3rd Blogging Anniversary {and a Giveaway}

From the same patch of earth where the grain of wheat fell and was buried, a new life sprouts, a seedling with tiny green leaves entirely different from its buried sire. From the same dark cave where the Lord was buried broke forth a new life, a resurrected life, and the hope of mankind has been shining ever since. From the same year of near-dying sprang a new purpose. Just when you think death is finally at the doors, God wreaks a mighty work and renews life. How can this be?

To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. (Is. 61:3)

I’m celebrating three years of blogging and my heart overflows with thanksgiving to the Lord. On New Year’s Eve of 2009, another bout of my illness attacked again and it was much darker and harder than the previous years. The “walking through the valley of the shadow of death” continued excruciatingly for months through summer of 2010 and spilled over to the rainy season. But on 29th of September, after I was accidentally introduced to blogging through a post on Twitter by Ms. Twila Paris, I published my very first post, a testimony of a brother in Christ who was healed of bone cancer. My very first blog, Minister of Mercywas born. From the same place of near-dying erupted a new life, a writing life.

After about a month, I published my first post on my second blog, Our Healing Moments.

I’ve said before that I loved writing, but in my three years of blogging about the Lord’s testimonies, my faith journey, and the lessons learned in my trials and in His Word, I cannot count the times that I had been disappointed and discouraged to continue writing. Different reasons caused these waves of discouragement. But I’m in awe that I’m still here, doing what the Lord has called me to do.

I’m ashamed to say this, but I used to be disappointed and greatly discouraged by low site stats: zero or few comments, few blog subscriptions, visits, views, or “likes” on Facebook. But one day, I determined within myself that this must stop. From then on, I set myself to pursuing the Lord with all I am and not on how to up my site stats. I began to focus only on Him and to whisper through the day: Draw me near to You, Lord Jesus. Keep my love ablaze. Be glorified in my life. 

I just want to have these reasons why I write: I love to write and I do it for the Lord because I adore Him. I want to live my life giving glory to Him. When I weave a life around my Savior and the wealth of love, mercy, and grace He has for me – I burst with inspiration! And if from this place I do write, the supply of anointing and wisdom from above flows interminably.

Now, it doesn’t matter if I’m writing for one or one thousand. What matters is, I enjoy what I do and I learn better when I put down to writing my wrestlings. It’s like engraving on marble the lessons being learned, leaving indelible marks. And when I’ve touched even just one single soul and etched the words that heal on his or her heart, then I would have fulfilled my purpose.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for visiting, reading, subscribing, commenting, liking, and connecting with me. It means a lot to me.

By the way, a little fact about me: English is my second language. But I do love the English language; the grammar challenges me; the vocabulary fascinates me. My three years of blogging only succeeded to intensify these.

3rd Blogging Anniversary Giveaway

To enter:

1. Leave your comment below.

2. Giveaway closes on Saturday, 6:00PM, and winner will be announced on next Monday’s post.

3. Giveaway is for Philippines only (I apologize to my readers outside the country). OFWs can join. If you win, the giveaway will be shipped to your Philippine address.

If you have been blessed by your visit here, please like Our Healing Moments on Facebook and connect with me there. Thank you!

I might be linking up with these lovely blogs.

Journey with Jesus,

Comments

  1. Barbie says:

    Rina, you truly are an inspiration to me. I know I don’t get around to commenting on every post, but I do read every post. I am astonished by the level of strength and grace that you carry, with the physical things you go through. I know that the Lord is mighty in you. You have a very strong presence here, to bring hope and healing to those who struggle. Thank you for continuing to share your gift of writing with us, even when it’s been hard. Blessings!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you, Barbie. Your message truly warms and encourages me in return. Sometimes we don’t really give it a thought how much our words could touch a person’s heart. But they do and yours drip of your love. Your “I know that the Lord is mighty in you” ~ I needed to hear that and it’s good to know that others can see it even though, sometimes, I don’t. Blessings to you!

  2. Lory says:

    Praise the Lord! :)
    Kudos po! :)
    Your blogs inspire me a lot po. There isn’t any word to express how grateful I am to read everything in it po and because of my gratitude I can’t help but share it to my friends as well so they could experience the joy that I got upon it.
    I’m looking forward for more… Godspeed.

  3. You spoke to me here, in this. To be faithful in the little things. To enjoy his presence while we serve him with the gifts he’s given. It’s not about fitting in with a circle or sisterhood as much as it is to give back to him joyfully, trusting he will multiply as he sees fit.

  4. Cherry says:

    Rina, I am visiting from the Titus 2sdays linkup – and so thankful that I came here. I love your heart for God, and also identify with your reasons for writing – following God’s direction, and sharing from your heart the things that you are learning from Him. I enjoyed my visit, and appreciated reading various places on your blog – and wondered why I have not had the blessing of visiting you before! So thankful to “meet” you here online – and will look forward to reading more of your writing in the future.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you, Cherry, for your kind words. They warmed my heart and greatly encouraged me in return. I always say that the Lord sends His love to me by giving loving messages such as this. A shower of blessings on you today from the Lord.

  5. Nancy Sturm says:

    I especially love these sentences:
    “When I weave a life around my Savior and the wealth of love, mercy, and grace He has for me – I burst with inspiration! And if from this place I do write, the supply of anointing and wisdom from above flows interminably.”
    By the way, I would never know from your writing that English is your second language. Congratulations on three years of blogging. May you have many more productive years of writing!

  6. Anna Amarga says:

    Ate Rina, keep up the good work! Your blog has been an inspiration to me and others. And i believe everything we do for the Lord does not go unnoticed. May you be blessed beyond measure! :)

  7. Happy 3rd Blogaversary! Beautiful celebration AND mission-statement post! I write also for the same reason – and like you – weaving Him through my life has enriched it – and through the relationship with many of these beautiful-hearted ladies – and prayer – I have made it through some pretty hard challenges! I am so glad you didn’t stop!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you! That’s true for me, too: knowing the beautiful-hearted Christian women around the blogosphere has also helped enrich my faith and writing journey.

  8. Lori says:

    It is good to remember that it is in him we live, move, and have our being. You have a lovely blog and a beautiful command of the English language. This is my first visit here, and seeing your face made me smile. We were privileged to host a Filipino young woman in the early days of our marriage. We go to introduce her to squirrels, baking bread and cakes, and snow. It was a delight to watch her childlike enjoyment in the things we took for granted. Blessings to you!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you, Lori! As in – thank you :D! Oh, I can imagine my fellow Filipina’s excitement to play in the snow and run after a squirrel! These are the things that I would like to do also WHEN our family can finally travel to North America. Blessings!

  9. Congratulations on your blogaversary Rina – may God bless you richly with the opportunity to touch many more lives through your beautiful words, heart and blog!

  10. Bonnie Way says:

    CONGRATS on three years! That’s awesome. :) I’ve been doing this for seven years now and I agree with you – don’t look at the stats or the numbers, just focus on doing what you love and what God is calling you to do. Here’s to more years for your blogging! :)

  11. Tammy Gomes says:

    This mug is such a beautiful and inspiring token that will remind me daily of this very true statement. I would be so blessed to have one. God bless you and your ministry. Both are beautifully anointed. <3

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