So I thought of putting this up because I wanted to share some of “my” things but at the same time, ask you to share yours.

If you have a small group, it’s a good way to get to know each other in a fun, upbeat, definitely-not-boring, relatable kind of way. Did I say that right? Hahaha! This should also be helpful, I think, whether you are in a group of believers of the same faith or non-believers. You can apply this with people at work, friends at church or even just random people you’re acquainted with. Actually, I think this would work even with people you just met. Hopefully, though, you’re all open-minded. 😆

So let’s get started.

Question 1: When you get home – whether you were from work, church, hangin’ out with friends, or shopping – what is the first thing you do when you get inside the house?

My answer: I wash my hands first before I do anything else. And that means I’d still have my bag or grocery or anything else. It always feels like I am so dirty when I’m outside the house. And our house is just too clean. Naks! Hahaha! So when I get home, I need to make sure I get rid of all that dirt by cleaning my hands.

Question 2: Not everyone is fond of reading but what was that thing you read about that’s still fresh in your memory – whether you read that online, from the newspaper, a book, from a magazine or a tarpaulin you saw in the street or a corner somewhere? Share what you’ve learned from it.

My answer: I read the lyrics of a song and the thing that was stuck in my head were the words, “classic independent woman, talking to a man, except this time is not so good lookin’…” What I’ve learned from those words are: a man’s appreciation of the woman; that the man was pretty confident with himself, not insecure; the man could have just said, ‘a classic woman’ or ‘ an independent woman’ but no, he said ‘a classic independent woman.’ It shows that he knows that there are different types of women and he appreciates & respects ‘a classic indepenedent woman.’ So that’s a good learning for me. I learned to see how a guy can appreciate a woman like me. And I like that. 😊 (Dami kong sinabi. Hahaha!)

Question 3: When was the last time you got so irritated about something, what was it about and how did you deal with it?

My answer: One of the things that really irritate me and I must also say, that hurt me so much is when people try to show me one thing but then they think I don’t see that they really are something else entirely. In short, when people are being unreal. That hurts me a lot. Be who you are. I will accept that, respect that and help you if you want me to. I deal with it by telling the person that I am not, and will never be comfortable with people who feel that they needed put up too many masks just to be accepted or appreciated, those who think that others cannot see through all the layers they keep showing everyone. Maybe I’d say it in different ways but I always say it. And then I show it to them.

Question 4: How do you express your appreciation of something or someone?

My answer: I am very appreciative. And I can’t help it so I make sure to say it out loud. Even to random strangers, if I see something about them that I like, I smile at them – because it’s always easy to get people’s attention when you’re smiling at them – and then I just say what I need to say. “That’s a beautiful dress.” “I like the color of your polo.” “I should try your hair color, it looks really good on you. I wonder if it will look good on me too.” Or if I’ve known the person for the longest time, I say thank you, very sweetly, for what they did and I give them a great big hug. Hehe..

Question 5: What do you think makes the world go round? Let’s not be scientific unless you can say something really, really awesome like you’re Einstein.

My answer: I think what makes the world go round is the love of God to and for us, humans – His creation. Because if not for His love working in the hearts of every human being on this planet, earth would have been extinguished by now, I think, with all the nuclear power these countries have.

Father’s Day Moment

“So there’s this guy I’m interested in.”

These were my words during my quiet time early this morning. And well, He answered, “Your heavenly Father knows what you need even before you ask Him.” He kept repeating those words over and over again. So I asked the question.

And then I got flashes of scenarios in my head. There was a moment in my life when I was so focused with the wrong guy. Everybody kept telling me the guy was not right for me. I didn’t listen to them. But more importantly, I forgot that it was just a task I was told to do.

So anyway, I got lost in that moment. But then there were days when this guy was just there by the end of the steps, waiting for me as if telling me, “Look at me. I’m the right man for you.” At that time, I didn’t think it was something. I just thought, “Kinda weird to see him there every single time.”

You have to understand that I got lost with the misleadings of the wrong man. We all know that all too familiar scene. You were so busy with the wrong person meanwhile the right one comes along quietly. You get a hint but you don’t think about it.

And then after some time, I thought of just giving up on all of them. But I had a great reminder. It read, “The right man will pursue the right woman and the right woman will inspire the right man to keep pursuing.” A great friend said those words. After all these years, he’s still educating me. Thank God for that very timely reminder.

And then I finished my quiet time by reading the book of Ezra. And what a great comfort it was! Just that amazing time of God’s way of bringing you back to His loving arms. That book shows us all that when God wants it done, it will be done. And I love the ending of the book where Ezra just kept humbling himself in the Lord, stepping away from all the dictates of the world and just making people realise how bad they’ve all sinned against God and therefore resulted in the people asking for God’s forgiveness and correcting their wrongs , just living their lives for His glory.

I thought to myself, “That’s the kind of man I’ve always wanted. That’s the kind of man I know God has put in my heart to want all these years. The kind of man who knows His God, follows His orders and understands what grieves His heart. That. That kind of man.”