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M.A.D.E.L.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. – Proverbs 31: 30

Allow me to honor and praise one woman whom I know is indeed praiseworthy. Her name is Madel; I call her Ats for AT Squared – Ate and  Attorney, and as per my research her name means high tower. Her name is also a variant of Magdalene who is a follower of Jesus. No wonder why she is indeed someone I look up to and indeed fellowship with as a follower of Jesus.

Today, as she celebrates her awesome birthday, I just want to honor her and remind her of how she is loved by me.

MOLDED with beauty.

Created in the image and likeness of God; therefore, she looks like  a goddess (walang kokontra, birthday niya).

 

AWESOMELY HUMBLE!

She listens to younger girls’ advice, and despite her status in life, she serves in Church in the different ministries.

DELICATE but TOUGH.

Ats may be looking fragile at one look,  but do not be deceived, inside her is a one great lawyer soon.

EMBELLISHED with SWEETNESS, THOUGHTFULNESS, and CARE.  

Ats is just so sweet and it can be seen in her actions; no wonder why many people loves her and wants to be around her.

LOVABLE. 

One could not resist but admire her beauty, intelligence, and charm. Ats, is always LOVE, for she is a woman fears and love the Lord.

Ats,

Happy Happy Birthday!

You are such a blessing to my life and to the girls. We are so honored to be with an honorable person like you.. hehe.. For being our ate when we need to be serious and for being a kalog when we need a good laugh.

I know God has indeed prepare a good future for you, and I can see that you are almost hand  in hand with your dreams. I’m so excited to be with you as I witness the faithfulness of God in your life. Continue to grow in love with Him.

I will always be here for you. I love you Ats!  More birthdays to come and celebrate!

                                                                                                                          – Ram

P.S.

The one that you have been asking me – Matthew 21:22.

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On Beauty and Compliments (and not to mention Hormones).

We, GIRLS, feel low at times especially when hormones are spiking and fluctuating; mood swings just come out of nowhere no matter how  we try to control it. And, even though I am secured with my beauty and figure believing that I am fearfully and wonderfully made still I have this “I feel so fat,” and “I’m so ugly.. Grrr!” days.

While I’m down with fever, headache, and flu (blame it with the heat as I travel to work at noon and uncontrolled AC in the office + hormones), someone gave me a compliment that made me feel elated. It was my REAL dad who commented on my picture in FB (the 1st comment below) just when I feel so guilty for eating too much these past few days.

My dad and I just met once and that was a decade ago, so he really doesn’t know what I look like in person, but He can say that I am beautiful (oh well, I’m his daughter!).

My dad somehow made me feel so beautiful by his comments, but I believe I really do not need those, for I should be secured on what my Father in heaven said, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”  –  1 Peter 3:3-4

I must have a gentle and quiet spirit so that I may be fully secured on who I am and Who is in me that will make me feel really beautiful; this includes mastering over my emotions, hormonal changes, and guilt plus more time with the source of all beauty – God.

Moreover, I really don’t need praises every day or reassurance that I am beautiful nor compliments to flatter me, for my Father in Heaven said,  “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” – Proverbs 31:30

My fathers are right; I am beautiful, and I should never grow weary with that fact.  I don’t have to be praised every moment of my life, my fathers’  words are enough. After all, who I am including my beauty is created not just to please the woman I see in the mirror and the people around me, but the One who created me.

Let the King be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for He is your Lord. – Psalm 45: 11

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Dong Hae made me smile

We just finished the series entitled Honorology in our youth service in Church, and part of my application of it is honoring my mom with my time, so despite the fact that I’m not a TV person, I sit with mom when she is at home watching her favorite TV series.

As she was watching this Koreanovela in GMA 7, Smile Dong Hae, an exchange of dialogue did caught my attention and somehow there was a light bulb signaling my neurons to search for this episode and transcribe the awesome confession of a man’s love. Here it is,

Dong Hae: Makinig ka, Oo, mahal na nga kita. Dahil pano naman kita hindi mamahalin Bea? Pero ayaw ko ng ganito. Dahil puso ko lang ang tanging maaalay  ko sayo ngayon at wala ng iba. Bea, gusto kong ibigay ang kahit na ano sayo. Gusto kong maibigay ang lahat ng pangangailangan mo. Tingnan mo nga ako. Wala akong maibigay sayo. Hindi nga kita kayang protektahan eh tsaka wala akong ni isang pag-aari. Pero, bigyan mo pa ako ng konting panahon para maging karapat dapat ako para sayo. Gusto kong harapin ang magulang mo at hingin ang permiso nila na mahalin ka. Gusto ko maging klase ng lalaking ipagmamalaki mo sa iba. Gusto kitang mahalin pero wala man lang akong kahit anong ipagmamalaki sayo, hindi ganito ang lalaking bagay sayo.

See? How manly he is with his words, man enough to accept that he is not good for a girl.  Dong Hae, a fictional character, knows what it is to be a real man! A real man knows that his love is not enough to be with a woman. Allow me to quote the tweets of our pastors,

God gave Adam a job before God gave him a wife.” – Steve Murrell 

in a more comprehensible sense…

“Get a job before you court a girl.”- Ryan Tan

I also remember what Pastor King Lucero called those boys who courts a girl while they are still dependent with their parents –  self-centered and immature.

Dong Hae is not the typical guy who would profess his love with words that say a lot about himself. Instead, in all honesty,  he points out to things that will disqualify him to be loved by a woman, yet he knows what to do, and that is to prove himself to the girl and her family. Here is another good read about men who put their  best foot forward.

Note to young men:

Boys, be like a man. If you want a woman, just tell us your flaws. If  you are not yet secured with your own future then don’t risk a girl’s future with you. If you can’t protect nor give anything she needs then don’t you dare pursue her just like what Dong Hae did.

Here’s the link on the quoted episode of Dong Hae,  GMA 7 Smile Dong Hae 11- 16-12 episode