Birthday Blessings

image 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. ūüėČ 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. ‚ô•

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Isang Libo’t Isang Biyaya

Sa tuwing magdiriwang ako ng aking kaarawan, may halong lungkot at tuwa ang aking nadarama. Ngunit sa taong ito, pawang mga bagay na makapagpapangiti sa aking puso ang aking nadama.

Marahil ang pagbabago sa aking damdamin ay dulot din ng pagtanda. Mas may lalim at lawak na ang aking mga pananaw. Mas alam ko na kung ano ang mga dapat pahalagahan sa buhay na ito. Mas batid ko na ang mga hindi dapat pagtuunan ng pansin dahil ang mga ito ay makasisira lang sa aking buhay.

Pamilya at mga kaibigan. Sila¬†ang nagpapasaya sa akin ngayon. Ang magsalu-salo at magbahagi ng mga kuwento sa buhay ng isa’t isa – ang mga ito ang nagbibigay-lukso sa aking puso. Sila ang dahilan kung bakit ako nagpapatuloy sa buhay na ito.

Sa lahat ng mga nakaalala sa aking kaarawan ngayon, maraming salamat. Isa kayo sa isang libo’t isang biyaya na natanggap ko mula sa Panginoon.

The Lord Gives, The Lord Takes Away

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Right this very minute, I am soaking myself in God’s Word by way of listening to Don Moen’s timeless music. That’s what I do when I am feeling a bit of tired and worn out. Music that soothes. Music that heals.

I just came from a whole day activity wherein I accompanied my mom to her new work as a consultant. Long drives now tire me out. But as I see it, this will become a common thing for me in the coming months wherein I will be my mom’s PA (personal assistant), a self-proclaimed position title I invented for myself.¬† ūüôā

HPIM1542Good thing, I was also with my sister this day. She¬†waited with me until¬†my mom’s meeting ended. We had another round of early birthday celebration at a Chinese restaurant eating a variety of dimsum. To remove the aftertaste of the Chinese delicacies, we tried Jollibee’s creamy chocolate and strawberry shake. Our cravings were satisfied.

After my mom’s meeting, we headed to the wake of my high school P.E., Health and Music Teacher. She passed on to the next life at age 55. This made me realize too that my mom’s and dad’s lives are a¬†bonus already from the Lord. I uttered too that I am not yet ready to lose¬†my parents. I guess no one is ever ready for this.

This day taught me one lesson. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. God gave my mom a new beginning after¬†her retirement. God took away one of His child to be with Him in heaven. We are not to question God’s timing in one’s life. We are only here to welcome and embrace the will of God in our lives.

God bless everyone! Stay happy amidst the giving and taking away. ūüôā