5 of 31: Oh No, Monday!

Oh no!… Monday na naman! Kaka-stress!

Alam mo ba na blessing ang may maayos kang trabaho (part-time/full time/freelance/online) , nakakapag-aral ka at lalo na ang magising ka ulit at makaranas ng panibagong araw?

Kaya imbis na unahan na natin ng simangot, inis, iyak at pagtamlay ang araw na ito ay piliin natin maging positibo at may pag-asa ang araw na ito :)

Kaya ba natin gawin ito? Oo naman. Basta mag-desisyon tayong piliin ang mas makakabuti sa lahat. Maaaring hindi ito madaling gawin pero at least, pwede natin i-try ^_^

Dahil sabi sa nga sa Biblia, "Huwag ninyong iayon ang inyong mga sarili sa kapanahunang ito. Sa halip ay mabago kayo sa pamamagitan ng pagbabago ng inyong isipan. Ito ay upang masuri ninyo kung ano ang mabuti, kalugud-lugod at ganap na kalooban ng Diyos".    Mga Taga-Roma 12:2 Ang Salita ng Diyos (SND)

"Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God,even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]."   
Romans 12:2 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Kaya choose na natin maging better, not bitter. Sa mga panahon namang grabe ang struggle natin para mag-isip ng maganda sa araw na ito… e magpatulong na tayo kay Lord. Walang hindi Niya kaya basta magpa-rescue tayo sa Kanya ;)


At sa Mga Taga-Filipos 4:8 Ang Salita ng Diyos (SND)
Sa katapus-tapusan mga kapatid, anumang mga bagay na totoo, anuman ang marangal, anuman ang matuwid, anuman ang dalisay, anumang mga bagay ang kaibig-ibig, anuman ang may mabuting ulat, kung mayroon mang kabutihan at anumang kapuri-puri, ang mga bagay na ito ang isipin ninyo.

Philippians 4:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].

At kung talagang wala ka ng drive or passion para mag-commit ng mabuti sa work/studies/projects mo, e pag-isipan mabuti kung bakit ganito ang nadarama. Emosyon lang ba? May pinagdadaanan? May pinaghuhugutan? Nasa tamang lugar ka pa ba? Para pa ba sa’yo o hindi na? O baka naman, dahil kulang ka lang sa tulog o gutom ka na pala kaya mo yan nadarama?

O sigurado ka ng hindi ito ang purpose mo, ang higher calling mo? Hmmm... then kailangan nito ang matinding pag-iisip, pagsasaalang-alang at panalangin



At kung nasa season ka naman ng pag-alam at paghihintay sa will ni Lord para sa'yo; o kaya naman ay naghahanap ng bagong trabaho... ito naman ang isipin natin habang kasalukuyan tayong nag-aaral, nagta-trabaho at gumagawa ng iba't ibang paglilingkod:

Mga Taga-Colosas 3:23-24 Ang Salita ng Diyos (SND)
"Anuman ang inyong gawin, gawin ninyo ito ng buong puso na para sa Panginoon at hindi para sa mga tao.  Yamang nalalaman ninyo na kayo ay tatanggap mula sa Panginoon ng gantimpalang mana dahil ang Panginoon, ang Cristo ang inyong pinaglilingkuran."

Colossians 3:23-24 Amplified Bible (AMP)
"Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah)."


Ito naman ang iiwan ko sa inyo, ang iba pang mga Protips ni Ma’am Maloi Malibiran-Salumbides ng 702 DZAS. Maririnig ang mga tips nyang ito tuwing 7am bago ang Oras na Pilipinas radio program.

Matatagpuan din ang mga pictures na ito sa Official Facebook Page ng Protips.

At tulad ng laging huling pagbati ni Ma’am Maloi…

“Be a blessing in the workplace today”.

Sa susunod, pwede nating pag-usapan ang ibang career matters... like relationship with workmates, conflicts, sweldo, atbp. :)

Happy Monday everyone! Happy birthday din po Ms Maloi :)

Love,
M


BetterCurly at awesome 5



confetti photo via knotandbow@etsy

Some years ago, a friend of mine asked me about my most favorite school subject back then. I didn’t answer quickly, instead I asked him back. He answered that it’s always been Science for him and explained his reason of liking it: Science is exciting for it’s about explorations, inventions, making theories and proving things. And then I gave out my answer next: mine’s History. And even before I explained why, my friend shared about the people’s personality is somewhat related to his/her favorite subject.

At that moment, I rediscovered myself.

I have this habit of memorizing and jotting down remarkable events with its details and repeating as much as everything on my mind again and again. It’s like remembering its weeksary, monthsary, anniversary, a decade-sary and so forth. And maybe this is why I’m into photography too.
When did I start this odd habit? From as young as I can remember.

That’s why I enjoy throwbacks and this is also why I cannot get over easily. I exercise my memory skills in contrast with having a short attention span. I can keep myself busy traveling back and forth in my head. It’s how I spend my thinking every day. Sometimes, I’m just stuck in the middle of my crazy memories and what ifs: hence, like scratching the wounds of the past.

Anyway, do you agree that there’s relevance between your most favorite subject and your personality?

Well, I do and there are times I dislike myself for recollecting thoughts that are good to be forgotten again and again.

Interestingly, my 2014 life verse was from Isaiah 43:18-19.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
said the Lord God Almighty.
I thank God for this assurance and reminder that He is my Creator and He is Sovereign: my future is in good hands. My good old memories are just a part of me but won’t define me forever. I cannot keep going on my journey by always looking back and feeling sorry. And I won’t be able to reach and celebrate my victories joyfully by being stuck forever.

So today, I celebrate my blog’s fifth year!
Yey!!! Thanks God for this awesome day!


I started writing with just a plain and personal goal. I was very new to Blogger platform and I was pretty messed up yet driven to start a blog that 7th of July, 2010. And the rest is history.

This blog had opened doors of opportunities, new friends, inspirations and encouragements which I never thought could came in. Little by little, I gained confidence in myself.

Also such a blessing and evidence of how God can mold and transform a person. And then by using my life and this platform to influence, help, entertain and encourage others from everywhere. Sorry for the times I irked you of my own dramas =D

As being so thankful for all the blessings and thousands of visits on my blog for the last five years;
there'll be surprises coming soon ^_^ will keep you posted!

And to all my mentors and friends, thanks for sticking with me and believing in me. Love you all!

God bless!

Love,
M

P.S.
Here's a perfect song for today's celebration by Planetshakers, This is the Day, inspired by Psalm 118:24. ;) Do you know that this Christian worship band is coming to perform in Manila on August 13-14, 2015? Click here for more details and ticket sales.


My Idea of a Wonderful Coffee/Tea Time as a Reader



original photo source

Hence, a wonderful coffee/tea time would be a chat these three wonderful fictional characters: the Prince (Le Petit Prince), Liesel Meminger (Book Thief) and Lucy Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia). Surely, I’d be thrilled to have a moment with these awesome individuals. Perhaps I’d take a group picture with them or draw them a portrait.

All of them were little children in their own stories but they had thought maturely. Their beautiful minds always wandered and they pursued their dreams and passion. They knew who and what matter the most in their lives. They didn’t just let the passing time passed; they made life happen through their curiosity and explorations. They gave remarkable impact and inspiration not just with their co-characters but with every reader of the novels.

That’s why I’d like to talk to them about the youths of today.

To make an observation how the young people live and think at the moment.

I’d like to know how they’d compare their lives from today’s generation.

I’d love to know their favorite part and adventure of their stories and who/what inspired them the most.

Of course I was young once too and made ridiculous decisions. I even hurt my loved ones with my stubbornness. But as I grow older, realizations and chances to make my life better keep on coming. I’m glad that I continuously discover how to make good plans and improve myself. I always have this curious mind. I like to try and learn so many things. But I became very careful as I aged. I am mostly afraid to take risks and I worry much in a day. But the little Prince, Liesel and Lucy were all courageous enough to live in the moment.


I'd like to have a coffee/tea with the Little Prince, the Book Thief and Queen Lucy the Valiant.

The little prince went away from his small planet to explore the other worlds until he came to earth. He even captivated the heart of the pilot through his innocent and sensitive heart, curious mind and shared adventures. He asked good questions and loved the sunset so much, same as I do. Plus, he’s very loyal.

While Liesel did not let the law of reading books stopped her from learning and pursuing her passion. She was determined to learn how to read. Then she wrote down her stories and adventures as well that gave hope to Max Vandenburg to continue fighting for his life. Stealing someone’s books is another story and is not correct although she actually preferred to be called a borrower.

And finally Lucy, the youngest of the Pevensie silblings and the first to discover Narnia, she conquered the possibilities of so many things for being courageous and adventurous. Her heart was so pure and always faithful. She always had faith in Aslan, in Narnia and mankind.

These three fascinate me the most. I hope to see more young minds being used to make this world a better place, pure hearts to care for others, and the free-spirit to stretch the limits of possibilities. I always have the hope for the youths and I’d love them to know about the Prince, Liesel Meminger and Lucy Pevensie and also their beautiful stories. May the future readers gain wisdom from these characters and re-discover their passions and opportunities to make powerful changes.

As C.S. Lewis once said, "We read to know that we’re not alone".

photo components source: book photobackground 


This post is my answer to OMF Literature’s question: If you could have coffee/tea with three fictional characters, who would you choose and what would you talk about? (It doesn't have to be characters from Narnia, it could be any from all the books that you've read.)
Want to win a boxed set of The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis? Watch the video to find out how. We'll be choosing one...
Posted by Omf Literature on Sunday, June 7, 2015
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A Book Review: Crazy Busy



“Hello, my name is Busy.”

Crazy busyness became a habit of mine. If you know me well, I'll seldom tell you that I'm free or can give you a specific date to schedule an engagement outside my own bulk of priorities.


In one of our activities, I volunteered to share my thought about the book we were reviewing that time and I got a free book as a prize. There were some other titles to choose from but the Crazy Busy book was placed on top of the others and with its interesting title, I took it. And Sir Timmy from the RightNow team gave me a good feedback about it. He recommended it so much and also said that it was a very personal book.


And it is, Pastor Kevin DeYoung wrote his thoughts and research in a conversational manner. With his simple outline with lists made his points much easy to understand and relate to. Actually, turning the pages gave the feeling of having a friendly talk with your mentor in a peaceful afternoon. And I did not even want to finish my reading yet because I want more.

Anyhow, at the beginning of this book, Pastor Kevin pointed out that he wrote this book not because he’s the most knowledgeable and able to restore people having a crazy busy life but because he’d also like to study his own struggle and work on some changes. 

Don’t worry; this book is not too churchy that we’ll feel the condemnation of Heaven just because we are too busy with everything in our lives. It's 2014 Christian Book of the Year though. But Pastor Kevin was able to give a fresh insight on why we’re having a challenging view on being busy with our individual life, career, family, parenting, our hobbies, habits and even how our nation run on daily basis. 

This amazing book spoke right to my heart. I am aware that I lack discipline of managing myself in so many ways. But this gave me added learning that I should not ignore. I’ve always wanted to succeed in every aspect of my life. I’ve always worked hard to achieve my dreams. I’ve always tried to serve God and people more. But I've always found myself struggling, feeling stressed and defeated. I can totally relate to wonderful Jane who lived a priority-less life (Chapter 5). However, what Pastor Kevin had written gave me a brand new hope to realize and correct my shortcomings plus improve my ways. Thanks God for such wisdom and blessing. 

Hence, I rate this book with 5 stars over 5 and recommend this to all crazy busy people out there. You won’t see a list of how to simplify your life, restore your sanity nor becoming a less hectic immediately but you’ll be able to learn more about yourself and your busyness.

Well here is a list of my quotes from this Crazy Busy Book that had great impact on me.
  • We are here and there and everywhere. We are distracted. We are preoccupied. We can’t focus on the task in front of us. We don’t follow through. We don’t keep our commitments. We are so busy with a million pursuits that we don’t notice the most important things slipping away.
  • We make up most days not trying to serve, just to survive.
  • Because we can do so much, we do do so much.
  • When we are crazy busy, we put our souls at risk.
  • Busyness is like sin: kill it, or it will be killing you.
  • Busyness kills more Christians than bullets.
  • You are trying to do what God does not expect you to do.
  • Jesus didn’t do it all… And yet, He did everything God asked Him to do. 
  • Setting priorities is an expression of love for others and for God.
  • The people on this planet who end up doing nothing are those who never realized they couldn’t do everything.
  • The biggest deception of our digital age may be the lie that says we can be omni-competent, omni-informed, and omni-present.
  • We need God’s ordinary means on Sunday for our extraordinary busy lives the rest of the week.
  • Life… is like a track workout. We run hard and then rest hard.
  • You suffer more because you don’t expect to suffer at all.
  • We were made to be busy.
  • You can borrow time, but you can’t steal it.
  • God can handle the pressure.
  • It’s not wrong to be tired.

I want to quote more but I’d like you to read and explore this book by yourself. You may buy Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung published by OMF Literature Inc for P250 only. Available on OMF Literature branches and other bookshops nationwide.

You may also download a sampler here for free.

POEMATIC 05.30.15 I am sorry but I really do not get it


I am sorry but I really do not get it
Throw your trash all over the place
Is this world yours?

I am sorry but I really do not get it
Disregard a simple “please fall in line” rule
Can’t you wait a little longer?

I am sorry but I really do not get it
Cannot even apologize for hurting somebody
Is this the usual you?

I am sorry but I really do not get it
Always take advantage of a weaker person
Are you happy with yourself?

I am sorry but I really do not get it
Steal everything: time, space, visions and chances
Will this help you get richer?

I am sorry but I really do not get it
Tell more lies continuously
Will you still be able to separate your fantasies from our realities?

I am sorry but I really do not get it
So difficult to understand your excuses
Until when are you going to acquit yourself?

I am sorry but I really do not get it
Stay as a prisoner of own selfishness 
Can you define the irony of your portrayal versus your inside?

I am sorry but I really do not get it
I am sorry but I really do not get you
I am sorry if I echo your errors back to myself
Every now and then



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