Budgeting & Building Together

Who would have thought that on this year we would be tranferring residency? It never came on my mind when I welcomed 2017 but life happens and when it does we just have to LOOK UP and smile at the storm and to even feel better, laugh at it too. What’s on my mind was to tithe, to save, to give, and to spend. I learned about saving for an emergency fund from Rachel Cruze and I was so ignited with it that I shared that to my boyfriend again and again and again until the two of us were so convinced of its importance and so we did. March came and we received a surprise letter from our landlord that there will be an increase of rental in the coming months, motor vehicle were not allowed to park inside the premise and we just have one month to prepare. I could not thank God enough for preparing us way in advance. Had we not saved little by little then we must have been so stressed out with life surprises which by the way is not a surprise to God. We would have been borrowing money from a relative who may give in with side comments that may offend me and I might hate them (hahahaha) or they may refuse who knows. But I’m sure that my sister Cecile won’t but she has helped us way too much again and again and again and I guess  time to be an ADULT (hahaha).  Looking back, I was too sick and my boyfriend tried to borrow money from someone only to be turned down. Worst, he was told over why he chose a sickly woman who don’t eat vegetables. I was hurt then but’s now water under the bridge.

Now, we will be moving to a tiny and temporary house in the mountain top. It will be very slippery when it rains and too rocky and mountainous to climb day and night. I guess, it’s going to be a tiny bare house in the beginning since we don’t have any appliances to begin with but my heart is joyful to have it because of the grace of God. 

Last Sunday, I was lying down in bed thinking at my father’s room with so much pride of the goodness of God. Since the house is build with a deadline to meet, I’ve seen workers giving their strength to build for free. I have seen people giving us finances to start. I’ve witnessed my father, brother, Jason and Hannah worked with us beaming with joy. I have laid my eyes to my man who is the most excited about his first personal project to stand. 

At night, we sat down together budgeting how much is left with our emergency fund and how we can continue with what we have began. We have recorded all of our expenses and we have trusted to a God who will never fail to provide.

Last night my boyfriend expressed his desire for us to have an electricity and my heart broke into pieces when he said “but we have a limited fund.” I console him by saying that we should not despise our new beginnings because if we are faithful now then God can trust us with more. 

Yes, it’s a  small start up but it’s not made in debt. It’s really the Fatherhood of God who taught us to be responsible with our finances and with our lives. 

We build and budget together but we have God in between and that’s where our trust and confidence lies. 

So don’t belittle yourself simply because your life does not match with someone else. You are not called to compete and compare with them rather you are called to be grateful and to be faithful with what you have been given with. In the process, I believe God is building character that grows from glory to glory because that’s when we shine the most and in turn gives Him the glory.  

May God continue to be your corner stone in your building and budgeting together.

It was when we were so set to building the tiny house that the rain poured so hard that we opted to have orange brutus as our best shade:mrgreen::D

While budgeting and thinking and praying for miracles and breakthrough, we blessed our food, thanked the Lord and filled our stomach with sugar and cholesterol so help us God:mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:

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Year Of Construction

I woke up quite late today which makes my heart so glad since it’s Sunday and rest day be like (Hahaha). It looks like I am always catching for sleep wherever and whenever I can because my work requires me to be 100% present. And although I had been present, errors are inevitable, it can become too challenging at times but I am convince that there’s no challenge too harsh that Jesus can’t deal with. 

This has been an amazing year for me and my boyfriend. We are both challenged to believe in God for provision and He does while He  gently removes the greed in our hearts. We had been challenged to be a faithful steward with our finances by faithfully returning our tithes, consistently giving to someone when He instructed us to and to save for the future. We had been challenged to master our feelings specially when there are times that we don’t want to wake up to work but we have. Oh yeah-commitment test. Truly, the Lord has been molding us to become responsible. We had been challenged to submit to our bosses even when they strike us to pieces and it does help us maintain humility. That life is not our own and we can’t win in this life alone.

And today we had been challenged to believe God to do the impossible specially when it rains in summer in line when we only have the time to do the construction for our tiny house in the mountain tops (hahahaha). And on top of that, I only have one rest day and no more clothes to wear for the coming days. That means to say that we have so much in our plates. But as I am looking at it, I know that all these are tests to show if we are bearing fruits. The Bible said in the Book of Galatians 5:22 that the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control. 

And while I see all these challenges surrounding us, I can only exclaim that this must be our year of character construction to prepare us into becoming a beautiful building God wanted us to become. Deep inside my heart is a whole lot of trust that the God I said YES to when I was 10 years old has been watching and working behind the scene for our good. 

I am so glad to have experience what that is to live on earth under the government of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

And as I always say, my life CHANGED WHEN I SAID YES TO JESUS. I made so many mistakes in life but the best decision ever is being in a relationship with God’s Son called Jesus and to listen to the voice of His Spirit.

So in our most challenging days, we always have Jesus and that’s enough.

May all of you have a reason to smile, to hope, to believe, to trust and to see a brighter future. May all of you will say YES TO THE KING OF KINGS AND TO THE LORD OF LORDS. May all of you will find LOVE IN CHRIST. 

May all of you experience the greatest of life of being so loved by the one who died so we could all live.

MAY ALL OF YOU CAN SAY IN YOUR HEART WITH MINE – THANK YOU JESUS. 

Yes, it’s a year of construction but our building is soon to shine.

Sweetness In His Bones

I had been given the privileged to visit my boyfriend’s root this week and truth be told, I have so much to write that I don’t know where to start. I had been wanting to put everything in writing so one day when I will be 88 years old, I can look back and I  can proudly exclaimed over how blessed of a woman I am and yes, everything started when I said yes to Jesus. 

So I landed in their beautiful City called Pagadian because my boyfriend’s sister sponsored our fare, food, and everything in between. Fen, if you are reading this, thank you very much for not just sending your brothers back home. How sweet of you to include us (Me and Hannah) to witness our sister’s graduation. 

Again, I have so much in my heart to say but let me just express it one blog at a time. 

So let’s start with my boyfriend’s natural sweetness💟

That’s him and his grandmother. He always mentioned his grandma to me and when he saw her, he hugged her, bless her and just showed his affection towards her. I stood watching and tears flowed like a mighty river. Then he brought her to the dining area, feed her, took care of her, served her exactly like how he serves me when it is just the two of us together. I could not stop thanking Jesus again and again and again for gving me the sweetest man in the world. Not only that, we visited his grandmother’s home and told me where he came from and how he was taken cared of when he was a child. When it’s time to eat, he always go to lola’s house (grandma’s house)to  pick her up so she could eat well with us.

So I was following them while they were holding hands with my shade, tablet and umbrella crying. It was such a delight to watch. This time, he forgot his profession as an Engineer and instantly became the best grandson in the world. The man whom Jesus has blessed me with is such an extraordinary man with a heart that shines brightly than gold. He is such a gem from heaven. He seldoms talk about faith but his life is an expression of Jesus in this earth. 

********************************************************I had been praying to have a Godly man when I was 8 years old and hopefully gets married when I was 28 but when I turned 28 and the man did not come along, I kneeled down to Jesus and cried why it took so long. I waited and waited and held on to His promise that “HE HAS PREPARED SOMEONE SPECIAL FOR ME”. I was called names for not having a boyfriend but friends, when Jesus packaged it, it may take a long time in our time table, but the WAIT IS WORTH IT AFTER ALL. Behind the waiting was a man molded into becoming like Jesus Christ who will eventually treats me like Royalty, a Princess who was slowly molded into becoming like Christ.

And my love story started when I first said yes to Jesus. May you all out there try Jesus. May you all experience the Father’s heart for you In Christ💕

Jesus is indeed the sweetest and He give me His sweetest in this world. 

The Power Of A Generous & Praying Boyfriend

So last Saturday, my boyfriend had a company outing & I am glad that he has the time of his life just for himself regardless if he is with the same people. I am happy for their company’s decision to have some fun as well. 

I too has been given the privilege to meet with my bestfriend’s husband, name I will withheld to avoid much questions (hahaha). But, what really touches my heart was my boyfriend’s surprise gift for me -his way of letting me know that he was thinking about me while he was away. 

At dawn too when the motorcyle reach my workplace where he brings me every morning, he laid his hands on me trusting me to Jesus that His power will be enough to cover my shortcomings, my weaknesses, and my hormones (hahahaha).

As we have been together for 6 beautiful years, the gold in him continues to increase in it’s karat. His character shines brighter & brighter enough to remind me that the long wait was really worth it. 

Looking back, I was told by my churchmates that my boyfriend is nice is just that he does not have the money to marry me right away. I was hurt but I stayed not because I was desperate to have a boyfriend but because I knew deep in my heart that he is Jesus choice for me. 

Ruth Bell Graham once replied when interviewed that she would rather have her husband partime than having someone else fulltime. I’ve got the same answer. I would rather have my man than being with someone who has so much but is not trusting in Jesus.

By now, God has been faithful and we see His faithfulness for both in our lives. 

My prayerful boyfriend💗

My boyfriend’s generosity💗

Valentines On A Budget 

So today is Monday and I was thinking in the night before that I will have to wake up early to do laundry. I did but I am not hammering clothes, rather I am up with my greatest coffee in my beautiful mug, smell the beauty of dawn and tinker my tab. You see, I am always up at dawn for work and by virtue of being a thinker, Tuesday is coming and I have to keep saying thank you for calling, not to mention the quality of calls to consider plus the AHT, and my supervisor even said that I have to work on my pronunciation, so help me God. 

And yes, I will be working on a Day of Hearts but I know that I will be seeing flowers here and there in the arms of beautiful ladies and probably in the flood of chocolates in purses or in boxes everywhere. I would like to say that romance is good but to have a happy hormones in a just day is not a good ground for a lasting relationship. For one, it may break someone elses budget, probably becoming a romantic one day millionaire but scratching a bald head even before the 15th day.

I told my boyfriend that we don’t need to be extravagant this Valentines because I have experience a deep kind of love with him on a daily basis. I am well respected, honored,  cherished, loved, protected, and prayed for everyday. I am wonderfully blessed. And he is blessed with me too by my antic jokes and boisterous laughter when I am in the best mood. And he gets so use to my beast mode too. Oh well, my silliness makes him thinks that I am the best woman in the world. Opps, Fenelyn, if you are reading, you remains to be his number one but since you are in Canada so you are still his number one. Hahahaha.

So here’s to a simple but meaningful Valentines:

1) Cook for your girlfriend/boyfriend her/his fave meal. In our case, I always volunteer to wash the dishes but cooking isn’t my cup of tea so being his partner in the ketchin is a teamwork to be treasured. I can always admire him for his passion for cooking and how lovely the meal turns out to be with him by my side. 

2) Write Love Letters to Your Significant Others. Being a writer, I always do that for him but promise, the letters that he gave me way back was so beautiful to cherish with his unique handwriting in it. I love how the ink melted on the cards and how those wonderful words melted my hearts up until this day. It just reminds me of how great this man is and how he becomes greater and greater as days and months and years went by.

3) Listen. Yes. It does not need a cent to show your spouse or boyfriend or girlfriend their value. Give them your undivided attention. Listen with the excitement of your eyes and with the attentiveness of your ears. You have no idea how romantic it could be most specifically to ladies. 

5) Say I Love You Personally. Don’t text it. Don’t call and say it over the phone. Make it so personal. Tell her or him how a blessing she or he in your life. And to those who have the love language of affirmation? ? That’s a ticket to a happy year and a joyful love life. 

6) Pray For Your Significant Others. Every day my boyfriend take me to work and when I get out from his motor bike, he will lay his hands on me and prayed that I will have the best day at work. You have no idea over how it made me so secure to report to work and face whatever is at stake because I know that I am being prayed. I always report with my close up smile regardless of my yellowish teeth because I am so sure that God hears his prayers over me. 

So to people out there who is so overwhelmed on what to give to your someone special, worry no more. It’s not your one day of sweetness that makes a difference but it’s how you make your significant other feel so loved and valued with or without occassions. 

But if you feel that you can’t relate because you are not in a relationship, then think of someone whom you would like to feel honored and loved this Valentines. You may wanna treat the street kids to Jollibee and see their happy smile and genuine thank you. I used to do that way back and it always reminds me of how blessed I am to have been given the opportunity to love those who can’t believe that love still exists.

My gosh?!? How come I just know about this?? Hahahaha

Mad Day But Madly Loved

I am a very motivated woman until Rest Day comes. For me, rest day is my lazy day when I don’t need to wake up at 2am and if I’ll do, I download nice content from You Tube and just have the best time of my life enjoying the time. This is the moment when I will savor my coffee without putting a time frame and just HUG THIS DAY CALLED REST DAY. This is how I re-charge from all the pressures at work. I don’t talk. I just enjoy the stillness at dawn. Sometimes, I grab my beautiful journal, write down my thoughts, meditate my verse for the month, blog, or just do nothing. 

So today, I lounge in bed and absorb the silence that I could definitely find until I heard my ever sweet boyfriend in all his good vibes and bubbly spirit wanting me to hurry up for church. The more I heard him talking, I was so infuriated that I stood up, took a bath and in my anger for being disturb from the time I allotted for myself, I unbelievably broke my hard to bend toothbrush. I was so mad!!!

And so we went to church and arrived there late while I brought my bad attitude with me. I listened to the pastor but I crossed my hand when the band ended it with a nice song of The Best Is Yet To Come. I just know deep within me that I need to get real with the Lord in a room with just me and Him. Yes, I love going to church but I also hate religiosity. 

My boyfriend remained calm all throughout, smiled the sweetest but my mind was just racing home. All I know is that I want to really re-charged from the pressures of the week and there’s no place that can cater it except HOME. 

So in my MAD DAY, my boyfriend held my hand and just simply said, 

“My Love, even if your hormones will strike you so badly, even if there are days that I can’t understand you, I will continue to love you as you are.”

And my tears fell like rivers and my heart shouted with so much thanks to the LORD who must have fulfilled His promise when He spoke in my heart in 1996 that He has prepared someone special for me. I was 17 years old then and 15 years later, when I was 32, I met the most amazing man in my life. It took a little longer than expected but to be in alignment with Heaven’s Calendar is way better than the time I have in my mind.

I could still remember how I gave up my list of what I wanted in a guy when I started to get to know Jesus and surrendered my love life to Him while allowing Him to choose the best for me. I so believe that He really did and He gave me with more than I deserve. 

He was singing Heavenly songs while doing home chores.

As I was given the time of my life to just sit down to reflect and be quiet, I ask forgiveness from my Father in Heaven who knew me even before I was born and instead of being condemned, I could only feel the liquid kind of love that melted my selfishness away.
So in my Mad Day, I felt so Madly Loved by My Father In Heaven, Jesus, Holy Spirit and from the man who represents Jesus in my life so well💟

Regardless of how your day feels like today, His unfailing love for you will never change. It’s just gets proven to be so tangible in your worst time. 

One True Love

Love. Love. Love. One Word. But. The Most Profound. Everyone’s looking and searching for it. Everyone wants to feel it. They say it’s the most beautiful thing if found. We are looking for one true Love at home. At work. At the train station. At the jeepney stop. At Starbucks. At Bos. In the chat room. Anywhere. Who is Love? What is Love? Where is the Love? We think it’s in being in a relationship. Others think it’s in getting married. While some still believe it’s at home. Some said, it’s loving oneself.

I thought that way much more than people could ever think of. I joined religion in search for love. I thought Love is in being religious. I do everything religion tells me because I thought the better I am, the more Love I could have received. I do everything in search for Love but the emptiest I became.

Then the sudden stopped. I thought the world is ending.  I thought not doing something good in the opinions of human race is equivalent to God hating me. But I was extremely tired and exhausted. My goodness isn’t enough. I lifted my hand with my tears streaming down my face and my mouth calls one name that completely changed my life – JESUS💙

Then I saw His sacrifices. His prayers. His heart. His life. His death. He died for me. He went through hell for me. I was on His mind. That even if I’m the only woman alive on earth, He will still do anything for me because He is Love. He can’t bear seeing me helpless.

His love for me wasn’t just mere words. His love was displayed on the Cross. It was proven.  Between the demons and me, He chose me. The worst sinner in the world.

I can’t tell you of the best kind of love other than the love displayed by My Forever, JESUS. He extended it by giving me Jonelo yet then again, everytime I am with my boyfriend, I can’t help but thank JESUS. For sure, it started with JESUS, it will end with JESUS, and it’s JESUS in between.

Say YES to the HOLY SPIRIT’S courtship and surrender to JESUS. Just SAY, YES, JESUS. I surrender. I want to give You a try. He will not get mad when you feel that way. But, I’m sure, as you begin your relationship with Him, it’s going to be the BEST relationship ever in life. You don’t do anything to earn His Love. Just say YES to JESUS and let Him lead.

I always say that relationship is a risk but the one sure risk is a life surrendered to the ONE who loves BEST – JESUS💙

I don’t know how to still tell you my friends, but I promise you, JESUS really loves you. He really does. It’s religion that burdens you, not Him.

Call the best Hotline. One Word. One Name. – JESUS💙

Philippians 2:8-11 Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death–and the worst kind of death at that: a crucifixion. Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth–even those long ago dead and buried–will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the

Father.The Msg

Jesus Loves You🌻