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Thirsty Thursday: GOD’s Will

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 01/01/2015 at 18:30

*~* Happy New 2015 *~*

How does the †LORD† lead you in your life?

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CHRISTmas Gift from María Elena: Gold †Cross† with Ruby Center from Assisi Jewels

Happy New 2015! ¡Prospero Año! Manigong Bagong Taon! 🎆🎇 Instead of toasting w/ 💧champagne💦 or 👄kissing💋 a person @ the stroke of 🌃midnight🌉 (like in the past, which didn’t last), @ 🏠home🏡 safe I stayed & 🙏prayed🌹 then had 💖Holy Hour⏰ when I 💤😴woke up😵😲 ~ for it’s GOD‘s will👏 that’ll lead👣 the way. Thanks to all who understand that I need time away @ peace✌️ to finish my PhD🎓 ~ unless it has to do w/Church💒 or work (🍎teaching🍏 * 📷photography👪 * 📇reporting📰) ~ so Dr. D, here I come, hear me roar🐯 & score🏀 #NY2015 🎋 #GODwilling ☝️ #PhD ✒️ #TeamDrD 📢 #DrD 📜 #DrDISPO 🏆 #DISPO 🌴 #DISPObustAFlow 🎤 #DISPOsAlwaysFly 👊 #YearOfFinishing 👟

Follow His path!!!

Speaking of Wills …

HBD to my buddy *Will* this weekend!

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Thirsty Thursday: Labor of LOVE for the LORD

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 09/04/2014 at 18:11

Happy Belated Labor Day!

Today’s Thirsty Thursday segment refers to doing GOD’s work, not Man’s. 

Glorify GOD’s grace with our gifts. 

My Church buddy, Joe, reminded me that through our ministry, we’re mainly here to serve GOD above all else ~ giving him our BEST. 

Thanks to Joe, Evie and I’ve embarked on team teaching Religious Education! 

Our endeavor can help prepare us for the Catholic school, but either way, we’ll be reaping our rewards to head closer to Heaven. 

Photo: Studying for RE classes with fellow Teacher, Elaine J. Dispo!  Can't wait to meet our blessed little angels to teach the Mysteries of Christ to!

1:11 ~ make a wish!!! 

Thirsty Thursday: Pray on It

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 05/08/2014 at 13:00

Sleep on it … Drink on it …

When the going gets tough, we’ve heard the first tip and the second one as a cowboy song by country star Blake Shelton. So, how about you pray, both as a form of praise and as a form of guidance? Hey, it may even help you sleep at night.

Last weekend, our Deacon proclaimed the Gospel (Luke 24 ~ which I also read at our Anniversary mass) about the Walk to Emmaus, in which Father Bob emphasized the significance during his homily: the 11 Apostles ran in the dark during a time when there were no sources of light to see where they were going. If we believe in the midst of darkness, we can see the light of the Holy Spirit leading the way. That being said, my student pointed out the importance of the Holy Spirit:

Let us always keep The Lord in our hearts, for He will move us if we remain open to Him. We can reach peace as a result of giving our all to GOD, leaving everything in His hands. By accepting His will above our own, we can maintain faith that He will see us through.

Earlier this week, I experienced a most sorrowful circumstance, it was an example of how good He is despite that His plan may go beyond our understanding. It reminded me of the last time I saw my paternal grandmother alive three years ago this month. That was the most humbling time of my life because I realized how much compassion I felt for my helpless Mama Eufemia, who I gave a sponge bath in her death bed, that even in her dying days, she comforted me by hugging and rubbing my back when I cried on my last night with her.

Speaking of my love for my grandparents, I’m grateful to GOD for giving me all of mine and my parents to influence me. Here are Throwbacks for National Nurses and Teacher Appreciation Week. Through prayer, my grandparents and parents have done well in their lives, not just for themselves and our families ~ for GOD.

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My LOLA ROSA the Teacher & my LOLO TICO the Nurse

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My NANAY AYA the Graduate Nurse

GOD Bless You & Happy Mother’s Day, especially to MAMA MARY!!!

Thirsty Thursday: Think like JESUS

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 05/01/2014 at 07:33

And DO like JESUS!

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Wouldn’t life be so much more peaceful, pleasant and positive if we lead our lives like Him?

I admit that I’ve watched and enjoyed the movie Think Like a Man and the recent episode of The Mindy Project entitled Think Like Peter, and on top of that have taken those approaches to value: accomplishment, success and pride. Now instead of being self-serving, I’ve realized that I have much less stress when I concern myself less with success and more with serving the LORD, following His will and His way.

So how about we live our lives for Him and be happier by being holy? Just consider the popular acronym: WWJD ~ not because it was trending, but because we’ll be closer to the LORD if we put this into practice.

Here are words that we can add to our vocabulary and actions that we can apply to our daily lives:

Faith • Hope • Love • Patience • Kind • Merciful • Righteousness • Just

Challenge: next time you feel like someone is crossing you, instead of reacting with retaliation, forgive. When JESUS was condemned to the cross, He forgave all who scrutinized Him.

Lately, I’ve appreciated and celebrated, rather than hated (I do my best not to hate anyway). The reason why I’ve found a greater appreciation for my blessings is because I celebrate GOD first and foremost. Thanks to Him, I’ve had the most positive experience in my new job, where my leaders and teammates have exerted positive energy, praise and encouragement that motivate me to embrace and enhance my photography and people skills even more. The other day, my GODdaughter’s mother/Prima Monalisa moved my heart by calling me selfless. Last night, my former student McAwesome Ruben thanked me for believing in him.

Most of all, I give glory to GOD for my gifts to serve Him, including my Adoration Hour this morning and every Thursday, as well as anytime I visit the Blessed Sacrament, in addition to my ministry as lector doing the readings and as commentator soon leading the Mass. On Monday, my church celebrated our 83rd anniversary, when I proclaimed the word of GOD:

* Revelation 21
* Hebrews 12

This weekend, I’m preparing to deliver from the following Bible books and verses:

* Acts of the Apostles 2:14, 22-33
* Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 (11a)
* 1 Peter 1:17-21

May GOD bless and keep y’all!!!

3:33 ~ make a wish, actually a prayer to fulfill GOD’s wish!!!

Thirsty Thursday: Listen to the LORD

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/10/2014 at 07:45

Burdens = BLESSINGS

How could that be? you may ask. It’s all about how you approach it. Everything happens for a reason, and what matters is how we handle it. Turn to GOD because He takes care of us!

Wipe away Worry with WORSHIP

At first, I anticipated this week of preparation as overwhelming: getting ready for Holy Week • practicing my readings ~ including narrating the long Gospel ~ for Palm Sunday Mass at Church this weekend • revising my PowerPoint as my proposal defense is the next step in my dissertation • training for my new job. Rather than referring to these priorities as problems, I must remain undaunted by praising the LORD at all times for leading me to this point and seeking the HOLY SPIRIT for guidance to persevere.

Fade away Fear for FAITH

No negativity or fear are allowed here ~ just a positive perspective with the following Ls:

LORD * LOVE * LIVE * LIFE * LEAD * LISTEN

Sometimes, silence is of the essence, so our Heavenly Shepherd deserves our time when we open our eyes, ears, minds, hearts and souls to Him, ready to receive His presence … and His message. Let’s build our relationship with the most important One of all: the LORD JESUS CHRIST, by communicating with Him through prayer. Our prayers aren’t simply to tell and ask Him about our wants and needs; they’re to seek and find out about His will and way for us.

Amend Anxiety, Anguish & Anger into ANSWERS that come only from GOD & be content even when not certain

More Reflections from Rediscovering Catholicism

Now I realize why I may not have turned on my music every time I drive, shower or study lately: I need #silence to #communicate w/ #GOD in order to #listen to Him #speak! ~ #sign from Chapter 13: #Daily #Prayer 🙏👂☝️

Chapter 14 about The #Mass provides me with a #greater #appreciation for all parts of the #Liturgy & the #Eucharist, including my #ministry & #service, my next one being this weekend for #PalmSunday #readings & #Gospel. 💒💖👏

Which do we live by: His #Word or the #world? I encourage you to check out these first two pages of Chapter 15: #TheBible & to make the #Bible your life’s practice for #happiness #comfort #strength! 📖🙏☝️✌️💪😍

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Palm Sunday 2014 Readings

† Matthew 21:1-11
† Isaiah 50:4-7
† Philippians 2:6-11
† Matthew 26:14-27:66

Completely confide in CHRIST!!! 🙏☝️👏✌️💒

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Draw the #LORD into your #heart & your #soul –> the #true #key to #happiness … Even in times of #uncertainty, #GOD will take #care of #everything! 🙏☝️✌️👏💖💒🔑😍

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[from Our Lady of the Lake University‘s Providential Findings ~ Catholic school where I pursue my PhD]

Thirsty Thursday: The TRUTH

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 03/27/2014 at 18:10

My ultimate goal: to be closer to GOD each & everyday!

Will y’all also join me on my journey and invite GOD into your heart, soul and every aspect of your lives?

Last weekend, I truly felt GOD speaking through me as His instrument as I proclaimed His Word at Mass:
† Exodus 17:3-7
† Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
† Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

Then our Deacon read the Gospel from John 4:5-42, followed by our Priest’s Homily, during which he asked if we were thirsty. I was, both figuratively and literally, because the first reading introduced Moses’ followers as thirsty for water, and I too, was thirsty after speaking at the altar, and also because

I long to be closer to GOD, as I belong to Him.

When folks have asked me what I’m giving up for Lent or tell me what they’re giving up during this Lenten season, the past few years, I’d say that I don’t “give up” ~ but rather:

I give my time to enrich and strengthen my relationship with GOD.

After Easter, I don’t just resume my regular life; instead I lead a richer life because of GOD‘s strength and guidance, as well as His patience and mercy, which He instilled in me. This year, my companion through this time is a book provided by my Church, called Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose by Matthew Kelly*.

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One decade ago, upon my visit to my Motherland, the Philippines, my cousin’s wife gave me pasalubong (gift), which I read during Lent and still cherish to this day: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. If you’re seeking a sense of direction, I recommend both of these readings, as you go on your own walk with GOD.

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Nothing matters more than He does because nothing is possible without Him.

*Reflections of Celebration …

#GOD led me to read this after I wrapped up the day on my #dissertation, & this very much has to do w/my #study as well as my #spirituality & #life: “The very #best #coaches will tell you that #teams that #win #championships are those that #focus on the #basics and #master them #together.” ~ Matthew Kelly

Chapter 1 on #Universal #Hunger reminds me of the song lyrics in #ThereIsALonging (in our #Hearts) because we #thirst for the #Truth = #GOD ❤

Chapter 2 on The #Prevailing #Philosophy prompts me to point out that we’re not here to serve ourselves & seek fast results, but rather to serve #GOD & seek His #purpose while remaining #patient & without questioning His will be done. #TrustInHim

Chapter 3 entitled Is #JESUS Still #Relevant? shows me that #InstantGratification won’t bring us closer to #Heaven, #GreatLOVE will. #LiveLikeJESUS! #Disciple = #Discipline

Chapter 4 on #Searching for #Identity inspires me to #maximize my #potential to #love & #serve #GOD & His #people ~ that is the #heart & #soul of my #person. ♥♥♥ #LoveGOD = #LovePeople ❤ ❤ ❤

Chapter 5 about what we #Celebrate brought to mind this song http://youtu.be/04y_KfO7GzI ~ so let’s #approach #life w/ the #LORD of #love taking the #lead on our #way according to His #will! #GOD = #GOoD 🙏👏✌️☝️💒💖

*… Leading into Authenticity

Chapter 6 called “What Is the #Authentic #Life?” does #guide me toward the #spiritual #secret: to be #holy in #everything that I do. For me, this is through #service to my #Church & #community + #work on my #dissertation & #career + #relationships w/ my #family & #friends ~ ALL to #lead w/ #great #LOVE for #GOD & His #creation! 💖👏🙏✌️☝️📖💒

1:11 ~ make a wish … Or actually, say a prayer!!!

Healthy Life for YOU and Your Loved Ones

In ♥ & Soul, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/15/2014 at 21:33

~*~ Happy 85th Birthday to the Late & Great REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ~*~

Our world most certainly has come a long way since the death of MLK over 45 years ago, and his legacy lives on. Now we’re a more integrated and global. Thanks to Dr. King’s dream of GOD’s people appreciating, welcoming and embracing diversity, those of us out there who are living in that vision are more open-minded to other cultures.

Throughout the Reverend King’s Birthday week and Martin Luther King Day and week, I’m posting quotes from this legendary advocate on Elaine Dispo – Rant Sports. Another relevant philosophy that I wish to draw to your attention comes from John 13:34-35:

… Love one another. As I have loved you…

Let us love GOD, His creatures and ourselves. With Valentine’s Day on the way in less than a month, I’ve encouraged my Pretty Fitsters to love themselves and those under their care.

Here, I discuss the importance of living the Pretty Fit Way, which comes from leading a healthy and happy lifestyle for ourselves and our children. That being said, we must not consider exercise as a chore (here’s an idea: dance cardio during your chores), but rather, as an activity that we enjoy. Of course, the same goes for our kids, so we want them to choose workouts that they look forward to doing.

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My GODdaughter Reyanna the Birthday Girl and I about to workout with her Zumba game on the Wii

When I mention our loved ones, I’m not just extending them to people, but to our own animal companions as well. For those of us who are pet parents, if we want our fun, furry, fuzzy family and friends to live long lives, then we also must ensure that they have health. I’ve had health scares for my big, almost eight-year-old cat, Asia, for the past few years. Exactly two weeks ago today, on New Year’s Day, I found our latest one (a growth on her front right paw), Upon taking her to her and my little sweet Annie’s clinic — Windmill Animal Hospital (which I consider as the BEST animal healthcareever) — Dr. Price concluded that Asia’s condition (corn) came from being overweight and prescribed her this metabolic diet for her to shed pounds without deprivation. 

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Asia‘s latest doctor’s visit

Therefore, I have that typical New Year’s Resolution: to lose weight — not for myself, but for my older cat! Now this goal isn’t some form of vanity; it instead very much is an effort to lead her to a more active healthy life. Despite my disappointment in Asia’s sedentary nature and failed attempts to get her to exercise, Dr. Price pointed out that she may not be as playful as Annie because of her extra body mass preventing her from that ability, not necessarily resulting from an unwillingness. Since my Double A-Team can’t verbally voice their desires, I must look out for their best interest without them telling me.

Annie 2014

Looks like Annie wants the diet more than Asia does

Meanwhile, one way that I’m taking care of myself is by making progress with my dissertation. If any of you are connected with college administrators in the state of Texas, please network them to me as I’m seeking approval from NCAA-affiliated schools to recruit participants in my research. For my study, I plan to survey student-athletes, so here is my memo below:

To: College Administration
From: Elaine J. Dispo
Date: January 1, 2014
RE: Approval to Recruit Participants

My name is Elaine Dispo, and I am a Ph.D. candidate at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU). I am seeking to
recruit student-athletes to participate in my dissertation study, The Relationships between Student-Athletes’
Perceptions of Their Intercollegiate Coaches’ Leadership Practices and Student-Athletes’ Satisfaction, Athletic and
Academic Performance.

Participation is completely voluntary, and participants are free to stop participation at any time. All data collected
will be anonymous and confidential. Participant data will be coded such that individual identifications to particular
persons, teams or schools will not be possible.

Please sign this memo below indicating your approval to recruit your student athletes, upon approval of OLLU’s
Institutional Review Board. Thank you for your consideration.

Elaine J. Dispo, Ph.D. Candidate, Our Lady of the Lake University

__ I agree to allow Elaine J. Dispo, Ph.D. Candidate at Our Lady of the Lake University, to recruit our studentathletes,
to fulfill part of her measurements for her dissertation research, upon approval of OLLU’s IRB.

 Thank you for any of your help, tips and references. May we make 2014 our year!!!

3:33 ~ make a wish!!! 

†R.I.P., Savannah Elizabeth, on her One-Year Anniversary†