ANG HUGOT NG #READYTOMARRY

Marriage is intricate.  It is complicated, beautiful and breathtaking.  It is a wonderful experience for people who threw themselves to reality of marriage - which is to be one and to cleave.  It is dangerous and awful because the weakness of your partner and the disappointments it can bring will make you question on why did you marry from the very first place.  Marriage is fun, it asks for worries, yet it brings you comfort.

Marriage is detailed.  God gave us instructions to obey.  Disobedience means consequences.  

Marriage is beautiful because it was created by God.  Therefore it should bring you laughter and joy amidst sorrow. 

Marriage is a lifetime commitment.  That even when your spouse sins, you would be willing to forgive again, and again and again.

It is fixed. permanent. and forever.

This is why you should prepare before getting married. 

MY TYPHOON LAWIN STORY

We go to Bry's parents in Paoay, Ilocos Norte to rest, sleep and eat.  Every long holiday, like summer, Chirstmas or sem-break, we make sure we intentionally travel to the north to gather ourselves and prep for the nest leg of "work".  This sem-break was no different, except that we knew Typhoon Lawin will be there too.

While we were waiting for our bus to arrive, we received a text that the typhoon will be as strong as Yolanda.  Bryan and I had to think and pray if we should still take the bus or just go back to Carmona.  We do not know exactly why, but we decided to take that bus knowing the risks we will be facing.  It was a scary decision especially that Risen was in tow.  It would be a different scenario if it was just the two of us. We prayed and asked for wisdom.  We discerned God's will.  What we know at that time was 1.  Paoay does not get flooded easily 2.  Bry's home is well maintained and has a second floor (just in case it floods) 3. Their home is not under any trees that might fall  4. His parents who are both senior citizens  5.  His parents gave us a go signal to go 6.  My parents did not stop us from traveling

And so we did.

It was a long ride.  We left Manila at 8:15pm and arrived at 4:30 am.  I was awake the whole time.  My eyes were just closed but my mind has Yolanda in mind.  On how the filipinos suffered and died.  I would glance at Bryan, Risen and the window and ask God "Lord, if we made a terrible decision, stop us".  

When we arrived, I prepared our emergency bag, We decided to take a long afternoon nap just so we can observe the weather all night.  We had early dinner too and texted people to pray for us.  

We were in bed at 8pm and the lights were down at 11pm.  While in bed, we could hear the wind.  It was like the sound of the plane taking off.  It was not whistling, it was more of roaring.  I and Bryan could not sleep starting 2am because of the sound of Lawin and things that flew with it.  Merong sound ng yero, wood, roof, etc.  It was 80 percent wind and 20 percent rain.  However, there was peace that I could not explain.  I was not worried nor anxious.  I was actually trying to sleep pero maingay lang talaga so ang hirap matulog!

We and my in-laws gathered around the dining table at 6am.  We shared  our sleepless night and hoped that Lawin left already.  However, according to Bryan, the typhoon would pass by at 8am in Ilocos so the peace that we are having that early morning could be because we are under the "eye" of the storm.  At around 8am, things became different na.  Up until 3 - 4 in the afternoon, there was wind and rain then more wind and more rain.  It was the heaviest storm I have experienced!!

Nevertheless, there was a comfort in my heart.   Remember when I told you that we come to Ilocos to rest?  God answered us!  Because of typhoon Lawin we experienced the true meaning of rest.



Yes!    It was the prayers of our spiritual family and friends that comforted us. It was his mercy that kept us safe.  It was God who made us secured during Typhoon Lawin.   All glory to Him!  

You can also embrace the true meaning of rest once you decided to follow Him.  He can only satisfy.  There is this void in our hearts that only He can fill.  Let Him bring you peace.

My God is bigger than my Typhoon Lawin story.  He is bigger that your worries and concerns too.  


TOO AFRAID TO FAIL

Have you been too afraid to fail?  When I say too afraid, it means you either end up not trying at all or quit in the middle of it. 

You know what? Recently, I have been too afraid  that I thought of stopping mid-way.  I was bold and brave as I started but when the situation became shaky and my expectations were not met, I decided to stare instead of pushing myself to do more.  It was as if the obstacles I was facing was bigger than my “dream”.  One thing that added to my complacency was that I know that I am a contented stay-at-home wife and mother.  Since I am loving my life, I figured out, why do I need to subject myself to walking into unlighted paths when I am very much happy in my comfort zone? I mean, why do I need to push when I have already attained much (at least on my eyes) when I was single?

To my surprise, when I was on the verge of quitting and even I was not praying for my struggle, God made me read “Jesus Walks on Water”. 

I was like Peter who focused on his wobbly feet and stormy water instead of looking at Jesus who said “Don’t be afraid, it is I”.  Shame on me for trusting myself, looking at the negative factors, not trusting Jesus and quitting without trying and praying harder.  Nakakahiya!

I know Jesus wants me to still do brave things for His glory.  To learn from every situation I will be into.  And to be confident in Him though things will not go my way.  To be honest, I still do not know if my venture will be a success, but just like the cliché goes, I am rooting for the journey and not the destination.  As of now, it is still stormy and my feet can barely not step BUT this time, I will commit myself to not be afraid because he tells me “It is I”. 


Are you also scared to start something new?  Or too tired to continue?  May I suggest that you start acknowledging God in that dream of yours?  I have learned that God is not only interested in our spiritual affairs but also with our ambitions, bucket lists, shallow goals, and crazy wants.  As long as it does not contradict His word, I am sure He is very much interested to help you out get whatever that is!  Do not be too afraid to fail.  He got you!

PEN AND PAPER JOURNALING

I am back to pen and paper journaling!

It took me ages to pull myself together and make sure that my Bible reading ends up on my notebook. Thankfully, my husband modelled it to me (wuhooo for husbands who intentionally pray).  I saw his journal filled with his thoughts and I just can't help but be envious on how His talks with God ends up on paper.  I used to do this before but it got really difficult when I became a full time wife and mom.





If you also want to go back to journaling or to your Bible reading, I encourage you to just do it.  Actually, the most difficult part is the first day! Once you start, you would know the next one would be easier.  Aside from this, you may want to consider the following:


1.  Set a time and place.  If you need to set your alarm, do it.


2.  Prepare something that you can munch while reading your Bible.  Make this special by only having this cake or coffee or chips at this time.  For myself, I make sure I have brewed coffee and a slice of cake or Fudgee bar :)


3. Buy pens!! I got my different shades of ink from Craft Central at Greenbelt.  This costs 170 php.  





4.  Decide beforehand what you will study.  I am now on the Book of John.  I will blog on how I study it SOON!


5.  Ask someone to check up on you.  As for me, my d-group asks me from time to time if I have been reading and writing.  So effective.  I also "report" on my husband every day on what God has been teaching me.






6.  Remind yourself of this famous verse (it is a famous song too) 

Romans 16:19
"For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, 
but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil."

In order for us to be wise, we need to study and take note of the things we have been learning.Yes, just like how we did it in high school.  Remember how we read books and wrote down in our notebooks what heard and read?  This pretty much sums up what journaling is all about.  We take time to digest our verses from the Bible then write down in colorful pens what we learned.


Pen and paper journaling is a discipline and must be added in our daily routine.  It is like bathing (Who leaves the house here without taking a shower?).  More so, let us also make sure we leave our homes geared up for the troubles, blessings and situations we will face!  May God bless you!  Happy reading!

DINOSAURS ISLAND: A Learning Stop at Angeles City, Pampanga


Since Bryan was invited to facilitate a Feature and Editorial writing workshop in Angeles, Pampanga so we decided to come with.  



Our first stop was the Ning Museum which was located in the center and busy area of Angeles City.  We came there for the Batirol, but sadly, their coffee place opens at 5pm - we were too early




After a quick museum visit, we looked for the famous Sisig which deserves its own post here, we went to the learning stop of the day, 


They have huge displays of dinosaurs that makes sound and moves (mostly head and tail).  The island has more or less 19 displays.  





What we like about it is that the dinos are situated in a real forest.  It was all soil, trees, leaves on the ground.  Pretty much like Jurassic Park! :)




It was a guided tour which took a little over an hour.  Since we were only three in our group, we were able to ask questions! Really informative.  I myself learned a lot!





Will we go back?  Yes!  Maybe when our son turns 6 or 7, in that way, he would be more interested to listen and learn about these giants.





Ticket Price:  350 ( at Metrodeal for 250)
Location:  Subic Angeles Pampanga
Value for Money:  4 out of 5