on simple living

I don’t know you but for us who rented a place in a foreign land, we’re discouraged to invest on expensive things and furniture. It all started when flood destroys the new pieces of things for the house we just bought: computer table , bookshelves , TV stands and mounts, sofa , mats and others. Since then we learned to just use what’s available like an old table for our TV, old boxes for our books and magazines and use a plastic bench instead of sofa. Also, we won’t stay long here in Thailand. We have dreams to explore greener pasture. It’s easier to live a place without too many expensive things to cling on. Also, instead of buying things for the house which we can live without, we better invest it to our siblings who are in college and for my mother-in-law’s medication. But I can’t wait to have that day that I’ll be shopping things and furniture for our own home. That time, expenses for the house will be worth it.

Gift Giving

February, I welcome you with love, giggles and laughter. When I think of February, I’m reminded of God’s love- God’s great love for you and me and for all humanity. Because of God’s love in us, we wanted to share this love to the kids where our church ministers through giving gifts:

The church received few big boxes from Samaritan’s Purse. We helped in distributing these gifts to less fortunate children in the village of Namnoi.

 

Hyzyd was excited about giving gifts to children but he wanted too to have one for himself! Good thing that there are few gifts left so our Pastor’s wife gave him a box:)

 

 

We hope and pray that these precious children who received the gifts will come to know that Jesus loves them, so do we:)

what’s inside? there’s yoyo, harmonica (i forgot to take picture of it!), a notebook, face towel, gospel tracks and a very fluffy shawl:)
he wore the shawl last Sunday…while wearing this, he told me that he loves Winter!

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Phone Etiquette

Don’t you just get so annoyed when you chance upon someone who badly needs a lesson on phone manners? Granted that you won’t be seeing the person on the other line face-to-face, but it will make your phone experience much more worthwhile if you drop those pleases and thank you’s, right? Maybe that is one of the reasons why a lot of businesses are now tapping an answering service company to answer their calls for them. A nice and quick phone conversation makes for one great impression on future clients and would-be business partners. Even private individuals can create lasting friendships and other opportunities through phone conversation.

on Giving Cheerfully

Your generosity will be tested in times of hardship. Are you willing to help even if you don’t have enough? Will you go borrow money from other just to lend it to someone who’s in the hospital or to someone who is in financial trouble? For me, there’s no question about it if it involves family members. We’ll go all the way to help them as much as we can.

We’re in financial challenge this week. My mom-in-law was brought to hospital last Sunday because she’s coughing up of sputum that contain blood. You see, she’s diagnosed with TB before and was under medication but I’m not quite sure if she’s taken the medicine religiously. We we’re told that she’ll be confined in the hospital for 2 weeks to a month and she needs 1,632 Php per injection per night!

At first, we don’t know where to get the needed money. Though we’re living abroad , we’re not rich financially. Honestly, we don’t have savings in bank. We’re living with enough- no more, no less. If we have little extra we send it to our family instead of spending it for ourselves. We don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure, we give with all our heart because we love our family. We ask for direction on where to borrow money. Yes, borrowing is our best option. Borrowing from our friends is impossible because they also don’t have. They already sent whatever they have to their family. This is the reality of OFW. We worked not only for our own family but also for our family back home in Philippines. So what’s our best option. My hubby borrowed from his Thai friend. He borrowed 20,000 Thb payable for 2 months. Thank God for this. Hope it’s enough to aid my mom-in-law’s hospitalization fees.

When it comes to money matters, I’m really afraid to delve into debt. That’s why if ever necessity arises and we need to borrow money, I’ll pay it back as soon as I got my money . I realized that God allows this situation to happen that involves money so that I may go more mature and wiser in trusting God on how to handle money. Also, to experience on never withholding because times are hard. Honestly, I was thanking God last week for financial breakthroughs. We supposed to start saving starting next month because we already paid all that needs to be paid. But God has other plans for us financially. The Bible teaches that those who set their mind on ‘getting’ always lose, whereas those who set their mind on ‘giving’ always win. The story’s told of a dog walking across a bridge with a bone in his mouth. When he looked down into the river and saw his reflection, he thought it was another dog with a bigger bone. So he jumped in to get it – and drowned.

I’m a Pastor’s kid who’s assigned in a barrio. Though life was hard, my father never forced people to give their offerings and tithes.  We were also told that we don’t rely on people’s money but to God who provides everything. Since money is congealed sweat, coined time, coined talent, negotiable you, it’s one way in which you can give yourself to God. It’s not the only way but it’s a very important way. So Paul writes: ‘Remember this – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others…Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous…’ (2 Corinthians 9:6-11 NLT).

Unless you practice generosity, there’s no point asking God for more money. He doesn’t pour His blessing into pots, but into pipes; not into reservoirs, but into rivers that let it flow out. Getting the idea?

I write this to inspire myself. I hope you’re inspired too:)

By My God I can

Sharing to you today something that I learned from my meditation with Bod and Debby Gass. I hope you’ll be blessed with it today as it has blessed me.

What ‘wall’ stands between you and God’s blessing? Limited resources? Past failures? Does the job look too big and you feel too small? Rise up and say, ‘For by You I can run against a troop; by my God I can leap over a wall.’ Instead of accepting what your sight and your senses tell you, stand on the promises God has given you in His Word. On the other side of the wall there is victory for you. AB Simpson said, ‘You will never learn faith in comfortable surroundings.’ It was after the disciples came through the storm that they asked, ‘What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him’ (Matthew 8:27 KJV)? The One who commanded them to get into the boat knew there would be a storm, yet He sent them into it. Why? To develop their faith!

A little boy was crossing the ocean with his father, who was captain of the ship, when they ran into a terrible storm. The waves tossed them about like a cork and everyone was sick with fear. But he sat unafraid, his eyes directed toward a certain spot. When someone asked him why he was not afraid, he answered; ‘I have my eye on that little window. Through it I can see the bridge, and on that bridge is my father. He’s the captain of this ship. He has taken it through many storms and I know he will take it through this one too.’

Rejoice, you will make it through this storm and get to the other side. God has promised it. Start saying, ‘By my God I can.’