3 Inspirational Books That Had Great Impact In My Life

Books, books, and books: these make me happy.
Ever since I was little, I enjoyed reading. I came from a family who loves to read especially my dear father.

Well in few days, I’ll be celebrating my 30th birthday… 30??? Yes! I’ll be three-decade old this February :D Decades of God’s blessings and faithfulness. Years of turned pages. Thousand days of trip to the bookstores and libraries.

So starting today and in the next posts are my lists of three books under categories. These selected books had been a part of my life and most I still re-read from time to time :)

Thanks God for the good books that help me and mold my characters through the years. Hope you’ll check these out in the nearest bookstores near you, I promise, these beautiful works are awesome and inspiring!

Three Inspirational Books that Had Great Impact in my Life

1.    When a Good God Allows Rape by Joy Tan-Chi Mendoza

~ I remember myself questioning God about His goodness and purpose by seeing victims of evil works every day. But my deeper learning about Ms Joy's life gave me a change of heart and brought me compassion for all. I will never be able to fathom God's mind but I can choose to be still and trust in Him. I'm also happy that I had a short talk with Ms Joy in person during the OMF Literature book launch last September 2015. Truly, Ms Joy is beautiful inside and out. I commend her courage to share her testimony to glorify the Lord!

2.    Who Would Have Thought? by Acel Bisa-van Ommen

~ A pretty new book from CSM yet Ms Acel's heart after God's own heart spoke so much to me. I can relate with most of her stories especially on finding her identity in Christ and helping children in need. Since I've read her book, I'm claiming and counting my own "pambihirang pagkakataon" with the Lover of my soul. I decided to let God and go on an adventure! And as a bonus, her songs that were mentioned in this book are also available for free download :)

3.    Expect a Move of God in Your Life...Suddenly! by Joyce Meyer

~ A thin book with a huge impact on my faith life. This book helped me see God's impossible works made possible! I remembered going through prayer and fasting for days after I finished this book and since then, I encountered my breakthroughs. I continue to live a life expecting God's mighty works suddenly not just in my life but also to everyone He leads me to.

Happy Reading! Be inspired by good books :)

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Love, MM  

My Silence

In moments...
... when you cannot open your mouth although you want to defend yourself…
... when you choose to listen than to totally blaze the conflict…
... when you start trying to understand the other person’s thoughts and feelings…
... when you have selfish and unselfish reasoning in your mind at the same time…

But know that...
... the Lord hears our heart.
... our unspoken words are laid down unto Him as we let Him deal with us.
... all our laments are not hidden from Him.

And I know for sure that in these moments –
our best weapon of choice –
is silence.

May we discern when to talk and when to get hold of our tongue. Sometimes, it's better to keep quiet and think of our words before we blurt them out.  A waiting moment for the calm after the storm.

As Proverbs 10:19 says, "When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, 
But he who restrains his lips is wise."

You Are Precious, Even If...

You are precious.
Yes, you are.

In someone's eye, you are beautiful. 
Even if there's another person who told you that you're not.

In someone's mind, you are special. 
Even if there's another thought in your head that says you're plain.

In someone's heart, you are wonderful. 
Even if someone makes you feel worthless.


In God's eye, mind and heart - you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
You are precious in his sight.

Jesus loves you. His love is greater than anyone and anything could offer.
He knows the deepest longing of your heart. He knows you inside and out.
He hears your cry and feels your fear.

And He can comfort you if you ask Him to. :) Go, try!

Just believe. Hold on to His love.

Here's a song for you, oh you amazing person who's reading this right now. :)
Holding On by Jamie Grace ♥  She's such a talented girl with a beautiful heart. God is using her mightily through positive music even if she has and had Tourette syndrome, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, echolalia, anxiety disorder.

For if the Lord wants to use you to be a channel of blessing to others, He'll make a way.
Just believe that He is able.

Have a nice day! A blessed 2016!!! ♥ ♥ 

POEMATIC 11.18.2015 I'm Sorry

Four years ago

I held your hand
And said "I'm sorry"
For all my wrongdoings

You looked at me
And asked
"Why were you sorry?"
With a smile on your face

I cried so much
I remembered my past
My rebellion, my selfishness
All my mistakes

But then again
You just smiled at me
And said, "You're okay"
"You were a good child"

From that moment
I received forgiveness
I revived my courage
And hugged you tight

I was your little playmate
Your youngest princess
The excited listener
To a great storyteller

It's been four years since my father went home to be with the Lord.

I miss him so much. Thanks to God for I had a moment when I was able to say "I'm Sorry" and "I love you" to him while he's still with us  - such treasured moments.

So, children... obey and honor your parents this is following God's command and showing your love for them 

7 of 31: Winning Attitude

Yey to the winner of my blog's first giveaway!

Congratulations to Onlee for winning these two OMF Literature's awesome books:

  1.  Going Up?: Making Right Choices at Work by Yay Padua-Olmedo and
  2.  Attitude 101: Mga Dapat Malaman ng Bawat Leader by John Maxwell (Taglish).
I'm super excited for you to read both of these books, to learn from good teachings and be inspired by both authors' stories.

While we have a winner of a book giveaway, Project Runway also had its new winner too. Season 14’s finalists created distinct and beautiful collections for the New York Fashion Week but only Kelly Dempsey (my favorite) and Ashley Nell Tipton's designs stood out the most.

I love these black outfits by Project Runway's Finalists Candice and Edmond.

I'm so happy for Kelly though she was only a Runner-up to Ashley.

Kelly's collection was inspired by "Studio 54 meets new wave" with so much glitter and metallic pieces and Ashley made a plus-size collection inspired by Mexico in the 50's which was sweet and beautiful.

Both deserved the crown but the latter took the courage to be the first Project Runway designer to show a plus-size collection in the finale. And this made her and her designs remarkable. I'm glad that Ashley overcame her insecurities and fears. I'm also thankful for her because she lent her stain remover to Kelly before the runway show and they had an awkward moment after this ;)

My favorite pieces of Ashley's designs for the Finale

Yet I can never forget Heidi's comment on Kelly's infectious positive attitude. Maybe she's not a total saint of kindness. Sometimes she offended her co-designers with some of her gestures and words. But the judges had so much faith in her for she won most of the PR challenges and she usually returned their comments with an optimistic answer and then she did what she promised to do next time.

“I’ll do better next time.”
“I’ll keep your comments in mind.”
 “Thank you so much. I appreciate your comments.” (In a very sincere tone)

And of course, Kelly got disheartened a little bit after the announcement of winners but I believe she can recover fast because of her optimistic personality. Checkout my previous post about my love for Kelly's attitude ;)

Through this it's more obvious to see the effect of having a good attitude to people who watch us every day. There are some who will not show their appreciation for your hard work and pleasant character but they will surprise your with a reward whilst some are just stretching their patience to avoid conflict with us for our awful behavior.

Yes, we are born imperfect and we cannot please everybody but we have the power to choose whether we'd like to be remembered as a person of good manners or not; of humility or arrogance; beautiful inside and/or outside.

Psalms 25:9 says that "God leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way" and in Proverbs 11:2 "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom."

But thanks be to God for He loves us so much despite our mess. We can ask Him to continue molding us according to His best design and purpose. For He can turn us from being a mess into a [good] message to this "selfie" kingdom.

Also, we can ask for His help to love the unlovable: the people who make us hate a beautiful day and forget our blessings.

May we remember that even Jesus, "the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve"; according to Mark 10:45.

We are not the center of the universe. We are made for a purpose to honor and glorify His Name. We are also made to love Him the most and we are tasked to love people.

When we possess a humbling attitude, then we can finally be a blessing to others.

Hope we can be one today :)

I'm actually looking forward to a better version of myself and I'm putting my trust in God to help me with this.

*All Project Runway photos from mylifetime.com

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