Not Fairy Tales

Have you ever heard the story of Noah’s Ark? Joseph the Dreamer? David and Goliath? Samson and Delilah? Gideon? Esther? Ruth? Daniel and the Lions? And Noah’s current favorite: Jonah and the Big Fish.

Oh I love Bible stories, and unlike Cinderella or other fairy tales, these stories actually happened!

Can you imagine the Red Sea Parting? Or Jonah inside the Big Fish for 3 days? Seems Impossible right? But you see with God nothing is impossible.

Earlier at church, our pastor shared how in all of these stories, God’s ways always seems impossible and difficult to understand. For example, the story of Gideon (Judges 6) you have to read it! (More exciting than any action film around!) Gideon was the least in the weakest clan of Israel, yet God chose him to save Israel from the Midianites. Fast forward, Gideon set off with 32,000 men but God told him to bring only 300 men to battle against Thousands of men (thick as locust) which means too many to count! Imagine 300 against whattt??? And yet God delivered the Midianites, Amalekites and the rest of the other armies into Israel’s hands through the weak Gideon and his 300 men! Amazing right?

In human’s understanding, that would have seemed impossible. There seems to be a better plan and yet God shows us through these stories that His plan even if it seems impossible is still better than Man’s plan. And He does it so that we can see that it is only through Him that we can conquer anything and not through our own strength or abilities.

So whatever you are going through now, however difficult remember trust in God. Follow His ways and His plans, they seem hard but trust that it is the best and you will come out victorious if you do it God’s Way.

God does whatever He pleases. But trust that whatever He does will be good because He is a Good God!

Hallelujah!

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways ,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

Trust in Him today. Let Him come to your rescue and surrender all your plans. Repent. Believe and allow God to transform your life today.

Originally Posted October 2015

Jesus forgot us?

Right on time. Just as expected. “Hello Period!” Sorry to be TMI but I promise, this is worth sharing…

I had to tell Noah, not because he’s interested in the female monthly cycle at 4 years old, but because he has been praying oh so consistently to God to put two babies in mommy’s tummy. So excited in fact that he kept asking which month they were going to come out and he kept checking if my tummy was getting bigger every day (it does, but not because of babies but because of those darn salted egg potato chips 🙈) 

Mommy: Noah, mommy’s on her period, that means no babies in my tummy.

Noah: (really sad) No babies? Jesus forgot us?

What an honest reaction from my 4 year old! He immediately assumed that just because God did not answer his prayer, that Jesus forgot about him already… How many of us feel the same way when God does not answer our prayers the way we want? We think and feel that God doesn’t listen or he doesn’t love us enough?

If you do like most of us, let me share with you what I told noah.

Mommy: “No anak, ofcourse Jesus did not forget us. He just knows what’s best for us and maybe He wants us to learn to be patient and to wait for His perfect time. His timing is always perfect you know.”

(Noah being the 4 year old smart boy that he is, answered…)

Noah: is that 2pm mommy? (God’s perfect time daw?) 🙄

Let us wait patiently for the Lord, not just for the answers to our prayers but for Him. Whatever it is we desire or ask for in prayer, nothing will give us more joy than getting God Himself. To experience His love. He is the ultimate reward.

I do desire more babies after Noah, but I want God more than that and I will trust that He truly knows what we need and what’s best for us. So however He answers our prayers, trust in Him, continue to seek Him, to pray to Him, to know more about Him so we can truly see that Our God is a good Father! He knows what we need even before we ask Him.
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:3 NIV

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. “If you love me, keep my commands. John 14:13-15 NIV

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 NIV

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

Perfect Timing

Got a call that our flight was delayed, from 7pm, it was moved to 9pm, which meant that I would be able to watch @noahalcaraz ‘ football game!

The past few days, I have been my usual stressful self, always wanting things to go my way and as planned and when it doesn’t I get stressed, worried and easily irritated. But God has shown me that He truly knows what is best and He causes all things to work for the good of those who love Him! 

While I was stressing, He was fixing our schedule perfectly! I didn’t have a car last Wednesday and had to go to Makati to host the 700club, and then Marco who usually has very early morning calltimes received a late calltime which meant that he could take me to Makati before going to his taping but I had to take Uber past 1am after. But even before I finished the program, Marco texted to say he was done early and could come pick me up! (He usually finishes past 2am!) Also the next day, we got a text that the other car was ready for pick up! (Which was originally due to be ready last week of May) And today, because of the time of my flight, Marco had to take Noah to football and I had to take Uber to go to the airport, but since the flight was delayed- I not only got to see my Noah play and spend more time with my family- but it also meant that Marco was able bring me to the airport!

A lot of other things have happened that to some may be a coincidence but no one can change my mind that my God is a good Father and He is the one making and allowing things to happen!

O Thank You Father God! 

And as I sit here at the airport waiting for boarding (which is delayed some more) I am no longer stressed or worried because I know God is in control! —- just as I was typing this we heard the boarding announcent! (Which we were told earlier was going to be much much later) – I believe He just wanted me to have some time to write this first- now on the bus to the plane, and I pray you are encouraged and inspired to trust in God 100%, to Seek Him first and know that He’ll take care of the rest! He knows exactly what you need and He is in control no matter how it looks right now.

You Fool!

True Wealth ❤️ 

Earlier my husband and I were talking about the things we wanted to do, we thought if we do this and that we could get this and maybe we should buy this and that and go to these places and we stopped because we were suddenly reminded these two words: 

“You Fool!”

It was part of yesterday’s sermon at church. People want so many things, plan their lives the way they want, we are never contented and satisfied. We think we are secure if we have money, insurance, a house and so on.. We put our security on things, on people- when all these fail and disappoint. Oh what FOOLS we are to think we are wealthy when we have money and material things when what we really need is to be rich towards God! That is true wealth! And when we have Jesus- we have everything.
Luke 12:15,20-21 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

When you come to Jesus, you don’t come to get healing, to be wealthy, to be rich, to be blessed… You come to Jesus to get Jesus! He is enough!

Forgive us Father God if we forget what’s important and we get distracted by what this world, forgive us when we do things our own way and plan our lives on meaningless things, remind us that You are enough. Today we thank you for our family, for all that you have done for us, we won’t ask you for anything else except to know you more and love you more. To be truly wealthy is to know, love and be known and loved by You.
All that we have is because of You. Without You we are nothing.

Hallelujah!

The day the Lord has made.

Jan 3, 2017
I woke up to messages of greetings on my phone and was super excited! I knew it was going to be a great day! Marco had to go to work but promised a birthday dinner. So it was just me and Noah until dada comes home. I thanked God for another year and set out to prepare for the day. I was excited!- then I saw the mountain of laundry- but said to myself- i will wash them tomorrow for today is my birthday. Went down to prepare breakfast for Noah and then saw the dirty floor (added ‘mop the floor’ to my mental checklist) Got cereals, yoghurt, sliced some fruits for noah, sat him on the table, prayed and told him to start eating and will just feed the dogs. Went out and patchi (my oldest shih tzu) still hasn’t come home (it’s been 2 days) :( saw two big piles of poop (i have two other dogs) out front and the puppies (7 days old) not in their beds. (added all that to my mental to do list). Gave the dogs their food and water and fed noah which as always took about an hour. Cleaned up, washed the dishes, saw some more stuff that needed cleaning and cleaned away. Went out, put the puppies back in their beds, washed the doggy dishes, cleaned out the dog poos, sweeped the fallen leaves, cleaned out the front. Went back in to clean the floors. Gave noah a bath, dressed him up. cleaned the bathroom, took a shower cleaned the room. Noah had a snack and ofcourse decided to wipe his hands on the bed and his shirt and so had to change him again. Past lunchtime and I was exhausted and not feeling very excited anymore. But we head out for lunch anyway because I was going to meet one of my best friend. Just as we were leaving Noah had to ride his ‘car’ and accidentally toppled over the water containers on the side of the house. Of course had to fix that too before we left.
Finally got to the mall for lunch (the friend i was supposed to meet- seems to have forgotten and has not answered any of my messages) Not minding it anymore, I decided I was going to make the most of my birthdate with Noah, so I ordered my favorite meal- and then of course my Noah felt like running all around the restaurant and pulling a small boys hand forcing him to play with him, who naturally didn’t want to be pulled. My birthday lunch turned into a crying moment. Quickly finished our food and i decided to just go home. Driving home, Noah apologized, told me he loved me and promised not to do it again and the uto-uto mom that I am suddenly felt better. The friend I was supposed to meet finally texted way past lunchtime to say he was on his way, but we were already on our way home.
Got home and decided to just rest and sleep. Woke up when Marco’s parents arrived (they brought me a cake) but they had to go back to Cebu so had to prepare for their flight. I decided to go back to sleep with Noah. Woke up with a headache. 7pm and Marco was still at work- i had a feeling the birthday dinner wasn’t happening at all and became very disappointed.
As I was writing this I had to stop. I was getting carried away by all the negative things that had happened. So I thanked God for everything He has done for me and has given me. I don’t want to be ungrateful I told God- sure I had a lot of housework to do- but I have a house! And clothes to wash, dishes to wash because we had something to eat! I have a good handsome 4 year old who may have mood swings at times but overall he’s a sweet boy. My husband may not have been there for my birthday, but he was working. Working for our family. Thankful that he has a job. Thankful that I have a sweet, loving husband
Later on in the evening, my dog Patchi- after 2 days, finally came home, walked straight into the living room as if nothing happened! 
By ‪9pm‬, my bestfriend who didn’t meet us for lunch came over and we had some cake and watched a movie, by 11, Marco came home with flowers and a birthday cake with lit candles!
And that was what happened on the 3rd day of this year.
To some, it may have been an uneventful birthday or not even the best birthday, but to me, to simply be alive makes it the best day ever!
Today is January 4, my birthday is over and we’re 4 days into the new year. I am still alive and breathing. I have so much that God has blessed me with that I don’t even deserve. So today even though it’s no longer my actual birthday, I still celebrate this day, for God has made it and has allowed me to still live and enjoy it. I will definitely be glad and rejoice in it!

Sabi nga ng friend ko, ‘everyday is our birthday’- may everyday of the rest of my life shout out the glory of God alone!

Woooohoooo! Thank you Father God 34 years. Each day brings me so much closer to you!

‘Til I met You… God.’


Thanks to ‘the Love Team’ for bringing to life Mira’s dream party! Hahahha and thanks to The Til I Met You team for allowing us to guest and be a part of this wonderful show!
If you saw this week’s episodes of TIMY, you know The story of Mira’s parents (me and bernard), how before mira was born, we had 3 miscarriages.. Through their story, I know God was speaking to me too…
We always get asked “kelan nyo susundan si noah?”, “4 years old na si noah, kailangan na ng kapatid”. And we would just smile and say, “Di pa kami ready” or “Soon” but recently we have been aswering people with “Kung kelan ibibigay ni Lord”.

“Kung kelan ibibigay ni Lord”

– is my acceptance of God’s will over my life.

It has always been my dream to have a big family. Lots and lots of children! 12 to be exact 🙊 Noah just turned 4 and people seem right in saying that ‘It is about time to have another one’– but it’s not that we’re not trying -but we’re also not really trying (magulo ba?) in other words- We are just waiting for it to happen. 

When God wills it.

And God knows how many times I expected to be pregnant and yet the tests always come out negative. And for those who have been trying and hoping ang praying- you know how truly disappointing and heartbreaking it is to feel that you are- only to see 1 red line.

“Love the Lord your God will all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind- this is the first and greatest commandent.” Matthew 22:37-38
God reminded me where my heart should be set upon with this verse. God commands us to love Him first before anything else. To set our eyes on Him. On Jesus. To think eternally and not earthly. And while there is nothing wrong with desiring to have a child- we must desire God more thank anything first of all. To find our satisfcation in Him alone.
I still pray for a brother or a sister for noah (or both) 🙊 but I’m also asking God to take away my desire if it is no longer His will for us to have more. And I tell Him I accept His will over my life and will choose to put my trust in Him no matter what. And we will always grateful to Him for Noah. For blessing is with such a beautiful gift that we don’t deserve. Noah was already a bonus. So many bonuses na nga! And yet God even gave His Son Jesus for us so we can be reconciled to Him. (Hallelujah!)

How can we ask for more?

For those who have been praying for something and think that God has been silent or unhearing. Remember these verses and ask God for peace and the strength to trust Him in everything! 

Jeremiah 29:11 “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 bright future.

Matthew 6:33 “Seek First the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”


‘Til I met God, all my desires were selfish, now I seek to please Him in all I do. For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain!

Praying for our Children.

When Noah turned 4 yesterday, i wasn’t sure how I felt.. i was excited to experience his new tricks and see him grow taller and smarter but I was also a bit sad that my baby is no longer a baby… and then there’s this fear for his future.

If you’re parents, there’s no guarantee how our children will turn up. We can only offer their future up to God in prayer.. Only He knows, He holds the future and He is always in control but the good news is God is faithful. 

We always pray for Noah, and pray for God to help us become Godly parents and bring Noah up in the way he should go, so that when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

This prayer was shared to me by my good friend Maja for her daughter, 

Yuna. We just tweaked it a bit and personalized it.

Noah to…

  • Truly know and love Jesus at early age. May he develop a personal and intimate relationship with God.
  • 
Fall in love with God’s word. May he always read the Bible, meditate on it day and night and pray always in every situation.
  • Be given wisdom and discernment for all the decisions that he will make.
  • Be surrounded with Godly male role model and good company. May God hand-pick her friends.
  • Bear the fruits of the spirit.
  • 
Be able to share the gospel with love and boldness to his friends and may he make disciples in God’s time.
  • Always know that he is fearfully and wonderfully made.
  • Never feel alone or insecure. May he anchor his security and identity only in the Lord.

Noah’s health..

  • May the Lord keep him from anything that will cause pain and discomfort
  • May he have strong lungs and beautiful skin; never to develop any forms of allergies and asthma.
  • May he be protected from bed bugs, cockroaches, ants, and mosquito bites.

Noah’ s future…

  • For his future partner – that she will be a Godly woman, that she will love Noah, respect and submit to him as the church loves God. For them to have a Christ filled relationship. May the Lord preserve their purity until they get married.
  • Noah’s future family – that as one, they will love, serve, and be faithful to God. May all the kids under his family abide by Ephesians 6:1, mothers by Proverbs 22:6, women by Proverbs 31, and may all the men under his generation be imitators of Christ.
  • May Noah discover and hone his God given talents so that he can use these to give glory to God’s name.

May God be glorified in Noah’s life and His will be done always, in Jesus Name.

I encourage you all to pray for your children, no matter their age. No matter the situation and for whatever reason. God is pleased when we come to Him in prayer.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.