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The kindness in me…

Daily Post: Moment of Kindness
Describe a moment of kindness, between you and someone else — loved one or complete stranger.

Most of the people I work with, or encounter, here in Canada always tells me that they know Filipinos to be really good and hard workers. This would always make my heart smile. Though of course, we are not a perfect race and there are still other things that my “Kababayans” (countrymen) foolishly do that would make me cringe in mortification. But still, it’s the general trait of being happy, helpful folks that remains in people’s minds.

Which is why kindness is not really something I go out of my way to do because it is ingrained in me. I don’t have to debate with myself whether I have to give up my seat to an elderly woman, or even man, in the bus. Or help someone carry stuff when my arms are empty. Or clean up after others when nobody else will do it. Or go over and beyond my job description to help the company. I would even gladly give the shirt off my back if someone I love needs it desperately.

And you know what? The best payment I get is still the simplest. A great big smile and a sincere thank you is more than enough.

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Daily Prompt: In God I trust

Describe a memory or encounter in which you considered your faith, religion, spirituality — or lack of — for the first time.

Wow, today’s Daily Prompt is heavy stuff.

GodOk, I have a personal relationship with my God and it started at an early age. It wasn’t brought about by the fact that I studied in a Catholic school or that my parents dragged us to church every Sunday, forced us to pray the rosary every chance we get or made us attend church functions and bible study and all that. My relationship with Him started inside me, by my own volition.

I guess the biggest test of faith I got was in 2009 when typhoon Ketsana/Ondoy devastated our country. Our family home got submerged underwater. It was bad! But every day we went to the house to clean up the mess, I thanked God for keeping my family safe and unharmed; every day we peeled clothes off the closets filled with mud and black water, I thanked God we still have clothes to wear; every time my parents would talk about the repairs that the house needed, I thanked God because my parents were such strong people who could laugh even during a time like that.

I believe that a person’s faith in God, whoever their God may be, is not measured by how many times they go to church, or how many times they pray every day. It’s how you live your life, accepting God’s will, seeing Him in every person you encounter every day, recognizing his goodness despite the tribulations and understanding his power.

I am His servant, and I live to serve Him.

Letting Go…

in a dark abyss
of indifference.

at the tears
wanting to flow.

of all emotional turmoil
gnawing at my very core.

of the empty shell
that fate has left of me.

But, nobody said life is easy.
We just need to overcome these hardships,
And know that we don’t have to do it alone.
We need a higher power to help us through.
So I lift up my anguish and sorrow to you, oh Lord,
and surrender them all to you.

Letting Go
By Gary Valenciano

I used to feel the emptiness inside me
I was not supposed to feel that way
I had everything I needed
But nothing ever made me
What I longed to be
The wealth, the name
The lights, the fame
Were everything to me
And then one night
Out of the blue
I heard His name (Jesus)
And so I took that step of faith
And walked into His domain
I believe that’s what He wants
Every heart to do
When hard may seem the task
One step is all He asks of you

Letting go to know the truth
Is not so hard to do
It’s the heart that’s got the will
To open up for Him to fill
And trusting and believing Him
Is all we’ve got to do
It’s just the heart that’s got to move
For Him to show His love that’s been there
Even when we never cared
Take hold of His hand
Let go and you’ll understand

Why be afraid
For God knows what you’re feeling
But even He can’t do a thing
If He sees the heart’s not willing
And so we ask what’s going on
We want what’s right and still do wrong
When hard may seem the task
One step is all He asks of you

I guess by now you’d realize
You can’t be on your own
And all your cares
And all your burdens
Should be cast upon His throne
Letting go, just let go, letting go
Let go and you’ll understand
Just let go and you’ll understand

Spring Awakening…

Spring, most definitely, is my favorite season. Not only because it is a lovely breather from the freezing Winter, but mainly because i find Spring so inspiring!

Spring reminds me how wonderful God is. Seeing how nature, God’s living creation, wakes up from the Winter slumber. The seemingly dead woody branches of trees and shrubs start to show buds of new life. Dried up leaves and brown stems enliven with color, rejuvenating the once dead scenery.

And just like all of God’s work, Spring awakening tells me that there is nothing that He throws at us that we cannot survive and rise above; not the fierce Winter, not problems nor trials and tribulation. God is good! We, like the plants, just need to learn to wake up from the stupor, raise our hands and thank Him for another sunshine, another quenching rain.

Beautiful sign of Spring

Serenity Prayer

Things don’t always go the way you plan them… Sometimes it takes a bit longer to get to where you want to be… Sometimes the road seem to go forever… Sometimes the wait could be too much to bear… But with God by my side, I know I can hang on just a little bit longer…

*photo of the beautiful sunrise by our bedroom window in the Philippines. by my partner Gayl