Thanksgiving – Today and Everyday!


Families and friends in the United States gather on the fourth Thursday of November to commemorate an old tradition which traces back to the early European settlers. History tells us that in 1863, the pilgrims and Native Americans came together for a happy feast to celebrate the harvest, forge new friendships, and anticipate new victories. A few hundred years later, this event became a legislated holiday called Thanksgiving Day.

To my friends in America (and anywhere else in the world), here is one song that we can sing in gratitude to God. Everyday can be a thanksgiving day as we recognize His presence in our lives. He is the Ultimate Source of blessings and He deserves all our praises. With Him, we can truly have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!

Artist: Don Moen

I come before you today
And there’s just one thing that I want to say
Thank you, Lord
Thank you, Lord
For all You’ve given to me
For all the blessings that I cannot see
Thank You, Lord
Thank You, Lord

With a grateful heart
With a song of praise
With an outstretched arm
I will bless Your name
Thank You, Lord

I just want to thank You, Lord
Thank you, Lord
I just want to thank You, Lord
Thank You, Lord

For all you’ve done in my life
You took my darkness and gave me your light
Thank you, Lord
Thank you, Lord
You took my sin and my shame
You took my sickness and healed all my pain
Thank you, Lord
Thank you, Lord

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Before I Go to Sleep


Rosal Beach Sunset (c) Mosler Paul Lapore

Pleasant surprises are coming my way.

I will sleep with a heart overflowing with gratitude

and a soul oozing with hope.

Thank You, Lord!

I am amazed by You!

“Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful! 
      God, I’ll never comprehend them! 
   I couldn’t even begin to count them— 
      any more than I could count the sand of the sea. 
   Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!”

Psalm 139: 17-18 (Message Translation)

Lake Sebu’s Monte Cielo Resort


After organizing and hosting several big events, I am crying out for rest. I want to go on a retreat. I long to go back to Lake Sebu’s Monte Cielo Resort where my body can be reinvigorated, my mind can be renewed, my heart will be refreshed and my soul can be revitalized.

Monte Cielo is not a lake side resort but it offers a spectacular view.

Photo Credits: Edna Omega Garces)

I long to relax in this cool and quiet mountain haven.

Enjoy their overnight accommodations at reasonable rates.

I long to rejuvenate with delectable food fresh from the source.

Monte Cielo Resort's Organic Breakfast

I long to don the T’nalak outfit and revisit the heritage of the T’boli tribe.

I long to feast in the beauty of nature and appreciate the simple things in life.

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A retreat is not possible right now but I hope to go back to Monte Cielo Resort before the year is over.

We are looking forward to another retreat in Monte Cielo Resort!

Location: Purok Pag-asa, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

|For inquiries and reservations please contact Mayette 09179230957|

I Need You to Survive


I came across a song that aptly captures the essence of fellowship. This David Frasier composition entitled “I Need You to Survive” is an expression of our commitment to the people around us. This Sunday, we are singing it in church as we strengthen our relationship with another. I am also singing it for you, my readers.

I Need You To Survive

I need you, you need me.
We’re all a part of God’s body.
Stand with me, agree with me.
We’re all a part of God’s body.

It is his will, that every need be supplied.
You are important to me, I need you to survive.
You are important to me, I need you to survive.

I pray for you, You pray for me.
I love you, I need you to survive.
I won’t harm you with words from my mouth.
I love you, I need you to survive.

1st Blogoversary!


It’s 11-11-11 and it has been a year since I started this personal blog.

In celebration,

  • I LOOK BACK and remember how blessed I am to be surrounded with influencers who challenged and inspired me to get into blogging. They  enthused me to share my journey through a different platform. They impregnated me with ideas to explore the possibilities  and infused me with courage to hit the publish button. Thank you, Sir Avel Manasala and SOX Bloggers   for igniting the fire and fanning the flame! 
  • I LOOK AROUND and reaffirm that we live in a global village. In this beautiful planet, there are a lot of people I can encourage, a lot of people I can learn from, and a lot of people I can journey with. Thank you, global readers, for going through my posts and giving your comments!  You keep me fired up!
  • I LOOK FORWARD and realize that the possibilities are enormous! Considering immensity of  the astounding things that are yet to happen,  I am all the more stimulated to give my best in everything that I do.  Thank you, Mosler Paul Lapore, my beloved husband, for holding my hand as we anticipate bigger adventures and greater blessings. 
  • I LOOK UP and recognize that far beyond the power of great men and women is the  sovereignty of the Almighty God and Father,  the ultimate source of wisdom and creativity. I consecrate myself  once more to God as I boldly declare that amazing things are going to happen in and through this blog as I keep advancing in His presence. Thank You, Lord, for the opportunity to live, love and blog!

Friends (and critics), thank you for dropping by! Love hugs are coming your way! Your comments and suggestions would surely make this day extra special! Go ahead, and give this baby-blogger an extra boost that would charge her in her journey towards her 2nd Blogoversary on 11-11-12!

Attitude of Gratitude


 

In times of plenty or in times of need, we lift our hands in gratitude to God who is worthy to be praised!

I am cultivating my attitude of gratitude by thanking our gracious God for everything that happens everyday and praising Him for everyone who comes my way. In every season, I choose to be grateful.

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior. ~Habakkuk 3:17-18

With a heightened awareness that blessings come in various forms, I now recognize that even inconveniences can be delightful, even trials can be pleasant. Even in the midst of challenges, I can sing with gratitude. 

This is my prayer in the desert

When all that’s within me feels dry

This is my prayer in my hunger and need

My God is the God who provides

All of my life

In every season

You are still God

I have a reason to sing

I have a reason to worship

This is my prayer in the harvest

When favor and providence flow

I know I’m filled to be emptied again

The seed I’ve received I will sow

(lines from Hillsong United’s Desert Song)

I pray that we will be cheerful no matter what, that we will be conduits of hope and not messengers of gloom. I pray that we will  be thankful to God regardless of the circumstances we go through.

Dealing With Hurts and Pains



We all go through moments of extreme hurts and excruciating pains. The wounds vary but they all leave marks that may either turn as scars of regrets or marks of grace. It is no longer a question of whether we have been wounded or not, or how many times we have been betrayed. It is a question of how do we deal with hurts and pains. Continue reading