My Confinement in the Hospital


These are my church mates. These pictures was taken when our church building was still in construction.

During my confinement at the hospital, I was touched by the lives of some of my churchmate swho gave their time to show they are concerned for me. One of them is Liza. Liza is very close to our family and we already consider her as part of our family she also doesn't have relatives from this place since her family is originally from Manila. She is married to a sailor and her 4 children are already grown up. Liza is a gentle person, soft spoken and a very simple woman. I was blessed because she spend her day with me in the hospital and volunteered to be the "errand girl" to buy some of my medicines which were not available at the hospital pharmacy. To think that she is living comfortably in life but you can see her humbleness in everything. I really appreciated her and thank God for her life.

Another church mate whom I've been blessed is Paula. She is actually preparing herself for her coming board exam in Nursing but she took time to visit me. An you know what? She cooked congee with chicken for me and brought it to the hospital. I thank God for her life and praying that she will pass her upcoming board exam.

Of course, there were some church mates, relatives and friends who visited me during my one week confinement bringing food stuff which I truly much appreciated. One of my closest nephew just even visited me in the house because he only knew of my confinement after I already checked out from the hospital.

My heart is truly thankful to God for the lives of these sweet people. Indeed, there is joy in my heart knowing that there are many people who care for me and were concerned about me. It is my prayer that the Lord will bless them many folds as they are truly a blessing to me.

Thank you Lord!

wfw #14 - Why does God Allow Disasters?


Psalm 23:4 "Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they could comfort me."

God allows the consequences of the human will to take its toll indiscriminately on the good as well as the evil, the strong as well as the weak. Its His choice. But He promises to be with His children when they walk the deep waters, the dark valleys and when they face the fire. This promise is for His children alone and is backed by the integrity of God.

It is comforting to know that the Shepherd still walks with His children through dark valley.

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Day Out with my Best Friend


A few weeks before my confinement at the hospital, I went to visit my best friend, Clem (read my post, My Best Friend) in her house. You see, that night before, I met her daughter, Dimple during the wake of one of our friends. Her daughter told me that Clem seems to be depressed and that could have been the reason she was not feeling well. It seems that Clem had been affected by the death of that friend of ours. The reason must be because Clem and our friend who passed away had the same illness - cervical cancer. But Clem had undergone chemotherapy and radio therapy and now she's well while our friend who passed away did not undergo any of it.

But Praise God because when I arrived at her home she was already fine and in a good mood. Perhaps, she has already overcome her anxiety and has been comforted by God . She then decided to go with me and accompany her to her pulmonary doctor as she had a little cough.

After her check up, we ate our lunch at the eatery of the sister of her son in law which is just nearby the hospital. Then we went to the glass center to buy mirrors which she's donating for our church building. Praise God for my best friends life and praise God that she's well now.

Yummy Sunday: My Favorite Food

I think I have shared this before, but since the theme for this week's Yummy Sunday is sharing your favorite food, I thought of sharing this as one of my favorite food. Actually, this is my favorite snack especially when I dine at Red Ribbon. It's affordable and so YUMMY!

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fpf #10 - My Friends in Amaranth years


This photo was taken sometime in the late 1980's when I was active in a group called The Order of the Amaranth. This was taken at the lobby of the Masonic Temple, Manila Philippines. That was the last activity that I attended because I decided to stop my membership with the group and devote my time to attend church services and activities instead.

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wfw#13 - The Defining Moment of Your Life


Exodus 4:2-3

"Then the Lord said to him, "What is that in your hand?"
"A staff," he replied.
The Lord said, "Throw it on the ground."
Moses threw it on the ground
and it became a snake,
and he run from it."

Your defining moment of your life comes when you do what Moses did. You take whatever you have in your hand and release it for God to control. You have 3 things in your hand: resources, abilities and time. If you are willing to submit your talents and abilities, along with resources and time, to the lordship of Jesus Christ, you are answering the same question that Moses had to answer. As you let go, you too have confronted the defining moment of your life.

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My Christian Doctor

My doctor is a Christian, he is having clinic days only during Mondays and Tuesdays at 10 am to 1 pm.Meanwhile, during Thursdays and Fridays he is on duty at the Bethel Baptist Hospital in Malaybalay, Bukidnon which is about 2 hours ride from our city, Cagayan de Oro. During his vacant days you can see him busy with church activities. Sometimes his clinic is closed because he will be out of town for medical for missions and even sometimes also he is out of the country for the same purpose. To think that he has also achieved the status of a diplomat of the fellows of different surgeons societies and associations and he is also a member of American Society of Breast Surgeons but with all his achievements, he is dedicating his life to the service of the Lord.

I am blessed of his life because even if he has many specializations in medical practice but his professional fees are not so high unlike many practitioner that charges so much for their professional fees. He even advised some patients to have their surgeries be done at the Bethel Baptist Hospital so they can not spend much.

During my confinement, I found out from one of the nurses who comes from the same church with our doctor, that he is also one of the pastors of the church. I was even amused when the nurse informed me said that she is also quite confuse on how to address him, either pastor doctor or doctor pastor. hmmmm. :)

Indeed, my doctor is one of a kind. I'm not so sure if we could find a doctor who is as good as he is but humble and with a life wholly dedicated to God. His wife also is very sweet to all the patients being the daughter of a missionary.

I pray that God will bless his family all the more.

ys#6 - Chocolate Moist


This is the favorite recipe of Mayette, my daughter. Everyone who tasted it says, its so yummy that they craved for more. She is now busy with her 2 kids that she just baked for a very special occasions.

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fpf # 9 - With my late husband


This picture was taken during the late 90's when we were one of the sponsors of the wedding of the daughter of one our friends.

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Laparascopic Surgery

Before my confinement at the hospital, I had a medical check up because I thought that the pain I was feeling was due to gastroenteritis. As advised by my doctor, I went for an ultra sound test and it was found out that I had a gallstone. So, my doctor told me that those gallstone should be taken out or else I will suffer much pain later on. He told me he will perform it using a procedure called, Laparascopic Surgery. He strongly adviced this procedure because it will take only 3 days healing and I will be back to normal life again. Even though this kind of operation is more expensive than the normal method, but opted for this so that I will be spared from for many days of discomforts and pain.

This is how my doctor explained about Laparascopic Surgery:

"It is called minimally invasive surgery, bandaid surgery or keyhole surgery. It is modern surgical technique in which operations in the abdomen are performed through small incision usually 0.5-1.5 cm. as compared to larger incisions needed in traditional surgical procedures."

Of course, I didn't have my surgery immediately after the check up because I felt I was not really physically and financially ready yet. So I told my doctor that I will just informed him when I'm ready. But after a few days, I had to admit myself because I was constantly vomitting and experiencing pain in my abdomen. (please read my post "God Works in Amazing Ways").

And indeed, the healing of my gallstone surgery was only for a few days but now I am still in my recovering period of my other surgery. But I Praise God for His strength and provision!

wfw#12- We can count on God


Lamentations 3:22-23

Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed , for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.

FpF #8 - My Second Child


This pictures were taken when Beam, my second child was still one year old. She was with her cousin, Hazel.

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God Works in Amazing Ways

Dear friends of blogosphere, I missed you all. Thank God I am now recovering and slowly updating my blog. Well, I am amazed of what God has done in my life.

You see, last week when I was admitted to the hospital because of continuous vomiting. My doctor scheduled me for Laparascopic Surgery for my gallstone as seen from my ultra sound result (I have a post about it). But then, on the day of my surgery, when my doctor was performing the procedure, he also found out that I had a cyst in my ovary and my appendicitis was already about to burst. The cyst is my ovary was already very big. So, my doctor called the Obstetrician Gynecologist to perform the surgery of taking out my ovary. My doctor also took out my appendix. Actually, my gallstone was only very small but it was floating in my stomach and causing me terrible pain.

Is it not amazing that God allowed me to have a gallstone operation to discover my cyst in my ovary and appendix? I could have never known about the large cyst or the 'bursting' appendix until it will cause me terrible pain in the future. But God spared me from all of that.

By the way, my doctor who is also a christian (I have another post about him) even teased me that my operation was " four in one". Praise God!

Thank you so much for your prayers! Please still continue to pray for my speedy recovery.