Encountering the Father

dadandkidI used to wonder how to relate to God as my Dad. I used to tell Him that it’s easy for me to regard Him as my God and Lord, ’cause He is big and that no one’s like Him and He alone is God. However, with all honesty and sadness, I told Him that it was a struggle for me to relate with Him as my Father.

See, I didn’t quite have that good start with my earthly dad (we do now, thank God). I don’t even want to put in here what happened as my respect towards my father. But we’re okay now. It sure was tough though. I harbored bitterness and hatred inside. The worst thing was it affected my relationship with my Heavenly Dad big time.

And oh He knows how to extend a helping hand.

I attended one of those PSALM leadership trainings many years back in Cebu. I remember that I was heavy hearted, depressed. I’d been like that for 2 years I think. One time, I went into the prayer room. There were a few leaders there… praying. I sat down and began to pray and told God again about my struggle and it was frustrating me.

I’ll try to describe what happened next.

I was just there… talking to Him… and then I sensed Him embracing me. I sensed this overwhelming peace and joy. I couldn’t help my tears. I cried so much… not out of depression and heaviness. It was different! Very different. Those were tears of joy and peace and freedom and lightness and all the good stuff. Haha. He was more real than the presence of those in the room.

I’ve realized…

He never left, but had been there with me all those times… and that He loved me simply because He is love… and that my depression and the strife between me and my father, and all the hatred and bitterness in me blinded me… and that He alone can set me free… He did set me free. 🙂

After that day…

I see things differently. I had learnt to forgive and let go. I no longer am depressed. I harbor hatred, no more.

I don’t think I know Him fully, but there’s been an in-depth revelation of how He loves me. I think, we all need a revelation of Him being our Abba Father. I believe we all need to EXPERIENCE who He is as a Dad, as our Dad. I believe that the Father’s love erases all the fears, depression, etc.

Our earthly fathers do their best to become good fathers, but our Heavenly Father is always a good Father. He is a perfect Dad. May His love be poured into each one of us.

Can you share your experience with our Daddy God as well?

So Long 2013

The year 2013 was, I believe, an unforgettable year not only for me, but for every Filipino as well. I think we will never be able to forget the war in Zamboanga City, the 7.2 earthquake in Bohol and Cebu, and the super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) which wasted thousands of lives in the Visayas region. But, what can we do? It’s always for the best to kiss the past goodbye, learn from it and move forward.

So, what have I learnt last year? Continue reading

Yield To His Leading

We have a God who leads His people and never abandons them.  He leads them through many means, especially through His Word-the Bible. It’s through the Bible that He usually talks to His people, His children.

I’m ever thankful to the Father for a growing desire that He has placed in each of His children to know Him through His Word and to do what pleases Him. Phil 2:13 says

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

For days now, God has been teaching me about Proverbs 4:23-27. I want to share what He taught me here with the prayer that it could help you too. Continue reading

Sisters By Heart

I have a wonderful brother; but have no sister. I think I’ve always loved to have a sister. My parents didn’t like the idea though, and so decided that they would only have 2 children-me and my brother.

Do you know that feeling when you find you in a person? You’re not blood-related, yet you are so connected. You’re both unique, yet the same. And even without her telling you, you know about what’s going on. You’re usually able to discern how things are. Well, this is the case I believe in friends. close friends. And with relatives and family members. Continue reading

Daddy God

How you perceive God affects the way you relate to Him. If you see Him as one ruling in tyranny, you probably would be scared of Him to death. If you see Him as just a “provider”, you’ll end up coming to Him only when you have a need. If you see Him as just a “helper”, you will only go to Him when you can no longer handle things on your own. Right knowledge of His character and His power would have us relate to Him appropriately. Continue reading

In Step With God

I met with a friend and talked about an opportunity of earning an additional income.  It was supposedly our hobby turned to a business.  Things seemed well when we chitchatted the first time, so we agreed on having a meeting.

And the time came for us to meet. We brainstormed about things: business name, mission and vision, possible costs, advertisements, who would do this and that, and the possibility of really earning, etc.  We even had a wonderful reason for doing it – do the Church some good financially. Continue reading