Saturday, July 12, 2014

Worship Meets Our Deepest Needs

Post written by Raymund and Denielle Tamayo
 
Photo source: dailyjesusnow.blogspot.com

Worldly materialism deceives us. It shows us that the only way to real happiness, success, and fulfillment is to have everything we want go our way.

A high-paying job, an extravagant house, a new car, and the grandest family holiday seduce us into thinking that they are the most important aspects of life.

In truth, however, even if we acquire and experience all of these temporary things, our lives would still feel empty and incomplete.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Art of Silence

Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Al Monina at Istoryaheng Disyerto

Photo source: www.thenutgraph.com

Silence is an art, because not everyone can choose to be quiet without difficulty.
It requires a virtue of patience.

I don’t know since when I became silent. I’m not the quiet type in highschool and in college. I can say that I’ve become a completely different person as an adult. I became comfortable with my own silence, I found peace in solitude.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Set Aside a Place and Time

Post written by Raymund Tamayo

Photo source: keepingitpersonal.com
If you could call for something in the midst of this loud, busy, and shaky world that we live in, what is it?

For me, I’d only need the inner peace and quiet and security that only comes from the presence of God.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Night Thoughts

Poem written by Raymund Tamayo

Denielle and I, circa 2005, a month before our marriage.

NIGHT THOUGHTS
by Raymund Tamayo

Because of you, the quiet night sings a
sweet melody of broken sadness.
I search for your face, but no one
else had your rhythm, your light,
nobody had your tiny crooked feet.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

What Comes Out of Your Mouth

Post written by Raymund Tamayo


Have you ever taken time observing the words you speak?

What you frequently say and talk about is an accurate indication of what is in your heart. Positive speaking means speaking blessings. Negative speaking is speaking curses.

Do your words bless and encourage others? Do your words reveal a patient heart? Or are people hurt or angry because of the things you say? Do you tend to criticize others? Do you always grumble and complain?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Some Thoughts on Being a Dad

Post written by Raymund Tamayo


It was 7 years and 8 months ago when I first became a dad, and I must admit nothing has prepared me for it.

Yes, I’ve heard much great, godly, and noteworthy advice from my parents and mentors, and have put them to mind and heart, yet the moment you realize that you are now responsible for a little person newly-born into this world you can’t help but at least be nervous.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Find Peace by Letting Go

Post written by Raymund Tamayo


Letting go is essential to find peace. I apply it in my life not only with the physical stuff, but more importantly in “emotional” clutter.

Ten times out of ten I’ve discovered that I never regret throwing away anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful in my life – be it physical possessions or hurtful emotions.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Trusting God with Your Future

Post written by Raymund and Denielle Tamayo


It is easy to worry about the future.

Especially if you have a family with kids.

Monthly bills, clothes to wear, milk, food, diapers, and, because it’s that time of the year, school enrollment fees.

And the more you prayed, the more the burden seemed to increase.

As parents, all we want for our children is to have a good future.

You know what? As God’s children, He wants us to have that too. More than we’ll ever know.

The Bible says, "For I know the plans I have for you... plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11). God loves you so much, and you can trust his promise to guide you through these tough times.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Being On the Mountain

Post written by Raymund Tamayo



This morning, while having quiet time, I realized something.

I was sitting in front of my desk. Reading. Writing. Thinking.

I’m reading about Moses’ journey to the top of Mount Sinai, when God’s covenant with the people of Israel is being confirmed. The story is found in Exodus chapter 24.

Monday, April 28, 2014

I Thank You For Your Grace

Poem written by Raymund Tamayo


Photo source: blog.caranddriver.com

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR GRACE

I thank you for your grace
and your mercies, Lord,
because it keeps me moving on.
I thank you for the unbroken foot this month
and leaving me with no more bruises
on a tired and weary heart.
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