Tanga

Lahat naman tayo naging tanga. Yung iba minsan lang. Yung iba paulit-ulit. Sabi nila, okay lang daw magpakatanga basta dun sa taong karapat-dapat. Ang tanga no? Kelan ba naging karapat-dapat ang isang taong kinailangan mong maging tanga para lang di ka iwan? Bakit nga ba hindi na lang magkatuluyan ang parehas na tanga at parehas na manloloko? Pag ganun siguro, walang masasaktan. Kasi deserve nila ang isat-isa. At siguro, maitatama nila kung ano yung nakikita nilang mali dahil alam nila parehas kung ano ang mali. Bakit kasi kailangan mo minsan matapat dun sa taong di mo naman deserve. Yung dehado ka ba pag minahal mo. Yung taong ayaw mong tanungin kasi alam mong di mo gusto yung magiging sagot. Yung taong ayaw mong papiliin kasi alam mong hindi ikaw ang pipiliin. Yung taong ayaw mong iwan kasi alam mong di ka hahabulin. Sakit no? Pero kelan ba naging masaya ang tanga.. 

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A Letter From Mr. Right

Dear Bea,

Contrary to what you have heard, I do exist. I’m no fairytale hunk with big muscles and thing for chick flicks (although, I may or may not have a man bun). So, put your daydreams of love off to the side for a minute and let me tell you what makes me, “Mr. Right” and why people keep telling you to wait for me.

The first thing I really want for you to understand is that I was not born your Mr. Right. I promise we weren’t destined to cross paths and lock eyes from across a crowded room and fall hopelessly in love. God has been working in my heart for YEARS! Do you realize what was in my heart before Christ saved me?! Of course you don’t because we haven’t met yet, but I can promise you it is equally as crazy and sinful as what you’ve been walking through. That is why I need some time… And it is also why you need the same. Let’s do each other a huge favor and give one another the time to heal from our pasts and become something different; something whole. I know that you’ve spent a lot of time feeling less than whole, like you’re missing something, and so have I. But now we have both been made new in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) and need to take some time to learn to walk in this new wholeness. So, I’m going to give you that space and promise not to pursue you until God has made it clear that you are in the right season in your faith.

But here is the kicker and the second thing I need you to know… As patient and trusting in God’s timing as I am, this thing between you and I also hinges on your obedience and trust in the Lord. Have you ever read the Song of Solomon? There is a part in there that I will never forget. It says, “Promise me, O women of Jerusalem (Daughters of God); not to awaken love before the time is right” (NLT Emphasis Mine). Let me fill you in on why she says that. She is begging women not hurry into love for two reasons; one, because the real thing is so worth the wait. And two, because being joined with a person out of season is one of the most painful things someone can experience. Sure you can frolic in lala land for a little while, but what happens when the romance and passion subsides and your left with just your hearts, left open and bare? What happens when the struggles hit and the person you’re with isn’t strong enough to fight the good fight of faith? What happens when they mess up and you’re expected to show them the same grace Christ showed you? I’ll tell you what happens, things will fall apart. Whether on the surface or beneath it, things will fall apart…. That’s the truth, if two people are not both firmly rooted in their faith in Christ, they will suffer for that lack together. I could walk you through almost any church and show you marriage after marriage where people are suffering because they aroused love before it’s time. They are paying for the consequences of that decision decades down the road. Which is why we must join together in patience, even though we are apart.

Here is what we are working towards and the third thing I need you to know: God has asked me to be so much like Christ that you are able to submit to me as unto Him (Ephesians 5:22-33). And He is asking you to be able to submit to me and point me to Jesus by your actions, even when I’m acting like a fool (1 Peter 3:1-6). So take a minute and think… Could you really do that right now? I’m getting closer, but I don’t think I could do that just yet. But when God gives me a peace about the continual growth of my own faith, I will know and I’ll be obedient to pursue you. And you will know that it is me because I will respectfully, tactfully, and politely pursue you with very clear intentions. When a guy begins to talk to you, know that it’s me because I’ll be respectful and not flirting with you via text. Know that it’s me because I’ll be clear that I’m asking you on a date and won’t create an atmosphere where you have to question what we are doing or where we stand. Know that it’s me because when we are dating, I’ll not only be respectful of your emotional and physical boundaries, but also have some of my own. And know that it’s me because I’ll be more interested in your faith and what your relationship with Jesus looks like than being romantic and creating surface level connections.

So, please wait for me. For your sake and my own, wait. Wait because God is telling you to wait. Wait because you have more growing to do. Wait because I have more growing to do. And wait because it will be worth it. Because at the end of the day, the reason I’m not pursuing you yet is because I’m just not ready. And the reason you’re not being pursued by me yet is that you’re just not ready. So join with me in individually submitting to God…Even if that means that there actually isn’t a Mr. or Mrs. Right waiting for us… Can we be ok with that? Can we trust God and be okay with whatever the outcome, knowing that we have already received all we need in His Son? That’s a hard question, but until you’re in a place where you’re okay with never getting married, you won’t be in a place where I will be able to pursue you. Thinking of and praying for you,

– Mr. Right

credits: https://unfilteredmovement.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/an-open-letter-from-mr-right/

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OVERCOMER

There are storms in life that will hit us and shake our faith. These storms can either break us or make us depending on what we choose. But what a great relief to know that we have Jesus Who understands every suffering, every trials that we are facing because He is familiar with all of it. He too experienced the pains of this life yet He  emerged victorious. Life can be tough but we should never quit nor give up because we have Jesus who makes all things work together for our good. If you are facing an overwhelming situation right now, please remember that with Jesus on our side, we can weather any storms of life and become an overcomer. 

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I Will Never Pursue You

ARABY

Maybe I’m beginning to like you a lot,
but I will never pursue you.
 
 
Around me, I’m tempted by all these pawns
calling me to use them,
looking me in the eye, saying
maybe you and I can ”accidentally” bump into each other in a coffee shop;
maybe we can schedule “friendly dates” with a bunch of conniving friends;
maybe I can start “innocent” topics with you over that gleaming chat box,
ask you things that no one would brand as bad,
I can even send you “wrong sends.”
But even this early, I realized
that albeit pawns are the most numerous pieces in a game,
at the end of the day,
they are but
the weakest.

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Don’t get me wrong -
I want to be with you.
Just to get to know you more,
I am ready to manipulate
so many things -
things…

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Wait

A Poem by Russell Kelfer

 

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried.
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, He replied.
I pleaded, and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said, “Child, you must wait.”

“Wait? You say wait??” my indignant reply.
“Lord, I need answers, I need to know why.
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I’m claiming your Word.

“My future, and all to which I can relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me ‘wait’?
I’m needing a ‘yes’, a go-ahead sign,
Or even a ‘no’, to which I can resign.

“And Lord, you have promised that if we believe,
We need but ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord I’ve been asking, and this is my cry:
“I’m weary of asking: I need a reply!”

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
As my Master replied once again, “You must wait.”
So I slumped in my chair; defeated and taut
And grumbled to God; “So I’m waiting, for what?”

He seemed then to kneel and His eyes met with mine
And He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens, darken the sun,
Raise the dead, cause the mountains to run.

“All you see I could give, and pleased you would be.
You would have what you want, but you wouldn’t know Me.
You’d not know the depth of My love for each saint;
You’d not know the power that I give to the faint.

“You’d not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You’d not learn to trust, just by knowing I’m there.
You’d not know the joy of resting in Me,
When darkness and silence was all you could see.

“You would never experience that fullness of love
As the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,
But you’d not know the depth of the beat of My heart.

“The glow of My comfort late in the night;
The faith that I give when you walk without sight;
The depth that’s beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.

“And you never would know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that ‘My grace is sufficient for thee.’
Yes, your dreams for that loved one o’ernight could come true,
But the loss! if you lost what I’m doing in you!

“So be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.
And though oft’ may My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all….is still…wait.”

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A Jealous God

“You must worship no other gods, for the LORD, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you. (‭Exodus‬ ‭34‬:‭14‬ NLT)”

We may not be aware of it but we can have other gods that we worship. Yes, we worship other gods by giving them our time, effort, resources, ability, (excessive) thoughts and making them our priority. We worship them when we desire them more than we desire God.

God is a jealous God and He rightfully is! He made us, saved us and love us tirelessly. He deserves all the love that He can get in this world especially from His children. Just like a lover, He wants to have our heart fully dependent on Him. He wants to spend time with us, listening to our thoughts and endless whining. He wants us to feel that we are the most wonderful person in the world and no one is like us individually. We are unique and an apple in His eyes.

He wants our love and devotion.

He doesn’t need us but He wants us. He doesn’t need to love us but He still does. We can’t fully return the favor but He still blesses us. He knows we will rebel but still accepts us. How great God’s love is for you and me. It is unconditional, unchanging and unending. For Him to be jealous of us is His privilege. We are His.

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Tonight…

Lord, what’s up? What’s happening? I know You know. I’m jobless. I’m alone. I have some family problems. I don’t know what’s happening. I don’t know Your plans. I just know they are good. But I’m clueless. I don’t know what’s in store for me. I’m already in the prime of my life and yet, I still have no accomplishments. What’s happening to me? This is not Your fault, Lord. It all boils down to me. I’m the one to blame. What should I do? How can I start. Where to begin? You said that Your plans for me are for good. I want to see them Lord. I wanna walk in the life You want me to live. Help me to keep on keeping on. I can’t go on without Your help. Help me. I need You now. 

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