i asked God for one, He gave me ten!!

i am so blessed!!

okay, i am not boasting. i hope anyone who reads my story will understand why i need to share the joy i have in my heart right now :)..

we all ask or request for many things for God to provide us with, or for Him to make things happen for us. never a day passes that we don’t…. from simple requests like praying for a parking slot at the mall, to big prayers such as healing from cancer. big or small, we pray for it and hope that God grants our requests… sometimes He does make things happen, sometimes He doesn’t, but what if we ask for something and instead of simply granting our request, God gives us MORE than what we asked for?!?!?! that will be so amazing, wouldn’t it?

ca3a3afebd24aa734a8b8aa82a77cdd85ad6238ce437c500e2ab686b670526a7when i ran my first half marathon, i told myself and my husband, it will be my first and only long distance run that i will be doing.. but what happened? i ran my 4th half marathon last month!! God gave me 3 more!

when i asked God to send someone that i should marry when i turn 29, He sent Dersky, exactly when i was 29 years old! after a brief courtship, we got engaged and got married and despite being childless, we have been together for 22 years!!! God gave me someone to be with for the rest of my life!

the most recent is, coming home to Philippines means definitely having to see/visit my eldest sister (with 10 years age gap between us). she is a busy body that we rarely get together whenever i come home for vacation. i was hoping maybe we can have just one dinner together so i prayed for it, asking God if there’s a chance that i can bond with her again and maybe bridge our on and off gap that normally happens between sisters…

guess what? oh my goodness! since arriving, i sent her text messages but never got a reply.. then out of the blues on a Sunday, she sent me a message asking if i wanted to go on a road trip with her, of course i said “yes” instantly… off we went just her and me.. next thing you know.. a few weekends later, we again traveled through Asia for 3 days, and bonded well.. it was a short vacation but we rekindled and maybe as we both matured, we have learned to mellow down and just be ourselves…. amazing God we have don’t you think so??? i asked for one but He gave me 10!!!

with my dear sister, DR. MILAGROS ONG-HOW

with my dear sister, DR. MILAGROS ONG-HOW, in Bangkok

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at Antonio’s in Tagaytay City

 so there… today i am flying back to B.C. back to my Dersky’s arms, with heartwarming thoughts of my time with my Atsi Mila.. thank You God for everything.. i am so so so blessed..

what has God given you that you never expected? God is so good He never fails… 

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M.

can’t complain….

i am currently recovering from a very bad flu… er.. when is flu ever good eh?

for the past 3 or 4 days,, i was bedridden, never have i been this sick since moving here to Canada. i guess the pollution and not so clean environment in Manila somehow protected me from the virus he he, and here i am confined to living a sorta kinda dirt-free life that my immune system stopped functioning.. that’s how i imagined it..

my sister being a pharmacist, was the one monitoring my condition,, take this, drink that, get rest,, check your temperature,, but we don’t have thermometer at home, never thought of needing one,, and i got a bit of scolding he he.. i love my sister..

during those days i was in bed, i could hardly believe how mere flu can put me down. i was having crying bouts for reasons i couldn’t explain.. i wanted to be better ASAP, a lot of things going on in my mind….  it was as if all my fears appeared right in my front… i felt paralyzed…

on the other hand, it has also made me think less about my condition when i remembered Jonathan, my friend’s 16 year old son, handsome young man full of promise,  who had brain surgery and has been in and out of ICU for seizures,,,, when my only problem was my congested nose and not being able to taste what i eat,, thinking too of Jeedy, my friend who has lung cancer.. we used to exchange messages via facebook or emails, but she has not been in touch lately explaining that she did not have the energy to go online… why, i can still play online Ruzzle til the wee hours of the morning while recuperating…

can’t complain,, won’t complain… i also spent time praying,, and thanking God not because i am in a better condition than others, but because He gave me this flu to keep me grounded with life’s real aches and pain.. there are so much more pain happening in this world, and mine is just due to carelessness..

so…. i feel better now,,  i continue to pray for those who are ill,,, gravely ill… i pray that God takes them by His hand and ease their pain as He did with mine… eventually, we all get healed for as long as we entrust everything to our Healing God… emotional pain, physical pain.. He heals them all..

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits–who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” ~ Psalm 103:2-5

M.

Come, Lord Jesus…

Christ come quickly, there’s danger at the door.
Poverty a plenty, hearts gone wild with war.
There’s hunger in the city and famine on the plain.

Come, Lord Jesus, the light is dying,
the night keeps crying: come, Lord Jesus

this was one of my favorite mass songs we sang in grade school, “Come, Lord Jesus”.    last Sunday in church, when we had our congregational prayer time, this song popped into my head, like asking the Lord to please come quickly,, we need YOU so badly.

you’ve heard the news lately, what’s been happening in this world.. Ukraine-Russia crisis, the horrible senseless killings in China, and even in my small hometown, sad tales are also being aired in our Philippine Cable News Channel,, just as the song goes, danger’s at the door, poverty a-plenty, hunger is everywhere, people hating each other, brother killing brother…

i myself do battle with wars within me, often asking the Lord, “How about me, Lord?” as if He has forgotten about me and this is what causes dissension amongst families, communities, and nations, everybody deserves something, everyone’s opinion matters…

we cannot question God why He permits such acts of hatred, because in the first place, He created a perfect world, Genesis 1:31 -“God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.” a garden of Eden for us to enjoy and to take care of … but what has become of His beautiful creation?

because of self-worth, we defy His instructions to care for the world, Jeremiah 2:7 – “I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.”

refuse to love our neighbor, John 13:34 – “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”

we need to keep on praying for our hurting world… God knows all and sees all… Job 34:21 – “For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps.”   

prayer warrior

will you be a prayer warrior? i encourage you to pray, in the morning before getting up from bed, at noon, in the evening, before you close your eyes to sleep…  1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “Pray without ceasing.”  i am praying for you….

M.

what a scam!!!

i was all ready to fall asleep, vibered my husband already to say good night, when i received an email from a friend in D.C. (my smartphone dings if an email comes in)… she said “you’ve been hacked!!” and another email from Manila said, “you are so hacked to death!!” then my mobile phone rings, she was my niece, telling me the same thing and lastly, a viber message from a friend in Canada.. “hey, did you really ask for money????” oh no, it’s all over!!!

yes, my email account has indeed been hacked.. i sent an apology email to all my contacts and told them that this is the real owner of this email and to please ignore the scam email, claiming i was mugged on my way to the airport and needed airfare money. some friends believed it since i really am taking my flight soon back to B.C. and one friend from abroad even emailed me back telling me to get the money from her sister here in Manila.. but i told her i never received any emails after i got hacked because the culprit changed my forwarding email address and here was how he/she did it:

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at a glance you will not notice it but if you look closely, my first 3 letters “mar” was changed to “rnar” so all correspondence happening between me and my contacts are being blocked and sent to this scam address.

i think i have fixed the situation as of today, hoping that no body else will be sending money to this culprit. he/she even replied to my friend instructing her where to deposit it, good thing my friend received my email the next day (as this happened late the other night) before she did anything regretful!

it is so disheartening people do this to make easy money. i remember that part in the bible when the Lord Jesus said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” and Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” (Job 1:7). This is how i imagine these hackers, scammers, lurking here and there and looking around who they can steal from.. not only to steal money but  peace of mind as well. right now, aside from becoming more vigilant in our daily life’s routine, watching out our backs for any thing like this, we ought to be steadfast in prayer for God to protect us everyday and always..

to you all, be safe!

“The Lord will keep you from all harm, he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” ~Psalm 121:7-8

M.

taper time…

today is saturday, 1:30 p.m., a week to go til race day.

it is taper week. i am glad i was able to follow my 12 week train plan though not exactly to a tee. last saturday, Blynn and i were ready for our last long run before the main event. sad to say, 3 kms into the run she was in pain and still is. i told her to stay off the ground since i heard her complain of thigh pain (or hamstrings? don’t exactly know). but you know sometimes we get to be stubborn when it comes to doing what we enjoy doing. i am still hoping she would recover and see her finish her marathon with only one week to rest.

so, i did my long run last Monday, 18kms which is short of a kilometer per the plan i am following. but it’s okay. as long as i can run without a hitch, i am good to go. what adds to my excitement was that the organizers withheld the presentation of medal designs and tech shirts they will be giving away until this past week only.. here they are: 

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at this point, i pray that nothing unfortunate will happen on race day. we were assured of tighter security measures. but still, we pray for peace and safety of all runners here or everywhere.. my husband instructed me to run in the middle and not by the side of the road.. good thinking, i say, but i told him, Dear, if it’s my time, so be it. but of course, i want to cross the finish line first.. and still, praying that violence and hatred and indifference will evaporate in this world.. it is going crazy that we have forgotten why we are here in the first place. 

Peace to you all and thank You, Lord Jesus.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33

M.

who am i?

just want to share with you this song by Casting Crowns.

it tells of how the Lord considers how special each one of us is.  we may be just a grain of sand or a speck of dust in the wind, but in God’s eyes, we are something to Him.

why do i say that? as the song goes,, it is not because of who i am, but it is because of what He has done for me.  i remember one time many years ago, having a conversation with a christian friend, i was still single then.  i told him, i do not think somebody will be willing to give up his or her life for me… and i threw back the question at him, would you die for anybody? he told me yes, he will die for his wife.

okay, so that time i didn’t understand yet as i was unmarried. but the thing is, i thought how fortunate his wife would be to have someone take his life for her..

but, without me knowing it then, someone ALREADY did die for me and that is my Lord and Saviour and FRIEND, Jesus Christ.  He died for my sins and carried my burdens.. why should i then worry about my life? He is there always and all the time. 🙂

thank You Lord Jesus, for all you have done for me and mankind.  You are so great and so powerful and Your name i lift up to Your Glory!

M.

 

cherry pickin’ & Ma’s birthday…

thanks to my landlady, we got plums, roses, and cherries in the backyard.

i can see the cherries ready for picking, so i asked my Dersky to get some for me 🙂

 

they’re healthy pieces of fruit, good for arthritis, help fight cancer, contain Vitamin A, C, Melatonin which helps us sleep… and the list goes on and on…

cherries are also cute little fruits to garnish your salad, cocktails, pastries…

i am cheered up by these cherries, thank God for them, as i remember Mama’s birthday tomowwow. the plan was for her to spend summer here with us, her grand 80th birthday. but as i usually would say, God has other plans, indeed so, ‘cuz now, Mama’s in bed, back home, with me so far away.

i get comfort from simple creations such as these, and other beautiful things around me, like the sunshine, the breeze, the quietness of the moment. i rewind and rewind in my mind, the day i bade good bye to mama, when i told her, i will be back again to be with her. a bead of teardrop rolled down from her eye, that everyone in the room got excited, as we never expected this reaction from her being in a vegetative condition. it was an affirmation of her consciousness and her love for her “bunso” (youngest)… that was another BIG comfort for me 🙂

For GOD ALMIGHTY, thank You for giving me comfort and strength.
For MAMA dearest, Happy 80th birthday! I love you and my only prayer is for the Lord God to give you the comfort you need, be it physical or spiritual. I may be far from you now, but you are in my heart today and always.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,..” 2 Corinthians 1:3 (NIV)

M.