Curb the Complaining

Curb the Complaining

Do everything without complaining and arguing. WHA-A-AT? Is that really possible? After a no-helper week, I wake up to clutter, clutter, clutter, and that provokes me to nag and grumble. The danger with grumbling is its tendency to suck life out of you and others. It also intensifies. As soon as I start, I find more things to complain about […]

Happy Father’s Day, Abba!

Happy Father’s Day, Abba!

This Father’s Day, I celebrate the tireless and tender love of our Father in heaven and rejoice in the precious times that earthly dads have mirrored this love to me. Let me share a few stories that stand out. Father, Full of Grace. How can I forget a father’s open arms reaching out towards his teenage son that finally admitted […]

God in a Goat Farm

God in a Goat Farm

As the bleating goats were released from their pens, they scooted down an incline in droves and instinctively rushed to an open gate that led to the pasture. Watching them rush out reminded me of the Exodus and the God of Deliverance that enabled the Israelites to have their first taste of sweet freedom in centuries as they turned their […]

Country Mom and City Mom

Country Mom and City Mom

With a salakot on my head and arm bands for sun protection, I followed farmer and mother Michelle, who led me to the open rice field to try harvesting for the first time. I was thankful for the country breeze, the soothing view of sprawling mountains with green trees, and the abundance of open space uncharacteristic of city life. I […]

I Have Two Hands

I Have Two Hands

When our children were young, we taught them how to recognize their hands. The famous song “I have two hands, the left and the right…” was sung again and again during the preschool years of our children. Then they learned how to use them as they watch us use our own hands. They learned to grip, they learned to touch, […]

Give Up to Give Thanks

Give Up to Give Thanks

It was particularly hot that day as my kids and I walked from the parking lot to the mall entrance. As we entered the elevator, immediately our youngest noticed the change in temperature and gratefully announced, “There is aircon in the elevator! Thank You, Lord!” I was not the only one who got off that elevator smiling. Thankfulness usually has […]

Trouble Not

Trouble Not

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in Me.” — John 14:1 Baffling and at the same time liberating are these words that clearly direct us not to be troubled. “Do not” is final and non-negotiable. It is not an option; it is a command. As I read it over and over, it echoes the […]

Salvation is a Gift

Illustration by Felichi's father, Engr. Dony Pangilinan, 1973

There is a season in every woman’s life when she seems to be attending one bridal shower after another or one wedding after another or one baby shower after another. Well, I now find myself attending one funeral wake after another, and it is sobering. I cannot help but face the brevity of life and ponder life after death. I […]