Wear Love

I woke up with that thought of someone who did not even give me the benefit of the doubt, and just assumed the worst of me, even as I was merely being a peacemaker. Naturally the thought made me feel bad, as I thought, “the person should have known me better, for all his/her declarations of unconditional love, friendship and support, how could he/she?!?” 

I did not want to wake up with such offense in my heart, however, so as I greeted God, “Good morning,” I told Him how I felt treated unfairly and how it hurt. A few minutes later, when I opened youversion, I was greeted with this verse for the day:

The Message version puts it this way, and I am emphasizing the words which simply jumped out (this is why I simply love comparing translations): 

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. – Colossians 3:12‭-‬14 MSG

Thank You for speaking to me through Your Word, Jesus. Thank You for showing me Your ways. Thank You, Holy Spirit for reminding me. This is just so in point. 

Abba, heal me of this hurt, for I do not want an offended spirit. Lord, I choose to release the forgiveness You have given me. By Your grace, help me walk on Your narrow road, letting go of my hurts big and small, to You. Bless the person involved with a clear mind and a reminder of Your love and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, amen. 
As I prayed and lifted up the slight, the Lord comforted me through this verse:

Abba, I am Your peacemaker. I am Your child. Teach me how to do this, Lord. Give me a revelation, not just of Your Words, but of Your ways. I’ve been listening even to several prophetic words, which speak about Your prophetic anointing upon me. How can it be, Lord, when I rarely, if at all, get downloads of Words of Knowledge and Wisdom from You? Nonetheless, let it be done as You will it. For You to use me as a peacemaker, a conduit for Your Kingdom, even a peacemaker in situations. I submit myself to You, Lord. Use me, as You please. In Jesus’ name, amen. 


The Quest for Marufuku

Year in and year out, we’ve usually “celebrated” Valentine’s day through some fancy dinner. This year, however, just when we thought that financial constraints will render us unable to have a memorable Valentine’s Day, God made a way for us to celebrate at almost no cost. 

1. Last December, a client gifted me with a voucher for a deluxe room stay at Linden Suites in Ortigas. The other day, upon realizing that my IELTS Speaking test is scheduled at 7am in an Ortigas venue, we decided to finally use the voucher. Barely did we realize that the eve before the test actually falls on Valentine’s Day. 😊

When we booked the room, my client upgraded us to a one bedroom suite. 😊

2. I’ve been craving for Din Tai Fung Xiao Long Bao for some time now; however we’ve been on a budget. Today though, a client gave me P2,000 to compensate for her counter-party’s failure to show up. The amount allowed us to finally indulge that craving. 😊

3. We were unable to plan where we can have a romantic dinner…good thing that Marufuku, a well-regarded Japanese restaurant was just a few steps away…literally 

Just after we were told that there was no more available table, and when, after wandering about, we were about to have a petty argument for not planning tonight’s dinner, we decided to circle back to the restaurant. Good thing we came back and were advised that tables had just cleared up. The photos below really speak for themselves. Too bad we weren’t able to take a photo of that mouth-watering melts-in-your-mouth wagyu skewer. Yey for Marufuku! 

Now, obviously, we’re super full! Yey, Lord! You are so good! Indeed, You show Your glory! 

Why Love is the Greatest 

I have always wondered why LOVE is regarded  as the greatest by  1 Cor 13. Pondering on these verses,  the Lord made me realize a few things in the context of events in the world, as well as my personal dealings. 

We know that Faith, hope and love are essential elements for our life journeys with God. Where faith supplies direction, hope is the fuel for the soul. Love enables us to march in step with God in intimacy, as the rhythms our heartbeats align in cadence with that of His. When the timing of our steps align with His, there is no room for impatience (of God’s time). Thank God that because of His love, He always waits for us to catch up with His pace and meets us where we’re at.

Prophecies, signs and wonders, piety, and peace  can be counterfeited, but love cannot. In this age of alternative facts, history can be revised, hence counterfeit history, and even news can be faked; but love cannot be faked. 

As unity can be based elsewhere, lack of true love will give away whether or not it is founded on Christ. 

Love from and for God, and for fellowmen is the motivational spark and the oil which runs and maintains each of the components of the five-fold ministry. Evangelists evangelize out of love. Prophets are mere clanging cymbals without love. Teachers cannot impart and will be puffed up with knowledge without love. Apostles need love to not grow weary. Pastors need love as they shepherd their flock.

Godliness denying the power of God can likewise be found out by the lack of true love, because Only love, is able to activate faith, by which the supernatural miracle-working power of God is pulled from the Heavenlies to the earthly realms.

Love, therefore,  is the element which can help distinguish whether something is merely good or if something is of God.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

This is why God designed love to be the greatest, even among faith and hope: love is the mark of a true Believer – why they’ll know that we are Christians by our love, with unity as a byproduct. This is why, in life, we are often given tests that will refine us to produce fruits of the Spirit in the context of and in accord with love. 

God is love and is the only Source of True Love. Hence, True love, of 1st Cor 13 caliber, cannot be manufactured, but can only flow from the heart of the Father to our hearts through Jesus. This love can only pulse through the hearts where Jesus reigns. It is a love  learned and perfected through situations, where there is a call to love the unlovable (which is why we are not to despise such tests when God is perfecting us, rooting us even more deeply in His love). It is a love, which strengthens us and pierces through boundaries, as it is the ultimate universal language. It is a love that we may never fully comprehend in this lifetime, and thus need to be life-long learners and ready recipients of. It is a love that we do not and cannot claim to deserve, a love that we receive only because of God’s grace. 


As we spend time basking in the Father’s love, may He enlarge our hearts to catch more of His love, such that when life’s tests squeeze us, we produce the oil and aroma of His love. In the face of lawlessness and offenses, may we be truly relevant, as bearers of God’s fierce love. ❤

Just bookmarking more resources on God’s love and its types of manifestation:



Filtered Through the Father’s Heart

Hello!  I’ve not blogged for some time…and I did so on purpose.  I realize that a lot of times, I used to just spew out opinions and raw reactions.  I used to dwell on negative thoughts a lot, no wonder those thoughts translated into words, the words translated into actions.  At times, I hurt others, to the extent that a friendship was broken.  That was such an eye-opener for me.  I realized that I was judging people and events a lot, yes speaking the truth, alright, but not speaking out in love.

As years passed, events that caused me to be rooted more deeply in God’s love took place in my life.  My perspectives as to what is important and how to express my views changed. I’m not fully there yet but I just praise God that by His grace, He never fails to remind me of His love even as I’m about to react to difficult situations and difficult people, over which and whom I’ve no control (thus preventing me from doing or saying something which I may later regret).

Through the fruit that the Holy Spirit has faithfully been bearing in my life and as God reminds me of His Father’s heart, I believe I’ve more self-control now – yes, I’ve control over my responses through the power of the Holy Spirit. In this vein, I can attest that love really does cover a multitude of wrongs.



young love, sweet love?!

“Seen by a fb friend on Tumblr – Awesomerod: Freshman ako sa UP, how can I find love there? 😀

that’s actually a fb status message of one of my former boarders.  said tweets reminded me of my folly when i was in my early teens – of how excited i was to rush into the world of romantic relationships.  that entire phase of my life just brings back very, very funny memories now.  but of course, when i was going through all of those things, akala mo naman kung sino akong dala2x ang mundo on my shoulders.  hahaha!  that status message made me recall how my world revolved around my so-called-love-interest then (only to confirm, several years later,  suspicions that, all along, he is indeed gay – nay, a transgender [one of my co-associates has clarified that there’s a big, big diff between gays and transgenders]  nothing against gay people, ha.  a number of my friends are gay and i love them.  but good for him that he’s come out and i’m actually happy for him, although he apparently wants to purge his memories of me into the abyss na…oh well, but that’s another story).

anyway, then, i missed out on a lot of wonderful things that a teen-ager should be enjoying – e.g. cuter guys.  (oh well, i tried to be pretty well-rounded growing up, though i wasn’t really sporty).  but thanks to that ill-fated first attempt at romance, i learned that i really was too young for such things and that there were plenty more fish in the sea.  and so i enjoyed my college and yuppie life to the hilt – without taking any romantic entanglement seriously.  sure, i had crushes here and there, some guys who expressed interest in me as well.  but i was too focused on my goal to graduate college with honors and to find my niche in school / in the org (which i was able to, thank God!)  absolutely no regrets with that whatsoever!  if i didn’t experience such folly early on in life, i don’t think i’d be as focused and driven as i was (am now).  if i weren’t focused and driven in my studies and career, and i don’t think i’d actually be where i am now, and where i’ll be headed in the future.

don’t take me wrong, though.  one does not have to experience youthful romance to learn these lessons.  this kind of folly is NOT for everyone.  no, people, you don’t have to experience such things to know that such are a mistake – some lessons are meant to be learned vicariously.  as for me, stubborn as i was, i think i was just so blessed, i think God really was protecting me from relationships that would’ve spelled disaster if they went on for longer periods than they did.  i didn’t and don’t deserve all of that, but sobra talaga ang grace ni God.  i thank Him that my first boyfriend was actually gay all along – it was probably His way of protecting me from an early, unwanted pregnancy.  i thank Him that my 2nd and 3rd ones were far, far away, and that twas only my 4th AND FINAL one, who became my 1st real boyfriend.  🙂  the roads may have been broken, but i was eventually led to traverse a path which ended right where my hubby was.  🙂  indeed, i’m so glad that i learned that lesson early on in life: PAG-AARAL MUNA ANG ATUPAGIN.  sana lahat ng kabataan would really believe and take to heart that piece of advice.

to recap, the main benefit of NOT rushing in (remember, fools rush in), is that you get to pass two marshmallow tests – the tests of calling (career) and love (so you get to end up with the one you’re actually supposed to be with, sans emotional baggage).   teens out there, trust me, been there, done that.  not worth risking your future, promise.

indeed, ramon bautista’s little piece of advice is good, solid and sound.


thank God for blessing that broken road

everytime i hear this song and think of its lyrics, i get reminded of the quest for love that i pursued.  though broken-hearted several times, all’s well that ends well.  just when i was about to give up on such quest, right after i laid down the desire to be with someone before the Lord, He led me to mike.  🙂


Bless The Broken Road lyrics
Songwriters: Boyd, Bobby C; Hannah, Jeff; Hummon, Marcus;

I set out on a narrow way, many years ago
Hoping I would find true love along the broken road
But I got lost a time or two
Wiped my brow and kept pushing through
I couldn’t see how every sign pointed straight to you

Every long lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true

That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you
Yes He did

I think about the years I spent, just passing through
I’d like to have the time I lost, and give it back to you
But you just smile and take my hand
You’ve been there, you understand
It’s all part of a grander plan that is coming true

Every long lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true

That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you

But now I’m just rolling home into my lover’s arms
This much I know is true

That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you

That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you


The love story of Ralph and Edna

Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.

Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.

Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out.

When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna’s heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.

When she went to tell Edna the news she said, “Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you’re being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love. I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.

The bad news is, Ralph, hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he’s dead.”

Edna replied, “He didn’t hang himself, I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?”