Juliet (not her real name) was a teacher in the Philippines before she decided to leave abroad for work as a nanny in NYC. Although it was dreadful saying goodbye (leaving her loving husband and 5 children), she thought it was the best option for her so she would be able to help augment the meager income that she and her husband get as contractual employees. At first, she was able to maintain a good relationship with her husband via internet communications, but it didn’t end happily. To cut the story short, their marriage turned sour after 15 years of … Continue reading Faith And Family: The Joy of Love
Ah……love, love, love…..love is everywhere! Everyone is “love-struck” when it comes to affairs of the heart, particularly on Valentine’s day! Every year, most of us consciously celebrate this special day to extraordinarily show love and affection to our loved ones, family, friends and even to ourselves in so many ways. The fortunate ones will take extra effort to make the occasion more special and memorable by taking a break to spend a “love holiday”, eating out at a fine dining restaurant, exchanging lavish gifts coupled with flowers and chocolates and other random acts of romance. Others would simply backtrack and … Continue reading The Beauty of Real Love!
I was waiting for my friend at a mall food court when my attention wandered again and again to a table next to mine wherein a family of 5 while having their dinner and nibbling food were preoccupied spending time with their individual technological gadgets (pardon for my kibitzing!). The couple (husband and wife) were busy with their cellphones while the 3 kids were likewise engrossed with their tech devices. The father was talking to someone over the phone, the wife was like enjoying watching something at her phone as she was smiling to herself while the kids were playing … Continue reading Eucharist And Family: The Real Deals!
Few days ago, we had Valentine’s Day and this week’s Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, two very important celebrations in our lives. And, so? What’s the correlation between Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s day? Well, there is a connection in a way! Apart from being celebrated under the love-month of February, both events have a common variable and that’s “LOVE “. Let me elaborate this before I proceed to the main issue. Some people say that just like bread, expressing love to someone else (couples, sweethearts, etc) should be made fresh everyday and not just on a particular day! But, we have … Continue reading Ash Wednesday: A Gentle Reminder/Call!
Once upon a time, I had this kind of love Where “I’m sorry” was often uttered “Sorry” I missed to send flowers and messages And to have missed and cheered your day!” But love is never having to say you’re sorry Rather, it should have compassion and understanding As Love forgives, understands mistakes, failures and limitations It is pure and heart centered which melts ego away! Loving someone is the most beautiful thing I’ve experienced so far Without love, my life would have been like a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal Yes, it is a complicated thing; odd sometimes … Continue reading What Love Means To Me….
Active imagination occur in my most pensive and solitary moments, providing me enough artistic freedom and critical thinking on many things. However, I am a little bit introvert which hampers my ability to expand my comfort zones making my mind go weary and confused on whether or not to say and write what I truly feel. But as fellow blogger Elizabeth Spovoba quips, the introvert reaps secret joy from the solitary life. Despite my tiny shy blood, I strive to thrive and be a lot more happy to cope up with the rigors of daily life. At this very moment, … Continue reading Love is an Art….
In one of my previous CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) classes for middle school kids, I asked them to write down things they would “give up” for God during the season of Lent. Majority of the boys and girls promised the more traditional things such as giving up their ice cream and chocolate cravings, leaving their video games (with the condition that it would be during school days only for the 40-day period) and doing good things for their school and play mates and at home with their parents and siblings, among others. But what particularly struck me about was … Continue reading Living A Holy Life: A Lenten Challenge
In observance of the Holy Week, myusefultips.com shall be giving you some personal reflections about this season. For us Christians, we have learned that Lent is the perfect time for being quiet, reflective, to be sorry for our sins, and meditate on the passion and death of Jesus Christ. We likewise undertake certain things such as praying and doing acts of mercy and love. However, do we know that Lent is the season of the year where we prepare for Easter time as well? Lent signifies the freshness of new life — we could be transformed … Continue reading A Moment of Reflection
Jesus is my Lord and Savior, my Master, my friend and my lover. Jesus is also my provider; giving me good things and my needs. He is the only One who is true and sincere, faithful and loving. He is true to His words and promises. He is the One who truly loves me and cares for me. He is the person who eases away my pain, washes away my sorrows and shares my joys and happiness. He is a true man and a true God. He saves me from all my troubles including impossible problems and hardships. He is … Continue reading Who is JESUS to Me? – A Special Lenten Offering
Hello everyone! This month I would like to share a special and unique anniversary with you all. On the last week of February is the first birthday of myusefultips.com. And to celebrate it, I will be posting a blog on the day itself of the anniversary specifically about its experience and related stuffs. To top it all, myusefultips will be hosting a give-away as an expression of gratitude to you all for being part of this blog! Since this is the month of LOVE, I’ll call it “BLOVEsary give-away”. The give-away requires a challenge and participation from you. It’s a … Continue reading Blog 1st Year Anniversary Announcement – “Blovesary” Fun Contest!