MY PERSONAL LENTEN REFLECTION: DAY 3 TO FAST OR NOT TO FAST

“No, this is the kind of fasting I want:
Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;
lighten the burden of those who work for you.
Let the oppressed go free,
and remove the chains that bind people.
Share your food with the hungry,
and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them,
and do not hide from relatives who need your help. 

Isaiah 58:6-7

A lot of people right now are posting on their Facebooks what they are fasting for lent and some are saying goodbye to their FB friends because they are fasting it for the whole lenten. Mmmm… I too have my fasting for this lenten season and i have some things i started doing as my “humble sacrifice.” I have added prayers to my regular prayer time, i decided not to eat some of my favorite foods and i am trying to embrace a holier life trying to be more loving, understanding and less judgmental.

I am loving this…for the next 40 days this will be my humble offering to Jesus. This will also serve as my way of taking part of His cross.

I pray that we will all be discreet how we are fasting…we don’t have to brag it. We don’t have to announce it and let the whole world know it. Better yet, received now the reward for your “obvious” fasting and await no more for God’s reward.


And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do,

for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people

will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth,

that is the only reward they will ever get. 

Matthew 6:16

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MY PERSONAL LENTEN REFLECTION: DAY 2 HOLY OBEDIENCE

On this 2nd day of lent i pray and ask to be more listening and obedient to God’s plans for me. That just like the song on this blog, i want to let go everything for the glory of God. That i just wanna be in God’s arms, moving ever closer to His heart.

The other night after a launching of Crossworks – our Corporate Evengelization program in one big company in Makati City, a brother asked me, when do you stop doing mission work? Would you know if it’s time to stop?

From my heart, i felt it was the Lord asking me face to face. I was so definite in my answer. “The Lord will tell me when to stop.” I so know that in my heart!

A lot of people would tell me to just stay here in the Philippines and be a fulltime pastoral worker here. I can say yes. I can say no. BUT what is God’s say to this?

How do i hear His voice? How to i know His say on this?

I pray before i talk to my leaders. I ask for God’s wisdom to be upon them. And i ask for grace to be upon me.

Wisdom on them, so that when they tell me their plans and decisions,  it will really be God’s plan for me. That God will use them as an instrument for me to know where to go and when to go.

Grace upon me, so that i can say “yes” and be “obedient” to my leaders whom God has entrusted to where i should be. I can have my personal choice for the mission areas to go and visit. I can choose places where life in mission would be easier. BUT i choose to listen…i choose to be obedient. I choose to follow God’s voice through my leaders.

This lenten season, i pray that i may hear God’s voice more clearly everyday,so i may know where He would want me to serve Him and share Him.

This is all i have to offer…to embrace this obedience to my Holy God! That in time could be my humble offering to the Lord, my holy obedience.

“If you obey the commands of the Lord your God, which i give you today, if you love Him, OBEY HIM and keep all His laws, then you will prosper and become a nation of many people. The Lord God will bless you in the land that you are about to occupy.” Deuteronomy 30:16

Obedience prevents us from worrying about straying from the path to heaven. Through this we gain a precious spiritual relaxation. Once we completely resign ourselves to the practice of holy obedience, surrendering our thoughts and not seeking any other opinion than our confessor or superior, the devil will stop harassing us. – Saint Teresa of Avila

 

Modern Toilet

You see crazy things from people’s crazy ideas when you travel. This is what i’ve seen when i went to Taiwan for 10 days mission. Different restaurants with different dishes to offer. But this one very unique restaurant we went has been the craziest so far in my list.

Yes! I was actually sitting in a toilet seat here...

 

When my host during my Taiwan mission toured me in Taipei, this is one of the places she brought me. It is called Modern Toilet located in Taipei, Taiwan. It is interesting how the owner of this place thought of this idea. The chairs are actual unworking toilets, dishes are served on plastic miniature toilet bowls, and drinks in miniature urinals

our milk teas in a in a miniature urinals. what?! 🙂

that's my modern toilet chicken curry! yummy!

 

our "poop" dessert!

 

check out our chocolate swirl dessert. 🙂

 

When you go to Hongkong and Taiwan, go and look for this place. It’s fun to see and taste our regular meal in a different setting or ambiance like this. I honestly enjoyed this one!

God is like this. He would send us messages and blessings in a different package. It’s great how at the end of the day we would realized that we are sooo blessed for  “different” situations God  would allow us to experience! I guess this makes our relationship with Him more exciting and fun! 🙂

2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!