Tell the World of His Love by Darren Espanto (Youth Encounter at UST)

“Tell the World of His Love” (lyrics)

For God so loved the world
He gave us His only Son
Jesus Christ our Savior
His most precious one
He has sent us His message of love
And sends those who hear
To bring the message to everyone
In a voice loud and clear

Let us tell the world of His love
The greatest love the world has known
Search the world for those who have walked
Astray and lead them home
Fill the world’s darkest corners
With His light from up above
Walk every step, Every mile, Every road
And tell the world, Tell the world of His love

(Tell the world of His love)
(Tell the world of His love)

Our Lord our savior our king
Emmanuelle prince of peace
Begotten of the Father’s love
Born to set us free
Let heaven and earth sing His praises
His righteousness proclaim
Let every heart rejoice in His love
And magnify His name

Let us tell the world of His love
The greatest love the world has known
Search the world for those who have walked
Astray and lead them home
Fill the world’s darkest corners
With His light from up above
Walk every step, Every mile, Every road
And tell the world, Tell the world of His love

(Tell the world of His love)

Let us tell the world of His love
The greatest love the world has known
Search the world for those who have walked
Astray and lead them home
Fill the world’s darkest corners
With His light from up above
Walk every step, Every mile, Every road
And tell the world, Tell the world of His love

(Tell the world of His love)
Tell the world of His love

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Heartbeats

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When you’re younger you spend your days on finding yourself, your identity, true love and the meaning of your existence. So you pile on clothes, accessories, whatever makes you beautiful, confident and accepted. But when you grow up, you get to see the bigger picture of what life is. It is complex, a bit complicated, but also you got to admit that it’s damn beautiful.

Ally Sheedy once said, “When you grow up, your heart dies.” I don’t believe this. It’s just that when we get older, our hearts mature. And when you put your heart on something, it grows with it. Preferences and priorities change. Maybe there are times when you stop loving for a while but eventually your heart will always find a reason to beat again. Passion, Family, Career, whatever it is that matters most to you.

I am thankful for my new life in Christ. He is the reason why my heart beats so fast, why I’m excited to get up every single day and why I always recognise the simplest blessings in my life. With Him, it’s like a big adventure, really. Sometimes it feels like you’re on a great hunt with a lot of twists and turns and ups and downs. And then you reach a certain point where your body gets tired and you’re on the verge of almost giving up because you believe that you still haven’t found the prize. We’ll that’s when this awesome disclosure happens and you realized that being with Christ is the goal and that the most precious treasure that you will find in the entire universe is Him.

Jesus is enough. Life in Christ is simple. If you’re contented with what you have then you are happy. You cannot buy or find happiness in other people’s lives. Happiness lives within. When you have Jesus in your life, you have everything. He is the deepest longing of your heart and only in Him will you find peace. Mitch Albom’s right when he said that, “Scenery without solace is meaningless.” Peace is what we’re looking for, right? Then, Christ is exactly what we need. Through Him and in Him, we will find peace. He gave our hearts the perfect reason to beat again – to love Him and love our neighbors, to strive hard to be like Him. Jesus is humble enough to became bread for us. This is where the great adventure begins… in a heartbeat.

So, are we up to the challenge? To follow Christ is a blessing. This is a fact. And it’s real big one.

Blessed, Broken and Shared. Peace be with you.

You Hold Me Now by Hillsong

“You Hold Me Now” (lyrics)

On the day when I see
All that You have for me
When I see You face to face
There surrounded by Your grace

All my fears swept away
In the light of Your embrace
Where Your love is all I need
and forever I am free

Where the streets are made of gold
In Your presence healed and whole
Let the songs of heaven rise to You alone

No weeping
No hurt or pain
No suffering
You hold me now, You hold me now
No darkness
No sick or lame
No hiding
You hold me now, You hold me now

In this life I would stand
through my joy and my pain
Knowing there’s a greater day
There’s a hope that never fades

Where Your name is lifted high
and forever praises rise
For the glory of Your name
I’m believing for the day

Where the wars and violence cease
All creation lives in peace
Let the songs of heaven rise to You alone

For eternity
All my heart will give
All the glory to Your Name (Repeat 4x)

Blessed Are The Ones by Audrey Assad

“Blessed Are The Ones” (lyrics)

We’re tossing pennies in the well, empty pockets all turned out.
Happy shining blessed are the ones who hunger.
When our poverty is plain, I’ll try to burn it in my brain.
Trace a line around your face to paint a picture.

So further up and further in we have nowhere else to go.
As we plant the seeds of toil and tears, it’s beauty we will sow.
Blessed are the ones, Oh blessed are the ones.
Blessed are the hungry ones.

Let’s build a house with turned out doors, so we can share what love affords.
Pour ourselves out like a wine that we’ve been saving.
So, when our well is running dry, and when we raise our glasses high
happy,shining are the faces of the thirsty.

So further up and further in we have nowhere else to go.
But you give us seeds of toil and tears, it’s beauty we will sow.
and blessed are the ones, Oh, blessed are the ones.
Blessed are the thirsty ones.

Love is all, love is all,love is all, yeah, love is all, love is all we need.

So further up and further in we have no place else to go.
And when all we have is what we need, its joy that we will sow.
Blessed are the ones, Oh, blessed are the ones,
Blessed are the hungry ones. We are blessed, yeah.

A Letter to My 12 Year Old Self

A Letter to My 12 Year Old Self

To My 12 Year Old Self,

Hi! It’s nice to talk to you again and I thank God for the opportunity to have this conversation with you. I would like to share with you all my life adventures and misadventures. And I tell you, it’s a very interesting roller coaster ride.

I know that you are a dreamer. You have dreamed of becoming a doctor, an astronaut, a pilot and even a rock superstar. I want you to be excited because those dreams will actually happen but God made your life even more interesting. At age 22, God will call you to become a Missionary. Are you surprised? I know… I have the same feeling and I asked God ‘why’ a thousand times but it was actually the biggest blessing that you will receive from Him. God will let you experience many things, even the unexplainable. Maraming surprises si Lord! He will make you appreciate how beautiful life is, so be excited!

I know that you are very shy and you find it difficult to open up to other people, but God will allow you to deal with different types of people from all over the world. You will overcome your fear of rejection, that shyness and the Lord will use you to heal those people in need. You will bring cure and comfort to the broken and to those who have lost hope in living. God will take you to various places and you will appreciate the images printedΒ  in your history books and in the world map. You will find yourself in the heavens often, closer than you’ve ever been with Him. I know that Music is your passion. Well, after High School you will learn that you have a gift in songwriting. You will not only write about heartbreak and love songs for boys that you like, in the future you will discover God’s mission to you – and that is to sing and make music for His glory.

I know that you are one tough cookie but deep within you’re such a hopeless romantic. At age 18 you will meet your first and last boyfriend, the man of your dreams. Being in a relationship is not easy, there are many ups and downs but don’t worry God will protect that relationship and be with you every step of the way. At age 26, you will be engaged to Jeffrey De Luna and the next year will be the start of a beautiful forever.

God loves you so much and He will continue to love you endlessly.

Believe me, I am sure of this. πŸ™‚

Love,

Your older self “Kuh” πŸ˜‰

Happy Birthday to Me! :)

Happy Birthday to Me! :)

I thank God for 27 beautiful years of my life. And my party yesterday was a blast! πŸ™‚

Now let me tell you what makes my birthday awesome:

1. Home is where the heart is.

I got to spend my birthday with dear family and friends. πŸ™‚ I miss having traditional birthday parties at home and true enough my family throw a seventh birthday party theme just for me. Imagine waking up and seeing nemo, hello kitty, ben10, batman, spongebob and minions all over the place. Crazy but we had so much fun. πŸ˜€

2. On a High.

I started my day praying the rosary and offering my 27 years of existence to God. Thank you Lord for all the wonderful blessings that you’ve given me and most especially for making me see how beautiful it is to really live life to the fullest. Thank you Mama Mary for always being at my side and for being the best role model, I love you!

3. Total Pig-out.

My whole family loves to cook (except for me :P) and they make the most delicious food ever. It’s true! We can even start a restaurant or any food business if we like. And since the prodigal daughter came back haha they’ve prepared a feast that made everyone gaga for more.

4. Love me Do.

I love The Beatles, my dad and I used to listen to their music. This band and the songs they’ve written will live on forever. That’s why I cannot contain my excitement when I received this special cake. (refer to my photo – Isn’t it cool? yeah, yeah, yeah…) Thank you John, Paul, George and Ringo for making my day extra special and thank you for the roses too. I love you guys so much haha πŸ˜€

5. Shout-out

Receiving sweet birthday greetings and heartwarming words from family, friends, relatives, all the people I’ve met and encounter in my life, from good friends all over the globe – you guys made my birthday super special!

Thank you for remembering my birthday! To all who greeted me – I LOVE YOU ALL!!! πŸ™‚

My 27th Birthday will always be a special one. This is my last birthday as a single lady haha πŸ˜€ Soon I’ll marry the man of my dreams. (*whew! there I said it! ;)) Thank you Lord for everything, thank you for 27 years of experiencing your faithfulness and for loving me then until now. You are my promise-keeper and I long for your plans to happen in my life.

Birthdays are special. There’s always a reason to celebrate your birthday. Cause when you do, you feel loved.

Happiness? It’s more of pure joy. Let us appreciate God’s greatest blessing – Cheers to life!