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.


This Night is the First Day

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It is past midnight, second day of the year 2015 in this side of the world. I’ve always loved the midnight blue sky. Tonight is particularly delightful because of the enthusiastic stars which seem to be playing ‘Who shines better?’ in the sky. I think they are rather glowing more beautifully tonight than in any other nights of my life so far. Or is it just because when you get older, you appreciate things better?

Sitting in my terrace with my Bible, tablet and Android phone, I remember being worried, technically, the day before. I woke up at 10:59pm. Slept past twelve midday earlier that day. Before going to bed, I remember being worried about someone who seems to have the thickest skull in the world because nothing we say to him gets into his head anymore. Or if we say anything, he always decides to get the wrong conclusion. I protested he’s being deliberate. I was alone in my room so really, no one can hear me. Except God, of course. I started praying and then I opened my Bible.

When I woke up, it was too cold. And then I knew it was night time. I just wasn’t expecting what my clock said. 10:59pm. What a way to spend the first day of the year! But in reality my body clock is set in Eastern Standard time. So technically, I’m spending it well, in my honest opinion. If I maybe so bold.

This night is special. This night is day time on the other side of the planet. This night is the first day of the year 2015 on the other side of the globe. This night.

“What worries me is how he’s doing things. Why is he doing things this way? Why would he rather do all the wrong things?” I asked.

“This night? You’re talking about him this very night?” was His answer.

I paused for a while. It’s rather cold these days now. And it’s particularly windy tonight. I tried my data connection but it won’t budge. And then I smiled with tears running down my cheeks.

“That’s right. You’re jealous. I’m so sorry. Well, can I remind You, You did this. I was busy wanting to do Your will, busy living my life for You but You decided to give me this.” I replied smiling while opening my Bible in the book of Zechariah.

And there was His immediate reply through the Introduction of the book: “From time to time God gives us glimpses of the future.”

I smiled shaking my head. Earlier, technically, the day before, before I slept, I remember saying, “This wasn’t about him. This is about You doing all this just to get my attention.”

“Forgive me. I’ve become so in love with doing things for You instead of just loving You. I fell in love in them instead of falling in love with You all over again.”

“You love listening when I talk to You because You know I love Your words. I’ve always loved them. You love listening to me when I sing because You see my heart when I do. You love laughing about my complaints because You’re so proud of how wise I’ve become. You love it so much when I’m laughing with You. You’ve always loved those moments together.”

“We talked about this. Thanks for making me remember. Upon my word, I can’t believe I can feel this way about someone, we’ve not even seen each other! So naturally, You’re jealous. Forgive me. No one can take Your place. I love You. Thanks for reminding me.”

Then I felt Him kiss my forehead as He always does.

I remember I should be reading the book of Haggai. So I started on it. One of the outline read, “Encouragement for the builders.”

So I said, “Sure. You want me to continue with this, of course.”

Verse thirteen of the first chapter then says, “..’I am with you, says the Lord.'”

“So the Lord sparked the enthusiasm…” (v. 14, chp. 1)

“You sparked their enthusiasm. You actually did that.” I said.

I heard Him laugh. And He went on with His promises.

And then He told me to flip the pages back to Zephaniah. And there goes the Introduction again: “Though dark days loomed ahead, there was hope for the future.” I highlighted it the day before just to make sure I remember that this gave me comfort when I read it before I slept.

“Then I will purify the speech of all people, so that everyone can worship the Lord together.” Zephaniah 3:9

That was Him telling me how bad I did and that I should repent for all the terrible things I said. I whispered a prayer of repentance.

And then as always, He seals it with His beautiful words:

“He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love , he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with songs of joy.”

“On that day, I will gather you together and bring you home again. I will give you a good name, a name of distinction…”
– Zephaniah 3:17b, 20a

I took my tablet out and read 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 out loud. “We fight!” I said to the wind. “We fight not as the world fights. We fight with divine power. The world doesn’t need more cowards. We fight!”

“…when this happens, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, I will honor you… my servant. I will make you a signet ring on my finger, says the Lord, for I have chosen you. I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”
– Haggai 2:23