For the love of (Part 1): The Word

Day and night.

These are the important keywords in Joshua 1:8

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” (Joshua 1:8 NLT)

The key to a prosperous and successful life is to learn loving the word of God. Meditate on it, not just when we feel like reading it, or when we are obliged to read it. Read it, meditate on it, eat it (not literally though), and love it.

THEN you will be prosperous and successful.

My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. (Proverbs 2: 1-11 NLT)” I suggest you read the whole chapter. 😉

Photo by: Veejay Jimenez

Photo by: Veejay Jimenez

You can study in prestigious universities if you want; get as much knowledge this world can offer, but if you don’t align your thoughts to the mind who created the universe every knowledge you amass will all be for naught. God has given us the Manual of life–the Bible–and all we have to do is to read it, live it out, and meditate on it

day and night.

56  Current mood: Hungry

Be . . . attitudes (Part 1)

If you were with me the past few days, maybe sat with me during lunch (or dinner), walked with me on my way home, or casually chatted with me, you have probably heard me talk to you about the Beatitudes.

The beatitudes. *bow*

Ilang beses ko nang nababasa ang beatitudes sa Bible. Napakinggan ko na rin ito ipreach sa church, pero ngayon ko lang ata (with no exaggeration) naintindihan ito ng lubusan. Binasa ko ang librong “The Applause of Heaven” ni Max Lucado, luma na ito pakalat-kalat lang ito sa bahay, na curious ako sa title kaya binasa ko ito. Hindi naman ako masyadong emotional na tao (o yun ata tingin ko sa sarili ko) pero unang chapter palang ng libro . . . *ahem* nagpawis na ang mga mata ko. Dahil dun pinagpatuloy ko nang basahin ang libro at dun na nasimulan maliwanagan ang aking isipan, nagkaroon ng saysay lahat ng nabasa at napakinggan ko noon tungkol sa Beatitudes.

 

My gleanings from the Beatitudes:

• Be poor in spirit.

Blessed are the poor in spirit  . . . (Matthew 5:3)  

The poor in spirit are the ones who have accepted that they are nothing without God. What they have right now they consider rubbish.

Theirs is the Kingdom of God.

 

• Be broken.

Blessed are those who mourn . . . (Matthew 5:4) 

They are the ones who are broken in spirit. Pride has no place because they have already accepted that they need help. No more struggling, no more I-can-do-this-on-my-own. It is accepting God—it is true repentance.

They will be comforted.

 

• Be meek.

Blessed are the meek . . . (Matthew 5:5)

The humble. Putting their full trust on God for they know they are weak without Him, and in Him is strength. Meekness is not timidity. Meekness is governed by faith in Jesus, while the latter is governed by fear.

They will inherit the earth.

 

• Be hungry and thirsty for righteousness.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness . . . (Matthew 5:6) 

There is nothing that you desire that God cannot satisfy. If you are really thirsty and hungry and all you ever want is water and food and then someone handed you a brand new car, will you be happy? You want something to quench your thirst and hunger. All you want is water and food

When Jesus offered His body (the bread) and his blood (the wine) He was saying eat this, drink this and be filled. The hungry and the thirsty for righteousness are the ones who admit that they are dirty with sin and they want Jesus—the only one who can satisfy the desire to change. That’s all they want, all they need. They want righteousness.

They will be filled.

 

Do you see the flow? It’s a process.

It starts when you know you are empty without God > then you accept that you cannot do it without Him > you rely on His power > and then you crave for His righteousness.

Then what happens next? What about the other four beatitudes?

To be continued.

  Current mood: Managing tasks . . . nuninuninu.

An open letter to my future sons and daughters

Isang gabi naisipan ko lang magpost ng sa facebook ng maikling note to my future sons and daughters.

Na gustuhan ko ang idea na ito at naisipan kong sumulat nalang ng liham para mabasa nila sa future (sana nga lang basahin nila blog ko).

Dear future sons and daughters,

Today is a gloomy day but I will not allow the weather to dampen my spirit, so instead I’ve decided to dream and look forward to the future to get me excited. Here’s a list of what I am planning to do in the future with you and your dad:

  1. Go to some art, history, science museums
  2. Watch theater plays
  3. Watch an orchestra or maybe watch mom perform on stage
  4. Picnics
  5. Go to the bookstore at list once a month and buy books.
  6. Do crafts and artworks together, or maybe even have a photography session
  7. Bake (But first I need to buy an oven and learn how to bake)
  8. Will teach you how to cook
  9. Will teach you that doing chores can be fun
  10. We’ll teach you how to pray
  11. Read Bible stories together
  12. Help the poor
  13. We’ll have an appreciation day apart from the usual thanksgiving day
  14. Go to new places at least once a year
  15. We’ll teach you how to be good stewards of your resources (your mommy is still learning but I am appreciating this season)
  16. We will definitely go to the beach and build sand castles
  17. We’ll go to other countries and help churches
  18. We will encourage one another
  19. Sing songs together
  20. Rest assured that we will buy you toys
  21. I know we will travel a lot but I will make sure I will teach you Filipino
  22. We will visit your cousins, titos and titas, and your grandmoms and granddads.
  23. I have to ask your dad first, but for me you can drink coffee at the age of 10. 😉
  24. Yes, we’ll have dogs
  25. Bonus: Your dad and I will discipline you, it’ll be unpleasant at first but you will appreciate it when you guys grow up.

These are just few of the things I can think of right now, but there’ll be more. I cannot speak for your dad (because I don’t know him yet) but I assure you that he is awesome. Maybe he will teach you math, or how to swim, maybe how to ride a bike or how to drive. I’m excited to see you guys, know that I am praying for you. God bless my little ones.

Love, your mom

  current mood: Dancing with the rain.

On weddings and funerals

Pabalik na ako sa lalawigan ng Tralala nang magkaroon ako ng realization sa sarili ko—kung papipiliin akong kung aattend ako sa isang wedding o funeral, masgugustuhin kong pumunta sa funeral. It’s not that I don’t like weddings and happy events and I’d rather be sad and wallow in depression, No. Inisip ko nang mabuti at meron naman akong reasons kung bakit:

  1. To bring comfort
    Sa funeral hindi ka nakakatanggap ng invitation, it’s more of an announcement from the family na pumanaw na yung isang mahal nila sa buhay. Hindi ka naman nila ineexpect na pumunta pero kung pumunta ka mas-iisipin mo kung paano ka makakatulong sa kanila kesa paano ka nila ihohost. Kung pwede ka tumulong magbigay o magdistribute ng food, mag-usher ng guests, or simply just cry with them and pray for the family. Sa funeral kasi masiisipin mong tumulong kesa maentertain, I think less of me and more of others.
  2. It’s more real
    I like weddings, I love to see two people exchange their vows and I like celebrating with them (especially kapag kaclose ko yung couple). Pero minsan may mga weddings na masiniisip pa ng mga tao yung gimmicks and how to please the guest at nawawala na yung essence ng wedding itself. Yung iba natatabunan na lang sa wedding themes, food, souvenirs, atbp., and a beautiful wedding doesn’t promise a beautiful marriage. In funerals however it’s “celebrating” the life of the person who passed away. Though yung ibang funeral may gimmicks pa rin pero masasabi mo na kapag maganda yung funeral ng isang tao ibig sabihin he has lived a beautiful life that’s why people love him so much.
  3. The take home
    After kong umattend ng isang funeral I tend to think about life, my love ones, and how I want to make an impact to the people around me. Naiisip ko kung anung isusulat nila sa lapida ko at naiisip ko rin kung anung sasabihin nila sa eulogy. Hindi naman sa insecure ako, pero ayoko lang na mawawala ako sa mundong ibabaw na wala akong nagawa para tumulong sa kapwa.

Hindi ko sinasabi na huwag ninyo akong iinvite sa wedding ninyo, LOL! I’d be happy to celebrate with the people I love. May wedding na rin na umiyak ako at nakita ko yung goodness ni God. But I also love celebrating life, especially the life of person that made an impact to a lot of people.

  current mood: Weekend? What weekend?

Tips: Beauty and make-up

Gusto kong isulat ito dahil lately na realize ko na tumitingin na ako ng make-up tutorials sa internet na hindi ko naman ginagawa dati. I think my life as a cockroach is already coming to an end and I am now turning into a beautiful butterfly. CHOS!

Ang topic na ito ay tungkol sa make-up. Hindi ko na ineexpect na magugustuhan ito ng aking mga machong mambabasa pero kung gusto ninyong makadagdag ng kaalaman I encourage you to read this.

Disclaimer: I am not a make-up expert. Lahat ng ilalagay ko dito ay base sa experience ko at sa mga articles na nababasa ko. Kasama na rin ang mga tips na binibigay ng mga friends ko na matagal nang nagmemake-up.

Practical make-up tips:

1)   Less is more. Alam kong cliché pero totoo pa rin ito. We want to see your face and not your make up. Ang make-up ay pang-enhance ng iyong mukha o features ng iyong mukha. Kung napapansin nila ang iyong make-up kesa sa mukha mo, balik ka uli sa salamin baka masyadong matapang ang make-up mo.

2)   Huwag matutulog ng hindi inaalis ang make-up.  Alam ko minsan nakakapagod nang mag-alis ng make-up lalo na kapag galing trabaho. Kailangan hugasan ang mukha, mag-apply ng make-up remover, and moisturize. Tedious pero malaking tulong ito sa mukha mo. It’ll prevent acne breakouts and sty (kulite). At masmasarap matulog kapag malinis ang mukha hindi ba?

3)   Hydrate. Do your skin a favor and drink lots and lots of water. Pwede tayo mag-apply ng sandamakmak na moisturizer kung hindi naman natin inaalagan yung skin natin from the inside kahit anung apply natin hindi ito makakatulong.

4)   Check if your make-up is expired. Dahil ayaw natin maglagay sa mukha natin ng make-up na may molds at bacteria. I think 1-2 years lang ang shelf life ng make-up (well depende din kasi yun sa brand). Always check or ask your make-up dealer kung gaano katagal ang shelf life ng iyong make-up.

5)   Don’t buy make-up imitations. Alam kong mura pero hindi lahat ng mura maganda. Yung ibang murang make-up, lalo na yung mga imitation, ay may mga chemical content/ingredients na harmful sa mukha natin. Read more here

6)   Bonus tip: Smile. I think the best we can wear is a genuine smile. This is far better than make-up. Masnagiging glowing ka at approachable sa mga people. At anung ibig sabihin ko ng “genuine smile?” it’s smiling with your heart.

Sana nakatulong (kahit konti) ang aking mga tips. 😉

  current mood: Because a cockroach is now a butterfly. (metamorphosis level: crazy)