Oct. 13th, 2016 07:59 pm
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"where I go you know, and the way you know"

I've been wanting to get a tattoo that says something about my Christian beliefs, and so after discussions with regular tattoo artist, decided to incorporate a line from the Bible in the middle of cherry blossoms (because I love Japan forever - even if they don't love people with tattoos - and I love spring, and I love flowers).

"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me"
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And you left with your head filled with flames
And you watched as your brains fell out through your teeth
Push the pieces in place
Make your smile sweet to see
Don't you take this away

- Neutral Milk Hotel, Two-Headed Boy Part 2

Got sent a reminder on the above this morning by way of a message from an old friend (the wonders of modern technology!)
Realized again that there's really so much suffering that just happens on the inside, and what may seem insignificant to us  may be a big deal to others. Nothing can be taken for granted and there are (almost?) always chances to do good.
Thank God.
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Because Faith has saved me so many times, and I am very tired right now.

Romans Chapter 12:

1. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
2. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
3. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
6. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them...
8. He who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
9. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
10. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
11. Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
12. Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
13. Distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
16. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
18. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peacably with all men.
19. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengence is mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
21. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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Come they told me,
A new born King to see,
Our finest gifts we bring,
To lay before the King,

So to honour Him,
When we come.

Little Baby,
I am a poor boy too,
I have no gift to bring,
That's fit to give a king,

Shall I play for you,
On my drum?

Mary nodded,
The ox and lamb kept time,
I played my drum for Him,
I played my best for Him,

Then He smiled at me,
Me and my drum.

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Read this in my most-recently-finished book, 2/3 of which I enjoyed (I hated the ending) --

"To be still is to be stupid. To be stupid is to die'. And so we shall LIVE" - from Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl.

To be still... So don't be still. I think I've said this before - one thing that makes me very sad is when someone talented, blessed, in the position to do so much good, just does NOTHING. Nothing to help, nothing to improve things for others, doesn't share his/her gifts and use these in a way that honors the Source of all.

Service: This is something I really believe in. This is what keeps me moving, gives me strength in the morning - my belief in what I can do, and my need to at least try my best to live in the way I think He would want me to.
Faith saves. It does. And I pray so much that God will help this very important person in my life to find faith again.


Yesterday's baby shower was a great success. I teared up when Sheila's mom was giving the prayer, because I realized that my barkada is about to have its first baby!

I'm so glad that Sheila had a good time. I hope baby boy in her tummy had an awesome time, too. I hope he feels how much he is already loved :)

By the way, it was an 80s theme party. :)


Being with you makes everything seem simpler. :)


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