born to parents
left to aunts
passed on to grandma
back to parents
forwarded to hubby
stayed with kiddos
back to me
back to You
You who will never give me up
You who will never leave me
You who will never stop loving me
You who is ever faithful
As we journey through life it is inevitable that we will be left behind; that we will be left out – but never left alone.
It is cold in here
But not one with cold shoulders
Warm heart is working
Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. – Hebrews 13:5
Yes thank you so much for your prayers that you will be saying in a little while.
I opened my email today and read this…
Please pray for my baby.
She had seizures last Saturday 3 times, once last Friday. She would stare blankly to her right then her hands would jerk for about 40 seconds. The pediatrician advised that we observe her further — if it persists, we’ll schedule an EEG for her.
From Sunday until now, there were no jerky movements on her hands and feet, except for the blank stares of around 5 seconds each. This usually happens when she’s being breastfed. I am scared…
My blog friend Maricel is scared. She’s a first time mom — even nth time mom would be scared. Let’s join her pray for the baby. Let’s pray for this mom too.
Aloud, in whisper, in silence — God hears them all, right?
And I read too a number of emails these past few weeks all with warm message of, “I have been thinking of you and praying for you. I hope all is well…”
And all I can say to God is, “Thank you so much for blessing me with these wonderful people in my life. Please bless them more.”
Aloud, in whisper, in silence – God hears them all, right?
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:19-20
Image from Bluebell Books: Short Story Slam Week 13
“Reading again? You are so lazy to do nothing but read!”
How could she make him understand that she is not just reading?
Her ears were deaf with mockery thus she savors the lines that say she is special.
Her heart was crushed, bleeding non-stop, thus she needs healing with the words.
Her spirit suffered that it wanted to escape thus she needs the pages to stop it.
“Reading again? You are so lazy to do nothing but read!”
Oh how he made her felt so small because she was looked down.
Oh how he made her felt so sad because she can no longer see love in his eyes.
And so she ran outside together with her book of comfort and climbed a tree.
She timed her tears from the moment it leaped out till it reached the ground.
“Reading again? You are so l…”
“Oh no he found me!”
“Reading again? You are so lovely up there!”
He learned how to care and not look down – because he looked up.
It’s Day 27 of Feeling Good! READ!
R-edeem your spirit
E-mbrace its value
A-llow it to soak the Word
D-ay and night
Feel good up in the tree, up in the sky, up to the Highest!
Let this book of the law be ever on your lips and in your thoughts day and night, so that you may keep with care everything in it; then a blessing will be on all your way, and you will do well. – Joshua 1:8
Someone subscribed to my blog with last name same as mine
I couldn’t believe it – it’s you!
I pinched myself to be sure that I’m not dreaming
Ouch! It hurt — so it’s real!
Believe me I didn’t asked why you’re here with me
I just thank God for His miracle, for you
For leading your fingers to ‘Sign me up’ button
Despite that you very well know I might not write anything about cars
But who knows.
Ferrari 166 Inter
P.S. This is supposed to be a love letter so here’s the love part – I love you!
It’s Day 24 of Feeling Good!
Dear Blog Friends,
Thank you so much for understanding my quirkiness.
Like today, thank you for allowing me to be giddy in love.
Thank you so much for checking here and praying for me.
Your prayer works. Your love works.
P.S. There are days that I am too weak to pray long prayers. All I can say is, “God please give back to my kindest blog friends what they have prayed for me.”
Feel good, write a love letter to your spouse, to your kiddo, to God, to yourself – yes, why not? Your choice – cheesy or not.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
- 1 Peter 4:8
We do not have to like the same things
But we have to like each other
We do not have to agree on everything
But we have to agree on something
We do not have to be with each other
But we have to be in each other’s heart
We do not have to impress one another
But we have to express the value of each
We do not have to forge a deep friendship
But we have to give it a chance to flourish.
It’s Day 10 of Feeling Good! Reaching out to someone you like and seems to like you too feels good! Knowing someone and allowing someone to know you, is special. It may not lead to strong bond but it could be a wonderful and precious interactions.
My heart has so much of those precious beings from blog land and some knew how much I like them, even love them, but I suspect some do not. Not because I haven’t express it but it might have been taken as just one of the comments or worse I have not been around much — and I expect them to know that I love them? Ha!
Meet a fraction of those wonderful beings in here:
And those not in the list who doubt if I like them or love them — listen to your heart and you will know.
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
Would you abuse others?
Would you belittle others?
Would you be so hard on others?
Would you be unforgiving of others?
Would you expect others to always get it right?
No. No. No. No. No.
But why do some of us can’t answer the same when it comes to treating our own selves? It could be me to myself. It could be you to yourself.
Be considerate to yourself.
On days that you feel your light is not so bright, where you just blend in the surroundings, allow yourself some time to be still, knowing that you will eventually recharge.
Treat yourself as you would treat your friend – nicely, lovingly and encouragingly; with respect, compassion and understanding.
Be good to yourself, that self who is good to others. Be good to yourself because when that self is treated well it will disperse happiness.
It’s Day 7 of Feeling Good! My eyes are half close after days of insufficient sleep. My back is tired and screaming to touch the bed. If I am my friend, I will tell myself, “Get yourself some rest. Sleep in God’s grace.”
Surprisingly I listened! I am now giving myself a permission to close my eyes fully for the night. It feels good!
How about you? What would you want to do for your friend self?
After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church.
- Ephesians 5:29
Image from Bluebell Books: Short Story Slam Week 10.
“Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy , what a lovely day! I will go out and capture all the beauties I see!”
And so Donald excitedly grabbed his camera, smiled, and do the duck walk.
“Goooood morning Donald! Why the grrrrrrr on the face?” Dale greeted Donald.
“Because I see you two! I am sure you will spoil my day!”
“Oh-h-h-kay! Why don’t you take my picture while I stay on top of your wise head?” Chip teased.
“Aw phooey! Chip and Dale, the chips on my shoulder!”
While Donald grumbled and decided that his day is already ruined, the butterfly whispered in his ear, “See what you love.”
“Uh-oh, looks like an inside job.”
And so Donald took shot of the mushroom house, sparkling rainbow, lovely flowers, workaholic ant, Bambi and friends, giving cow, everything – especially the wise butterfly!
“Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy , what a lovely day! I have captured all the beauties I see!”
Sea, Sun, Sky
Sand, Shells, Seaweeds
Sunscreen, Sandcastle, Starfish
Sundress, Sunglasses, Swimsuit
Swimming, Surfing, Sailing
Sunburn, Sweet memories, Summer
An awesome community
Mondays are for party
With all types of poetry
Now they turn to one
It has been a year of fun!
His stories and deeds
Introduced me to the Lord
For Jingle Poetry on Summer Vacations, Grandparents, and Anniversaries.
Precious moments have nothing to do with time. It is a condition of the heart.
Come in unity and see how precious each and every one.
Blessings to all and yes, I owe myself a visit to your wonderful place.
There is a wise owl perching on a tree
Sharing nuggets of wisdom for you and me.
When you try to know another fellow
You’ll actually learn more about you
So don’t hesitate to say Whooo!
Whooo are you?
When you lift one another
Your reach will be farther
So don’t hesitate to say Wooot!
Woot! For someone else’s triumph.
There is a wise owl perching on a tree
Its twooo big eyes staring at you and me
It knows a secret — we are blessed today
Of owlsome moments to make us yipee!
There is a wise owl perching on a tree
It made me say, “Thank you everybody!”
Image from Bluebells Book Short Story Slam Week 7
“Welcome in mister! If you love bananas then we both love bananas!” said Wanda the Monkey.
“Consider yourself blessed to be in Wanda’s Banana Café!”
“It’s heavenly in here with banana coconut cream pie, banana rum cake, banana muffins, banana oatmeal cookies, banana fritters, banana chocolate chips, banana pancake, banana nut bread, banana strawberry doughnut, banana milk loaf, banana stuffed French toast, banana ice cream, banana split, banana balls, banana squares, banana chips, banana power shake, banana grape wine, banana hazelnut frappe…”
“And not just those yummy treats, we have banana journal, banana bag, banana mug, banana pens and banana accessories. All my friends here in the jungle love them!”
“So what do you like mister? I can serve it here while you listen to really cool banana music or you can bring home some for your family or if you want to have fun in the beach, there’s a banana boat as well!”
“Ahem, I’m not here for some bananas. I am looking for Wanda,” said the mister.
“But you must try the bananas. These are baked and made with love. Wait, you are looking for Wanda? I am Wanda, the monkey who loves banana.”
“Oh you are Wanda. Lucky, lucky Wanda!”
“An anonymous benefactor is giving you a big house in the city, a limousine, and lots of money! But on one condition, you should never eat or touch banana again.”
“Not eat banana? Not touch banana? A big house, a limousine, and lots of money in exchange of banana? My, my, somebody is going bananas!”
“Ahhh, yummy banana walnut cake!” Wanda is smiling with satisfaction to her another masterpiece. After all, there’s so much love in it.
“Welcome in mister! If you love bananas then we both love bananas!”
Enjoy the day everyone!
Image from Bluebell Books Short Story Slam Week 6
“You don’t have to hide behind my back. It will be alright,” Digna the dog appeased her new found friend Emphie the elephant.
“What if they laugh at me because of my enormous nose? My huge legs? And my jumbo butt?”
“What if they like you because of your awesome nose? Your strong legs? And your…your jumbo butt?”
As they come near to the meadow, Emphie could see Digna’s playmates dancing, laughing, and having a good time.
“Hello everyone! Sorry I’m late,” Digna apologized.
“You’re late and you’re dead! There’s an elephant behind you! Run! Everybody runnnnnnn!”
“Wait! You don’t have to be scared with Emphie. Please stay.”
“What if that beast hit us with her enormous nose? Kick us with her huge legs?”
“And what about her jumbo…jumbo butt?” As soon as the words were out, the dogs can’t control their laughter, “Bowwowwahahahaha!”
“Digna, I told you…,” Emphie sadly whispered.
“Please stop it! You’re hurting Emphie. She actually doesn’t want to come here because you might laugh at her and she’s right. Just because she’s big doesn’t mean we should be scared of her or laugh at her. Doesn’t it occur to you to you that she could actually be the scared one? The shy one?”
Swoosh swoosh swoosh…
“This is so much fun Emphie! I love swinging in your awesome nose!”
“And running around your strong legs!”
“And how I wish I have your jumbo butt and paint it with rainbow and put a smile on everybody’s lips!”
Emphie smiled. Her heart smiled. She knew it’s one of her loveliest smiles.
“You don’t have to hide behind my back. It will be alright,” Emphie appeased her new found friend Digna. “There’s no ghost but magic under the stars.”
It doesn’t matter if you use fork and knife, spoon and fork, chopstick, or bare hands — you are welcome in here! But hey hey hey before you proceed to the banquet I have a question for you…
Do you believe that this place is fantastic?
Not sure? I will help you with the answer — Yessss! This place is fantastic all because of YOU! There’s no denying about it because I quote you!
Serving you now the tasty and nourishing food for thoughts…Bon Appetit!
“Our path has certain milestones that we remember for all eternity whether they are ground breaking achievements or just surprising moments captured in time. It is not the size of what touches you but the power it moves you that is key to anything in life.” - Alan
“Why indeed? Why do we waste our time on these negative thoughts and actions?” - echostains|Lynda
“Ah… seek the warm light instead of the damp darkness.” - Stef
“Enjoy life, and discover your God given talents. When the leaves fall, do we really have to bag them all up? Or did God intend for them to scatter and replenish the ground with nutrients? “ - Chef E
“Wonder how much we miss by not listening?” -Linda Lewis
“We were all meant to teach love, compassion, kindness, acceptance, justice, and tolerance to everyone we meet. The earth would be a forshadowing of heaven if we all were living examples of unselfish love.” - JMJ
“Recognize the extraordinary moments that are around every corner. In fact, we don’t have to even look that far; we need only look in the mirror!” - Tisha
“I’ll BE beauty, mystery, and grandeur today. I’ll SEE beauty, mystery, and grandeur today.” - Theresa Bradley-Banta
“Our existence has always been beautiful, mysterious, and grand because we are created in the image of God, the most beautiful, mysterious, and grand One of all.” - Linda Kruschke
“I believe if I wrote my life in the many amassed volumes, there would be those who denied it could be real.” - Maggs
“Truth does not always make sense but we get to choose what we believe.” - Ann
“So many times a loss is a win – it’s the gift, if we can only see it.” - Soul Diaries
“We all have the capacity to shine in unique and separate ways.” - Eric
“I believe that what is inside is reflected outside and what is outside we accommodate to and take in. The cycle can be broken. That’s why God gave us free will.”
- Creativity to the Max
“Anger is the brother to sadness. Living in peace is a challenge, but finding ways to handle our anger provides peace to the weary soul.” - Faithdream
“Money is boring, whatever the economy. Think about Solomon and the book of Ecclesiastes… a chasing after the wind.” - Linda|Shoes for an Imaginary Life
“Marriage is such a sacred place, one many go in a haste. It’s sad to see the waste.” - Treasure
“What is really out there, beyond one’s immediate line of sight?” – Baylis
“Sometimes getting to the destination is maddening and frustrating. Yet,miraculously, once we reach the destination we have answers to the “why’s” we were seeking.” - Tara
“Am clapping here..both hands both feet and trying to train my ears!!!” - bridgesburning
“Are we happy to be who we are … we have to be happy and if not, let’s change it!” - Blaga
“The weight and smell of a good book…the internet just can’t replace that.” - Dragonkatet
“Love the hardwiring that can bring the comfort of God wherever we are and in whatever we are seeing.” - Sharlene T
“Nothing can compare with what I have in Jesus.” - Theresa Moore
“I have found nothing has a greater impact on a negative by being positive despite the urge to travel the same route.” - A.B. Thomas
“Time spent with Jesus is vulnerary . . .healing.” - Debbie
“The fight against one’s self is always the most prevalent.” - Koatmeal
“Stay singing for its a start to heal a soul or a broken heart; to remember there is life beyond the door.” - Luna
“Music is a healing balm – that seeps into all the tiny crevices … until it reaches the core and fills out!” - Becca Givens
“Storms come and go, change lives and landscapes. Rebuilding self-esteem and learning new ways to do things is the challenging part.” - Dan Roberson
“We always put these arbitrary conditions on people and are especially manipulative of those we love.” - mindlovemisery
“It is amazing to be loved. Just the way we are. I believe there is One who loves us just the way we are, even when we don’t believe we could be lovable just the way we are.” - Chatter Master|Colleen
“Serving and blessing others without them knowing would be the best kind of work! When you realize that someone did something for you without telling you, that is an amazing joy!” - Joshua
Whew! Wise words in there — so filling! Fit to be included in Quotable Quotes!
The Lord is good to me for giving me a slice of heaven. Yes, you are all part of the ingredients — different flavors, distinct taste, and I love it!
To everyone who took time to read, comment or even just said Hi!, I really value your presence and your thoughts. You are all special to me and thank you for bringing in some blessings. I may not be able to visit you for some time now but rest assured that the universe has a way of giving back — a hundredfold? Oh yessss!
Linger some more, listen to the music and chill.
And yes, you can share some more thoughts — whatever you feel like sharing
Thank you sooo much everyone — with love!
he is a Friend who race hermit crab with you
he is Awesome for leading the prayer before meals
he is a Teacher who taught you how to fish
he is a Healer too with his love and hugs
he is Enthusiastic about your doodles as if it’s an art
he has Risen after falling to be a good father to you.
For the father of my kiddos. Thank you for being a cool dad. I love you!
There is a father who is far from perfect but he’s cool for playing scrabble with a 6-year old girl and accepting defeat graciously when he lost to her.
You think that girl was good enough to win or her father was good enough to let her win? I say, because I’m that girl, that he’s good enough for me. I love him!
How about you? Can you share one cool thing about your father?
Pain can be a grace
in the midst of hurting
a song can be heard
from someone who lost interest
when the music teacher
of two decades ago
when I sang out of tune.
With shells cracked
Someone wants me healed
music tried to seep in.
How do we sing when broken?
with cracked voice
with bleeding heart
with bruised spirit
with deep feelings
with desperate pleading.
Pain can be a grace
I can sing
I want to sing
I am singing
not for any music teacher
not for hardcore critics
but for Someone
who wants to listen
to my life song.
For Jingle Poetry on Songs
For staying strong. One of my favorite songs – “Get up there’s more to be done…”
And the singing never stops with this brilliant award!
Coal and diamond
Made of same stuff but one shines
Thank you soooo much to the truly brilliant poets with their brilliant poems!
Broken Sparkles http://brokensparkles.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/chains-of-rain/
Butterflies of Time http://harivarasanam.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/sin/
The Lonely Recluse http://lonelyrecluse.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/you-me-and-mr-nobody/
Fama Semper Vivat http://fsvpoetry.blogspot.com/2010/11/recipe-for-disaster.html
The light within bursts
You are all shining brightly
Can we sing to that?
You who shared your thoughts in your blog.
You who journal your blessings.
You who cooked that meal with love.
You who said ‘Thank You’ to everyone who exerted an effort for you.
You who brushed that little girl’s hair.
You who treated yourself to a real good sleep after working so hard.
You who put your palms together and believe in God’s promises.
Want to check other amazing people? Watch the video shared by an amazing woman, Judy, in her blog Creativity to the Max. Watch it and want to remain amazing.
The dance video is a tribute by an amazing woman to another amazing woman who died of colon cancer at age 31. Everyone is amazing in here – http://www.ibelieveshesamazing.com/
And here’s more from amazing Judy for me!
How can I not be grateful with that? Thank you, thank you, thank you Judy!
Stay amazing everyone because you are created as such!
OH NO! Are you OBSESSED with…
Taking your wife shopping?
Tell me what is your OBSESSION?
You’re the mentor that won’t beat me if I fall asleep
You’re the touch that heightens my experience
You’re the usual order that excites my taste
You’re the smell that lingers in my mind
You’re the childhood dream come true
You’re the hue that I’ll going to miss
You’re the silence that I can hear
You’re the escape from insanity
e-readers are killing you slowly
For Jingle Poetry on ‘These are a few of my favorite things’
And you know you’re one of my favorites, right?
LALALA we will have some fun today for I am bringing you the L of poetry — LIMERICK!
I only learned about Limerick last month after more than 3 decades of existence here on earth! Thanks to Madeleine where I stumbled upon it!
- is five lines long,
- is based on the rhythm “da-da-DAH” (anapest meter)
- has two different rhymes.
- Lines 1, 2, and 5 have three of those da-da-DAH “feet,” and rhyme with each other.
- Lines 3 and 4 have two, and rhyme with each other.
- So the basic form is:
- da da DAH / da da DAH / da da BING
- da da DAH / da da DAH / da da DING
- da da DAH / da da BAM
- da da DAH / da da WHAM
- da da DAH / da da DAH / da da PING
- So the basic form is:
I understand the rhyme but I don’t totally understand the rhythm. I go duh! But then that won’t stop me from trying and shaming myself because it’s fun! Anyone who wants to teach me and correct my 3 Limerick attempts is most welcome and appreciated — have mercy, teach me please!
Now here are the 3 Limericks.
A woman is hysterical
Her man turned into a jackal,
How come when they vowed
No hurting allowed,
Love is no longer magical.
The man jumped out of the window
Good that the house is bungalow,
The cat laughed out loud
Oh what a coward,
He’s afraid of his own shadow!
Today I decided to be happy
I won’t snap on anybody,
Lalala good day
It is our payday,
Can I have pie and green tea frappe?
Now enter the fun part. In the comment please come up with your own Limerick using any of the 1st line of the 3 Limericks. Please try, please please please! And enjoy!
We’re not yet done with LALALA because I am sharing with you a very special award from Luna — Luna’s Soul Award 2011! If you have not yet met Luna please check my J is for Jejune post. You will respect this woman with a beautiful soul.
Yes, you have a beautiful soul!
Moore to Ponder
Linda Kruschke’s Blog
For Heaven’s Sake
Faith Dream’s Blog
Shoes for Imaginary Life
Colleens’s Chatter B
JMJ Book Log
Finding Strength to Stand Again
The Treasure Within
Lalala the eyes’ reading this is beautiful. Please step forward and touch the lives within your reach. You will be amazed where it could end…
It might end back at you!
Yeah sure you’re not yet addicted to blogging. I believe you. HARHAR!
Carpal tunnel, insomia
My poor attempt in HAIKU!
Saw it in my face …
Peaceful realization …
Divine within me
Childhood remedy …
for tummy aches and such …
New days with new ways …
Awake, arise, and reflect …
Be quick, time is short!
Lovely, isn’t it?
And a lovely Creative Blog Award from her too! Thank you Becca!
And I’m sharing this with you…
Have a HAPPY weekend everyone!
And oh, if you could please leave a Haiku in the comment that would be lovely too!
Not for fish but for happy thoughts!
To the sea we go – our sea where we have thrown our happiness before we sulked under the tree and allowed the worm of unhappiness to pull our lips down and take the brilliance in our eyes. Yay!
Now take those worms and drown it on the sea. Is that barbaric? How about burying them in the soil really deep? No you don’t want to use it as bait. Just cast the pole of belief, imagination, and love and you’ll be surprised of the big catch!
It could be your kiddo’s little hand guiding you to reach the cookie jar.
It could be you best friend’s pull when you were sinking.
It could be the diamond ring which you don’t need but still it was given.
It could be the chocolate wrapper that makes the choco sweetest.
It could be your blog friends who left a smiley instead of saying uggghhh.
It could be that one beautiful word that made you smile so big. Precious? Saved?
It could be the date. What today is March 24? I love you hubby!
Now go fish and catch yourself smiling!
Increased Vulnerability + Decreased Power = Increased Worry
That’s from our Company On-line Training on Stress Management.
There is one question that made me think but can’t ask on-line so I’m sharing it with you.
The question is: Which of the following is NOT an effective response to a colleague who tells you he’s extremely worried about something?
a) Use body language to show your concern
b) Suggest several possible solutions to his problem
c) Provide Professional verbal acknowledgement
And your answer is?
Supposedly the correct choice is b): To listen effectively to a worried colleague, it’s best not to try to solve his problem but instead to understand it. If you want to comment, do so only on what your colleague is describing, rather than offering possible solutions to his problem. In addition, use body language to show your concern and provide occasional verbal acknowledgment, such as “I understand” or “I see.”
And my question is: Why is it not best to offer possible solutions to someone else problem?
Don’t worry you are not pressured to come up with a technical response. I just would like to hear your thoughts on this matter – or on whatever you like to share!
We’re OK, right?