Best Christmas Gift from Hubby

Hubby’s gift is the best gift that I received last Christmas. It’s more precious than jewelries and more beautiful than any material things. It’s a bible.

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Hubby knows that I am attending bible study every Thursday that’s why he gave me a bible in Tagalog version. I can’t remember when was the last time I read the bible. I have learned but have forgotten. Now, that I regained my spirituality, the thing is to keep on track. Have a devotion, read the bible everyday and get in touch with the hearts and souls of others.

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Regained Spirituality

It’s been almost 4 years since I last visited a church and hear mass. It all started with a red car that our little girl, who was 5 years old then, saw parked at the altar just infront of the holy scrament. Can you imagine that, a car at the altar?! The car is the grand prize to a raffle that the parish was running for their fund raising. What a shame! Since then the whole family didn’t go to church but that does not mean we have lost our faith. We still pray, ask for forgiveness and thank Him for every blessing we receive. But seems like something is missing. I felt that I am lost spiritually until last November when a neighbor asked me to join their bible study. It was an answered prayer. I was praying not for a church but for someone to open my heart and lead me to God’s words and devotion.

I am attending the bible study every Thursday and it feels good. My heart, ears and eyes were opened once again to the truth… “Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). For that, I would like to thank Lanie, my neighbor and friend, for my regained spirituality.

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I am Lost

This seems the most difficult Girls Talk topic this month. Spirituality or religion is a sensitive topic. All of us have different views, opinions and beliefs when it comes to religion and spirituality and I respect that. No offense to the Catholics because I am a Catholic since birth and a believer. I was a  choir member, a Catechist and was very much active in church when I was in high school. This post is based on my experience and I am not generalizing the Catholic church.

Well, there are no doubts that my husband and I are true believers. We have the great belief of the Lord. But now we are lost, not spiritually but in church issues. I almost cannot remember the last time we go to church. Two years ago? Three years ago? I cannot remember exactly.

It started with the fund raising project in our parish. The car for the first prize is parked at the altar. My daughter was the first one to notice it. She asked why there is a car in front. I was shocked when I saw the car there on the altar. Yes the parish needs fund to support its projects but perhaps not right to put the car on the altar. Not to add the so many collections during mass. There is the first collection and the second collection that I do not know what for. I know that it is our obligation to give tithes but it should be put in place. So to sum it all, these incidents gave us doubts about our church. We are also particularly disgusted when priests are very much involved in political issues. Yes, they are also humans and entitled to their own opinions but sometimes they are going too far.

Am I spiritual? Yes, I am. I am a follower and a true believer. I may be lost when it comes to religion or church but I am not lost spiritually. I may not be obeying or following the religious traditions that I have gotten used to but I have this strong faith in GOD. HE is the center of our home and I put HIM on top of everything I do.

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