The Sunday Currently 4

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Photo taken at my running route in Hamburg

Reading

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall. I had this book lying around for a year! I hope I’d be able to finish it this week.

Eric Sanderson wakes up in a place he doesn’t recognise, unable to remember who he is. All he has left are journal entries recalling Clio, a perfect love now gone.

Writing

The Sunday Currently 4

Listening 

to Adele’s 25 and Coldplay’s Everglow. The songs I’ve been listening to put me in a somber mood. I can’t help it.

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Thinking

about the almost-Coldplay concert. Coldplay (aka best band on Earth & the band I’m obsessed with) will be performing in Hamburg on July 1, which is a great opportunity for me. Four days ago, the tickets went on a pre-sale. I asked my Kuya to buy the tickets; however we have to wait two more days for the public sale since we can’t purchase online (not a credit card user). Kuya went to the ticket office early Friday morning, only to find out that the venue is sold-out! 😦 Let me reiterate : TWO DAYS OF PRE-SALE AND THE CONCERT IS SOLD OUT. WHAT. 

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Praying

for forgiveness for my recent actions and for Godly discipline.

Hoping

that the German Embassy will reply to my/our e-mails and a second chance at the Coldplay concert in Hamburg. Coldplay already added concert dates in selected cities and here’s hoping that they will add one more at Hamburg.

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Wearing

my usual pantulog. ZzZzZ

Loving

the spontaneous Friday night with my friends. I rarely travel to Manila since I cannot handle the traffic situation in the city. I only travel if there are special dinners, celebrations, or if I am in the mood. Last Friday night was one of those rare occasions that I was in the mood to go out and it was worth it.

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This photo was taken using the front camera of an iPhone 6+ (not my phone btw, my bestfriend’s). I am amazed by the camera’s upgrade but the phone is too big (also expensive) for me.

Wanting

to get back to my morning routine—exercise, longer quiet time with God, writing in my daily journal. 

Needing

the physical presence of my parents.

Feeling

out-of-touch and generally confused.

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What keeps me going

I love reflecting on where God has brought me ever since the day I accepted Him in my life. My life with Christ was never what the world wanted for me; it wasn’t even what I imagined for myself but just like what this wise man said,

I am in a season right now where God told me to wait and be still. I couldn’t even count with my two hands the many times God blessed me with this test of patience. I fondly call it the Patience Meter. Patience Test Level 1-> Level I-lost-count.  Each morning, I wake up with an expectant heart thinking, “This could be the day God will bless me with His promise. Eto na talaga. This is it” — until days, months pass & God still wants me to wait. Of course, I catch myself whining about waiting but God never stops letting His purpose be clear. Like what He did this morning. 

So I said my daily prayers (which honestly consists of requesting God to hear my prayers, hehe ouch), scanned through my social media (bad move, self), told myself that I shouldn’t be checking my timeline so went directly to my devotional (which I believe was God telling me that I should put Him first) and read this awesome message.

The prophet Isaiah had an encounter with a perfect God. (Read Isaiah 6:2-5)

For God is without sin—with no record of faults. He has zero flaws. His methods are precise and accurate. It is simply impossible for Him to make a miscalculation.

Where you are in right now is where you are supposed to be. God has you where He wants you. What He’s asked you to do and give up is perfect for you. Understand that His ways are always right.

What He promised you, He will do. Take note that because He is perfect, it is impossible for Him to lie. So if He says wait, it means that the right time has not come..yet. 

Cling on to the truth that God is a perfect God—no mistakes, no lies, no miscalculations, no wrong directions. 

This is another one of those reminders from my Heavenly Father. Again looking back, God has already brought me to places. It is really unbelievable to be where I am right now because of where I was before. God took me from point zero to here.  And again, this is never what the world and I want for myself. But if God says that this is what He wants for me, then this is where I should be. Since God incessantly tells me to wait, then I should—not because I have no more options but out of obedience. 

Tomorrow may be different. Maybe my prayers will be answered or not. Tomorrow may bring a new lesson. But one thing is for certain, God is still God. 

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Minutes before starting my cousin’s debut program

Another Sunday, another entry.

Reading

Chris Martin is spilling the beans on their new album ahead of its 12/04 release. (Read the interview here) I have been pretty active with Coldplay-related tweets, articles, and posts actually. My fangirl meter is off the scale! Just two days ago, Coldplay announced their upcoming world tour in Europe. I immediately saw an opportunity to watch them live because by June/July, they will be having a concert in Germany. I am claiming and declaring it in the name of the Most High and Holy Giver that I will watch them live. Amen! 🙂 

Writing

The Sunday Currently

Listening 

Rise Heart album by Victory Worship

Thinking

If I should sleep or watch the last episode of The Walking Dead. #dilemma

Wishing

for clarity,  visa approval, and for a happy Christmas.

Hoping

that our beach trip this weekend will get cancelled. I’m not really in the mood to travel outside the comforts of my home—especially my bed. 

Wearing

my sports sando and jogging shorts. This attire will give me no excuse but to exercise after I wake up and a cup of coffee, of course.

Loving

the weekly Facetime with my parents. Even though it makes me miss them more, it feels like home.

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Winter is there!

Wanting

to lose all the weight I gained for two weeks. *pig emoji*

Needing

the discipline to lessen my social media time. I must get back to reading books, listening to preachings, and to writing sensible blog entries. I must fight the urge to check my twitter/instagram/facebook/buzzfeed timeline every five minutes.

Feeling

a little annoyed because of a possible sprained right hand. I’m annoyed by the fact that I couldn’t pinpoint the reason why my right hand feels painful. Is it because I sleep on my right hand? Or because I always use it to scroll through my phone or by the scrolling through the mouse when I work? Or because this was just a really tough week—cleaning wise. Hay. What’s wrong with you, right hand?

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Backdrop inspired by Pinterest.

 

Since we had a big celebration yesterday, today is clean-up day. It has been completely tiring; I feel sore all over & I should be resting…but looks like I’m doing this first.

Reading

The recent articles about the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Writing

This. Again. Nothing else

Listening

to the sound of the fan, the dogs barking, and my cough. 😷

Thinking

What this week would be like.

Smelling

I might skip this part because I seriously can’t smell anything right now. 

Wishing

for clarity, world peace, and answered prayers.

Hoping

for a happy Christmas.

Wearing

Shorts & Spaghetti Straps

Loving

the fact that my family have been spending more quality time together.

Wanting

to go back to Hamburg.

Needing

Money, a massage, and a rest.

Feeling

a little happy with my impulsive haircut!  Glad to have that unruly, dry hair snipped off.

  

Before we say our good nights, let’s include the people who have been badly affected by the recent tragedies in our prayers. For the Lumads, for Japan, Paris, Beirut, Baghdad—for the world, God is with all of you. 

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(Mis)interpretation

Something has been bothering me lately. I have a pending visa application and I am tempted to make contact with some people even if I was advised not to. My anxiety grew daily and instead of listening  to God’s wisdom, I resorted to Google. Of course, “Google has all the answers” and I came across several blogs with application cases similar than mine. I got sucked deeply into this black hole I call blogs and I was badly tempted to follow what these bloggers did—even if, as I just said, *emphasis* advised not to. 

Where is God in all of these?

I always pray and ask God first. Just yesterday, I heard a small voice in my head and heart saying, “I want you to be ready”. I told myself, “YupGod is just preparing me and He wants me to be ready when the right time comes. Today, however, is a different story.

As I’ve mentioned, I became so glued to the visa-related blogs I almost threw what God told me outta window. I was thinking(or pep-talking), “Lord, maybe I can give a little push? Maybe the Embassy people forgot my papers..maybe it was included in a pile, maybe I should follow what that person did in the blog because look, he got his visa already..”  I eventually interpreted His messages for me that these blogs could be the answer. I’ve been waiting long enough and I should do something about this…

Me: So, Lord, what do you think?

…and the Lord says to Sophie,

Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”
GENESIS 22:13 – 14 [NIV]

We do not know what tomorrow holds but God does and we can be confident knowing that He goes before us and paves the way. God provided for Abraham but not without Abraham first being obedient and trusting that God knew what He was doing. It was his faith in God that helped him through the ordeal of being asked to sacrifice his only son.

We may be in desperate situations where the way out seems impossible but we can know that God will provide whatever we need to get through

Source : Hillsong Collected

It was like a splash of cold water. Abraham was fully ready to sacrifice Isaac and trusted God completely. No logical reasoning, no rational explanations. I misinterpreted His words and even believed that maybe God wants my help when in fact, He doesn’t need any.

I disclose this to my friend and she texted me this awesome message-turned-revelation

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I was not misinterpreting God; I was just too stubborn to follow what God wants me to do. I wanted to act on my own even if God kept telling me to be still. Indeed, I am a work in progress. God is pruning me so when the time comes, I am ready. I am very lucky God has been so generous in giving me instructions. I just pray that I will continue to heed His voice and His alone.

PS:

If by any chance this post speaks to you, pray and talk to Jesus. Our mind may sometimes find it hard to understand what He says but trust that God is only after our own good. Easier said than done, I know, but God is the only one we can trust. 

Walk by faith & not by sight

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I was organizing some of my folders when I came across this file. I like to believe that this is God’s daily reminder and His loving voice telling me to persevere. I’ve ran, walked, sprinted, dragged my feet, and even stopped during my walk with God but through it all, God continued to cheer me on. And tonight, He continues to encourage me.

Lord, I know You are doing something great in my life. Your plans are good, pleasing, and perfect. I believe that You have a bigger plan & by Your grace, I will wait patiently upon You. I often fail and disappoint you but thank you Jesus because you continue to love me through all my faults. Thank you for reminding me tonight that You are bigger than what I can see. You are greater than what I can hold. You are working in my life even if I can’t see it. Thank you for growing my faith. A faith that will withstand through trials. A faith that will see through the tangible. A faith patterned after Jesus Christ. 

I pray this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen. 

Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1

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Photo taken at a park near our home; just three days after it stopped snowing in our area.

 

I saw this post floating around for quite some time. Since this activity looks interesting, why not give it a try? 🙂

Reading

The Blood Type Diets. My best friend sent me this website about “diets” according to your blood type. I’m Type A & according to Dr. D’ Adamo, I should lessen my sugar, caffeine, and starch. I should also avoid loud noise, negative emotions, staying up late—basically, turn a new leaf. I am not sure if I can follow this “diet” but the articles are very interesting. Read here

Writing

This.

Listening

to Adventure of a Lifetime. This is the only song I’ve been playing since its premiere.

Thinking

Of the coming week and my visa. *fingers crossed

Smelling

Nothing. I have allergic rhinitis & you can literally use two hands to count the days when I don’t have a cold. #singhotpamore

Wishing

That I am in Hamburg with my family.

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Favorite people

Hoping

For my visa approval. Lord, in Your time! 

Wearing

Leggings & Spaghetti Straps

Loving

Coldplay’s new music.

Wanting

A good, uninterrupted sleep.

Needing

An exercise! My body feels so weak after a month of not working out.

Feeling

A little tired but grateful. I had to work on Sundays because I’m saving up for my future plane ticket. I have no complaints; I’m really grateful for my work but I miss Sundays where I could just go to church and sleep afterwards.

Clicking

PUBLISH.

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20 Thoughts on the new Coldplay single, Adventure of a Lifetime

For reference : 

The new Coldplay single Adventure of a Lifetime from the seventh album A Head Full of Dreams came out and since I am a big fan of the band, I wouldn’t miss this opportunity to fangirl my thoughts.

  1. This is it. This is it. Play.
  2. Oh India
  3. This reminds me of Phoenix
  4. Yup, Phoenix.
  5. I can’t help but dance. In an 80’s way  
  6. “Turn your magic on” You bet I will
  7. I can’t help but dance. 
  8. “I feel my heart beating” Good callback to Mylo Xyloto.
  9. Who isn’t dancing?!  
  10. “You make me feel… alive again!”  Yes boys, you do!
  11. Side step. Head sway. Clap. 
  12. the 80’s are back!
  13. No one can’t stop the Coldplay funk! 
  14. Oh that intermission though.
  15. “Turn your magic on”—this line is growing on me. Also, another callback from Ghost Stories.
  16. That riffs though. Amazing. Coldplay is making new music.
  17. I’m not crying I swear.  
  18. OH YES I’M SINGING! Wohooooo. Wo—hoooo. Wo–hoooooooo. 
  19. BRB. DYING
  20. Thank you Coldplay for making new music