Archive for March, 2010

(Photograph by Cathy Batica-Genanda)

I was browsing my blog stats one day and saw in the Top Searches section of my dashboard these words: “Ever has it known that no matter how tough the laid obstacles are, love transcends it, for love is a driving force that not even the might of eternity can take on.”

Wow, I thought.

I found it to be a very interesting and powerful statement that I wrote it down right away before it got deleted from the queue. Not only did I think it was profound, but I certainly believe it is true.

Love. What do we know about it? I am definitely NOT an expert when it comes to it, but I absolutely know it is an action word. It is not enough that we profess our love in words to those whom we hold dear, but more importantly, we should show how we truly feel about them through our actions.

I was requested to give a talk yesterday about the greatest love that ever happened in the entire history of this world. It is the love that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for all of us. Our Savior loved us so much that He laid down His life for us so that we don’t have to suffer the way He did if we will repent.

As the whole Christian world commemorates this week His display of this great love, I echo the words of President James E. Faust when he said:

“We long for the ultimate blessing of the Atonement—to become one with Him, to be in His divine presence, to be called individually by name as He warmly welcomes us home with a radiant smile, beckoning us with open arms to be enfolded in His boundless love. How gloriously sublime this experience will be if we can feel worthy enough to be in His presence! The free gift of His great atoning sacrifice for each of us is the only way we can be exalted enough to stand before Him and see Him face-to-face. The overwhelming message of the Atonement is the perfect love the Savior has for each and all of us. It is a love which is full of mercy, patience, grace, equity, long-suffering, and, above all, forgiving.”

I do believe that where conflict happens, when all else fails, when wounds won’t heal, or signs of any hope dim in our hearts, that love IS the answer… and oftentimes, it is enough.

Have a happy Easter everybody!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂


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(Photograph by Cathy Batica-Genanda)

It was amazing and faith-promoting for me to read a miracle story about a 2-yr-old boy who drowned in a bathtub six weeks ago and was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital in Utah, only to literally rise from the dead and walk out of the hospital like nothing happened 13 days later.

The story deeply touched me and I was moved by the testimony borne of his mom about God being a God of miracles! He is! And He does live and answers our prayers if we ask in faith!

The support that the family received from relatives, friends, and even strangers who heard the boy’s story all over the world was remarkable!!! People have fasted and prayed for this young boy even though they barely knew him. The countless petitions must’ve been heard by the heavens because the boy is now alive and living a normal life. Such is the power of collective prayer and fasting! It can move mountains and even summon a miracle!

We may not need to have someone we love dearly rise from the dead, but most of us struggle with situations in life that may require our very own small miracles. This is the design of our existence. Yet some of us fail to remember that the most powerful way to battle any kind of trial is to get down on our knees and look up to Him who is the greatest source of strength and support. Sometimes His answer will not be what we are looking for. But we must trust that He knows what’s best for us and that He always does things for a reason.

Once I was inside the ladies’ washroom and overheard a couple of women talking about their problems in life. I learned something from the wisdom of the one who said to the other: “God gave us three things: problems, solutions, lessons.”

Many times in my life I have encountered difficulties which may have seemed insurmountable at the moment, but looking back now I realize how prayer and fasting greatly helped me on most of those occasions. Apparently, I am alive and have survived things I never thought I would. It’s amazing how human beings are miraculously built to be resilient in the midst of grief and sorrow.  As they say, experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.

Keep on keeping on everybody!!! There is no other way. And while we’re at it, let’s remember to get down on our knees and pray!!! 🙂

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A very good friend took me to a morning trip out of town yesterday where the scenic road leading to a tranquil secret garden up on the hill was foggy and damp. To my pleasant surprise, it was raining!!! 🙂 It’s been dry and humid the past few weeks so it was refreshing that we had the wiper on as we drove up to that beautiful place! She joked that she really “ordered” for some rain to surprise me ‘coz she knew that I just love it! True enough, I not only enjoyed the trickling sound of the rain but also the scenic view of fascinating trees and multi-colored flowers along the way!! The fog eventually cleared up later in the day enough for us to take a breathtaking view of the famous volcano on the lake! It felt like being in the middle of a rainforest as we ate our breakfast surrounded by a quaint garden! It was an amazing, calming experience for me. 🙂 A much needed break from the hustle and bustle of work and the city.

There are times when we have to stop and make time to recharge so we could start with a clean slate and take on life’s challenges with a fresh perspective. One cannot drink from an empty cup. Sometimes we lose our balance from all the negative influences and exposure we get from the world that drag us down, and just like computers we need to reboot. Even our Father rested after the creation of our world: “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made” (Gen. 2:2).

I am very grateful for dear friends who make time to help me clear my head, put me back on track, and assist me in rebooting my system. I’m very blessed to have them in my life. I feel rejuvenated after yesterday’s trip, ready and better equipped to take on whatever it is that is up ahead.

I wish that you may all take time out of your busy schedules and reboot your systems from time to time as well. It doesn’t have to be an out of town trip. It may be a visit to the salon or your favorite spa, or a swim in the pool, or a walk in the park. Do whatever works for you! 🙂 But just go out there, pamper yourselves, and take some time off to relax and have some fun! 🙂 Enjoy!!! 🙂


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I received an inspirational email today that says: “I believe … that sometimes when I’m angry, I have the right to be angry, but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.”

This week has been pretty interesting. I attributed most of the bizarre, violent, and traumatic events that happened around me to the full moon! Some things took place which were totally illogical and some that frightened me, and I needed some form of explanation—no matter how silly it was. 🙂

As I pondered about the things that occurred—especially those that involved self-control in the midst of rage—I realized that sometimes a person’s upbringing, environment, or even educational background has little to do with their reaction to the moment’s fury. Some people become consumed with this powerful negative emotion in a snap of a finger that they completely succumb to its control and abandon all logical sense of what is right, appropriate, or even ethical. Unfortunately, those who are witnesses to these types of outbursts get emotionally scarred and some react in a way that affects their lives even more negatively. Uncontrolled rage almost always produces nothing more than heartaches and pain.

In the midst of everything that goes on in our very busy lives, I wish we would all learn the art of showing grace under pressure when things don’t go according to plan. And maintain our composure when confronting an extremely annoying or frustrating situation. Let’s try to avoid hurting other people by our action or inaction on purpose. And hold off on uttering words that we know would hurt those we declare them to.

I know it is easier said than done, but I also know that every time we become uncontrollably angry, we follow the teachings of the adversary for the Lord said: “For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another” (3 Ne. 11:29).

My dad always comically says to his grandchildren when they are being rowdy: ‘No running! No laughing!” 🙂  Meanwhile, I say unto you: “No fighting! No fuming!”

Take care everybody and keep that blood pressure down!!! 🙂 It’s harmful to our health and our beauty! 🙂

Keep smiling! 🙂

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