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A Cosplayer Who Abandoned Costume Play

(Originally published at WriteforACause.Org)

Cosplay is the shortened term for “costume play.” A cosplay event then is a gathering where anime lovers, fanatics, and cosplayers engage together for fun and activities. It’s an event where colored wigs are worn everywhere. Youths wear gigantic costumes and weapons, and each of them are portraying the anime character of their choice. Some years ago, I was one of those youths. A cosplayer.

Hello, that’s me in purple, by the way.

I was an anime freak, err, fanatic. I think I can categorize myself as “otaku” way back before. I really loved watching cosplays. Honestly, my friend and I used to watch cosplay events every now and then. When I was a freshman in college, I joined an anime club at my university. I used to attend our club meetings and participate in our team buildings.

And sometimes, when there was a cosplay event happening in the mall, all of us in the anime club, organized by our Club President, would go together in that cosplay event. I remember back then that we rented a jeepney just to cater all of us.

Every time I went to a cosplay event, I used to wear clothes that would reflect the event. My friends used to tell me, “Are you cosplaying, too?” That’s how fanatic I was, to a point that I wanted to be like them—the animes or the cosplayers. We would watch the event together, and we would sit together, shouting and giggling every time we see a favorite cosplayer.

Then I came to a point in my life that I wasn’t just watching the event. I was PART of the cosplay event! I cosplayed. My friend (I call her Tine) was very supportive of me and she helped me from start to finish. To both of us, it was a breakthrough that I would do the costume playing. In fact, I wasn’t just going to walk around to flaunt my costume, but I actually joined the contest. I had my own acting script and I went on stage—in front of many judges and people whom I don’t know. I walked on stage with the demeanor of a man, with the grace of a noble, and bearing with me the arrogant yet sophisticated act. I even threw a red rose to the audience at the final scene and I heard everyone shouting and giggling—but to the present me, I find it disturbing (insert sighing here).

On that day I wasn’t myself, I was somebody else. I wasn’t a woman, I was a man. I kept reminding myself that it wasn’t me, that I was portraying the character which people loved, and therefore, I should satisfy their desire to look at me as if I was really that anime character, and then completely abandon my own. I thought it was alright, that it wouldn’t offend God. Why would God be offended? I couldn’t understand why He would. Because as long as I didn’t hurt anyone, I’m good. We’re good. But I was wrong.

Why is God offended?

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Don’t Cry For Me

(Originally published at WriteforACause.Org)

I pray to the Lord that all my thoughts and even my heart will be filled with Him—Jesus. I want to think of Him every day and night, so that my soul will be filled with His unconditional love, and not be bothered by the earthly concerns. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. And I don’t know what will happen later. Things happen when you least expect. Right now, I’m alive and that alone is a blessing.

for the love of GodI owe my every breath to God. Four years ago, I could have died due to a severe asthma attack. But God let me live for another four years, you see. I am truthfully thankful because within those years I was able to accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I am thankful to God because He let me live in order for me to know Him more. I couldn’t wish for more. I must say, however, that four years were not enough to understand the greatness of our God. It’s not enough to study His word and it’s not enough to pay what He has done to my life. In fact, a lifetime of a healthy life is not enough. The greatness of our God is too vast and wide that no human being could try to fathom it.

I’m writing all these because the Lord has been good to me ever since I was born, in fact, I was still in my mother’s womb and He has been good to me. I’m writing this because I want my family to know that there is nothing to worry about. Whatever happens to me there is nothing to worry about. I want them to know that even if I die now, they must not cry for me. No, please don’t cry for me. Death is not to be feared of, if I happen to embrace mine, please don’t be sad. Especially to my father. I love you all.

And I also want you to know, whoever you are, that there’s nothing to worry about with your personal struggle because God is with you. You just have to be sensitive to His presence.

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Submission to Authority

Continuation of The Thing You Really Love is Sometimes the Thing You Have to Give Up.

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I’ve cut my hair. And everyone who knew me, including those people I know from when I was still unbeliever, was surprised. My sister, too, quite laughed at me when she saw my new short hair. Well, it’s not a big deal now, by the way.

From elementary to my first year in college, I always had a short hair. Even shorter than my hair now. That was the first time in history that I’ve gotten my hair that long, and that was also the reason why I did not want to cut it short. When Ate Ann (my spiritual leader) told me to cut it, she did really mean it, and I was having a hard time whether to agree to her or not.

The night when she told me to cut my hair, I was not able to contain the thought and I could not get to sleep. I went to the table and wore a complicated face. I saw my Bible. At first, I was hesitant to open it because I was feeling half-hearted to know God’s answer. But the conviction in my heart was very deep and it was getting on my nerves–you know that feeling when you feel like God wants to make you understand about something? That kind of feeling. I know that there is something I have to understand. But I was somehow afraid to face it because my hair was involved. Gah! So I struggled even though the matter was not actually big enough.

Nonetheless, God’s will is more powerful than a man’s will. So eventually, I opened my bible. It’s the only way for me to get a peaceful sleep. I scanned some pages in the book and I stumbled upon this word: submission. And I was like, yeah right.

My heart was like, thump thump thump. Gottya. An echoing thought entered my mind, “You said you’ll give up your everything to me. You said it, didn’t you, that you will surrender your life to me? You said that you want to die every day for My sake. You wrote it up. That you are not living for yourself any longer, but you are living for me. Why then are you asking me if it’s wise to cut your hair? Are you hesitating? Can you not give up your hair?”

That’s it. And I said to myself, so this is the reason why I feel so uneasy. God wants me to understand about submission. So I prayed for God’s forgiveness for my delayed respond and for my child-like reaction to Ate Ann. Later, when I was facing the computer I accessed my account in Facebook and changed my status in relation to my final decision: to cut my hair. Immediately after posting that status, a former teacher of mine from college, hit me a message:

“Hi. How are you? Hmnn, I hope you don’t mind. I’m just curious. Why cut your hair short? I’ve just remembered a verse something about short hair and long hair.”

I was surprised to see a message from my former teacher, but I replied, “Hello, Ma’am. I’m doing good by God’s grace. Yes, I’m really going to cut my hair. My spiritual leader advised me to. Even though I don’t want to cut it, I still have to because I have to submit to what she ordered me to do. She said she wanted to see the way I respond to her advise, whether I’d be willing to submit to her or not.”

In the next message, she included a verse, “New International Version (©1984) but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering. 1 Corinthians Chapter 11.”

I replied to her, “Yes, ma’am. I have read that also. But I also have to submit to authority. I do believe she has a purpose why she commanded me to cut it.”

“Yes, I understand. Test of faith. If you believe that it will glorify God, then you know what to do.”

“Test of faith! Indeed, ma’am. This is how I understand this: If I cannot submit to my leader, how then can I submit to the One who is King and LORD of Lords? If I cannot be trusted over little, then I cannot be trusted over something big. Something like this, ma’am.”

“Oh, yes, it’s biblical. It might be hard for you. But if that is what the Lord tells you, you really have to take heart. Your leader is accountable of you, and I’m sure she will not put you to harm. Whatever her motive is your response will not be in vain because the Lord knows that you are doing it for His glory.”

“AMEN! I’m blessed to have a conversation with you tonight.”

“You are welcome. I’m also so blessed with your fellowship.”

And that conversation in Facebook ended. I just smiled at my teacher’s commentary. That night, I texted Ate Ann that I’m going to cut my hair for real. And I had a peaceful sleep.

It was morning. After my devotional I always have a short time in checking this site, to post daily verse and daily quotes and so on. Most of the time, I also check my facebook account. And when I opened it that morning, I received a message from Ate Ann. It said:

“Hi Neen! Good morning. Are you stressed? Oops, were you pressured? Haha. Well, it was actually okay for me whatever you do with your hair. I just really wanted to see your reaction last night if there’s a sudden change in your life–I only used your hair! I want you to come out in your shell, my dear. Because the LORD really has something for you. I want you to come out in your comfort zone. In fact, I’ve noticed many things, but let’s remove them step by step. Let’s ask the grace of God and in that way He can use you more! Okay. Love yah!”

And I was like, oh yeah. I was then thankful that the LORD gave me an understanding about this matter. Indeed, Ate Ann really have a purpose why she wanted me to cut my hair.

I wanted to see your reaction if there’s a sudden change in your life…

And to be honest, I almost failed to meet Ate Ann’s expectation. But by God’s grace, I was able to understand my spiritual leader’s motive. To God be the glory in everything!

Conclusion: Submission to authority must be a lifestyle of every Christian.

Lesson learned: God is far more concerned with an attitude of submission than an outward display of submission via a head covering (in this case, a long hair).

All articles are written by Jenine Silos. Unless otherwise stated.

The Thing You Really Love is Sometimes the Thing You Have to Give Up

Written by: Jenine Silos

I like my hair. In fact, I love it. It is long, straight, and dark. It has never tasted strong chemicals from saloons, except for hot oil. But hot oil is not a strong chemical. My hair is just naturally straight and smooth. Many compliment my hair.They like it, too, just the way how I like it.
It took me one year to have grown my hair long. In many months I have combed it almost every night, so that it will grow fast. That was it until two days ago.

Because I cut my hair.

I still like it but not the way I like it when it was still long. It is now short, sort of bouncy, and dark. It is still straight but short. One of a woman’s treasures is her hair. But why would a woman like me, me who like my long hair so much, would cut my hair short??? For new looks? New style? Just to get attention? Certainly NO! Because I love my long hair, and in fact, I don’t plan to cut it until I get married! Yes, I’m serious about it.

So why, oh why, did I cut it short?

It happened two days ago. After our midweek service, I was with my church friends and we fellowship to one another. When suddenly I asked my two brothers in Christ out of joke, just to see their reaction or opinion about it, “What do you think if I cut my hair short?”

And they immediately replied, “Of course, NO. Definitely not.”

I said, “Why should I not cut it?” I don’t plan to cut it short, but I plan to cut just the ends of my hair, but I asked them anyway.

“Because you already look fine with that hair. You don’t have to cut it. It’s long and it’s nice.” They answered.

Out of the blue, our cell leader, Ate Ann, went to us and she was staring at me seriously. And said, “How about you cut it short, Neen?”

“No~ Ate Ann, I like it long.” I immediately replied.

“Why not try it? I want to see some changes in your face. I think short hair will make you look younger.” She said.

“No, Ate Ann. I have a rounded face, short hair will make it look rounder, I tell you.” I honestly said, my voice pleading for her to change her mind.

She looked at me, and I was like, uh-ohhh, “No, Jenine. I want you to cut your hair. And I want to see the changes this Sunday.”

“This Sunday?” I almost shouted. “But Ate Ann…Cutting it short and that fast…oh please.” I turned to look at Jan Lord and Juffet, then Jan Lord said, “Yeah, that’s it. You have to cut it short, Neen.”

And I was like, what?

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God's Thoughts and Ways are Higher than Ours!

God’s Ways and Thoughts are Higher than Ours.

Written by: Jenine Silos

Here in the Bible we encounter God and we come to know His amazing love for us. The Bible also is a book about people who have a problem with God, they who have a hard time seeing eye to eye with a God who says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

God's Thoughts and Ways Are Higher Than Ours

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“My thoughts are NOT your thoughts…My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” This passage clearly tells us that God’s thoughts are higher than ours, literally and figuratively! Even when you study the scriptures a thousand times, there are still lots of things that you will not understand unless God will give you wisdom.

Someone I know said he’s wondering how God came up with the concept of a girl. “So where did God base His concept of Eve?” and I was like…. “whoa”. Blended with dismay, I replied in as gentle as I could, “There are things that we cannot understand because only God can, and we cannot. He’s the intelligent designer so he designs everything.” The last part of my answer though went lower and I have no idea whether he has heard it.

And did you not know, you have no right to question God’s works, just now, you sounded like your doubting His majestic powers. I added, although I said it only to myself.

In the book of Genesis God created man in His own image and likeness. He created Adam, then Eve. I get his point, and the way I discern his thoughts were like this, “God created Adam, then that probably means that God has the features of a man, meaning, God already has an idea about man. But what about Eve? How did God create Eve out of His own image? Where did God base his ideas regarding woman?”

There are two possible options that I’m seeing at the back of his brain:

1. Probably, the Virgin Mary was already with God during the creation. That’s how God based his concept concerning women.

2. The book of Genesis and the creation of the first man and woman, to me, is a bit….vague.

I believe he’s confused, or if not, he doubted some parts in the book of Genesis. If my presumption is wrong, then how could he throw such a question to me? How could he doubt God’s creation? That’s very sad.

“My thoughts are NOT your thoughts…My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

The way how God work and think is something we, humans, could not completely understand. If we understand God’s thoughts, or if we think we could discern God’s thoughts, then is it not similarly saying that you are god yourself? Because no one on this earth could level with God’s thoughts! His ways are higher than ours.

God created Eve out of His own image: with hands and feet, with torso and head, with hair and with eyes, nose, ears and mouth! Eve, of course, is also created on God’s own image and likeness. His conception regarding woman or man, or how God came up with these ideas, is something we cannot question because we are not there during the creation–we only have faith and we believe in His word in the scriptures. If one who cannot believe in His word, that person then is lacking knowledge about God’s nature and thus, one cannot question God. If someone who questions the creation, then, examine yourself first–and ask this to yourself: “Have I ever question my faith?”

“Have you questioned your faith? Have you have any?” Faith is not enough, belief is not enough…but your commitment and your true fellowship with God is.

If you doubt the book of Genesis, then you actually doubt the entire creation. If people could re-interpret the creation and the word of God in the bible, especially in the book of Genesis, then that would also mean that people could re-interpret the entire Bible and make a new version out of it! As a concern Christian, I cannot tolerate this kind of misconception and practice, for I am looking forward to a generation that is a true follower of Christ.

Let’s make a stop to all of this wickedness and rebellious attitude towards God. Let us take off the blindfold that is blinding our eyes towards the Truth. Instead, let us help one another to know the Truth, and let us preserve our generation. A generation that fears God. A generation that doesn’t only believe in Him, but a generation that is a true follower of Christ.

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6 “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.

7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the righteousness their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” Isaiah 55:6-7

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Who Am I?

Selfish.

Introvert. Pessimistic.

Sick and full of hurts.

A lone woman living in her unrealistic world.

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I was that kind of woman. I was a person who lived a life that none would like to have. I was sickly ever since I was a kid. I developed a world that none could understand. I was selfish, even my feeling was something I did not want to share with. I was afraid. Scared. Because no one has succeeded to understand what I felt inside, the pain that I carry ever since young—the kind of pain that none could sympathize—unless the person will exchange hearts with me. The world I see was narrow, cruel. I was not comfortable with any eye contact, because I did not want people to see the kind of world hiding beyond my eyes. So I grew up disliking the crowd.

For the past eighteen years of my life (I was born again when I turned 19), I could say that I have wasted it all—for nothing. I have wasted it in a sense that: I did not create a happy childhood (even though I have some opportunities to do so), I did not mingle with other people aside from my relatives and long-term friends, I did not use my free time to make something relevant, I have not even realized how powerful a prayer is. I did not even know how to pray.

I was someone who USED most of her time in BED—bedridden and sick.

I was someone who COULD NOT play with the other children because I was weak.

I was someone WHO could not remember any happiness during my childhood days. I bet I did not have any.

But then, everything changed when I made a covenant with God. A covenant that has led me to what I am right now—a covenant that I am accountable of. I was seventeen when I made a covenant with God, and I promised Him of something in exchange of another chance—a chance to live once again.

Reviewing the past years, I realized how bad I had lived my life. I realized just how negative I was. If I died three years ago, then I know for certain that I’d go to hell. But the LORD our God is so gracious, He is gracious to me (and to you) that He has given me another chance to correct my life—to repent with my sins and to return to Him.

Who am I? I always ask myself. Who Am I—a woman who lived a life without seeing its beauty, a woman who blamed herself for being the person she was, a woman who cannot love because she chose not to love, a woman who thought her life was a mistakeWHO AM I then…that the LORD of all the earth, would even care to know my name, would care to feel my hurt?

It’s not because of who I am. But because of what He has done. Not because of what I’ve done, but because of who You are. I am just a flower quickly fading, here today and gone tomorrow, a wave tossed in the ocean, a vapor in the wind. Still You hear me when I’m calling, Lord, You catch me when I’m falling. And You’ve told me who I am:

I am Yours. 

(Lyrics from WHO AM I by Casting Crowns)

God has seen my troubles and He knows my pain even from the start, so when God sees my desiring heart (a desire to correct my mistakes, a desire to serve Him) then God made His way so that I can return back to Him! I am saved because I chose to believe in Him and ACCEPT Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I chose to correct my mistakes with His help and mercy, I chose to have faith in His amazing grace. I choose to walk with Jesus. And I will not stake my life in any lesser thing, because Jesus died at the cross and shed His blood for me.

It happened to me, it happened to someone I know, and I believe it will HAPPEN TO YOU. Just go and examine your heart, and you will see that God is working all the things in your life. Apart from Him, we are nothing.

It was not because of my doings, it was not because I loved God, but it was because God has loved me first–that’s why I am here now, writing in whatever way I can to tell the nations that He is Mighty to Save! Our God is Mighty to Save–He will save you from your sufferings and pain if you choose to let Him help you! God will save you just as He has saved me!

I am twenty now. Turning 21. And it has been three years already (turning four) since I made a solemn promise with God. A promise to serve Him with all my heart and with all my soul. Three years of not doing anything since the covenant was wasted, and right now, I will not waste any time any further–and I will no longer abuse God’s amazing grace.

I will serve God with all my heart, and in every way I can, even if it means I will be discriminated and persecuted by my friends, family, or anyone else. I will not be easily shaken, for I myself have seen the miracles and glory that the LORD our God has done in my life. Three years is enough.

It is time.

It is time for me to serve Him in every way I can…until I finish the RACE.

And I will wait…for that BIG DAY to come…that He will say unto me: “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

It is time.

People must know the Truth because the Truth will set you free.

THE QUESTION IS: Do you want to untangle the chains in your life? Do you want to be set free? Are you tired of your life in its endless misery? Then go…repent. And decide to follow Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior. Forgive others and you will be forgiven. Lay down your burdens to Him. You will see the difference. And you will know what I am talking about.

I pray that all my brethren, including those children in the streets, the homeless, the aged, the rich and everyone else, will know the TRUTH.

And the TRUTH will set us free.

God bless you all. And I love you with the love of the LORD.

Neen.

Understanding God’s Plan

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Written by: Jenine Silos

Exodus 4: 10 But Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my LORD, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.”

In Exodus, when God appointed Moses to lead the numerous Israelite out of Egypt, Moses initially doubted his ability to God and complained to Him about his slow of speech, and I was like “This is it,” as I have read the passage. Immediately, the Holy Spirit convicted me of the verse and I knew then that God wants to use my passion to glorify Him. And that passion is to write.

Well, I started writing way back in high school. However, what I liked to write were sad notes, funny articles, stupid stuffs, plus a nonsense compilation of stupid diaries. I loved to write so much before because I could not express what I feel inward, so I just put everything into words. When I entered college, my writing has been upgraded. Then I started to write fictions, short stories, and even sci-fie fantasies. Until I made my own comic book, but it was an amateur sketching, of course. That’s how desperate I was in writing and in story-making.

HOWEVER, my English skills are just average. My grammar is something I could not improve. That is why, no matter how I love to write, I only write for myself–and for myself alone–because I have no confidence to even share it.

Until such time that God made His way, and He impressed it to me that I could use my passion to honor His name. When I read about Moses, I was stirred up by his life. The Holy Spirit then convicted me: stop writing for yourself, go and write what is pleasing to the eyes of God. 

And I was like, WHAT?

I could not do that! I’m just a university student. I don’t have the skills and talent! I…I only write for leisure, a passion-that-is-good-for-nothing! People who will read my writings may not even believe me, and that is the worst! I thought within. And just like what Moses said: I AM ELOQUENT, LORD. I AM SLOW OF SPEECH AND OF TONGUE.

I was doubting my ability–I complained to the LORD just like what Moses did!

Exodus 4:11 Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”

But I still said to God, “Lord, are you sure about that? People will find it hard to believe in me, I’m not even sure about it myself. I wasted my years before, and no one would believe me.”

Exodus 4:13 But he (Moses) said, “Oh, my LORD, please send someone else.”

I did nearly the same. But in a rather different case. It took me many days of questioning God about this matter, until I realized that I have no right to question Him. I indulged myself in devotionals and reading the word of God (I was not reading from cover to cover that time), hoping that God will make another impression to me aside from the previous conviction. But God did not answer me. Even when I tried hard to seek Him through His word. Then I realized, that God was silent to me because He wants me to understand something, something even deeper.

Yet I still said, “But LORD, I am not fit to do what You want. I lack words and wisdom. If You want me bring it on, please give me the wisdom to enable myself to do what You want.”

And I prayed…and prayed to God: “Lord…if you really want me to do this then please give me wisdom to understand everything. Because I cannot do it alone. To write the testimonials of my life are too much for me to do, because they’re not good memories for me, they’re not good. But You have saved me by Your grace. And I have seen your miracles and doings in my life, You appeared before me, and called me. And now I know you have been with me all through those years, yet it took me many years to understand Your plan. Please let me serve You by using me so that Your Name will be glorified.”

And God answered me through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, just like what He had replied to Moses:

Exodus 4:14 ….Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do.”

I was then speechless. Ashamed to myself. Because God has planned it very well, He has planned it from the start! And I was late to understand everything!

I have my older sister!

A sister who is literate in English, she can PROOFREAD what God wants me TO WRITE! At no cost in my part!

And so…immediately after that conviction, I told my sister (and my leaders in church) about it –that God wants me to write the testimonials and turn them into A NOVEL–A NOVEL that will glorify the Father who is in heaven!

I believe God is with me while I am writing this article. I believe that it is God’s words and wisdom that has inspired me to continue writing THE NOVEL—and right now, because of God’s grace and unique plans, I am almost done with the novel that He wants me to write. A novel that will inspire my brethren, so that they will know that God makes miracles–that God is LIFE.

My sister is proofreading the chapters now, while I continue to write the novel into its completion. And I pray to the LORD our God, that the THE COVENANT novel, will inspire more people despite of sufferings, pain, and temptations of this world.

I always keep this in mind now, that in order to understand GOD’s PLAN in our lives, we need to pray in sincerity and seek Him, seek more of His will, that by reading the word of God the Holy Spirit will convict it to us! Along the way, we may feel disappointed and discouraged, but we NEED TO PRESS ON, and FINISH THE RACE.

I’m not perfect, and you’re not either, but then, we have a PERFECT GOD. We may have the attitude, but God will always use someone else to correct us. When you feel like you’re not in the right plan that God has intended for you, RE-THINK what you did. And God will convict you through the Holy Spirit and through His word.

And whenever there is conviction, do not be condemned!

Romans 8:1

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

AND GOD has inspired me to write this, too…..THAT:

In every correction there is gain.

A gain of understanding more of God’s plan.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

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Be a Blessing to Others

Written by: Jenine Silos

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 ESV)

Indeed, as it is written, let your light shine before others and they will see God’s presence in your life, and the Father will be glorified.  God has purposes for everything, even with the smallest details in your life and in every action that you take. Yesterday night, I wrote an article in contribution to this site’s cause, WHY SUNDAYS ARE HAPPY DAYS?  One person immediately responded that she was blessed by the article, and I am thankful to God that he has used me for this cause, so that Him will be glorified.

And much to my surprise, as I opened my facebook account early this morning, someone I know (another person) has tagged me in her status update. Upon reading her post, my heart suddenly jumped in surprise and happiness. WHY? I am blessed to know that SHE is blessed with the article. Only two persons are blessed, yes, but two souls are every ESPECIAL to the Lord our God, so I am very blessed to have this opportunity to make articles that will bless others. God has inspired me to write articles that will please Him, and so be it, and all glory belongs to God alone. I do not boast, but in HIM I boast.

To quote the person’s post, in our language it says, “because of you, kaw jud naka encourage saku. gi try naku open sa fb n khen and message inbox then i click your name nagchat mo sat may nakita ko na site na ghatag nmo sa iya then i click nabsa naku yup tama ka neen Sundays are a Happy Days thank u so much sa pag encourage kay tungod gibaliwala naku ang pag simba sa kadaghan og reasons na konsensiya ko ug maau sorry Lord… ug daghan salamat sa pag encourage neen god bless always your the best writter…”

“Because of you. You’re the person who encouraged me. I tried to open Khen’s (her lover)  facebook to check the message inbox. I clicked your name and saw that the two of you have chatted last Saturday! Then I saw a site that you’ve recommended to Khen, so I clicked it and read the articles. Yes, you’re right, Neen. SUNDAYS are HAPPY DAYS. Thank you so much for the encouragement, I have disregarded going to church for so many reasons! I’m guilty, I am so sorry, Lord.  And thank you so much Neen for the encouragement, God bless you always. You’re the best writer….”

This girl and I aren’t close enough in personal. That’s why I always get surprise whenever she hit me messages. But I know her because she’s the lover of my mother’s friend, which is also a friend of mine, until she has become my friend, too. She’s very pretty but she has a life that I cannot condemn — for there is no condemnation in Christ. I am actually blessed at her testimonial, that she’s blessed with the article, that’s why I am writing this now — BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS. And you will see that the LORD our God is doing all these things.

It is not me. It is God. 

For I am just a person whom He has used to inspire others. And it is my pleasure to write for a cause, so that the Father will be glorified and all people will see His greatness and glory.

To the two persons who were encouraged by the article, Analyn and Chiaki, I just want to say that I am more blessed for knowing that you are blessed with the article which God has inspired me to write. I pray that the Lord our God will continue in touching your hearts.

I am your partner. Your partner in prayers.

God bless to all who is reading this article.

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Why Sundays are Happy Days?

Written by: Jenine Silos

Once, a classmate asked me, her tone was suggesting deep curiosity, “Neen, you don’t usually hang out with us. Why is that?”

I just smiled. At first, I did not know how to answer her question, I didn’t even know if she would be able to understand my reasons. But, if I wouldn’t tell her the reasons right there, it would make me a hypocrite. And there was more than that, it would be similar as denying Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

WHY?

Because when I was born again and decided to follow Christ, the worldly things don’t matter to me any longer. Including those hanging out with friends in the mall and to any place that benefits me nothing. Most of my college friends loved hanging out, but I wasn’t always there. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. I don’t say it’s evil. But the question is…is it pleasing to the eyes of the Lord? Does my going there and here and fun all day will glorify the Father? Surely, yes, if that fun is for the Lord. But it’s unlikely.

So I told her, “Well, I am busy most of the time.”

She irked her brow. “Busy at what?”

“In ministry and other church activities. Or if not, I’m busy in school of course, sometimes working on with my part-time job. But, if I’m not busy then I’m just writing something. Most importantly, I don’t enjoy outside activities, unless it’s for the ministry. That is all to it. ” I said and she just nodded her head in awe.

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Well, I’m a university student, and there are times that I have school activities during Sundays, but none of it I had attended yet. Because the JOY that I gain in worshiping the Lord every Sunday services cannot be compared to the JOY of that good grades! When it is Sunday, it is always a HAPPY DAY for me. Because it is the day wherein I can completely worship the LORD with all my heart and soul, it is His day. A BIG HAPPY DAY.

The only thing, and the best one I may add, that I can do for the Father is to avoid the worldly matters — and sooner or later, my classmates and friends would see the DIFFERENCE. The differences between my life and their life. It’s difficult, yes, especially when temptations are everywhere. But then, in God, nothing is impossible — I really love to say this — that there’s nothing impossible with God.

So what are the differences?

  • They go to beaches and clubs, I attend church monthly meetings.
  • They love worldly music, I find it annoying.
  • They use their free time after school for nothing, I use mine to attend every available activities I can attend to in the church.
  • They curse, I say nothing.
  • They laugh hard for funny jokes (and I am their laughing stock most of the time), but I laugh because that’s my character ever since I was born again.
  • When we fail a subject, they’re disappointed and sad. But I always smile and press on. As if nothing happens. They even told me that it was their first time to see someone who got failed and yet was still happy about it.
  • They wake up early in the morning for school matters, while I am always excited to wake up early for daily devotionals.
  • They don’t usually have peace…but in Him I always have.
  • They proclaim to believe in God, but their lifestyle do not say it.
  • They usually sleep or hang out on Sundays…but Sundays are my Happy days with the LORD.
Until one day, a close friend of mine came to asked me…because she wondered…and wondered…and wondered: “Neen, why are you always happy? Neen…what do you do in your church?” See????! Someone finally noticed the difference! And more…I so believed, more and more will be blessed just by noticing the differences of our lives. They will see God’s presence in me…and that is my desire.
I want to encourage my friends and classmates….that SUNDAYS are HAPPY DAYS with the LORD our GOD!
So I encourage you to go and be a blessing to everyone that you know! And sooner or later….those people around you will notice the difference.