5.21.2019

Overflowing Blessings

Photo from Walls Need Love


"Count your blessings name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done." is a famous line from a hymn I learned early on in my Christian life. I like the idea of focusing on the positives no matter how trivial as I thank the heavens for every thing despite the odds and  uncertainties. It has also been my habit to enumerate three blessings on a daily basis and consciously look at the goodness of life.

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Early this year, my prayer for our house to be completely accessible became a reality. A ramp was added outdoor, the other three ramps' gradient were adjusted as well as the posts that hold the swing through door of the toilet was removed. A church member who was skilled and available did these tasks. Initially, we were hesitant to do the renovation because of the noise, dirt and money involved. It was also not hygienic to use the commode long term especially when the  content's smell lingers.

As a PWD (person with disability) transferring to and fro has been a challenge. Despite my parents' willingness to help me, they are not always available. Our good Lord has directed me to  purchase a raised toilet seat which was attached to the toilet bowl so that my chair is at the same level.  Similarly, I was able to buy a shower bench with adjustable legs that makes my transfers a breeze. And these liberate me to be as independent as I can be at (least at) home.

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My grandmother celebrated her 93rd birthday on May 10th. I was joyfully glad to see her walking minus an assistive device after her horrific fall last September. My Lord has sustained her through her most difficult moment. She is back to her jolly old self but has lost weight despite her massive appetite.

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During our church's anniversary last month, I was able to listen to the invited pastors' brief testimonies. The struggles in their ministries as well as the sacrifices they have done as they stood on their faith were unthinkable but with the grace and compassion of God; they are managing. Thus, I feel privileged to be a member of our church who is led by a pastor who studies the Bible meticulously and painstakingly. He imparts the scripture to us and teaches nothing but the truth.

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My mother forgot her wallet when we were in a mall after buying some pastries. She remembered it was missing when she had to buy another product. Luckily, the store's attendant handed it to her when she went back, complete with all the cash and IDs. And as I remind myself of all these blessings, I once again proved that our amazing and wonderful Savior is alive.


2.26.2019

Lessons Learned Through The Years

In life, we all have to go through trying moments and sometimes instances that will hurt or even break us apart. Many times, I resist going through these difficult times without knowing that these painful experiences will make and mold me into a better version of myself! I still dislike getting out of my comfort zone but the happiness I feel once a problem is resolved is incomparable! Pure bliss! Let me share with you some pointers I have learned through the decades.


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1. Time irons out the differences and marred relationships especially when both parties agree to make it work. There are rare occasions though when I let go of some people especially those who have treated me unkindly despite the help I have extended.


2. Nothing weighs against exercise as well as food intake in moderation. The diet fads may work momentarily. They can cost an arm and a leg too but will never last. Also, the fulfillment of being able to wear my old clothes again only makes me want to stick to this time and tested equation. Similarly, having a realistic goal is essential. And no matter how slow the progress is, keep on keeping on!


3. Worrying can be fatal. It takes a lot of courage to trust in the Lord completely because He knows our every need.  In so doing, when you do things in accordance to what is pleasing to Him, He will surely give your heart's desires. 


4. Our health is truly our wealth. Our hard earned money will go to waste once a medical treatment is done to save our lives. I have witnessed this phenomenon in some of our friends lives. Thus, be dedicated to eat simple food, live an active life and maintain a work-life balance.


I'm sure you've realized one or two important lessons throughout your life. Care to share?

2.01.2019

Martessem Mountain Resort



Martessem Mountain Resort has a picturesque view of the Sierra Madre Mountains in the east that will captivate especially the nature lovers. This breathtaking scenery is nothing but magnificent and splendid. More so, the very cool breeze at that time was truly enjoyable, making my senses very satisfied.


It is a great place for families and friends who'd like to spend a night or two here and have fun by either  taking a dip at their pool, riding some ponies or watching their pond filled with kois. This is also an awesome place to celebrate a special event. Simply enjoying the moment while sipping a cup of coffee is also a very relaxing activity.


After meeting my grandmother for lunch, the decision to have a short trip here was all worth it as we enjoyed God's lovely creation and the people close to my heart.




Martessem Mountain Resort
Address: KM58, Lansangan Marikina-Infanta,
Tanay, Rizal

12.30.2018

Today I Am Pleased...

Today I am pleased... as I recall and reflect on the life I have now and what I have become after 22 years. The horrific vehicular accident that fractured and dislocated two levels of my spine was indeed a life changing experience! (Read full story from here)



Undeniably, my journey had so many forks in the road, bumpy rides along potholes and reroutings due to the longstanding traffic! In the process of all these chaos, I am very pleased to have allowed my good Lord to work in my life as I delight to learn His mandates and listen thoughtfully. I continue to seek for His restoration and guidance that I may grow continually (because I am but a sinner). "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving." Colossians 2:6-7, KJV


His wonderful grace has sustained me through. In the process, I learned resilience from my uncountable challenges and I practiced fortitude no matter how paralyzing some events were. This day marks another milestone for me as I celebrate the equal number of years I used to be an able-bodied and a paraplegic!




Similarly, I am pleased to celebrate Christmas eve with my grandmother who had a bad fall last September 2nd that resulted to a fractured left hip and was replaced partially. I was present when she was brought to the emergency room, I saw her yell in pain while being transferred and witnessed her progression after her operation no matter how slowly it was due to her age.


My 2018 was overall satisfactory though I have not amassed myself with earthly possessions. I have no reason to complain but only overflowing gratitude for having a fairly good health, that I am surrounded with the people who adore me and a job I enjoy doing. Prayerfully our 2019 will be a fruitful one filled with kindness and determination for our dreams to be fulfilled.

12.20.2018

Quality Time with the Family



In spite of the maddening holiday rush, the congested roads and our busy schedules, we all agreed to spend some time together last December 19th to witness my nephew's performance with the rest of the Ateneo Grade School Primary School Choir. While reflecting on what I have witnessed, I cannot comprehend how those grade schoolers were able to memorize 20 songs, including the German version of "Silent Night." The many rehearsals and the backstage chaos was also unthinkable. Nevertheless, the result was spectacular as they serenaded us throughout their 45-minute show complete with actions and musical instruments!


Carnival themed decor at EDSA Shangri-La Mall


The childlike awe in me was also awakened at the sight of the mall's carnival-themed decor. They were grand, highlighting the holiday ambience. I certainly wished I could linger longer.





On hindsight, I realized that time is something we can never control. The kids are growing so fast and their wittiness are remarkable. Though we do not meet as frequent as we used to, our communication is constant as we update ourselves with our daily triumphs no matter how trivial and encourage each other during difficult moments. I was grateful and blessed to be with my adorable nephews and niece!