Saturday, January 30, 2010

Our TV at home

I know I seldom post about our home here so I wonder if I ever mentioned that we do not have cable subscription and that we own a second hand TV bought at the pier and that we only get three major channels? And to add to that- when you open our tele you might want to blink your eyes hundred times trying to see the images clear but please don't exert effort anymore because yes it is blurry.

I don't mind though because I only watch the evening news, although most of the time all I do was listen to the reporter's voice. I don't want to strain my eyes as it was already tired from the office during the whole day.

So anyways, we are now considering subscribing to a cable company so we can get more channels and clearer views. I do not know if we have Time Warner Digital Cable here but I am hoping we will be able to find the cheapest one.

I have to ask also our phone provider if they can give us cable with the same subscription, you know it would be cheaper right? like the Time Warner Digital that is connected with the Time Warner Digital Phone. Internet, cable and phone at the same time. Hmnn..that sounds good.

We have phone line and internet already so all I have to do is inquire if they can provide cable so I can say goodbye to that three blurry channels soon.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Our Scholarship ministry

2 more months to go and it's end of school year here.

The scholarship ministry program of Fishnets is please to announce that we have one high school student graduating this March. She will not send graduation invitations though because it is not a practice here in Manila to send out such.

Anyways, I hope we can still help this young girl in her schooling next year. I pray there will be more people touched and encouraged to bless this scholarship ministry. Our aim is to help those poor but deserving students finish school. Although public school is free here it is still expensive to people who live beyond poverty line.

This year, we have one high school and 2 bible school students and I'm praying we will be able to help more next school year.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Thankful Thursday-Husband

Good morning everyone! It’s Thursday once again and this would be the last of the month, thank you Lynn for hosting this month and next week we’ll all see each other at Iris of Grace alone

Thankful Thursday is a blessing and I want to thank God for leading me into this beautiful community of bloggers. Reading your encouraging comments is a bliss and I look forward to it every Thursday.

And this week I am specially thankful for my Husband. I may not have the best husband if we look into the standards of this world but I tell you, he's God's best for me and I am so thankful that I waited for him.

Many times the pressure of my work and the many hormonal changes in women makes me really tough on him and he's just there accepting me and loving me in the best way he knows.

I can be so demanding at times but he tries his best to be available for me most of the time.

He makes my coffee every morning and prepares my breakfast everyday.And yes this may sound weird but he also prepares the clothes I am to wear to the office everyday.

I am actually making this post for him because I feel guilty :) I was hard on him twice this week and he has been my shock/anger absorber for the longest time now and I just wanna tell him I love him and that I am sorry for all those moods I put up on him.

I am so much thankful that I am blessed with a husband that loves me unconditionally.

PSALM 37:4


Lord, may I find serving you a "SHEER DELIGHT"..may I find contentment in doing your will and not what I want.

Friday, January 22, 2010

weekend list with baloons and flowers

It's Saturday! Nothing special is going to happen today but if you sense the excitement on that it is because simply means no work for me. I call it my rest day from the office but of course this is ministry day. We were supposed to join the Bibu kids this morning but we woke up late (again) but then it was already 4 Am when I went to bed.

So what's on my list today?

1. Will go to Divisoria in an hour (for my foreign readers, that's the best bargaining market in Manila) I am going to canvass stuff for give away, whew! I suddenly remember that it's still work's ok, at least I am not confined in the office for whole day.

2. Will have to study about the topic I am going to share with the youth tomorrow. I am beginning to feel the nervous because this would be my first time with them.

3. Will attend music team practice for the worship service tomorrow.

Someone texted me an invitation to attend a balloon seminar also but I can't do that for now, but along with my dream of learning the art of flower arrangement I hope to do that someday soon. You see, I am fascinated with balloons and flowers and those two can be use both in weddings and birthdays and any parties which is my passion also. I hope to have that balloon/flower business alongside with the wedding/events coordination soon.

Anyways, we are leaving now. I hope you guys have a good weekend! Blessings everyone!

Ministry Updates

Update on our Malaysia mission trip : February 25 is our faith date according to hubby, we needed to raise at least $650 for this trip and right now we still don't have any cents but we have friends who said they will give support..Praise God! Hubby and me are attending ACCESS training (training for missionaries) before we go probably 3rd week of February.

Update on Ministries : Music ministry is doing good, last Sunday there is a newcomer who auditioned and wants to be in the worship team, another one who has been in training for 5 weeks now is also doing fine, he'll be under discipleship or mentoring and hopefully by March, he'll be ready to be on the worship service to play guitar.

Urban poor kids ministry will resume tomorrow in two areas, this time we will offer tutorial to kids who struggles in their studies, there will be feeding, singing and bible story alongside with it. please pray that these kids will be instrument for the whole family to be saved.

Update on my mother : she went to see a doctor yesterday, bless the good heart of our good neighboor who happens to be her friend that accompanied her to the provincial hospital. She texted me and said she's doing okay now. I hope this time she really would stop smoking though it is not like this Rocky Patel cigars which I think is expensive , I still would want her to give up that habit.please remember her also in your prayers.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Today is Thankful Thursday and even if I am in the midst of “needs” and of “testings” I will not stop myself from making this post and give glory and thanks to our Lord.

(First) Okay so to start, our lone computer at home gave up on us last Tuesday, for reasons my hubby do not know It just wouldn’t boot, so that means I can’t work (paid blogging) at home. And God knows I needed that extra income more than anything now….

(Second) that my dad phoned me and told me that mom is sick and that she needs to see a doctor which means I have to send money for that.

And lastly our electric bill is now overdue and we’ve now got a disconnection notice.

So you think there’s nothing to be thankful for right? Wrong..because in situation like this, you find more reasons to thank God.

I thank Him for I have good friends and housemate who willingly lend us their laptop at night.

I thank God that until now we still have electricity and I’m sure it will not be disconnected until we paid the bill which is later today. (I claim we can pay it today)

And lastly, I am thankful that my paid blogging money will arrive tomorrow.

I just can’t help but shout that GOD IS GOOD and ALL THE TIME!!!

Hang on to Lynn's post today and be blessed by her "rat" and "laugh" story. I tell you I was blessed and saw God laughing.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Attitude of an Overcomer

Today’s Verse: “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (I John 5:4, NIV).

Today’s Word:

Are you facing some challenges or experiencing some unexpected setbacks? We all have things that come against us, but God didn’t create us to be overwhelmed and overcome; He created us to be overcomers!

During those times when we do face challenges, it’s our attitude that is really most important. Think about it for a minute. When something isn’t going your way month after month, how do you respond? Are you tempted to get sour or start expecting the worst? Does your mind start going “ninety-to-nothing” playing out all the scenarios? It may be easy to get down and discouraged, but if we go around thinking it’s never going to work out, our attitude limits what God can do. But when we dig our heels in knowing that God is bigger than our problems and that He already has a way out, when we fight the good fight of faith, that’s what allows God to show up and turn negative situations around.

Today, remember, you are created to overcome. There is victory already in store for your future. Stand strong with the attitude of an overcomer and watch what God will do on your behalf!

Prayer for Today: Father in heaven, thank You for making me an overcomer in Christ Jesus. I trust that You are bigger than my problems and that You are working on my behalf. Thank You for the victory in store for my future! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

source : Joel Osteen ministries

Sleepless in Makati

I've been sleeping less and less again for almost a week now but I don't want to complain because I know I am not wasting those precious hours. But then health should be a priority also otherwise I'll be spending hard earned money for medicines or doctors and that is the last thing I want to happen. Maybe that is why others are keen on having health insurance. I don't have one except for the government health benefits that we are required to pay out of our salary which for sure is very far from the benefits of NC health insurance.

Today, we've been to two parties and right now I am still full so I don't want to sleep yet and I guess I won't be able to sleep with the two cups of coffee I just had hours ago.

I've finally finish the make over of my new domain, if you have time, please feel free to check it here.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Enjoy your weekend!!!

Just finish typing the songs for the worship service tomorrow, I feel bad because I just posted yesterday that we should be resting early Saturday night, oh well at least my dear husband is. I on the other hand was left to do the typing and to surf a bit on weight loss supplement reviews. But mind you he reminded me to just do what I have to do and not play facebook games tonight.

So being the obedient wife that I should be, I will just wrap up this post and hit the sack!

I hope I'll wake up early tomorrow and not be grumpy. :)

Enjoy your weekend everyone and don't forget to go to church! remember that One week without Christ/church makes one weak.:)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Preparing for Sunday morning service

I read a good article/devotional yesterday. And because I read it while I am in the office, I printed it out and shared it to dear husband last night. I just feel it's very timely for us and I know we need it.

The article talks about preparing for Sunday morning service. You see, I have this very bad habit of staying up late during weekends and so most of the time I am having hard time waking up early for Sunday Service, though I am very very seldom late for the worship service proper, I am always late for the prayer and pre-worship before the service. I feel bad because our Pastor asked or rather required us to be there because we are part of the music team.

Now, on that article the author said on Item number

5: Rest long enough Saturday night to be alert and hopeful Sunday morning.

Not that I do not know it but I admit I often take it for granted, I think that Sunday worship begins Sunday morning but nope I was wrong, it should start Saturday night. The author also said that " without sufficient sleep, our minds are dull, our emotions are flat, our proneness to depression is higher, and our fuses are short.

Now, the husband and I made resolutions that we will never sleep late again on Saturday night except for unavoidable circumstances but for now, no more movies, no more internet surfing, no more facebook on Saturday evening, instead we will just meditate on God's word and pray and maybe put on some night cream and sleep.

If you want to read the whole article, you can find it here.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Donate to HAITI

photo source here

World rushes to help Haiti, relief and donations are flooding but I read that there is still a shortage of food and water. Let's do our part, let us help in our own little way, maybe instead of planning to buy diet pills online why not donate online? When manila was hit by the big flood last September, a lot of organization has opened up donations online so I am sure there are many online ways to help Haiti also. In fact you can do it through RED CROSS. If you can not do it online, there is also the text messages just make sure to check that it is not a scam as a lot of people will also take this opportunity to do that and so with online donations, be cautious in giving your donations which I'm sure was a hard earned money.

SALVATION ARMY accepts text donation as well as YELE through the effort of the hip hop artist Wycleaf Jean.

Youth Service

I am going to speak to the youth service on the 24th of this month, this would be my first time to speak to youth as in teenagers. I'm used to speaking to young adults like twenty above because that's the age group I handled when I was still single. But now, I am going to speak to youth whose ages are fourteens, sixteens and maybe thirteen years old girls and boys.

I still do not know what to say, haven't picked up a topic yet. One thing for sure though, I will not talk on youthology issues or about staying young forever but I am thinking of talking about how can they be of help in the body of Christ even at their young age. I am also thinking and praying if it is the right time to talk about purity or true love waits or dating. I still have to wait for what God will tell me.

Please pray for me and for these young people, pray that i will only share what God has asked me to share and that they may get something from it.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Thankful Thursday

It’s been a while since I posted a Thankful Thursday entry. I have no reason not to be thankful at all because God has been good to me. There maybe some hardship every now and then but still God is good all the time.

For this week, I would like to thank my Father in Heaven for the following:

1. My dad celebrated his 73rd birthday last Saturday. No big celebration just us, his immediate family, the grandkids sang his birthday song and the granddaughter blew his cake. It was a great day! Thank you Lord for giving him another year.

2. For the provision till the next payday which is tomorrow. God has been faithful to our every single need.

3. I am also thankful for my boss who understood and allowed me to join my husband in his next mission trip and that means leaving office for almost six weeks. Instead of resigning he said I could I just take that as vacation. Praise God!!

4. For the ministry-I would like to thank God for whatever He will let us do this year, right now I have something in my heart but me and hubby are still praying for it. I am still waiting for His word.

So there is my list for this week, I will again be busy this coming week but I hope I always find time to do this weekly meme as I have time searching for cheap and nice eye creams or beauty products there is. Sometimes I even have time to play stuff at facebook so I hope I will not forget to do this.

What are you thankful for this week my blog friends? Share it with all the thankful ladies at LYNN's blog.

There is hope-Haiti

I know most of you by now have heard about the Haiti earthquake that devastated almost whole of the capital city of Haiti.

I just showed my dear husband the pictures and videos a while ago and watching videos in you tube makes me even more sad especially reading some of the comments. Some questioned the existence of God, some even said harsher words. Very very sad.

I know it is hard to comprehend why God would allow this kind of tragedy but who can explain God's mind?

Our small country has been hit by tragedies also last year but I am thankful that our people never questioned God and our people still believed that yes there is God in spite of these disasters.

I hope I can do something to help in my own little way, I hope those who can would help, I hope people would be more sensitive to the need of the others and stop thinking about themselves for a while, for all we know even as thousand of people there are trying to fight for their lives others are thinking about the best wrinkle creams they will buy.

I hope people will still believe that there is God and that HE is still in control.

I hope that victims will still see hope amidst this tragedy.

I can only pray and hope.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Happy 73rd Birthday Tatay!

My tatay (father) is 73 today and I want to thank God for the gift of life. And I pray that He would still give my father more birthday celebration with us. Today we had lunch at my sister's house and I can see how happy my father is, we were all there (except for my brother's family in Pangasinan but it's ok because they were with them naman last New year). We ordered a whole roasted pig (lechon baboy) just for the whole family. :)

I wish I could give my father a nice vacation somewhere so he and mom can relax a bit, that's one of my dream for them, I want them to see more of the Philippines,experience a nice hotel like los cabos hotels in Mexico. Have fun at the beach with their grand kids, go to parks, visit zoobic safari, visit their relatives.

It's not too late I know, they maybe in their old age but they are still both healthy and I know they would still love to travel.

Again, thank you Lord for giving my dad long life, please give him more so he would see his grandchild with us.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Some thoughts to ponder

Got this on my email this morning....just sharing..

To realize
The value of a sister/brother
Ask someone
Who doesn't have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:

Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:

Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby.....

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:


Hold on tight to the ones you love!

Monday, January 4, 2010

all things work together for good

Praise God!! whatever life gives you, whether good or bad situation we have to give back praises to HIM for He said in Romans 8:28 that "All things work together for good to those who love Him"

Just a while ago, i was nervous to the max because I was about to talk to my boss and tell him I'm quitting my work because of our upcoming mission trip to Malaysia. I prayed and then I waited for the timing and then finally had the guts to talk to him.

I still do not know how would I feel about the outcome, he didn't accept my resignation but has allowed me to go with my husband for the mission trip meaning I will be away from the office for more than one month.

Now, I know I still have thoughts on resigning from work, Rudolf knows that I still worry about our expenses especially the payment for rent, bills, groceries and other home related expenses and yes I do worry a lot sometimes even on small things such as sinks repair or replacement but I realized that losing my job means I would learn to really trust God the way I never did before.

Now that I was alllowed to go with my husband on this mission trip and be able to get back to work after, I feel blessed really, seldom are given such an opportunity and I hope and pray that with this opportunity I will be able to give God the glory He deserves.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year!!

We're back from our four days vacation..And this is actually my first post for the year 2010.

People do make resolutions every new year, I used to when I was still a kid for reasons I do not understand. I mean why make a new years resolution while you can start making resolutions any day and anytime right?

I have stopped making resolutions on new year long ago, you know that long list of "things I will change for this year" thing. like I will lose weight this year, then at the second month stopped working out and decided on taking fat burners supplement, then on the third month completely abandoned the resolution. That was me before.

This year, I still don't know what's gonna happen. No one is certain of his future anyways but I still feel better If I have plans or visions or dreams or goals so instead of making new years resolution I'll try to make goals and If I fail there is always a fresh start for us even if it is not new year. God's grace doesn't abound only on new year but the whole year through.

Hope we all have a bountiful 2010!!!