Papel lang yan! (Hillsong Ticket)

Jaimie Pangan:

Just ask. :3

Originally posted on Captured thoughts...:

Let’s start it off with a verse…

James 1:2-3 NIV
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Feel na feel ko ang trials of many kinds and testing of faith eh. Sa pagkuha pa lang ng ticket yun! Andaming nangyari. Yung tipong aakalain mong di talaga will ni God na pumunta ka. But NO! We believed na pinapapunta talaga kami ni God even though the circumstances shows otherwise. We kept on asking for that ticket.

Papel lang yun eh! God owns everything. And we, as His children asked for just a single paper! (Well, three actually. Tatlo kaming pupunta eh.) But still, papel lang yun!

Sabi nga sa…
Romans 8:32 NIV
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he…

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A Mother’s Love

Jaimie Pangan:

In honor of Mother’s Day ^^

Originally posted on Unlocking the Secrets of the Heart:

I hope this will serve as an inspiration for teenagers with regards to their relationship with their parents. ^^ It’s a bit long, but I hope you guys will get something from it. ^^

Today, we celebrated my mom’s birthday at SM Megamall with my dad and other two friends in UA&P during lunch time. It was fun, and I get to spend time with my parents even for just a short while because I’m already living in a dorm. I won’t be seeing them that often now. As I reminisce about the past few years I was with my mom, all I can say is: It’s amazing how God worked things between my mom and I. Here’s how it all worked:

While growing up, I couldn’t always say that my relationship with my mom was good. There were feelings of bitterness and resentment that hindered me from loving and…

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Vine + Branches + PRUNING

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
– John 15:5 (NIV)

Many people are already familiar with this verse.. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches.. It just means that those who chose to follow Him are already connected with God.. He gives us life, purpose and direction. But sometimes, we don’t really discuss this part of John 15:

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” – John 15:2 (NIV)

Sometimes, there are challenges in our lives we gladly accept. But most of the time, we just want to run away from the situations we can’t change. It feels like there’s an unending storm happening in our lives. We pray, we ask God to take us away from that situation, etc. But, sometimes it doesn’t change. We’re still there. The rain of suffering and grief doesn’t stop.

The truth is, God allows these kind of situations to happen to prune us so that we will bear more fruit.. Sometimes we don’t understand, but we have to trust God that after those situations, we will be more fruitful, because there are blessings beyond suffering.

God will work all things out for those who love Him. (Romans 8:28)

For now, we just have to learn how to dance in the rain, and have joy in our hearts amidst the suffering.

Pruning of the Branches

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” – John 15:1-4 (NIV)

It’s honestly not pleasant to be pruned by God in ways we don’t understand most. But rest assured, we WILL BE FRUITFUL in the end. The more God prunes, the more we will experience great blessings and produce more fruit in the future.