December -The Month of the Year- Reflections

God's word. Trust and Obey.
God’s word.
Trust and Obey.

December the month of the year…

Though the temperature has been dropping rapidly, the festive feeling keeps on soaring high.

2013 memories… lessons… reflections.

God's blessing- our Church wedding, two lives united in God's love :)
God’s blessing-
our Church wedding
two lives united in God’s love. 🙂
one happy couple pre-nuptial shots. loved this one :)
one happy couple
pre-nuptial shots
loved this one 🙂
God’s marvelous blessing
our new house
As for me and my house we will serve the Lord ! (Joshua 24:15)
Winter 2013 with my student Joanne 🙂

Being full of holiday spirit, how I miss home and for this year an amazing blessing has been answered by our good Lord, I’ll be home for Christmas, yehey! .

I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it! ( hahaha!)

I haven`t been active here on my blog for a while, soaked into the hustle and bustle of life .

A lot of amazing things I wish I’ve posted all of it in details, I’ve been doing some journaling, like an epistle of my personal journey with God in this life.

So many changes, blessings, celebrations as in A LOT for the year 2013.

One of these days, I’ll post mine soon.

How about you? Take some dedicated time before the  New Year,  sit down and think about the past year. Reflect and  ponder where you are and where you’ve been. Share a few things you learned, embrace the gift of life, inspire others. Nothing will better inform and shape how you embrace your new year than a good, honest  reflection.

Reflect upon what God did on your life, how you felt, what you learned.

Let’s welcome 2014 with a grateful heart,

a heart full of happiness filled with God’s abundant love.


33 Things about my Life on my 33rd Birthday.


Today, I turn 33.

it's my birthday! cheers!


On a good note, I SO LOVE my early thirties.

I have been thinking a lot about what I have learned over the passed 32 years. How God blesses me each new day. 12,045 days of living on earth (whoa!) as I open my eyes welcoming my natal day, alive and well, I can say all my days are all new every morning. How great is God’s faithfulness.

Since I turn 33 today, I love to share 33 things about myself, my life in the world of blogging.

33 Things about my life on my 33rd.

1. I’m a Christian, a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. I strive daily to keep my life centered on Him. I am in love with our Creator and cannot imagine myself doing anything without Him in my life. I’m able to write this post because of the skills He had given me. I am alive and have found the true meaning of life because of our Lord Jesus Christ. I thank Him not just for the blessings at the same time for all the challenges I faced, I’m facing and will face, for He’s continuously changing and shaping my life. He hones me to be a better testimony of His goodness and faithfulness although I don’t deserve it. The salvation that He has given me I know is the greatest gift I have ever received or will ever receive in my entire life. All the many wonderful people, things, moments, experience both ups & downs and countless blessings. I owe everything to Him and I pray that whatever this life brings me; He will find me faithful, strongly standing on my faith.

In my life, being a Christian is the main thing that best defines me.

 I really pray I can live and practice my faith for His greater glory.

I am nothing, without GOD.

Sharing this wonderful poem.

When I say I am A Christian...

2. I love my family so much they are my priceless treasures. 2012 is quite a challenging year for me. This year I become an orphan. 1989, my Papa, in his 40’s passed away and this year my Mama in her 60’s, they finally went back home to be with the LORD. I terribly miss the feeling of having both of my parents alive. The more I realized their value in my life and my responsibilities of being the Ate. I miss Mama’s preparation for my birthday and everything about her, I miss her terribly.

3. I’m the eldest child, I have 3 younger sisters. So in our family, it’s Girl Power! My childhood memories with my siblings and cousins – one of the sweetest.

4. I admire most two women in my life. My Mama and my Aunt Agnes, they are God’s wonderful blessings. I thank God for using them to hone me to be the kind of person that I am now. A big part of who I am, it’s because of them. I have my flaws and imperfections but these two are the most kind, humble, understanding and generous women I ever met. In all my ups and downs, struggles, dreams that I fulfilled, they incessantly help and support me all the way. I will be forever grateful and I know I can never out give what they shared to me and with tearful eyes I want to express how much I love both of you.

5. I love reading and writing so much. I really miss doing it frequently. Most especially keeping diaries started penning when I was 10. I still try to write some journals but usually only when I travel. My favorite books of course the best book ever written – the Holy Bible and Amazing Results of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.

6. I really miss all my long distant friends and family members. They are the ones that I don’t talk to often enough, but when I do it feels like we spoke yesterday. I have only a few true friends in life so I embrace special friendships.

7. I love laughing. I thank God for blessing me a natural sense of humor, I’m not bragging that attitude but if you’re that close to me, you’ll see that I have my funny side. I blurt out jokes without any intentions of joking. I can laugh really loud. Humor-tried and tested, it’s truly an effective method to lighten up; I also use it when I’m teaching.

8. I badly want to be a better writer, it’s my frustration. If I have a chance to choose another profession, I’ll choose to be a writer/journalist or maybe a lawyer.

9. I realized that teaching is my passion. I never thought that this will be my bread and butter. I so loved it that when I teach most of my students and colleagues will tell me that I don’t need a microphone my voice is so loud that they can hear me from the other rooms, and when I explain things, it’s so vivid and full of spontaneity. They usually ask me what’s the secret for all the energy. No more, no less my Creator, never ending gratitude to my Creator for the gifts He graciously gives. I thank God for allowing me to discover and do the things that I love and working for one’s own passion is one of the most incredible opportunities one could ever had.

10. I wake up students who are sleeping in my class although it happens very seldom, if I caught one, I ask them to go back to their dormitory if they want to sleep, but of course there will be consequences if one tries to, anyway no one dares to do it or else…

11. I love traveling, who doesn’t? I’ve been to several countries, and it’s filled with unforgettable and fascinating experiences for me. I usually plan all my travel trips and I avoid going thru a traveling agency. I manage to try adventures by learning as much as I can about the place that I’m going before I get there so I can prepare myself. Thinking ahead is an essential key to navigating any country or any city without burning out. I love strolling when I travel. Until my feet get sore, I don’t give up. I realized traveling on my own is more exciting.Thank God for allowing me to roam  His wonderful creations.

12. I don’t like rushing. I walk using my baby steps; I take time to do things, slowly but surely. Through this, I try to enjoy and appreciate my surroundings.

13. I have learned how to budget my finances through the years of being God’s channel of blessing in my family; it’s a skill that needs a lot of practice and experience. Nowadays our present world is full of beautiful things to tempt and lure us to spend much and it will never run out for sure, so having financial freedom is so essential for me.

14. I don’t drink milk; I puke if I tasted it, sounds weird. For example, I don’t put milk on top of “halo-halo” but I do eat fruit-salads, ice-creams (except for vanilla flavor) and leche flan, some people find it strange.

15. I drink too much caffeine; admittedly I’m a coffee-addict. My fave- Frappucinno Java Chip with no cream and black coffee medium blend. Like what I mentioned I don’t like the milky taste so even creamer is a no-no for me.

16. I had 3 boyfriends in my entire life haha, now this is what you call a confession. No flirting, MU and whatsoever, my first one at the age of 15, (puppy love) I used to be one of those teenagers who belong to the hopeless romantic club, please don’t judge me, its part of teenage life. Most of the relationships lasted for years and then gone, remember if it’s meant to be it’s meant-to-be. Moving on with my life I’m happy and blessed the last one is now my better-half and we’re on our way, going to our 6th year.

17. My bed, hotel beds, on the floor, in the car, on the train, on the plane doesn’t matter where as soon as my head is rested I would knock out and fall straight asleep even ‘a brigade of guards could march but sometimes it would not wake me up’ (lol). I love lying on my cozy bed just sleeping and relaxing, feeling so mellow & comfortable it’s so nice to just stretch, feel the warmth of my bed just embracing the peace of mind sleep graciously gives. I can have 12 hours straight sleep when there are no morning classes or appointments and during weekends, for sure a lovely day awaits me!

18. I don’t like wearing sneakers or the so called rubber shoes I think it makes me look shorter.

19. My favorite color is sky-blue, powder blue and all shades of blue. So if you want to make me happy even a simple thing with shades of blue can put a smile on my face.

20. I really used to admire Winnie d’ Pooh because of its sweet, naive look considering it’s a bear, not sure though of its gender. I have a pink Winnie d’ Pooh designed casual dress that I’d loved to wear way back college days and almost 12 years had passed when I went back home to Pinas for vacation surprisingly, I saw one of my younger sisters still wearing it (good quality).

21. I really don’t like hand washing clothes and also washing dishes. I would rather clean the house for a day, involve my self in general cleaning projects at home but washing uhhmm, my grips are not too strong. When I was young my late Dad asked me to repeat the dishes that I already washed not just once but sometimes I have to repeat it thrice, I can almost see my own image on the plates (lol). He kept on reminding me that as a girl I should learn how to do household chores properly and washing dishes should be one of my trainings. So, I won’t miss this chance of extending my gratitude to the inventors of washing machines with automatic dryer and also dish-washing machines two thumbs up to both of you, inventors really make our life easier.

22. I used to join Math and Spelling quiz bees, declamation contest when I was young but when I reached college days I was so confused with all the long complicated symbols, numbers, combined with the letters of the alphabet and so on just like Differential Equations, my brain nerves bleed with all those mind-blowing never-ending mathematical equations which are common in engineering courses. Papa was my disciplinarian tutor in my studies most especially in Math, it’s his forte. When he passed away I realized the value of having someone to teach and guide me in my studies, ever since then I have to do most of the homework, projects, lessons on my own. People, cherish your parents remember they are also growing old (once a famous quote shared on Facebook).

23. I always carry my precious camera. I take it everywhere with me wherever I go and take pictures. Memories captured on it are priceless.

24. I’m an acrophobic, I’ve developed fear of heights like hiking on mountains, riding roller coasters, cable cars, and visiting highest skyscrapers but still I tried them, most of the time I agreed ‘cause of peer pressure haha. I thank God for sustaining me to overcome it.

25. Any kind of “ginataan” is my favorite food and also pasta dishes. I think I could eat it for lunch and dinner every day!

26. When a cuisine is so good, I keep on talking  how delicious it is for so many days, what a long hang-over, the people around me maybe will be annoyed haha, ’cause I’m so kulit, and pauli-ulit.

27. I always have 20/20 vision, though I’m such a book-worm and a computer addict. Since birth I have never tried wearing eye-glasses and also contact lens for the sole purpose of reading or seeing clearly, maybe in the future but hopefully not too soon.

28. I’ve been a procrastinator in some areas of my life, I want some changes, but I just keep putting it off. I’m not proud of it and sincerely I hope to overcome it.

29. My favorite alone time is spent at a store; it could be in supermarkets, malls, bookstore sometimes even a convenience store. I’m just like a hunter, meticulously hunting for treasures.

30. I’ll splurge on bags, shoes and techie gadgets – they are my weaknesses, sometimes feeling guilty on buying them until a few years later when I know I’ve gotten my money’s worth. One more thing I avoid wearing painful shoes. They’re just not worth it. I now prefer flat ones and kitten heels, 2 inches high won’t hurt.

31. I’m quite moody; sometimes I just don’t feel like talking. I believe we have our mood swings. If I suddenly change the tone of my voice in a lower tone it means I’m not in the mood, the worst if ever I’m silent it means I’m pissed off about something.

32. I’d been bankrupt. I experienced how to own and ran a business a few years ago together with my two good friends; an outsourcing company, we tried so hard to establish it and it’s never easy. I was a novice then, should I say the three of us. After a few years things didn’t turn up well; we have to shut it down. I realized and learned a lot from that humbling experience and I can say looking back that’s one of the lowest points of my life. That part of my life, had taught me so many lessons. It’s been years  by God’ graciousness in my life He helps me all the way to recover just like in Job’s story in the Holy Bible, He blesses me in so many uncountable ways that’s incredibly far more than I imagine it to be. I’m able to be victorious in all those trials because I have a Victorious God who stand by me. Though there times I’m haunted by my greatest regret – it’s not about the lost investments, it’s the reality that I lost friends, friendships I once treasured most.  and though I haven’t seen them and I still wonder where they are now. With all sincerity I do wish and pray that wherever they are their lives are better, peaceful and happy.

33. I don’t fear death.  An added year on my age is a celebration it means I’m getting closer to the dawn of life. I’m looking forward to going home to my Creator. Nothing compares spending eternity with Jesus. No one knows but no matter how painful it is I believe there’s beauty in death, we will all pass away. I’m being reminded of recent memories when Mama’s physical body was being buried deeply underground, I told myself we will all pass away, that it is just the physical body. I know our final destination is not of this world, I thank the Lord for giving me an eternal life because this world is just temporary it will not lasts. Having just one life isn’t so bad if you live it to its fullest, fulfilling the purpose of God in one’s life. We’re blessed enough to be born on this planet, at this point of time. I enjoy it while I can. So while I’m still alive, I learn how to celebrate life. Getting older is something to celebrate.

 So on my natal day, on being 33,

I’m happily embracing my age.

Life is a gift, a gift from the Almighty Powerful God.

To all my friends and loved ones thanks for being a part of my life, for celebrating with me,  each one of you is God’s precious gift in my life.

Let’s celebrate life, Cheers!

Anger – You can be Bitter or Better ?

An article that’s  worth sharing – it’s all about handling anger by Joyce Meyer.

Dealing with Anger…God’s Way

Everybody has to deal with anger from time to time. But what’s the best way to handle it? To answer that question, we must first understand what anger really is. Anger is an emotion often characterized by feelings of great displeasure, indignation, hostility, wrath and vengeance. Many times, reacting in anger is how we express our dissatisfaction with life. It’s defined in the Greek language as the strongest of all passions. Anger begins with a feeling that’s often expressed in words or actions. We feel something and it causes a reaction.

Get to the Root of the Problem
Anger is the fruit of rotten roots. One of the primary roots of anger stems from the family. Angry people come from angry families because they learn from their role models and carry on the same behavior in their own lives, eventually passing it on to their children.

Other Roots of Anger Include…
Injustice—when people mistreat us but there’s nothing we can do about it, we get angry because we feel it isn’t fair. As much as we’d like to change the situation or the person who’s treating us badly, we can’t. People can’t change people; only God can change people. So it’s best to put our energy into praying for the offender.

Strife—which is hidden, repressed anger, begins with judgment, gossip, backbiting and thinking too highly of yourself. Strife is often exhibited in arguing, bickering, heated disagreements and angry undercurrents.

Impatience—often produces anger when we can’t get what we want when we want it. When our progress is hindered or slowed down because of others, it’s easy to become impatient. Most of us struggle with impatience on a daily basis simply because of today’s fast-paced world.

Abuse of any kind—sexual, physical, verbal, emotional or mental abuse almost always leads to anger. They’re all injustices, which eventually leave the abused feeling helpless and angry. Abuse of any kind can’t be ignored. We must deal with it and process it before we can get free of it.

Unmet needs—can also produce anger. We all have needs that can and should be met by those closest to us; however, they don’t know and understand our needs unless we communicate with them. But even then they may sometimes fail to meet our needs. Therefore, the answer is to go to God with our needs and not to other people.

Jealousy—anger caused by jealousy was one of the first negative emotions mentioned in the Bible. Genesis 4 tells us that Cain killed his brother Abel because he was jealous to the point of being angry. Although this is one of the more extreme results of jealousy, it reminds us of how dangerous jealousy can be.

In today’s society many people feel their status is dependent on their job or position in the church. Because of this mindset, they’re afraid someone else may get promoted ahead of them. Jealousy causes them to try to be important in the eyes of man. If you have this problem, understand that God has you where you are for a reason. He knows what’s in your future, and He may have you in training for it right now. There’s a big difference between being able and being ready to do a specific thing. So don’t despise the days of small beginnings. Remember, we must answer to God. Our rewards come from obeying the specific callings He’s placed on our lives, not from the great things we accomplish as far as the world is concerned.

Other roots that lead to anger include fear of confrontation, insecurity, and feeling controlled by a job or other people and their problems. I used to get mad at people who controlled me until God told me one day, “You’re just as guilty as they are because you’re letting them do it.” We shouldn’t put excessive pressure on ourselves by making too many commitments just because we don’t want to say no to someone.

Masks of Anger
Sometimes we use masks to cover up the things we don’t want anybody to see. If we’re harboring anger, we think masking it keeps others from knowing the real us. So we hide behind a variety of masks in an attempt to trick people into thinking we’re something or someone we’re not. I’ve discovered that people respect you more if you share your real self with them rather than trying to hide everything. After all, people can tell when something isn’t right. You may think you’re hiding your anger, but it’ll eventually find a way to come out—either in voice tone, body language or attitudes. Some people use the cold-shoulder mask. When someone makes them angry, they may say they’ve forgiven them, but they become cold, showing no warmth or emotion in dealing with that individual. These people live a lonely existence. Because they’re so afraid of being hurt, they avoid close, meaningful relationships. This is a classic example of “choosing your pain.” They’ll choose the pain of living an isolated, lonely life instead of working through the problem, determined to develop good friendships. Other people like to use the silent-treatment mask. They say they’re not angry with you, yet they refuse to talk to you, or they only communicate when it’s absolutely necessary, usually with a grunt or nod. When people avoid being with, touching, or doing things for the person they’re angry with, they’re hiding behind a mask, which isn’t the answer.

Face the Truth… And Choose Your Pain
If you want the great and mighty things God has for you, you must get to the root of anger and deal with it. Get rid of the masks and face the things that happened in your life that made you the way you are today. Admit that you can’t change by yourself. Until the root is removed, it’ll continue to produce one bad fruit after another. Too often we spend our lives dealing with the bad fruit of our behavior, but we never dig deep enough to get to the root of the problem. Actually, when we’re faced with anger, we must choose our pain. Digging deep to take care of the bad root is painful, but it’s the only lasting way to take care of the problem. We can either suffer positively, doing what’s right or we can go with the devil’s plan. But remember, the same devil who tempts you to follow your human feelings will later condemn you for doing it. You must decide if you want the pain that will take you into a new realm of glory or to keep your same old pain and try to hide it while it’s rotting inside you.

Peter tells us to be well-balanced and temperate, withstanding the devil at his onset (see 1 Peter 5:8-9). When you begin to feel anger, it’s the perfect time to exercise the fruit of self-control. You may have a good reason to be angry, but don’t use it as an excuse to stay that way. Instead of denying or justifying it, ask God to help you deal with it in a positive way. Romans 12:21 gives good advice: Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.When Satan attacks you, instead of getting mad, go bless someone. Responding in a positive way is the direct opposite of what the enemy wants you to do, defeating his plan to keep you upset. It doesn’t come naturally, and it isn’t always easy, but when we do what we can do, God will do what we can’t do.Do not be quick in spirit to be angry or vexed, for anger and vexation lodge in the bosom of fools (Ecclesiastes 7:9). If we hang on to anger, we’re just being foolish. We must turn the anger and the people who caused it over to God and let Him take care of it. …Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord (Romans 12:19). Trust God and He will take care of you and protect you. You can’t change your past, but when you give it to God, He’ll use it to bring you a better future.

Is Anger Sin?
Is all anger sin? No, but some of it is. Even God Himself has righteous anger against sin, injustice, rebellion and pettiness. Anger sometimes serves a useful purpose, so it isn’t necessarily always a sin. Obviously, we’re going to have adverse feelings, or God wouldn’t have needed to provide the fruit of self-control. Just being tempted to do something is not sin. It’s when you don’t resist the temptation, but do it anyway, that it becomes sin. God sometimes allows us to feel anger so we’ll recognize when we’re being mistreated. But even when we experience true injustices in our lives, we must not vent our anger in an improper way. We must guard against allowing anger to drag us into sin. Ephesians 4:26-27 tells us, When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down. Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him]. Refuse to give the devil any opportunity to get a foothold in your life through anger.

All anger, regardless of its cause, has the same effect on our lives. It upsets us, causing us to feel pressure. Keeping anger locked inside and pretending it doesn’t exist can even be dangerous to our health. Most of the time we’re only hurtingourselves, and the person who angered us isn’t even aware of it. So we must take responsibility for our anger and learn to deal with it. Process it and bring closure to it, and that will relieve the pressure. I have been through some rough times in my life, and for many years those experiences caused me to feel miserable. I was so mad about the abuse in my childhood that it was making me bitter and hateful. I was angry with everybody, but one day God confronted me and said, “Joyce, are you going to let that make you bitter or better?” That got my attention, and I eventually had to find a positive way to process my anger. That was a place of new beginnings for me. When you face your anger and decide to deal with it God’s way, you can overcome it. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to be stable and walk in the fruit of the Spirit. We have the power to forgive those who do injustices in our lives and to love the unlovely.

Take Steps Toward Freedom
People are born to be free; it’s a gift from God. We’re not to be free from responsibility, but free to be led by the Holy Spirit. Any time our freedom is taken away or given away, we experience anger. Are you willing to go through whatever it takes to be free, or do you want to stay in the mess you’re in for the rest of your life? If you want to be free, just start doing what God wants you to do, one step at a time, and you’ll eventually walk out of your messes. When we are battling anger, we must realize that …we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12 KJV). When Satan makes you angry, remember that he’s trying to keep you from accomplishing the will of God in your life.

In 2 Timothy 4:5, Paul told Timothy to be calm, cool and collected and to keep performing the duties of his ministry. That’s good advice for all of us.

“When we get angry, we should calm down and start doing what God has called us to do. You can be bitter or better—it’s up to you! If you’re mad about something, instead of letting it ruin your life, turn it into something good. Overcome evil and anger by praying for those who hurt and abuse you. Forgive them and be a blessing to them. It may not be easy at first, but when you make the decision and stick with it…
God will take care of the rest. “.

Surving Long-Distance Relationships

According to Wikipedia

” A long-distance relationship (LDR) is typically an intimate relationship that takes place when the partners are separated by a considerable distance.”.

Ahem. Ahem.

Raising both hands, presently I’m in it but not forever.  🙂

How to survive an LDR?

Being across thousand of miles  is never and will never be an easy task.

Those of us who’ve tried, still trying and still on the same situation,

know how diiiiiffffffffficcccuuuuuuuuullllllllllllllltttttttttt  it is.

So for those of you who are on the on the brink of trying your hands into it remember…




Building a happy and peaceful ambiance in a relationship will need a lot of those factors written above in order to maintain and nurture the relationship.

There are moments wherein long-distance situations are sometimes unavoidable, so I don’t have a blanket opinion that waiting is a bad idea.

Well like the famous saying goes…

” Absence really does make the heart grow fonder.” .

Been reading some articles online and had a good encounter from , click on this to go to the site.

” To consider the future of your relationship, it might be helpful to take a few steps back and evaluate your own feelings.

Do you still care deeply for him or her, or have your feelings waned after six months apart?

Is your relationship still fulfilling, or would you be happier on your own?

Depending on how you feel, it may provide clues to a future direction.

Despite how hard it is be far away from someone you care about, distance can be a blessing in disguise.

Proximity can lead us to take people for granted, whereas being apart allows us to know someone in a truly different way. The extra effort you both make to keep in touch, whether through phone calls, email, or snail-mail, can foster a special intimacy. In the end, you may learn more about each other’s personalities, values, ideas, and dreams than folks who spend time together every day. Face-to-face relationships can grow stale and filled with superficial conversations and few, if any, meaningful heart-to-hearts.

Have you considered talking with your partner about how you’re feeling? Maybe s/he is wondering about the same things you’re considering in the future. If both of you want to be together, then you can begin to strategize about ways to make this happen, to make things possible.

  • Will you need to wait until you achieve your individual goals?
  • Can one of you transfer locations? Or change jobs? Also leave the possibility open that you may continue in this long-distance arrangement for a while, and that would be okay, too.

Before being in a long-distance relationship, take time to think about your feelings and ways to make the most out of being apart. There are many “right” ways to be involved in a loving relationship, and only time will tell if yours will last.

 Ours did and with God’s help I’m hoping it will stay strong and stand  the test of time.  We have a joyful ending  but not the so called fairy tale finale love story “wherein the characters lived happily ever after ending.”.
 But I can say we feel happy and blessed.
 It’s not perfect we’ve been through trials, ups and downs but we stayed solid together having faith in GOD that our relationship will be a work in progress.
Both of you should  be willing to make a commitment to help your partner work through the things going on in his or her life.  In any relationship it’s a two-way thing, it takes two to tango but it takes three to work it out to have the best  relationship, why three?  

you, God and your partner.

The happiness I feel  when I and my partner pray together is the best feeling, encouragement and expression of love I ever experienced and will always love experiencing.
 It is still and always be God who decides on our future.
He will not just  give you someone who’s good nor better,
He will bless you the BEST. If you only let HIS perfect will be done in your life.
So have faith in Him and seek our Father even in our relationships no matter how across the miles it is.

Yes, Long-distance relationships do survive,

with a grateful heart ours did.

Stay happy and blessed.  Remember this, it’s between…

you, God and your partner.

You and I with GOD

Blessed by our Brokenness.

Vance Havner says:

“God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength.

It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume…

God uses mightily those who have been hurt deeply and in this aspect, brokenness is a great blessing.”

Blessed by our Brokenness

Hearts got broken when our loving Mom passed away.

I know that with God’s help we can make it through.

It’s true that no matter how you prepare yourself, no matter how old our parents are, no matter how many times you tell yourself  ” Everything will be okay, it’s their time.” .

Once they passed away, one can never  really let go, we will always and still hold on to the memories and feel the need of their presence in our lives.

Children like us who are now already grown-ups will always hold on to the hope that our parents will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

The truth is no one, no human being is immortal.

We all have to face this phase, chapter sooner or later only God knows.

I will never let go because Mama will always be a huge part of who I am.

It is God, our loving Father who will restore everything, healing will take its place, that even I feel pain every time I long for her,  I and my loved ones can see how these down moments in our lives can bring glory to our Almighty God.

I know I’m broken…

but one day God will use this brokenness into a blessing.

Life is a MIST.

Photo: Midnight sun shines through the haze in northern Finland during a magic moment from the National Geographic Traveler photo contest. See this beautiful shot and others:

To be in silence, slow pace of life is needed to contemplate if you’re still living a “life”.

There are times I just want to be in silence, serene, just in tune with my inner-self with GOD and this is one of those days. I remembered the words in scripture that “Everything is vain, all these things will pass.”.

There are times I told myself I think too much, thinking deep thoughts,

and I ended up writing my thoughts  once again.

“A lot of people asked “what’s life purpose?”. One definite answer is to live for GOD, your Creator no more, no less. Unless you find this truth you’ll keep on searching and going on different pointless directions. Live for HIM and everything else will fall into its place ’cause He’ll do everything to bless you and give meaning into your life. :)”

I just posted these words in my FB status because basically first thing in the morning I thought of this.

Life is just a mist.

Life here is temporary.

Life will soon pass.

Life needs purpose.

Most of us had made ourselves believed that we found our purpose and we’re living it. But still if we’ll look around us we’ll see so many living their lives with no direction eventhough they thought of that they already living their purpose.

Souls roaming around , having a good time with everything that they have worked hard for.

Partying.Shopping.Eating.Drinking.Traveling.Sleeping.Chatting. Facebooking.Blogging. Twittering.Working.etc.

Acquiring fame,wealth,power,knowledge,position,love from others,pride.

and so the list goes for all the “-ing”- form of the verbs.

But are these enough?

Will it satisfy the longings of one’s deeper soul?

Will it really gives true joy, happiness?

Is this everything life has to offer?

There must be something more profound, meaningful beyond all of these.

Maybe some will say who are you to judge what brings happiness to someone’s life.

Well, I know I’m not in the position. It’s hard to say and I don’t want to sound judgmental.

But how many have ask themselves this question ” What’s my purpose in life?”.

Soon, I’ll be thirty-three and I may have lived almost half of my life span, only my Creator knows.

There are times this question still hits me…Have I really lived my purpose?

It’s hard to tell especially when you feel that there’s still something you can do,

something best that you can give not for ones’ self nor for others but for GOD.

“Oh yeah here she goes again, trying to sound holy, religious, righteous.”

(maybe a few will think in this way ).

Should I say I don’t care what others think, well I’ll be a hypocrite if I’ll say that.

I care more on what my Abba Father will say.

But I can’t help it, my life has changed ever since He found me, I’m living my life for HIM.

Yes, still there are struggles, setbacks, failures, disappointments.

But now my life has direction.

I’m truly happy.

Not just because of all the material blessings or things that this world consider precious and essential.

But because I come to know the Almighty.

The Giver of  Life.

The Great Provider.

The Source of Everything.

The Creator.

The creation has came to know personally her Creator.

I thank GOD, He found me.

As I stare around and keenly observing people’s lifestyle around me.

As I read stories, watch news about the world.

Still there are so many who are lost and keep on searching.

We can draw ourselves to what we thought will make us happy.

Maybe on what others advice us of what will make us happy.

The reality, the only truth is unless we live our lives for our Creator, that’s the only time that we can truly say

“I’ve known and lived my purpose.”

It’s a life changing experience.

Really the truth, one definite answer is to live for GOD, your Creator no more, no less.

Unless you find this truth you’ll keep on searching and going on different pointless directions.

Live for HIM and everything else will fall into its place.

He’ll do everything to bless you and give meaning into your life.

It assure us that this life journey has a clear ending.

and that is to be with HIM in eternity.

Everything shall pass but the journey knowing the true living GOD will never come to an end.

I hope and sincerely pray , Thy will be done in mankind.

That though life is just like  a mist, this mist should only find its way going to one direction,towards the Almighty.

For only in HIS presence one’s life purpose is fully, completely fulfilled.

Happy Thanksgiving Day – Say Thank You to our Creator

Psalms of Thanksgiving and Praise

Say Thank You to God

Sunset over sea

There are times when awe and gratitude overwhelm us, whether we’re seeing a sunset, watching a child laugh or just appreciating a special moment. These are the moments when we just want to thank God for the good things in our lives, and praise God for the amazing world around us.  The Book of Psalms is full of beautiful words that do just that.

Psalm 92: How Great Are Your Works

Sunrise over mountains


It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
and the melody of the harp.
For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord;
I sing for joy at the works of your hands.
How great are your works, O Lord,
how profound your thoughts!

Psalm 92:1-5

Psalm 107: His Love Endures Forever

Night Sky


Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
His love endures forever.

Psalm 107:1

Psalm 95: The Mountain Peaks Belong to Him

Sunrise over mountains


Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.

Psalm 103: Praise His Holy Name

Soaring eagle


Praise the Lord, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.


Psalm 117: Praise the Lord, All Nations



Praise the Lord, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord.

Psalm 117:1-2

Psalm 100: We are the Sheep

Sheep in field


Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his ;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 145: Make Music



Praise the Lord.
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;

make music to our God on the harp.

Psalm 147:1 and 147:7

Psalm 98: Let the Mountains Sing

Mountains covered in snow


Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made his salvation known
and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
and his faithfulness to the house of Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
shout for joy before the Lord, the King.
Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
Let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples with equity.

Psalm 98:1-8

Psalm 118: Give Thanks to the Lord

Cloudy sky


Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
His love endures forever.

Psalm 118:1

Psalm 145: God’s Wonderful Works

large canyon


I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation will commend your works to another;
they will tell of your mighty acts.
They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They will tell of the power of your awesome works,
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They will celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
All you have made will praise you, O Lord;
your saints will extol you.

Psalm 111: He Provides Food

Bread loaves


Praise the Lord.
I will extol the Lord with all my heart
in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
Great are the works of the Lord;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.

Psalm 111:1-5

Psalm 105: Call on His Name



Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.

Psalm 105:1-4

Psalm 104: He Make the Clouds His Chariot

Sun behind clouds


Praise the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
He wraps himself in light as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent
and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
and rides on the wings of the wind.
He makes winds his messengers,
flames of fire his servants.
He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.

Psalm 104:1-5

My LOVE for Writing…

My love for writing pours from deep within , a love for prose and verse, words to express my thought and emotions. It helps me to express my joys and pains. Every time I feel I have so much deep within and I want to let it out, I write.

TThe first syllable of my name  is “Riz” which comes from the name of our national hero “Rizal”, to be specific Jose Rizal. It’s my late dear father who gave me that name since I was born on Rizal Day. What’s the connection, well Jose Rizal is one of the greatest writers in the Philippines, he had written  a lot of famous novels, books to express his longing desire for his country’s freedom and independence just like ” El Filibusterismo’ and “Noli Me Tangere”. I’m aware I can never be as great as he is, being our national hero but at least I can try to write my thoughts in my own simple and creative way.

As I’m writing this post, I am thinking how could the love for something that you do starts,
is it just like a wild plant that sprouts out in the wilderness?  I remember one of my friends  probed me about about writing, she asked  ” How could you write so many words and a very long post, wherein I could not even start one simple poem or a short article, or even have any idea on how to start?”. I told her, well it comes and pours from within. For me, I believe that if you really like to do something and you love doing it, you just don’t stop there, you will do something to improve yourself , to be better, to push yourself to the limit, to find time to do it. That’ why every once in a while I try my best to post something and write diverse topics of different genre. When I was young I have  diaries and I still keep those old diaries up to now, that’s how I value it. The scratch papers that I used for my drafts that others might consider as trash, I still keep it in a box and asked my family not to open it and take good care of it until I go back home,it’s one of  my priceless treasures.

I have always loved writing.  From the time I could pick up a pencil and paper I have always liked to write my ideas and thoughts.  It has always been a good way for me to clear my head, organize my thoughts and relax, it’s also a form of a good therapy for me.

It doesn’t matter what mood I am in I can write about a happy experience, or something that has made me sad or something that disappointed me. It doesn’t matter when and where I am as well, I’ve tried writing at the cemetery , on a train, on the plane, in a coffee shop, at a store, in a restaurant, in the restroom, at a bar, in the office, in class during break-time, on the mountain while hiking, in my room most of the time and so forth. As I looked back I realized so many things about my life, as I read all the words that I had written sometimes i can’t help to be in tears, tears of joy because the memories… it’s all coming back vividly whenever I read it.

It’s just like what Steve Pavlina had written on his blog, listing his reasons why he loves writing- apparently, Steve stumbled upon the tactic on accident — according to his post, he’d originally meant to write “20 Things…” and made a typo, and, on a whim, decided to keep the extended number — but it’s an excellent number “200′.

“Initially the ideas flowed as quickly as I could type them. Most of them were ego-based surface thoughts along the lines of success, achievement, recognition, and so on. Once I got those out of the way, I slowed down considerably for the second half of the list and felt like I was connecting more deeply. Some of those items gave me a strong emotional hit. By the time I reached the end of the list, I felt a much deeper sense of gratitude for the opportunity to write. I also had a clearer sense of which reasons were truly meaningful to me and which were socially conditioned responses.”

Being a frustrated writer, I could understand how he feels about it.

I thought some people might find it interesting why I love writing, especially other writers or bloggers. So I’m sharing the full  and this was all stream of consciousness, so expect to see some redundancy.
  1. humor
  2. being witty
  3. getting positive feedback
  4. getting links
  5. seeing people comment on my work on other sites
  6. spawning interesting discussions
  7. helping people grow
  8. sharing myself
  9. baring my soul
  10. being honest
  11. coming up with great new insights
  12. being creative
  13. expressing myself
  14. connecting with my higher self
  15. connecting with other people
  16. making friends
  17. building a reputation
  18. earning income
  19. being successful
  20. being good at writing
  21. being a popular writer
  22. having lots of readers
  23. seeing people extend and refine my ideas
  24. seeing people make my ideas their own
  25. seeing people apply my ideas
  26. seeing people get positive results with my ideas
  27. seeing people follow my advice and have it work for them
  28. seeing people have a-ha moments
  29. raising people’s awareness
  30. creating a large body of work
  31. doing good quality work
  32. being in the zone
  33. experiencing flow
  34. experiencing timelessness
  35. being enthusiastic about the flow of ideas
  36. reading an article I wrote and knowing it’s good
  37. anticipating a positive reception for something I wrote
  38. being able to write anywhere
  39. using my laptop and writing in public places
  40. being inspired
  41. incubating ideas
  42. writing a cool series
  43. building web traffic
  44. seeing people debate my ideas
  45. stimulating people
  46. waking people up
  47. disturbing people
  48. writing a piece I’m proud of
  49. coming up with truly elegant wording
  50. writing poetry
  51. coming up with new ideas that work for me
  52. inspiring myself
  53. tapping into a source beyond my ego
  54. experiencing oneness
  55. tuning in
  56. being free
  57. being free to write about whatever I want
  58. owning my own outlet to write
  59. getting thank you cards and letters in the mail
  60. hearing people’s stories
  61. seeing the word writer next to my name
  62. opening up with people
  63. letting people get to know me
  64. transforming painful lessons into inspiring stories
  65. turning my life into a lesson
  66. living by example
  67. being responsible
  68. doing what’s right
  69. feeling fulfilled
  70. knowing the flow of ideas is endless
  71. being satisfied
  72. feeling connected to other writers
  73. being an authority
  74. writing for myself
  75. writing for people I know
  76. expressing myself through written language
  77. having a global reach
  78. connecting with people I’ve never met
  79. changing lives of people I’ve never met
  80. making a positive difference
  81. changing people for the better
  82. changing myself for the better
  83. feeling connected
  84. turning off my ego
  85. turning my back on fear
  86. expressing courage
  87. writing daily
  88. enjoying the flow of fingers on the keyboard
  89. hearing the clanking of the keys
  90. typing fast
  91. brainstorming
  92. finding the third alternative
  93. doing something unique
  94. writing something new
  95. writing something that never existed before
  96. adding to the substance of the universe
  97. creating information out of thought
  98. manifesting pure thought in physical form
  99. putting nonlinear concepts into a linear structure
  100. storytelling
  101. coming up with good analogies
  102. simplifying complicated ideas
  103. being understood
  104. being loved
  105. being loving
  106. allowing people to know me
  107. bypassing people’s surface selves
  108. connecting with people’s true selves
  109. communicating soul to soul
  110. sharing energy
  111. expressing divinity
  112. being wrong
  113. accepting all outcomes
  114. being detached from outcomes
  115. letting people know I care about them
  116. reminding people they aren’t alone
  117. giving hope to people who’ve lost hope
  118. encouraging people who are discouraged
  119. learning from mistakes
  120. being kind
  121. being generous
  122. giving without expecting anything in return
  123. being human
  124. teaching people it’s OK to make mistakes
  125. teaching people not to be so afraid
  126. releasing my own fears
  127. hugging people through words
  128. showing people we are the same
  129. remembering that I’m not alone
  130. building a community
  131. seeing people support each other
  132. bringing light to darkness
  133. seeing someone smile
  134. deepening my connection
  135. growing
  136. changing
  137. changing my mind
  138. disagreeing with what I’ve written
  139. knowing I’m on the right path
  140. knowing this is what I’m meant to do
  141. knowing that writing is good
  142. seeing the good in other people
  143. helping people see the good in themselves
  144. preventing a suicide
  145. helping people embrace life
  146. helping people reconnect with what matters to them
  147. being a teacher
  148. being a student
  149. sharing discoveries
  150. making people laugh
  151. making people cry
  152. writing while crying
  153. writing something powerful
  154. writing something profound
  155. writing truth
  156. empowering people
  157. helping people raise their standards
  158. seeing people happier
  159. changing the world
  160. shedding the nonessential
  161. understanding essence
  162. knowing people by knowing myself
  163. egoless writing
  164. writing for the planet
  165. writing for the highest good of all
  166. heart-centered writing
  167. being discouraged and still being able to encourage someone else
  168. writing in the dark
  169. seeing a blank screen and knowing it will soon be full
  170. writing without fear
  171. writing as Source
  172. becoming one with the ideas
  173. becoming nothingness
  174. becoming pure awareness
  175. losing awareness of my fingers typing
  176. listening to music while writing
  177. smelling vanilla
  178. instant publishing
  179. watching birds outside my window
  180. writing about my family
  181. feeling good while writing
  182. writing peacefully
  183. writing all day
  184. losing track of time
  185. becoming my writing
  186. reading something I wrote and not remembering I wrote it
  187. writing for a timeless reader
  188. writing for people who aren’t born yet
  189. knowing my writing can outlive my body
  190. reincarnating in a future life to read what I wrote in this one
  191. loving to write
  192. being in a state of joy
  193. wanting to write even though I don’t have to
  194. writing even when I think I have nothing to say
  195. being surprised at what comes out of me
  196. being relaxed
  197. writing on paper
  198. writing with a candle burning
  199. writing for no reason at all
  200. writing by being instead of doing
200 reasons, whew that’s a lot.  It only shows that when you have passion in what you do you’ll find hundreds or even uncountable reasons to do it.

How about you? Consider making  a list of why would you love to do something or like to start to do something. Don’t let the hustle and bustle of life, blocks you from doing things, obviously everybody knows life is too short, it’s limited. We should have the initiative to choose,try and enjoy things that we love to do, let’s make a reasonable and intelligent choice to start to put it into action.  It gives essence to our being.

My Love for Writing is a gift from my Creator , for everything that I have comes only from One source and that’s GOD, the Giver of everything , what I do with His gifts and talents is my way of saying Thank You to HIM.

Oh! How I love writing …

Pagod ka na ba? – Isang Inspirasyon, Kasagutan…

Minsan nakakaramdam ka ba na napapagod ka ng mabuhay sa mundo?

Lahat naman ay iyong sinusubukan, di ka naman nagpapabaya sa tungkulin mo.

Ginagawa mo ang lahat, nagpapatuloy ka kahit mahirap para lamang maitaguyod ang mga pangarap na nakasalalay sayo,

Hangang kailan mo kaya kakayanin?

Malakas ka pero pinanghihinaan ka ng loob.

Matagumpay ka pero para kang nag-iisa.

Marunong ka pero parang wala kang makitang pagkakataon.

Masayahin ka, pero naghahanap ka ng nananatiling kagalakan.

Hindi aksidente na nabasa mo ito nais ng Panginoong Diyos na malaman mo NAGMAMALASAKIT SIYA SAYO.  Kung nakalimot ka sa Diyos, hindi pa huli ang lahat para manumbalik sa Knya.  Kahit sino pwedeng lumapit sa Panginoong Hesus, hindi mo kailangang maging walang kapintasan o maging marunong bago ka lumapit sa kanya.  Ang pagbabalik loob sa Diyos ay hindi rin naman para lang sa mga pusakal o masasamang tao nais nyang maranasan mo ang “DAKILANG LAYUNIN SA BUHAY MO MAGING SINO KA MAN”.  Sa sandaling ito kausapin mo Sya, MAGDASAL ka ng mataimtim at taos puso, nakikinig Sya sayo sumunod ka sa dalanging ito:

“Panginoong Diyos,nagsisisi po ako sa aking mga kasalanan.  patawarin nyo po ako, nagbabalik loob ako sa inyo Panginoong Diyos, magahari po kayo sa aking kalooban.  tinatangap ko po kayo bilang aking Panginoon at tagapagligtas ng aking kaluluwa.  Espiritu Santo pumasok po kayo sa aking puso at isipan, sa aking buong pagkatao at mula ngayon turuan ninyo akong maging mabuting anak ng Diyos. Sa pangalan ng aming Tagapagligtas , Panginoong Hesukristo  Siya nawa.”

Kaibigan manatili ka sa Panginoong Hesus at mararanasan mo ang mas makabuluhan at mabungang pamumuhay, sa buhay na ito at sa buhay na darating.  Narito ang kanyang pangako na nakasulat sa biblia John 15: 4&7

“Manatili kayo sa akin atako’y mananatili sa inyo, kung kayo ay mananatili sa akin at ang aking mga salita ay manatili sa inyo hingin ninyo ang ano mang inyong ibigin at ito’y mang yayari sa inyo.”

Hindi aksidente na nabasa mo ito ngayon,nais ng Panginoong Diyos na malaman mo na nagmamalasakit Siya sayo.


A Lifelong Dream – Writing a Book, How? Just WRITE.

One of my lifelong dream is to write a book, admittedly I’m a frustrated writer. Recently, I’m having a strong urge to start, I’m keeping a journal of my experiences and been thinking about writing a book, perhaps for such a long time, I’ve already got a head full of  ideas for books and a file folder full of my writings.

The big question is ” Where do I start?”.

Reminds me of a story.

At a cocktail party, a brain surgeon met a best-selling author. The brain surgeon said to the author, “When I retire I want to be a writer.” and the author replied, “When I retire I want to be a brain surgeon.”

Few years ago, I remember an offer that I got from one of my very good Chinese friends here, she asked me if I’m interested to be one of the authors/contributors in a magazine for overseas Chinese, a lifestyle magazine. But that time I’m way too busy so I declined it. Now looking back, I somehow regret missing that chance, on the other hand  I also don’t want to compromise myself into something if I know for myself I won’t have ample time for it.I don’t want to be a crammer especially when it comes to writing because for me Writing is a PASSION. When I do something I give my full attention, my heart into it, I just don’t want to do it just for the sake of doing it.

The most common excuse that people use for not writing  is being too busy with the hustle and bustle of life , and yes! that’s my excuse that I’m too busy to write (hahaha!). I just realized that the only way to start writing a book is to START WRITING, PERIOD. No buts and ifs. Just write.

I’m telling myself,


Quoting what I have read from Book Coach Press…

” A potter does not start with a finished pot. A potter starts with mixing the clay, then throws it on the wheel, then shapes the pot. This is the main key to overcoming writer’s block. Where to start writing is where you are right now, wherever that is. Be a potter. Get your book ideas out onto paper or into your computer. Before you know it, you will be crafting your writing into your published book.”