The Gentle Rain Falls

The gentle rain falls

On a foggy afternoon

Refreshing the air.

~ Jojang

2013 Christmas Letter

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“How lovely on the mountains are the feet of Him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

~ Isaiah 52:7

This verse keeps repeating in my mind as I contemplate on the lovely Cordillera mountain from where I sit at a coffee shop situated on the top floor of a mall here in Baguio City.

Where does this serenity in the midst of turbulence come from?

You see, the past year has been a tumultuous year for Matthew and I. We were faced with so much stress that it has taken its toll on our health.  Twice, Matthew had to be confined in the hospital, while I suffered some setbacks as well (weakened by my hospitalization around this time last year).

However, although unpleasant, this difficulty we recently faced turned out to be a faith building exercise for us. We stand witness to God’s faithfulness as big and small miracles happened… before we knew it, our concerns were being addressed… issues resolved and very slowly but surely problems solved.

To say that we are awed and humbled is an understatement … Thank you, Lord!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our doctors who patiently and lovingly take care of us. In spite of Matthew’s stress related hospitalization, he recovers much faster now than before — a marked improvement.  I, on the other hand, am grateful for my home based work wherein I do what I immensely enjoy doing.

I cannot end this letter without mentioning my blog with my husband which is a source of joy for us (please refer to this link:  http://mattandjojang.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/christmas-letter-2013/) .  As of this writing, we have 135 followers and have reached 193,542 hits. All in a span of 5 years. Never in our wildest dreams did we ever imagine that we will be able to reach out to so many people through this blog. It excites us that we have developed friendships on cyberspace too.  We got to meet like minded individuals who share our beliefs, convictions and interests. A wonderful blessing!

Let me end this Christmas letter with a quote from one of Matthew’s favourite authors:

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.

~ Meister Eckhart

And we say, “Thank you, Lord” … Indeed, you are good!

Here’s wishing you a meaningful Christmas and a grace filled New Year ahead.

Matthew and Jojang

Be Still

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I know it’s been ages since I have posted anything in this blog. But there is a good reason for my long absence.

I have a job!

Yup, and it’s more than perfect.

Why? Because I was rehired by my former employer which means that I am familiar with the business, the work ethics, and I have great people to work with. But more than that, I have been performing my work from home. No hassles with commuting from house to work and all the inconveniences that come with it. So I guess, you could say, to me, this is an answered prayer.

So why the long absence? Because I have been so busy. It’s a humongous feat trying to balance between my domestic chores, personal concerns and regular job.  At the end of the week, I often times find myself exhausted and craving for that one day to just have some time to relax and take it easy…

This morning, a friend sent me a message on my phone. My heart skipped a beat because it hit home.

“Calmness of mind is one of the crown jewels of wisdom. The more tranquil you are, the greater is your power for good.

Self control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power. “

“What is the fuss all about?” I ended up asking myself.

Instead of rushing and getting worried with the “what ifs” of life. I realized that I have been robbing myself the opportunity to enjoy the present moment.

It was Mother Teresa that said:

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

As I start the day, and end this article I have one last thing to say. Where can I find strength and wisdom to be calm in the midst of chaos?

“Be still and know that I am God… ” Psalm  46:10