I started working abroad at the age of 24 and from that time on I had no chance to spend my birthdays with my family.” For so long I lost time with them. Time flies so fast that I don’t even notice my hair start growing white . I wish I can bring back time. It is really so hard to find time to spend with my family. The work, the distance and the money would not let us so whenever I get an opportunity, a time – I choose to spend it with my family over anything though some people find it odd but no way I would skip out on priceless moment with the people I love most.
Such a beautiful gift to have my family on my birthday completely plus a new baby add on to the family. It is a very rare opportunity that we can be together completely. I’m so happy that we got to redeem the time and make the most out of it. My family is very important to me than anyone else. People, friends may “come & go” but family is forever. They are the one for certain who will not leave you in bad times and stay with u no matter what, who will pick you up when you are down, who will help you carry heavy loads, who will cry & laugh with you, will protect you, will understand you, accept you with all your flaws and will love you unconditionally. I always thank God for my wonderful family. (I don’t need to look for love anywhere coz their love is all enough for me.)
Again another year older & wiser. God is so faithful and will always be. Another year of trials I overcome. His love & grace are sufficient for me. His power works best in my weakness. Without Him in my life, I would have given up in life but my faith in Him is what keeps me going. The joy of the Lord is my strength.
To my mom, God knows how much thankful I am for you. You are my personal cheer leader when I need it, you humbled me when my egos over-inflate, taught me to find the good in things when good is not around, always corrected me when I’m wrong and most specially always reminded me that life here on earth is just temporary that we have to work not only on secular life but also on spiritual aspect. I’ve learned so many things from you mom. How I wish I could be as good & kind as you. I always love & proud to tell the whole world how lucky & blessed I am that you are my mother. You are the best of the best mom. I love you.
And to my father – my supporter, who wants nothing but the best for me/us – thank you, Pa! Thank you for being such a responsible dad & for doing your best to make our family simply live life comfortably. I may not be a perfect daughter but I love you both with all my heart.
And to the man I married, Leo. To have somebody who’s willing to be with you for the rest of His life is a blessing. You are a blessing Love. Our journey has just begun. The road is not that easy as it seems, we stumbled but I’m thankful through it we learned to walk better & stronger. I just pray that God will help us fulfill our promise we made in front of Him and that we will grow together in Him. Thank you for the wonderful birthday surprise. I love you and advance happy birthday.
My birthday is coming next month and so I bought myself a unique gift – a Memorial lot.
Another year older, another year wiser and part of becoming “wiser” I learned how to use my money wisely. I’m now more focus on saving & investing for the future to survive life while I’m still alive and to prepare for death.
We are just living in this world. We can’t deny the fact that we all die and earth is not our final home. The abode of the hereafter that is truly life.
When its our time, its our time. No matter where we are or what we do it will happen that is why I made sure everything is ready before I die. I secured my death insurance and my place in the cemetery. I love and care my family so much that I don’t want them to worry about the expenses on my departure here on earth. Atleast, it will make things easier and lighter for them.
All those preparation are just temporal things here on earth. What’s more important to prepare is our lives after death – the eternal life. We must secure our place up there. The bible says “for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16). In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you – (John 14:2). You just have to “Accept God in your heart and Believe in the Lord Jesus [as your personal Savior and entrust yourself to Him and you will be saved and will have a special place in heaven. Just that simple.
I am secured and ready to die. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Phil 1:21)
Someone is getting married soon!
I’m just so happy & excited to hear the news. He once my one-time-boyfriend and now my best friend 🙂 Our relationship last for almost 9 years. Its funny after how all we’ve been through, we still remain the best of friends.
Well, l guess you understand now the things of yesterday, why things happened? Just to let you know I never meant to hurt you..God let me walked-away its all because it’s included in His wonderful plan for you, for you to meet the right one He is preparing for you. And now He reveals it to you. The road He chose for me is not the road He chose for you.
There’s a part of me which I’m proud of being your ex because you are a great guy, a loving, loyal & amazing man. Your Bride is one lucky girl & I know you are lucky too. I will celebrate with you in your happiness. I know God will bless your marriage as you are both Christ-centered. Love, joy & peace.
Congrats in advance & best wishes to your Beautiful Bride.
Two years have passed, when God painfully sculpted my life for a great design. He let people break me to build the master piece He wanted for me.
I was completely broken. My heart shattered into small pieces. I felt like God had abandoned me and it made me reached to the point of questioning Him, Why He had bless everyone except me? Why had He left me–hurting, heartbroken & most of all–the feeling like a fool. I knew God had a wonderful purpose why I got through that pain. But loving the life I had that i thought was beautiful and was meant for me brought me into misery.
Leaning on my own understanding made me so difficult to understand what God really wanted for me. Even though I trusted Him that He was only working for my best but still everything seemed so unclear & unfair for me. I felt bitterness & wished for the people caused me so much pain that one day they will know & feel how much painful they have done & go through what i went through and that God will let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: will let them be clothed with shame & dishonour that magnify themselves againts me (Psalms 35:26). But thanks God despite I didn’t feel resentment deep inside. I learned to understand & forgive. I walked-on & let God construct the new design of my life.
Moving-on and acceptance of the things i thought i’d lost was not easy. It took years for me to let go. After all, I felt God have never left me. He planned everything perfectly. Through prayers, by faith & by my family He gave me strength & comfort to carry on everyday. His holy hands hold me still, shaping my heart anew.
My heart is fixed, oh God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. (Psalms 57:7)
God indeed works in His own ways. Now my heart rejoice for what he has done. He makes all things beautiful in His time.
Love brings me back around. I fall in love again.. 🙂
I got a call from an old egyptian friend last night. I met him in Dubai. He used to be my father, my clown during those saddiest moments, my crying shoulder and someone I can lean on.
During our conversation He said something that overwhelms my soul. He said ” Everyday He remembers me for he saw the difference in me compare to girls he met specifically to all Filipina he knew. He told me to remain godly, extraordinary and righteous. It’s a great honor that my light shines on him, that he sees the light, the difference in me. It’s a great balm for all the tease and persecutions I’ve got for being different from others.
By nature, we want people to like us especially in a foreign land, to have friends and companion, and the safest way to do is to blend in. But I chose not to blend in but to bring the difference of our God to my collegues though it was not easy for me. It is a lil bit uncomfortable and sacrificial.
Atlast after long hours of travel with Etihad Airways it’s now over. I arrived in Muscat Oman International Airport at 10:45 am. The Pulic Relation Officer picked me up and brought me directly to the Office. It took only a while introducing myself to them and vise versa and they sent me right away to the accommodation which is just so very close to the Hotel.
I appreciated them so much the way they welcome me. They prepared a bottles of water, beddings, towel, basket of fruits & welcome letter in my bed.
MY FRIST DAY:
Inevitably can’t kept tears from falling. I felt like I was in the wilderness, so lonely & broken, don’t know where to go, don’t know where to turn, nothing to do but to go on , crying & counting the days. I have nothing but Hope. Hope that one day I would find a companion and find the way back home. Sometimes I could say that money could not pay to the loneliness I have encountered. Better to work & stay in my own country eventhough I will earn not that much compare on how much I will earn abroad, atleast I am happy and not lonely. I decided then might this will be my last time.
We made a Hotel Tours from Muscat to Al Madinah Holiday Inn Hotel branch on my first day of training. I thanked God I enjoyed it. I forgot one day of sorrow. I enjoyed seeing the overlooking rock mountains and ocean and I enjoyed taking picture to myself…he..he…I am nervous but in the same time excited for I am going to have a training in Front Office -Reception, Reservation, Housekeeping and F&B. It’s good for me because I know I will gain knowledge & will learn many things from it.
My youngest brother has just arrived from a four days Jamboree. So sweet of him for the first time he bought a very delicious and expensive presents for us. We’re happy and glad that through their activities he has been molded as a good Filipino citizen, responsible individual and independent person and yet he learned how to socialize and mingle with others people. Thanks BSP! We love you Bro!
This Shirt was a remembrance of my previous work. It was Valentines Day when I had a tourist guest from Italy who is so polite & kindhearted.
I had a conversation with him. I gave him the best service which I usually do to every guests. He really had a great dining experience. He left the Restaurant satisfied & happy, in that, He left a Tip for me. Surprisingly, two hours later, He went back and was looking for me. He brought with him a small paper bag & handed it to me. I opened it with so much excitement, it was the “Shirt” with a print “A GOOD HEART IT’S A GOOD MEDICINE.” He got that shirt printed with the words exactly what was on my Tip Tray.
He is so lovely! God bless his GOOD HEART
We start to collect family photos for we know sooner or later each member of the family will become too busy with our own lives, and others will depart and one by one will get married. No more time for each other, no more bonding and might may not see each other for long time.
So, while we still the have chance we take family photos because it’s seldom for us to be complete and intact. A time like this is very limited that is why we make the most out of it. And that one day, we’ll have something to reminisce and embrace with when we are away and alone. And when we become old, we have something to show to our grandchildren who our family was. It’s the memory that counts for we could not bring back the past.
Right now, I am taking my time with my family while I still have the chance to be with them so that time will not come that I will regret each day I wasted and took my family for granted.