Heart matters @ PHC

Matter of the Heart @ PHCDay 4.25-May 23,2016

Last night was the straightest sleep I’ve had back here at the PHC since my re-admisssion last Thursday. After turning in at 9:00 pm taking my ½ dose of diazepam, better known as valium, I woke up sometime between 10:30-10:45. My wife was soundly asleep, so I tried to relieve of the usual “2nd” order of business of the day, to little success.

Once again almost by default, I found myself opening MUHH for the day. The Lord highlighted the coming day/s for me, beginning with…Matthew 6:25

Jesus sums up common sense carefulness in a disciple as infidelity.(Oh boy💘)

Take no thought …”—don’t take the pressure of forethought upon yourself. It is not only wrong to worry, it is infidelity, because worrying means that we do not think that God can look after the practical details of our lives, and it is never anything else that worries us.

I will not trust where I cannot see, that is where infidelity begins.

The great word of Jesus to His disciples is abandon.

After reading and ingesting these words as I went back to bed, the main word amongst all those I listed, the Holy Spirit quietly whispered to me continually was, “abandon.” I turned the TV on for a half hour and watched tennis and only then did I fall asleep at 12:00am and awoke at 6:30am this morning.

It was not till I literally abandoned myself to the caring hands of my Lord and Savior, Lord and God, Jesus Christ did sleep find its way back since last Thursday. There have been concerns on my heart that included escalating costs and my sanity of being confined to bed for nearly 4 weeks now. But as He whispered, “abandon” to my whole being, it spoke volumes that brought me a quiet calm. He gave me rest and peace for the day.

Today He gives and assures in me His word in Isaiah 30:15a “For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” That is what He has chosen for me today.

This is a moment by moment practice that needs a lot practicing for me, even in the little and mundane things. Where do I start?

Sunday night visitors: Errol, Cynthia, Lorenza, May

Saturday afternoon visitors: Uncle Ruding, Auntie, Beth, Dina

Tuesday: Neny & Mars

The Heart is

Early return…Just want to give you an update so we all can praise and thank the Lord together because our God is great and deserves all the glory for what He is doing to us all. We are so awed at the generous contribution coming from each one of you who have read our previous mail/s and now are reading this, are you? 😇)  

This is ERROL, the oldest of our three boys. 
1. It took a while for Rizty to be convinced by our Lord that he needs to go through this bypass surgery. Yesterday he quietly and confidently said that God is showing him a “new thing” (Rizty just concluded Rev21/22 with CTG, aka Cathy, while on complete bed rest!). That “new thing” is his heart that God has kept pumping over these years beyond its capacity and now needs an overhaul. Because of this conversation with our Father, he declared that he is 100% certain that he is ready emotionally, psychologically, mentally and most of all spiritually to be “cracked open”!)❤️👏❤️

2. We were re-admitted last Thursday for “optimal medical management” prior to his bypass surgery because of some vascular obstruction on the previous two vessels which makes them unviable. Along with Nuclear Imaging scheduled on Tuesday to locate other more viable arteries, the actual quintuple surgery is anticipated for Thursday, maybe Friday, as God☝️ allows the OR slot.

With two of our oldest friends and the two nurses getting Rizty ready for the Nuclear Imaging, which was concluded today after a grueling 4 hours. 🙊Rizty was so tired from it.

3. Hot off the press! Rizty just returned from Nuclear Imaging. He was gone for nearly 4 hours as he went through a battery of tests and waiting. He looked exhausted, and in his own words, “I’m hungry!” Dr. Delfin came by and informed us that he will be reviewing the findings of the NRI they put Rizty through in the morning. After which he would discuss, finally, the best way to proceed with us and the surgeon, Dr Rommel. He is one of the best surgeons, if not the best in the country today. We are blessed to have God’s favor.☝️❤️

BUT Keep praying…👏specially for these three young ones who got to receive the blessed Gospel that Paul preached and I, in turn cannot help myself but seize every opportunity to preach the same. These got saved, praise the Lord during our first admission two weeks ago. They worked at a campus cafe, Rein, Cherry and Ceint.

“…you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.” 2Cor 1:11😇

A Matter of the Heart 1

“…Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” Nehemiah 4:14b

This chapter of the book of Nehemiah serves as a reminder to me to always “Remember the Lord, great and awesome…”

On May 1, 2016 I found myself at the emergency room of a local provincial hospital, BDH, in Laguna. We were asked to return as the room was not yet ready. The next thing I know, after a sumptious meal at a local eatery, I was quietly brought into the ICU. What for?Something is wrong with my heart, that is why I was in the ICU. Believe me, there was nothing intensive in the care one receives in such places. Perhaps in others, but not in this place. That was step 1.

Step 2 was being transported to the Philippine Heart Center for an “angio-gram.” This procedure gives a doctor a clearer picture of what a patient’s heart has, is going through. A kind of “cardio forensic carbon dating.”

Bottomline, which is Step 3, is I need by-pass surgery. According to the ‘Doc’ of the the three alternatives in treating a heart disease, this is the one option left for me to undertake. Imagine, some stranger cracking open your chest to make the necessary repairs of your clogged and damaged hear? It was at first hard for me to accept but then…

My loving and beautiful wife was with me all throughout, I thank the Lord always for her.  She has been my personal nurse, dietician, police, she’s been wearing as many hats as she as she actually has. God bless her.

Stay tuned for more of this “heart to heart” journey I’m taking you on.