Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Unfinished Fairy Tale

Hey guys! In a few hours, we'll be kissing 2011 goodbye.
This is one of the last poems for this year. :)
This is a story of what we called "PL" (Pekeng Love) [Fake Love]

Once upon a time in a far away land,
A fair lady dream to be a princess.
She's wearing a tiara and a gown,
While waiting for her prince to come.

She stares at the mirror unceasingly.
Curling her hair with her brush is her fave.
Checking herself every moment is her game.
She smiles and makes her cheek blush every minute.

She waited from spring 'til winter kissed the air.
She never lose her hope that one day,
Her knight and shining armor will come.
On his horse, he's riding up to her castle.

Glass hours were emptied, scores of months passed.
Still, no trace of Prince Charming was ever seen.
Little Princess was sad and blue in disappointment.
It was as if her porcelain heart was shattered into pieces.

Will she ever have a happy ending?
Can her broken smile be wind up again?
Will the sun shine at her crib once again?
Will she can ever meet her Darling someday?

No one knows how will her story end.
Only the Great Playwright hands the pen.
Until He finished her enchanted tale,
May the princess grow in love with Him more.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Babe’s Cry

Oh Daddy dear, I feel so sad.
A lot of problems, I feel so bad.
Take away my burdens, Daddy.
Draw a curve line on my face.

Colors around me tend to fade;
Black and gray fill the space.
Shall I be as lonely as a cloud?
Or shall I rise like a sparrow?

Oh Daddy, My Big Daddy…
Hear my anguish and distress.
I am insanely preoccupied.
Let me rest by Your side, Daddy.

Oh My Daddy, please show Your glory.
I feel so empty and my mind is vague.
Don’t wanna let my carnality reign.
I surrender to Thee, Abba Father

I am tired, Daddy Loves.
Please sustain my human body,
With the strength that will last for eternity
I don’t wanna put You in a cheap box.

Don’t Wanna Be Sad As Blue

My Sweet Love please be by my side.
Let the fears of this fragile heart subside.
My Precious Dear, please tap my shoulder.
Teach my spirit to be firm and bolder.

Please, quiet my troubled soul,
For paranoia strikes like a burning coal.
Please hug me tightly and secure me.
Place me in the mighty hands of Thee.

I feel so scared and weary,
Tiresome and worries I want to bury.
Oh please Daddy, hold my hand.
My heart beats as loud as a band.

Ashamed of myself, I humbly asked:
In Your arms, I want to be cradled.
Let my heart beat for You,
Don’t wanna be sad as blue.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Our Little Hands: The Five Finger Prayer

 Prayer is the way we communicate with God. Though God knows every desires of our heart, He loves to listen at us. He likes it whenever we talk to Him and every time we exert an effort to include Him in our thoughts. We are building our personal relationship with God every time we talk to Him and every time we spend a quiet moment with Him. Through our prayers and bible reading time, God reveals himself to us.

One fine day while I was preparing my papers for my college enrolment, my mother gave me a print out.  It was an email that was sent to her. It was entitled with Five Finger Prayer. I first look at the baby and the hand in the picture. In the picture, I saw a baby praying while there is a pair of hands surrounding him. The hands are also in a prayer form. It seems like he is also praying while he holds the baby. I realize that the baby represents us while the hands represent God. I really appreciate the print out so I think it is worth sharing for. Here is what our fingers represent:    

1.     Thumb - Our thumb is the nearest finger to us. Begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is a sweet duty just like what C.S. Lewis once said. They are the ones who occupy a special place in our hearts. Whenever we pray for them we speak blessings and we also ask God to give their hearts’ desires if it is according to His will.

2.      Pointing finger – We should pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. These comprise our teachers, professors, instructors, doctors, nurses, and our ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others at the cross. They also need the sustenance to continue their calling in our everyday lives. Pray for their strength and endurance for them to overcome the challenges and problems that they may encounter. We should also keep in our hearts that their duty is not that easy and therefore we should remember them in our prayers.

3.      Tallest finger – This finger reminds us our leaders. Pray for the president, senators and congressmen, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They are the ones who are in charge to steward our country. They are also responsible in building the nation’s economic stability. Although in our eyes we see how rampant graft and corruption is, I believe that there are still public officials who fear God and who fulfill their duty with all their might. Keep in mind that though they have the power and the authority, they are still human beings. Just like us, they are also fragile and vulnerable in sin and temptations. They also need God’s grace and mercy.

4.      Ring finger – Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need our prayers day and night. We cannot pray too much for them to ease up their burdens. Only God can cast out their heart aches. They need comfort and words of encouragement. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we should also remember them in our prayers for them to overcome their trials.

5.      Little finger – The smallest finger of all is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the bible says, ‘The least shall be the greatest among you.’ Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively. 

Soli deo Gloria!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ponderings of a Poet

In my silence, my hand speaks
In my solitude, my heart cries
In my weakness, I found my strength
In my loneliness, I am filled with joy

In my iniquity, my Father cleansed me
In my failures, Abba made a way for me
In my victory, Angels delight with me
In my longing, Jesus hugs me tightly saying

“Take heart my dear child; I’m here for you....”

Written at GIFT church, Oct. 23, 2011 3:53PM

Catching A Glimpse of Heaven

I hear a sound of praise
I see a dance of triumph
I hear fervent prayers
I see children’s mirth

I see that the church unite
I hear fathers repenting
I see mothers worshipping
I hear youngsters longing

“Am I catching a glimpse of heaven?”

Written at GIFT church, Oct 23,2011 3:50 PM

If I were to…

If I were to write a love song
I will tell the world of You
If I were to make a sonnet
I will declare Your wonders

If I were to say “I Love You”
I will tell it to you, My Precious
If I were to utter, “I’m Sorry”
I will cry beneath Your feet

If I were to bid farewell
I will wholly follow You
If I were to go at my deep slumber
I will welcome it with arms open

If I were to proclaim one thing
I will say that I am blessed
For I am Your inspiration
While walking and carrying the Cross

If I were to see you now
I would rather be with You
Than to spend a thousand days
In this deceitful and painful world

If I were to be with my Maker
I will jump with joy and kneel down
For life is indeed a journey
A journey that will lead me to my home

*written at GIFT church, Oct 23, 2011 3:45PM

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I Just Want To Thank You Dear

This photo was taken by my Mom's office mate in Coron, Palawan

I just want to Thank You Dear
For calming the seas and the clouds
For making the gray sky blue
For being by my side in doom

I just want to Thank You Dear
For hearing my earnest prayers
For granting my deepest wishes
For satisfying my longings and hopes

I just want to Thank You Dear
For being my beginning and ending
For being my fortress and shield
For being my comforter and guide

I just want to Thank You Dear
For being my light in the shadow
For being my rescue in the desert
For being my Daddy as always

I just want to Thank You Dear
For letting me appreciate the beauty
For allowing me to see your greatness
For permitting me to be at Your side

I just want to Thank You Dear
For letting me see how beautiful life is...

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Love Beyond the Norms

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

I was really finding it hard to move on from a heartache made by a criticism. I was quite sad and lonely for the person who made it was someone whom I consider as a friend. In one of my quiet time recently, God reminded me this passage. I know that most of us know this verse very well that sometimes it becomes a cliché whenever we talk about it. Erasing all of the things that we have on our minds, have you ever wondered what Apostle Paul was really trying to say when he wrote this letter to the people of Corinth? Was he just trying to elaborate what real love is all about?  Was he mandating us to love just like how he instructed it?

Let us take a look in this passage in a deeper meaning. My prayer is that as you read this blog post, God will instill in your heart the real meaning of Agape, the unconditional love. And that you are not going to look at this post as one of “those entries” about love that is trying to delude your own perception and understanding of it. Just like you, I am a sinner and I have nothing to brag of except the fact that the Maker of the stars would rather die for you and than live without you.

“Love is Patient.”  - In the English language, patience has a weak meaning due to its common usage. If we are going to look up the original Greek that Paul used in writing, we can find the true meaning of the passage behind the word Makrothumeo which literally means “to not lose heart” or “to be patient in bearing the offenses and injuries of others.” This is closely connected with Jesus’ teachings about persecution (Luke 6:28, Matthew 5:11 and 39). The love that God gives to us is not just a gift to be shared, but a strengthening comfort for believers in Christ.

“Love is kind.”  - This is another word that has lost its full meaning in the English language. In Greek, it speaks a message of power. Chresteuomai implies the action of kindness, not a feeling or a communication of sympathy. Christ’s love manifests itself in deed. (1 John 4:9-10)

The next three characteristics of love are closely knit: “It does not envy, It does not boast. It is not proud…” When a person experiences the agape love of God, he or she neither covet what others have nor does brag about what he or she has been provided with by our Lord. To have love means to be contented. The word for “proud” in this passage literally means “puffed up.” Pride is much the same as a puffer fish that releases certain gases in order to inflate its body as a defense mechanism, although it is not often used to threaten enemies, but to attract the attention of others. God’s love working in us is not proud.

Likewise, the following three are interrelated: “It is not rude, It is not self seeking. It is not easily angered…” The original Greek for “rude” actually refers to acting “unbecoming” or “indecent.” What Paul has done was to list an appropriate opposite of kindness. It is where kindness was listed as a manifestation of the Christ’s love for us. This rudeness is an action that is not made apparent by it. Self-seeking is also a similar term because it is directly opposed to the contentment that we have previously examined. The Greek phrase translates it as to “demand its own way.” Love does not impose itself on others. It does not allow itself to be established by responding in anger.

“Love… keeps no record of wrongs.” The best example of this comes from our Savior Himself. The Gospel of Matthew, in the 18th chapter verses 21-22 tells us, that Peter asked Jesus if how many times he will forgive his brother when he sins against him. Is it up to seven times? Jesus answered that we should forgive seventy times seven. What does Jesus say? Forgive him “Seventy-seven times.” In Jewish culture, the number seven is very significant, for a variety of reasons and one of which is that it represents completeness or fulfillment. What Jesus meant by saying seventy-seven is basically our equivalent of infinity! Agape love requires us to “forgive and forget.”

The next two characteristics tell us something of the nature of love that is quite apart from our actions and thoughts: “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth.” These two are quite unique because they betray the core value of agape, the unconditional love: it has no part in evil and is bound inseparably with the Truth. Indeed, the Bible tells us that “God is love.” Jesus also made the statement in John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Not only does love rejoices in truth, but love is truth.

The final four are in line with faith. “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”  In Christ, love protects our faith, provides a trust in the Living God, keeps that spiritual fire burning, and gives us the ability to “fight the good fight of faith.”

I Agape You!

*this blogpost was inspired and contains excerpt from by David Ketter’s Article, Devotional: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Truth About the Teenage Years

Whenever I heard the word teenager, two thoughts linger in my mind. One is the picture of a boy who studies his lessons diligently, takes care of his younger siblings with all his heart, and heeds his parent’s advice and words of wisdom. The other is a picture of a teenage boy who wants to have his place in the society by being carefree, being hard headed, being rebellious, and being engaged into vices such us drugs, smoking, and drinking.

As we see in the comparison above, these scenes are inevitable now days. Why? With the advancement in technology at the present time, and with the influences of the media around us, together with the different factors in our environment, most teens are being deluded with ideas that teenage years is the time to be radical and wild, the season of freedom and exploration. When we look around our surroundings, we see the truthfulness of these ideas. Most of the time, we see it in ourselves. We tend to laugh as if we are the only people in this world, we tend to scream when we are gay, and we tend to chit chat with our friends as if we are the only people around.

Sometimes, when it comes to decision-making, we want to make our own decisions without consulting our parents. We want to make big decisions for our lives. Being a citizen of a democratic country, we want to enjoy the privilege of free will. We want to be free, we want to be on our own, and we want to be the masters of ourselves.With these in our minds, we forget the real meaning of being a teenager. Teenage years are our preparatory stage, our bridge towards adulthood, it also the period that we should equip ourselves with the right attitudes and morals for us to be a good person. It is a sure thing that we made more than our own share of mistakes and failures. Through these mistakes and failures, we grow up and we learn something that will definitely help us to be a better person.

Sounds difficult right? We might not even think these things, not a single thought maybe, but consider this: If being a teenager only means to be happy -go-lucky and to be self-centered then it has no purpose at all. Teenage years is the launching pad of our life, it is not a separate part of growing up. What we are now will reflect what we shall be in the future. Let us always keep in mind that our actions have their own equal consequences. The hope our nation lies in our generation. If we are the future that is waiting to happen then let us maximize our capabilities, hone our talents and uphold our intelligence for us to be the person we strive to be. Lastly have faith in God. He is our alpha and omega, our beginning and ending, though future maybe uncertain and paths seem unclear, we should entrust our unknown future to our known God.

“When I was a child, I talked like a child. I thought like a child. I reasoned like a child. When I became a man I put away my childish ways behind me.” 

- 1 Corinthians 13:1

Soli deo Gloria!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Love Written In Red

This is my entry for my college's school paper. I applied as a feature writer.. Whatever the result is, May God's name be glorified.

" The Maker of the stars and the universe would rather die for you than to be apart from you - this is the real definition of Love." 

           I am a Christian, I am not ashamed of that. Since when I was a kid, my mom taught me about the things that Jesus did and how the cross of Calvary save us from our sins. As a child, I treated these things lightly. I did not fully comprehend its real meaning. As I grow up, I began to understand that Christianity is not just about going to church every Sunday, saying your prayers at night, and doing good things to your fellow men. Christianity is all about acknowledging that Jesus is the Christ and He is the Messiah that God has promised. You may say that I am a religious girl nor a fanatic, but I am not. I am just a simple girl who is redeemed by God through the grace of Jesus Christ. God loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son so whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have an everlasting life. Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to save the world through Him. He has come not for the righteous ones but for the sinners like me to call them for repentance. He is our only mediator and aside from Him, nobody saves.

         I am not a saint nor a holy person. I believe that nobody is upright and no one can say that he has a clean heart for everybody fall short of God's glory. Because of Adam and Eve's disobedience to God, human kind was cursed and sin corrupted our hearts. Only Jesus Christ can save us from our transgressions. His sacrifice at the cross is the ultimate manifestation of God's love to humanity. His blood that was shed at that cross cleanses our sins every time we put our trust and our faith to Jesus. This is the hope that I always cling to. Surely, I have my own set of regrets and failures. I also have my own set of shallow waters and blemishes. I am as dirty as a filthy rag and as fragile as a porcelain vase. The cross that Jesus Christ has conquered is the only thing that I could brag of. Apart of that, I am just a tiny speck of dust.

"Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."

Monday, July 18, 2011

Life Without You Is Not Life After All

"Life without Jesus is not life after all."

Life without You is not life after all
You are the reason of my existence
You make me feel special everyday
You gave colours to my plain life

Once in the history, You were born
From a babe to a toddler and to a kid
To a youngster, to a man and to a lad
You glorify the Father in every moment

You think of me even before I can
Think of Your great love and power
You witness and guide me in everyday
You care for me even if I am a failure

You never intend to hurt nor leave me
You gave me the freedom in everything
You do not want to force nor forsake me
You love me so for You never me let go

Once, I tried to turn away from Your hold
I tried to walk away from You and be the one
To write the life that You have given upon me
But then I realized something very important

“Life without You is not life after all.”

Laments of a Child

I humble myself and I acknowledge You as my God and Saviour- Lizette 

Father, Father, Father
I feel so sad and lonely
I need rest and care
Hear my prayer, Oh Abba

My mind is vague and tired
Fears of yesterday prevail
Be my deliverer, Oh Abba
Help and shield Your child

I am confused and sad
People that’s around me
Cannot understand and
Fathom what my heart

Feels and throbs for
I am weary and gloomy
Be the joy of my heart
Open my soul and eyes

Bring back the melody
Restore the symphony
Mend my broken sonnet
Heal yesterday’s scar

Please calm the seas
Hold my fragile heart
Guard it and let it be
Yours alone forever

In Your eyes, I am dear
In Your sight, I am a gem
In Your arms, I am secure
In Your light, I am found

Oh Abba, I give up to Thee
I give my whole life to You
Let it bloom to the fullest
I hand it to You my Father

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Let My Lips Proclaim

After I was convicted, I realized how God loves me so much..He can never love me more than He id doing right now. :) Soli deo Gloria!

Let me write a Love song for You
Let me thank You for Your hug
Let me express my affection for You
My Prince Charming and King

Let me see Your Face Someday
Let me be the one to thank You
For Your Love written in blood
Let me say I love You, my dear

No words can exress how grateful I am
For the hands that cradle the stars
Are the ones that bled for me
Let me express my Gratitude, my groom

I love you, my dear..
I know that You love me
More than I could comprehend
Let me say thank you for that..

Please Forgive Me My Love...

During my Humanities Class, a lot of thoughts run in my mind. I just decided to write while I was listening.. God loves us so much, isn't it? This poem that you are going to read is somewhat a confession of my guilt. I thank my God for sometimes I do have lapses and short comings but still He loves me so much and He fill in the gaps in my life.

I feel so sad and weary
I miss you so much my love
I am too busy to stop for You
Please forgive me my Love...

I feel so blue without hearing from You
I feel so weary and tired without You
I feel so lost and consumed away from You
Please forgive me my Love...

I feel so bizarre in the midst of eveyone
I feel so desolated around the mob
I feel so lonely and gray around the crowd
Please forgive me my Love...

I feel so incomplete without talking to You
I feel so hungry and in pain without You
I feel so guilty for I did not give you a time
Please frogive me my Love...

I am sorry for I did not listen
I am sorry for I did not knock
I am sorry for I did not ask
Please forgive me my Love...

Please here my cry and throb
Let me feel your caress again

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Should I Still Say Amen?

I am in deed blessed by this poem. Its message says as a Christian and a child of God, whatever the circumstance that we encounter, even if things did not go the way we want it to be, and even if  we fall short of what we want to do, we will still choose to thank God and submit unto His will even if it means denying ourselves and carrying our own cross. Glory to God! This poem was written by Mr. Obed DC. Blessings for everyone! I hope that you'll be blessed through this poem. - Lizette

O summer rain, can you tell me why the sky is gray?
Why would the Northern Wind cause a man like me for this?
I want to understand why some things don't go my way,
For I want to see visions beyond the silver bliss.

Should I really kiss the raindrops that fall on my skin?
Knowing that they represent the tears for every soul.
Or is doing a little selfish pleasure a sin?
Please let me accept by heart that God is in control.

Should I still say amen because there's a better will?
Glory is always acquired through sincere sacrifice.
And if my surrender is the only way uphill,
Then tell me, why should i even bother to think twice? 

They say that this self is the hardest one to conquer
Because it is my own will that needs to be traded.
Now I ask my heart on what honor does it prefer,
Let me convince it to choose the one that is guided.

In my hands I hold everything I consider mine
And now I lay them all again in sure abandon.
So let the search for worldly pleasures start to decline
As my own yearnings on the altar I lay upon.

Because this is history, I’ve been with this before
And I feel it's time to have a new testimony.
This is life, in every step of faith there's something more,
I'll just focus to finish the narrow road's journey.

I know God loves me and some answers just have to wait,
All He wants to see is my faith to move this mountain.
So there's no need to do the pattern of this world's fate
Because I can hear Him... all I could say is amen.

Copyright © 2011 by Prince Obed de la Cruz

(July 2, 2011; Marikina City)