Fear, Panic and Mavericks

One of my favorite line from the movie Chasing Mavericks  gave me a paradigm shift on how I relate to fear.

Fear is healthy…Panic is deadly.

This line stayed with me after watching and kept me pondering…

I guess fear is inevitable. Most everyone is afraid of something.  Will life ever be the same for me five years from now? Will I ever be successful?  Will I be able to protect and provide for my family?  Will I be able to send my kids to a good school? How many of the above are you afraid of?

Fear is healthy in a sense that it requires us to become aware of the situation. Somehow, fear will motivate us to move toward the change instead of avoiding it. Although some of us can do our  best with worrying thoughts; Fear has the potential to shift our whole emotional perspective.

Panic  is deadly because we  tend to fear the worst and exaggerate our own sensations.

I remember when I had my swimming lesson.  I start to hit the panic button when my feet cannot touch the ground anymore, causing me to tumble under water catching for my very breath.

It comes in useful when we know how to respond accordingly to a real threat.

On maverick:

I learn something about those colossal waves called mavericks. And  that mythical giant waves  actually exist.

In real life, we cannot keep up with the winds and big waves that are tossing us to and fro.

Drowning can happen quickly and quietly anywhere .

God is the One to whom we need to yield control.

Through big waves we can see the greatness of God. The same holds true of any challenges we face in life.

Remember, it’s the same God who calmed the furious storm and the One who is holding us.

Let us draw near to the Lord and so we won’t drown.

 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.

Psalms 107:29

images

picture from the Internet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Hallmark Of Love

My Hallmark Of Love 

The Eskimos have 52 words for snow because it is so special to them; there ought to be as many for love. – Margaret Atwood.

 Eskimos have many words for snow and Egyptian had fifty words for sand because it is important to them. For that matter, since love is important for most of us,  I will  also  explore  various meaning of it. It doesn’t have to be romantic at all. As long as it conveys the feeling of love.

So here are my 14 definition of LOVE:

14. The first photo of a celebrity baby can command multi-million dollar payouts. But Shakira shunned a big money deal and instead asked fans to donate to Unicef as she released a heart-warming picture of her newborn son cradled in his father’s arms.
13. First-grade teacher Soto of Sandy Hook Elementary School who  died trying to shield her students from harm.
12. When you notice the imperfections, the flaws, the things which annoys you and the things that you fight about and yet you learn to love those flaws, because they make up that wonderful person, and you forgive those mistakes, because they’re worth it.
11.  The idea of doing nothing together – the idea of simply being together is the most wonderful thing; it’s  just their essence and presence is all that matters.
10. The unconditional love of Bayley, who remains devoted and loving to her wife Iris for 40 years, an Alzheimer’s disease patient.
9. A long walk down the beach at midnight with your partner.
8. The woman with her alabaster jar – Matthew 26:7
7. A woman supporting her man – “There is nothing enduring in life for a woman, except what she builds in a man’s heart.” – Judith Anderson
6. People who never look at their schedule when you need them.
5. Grandparents who step into the role of caregiver out of love for their grandchildren and their family despite their old age.
4. Ruth’s love for Naomi – Ruth 1: 16 – 17
3. Parents who work abroad for their children in order to give them good future.
2. A mom who prioritize the needs of her children.
1. John 3:16 – The most awful moment in history but the MOST colossal expression of LOVE
There are, of course, a lot more notables when it comes to love, but God gave us the perfect definition of LOVE in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. 

 “Let love be your greatest aim… ~ ” 1 Corinthians 14:1

Happy Hearts Day Everyone

Image

Picture from the internet

and my cup runneth over…

and my cup runneth over...

I was carrying a cup of coffee that was spilling over the sides when suddenly Psalms 23:5 popped up out of nowhere. I guess it’s a good reminder to look at all the good things and blessings God has bestowed upon me.
God gave me this sort of comparison to make me appreciate my life more and be grateful for even the smallest of God’s blessings.

Random Thoughts

 Life is still mostly mysterious to me. Some things  are still not clear, remain unanswered.  And no matter how I try to figure it out, it seems like the answers are hidden in the deepest pit of the unknown.

Sometimes I get impatient and frustrated. But my own experience teaches me how to trust on His power. There’s no such thing as accident, or mistakes in His will. Everything happens for a reason. Cliché it may seem but it is the truth.

He conceals the mystery for He knows when to reveal it. And when He does, it will surely surpass my expectations.

I just need to trust Him…

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter. Proverbs 25:2

The Marshmallow Test

Video - The Marshmallow Test

The video simulates Mischel’s “Marshmallow Test”.

Each child was given a set of simple instructions. If they rang the bell, Mischel would come back and they could immediately eat the marshmallow. If, however, they didn’t ring the bell and waited for him to come back on his own, he would bring them another marshmallow – thus giving them two to eat. – Dr. Deb

It is quite interesting to watch the kids  anguish over marshmallow. But it is surprising to know that some were able to pass the test considering that marshmallow is a tempting bait for them.

When I think about temptations the world has to offer, I can’t help but to think about the marshmallow test. Like those kids, most of us struggle on how to overcome it. Some would  even taste it, smell it or eat it! But those who can control themselves will surely pass the test.

God has a way to overcome temptation. And with that He included a promise.

 It  isn’t easy to wait but the rewards are great.

If you will ask me I guess I would probably eat it right away! Or I’d totally do what one of these cuties does.  How about you? How do you think you’d do?

Picture from the net

Picture from the internet

Hope Springs

This photo brought tears to my eyes.

Image

A stunning rainbow appears like an arcing message of hope over the flooded devastation of New York left in the wake of the devastating storm.- Daily Mail News

I guess it’s His way of telling us not lose hope in the midst of the storm….

I pray that all of us  will see the world as it really is and be filled with joy and hope.

I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Genesis 9:13

YOU ARE INVITED!

These unique experiences can encourage lifelong learning, enthusiasm and commitment to service, ongoing faith development, self-confidence and a stronger sense of community among participants.

TOPICS ARE THE FOLLOWING:

SELF: Developing Character – An Unending, Everyday Challenge

 

WORKPLACE: Blessing or Burden?  Finding Antidote to constant Conflict

HEART TO HEART: Who do you trust more- yourself or God?

FINANCE 101: – Learning to capitalize on CHANGE!

MINISTRY: Pursuing your passion, fulfilling your calling.

There will be late night activities such as film showing, Dynamic group activities, Team Building activities and a lot more!

I hope you can come and join us! Our camp this year will be on April 5 – 7, 2012 at Kuhala Bay Resort Cordona Rizal.

For more inquiries, kindly call:

KC: 0915.5492080

Kennard: 0927.252.5601

Nicole:0917.872.7775