Some Lessons from Cleaning a Refrigerator

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Beside the Still Waters
Haydee D. Lasco
(I wrote this article years ago, but I still got to learn the lesson it has taught me.)

I procrastinated on painting this pot, but when I finally did it, I enjoy seeing it everyday. I call this my quarantine pot.

One beautiful morning, I finally decided to clean my refrigerator that was screaming from overload. I procrastinated because there were other things more pleasant to do.
While removing food items in the ref and freezer, I realized there were many foodstuffs inside that reminded me of people who care… continue reading..

To Glean Like Ruth

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So she gleaned in the field until evening…” (Ruth 2:17)

Biblical teachings are of no profit if we fail to apply them in our lives.

Hunger, and love for mother-in-law, Naomi, compelled Ruth to take a chance and gather food. Blessedly, the Lord directed her in the field of Boaz, where his servants were harvesting corn. In like manner, our hunger for spiritual foods will bring our feet to the fields of prayer, a study of Word of God, and other spiritual exercises. God’s spiritual provision abound like a spring of water. We can freely get whatever we want. Indeed, as much as… continue reading..

A Godly Woman: Sound in Speech

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A woman who is sound in speech is like a beautiful flower.

Dear Sisters, this article was our meditation for our TBC Proverbs 31 Women’s Fellowship thirteen years a go (September 23, 2007). God be praised for sustaining us all these years. As we pass through this pandemic we have an assurance that God is upholding His people.

Titus 2: 8 “Sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.”

The adjective “soundness” depicts perfection and strength. When describing facts, it means… continue reading..

Let me proclaim Your might even to old age.

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Not only in her graying years, but even as she drew close to death, her faith shown brightly, and God’s preserving grace did not leave her. We praise the Lord for her life of faith! It is her legacy to the next generation.

Psalm 71:18 “So even to old age, and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.”

What noble desire of David! He could have prayed for strength in his faltering faculty. He could have asked for peace and security in the land. Yet his… continue reading..

Out of Love, Not of Wrath

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Against the backdrop of a powder-blue sky, this gumamela flower is seising the day to display its beauty. Rightly so, because in a few days, it will wilt and fall to the ground.

Psalm 66:10 “For you, O God have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried, You have brought us into the net, you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance. 

For You O God have tested us;

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When They Leave, Then Comes Another

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A lot of flowers in this picture have fallen and carpeted the ground. Their time to shine for the Lord is over. Yet a lot more are still attached to the tree. They show off their beauty and display the greatness of God, who created them in perfection. Buds are also coming out one after the other. Soon they will flower too.

On May 19, 2020, Ravi Zacarias was taken by the Lord. He followed Norman Geisler, who died on July 1, 2019. Both were famous apologists whom God used to enlighten the minds of many about the Christian faith. Both impacted the world… continue reading..

Growing More Beautiful As the Years Go By

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This ponytail palm has been around for decades. It has sustained many typhoons. The strong winds which toppled some shoots only produced a kind of branching that creates this elegant and majestic appearance. The base looks strong and sturdy so I guess, this palm will keep on growing, and will become more beautiful as the years go by.

Christians are like this family of Ponytail palm. They will prevail in good and bad times because it is the Lord who takes care of them. (Haydee Lasco, July 14, 2020). 

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The Power of Our Words

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I was sweeping our backyard when my father came over, put me on his lap, pat my back, and said, “Si Ideng, maliit pa ay masipag na.” I was four years old then, but those words were like precious gems that probably motivated me to enjoy household work, which extended to my studies and in managing my own home. In my graying years, those words have not lost their luster. 

It reminds me of this concept in communication that looks at words as “performative” because words can lead to action. Thus, when we say, “sweep the floor,” “buy pandesal” or “turn off the light,” real work… continue reading..

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