Thought Nugget

Ecclesiastes 7:13-15 NIV
Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future. In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness.

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Our dire straits do not affect God’s sovereignty. Our circumstance cannot diminish the fact that God will do as He will.

The Proverbial Square One of Lordship

This, probably, is the 5th article draft I’ve written since the last published one. Heck! I can’t even remember the last time I wrote a real paragraph. You know the one that talks without rhymes. For the longest time, I’ve only been writing poetry. I guess that’s because I was inspired to do so. If I’m right, I only write poetry when I am emotionally hyped and charged, but I write good articles when trying times come.

That’s a whole paragraph right there at the top. That must mean something is brewing right? You guessed it right. I’m back at the proverbial square one of life. Again, I’ve got nothing in my pocket and nothing up my sleeve. No more tricks in this trade. If I’m honest, it irks me a lot to be back “here” where everything almost fell apart.

It’s a struggle. It’s a real struggle. While writing this, I came across a dusty post it on my cork board. It’s an excerpt from Psalm 103. As I reviewed it, my eyes all of a sudden got sweaty. (Nope not misty or teary.. sweaty okay? get over it!) So I went to trusty old bible and readied my highlighter. I’ve listened to myself too much these days that I forgot about what God wants to say. Join me in reading this.

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Psalm 103
Of David.

1 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

I don’t know if I forgot to do this or I was just pre-occupied with a lot of stuff in my mind. We really have to go back to the basics. We were created to give glory to God. Let’s not be in a posture where we HAVE to do this, but let’s be in a posture where we say “I’m God’s child and I GET to praise Him with all my soul”

2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits —

I probably have forgotten that being a child of God is truly beneficial. I forgot because I did not have a grateful attitude. All I saw was the things which are wrong with my life that I lost focus of what was right.

3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,

When our mind is too clouded by the wrong things happening around us, we lose focus on the primary benefits of being a child of God. We forget that our sins can be forgiven and that whatever, and I mean whatever, ails us can be healed.

4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,

Losing focus on the power of God to forgive us, consequently gives us a feeling of condemnation; but God has already redeemed us from the deepest pit. He taught us how to love and be compassionate people.

5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Having a condemned feeling gives us dissatisfaction and it wears us down. No wonder I felt like this. God is good. He is able and He is willing to satisfy my desires with ONLY good things so that we become filled again with vigor and life.

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Lord, a lot of times I fail to see Your hand at work in me. Most of the time I see the bad things. I see the situation more than Your intention. My eyes are blocked by scales of doubt, worry, anger, impatience, disobedience and sin. My judgement is clouded because I’m too focused on myself and not really looking at You.

I call you Lord because I know you truly are Lord whether I decide to be under your Lordship or not. If You are not Lord of all, then You are not my Lord at all.

I’m back to square one. The first tile. The roots of my faith. I was brought back to where I first saw You. Where I’ve got nothing….

…but You

The cross. It is easy to make You Saviour but I admit that it is not easy making You Lord. Help me. I want to give my life fully to You. I can’t do this on my own. Help me not make the same mistakes again. If I’m to weary to walk, carry me.

Abba, I want to be that child who depends fully and solely on You.

Love Crimes and Death By Poetry

I stole your number by asking it from you.
Left with no choice, you went “zero nine zero six two…”
After saving it, I had to get out, that’s my cue
I wonder what’s next, I wonder what’ll be new

I have to let these thoughts out if you permit
Let’s go back in time and rewind a little bit
One major setback and you almost had me quit
Sprayed a lot of bullets and almost missed a hit

Fast forward to today, I guess I can call us “close”
Good morning, Good night, greetings as daily dose
We hang out, have dinner, we talk, have poetry and prose
If one will give you flowers, would you want tulips or rose?

No one knows, what it is that goes on within your head
I ponder about these and my heart gallops like a thoroughbred
It’s like I’m alone on a mountain hanging on a thread
I’ll die by poetry, I quote the words you have said

Do I have faith, Do I have hope, Do I have who?
One line from here to a far away land I drew
Inching a little closer as I twist the screw
Allow me to say something in French, “Merci Beaucoup”

I hate how I love you my dear, that’s an old song
I wonder what it is that I’m always doing wrong
I am strangled and bruised, but still going strong
This battle has been fought both difficult and long

Your silence is deafening, one fault in our star
Pain demands to be felt then it’ll give us a scar
Laser beams from hearts, all is fair in love and war
This verse is full of clichés, I’d like to raise the bar

We’re back to zero. My love, I know I am
I was never your hero; I was never your man
I was never your dream, just your greatest fan
What you want is a chalice, oh I’m only a tin can

The questions that baffle my soul are quite undue
Yes, there were quirks and mistakes that I cannot undo
But is there a man who indeed knew your worth and your value?
Well, who needs a pauper when princes block him from view?

I am guilty of a crime, and you are the only victim.
“I hereby sentence you death for the following reason”
“You have loved so much; so much that it is treason”
“You are to make poetry, until you die of old age in prison”

Byahe: Hatid at Sundo

Kung dati’y bisikleta lamang ang sinakyan
Ngayon sa bus at tren naman tayo lumulan
Nagtabi sa bus at sa may istasyon bumaba
Nagmeryenda saglit tapos sa tren sumakay na

Nagkahiwalay ng sinakyan sa byahe
Sa bintana para siyang prinsesa sa karwahe
Nakataas ang buhok ng magandang babae
may perlas sa tenga, may ngiti sa kanyang labi

Sana kahit tayo’y magkahiwalay ngayon
Isipin ang mga sandali’t pagkakataon
Nawa’y pag dating ng tamang panahon
Magkita tayo sa ating destinasyon

Habang ako’y naka silip sa bintana ng tren
Kalahati ng gunita ko’y nangangarap pa ren
Pilitin ko man ay hindi ko ata kayang gawin
Sa aking isip at puso, ikaw ay tanggalin

Nung tayo’y naglakad pauwi sa may malawak na daan
Marami kang nabanggit tungkol sa’yong nakaraan
Pakiramdam ko minsa’y masaya at talagang magaan
Kung paminsan naman ay sa puso tila may nakadagan

Ganun ata talaga ang takbo ng ating mga buhay
Di na ren bago pagusapan ang mga ganitong bagay
Kailangan na ata na ako’y lumakas at masanay
Ito ang iniisip ko habang nagiintay tayo sumakay

Sa iyong tahanan, ika’y aking naihatid
Labis ang saya tuloy-tuloy walang patid
Pag uwi ko sa amin isa lang ang batid
Masaya rin pala kahit may luha paminsan sa gilid

Kinabukasan pagkatapos mag trabaho
Uuwi at marami kang dala ‘ika mo
Sabi ko naman kung kailangan, ay andito lang ako
Hatid na kita, sa may bus papunta sa inyo

Thought Nugget

Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain. The greatest pain comes from leaving. When the child leaves home, when the husband or wife leaves for a long period of time or for good, when the beloved friend departs to another country or dies … the pain of the leaving can tear us apart.

Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving. And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.

― Henri J.M. Nouwen

Pakilala: Huling Yugto – Panalangin

Alam Mo naman ang aking palaging hinaing
Lahat ng pangyayari di lingid sa Iyong paningin
Ikaw lamang ang nakalilikha at kaya Mong buuin
Ang bawat bagay mula sa wala’y lilikhain

Nuong hindi ko pa sya kilala
Ay Iyo na ngang ipinakita
Kanyang taglay na yumi at ganda
Ipinakilala mo kung sino siyang talaga

Akala ko nuo’y wala nang mangyayari
Akala ko ay sayang lang magbakasakali
Mga kamay ko mistulang nakatali
Walang magawa at para bang walang silbi

Ngunit Iyo ren naman pinatunayan
Kung hindi dahil sa Iyo, ako’y walang kinalagyan
Ikaw ang aking kalasag sa maigting na laban
Ikaw ang pag-asa sa oras na ako’y nawawalan

Simula sa wala, ay Iyo syang pinakita
Nang aking masilaya’y Iyo namang pinakilala
Matapos makilala, unti-unting pinaglapit pa
Ngayon nga’y medyo malapit na kami sa isa’t isa

Ako naman sa ngayon ay wala nang mahihiling pa
Panalangin kong pagpapakilala’y tinupad Mo na
Bawat silay sa mga ning-ning ng kanyang mata
ay sumasalamin sa mga binigay Mong biyaya

Sa dulo nang aming pagkakakilala ano bang mayroon?
Ano bang layunin ng ganitong mga pagkakataon
Ano man ang mangyari malapit dito o banda paroon
Sa’Yo lamang magtitiwala, aking Panginoon

Matapos man ang mahabang kabanatang ito
Di pa dito nagtatapos ang ating kwento
Bukas makalawa may sisimulang panibago
Malalaman natin pareho kung sa ito patungo…

Thought Nugget

Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

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We depend on God’s perfect timing. He has moved, re-aligned, re-arranged, orchestrated, removed, replaced, re-calibrated, everything in His perfect timing according to His good, perfect and pleasing will.