Christ And Career


Thank you Kriz 🙂 better late than never! haha. This certainly blessed me and reminded that we have a God of perfect timing, and that whatever struggles we’re going through, He will always be there to help us through it all.

Life is tough. I’m pretty much stating the obvious ’cause we live in a fallen world, but life is also beautiful, because there is a God who loves us 🙂 thank you so much for writing this! btw, I absolutely love veterinary medicine but I’m still praying about it, please pray for me haha! ❤ God bless you, sis!

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Last April, there was a blogger named Mary who commented on one of my pages here in my blog asking me to write about how my life is as a Medical Student walking with Christ. I was so excited to do it for her, but it took me months to say the things that I need to say. Indeed, everything has its right time and this is the right time for me to say these.

If someone would say, “That guy decided to pursue Medicine”, people will respond “Oh. That’s quiet tough. But maybe he got the brain to rock it.” And then some other people will oppose it by judging that person by his past academic performances or his family’s financial struggle.

If there are many good things people can tell about us, there will absolutely be things they can say that will give a stain on the white…

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Fairytale- Chris Webb || Spoken Word


This… this is just amazing. This poem overflows with the love that Christ had when He died for us on the cross. It blows my mind again and again, this love story is not a fairytale, its is the BIGGEST truth ever. This is just beautiful and I encourage you to just take the time to watch this and be reminded of our Savior’s mercy and grace.

Jesus is my Love, Not my Religion || Poem by Mary


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Jesus is my love, not my religion…

He’s not someone I bribe to go to heaven,
He’s not someone I obey in fear of hell.
He’s not something I wear for showcase,
He’s NOT my religion.

He is my love,
He is that someone who makes the sun shine when I wake up in the morning,
He’s that man who makes me smile in sad days,
He’s the one who always listens whenever I have something to say,
And I know He always loved me, that’s why He is my love.
Even when I haven’t seen Him yet,
He was that voice calling out whenever I felt like something was missing…
He was my missing piece- the piece that was always there…
My love, my Jesus.

– Mary Pacis, “Jesus is my Love, Not my Religion”, Nov. 13, 2014 [4:35]

God Works in Mysterious Ways || Weekly Devotions


Psalm 40:5
O LORD my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.

We had a dance practice a week ago for our Joseph the Dreamer play, it was tons of fun and very exhausting, especially since we ended late in the evening, and everybody had work the day after but it was all for the glory and furtherance of God’s kingdom. Anyway, we had to drop some of our church mates back home (we were all squished in the car, tired and sweaty) but… the car wouldn’t start.

Almost everybody had gone home and we were left stranded in the dark with nobody to help us start the car. Others would think that this was a set back, but for us it’s God’s set up for something better! It wasn’t surprising that they didn’t make a big deal out of it, God will make a way. Indeed, He did. While waiting for one of our church mates who drove back to help us out, we spotted our other friend walking to his car which was right in front of us! We didn’t have to wait for too long to get our car started! It’s all because of the grace of God. But wait, it didn’t stop there…

We spotted our other church mate, lets call her AJ, strolling casually along the sidewalk. She didn’t have anybody to drive her home (she’s chill like that). And because the car wouldn’t start, our friend had to be delayed to help us out and because he was delayed, AJ didn’t have to walk at a long distance to reach home (by herself, at night). God works in such wondrous and mysterious ways! We never usually notice them because we focus too much on the problem, but right now, I’m telling you that there is a reason for EVERYTHING. You might not understand why God would allow such things, but trust in Him because His ways are higher and better than our ways, and thoughts higher than our thoughts. He has no equal. He’s the best! Thank You, Lord for your awesome works! I will put my trust in You though I do not understand what You’re trying to do- please help me be a blessing to others as you are to me and help me shine Your light to those who are lost and seeking.

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College Dilemma || Needed Prayers


This whole summer I spent the nights (and mornings too) constantly thinking about college. Well Mary that’s a good thing! Getting excited for college is no big deal… Hoo no, I spent the nights (and mornings) ANXIOUSLY thinking about college. The unhealthy kind. I couldn’t stop searching for schools, looking for a good course to study, and where I should study. It’s crazy. Well, here’s the thing, I have always loved Veterinary Medicine ever since I was a little kid and until now. But I want to study in UAE, where I grew up. It’s more familiar to me and I get to live with both my parents. Problem is, there is not a single Vet School standing! So search again, think again.

I still really wanted to study in Dubai which led me to my second choice, Nursing. I never really considered nursing since I was always so “in-love” with vet. med. it never really entered my mind. But Nursing in many ways is so much better than Veterinary Medicine… Gasp, Mary! How could you say that? You’ve loved Vet. Med. all your life! Well, it may be my passion but I have to consider the costs, the area, my parents, and most especially, God. God… Have I forgotten? Oh Lord, I bet you’re already done with my future.

Do you guys wonder why I chose Dubai instead of my own country? It’s because, if I go study in the Philippines I’d have to be separated from my dad who has to work in Dubai to earn and provide for me, my mom, and my sister. So, yes it’s a pretty hard decision for me.

Mary, remember Romans 8:28? In all things and I mean, ALL things (good or bad) God works for the good of those who LOVE Him, who have been called according to HIS PURPOSE. So no matter what your decision is, even if you may have made a mistake, God will turn it into something beautiful and good

Thank You… Man, reading God’s word can really help a lot in times like these. I feel sad for those who seek help from the wrong person/thing. Anyway, when I checked the Nursing schools in Dubai, they’re only 4-6 of them, they’re all an hour away from home and the tuition costs 20k-60k AED per semester (that is without the transportation/uniform/other things). In short, it’s too far and faaaar too expensive. Search again, think again.

I’ve decided to check the nursing schools in the Philippines. There are lots of good universities and the tuition fees are very affordable. Hey, maybe the Philippines isn’t so bad after all. But then there are some important things to consider… We have to buy a house. Admission for the schools is far to early, it’s the same with the entrance exams and I’m not even in the Philippines to take it. It took me 2 months of searching and thinking to finally realize that my future is something only The Lord could know and reveal. Like my Princess God mother taught me about God’s sovereign will… It is something we might never understand until it occurs. And once we see the results, then we will come to know why God allowed it in the first place.

So right here, right now I lay down all these fear, anxiety, and worries about college and my future and give it all to God. Lord, I trade it for Your joy and peace 🙂 I know that I can’t do it on my own, so Lord, I ask you to direct my steps to where you want me to go. And I also pray for those who struggle with the same conflict, Lord that you cast away all their burdens and that you give them rest and assurance that YOU, O God, will ALWAYS keep your promise. Thank you so much, Father. We commit this day and our lives to you, Lord Jesus. In Jesus’ most precious and powerful name, AMEN!

Before you leave this post, I just want to let you know that God has a perfect plan for you and for me, not to harm us but to make us prosper and give us hope (Jeremiah 29:11) There’s no need to worry, there’s no need to feel burdened because if The Lord is for us, then who can be against us? Though it is normal to feel anxious, may it be a reminder of our need and dependence on God, do not let it destroy you and keep you from God but instead draw you closer to Him. Amen?

I hope and pray that you have learnt something from this post as of I, writing it. My dilemma hasn’t gone yet, so I ask of you (those who are reading) to please include me and my family on your list of prayers. Thank you guys so so much! We love you and God bless you 🙂

College Dilemma || Needed Prayers


This whole summer I spent the nights (and mornings too) constantly thinking about college. Well Mary that’s a good thing! Getting excited for college is no big deal… Hoo no, I spent the nights (and mornings) ANXIOUSLY thinking about college. The unhealthy kind. I couldn’t stop searching for schools, looking for a good course to study, and where I should study. It’s crazy. Well, here’s the thing, I have always loved Veterinary Medicine ever since I was a little kid and until now. But I want to study in UAE, where I grew up. It’s more familiar to me and I get to live with both my parents. Problem is, there is not a single Vet School standing! So search again, think again.

I still really wanted to study in Dubai which led me to my second choice, Nursing. I never really considered nursing since I was always so “in-love” with vet. med. it never really entered my mind. But Nursing in many ways is so much better than Veterinary Medicine… Gasp, Mary! How could you say that? You’ve loved Vet. Med. all your life! Well, it may be my passion but I have to consider the costs, the area, my parents, and most especially, God. God… Have I forgotten? Oh Lord, I bet you’re already done with my future.

Do you guys wonder why I chose Dubai instead of my own country? It’s because, if I go study in the Philippines I’d have to be separated from my dad who has to work in Dubai to earn and provide for me, my mom, and my sister. So, yes it’s a pretty hard decision for me.

Mary, remember Romans 8:28? In all things and I mean, ALL things (good or bad) God works for the good of those who LOVE Him, who have been called according to HIS PURPOSE. So no matter what your decision is, even if you may have made a mistake, God will turn it into something beautiful and good

Thank You… Man, reading God’s word can really help a lot in times like these. I feel sad for those who seek help from the wrong person/thing. Anyway, when I checked the Nursing schools in Dubai, they’re only 4-6 of them, they’re all an hour away from home and the tuition costs 20k-60k AED per semester (that is without the transportation/uniform/other things). In short, it’s too far and faaaar too expensive. Search again, think again.

I’ve decided to check the nursing schools in the Philippines. There are lots of good universities and the tuition fees are very affordable. Hey, maybe the Philippines isn’t so bad after all. But then there are some important things to consider… We have to buy a house. Admission for the schools is far to early, it’s the same with the entrance exams and I’m not even in the Philippines to take it. It took me 2 months of searching and thinking to finally realize that my future is something only The Lord could know and reveal. Like my Princess God mother taught me about God’s sovereign will… It is something we might never understand until it occurs. And once we see the results, then we will come to know why God allowed it in the first place.

So right here, right now I lay down all these fear, anxiety, and worries about college and my future and give it all to God. Lord, I trade it for Your joy and peace 🙂 I know that I can’t do it on my own, so Lord, I ask you to direct my steps to where you want me to go. And I also pray for those who struggle with the same conflict, Lord that you cast away all their burdens and that you give them rest and assurance that YOU, O God, will ALWAYS keep your promise. Thank you so much, Father. We commit this day and our lives to you, Lord Jesus. In Jesus’ most precious and powerful name, AMEN!

Before you leave this post, I just want to let you know that God has a perfect plan for you and for me, not to harm us but to make us prosper and give us hope (Jeremiah 29:11) There’s no need to worry, there’s no need to feel burdened because if The Lord is for us, then who can be against us? Though it is normal to feel anxious, may it be a reminder of our need and dependence on God, do not let it destroy you and keep you from God but instead draw you closer to Him. Amen?

I hope and pray that you have learnt something from this post as of I, writing it. My dilemma hasn’t gone yet, so I ask of you (those who are reading) to please include me and my family on your list of prayers. Thank you guys so so much! We love you and God bless you 🙂

When Things Aren’t Going So Well || Weekly Devotions


 

When Things Aren’t Going So Well

Philippians 4:8
Brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Its good to be aware of the negative things around us, but it is so much better to witness, learn, and understand God’s great plan for you than to find ways to bring the enemy down by your own strength. Stop trying too hard and LET GOD LEAD, because it is ONLY BY HIS GRACE that we are able to receive our salvation. Not by works, not by your own faith, but by God’s grace THROUGH the FAITH that He has given you.

Things might not be going so well for you, but I hope and pray that you will learn to look past that and continue to glorify God in the midst of your difficulties because it is written in Matthew 6:4 that when you DO GOOD, do it IN SECRET. Then your Father (God) who sees what is done in secret will reward you in full.

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A Short Message From Mary:

Hello my lovelies, I know I haven’t been writing much, as always. There were so many things I had to deal with (both good and bad) that I didn’t find the right time to write. Well, that is both true and false (laziness). Anyway, part of the reason is that I’m at the Philippines! Aaand, I’m going back to Dubai once again. So fast right? *sniffles* I’m feeling mixed emotions right now. But good news! I have so much to write about! I just hope that I find the time to write it, hehehe 🙂 Man, God has been so good… but I couldn’t list them all right now or even then because there’s just too much to list. Anyway, I got to go spend as much time with my family and relatives (by watching a nice movie together) before we leave. I pray that you all be blessed by this post and that whatever you are going through right now, know that God will never leave you! He will be there for you through it all ❤ God bless my lovelies!

– Mary