My dearest Joaquin,
How time flies, it’s been 11 years and how you’ve grown! In just a few years, I’ll be having my own teenager.
I’m so proud on how you’ve turned out to be, being your own individual person. And I’m so thankful for you because you have taught me so much about life; you gave me a darn good reason to live; you showed me my purpose on this earth and yielded me towards the right direction.
And I am forever thankful to God because not everyone is as lucky as me to be blessed with a son like you. I know sometimes I may be a little too hard but I only want you to understand your mistakes so that you learn from them. I want you to see that you can dream big and I will always be here for you, to walk with you in every step you make to fulfilling those dreams.
Manong, you are loved. Don’t ever think otherwise. You and your brothers are my world and I would do anything, everything, to give you the best life you could possibly have.
I love you beyond words. Always remember that. Happy 11th birthday!
I’ve lived three decades and survived!
No, it wasn’t a lavish celebration, considering the fact that I don’t really celebrate my birthday.
But I thank God for giving me the wonderful gift of loving Family and really great Friends. All these unplanned events made me feel extra special.
Bananas from Dane, lunch date with my sister, pizza party from the office and dinner with the family, what a pleasant surprise.
Mahjong party with these beauties. My raccoon eyes were worth it! (lol)
Fancy dinner with this bunch. It was an interesting night indeed! (aka ang ita)
These people, these moments…I don’t need much, they are enough.
…and that concludes my big 3-0. Thank you so much for cheering me up, for always remembering me and staying by me through whatever. We might not always agree on things but I am confident that you truly care. I love you all so much! Cheers!
Sharing Day 56 of the reading plan I am currently on from http://www.joycemeyer.org/ Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life – a Daily Devotional
Setting Your Enemies Free
When dealing with past hurts, we all know that it’s right to forgive, even when it’s difficult. However, few of us rarely take the next step that God wants us to take.
A common misconception is that all we have to do is make the decision to forgive and our job is finished, but Jesus also said, “Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God’s blessing (favor) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you]” (Luke 6:28 AMP). In addition, Romans 12:14 says that we are to bless the people who persecute us and treat us cruelly.
We are to actively bless our enemies. God calls us to extend mercy to people who do not deserve it. Why?
When you forgive, it opens a door for God to heal you, but honestly, it doesn’t do much for the person who offended you. But when you bless them, you ask God to bring truth to them so they can repent and experience the real freedom He provides. Forgiveness sets you free…blessing your enemies sets them free.
Prayer Starter: God, I thank You for helping me walk in forgiveness, but I don’t want to stop there. I ask You to bless those who have hurt me. In the same way that You have brought healing to my life, bring healing to them so they can experience Your goodness and walk in Your love.
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. (Romans 12:14 KJV)
As a tribute to our mothers, I’d like to post this entry, Day 1 of the reading plan I am currently on from http://www.justjoyministries.com/
She Is… A Chauffeur!
As a mom, one of your most irritating and yet vitally necessary job descriptions is that you are a chauffeur! Now truthfully, I am not referring to the endless days of taking kids to soccer practice, youth group, the orthodontist and piano lessons.
You must make sure that your children reach their destinations in life. Every important destination that a child arrives at is simply because he or she had a mom who took the job of chauffeuring seriously.
From sleeping all night … to giving up their pacifiers … to learning how to write their names … to making their beds … to personal hygiene … you are the mom and you lead them in the right direction in order to reach these important goals in life.
You must not merely point them in the right direction, but by the example of your life you must take them there.
You cannot merely tell your children how to tie their shoes, how to serve God or how to be kind. Telling is not enough when it comes to mothering. You must model it by daily life choices.
Your child will be no kinder than you are … they will not be happier than you are … and they certainly won’t read the Bible if you don’t.
As you chauffeur your children through life, it is your input and impact that will take them through low valleys and to mountain top vistas … across bumpy, dirt roads and away from dead ends. But the fact that you are in the driver’s seat will ensure their safety and eventual arrival at a healthy place in life.
You are a chauffeur… make sure that you are taking your child in the right direction. In order to do that, you must make sure that YOU, the mom, are going in the right direction. Be mindful of only following the trustworthy directions found in the GPS of God’s Word and not the confusing and contradicting cultural roadmap that will lend only to dead ends in life.
Happy Mother’s Day! 😘