For a Thousand Years


Reflections for 2nd Sunday of Advent

Pls Read God’s Silent Message: MK 1:1-8 / 2 PT 3:8-14

 

Has anyone broken a promise made to you?

Or have you ever broken a promise to someone?

As much as possible, we don’t want broken promises … right?

I, for one, would strive as much as I could, just not to break a promise — as to my bunso’s request:

“Mommy, gusto ko paglaki ko, nandito ka pa din po ah!”

Sometimes, there is no easy way to fulfill, especially when the situation that you’re in is on a “day-to-day” basis. ‘Yong tipong “one-day-at-a-time” ang peg. ‘Yong tipong gabi-gabi umaasa ka na sana “bukas ulit!” Hindi mo kasi sure kung yong masakit sayo today magsa-subside na bukas; kung yong kinaya mo today, kakayanin mo pa ulit bukas.

When I’m in pain, I was like that voice of one crying out in the desert; I’m like striving for a thousand years with all those prayers, meditations, and “any source of hope” — just to still be alive the day after. That fact that cancer is a traitor thing, I can never tell when it would break my chance “to still be there” years more.

But you know what friend, on top of it all, it’s only a matter of MINDSET!

Isipin mo lang na kaya mo, makakaya mo kasi you have enough!

Walang hindi kakayanin ang taong nagmamahal since God loved us first. No matter how pressed with time you may feel, as long as you fuel your life with that desire to glorify God with your survival because you chose to trade your “not so good habits” with renewed ways and you advocate on inspiring others with your story, surely you won’t break a promise at all.

Friend, are you by some chance in the same situation as mine? Kung hanggang saan at kung hanggang kailan, be grateful enough that you have that ONE DAY – for with the Lord, that one day is like fulfilling a promise for a thousand years.  #sunset

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Every Mess Could be a Masterpiece


All that it takes for us to come up with something beautiful out of any mess is that heart that appreciates.

via Every Mess could be a Masterpiece — Art Signature by Rg and Mom

A Mom’s Big Why


You can always BECOME THE BEST YOU as a Mom!

Here’s hoping my story would create an inspiration in you!

Dear God, Thank you so much for the Gift of Time! You gave us great hope just when we thought that we could no longer make it. Those simple notes saying “Mommy, sana hindi ka mawawala sa akin!” and “Mommy, sana po paglaki ko, nandito ka pa din ah!” has been my BIG WHY. Not that Breast […]

via A Mom’s Big WHY. — Art Signature by Rg and Mom

Thank you for taking the time to read this stuff. I would appreciate reading a feedback from you. God bless you! 🙂

When We Have Nothing to Give…


When We Have Nothing to Give…

Hi, do you sometimes feel that God seem not to listen when you are in need?

Do you sometimes feel hopeless when you have nothing to give? 

Let this link inspire us…and later on realize that…God would always give what we’re asking for if we have good relationship within the family whom we expect to also be with us while we’re hanging on what’s yet to come. 

Afterall, it is how parents submit to God’s will while mending their child’s future and how children LISTEN and allow their parents to guide them to the “grace” awaiting them … just because they were humble enough to submit to their parents’ wisdom 🙂

http://profgailinspires.com/2013/07/29/when-we-have-nothing-to-give/

Zing! Never Give up ’till it Opens


Zing! Never Give up 'till it Opens

“What God has joined together,
no human being must separate.”

– this, according to our Gospel Mark 10:2-16, is what Marriage should keep holding on to, according to God’s plan.

However, “that’s the way you are, this is the way I am” – such a world of indifference!

Sometimes, we would have the feeling that our partner is there, but he/she seems so far away just because “certain reasons” are keeping us apart. Yong tipong “nandyan nga sya, pero parang feeling mo mag-isa ka lang”; that feeling na may kasama ka nga, wala ka namang kausap; may kausap ka nga, kaaway mo naman! Hehe, parang wala ka nang choice kundi umiyak na lang kasi yon na lang ang natitira mong choice for the sake of the kids!”

We would at times quarrel over MONEY matters: hindi nagkakasya ang kulang, lalo pang lumalaki ang deficit kasi hindi lang bulsa mo ang butas, pati puso mo nagkakalamat na din; nasi-stress ka kasi maikli ang pang-unawa na magpupuno sa kulang na budget. We would at times not fulfil each other’s expectations in our SEXual life: minsan hinahanap natin ang di naman natin kinakayang ibigay sa partner natin kaya it’s a common tendency that the opponent wins in tempting us na mas makita natin ang effort ng iba kesa sa ni hindi natin ma-appreciate na effort ng kung sino ang nandyan lang para sa atin for life. And lastly, we would also at times battle over POWER: “who is who” most of the time matters!—yong tipong “ikaw na! ikaw na ang boss, ikaw na ang magaling, ikaw na ang pagod, ikaw na ang di pwedeng makarinig ng nagri-reason out na partner kasi di mo ma-gets ang gustong ipa-gets sayo ng partner mo; na kung minsan pa ay ikaw na ‘yong parent na laging tama against your kids kasi magulang ka – hehe, ikaw na nga!

CHOICE … meron pa ba?
Hmmm, tama bang sabihin na unfair naman if we would say na “no choice” na kundi daanin mo na lang sa kanta:
“I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up, still looking up.”
=by JASON MRAZ=

Human as we are, we could always justify that when we are pained, it’s natural for us to “let go of that pain” — without us realizing that we are actually sacrificing a good future for our innocent children; for we make them suffer the consequences of our ”self-centeredness”.

Sometimes, it pays to listen to the silent tunes of a certain song. We wouldn’t know if its lyrics is that same message that God wants to tell us, COUPLES through this gospel … not only for children’s sake, but for the sake that we, allowed VOWS to put us together.

“I don’t wanna be someone
who walks away so easily.
I’m here to stay and make
the difference that I can make
Our differences they do a lot to teach us
how to use the tools and gifts we got,
yeah, we got a lot at stake…”

Oh, I suggest COUPLES should love this song  and live out its lyrics! God wants us to HOLD-ON when all that we cry for is “let go”. — sunset

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#‘need some time ALONE?!??

Have you tried dining in an EAT-ALL-YOU-CAN Restaurant all by your self? Heheh…feeling food-trip lang!?  why not? ‘go dare?

…that feeling na, gusto mo pero di mo magawa! …those times when you need to reward yourself after some hard-days work pero nanghihinayang ka! …those chances when you can rest naman sana, but you just can’t grab!  … ‘yong time na dapat para sa sarili mo na, pero di mo naman matiis na mang-dedma kapag parang may kailangan kang gawin para sa iba.

We were told that for us to function well in our responsibilities, we need to take time out for a break; some time for solitude, some time to relax so that we can refresh and gain some more energy in fulfilling our commitments to our family and to others as well.

So true indeed! Tired & stressed as we usually are, we want as much to enjoy a whole-day rest to equate the toxic days that has been.

However, just as Jesus was not able to refuse the sheep without shepherds, how much more that us, parents can bear the sight of just allowing our kids do their thing so unconsciously, letting them mess-up, to the point that they would no longer know how to mend and put things back to its place. ‘yong tipong you’ll even be guilty for taking time out while your family needed you to be there for them.

Ganito pala, with the gospel of Mark 6: 30-34, yong time na akala mong di mo naibigay sa sarili mo, yon yong time na mai-enjoy ng family mo habang magkakasama nyong ginagawa ang mga bagay na minsan ay ginugusto mong gawin mag-isa.

“If children live with sharing, they learn generosity. If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect. If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them. If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.” Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

For the world to raise a shepherd like Jesus, each one of us has to experience it within the family through us, parents as leaders. Children learn what they live even if we don’t directly tell them that they should learn the kind of experience that we provide for them.

Eventually, “children live what they learn” … they would be the ones to prove na mas masarap kumain sa eat-all-you-can restaurant if you’re not alone! 🙂 sunset

 

“Our Legacy in a Road Less Travelled”


 “Our Legacy  in a Road Less Travelled”

“There are times when we have to leave, let them on their own so that they may see for themselves if they can manage to apply the things that we’ve taught them.”

This is my usual justification everytime I would spend the whole day of Saturdays for a part-time job in Makati. The kids would have to mend things on their own and have to make sure that things are well just before I go back at night. Of course what made me confident leaving them so early in the morning at such, is the condition that I have already taught them “the how’s of mending” things. Plus, just as I drive away from home, what would relieve my worries “if they can turn the day well” is when I whisper a prayer for them.

Yes, at times, I would also have apprehensions while at work, but the gospel of John 17:11b-19 is so assuring, as it gave me the realization that this is what Jesus also did: Resurrection-after, He spent rigid time training His disciples; but off to His Ascension — end of His 40 days when He already had to leave. Yet, such long prayer to His Father just before he went, assured Him of the strength which should be founded in His disciples as they carry out the work which He begun.

For decades, Jesus has been OUT OF SIGHT, YET PRESENT in many ways. And so today, the present where we’re in, proves that His disciples won a legacy for Him; and I personally feel that up to this day, Jesus is still profound in inviting us to be His disciples in today’s time. Just like Him, Jesus wants us to raise our own legacy.

Where else to begin?

“A man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well-educated family.” — Thomas Scott.

No matter what we’ve done for ourselves or for humanity, the best place to begin raising our legacy is within our own family.

Kids may seem to find it a far-fetched idea that we want them to make the difference by living out the values which we’ve made them experience at home because they will always tend to compare themselves with their peers who do not get the same training from their busy parents.

But – if we will be as persevering as Jesus did to His disciples our family will also win a legacy for us.

There would be no easy way to road less travelled in our today’s time where we are faced to a lot of media pressures, but if the good news which Jesus wants us to spread will linger in every child’s mind, moreso in their hearts, Jesus’ legacy would never die – all because us, parents also strive to win a legacy for Jesus in our time. #