Last weekend, I had a wonderful time eating, chatting and scrapbooking with some colleagues. For most of them, it wasn’t the first time they visited our place but we had a few first timers, some are not crafters. We wanted to make this a unique experience for them so we asked them to bring a few small photos and Karen and I took care of the materials. We had so much fun and we were able to make a small mini-album. We also had good food. I made nachos with beef, salsa and cheese dip. Then I prepared grilled liempo and stuffed boneless bangus, as well as macaroni soup for lunch. Karen’s hubby, Ian, cooked chili crabs. Karen and Ian also brought green mangoes and alamang. Helena brought Lemon Squares. Then I made chocolate soufflé for dessert. It was an enjoyable extended lunch (dessert was served much later). Then we started crafting. We all made 4” x4” mini albums with Karen teaching us how to do the project. Soon after, it was time for merienda. I made linguine with freshly made pesto. Yummy! And I also made margarita! All in all, a fun day. Thank you Lord for colleagues I am also happy to call my friends.

Sunday, I woke up to see messages of sympathy sent to my scrapper friend Bjay in Facebook. I was shocked to know about her husband’s passing. This really reminded me that life on earth isn’t permanent. While most people think that the shortness of life means we should make sure we make the most of it by having fun, tome making the most of life on earth means spending it for the glory of God so that when it’s time to meet Him face to face in heaven, He would welcome me and tell me that I have served Him well. I grieve for and with my friend, and I pray that God’s comfort will embrace her and her family.

This week, we also experienced a strong typhoon. I was in the office all day but I thought about my family in Cavite. I worried about flooding. I thought about my countrymen who are less fortunate, who could possibly lose their home and their source of living. Then I hear about another storm threatening to hit our country this coming weekend. Fear and worry starts creeping in. Then, I am reminded of this.

Psalm 91:2
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Thank you Lord for your promises. They never fail us. Have a great weekend everyone!

Written by Alby Laran

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