The Pressures that Shape Us

I was at the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming yesterday and marveled at the beauty of everything in it--the wildlife (we saw a few elk, bears, bisons, and a stuffed moose!), the geysers, the gorgeous lake, and the magnificent terrain. The picture on the right shows what is called the "Grand Canyon of Yellowstone." You … Continue reading The Pressures that Shape Us

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“Sana hindi mangyari iyan sa inyo ni Dahl.”

We listened to a very touching sermon in our church's worship celebration yesterday. The speaker and his wife had been regarded as pioneer "musicianaries" who share the love and truth of Jesus Christ with the people of Japan through the black gospel music genre. Thousands of people hear and sing the gospel every year. However, … Continue reading “Sana hindi mangyari iyan sa inyo ni Dahl.”

The Big One: Prepare and Pray

The "Big One" refers to the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that could hit Metro Manila if the West Valley Fault moves. It is the worst-case scenario for the 100-kilometer fault that runs through six cities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Four major earthquakes have taken place over the West Valley Fault in the last 1,400 years, with … Continue reading The Big One: Prepare and Pray

We easily notice what we don’t have

My mind is wired to spot what's missing. I have this tendency to focus on what I don't have instead of being thankful for all that I have. And I'm sure there are many others like me. We struggle with discontentment. For example: You walk into a beautiful wedding ceremony, and moments later, you notice … Continue reading We easily notice what we don’t have

The Miss Universe 2016 fever continues to rage in the Philippines. There seems to be a never-ending stream of comments on Maxine Medina's response to the question, "What is the most significant change you've seen in the last 10 years?" Maxine had only a few seconds to come up with a response. The rest of … Continue reading

Blessed Subtractions

I just trimmed the bougainvilleas in our front lawn. It looks messy and ugly now--just like any other plant when you trim or prune it. But wait for a couple of months and you'll see the beauty resulting from this trimming. As you start the new year, your life might need some trimming. Some things … Continue reading Blessed Subtractions

The Best Deal of the Season

I was at the mall yesterday, two days before Christmas. It was full with people doing their last-minute shopping. They all seem to have a lot of money, and retailers know how to encourage shoppers to spend those last few pesos in their pockets. We see enticing deals like "Up to 70% off on selected … Continue reading The Best Deal of the Season