Counting my blessings-naming them one by one

No amount of failed recitations can stop my heart from coming to worship and giving thanks to my God who is forever faithful.

In my pursuit for a grateful heart, today i had my test. My grateful heart, i thought, was put to test. I just had a failed recitation at school and cried my heart out after. I said, how come it wasn’t as good as the others when in fact i spent hours studying.

Several resolutions were thought of. One, maybe I did not study that much. Another, maybe i just freaked out a little. Or maybe I lacked prayers.

But then whatever it is, this failed recit will not stop me from praising my God. Today was full of grace and wonderful things like all other days.

First, when i was worried who can cook for.tonoght’s paw nyt snacks, the Lord provided Kuya Benig. One of the best cooks i’ve ever tried. Without exageration. For this, thank You Lord.
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Second, today had a very beautiful blue sky. Since for the past few days, we’ve been having cloudy and dark skies, today i am happy and grateful to see some blue above! For this, thank You Lord.
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Third, I am on my Chapter 3 on Daniel’s diet project. God is talking to me as I read each chapter. He is encouraging, comforting, and reminding me each time I read His Word. I also like my new diet lately. Vegies and fruits with 2 cups of rice. For this, thank You Lord!!

Fourth, i have found sisters in Christ. Jovie and Joy. They help me with paw nyt snacks. Their support and love makes me praise my God more. As we share deep thoughts of our recent struggles to each other, I praise my GOD for this kind of circle. The kind where you can pray for each other and realize it’s not only you who have issues. I am praying for my own version of Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. For this, thank You Lord.
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Fifth, albert’s birthday is coming up. His life alone is a huge blessing not just to his family but also to me. :-) He is my support system, my buddy, friend, anything I want him to be. For him, thank You Lord.
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Sixth, i actually have developed a kind of bond with my roommates. It’s very unusual for me to talk to them but recently i just had shopping with one of them. That’s an improvement don’t you think? For this, thank You LORD.
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Seventh, of course it’s PAW NYT tonight. Paw nyt is a blessing because it gives me an unexpected refreshment. I come weary and crying I go out singing and dancing. Praise God! For this, thank You Lord!! ♥

and for the many things i have in my mind and in my heart like ny family and friends, thank You Lord for not letting one failed recitation make me forget how blessed I am for having You. I pray that the next time i’ll be called for recits, i’ll be able to answer for Your glory. ♥
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Thank You Lord!! :-) Forever grateful for that Love that is soooo relentless.

Daniel’s Diet (effective)

When I was little, i’m no different. Like most kids I also hated vegies.

I started liking it when I reached college because of a roommate. The first group of vegies I started to love was the green and leafy ones. Then the bitter ampalaya which became my favorite among the vegies. The last group i tried to like was the orange ones–squash and carrots.

Unlike most of my friends, i loved ampalaya and hated carrots.

But now i am starting to slowly shift my diet from pork, chicken, and beef to pure (hopefully) vegies and maybe fruits.

This sudden change of diet was inspired by rick warren’s new book about daniel’s diet. I have heard the story when i was little and then recalled how God blessed Daniel and his friends with wisdom and fitness by just eating vegies rather than partaking the king’s meat and wine.

As i recalled that story, i realized i wanted to be like daniel. Fit physically and fit spiritually. Tuning in the body and soul in line with God and glorifying Him in the process.

Also, i wanted to have real friends who, like Hanania, azariah and mishael, are believers and devoted to God. Friends who share the same faith with me. Friends who inspire me to be better; friends who’d rather be put to the furnace for God’s sake; and friends who will stand up with me when everyone’s bowing down to the idol.

I am excited to learn more about Daniel and his friend’s adventures especially when they were thrown to the famous fury furnace and yet managed to prove to king nebuchadnezzar that their God who is the true and living God is a God that saves His people. Did u know what happened to that king after that?! U should read the Bible! Even I did not see that coming! :-)

In hopes of becoming fit physically, I also develop a fitter soul. :-)

This project, I call, Danieℓ’s Diet. Eat only vegetables and fruits then read 1 chapter of Daniel’s Book each day! Together let’s explore the Bible one book at a time :-)

New Year’s Reso

So many blessings happened to me lately, one of which is my new phone (^3^) Haha and His forever enabling wisdom (for midterm exams).

Today i choose to write about my belated new year’s resolution. It’s not really belated because I have started this since January 1st. Hihi

For this year, I choose to be more grateful. For me, being grateful is one of the traits we recipients tend to overlook. Sometimes, in our strong desire to follow Christ in obedience we forget that His grace can and will cover all our flaws and wrongs.

In fact, I thought being thankful is limited to receiving (only) “good” things. I used to think that I shouldnt be grateful for failed relationships, heart aches, lousy recitations, wet new shoes. But the more I try to see things clearly,i learned we should be grateful in everything! (James 1:2–count it all joy!)

Seeing the good in everything has made me see God in all things. And that’s pretty awesome.

Looking at every situation with keen and eager eyes, trying to find the best of it has become a project for me lately. The Project Thankful. (#projthankful)

Like whenever i am tempted to be impatient, I am reminded of how God’s patience with me would look like. It must be amazingly long!

So for today and every day after this, I am choosing to be thankful not just with big things but also with the little ones! And i humbly pray that for every failure, He’ll remind me of this resolution.

Thank You Lord!

little business during Christmas

While others were busy with family reunions and family gatherings for the Christmas Eve, I was busy cooking in the kitchen for the lovely ones who ordered black sambo from me. I promised myself I’ll blog about this if I can find time. So today, I am writing about that experience.

Having that little extra business over the break makes my heart glad and jump for joy. I am grateful for the wonderful experience which reminded me of how hard it is to earn money. Dad helped me with this and every time I faced mistakes in cooking, especially when I am trying out new things, Dad would say, “Failing isn’t really a failure. But if you stop trying, failure sets in.”

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So after hours of hard work and sweaty armpit in the kitchen, I finally had wonderful and beautiful results. Thank You Jesus!

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Everytime I look at these, I am reminded it was a team effort of me and dad in the kitchen and mommy in getting orders from family friends. Most of my customers were mom’s officemates. I believe they were too shy to say no to mommy so they had to order from us. Ha ha ha

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I topped the sambo with rich chocolate syrup. Thankful for this little business over the break! Did not expect to get so much profit in the end. Wohooo shopping after!

 

Christmas Presents

Today, I wanted to talk about the gifts my brother and I gave mom, dad and lola for Christmas. I bought these pens before I left for Christmas break and had their names engraved on the pens.

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Wrapping them was not so hard. I tried to be classy but cheap at the same time so I settled for ribbons.

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I was debating on giving them books or these pens but I thought mom would not enjoy getting something that must be done (or read). And I recalled she’s having this weird feeling of collecting pens. So giving her one with her name on it would probably be a better present. I am glad she liked it. :-)

Gift giving is not that practiced in my family. But this Christmas, I wanted to give them something to show them that I am really grateful for them. :-)

 

Tiny Prick

Something so funny happened to me yesterday at the hospital. I was not feeling so well since the first day of the year so on the second day, I decided to have myself checked. The doctor ordered a CBC (Complete Blood Count) which required extraction of blood.

Just so you know, I have this strange fear for needles. Then the Med Tech went on. One tiny yet painful prick on my middle finger and I collapsed. 

Since no blood extracted yesterday, no result. Now, I am still praying this isn’t something serious.

beautiful sunset reflects a beautiful Creator

Have I ever mentioned about my love for sunsets? Well, yesterday, I was thrilled to have witnessed another breathtaking sunset on our way home from the Enchanted River.

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Sunsets here in my hometown are just so beautiful and very orange-y. I love how it colors the sky with a little bit of yellow and pink and how it softly kisses the lush forest hills. The silhouette of the coconut trees is also priceless and so bloggable.

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Most of my shots were taken from a window of a moving vehicle (so most of them are a little bit blurry). But anyway, I am grateful for this view. Thank You Lord. I enjoyed the afternoon breeze and the sunset-ish ambiance of our ride home. What a beautiful day!

As darkness set in, I also had a wonderful time with the stars and managed to observe three or four constellations. I am not sure if they’re really constellations, but the sky last night together with the sweet serenity as we passed dark rice fields ended my day wonderfully! I know I don’t get to experience this everyday so whenever I can, I am overly joyed and grateful to the Creator. Thank You God.