Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Free 2015 New Year Images and Wallpapers


It's 2015!  It's 365 new beginnings for each of us!  It's time to celebrate and be grateful!

Greet the new year with these nature inspired graphics for sending around or as background images for your devices.

These are all my photographs from a recent out of town trip.  If you saw a lone lady clicking away at the flowers and trees, that might have been me!


Don't you just love the way nature has seasons where there is life, passing away and rebirth?  It's a lot like life isn't it?  That's why I like going outside and seeing what God is saying through the sky, the birds, butterflies, leaves and soil.  He doesn't stay silent for long!  He makes all things new in nature and also in us!









Saturday, December 27, 2014

Unto Us a Child is Born


Isang dalaga'y naglilihi
Batang lalaki ang sanggol
Tatawagin siyang Emmanuel Emmanuel
Kahulugan nasa atin ang Diyos!

And the virgin will be found with child
An infant son
And His name shall be called Emmanuel 
Which means "God is with us!"


Don't make the mistake of boxing up the gift of Jesus' presence and putting it away until next year - or even next Sunday.  Your life may seem to go on as usual after the end of the Christmas season, but because Jesus has been born into our world and into your heart, everything is new.  Nothing can ever be the same. (Word Among Us, December 29, 2014) 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Recycling Plastic Packaging

I bought a new case for my phone but couldn't bear to throw away the packaging. I wasn't about to allow something to sit in a landfill taking up space for a hundred years or so and have it feel like it has reached redundancy in life.



So here he is, the thing I've been thinking about.  I cleaned it up a bit...


It became a blank canvas which had to have a bit of color.


What should I use this for you think?


Will I use it as a soap dish?
Will I put some buds there instead?  Oooooopppsss I put them together! 
How about a candy tray?  
Pencil desk holder?

Why not drill some holes through and use as a toothbrush holder (add support by shelf supports.)

What did I end up using it as?  One of Midnight's food bowls!


Here's midnight.  He's not that particular about his food bowls.  He is more interested in what's in it!

Happy recycling!  What have you re-used lately?

P.S.  Want to know what I did with the other piece?



Monday, December 1, 2014

Saviour Lord Shepherd King




The star that shone bright
Pierced the darkness of night 
To awake a world in slumber
And fill it with wonder
O precious Son that came
Emmanuel is His name
Saviour Lord Shepherd King
Your love makes me sing
No other God will I adore 
Worship you forevermore
- calej

Friday, November 28, 2014

A New Creation


This verse looks back at me from the mirror each morning and each night.  (It's stuck to my mirror).  It reminds me each day of the grace that has been made available to us. 

God came down to us as a babe in a manger. Jesus lay down his divinity and took up our humanity.  So we could lay down our humanity and share in His divinity. 

We were born with eternal souls and each moment we must see that through Christ we can be made whole and perfect! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Adventure and Inconvenience


So true! 

International Childrens Day


Happy International Childrens Day today!  November 20, 2014

Let's leave a good influential mark on all children everywhere! 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Not One But Two



Given the chance, would you want one treat or two?   It seems like a silly question.  But today's liturgy shows us that God desires to give us not one grace but two.

"Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, “There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.’”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Luke 18:1-8

As we look at this passage, we see that faith grows whenever we wait.  And faith ceases to grow whenever we give up.

We all know that God answers prayer.  We also know that He has given us everything.  In fact,  He didn't even withhold the most precious possession that He has only one of, his Son.  

"He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" Romas 8:32 

What does that God desire to give us when we pray?  Not one but two "treats".  One is that He wants to answer our prayer.  The second is that He desires we grow in faith.  If He gives us what we ask the minute we ask for it, we lose out in the opportunity to grow in faith.  Where there is waiting, there is growth.  Just as a seed grows through time, so does out faith.  Our faith is what will bring us to heaven so it is definitely worth growing!  It's worth the wait! 

So let's not miss out on the grace of waiting for God's answers.  Yes, let's keep praying and waiting and be confident that as we wait, we not only will receive one but two graces; the answer to our prayer and the maturity in faith.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Forever She Thought


Doodle of the Day

I thought I'd write some poignant nonsense...

The sound of the sigh rushed through the curtain
Her iris narrowed in to find meaning in the day
She looked with awe and wonder, willowing and sweet
Forever she thought.  Forever.

Honestly those words don't mean a thing but I just liked how poetic it all sounded.



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ask and it Will Be Given You


Our deepest wants we mask
When we just ought to ask
No fray, no worry, none to solve.
All He's taken care of! 
- calej 


Love Will Find You


This pairs nicely with the song "Hold On" by Nicole Nordemann.  Love will always find you.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VwwLwev2vAY

Light Reflections

L

Who wouldn't want to be a new creation?






Friday, September 26, 2014

Korea Street Art

It was my second time in Korea but Seoul has never impressed me as this time has.  It has been a longer trip than our usual but in a word I can say this place is impressive.

The weather is cool and surprisingly very pleasant.
Graphic design is advanced and had global appeal while retaining it's unique identity and culture.


There is always something exciting happening.  There is something for everyone.  The crowd is young, hip and artsy.  Most everyone is well dressed.  The senior members of society retain their elegance and bearing.



A mix of the old and new always incites wonder.  Here is a lotus flower and street sign in an urban collage.


The image above was taken from a park verdant and fresh where wisdom abounds.  


All the color and vibrance of this city will stay with me as I fly back to manila.  I wish I could bring home the weather as well.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Alabaster Jar





I once encountered a little boy selling precious stones.  I had never seen alabaster before so I bought an egg shaped one.  It reminded me of a woman (of ill repute) who gave her all to Jesus.

This woman didn't care how people thought of her.  How they whispered behind her back.  How they gossiped about her mistakes and failures.  She was bold enough to go uninvited to the home of a prominent man.  

She had probably heard Jesus speak about love, forgiveness, and to cast one's burdens on Him.

She knew how out of place she was and she humbled herself, kissing Jesus' feet and wiping them with her tears and hair.  

She was judged for it even by Jesus'  own apostles.  They said what she did was a waste.

As low as she saw herself, Jesus exalted her deeds. 

"Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Luke 7

"Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."  





Monday, September 15, 2014

Lift Up the Cross



"And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him. " John 3:13-17



The Israelites were tired, hot and angry at God and Moses for bringing them out into the desert with only scarce food and drink.  They started to complain. (Nm21)

Sometimes we see only a minuscule part of the story.  God had a grand plan to save the chosen people from slavery in Egypt, but some were looking back.  The mere fact they had food and water was already a miracle.  It was unbelievable enough to survive in the harsh wasteland they traveled in.  But they wanted what was familiar, what they've been used to all these years.

When the going gets rough, we often complain.  We have everything we need BUT... If only we had this, life would be perfect.  We are in the middle of God's provisions, whether it be that job you worked hard to get, or the house you paid for, or the relationship you're in, or the children you have, or the government.

Sometimes we don't appreciate that where we are is already so much more than what so many have in their lives.  

"In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,
which bit the people so that many of them died.
Then the people came to Moses and said,
“We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.
Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us.”

Complaining is a call to crisis.  Our complaints draw us away from the Lord.  When we complain, we see more and more things to complain about and discouragement sets in.

On the same day this was part of the church readings, I spent some time watching the Asian Food Channel.  Anthony Bourdain went to Vietnam (where I quite recently was) and sampled cobra's heart (still beating), and eventually he ate all the other parts of the snake.  He felt quite strong afterwards.  Eeeeewww.

I thought that was interesting that in church there was a bronze serpent raised up and then I saw a show about snakes.

Snakes usually represent evil, sin, rebellion, fear, danger.  For me it speaks of temptation.  

"So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses,
“Make a saraph and mount it on a pole,
and if any who have been bitten look at it, they will live.”
Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole,
and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent
looked at the bronze serpent, he lived."

The Israelites were made aware that their complaining brought on the snakes.  They were told to look up at the snake and they would be healed and survive.

What does it mean for us today?  

People's hearts are full of evil, sin, rebellion, fear, danger and temptation.  Maybe we need to look at these things so we can be free of them.  Blindness to these things can be our downfall.

Someone wise and wonderful once said...

"Jesus took our sins to the cross and accepted crucifixion to save us from those sins.  We need to look to His glory on the cross and acknowledge that it is our sins which He bore there. Why is He there?  Because of our hardened, complaining hearts.  Because of our sloth, our anger--because of all of our sins.  Let us look at them and know that the price of those sins was Jesus' life.  At the same time, let us look at Him who "loved us to the end" in order to free us and in awe-filled gratitude determine to leave those sins at the cross for good and for all!"

We can be free to receive God's promises just like the Israelites who were able to reach the promised land.  So long as we lift up the cross of Christ our Saviour!
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Monday, September 8, 2014

You Are Not Alone



Yesterday I met a lady who told me her life story.  It was a most moving testimony.

Ever since she was young, she never knew the love of a parent.  Her parents separated and she was passed on from one house to another.  Then she was maltreated by her step mother.  She had to fend for herself at a young age.  She didn't have any semblance of family as she was also separated from her brother since birth.  She needed to work at the age of 12 as she didn't have anyone she could depend on.  

When she fell in love and got married, she thought her days of feeling abandoned and alone were over.  She was wrong.  Her husband, though kind, loved to drink, and she ended up supporting his drinking along with their 4 children.

She said she had to work every day of her life, foregoing rest and sleep just to get her kids to reach college.

But all throughout her story she was thanking God.  She knew that she couldn't have done all this on her own.  She recounted stories of provision and super human strength as she toiled day and night out of love for her family.  She said that God answered all her prayers.  She was never alone after all.

Everyone has felt the sting of loneliness at some point in their lives.  Even surrounded by people who love you doesn't ensure this feeling goes away.  Robin Williams said "I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone.  It's not.  The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel alone."

This is probably the reason why God came as Emmanuel, which means "God with us".  He said in Matthew 28:20 "Behold I am with you until the end of the age"

There has never been one moment in your life that you have been totally alone.  God has been with you since the day He formed you.  His promise rings true that He will always be with you until your dying day.  You also have all the choirs of angels and saints praying for you and cheering you on.  

Friday, September 5, 2014

Today's Psalm

God's Word is rich with comfort, knowledge, blessing, guidance and most of all, signs of His everlasting love! 



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Love the Lord

Thank You Lord

"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."  1 Thessalonians 5:18

It is a particularly difficult time to be grateful in the world today.  News of persecuted Christianin Iraq are heart-breaking and war in the Holy Land rages on.  

Yet God says to thank Him at all times.  He knows each hair that falls from my head and your head and He is on control.  Even when we don't see His hand moving.

So I will thank Him for today.  

An unexpected blessing was a conversation I had with an atheist.  He said that whenever he talks to me he doesn't know why but he is at peace.  I told him it is the love of God that he feels through me.  He was not offended but seemed to digest the words slowly.  It's been years I've known him but I could only share buts and parts about my faith.  So today I hope I have planted the seed for him to know of God's redeeming love.

I was watching a film on Youtube "Evolution vs God" https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=U0u3-2CGOMQ.  I was amazed at people saying a rose was not intelligently designed.  It became clear to me that people were putting their faith on scientists instead of in the living God.


Friday, August 22, 2014

From Trouble to Trust

I'm sure you'll agree with me that the news is pretty disturbing nowadays.  Sometimes I think my sister is on the right track. She doesn't read the news.

My dad celebrated his 88th birthday last August 18 and in his wry sense of humor he let me sing the morose version of Happy Birthday.  Something that goes like this (but my voice is cheerier)  It's not my favorite version but it's descriptive of the times.

 War, oppression, trouble.  This was not the only time in history when people wanted to say "Why?".

The prophet Habakkuk was talking to God and asking why evil prevailing.  God told him to "just wait and see".  (Habakkuk 1:1-4)


I think Habakkuk realized that the question of suffering could only be answered by God and He went on to realize that God was bigger than all of this.


"See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright-- but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness"  Habakkuk 2:4

The righteous will live by faith.  They will put their faith in a faithful God.


My favorite verse from the Book for Habakkuk follows:

"Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

    I will be joyful in God my Savior."
Habakkuk 3:17


God is faithful!  His promises are sure!

So when you are tempted to be problematic, just praise!
instead of worry, worship!
instead of be doubtful, believe!
instead of complain, claim His promises!

"The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all"  Psalm 34:19

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Great Faith Moves God's Heart

Just imagine wandering in the desert for 40 years.  The heat is excruciating.  To walk a few steps makes you weak.  The food and water is scarce and you never know, it might just run out.  Only by the grace of God do you survive.

But a promise of abundant green pastures, "a land flowing with milk and honey" stands before you. What do you do?

Sometimes a blessing comes our way.  An answered prayer and then just before we receive it, something tells us to "stop"!  This is too good to be true!  This is not for us!

We oftentimes let our doubt eclipse our belief and stop the blessing from coming into our lives.

This is what happened to the Israelites.  God promised to get them out of Egypt (which He did).  God promised to take care of them and feed them (which He did).  God promised them a land they could call their own (which He also gave and yet, the people stopped short of entering it).

In the past,we can see how God has helped us go through a lot of difficulties and hardships and we have come out unscathed.  Many of us who have given over our lives to the King of Kings have been taken out of darkness and brought into His marvelous light!

So why would we doubt God's goodness?  Why did the Israelites doubt?  They saw the way God saved them from the hand of Pharoah and saved them from slavery and yet they still doubted.

The Israelites saw that there would be a battle before them against the inhabitants of the land.  They seemed fierce and the looked like "giants".  They felt small (like grasshoppers).

The battle is there to be overcome.  Believe in the King who has already promised us victory.  The enemy doesn't want you to claim Gods promises.  He wants you as miserable as possible.  Do give him that satisfaction!  Fight and conquer your fears.  Claim the blessing He has in store!

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Mustard Seed

"He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

Matthew 13:31-35


Every act of love is a sign that God is present since God is love.

Whenever you love, you are planting a seed that will grow to a bountiful harvest when the time comes.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Despite Doubt


Every day our minds are a playground for a whole variety of thoughts.  We have good thoughts and not so good ones.  Sometimes a day is going so well and then doubt creeps in and takes over.

It was the same for Jesus disciples.  They were fishermen, craftsmen, businessmen, ordinary men who thought ordinary thoughts.

Their leader, their hero had fallen and though reports of Him being raised from the dead circulated, followers were walking away.  They were discouraged, fearful and doubt reigned supreme.

Jerusalem was where it all happened.  They started walking away.

But Jesus was alive and He told them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for something big that was coming their way. (Acts 1:1-11)

How many times have we tried to be patient and wait yet only to let doubts tell us to just move on and to flee from desperate, seemingly impossible situations?

Or how many times have we felt unworthy of good things and let them slip away from us?  How many times have we run away from God thinking of how we've messed up and how He couldn't possibly want us back now?

If we choose to walk away from God and our experiences of Him, giving way to fear and doubt, we miss out on what He desires to give us.

The disciples who stayed received the power of the Holy Spirit.  They had changed minds and hearts that enabled them to change the course of the whole world.

Do we want everything God wants to give us or are we fearful of it?  

During the times we are waiting, we don't sense His nearness to us.  We think He isn't coming or He isn't going to do something - I need to.

But these times of waiting are essential to prepare us for His coming.  We grow in faith with waiting. 

The 11 disciples went up on a mountain and saw the Risen Lord.  Despite the unbelievable of a man coming to life again and their seeing Him face to face, the still doubted. (Matthew 28:16-20)

Even when good things happen, we doubt. 

Despite doubt, go with God.  Despite fear, go with God. Despite sin, go with God. He will bring us from glory to the next.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Singing Songwriting Spree

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CALEJ

Do you see the dust on the street?  Under your feet!!!  Well I wrote a song about that.  READ ON...


I received some good news and I'm so excited to share it with you!

Just about a week or so ago, I entered some of my original compositions in a songwriting contest.  Then I got an e-mail last night telling me that one of my songs was chosen to be included in an album yeyyyyy!

Together with 14 other songs it will actually be published AND HEARD. This is huge for me.  I don't really care about the honor of being selected. It's the fact that someone will hear it and the message it has.

I am not by any means a professional.  In fact I can't play a lot of the chord flats but what little chords I can play, you can already make a little song.

The recording is really brutally raw (I mean listen hard enough and you'll probably hear the dogs singing / barking with me).   It's just me and a guitar.  Hopefully the singing is soulful enough and the message is something you will like to hear.

This song was born out of prayer and I guess it's just an expression of how overwhelmed I am at who God is and how much He loves us!  Thank you Lord!

Curious enough?  Here's the Sound Cloud link https://soundcloud.com/calej/dust-before-you



So what do you think???

Here are the words...



Please do let me know your thoughts about the song in the comment box below.  I will accept ALL your comments and won't get offended.  Promise!

Thank you for reading my post today!

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