Text: John 13:1-5, 33-35

Jesus demonstrated His love to His disciples in order for them to understand & obey His commands of “loving one another”. Practicing this will prove that they are really Christ’s disciples.

What kind of love Jesus demonstrated?

Greek words for love:
Eros: affection bet. a man and a woman
Storge: natural affection among family members
Phileo: fond of a person, object or activity
AGAPE: unconditional love – not based on emotions, on what someone/something can give.

Jeremiah 31:33
John 3:16
Romans 8 38-39

How Jesus thought this love?

John 13:15 “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done to you.”

The love that Jesus was referring to is SERVANTHOOD.

Galatians 5:13

Why Jesus commanded His disciples to “love one another”?

John 13:34
“a new COMMAND I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

Why must we obey Christ?

John 13:35 “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

If the love of Christ is seen among Christians, that alone is already a step towards witnessing Christ to nonbelievers.

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I’d been living for almost 23 years, and from that, been working for almost 2 years. Life taught me of some basic things that I must be doing then, not just from my experiences but also from some facts that I’ve learned from different resources that I can totally prove. I really think, having able to understand physical anatomy and physiology and life-stuff are just some of the perks of being a nurse and a Christian at the same time.
So here are the list of some important things that you must start doing that are mostly based from my life experiences as a working girl, a superwoman and an owner of this only life that could only have.

1. Set your watch at least 10 minutes earlier. Based on the article I’ve read entitled “A Man Is Punctual: The Importance of Being on Time”, being punctual strengthens and reveals your integrity, shows you are dependable, builds your self-confidence, assures you’re at your best, builds and reveals your discipline, shows your humility and shows your respect for other. Whatever you are right now, whether an employee, a student or a volunteer etc., being punctual is an important thing.

2. Always make a receiving copy. I saw the importance of securing a receiving copy when I was working, after encountering a problem upon not being able to secure once. It was horrible and traumatic since I was obliged to pay because I didn’t able to prove that I have endorsed stuff.

3. When you don’t know, ask. Well, it is really better to ask rather than to act like you know it and encounter problem thereafter.

4. Always bring a pen and a small notebook with you. I do love writing a lot and taking down notes since I really have this what you called short term memory loss. Nah, I’m just kidding, it’s just that I tend to forget a lot of things such as numbers, names, directions etc. You would really doesn’t know when you’re gonna need it.

5. Check your email daily. If you’re like me whose email is subscribed to tons of websites and blogs you better include it in your daily basis not just for updates but also to trash the trashes.

6. Don’t be afraid to say NO. In Matthew 5:37, it tells there, But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No. Instead of hurting others or breaking a promise because you didn’t able to do what you oath to do, it’s better to say NO. I’m the kind of person who, as much as possible, doesn’t want to reject others because I know the feelings of how to be rejected. But let’s be reasonable, don’t be afraid to be hated because of you saying no, if they’re really concern about you, they will understand.

7. Always have your alcohol and sanitizer with you. 80% of diseases can be transmitted through hand contacts. That’s why handwashing is very important to everyone but then, we all know that water isn’t accessible all the time so take alcohol or sanitizer as substitute instead.

8. Never forget to take your breakfast everyday. It is the most important meal of the day since it is where you’re gonna get all your energy for the whole day. So that means skipping your breakfast to save yourself from additional calories, getting late at work or longer sleep is not a good idea.

9. Drink lots of water. There’s a lot of certain diseases that can be prevented and health benefits that can be acquired through right water consumption. Kaiser Permanente nephrologist Steven Guest, MD, agrees: “Fluid losses occur continuously, from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily for good health,” he says.When your water intake does not equal your output, you can become dehydrated. Fluid losses are accentuated in warmer climates, during strenuous exercise, in high altitudes, and in older adults, whose sense of thirst may not be as sharp. Read more about it.

10. Elevate your feet after each long tiring day. Elevation of feet while resting will promote venous return from our lower extremities to the heart that was deprived, due to gravity, during our prolonged standing or walking. A big way to prevent varicosities and some vascular diseases.

11. Have an ENOUGH sleep. Not less, not much. Based on researches, having an enough sleep promotes high attention span, good metabolism, and good mood. It is also an aid in promoting strong immune system and healthy skin.

12. Smile though your heart is aching. “Fake it till you make it” appears true when it comes to smiling. It has been proved that even a fake smile can help boost your mood because a movement in facial muscles that was caused by smiling helps in releasing dopamine and serotonin(neurotransmitters that are responsible in enhancing moods) in the brain. So, the next time you are feeling stressed, having a hard  task, or just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, smile for a while and see how your mood can change for the better.

13. Don’t hurry eating. Digestion begins in the mouth, that is called mechanical digestion. Eating thoroughly and gradually will help our precious body  in proper digestion and absorption. Also, eating in a gradual way will help us appreciate the taste of the food we’re eating thus making your meal more pleasurable and satisfying.

14. Never hesitate to express affirmations. There’s nothing more heroic than letting others feel their worth. Uplifting someone’s spirit can never be overrated. I was the kind  of person whose so timid of expressing affirmations to others before, maybe because of my insecurities or shyness . But then, I realized that affirming others could also be an encouragement to me, also a way to be affirmed in return.

15. Start and end your day with a thankful heart. A secret for being joyful is having a heart that is full of praise and thanksgiving. This life may offer us a lot of pains and sufferings but as we face it with a heart full of thanksgiving and focus on God’s faithfulness, everything is bearable. In 1 Corinthians 15:57, it saids “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” How good it is to know how God gave us the very reason to be thankful in everything.

Hope these list would help you. :)

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A year ago, I got inspired by one of online articles of Candy magazines about writing a letter for the future you. I find it really weird but still I tried it. Upon evaluating my 2013 goals, I found a sealed page after and it was there. I found the letter from the past me. I can’t help but smile, I just received an encouraging letter from the past me, things that was almost forgotten.

January 13, 2013
Dear Future Sunshine,
Hey, you just turned 23. How was the whole year? Have you able to evaluate  your year’s resolutions  and goals? While reading this, I’m hoping that you have able to achieved  all your plans for this year. Well, if you haven’t , maybe God has a better plan. Don’t be disappointed if those things that you want didn’t work out, rather be thankful for everything God have done for you. You may have faced failures throughout  your journey but I know how strong you are and how strong your God is. Every fall, I know you would be able to stand up and prove that there is nothing and noone is bigger than our God.

I don’t know what are you feeling right  now . I’m just hoping that while you’re reading this letter, you are smiling. Honestly, you are beautiful when you are smiling. Have you able to enjoy this year? Is this year had been fair to you? If yes, that’s good. If no, I’m hoping that you would be able to look further and see God’s goodness in everything.

Are you still single right now ? That’s good. You’re still young , don’t be disappointed rather use that opportunity to serve God and to strengthen your relationship with Him. Waiting for the “Right One” can never be overrated. Everything that is worth having is always a worth waiting. God will give  the right one in His perfect time.

CONGRATULATIONS SUNSHINE!!! you have able to passed all the obstacles in your life with the help of our God. Just the fact that you are now reading this letter, you are a winner!! There’s no point in regretting for the things that you wished you have done and things you wished you never did. Move on…make it a life lesson and never forget what it taught you.

Happy New Year!! Make your year awesome like it has always been.

God bless you, Sunshine and may Jesus’ love stays in your heart forever . <3

Love lots,
Sunshine from the past

P.S. continue to stay POSITIVE!

I just realized that sometimes you can really be your own encouragement despite of all the things that happened – failures, fall down, unfaithfulness  etc., God is always up for something.

I have decided to do it every year, just to remind myself that I did a great job and nothing is ever wasted. Everything is for God’s glory.

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I have to admit this, I know I’m not the only one struggling with this, but I have to be honest, in my part I’m really having a hard time maintaining my prayer life. I’d been a Christian for almost a decade, an active church youth member but still so guilty with this.
In a relationship, I know how constant communication is so important. Being able to communicate with my friends and love ones through different ways (like skyping, texting, phone calls) from a far made it for us to maintain our closeness.
So if you’re gonna ask me if prayer does really matter, well my obvious answer would be yes because it’s our way of communication with God that strengthens our relationship with Him. Some people might ask why pray when God already knows everything? why still present my request when He already know what’s the desires of my heart?
Well, I think prayer is a kind of two-way communication, it’s not just WE asking Him for certain things, thanking Him for the blessings He have given us, repenting to Him for the sins that we have committed but also HIM talking to us. We must also take time to listen with an open heart as He speaks through His Spirit.
As what Philip Yancey said in his book Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?, “The true relationship in prayer is not when God hears what is prayed for, but when the person praying continues to pray until he is the one who hears, who hears what God wills.” Prayer plays an role for our desires to be aligned to His by the mean of not just listening to our own heart but to His desires in our lives.

For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 1 John 3:20

The problem is why is it so difficult to pray? Again, like in any other relationship, ours with God requires commitment. There will always be a battle between the flesh and the Spirit. There comes a time wherein your body might refuse to do it because of some stuff (like physical exhaustion, stresses, laziness), but as we filled our life with His Spirit and let Him work in us, He will help us to conquer everything even our struggle with prayer. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, it tells there that we should “pray without ceasing”. How is that possible? What does that mean? Upon seeing the verse, it doesn’t necessarily mean to deny your social life and go to a quiet a place, kneel with your head down and prayer the whole day, not like that. As what Rei Lemuel Crizaldo said in his book entitled Connected ka ba? How to Pray Kahit Lo-batt Ka Na? ” The challenge, actually, is to be in constant awareness of God’s presence, to have uninterrupted thoughts of God, and to live as if there is only God and you in the world.” As we let Him filled our minds and hearts, prayer would become as easier as breathing in us.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcend all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

I’m in a great destruction again, battling against my own emotional self. I don’t know, maybe it’s kinda hormonal imbalance again or some type of mood swing. I’m so tired of this drama honestly but I can’t help it. Other people might think I’m crazy if they found out but I will try not to be bothered by them and by their judgmental act. I feel so guilty for entertaining this feeling of depression or mood swing or whatever you called it. While having a meeting in familiar circle group I’m in, suddenly, I felt rejected, it feels like noone cares or even bother to listen to me, they’re so happy as I watch them conversing with one another while I’m there, a wallpaper again. Then everything follows, I feel so least among everyone else, the thinking that I’m not good at anything, that I’m worthless, not good enough came in. My self-esteem is crushing down, and I’m helpless. My sister told me to consult a psychiatrist, which sounds crazy for me, but I think I will do soon if this emotional unstableness of mine still continues. I tried to unwind myself a while ago by going to the mall, strolling the bookstores and by eating some kinds of doughnuts, I felt a little bit better but as I got home, lie on the bed, I felt the loneliness again so I’ve realized that there’s nothing I could do with it if I’ll do it with just myself. I need someone who will help me, someone who will accept me along with my dramas in life, someone who will listen, someone who will never leave me nor forsake me, someone who will treat me like a precious one, like a treasured possession, okay I admit, I need Jesus. I need more of Jesus.

For the eyes of the Lord go this way and that, through all the earth, letting it be seen that he is the strong support of those whose hearts are true to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9a

My devotion yesterday made me realized that, truly, God sees everything transparently. He evenly blessed those who don’t do His will, how much more to those who faithfully hanging on to His promises and does His will. To the voice of Truth is where we supposed to listen. The enemies are always there waiting for the time of our vulnerability to attack and decieve us, God’s children, but God is faithful. As we ask Him for a firmer and stronger faith, He is more than willing to give it to us and He will not even let us be tempted on more than we can bear.

As of now, I’m writing this at the point wherein I feel so down but I’m choosing to hold on unto Him and His promises, for I know that everything will truly be fine soon. I think, my Lord is much stronger than this hormonal stuff. What I need is just positive thinking and a whole lot more of Jesus each day.

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a lover of random things. a certified foodie. I love make-ups. Reading books, blogs and magazines is my fave hobby.

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