Archive for November, 2009

(Photograph by Franco Advincula)

In a moment of self-doubt, low self-esteem and little self-worth, the simple words of a Primary song pierced through my aching heart: “I am a child of God.” How assuring the words. How comforting the message.

When disappointments come—as they surely will—and we are faced with frustrations beyond our control, some of us tend to hide inside our shells and shut the world out. We sometimes become immobilized and unable to perform our tasks well. We forget who we are and are tempted to dwell on our negative emotions. Such is a natural human reaction.

But how thankful I am for loved ones and friends who lift us up during these dark moments! How eternally grateful I am  for a loving Heavenly Father who reminded me, in the midst of my despair, that I am HIS child and that He loves me more than I will ever comprehend!! That He knows my name and watches out for me and wants nothing else but for me to be happy!!!

You and I are children of a kind and loving God. In quiet moments when we feel alone and dejected, may we feel of His warmth and loving embrace and may we be reminded of who we truly are.


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(Photograph by Charisse Paculanang)

I was sick over the weekend and was consequently forced to stay in bed for the most part. I had to drop all appointments, activities, and plans for that beautiful weekend and did nothing. Of course the world didn’t stop without me in it. Life went on as scheduled and I just missed out on part of the fun.

As I lay in bed, I thought of someone very dear to me who is currently bravely fighting an illness that would’ve caused me to sink and sulk. I thought how insignificant my fever was compared to what she has. Yet despite it all, she keeps her spirits high and in turn inspires those around her to keep a positive outlook amidst physical challenges of life.

Each of us will, at one point, succumb to the frailties of this mortal existence. Some will return “home” ahead of the others. But while we are given the chance, let us be wise and not take for granted what we are given. Our physical bodies are gifts from God that we need to take care of and if we do it well enough, we may be instruments in doing a lot of good in this temporal world.   

Stay healthy everybody!!! Take your vitamins everyday!!! And why not bring an umbrella just in case it rains?!! 🙂

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(Photograph by Charisse Paculanang)

I was reminded once too often this past week by a few friends about a character flaw that they think I have—the inability to say ‘no.’

But when does one draw the line? Is there such a thing as being a little too kind or giving way too much? Wouldn’t we rather err on the side of generosity—whether of our time, talents, or even of our love and forgiveness?

When people walk all over us, are we being wimps when we don’t retaliate? Would we be hailed as heroes if we got even or inflicted our enemies more pain? I strongly believe that it takes a lot of courage and strength of character to keep quiet and think straight in the midst of such crisis.

I love the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have others do to you.” And as the Savior puts it: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matt. 25:40).

I still have a great deal to learn for I don’t know much about a lot of other things, but this I know to be true: I get a peaceful feeling when I’m not cross with anybody; or when I serve the best I can; or when I see a person happy because of something simple that I did—notwithstanding their actions or motives.

Have a great weekend everybody! 🙂

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(Photograph by Charisse Paculanang)

People have finally moved on in our neighborhood after the flood!! 🙂 Broken furniture and appliances have been replaced; backyards have been cleaned; walls have been repainted; clothes and linens have been washed and dried; cars have been fixed; and most lives are almost back to normal!! 🙂 And so is mine. 🙂 YayYyY!!! 🙂

When I first saw the mess that the floods brought to our area, I just couldn’t imagine where people would start cleaning up. To me, it was just total madness! But as people slowly reached out and helped each other rebuild the area, I observed that the most efficient way of doing it was to clean the huge place one small spot at a time. It was simply an aha-moment for me! 🙂

And then I realized that in life we can perfect principles the same way!! “Line upon line, precept upon precept” (see 2 Nephi 28:30). No need to get frustrated if we don’t get things right the first time—as long as we keep trying. Some imperfections take longer to resolve; others can be fixed overnight. But the key thing is to be patient as we deal with them. And never give up! 🙂

As with the broken pieces of furniture, we may have to throw away some negative traits and replace them with pleasant ones. Some are more difficult to let go but as we do so, life will be lighter and more enjoyable to live.

May we all be blessed as we strive to improve ourselves according to our potentials. May we receive Divine guidance as we try harder to achieve perfection in certain areas of our lives one step at a time. 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your week! 🙂


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