Monday, August 13, 2012

My Little Rebuker

She just turned 3 last August 7...

I had a funny yet rebuking moment with my niece two nights ago. I was about to have my devotion or quiet time with God when it happened.


I entered our room knowing that no one was there but when I turned on the light, my niece is on the bed. I grabbed my devotional book (Daily Bread), my bible, my journal and pouch and headed in my place. Little did I know that the little one is observing me. I prayed a very very short prayer and started reading my bible. Then, I heard her saying…

Ayelle: tita, pray ka muna bago ka mag-basa. (Aunt, pray before you read)
Me: nag-pray na ako (I prayed already)
Ayelle: wala man akong narinig (I did not hear anything)
***I assumed that she wants me to hear praying in tongues because she’s used to hear me pray in that language
Me: nag-pray na ako. Eh ikaw, nag-pray ka na? (I prayed already. How about you?)
Ayelle: may ilaw eh… (there’s a light)
Me: pikit mo mga mata mo at pray ka na (close your eyes then pray)
***Her mom turned the lights off and she started praying.

Sometimes, God uses small people to talk to us and to convict us. To tell you the truth, this is not the first time it happened. She always rebukes all of us. I believe that God will use my niece mightily and powerfully in the future because He’s already using her to rebuke us.


***My niece is also my prayer partner and intercessor. If I want something, I will ask her to pray for me. *wink*
Sunday, August 12, 2012

It's UP to US!


While I’m washing the dishes last night, I heard my cousin telling his disciples about the scripture in John 10:27, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” I want to butt in to their conversation but I know the Holy Spirit wants me to learn something from that scripture.

We know that human beings think too much and we hear a lot of voices in our head. Some of the voices and thoughts are not from God. Then if we are His sheep and we know His voice, why are we still doing the things that hurt God most? The answer is because of our “freewill”. He gave us freewill to do the things we want to do even though He knows that He will get hurt from the outcome of our decision.

Now, it’s up to us on which voice we will obey. I pray that the Holy Spirit will give us wisdom and discernment when making a decision so that we won’t blame God and ourselves on the outcome.
Thursday, August 09, 2012

Grafted to God's Vine




We know that grafting or graft is a common term in planting. Grafting is a horticultural technique whereby tissues from one plant are inserted into those of another so that the two sets of vascular tissues may join together.

Did you know that we are also grafted in God’s branch? Let us read the scripture below:

17 But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree—some of the people of Israel—have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree. 18 But you must not brag about being grafted in to replace the branches that were broken off. You are just a branch, not the root. 19 “Well,” you may say, “those branches were broken off to make room for me.”20 Yes, but remember—those branches were broken off because they didn’t believe in Christ, and you are there because you do believe. So don’t think highly of yourself, but fear what could happen. 21 For if God did not spare the original branches, he won’t spare you either.
(Romans 11:17-21, NLT)

We are grafted in replace of the original branches which are the Jews. Though we are grafted as a replacement, we are favored and blessed to experience the same blessing, favor and grace that the vine has. But of course, as a grafted branch, we don’t have anything to boast about to the vine and to the grafter. If the grafter has the guts to cut-off the original branch, he can also do that to us.

Now, all we have to do is to enjoy being grafted to the vine. As a grafted branch, we must also do the things we have to do and that is sharing the good news and winning souls for Him for us to be more fruitful.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

The Importance of Social Media During Natural Disasters by Sette Capati

The Importance of Social Media During Natural Disasters

by Sette Capati
I saw the potentials of web 2.0 tools such as blogging and social media during natural disasters in Philippines. I saw the enthusiasm of Filipino citizens who want to help the authorities and rescuers in various places from North to South Luzon. The internet made the world smaller and accessible.
See my vantage point from the heart of Luzon.
Yesterday, I woke up early around 6AM and found myself staring blankly outside my window. It was still raining. The weather was inviting so I went back to sleep and woke up again around 12NN. It was still raining.
It's time to get up. I realized the situation was getting serious. I turned the Wi-Fi and rolled out my laptop, iPod and phone. I read some Twitter updates about "habagat." "The rain with no name." It wasn't a typhoon, but the relentless heavy rains caused so much trouble in my country. (And my original plan was to sit back, relax and drink my hot coffee as I zap the keys for late-afternoon work.)
Hagupit-ng-Habagat-PHalerts AP Photo Aaron Favila
I saw my fellow bloggers' tweets and RT's. It's getting serious and I really want to help. One thing I learned about social media and blogging on The 8th Philippine Blogging Summit is this:"Bloggers are citizens." Tonyo Cruz discussed social media and social change, and I agree that it can make an impact in our nation.
Pampanga heavy rains flash floods
The torrential monsoon rains have caused flash floods, deadly landscapes, waist and neck-deep water in various provinces and Metro Manila.
City of San Fernando flash floods
Communication is much easier when we use social media as a medium during natural disasters. Participating in tweet updates and re-tweets can help authorities and rescuers acquire real-time situations in various places. Rescue operations will be faster while the information spreads like wildfire amidst the heavy rains. Other residents also uploaded photos on Facebook and shared their thoughts, encouragement to friends and loved ones.
San Fernando flash floods
To keep it light and easy, (I'll avoid technical terms), I'll introduce you to my friend on Twitter.  The #hashtag
Here's what happens when users tweet with #hashtag:
#ReliefPH and #RescuePH
  • It organizes information for rescue operations. To include full name, number and address
Hagupit-ng-Habagat-RescuePH-hashtag
  •  It provides information where to drop donations and how-to's
Hagupit-ng-Habagat-RescuePH-donations
You see, hashtag is very important. It's the number one friend of any internet marketer, promoter and serves as "smoke signal" during natural disasters. Authorities and rescuers can read these hash tags anytime.
To get information during natural disasters, use the official Philippine government hashtag#PHalerts
Hagupit-ng-Habagat-PHalerts
Harness the power of Twitter and use #PrayForThePhilippines to encourage fellow Filipinos locall and abroad. Tweet what's happening in our country and tap the power of Twitter trends.
Prayers and encouragements from celebrities and friends all over the world:
Hagupit-ng-Habagat-PrayForThePhilippines
Let's maximize what we have. A lot of internet users still don't know how to leverage the power of social media, and as citizens it's time to educate and inform everyone. Let's unite and help in all possible ways. Facebook and Twitter were not designed for posting your daily conundrums.

For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. – Romans 11:29, NIV

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