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

Sometimes It Doesn’t Last Forever

Most people we know, if not all, get married with hope that they will stay committed to this person they are exchanging vows with.

They can tell us their wonderful love stories: how they met, what drew them to each other, how one of them started to pursue the other romantically or how they just realized one day that this was the person for them and then they have beautiful weddings. Weddings that were supposed to be entry doors to a lifetime together of love, joy, peace. But then somehow, a few months or years after they walk past that door they find themselves heading towards the end of their marriage. And now the challenge is: how does one End a Marriage Peacefully?

The reasons for a marriage ending in separation or divorce are varied. Infidelity can be one reason. Major disagreements in handling finance, rearing children and even relating with in-laws can lead the path towards the end of a marriage. Some would simply label the cause as irreconcilable differences. But sometimes there are some horrid stories behind the breakdown of a marriage.

One of my friends had to end her marriage because she found out that her husband was abusive a few months into their marriage. But as she did not want to disappoint her parents, she held on to the marriage. In the meantime, as the months passed into years, the verbal and physical abuse got worse. What I personally found terrible in her situation was that her husband was a different man in front of other people: he was smart, kind, generous. There seemed to be no sign that he was treating my friend badly. What finally convinced my friend to leave him was when it came to a point when he threatened her life.

Another friend of mine thought she found the love to last a lifetime in the man she married. But years into the marriage and now with three young children, her husband got hooked into drugs. Their once happy marriage and family was now filled with psychological and physical abuse. My friend decided to end the marriage when she found out that her husband has been stealing money from her and from the children just to satisfy his addiction and when she confronted him about it, he threatened her life.

The stories I mentioned above belong to the painful and heartbreaking reasons for ending a marriage. And I see the scenarios above as sound basis for ending a marriage. One can not stay in a marriage where even your life is threatened by the person who once vowed to love you and care for you. And yet even in the above situations, I believe one can still strive to end it peacefully. That would be for the sake of the children and even for the sake of what you once had together. After all, you were both in love with each other at one point in your life.

Personally, as a person with a degree in Psychology and who believes in the sanctity of marriage, I wish every couple would go into counseling first before they get married. They can see a psychologist or their church leader or even an older couple that they know and trust and whose marriage they admire. It helps a lot, I think, when a couple go through premarital counseling to help them prepare themselves for marriage.

Then again if a marriage has to end, may it be that both partners can still agree to end it all peacefully.

Music to Set the Day

Music helps set the mood of the day.

I learned this as a child. I learned it from my late mother’s habit of playing music on the stereo very early in the morning or as soon as she wakes up.

Somehow the songs ushered in calmness, peace, hope.

Mother would play worship songs for hours until she leaves for the office. During weekends, the songs would continue to fill the air until breakfast time.

I borrowed that habit of hers when I left home for university. Her habit has especially helped me during my lonely and challenging times when I lived by myself in Cebu for several years. This was also true during my 3 years of living in Thailand, far away from family and from any close friend.

I can still remember today how lonely some days could be while living in a foreign land. You do not just miss family and friends but there are days when you miss the sight, the sound and even the scent of your own country.

Ah, but I survived that 🙂

Today, my mother’s habit is still a blessing to me. And my husband also shares that habit. I wake up in the morning and I hear worship songs fill the air of our home.

I am grateful for my late mother’s and my husband’s habit. And I am truly thankful for the gift of music and to the Ultimate Creator of all music.

The Importance of a 24-hour Pharmacy

We don’t really think much about it.

We don’t really think about whether the pharmacy nearest to your place or mine  is open for 24 hours. Well, not until we have a need for a medicine for ourselves or for our family which has unfortunately run out.

Well, this was my dilemma a couple of weeks ago.

I would have asthma attacks every now and then brought about by allergy or stress, but I haven’t had them for quite some time now. And then it happened!

Well, no need to panic as I was able to ask my husband to buy some for me before he got home. Unfortunately, he had so much going on in his head at work and with his church commitments (he is one of the volunteer leaders at our church) that he came home and forgot to buy the medicine.

My friend helped later in purchasing the medicine which proved to be another challenge.

To our dismay, the pharmacies we tried to go to were not open for 24 hours! They were closed!

I was thinking we are now in the ultra-modern age of history and perhaps this would mean most (if not all) pharmacies would be open 24 hours. Except maybe if they are located inside a mall which doesn’t operate for 24 hours.

Another friend advised us to go to two specific pharmacies which were said to be open then.  Thankfully, the one we went to was indeed open 🙂 And so I was able to buy my much-needed medicine.

It was all, of course, a good reminder for me to stock up on our medicines so that we would not have to end up in that dilemma again. And especially  so when we are travelling. Not all cities, not all countries in the world can have that accessible, 24-hour pharmacy which we might need.

It also matters that a pharmacy has quality and affordable medicines. That it has an efficient and helpful staff is also a plus point (which that pharmacy I went to, thankfully, had). It would also be good if they accept discount cards like the dymista discount card. After all, I think everyone would be happy to get some discount and savings during their purchase.

I really hope that in your time of need for a medicine, you will also find a 24-hour pharmacy that can serve you, no matter when your hour of need may be.