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Press the Reset Button

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Victory and greatness can sometimes blind me of the real important things in life.

Defeat and challenges can sometimes paralyze me to focus on the things that truly matter.

I feel like I always have to press the “reset” button every time either of those happen in my life.

And now, as I just turned 31 this month, I feel like I need to do a reset of priorities again.

I felt like I’ve lost the end goal in mind and I merely chose to live each day as it comes.

I lost a sense of target, a vision.

I realize that for the past months, I’ve wasted a lot of my time doing unnecessary things and sometimes not doing anything at all.

What happened to me, maximizing my life being single?

I don’t know. I just lost it.

But I’m grateful that I can always start again. I can always go back to my list of faith goals that I set at the start of this year.

I’m just glad I made a list!

As I once again press that “reset” button, I pray that I will never lose sight again of the vision that God has given to me at the start of this year. I pray that everything I will be doing will always be aligned to what God had already set for me for this year.

And as I continue to wait on certain things in my life, I pray that I will never grow weary and lose hope.

I will continue to live with God’s vision in mind, enjoying the present.

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My heart is not proud, Lord,
    my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
    or things too wonderful for me.
 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
    I am like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child I am content.

Psalm 131:1-2

I am 30.

I did something drastic on my 30th. I had my hair trimmed short. Well, it should have been more short but the stylist told me it’s too drastic. So, I let him decide for the length. (Pixie, short hairstyle became an “in” thing recently.) And so here it is…

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I don’t look 30, right? 🙂

But I’m grateful to even reach 30. It’s a blessing to be able to live 30 years. Just imagine living another 30 years, really long right? Life is indeed a blessing. But to live a fruitful life is much much more. And I owe everything to God who truly has been faithful in allowing me to live an abundant and fruitful 30 years.

The best gift God has given me this year is the opportunity to go back to Canada and start a new life there. It is a granted dream and answered prayer. Indeed, God does not withhold good things to those who love Him. Why would He? He is good and generous. He gives the best and He is the best Giver.

The best gift God has given me in my whole existence is His love and grace through Jesus Christ. That, I can never trade for anything, even my dream. I’m totally sold out to Jesus. I can’t imagine living another 30 years without Jesus in my life. I just can’t. Indeed, His word is true that apart from Him, I am nothing.

The second best gift God has given me are people. I am grateful to be able to see other parts of the world, experience the good things – but those would be worthless if I didn’t get to share those with different people that God has put in my life. My 30th year got sweeter because of the relationships that God has sustained and for new people that He has added into my life. They say that the only thing you can bring to heaven are people. And so, I’d rather invest on people than on material things. I want to see them all in heaven.

I’m looking forward to an exciting journey as I enter a new phase in my life. I’m just comforted with God’s promise that in this journey, He is walking beside me, ahead of me and behind me.

I am 30. I am forever secure in His presence.

To God be all the praise and glory!

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Cheers to all 30’s and beyond!!

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Going 30

This is really it!! Haha! Few days from now, my age bracket will change. Hello 30!

I really don’t mind telling people my age when asked. My age is one of the reminders of God’s faithfulness in my life. I remembered one activity in a gathering wherein we were asked to put the age which we think we are ready to die. Guess what, I put 30. I have a very simple criteria why I put 30. I’ve done the most important things I have to do in my life. Love God, love my family, love others – showed and told them. That’s why I can die at 30.

But then, that’s just me. Only God really knows when.

There are so many things that I am forever grateful to God. I hope I’m always able to give God the credit for everything in my life. Because He is really the real thing. Everything in me is nothing apart from the grace of God.

The best gift my Heavenly Father has given me in my 30 years of existence is His Precious Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. My success, achievements, experiences are worthless if I missed what only MATTERS.

My life had never been more amazing until I met Jesus and get to know His great love for me. He is always enough in my life but I can never get enough of Him. That’s why I really believe that we are set for eternity. Because our earthly life can never have enough of the awesomeness and greatness of Jesus.

So no matter what age you are in right now, I hope you also get to meet Jesus. Not just meet, but also get to know Him – deeply. Just like to a family, spend huge amount of time with Jesus (praying, reading the Bible). Just like to a friend, share your interests and struggles with Jesus. Just like to a lover, think about Jesus more than anyone else every moment of your life.

That’s not religion. That’s relationship. A Father to a child. A Lover to a bride. A Friend to a friend.

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

– Jesus (John 10:10)

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Imagine 32

When I was in high school, I used to imagine what my life would be after college. Asking myself, what my life would be when I turn 30? Will I even reach the age of 30? Did you ever have such thoughts when you were younger?

Tomorrow, my sister Amity turns 32. I’m just wondering how Ate would turn out to be. She could be one of the coolest and bubbliest teachers for special children. Or, she could be in a different part of the world living a fulfilling life. Or, she could be married (do you think?) to a Jewish-American, engineer-businessman with a little girl or boy and just be a house wife. 🙂

But one thing is for sure, she is definitely living life to the fullest and with a purpose. My sister never did things for no reason at all. There’s always a goal in mind, not wasting any time for unnecessary things.

And as I think about this, it also makes me wonder what my life would be when I reach that age. As I reach my 30’s soon, it really confirms how swift time has been as my imaginations during high school are still very fresh in my memory. It’s nice to dream about certain things that could motivate us to strive better. But it’s still important to always go back to what’s real and making sure it’s always aligned to God’s plan for our life.

Indeed, we will never know when our last breath would be. But what’s important is that we always leave a good legacy that when people remember us, it will bring them good memories of us. My sister could have left different impressions or marks to different people. But I hope that the important qualities they will never forget about her (well, aside from her very hearty laughter) are her love for God & family, strength, determination, and generosity.

Let each day of our life be always lived as if it is the last.

“Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

Just some trivia about my sister…  🙂

Do you know what the name Amity means? It means friendly. My parents wanted to give us unique names that my father had to look into the dictionary.

My sister’s nickname was “Onsing”  because she was born on the day that a typhoon hit Cebu having such name. Well, just good that it wasn’t her real name. Hehe…

Happy Birthday Ate! Enjoy the party UP there! 🙂

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28: last few hours

I really don’t have anything in mind to write about. It’s just that I want to write something before I turn 29 tomorrow. Just to put a closure to my series of 28 blogs, though, I haven’t really written much. Or should I say, I’ve really been busy being 28? 😀

I was excited when I turned 28 last year. I just wanted to embrace it. But truth is, it’s not really about age. It’s just a number. It’s just a marker, I believe. Like, when I was 28, I experienced parasailing. Or, it was when I was 28 that I joined this ministry. It’s just easier to remember when numbers are involved. 😀

So, what’s up with being 29? 29 people and older – you tell me. 😀

This is my last year being in the 20’s. I used to wonder when I was much younger if I would ever reach the age of 30. I don’t mind counting my age. It’s a milestone for me as a year is added to my life. It’s a blessing from the Lord. It’s actually a miracle to be able to get through another year and still intact with my faith. It’s all God’s doing. 😀

I don’t have definite plans for my birthday. As much as I wish my family is here, I’m still grateful for what God has set for me on my day.

As I desire to grow more in faith this 2013, hope that you pray for me as I take steps of faith each day to really know what God has willed for me this year.

All glory and praises and thanks to God for 29 years and more. 😀

Cheers! God bless you!
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28: Celebrating 60

Last Friday, July 13, I went home to Bacolod to celebrate my father’s 60th birthday. I am blessed because I was able to come home and be with my family to celebrate this very special event. My dad didn’t want to have a big preparation. But, then we believe that he deserves a celebration. We were planning to go to Cebu and spend the whole weekend there. July 15 is his birthday. However, the weather wasn’t really nice for the past days, so we decided to just do it somewhere closer.

With family and friends, we had the major celebration at Mambukal Resort. The cake was a hit, not much of the taste but of how it looked. My father always wanted to have a swimming party than a formal, function room party (which what we wanted…hehe). So, swimming it was. With most of the food, grilled (which I really missed!).

That was the 14th. On his birthday, we had a lunch with family and some few friends at L’Sea. It was a private lunch, having a room of our own. The food wasn’t as much and as good compared to what we prepared the day before, but, it was just good to be served and not clean the dishes after. Haha!

I must say it was a great birthday weekend! My dad was very grateful and obviously, happy on his 60th. 🙂

This is one of the highlights of my journey being 28. To be able to celebrate a signifcant year of my father.

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28: love & wait



I’m 28. On Monday, I’m turning 28. Some may think, at that age, I should be getting married, or if not, at least be in a relationship and settle down before I get 30.


I’m 28. Even before I turned 25 or 26 or 27, I’ve been complete as a person. Since I learned to practice the word, “surrender”, I became complete. In Christ, I am complete.


I’m 28. I am single. Yes, I’ve never been in a romantic relationship. As they say, “No Boyfriend since Birth”. But, it doesn’t mean I don’t want to be in a relationship.


I’m 28. I’m a believer of waiting for God’s best. Yes, I failed at one point. I’ve had my own share of being heartbroken. Not all may know. But, it didn’t make me stop believing in love. It made me better.


I’m 28. As I continue looking up to the Author of love, I will never be tired of waiting. I will always enjoy romantic movies. No bitterness. Just waiting.


I’m 28. And if I’ll meet him when I’m still 28 or when I’m 29 or 30 or whenever, my first LOVE will always be my first. And I hope it will be the same for him too.


I’m 28. A woman captivated by the heart of God. Beautifully waiting.