Sunday, November 30, 2014

I'm going back to school

I'm pursuing graduate studies at UP Diliman Mass Comm. :) I just passed the exam and interview last week. Weeee! It's a dream come true! I'm so thankful to God for guiding me thru the process and for building me up for what will be in store for me for the coming years.

I just want to say that God really speaks to us everyday if we just let Him. I'm quite worried about my schedule next year (alternating tasks between family, service, work, and studies) but God led me to an article about Korina Sanchez. Can you imagine such article to be filled with God's message???

Korina said, "My advanced studies have taken the backseat for too long and if I don't do this now, I may never. Kaya nga pinagsabay-sabay ko na. It's not easy but I'm optimistic I can do this." 

And then her boss commented,"Many in our stable have also taken leaves of absence to pursue further studies. When they come back, there is always better output."

Here's more from UPD masscom CR vandal:

I am uncontainable.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

I love Saturdays

If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship GOD, then choose a god you’d rather serve—and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you’re now living. As for me and my family, we’ll worship GOD. Joshua 24:15

Every week, I look forward to Saturdays. Not because it's a day of rest from work (it's actually my busiest) or it's a day for leisure. It's because of The Feast. We've been attending the Saturday Feast for over a month now and we've been truly blessed by God's Word and the people we encounter there. 

It's an intimate time for our family as well. We worship together, we learn together, we feast on God's presence together. Every Feast is a moment worth treasuring. 

Kaitlin is also enjoying the experience! She sings, raises her hands, and dances to the worship songs. It's a great joy seeing her savoring a life with God at a very young age. I pray that God will capture her heart all the days of her life. 

Totskie and I feel so blessed with the humility of the people there. The priest listens to the preacher after he celebrates the mass. The preacher talks to us like a friend. He also waits on the door after the  activity so he could say goodbye to the attendees. Wow lang, it's really a piece of heaven on earth. 

I pray that we would be able to attend and serve there every week. It's a challenge but we trust in God that He will be with us in this journey. 

I also thank God that we'll be attending the Kerygma conference this year! I've been wanting to attend in the previous years and finally that dream will be a reality in a few weeks. I'm so excited because it's the first time that we will attend an inspirational conference as a family. Thank You thank You Lord!!!

P.S. Join us at the Feast Binan every Saturday 6pm at 3F Central Mall.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Blessings undercover

There was this one time when I was looking for my comb before leaving house. I looked all over my room and other parts of the house but I still could not find my comb. I knew that the comb was just around because I have combed my hair after taking a bath. With all time and patience depleting, I went out of the house to attend my class. At the waiting shed, our neighbor told me, "Tin, may suklay ka pa sa buhok." 

My gosh. I looked all over but I failed to look at myself. 

This is just like the story of our blessings that went undercover. Sometimes we think we lack a lot of things. We think that our prayers are unanswered. Parang napabayaan na tayo ni God. But if we really look closer at things and situations, we are still (constantly) infinitely blessed. 

Like for instance, we've been praying for work for Totskie for over a year now.  There are times when I feel like God is not hearing my request. Until Kaitlin's yaya said she needs to go back to her family. I realized that God delayed the answer to my prayer because He was thinking of Kaitlin. And Totskie has been closely taking care of her. If Totskie and I both have jobs in her young age, she might not be as jolly and healthy as she is right now. 

Now I get it when they say that our pain can be blessings. It's just like a two-sided card, one can bring goodness and the other suffering. And all we have to do is to flip up the card on its sunny side.

Life is happy. 😀

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Running towards Him

Since we had Kaitlin, I rarely attend mass with full attention. Kaitlin would always want to walk and play during the mass as if the church is her little theme park. 

Today was quite different because she didn't want to walk around. She just wanted Mommy. But still it was tiring and she needed attention just the same. After the communion, Yaya took her from me so I could rest a little. Then when she saw me again, she came walking fast towards me. She didn't mind the path she was walking on because she was so focused on reaching me and be in my arms again. Then a realization hit me. We could just like be a baby running towards mommy in our journey towards God. I felt a different kind of "longing bliss" when I saw Kaitlin walking towards me. What more for God, who always expects us to turn to Him in every situation. He's always waiting and longing with arms wide open, and ready to catch us in case we trip on some obstacles along the way. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

But I do more than thank*

When I listed down my top 10 birthday blessings, I realized that half are treasured relationships. These relationships fuel me to be a better person. They are my everyday birthday gifts. So I silently prayed for each one of them. I asked God to bless them and may they continue to grow more in love with God. 

*That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!

Ephesians 1:18 MSG