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In Love with the Single Life Offered by Jesus

Written by Jepoy Meneses on . Posted in Sharing

By Marco Gandeza
CFC SFL Laguna

I’ll try to be single for as long as I can.

Nagmahal ako nang sobra-sobra, niloko, iniwan, nasaktan, naging bitter at lahat na. May nagsabing makipag-relasyon daw ulit ako para maka-move on. Pero hindi. Ako I’ll try to be single for as long as I can. Kasi sabi ng mommy ko, sa totoo lang kaya ko naman talaga mag-isa. Hindi ko naman talaga kailangan ng karelasyon lalo na kung gagamitin lang ako ng taong yun. Magpapayaman na lang ako tapos tutuparin ko yung mga pangarap ko para sa sarili ko, para sa family namin saka para sa community.

Ang focus ko na lang ngayon, ayusin ang buhay ko, ilagay sa gitna ang Panginoon at wag nang lilingon pabalik. Marami nang relasyon ang dumaan sa buhay ko pero lahat yun lumipas na parang tinapay, pag inamag na, wala ka nang choice kundi itapon na lang. This time, gusto kong kumapit sa pangako ng Diyos na magandang buhay para sa ‘kin, yung buhay na hindi aamagin, yung relasyon na kahit kelan hindi itatapon at pahahalagahan ko habambuhay.

26 na ‘ko, turning 27. Hindi na tayo bumabata. Habang maaga pa, planuhin na natin ang kinabukasan natin. I started with finishing my studies, then working hard, providing for our family. Then pinaayos ko yung bahay namin, binilihan ko sila ng malaking TV saka iba pang gamit sa bahay. Along the way, binili ko rin yung mga luho na hindi ko nabibili dati, yung mga Apple devices ko, yung MagicSing na gasgas na gasgas na ang mga kanta kasi lagi talaga kaming kumakanta sa bahay. Yun ang pinaka-bonding ng family namin kaya hindi ko pinagsisisihang binili ko ang Extreme MagicSing kahit medyo may kamahalan. Thankful ako kasi binigyan ako ni God ng magandang trabaho na naging daan para maiahon ko sa hirap ang pamilya namin. Lahat nang meron ako, lahat ng ito dahil kay God… At para kay God!

Ang pinakamalaking bagay na ginawa ko sa buhay ko e yung desisyon na kalimutan na ang nakaraan, magbalik-loob, magbagong buhay at magbawas ng kalokohan. At anong ibinigay sakin ng Diyos bilang kapalit? Isang bagong kotse… At marami pang ibang biyaya.

Alam ko hindi sapat ang mga mabubuting ginawa ko para biyayaan niya ako nang ganun lalo na’t alam kong ako’y makasalanan. Pero meron kasi tayong tinatawag na “grace”, yung tipong kahit hindi ka deserving, ibibigay pa rin sa ‘yo ni God ang pagpapala simply because mahal ka Niya.

Ang pangako ko na lang kay God, magbabait na po ako at aayusin ko na ang buhay kong dati’y puno ng kabaluktutan. Para bang sinasabi sakin ni God na, “O, anak, ayan na ang laruan mo, magbabait ka na ha?” Ako naman, “Opo, Dad, magbabait na po ako”. That’s exactly how I felt.

Para akong pasaway na bata, yung tipong mahilig mag-cutting classes at nangungupit ng kendi sa canteen, yung mahilig mag-rebelde at ilang araw na mawawala para lang matagpuang nakikipag-inuman sa bahay ng kaeskwelang isa’t kalahati din namang bulakbol. Alam ni God lahat ng mga kasalanan ko. Pero nung nagdesisyon akong bumalik na sa Kanya, with open arms, tinanggap Niya pa rin ako.

At hindi lang yun, katulad ng kung pano tinanggap ng mayamang ama pabalik sa kanilang mansyon ang kaniyang prodigal son, ganun din ako tinanggap pabalik ng Diyos. Maraming blessings kalakip ang pagbabalik-loob ko sa kanya. Nanjan yung nagkaron ako ng kotse at iba pang materyal na biyaya, nanjan yung nagkaroon ako ng maraming kaibigan sa community ng Singles for Family and Life, nanjan yung unti-unti ko nang naaayos ang pagtulog at pagtatrabaho ko, hindi na ko natutulog sa trabaho. Haha! At higit sa lahat, naging mas close na ang bawat isa sa pamilya namin.

Lahat ng bagay naging magaan dahil sa kapangyarihan ng Holy Spirit. Basta magbalik-loob lang tayo kay Kristo at gawin Siyang sentro ng ating buhay, asahan mong hindi ka Niya bibiguin. Gusto ko lang i-share kung gano kasarap yung feeling na tanggapin muli ng ating Ama.

Kampante ako ngayon na kahit ano pa mang unos ang dumating sa hinaharap, alam kong maroon akong Ama sa langit na magtatanggol sa akin… At sayo rin kapatid.

Kung single ka ngayon at masaya, makontento ka na. Bata ka pa naman. Just enjoy being in love with the beautiful single life offered by Jesus. He has a lot in store for you in the future. Be thankful na na-weed out na ang mga lason sa buhay mo, and more than that, be thankful for all the blessings you are experiencing right now.

I’m feeling so rich. I feel like a rich kid because Dad is rich. He owns the universe, He owns practically everything. And if I ever need something all I have to do is ASK. All I need to do is pray. Ibibigay Niya ang desire ng puso mo basta mag-pray ka lang and never lose faith.

And with that may God be praised!

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A Road to Forever: For We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight

Written by Jepoy Meneses on . Posted in News

By Abraham Bitancor
CFC SFL Laguna

Is there really such thing as “FOREVER”? Basically, when referred to LOVE between two (2) people, many would protest that IT DOES NOT EXIST and would NEVER EXIST. However, when asked whether, in any other case, FOREVER exists? 40 people came in their presence to prove that FOREVER really EXIST—in GOD’s LOVE.

Last July 04, 2015, Singles for Family and Life – Mayapa Chapter hosted a Christian Life Seminar in Mary Help of Christians’ Parish’s Benna Hall exactly at 7:00 P.M. The Service Team came in time to do the physical arrangement for the event, as well as to plan the smooth flow of the community’s most awaited event for this year –aside from #LIVEPURECONFERENCE2015 which will happen on August 30, 2015.

An overwhelming figure of participants came unexpectedly. They arrived to the venue one-by-one, when at first, it was thought that only few could come since the invitation for the event came a little late and has seem to be on rush; however, proven by the most common Christian Expression: “GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!

An outstanding 40 participants from different places came over to attend and witness the GOOD NEWS of GOD’S LOVE for everyone. The event was initiated by the Music Ministry— composed of Sis Pamela MirandaLead Vocalist (Female) Sis Divine ParLead Vocalist (Female), Bro Jan Ross BarcelonGuitarist, Bro Vandamm RoldanLead Vocalist (Male) and Bro Abraham BitancorLead Vocalist (Male)—by teaching the participants of the Worship Songs which will be played during the first session of this year’s Christian Life Seminar.

After the teaching of songs, the podium was turned over to the Team Leader, Bro Alver John Dulay and Assistant Team Leader, Bro Julius Decena to finally introduce the First Speaker for this nine-week session seminar.

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As best seen on the picture, everyone has expressed their interest to the first talk that was presented by Sis. Michaela: God’s Love. Many were able to reflect and realize things—considering the greatness of God’s Love over the destructive situations which the Humanity is facing in our Generation today.

Surprisingly, the environment has gotten to be so comfortable that everyone was able to share situations in their individual lives when they have witnessed the Love of our GOD; some lives were changed and some faiths were strengthened.

They got even more inspired when Bro. Gerber “Totie” Butac delivered his personal attestation to how God worked for his life—to which most of the members of the community can #relate.

Definitely, the Singles for Family and Life has best served as a good venue for all the Christians who have deep faith for God, who found themselves on the dark road and want to change their life and to all the Christians who have the potential to Represent and Lead the Christian Community.

The Christian Life Seminar runs from July 04, 2015 @ 7 P.M., every Saturdays in Mary Help of Christians’ Parish’s Benna Hall.

It’s never late to put God as the Center of our Lives because Christ will always be enough. And once you decided to follow Jesus, there shall be No Turning Back! No Turning Back! Let us altogether put God in the Center of our lives, Worship and Sing for Him for according to Psalm 28:7, The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him”.

TO GOD ALWAYS BE THE GLORY !

Defining Missionary 24/7

Written by Jepoy Meneses on . Posted in Sharing

By Karen Garcia
CFC SFL Laguna

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Well, this year had been a blessing for me. It all started when I attended my 1st WSC in Batangas this year. In the said congress, I heard God’s affirmation to me once again that “ Greater things have yet to come“. This is my favorite God’s message since my YFL days. And truly enough, God fulfilled it months after. When the month of April came, I served on a CLS on our Chapter. Though it was for Couples and Handmaids only, I enjoyed it for I had been an inspiration for the participants that attended on that CLS.

Then came September, a week after the South Luzon CSW 2014 in Cavite, I served another CLS, but this time, its our cluster-wide CLS for SFL. Even though lacked of service team serving on that CLS, we’ve been all strengthened by our chosen theme & Bible verse (Theme: BRAVE, Bible verse: Mt. 14:27). Pinatunayan namin ito dahil naging successful ang CLS namin after all the struggles we’ve went through.

When October came, we spearheaded our 2nd Live Christ, Share Christ (LCSC) seminar on one of our neighboring barangay of our parish/chapter. I was one of the service team that served on that LCSC. And truly God blessed this activity so much, that despite all of the service team had been drained from the preparations down to the execution on the day itself, it been so successful like our 1st LCSC we held last May. And finally, when November came, I served on the LivePure Forum that we led on our parish, along with other YFL’s and SFL’s (with of course the assistance of our CFC FFL titos & titas). And the feeling during that LivePure Forum was unexplainable, because all of the participants that attended the forum had been inspired by the talks given, and to see them happy is an achievement for us in the whole team.

Inspite of all the activities that passed by which tested my strength on serving God, I came to a realization that: “Lahat kayang gawin sa lakas ng Diyos” (conviction taken from WYC 2011). And because of all the activities that passed by, I thanked the Lord for the gift of service He had given me. No wonder I’ve made the right decision to upgrade my service from YFL to SFL 2 years ago. And because of that decision I’ve made, blessings are coming unexpectedly as I serve the community.

This is what really meant by our conviction “Missionary 24/7”. In everything that God is giving us to do, don’t be afraid to accept it, no matter what circumstances, doubts or fears may come to hinder our way to serve God. We are all just imperfect persons loved by a perfect God.

And also, don’t expect that God will give what you want immediately. But rather, expect the unexpected present that God will give us in the future.

And always remember that prayer is the key for us to accomplish God’s plan for us.  

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