Are you a Good Servant?

Hello there! I hope everyone is doing well.

I am inspired to write something about the sermon tonight at worship service.

Our pastor mentioned three essential qualities or characteristics of a good servant of God:

  1. Sacrifice.

Boom! First big word – Sacrifice.

The first thing that comes in mind whenever I hear this word is killing. Okay, wait? Not really. Dying might be the word. It’s offering someone or something valuable to us in exchange for something worthy and important. It could be our time, people, something we really want or value the most.

“Are you willing to give up your life, your profession to serve God?”he asked.

Jesus sacrificed Himself for us.

Christ encourages you, and his love comforts you. God’s Spirit unites you, and you are concerned for others. Now make me completely happy! Live in harmony by showing love for each other. Be united in what you think, as if you were only one person. Don’t be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves. Care about them as much as you care about yourselves and think the same way that Christ Jesus thought:

Christ was truly God.
But he did not try to remain
    equal with God.
Instead he gave up everything
    and became a slave,
when he became
    like one of us.

Christ was humble.
He obeyed God
and even died
    on a cross.
Then God gave Christ
    the highest place
and honored his name
    above all others.

So at the name of Jesus
    everyone will bow down,
those in heaven, on earth,
    and under the earth.
And to the glory
    of God the Father
everyone will openly agree,
    “Jesus Christ is Lord!”

Hebrews 10:5-10

It is just simply amazing to think and realize how important we are in His sight. A GOD, a Master who is mindful of us. Jesus let go of His privilege, His glory in Heaven for you and me.

Our pastor encourages us not to be double minded. If you choose God, serve Him only. Go back to the origin in serving God. Deny yourself for Him. “ME” shouldn’t exist anymore. It’s all about Him.

2. Humility

He made Himself nothing.

Christ was humble.
He obeyed God
and even died
    on a cross.

Philippians 2:8

“Our pride is a hindrance to our service to God. Humble yourself to Him. Swallowing our pride is a sign of maturity.”

In fact, God treats us with even greater kindness, just as the Scriptures say,

“God opposes everyone
    who is proud,
but he is kind to everyone
    who is humble.”

James 4:6

3. Obedient

“Obedience is better than sacrifice”

“Tell me,” Samuel said. “Does the Lord really want sacrifices and offerings? No! He doesn’t want your sacrifices. He wants you to obey him.

1 Samuel 15: 22

Obey your parents – Read Proverbs 6:20

And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

2 John 1:6

In John 10:27 : “My sheep know my voice, and I know them. They follow Me”

Personal thoughts:

Serving God is not a burden. Sometimes we spend more time on other things than listening to His voice. We don’t read His word where all the love and truth we are looking for is written. We browse Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and all those time-consuming social media and sites instead of reading and meditating His word. We listen to heart breaking songs instead of worship songs. We don’t want to go to church because we have something ‘fun’ or ‘important’ to do than giving  HIm thanks and fellowshipping with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We don’t give our tithes and offering because we’re always short financially. While he gave us everything. Everything we need. 

If you will look around you, everyone is busy. Trying to achieve that heights of success. I wonder how God feels. Of course, He is happy if we have achievements, when we reach our goals. I am sure He celebrates with us during those times. But I wonder how God feels., when we don’t include him in our success? I am even hurting now thinking about it. I am not him but when I think about it, If I were him, it must be really painful.

The God who gave up everything just to save us, a Father who gave His only Son for the sins of many, the one who never stops loving us even though we don’t think about him as we should. The One who remains faithful even when we are unfaithful. The God who still sees you as beautiful even when you can’t see yourself as He sees you, a Friend who you can rely on, who can comfort you. He is the same GOD we sometimes or always set aside. An option.

It breaks my heart writing all these words. Do not get me wrong. I am not writing this to judge you or condemn you. I am also still under construction, letting God mold me, correct me, rebuke me and be that person He wants me to be. But let this be a reminder that God is still waiting for you, for me. It’s not too late to begin again. 

Forget about yourself, your status, your position and we can look at ourselves as fairly loved by the one true God, our Father in Heaven. As we keep going, seeking to prioritize Him, remind yourself that God is looking for humble people in His service. He wants our humility. To empty ourselves so we could be filled by Him. When we begin to be His follower, be aware of this and be reminded that Lucifer was a great worshiper. He was deceived by his own self. He thought that he can be as powerful as God. Let’s try our best not to be our old selves – who want to be always right, not wanting to be rebuked but instead wanting to be lifted up. God sees everything. Do everything in love and humility.

Obedience matters in our Christian life. And it is better than sacrifice. He accepts our offerings but God looks to our hearts. He is looking for the ones who follow His command. I like the last verse, John 10:27. “My sheep know my voice, and I know them. They follow Me.”

I want to be one of those who know His voice, the one who follows Him even if sometimes I do not understand why, just simply obey and trust His way. 

A good servant is someone who is willing to sacrifice something or someone in exchange for God”s presence, the one who humbled Himself to serve others. A good servant is obedient no matter what it takes, no matter the situation, throughout every season in life – good or bad, happy or sad. Someone who will still stand and say, “I love you, Lord”

Jesus is the best example of a good servant. He came to the world not to be served but to serve. Follow Him wholeheartedly.

God bless you.

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DIY Travel Journal

Hello there! I hope everything is well with you people ☺️

I always wanted to have my own travel journal. I am not so good in writing a procedure (not good at writing at all! Haha nagfe-feeling lang!) but I would love to share how I did my journal.

After few times of browsing and checking on Pinterest, I had a strong feeling of making my own. Why? First, the popular Midori Travel Journal is expensive. Don’t get me wrong, I love it so much. If I could, I would love to buy one for me one day. But because of circumstances, I cannot afford a 25-40 dollars journal.

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So, I have to make another option– Do-It-Yourself.

Second, I am really a journal lover. I have learned that nowadays, people make different kinds of journal and it was a good idea that we have separate journal for our random thoughts, verse of the day and prayer, Daily to-do-list journal or planner, and a Travel Journal, where you keep records of memories and places you went to. You can also write the places you wanted to go and make it your goal.

Travel journal isn’t only for people who travel all the time, out of town or country trips. You can also use this when you go places within your vicinity. For example, I just want to go to Starbucks. Since I live in Aruba, where surrounded by beautiful beaches, I can go there and take a picture, print it/them before or after going to SB and write about my thoughts. It doesn’t have to be out of the country all the time. So don’t make it like “Oh this is only for travelers” Nah.. I strongly believe this is for everybody who doesn’t want to stay at home the whole day and make his/her day fun and memorable.

Okay! Lets begin… (daldal ko e no?haha)

Materials Needed:

  • Foam (Color of your choice)
  • White papers
  • Specialty papers
  • Wrapper
  • Elastic bands
  • Stapler
  • Sewing Kit
  • Ruler
  • Scissor
  • Washi tapes (optional)
  • Printer (optional)

As you can see, I couldn’t find an elastic bands so I used my choker with bling bling. 😂 (it would be great if you have elastic)

Procedure:

1. Make inserts first.

I am not gonna lie, google is my best friend. Everyone’s best friend. I searched for the dimensions.

You can use this size for the inserts. But you can also make your own.

For me, I just fold the letter size white paper lengthwise and measure vertically (21cm) and then cut the excess.

You can also follow the dimensions from Midori Traveler’s Notebook.

The quantity of papers to use is upto to you, Midori has 32sheets. I only used 10sheets because this is my first time doing it, I do not know if I will be able to use it properly. I didn’t want to waste the papers. But the good thing is, you can add more anytime.

2. Cut and Pile them.

After you measure, cut the excess of the paper and insert one by one.

3. Staple

4. Cover

Since I do not have a leather, I used foam. I watched videos on Youtube for the procedure of this:

As I have said, I used my choker for this. But I would suggest to buy an elastic band.

It’s actually upto you how long or wide you want your journal. You can make any adjustment with this.

When it’s ready, carefully add the 4 inserts. 5. Optional: Printable Dot/Grid Paper

I searched for a free Dotted paper. And I found this one from SavorAndSavvy It’s so cool. I don’t own that. It helped me with my new journal. Thank you! She has free printables for planners or bullet journaling. Check it out!

You can always choose a style on your notebook. If you want it plain, let it be. If you want to use specialty paper, dotted paper, go ahead. Be free to create something new.

I think that’s really the fun part, you learn from others, get idead from others and try to be creative on your own. ❤️

And there you go.

Bring your journal wherever you go, keep records on whats happening around you, take pictures, save the little papers whether a receipt from the restaurant you ate at, the tickets from the movies you watched, the plane tickets, the stamp from the places you went to, write your thoughts & experiences and.. yeah! Explore the world.

Handcrafted is heart-made. Make your own travel journal! ❤️

P&B Prenuptial Photos

January 1, 2016, I said Yes!

One of the best days of my life. Woah. What’s next? The prenuptial photoshoot was a blessing to us. It’s free! Thank God for my cousin Christopher Grajo for his patience and talent. I am not really good at posing, you know? It’s not my thing. I wanted to be my thing but it doesn’t like me. I could really see my cousin during the photo shoot having a hard time for my smile and pose. HAHA! I am so sorry! But it was a great day.

Actually, this is just arte! It’s not really necessary to have this, you know. Practically, you just want to get married to your partner. That’s it! When you really look at how the world nowadays when it comes to events, it’s creative and elegant. But to be honest, I just want a simple one. I want to stay on that main reason why you’re getting married. But we are so blessed that I have a talented cousin who didn’t charge us anything. God bless him abundantly. Such a blessing!

1…2…3… Smile!

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Okay, not bad.

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Thank God that I didn’t need to smile there and pose. Just stand up and hold hands. The Ring has to be seen. HAHA

Okay. For a better view:

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Could you imagine how our neck is getting stiff and tired? 1…2…3 pose! click! one more, move a little, look up!  His eyes are beautiful. Really! mas mahaba ang pilikmata nya. 

 

Yeah, right. He’s tall and I am short. Perfect combination. LOL.

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Ayan na ‘te! Pose na!  He’s lovely, isn’t he?

What I love most when I get to hug him, I could hear his heartbeat.

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And he can freely kiss me on my forehead… gentleman!

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I know this is a photoshoot, scripted. But in real life, he is like that. I love it when he kisses me on my forehead. It made me feel secured and respected. I am.

Thank God for him.

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For the love of nature. Vitamin SEA. We were under the sun during the photoshoot. But it’s windy…always in Aruba. 🙂

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See that? Ano shampoo mo te? Rejoice ba yan? When hair covered my face, my dress filled with air. Dami ko din atang gas nyan’. Too windy. HAHA

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I can’t help but smile while looking at the pictures. I’m just happy being with him. He is a blessing to me.

 

He carries me when I feel like falling. He encourages me to stand up strong. And helps me to see how God looks at me and reassures me that I am loved.

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I know from the day we started dating, I have someone I can share my laughs and cries with. Isn’t it amazing how the Lord allowed two different people from different culture and race to meet and get to know each other and desire one thing? To LOVE GOD more than anyone else so we could love each other the right way. GOAL. Purpose.

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When you love someone you always want to see that person happy, right? We hope that we will stay like this forever. May forever! Maniwala tayo!

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When I think about the purpose why am I still here in Aruba, the ring will always remind me why. Him. It was the hardest decision ever to live your comfort zone to go to the unknown. When it was blurry, he showed me clearly. God sent him to me. There is a purpose I stayed.  The past years, I was wrestling with God, telling him “I want to go home” (Philippines). He never answered me, I thought. I was home all this time. With GOD always by my side and with him who God sent for me to feel secure. I am home.

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HOME. Where you feel safe. When you are yourself. BE silly. Freely! 🙂 Where LOVE is.

 You will feel weak sometimes but you will help each other to stand up again…

 

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Pata ang labanan ‘te! HAHA

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Gotcha! Am I heavy? :p

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REST is essential to everyone, to any relationship. To pause for a while and reflect how you guys doing. I remember one of our anniversary celebrations where we talked only about how grateful we were that the Lord answered our prayers. He prayed for someone like me and I prayed for someone like him. And how we met was truly God’s plan. In a relationship, we all argue and have misunderstandings but to pause for a while and look back on the day you first met and fell in love is also good to do. Talk about it as much as possible and be always amazed what LOVE can do. What GOD can do.

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And strike a pose. Selfie? Click. HEHE Back to the ball game. Life goes on. Love always.

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Are you still there? There’s more. HAHA

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At this point, we got tired already but had to laugh about it. You want a prenup photoshoot, huh? HEHE… Magdusa ka! LOL

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Okay. That’s it. The reason for this photoshoot… SAVE THE DATE! arte haha.

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The two unggoy(s) [monkeys] are getting married. When is the BIG DAY?

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“Are you ready?” I asked this question many times, I asked him too. When you say, YES, no turning back. Leaving the person behind in marriage isn’t an option at all. You will look at marriage as good thing, not a scary one. I’ve learned that. For me, who has a lot of fears, God reminds me of his Word.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

No fear. Just LOVE. God will teach us how to love the right way if we will keep our eyes fixed on HIM. And he never fails.

Hand in hand…with JESUS and with the one He sent.

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The princess found his prince. Finally!

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Are you ready?

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Yes! We’re ready…

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Woah! Finally, I finished this post. It took me a while, well years. HAHA I got engaged, January 1, 2016. We had this photoshoot for fun and for memories. This is kinda late, but yeah! I haven’t shared my photos on my social media (Facebook, IG). I mean I have but not all. Dito lang sa blog site ko shared, first. Thank you so much for your time.

God bless!

-Princess

Photographer:  Christopher Neil Grajo.

Thank you, boy! The best ka. Love yah. 🙂

Related Posts:

Forty-Seven Months

I want a Beach Wedding!

I said Yes!

NExt… The BIG DAY!!

My very late 2017 Goals & Prayers Review.

“Better Late Than Never”

I am in the second month of 2018, but my thoughts are still from the last year. I am really grateful for the special events happened in my life. So here it goes. I don’t have fancy plans and goals last year but I love to look back and realized how God has been answering my prayers. On the other hand, those goals weren’t met will still be pursued for this year. Let us not stress ourselves on the things we didn’t accomplish.

  1. Driver’s License  – X

Man, it’s been two years since I am targeting this goal. My gracious Lord, have mercy on me! I supposed to have the test the August of 2017 but I had to go somewhere, out of the island and couldn’t make it. So I changed the date to this year, 2018.

     2. New Permit, my 6th.

I got it! Danki Dios! (Papiamento words mean “Thank God”). I wrote beside it ‘Thy will be done’. For someone like me who works in a foreign country, a legal paper is very important to stay on the island. I am blessed and favored by God that I never got denied, It’s such a blessing. I’ve seen Filipinos who struggle to get a permit to stay or to work here, they risked because they want to help their family. I am not against with such bravery to risk everything even they don’t have papers, they still work and be just alert if immigration officers are around, to run when they have to. To stay home for a while if they are in danger. I feel sad for them and happy at the same time. We all have a different perspective on life. I do respect that. If you are a foreigner, legal papers are important for you to stay. I am grateful, the Lord never let me missed one.

3. Read 12 books.

I wanted to finish one per month. Unfortunately, I only have read 6 books:

  • Have a New You by Friday
  • You can Begin Again – Joyce Meyer
  • So Close, I can Feel God’s Breath
  • Living Courageously – Joyce Meyer
  • Do It Afraid -Joyce Meyer

As you can see, I focused on motivational books this 2017. I really want to get up again so I chose to read inspirational and motivational books which I love most.

4. Blog MORE

Consistent. Oops. I skipped few months but I could say that I blog more this 2017 than 2016. It was my desire to have 15 more followers. I had 62 followers 2016 year end. The current followers I have are 80. Basically, 18 were added. Wow! Thank you guys and gals! Appreciate it. 🙂

5. Be Confident. Be Fearless.

I had a situation where I really had to be confident. I didn’t have a choice. Once in my life, I could say that I think about myself as Princess. And that is my name. It was my wedding day. There were things happened out of control but GOD taught me to stand up there walk down the aisle and think only about HIM being glorified in the event. God is good.

6. Job

Okay, this is a very sensitive topic for me. I found myself untouchable when this is to be talked about. I didn’t like the fact that I don’t have a stable job because of legal paper. But I am grateful that I could work part-time. I worked at Jewelry Store as Clerk from November 2016 – May 2017. I remember how happy I was working there but things changed later on. I left to visit my mom in the US for five months. I’m glad.

7. Be Beautiful on the inside.

What is being beautiful? I remember the year 2017 as one of the great years of my life. There were circumstances that I have to exercise forgiveness and love. When I asked God for this at the beginning of the year, I looked forward to good events, beautiful memories. Tell you what? The year became beautiful for me because of the painful events. I didn’t realize that until today.

Should I forgive? Should I get mad? I ended up forgiving. That is being beautiful for me. Guarding your heart against any anger and hatred is being beautiful.

8. More of God’s revelations.

WOW. I had plenty and they’re surprises I would never forget. God is a great God. He can make all things possible. He never fails to let me know I am loved and highly favored. In every event, God shows me that He is there working and planning things without me knowing until one day… SURPRISE! 🙂

God’s Surprise #1: Walt Disney World

God’s Surprise #2: Jollibee

God’s Surprise #3 Kari Jobe

God’s Surprise #4 Solar EclipseGod’s Surprise #5 North Carolina

God’s Surprise #5 North Carolina

Alam mo yung feeling na humingi ka lang ng konti pero grabe yung binigay nya? Sobra pa sa inaasahan mo. Sa pahinga at sa pagmamahal na pinakita nya sa akin sa taon 2017, wala akong ibang masabi kundi “Salamat po, Panginoon” 

9. Travel to Europe – X

It’s not bad to dream, right? It didn’t happen yet but I still believe I would see it, one day.

10. Visit Mommy in the US again.

My second time. God is so good. I had a wonderful five month with her and my little brother. I give God the glory.

11. Visit the Philippines. X

I was to write impossible things to see at the end of the year how possible it would be if we only believe. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to visit Philippines but hopefully 2018 is the year for me to see my family and friends there. It’s been 6 years…I miss them so much!

12. Ate Queen – to be Happy

She is my gorgeous older sister. I miss her so much. She lives in the Philippines. We still desire her to come back to Aruba but I prayed for God’s will in her life. I just want her to be happy. She didn’t come back but I am really happy for her. After seven years (if I am not mistaken) she finally opened her heart again to someone. She has a boyfriend now and their love story is amazing. My family is rejoicing with her. She needs someone there to keep her strong. She was separated from us. I and my brother are here in Aruba with my father. My other little brother and my Mom are in the US. Ate Queen is in the Philippines. I love my family no matter what.

13. Cover Songs

I covered some songs but not a lot. I still sing almost every day but privately mostly.

14. WEDDING

Tadaaah! I got married last December 2017 🙂 Finally. I and my husband (now) were in a relationship for four years and two months before the BIG DAY.

15. Unexpected Monster Blessing 2017

Last 2016, I looked forward to an ‘Unexpected blessing’ and turned out it was a Monster Blessing. Didn’t expect that my US Visa will be approved. I and some of the church members tried and we are all approved. Thank God. Amazing!

2017. I was challenged to write again and expect more from GOD. Expect the Unexpected. Besides from my Prayer and Goals for the year, I have a separate one for my Bucket List. Some of them were accomplished:

  • Disney World – I only wrote to hope one day to go to Disney. God gave me the best, It’s not Disney Land, it’s Disney World. I am forever grateful.
  • Kari Jobe Concert – To tell you honestly, she is one of my favorite worship leaders. I wanted to attend a Christian Concert of known artists. God just directed me to my favorite. I was in South Carolina that time when I saw her post about her “The Garden Tour” and when I asked mommy how far Aiken from her place. She said it’s nearby. I begged her to attend this concert. And we did.
  • Travel. I waited long for my papers to be processed here in Aruba. I can’t travel outside the island if my paper isn’t ready yet. As soon as I got it, my mom bought (unexpectedly) me a ticket to the US. Before going to South Carolina, I attended some conferences first in Georgia with church leaders. There, we also went to different places such as Stone Mountain, Baby Land / Cabbage Patch kids, Anna Ruby Falls. We also went to Alabama to worship with fellow believers there. It was an awesome experience!

16. Save More Money.

Well. you know? It’s really difficult to do this. HAHAHA.

17. Be Content. All the Time

I’ve learned to be thankful and content with whatever I have. And for that God pours more into my life. He is an amazing God and Father.

18. Be in A Magazine. X

HAHA. Dream dreams! It didn’t happen. Dream pa more.

19. Write a Story.

I always think about writing a story like the others, a novel. I am not there yet (hope, one day) But little did I know, I am truly writing one. MY STORY.

20. Compose New Songs X

I started writing songs five years ago. I stopped. And I literally forget about this. I should, huh?

‘Nah… there’s nothing to write about what happened last year.’ I was wrong. While typing this blog, I realized that there is plenty to be thankful for, prayers answered. Mostly, it’s only because of HIS GRACE why I received these things. To have a good check from what HE has done in your life is a blessing. You only not remember the painful events, but to really look at them, there is more good stuff than the ugly ones. So, for my hand who typed and my thoughts being poured out to this. I am proud. Wow. I said that “I am proud”… 

All this time I could only see the negative ones. But I am truly blessed, loved and highly favored. Thank you 2017! I am ready 2018..

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Thank you for reading!

-Princess

 

 

God’s Surprise #5 North Carolina

I am so grateful for all of these things happened in my life. I literally don’t have the budget to travel. But I call this — God’s favor. I was down and depressed for past years but the Lord helped me get up and begin again.

I got to see places I couldn’t imagine I would be able to. The Lord has proven His faithfulness to me. Yes, it is great to have a good paying job, work hard, be diligent and have determination. But the past years were not so good for me, living in a foreign country. I couldn’t do what I want to, I couldn’t get the job I want to. I had to be strong and silently being brave. I would admit that there were days that I wanted to give up but the Lord re-opened my eyes once again.

I felt bad that I couldn’t trust him that much during those times. I only see the negative things in my life. It’s not me. I wasn’t myself and I wanted to get up. So I asked God for help but at the same time, I decided to get up. It is a decision only you can make. I have to be clear that even I serve Him, there were days that problems and trials overwhelm me and anxiety and depression take over. But I believe that God is fighting for us. So here I am, still alive and fighting.

I believed again. I hoped and this is it. God has shown me that my circumstances don’t define me. 2017 was an eye opener for me that HE can do impossible things possible. I live in Aruba for six years and I am thankful that I survived and still surviving.

I got to see the US for the second time. This time was a little bit longer. Since I don’t have any responsibility I was able to visit the US, most of the days in South Carolina. I was in the US for five months. Wow. I am really grateful for God’s favor.

God never ceased to amaze me, huh? I had surprises from Him all the time and I am loving it! Before going back to Aruba, he let me see part of North Carolina.

  1. Down Town Asheville, North Carolina

We went to Downtown Asheville, historical place. I am not really good at HISTORY, you know? So I am not here to tell what happened in that place HAHA :)But what I love about history areas is you get to see and walk where important events took place.  I will try next time to learn about the places I went to. For now, I want to share how it looks like somehow.

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Thought they were at a rally. I was only gonna take pictures of the building. You know, believe it or not, I am not used to noisy place anymore. I lived in the Philippines for 26 years, I managed to live in a city. But for 6 years in Aruba, where it’s quiet and peaceful, island life and called ‘One Happy Island’, I got shocked seeing people walking around, horning their cars loudly. There’s this car who stopped in a pedestrian lane, so the people were kinda mad at her, they’re giving her strange look. We happened to cross the road and I was talking to Mommy about something and raised my hand pointing to something else, the driver thought I was saying something to her like “Why did you stop here?” Of course, I didn’t say that even it was on my mind. So she started to curse and call me “Bitch”. I had to laugh, looked at Mum and Uncle Mike and they smiled. I hope Nathan, my seven-year-old brother didn’t hear it. We kept walking and on the other pedestrian where people are crossing headed to us, a lady was crossing with a dog on a leash, she was wearing a blouse, an underwear and cardigan, while she was walking you can see the side of her treasure. I don’t usually care how people dress, if that makes them happy, I really don’t mind but of course, I have eyes. Followed by a sports car who drives recklessly and music on playing so loud. OMG. And I suddenly whispered “Welcome to the city”

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One thing I realized is I am not a ‘city person’. I prefer tranquility. It’s good to visit places and see huge buildings and many people at times. But I got used to Aruba vibes and I prefer a quiet and peaceful place. It’s not a perfect place all the time. But I think God let me see this another side of life for me to appreciate where I am.

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I love music so I took pictures to one of the bands in the street. I also noticed that there are a lot of homeless people. It’s a new thing for Nathan, North Augusta, South Carolina isn’t like this, it’s quiet there. So here in North Carolina is different. I enjoyed it though.

 

 

I was amused by this food place. Giant Spiders look real. My childlike character showed up quickly as soon as I see them. The idea was great. Clap clap to the owner.

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For more pictures, you can add me on my Instagram account (Naks!Arte!) These are some of the photos taken at DownTown Asheville, North Carolina.

IG: princessyhang01

 

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2. The Blue Ridge Mountains

This is the main reason why we were in North Carolina. Uncle Mike and MOmmy want me to see the beauty of it, not only the mountains but at least it’s about time where leaves are changing. They said some call it ‘leafing’ during Fall Season. It was a long drive, though. But it was really fun especially spent with loved ones.

We went first to Blue Ridge Parkway, where you can get directions and of course souvenirs. I started to collect magnets from places I went to.

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I actually don’t want to show my face anymore. The background is more important when you travel. HAHA. Am I right? But yeah, I would still like my face to be seen at times.

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Inside, you can see and read the history. As I have said I am not so good at collecting information. I wish I am that kind of person who can give you accurate history. We’ll be like that one day. HAHA 🙂 But Blue Ridge Parkway/Mountain is also known as “America’s Favorite Drive”

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We went driving after Blue Ridge Parkway.

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I love nature. And I can’t explain how it felt seeing the beauty around me. God is so good. His creation was amazing. Like, God, you’re here. The work of His hands is wonderful.

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Do you see that? The green leaves becoming red. Well, it’s my first time to experience this. 🙂 I’m so happy, though I couldn’t see them all changed. I’m still amazed.

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As we went further, we got to see this.

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What I loved more is the weather. It was cold there. I loved it!

I’m really grateful for the experience. God is so good. To God be the glory.

Truly, God never ceased to amaze us. I know this happened the last year October 2017, I am so late but I am still determined to share things I experienced. For me, they are miracles and favor of the Lord. His surprises are the best. I will be forever grateful!

 

It’s me,

-Princess

God’s Surprise #4 Solar Eclipse

Yes, I am so late in posting this. Haha I am sorry. 2017 was so great to me that I wanted to share good things happened.

I am so happy that I got to experience Solar Eclipse with my little brother and my mom. I live in Aruba but that day I was in the US for vacation. SO I am blessed to see that for the first time.

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I am not a photographer so I wasn’t able to take good pictures during that day. But I am just thankful that I got to see it. 🙂

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*** Sorry for this super late post. (August 21, 2017) I praise God for this experience 🙂

-Princess

God’s Surprise #3 Kari Jobe

One of my prayer lists is to attend a christian concert. I visited Mommy in the US for few months, while I was browsing on Facebook, I saw a post from Kari Jobe announcing her ‘The Garden’ Tour. My mom lives in South Carolina so I asked her where Aiken is. She said it’s only 15-20 minutes away from their place. And I begged her “Mommy please, I wanna attend Kari Jobe’s concert”

To make the long story short. Me and my mom got to see her and worshiped with her. I cried because I couldn’t believe that it was actually happening. I sent a message to my worship team in Aruba and told them the good news. I went live on Facebook so they could also see. Well, for others this is just a small thing but for me it is a big thing. BLESSING!

I admire Kari so much. I like her heart towards God. She loves Jesus so much. She inspired me through her voice and songs. God bless her. I don’t idolize her, I am just grateful that during my vacation at mommy’s I would experience more of God’s love. First, the Disney World, second – Jollibee and now this… got to see her and worshiped with her. God is so good.

Kari Jobe is so beautiful inside and out.

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With my mom 🙂 Isn’t she wonderful? She supports me. God bless her.

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For everything, for all the surprises. I give God the glory! 🙂 So excited for more of His revelation and love.

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*** August 5, 2017 God answered my prayer. Thank you for reading. 🙂 God bless you!

-Princess

God’s Surprise #2: Jollibee

Sa halos anim na taon na naninirahan sa Aruba, talaga namang nag-crave ako sa lasa ng mga pagkain ng Jollibee. Siguro hindi lang dahil sa lasa e, pero dahil you feel home kapag nakaka-kain ka nito. Yung kahit na wala ka dun sa mismong bansa mo, pakiramdam mo nandun ka. Inaalala mo yun mga panahon na kasama mo yung mga pamilya at mga kaibigan mo habang kumakain. Mga tawanan, mga panahon na kahit sakto lang pera mo kakain ka pa din kasi masaya sila kasama. Mga iba’t ibang events na doon ka nagce-celebrate. Good times.

Nagbukas ng Jollibee sa may Jacksonville, Florida nun mga nakaraang buwan. Pauwi kami galing sa Disney at nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na makadaan kami doon. Well, actually talagang sinadyang pumunta. Kung ako ay 5years ago pa nakatikim nito, ang aking mommy ay na-excite din. It’s been ages for her nung huli sya nakapunta. Talaga namang para akong bata tuwang tuwa ako. Grabe! Wala nyan sa Aruba e. Nagbyahe sa US para makatikim ng Jabee? Ito ang pangalawang SURPRISE ni Lord sa akin. Hindi ko akalain na makikita ko sya ulit at makaka-kain nito. Para bang bumalik ako sa pagkabata.

Ito ang surprise ni Lord sakin. Hindi naman plano na makapunta talaga dito pero God already planned it. Wala e! Love nya ako sobra at talagang pinasaya nya ako.

Surprise # 1 ay sobrang enough na sa akin pero naoverwhelmed ako ng makita ko ulit si Jollibee. Hindi man ako makauwi ulit sa Pinas at least para narin akong nakauwi. Yung sa kalooban ko umiiyak na finally I am home. Woah! Ang babaw ng kaligayahan e no? But really… I am grateful!

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***MEdyo late na ang post na ito. Salamat po sa pagbabasa! BLESSINGS!

-Princess

 

God’s Surprise #1: Walt Disney World

Besides from his provision to travel here in the US, attended a conference in Georgia, meet new people there, this Disney experience was unexpected. After Georgia events, I went straight to South Carolina where my mom lives.

Celebrating my little brother’s birthday, he turned 7, we went to Disney World. Woah, we traveled like 10-12 hours by car. That was a long crazy drive.

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Hindi mo maiikot ang buong Disney World in one or two days. We had a two-day trip in Disney. Though I wasn’t able to see everything, I am still very happy with this experience and I would love to share this with you. There are four Theme Parks in Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. They have a new one: Pandora-The World of Avatar, I believe. They have Water Parks as well: Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach.

If you plan to visit Disney, a week or two is advisable if you want to go to all the theme parks. It’s a vast place, you can’t just walk around and see everything in one day. You should really have a good plan if you want to experience every attraction. It’s very tiring but if you are adventurous and have child-like heart and strength, then you are good to go. And of course the finances, one tip is ‘do not stay on a Disney Resorts or Hotel’, they’re expensive. If you could find cheap hotels outside Disney, that would be great to not spend a lot of money during your vacation.

We tour around the Magic Kingdom in two days.

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This Disney tram will bring you to the monorail, monorail to the theme park you are headed to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

That feeling of excitement is rushing over me as soon as I see the entrance. HAHA I’m like a kid

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You’ll be given a card to have an access to attractions. You can select up to 3 FastPass+ reserved in advance. The rest is you have to come to heel, waiting time depends, sometimes an hour.

 

The first place to take picture,

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Well, of course, picture…picture! 🙂 with the chipmunks!

Telling you, you will feel like a kid again. No matter what age you are, you will feel young when you enter Disney. I loved it!

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What a magical experience! 🙂

We all have our goals and deepest desires wanted to attain, sometimes we share them with others, sometimes we keep them to ourselves. Last January, I wrote my prayers and goals for the year in my journal, some kinda bucket list. And again, just like last year, I wrote and expected an ‘unexpected blessing’ for this year. I was challenged to write more, you know? Truly, God answers prayers, why not ask more? He is a great God.

It’s all good to have plans and fulfill them one by one but what I was looking forward to is on how the Lord will lavish His love for me by surprising me with the things or situations I didn’t even ask for. His surprise is surprisingly overwhelming. He freely gives because I am deeply loved by Him, so you are. We are loved by God. Whether you are faithful or unfaithful, He will love you unconditionally.

That. I expected this, the amazing work of His hand in my life.

Unexpected but planned by Him. He already had this on his mind. I am still in awe up to this point. Sharing stories of my life was actually not my thing, I even wrote some of my very personal life such as career, love life and family when started blogging. I realized I had to speak to show others that GOD is real. And through my own stories, I wanna be a blessing. I just love how the Lord move through my life that I could be able to survive all the dramas I went through. We all have situations in life that made us feel seems nothing is going right, in different forms, we all struggled. But “Look at the brighter side”.

So, I want to share some of God’s surprises in my life these past few months. Recently I posted about how the Lord has been providing continually that he even let me travel here in the U.S.A. without worrying the fare and accommodation. Isn’t he amazing? HE PROVIDES.

 

“No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true.” 

-Cinderella

It’s just amazing how the Lord answered my prayer.  I wrote in my bucket list and without even thinking about how I will fulfill them, one of my desires is to see Disney. God reminded me that HE can make impossible things possible. Can you imagine?I didn’t specify which Disney and yet he let me see Walt Disney WORLD.

This  is not really my own strength. How can I travel without a job? How the Lord give me this multiple-visa, when talking about finances, I am not qualified. In people’s mind, I am not really qualified. But here’s the thing: “When God says Yes, No one can stop Him”  He has his own unique ways and fulfilling His promises to His children. I only and prayed with an expectant heart. Truly, there is a time for everything.

I love surprises and God did it so well. I am loved and highly favored. To God be the glory.

***This was in my draft few months ago. Catching up!  I am so excited to share the rest of God’s love in my life. Thank you for reading.

-Princess

 

DIY Penholders

Hello gals and guys! It’s been a while. My travel post is still pending. I didn’t finish yet. I’m back in Aruba and it’s been hectic since I arrived. A lot of things happened not to mention the wedding preparation. And yes! I am getting married very soon. Finally! Haha

Well this post is not about that. I would like to share this DIY penholders. I was looking for a place or something to put all my pens (I have a lot!) but since I moved in to a new place, I don’t have everything yet but I wanted to organize my stuff especially when I do write, journal and scrapbooking. Thank God I have these to start with.

Materials:

1. Holder (from Pik-nik, peanut can, and piroulie)

2. Pink cartolina (or color of your choice)

3. Ruler

4. Glue gun (with glue! Of course! Haha)

5. Scissor or cutter

6. Washy tape (optional)

Procedure:

It’s easy, cartolina is to cover these holders. You can design it afterwards (sorry! Not so good in explaining procedure. Haha)

Here’s the result:

It’s simple. And you don’t only save money but you exercise your creativity and you can personalize it.

And everytime you are on your desk, doing your thing, remember that “You are awesome”.

Thank you! May God bless your day.

Napadaan lang ako sa inyong mga feed. ❤️

Love,

-Princess

Life on earth is ephemeral. Do what makes you happy!