Monday, February 28, 2011

A Self Controlled Tongue


This week's project is all about our speech!

We need...

to be intentional about the way we use our words. Words. Wow. This is an area of personal conviction that I have been working on greatly. In talking with other women, I have observed that this is a problem area for many.

How do we use our words? Do we use them to complain? To argue? To put down? Or do we use them to encourage? Build up? Sharing love?

This week, let’s use our words only for good. No complaining. No harsh tones. No negative, hurtful speech.

This is a great reminder for me. I am participating in Project 9: A Self-Controlled Tongue!

You Are Inspirational, Tracey Heppner



Tracey L. Heppner is a well-known photographer who chose to migrate to the Philippines with her family because she wanted to give her gifts and talents to those who could never repay her. Let us get to know her more and be inspired to give back to others as well!

Can you briefly describe the work/life you have before coming to the Philippines?

We moved from the province of Saskatchewan, where my husband pastored and I had started my photography business in 2003, to British Columbia in 2007 with the primary goal of creating an unconventional community of faith in the metropolis of Vancouver.

I also continued my work as a wedding and lifestyle photographer, working with many of canada's leading photographers. I became one of the best second shooters in Vancouver. It was something I worked hard to be.

I co-founded a networking group for wedding photographers in 2008 and have successfully turned it over to the local photographers there. There are over 300 members.

I was voted one of vancouver's top 50 portrait photographers in 2009.

In December 2010 I was among 8 nominated for the most influential in the wedding industry in British Columbia.

My business was starting to boom again after our move from saskatchewan. It was perfect.

Why did you come to the Philippines?

I volunteer at Gentle Hands, with media. Gentle Hands is a Christian social welfare agency located in metro manila. We rescue children who are abandoned, abused, or malnourished. We are also a licensed foster/adoption agency.

I photograph everything that goes on there. I also take some of the newborns very first newborn sessions. Most likely they would never have had the opportunity to have photos taken had they not come to GH. I take photographs of the children; these photos will be precious treasures for their forever families one day.

I would like to shoot some weddings still.i do destination weddings. I love "love". My photography "business" is primarily weddings and couple lifestyle sessions.

How can we help you in what you are doing?

Let people know that they can give to Gentle Hands in not only monetary ways, but in tangible ways. We have a list of current "needs" that people can give to. Every bit of giving helps. The needs are so great.

Short message to those people who want to make a difference, just like you.

You dont have to be a "somebody". You don't have know someone who is a "somebody". You just need to be willing. There are so many people who are much worse than you. Be grateful for what you have been given and give back. You can only truly receive when you give. It's the most satisfying thing you can do.

You can see more of Tracey's work at her facebook page and her website.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

My Reflection on Numbers

While reading the book of Numbers, I realize how uncontented people are. God has been providing for their needs, yet they complain and tire of what God has been providing them. Then they ask for more and then they would complain. We can see how hurt God is that people reject His love, instead it is like the people just keeps asking for more but they don't really love God. How can this be when they have experienced God in so many instances? Like the 10 plagues in Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea and the cloud and pillar of fire and the countless miracles. People by nature are truly selfish. Thinking only of ourselves most of the time. People are forgetful. People only think of "now" and satisfying their urge of the moment.

I am so grateful that Jesus Christ came into my life. Even if I am such a sinner, He chose to redeem me. Without Him, I am truly nothing.

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays: Beautiful One


Here is a beautiful song from Jeremy Camp. Let us reflect on God's unfailing love this weekend!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

WFW - Leviticus 19:18


While reading the book of Leviticus, I have seen the words.. I AM THE LORD many times. It came clear to me that the law is there for us to obey because GOD IS HOLY and HE IS THE LORD. He commands respect and we are to do the law because HE IS THE LORD.
We obey the law because we want to honor GOD.
What better way to show how our love and devotion to him - by obeying His law through the help of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Spend Time With Your Children


This week’s project is:

to purposefully spend time with each of your children, one on one. If you have many children, this project may take a little longer than one week, but don’t let that get in your way of spending time individually on your children.

I almost don’t want to admit this…but I got this idea from the Jon & Kate Plus 8 TV Show. A while ago they did a series of episodes where they had a day out with each of their children to spend time alone with them.

Although, their situation didn’t end well, Michael and I have always loved this idea of purposefully setting aside time to spend together with each child individually, regularly.

So, this week, however you choose to do it, spend time alone with each of your children.

*If you do not have children yet, this can be a great opportunity to lift up your future children in prayer. Although I do not yet have children, I pray for them all the time. Even though I do not yet know them, I love them dearly and I pray for them very often!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thankful Thursday


Today I am thankful to the Lord for our 10th wedding anniversary!
God has blessed us with a great marriage. I couldn't ask for more.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

WFW - Leviticus 10:3


While reading Leviticus, you would be amazed by how much preparation the priests had to do so that they would be able to do their duties... this just goes to show how holy God is and how we, as humans, can never comprehend fully His awesomeness, His holiness... because we are frail and unholy since the beginning.

Thank you Jesus. I can now come before God because of Jesus.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays: The Way You Look at Me


Since Valentine's day is a few days away, I thought of sharing a beautiful love song with everyone.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thankful Thursday


Today I am thankful for my daughter. It is her 7th birthday and I am just grateful to the Lord that He gave me a daughter who loves Him and loves to learn and is an inspiration to me. I know that she is a gift from the Lord and that I am blessed to have her in my life!

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

WFW - Exodus 15:13


Because the Lord loves us, He leads us.
Because the Lord loves us, He gives strength and guidance to us.
It is not because we love Him.
It is not because we are obedient.
It is all because of His love and His grace.

Thank you Lord for the beauty of your grace.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Share Knowledge


Today is our 6th Project already for Fixing Your Heart on Titus 2.

Our project today is :

to share a book with someone, either to borrow or to keep. Have you read a great book about what it means to be a Christian woman, wife, parent? Why not share the knowledge?

This week, let’s all share a book with someone. This way, we will be spreading biblical knowledge and understanding!

Use this as an opportunity to lift up another woman who is considered “younger.” Maybe a new mom, or a new wife, or a teen young lady.

I am currently reading a real good book that I would recommend to all parents.
Shepherding A Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp.
I am only in chapter 5 of the book yet I have learned so much already. I learned about how my child responds to the my authority now shows how we will respond to God's authority in the future. I also learned that more than the behavior, we ought to be more concerned of the child's heart, because out of the heart, the mouth speaks. If we don't resolve the heart issue, it will just recur in the future and the lesson is not learned. I also learned that I am God's agent of change in my child's life and I am only obeying his command when I discipline my kids.

This is really a very insightful and practical book... but above all, it is very sound in its teaching. So if you are a parent out there, I recommend that you get a copy of this book!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays: Love Song For A Saviour


Here is a favorite song of mine...
I knew this song about 10 years ago and it is still refreshing to listen to today.

"I want to fall in love with you..."

Friday, February 4, 2011

He Must Increase... I Must Decrease

As you go through life- earning an honest wage, keeping your word, returning good for evil, regarding others more important than yourself - continually give Jesus Christ the credit. Let His glory shine so bright that when your days on earth are done, your loved ones will say "What a great God this disciple served!"

Taken from John MacArthur's From Ordinary to Extraordinary...

You Are Inspirational!


The main reason why I put up this blog 2 years ago was because I wanted to share inspiration to others. I have featured several people and blogs in my previous "you are inspirational" posts... I also featured people who are an inspiration to others like Ninoy Aquino, Cory Aquino and Efren Penaflorida. Recently, I featured Ms. Kara David and her foundation Project Malasakit.

I realized that each one of us can inspire others with what we do, whether it is through a personal effort or through a foundation. In the coming weeks and months, you will see the badge "you are inspirational" again as I feature people who inspires us to invest in others. I will also feature foundations where we can channel our support. If you have anyone or any foundation that you would like me to feature, please let me know.

I also hope that you will join me as I will try to rally together the bloggers to go beyond blogging... and let's help others around us. I believe that each one of us can be an inspiration and bring transformation into someone else's life.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thankful Thursday


Today I am thankful that I got to see some of my friends from high school last week.
It has been a long time since we were able to gather and spend some time together.
Both of my friends have moved to other countries already and I missed them a lot!

Being with Jenny, my best friend from high school, is truly a blessing!

Thank you Lord for the blessings that friends bring.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

WFW - Exodus 6:30


When God asks us to do something, most of us would often look at ourselves and reply to God with what we can not do... It is like telling God "Are you sure you want to use me God?"
We often forget that God knows who we are thoroughly and that He is a great God!
We belittle what He can do in us, through us and for us!
What a humbling reminder for me today.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Bloggers Exchange

Are you interested to see new blogs? Check out the list from The Bloggers Exchange!

  1. All About Her
  2. American Money Solution
  3. Anime Heaven
  4. Anything Baguio
  5. Aris Online
  6. Arise And Shine
  7. At Home Here
  8. Azumi, Kawaii Princess Story
  9. Baguio Food
  10. Beauty Loot Bag
  11. Bee Mommy
  12. Best Friends In Love
  13. Big Bear Tube
  14. Blogcoholic
  15. Blogger,I Am
  16. Bloggityboop
  17. Bonz World
  18. Cheeky Munchkins
  19. Chic And Fabulous
  20. Chubbymommyme Losing Weight, Raising baby and Annoying hubby
  21. Chris’ Chronicles
  22. Coffe,Pearls and View
  23. Come, Dine In!
  24. Current News Online
  25. Dancing In Midlife Tune
  26. Dashing Beauty
  27. Dashing Smiles
  28. Daily Snippets
  29. Dishes By Pehpot
  30. E! Fashion Talk
  31. Earn Dollars Pinoy!
  32. Eat, Drink,Blog
  33. Elementary School Lessons
  34. Elijah’s Crib
  35. Family Life Online
  36. Family And Home Living
  37. Fashion Momma
  38. Fashionably Trendy
  39. Feminine Reveries
  40. FickleMinded
  41. Fitness And Sports
  42. Flowing Rhythms
  43. Food And Drink Fusion
  44. Food And Passion
  45. Foodies Galore
  46. Freebies Overload
  47. Fresh Crumbs
  48. Fun,Fancy And Frivolous!
  49. Girl On A Thrift Hunt
  50. GreenBucks
  51. Hands Full Of Life
  52. Happy Homeworking
  53. Healthy Lifestyle
  54. House Of Maria
  55. I Live to Eat!
  56. I Love Darly!
  57. Imriz
  58. Inspirational Insights
  59. In Pursuit Of Success
  60. In The Company Of Me
  61. Iska’s Lesson From Working At Home
  62. It’s Sewtastic Mama
  63. Janet Speaks
  64. Jared’s Little Corner Of The World
  65. Join My Stroll
  66. Josie’s Files
  67. Josie’s Kitchen
  68. Josie’s Window
  69. Journey to Motherhood
  70. Joys In Life
  71. Just Love Blogging It
  72. Kero’s Celebration
  73. Kharlota Dot Com
  74. Kidz Power
  75. Life Is A Battle
  76. Little World Of Fun
  77. Little Zoie’s Steps
  78. Live,Love,Pink
  79. Liz Speaks
  80. Loves Haven
  81. Lovely Pink
  82. Lui-Bloggera
  83. Lyza’s Lane
  84. Make or Break
  85. Managing Finances
  86. Mariuca’s Perfume Gallery
  87. Mary Anne’s Musing
  88. Me In Wonderland
  89. Miss Blogger
  90. Mixed Bag
  91. Mom Fashionista
  92. Momentary Life
  93. Mom’s Up And Down
  94. More Than I Can Chew
  95. Mrs. Shoppiness
  96. Mum @ Works Kitchen Wonders
  97. Mumsified
  98. My Blissful Life
  99. My CameraSexy
  100. My Daily Notes
  101. My Daily Sunsets
  102. My Dream Destination
  103. My Everyday LIFE
  104. My Fashion Sense
  105. My Home,My Kitchen, And My Garden
  106. My Life And My Journey Online
  107. My Life’s Perception & Inspiration
  108. My Little Home
  109. My Nipa Hut
  110. My Phone And Gadgets Zone
  111. My Thoughts,My Words
  112. My Web Log Dot com
  113. Nice And Fab
  114. Note Pad Corner
  115. Novice On Blogging
  116. Nutrition And Health Care
  117. Oh! Gosh,Goodies!
  118. On This Side Of Town
  119. Peach And Things
  120. Petty Things In Life
  121. PhotoBlog
  122. Photo Stories
  123. Pig Out Session
  124. Pinay Green Mommy
  125. Pinay Mama
  126. Pinay Mommy Online
  127. Pinaymum- Mommy’s Life Around
  128. Pink Chopsticks
  129. Pink Clash
  130. Pink Memoirs
  131. Pink Stilletos
  132. Pinoy Holistic Healthcare
  133. PixelMinded
  134. Postcard Crossing
  135. Pretty And Awesome Things In Teacher’s Life
  136. Princess Wannabe
  137. Proud Mommy Of Three
  138. Prosperity’s Desire
  139. Randomness Is A Bliss
  140. Real PINAY Blogger
  141. Reviews Inc
  142. RodLiz Nest
  143. Sam Finds
  144. Sanctuary Of My Emotions
  145. Savour D’ Flavour
  146. Sexy Blogging
  147. Shopping List & Product Reviews
  148. Shutter Happy Moments
  149. Shy’s Mixed Thought
  150. Smart Boys
  151. Smart Mommy
  152. So Much to Tell
  153. Somethings Are Free
  154. Small Kids Big Dreams
  155. Survivor Mum
  156. Table For Five
  157. Techie Liz
  158. The All-Around Mom
  159. The Dias Family Spot
  160. The Foto Minded
  161. The Miscellaneous Me
  162. The Orange Nipa
  163. The Pinoy Biggest Loser
  164. The Recycling Loop
  165. The Smart Shopper
  166. The Travel Diva
  167. The Woman From Home
  168. Three Kids Plus Me
  169. This Is My Life
  170. Thoughts Online
  171. Topics On Earth
  172. Travel Sites And Scenes
  173. Travel Junkie Mommy
  174. Travels/Explore
  175. Treasure Jar
  176. Trying to Write
  177. Twinsanity
  178. Under The Golden Apple Tree
  179. Viva Pinay
  180. Wanna Be Fit
  181. What’s Inside Johanas heart?
  182. Where My Feet Took Me
  183. Whims And Views
  184. Womans Elan Vital
  185. Woman And Me
  186. Working At Home
  187. Yami’s Kitchen
  188. Zoie’s Mom Bloggin