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roasted manok

26 December 2007

Dave sent this to our friends back home. Naka-CC din ako at mga kaibigan namin sa cell group sa FCCD (Filipino Christian Church of Dubai) dito sa dubai.
To say that my heart was tied into knots and that I was deeply touched by his letter is an understatement.
Sobrang malungkot yung pasko namin pero ang diwa nito ay hindi dapat mawala anuman ang sitwasyon o kalagayan namin noon.

     

   This a December 25 email. Im at work today. I wasn’t able to open my emails for almost 2 weeks, napaka busy talaga sa work, kahit ngaun dapat off ako, pinapasok pa din ako kc may tatapusin daw, kaya lng until this time di pa sya (boss) pumapasok sa office.

Anyway, miss ko na ang Pasko sa pinas, kahapon nga eh buong araw akong nasa labas ng office, nag punta sa apat na malls sa Dubai para mag collect ng natapos naming promos, 8 am kami nagsimula, 9pm na ko nakauwi…nakakapagod…. but Christmas is still Christmas, it doesnt change its meaning kahit anung bagay ang naranasan ko, sabi nga ng kanta “tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang pasko”. Kumain kmi ng pritong isda na hiningi ni Ice sa kasama nmin sa bahay, di pa kasi kmi nakapamimili, wala pang katapusan pero di ako nakuntento, kinalkal ko ang wallet ko at bumili kmi ng walang kamatayan roasted chicken (dahil roasted chicken lagi ang inuulam namin kapag hindi nakakaluto sa gabi galing sa trabaho), kinain namin ang kalahati at binaon ung kalahati, may laman man o wala ang hapag kainan Pasko pa din ito, di kayang pantayan ang tunay na diwa at halaga nito.

     Habang pauwi ako kagabi mula sa nakakapagod na trabaho outside ng office nmin, as I walk on the street before I got a ride back home… I looked up and talk to God…. Merry Christmas po Panginoon….salamat sa lahat ng bagay na ipanagkaloob nyo sa araw na ito. Inaalala ko ang dakilang araw ng inyong kapanganakan Panginoong Hesus…mahal na mahal ko po Kayo…. As I pray these things tears slowly flow down from my eyes… I was great to greet the Creator of this universe a merry Christmas…

Soon I’ll be back to my beloved country, my friends, home church and family…
Missing you all this Christmas…

Dave

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There is None Like You

13 December 2007

Thanksgiving and praises…

Ang post na ito ay gagamitin ko upang pasalamatan ang Lord sa mga bagong bagay at masasayang kaganapan sa buhay ko nitong mga nagdaang araw.

Salamat unang una sa Lord sa isang buhay ng taong nakinig sa akin at siya kong pinagsabihan, pangalawa kay chris, ng mga ‘deepest darkest secrets ko’.haha! Alam mo na kung sino ka, at gusto ko lang sabihin sa ‘yo kung mababasa mo ito, na I greatly appreciate your open mindedness. Salamat at hindi mo ko hinusgahan at tiwala ako na safe ang mga secrets na ‘yon sa ‘yo.

Continue to pray for me. Thanks for the friendship.

Pangalawa, praises and honor unto God sa bagong work dito sa GN. I am really happy with my current job.
Perfect in every aspect.
Buti na lang alam ng Panginoon ano exactly yung laman ng puso ko.

Panginoon ng aking buhay…Salamat po.

Pangatlo, salamat sa Panginoon for continuously healing some areas of my life.
May song akong alam na ang title ay ‘Binabago mo ako araw-araw’. Ganyang ganyan ang nangyayari sa akin ngayon. At ang sarap magbago, though hindi siya madali, pero kapag nakikita mo yung bunga ng pagbabagong iyon kagaya ng pagkakaroon ng karagdagang saya, healed relationship, blessings, peace… lalo kang maiinspire magbago.

Maiisip niyo siguro…kuuu… si Ice naman, masyadong ispiritwal!
Ang masasabi ko lang dyan eh, ok lang.
Ano naman masama sa pagiging ispiritwal?
Maganda nga iyon.
You’re always looking forward to something to be thankful for.
And it’s always uplifting that all of that blessings will bring back ALL the glory to God.

Sa buhay ko, sa lahat ng natanggap ko, hindi iyon dahil sa maganda ako (chenez!), mabait (isang malaking jowk..haha!) at matalino ay sus! loko lang) ako, kundi higit sa anupamang reason, I received these things because God, my Lord, Savior, friend, Dad, wants everything that’s best for His children. And He will provide those according to His riches and glory.

At kahit hindi Niya i-provide yung mga bagay the way I expected it to be, I’ll still sing praises unto Him.
Because the deepest joy and purpose of my life I found in Him.
Kumbaga, lahat ng mga nangyayari ngayon sa buhay ko na sobrang saya, it’s a BIG bonus from God.

Ang sarap talagang gunitain kung gaano kabuti ang Panginoon.

Hep! Kung naiinip na kayo at gusto nyo nang mag ALT + TAB papunta sa ibang window, pakinggan niyo muna ito.

There is none like You
No one else can touch my heart like You do
I could search for all eternity long
And find there is none like You

Your mercy flows like a river wide
And healing comes from Your hands
Suffering children are safe in Your arms
There is none like You

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Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Heb11:1)

5 December 2007

Maraming pwedeng mangyari sa isang araw.

Katulad na lang kahapon.
Umaga, on the way ang tech crew, ang marketing manager at ako syempre, ang dakilang alalay ng lahat,
sa isang Delegation/ Conference sa Ras al Khaimah. Ito ay para i-persuade ang mga Chines investors, na inin-troduce ng
mayutak naming boss, para itapon ipagkatiwala nila ang kaban kabang yaman nila sa lugar na ito.

Brief info:

Ang RaS AL khAimah ay isa sa mga emirates, sampu ng Dubai, na bumubuo sa United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Ras al KhaimahKasalukuyan itong pinapayaman ng pamahalaan ng RAK sa pamamagitan ng pang-iimbita ng mga foreign investors.
Nilalayon nilang tumulad sa Dubai na may man made islandssssss (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Dubai, Palm Deira), aktibong turismo at bilyong dolyar.
Maliban sa naligaw kami kahapon dahil puro disyerto (na may kaakit akit na malagintong sand dunes) eh masarap ang hinandang pagkain sa hotel (Al Hamra) na pinagganapan ng conference.

Sa aming paglalakbay, nagulat ako ng inabot sa akin ng boss kong si Jenny ang ilang pirasong papel at pen.

“Ano ‘to?” wika ko.

“Shusch lai mah! Kow lsiufn. Shing Ching Ping!!!!” sagot niya.

Jowk.

Sabi niya tulungan ko siyang gumawa ng tanong para sa Q&A portion ng Conf. Napailing na lang ako kasi nga naiinis na ‘ko. Hindi mawala sa kanya ang pagiging hindi organisado. Hindi man niya lang ito nabanggit kahapon sa meeting samantalang buong araw kaming magkasama. Di bale na, kako, tatlong araw na lang naman ako dito sa kompanyang ito at lilipat na ko. Konting tiis.

So sige, sulat naman ako ng tanong. Sulat dito, edit doon. Kapag hindi maganda sa pandinig i-cross out agad.
Opo, mahina sila sa spelling. Pero, alam nila kung paano at ano ang itatanong. Kumbaga may ideya na, tinulungan ko na lang sa pag-reconstruct ng sentences/questions at nag-suggest na lang din ako ng pandagdag panggulong tanong.

Bago kami tuluyang bumaba sa Chev ni boss, ok na ang lahat. Hanggang sa makarating kami ng RAK.
Pagkakita sa akin ni pagkagwapong gwapong CEO, (kamukha niya si Daniel Henney. please see pic below), nilapitan niya ‘ko at tumitig sa aking mga mata…Gwapoooo eh inutusan nya yung isa naming staff na i-interpret yung sinasabi niya sa akin (ang alam niya lang sabihin ay OK at very good). Kamukat mukat ako ang inuutusan niyang maging reporter sa halip na yung isa naming staff. Hala! Sabi ko , habang nakatitig sa mapupungay at singkit niyang mata at kahit hindi niya naiintindihan ang English ko,

“Sir, this is impossible! This is ridiculous! I wasn’t informed about this and I will not embarrassed myself by asking these damn questions!”

“In short, mukha mo! Kumag ka, kahit gwapo ka, pingasan ko yang mukha mo eh! Tantanan mo ko kundi ipu-pukpok ko ‘yung mic sa ulo mo.”

In the end nakita ko na lang sarili kong hawak ang mikropono at nakaharap sa camera. Grrr. Wika nga ng mga panang taxi driver dito sa dubai

‘ WHAT TO DO?????!!!!’

Dalawang oras ang pagpunta sa RAK mula Dubai, at maghapon kaming nag-stay para i-cover yung conf.
Buong araw sumakit ang ulo ko. Hindi ko nadala yung gamot sa migraine ko. Dusaaaaaaaa.

Matapos ang lahat lahat, naging positibo naman ang reaksyon ng mga interviewees, ng tech crew, ng MManager at ng CEO sa ginawa kong kabalbalan trabaho.

Instant media rep cum reporter ang lola niyo. aw!

Somehow, it made me realize na I enjoyed having my face in the front of the camera. I found out I can do it without trembling hands and shaky voice. I feel more confident. Kaya ko pala. Kaya ko naman pala.

Before, I really prefer mga prod asst at tech staff tasks kasi ayaw/allergic nga ako sa camera pero ngayong nabigyan ako ng pagkakataon (break kuno), naisip ko, uh… not so bad… karirin ko kaya? Pano mangyayari yun? Gwahehe. eh anim na araw na lang, sa newspaper/magazine na ko. Weeeeeee!!! Walang camera. Meron dun, pressure, pressure, pressure. Although hindi naman pure writing work ko dun, editorial asst kasi yung position which demands admin support at manaka-nakang coordination at writing skills.

Pero dahil nga sa ang dakilang plano ko ay ang mga sumusunod:

1. maging nobelista (libreng mangarap)
2. maging screenwriter (super duper libreng mangarap)
3. mag may ari ng isang TV station… (yebah!)

(baka magkaroon TV appearances pa rin ako kaya dapat may training. naks!)

Plans which are a leeway to spread the good news. For God’s glory.
Mga planong kailangan pa ng approval ng nasa Itaas.

Maraming maraming maraming bagay pa kong kailangan matutunan, kailangang malaman, kailangang baguhin.
Pero ngayon, I pray God would bless me with a teachable heart and the right attitude.

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Kahapon, nagkaroon ng hindi magandang pangyayari sa office nila Chris.
Umere ang French version TVC sa buong Middle east at nasayang ang $135K.

Isang fatal na pagkamamali na nagbunsod sa boss niyang i-threaten siya na tatanggalin sa work.

I really want to thank God how good He really is for intervening in this situation.Naayos ang di pagkakaunawaan, although malaki yung damage. Pero it seems it wasn’t Chris’ fault at all. ’twas his boss’.

Nais kong i-quote ang sinabi ni Chris ukol sa pangyayari, ‘kapag naisip mong maari talagang mawala ang lahat sa ‘yo sa isang iglap, trabaho, mga minamahal sa buhay, mga bagay na pinundar at pinaghirapan mo, may Diyos naman na may kontrol sa lahat ng bagay na pwede mong sandalan. Magbabago ang pananaw mo sa lahat ng bagay.’

I cannot agree more.

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Mga photos ng event kahapon:

Arabo at Chino.

Mga Big Boss ko

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seryosohan na

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of ribbons and sweets – on 19th Nov

20 November 2007

Sa maniwala kayo o sa hindi, birthday ko ngayon. Happy birthday to me!
Masaya ako kasi naging mabait si Papa God sa akin despite ng pagiging hindi ulirang anak at pagiging pasaway.
Ngayong araw na ito, maraming sopresa ang naghihintay sa akin.

Una, naka-usap ko ng first time sa YM ang mabait na si Az. Hehe. Lekat. Nacute-an sa fwend ko pero sa akin ang sabi
“Hmm.. mukhang makulit” . Haha! Walang kadeskri-desripsyon. Basta mukhang makulit.
Naging isa siyang mabuting kuya na tinuruan akong magpalit ng header at magpalit ng theme
para macustomized ang header. Gwahehe! Az, thanks talaga ah.
Bale yung specs nung sa akin mail ko na lang kapag natapos ko ng i-conceptualized.

Pangalawa. Nagbigay ng Tiramisu cake at isang napakagandang bouquet ng flower ang aking
butihing boss na si Jenny. Napaka-sweet talaga niya kahit alam na niyang lalayas na ko sa kompanya within 1 month.

Pangatlo. reregaluhan ako ng kapatid kong mabait at ubod ng sungit pero malambing sa loob ng isang LAPTOP!
Oh mi golay!
LAPPPPPTTTTTTTTTOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!

kahit gawin mong 5210 celpon ko o yung tipong pangkaskas ng yero (as long as nakakatwag at nakakatext)
basta bigyan mo lang ako ng pangarap kong laptop, oh mi golay tlga!
kinikilig akooooooooooooooooo!!!!

Heniwei, January pa naman ang dating ng future laptop ko.
Maniwala uli kayo at sa hindi, ang tagal kong pinagpray ang laptop na yun.
Kung isa kang agnostic/atheist na bumabasa na blog na ito, naniniwala akong hindi ka aksidenteng napadpad dito.
Hindi kita pipiliting maniwala sa pinapaniwalaan ko.
Gusto ko lang sabihing at ipahayag ang sarili kong pinaniniwalaan hindi dahil kailangan kong papaniwalain ka kundi
kailangan kong sabihin kung ano ang buhay ko at laman ng puso at isip ko.
But I digress. My apologies.

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Birthday rin pala ni Banana gurl Annie. Happy burtdey Annie. Taga-abu siya. Ako Dubai. And magkaburtdey tayo! watta coincidence!

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Century tuna lang ang baon ko sa office. Pero parang feeling ko isa ako sa mga taong sobrang pinagpala ni Tatay.

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One of these days, baka baguhin ko ang porma at nilalaman ng blog ko. Shift? Huh? Whatever.

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Indeed He’s amazing

15 September 2007

She is a cancer patient; he was an eloquent politician who changed the world. She battles illness, fears, growing sickness and emotional pain of seeing her loved ones affected by her condition, while he fought against the opposition, made up speeches and strategies to abolish what was then the prevailing inhumane system of slave trade. She physically looks frail and very ill but her strength is double than mine. He was continuously discouraged by people and politics, and by the disapproval of the bill he passed, but those did not stop him to pursue justice and his lifetime crusade to free the African slaves.

She was Sister Jane. He was William Wilberforce. Both I have known yesterday and both created an impact in my life and in my faith.

Sister Jane is my church mate in FCCD (Filipino Christian Church of Dubai) and I already saw her before but was not given the chance to talk to her lengthily as she belongs to another cell group and ministry. Never did I took notice that she’s quite thinner than among other women in our church. Her attendance dwindled and the church pastors often ask prayers for a certain ‘sister Jane’. I did not know he is mentioning this jolly-eyed woman not until yesterday that sister Jane was requested to give a brief testimony for the Light Bearer’s Ministry’s afternoon fellowship. It was indeed brief, but every word struck me to my inner senses, every single detail astonishing, and each emphasis powerful. This woman has gone life’s adversities, and is going through it everyday.

She went through an operation for her ovarian cancer and at the same time her family suffered a great deal of financial problem due to the cost of the operation. There’s the possibility that she’ll loss her job too. Albeit all these circumstances she voiced praises to the God who provided her the strength to go to church and testify before us that death has not scared her a bit and her life and strength is with God and most importantly, God is alive and in control. This kind of faith always swept me off my feet and makes me shed understanding tears of praises to a living God.

The second greatest person I was so blessed to get acquainted with was Mr. Wilber.
William Wilberforce (played with justice by Ioan Gruffudd) was a man of big heart, of faith so enormous and meaningful I feel as though I’ve been introduce to Christian faith the very first time. He gave faith a face I haven’t known before.

His life is filmed in a movie entitled “Amazing Grace”. Yes, it’s the popular hymn originally written by John Newton, Wilberforce’s, I conclude favorite, preacher. Later on, one more stanza was added to it in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Addition to the lyrics was penned by John Rees.

The movie Amazing Grace centers on the life and anti-slavery campaigns of Wilberforce. He was indeed a talented public speaker of the House of Commons and one of the MP’s (Members of the Parliament). Together with his lifetime friend, William Pitt ‘the younger’ (Benedict Cumberbatch) who also happened to be the Prime Minister of Great Britain, the youngest one ever, and the other co-antislavery trade such as Oloudaqh Equiano(Youssou N’Dour) a slave before himself, Thomas Clarkson (Rufus Sewell, “A Knight’s Tale”), and Lord Charles Fox (Michael Gambon, Harry Potter’s Dumbledore), they changed the history of Great Britain towards people’s to enslave mindset.

Their victories haven’t come off so easy. They have to struggle and contend against many issues like those ship owners and other Members of the Parliament who were not so convinced on putting halt to slavery thus the bill Abolition of Slave Trade had not gathered so much sympathy. Praise God these guys were so creative I think marketing strategy’s notion wasn’t so popular until their strategies we’re implemented to the public and to the other MP’s. They planned and stood steadfast on the sole purpose of their committee: to stop slave trade.

“In April 1791, Wilberforce introduced the first Parliamentary Bill to abolish the slave trade, which was easily defeated by 163 votes to 88. As Wilberforce continued to bring the issue of the slave trade before Parliament, Clarkson continued to travel and write. Between them, Clarkson and Wilberforce were responsible for generating and sustaining a national movement which mobilised public opinion as never before.” (Wikipedia)

Everyone experiences at a certain point of his life when he/she was so down. Everything. Emotionally, physically, and morally. Everything seems to be in the verge of dying and one typically wallows in the hopelessness of the situation. This most of all happens when the one greatest motivation of your life seems to become a failure. Wilber was not an exception though. Famous and rich he was but his campaign was not winning and one of the members of the committee died. Everything seems to be falling in wrong places. His health deteriorated. His songs were lost to the abyss of ruination.

But what can be impossible to human terms can be possible to a living God! As one of the original lyrics of the song Amazing Grace says:

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call’d me here below,
Will be forever mine.

With this kind of faith Wilber still possesses and his long talk overnight with beautiful wife to be- Barbara- a believer of his cause, a grand twist of events took place. Wilber saw the light of hope once again and his strength was renewed by fresh events God is unfolding in his life.

Attempts to abolish the bill continued until its declaration roared a mighty approval from the Speaker of the House. Certainly, after years and years of the seemingly life-long saga, slavery in Britain was finished.

When people speak of great men, they think of men like Napoleon – men of violence. Rarely do they think of peaceful men. But contrast the reception they will receive when they return home from their battles. Napoleon will arrive in pomp and in power, a man who’s achieved the very summit of earthly ambition. And yet his dreams will be haunted by the oppressions of war. William Wilberforce, however, will return to his family, lay his head on his pillow and remembers: the slave trade is no more.

—- Lord Charles Fox in Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That sav’d a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev’d;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ’d!

Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis’d good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call’d me here below,
Will be forever mine.

John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­i­ver, 1779)

Written by John Newton – a ship captain of a transatlantic slave trade turn preacher…

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Life Lessons From A Butterfly!

4 August 2007

Life Lessons from a Butterfly

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this did not suit his taste :-(

26 July 2007

What’s eating up your time?
Icesx

APPETIZER

T.G.I.T. Thank God it’s Thursday.

The long wait is finally over (once again). As the clock inches its way towards shouting 6:00 (or it may vary depending on your HR Manager’s or simply manager’s temper, or policies, and don’t forget the workload buddy!), the notion of a day off simply takes one’s breath away. Say bye bye to dear PC Monitor, ruined computer keyboard (this is the result of pouring out your angst on that poor board, you should have seen the lost Ctrl key, it went underneath the table to escape your wrath), jolly and almost-insane colleagues (Say genius! Isn’t it there’s a thin line between genius and insanity? So maybe the correct term must be almost genius), ok, almost-genius-colleagues for that matter, and to the path most trodden, you can say farewell to the ever loving bus stop where you wait for almost one hour for Bus No. 6 to take you to your beloved office…Bid now your Sayonara… Au revoir… Adios…Goodbye – for two days. Cease smiling just for a moment otherwise they might think you’re ‘almost a genius’ (*grin*). Now, breathe, relax, and enjoy each passing seconds of pressure-free and tension-stripped time. Float in the world of Friday (and Saturday, if you are blessed with two-day rest day) for at this very moment, you’re a breathing human again and not some mechanical android.

Now, this article is devoted to make you happy. Really. Don’t be too pessimistic and join me to make this ‘free time’ — of yours and mine– absolutely worthwhile. (*wink*)

Ideally, your free time will start by Thursday night. And most likely, you have devoted 30 and 2 minutes all weekday afternoon thinking of what activities to embark on or in which shopping mall has the biggest sale to go to on this most anticipated day (or night perhaps?) of the week. You also are considering your friend’s scoop of a newly opened stand up comedy bar. Or maybe a movie treat and a popcorn. Or a dinner date at… blah. I don’t want to pretend I know the places. I just dunno. (Perhaps I’m just not a dinner date-goer, or I consider eating at McDonalds a dinner date as long as it’s dinner time and as long as you’re with special someone or after all, I’m just a romantic that doesn’t believe on a dinner date, whatever.) You can also delight on your Magic Sing Karaoke Microphone & Song Chips and sing you heart out. Show off your singing prowess! Reach a high note! Achieve a head tone like what Rachel Anne Go is fond of doing. (TFC subscribers, I know so well your eagerness to watch ASAP Face off or The Champs segment of ASAP for R.A. GO sing on the top of her lungs.) Come on dude! Filipinos are not musically gifted for nothing. Just be sure you don’t go bashing someone else’s eardrums. That’s cruelty. They too want to enjoy their Thursday night in the comfort of their own homes and not in some pocket-emptying hospital you know.

The list can be endless. There’s too much you want to accomplish aside from sewing your torn sleeves, sweeping the million fallen hairs in the living room and cooking Adobo (*adobo, yum yum!*). You want to treat yourself of something extraordinary. Extra special. Exceptionally enjoyable that’s … loads of fun and memorable. I have one cool activity in my mind that really matches these criteria you’re looking for. Hold your breath…. Tadah! Attending a cell group!

MAIN COURSE

So much for my introduction, (sorry, it’s relatively lengthy) let’s get down to top three reasons why you should join a cell group.

Extraordinary.

I met quite a lot of people since I was on my kindergarten school. A number of them are really interesting. Some just plainly smile; others would perform strange stunts such as jumping, wrestling, rock climbing and mountain climbing. (Jumping? Strange? Duh.) A lot of people want to always talk and talk and talk and simply talk. Few speak of substance. There are also those who hear from the talker. Few are listeners. Only handfuls are doers. Some are very active. Some are meek. For me, I would never get tired of observing people. Diversity of attitude, personalities and characters is one of the most interesting and extraordinary thing that exists in this world. And I tell you dear readers, the jewels lie in groups called cell group who are of diverse and distinctive personalities but united with one burning passion: Jesus. Know them. They are worth your effort.

Extra Special

Want to attain a special power? (Ding, ang bato!!! Hehehe…)

Here’s the extra special power you can always have: God’s Word.

“The Word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 NLT

People who have joined cell groups delve on subjects that talk about their passion. Those topics come from the full authority of God’s own words, His precious message to His children, the Bible. Flipping the pages is entirely different from imbibing it. I always find God’s word empowering and refreshing my tired soul and mind. The world, your boss, your work, problems, and worst broken relationships could certainly zap energy out of you, but in God’s word, you will find yourself restored, alive and excited. Our daily devotions should not be forgotten, but the bond with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ can as well bring forth birth of a new understanding, a wider perspective and never heard before yet sensible and helpful Christ-centered point of views.

Exceptionally enjoyable + fun + memorable experience = Cell group

Rather than wracking your brain coming up with ideas on how to spend your Thursday night, I urge you to run to the nearest cell group in your place (ours is in Satwa, Tita Nena’s place… this is the coolest cell group I tell you, if you think I’m lying, then I challenge you to attend at least four consecutive Thursday nights to prove your accusation, and let’s see… Well, if it ain’t cool enough, you can contribute by bringing one gallon of Haagen-Dazs, then let’s talk about how to make the group cool enough to suit your taste). I remember a game Jing ‘the Golden voice’ had let us play. It’s Trivia or a Quiz regarding the Bible. Quite interesting and informative.

DESSERT

(Personally, I’ll opt for caramel or mocha-flavored cakes. I will appreciate if you can give me one. Haha!)

“Ikaw ba ay nalolongkot, nalolombay at walang magawa sa bohay?”

This was an MTV Ad in the year 1999 or 2000… I forgot. This made me laugh in its first appearance on TV. But observing the girl who was holding a phone in her right hand, boringly dialing numbers of whoever reflected a badly dull and monotonous life. (The eyes, pare, the eyes! They are freaky haunting!)

My final words would be, well… Each of us has a choice. We could spend time on things as dull, monotonous, now-happy-but-tomorrow-broke, absurd, futile time of our life just like what the girl in the ad represents. On the other hand, we can also choose to enjoy time which will let us grow spiritually, as to studying and living out God’s words in our life.

Finally, I want to quote this verse most of us, I assume, have heard before. My challenge to you, readers, is to answer one whole book of Sodoku. Hehe. Kidding. Just simply meditate on this verse and then decide on this day forward, what you are going to do on Thursday nights. I pray you had a good time pondering.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2