My Sweet Father

Today is so amazing! While reading today's #SheReadsTruth devotion, I was blown away by the words of Jesus in the book of Luke. Martha was so distracted in preparing a dinner for Him and felt that it was unfair to her that her sister Mary was just sitting at His feet while she does all the work. These are His words to her:

"41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” - Luke 10:41-42
 I just can't get over the fact that those words came out directly from Jesus! Soooooo sweet!!!! I imagine hearing Jesus telling it directly to me... "No one can take me away from you!" 

From time to time, with every season of my walk with Him, Jesus gives me a song that I can sing for Him. I find it really sweet because He knows how much I love music, and it's so amazing to know that He can get that personal and intimate with us, to the point when He connects with us through our passion, hobbies, likes etc.. No wonder David said in Psalm 40:3 "He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God." He knew that David loved music and He communicated to him through it! He does that to me too! I experienced it many times over! I feel like He gives a theme song for me to remember every season of my walk with Him! He knows what song to give me! Amazing!!!

Today He gave me the song Saving Grace by Hillsong United. I can't help but cry over the lyrics of this song. Very timely! I'd say that Jesus knows my taste in music, and the lyrics that I wanted to sing to Him! Good song choice today my sweet Father! Thank you!

"Saving Grace"

Night and day I seek Your face
Long for You in the secret place
All I want in this life
Is to truly know you more...

As the waters cover the sea,
So Your love covers me
Guiding me on,
Roads unknown
I trust in You alone 

My Saving Grace
My endless love
Deeper and deeper I'm falling in love with You
My one desire
My only truth
Deeper and deeper I'm falling in love with you

And I will rise on wings of eagles
Soaring high above all my fears
I rest in Your open arms of love


As the waters cover the sea
So your love covers me....

Steady My Heart

It's one of those days when I just feel tired and drained with a lot of things that are happening around me. A lot of stuffs just seem tangled, and I don't know what I need to do to fix them (or if I should keep my hands off and just don't do anything about it).

Contrary to what most people think, being a Christian doesn't mean that everything goes well all the time. It's actually the opposite. Our Senior Pastor often says, "Being a Christian is not hard... it is IMPOSSIBLE! (without Christ)"  One minute I'm on fire with my faith, and the next thing I know, I'm burned out (like all I want to do is just sleep the whole day and isolate myself from everyone!) I may be so enthusiastic today in giving encouragement to someone, tomorrow, I might be the one in need of that encouragement.

In a few years that I have been in a relationship with Jesus, I learned to accept that reality. I guess it's His way of reminding me that everything is by His grace alone. That includes my faith in Him. What I love about Jesus is that I can totally be honest to Him to the point where I tell Him that, "Lord, honestly, I don't even feel like praying right now... I just feel so broken, I know that only you can fix me.." And just like that, an S.O.S prayer (sometimes it's even half-hearted), and He does makes a way to Steady My Heart! -- Always!

Today is one of those days. I felt like I was just dragging myself while reading the devotion in #SheReadsTruth. So after reading, I just prayed my S.O.S prayer, and the Lord showered His grace upon my faith through this video and through the song that He always, always use to comfort me! -- Steady My Heart.

(Thank God for using Kari Jobe as an instrument to encourage me today!) 

And then He spoke these Words of comfort to my heart...

 Thank you Jesus for always being there to Steady My Heart
Always healing me of my affliction, and always keeping my feet on solid ground!

Blessings after Obedience

At the beginning of this year, God clearly instructed me to take my hands off from all of my activities and just focus on growing as a full-time wife to Mike. It took me sometime before I finally decided to respond to God's calling for me. There were many things that caused my delay in obedience. I had a struggle accepting the fact that I have to fully depend on my husband for our financial needs. I was concerned of what other people would think. What about my degree? What about my career? What about my past achievements? Title? The things that I have worked so hard for in our business, the vision that I wanted for myself in the future. The pride of life kept me from obeying God's call.

The Lord said in Isaiah 48:17 
This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go."
Yes it took sometime, but we all know how the Lord works. He dealt with my disobedient heart and so I finally decided to obey His instruction. I took my hands off from the matters concerning our business and I decided to start my journey in being the wife that God wants me to be. I started reading books and listening to podcast of different Christian Women who have been faithful in their walk with the Lord which blessed their families in amazing ways. One of my favorites is the Secrets of Fascinating Womanhood by Helen Andelin. It's a must-read to every wife out there! It can truly save, restore, and enrich a marriage!

As I continue to seek, I realized that being a "Wife After God's Own Heart" is a lot harder than I thought. It meant putting my husband first before my own selfish desires. It meant giving up some things that I love to do, even some music that I love to listen to so I can look feminine in his sight (my husband is not delighted when I listen to hardcore rock music). It meant being careful on every word that comes out of my mouth knowing that it can make or break him. It meant being aware of when to speak and when not to speak, mastering the art of "shut up and pray". It meant understanding his ways and not attempting to change him knowing that only God has the power to do that. It meant knowing his deepest needs and going the extra mile in meeting them, doing things that I never thought I could possibly do for anyone. It meant humility. It meant surrendering to the power of the Holy Spirit knowing that it is impossible to do it on my own. It made me realize that the reason why God made His standards so high is that so I would never feel that I did them by myself.

The Lord promised His blessings after obedience (Deuteronomy 28). In just a short span of time I felt the blessings that He poured on our marriage. I felt Mike's love and affection grew deeper and deeper to me, which I believe is the greatest desire of every wife. He spends more time with me. We talk, we laugh, we share dreams together! He spoils me, he literally puts me on a pedestal! I would say that our marriage became a lot happier than it already was!

Last Tuesday night was one of the happiest nights of my life! Out of nowhere, Mike spoke to me just before we went to sleep and he said:

"I am so proud to have you as my wife. The more na na-ggrow ka sa relationship mo kay Lord, the more na mas napapamahal ako sa'yo at na-iinspire ako na gawin ang roles ko as a husband. Ito na ang pinaka masayang pakiramdam ko bilang husband sa 3yrs na magkasama tayo. I am proud of you and I love you."  (English Translation: "The more that you're growing with your relationship with the Lord, the more I fall in love with you and you inspire me to do my role as a husband. This is my happiest moment as a husband in 3 years that we've been together. I am proud of you and I love you.")

I just can't help but burst into tears after hearing those words! The joy I felt cannot be compared to any of my past achievements, dreams for the future or anything that I had to give up along the process. I just felt that it was the Lord's way of affirming me and telling me, "Misce, I know it has not been easy for you. But I want you to know that I am pleased with your obedience... I am with you! Keep it up! I am proud of you and I love you my Princess." 

Thank you Jesus! This is what I could have had missed if I did not obey!  I know that I am still a work in progress... still far from being the wife, the daughter, and the woman of God that He wants me to be, but I know that  He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it! (Philippians 1:6) TO GOD BE ALL THE HONOR, GLORY AND PRAISE!