Beautiful outside?

I was invited to Letecia’s birthday celebration last weekend. She turned 29.  Still very young. 

On the way to her house I had problem driving because of the snow and the wind was so strong. I thought that me and my car will be blown away and my life would end…. 


In addition, earlier that day, I got a message from my sister and she said that she was taken to the hospital because of too much stomach pain. Not to mention our dear aunt who is dying. I thought that maybe it was not the right time to be merry. But, I didn’t want to dissappoint Letecia because it was her birthday and I was also looking forward to meet friends that were invited, so I went. Life must go on, no matter what. I did survived:)

The birthday celebrant and the foods that she prepared. Hmmm. Delicious!


It was terrible cold outside, but inside Letecia’s home was warm and  cozy.  Some of the guests were already there when I arrived. Beautiful ladies.



So I joined them…. In a group was a friend from USA. Her name is Sarah and it was nice of her to come to join us ladies from the Philippines.


Anyway, as you can see…calories to burn again! Oh, we didn’t mind at all:) 

A thought came into my mind as I look at the pictures.



Maria is 31 while I am 51

Going to a party makes us do our best to look nice outwardly. Putting on  make- up on our faces to camouflage our imperfectness. Especially me who  is a way much older than others. 

Mother and daughter. Much more younger



Some of us carefully select the right shoes that match the color of the dress. And I admire them who really knows how to dress right.



On top of that, we put on jewelry to make us look more glamorous. We really want to look amazingly beautiful if it is possible


As I look at the pictures, I can see that everyone really looks great. God’s creation.



I believe these two lovely ladies are the youngest among us grown-ups.

Everybody was smiling, but we knew that many of us are hurting inside for different reasons. Sadness especially for our country men who were devastated by the typhoon Haiyan. There are some among the group that  have families where the calamity struck. But still we are very lucky to be given this opportunity to celebrate and for all the blessing. I thank God for that. 



Like I said, we all want to look nicely especially in occasion like this, but I do pray to God that we must not forget to take care of our hearts and  because if we are beautiful  inside, then it will radiate outside.

This morning, I read these from Ephesians 6:10-18. God’s written words  and got the inspiration to pray for every one from the living word of God.

Father, I pray that we will aways  put on your whole armour  so that we will be able to stand on our ground when calamity strikes, when sickness attacks us, when problems are overwhelming. That we will stand with the belt of truth, that comes from you, buckled around our waist and with breastplace of righteousness in place. Make our feet fitted for the gospel of peace. I pray that wherever we are, we will take our shield of faith. To extinguish  all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Do not let us forget to put on our helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. Your word Oh God. Thank you for reminding us to be alert and pray in Jesus name.