Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” - 1 Peter 3:13-14
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I miss you all too!
And yes from time to time I pause and think of you and pray for you my dear blog friends.
The heart strings were not cut. They were turned into lovely friendship bows.
The times that were used to be spent online were added to more hugs, kisses, sharing stories, crafting, smiling, walking around, counting blessings, and smelling the armpits of my kiddos.
It was all good. Soooo good. Very very very good.
It is such a blessing to be a mom. Just one kid brings so much joy. And I have four!
And today I read that around 50,000 children go missing yearly in India. That is 14 children missing everyday — infinite heartaches each second.
(Photos from the News)
The kids are missing due to human trafficking. And this surely is not happening in India alone. We have our own numbers in our own backyard. It makes my heart ache as a mom and as human. What happened to our own kind, the adults? What happened to their hearts?
I pray that each one will hear God’s word. And feel God’s heart. Then feel their own. And know that God is in the heart business. He cleans, He restores, He makes new, and He loves.
Let us all give tight hugs, real tight hugs to all the children of the world.
Let us whisper that they are loved so much by God. Some might not believe it, like most of us do at some point in our lives, but still let us whisper. One day that whisper will be heard — loud and clear.
All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children. – Isaiah 54:13
It’s been weeks since I last visited your place and my place.
I am tempted to finally say, “Adios Amigos.”
But here I am saying instead, “Ahhh Diyos Amigos!”
Diyos is the Filipino translation for God.
“It’s God my friends!”
Who else will stop the flood caused by 11 straight days of monsoon rain?
Who else will make Filipinos smile in hope?
Who else will provide what you need most?
Who else will soak you in love?
Who else will make one fit for the ohlifepics?
Who else will lay down his life for us?
Ahhh Diyos Amigos!
Where ever you are right now — down the deep or floating on air
Whatever you may be doing right now — laughing in pain or crying in happiness
We both know that God alone knows His purpose for us — and it is good.
I believe that even when I feel like something so bad is happening to me.
I believe that feelings are not always the truth — but He is.
I choose to believe because…
it’s raining hard again outside!
Ahhh Diyos Amigos!
The waters saw you, O God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed. -Psalm 7:16
Note: Photos are not mine as I can’t be everywhere while there’s flood.
Him: I love you!
Me: I love you so much!
Him: I love you so much more! *kiss*
Me: Thank you! I have a big smile *kiss*
Him: I’m so happy that I made you smile
That is not always the case because there was a time when the exchanges were, “I hate you!” and “I HATE YOU!”
Most of us might have tasted how bittersweet love can be. It will be the case as long as we are humans. And humans expect. And humans fall short of each other’s expectations.
Since human falls, love falls.
But it can be picked up
And put altogether
But no, the pieces cannot be put all together
There will be cracks and holes and deformities
The question is, “What do you do with it?”
Glue it with insincere repentance?
Fill it with temporary pleasures?
Straighten things up to our satisfaction?
Let God seep through every crack.
Let God fill in the holes.
Let God show us that there is really no deformity
But something special.
And what do you do with something special?
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. – Psalm 147:3
Detectives and lawyer
They were my companions in my younger years
Those book characters were with me everywhere
I once imagined myself as
Smart and resourceful Nancy Drew
With brothers as lucky and clever as Hardy Boys
But I think I grew up
With astute logical reasoning as Sherlock Holmes
With an ability to get somebody out of trouble like Perry Mason
My family was hopeful
That someday they will see me in court
A lawyer just like my uncle
But I couldn’t tell them
I just wanted to be a woman, wife and a mom
I haven’t told anyone until now
And so I grow older and took up engineering
And yes I became a woman, wife and a mom
Defending someone, saving myself and trying to be logical
Dream came true? I don’t know. All I know is I could be Hercule Poirot
Who believes that “in the long run, either through a lie, or through truth,
people were bound to give themselves away…”
It’s true. All I ever dreamt of was to be a woman, wife and a mom — all because I wanted to find my way back into love. And how about you?
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7
Less than a month ago I discovered a lump in my breast. What immediately came to mind is the possibility of breast cancer and of near-death. It made me pause and check myself.
There was no fear. There was no worry. How could it be?
I realized that I have been prepared for this – with my death experiences.
Death of dreams.
Death of trust.
Death of happiness.
Death of confidence.
Death of enthusiasm.
Death of hope.
Death of courage.
Death of spirit.
With those deaths I never asked, “Why? Why? Why?” But nevertheless I am now given an answer if ever I ask, “WHY?!”
I was being prepared to give birth to my faith.
I gave birth to 4 living babies and my 1 unborn was taken from inside. Pure labor and pain before the release of lives from within me – very much like the birth of faith.
It’s Day 31 of Feeling Good! And I’m talking about death? Surely death is painful if we focus on the loss. But if we shift our focus to what it gave birth to – it has beauty on its own.
I never thought that faith alone could give birth to so many wonderful things.
Birth of dreams.
Birth of trust.
Birth of happiness.
Birth of confidence.
Birth of enthusiasm.
Birth of hope.
Birth of courage.
Birth of spirit.
Yes, what were lost are best lost. Now I have new ones — better ones plus so much more.
And oh, the lump in my breast is possibly not cancerous. The doctor told me to go back after a month to confirm if I need an operation but as of now, it subsided already. Death of lump?
Now tell me, how can I not feel good? Sometimes feeling good is not about feelings but about trust. That we are better off with it; how others are better off with it – with what is given or taken away.
This is the end of my 31 Days of Feeling Good series – but not the end of feeling good!
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
I lived amongst storms
Those that drenched the flesh;
Those that dried the bones.
Since I cannot afford to be defeated
I think of storms as redemptive
Instead of restrictive.
I can’t hide and curl up forever
Got to go on despite the lashing of the winds
Got to bend real well and grip real hard.
And when the floods reached my soul
Got to swim or float
The Lifeguard is after all looking out for me.
It’s Day 26 of Feeling Good! Holy Lord I didn’t know bended spoon could bend that much! Thank you Lord for letting me know how flexible you have made me. That I can weather the storms without boots and raincoat and umbrella – because I have you!
Feel good, storms can take out the debris out of your life and leave you with valuable ones!
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10
You don’t have to be a witch
To cast a spell.
Just be humane
Wish everything shall be well
And everyone shall heal.
It’s Day 21 of Feeling Good! No we do not need to boil the spit of 12 mosquitoes or pound the 123rd foot of the millipede to feel good. What we need is 1 billion and four understanding and 1 billion and five of forgiveness.
Now close your eyes and get in touch with your soul. When you find her, smile to her and chant this:
God loves you. He really loves you. Really really loves you.
He will heal you and turn your scars into stars. Really really heal you.
Heal my soul and cast a spell of blessings to the world. Really really cast them.
And all shall be well. All shall be well. Really really well.
Feel good for God is good!
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1Peter 5:7
You put me down.
Down I was yet it wasn’t enough.
Enough is face flat on the ground.
Ground had my tears.
Tears flowed in sorrow.
Sorrow engulfed me as you stooped to put me down.
Down I may be but surely I will get up and take a step.
Step back I am moving on.
On stooping, realize that it’s your choice to be so low.
Low enough that I can no longer see you.
You succeeded in loosing yourself.
It’s Day 17 of Feeling Good!
Down? Get up. Take a step.
Down? Get up. Take a step. Take a step.
Down? Get up. Take a step. Take a step. Take a step.
Feel good, you will reach where you are meant to be.
Just get up. Take a step.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
- Isaiah 60:1
Be a good apple
knowing that you will affect
the whole basket.
You can either spoil it
or raise its value.
It’s Day 16 of Feeling Good! No doubt about it, you make a difference just like that one single apple. But unlike an apple, your condition can be reversed — from spoiled to good one; from rotten to new one.
Can you really feel good if you stay spoiled?
Come on, let your goodness come out and feel good!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
- 2 Corinthians 5:17
It’s not easy to hold on to your principles
When you are more concerned on what others might think about you.
It takes self-respect to not let others define you.
It takes understanding of the people who will frown at you.
It takes courage to be at risk of exclusion.
It takes love to be real with yourself and be happy about it.
It’s Day 13 of Feeling Good! Two days ago I received a call from a cigarette company asking me if I’m interested to join them. They will give my desired salary based on my CV saved in a job portal. Good, no more negotiations then on the salary. Bad, one of my principles is not to work with something I do not believe in. And so I politely replied without hesitation, “Thank you for the offer but I am not an advocate of smoking.”
“Are you sure? We can raise the offer?”
“It won’t affect my decision.”
“If you change your mind, please call this number.”
I am not changing my mind despite that some of my friends convinced me that it is okay.
I do not want to go to work every day knowing that I am part of something that is killing the people I love; the people I know; the people I do not know.
I want to be happy without sacrificing my principles and the people I love.
How about you, have you established your own principles? Would you care enough to share one?
Got to feel good!
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” - 1 Peter 3:13-14
Image from Bluebell Books: Short Story Slam Week 12
“Even if you turn your back on me I still love you.”
“I will not grow tired of understanding you.”
“I will not leave you.”
“I will wait for you to turn around — for us to see face to face.”
“You will see that I delight in you.”
“You will understand that I want nothing but the best for you.”
“And when finally you delight in me and rejoice with me you will know that nothing really ever comes between us.”
“Just like when you were still a baby.”
It’s Day 12 of Feeling Good! Ashamed? Afraid? Angry? Turn around.
How delighted will you be to see your baby’s precious face and feel the heartfelt embrace? Do you think God will not feel the same?
Turn around and feel good!
He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17
It looks like
It’s Day 11 of Feeling Good! Head first. Oops I do not mean that we jump head first but let reason and facts guide us. Jumping to conclusion is a pointless activity. It will make us fall without arriving at all to the truth – stressful and could be painful.
Walk in truth, to the truth, and feel good!
These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace. – Zechariah 8:16
We are happiest when we are connected
with the Source of Life.
Technology made it possible for us
to connect as people
to connect with life beyond where we are
to even connect with the Source of Life
when we understand the person
when we understand where the person is coming from
when we understand the Word.
It’s Day 6 of Feeling Good! Millions are sad for the death of Steve Jobs. Millions are sad because Steve Jobs succeeded in making others feel good. He offered cool innovations and designs just because — “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” He succeeded in connecting with the heart of people — he made them want what he offered!
No, I am not feeling good because of Steve Jobs death. I am feeling good because there are people like him who never give up and hungry to make things better.
Technology, much is said about it but it need not separate us from God.
My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,
- Colossians 2:2
I was pushed toward the darkness
But just because I was in the dark
I have to stay in the dark
But just because I see no light
I have to believe that there is no light
If the smallest seed
Can push through the ground
To live in the light,
So can I.
It’s Day 3 of Feeling Good! Whatever has befallen you, like being covered with a mop head, just shake it off and fly!
But before you take off please say this to yourself — ”I refuse to be a victim. I am a victor!”
High heat, high pressure
Carbon atoms re-arranged
See how it shines now!
Thank you so much! My pleasure to pass the brilliance to ZQ’s Runaway Child.
- Psalm 118:13
Yes, even a little please.
A little sweetness from everyone could dilute
in somebody else’s life.
Have a little sweetness please.
Promise, you won’t get a toothache
but a sweeter life instead.
It’s Day 2 of Feeling Good! Wishing you have a sweet beautiful day ahead of you.
But before you go please be sweet enough to say a thoughtful prayer to Aj, a brave 8 year-old boy, whose face has distorted and the doctor couldn’t normalize it yet. Prayer could heal and let yours count.
Thank you soooo much sweetest!
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.
- Psalm 119:103
Heavy downpours, fierce winds, floods, fallen trees, power outages, cancelled flights, missing persons, deaths, worried hearts — these are just some of the effects of the typhoon in our country.
Just yesterday, we remembered the Typhoon Ketsana (local name: Typhoon Ondoy) that struck us exactly two years ago which left more than 500 people dead. Exactly two years ago our family waded in waist-deep flood to move to safer ground. Exactly two years ago waists of some people were not reached by the flood because they were on the roof of their houses where the flood almost reaches it.
Right at this moment Typhoon Nesat (local name: Typhoon Pedring) is busy lashing out outside. It is the 16th Typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. News said that at least seven persons are now confirmed dead and Nesat is not yet stopping.
Typhoons no longer make me afraid because after all we have around 20 typhoons per year. But typhoons do make my heart really really sad. Sadder than the reality that many lost homes, that is if they have one. Sadder than the reality that many don’t have supply of food, that is if they even eat regularly prior to the typhoon. Sadder than the reality that lives were lost due to calamity, that is if they don’t consider their breathing life as calamity in itself.
What makes my heart really really sad are those beings outside of us, those beings who never once walked in our shoes, those beings who were never planted in similar geographical setting as ours, those beings who don’t have the resilience to live through all what we’re going through but confident enough to say these:
“Go Typhoon cleanse the land of those dog eaters !”
“Hahahahaahahahah won hung lo raugh and raugh so much at stupid inbred coconut head firipino!!!! Hahahahahahahahahahahah”
“And Filipinos think they are invincible, untouchable and indispensable. Guess not.”
“pinoys are tough…as cockroaches…. yucks…disgusting”
“ohhhh, did the one god of the desert wound your land?”
“I’m sorry but which one of the imaginary fairies is going to bless these people?”
“Filipinos have been praying to their god for six hundreds years and yet their country is getting more miserable every second. Pray harder, folks.”
“Praying” to who? Your imaginary friend in the sky who never answers your prayers or anyone el ses? Doesn’t even decide to reveal itself. Ok good luck praying to something that doesn’t exist. HA!”
“Watch everything you own….been there 20 years and never meet a honest person there”
“Uh, oh! time for Obama to furher bankrupt us by borrowing money from China to give to the Phillipines!”
What makes my heart really really sad are those beings among us who at one point may have embittered others and provoke them to generalize, to label, to mistrust, to not give a second thought on discovering that there is really something good within us — just like the rest of the world.
If you are one of those hurt by a Filipino, please accept my apology. If you are one of those who hurt a Filipino, please accept my forgiveness.
Typhoons can be very damaging and so do tongues and thoughts. May there be healing in the land, in the people.
Be safe everyone and yes in the midst of all this I still want to smile –this too shall pass.
Image from Bluebell Books: Short Story Slam Week 9.
She stood watching the ship that will take Damian away from her.
Not a square inch of her handkerchief was left dry.
She silently asked herself, “How would one know if the tears that are falling are tears of sadness or tears of happiness?”
Over the years she had grown ugly, wounded, twisted like a wire repeatedly pliered. But she kept her hopes and dreams alive, like a live wire plugged to the power source.
The ship is now drifting farther, farther and farther away as the sun goes down, down, and down. Hera knew a miracle is occurring. Together with the vanishing of the ship and the sun from her sight, the tumult of terror, bitterness, anger, and despair is leaving her as well.
She stood for a minute more before fully knowing if her tears are of sadness or of happiness. She knew the moment her lips smiled involuntarily.
Before turning back to leave, she further soaked her handkerchief.
Image from Bluebells Books: Short Story Slam Week 8
Her heart was messy.
Her dream was broken.
She only dreamed of four happy corners and still it was taken away.
“God, I do not deserve this.”
“Yes, you do not deserve that,” replied God. “You deserve so much more.”
“I dream for you not only four happy corners but cornerless field that touches the sky.”
“All is yours but not all can be yours unless you choose to see all of it.”
“You cannot see it by just looking to the left and what is just left.”
“You cannot see it by just looking to the right and claiming that you are always right.”
“You cannot see it by just looking down and putting yourself down.”
“You cannot see it by just looking up and believe that I am only up there.”
“I am everywhere. I am especially with you. You could try seeing all around you — with my eyes.”
Her heart is merry.
You know that feeling of bursting happiness, unstoppable energy, and overflowing excitement?
I don’t feel like it right now.
You know how you want to spread those feelings, hug everyone around you, and bless them with no end?
I seem too weak to do it right now.
You know whatever you give will come back to you which may not be from the direct recipient of your blessing nor in the same form?
I know but I don’t seem to care right now.
Right now I am disappointed. I am hurt. I am grrrrrrr.
But I am not letting these feelings defeat me. I am not. I AM NOT.
I will rise above this negativity. And when I emerge I will not only exist just because there is breathe left in me. I will breathe because I emerge to exist in victory.
I could use Star Wars “May the force be with you.”
But I prefer “May the Lord be with you.”
He is the most powerful. The only force I need right now.
He is the most loving. The only love that is not changing.
And so despite how I am feeling, here I am to worship.
The Lord is all knowing. My daughter gave me this…
How can I doubt that it will be all good?
Please don’t doubt as well. It will be all good with you. With the Lord.