Blog Series, Life Lessons

The Suicide Series [An Introduction]

Hey ya’ll. I’m back. I’ve experienced the ever dreadful writer’s block recently and IT. JUST. SUCKS. Anyway, I thank God cause I’m back on track! Today, I’ll be launching my blog series entitled, “The Suicide Series”!!! Some of you may now look at the title and say, “Is she promoting suicide?”. Just a little disclaimer here. Hehe. I am not promoting suicide. I’ve had suicidal thoughts in the past and that stage is not pretty. It’s dark, it’s ugly and it’s the worst stage that one can be in.  In this blog series, I won’t be talking about my suicidal thoughts, experience, and all that jazz. Instead, I will write about killing “some” things about ourselves.

If you still don’t get what I mean, let me cite the verse in the Bible that inspired me to write this blog series. It says in Romans 6:11, “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin, and alive to God in Christ Jesus”. Yep. That’s what I meant by “Suicide”. When we talk about suicide, we define it as a person killing himself. In this series, we will crush wrong mindsets. We will “kill” anything that has something to do with ourselves until there’s nothing left of us and ’til the only thing that’s left is God. The goal of this series is for us to realize that we should cling on to God alone for Him to give us the ability to be dead to our sin, and alive in Christ. This starts by having a realationship with Him. Yep, I wrote that right. Realationship. We need to have this REAL RELATIONSHIP with Christ and that starts when we accept Jesus Christ as our LORD and SAVIOR.

Accepting Jesus as LORD and SAVIOR

When we accept Jesus as Lord this means that we put Him over EVERY area of our lives. Remember, if He is not Lord of all, then He is not Lord at all. Lordship is important in this relationship with Him. Because Jesus is now our Lord, this means that we should turn back from whatever the Bible calls sin. This means that because of Jesus, this life that we live is a life of righteousness in Him and not a life that gratifies our flesh.

I’m so excited for this blog series because sometimes, when we study the Bible and discover some things that we need to let go of, we tell ourselves that it’s hard to change our ways, it’s hard to obey God and all that. The thing is, that’s true. It’s hard to change our ways and it’s hard to obey God if we still rely on ourselves. But, if we surrender and let God work in us, then we can do it! That is great news. We must remember that sin has NO POWER over us and that it is the Holy Spirit that will guide us and give us the ability to do the good works that He has prepared for us.

Now that I’ve made a brief introduction of my blog series, may you join me in unravelling some parts of ourselves that we need to get rid of?

Don’t forget to connect with me on my social media accounts for more updates!

IG: @shekinahbongco

Twitter: @shekinahbongco

Snapchat: shekinahbongco

Facebook: Shekinah Bongco

Oh, and don’t forget to use the official hashtag of this blog series #TheSuicideSeries! Thank you and God bless! 🙂

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Life Lessons, Personal

The Father to the Fatherless.

Happy Father’s day! I don’t know about you, but I thank God for my dad. I am so blessed to have him in my life and I am grateful because He is still here with us. You may be reading this and you may feel like this is the worst day of your life. You see children happily skipping around the park, holding firmly to their father’s hand, while here you are, wishing that he could still be here for you. If you are this person, I would like to encourage you.

daddeh

It’s such an encouraging thing to know that even if your earthly father is not bodily present, you have a heavenly father who is with you wherever you may be. Can you imagine the King of Kings and The Lord of Lords to be YOUR father? I mean, imagine with me. The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords wants to have a relationship with you! Yes, you. It’s just amazing to think that God, who is so mighty and so holy, has this desire to be your heavenly father. How can He be our heavenly father? He can be our heavenly father if we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. If we do that, we can now be called His sons and daughters.

I don’t know what your situation is today and I don’t know if you already have a relationship with God, but one thing is for sure. There is one thing that I know. I know, that even if you are fatherless, the God who made this earth is calling you by name and is telling you that He loves you! HE LOVES YOU! He loves you so much that He sent Jesus to die on the cross for you. Such amazing love! If you here are sad and lonely this father’s day, I want you to know that you are loved! You can celebrate and the only reason why you can is because you have a Heavenly father. Allow me to celebrate with you! Happy Father’s day to your dad! May You enjoy His presence today.

If you want to have a relationship with Jesus by accepting Him as Lord and Savior, send me an e-mail at shekinahbongco@gmail.com I’d love to lead you to a prayer that will make you do just that. God bless you! YOU are loved! 🙂

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Life Lessons, Personal, Testimony

A work in progress

Just recently, I’ve had an encounter with an anonymous user in my ask fm account. He pointed out how judgemental, baduy (sorry naman ha. HAHAHA), and nosey I can be. I just knew that that was the end of me (So much for being a drama queen Haha). I just knew at this time, it’s confirmed, I am worthless. Who am I kidding? That is probably the biggest insult that I could tell Jesus. Oh and by the way, prior to this encounter, I’ve got friends who tweeted that they have these haters that seem to ask them on the same app or website. In my mind, I was like… WHY. Why would these haters hate on these people. They’re such amazing people… Anyway, so much for the side story, going back to my story… The typical Shekinah reaction to such words (yeah know, judgemental, baduy and nosey) would be self-pity and insecurity (are those even reactions? IDK. Lol). But seriously, I’d let these things get into me and force a smile on my face til I can’t help it anymore and cry my heart out at night, when my family’s asleep. That is just tiring. That is soooo last year. This time, I’m doing it differently.

The amazing thing about my encounter with anon is that he reminded me of some heart issues that I may have had or may have as of the moment. Looking back at my quiet time with the Lord today, He told me that he loves me and that man looks at the outward appearance but He looks at our hearts… And I was like…. “THAT’S IT!!!”. THAT IS JUST IT. God looks at the heart!!! The reason why I did not feel so bad about what anon told me is that he reminded me of some probable heart issues that need to be dealt with. In a way, his questions had some truth in them.

What if, his questions do not have some truth in it?

Simple. We respond with love. The truth of the matter is, when a person tells you that you are ugly, he is telling that to you given the world’s standard. We should not listen to these lies because it may be mixed with the truth that builds our identity. Our identity is in Christ! The old has gone and the new has come! Let us not forget my favorite line which inspired me in my song “A Masterpiece”. “You are fearfully and wonderfully made!”. God made us fearfully because he delicately designed us, thus knowing every single detail of our bodies. YOU ARE NOT A MISTAKE! You are wonderfully made by Him! You are amazing! You are loved!

Now that we have reminded ourselves that we are beautiful no matter what other people say, let us deal with the more important issue, the heart.

Yes, it is easy to change our outward appearance. Apply make-up, change your clothes into more fashionable ones, etc., but changing what’s on the inside is hard. Trust me, it is hard. Given our walls of pride, it may be hard for us to change our ways. We may close our ears for rebuke or, we may open our ears too much, pity ourselves until, guess what, NOTHING HAPPENS!!! This is the reason why I enjoyed my encounter with anon. He reminded me of my heart issues and instead of closing my ears or opening them too much, I just checked the words to see if they still apply to me. If they don’t I just decided to disregard them, but if they do, I promised myself to take action.

It may be hard to change our ways, our thoughts and our minds, but with God’s grace it is possible! We should not use our own strength, because using our own strength will lead us to hopelessness and disappointment. Instead, we must rely on God’s strength and grace, because only He can change us. May we be open for rebuke. May we have hearts that are open for change and transformation. May we fix our eyes on God, the one who gives us our true identity.

I’d like to end this blog post by quoting my song, Masterpiece. “If you are down and insecure, let me tell you, you are made to soar. Just keep on smiling. Do not mind ’bout what they’ll say just remember who you truly are… You are fearfully and wonderfully made… You are His masterpiece”. Good day and God bless. 🙂

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Life Lessons, Personal, Places

Life Lately: A Little Spontaneity

Last April 21, 2015 was the most, I must say, spontaneous day of my entire existence. You see, if you know me personally, you would know that I’m a very uptight person and plans, such unplanned, surprise plans are just a little too uncomfortable and a little too overwhelming for me. So here’s how my day went. I went to school freaking out because of my oral exam in Introduction to Philosophy. I wasn’t done reading the book yet so I hurried my way to school in order to practice with my group mates. I forgot to bring my school ID and my iPad because I thought I’m not going to our scheduled Pinto Art Museum trip. See, before going to school, I found out that I don’t have enough money to spend. Anyway, my college best friend urged me to go to Pinto Art Museum with them given that she’ll pay for the expenses. Well, I consulted my mom and well, she gave me enough money to go and enjoy the trip.

We ate at a restaurant in UP town center (my first time!) and their food’s delish. Sorry no pictures. Left my iPad. After eating a scrumptious meal, we started our long journey to Antipolo. (Well I was asleep during the whole time so I can’t say much about the “long” drive). When we got there, white-walled structures welcomed us. It was paradise for my eyes. It was certainly a great way to end the stressful term.

Pinto Art

This is a candid shot of me looking at artwork, shot by Mikee Constantino. I edited a bit, but it is not mine. Credits to him.

I won’t spoil the fun, if you wanna know more about the place, visit Pinto Art Museum. They are open Tuesdays to Sundays. 9am-6pm. After giving our eyes a treat, we went and gave our tummies a treat by buying some amazing drinks from Pinto Cafe. This ended our tour. Their prices in their cafe vary so better bring that wad of cash. After finishing our drinks, we went Mikee’s car and decided to go home. He dropped me and my best friend in a certain area near my best friend’s place. (I was supposed to ride the LRT going home). And just when I thought that the day of spontaneity is done, God surprised me with another treat. Koleen invited me to sleep over their house (well it was more of me, teasing her that I’ll sleep there). They were so hospitable and gave me everything that I needed for the night.

My point in this post is that we must learn to go with the flow. There are times when we plan so much that when that planned event doesn’t work out, we would look at God and say, “why now, God”. I remember something in the Bible which goes like this: Many are the plans of your heart, but God’s plans prevail. I believe that God is teaching me to be a little bit spontaneous, because as an overachiever, when things don’t go as planned, I tend to go away from Him, thinking that my plans are better than His. He reminded me that He is sovereign over every aspect of my life and that I should learn how to be flexible with the major and minor changes that He will do in my life, because when I do, he’d be able to work through me, more.

What about you? Are there any spontaneous events that ever happened in your life? What have you learned given these experiences? 😉

This is a candid shot

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Projects

The Mung Bean Project

               After finally choosing wordpress as my blogging platform, I’ve been in a state of total darkness, total emptiness and total blankness. I may or may not be talking about writer’s block, but I guess there’s more to it than a writer’s block. I believe that it’s something more deep. Something more personal. But the Lord is indeed good! He sought me and I’m now found! I am happy to know that when I’m in my darkest state, God is always there for me.

Anyway, this article is not about my issues, but is about God’s faithfulness. God gave me a vision. A vision that can change our country, one seed at a time!

Let me introduce God’s amazing idea, The Mung Bean Project. The Mung Bean Project is a community development project that aims to feed the urban poor, to promote urban farming and to encourage a changed and healthy lifestyle.

Mung Bean Project

How does the Mung Bean Project operate?

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Everyday, we consume a lot of things. From food to school supplies, name it! We all consume something. We do this to meet our needs. But what we don’t know is that every time we consume products and throw something out, we contribute something harmful for our environment.

The Mung Bean Project aims to reuse things, such as used bottles, cups and egg crates, as pots to contain and give life to our little seeds. Another thing that we can reduce is our water consumption. A lot of people think that planting is such a bother because you’d have to consume water and pay more money to the water company. But don’t you know that we can still plant without consuming much water? We encourage the reduction of water consumption by collecting the water that we have used to wash our dishes. We encourage putting the collected water in used one liter bottles and use those to water our plants.

By The Filipino Youth. For The Filipino People.

By the time these seeds become plants, it will have the ability to produce more seeds.  It is by then when we can start the second phase of The Mung Bean Project. This is not just about urban gardening, it’s also about giving to the people in need. One of the goals of The Mung Bean Project is to alleviate hunger and poverty. The state of Poverty is set by the The United Nations and according to them, you are in extreme poverty when you have less than a dollar a day. In Philippine peso, this means that when you have sixty pesos a day, you are not part of the people who are extremely poor. We believe that having a dollar a day is not enough to support families and their needs. This is why we aim to feed our brothers and sisters by cooking the Mung Beans that we will be harvesting in the future. This way, we won’t have the need to buy Mung Beans from stores just for us to cook them because we already have Mung Beans from our plants. This gives us hope in fulfilling our dream to be an instrument of transforming lives, one seed at a time!

More than one Mung Bean

Aside from planting Mung Beans, other vegetables and root crops will also be planted. Some of which are Tomatoes, Onions, Garlic Cloves and the like. That way, all the ingredients needed to cook a “Mongo” dish can all be harvested, with no money used.

I’m going to stop right here and elaborate on our wordpress account, themungbeanproject.wordpress.com soon. If you want to know our vision and our future dream projects, then wait for our post soon! I am just fixing some papers then off I go to post all these on our wordpress account! Also, if you want to join our team, if you think you have the heart to serve the Filipino people and the guts to contribute to The Mung Bean Project, then send your CV to themungbeanproject@gmail.com. Send us an e-mail if you also want to donate and support The Mung Bean Project. Lastly, don’t forget to use the hashtag, #TheMungBeanProject.

Join us as we become instruments to transform lives, one seed at a time.

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