Monday, December 31, 2012

Always something better

i can't help but feel uber grateful for 2012. this year has been a blast. my brother went home after two years, totskie and i got engaged then got married. and then after a month we got pregnant with our first baby. blessing came after blessing. and who could say that 2013 will not bring even more? as God has promised His children, He always has something better ahead of us. and so 2013, bring it on! Thank You God in advance to all those blessings!:)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

by Hourglass

If today were the last of all days
Would it change how you feel, who you are?
Would you rise for a moment
Above all your fears
Become one with the moon and the stars?

Would you like what you see looking down
Did you give everything that you could
Have you done everything that you wanted to do
Is there still so much more that you hold

Follow your dream to the end of the rainbow
Way beyond one pot of gold
Open your eyes to the colors around you
And find the true beauty life holds

Would you live for the moment
Like when you were young
If time didn't travel so fast
Be free in the present enjoying the now
Not tied to a future or past

Follow your dream to the end of the rainbow
Way beyond one pot of gold
Open your eyes to the colors around you
And find the true beauty life holds

You probably said all you wanted to say
But doesn't that strike you as strange
That we only begin to start living our lives
If today were the last of all days

If today were the last of all days
Of all days.....

Holy disturbance

There were times that we just can’t figure out why we feel irritable or uneasy in a day. That’s how I was feeling this morning. I told myself that this is just because of the upsurge of hormones caused by my pregnancy. But I was not so convinced. I knew I needed to do something to find peace on my last day of work in 2012.

Just like what my best friend always say (in my mind) "deal this with God'. And so I prayed and searched Him. Though there were no words coming out of me, I felt our connection and suddenly felt peace. Minutes later, I was reminded of a deep desire that I need to fulfill soon. That was the reason behind why I was disturbed. It was a holy disturbance towards true peace that can only be achieved in the presence of God. Hay, this is Christmas. :)

Disturb us, O Lord when we are too well-pleased with ourselves 
when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, because we sailed too close to the shore. 

Disturb us, O Lord 
when with the abundance of things we possess, 
we have lost our thirst for the water of life 
when, having fallen in love with time, 
we have ceased to dream of eternity 
and in our efforts to build a new earth, 
we have allowed our vision of Heaven to grow dim. 

Stir us, O Lord
to dare more boldly, to venture into wider seas 
where storms show Thy mastery, 
where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. 

In the name of Him who pushed back the horizons of our hopes
and invited the brave to follow. Amen. 

(by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

ISAAA Christmas

it's my third Christmas party at ISAAA and i could still say that i'm exactly where God wants me to be. of course i miss teaching, which i did in my previous jobs, but being at ISAAA placed me out of my comfort zone. i've done a lot of things that i thought i won't be able to do. for this year, i've written our first publication for high school students in collab with my big time cartoonist steph bravo. i also presented in an international conference for the second time, add to that the free trip to phuket. i also wrote scripts for videos, articles for our newsletters, and more. to top it all, i got a raise just before our wedding! aside from the accomplishments, my relationships also became deeper. blessing came after blessing.:) i'm grateful to God for bringing me to this place where i found home.

this year, just like the past 2 Christmas parties i attended at ISAAA, i came home with lots of gifts!:) and i know, more will come in 2013!

Friday, December 7, 2012

grateful friday

• first friday mass
• invitation to sing again in the mass
• libreng suha from ria
• emails from my best friend chingching
• food basket from IRRI
• chocolates from momsi
• inflatable couch from momsi