Thursday, June 16, 2011

Letter to My Father

Dear Daddy,

Thank you for being the only one who said you'd want to watch 3-D King Kong with me when I was little. Thank you for taking me to the fair afterwards and riding the horror train with me, while shielding me from the man in the gorilla suit.

Thank you for spending those unforgettable Sunday mornings with pre-teen me and letting me play with your army tanks and singing with Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis and me. Thank you for never failing to fix things for me. Broken lamps, bathtub and the leaking loo, cabinet, the fantabulous thing in the basement (will make another post about this one) and more recently my doorknob. Thank you for being the McGyver in the family and never tiring of helping me find a battery, fuse, wrench, or loose screw (literally and figuratively).
Thank you for teaching me to love learning. You taught me to be a forever student of life. One is never too old to discover. You have taught many others this gift and they have made a living out of it.
Thank you for bringing history to life through your stories of the war. Thank you for bringing the present to me by being my radio, telling me what is happening in the world before anyone else. Thank you for bringing excitement to the future by the new projects you have yet to show us.

Most of all thank you Daddy for always making us laugh until our tummies ache! You're always "game" on Games Night and half the fun is just watching your expressions!

Thank you Daddy for being who you are in my life. Don't ever change! Stay as wonderful as you are! Happy Father's Day!

*I hope you like my gift wrapped in brown paper decorated with Papemelroti and Tim Holtz stamps. Thank you to Lucky Palm for the vintage photograph and Vintage Catnip for the border.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Today is a special day for 3 reasons. First, it is our country's 113th Independence Day. We celebrate the freedom that Philippine heroes Apolinario Mabini, Gregorio del Pilar and Emilio Jacinto have won for us Filipinos.

More so we commemorate Dr. Jose Rizal, our peace-loving national hero on his 150th birth anniversary. His life was marked by personal sacrifice to ignite the Filipino's passion for independence. The third event today is the birthday of the Christian church. The beginning of Pentecost. "Pente" means "50" marking the 50th day of Passover. We've had 50 days of Easter, more than Lent's 40.

It is a deeply significant freedom that Christ won for us that day as He sent a mighty wind over the timid, anxious apostles and transformed them into bold warriors defending the cross and eloquent preachers of His life and Word.

His Holy Spirit now dwells within our hearts for those of us who believe and from Him we draw the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit - Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord. He gave us a 7 in 1 deal on a permanently free promo offer!

Whenever we feel unsure, we can draw upon these gifts that reside in our heart and know that we are never alone.

We are truly blessed with abundance!

"Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance." - Matthew 13:12

I've been following the Lord since I was 16 years old and I've been extremely blessed at every turn. Sometimes I think I've seen everything, and have reached the ultimate limit to God's generosity. But this Pentecost, Christ promises even more abundance than I have ever known.There is more that He desires for us. He is not yet finished. For those that love Him, He has an overwhelming urge to give like a high-powered waterfall that never ends.

My sister Patsy gave a Creative Journaling session yesterday and this is what I made. I only used a permanent marker and a silver gel pen. We only had about half an hour to finish our journal entries.

It's really a big scribble but it's something to remind me of a truth that I must never forget. That there is no limit to what God can do in our lives and today all we have to do is to accept all He offers us and say "Yes Lord I want even more"!!!

“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him." - 1 Corinthians 2:9


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