Monday, August 31

more BEAUTIFUL YOU by jonny diaz

here's another dedication to my teen. remember that even if we're going through a big storm in our lives right now, there's nothing you can do to make dad and i love you more or less... you can't earn it, coz we love you unconditionally. always, mom

first, the story behind the song:

people look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Sunday, August 30

whatever you're doing by sanctus real

Lord, i praise you in this storm...

to my daughter, camille. always remember that God is bigger than our problems. He loves you and so do we. here's a song i dedicate for you.

Thursday, August 27

undo by rush of fools

i've heard this song a few times, but this time it brought a different impact in my heart.

i dedicate this to my teen. i love you... always, mom.

can't work...

it's sad that i haven't blogged and now that i am, i'm sharing a not so good news to you all. but like my intension from when i started blogging, i'm here to share the faithfulness of the Lord through good times and bad and so i would like to remain transparent.

i'm sure all will agree that there is no one in this world who doesn't go through a hole in their lives. however, the results would only be different in the way we handle it. some try to run away, while others face it. as for me, i'm not a quiter... esp when it helps to know that God is on my side.

nway, it's been weeks maybe even more than a month now that our family was hit by a heart breaking load and it has taken its toll on us. maybe previous/current parents of teens will be able to relate to me when i say our teen has made some unwise choices and has brought us down to our knees before the Lord these past weeks. however, i'm grateful that my husband and i and of course w/ the support of my family n some friends, are prayerfully and patiently working together... we're hopeful that this will all end in God's time and that this will result to be one of our family's greatest testimonies.

i remember talking to God before this trial in our lives came, that if need be to bring the rain in my life for His glory then let His will be done unto me. wow! i never imagined how painful it can be. did i make the right request there? i thought for a moment, but realized, i think i did! i know this is a test of faith and i trust the Lord's promises that He will not leave us nor forsake us.

this experience has opened my eyes in sympathy and empathy with families who are going through different waves in their children's lives. i want you all to know that you're not alone. no one has the perfect formula on how to raise a perfect kid. there will always be a time in our lives when at least one, if not all of our children, will challenge our parenting. but even with our own lives we have also been testing our boundaries, if not more than what our kids are putting us through. and we all have to go through the consequences of the wrong choices we make. so parents, i encourage you to never give up even when you feel that you've tried everything and you're at the end of your rope. believe me, i've felt that and still do these past few days. but see God is faithful. He's not done with us yet, esp not w/ our children. He sees the big picture that none of us can and in order to complete the pieces, He needs our involvement. and sometimes He uses the ones who you would normally think will be the last person who will remind you that hope exist.

friends, let's continue to trust God's plan even when it's so hard to see how we will get through it and what good can come out of it.

3 things you can do for now:
Pray for strength.
Pray for wisdom.
Pray that love will reign.
oh! and did i say PRAY?

know that the Lord stands by you. don't give up! let me know if i can pray for you. pls kindly include us in your prayers too.

God speed!

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Tuesday, August 11

Oberweis Ice Cream presents... Project HOPE!

what better way to raise funds for Project HOPE than to enjoy this HOT summer by treating yourself, your friends and family at Oberweis Ice Cream & Dairy!

friends, on saturday, august 22, 2009, plan a trip to one of the participating oberweis stores below and bring in this coupon.

Oberweis was kind enough to sponsor Project HOPE between the hours of 10am - 6pm that day and we will get 30% back on everything you buy!

rest assured that 100% of what we collect will benefit the people suffering from hunger all over the world. our goal is to raise funds every chance we get to fund the food and necessities we distribute to every street children or family in deepest needs.

partnering with oberweis on this day is another blessing for all of us at project hope because this means we will be able to feed and help more people... with YOUR help!

may the good Lord bless everyone who will be involved to help us raise enough funds. thank you all for your support... please kindly include this event in your prayers. we appreciate you =)

Sunday, August 9

When you feel you've lost it all...

I remember the chorus of the song I sang at one of the services at our old church before; it’s called “Jesus Will Still Be There”. Yes, even when we’re stressed, dismayed, confused, depressed, and lonely or whatever negative feeling that may try to grip us, know that God’s hands are not too short to save us.

I am always humbled at the thought that nowhere in the scripture did Jesus promise us that life will always be easy and filled with calmness and joy. But He does promise to be with us, no matter how stressful life may seem at any given moment. During times of stress and fatigue in our lives, be encouraged to know that we can turn to Jesus for comfort and reassurance. And as we recognize His presence, He gives us peace. When doubts threaten to swamp us, we can turn to Him.

It’s a great feeling to acknowledge that Jesus Christ has been faithful in the past; He is faithful in the present, and He will be faithful in the future.

Please allow me to share the lyrics of the song to you and I pray that the Lord will use these words to comfort you during the difficult times of your life.

Things change, plans fail
You look for love on a grander scale
Storms rise, hopes fade
And you place your bets on another day

When the going gets tough
When the rides too rough
When you’re just not sure enough

Jesus will still be there
His love will never change
Sure as the steady rain

Jesus will still be there
When no one else is true
He’ll still be loving you

When it looks like you’ve lost it all
And you haven’t got a prayer
Jesus will still be there

Time flies, hearts turn
A little bit wiser from lessons learned
But sometimes, weakness wins
And you lose your foothold once again

When the going gets tough
When the rides too rough
When you’re just not sure enough
When it looks like you’ve lost it all
And you haven’t got a prayer
Jesus will still be there

I hope this has blessed you more than it continues to bless me. Friends, if anxiety and dread are lurking around your tomorrow, remember God's wonderful promise, "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." So, lift your head up for the Lord is with you every step of the way.

Have a JOYFUL day!

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