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What is Time?

Please put on your headphones/earphones. Put volume on high. God be praised!


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/198590497″>Time // a short film</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user55947007″>ILDG</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

What is Time?’ is a reflective poem by Pastor Paul Tripp. All credits belong to him.

I looked up the definition of time.
noun
1. the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.
2. a point of time as measured in hours and minutes past midnight or noon.
Time, we think of numbers. Collecting watches is my weakness. My mom asked me why I have more than 10 when they all do the same job: TELL TIME. Time is anticipating something: when to wake up, clocking out of work, the arrival of a bus, the time of a favorite TV show, the surgery time, and sometimes the remaining moments we might have here on earth.
As a follower of Christ, time is in HIs hands. Time for God is beautiful. He makes all things beautiful in His time. He does not want us to worry about tomorrow. He only knows when to take us out of a season because His timing is perfect. My time here on earth is under His powerful hands. He sent His son Jesus during the time when Herod was king, but because He knew it was the right time for him to be born. He says to not remember the former things, the things of old. And that He will come like a thief in the night. Jesus is coming back. I anticipate His coming back. While I am still here on earth, I will trust His perfect will.
Music: “Days Are Long” – royalty free music from youtube
Camera: Galaxy S7 Edge flat profile
Editing software: Adobe Premiere Pro
Voiceover: Myself (It was my first time to record using Adobe Premiere’s voiceover)
Poem: “What is Time?” by Paul Tripp
We think so much of
moments
days
years
times past
things to come.
We deal with so much
regret of the past
fear of the future
confusion in the present.
For us
time passes quickly
we miss a moment
days drag on.
We
anticipate what’s coming
hold on to what’s gone.
Time
holds us
molds us
controls us.
Thankfully
God knows no time
never expects
never regrets
no looking forward
no glancing back
no surprises
no mysteries
nothing unexpected.
God dwells in an
eternal now.
All that he is
he has forever been
and will forever be.
With him there is no
growth
change
becoming.
He is security’s foundation
time’s sovereign.
In a world where
everything is ever
changing.
He is a rock of
secure
unchanging
eternal hope.
// idle
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!

This whole time I thought I posted this.

It is always interesting to watch how the world celebrates the new year. Isn’t it fascinating that the we do¬†not ring the new year all at once, at the same time? People uploaded photos of delicious food, their OOTD,¬†their houses adorned with NYE decorations,¬†“2017” sunglasses,¬†supplies they spent a good amount of money on, and crazy videos of the countdown – with a lot of hashtags I did not bother to read. haha!¬†A lot of people posted on Facebook how ready they’re for 2017, how it’s going to be the best year -I applaud you for being positive. Some remembered 2016 as a great year -I am happy that you had a great year. A few thanked the things they experienced last year -the good and the bad (a thankful hear is good medicine).¬†Others complained¬†how 2016 sucked. If I were to post what was on my mind, I would have written the latter. I would¬†not even include myself to the few who were thankful. It was not a great year for me.¬†I did not enjoy 2016 because I did not choose to enjoy it. My heart was not grateful. I was miserable. My walk with God became stagnant. I did not invest in people. I was not myself. Thankfully,¬†God is ¬†ALWAYS gracious to this Filipina.

-i just touched the screen and scrolled up thinking it was an iPad. haha-

I decided to take a break from social media – Facebook and Instagram. I’ve been spending a lot of time going out with my parents, reading books, exercising, and editing videos. The unplugging is helping me a lot and¬†I’ve got joy down in my heart.

The thing is, I want my heart to be freed of bitterness and be ruled by gratitude. To be thankful was something I did not do. I probably complained a lot about what happened in 2016 (and 2015). I got busy preventing those things to never happen again because it hurt like crazy. The walls I built made me happy, but they did not make me feel fulfilled. I was afraid to let new people into my life, into my heart. I became hesitant to share details of my life. But I remember the beauty of being vulnerable. My prayer this year is to be able to invest genuinely in people like how I used to. I want to meet new friends. First and foremost, to thank God for every relationship He gives me. I want to be thankful for what it brings me Рjoy and heartache.

When we focus on the bitter things in life, we won’t be able to taste the sweetness it also has. I am better now. Thank you to my support system – the ones who experienced the not so good side of me: my parents. Thank you, LORD, for your abounding grace and mercy.

I want to give thanks FOR EVERYTHING.

In Christ, Isha

 

 

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“Preach the gospel to your weary heart, daily. When in doubt, when in seasons of sorrow, and when you have nothing left! Speak the truth of God to the parts of your life that need to be resurrected, for when we shine a light the darkness must flee.

Beloved, whatever stage of life we are at, we have but to whisper and the King will listen. Do you not know? He is always present, and our very heartbeat is a delight to Him.”

T.B. LaBerge’s words of wisdom

Anticipate! Expect!

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the dictionary gives me the meaning of Advent (Latin word of coming): the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. For the Christians, it is the coming or second coming of Christ.  When someone or something is referred to as notable it is worthy of attention. The person is important. VIP! Jesus is the real celebrity of Advent. The synonyms of the word notable – noun and adjective – describe Him.

Waiting. We wait in line. We wait for the next time we see our friends. We wait for a package. We wait for a breakthrough. We wait for a text. We await the birth of Immanuel. We wait for His second arrival. We are expecting. We are anticipating.

Today is the 3rd day of Advent. I’m currently following Shereadstruth.com study book. This is my first time to celebrate it. I grew up in a Baptist church that didn’t follow this tradition.
(I thought only the Catholics do this to be honest.). But I am loving this observation of Advent. I’m taking my time reading the verses (following Shereadstruth.com given verses) . I visualize the scenes . I soak myself up in the Scripture to better understand what’s happening. Doing this has helped me sit back and forget the cares of this world. To stop the worry and sweat. It is teaching me to be patient with myself, with His plan for me  and the most important thing, patiently waiting for His second coming. Advent is greatly benefiting me. I know God speaks to me and in this season I hear Him clearly.

I thank Shereadstruth.com for the Advent meditations. The tgc.org and desiringgod.org for giving me a better understanding of celebrating Advent.

I hope you consider joining the celebration of Advent. ūüôā

// Ishael

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Shall We Gather

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I thought I had published this post. It was written last Sunday when I got home from church. I felt the Spirit spoke to me during the service and couldn’t wait to share what I experienced at church through painting. This was somewhat a break from my usual The Sunday Currently series but I didn’t even get to post it.

I was sitting on the pew while the band was singing the first worship song when I began thanking the LORD for giving me the freedom to attend a church. I also thanked Him for bringing me to church that day and the previous Sundays; and for having a church to go to. Before I entered the sanctuary I had already thanked Him for my churchmates. I looked around and smiled as I see these people serving the church and serving the community. My heart is grateful to work with them for God’s Kingdom. Sunday is a precious time for me. Children of God gathering to lift up His Holy name.

// Ishael

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“Don’t let pride take a hold of you. It festers the soul. Pray. Ask God to help you love like Him. Care like Him. Forgive like Him. Be like Him. Pray that. Nowadays, people post what they want others to do. They become selfish and forget to pray for themselves. Pray for others but pray for yourself that you become more like Christ.”

Christlike

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