Saturday, April 28, 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

Lenten Songs

2 of my favorite songs that are commonly sang during Lent.

I made my own versions coz I just feel like singing them today.

First song is by Fr. Eugene O'Reilly, a song about the prodigal son, where the father and the son has a dialogue. 

Father I have sinned,
help me find my way.
Remember not my sins,
just let me hear you say::
I forgive you, I love you 
You are mine, take my hand. 
Go in peace, sin no more, 
Beloved one.
Father I have turned,
my back and walked away
Depended on my strength
and lived life my own way
Father I have closed,
my heart to those in need.
Thought only of myself,
a victim of my greed.
Father I have loved,
if love’s the word to use.
I’ve played so many games,
they’ve left me so confused.
Father I’ve returned,
I’m home with you to stay.
Standing at your door,
knowing that you’ll say
got the lyrics from this site

warning: don't listen to my version of the song if you don't really want to ruin your day lolz. I'm not a professional singer and I have a very low voice so my version is low tone. But, I love my voice so I'm going to share this in my blog. 

My version:
sorry about the barking dogs and other noises in the background.



2nd song I love during Lent is Hosea - Come Back to Me

Come back to me with all your heart
Don’t let fear keep us apart
Trees do bend though straight and tall
So must we to others call

Long have I waited for
Your coming home to me
And living deeply our new life


The wilderness will lead you
To the place where I will speak
Integrity and justice
With tenderness
You shall know.


My Version: same warning as the first song :D




I felt like singing for Jesus today so I added this Tagalog song which I love singing to Him, to thank Him for what He has done for me and the only thing I can offer is my heart and soul.



Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sapat na at Higit pa



Di mangangamba sa kawalan
pagpapala mo’y laging laan
di matatakot sa panganib
pagkat naririyan ka palagi

Di matitinag sa pagsubok
ang pagsama mo’y tiyak at lubos
di mapipigil sa pag-awit
pagkat ikaw ay mabuti
pagkat ikaw ay mabuti

Ikaw ang aking pastol hindi magkukulang
sapat na at higit pa

Biyaya mo’y sagana at umaapaw
sapat na at higit pa

Sapat na sa lahat kong pangangailangan
higit pa sa lahat kong inaasahan

wala na ngang mahihiling pa
pagkat ika’y sapat na
ika’y sapat na at higit pa


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This is one of my favorite songs at the moment. This song was taken from Psalm 23, that famous Bible verse that I've known since I was young: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me.

We sang this song during our Bible study last Thursday. It was the first time that I heard of this song so I had to search for it in youtube. Frankly speaking, I don't like the original female version coz it's too hyper and high, but I love to hear the male version and I found one that was good here.

I'm glad Pastor Wacky shared this with us, I love this song which reminds me that I don't need anything else but the Lord. You are enough God in my life and I won't lack anything.


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*this is just my own translation, there may be better ones on the web

English Translation:
Enough and more

Will not have fear of lack
Your blessings are reserved
Will not fear danger
Coz You are always here

Immovable in trials
You are surely and absolutely with me
Will not be stopped in singing
'Cause You are good
'Cause You are good

You are my shepherd I shall not want
Enough and more

Your blessings are abundant and overflowing
Enough and more

Enough for all my needs
More than everything I expected

There's nothing more I can hope for
For You are enough
You are enough and more

Friday, March 9, 2018

Lenten fast

my fasting would be with some of my online activities... 
taking a break from blogging, twitter and facebook

I'll be back on first week of April

Update: Mar 17, 2018
Changed my mind about the blogging and twitter thing, I'm going to continue blogging during lent and go to twitter, but I can forego facebook.

I can't believe I lasted a week without logging in to twitter and facebook lolz. FB was easy to ignore since I had a bad experience with it recently, but twitter I really miss. Then while I was reading some books, I kept on thinking of what I would write on my blog when I get to go back to it. 

Then I had an opportunity to do this online shop from Human Heart Nature, my favorite company atm. I'm going to try to experiment with doing product reviews. I'm already a "dealer" so I get a discount when I buy their products and can sell them at srp. 

I want to try different things but I don't know if I can take the bad feedbacks.



Saturday, March 3, 2018

My Takeaways from Neil Gaiman's Speech Part 3

"Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art... ...Somebody on the internet thinks what you do is stupid or evil or it's all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, and eventually time will take the sting away, but that doesn't matter. Do what only you do best. Make good art."

**I haven't had a lot of challenging or difficult days for the past few months, but I remember that when I felt down, and I had all these emotions inside... I wrote poems. But, for now, I don't feel down or I don't have any haters, I feel happy and Mr. Gaiman said to make good art on the good days too, so I don't know what I'm going to write lolz. I'll look for inspirations.

"While you're at it, make your art. Do the stuff that only you can do... ...The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you're walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That's the moment you maybe starting to get it right."

**I have to remind myself of this over and over again. lolz

"When I agreed to give this address, I started trying to think what the best advice I'd been given over the years was. And it came from Stephen King twenty years ago, at the height of the success of Sandman... ...and his advice was this: "This is really great. You should enjoy it."

And I didn't. Best advice I got that I ignored. Instead I worried about it. I worried about the next deadline, the next idea, the next story. There wasn't a moment for the next fourteen or fifteen years that I wasn't writing something in my head, or wondering about it. And I didn't stop and look around and go, this is really fun.

I wish I'd enjoyed it more. It's been an amazing ride. But there were parts of the ride I missed, because I was too worried about things going wrong, about what came next, to enjoy the bit I was on. 

That was the hardest lesson for me, I think: to let go and enjoy the ride, because the ride takes you to some remarkable and unexpected places."

**I'm going to enjoy this ride towards financial success.


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Those are the parts I love from his speech. This is the last part of my blogpost series on Neil Gaiman's speech. You can find my previous posts on this speech below:

part 1
part 2

The complete transcript here.




Friday, February 9, 2018

Politics and me

Treebeard: The Ents cannot hold back this storm. We must weather such things as we have always always done.
Merry Brandybuck: How can that be your decision?!
Treebeard: This is not our war.
Merry Brandybuck: But you're part of this world! Aren't you? You must help! Please! You must do something.
Treebeard: You are young and brave, Master Merry. But your part in this tale is over. Go back to your home.
Pippin Took: Maybe Treebeard's right. We don't belong here, Merry. It's too big for us. What can we do in the end? We've got the Shire. Maybe we should go home.

Merry Brandybuck: The fires of Isengard will spread. And the woods of Tuckborough and Buckland will burn. And all that was once green and good in this world will be gone. There won't be a Shire, Pippin.
source

This is the reason I care about politics and news, all things happening everywhere (in my country and other parts of the world).

Most people (my mom and my relatives included) think that because it doesn't affect their lives now that anything happening in politics or anywhere far from them will never affect them.

Or maybe they think that they can't do anything about what's happening that they can only talk about it and not ever be a "player" in the game, just a spectator.

That's why I love our national heroes, our catholic saints, those new heroes (in my eyes at least) like Satoshi Nakamoto, Aaron Swartz, the Bitcoin Core developers, etc. I don't think that there is a fork in the road (at the moment)  of the core devs where they have to choose between living a comfortable life or fight against the powers that be that will put their lives and their families lives in danger... I don't know, but I think it will come someday...

Our national heroes , our catholic saints, have their own lives to live, they have their own families, they were not people who just came out of nowhere, had the courage and fought for what they think is right, they chose to do it in spite of the dangers.

I don't know yet, how I'm going to affect change in the world, but I will just organize my life first before anything else lolz. Or maybe I'll just remind myself of this:

Inscription on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in Westminster Abbey:

“When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser I discovered the world would not change –
So I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country, but it too seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

And now I realize as I lie on my deathbed, if I had only changed myself first, then by example I might have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement I would then have been able to better my country,

And who knows, I might have even changed the world.”
source 

I think it was also the point of the new book by Dr. Jordan Peterson, "12 rules for life" to fix your life first before criticizing the world around you. I'm going to buy that book one of these days and maybe it'll be my guide for the year and maybe I'll have the best year of my life in 2018 lolz. But I think I'm going to search for bible verses equivalent of his rules lolz. Idk.

Anyways, back to my point of politics and me, whatever is happening around the world is like a fire burning and the fire will spread and someday it will come to my country and the exact place where I live in. So, if I can do something now, with the limited resources I have, I'm going to do something about it. (of course this will sound woo woo to some people) But first and foremost, I'm going to pray. Mama Mary in the Fatima apparitions had warned against the world war 2 happening and asked us to pray the rosary. Since people didn't do it, ww2 happened... I don't blame them, even today, I can't pray the rosary everyday. I don't really like praying the rosary, it feels so heavy to pray, but maybe someday I'll get over that feeling and pray it devoutly... for now, I'm just going to pray the angel's prayer in the Fatima apparitions:

source
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You.

source

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. And by the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

That's what I'm going to pray for now, plus my personal petitions. And take actions where I can. Oh by the way, I'll never run for any position in the government, I don't want to die at a young age lolz. I can't lie and kiss ass of other people I don't like, so I don't think I'm fit for politics. Maybe when I become a tycoon I'm going to support the politicians I like.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

90-Day Goals

  1. Finish up to Day 80 of my reading the Bible and Cathechism 
  2. 100 unique visits on my timegivenme blog (my new catholic blog which I'm going to develop for a year or so to help me and other catholics grow more in faith)

Performance Goals on #1
  • finished day 4 to 10
  • finished day 11 to 15
  • finished day 16 to 20, etc 

Performance Goals on #2
  • one blogpost on Feb 3
  • one on Feb 10, 17, & 24
  • promote my posts

I got this pattern from the 90 day goal guide sent to us subscribers of bloggingyourpassion.com

***I've finished Day 4 of my reading goal today.***