blessed fruitful marriage year 1

It’s been a long time, I guess i’m too busy for the past few months. I haven’t blog in a while. In all honesty, I’m just lazy but I guess the blogger in me still kicks in despite several months passed.

So today, I wanted to blog our one year anniversary of marriage. Yes we are still in the long distance relationship but I believe God promised us this verse:

Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.- Mark 10:9

We are holding on to His promises to us because He is a faithful God. My husband and I maybe miles apart but His grace is sufficient for us to overcome every issues that comes along our way. So what happened to our one year of anniversary? It’s very simple, my husband sent me a pretty flower and I received it here in the office and it was really a surprise for me since we are undergoing another transition in our season of marriage(a very good one), we may not be physically present for our first year of anniversary,but God’s grace is sufficient for us and His promises are within in our heart to overcome the thought of longiness for each other. We have been faithfully waiting for His right timing for us to be together and we still hold on to His promise that this year will be the completion of His promise to us.

Here’s a quick snapshot of  my hubby’s sweetness galore >.<

thank you bhe for these flowers they reminded me of fresh start. Cheers to a million years of blessed marriage life. Dangatoon taka bhe sobra

To God be the Glory!

~ally~

healthy living in a pixie bento boxes

For the past few months I was kinda busy and hooked on my bento boxes for my lunch.

What’s my reason for bento boxes making?

Simple:  I rushed myself to ER of one of the hospital here in doha due to numbness of my half body and face twitching.

It was an eye opener for me, that I am no longer at the peak of my youthful days, where my body can still pull all nighter and munching chips and dips along side with my pistachio ice cream.

So the doctor even gave me medicine to take for my nervous system and advice me to chill from time to time and avoid stressful stuffs and eat healthy foods and exercise more.

That moment, I thank the Lord above for sparing me again from sickness, I know God used the filipina doctor to remind me that my body is the temple of the holy spirit and I need to be a good steward of the things that God has given me, including my body. I must take care of my food intake and exercise more often, in order for me to do the work that the Lord has mandated me to do. How can I serve Him, if my body deteriorates?

This was the turning point of my bento boxes making, which I now call as pixie bento boxes, pixie means small things/portion. So the question is how do I prepare this boxes of goodness that helped me to achieve my goal of becoming healthy in order to serve HIM more faithfully?

Every time I went to grocery store I always buy variety of fruits and veggies, some of them are in season but most of them are imported here in doha. So I can choose whatever suits my tastes buds.

Here’s my pick for fruits and veggies:

  1. Baby Carrots
  2. Kiwi
  3. Cucumbers
  4. Seedless Grapes
  5. Cherry Tomato
  6. Strawberry
  7. Blue Berries
  8. Oranges

For the main food:

  1. Brown Bread
  2. Tuna
  3. Peanut Butter
  4. Mixed Jelly Spread
  5. Eggs
  6. Chicken Breast
  7. Salmon Grilled
  8. Boiled Egg

If you can see my list of foods, you may think it’s expensive, but if you are looking for future benefits, you can focus later on the payment and your body will thank you later.

So I took the 21 days challenge of making a bento boxes and now I am on my 64th pixie bento boxes. It was really discipline, patience and lots of prayers to prepare this pixie bento boxes.For me I ate this during lunch and from time to time I have a cheat day, that will be during my off day as to not to deprive myself of eating rice.For breakfast, I always eat oatmeal packed with strawberries and grapes. Mostly for dinner tuna sandwich or oatmeal again.

Here are some samples of my pixie bento boxes:

 

Is it too cute to eat? Pretty food tastes better.

For more details of my pixie bento boxes, feel free to follow my instagram account: pixie bento boxes

 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

To God be the Glory!

~ally~

hanging by a mail

This is a sequel to the following posts:

Complains that’s too complicated to comprehend

I’m-Possible Issues being Investigated

So here’s the finale of the recent battle I had faced so far:

I have never been that courageous to speak up and even send an inquiry email with regards to my performance. I am aware that I have my flaws, but God convicted me by reminding me that I should be courageous and bold. As I am typing right now, the mail never had a reply from the persons involved, that’s why I don’t know what happened.I asked God for guidance and directions and His reply was:

 You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.– Hebrews 10:34

So right now, instead of dwelling with what if and but if , I am now concerned with what is waiting for me that will last forever. I might not be entitled to that performance issues, but I know I am serving a mighty God.  There are many things that God has thought me in this battle:

1. Humble yourself Ally, even though you have the skill and perform well, It is I the Lord that provided you with wisdom.

2. Submit yourself Ally to your earthly master for you are not merely working for them but for me Your God.

3. Surrender your career Ally to me your God for I know the plans I have instore for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you.

4. Be courageous and strong Ally, if you believe in a just God , He will be just in every area of your life.

5. Focus on me Your God who provided your job and not on the Job.

This hit me right in the middle of small heart in regards to my career. So with God’s grace I focused on Him as my ultimate Lord in my career. It has been a long battle for me, in terms of my career. But God is really patient and persistent in correcting and pruning me in what He wants me to be.

So instead of hanging by the said mail, I focused more on serving Him excellently via  the job He had given me. But now, it’s different because I know that whatever I bind here in earth will be bind in Heaven. True enough, when I surrendered my career, God provided me a wisdom to automate our ticketing system. It was in the middle of July that I was able to use my vba skills and some report generation and end up sending a first automated reporting system to my boss and hr.  I can’t do this on my own, it is only thru Him that I can serve my earthly master in an excellent way.

So to all of you who have had issue with your careers, I encourage you to go back to the basics of God’s teaching and you will have an assurance that better things are coming your way.

To god be the Glory!

~♣ally♣~

IM-possible issues being investigated

This is a sequel to my previous post

complains that’s too complicated to comprehend

For the past few days I have attended the Mid year Prayer and Fasting 2015 here in ENQ. But this will be a separate post. For now I’ll be posting one of God’s way of saying,Hey Ally I got you covered.

So here it goes:

After sending some emails and distributing some forms for my evaluations, I finally got all the needed feedback  to back up my inquiry for the said evaluations and performance review.

When I am asking them to send me feedback I was asking God for wisdom,guidance,truthful feedback. I asked them in humility, God knows my heart that I am really shy in asking for feed back.The first feedback I received was really positive feedback, after few days the feedback that really touched my heart was the feedback from one of seniors that I am currently working, that moment it got me really teary eyed. Indeed if you don’t ask boldly, you will not receive it. After waiting for how many days, I made a survey form for my job. It’s a bit easier than constructing an email.So after printing it , I was really hesitant in giving it to me. So I seek the Lord and told him, I’m scared, what if they reject me? what if they say I am not good in supporting them? what if… Then I was  reading the following verses:

Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.– Jeremiah 1:8

This verse has been posted on my fb acccount on June 27 2011, June 27 2012 and June 27 2015 in utmost.org. The Lord is so sweet to remind me of these verses that has been with me during the very first part of my walk with Him.

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” – Acts 18:9-10

I was reading this as, one of my daily devotions, I was like Ally, obedience brings blessings.

I still didn’t give it not until I prayed for it and asked to be cover in prayer with my prayer buddies(Cha,coeli,cherry,sandy and ate jan) here in Doha.

After that I boldly gave the feedback forms and they even told me when do you need these. I told them if it’s possible today so I scan it. They said, sure. After giving the feedback forms, I was really in peace. This is a common sign when you know that you are doing something that is align to His will.

When I got the feedback form they were all positive results. I thank the Lord above for bringing people like them. After a couple of days, I received feedback from one of the person that is in charge of the most people I worked with, in the email he praised my effort and work. He even told me that there were no complains on the way I work with them.

Yesterday, I woke up to these verse:

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline- 2 Timothy 1:7

He reminded me of these verses again, the day I received the news on complains about me. I was again the coward ally. But God has really a unique way of reminding me and so I declared all the verses He gave me and act in faith that He who promise is faithful. So I prayed and even asked some of my prayer buddies to pray for me.

I composed the email, but was hesitant to send it. So I ask one of my prayer buddy coeli, and she gave a lending hand to correct my email.She even prayed with me together with cherry, ate jan and sandy. They are actually encouraging me and declaring God’s promises to me. What I can’t put in words in my email, coeli put it in words for me. Truly she has a gift for it and thank God for her.

So we sent the first inquiry, then after few minutes we receive email reply from them telling me the reason was for the not so good feedback as well as performance.So I started again replying and attached all the emails and feedback that I have gathered.Coeli edited it for me again and made it actually more comprehensive.So when I sent it again,I just surrender to God, in my prayer I just obeyed you father God. What ever the answer or reply I surrender it to you and hit sent.

Up until now I still have no reply email from them. Now the I just obeyed Him.

Backreading this post, I saw several pray and ask prayer. It was the first and last move that I had made prior to seeking and inquiring of the Lord. Yes, I do ask Him first before I do something. Why? Because I am relying on Him in everything I am doing. It is also an act of worship and total surrender to Him that apart from Him I am nothing.

That’s it, what ever happens I know God is with me and the battle is the Lords! I know impossible issue that’s being investigated becomes I’M POSSIBLE with GOD

To God be the glory!

curacne journey: 1st month

Brief walk through of my Acne History:

2000-2010- I have few zits here and there and a topical over the counter ointment will heal it.

2011 – This was the time I got addicted to diamond peeling and facial cleaning when I was still in the Philippines.

2012- I moved to Doha and this was the time my skin got crazy, it was maybe due to the extreme humid and hot weather.

2013- I was diagnosed to have acne vulgaris by one dermatologist here and recommended me to take tabucine for a month and magically my acne disappeared.

2014- A little zit there and here but still manageable. When I went back home in manila in the month of December , that’s when my skin went crazy.  I remember I overused the vatika hair treatment, i used it everyday to make my hair smoother, but in the end it made tiny zit bumps on my face.

2015- Around month of March, there was a huge sandstorm here in doha and every GCC country. Did I mention aside from having zits, I have severe allergic reaction to dusts. So my skin went crazy from the day the sandstorm started until the day I seek medical help from a dermatologist.

It was last month when my friends from church, nel and bevs advice me to check with their doctor. I was hesitant at first because I know it will cost me a fortune and not to mention I will be needing fund for our marriage this coming October 2015. But I prayed hard that this overwhelming zits will be gone by eating right stuffs ,exercising  and human intervention also thru a God sent dermatologist. It was the 5th month of April that I went to see a doctor here in Doha.  I was thoroughly assisted by the derma angels, really indeed they are God sent for the hospitality and very good assistance. When my doctor saw my face, you have acne and acne scars. What is your weight now? I told here around 43-44Kg. She diagnosed me with acne vulgaris and to be treated with curacne 40mg  for 4 to 5 months.After that she gave me a prescription of hyrdamax lip balm by Max-On. She told me also to have a facial cleaning. She also asked me if I am married,I happily answered, I am about to be wed by October 2015.She gave me a form to check my blood for cholesterol and for the liver too. She also discussed to me the following points:

  • You should not get pregnant during the course of the treatment.
  • You should limit your sun exposure and apply sunscreen often
  • The side effects are extreme drying of lips and skin.

April 6,2015 I started taking curacne but before I took it, I prayed for the medicine to be effective and that I will be able to see fast results and provide funds for this medication. One thing I was having problem was the budget for the laboratories, since I don’t have health insurance from our company, I will pay it from my own pocket. But I was moved by how God provided a way for me.I have a national healthcard here in doha where almost health services are free and cheaper and one of my colleague whom I  am working with advised and helped me to get a laboratory in government hospital. It was on the 8th of April that I went on fasting for the laboratory. As I went in the evening clinic I was happy that God was putting people along the way to assist me. It was a highly favored situation and my laboratory tests are finished. After a few days I went to clinic near our home and check with the results, the doctor said to me that it’s all normal and I asked her if I can have monthly laboratory to check for my liver and cholesterol. She said she can give me and just go to the clinic. Indeed another thankful and blessed situation. So here’s my 1 month update report for curacne journey:

  • My lips are so dry like the Sahara desert
  • My face’s skin is so flakey
  • During the first  and second week, my acne was horrible and it’s like my zits are having  a big  blast party in my face.They have been calling more zits to rise up and party in my face.
  • On the third week I noticed that more zits are drying specially my left cheek but I guess my forehead’s zit want’s to have another party galore on my face.
  • On the fourth week some zits just don’t wanna have fun anymore. They maybe got bored in my face and left hopefully for good.
  •  I also noticed that when I have a skin cut, the healing takes too long maybe due to medicine.
  • I also noticed back pain during the whole month but I compensate it off by having power walk 3x a week.
  • I took my curacne after breakfast.

Yesterday I went to have my facial cleaning and Karen did a great job by removing white heads and some zits. She even told me that it’s just few white and black heads and the swollen in my face due to extraction will be lessen by putting ice on it. I went to see my dermatologist and she asked me how was I with curacne,so  I told here what I mentioned from the bullets form above, except the partying stuffs. So she recommended me to take again  40mg per month and even asked me to buy two boxes for two months, Fusibact for my nose drying, and Avene (Clean-AC Hydrating Cream) for my face for day and night cream. By the way I also sought permission from my fiance and he fully support my curacne journey. Though I was grumpy lately, another side effect of this medication, it was not that alarming at all. As I always say: “Tiis Ganda para sa Wedding” ( sacrifice for the sake of beautification for our wedding). So to all that had helped me and God orchestrated to make my one month journey worth it, thank you! And God bless you more! Thank You father God for the provisions and making my skin better. 4 months to go pa Lord!

Curacne 1st Month Journey

To God be the Glory! ~♣ally♣~