How Do You Say, ‘Thank You’? – A Special Tribute For Mother’s Day ๐Ÿ’

When it comes to paying tribute to Moms, especially on Mothers’ Day, I always find myself in a place of utter inadequacy in trying to find words to thank my own Mother, for all the love and sacrifices she did for me and my family. she is my closest example of Jesus in laying down His life for others. When I count my blessings, I am always in awe to realize that most of my blessings can be traced right back from her. She did not run out of ways to motivate me to become the best person that I can possibly be, and I am a stronger person because she loved me and prayed for me. She taught me what it means to be a woman of integrity and honor, and lectured many times to make decisions that will benefit not only myself, but my entire family, and people around me. 

How do you say ‘thank you’ to such beautiful soul? Words are not enough to express my gratitude for all that she’s been to me. So today, I am going to thank her by making it my everyday goal to live my life that I know will make her proud of me. ๐Ÿ˜Œโค๏ธ

“…But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.โ€ – Proverbs 31:30b

Wonder of Rain

Picture-perfect outdoor scene after the rain. And one of my favorite moments of all time – right after the rain stops ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ’š. When the colors of the earth become more scintillating and vibrantโœจ – especially the greens ๐ŸŒฑAnd the fresh, earthy ๐ŸŒsmell that comes with it.. and then a bright beam of sunlight forces its way to break through a heavy cloud ๐ŸŒฅ – and its light reflects off of the street which makes everything that your eyes can see seem to glisten โœจToo bad, my low resolution phone camera couldn’t give justice to such beauty. But thankful to God for the wonder of rain. โ›ˆ ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ’š
โ€œHe gives rain on the earth, And sends waters on the fields.โ€ – Jobโ€ฌ โ€ญ5:10โ€ฌ โ€ญNKJVโ€ฌโ€ฌ

Ephesians 6:11 on G’s New Shirtย 

Fun moment to come home to husband Gino today as he shows off his new shirt with Ephesians 6:11 print on it to me. It would’ve been nicer if he got me one too, right? ๐Ÿ™„ But it’s okay๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜Œ – it isn’t really a critical thing for me ๐Ÿ˜œ. I am just overjoyed ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿปthat my excitement and joy of studying Ephesians with my awesome friends at EBC – extends to him and finds joy in God’s word himself. โค๏ธ 

Ephesians 6:11 is Probably one of my favorite verses from our recently concluded study. From the cradle to the grave – our life here on earth is an ongoing war – not with flesh and blood – but war with supernatural evil powers (Eph 6:12). Our families, careers, relationships, even ourselves are all areas of conflict. And God made a provision for us to stand and not fall as we face these conflicts every day. This provision is the Armor of God. Ephesians 6:11. Until Jesus returns, we are called to be vigilant and keen and constantly ready by putting His full armor on. 

So thankful for such an empowering, life-changing study that I will never graduate from ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ. And Thankful as well for the lives of the women I studied it with (photo insert) they are all God’s grace and encouragement to me – and so is husband Gino. ๐Ÿ˜Œโค๏ธ

Knowing Jesus on a Rainy Weekend

โ›ˆRain did not stop since Saturday morning – and will continue to pour for the rest of the night tonight, and tomorrow too per the weather channel ๐Ÿ˜. This wet weekend caused me to stay home most of the time – which I enjoyed. And as usual, I spent a lot of time in my kitchen making soup ๐Ÿตand salad ๐Ÿฅ—, and chicken tacos ๐ŸŒฎ, and ๐Ÿค’s and baked husband G’s favorite apple pie ๐Ÿ˜ and lots of hot teas, hot chocolate and โ˜•๏ธ here and there. There is no place like home ๐Ÿก indeed. โค๏ธ

I love cheap foods so I enjoy homecooking a lot. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

But also couldn’t help feel a little sad to realize my study of Ephesians with my awesome friends at church has concluded two Wednesdays ago and won’t do another study until next Fall ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ. I will miss them and our times together. But thankful and glad that our spiritual mentor encouraged us to study Hebrews on our own – and I love that we are sharing what we are learning to each other thru texting. So thankful for this accountability with friends in the Lord. โค๏ธ

Love these women from our Wednesday Bible Study group. They are all encouragement to me.โค๏ธ

I will never graduate๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“ from Ephesians. Still so much to ponder on and learn to be able walk in the manner that is worthy of God’s calling and choosing of me before the foundation of the world. ๐ŸŒ But I am also loving our new study of the book of Hebrews – and I enjoy knowing Jesus in chapter one. And I love how I learned to make lists from our group study, so I listed out who Jesus is from the first chapter. Mind blowing. Love that Jesus is the heir of all things – and that even angels worship Him! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

 He is my ultimate dream – and He gives me joy and peace that no one and nothing in this temporary world could ever give. If you want to know Jesus and find joy – start with the book of John in the Bible – and your life will never be the same again. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ And you may study Hebrews with me. Happy week y’all!

Refreshing Treat from The Maker of the The Sky

๐Ÿ’ซ Ended my domesticated Saturday by hanging out on my porch, and with a treat from the Maker of the sky – way better than an earlier treat I was hoping for. The sunset rays streaming through the trees in pomegranate pink shades was refreshing and beautiful I stood and watched with unwaivering gaze…

“Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” – Psalms 36:5 

A Hymn of Love to The One Who Has Chosen Me

Everything I am and all I hope to be is, and should be rooted in God’s gracious choosing of me. My work, my hope, my faith, my family, my friends, my birthday… are results of God’s electing, amazing grace. I enjoyed this day just thinking of this truth, boasting in Him only. And today turned out to be a truly happy birthday! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ So I end this day singing hymns of love to Him who has called me and chose me before the world began. โœจ ๐Ÿ˜Œโœจ

And you are all God’s grace to me as well, and I want to thank you for all the happy birthday greetings. All of you who texted, called and left messages, and pm’d me – I hope you get to read this as well. Thank you for loving me and for rejoicing with me. It so means a lot! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ See you again next year! ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜

Lastly, thanking the Lord for husband Gino, who took me to a very early breakfast to Blueberry Hill. And I woke up to a beautiful fragrant bouquet of roses before we headed out and ran in the early morning rain. We need to buy a new umbrella ๐ŸŒ‚๐Ÿ˜‡. I laughed a lot while we were running, and forced some smiles at his not-so-funny jokes ๐Ÿ˜ณ. He is one of God’s biggest grace to me. I tear up thanking the Lord for him. ๐Ÿ˜Œ

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight…” – Ephesians 1:4

Misua Again?

Chinese vermicelli, product of the Philippines – in short, its Misua ๐Ÿœ. One of the easiest and most prepared soup in my parents house when we were growing up. I remember I use to always complain and say, “Misua na naman”? (Misua again?) And my Ma would always explain that this is what they could afford at the moment. And then she follows up with a promise to make some chicken or fish when my father gets his next paycheck. My parents were poor, but I just love how my Ma can make something so good out of ordinary noodles and vegetables. 
And since I missed a planned trip to the newly opened Filipino Seafood City in Chicago due to an all day headache, I decided to make this noodles that’s been sitting in my pantry for a while. And it sure brought back happy memories of my mother who was the best cook ever! Now, let’s see if I am able to duplicate her recipe of this, which I don’t think I can๐Ÿค”. But either way, I think it will be perfect for this very cold night. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Proposal

Getting my Christmas decorations ๐ŸŽ„out from the storage room – slash – cleaning out stuff as well, and found what I’ve been looking for for so long! ๐Ÿ˜ตAhh. Nothing fancy about it but this old picture of my husband is very special. After 3 years of dating and praying and waiting – he flew to the Philippines again, bent on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I had tears in my eyes, but of course, and obviously – I said yes ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค“. And although this picture is only a reenactment of the original proposal – it put a smile on my face to remember that moment and how my heart was beating so fast. I’m just thankful I said yes. And I’d gladly do it again if I have to. ๐Ÿ’–โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’–

Time in the Word Brings Joy and Freedom

Spending time in the Word doesn’t always come easy for me. I need to constantly remind and push myself to make it happen. And the joy that fills my heart when it happens is something I will never trade for anything in the world. There is joy and freedom in our pursuit of God, and He meets us there when we seek Him.And I am always also reminded by the constant question my Ma use to ask me when she was still around – If you were on a trial for being a Christian, would there be anough evidence to convict you? Barbara Rainey of Family Life Ministries explains what I fear when I do not push myself to spend time in the Word. And thankful for group of beautiful and godly women who I can journey with in studying His Word.

“Many of us do not really know what we believe in. LIke a cork in the ocean, driven and tossed by the waves, we bounce from opinion to opinion, influenced more by the last book we read than by a lifetime of biblical study. We’ve become activity junkies, seldom stopping long enough to decided what really matters to us, too busy to determine what’s really worth living for, let alone worth dying for. As a result, we live our lives based upon “near beliefs.” Near beliefs have enough truth in them to sound strangely familiar to convictions, yet they’re too weak to inspire us or our actions. Too anemic to influence us to make a decision that demands sacrifiice…When near beliefs are our only source of motivation, tough stands are never taken, feathers are never ruffled, and absolutes are held very closely. Without core convictions to help us navigate, we stand uneasily on shifting sand, and we lack the solid footing with which to stage a life of principle and character.”

When He Was Born

Shepherds in Jesus’ day were at the bottom of the social ladder. They were marginal and disdained. But God announces the birth of King Jesus to them first and it is through them that other people learn about the birth of the Messiah, as relayed in the book of Luke, chapter 2. ๐Ÿค“
Fun time this morning during our Sunday school class as we re-enacted what the Shepherds were doing the night when they were out in the open fields, (probably star-gazing), and when an angel appeared to them to announce the great news of Jesus’ birth. What joy it was to take a closer look of the coming of the Messiah – it felt like we were transported back in time as we ran around the room- rushing to see the new born baby, catching our breath like how the Shepherds did when they reached the place where the baby was. God’s promised Son was born – and He is the Light of the world.

Every child is precious. Love the Children’s Ministry and the amazing things that God is doing – but also now praying for the next ministry God may lead us to serve next. We are excited. Pray with us! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป