me.

That’s the plan… Until before 5pm, the school where I applied earlier, called. Our demo was moved tomorrow afternoon at 3pm. Aaahh. I didn’t know what to say.  I know I did wrong when I mentioned about my plan to apply to a publishing house huhu. Sorry. I’m really sorry.

My brother and I decided we would push through the demo. So now, here I am, preparing my lesson plan. (Oh, haha, I’m blogging right now, but this is part of my preparation. I need to spend my quiet time.)

Romans 12:2

New International Version (NIV)

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

What is the pattern of this world? Selfish. Oooh. That’s the first word I thought of.  Selfish. 😦 If I am to obey what God says in His Word, I shouldn’t be selfish.  Why do I want to teach? Do I really want to be an editor? Why? Why am I still double-minded? James says that,

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Ehem.  What do I really want to do? Hmm. Change the question.  What does God really want me to do?

Earlier, I talked with a friend thru FB chat.  We have just graduated and so the default topic would be Work.

Friendsana makahanap tayo ng magandang trabaho
Akohaha tama
haay. yung best ang plano ng Diyos para sa atin
madaling sabihin pero may times na ako mismo kinakabahan

 Friend: pano malalaman na yun yung best?
 Ako: yan ang hindi ko masasagot ng direkta hehehe
     paano nga kaya?
Friend: di ko rin alam girl :(((

We were talking about the job opportunities that we have and how we could know which is God’s plan for us, when a Bible verse popped up in my mind. Romans 12:2

(We had a long conversation but I will attach it here later after my demo.)

In all honesty, why do I want to be a Math Editor? Hmm. I can feel I will have higher salary. New experience, new world. Sounds interesting and exciting.

Why do I want to be a teacher? Hmm. So that I could share what I know, I could share God’s love to my students. Oh. This means something.

Her words made me remember what I wanted to do all along. Huhu. I think, uhm. Hmmm. I’m pretty sure I really want to be a teacher this school year. 🙂 Oooh. 🙂

Haha. What a change of mind! Oh, wow! Change of mind. Hmm. Is this really for real?  Does this mean I am now deciding to do my best in applying as a Math teacher? Oh, if this is your plan Lord, so be it. Let Your will be done, God. Hmmm. 🙂

Haha. I didn’t expect this. I think I’m finally deciding to stay. Hmmm.

Lord, I surrender to You my plans. Thank you for speaking to me through many ways. Help me listen to You intently, my Lord and my God.  Be my greatest Teacher. I love you Jesus! 🙂 Thank you Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen. 🙂 ❤

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Sending off the graduates

I cried.  Just saying the words, “Lord, thank you for DCF,” made me cry.

It was our prayer time and we were at CRL Sunrise Kiosk for DCF’s Send Off General Assembly for graduating students.  At first I hesitated to attend the GA because I had been “sent off” last year (though I still have one semester to study) and so, I thought it would be awkward if I’d be there hoping to be sent off again. Yeah. But because I couldn’t resist being with DCF and realized this could be the last time I can be with them, I attended.  I thank God, He let me drop off my hesitations.

The message was just what graduating students needed to hear before stepping out of the “comforts” of UP:

  • As a Christian, your future is not your own.
  • The next chapter of your life will make or break you.
  • How can we continue in the faith?
  1. Consistently walk with the Lord.

  2. Do not compromise.

  3. Do your work excellently.

  4. Manage well your resources.

  5. Do it all for the glory of God.

Ooh…,

the thought of graduating and moving on to the next chapter of my life finally sank in through me.  The host called out the names of each graduating student, my name included hihi, and we were asked to stand in front so everyone could pray for us.

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I started  to become emotional.

Lord, thank you.  That was all I could say.

Thank you for DCF.  Then tears started to fall.  Thank you for letting me stay in a dorm.  Thank you for my roommate whom you used so that I may know DCF.  Thank you for providing me a second home during my early years in UP.  Thank you for giving me a family through the DCFers.  Thank you for all that I have learned in every fellowship and prayer meeting.  Thank you for my loving ates and kuyas who by their actions showed me how to care for the younger ones.  Thank you, Lord.  Thank you.  I kept wiping my face with my hands as tears flowed with every thank you I say.  Thank you for your grace in my acads, in my responsibilities and commitments, in my relationships.  Thank you Lord.  Thank you for every learning opportunity.  Yes, thank you for my life, for my college life, for my dorm life.  Surely, my UP life would not be complete if I weren’t a dormer, If I had not known DCF.  You made everything possible, God.  Thank you for your love.  I thank you because You are sovereign.  I thank you for your plans, your wonderful plans.  Thank you for the future with hope. Thank you, Lord. Thank you.

The prayer ended and I just wanted to cry it all out.  Those were tears of joy.  Yes, tears of joy, of thanksgiving.  God made my college life complete with His daily sufficient grace.  I couldn’t thank Him enough.  My friends hugged me and I thanked God for their hugs.  Then there were few drops of tears of sadness.  I will miss my dear brothers and sisters.

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I kept this name tag thinking it might be my last name tag from DCF.  Just then I realized, I could still be with DCF again someday. 🙂

After the prayer time, the DCF Alumni Association welcomed us to their group.  Haha.  It is comforting to know that we will not totally lose our connection with DCF as we graduate.  I am thankful that we could still keep our ties bonded. Yiee! I am excited to meet my fellow DCF alumni and help out in God’s ministry through DCF.  Also, they said we would be preparing for the celebration of our 25th year anniversary this November! Hooray! 😀

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Thank you Lord, for UP Dormitories Christian Fellowship, for this fellowship of Christian dormers in our beloved campus. ❤