Good Bye to September

There’s no stopping time.

We’re now saying good bye to September and hello to October. And we know, of course, that pretty soon we’ll be saying hello to December and the Christmas season soon.

The month of September was kind of bittersweet for me.

I learned that two of my friends passed away due to cancer. Knowing about their deaths reminded me of how life had been when I was still based in Cebu where these friendships were born. But such is life, such is time. We can not hold it, control it. It only ultimately belongs to our Creator (Psalm 31:15). We grieve the loss but the reality also reminds us of the brevity of life. And how we need to be living purposeful lives on this earth.

September also marks the birthday month of my husband Daryl as well as several family members (my brother, sister-in-law, aunt and several cousins) as well as friends. My husband received several cakes (!!) for his birthday 🙂 This year, he was actually in Surigao a good part of his birthday (he came home just before evening) for a training event with the Agusan High National High School Science Department where he currently serves as OIC Department Head.

Birthdays remind me that life is to be celebrated and lived well and yes, lived with purpose.

This month, I also had the opportunity to be  one of the speakers for a seminar on Capability Building for ABSNET Members on Psychological Intervention. I spoke about Caring for Carers, drawing from my academic training in Psychology and my hands-on experience in the past in Cebu and Thailand where I directly worked with street kids and kids/youth in the slums. Venue for  the seminar was at the Watergate Hotel in Butuan City.

And so I say good bye to September, hoarding the new experiences and insights gained along with a thankful heart and a resolution to continue pursuing a purposeful life. May you pursue such a life, too.

Great is His Faithfulness

We are on the 7th month of the year – more than half-way of 2018!

Some things have turned out the way we wanted them to be and even better. Some also did not turn out so well. And so we become fretful, frustrated, disappointed and even hurt.

Well, it is good to remember that there are new mercies, new opportunities from our God each morning.

And so we can continue to move forward this year with hope, joy and peace that no one can take away.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:22-23 New Living Translation

It is because of the Lord’s lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed,
Because His [tender] compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 Amplified Bible

The God Who Sees You and Me

Something to inspire you and me today 🙂

Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord , who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.” She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” So that well was named Beer-lahai-roi (which means “well of the Living One who sees me”). It can still be found between Kadesh and Bered. Genesis 16:13-14 New Living Translation

Hagar asked herself, “Have I really seen God and lived to tell about it?” So she called the Lord , who had spoken to her, “A God Who Sees.” That is why people call the well between Kadesh and Bered “The Well of the Living One Who Sees Me.” Genesis 16:13-14 Good News Translation