Posted in Based on Scriptures, Beauties and Colors of Life

An Appointed Time

I listen to several podcasts on Spotify. I’ve written about one of them in my “Subscribe and Be Blessed” post.

These past few days I’ve been listening to this other podcast by Paul Dziepak. The title of his podcast is Daily Christian Podcast. Check it out on Spotify!


His podcast is also on Apple Podcasts:

Today, in one of the episodes I was listening to, he was talking about Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.

A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. 

A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.

A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.

A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away.

A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak.

A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace.”

I think the passage is self-explanatory. I don’t think there’s something else I can say to make the message of this passage clearer.

I just hope that this passage would remind us to live in the moment – to enjoy the good times AND not give up but persevere during the bad ones! 

A very recent photo with Jacob, one of my favorite kiddos 😍

As the passage says, “there is an appointed time for everything!” So if you’re experiencing something not very pleasant right now, then just remember that maybe this is “that appointed time” in your life for that. Maybe, just maybe, there’s something in this moment that you can learn from to prepare you for the next “appointed time” of your life.

For what it’s worth (Paul usually says this phrase at the end of most of his episodes), I hope this “note to self” post of mine would encourage you, too, in any way possible!

Friends, what Bible verses had served as an encouragement to you lately?

Would love to hear about it, too! ☺️

Posted in Expat Diary, Photo Challenge

Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

More squares for #januarylight! 😁

Today, my friends and I went to Pudong Park in Lujiazui, Pudong New Area, Shanghai to take a closer look at the Oriental Pearl Tower.

Here are some photos of China’s second tallest TV and radio tower:

Before dark:

After dark:

And here are some other square photos with lights from different parts of Shanghai:

At a Vietnamese restaurant
At McDonald’s (Lujiazui branch)
Skating rink near the Oriental Pearl Tower
Somewhere along the streets of the downtown area
Decorative pieces at a restaurant in downtown Shanghai

: Some square photos of me and my friends as we explored Shanghai today. 😄


That’s all for now. Happy weekend everyone! 😊😊😊

Posted in Daily Prompt Posts

Daily Prompt – JusJoJan the 17th, 2020

The prompt for JusJoJan January 17th, 2020, is “jade.”

This prompt was suggested by MB of Words Less Spoken.

Thanks, MB!

However, I don’t know what to write using this prompt. As I am typing these words, my head is still searching for topics I could write about that would include the word “jade.”

I feel like this is not a word that I commonly use in my conversations or hear other people use often. So I looked up what “jade” would mean other than the green gemstones that most people would associate it with.

The closest I found is using it as an adjective, which will be “jaded.” It means “not having interest or losing interest because you have experienced something too many times.”

Reading what jaded means reminded me of my love-hate feelings towards snow now.

We don’t get snow in the Philippines so the first time I experienced snow, I was as excited as a child who got his favorite toy on his birthday. I had snow ball fights with my friends. I walked around and enjoyed every moment of it.

Last year I still enjoyed going outside to take photos of the snow or people enjoying the snow.

Now, I don’t even bother going outside to see the snow. I prefer staying inside my warm apartment having a cup of tea or hot chocolate. I’m sure some of you are like that now too, aren’t you? 😁

I guess I’ve become jaded toward experiencing snow that way. It’s not that I don’t like it anymore. I still enjoy watching snowfalls, but I just don’t like how it gets really difficult to walk around once the snow had covered the ground with ice. It makes pathways and roads really slippery. It’s mainly because of that, I think, that I don’t get excited anymore when I hear that it’s going to snow. 😅

That’s why for the first time I don’t have any photos of snow on my phone. So I’m sorry, I don’t have photos of snow this year to share with you all.

And that just proved my point – I’ve become jaded when it comes to experiencing snow!

Good thing or bad? Thoughts? 😁