Archive for the ‘On Being Me’ Category

A Woman After God’s Own Heart

April 26, 2011

April 25, 2011

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

Things you’ll need:
a heart for God

What can we say? Someone is having her birthday today… Someone who has a heart that never hardens, that gives unselfishly, that burns with desire to know and share Jesus, a heart that doesn’t quit, that displays motivation and improvement, love and compassion… It’s Mama Charlene’s big day today and yes, we’re talking about her heart so that you too would know of its beauty.

“A Heart for Blessing in Prayer” It was during the Babinski Mamas lowest point in the emotions aspect. Even at the faintest, littlest faith left in me, Mama C was there to give hugs and say, “Let’s pray, Ate. We need to pray.” We did. And a marvelous miracle happened, how things fell back into place, slowly, slowly, as the right pieces of the puzzle were finding its way back into position and things were becoming a bright whole picture again.

“A Heart for Passion in Prayer” You’ve always had this burning passion to learn about our Lord Jesus. The rule is Sunday is Church day for the family. You never forget to remind us about activities of the Women’s Ministry and the yearning to chew every morsel of the Word when we tackle about our “book of the day” (now of which is Joel Osteen’s), over hot tablea and grilled ensaymada. You’ve finished your devotional book and you passed it on to us. You start everything that’s worthy with a prayer. You prayed for everything. For the business. For your family. Your children. Your husband. Your household. Your trials and blessings. Even your next door neighbor (we know!).

“A Heart for Discipline” Your mental daily planner is always filled with things to do! You have so many different roles and you shift from one role to another fluidly: In the morning you are a mother, fixing Jabez’ baon and the two little ones, a wife as you tend to Papa Jeff’s needs. A daughter when you go on webcam to chat with Mom Liz & Dad Roger. An entrepreneur when you help Papa Jeff with the biz and do Babinski work, attending meetings and deliveries. Then you become teacher to Jabez, most of the time his personal guidance councilor. Then add driver, cleaning lady, landlady, friend, daughter-in-law, sister, sister-in-law… Despite the many roles, you have a very neat house as if no one lives there and a very clean and orderly worksheet that only you can do.

Early, early morning and late, late at night are the times when you have the house all to yourself, when everything’s still and in place. Then you become a child again yearning for her Father as you pray during this time. You are a child, yes, but with a mature spirit of that Woman after God’s own heart.

“A Heart For Your Husband” You pray for your husband and lay hands on him as he sleeps. You ask God for wisdom to know your role as a wife. When you have misunderstandings with your spouse you talk it over. You compliment him. You never tried to change him but you allow God to change him. No marriage is perfect, and when you get tired or angry, you pray for patience. When he is not home you pray for guidance and his safety. You always want the best for him. For him to look good and feel good, for him to be happy and healthy.

“A Heart for Your Children” Who says it’s easy to discipline a child? But by your actions, you are “training them up” in the way they should go. Not only do you nourish their bodies but also their spirits by bringing them to Sunday School. When Jabez gets into trouble you talk to him, then again, you pray – together. When one of them is sick or hurt, you pray together. They are priority at all times. When you’re a mother, why doesn’t it hurt to give your children your scrumptious, delicious piece of pie? You are that.

“A Heart for Your Home” A home is more than four walls. Yes, you need to keep your house clean and we super admire you for that. But it is so much more. Because, we, as mothers are called to “knit together” our family. We are to watch and manage this “knitting” in the Lord. Isn’t it amazing that you have a home and not a house? It’s just full of happiness in that place!

See how you have been transformed into that Woman After God’s Own Heart! Aren’t you surprised that you are all these things? Continue to inspire us Mama Char. Happy birthday and we love you so much.

Woman After God’s Own Heart
by Elizabeth George

You Deserve a BIG Wet Kiss!

December 8, 2010

Someone deserves a BIG kiss today… It’s Babinski Mama Aimee’s Birthday!

On your birthday, we celebrate you! We’re thinking of all the wonderful things you are that bring so much joy to others!

We celebrate your unconquerable spirit, that lets you meet every challenge with confidence, enthusiasm and persistence.

We admire your sensitivity. You see needs that cry out to be met that no one else sees, and you meet them, out of your deep and caring heart, out of your wisdom, out of your strength.

We treasure your uniqueness; There is no one else like you, and we feel blessed to know such an extraordinary person.

We appreciate you, respect you, cherish you, look up to you.

Happy, happy Birthday! May each new birthday be the best one ever for you, because you deserve it!

…And — instead of counting candles, just count your blessings everyday — because you’ve been blessed with soooooo much. 🙂

Big Hugs and Wet Kisses from the Team!

The Apron of Servanthood

October 6, 2010

The Babinski Mamas attended the “Apron with an Attitude” seminar to learn about Servanthood given by the Women’s Ministry of Greenhills Christian Fellowship East.

Just to share… and it’s not easy if you do it “alone”. 😦

“So He got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13:4-5

What is a genuine servant?

She persues love in every way – all the way. Even when we are sad, emotionally down, when things are not going smooth…

Because relationships are more important than goals and activities.

She prioritizes service over status. Towel instead of a Title? An Apron instead of an Approval? Others’ well-being instead of one’s comfort?

Because most of the time we want position, place and power in this world. To belong? To be accepted? Isn’t it that in our hearts we want praises?

She practices supernatural servanthood instead of self-serving leadership and lifestyle.

Because we have a supernatural God! Because we should be tireless servants of God, serving even when no one is looking, doing our best without requiring a “thank you”.

Let’s start with little things… Do you throw your trash in its proper place? Pick up that can that rolled on the floor in the grocery? Obey traffic signs? Visit the sick? The lonely? We’re guilty on some… 😦

Here are some happy pictures…

 

Baby Chloe is under the apron 🙂

 

 

Freshly-baked cookies by the Women's Team. Really good with coffee!

 

 

The Winners: Best Apron, Most Worn-out Apron, Most Colorful Apron and Most Unique Apron. Mama Charlene won the Most Colorful!

Her prize, a nice bowl with red hibiscus

 

Everyone

More of Servanthood here…

From Paycheck to Passion

August 24, 2010

My friend Angel asked me Sunday morning what to give a close friend who is pregnant. Angel has always been supportive of what I do because we used to work together and shared our own office highs and lows. We were exchanging messages until she said something that struck me: “Good for you – your business keeps you from going back to corporate!” and that made me realize something… oh my gosh!… I DON’T have a job! and it’s been 2 years! 2 years since I left my executive post, YET I am still alive!!! Lived for 24 months without my paycheck, yet I am still breathing!

I guess most of you will agree with me that leaving the corporate world at this time of worldwide economic struggle is almost like suicide, specially when you have a family to feed.  “Will I survive? I don’t wanna give up my lifestyle! Will it still be possible to send our children to the best schools? What’s gonna happen to our future?” Two years ago, I definitely had these chaotic thoughts in mind and these were REAL concerns. I was on bed rest while pregnant with my 2nd child and tug-of-war thoughts like these filled my days and nights.  My parents were horrified with what I was going to do but when I got my husband’s go signal, I said – this is it, let’s do it!… and I should do it now before he changes his mind! And so I did. It was absurd but deep down inside, it felt soo right. There’s nothing wrong with living in a corporate world. I literally dwelled on it for 12 years. It’s just that I knew I was an entrepreneur at heart and being in corporate was just “borrowed” life for me. And when I finally stepped out of it, I was ready to face my new world – full of hope, big dreams and excitement! I was excited to live the life I’ve always envisioned – being a work-at-home mom, spending executive time with people that matter (my kids!!!), having businesses I am passionate about (and will give me income), and FINALLY having time to do most of the things I put off because I was always too busy!

Looking back, I couldn’t have done it without my husband’s support. He was my real-life leading man. He did not only provide for our needs, but he also took a more active role in loving and caring for me and our children. He was happier seeing me take care of the kids and him. He was happier seeing me happier! =) The good Lord also blessed me with a budding business I share with my two enterprising cousins. We were together last weekend at our bazaar and while having dinner, Charlene remembered we were celebrating our 2nd year anniversary already! Our business is still in its infancy stage (thank God it’s growing!) but we know it will be BIG in God’s time. Our biz gives me a different level of fulfillment and joy. Now, I am not only a mom to my two boys but also to my Babinski Baby.

For the past two years, I am fortunate to live a fuller life. It is soo different from the kind of life I had before but I am thankful for the detour God has directed me. Day by day, I am showered with new learnings – on being a wife, a mother (formative years are the most crucial!), being a mompreneur, a Christian and all other aspects of my now multi-faceted life.  And in the past two blissful years, here are some essentials in life that I’ve come to realize. Sharing them with you coz these really made an impact on me…

Dream Big. Live simply.

In everything, be grateful.

Appreciate even little things in everyday life.

Family first or regret it in the end.

Seek God and grow in Him.

Real friendships last, so treasure it.

Be healthier. Live healthier. Now!

You always have a better choice.

Value relationships – family, work, even in business.

Live and enjoy your passion.

Balance and moderation are key to everything.

Be true to yourself and others.

Love yourself and let that love overflow to others.

And all these things make a happier me.

And a happy woman in her thirty-somethin’ makes a happy and pretty 😉 wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend.

P.S. happy 2nd year anniversary Babinski Baby! =)

Read here if you want to know more about our story…

Life is Not Easy for the Faint-hearted

June 15, 2010
Some wisdom I learned in life — to share with you…

THE LOVER
A speck in your eye
And a plank in mine. I say…
Love your enemies
THE SURVIVOR
Life is like water.
It has ripples of its on
Don’t be scared. Hold on.
THE FOLLOWER
Rules are everywhere
To guide you through your journey
Life is not easy.
THE WISE
Discover the world.
Curiosity killed the cat
Be wise, it will not.
Babinski Mama Mae