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If I were still a girl scout now, I would have earned a badge of courage and endurance when I went trekking with my friends to Hulugan Falls, Luisiana Laguna.
I did not expect to be faced with so much difficulties just to arrive at the waterfalls site. We were greeted by rain when we reached our point of origin. And with rain, comes mud – the kind of mud that sunk my feet deep down into the ‘kumunoy’-like ‘anyong-lupa’. Yes, I trekked much of the time barefooted. I felt the earthy, slippery ‘putik’, and the stony boulders. I had to stretch my short legs to cross boulders and reach for the next stepping stones. I had to bravely face the steep, rocky paths. Many times, I just had to focus on what was before me and not mind what was coming ahead.
And here comes my great take-away message from my trekking experience: I realized that the trek I endured is much like the Christian life. Oftentimes, the Lord will not let us see the big picture of why we are experiencing such great troubles in our life. He just lets us see a glimpse of our situation and He takes care of what lies ahead. Perhaps, the Lord knows that when we see the trials we are yet to face, we just might give up on life and we will not continue the fight of faith. The Lord understands our fearful nature so He provides us His guiding hand to walk us through step by step, moment by moment. The Lord honors our little steps of faith and He takes us to His reward at the proper time when He says our journey has ended and when He has seen us grow in character.
The great Hulugan Falls is my reward. Though I enjoyed the waterfalls scene for a short moment only, I was left with the impression that my God is a big God. He has a special gift waiting for me at the end of the journey. What made the greatest impact on me on this entire adventure, though, is the trekking experience. I had two slippery falls in the mud. But it was okay with me. Surely, even in the Christian life, we experience falls in our walk with God. But He gives us the grace to stand again and walk the path despite trials and difficulties.
Survivor. Conqueror. Warrior. I felt I am all this and more. Not by my own strength, but only by the grace of God.
Christmas is fast approaching and there’s an empty chair on our table this season.
Being away from my husband again brings back memories of the void he left. That empty space on the bed, the vacant chair at the dining table, the fewer clothes in the cabinet, the single toothbrush left at the canister, the pillows that will not be slept over for a while. Those and much more are the things he left behind.
Despite the void, I know that the emptiness is but temporary. For our hope is in God who alone can fill that empty space in our hearts. We, who anchor our faith in the Everlasting Father, rest in the assurance that He will provide us grace and strength to endure the trials of momentary separation. We thank the Lord for keeping us stronger than ever as husband and wife.
That’s why this Christmas, when there’s an empty chair that reminds me of my far-away husband, I’ll let Jesus sit on the chair and think that He holds us both together in His loving hands.
No, it’s not me who’s leaving the country. It’s my husband who is due to work in Abu Dhabi.
Hopefully, things will turn out good for both of us despite the distance. We’ll be spending our last two days with family before he departs for UAE. Much as we would like to visit close friends, we are already pressed for time as his flight is on Saturday. Will you cover him in your prayers so that the travelling mercies of the Lord will be upon him?
Paalam muna sa iyo hon. May skype at calls naman. After a year, we’ll see each other again. Pakuha ka ng selfie dyan sa Aldar HQ building ha. May God be with you and may you find favor in your work there. ♥
Last July 2014 marked the homecoming of my husband from Dubai. It has been more than a year now that we are physically together here in the Philippines. We’ve gone back to doing simple pleasures together like dining out and doing the weekly grocery. He has fixed things in the house being the handyman that he is. His presence added the joy and laughter brought about by his funny, amusing ways.
But all these and more will come to a halt momentarily. Unforeseen circumstances in his current job brought about a change in plans that he has come home for good. Reality bites! Though he intended to find new employment locally, the opportunities can be found where else but in the overseas.
So the decision has been made. For our family’s future’s sake, the sacrifice has to be faced courageously but prayerfully to be apart all over again. Perhaps, this time around, things will be a bit easier for us. If there’s any consolation, his unlimited contract allows him to come home every year. That’s something to look forward to.
May the goodness and mercy of the Lord be upon us as we embark on another challenge in our family life…God bless everyone!
From me to all of you who remembered my birthday today, thank you so much! I had flashes of good memories I spent with you in the past. I am grateful even more for still having contacts with you through FB and being kept in the loop with what’s going on in your lives.
Thank you for having been part of my life, these past many years. Don’t ask how old I am. ;-) I’m old enough to have an elementary child, if I’d have married earlier. Hehe…
But no regrets. I am where I am right now because God placed me here. So there, thank you to my family and to my circle of friends who made my birthday extra special today.
Most of all, thank you Lord for another year in my life and for all the blessings You have given me, though I am undeserving of such grace and love. May I bring glory to Your Name each day. ♥
I used to fret a lot when there are invitations to speak before a crowd. Yes, I joined a lot of declamation contests when I was still a student. I was always on stage back then as I became part of choral competitions, debates, and other sorts of contests. But just the same, there was always the feeling of stage fright. I remember my friend telling me, stage fright is a good thing because it leads you to depend on God and God alone. She said, it just means you are not putting your confidence in yourself but in the God who gave you the talent.
If all plans push through, my husband and I will speak before the youth in our church a few weeks from now. When we were first invited for this, my heart tugged again in the direction of saying no because of fear of public speaking. But after some moments, I realized this is an opportunity to bless others by sharing the blessings God bestowed upon us. Our saying yes to this is an act of our worship to the Lord. It is also giving back to the church who nurtured our spiritual lives as husband and wife.
May we be a blessing to the young people as we share to them the love story God has especially written for us.
Remember the tomato and bell pepper I planted days ago? Well, my tomato is already sprouting. Thanks to the sun and water. It is growing steadily each day. I will wait for the bell pepper to become a seedling as well. As for now, I got to go and plant my chili peppers. Ciao! ;-)
Tamarind, as some may call it. This sweet sampaloc becomes more tasty when dipped in salt. These are the fruit shavings from my afternoon snack. Tara, let’s eat.
Tara na’t magmeryenda muna tayo sa gitna ng malamig at maulang hapon. Salamat sa toasted siopao na binili ng aking asawa at sa kapeng hiningi sa aking Ate. :-)
Inspiration to try gardening in containers hit me from nowhere. I figured, I use bell peppers and tomatoes everytime; why not grow them myself in my own backyard. I hope my gardening ventures will be a success. May the sun shine on my seeds. May the water bring growth to my plants. ;-)