[Blog written in Tag-lish]
Last night was just blissful. I was sitting on our terrace watching the Riviera sunset while having my cup of green tea and oh, not to forget – chatting via whatsapp with my UK-based best friend. We used to live like sisters in my good o’l London days! Kaka-miss! At some point in that evening, I tuned in to Hillsong podcast and listened to Julia A’Bell’s message last October 2012. I could share loads and loads of stuff on how the message spoke to me but I’d rather let you listen to her – hope you do, she’s brilliant (please check out the other podcasts too – link displayed at the photo below).
I kinda paused for a while as I began to have a quiet time (QT) and started to reflect on a lot of things. I’m a woman so expect me to think of a million things in a matter of minutes (ladies, agree?!) –
….my family back home,
….what to cook tomorrow,
….pano magluto ng embutido (*toinks),
….should I start driving,
….my spiritual life,
….and the list goes on!
Ano ber?! All of these whilst my husband’s evolving into an evening couch potato kasi laro s’ya ng laro ng PS3 game for hours and hours! After dinner and gym, parang nasa Iraq ang house with all those sound effects kaya alam nyo na bakit ako nasa terrace?! Lol. That’s what you call, spending-individual-time-apart-under-one-roof which I think – it’s perfectly fine in a relationship. Sympre di naman ‘pdeng loving loving all the time. May kanya-kanya din kaming trip. ‘Wag lang sana gabi-gabi ang paglalaro, aba may pangangailangan din ako (lol, KC lang ang peg) at mahal ang kuryente! Hahaha. Kiddin’ aside, having an individual daily quiet time really helps. Yes, Mark and I allocate time to pray together and of course talk about things in life (aba sympre, mag-asawa kami!), pero iba din yung ikaw mismo, connecting to God in one corner of your house on a day-to-day basis.
We are all aware that life’s not perfect all the time, ayt?! Minsan may biglang dadating na bad news from nowhere, minsan you feel like parang low ang spirit mo, boredom starts to kick in or inis ka parang may period lang (mapa-lalaki minsan parang may period din) or it’s just mainit and it affects your mood (women, we blame the hormones too!). Basta parang may negative vibes. Kaya nga it’s good to have some QT and tune in to the Word of God.
Instead of rambling about things I do not like, I get to focus again on the things that I’m grateful of – parang gusto ko na nga magsulat ng Gratitude Journal kagabi (please check Bambi’s blog). Then suddenly, my heart started to say – THANK YOU LORD for all your blessings!
It’s a perfect time for me to check my priorities in life as well – if I’m still on track and if I’m still walking on what He has called me to do. Kadalasan kasi, na-si-sidetrack tyo. “Kat, guilty”. Kaya thank you Lord for your faithfulness kahit ang kulit-kulit ko.
QT is the best time to pray too and meditate on His promises. We may have been going through some rough moments in life but remember the Lord says in Jeremiah 29:11 (one of my fave), “For I know the plans for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future”. AMEN.
I feel revived, renewed and full of hope.
Ikaw, nag QT kna ba?!
By the way, these past few days, I’ve been so inspired by the inbox messages from people I know and people I just got to know, sharing their hearty comments about my previous posts. Thanks guys – y’know you who are! As I keep on saying, seriously, you did more to me than I did to you. Merci beaucoup again and God bless us all :-)