Butterfly in the Spring

Journey of Healing

Knowing The One Who Owns Everything

Dear Lord,

Please help me to be a good steward of the things that You have entrusted me with. It’s so easy and natural to be self-seeking. Please give me Your wisdom through Your Holy Spirit to see the truth that everything belongs to You.  Help me to treat everything as Yours.  The people You have entrusted me with are Yours. Help me see and love them the way You do.  Everything that I regard as my possession belongs to You. Help me to handle these in ways that would please and glorify You in Jesus’s name amen.

 

Let Me Not Forget This

Lord You alone are the one who gives the ability to produce wealth. Help me to focus on You. And keep my focus on You, not to wear myself out to get rich nor trust in my own cleverness. Apart from You I can do nothing. Thank You for Your Spirit who will help me to be aligned with You so I can be a good steward of what You give me. May You be glorified in Jesus’s name Amen.

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Happily Ever After Recipe

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Faithful God for that Fateful Day: Luisa Reyes-Ampil

To say that Luisa’s life had just fallen apart that fateful day (when she got left alone, told she was crazy and needed to go to the mental hospital, with only P5,000 to start a new life for herself and her two girls) is an understatement.  That was close to twenty years ago.  Fast forward to 2015, Luisa Reyes-Ampil is author of her first OMF-published book, What Women Can Do When Life Falls Apart.  From a woman who has been healed, whose life has been rebuilt and restored, her story is something to look forward to.

bits what women can do when life falls apartLuisa Reyes-Ampil is Assistant International Director of Guidelines, the over-fifty-year ministry of Dr. Harold and Darlene Sala. The Guidelines website describes her as “a multi-tasking marvel.  While keeping Dr. Sala on track around the world, she coordinates Guidelines’ office and ministry in the Philippines and is responsible for audio engineering of the daily commentaries.”

Butterflyinthespring interviewed Luisa on her recent visit to Manila for the Journey Into Grace event with Darlene Sala and Bonnie Sala-Craddick.

 BUTTERFLYINTHESPRING (BITS):  What is the main message of your book?
LUISA REYES AMPIL (LRA):  You can have struggles in life but if you have God in your life, the struggles will be there but you wouldn’t feel that you’re helpless and unable to get through them.

BITS: Who is this book addressed to?
bits luisa ampil w bookLRA: This book is for believers and non-believers because we share the same problems. The only difference is we have Jesus Christ.  We know He has power and He’s not gonna leave us.  In the end, I outlined my own brokenness and I offered salvation so that anyone who’s willing to accept it can enjoy that relationship that I have.

BITS: Can you share how God worked in your life?
LRA: I came to a point where I surrendered myself to God. I said, “Lord, I have nothing else to lose, I want to know You as my personal Lord and Savior.” My personality changed. Instead of insolent, impudent, brazen, and not showing due respect for another person, I became submissive to God and therefore respectful to others.

He really provided. [Luisa had left her promising job at the Manila Peninsula which took time away from raising her two girls.  She was able to work with an 8 to 5 job for the Head Office of Rustan’s which was a better fit for a single mom.]

At that time, my sister was Dr. Harold Sala’s assistant.  When I went to the US to attend my sister Bernadette’s wedding, Dr. Sala met me.  After that, when the Guidelines team would travel to Manila, he would always ask my help to show the missionaries around or book a hotel, board meetings. I did it as a volunteer.  Then when my sister got pregnant, she told him that she wouldn’t be able to work after her upcoming childbirth.

In 1998, Dr. Sala met with me and he offered me my sister’s job.  I started crying because I wanted a fresh start.  He told me, “Don’t cry,  people might think there’s this old American and young Filipina.”  But I was just overwhelmed.  I told him, “Here you are offering me this job like God’s opening it up for me.”  But I had so many questions — how will I take care of my kids, the financial stuff.  Dr. Sala started naming all the blessings. He said, “I want to show you green lights. Luisa, you’re like a trapeze artist.  On one end is you and on the other end is Jesus. You’re swinging but you have to let go so Jesus can catch you.  You want to trust Him that He’s going to take care of you so I said,  “Ok I’m going to trust Jesus Christ, I will take this job and move to the US and start a brand new life.  It’s been 17 years since.

BITS: Jesus took care of everything?
LRA:  Yes! In the beginning, I lived with my mom and stepdad. But my goal was not to live with them permanently but be on my own. I started a prayer journal.  I told God, “You need to prove to me that You will take care of me.”  I thought “a reconciliation with my ex-husband.”  I don’t know what God’s will is but I wanna put it in my prayer book.  After that, I thought I need my own car.  I saw a vision of myself driving a burgundy 1997 Nissan Altima. So I wrote on my prayer book “1997 Nissan Altima, burgundy.”  Then I needed to find a new place to move into. How much can I afford? USD750/month.  It’s not really much.  But I needed a two-bedroom place close to my parents and the girls’ school.

First thing that God provided for me was the rental.  I looked at $750 rentals.  All the options I found did not fit what I needed so  I was ready to get whatever.  Then I said, “Fine, I’m going to open this newspaper one last time.” I saw a small ad.  I called the owner and she asked me to come down to see her place.  That place, I had driven by there everyday but I didn’t know what was there.  It was two bedrooms, walkable distance to my parents and my girls’ school.  She said she had to do a credit check on me. I had to tell her that I had just moved to the US and I didn’t know what kind of credit history I would have if at all.  Then she saw that I worked for Guidelines International and she saw the name of my employer (Dr. Harold Sala). She asked if it’s the same person as on K-Wave [radio station] for Guidelines.  She said, “I am going to sign up.  You will be our tenant.” She said, “We listen to him all the time and we have been praying for a Christian tenant.  God sent you to us.”  So my girls and I moved there and I checked that off.

The following year, I was needing a car because the car I was using was going to die. I looked at the Penny Saver. Our office is near Laguna Woods which is a retirement area.  I saw an ad for a “Nissan 1997 Altima, burgundy, low miles.”  I thought, that’s like really strange, right?  I asked Dr. Sala if I could look at the car on my lunch break.  He agreed.

So I went and I said, “My gosh! This is the car!”  I test drove the car. The price was something I could afford.  I said, “I’m gonna come back tomorrow and pay you in full.”

The old man said, “Do you wanna make a deposit?”

I said, “No, I don’t wanna make a deposit because this car is mine.”

He said, “I just want you to know that other people are gonna come and take a look at this car.”

I told him, “Yes I know people will come take a look at your car but they’re not gonna take it.’  He probably thought I was some strange woman.  When I went back to work, Dr. Sala asked if I got the car. I said I would go back the next day because I didn’t have my money then.  He asked me if I made a deposit. I said, “No.”

He went, “Luisa, here’s $100. Go back and make a deposit because you might lose that car.”

I said, “No, I’m not gonna take your money because I know that that’s my car.  It’s in my book.”

The next day I went back and told the owner,  “I know this is it.” The owner gave me the key so I could drive the car to DMV [Dept. of Motor Vehicles] where we could do the transfer of ownership.

I said, “Because you’re not gonna drive this car anymore, I’ll let you drive you and me to DMV and when you sign the transfer, I will drive you to your home.”

I write a lot of stuff in my prayer book and everything has been answered.  God has been so faithful with the big and small things. The bits luisa ampil with her dogonly one that didn’t get answered is the reconciliation with my husband.  Through the years with financial struggles, sometimes I would tell my girls, “Girls, we only have $80 until my next paycheck.  You know what we’re supposed to do.”  I used to shop in Nordstrom and we ended up in K-Mart.  But God has been faithful.  There are challenges raising kids, them becoming teenagers, issues about dating, a lot of different things. It’s still ongoing but I have learned to walk away from something instead of reacting in anger right away.  I always tell my mom, “I just need to let the Lord take care of issues that I know I cannot fix.  When I have struggles with my girls, I just tell them, “I want you to know that I love you even if it doesn’t show because we may be making this communication a little difficult at this time.  I always want you to know that I love you, that I’m always gonna be here for you.

BITS: For many years, God has been your husband?
LRA: Oh, yeah!

BITS: How would you describe Him as a Husband?
LRA:  He loves me unconditionally.  He’s been a great provider for me. I know that He has brought so many people to take care of our needs in so many ways.  I wasn’t raised with little.  I have people giving me… like there’s this person in church, she tells me, “I want to give you this gift. I’ve used it.” It’s a Coach purse.  They always think of me.  I have so many designer stuff because people think, “I’m gonna give it to her [Luisa referring to herself].” People wonder how I get to shop when I’m a single mom.  God brings me people who just want to give me all these things.  Even haircut, it’s $25 per haircut so it would be $75 for me and my girls so we sometimes didn’t get our hair cut.  But there’s a nurse in our church who didn’t have anything to do so she went to Vidal Sassoon to study and asks me to go to her house. Then she would say, “So you don’t have to cook, here’s food for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…”

BITS: How did working for Guidelines influence you?

Luisa during her travels with Guidelines

Luisa during her travels with Guidelines

LRA: It’s really wonderful to be able to work for Guidelines.  I was a young Christian. God put me in ministry work. Dr. Sala is like my father. He’s really been a spiritual mentor for me.  Being around Christians, we pray for one another. We start our day with prayers at work.  We’re not only praying for other people, we’re praying for one another for our struggles, for illness and any need. We’re like a support team for one another. We’re very transparent.  I was a Department Head when I left my job at a prestigious hotel here in Manila and people tell me I ended up being just a secretary. But I don’t care if I’m “just” a secretary.  I LOVE my job.  God is so exacto.  When my kids graduated in 2009, my life started to change too. I started traveling for mission work.  Dr. Sala would take me when he would take a group to Israel, Jordan, Turkey.  I’m so amazed that my work is not limited to my desk and four walls. And I have a very beautiful office.  I have my own room.  I wanted a Kenya African theme and they would refer to it as “our showcase” in the whole office.  They’ve all been really good to me.  It’s very hard to even think about a different career.

BITS:  What are your prayers for yourself?
That God will continue to be my inspiration and I would be able to do the work He has for me. I can see that I’ve had an increase in work in ministry here in the Philippines; that gets me excited.  I pray that my girls will be able to really love the Lord.  I don’t know what the Lord wants for me if He wants me to remarry. I’m dating someone right now so we’re praying about what the Lord has for us in the future.

What Gives the Devil a Foothold

Today’s YouVersion Verse of the Day:

Ephesians 4:26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

According to the verse, it is possible to be angry without sinning.  But anger can be the devil’s foothold if allowed to brew.

Sunset today is at 18:02.  That’s my deadline to cast all negative feelings unto God for what will happen today. By the time the sun has gone down, I should tell God all I’m angry about and let Him deal with it or He will deal with me.

Keeping the anger is what gives the devil a foothold.  David Guzik says:

The devil’s work is to accuse and divide the family of God, and to sow discord among them. When we harbor anger in our heart, we do the devil’s work for him. The name devil literally means “slanderer.” Paul may be saying that when we hold on to our anger, creating bitterness, we give place to the slanderer – either because we become one or because we provoke their slander.

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Lord please help me by Your Holy Spirit to let go of all anger in Jesus’s name amen.

In the Face of Opposition, Wait for The Lord

Today’s YouVersion Verse of the Day comes from Psalm 27. It is a beautiful psalm of David declaring who God is in his life (his light, salvation, stronghold).  His focus is on who God is and remains to be despite opposition.

Psalm 27
Of David.
The Lord is my light and my salvation(David declares who God is to him)
    whom shall I fear? – (his conclusion based on who God is: he will not fear anyone else)
The Lord is the stronghold of my life (who God is to him)
    of whom shall I be afraid? (his conclusion based on who God is: he will not fear anyone else)

2 When the wicked advance against me to devour me, (the word “when”, not “if” indicates he knows opposition is a reality and it will come)
it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. (but going back to who God is in his life, he is confident that it is his foes who will stumble and fall.  He will remain standing and steadfast in The Lord)

3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident. (“besiege” and “war break out against” are strong forms of opposition, but his confidence remains in who God is in his life)

4 One thing I ask from the Lord,  this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. (He is focused on his goal, of remaining in God and to seek Him, to fix his gaze on Him no matter what opposition comes against him)

5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. (The Lord is his protection. In the presence of The Lord is his safety. He is waiting on The Lord for his vindication.  His advance pre-made decision is to abide in The Lord, to obey Him.)

6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; (He is putting his hope in The Lord for his vindication, protection, defense)
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. (His advance decision is to shout for joy, praise, sing and make music to Him even if it may not be as a result of naturally praiseworthy wonderful circumstances.  It may be circumstances that don’t look good, but he is going to praise God even if it is his sacrifice.  We can praise God even in difficult circumstances or in the periods of waiting because we know God’s character to be good, holy, just, faithful, true.  It will be a matter of time when He will reveal His perfect plan and how He uses everything, including the passing circumstances, for good)

7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. (He is calling on the Lord for mercy and favorable answer to his call)

8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.  (He will seek God’s face.  In human terms, to seek someone’s face is to turn towards, instead of away from, that person.  In the day when circumstances are fear-worthy or distressing, his heart is set on turning to The Lord and seeking for His response)

9 Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; (another plea that God answer him. He is asking God to respond to him)
    you have been my helper. (a declaration of how God has been his Helper in past circumstances)
Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior. (He humbles himself and pleas for God’s favorable answer to save him, to take care of him)

10 Though my father and mother forsake me,  the Lord will receive me.  (The very people who should be the source of care, protection, love… even if they abandon him or turn away from him, he is confident that God will openly receive him and not forsake him.  God is his hope and help.)

11 Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. (He submits himself to God’s authority and wisdom.  He is seeking God’s way, not his own way, in responding to his oppressors.  The natural human response that even animals have are fight, flight, freeze.  Instead of relying on what is natural, David asks God to teach him and lead him in a straight path, not to give in to his human instinctive responses and human solutions.  He trusts that God’s solutions are best and most effective)

12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,  for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations. (David is asking that God not allow to happen what his foes want to happen.  There are false witnesses and malicious accusations.  Sometimes, such are what Satan uses to bait us into sinning by responding in anger, flesh to flesh.  God gives us the better option as His children to respond in the Holy Spirit, to do what the Holy Spirit would want us to do, to submit ourselves to the control of the Holy Spirit: to respond in love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.  His Word gives us the truth that what looks like a struggle with human enemies is actually not about people but about the battle in the spiritual realm.  It’s about spiritual warfare.  In Verse 1 above, ” ‘whom’ shall I fear and ‘of whom’ shall I be afraid” can apply not just to human opposition but even to Satan.  Satan is already a defeated foe.  Please click here for more on Spiritual Warfare.)

13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (David is confident God will show him His goodness.)

Today’s YouVersion Verse of the Day:
14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.  (Google’s definition of “wait”: “stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens.”  David tells himself to not rush into responding what his mind immediately thinks of in the face of fierce and unjust opposition.  He looks at waiting for The Lord as the best response.  FreeDictionary’s meaning of “take heart”: “to receive courage or comfort from some fact”)

Dear Lord, thank You for this psalm. Please help me to apply it to my situation today in Jesus’s name amen.

God Has Spoken

My discipler, Princess shared with me last week, “Want to know God’s will? He has already spoken (in His Word).  What remains (to be done) is our obedience.” I think it’s easier to study God’s Word than to apply it. It’s easier to dish it out than to live it out.  I could recite Matthew 6:33 : (Seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness) and pull it out of my hat when it seemed appropriate to give. But it didn’t strike me as what I needed until after several days that I had already read it.

When I was invited by my discipler, Mama Beth, to attend a teacher’s training last January 27, I was moved that God would give me an opportunity to return to formal women’s ministry.  One of my favorite scenes in the bible is when Jesus restored Peter after the latter denied Him three times (just soon after he professed enough love to die for Him).  I totally enjoyed learning at the training.  But when came the following text for signup to serve at the Thursday Bible Study as facilitator, I couldn’t immediately say yes.  The should-I-shouldn’t-I dialogue went on in my mind.  I didn’t want to be all gungho on signing up and then when the business expansion that He allowed me to start gets well under way, I might be absent or late or not be able to give 100%.  I might not be able to deliver as well when it comes to work and that wouldn’t be glorifying to The Lord either.  My daily schedule is so busy lately and up next on the list was to really streamline my menu.

The Facilitators’ Training Schedule was for February 12.  By February 10, I recalled the Feb 6 YouVersion Verse of the Day:  “And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”

The words I underscored above tied in with my menu task which was keeping me from committing to serve God.  He impressed on my heart that if I take care of His business, He will take care of my business (a quote from a brother in Christ).  So on February 10, I set my heart on going to the Facilitators’ Training.  Not surprisingly, a big squabble happened among my employees that morning that I needed to attend to.  By the time I was done, I would have been fifteen minutes late for the training.  How embarassing to start my commitment with this tardiness but I told The Lord that I would still go there, maybe with a paper bag over my head as I walk in, but I will go.  I ran from the parking lot to the training room until I got to my chair, only to find out that the training hadn’t started yet because they were hoping to start only after the newly-arrived-from-abroad speaker came.  So The Lord enabled me to get the full training after all.

In time for Valentine’s week, I thank God for enabling me to obey His call to serve.  After all, His love language is obedience.  Now Lord, You have to help me follow this through not by might nor power but by Your Spirit in Jesus’s name amen.

 

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One Day There Will Be No Tomorrow

In my harried, hurried week, I had been getting several proddings to call Jing Egenias to ask how she is.  Each time I wanted to, I told myself I will call her when I get to see how many reads her story got so that she would have a better than vague idea that many people were able to read her story.  I was sure she would be delighted as she had offered her life testimony to the Lord, He is the one who plants those seeds of encouragement, specially from the verses she shared which will not go back to Him empty.

But this week, I had been coming home late from work daily and I couldn’t find the specific statistics window on the mobile WordPress app. So I told myself “I’ll do it tomorrow.”

Today, I received a message from Wilma Frias:wilma frias reply

I’m so sad that I couldn’t say goodbye to Jing.  She is such a great inspiration of faith.  As of today, her story was read 911 (nine hundred eleven) times.  She would have been happy with just one soul being touched and encouraged in their own journey.

I pray I will finish well like Jing.  Thank you, Jing Egenias.  Thank you for your legacy of faith to encourage each one of us whom you have touched during your life to keep on keeping on.  I weep for the loss of a beautiful soul here on this side of heaven.  But I rejoice that your beautiful soul is now with Jesus Christ, free of pain and illness.  Jing, you are a hero of the faith. See you on the other side, dear Sister.  I hadn’t even met you face to face but you will always be in my heart.

Dear Lord, please show me the things that You are prodding me to do which I am presumptuously thinking I have tomorrow to do. Please help me to do it now in Jesus’s name and for Your glory, amen.

Please click here to read Jing’s Story

 

Beauty Queen for The King of the Universe

Miriam during her Miss Universe stint

Miriam during her Miss Universe stint

It’s raining blessings for beauty queen, actress, entrepreneur, author, wife and mother, Miriam Quiambao-Roberto.  She is one of the anchor hosts of The 700 Club Asia which plays weeknights on GMANewsTV.

Miriam as 700 Club Host

Miriam as 700 Club Host

She’s currently part of the newest TV series on GMA7, Second Chances, starring Jennylyn Mercado and Raymart Santiago where she plays “Alyssa”.  She is also one of the newest anchor hosts for Philippine Realty TV on ANC & TFC.   She is a sought-after speaker around the Philippines and abroad along with her husband, author/entrepreneur, Ardy Roberto.  But the blessings weren’t always falling on her lap.  She went through different seasons of trials which refined her faith.

Last October when I met her the second time at the Hope in the Big C event (for the benefit of Life to the Max Cancer Ministry), in approximately five minutes, she passionately shared her life story with the audience without missing a beat.  Laser-focused and courageous, she spoke of how her hope was in Jesus Christ.

It was a blessing to chat and pray with her.  She shared that since having come to know the Lord, she tithes her time to Him and as much as possible when her schedule permits, she speaks at churches when she is invited and God is the one who repays.  So today’s blessings are no surprise.

When it was her husband, Ardy’s turn to go onstage, there was a wild scream from behind me to cheer him on.  When I turned to look, it was Miriam, the amazing wife who unabashedly demonstrated her unwavering support for her husband!

Miriam with her husband, Ardy Roberto, during their wedding

Miriam with her husband, Ardy Roberto, during their wedding

They are partners in life, in business, and in ministry.  Just having come back from a ministry trip to Qatar, Miriam willingly agreed to be interviewed for Butterflyinthespring readers…

BUTTERFLYINTHESPRING(BITS):  What was the greatest trial of your life?
MIRIAM QUIAMBAO-ROBERTO (MQR):  I have gone through many trials in my life——-I experienced quarter life crisis, a divorce, loss of jobs, showbiz controversies, relationship challenges;  I was deep in debt, scammed off my life savings, among others… one after another. There were a few times when I even contemplated suicide.

BITS: That’s a lot of serious challenges; how did you overcome all of those?
MQR:  I was able to overcome only with God’s grace and a lot of help from my friends. I was grateful that a friend of mine, Anthony Pangilinan, shared with me the saving knowledge of the grace of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.  Another friend, Jessica Guevarra-Everingham, invited me to a bible study.   At that study, (Bible group leader and Real Life Foundation Managing Director) Lynn Nawata shared with me God’s word that He has great plans for my life and I discovered that there is hope in Jesus Christ.  I held on to that hope and God helped me to overcome my challenges.

BITS: How do you think your life has become better as a result of that trial?
MQR:  Life is better now that I am with the Lord because I feel His love, I experience more peace, more joy… my life moving towards the direction of God’s will for me. My heart is completely healed. My relationship with my parents has been restored. My financial life is more stable. He has given me second chances in life, in love, and in my career.

BITS: How would your life have been different if you didn’t go through those trials?
MQR:
I would probably still be lost, trying to fill myself with material things and running after one achievement after another and yet experiencing no fulfillment nor satisfaction. Even worse, if God didn’t save me, I would probably be dead by now.

BITS:  What were the most important things you learned?
MQR:
I learned that I cannot live without God. I learned that I cannot seek joy, love, and identity from things outside of me. Doing so will only lead me to discontent and dissatisfaction.  Instead, pursuing God and seeking His will and following His ways bring about joy, love, meaning, and satisfaction in life.

BITS:  Who is Jesus to you?
MQR:
Jesus is my Healer, my Savior, my Redeemer, my Restorer, my Guide, my Wonderful Counsellor.  God is my Provider, my Father, my Nurturer, my Shelter, my Rock, my Strength. He gave me hope when I was hopeless. He gave me direction when I was lost. He sent help when I was helpless. He provided for me when I fell short.  He showed me the way when there was none.  Everything I am, I owe to Him.

BITS:  How did you know that God is real?
MQR:  
Because He speaks… I feel His presence. I experience His love. I am alive because of Him.

BITS:   Was there a worship song that ministered to you during your trialS?
MQR:  One song that I really loved singing when I first came to have a personal relationship with The Lord was “Hosanna” by Hillsong.  I especially love the lyrics which go:

“Heal my heart and make it clean,
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me.
Break my heart for what break Yours
Everything I am for Your Kingdom’s cause
As I walk from earth into eternity”

BITS: Do you have a life verse?
MQR: Jeremiah 29:11
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a future and a hope.'”

BITS: What word of encouragement would you have for someone who is undergoing trials right now, maybe similar to what you went through?
MQR: There is hope in the Lord.  He has great plans for you.  Just trust in Him. Pray and seek Him and you will find Him.  Jesus is the answer to everything.

BITS: How would you like people to remember you?
MQR:
  I want to be remembered as the beauty queen who has received the saving grace of Jesus Christ and inspired many to seek the Lord in order to experience salvation, more love, joy, life and peace in Him.

Every bit a beauty queen

Every bit a beauty queen, and every bit of this beauty queen is for God’s kingdom’s cause.

BITS: What do you think is your life message?
MQR:  I have shared it in my book “He Can Catch You When You Fall”.  It’s an inspirational story of how God catches people when they fall in life and I have used my story to illustrate how God has done exactly that in my life — He caught me each time I fell only to deliver me, to love me, and to restore every aspect of my life.  He loves you and He wants to do the same for you if only you seek Him and do His will.

BITS:  Where can people get a copy of your book?
MQR:  It’s available at all National Bookstore branches.  Just look at the Filipino Biographies section.  They also have it at all PCBS branches, Fully Booked, OMF Bookstores, and at My Father’s Bookstore in Westgate Alabang.

Miriam's New Book

Miriam’s New Book

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Am I A True Lover?

At yesterday’s event, Deonna Tanchi shared this with us:

Love is an unconditional commitment

To an imperfect person

For their highest good

Which often requires sacrifice.

True Love which Jesus demonstrated to us first was when He gave His life to us even when we were opposed to Him.  If Jesus waited until we were perfect to love us, then that time would never come.  If we know our calling is to love even the unlovable who behave as enemies, that means all the more we should love those who are considered our family and friends and employees.

1 John 4:20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

Lord, please help me to be more like Jesus, to be a person from whom Your love flows for

If I don’t love, I speak nothing

1Cor 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I don’t love, I am nothing.

1Cor 13: 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I don’t love, I gain nothing.

1Cor 13:3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Lord, please show me in what ways I am unloving and empower me by Your Holy Spirit to love not in words but in action.

Thank You, Deonna Tanchi and Aggie Sarthou for your sharings.

Photo from Duoparadigms.com

Photo from Duoparadigms.com

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