PERFECTLY SATISFIED

George Mueller’s one of my heroes of the faith.

He was an intense Christ-follower, a great man of faith, and director of orphanages in Bristol, England, cared for 10,024 orphans in his life. He was well-known for providing an education to the children under his care.

A story is told when his wife became ill with rheumatic fever, he went to God in prayer…

“Yes, my Father, the times of my darling wife are in Thy hands.  Thou wilt do the very best thing for her and for me, whether life or death.  If it may be, raise up yet again my precious wife – Thou art able to do it, though she is so ill; but howsoever Thou dealest with me, only help me to continue to be perfectly satisfied with Thy holy will.”

What a prayer!

However you deal with me, only help me to continue to be perfectly satisfied with Your holy will.

Wow.  What quiet assurance!

Lord, when tough circumstances arise, I know that You are more than able to deliver.  But when You don’t, help me to continue to be perfectly satisfied with Your holy will. AMEN!

DEFIB THE SOUL

“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul…” Ps. 19:7

Christmas time is the busiest time of the year.  And because of all that goes on, one of the things that usually takes the back seat is our time in the word.

This is something we need to deliberately fight for in our daily planner.  Why?

1. It’s perfect.

His Word is perfect.  Perfect to comfort.  Perfect to encourage.  Perfect to correct.  Perfect to rebuke.  Perfect to inspire.

It’s perfect to revive.

2. It revives the soul.

The heart defibrillator has saved thousands if not millions of lives.  Think of His word as a spiritual defibrillator.  Yes, it is spiritual daily bread but at the same breath, when one feels ‘dead’ in His walk with God, the word is perfect to revive.

Just a reminder for all of us (includes me!) during this very busy season.

WHO’S FRONT AND CENTER THIS SEASON?

Who’s front and center during this season?  Good question to ask ourselves.  Watch this video to see the similarities and the differences between Jesus and Santa.  Interesting video…

WITH YOU

Jenn and I had dinner with some of our very good friends last Saturday.  It was a fun one and at the same time very sobering.

While having our meal, our host, Jerome and Therese, asked a question to be answered by everyone around the table.  “If there was one thing you can be thankful to God for this year, what would that be?”

It was very interesting to listen to the answers.

One said, “Typhoon Ondoy…”

Another said, “God’s faithfulness in our marriage though we separated, we’re back together.”

Another replied, “Almost losing our baby to a deadly illness.”

I sat there and thought, “Wow, how can one thank God for the these?  How can these be their highlights?”

Then Edmund answered, “Because it was through these that I grew and understood how faithful God is and how much He really loves me.”

Boom!  That was it!

It was finding God in crisis… seeing Him in the midst of the fire… acknowledging Him in spite of the difficulties.

He is IMMANUEL… the God who is WITH US…


“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph.3:17

SOMETHING STINKS

One of the myths people believe in:

“My sin is just my sin and it never really affects others other than myself.”

Having an infant in diapers makes you think of certain similarities between sin and dirty diapers.

I remember when one of my sons was with his grandpa.  He was less than 1 year old.  We were eating dinner in a famous Shabu-shabu restaurant in Greenhills.  Because grandpa wanted to play with my son, he carried him.  Then an interesting experience came in 3 stages:

1. We hear some peculiar sound.
2. Then an interesting odor filled the room.
3. Afterwhich, brown liquid started to ooze out of his diaper onto his grandpa’s arms.

I know it’s gross but guess what, so is sin, especially in God’s eyes.

When we sin, it doesn’t just affect us.  It affects everyone else around the ‘diaper’.

Good news?  Though He absolutely doesn’t need to but He does come and cleans up our mess as we come to Him in humility and repentance.


If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

SOMEDAY SYNDROME NO MORE

Can I just say that God is simply awesome?

I wrote a blog early this year to tell how it things worked out. Click here to read it.

Let me recount the story…

Last year, my wife, Jenn told me that her dream is to go to Paris.  I thought, “Ok darling.  Maybe when we are in our 50’s or 60’s, we’ll make it to Paris.  I’ll have to save really hard and work double time to make that happen.”

Me of little faith, right?  Right.

A couple of weeks later, an angel swooped down from heaven (or he seemed to be an angel).  He asked me, “Hey Paolo, I’ve racked up miles in my frequent flyer card, would  you want to bring your wife to Paris?

My answer?  “Hmmmm… ok…. I’ll ask Jenn and we’ll discuss it.”  (Trying to be as cool as I can without exploding inside.)

Within the same week, another angel swooped down from heaven (or so it also seemed).  My Tita emails me and says, “Paolo, I have timeshare points for Marriott Paris.  Would you like to use it?”  Again, as calm as I could, I answered my tita with a grateful ‘yes.’

To top it off, Jenn’s mom who lives in the States came home yesterday to be with the kids while we’re ‘lost in Paris’ (naks).  A nice advanced 15th year wedding anniversary celebration for us.

God is simply amazing!  Sometimes we box God and limit His capability by saying, ‘He can only do this’ or ‘it might be too much for me to ask for that’ not realizing that He is a Father who desires to richly bless His kids.

“God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think…” (Eph. 3:20)

MY RACE FOR LIFE EXPERIENCE

10242009103Read a funny post by ANONYWIFE about Race for Life by Real Life Foundation.
Click here to read it.

My personal revelations from my experience this morning…

Woke up 4am to prepare. (Exhausted coming from a surprise bday party of this guy).

Fidgety… anxious…worried. First time to actually run a race. Signed up for 5k… it was a pride thing.

My thoughts as a I was running…

After 10 feet – “I’m way out of shape.”

After 2.5 km – “I think I can do this.”  Passing several who ‘stalled’ and started walking. I actually was getting prideful.

After 3.5 km – “I’m in trouble.”  I knew I was in trouble when Col. Cesar Mejico’s 8 year old son passed me by.

After 4.5 km – “I’m dying…”  Glad I was going to heaven because of what Jesus did for me.  Needing resuscitation because I’m now crawling to the finish line.

At the finish line, our head usher at the 5 and 7 pm service, Leejay Teves asked me, “How was it?”   I said, “Not good.”  To this, he replied, “Looks like it.”

What in the world!  Leejay, you’re fired from the ushering team!