Like a Lion {David Crowder band}

Verse:
Let love explode and bring the dead to life
A love so bold
To see a revolution somehow.
Let love explode and bring the dead to life
A love so bold
To bring a revolution somehow

Pre- chorus
Now I’m lost in your freedom
This world I’ll overcome.

Chorus:
My God is not dead
He’s surely alive
He’s living on the inside
Roaring like a lion

Verse 2:
Let hope arise and make the darkness hide
My faith is dead
I need a resurrection somehow

Bridge:
Let Heaven roar and fire fall
Come shake the ground
With the sound of revival

Here’s sharing with you guys one of my favorite songs that we sing in church.  It’s safe to say that this is one of my “theme songs” of my life in this season. 🙂 Enjoy!  OUR GOD IS ALIVE.  HE’S LIVING ON THE INSIDE ROARING LIKE A LION! Isn’t that just awesome and oh so mind-blowing!? 🙂

I could listen to this song for hours and sing this song over my nation whenever I’m so tempted to wallow in self-pity and hopeless just by looking at the social realities that “accost” me whenever I go out into the streets.

The teenagers who are strong but choose to beg in the streets.  Those two young high school students who flagrantly disobey traffic rules and walk across the flyover inspite of the speeding jeepneys and cars without a care.  The conductor and the jeepney driver who obey traffic rules only when the traffic enforcer is there and when he’s not around, ignore the traffic signs and lights.  When I see these things, despair floods my heart. Why? When we were in college, my sister and I were convinced that the traffic behavior and attitudes of a nation reflect its culture and how we look at authority, submission and obedience.  This was confirmed when a study came out about this.

But God…as always, without fail, tells me “don’t look at the physical.  Call out things that are not as though they are.  Set your eyes on heavenly things.”

Thank God for His Word or else I would have said things that would have put another nail on the coffin called “Philippines” but I refuse to dwell on what I see and believe that this nation has hope and that one day – soon – God is going to visit my beloved Philippines and turn it upside down, right side up.  I am hoping, believing and praying.  We need a love that is so bold that it will bring a revolution in this nation. Yes, I’m seeing trickles of change in the land now but I’m praying for a revolution that will bring radical change in the roots of our culture, our thoughts and our identity as a people.

Turn it All Around by Misty Edwards

His love never fails even when we fail. 🙂

Turn It All Around           {Key: D}
Words and music by Misty Edwards

D/F# G D/F# G
Just don’t give up, don’t give in
A Bm A G
If you don’t quit, you’ll win, you’ll win
(x2)
D/F# G Bm A
Everything is in My hands
D/F# – G Bm – A
It’s gonna be alright, you’re gonna be okay
(x2)
D/F# G D/F# G
Just don’t give up, don’t give in
A Bm A G
If you don’t quit, you’ll win, you’ll win
(x2)
D/F#
He’s gonna turn it all around
G
Just wait and see
D/F#
He’s gonna make everything beautiful
G
Just in time (2x)

Album: onething LIVE: Before His Eyes
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9.11.11 {faith}

MUCH-NEEDED BITS & PIECES from Nap’s preaching tonight

1.  The weapon that was forged by the enemy for your destruction will be your weapon of choice to fight ’til you have the victory.  David started using Goliath’s sword to fight his battles at a time when he was running from Saul.  From then on, he used that sword whenever he would fight.

2.  This is the beginning of a new season where we will stop mourning over what we have lost and start expecting for what God has in store for us.

from Rich Howell's pinterest

3.  If you know of people who are fighting a battle or are wearing heavy, long faces, it only means that they’re up for a promotion.  Breakthrough only comes after a fight.

4.  2 Words for today:  LEVEL UP!

5.  ALONE:  Daniel in the lions’ den, Joseph in prison, Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane…They were alone with God during the very moment when they were on their way to victory.  (1 Samuel 21)

SELAH.

*Nap talked about declaring God’s word and promises over our lives even if our emotions may not feel like it.  I was teary-eyed listening to him.  Earlier that afternoon, I had felt like a hypocrite as my feelings were not exactly aligned to the word of God.  After the worship, he released words of encouragement and one went like this “it’s not being hypocritical if you speak God’s word over your life even if you may not feel like it because you’re standing on something – His Word.”  You declare it until you see it come to pass; until it becomes real in your life.

Good thing God gave me a few passages from His word before the service that breathed hope into my weary soul. The verses He gave were the only reasons I could dance, sing and shout out my praise and worship to Him.  I was worshiping by faith because everything inside of me was screaming otherwise.

I may not feel and look like I’m there but “It is finished” and “He already has the victory.”  I will trust Him on that.  I will hope against hope that He is faithful to complete and finish what He has started in me.

image via here

P.S.  Just found out that in my NASB version, Ecclesiastes 3:11 reads “He has made everything appropriate in its time.”  a WOW-Now word.

God and my tooth

Tolerating pain isn’t really my cup of tea.  That much was proved last Friday as I sent an SMS to my boss, Mariles, and Ms. Joan (our secretary) at 3am to inform them that I was gonna be absent that day as my toothache was unbearable.

God spoke to me about pain through that experience.  I have a low tolerance for pain and will easily get dizzy at the sight of blood.

I went to the dentist that day to have one of my molars extracted.  As Tito Jun gently injected the anesthesia I could feel myself stiffen on the chair.  He told me to relax.  I was only able to calm down when I prayed “Lord, Holy Spirit, please help me.  I’m scared.  My mom’s not here and I feel alone but you are with me.”  I began to feel myself loosen up.  Thankfully, the dentist (Nap’s uncle) was good and my molar was extracted with the help of the anesthesia and the Holy Spirit.

But that experience taught me something about going through painful experiences.  I have a tendency to cushion myself from life’s painful stuff.  I block people I don’t wanna see.  I avoid them if I’ve issues with them instead of facing them head on.  But God, but God.  I love this line.  God walked me through the pain and held me.  I learned that day that we can’t really escape from pain but GOD WILL HOLD US BY THE HAND.  In my case last Friday, He held my hand while I was sitting on the dental chair as Doctor Jun pulled out my tooth.

Likewise, I know that, one day, I will totally be healed from a painful memory I am still in the process of overcoming.  It’s almost 80% over but I am praying for the 100% healing.  I know, in God’s time and faithful dealings, it will be.  So, I’m going to turn over my props and defenses to God and trust Him to protect me.  It ain’t easy but I want to take a step of faith that God will once again sit with me and hold my hand on that “dental chair.”

He gave me the passage “The battle is the Lord’s” almost a week ago now and I am holding on to that.  MY JESUS IS FAITHFUL TO COMPLETE WHAT HE STARTED IN YOU AND IN ME.

two hands up!

Woo-hee! Woo-hee!!! And breakthrough came this weekend.  Not with a bang nor with fireworks but by choice.  God honors our choice to obey Him and honor His word. Selah. Thank You, Jesus.

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I loved the movie “Lost Valentine” produced by Hallmark.  I cried and sobbed while watching this film about enduring love, patiently waiting and trusting that “everything is in God’s hands.”

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It’s renewal and evaluation time here in DC! 😉  My STC classes are giving me quite a challenge.  I’ve had to give up my Sunday School as I’m practically running out of energy on a Sunday morning after all the Saturday hectic sked.

Jazz! Here are some of our Art Exhibit pix.

I obviously adore this kid! one of my faves!

with our adorable A

Don't they look hilariously cute? 😉

Foil Art under our room's canopy

our wacky birds & their bird feeders

Our mini pond

delighted parents

costly mistake

In May of last year, I wrote “It is when you brave the heat of the battle – instead of running away from it – that the victory comes.” For weeks now I’ve been trying to understand why this is relatively easier and lighter compared to what happened in the past.  The circumstances may somehow look the same but what’s happening in the inside is far different.  I can only attribute it to God doing a good work inside my heart.

What keeps running in my mind are the words:  Jesus is my Champion!  Wow, if you’ve got a bouncer and a backer like Him, you can really go the distance.  He gives us supernatural strength and wind to soar beyond what we alone can reach. It still blows my mind – how awesome God is and what He is doing.  I can only wait in expectation and wonder at what He’ll do next.  I’m sure it’s gonna be AWESOME.

Some lessons from that costly mistake:

1.  Accept reality with grace and learn from the mistake. FORGIVE YOURSELF.

2.  There are times that we stumble but it is utterly NECESSARY TO GET UP AGAIN.

3.  Time does not heal wounds BUT JESUS HEALS broken hearts and makes them as good as new.

4.  From Tita Ayen:  “Whatever happens to us is part of our training and equipping.”

5.  This one is really yehey and hahaha:  “What the enemy meant for bad, GOD CAN TURN IT AROUND FOR OUR GOOD AND FOR HIS GLORY.”

6.  Knowing who we are in Jesus is so important in overcoming trials.  We must believe and confess that we are accepted in the Beloved, overcomers in Christ Jesus and that His will is good, pleasing and perfect.

2011!!!

Wow! 2010 was quite exciting, full of challenges but, at the same time, full of victories and breakthroughs that only God could have orchestrated.  HE IS THE CHAMPION OF MY 2010! I could not have made it through without Him. He not only enabled me to overcome but He made me soar above the storms and break through the walls!

I am looking forward to 2011 as a time of more intense pursuit of the One who is truly worthy – JESUS – and knowing Him more, deeper each day.  This is going to be a season of engaging in the plans and purposes of God for me.  A new season and beginning for me where He has given me a new veil, a new identity.  I am God’s beloved daughter.  A daughter of a King.  A season of deep change.

He alone is my hope of glory: Jesus.

Nursery Team 2010-2011 with Santa and three of our Nursery Campers 🙂