shukran doha and Bienvenue vancouver

After 5 years of praying, trusting and believing God that one day I will be able to say shukran doha and bienvenue vancouver.. the day that the Lord  selected for me to say this was last November 22,2016.

Before I was able to hopped in the plane and get my boarding ticket, let me just share how did I survived the last few stages of struggles before reaping the answer to my prayers.

Here’s a backstory of my application to canada for immigration:

In 2013, I applied for FSWP but file got lost and returned late , hence lost the chance to move to canada. I just surrendered everything to God when that had happened but a lot of tears were shed that very moment I learned that I lost the chance to move.

It was December 2014, when I got engaged and on the 18th of October 2015, we finally tied the knot.

Fast forward to February 2016, my husband and I prepared all the necessary documents for our application, that time we need to complete all our forms and documents which includes police clearance from the country I am residing that time which is Qatar and NBI clearance from Philippines then I also had a medical exam taken in Gulf Laboratory & X-Ray in Doha. After completing all the necessary documents needed for our application, I lay hands on my papers and send it to my husband and from vancouver he sent it to the office processing it.

We first received an acknowledgment email confirming that our papers were received and currently processed around March 2016. We also scan and send an email for an updated copy of my passport to CIC and we just received an acknowledgement email that they received our application. We also received an email that the file is now moved to CIC Manila for processing. It was then a complete silence from the CIC. But we just cover in prayer our papers and there were struggles along the application but God gave us the strength and courage to hold on to his promise. That time I also joined a group in facebook for sponsorship 2016 for Manila, I met and chat with few people there and found one friend there her name is Gen, i instantly felt the connection not only because we filled on the same month feb 2016 but the fact that both of us are believers and trust God for our applications. We both encourage each other and prayed for each days that passed that one day we will received an email asking for our passport for stamping of our residency.

During my devotional time in corniche I saw a boat in the sea then I receive a special bible verse specifically mentioning:

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out.- Luke 8:22

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Then I saw the Doha skyline while doing my devotional and God spoke to me thru this verse:

For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and it will not prove false.
Though it Linger,wait for it,
it will surely come
and will not delay- Habbakkuk 2:3

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It was the last week of September when I received an email asking for my passport for stamping of my spousal visa. Indeed the Lord heard my cry and plea. During that time I am torn between sending my passport to VFS Manila or VFS Qatar which then will send it to Abu Dhabi for stamping. I seek again the Lord thru prayers and God directed me to send my passport to the VFS. I received my passport and confirmation papers for my residency here in canada end of October 2016. During that time I already filed for my resignation.

The Lord was so gracious to me and heard my prayers and I thanked him despite some struggles during my resignation which includes cutting off of some of the benefits like airline ticket payment has been removed from my back pay. I still trust the Lord that he will provide for me financially and hold on to his promise with this bible verse:

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.-Exodus 14:13

It was Nov 22 2016 when I boarded my flight from Doha to Hongkong and Hongkong to Vancouver.  Indeed the Lord provided me his word as a lamp on my feet to guide me all throughout this journey… now I can trully say :

SHUKRAN Doha and BIENVENUE Vancouver

When I stepped on vancouver airport, I declared the following verse in bold faith:

I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.– Joshua 1:3

Thank You Abba Father

 

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from slumber to awakening

I have been on a blogging slumber since 2016 of November.A lot of things happened to me starting from moving from Doha to Vancouver,getting my job as QA Analyst, getting pregnant, DS scare in the first three months of pregnancy, moving to a new house called home,Preclamtic on the 8th month of pregnancy, emergency c-section and gave birth with a baby boy at 35 weeks 5 days,hematoma in the c-section and weight gain issue of my premie boy. All these happened for a reason because that was the season of testing of my faith in God and again God proved how great He is in our life.

To be honest, my life last year is like Jonah’s story. Jonah was asked by God to serve and preach but instead of following God’s direction he went the other way around,a storm came in while he was traveling and later on Jonah asked the people in the boat to throw him in the sea and the storm stopped. Jonah was then swallowed by the whale and stayed there for three nights. He prayed to God and the whale spit him up in the seaside.

This story is also available in kids bible story in you tube, I played this story several times while my little boy Jared is still in my tummy. He will move when ever I played this story. I even told Jared to be obedient to God because a whale might eat him. Fast forward to January 14,2018, Jared and I attended a service in New Hope Christian Church and the topic is about Jonah. All along I thought the story was for my son, then the holy spirit yesterday prompted me that this story is for me since I was in slumber and I’ve been in church hopping since last year.When I attended the church service yesterday with Jared, I felt the holy spirit guided us to the church that God will nourish me and plant me to spread his good news the gospel.

Now back to the preaching, just like Jonah, I was in slumber in my christian faith. I know I believe in God but a whale ate up my existence as a christian. This whale represents the circumstances of my life:

  • getting a job
  • getting pregnant
  • being a mom and wife

This was the whale that ate up my christian walk in 2017. Like Jonah, it took me while to pray for this whale to spit me up. I literally enjoyed being caught up by this whale. Until I joined the 5 days prayer and fasting of Every Nation for 2018. It is also thru the 5 days prayer and fasting for Every Nation that I was able to gain the momentum to reconnect with God and nurture and rekindle our relationship. It was like a sweet second chance, when I am doing the devotions everyday, God thru his words in the bible reminded me that I am loved by Him and I am welcomed back to return to Him.

When God gave me a job in 2017, it was favor from Him so I learned that this should not eat up my christian life but instead I need to be thankful for this job and be a good steward of it. When I prayed for a child, God heard my prayer and granted it.Now being a mom and wife should not be a reason for me not to serve him and worship Him. I did passed all the testings in my pregnancy from Down Syndrome scare, to preclamsia, to csection hematoma and weight gain of my little one, no a big jared now it’s all because God promised me before I landed here in Canada this verses:

I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”- Genesis 28:15

All these struggles that made me a slumber thought me that God was always there with me, He provided me people to take care of me which includes my husband and his family here and our extended friends. He also provided finances for me to be able to pay for expenses here and of course to offer and do our tithes. Most of the struggles and battles I went through, I literally didn’t went alone but God was with me and He reminded me this verse:

He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.-2 Chronicles 20:15

Lastly, Jonah’s prayer reminded me that I was eaten and cling unto worthless idol of the world and I am thankful that God heard my prayer and now I was drawn out of the worthless idol that tarnished our relationship.  Let me leave me you with these verse from Jonah as an inspiration to all:

“When my life was ebbing away,
    I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
    to your holy temple.

“Those who cling to worthless idols
    turn away from God’s love for them.
But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
    will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
    I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

-Jonah 2:7-10

Lets us claim this verse for our slumber to reawakening of our walk with our christian life.

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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♣~