A Greatest Cost

“There’s a man I knew. I see grace in His eyes. His heart full of compassion. He brought salvation. His life is at a greatest cost, for my soul’s redemption. Oh Jesus, what love is this trading your life for me.” -Little Ruth

Hi, Welcome to my blog site. I pray that I will inspire you to love our Abba Father more. And to live a life carrying the identity of Jesus Christ and to anoint you with the Holy Spirit in you. And to love and value the Holy Trinity in general.

We are born to praise..

We are made for worship..

We live to glorify the most High..

We are called for a special and spectacular purpose..

Please do not forget that we are redeemed because a man laid down His life at a greatest cost. Know that you are much loved, appreciated and cared for by a greatest Father who is in Heaven through His beloved son Jesus Christ.

May you always feel God’s love wrapped around you.

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Loving Your Differences


(Video courtesy: ShowDontTellShow – Through My Father’s Eyes by Holly Starr)

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I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news. I know we all have a free will but it’s just saddening to know that there are people opted to end their lives because they couldn’t take the low self-esteem, depression, pain and trauma for getting bullied whether it’s online or in person. What is more saddening, those people whom they expected to become their confidante, crying shoulder, support system failed to comfort them and to give them affirmation that despite of the derogatory names that they received from the culprits, they’re still worthy of love and deserve to be respected. The world has a shallow standard of acceptance and shallow standard on beauty. Just like in architecture, somehow the world just focus on the façade of a certain structure without even getting into the building and be wonder-struck by its interior design, and that’s the only thing the world will adorn. The outward appearance. Isn’t it superficial? And just like some readers, they will judge the book by its cover. That is how the world truly works.

Sadly, three-fourth of the world’s population, they just value the outer beauty of a person. Am I right, eh? When they see you’re kind of beauty that is out of the vogue. They will definitely consider you as “ugly”. “exotic”, “weird”, “out of this world” and many other unpleasant names they will call you. And most likely, they will make you as a laughing stock. I know how it feels like to be bullied according to their standards of beauty. I remembered when I was in my first year in college. I was with a group of students that I could really say that they are gifted with looks especially the girls. It was during our class when I felt so humiliated when our Filipino professor differentiates us girls in the class according to beauty. As our lesson was about adjective in Filipino subject that time. I heard her say “beautiful”, “lovely”, “candid”, “charming”, “baby face” to my classmates which I concurred. But when it came to me, I heard her say, “Hmm, for me, you have an exotic beauty.” And I heard giggles from the background. I had to conceal the stung of pain that I felt. I had to be strong. And played it along as if it didn’t affect me. I tried to be composed as I could by showing my sweetest smile but truth be told, a panorama of pain was lurking behind that smile. And I had to get ahold of the tears that were about to run down from my eyes.

Probably, she was right. My beauty is exotic. Probably that was the reason why I was often shunned by my crushes before. And probably that was the reason why I never experienced for someone to take my hands for a dance when I was still in Highschool, when we had our Junior and Senior Prom. I was Little Ruth, the wallflower.

I accepted that I was different. That I have an exotic beauty. Not just that, some called me “Ms. Nerd” or “Ms. Eyeglasses” because of my eyewear. And when I was in my elementary days, I remembered how I was bullied by my classmates calling me “Tarsier”. It’s a tiny specie of monkeys here in the Philippines. A very rare species of monkeys that have big eyes. Yes, my eyes are big and I won’t deny that. I am a Tarsier and I have an exotic beauty. My self-esteem went from low to really low and somehow, I was the one to blame too because I allowed them to degrade me. I thought before being exotic is a negative thing.

But Praise God for gazillion times, I found my true worth in Him. In my Abba Father’s eyes, I am precious and beautiful. I may be exotic but it is something that I should be joyful and grateful. I am born with unique or let’s say “exotic” and unconditional value made after the image and likeness of God.

So, if you are like me. If you are being bullied and hurt by your differences from the crowd. If you are struggling with low self-esteem. Dear Precious Ones, you don’t have to be lonely. You are precious just like I called you. In our Abba Father’s eyes, you are precious and beautiful. I am not saying this just to make you feel good, but rather, because this is the truth that you failed to know and even I before.

If you are still in doubt of what I just said, then it’s time for the Holy Spirit to affirms that to you as what being written in the Scriptures. You have to know that..

It doesn’t matter if the world won’t accept you..

It doesn’t matter if you didn’t pass the World’s Standards of Beauty..

It doesn’t matter if you are different..

Please know that You..

1. You are fearfully and wonderfully made by the Greatest Potter’s hands. (Psalms 139:14)

2. You are Abba Father’s workmanship. (Ephesians 2:10)

3. You are part of Jesus’ vine and you are bound to become fruitful for You are part of Him. (John 15:5)

4. You are loved by Lord Jesus Christ. (John 15:9)

5. You are the salt of the earth. (Matthew 5:13)

6. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. (Matthew 5:14)

7. You are a God’s vessel. (2 Timothy 2:21)

8. You are loved by Abba Father first. (1 John 4:19)

9. You are the repairer of the breach. The restorer of paths to dwell in. (Isaiah 58:12)

10. You received a spirit of sonship. (Romans 8:15)

11. You are the elect of God, holy, beloved. (Colossians 3:12)

12. You are blessed by Abba Father through Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)

There are still many verses in The Bible reassuring you that you are of value in God’s eyes. You don’t need to beg for the world to accept you, to respect you, to care for you, and to love you. You are just in this world, not of this world to begin with. God’s Standards of Beauty is way different of this world. Always remember, You are beautiful and you are precious and your worth is far more worth than gold in our Abba Father’s eyes. And He loves you so much. It’s genuine, unconditional and never-ending. Grace be with you all the time through our Lord Jesus Christ.

A Lifetime Of To Have And To Hold And To Love

This is really is it!

I am slowly walking down the aisle wearing my white wedding gown. White, a symbol of purity, light, new beginning and innocence . With a jittery feelings I have within me. I am shaking with excitement and too much joy. I don’t want to ruin my light and beautiful make up but tears are uncontrollably running down like a stream. Tears of joy..

I am now a bride! I am now a bride! My heart’s screaming with glee. I can see people’s faces brightened up with euphoria. My heart beats faster than ever. And then a wedding song plays in the background. Wedding Day by Casting Crowns.

There’s a stirring in the throne room
And all creation holds it’s breath
Waiting now to see the bride groom
Wondering how the bride will dress
And she wears white
And she knows that she’s undeserving
She bears the shame of history
But this worn and weary maiden
Is not the bride that he sees
And she wears white, head to toe
But only he could make it so

I continued walking  while holding the bouquet of  white roses. My all time favorite. I’m really closer to my lover..

When someone dries your tears
When someone wins your heart
And says your beautiful
When you don’t know you are
And all you’ve longed to see
Is written on his face
When love has come and finally set you free
On that wedding day
On that wedding day

She has danced in golden castles
And she has crawled through beggar’s dust
But today she stands before him
And she wears his righteousness
And she will be who he adores
This is what he made her for

When the hand that bears the only scars
And heaven touch her face
And the last tears she’ll ever cry
Are finally wiped away
And the clouds roll back as he takes her hand
And walks her through the gates
Forever we will reign

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“I, Little Ruth, take thee, Lord Jesus, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in my highest mountain and valley low, regardless of the persecution and affliction, to love and to cherish, we will never part forever.”

“I, Jesus Christ, take thee, Little Ruth, my little bride for you have remain faithful, blameless and pure, awake. From this forward, no one will ever hurt you anymore. For I will be with you and protect you. And I will take your pain and wipe your tears. Thank you for loving me even the world is against it. You don’t have to worry for I will love you forever. And you will always be mine, my faithful little bride.”

How I imagine the day when Lord Jesus Christ returns here on Earth to take with Him all the people who chose to become faithful, blameless and pure. Wouldn’t it be a lifetime of to have and to hold and to love? We all should look forward to that day. We are all His brides and let’s always look forward to our wedding day in Heaven.

Let us not be like the five foolish brides in Matthew 25, who weren’t ready for the coming of the bridegroom. Let us always be ready and alert and patiently wait for our Bridegroom.

MATTHEW 25: 1-13 King James Version (KJV)

25 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

11 Characters Of A Godly Wife And A Godly Mother

When I was in my teenage years, I always dreamed walking down the aisle with my parents beside me. How I wanted to get marry to the person who I am destined to be with for the rest of time. But as I grew older, I realized that there’s more than just the wedding. Wedding is just the front feature of marriage and motherhood. More so, wedding is just a one day event. But being a wife and a mother, it’s for a lifetime through thick and thin. As I am observing some of my family members and few of my friends getting into marriage life and motherhood. Anyone can be called a wife and a mother, but it’s saddening to say, not all carries well the role of a mother and a wife. Being a wife and a mother, it’s a very wonderful and fulfilling role. And also very challenging.

I am not a mother and a wife yet. I’m still in the season now in which I am letting Abba Father hone me to become the mother and the wife that He wanted me to be. Truth be told, It takes years for me to realize everything. And I have a clearer picture now as to why my past relationship were a debacle. Aside from those weren’t part of God’s will. God have seen that I wasn’t ready for a lifetime commitment just yet.

As I’m getting to know Abba Father deeply. And as my love for Him grew immensely each day. Abba Father taught me by the Holy Spirit the characters of a Godly wife and a Godly mother that one must possess in order to have a peace and loving home.

1. Prayerful

In order to have a blissful and blessed home, as a mother and a wife, you should always be on your bended knees. It’s very important to lift your family up in prayers. And knowing that the devils are the destroyers of wonderful things especially to what God has blessed you with, by being prayerful, you are always powerful to fight against the enemies. Prayers is also your lifeline. Prayers serve an imperative part in your family. It is something that always makes you closer and more intimate to Abba Father. Prayer keeps your anointing abounds. Even Apostle Paul reminded us to pray fervently. Pray without ceasing.

“Pray without ceasing.” -1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)

Do not underestimate the power of prayers. Because it can move mountains. It can save you, it can protect you, it can sustain you, it can make impossible possible. So, plug yourself into the power of prayer. And call your family to prayers.

2. Gracious

Sinners all are we, we were actually bound to die. But because of God’s greatest love for us. He gave us the chance to live and started anew. He extended grace through His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. We don’t deserved His grace. But because of Jesus Christ, He made us worthy to receive it. Being a woman, God’s grace must also be reflected upon us. By our actions, words, and thoughts. We must always be gracious by showing mercy, compassion and kindness not just to our family but also to others. I always believe, what the children see to their parents or to older people, they’re trying to mimic it. As a mother, always exude grace. Because you’re the main person they’re really looking up to.

“A gracious woman retaineth honour..” Proverbs 11:16a KJV

3. Virtuous

In this society in which everyone is compromising. Not abstaining themselves from all appearance of evil. It’s very rare to find someone who have a high moral standards. Almost everyone throw their pearls to the swine. Being a virtuous woman is like a pearl. Precious and hard to find. You don’t have to be like everyone else. It’s better to be rare and upright. You may sound like an old music to other people, but it doesn’t mean you are unpleasant to listen to. You are a wonderful melody to one’s ear and that’s of Abba Father. Blessed is a woman who is virtuous but more than that, blessed are your husband and children to have you for you are a virtuous woman.

“A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband..” -Proverbs 12:4a KJV

“And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.” -Ruth 3:11 KJV

4. Full of Wisdom

It takes wisdom to run a business well so does with family. It also takes wisdom to raise children and making the marriage life work and stand strong in test of time. One character that a Godly wife and mother must hold is having a wisdom. When you have wisdom, it will help you decide and handle things maturely. How to have a wisdom? Ask God to pour you with His wisdom. Heavenly wisdom is far better than earthly wisdom. Please remember that.

“Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.” -Proverbs 14:1 KJV

“She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” -Proverbs 31:26 KJV

5. Takes care of her household

Being a woman is more than just a pretty face and having good-shaped body. When you plan to enter marriage and motherhood or you are probably a mother and a wife now, you must know how to take care of your household.

“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchant’s ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is night. And giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruits of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hand to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor: yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household are clothed with scarlet. ” -Proverbs 31: 11-21 KJV

6. Good at craft making and very initiative

Paper craft, woodcraft, textiles (embroidery, crocheting, knitting, weaving). These are just to name a few of different types of craft. In Proverbs 31:22, A Proverbs 31 woman or a Godly wife and a mother must have an idea of craft making, “She maketh herself coverings of tapestry, her clothing is silk and purple.” and in Proverbs 31:24, one must be initiative too, “She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.”

7. Trusting heart

Before you became the wife of your husband and the mother of your children. You were God’s child first and always is. And you were Jesus Christ’ bride. And always will be. Your life may have change. Do not forget who Abba Father in your life. Who is Jesus Christ to you and what is the role of the Holy Spirit in your life. No matter what happens, even when you’re at your highest and joyous moment, or even when the oceans rise and thunder’s roar. Keep trusting in Abba Father, in the Holy Spirit, in Lord Jesus.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding.” -Proverbs 3:5

8. Loyal

Be like Ruth, as she’s a virtuous woman and she’s also loyal to Naomi and to her God. You should too. You should always be loyal to your family, to your husband. And above all, to Abba Father.

“And Ruth said, intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people. And they God, my God.” -Ruth 1:16 KJV

9. Strong and Courageous

In marriage life and motherhood, there will be times that emergencies or problem arise. But do not allow it to consume and to frighten you. Be  strong and courageous for God is with you all the time. You will prevail.

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid , neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” -Joshua 1:9 KJV

10. Be a help meet to your husband

I am not a wife myself yet, but what I do know aside from being submissive to a husband. It’s a wife duty to become a help mate to her husband. To support him all the time with his goals. To be there for him always. To have his back. God took one of Adam’s ribs and created Eve for her to become his help mate. So you should become your husband’s help mate too.

“And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make an help meet for him.” -Genesis 2:18 KJV

11. Faithful

Last but surely never the least, as this is really important. Being faithful to your husband and to Abba Father and to the Holy Spirit and to Lord Jesus.

“For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the LORD of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the God of all the earth.” -Isaiah 54:5

This is definitely the list of my top 11 characters that a Godly wife and a mother must have. I thank God for the wisdom. To God be all the highest glory and adoration. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Until He Please

“I charge you, o ye daughter of Jerusalem, by the roes , and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.” -Song of Solomon 2:7 (KJV)

I remember the time when I was still very young. I was quick to love. That I wouldn’t mind much about the person. What I am trying to say, the person who was unequally yoke with me wasn’t the crux of the matter. So long, he was showing me the affection that I’ve been yearning. At my innocence, I didn’t realize that there wasn’t really much of a love in it. I had been in a dysfunctional relationship for almost four years. I won’t deny the abuses that I experienced from my ex. Looking back at it now, I can hardly imagine how I’ve survived for almost four long years. A martyr without monument. However, Praise God! That I was out of my Sodom and Gomorrah. But because I was longing for love. Sadly, I’ve been jumping into one relationship to another virtually hoping that I would be able to find the love of my life. People had to ask me why I chose to look for love in the virtual world, because I had this fear of commitment in person but I sill wanted to try if ever virtual relationship would work. Putting it to the next level like meeting each other in person. More so, If long distance relationship didn’t work. At least, it would be easy for me to move on. And only to find out, my long distance relationship were all a flop. And only to realize my folly in the end. And only to discover it’s not God’s will.

Praise God for many times that He delivered me from few dysfunctional relationship. Heartbreaks could have been worst. But God loves me so much that He saved me.

As I grew more in the Lord. As I am falling in love to Abba Father more each day. As He is filling in the empty void in my heart that He is the only one can do. As He is satisfying my heart more and more everyday. I no longer crave for second rate companionship because I know exactly what I am looking for and what I want. I have to admit life can be lonely at times. I just came to realize that if a relationship isn’t bless by God, so why bother? I still want to love and be loved. But I love God too much that I don’t want to lower my standards and settle for anything less if He promised me to have the best. I still want to meet and love my Boaz, but until my Abba Father will be pleased.

So, I encourage you, young ladies and even gentlemen not to be quick to get into relationship. Do not compromise with the world’s standards on love. So what if others are in a relationship? So what if you are still single? It doesn’t make you less as God’s child. And it won’t change God’s promise for you. Just keep going. Fix your eyes on Abba Father. Love Him as much as you can. Please Him until eternity and you will have the desires of your heart in the right time. Do not stir up or awaken love, not until He please. Abba Father knows what’s best for us. He is doing things for our greatest good and His greatest glory. Trust in Him and you will never go wrong. And the next time, you will get into relationship. It will have God’s full blessing. Because you allowed Him to write your love story and you let Him intervene. Grace be with you.

 

Amazing Love

We are living in a world where hurt is real. How often in our lives that we feel like we are unloved? Rejected by peers. Shunned by a crush. Abandoned by parents. Cheated by a lover. Or simply the world seems not to care. Pain is real and either it will make us or break us. How often do see ourselves at night crying our hearts out in a fetal position because we wanted to be loved by people around us and we wanted to feel that we belong? How many times in our lives that we begged for love? Admit it or not, we all wanted to be loved. Because being loved by someone, it gives a wondrous feeling within us. It is something that makes us whole. Sadly, in search for the real thing, we often stumble at a wrong love. Or probably, can’t be called love at all. Forgetting that SOMEONE up there really loves us so much even before we were born. We often begged for people to love us back who couldn’t even do it for us. However, SOMEONE up there is looking at us, extending His arms and welcoming us with a sweetest smile. It’s ABBA FATHER. Don’t you know He loves us so much? He really does. He is the lover of our soul. He loves us unconditionally, wholeheartedly, sincerely. He never ceases to love us.

Even if you have already drifted away from the love that made you whole. With so much love, compassion and grace in His heart, the way He sees you, it never change. You are still His precious and He still loves you so much. For great is the measure of our Father’s love. It’s truly an amazing love. Know that He loved you first more than anyone else did. He wants you back and He wants to make you feel how much you are loved and that you don’t need to beg for love. Because He is a great Father who loves His precious children very much. You don’t have to look around. Just look up and seek Him with all your heart, and so you will see a loving Father waiting for you. Patiently waiting for you.

“..because He first loved us.” -1 John 4:19b

Little Ruth’s Devotional #4: When life seems bleak

When life seams bleak. When heavy burdens hitting on you. When no one is there to give a helping hand. And no one cares to listen. And everyone refuses to serve as crying shoulder. Make a turn to Lord Jesus. He is everything you need. Kneel down and cry it all out to Lord Jesus.  For He will never leave you hanging. Jesus loves you so much. Please never forget that.

As it says in Psalm 22:24,

“For He has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned His back on them. But has listened to their cries for help.”
So, if you think, you are alone. You are definitely not. He is there for you. Always there. Remember that.

Little Ruth’s Devotional #3: Your will versus God’s Will

James 1:16-17 King James Version (KJV)

16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Do not let your self-will override God’s will. There is nothing really good outside the purview of God’s will. It may appear really good at first. It’s really enticing. We may think it can bring great opportunity in our lives such as fame, luxury, job, and companionship. However, if it doesn’t line up with Father’s will. Draw back! There is nothing really good left in it for us. Do not be deceived.