Begone unbelief, my Savior is near,
And for my relief will surely appear:
By prayer let me wrestle, and He wilt perform,
With Christ in the vessel, I smile at the storm.
Though dark be my way, since He is my Guide,
’Tis mine to obey, ’tis His to provide;
Though cisterns be broken, and creatures all fail,
The Word He has spoken shall surely prevail.
His love in time past forbids me to think
He’ll leave me at last in trouble to sink;
Each sweet Ebenezer I have in review,
Confirms His good pleasure to help me quite through.
Determined to save, He watched o’er my path,
When Satan’s blind slave, I sported with death;
And can He have taught me to trust in His Name,
And thus far have brought me, to put me to shame?
Why should I complain of want or distress,
Temptation or pain? He told me no less:
The heirs of salvation, I know from His Word,
Through much tribulation must follow their Lord.
How bitter that cup, no heart can conceive,
Which He drank quite up, that sinners might live!
His way was much rougher, and darker than mine;
Did Jesus thus suffer, and shall I repine?
Since all that I meet shall work for my good,
The bitter is sweet, the medicine is food;
Though painful at present, wilt cease before long,
And then, O! how pleasant, the conqueror’s song!
–John Newton, Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779), number 37.
One of the blessings of having a liturgy at church is the inclusion of confession in every service. The prayers of confession, right after a reading of a passage in Scripture, bring light to sins which I have not otherwise thought of. As a stay-at-home mom, here is one prayer that has gripped me to the core:
Forgive us, O Lord, for everything that spoils our home life:
for the moodiness and irritability that make us difficult to live with,
for the insensitivity that makes us careless of the feelings of others,
for the selfishness that makes life harder for others.
Forgive us, O Lord, for everything that spoils our witness for you;
that we so often deny with our lives
what we say with our lips;
for the difference between our creed and our conduct,
our profession and our practice;
for any example that makes it easier for people to criticize your church
or for another to sin.
When we think of ourselves and of the meanness
and ugliness and weakness of our lives,
we thank you for Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Grant unto us a true penitence for our sins.
Grant that at the foot of the cross we may find our burdens rolled away.
And so strengthen us by your Spirit that in the days to come
we may live more nearly as we ought.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
After wasting money over dozens of baby products over the past two years, I’ve come up with a short list of our favorite baby/toddler products. We’ve used these items for a quite a while now and found them to be very useful.
- Breastfeeding Pillow
This was my breast-friend since day one, and we’re still using it after 21 months of nursing. K didn’t like being in any other position other than the cradle position, so the pillow proved to be very beneficial and gave a lot of support for baby when I was sleep deprived during the first few months. We bought ours at Landmark for about P350. It came without a cover so I had to sew a couple when I was still pregnant with K. It is rather affordable compared to the original Boppy, so we got a second one. When you make the lively and vibrant Metro Manila your home, having one in the car can be quite convenient especially when you’re stuck in heavy traffic with a hungry baby. The pillow is also versatile. You can use it as back support for baby who’s just learning to sit up. It can also be used as a regular pillow during nap time–always under the watchful eye of Momma, of course.
- Rubber Placemat with Suction
We introduced solids at 7 months and used the Baby-led Weaning method. That meant no mushy foods, but real solid food for baby. That also meant extremely messy eating. The Summer Infant TinyDiner® placemat was our savior. Clean up is a breeze with this placemat because you can roll it up and put it in a bag. We bring it everywhere we go, especially since we eat out at least once a week. This is certainly a must-bring on our travel packing list. We got ours from a seller in Sulit-now known as OLX-before.
- Shampoo Visor
K never liked having her face wet ever since she was a baby. So when my husband and I found that the shampoo visor was locally available, we were thrilled and decided to try it. K wouldn’t wear one at first. But after a few tries, she started to enjoy bath time. And we’re still using it until now. We got ours from SM Department Store/Baby Company for only about P75. I bought a couple more and left one each at both my parents’ and in-laws’ place so we wouldn’t have to worry about bath time whenever we go for a visit.
- Thermoscan Ear Thermometer
Most digital thermometers available in the market are too slow at reading temperature. When you have an ill and/or fussy baby, that is not helpful at all. So my husband and I decided to invest on a good quality thermometer and found Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer. It is quite costly, but it certainly proved to be advantageous during those trying times, if you know what I mean. We got ours for a little less than P2000 from an online seller, Gladys of Shop For Tots, in Facebook.
What are your favorite baby/toddler products?