faith

Stepping Out in Faith

Saying “I have faith in God” and walking by faith means two different things. After all, many have spoken and written words without substance in our social media society. Expressions that appear like a tantalizing 3-layer fondant cake, bedecked with daisies and jelly candies on a shop’s window. But when examined closely, it only reveals […]

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dependence on God | grace | weakness

Shine Like Stars in the Sky

Isn’t it frustrating to keep repeating a negative behavior by default, when you know you shouldn’t? I love my job but not every task is enjoyable. Some are tedious, manual, irksome. On days I’m working on the unwanteds, negativity pollutes the atmosphere. I scratch my head, groan, and bleat in protestation. My husband called me […]

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meditating God's Word

Muse Vs Amuse: What’s the Difference?

Muse and Amuse. It’s interesting how these two words look almost identical yet mean different things. Here’s the definition from thefreedictionary.com,  Muse: to be absorbed in one’s thoughts; engage in thought. Amuse:  to keep pleasantly occupied; entertain; divert Can you make the distinction? It’s subtle. Allow me to put it in simpler terms. When amused, […]

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grace | judgement

Grace, Not Judgement

Standing distinct a few steps from the department store’s entrance, she did her best averting people’s judgemental gazes. Her smooth, well-painted face scanned for an imaginary companion, begging to hurry up so they could leave. And fast. Her complexion glowed high income. She stood expensive. Dressed expensive. Low-wage mall loafers, like myself, would naturally admire […]

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evangelism | faith | grace | smallness | weakness

Clayish Expectations

People concoct certain expectations of you after moving abroad, especially if you immigrated to a wealthier nation. No one is to blame. I myself hold this kind of mindset. Exposed to lack and deprivation from my growing years, I believe flying out of the country is my only ticket out of scarcity. Of course, not […]

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forgiveness | parenting

Teaching Children About Forgiveness

As parents, we were automatically handed the responsibility to teach our children. I’ve seen this picture play out many times in the media. Mommy or daddy relates the life lesson to little one while they listen and obey. Perfect as it may paint, it doesn’t translate to real life. The teaching moment usually happens when […]

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encouragement | pride | sin | smallness

Finding Our True Boast

Lounging on a gray accent chair, my eyes couldn’t help but survey the conspicuous tree enlivening our space for the Christmas season. They lingered at the blinking white star on top, moving along to the garish ornaments, bedazzling the faux evergreen, then sideways to our blue velvet sofa. In a blur, I was transported back […]

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