Book Review: How’s Your Soul?

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hows-your-soulYou may have asked yourself: “Where do I go when life overwhelms me? Where do I go when all I want is an escape?” You’re not alone. Here, you will discover how to have a quiet soul despite all the noise and distractions around you. Do yourself a favor by getting a copy of this book. Feel free to share it with many others, too.

I didn’t expect that a book (with a cover like this one) about the condition of our souls would make me chuckle for countless times. This book may contain God-glorifying wisdom but smack dab in the same book is funny stuff that you can’t resist. Ps. Judah Smith is just hilarious!

Speaking of comical stuff, the part of the story that involves Pastor Jude is my favorite! Nyahaha… Future readers, watch out! I highly recommend you don’t read it in a library. You’ll surely be sent out.

I love the author’s transparency. He’s just so honest and generous to share even his mishaps, which most normal people won’t have the audacity to bring into the open.

I’m so delighted to have known some personal facts about Ps. Judah Smith. Know of an author who doesn’t read much? Ps. Judah Smith, it is! And this makes me wonder why he writes oh so well. God works in mysterious ways really.

The author has his admirable way of making things comprehensible.

This book doesn’t only have the power to touch hearts but is also founded on the Word of God, so you can never go wrong by picking up this one.

This amazing book also reveals a few misconceptions we have but sometimes are not aware of; it corrects them by pointing us to Jesus Himself.

This book also made me fall in love with Jesus all over again, which makes it perfect for those who have lost their “first love.” This will help you get it back. You’re welcome!

This book reminded me of the wonderful things God has done for me.

I have lost count of how many highlights I have made on the book. I would love to share everything if that were possible, but let me quote a few:

“Our souls are home when they return to God.”

“Your feelings come and go, but God remains the same, and you will praise him again. It’s only a matter of time.”

“There was a time not too long before when you thought you’d never make it, that the storms and waves were going to win. But you held on, and God got you through.”

“I want more of Jesus so that I can love the way he loves.”

“Quietness and rest are found not in control but in surrender.”

“A quiet soul is far more valuable than fame and fortune. A level soul, a balanced soul, a genuine soul— that is a gift from God.”

“Whatever you do, don’t give up. You have a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, and he will see you safely to the other side.”

Pick up a copy of How’s Your Soul through the following links:
How’s Your Soul Official Website
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Book Review: The Power Of A Half Hour

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51urru0n4mlFor weeks, I’ve been looking for a book which could help improve my prayer life, and I think I found it in THE POWER OF A HALF HOUR by Ps. Tommy Barnett.

Reading it might be boring at first, but as I read further, oh what a gem of a book I found—chapter after chapter. I’ve highlighted more than 89 sentences on the book, and this is one of my favorites:

“Love is limitless. You can never lose love by giving it away.”

It’s great that the book is able to cover life’s many facets and is not only filled with wisdom but is also sprinkled with humor!

The author is generous enough to share even his intimate moments with his family. I admire his great faith for taking big risks. He even encouraged me to start writing my own book in the process!

This book made me realize how powerful a half hour can be to impact our lives, change our life paths, strengthen our faith, build our character, advance our dreams, improve our relationships, and change the world. This taught me to be intentional in using even the least amount of time.

This book spurred me on to be more grateful, to love more, and to serve more.

Pick up a copy of The Power Of A Half Hour through the following links:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

[I received a copy of this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this review.]

Youth Revival at Pangasinan

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October 30, 2015. I still remember how excited I was then… about going out of town, traveling with new friends, and working together with some brothers and sisters in Christ from churches other than the one I regularly attend. All together, we’ve prayed for this event, and God has not failed us. He showed up… in a powerful way! Wow! I can use all the affirming words that are available, but they will still be insufficient to describe what happened back there in Pangasinan.

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YES Cell Group on October 29, 2015 at C3 Cavite

The night before we left for Pangasinan, I, KJ, and Myrrh attended YES CG (Young Eagle Society Cell Group), a gathering of youth leaders from various Christian churches in G.M.A., Cavite. We had a long, jam-packed, and fun discussion about leadership that night. Hence, we came home late.

I haven’t been feeling well in the past days, which deprived me of the chance to pack my things earlier than that night. Having everything I needed packed only a few hours before the trip, I then asked my brother to drop me off at the meeting place. I was denied at first, but out of love, he acquiesced on second thought. Yeyyy!

I reached the rendezvous 34 minutes earlywhich was something ordinary (and how I wish it was real). I opted not to enter the 7-Eleven store for I was already feeling cold despite a hoodie on. While waiting, I saw some children getting ready to sleep beside the road with just boxes as beds. It made me ask myself: “What have I been doing to help young people like these ones in front of me?” I stood alone for less than an hour before my companions finally came, and we’re set! Thank God for the soft seat!

We hit the road at past 3:00 AM. By pairs, we were asked to intercede for the event as we traveled. During which, I felt the power of God’s presence. We reached EDSA in a few hours. Oh that brought back a lot of memories! For a few years, I have taken that route. It made me thank God for His guidance through the years, not only as I traveled to the university and to the office thereafter but also as I traveled through life. He has been with me and is still with me, just like what He promised. Right then and there, I uttered this from my heart: “I love You, Jesus.”

That was the first time I fell in love on that day; it was true love, mind you.

Oh the wonderful effect that that trip had on me… My heart brimmed with gratefulness as we continued with the trip. I was able to reflect on how good God has been to me. He really is who He says He is.

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I had to eat a rice meal during the stopover or else I would have eaten a companion! *Pun intended* Perhaps the reminiscing got me hungry…

Some picture taking here and there…

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It was nighttime–hence the poor quality of this photo.

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And this one…

… And we were back on the road!

What an amazing scenery it was when the sun started to peek through the clouds!

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Whoa! Who on earth could do just that?

We reached Asingan, Pangasinan after a five-hour travel. Oh how I love to sleep during trips. Wish granted the soonest after we ate breakfast. ZzzzzzZZzz…

We had to wake up at midday to… Guess what? … Eat again!

I was delighted to have helped carry some music instruments and equipment to the vehicles, which were to be brought to the venue. It was the men’s task, but no one could stop me.

While waiting for something which I was clueless about, we temporarily parked in front of a place where there were hollow blocks, sand, etc. Those things got my attention so much that I had to go nearer to pick up the shovel and shove some heaps of sand onto the wheelbarrow.

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Thanks so much for capturing this special moment, Myrrh! Nyahahaha…

When enough sand was already on it, I had to lift it and take it to the other side… I tried but I couldn’t. It was too heavy! Oh my! Nyahahaha… “We have to go!” my mates yelled. Everything was falling into place. Somehow I felt bad that I wasn’t able to finish what I started though.

As we reached the venue, we unload the pieces of equipment and set them up. We rehearsed just once for the reason that excluded our being excellent enough.

We made our way back to the compound where we were staying.

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How about taking a picture before we get there? All smiles!

Then we ate… again. “Can somebody from here adopt me, please?” But I had no guts to say that then.

We had had to freshen up a bit before the program proper started. I took a bath, so everything was perfect. It’s not every day that I… Oh forget it! Let’s carry on…

We prayed all together before alighting from the transport vehicles. I and Paulo were tasked to preside during the event, and so we did.

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I had fun! Though this photo didn’t capture all of that…

The Praise & Worship started. There was enthusiasm. We were singing and jumping and shouting. God was undoubtedly there.

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Praise and Worship

As the singing ended, the presiding had to continue, and I didn’t know where to get the air that I had to inhale. Sensing some exaggeration, huh? It was so nice to see young people worship God through singing, dancing, and everything else. It was so nice to worship one God together.

Edgar and Jsol showed the participants some gestures that went with a short song (to the tune and dance steps of Whip Dance). It was something like: “I love You, Lord. I love You, Jesus. I love You, Lord, Lord. I love You, Jesus. Oooohhh… Christ in me!”

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Edgar and Jsol doing “I love You, Lord. I love You, Jesus.”

They’ve done it for a couple of times and had the rest of us imitate them.

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It was enjoyable to watch the both of them do it on stage. I also had fun doing it myself. I danced well but only I knew of this, which of course was pitiful, but I’m okay now.

It’s time for the Word of God. Ps. Sarah Galang delivered it.

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Speaker: Ps. Sarah Galang

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She spoke of a lot of inspiring things and threw a lot of jokes which had all of us laugh till we almost dropped. Nyahahaha…

It all revolved around Galatians 2:20 (NLT): “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” As she continued to preach, oh God, I couldn’t stop crying. God’s Word penetrated into my heart. A lot of things flashed through my mind, and it made me realize how faithful God has been to me and how much He loves me from the outset.

There, in that moment, I fell in love for the second time on the same day.

All together, we experienced the overwhelming power that God’s presence brought with it. How I wish I could stop the time and remain in that moment forever.

The best place on earth? That could be any place where His presence is…

Moving on… After the event, of course there must be some picture taking. Yiiiiiiiha!

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Afterwards, we went back to where we were staying. Was the event tiring? It was. Life-changing? Absolutely! I felt like I was just a breath away from God’s embrace during that time.

We were supposed to leave for home that night, but it got postponed as our drivers needed some rest, or else the rest of us would be laid to our final rest. *Pun intended.*

I still had an hour to read my Bible before I could call it a day, so I decided to read instead of having dinner. 5 chapters down! After which, I went to sleep. Oh how could I resist this wonderful thing? zZzzzz….

We woke up as early as we could to avoid gridlock, and we succeeded. We reached our destination with exhausted bodies but with full hearts.
Can we do that again? Oh yes! We’ll do it with you this time! See you at GMA Complex this Sunday (June 12, 2016) at 3:00 PM! Let’s fall in love with Jesus all over again!

Photo credit: Myrrh Racquel Vargas Dalisay

December 14, 2015

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I’m thankful for Julius’ message earlier today. I feel so blessed to have people like him around.

I’m grateful to own a copy of “The Unquenchable Worshipper” by Matt Redman via WeAreWorship.com. I’m so excited to read this one!

I’m thankful to have been able to free up some space on my hard drive. It’s freeing but painful…

I’m thankful for this stunning scenery I saw tonight!

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Whoa! It looked a lot more splendid in real life though…

I’m grateful for 1 Peter 1:6 (NLT):
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.”


How about you? What are you thankful for?

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

“And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:20 NLT

“That I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!
Psalm 30:12 NLT