Happy Valentine’s Day: ‘Remain in my love’

Happy Valentine’s Day aka Happy Day to Celebrate Love.

In our present time, this day tends to leave many feeling unnecessary pressures, including the obligation to purchase and give material “expressions” of love. Although this day is conceptually based on unconditional and generous love, it can negatively stir many people emotionally due to the lack of such, leaving many to reflect on what love is really all about.

Some may feel pressures of living up to what society and/or commercial hype places focus on, including “keeping up with the Joneses.” Others – many for whom this is unintentional – may experience feelings of doubt, rejection, or abandonment due to the lack of a significant other and/or strife in what could be loving relationships (romantic, family, platonic).

Thankfully, there is a living God, who through His Son, demonstrated the greatest gift of love at a huge price. And we didn’t have to pay even a penny for it. (And thankfully not Valentine’s Day prices for long stem red roses delivered on Valentine’s Day. ;))

But Jesus paid it for us by paying for us.

He gave it all for us. Out of and because of His love.

He bought every one of us at a price for the suffering, shame, beatings, torture, mockery and cruelty He endured. He bought each of us at the cost of His life. This unconditional and generous gift was freely given with no expectations so that we can have life, and have it abundantly. This act by God the Father and God the Son was done whether you, I, or any other person in this world accepts and believes it as being true.

While God is the all-mighty Creator, whose goodness, greatness, all-knowingness, infinite power, and eternal existence goes beyond human comprehension, He is also Heavenly Father, who loves and thus, disciplines because of His love.

Although God can do anything at anytime, including forcing His presence and dominion in our heart and lives, He remains a God of grace. Jesus only stands knocking at the door. It is only if and when you or I choose to open it and let Him in… to press into having a relationship (as opposed to a religion) with Him, is when He chooses to come in. He doesn’t barge the door down. He doesn’t force. He never rushes.

When we choose to belong to Him, we come to know that He belongs to us. There is no need or reason to feel any emotion but faith, hope and (agape) love because we can rely – 24/7 – on His love.

His love endures forever.

Praise and glory be to the Lord God of the Most High. ^_^

This was written through me this morning:

Remain In My Love

You are safe, you are loved
You are cherished, you are mine
I AM yours, I AM kind
I AM patient, I AM forgiving
I AM merciful, I AM true
I AM that I AM
Through Me, you are made new.

When doubt comes, give it to Me
When fear starts, give it to Me
Do not fret, release it to Me
to handle, for only I know
what is true
The unseen and seen are my
jurisdiction, while
your areas are faith, hope
and love.

Through Me, you can move
mountains
Through Me, you can sing to
heaven
Through Me, you can have
everlasting peace
Through Me, your life is
Mine.

For I AM the Creator,
the Maker of all things,
Lord of All.
For I AM the only
way, truth and
life.
For I AM the all-
knowing.
For I AM the miracle
worker.
For I am the giver of
blessings,
of harvests of fruit,
of storehouses of riches,
of life.

I AM life
I AM light
I AM love
I AM peace
I AM hope
I AM joy
I AM faith.

When you have faith in Me,
you have Me,
your Father,
your Provider,
your Comforter,
your Protector,
your Counselor,
your Friend.

I AM yours, and you are mine.
Happy day to celebrate love.
I gave my only begotten
Son so that you may have
everlasting life with Me.

Love,
God the Father
God the Son
God the Holy Spirit

Scripture references include:
Genesis 1:1-31, Genesis 2:1-25, Genesis 22:14, Genesis 49:25-26, Exodus 14, Deuteronomy 4:31, Isaiah 43:1, Psalms, Daniel 6:16-21, Malachi 3:10-12, Matthew 6:18, Matthew 6:25-34, Matthew 14:29-32, Matthew 17:20, John 1:1-5, John 1:9, John 3:16, John 7:21, John 14:6, John 15:1-17, John 15:14-16, John 16:13-15, John 17:10, Romans 10:11-13, Romans 12:12, 1 Corinthians 13:4-13, 2 Corinthians 4:18, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 11:7

Happy New Year 2014: ‘The end of a matter is better than its beginning’

Happy New Year!

As I type this, the remaining hours of 2013 are coming to an end.

This morning, I unexpectedly read through most of the book of Ecclesiastes, which was written by King Solomon, who was considered not only the most successful, but also the wisest man before Jesus came (also having written most of the Book of Proverbs). I stopped and pondered when I read what Solomon wrote about the end:

“The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.” Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NIV)

It made me realize how ending something — a project, relationship, or what have you — is more important than how it began. The beginning is often times sweet, as it meets us typically at the surface level with little to no substantial issues to address. As more time is spent with each other, tensions can arise unintentionally, often times unknowingly by any or all of the concerned parties. When conflicts arise, emotions become seemingly unbearable to handle. And while emotions may get either aired out and/or kept in, strife in the heart may develop.

This is never desirable. Since having had strife in my heart destroy relationships in my life, with now the blessing of continually being transformed from the inside — starting with my heart — I pray constantly, asking God to search my heart, and help me heal and cleanse it so strife – what can drive apart and destroy relationships – can be eliminated immediately, if possible.

When there is peace at the end of anything, there is also love, humility (the opposite of pride) and a remorseful and repentant heart that are essential to make it to that ending place.

Wishing each of you the brightest and most blessed year thus far, hoping your ends at the close of this year is full of peace, love, and joy.

I pray for not only the accumulation and comprehension of knowledge, but most importantly the application of that knowledge, which reflects wisdom. I pray for a daily refreshing of patience (and we might as well include all the fruits of the Spirit!), love, joy, peace, (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are definitely virtues we can never have too much of. I pray that we can live more at peace and love this year, with the help of the Prince of Peace,* who also demonstrated the greatest love, by sacrificing Himself and dying for us.

Cheers to 2014! May God bless you and your loved ones this year.

Thank you God. I give you praise and glory for never leaving nor forsaking me, especially when I walked away from Jesus. Thank you, that with tears of gratefulness, I can cry them with heartfelt humility and joy, for Jesus resides permanently in my heart. I pray to please keep my heart a place where Jesus can live. In Jesus’ mighty and powerful name. Amen.

*Jesus

Aloha Friday Morning Show

Happy Aloha Friday!

It was a blessing to be a guest on PCED’s (Pacific Center for Economic Development) Aloha Fridays radio show on 940AM hosted by Kimo Kahoano, Ikaika Kahoano, and Leilani Kupahu-Marino.

In my interview with them (post-their interview), I was able to ask multi-talented celebrities who happen to also be father and son about being able to work together. (Due to time constraints, I’m sorry I wasn’t able to interview Leilani here, but I’m seeing if I can interview her separately about her organization Malama O Na Keiki.)

Here’s a link and the interview!

On the Aloha Friday Morning Show, I was able to share about some upcoming community events I am participating in: New Hope Oahu’s Community Cares Ministries inaugural Senior Health Fair on National Grandparent’s Day Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 6:30 AM – 11:00 AM at the Sand Island Ministry Center (290 Sand Island Access Road 96819), as well as the Hawaii Convoy on Saturday, July 27th at the Aloha Stadium and Kapolei Fairgrounds. Free groceries, haircuts, health services, etc., as well as prayer will be provided to those who are in need. No ID required. Visit http://hawaiiconvoy.org for more information.

As you can see from both videos, we had so much fun! (They were kind to play my song “I Surrender” and I even sang a little. ^_^)

Here’s a link and clips from last Friday’s show:

You can tune in every Friday morning on 940AM on the radio in Hawaii, and via the IHeartRadio app wherever you are at 6AM – 8AM (Hawaii Standard Time) for Hawaiian music, Hawaii news and events, Hawaiian culture, and more.

Special thanks to Min for pitching in on the video cam operation!

Here are links so you can visit and follow where applicable:

Facebook Page:
http://facebook.com/alohafridaymorningshow

Twitter:
http://twitter.com/alohafridayshow

To view more Aloha Friday Morning Show Video Clips:
http://www.youtube.com/user/IkaikaKahoano

Ikaika Kahoano’s personal training website/blog:
http://modelfit.wordpress.com

Leilani Kupahu-Marino’s non-profit organization
Malama O Na Keiki:
http://malamaonakeiki.org

Pacific Center for Economic Development (PCED):
http://pcednho.org

Last Sunset of 2011 and First Sunset of 2012

Sharing two of my favorite sunset images from the series that I took while in awe like everyone else at Waikiki Beach on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Below were my Quotes of the Day for the respective days.

Cheers to a bright and beautiful new year.

Last Sunset of 2011
Last Sunset of 2011 at Waikiki Beach

“One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.” John Burroughs

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First Sunset of 2012
First Sunset of 2012 at Waikiki Beach

“The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” Norman Vincent Peale

 

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