Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

I am so blessed to have a wonderful father of my daughter. He is so caring, loving, patient, understanding and kind. Words are not enough to describe how great he is, as a father and a partner. He's truly a God's gift to our family.

Friday, June 17, 2011

CLS Day 4: Life In The Holy Spirit

I have been busy lately because of my job, so I posted this just now. The 4th Sunday was really memorable because the topic was about the holy Spirit. Our facilitator asked us this, "Who among you, are praying to the holy Spirit?" Few people raised their hands. It made me really think hard. I seldom pray before, specially to the holy Ghost.

It was memorable because I've got a chance to make a confession. It was my 2nd confession this year. Though, I won't dare to tell in full details as how they went and so on, so forth...

I was and still am happy that the parish priest was so helpful and supportive and so the CLS community. They're going to help us arrange our marriage vows soon! I was a little bit overwhelmed that day. With all the blessings that I have received the past week, I could really tell that God is listening to my prayers and that the holy Spirit is with me.

Another good news is that my first daughter can stay with me after her graduation next March or April. My hubby and I have consensus on my daughter's future. I am so glad that he is being so supportive, open, responsible, understanding and more loving lately. I mean he is more and more about something. Or he is just too generous and kind family man.

Moreover, I was called by the Management in one of the foundations (non-government org) here in Bangkok and told me that I will get a work permit after 3 months of working there as Volunteer. It was really good, because once I have got my visa, I can get my daughter in the Philippines anytime soon. By September or October (give or take), I'll have my work visa. I'll only have to report once a week in the Foundation, so that means that I still have time to do my other part time jobs such as tutorial, etc.

Last, last Friday, I went to the Agency here and luckily, I was accepted and started the five (5) days Substitute Teaching in one of the government schools here in Romklao (near our place). It was a great experience that I don't need to have demo teaching just to prove that I could teach as real teachers do. In 2000-2001, I was a home-room teacher in Antipolo City, teaching students aren't new to me anymore.

With so much blessings lately, I believe that God is always there for me. I became even more prayerful. Trials are not the reason to give up, lose hope, stop believing about God and doing bad things to ourselves and others. I had big trials, that was two weeks before these overflowing blessings came in to my life. I thought I would give up, but instead, I did not lose hope and faith to God. All the more that I had to lift all my troubles to the Lord. "Let go and let GOD...," I told myself. It is my FAITH to God, which is why I feel so blessed and peaceful.

Monday, June 6, 2011

CLS Day 3: Loving Your Neighbor

To love God, includes this commandment of loving our neighbor. Our neighbor is not necessarily mean literally our neighbor.. this is not limited to neighbors but those other people.. could be our ENEMY, our friend, someone we do not know, anyone who is in need or any person other than you.

This is difficult. To love your neighbor is not easy but to begin with.. First, we need to have PATIENCE & UNDERSTANDING. Better said than done, I guess. However, we must follow God's commandments if we wanted to have an eternal life. To love our neighbor, first we have to have LOVE ourselves in order to give love to others. And by loving ourselves, we must evaluate ourselves in dealing with others. If someone shows some bad attitudes toward us, it is probably that we have some problems within ourselves. Try to correct and examine ourselves then, maybe that someone will change his/her mind in dealing with us. Humility is the key.

Session 5: Loving Your Neighbor

1. Loving neighbors, together with loving God, form the core of the Christian life.

2. Love is not only having positive feelings, not always saying "yes", not defensive, not self seeking, not manipulative

3. Christian love is:
* Connected with keeping God's commandments
* Self-sacrificial LOVE
* Committed service to others

4. Our neighbor is anyone who is in need of our help

5. Characteristics of Christian love in 1 Cor. 13:4-7
* Substitute "I" for "LOVE"

Jesus showed us the way to tru Christian Love by the parable of the Good Samaritan, by his washing of his disciples' feet, and most of all by his dying for us on the cross. Are we prepared to love others, in the way Jesus loved you?

CLS Day 3: Loving God

Last week was horrible for and I thought it would be the end of the world, for me. But, with FAITH, I was able to control the situation and because of my strong faith in God, my problems were resolved. Thank God!

It made me realized many things. Trials are not the reason to give up or make you fear, hopeless, hateful, or at times we blame everyone and even God for the challenges that we're facing. In fact, trials are signals that we have to cling on more to God and submit ourselves to Him for He has a better plan for all of us.

When have deeper relationship to the Lord, all the problems that we've been longing to pray for.. Most of them are answered one by one, sometimes all at the same time or in times that you won't even expect to happen.

It was last week that I witnessed God's miracle. As He has answered my prayers one by one. I just prayed hard as if I was talking to my bestfriend sharing my burden. Suddenly, I found answers, better options (not only one), ways on how to deal with my problems. Indeed, God is good! We just have to ask (pray) blessings from God and we will receive. Of course, we have to be patient and sincere in praying. Sometimes, God says no to our prayers because He knows what's the best for us. We just have to TRUST in the Lord.


Session 4: The Christian Ideal: LOVING GOD

1. God wants us to make loving Him our highest ideal. Thus, God made into a commandment of the highest priority.

Matthew 22:37-38 - "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind" This is the greatest and the first commandment.

2. We are to love God with all our hearts.
* Not an emotion, which is changeable, but rather a commitment, a decision to LOVE
* We are to be totally committed to God, to put Him first
* We need to have a personal relationship with God, and spend regular time with Him in PRAYER nad the BIBLE

3. We are to love God with all our minds
* We are to serve God with the use of our mind
* We keep our minds clean and holy
* We use our minds according to God's truths and not according to the world's ways.
* We preoccupy our minds with the things of God
* We protect and preserve our minds from unholy influences

4. We are to love God with all our strength
* We give God all our resources: time, money energy, gifts, abilities, possessions

5. We are to love God with all our souls.
* Nurturing our spirit with prayers, self reflection, meditation. By doing good and following His first and second commandments.

6. Jesus is our model in loving God
* Dedicated to accomplishing his mission
* Obedient unto death
* Constantly seeking the Father's will

In our self reflection everyday, let's think about these questions below:

How have we loved God in a concrete way? How can we say that we love God?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Patience is a VIRTUE

I thought the word "hopeless" exist for real because I was feeling it before.. Especially, when it comes to have better opportunity for me to work with a permit.

I figured, it was just a state of mind. Hope ends when we're burried 6 feet below the ground... "When there's LIFE, there is HOPE"~Cicero.

Fortunately, I came across online about this private organization which is pretty much related to my field of expertise/study. Good news is.. I lived very close to it.. as in, I have spent 160 baht taxi fare (back & forth) yesterday :)

I skipped doing my other online activities the past few weeks so as to give way on my searching online jobs and thinking how could I be able to work legally, with less competition. Luckily, I got many options to work with permit here. But, I don't need to work right away.

So, I have spent my entire two weeks to search jobs that are relevant to my Bachelor's degree. I just thought that there are so many teachers around here and felt that it would be difficult to be one just because of other qualifications that they're asking.

I have decided to go and apply (by myself) as a VOLUNTEER. Why? because it is the only way that I could for now. I could provide assitance and so building my professional networking strategies, preparing for the near future.

When I was there, they greeted me and I introduced myself. They're so welcoming. I handed my curriculum vitae along with my credentials to the Psychologist and Managing Director (English speaking Thais). We had a brief interview about their Foundation. They're amazed how I found their website and the job vacancies, but rather would become a volunteer. In fact, there are possible jobs available for me. I told them that I have to take care of my 13 month old baby and when she turns 2, I could be able to work as full time. They agreed. I have learned that volunteers are also given work permits but it depends on the evaluation/discretion of the Director (of course).

Immediately, we have scheduled my day 1 as volunteer in KG, they have 18 children ages ranging from 3-6. It is a Foundation so the tuition fee is cheap (1,000 baht a year). They introduced me to the KG teachers and the children. I was so happy to meet them all. Out of curiousity, I asked the Psychologist if there are Thai Social Workers employed in their Organization. He replied, "None, we are psychologists here, if given a chance that we hire you, it's for the first time.."

They insisted me if I could go visit the jail about 3 hours away from Bangkok. I declined. I said that I prefer to volunteer or work close to my home so I could come early to work and go home easily (notwithstanding the traffic).

We already have scheduled my first volunteer work for next week and I am so much excited. We have exchanged numbers so we could contact each other. I will have to draft my work plan this weekends and email it to them.

Meanwhile, my hubby has a salary increase effective last month. He told me yesterday that my daughter may enroll in November this year. But, I told him that she's too young to go to school. She will be 19 months old by then! He reasoned out that children here are going to school as early as 2 years old. We have ageed that I could only work full time.. if our daughter has started going to school. Patient is a virtue, though.

But, the Bible said: "Good things will come to those who wait.." (Psalm 27:14; Lamentations 3:25-26; Romans 8:25) God is good all the time! :)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Starting Over Again

Reconciliation is sweet. With God's name, grace and mercy I was able to control the chaotic situation in my life. With God's wisdom, He sent me so many possible answers to my questions, various choices and solutions to my problems.

My faith in God was tested many times for the past two weeks. I thought I couldn't be able to handle it. If not for believing, trusting and worshipping the Lord.. I would probably give up easily and vulnerable to make bad decisions (again).

Thank God! I have found the answers.. It was only Wednesday that I have come to my senses. God is awesome! I have learned the following as I went though all these:

1. Patience & Understanding
2. Openness & Compassion
3. Forgiving Heart & Humility
4. Proper Communication & Cooperation
5. Above all.. FAITH in God


This song is exactly how I am feeling ♥ Thank, God for He answered my prayers and still praying for my other challenges.

Starting Over Again by Natalie Cole, but the performer on this video is Sheryn Regis (Filipino)

And, when I hold you in my arms I promise you
You're gonna feel a love that's beautiful and new
This time I'll love you even better
Than I ever did before
And you'll be in my heart forever more

We, we're just too young to know
We fell in love and let it go
So easy to say the words goodbye
So hard to let the feeling die

I know how much I need you now
The time is turning back somehow
As soon as our hearts and souls unite
I know for sure we'll get the feeling right

And now we're starting over again
It's not the easiest thing to do
I'm feeling inside again
"Cause everytime I look at you
I know we're starting over again
This time we'll love all the pain away
Welcome home my lover and friend
We are starting over, over again

If we niver lived alone
Then we might have never known
All of the time we spent apart
All we did was break each other's hearts


And when I hold you in my arms I promise you
You're gonna feel a love that's beautiful and new
This time I'll love you even better
Than I ever did before
And you'll be in my heart forevermore


And now we're starting over again
This time we'll chase all the rain away
Welcome home my lover and friend
We are starting over, over again
We are starting over, over again
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