Monday, June 29, 2009

Big Lessons from Little Children

Posted by Laureen at Monday, June 29, 2009 3 comments
This is Z when he was 3 years old

Mat: 21:16
"out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants you have perfected praise"

In light of Mat:21:16, I remember when my son Z boy when he was still 3 years old. That time, I kept reminding him not to be afraid of the dark or when he is alone. I used to say "don't be afraid Z boy because Jesus is in your heart."

One time when we were traveling with my hubby to his hometown, my hubby took the opportunity to drop by and visit one store which is one of his clients. So Z boy and I decided to just hang out in the mall while waiting for my hubby to finish his transaction. It was our first time to visit that mall since we are not from that place.

When Z boy and I were tired from roaming around the mall we decided to eat in one of the famous food chains here in the Philippines and of course my son's favorite, Jollibee. The place was so crowded. And when we finally manage to get our table, I asked Z to sit down and looked after the things we bought while I go and order our food from the counter. When I finished ordering I went back to the place where Z was sitting. Gosh! I then realized that Z was not there, anymore! I searched for him everywhere but still I didn't see any sign of him. I could already hear my heart pounding so loud because I couldn't find him at all and we were new in the place. So I tried to search for him again and to my dismay still I did not see Z. But when I turned my back again he was already in front of me.

I almost cried and exclaimed "Oh, Z you made mom may scared, where were you?" He answered, "Mom May, why were you scared Jesus is in your heart. I just went to get, the spoon and fork." Lol! whew! it really hit me head on ... He had a point, so why did I get so scared? huh?

Jesus is in your Heart. Is it?

Friday, June 26, 2009

MM #2 -School Days

Posted by Laureen at Friday, June 26, 2009 12 comments

This is my son Z boy when he was in nursery level last year but unfortunately he was not able to finish the whole year because our house got flooded last January and we had to undergo a lot of adjustments . We were forced to transfer to another place and it was quite far from his school. so, I have no choice but to do home study with him.

Since he was not able to finish Nursery, he was required to take a diagnostic exam before being admitted to kinder 1 . Whew! I'm glad he passed his exam.

His 1st day in school was quite okay.He was having fun.

His teacher commented that he was so confident and assertive

During snack time.

He found new friends.

He was so fascinated with the twins.The teacher noticed that he always makes"pa cute" to them.When we arrived home his daddy asked him hows school he was so excited to tell about the twins Hmm....I think he got a crush on them.LOL.

I think he had a fabulous time with his classmates.

I am glad his excited to go to school every time.....

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Discovering the Perfect Dad

Posted by Laureen at Thursday, June 25, 2009 2 comments
Last Sunday I had a great time with the Sunday School Preteens in the church. There were 23 pre teens who attended. Since it was Father's Day my topic was about "Discovering the Perfect Dad". Before I started my discussion, I asked each one of them to finish the sentence, "I love/like my father because.... ". I was astonished with the different answers that I received. These are the following:

" I love/ like my father because.."

... he gives me PSP, t-shirt, skateboards, provides things in school etc.
... He disciplines us
... He does everything for us.
... "I love my father so much..." then he burst into tears.
... I can tell my Dad my problem. " ( that's from my Renzee, my nephew)

The next question I threw to them was " Why do we get frustrated when our father's don't meet our expectations ? and " Why is it that sometimes we feel that our father's don't love us.?" There was a silence for a while then again my nephew confidently answered, "It's because fathers have different expressions of love." Its true that's why other kids think that their father only as a good provider but many of them long for their affections. Others thought they have their father's full attentions but he can not provide the best for them. Others don't like how their fathers discipline them but it does not mean that they do not love them.

There are fathers who just follow how they were brought up by their parents and maybe they think that is the only way or the right way to bring up the kids. There are fathers who simply do not know how to express their love. Bottom line they are not perfect.

If we want a perfect Dad, we need to accept Jesus as our Lord and personal Savior. Gal. 4:4-7 "But when the right time come, God sent His son, born of a woman, subject to do the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because you gentiles have become his children, God has sent the spirit of His Son into your hearts, and now you can call God our dear Father. Now you are no longer a slave but God's own child and since you are his child, everything he has belongs to you."

WE have an opportunity to call him Daddy:
---He is not only able to provide for us but
---He is someone who is willing to listen anything you want to tell him big or small problems.
---He loves us so much regardless of who we are - a sinner.

What's more? If you seek love and affection from your Dad or you think he is not trying his best to provide for the family or whatever problem you may have with the relationship with your Dad, there's a Good news! God can fix that too.

Then, I gave them a few minutes to talk to God in prayers after that I prayed for them.

I hope I was able to do my part and God will do the rest.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WFW #4 - God's Love

Posted by Laureen at Wednesday, June 24, 2009 8 comments

Ephesians 5:1-2 "Be imitators of God,therefore,as dearly loved children and live a life of love,just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."

"We love because God first loved us"

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"LORD, Why Did You Let My Father Die So Soon?"

Posted by Laureen at Tuesday, June 23, 2009 2 comments
The pretty girl in the picture is Thea.The daughter of my older brother.

Philippians 1:21-23
"To me to live is Christ and to die is gain. I desire to depart and be with Christ."

I do not understand why? And I don't need to understand. One thing I know for certain is that I am so blessed to have him as my father even for a short time. Yes, many people I know still have their father's with them but their hearts are apart from each other. I am thankful enough even for that short time with my father because it was full of love and so much happy memories rather than pain, bitterness and despair.

It was evident that my late "tatay" dad spent a lot of time with Christ in his death bed. It was like a prayer garden to him. He even did not want to hear negative things to other people in the prayer garden of his room.He spent time praying for other people and to us. Thus, he even finds the strength to lay his hands and pray for me because I was pregnant at that time. When "tatay" was in pain he still manages to raise his hands and praise God. He knew the sure hope of being reconciled to God in Christ.

I remember when "tatay" dad was already comatose I read and article for him from "our daily bread" something about leaving a legacy. I told him that he has done a good job raising up his children and leaves a legacy to us. I told him- "tay" Isn't it awesome to raise up a family who are serving the Lord as pastor's wife, missionaries, active in church ministries. I told him those fruits will also be counted as his fruits. You know what? Amazingly tears rolled up in his eyes under his condition.

I think the Lord allowed these things to happen not to deal tatay but to deal with the whole family. Maybe Satan thought: What will happen to this family if they lost the greatest person in their life? Well, I tell you what? the lesson we learned from the greatest person we have our "tatay"dad. We will still be going to raise up our hands and praise God, "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord. "

I missed him so much..... The only thing that I regret is that he was not able to see his grandson Zboy and granddaughter Zane. But I know he could see them from up above in heaven and we will all together meet there someday....

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Best Father To All

Posted by Laureen at Sunday, June 21, 2009 3 comments

My father died 5 years ago of Laryngeal cancer at the age of 63 years. It was an overwhelming grief we experienced as a family since my father was the best father and the best husband to my mom.

My father was beyond description. He loved us so much. He spent time with us. He was always there to listen and understand us. He was ever ready to defend and protect us from getting hurt.

He was called "tatay" ( daddy) to his nephews and nieces. Many of his nephews and nieces really looked up to him. There were others who even confessed to us that "tatay" had filled the void in the absence of their biological father. True enough he loved his nephews and nieces dearly that a month before his death, he went to visit each one of them to their homes. And later we found out that they were included in his prayer list. Their names were literraly written in his notebook as people to pray for. Praise God that many of my cousins are now coming to know Christ. There were others who truly found Christ during his burial. He was also called "tatay" in the christian community.

'Tatay" may not be a dynamic preacher but he was so anointed in personal evangelism. When he shared the word of God there was never a soul who would not be convicted and in tears after. He was a man full of compassion. He was always ready to help if you need a helping hand without expecting anything in return. He was a man of wisdom. Many people would seek his advice may it be about family issues, spiritual or financial issues and even about politics. A few of his friends who were in politics used to regularly visit him in his office and seek his opinions. I think many people like him because he was a genuine, sincere, humble ,thoughtful and caring person. I am so grateful to God for giving me a one in a million "tatay".

To my "tatay" Dad:
Thank you so much......
You will always be remembered....
I miss you....
I love you so much...
Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Mommy Moments #1-That's my Dad!

Posted by Laureen at Friday, June 19, 2009 11 comments

I'm so thankful to the Lord that my husband is really a good father to my children.He loves them so much and likewise my children is so much fond of him.He really makes it a point to spend time with them even though how tired he may be after his travels. And the best part is I am also thankful to him because he helps me take care of them whenever he is not working. He sees to it that everything is okay before he goes to work and he makes sure that he mixes the children's milk first and oh, my hot drink too....Lol!
To manny; Happy Fathers day!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Word - filled Wednesday #5

Posted by Laureen at Wednesday, June 17, 2009 0 comments
Psalm 50:15
"Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you,and you will honor me."

Tell God your need.You'll be amazed what happens when you call on his name.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Interesting blog

Posted by Laureen at Friday, June 12, 2009 0 comments
I received another award from a new friend in blogosphere Cris of Inspirational Insights.

Thank you and I appreciate it so much.

I am passing this on to the young bloggers who I find their site interesting too..

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Word - filled Wednesday #4

Posted by Laureen at Wednesday, June 10, 2009 6 comments

Philippines 4:6-7
"Do not be anxious about anything,but prayer and petition,with thanksgiving,present your request to God.And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Friday, June 5, 2009

Go! Z boy! Go!

Posted by Laureen at Friday, June 05, 2009 1 comments
Seeing the development and progress of your child no matter how small may it seem to others, but for us as parents it really matters much.I was pleased and proud to see my son who already knows how to ride a bicycle. I was stunned to see his eagerness to learn. He was so focused and determined that he learned only by himself and in a matter of 3 days considering that he is just 4 years old. I remember I learned riding a bicycle at the age of 8 or 9 years old with someone assisting me.I hope and pray that the potential in him will be cultivated and flourished.

Go! Z boy ! Go!

Monday, June 1, 2009

My Toddler

Posted by Laureen at Monday, June 01, 2009 11 comments
"Children are a gift from the Lord;they are a reward from him."Psalm 127:3
Zane's toddler world begins to open up. She comes a long way from eat-cry-sleep stages.
Now,she can walk well. Zane can't pass by anything without touching it. She's so curious about anything and loves to touch it and put in in her mouth. This means that my eyes should be vigilant as she might eat something dangerous for her.
When we go out shopping, people can't help adoring her cause she smiles at every person we passed by....

She already knows how to demand what she wants by pointing it. Mostly asking for food though. She often says am!am!, meaning to say she want to eat. (LOL!)

Here's the exciting part, she can now understand and give me what I asked. She's now beginning to become a blessing in making my household chores a less tiring. LOL!

By the way,this post is specially dedicated to Lalaine of Lalaines World.It's been a while that she keeps asking me to post the latest pictures and development of her nephew and niece. So here it is Mommy Love. I will post also Z boys latest pictures next time.


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