Leadership while trying to live with integrity is like walking a tightrope sometimes. You have to decide whether you will be a character help and encouragement or otherwise, to put your ego aside sometimes to love others even when things may be unlovable. I know a handful of pastors who weep for God’s work, who toil despite discouragement, and often times I don’t get to verbally state my appreciation for their calling. As I get older, the years of watching the same people get back up again after to love God’s flock, as part of that leadership, I realize that silently, I’ve learned to also pattern through that example of what I’ve observed. It gives me encouragement in the ministries where I am planted. I am encouraged to pray more, to love despite hurt, to toil because there are needs, and to be an example to my children because they are watching and have so many questions about what they notice after the day is done. #thoughtsoutloud
Little tiny moments have led you to today. Along the way, You have made a village to share your love for each other. Today, that village celebrates all those tiny moments that led you to today. Thanks Emman and Hannah for letting us be your Ate and Kuya during your dating days, and now for the honor of being sponsors in your wedding. We will continue to pray for you as man and wife, and hopefully be a source you can come to when questions arise. Our fam is #teamhannemman FTW!
To the birthday boy who never gives himself enough credit since we first met. With everyone he meets, he places such a lasting impression, trying to better the conditions around him and being a reliable source of help. And especially, in our little family, he is a strong source of love for myself and our girls, so much that when he comes home, his girls drop everything to run, receive blessing, and compete for his attention through hugs and stories. Happy birthday, Perze. Love you more than ?. “Shakes come and go but best friends are furrrrrrr-ever!”
Every time I think of the cross, I think, “LOVE DEMANDS SACRIFICE.” It puts so much into perspective in my own life, my personal relationships, and especially my relationship with Jesus. What do I sacrifice? Although His sacrifice can never be matched, I am brought to remember the things I’ve learned since I was a baby in the faith, to learn to live by dying to this world and to myself, to pick up my cross to follow Him, to be a living testimony, and to embody love by following His commandments. It’s not easy, but the song says, “have you been to Calvary?” I’m thankful that I can never have attained salvation on my own, and this life I would never be able to walk alone. Because Jesus lives, I can live loved, with hope despite of whatever happens tomorrow, and to live with a purpose greater than living for my own gain. In preparation for Easter, we saw Passion of the Christ as a family at a movie event in our church. Elle sat with me and asked so many questions. This picture shows her inability to see difficult parts in the beginning. They had to go downstairs […]
After watching “Passion of the Christ”… Elle: Mamam, I’m scared of the Pharisees. Are the pharisees in my heart? Me: No, the pharisees are not in your heart. Zienne: Ya, cuz the Pharisees are in your butt! *cue full blown cry