This was shown during Sunday night during the worship service, giving a recap of the previous year and as a segue to the theme for this year “The Family that Overcomes” … a powerful picture testimony of God’s work through our family retreats.
36 weeks: Baby is the size of a crenshaw melon Almost there. 🙂 It’s amazing how in a couple of weeks, we’ll be seeing our third child, introducing her to our two beautiful daughters who are so excited to meet her, who pray for her daily. Our bets are on her resembling baby Emma, just like Zienne. Weight Gain So far, I’ve gained about 24 lbs. Being in my last month, I’ve gone back to craving fruits more than heavy amounts of food. I don’t even really know why I’m gaining weight because I eat like a chicken. I do, however, fancy ice cream and soda, lemonades, and shakes- mainly because it’s summer and they just make everything feel so much better, so I drink in large quantities. Also, like I told Perze, I know how that verse feels like “like a deer that pants for water, so my soul longs for Thee.” Ya…my body has such a craving for water, so much so that sometimes I’m obsessed by it if I procrastinate with attaining water to drink. It makes me feel guitly, and even reminded how much God wants us to long for him in that way. Tell Me […]
His blessings are new every morning. This morning, the blessing was this: Thank you God for your faithfulness in Perze’s career. Ever since we’ve been married, you have been there to encourage him along the ardous way, chiseling his abilities.
praise team. to God be the glory. your offerings of praise, of courage, of surrender, of worship to lead those at the retreat was such a blessing. I pray that as you continue to offer yourselves in this ministry, the journey to knowing God’s heart becomes sweeter, not easier, but flowing with His nearness and intimacy, that He fills you with who He is until His glory overflows through you. Make the mountains shameful :). God bless you guys.
Last night, Emma saw me in a lot of pain because of pregnancy, so she lied down next to me, grabbed my hand, and without hesitance, started praying for my comfort while crying out of concern. I am deeply moved by the hearts of my girls. Some people say it’s how she was raised, but to be honest, I can only give authorship of her heart from the One who mended her and gave her life. From the time she was a baby, I already saw glimpses of her empathy towards living things, how big forgiveness is in her, despite emotional hurt. Even when she was three and I taught her Amazing Grace, she started crying because it was a ‘sad song’. At seven, she raises questions about friendship dynamics, forgiving other kids who sometimes bully her or use her. She doesn’t make fun of other people or how they may look. And I see her naturally being an Ate to the younger kids in the church, all following her sometimes. But with me, no matter how I may get mad at her or even discipline her, she will never pridefully turn away from me. She is ready to […]
Yesterday, our friends Rogie and Leila experienced the birth of their firstborn, Elijah R. I promised Leila I wouldn’t expose all the pictures so she could have the honor of showing him on his birthday, but hopefully I can sneak one or two in :). If you know the couple, you’d know how long they’ve been praying for a baby, and yesterday, we were able to see the result of God’s authorship from all the prayers for this baby. I took and chose this picture because the first time we found out about Elijah, Rogie gave me a picture of his ultrasound to keep and asked us to partner in praying for him. So for the rest of the nine months, we remembered him in our prayers. And now, he’s here :). And here’s ninong Perze with his godson. Congrats Rog and Lei! You’ll be great parents!
Sometimes, I wonder why I do such things for people who would never give back or would give back so little, while they give so much to people who give so little to them. I know there is no math in grace, but i’m not being very gracious if I feel this way. I guess this Monday, I’m feeling very human. Tomorrow, I’ll continue to give again. Today, I’ll let myself feel just a little bit confused and get it out of my system.