“I have six Abs!”

abs-only-way-six-packWe were sitting around the kitchen table eating lunch and Jerome as he often does was teasing me among other things about my weight. He without his shirt, was then pointing to his chest and stomach  “I have six abs he proudly states you only have one … he then repeats it a few times” a short pause then “I have six abs” as he points to his left nipple, then his right, his lower ribs on the left and right and finally his lower abdomen on both sides.  I pointed out to him “Jerome people have abs but they are not six….” I then continued ” Jerome when you exercise your abs lots you will see what looks like six sections in your abdomen and they call that have a six pack not having six abdomen” i laughed.  He insisted over and over that it was six abs, not a six pack.

Just like Jerome,  we sometimes can be proud, arrogant and even a little insistent that we have our facts straight. we are so sure that we are right and want to show the world just how much we know but in reality we are fallible. Next time you look at your chest men remember to give your attitude a check also Lol

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“Tell me You love me or I’ll Tickle you”

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A picture of a young child being tickled

Hannah our 3 yr old Daughter is on the mats on the floor with our son Jerome and Myself, and It is approximately 1 hr after we had woke up.My wife was already up, and I was playing with the kids. As typically happens I would tickle them and they would try and tickle me back, despite me not really being ticklish at all.  Some times, like this morning I said to her “Do you love Daddy?” and in the typical fashion she would play the game and bodly say”NO!” I would then respond back “Say you love Daddy… or I will tickle you.” “No!” She responds. So I reach over and tickle her on her stomach, in her Kilikili (Armpits in Tagalog), her side, and on her feet. Then I would start again “Tell Daddy you Love him or you will get tickled!” She laughs and Laughs then again Boldly shouts “NO!” AND SHE LAUGHS AND LAUGHS. I tickle her again and again as the game goes on; she keeps saying no so that she will continued to get tickled and I keep tickling her, plying this game. This can go on for more than a half hour and by this time she is laughing hysterically “Daddy no …Daddy no” Then jump over to tickle my stomach and start things again.  Even if I stop totally and try and ignore her, she will keep trying to tickle me on my large stomach,  trying to agitate me to start tickling her again.

Aren’t you glad however that God does not tell us”  You Love me!” or “Love me or I will …..” .  We have a loving God that has given us a free will to choose, to love, to serve, and yes even  play. While he desires us to love him, be in fellowship with him, and to always be following him with all that we are, He does not force us.  He wants it to be done out of Love for him and gratefulness for what He did through his death and resurrection. So the next time you are being tickled into submission, remember that we serve such an awesome God that doesn’t want Robots,but faithful and true servants of the most high God who Love and serve him because of who He is and What He’s done.

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FEEDING THE HUNGRY LIONS

 

LET ME SET THE SCENE

It is just after breakfast, Hannah and Bing are running around like chickens with their heads

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“MEOW”

cut off, doing this and that, trying to get ready to get Hannah to daycare. The breakfast table cleared, the dishes done, and a single bowl  with leftover breakfast scraps sits on the counter ready to be joined with other food scraps later in the day which will go to feed our dog, our puppy, our cat, and a devious and sinister black cat that frequently comes around at mealtimes or any time food is being cooked or eaten.  I call him Blackie.

MORE ABOUT THIS BLACK CAT.

The cat on the outside is not totally black, in fact it does have some white on it as well, but inside it is the devil incarnate.  This is a cat that frequently hangs around our cat and frequently gets into fights with our cat. (our cat wins). It doesnt come across as brazen, mean, and vicious, but rather is very subtle, and sly, manipulative and selfish. Yes selfish, I thought this perhaps this was a neighbours cat, but Jerome my son insists no it is not despite it frequenting over in their kitchen also.

HE IS QUICK TO SNUGGLE AND RUB AGAINST YOUR LEG IF HE WANTS SOMETHING AND WILL MEOW IN THIS WHINEY TONE AS IF TO SAY ” IM REALLY STARVING FEED ME, FEED ME  … I’M GOING TO DIE!”  BUT WHEN NO FOOD UP FOR GRABS …. HE IS LIKE A WILD CAT, WONT BE PETTED, WONT BE AROUND PEOPLE, AND EVERYTHING IS ABOUT HIM AND WHAT HE CAN GET!  HE IS THE DEVIL INCARNATE DRESSED UP AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT.

THE DEVIOUS PLOT TO RID US FOOD LEFT OVERS

Some might say, “Paul, your exaggerating, things can not really be all that bad.” , but my response is “deep fry some tilapia (fish) and see what he gets like!” The idea with the bowl of leftovers on the counter is that we will wait until it is full enough, (sometimes by lunch but other times not until later) and then we will serve it up to all the pets in the house. It is not that we are trying to keep good things from them but rather we have more good things to add to it first. But he, (and he will often tempt our cat to also get in on the action under the guise that if he doesn’t he will not get “all the good stuff”

So He jumps up on the counter very quietly and subtly, and will go through the bowl trying to find the meat. If there is a piece of pork, chicken and especially fish he will grab it jump down eat it in private and then go back up for seconds until we happen to notice and shoo it off the counter and out the door. but this is not the worst of it.

LEFT OVERS MEANT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION LATER

If that were not enough he has an insatiable appetite for most any human food. It was not enough that he wanted to get into the bowl of scraps for the animals but he also is quick to jump up on the table knock the upside-down plate off that covers the plate of food and eat as much and as quickly as he can. There has been times where we got our ulam early (A meat or vegetable (or both)dish that is a rice topper) and we set it on the table with a dish covering it. I remember One time I was setting up for lunch, and I set out a can of sardines.  A dish had been placed over it and while I waited for the others to get ready, I went to do something else as I wanted to be productive with my time. I hear the sound of a dish hitting the table which got knocked to the floors, and I sprung up (as fast as an obese person can spring up) and ran yelling and screaming at the blackie, who then grabbed the last piece of sardine and darted off the table and out the back door. He of course doesnt go far. It is as if he is saying ” I won ….. ha ha ha ha ha!” It is as if he is mocking us and ready to make another attack.

Aren’t we often similar to Blackie? We come across as nice and friendly when we want or think we could get something or when a person is showing favor to us. Oh we don’t want to have people think bad of us, we come with our masks, making ourselves out to be honest, truthful, kind, generous, and so many other things, but really we are inwardly like the devil incarnate. That sinful nature springs up over and over again, and we are quick to make sure that we get the biggest piece of cake, the better toy,  be first to the tv remote so We can control the channel, and we insist that our preferences be honored over others,  so that we get what we want, when we want it. We try to appear as angels, when really when really we are sinners who struggle daily with our sinful nature. The funny thing is, It is not that Christ is trying to keep good things from us, just as I was not trying to keep good things from Blackie, but rather there were bigger and better things yet to come and the timing was not yet. But just as blackie was taking 2nd best by being selfish and greedy and not  waiting  for the best, we too are often selfish and greedy and take 2nd best instead of waiting for the best. We treat others around us as second class citizens and do not show them the love and respect that they deserve because we are acting in our own self interests.

 

Lord, help us today to not be selfish and self serving but rather serving others and thinking of them first. Help us to understand that you are not trying to withhold good things from us but rather have better things for us, bigger and better but we must trust you and wait for you to give us what we need. Lord forgive us for our selfish attitude and for not trusting you. Make us more like yourself, help us to trust you and live for you wholly. In Jesus Name Amen

A new category for laughs with a message

I had a bunch of ideas that were things in life that I observed that were often funny but had a life lesson attached. It wouldn’t fit under \”things I’ve learned from my children” or “living in the Philippines” but they had the same type of quirky humor that one cannot help but laugh at. So here it is. I hope you enjoy

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