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.
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!
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.
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
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