Train of Thanks 04

Because we’ll never run out of things to be grateful for.

It’s Monday once again, and before we formally welcome December tomorrow, allow me to send you my warm advanced greeting – Merry Christmas!

This week is filled with a lot of things to thank God for! Actually kung iisipin, lahat naman ng linggo at araw ay punong-puno ng mga bagay na maaaring ipagpasalamat sa Diyos. The Christmas rush is already rushing into our streets, our television sets and even felt by our pockets! Nararamdaman mo na ba? Haha!

  1. It has been a long time since I really gave priority to spend quality time with my family, especially with my parents. I am thankful for opportunities that I can serve them through my time and somehow, treating them even with simple dinner or taking them out for window shopping 🙂 Hahah!
  2. I am thankful for the privilege of serving the church in our 47th Church Anniversary, along with my all volunteers. It is a delight to serve the King of kings alongside people who loves the Lord as much as you do. Indeed, there is no other greater thing in this world that can compare with privilege of serving the One who has set us free.
  3. Itutuloy ko na: I am one with my whole church family, Marikina Foursquare Gospel Church, in thanking the Lord for His faithfulness to us, guiding us though ups and downs in the last 47 years of our church. I may not be present during the times when the church was conceived through prayers and when the first members started to congregate, but I am sure that the Lord is always present not just years ago but also in the coming years ahead. He is faithful indeed, and as members of the body of Christ, we’ll be ever grateful. Search for #MFGCat47 sa Facebook for pictures. Ohh! We had Ms. Miriam Quiambao, Ms. Universe 1999 1st Runner-up as our guest sharer. Will post my reflections na lang about her talk some other time.  Here’s my take on her preachimony (link here).
  4. For meaningful talks with my (some kasi wala yung iba) best of friends, I am so thankful. After our church anniversary celebration, Kuya Benjie, Henry and I had the chance to do the usual stuff we do even when we were still in teenage years – bibili ng makakain at tatambay, magkukwentuhan ng mga life goals at kung ano-ano pa. It is a blessing to know that you have friends who listen to you and never gets tired of doing so, tapos tatawa na lang kayo sa mga simple sights and pleasures sa paligid niyo. Oh, great feeling!
  5. Of course, for my birthday! I don’t usually celebrate birthdays but I appreciate people who remember me and pray for me. Though nasabi ko na ito sa previous post ko (my poem of appreciation for all people who are there for me always), I will never run out of reasons to thank the Lord for all of you. I may not be able to name names, but God knows who you are. My deepest gratitude.

And to you who reads this post, my appreciation. May this post be a challenge for you to share what are the things you are thankful for? As the old hymn goes, “Count your blessings, name them one by one”.



Train of Thanks 03

Because we’ll never run out of things to be grateful for.

Another work week ahead of us guys! Let us all welcome MONDAY! Taada!

While this day is the least loved day of the week, if we’ll just look back how things went through last week, we can greet Mondays not with “here we go again” but with enthusiastic “let’s get it on!”.

So here’s my train of thanks for last week:

  1. I received separate messages from my college classmate and from an online friend regarding job opportunities – one related to accounting and the other one related to content writing. While there are no confirmations yet and I haven’t started with both, I feel so grateful for people who remember me and include me on their list.
  2. This APEC Week gave me time to revisit my published articles in my college student paper. It feels good to read my poems and editorial columns, and be reminded of all the stories behind those articles. In my future posts, one by one they will have life again. Ohh, this APEC Week I was also able to catch up with my bank reconciliation back logs for the office. I think this is yet my most productive free time I can remember. Haha! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend our Satellite PM because I forced myself too hard, ending up in a headache.
  1. For three times this week, I roamed Marikina at night with my bike – twice with Kuya Benj and on one occasion, I am alone. It feels good to go on a road trip on a bike, especially when it is night – less vehicles to share the road with, cool breeze and of course, we are under the blanket of stars. I really appreciate the City Government of Marikina for providing bike lanes for people who’d rather ride bikes than motorized vehicles.
  2. The culmination of our DepFest Reloaded 2015 was a blast! As a department we are not expecting to be hailed second placer out of the seven church departments. But more than the competition was the joy we have shared as a church. It is good to see people who used to be silent in church joining games such as news casting, chorale reading, Dubsmash competition, among others. Indeed, the church is a pool of talented individuals that can be tapped for ministries for the greater glory of God.
  3. This Sunday’s Message spoke to me personally especially when I took the challenge “consider your ways”. One must give careful thought on the purpose of his new life. To be derailed in your purpose, to be distracted in your priorities is to miss out God’s mighty work in your life. Now that God is bringing me into a “special” season of life, I know that He has something for me to do – but I must not get distracted otherwise I will lose sight of what He has for me.

How about you, what are you thankful for this week?

Train of Thanks 02

Because we’ll never run out of things to be grateful for.

The world stood shocked as news of another terrorist attacks streamed our SNS feeds and TV screens. According to news, this attack on Paris is the deadliest since World War II, leaving at least 120 deaths and the ISIS claiming responsibility.

As if it is not enough, suicide bombings have also taken place both in Baghdad and Beirut. Earthquakes also occurred both in Japan and Mexico. Add to the list all the tragic events in various cities of the world that has not even reached the attention of mainstream and social media.

In times like these, we must join hands and hearts in prayer, not just for Paris – but for every nation of the world. “For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.” Ps. 22:28 and “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Ps.145:18.

In spite of all the heartbreaking news and in keeping with my thanksgiving series, here is my train of thanks for the week:

  1. Meetings. I thank God for sustaining me with wisdom and strength as I supply reports for our ministry meetings. While I admit there are still lapses and I need to improve more in many areas, still I am thankful for the personal lessons I receive. Especially when it comes to the area of excellence, both in output and attitude.
  2. Social Media Testimony. I received an unexpected personal message from a person I look up to. Intimidated with his achievements and his personality, I hesitated to even reply to his very simple questions about my church and my faith. There were actually nothing significant that happen after that discourse for it was just a simple Q&A yet it left me with a realization that your social media can be a reflection of your personality – especially if you are true to what you share online. Our short discourse happened because he saw my posts about my faith. Therefore, I can say that your social media posts have the power to draw people or to keep them away.
  3. Traffic. Just hearing the news about everyday traffic is so sickening, yet to experience them on a daily basis is another story. This is why I am grateful that my office is just a couple of minutes walk away from our home. When I was still working in Mandaluyong, I know how it feels like to endure and survive the concrete jungle of EDSA and Aurora Blvd every single day. And now that I no longer have to spend much time commuting, I see to it I am spending my time in more productive activities. I just pray that this hellish traffic situation in the Metro will be resolved the soonest possible time. We deserve better.
  4. Home-cooked Sinigang. Nothing beats the taste and satisfaction of a home-cooked sinigang prepared by your mother. This is pure bliss.
  5. DepFest Reloaded. This week’s instalment for our church’s department festival is a blast. I had so much fun watching performances, lalo na sa mga taong di mo inaakala! Who says that to be a Christian is to be boring? It is such a joy to realize that even inside the church, genuine laughter and fun is possible, as we give God the praise for our talents.

How about you, what are you thankful for this week?

– Marts –

Train of Thanks 01

Because we’ll never run out of things to be grateful for.

I’ve been planning of to do this series for a long time but procrastination has taken over me – sa mahabang panahon! There were blessings in the past, both big and small, yet I wasn’t able to declare my how grateful I am for all those blessings. Beginning this Monday, , I’d like to put pressure on myself so I can get more things done. Enough of pabebe days. Haha!

So what are the things that I am thankful for this week? Let me recall…

  1. I got a new buddy to help me in my tasks! Yay! This means, more blogs to post, maximized internet connection (and fee) and more encouragement/pressure to finish my long overdue dream book! Isama na lahat ng pwedeng trabahuhin! De joke lang.
  2. I happen to pass by Book Sale in SM City Taytay (my first time to visit the place) and saw a book entitled Your Money Map by Howard Dayton, CEO of Crown Financial Ministries. Upon skimming the contents, I’ve learned that this book complements my lessons from Biblical Financial Study course I completed a few months back. I feel pumped up! Na hindi ko rin alam kung bakit. Haha
  3. New set of friends! My P.S.A. /blogger friends who are so warm-hearted and welcoming plus a great source of hugot lessons and encouragement + tons of tawa and sabaw moments.
  4. PayPal payment from my client. I am a part-time VA at night actually, and receiving a notification from PayPal is a delight. Hallelujah!
  5. This Sunday’s topic about priorities is ‘dart sa heart’. At the end of the message, it made me evaluate all my decisions in the past and my desires for the future. Am I really giving God the credit due Him as evidenced by my priorities? Something to ponder.

And in all of this, the highest praise is to God!

How about you, what are you thankful for the past week?

– Marts