Poor Sushi

Sunday, February 24, 2013
Hi friends.

I'm doing good. Thanks to all who are continuously praying for me.  I'm just a bit lazy to do anything these days except work.

Anyway, Emy (my nanny) and I brought Sushi to the vet this morning.  She has ear infection.  Poor Sushi. The doctor cleaned her right ear and put antibiotic drops.  We were told to observe her ear for at least a week to see if it's getting any better or not, then we bring her back to the vet for another check-up.  I purchased a Groupon deal for only $7.50 so I can avail a year's worth of unlimited cat check-ups plus discounts on grooming, cat food and accessories at Pet-a-Holic's Veterinary Clinic.  It was a good deal.

Sushi after her check-up.  Sooo cute!

Sushi's suppose to have her shots on Wednesday, but because of this ear infection, the doctor moved her next visit to Sunday to check on her ear first, then the shots.

We got back  home, she played, ate then slept.

Sushi loves to sleep in this area during the day. She uses the bundled extension wire as her pillow. See that shredded paper on the left?  That's what she loves playing with all the time. When she gets tired  playing with it, she sleeps.

Hope she gets better soon.  Would love to bring her back to the vet not just for check-up, but for her shots.

Guest Post: Surrendering to God's Will

Monday, February 18, 2013
I've mentioned before that I will have guest writers on my blog from time to time and I've finally decided to make a go for it. Now I have one guest writer to start it off.

How often have we seen ourselves in this situation? Something pops into our heads and we immediately think "Yes! That's it! That's exactly what I want (or want to do)!" It could be a new job, a new car, or even something as life changing as moving to another country or getting married.

So, we set out minds to it. We focus intensely on it and we pursue our plan to the ends of the earth only to find one obstacle after another. Then, we stop and ask ourselves questions like "why is this happening?", "why is it not working out?" and "what am i doing wrong?"

Part of being who we are involves a little bit of stubbornness. We think we know what to do, where to go, how things work , how we can "beat the system" and make something work the way we want it to. We keep trying hoping that it will work. Sometimes, it does; sometimes, it doesn't.

When we have tried everything and things don't turn out the way we expected them to, that is the only time we throw up our hands and realize that, perhaps, what we are doing is not what God intended for us.

Then, we "surrender to God's will". It is something most of us resort to when we face defeat.

Does it really have to be this way? Does "surrender" always have to be associated with "defeat"?

I don't think so.

I would like to offer a different way of looking at it: do you remember what it was like when, as a child, we simply let our parents make the key decisions in our life? We look at them with our eyes, bright and smiling, and ask them questions like "where are we going today?" "what are we doing this weekend?"

When we were children, we often let our parents decide for us. Why? Simple: we knew that they loved us and that anything they did was out of their love for us. It was because of this that we, as children, "surrendered" our will to our parents.

The same is true with God. He is, after all, our Heavenly Father.

When we say that we "surrender to His will", I would like to look at it in the same way as a child subordinates his will to that of his earthly parents, without any of the stubbornness, reluctance or feeling of defeat that we, as adults, often feel when we do this.

Surrendering to God's will doesn't have to mean "defeat". "Surrendering" simply means letting Him take over. I see it as recognising the limitations of our minds, of our capabilities, and of our understanding. I see it as affirming that His wisdom is superior to ours and that His plans for us are far better than any plan that we can think of.

So, think of yourself as God's child and ask Him, "Heavenly Father, what are your plans for me? What would you like me to do today?" and trust God when He says that His plan is the best one for you. After all, isn't that 'Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven" means?

Rommel Bernardo

Rommel has been working at CyberSoft Integrated Geoinformatics, Inc., an IT company that develops location-based services, since 1986. He is also a photographer and a very good friend. His first calling is as a husband to Jeanne Marie and father to two very smart children, Paolo and Sharee. He loves God and believes that God charts his course in life. Once in a while, you may find him reading, or editing his images over a freshly-brewed cup of coffee.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Sunday, February 10, 2013
It's Dad's birthday today. Should have been his 68th...

Mom & Andre
With Andre's mom, Mel

We miss you, Dad!
We love you!
Happy Birthday!!!

My sister wasn't able to go because she just gave birth. So after going to Dad's, we went to visit my sister and my new niece, Robyn.

Proud Grandma

It's also my nephew's birthday today. Happy birthday, Michael!

Oh and Happy Chinese New Year to all my Chinese friends!

Thankful Thursday

Thursday, February 7, 2013

I have so many things to thank God for today.  God is sooooo good!

I thank God for the new HOPE I have.  I feel at peace and joyful again.  I thought I've lost those 2 for a while, but I guess I have them all along, just misplaced. Now, my groove is back.

I have a new niece!  Her name is Robyn Denise. My sister gave birth yesterday. She's so beautiful. Both mom and baby are healthy so I'm grateful for that.

I'm grateful too because I know I'm on my way to full recovery. I'm getting better everyday.

Yesterday I brought Sushi to the vet for vaccine and check up.  I had her groomed too.  Dr. Byron Guevarra, her vet, said Sushi is in tip-top health. Thank God!

Father, thank you for ALL the blessings and favor you've been showering me with.  Thank you for taking care of me, my family and my pet Sushi. I bless and honor you, Lord. In Jesus' name, amen!

What are you thankful for this week?

For more Thankful Thursday, visit Iris over at Grace Alone.

{See & Pray WFW} Micah 6:8

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Here's another translation of this verse:
"He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord really wants from you: He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful, and to live obediently before your God." Micah 6:8 (New English Translation NET)  

Father, what you require of me sounds easy to do, but it's not.  Give me the grace to do what you ask of me.  Give me the grace to do what is right. Help me, Father, to walk in obedience to your will.  In Jesus' name. amen!


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Meet Sushi

Saturday, February 2, 2013
I finally got my pet cat!  Woohoo!

She's so cute! Her name is Sushi.  She's a 4-month old Himalayan cat. She's very sweet and loves to play.  I don't really know much about cats although my family had pet cats which we brought home  from the streets. This is the first time I had a pet cat of my own. I don't know much about Himalayan cats either.  I don't know if Sushi is a pure breed Himalayan or not, but whether or not she is, I love her to pieces.

I saw Sushi for the first time at my friend Shirleen's house. Right there and then I fell in love with this cutie. I decided I wanted to have one, too... soon, I thought.

I prayed for it.  I prayed for a pet cat.  I told God that I really want one, but I couldn't afford to spend that much to purchase a cat now. I'd rather buy my supplements and meds with the funds I have than spend it to buy a cat... But God, I really want one!  I told God that if He really wanted me to have a pet cat now, He'll make a way for me to have one for free.  Honestly, I didn't know how that could ever be possible.

Two weeks later, Shirleen texted me and said she's selling the cat because her daughter's asthma is acting up again. Really???  I got excited... but thought, God, it's not good enough.

Shirleen said I could pay whenever.  Hmmm... tempting... but God, it's still not good enough.  If that cat is for me, you're going to make a way for me to have her for free.

Another friend of mine, who's a dog lover, knew that I wanted so much to get a pet cat and I told my friend that Shirleen's selling her cat.  As soon as I said that, my friend immediately said, "Get it! I'll pay for it."

Wha???  Did I hear right?  You'll pay for the cat? 


You know, God does answer prayers.  Sometimes it takes time... Sometimes it's quick. One thing I'm reminded of with what just happened is that GOD DOES ANSWER PRAYER. And when He says YES, rest assured that that prayer request is YOURS!

Me & Sushi

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