Beyond Blessed

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 by Marbe Sagarino, SFL Pasig

I prayed for discernment and He gave me prudence.

Exactly 3 years ago, I was on a flight to Brazil – a place I never dreamt of going to for a life-changing event that I never thought I would ever be a part of.  It took only a year before that for me to experience inexplicable joy just by exiting a destructive relationship.  And I packed with me a prayer for discernment: “Lord, will you be assigning me a new life buddy?  Will I leave my job which asks me to promote against Life?  Will I ever know which path to choose?”  And because I l had learned to surrender everything, I was not only given a natural gift of impulse.  With the help of the Church and my community, I have also been given guidance to the moral judgment of my actions.  Now, I may not necessarily know where I am headed for everyday but I know that the little things I do are of God.  I thank Him for this gift of prudence.

I prayed for patience and He gave me constancy.

Early on in my career, I was used to job grade promotions and salary escalations in a matter of months.  I was impatient with life and wanted to conquer heights.  But when I prayed to God for patience, He made sure I would get really it.  Now, I am seeing 5 years of immobility but not without grace and constant learning, which is the bottom line of all my aspirations.  I found faithful learning through tough diligence while experiencing the rigor of life.  I now have maturity; constancy.

I prayed for companionship and He gave me LOVE.

Being an only child made me long for a sense of belongingness.  That is why I never want to be alone especially when I again dropped out from that 7-year “friendship.”  I sought for companionship in the mountains and in various random trips with random people.  But God eventually led me to prayer groups and “household” systems which brought me tears, laughter and “magical” moments with newfound “brothers and sisters.”  If this ain’t LOVE, I don’t know what is.  So I thank Him for everything.  For who I was, what I had gone through and who I am today because of grace.  I am more than blessed.  I am more.

No One Else Like You

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“Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?
– Ian Wallace, What a girl wants, 2003

There are people we look up to and admire, people we strive to be like. There are also people we want to be with, and are willing to change ourselves for. There are individuals who have changed their appearances, thinking that changing themselves physically will magically turn them into the person they admire, or that they will finally become the one the person they long for will finally love. There are also those who change themselves, let go of what they had once stood for just to be accepted by their peers. These people change themselves with this burning desire to be loved. But it does not work that way. You cannot compromise who you are in order to be loved by another. You choose to block people from knowing you and loving you for who you are.
You cannot expect another to love you if you do not love yourself; if you do not who you are, your past mistakes, your current circumstances and every thing you come with. You have to be the first to embrace your being unique, beautiful and unrepeatable before you find someone to appreciate all those things about you. Stop trying so hard to be someone you are not. You have a purpose that only you can fulfill, and when you don’t pursue it and fulfill it, you rob people of the chance to be blessed by you fulfilling it and you rob yourself of the chance to be blessed by it. Do you not think that people deserve that chance?
So please, do not shortchange yourself. Remember that when God created you, He saw you, and said “You are good”. And you may forget that often, and the harshness of the world may wall your heart from that truth, but please, allow God to break down those walls to unearth the treasure that He created you to be.
There is no one else like you, so you matter.
Give yourself a chance and maybe you will start to see the gem that you are; precious in every single facet of your being. Be not afraid to see what you were meant to be. Let the arms of your Creator envelope you so that every missing, rough and broken edge, will turn into nothing less than glorious.

Finding True Happiness In God

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by Melot Atenista, SFL Marbel

Chasing happiness is undoubtedly one of the reasons man live. Growing up, I have been searching for my own happiness. I’ve always thought I wasn’t good enough and that I don’t belong even if I have my barkadas with me. I’ve always come to believe that I am second place in life. I have always had the desires for happiness, love and belongingness and so I have this insane desire to prove that I’m worthy enough. I’ve tried finding it through making people around me happy, letting them make decisions for me in my life and always trying to win their favor.

I thought I was happy. But no matter how big my achievements were, whether in academics or service in the community, there’s would always be an emptiness residing in my heart.

But God loves me and is immensely powerful. He did not let my weeping overcome the great person that He is created in me. Last October 2015, He renewed me and He led me to the realization that true happiness can only be found in God alone. He took away my every brokenness and He replace my heart with. I was truly happy, serving Him alone.We do not need to devalue ourselves to find happiness because happiness is within. Narealize ko na, hindi mo na kailangang maghanap pa, pagmamahal niya lang sapat na.

I want to share this happiness to others. Now, I am happily serving our community here in Mindanao and with great desires to make our brothers and sisters find their true happiness in serving God too.

When Someone Wants Your “I Do”

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Marry Me, Today and Everyday. –Train, 2009

Everybody has a dream wedding. I mean everybody. Sure you have girls getting a lot of credit for contributing to the rise of the million dollar wedding industry, but I do not think any one is exempted from this desire.

The average woman has had dreams of becoming a bride since she was a little girl, and she has probably compiled her list of bridesmaids since high school, and every teeny tiny detail from the flowers to the song she would be walking down the aisle to are all ready to go. Not to mention the glorified vision of seeing her man, halfway through her march, gazing at her with love, teary-eyed, thinking to himself, “What have I done right in my life to deserve her?.” Oh yes. She’s got it all down to a tee. And all she is really waiting for is her knight in shining armor to step in and rescue her from the wait. The average man on the other hand, has been preparing how to strategically romance the girl of his dreams so that he may sweep her off her feet and eventually bring her to the altar.

But here’s the clincher, even before the “perfect” man and woman decides to come into our life to journey with us  to forever, Someone has already been coming up with unimaginable ways to woo us and love us  the way we long to and need to. That’s right.  Even while you were crying your eyes out over the first boy who broke your heart because you were demanding too much, He had his arms around you waiting for you to take one glance at Him to see how precious He thought you were. Or even while you were out having some drinks with your buds trying to get over the girl who shunned you down because you were not her type, or because she only saw you as a friend, after you had publicly declared your love for her, He was there. And He has never been nearer.

The thing with Him is that while you were desiring to be someone’s bride or some pretty girl’s groom, He has been desiring to be one with you. He has been desiring to marry you, and to love you every day, even if it meant a daily sacrifice to Himself. We just don’t know how to come to a disposition of open receptivity to this kind of overwhelming love. After every heart break, we see the good in us less, we doubt our worth, and we cannot come to terms at the possibility that Someone can love us this much. But the good thing is, He is big enough to; Big enough to take your flaws, Big enough to take your pain, Big enough to take your past so that He may have you even beyond the ‘forever’ that this tangible and fleeting world can offer.

So stop looking. Stop trying to hard. Stop beating yourself up. And learn how to bask in his overflowing, unending, unconditional perfect love. Every person that comes into your life will be broken, including your future spouse. Learn to receive Christ’s love and to be at peace with how he loves you in every way. Let Him be your teacher when it comes to the life-long lesson on how to truly, authentically and freely love. Because you have to first fall in love with the perfect man in Christ so that you can go beyond the imperfections of your ‘other’. Christ’s love makes it possible for us, that even in our humanity, we can love like the Divine. It only starts with us giving our sweet ‘Yes’ to being in union with Him.

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