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Instagram and good deeds 


A good question isn’t it? 

A question we need to ask ourselves every morning. To start the day right. Having a purpose. 

We spend too much thinking about ourselves. About how to satisfied our self needs. To make us happy. To ‘live’.

Abe is 12 yo. He’s starting to ask about having social media accounts. Well, he started to ask months of months ago, and I said “not yet”. 

When I was picking him up one day, as usual I asked him stuffs, about school and friends, especially the ‘one friend’ (you know what I mean *wink*). 

Then he told me, “mom, I tell you a secret. I messaged her using Oma’s Instagram account”. *Cricket*. 

I realized that he needs his social life. I can’t keep him in the dark forever or I’ll be dealing with more darkness, and I don’t want him to keep any secrets from me. 

I told him, I’ll make him an Instagram account using Oma’s phone. He agreed, very excited. 

Last night, I made him an Instagram account on my phone. I (still) need to control and monitor his social life, and it’ll be a hassle if I have to keep bothering my mom for her phone to check on Abe’s account. 

He was soooooooo happy. His face was glowing with excitement. Precious 😍 

I told him, he can play with Instagram only after he finishes his obligations and responsibilities. Homeworks, school projects, exams, house chores, etc. I told him, I need an assurance that I can trust him to handle social media by being a responsible teenager. We made some more agreements. So it’ll be a win win. 

After his football practice, he went straight to bath, did his homework, prepared books for the next day, house chores, dinner, then he asked for my phone. 

Hold on mister! 

An adult knows how to control themselves. I asked him, “where can you lend a hand?”. One needs to think about others before satisfying their own selves. Then he walked in the kitchen and start doing dishes. Dishes that he repeatedly refuse to do coz he doesn’t want to touch the dirty plates. 

See how powerful a phone for teenagers? Hahahaha. They’re willing to do anything just to satisfy their needs to have a glimpse of joy. Having the phone in his hand and play with Instagram made him do dishes. I sure will think of something else for him to do 😉 

We’re like those teens whose constantly thinking so hard to make ourselves happy that we forget about others. What we can do to help even just a tiny bit part of other’s lives. 

For Abe, the reward is simple, a few minutes with the phone. For us in general, God surely has His great rewards. What He promised, He will fulfill. 

Love others like He loves us. Help others like He helps us. 

Let’s make it a habit. Ask ourselves every morning, “where can I lend a hand today?”. Help someone else everyday. Doesn’t have to be big. Start with something small. We’ll do better everyday then it’ll become a habit. 

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Life update! Job interview… 

I haven’t tell you this… I went for a job interview last couple of weeks. 

Shocking? Yes! I even shocked at myself. 

Me. A stay at home mom by choice went for a job interview 2 hours away from home. 

What happen to wanting to be with the kids full time, taking care of the house, to not miss a single moment of motherhood? 

Well… Life happens and life is forcing me to go out of the house and earn us some money. Apparently, my VA jobs and online shop is insufficient to pay bills. So… Yeah… 

My cousin texted me about a job opening at her office with the job I haven’t quite get the experience on it, but she convinced me that I can do it. Yes, I CAN DO IT! 

I’m a strong believer of ‘nothing is impossible’. Anybody can learn their way to something. I had my jobs for not having the experience at first but when my employer hired me, I give my all. I work my way up and I never disappoint. 

Life is about learning. There’s not a thing in this life that you can’t accomplish as long as you’re willing to learn how to achieve them and work your way up. 

If you find yourself losing faith and motivation to achieve something, maybe that means you don’t want it that bad anyway. Yes, we slack off sometimes, many times, but if we want it bad, we’ll fight our way back until we get want we wanted. 

That’s what made me went to the interview. I’ve had my struggle, to stay at home or go out and work. But when I made the first step to be on my way to the office, I had (only) one thing in mind, to be a working mom. 

On my way back home after the interview, I didn’t have the feeling of being in any urgency. I mean, I do want to get a job but I also want to be a stay at home mom. Which one is more appealing? At that moment, I really don’t know. I can do my best for both of them. 

So what exactly was in my mind? I was in a full surrender mode to God. I surrender. One thing I keep saying in my mind, God has a plan for me and I trust Him. Whether I’ll be a working mom or a stay at home mom, its God’s will. I’ve done my part. I went to the interview and now it’s His part. 

I didn’t have the pressure after the interview. No burden whatsoever. I felt relieved. It’s almost like ‘I got the job’ feeling. Like I’ll have no more money problems, which is not true. But that’s exactly how I felt. That’s how you feel when you’re in such faith that your life is in God’s hands. 

After some times, I had the news that I didn’t get the job. Was I sad? No! Was I happy? Not quite the right word to describe how I felt, but I was OKAY. 

In fact, after I got the news, I feel more alive. I feel more sure of who I am, what I am. I didn’t feel as a failure for not being able to get a job but I feel more confident in doing my part as a stay at home mom. 

This is what God wants me to do. For now. 

But what about our financial situation? Well… God didn’t give me the job, so I believe He’ll find a way to provide us. Yes I have mountains of bills that I need to get done with, but there will be time for it. Patience is a surrender to God’s timing and control.

I believe, as long as I do my part, God will do His part. Hope is the key to patience. 

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Mom’s Essential For A Clean House

I’m back!!!

It’s been a while ( a very long while) since my last post.

I was, for a moment, lost myself. Too busy with my problems that I kinda forgetting about myself, what I am, and who I want to be. Life does that to you sometimes.

But now I’m back! The problems still there, but I’m not gonna let it consume me. I got up late this morning, an hour late, but it didn’t stop me from having a new spirit. I felt energized, joy, happy, motivated.

I accomplished a lot today. Being very productive. And here I am at 12.45am creating free printable of my cleaning routine, so you can download and print for yourself, and maybe can motivate you or even implemented it.

This is the kind of cleaning routine I try to implement in my life. I said try, because just like some of you, I’m still learning. This routine can be different in any of you. But if it can inspire and motivate you to create a routine in your busy life, it would be a great help. I know how we (moms) need as much support as we can have, to do our best for our family, and I want you to know… I’m here doing it together with you.

I’m not perfect. I don’t always do this. I skipped a lot of zone cleaning coz I’m so busy with the kids and my business. But if I have this printed and have it somewhere I can see (I’m a visual person, I need to visually see or it will skip my crowded brain), I’m reminded that I still have something to do and I can make time to do it.

You know what… It’s all in the mind. If your mind is telling you that it needs to be done to make your life a lot better, then you’re gonna do it without any more excuses. Trust me… I’ve made too many excuses. I’m done with excuses.

For so long, I only do my daily cleaning routine and skipped all of my other cleaning till I see them gross enough for me to even look at them. Then I’m gonna need more time to clean them since they’re too dirty, didn’t have any more time to do anything else. Such a waste of time.

It is the time for a change! And I want you to come along and join me. Let’s do this together! 

Download and print here

You can print or use it as a guideline to make your own routine.

How are you doing your cleaning routine? Do you implement zone cleaning? Please comment below & tell me how you do it, coz I’d love to learn from you too.

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Glaring

I’m human. 

Going through many sufferings as you do. We walk a different kind of sufferings yet we’re the same. 

Pain seems to be glaring at us, waiting to get closer, reaching, impatiently approaching. 

Ever wonder why we’re still here? Sometimes on a better path, sometimes we find ourselves back to where we began, sometimes we feel stuck, going nowhere. 

Often times we thought that only death will end all of these pain. But we’re scared of the unsure guarantee in ending this suffocating broken world. 

I’m feeling the exhaustion of living the life of me. Don’t you too? Why after all this time, we still have the faith that we still have God’s mercy? Why suffer when God Himself promised us that He will take care of us? Why do we still hope? So many why’s… 

But because we human, have to be united in mind, sympathy, brotherly love, having a tender heart, and a humble mind. We treat each other as believers since unity and fellowship are going to be the glue that keep us together when time gets rough. 

What He promised, He will fullfil! 

Cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. And after you have suffered a little while, God Himself will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 

When you feel the need to give up, trying to put a stop to all of your pain, surround yourself with people in faith, seek God. 

God is everywhere, covers everything in this world. You can find God in YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, everywhere. God creates all of this greatness of technology, didn’t He? Might as well use it for our good. For our mission in building His Kingdom in this world. 

Believe that what’s broken, already healed through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Holding hands, we are the children of God, will live by God’s mercy, standing tall and unshakeable. 

Have faith, keep honoring God, stay grateful, know that you’re not alone. We’re in this together!

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Shimmer 

I’m no angel.

Not trying to be a saint. 

I’m not rich.

Not trying to be a hero.

But my mind goes disturbed when I know someone needs help. I can’t go blind and deaf. I have to do something or I won’t be able to keep my mind straight. 

My brain hurts thinking a way to help. And it even hurt more when I still need to think about my own problem 😨 

Why do I have to put myself in such craziness like I’m not crazy enough trying to fix my own life? 

I have no idea. 

I know someone needs help with school. I can’t help much coz I myself incapable of fulfilling my kid’s school issues. But I can’t just ignore. I started texting my friends and family if they could help. I wasn’t expecting much but just pray for the best. 

And I have the most incredible friends and family. They helped! I’m so blessed that I’m surrounded by lovely people. 

Some of you might be thinking, why not asked them to help me? Why bother about someone else when I myself could use some help? 

I surrender myself to God. God knows what I need and He will provide. As that person needs help and pray to God, God answers through me and through my friends and family. What about my prayers? I have faith that God will provide through someone else. 

It’s the circle of life. It’s how we become a blessing to someone’s life. Believe that God will send help and fulfill His promise on His way. Forget about trying to fight the battle alone. God wants to be involved in your life. 

Have faith that everything you do, you’re doing it in the name of God. 

If we could be the shimmer in someone’s life… May our lives be lightened by God’s greatness. 

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The Revelation

I’m torn between two edges of propositions. Afraid if I’m incapable of supplying the demands, the needs. It should’ve been easier if I’m fully in control, but I’m not. 

What’s the point of your existence when you don’t present? What’s all the words when you don’t act likewise? 

No one really care when me or my life are laying around in ruins. But the minute that I start to rebuild, the minute I start to make progress in my life, all of a sudden everybody got an opinion. 

Whenever I try and do good, I’ve always been faced with opposition, rejection, humiliation. My intention have always been sidetracked by negativity. No good whatsoever. 

Should I stop? Quit trying? Often times the answer is obvious. But that’s not what God wants me to do. 

In order to do the difficult and even controversial, we have to be willing to work with our weapon in hand. 

When hateful words are thrown our way, we can replace those words in our mind and heart with God’s truth. 

We protect ourselves with God’s words. 

Yes, it’s hard and need a lot of work. But I’ll keep my faith that God is holding my hands and fight this together. 

Till the time comes. The revelation. 

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We can change! 

Often we find ourselves crying alone. No one seems to care. Everybody is busy with themselves. Everyone is struggling their own struggle that caring for others is the last thing in their mind. 

Why are they so careless? Don’t they have heart? They do. It’s just that they’re having the same issue with people I just described above. 

It’s a circle of life. Karma-like. Pay it forward schemes-like. 

Do you ever feel that your family and friends are staying away from you when you’re in disadvantage? Yet they’re all seem so eager to get close to you when you’re loaded? Yeah… 

I think it’s natural. If you really dig deep, you’ll find yourself had done it, on purpose or not. Still… We all have it. 

I find so many Christian beautifully covered in the word of God, yet their inside is as rotten as the devil’s heart. Coz we’re human. This might harsh, but yes, we’re human and we’re selfish. 

That is why we need to keep reminding ourselves, that we are way better than a selfish prick. We are willing to work on what’s God wants us to be. We are willing to change. 

We want to be the type of people who out of fear and reference for God, will live and lead with love and kindness and goodness towards every person we come across. 

It doesn’t have to be money matters, but if we just care and help with what we could give, the heart that matters. 

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The Temptation

I have some bitterness in my heart. Have to struggle with it every single day. Facing it every single second. 

So many times I want to give up to the temptation of anger. Just wanted to let everything out. Making a scene. Saying things that I’ve been keeping for so many years, for the sake of peace. 

The peace I’ve been trying to keep, starting to burst. The wall I’ve been trying to build, starting to crumble. The war between myself and the temptation to give up is something I can’t win by my own power. 

God is asking me to take care of the kids. I won’t be able to fulfill that if I surrender to the invitation of self satisfaction of breaking free. 

My hands are needed to work on God’s mission in my life. Even sometimes my hands are hurt, swelling, feels like resting. But I can’t stop. I need to go on. 

The work that God wants me to do, doesn’t have to stop just because temptation of giving up comes knocking over and over again. 

Freedom is something I’ve been wanting so desperately. But my children needs me more than anything else in this world. It’s the reason I exist. It’s why God created me in the first place. 

Though freedom can really really really bring happiness to my life again, the happiness of my children is the core essence of myself. 

I will continue to work while I battle coz “Now God, strengthen my hands”.