Don’t give up, you’re closer than you think

I came across this blog that called my attention, so I immediately searched where it was taken from the Bible. I found it and read on. Mark 2:1-12 is a story about a paralyzed man who didn’t give up in spite of his limitation to come near Jesus and in exchange, he received the miracle to walk again. I wanted to share this to all the people who are going through small and big challenges in life, your miracle is coming soon! Read on and I also included the copy of Joel Osteen’s blog.

Mark 2
Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
1 When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. 2 Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, 3 four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. 4 They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. 5 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”
6 But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, 7 “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”
8 Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts? 9 Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk’? 10 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man[a] has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, 11 “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
12 And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

Don’t Give Up; You Are Closer Than You Think!
Posted by Joel Osteen on June 29, 2009

The Scripture tells us about a man who was paralyzed and couldn´t walk at all. One day, he heard that Jesus was in town teaching in a nearby house. This man knew that if he could just get to Jesus, he would be made whole. So the man convinced four of his friends to carry him on his bed over to that house. The only problem was that when they arrived, it was so crowded that they couldn´t even get in the door. What a disappointment. What a letdown. I´m sure those men were tired by this time. They could have easily gotten discouraged and thought, “Too bad. It´s not going to happen.” But not the paralyzed man, he was determined! He wasn´t going to let anything stop him from getting to Jesus. I can just imagine his four friends turning around to take him back home when he says, “No, no. We´re not going home just yet. There has to be a way! I´m not leaving until I get my miracle!” This man understood that you are closest to your victory when you face the greatest opposition. He wasn´t about to give up. He said to his friends, “I´ve got an idea—take me up on the roof, cut a hole in it, and lower me down so I can have a front row seat right in front of Jesus.” Those four men hoisted him up on the roof and did exactly that. And do you know how Jesus responded? He wasn´t upset because they made a mess. He wasn´t frustrated because they interrupted His message. No, it says that He saw their faith and instantly healed the man!You know, a lot of people give up when they face opposition. They see the “crowds” and turn around and go home. “Oh, I tried but they told me no.” “I tried to get my degree, but the college was full.” “I tried to get that new home, but they wouldn´t give me a loan.” “I tried to quit this addiction, but it´s just too hard.” No, you´ve got to be more determined than that. You have to have a “never say die” attitude. Don´t stop trying. Keep pressing through because just like this paralyzed man, you are close to your miracle! Friend, no matter what you may be going through today, no matter how you may be feeling or what you may be facing, remember there is victory in store for you. Maybe the door has been closed, maybe it seems like there are crowds of people in the way, but if you can´t get through the door, why don´t you try the window? Better yet, why don´t you be bold like this man, and just go through the roof? Keep trying, keep believing, keep hoping, keep pressing into Jesus because you are closer than you think to the miracles He has in store for you!


Dining and Cooking – Caramel Pecan Brie

Pecan Caramel brie

A very easy appetizer to start a great meal...

 This is a very easy but delicious way to jump-start a great party.  The saltness, sweetness, creaminess with a crunch combination is a great way to activate taste buds…

Caramel Pecan Brie 


1 round wheel of Brie or Camembert

1/4 cup Water

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

1/2 cup Pecan halves

1 tbsp of Butter

Toasted sliced baguette


In a pot, combine water, brown sugar and butter and bring to boil until it thickens.  If the caramel sauce reached the thick consistency add in the pecan halves and stir that all nuts will be coated evenly and turn the heat off.

On a microwaveable plate lay the wheel of brie in the middle and warm for 30 seconds.  Pour the caramel pecan on top and this will be a great deep for toasted baguette or baked pita chips…

Bon Appetit!

I’m Rose Wenceslao-Flores and I’m proud to be a Thomasian…

The UST Main Building


When I was young, I used to just take a peek in the University of Santo Tomas campus with all the monuments and the old buildings inside.  It gives me a glimpse of the very old days of how rich our country is in culture and heritage.  I never then realized it would be my second home for four years when I entered college.

Four glory years of my life and I also think four years among the best years of UST as well…  From 1993 to 1997, UST have been the UAAP Champion, in January 1995, the Pope visited UST once again.  We have championships, honors and medals left and right in different fields in the Philippines and globally…  These were the things that made every Thomasian proud among the crowd…

But let us not forget the true heart of being a Thomasian.  The University of Santo Tomas have thought us our foundation, values and principles which we all carried in our lives when we got off college.  Personally, I know what UST have inculcated in me when I was a student.  I am a Bachelor of Science in Economics graduate of this university and when I got off the university together with million others from different colleges and universities, I saw myself running the race confidently and well equipped.  The education we received was just half of what UST have led us to be.  We were moulded to become Great Leaders, Achievers and Well principled people.  Wherever field we go, we can stand out with confidence and excellence…

I will not also forget the family I had in the University.  I was a Thomasian Leader and the mentors I have then were like my second parents to me that’s why I said the university was like my second home…  My tatay, Doc Lito Maranan, my nanays, Prof. Fe Bruselas, Dr. Evelyn Songco and Prof. Eng Castro.  Together with the brothers and sisters I have in UST Red Cross, SOCC and TALA.  And to this day, with much gratefulness and respect.  I owe my leadership foundation to them all.

 After I graduated college, I initially worked for a petroleum company before and with that first work experience alone, I witnessed how I went up to work with the ranks of a special team chosen to lead new ways of working in changing the whole corporate working environment.  I was young and fresh getting out of college but, I was able to perform and levelled myself with others who have years of experience.  I was the youngest in the team chosen by the CEO. 

A few years after, I decided that running a business is really my forte, that is what my parents and my university moulded me into.  So, I asked myself why I spent four years in studying business when I’m not going to use it at all right? Then I decided to do it on my own and I moved out of working for someone else and set my own consulting company eventually.

When I got married, I migrated in the US for good.  People expected when you just got here in the States you can start working for stores or manufacturing companies or Mc Donalds and get a minimum wage… I couldn’t agree to that at all.  I know myself and the foundation I have that I can strive for excellence right away.  A lot of people were discouraging me and telling me that we won’t make it because I just got here, I’m a newbie immigrant, I don’t know enough, and I’m just very idealistic.  But that never stopped me from striving then.  I searched and within 6 months from the time I arrived in the US, we put up our own Real Estate and Mortgage Brokerage here in the Silicon Valley in the heart of the Bay Area.  We expanded to 5 offices in Northern and Southern California.  When the global crisis happened and recession started, we managed to divert ourselves and get adjusted.  We ventured to different businesses to adjust in the whole economic situation. 

I was equipped with everything UST have thought me and the foundation and principles that gave me the confidence to strive and excel in the field of a foreign ground.  I am a business entrepreneur who professionally runs a business but have a heart to take care of my employees and clientage.  I was able to be what I dreamt myself to be.

I encourage the UST students to study hard, gather your talents and potentials and equip yourself in becoming the best of your chosen field.  Tomorrow, you will have your turn to become successful and forget not that you are a Thomasian…

The numerous Thomasians who made us proud are the fruits of this oldest Royal Pontifical University.  On our 400th Quadricentennial Celebration, we will all witness as we showcase all of them and take pride that we are in the same Thomasian bloodline… 

Congratulations to University of Santo Tomas for its 400th Year Anniversary.  Thank you for the 400 years of education, heritage and foundation in the lives of every single Thomasian.  Mabuhay tayong lahat Tomasino!!!

Now I’m a wife, a mother of 2 boys, a business entrepreneur here in California and a Thomasian for life…

Again, my name is Rosalie Wenceslao-Flores and I’m proud to be a Thomasian!!!


Rosalie Wenceslao-Flores
University of Santo Tomas Alumni
Graduate of BS Commerce Major in Economics
Batch 1997

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