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hay buhay

pipilitin ko’ng di muling sumablay
o ang puso ko hindi na muling bumigay

to make you feel my love

somewhere over the rainbow

What LOVE is……….

What LOVE is…
(a friend sent me this)

This is just too cute and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds,

“What does love mean?” The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined.

See what you think:

When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint
her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even
when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.”
– Rebecca – age 8

“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You
know that your name is safe in their mouth.”
– Billy – age 4

“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.”
– Karl – age 5

“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French
fries without making them give you any of theirs.”
– Chrissy – age 6

“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.”
– Terri – age 4

“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and
she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.”
– Danny – age 7

“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.”
– Emily – age 8

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening
presents and listen.”
– Bobby – age 5

“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.”
– Nikka – age 6

“There are two kinds of love. Our love. God’s love. But God makes both kinds of them.”
– Jenny – age 4

“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.”
– Noelle – age 7

“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still
friends even after they know each other so well.”
– Tommy – age 6

“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and scared.
I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving
and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.”
– Cindy – age 8

“My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else
kissing me to sleep at night.”
– Claire – Age 5

“Love is when mommy gives daddy the best piece of chicken.”
– Elaine – age 5

“Love is when mommy sees daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is
handsomer than Robert Redford.”
– Chris – age 8

“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.”
– Mary Ann – age 4

“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old
clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.”
– Lauren – age 4

“I let my big sister pick on me because my Mom says she
only picks on me because she loves me. So I pick on my baby sister
because I love her.”
– Bethany – age 4

“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little
stars come out of you.”
– Karen – age 7

“Love is when mommy sees daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.”
– Mark – age 6

“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you
mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.”
– Jessica – age 8

how to be happy

a college friend sent me this…..

How to be happy!

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height.
Let the doctor worry about them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. If you
really need a grouch, there are probably a few dozen of your
relatives to do the job.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts,
gardening, whatever. Just never let the brain idle.

4. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your
distinctive laughter.

5. Do not worry about situations beyond your control. What shall be
will be.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person
who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets,
keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your
refuge.

8. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable,
improve it. If it is beyond what you can do for yourself to improve,
get help and never stop trying.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, next door,
foreign country, but never a guilt trip.

10. Tell the people you love, that you love them, at every
opportunity.

Remember, Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by
the moments that take our breath away.

holding patterns

My mom read this article in th newspaper(Philippine Daily Inquirer). And because she knows my state right now, she told me to look for this article in the paper.

How one’s patience and faith are tested by holding patterns

WE HAD BEEN UP IN THE AIR FOR close to 30 minutes, circling the airport around and around with no clearance to land.

On the flight home from Los Angeles to Manila last month, we were placed in a holding pattern for close to 45 minutes before the plane was allowed to make its descent and touch down. Not a comfortable place to be.

Many times in my life God has placed me in a holding pattern.

A holding pattern is defined as “the oval or circular path of an aircraft flying around an airport awaiting permission to land.” It’s not an easy state to be in. Your patience and faith are tested, sometimes to its limit, depending on the length of time you are put there.
The past week’s events reminded me of the holding patterns that God puts us through sometimes.

A few days ago, after more than two months, 16-year-old Miko Habana’s tracheostomy tube was finally removed. In a week or so, his parents may be able to bring him home from the hospital. Last Sunday, a former PAL colleague and friend of mine was rushed to the Asian Hospital’s ICU due to brain aneurysm and heart attack. Three days later, she was gone at 45 years old.
Life can change in an instant. Suddenly, we find ourselves placed in a holding pattern.
In April this year, Miko collapsed, in the heat of the noonday sun on the baseball field of Manila Polo Club during practice for the upcoming Palarong Pambansa. At the time, Miko’s prognosis was not promising. However, God had other plans. A high school senior at the Ateneo, he missed classes, but is now making slow but wonderful recovery and progress that was not at all expected by his parents who are both medical doctors.

It is the waiting that expands our spirit. It is in the waiting that our faith grows.

I found this piece on the net today on “God’s Holding Pattern.”

“Many times God will allow a painful situation or a painful circumstance in our life to “swallow us up.” This season in our spiritual growth is a holding pattern. We can’t move to the left or the right. All we can do is sit, like Jonah sat in the belly of that great fish, so God can have our undivided attention and speak to us.

“God put Jonah in a holding pattern because He needed to speak to his heart. Jonah was all alone. There were no friends to call, no colleagues to drop by, no books to read, no food to eat, no interference, and no interruptions. He had plenty of time to sit, think, meditate and pray.

When we’re deep down in the midst of a difficult situation, God can talk to us. When He has our undivided attention, He can show us things about ourselves that we might not otherwise have seen.”

Few of God’s holding patterns

1. When you are sick and have prayed but God has not healed you yet, you are in a holding pattern.

2. When you are having problems with your children and you have put them on the altar, but God has not delivered them yet, you are in a holding pattern.

3. When you are praying for a sick child and he or she has not yet been given the gift of healing, you are in a holding pattern.

4. When you are in a broken relationship and you have given it over to God, but it has not been restored yet, you are in a holding pattern.

5. When the doors slam shut before you can knock on them, and God has not opened another door, you are in a holding pattern.

6. When you are looking for a job, waiting for interview or test results, and seeking financial provisions but it has not yet arrived, you are in a holding pattern.

“Deep in the belly of a difficult situation, there are no interruptions because God has our undivided attention. All we can do is sit, think, meditate and pray. There are no mountains that are high enough, valleys low enough, rooms that are dark enough, or places that are hidden enough from Him.”

I’ve learned to develop patience now that I am much older. My mentor likes to remind me, “Trust the process, Cathy.” Even in the midst of difficulties, we must still thank Him, count our blessings and, while we’re waiting, remember three things:

“The pattern has a purpose.

The pattern has a plan.

The pattern has a process.”

Surrender is the operative word. I know, easier said than done. The years and many experiences have taught me that He is always there—never a day, a minute or a moment too late. Sometimes the holding pattern serves as a form of protection, too, although we do not know it at that time.

Safe passage is always given when we least expect it.

If you find yourself in a holding pattern today, pray and wait on Him. Ask for grace to live your life productively, in spite of. In His time you will experience the peace that passes all understanding, and before you know it, it is time to land.

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