Earth Hour 2014

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Image: earthhour.org/Lev Savitskiy

Tonight, unity for a greater cause will once again take place.

From 8:30-9:30 pm (Philippine local time), my husband and I will be joining that cause. We will turn the lights out and keep the power off in our home, this side of Mindanao, Philippines and contribute what we can in our little way to Earth Hour 2014.

Check out more information on Earth Hour 2014 at earthhour.org. And yes, see you under the stars 🙂

Here Comes the Month of March

The month of March signals the beginning of summer days here in my part of the world. And I look forward to less rain but at the same time, I hope it will not be too hot as well 🙂 Oh, well, we all have these ideas as to how weather should be and yet we know, only God holds the keys to weather doors 🙂

When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar;
    he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.
He sends lightning with the rain
    and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
Jeremiah 10:13

Before, we totally say good bye to February 2014, let me share just a couple of shots of this love month 🙂

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A foggy, February morning in our village (Butuan City, Philippines)

 

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Sweets from my Sweet on Valentine’s Day 🙂

A Blessed 2014

Before we know it, we have to bid goodbye to 2013! As we all say, how time quickly flies!

2013 for me personally has its share of joys as well as challenges. But I am thankful that with God’s grace, I could move on this year with renewed hope and expectation 🙂

I wish you, dear reader, a blessed 2014! A year of new opportunities, new hopes and joys as well as strength and wisdom to face this year.

I am also sharing this video below of Hillsong Australia’s song, Blessed. The song features verses from Psalm 84, a psalm which is very close to my heart 🙂  Be blessed and be a blessing this 2014!!

A Kind of Sunshine

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

I agree with Emerson that friendships that we have been able to establish and nurture for years allow us such freedom. The friends we have made and known as far back in time know and understand us. And I believe we should do our best to keep them through the varied seasons of life. While the quantity of time we spend with these precious friends will have to change after we walk down the aisle, this shouldn’t mean that we leave these friendships behind.

Friendships and the Married Life. I have known a number of married women who expect all their relational needs to be met just by their husband. Frankly speaking, our husbands are men and they will not be able to relate to us like our women friends do. Yes, we can make our husbands our best friends but we should be realistic to take note that they will not always (if ever) think, see, feel or express things as women do. Our partner in life is uniquely created by God as male, not female 🙂

If you want to go shopping for clothes, see the concert of your favorite female artist, have the urge to talk for hours — think about spending time with your friends. Husbands, well, at least, according to mine, do not enjoy waiting for hours as we try different clothes and ask him what he thinks. He will have patience for one or two outfits but more than that, it’s torture. Just imagine how you would feel if he brings you to a boxing match (unless you love boxing), maybe you can stand a round or two or maybe even one match. But a series of matches in one day? Well, at least not me. I don’t have the energy to watch all those exchange of punches, occasional blood and lots of sweat.

A Kind of Sunshine. I have moved to 4 cities (including one outside my country) in the past 4 decades of my life. And one of the challenging things to do is to make new friendships and to keep in touch with the old ones. Thankfully, with the advent of social media and much improved technology, I now have better opportunities to keep in touch with friends who are based in different cities, countries. It’s good to have friends. It’s good to know that they not only bring a kind of sunshine in your life but you are also bringing that to them 🙂