The Greatest Connection of All

Wifi

Backstory: Last May, during our family summer trip at Palawan, I was amused to find that the Wi-Fi password for the pension house was JesusChrist. (Please refer to picture above.) I smiled back then and now I have to admit that it’s one of the best passwords I ever encountered. It was big proof that the owner of the place we lodged was probably a devout Christian. As time passed by, I had the prompting to write something about the password. Though it’s such a small matter, it spoke to me in volumes. So let me share the essence of this tiny, insignificant paper…

All around us, each day, we see how life is hugely dependent on technology. Our means of communication with each other entail the use of devices that have become more complex through the years. And for sure, as most of us are users of such, we know how important it is to have good connection. That’s why with the advent of Wi-Fi, everything seems to be faster and easier. (And personally, I couldn’t help but agree to this! There were times that I always inquired if there was Wi-Fi access or ensured that there was such! Yes, for a medical student/blogger/musician like me, Wi-Fi is a necessity.)

But as Christians, we need to ask ourselves the more important questions: How is my connection with Jesus? Am I spending time with Him, in prayer and study of His Word? Am I yearning to come to Him in solitude, to be near Him in spite of the inevitable pressures and constant busyness of Β this life?

We all have different answers. And they reflect how we prioritize our relationship with God. But it doesn’t mean that if we perfect this practice daily, we’re in safe hands. Take it from my experience. I usually have my morning devotions and my separate time for my ‘Bible in One Year’ reading. But when assailed by temptation, it was like as if I never read any verse or prayed. I learned the hard way that coming out from the garden with God will not always prevent us from going into the wilderness of sin or hinder us from experiencing diverse trials. Yet, it is undoubtedly VITAL to keep our connection with God strong and especially during challenging times like when you are facing temptation, stronger. Kindly read Psalm 119:11 and 105 as supporting evidence to what His Word can do for us in those though moments.

I pray that these reflections would cause you to pursue a deeper and more meaningful relationship with the Lord by assimilating the Living Word into our hearts and minds and cementing them with prayer!

Here’s to a spiritual reboot!

 

July 17-23: A Musical Week

musical-notes

PHOTO SOURCE: woodlibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/musical-notes

NOTE: I wanted to start blogging about how my week went by and to share the different lessons or notable experiences I had if there were any. This will be written in a context of gratitude to God by which without His grace I know I could never accomplish anything or survive. But since I was busy yesterday (Sunday, July 24, Philippine time), I have to apologize for the delay! You see, I’m back as the official atsoy (helper)Β of our household. Haha, that’s another topic! Anyway, it’s better late than never as I fondly believe!

Well, to start things off, I came from a very tiring yet fulfilling week! The Thursday before, I found myself miles away from home again as I was back in the “City of Love”, Iloilo City. I was there for a chorale appointment which entailed me to practice and although I was already late, I was able to catch up with the rest of the group in learning new songs. Besides the daily grind on my vocal cords, I managed to have a general cleaning of my dorm room every day. I didn’t push myself to clean it in just one time because that was too tiresome. What really mattered was before I leave for home, my room would be decent as possible. I thanked God for helping me with these but there are 3 things that I’m certainly grateful for:

  1. Gracious sustenance: With only 2,000 pesos added to my pocket, I had to make sure that my spending was wise for groceries, payments, etc. And with limited money, I survived! That was because I had 4 free meals within the week! It really helped! Oh, God bless those kindhearted people!
  2. Miraculous healing:Β As evidenced above, my voice got sore from all the singing and late night sleeping! Sadly, I couldn’t sleep immediately on some nights. I was concerned because the day before our chorale gig, my voice was not in good shape! With appropriate regimens, I sought help by asking my friends to pray for me! And what do you know? On the night of our performance, I was able to sing my heart out as my singing voice came back! Faith and prayer really do wonders! And I thank God again for the healing power of ginger! πŸ™‚
  3. Successful event:Β Dubbed as the ‘Mystical Moonlight Serenade’, the mini concert of Med Symphony (yep, that’s the name of our group!) proved to be a delight to the listening ears of the Philippine Psychiatric Association. From timeless classics to modern Tagalog compositions and to a fun, concluding Abba medley, I believe the doctors were more than entertained as we were more than overwhelmed with the financial gains we received.Wow! It was just a beautiful evening at a beautiful place (twas my first time in Casa Real, huh!) with beautiful people! #Beautiful na ini!Β But seriously, we did it on such a short time! And how can I forget to give credit to the Master Musician?
Med Symph

Photo taken by Fritz Hernz

So yes, that was how my Musical Week went. Musical not only because of #3! But also because, like music, I had my highs and lows but through it all, everything still played well at the end, beautifully! Thank You Lord! Here’s to more musical weeks!

Reigniting That Blessed Hope

 

siteimage

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. – Titus 2:13

 

SCRIPTURE READING: Romans 11:13-14Β 

This is not the first time I wrote something about the Second Coming. But recent world events spurred me to share something about the urgency of the nearness of this event! With my heart broken, after learning of the terrible news yesterday, I posted this on my FB wall:

‘Feeling sick….Β Dhaka. Bangladesh. And now, Dallas…. Jesus is really coming soon! Let us pray for the families left behind and for the world!’

It is just so alarming to see how in rapid succession such acts of terror have happened in different parts of the world! Well, come to think of it, we’re always bombarded with news of the same kind every day. Different crime stories, the usual type of victims, same issues. As Christians, we already know of this as Jesus said in Matthew 24:6-8: And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for allΒ these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.Β For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,Β and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

But I think what really hit me hard besides the vividly fast rate of big terrorist happenings was the indirect realization that the hearts of people are really waxing cold (verse 12). The level of hatred and misunderstanding has increased through the years and it is not only due to religious differences as evidenced by the killing of those innocent policemen, leaving behind families and loved ones. (Sighs) I just feel like crying!

Well, since such events are bound to happen as long as we are in the world (yes, it’s the cold, hard truth), let us not only pray for the victims and their families, let us do so for ourselves as we work harder now in bringing souls to Jesus. Let us also pray that Jesus would come sooner than we think! (I am so tired of this sin-sick world and the longer I stay, the more I get too attached or weary! That’s why I need to keep my eyes on Him!) Let us (especially me!) wake up from our ‘sleep’ and arise to be prepared to meet our Lord!

It’s now or never!!

P.S. You might want to check out my other poston this topic:Β https://kylehabaradas.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/never-too-late/

IMAGE SOURCE:

https://www.blessedhope-publishing.com//custom_bhp/images/siteimage