He said his secret to a long life was not to smoke, drink or overdo it
I’m blessed and grateful.
But the group has a high bar.
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“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
(1 Peter 1:13, ESV)
Scripture warns us to be alert and watchful. We live in a spiritual war zone and battle a strong adversary.
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8, ESV)
The chief CONSUMERLATOR is out to steal, destroy, and kill our efforts to convert the perishable into the imperishable values of heaven.
The Lord can return at any moment. He tells us to be watchful and waiting. We need to heed these words from Ephesians:
“…for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, ‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’” (Ephesians 5:14, ESV)
Christ needs to shine on our efforts if we are to experience his blessing. We also want to avoid losing what we have gained in our work for the Lord:
“Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.”
(2 John 8, ESV)
We want to be sober-minded so we can see clearly. We also want to be sensitive to the leadings of the Lord. He reveals his will for us if we are alert to the “signals” he gives us along the way. As we set our hope fully on his grace, he can and will reveal more of himself to us.
Today, ask yourself:
Is my heart set on the Lord and his intended revelations for me, or is my heart set on something else?
It’s been a week now since the Manila Boracay Latin Dance Festival (MBLDF) 2015 was held. Still, the event makes me feel good despite the flight cancellation, rebooking and rescheduling that needed to be done. I wanted to cancel my attendance when my flight was cancelled. Talked to the organizer and was advised that my pass was non-refundable, I thought about it and re-booked my flight to Boracay instead. I didn’t regret my decision.🙂
It was my first time to attend the MBLDF. The party opened here in Manila at Brasas Latin American Street Food on November 17; followed by workshops, shows and party at the Makati Sports Club on November 18. On the succeeding days, (November 19-22) parties, bootcamps, shows/performances were held at Paradise Garden Resort in Boracay.
WORKSHOPS, ARTISTS AND PARTIES
I was overwhelmed by almost a week of partying with friends and meeting new friends from all over the world. It was also my first time to attend salsa on2 and pachanga with Güpson Pierre; Kizomba workshop with Nelson Campos; Kizomba styling from Sam and Marina; Tango Nuevo with Jun Borja and Basil; Bachata by Johnny Rosales; and Afro- Carribean workshops from Frankie Martinez. There were still other workshops but wasn’t able to attend some ‘coz of my adjusted flight.
I started Latin dancing socially only in February this year and I primarily learned from among the great leads on the dancefloor. Hence, as a newbie I truly learned a lot from the series of workshops and from the astounding artists present during the festival.
I loved learning from the world’s no.1 DJ Henry Knowles as he showed and explained to me and my friends his Puerto Rican maracas and shared to us his choice of music. I’m amazed by his knowledge and I find him very humble. I also enjoyed dancing with DJ Sam as he led me to a bachata and kizomba dances. It seemed for me that those dances were choreographed but those were all organic and spontaneous! And I wanted more. hahhaha Oh, yeah, he’s an amazing DJ and dance lead. There were other wonderful Djs that I failed to notice ‘coz I was simply enjoying their music. :))
THE BIKINI AND THE BEACH
As soon as I arrived at Golden Phoenix Hotel, my roommates Aleli and Coco asked me to go the beach. I initially wore one-piece as I usually do even when I swim at Makati Columns Condo. They insisted that I should change to two-pc.
So there I was— showing off my sculpted abs, toned legs and sexy arms. hahahaha, #OnlyInBoracay I brought with me three pairs of bikini swimwear and I told myself, I might as well wear them anyway. I enjoyed swimming both in the pool and on the beach.
Who wouldn’t enjoy the Boracay beach? Whoa! It is so beautiful- the white smooth sand, the sunrise, the hottest 12nn sun,the sunset, the pristine water and of course, the amazing people I was spending time with. I didn’t get enough of the water and the nature. Hence, I’m definitely going back again! Join me in March on my birthday! Yes, it’s my perfect reason to go back and that would be an early summer next year. I will certainly get the tan I’ve been wanting to get.🙂
Strolling in beach at night was also entertaining. There were many live bands performing, lots of stores selling souvenirs and all kinds of fine dining restaurants catering seafood dishes. Many choices of quick-serving restaurants are also present. Thus, you’ll never get hungry any station you go!
NEW FRIENDS, NEW WORLD
The event was also a perfect venue to meet new friends. Most of them are friendly and welcoming. It’s inevitable not to miss some of them especially the ones whom I’ve had the chance to get to know deeply and establish beautiful friendships with.
A new perspective…. Humorously breaking the #churchy mindset.
Can I say, Love is a choice and Love is a commitment?🙂
I wouldn’t want to imagine life without James. I enjoy being with him more than anyone else in this world. I love him more than I ever thought you could love someone, and I miss him whenever I am not with him. I wouldn’t want to married to anyone else other than James, which is good, because I plan on being married to him forever, and he has to let me die first.
But I reject the entire premise of soul mates.
Do you remember those awesome Evangelical 90’s/ early 2000’s where Jesus was kind of like our boyfriend and we all kissed dating good-bye because we just knew that God was going to bring us THE ONE and then life…
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Be unapologetically you.
Courtney E. Martin hosts a session called “The 19th Minute,” and shared valuable insight on how to give a talk that has real impact. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED
Sharing an idea isn’t like snapping your fingers — things don’t just instantly change. But as more people hear an idea over time, it can trickle into people’s thinking — and shifts, both subtle and extreme, can happen as a result. In a TEDWomen session called “The 19th Minute,” host Courtney E. Martin invited several guests to talk about what happened after they gave their 18-minute TED Talk — what changed, as well as what didn’t.
Deborah Rhodes spoke about the momentum her TEDWomen talk has built for using Molecular Breast Imaging rather than traditional mammography to screen for breast cancer under certain conditions. She still has a long way to go, she says, because, “mammography is very entrenched—culturally and medically.” Krista Donaldson talked about how her TEDWomen…
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