Birthday Blessings and a Prayer

Life. It’s a gift. In this vast universe and with billions of people on this planet, I am here. A speck of dust but a miracle nonetheless. I don’t have anything but a heart of gratitude for the life given to me today. Lord, thank you for this day A special day to rededicate myself […]

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The Big Outdoors

The big outdoors is like a huge play area where we are free to explore. A place where things grow wild and free. Nature is a luxury afforded to each one of us. It is meant to be enjoyed and experienced. Not only does nature provide therapeutic beauty, it also shows us life lessons that […]

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Science and Faith

We took the children on a fieldtrip to the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, TN a few days ago. The price was 50% off after 3:00 PM, so we took the kids there knowing that two hours of activity will tire them easily. We were able to watch the last show in the Sudekum Planetarium […]

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An Abundance of Harvest

Persimmons. I love this fruit. There is an abundance of harvest for this fruit this time of year. We’ve lived in this little town/city for almost a decade now but I just got into the fruit-picking craze recently. There are u-pick fruit farms just a few miles around us and I love that fruits are […]

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A Race to Remember + Funny Running Slogans

Running has tremendously changed the way I look at my health. I hurt my knee one week prior to the big race today. I was on my regular training when I decided to run faster and longer than I usually did. The excruciating pain made me take a break for a whole week as I […]

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Thank You Lord For Your Blessings On Me

Reflection: This simple song brings a feeling of gratitude in my heart today. We may not have all the money in the world, the fanciest car in the neighborhood, the biggest house, the newest gadget, etc but when we start counting our blessings, we will find that God provides many of our needs and gives many blessings we […]

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The ABCs of Thankfulness

Counting my blessings today with the letters of the alphabet: The ABCs of Thankfulness. This is a simple and quick exercise that makes me think a bit deeply about some of the things I may have taken for granted lately just because I am accustomed to seeing or using them everyday. Like water. A/C Bible Children + […]

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Where is Home?

Part of our identity is somewhat traced to a place we can call home. Security, memories, a sense of belongingness — these are things that somehow prove that we live and that we matter. About 1/3 of my life had been spent abroad, away from my birth country. I have lived in a number of […]

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Thank You in 31 Languages

One thing that truly fascinates me about our world is the different languages we speak. There are approximately 6,500 spoken languages in the world. Wow! that’s a LOT. In the Philippines alone (where I grew up), there are about 170 languages/dialects and I can only speak 4 of them. Two weeks ago, I downloaded a “learn a language” app […]

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How Fall Reminds Us To Be Grateful

Autumn leaves glistened as they fall, the early morning sun’s rays flickered while they peeked through the tall trees in my backyard. Dry branches rustled and snapped as squirrels chased each other up to a tree, a couple of red cardinals perched on the hedge fence and a large busy bee kissing the flowers. The gentle cool […]

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