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.
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!
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.
And then the mysterious tumbling-and-turning-around… Chelsey is now lying on her other side.
A year and a month ago, we uploaded Chelsey’s first recorded attempt at talking and singing. Back then, they were just short stabs of syllables and a few distinguishable notes.
Today, just this morning, I was able to recorded the video that you are about to see and hear. Warning: go easy on getting excited and endeared by what you are about to see. It can be very, very, very… ADORABLE.
I just want to share to you how far my daughter has progressed, most of which I actually missed as they happened in the 65 days that I was abroad.
Chelsey can now recognize specific commands and clearly respond to them like a normal kid would. She now knows how to say “opo,” respond with a “keep quiet” gesture when told to be so, do flying kisses and beautiful eyes, open and close the faucet, unlock my iPad with swiping gestures, and pick objects and return them where she got them or bring them to me or my wife.
She actually knows her first name (her gibberish for her name is Sheshey) , and can now at least pronounce the last two syllables of her surname. When asked what sounds a dog and a cat make, she can do “bowow” and “meon.” She knows how to kiss as a response to a command, do “mano po” when commanded by elders, and when no one actually takes notice of her, she joins our choir when singing.
Most importantly, she knows know how to clasp her hands together when praying, and end it with a gibberish version of “amen.”
In the words of the millionaire Survivor Betong, “amazing!”
(Itinaon ko na rin that my 500th blog post would be for my Chelsey, kaya, heto’t pinag-isa ko na yung top three sa list)
Top Ten Signs That You’re Enjoying Fatherhood #3:
KAPAG NAG-EENJOY KA NA RIN SA DORA, BARNEY, JOLLITOWN, AT LAHAT NG MGA PAMBATANG PALABAS.
Top Ten Signs That You’re Enjoying Fatherhood #2:
KAPAG MARUNONG KA NA RING MANG-HUNTING NG MGA NINONG AT NINANG NG ANAK MO.
Top Ten Signs That You’re Enjoying Fatherhood #1:
KAPAG WALA KA NANG IBINIBIDA SA IBA… KUNDI ANG ANAK MO!
HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY, ANAK!
Dadad and Mama
Top Ten Signs That You’re Enjoying Fatherhood #4:
KAPAG HINDI KA (AS OF THIS TIME) NABABAHUAN SA EBS NG BABY MO.
Top Ten Signs That You’re Enjoying Fatherhood #8:
KAPAG NAPUPUYAT KA, FOR NO OTHER REASON BUT JUST STARING AT YOUR BABY SLEEPING
Top Ten Signs That You’re Enjoying Fatherhood #7:
KAPAG SANAY KA NANG MAMILI NG DAMIT AT LARUAN NG PAMBABAE, KASI BABAE YUNG ANAK MO
Top Ten Signs That You’re Enjoying Fatherhood #6:
KAPAG ANG BAGO MONG HOBBY AY ANG PUMATAY NG LAMOK NA PWEDENG DUMAPO SA ANAK MO
Top Ten Signs That You’re Enjoying Fatherhood #5:
KAPAG BULOL KA NA RIN MAGSALITA, PARA LANG MAY KAUSAP ANG ANAK MO