WHEN WORK SEEMS DIFFICULT: A Testimony of Patricia Anne


Hi everyone.
I’m Tricia.
Ako po ay isang guro.




After college, nagsimula akong magturo sa isang Private School. Syempre iba na ang sitwasyon ngayon. Dati nag-aaral lang ako pero ngayon ako na ang magtatrabaho. Hindi na ako bibigyan ng pera ng parents ko dahil ako na ang magsisipag para sa sarili ko. Dati, nauubos ang oras ko sa pag-aaral. Puro pag-aaral, pag-aaral at pag-aaral ang inatupag ko nung nasa College ako. Gusto ko kasi matuwa yung mga taong nakapalibot sa akin. I want to please them and not God. Akala ko magiging masaya ako na makitang proud yung parents ko sa mga natanggap kong awards pero na-feel ko pa rin ang emptiness sa puso ko sa kabila nun. Alam ko namang may God dahil laking Sunday school ako at nagsisimba na ako sa Christian Church elementary pa lang ako. Pero kinakausap ko lang Siya kapag may hiling ako o di kaya kapag may problema lang ako. Dun ko lang Siya naaalala. Puro kasi sarili ang iniisip ko.

Hindi nagbago yun kahit nung nagsimula na akong magtrabaho. Kung dati puro aral ang ginagawa ko, ngayon puro work naman. Sa Private School ay 7:00am ang pasok hanggang 5:00pm pero dahil nga Private School siya at tambak ang mga paperworks, umaabot lagi ng mga 7:00 or 8:00pm ang uwian namin. Wala na naman akong time sa pamilya ko at kay God. Dahil si Jesus ay nasa isipan ko lang at wala sa puso ko, puro stress, puro problema, at puro lungkot lang ang aking nararamdaman. Madali akong nagagalit sa mga bagay at unti unting nawawalan ng gana sa pagtatrabaho.

Then One day, kinulit ako ng schoolmate ko nung College, si Bujay, na umattend sa Singles dito sa CCF Muntinlupa. Then, by God’s grace, May 3, 2013, I decided na pumunta. Medyo nahihiya pa ako nun kasi ako lang mag-isa. Nung time na yun ay si Marchelle, ang discipler ko ngayon ang aking nakilala. Wala siyang kasama kaya one on one kaming dalawa. Noong time na yun, mas naintindihan ko na ang JOHN 3:16. Memorize ako ng memorize dati pero ngayon, naisapuso ko talaga siya. Naintindihan ko na, FOR GOD SO LOVED the world that He gave His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever believes in HIM shall not perish but have ETERNAL LIFE. Wow! As in wow. Nalaman ko na hindi pala ako mabuting tao. All this time, ang dami ko palang kasalanan. Ang dami kong kasinungalingan sa magulang ko. Ang dami kong maling ginawa sa mata ng Diyos. Pagkauwi ko sa bahay, nagPray ako at talagang buong buo kong tinanggap si Jesus as my Lord and my Savior. I repented from all my sins, I surrender my life to Him and I completely trust Him. Now, I have Jesus in my heart.

Nagresign na ako sa Private School na tinuruan ko at nag-apply sa Public School. Mahirap po mag-apply sa Public School dahil ang daming requirements, may interview at may demo pa. Sobrang dami pero I trust God. Last week na ng May pero wala pa akong call. Hindi ko alam kung magkakawork pa ako pero I trust God. Lagi lang ako nagpe-pray sa Kanya. Then 2 days bago magstart ang klase, tinawagan ako ng principal at nagkawork na ako. Sa Tunasan Elementary School. Grade Six & Filipino Teacher. Yun nga lang City paid lang ako at hindi National Teacher. Ang City Paid kasi hindi pa permanente, ibig sabihin pede akong tanggalin after 1 year. Natakot ako pero I know God is in control so I trust Him and pray. After two months, napalipat ako ng school dahil yung principal namin nailipat sa Bayanan Main. Sinama niya ako dun. Pagkapunta ko sa Bayanan Main, sa Grade Six ulit ako dinala pero English naman ang subject na ituturo ko. May mga pagkakataon na hirap na hirap ako sa paperworks pero nakukuntento ako. Nagiging masaya ako. Kung siguro dating Patricia ako, lagi na lang akong stress at magco-complain pero dahil I have Jesus in my life, sobrang grateful ako sa mga nangyayari sa akin. Dumating pa sa point na masasabi ko na mahirap pala magturo. Kasi ang pagtuturo, para ka na ring magulang. Ang dami mong anak na tuturuan at didisiplinahin. Matitigas ang ulo nila. Sobrang mga pasaway. Ang hirap pero God is in control. God is always telling me to be patient and lagi kong feel ang hug Niya sa akin. Nagtitiwala lang ako sa Kanya. Ang naging sandata ko sa mga paghihirap na nararanasan ko ay Prayer. Si Lord ang kasama ko, kaya di ako matatakot. Tapos kapag may mga trials and challenges sa buhay ko, isa sa verse na nagpapalakas sa akin ay ang James 1:2-3 “My Brethen, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” So sa lahat ng nararanasan ko sa work, alam ko natatakot ako at nahihirapan pero masaya ako kasi alam kong kasama ko Siya. Alam kong tutulungan Niya ako. Alam kong hindi Niya ako iiwan at pababayaan.

After 1 year ko sa Grade Six. Naging National Teacher na ako. Puro blessings ang narereceive ko then nilipat ako sa Grade One. Ang pinaka-ayaw kong lipatang Grade Level dahil alam kong makukulit at di ko kakayanin ang mga bata. Pero alam niyo, God is really amazing. By God’s grace, tinanggap ko ito ng maluwag at inaccept ang challenge ni Lord sa akin. Sinabi Niya sa akin na, “Anak wala akong ibibigay sa iyo na hindi mo kaya. Kaya mo yan Anak.” Sobrang peace ang naramdaman ko. Imbis magreklamo, inaccept ko ng maluwag. Pero habang tumatagal, nag-eenjoy ako sa Grade One. Mas masaya nga actually. Minsan madami pa ring problema, sa paperworks, sa mga coteachers, sa mga bata, sa mga parents nilang nagrereklamo, para sa akin, hindi na ganun kabigat o ka-stessful dahil kasama ko si Jesus. Dun ko naintindihan na ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD. Kung mapapansin niyo, ang daming changes sa buhay ko. From Private School, nilipat ako sa Tunasan Elementary School, then sa Bayanan Main. From Grade Six naging Grade One. Ang daming pagbabago. Sa totoo lang, mahirap kapag pabago bago kasi palagi kang mag-aadjust pero God is really in control. Sabi nga sa Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who have been called according to His purpose.” Lahat ng bagay ay may dahilan. We need to trust God.

Minsan may pagkakataon na nasasaktan tayo.
May mga taong nanakit sa atin especially sa work.
Minsan may pagkakataon na nahihirapan tayo sa iba’t ibang sitwasyon lalo na sa pagtatrabaho, pero lagi nating tatandaan na meron tayong Panginoon na ready to help us.

Friends, tiwala lang. Wag tayong magsasawang magdasal sa Kanya. Wag tayong magsasawang magtiwala kay Jesus.
Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure everything out. TURN TO GOD. He has a plan.
According to Colossians 3:23
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”

How do we respond when work seems difficult? Be patient. Be calm. Cast your cares on the Lord. Pray. Trust God. Always remember that God is in control and He is a great God.

Thank you and God bless!





BASIL: The Home of Real Thai Food

We finally had a time to have a "real date" indulge over Thai food (Oh how I've missed these two). After checking out the reviews and spotting a discount on Metrodeal, we happily decided to visit. Basil is located along Chino Roces Avenue.  It is behind a building that is in front of Glaxo Smith Kline.  From Magallenes MRT, it would probably be just a 2 minute ride.





We ordered Phad Thai 360php, Creamy Prok Curry 325php and Lettuce Wrap with Tamarind sauce 295php.  I am not a fan of 300++ pinoy dishes because I think I could whip them at home, but since this was Thai authentic Thai, my wallet happily gave in.

The lettuce wrap was refreshing.  It was crunchy all over and the Tamarind sauce gave it a different kick. It was minty, sour and sweet all at the same time.  Perfect for appetizer.



The Curry was great too.  It was not spicy but so flavorful.  I literally closed my eyes on my first taste.  It took me back to the streets of Bangkok.  Awesome flavor.  We did not finish it all so we brought it home for Risen which by the way he happily finished!


Phad Thai.  This was real.  I wanted more of it but my tummy surrendered already.  haha I would go back to Basil just for this.  Really really yummy and spicy!!


If you want real food, cozy and quiet ambiance, I highly recommend Basil.  They too have the most accommodating staff and efficient service.  Not too mention, big servings too.  



CCF MUNTINLUPA CHRONICLE: LOVING GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART

**Below is a summary of the message last February 7, 2016 at CCF Muntinlupa.  This also appeared in The Chronicle (weekly Newsletter of CCF Muntinlupa).   The text was written by Bryan Eli B. Sadorra.


This February, valentines is celebrated by the world which has a deceiving, destructive  and self-centered definition of love.

THE RIGHT KIND OF LOVE

The bible defines love as patient and kind. It does not envy or boast. It is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way. It is not irritable or resentful. It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (I Corinthians 13: 4-7) This love is demonstrated by the Lord through the cross. (Romans 5:8) And the only way we can love others and even God is by accepting and embracing the reality of God’s love for us and in us. He did not only love us but He also gave us love that gave us the ability to love.

With this, how do we do we show our love to God?

I AM WILLING TO GIVE AND GIVE UP

Love means willingness to give and give up. We are to continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. (Hebrews 13:15) Also, our bodies are owned by God. We cannot do anything to them without His consent. Instead, we are to give them to be holy and acceptable unto God which is our spiritual service. (Romans 12:1)

I AM WILLING TO RECEIVE

Love means willingness to receive whatever is from God. No one deserves blessings but God enabled us, thus, we should thankfully receive. (I Timothy 6:17) His Word is for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, thus, we are to take it. (II Timothy 3:16) God may also give us trials which we need to endure but still praise the Lord for. (Job 1:21-22) God is treating us as His children and part of our legitimacy is discipline so that we may share in His holiness and for the production of a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:6-11)

I AM WILLING TO DO

Love means obeying God’s command. The Lord has a standard on who loves Him. He is serious with our relationship with Him and obedience to His Word is a manifestation of our love for Him. (John 14:15, John 14:21) A part of His instruction is to go and make disciples, so, our willingness to be a disciple and be trained to disciple is also a demonstration of our love for Him. (Matthew 28:19-20) Lastly, carrying each other’s burden is a way of fulfilling His law. (Galatians 6:2)

I AM WILLING TO BE

Love means setting apart or being sanctified for God. We need to be holy because God is holy. (I Peter 1:16) A part of being holy is pleasing Him. (II Corinthians 5:9) And as we allow ourselves to be holy, the Lord instructed us to be strong, be courageous, not to be frightened and not be dismayed for He promised that He shall be with us wherever we go. (Joshua 1:9)


We are loved by God. We have love from God. And we can love God. Are we willing to exercise this love by giving and giving up, by receiving, by doing and by being the person God wants us to be? Are we willing to love God with all our hearts?

ON LOVE AND TELLING THE WORLD ABOUT IT

This is probably the most rewarding, fulfulling and productive vday I have ever had. To begin, I spent it with Bryan. Then we had the chance to do the things we love that looked forward doing since we werw engaged with the people that matters to us.

It was Feb 13, Saturday when the Singles Fellowship of CCF Muntinlupa had the Event entitled
"On a Personal Note, Ang Concert ng Sari-Saring Love Stories".  This music night featured the different phases of love thru songs.  The ambiance was so relaxed, fun and interactive.  Parang group videoke lang!  This fun night turned out to be more special because Bryan and I had a chance to share how God puzzled our stories, lives and hearts together.  Such a pleasure to speak about our friendship, engagement and marriage. 





full house at Qaldi Coffee Bar
with Joy

On the second day of our Vday weekend, we spent it with our D-group (young couples) a.k.a Sanity friends.  It was such a fun meet-up because we got to answer a few questions from the youth of Danielle's home church..  Here are some of the inquiries we got:

1.  Paano ko po malalaman kung mahal ako nung babae?
2.  Ilang taon po pwedeng mag-asawa?
3.  Bakit po hindi ako crush ng crush ko?
4.  may nangyari po sakin nung bata ako, may magmamahal pa po ba na lalaki sa akin?

After our 45 minutes question and answer stint, we gather to talk about God's design for marriage.

                                
panel :)


To cap-off, we are so thankful that we had a chance to share our love for each other and God's love to us.  It would be difficult to stay in-love without His love and grace.  My desire is we would know what God's love is all about because this is the only way we can truly love each other.  (Please check Risen's ribbon below hehe)



Aaaannnddd wait, let me share the sprinkles on top of my full vday.  It ended so sweetly.  Thank you, Bryan!  I can't wait to love you more and tell the world about it!


NOT THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT

I was reading Genesis and answering the reflection questions found on the booklet Marriage, God's Design for Intimacy by James and Martha Reapsome when I came across these two verses.  

Genesis 2: 8-9
Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made.  The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 

Genesis 3:6
The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 

image not mine


Looking back, I saw two things:
1. God provided the physical needs of Adam and Eve by planting all sorts of trees
2. Eve "forgot" that God made all this when she was tempted by the serpent to eat the forbidden fruit

REFLECTION:

I should never forget that God has provided and met all my needs.  As a wife and mother I have a tendency to worry, over think and dream of "better" things for me and my family.  This verses reminded me that God has given me the things that are enough.  Instead of clamoring and asking for more, I should see that a LOT of things were already provided so I should be more than thankful.  I know that the world has always something good to offer.  Our earthly life has always a better option, a grander alternative and unlimited opportunities, however, I should only take the options that God freely gives.  That as I live, there will be many offers (for me and my family) that "seems beautiful and delicious" (just like the forbidden fruit) but I should remember in my heart what is important, what is precious in God's sight, what is eternal and what will give Him the real glory.

Lord,

This is a painful rebuke.  In many occasions, I have taken the fruit that the world offers without remembering that You have already provided.  Help me to continously see You and what will bring honor to You.  Strip me away of my bragging rights, because I only have You.  I can only be proud because of You.



I AM GOOD

I have heard myself twice last week saying how contented and happy I was with my (general) life. That I am good.  That I am in the season of my life where I am fine.  The first time I mentioned this was during our D-group with other ministry heads and second one was during our usual "kamustahan" with the Velardos.

I am thankful that God sends people who ask the hard and needed questions.  Once in a while, it is good to ponder upon "kamusta ako?" (How am I?).

After saying that I am "good" twice, I had to ask myself silently if "being this content" is fine. This pondering led to other questions  like "Have I stopped dreaming?",  "Have I stopped caring?", "Have I become agnostic to the people and things around me?".  However after prayerfully thinking about it, I realized that instead to over thinking, I should be thankful because as of now (I do not know how long this will last), because of God's grace, I am good with my life.

Maybe it goes with outlook, maybe with age.  Maybe with time.  I do not know.  However, it feels good to be good.  It feels great to live one day at a time (still a struggle) and let God arrange the unknown tomorrow.  

As of today, now that I am typing this, I am good.  How about you? How are you?