Surprise Grace On My Birthday

found at pinterest via a place to dwell @ wordpress
Today I celebrate my birthday with a positive blog post and I also celebrate God’s faithfulness throughout my journey in life, yehey! Wow, I’m in this age almost close to kick myself out of the calendar yet I feel grateful and excited for more surprises to come! Knowing what God has in store for me, why worry? Of course, I worry sometimes but I'd like to share you something insightful as I hit my new age this morning.

In my previous years I could hardly enjoy when “change of plans” came along since these also brought me insecurities, discomfort, distractions and sometimes tears, tiredness, anxiety and frustrations. As you've just read, yes, I was a very negative person. Believe me, I was terrible on handling all of my negative thoughts, these used to control me. But also because of these diversions I became better and some of my habits, character, conduct and faith improved as well. How? By always running to my Maker. For He knows the deepest desires of my heart and only He can complete me: He offers eternal love and the best life we can have for now and forever. I always keep coming back to His strong arms and cry for help - a daughter seeking her Father's comfort.

And now I'm so happy to read this devotion from Grace@Work and I love what Rhoda just cried to God, "Lord, You have always helped me in my darkest hours. I shouldn’t worry now, should I?" (read full article below). I thought to myself, "This is exactly what I want to say to the Lord". Since one of my goal this 2015 is to have a meaningful and stronger intimacy with the Lord, I practice to talk to Him most of the time, I pray anywhere. I write my prayers in my journal.

Hardships, fears, sickness, failures, cancellations and even postponements of some of my dreams and plans are my giants in life but since I know and believe that God is with me for the longest time and He is ever-present, I ended up feeling better most of the time. Remember, He is also our hiding place (Psalm 32:7). I'm no King David but I'm the curly daughter of the King of Kings and Lord of lords, I'm special and beloved.

Kung Wala Kang Destinasyon...

Some weeks ago I decided to go outdoor biking without a specific destination in mind. Actually magulo ang isip ko noon kung saan ko gusto magpunta. Gusto ko kumain pero parang ayoko. Gusto ko mamasyal at mag-muni-muni pero ayoko. Gusto ko magpunta sa malayo pero ayoko. Gusto ko lang ay mag-bike. Dahil dito, masasabi kong hindi ako naging productive noong hapon na iyon. Mahirap kung hindi mo talaga sigurado kung ano talaga ang gusto mo.

Ayan, sige, nailabas ko ang pink kong bike sa wakas! (By the way, yan nga pala si B). Pinalagyan ko ng hangin ang mga gulong at go padyak na patungo sa kawalan… oops, not really, papunta lang Marikina Riverpark, my usual place. Ang problema, may tyangge pa pala doon, di ako makadaan ng maayos. Kailangan ko umalis doon, kailangan mag-iba ako ng daan. Dito na nagsimula ang mas matindi kong struggle (okay, mas matindi pa rin ang pagpila ng matagal para makasakay ng MRT). Padyak, sige punta sa isang street kaso ang daming sasakyan sa likod ko, nagpa-panic ako pag ganito. Kasi wala pa akong helmet o anumang pang-protect ng katawan ko. Takot ako mabundol, takot ako makasagasa… madami akong takot actually. Pero ayoko naman bumalik sa bahay. Ayoko pang umuwi.

Anong pwedeng mangyari kung wala kang specific destination na nasa isip?

Poematic 02.07.15 Mandirigma

Malayo ang tinatanaw ng isipang naglalakbay
Nagmumula sa katawang halos lumulupaypay
Puso at utak nahihirapang magkatugma
Naglalaban mga damdaming napakahiwaga

Daan-daang tanong papalit-palit sumusulpot
At bawat isa ay hindi naman nasasagot
Ngunit may mga salitang kalooban ay napapanatili
Mula sa isang tinig na payapang humahalili

Tumatakbo nang mabilis papalayo sa kadiliman 
Masugatan na sa pakikibaka huwag lamang abutan
Mga higante ay humarang man ay hindi magpapatumba
Kalakasan ang mga pangakong nakaukit sa alaala

~Madz Madaje

Simula pa lamang ng taon ngunit bumubuhos na ang mga pagsubok sa buhay. Ganito din ba ang nararanasan mo ngayon?

Hillsong Worship Live in Manila April 2015

Yey for Hillsong Worship's No Other Name Asia Tour!

This famous worship band from Australia is coming to Manila on April 10 2015, Friday, 8PM at SM MOA Arena! Another awesome event to worship our Sovereign God in larger venue, but I still prefer Smart Araneta Coliseum though.

No Other Name - the latest album released by Hillsong Worship and the team is composed of the people in photo above. I am not sure who's coming to Manila and lead the worship event on April 10... hoping for a complete team ;)

Ticket prices range from PhP 300 to PhP 2,500. And now available for purchase via SM Tickets and Becca Music Tickets.

VIP (Reserved Seating)   Php 2,500.00
PATRON (Reserved Seating) Php 2,000.00
LOWER BOX A (Reserved Seating) Php 1,500.00
LOWER BOX B (Reserved Seating) Php 1,200.00
UPPER BOX (Free Seating) Php 600.00
GENERAL ADMISSION (Free Seating)Php 300.00

Call SM Tickets, 470-2222 or Becca Music Tickets 910-5524.
For more details, visit!

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ticket price, ticket seats, seat plan
And now, who's excited????!!!! :D

UPDATE: February 19 But sorry, there's no more available tickets as of today according the Becca Music Inc., huhuhu :( still praying for another night to open though...

Deadlines and Readiness

Tasks and deadlines… they come in endless list but must finish each in required time. Ever felt so busy but not productive? I did… so many times. But thanks God I’ve come to develop a habit of listing my priorities then arrange them according to importance to lessen stress and avoid a clutter mind. I am a person who gets easily distracted though ironically, I believe I am also good in multitasking. But at the end of the day, my joy is not complete for I want to give my 100% to everything I do especially at work and my ministries.  That’s why before the end of 2014 I made a decision that I’ll take writing on my planner and having daily devotions in 2015 seriously. I want to have a more meaningful and deeper intimacy with the Lord. And so I bought a Certified Positive 2015 Planner which contains of course positive messages, Bible reading guide, great testimonies from several people, budget and to-dos record, goal-settings, stickers and more. The planner is perfect for my everyday use and not so heavy to bring everywhere I go: size is 5 ½” W x 8” H, hardbound with the quality of paper so smooth and think. Available at bookshops and online via their website for PhP549.

And along with writing in my planner, I read Our Daily Bread 2015 which was given by our boss and a daily workplace devotional book by Grace Chong, Grace@Work. I’m on my 11th day today and my spirit is lifted up every time I read the Bible verses and amazing short messages. I also started an inspirational photo album at my Facebook page wherein I post the message which struck me the most to encourage my friends as well. Textcutie and Youversion’s Bible mobile apps are very helpful to me these days.

Yey to my everyday partners this 2015!
journals, my Certified Positive planner, Grace@Work book, Now that you're boss which I won through Sir Edwin Arceo's online raffle (will post a review about it soon), my NIV Bible, Our Daily Bread  2015

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