Keep, Drop, Change!

Gospel Reflection for 7 January 2018

The Epiphany of the Lord

Pls Read God’s Silent Message: Gospel of Matthew 2:1-12

“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.“

It’s NEW YEAR once more!

“Picture-picture!” … selfie dito, groupie don! – natapos ang taon na maraming ganon – at nagsimula na ulit ang taon, GANON PA DIN! … at isa na ako don! “eto na naman si picture-picture!” – ganito lagi ang kantyaw sa akin kapag may “moments”!  Nagkamali nga daw ako ng course na kinuha – dapat daw ay Photography!

True enough! I have always loved “photography” because I have always loved “life & every bit of chance in it”!  Thanks to the leveled-up technology kasi digital na tayo ngayon … gone were the days na “kailangan ipa-develop mo muna ang film bago mo pa makita ang image”! – tapos saka mo pa lang makikita na ang epic-fail pala ang shots mo, gumastos ka pa sa developing charge!

Each picture tells “a thousand words” & God’s messages & signals are in-to-it! Images may be kept in the heart but God has given us another alternative to make us “see beyond” when we “take another glance” at those shots in our solitude.

God has always been great for creating great minds that brought us this “digital advantage” where we can easily keep good-to-see pics, drop unpleasant scenarios & elements and change some effects before we post pics that would gather many “likes” in social sites –- all because we’ve INSPIRED life!

What we do in photography, we do to “life”! – but let us be like those three WISE men who CONSIDERED God’s SIGNS which made them decide to take another route & save themselves from unseeming destruction.

So, my dear friends,  let’s reflect on this: what can we “keep, drop & change” in our life as we welcome 2018?

Happy & Blessed New Year po! #sunset


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

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 🙂

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.”

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