Aug

29

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Under the Weather

w.20.22

Daddy God,

Thank You that I’m blogging again.  I’ve been under the weather since almost 2 weeks ago & last week was a challenge for me in all aspects.  Good health is such a crucial necessity, it really affects everything else.  Please give me more wisdom in this area.  You know my struggles & I ask that You continue to grow hope & inspiration in me to keep allowing You Holy Spirit to transform me & not succumb to my human frailties.  Thank You Lord that You are in the trenches with me even when I am very overwhelmed with the afflictions of this healing journey.  Thank You for being near me even when I was in the deepest doldrums and wincing about these last four years.  I know my calamity is not nearly like what the persecuted believers go through.  I pray that You sustain their hope Lord & comfort them with Your Loving Presence that Your Word consumes them so they will look to You in every moment of loss or suffering.  And help us other believers not to forget them.

Thank for the 8.29 JC today.  It’s always a great reminder to remember that when we put YOU FIRST, everything falls into place more effortlessly.  Help this to be at the center of every day I live…

AS I LOOK TO YOU FOR GUIDANCE, YOU ENABLE ME TO

DO LESS BUT

ACCOMPLISH MORE.

Lord, help me see that in every moment that I must rely upon You.  I pray that You bless our home with peaceful slumber & that You give us strength & wisdom to nurture one another in love, joy, faith & peace.  Help us to choose wisely in how we live.  Help us to rest in You.  I thank You for your healing for me.  I pray for the families that lost their loved ones to cancer.  Comfort them Lord; renew their strength.  Thank You for giving them all they need to keep hoping in You & resting in You that You will reunite them with their loved ones for they have trusted in You.

Pls. bless Jav & the boys to have a great first day in school tomorrow.  Help them to develop a great desire for learning & grow them to be lifelong learners.  Pls. make their new learning environment be attractive to them.  I pray for good placement results for them & bless them with a spectacular year of learning.  Help us to always keep You at the center.  Pls. bless our lunch plans for this Sunday with fabulous weather, scenery & fellowship.  We love You, Lord.  In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.

Aug

16

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You Delight Me, O God!!!

F.1, 5:45am

Daddy God, Thank you for awaking me early so I can spend this precious time with You.  You are wowwing me constantly:-)  Thank You for this new season of feeling more at ease in life & still growing in my FASCINATING intimate relationship with You, Lover of my Soul. Thank You for Your fantabulous Words You gave me this am thru JC-Aug. 15.  Thank You for answering our prayers for Mer & how you provided a time for us with Pelly to have lunch @ Healthy Hearts & do some grocery shopping at CUL.  Mer had her pivotal meeting shortly after dropping me home.  In the evening the boys & I stayed overnight with the Garvs & she was basking in Your favor that she was transferred to teach at a better school.

Since I last posted, it seems that something special happened daily by Your detailed orchestration!  But before I delve into recalling all those blessings, I want to declare Your good works from the prior week.  GEM had a scuffle here & there but we turned to you each time so the issues were resolved.  We’ve learned so much from Marsha that it’s not so much that we disagree, but it’s more that WE ARE DIFFERENT & we need to appreciate that about each other:-)  HOW UTTERLY TRUE!!!!  Thank You for such insight Lord!  It’s so much easier to remember that than succumbing to feeling rejected.  You are so awesome!

One of the highlights last week was that You made Val always available when I was in need & could not find others to help.  It was great that I got to have lunch with her & Liz @SDA SF.  Then the next day (Wed. 8/8) Val took Kg & me on errands to Kenny’s, Dollar Store, Office Supply, etc.   On Thurs. I had somewhat of rough am tho coz I waited almost all day for Dad to fix my keys & I was really hot in their home.  Praise You that Val was able to rescue me mid-afternoon & I asked if we could have Boba later after she babysits (this is the detailed version from my aug. 9 post)

One of the highlights last week was Friday when I got to have my first 1-2-1 time with Ate Bex & we exchanged gifts – all by Your inspiration (I wanted to get her a Guam souvenir while I was with Val having Boba at SM).  We had a great chit-chat-rabbit-trails time getting acquainted.  What I remember most is her sharing with me about an elderly lady who was delivered from years of wife abuse who told here that “There is NOTHING we go through that has not sifted thru the hand of our LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER.”  That was a great THESIS for my healing essay that began Dec. 2009 & is still being written today:-)  Daddy God, thank You for creativity!

After being with Ate Bex, I wanted to go to PIRC & PEACE.  PIRC closed down so I went across the street to PEACE.  I saw Pete but was unsure he remembered me & I asked him if I could see Bobbie.  I was waiting quite a while so I ended up seeing Gayle & Remy who were so pleasantly surprised to see Your miracle in me:-)  So, they rushed me to Bobbie’s office where we had a great time getting caught up with each others’ families and near future plans.  To top it off, we had a great time connecting with You as we laid our burdens upon Your throne of grace.  Thank You for the extra blessing You gave me through Ate Bobbie:-)  Bless their work & their families.  AND please transform our homewide community with Your Transforming XTRAVAGANT GRACE!

My parents had the boys for the weekend so GEM would have couples’ time.  We mostly rested & relaxed & enjoyed each other’s company – kinda like reliving the courtship years:-)  Friday night, we just sat next to each other enjoying one another’s presence while surfing the net separately.  Saturday, after Westin prayer, GEM went furniture browsing & DG found a prospective affordable desk w/c he bought & assembled last night 8/16 Th.  We had fun & relaxed in the afternoon…then about 8pm, I initiated spontaneity for us to go shopping at the Mall. I got an “As Seen on TV” karaoke set that was on sale and within budget & kid friendly!  YAY GOD!  I also got to check out Bench & I liked the style & prices:-)

The mall closed at 9pm, so we went to 7-day coz Gil wanted something & I wanted to check for a lazy susan at Sweet Home Care but they were closed.  So I followed after Gil.  After purchasing I asked to page him & the cashier was about to do it but she gestured to her boss/owner? if she could just turn the mic over to me…so I paged Gil: “Gilbert Doerksen, pls. meet your wife at the front.”  That was fun!

After that, we needed to get water so we went to the usual spot.  We found out Han was there – a mutual friend of Jayms from UH – and her bro Dave, now 15 & my former 5th grade student in 7 years ago!  He towered over me.  We had a brief but very joyous exchange of updates & invited them to visit us at Faith sometime.  We had a great time when we did the “Awesome Love Fest” Leo Palace retreat a few years ago combining youth from Faith & their PC church on the Bheights.

On Sun. 8/12, our lunch plans with the Vees didn’t materialize so we rescheduled for this weekend…and of course that happened b/c You planned something for us that was beyond expectation:-)

The PIU Board & representatives met at Bayview Church, likely the most beautiful church campus on the Friendliest Place on Earth (aka GUAM; my mom is on the far left:-)

To start off, I woke up extremely early with a slight bounce in my steps.  I felt compelled to see the church where Gil & I (GEM) started our marriage, Bayview.  So far, it’s the only church where we became members from 1999-2005.  I haven’t been on campus for years & I know it was You Holy Spirit who drew me there after my Peace Time with You.  I enjoyed taking a video of my self-guided tour of the campus noticing how it was even more beautiful now & had a new playground between the sanctuary & CEB.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took this picture about 6am.  Then in the am service at Faith, You tickled my fancy when I remembered the YWAM actions for the chorus of “Shine Jesus Shine”.  Afterwards, I connected with Pearl who told me that Essie was celebrating her 100th birthday at Bayview!  So off we went and saw JLT getting ready to leave the parking lot – so nice that they were the first people we saw.  As GEM walked towards the church/party, I tried eyeing people I knew.  I was about 2 yards away when I noticed a familiar face – Missy!  I haven’t seen her since the end of Frosh year at CHC:-)  We immediately hugged & chatted a quick 2min. update of our lives & the possibility of hs co-op.  As I entered the CEB , I bumped into Jane & greeted each other with glee and marveled at God’s miraculous work in my life.  I was tremendously blessed to know that You are using this blog to encourage others.  It was GRAND to see all our friends looking like they haven’t aged a day:-) And it felt like we picked up where we left off.  Please make a way for our ‘ole mini-church to have a reunion SOON!  I saw so many of our friends but only had enough time to connect to several others (JJ, Lanuzas, Madrids, Wesslings, Baysingars, Rob O., Juliette, & Michelle – pls. provide a home for their family & comfort her with your EXTRAVAGANT GRACE).  You are so wonderfully creative in surprising me with these nostalgic moments, AND REMINDING me of ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU’VE DONE & CONTINUE DOING!

Then the following day Mon. 8/13,  the day started out rough as the boys were already awake when I was getting into my morning routine of nourishment (I start out with liquids).  Without having a full meal yet, I was short-tempered with K but decided to just take my time working with him to eat his breakfast (picky one!).  I don’t know recall how You orchestrated our talk, but he said “I’m ugly.”  He kept repeating it with a frown & began to cry which made cry while I asked, “Why are you saying that?  Who is telling you that?”.  He then mentioned the bullies at Faylem this past year of 1st grade.  He also wept over his dismay over being the smallest one in his class “I’m so little!”.  So we talked about how God grows everyone differently, some are late bloomers.  Kg & I affirmed that he is handsome – thank you for that God:-)  I encouraged him to keep praying about his concerns with God & to eat more healthily.

After our late breakfast, K was pleading to buy 2 air fresheners (the boba kine).  I told him that he’d have to pay for it ($10) & for gas ($2).  We made a deal & I took him to Kmart & he got to ride on the mobile wheelchair with me.  I also told him that we had to go to other places before going home (he is being cured of impatience, just like me – thank You Jesus that I’m having fun writing about this right now:-).  We made 3 very brief stops for me to check availability & pricing for a sewing machine & lazy susan (pls. provide these for us soon, Lord!) at BF, Tictoc & AceAnig before we got to our Maite storage which is next to FB.  In FB, You surprised me with reconnecting with my “look-alike” from the pentecostal Teen Challenge (several church members during my teen years 2 decades ago would mention that I looked like her – which was great coz she’s beautiful;-).  It was great to hear about their upcoming Miracle church-planting venture!  Then I noticed that the lady browsing in the store with her was someone who looked familiar – I pointed to the lady & said, “Mrs. Serrano, I’m Mia.  You were my 8th grade teacher at St. Anthony”.  Then she said in mid-sentence, “Yeah I remember, Mia Tomada.”  And Drew piped, “She’s my sister.”  Wow!  Of course, ONLY YOU, Holy Trinity, can arrange something like that:-)

But back to my wonderful K…when we got into the storage, he became ecstatic seeing ALL the goodies we left behind before leaving for YWAM Sept. 2010.  He proclaimed, “I’m the treasure hunter” as he adorned himself with his large-gold-chained necklace ala Mr. T or MC Hammer.  We had a great 20 min. or so of finding our treasures to take home:-)  Thank You for this wonderful bonding time with Your precious gift to me.  It was also during this time that I became even more convince that I should homeschool.  We’ve been praying about it esp. in light of knowing that I still need to rest a lot & need to focus on my health.  It seemed too lofty a goal since I’ve always been strongly drawn to Classical Christian Education since encountering the NOAH Plan during an ACSI conference in Honolulu in 2004.  Then, You surprised me last Fri. 8/10with re-discovering “unschooling” through the eyes of Canadian-Guamanian parents of 5!  Thank You that You are showing me balance to pursue excellence AND rest:-)

Wow!  I’ve been writing with ease from You Holy Spirit…I still have so much to mention & pls. help me to do it soon.  THANK YOU & I LOVE YOU.  Bless us all with a good day with great weather:-)  In Jesus’ All-Powerful name, Amen!!!

 

 

Aug

11

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Eis Doxan Theou!

+1 SUN.12 – 4:50

Heavenly Father, I am so giddy getting to spend some precious time with you this early morning!  Actually I’ve been pretty giddy since yesterday, especially when I felt Your Soaking Presence when I prayed with my dear Barnabies at the Westin.  Holy Spirit, I am ever so grateful for the prayer You prayed through me, which was affirmed by Mer as she related during our drive time how Your words gave assurance & peace in her Spirit as she seeks guidance for this season in her life.  You know my heart’s desire for her O Lord, and I pray You will work in her to see clearly where she must go to redeem the time.  What she & I are experiencing is profoundly affected by how we will respond to you…

RELAX IN MY HEALING, holy Presence.  Allow ME to transform you through this time alone with ME.  As your thoughts center more & ore on Me, trust displaces fear and worry.  Your mind is somewhat like a seesaw.  As your trust in e goes up, fear and worrry automatically go down.  TIME SPENT WITH ME not only INCREASES YOUR TRUST; it also heps you discern what is IMPORTANT and what is not.

ENERGY & TIME ARE precious, LIMITED entities.  Therefore, you need to USE them WISELY, FOCUSING on WHAT IS truly IMPORTANT.  *As you walk close to Me, SATURATING YOUR MIND WITH SCRIPTURE, I will show you how to spend your time and energy.  My Word is a lamp to your feet; My Presence is a Light for your path.

Ephesians 5:15-17  (version from NET BibleTherefore be very careful how you live – not as unwise but as wise, taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil. For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise by understanding  what the Lord’s will is. 

Psalm 119:105  Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet & a light to my path. 

(-Jesus Calling Aug. 1o; also read on d 9th when Ate Bex gave me this precious gift!)

Thank you Lord for  Amy Atkinson for her to do all things for Your glory & blessing her to break Guam’s record.  She declared  “It was one of the highlights of my life. I just want to bring glory to God in everything I do while I am here and say thank you for this opportunity.”

May You continue to bless her & her family so they may bless others.  Holy Spirit, work in us (esp. GMXK) that we may be excellent in all we do at home and in the global community – all for Your fame so many nations will gather as Your worshippers.  I pray for the seeds the Atkinsons have planted that it will culminate into a joyful harvest soon.  In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.

14.8.12-Ts-5:44am

You are so good to me!  I thought I just lost this whole post…thank You that I didn’t.  LOVE LOVE LOVE U!!!

 

 

Aug

9

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Sing With Me How Great is Our God!

+1 FRI 12:31

Almighty Daddy God,

Thanx so much for Your Word today & Your PRESENCE in my life.  Continue to work in me to consciously engage You in all I do throughout the day, especially in the areas I am weakest in.  I pray that You will bless my fellowship with Ate Bee & I hope she’s an answer to prayer.

Thank You so much for all the wonderful things that has been happening, and for helping me through my times of failure when GEM would find ourselves falling back into old unwanted habits.  Pls. provide the right guidance for us esp. as we face new community and extended family dynamics.

Thank You that You have lifted me out of the frustration of getting organized & helping me become more skilled in this weak area.  There have been times throughout this journey that I wake up with a “blah-siness” about life because I’m not doing all those exciting things I used to do and yesterday was one of them.  So, as I greeted You with a reluctant good morning & thanked You for another day, I lingered in bed with a sense of boredom…thank You that it only lasted for several minutes & I became excited about all the adventures You have in store for my life even if I’m now at the pace of a turtle & not a cheetah:-)  I was telling some people last week that I usually felt that my brain/thoughts go about 100MPH while my body at 5MPH – so frustrating!  But as always, You’ve helped me come to terms with that as I wait for the day of being fully restored!  Help me be all the more eager to spend these precious moments with You, Lover of My Soul.

Thank You for blessing K with an overnight stay with Zeek on his bday & for smoothing out the misunderstanding that occurred the ff day that DG handled so perfectly with grace!  Thank You for my husband of  12.5 years…WOWSERS!  Thank You that the boys got to hangout with their down-the-hill buddies Escos, staying overnight twice last week and that we all got to watch BRAVE FOR FREE on Fri. – all 11 of us!  It was so great to see Kuya in his movie theater office & discover that he is now a lolo:-) AND what a delight it was to watch Step Up Revolution with my parents the day before!  IT WAS SUCH A BLAST, LORD!!!  I love dancing & thanx for giving me 3 athletic males in my family who do it so well  & proved it to at last Sunday night at church:-)

This week started out with a great bang:-)  Sunday AM service was pleasant & afterwards I totally got excited connecting with Meks for possibly doing CC with our kids.  Then lunch at JLT & my pabulous parentals was JUST EXQUISITE – lobster & lato (ararusit:-) – my favorite (along with raw oyster kinilaw salad, w/c I’ve not had since 2010!!!!)  DROOL!!!!  In the evening, we had a great time welcoming the 6-month interim pastor & his family islandstyle:-)  Thank You for a delightful welcome potluck fellowship for the VanEes who shared Your wonderful work in Your leading them to us. Thank You that I was able to share the “How He Loves” excerpt from the boys Faylem birthday party video last month, then finding out Val’s obsession with the song last year:-) And I re-met Luz who is a gifted filmmaker (the barnababes later had a “conquer the world” jive w/c originated from a mutual idea for a +nightclub, et al).  My barnabies, of course, did great with “Shout 2d Lord”…Then the highlight were the KIDDOS!  What IMMENSE JOY it was to see K initiating the impromptu dance presentation “Jesus is My Superhero” with both arms wide open as if he was saying “Welcome to the Extravaganza!” with his agile body!  The boys did such an excellent job with flips, handstands, breaks…and DG with his famous worm since losing 40 pounds!  All the kiddos were fun to watch:-)  What a partay!

Thank You for the Mexican lunch date with my barnababes (Val, Liz & me – so far:-) at SDA.  Jesus, thank You so much for providing my transportation needs through Val this week – and I just adore spending time with her!  Tues was lunch, Wed errands with Kg & pm White Collar, then yesterday emergency at 3 & relief hangout at 7 with pineapple boba @ SM.  I esp. realized yesterday how much she reminds me of beloved Jayms.  I think You are answering those unspoken prayers I’ve had of being able to hang out with my sister like we’re both in college since we’re 10 yrs. apart…You are so amazing to allow nearly-forgotten wishful thinking to crystallize on this side of eternity.  SI YU’US MA’ASE!

Thank You for Kg & what a tremendous blessing she is to me & DTC.  Pls. make a way for her to stay with us as long as possible & that we will all enjoy one another.  Bless our family with restorative health & sleep.  Pls. continue to prepare & send out 2Tim2:2 laborers throughout your worldwide harvest.  Help us see our roles to pray, mobilize, welcome, send or go.  Bless those who are at the frontiers of the harvest – strengthen them with Your unfailing love.

I worship & adore You, Father, Son & Holy Spirit!

 

 

So now when people ask me, “How’s
your health?” I say, “I feel fine. And the doctors are
pleased.” Which, being translated, means: “I don’t
know how I am; only God knows.”
That God knows, and cares, and rules, is enough.
The passage of Scripture that came to my mind while
I waited for the biopsy was 1 Thessalonians 5:9–10:
“God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain
salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for
us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might
live with him.” That is enough. I am not destined for
wrath, but to live with Christ.
Until we see him, may God help us not waste our
health or our cancer. (From Don't Waste Your Cancer)

Aug

1

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From Whom All Blessings Flow

+1, 7:33AM

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning for I am trusting You.
Show me where to walk for I give myself to You. -Ps. 143:8

Holy Spirit, thank You for this accurate title that completely describes our family’s experience, which has been especially conspicuous this past week. Thank you for the traveling mercies for Kg & me & our overnight stay with Jaym, not to mention the nice place we got to stay in as well as the great organic food we got at Down To Earth. Upon arrival, we were met by our family & friends who sang Happy Bday since it was actually my bday…prolly the shortest bday ever, about 10 hrs. Then we had welcome hugs all around, then I blew the candles on my bday cake, and we all headed to Nit’s Thai. What a joy to see my parents, JLT, Judy, Anne, Eli, Fran, GvFam & EHC!

Thank you for my wonderful barnababes who did a spectacular job on our mini-flash mob for DG & XK who were pleasantly surprised. DG was teary eyed as we danced & sang to the tune of Wedding Bell Blues with these lyrics:

Gil, God loves you so, He always will
He looks at you and see passion eyes for Mia
Oh, but is she ever gonna see her wedding day
God is on your side Gil, when you were losin’
He’ll never scheme or lie Gil, there’s been no foolin’
Kisses and love won’t carry Mia til you marry her Gil

We love you so, we always will
And in your voice we hear a choir of carousels
Oh, but is Mia ever gonna hear her wedding bells

Come on Gil
Oh, come on Gil
Come on and marry her, Gil
She’s got the wedding bell blues
(MIA) Please marry me, Gil
She’s got the wedding bell blues

Thank you so much for my parents’ generosity as our home essentials were ready:-) Thank you for our Faith Church deacons’ gift of love as well as all the other gifts from our friends and family. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on you.

Thank you that this is the easiest cold I’ve experienced & please help me recover soon. Pls. have my meds arrive here quickly and with no further delays in the future. Strengthen Kg & me to finish most of our organizing today. Bless the boys’ time at the Escalonas. Bless our family in their business.

Thank you for my time with You in JCK 7/26 “Tune in to Me” which is what You have been growing in me since early this year. Help me turn to You for every direction. Help me always draw close to you. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Jul

22

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This is the Day the Lord Has Made!

SUNDAY, 7/22/12, 6:20AM

Father, thank you for putting this song in my heart. Thank you for ALL your wonderful blessings. Thank you that seeing Dr. Ati in Santa Barbara worked out & as he was communicating early on, Holy Spirit, you blessed me with insight of how You have carried me through this journey. Triune God – You’ve amazed me again & again with Your intricate & loving orchestration of the detailed events of our lives that will culminate in our JOY for YOUR FAME/GLORY. I feel incredibly loved by You – and when I wondered at times why must I have this “canCURE” season I’ve continued to grow in realizing how many grace projects You have accomplished in me & my family’s lives thus far…

I vividly remember late Sept. 2010 in the first day or first week of DTS when I had asked our speaker something, and Bones responded “This cancer is not just for you, it’s for everyone around you. We will all learn something through this.” And boy was He right, Lord! Thank You so much for our time in YWAM DB. Bless their ministries abundantly that they may multiply & effectively make Jesus known among the unreached peoples.

Your grace has touched the DTC lives that we have become more loving & caring with one another.  We see Your grace all the more as we have confessed our wickedness & asked for Your transformation of grace in us.  Jesus, You have walked with us & carried us through the best & worst times.  Father, You are so patient for us to “get it” – to grasp the depth of Your trustworthiness so we will not fear in believing You for what we cannot see yet – closer relationship with You, financial prosperity, complete healing, loving relationships, healthy communities, reaching the least-reached or unreached, and everything!  Every dominion is Yours O God, so please continue to increase in You that we can truly live out “WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE”  Thank You for good movies like Blind Side that highlight that.

Lord, you know how much work I have left today, so I thank You for prompting me to do this now & casting all my cares upon You in this PeaceTime.  Please favor us that all things will go smoothly for the next several days.  Grant our hearts’ desires for WE DELIGHT IN YOU!  We love You Lord!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Jul

17

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What a Mighty God We Serve

TUES. July 17, 2012 7:55am

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this? -Esther 4:14

Beloved Father,

I praise you for you ALONE are worthy of ALL honor and praise.  We are your beloved, and your grace & love are SO ABUNDANT for us all.  Your goodness & mercy are everlasting.  You guide our paths with heavenly wisdom.  You know each of us so intimately & speak to us in very specialized ways.  I marvel at your works, O Lord.  Continue to grow my trust in you so that whenever I face disappointment or loss, I will not falter but look to You WHO IS THE GIVER OF LIFE & ALL GOOD GIFTS.  Thank you once again for all the wonderful surprises you bring my way…Like saying a bday greeting on FB w/c ends up being a dinner reunion with dear friends from ‘ole CHC tomorrow!  Only you can design such things…not to mention the 2.5-hr. connection you prepared for Crissa & me even before you laid the foundations of the earth.  Your works are too wonderful indeed O Lord.  Father, pls. grant your wisdom & clarity as she is seeking to obey your command to gather more worshippers who delight in you, making You famous in their lives & throughout the world.  Grant her heart’s desire & give her all that she needs that she may always rely upon you for every endeavor.

Lord, thanks so much for the reading of Esther 4 and what a beautiful confirmation of all you’ve been doing for me and my family…how you orchestrate things in such a way that we must respond in the roles, even locations, where you’ve place us.  You are so detailed that nothing is random & you are showing that to me all the more esp. as you reveal glimpses of past details that connect to my present life.  I can still be quite incredulous when I recall all the “LIMITLESS” times you gave me a great sense of foretelling last year, which culminated to a healing email I wrote July 7, 2011.  Thank You for all your loving reminders of how powerful & mighty you are in our lives!

I pray for our family this week that you shower us with strength & grace especially in our treatment with one another with all that is expected.  Bless our finances abundantly & honor all the good intentions that we have done.  Thank you for continuing to bless our family in all areas.  Pls. give us favor in all we do this next several days.  Pls. make a way for us to stay at a friend’s house starting this Sat.  Pls. bless them for their generosity.  God, thank you for ALL THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE you bring into our lives.  Holy Spirit, thank you for touching my heart two days ago after service, which led me to kneel & cry because I was was so overwhelmed by your kindness – bringing me all the way hear so I can be so much more intimate with You Lover of My Soul – and how you gave me a precious friend over a decade ago who has now greatly impacted my life & G’s.  You are so amazing Father, Son & Holy Spirit.  I cherish You & delight in You.  In Jesus’ superb name, Amen.

Jul

11

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Thank You Thank You!

Father God,

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! I got that from  Louie Giglio’s Laminin story.  And what a perfect exclamation of all the wonderful ways you’ve been answering our prayers favorably!  XK’s bday party was fabulous!  The boys & their classmate friends really enjoyed the bday, Xmas ’08 & Truitt Timeline videos as well as Elaine’s awesome-possum cake & the party favors.  What a joy it was to hear a few of them excitedly proclaiming, “That was a great party!”  X just shared that all his classmates & friends said that it was a cool birthday party.  So now I’m asking K, and he forgot & said that they looked happy. Thank you, Lord!  Yesterday was crazy with the party & appt. back to back but it turned out smoothly…thank you!  And today we started the classical practicum & our whole family enjoyed it & my appt. went quite well…thank you!  Pls. give us all good night’s rest & for traveling mercies for Mom & Tita Belen.  Bless us to do all that we need to get done smoothly without unnecessary stress by walking in Your Peace.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Jul

9

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Crunch Time

7/9/12 MON.

Father, thank you for delivering me from the physical challenge (pyn) I endured yesterday. Pls. bless me with strength & wisdom as we prepare ourselves for the next chapter. Pls. help everything we need to get done today go smoothly. Pls. let the CC practicum for parents & children be very enriching this week. Pls. help me get things ready for the boys’ class bday party tomorrow. Pls. make it easy for me to get connected with the people to get appts. I still need done. Pls. bless us with a good pyn-free day. Pls. help me with digestion. Forgive me that I struggled being attentive during our couples’ devo. Help us to do it daily despite all we need to get done. I love & worship you. Thank you so much for the great blessing you gave us on Friday at ICF. Thank you that you are healing me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Jul

4

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We Need God, and so does America

4th of July, WED – 9:16am

The eternal God is MY refuge,
and his everlasting arms are under me.
He drives out the enemy before me;
he cries out, ‘Destroy them!’ – Deut. 33:27

Gracious Father,

Thank you for another day to worship You.  Thank You for giving me a patient heart this morning, and not eager to “get things done” like I’ve been these past few days as we prepare to travel.  I awoke this morning with a tint of bleakness.  Thank you that you are helping me process my emotions in a  healthier way.  Yesterday, July 3, I took a few minutes after Dvo with G to understand Nang’s somewhat contradictory response to me when I gave the compliment of “Thank you for making God famous.”  Gni (G & I) discussed it and thank You that we figured out that Nang & I were both right in our view because we were coming from different perspectives.  We concluded that Nang came from the perspective of God being famous/known by people in church, while I was speaking from the missional perspective that God is not famous & sometimes not even known in the church & esp. most of the world.  I also realized that because I admired Nang’s intelligence, I felt a tinge of rejection that we did not see eye to eye on this though we usually do about everything else.

Additionally, when a person admires others, we may have high expectation of them – thankfully You brought Cas & me together for lunch 2 Sundays ago (June 24) & she reminded me a crucial Life Skills lesson we learned when we had the class together at Foothills Church last year.  In order to not be disappointed, we need to lower our expectations of others.  Remembering this, I applied it to how I felt about Ang.  Because I looked up to them, I felt disappointed that they could not just say thank you for the compliment or be encouraging but rather comment to what I said – it must be familiarity.  Please help me get over it soon, Lord, and I thank You that I sense Your forgiveness for them and for myself to be washing over me.  You were so kind to remind me yesterday (7/2) as I read Jesus Calling “I gave My own blood so that you would be fully forgiven.  So forgive others & forgive yourself.  Let My Spirit help you make good choices and correct you when you need it.  AND ALWAYS REMEMBER, I DO NOT CONDEMN MY CHILDREN.” Thank You for Your Abundant Lovingkindess in our weaknesses.

I pray for Your favorable blessing on America, please restore the biblical ideals that our nation was founded upon.  I pray that You will inspire the churches to be gracious & sacrificial, especially in sending more laborers and resources where the harvest is plenty but the laborers are few, like the peoples in the 10/40 window.  I am so blessed, my Lord, to be a citizen of this country.  Pls. help us all not waste our blessings so that we may bless others.  Help us see how we can do that.  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MOM & DAD, who have huge hearts to do that.  I pray You bless my mom to realize her dream of opening an orphanage or other ministries.  Thank You for blessing our family.  Thank You for helping me see how blessed I am esp. because I would sometimes wonder want other people’s lives who haven’t gone through the hardship I’ve been through.  Holy Spirit, thank You for growing me in the knowledge that each of us is unique & we have been given particular sets of circumstances to make us who we are & we have a choice in how to respond.

Thank You for this time with You Lord, and help me be mindful of connecting with You throughout today.  Pls. bless my efforts favorably to get my presentation & party planning for Friday at ICF.  Pls. bring our family & friends together & others You desire to be there.  Thank You for Ele doing the cake, Aunty Mel for the set up & Fy for integrating our 4-birthdays (13-Xan, 23-Jmi, 25-me, 27-Kci) party.  Guide me as I choose to share.  More than anything I pray that You would speak through me to bless others & draw them to a closer walk with You.  I love & cherish You, Father, Son & Holy Spirit.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.