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Christian wife and mother, Artist, businesswoman, collector of odds and ends, hmmm, when I have more time I will add to this list!
Christian wife and mother, Artist, businesswoman, collector of odds and ends, hmmm, when I have more time I will add to this list!

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“No one who lights a lamp conceals it...” Luke 8:16

I remember a very well known, very beautiful woman once commenting, “I don’t know why people would want to shake my hand. They don’t know what I was doing and where I came from.” I couldn’t forget her saying this when I was quite young because I remember wondering what could she have been doing to make her say that! All of us have secrets like the most embarrassing thing to have happened to us, or where we keep our passwords, but Jesus said in this same passage that there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, nothing secret that will not come to light.

Today it is not politically correct, especially in the West, to talk about religion and politics. There’s a lot of talk about relativism and about how we should respect others’ beliefs. We tiptoe around sharing the truth, the Word of God, because what is my truth may not be another’s. This is another way the world wants to stifle us from telling others the Good News. We are God’s light bearers and what God has revealed to us, we should not hide or be shy about proclaiming. The disciples and the saints were willing to die to proclaim the truth. “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:16)

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“No one who lights a lamp conceals it...” Luke 8:16

I remember a very well known, very beautiful woman once commenting, “I don’t know why people would want to shake my hand. They don’t know what I was doing and where I came from.” I couldn’t forget her saying this when I was quite young because I remember wondering what could she have been doing to make her say that! All of us have secrets like the most embarrassing thing to have happened to us, or where we keep our passwords, but Jesus said in this same passage that there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, nothing secret that will not come to light.

Today it is not politically correct, especially in the West, to talk about religion and politics. There’s a lot of talk about relativism and about how we should respect others’ beliefs. We tiptoe around sharing the truth, the Word of God, because what is my truth may not be another’s. This is another way the world wants to stifle us from telling others the Good News. We are God’s light bearers and what God has revealed to us, we should not hide or be shy about proclaiming. The disciples and the saints were willing to die to proclaim the truth. “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:16)

http://patsypat.blogspot.com
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“No one who lights a lamp conceals it...” Luke 8:16

I remember a very well known, very beautiful woman once commenting, “I don’t know why people would want to shake my hand. They don’t know what I was doing and where I came from.” I couldn’t forget her saying this when I was quite young because I remember wondering what could she have been doing to make her say that! All of us have secrets like the most embarrassing thing to have happened to us, or where we keep our passwords, but Jesus said in this same passage that there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, nothing secret that will not come to light.

Today it is not politically correct, especially in the West, to talk about religion and politics. There’s a lot of talk about relativism and about how we should respect others’ beliefs. We tiptoe around sharing the truth, the Word of God, because what is my truth may not be another’s. This is another way the world wants to stifle us from telling others the Good News. We are God’s light bearers and what God has revealed to us, we should not hide or be shy about proclaiming. The disciples and the saints were willing to die to proclaim the truth. “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:16)

http://patsypat.blogspot.com
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“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.” Mark 9:36

Sometimes Jesus says such cryptic things and I wonder if I’ll ever be able to “unpack” it even if I spend my whole life pondering it. Of course it’s easy to receive a little child! Yesterday I was at a Lord’s Day celebration and there were cute little children playing around me. Three little girls in their nice dresses were playing house under the table with the long tablecloth covering them up. Three little boys were happily sliding around the floor in front of me while the program was going on. Even the celebrant mentioned that instead of listening to him on stage, we may prefer to look at the antics of the kids! Because children are easy to receive, to hug, to kiss, to cuddle! So what could Jesus possibly mean?

Robert Seiple, the President of World Vision in 1992, wrote in a letter, “One of our sponsored children, a 14 year old Palestinian boy living on the West Bank, was caught by 16 Israeli soldiers as he was writing graffiti on a wall. The soldiers placed him up against the wall, and one shot him four times in the eye. As he lay on the ground, still alive, he was savagely beaten for almost an hour. During that time he was forced to stick his finger into his wound and wipe out the graffiti with his own blood. He was then bound and dragged through the village streets; finally thrown into the back of a jeep, and rudely dumped at a local hospital. Miraculously, he lived. Tragically this incident is not atypical. The entire drama was witnessed by an American. It has since been recorded in Western journals.”

This is just one horrible story among the millions of stories of children whose lives have been maimed by poverty, violence, abuse, and neglect. We do not need to look far. According to a 2016 study of the Council for the Welfare of Children and the United Nations Children’s Fund, 8 in 10 Filipino children suffer from a form of violence.

I believe that Jesus is saying that children are among the most unprotected, the most without a voice, the most “unseen” members of society. They can easily become victims, especially during war, natural calamities, or when parents are quarrelling, working too hard, or are OFWs in far away places. In the verses before verse 36, Jesus was instructing the disciples on how to be great. The logic of God is always different from the world’s, usually diametrically opposed even. If anyone of us wants to be great, we have to be a servant of those who are unprotected, those who have no voice, and those who are “unseen” by society.

Lord, Your Words are hard to take. It is as if we have to carry the whole world on our shoulders! Help us to do the work You want us to do, to be Your heart, Your hands, Your feet. I know that it can never be enough, but if many of us take just one portion of the ache of the world for You, it can change the world!

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“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.” Mark 9:36

Sometimes Jesus says such cryptic things and I wonder if I’ll ever be able to “unpack” it even if I spend my whole life pondering it. Of course it’s easy to receive a little child! Yesterday I was at a Lord’s Day celebration and there were cute little children playing around me. Three little girls in their nice dresses were playing house under the table with the long tablecloth covering them up. Three little boys were happily sliding around the floor in front of me while the program was going on. Even the celebrant mentioned that instead of listening to him on stage, we may prefer to look at the antics of the kids! Because children are easy to receive, to hug, to kiss, to cuddle! So what could Jesus possibly mean?

Robert Seiple, the President of World Vision in 1992, wrote in a letter, “One of our sponsored children, a 14 year old Palestinian boy living on the West Bank, was caught by 16 Israeli soldiers as he was writing graffiti on a wall. The soldiers placed him up against the wall, and one shot him four times in the eye. As he lay on the ground, still alive, he was savagely beaten for almost an hour. During that time he was forced to stick his finger into his wound and wipe out the graffiti with his own blood. He was then bound and dragged through the village streets; finally thrown into the back of a jeep, and rudely dumped at a local hospital. Miraculously, he lived. Tragically this incident is not atypical. The entire drama was witnessed by an American. It has since been recorded in Western journals.”

This is just one horrible story among the millions of stories of children whose lives have been maimed by poverty, violence, abuse, and neglect. We do not need to look far. According to a 2016 study of the Council for the Welfare of Children and the United Nations Children’s Fund, 8 in 10 Filipino children suffer from a form of violence.

I believe that Jesus is saying that children are among the most unprotected, the most without a voice, the most “unseen” members of society. They can easily become victims, especially during war, natural calamities, or when parents are quarrelling, working too hard, or are OFWs in far away places. In the verses before verse 36, Jesus was instructing the disciples on how to be great. The logic of God is always different from the world’s, usually diametrically opposed even. If anyone of us wants to be great, we have to be a servant of those who are unprotected, those who have no voice, and those who are “unseen” by society.

Lord, Your Words are hard to take. It is as if we have to carry the whole world on our shoulders! Help us to do the work You want us to do, to be Your heart, Your hands, Your feet. I know that it can never be enough, but if many of us take just one portion of the ache of the world for You, it can change the world!

http://patsypat.blogspot.com
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“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.” Mark 9:36

Sometimes Jesus says such cryptic things and I wonder if I’ll ever be able to “unpack” it even if I spend my whole life pondering it. Of course it’s easy to receive a little child! Yesterday I was at a Lord’s Day celebration and there were cute little children playing around me. Three little girls in their nice dresses were playing house under the table with the long tablecloth covering them up. Three little boys were happily sliding around the floor in front of me while the program was going on. Even the celebrant mentioned that instead of listening to him on stage, we may prefer to look at the antics of the kids! Because children are easy to receive, to hug, to kiss, to cuddle! So what could Jesus possibly mean?

Robert Seiple, the President of World Vision in 1992, wrote in a letter, “One of our sponsored children, a 14 year old Palestinian boy living on the West Bank, was caught by 16 Israeli soldiers as he was writing graffiti on a wall. The soldiers placed him up against the wall, and one shot him four times in the eye. As he lay on the ground, still alive, he was savagely beaten for almost an hour. During that time he was forced to stick his finger into his wound and wipe out the graffiti with his own blood. He was then bound and dragged through the village streets; finally thrown into the back of a jeep, and rudely dumped at a local hospital. Miraculously, he lived. Tragically this incident is not atypical. The entire drama was witnessed by an American. It has since been recorded in Western journals.”

This is just one horrible story among the millions of stories of children whose lives have been maimed by poverty, violence, abuse, and neglect. We do not need to look far. According to a 2016 study of the Council for the Welfare of Children and the United Nations Children’s Fund, 8 in 10 Filipino children suffer from a form of violence.

I believe that Jesus is saying that children are among the most unprotected, the most without a voice, the most “unseen” members of society. They can easily become victims, especially during war, natural calamities, or when parents are quarrelling, working too hard, or are OFWs in far away places. In the verses before verse 36, Jesus was instructing the disciples on how to be great. The logic of God is always different from the world’s, usually diametrically opposed even. If anyone of us wants to be great, we have to be a servant of those who are unprotected, those who have no voice, and those who are “unseen” by society.

Lord, Your Words are hard to take. It is as if we have to carry the whole world on our shoulders! Help us to do the work You want us to do, to be Your heart, Your hands, Your feet. I know that it can never be enough, but if many of us take just one portion of the ache of the world for You, it can change the world!

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“Some seed fell on good soil...” Luke 8:8

History began in a garden, and there’s a lot of illustrations in the Bible using gardening and farming. We can learn patience and perseverance when we work the soil. Like Jesus, I like praying in a garden. Usually retreat compounds include a garden to contemplate in.

In the 8th chapter of Luke, Jesus tells a parable about a farmer sowing his seed, and some of his seed falling on the path, some on rocky ground, some on thorns, and some on good soil. He said that the seed is the Word of God and the seed is sown in our hearts. What kind of soil is our hearts? If it is good soil, we will have a beautiful garden pleasing to God. There will be much fruit, many beautiful flowers, and seeds to spread and produce fruit in other hearts.

I was listening to a Cat Woods, a lady with a YouTube channel who was expounding about how to make a Bible garden. Many ladies do bible journaling, put lots of ribbons, embellishments, stickers and paintings on the pages. They try to put a lot of it, so that when they look at their Bible, all the ribbons and colourful paper clips stick out, and that is their Bible garden. Cat Woods warned that although it’s nice to have a Bible garden, we should make sure that the Word is first sown in our hearts. What’s the use of a beautiful Bible if we ourselves do not have a beautiful garden in our hearts for God to delight in?

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“Some seed fell on good soil...” Luke 8:8

History began in a garden, and there’s a lot of illustrations in the Bible using gardening and farming. We can learn patience and perseverance when we work the soil. Like Jesus, I like praying in a garden. Usually retreat compounds include a garden to contemplate in.

In the 8th chapter of Luke, Jesus tells a parable about a farmer sowing his seed, and some of his seed falling on the path, some on rocky ground, some on thorns, and some on good soil. He said that the seed is the Word of God and the seed is sown in our hearts. What kind of soil is our hearts? If it is good soil, we will have a beautiful garden pleasing to God. There will be much fruit, many beautiful flowers, and seeds to spread and produce fruit in other hearts.

I was listening to a Cat Woods, a lady with a YouTube channel who was expounding about how to make a Bible garden. Many ladies do bible journaling, put lots of ribbons, embellishments, stickers and paintings on the pages. They try to put a lot of it, so that when they look at their Bible, all the ribbons and colourful paper clips stick out, and that is their Bible garden. Cat Woods warned that although it’s nice to have a Bible garden, we should make sure that the Word is first sown in our hearts. What’s the use of a beautiful Bible if we ourselves do not have a beautiful garden in our hearts for God to delight in?

http://patsypat.blogspot.com
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“Some seed fell on good soil...” Luke 8:8

History began in a garden, and there’s a lot of illustrations in the Bible using gardening and farming. We can learn patience and perseverance when we work the soil. Like Jesus, I like praying in a garden. Usually retreat compounds include a garden to contemplate in.

In the 8th chapter of Luke, Jesus tells a parable about a farmer sowing his seed, and some of his seed falling on the path, some on rocky ground, some on thorns, and some on good soil. He said that the seed is the Word of God and the seed is sown in our hearts. What kind of soil is our hearts? If it is good soil, we will have a beautiful garden pleasing to God. There will be much fruit, many beautiful flowers, and seeds to spread and produce fruit in other hearts.

I was listening to a Cat Woods, a lady with a YouTube channel who was expounding about how to make a Bible garden. Many ladies do bible journaling, put lots of ribbons, embellishments, stickers and paintings on the pages. They try to put a lot of it, so that when they look at their Bible, all the ribbons and colourful paper clips stick out, and that is their Bible garden. Cat Woods warned that although it’s nice to have a Bible garden, we should make sure that the Word is first sown in our hearts. What’s the use of a beautiful Bible if we ourselves do not have a beautiful garden in our hearts for God to delight in?

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“What reason can the teacher have for eating with tax collectors and those who disregard the law?” Matthew 9:11

Isn’t it awesome that Jesus who had no spot of sin, ate with sinners? If he was here today, who would he be eating with? I would think the politicians and the “best and the brightest” of this administration would be ecstatic to eat with Him. I would be like the Pharisees looking on in dismay! I can be really self-righteous, judgmental, and blind.

If only we could be like Jesus and see the hearts of those we despise and label as “sinners”. What would we see? Would we see arrogance or would we see a feeling of unworthiness, self-pity, and emptiness? Would we see entitlement or would we see a person who has been struggling with insecurity and discontent his or her whole life? It is usually the people in pain who hurt and malign others. It is usually the ones who feel lack in their life who grab and claw at any advantage. No matter how rich, famous, popular, and powerful a person is, he will always feel something lacking if he does not fill up the God-sized hole within himself.

Jim Carrey said, “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer.” There’s only one answer and that’s what St. Augustine realized after searching all over with his questions. “Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”

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