Because we’ll never run out of things to be grateful for.
Another fruitful week has passed! Grabe, sobrang bilis, in just a matter of two weeks as of writing this post, Christmas time na naman! This Christmas may be a lot different than last year, but praise be to God, He never ceases to be the reason for the Christmas season! And before I fully embrace Payday Tuesday tomorrow, allow me to thank the Lord for the things He has done for me the past week. Let’s get it on!
Tour de Manila – from Marikina to Pasig – Makati – Manila – Mandaluyong – San Juan – Quezon City, then back to Marikina – our Tour de Manila was such a huge feat for me and my biking friends (Kuya Benj, Jem and Henry, sayang lang wala si Bongbong). We started off as early as 6am last Saturday after a hearty goto at Kalumpang, then went our way to routes we are not even familiar with. It was such a wonderful experience and never have we imagined our bikes and our strength would allow us to keep on pedalling for 12 hours straight, not including our occasional stops and rest. Except for Jem, the rest of us have not pedalled yet as far as Manila, so we’re all overwhelmed with our accomplishment! We arrived home around 8pm.
I wasn’t able to bring a better camera phone but good thing, Kuya Benj is always ready with his digicam and selfie stick. We had shots taken at Guadalupe bridge with AlDub’s split-billboard concept, of course with Rizal Shrine, Cultural Center of the Philippines and Intramuros.
Next time, we’re planning to conquer BGC, the CaMaNaVa area, or the Rizal areas. Padyak pa more.
I am very much thankful with my MMND family for this:
I thank the Lord for guarding my heart and giving me peace that surpasses all understanding. Some heart issues happen as a result of outright disobedience to Him, but when you yield to His will, no matter how painful it is, He provides even the strength and peace to carry you through. #hugot
Been looking for a good pair of sneakers this past few weeks and I am glad to finally make a decision. Sana lang tumagal siya. I was able to buy a pair of biking shorts! Ayun, ubos ang 13th Haha!
Christmas gifts are coming! Yay!
How about you? What are you thankful for this week?
God sees the very intricate details of our heart, mind and emotions.
Kanina after office at 5pm, dahil 7pm pa naman ang Prayer Meeting, naisipan kong magbike na lang muna. I decided to have a look at the factory overruns na madalas na naririnig ko lang sa kapatid ko. All along akala ko isang tindahan or bodega lang siya, but I found out na along H. Bautista St., may tatlo palang pwesto na nagbebenta ng mga overrun na sapatos. Tinignan ko syempre yung mga items, baka sakaling may magustuhan ako. May mga Airmax, Roshe Run, Jordan at Under Armor – naku, kadami. Pero syempre, I am not vouching for the quality, even the aesthetics. I am actually not particular with the intricacies of shoes – design, quality, kung legit ba or not. I can’t even distinguish nga what’s fake from what’s original e. Kaya nga siguro madali akong mauto. Haha!
We can wear imitation products, or Class A’s, whatever you may call it, and still act as normal. Who would know and who cares kung fake ang suot mo? I guess no one would even bother to check whether what you’re wearing is legit or not. But when it comes to the Lord looking at us, He sees the legitimacy of our heart, mind and emotions. He plainly sees when we are faking things out or we are just going with the motions kahit na tayo ay nasa simbahan o saan mang lugar. He sees us so plain and naked, to the point that we can never hide anything from His sight. May tawag dito – omniscience.
And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13
Have you ever considered this thought? That God sees the very intricate details of our heart, mind and emotions. Alam Niya ang lahat sa atin. Alam Niya at wala tayong maitatago kahit ano.
Alam Niya na nagtatanim ka pa rin ng sama ng loob sa nanay mo, or sa tatay mo at kinikimkim mo iyan for the longest time dahil naghihintay ka ng pagkakataon na maipamukha mo sa kanila yung sakit na nararamdaman mo tuwing may maaalala ka from the past.
Alam Niya na inggit na inggit ka sa kaklase or sa officemate mong madalas na may bagong gadget, may latest travel escapades out of the country, may bagong post sa Instagram na bago na naman nilang discovered na restobar ng jowa niya. Nung una, it started with a wish na sana maexperience mo din ang nararanasan niya. Pero lately naiimbyerna ka na sa kanya, to the point na inggit na inggit ka na at nakakaisip ka na ng hindi maganda sa kanya.
Alam Niya na yung sakit na nararamdaman mo ng ipinagpalit ka ng boyfriend or girlfriend mo sa iba. Masyado kang nagdadamdam na nagkakaroon ka na ng suicidal thoughts. Kung NBSB/NGSB ka, alam Niya din at naririnig Niya ang mga katanungan sa puso mo na hindi mo naman mabanggit sa iba, kahit sa mga magulang o mga kaibigan mo. Alam Niya na pilit mong hinahanapan ng sagot ang tanong na, “anong mali sa akin?” o ang “bakit ako ganito?”.
He knows everything, but does He even care?
Of course He does care. In fact even before we were born, He knew us already, and He cares for us.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13
Minsan mahirap unawain yung mga plano ni Lord for us. When all you can see is the mountain of difficulties, you would never witness the valley of success. I remember when my friends and I visited the Anawangin Cove in Zambales, we trekked the highest peak of the nearest “mini-mountain” (parang ang baba lang kasi tignan). Matarik, nakakapagod. Parang gusto na lang naming sumuko. Pero at the end, we are rewarded with a view that soothed away all our pagod and reklamo. Worth it, ika nga.
When it comes to God’s omniscience, it is comforting to know that He knows everything, and there is nothing that we can hide from His sight. When we feel weak and helpless, He knows it. When we feel so desperate for answers, He is aware of it. When the world seems to turn its back on you, He is present and is carefully watching You. We cannot fake ourselves before Him. He knows us full well and He knows what He is doing. So why not just trust Him completely?
Sabi nga sa isang kanta, when you can’t see His hands, trust His heart. He is the One who is omniscient, not us. So allow yourself to be vulnerable before the Lord and make Him work wonders in your life.
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7
Oo nga pala, there will be another round of Big Converse Warehouse Sale on December 5-20. Converse footwear, including our favorite Chucks and other apparels, will be sold on a discount. For sure, Converse lovers will flock once again sa aking sintang bayan. The Converse Marikina Warehouse is located at 65 General Molina Street Parang, Marikina. The sale opens at exactly 9:00AM and closes at 7:00PM.
For more details on Converse Warehouse Sale, check this out as well as this one too.