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Read: Psalms 40:1-5

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Not long ago, I passed a milestone marking 20 years since I began keeping a spiritual journal.  As I re-read my first few entries, I was amazed I ever kept it up. But now you couldn’t pay me to stop!

Here are some benefits I have received from journaling: From life experiences, I see that progress and failure are both part of the journey.  I’m reminded of God’s grace when I read how He helped me to find a solution to a major problem.  I gain insight from the past struggles that help with issues I am currently facing.  And, most important, journaling shows me how God has been faithfully working in my life.

Many of the psalms are like a spiritual journal.  They often record how God has helped in times of testing.  In Psalm 40, David writes: “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.  He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps” (vv.1-2).  Later, David needed only to read that psalm to be reminded of God’s faithful deliverance.

Journaling may be useful to you too.  It can help you see more clearly what God is teaching you on life’s journey and cause you to reflect on God’s faithfulness. – Dennis Fisher

For Further Thought

To begin a journal: Record your struggles, reflect on a verse that is especially comforting or challenging, or write a prayer of thankfulness for God’s faithfulness.

Reflecting on God’s faithfulness in the past brings hope for the future.

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 31 December 2013]

 

One of my favorite quote:

“Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again. Wanderer, there is no road– Only wakes upon the sea.

Caminante, son tus huellas el camino, y nada más; caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar. Al andar se hace camino, y al volver la vista atrás se ve la senda que nunca se ha de volver a pisar. Caminante, no hay camino, sino estelas en la mar.”
― Antonio MachadoCampos de Castilla

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Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read: Isaiah 66:7-13

When I stuck my camera into the bush to take a picture of the baby robins, they opened their mouths without opening their eyes.  They were so used to having mama robin feed them whenever the branches moved that they didn’t even look to see who (or what) was causing the disturbance.  That is the kind of trust that loving mother instill in their children. That is the kind of mom I am blessed to have.  Growing up, I could eat whatever she put on the table without fear that it would harm me.  Although she made me eat things I didn’t like, I knew she did so because they were good for me.  If she cared only about what was easy for her, she would have let me eat junk food.  No matter what Mom told me to do, or not to do, I knew she had my best interest in mind.  She wasn’t trying to keep me from having fun; she was trying to protect me from being hurt.

That is the kind of relationship we have with God, who compared Himself to a mother: “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you” (Isa. 66:13). As His children, we have no reason to fear what happens to us nor to envy what happens to others: “Do not… be envious of the workers of iniquity” (Ps. 37:1).  When we trust His goodness, we are fed by His faithfulness. –Julie Ackerman Link

Lord, we’re thankful for this example of motherhood.  But even more, we’re grateful for Your faithful “mothering” of us displayed in Your compassion day by day.  Help us to find rest in You.  Amen.

God’s care surrounds us.

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 12 May 2013]

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Read: Jeremiah 29:11-14

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.  You will seek me and find me.  When you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

 

LOVE

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong-doing but rejoices in truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endure all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

[Source: Holy Bible – English Standard Version]

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Read: Joshua 1:9

“Be Strong and courageous  Do not be frighted and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”

[Source:  Holy Bible (English Standard Version)]

Sharing everyone this e-npirational message  from my inbox:

So true and I find it beautiful 🙂

HAPPINESS…

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another.  Then we’re frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are. After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with.  We’ll certainly be happy when they’re out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire.

HappinessIsNowThe truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than RIGHT NOW.  If not now when?

You life will always be filled with challenges.  It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.

Here’s a quote from Alfred D. Souza.  He said, “For long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid.  Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”  This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness.

Happiness is the way.  So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spent your time with… and remember that time waits for no one.

So stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you’re off welfare until the first or fifteenth, until your songs come on, until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up, until you die, until you’re born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.

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Some things to ponder:

Work like you don’t need money, Love like you’ve never been hurt,

And dance like no one’s watching.

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Some people come into our lives and quickly go…

Some people become friends and stay a while…leaving beautiful footprints in our hearts and we are never quite the same because we have made a good friend!

Yesterday is history.

Tomorrow is mystery

Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called present!

Live and savor every moment…this is not a dress rehearsal

Even before Pinterest become so popular, I have been a “DIY” (Do It Yourself) fan. So I want to share some hair care tips s that l have tried and tested that really works!  Plus, these items can be seen in your own home so it wont cost you that much.

Castor Oil for dry hair and scalp treatment

Castor oil is used for medicinal, therapeutic and cosmetic purposes. CastorOil9The oil has germicidal properties that make it effective against all kinds of bacterial, fungal and viral infections, reports Online Gardener tips. Castor oil treats dandruff, eczema, hair loss and scalp infections. Castor oil is also effective in getting rid of hair lice, according to Online Gardener Tips.

There was a time when my hair became so dry as a result of over processing (e.g. rebonding, digital perming, cellophane treatment, etc.), products used and sun exposure making it hard to manage, brittle and dull very easily. By using castor oil, it seals the moisture, making it healthy, soft and less susceptible to breakage.

Instruction:

Slightly warm a small amount of oil in saucepan.  Apply small amount of the oil to your scalp and hair ends by massaging it with your fingertips.  Cover your hair with shower cap and leave for a few hours to overnight.  Then wash your hair with a gentle shampoo and follow with conditioner.

Vinegar & Lemon or Calamansi Juice Mixture as a hair rinse

Vinegar balances the pH of your hair, cleans out the hair shaft and gives it a shine because it closes up the cuticles, eliminating frizz. While Lemon/Calamansi adds shine to hair and gives it a subtle highlights.

This is ideal for those who use a lot of styling products in their hair such as hair spray, wax or gel. It removes the residues of these products and even the residues left by shampoo. It moisturizes the hair and can help prevent dandruff too.

Instruction:

vinegarAdd 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of water. Squeeze the juice from half of a lemon or 5-10 calamansi. Combine all the ingredients in a jar and stir well Shampoo and rinse hair as usual, then pour in the mixture. Massage the mixture into your scalp and throughout your hair down to the ends.  And end it by rinsing your hair with cool water. You might smell the apple vinegar in your hair while it is wet. However, once your hair has dried, the smell of vinegar will not be lemonapparent.

Note: If you don’t want even the slightest lightening of your hair color, omit the lemon/calamansi juice.

Mayonnaise as hair conditioner

Mayonnaise can be found in most kitchens. And by using as a conditioner, it adds luster and vitality to dry hair. It also increases the shine and very simple to use.

Instruction:

mayoWash your hair normally with a gentle shampoo formulated for dry hair, and towel it dry. Comb in at least 1 tbsp. of real mayonnaise, starting at the top of your head. Make sure to cover every strand of hair. Leave the mayonnaise in for at least one hour. Extra-dry hair may need an additional hour. Wash your hair again with a gentle shampoo, such as baby shampoo. Rinse thoroughly. Comb or brush your hair and let dry. Style as you normally would.

Thank you Lord for another year to celebrate life and for this wonderful birthday message! 🙂

change-the-worldOn several occasions I have been encouraged  when men I knew to be dishonest and immoral agreed to talk me about their conduct. Yet each time I was disappointed at the outcome of our meetings.

In each situation the person said he believed in God and wanted to escape hell. Some rationalized by saying everybody, even churchgoing people, are basically selfish. They do good only to escape punishment. Those who reasoned this way believed that because they sometimes were kind and generously to charitable causes, their chances of going to heaven were as good as those of the Christians they knew. One man vowed that he would do kind. But like the others, he wanted to have eternal life without the forgiveness and inner change that only Jesus can give.

The apostle Paul told Timothy how to deal with religionists who focused on externals. He reminded him that the purpose of godly instructions is a life that reflects a radical inner change: “love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith” (1Tim 1:5). Has God changed you from within? You can have a life changing encounter with Jesus if you’ll trust in Him –Herb Vander Lugt

How to be changed from within as easy as A-B-C…

Admit that you are a sinner and turn from your sin.
Believe that Jesus dies for you and rose from the dead.
Call on Him to be your Savior and Lord.

When God changes you, He works from inside out.

The purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from a sincere faith. – 1 Tim 1:5

Read: 1 Timothy 1:1-7

[Source: Daily Bread, 26 November 2012 message]

It was one Saturday when my friends and I decided to have a gastronomic adventure in Chinatown.  Located in Binondo Manila,  is the world’s oldest Chinatown in the world established in 1594.

Since we will be coming from different locations, we agreed to meet up to a familiar landmark known to everyone which is the Santa Cruz Church.

The Church is just across Chinatown and you wouldn’t miss to pass by the Carriedo Fountain at the Plaza Santa Cruz.

souvenir shot at the fountain

Just to give a little historical background, this fountain was dedicated to a Spanish Engineer, Don Francisco Carriedo of the Department of Waterworks in 1884. It was through his will that a piped water system was installed in Manila. The project for public supply of fresh water in Manila started in early 18th century.  This fountain was relocated in several areas in Manila prior to its current location.  We hope that the Local government will refurbish this landmark.

Arko ng Mabuting Pakikisama (Arch of Goodwill)

Enter the Dragon…

Now, let the gastronomic adventure begin!

To make this adventure more fun and pocket friendly, try to order food that can be shared by everyone. Split everything so that everyone can have a taste of each dish and at the same time your tummy has still more room for the food on the next restaurants.

Wai Ying Fastfood is one of the most recommended food places to visit. If you want to try authentic, delicious and affordable Chinese food without leaving the country, this is the place to go.

Located at Benavidez Street

Shrimp Chong Fan is a steamed flat rice noodles with shrimp. The soy sauce mixed with a little sugar complemented the bland noodles filled with crunchy shrimp (left). Yangchow rice (right)

Soy Chicken- Sour in flavor and the sauce are made of ginger, oil, onion leaves. (left). Pork Asado- A braised dish made out of marinated pork. (right)

Hakaw- Steamed soft dumpling with whole shrimp inside. (left). Me, having my hakaw and milk tea with black jelly (right). These are 2 of my favorites in Wai Ying.

On our way to our next stop

Sightings along the streets…

herbal medicines

grilled corn on a cob

Shin Tai Shang is like a mini grocery along Salazar St. where people can buy small cakes, packaged drinks and assorted fruits.

time to buy some fruits

delicious fruits in Shin Tai Shang

Cafe Mezzanine is a fireman themed restaurant above Eng Been Tin (popular hopia chain) in Ongpin St. All proceeds of this restaurant goes to the volunteer firefighters of Binondo. They are known for their Soup#5 (soup made out of bull’s testicle) which most people would say that it’s a “must” order and the taste is really good. Unfortunately, we are not brave enough to try it.  So we just  decided to try another popular dish which is called Kiampong .

Located at the corner of Ongpin and E.T. Yuchengco Street

Kiampong- It’s a Filipino-Chinese version of fried rice with meat, mushrooms, seasoned well, and will not be complete without peanuts on top.

inside the Fireman themed cafe

The food adventure will never be complete without having “take-home foodies” from the following:

1. Eng Bee Tin for their famous hopia (It’s a Chinese delicacy with various flavors; purple yam, mung beans, pork, pandan, pineapple, etc)

2. Wai Ying’s siomai with chili sauce

3. Shanghai Fried Siopao stall. Their fried siopao is slightly crisp, golden-edged bread, has a tasty ground pork stuffing with the right balance of ginger and spring onion to keep you biting. This is a good alternative if you like a different kind of siopao. Also, It is very affordable too (Php16.00/pc).

4. Salazar Bakery. They are been around since 1947 which specializes in Chinese delicacies. You can find Salazar bakery almost all over now in Metro Manila.

And for our food trail finale, we had our dinner at The President Grand Palace. They have a spacious dining area and has very Chinese ambiance with their decors and uniforms of the staff. It is located along Ongpin Street so you wouldn’t miss it.

The cold cuts platter is composed of jellyfish, century eggs, asado & white chicken

stir fried seafood noodles with quail eggs is a sure winner!

Another winner is their Hot Prawn Salad. It was pure prawns and no fruits (some restaurants adds fruit cocktails and too sweet on the taste). This salad comes also with cold version. It’s a bit pricey but worthy! Really taste great. A must try.

Another photo op before we end the food trip

It was our first time to do a food trip in Chinatown and it was such a fun experience! 🙂