Pray your way to peace

What is personal peace?

(or inner peace)

As defined by Wikipedia; refers to a deliberate state of psychological or spiritual calm despite the potential presence of stressors. 1

Being at “peace” is considered by many to be healthy, good for the body and soul. It is something we all seek and surely one thing money cannot buy. Even billionaires & the most influential people like Steve Jobs tried to search for peace, it was evident in his statements.

“my favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It is really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”

“your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

“being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that matters to me.”

Steve Jobs

I have shared this before & I’m saying this again, the key to inner peace is faith. It took me countless uphill battles & several deaths in my family to finally came down to my knees, recognizing that all I need is Jesus. Nothing / no-one can help me bear the pain but him who suffered with us, for us…

“Don’t be afraid for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

The recent sudden deaths of my brother and less than a year after my father – devastated me. I stopped praying for a while, like “doubtful Thomas” yearning for answers on why awful things happened to me. Yes, I tasted great sorrow, grief, scrutiny and defeats, but knowing that we have Jesus in our weakest is our greatest gift.

There’s this awesome book I’ve been reading lately. Sharing the prayer below. With title – “The Stress Cure” by Linda Evans Shepherd.

Quoting her, “I wondered why I’d allowed yesterday’s stress to block God’s peace, peace I could have had today…

Though we can’t control all the things that happen to us, we can, with God’s help, control our reaction to them – trusting God even when we’re stressed.”

The path to peace is simple – faith. It all starts there, peace leads to better health, then happiness and contentment. I’ve taken many herbal supplements to lessen my symptoms. Eventually, I realised that no matter how many ounces of medicine you take, if you’re under tremendous perpetual stress, it is useless and effect is just momentarily. Taking supplements coupled with intense faith & belief that you will be healed – that is power!

Let me now share the prayer;

Dear Jesus,

I need you to walk through the walls of my doubt and unbelief. I choose to believe in You, that you are alive! Give me supernatural belief so that I can see you clearly. You died on the cross for my sins and came back to life again. Because you took my punishment, I can now walk with God.

I turn from my sins and turn to you, to follow you and to trust you with my whole heart. Please forgive me for my past and let your Spirit come so I can learn to walk in your peace.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

God bless,

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My angel’s school play

I have the most challenging day today. The whole world seemed to be going against me. It is much more difficult to manage people and to find loyalty these days is almost unattainable.
But each time I see my daughter, my world lights up. She is a beautiful reminder of how life can be a blessing, there’s hope in her eyes, love in her smile… and what’s sweetest is when she tells me I’m the best mom ever! This is the most fulfilling part of being a mom-treprenuer.

Sharing the video clip of their school play. I can watch this a million times and my day is complete. 

 

she is far more precious than jewels.

Proverbs 31:10

love,

mitch.e

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when in Seville

Seville or Sevilla 

— is the capital and largest city of Andalusia – a province of Spain.  

Aside from having a very accommodating and considerate tour guide here in Seville, we also had an amazing trip from its historical cathedral, parks and architectures to its traditional and entertaining dance known as “flamenco”.

I begin with the largest gothic cathedral in the world the – “Catedral de Sevilla” or “Seville Cathedral”.  Its grandeur is undeniable and endowed with Seville’s remarkable history. 

All throughout our trip, I typically start by snatching free pamphlets or fact sheets of the place where I’m in. And my multi-tasking is at its peak when I’m travelling as I listen to our guide, I’d write down notes and take some artistic snapshots of every corner, view and angle, and be mindful of my steps and the road 😉

Historical facts about the cathedral;

  • 1184 – 1198 Construction of the main mosque of Seville and its minaret. (Spain was under the Muslims) Parts are conserved in the Orange Tree Courtyard and lower sections of Giralda tower, that I will post separately.
  • 1248 After the “reconquest” of Spain by Ferdinand II, the mosque was consecrated as a Cathedral.
  • 1434 – 1517 The construction of the Gothic Cathedral.
  • 1528 – 1621 Construction of some parts continued including the completion of the bell tower – Giralda tower.
  • 1618 – 1758 The Baroque phase of the Cathedral (my favorite period)
  • 1987 Seville Cathedral was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

The cathedral’s construction lasted for more than a century. Our tour guide told us that when they were planning to build this, church elders declared, “Hagamos una iglesia tan hermosa y tan grandiosa que los que la vieren labrada nos tengan por locos.” (Let us build a church so beautiful and so magnificent that those who see it finished will think we are mad). Well, maybe 🙂 but this church is really wonderful!


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hiking the Giralda tower and took selfies of course 😉

  • Giralda tower is the bell tower of this cathedral, said to be the symbol of Seville. This minaret is 76 meters in height and was originally constructed by by the Moors in 1184. 

 

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one of the main attractions in the cathedral is the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Added in 1892, it has four bearers representing the four kingdoms of Castille, Leon, Aragon and Navarra.

The tomb of Christopher Columbus with its gigantic bearers

Beautiful Cathedral windows like this one with written date 1683, the year when it was added

Another beautiful stained glass window with 1777 as its date

 

 

to be continued,

❤️mp 

Self Confidence for All

Today, I felt the need to post something about – confidence or self esteem. Many of us had or have low self-esteem. It’s deeply rooted from painful childhood experiences, neglect, abuse, illness/debilitation, painful life events such as losing loved ones or a job, divorce, and the most common is discrimination.

As a daughter, grandchild, mother, sister and friend, my dream is to empower people most especially women and young ones and help them boost their self confidence. Yes it’s not easy, I know. I’ve seen enough death in my family, my granddad who was like a father to me died in a car accident when I was very young, sudden passing of my younger brother then my father. And to add discrimination and scrutiny on the side. The negative early events later on become contributors to Low Self Esteem.

I’m no expert but I’m talking based on experience. It’s never too late to believe, to stand up and it all starts with forgiveness. To let go of these thoughts, forgive yourself and always remember that there’s always another chance. New hope.
Think positive. Instead of saying, “I’m a loser” or “no one really likes me” why don’t you talk to yourself and be your first and only effective motivator and coach – “You can do this!”

Positivity leads to positive outcomes.

Smile, laugh and surround yourself with happy and positive people. You’ll feel better as go through the process. They say faking confidence can help, and that’s true. I’ve tried that many times, put your chin up, dress up, use accessories or wear makeup just to elevate self confidence.

When you look better, you will feel better. 

And it may take time and effort. But trust me, I’ve been there and it will all be worth it…

 

with much love,

mindful_mp

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Korean Makeup

2 years ago when I discovered Korean makeup and skin care product thru a friend of mine who’s been using it and swears by it. And yasss she is right! Their products are simple but straightforward. The packaging is cute with comical cartoons and very fun designs. Special mention – Korean Skin Care which is by far the most comprehensive and thorough.

With it’s famous 10-step program or routine that can be adjusted according to your skin type. The following is the 10-step routine;

 

  1. makeup remover / oil cleanser

  2. water based cleanser

  3. exfoliation

  4. toner

  5. essence

  6. serum, booster or ampouls

  7. masks

  8. eye cream

  9. moisturizer

  10. sun protection (day time)

Even typing this program is exhilarating, but really they have the best (for me) beauty products and is less expensive than Western counterparts. What I like the most – it is made from natural ingredients and free from Parabens.

that’s it for today, see you next post 🙂

 

Special Credits : Posh Online Boutique

i love you dadi

in less than a year, I’ve lost my brother and just today, my dad. They’re passing were both sudden and painful. No words to describe the emotions I’m feeling right now. And my thoughts are running incessantly searching for answers in this moment of sorrow. I’m shaken and my heart is beaten, crushed into pieces that only God knows when and how will this end.

Some may misjudge me for posting while grieving, but let me share this quote from one of my favorite authors, Anne Frank.

“I can shake off everything as I write, my sorrows disappear, my courage reborn.”

I’ve been receiving messages of sympathy and prayers, I’m thankful for the comfort and consolation they bring to our grieving hearts. With two of our beloved family members’ passing so sudden, I’m left shaken. May this be a reminder to all that time is finite, life is very short,now it’s too late for me to tell my dad I love him but I pray with all my might that he knows…

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