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Pause and Ponder

Ever since my hubby and I experienced that unthinkable vehicular accident, I still cannot figure out how we came out scathe-free (with no airbags) from that totally damaged vehicle.  That incident taught me to pause, ponder and ask God to speak to me.   Only a miracle could make that possible. And God alone can make such miracle.

Today when things don’t turn out the way I expect, I pause and ponder before I react. I allow the “still small voice” of God to speak and direct me.

Just recently on our way to Ormoc City (Philippines), my hubby and I missed our boat ride and the next trip would be 2 hours later. Normally one or both of us would be pissed off (who wouldn’t be, right?). Yet, as I paused and pondered God whispered and said, ‘take a short break and date your hubby’. Bright idea! As I assured my hubby that it’s okay and that we just need to take advantage of the time, he somehow calmed down and he even thought of using the time to review and brainstorm on the topic which we will be handling on the couples’ retreat.

Through that accident, God has impressed in me a spirit of optimism.  He instilled in me that when bad things happen or when things don’t turn out the way we want, He is still in control.  And for as long as God is in control, we can hope of better things to come.

In our life journey, it matters less when we get toss and turn. What matters most when we are toss and turn, is how we pause and ponder so that we could listen to His ‘still small voice’, awaiting to assure and direct us.

IreneA

 

 

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Apprehension to Revelation

‘I don’t know if this would be possible.’ ‘I don’t think this would be effective, let alone work.’ ‘I just don’t feel like doing this.’ Not so long ago, these were my constant mantra.

On a short notice, my hubby and I were invited to facilitate a couples’retreat. This has caused me huge apprehension. No, don’t get me wrong. I always look forward on facilitating such retreat because it allows me to share some of my learnings and also, perhaps motivate others. I especially like meeting new acquaintances and of course, the perks of traveling.

So what causes my apprehension? Time element. Most of the time, I would prefer a month notice when we get invitation to speak or facilitate in a retreat. However, the recent invitation we got left us with less than 2 weeks to prepare. I initially declined since there were already 2 events that both my hubby and I needed to facilitate. Still, my friend who invited us implored that we need push through because there are a number of couples who have signified and that the retreat is really needed. With my hubby’s insistence and assurance that we would somehow manage it, I finally said ‘yes’. Apprehensively said, ‘yes’.

True enough as we prayed and seek God’s wisdom, we were able to organize our schedule, brainstorm and prepare for the retreat. But hold on this is just the tip of the iceberg because what we did not expect, was God’s revelation.

As we facilitated the retreat, we were hoping that some or most of the couples would be receptive to the learning.

Did we get what we hope for? Nope. We got more than what we hope for. The couples were not just receptive, we also felt their warmth and their enthusiasm. But what overwhelmed me the most, was when some of the wives approached and thanked me, saying ‘what we shared has inspired them to seek God and to hold on to their marriages.

Indeed I went to the retreat with great apprehension, thinking that with short notice and preparation, the result would be so-so. Nevertheless, God has turned that apprehension into revelation.

While I was full of apprehension with the time element, God revealed His perfect time. When I was in doubt of the outcome, God revealed that He is in total control of everything. And when I thought of inspiring others as I shared our testimony, I went home inspired and motivated all the more to carry on God’s ministry.

 

IreneA

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There’s Something About Coffee

Coffee comes with different blends. There’s the plain and classic brewed, the strong and eye-popping espresso, the creamy blend of cafe latte, and my all time fave the flavorful, mood-setting cappuccino.  All of these cater to our heart’s delight.  And no matter which blend you like, bottomline,  there is always a blend of bitterness and sweetness. And this very blend of bitterness and sweetness is what makes it a delight to every coffee afficionado.

Likewise, your life offers a blend of bitterness and sweetness.  One day, you wake up on a bright and sunny day, a day full hope and colorful memories ahead.  Yet some days could be gloomy and struggles seem to lurk around the corner.  Still, life offers you two choices.

When some days are not sunny, you have the choice to wallow and allow struggles to eat you up.  Or when struggles tend to overcome you, you have the choice to wrestle with them.  However, the good news is you don’t need to wrestle alone.  Know that He who is greater and larger than anything or everything is more than capable to overcome all the struggles that come your way.

Indeed, Jesus is more than willing to fight the battle for you.  But He would not do it unless you ask it in His name.  Jesus would not do it unless you put your trust solely in Him.

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you He will not fail you or forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6

 

IreneA

 

 

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Go Ahead, Have a Break

Hello everyone,

I would like to welcome you all to our very own Cappuccino Mondays. I say, ‘our very own’ because this blog is intended for every woman who feels the need to be inspired and to inspire, to be heard and to hear from others, to be blessed and to be a blessing.

Knowing how toxic Mondays (or any day) could be, ‘Cappuccino Mondays’ intends to give you insights/inspiration as you take a breather from the daily grind. ‘Cappuccino Mondays’ also allows you to share a thought or two, relate with other women and discover how most of us could oftentimes be on the same boat.

Moreover, ‘Cappuccino Mondays’ comes with two features. We have ‘Refreshing Mondays’ where we feature some insights to motivate and/or refresh us. We also have ‘Tipster Mondays’ where we feature practical and D.I.Y. tips on beauty, household or anything that hugely interest us, women.

Finally should you have any suggestion that would be helpful or you feel of great interest, please do write a comment and I will see what I can do.

 

love heaps,

IreneA

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Go Ahead, Have a Break

Hello everyone,

I would like to welcome you all to our very own Cappuccino Mondays. I say, ‘our very own’ because this blog is intended for every woman who feels the need to be inspired and to inspire, to be heard and to hear from others, to be blessed and to be a blessing.

Knowing how toxic Mondays (or any day) could be, ‘Cappuccino Mondays’ intends to give you insights/inspiration as you take a breather from the daily grind. ‘Cappuccino Mondays’ also allows you to share a thought or two, relate with other women and discover how most of us could oftentimes be on the same boat.

Moreover, ‘Cappuccino Mondays’ comes with two features. We have ‘Refreshing Mondays’ where we feature some insights to motivate and/or refresh us. We also have ‘Tipster Mondays’ where we feature practical and D.I.Y. tips on beauty, household or anything that hugely interest us, women.

Finally should you have any suggestion that would be helpful or you feel of great interest, please do write a comment and I will see what I can do.

love heaps,

IreneA