Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WOYWW: Apart from Me!

 Last week I was sick, and although I took a picture of my bed
as my desk, I did not get a chance to post it.
I was too sleepy and lazy.

 This week, this is what's on my desk.
As always, I trace a picture on to my Bible
and paint it.

Here is a picture of Jesus holding a branch of a grape vine.

"...apart from Me you can do nothing." John 15:5

When someone is about to die, and he knows it, 
whatever he says then, must be important. 
Jesus said a whole lot to His disciples before 
they went to the garden where he was betrayed by Judas. 
He talked about giving them the Holy Spirit so they would not be alone, 
about keeping His commandments, about great love, 
and He prayed to His Father that they may all be one, 
"that they also may be in Us."

He talked about being the true vine, and that the disciples 
should stay connected to Him, to abide in Him, so that they bear fruit. 
Sometimes I like listening on Youtube to great preachers, 
and I enjoy reading sermons and commentaries, 
and I oohh and ahhh at the wonderful insights I find. 
BUT nothing beats listening to Jesus. 
We can spend our whole life reading His Word, 
and it will be a well that never runs dry. 
And after reading, we can sit and be quiet and listen, and He will speak. 
Or we can put ourself in the story, be one of the characters in the Bible, 
and God will teach us through that character. 
I can be Mary listening at Jesus feet. 
I can be the blind man who received the gift of sight. 
I can be the woman who was about to be stoned.  
I can be Thomas who refused to believe.  
Yes, Jesus will meet me however I want to meet Him. 
The important thing is we meet with Him, connect with Him, talk to him. 
For apart from Him, we can not bear fruit. 
We can do nothing. 
All our labor will be in vain. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

WOYWW: Let it Be Done!

 Last week I joined an art fair, Art in the Park,
and I started painting at the fair.
So that was my work desk for the day!
My friend Kora took this picture of me.
Lots of people asked me what medium I used
and watched as I painted my flowers.
It was a great experience talking to 
many who were interested in my art.
I sold a lot of paintings and art prints! Yey!

The morning after the art fair, my family and I flew to Puerto Princesa.
Such a beautiful place in the Philippines.

We took a boat and toured around the little islands of limestone rock.
It was fascinating to see the corals and fish in the sea.
I even caught a glimpse of a stone fish!!

We went kayaking in a small and big lagoon.
We even explored a cave!

We glimpsed an Imperial Pigeon, 
lots of interestingly colored jelly fishes,
and schools of fishes.

And look at the feast prepared for us by the boat's crew!!!

Yup! This is how we felt every day!!!
(Thank you Elyse for this picture!)

This is what I was painting in the airport the morning we left.

 "I am the maidservant of the Lord." Luke 1:38
Maidservant. Handmaid. How many of us think of ourselves as servants of God? Most of us invariably act as if God is our servant. We always ask Him to do this and that for us, whether it be small things like finding a lost possession, stopping the rain so we can proceed with our holiday, or bigger requests like finding a good job.
My whole family, including my 90 year old dad, are on our way to Puerto Princesa this morning. When we travel, my intercessory list is long. I don't think God minds that at all. But wouldn't it be better, much better, if we said like Mary, "Let it be done to me just as You say!" That even before we travel, even before we accept a job offer, even before we choose to embark on a project, we take some time to ask God if this is His plan too!

Joining the lovely Julia Dunnit for a 
peek at desks and projects!

I find a lot of inspiration
visiting my friends here:


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

WOYWW: Burning Hearts!

 Here is what I've been busy with.
I have stopped my painting for a while,
and have done some packing up.
Art in the Park, an affordable art fair, is this Sunday already,
and I have to prepare what I have to bring.
The next day, a Monday, we are going to El Nido,
and I have to pack for that too!

 Here is one of the paintings I have for sale.
A fish vendor with an extra colorful dress!

 "Were not our hearts burning within us...?" Luke 24:32

Jesus is alive! That's what we shout every Easter. He is risen! But in a very real way, His Word is alive too! "For the Word of God is ALIVE and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires."

When I was in High School, some Gideon missionaries came and distributed Bibles. I still have it, with the date written on the front page. January 27, 1971.  To receive one, we had to make a promise to read it every day. I promised because the Bible was so cute, and I did not have one. So I started reading a chapter a day until I got to John 12. In my little Bible, there is a verse encircled with a question mark. "The one who loves his life will lose it, but the one who hates his life in this world will preserve it to eternal life.". Well, I LOVED my life, and I could not understand why I would lose it because I loved it, so I STOPPED reading the Bible! The Words certainly exposed my innermost thoughts and desires! At that time, I was not willing to even explore further what the verse meant. 

Then when I got older, I received the baptism in the Holy Spirit after a Life in the Spirit Seminar. After that, I would read and read the Bible. I would underline almost all the verses with my yellow highlighter or a ballpen. My old Bible is full of lines and notes all around the margins. I could not get enough of God's Word and it really spoke to me. The Words would jump out of the Bible. 

In the story in Luke 24, two of the followers of Jesus were walking to Emmaus when Jesus joined them. They did not recognize Jesus at first, but while Jesus explained the scriptures to them, their hearts burned. In the same way, if the Spirit of Jesus is with us while we read the Bible, the Word comes alive and full of power. Lord, may Your Word burn within me, and transform the way I think and act. Holy Spirit, teach me and help my faith grow!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

WOYWW: You are Forgiven!

There's something wrong with the formatting function of Blogger today.
Can't fix the font size, the font, and this looks all wrong!
But anyway, this is what I was doing last night.
 am preparing for Art in the Park,an art fair on September 3.

It's still a work in progress but I am soooo happy.
I posted this on Facebook and somebody wants to buy it already!

"How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?" Matthew 26:15Before Holy Thursday and before Good Friday, I usually find a way to go to confession. Tonight is the night for that. I don't like going to confession, although I like the feeling after. I studied in UP (the University of the Philippines) almost my whole life and there's no religion subject there. No requirement that we go to confession like in Catholic schools.  No cathechism. I was baptized both in the Methodist Church (my dad's church) and the Catholic Church (my mom's). And when I was very young, we would go to both the Catholic mass and the Methodist service, until I said I liked daddy's church better because there was juice and games for the kids! My mom then put a stop to that and I did not go to church till I was much much older. And I hardly ever went to confession when I was young.

Confession to me is like looking for the ways I betray Jesus, and giving it to the priest so he can say like Jesus, "You are forgiven. I forgive you seventy times seven." God never gives up on us. After confession, I sometimes have this urge to cry and cry. Even if we sin big, it's not over until God says it's over. Just like the adulterous woman that people wanted to stone. Jesus said in John 8:7: "Whoever is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at her." Jesus is without sin, and He could be the first to cast a stone, a boulder at us even! But does He? No. He would take the stones for us, and He did, at Calvary.  Lord, thank you so much for Your forgiveness and mercy. Thank you that we can always come to You for that and more! Even when we betray you, deny you, You will always accept us back like Your beloved prodigal daughter or son! 

Joining the lovely Julia Dunnit for a 
peek at desks and projects!

I find a lot of inspiration
visiting my friends here: