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

Desperate Dependence


Whether I am confounded with opportunities and responsibilities or overwhelmed by surprises and victories, I declare my desperate dependence on the Lord. I fix my eyes on Him as I recognize that apart from Him I am nothing. With Him, all things are possible.

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Cemetery of Negativism


In a recent trip to Baguio City, my beloved husband and I made it a point to visit a different kind of attraction – the Cemetery of Negativism, also known as Lost Cemetery or Pet Cemetery, located at the Historic Core of Camp John Hay.

It is said that in the early 1980s, base commander John Hightower, the one who designed the graveyard, invited all camp employees to identify the negative thoughts and attitudes that hampered their productivity at work. Continue reading

Marks of Grace



October 2010 | Lemlunay, Maasin, Sarangani Province

Sixteen years ago today, I sustained 2 gunshot wounds that left me with broken bones and shattered nerves. It was the price I have to pay to get out of a vicious relationship that drained my spirit. It was a near-death experience but God spared my life. Continue reading

Preoccupied


I was out of the blogosphere for more than two months because I got preoccupied with offline priorities. Convinced that I would have more stories to tell and more articles to write if I allow myself to be engrossed with my key relationships, I decided to focus on what I deemed valuable. As relationships and responsibilities screamed for my attention, I decided to set aside certain things like shopping and blogging. Continue reading

In the Arms of His Love


Today, we can work with optimum strength without being exhausted. The tasks and responsibilities may get quite complex and convoluted but we can take courage and comfort in the presence of our Lord and Savior. In His presence, fears will not be cultivated, worries will not be entertained. With Him, we can go “placidly amid the noise and haste” and experience serenity in the midst of troubles. Continue reading

Love Your Enemies


“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. Continue reading

Bankrupt Without Love


Photo by Mosler Paul Lapore

This entire month, I am going to meditate on what the Bible says about love. I want to understand the kind of love that honors God. The first chapter that comes to mind is 1 Corinthians 13, the New International Version of which I have committed to memory. Wondering how it is rendered in the Message Translation, I immediately checked my favorite Online Bible. Here’s my favorite love chapter in Message Translation, a version that I will read aloud every morning for the entire February:

1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

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Where Does My Help Come From?


Believing that tests are not meant to ruin my soul but to build my faith, I go through the process expectant of victory. But I never go through it on my own. I seek all the help I can get.

But where does my help come from? Here is one  passage from the Book of Psalms that captures why I remain calm and hopeful in the face of countless trials and tremendous problems. Continue reading

Giving God the First and the Best


Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops. ~Proverbs 3:9

One of my 12 big decisions for 2011 is to deepen and live out my FAITH. Meditating upon God’s Word is my priority. I am committed to do this not only on Sundays but everyday. I believe God’s Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Continue reading