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Papa


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Papa on board Going back to KSA
Papa on board
Going back to KSA

Since birth, I was never with my Papa (Father) for more than two months. He’s an Overseas Filipino Worker based in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He usually goes back in the Philippines every after 2 years and stays with us for just  60 days, that’s about 2 months.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

He needed to work far from us to support our education and our basic needs. There are times that he wanted to quit working overseas because of homesick, culture shock and more challenges he has to face everyday  but my mama (mother) always tell him not to.

My Graduation Day, 2012

My Graduation Day, 2012

Going back with every struggle we face to the day me and my brother finished our studies, I saw my papa with a big smile on his face. That’s what he wanted, he even always tell us that education is the only thing that we can inherit from him. I think he is wrong, yes education is important, but that is not the only thing we can inherit from papa. His unconditional love, his sacrifice, his patience, his courage, his strength, an ultimate responsible papa and all his good traits, too many to mention, those are what we learn from him.

Today me and my brother graduated and both of us are working in an international company.  And as I always say, its payback time! My prayer is that papa will stop working overseas, we’re still telling him not to go back. Hopefully this is his last. We are looking forward to be with him not just for 2 months but more than 2 months, more than 5 months, more than 8 months, more than a year and more than decades. Can’t wait for that time to come. Though we always argue when he is here, it’s all good. He is my Papa and I love him the way he is.

Our latest photo, January 2014
Our latest photo, January 2014

Hope you can read this papa. We love you and please take good care of yourself. We may not be there to take care of you but you are in our hearts and prayers. Most of all, remember that God is with you always at the end of age.

For all the children out there, who have the same experience as ours. Those who have parents working overseas, we will never feel the exact pain that they feel every time we say goodbye when they need to go back in other country to work for a living. What we can do is give time talking to them, yes we’re so busy with our lives in our country and sometimes fail to ask them if they are okay. Please, never forget to say Hi and ask them if they are eating 3 times a day, how’s their day, what are they thinking, how’s work or any question that you can ask thinking that they are just near.

Let’s be more patient to them because some  OFW’s are sensitive and sometimes stubborn. My papa is like that but I’m not saying all OFW.

Take an extra mile to show OFW’s how much we love and appreciate what they are doing for us.

How about you, how is your relationship with your Father or Mother who works overseas? What’s in your thoughts now?

Leave your comment below. Would really love to hear from you.

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God’s Habit


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What will you feel if a company is requesting you to give them a copy of your work? That’s a WOW! Let me tell you what. Surprisingly, this afternoon, someone asked me if I can give them a copy of a graphic design I made.

So here’s the story why I made that design. Someone special asked me to make a design for his super cute and sweet niece,  who just turned 3 years old this year. It’s actually a tarpaulin design. And I was like, hey! are you sure you want me to do this? Do you really trust me that much? I think, this guy knows me better than I know myself. Maybe. In some cases.

This special someone is my suitor right now, and I told him that he cannot read this post this year. I’m actually testing his patience. Let’s see what will happen. So my deal is this. If he will read this post this year, it’s a “NO”. But if he will not, and if he is patient enough to wait until next year, it’s a “BIG YES”. True love waits. Agree? =)

And if he passed.

I’m giving him my permission to read these verses.

“I have found the one my soul loves”

Song of Solomon 3:4 New International Version (NIV)

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Genesis 2:18 New International Version (NIV)

“Two are better than one,

because they have a good return for their labor:”

Ecclesiastes 4:9 New International Version (NIV)

Alright. Going back. With all his encouraging words and persuasion (haha! PEACE yo) I decided to do it. So there you go, I designed a birthday tarpaulin for his super cute and sweet niece.

Here’s the catch! Before I sit down in front of COOLee (my laptop), I patiently ask for wisdom. Wisdom from above, wisdom that will make the design/project possible. Actually, I’m a “not so good” graphic designer. But every time I sit down and open Adobe Photoshop, my hands are dancing, they want to explore the world of graphic designing! So it’s really pure grace every time I finish a project/design. In His Life City Church (where I attend) we have a Kidz Life, it’s a church for kids. Unexpectedly, I became the head of Kidz Life Media Ministry. One of the roles of the ministry is to produce graphic designs for tarpaulins, giveaways and posters. Again, surprisingly, I was given a chance to make a graphic artwork. And they liked it! All glory to God. =)

About the tarpaulin for his super cute and sweet niece, he told me that his relatives liked it too! I’m just speechless. It’s God. God’s work. God’s grace.

Wow, I just can’t imagine how God works! He is working beyond what we think! Beyond what we can imagine! He just loves to surprise us every hour! And I realize that it’s God’s habit to make us smile. Because we are His beloveds.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

    neither are your ways my ways,”

declares the Lord.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,

    so are my ways higher than your ways

    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9

New International Version (NIV)

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Eternal Love


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One early morning, I made Jesus cry. I sinned. I did something that is not pleasing in His eyes. Good news is, He is willing to forgive us. Hundredfolds! Plus! The day after that, I saw new clothes in our kitchen. Weird. New clothes in the kitchen. Alright. Then I asked my mama if those clothes are for me! And she said yes! Whoa! I did a bad thing and God blessed me with new clothes! Not just one! not just two! Whoa! Grace. Simply Grace.

When I accepted Christ as my Lord, I learned what Grace really means. Grace is a blessing, undeserved blessing that God is pouring unto our lives. See how blessed we are having a Generous God! He gives us things that we do not deserve! Because we are sinners. We are all sinners. But God doesn’t look us that way. He sees us as a beautiful creation. A lovely man/woman. Everyday, I’m just so joyful, my heart is dancing every time I realize how God is treating us. I mean, how He loves us.

Going back to my story. I saw a necklace beside those new clothes. I asked mama who is it for. She told me its a birthday gift for my cousin. I told her that it’s not a good gift for a debutant. I’m thinking of a special gift. Then, she told me that if I like it I can have it. I said NO. I don’t like it. I already have a lot of necklace. Then, mama insisted. She said its unique! Then I gave her a chance, I looked closely and I was surprised. I just realize that the text in that necklace means really deep. It says, “Eternal Love”. Whoa! When I was in my secret place, I realize how God loves us. He loves us with an eternal love. That He will continue loving us even if we don’t love Him. That He is patient enough to wait for our love. Whoa! That necklace is not an ordinary necklace. God spoke to me using that necklace. Amazing. How creative.

God speaks to us.

Listen and open your heart.