Monday, November 29, 2010

He tried... and failed

Satan tried his best. He figured out a way to let the projector crash. He somehow got to the bass guitar and made it wonky. He even tried to make Thammie and me fall ill to sore throats and acid reflux. Kulang na lang, masunog ang bahay at mag-move into an apartelle in Quezon City.

We persevered by God's grace. He was with us the entire time, and the expressions of worship we lifted up to Him in gratitude were out of hearts grateful for His love and desperate for His help with all the technical and physical issues. The Name of the Lord be praised.

Listening to: TobyMac Christmas This Year

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Can I escape for just a day?

I just launched another new website today, this time for a Filipino song arranger named Archie Castillo, who I used to work with at Victory Fort Bonifacio. Yesterday, it was for a Filipino mom blogger named Thammie Sy, who is the wife of my boss.

I've been churning out websites left and right, that I'm kinda sick of my computer right now, if you can believe that. I wish I could just escape for a few hours, or maybe a day. If there were an apartelle in Quezon City that I could sleep in, or maybe a cinema that was showing a movie that I could just watch over and over, and doze off to...

Well, there will be those days. Meanwhile, I've another website I want to work on. Hopefully, that'll earn me another few thousand bucks as well.

Listening to: Chris August Come Now Our King

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Totally rebuked

Today, God was very explicit in His Word for me. He wasn't happy.

"I myself said,
"'How gladly would I treat you like sons
and give you a desirable land,
the most beautiful inheritance of any nation.'
I thought you would call me 'Father'
and not turn away from following me."

Jeremiah 3:19

"Therefore O house of Israle, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall."

Ezekiel 18:30

"Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."

2 Timothy 2:19

"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded."

James 4:7-8

It was a horrific and eye-opening wake-up call for me. I'd become complacent in my sin and comfortable in my self-righteousness. God obviously was not pleased, and He let me know it. Bright as day, clear as crystal. I've repented, and am just grateful that I'm loved by and serve a God Who doesn't hesitate to let me know when I've been bad, and doesn't hesitate to give me another chance.

Listening to: Kristian Stanfill, Day After Day

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Miles to miles to go before I sleep

In the past three days, I've been driving all over Metro Manila. Yesterday, it was to take my daughter to school, then my wife to an appointment with Yahoo!, then to a reunion with her old high school friends... my feet are killing me. But you know what? Life's awesome.

Listening to: Kutless This is Christmas

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Let the pressure begin

It's only eight days before we launch our third Sunday service. It's supposed to be relatively easy, but I've got butterflies in the pit of my stomach. Not really sure why, but I'm relying on God. He reigns on high, and our services are His. I've nothing to worry about. My help comes from the Lord.

Listening to: Kristian Stanfill Day After Day

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sabotaging the self

A few weeks ago, I joined the fitness program of the church in Greenhills for which I work, but it hasn't been smooth sailing. At all.

I have to admit my drive to get fit isn't as strong as it used to be. I'm a bit disheartened. I'm watching everyone around me drop pounds and I have no idea how I'm doing. I'm getting increasingly fidgety about it, but I know I'm not going to get anywhere unless I do something about this.

It's almost like I'm sabotaging myself. More on this later; I need to gather up my thoughts and cling to God. Phil 4:13, Lord, give me strength.

Listening to: Shawn McDonald Closer