“The Fruit of Sacrifices” – A simple activity to know how committed are you in achieving your goals and purpose in life.

Activity No. 2: For individual

Do you have goals that you wanted to achieve in your life? Do you have targets or deadlines in order to accomplish a particular task? Can you identify how productive your days? Mobile applications are the easiest and fastest ways. Digital calendars can easily pinned your schedules for a month or even a year. But, we can be more creative in monitoring our everyday activities.

Let me give you an example. In order to have a more committed and meaningful celebration of Lent this year, I have decided to take the “46-Day Challenge”. Forty six days (including Sundays) without eating meat and drinking soda. Plus the daily battle against other form of temptations and addictions such as:

  • Spending not more than 15 minutes on social media (for continuous browsing and reading posts) except messenger for urgent messages.
  • Avoiding bad words and bad thoughts
  • Don’t scream, don’t lie, don’t kill time
  • And other worldly temptations

Unlike the previous years, I have added a simple activity that will measure the depth of my personal commitment with Jesus and the desire to be with Him on this special days. I chose the one that is closer to my heart – painting.

Activity proper and its lessons:

  1. Think of anything that will represent the number of days (40, 46 or any days you preferred). These are the days you discerned to offer for Him or anything that you would like to accomplish given a certain period of time (e.g. cards, small balls in a bowl, candies, charting, etc.). In my case, I painted 46 Grapes on each day and mark the fruit as good or bad.
  2. Good Fruits (Violet Color) – represent a victorious days. I was not tempted neither to eat nor to commit any grievous acts that will make my Lord sad.
  3. Bad Fruits (Brown Color) – I lose the battle. Sad! I fell on the devil’s trap and let him rule the day. Totally felt bad and guilt crippled all over my body and soul. In short, I failed.
  4. Bread and Wine – representing the body and blood of Christ.

In one of those instances, I was weak and Satan had the chance to use me to tempt a friend. We were both abstaining from eating meat and I was totally aware of that. With higher conviction that everything will be okay and nothing will happen just for one day, I encouraged her to eat meat with me that totally broke our promises and commitment to God.

Afterwards, I prayed to God to forgive me. On the next day, we saw each other again and got the chance to personally ask for forgiveness.

Conclusion: In this simple activity, you can easily check and identify your level of commitment not only because it was lent, but for everything. It is also applicable for any specific activity you would want to track (if not possible for all days). Ultimately, identify your reason behind the decision to sacrifice. You can easily check which area you need to improve, you need to avoid or stop and then work for it in order to achieve your goal – the fruit.

For example, you want to buy a book and your objective is to finish reading it within a month after purchasing it. But, it’s not included in your budget. So you would start saving money and avoid things that does not support your goal. You can have a “jar”, and you can put every single penny you saved. You can also charge yourself for every single day wasted. By this, you can save and at the same time you are motivated.

Above all, let me remind you that every single day or activity is an opportunity to give GOD an offering being our Creator and the source of everything. But, don’t just focus on the reason why we do such things. May we all have the ability to recognize “God’s ultimate purpose”for our daily existence. So, in everything and all the time, commit to be with Jesus and give Him all the glory.

Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3 ).

As for the fruit of our sacrifices, believe that God knows what is best for us. He knows our desires, our dreams, plans, aspirations, etc. Colossians 3:23-24 is an affirmation for this. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Practical Lessons for all days…

Friends, these activities remind us that life is not easy as preparing the cross and painting or eating the grapes. May we all take the lessons from it and be ready because every single day is a battle.

  • Always start your day with a prayer. You need to get up and pray no matter how bad your physical, mental or emotional condition each morning. How much more if you will wake up feeling so blessed and satisfied with your life. A grateful heart and humble spirit that seeks God’s presence will always bring us a victorious day.
  • You have to remain calm, focus and think positively in the midst of a terrible situation.  Never give Satan the chance to use you for his bad ways. Once we lose our mind and cannot control our emotions, it’s an opportunity for him to enter and ruin your day and someone else’s day.
  • Be humble and honest all the time. Acknowledging your weaknesses, shortcomings and sinfulness will not make you unworthy to be called God’s son or daughter. It’s a manifestation of your greater desires to be with Him.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. – Proverbs 11:2

  • Do everything out of love. Give your heart not only for the one you love but for all including your difficult boss, the strange taxi or bus driver, your arrogant friend, a rude stranger… as in ALL. It can also means to love the things that you do – your work, your passion, your talents, your gifts and appreciate other’s works as well. Jesus did not choose whom to save. He died for all of us to help and redeem us.

God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8

  • Cheer up and find joy in everything that you do.  Your smile is the immediate relieve from stress, it’s the best weapon against your bad day. Cheerful mode gives you light and blocks negative vibes. When you are joyful, you give yourself and others the impressions that everything will be alright, direct you to solutions for every problem, and positive thoughts to worry no more.

Jesus Rises from the Dead. – Luke 24 or Mark 16

  • Pray before bed time.  Always return the glory to God. He walks and works with you the whole day. He is the fountain of Love, the same love that you freely shared. He gifted you with wisdom, talents and with everything that you have. Now, rest. God will watch you and send angels to guard you while you are asleep and then wake you up the next day.

God is the source of life; He is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. – 1 John 1:15

The “Cross”

Activity 1 – GROUP / HOUSEHOLD

Materials:

  1. A5 size of the wooden board, cork board or Styrofoam board
  2. Nails (smallest size)
  3. Hammer (if using wooden board)
  4. Strings / Thread (any color will do)
  5. Others: Scissor, Ruler, Pencil/Marker

Activity Proper:

  1. Start the activity with a prayer.
  2. Prepare the Styrofoam Board. We used Styrofoam instead of wooden or cork board, it symbolizes our human nature – weak, soft and brittle.
  3. Create a pattern for the CROSS at the center of the board – We have used 40 nails, representing the 40 days suffering of Jesus, fasting in the desert and tempted by devil. In addition to that, 10 extra nails were used for the heart shape inside the cross symbolizing the love of God for us.
  4. Connect the nails using the strings. – Black and red colors of the string/thread were used to make the cross more prominent on the colored board. Black symbolizes the darker side of the world, temptations, negative thoughts and things used by the devil while red symbolizes LOVE.
  5. Repeat step no. 4 until the cross and heart shape becomes more visible.
  6. Once completed, share the experience, lessons and realizations on the activity and offer it to Jesus.
  7. End your activity with a prayer.

Note: Before asking your members to do the activity, make sure you, as the leader, already created your cross.

Activity lessons:

  1. Faith does not make things easy, but believing that with God everything is possible. – Luke 1:37
  2. Members were asked to say a short prayer on each nail, focus and think of Jesus while making the cross. Reminding us that in everything we do, we can always seek His guidance.
  3. Leader will supervise the member while they are busy making their cross and observe properly.
  • Focus and attention to details – Leader will also serve as a distraction to test their focus. Leader will do a different thing or will simply interrupt the members. Remember, Jesus was tempted by the devil on His 40-day journey in the desert. Well, that doesn’t mean that the leader is bad, but to be more realistic for the activity.
  • Test of Patience – Nails will easily pull off from the Styrofoam, thread without enough control can be tangled and be out of direction causing the entire cross to be ruined. So, you have no choice, but to start from the beginning. You need to make it on a normal speed. It’s not a competition, anyway.
  • Invite a peaceful and calm spirit. Are the members irritated, distracted or calm while creating their crosses?
  • Resourcefulness and Helping Hands – There are limited materials. Intentionally, not all of them will have equal materials. Members will learn to use the available materials while patiently waiting for others to finish the materials they specifically require. One member can offer help in order for other members to figure out how to get it done.

Practical Lessons for all days…

Friends, these activities remind us that life is not easy as preparing the cross and painting or eating the grapes. May we all take the lessons from it and be ready because every single day is a battle.

  • Always start your day with a prayer. You need to get up and pray no matter how bad your physical, mental or emotional condition each morning. How much more if you will wake up feeling so blessed and satisfied with your life. A grateful heart and humble spirit that seeks God’s presence will always bring us a victorious day.
  • You have to remain calm, focus and think positively in the midst of a terrible situation.  Never give Satan the chance to use you for his bad ways. Once we lose our mind and cannot control our emotions, it’s an opportunity for him to enter and ruin your day and someone else’s day.
  • Be humble and honest all the time. Acknowledging your weaknesses, shortcomings and sinfulness will not make you unworthy to be called God’s son or daughter. It’s a manifestation of your greater desires to be with Him.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. – Proverbs 11:2

  • Do everything out of love. Give your heart not only for the one you love but for all including your difficult boss, the strange taxi or bus driver, your arrogant friend, a rude stranger… as in ALL. It can also means to love the things that you do – your work, your passion, your talents, your gifts and appreciate other’s works as well. Jesus did not choose whom to save. He died for all of us to help and redeem us.

God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8

  • Cheer up and find joy in everything that you do.  Your smile is the immediate relieve from stress, it’s the best weapon against your bad day. Cheerful mode gives you light and blocks negative vibes. When you are joyful, you give yourself and others the impressions that everything will be alright, direct you to solutions for every problem, and positive thoughts to worry no more.

Jesus Rises from the Dead. – Luke 24 or Mark 16

  • Pray before bed time.  Always return the glory to God. He walks and works with you the whole day. He is the fountain of Love, the same love that you freely shared. He gifted you with wisdom, talents and with everything that you have. Now, rest. God will watch you and send angels to guard you while you are asleep and then wake you up the next day.

God is the source of life; He is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. – 1 John 1:15

Celebrate with the Cross

Activities and Reflections

  1. Activity 1 (Group/Household) – “The CROSS”
  2. Activity 2 (Individual) “The Fruit of Sacrifices”

As part of my desire to have a deeper relationship with God and His Son Jesus, I am making my own personal “Lenten and Reflection Activities” each year. For certain number of days, I need to offer something for Him. I would normally deactivate my social media accounts, make some abstinence and offer more prayers and reflection letters for Him. Since social media became impossible to cut for some valid reasons this year, I prayed to God to give me other ways in order to connect with Him and celebrate with Jesus.

Lent is the time for Christians especially Catholics to solemnly celebrate with the Holy Cross. It is by the death and resurrection of Jesus that we were redeemed from all our sins and granted eternal life.

One of my favorite seasons. Growing in a family who loves to participate in the activities during lent. My mother and grandmother would normally do their fasting starting Ash Wednesday. If not, abstinence from eating meat or sacrificing any activities as a form of offering.  I can remember them, including my father encouraging us to participate in other activities like hearing masses, attending Holy Week processions and other Filipino traditions like Penitensia (penitents), Senaculo, Siete Palabras, Visita Iglesia and many more.

When I was searching for any activities for one of my household meetings, I came across with inspiring and challenging activities that can be associated with Lent. So, please note, these activities are not my original ideas but I will share to you how God answered me for my one simple request.

The following activities made my 2019 Lenten Season extra special.

  1. Activity 1 (Group/Household) – “The CROSS”
  2. Activity 2 (Individual) “The Fruit of Sacrifices”

Practical Lessons for all days…

Friends, these activities remind us that life is not easy as preparing the cross and painting or eating the grapes. May we all take the lessons from it and be ready because every single day is a battle.

  • Always start your day with a prayer. You need to get up and pray no matter how bad your physical, mental or emotional condition each morning. How much more if you will wake up feeling so blessed and satisfied with your life. A grateful heart and humble spirit that seeks God’s presence will always bring us a victorious day.
  • You have to remain calm, focus and think positively in the midst of a terrible situation.  Never give Satan the chance to use you for his bad ways. Once we lose our mind and cannot control our emotions, it’s an opportunity for him to enter and ruin your day and someone else’s day.
  • Be humble and honest all the time. Acknowledging your weaknesses, shortcomings and sinfulness will not make you unworthy to be called God’s son or daughter. It’s a manifestation of your greater desires to be with Him.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. – Proverbs 11:2

  • Do everything out of love. Give your heart not only for the one you love but for all including your difficult boss, the strange taxi or bus driver, your arrogant friend, a rude stranger… as in ALL. It can also means to love the things that you do – your work, your passion, your talents, your gifts and appreciate other’s works as well. Jesus did not choose whom to save. He died for all of us to help and redeem us.

God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8

  • Cheer up and find joy in everything that you do.  Your smile is the immediate relieve from stress, it’s the best weapon against your bad day. Cheerful mode gives you light and blocks negative vibes. When you are joyful, you give yourself and others the impressions that everything will be alright, direct you to solutions for every problem, and positive thoughts to worry no more.

Jesus Rises from the Dead. – Luke 24 or Mark 16

  • Pray before bed time.  Always return the glory to God. He walks and works with you the whole day. He is the fountain of Love, the same love that you freely shared. He gifted you with wisdom, talents and with everything that you have. Now, rest. God will watch you and send angels to guard you while you are asleep and then wake you up the next day.

God is the source of life; He is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. – 1 John 1:15

Thorns Turn Into Blessings

I was so guilty for an offense that made my Lord sad. Reason: I got mad. I retaliated to the world because of its betrayal. I was humiliated. I was disrespected. I started to dislike the feeling, doubted myself and eventually hate the person.

Though hating them never last. It will go for an hour or two and then surrender. I normally bowed down with a “sorry” and praying that the person will forgive me, setting aside who started it or who really was at fault. But still, the guilt tripping was killing my conscience. Just like Paul (2 Corinthians 12), I can feel the “thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.” I felt so burden and so I asked for help and requested someone to pray for me.

It’s amazing how the Lord comforted me with His forgiveness through His words and angels surrounding me. I do not belong to this world. I am His and His commandment I should follow. Jesus taught us to love one another as He loves us (John 15:12). Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44). Hate, grudges, pain and other works of evil separate us from those we truly love and to those who really hunger for love. They (our persecutors) deserve, all the more to be loved.

What will I do if the world will continue to test me? I do not know, but Jesus will always have an answer. I would think of what Jesus will do if ever He is actually at the very same situation. Would He lock the door and hate the world? Would He shout, curse the person and ignore him forever? Would He allow a casual kind of love – loving someone when it only necessary or when it benefit us? Most probably not. His Love is the purest and has a saving power. 

“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:10

There are thorns (our weaknesses e.g. pain, doubt, anxiety, depression, etc.) that actually turn into blessings. Jesus was wearing a crown of thorns for people to degrade him more, laugh at him, mock his name and cause him more pain. See! He conquered the world. May we all die for ourselves like Jesus and live each day with a burning desire to love more our families, friends and bring more people back to Him.

_ Circe Gernale Sola _

I Am Home

  • Title of the Song: Common, Simple, Beautiful by Jennifer Chung

I remember telling mom that I’d make her proud one day. She would smile and knew exactly all the right things to say. Man, I miss her and can’t wait ’til I get back to the Bay… Back to the common, simple, beautiful way.”

Home is where the heart is. It is true. You can adjust. You can program your mind, heart and body and convince yourself, “This is home away from home.” But…
Wherever I go and no matter how far I could get, there’s no other place like home – with your family, with your close friends, with your dogs and cats, with the trees and flowers, with a fresh air and blue mountains… So, no matter what happened… all I ever wanted is to go home.

Jesus Loves Me, and it’s all that matter.

The gospel and the article I just read are seemingly an affirmation to my prayer on the 13th of March.

The Gospel reminds us to DO GOOD. “For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”Luke 6:36-3836 Jesus said to his disciples: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37 Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. 38 Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”

Jesus, whom I referred to as my imaginary Kuya when I was little, loves me so much and it’s all that matter. So…
I will STOP longing for the love, care and attention from the people who never dare to give even a bit of it.I will STOP looking for their presence. Though, I can see them but I cannot feel them.I will STOP questioning my worth. For God, I am worthy and it’s unquestionable.I will STOP believing the lies of their thoughts and words. It does not define me.

But, just like what my mother told me, I will continue to be loving, kind and DO good all the time. I will praise and thank God for the many blessings. I will not stop praying that God will give miracles and bring all of us together in His loving arms. I will not stop giving, forgiving and asking for forgiveness for I, too am not perfect. Above all, I will not stop telling them what is right “even if it leads me to further misery.” They will hate me, cast stones of bad words and then ignore me.

Giving judgment is okay if you based on the TRUTH.You become judgmental if you believe on the lies of your thoughts, you listen to the sound of the negative force dictating you to be sad, angry and do wrong against the other person, based your OPINION on what you see and hear and not confirming the truth. You are not condemning someone if you’re just giving “a more positive prescription for a happy and fulfilled life.” You’re condemning them by your cursing words… that they may have a miserable life, even worst than you.

Article Written by Chito Dimanaran

What will you feel when you’ve been bad but still you’re receiving blessings? You’re blessed for someone is praying for you to have it, doing good for you and loving you despite of how unloving you are. Not because you deserve it, but because THEY CHOOSE TO BE GOOD.


– Circe Sola 💚💚💚

The ROCKS Of My Life

I am a dreamer.

I am dreaming about anything every single day.  It’s actually my number one and only hobby (I guess).  When I see things, actual or imagination, a reality or dream, there’s something that urges me, pushing me and telling me, “You need to act!” but I ended up doing nothing.  It always remains a DREAM.

When I was a kid, I used to talk to myself.  I made myself my own playmate.  I was not alone.  I was with my mother and my grandmother but they cannot play with me all day long and for obvious reason, they were not on my age.   Since it’s very seldom for me to go out and see other faces, I made it sure to see something new and strange things about the people I met.   There were times that I idolized them to the point that all I wanted was to be like them.

Whenever I saw a policeman, I wanted to be a police woman.
After coming home from school, I wanted to be a teacher.
When I was hospitalized, I pretended that I am a doctor.
I love going to church, no… I never dreamt giving homilies like a priest, but I like the preachers, usherettes, sacristans and the nuns serving the church and the people.
I wanted to be an architect building good houses, mansions, etc.
I even mimic a konduktor, an albularyo like my grandmother, a tricycle driver and a lot more that every time it’s flashing back, I just smile.  By the way, I am amazed with cars ever since. And what I love the most before was seeing a lady… driving.

When I entered college, I enrolled Accountancy.

Funny yeah! How did I arrive at the course that was not even in my vocabulary? I did not even dream of being a cashier.  But, it was clear that at that point, I wanted to be a lawyer.  For some reason, I was pushed to enroll a business related course and my mother just bribed me of the “CPA – Lawyer” thing. So, before I will become a lawyer, I need to pass the CPA board first.  I graduated in two courses – Financial Accounting and Accountancy.  Both courses dealt with numbers.

You know what’s funnier?

I am working now as a Marketing Assistant. Whoalllaaah!!! Yes! I am at Marketing Department.  Until when? I don’t know. I did not take the board for some reason but I always have the choice to work at the Accounting department to practice my profession and take the board later on.  I just can’t.

Turning Point

There were times that I still talk to myself and asked questions that I thought only ME can answer. I took myself responsible for the decisions I made.  I don’t want to disturb anybody and put the blame on them.  It’s not about them – my parents, my siblings, my best friend and friends.  It’s me!  I stood up straight and remain strong in front of many but I am on the brick of depression, frustration, suicidal sometimes, I fell in the basket of many kinds of temptations and addictions and I was totally devastated of my life.

But, I will tell you a secret.  I have a text/chat mate and a friend.  His name was Jesus.  Most of you will ask me “How?” and think I’m crazy. That was the time that I don’t want to speak to anybody.  I still talked to myself but that time, I used my own number and named it JESUS and created a Facebook account to send me messages – inspirational, encouraging, purpose driven, etc. that will lift me up from the grave.

Then this realization came.  Jesus was my playmate when I was a kid. I am not talking to myself.  I am not alone. I am actually talking to Him.  He used to be my Brother as I don’t have one.  I used to like Him much.  It was Him that my mother usually mentions every time she was reading something in front of me.  I didn’t know Him as God.  I have no idea if my family did ever notice this craziest thing in my childhood.  He was a superhero for me more powerful that the Power Rangers and Power Pop Girls.  He was also a magician that He divided and distributed a five loaves and two fishes to thousands of people; he walked on the sea and so many other strangest things that my tiniest mind can only imagine.

For many years, there’s one person who stood beside me no matter what.  People will eventually leave and will not be around all the time.  It is the Spirit of God through Jesus that I learned to fight and stand firm.  He is always the top reason behind my smiles.  I always claim success and happiness all the time even on my loudest cry.

DREAMS DO COME TRUE! 

None of my dreams I mentioned before was realized except for one. And this is not just a dream. This has been part of my prayers. “Lord, I wanted to be more like Jesus every day.” This is impossible!  An absolutely insane thing! I am not dreaming to become Jesus. No one can ever replace HIM. But, I am a great and avid fan of Jesus. He is my no. 1 inspiration, my idol, my consoler, my redeemer, my Brother. The True Rock of my life.

I am not a police woman, but I can save lives by doing the tiniest act of kindness.
I am not a teacher, but I can teach and inspire more people.
I am not a doctor, but I was healed and I can share healings. It’s not about physical.  We all need healing in all aspects of our life – emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
I am not an architect. I cannot plan and build a house but I can build a home, a family, friendships and wonderful relationships.
I don’t have a post on the church but I am a servant of God.  Even Jesus came not to be served but to serve.

All I am praying for is to be simply like Him through all these things but God’s blessings are tremendously outpouring.

A detour that leads to A Living Rock

During those difficult times that I don’t want to speak to anybody God led me back to my mother – my first teacher, evangelizer and a prayer warrior.  To the heaviness of my heart and a truly disturbed mind, I called her and share the reasons why.  I was already living abroad then and miles away from them.  I always ask her prayer, advice and words of wisdom every time I am lost and weak.  Then I created a Facebook page “A Mother’s Touch.”  Simply because, she inspires me more this time. She would always give me, Psalm 62:6-7, “He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.” All the things she’s telling me I am posting it on this page secretly. Whatever emotions I have I am sharing to 12 anonymous people who liked and followed this page.

God then blessed me with good friends. My communication with my best friend was revived.  I became part of a community with people that are on the same faith as mine.  I found a family away from my true family. I now have more inspirations in life.  I have a community that is praying for me.  I found shoulders to lean on through my brothers and sisters.

Be A Living Rock

Jesus is the True Rock of our life (Psalms 18:2).  But believe me, God is using many ordinary people and ordinary things even situations just to be with us, talk to us and save us. My mother, my father, Yayay, my best friend and friends, my brothers and sisters in the community they are just some of my countless living rocks. And as I continue to desire to be more like Jesus, the more I wanted to be a rock for others.  And this is the main reason I decided to rename my page to A Living Rock. Inspiring, motivating and encouraging others to live a happy and positive life – walk on righteousness, share love and kindness and spread Good News.

Now, I am challenging you. Be A Living Rock for others.
 

Read also: You are A Living Rock by Circe Sola

Dream BIG and live a SIMPLE life

I am a fan of Bro. Bo Sanchez​ . As long as I have time to read his writings and watch his videos, I would really love to. It’s one thing that will complete your day. But this totally amazed me. My interpretation is quiet far from his message here, but oh friends, he was once a dreamer.

Now that I came to know that we have (almost) similar hobby – collecting cars.  Well, mine is far cheaper than his, but the thought is clear.  IT’S OKAY TO DREAM BIG AND AIM HIGH.  When you are dreaming, everything is yours.” For sure Bro. Bo doesn’t have all these cars in real life… actual. They remain as a collection. And the best thing is, the simplest and priceless is his most favorite. It’s his secret to becoming a millionaire and to helping more and more people who are really in need.

I will not stop dreaming.  Maybe, I will collect more cars. But I have to make sure, they will remain as a collection, too.

Dream big and live a simple life.

– Circe Sola​

Hey you! Yes, YOU!

In you, yes YOU! I am confident. I am at peace. Because in you, yes YOU! I found a true and honest FRIEND.

You are wonderful.
You are beautiful.
You are gifted.
You are strong and courageous.
You are truly amazing.

You have no idea how grateful I am.
How blessed and honored to be part of you.
Your kindness and sincerity touches my heart.
Your presence awakens my soul and mind.

I appreciate every single thing you did.
You willingly sacrificed your time and day to help.
You always lend your ear and open your eyes.
To listen and see the truth behind my cries.

I am not loud at expressing my feelings.
I don’t know if you’ll ever notice.
I’m embracing every memory with you.
A treasure to keep that will last for sure.

In you, yes YOU!
I am confident. I am at peace.
Because In you, yes YOU!
I found a true and honest FRIEND.

Gamu-gamong Ligaw

Minsan sa bukid may isang gamu-gamong naligaw,
Nakawala sa mga kasamang sa tuwa’y sumasayaw
Mag-isang nanlumo, sa kalungkuta’y humihiyaw,
Pangamba’t takot sa dibdib ang syang nangibabaw.

Nabuhay sa poot sa akalang siya’y napag isahan
Nagalit sa mundo at ang Poon ay kinasuklaman
Di inalintana na sa harap niya’y mga bagong kaibigan
Nagngitngit sa galit, at ang lahat ay siya ng kalaban.

Sa pagsapit ng dilim itong si gamu-gamong suwail
Nalugmok sa sulok at sa isang lampara’y natigil
Hanggang sa nasinagan nitong ilaw na bagong sindi
At sa wari siya’y isang haring nagdiwang buong gabi

Itong si gamu-gamo’y nagwala ng biglang mairita
Sa pag abang ng karamihan sa bagong umaga
Mundo nya’y muling nahinto at sa gilid ay nagkubli
Nagkimkim ng poot na kahit kanino’y di masabi.

Mga magandang loob sa kanya’y di pinansin
Nang mata’y mabulag ng kadilimang inangkin
Tainga’y nabingi ng ingay ng sariling guni-guni
Mga dating kasama nakayuko, nanlumo sa may isang tabi.

 

Anu pa ang iyong aasahan sa isang nilalang
Na walang ibang alam kundi ang lahat ay parusahan
Sa mga kasalanang isa lamang maling paratang
O gawa-gawa na lamang ng siya ay paglingkuran

Ikaw na ang maghusga sa kung ano ang dapat
Sa gaya ni gamu-gamong di marunong magpatawad
Dibdib ay napupuno ng galit, pait, poot at hinanakit
Sa kanyang paligid siya minsan ay isang ng pasakit.

Telepono

Natataranta, nalilito sabay nababagot
Sa sandaling tila ba ika’y nakakalimot
Di mapakali, dibdib panay ang kabog
Tinutulak ang luha sa matang pagod.

Sa lahat ng panahon at pagkakataon
Ikaw ay sandalan ng bigong kahapon
Pinagkait man na marinig at makita
Sa puso tumatagos ang pag-aruga.

Kamay inuunat di pa rin mapang-abot
Mga luha’t tawa hangin ang nagdadala
At ang mga daliri di alintana ang pagod
Sa dulo ng mundo, pamilya’y inaalala.

Sabay sa pagsikat ng bagong umaga
Ang huni ng ibong isinaliw sa musika.
Subalit labis ang dalang pangamba
Kung ang telepono ay di kumakanta.

Lost Chance

 
Oh my G!
 
I’ve desperately waited for the moment.  I really wanted to have a record of her sound.  For one simple reason – to make fun of her.  Maybe some already have it, but I wanted it as my own. Effort really matters for me.  But that night, oh my G, I forgot my ultimate plan.  I just love the sound. Funny yeah! That it made me smile up to now.
 
Years ago, I hate being disturbed by human orchestra at home. It’s so irritating hearing someone snoring so loud. But I can’t help it, but to keep myself silent.  Maybe, I am making the same sound sometimes causing others to feel bad as well.  So, I have learned to ignore it.  And for me, no one will ever beat my father’s tenor and husky voice and my mother’s harmonic sound.  No doubt, I am their lovely daughter.
 
I just don’t know what happened last night; I was left crazily smiling while hearing the sound.  I don’t know if I will still have another chance or at least one last chance to fulfill my plan.  Anyway, there’s a good thing embarked: I will no longer get irritated whenever and wherever I am going to hear someone making sound while sleeping.  I will surely smile instead.  I was not able to record it on my phone, but that moment was irreplaceable, undeletable on my very own memory.
 
Again, you have drawn a beautiful curve on my face.  Yes, you always do.
 

July 25, 2015

Let It Be

 
It’s never a new thing if you met a stranger
In a bus, on the way, in school, or anywhere
Don’t be afraid nor be too overwhelmed
Calmly draw your sweetest smile at them
 
Nobody knows what’s going to happen next
Days come and go, from dawn until its dusk
You let special moment of the day passed
One among hundred will be kept for last
 
Trust is given not to him but to Thy Will
By giving time to know each other well
Understanding that this is for a purpose
In a stranger’s heart love is being sowed
 
You have invested much and gain nothing
But you never losses by giving everything
One must realized that by just letting it be
You have collected the wealth of everybody
 
If you don’t let a stranger walked at your end
Life is dull for there can never be a FRIEND
A soul destined to accompany your soul
The richness which is greater than gold

You are A Living Rock

Psalm 18:2 – The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in Whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

A Living Rock is strongly supported by this Bible passage. It is not that we set ourselves on the level as His, but we can make Him smile on our very own simple ways. He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus to be our model. He is the TRUE LIVING ROCK. We call Him in times of need and we rejoice with Him in every great and happy moment.
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We too, are His sons and daughters, His soldiers, servants and in Him we surrender everything.
My prayer always includes, “Teach me, Lord to be more like Jesus every day.” And because I am a follower of Him, I prefer to live a life full of His presence. Each one of us is being used as an instrument in fulfilling His works. Through us, His plans are being perfected. (Read: You are the Answer)

How to be a Living Rock?

You and I… can be a living rock. How? Let’s consider this scenario.

One day, a friend of mine was in trouble and frequently asking my advice. I, myself have no idea what to tell her except for a little piece of advice and cracking some corny jokes just to draw smiley on her face. She was absolutely and terribly in trouble. Since, I have no experience and totally no idea to what she’s been going through, I just decided to be with her. Simply be there, thinking that my presence will, somehow ease her pain.

On a different situation, I was the one who needs someone to lean on. I wanted to scream. I wanted to cry. I am deeply and madly in pain physically and emotionally. I am suffering from spiritual dryness but, of course, I felt the need of prayer. “Lord, I need you.” Then a friend from a distance, beep me by sending a message “how are you?” And the rest was another story of healing.

My friend, on the first case and I are now okay.

“A Living Rock” is YOU.

You are not literally a rock. Don’t be too hard for yourself. Do not throw at you and store all the negativity inside you. The world will test you and will be glad watching you deeply burdened by his force. So…

Love yourself.
Respect yourself.
Motivate yourself.

Most importantly, you have to plant a seed of faith and follow wherever it will lead you. It is not about you. Rather, you plus your soul. Your faith will lead you on how to properly respond to so many things.

To be continued...