Tuesday, November 30, 2010

11.30.10 HD.

This was on my wishlist this year! Once again God came through and answered my prayer! [Ask and ye shall receive].... Tomorrow I will see in HD again! And the streets will be a safer place coz I can now see while I'm driving. Yay!

Monday, November 29, 2010

11.29.10 eye'm cool.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

11.28.10 - reminder.


someone very special gave this gift to me today. i love how God knows it's birthweek & He used this wonderful woman to give me this gift that made my heart smile.

it was exactly what i needed to hear (or see) to encourage me in regards to pursuing my dream. i'm a big, big dreamer, but sometimes in the process of pursuing your dream, one faces giants and valleys and dying to one's own dreams and that part of the journey can take a toll on one's heart (it certainly does in mine).

i was suddenly reminded of bruce wilkinson's book, the dream giver when he said: "the journey toward your BIG DREAM changes you. in fact the journey itself is what prepares you to succeed at what you were born to do. and until you decide to pursue your dream, you are never going to love life the way you we're meant to". this sign reminds me to enjoy every step of the journey, even if i have to face giants and valleys and oppositions... because seeing the DREAM GIVER smile at me as He says 'well done' will make it all worth it. :)

i like to celebrate me and my life so happy birthweek to me. in chuck bass' tone of voice "let the lost birthweek/weekend commence".

Saturday, November 27, 2010

11.27.10 pokemon.


My son bought this little pokemon book with his own money :) I'm so proud of him coz he knows how to save and buy his own stuff without asking me for money. #DaveRamseyForKids :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

daily dose of thanks - friday


Thanksgiving dinner part 2 - with my dad this time (last night we had dinner with our mom). He cooked his famous potroast :) it was sooooooo yummy! 

Then he gave all of us a thanksgiving gift - he gave us running shoes :), as if to tell us that we need to get fit after eating all that potroast ;). Atleast now we have a great excuse to exercise ;)

I love my family.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

daily dose of thanks - thanksgiving


THANKSGIVING 2010

  1. thankful for the process of preparation and waiting. i was getting soooooo hungry while the food was being prepared that i just wanted to eat and eat and eat. though i had a couple of bites here and there, i decided to have some self control and wait till the end of the night to eat a full meal. let me tell ya, i'm so GLAD i waited. coz the food was uber-delish!

    after i partook of the all the food (to the point of gluttony) i realized, things wouldn't have tasted as delicious as it did if i had not waited for it and if i decided to stuff myself with other things before hand. and it wouldn't have tasted as good as it did if my brother in law didn't carefully take the time to prepare each dish and garnish them with the proper ingredients.

    it was as if God was showing me, that it's the same way in life. we live in a microwave generation where we want things quick and easy. yet God is old school... He takes the time to carefully prepare and slow cook the best of his master creations before He presents them as bread and food to the world. =] so im thankful for the season of preparation and im thankful He's giving me the grace to wait joyfully till the right time and season.
  2. thankful that i am able to celebrate today with the people that i love the most.
  3. thankful that i am able to appreciate the beauty of everyday with all my senses.
  4. thankful for this lil dog who came into our life year. it's been a year now that he's been a part of our family. he has not only been therapeutic for my son, but he has been a constant friend and companion to me as well. i love my bambam.
  5. thankful for laughter and joy. and for competitive people who love playing board games.

    in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God [1 thessalonians 5:18]

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

daily dose of thanks - my heroes of faith


im gonna take this time to say thank you to these specific people who have helped shape the course of my life. if not for them, i'd probably be dead (no exaggerating here). i was a VERY DIFFICULT person  before  i met Christ (that is an understatement..ask anyone im related to).

these people showed me the way back to His heart by leading me, loving me, teaching me, rebuking me and showing me the way to eternal life. my heart is so full of gratitude and love and respect for them. they have sowed not just words of wisdom, but invested in time, tears, prayers and even more tears into my life and i would like to take this time to recognize each one of them one by one.
  1. my papa, mama, & my sisters: only a few people really know who and how evil i was before i met Jesus. you guys know. thank you for loving me when i was unlovable. i was on the path of self destruction. no words can express how thankful i am for your patience and love that you showed me during those days.
  2. my cousins: thank you for stopping me from killing myself. thank you for keeping me sane and loved when i felt so unloved. you guys always knew how to put a smile on my face.
  3. papa dan and sister barba cunningham and pastor steve mirpuri: i am forever grateful. you saw destiny in me, when every one else saw trouble. everyone else saw the external hardness of the runaway 14 year old rebellious child, but you saw through that. you shared God's mercy and love and grace. i pray i would be able to emulate to other hurting people that are just like me. even when i kicked you and punched you and pushed you away, you showed me so much love and  patience and grace  your prayers are why i am who i am today. your prayers are why i am alive today.
  4. ms. mencias: the only principal i remember: i pushed you and slapped you and threw you against the wall, not wanting to hear what it is that you had to say. but every week, you still came to my house and sat in the living room, bible on hand, waiting for hours for me to come and meet with you to pray. i haven't forgotten.
  5. robert and maileen hern: when i got pregnant with my son, you were the first pastor i had talked to who told me about God's promise to become a Father to the fatherless. your story is most likely why my son is alive today (next to God's will keeping Him alive). you gave me hope when i was hopeless. and you introduced me to victory =]
  6. dennis puzon: you know why you have special mention. your heart has the capability to forgive anyone and show mercy to everyone. i've always respected you for that. 
  7. avi melicor: i've never forgotten our converstation a few days before i went back to church. you said to me: "if you could lead that much people to do drugs/party & do crazy stuff, imagine what you can do for God if you take Him seriously". thanks for talking some sense into me =] naks...prophetic ka pala!
  8. cindy diño: what can i say? if not for you dragging me into your smallgroup, taking the time to answer my difficult questions and showing me soooooooo much patience, i would've never found my way back in His arms. thank you for your love. saludo ako sayo.
thank you. each and every one of you.
you are my hebrews 11 people.
your names are written down in the hall of faith of my heart.

a wee bit of me v24


{one} what kind of camera do you have?  
a canon powershot sd1200 and a kodak video cam 
[kodak video - thanks to him & his wife]



{two} you just won $1000 and you have to spend it on yourself on one item. what do you buy?
a laptop / ipad or any kind of computer.
yep, it's almost been a year since i had one.

{three} if you had to choose, would you rather live with your parents in the same house forever or 5000 miles away? 

 probably not 5000 miles away, maybe like 10 miles away.

{four} is your christmas tree up yet?
my lil christmas tree at work is up. we're waiting to get a fresh tree at home.



{five} do you bring reusable bags to the grocery store?
sometimes.

 
{six} which would be worse: listening to the same song on replay for the rest of your life or having to eat the same meal everyday for the rest of your life? 
a song. a good praise and worship song will do.


{seven} name 3 things you are thankful for this season.
my family, my 2 church families, and my job


{eight} do you dye/highlight your hair? if so, do you do it yourself or have it done at the salon?
i love having it done at the salon but it's expensive so i haven't had my hair done in a year.
 

{nine} would you rather watch a movie at home or at the theater?  
home theater ;)
 
{ten} would you rather win $1000/week for life or $5 million all at once?
$5 MILLION all at once.
coz $52,000 x 80yrs will only be $4,160,000 .
yes i did the math before i answered this question.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

daily dose of thanks - tuesday

a few doses of thankfulness a day keeps worry, stress, bitterness and unbelief away =]

  1. an attribute of God that i am thankful for today is His abounding grace. His amazing grace that saved a wretch like me. the undeserved grace that allows me to 
  2. thankful for prayer - the fact that i have direct access to God. that i can communicate with Him anytime is such a privilege.
  3. thankful for my son cooking me breakfast this morning. he scrambled eggs and made some rice =]
  4. thankful for free starbucks coffee that gave me enough energy to stand in a LONG line at honeybake to buy some turkey and ham for my boss' thanksgiving festivities. 
  5. thankful for my mama who was able to pick my son up today. instead of being bored outta his wits here with me in my office during his thanksgiving break, he can hang out with his grandma and his auntie for the next 2 days!
  6. thankful for twitter and blogging. because of social media, i was able to meet these wonderful people pray for them and give them a real hug (instead of just twitter hugs) see pics here:
    - the hodge clan [brent, tam, kass, kota]
    - gritandglory
    - the markley clan [chad and sarah]
    - nonsuperwoman
    - juliakate
    - christypolek
    -
    hyag
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name [psalm 100:4]

Monday, November 22, 2010

daily dose of thanks - monday.

a few doses of thankfulness a day keeps worry, stress, bitterness and unbelief away =]

picture from website: http://www.cozyflow.com
  1. thankful for God. -im thankful for all that He is but a specific attribute of His that i am thankful for today is His ability to make His love be felt in an overflowing measure. though i am unworthy, He continues to lavish His love on me in ways that overwhelm me.
  2. thankful for my son. everything about him. yes, even the stinky feet and the smelly pits.
  3. thankful for coffee. - my choice of poison. my liquid faith.
  4. thanks to women authors and writers who continue to inspire me to keep on dreaming, keep on writing and to continue to keep on sharing words of hope, life, faith, and craziness to others.
  5. thankful for my health. even if i have high cholesterol and triglycerides, atleast i found out early enough to make a change in my diet and finally take care of His temple.
  6. thankful for my job. thankful for my boss who is like a "mom" to me. thankful that i have a stable job that allows me to bring and home school my child. this single mama has been praying for a job that would allow me to do this for almost 5 years and 2.5 years ago it happened. this is indeed an answered prayer. 
  7.  thankful for my blackberry. =] i've been without a computer since the beginning of this year... so mostly all the blogs / twitter / and facebook updates that you see are made on my handy, dandy lil blackberry bold. (i am praying and believing for a new computer though...santa if you're listening... i promise you i've been good =D) 

The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. [psalm 28:7]

    Sunday, November 21, 2010

    daily dose of thanks - sunday.

    every day this week, i will be posting something or a few things that i am thankful and grateful for. 

    a few doses of thankfulness a day  keeps worry, stress, bitterness and unbelief away =]


    thankful for my restful sunday:
    1. this was our last service in this building after 7 years of meeting here. im so thankful for everything God did in and through this church these past 7+ years. im thankful for the friendships made, everything that i was able to learn (from serving to leading), for the many souls saved. im grateful for the fun times as well as the trials and the pain that happened through out those years. there's something that happens when you stick with your church through the good and bad times... it's thickens the ties that bind friendship and spiritual family together. our church is moving on to bigger & better things. it's exciting. God is faithful. 
    2.  thankful for my family. took my son out on a lunch date with my son to spend some alone time with him. we ate at some healthy place called flame broilers (yes...im so super health conscious now). im so proud of myself coz i only took only a few bites of chicken (yay!)  BUT after that i took him to yogurtland and im not gonna lie... i had yogurt too. thankful for good times with my son andfor  taro yogurt with mochi toppings.
    3. thankful for clothes to wear...lots and lots of clothes to wear... about 3 bags full. even if it's a pain in the butt to wash, dry, fold and put them away.
    4. thankful for wanting to be HEALTHY! last saturday i found out that i have high cholesterol and triglycerides level... so now im on a mission to lower that junk and be healthy. went on a 2 mile walk with my sister... and for dinner, while everyone else feasted on pizza, i ate OATMEAL *yum*. then i had pomegranate and fresh apple & oj juice for dessert. super health freak.
    5. thankful for being able to watch tv and scrutinize AMA performers and real housewives of atlanta the rest of the night while trying to plan for birthdays that are coming up (one of which is MINE). 
    what a restful, refreshing, praise-filled weekend. thank you Jesus!

    be at rest once more, o my soul, for the Lord has been good to you [psalm 116:7]

     what are you thankful for?

    Saturday, November 20, 2010

    11.20.10 cupcake.

    cupcake galore.

    Friday, November 19, 2010

    11.19.10 tracking.

    doing tracking cards for angel tree :)

    in His time.

    you were murdered and killed 24 years ago today. 

    i still remember waking up hearing my mom's blood curling scream from the news that she received while she was on the phone.  it was about 6am. i remember sitting up from my bed, trying to understand everything that was happening that moment. she put down the phone, gave me and my sister a a hug and told  us that you, your driver and your body guard were murdered and ambushed. out of the 4 people in your car and the 100++ bullets that rained on it, God miraculously saved my aunt, but every one else died, including you.

    my grandfather... the congressman. the business tycoon. the big boss. the patriarch who held this family together. your life drained out of you by the bullets that riddled your body. my grandfather. the only real father figure i ever knew. my lolo, murdered by vile men who got paid a measly P5-10million to kill you. your life was worth so much more than that.
     my grandfather at malacañang (the philippine's whitehouse) with president marcos

    at such a tender age, i felt the gnawing pain of losing you. in your arms, i always felt so loved and so safe.  when you died, everything in my life took a tumble. the most joyous moments of my childhood that i clearly remember was being beside you...singing with my cousins, watching us bring you great joy. you loved your grand children. everyone can attest to that. though i don't necessarily agree with all your philandering, one thing i knew for sure: you loved your grand kids like it was nobody's business.

     we would run and race to see who would be the first to get to sit on your lap and give you a hug and take your golden chain. i still remember your smell, your aramis cologne mixed in with your sweat. the sweat and blood and tears that built the empire that you had. an empire that you built from rags to riches. you started as a truck driver... and ended up becoming one of the wealthiest men of your time. you were filthy rich. too rich in fact, that i almost understand why God had to take you away from us. if He hadn't taken you away, we would never have reached the point of brokenness like we know now. we lost almost everything you worked so hard for. the millions of money, the political influence, the land, the buildings, the businesses. all of the material things are almost gone. we had no idea what was going to happen to us after you died, but God knew. you left ONE thing that still remains in tact, especially in my life today.

    you left a legacy by teaching us to love God.

    i remember during the last few years of your life, you would hold bible studies in your office and our living room and made sure that everyone attended. and by everyone, you meant EVERYONE. from your children to your grandchildren to your workers. it was mandated, almost very mafia like ;). back then, we hated it. it was boring and time consuming. little did i know that those were the very seeds that would be planted in my heart as a young child, that would one day grow into a strong desire in me to be used by God to preach and teach His Word.  i remember hearing from you once...you said that you wanted to give it all up (the business, the empire, the politics) just so you could preach God's word. twenty plus years after you uttered those words, God was so faithful to answer your prayer because now your grand daughter wants to do the exact same thing. you took the time to pray for us. you taught us to fall in love with His Word and  totake the time to pray together as a family and for that i am forever thankful.

    when i hear the song "In His Time", i remember you. that was your favorite song. the pain of losing you and remembering how brutally you were murdered still stings, but i know that your death is not in vain. it has caused your children and grand children to realize that our hope should not be in riches and wealth and things of this age.... instead our hope should be to the ONE who "makes all things beautiful in His time".

    24 years after everything happened...God has proven Himself faithful to His promise of making everything beautiful. there is beauty in remembering you, even in the pain of your death. because i know you left a treasure that i will be able to pass down to my childrens' children. it's not riches, it's not money, it's not political power. instead it's the true wealth of knowing our Savior, falling in love with Him and passing the baton of a beautiful spiritual legacy from one generation to the next.

    thank you "lolopang" for the prayers you sowed. i am now reaping the harvest of a great spiritual blessing because of you. i promise to live my life as best as i can to fulfill the desire that you once had in your heart to preach God's Word. as long as i live, my greatest desire will be to tell others of His love.  give Jesus a hug for me in heaven. i love you and i miss you so much.

    love,
    Ricianne

    Thursday, November 18, 2010

    deeper.












    Your voice is calling me.
    calling me to go deeper.
    Your ears want to hear my voice.
    You long to hear me laugh as i converse with You.

    You cant help but smile as i recite Your promises over me.
    and over my son and my friends and family.
    Your Spirit is enthralled when i praise You.
    Your heart beats faster as i worship the beauty of You.
    You smile as i magnify Your Name.

    as deep calls out to deep.
    Your Spirit is reaching in.
    Your voice is calling me to go deeper still.
     
    enamored by Your voice, i run to you.
    Your presence is my solace, my hiding place.
    Your arms i crash into.
    as i continue to fall.
    deeper and deeper into Your love.

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    11.17.10 living room.


    celebrating the 1st of 4 days of the living room's 1st year anniversary. pastor kelz preached a great word on "all consuming vision".

    in the middle of his sermon, he made a reference and used the quote "get jiggy wit' it"... will smith called and said the 90's want that phrase back ;) LOL!

    praying God continues to consume us with His Vision to love and reach out to people who don't know Him.

    a wee bit of me v23

    {one} what time do you normally wake up?
    7:30 am coz of daylight saving time end. =] (normally it's 8:30)




    {two} do you have a go-to song for karaoke?
    like a virgin - madonna




    {three} if you could only see black and white except for one color, what color would you choose to see?
    blue.




    {four} what color best matches your personality?
    purple and blue.




    {five} if you could choose one meal to cook better than anyone else, what would it be?
    japanese food.




    {six} how many keys do you have on your key ring?
    o LOT. yes, i've never outgrown the uber-keys&keychain 7th grade fad *sigh*




    {seven} do you give your pets birthday/christmas gifts?
    yep =]




    {eight} when your plate has different foods on it, do you mix or not?
    yes. it all comes down that way anyway.




    {nine} if you could hire someone to do one thing for you all the time, what would it be?
    a driver. i need a darn driver. i HATE driving.




    {ten} when flying, do you prefer the window or aisle seat?
    window. except when i need to go to the bathroom.

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010

    11.16.10 rome if you want to.


    A really interesting picture and information book guide of how the imperial era monuments once were and how they look today :)