Where is My Green Pasture?

Hi to all my dear readers, from different parts of the globe! I do hope that you are all   in great shape while you are reading this. How’s everything? Is the winter season excites you because it just only means that, Christmas is here or for Filipinos like me, one signature of Christmas in our country is, the appearance of Putobungbong! 🙂 It’s a purple-colored dessert made of rice cooked in bamboo tubes. If you ask me, we’ll this year’s Christmas celebration will be much different from the usual Christmas celebration that we use to have, back in the Philippines, but it’s all good! My husband & I are looking forward to our first Christmas celebration here in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates! 🙂

 

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What I want to share for everyone right now, is one of the learning that we’ve really encounter or experienced the past months. And this is …”The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters.” -Psalm 23:1-2

This is one of the many bible verses that we hold onto, when times really get tough. In this life, that you and I have, I bet, it  just feels like you and I are on a  crazy roller coaster ride isn’t it? You don’t know what to expect or how will you handle your situation, whether it’s still being single for ages? or still looking for a job? or still looking for a business opportunity? or how to handle finances? or how to raise a Christ-centered children or a family?  Wherever you are in, know that, the God of the universe, makes us all lie down in green pastures. How will you know that it’s your green pasture that He has given you to nurture and take care of? We’ll dear, the fact that you are there in your situation, this is your time to, look around, breath in and breath out and ask for His wisdom on how to surpass it.  Let’s see, some practical ways of application for you … don’t deal with your problems alone. You see, no man is an island, so grab your phone, call a friend or be really transparent to your spouse. For sure, He will direct you to the right people who is willing to shed a light, rebuke or correct you in love and really guide you in your situation.  As for us, as husband and wife, we face challenges that sometimes literally make us fall on our knees & cry out to Him. It’s a great posture — a posture of humbling yourself to Him — and really surrendering it ALL to him.. LITERALLY. 🙂

My hope and prayer for you all, especially for this coming Christmas season, that we may not forget, the true value of why we are in this season. This season is about Him, and if you are asking Him about the green pasture in your life right now, we’ll just look inside of you … each one of us, has that  green pasture of reality, that’s the sparkle of hope because He is the one who will make us truly complete, happy and grateful that’s why we can continue to move on forward all by His grace.

That green pasture that I am talking about  is not the material things you have or you are praying for, the fame, the acknowledgements that you are getting from people,  it’s not how active you are in the ministry or in your the success in your career or business, it’s not also about your status, if your single or married — but it’s really the green pasture, that you can only find in HIM, that’s the peace and that security that is anchored by His word.  All these things that life can offer us is temporal so better yet, let’s all re- calibrate our hearts and focus unto Him as we enter this Christmas season. Prepare and offer all of You to Him.

Hope you are all encouraged and refresh my dear ❤

Until next time,

Love,

Mrs. Piza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When Someone Calls You, “KABAYAN”

Hi my Dear Readers,

How are you? I hope you are all in great condition as you read this latest blog post. Sorry, I’ve been away for a couple of months,  because of a lot of transitions & changes that me & my husband,  is continually facing as we are moving forward each day, all by God’s grace.

” But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me–and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.”  – 1 Corinthians 15:10

Where will I start? We’ll,  let me first all greet you, a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year Philippines! I am so sure that the song of Jose Mari Chan is playing again… “whenever I see girls & boys selling lanterns on the street, I remember the child, in the manger as He sleeps… ready sing!  🙂 The super long Christmas celebration is what I will definitely miss this holiday season, since we are not there but for sure, we will have a memorable Christmas in this country of U.A.E.

May tatalo pa ba sa Pasko sa Pinas? ang Kaligayahan ay walang kupas… 🙂

 

Speaking of location & place, we recently moved from Dubai — and now we are living in the capital city of U.A.E & it’s here in Abu Dhabi!

Abu Dhabi, The capital city of, United Arab Emirates

 

For the past months since we are living abroad, I can say that there has been a lot of ups & downs, experiences that really tested our faith in a different level that made us really cling on to God more because He is the ultimate source of everything & anything that we need or want in this life.

“Kita kita”

 

You may think that, this is all about the movie of “Kita-Kita” because of the word, “KABAYAN” but honestly, when I watched that, I can say that it has caught me, laughing & really touched, because the “Kabayan” word is really what we are using, to address our fellow Filipinos here in abroad.  I personally have used this phrase, when one time, I was asking for directions on the street of Dubai, I said.. ” Kabayan? Ah  Pwede ba magtanong?’ ..  Being an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), is very tough, but it is fulfilling,  because you get to see and experience things that you can only experience when you are out here, or you are literally, pluck out of your comfort zone which is your homeland. In a foreign land, where you can really interact & work with different races & nationalities, it is really cross-cultural and very diverse, you don’t have any direction to go but to grow spiritually, emotionally, socially & intellectually. Of course, you & I have our own choices, but when you are in an international platform, it means that the Lord has entrusted you so much, to impact a lot of people in your circle and be their light and encouragement wherever country God has put you in. You will be the living proof of the Lord’s faithfulness.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16

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#ThePizasInJumeirahBeach under the heat of the sun! Actually, we are the photobombers of this photo, lol! 🙂 #ThePizas #CamelsInUAE ❤

Thinking about all that has happened to us for the past months in a foreign land like this here in U.A.E, it is a clear picture of how good our Father in Heaven is, — now let me ask you, what keeps you so busy today? Are you busy grumbling because you are so stressed to your work? — then let me say this, there are people out there who is jobless, so be thankful to your job, there is no room for you to complain; are you arguing with your spouse each day and you always love to pick up a fight? — then let me say this, if you are a husband and a wife who is always fighting each day, then you are just not hurting each other but most importantly, you are hurting our Lord, always go back to your first love and that is Jesus, be grateful for your marriage, you must not ruin it but you two should build that up as Christ be the center; are you focus on people’s recognition or promotion after promotion so that you will get the highest credit? — we’ll my dear ladies & gentlemen, God only has the power to promote someone, and all the credits is rightfully His, it is all by God’s grace, that is why you achieve that position, stay humble and have an ear to receive correction; are you the kind of person who feels like it is so hard to give or be generous whether in terms of giving,  extending a help in any kind or doing an extra mile without expecting something in return? — giving and being generous is an act of total surrender to Him, it should be a lifestyle. Your money, position or possession is not yours, but it’s His, you & I should be a good steward of God’s blessings & giving it all back to Him should not be an issue but a delight for you to do.

You & I have our own battles, maybe it’s the battle to FORGIVE yourself and FORGIVE others and then move forward period, sometimes being so stubborn and really selfish will make you blinded because of the lies of the enemy, that you chose to believe, forgive and be grateful each day because life is just a one big roller coaster ride so hold on tight to all of my KABAYAN’S because God’s plans is better than ours.

 

Until next time!

Love, Mrs. Piza

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Desert Lands

Desert Lands

” I will make a way in the wilderness & rivers in the desert. ”  – Isaiah 43:19

 

The month of June 2017, will finally close today, how’s y our first half of the year so far? Is it fun? challenging? a lot of transitions? learning and or growing? No matter where you are in, let’s all be thankful that we are still here, alive and reading this blog of mine 🙂

Desert lands, we have a lot here. It is a normal sight to see. It is beautiful and amazing. How majestic is the Lord to be the ultimate Master maker of these tiny kind of lands on this earth. In life, you and I  may experience that “desert feels” in our lives, those are the challenges, that sometimes let us all experience to be on the very rock bottom.

When you hit the very rock bottom, choose to look up and draw your hope from the positive things that has happened in your life.  Those are also the moments that the Lord can show His ways that is higher than our ways. It is the best and priceless encounter that can really make you say ” thank you” because you have brought us in this season.

 

This is for now fellas, I do hope that you will look forward for a more hopeful and beautiful days ahead of you! Blessings ❤

 

Love,

Mrs. Piza

 

 

 

 

A Start of Something New!

Hi there! I hope everyone is doing great. My husband, Melvin & I moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This is a new chapter in our marriage and life. ❤

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An afternoon in Dubai, Internet City

Every bold transitions in life brings about newness and well… excitement at the same time. But sometimes, fear knocks in and tries to kill the joy in every change. I guess, all of us, have felt that kind of feeling,  right?  whether it’s in a change in career, status in life, status of your bank accounts, or yes, maybe you’re like us, you’re living in a different country.

Just like what the Bible says in every change of season in your life, learn to hear this and take hold of this “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. ” Isaiah 43:18-19 

When you come, face to face, with this changes, it is best to first breath in and breath out and be thankful for the process that you’ve gone through, and then embrace the big change. It maybe hard at first because you are not living the way you used to live, a lot of adjustments — when you ask us, it is never easy. We have had a lot of choices or options, that can make our life a bit easier but still, we chose to take on the road, that we have not yet walk onto. It gave us a surreal feeling when we arrived here. Very priceless, a God-moment, we already knew a new chapter of our lives is about to unfold. Scary it may seem, but as the verse above says, God will do a new thing whether you are in the wilderness, in the river or in the desert. To walk on waters or in our case, to walk in the desert, is really taking so much sweat, it is exhausting or it might cause us a heat stroke..lol.. 🙂  but not everyone get the chance to walk the same road that each of us is taking right now. It takes FAITH to walk your own road. 🙂

Until next time fellas! thanks for reading my blog site. May the good Lord protect and bless you all always ❤

Love

Lourdy

“Moving On, Moving Forward”

Happy new year to everyone! It is already year 2017! Yahooo! 🙂 Praise God that we are all still here breathing, and yes, you …. you are so BLESSED because you are LOVED by GOD! 🙂

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22 -23 (NIV)

The Lord’s great love and compassion never fail each day and as we all face this new year, I pray that whatever hopes, dreams, goals or plans that you have this year, it will all come to pass, all in God’s will.

Moving on… Moving forward. I guess, we have all that hang-over feelings over all the get-together, Christmas parties, weddings, events or just simply having your dream vacation, for the past holiday season… it’s okay to reminisce and look back on those happy & positive memories that you have collected the past days, — it’s part of the cycle — but NOW is your TIME to MOVE ON & MOVE FORWARD in achieving your dreams and make it to a reality. NOW is the start of your FUTURE and whatever you do today will definitely bear either a good fruit or a bad fruit. So make the most out of what you can do today to make you a better person, a  great lover of His word, and of course, a doer also of His plans for your life. You may have a long list right now of your faith goals or the things you want to accomplish this year, but keep in mind that, it is the WHOLE PROCESS in attaining your goal, all of it matters. It will definitely make you grow and realize a lot of things in this world.

MOVE ON.. don’t stay in your past. Just like what the Bible says … “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! – 2 Corinthians 5:17″

So as you face this new year, bring along with you the hope that God gives you each day. Focus more on Him and not to the mountains that you are facing now.

MOVE FORWARD..enjoy each pacing that God has put you NOW. You may ask me, “how will I enjoy if my situation right now is really full of uncertainty?” .. we’ll LOOK unto GOD, He is the ONLY SECURITY that you will have on this earth. It can never be found to some material things, or the change of your status from single, to in a relationship,  to married, or  maybe “it’s complicated, or even having all the riches of this world — MOVE forward and take hold of His word in all seasons for this year. You can never go wrong when you are at His side.

As we all choose to MOVE ON & MOVE FORWARD this 2017, I pray that you will all be encourage to pursue Him even more this year! Don’t let the excitement die down because the Christmas feels is already done, let’s all choose to have that joy that comes from the Lord so that we can see & experience His purpose for our lives this year!

Happy new year again my dear readers! Enjoy your family time and I’ll see you again on my next blog! Stay tune 🙂

with much love,

Mrs, Piza 🙂

In 24 Hours… Make Your Life Count

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Hello my dear readers! How are you all? I’ve missed pressing on this 🙂  It’s been awhile since I posted on my site. I feel like I just have a lot of memories the past months. Finally, I am here again, hopefully I can bring a little light to this world through this.

 

As we enter the September month and yes, it’s the start of the long Christmas celebration here in the Philippines… have you ever wonder, what have you been up to for the past months and in the coming months? … May I ask you this, how do you spend each 24 hours that God has given you each day?  I guess all of us are so busy with a lot of stuffs, — juggling your time between family, friends, too much preoccupied with our personal desires/ dreams and even work — these things usually get so much of our time in this earth. And some people also, sad to say, spend their time just feeding themselves with too much anger, hate, unforgiveness and just the very same old story of not really moving on because they cannot accept the fact that they have grown in all aspects and literally they’ve grew old 🙂 The times when we are too old to remember the things that makes  us laugh even in the simplest reason,  or really be grateful everyday because God has given you another chance to wake up today 🙂 So my question is… how do you spend your 24 hours and make it count huh? 🙂  I pray that each day, each of us will remember that, life is not a bed of roses always, but it is always our choice to make each day a very good day even if we are in the middle of chaos or stress. I know that it is easier said than done, but I pray that as you read this, you will be reminded that, 24 hours seems like too short for many but there’s another side of the coin, that — that 24 hours is the most precious time that they have prayed for or desire for.

” You do not even know what will happen tomorrow! What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14

Make your life count because we only have one life to live 🙂

 

Until my next 🙂 God bless you everyone!

 

Love lots

 

 

Take Charge! #Discpleship2016 #Charge :)

Hello my dear readers 🙂 Last Saturday, all roads lead to SM Mall of Asia for a  Leadership Convergence that has the goal to empower and encourage all the leaders and the up coming leaders to continue to ‘Honor God. Make Disciples.’

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This we’re our ID’s and the 21 days Devotional that was given away for us during the conference 🙂 So have you started to flip your own devotional? Be excited and focus your eyes on Jesus more:)

During the whole conference, a lot of things are running inside my head, I was anticipating to see a lot of friends around and indeed, we saw a a lot. It is really good to be in one place, with the people that has the same heartbeat, and that’s to be humble to hear from God and feel His presence and be filled with the Holy Spirit. 

 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

And when I heard this verse, one thing that was impressed to me was,  it’s missions. All about His missions. As all the pastors are starting to give their encouragement, prayer, and their points to remember for us, I started to ask myself this… do I spend a quality  time knowing His mission for my life? We’ll, in this fast changing world, with all our busy schedules,  it is good to know that we have something like this to help us recharge and re-align ourselves to the Father and be really filled with the Holy Spirit.

A reminder that God gave me through this leadership convergence is this, ‘ we should not be mystical, and let’s be missional 🙂  Ring a bell?  I repeat, we should not be mystical, let’s be missional.

How can you say that you’re being too mystical? For example, you are becoming too mystical when you always say to your friends or the people around you this .. ” I have this prayer request … blah blah blah .. and I know God will grant this request ..by FAITH 🙂 ” And that’s the catch, by faith! 🙂 But when does this phrase becomes a trap and being too mystical?  It is when you just say it through words and that’s it. period.  You see, when you say …” … BY  FAITH!” … God hears it so  what will you do after you declare that?  Of course, do something about it 🙂 Don’t be so mystical that God will give you this and that without you stretching your bones and all your God given gifts and talents. 

Yes, God can and God will perform miracles in our life that can come in different shapes and sizes and in different seasons, but still, God wants to see you work your way with His guidance and leadership of course. Stop being so lazy because it will not bring you from point A to point B when you just stare there and or rely to people around you. God also wants to see His children how can they achieve their God-given desires into reality. You need to start up. And just like what Ptr. Ferdie said.. “Take Charge!” Believe that right now, wherever God puts you, it’s your unique mission to make His name known. Take Charge and yes “Take Heart” also because He has already overcome this world. You do not have something to fear.

Once again, we, as followers of Jesus, we need to always check our hearts, motives and intentions in everything that we do, say or act, be sure to always ask yourself this… does this honor God?  For whatever the answer of that, the fruit of the Holy spirit will enable you to do everything all by God’s grace.

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These are some of the photos during the Conference  🙂

So my dear readers, I encourage you to move in a natural way, not in a very mystical way because God is a missional God, not a magician or a genie in a bottle 🙂

Until next time, continue to follow Jesus ❤

 

Love, Mrs. Piza 🙂