The secret to finding true happiness

Today, I had a chance to share alot of things to my students and this was the very first thing I shared with them this morning;

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

© Max Ehrmann 1927

 

And I am in so much awe of God’s amazing power. He is moving in my life. He is certainly using my talents and skills to be able to advance me and other people to His Kingdom. I have never been this bold in sharing God’s words and telling people His Great Love but I can’t help it. My mouth, my mind. They are moving 1 million miles per hour. 

I love this poem. I love its meaning and how easy it is to understand.I love its symbolisms. I had shared so many experiences to my dear students and I am so happy to see that after 8 long hours of lessons no one ever showed signs of sleepiness. Thank you Dear God for opening up their hearts. Thank you for your overwhelming and abounding love to these young adults. May you continue to shine in their lives.

And here are my students performing DESIDERATA in SPEECH CHOIR.

And of course their beautiful teacher. (I did not teach my students over confidence, Ok?)

The truth frees us from confusion

I was tasked to lead the group last night for a very short notice that I did not know what to talk about. Then suddenly I am reminded of the previous days I have been crying over nothing.

To all of you who are reading this topic: Is there something you are confused about? Is there something that bothers you these past few days? What did you do about it?

Ok here is my answer: Yes, I was deeply bothered by the truth that my ex boyfriend is completely over me, I cried and prayed to God to embrace me with His love alone.

There are 3 points I want to share with you

1. GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF OUR CONFUSION.

James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

God is never the other of our confusion but he is the author of our wisdom.

2. GOD IS THE SHEPHERD OF OUR SOULS.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.”

It is a 100 percent guarantee that God will lead us because we are His sheep.

3. GOD WILL REPLACE UNCERTAINTY WITH WISDOM


Isaiah 30:21 says “
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

God will shine the light of truth on the situations in our lives and set us free to make good choices.

God’s promises are really amazing. He said that when we feel confused, come to Him and He will settle our minds until we can hear Him clearly again. We just have to trust in Him, Take refuge in Him, Obey His words. 

My prayer: Lord thank you for leading me into the green pastures of peace and confidence. I will only lean on You Father God. Thank you Lord that you are going to remove all these confusions and transform them into wisdom. Amen.

 

Summer trip in Panas Falls, New Corella

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We thought it’s a wasted summer trip. Wow. Panas Falls in New Corella changed everything. It was beautiful. The water is cold. The trees everywhere makes it all so perfect. Thank you Lord for these wonderful creations. Original plan was to visit Enchanted river, Tinuy-an falls in Surigao but due to finances and time constraints we were brought to this place called Panas Falls.

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New Corella is part of Tagum City. I don’t know if it is south or north part. The way to get there is easy. Just ask.

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I have always regarded myself as adventurous but I realized today that I am not. Waaah! Or maybe my level of adventures are different. If you can jump from this 12-15 feet cliff, with water we do not know how deep…You certainly are a sucker of adventures. LOL.

The “ng” sound

Ok, so I started to do some online Language teaching and I find it very fun and really challenging so I am just going to share with you what I learn. As a language teacher I really want to make sure that I am effective in what I do. And being effective means making sure that my student will be able to really perfect the activity.

All right, in Bisaya and Tagalog there is what we call the Velar Nasal Consonantal sound which is not really present in English language but hey yes it’s present in all gerund in the word SINGING, RINGING, JUMPING, everything that ends -ING. that’s the “ng” sound in English

 

Ok let’s have an exercise for this.

 

PA-NGA-LAN (pɐˈŋaːlan)- this means name

Ok I don’t know if you can imagine how it is being said based on the phonetics there, but I will have to make a video for this I think. It’s really fun. I also like the idea that every time I teach Bisaya, I have learned something new.

 

Things I have learned:

I never thought English Speaking people have difficulties producing the ŋ sound, in the word PA-NGA-LAN (name)

 

It’s fun learning different language, especially when you do contrastive analysis or when you do compare one language to another.

 

I have tested my patience. I haven’t polished my teaching skills but I found myself slowly learning how to be patient. So, to my student Thank you.

 

There would be more of this in the future. ( I would try to make a video instead so it would be easier to explain)

Victorious weekend

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Dear everyone,

I got baptized. Today marks the death of the old me. The old is gone, the new has come. April 6, 2013. The best weekend of my life. I am happy to post these pictures here, I am happy to make this public declaration that today I am a new creation. 

I want to say Thank You to Rosario Benitez, the person who led me to one2one. Thank you for your overflowing patience and persistence to continue despite all the hindrances and excuses, In God, truly nothing is impossible. Continue to be passionate about sharing God’s word to the people around you, continue to let your light shine, so people would see Jesus in you. You did a great job in taming a person like me. Great job God. You are indeed powerful. 

To my VGMates; Mira Joy, Matet, Glen, Vanessa, Faith, Daisy Jean, Franz, including Nessie. Thank you for sharing your wonderful lives with me. Your lives have become my inspiration to enjoy my walk with Jesus. Thank you for this Godly friendship. God chose each and everyone of us to be part of this one beautiful group, and this is something we all have to cherish and relish. Thank you beautiful women of God.

Thank you Holy Spirit for revealing Your residence in me. I am still in awe. I am still surprised. I am still amazed. I am completely raving for words. I have never thought I could propel this way. Your power is unfathomable, indescribable, inexplicable. I just want to thank you even more, that you will continue to guide me, that you will continue to nourish me, as I continue to crave for You. 

Today, I am a new creation. Lord, thank you that my past has been deleted, my past has been freed, my past has been removed in Your Database Father God, that I am no longer a slave of sins. Your love is everything and You have healed my past Father God. Thank you for your abounding love, abounding grace, your abounding forgiveness Father God. Today I am a new ME.

Victory Weekend is a quarterly event of Victory Christian Fellowship. This is done to people who have undergone one2one and those who want to experience Jesus, those who want to deepen their relationship with Jesus. It is a 2 day training with lots of interesting topics. In the second day, Baptism of water usually takes place. And I am proud to say, I have experienced all these, and I am now ready to be equipped.

 

Yours truly,

Magic

Nostalgia

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So here’s my father. For 3 long days he hasn’t been drinking. Kudos to you Papa! So happy that I have a new picture with my father. Thanks to my sister’s graduation day. I just want to recall my graduation day some 8 years ago because Papa reminded me this morning. Ok fine, I graduated with an Award but that’s not really what I want to share. I believe in education, I believe that education is the crime-buster against ignorance, against poverty. For the past few years we did not have so much. My parents worked hard to send everyone to school. I had to work way back college because my allowance from the Scholarship wasn’t enough to fund my studies. I had worked at a pizza restaurant to have extra income. I had to work as a househelp taking care of plants and dogs (which I hated most.) College, for me, was a challenging yet fun experience.

So this morning while trying to fix Papa’s polo, he said, Did you remember 8 years ago on your graduation day everything I wore  were borrowed? the polo, the shoes, the pants? Even the fare he had used to travel some 55 kms +7 kms. The dress I wore that day was also borrowed,the pair of shoes was given by my friend’s Grandma (so thoughtful of her). So every time I relive that moment, I can’t help but feel sad about it. But on the lighter side, it made me who I am today. It made me want to accomplish things in life. It made me become more ambitious and be able to prove to everyone out there that poverty is not a hindrance to attaining your ambition in life. Make it your inspiration to strive for excellence.

To my sister: Yes you only have pancit, afritada and humba for today, I did not have any 8 years ago. So be grateful. Your graduation is just a prelude to your new journey, yes you can celebrate but know that there are more things worth celebrating for. Know that as you traverse to this new journey, it’s going to be stiff, it’s going to be challenging. Also know, that I am here, as your guiding star. 

Just reminiscing.

Just for laughs: Ok I colored my hair back to black, my daughter ambled over and said, “Mama, you look like Dora the Explorer.”-such a smart kiddo.

 

Magic