Repost: Morning Glory @ Donsol Sorsogon (:

Remembered this blog post of a MORNING GLORY because of the developments with the Stargazer Lily.  (: Thought I’d share this again, cos really, seeing the brevity of a flower’s life yet how beautiful they are reminds us how amazing our God is! (:

Beautifully opening your eyes to the day
Kissing the morning dews with the beauty of your face
The sun rises in the East while you shine your best
You know that life’s short and you don’t bloom anything less
When the sun moves west and the day’s about to end
Your colors start to fade, and with grace, slowly you bend
You’ve brought glory to our Creator, you’ve done your part well
Proved that a day is always enough time for one to be his best

-debi-

Photo taken: Donsol, Sorsogon. April 2006.

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A Memorable Moment

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Got to work finding the bud that was yesterday is slowly opening up. And today, it’s slowly unfolding its petals. So lovely, and I’m loving the scent more and more.

Thank You so much Lord for this wonderful gift of flowers.

And it also reminds me of Matthew6:28. Look at the lilies of the field. They do not work or spin yet Solomon in a his splendor was not dressed like them.

Don’t Stop

No one can have it all figured out. But it doesn’t mean you have to give up with life’s mysteries and stop your yearning to understand.

Realizing leads to understanding which leads to actions that are geared towards improving your situation. Don’t stop looking for answers, for the missing pieces in your life’s puzzle, they are all out there just waiting to be discovered.

The best place to start your search is in the stillness of your heart. In the quiet, ask, seek, and you shall find. In solitude emerges self-discoveries that are vital to self-improvement. With the hustle and bustle of our world, it is a struggle to find that moment of quiet. Take the time, find the place.

I still have a long way to go as I am one who is easily and constantly distracted. Discipline. If ever you question why we need to spend so many years in school studying different stuffs that most won’t be used by us in the future, it’s all about discipline and perseverance. And these are what I need to keep myself from being distracted with the unnecessary. That also made me realize, the decade of schooling wasn’t a waste of years after all. (:

Bottomline: Don’t stop… Searching, asking, looking, finding answers, believing, praying, trusting. Don’t stop. It may take a while, maybe longer, whatever circumstance, wherever you may be right now, don’t stop.

Cultivate The Seed Planted In You

I’m reading this book by Francis J. Kong entitled “Just When You Think You Can’t Do It… Do it!”  It’s a compilation of his essays.  Aside from getting this book at a super price-off (20 pesos for a 560pesos book, hardbound!), I’m loving his essays!  Inspiring, encouraging and above all, a constant reminder of how God works in our lives.

At one he talked about a musician, actually he talked a lot about musicians – their passion, their discipline, their perseverance, and how they value their God-given talent (in spite of their situation) and use it to bring glory to our Lord.  It made me think about my own God-given talent.

It can be hard to know which is which because we often confuse the want-to-be’s with the talent that we really have, and it doesn’t help when you feel talentless at all, because you think talent is just about singing, playing an instrument, acting, drawing or painting.  Talent is anything that you are good with; and with discipline, practice, perseverance and the right heart and attitude, you can excel in.  It can be in public speaking, in academics, in understanding people, in counseling, in writing, in hair-dressing, in sewing, in cooking, in baking, in interacting with children, in teaching, the field is soooo wide we all have our own space and mark to make.  The sad thing is, not everyone of us realizes that, and not everyone of us aim for it.  And some even see their God-given talent as a burden, as a job.  We seem to want what others already have and neglect the talent-seed planted by God in us.

It’s about time we know what we’re made of, know what we’re capable of, cultivate our God-given talent and use it to glorify our Lord.

Because of what I got to read last night, I am in the process of once and for all determining where I can excel and to work on it. (:  Writing is sure to be in the list.  Daydreaming?  Will that be counted?  And i really have to take playing the guitar seriously, no more shortcuts, as it is an offering and service for our Lord.  Go!  Fighto-o!

To Look Good and Feel Good

While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, real beauty is what you feel inside and what radiates outward. It’s not the clothes we wear or our hairstyle or makeup, but the smile we project, the twinkle in our eyes, the warmth of our presence and the glow in our faces. And only when we have Christ in us, when we let the Spirit fill us, when we accept the graces and let them overflow, do we achieve such beauty. It is, for me, the most beautiful of the beautiful’s. To feel and look good, start within, call on the Lord, listen to Him, and let His love for you overflow.

Thank You Lord. Life in this world has wonderful fairy tale stories and endings because of Your love. Reality is real, but You and Your love overcome what most people accept as reality. The world may be harsh and cruel and reality bites hard, yet You let Your people shine as Your love overflows and You have conquered the world.

All is Fun That Ends in Laughter

Laughter.  Not only the best medicine.  Not only music to the ears.  Laughter, for me, is my lifeline.  As long as I can laugh, I am alive, I will sure to live on.  To laugh is not insanity or craziness, it’s my outlet.  As long as I can find something to laugh about – my boo-boo’s, funny stories, corny jokes, amusing events – I know that my life is worth-living.

God loves a cheerful giver.  And I believe He also loves the person who can laugh about trials, not because it’s funny or he’s trying to get away with it by laughing, but because he lifted it up to Him and laugh at how great and wonderful God’s sense of humor is and trusting He will surely deliver.

Haunted by a sin, trapped by a fear, one need only to pray, to call on God, to rejoice in Him and watch how wonderful things turn out.  And the result, you’ll laugh about it – how eaten up you’ve been by your sins and fears, how you’ve forgotten you have a BIG GOD who is ALWAYS in control and how you’ve stressed yourself, growing wrinkles by thinking too much and wallowing in your problems.

Laugh.  Laughter normally won’t solve the problem, but it gives your life a push, it makes you feel life is good after all, and it makes you feel good inside.  From there, shifting your focus from your situation and lightening up a bit, you will view yourself better, and find it in your heart the strength to keep going.  Because, after all, all is well that ends well and all is fun that ends in laughter.

Follow Your ♥

Hasty.  While most girls are stereotyped as fickle-minded, I happen to fall in the category of ‘impatient/hasty’.  I am not fickle, I was pretty consistent with being hasty, prudence was not in my vocabulary.  I was not rushed, but I was rushing with my choices.

For years I’ve been going around in circles, not learning my lessons.  If you’ve seen ‘Tangled’ (I ♥ that movie), there’s a scene where Rapunzel was having extreme happy-sad moments: one minute running around all excited and the next crying and sulking.  I laughed at that scene, it was funny, but most of all, it reminded me of myself.

I have to hit the brakes.

It’s time to set the fine line with following one’s heart to making hasty decisions.  The desire of the heart can be deceiving.  The devil knows your desires and will use it against you.  Unlike the princesses in fairy tales, I do not have that much margin for error, no prince charming (yet) to save my fall, no fairy godmother to fix broken pieces.  It is still best to follow one’s heart.  And anyone who tells you to do so advises well.  However, following one’s heart requires patience, prudence and a lot of prayer.  Only then can God protect your desire and in His time fulfill it.