Life as it happens. Time as it passes.

Chillax and Enjoy

XXX

IMG_1275Three decades. Wow.

Yesterday a churchmate-friend gave me a DVD copy of all the pictures that I had with my former congregation in Cavite. It was a 16-minute presentation of all the snapshots the members over there had of me. As I was watching I saw several pictures that I myself was surprised to see. It kind of reminded me that time passes by so fast you forget how much wonderful memories you have made along the way.

Memories that, for the most part, remind you of God’s goodness on your life.

And indeed, God has been very, very good to me. All that I have in this life are undeserved, and it is only by His mercy and grace that I was made a recipient of it all. From having a wonderful family, a fulfilling ministry as a full-time staff, the fellowship of fellow believers, the sweet company of my friends from everywhere, to the material blessings I have, which I’d have to say is the least of God’s blessings, I should say I can never ask for anything more.

But actually, I do.

On this third decade of my life, I pray that God would use me to be a bigger, better channel of blessing to other people. I pray that as He continues to mold and make me after His will, that I will always be a yielding clay, acknowledging that He alone knows what is best for me. That, I believe, would be a good wish today.

So, once again to everyone who may have found it blessed to have me around as a part of their life, thank you. And may God continue to allow me to be a blessing to you… today and for the rest of my lifetime.

 


Oo Nga Naman 56

(I think it’s just proper that we start off our blogging duties with a light dose of humor. So, let’s do this.)

A snail was on the witness stand after he accused a gang of turtles who mugged him.

When the lawyer squirrel asked what happened, the snail said:

“I… doooon’t… actualllllly… ….rrrrrremmmmmemberrrr…. Be… cause… it… happppppened… sooooo… faaaaast.”


Testing… Testing… Sound check…

Ummm… is this thing on?

Oh, there you go.

So…

…where were we?

Oh, yes of course…

…blogging.

Finally, after more than half a year of being out of the loop (or at least from this loop), we finally got to squeeze a little time to put this one entry up on the blogosphere. Yes, yes, I’m well aware of how long ago I last posted. And if my memory serves me right, the last time I blogged here, Dolphy was still alive.

So, what happened?

Honestly, I don’t know.

But, aren’t we all glad to finally have this place up and running again? And just in time, with the year just three weeks old, we finally got this flight off the ground to fly online.

And of course, how can I forget to offer apologies to the folks who have been sorely missing their daily dose of insightful blogging from this side of the net. Please do understand; droughts of thoughts happen even to the best of us.

But that is all over now. This is a new year, and so that means a new set of adventures and blessed experiences awaiting us.

So, thank you for hanging on with me here.

Please tell the followers who have left us…

…we’re back.

And hopefully, for a good, long while.


FINALLY: UP Snaps Losing Streak (and many others) with Win over UE

Many blogging days ago, an incident happened to me that made me decide to abandon this blog for a while. I knew back then that this leave I decided to take from posting was just temporary, but for how long was something I haven’t made up my mind about. This was around the time my favorite NBA team, the San Antonio Spurs, was ousted from contention by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Somehow, the Spurs’ ouster not only heightened my temporary distaste for blogging, but it also served as the connection to what I would later decide to be the compelling reason to get back to blogging. I made up my mind back then that I will go back to blogging only when another of my favorite basketball team would finally get its first win of the season.

The UP Fighting Maroons.

And for six games since tip off of UAAP 75, I was always on the verge of finally bolting out of hiatus to finally fire away with blogging. But each time ended in heartbreaks for me, as my alma mater’s basketball squad always ended up short (as in two points, three points, four points short) of finally winning.

Just this afternoon, the UP Fighting Maroons barged into the win column with a 63-48 win over the UE Red Warriors.

Finally.

*sigh of relief*

A lot of things were snapped by that win–six straight losses by the Maroons this season, fifteen straight losses dating back to August of last year, and 112 days of silence in this blogsite, the longest hiatus I have ever taken since this blog was born.

The last time I blogged, Jeremy Lin was still a Knick, LeBron James haven’t won a championship, and Dwight Howard was still a Magic.

The hunger has finally been satisfied, both for my favorite college hoops team, and my blog followers.

Sorry and thank you, guys.

I really want to go, but I realized 112 days of silence has actually rusted me down. So, with your indulgence, allow me to pick up my pace in the next few weeks, until every thing here’s fully settled.

For sure, the next few blogs here will be hinted with a flavor of UAAP basketball, particularly UP Basketball.

For now, relish on the fact that, finally we’re back.

Finally.

 


XXIX

Try looking for a full bundle of yellow pad. Divide it length-wise into two. On the left, try writing down all of what you need or want in life. On the right, try writing down all of the things you can be thankful of.

Now, before you do this, start on the rightside first.

You’ll find out that not only will the list of thanksgivings outnumber the list of wants and needs, but you’ll also learn that the more things you are thankful to God for, the less you think of the things you would want to ask of Him.

And at some point of your growth in life, you might see yourself just writing on the right-side of the paper.

I know this to be true.

For indeed God has been so good to me and my family. He has blessed me despite my unworthiness. He has blessed me more than I can even imagine. And he has blessed me, to teach me that nothing can replace the success that comes by way of humility and submission, especially to His will for our lives.

I thank the Lord for all of the things that He has given me. Looking back at the last 29 years, I know for a fact that He has not, does not, and will not ever fail, just as I know for a fact that many times I have done so to Him. And yet He’s been and will always be faithful to me.

This day marks the 29th time the Lord has seen fit to lend me this gift of life, and all the blessings and challenges that come with it. By His grace, I’ll try and do my best to make each day lent to me to count for Him.

And to all the people God used to be a channel of blessing to me–my wife, daughter, my parents, my Senior Pastor and father in the faith, my fellow-laborers in the full-time staff, church family, closest friends, acquaintances, students, and every one else I had the chance of meeting–thank you all for being a part of my life, some in small ways, and some in very big ways. Surely, I will not be who I am because of God and all of you.

My prayer is that God would continue to give me a teachable and pliant heart and spirit, that I may continue to grow more and become a better person. Like every one else, I am still a project of God under construction. And I am enjoying every moment of Him teaching me His Word, will and way in my life.

I always say this, “If ever you still wake up today, that only means God isn’t finished with you yet, and the best has yet to come for you!”

God bless you guys!


Bruce Bowen Career Highlights

So now there’s a joke running around:

“70% of the earth is covered with water.

The rest is by Bruce Bowen!”

That was a good one, I should say, but just in case your not convinced, here’s a video recapping the highlights of one of the greatest defenders of the game. If your PC’s buffering just fine, go ahead to 1:08 all the way to 1:27, and see what commentators called as “tremendous defense.”


Hardin Sa Indang: Nature Shots At Cavite State University, Indang Campus

This growing inclination of mine to photography might just push me to put up a third blog, of which I am sorely afraid. Afraid because I might not be able to sustain the demands for it, considering that, as of now, my other blog snapthenwrite.wordpress.com is lagging in its view stats, since it’s been a very long while since I posted something on it. But soon I will.

For now, enjoy the beautiful nature scenes I was able to take while I was speaker at the Cavite State University Main Campus in Indang. Truly, this world is a beautiful declaration of the glory of its Maker and Master. Let us take care of it, for we have none else like it.


Chelsey Grace: Maganda Pa Sa Umaga

Nothing can be more spontaneously beautiful than the pictures of an angel like this waking up to a fine morning. And so I thought of gearing up and waking ahead of Chelsey just to make sure I can catch her at those right moments. The next few pictures are a result of my own patience, and her own naturally endearing charm. She must have had a beautiful dream from the Lord over the night for her to wake up like this.

Enjoy!

And then the mysterious tumbling-and-turning-around… Chelsey is now lying on her other side.