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On Dullness, Boredom and being Lazy

By on November 1, 2007

“Who has woe? Who has uneasiness? Who has contentions? Who has concern? Who has wounds for no reason? Who has dullness of eyes?”Proverbs 23:29

When speaking of boredom, we think of “dullness, repetition, or tediousness,” there are also “feelings of weariness and dissatisfaction.” It often results from work or activity that does not stimulate or satisfy. But it is also true that boredom is a subjective state. What is boring to one person may be fascinating to another.

I created this blog with a hope to reach the readers about what the bible teaches. However, I stalled for a really long time and wondered what else to write…if I should keep doing this or combine other stuff.
I also realized that I am now ‘kinakalawang’ (rusted) when it comes to writing.

Also, apart from the daily routines of a mom and wife, I am too lazy to sit down and finish a post…or perhaps too tired, it took me more than a month (gosh!) to finally finish this one.
I guess I just need to be true to myself, to write about anything under the sun and have a little more concentration to keep this blog going.
Arthur Schopenhauer once said, Die größten Feinde des Glücks sind für ihn Schmerz und Langeweile. (The biggest foes of human happiness are pain and boredom). I could only say, “so true, so true!”

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On Death and Grieving

By on October 25, 2007
“…Weep with people who weep.” -Romans 12:15

Death, perhaps for everyone, is an enigma that’s so hard to accept.

When death strikes, eveyrone in the family, as well as other relatives and friends are often at a loss, mostly asking the question ‘why did this happen?’

The bible urges us to weep with those who weep. Helping a bereaved person calls for compassion, discernment, and much love on one’s part. We should not wait for the bereaved one to come to us. We should not simply say, “If there’s anything I can do . . .” Find that “anything” , and then take the appropriate initiative.

I have seen people become devastated because of the death of someone they love…though uncalled for, the verses below are the only comforting words I can give…


“Death is swallowed up forever. Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?”—1 Corinthians 15:54-55
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“…the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out. ” -John 5:28-29
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This is a wonderful promise that we can be sure of happening…but then, the resurrection hope raises some questions on where are the dead? Are they in heaven living in a peaceful state? If they are, then why would there be a need to resurrect them? Or are they being tormented in a fiery hell?
Let’s look it up soon…

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On teaching and being taught

By on October 22, 2007
“YOU again need someone to teach YOU from the beginning the elementary things…”

-Hebrews 5:12
Sometimes, small but meaningful lessons can be learned from kids. When kids get hurt, fights with a playmate over toys, gets frustrated for not getting what they want; they cry a little, grumble a bit and that’s it.

Then they calm down, stops crying, plays again and smiles. How nice would life be if adults are as forgiving and as easily forgetting as they are…

Every child has a certain grace that is hard to define and unique in each one. A small child is so innocent. And it is able to amuse itself with almost nothing. With a piece of paper, a flower, or even a string it is happy and contented.

Further, compared with many adults, children are more teachable and not as prone to pride. They accept corrections without the feeling of being looked down. Truly, Jesus gave us the best example of humility through kids. (Matthew 18:3-4)

“Good teaching is not a matter of specific techniques or styles, plans or actions. . . . Teaching is primarily a matter of love.” -Anonymous

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On Creation

By on October 7, 2007
“The heavens are declaring the glory of God; and of the work of his hands the expanse is telling.”—Psalm 19:1.

There’s just too much talk about Evolution versus Creationism. Though those who uphold Evolution did lots of research and stuff to prove it, I still believe what the flowers, the bees, the birds, the ants even the spiders have to say.

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“Denying the existence of a Great Designer is as illogical as denying the existence of the artist who made the blank canvas a work of art.”

Little bud, where did you come from?

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Inheritance

By on June 29, 2007

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“Sons are an inheritance from Jehovah. The fruitage of the belly is a reward.” -Psalms 127:3

Having 3 kids at my age, stirs different reactions among friends and people I see everyday on the way to school, to the grocery, in the bus, the tram or the underground.
Friends back home think its cool that they’d grow up not far from my age and we’d be like barkadas. Them growing up with no big age gaps is also a good thing, they say. I often get comments like: “Buti ka pa 3 na anak mo, ako kahit isa wala pa!.”
I have an older neighbor (Austrian) whose age I’m guessing, is around 68-73. She has a cane to help balance her walking and everytime she sees me with Daniel (youngest, 18months), she suddenly becomes energetic as though nothing is wrong with her feet. She would talk to Daniel,who does not respond even with a smile, I guess he hasn’t grasped much of the language yet (German). Still, the old woman would talk to him as though he understands.
From one of her stories she told me, she was able to conceive but miscarried all…she was almost crying when she said: “Why is it sometimes, those who wanted to have babies didn’t get them, while those who does not want them, gets them?” For her, and my friends, I am blessed to have 3 kids even at a young age.
Others have the opposite reaction though, especially those pinoys here who would see me with all three wandering about. To them, it’s being irresponsible since I got no one else to help me but my husband in taking care of the kids. They would comment: “Ang hirap naman nyan, 3 bata.”
True, taking care of 3 kids could be difficult, if one sees it as a burden…But when one sees it as an iheritance in life, there goes all the difference.

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