Words of Inspiration
by Lani Marcelino and Kath Alfaro
During challenging times, we look for words to give us hope, comfort, and direction, and there’s no better place to look for these than through the words of God in the Bible. No matter what state we are in, God’s love and promise to us is constant. All we need to do is have faith and trust in Him.
Here is a collection of favorite Bible verses and Praise song lyrics of our colleagues, and the story of how these words impact their lives.
“This verse always reminds me that I am serving God in everything and anything that I do. 💗”
Vanessa Bote, General Accounting
“In everything I do, I do it for the glory of God because He is the source of my strength and hope. In every success and victory, I always honor the Lord. I believe that I am nothing without the presence of the Lord 🙂”
Emma Punongbayan, Community Engagement
“You will never be good enough for everybody but you will be the best for someone who appreciates you. Keep doing good, some may appreciate it while others won’t, but God will always reward you accordingly.”
Ronald Dulatre, Treasury, Risk, and Insurance Management
“One of my favorite praise songs is ‘Salamat Panginoon’ because I am reminded to be thankful of God’s kindness and faithfulness in my life especially during this pandemic.”
Irene Dela Cruz, Technology Development & Support
“This verse always reminds me to keep my faith in God. It makes me feel calm and relax in times of trouble or difficult situations. Sometimes, there are problems that I really don’t know how to solve but knowing that God is with me all the time gives me peace not only in my mind but also in my heart. Just lay your request to Him and He will do the rest and the best for you. Whatever His will, it is surely the best. Nothing to worry about because for Him, nothing is impossible. And as the apostle Paul said in Roman 8:31 “if God is for us, who can be against us?” God bless us all.”
Rose May dela Cruz, Toll Operation
“There are so many trials I have experienced in my life but the one that tested my faith the most was when my youngest son got sick. We stayed in the hospital for almost a month. Everyday there was a medical procedure that he needed to undergo and everyday the results are negative; we see our son without any improvement to his conditions while the doctor cannot say what illness he has. Worries, anxieties, stress, and other emotions piled up. Even our hospital bills added to it, but when I asked people and my community group for more prayers, I felt God’s love.
Because I acknowledge Him as my God, a straight path came our way even though we do not know where and what way He will lead us, I placed my full trust in Him. It started when people whom I do not know began calling and telling me that they are praying for my son and our family, people whom I do not know asking for my bank account and that they will share for our expenses, and people whom I do not know just extending their help in any way that they can. From that experience alone, I know that if you put 100% trust in the Lord, everything will be taken cared for. Psalm 91 is also one of my favorite verse, “My God, In Him I Will Trust”
We are deeply affected by the pandemic in this time of our lives. Trials should not surprise us or cause doubt to God. He sends us trials to strengthen and make us a better person. Always remember that in anything and everything, trust in the Lord.”
Cherry dela Rea, Community Engagement
“It’s actually more of a favorite Bible story than a verse or passage. It’s the scene along the beach after the resurrection. Jesus asked this 3 times and Peter was distressed because he denied the Lord 3 times. Yet, the Lord entrust to Peter his flock. This struck me because it reminds me that the Lord is merciful and gracious even to us sinners. That despite of our imperfections, like Peter, the Lord remains faithful that we can “feed” each other – his sheep.”
Paul Narciso, Asset Management System
“The lines above are from the song “Blessings” of Laura Story. I chose this hymn because every time I hear this, it reminds me of God’s faithfulness especially in this time of heightened uncertainty. COVID-19 Pandemic placed us in a state of difficulty. Many of us are on the same boat. People everywhere experience anxiety, are draining emotionally, and have a lot of “what-ifs” on what tomorrow would bring. Me and my family too were not exempted from this. Everything that is happening is not under control by anyone. Just like in the song, I pray also for blessings, for the healing of our country, and even for the world. Seems like God is silent, but the truth is He is just watching.
I opened my spiritual views on what is happening instead of contemplating. I took the message of this uncertainty and saw the perspective in a different angle, then I understood that the only thing I can do is to take action over the things which I can control. During this quarantine period, I was able to enjoy time with my family and deepen our relationship with God. We pray together, study the Word of God, and we talk a lot about things under the sun. Blessings from God sometimes don’t come in a perfect package. Now I believe that all our brokenness is a pathway to blessing.
In the book of James 1:2-3 it says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance”. God is a perfect God and everything that happens is not an accident but is a part of his greater purpose. Every prayer has it’s answer in his perfect timing. According to His words in Jeremiah 32: 27, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind, Is anything too hard for me?”. When the time is right, the Lord will make it happen. Let’s keep trusting him for his mighty hands are able to work for his Children.”
Evangeline Gabin, Technical Services
Watercolor paintings by Myrrha Santiago