Let’s Rewire in 21 Days

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Ok, so let’s make an experiment.  Today is Day ONE. If you want to share what you are grateful for here, feel free to write in the comments’ section at least 3 things you are happy about and keep adding until YOU complete YOUR 21 DAYS and tell us what changed in you, okay? So here goes.

DAY ONE  Friday: January 29, 2016

  • Dad is home from the hospital and is on the mend.
  • I communicated with my sister and she is willing to help with the expenses.
  • My 8 yr-old nephew is joining a school wide spelling bee.
  • I’m learning (a lot!) from work
  • My boss is a very nice person to work with.
  • I heard from an old friend, Momay.
  • I still communicate with other “old” friends– we will celebrate one year of friendship in May this year, we met at POSH, and they are Sharon and Mayet
  • My Mom is still very strong
  • I have friends I can make experiments with at a click of a mouse

DAY TWO Saturday: January  30, 2016

  • I was able to attend the Bible study today, met my friends and learned from them
  • I learned that no one is worth it, but God loved us so much He sent His only Son
  • Manay sent us something to help pay for Dad’s hospital bills
  • I found a way to travel the world cheap and to enjoy it!- it was shared to me by Manay; we were talking about parttime work online and she told me about this website
  • I was chatting with one of my oldest friends
  • I shared great ideas with 2 close friends, Dennis and Grace V
  • My nephew won first place in the spelling bee
  • I want to travel the world this year 2016 while earning good money
  • I will learn new skills

DAY THREE Sunday: January  31, 2016

  • I was able to attend the FEAST again today, and despite the heavy traffic on the way to PICC, and the absence of the orange jeepneys, so I had to walk for a good 20 minutes in the sun, I was able to reach my destination and to hear the second reading, prior to the Gospel!
  • I was able to share some sentiments with my POSH sisters
  • My newly bought umbrella suffered a beating this afternoon because of the strong wind while I walked on my way to PICC, BUT, although the spines got bent a little, not one snapped, so my brand new umbrella is still useful =). No need to buy another one!
  • I gave more than a tenth of my income– in fact, what I gave for my tithe today is from my savings and blessings are starting to drench me! I heard from one of my prospects today! Thank you! Thank you! We are going to discuss the terms!
  • I made plans to travel the world this morning and afternoon, before leaving for the FEAST, and Mom wants to come with me when her classes end in October! I already booked our flight for October 18.
  • I made plans to go backpacking by myself this year 2016 and am planning what countries to go to….
  • Mom is now able to comprehend the possibility of going to the Holy Land at a lesser cost than what other people charge. =)

 

Take Courage, I am Here

2016 is here.

What are your immediate thoughts, imagination,and or feelings, when you think of 2016?

Me? I want to make it better than 2015. For me and for my family.

2015 was riddled with different concerns, I was job-hopping, bills had to be paid, my resources were dwindling fast,we had family health issues..the list seemed endless.

But then, someone was looking out for me.  My Great Provider sent me the work that will help me continue bringing food, paying our bills, saving for emergencies, etc.

This 2016 there will be bills to pay, issues to face, problems to solve.

But just like last year, the year before that and way back more than two thousand years ago, we do not face it alone.

Today’s homily told me and all listeners that we have to take courage, for the Lord our God is here.  The priest talked about the Epiphany of the Lord. That He is introducing Himself to us as the new year unfolds.  Jesus is telling us that we have nothing to fear as He walked on water. Jesus says

He is the Great PROVIDER.

Mark 6:45-52 talks about the feeding of 5000 men, not counting women and children. Why do you worry about what you are to eat?

He is the All-knowing TEACHER.

Mark 6: 34-44 shows that Jesus “was moved with pity…and He began to teach them many things.” Why do you crack your brain, trying to solve it yourself?

He is a HEALER.

Mt 4:12-17, 23-25 paints Jesus healing “all who were sick with various diseases and racked with pain. Why are you losing hope?

2016 may not be problem-free.

But remember that Jesus is our Teacher.  He will show us the way.  The solution to any problem is ready, even before you encounter the problem.

He is our Healer. There is no disease that He cannot heal. And healing comes in many forms.

He is our Provider. We have overcome any amount of bills.  We have not been hungry.  We have food on our table. We have clothes on our backs. We have roof on our heads.

All you need to do is accept that He has always taken care of all your needs. Until now.

CarryMeWithStyle&Grace

Recognize that He is always with you and because of that,  no amount of attacks can sap your strength. Because His Grace is Enough( according to St Paul 2 Corinthians 12:9). You can carry your yoke with grace.

Renew your mind

“Do not conform to the ways of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” .(Romans 12:2)

See your blessings. Accept them. Express gratitude for them. You’ll be surprised that you are actually inundated with, and swimming in a sea of blessings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Feet Adobo

Christmas…you are just a few days away. I can’t believe I was worrying about how I’d celebrate this Christmas  a few months ago…I was wondering if I would have any extra money to buy the food I’ll prepare for our Noche Buena, I was not sure if I’d have enough so I can take my family to the mall for the usual after Christmas movie and dinner treat.  And now, you are here.  I can hear the kids with their homemade drums and tamborine as they bang away, happily singing  their hearts out…

This afternoon, while I cooked my chicken feet adobo, I turned on the portable piano I bought for my Mom about five years ago one December evening. She told me she wanted to learn how to play the piano, so I bought her an electronic keyboard. Dad, in his rare lucid moment was able to express his question about Ma, really learning how to play. (Dad is a stroke patient and until now, he has difficulty talking).

Ma has her bucket list and it includes piano playing.  Well, the piano is waiting.

I have mine too, and my list ALWAYS involves the kitchen.  This year, my newest recipe is chicken feet adobo.  I have  a list of what I’ll experiment on before the year is over and  will definitely post the results here and on my facebook album: Lily’s wok.

WordPress is telling me that today is my second year anniversary with wordpress, when I registered this blog.  Well, I have some delectable chicken feet adobo to feast on.

Here’s the chicken feet adobo. Bon appetit!

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Of Storms and Ice Cream

Typhoon Nona has just left Manila.  The rains are no more.  But she definitely left some homeless here and there; some crops destroyed; establishments damaged; lives lost…

That is always the case when we have storms —and we have them the whole year, at any time… At least, nowadays, the government is more responsive and the people more alert…

And Christmas is just around the bend. All over the country, Catholics look forward to the Simbang Gabi–it started last night, and as I type on my pc, I can hear the mass going on a stone’s throw from my house.  The next one will be at 4 am later, which I also cant attend, for I work at home from 10 pm until 6 am.

I’ve been wrackingmybrains what dishes to prepare for our Noche Buena.  Ever Since I learned how to cook, I have been preparing meals for the family and the Christmas season is when I try out my experiments.

Then, I saw this on my fb  news feed  —  https://www.facebook.com/epicurious/videos/10156345691670204/