God is Faithful

God is Faithful
by Danny Tariman

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Mark 13:31)

Early in my “renewed life” I was taught that the Bible is a Word from God. I believe it. I believe that it has promises that are certain to pass or manifest.

This has been my life. To trust the LORD and to trust in His Word.

One of my dearly-held promise is from Mark 11:24

“Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours”

I believe this promise. I believe His Word in Mark 13:31 that His “words will not pass away”

Strengthened by these two promises, I prayed, and I claimed, that the LORD will grant me a job despite my age.

One day, I got a message from a friend whom I have not spoken for many, many months. He asked if I will be interested in a job to head an IT Department of a company. I said, “I am”. And so, he gave me a
contact number.

I dialed the number and I was immediately scheduled for a face-to-face interview with the company head.

The interview went well. But I haven’t received any update for the next 2 weeks, which made me wonder.

While my family & I were having our vacation in the province, I received a call from an unknown number, which happened to be the HR Manager of the company where I had an interview a couple of weeks ago. And lo and behold! It was a job offer!

We went back to Manila, excited that I will be starting a new job.

Indeed, the LORD is faithful; what He promises, He fulfills.

Reflection: Do you believe in the Word of God? Do you believe that His promises will come to pass?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, grant me that faith to move mountains. Let the prayers of my heart come to pass in Your time. Amen.

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Sailing in Taal Lake

Sailing in Taal Lake
by Danny Tariman

It was raining throughout the week. But my family prayed for a rainless weekend for this particular week. We wanted to try this sailing adventure in Taal Lake where the famous Taal Volcano is.

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The rows of sailboats parked at the lakeshore

Our prayers were answered! The weather forecast was partly sunny. And so we drove to Tagaytay then down to Talisay town where Taal Yatch Club is.

At first I was a bit nervous, as I saw photos of this Hobie catamaran sail boat sailing at its side. Haha! It was good, but just seeing the photos gave me a feeling that I may fall.

After an hour long lecture-orientation on sailing, I and my family were excited to hit the waters. We learned the parts of the boat, how to navigate through various wind directions, and many more, including how to raise the sail onto the boat.

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Trying it out as “skipper”

My children took turns being the skipper — the one who controls the sail and the boat — and being an assistant, the one who loosens or tightens the ropes per instructions from the skipper. It was a teamwork at the sailboat.

We traversed the lake many times, from different directions, to try sailing under various wind directions. It was really both fun and educational.

I also tried once as a skipper. Really nice feeling, a one-of-a-kind adventure.

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My family traversing the wide, wide Taal Lake in many directions

As we go back to the wharf, we were met by the Yatch Club’s Commodore, an Italian-American who had stayed for most of his life in the Philippines. He speaks fluently in Pilipino!

We were planning to sleep in tent that weekend, to complete the outdoor experience, but it rained so heavy late in the afternoon. And so instead of putting up our tents, we drove back to the city.

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Me and my wife enjoying the sailing

Even our camping plan was cancelled, my family enjoyed the moments, just the same. We are so thankful to the LORD for that awesome adventure. Truly a different kind of experience!

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My family just before sailing. At the background is the Hobbie sailboat we took.
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A small wharf for speed boats at the Yatch Club.
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A portion of the lawn where we were supposed to pitch tents for overnight camping
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Another interesting nook at the Yatch Club

Working Full Time

Working Full Time
by Danny Tariman

“Obey your human masters in everything, not only when being watched, as currying favor, but in simplicity of heart, fearing the Lord.” (Colossians 3:22)

It was a usual morning: routine 1-minute chat with staff as I go around the office, getting status of tasks assigned.

I noticed that one staff suddenly closed his mobile phone. From a distance, I can see him viewing the Facebook. His direct supervisor who was seated behind him, was not around. He quickly put his hands on his computer keyboard, sensing that I was about to go near to him.

Days before this moment, his supervisor reported to me that this staff does not work “full time”. He frequently checks his mobile device, usually doing something on Facebook. This has resulted to delays in completion of his tasks.

This reminds me of the Word of God: that as workers, we are supposed to “do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best.” (Col 3:22 MSG)

We need to give our best! This means ensuring that we give the best quality output or result, finished on schedule if not earlier. Let us make our customers — both internal and external customers — happy!

Let us glorify the Lord through our work, by working full-time in our given tasks, and by giving our best!

Reflection: Do you give all your time and effort to the task assigned to you? Even when your boss is not around?

Prayer: Forgive me Lord for not giving my best in my work. Grant me the grace I need to glorify You in my workplace. Amen!

La Mesa Eco-Park: A Forest In The City

La Mesa Eco-Park: A Forest In The City
by Danny Tariman

I never imagined there could be a forest right in the middle of the city. I was very surprised that as we cross that short bridge in a village in Quezon City, we were quickly transported to another world!

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My family at the entrance to the park

From a jungle of cement walls and iron roofs, it was a refreshing respite to be welcomed by tropical rain forest in just few meters of driving. Indeed! Tall trees, shrubs, and vines of every kind welcomed us as we enter La Mesa Nature Park.

A nice reception hall awaits visitors to this forest-in-a-city, with comfortable lounging area and clean rest rooms. Parking is spacious too but quite limited.

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The park’s reception hall

After finding a good slot to park our car, we started our short trek into the forest park.

We passed by an extra-large swimming pool with lots of people! The crowd was so big that we just decided not to take a dip in the pool.

Farther in our trek, the park is lined with food stalls offering various kinds of food. The road too has a lot of people walking around the nature park.

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One of the park’s many picnic grounds where groups and families enjoy their moments

It is quite surprising that so many visitors are walking around. Perhaps they too, like us, wanted to find some respite to the usual city living.

We had a good taste too of the various food being sold in the park. There are plenty of choices.

There are also a lot of areas to have some rest, or just to have a good chat with family and friends. We saw some groups pitch tents in the lawn; some kids just playing around with fellow kids or with parents. Really a nice and inexpensive place for bonding.

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The area where visitors can pitch their tents.

At the far end of the park is a stair leading to the wall of La Mesa Dam, the water reservoir that supplies water to households of Metro-Manila.

We walked up the stairs. It was quite tiresome, I must admit. But the view is beautiful. The steps are lined with ornamental plants and as we go higher, we can see a good view of the large pond or artificial lake within the park. The scene was very refreshing: trees, grass, shrubs, and the emerald-colored pond complement each other to give a nice green view.

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The steps to the rim of the dam.

Indeed, it was a refreshing experience of a forest within the city!

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A family photo near the man-made lagoon
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A view of the Eco-Park from the top. Note the lagoon at the middle
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Another view of the park with ornamental plants in the foreground, and trees at the background

God Provides

God Provides
by Danny Tariman

“He said to [his] disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat… For life is more than food'” (Luke 12:22a, 23a)

My wife had a 2-day holiday with friends in an exclusive resort. Because we want her to just enjoy her moments, we told her not to bother preparing our food packs, which she usually does every day.

She left home early in the morning. My family had a quick breakfast without her and drove-off for our day in the office.

I did not have the usual food pack that I bring for the day.

To my surprise, a few minutes upon my arrival at the office, two of my staff gave me something I really do not expect: one gave me a cup of bean jelly/curd (taho, in Tagalog), and another gave me an apple! I have now food for my snacks!

Just before twelve noon, as I was about to go to the canteen, my staff told me that a member of my office team will be bringing in food for our lunch. Another surprise!

I was so touched at how the LORD provides. As I had asked my wife not to prepare food so she can enjoy her day with friends, the LORD touched somebody else — these three guys — to give me food!

Truly amazing! His Word is indeed real: “God will provide” (Genesis 22:8)

Reflection: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat… For life is more than food” (Luke 12:22a, 23a)

Prayer: Am sorry LORD for the times that I have not fully trusted in You by worrying. Grant me the grace to live a life fully trusting in You! Amen.

Talisoy Cove: A Rock With Jesus’ Face

Talisoy Cove: A Rock With Jesus’ Face
by Danny Tariman

The city of Virac in Catanduanes never runs out of places to go. I had lived in this island during my childhood years, but never had the chance to explore the places.

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The rock with Jesus’ face

My only sister and her family organized this outing one beautiful summer. Gay, Lilet with their siblings and children planned to have bonding moments with the bigger, extended family. After all, it’s been a couple of years we hadn’t had any family gathering as we live in different places, some are living overseas.

We had this gathering one day in Talisoy beach. It is just a 20-minute drive from the town proper. It is a tiny cove, a good swimming beachfront but has quite big waves which may not be good for unattended children.

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The little cove called “Talisoy”

This place is open to public, and is usually crowded during summer. The huts are very affordable to rent, and beach water is clean. Really a good place for those looking for a nice place for family bonding moments, at an easy-on-the-pocket budget.

One of the attractions of this cove is the rock formation that looks like the face of Jesus. It’s amazing, some people sees 2 faces, some can only see one. Whichever or whatever you can see, one thing is sure: one looks like the face of the LORD.

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The Talisoy beach with Jesus’s face at the right side

We had good sumptuous late lunch at the beach, as my family drove down to this place all the way from another resort: the Puraran Surf.

Indeed, another wonderful time spent with my extended family. Praise be to God!

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The stretch of the cream-colored sandy beach
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My family pic
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The extended family pic

Dinner Time

Dinner Time
by Danny Tariman

“When you come together to eat, wait for one another.” (1Cor 11:33)

Dinner time is one of those moments I wait for. Each day.

This is the time when my family shares our daily experiences, the achievements we had for the day, the challenges we encountered at work, the joyful moments we had, and even problems we encountered during the day.

It is also a time for us to talk about our dreams, our wishes, and even a time to plan family events.

It is indeed good! We laugh together, we share ideas, we ask questions, and many more. It is a delightful family time.

There is one rule, though, that we observe during dinner time: no mobile phones on the table. This enables us to really have moments for each other — with no distractions.

Today’s verse reminds us to be together, to have moments for each other during mealtime.

Reflection: Do you wait for each other at the family’s table during mealtime?

Prayers: Dear Lord, grant that my family will have wonderful moments during meal time. May these be moments of sharing Your love and joy. Amen!