Saying Thank You

In this journey called life, we will always have our share of challenges.

On some days, these challenges can be more difficult to live with. And they can sometimes drag for days, weeks, months. Some can even last for years.ย When they do, it can be an easier choice to complain.

Yet when we take time to reflect and think about our life, our past, there is always something to be thankful for.

Perhaps what is needed now as we face our problems, our pain is to choose to thank God anyway. To thank Him for everything that He has done so far and to thank Him in advance for how He will come through in the midst of our concerns and challenges.

By all means, let’s tell God what burdens our hearts, our minds. But let’s not forget to say a word of thanks or sing a song of gratitude, too.

Finding God in Music, Nature, the Movies

How does the Lord speak to you? How do you experience His love, His presence?

My number one answer would be nothing less than through His Word, the Bible. All God’s promises are written there. Along with His purpose for you and me, His guidance and of course, His plan for the world.

Aside from God’s Word, I also experience His presence through music. There are times He speaks to me through songs. Lately, I have had some down moments and this was one song which I sensed that God used to comfort me:

There’s this line in the song:ย Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into placeย which just really blessed me ๐Ÿ™‚

Nature is also something that just amazes me and brings me much closer to the Lord. Whether it’s the quiet waves of the sea (or a body of water for that matter), the green majesty of the mountains and plains as they are covered by grass, the blue skies and the movement of the clouds — these move me to praise and thank God.

New Zealand has such amazing scenic places reminding me of God’s handiwork.

I have also experienced watching some films that really gave me a moment of introspection. It’s like God was saying something, reminding me something through the scenes of the film, the characters, even its music. One such film that touched me was the movie, The Age of Adaline. The story is about a woman who doesn’t age. While it may seem a good thing that a woman stays in the literal same age year after year, this reality was not something she can celebrate. After all, while she stays the same, all her loved ones continue to age and then die. The film reminded me that not all seemingly good things are really good for us. And that eternity is meaningless without the people we love, without God.

I am thankful that God can use any medium He wants to speak to us, inspire us and even rebuke us (Psalm 24:1).

Inspiring Instrumental Music

While I enjoy all kinds of music, there is also a special place for instrumental music for me.

Somehow instrumental music, particularly piano instrumentals, are just very inspiring and refreshing for me. And this is especially true for Christian music, including Christian hymns.

I enjoy just listening to it. Sometimes, I play it while I work on my computer. I also do so when I play games on the computer or on a tablet. It is often one of the last things I do before I go to bed for the night.

I am truly thankful to the the Lord for the gift of music.

I’m sharing here a beautiful playlist of instrumental hymnal music as played by the pianist David Baroni. For more information on ordering his music, you can go to his YouTube channel.

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Looking Back: Asia’s Got Talent Grand Winner El Gamma Penumbra’s Inspiring Performances

The performances of Asia’s Got Talent (AGT) grand winner El Gamma Penumbra from the Philippines specifically during the semi-finals and grand finals are truly inspiring.

Their performances remind us that artists and performers are able to bring powerful messages in their performance that bring awareness and inspire change.

That the group lost in the local version of the show (Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3) and yet went on to conquer the bigger stage of Asia is in itself an inspiring story ๐Ÿ™‚

Watch their powerful performances again ๐Ÿ™‚

El Gamma Penumbra’s semi-final performance

El Gamma Penumbra’s winning performance at the AGT grand finals