Friday, November 27, 2009

This Is My Story

Picture of my family taken three years ago before my wife went to the US



My Picture (All our pictures were lost in the flood)




My Wife and I (Taken Ten Years Ago)



My Youngest Daughter Heidi (Taken Three Years Ago)



My Youngest Son Meldrick (Taken Four Years Ago)



I Call Her Princess Heidi



Princess Heidi At A Younger Age


She looks like a boy here, lol



Another boyish picture



She's still a baby here at a previous house



To those who still do not know me, I am telling my short story not to glorify myself, but to glorify Him who has given me miracles after miracles so that others may know and appreciate Him more through my story.


More than three years ago, before my wife went to the US to work, I was scheduled for three major operations that were so immediately necessary. But I had to give them up because I already used forty thousand pesos of the eighty thousand pesos medical insurance coverage from my wife after so many laboratory and check up charges. My wife had to resign and give up her insurance card so she can proceed to the US. I was then scheduled for immediate operation for acute hernia and prostate gland, for acute scoliosis of my lower back and inflamed thyroid gland. Previous to that, I had been through the portals of death so many times because of hypertension and diabetes that I already lost count. And through all these years, God graciously extended my life until now. I no longer see doctors since I do not have the means and they are just so appalled by my serious conditions. I just take my maintenance medicines for hypertension and diabetes. I could say that my life is just being sustained by the grace of God that every morning when I wake up, I thank him for the grace of life. I became the father and mother of my children and have gone through so many crises in life but through it all, God has been so graceful and merciful to me. More than a year ago, our house was inundated by chest deep flood waters and we barely escaped with our lives. But we lost half of our possessions. A year ago, I experienced the most severe pain and trauma of my life when my whole lower body became so painful that I almost committed suicide but could not because of the fear of the Lord and my wholehearted trust in Him. Three days after, I miraculously stood up with no pain at all. I could probably write a whole book to cite miracles after miracles in my life but all I can say is that, He is a faithful God who never leave me nor forsake me. And I totally surrendered my life to Him and live only to please Him and give glory to His name. May His name be praised forevermore.

For a more encouraging and inspirational stories of sheer courage, unflinching faith in God and the indomitable spirit of bravery in facing the extreme pains and traumas in her body because of lupus, fibromyalgia, vertigo and other chronic illnesses, may I refer you to the blog of my dear spiritual sister in suffering - Bluebirdy of Life- 4 Hours At A Time".


Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, My Life Story, Glory of God, Major Operations, Medical Insurance, Acute Hernia, Prostate Gland, Scoliosis, Inflamed Thyroid Gland, Hypertension, Diabetes, Portals of Death, Grace of God, Crises in Life, Suicide, Miracles After Miracles, Faithful God, Praise God, Bluebirdy, Sheila, Life- 4 Hours At A Time, Sister in Suffering

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Philippines
Inspirational/Motivational/Biographical

36 comments:

Joops said...

This is the very first time I read about your personal story Sir Mel. I salute your strong faith to God, you are truly an inspiration to us.

I believe in miracles too, it always happen to me and my family. God is always there, we just have to believe in Him!

May God bless you with good health Sir Mel and may your family keep with the bond of love from God!

john

chubskulit said...

Grabe pala pinagdaanan mo ano KuyaM, but at least God has proven to you that no matter how hard life is, He is there for you.

Nakakagigil naman si Heidi, tabachingching. Love the family pic too Kuya M. Pagpalsin ks ps nswa ng poong Maykapal Kuya!

Early and quick visit while waiting for the makukulit to wake up hehehe..

Bluebirdy said...

Dear Mel, so many people love you, so it is wonderful to learn more about you and your family! Your faith is such a good example.
Thank you for mentioning me and my blog, dear friend. I guess we are soul brother-sister, understanding how it is to cling to the Lord's strengh through our suffering, physical and emotional. No one can believe that a person can have so many things wrong and suffer so much. I hear "If she was REALLY that sick, she would be in the hospital." No, not if I don't tell doctors about it. Also I hear "Doctors have remedies for every problem, so she can't be that sick." That's not true either. There are so many things that doctors don't know about yet and they don't care enough to research, in order to get answers..and like you say, most people can't afford medical care. In Canada where its free, I can afford it, but it is very hard to get because of the long waits and they are not willing to use the best treatments for you because it costs the government too much.
I stay away from doctors as much as possible now too, except for emergencies. I went to the hospital on Tuesday, and kept getting worse while I was there, and the Dr. told the nurse to get me out of there before something serious happened to me while I was under his care, because it would look bad on his record. The nurse told me to go back to the front desk and get admitted again because I was in serious condition, and I would get another Dr., but I knew they would probably kill me there, since I was telling them I knew what the problem was and how to take care of it but they would not do it. I was sent home sicker than when I went in, so what a waste of time and energy. I knew I could take care of it at home, so I got a taxi and went home. The nurse called me at home and said that the Dr. was so overwhelmed that I had 2 problems at once to deal with. HOW INSANE! Most very sick people have more than one problem happening at the same time! So I am home in unexplainable pain, even strong pain medicine isn't doing much, but this will pass. I just hope it passes SOON! The Lord is the best physician.
Another thing we have in common is that we miss the comfort of our spouse, who is in another country. I am eager for the Lord's return and for resurrection into a healthy strong body.
Bless you and your family Mel...thank you for caring so much about my life. You are a good spirit-brother. Did you know that today is the 2 year anniversary of when we found each other online?? HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! It feels like I've known you my whole life, though.
Gentle hugs & many prayers
Sheila

Bluebirdy said...

P.S. BEAUTIFUL FAMILY! How old are your children now?
Sheila

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi John,
I never really wanted to talk about myself but I feel that if I am to be an effective witness for God then I must tell about the wonderful miracles He has done in my life. Thank you so much for your visit and sympathetic comments. I really appreciate that. I'm glad to know that your family were recipients of God's miracles too. Thanks for your visit and inspiring comments. God bless you all always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Rose,
Salamat sa nakakatabang pusong komento. Nagbablog ako para makapaginspire ng tao para sa Panginoon. Malaki laki na ang bunso ko ngayon . Eight years old na siya at grade two. Mukhang madaling araw ka nagblog kaya tulog pa ang mga angels mo, lol. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Shiela,
I have to tell about God's miracles in my life to be a credible witness for the Lord. I blog in order to inspire people to walk in the way of the Lord. Yes, both of us are suffering and we used our sufferings to further the cause of God in this world. My eldest is 23 years old and is working at a call center here. My second eldest is in college and is third year irregular taking up computer science. He is 20 years old. My third son is at second year high school and is 13 years old. And my youngest daughter is grade two and is 8 years old. I take care of all their needs here while their mother is working in the US. Thanks for your visit and inspiring comments. God bless you always.

kathy said...

Hi Kuya Mel! Ur story is so inspirational! It brings tears to my eyes because deep inside I kow that more than anything, it is your faith that healed you when you could not stand up because of so much pain. We always say that God will heal us but only a few really believes that and by reading your story, I have proven to myself yet again that FAITH HEALS...

Thank you for posting such a very nice story. It makes me realize the value of good health that I have right now but evenmoreso, it made me realize the power of prayers and faith in God. You are indeed lucky and very blessed to experience God's healing miracles.

He made you stay longer because He sees the good things you do by spreading His words. You are forever blessed no matter what...

Sorry I just visited back today, it's thanksgiving holiday last thursday so I didn't go online.. More power to you kuya Mel and keep on spreading the word of our Saviour!

Fifi said...

Kuya Mel! Thanks for the visit to my site. If you don't know yet, Kathy, Mommy, Abbey and Kathy are all the same person.. LOL.. Sensya na kung medyo na-confuse po kayo.. I just use different pen names for my blogs...

Anyway, I already expressed what I felt from readig your post and I just wanna extend my heartfelt thaks for supporting my blogs...

krystyna said...

Thank you so much Mel for sharing your story, and your family photos. I read it yesterday and today and will be again.
The story of your life is a story of deep faith. For me, this is a lesson of the true faith, strength and heroism (also Shiela).
I need the lessons of faith, God is the best healer. This is a true story, I know you Mel. You are my hero. Shiela also.
I'll be back to read again.

krystyna said...

Mel, your wife is also a very brave woman. I know what a pain it is for mother to leave children and go to the distant country in order to earn money to provide them with food and education. Her heart longs for children who always need a mother.
It is good, that you can and want to fill this gap.

Be who you are, Mel,
be strong
and God bless you, your wife
and your children!

bingkee said...

What a wonderful family you have and the daughter is so cute. Your wife is such a very wonderful, loving woman.
Our infirmities and trials always remind us to rely on the strength of God, "When I am weak, then I am strong." Sometimes god doesn't heal us, but give us strength instead because that is enough.
Truly, God is gracious and always faithful to those who love Him.
I will always pray for your health, recovery and your family. God bless you more with what you need and everything.

krystyna said...

I dedicate you "There is only now" song for your blessed Sunday:

There is only now...

Spirit calling me, using me (moving me)
To pursue Your perfect love
Though I have failed, one thing prevails

Forward I will go, to You my Lord
I will follow faithfully
In times of fear, it's You I hear
(You cast out fear, and You are here)

And I am pressing onward for You
'Cause You make me new
And I won't look back
You did it all to be with me

There is only now

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Kathy,
Thank you so much for your very inspiring words but as always, TO GOD BE THE GLORY. I really am always hesitant to post anything about myself for fear of stealing glory from my God. But I have to do it once in a while to establish my credibility as a witness for the Lord. You see, I am blogging for the sole purpose of giving glory to God by trying to inspire and motivate people towards the path of God's kingdom. As the saying goes, "it is better to light a single candle than to curse the whole darkness." If my posts could bring even a single soul out of darkness into the light, then my blogging would have already served its purpose. Thanks for your very inspiring comments. It is your comments that prompted me to make this post. God bless you and your loved ones always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Fifi,
Alam mo matagal na akong atat na atat mag joke tungkol sa pangalan mo. Alam kong Fifi ang pangalan ng darling daughter mo. Ang tanong ko lang, hindi ba ang pangalang yan ang pinakapaboritong pangalan ng female dog sa America? Hehehe, lol, joke lang, walang pikunan. Pasensya na kung napagdiskitahan kita ng corny joke ko at sana huwag kang magalit. Wala naman akong masamang intensyon lalo sa anak mo. Kung minsan lang ay umaatake ang pagka topak ko, pangit naman kung masyadong serious ako palagi. Nakakabored sa readers. Ulit, sorry sa taklesa joke. Thanks sa dalaw at God bless you all always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Krystyna,
Thank you so much for your inspiring words for me and my wife but as always, TO GOD BE THE GLORY. As I said in my comment above, I never really want to post things about myself, to receive awards or to join memes for fear that I may steal glory from my Lord. My wife is an outstanding woman, one of a kind. We never had any defined roles for the two of us. We just do what we can do for our kids and her going to the US to work was really a big sacrifice for her. She left our youngest child at a tender age of 5 and had to do odd jobs at LA to be able to send money to us. By the grace of God, she was able to land a decent job at Las Vegas as a sales consultant for insurance and real estate. Thank you so much for your very kind and inspiring words. You are a dear friend indeed. God bless you and your loved ones always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Bingkee,
Thank you so much for your very inspiring words and prayers, but as always, TO GOD BE THE GLORY. We have survived everything by the grace of God. And we put our entire faith and trust in God who gives us strength. Thank you so much for your very kind words and prayers too. God bless you and your loved ones always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Krystyna,
I am not familiar with this song but I will look for it at youtube to listen to it. I'm sure its a very inspirational worship song for the Lord. Thanks for dedicating it to me. You are really such a wonderful friend. God bless you and your loved ones always.

shydub said...

Ang tindi ng mga napagdaanan mong pagsubok Sir Mel. Grabe naman ang mga test and obstacle you experienced. Im glad you overcome all that and still a great person who is so thankful to God. ther, i guess who encounteres such pain in life would probably stop believeing.

Gods really works in mysterious ways. We just have to keep believeing on his power and always have faith.

Your kids are so lucky to have you as their loving father and so is your wife. You are both lucky to have each other. Im sure miss na miss mo na wife mo. Ilang years ba contract niya Sir mel, para makauwi diyan sa pinas.

Ang hirap talaga ng buhay ano, kahit masakit mn mahiwalay sa asawa ang ina ng mga anak mo, lahat gagawin para maka survive sa buhay.

I know God is always watching you Sir mel and provide everything your family needs. Your story is very inspiring. Hope everybody could read this and realize that their pain in life is nothing compared to what you have been through, and yet you are still very nice and great to all. You are such a wonderful person Sir Mel. Good to have meet you online. Thanks for sharing your story.

You are kids are all good looking, and your one and only lil princess of the family is so pretty and adorable. She must be papa's girl hehehe.

OweEng2 said...

Hi Mel, what a great post. It's really inspirational. Me and my family too were victims of recent floods in Metro Manila and the flood waters just receded last week. Were in the process of recovering from the disaster and stories like this really motivates me to do more in life. Thanks for the great story.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Shy,
Thanks for your beautiful and inspiring words but as always, TO GOD BE THE GLORY. I must admit you brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for your words of inspiration. Duon ko naaappreciate ang mga tunay kong kaibigan online kapag nakakapag empathize sila sa mga kabigatan ko. But I just gave you an insight to the heavy load in my life. The other side of the story are the numerous miracles God has so graciously showered upon me that even if I live a gazillion times,I could never ever thank Him enough for what He has done for me. Truly, God is good all the time and all the time God is good. Hindi ko pa alam kung kailan kami magkikita ng wife ko kasi hindi pa ayos ang papers niya. Ang panalangin namin ay maayos na ito at magka green card na siya at mapetition yung second at third eldest namin. Yung eldest namin ay amay sarili nang plano sa buhay. We leave everything to God. Thanks for your visit and wonderful and inspiring comments. I really appreciate that. God bless you all always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi OweEng2,
Yes, there are really many who underwent traumatic experiences during the recent floods. All I can say is that, we will never know the reasons for all of these sufferings, but if we trust God as our heavenly Father who is infinitely better than we could ever conceived a father to be, then we can be rest assured that everything that is happening to us is by His infinite purpose and in the end we will receive deliverance and blessings. Ganyan din ang nangyari nuon kay Joseph sa Genesis. Lahat na yata nang masamang maaaring mangyari ay nangyari sa kanya in spite of his being faithful to God. He never ceased to trust and
have faith in God. And in the end, he was vindicated and rewarded by God tremendously. Ganun din kay Job. We have to intimately understand and know God so that we will not fall by the wayside. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you and your loved ones always.

Pia said...

bro, you've gone through a lot and it's so amazing that after everything you're still praising God. your story is an encouragement to so many of us who are going through a lot too. God has been so good to you. i want to write my story too but i guess now is not the right time. i believe that one of these days, i will and like you, i'm giving the glory all to God.

you are in my prayers, bro.

Tey said...

God works in a very mysterious ways. God love you and everyone who beleive in him. Thanks for sharing your very inspirational story
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Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi sis Pia,
You are so kind with your words but as always, TO GOD BE THE GLORY. I would probably not have known God intimately if not for those traumatic experiences in my life. I must admit that when our house was inundated by a flash flood and we had to run for our lives and to seek shelter from a neighbor's house and when we returned to our house to find the devastation it caused, I was crying silently at night so that my kids would not hear it. But I remained steadfast in the Lord knowing that everything that was happening in my life was for His purpose. That was also the case when I could hardly moved for three days because of such extreme pain. I would cry silently so as not to alarm my kids. But through it all, God delivered me from the pains and devastation and had showered miracles after miracles in my life. One of those miracle was when a kindhearted blogger sent me 2,000 pesos for our Christmas celebration. I knew then that God has never left me nor forsake me even for a single moment. Since then I have always been praying for that angel of a blogger. Through it all I praise the Lord for His faithfulness and love. Thanks for your visit and inspiring comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Tey,
I posted my life story not to seek my own glory but to tell about God's faithfulness in my life and to inspire others to seek God's kingdom and His righteousness. I am always praying for you that you will succeed in your online business and that you will know the Lord more intimately. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you and your loved ones always.

Bambie dear ★ said...

Thanks Sir Mel for sharing a bit of your personal life.. Ive been really waiting for you to post something about your life coz I know you have so many inspirational stories to share. ANd I was right, kahit short post lang po ito it tells so much about what you've been through and how you get through with them. Napaka-isnpirational talaga and it gave us hope.. Kahit ano problema dapat huwag gimive-up, no matter how difficult and hard the life may be, for sure malalagpasan lahat yun.. Thanks for sharing kahit konti lang, Im so glad to see your beautiful kids and wife. I hope na sana mas ingatan mo na ang health mo dahil marami malulungkot if ever man may mangyari sa inyo, isa nako dun. God bless you and your family...

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Bambie Dear,
I was always reluctant to talk about myself for fear of stealing glory from my God. Isinuko ko na ang buhay ko sa Kanya at ang ministeryo ko sa internet ay magpost na magoglorify sa pangalan Niya. Nagkwento rin ako ng konti tungkol sa buhay ko to establish my credibility sa internet dahil sa mga taong katulad ni Kathy at Shydub na inilagay ng Diyos as burdens sa puso ko. Thank you so much for the kind words but as always, TO GOD BE THE GLORY. Sorry kung hindi ako nakakabisita sa blogs mo lately. Hindi kagandahan ang pakiramdam ko. Thanks for your visit and inspiring comments. God bless you and your loved ones always.

kathy said...

Kuya Mel, ok lng po.. Alam mo kasi, Josephine and name ng anak ko, after my mom who died when I was young, if you remember, I mentioned that experience before. I would have wanted to call her josie in short but my brother in law was married to a Josie before and she did something really nasty towards him, so out of respect for him, hindi ko na tinawag na josie si fifi para hindi nya ma-remember ang ex nya in my daughter.. Pangit naman kung ganon diba?
Pero ur ryt, fifi is known as name of dogs here.. LOL... chloe, name din ng dog and that's my second name.. so ok na rin kasi we both have dog names.. LOL... Ang mommy nya chloe and sya fifi.. hehehehe

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Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Kathy,
I am so happy and relieved na hindi ka naman pala nagalit sa joke ko. Baka kako na offend ka na biniro ko ang pangalan ng anak mo. Buti naman at meron ka palang healthy sense of humor. Alam mo, touch na touch ako sa mga comments mo dahil very honest and sincere katulad din ng comments ni Shy. Iyan ang reason kung bakit nag relate ako ng tungkol sa buhay ko. Para maestablish ko ang credibility ko sa mga bagong readers ko lalong lalo ka na. Masaya ako pag nae edify ang readers ko dahil sa articles ko. Pinagpi pray ko kasi ang mga yun para mahipo ng Holy Spirit and babasa sa mga post ko. Yun ang reason ko sa pagba blog. Thanks ulit sa dalaw at thank you so much sa pangunawa mo. I really appreciate that. God bless you all always.

Dhemz said...

my gosh...I feel sorry for myself...bat huling huli ako dito....huhuhuh...sensya na po kuya mel....hirap kasi maging asawa/ina/studyante/blogger/yaya....lol!

my gosh...you deserve an applause kuyaMel! you are a great inspiration to many people...this is my first time to know about you...I mean..you know...about you and your family...:)

sa totoo lang...para kang koreano na artista...ehehhe....pogi na pogi yung pic mo eh....:)

para ka ding si Bong Revilla...oh d ba bongga....lol!

what a nice family pic...cute nang Princess Heidi mo...am sure daddy's girl yan...ehhehe!

glad to know about you Kuya...and thanks for sharing this post to us...you know for opening up your life.

Si papa ko din...he has hypertension and diabetes....kaya pumayat sya...bale 2x na yung weight nya ngayon.

God is truly good...thanks ulit kuya. Mabuhay po kau!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Dhemz,
Thanks for your very kind compliments but as always, TO GOD BE THE GLORY. Yes, my princess was only five years old when my wife went to the States to work. Since then, I became the daddy and mommy to my kids especially to my youngest daughter. I have to reveal some personal information about myself to establish my credibility to be an effective witness for the Lord. Thank you so much for your visit and very kind words. God bless you all always.

Dhemz said...

thanks sa reply kuyaMel...saludo ako sau kasi naitaguyod mo ang iyong family kahit malayo sis misis....doble pala yung responsibility mo ana....sige lang....am sure someday soon...you guys will get together again as a family....:)

salamat po pala sa mga dalaw...sensya napo at ngayon lang nakabalik....I needed a day off talaga...ehehhe!

yon palang unang pic sa post ko...mga dahon po yon...dami kasing dahon dito pag autumn....nakakainis nga...napodpod na yung binili kung walis tingting....we have a blower and a rake pero prefer parin ako sa walis tingting natin...hhehe!

yung palang sinungkit ni Akesha ay orange...madami sya nakuha kahapon kaso hilaw pa...lol!

salamat ulit kuya...ingat po...time to hit the hay...god bless and more power!

www.PinayMommyOnline.com said...

I was blog hopping again when I read about your post. Your life is indeed a mirror to reflect on how God is gracious to us. They are right, your faith in God have healed you!

God bless always Kuya Mel!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Dhemz,
Pasensiya na, na overlook ko itong comment mo, ulianin na kasi, hehehe, lol. Salamat sa matatamis na pananalita pero sa lahat nang pagkakataon, TO GOD BE THE GLORY. Natutuwa naman ako kay Akesha na hilaw pa pala yung orange na sinungkit niya. Pwede pa kayang mahinog yun kahit hilaw pa? Salamat uli sa dalaw. God bless you all always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi PinayMommyOnline,
Thanks for your visit and inspiring words but as always, TO GOD BE THE GLORY. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. God bless you all always.

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