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October 22, 2011 by by Fiona Mae Alvero

Have you seen the video of a 2-year old girl victim of hit and run in China?

Me, I haven’t—by choice.

I’ve been hearing a lot about it though recently. Last night even, my sister told me in full morbid details the acts caught in that tragic video.

I didn’t see the video (I still don’t want to) but I did get the point. A lot of us might have expressed our anger, disgust or disappointment towards those people who didn’t even care to help the dying little girl. We are mad at how apathetic they were not realizing how guilty we are sometimes of doing the same thing to other people.

For some of us, it’s that annoying woman sitting beside our desk in the office. For some, it’s a dear friend who we share lunch with in the school cafeteria everyday. For others, it’s your teacher, your neighbor, your mom, your brother, your child or your boss. People who are dying because of problems, of rejections, of insecurities, of hatred, of lust, of sin – yet we shy away from speaking life to them. People who need to hear a life-saving truth that we oftentimes love to deprive. People who need to know what Jesus did on the cross for all of us yet we pass on sharing it to them.

Remember the time when you were wounded and hurt too? We were also fatal and dying on that same street until someone, oh until someone passed by and willingly offered their time, effort, love and compassion to us and helped us live. Until now when we get little bumps here and there, they still do help us recover. And this life of ours? It’s meant to help others to live too.

So we need to continue on sharing the Gospel. We’ve got to keep spreading the message. And who knows one day, time will come when no one will be left abandoned on that street anymore.

‎‎‎”In our sane minds we cannot deny that when we see people dying, all we want to do is to help them live… Step out and share the Gospel!” – Cesar Bordalba Jr., Ignite 2011

10.22.11 3:18am

October 16, 2011 by by Fiona Mae Alvero

Got a Facebook message tonight from my beautiful Victory Group leader, Ate Rache Romero. I think this is too awesome to be just kept in my inbox, so I’m sharing this to all of you—especially for all the girls out there. :)

This is a poem that Ruth Bell Graham, wife of Billy Graham, wrote about the man that she would marry. She wrote the first one when she was 13. And the second one she wrote when she was 17.

You ready? Here it is!!!

Dear God, I prayed, all unafraid
(as we’re inclined to do),
I do not need a handsome man
but let him be like You;
I do not need one big and strong
nor yet so very tall,
nor need he be some genius,
or wealthy, Lord, at all;
but let his head be high, dear God,
and let his eye be clear,
his shoulders straight, whate’er his state,
whate’er his earthly sphere;
and let his face have character,
a ruggedness of soul,
and let his whole life show, dear God,
a singleness of goal;
then when he comes
(as he will come)
with quiet eyes aglow,
I’ll understand that he’s the man
I prayed for long ago.
(From Ruth Bell Graham’s Collected Poems, p. 35)

IF I MARRY

“If I marry: He must be so tall
that when he is on his knees
he reaches all the way to heaven.
His shoulders must be broad enough
to bear the burden of a family.
His lips must be strong enough to smile,
firm enough to say no,
and tender enough to kiss.
Love must be so deep
that it takes its stand in Christ
and so wide that it takes in the whole lost world.
He must be active enough to save souls.
He must be big enough to be gentle
and great enough to be thoughtful.
His arms must be strong enough to carry a little child.”

To all the girls out there, remember that you only deserve God’s best. :) Pray for your future husband!

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PS. I’ll get married in a farmhouse someday. :)

10.16.11 9:10pm

October 8, 2011 by by Fiona Mae Alvero

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I was on Twitter this morning and I happen to stumble upon several sad tweets of some friends about a young celebrity, but none of which tells what actually happened. So to my curiosity, I hit the reply button to ask what happened. I really thought this young celebrity from the showbiz industry had just died, but I found out it was only because he, Ryan Bang, got voted out as hurado (judge) on ABS-CBN’s afternoon show “Showtime.”

Ryan Bang even trended on Twitter. I fact, I think he is still until now together with another celebrity and co-hurado (co-judge) on Showtime, Dimples Romana. Tweets say that Dimples gave up her seat for the voted-out Ryan, so Ryan will still have the chance to stay as one of the hurados on the show while Dimples leaves (on the show, every week a hurado gets eliminated, and for this week, Ryan got voted out and since he’s been there for so long, they were all sad by the truth that he was eliminated).

How I wish life is that easy. You got fired at work, a co-worker pleaded to your boss and said instead of you leaving, he’ll just be the one to leave and you can take his position. In school, you failed the exam, but a student from the class who aced it offered to transfer some of her points to you so you could hit the passing mark (when I failed exams in college, this is what I was wishing for haha). Or when you’re just plain tired and burned out, and someone will say to you “You wanna take a rest, eh? Go, I’ll substitute for you.”

All of us know those things can’t happen in real life. On TV, yes maybe, but in every day life? Nah. Hardly. As much as there are true golden hearted people out there who would love to sacrifice, we know it can seldom happen. Your co-worker can’t do that. Your classmate can’t either.

Actually, I only know of one true substitution that’s possible for all of us in real life, the one that is the most amazing and important substitution of all time – when you and I were substituted by Jesus on the cross so that we could have a chance to heaven and be reconciled with the Father. 1 Corinthians 5:21 says “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” It was supposed to be us who should be crucified on the cross.

And just like that woman giving up her seat for the young celebrity, God did the same for you and me – unconditionally, lovingly, sacrificially, profoundly, gracefully, for real. He gave up His comfortable seat in heaven and came down on earth as human to find His children, save them from eternal death and give them a life of eternity with Him by dying on the cross. He didn’t have to, but He just can’t stand not to.

To take or not to take the offer? Ryan Bang with no hesitation, or even questions asked, accepted the seat given to him on the show. You also have a decision to make.

By the way, I think Jesus deserves to be up on the Trending Topic for that – worldwide and forever!

10.09.11 1:35am

October 8, 2011 by by Fiona Mae Alvero

Grace is something we don’t deserve. Grace is Jesus dying on the cross for sinners. Grace is always sufficient. Grace is Mark 16:7 still giving Peter a special mention (“But go and tell his disciples, especially Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you”) despite him denying Jesus three times.

And grace, though way beyond our minds can fathom, is given especially for you and me. Jesus has made it available for you and me. And it is only by His grace why we can live a life of promise, why we can overcome sin, why we are saved.

 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8

October 8, 2011 by by Fiona Mae Alvero

Grace is something we don’t deserve. Grace is Jesus dying on the cross for sinners. Grace is always sufficient. Grace is Mark 16:7 still giving Peter a special mention (“But go and tell his disciples, especially Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you”) despite him denying Jesus three times.

And grace, though way beyond our minds can fathom, is given especially for you and me. Jesus has made it available for you and me. And it is only by His grace why we can live a life of promise, why we can overcome sin, why we are saved.

 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8