Bible Verse of the Week || Drifting Away


Hebrews 2:1

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

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I fall into many temptations and there are times when I know there is a trap, but I just let myself fall. I start to regret that the moment I hit the ground and guilt slams on you like a hard brick. But what I find amazing is that God is willing forgive you no matter what you do, no matter how far you go… when you come back to Him, He’ll welcome you with open arms. Unbelievable, I know. But open your eyes and start believing it ’cause it’s true. We have a God who cares out there, who loves you, who wants to talk to you and listen to what you have to say. You may not see Him at the moment, you may barely hear His still and small voice, but He’s there for you.

There are times when we drift away from Him, it may be because of the people we are with, our busy schedule, discouragement, it may be a ton of reasons… sometimes we barely notice it, but as time passes by the fire slowly fades until it’s totally out. Life may seem like it has no problems then and you get comfortable sticking like glue to that sin of yours- nothing bad is happening anyway, it won’t hurt. (Yet). Then when all comes crashing down, who would you run to?

Remember that God is always there for you with open arms, don’t be afraid. Return home. Yes, people in church will ask a lot of questions, lecture you, welcome you, pray for you, but thats part of growing in Christ- you have to endure it. It’s hard. Especially once you’ve been gone for so long- you may not be as close as you were with God and it may take time, but He’s there all the time… so what is there to worry about?

You know what is the best way to prevent this? by reading His word, His life guide, His love letter for you. For you. Read it, meditate on it, and learn to love it… and it will keep you strong and holding on. But I tell you now, its hard to believe in something we do not understand- so before you start your day or end your night… pray.

So if you feel that you are sinking, even just a little, acknowledge it and turn to God- the more you feel like not praying, that’s when you should PRAY. Remember the acronym, PUSH? Pray Until Something Happens. And I’m telling you, it’s the best feeling ever- having, yet again, another beginning and a new start and I encourage you to make it right with God. He’s waiting for you. 🙂

God bless you, my lovelies!

What keeps you from God? And how would you deal with it?

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The Big Black Moth || Fear


The big black moth and me. Me holding a food cover as my shield and a tennis racket as my weapon. My sister was in my room asking me if I killed it yet. Unfortunately, I’m not the killing type. Poor moth has a life to live, a purpose, going into other people’s house and scaring the poop out of them… to help them fight their fears of course! It’s a silly thought, but it makes sense.

In the process of waiting and thinking and staring at this ‘enormous little’ moth, a still small voice told me “Do not fear, for the Lord is with you” and I kept repeating this to myself, telling the Lord “Okay okay, I’ll do it” but the more I get closer to the moth, the more I see how big and scary it is. I backed out and apologize to God for the lack of trust. “Why does it have to be so big?” I whined.

The Lord was testing my faith, and I knew that- but I was just focused on the moth. Man, that’s one huge fly. Anyway, I think God knew that I wouldn’t be able to trap the moth so He brought daddy home just in time. And you know what? He calmly took a small plastic bottle, cut it into half and trapped the moth, covering the bottle with paper, opening the window, and setting it free. It was that simple. For dad, the big black moth was simply nothing more than a small black fly.

Dad was aware of it’s size, he must have been scared at some point. But somehow he knew that it had to get out of this house and flee. As I pondered on this little incident, the big black moth resembled fear. Who of you have big black moths in your life? and how did you conquer it? or are you yet to…?

A Touchy Conversation With My Little Sister


After our little sibling quarrel we said our Sorry’s and somehow had a conversation about me leaving to college…

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Gab: Ate (meaning ‘elder sister’) when you’re in college chat (with) us ha!

Me: But what if there’s no internet?

Gab: Then ask your teacher how to put internet.

Me: But what if we can’t have internet.

Gab: Then you can call us.

Me: But then, what if I lost my phone?

Gab: You mean, if you don’t have load? Then borrow your classmate’s phone.

I couldn’t help but be curious into what she would say next, so I pressured her… hehe.

Me: What if everybody doesn’t have load?

Gab: Then ask God, (she said with no hesitation) He will give you load.

Gab: We’ll miss you, Ate. (She rubbed her eyes, about to cry)

I hugged her and it was a beautiful moment. It’s nice to know that you have a sister who loves and cares for you, and even better, one who draws you closer to God. I thank that Lord for giving me such a wonderful little sister, an answered prayer indeed. ~~ She even mentioned an additional “Can you write what I said, Ate? And print it to the whole world” She’s the family clown too!.. and now I’m wondering if that was all an act… Nah, it was too beautiful. If mom and dad read this, they would give me the ‘See?-you-have-a-sister-who-loves-you’ face… Haha anyway, Au Revoir my Lovelies and God bless!

I Can’t Speak In Front of People… Cause I Cry Instantly.


Proverbs 12:25
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.

It was only today when I figured out the reason to all my crying and my awkward conversations with people. It was both frustrating and embarrassing… confusing too. Whenever people would ask me to sing or talk in front of  a person or crowd, I cry. Whenever I try to share a story or testimony, I cry there too! And whenever I am asked to lead the prayer for either somebody or for simple things like food, I still cry… And it makes me question my faith in God. When I cry in front of people before I share what Christ has done to my life, they think it is “tears of joy”. I felt sad, disappointed and frustrated with myself. I wanted to share the word of God, but not like this! I want to be confident, I want the words that come out of my mouth to flow like a continuous river, and cry whenever I feel God’s power and His awesomeness. But not because of fear.

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I don’t know why but somehow, I have a good feeling. I feel that, through this struggle I could help those who encounter the same problems- if it is God’s will. But I hope and pray that someday, I could overcome this fear with the help of God. For now, I will continue to pray and just wait for His right timing. I would like to thank the Lord for giving a supportive, God-fearing, fun, and awesome sister in Christ, Eloisa G. 🙂 She really helped me get through my problems and I know that I could count on her. She’s available not available all the time, but God is! 24/7. So when encountering problems… Go to Him! He will NEVER fail you! 

What a Blessed Day!


So the past few months have been AWESOME and EXHAUSTING, it was beautiful! and you know why? Because it was the day that God has made! I have felt so blessed and thankful for all the things He has done for me. Yes, I have had my doubts and worries, stress and pain, but we just have to remember to trust in the Lord. I haven’t been posting for awhile and I wasn’t able to write about my day since I had exams and, it’s going well, glory be to God. Thing is, I have a bad feeling for my Filipino and History test…

Huhuhu Lord! Filipino test was sooo hard D: I barely knew anything! and I couldn’t ask the teacher because then she would say “I’d be saying the answer if I told you” and I almost cried and I was sooo nervous. But then I remembered that You will always be there for me no matter what- and I thank You for that Thank You Lord!

“Even if I am weak, even if I fail You Lord, You take me up and make me stronger.” – Composition of Brother Joven” ~ Life with Christ, Facebook

And we just finished our ACC church’s 7th year Anniversary! Tons of fun! and glory be to God, I even won an award! and it was in ‘trophy form’~ my first trophy ever…

Youth Role Model Award

 I just felt so blessed and so overwhelmed, it was beautiful. Apparently, I was the ‘Youth Role Model’ and my speech? I didn’t know I had to make a speech! Waaah! (#゚Д゚) so I borrowed baby Johan’s speech and said “Thank you”. Just that. It was funny, yes. But I was nominated for the ‘Youth ROLE MODEL’, I should’ve done better. I was so worried about it, but then, it felt as if the Lord was telling me not to worry… you know the song “Well Done” by Moriah Peters? It felt like that. And it was just… pure bliss. To know that the Lord is proud of you, that you did a good job… its a wonderful feeling. (♥◕ฺ∀◕ฺ)

I just- feel so blessed, there’s no other way to explain it. The Lord works in such mysterious ways… He is so good. And I feel bad at times, when I don’t give Him my time, at least just to say ‘Thank you’. So I’ve made it a habit to talk to Him openly, just like talking to your best friend, and I am hoping that you will also give your time for Him.

BTW, Tito Bobby just came here to Dubai- first time ever ❤ Thank You Lord for bringing Him in here safely. Let this place touch his heart and draw him closer to You. Be with him through trials and pain. You are awesome and I know that You will never let us go…

At night, I cry myself to sleep.


- Gabrielle (sister)

– Gabrielle (sister)

Only few of my friends and family know how much of a drama queen I am, and usually those who know a lot about me could see through my tom boyish and tough appearance. They know I am very (emotional and physically) sensitive and they don’t find me… ‘daunting’ or at least thats what most of my friends thought of me when they saw me for the first time. They found me, intimidating; tough-looking; hard to deal with; scary eyed; etc. and I actually laughed at this, do I really look that… scary? cause, I don’t think I do.

Well maybe that’s why its hard for me to make friends? Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of friends. Close friends, geeky friends, mother-like friends, happy-go-lucky friends, frenemies… but best friends? I think not. Well that depends on my idea of the word ‘best friend’. If I see them as funny, understanding, knowing, sharing-secret-looks… then yes, I have best friends. In fact, I have a lot of best friends. But no, thats not all, I want them to be with me forever. But I never have any friends that are with me “forever”, they all come and go. Or maybe, thats not what I want?

I don’t know what I want.

All I know is that I just want to have a friend.

And you know who I think of? JESUS. He’s the only perfect best friend, He has the answers to everything, He knows you, He loves you, He understands you. He’s always there for you. But sometimes- no scratch that- most of the time, we never really acknowledge His presence, and thats why we get the tendency to feel lonely.

I admit, I cry EVERY night- and I know thats quite dramatic- but I cry every night, asking for God to give me a friend, to be there for me. I ask Him if He could hear me, if He could hear my prayers, when will they be answered… if they’ll be answered at all?  Thing is, I already know the answers to these questions. Lord, can You hear me? Yes He can. Can You hear my prayers? Yes. When will they be answered? Someday. Will they ever be answered? Yes and if not, then God has something better in mind.

Sometimes, I ask Him to hug me and sing me to sleep, and I imagine His voice, booming with power yet soft as the wind. Such a wonderful God…

And after re-reading this, I noticed something… I don’t cry myself to sleep- I PRAY myself to sleep and there is nothing more better than to have a nice talk with God as He listens to the voice of His child.

PS. mom and dad? If you’re reading this, I’d like to have some alone time with God 😀 but if you “insist”, feel free to join us.

Psalm 18:6

In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears

Thank you Lord :)


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June 14 2013. 5:28 PM.

Just wanted to thank the Lord for this lovely day! Woke up late for church but I started my day with a smile and a prayer, thanking the Lord as I go… right now I’m kind of exhausted, but I wanted to stay up for awhile just to write this before taking a short nap.

Another thing I want to thank the Lord about, is for my friend’s bully problem, the guy behind the scheme finally revealed himself and apologized. He bullied through facebook faking an account and posting real pictures of her that she hasn’t posted on facebook before. Thank the Lord that my friend took this quite well and that she continued to walk with Christ despite the conflicts that she had.

I also want to thank God for my (other) friend and her family’s visa that has been renewed, otherwise they would have to spend their time in the Philippines for I don’t know how long. Though it would be really nice for them to go back to their home country, it would be quite a shock to go there unprepared. So I thank the Lord for that.

Lastly, I would like to thank the Lord for helping me bring another soul to church and introducing her to the Lord Himself and His words. I hope that she would continue visiting and start to grow a strong relationship with Him.

THANK YOU LORD!