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Thursday, April 13, 2006

God's faithfulness!

This verse from the Bible is truly happening in our real time.
We may be very busy at many things..but if we'll try to pause and recall to what has been happening in our daily lives, we may able to notice it.

There was a time in my life as a working-student that I had not no single penny for the next day going to work and school.
After I checked my pocket and found only enough fare to get home that night, I prayed as I walked to my last class.

I then passed to this dark area of the road where there is an abandoned car parked. Then my eyes were just focused on its tires and I could see a piece of paper inspite of the darkness of the area.

Without any intention, I bent down and picked it up. Guess what it is!?!

It was a hundred peso that could be enough for two days until I get my salary from my tutorials.

Some people may think that it is coincidence. But as for me, it was an answer to my prayer. Certainly, God knows what we need even before we ask for it and He does give it in His mysterious ways.

That is only one of the many events in my life that I could and can see God's Hands and Works in my life inspite of me, being not a pious Child of His. Still, He loves and takes good care of me and my whole family. Not only in material and physical ways, but more in our spiritual health and growth.
For that, I thank Him, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit for the life that I live everyday. Posted by Picasa

Favorite Stories: You Are Special

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?" Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this."

He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air. "Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty.

"Now who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value in God's eyes. To Him, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to Him. Psalm 178 states that God will keep us, "as the apple of His eye." The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we are in ourselves, but in WHOSE WE ARE!"

You are special. Have a great day!


http://www.new-life.net/favrt072

A Little Girl's Prayer

Here is the web-site where you can find the story that my friend e-mailed me and many more inspirational stories.

http://www.new-life.net/favrt086.htm

Apollo 13

THE STIR THAT SAVED THE LIVES OF APOLLO 13's CREW


by Jerry Woodfill

Former Apollo 13 Warning System Engineer

http://www.ghg.net/woodfill/stircryo.htm

Isaiah 65:24

I received this e-mail from a friend who is performing her God's mission for her in China.
Recently, she lost her purse with all her money, driver's license and phone's sim cards. Still, she does have the faith and continues her mission faithfully and even must certainly have been encouraged more with this very moving story. Enjoy reading and may God filled your spirit with His unconditional and undying love and faithfulness to us.

Isaiah 65:24
This story was written by a doctor who worked in South Africa ..


One night I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all we could do, she died leaving us with a tiny premature baby and a crying two-year-old daughter. We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive, as we had no incubator (we had no electricity to run an incubator). We also had no special feeding facilities. Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts. One student midwife went for the box we had for such babies and the cotton wool that the baby would be wrapped in. Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle. She came back shortly in distress to tell me that in filling the bottle, it had burst (rubber perishes easily in tropical climates). "And it is our last hot water bottle!" she exclaimed. As in the West, it is no good crying over spilled milk so in Central Africa it might be considered no good crying over burst water bottles. They do not grow on trees, and there are no drugstores down forest pathways. "All right," I said, "put the baby as near the fire as you safely can, and sleep between the baby and the door to keep it free from drafts. Your job is to keep the baby warm." The following noon, as I did most days, I went to have prayers with any of the orphanage children who chose to gather with me. I gave the youngsters various suggestions of things to pray about and told them about the tiny baby. I explained our problem about keeping the baby warm enough, mentioning the hot water bottle, and that the baby could so easily die if it got chills. I also told them of the two-year-old sister, crying because her mother had died. During prayer time, one ten-year old girl, Ruth, prayed with the usual blunt conciseness of our African children. "Please, God" she prayed, "send us a water bottle. It'll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon." While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the prayer, she added, "And while You are about it, would You please send a dolly for the little girl so she'll know You really love her?"As often with children's prayers, I was put on the spot. Could I honestly say, "Amen". I just did not believe that God could do this. Oh, yes, I know that He can do everything, the Bible says so. But there are limits, aren't there? The only way God could answer this particular prayer would be by sending me a parcel from homeland. I had been in Africa for almost four years at that time, and I had never, ever received a parcel from home. Anyway, if anyone did send me a parcel, who would put in a hot water bottle? I lived on the equator! Halfway through the afternoon, while I was teaching in the nurses' training school, a message was sent that there was a car at my front door. By the time I reached home, the car had gone, but there, on the veranda, was a large twenty-two pound parcel. I felt tears pricking my eyes. I could not open the parcel alone, so I sent for the orphanage children. Together we pulled off the string, carefully undoing each knot. We folded the paper, taking care not to tear it unduly. Excitement was mounting.

Some thirty or forty pairs of eyes were focused on the large cardboard box. From the top, I lifted out brightly colored, knitted jerseys. Eyes sparkled as I gave them out. Then there were the knitted bandages for the leprosy patients, and the children looked a little bored. Then came a box of mixed raisins and sultanas - that would make a batch of buns for the weekend. Then, as I put my hand in again, I felt the ... could it really be? I grasped it and pulled it out - yes, a brand-new, rubber hot water bottle. I cried. I had not asked God to send it; I had not truly believed that He could Ruth was in the front row of the children. She rushed forward, crying out, "If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent the dolly too!"

Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pulled out the small, beautifully dressed dolly. Her eyes shone! She had never doubted! Looking up at me, she asked: "Can I go over with you and give this dolly to that little girl, so she'll know that Jesus really loves her?" That parcel had been on the way for five whole months. Packed up by my former Sunday school class, whose leader had heard and obeyed God's prompting to send a hot water bottle, even to the equator. And one of the girls had put in a dolly for an African child - five months before, in answer to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to bring it "that afternoon." "Before they call, I will answer" (Isaiah 65:24). This awesome prayer takes less than a minute. When you receive this, say the prayer, that's all you have to do. No strings attached. Just send it on to whomever you want - but do send it on. Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let's continue praying for one another: Father, I ask you to bless my friends reading this right now. I am asking You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy. Where there is self doubting, release a renewed confidence to work through them. Where there is tiredness or exhaustion, I ask You to give them understanding, guidance, and strength as they learn submission to Your leading. Where there is spiritual stagnation, I ask You to renew them by revealing Your nearness, and by drawing them into greater intimacy with You. Where there is fear, reveal Your love, and release to them Your courage. Where there is a sin blocking them, reveal it, and break its hold over my friend's life.

Bless their finances, give them greater vision, and raise up leaders and friends to support and encourage them. Give each of them discernment to recognize the evil forces around them, and reveal to them the power they have in You to defeat it. I ask you to do these things in Jesus' name.

P.S. Passing this on to anyone you consider a friend will bless you both. Passing this on to one not considered a friend is something Christ would do. "Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you're not willing to move your feet."

Sunday, April 09, 2006

!997 Boracay

Got some time to see my old photo albums..and found these which makes me feel so light and truly miss these people who I have shared almost half of my life with.

This was my very first trip with my new found friends then..to Boracay, in 1997.

And was actually our first time to board on a ship and took it for 13 hours.

It cost us about P4k each for a stay of 5 days in Bora. The whole trip was and is truly unforgettable. It's truly fun and so much to miss about to reminisce.

As the saying goes, "things change
, people change" .
Half of the number of the people on these pictures have long lost contact with..actually, only three of them left who I truly treasure so much.

As of now, most of us are married..except for these two ladies, Ate Sol and Ate Delia who are very much single..(hehehehe)..

I believe, wherever most of these people are, they are happy that we do somehow share one part of our lives that makes us smile whenever it touches our memories.



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Monday, March 27, 2006

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Sunday, March 26, 2006

So Adorable...

Here is one my very cute and charming pamangkins!! Posted by Picasa

Nakakalungkot...Nakakagalak

Isa at kalahating araw ko nang hindi nakikita ang aking kabiyak. Ganito pala ang nararamdaman ng pangungulila sa asawa. Kahit sabihin natin na ilang araw lang naman sya sa bansa nya...iba pa rin pag naririnig ko ang boses nya at nakikita ko sya dito sa loob ng aming tahanan. Kahit nga pumunta ako saan mang lugar na puweden maglibang...naaalala ko pa rin sya. Paano kaya kung kailanganin nya ulit umalis at abutin ng ilang linggo? Matiis ko kaya?

Ang sabi nya bago sya umalis kahapon ay magpakasaya daw ako at i-enjoy ang ilang araw ng aking kalayaan..i tried naman pero iba talaga na sa pag-uwi mo ay naroon ang mahal mo.

Pero ngayong araw na ito ay dumalaw ang aking nakababatang kapatid na lalaki kasama ang kanyang dalawang taon na anak na babae..
Excited ako at ipina-bake ko sila ng Chocolate Crinkles at pizza...at nagustuhan naman ng pamangkin ko at binaon pa nya yung natirang cookies. Nakakatawa nga sya kasi tinanong ko kung gusto nyang iuwi yung natira nyang cookies na nasa plato. Ang tanong ba naman nya ay, " Kasama yung plato?"...napahalakhak talaga ako. Paano nga naman nya iuuwi? hehehe

Pag-alis nila ay naka-chat ko naman ang Ate ko na nasa Hawaii at kuya na nasa Novaliches lang. Nabigla kami kasi nahold-up daw yung Kuya kaninang madaling araw ng alas-dos habang papasok sa kanyang pinapasukang call center sa Libis. At ang suspect ay iyong taxi driver na sinakyan nya. Tinutukan daw sya ng baril at ang nagawa lang nya ay iwanan ang bag nya at lumabas ng taxi para makatakas. Nangyari daw ito sa ilalim ng fly over sa Katipunan patungong Libis. Hindi nga nya nagawang makuha ang plate number at pangalan ng taxi sa sobrang takot at kalituhan kung ano ang gagawin.
Dahil dito, masyado akong nag-alala at natakot para sa kanya dahil hindi naman nya basta na lang i-give up yung trabaho nya dahil sa pangyayari dahil sa sobrang hirap makahanap ng trabaho ngayon. Kaya, we just pray na proteksyonan siya ng Holy Angels that God will send.

Sa kabila ng lahat, nagagalak ako dahil nagiging mas open ang communication naming magkakapatid hindi tulad ng dati na nagkikimkim lang halos palagi. Ibig sabihin mas nagiging close kami sa isa't isa. At syempre, dahil nakita ko sa cam yung pamangkin ko sa US na sobrang cute.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Got Any Idea???

Has anyone heard of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder???

If not so familiar to everyone..it is a disorder of joints of the jaws that may be caused by Malocclusion (Bad Bite) or the following which are according to the articles I surfed on the net:

-- An injury - either directly to the joint or to the head and neck
-- The jaw joints are susceptible to the same diseases as other joints in the body, such as osteoarthritis (progressive degeneration of the joint with bony changes, destruction of the disk, and muscle pain), rheumatoid arthritis, or gout.
-- causal factors include genetic/congenital factors, gender, and aging. Little research has been conducted in these areas.
-- Work Habits or Posture
-- or even abscessed teeth...

According to my doctors, ENT specialists, Optalmologist, Otolaryngologist, and Orthodontist who after several physical examinations, laboratories and interviews concluded that I have this disorder until I was referred to my present good Ortho-TMJ specialist and told me the same opinion based on the physical examinations plus the numerous symptoms I have been suffering from for several years now.

As for the treatment I must undergo Occlusal Equilibration when the tops of the teeth are reshaped and Occlusal Restoration which involves the replacement of reconstruction of teeth.
To make this treatment possible, I need to put on a Splint or Jaw Repositioner Appliance at all times. As for now, I've just had my second session for my face's muscle stimulation and ultrasound therapy to alleviate the pain.


After my first session, few symptoms like pain, itchiness and ringing in my ear were gone.

BUT... after my second session for the Muscle stimulation and ultrasound therapy, I began to have this cluster headache which is from neck to the back of my eye including severe ear pain for 3 days now.
On the first day, I took 500mg of painkiller which had no effect.
But in God's grace I was able to sleep and when I woke up the following morning, the pain was gone.
When afternoon came, my husband and I decided to swim on the roof deck because of the high temperature nowadays. I thought the coolness of the water would refresh me from the heat of the day...unexpectedly, it caused me severe pain in both of my ears!!!! Unbelieavable!!!

From then, got headache and the pain on the left side of my head had started again until today.

As of now, I don't know what I should do next for me to be free from this pain...which is sometimes unbearable.

My doctor just told me to have an appointment with her this coming Monday to have further tests...tests for what? tests to know where the pain is coming exactly? tests to know how to get rid of the pain? shouldn't those further tests come first before the treatment begins? what should i do??

By the way, this TMJ disorder treatment lasts for 6 months!!!

I'm just thankful to my husband who is very supportive and whenever I am in pain, he's always there to take care of me. A great, big hug would really often lessens the pain!!!

But today, he went back to Korea for his VISA. I actually do feel sad...because I MISS HIM SO MUCH! As soon as I heard his voice when he called up tonight, I couldn't bear not to weep and all I could say is that I miss him.


Well, knowing my husband, he seldom speaks out his emotions, but on the phone tonight, he did say he misses me too. (Super babaw ko no?..hehehe) And he didn't forget to ask if I am feeling better or got no more headache or any pain....(e di mas lalo naman akong natuwa kahit masakit pa ulo ko...hahahha) hanggang ngayon medyo kinikilig pa ako at sobrang miss ko na sya.

Pero in few days, he'll be back here!!!


Anyway, if you have any suggestion or knowledge on what I should about these pains I've been suffering, please do tell me.

Thanks and God Bless Everyone!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

My first trip...

The bridge at night..seeing through my window... Posted by Picasa

My first trip...

The sunset in a wider scope... Posted by Picasa

My first trip...

The sunset through my window...  Posted by Picasa

My first trip...

The same ship passing under the second bridge....  Posted by Picasa

My frist trip...

The other bridge...  Posted by Picasa

My first trip...

A view from my hotel room... Posted by Picasa

My first trip..

One of the bridges connecting Mactan Island to Mandaue City.. Posted by Picasa

A Long Week!!

Being a homemaker and has been staying home for several days was my world before some tasks and challenges came along...
Last Wednesday, I had to scout some business prospects, all by myself in a place where I had never been to and knew nothing about their language...all I had was some info about the prospects, a map of the province, and a mountain of prayers!!!

That was the time I could witness how God works in my life.
At first, when I was on the plane, I was praying that may He guide me where to stay in a safe, inexpensive and comfortable place to stay, to make this trip and search worthy.
However, the pilot of the plane informed us passengers that we'll have 10 mins. delay because the President had just landed and it's a SOP that no one can lande and take off in ten minutes as she lands.
In God's grace, it was a blessing...in that ten minutes flying over the island where i should search for the places was shown to me just like the map i was holding with live feeds....
With that, I got the picture of what I need to look for and where and how to get there. Isn't God amzing!!!

Until we landed, I got no idea where to stay.
God led me to the Tourist Counter and a very nice man suggested some inexpensive hotel and just five minutes away from the airport....so I asked him to get there.

He got me a taxi and spoke to the driver in their language where to bring me...I really was surprised because I did understand their conversation...which I found as not really strange to my ears.

Until I get to the hotel...I checked the room...It was really great!! They call it Harbor View Room. From its name, my window was facing the sea dividing two cities, the mountains behind the big cities, and from my window, the two bridges connecting those cities are visible..in daytime and night time. From there, I could see the lifestyle the very common locals there who are residing by the sea.

It's not only comfortable but convenient as well because it's in the midst of two cities plus there is a mall across from it and an accoustic bar.
As for me, it's pretty much better than I prayed for!!!

From then, I had to go to the prospects' places. I took a taxi and I was so surprised that he could communicate with me well in my language. So I asked to rent his taxi and I found out that it's much cheaper than the first offer on one taxi driver from the airport.

I was on plain blue t-shirt and denim jeans with my backpack I met the people who I only found the names on the internet. They were very surprised how I was able to know a lot about their company since they don't have any website.
Into my surprise, they were very accommodating!!!
And with them, this trip will be an unforgettable one.

by the way, this is my first trip alone in my life. What makes it challenging is that I didn' t know anyone and had very few idea about the place.

Nevertheless, the success of the trip was all possible because of God's guidance and blessings!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

BINTANA!

minsan akong nanaginip...
puro bintana ang nakapaligid sa akin...
akin tinanong ang matatanda...
ano ang pakahulugan sa aking panaginip...
sabi nila ay bagong oportunidad...
and iba ay nagsabi...
may bagong pag-asa...
ano man ang naging pakahulugan...
para sa akin...
masarap tumanaw..
mula man sa loob o labas ng bintana! Posted by Picasa

RIGHT? WRONG? GOOD? EVIL?

Recently has been a challenge for me on how to see the matters and on what and how to decide on these things .

As i write this I just heard over the radio the internet a pastor saying about the perfection of heart...the desire for heart's purity.

Here are some of it:

--- Is it right to encourage a wife to leave her husband and the father of their only child for the sake of the child's safety from her own father's molestation?

--- Is it right to encourage a wife to protect her husband and daughter's identity?

--- Is it right to encourage a wife to save/protect both her husband and child?

--- Is it right to encourage an only child to abandon her own father for the sake of her own family's safety from the threats that endager their own precious life?

--- Is it right to encourage an only child to leave her father to save her children and husband from an environment of a drunkard?

--- Is it right to encourage a single mom who has been so in love to a gay but not reciprocated not to give up?

--- Is it right to encourage a single mom who has been in love to a gay to accept another man's love for her who she somehow likes?

--- Is it right to discourage someone you care so much to do something illegal?

--- Is it right to discourage someone you care so much about not to do the same things that may had caused him/her so much stress and brought him/her into great danger?

--- Is it right reason to do something illegal because mostly everybody is doing it?

--- Is it right to do take the illegal way just to earn money for your family?

---Isn't it true that whatever evil you do now will certainly result into something evil..or in most common term...a bad consequence?
I

believe these people would also like to have a pure heart and as much as they can not to hurt anyone and to be fair, but realities and ideal aspects do often opposites or contradicts...

I believe that these people are in the midst of a turmoil that whoever in their position would cling not only to what is right or wrong, but to what is good and evil...

But what exactly is right or wrong, good or evil in these matters?