04: I’m Under Construction

TRUTH:  2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NLT)

 

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed.

We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.

We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God.

We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

 

LEARN: Under Construction – Joel Osteen Podcast

Alternatively, here is the sermon video version.

 

I was feeling like a failure until I listened to this message by Joel Osteen. It has got to be one of the most encouraging and spiritually uplifting messages I’ve heard. Please do listen to it, if you’re feeling low.

Here are my notes from it, though they are really messy because I was taking a stroll while listening to it hehe)

  • I am proudly UNDER CONSTRUCTION with messy places here and there, and it’s OKAY because GOD IS NOT FINISHED WITH ME.
    • Isn’t that truth of GOD building you up so comforting? Whenever you’re in the process of doing something, like cooking, baking, cleaning your room, heck, even trying to find a cute outfit to wear, don’t you mess everything up during the process? I’m talking, messy kitchen with spoons and bowls everywhere, or clothes scattered on every possible surface in your room. Sounds familiar? But what about after the process? Don’t you cook this hopefully delish dish? Or find something to wear that makes you feel cute AND confident?
    • TRUST THE PROCESS. MESSES ARE OKAY. It’s all part of life.
  • I am a MASTERPIECE in the making.
    • With every step I take, God is working in me.
    • I am growing.
    • Trust that God ALWAYS finishes what He has started. You won’t be left undone.
  • See beyond the mess. You are right on track.
  • God KNOWS who you are meant to be. Who you ARE.
    • If you are feeling discouraged by other people, remember that they can only see your flaws, your weaknesses, and your mistakes. We tend to forget that other people are also under construction. This is why we shouldn’t cross someone off or judge others. God is working in all of us.
    • Remember that GOD SEES PAST all those things. He MADE GOOD plans for you. Plans that will make you prosper. And He will help you REALIZE it!
  • Let God make and mold you
    • Allow Him to change you.
    • Do your part.
    • Don’t fight the little steps we have to do to get to where we are created for.
    • Something DEEPER is happening that we don’t understand.
    • Messes are there TEMPORARILY
    • God’s ways are NOT our ways!

 

I hope you guys are feeling more encouraged after reading this! Praise God that we have Him in our lives to guide us. Wherever we may be, He is there, He is here.

I love you guys so much and I never want you to feel discouraged. So please please please keep these reminders in your hearts.

 

 

GRATITUDE:

  • Unexpected opportunities
  • Strength and grace from God
  • Tried doing Pull Ups with Resistance bands and they were very challenging ( I was shaking like CRAZY) but it’s mega fun!
  • I think I’m getting better at parking?
  • Spaghetti for lunch AND dinner???!
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03: More on Jesus

August 3, 2018

 

WORSHIP: This is Amazing Grace by Phil Wickham

“This is amazing grace
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You would lay down Your life
That I would be set free
Jesus, I sing for All that You’ve done for me”

Today, (and I think for the next couple of days,) we are digging deep into discovering more about Jesus. Let’s pray for new revelations about Christ. I know that there are times when you read the same verses over and over again, it can get tiring; but trust me that each reading does change depending on your current situation. Trust that the Bible will continually give you wisdom. 🙂 

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave”

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*ALSO please note that I’ve written this in a pretty chill way. V casual, so yes. I’m really sleepy but I also love Jesus HAHAHA

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02: Take Courage, Have Faith, & Trust in God

WORSHIP: In God We Trust by Hillsong Worship

“We will follow where You go
We will trust through the unknown
I know You go before”

As you get older, you get to make more decisions for yourself. In all aspects of my life, I make it a point to discern carefully. Ateneo literally has seminars and even a required course on ~discerning for the future.~

Whenever I make a “big life choice” I always pray to God. I cast my uncertainties and concerns to Him. When I make the decision, I always feel good about it because I know that I’ve spoken to God about it, and it is He who is leading me.

After a few months, however, the decision starts to NOT feel right. Even with all the time I have spent thinking and praying on it. It’s in these moments where I blame God in frustration. Why have you placed me here? Why did you lead me here? WHY AM I HERE? ANSWER ME!!

This song reminds me that even though I feel like I’m wasting my life or that I’ve made the wrong decision, there is still meaning and purpose behind them. God NEVER makes mistaks, and He will NEVER lead us to the wrong places. It’s all part of His plan.

I know that in the future, when I look back to the exact moment of frustration I’ve felt, I WILL realize and know that it had to be done. This experience is a part of my life. In retrospect, always, everything makes sense. It might not right now, but it will, trust God.

“Now in God we trust
In His Name we hope
I know God will not be shaken
God is here with us
He’s already won
I know God will not be shaken”

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01: A Revival

AN INTRODUCTION

 

Hi, wow.

I obviously haven’t been on here in a while. An empty word document, with the text cursor blinking. Writing, it’s been a while.

It’s August 1, and I’ve just had this idea. Okay, actually, I’ve been thinking of doing this for such a long time, but I was afraid of judgment and people accusing me of pretending to be someone I’m not, so I never did it. For some reason, though, those reasons aren’t bothering me anymore, because I realized that this isn’t about me.

It’s about going through life holding the hands of my Father. And through this blog exercise / sharing / diary / project thing, I hope that it encourages someone to reach out and hold His hand as well.

For the next 30 days, I will be posting my daily devotions, insights, prayers, resources. I’m not perfect, so please bear with me if I make mistakes or write something dumb. This is a process. It’s a learning curve. And if you are willing, I hope you’ll join me. Feel free to comment or leave me a message with YOUR insights.

Also, because of time constraints and for the sake of not complicating things, I hope that graphics-less entries and outdated blog theme are both alright with you.

 

WHERE AM I AT SPIRITUALLY?

 

Right now, I know that I’m not doing enough. Heck, I’m not even doing the bare minimum of keeping up with a relationship with God. I don’t attend church (I reallly need to go huhu.) I don’t have a life-group (I just STOPPED going months ago! Shame on me, I know.) I pray only when I remember to (probably a few times a week?) I’ve just been ~ distant with God.

I mean sure, there will be the random bursts of “yup I’m gonna do devo / listen to a sermon” but I can’t sit through it! I don’t know why. I mean, in my head I know that I love God and I have so much faith in Him, but my actions seem otherwise.

Also, I must admit that whenever people would message or comment that they miss my “Jesus-y videos” my heart breaks and I am filled with shame. Shame that the old me was closer to God. That at least then, I had the breadth to share about my faith. Nowadays,  I’m not growing spiritually as all my insights seem to simply be empty echoes repeating itself. I don’t have anything new. I don’t know anything new!

These things I’m telling you are EMBARRASSING. But I just want to encourage anyone who’s also on the same boat as me to HAVE HOPE and REACH OUT. We can do this.

 

~ so how’s this going about?

Here’s the format of the following (daily) blogposts:

  • WORSHIP: Song of the day (to get us into the ~vibe and mood of studying the Bible. Sing your hearts out, people!)
  • LEARN: Christian resource I found interesting / helpful. (Podcasts, videos, image, quote, sermons, blog posts)
  • TRUTH: Verse(s) I/we will be studying
  • REFLECT: Insights on the verse(s) / What God wanted me to know when reading the verses
  • GRATITUDE: 5 Things I’m grateful for today

Again, if you have any suggestions / insights / comments you want to share. You can leave a comment or DM me!

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My Favorite Fonts

From my “Best Free Fonts” video, here is the list + download links of each font. Hope you all like the fonts!

💕 S E R I F
1. Baskerville by John Baskerville and modified by Impallari Type
2. Modern No. 20 by Ed Benguiat

💕 S A N S S E R I F
3. Avenir by Adrian Frutiger
Avenir Next / Avenir Next Condensed
4. Futura by Paul Renner
5. Lato by Łukasz Dziedzic
6. Moderne Sans by Marius Kempken:
7. Sonder by Andrew Herndon
8. Andale Mono by Steve Matteson
9. Monaco by Susan Kare & Kris Holmes.

💕 H A N D W R I T T E N
10. Art Typo by Creative Tacos
11. Quentin
12. Delirium by Ana’s Fonts
13. Signatura Monoline by Ian Mikraz

💕 D E C O R A T I V E
14. Nyam by Drizy
15. Keep on Truckin’ by Brain Eaters Font Co

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my ateneo

In true ~sentimental senior~ fashion, I walked around campus armed with a (disposable film) camera, wanting to capture and to remember what Ateneo looked like “when I was there.” I was excited for whatever the future holds, but a part of me wanted to clutch onto my four-year Familiar.

Familiar wasn’t always familiar. It started with Change. It started with bug-eyed, 1D fangirl, freshman Nadine, who was obsessed with ducks, who would wear funky printed socks every day. It started with her feeling intimidated by it all. She wasn’t used to the size of the campus. She wasn’t used to seeing so many people she didn’t know. She wanted to cry during the first day of class because she hadn’t memorized the way around Ateneo. It scared her. But facing the unfamiliar, reaps great results. She would know after four years.

Driving change, are Firsts. First college bud, first org project, first oral examination, first 100, first college party. Going through firsts gives you knowledge and experience, allowing you to decide on how to go about the Second, or whether there will even be a second. You grow stronger and hopefully wiser by the end of a First.

The problem with Familiar is that it may lead to comfort. Ateneo was familiar because Ateneo is Ateneo, but Ateneo will never be amounted to being just “comfortable” because there are still bountiful challenges to overcome there if you ask for it. However, the ticking time bomb of a four-year course has long exploded, and Ateneo had already said “Come back to soon” to me even before I can process what was happening.

And so I’m here again. Currently. Wide-eyed, fresh graduate from the Ateneo Nadine feeling intimidated by what the world outside Familiar would mean. I know that the unfamiliar would force firsts and change to me and if at sixteen I could do it, then who’s stopping me at twenty?

 

 

 

 

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eliwelipeli

Meet Eli (I call her eliwelipeli.) This girl’s always up for anything. When I shot her, I was telling her to do some weeeeird poses (that didn’t make to cut, sad to say the least HAHA!) and she STILL DID THEM. GO ELI! HAHA! I met her freshman year in college and she, along with our friend, Karen, actually opened up my eyes to the issue of gender inequality.

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