BEST QUOTES FROM MY FIRST, SECOND, & THIRD ATTEMPTS AT PARENTING: DISCOVERING THE HEART OF PARENTING BY STEVE MURRELL

Excerpts taken from MY FIRST, SECOND, & THIRD ATTEMPTS AT PARENTING: DISCOVERING THE HEART OF PARENTING
Copyright © 2015 by Steve Murrell
Published (2016)by: Church Strengthening Ministry, Inc.
Used by permission.

Excerpts taken from MY FIRST, SECOND, & THIRD ATTEMPTS AT PARENTING: DISCOVERING THE HEART OF PARENTING
Copyright © 2015 by Steve Murrell
Published (2016)by: Church Strengthening Ministry, Inc.
Used by permission.

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My First, Second, & Third Attempts at Parenting:Discovering the Heart of Parenting by Steve Murrell-BOOK REVIEW


*Disclaimer: I was gifted a copy of the book My First, Second, & Third Attempts at Parenting: Discovering the Heart of Parenting by Steve Murrell courtesy of Church Strengthening Ministry, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not necessarily represent the postings, strategies or opinions of the author and publishing company. 


I will cut to the chase- this book that I’m about to recommend to you is worth reading.

I guarantee that every page is exceptionally narrated by a father’s own experiences and personal reflections while navigating the path of parenthood not once, not twice, but thrice.

The author began telling that the ultimate purpose of this book is to honor God and make disciples. He reiterated it at the last chapter by saying “Living all of life to please God is how we discover the heart of parenting.”

“Living all of life to please God is how we discover the heart of parenting.” - Steve Murrell… Click To Tweet

The emphasis is apparent for those who embrace the lordship of Jesus Christ in every area of their lives and that includes parenting.

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46 (NIV)

God’s Word gives very specific instruction in every area of parenting. Yet, many parents ignore these commands and try to replace them with principles based on ungodly parenting resource. Continue reading

Memo ni Mommy: Mga Kaalamang Pampasigla ng Pamilya- Book Review


*Disclaimer: I was gifted a copy of the book Memo ni Mommy: Mga Kaalamang Pampasigla ng Pamilya by Bessie A. Rios courtesy of Church Strengthening Ministry, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not necessarily represent the postings, strategies or opinions of the author and publishing company. 


This article is written in Filipino language- The National Language of the Philippines

Natutuwa akong gawin ang book review na ito dahil una, ang libro ay isinulat ng isang Pilipinong manunulat at masugid na tagapagtaguyod ng kaalaman ukol sa pagmamagulang na si Bessie A. Rios.

Pangalawa, sabay na ginamit ang wikang Ingles at Filipino na mas madaling unawain para sa nakararami at higit na nabigyang-kulay ang mga praktikal na payo niya para sa lahat ng ina.

Matapos kong basahin ang librong Memo ni Mommy: Mga Kaalamang Pampasigla ng Pamilya, higit akong humanga sa natatanging karakter nating mga Pilipino pagdating sa pagmamahal at pag-aaruga sa ating pamilya. Mas naging proud ako bilang isang Pilipino dahil sa mataas na uri ng pagpapahalaga na ating iginagawad sa katungkulang ipinagkaloob ng Panginoong Diyos sa atin bilang isang ina.

Sa dami ng librong nabasa ko tungkol sa pagmamagulang, karamihan ay isinulat ng isang ina. Hindi ito nangangahulugang mas mataas ang katungkulan ng isang ina kumpara sa isang ama dahil ang pagmamagulang ay hindi isang kumpetisyon. Continue reading

The One Lesson That Changed My Marriage- Book Review


*Disclaimer: I was gifted a copy of the book The One Lesson That Changed My Marriage by Joey Bonifacio courtesy of Church Strengthening Ministry, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not necessarily represent the postings, strategies or opinions of the author and publishing company. 


At the time of writing this post, my website went down for maintenance.   An error message appeared as I was browsing my site saying that it is not found. A technical glitch like this would definitely send me into panic.  So I immediately sought the help of my trusted technical guy- my husband Alvin.

But my husband was still in his office at that time. We have discussed through an instant messaging what seems to be the problem. The more he explained to me the cause of the issue, the more it becomes an alien thing to me.

And the more I asked him what he is going to do about it, the more I become frustrated for the things that are unknown to me.

The flaw on the technical aspect of a website is probably the number one challenge most bloggers face. When I started my blog last year of December, I’ve dealt several troubleshooting. There were issues that can be fixed by just following the Frequently Asked Questions but the harder ones needed some assistance from technical support team. I could not survive the honeymoon stage of building a blog if not for the loving support, patience, and encouragement from my sweet husband. My frustration over technical matters which I really don’t understand gradually receding when my husband gave me an ASSURANCE that he will do everything he can to make it work.

FRUSTRATION LEADS YOU TO TRANSFORMATION (Only if you allow it!)

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Blogger Recognition Award and My 11 Nominations

A GRATEFUL HEART: ACCEPTING MY NOMINATION FROM GRANDMAMARYMARTHA

My conversation with Tammy will always carry a basketful of love and affirmation. She is my constant companion online and God knows I would really want to cross continent just to meet her personally.

We became friends when she made a comment to one of my blog post but then my ignorance with the setting made the comment disappear forever. I emailed her back and apologize because I do not want to leave a rude impression, then a natural kind and warm person that she is- she replied with me.

Right there and then, she has planted a tiny seed of possible friendship that could blossom between us. God brought us closer to each other through sharing and blogging.

Tammy, my words may be redundant but I will never get tired of loving you as my friend who by your loving embrace to this friendship defied our miles of location, race, and culture.

I will never get tired of saying that you have brightened up my life as a mother, wife, and friend.

Thank you for sharing wisdom in many areas… Thank you for this recognition… Thank you for the friendship…

HOW MY BLOG STARTED

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16 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU

Last March 9, we celebrated our 16th year wedding anniversary in a buffet restaurant and overnight stay at a lavish hotel in a neighboring city. At first, I hesitated the idea of leaving my children with my diabetic mother although her condition (Thank God!) is far from the worst kind of diabetes but I was concerned with my toddler who still co-sleeping with us and has a major issue on separation anxiety.
That special day wouldn’t be possible if not for my mother and my eldest child- Pinky. My daughter has been very understanding and supportive that we took a day to celebrate our anniversary. With a few planning tricks and off we went.

We spent our lunch in a buffet restaurant, munching with variety of Asian, Mediterranean, Western cuisines. As much as I enjoy the food and our time alone together, I can’t help but think about our kids at home. Have they eaten well? Are they enjoying their time together as well? Is my little boy asking where I went?

I would send messages to my daughter and she would assure me that everything’s fine. And in between of forking tempura and calamares into my plate, I kept on calling my kids to check on them.

I honestly enjoyed that special day with my husband.  No kids around the table. No sippy cups or telling of tales about school. It was just him and me. But I was still distracted.

While observing my husband’s refined table etiquette which is admirable since then, I noticed again the few fine lines on his forehead.  Those are results of Continue reading

The Long and Winding Road

We picture our journey on the road to be perfect instead we find ourselves lost in a dangerous terrain. We want shortcuts. There is nothing wrong with desiring safety, but to think that each ride is easier and hassle-free may not be true.

Every detour, every road blocked, every pause, and every twists and turns has something to teach us.
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Press Release 2017 Church Strengthening Ministry (CSM Publishing)

Experience CSM’s Book Buffet at the 38th MIBF

Church Strengthening Ministry (CSM Publishing) is preparing a delectable spread of reading resources for you at this year’s Manila International Book Fair (MIBF)! Get ready to feast on a buy-all-you-can, read-all-you-can buffet of books that inspire, encourage, enlighten, strengthen your faith, and help you align your life to biblical truths.

CSM Publishing has been participating in the MIBF for almost ten years. Known in MIBF circles as the Christian publisher that ushered in the P100 Lahat book sale (which set a precedent for other exhibitors to offer quality books at more affordable prices and is now an annually-awaited promo event for book buyers all over NCR), CSM seeks to offer you something new again this year. Along with hot-off-the-press reads cooked up by your favorite authors such as Chinkee Tan, Grace Chong, Joey Umali, Ed Lapiz, and more, we are serving a fresh selection of titles from new authors on relevant topics such as lessons on manhood and how to deal with cyberbullying.

The CSM booth (numbers 21-26) will be located near the Hall 3 entrance or front row of the first-floor exhibit area. But this year, we are also opening an extension booth on the second floor! This is in cooperation with the MIBF’s expansion of its floor space by adding a second-floor exhibit hall for children and young adult resources. CSM’s new booth (number 2-112) is located right at the entrance. Here, we will serve a smorgasbord of printed and audiovisual materials for kids and teens such as books, comics, videos, and related items in collaboration with HeartShaper (producer and distributor of Christian video resources) and other significant partners.

Aside from giving you affordable book offers, CSM desires to enhance your book fair experience through learning events especially designed for parents and teachers of children and youth. CSM will be hosting free back-to-back seminars entitled Reaching Out to Children with Special Needs and Bully-Proof: Approaches and Strategies to Bullying Prevention. These seminars will be facilitated by accredited speakers and will be held on September 16 (Saturday), 1-3 pm, at the second-floor Stage Area. We also invite you to attend CSM’s Grand Book Launch on September 15 (Friday), 5:30-7:00 pm, at the first-floor Stage Area.

Sample our spread, satisfy your palate, and take home books to nourish your soul and to share with others! Visit CSM’s Book Buffet at the MIBF at booth nos. 21-26 on the first-floor exhibit area and at booth no. 2-112 on the second-floor exhibit area. The MIBF will be held on September 13 to 17, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City. The gate opens at 10 am. You may also download free entrance tickets and get more information about the CSM Book Buffet promo at www.csm-publishing.com.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8a

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