April Showers

At-Eternal-Gardens-3The life of separation may be a path of sorrow, but it is the highway of safety; and though the separated life may cost you many pangs, and make every day a battle, yet it is a happy life after all. ” CHSpurgeon

The hot summer is upon us and we are praying that God will help us settle in the new domain… I will be lying to you if I say that I am in my usual joyful self. “If God be for us who can stand against us?” But right now, it seems there is no end in sight, walking by faith truly takes on a deeper meaning when you are living this kind of separated life. So blessed that when I am in my weakest point, Rizty is faithful to encourage me.At-Eternal-Gardens-2

I wish I could indulge myself in vain musings about “could haves, should haves and ought to’s” with you all , if only to vent and have your ears as sounding boards…but I know that even this is authored by pride, and God isn’t pleased by such behavior. I covet your prayers my dear sisters…not to mention your financial gifts. God knows what we need and we all have been chosen to go through much tribulation with fear and trembling before entering the kingdom of God. Acts 14:22.
We have been to five wakes and burials of relatives, two aunts on my mother side, two first degree cousins and one nephew, who I met again after 25 years three weeks ago at the wake of the first aunt who passed. Does this make sense to you?

At the funeral of my second aunt, she died at age 98, God was pleased to have me share the Word to some 200 near kins and next of kins and by His grace confessions were made and salvation in the name of Jesus received. “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.Psalm 90:12
Charles Spurgeon expresses it for me quite well today in his devotional Morning and Evening.

The now experience of being separated from all the creature comforts of our life in the USA have been a test in our patience and faith…Riz and I laugh about this one specific and really mundane pest of not having a refrigerator. Get ready to share our joy!

We bought a used one for P 6,500.00 plus delivery of P500.00 on the good advice of my brother. Mura daw (cheap he said)…and it was, because we have canvassed many times and the 12 cu.ft, 2 door that we got would normally cost P 28,000.00. I am writing this so you can laugh with us…sharing a joke here. That was over a month ago when it was delivered. It came to us dirty and we had to really fumigate it (there were remains of cockroaches and other critters in the rusty, not rizty, compressor area), and when we finally came to, after cleaning it for two hours and plugging it…voila! It didn’t give cold air.Wow!

So we waited, and that was 2 o’clock in the morning….we waited till the next day….nothing and the next….still hot air. The story continues…

After telling my brother, who was quick naman to drive again from Biñan to Tagaytay, he found the copper tubing broken and surmised that while transporting it someone might have held on to it and it broke, releasing the freon!MIA-Rachel

To date, we do not have a running refrigerator (ref for short) and this 2nd hand ref that we got, my brother took the fall and reimbursed me and still sits in the kitchen occupying space waiting to be picked up and fixed so he can sell it to another party!

Our number 1 son loaned us his old personal sized ref which has been kept in a bodega for years; and we got to use that for a week…then the freon also went out on us. It was fixed and after two weeks came back to us only to die gain after another week! So how do we thrive?

We go to Andoks (a chicken fastfood the likes of El Pollo Loco) for a P 50.00 meal every once in a while as a treat. Or we feed on pineapple, kangkong (a type of spinach), and buko(coconut) which we can buy from street-side vendors. There is also talbos ng kamote and malunggay (which I get for free anywhere I can find it), Skyflakes crackers and pan de sal and “Ques o” (a cheese brand that isn’t quite Tillamook, but it is still some kind of cheese) which we get at Robinsons or at an SM grocery, depending on the budget we have. Are you laughing with us yet? Oh please do….

Such is our separated life and what can we say?
“Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!” Phil 4:4
Whatever pleases God, we will embrace in joy…Though we are caught in these petty but can be trying (sometimes, like lately?) nuances of this new adventure, we are reminded daily…

Even when it tries your patience, count it all joy…Even when it seems hopeless, count it all joy.

And in everything give thanks…

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.Philippians 1:3-11

Thank you for sharing a laugh with us even us we are separated by 3,176 aeronautical miles. We’d love to hear from you, try not to forget us if you can. SMILE!

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter And your lips with shouting.” Job 8:21