Showing posts with label rest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rest. Show all posts


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.  


One of the reasons we are in  Paoay  is because I have been complaining to Bryan how tired and drained I have been lately.  I have been noticing how I easily get impatient, sad, and irritated with the simplest and littlest things.  This "attitude" has been slowly affecting my relationship with Bryan and Risen, my work and even in my personal life.  Thankfully, while randomly checking out Cebu Pacific rates, I saw a promo fare that is perfect for Bry's semestral break.

I knew in my heart what I needed is a long, real and quality vacation.  I was fully aware my body, spirit and soul  are longing for rest.  And when I say rest it means to...

When I was a teacher, I looked forward the 3 month summer vacation where I can spend my free time outside Luzon.  The Visayas (Iloilo, Roxas, Bacolod) became a favorite destination where I I always looked forward to devouring native food, listening to foreign language, being with random groups of people, staying under the sun and immersing in a diverse and different culture.  This kind of rest made me ready to face another school year.  I remember going back to school with the darkest tan and a full heart ready to work again . 

This is also what I hope to do in Ilocos.  I look forward to people watching, catching up with my Ilokano, being with different people and filling myself up with Daddy's cooking.  I also hope to stare at the stars (the sky in Paoay seems to be really high and there are lots of stars here!!!), run in the park, stay longer in bed, and just really do things without thinking much.

Eat and Enjoy
Vacation means eating and enjoying what the day brings.  Though I still teach online (2-3 hours per day), I  do a lot of rest, family time and me time on the side.  Aside from this, I also take this chance to catch up on my reading, eat, visit Bry's childhood friends (who are really close to me now as well), eat, visit  places nearby Paoay, eat, have long talks with my husband and his folks, eat, have longer devotions and prayer time, eat, sleep, eat.  To sum it up, I am excited to my version of Eat, Pray, Love life in this quiet neighborhood.

I need to stop my routines.  I need to stop thinking of what to do, cook, clean, budget, or make next.  I need to stop being at home most of the time.  I need to stop being in the same neighborhood.  I need to stop.  I just really need to stop.  And here in Paoay, I can gladly stop.  Praise God!

have Time
I just want to have time without thinking about time with Bryan, Risen and myself.  Recently we have been living in a house with an alram clock.  We have  been buzzerbeaters.  We are constantly hurrying.  Here in Paoay, I am thrilled to just let time pass.  To be lazy.  To lounge around.  To stare blankly.

I also want to have longer talks with God.  Hear from Him and rest in Him.  All in all, as many of you knows, He alone can give us rest.

Psalm 73:26 
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Psalm 62:1-2 
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

                                                                  1 Peter 5:7                                                                   “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
                                                                   Psalm 62:5                                                                       “Yes, my soul, find rest in God: my hope comes from him.”