I saw this image on Pinterest and it instantly made me tear up. I am guilty of not always remembering why we are celebrating Christmas. God loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son to save us and someday bring all of us who believe home. It’s not just the highlight of, but the reason of the season.
We’ve become so busy making wishlists, buying gifts, preparing the noche buena, planning vacations, that most of us have forgotten to prepare ourselves in honoring the birth of our Savior. I’m sure that He approves of us celebrating this special occassion with being with our loved ones eating good food and exchanging gifts because we are sharing our blessings to one another, but hey… Wouldn’t He like it more if we’d all take a moment to reflect on who Jesus is to us? It’s His birthday. Do we already have gifts for Jesus? How about we start with a heart that remembers, recognizes, and rejoices that He is our greatest hope, strength, courage and joy!
Jesus, thank You for everything. May we honor You with how we celebrate Christmas.
Happy birthday, Jesus!!!
listening to: Christmas carols
Posted by Iya Santos on December 23, 2012
I initially wanted to make a loooong testimonial about inarguably the best experience I’ve had since the summer of 2001 (when I attended Life in the Spirit Seminar or LSS), but something (or Someone) is telling me to just keep this post short and sweet, so here it goes…
I am happy to be back in God’s shining presence. I’ve been wanting to go back since late 2009, but I spent too much time on work, friends and family. Oo, matigas ang ulo ko at tamad ako. The universe had to hit my head with a sledgehammer a couple of weeks ago just to let me experience a deep sorrow to lead me to open my 2001-2003 diaries a.k.a. my prayer journals. I couldn’t believe that I forgot how beautiful my relationship with God back then. No wonder my life was close to perfect that time, I was blessed by God so much. I said yes to the voice in my head and committed to attend a Victory worship service.
My cousin Mafi and her boyfriend Jeric brought me to Victory’s center in Pioneer. The service that day was about Standing Strong— about remembering our covenant with God, being bold in asking God for the impossible and by having an unwavering faith that God will make things happen. The Word of God preached by Pastor Robert was the answer to my prayers. The Word of God sounds so universal yet tailor-fit. Ang galing talaga ni God. His Word is for everyone but uniquely touches the hearts of each and every one of us.
Amazing, from a single service, God already equipped me more courage to face my challenges. I have never been patient until now- now that God gives me the assurance that He is faithful and that He will grant a good heart’s desires.
I felt the need to go back and I did yesterday. The service yesterday was about Staying Strong— about finishing the fight and knowing that God fights for us. We should all be careful in loving God as life is a battle for love. I guess the most important thing I learned from yesterday’s service was to be as faithful as God- to keep on loving Him in the good and in the bad of times. No reason to not do it as He is consistent in being with us in every part of our journey.
I am grateful for being given a chance to go back to Him. I pray that I will never ever lose this fire again. And I know that God will not fail me on this.
Here’s a picture of me with Pastor Robert Hern Jr. :
I thank God for using Pastor Robert as an instrument to promote His Word.
You can join us in experiencing the awesomeness of God through Victory every Sunday 5pm and 7pm at the 3L of Robinson’s Pioneer. 🙂 For more info please visit http://victorypioneer.org
“God will not put us in a place where His grace cannot meet us.”
Keep the faith, everyone!
listening to: Dolly Parton – Jesus and Gravity
Posted by Iya Santos on January 31, 2011