How many times do I have forgive?

As believers, we will never experience joy-filled, victorious lives unless we are ready to forgive people. This is something we are going to have to do frequently, and according to Matthew 18:21-22, even repeatedly. The Lord tells us plainly in the Bible that if we will not forgive other people for the wrong things they have done against us, then God will not forgive the wrong things we have done against Him. See Matthew 6:14-15.
What kind of condition would we be in if God refused to forgive us? We could not possible have a proper relationship with Him. Everything in our lives would be stopped up. We like to think that we can stay angry with other people and yet go to God and receive forgiveness for our sins. But the Lord tells us in the Bible that this is not so.

Jesus taught us to pray,” And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven ( left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors” Matthew 6:12. God is a God of mercy, and this issue of forgiveness is very important to Him. He tells us repeatedly in His Word that if we want mercy, we have to give mercy.

In Matthew 18:21-22, Peter asked Jesus how many times he had to forgive his brother,” up to seven times?” Jesus” answer was not seven times, but seventy times that many.

I do not know about you, but I am glad God does not put a limit on how many times He will forgive us. How many of us have done the same wrong thing at least seventy times seven, and God has still forgiven us for it? We are willing to keep taking and taking forgiveness from God, but it is amazing how little we want to extend forgiveness to others. We freely accept mercy, yet it is surprising how rigid, legalistic, and merciless we can be toward others, especially if they have wronged us in some way. Yet the Bible says that the debt we owe God is much greater than any debt anyone may owe us.  Let us always remember how great God’s generosity is, especially in the area of forgiveness. Aim to forgive others as quickly, as often, and as generously as God forgives us.

”Sometimes forgiving someone can be very difficult, especially if that person has repeatedly hurt or offended us. Is there someone in your life you are having a hard time forgiving? Remember the gracious gift of God’s forgiveness to you. As you have received forgiveness, you are called to extend forgiveness to others. Ask God to help you forgive as you have been forgiven”

Let’s always pay an  attention to the message of the bible!

A Letter To My Mother

Dear Mama Norma,

I have been thinking a lot about you lately kung buhi pa unta ka siguro malipayon ka sa imong mga anak karon. As I think deeply through the night  I have become more aware of how blessed I am to have you as my mother. I want you to know how very proud I am of you and how much you inspire me to emulate your strength and bravery when you were struggling with pain. I drew much of my strength from you. It was from you that I learned what ‘family’ meant. It was from you that I learned what patience, gentleness, consistency, compassion, generosity, acceptance, unconditional love and faith meant. And, of course, as you influenced me in these godly attributes, so you taught and influenced each of my siblings to trust God.

As I reflect back over my lifetime, I think of at least two major occasions where your inner strength has come to the fore. When I was just a young child, there was only you and I, you taught me to plant corn – I really can’t imagine what it was like for you, sweats beading down your face under the heat of the sun but your eyes approaching ever so friendly. You must have drawn your inner strength from the Lord (Psalm 18:1-2). You were a young and beautiful wife. All of the circumstances, no doubt, drove you to the feet of our Lord.  For where else would you have found the strength and peace of mind? And I still think of you as a praying Mama, for I know you do so every evening for your children. But my most significant memory is your faithful and loving care for papa when he was ill, nga bisan sa iyang pagkabugoy you still loved him unconditionally –Your kindness, compassion and resolve during that time towards papa are exemplary of your gracious inner qualities that I have grown to admire and respect.

I saw you emerge from behind your non-assertive persona into a strong and determined woman, and whilst I had seen this in you before, I had forgotten about this aspect of your nature. It surprised me once again. Of course, we do not ever know what lies ahead of us. None of us is getting any younger or any healthier. So looking to future events as if they are certainties is something we can only leave to the young. Our future is in God’s hands, and I believe He wants us to put our trust in Him only. God will order our days. I would like to think that God has   planned many more years for all of us, but the Apostle Paul had it right when proclaimed “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

Mama, I love you very much,I owe you a lot — I am indebted to you for who I am today.

Your daughter,

Roaming around Austin

Capital of Texas, located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest, along the Balcones Escarpment and Interstate 35, northwest of Houston. Yes! Austin has something for everyone! I was amazed with their breathtaking lakes, buildings and parks, vibrant live music scene, restos  and their vivacious down town lifestyle. It has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot summers with usual humid winds from the Gulf of Mexico and mild winters. It’s not surprising why so many people are choosing to make Austin their home or why Austin is one of the tourist(s) choice destinations.  Below are  few of my favorite  photos of Austin.

View of Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas

View of Austin’s amazing buildings at night

Huge buildings- Austin Texas

Great view of downtown Austin Texas

Day 4 – A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest

It’s so hard to tell  because there have been seasons where I’ve been really close to people. FB PM’s, Twitter DM’s, Skyping, Call or text every day, share stuffs and everything. I am also close to my family, relatives, and friends and to other people. But I guess if I had to choose based on closeness and how and what I have shared, it’d have to be JESUS CHRIST. He  is my one and only closest best and best friend ever since birth. Mama passed away when I was just a toddler and  He’s the only one who’ve help me,  gave me hope and courage to continue my journey here on earth.  He knows my heart; He knows what’s inside of it. He knows my future and He knows my entire life. He lift me up when I’m feeling down, He was always there for me when I needed HIM and He will always be.  I am happy and blessed that He is in my life.