​God’s Love. It’s Unmeasurable

There are so many instances in the Bible that God has shown His Love and mercy to His people. And one of those many that strucks me the most can be seen in the Book of Genesis, Chapter 3:21: 

“And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.”

Verse preceding this, on verse 20 says: 

“The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.” — and when Adam did this, it’s like he was saying to God, that this time, he is naming his own wife, and that he doesn’t care and trust God anymore. This is the time when trust has been lost and relationship has been broken. Blaming his wife and even God, by Him giving her happened. 

“‘But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”‘

Genesis 3:9‭-‬13 

Same with us most of the time. When we sin, when we are tempted, when we are faced with some of the most difficult situations in our lives, we tend to blame other people, we tend to blame everything and everyone around us, we tend to blame God. And we forget to acknowledge that we sin. 
BUT, God’s response is always to love is. He is always compassionate and merciful. 
verse 21 says “And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.”

Despite Adam’s response, despite of his rebellion, this is God’s response. And it’s heartbreaking. Because human as we are, we are all like Adam who rebels to God. But our Lord will always be the same, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) 

And despite us running, despite us sinning, He chose to save us. He chose to redeem us. He chose to be merciful and embrace us. Clothed us with dignity. Changed  our hearts and made it new. 

God is wonderful and glorious. He will always be. Forever. 💜

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This God-given Faith Has Made Me Well

Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”  Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

• Matthew 9:20‭-‬22 NIV •
There are so many instances in our lives that we look at this context literally, that we only look to God and ask for His help when we need physical healing, when we are already suffering, when we thought and admit to ourselves that we can’t take it anymore. When we ask for forgiveness, when we ask for mercy. 
What I love about this context is the fact that the woman has been bleeding for 12 long years. And this woman is just like us, bleeding, hurting, suffering, for so many years. She is just like us. For years, how many of us have been prayer to have our circumstances change? How many of us prayed for a miracle? How many among us asked for a difference? 
Jesus, who was about to go to somewhere came and passed by. And what the woman did is, with all her might, with all her strength, WITH ALL HER FAITH, touched Jesus’ garment and BELIEVED. 
Same with what happened to me. For years, I feel like I was in the wilderness, doing everything I thought would matter, and everyday I prayed that something different, something great would happen to my life. Years passed by, and I was just like going round in circles and everything was a mess. Four years ago, I met Jesus and I was so reluctant that time. I continued saying No and not responding to His call. But Jesus made a way to get me. He made a way to choose me. He made a way to redeem me, to purchase me, to let me know that He loves me, that He have plans for me. He let me know that His plans for me are FAR GREATER than I could ever imagine. 
And this FAITH, that I keep on exercising everyday, is a GIFT from God. I never would have thought that He would give me a life where I can exercise this faith. I never even thought that there is much more to life than everything else. When God passed by my life, He marked me as His daughter. He marked me as His. I am His. I am His child. I am His princess. I am His redeemed child. When He passed by my life, He made sure that I am aware. And it changed me. It changed my whole life. This FAITH, that He Himself, has given me, made me well. 
How about you?
When Jesus pass by your life, are you willing to pursue Him? Are you willing to find the answers to your questions? Are you willing to be healed? Are you willing to exercise your faith? 
Will you allow Jesus to heal you?

Will you allow Jesus to lead you? 

Will you allow Jesus to forgive you? 

Will you allow Jesus to take over? 

Jesus, our Redeemer, our Saviour, died on the cross and gave His all, His very life for all of us.

There is no reason for us not to put our full faith in Him, because there is nothing we can do to make His love for us change. There is nothing we can do to add on it. And even this faith comes from Him. 

#RedeemedPrincess

He is. He will always be. 

​Are you someone who always thinks and worries about life and what’s going on around? Someone who can’t be relaxed with the chaos, always running after something, always in a hurry. Someone who always thought that this world is created to revolve for you and around you? Someone who thinks that everybody looks, but no one cares? Are you that person, who is deeply hurt by the people in the past, deeply insecure and scarred, hardly bruised and shamed, even deeply intimated by others who are higher and much better than you? Are you? 
Because I am. I was.

I thought people like me and I also thought they don’t. I’m scarred. I’m ashamed. I’m nothing but a tramp. 

And today, someone ministered to me, that

I am DAILY being saved by Jesus at the cross. Daily, He has to fight the battles I have in my head, won the insecurities in my heart and make me a victor because of His love and salvation.

YES. . .

  It was because of Jesus dying on the cross for me. Saving me from my sins. Allowing me to have a new life, a future and a hope.

Few years back, I didn’t even know Him. I didn’t know who Jesus was, and what He can do in my life until He cornered me and made me realize how much Loved I am. That God is my father and I am His daughter. That with Him, I can overcome any trials. That I don’t need to get attention, I don’t need to get the credit. I don’t need to be liked and be loved by the crowd. I don’t need to be popular. I don’t need to be known. I don’t need to be the greatest and be known as the most intellectual. 

See? That’s how sinful my heart is. Because those exact things that I don’t ‘need to be’, are the exact things, as a human and as a woman, I have always ever wanted to be. My heart is sinful, my heart is tainted. I’m nowhere near deserving of this love I am deeply receiving from my Creator. 

And with this, my heart is so grateful. My heart is so amazed. By how gracious, how loving, how forgiving, how perfect my Redeemer is.

He redeemed me. He clothed me. He is continually changing me. From my darkness, He shone and became my Light.

On my depression, He became my Reason to fight. He became the Courage and the Strength I need to remove the fright. 


He is my Lord. He is my Redeemer. My faithful Saviour. He is Jesus Christ. The Lover of my soul. My Lord, my King. My Father. My Everything.

I FELL MORE IN LOVE THIS YEAR 💘

Few more days Lord and the year is about to end. I could still feel in my heart and remember in my mind how great and amazing this year was. So many things have happened. So many revelations have been given. I’ve been afraid, I’ve been faithless. But God You’ve been so faithful. There were times that I was about to fall, I was about to be crushed with pain and uncertainty, but the fact that You are there, always there, ready to catch me whenever I stumble, is more than enough Lord. More than enough for me to be way stronger than before. 

And as for me, the BEST THING this year is the relationship/s I had with You. You’ve made me realize that You are my Father, my Redeemer, my Friend, my Bestfriend, my Saviour, my One and Only, the Lover of my soul. I know Lord that there are a lot more of You that I will experience as we journey together. But THANK YOU LORD. THANK YOU FATHER for being with me throughout ALL the seasons of my life this 2016. 

Thank You for hugging me when I’m sad. Thank You for reassuring me when my heart and spirit was crushed. Thank You for reminding me that I am Your daughter, and I will forever be because You are my Father. I have endless praises and thanksgiving and I can’t even contain especially the inner joy by having You, knowing You, being with You. 

I can always draw and find my strength in You Lord. And I will gladly wait for You. (Psalms 27:14) 

Yes, the year is about to end. Days have been great and wonderful, but Lord, I am EXCITED FOR MORE. 
Excited for more of You. Of more of Your character. Of more of Your revelations. Of more time we will spend with each other. 

I’m excited to go through with more of the seasons, as long as I am with You and You are with me. And Lord, I remember my Faith Goals. I remember it all. And I know that “Everything has its own time and its own season.” (Ecc 3:1) 

I WILL GLADLY WAIT FOR YOU LORD. 

THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME. THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF LOVE. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO LOVE OTHERS. I CAN ALWAYS LOVE, ONLY BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME FIRST. 💘 

And Yes, this year, I Fell more in love with You Lord. Thank You. 💚💛💜💙💘

Who would have thought that You love me this much? 

https://abiemcarino.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/who-would-have-thought-that-you-love-me-this-much/​​

Wow Lord! It’s been a year already. And I can’t contain the gratefulness I feel everytime I remember the day You’ve made me realize how much You love me. 365 days of being with You made me become a different person. A different woman, a different daughter, a different friend, a different person, a different creation. Who would have thought Lord? Who would have thought that You love me this much. 

Been through different seasons for the past year and been through a lot of testings. The BEST THING is, this time, You are with me and I am with You. Thank You for making me realize that life is composed of lots of seasons and You guide me in every one of those, each day You give me a reason. A reason to smile, to love, to forgive and to hope. And now I’ve learnt, ‘that everything has its own time and season.’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

Let me tell you how I’m seeking the Lord. Let me tell you that it’s not easy, but it’s worth it. Worth everything. 

All my life, I’ve known that this book is a bible. I’ve seen it on our home, dusty, old and was at times used. But I have never imagined that this book, the Bible, is where I will, and can know my Creator, the Giver of my life, the Lover of my soul. This book has changed, keep on changing and for sure will continually change my whole life. (Philippians 1:6)


Three years ago, I had a friend who kept on bugging me to do this One to One, be on a Victory Group and to go to church. I’m so reluctant that time and I said to myself, “No. I never would want to share my life to other people. Never will I make friends that will fully know who I am inside out.” I kept on making excuses, reasons not to go to our meetings, saying I’ve got something to do, but there’s really none. (Sorry Ate Gi and Tin!) 

GOD

Who is He? Do you even know who He is in your life and what He has done for you? My God, my great God, my awesome God, who has never get tired of following and running after her lost daughter. Who would have thought that from Alabang, I’ll be transferring and living in Ilocos for 5 long months, without going to church. After that, I have to handle a team in Cebu, and on my birth month I’ve learned about Victory Cebu. To cut the long story short, few months after that I’ve met the tool God will be using so I can fully understand the Gospel. Amazing right? God has never forsaken me. God didn’t ever want to let me go. This one to one booklet has been the framework of my real search of who God is. 💘 (Psalms 27:8)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2Co 5:17 NIV

I had my water baptism a year ago and that moment changed my very life. It turned everything around. I’ve discovered so many things, so many sins, so many mistakes, so many stumbling times. And what’s amazing is, Jesus, died from that cross. He bore my sin and shame, and there will be no more condemnation. He promised a new heart of flesh, free from the aches and hurts, as long as your security lies alone in Him. (Romans 8:1)

And these, my five colourful journal, where God and I talked, shared and communicated so much. Where poems and songs were written. Where broken heart and soul were given. Where tears have fallen and where sins were declared forgiven. (Psalms 32:1)

Some of the books where I’ve learnt a lot. Leadership, Emotional Purity, Missions, even scheduling! 🙂

Lots of promises were given. Lots of promises were claimed. Do you even know that God is a Promise-Keeper? With these promises, I’ve learned to live a whole lot better. Life has never been such this sweeter. But, what important is not the promise, but the Promise-Giver.  (Psalms 105:8) 

It’s been a year of ups and downs, and ups and downs and ups and downs. Year of trials, pruning, honing, but it is a pure Joy for me to celebrate this Love I have with the Lord. It was a year of sweet redemption, a season of pure celebration. Where I have been saved, redeemed, being changed, being sanctified. It was a year of character testing, of planting and being planted. Of harvesting and sharing. Of loving and giving. Of knowing myself and knowing God more and more. My prayer is: 

I ask only one thing, Lord: Let me live in your house every day of my life to see how wonderful you are and to pray in your temple.

Ps 27:4 CEVUS06

Pure. Holy. Wonderful. Amazing.Perfect. Hosanna. Indescribable Lord. Thank You Lord. Thank You for turning my mourning to dancing. For turning my sorrow to joy. THANK YOU FOR TURNING MY LIFE AROUND, FULLY! 💘

THANK YOU LORD. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME. ALL THE PRAISE AND HONOR ONLY BELONG TO YOU! ☝☝☝

Your Love is the Best. Nothing compares. 

​”Heal my heart and make it clean. Open up my heart to the things unseen. Show me how to love like You have loved me. Break my heart for what breaks Yours. Everything I am for Your kingdom come.” 
I can only love because You loved me first. And everything is considered nothing, if I can’t love the  unloveable, imperfect people around me. When I look at You and how You died for me at The Cross, I realized how imperfect and sinful I am before You came. You saved me. You saved me. 
We have to learn to love like Jesus. 🙌💘 

From a Modern Day Ruth

Dear Future A Modern Day Boaz: Tonight, I talked to God about you.
I heard Him say that you are coming to me soon, but that you were struggling with unworthiness and fears. That you needed to be free from some things. My heart felt saddened at this, because I couldn’t even imagine you being unworthy especially if God chose you to be in my life, but I understand even if maybe we have never met…I totally understand. I interceded for you, tonight…that whatever it is you can’t seem to let go of, that God would give you the courage and strength. I prayed for a glance…that somehow my life would inspire you and encourage you to be a godly man, sold out for the Lord. I pray your heart is encouraged tonight…that you feel hope, peace and love in your heart. I pray God fills you with confidence and that you can see yourself as He does. I pray our hearts are somehow connected even before we have begun as friends or anything else. Just know you have a friend tonight and she is continually praying for you. I pray you look up soon and find me in your field. ~Love always in Christ, Jenny -A Modern Day Ruth, Copyright 2014

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Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Photo taken from A Modern Day Ruth in Facebook

Yesterday, I have heard one of the saddest reality I could ever hear in regards to my current season. Never did I thought that that day will ever happen. I just went to the center that day to finish one of our dedication for Friday and my friend, one of my accountable told me the news. What I can’t believe is, there are prophecies, vision, dreams, discernment, even words and lots of confirmation from different persons, and I couldn’t believe that this will happen. I know Lord, You want me to learn something from this. Maybe I already got swayed by my emotions, by my imagination of future with him. And it already distracted me from my relationship with You Lord. Sorry Lord. I don’t know why I’m feeling this, I don’t know why it feels like a sting inside of me. I’m praying for healing.

I will wait on You Lord. I know that Your plans are always better than my plans, in fact, your plans for me are THE BEST. I will wait Lord. I will wait. 💔

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Patience | Emotions

Today’s devotion:

Living Beyond Your Feelings

On any given day, we may feel good or bad, happy or sad, excited or discouraged, and a thousand other things. Although feelings can be very strong and demanding, we do not have to let them rule our lives.

We can learn to manage our emotions rather than allowing them to manage us. This has been one of the most important biblical truths I have learned in my journey with God. It has also been one that allows me to consistently enjoy my life.

If we have to wait to see how we feel before we know if we can enjoy the day, then we are giving feelings control over us. But thankfully, we have free will and can make decisions that are not based on feelings. If we are willing to make right choices regardless of how we feel, God will always be faithful to give us the strength to do so.

Prayer of Thanks: Father, I thank You that I no longer have to let my feelings control me. I am so grateful that I don’t have to wait to see how I feel every day before I know how to act. With Your help, I am going to live beyond my feelings—I’m going to live the joy-filled life Jesus came to give me!

** emotions are really deceitful. Today I just experienced the fruits of the Holy Spirit being ripped off me. My patience was truly tested and I don’t know why. This really has to be corrected in me. Lord I can’t do this alone. Pls help me! **

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