"My worth and value comes from the Lord…As long as God sees my heart and he knows my hardwork, I am at peace…He placed me where I am today and I will stay here for as long as He wants me to. if it’s time to move on, I will know it in my heart…this, too, shall pass."
That was my Facebook status last June 6. It was a really rough day for me, capping off a similarly rough week.
This was a day before I had to deal with high fever that made my bed a refuge for two days.  
Sometimes, things don’t turn out the way you want them to. Sometimes they turn out better, sometimes, they don’t. 
One thing is for sure, Jesus is still my Lord and savior and I know that He is on top of everything. He knows how hard I work and I know that He will  bring vindication for me.    

"My worth and value comes from the Lord…As long as God sees my heart and he knows my hardwork, I am at peace…He placed me where I am today and I will stay here for as long as He wants me to. if it’s time to move on, I will know it in my heart…this, too, shall pass."

That was my Facebook status last June 6. It was a really rough day for me, capping off a similarly rough week.

This was a day before I had to deal with high fever that made my bed a refuge for two days.  

Sometimes, things don’t turn out the way you want them to. Sometimes they turn out better, sometimes, they don’t.

One thing is for sure, Jesus is still my Lord and savior and I know that He is on top of everything. He knows how hard I work and I know that He will  bring vindication for me.    

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I am blogging this a couple of days after I got sick supposedly from overfatigue. I couldn’t believe I had to stay in bed for a couple of days until the high fever died down. I rarely get sick. But a few days before that, I knew my body was telling me I had to slow things down but I did not heed it thinking I am invincible. Obviously, I’m not. Now, I know better but to listen to my body, for warning signs that I need to slow things down and recharge. 
Moral of the story: You are not superman. Your body needs to be recharged and to be healed. 

I am blogging this a couple of days after I got sick supposedly from overfatigue. I couldn’t believe I had to stay in bed for a couple of days until the high fever died down. I rarely get sick. But a few days before that, I knew my body was telling me I had to slow things down but I did not heed it thinking I am invincible. Obviously, I’m not. Now, I know better but to listen to my body, for warning signs that I need to slow things down and recharge. 

Moral of the story: You are not superman. Your body needs to be recharged and to be healed. 

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Sharing this devotional from Joel Osteen with you today, labor day 2014: 
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace…”
(Isaiah 55:12, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
God knows what’s best for you. He knows what you need and when you need it. He knows how to put you at the right place at the right time. He knows where the danger is and where the good breaks are. You have to learn to trust that inner peace, that inner prompting that leads you.
Even if the odds are against you, if you feel good about it in your heart, move forward. On the other hand, if there is unrest or uneasiness, if you don’t have peace, then wait. Don’t ignore the promptings, the impressions, the knowings. That’s God talking to you.
Always remember, God wants to help you in your everyday life, not just in the big decisions, but even in the small things. He wants to pour out His favor on you and release your frustrations. If you will be sensitive to His leading, if you will follow His peace, He will lead you into the blessing and victory He has prepared for you!
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This is very true. 
I remember one time when I really wanted something. I badly wanted it that I went to great lengths just to get it. I wasn’t a Christian then but I felt all these promptings within me that something is terribly wrong and that what I want isn’t right for me. 
Still, I went on and claimed it for myself. 
I ended up getting terribly hurt in the ordeal and if it were not for the grace of God, I would probably still be in that dark pit wallowing in pain and regret. 
I’ve learned that God communicates with His children in various ways: through His word, through other people, through circumstances and through promptings in the spirit. 
That experience has taught me never to disregard His message ever again.
If you are like me and you believe you know what is best for you, start re-assessing your life and ask God which areas He does not approve of and what He wants you to do about them. 
Ask God to give you the grace to allow Him to make changes in your life. 
Trust me, your life will happier and you will feel more fulfillment. 

 

Sharing this devotional from Joel Osteen with you today, labor day 2014: 

“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace…”

(Isaiah 55:12, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

God knows what’s best for you. He knows what you need and when you need it. He knows how to put you at the right place at the right time. He knows where the danger is and where the good breaks are. You have to learn to trust that inner peace, that inner prompting that leads you.

Even if the odds are against you, if you feel good about it in your heart, move forward. On the other hand, if there is unrest or uneasiness, if you don’t have peace, then wait. Don’t ignore the promptings, the impressions, the knowings. That’s God talking to you.

Always remember, God wants to help you in your everyday life, not just in the big decisions, but even in the small things. He wants to pour out His favor on you and release your frustrations. If you will be sensitive to His leading, if you will follow His peace, He will lead you into the blessing and victory He has prepared for you!

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This is very true.

I remember one time when I really wanted something. I badly wanted it that I went to great lengths just to get it. I wasn’t a Christian then but I felt all these promptings within me that something is terribly wrong and that what I want isn’t right for me.

Still, I went on and claimed it for myself.

I ended up getting terribly hurt in the ordeal and if it were not for the grace of God, I would probably still be in that dark pit wallowing in pain and regret.

I’ve learned that God communicates with His children in various ways: through His word, through other people, through circumstances and through promptings in the spirit.

That experience has taught me never to disregard His message ever again.

If you are like me and you believe you know what is best for you, start re-assessing your life and ask God which areas He does not approve of and what He wants you to do about them.

Ask God to give you the grace to allow Him to make changes in your life.

Trust me, your life will happier and you will feel more fulfillment.

 

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Mad over Nori
I called it unusual because I used to take Nori for granted whenever I encounter it on my plate. I used to regard Nori as an additional spice on my cup of rice or ramen but I’ve never really treated it as an tasty snack until a colleague showed me how Nori can be enjoyed as a snack.
Think chips but with a healthier take.
Ever since that day, I must have already bought 20 packs of Nori in different brands and different packaging. I’ve been putting a generous amount of it on my rice, my soup, and of course, as a welcome snack after a day’s work.
Call it temporary insanity but I don’t think I’ll get over it soon.

Mad over Nori

I called it unusual because I used to take Nori for granted whenever I encounter it on my plate. I used to regard Nori as an additional spice on my cup of rice or ramen but I’ve never really treated it as an tasty snack until a colleague showed me how Nori can be enjoyed as a snack.

Think chips but with a healthier take.

Ever since that day, I must have already bought 20 packs of Nori in different brands and different packaging. I’ve been putting a generous amount of it on my rice, my soup, and of course, as a welcome snack after a day’s work.

Call it temporary insanity but I don’t think I’ll get over it soon.


 God’s gifts
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8: 10


Last year, God gave me an opportunity to pool together a group of people with big hearts to help a sick boy have a new orthopedic bed.
We gathered our resources and set forth to bring joy to a kid we’ve never known before. In our hearts, we knew God called us to bring his blessings and we simply answered God’s call.
Because He is mighty and powerful, God not only made it possible for Lemuel to have his orthopedic bed, God made sure there is enough money for his medicines and for his little brother.
Our hearts were filled with overflowing happiness having been used by God to bless others.  We were contented by that act of faith knowing that we have put a smile on a young boy’s face.
But God is so good and gracious that He made sure we get our reward too.
This year, I received a journalism award and I was able to buy a car.
A friend of mine received a fellowship grant abroad.
Others also experienced milestones and breakthroughs in their lives that only God can bring.

Thank you Lord.
Bracing for more opportunities to serve and be blessed in 2014.

 

 God’s gifts

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8: 10

Last year, God gave me an opportunity to pool together a group of people with big hearts to help a sick boy have a new orthopedic bed.

We gathered our resources and set forth to bring joy to a kid we’ve never known before. In our hearts, we knew God called us to bring his blessings and we simply answered God’s call.

Because He is mighty and powerful, God not only made it possible for Lemuel to have his orthopedic bed, God made sure there is enough money for his medicines and for his little brother.

Our hearts were filled with overflowing happiness having been used by God to bless others.  We were contented by that act of faith knowing that we have put a smile on a young boy’s face.

But God is so good and gracious that He made sure we get our reward too.

This year, I received a journalism award and I was able to buy a car.

A friend of mine received a fellowship grant abroad.

Others also experienced milestones and breakthroughs in their lives that only God can bring.

Thank you Lord.

Bracing for more opportunities to serve and be blessed in 2014.

 

(Source: mannaforjenny)

Second Place, Best News Story. Burgos Jr. Journalism Awards for Biotechnology. 
Century Park Hotel Ballroom. November 28, 2013
All Glory and Honor Belong to God.

Second Place, Best News Story. Burgos Jr. Journalism Awards for Biotechnology. 

Century Park Hotel Ballroom. November 28, 2013

All Glory and Honor Belong to God.

Traveling and God’s grace

I love traveling. It is my ultimate stress-reliever. 

Every year, I look forward to traveling to a place I’ve never been to. It gives me a bigger view of the world. It drowns my worries because I am reminded of how vast God’s creation is and that nothing is permanent except change and God’s grace. 

This year, I have opted to postpone my traveling schedules because my sister entered medical school. As a dutiful older sister, I help finance her expenses and I am pinning my hopes on her to become a compassionate and intelligent doctor someday.

One night, I silently told God that I am sad not having any travel plans this year but I am surrendering it all  to Him. 

In that prayer, I cast all my cares upon Him and I never gave it a thought anymore. I went on with my life just as happily. 

But God is so good and He never runs out of good surprises.

He gave me free travels soon after that prayer. In one of those travels, I was able to turn an old friendship stronger and in the second one, I saw how intricate human relationships are and the tremendous amount of grace He has given me to understand it. God gave me the protection that I needed in one of the most confusing situations I’ve ever been to. He made me see how strong and mature I have become over the years but I also felt His instructions on what I should do next. 

 ”Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Traveling and God’s grace

I love traveling. It is my ultimate stress-reliever. 

Every year, I look forward to traveling to a place I’ve never been to. It gives me a bigger view of the world. It drowns my worries because I am reminded of how vast God’s creation is and that nothing is permanent except change and God’s grace. 

This year, I have opted to postpone my traveling schedules because my sister entered medical school. As a dutiful older sister, I help finance her expenses and I am pinning my hopes on her to become a compassionate and intelligent doctor someday.

One night, I silently told God that I am sad not having any travel plans this year but I am surrendering it all  to Him. 

In that prayer, I cast all my cares upon Him and I never gave it a thought anymore. I went on with my life just as happily. 

But God is so good and He never runs out of good surprises.

He gave me free travels soon after that prayer. In one of those travels, I was able to turn an old friendship stronger and in the second one, I saw how intricate human relationships are and the tremendous amount of grace He has given me to understand it. God gave me the protection that I needed in one of the most confusing situations I’ve ever been to. He made me see how strong and mature I have become over the years but I also felt His instructions on what I should do next. 

 ”Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

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Friend or foe? Examining your friendships

Do you have a friend who makes you feel uncomfortable with her remarks or jokes making you feel like she’s purposely putting you down in some way? It hurts doesn’t it? It hurts even more especially if you have that ‘friend’ in your inner circle.image 

I have been too busy since I can remember so I did not really have the time to think about this sensitive topic until recently. 

I just came back from a beach vacation (thus, my blog photo) and I had quite a few hours to listen to my spirit and digest some of the things that it is telling me. 

One of the things that struck me was the way this friend has been treating me for the past few months. I love this friend. I have her in my inner circle. We have known each other for quite a long time and we’re really close. But lately, I realized, she’s been dishing out some hurtful comments masked as jokes every time she gets the chance to do so.  

…And she did it again recently. TT_TT

At first, I felt like I should come up with a strong answer against her exaggerated statements. I felt that I should tell her right there and then that I am feeling ridiculed and that she is getting way out of line. 

But I waited…I took a deep breath and in true Jenny fashion, I let it go. 

In fact, I sort of laughed along with her.  

I contemplated on that episode during my vacation. I wanted that negative emotion to leave me because I love her. 

So I prayed…I poured out my heart to God. 

And last night, here is what He told me: 

"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse." Romans 12:14

After meditating on that verse, I suddenly remembered that my friend has flaws too. She may be jealous of me because of the good things that are coming my way recently. When I thought about that, I felt compassion for her. I suddenly had the heart to understand her even more.

My favorite preacher Joel Osteen said something about not having all our friends in the way we’re supposed to go. When we move forward, not all friends will understand us. In fact, some may even try to discourage us thinking that our choices may not be the best for us.

Painful as it may seem, some friends will really not understand how you are changing especially if the change is strongly from within. 

I still love that friend but I realize now that there has to be some changes in our friendship in order for me to really grow. 

Surrendering my life to the Lord is the best decision I have ever made in my life and if that friendship is making me doubt all the strides I have made since that day, I believe I have to choose what my spirit is telling me. I love her and I will always treat her as a close friend but I think it is time to loosen up the strings so I could fly a bit higher than before. 

"The mark of a mature relationship is that you can relax if your friend is moving away. In all our relationships, we move together and apart." Pastor, author and counselor Alan Loy Mc Ginnis

 
A lovely thank you note 
 
“We are simply God’s servants…each one of us does the work which the Lord gave him to do: I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plant, but it was God who made the plant grow.” Corinthians 3:5-6 (TEV)
 
I received a message in my Facebook inbox recently about a girl whom I’ve known for quite some time now. 
The girl, C, was one of those who attended a two-hour lecture I gave to a group of campus journalists some years ago. She was then a wide-eyed high school senior contemplating on what to take up in College. 
During my lecture, I knew that C enjoyed it so much judging from how she enthusiastically participated in the activities. The look in her eyes also made it clear to me that she is interested and very much eager to learn.  
A few days after my lecture, she told me that I have helped her to decide that journalism is right for her and that it is her calling in life. She said she enjoyed my lecture so much and that I inspired her to pursue a life-long dream. 
Fast forward several years later, Cheska has attained her college degree with flying colors. She became the editor-in-chief of the school organ and a highly-respected school leader. I also gave her a few writing assignments to work on in my lifestyle website. Needless to say, she gave me good write-ups.  
I have forgotten much about our early interaction but she surely reminded me of everything with her simple but sweet message. Here is one of the letters that I will always cherish:
Hi po Ms. Jenny. Kamusta po? Inform ko lang po kayo shortly after i submitted applications i got an offer from… Now I’m working as a copywriter for their new department…. Magpapasalamat lang po ulit ako for all the things you’ve let me experience writing for you. Have good days ahead po. God bless po…Thankful po ako sa inyo ng sobra. Salamat po ng marami.
 
To C: I am more grateful to the opportunity of somehow becoming your mentor.  I am amazed at how God uses imperfect people to help other people in attaining their dreams. All for the glory of the Lord. 
 
***Once I had a friend who dreamed of becoming a TV host. Realizing that she has the beauty and talent for it, I encouraged her to audition in various shows. To make the long story short, she was able to get a part in a provincial TV show and I was truly happy for her. I have forgotten what I told her, the words that I said to her so she would go after her dream. Suffice it to say that, I do not have any pressure in me to push people where they should go. If I see a dreamer and I see a strong potential in them, it is almost automatic in me to shower them with words of encouragement hoping they would see what I see in them. This friend of mine told me later that I was one of those people who helped her reach for her dream. My heart was flooded with joy when I heard that. I was happy because I was doing something unconsciously that was giving people hope and encouragement. 
 I pray that the Lord would give me more opportunities to help people rise up and achieve their dreams. I pray that the Lord would strengthen the ministry that I joined recently in our church and that He will equip all volunteers to effectively spread His word and enlighten many hearts. 

 

A lovely thank you note 

 

“We are simply God’s servants…each one of us does the work which the Lord gave him to do: I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plant, but it was God who made the plant grow.” Corinthians 3:5-6 (TEV)

 

I received a message in my Facebook inbox recently about a girl whom I’ve known for quite some time now.

The girl, C, was one of those who attended a two-hour lecture I gave to a group of campus journalists some years ago. She was then a wide-eyed high school senior contemplating on what to take up in College.

During my lecture, I knew that C enjoyed it so much judging from how she enthusiastically participated in the activities. The look in her eyes also made it clear to me that she is interested and very much eager to learn.  

A few days after my lecture, she told me that I have helped her to decide that journalism is right for her and that it is her calling in life. She said she enjoyed my lecture so much and that I inspired her to pursue a life-long dream.

Fast forward several years later, Cheska has attained her college degree with flying colors. She became the editor-in-chief of the school organ and a highly-respected school leader. I also gave her a few writing assignments to work on in my lifestyle website. Needless to say, she gave me good write-ups.  

I have forgotten much about our early interaction but she surely reminded me of everything with her simple but sweet message. Here is one of the letters that I will always cherish:

Hi po Ms. Jenny. Kamusta po? Inform ko lang po kayo shortly after i submitted applications i got an offer from… Now I’m working as a copywriter for their new department…. Magpapasalamat lang po ulit ako for all the things you’ve let me experience writing for you. Have good days ahead po. God bless po…Thankful po ako sa inyo ng sobra. Salamat po ng marami.

 

To C: I am more grateful to the opportunity of somehow becoming your mentor.  I am amazed at how God uses imperfect people to help other people in attaining their dreams. All for the glory of the Lord.

 

***Once I had a friend who dreamed of becoming a TV host. Realizing that she has the beauty and talent for it, I encouraged her to audition in various shows. To make the long story short, she was able to get a part in a provincial TV show and I was truly happy for her. I have forgotten what I told her, the words that I said to her so she would go after her dream. Suffice it to say that, I do not have any pressure in me to push people where they should go. If I see a dreamer and I see a strong potential in them, it is almost automatic in me to shower them with words of encouragement hoping they would see what I see in them. This friend of mine told me later that I was one of those people who helped her reach for her dream. My heart was flooded with joy when I heard that. I was happy because I was doing something unconsciously that was giving people hope and encouragement.

 I pray that the Lord would give me more opportunities to help people rise up and achieve their dreams. I pray that the Lord would strengthen the ministry that I joined recently in our church and that He will equip all volunteers to effectively spread His word and enlighten many hearts. 

(via windycitymissy)