Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Love Email: Unforgettable Message To A Family

 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full. 2 John 1:12

This was an email I sent to my Tito and Tita last December, 2009.  I am sharing it with you in the hope that you will be blessed by the words as some did. Here it is:

"Blessings to you all from the Most High God who personally gives us everything we need according to His will for us.

Happy thanksgiving everyday to Jesus Christ who gave His life to save us from sins, and if each one of us would truly accept Him personally and heart-fully as our personal Savior and Lord, we would have the assurance of everlasting life with Him in heaven.

With the Holy Spirit who gives us daily guidance to do right from wrong, let us truly listen to Him always.

In everything we give our thanks, in Jesus' Mighty Name. Amen."

Happy reading! 

Note:  Tita had undergone a bypass surgery (heart) a few years ago while Tito had his last September, 2010.  All operations were successful, thanks God!
(c) November 23, 2010 - Luisa Mercado 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Rejoicing Still

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Philip. 4:4

This beautiful song, sang in four voices by my pastor and his family at the church this morning, really filled my heart with awesome gladness.  I immediately got a copy of the lyrics in the internet so that I can share it with you.  The lyrics in red tells you and me that God purges us to refine us so that we will come out purified as gold.

Let us then rejoice, friend, for the testing of God will make us  wonderfully perfect!  

God bless...
O Rejoice in the Lord
God never moves without purpose or plan
When trying His servant and molding a man.
Give thanks to the LORD though your testing seems long;
In darkness He giveth a song.

I could not see through the shadows ahead;
So I looked at the cross of my Savior instead.
I bowed to the will of the Master that day;
Then peace came and tears fled away.

Now I can see testing comes from above;
God strengthens His children and purges in love.
My Father knows best, and I trust in His care;
Through purging more fruit I will bear.
O Rejoice in the LORD
He makes no mistake,
He knoweth the end of each path that I take,
For when I am tried
And purified,
I shall come forth as gold.

(c) November 21, 2010 - Luisa Mercado 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christ's Love: More Than Enough

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39

What persuaded me to write something about the verses above was because I was touched by my best friend's acceptance of the realities of life.  It was a true-to-life experience of a real Christian facing life's bigger challenges  in her home, at work and in the ministry with non-believers that God had called her to perform.  I learned from her, too. I called "her"  ministry deserving a crown in heaven.  Honestly, the way I  assessed the situation, it required God's hand for her to move the high mountains.

The way she wrote the words in her somewhat mixed vernacular dialect (mind you, friend, she is a very good English professor) was quite funny (she used bulldozers, dump trucks, backhoes, etc.), but the message behind it was very deep.  For her,  the problems were all processes to beautify the highway of life.  

Friend, I hope, as a true Christian, you too will learn to smile at the truckloads of problems and difficulties you may be facing today.  This life is not at all full of happiness.  Maybe the people you love most may fail you greatly.  Your home may not be conducive to your growth as a Christian.  Your job may not be accepting you for your very good intentions even when you have done your best.  Others may be hard on you even when you try to reach them for Jesus.  Yet, God  has always said in His word that no one  "shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39b)."  Oh, what a promise!

(c) November 16, 2010 - Luisa Mercado

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mastering Forgiveness

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?  But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. Psalm 130:1-4

Below was what I wrote on facebook just a few days ago because I felt it in my heart that I should have said this many years ago to a lot of people whom I had erred (knowingly or unknowingly) or had erred me, too.  Sometimes I tend to forget that beyond all the pride and ego I could possibly master, it is still more Godly and humanely to ask forgiveness and to forgive. Has not God forgiven me too?

"Forgiving, forgetting, letting go and even asking forgiveness for the wrong things we've done in the past to people we met but had forgotten to say these things wholeheartedly.

God bless us."


(c) November 15, 2010 - Luisa Mercado