The Lasting Benefits of Truly Caring for One’s Self

The Lasting Benefits of Truly Caring for One’s Self

Stress is an unavoidable physical condition that makes us physically, emotionally and spiritually imbalanced.

It is not treated with temporary pleasures like food and all sorts of activities designed for fun, yet it is fought with a wholesome habit of being a better version of yourself.

To be able to take that step to a better you, you must be able to take that leap of faith and trust God to transform your lifestyle.

I had been living with eczema or skin condition characterized by itchy and inflamed patches on your skin which can spread to your head down to your toes. Some even have it worse, but the key to it is managing stress the right way.

After years of going to the doctor and receiving steroidal medications, I gave up because of the pricey medications and looked for alternative methods that were affordable for young professionals like me with the same effectiveness as those pricey medications.

At first, I tried expensive branded topical creams and supplements to boost my immune system since my condition is an immune system defect; it worked but I just didn’t think I was a good steward of my finances knowing I had bills to pay and people to help out.

I decided scrolling on Pinterest for natural remedies which worked for awhile, until I noticed that the results were different from using a product backed with quality research and government approval.
What worked well for me which I still used up to today are organic products HALAL and BFAD approved products from Aromacology. I roll on the tea-tree oil on affected areas of my skin, and I found that it’s great for treating pimples and pimple scars too. 🙂

The Aromacology Scrub Bar is also a good facial scrub. It has eight kinds—Cacao, Seaweed and Peppermint (for nourishing and deodorizing), Pineapple (for whitening), Almond Coffee (which I’m currently using that is for Exfoliating), Soya Milk (for moisturizing), Lemon and Tea Tree (for acne treatment), Grape Seed (for anti-aging) and Virgin Coconut Oil (for multi-purpose use). It gently removes dust and oil from your skin while moisturizing it.

I learned it from a friend which is truly a blessing to me. Maybe you’ve recently given up on answers for healing your own illnesses. It may not be a physical illness, it may be something emotional, and that itself is what is causing stress that is too hard for you to bear.

Examine yourself. Are you constantly drained of energy because of the lack of joy? Joy isn’t temporary, although it may be synonymous to happiness, joy is felt even when things don’t turn out the way you want them to. You still go on rejoicing over life, because there is contentment inside of you.

To be joyful is the secret recipe to a better life, and it starts with you!
Truly caring for one’s self is recognizing someone greater than you and all the stress you’re experiencing right now. And that someone is a God who loves you and cares for you!

We have been given everything by Him to permanently deal with the stress of this world and that is God the Father’s son, Jesus Christ. Jesus makes a way for us to deal with stress. In my case, it was through a friend who introduced me to an awesome product.

Maybe this blog is God’s way of encouraging you to truly take care of yourself. If so, I’d love to hear from you. Comment below!

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Apart From Love

Apart From Love

“But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18, ESV

It’s easier to love someone you like or love when you are in good terms, but how do you love when you disagree with what you believe?

It almost looks hypocritical to love others and not love your own family. To love God, and not forgive others. It requires a dying to self.

I totally disagree with what my family believes in, that’s why I am so driven to make our city a Christian city, but the change has to start with me, you can’t call it a city of Jesus by a common church with similar beliefs; it can only be recognized as such if Jesus’ followers actually live in the same way that God wants them to live.

Most of the time, emotions felt like irritation, anger, and tiredness get in the way of truly following Jesus. I quote Snapper in Super Girl when he said, “If it’s a half-truth, then it’s a whole lie.” Definitely what we as Christians need to do; to live the whole truth, and that is to love as Jesus loved his church and gave himself up for them.

At the brink of our passion to serve him we forget that “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” 1 Timothy 1:5, ESV

But all of these is only possible through faith in the Lord, and not by our own strength.

Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”[a]12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit[b] through faith.” Galatians 3:11-14, ESV

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5, ESV

And with these words of God in mind, both faith and good deeds are needed, but it can only be attained through God’s love. Your body, soul, and the Holy Spirit in you need to work together to attain the highest calling of serving God, and that is loving Him, loving yourself as His new creation and loving everyone whom He died for, whom he forgave, whom he remembered and included in his great inheritance, to be heirs of His kingdom, not of this world, but of eternity in heaven.

How great to have such a loving Lord that everytime we sin, we can freely come to him and ask forgiveness and He makes your life new again! Don’t wait for him to come back again, so you can ask forgiveness, come back to Him at this very moment, he is reaching out to you, ready to listen, ready to accept you. Surrender and His spirit will abide in you for you to do the greatest miracles with His love.

 

When God Tells You To Slow Down

When God Tells You To Slow Down

You lose track of God’s grace when you’re always in a hurry.

The whitetail deer can run 40 miles per hour and swim at 13 miles per hour, but during the winter, they slow down to store up more energy to keep them warm for the season.

Like the deer, God’s creation is made to obey Him in the season that they put them into in order for them to grow.

Let me tell you a bit about my experience.

I’ve tried freeing up my schedules just to cope up with serving the Lord, but I didn’t realize it was slowly eating up my time with him.

We’re passionate about a lot of things, building dreams and following visions that God wants us to do, but I remember what He said in 1 Corinthians 13:3 (NIV), it says: “If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but I do not have love, I gain nothing.”

This love does not only refer to loving others but loving yourself first.

That took awhile for me to learn when I was sentenced to a “forced break” a.k.a bed-ridden for two days because of sickness.

In the most little things, in a subtle manner, God speaks to us about taking care of what he has given us—our body, our emotions, our finances and our relationships.

He is the one that brings order to all these things we constantly worry about. To worry is a sin, but to confront sin with Him and do continuous acts of repentance is the most important thing to Him. and it doesn’t get fixed by magic; it needs time.

Sometimes we fast track on solving our problems, we speed up trying to make our dreams a reality; we do all sorts of things to make us instantly happy, but know that it is important for us to STOP, THINK and FEEL anger, grief, sadness and SURRENDER them to God and let His Word bring light to every situation.

Nobody likes to struggle, but it’s reality. Everyone who believes in Jesus and those who don’t, struggle with sin in their lives. The only difference with those who believe is they affirm “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided that we duffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8:16-17

All those who believe and keep God’s commandments and confess their sin and repent go from glory to glory.

 

1 John 4:15-17 (ESV)

15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.

1 John 5:3-5 (ESV)

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Distractions, Demands & Discipline 

Distractions, Demands & Discipline 

You miss out on the things God wants you to hear and do because you allow yourself to. 

I quote entrepreneur, preacher and life coach Chinkee Tan in his book, “Chink+” with this line: “Decision is the starting line, Discipline is the guiding line and Determination is the finish line.”
This article is made up of a lot of D’s that we’re fighting for and it could be decisions whether good or bad that we’ve made that is affecting our lifestyle.

As an event planner, it’s so easy to plan what, when and where, it’s so convenient nowadays to write down the perfect plan, but it’s downright difficult to get things going once you’ve launched it. Want to know why? Because our own stubborn and selfish freewill gets in the way. Don’t get me wrong. Freewill is something God has given us to take care of, to be a steward of.
He said in Genesis 1:26: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'”

Basing on what I see at present, we’ve destroyed half of what the Lord has blessed us with and did the opposite of what He said in verse 28: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

We were suppose to grow and multiply what God has freely given to us, yet in our selfishness and pride, we forgot how all of these things we think we own; we think is “OUR” life meant so much to God. 

Our work, our family, friends, even enemies and adversaries, the food on our table, the home we sleep in, everything we have right now, is all because of God’s goodness towards us. 

Most of the time, I get distracted with other things I wish I had and idealisms of what seemed perfect to my flesh. All of it was vanity. 

“I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.” Ecclesiastes 1:2-14

I lack discipline, the desire to keep going despite pain. I dispose my faith too easily by filling it with doubt. Anyone else feeling this?

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

Nevertheless, God has promised that through His Holy Spirit, our weaknesses will be replaced by His glorious power. 

It is not by our own will that we will be able to endure all kinds of suffering, but by the power of Christ that rests in us. 

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

The demands of being a True Christian can go on and on, but if we know that our strength comes from the Lord and we have devoted our lives to serve Him, we will never fail in living out His purpose. 

Let Jesus Reign Forevermore In Your Life!

His’ Peace Throughout Deadlines

His’ Peace Throughout Deadlines

Keeping God’s peace amidst fear, frustration, and failures of this fallen world.


For perfectionists, failure is not an option. Everyday we are bombarded with deadlines, and we try so hard to make things work the way they’re expected to be. 

Expectations can blow up your mind. Most of the time, we obey in order to get what we want, not because we love doing it. We are responsible because it is required of us, and all these labels placed on us can make us lose our sanity or more specifically, our identity in Christ.

Do you recognize and protect your true identity in Christ? Are you struggling with it? That makes two of us.

Everyday, Satan can take away our identity through our compromises, our anger and even in times when we focus on too many things. We focus on our work and not on our God. 

We all have a deadline, but how can we keep consistent focus on Him?

It’s not enough to meditate day and night because in the middle of the day, we give in to the fire, the tests that were suppose to build us, we perceive them as bringing us down. Because we do not recognize His face, His promise in all that we go through, we can’t go any further into accomplishing our deadlines. A lot of our motives of working explode in the moment that we couldn’t grasp what the Lord is trying to tell us in that situation.

Romans 12:2: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Perfection is not success after the other, or as what a Christian with say victory after victory as you hear more good news about prayers getting answered. Rather, it is the confidence and peace of God that things will work out according to His plan, not ours.

Satan might have snatched our kindness or we might have failed to show kindness to another who has been cruel to us, or failed to respond with patience on a long journey or period of waiting, but He is there, God has always been there, isn’t that enough for you to respond in thanksgiving and gladness?

God is holy, and he desires us to be like him, so we go through these tests, only because we choose to be with him, when we were baptized by the Holy Spirit, and then baptized by water. 

Philippians 1:29: “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”

Psalm 16:11: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

It would be my greatest joy to share to you this song which explains the core of this message.

Your Presence is Heaven to Me by Israel Houghton

Philippians 3:6-7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Serving God and Not Men

Serving God and Not Men

Don’t serve out of a need, but serve because you believe you have been God-sent to fulfill their need.

Colossians 3:23-24 says, ” Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Usher Ministry Pre-service meeting for Ministry Sunday

I remember deriving a piece from this verse for our speech choir presentation in the Usher Ministry. Being a doorkeeper of the Lord’s kingdom is tough, it takes a lot of humbling down to fulfill others’ needs. Our leaders in the ministry would always remind us of these, and I’m very much thankful I have a spiritual family apart from my own family. 

God handpicked us not to be one of his angels, but more than that, to be His child. And His children follow him, and so it is written: 

“Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.” 1 John 2:7-10


(Work photo covering a Lechon Fest (Work can have full of temptations to have more! Millennial Entitlement Mindset! 😔)

God’s mighty work in us cannot be completed if we do not learn to love others, and by others, it could mean people whom we totally don’t know or people whom we think we know, but just really didn’t take time to listen. I really hope that this blog would not just be an avenue for readers to be encouraged, to feel good and to get, but to be determined to share the love that God has given to them.

Aside from being a servant of God, he has called us to preach, to make disciples of His Word, and the reason for this became very evident to me in Psalms 78:4: “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might; and the wonders he has done. “

This was the confirmation I got from God when I asked if I should serve in the children’s ministry as well, and the meaning became so much more than that. 


Junior class in our children’s church (Crafts, the activity with their longest attention span! 😂)

There was a big thought bubble in my head: “God could have just punished us and killed us with his justice, which could have been the end, or Jesus could have shown himself raised to life, floating in air among the presence of the Pharisees and governors and they could have all bowed them in fear, but because our Father in heaven loved us even when we rebelled, even when we know what is right and still doing the wrong thing, He sent Jesus instead to bear our sins.”

Jesus could have done the work of the disciples, in fact it would have been faster and easier with the greatest authority He has been given, but He let us partake in the work, because He knew and have accepted us to be his brothers and sisters. He loved us, and in this way, serving with God side by side and sending His spirit to watch over us, their love for us could be complete. 


Family! (The hardest most left out ministry! Guilt-trip 😁)


Befriending new faces. (Second on the list; we mostly look for people who like what we like; try to geniunely appreciate new faces and you’ll gain a lasting bond!)

This made me realize the importance of delegating responsibilities to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We love them so we have fellowship with them, we serve them, we fulfill each others needs. I’m not talking supplying them with a lot of things, but being there to listen to them, training them to be Christ-like and mentoring them for them to become a blessing to others. Just like planting seeds on good soil. 

Are you doing the work of Jesus’ Ministry?

iVolunteer or HisCalling?

iVolunteer or HisCalling?

I was cleaning the cabinet under the sink one day and noticed just how much filthy it was; there was just so much work to be done, that wiping it alone wouldn’t help much, it needed to be remodeled. 

Have you ever been through your day stuck up on tasks that need to be marked? There’s just so much chaos, that you needed to do it right away. 

This is much like volunteering. One moment you’re inspired to help, and the next day you see stones being thrown at you and yes, that’s what they call character building. Pessimism? Well this is reality. 

THAT’S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT!

Problem Solving.

Give. Share. Feed. 

But no matter how hard you try, you can never satisfy yourself or others because true satisfaction is submitting to God’s purpose in your life alone.

Yeah, we get frustrated, weary, angry and all these whirlwind of emotions, but if you think you will be the one who to make the change, then you just might be thrown overboard into a sea of desperation and despair.

So many things to do, so busy cleaning up just like the mess from the kitchen cabinet under the sink, that’s what we go through most of the time. 

It can take forever, but if you know you’re loving and growing into that role no matter what life throws at you, then it’s a Calling.

A Calling is not limited to a religious pursuit, it’s not something you decided on yourself either, but it’s a strong conviction from the Word of God that this is what He wants you to do.  Sometimes we misunderstand this context. At times, we force our own dreams and use God’s Word to support it when it should be the other way around.

How can God use us if we have not totally surrendered our lives to Him? 

Mark 8:34-38, ESV says, “And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

God doesn’t require us to just follow in His ways, He wants us to be bold in following His Word. We can do a lot of good things and be of great help to people, but if we fail to recognize God’s plan in our life and walk in it, we will be rejected on the day when Jesus comes again to bring judgment into the world.

 1 Corinthains 10:18-22, ESV “Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?”

You can’t choose both, we can’t serve two masters. It’s either we follow God and give up our fleshly desires or follow the devil and be on our way to the path of destruction. 

How is this connected to our Calling? 

We were designed to serve our King, to be an instrument of love, to be used by Him to glorify him alone. 

Examine your dreams, are they glorifying God in any way or have they been above our Calling as Children of God? Where does all your time go? To an idol or to God? Examine your heart carefully. 

Mark 10:21,ESV “And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”