Posted in Everyday Thanks, Prayer

Grateful Heart|01

Thank you, Lord…

  1. My brother was promoted as head coach of the chess team for the upcoming CLARAA meet.  Pa said, that’s the price he got from being honest and standing up for what’s right in spite of the pressure from his colleagues.  Bless him, Lord, in his endeavors to get his trainees to Palarong Pambansa.  Most of all, may Your name be glorified in all His achievements.
  2. Our neighbor who has been living in the U.S. for a very long time now agreed to sell his house and lot to us.  Yeys!  Truly, You are faithful, Lord!  You have better plans for us.  You don’t want the smaller house which was bought by someone just a week before Ma called, but you want to give us the bigger one we’ve all been praying for.  May it be used according to Your will and all for your glory.  Hooray for Crismo Library and Learning Center!
  3. I’m on my way to saving for the future.  I’ve opened a savings account on a trusted bank and also planning to open an account for stocks or mutual fund.  Pa will then teach me how to manage it.  Hoping for the best!
  4. I got another chance to pick another gown of my type for Ate Esang and Kuya Wards’ Wedding.  Hahaha.  Funny that this was my prayer request during our Young Adult prayer time in church this afternoon.  The gown I first chose wasn’t really the type I want to wear on their wedding.  It wasn’t well thought of due to lack of time; but before I could say anything, they called just an hour ago for me prepare the design that I really want.  Yey!  I pray for a good design and a decisive mind.  Amen!

P.S.
Oh, my dear Lord.  Thank you for the ministries you have entrusted me and the opportunities to serve you as a young adult, writer, and teacher.  Please, oh, please…help me to do my responsibilities well.  How I want to serve You better.  May You equip me with wisdom, knowledge, and skills to do it.  Help me to keep my eyes and heart focused on You alone.  May Your name be praised.  In Your mighty name, Jesus, Amen! Amen!

Posted in Everyday Thanks

Life’s Lessons on my 28 Years of Experience

I’ve just celebrated my 28th birthday on the 3rd of October.  Hooray!

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I thank God for my family, friends, and the life’s great lessons I gained from my 28 years of experience on earth.  Haha.  I’m jotting down the first 28 lessons on my mind.  Enjoy!

  1.  You cannot choose your parents and they age as you do.  Love them with all your heart.
  2. There is no one formula for love.  God has written a unique love story for each of us and it’s all beautiful.
  3. Love doesn’t go away; it just changes in form.
  4. God is the author of love.
  5. People come and go.  Some people come in our lives for a specific reason, then go away after fulfilling their purpose.
  6. Some people may come back on another chapter of our lives.
  7. Moving on isn’t just for romantic relationships.  Sometimes it involves family, friends, work, or a chapter in your life that you want to stay but you couldn’t anymore.
  8. Time isn’t the key to moving on; acceptance is.
  9. Move at your own pace; but remember that time won’t wait for you.
  10. Slow down.  Take time to smell the flowers, watch the birds fly or the clouds go by.
  11. Travel with a purpose.
  12. Travelling is so much better with friends.
  13. Travelling is even better with family.  Give time for it once in a while.
  14. Lend money and don’t expect it back.
  15. Save.  You’ll never know when you’ll need it.
  16. There will always be that friend who will stick closer than a brother.
  17. Your plans may fail but God has better ones prepared for you.  Trust Him.
  18. Set your priorities right.
  19. Important and urgent are two different things.
  20. Integrity involves being consistently good at home, school, church, community…and everywhere else you go.
  21. It’s hard to be good at all times.  That’s where grace comes in.
  22. Have your principles aligned with Christ, and stand by it.
  23. Invest only what you can afford to lose. (Oh, btc!)
  24. Health matters.  Invest on it.  Eat the right food, exercise, and sleep.  (Yes, I know it’s hard but you can do it! )
  25. Sometimes, you are the answer to your own prayers.
  26. You can be the answer to somebody else’s prayers.
  27. Consistency is beautiful.
  28. Things change, people change, but the love of God remains the same.

So that’s it.  There’s more to come, and  there’s a lot more to do.  Yay!  I thank God for all the blessings and the opportunities to learn and to serve Him more with all my heart.

And as apostle Paul said to the church in Thessalonians,

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I’ll remember these words (my life verses) as I go on another year of experience.

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Counting Blessings

“In everything give thanks….”  – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Every day is another chance to praise God and thank Him for all the blessings and unlimited love and grace.  The moment we open our eyes to face the day till we close our eyes to rest is something to grateful for.  It’s another chance to live and make things better.  We cannot deny the fact that there really are rough days, BUT no matter how rough our day may be, there’s still something to thank God for.  We just have to open our eyes to see it.

Being grateful makes us happier and more positive in life.  And counting blessings instead of worries helps us realize how beautiful life is.  During my high school days, I remember writing “How God worked in my life/in this situation/on this day” in good and not so good times, and it’s always good to look back at it.  God is really awesome!

In this blog entry, I want to share with you a list of my “Everyday Thanks” for yesterday and today.  I usually do this in my other blog or Google+ account, but something went wrong and I couldn’t sign in.  I also do this in my journal, but I feel more like writing a blog today.  I guess it’s time to share this with more friends and a wider audience.  Hehehehe.  So… here it is:

Thank You, Lord…

  • I have claimed my 2 valid IDs left at Landbank Sta. Maria last week.
  • Had lunch with Kuya… plus free flat tops (hahaha)
  • Irish’s initiative to have a prayer meeting even without our Pastor (He’s on a retreat with the other East Bulacan District pastors and deaconess).
  • The UMYF girls (Rachel, Rae Ann, Shane and Irish) and Ate Cory’s presence in the prayer meeting.  I missed them…and I missed leading and attending our Wednesday prayer meeting.
  • Ate Cory’s generosity though we came unannounced.  The green mangoes with bagoong and Vanilla flavored fudgee bar filled our tummies.  Hehehehe.
  • An invitation to go to Bataan with his churchmates.  Though I failed to come, it’s good to know that I’m remembered.
  • Pa’s invitation to watch PETA’s puppetry show on Sat. ( Tas nag-chat si dating crush, “Nice. Nasa PETA ako sa Sat. may class kame. Magkikita tayo. ☺” —-i-ddelete ko ito after 5 minutes. HAHAHAHA)
  • I cooked for lunch
  • Listed my “To Do’s”

Yeys!  Thank You, Lord!  I’m ready for more!  😀