What It Takes To EnCOURAGE Others

It has been almost a year since I wrote my last blog. 10 months to be exact and I am so “encouraged” to write my first entry for 2014 today. ☺

I read another blog this morning and I really have to share it with everybody else:

“From rape and tragedy to forgiveness and victory: the Joy Tan-Chi story”

Ms. Joy Tan-Chi Mendoza has been my inspiration since I attended a homeschooling seminar by HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS (HAPI) last May 2012 with my husband. I looked up to her since then because of how she talks about her faith, God’s faithfulness, marriage, motherhood, homeschooling and how important it is to train and teach a child about Jesus. Reading and learning about her rape story today has made me love her more as my inspiration on how I can grow stronger in my faith. If you are also inspired by her and want to follow her journey, you can follow her blog “Teach With Joy” and be fond of her as much as I do.

What I realized today is that God really uses different stories and lives to ENCOURAGE others in Faith, Hope and Love. In Ms. Joy’s story particularly, God made her an instrument to encourage those who were abused to see the goodness and faithfulness of God despite tragedies. The other side of this truth though is the difficulty or hardship of the person being used by God to experience an actual tragedy and be part of the story being written by Him to share with others later on. Can you imagine how much pain you need to undergo, accept and heal from to be able to inspire others effectively? Same with leadership, it is always better or more effective to lead others by example than by force or fear. That is maybe why God made sure that trials will be part of our lives so we can learn from them, rise from them and later on have the credibility to talk about the things we’ve learned because we’ve experienced them first hand. People who would be hearing about your story would be left with only one choice — listen… because the actual experience speaks louder than opinion or perspective. That is also why God gave up His one and only Son to live like us and die for us so He can set an example of what “sacrifice” and “unconditional love” truly means.

The Bible says a lot about encouraging each other but these two are my personal favorites:

Hebrews 10:23-25 (NLT)

23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)

29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Encouraging others takes more than an actual experience or story though. It also takes COURAGE… Courage to tell and share your story no matter how painful it is and how deep it can bring you back to that pitch black hole you fell into when the story happened. I think no one would ever want to go back to a painful experience that almost cost his/her whole life. More than courage, encouraging others takes a lot of Faith, Hope and Love really. Faith is what will tell you that no matter what happened before, God has made a “new creation” in you and He can always make a “new life” out of you. This means that no matter how much pain and fear can sharing your story with others bring back, He can put the light back in a snap because He’s already healed you. Hope, on the other hand, is what will remind you of Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you… plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Love, as a last note, is what would keep you sharing your story with others who badly need to see God’s light and love. It is also the only thing that would remind you why you are accepted, healed and restored…

…so continue to share your stories, inspire others how you’re able to overcome trials and encourage others in growing their Faith, Hope and Love.


May God’s grace be with you always. ☺

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The Positive Side Of “I Can’t Take This Anymore”

I have come to know another important point of having to take things and live life one step or one day at a time.

Today, as I look at 2012 and how the year has gone with God’s presence, I just cried as I was thanking God for each and every thing that happened. If we truly follow Jesus and focus on where He leads us, we will never have to regret or feel sorry for anything at all. Most especially if we’re able to see that each trial or sacrifice was meant to glorify His name and lead other people to come to know Him as well.

As I was thanking God today, my heart was exploding like I won’t be able to take anymore blessing from above, feeling like, “Okay I think I’m so happy, I’m so blessed, I’m complete maybe I’m done” and “I can’t take this anymore.” It’s like feeling completely-tired-I-want-to-die kind of explosion in the heart when we get so challenged in life and difficulties get way ahead of us BUT feeling a more beautiful side of it… just the exact opposite or POSITIVE side of it.

And if I don’t know how to take things one step at a time, I might really end up dead tomorrow thinking I’ve had it all, every challenge and every blessing, when the truth is, God is just starting with me. ☺

These feeling of overflowing gratitude, having a completely surrendered life in Christ and unwavering faith or trust in God made me thinking that I AM EXACTLY WHERE I WANTED TO BE and I am so blessed to know and believe that if it’s not God answering my prayers that led me here, God had the same plans with my dreams. Maybe not exactly having the same path knowing how I get so stubborn at times but definitely the same ending in 2012. ☺

I maybe done but God is not yet done with me. Since He just started building a Godly family through my husband and I, I think 2013 and the years to come will bring us more than we actually thought and prayed for. The best part is knowing that we have God on our side.

May God’s grace be with you always,
MrsEGG ❤


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Serving, Sharing and Surfing ☺

This past week was the most humbling experience in our lives by far. Me and my husband were able to share our riches, not monetary, since we’ve been living on a budget after our wedding three (3) months ago, but our riches in time and talents.

Metro Manila has experienced another calamity the past week involving non-stop heavy rainfall resulting to flood. Floodwaters have covered so many places in the Philippines leaving a lot of people hungry, cold and homeless.

Last Tuesday, August 7, 2012, my husband and I wanted to just go out of our comfortable home, bring our surfboards and go to the flooded areas where rescue was desperately needed. We were watching the news the whole day and most of the reports they receive were “RESCUE NEEDED”. Rescue operation groups were running out of rescue boats and were already trying to borrow from private owners. This led us to offer our help by letting them know that we may not have rescue boats but we have surfboards that we can use to help save lives out there.

We felt that as surfers, who are used to waves, currents and wipe outs, can make use of our resources (surfboards) and physical training to save lives in the flood waters. We were willing and ready to go paddle out once we receive a call/message but we didn’t get any. Given that the calamity only caused landslide casualties, the rescue operation groups, given the lack of materials, were able to do their jobs well with courage, strength, faith, compassion and love. God is good.

Come Wednesday, August 8, 2012, with God calling us to serve and make use of our time and talents to help and encourage others, my husband took a leave from work and we volunteered for five (5) straight days in our church (CCF Makati) to pack and give out relief goods to flooded areas. We’re even privileged when asked to bring our surfboards with us just in case we would need them in giving out relief goods in hard to reach areas. So my husband and I went out of our way and followed God.

Bringing relief goods to CCF Taytay – 08.10.12 (Friday)

Bringing relief goods to CCF Taytay – 08.10.12 (Friday)

Bringing relief goods to Brgy. Pag-asa (Rizal) – 08.10.12 (Friday Night)

Bringing relief goods to Brgy. Pag-asa (Rizal) – 08.10.12 (Friday Night)

Bringing relief goods to Brgy. Pag-asa (Rizal) – 08.10.12 (Friday Night)

Bau, Mighty, LA & Eesai = Bringing relief goods to Brgy. Pag-asa (Rizal) – 08.10.12 (Friday Night)

Bringing relief goods to CCF Bulacan – 08.11.12 (Saturday)

Bringing relief goods to CCF Bulacan – 08.11.12 (Saturday)

From 1 dump truck to another – 1000 bags for families in Bulacan – 08.11.12 (Saturday)

From 1 dump truck to another – 1000 bags for families in Bulacan – 08.11.12 (Saturday)

From 1 dump truck to another – 1000 bags for families in Bulacan – 08.11.12 (Saturday)

08.08.12 – Wednesday – Giving out relief goods to Brgy. La Paz Makati – We met Vincent, Harris and Harold, kids who asked me what it (surfboard) was called (our surfboards being used to transport relief goods to their houses). God blessed us with talents that we’re able to teach them how to paddle with a surfboard in the flood and share the stoke. Unknowingly, they showed us how to be joyful in misfortune♥

08.09.12 (Thursday) – We went to Brgy. Bangkal to give out another batch of relief goods. I found myself sharing the gospel with handmade “rasta” bracelets to four (4) kids namely: Jon Jon, Bryan, Caleti and Lian, whose houses were also flooded by the calamity. God reminded them to always pray no matter how small or big the problem is because Jesus will never leave them. He already shared His blood for all of us so our sins can be forgiven. They were all smiling and repeating every phrase per color♥

Our last day of relief operation happened last Sunday with other surfers from Surfari Phils., headed by Jasper Enriquez. Jasper organized a relief operation for surfers who want to help out flood victims from the recent calamity.


Jasper was able to gather 200 bags from the RIDE ROCK RELIEF project which also aims to collect relief goods for calamity victims in the Philippines. Having heard from Pastor Danny of CCF Taytay that Rizal is the least supported flooded area since floodwaters normally last two (2) months to seven (7) months in hard to reach areas, we suggested to Jasper, if they haven’t found a flooded place to help out yet, maybe we can go to heavy flooded areas in Rizal with the help of CCF Taytay.

So it happened. Our Sunday Surfers group went to Villaluz St. Brgy. Kalayaan, Angono Rizal with Niko Baua and his crew from ABS-CBN to cover the relief operation. Niko is not just a reporter, but a diver, and recently got stoked in surfing when he tried it with Jasper’s group in Baler, Aurora.

August 12, 2012 was the most touching from all five (5) days of relief operation that my husband and I went to. I, personally cried when I saw Nanay‘s teary eyes (“Nanay” – in english, “Mother”) just right after giving her a bag relief goods. She’s about 65-70 years old and told me that she’s so blessed and thankful because that was the first time that they have received help and donation ever since the monsoon started. She said that they kept on listing their names but haven’t received any help. Her face is marked in me that whenever I think about her and remember her eyes and words, I can just cry. I told her that I will never forget Villaluz and that if ever (not hoping that another calamity would happen again though) there will be another misfortune event, I will remember and think first of Villaluz and their baranggay. My husband, LA, on the other hand met another Christian during our relief operation. When were down with just a few bags to give out, LA met Noel, a sick man who is undergoing dialysis at the moment and couldn’t go out of his flooded house and get the relief goods bag. So LA went up to his house and checked his status, gave the bag and prayed for him. That moment humbled him as well and he will never forget it. LA and I will always include them in our prayers.

Some pictures taken by Niko from the Sunday relief operation:

Nikolo Baua ‏@Nikobaua: “Surfers distributing relief goods in Rizal with their long boards. @surfunited #reliefPH”

Nikolo Baua ‏@Nikobaua: “I was skeptical at first, but the surfboards were pretty useful in giving out goods in the cramped neighborhoods.”

Nikolo Baua ‏@Nikobaua: “Some residents cant get the relief goods in the bgy hall bcoz of the floods. It had to be brougt to them. @SurfUnited”

Nikolo Baua ‏@Nikobaua: “Paddling & distributing aid in floods. 🏄 @surfunited #morefuninph”

Surfers brave floodwaters to deliver relief goods

The relief operation for surfers is only the beginning. Jasper also launched a campaign entitled, SURF UNITED, which aims to break or change the surfer stereotype into responsible surfers and welcomes other educated surfers in the Philippines who want to give back to the community and help other people by joining in the campaign, and the recent relief operation was just the start of it.

SurfUnited on Twitter

Surfing, more than the stoke, fun, and laid back lifestyle that it provides, is a celebration of God’s creation. You celebrate with the waves, but it also doesn’t stop there. The kind of stoke that surfing gives you makes you want to celebrate God’s gift of nature anytime and anywhere, as long as there is still creation to celebrate with. Who is responsible then to take good care of God’s creation and preserve God’s gift so we can continuously celebrate life with our loved ones and others? Let’s take a stand and make sure it’s the right one.

As for my husband and I, we will make the right choice, continue to take courage as we live a “shaka” lifestyle and will continue to serve the Lord.

May God be with you always,

But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” ~ Joshua 24:15 (NLT)

“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.” ~ Philippians 2:13 (NIV)

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God’s Presence? Don’t Say It, Just LIVE It

Have you experienced listening or being involved in debates or conversations about the presence of God and His existence? How about bumping into a few stories or articles on books and magazines? I’m pretty sure most of us have but I wonder how you felt about it…

In our present time, we can’t force people to believe in God if they don’t feel or haven’t seen His presence at all, most especially those people who spent most of their time studying Science and are passionate in finding reasons or explanations in each and every thing that exists in our world. But there is one way though… living our lives the way we would explain how God exists.

When we’re able to get through difficult challenges in our lives and we know that there was no way we could have lived another day after experiencing a horrible and cruel situation in our lives, who could have saved us or enabled us to get up on our bed (or worse, get up on the floor) when there’s nobody there? Would you say Casper? Or an old friend in spirit visiting you in your dreams? I’d say God.

When we’re able to handle things better, differently, and with unconditional love flowing in our hearts even if tears kept running down from our eyes, and we know that that’s not how we used to be or how we used to handle things, who could have showed us or told us how? Would you say and claim it for yourselves? Would you thank and think of “the universe” and anything else that comes in your minds other than your heart and God?

When we see unwavering faith from a scared woman praying in the middle of a war in Middle East Asia, courage from a disabled man who lost both his feet but never gave up in his life, hope from the eyes of a hungry, malnourished and poor child begging for money or food in the streets, forgiveness from the heart of a mother who lost her son or daughter murdered by a mentally sick and lost man, kindness from a 12-year-old boy who helped an elderly person cross the street, trust from an untiring wife to her unfaithful husband, peace in the midst of a country flooded by a strong and wicked typhoon breathing out fallen houses, and lastly, unfailing love from a father to his son who mistreated him and threw him out of his house because he broke a computer or a television set for not knowing how to operate any of them, when we see these impossible things happening in front of us and unfolding from our eyes but somehow something or someone made them possible to exist, would you say they were just coincidences or fate? Would you think of “destiny” and any other thing you accept and believe except God? I would think, feel, say and believe that in each of these situations, there is the presence of God.

The presence or existence of God is living and active. He’s visible in the impossible things happening in our lives and in our world. Some people may not get tired of saying that they will not believe until they see and can touch God in front of them not realizing that God’s presence exists in the people around them who simply do not give up on them even if they make mistakes or aren’t perfect.

As other Christians say, debates about the presence of God may not be necessary if we live our lives the way we believe. That’s the only way we could show and share the existence of a savior because our saved lives serve as living proofs. Then let God Himself do the rest. ☺

Peace & Love always,

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ~ Matthew 19:26

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On R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

“Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone.” – 1 Peter 2:16-17a 

If JUSTICE is what LOVE looks like in public, according to Mr. Cornel West, I say RESPECT is what LOVE can be to other people, most especially, enemies or anybody who have hurt us for that matter. RESPECT is what anybody can use to replace ANGER in their hearts. 

I was reading a few pages today from “The Power of a Praying Wife” by Stormie Omartian, a beautiful wedding gift from our Ninong Dodie & Ninang Lalaine Pereña, when I got stuck with the word “respect” and how I have been living my life with it for almost thirty years now. I have realized that just by choosing to be silent and NOT humiliate any person who have wronged us not only humbles us but shows great respect for others. I have quite a few experiences to share how this can be possible. 


Whether you’re thinking about your parents or other family members, or just an elderly person walking down the street or waiting for a bus ride at a terminal, what do you think respecting elders mean? Yeah I have shown respect to elders who were not related to me. I think that’s the easiest part. But what if the challenge for you is to show respect to your parents who choose not to give respect to their children? Does that give children the right to disrespect their parents? I have a lot of friends who have different difficult experiences with parents, including mine, and of course I can only share my experience. The thing is I am one of those people who have very dramatic childhood experiences with parents and only my closest friends (who respect my parents by the way) know the exact details. Yes, parents can hurt their children too. Whether they hurt them physically, mentally or emotionally, parents can cause a very deep hurt among their children. Maybe one of my experience that I can openly share with you is when I was in fourth year high school (secondary education). I was 15 or 16 years old then and was hardly working on a term paper that I needed to submit the next day when my parents were fighting behind me, throwing off things at each other, fax machine, telephone unit, and anything their hands were able to hold on to, while cursing each other with the most hurtful words you can think of to say to a partner. I was literally crying while I type my paper but kept my heart strong and was praying that I wouldn’t fail in my studies so I could get a job just in case my parents ended up killing each other and I will be the only one left to feed my younger siblings. Anybody who’s hurting tend to somehow think of just themselves, how they feel and not care about anything or anybody around them at that particular moment. I’ve had these moments. So did my parents. We can say that parents who choose to fight in front of their children is a form of disrespect, not thinking of the possible effect on the children, but will never be considered as enough reason for children to disrespect their parents. In my case, I chose to respect them as parents in these situations by being silent, while hurting and crying, only talked when asked, and only uttered the words “Mommy, Daddy, enough” while crying and looking after my younger siblings.

RESPECT FOR OTHERS (most especially for those who have wronged you)

In my whole life, I got involved in an actual fight twice, because I needed to defend loved ones who couldn’t fight for themselves. I was around 9 or 10 years old in the first one and kicked a boy on his groin area because he threatened my little brother that he’s going to hurt him. I stood up for my little brother right away. I was 12 years old when I’ve had my second and last actual fight with a 16-year old girl who was like a foot and a half bigger than me. It wasn’t really my fight but was my best friend’s fight. I was just with her when suddenly they were already fighting physically and saw the big girl punching my best friend on the head. I stood up for my friend, went in and tried to stop them when I found my hair being pulled by a big 16-year old girl. I tried to punch her but I couldn’t reach her face. I kept on thinking how I can stop her from all the crazy things so I just kept on pinching her chest, the only thing I could reach in front of me, hoping I could make her stop but didn’t. Fortunately, the fight got big enough to make a scandal in the whole neighborhood so our families came running to us and saved the day. This was the fight that made me swear I wouldn’t let myself get involved in another situation, that I can always do better with my good intentions. There was a girl who wanted to fight with me when I was I think in 2nd year high school because of envy but I chose to talk to her instead so we can have peace. We made peace but we never became friends. I grew up with this mindset to keep peace as much as I can no matter how other people try to hurt or ruin me with their backstabbing words and deeds. I can choose to respect them even if they don’t respect me. As I grew older and live a life in the corporate world, I realized that there are more judgmental people, who wouldn’t blink an eye when they backstab you or ruin you and hurt you so they can get you out of their way and bring you down. They call this crab mentality. I’ve met different kinds already from one company to another and I know that wherever I go, I would meet another kind. I always try to humble myself and not fight back as much as I can. For whatever reason, no matter how I want to keep peace and not pick a fight, I guess there are people who wouldn’t stop until they see you completely out of their way. My close colleagues from previous companies who know me well and know the truth have told me the same things, fight back or at least defend myself. I chose RESPECT. At least by not saying anything bad about the other person to other people, no matter how hurt I am, would show respect. And knowing that I am not perfect and also bound for limitations and weaknesses, I leave, at least before I lose all of my patience and peace that I’ve been trying to build all my life. I always tell myself that the enemy can always try to hurt me and bring me down but the peace that I get from showing respect instead of anger and leaving or running away from evil temptations cannot be taken away from me. I later on realized when I became a Christian that the peace in me was God’s voice telling me how I should live this life His way and no other way. Respect has become my form of forgiveness.


Given that we’re not perfect, we’re bound to hurt others as well no matter how much we try not to. We may or may not know it, or we were doing it for immature or mature reasons that we couldn’t comprehend until the actual issue is already in front of us waiting to be ignited or has already exploded. Now I must repeat that anybody who’s hurting tend to somehow think of just themselves, how they feel and not care about anything or anybody around them at that particular moment. I’ve had these moments. So did other people that I’ve hurt. One other thing that I chose to do aside from pray and ask forgiveness is that I also chose to give respect. Letting them be and allowing them to get hurt without defending or justifying your actions while you ask for forgiveness, whether they choose to give it now or later, show great respect for others. Even if the people that you’ve hurt chose to destroy you after and have their revenge by ruining you publicly, whether they’re telling the truth or not, they’re hurt. They will try to explain why and how much they’re hurt and shout to the world that they don’t deserve any of it, even if you’re getting hurt in the process and the person you’ve hurt have unnoticeably turned the situation upside down, respect is something you can still give after praying and asking for forgiveness, just by being silent and still, keeping your peace.    

RESPECT FOR LOVED ONES (Disclaimer: I asked my husband to review my blog and asked for his permission first before I posted this blog. Respect. ♥)

Maybe some of you will notice why I separated the parts where you give respect for others and respect for loved ones. I felt that I needed to separate the “others” who are considered not as close to our hearts as our “loved ones”. Based on observations, I realized that most of the time, it is harder for people to give respect back to our loved ones who have hurt or wronged us. Simply because the damage is greater and deeper. But this doesn’t change the need to still give respect, most especially to our loved ones who need respect from us the most. Me and my husband have been thru a lot of difficulties already, from the time that we started our relationship as boyfriend and girlfriend, engagement stage and until we got married. Maybe our experiences were not as many as those who have been together for 10 or 25 years now but I’m sure they’re considered difficult. The thing is no matter how much my husband has hurt me in the past, or hurt me now and maybe in the future, respect is still something that I can choose to give to my husband no matter how hurt I am or how much hurt I get. Showing respect for my husband can be as simple as not humiliating him in front of other people, by keeping our fights within ourselves, the two of us, and not involving others as much as possible. There were times that we got friends involved but those were his choices. After a while he learned that our fights and disagreements must remain within our walls. He learned to keep that. I respect my husband in such a way that his imperfections need not to be heard or seen by others, most especially if there are already people who misjudged him in the past and ruined him by talking about his mistakes publicly and make fun of him. A man’s self-esteem, once tramped deeply and crushed his heart, do not need to be crumpled all over again especially if he already knows his mistakes. I respect my husband, the love of my life, in such a way that I will not let the enemy use me and my words to destroy him in front of others. I can get hurt and cry in front of him really hard and tell him how much he’s hurt me but I will never cry in front of other people about my husband and rant about his mistakes and how he’s hurt me. I respect and love him enough to not give other people a reason to judge him and see him any other way than how God made me see him thru His eyes.

There may be times before that I was able to share our stories and issues with our closest friends but not because of “vengeful” or “anger” intentions. But because we’re blessed with caring friends whom God used to get in the way to help us, love us enough to initiate communication with us in a way that we can both share trustfully and share issues that we won’t be able to fix on our own. These friends who will love you no matter how imperfect you are and who will not judge you no matter how many times you fail, I consider faces and hands of God in the midst of our challenges.

Any living thing in the world, from animals to environment, men and women, aside from Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin, wants and deserves RESPECT, as much as how God loves us.

RESPECT IS WHAT LOVE CAN BE WHEN YOU’RE WEAK AND HURT. If we can’t love everybody as much as how God loves us because we’re hurt, we can choose to give respect instead, and love later on unnoticeably. ♥

“God will bring to judgement both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed.” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:17, NIV

“Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” ~ Ecclesiastes 12:13b-14, NIV

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Proverbs 21:30

“No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against GOD.” ~ Proverbs 21:30 (NLT)

We may be asking ourselves now HOW, WHY, WHEN, WHERE, WHAT or WHO in our lives… and until now we cannot seem to comprehend everything that’s happening to us.

Some people may be asking about the love of their lives or their God’s best. “How will I make him or her love me?”“Why did he/she leave me for another person?” – “When will I meet the right person for me?” “Where can I go to find a partner?”“What would make him/her notice me?”“Who is the person I’m going to marry?”

Some people may be asking the same interrogative words about the financial or professional aspect of their lives. “How can I get a job abroad?” – “Why am I getting paid so low?” – “When will I get an increase?” – “Where can I get money?” – “What are we going to eat today?” – “Who will be our next boss?”

We can keep on asking questions the whole day or even all through our lives but the sad truth is… most people would rather spend their time asking, wondering, questioning and complaining about everything that happened, is happening and will happen in their lives… and this is only happening to people who put their hopes and faith to the world, than GOD. Believe me, that’s the only difference. You might be surprised to know that you and your neighbor may be experiencing the exact same things but you handle them differently. You might be spending your time crying, questioning and complaining but your neighbor is crying and praying to God, and most importantly, reading the bible. I learned a long time ago that we cannot expect God to answer in our prayers. Would you like it if you suddenly hear a clear voice answering each and every prayer you’re asking? I don’t know about you but I personally am not sure if I’d be scared or screaming. I learned a long time ago that there are only three (3) communication tools we can use to talk and have a relationship with God and I tell you, iPhone 4 or 4s, Blackberry and other popular devices known to men in our time now ARE NOT LISTED.

1. PRAYER – it’s our ONLY WAY to talk and say EVERYTHING we want to say to God. Financial provision, loved ones, partner, job, business, gratitude, failures, mistakes, forgiveness, strength, endurance, etc.

2. BIBLE – I learned a long time ago that the Bible is God’s medium to talk TO US, to say something to us. Prayer is when He just listens, while reading the Bible is when we listen to His Words and answers. You’ll be surprised how He accurately gives us every answer we’re looking for.

3. Lastly, EVERYTHING ELSE IN OUR LIVES (People, situations, events, etc.) – I learned a long time ago that each and every situation, people, moment and event that happened, is happening, will happen in our lives have purpose and meaning to our deepest desires. God uses people and events in our lives either to DISCIPLINE us or TEACH us to be better, to be more like Christ. If we’re asking How, Why, When, Where, What and Who – the Bible, as the voice of God, shows us WHAT to do and HOW to handle the WHEN, WHERE, WHO and EVERYTHING ELSE IN OUR LIVES. How we handled everything will result to SOMETHING. This something will eventually answer your most questioned word, WHY. If the result is something that have broken you, God is definitely trying to humble you and show you that your life can never be managed by any human wisdom, experience, understanding or plan because we are naturally imperfect and still bound for weaknesses… BUT ANYTHING IS STILL POSSIBLE and can only be done if SURRENDERED TO CHRIST. Let go of your own strength and let God’s strength reign in your life.

Aren’t you amazed how just one (1) bible verse, Proverbs 21:30, can say a lot of things to me? It’s also possible that this one verse can tell more things, even more than this, to you. Live IN God, not just WITH God. Sometimes if we use the word WITH we still forget to let God reign and put His authority in place simply because we think He’s just WITH us, as an observant. If we live IN God, we live BY HIS WAYS, BY HIS COMMANDS, BY HIS WORD. We surrender EVERYTHING to Him, we lose ourselves, our own desires and we let God lead our lives. It’s the most humble act I can think of but also the most peaceful and purposeful way of living a life. Once we surrender and live IN God, you’ll be surprised how all those interrogative words in your life – HOW, WHY, WHEN, WHERE, WHAT, WHO – will slowly be answered and replaced with just one answer – GOD.

May God live in your hearts, always. ♥

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Making A Difference Thru COLORS

I was not supposed to write about anything yet until I get to finish my blog about my wedding but something wonderful happened to me today and in a snap, my heart was ignited once again by God and I just can’t help but share what it’s all about. ☺

So today I was watching my husband play football while I was also taking care of Chico (our baby boy Shih Tzu) when I saw a group of kids around10-12 steps away from my left. They were also watching the game at the field when I asked them where they’re from. While looking at them as they watched the game, an idea snapped in my head like a “Eureka”, accompanied by an authoritative voice in my heart saying “This is one of the things that I called you to live for.”

I remembered our couple counselor leader, Tito Joel Alimon, when he shared with us last week about how he tries to share the good news and the best story of all time in the most uncommon place with people whom he thinks and feels need it the most. He shared with us that during one of his regular golf time with friends, a heavy rain suddenly poured from the sky and they were forced to settle and wait at a snack bar/area in the middle of the field while around 30 caddies parked their golf carts around the bathroom/restroom area and settled there as well as they waited for the rain to stop. As a follower of Christ, Tito Joel couldn’t help but went to the restroom as he asked for guidance from God. He thought that the situation was a very good opportunity for him to share the gospel and tell 30 caddies about how we can be truly rich in life without money, cars, luxury and all. His story went on but what Tito Joel doesn’t know is how he inspired me as he was telling his story. He made me remember to make the most of each and every moment that we’re provided with to make a difference and share God’s love… even in the most unexpected place in a very unexpected time. He made me realize that if we’re still waiting for that unexpected moment to come to us, it will never come. Because as followers of Christ, our roles were made very clear on the bible. The awakening truth is that those miraculous moments might not come to us because we might be the ones who will make and give those moments to other people. Serve God first. Others second. Think of ourselves the least.

So given these random thoughts in my head with a strong voice in my heart while watching a group of kids watch the football game of my husband, I attempted twice to call the kids and tell them God’s story. During the first attempt, the kids suddenly ran to drink water. The second attempt was when the kids were already rushing toward the field to have their own football time. I did not give up on the idea and will not give up on my promise but at that time, I honestly gave up on the chance given to me. As I watched my husband walked towards me after his football game, the moment taught me another thing and gave me another random idea.

My husband and I went to the mall, Market Market, after his game to check out some stuff we still need at home. As we entered the mall, the first things I wanted to get were yarn bracelets with colors Yellow, Black, Red, White and Green. I’ll tell you later why but they sound like Bob Marley “Rasta” colors right? Which actually made me think as well that maybe behind Bob Marley’s face and deep in his heart, his famous colors really meant the gospel and God’s story. Just maybe. ☺

So I was looking for rasta yarn bracelets and wanted to buy in bulk. I wanted these bracelets to replace the biscuits and juice that I used to buy in bulk and give to street kids whenever I’m in the car and stuck in traffic. I wanted these bracelets to be my weapon wherever I go if I get another chance and opportunity to share God’s love to children and adults. In this way, I can definitely get their attention, keep the important things I should say in a structured manner in my head using colors as my guide. You see I was able to experience first hand how to be taught and how to teach the gospel thru colors 4 months ago with the help of our church, CCF Makati. We were on a “Love Moves” month in February 2012 and the church was actively doing charity movements for the whole month to share God’s love. Me and my husband were so blessed to be a part of it and were able to share the gospel for the first time using colored yarn bracelets as well to groups of people in Makati. We learned about Heaven (YELLOW), Sin (BLACK), Blood of Christ or His Love/Sacrifice for us (RED), Salvation and Forgiveness of Sins (WHITE), Eternal Life (GREEN). These were accompanied by bible verses as well so we know where to refer to. If you’d like to know more about this, I was able to find a site that would help you understand this better. ☺

After almost 30 minutes of looking for rasta yarn bracelets, I decided to buy the raw materials and make my own gospel bracelets for my mission.



I made my own ring first made of the yarns I bought as a symbol of my commitment to God to make a difference every moment or chance I get to share about His love for each and everyone of us. ♥



Now I have to finish off the yarns I bought and make gospel bracelets as many as possible for the world. ☺

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Garlic King: For the Love of My Husband ♥

So what’s the story behind this Garlic King kitchen tool?

This week I have started cooking for my husband. Yes, it’s a new thing for me. You see when we were still in a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship, LA was always hoping I’d cook for him. I said no all the time. Even when we got engaged then. He was always teasing me how less I know about cooking and all. I was always in defense and telling him that I can be a good cook and I know that the taste I’m gonna leave would be addicting! ☺ BUT (there was always this big but) then again I can only do this if I have time… or IF I MAKE time 🙂 hahahaha! The truth is I don’t want to do it for him YET. I told him I would cook for him if I’m already married to him. ♥

So, 11 days ago, I got married to this any-food-as-long-as-it’s-with-rice-eater person… and he kept my promise in his heart. Yes, he made me remember about the cooking promise. ☺

Of course, I will never forget it as well but I wasn’t really looking forward to it and was just really letting things happen as needed. ☺

So this week I started cooking for my husband… and I must admit and must be honest, I started to get excited about it. Just the thought of cooking for my love and how I would make an unforgettable taste out of an ordinary corned beef in can for him made me want to be a wife more than anything else in the world. ☺

There is one important thing though. My husband loves garlic. I love garlic too but not as much as he does. He needs to have it in anything he eats and it has to be one garlic bulb (not just cloves) per viand. Now everybody knows how garlic is supposed to be prepared for cooking. You can’t just peel and cut them and put them on a pan. You have to at least grind them or cut them in really tiny pieces so you can release its best flavor. You need a mortar and pestle to do this. The bad news is my kitchen doesn’t have one. So I have been cooking for my husband for two days and I feel so incomplete without it. Although so far, my husband is loving the food I prepare or he requests every time, I still feel I need to make sure that my tools are complete so I can do this cooking job the best way I can. One ‘special’ thing about me is that I am somewhat an obsessive compulsive type of person when it comes to work or basically anything I do. So I always make sure that I do something at my best all the time. More importantly, I always think that I work for God in anything I do no matter how small something is so the more that I put my heart, mind and energy into it.

So today, after work, before I go home to cook dinner for my husband again for the third time, I decided to pass by Shopwise in Pasong Tamo to get a mortar and pestle so I can cook the tastiest 555 tuna sisig with garlic for my husband. ☺ I was there for more than an hour looking for other kitchen stuff I might need before I asked for the only reason I went there, assuming that they have at least one mortar & pestle. Unfortunately, they ran out of stock. So I thought my mere presence there was pointless. I didn’t buy anything and went to Rockwell Powerplant instead. The mortar and pestle I saw at True Value was overly priced for a kitchen tool. So I was asking the kitchen ware staff for alternatives. They were giving me tools that may look like helpful but also look like could only last for a few days. Until this Garlic King was given to me. I thought this could serve its purpose. ☺

So I spent like three (3) hours at two (2) places looking for a mortar and pestle and ended up with a garlic presser for the love of my husband… just so I can cook my best for God’s best in my life. ♥


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Official SKATE PreNup Photos of LA + Eesai by ©Allen Pangan ♥

Official SURF PreNup Photos of LA + Eesai by ©Allen Pangan ♥

Location: University of the Philippines, Diliman, Q.C.

Bride-to-be: Eesai Garcia
Groom-to-be: LA Garcia

Direction & Photography by: Allen Pangan
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Special thanks to the following:

Photographer’s Assistant:
Marlon Toladro

Dog Whisperer: ☺
Arsenio Froilan Jhong Mesina

Visit LA + Eesai’s official wedding website at: ♥

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