They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t even teach you how to be famous, how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you how to move on, or not to love someone who’s not going to love you back. They don’t teach you to say you’re okay when you’re not. Not to cry when you get hurt, or be happy when you can’t. They don’t teach you the things that you want to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.

They don’t because they can’t.

some of the things that they don’t teach you at school, A.S

(Source: amandasaint)

Isn’t it beautiful?

How we find God
when we lose
ourselves?

Isn’t He beautiful?

The Creator of
the stars and
you and I.

What’s so sweet?

It’s when you can be so honest and so vulnerable before God and be assured that’s it’s okay. It’s okay.. It matters to Him simply because it matters to you— no matter how big or small.

Your heart matters. You are significant.

❤️ Ish

And after years of hearing the heart-cry of women, I am convinced beyond a doubt of this: God wants to be loved. He wants to be a priority to someone. How could we have missed this? From cover to cover, from beginning to end, the cry of God’s heart is, “Why won’t you choose Me?” It is amazing to me how humble, how vulnerable God is on this point. “You will … find me,” says the Lord, “when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). In other words, “Look for me, pursue me — I want you to pursue me.” Amazing. As Tozer says, “God waits to be wanted.
— ~ John Eldredge, Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul

(Source: anchoredinchrist4ever)

Broken and lost You found me.
Though hurt had been my way, You healed my life
Called as a child and righteous
You broke the power of sin and freed my heart

You saved me and I will be forever Yours
You made me free to be forever Yours

Emptied of self and rescued
You opened up my heart to know Your cross
Held by the power of freedom
You broke all lies and found me in Your truth

You saved me and I will be forever Yours
You made me free to be forever Yours
You saved me and I will be forever Yours
You made me free to be forever Yours

I will love You God, I will stand and worship
I will give You praise, to You, my hands, I raise
I release my pride, a living sacrifice
You are my delight, to You I give my life

Aaahh. It’s every word. :’) My heart worships You Lord!!

This has been a season of deep healing :’)

I can’t thank You enough for being patient with me, Lord. So patient. So loving. Healing is the best word I can find to call this season. Healing from all my wounds, way back to my childhood wounds. Freedom from all the lies of insecurity, abandonment and worth. You are so faithful, Lord, so faithful. :’)

I know that as long as I am breathing on this world, wounds to be healed will never run out. Why, this world didn’t promise to give me no more tears? But I refuse to be afraid now. Your love is more real to me than any hurt. Your healing is more real to me than any scar. I’m letting myself to be vulnerable only to reveal Your faithfulness, grace and strength in me. I now understand the beauty in vulnerability.

Of course it’s scary. It’s vulnerable. It’s naked. God calls us to stop hiding, to stop dominating, to trust him, and to offer our true selves. He wants us to bring  to bear the weight   of our lives   and all that he has given to us, worked into us, and offer it to the world. He will give us no guarantee that others will enjoy us and respond well.

In fact, we can be sure that there will be times when they do not. Jesus offered like no other and many rejected him. In those moments or seasons when that happen to us, God’s invitation is to bring our sorrow to him. Not to shut it down with “I’ll never try that again.” But to keep our hearts open and alive, and find refuge and healing in his love.

Unveiling our beauty really just means unveiling our feminine hearts.

It’s scary for sure. That is why it is our greatest expression of faith, because  we are going to have to trust Jesus—really trust Him. We have to trust  him with how it goes  when we offer it, because that is out of our control. We’ll have to trust Him when it hurts, and we’ll have to trust him when we are finally seen and enjoyed. That is why unveiling our beauty is how we live by faith. 

—Stasi Eldredge,  Captivating

(This book has ministered so deeply in me. :’) )

You tore down my walls and taught me to receive and share Your love. I’m casting all my cares to You. Strengthen my heart when fear tries to take a grip of me. Increase my faith when doubt tries to disturb my peace. And in Your love I will take refuge when this passing world brings me sorrow and hurt.

In Your love, Jesus, I found myself secured. In Your love, I found myself complete. 

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate me from Your love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither my fears for today nor my worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate me from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate me from Your love,  Christ Jesus my Lord.

❤️ Ish

findinglions:

She tries to remember that not every memory has to hurt. Truly, there have been wonderful people in her life and great moments to smile and laugh about. And who she was before, how can she forget that? And what about the gatherings, the conversations, the books, the drawings and paintings, friends, dinners, lessons, spontaneous adventures? Her past had made her grow. The people she knew helped her grow in their own ways. Thinking that everything was wasted would be being dishonest with herself. She had been happy, she lived her life to the full then, and she gave her friendship and appreciation although she had been sad and lonely most of the time.

To sacrifice the good memories because of the bad days or memories would be a waste. No. God has a way of turning the broken, sinful, proud, and bad into good, whole, healed and that was what He did with her life and with many more people. 

She doesn’t have to look back with regret or bitterness or longing anymore. For today and in the future, it is a life with God. And she knows that if she just trusts Him and follows Him, everything else will follow. 

If it is in His will, then she will let it happen in His time. God has great timing even if you have to wait for years for what you really need in your heart.

His love arrived at the right time and saved her. 

Yes, Arli. We look forward to the greater things about to happen. :)

Sobrang taba ng puso ko ngayon! :’)

Aahh. Lord, continue to fill me with Your love. Ibang klase Ka!

❤️ Ish

I Feel Good! ;)

It feels good to finally realize that I am defined by God’s love and not by the standards of this world. :’)

I had my hair cut today. Hellooo short hair!! :) For the first time, I really didn’t care so much how it will turn out. I used to cry over my hair when it didn’t go the way I wanted it to be. I felt like people will dislike me if I don’t look good. But I understand now that that’s a great lie! I am loved. So deeply loved. :) And no hair length can ever change that. It just feels good to realize what true beauty is. As what Stasi Eldredge said, beauty is a quality of the soul that expresses itself in the visible world. It is the reflection of my heart— my heart that captivates the Creator of real beauty. 

In His love, I found life. In His love, I found myself, my identity. And in His love, I am secured. :)

Aahh. This has been a season of continues transformation of my heart. God, I’m desperate for more of You! :’)

❤️ Ish

"Lord, Ikaw naman talaga ang bida sa love story na ito eh."

It’s been a while but the memory of this moment keeps on replaying in my head.

I am happy. :) E kung kilig lang, marami sa Lord nyan. :”>