Wednesday, December 30, 2009

PTL for 2009 - quite an eventful year - the year I turned to Christ. Let 2010 be a year that I press on towards the prize of life in Jesus Christ! PTL for salvation and a richer, more fulfilling life. - Marloooo
A co-worker of mine called in sick so I was asked to stay an hour longer than necessary, which is never a fun thing. BUT i got to talk to another co-worker who I haven't seen in a few weeks and catch up on her life. PTL. -Aarika

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I got to read some articles from Acts&Facts. I also hung out with my family. Man God designed some complex stuff- PTL

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Whether I go through great times or extremely difficult time - it's awesome to know that God has the master plan! -PTL! - Marlo
Living at home has allowed me to realize how much my parents really do... somehow my mom works 12 hours 7-8 days every 2 weeks... AND keeps the house functioning! PTL for awesome parents! - Marlo

Sunday, December 20, 2009

My uncle could be dead right now. But, he isn't. PTL -Joanna

Thursday, December 17, 2009

It is great to know that where sin is, God's grace abounds all the more. KILL SIN!!! PTL- E.J.
Isn't it relieiving that we don't have to know a whole lot to be Christian? PTL. -Julian

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jesus' beauty makes me happy. PTL. -Alex
God told me to entrust to others what I have been entrusted with (2 Tim. 2.2). PTL. -PJ

Monday, December 14, 2009

Today, we had another small but mighty Bible Study in Irvine. Work was done for His kingdom and I know His blessing is upon that work. Also, I'm happy to be back, seeing my family, my church family, my friends, and finding myself not miss a step getting back into the California groove, even if just for two weeks. PTL. -Julian
Jireh and Julian are back home. PTL. -Alex

Thursday, December 10, 2009

My grades are posted. Well, most of them are. I smell success due to God's goodness and grace. PTL. -Jacquie

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Just click it, it'll make u smile - ( ) - PTL - Marlo
Last night I found myself crying out to God because in all honesty, I felt so consumed by everything else of this world BUT Him. It's crazy how much sin can hold you down. This morning I signed online just to read a bunch of new e-mails and messages encouraging and reminding me of His love, His patience, His wrath, and of the everlasting hope that I have in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It's so funny how God is always so intentional and how He so graciously sends us certain things and reminders when He knows we need it the most. PTL. -RJeezy
Today I stayed up later than usual to do my homework. I saw God's glory when I was able to hear my thoughts clearly alone in the night. I went outside to let my dog go out and I looked up at the stars. Though they were God, you are beautiful. PTL-anonymous!?

Monday, December 7, 2009

"Love is doing whatever you need to do to help people see and savor the glory of God in Christ forever and forever."-John Piper PTL. -Alex

Sunday, December 6, 2009

I have a two-fer! I went to rock harbor for the first time in a long time - PTL for prayer, worship, praise, and learning! Then PTL for Tim Keller - he reminded me today that the Bible isn't about us and what we have to do, but it's about Jesus and what Jesus has done and how Jesus continues to act in our lives - PTL PTL - Marlo____O hahaha i made a face

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Just took an MCAT practice test - score didn't go down nor did it go up from last time - PTL for reminding me to "press on" - Marlo ^__^)v
Today, I grew in my knowledge and understanding of the church, and fellowshipped with some exciting and growing men and women at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. PTL. - Julian

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I have become addicted... to watching Jeff Vines online... PTL for this man's gift of teaching and for helping me come closer to God! - Marlo
God is sovereign and He has a perfect plan for our lives. PTL! -Melody

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Today, Pastor Ed fainted in church during his preaching from what I was told. Moments later he got up, drank some water, and kept preaching like nothing much happened. Despite his astonishing resilience, he was rushed to the hospital, delegating the remainder of the service to Alex Hong, a young and faithful man of the church. He got up, stumbled to his position, and spoke from his heart what was described to me as Spirit-filled and successful. God, so sovereign and so fascinating. PTL. - Julian

Saturday, November 28, 2009

God has been teaching me how much I am so NOT thankful for the big and little things in life. God has been showing me how much I have a complaining heart. God has been discipling me to make me love Him more. He is sooo good to me. PTL. - Geneyem

Thursday, November 26, 2009

"Hatred of sin as sin, not only as galling or disquieting, a sense of the love of Christ in the cross, lie at the bottom of all true spiritual mortification" John Owen PTL. -Alex

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Today, I was able to proclaim The Holy Bible as supreme and solid to some friends in Bryant Park, not to mention remind myself of this truth. Praise God for giving us His word, which is as transcendent and unchanging as His very character. PTL. - Julian

Monday, November 23, 2009


Saturday, November 21, 2009

For the past few weeks I was in a personal spiritual battle against the devil, contemplating suicide among other things. However, today after talking to my pastor and praying, God finally pulled me back to his side. PTL. I just can't say it enough. - Jet

Monday, November 16, 2009

this past week God rebuked me and reminded me what the true purpose of ministry is; then He revealed to me an idea that could, if I am successful, turn into the ministry opportunity I've been praying for. PTL. -Aarika

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I was blessed by my church family.I witnessed the baptism of joshua reyes,david,susan,fauna,kristine,melissa,orlando,israel,joshua,and janice PTL- E.J.
Today, my long-time friend Laura is coming to church with me. She's been before, but not for years now. PTL. -Julian

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Today I was able to meet more people and they happened to be Christians too. I talked with them about the good news, the struggle with always being passionate for God in a world of distractions, the fear of man, and about different bible studies on campus. It's a blessing to know that I'm not alone and that I have brothers and sisters at school who also find their joy in the gospel of Jesus Christ. PTL! -Richelle

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Today, my parents came home, and I saw them holding a dvd of Fireproof! I was thinking of showing them myself, but God amazing brought it to them in another away! PTL -Joanna

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

PTL for the growth of this site.I'm really blessed how everybody shares there trials and blessings on here. GREAT JOB EVERYBODY LETS KEEP PRAISINGTHELORD.(i think i defeated the purpose of the acronym)- E.J.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

I'm so encouraged by Christians here in Manhattan, home in California, and "home" in the Philippines. God's sustaining grace is boundless. PTL. -Julian

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Today I was forgiven yet again by Christ. PTL for God's incredible mercy and grace. PTL that God is calling me to go be a doer and not just a hearer.- E.J.
Last night, some residents and I initiated our weekly prayer and praise&worship gatherings. I was reminded of the importance of living a life set apart from the world. PTL for accountability and providing other believers to support in this spiritual warfare. -Melody

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

"Soon and very soon i'll be going to the place you have prepared for me." PTL. -Audrey

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"The Christian life is what you do when you finally realize you can do nothing". PTL. Alex

Friday, October 16, 2009

Tonight, Alex and Caleb came to help with the Irvine ministry bible studies that Julian and I initiated last year. Lots of thought-provoking questions were discussed and answered, our wonderful God was praised and the unchanging good news of the gospel was proclaimed! PTL for the work that our awesome God is doing in so many lives! -Melody

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thank God for the opportunity to share the gospel to 500 plus parents who attended the 3 day camp here in Zambales. . PTL! - Pastor Dan Bondad.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

God sent his Son into the world not to make much of us, but to make much of Him. True love is found in making much of (exalting) God. PTL. -Alex

Sunday, October 11, 2009

i was amazed at God's faithfulness to David in the Bible. PTL- E.J.
Today, i experienced God for the first time in the 19 years of my life. PTL. - Jet

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Today, I took the girls to the Diamond Bar Library for their storytime. It was amazing to see so many children with their parent, also prayerfully opportunities to build relationships for the gospel. PTL. - Geneyem

Friday, October 2, 2009

The update on my class adds: God totally blessed me with all the classes that I wanted for this quarter. Now to persevere through the quarter--one week down and nine more to go. PTL. -Jacquie
Following a successful bonfire with my hall, I went a night-time run with one of my residents where we began to discuss religion and the hope, peace and joy there is in Christ. I burned off some s'mores calories AND the gospel was shared. God is so good in providing opportunities! PTL! -Melody

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Today at 2:20am it struck me that i've never said "i love you" to either of my parents. So i sent an email to them (they're in cambodia) and told them that. PTL for amazing parents. - Jet

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

We finally moved out of our apartment and we are now living with a church family. It's a bit strange living with another family but God has been blessing us so much with this family and we are able to fellowship with the parents and the kids more. PTL. - Geneyem

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Today, I'm spending time with the older brother. God simultaneously reveals Himself through both quality time spent with Lance and the sights we spend them on. Plus, Lance keeps paying for our meals. PTL. -Julian

Monday, September 28, 2009

Last week, I began to worry about classes that I need, but didn't have. I prayed a lot, committing my plans and pursuit for this degree. God answered my prayers and blessed me with 2 of 3 classes. I'm still praying for the last one. PTL. -Jacquie

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Today, I will be going to Redeemer Presbyterian Church to hear Tim Keller for the second week. I almost feel giddy because I admire so much the work God is doing through Him, and how well he presents God's word. Yesterday my friend and I managed to get into SNL and saw Megan Fox & U2, but this is even better and I get this every week. PTL. - Julian

Friday, September 25, 2009

My little brother has Down's syndrome and the only way to encourage him to get up and ready to go to school in the morning is by playing Hillsong United worship music. It is also a good way to start our day-singing praises to God. -Heidi

Thursday, September 24, 2009

last week, my old college roomate accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. It's bewildering and encouraging to already see him plant and water Jesus seeds amongst his family and relatives. I thank and praise the Lord for revealing Himself to Andrew and for answering my prayers. For those of you that have close family and friends that have not accepted Christ, I encourage you to continue praying for them. -Joshua

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I was planning to go on a study trip with a few classmates to Japan for some weeks now. I was really looking forward to it as I don't get to travel much. But this morning I received an email that the trip was going to be postponed - or worse, canceled - due to H1N1 levels there not going down. I wasn't angry though, just a little disappointed but I let it go. And God gave me a very pleasant surprise. During the period which I am supposed to be in Japan, one of my favorite drummers - Dennis Chambers - would be coming to Singapore. I just found out about it and I'm very happy now. PTL - Jet.

P.S. pray that I'll be able to get tickets for the concert. :D.

Monday, September 21, 2009

So this week has just got me so exhausted by just the mere thought of it and I've been struggling to find some alone time with God just to quiet my anxious thoughts. With school and work and everything else I haven't had much of a chance to just rest in the Lord, but He convicted me today as I was walking past my brothers room and he was singing this:

"Consume my thoughts
As I rest in You
I’m now in love
With a Saviour
Bearing the marks of His love

So it’s with everything I am
I reach out for Your hand
The hope for change
The second chance I’ve gained

On You I throw my life
Casting all my fears aside
How could greater love than this
Ever possibly exist"

PTL. -Aarika
I am psyched about school starting this week! Although it's going to be a rough quarter, God has prepared me to work hard by His grace and for His glory. PTL. -Jacquie

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Today, nothing crazy happened to me. PTL. - Julian
This weekend, my 80+ first-year residents moved into my hall. So far, so good. PTL for this great new ministry and many opportunities to reveal the Truth to fresh minds. PTL. -Melody
I was frustrated today but came to this blog and i saw somethings people are going through, I am really blessed to have everything I have. PTL. -Andrew ho
Yesterday afternoon I got chills, a terrible headache, and a high fever out of nowhere, and ever since I've been bed-ridden and sleeping. Temperature has been fluctuating from 99.8 - 102.7, and I still have a fever this morning. I start school tomorrow, and though not in the form I imagined, God answered my prayers for rest. PTL. -Shaina
I pray that God would help me to remember last week for the rest of my life.

It started out with the water heater going on the fritz. With no money left in the emergency fund, we were reduced to taking cold showers. It's amazing how much we depend on simple luxeries like hot water. I'm sure in certain parts of the world this is not a commodity that is enjoyed at all. Within a few days God gave me a solution, and even a loaner truck to courtesy of my father-in-law to bring the new water heater home.

After the water heater ordeal, a little bigger problem - the septic tank stopped pumping. After doing all that I knew how to do, I realized that the pump may need to be replaced. The quote? Over $1,000. It may as well have been a million dollars.

We are in the process of getting our house ready to sell, and this was a setback we just couldn't afford. The thoughts raced through my mind - take out another loan and stretch an already stretched budget? Move into the moter home that has no heat, and if so, where to dump the holding tank? By mid-week my brother in law came down & fixed the wiring for me, and we discovered the pump was still working. The problem was in the wiring which had become corroded at the connetions. A workable fix, albeit a little uncomfortable as we were working in the rain & dark, but friends like Jack are what makes life bearable sometimes.

Then at work there were layoff notices going out as one of our major programs were shutting down. Another huge stress. Worry worry worry. How would I pay the mortgage? How would we afford health care for my wife who has been in chronic pain with her hip & backBy the grace of God I didn't get one. All of these problems seemed insurmountable at first, until the Holy Spirit gently reminded me that God has seen me through all sorts of troubles & problems in life, and restored me.

Since I dedicated my life to Him, neither my family nor I have been in want for anything we really needed, like food, clothing, or shelter. I've always had a way to make it to work as my car, although 11 years old & with high mileage, runs very well & has been extremely dependable over the years. So in the future when I face trials that seem insurmountable, I can look back on this week & remember how God brought me through it. I won't need to worry about anything if I can just keep that perspective. PTL!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

This week was the most stressful week of the semester so far. I got a $450 ticket, did terrible on my math test, and an essay for english drove me insane, and im pretty much not getting income till the end of october. God is trying to teach me a lesson. God will never give us a test we cannot handle, so i know that through him i can survive!
1 Corinthians 10:13 (The Message)
///No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it.\\\

Thank you God, you are so good to me always! PTL. -A

Friday, September 18, 2009

Today, my hubby didn't have work and we were able to eat lunch together as a family. I made homemade chicken quesadilla and it actually was good. PTL. - Geneyem

Thursday, September 17, 2009

This week about 130 people got layed off at work. Our Department had about 300 people, so that's almost half. Wednesday, people started getting their notices in their mailboxes. I've been working at the same place for 19 1/2 years, and I was really worried about getting layed off, but by the Grace of God I will be staying on. My name was on the chopping block but God's favor interceded. PTL!

Monday, September 14, 2009

It's my first four weeks of college and I'm still getting into the swing of things. I wasn't used to the workload and I still feel like I'm not. But all of this studying and hark work is already paying off and the results of my first two exams of the year prove it! ALL God's grace!!! PTL. -RJ

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I am constantly being reminded by God that HE is in control PTL!
I can choose to be anxious about the future,but my Christian brothers and sisters have constantly reminded me that I don't need to worry. I PTL because God gave me a lot of Christians to help me steadily grow. I choose to rely on God because he knows so much more than my little brain can handle.( and our brains are already an amazing feat) PTL number two for God knowing the future. -E.J.

Friday, September 11, 2009

This whole week my hubby and I have been able to go on mini dates (only about 2 hours long) without our little girl (and one time without both girls). It was so nice being able to spend time with him and finally talking to him about my life. I also praise God for those who blessed us with watching the girls...they truly made my week. PTL. - Geneyem

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Had a moment of weakness earlier in the week, but God provided family and friends as a reminder that He is our strength and all that we ever need. PTL. -Aarika

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

So i get home from my jazz history class and my mom tells me some of the kids are in the backyard chilling. I continue to my room to grab my laptop and i see the kids playing but they don't notice me. One of the kids that my mom babysit is Sarah, who was also a student in my class, and she tells the kids that shes gonna sing VBS songs. One of the kids ask whats VBS and she says Vacation Bible School. The other kid who asked replies "oh you so you learn about God there?" Sarah replies ya and asks them do you know this song? and she starts singing I Know My God is Real like the whole song and actions. As shes singing i'm just squatting on the floor with my laptop on the bed using facebook. I quickly tell Amy whats happening at the moment on facebook and shes like niceee. Next, Sarah sings Sign Me Up and she attempts to teach one of the girls too. PTL.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Today, I find myself, 6 days before leaving for New York, overwhelmed with blessings to mention. My parents, the brother, the sister, the taco man, Christian Cruz, Andrew Ho, and Melody F. Cruz to name a few. There simply is no preparation for leaving the presence of so many incredible people. God is revealing Himself so much I find myself with the peculiar circumstance of being at a loss for words. PTL. -Julian

Monday, September 7, 2009

God is giving me the love to read books. Let's have a book party! - E.J.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Just thought about how much fun I had yesterday at Julian's "sending off party." Great conversations with many folks and fun dancing time too! PTL - Marloooooooo!!
"This is my prayer in the desert, when all thats within me feels dry. This is my prayer in my hunger in need. My God is a God who provides" - Hillsong. PTL. -Audrey

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Two days ago and Yesterday, God used me to witness to 5 people at 5 different situations and occasions. Praise the Lord for his love and mercy that never ceases. Jigger.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Yesterday we were able to hang out with the church family during the Tuesday Fellowship. It was such a blessing being able to talk to the girls and not have shallow conversations. Oh how I miss good conversations that points you to Christ. PTL. - Geneyem

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Today, I had to make articles for my U.S. History Homework Newspaper. I felt really stressed because it took me four hours to complete it and I still had other homework to do. I kept groaning, but I took a look at video my friend showed me and I felt stress-free suddenly. It was a good reminder of what love really is! PTL -Joanna
My readings are a blessing: "A person who lacks heart connectedness to the Lord, biblically speaking, does not know God in the fullest sense." Sastisfy Your Soul
I long for a deeper relationship with God. True Spirituality consists of reliable beliefs, Godly affections, and obedient action. PTL-Alex

Sunday, August 30, 2009

School is great. the Gospel is being made known. my faith is getting rooted and more sturdy. PTL for so many blessings even through the trials that hes recently been throwing at me.-E.J.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tonight, my younger cousin, Jazzmine, and I attended Maranatha Chapel's Wednesday night service. After the great service, we shared what God has been teaching us lately, discussed the questions we had, and exchanged encouraging verses to apply to our current struggles... all while partaking in some delicious froyo! PTL for sisters and brothers in Christ who contribute to Christ-centered conversations and provide encouragement during rough times. -Melody
This morning I was feeling discouraged about whether or not my two jobs were worth all the hassle. In my mind I kept thinking, "I've been feeling like a welcome mat lately with what I do for my bosses and my co-workers. Sure I can tell that my example is kind of enlightening to them, especially because they know that I'm Christian and have, lately, been asking me lots of questions. But that could happen anywhere. Maybe it's time to move on?" Then the next thing I know, my boss gives me my paycheck and says, "Oh just so you know, for the next paycheck you'll be making .75 cents more." 

"WHAT?" Haha, and it may not seem like a lot, but trust me. It really is. PTL for God using other people to show his appreciation of our hard work and telling us when to just stick it out. -Aarika
While packing up my life, I've been reminiscing a lot about how great this past year has been. God's given me the chance to really reestablish a relationship with my parents, and to build close bonds with my brothers, who were incredibly young when I left for college. While sifting through my old things, it's so clear how much God has changed my life since high school, for the better! He's blessed me & my loved ones with amazing people and amazing opportunities. I'm inexplicably nervous about moving across the country tomorrow, but I know that God will take care of us. PTL. -Elaine

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Lately things haven't been going according to our plans. We had to reschedule a meeting with someone regarding buying a house, we didn't get to donate the clothes we had in our car to goodwill, and we are being forced to move to another place. With all these unscheduled things happening and of course at that time things that seemed annoying...God had his plan and it was totally for our good. PTL. - Geneyem

Monday, August 24, 2009

Last Saturday I was at Silverwood Park in Idaho with some of my family. As we were headed back to our motorhome for lunch, we noticed a lady who appeared to be sleeping in her car. I wouldn't have given it a second thought, except for the way she looked. Sitting in the drivers seat, she was humped over the steering wheel with her hair hanging down in her face. Still, not wanting to be intrusive, we passed her by.

After a short while passed though, my father-in-law & a family friend went over to investigate further. The driver's side window was rolled down, so they tapped her & called out to her but got no response. They could tell something was just not right. `To be on the safe side they called 911.

The park security/EMTs or whatever they were showed up shortly & started trying to wake her up, but to no avail. We watched as they continued to try to assess her condition, and as things unfolded everyone was wondering if she was in a diabetic coma. She seemed mostly unconscious, except she did manage to tell the EMTs her name.

Her oxygen stats dropped from 94 to 74 in just a few minutes. They knew something was very wrong but couldn't tell what. An ambulance arrived after a few more minutes & they were still working on her when we left.

As I replayed the whole scenario in my mind, I realized that she may have been there in that condition for a while. The parking lot was huge, so it's hard to tell how many people would have ended up in that particular section of the lot while she was laying there possibly struggling for life. I'm so thankful to God that he put us there at that particular time, and that my father-in-law had the foresight to call 911 and not just assume she was sleeping. It could have saved her life. Thank you Jesus for always looking out for us. PTL!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Yesterday, Kathleen, Kristine, Lidia, Melissa, and two of my other friends came over my house to have a bible study. We sang, shared the Gospel, and shared blessings. The Gospel never changes. PTL -Joanna

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Today my brother ticked me off,but i realized i was not being patient or loving at all. God is really testing me with my brother being home alot. PTL for Gods trials and his own love towards us because i'm pretty sure we are horrible. - EJ

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

OH SNAP! one of brothers told me he is interested in the bible.
a possible friday guest! been praying about this, PTL.. -a. phu

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

God has been teaching me so much lately about patience, forgiveness, kindness, and love through my relationship with Julian and growing friendships with others. With every interaction, I am reminded of the value of having Christ-centered relationships. PTL! -Melody

Monday, August 17, 2009

God has continously been reminding me how sinful I am through my loving husband's reminders and through my little daughters. I'm so blessed to have these people in my life. PTL. - Geneyem
Today, my dad and I got to talk about our relationships with the ladies in our lives. My prideful heart shuts him out by second nature at this point -- I'm glad I got another chance to break that sinful habit and commune with him over $2.50 hearty meals from Church's chicken. PTL. - Julian
Today, I received a phone call that my sister from my 2nd family was ill and in the hospital. I praise God for supplying our needs and that she is getting better. It reminded us that our life on earth is not permanent and we should be treasuring things eternal! PTL. - Jigger
My son was in a minor-fender bender with our van last week, and the insurance company called it a total loss. Neither him nor the other party was hurt, and with the insurance money we were able to go out & get another van on Saturday & have a little money left over PTL!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Today, some CFBC family and I attended the last night of Harvest Crusade 2009. It's been many years of age and maturity since the last time, and with more seasoned eyes I got to see God's amazing work in the lives of literally thousands of otherwise strangers. Never have any of us been with so much of the universal church at once, led in song by none other than Chris Godgiven Tomlin. Greg Laurie's message about heaven renewed my mind and allowed so many of us to get a clearer glimpse of what heaven is and what that means for us believers. Plus the Uy family made sure I was always eating. PTL. - Julian
Through God, i know i can learn to forgive, and love the way he loved me. CCV's service was awesome this morning! PTL. -Audrey
Today marks one year with Melody Farol Cruz. God has done amazing work in our lives and He continues to daily. PTL. - Julian

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The anatomy of animals, their behaviors, their diets, and practically everything about them I find amazing. Even though some of them are super wack looking (like the sea kitten, for example), God is so creative in how He so intricately designed each and every one of them in their own unique way. PTL. -RJ

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Today, my baby girl is one month old, God so good. PTL. - Geneyem
I watched Facing the Giants for the first time today. I don't usually cry... but I felt a tear rolling down my cheek during the end of the movie. I was reminded to give the honor to God and that he is always in control - PTL! - Marlo

Monday, August 10, 2009

VBS 2009 has finally come to a close. There was something extra special about this year, debuting many of our former students as now first-year staffers. They revitalized the morale and energy of our team as a whole -- I truly believe it.

The gospel is really an amazing thing. It can flex and form to be digested by children so young, yet remain compelling and convicting to adults so old...that's the nature of something that can only be true. PTL. - Julian

Saturday, August 8, 2009

My grandma passed away yesterday afternoon. Even though it hurts, I am thankful that I got to be there with her. What was encouraging was just seeing my mom and how even though her heart was breaking soo much and she was just crying and kissing my grandma's face (even though she was already unconscious), my mom was just praising God for preparing the best for my grandma, the best timing, and saying to her that she can go in peace because there is nothing on this world that is worth her clinging onto, and just saying hallelujah, how she is going to be with Jesus and the angels are picking her up and everything. It is so sad when you see your mom like a little girl and saying ma ma just like you say it, but so touching that in such pain she can really praise the Lord- Shaina

Friday, August 7, 2009

In my attempt to vacate a very tight parking spot and not dent a car with the front of my own vehicle I ended up rear-ending someone else with my spare tire, resulting in a dent the size of my fist. (not very fortuitous). But anyway, I was freaking out thinking in my head what this would mean to my insurance when the owner, plus all the witnesses, came over to comfort me, telling me that it wasn't that big of a deal, it was an accident, and not to worry. (thank you CICC members for the encouragement) But it didn't get rid of all of my disappointment. I was still very stressed and upset with myself; trying to pull it all together for VBS graduation when I got a call from the guy who I hit. He told me that the dent was gone.

"What?" I said, "Are you serious?"

And he told me, "Yeah, it totally popped out by itself."

PTL for God's amazing gift of providence. How a completely devastating situation for me was totally erased and is now brought forth for the glory of God. -Aarika

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My wrist has been hurting since Monday and the doctor said I could'nt go back to work till Saturday. I didn't work that many hours last week and I didn't work at all this week. PTL I don't have to work this week and that I can rest in the afternoon. I would be so tired and it would be a lot harder to take care of the babies at VBS if I had to go to work. God is great. :] PTL! -Bhianne
God is sending me to lunch with a neighbor in the community. Pray that I get to share the gospel with him and love him as I love myself. PTL. -PJ

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I came home from work, and found my parents texting and Facebooking. Happy days. PTL. -Jacquie

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

(I was listening in on Eric's first real teaching gig at VBS)

eric: Peter soon became afraid and He turned away from Jesus causing him to begin sinking in the water. He cried out to the Jesus to help him and Jesus came, pulling up and bringing him onto the boat. What if that happened to you? What if Jesus saved you from nearly drowning? What would you say to him?

matthew: I'd ask for his autograph.

8-9 year olds have a humour that never ceases to make the Bible more exciting because it is a valid, honest, and logical humour that makes you think, "Why didn't I think of that?"

In all honesty. Jesus is much more famous and much more important than any other celebrity this world could ever offer.

PTL for the reminder of fresh faith and how we should always fight for our faith to be like that -Aarika
My parents have given me so much more than i need, and have provided for me in ways i forget about everyday. Like buying the detergent so i can have clean clothes, ketchup & mayo for my sandwhichs, clothes when i need new ones, camera memory cards, a lap top, milk for my cereal...the list is endless. I know i need to show them the same generosity they have shown me, cause compared to most people in America, i've got it good. God truly gave me some amazing parents that love me more than i can tell. Thanks mom & dad, i love you! PTL for you! -Audrey

Monday, August 3, 2009

Today we had our first day of our VBS and we had about 97 God is great and can you imagine 97 people are going to learn about Jesus!! PTL. - Geneyem

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Vbs is coming . Kids will learn about GodPTL. -EJ
Today, God provided plenty of food for our weekly community feed & extra volunteers to help clean up. He is faithful! PTL.

- Steven

Friday, July 31, 2009

Today, the four of us went to the mall to get free chocolate pieces from Godiva then headed to Mimi's Cafe for really good free breakfast entrees. God is soo good in providing for us and giving us great things. PTL. - Geneyem
"Somehow my weak glance has overwhelmed you. And somehow my weak love, it has stolen away Your heart." PTL for Your grace and love I so do not deserve and can just barely fathom. thank you jesus. thank you - Shaina

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tonight, the Sidekick I'm borrowing long-term decided to erase all my contacts, including those on the SIM card. The numbers stored on the SIM has never been erased until tonight. How mysterious. In any matter, PTL. -Jacquie

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

On Sunday, my parents and I were going out of town. On our way, my dad realized he forgot his sunglasses, so we had to go back for them. My parents said that on the freeway there was so much traffic because there had been an accident just minutes ahead of us. If we had left at the planned time, who knows where they would have been at that time. PTL.

Same time. We were going to leave pretty early, I thought I wasn't going to be able to go to church. Since my dad forgot his sunglasses, I had a minute to talk to my bro (who was going with us but driving separately). He said they were going to church first before they leave, so I decided to hop out of the car and ride with them instead. Worship and the message were Amazing. PTL!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

My dad was driving our giant super bus/van on the freeway with jacki,me,jude,mom,and jacki's baby and a driver suddenly braked and my dad was able to react quick enough and save us from a huge accident. I PTL because my dad is such a great driver and handyman. i love my familia PTL-E.J.
Today, I'm hungry. But I'm not starving. I know my God will provide and I have no reason to worry. PTL. -Julian

Monday, July 20, 2009

My brother is usually very protective of his stuff - especially if it's his car. Today he let me drive his car home after hanging out with me - even though it's stick and I'm noob at it. PTL for giving me a brother that is kind enough to set aside his love of a material to provide me with a learning experience! PTL PTL! - Marlo
God is my Father. PTL. -Alex
Yesterday, we had another meeting to prepare for our upcoming VBS! Not only is it super fun and exciting, but praise God for the leadership and enthusiasm to serve the community and spread the gospel through this event. PTL! -Melody

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Recently a lot of things (bad things, which i won't mention here) have happened to a dear friend of mine. She was born in a Christian family but even though her knowledge in the Bible is quite strong, her faith has been very shaky. I felt the Lord's leading for me to talk to her and know her better through these issues she's been facing and I can see the Lord working in her life. Just this morning she responded to an alter call for the church leader to pray for her and I think it's very brave for her to do so. I've been praying for her a lot and I can see God's hand in all of this. PTL. - Jet
Recently inherited my brother's old car - nice and fancy... but almost got in a car accident yesterday... DOUBLE PTL for new car and the "almost" part of my previous statement! - Marlo

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Attempting to find parking at the beach today was a patience-trying time as we wove in and out of the swarm of cars doing the same thing. When we finally nabbed a parking space 2 hours later, not only was it was right across from the pier, but we also didn't have to feed the meter since it was after 6pm. God is so good to allow us not to find parking 'til after 6pm so we didn't have to pay! He really provides. PTL. -Helen
Just finished listening to Crazy Love by Francis Chan that is free on It really encouraged me to have a renewed passion for Jesus Christ. If anyone is struggling with complacency, I highly recommend you listening to it. PTL. -Alex
My non-believer friends are starting to say PTL. PTL. -Heidi
Today, as I was looking back on the crazy emotional things happening to me lately, I realized that God was there every step of the way. And although things didn't happen the way I wanted them to, the way God had his hand on the whole situation, was incredible. It always is, and it always leaves me in awe. PTL. -Heidi
We started practicing the dances today (thanks to the amazing choreographing duo, Julian and Melody) in the hot hot heat outside. It was SO hot but PTL because it's simply training us for the mission trip to the Philippines next summer. We should be thankful because we actually have it really good with the heat here compared to other countries. PTL! -RJ
Today, our week long VBS finished and the blessings God has done throughout this week our countless. God is good. PTL! - Stephanie

Friday, July 17, 2009

We're back. PTL. -Michael

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Today a good friend of mine told me she's been attending Crossroads regularly and decided to be baptized last night. She's decided to dedicate her life to Christ and I have another Accountability partner outside of church. God truly provides. PTL. -Aarika

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Today is our second day being home with both our little girls. It's so amazing to see how our little one interacts with baby girl. God is super good with blessing us with two beautiful little girls and allowing us to raise both of them. Also in the hospital so many people from church came to visit us even though the hospital was so far. Oh how we were so encouraged by their love towards us. PTL. - Geneyem

Monday, July 13, 2009

Today, I start my photography internship, I'm so nervous. PTL. -Ica

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Today, during Sunday service, I got to witness God's amazingly powerful saving grace as He worked in people's hearts to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives, more specifically, my dear dear friend, Janice. Praise God for Christ's finished work on the cross that saves sinners and grants them the greatest joy in a relationship with Him for all of eternity for those who believe, for the Holy Spirit who stirs people's hearts to accept the gospel, and for answered prayers and His perfect timing. Praise God for the salvation of souls through God's gift to us in Christ that we do not deserve. God is sososososo gracious, merciful, and GOOD. I'm sosososo HAPPY. PTL! -Helen
Today, I met Geneyem's baby. Today, I held Geneyem's baby. She's the cutest little thang and I wanted to hold her forever. Her little toes are the cutest. PTL! -RJ

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Today, Geneyem had a baby. PTL. -Julian
Early this morning.....Geneyem's water broke!!! Baby Karis is on her way! What's funny is last night she was telling us she had a feeling Karis would stay for the 10 remaining days. This will be the second Barrett baby (girl). God's surprises and miracles. PTL. -Julian
PTL for music, especially when my dad and Andrew rock out in the car together. Tonight, both of them were singing loud and proud. My mom and I couldn't stop laughing. PTL for good times like these and the many more to come. -RJ

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Today, I arrived from the Philippines safe and sound. I praise God for His traveling mercies and for His sovereignty throughout my flight. Even providing me the exact change needed to pay the airport fee in the Philippines. And a mostly comfortable flight back. And a short layover in Korea. And for keeping my safe while I traveled by myself. PTL. -Krissa
This evening, I was able to attend a Wednesday night service with my cousin at her church, Maranatha Chapel. The praise and worship portion was so moving and Pastor Ray Bentley presented a great sermon about Luke 15, which reminded me of God's forgiveness and unceasing love for us. PTL for being able to praise the wonders of our God anywhere and any day of the week! -Melody
My husband is the most caring, amazing, and loving man I have ever met. Being pregnant and having a toddler is pretty difficult, but because of him, he makes it way easier. Even when he is tired from work, he always has the energy to take care of our little girl so that I can rest. He's completely understanding with how I am lately, which is tired. And it's so wonderful that he allows me to take naps during the day while he watches our little girl. I know that he is doing this to serve me and to glorify God at the same time. PTL. - Geneyem

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I was reading one of C.S. Lewis' works and he brought to my attention that there is a being that truly hates us. Through a short chain of introspective events, I realized the things that I thought were not doing me any harm, the things I thought I had under control, were hindering me from enjoying the Lord. PTL for pain. ugh - Joshua
Today I had a lovely date with my little girl. We watched a movie in the theater for free (she was really good) and then lunch (she ate her food). I'm going to miss these alone times with her but I'm excited for having lovely dates with two of my little girls. PTL. -Geneyem

Monday, July 6, 2009

Today, I had some quality time with my accountability partner, Andrewho. Thanks to Joshua Harris, we realized that the reason we've been failing so much is because we've been relying too much on our own power and legalistic goals. Praise God we can despair at our weaknesses and put our dependence on God's power, whose grace is sufficient for me. Andrewho and I resolved to do this instead. PTL. - Julian
Along with 8 other people, we were able to buy a giftcard at starbucks and told the cashier to pay for $2 of every drink... it seemed to not only make the day of some customers, but the workers too! PTL for STL - Spreading the love! - Marlo
Tonight we went through some INTENSE exercising and my body was so not used to it. My legs were shaking and my arms were shaking while trying to hold a position and they now feel weak as ever. Even though I'm not as good as all those girls who have so much experience, I'm thankful that God taught me that it's never too late. I just need to give it all to Him and find my confidence in Christ. I'm just thankful to God that I even have legs and arms to do the things we did today. PTL! -RJ

"I can do ALL things through CHRIST who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

Sunday, July 5, 2009

I was dreading going to Las Vegas today,not because of Las Vegas itself,but because I wasn't going to get to go to Bible Study or Church. My family and I were on the road to Las Vegas and in the car I thought to myself why I wanted to go to Bible Study or Church and I sadly realized that I really wanted to go because I wasnt going to get to be with my friends. I praise the lord today because he rebuked me and reminded me that friends are blessings and great assets to help us grow in love together like Christ,but when you seperate friends from God and put them above him like I did you are sinning against him and you may not know it. In my case I was disguising this sin thinking that it was alright to feel this way because I wanted accountability even though I really wanted to just laugh with my friends without God being the central point of my conversations with friends. So PTL for God's unfailing and refining love. -E.J.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Today i watched Pippin, the dog i found a month ago leave with his new found family. He was such a great dog and it saddened me to see him go. He was my little gift from God, and although I'm sad he is gone, i know God has a plan, and he will be loved in his new home with his new family :) PTL. -Audrey
I had this assignment where i was supposed to write a set of song lyrics based on the theme of "One" or "First". I prayed to God that he'd give me the inspiration and use this assignment to glorify him. And in the end i wrote about God being the One who is able to calm the storm in my heart. All the while, when my classmates asked me what i wrote about, i lied (sorry God) that i hadn't finished it because i was ashamed to say that I wrote about God being the One who will comfort me in times of trouble. And a wonderful thing happened to me today. My lecturer asked us to choose random numbers and my name was picked out first to read my lyrics. So i had to read it in front of the entire class. I was nervous but i prayed to God to give me peace and he calmed my heart. And i read my lyrics to the class. After the whole thing i realized that God was trying to teach me an important lesson..indeed it was for God's glory. PTL. -Jet

Mark 8:38:

38Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
I was supposed to go to the shooting range with a friend before she left for Korea. When I was getting ready to leave, I locked my keys in my car. had to wait about 40 minutes before my brother showed up with a spare key. PTL because I have a brother that loves me enough to drive 40 minutes to deliver a key to his kid brother. Plus, I saved money by not going to the shooting range. I had a blast at the dollar theater with everyone instead. PTL FO SHO! -Marlo
I was reading the parable in my Bible readings in John about Jesus giving the blind man sight, and how the Pharisees just could not believe that Jesus was for real. They also did not believe He was the Messiah. Jesus said that they could not believe because they are not part of his chosen people: "You don't believe because you're not my sheep." John 10:25. I'm so glad I am! PTL. -Audrey

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Today, I had a grueling day at the dentist's and unfortunately I have to return in about 2 weeks to continue an unpleasant procedure. But I really thank God because at least I still have teeth (unlike those scary dreams where all my teeth fall out, yikes!) PTL!-Andrea
Today, Mitch turns 14. He celebrated with a movie and pizza with his best friend. God really does sustain our lives and our friendships. PTL. -Jacquie
I have a little girl who looks up to me and always say "pray." At first I would tell her, "we did already" but now when she says it to me, we both pray for different people in our lives. It's amazing how the Lord uses a little girl to teach her mother that prayer should always happen during the day. Oh how I love my little girl. PTL. - Geneyem
My house is a ginormous mess right now, which means I have a motherload of cleaning to get done. My siblings are out today and busy with work and other things they need to do. I'll be cleaning up the pig sty by myself. However, PTL because I have a house and PTL for cleaning because it trains me for when I'm a wifey one day (God-willing) and I have my own house. Gotta do things with a joyful heart at all times, no matter what! PTL! -RJ
Today, I finished reading the book The Practice of the Presence of God. And he re-ignited my passion for Him and taught me many new things. PTL. -Jet

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

PTL for family. I don't think I say that enough. -Heidi

Monday, June 29, 2009

I wanted to take 18 units, but I'm pretty sure that God made it so that the maximum for freshmen is 15 units for a reason. Not only do I have a whole lot of ambitions that I want to pursue and make time for, but He totally knew that I'm probably not ready to handle 18 just yet. PTL! -RJ

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I just had weekend training for a program that I am staffing. I've been struggling with the whole program... but despite the struggles, God has shown me the blessings and the good that can be found in the program, and the very real, positive things that can come from it. PTL ^_^b -Marlo!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

This weekend, I'm moving out of my Irvine apartment and back home to San Diego. Although I'm pretty sad to leave, I am thankful that God has provided me with this place for 3 great years and I look forward to the opportunity to be a light with my family at home. PTL. -Melody

Friday, June 26, 2009

I've been struggling a bit financially with buying school books, car payments, paying for gas, dance classes, tuition fees etc. But today at work my managers gave me an evaluation and they decided to give me a raise as well. God has THE perfect timing, always. PTL. -Heidi
We needed to buy things for baby #2 but didn't want to spend too much since hubby has been working only part time. Praise God for where we found the things we needed at a very very good price and when we picked it up they looked new. PTL. - Geneyem
Today, I got in a conflict with a friend. I think he thinks I'm a jerk now. We were arguing over the problem of evil. I hope he's alright. PTL for giving us convictions and being able to stand for the truth. -Andrew.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson made some great music in his lifetime. PTL. -Michael
I spent the last three days with my non-Christian nephew, Jordan, which made me realize the different life I have now with Christ. Looking at my nephew (who is my age) also made me want to evangelize, which was very good, but I just didn't know how I was going to approach him. I also got to go to Six Flags with him, which was fun. I'm happy because I was safe at Six Flags and because God reminded me once again about his grace and how the Holy Spirit works in us. PTL. -EJ

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Today, God spared me from layoffs at work. We were one of the only studios in Tinseltown to have held off on layoffs 'til now. God is so merciful and gracious to me. I don't deserve it. None of us here knows what shall happen next, but whatever transpires, praise God I can rest in His steadfast love and faithfulness, and on His promise that all things work together for good (Romans 8:28). PTL. -Helen
God really rebuked my lack of patience and stubbornness. I have been getting into minor disagreements with people lately, mostly because of pride or miscommunication. Thankfully, the conflicts were resolved by openly discussing the situation, prayer and reflection. PTL for communication, patience and forgiveness (Ephesians 4:26). -Melody
Today, little one and I were able to video chat with my sister in the P.I. through Skype. It was only for 16 minutes because she had to sleep and we had to eat breakfast, but it was awesome being able to talk to her and see how things are going over there...little one misses her aunt. God is so good in giving us technology that allows us to talk across the sea. PTL. -Geneyem
This is the first time in a while where I'm having trouble sleeping. I've been listening to a lot of good music today and I think that's what is making me excitable. Thank God for such soulful and soul-filling music. GAH IT'S SO GOOD. -Joshua

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sometimes it's difficult to understand how God's Word is relevant to my life. I read His Word, and I know that it is truth, but sometimes I just don't know how it applies. Thank God that His Truth is not subject to my understanding and feelings, and that the Word is applicable in all situations all the time. PTL. -Jacquie
I was reading The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from The Living Dead by Max Brooks last night until about 2AM. I had to put the book down because I was freaking myself out. I couldn't help but start imagining zombies creeping up my stairs to come attack me. Zombies are kinda cool, but praise God they aren't real or else we'd really have to read that book to be fully educated with what to do when they attack. PTL! -RJ

Monday, June 22, 2009

Today, I found myself running to that secret place once again. And though I run to Him with a broken heart & wounded spirit, I still praise the Lord because at least, I have Him to run to in the first place. PTL. -Christine
I went on vacation last week. Originally, my sister was supposed to go with us, but she couldn't get off work. While I was still excited to go, I was also totally bummed because we would have had so much fun together! Well, I was able to have plenty of alone time and do things my sister would probably not have wanted to do with me. I also got to stop and enjoy God's beauty while in the middle of the ocean, and I got to spend more time in the Word. PTL. -Noreen
Yesterday, my parents and I attended a graduation party/Lakers celebration/Father's day BBQ at the house of one of my oldest friends. As I watched my Mom & my friends from college sing Britney Spears on karaoke together I thought "...well this is new." New experiences...PTL. -Julian
Family issues have kept my brother away and caused stress in my family. On Father's Day, he came to our house and shared a meal with us. Although it was hard for me to see him, I know God is working in my heart to love my brother and to continue praying for him. Despite the tense-ness, my dad had a great day, and he got to be with his son in peace. For this, I know God is working still. :) PTL. -Audrey
Ryan and I were supposed to be eating healthy, eating right, and exercising regularly. We made a pact, set our goals, and were doing really well until this past weekend. We treated our dad out for Father's day and took him to all you can eat korean BBQ, and boy did we splurge. Though we sorta passed the boundaries we tried setting for ourselves when it comes to food, we were able to bond and have fun with my dad. PTL! -RJ

Sunday, June 21, 2009

This weekend was sooo amazingly full of blessings. Full of romantic dates and dancing, catching up with high school girl friends, a long awaited high school graduation of my super sweet, and super amazing (autistic) cousin Travis, a crazy fun wedding/road trip, a day of celebrating (Father's day, cousin's grad party, an early birthday celebration for my mom, and a backyard bonfire with s'mores, all on one day), my mom's birthday today, my big sister's sucessful Lasik eye surgery and recovery...and blessing galor. PTL! God is sooo good! -Ica
Today is Father's Day and it was nice to spend the day with my dad, considering that I work so much during the week that I hardly see him. PTL for my dad. :) -Aarika
Today, we worshipped with Jezreel Baptist Church and sang songs to God in Tagalog. It amazes me that we can praise God in every language. PTL. -Krissa
I got in a huge argument with my friend over Gchat and I just felt so incredibly angry, hurt, and bitter. The conversation was going in circles with more and more instances of past wrongs recounted but I remembered this blog and just started to praise the Lord in the conversation. I praised the Lord FOR angry conversations in which our hearts are tried so much and we see how little we resist sin in comparison to Jesus who resisted to bloodshed for US. PTL for stupid conversations where we're so busy trying to assert our rights that at the end of a meaningless exchange, we remember that we only win when we humble ourselves before the Lord and give up our rights as He did. PTL for reminding me of how praiseworthy He is even when I felt all emotions otherwise. -Shaina

Saturday, June 20, 2009

I was on AIM and nobody really talked to me unless I started a conversation. I IMed 7 people and got only a few responses. The people who responded also didn't really want to talk, but I praise the Lord because in my time of loneliness, he gives me Christ and he also gave me my Christian brother Aljay who IMed me out of the blue, which is very abnormal. PTL for friends who will help you in your spirtual walk, and for Jesus Christ who suffered so much on the cross for us sinful scum. PTL. -EJ
Saw one of my girlfriends get married to the love of her life today. Feels like only yesterday that we were campers, then camp counselors together, though it's been almost 8 years. PTL for beautiful friends & awesome weddings. -Ica

Friday, June 19, 2009

I took my car in for a tune up $250 and was told I need to change my serpentine belt and tensioner for another $325 on top of that. I know it's God's money for his mission but I'm struggling to be okay with this one. God's sanctifying me and it hurts a bit on this one. PTL. -PJ
Today, my cousin Travis is graduating high school. PTL. -Ica
Last month, I was diagnosed with pre-cancerous cells in my body. My insurance was ending in a week and I had to be referred to a specialist to get treated. I was scheduled to have surgery on the last day that my insurance would end. The night before the surgery, the doctor informed me that he could most likely not get the surgery done due to my current conditions. I prayed all night asking God to give me mercy and grace. The next morning, I was able to go in for surgery. God had really answered my prayers.

As I waited for the doctor to come in and see me, I was nervous and scared. My family didn't know about the pre-cancerous cells in my body nor did they know that I was going in for surgery that day. When the doctor walked in, he pulled out a sheet of paper. "These are your results from the procedure we performed last week," he informed me. "For some miraculous reason, we jumped the gun." I found out that the results had just come in and oddly enough, I didn't have to do surgery [for now]! He told me to check back in 6 months. The next day, my physician called me and told me he didn't understand it. He told me that this doesn't happen at all.

Whatever it was that happened, I definitely know it was God's hands at work in my life. PTL! -Jezzeri
Today, after a concert in LA, my friend and I began to drive home. Unfortunately, we got lost. In the process, we made numerous circles and U-turns, went on countless wrong freeways, and drove in streets that terrified us. But through all this fear, God was with us and brought us safely home. PTL. -Steph
Today, I was talking with a friend and we decided to have a reading plan for Christian books and, more importantly, the Bible. I was reading my book Battling Unbelief and I am now more prepared to fight pride now. I am just so happy that God is answering my prayer for spritual discipline. So, God is just an amazing God. PTL. -EJ

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I've been exercising a lot more lately, causing me to feel super sore and extra hungry. I even gave up juice and soda. But praise God for the energy that you get from exercising, for yummy fruits that does our body good like blueberries, bananas, and apples, for H2O that quenches our thirst till we get thirsty again, and for Jesus Christ who quenches our thirst forever! PTL! -RJ
Despite the fact that I got sick, and I mean, HORRIBLY SICK, Monday evening. God graced me with fantastic coworkers willing to fill in for me, understanding bosses who didn't hold it against me to call in sick, and the strength to get through my finals confidently. So now, on this day, June 18, 2009, I am officially done with my first year of college and it feels FANTASTIC!! PTL! -Aarika
Southern California June gloom is GONE. PTL. -Heidi


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Today is my birthday. I was planning to go to Disneyland and eat lots of cake with Mickey. However, on Tuesday I had a high fever and could not move for the whole day. I literally slept for twenty four hours because I was so weak. But today, while laying in bed, I got a chance to read Scripture, listen to some sermons, read a little about John Calvin, and rejoice over God's goodness through the church family. You can either wallow in self-pity or rejoice in God through sufferings. I am learning to rejoice. We tend to listen to God much more in our sufferings than in times of health and prosperity. Praise the Lord for affliction that He uses for good. Psalms 119:67-"Before I was afflicted, I went astray, But now I keep your word." PTL.-Alex
I was not happy with my phone plan (no internet for what I was paying) so I went to Sprint and changed the plan for only 29 dollars more a month for the family plan I had before, and got two Blackberry Curves for my mom and myself for 76 dollars (after all the rebates). PTL. -Michael

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I drank the worst caramel frap I've ever had while studying 1 Thess 2.13-16. PTL. -PJ
I got into a very near car accident when I was about to enter the freeway. I was so scared because my sister, Sandy, was in the car with me. I almost cried, but the God kept us safe. He really protects His children. PTL. -Hazel

Monday, June 15, 2009

Today, Andrew and I went to Chick-Fil-A to snag some buffalo sauce packets, stumbling upon some youth from Home of Christians, including old friends Dennis, Josh, and Chester. They were raising funds for short term missions trips and I was really blessed by their desires for evangelism, so I got to donate. I'm encouraged by their church and am more pumped for our own missions plans for summer 2010. PTL. - Julian
I check my grades almost obsessively so that I can add or drop classes for the Fall. I received a B for my Microeconomics class by God's good grace. I don't have to re-take it for the 6th time! For reals, PTL. -Jacquie
My bosses at my new job cut my hours and it is such a huge blessing because I have been wiped out! PTL. -Aarika
Fresh start. I finally started on my exam again not too long ago, ready to retake it and pass with flying colors. I even set up my window so that I wouldn't accidentally click out of it again. Then, my brother comes. He was simply reaching behind the computer to get a blank CD. But it didn't stop there. He accidentally hit the computer cord, unplugging it from the outlet, shutting off the computer, exiting my exam...again. I froze in shock. I log back online and my grade went back to dropping 15%. I didn't even get to answer #1. It really was one of those "FML" moments, but instead I praise God for what happened because I know that he let this happen for a reason. After praying about it, I feel very relaxed and I'm choosing to just give it all to God. PTL! -RJ
I was taking my sociology final exam online and my professor warned us NOT to click out of the exam. Otherwise, it will not let us retake it and that whatever we get on it is our final score. I was taking the exam the other day and I accidentally clicked on another link, taking me away from the exam. I was barely on question number 4 out of 200. This dropped my grade 15%. Today, I got an e-mail from my professor telling me not to worry about it and that he'll let me retake it. PTL! -RJ
The Barrett family is finally home. It was a blessing to see two awesome Christians who love Christ so much to be joined in marriage. I'm so glad that we have these two in our lives, and I know my dear hubby had a great time with his really good friend. God is sooo good to allow us to keep friendships even when they are so far away. God is so gracious to put people in our lives who will point us and challenge us to grow closer to Christ. And God is so awesome for allowing us to spend some time away as a family. PTL. -Geneyem
Today, we could have stayed home and watched the Lakers win the championship but instead, our youth group went to the beach for our annual bonfire. At the beach, all the graduating seniors reflected on their four years of high school. Throughout high school, all of us seniors agreed that God has been there for us no matter what and we have grown so much in Christ, and through all the challenges and temptations that may come along with college, we know that Christ is the only thing worth living for. PTL. -Steph

Sunday, June 14, 2009

This past weekend, I realized that the Good News never gets old. Christ gives me so much happiness knowing that He went through so many painful things to save us! PTL! -Joanna
I am so humbled but really grateful that we have our Sierra View (a convalescent home) ministry at church. It took me a while to have a heart for it but I'm so blessed everytime we go and visit the residents there. Today, we had to be in a different (smaller) room that barely fit all of us but that just means there are people interested in hearing God's word. Little conversations show me that God is working in people's hearts all the time so we have to continue to be faithful in sharing His gospel. PTL! -Andrea

Saturday, June 13, 2009

This is sobering: GOD still tests our hearts and pays careful attention to our individual and church's gospel ministry (1 Thess. 2:4). PTL. -PJ
Although I have not found a second job, the free time has allotted me to help out at my youth ministry. I hope that God works through these kids. God is good. PTL. - Joshua
Yesterday, Melody was driving and a car ran a red light as we were crossing the intersection. Melody abruptly braked in time, but the car to our left didn't, hitting the driver's door of the crossing car. Although no damage was done to or by us, we pulled over and prayed. God sobered us to how fragile we are as people, yet still we rejoice in that because of Christ, life for us doesn't end here and we have no reason to fear death. PTL. - Julian
Today was probably one of my saddest days in my college experience. I had my LAST undergraduate final and a bulk of my residents moved out of the hall - many different "endings." But this sadness is a blessing. The sadness means that my college experience mattered and was meaningful. I wouldn't have it any other way, and I'm looking forward to more. PTL fo sho! - Marlo

Friday, June 12, 2009

PTL for His wonderful, unending grace in promoting the Mitch to high school, sustaining life and strength for the Grandma, incoming monies from the job to pay the bills, and ending summer quarter before it began. In these different circumstances, there is one reason why I PTL-because God deserves all the glory and praise in all situations. -Jacquie
Today, I was supposed to go to Disneyland with my friends, but I realized I was blocked out and didn't want to spend $40 to go in. Instead, I had a relaxing day and got to spend quality time with my dad. We had some good talks, great laughs, and I also had a chance to get some things done around the house. PTL. -Heidi
I'm tired, not desiring to go to work, and missing my family. But God reminded me through the wonders of technology that I am anything but alone and cut off. PTL. -Aarika
First day of no school. I woke up reading Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards. The writings of the Puritans are a true blessing because they show what true godliness means. A true Christian must have proper emotions and affections for the Lord. More importantly, a true Christian is one who lives in obedience to the Lord. Praise God for the godly wisdom of the puritans. PTL. -Alex
I watched game 4 today with my dad and Andrew. Andrew was really happy with the win and I was really upset. Pride is bad and God humbled and rebuked me, teaching me that I should be joyous at all times even when the Lakers win. PTL. -RJ

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Our first flight leaving LAX was supposed to leave at 10:35pm, but we didn't leave until 12am. Little girl didn't want to sleep even though she was tired, which caused us not to sleep throughout the 4 hour plane ride to Atlanta. Our second flight out of Atlanta was very bumpy, causing me to feel a little sick so I couldn't sleep once again, but if I did sleep I wouldn't have seen God's awesome glory displayed through creation. PTL. -Geneyem
Today is officially the end of my junior year in college and also the last day I will ever live in the dorms. The transition is a bit saddening but thank God for transitions and that despite the many transitions we go through in life, He is still the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. PTL. -Christine
Today, I am officially done with summer school and my first year of seminary at Talbot. Never in my life would I think that I would be studying theology and philosophy at a great Christian university. God has been so faithful in teaching me the trustworthiness of his Word and his Son. Thank you for your faithfulness, Father! Next on the agenda: disco disco, Reeses Pieces sundae, pump iron so I can eat lots of frosting at Hazel's, party at the library, and read some metaphysics. PTL. -Alex
My parents arrived in Europe safe and sound. Now they will be traveling for awhile and I'm so happy they still love to be with each other after all these years. PTL! -Andrea
I got four hours of sleep and totally didn't want to go to work this morning. But thank God I even have a job at all! PTL. -Allan
Today, I awoke 1 hour past my alarm and consequently in a near panic attack. God is so merciful 'cause instead of the accustomed 2+ hour traffic it takes to get to work, He graced me with a minimally congested commute, allowing me to arrive at the nine-to-six with 10 minutes to spare. PTL! -Helen
We had prayer meeting last night and prayed for the CW missions trip. It was encouraging to see members gather together and pray for the trip. PTL. -Krissa
Yesterday, my mom and I had a whole strawberry field to ourselves. Strawberry fields forever. PTL. -Ica
Ever since I started working two jobs, I've been extremely exhausted and discouraged because I've lost a lot of my accountability time with the youth (especially RJ) and with my family. I even started debating if it was really worth it, but my new bosses have been such a huge blessing. Lately, I've been working every Friday from 2-9, but when I mentioned Friday Night Bible Study, they totally reworked the schedule so I can still go. This is God's provision for me, letting me know that I can do both as long as I trust in Him and make an effort to let those around me know that He and my brothers and sisters in Christ are a priority. PTL. -Aarika
Today, I got some friends to join me in using our leftover school credits to buy drinks for students stressed with finals. With our group of 7 people, we were able to hand out 59 free coffees to those studying in the student center. Our kindness touched more than 59 people. God is working at UCI. PTL FO SHO! -Marlo

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Today felt like the most unproductive day I have had all summer so far until my friends Steph and Heidi helped in turning it all around. They took me with them to Generate tonight and God revealed so much more of Himself and His glory to me through the hundreds of people who were all worshiping him together in that one place. Praise God for giving me friends like Steph and Heidi and for all of the people I saw today passionately worshiping our God who really IS mighty to save. PTL! -RJ
I drove to Diamond Bar from Norwalk, and the drive felt long. I got to spend quality time with Yekkie only for a bit, but it was worth it. PTL. -Hazel
I cleaned out my locker and found a booklet that had the gospel of John in it and little notes that explained God's plan of salvation. I brought it with me to my sixth period because I didn't have to take the final and I was planning on reading it. One other person didn't have to take the final either, and the teacher placed us in the very back of the room where we could talk quietly. I showed her the book, and she had a lot of questions. I was able to witness to her. PTL. -Kristine
I just finished finals and it's only a Wednesday! Even though my heart is heavy because God is putting me through a trial to teach me how to be fully satisfied in His love, I am THANKFUL that He is teaching me patience that I may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. PTL. -Shaina
I feel nauseous all the time, but praise God 'cause that means the baby is growing!!! PTL. -Ruby
Last day of Theology III and no more papers for the summer! I have been blessed to learn about Christology (the doctrine of the person and work of Christ), Soteriology (doctrine of Salvation), and Pneumatology (the doctrine of the Holy Spirit). Looking at the multi-faceted diamond of Christ's atoning death melts my heart for Jesus. Jesus (1) substituted himself for us, (2) propitiated (satisfied the wrath of God) and accomplished expiation (removal of guilt and sin), (3) redeemed us from our bondage and sin, and (4) reconciled us so that we are now called children of God. I love you, Jesus! PTL. -Alex
Today, I woke up particularly tired and dreading another day of work. Then God reminded me that no day is "just another day" 'cause each day is a gift from Him to display to us His grace and goodness. He sends us out to wherever we are for a purpose: to know Him and make Him known. I'm excited to see what God shall teach me today. PTL! -Helen
In preparation for our family trip to Ohio, I did our last load of laundry at my parents' house, and while trying to clean the car and the little one's car seat, she wanted to play and be with me. It was very frustrating and tiresome. I found myself complaining and getting angry about little things. As we were driving away, God reminded me of Pastor Ed's sermon this past Sunday about rejoicing and how Jesus Christ saved me and forgives me from my sins. How God is in control and works all things for His glory and for my happiness. How everything happens so I can be more like Christ and closer to God so that I can give God the glory. PTL. -Geneyem
God gave us a good bible study talking about faith that saves from the gospel of Mark. What a great way to turn my eyes from looking at worthless things and to be revived in God's ways (Psalm 119:37). Especially when the Lakers lose (or win). PTL. -PJ
My mom has been helping me pack and sharing her travel wisdom. Advice I'll definitely need while I travel alone. PTL. -Krissa
I'm graduating this Saturday and I don't have anything concrete set in terms of where my future will be, but God has shone the light on many different options and opportunities, granting me the wisdom to follow my passions and strengths, and not just dollars. In fact, one of the directors from where I work just e-mailed me with another open position he found (that provides housing and meals! LEGIT!). It's amazing the kind of comfort and confidence God provides amidst times of uncertainty and unknowns. PTL FO SHO DOGGIE! -Marlol (The laugh out loud because it's just so funny how God, not funny in a bad way though, fo sho! All love!)
My friend told me how she was walking to her car at about 5AM, and upon thinking about the two finals she had to study for tomorrow said "F...M...actually, PTL!" to which her friend replied "Yeah! PTL!" I pray this movement is not only changing attitudes but also bringing hearts closer to Christ, as this blog, and those on it giving praise to our good God, are bringing my heart closer to him. PTL! -Julian
This is late but better late than never! God's grace and mercy was upon my family while we ventured to Vancouver and its mesmerizing sites. "Just in fact" we were also able to understand our tour guide throughout the trip. PTL! -Peniel

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I've been procrastinating on a big paper that's due this Thursday. I just got started on it today and I was getting super duper frustrated. But that's alright because God is teaching me that I need to be more on top of things and that I need to put my all into everything that I do because I should do all things for him. He deserves ALL the glory ALL the time. PTL! -RJ
PTL for His rebuke, showing me that I need to be joyful always, pray always, and give thanks in everything. -Jacquie
I got lost in Rancho as I was leaving the 4 dollar theater and wasted a ton of gas driving around. But because of that, I got to spend more time with my brother and sister in addition to the time we spent together watching Night at the Museum 2. PTL. -Aarika
My car battery is still under warranty for replacement. PTL. -Michael
Yesterday, my car battery died at the gas station. A man pumping gas tried to help me jump start it, but it didn't work. We then push started my car, which worked, and I got my car home. Thank God for that man who helped me. PTL. -Michael
Today, my dad had a doctor's appointment so I came to the office by myself and started to handle things here. I answered 2 calls, replaced the toilet paper, replenished the glue supply for the employees, & completed a form to hire a collection agency. So far, so good. PTL. - Julian
It usually takes 5 minutes to get on Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters at Disneyland, but yesterday it took us 30 minutes. But because it took us 30 minutes I was able to have wonderful conversations with Jackie, Aimee, Michael, and hubby and see the little kiddos enjoy each other. PTL. -Geneyem
I love browsing through all of your blogs. It makes for a nice little study break during finals week, but more importantly it's really encouraging to see how God is working through all of your lives in many unique and wonderful ways! God is so good. PTL! -Melody
True story: I ventured through Compton today and came out alive. PTL. -RJ

Monday, June 8, 2009

In the past month, I've been pulled over 2 days in a row, gotten a citation, received a parking ticket, and divvied up lots o' moolah several times a week for constricted parking spaces in the City of Angels. God is so good in teaching me to be a better driver and for providing for me a nine-to-six job to pay off all the monetary fines. PTL! -Helen
The other day I invited a group of about 130 people to join me for lunch and also put up the occasion on my AIM away message. No one showed up. Because of that, I was able to enjoy my lunch in peace and just enjoy the beautiful day. I was also able to leave earlier to get some work done. In addition, because I left earlier, the opportunity to spread God's love and kindness was presented to me - as I was cleaning out my car, I decided to give some free soda, water, and chocolate to some random people passing by! PTL fo sho. -Marlo
My mother is a blessing. I was in the shower today and I realized how great she is and she always means well. She can be a real monster sometimes but deep down all that beasty fur there lies a big heart. PTL, my bretheren. -Andrew

Sunday, June 7, 2009

I am most definitely NOT a fan of the Lakers. I really wanted the Magics to win game 2 today, but God planned otherwise. Not gonna lie, I was a little bummed out. But it made me happy to see my Laker-loving church family celebrating and smiling all around me. PTL! -RJ

Saturday, June 6, 2009

I went to cheer a friend on in her senior thesis film screening yesterday night, but it ended up being too full, so my friend and I couldn't get in. However, God is so good 'cause we hung out instead and I got to share Christ with him. PTL! -Helen
Friends and family surprised me with a lovely baby shower. PTL. -Geneyem
Andrewho is a blessing. PTL. -Julian
Couldn't sleep last night. Woke up 5 times to go to the restroom. Little baby kept moving and kicking in my belly. Little one kept tossing and turning. Kids are great. PTL!!! -Geneyem
Kelvin Escobar is the starting pitching today for the Angels after a year and a half of injury. PTL. -Michael
PTL for this PTLblog. Awesome! PTL! -Julian
The Dodgers won 4-3 at the bottom of the 9th. PTL! -Andrea

Friday, June 5, 2009

Tito Boy. PTL! -Michael
On the way home from grad night, our bus broke down RIGHT when we exited the freeway. Imagine if our bus broke down while we were still on the freeway? God kept us safe. It's by His grace that I'm alive and that I'm finished with high school! PTL. -RJ
It has been raining sporadically these past few days. My car is being washed by nature. PTL. -Michael
I had a phone interview on Tuesday. PTL. -Michael
My godchildren bring me so much joy: Allen (whom I should see more), Xander, Sabrina and Zack! PTL. -Michael
My Dad has always been a Do it Yourself guy: home repair, car repair, etc. Growing up, those traits have rubbed off on me and I thank the Lord for my dad. PTL. -Michael
Even though I'm not regularly tending to the veggie garden, God is still growing them slowly but surely. I can't wait to share the bounties of God's garden. PTL. -Andrea

Little girl bumped her head, which created a small bump. Good thing God gave her a hard head and she's totally fine. PTL. -Geneyem