Abide

In as much as I want to, the vlog didn’t happen. But who knows, I’d be able to do it next week. Keep you posted!

Anyway………….. I am back to share with you a very special poem. I say special because this was an impromptu poem. Who would have thought this was done in less than 20 minutes?? But no, I didn’t write this. Credits to Eunice David for coming up with such a meaningful poem! I asked her permission to share this piece with you which she wrote during our Secrets of the Vine Retreat. I did not get to ask her the title so I’m just gonna give myself the liberty to give it one hehe

ABIDE

Continue to abide
Even though your problems collide.
Get rid of your pride,
And in God you should confide.

The pain of pruning and discipline
Will make your motives clean.
Jesus, who freed you from sin,
Will guide you from within.

Abide to the True Vine
And you will surely be fine.
He will make you shine
For the sole glory of Thine.

Thank you, Eunice for sharing this with us! =D

PS: Eunice is (if I’m not mistaken) an Interior Designer. I’ve seen some of her works and I really recommend her! If you want to get in touch with her, let me know. I will hook you up with her =) Very creative lady!

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Secrets of the Vine (Leadership Retreat)

During the long weekend, Hubby and I together with Little Natalie went to a 2-day retreat at DAP Tagaytay. The last time I was there for a retreat was probably close to a decade ago! The place is still very nice. The food is super yummy. The staff are very accommodating. We love everything except for one thing. We found a cockroach roaming inside our room! Ack! I nearly died. I hate roaches! But my superhero killed it mercilessly so we slept in peace. Thank you, Lord!
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I’m so glad we were able to attend. We haven’t attended a retreat since Natalie was born so this was really something I looked forward to. The retreat was organized for the leaders of our church and the topic was Secrets of the Vine by Bruce Wilkinson. It focused on John 15. Although this is a very familiar passage, I learned a whole lot from the speakers and the breakout group. After each session, we split into small groups and further discuss the topic. This is the breakout group.

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Here’s what I learned:

*Jesus does refer to FRUIT as winning souls to Christ but aside from that He also refers to the Fruit as an inner Christlike character like love, gentleness, kindness, etc. (Galatians 5:22-23).
* Every believer bears fruit at one of the fruit bearing levels which are…
-No Fruit
-Fruit
-More Fruit
-Much Fruit
*At some point in our life, we may not bear fruit because of circumstances or for whatever reason. God would get our attention by disciplining us thru rebuke all the way to a very painful scourging (whatever that ment in your life) until such time we realize we are not bearing fruit.
*Even if you are bearing fruit (have an inner Christlike character or serving God thru ministry, evangelizing etc.), you may still encounter struggles. This should not be seen as punishment nor as discipline. God is simply pruning us so we could bear more fruit.
*To be able to have an abundant life (from ‘more fruit’ to ‘much fruit’), we need to abide in Jesus. Just like the story of Martha asnd Mary, Mary chose what is noble. Instead of being busy serving, be busy in abiding in Christ.

This is what I learned in general but God really spoke to me in so many ways personally during the retreat and I’m planning on doing a vlog on it (hopefully). If I ever get to do it, I’d make sure I share it with you!

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3 Things You Can Do to be a Prom Queen

Before I wrote this post, I tried to remember who the Prom Queen was when I was in High School and no matter how I try to remember the memory won’t pop up. I guess because I wasn’t into it. I didn’t care much about it because I was pretty sure it will never be me! I was a very simple student then. I did join some contests here and there, joined clubs and was active in school affairs but it was pretty much just that. I wasn’t part of the popular group. I was part of the nerdy and geek group! Lol..

Anyway… Not everyone is like me. I know somewhere out there, there’s a teen girl who wants to bring home that Prom Queen Title. And if that is you, then this post is for you!

To be a Prom Queen…

(1) You need to be someone respected by the school. Make sure you are not a delinquent student or no one will ever vote for you to be the Prom Queen! Don’t do anything that could possibly taint your name.

(2) You need to be friendly. People should know who you are to be able to vote for you. Get your name out there by being friends with everyone. Don’t choose who to befriend and be nice at all times. This is not to say that you will be a politician buying votes. It simply means you need to let people know you. But be sure you are cultivating genuine friendships and not totally forget the students you meet right after the Prom.

(3) You need to look your best on Prom Night. All your efforts will be futile if you wear just anything that night. Make every effort to look good by wearing something that flatters your physical appearance. If you haven’t found long prom dresses, Landybridal is a good place to start. Scan through thir online boutique and find something that looks best on you!
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Prom Nights are exciting! But it will be more exciting if you will be able to bring home your dream of becoming the Prom Queen. I’m so excited for you!!

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6 Tips in Shopping for a Prom Dress

While we’re at it, let’s talk about prom dresses some more! I will have another post dedicated to this topic in my next post so stay tuned! For now, let’s talk about prom dresses and how to shop for one.

Tip # 1 Start by checking your closet. What styles do you see most for your dresses? By probing your wardrobe you’ll soon find out the type of dress you might end up liking and this would probably look best on you.

Tip # 2 You can either buy or get a dress online. Landybridal has a wide array of short prom dresses you’ll surely love. Buying dresses online has become popular in the recent years. While it’s very convenient, be vigilant in purchasing your dress. Read the description, double check the measurement and make sure this is really the dress you want.

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Tip # 3 Don’t be afraid to be different. I know I told you to check your closet and be sure you know your style but prom nights don’t come very often in your life! So don’t be scared to wear something unusual of you. It may shock some people but some will surely give you compliments too.

Tip # 4 If you found a style that you really like but it doesn’t quite fit you or you want something else done to it, it’s ok! That’s why we have alteration services. Just be sure these are just minor changes. Else, find another gown!

Tip #5 After you have found ‘the one’, make sure you buy the right accessory that will enhance your overall look. Try out your high heeled shoes with the dress to make sure it’s a perfect fit.

Tip # 6 Last tip! Enjoy! Don’t stress yourself too much in finding the perfect dress. Just chill, you will find that…. Don’t worry!

Would you like a short prom dress or a longer one?
Do you have other tips in shopping for a prom dress?

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5 Simple to Extravagant Prom Dresses

I can’t imagine the time I would be with my daughter hunting for a prom dress! That would be really exciting! But then, that is years and years and years from now. So in the meantime, I’d like to share with you some prom dresses 2016 from Dressesofgirl.

I have chosen 5 evening gowns from their site and I want to share them with you.

Simple
This red dress may not have a lot of beads or details but I’d say this evening gown is definitely elegant. I like the fabric and the way it flows make any prom girl look like the queen of the night.
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Sweet
I’d say this gown is sweet and cute. The moment I saw this, I felt this would be a top choice for those girls that are more on the simple and conservative side. Nothing too lavish. Just some beaded top and a nice A-line skirt.
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Daring
Going backless during prom nights isn’t really uncommon. This is one of the few times school admins allow girls to be a bit sexy. The finishing touches of this gown is great and would be a nice gown for those fighting for the Prom Queen title.
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Eccentric
I like two things in this gown. (1) It is pink! (2) Its design is unusual. It looks like a long gown from afar, only to find out it’s a short dress covered with a lace skirt. I love it!
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Extravagant
Save the best for last as they say. Among the 5 gowns I shared with you, this is my favorite! If I were attending a prom, this would have been my first choice! I like the skirt. I like the color. And I just love everything about it. I imagine heads turning as soon as you walk in the door with this gown. Simply elegant!
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Do you have kids attending Prom soon?
How are you helping her prepare?

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