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)
Extreme Adventure at Crown Regency Hotel, Cebu, Philippines
What pleasant surprises are in store for us today? Will it be a romantic dinner or an extreme adventure? Will there be mint chocolates or mushy notes? Will there be a creative blend of the 5 Love Languages? Excitement is mounting! Continue reading
It’s the day before Valentine’s Day but instead of a mushy love song, this one from Jaci Velasquez is on top of my playlist. This song is a reminder for us to be conduits of God’s love to an aching world. Continue reading
Who would have thought that our cat-and-dog-relationship
would turn out to be an intricate love story?
You were like a tiger to a chihuahua,
although at times it was the other way around.
But look at how love has transformed us! Continue reading
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
“For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.” ~Psalm 33:4-5
I come before Your presence just as I am. Continue reading
Mr. and Mrs. Jose Regala Banting
Thirty nine years ago today, my father and mother got married despite the odds. My maternal grandmother’s strong opposition posed a lot of obstacles to the romance between the handsome Kapampangan and the lovely Ilongga, but the trials only made their love stronger. Continue reading
“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
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.