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Also, because of time constraints and for the sake of not complicating things, I hope that graphics-less entries and outdated blog theme are both alright with you.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

(Click “continue reading” if you are on my blog’s main home page to, well, continue reading today’s post!)

D A Y 0 1  :  T h e  R e v i v a l

 

WORSHIP: Let There Be Light by Hillsong Worship

 

“There’s no hiding from Your face
There’s no striving in Your grace
God of mercy
God Almighty

Let there be light
Open the eyes of the blind
Purify our hearts in Your fire
Breathe in us we pray
Jesus have Your way”

 

Hidden was the place I wanted to be. I felt like “the Christian thing” was too much work. That I’m too busy and didn’t have time. Curious how when I had these thoughts, I also felt insignificant and unimportant – forever feeling lost.

But there is light shining.

I like how this song is brimming with hope. It reminded me that like Jonah, I can’t run away from God. It’s impossible. His love for you is so big and bright that He always reaches out. He will call you, ask for you, even when you don’t want to. It reminded me of my decision, the choice I’ve made to FOLLOW HIM. To do things FOR HIM, for HIS glory. I want Him to have His way.

Light is hope. Light is truth. Light is guidance. Light is warmth. Light is love. Light is Jesus. He has us. We are His. And we do have a little part of Him in our hearts. We are light bearers. We are His children. To be the sons and daughters of LIGHT- of the King. Dude, that’s an amazing thing.

 

LEARN: Enjoying Life in a Godly Way by setapartgirl

Takeaway

Ask yourself WHY you’re doing every little aspect in your life. Is it simply for vanity?

True fulfillment and happiness lies in Jesus Christ. We must live our life and lift up our talents for Him.

 

TRUTH: Romans 8:31 – 39 (NIV Version)

 

More Than Conquerors

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

REFLECT

The word “conquer” implies a fight, a battle. This is something we all go through all throughout our lives when we try to live it out for God. It’s a given that there will be STRUGGLES, challenges, roadblocks that stand in our way from God. But no matter how pestering they may be, the verses tells us that NOTHING is IN OUR WAY because JESUS IS THE WAY. God is FOR us. He is backing us up, protecting us everyday in our lives, that He will not let anything get in between Him and you. You and God are a done deal. That’s how much He loves you, He’s NEVER letting go.

 

GRATITUDE

  1. Pink skies during sunset
  2. My mother bought me milk tea 🙂
  3. Went on a night walk (after a looong time. Really hoping to make a habit out of this)
  4. Mini-project at work I’m doing with my sister
  5. Blueberry Chicken Wrap from Get Greens is my NEW FAVE! Ahh, so fresh and good!

 

~ alright, friends, that is it for today’s post.

Don’t forget to share with me your insights because it will really help us grow into becoming the people God wants us to be! It strengthens our bond and our faith with God. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Love,

Nadine

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2 Comments

  1. This is so good ate nades, i love how you openly share with us. We may not have same situation right now but we are rest assured that God is working in our lives, He love us so much. Sobrang amazing ni Lord, ako din I have struggles in my spiritual life, i prioritize other things instead of Him. Talagang nakakapanghina once na hindi ako nakakapag communicate kay Lord through prayer and worship. But He is so so so good, He has His ways para i remind tayo.

    I admire you ate nades, I know Jesus has great plans for you. These platforms might be one of the way para mag serve kay Lord to share His words and goodness to others. He will use you in a big ministry, you are already doing your part ate nades. You’re already sharing Jesus to every millenial follower that follows you in your social media accounts. I know He will surely bless you more in every aspect of your life. He got our back!! I love you ate nades!! Keep it up 💖💖

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