Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Biggest Change in My Life

(butterfly taken from

I've been talking about how we should change after we get saved, but I haven't actually shared my own change with you.

As I said in my very first blog post, My Salvation Testimony, I got saved when I was five.
Since I was just a little child who hadn't gone through a lot yet, I didn't really see a change. Well, maybe I did but it must have been really small because I can't remember it.

When I was little, I always used to get into fights. I was pretty selfish and I thought I could have my own ways since my dad was a pastor. If somebody wronged me, I would pinch them, tattle on them, possibly punch them, hurt them with words, and throw tantrums. Now that I look back at my old self, I feel really sad and mad at all the sin I did. I was a big fool. Proverbs 18:6 describes my foolishness: "A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes." I was saved but I was still letting Satan get me. Of course, my parents raised me up right. They spanked me every time I was one of the 3 D's: Disrespectful, Disobedient, Dishonest. At that time, I thought they hated me even though they kept telling me that correction is love. I hated being spanked. I didn't like being corrected. I was like the fool in Proverbs.

Proverbs 1:7, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Now that I'm older, I'm really glad that my parents corrected my spoiled attitude. If they didn't, I would still be like that today.

The school that I attended for 1st and 2nd grade was a private school (Montessori). Every time we prayed, I saw my classmates doing the cross on their chests. I knew Christianity didn't teach that but by wanting to fit in I sometimes followed. I had very good grades, placing in the top 3 every year. I made many friends with my outgoing attitude. I received many blessings but I took them for granted. The only time I really thought about God was at home and at church.

When I moved to America, I attended a public school in New Jersey for a year. Like in my previous schools, I wanted to fit in. I wasn't very good at English even though we studied it back in the Philippines, so I tried fitting in by cracking small jokes and doing the same stuff they did. I would gossip and make fun of other kids just to be liked. In their science class, they taught evolution. I told my friend that it wasn't true but she kept insisting that our ancestors were monkeys and apes so I just went along.

When I moved to a Christian school, I still had the attitude I was influenced with at the public school. I would make fun of people behind their backs and follow everyone else. I now know that even in a Christian school, some people are unsaved and some aren't very nice.

Moving to the next grade, I still had the goal of fitting in with the cool kids and being popular. I did really foolish things to be noticed and got in the wrong crowd. God punished me for that and I thank Him now for those corrections. God also gave me a specific homeroom teacher that year and His will is clear to me now. He wanted me to be corrected firmly. Near the end of that year, my family attended the Bible Conference at BJ. The message really convicted me of all the sin I did and one of the nights, I prayed with my Dad for reassurance of Salvation.

My third year at the Christian school was really fun. I was very outgoing with my friends and my homeroom teacher was the best. I had fun that year but I wasn't super close to God.

Last year was my growth spurt in Christ likeness. I stuck to my Christian friends and peeled myself off the ungodly ones. I was still friendly to everyone but I really focused on loving Christ. I didn't even care if I was popular or not. I realized that God won't be looking at my popularity level when I get to heaven. I am very thankful that we had chapel every day. The messages really helped me grow and gain wisdom.

This year, I am learning more about my godly friends and am wanting to know more about my number one Best Friend, God. I just thank God for the awesome Christian school I'm in. God has blessed me with so many Christ loving teachers. Through financial trials, He is making me realize that I shouldn't take this school for granted. Bob Jones has been a great blessing and influence in my life.

Please pray that I will continue to grow in the Lord and be a good example among the believers and the unbelievers. Thank you for reading my very long testimony=)

~Change isn't always bad; especially if the change is in becoming more like Christ.~

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Spending Time with Our Best Friend

John 15:14-15
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

To call someone your best friend, you have to spend time with them, right? You get to know their likes and dislikes after awhile. When you move to a different location that is far away from your friend, you need to keep in touch or else you'll lose your friendship and connection.

It's the same with the Lord. A good relationship with God involves walking with Him throughout each day. It's not just having your devotions or remembering to pray, even though those are important habits too. Having a relationship with God is walking continually in His presence. This means that we are always aware of His commands, His purpose for our lives, and our need for His wisdom. If we fellowship with godly people, their behavior and attitude will influence us. When we fellowship with Christ, we will become wise. But if we surround ourselves with Satan and unsaved people, we will be pulled into sin.

So is God your Best Friend? I know I want Him to be mine! I'm going to try my very best to have the greatest friendship I can with Him.

-some notes are taken from WISE UP, Wisdom In Proverbs Lesson 35 "Spending Time With God"

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Growing Rosebush

picture taken by K.C.
II Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in
the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Have you ever planted a seed and watched it grow through the years? Or maybe it even failed to sprout one tiny leaf.
Before my friend, K.C., was born, her dad planted a rosebush in the garden. After many years, it's still full bloom today! How did it produce beautiful roses? K.C. and her family probably had to water it a few times and protect it from harmful pests.

How about our spiritual lives? Are they still full bloom today? Or is the seed just sitting there, waiting to be watered?
When we get saved, we need to experience a change in our hearts and start thirsting for the spiritual water of the Word of God. We need to start having the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance in our lives (Galatians 5:22). We also need to get away from harmful pests of sin and temptation.

God is the caring gardener who can help us grow but we need to be willing to follow and have tender hearts.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Joyful Music

I was struggling with the music playlist on here, but I finally got it up!
All you have to do is press the play button (>) and you can listen to God's beautiful music while you're reading my entries.
As a starter, I decided to pick out these five songs: Joy in Serving Jesus, Wings As Eagles, Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee, Bow The Knee, and All Creatures of Our God and King.
I will be changing the songs from time to time so if you have any Christian song suggestions, feel free to comment them.
Thank you.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Are You Prepared?

I was in the Philippines when the terrorist attack on 9/11 happened.
But even though I wasn't in the U.S. then, I can still understand the grief.
Why did God let this happen?
It was His plan. He had a reason even though we can't fully understand it. When we transform into our heavenly bodies, it will be revealed to us.
9/11/01 is a date when the American nation grew closer to God. God let this date be imprinted in our lives so that we can get closer to Him every year.
But we shouldn't wait until something bad happens to get close to God! We need to develop a personal relationship with Him throughout the year.
We should thank God for protecting us for ten years now.
This event reminded us that life is short and our family and friends and even ourselves can be gone in a minute. We need to make sure that we and everyone around us are following Christ and are prepared to face eternity.
Are you prepared? Do you know Christ as your personal Savior?