Lukewarm: A Letter To The Laodiceans


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Hello, Friday readers! πŸ˜‰

I am writing this on a Saturday and will post it Friday of the following week. I just write thoughts as they come in even if I am in the middle of a task. Right now, I am in the middle of my lunch eating leftover “isaw,” pork bbq, and “pinakbet” from our last night’s dinner. πŸ˜€

That’s how I write articles. They all came from a random thought, a random word, a random verse, or even a random scene. It’s always a spur-of-the-moment thing for me. πŸ˜‰

For this article, I was bothered by something which I can’t explain (yet again) what it is. It’s possible it came from an observation or something I recently experienced. I can’t pinpoint what it is but somehow, after prayer time and devo, here came the thought – LUKEWARM.

So I typed in “lukewarm bible verse” in our ever beloved search assistant Google and so my research began. Here are a couple of things I found out what the biblical context of “lukewarm” means:

  • It was mentioned in the book of Revelation.
  • It was addressed to a particular church.
  • It has something to do with the status of your faith and your spiritual journey as a whole.

When God Spoke to the Laodiceans

1. It was mentioned in the book of Revelation.

You may find it in Revelation 3:14-21. Parallel verses can also be found in Colossians 2. John’s vision for this church came as a judgment with the call to repent.

“The letter to the church at Laodicea is the harshest of the seven letters to the churches in Asia Minor. By His indictment of their β€œdeeds” (Revelation 3:15), Jesus makes it clear that this is a dead church. The members of this church see themselves as β€œrich” and self-sufficient, but the Lord sees them as β€œwretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” (verse 17). Their lukewarm faith was hypocritical; their church was full of unconverted, pretend Christians.”

2. It was addressed to a particular church.

This particular church is the Laodicean church, one of the Seven Churches of Asia or Seven Churches of the Apocalypse. Today, it is part of Greek and in the Bible, it is described as a city with great finance and banking. Wikipedia also described it with this statement:

“In 60 A.D the city was hit by a major earthquake. The city refused help of the Roman empire and rebuilt the city itself.”

With all seriousness aside, this made me look up the fault line here in the Philippines via this site: I don’t know how relevant is this to this part but I just felt I had to post it. πŸ˜€

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” – James 1:27

“It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning.” – 1 Corinthians 5:12

3. It has something to do with the status of your faith and your spiritual journey as a whole.

Now for this part, what I have are questions. It is true that church founders and pioneers have all the fire and fervor (hot) when it comes to the faith which ignited church-building just like my great-grandfather. In the case of my great-grandfather and grandfather, it was during World War II – a time of great social instability, political upheaval, and economic downturn. People were hopeless during these times. As I mentioned in my previous article, where there are despair and hopelessness, people will look for a Savior who can help them out of their desolate situations. Thus, the rebirth of churches.

How about the generations that came after them who already grew up in the comforts of the church and everything else is doing well in the country for the most part? Are they more prone to fall lukewarm in their faith? If yes, what can the church do to ignite them since we all know genuine salvation is a personal walk and relationship with God? How do these younger generations experience true and genuine salvation – a need for a Savior?

While re-reading this article, I felt like my late maternal grandpa is speaking through me. πŸ˜€ Ah yes, if only I can relive the days when he shares the Word of God, I really think he’ll be perfect in apologetics. The only difference he and I have is that he declares them verbally whilst mine, through writing. πŸ˜‰

Honestly, when everything becomes smooth in my life now, I sometimes come to a point that I ask God to challenge me. I always tell Him that I don’t want to be cold” nor “lukewarm” in my faith. Thus, if He will test me like what He did to Job, I am all for it. Why? I know that it will bring fire to my faith. I don’t want to be a coal whose flames are extinguished because of neutrality just because I am living a life of prosperity and comfort – lack of problems.

“Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.…” – Romans 5:3-4

“By your patient endurance, you will gain your souls.” – Luke 21:19

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” – James: 1-12

Have you watched the movie “God’s Not Dead?” If not yet, pretty please do watch it – it’s an awesome movie. If you watched it already, can you still remember the role of Dean Cain (Mark Shelley)? He plays this rich corporate employee who is so full of himself, self-sufficient, and basically consumed by this world.

While watching his character, the story of “The Rich Man and Lazarus” (Luke 16: 19-31) came into my head:

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.

So he called to him, β€˜Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

But Abraham replied, β€˜Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

He answered, β€˜Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.

Abraham replied, β€˜They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’

β€˜No, father Abraham,’ he said, β€˜but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.

He said to him, β€˜If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’

Now, we already have Jesus as our bridge from condemnation towards eternity. I do not wish for my soul to lament in torment and anguish because I became lukewarm. Nor I wish for my family to experience the same thing. If I can ask God to send the Spirit to rebuke us even every day, then I will definitely ask Him that – every day. πŸ™‚

Do you have prayers for your loved ones to never fall into the trap of becoming “lukewarm”? You may share them as comments below. ❀

Read more: The Judgment at Christ’s Coming


3 Female Local Celebrities to Follow

I am posting this article in celebration of the International Women’s Day yesterday (March 8, 2018). I may be a day late but it’s better late than never. πŸ˜‰

Why choose female local celebrities? One of my reasons is that the social media is one big arena where both influencers and game-changers can have the most impact on its followers. Since I am a proud Filipina, I am choosing female celebrities in the local showbiz industry. My criteria for choosing them are as follows:

  • consistent in upholding their advocacy
  • how their posts made me ponder on a lot of things
  • women of character through their values and belief system

So here are my top picks for female local celebrities to follow:

  1. Mrs. Neri Miranda
  2. Jennica Uytingco
  3. Moira Dela Torre

Neri Miranda

1. Mrs. Neri Miranda

I have been an avid follower of Mrs. Neri Miranda for quite some time now. She is also a hoarder of hobbies and when I browsed through her IG profile, I found out we both have similar interests. She loves gardening too and is someone who’s highly business-minded. For the record, she is my top influencer to date among female entrepreneurs here in the Philippines. Also, if my time will allow it, I’d like to attend one of her seminars on entrepreneurship. She is also a full-time mom to their 1-year-old son Miggy and the owner of several different types of businesses. I often wondered how she gets to manage everything single-handedly and if I have the chance to interview her, I’d definitely ask her that. πŸ˜‰

You may follow her IG profile here:

Here are some screenshots of her IG posts:

2. Jennica Uytingco


I followed Jennica Uytingco, daughter of actress Jean Garcia and also an actress herself because I totally adore her child-rearing practices and values. I can relate to her because that is how our mom brought us up too. She maintains a very simple lifestyle which is quite different from most celebrities. Definitely someone who is also against the norms and does not conform to the standards and patterns of this world. I also wonder how she can conduct her seminars on parenting and child-rearing while being a full-time mom to her daughter Mori. This, I will ask, if I do get the chance to interview her (fingers crossed). πŸ˜€

You may follow her IG profile here:

Here are some screenshots of her IG posts:

3. Moira Dela Torre


Moira Dela Torre is the last and recent female celebrity I am fangirling (I am not sure if this term is appropriate for me now that I’m in my 30s). πŸ˜€ She is a very talented singer and song-writer. I can relate to her when it comes to her spiritual journey, battles, and insecurities (I also have eczema). I just love the way she encourages through her posts and how bold she is in proclaiming her faith. She also never fails to glorify God through her ups and downs. How she keeps up with her busy schedules and still maintain that positive attitude is a question I’d like to ask if I meet her one day. πŸ˜‰

You may follow her IG profile here:

Here are some screenshots of her IG posts:

What I love about these women are their humble attitudes and very relatable appeal when they post on social media. They are not the type who post selfies often but with their every post, you always learn something may it be from child-rearing tips, being streetwise or including God in their triumphs and failures. These ladies are also very beautiful on the outside. They won’t be celebrities if they aren’t, will they? πŸ˜‰

If I am not mistaken, they are all younger than me. This proves that age doesn’t matter if you want to make a lasting impact not just with your followers but possibly with the entire world (most eyes are on them). These female local celebrities may not be the most in-demand actresses or singers today but they are changing mindsets every single day which is far more important.

Indeed, they have the grace to fulfill these tasks, push through with their advocacy, be passionate about what they do, and “walk the talk.” I’d sure love to be like them in any and every way, however, we all know we are all created differently and uniquely by God. What is suitable for others may not be suitable for some. In the same way that their calling may not be the same calling that God has for you and for me.

Still, if it is about pursuing your passion and being passionate about what you do, they are among the front-runners on my list of women of character. Empowered women, they really are. πŸ™‚

True it is that when you have GRACE, it’s enough to sustain you. “God is more than enough,” as they always say. For this week I am maintaining a pretty tight schedule from morning until evening that goes on like this:

  • Quiet time and devo
  • Check emails and messages
  • Research and read articles
  • Write an article
  • Prep and cook lunch
  • Do other household chores
  • Do other work-related stuff
  • Finish the article and submit
  • Prepare and cook dinner
  • Research and plan for other non-work endeavors and projects
  • Watch a movie with hubby (quality time)
  • Play Ocean is Home and Legacy, play the guitar, make art, and experiment w/ new dishes (personal time) πŸ˜‰

I am feeling kinda Wonderwoman here but well, GRACE made it possible. Oh, and insert this article on the list too for my every Friday post. πŸ˜‰

As my life verse goes:

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13

May God continue to bless the work of the hands of all women of every race, every color, every status, and every background in every society. ❀

Lots of love from a woman of faith,


Serious Talks: Insurgencies and Helping Hands

As you all know I barely touch on political and social issues here on my blog. This is also the reason why the articles before this are pretty “light.” I intended to organize them in this manner because today’s article is heavy reading. Definitely not heavy reading similar to academic or scholastic reading but let’s just say most points are all serious talks. πŸ™‚

Another reason why I also skip covering these topics is that they are highly debatable. I love to hear varying and opposing views because you get to see both sides of the coin. However, when it becomes a heated discussion that leads to an argument, there is a tendency for the discussion to go off-topic. This is with the exception of debate teams, of course. They were trained how to keep their arguments well within the premises of the discussion and topic on hand.

On the contrary, when I share about faith, my appeal is usually reflective and personal. Yes, no one can question your experiences or what you have learned from your experiences. It is your story, you own it, nobody can nullify your “arguments.” Unless, of course, if it is a rebuke by the Spirit in cases where your testimony contains any of these – arrogance, pride, selfishness, self-entitlement, etc. and never in a way brings glory to God but glory to self.

Sometimes the Spirit’s leading brings me to topics that I would like to swerve away from but found myself writing about it just like now. So before I wrote this post, I asked God’s leading that I may choose the right words (never to condemn anyone) to let the message across. By the way, as of writing, it is Sunday but I will post it Friday. The tugging already came in now. πŸ˜‰

Yet another reason why I don’t post heavy political writings is that I graduated from a university stereotyped as the university where most student activists were born and made – the University of the Philippines (Diliman). I cannot junk this statement either as truth or fallacy. It is partly true and it is partly false. I love my alma mater. I owe so much from this academe though it brought me bittersweet experiences. On a broader perspective, it made me to who I am now – just like faith.

Now for this one, a current issue about UP students becoming activists and doing nothing but to rally on the streets instead of focusing on their studies became the limelight of Facebook newsfeed as of the late. I read extremely derogatory accusations targeted towards the entire community of UP. I wanted to defend my alma mater. But I chose to keep mum about it on social media.

Why, Tin?

I know there are so many things that are beyond our control much more the human reactions and the human thoughts. I can never force people to understand where I came from and why my sentiments are such in those matters. Even if, let’s say, my sentiments have so much more bearing because I have first-hand experiences about growing up and living in the UP community as an “Iskolar ng Bayan.”

Iskolar ng Bayan – that is the second name UP students go by. Translated into English, we are scholars wherein our education is funded by the state. We were the high school students all over the Philippines who qualified by passing a mind-boggling entrance exam in layman’s terms. πŸ˜‰ Our education is not free. But we pay low tuition fees for a good quality of education. Yes, UP is considered as one of the premier state universities in the country.

Not all of us are activists who rally on the streets. But all of us are ACTIVISTS BY HEART. The indoctrination of the university to serve the country as a way of giving back to the privilege of having scholarships granted to us lies embedded deep within us. It taught us resilience, to fight for what is right, to defend those who can’t, and to help those in need.

If there is one factor that I appreciate being an alumna of this university, it is the fact that I first became aware of the social and political issues when I was a college student back in 2002. The social experience and acculturation of the UP spirit are more defined and rooted among the undergraduates than on those who studied in the campus for their graduate studies. I guess this is self-explanatory? But I’ll explain it anyhow. πŸ˜€

Graduate students commonly meet once a week only and are not required to be involved with the university’s non-academic student functions and affairs. The only exception is when it is the grad student’s personal interest to immerse in those activities voluntarily. It is more likely too that grad students are preoccupied with a day job. Whereas if you’re an undergrad student, the peer pressure is greater. When your college friends started joining organizations, attending UP concerts, hanging out in dorms, etc., you are more or less forced to join the crowd.

This is the UP culture itself. It urged me to look beyond the social dogma and to learn how to work hand in hand with fellow students from all walks of life may it be the son of a senator or the daughter of a farmer. I became aware what the society is lacking, what the government is trying to do, and how the entire citizens are faring. And what can you, as students and in your own little way, give back to help?

We are not all activists who rally on the streets. BUT we are all aiming to become CATALYSTS OF SOCIAL CHANGE. Now, these two are completely different. An activist opposes a particular system, rule, or law and DEMANDS CHANGE. But catalysts of social change are those who, in their little power, INITIATE CHANGE and make the world a better place. Yes, not just my country. But it is very well a good advocacy to help those around you first, right? This is where the community comes in.

Rallies are the same as insurgencies. It is always an upheaval against the current way of governance regardless of who is the appointed leader. When we decided to utilize a property whether it is for commercial purposes or not, we are faced with one particular challenge – dealing with insurgencies and revolutionary taxes.

When I was a kid, I am already aware what revolutionary taxes” are for. My dad, as a farmer and an engineer, gives these so-called “revolutionary taxes” along with other farmers and business owners in our town. They are an amount of money provided to the CPP-NPA or the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army.

They are very active in the provinces. Sometimes we hear news of people being shot point blank in public and rumors going around that the person was killed because that person committed an offense to someone. Then that someone sought justice and help from the NPA.

We do not condone such practices but sadly, it has already become the norm. When I asked Dad back when I was a child why we have to give, he just said it is mandatory. If you can’t pay the revolutionary taxes, they usually resort to destroying your establishments or property if you are a business owner. I asked Dad who these people are. He said that they are the ones who protect the people. If I interpreted it right, the people’s hope and savior.

When I was a little girl, I have always loved the idea of your “Knight in Shining Armor.” Ah yes, who among the ladies wouldn’t be bedazzled with that? Even guys loved the idea of having saviors like a superhero – the one who saved the world. Marvel has so much of that. πŸ˜‰

But I also thought, the wrong notion of “saviors” and “salvation” can actually lead to even more lost lives, more chaos, more war, more pain, more hunger, and more poverty. Countries where there is zero violence, like Norway, are the richest countries all over the world (Source: But in countries where war is anywhere but there, there are all sorts of endless social problems from hunger, poverty, illnesses, to murder, crimes, robbery, etc.

Salvation is an ideology to some. Society may not tackle it like how the church does but at some point, the church has a greater responsibility in informing the public what TRUE SALVATION is and who is the RIGHTFUL SAVIOR. It definitely is not our President who can save us from all the calamities that will befall our land and neither can it be the “Knight in Shining Armor” no matter how shiny his shield is. Salvation is never ideological but experiential. You will never know salvation if you haven’t been in a situation where you truly sought for God’s help because no one else can help you.

Going back to businesses, businesses are there to help communities. It helps build a community and a society in fact. Where there is revenue, there is commerce. Where there is commerce, there is an industry. Where there is an industry, there is manpower and livelihood. Destroy the businesses, the livelihood, and the communities, everything else will follow. Where there is destruction, there is hopelessness. People look for “saviors” who can lift them out of their desolate situations.

A changed life surrendered to the rightful Savior in the name of Jesus Christ will result in the salvation of a community. Bring that one person home and surely his influences will go on to his children, grandchildren, etc. When it becomes magnified, it can change a community. It is easier said than done but think of Jesus, Pilates, and the Romans. Jesus instilled change, Jesus was considered an “insurgent,” and many opposed it which brought Him to His death on the Cross. But little did everyone know that it was the kind of death which magnified Him as the Son of God and the power of God, Himself. This is now the HOPE that we cling on to.


Helping people cross over. πŸ™‚ Photo copyright:

My prayer now is for God to lead us in helping communities progress through our sustainable projects not just with the livelihood, but to shed light upon who is the ultimate Savior – the one who died on the Cross for us. May more minds and eyes are opened and more hearts be touched, may it be in whatever medium that God will use as His instrument for the Good News to break through. Yes, we can only do so little in helping others compared to how God can completely transform the life of one human being, of one community, of one nation, and ultimately, of the world.

By the way, this is supposed to be a Holy Week special but I thought about posting it earlier since most of us will have our own moments of reflection during the week. πŸ™‚

I just hope this article will remind us how to commemorate what took place on the Cross hundreds of years ago and how we can all be catalysts of social change through God’s grace and guidance. May His Saving power allow us all to fulfill the tasks set out before us in His perfect time – how we will carry our own crosses. ❀

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

“And then He told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” – Mark 16:15


If you aren’t sure how or where to get started in initiating change, start by helping fund a student’s education. Some of the organizations listed in the left panel (web version) or lower portion (mobile version) of my website help kids get a scholarship. You can also ask your local church if they sponsor outreach activities and medical missions to communities. Or if you know a certain family, reach out to them. Helping doesn’t necessarily have to involve money. You can help by offering emotional and spiritual support through mentoring or even by prayers. Yes, never underestimate the power of prayers. πŸ™‚

Also, these serious talks won’t be complete without this – it is Dad’s 78th birthday today! To honor him, I made him a portrait sketch which looked like he is in his 40s. πŸ˜€ Ah yes, may the good Lord bless the work of his hands, give him good health, protection, and strength in the coming years. ❀ ❀ ❀


“Daddy” (9″ x 12″ Pencil Sketch)

Adopt, Don’t Shop: Animal Love

Hello, WordPress and non-WordPress folks! For today’s post, it will be something light – pets. ☺

Allow me to introduce to you some of the pets we have back in my hometown. If you are wondering why I have no pets here in Manila, sadly, it’s not allowed in the condominium we are renting out. So without any further ado, here are our adopted babies: Peekah (orange cat), Tippy (black and white cat), Polly (black, white, and orange cat), Torti (turtle), and Birdie (lovebird).

All five of them were adopted and rescued from the streets and from our backyard. They all stumbled upon our home looking for a furever home and they indeed found one. Thanks to my 3rd sister, Ate Abeden, for taking such good care of them and for being their furever foster Mom.

I could still remember back when I was a kid, my Mom told me having a pet entails a lot of responsibilities. She made sure I completely understood what I am getting myself into the first time I asked her if I can have a pet cat. I was around 7 or 8 years old back then.

When she finally agreed, I was ecstatic and anxious at the same time because the challenge was real – keeping my pet alive. Through the years, most of my pets died because of an illness and we don’t have a vet available 24/7 in town (even until now).

It was only when I got older and found out by researching on the internet that there are actually a lot of pet illnesses which you can avoid. This can be done through simple pet care tips which will also prolong your pet’s life and improve his/her overall health.

We treat all of our pets as members of the family. They also have different personalities and special antics that can either make you crack in laughter or annoy you big time. Still, we love them all just the same. πŸ˜€

I couldn’t really tell how or why God intended these fur babies to stumble upon our home. But I have one clue – I am an animal advocate and it is possible a shelter home is one of His projects for me and my siblings to work on in the land we plan to utilize.

Well, it can or it can’t be. Ah yes, so many plans and yet surely, the Lord will direct our steps. We are just patiently waiting for God’s perfect time to execute His instructions. I am praying the timeline we have set is aligned with God’s timeline as well. ☺

Let Kids Be Kids

This is a bit late since it is already 12 midnight here as of writing. Hubby and I had to attend to some errands, thus, the late article. πŸ˜ƒ But as always, better late than never. So here’s the Friday post for this week which is a flashback to last January. ☺

Sa isa sa mga after New Year gala sa Baguio City w/ my in-laws, we decided to stay at the Teacher’s Camp at ma-experience and sinasabi nilang may “mumu” daw. πŸ˜‰

Habang nag-aantay sa baba, may mga batang naglalaro sa bakuran at namimitas ng mga bulaklak. Out of curiousity sabi ko kay Brian lapitan namin sila at usisain kung anong ginagawa nila sa bulaklak. Naalala ko kasi ang kabataan ko sa kanila playing with all things that nature can offer as toys. Yes, I actually preferred these toys over my Barbies and cooking sets.

When I asked them, ginagawa daw nilang confetti or bracelet. Nakipagbiruan din si Brian sa kanila and the kids really had a good laugh.

After picking a couple of flowers, Brian and I went to our room. When we went out to get our stuff sa sasakyan nila Bri, hinabol kami ng dalawang batang babae na nakausap namin earlier and they were showing us something.

They made me bracelets pala out of the flowers they picked. In exchange, we gave them chocolates to show our gratitude. Minsan talaga maa-amaze ka na lang how kids can have this way of making sweet surprises in their own little ways. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

Knowing Your Purpose: Are You a Godpreneur?

Disclaimer: This is a pretty long message but you’ll enjoy reading the rest of it (I think or I think not).Β πŸ˜€ If you do feel sleepy in the middle though, you may skip the boring ones and just get on to the next pile of stories. πŸ˜‰

“Are you a Godpreneur?”

Yes, I am a Godpreneur… the making. That is, for me and my siblings. πŸ˜€

But first, thanks be to God for restoring our landline and wi-fi connection from super slow to nothing last week to just right fast now. Just in time for me to prepare for this article yesterday, write, and post it today. Btw, 1mb for me is fast enough. lol πŸ˜€ If you are wondering too if I have no work assigned today, yep, God allowed it my Thursday and Friday be free for this week so I could research and prepare for this article.

So what is a Godpreneur? This might be the first time you’ve heard of it. If you have read my post entitled An Ode to My Grandpa: Memoirs, that was the first time I mentioned the term “Godpreneur.”


This is the website where I encountered the term first: When I checked it out, I can only say that indeed, this is what I need for this season. I’d like to reiterate what the owner of Daily Godpreneur said regarding the importance of reading your bible on a daily basis every morning. I do that every day too since I got saved in 2013. It is such a vital process if you want to know what God’s will is for you and in knowing your calling. Here’s how my journal/planner looks like – a combination of daily bible verses, daily devotionals, and prayers:


Try writing in cursive, it is becoming rare nowadays. πŸ™‚

But before I went to that website, I first got a glimpse of it through IG in its random Search feed where it collates similar photos based on your likes. Most of my liked photos are about bible verses so I thought maybe it got integrated with it. It captured my attention (God’s plan for sure) and I checked out the IG profile. At that time, I just came back from my hometown where hubby and I spent our Christmas vacation.


You may download his e-book for free: “How to Become a Godpreneur and Let God Be Your CEO.” 😍

After the prayer and fasting, this became one of the topics that the Spirit prompted me to write about – An Ode to My Grandpa: Memoirs. I wrote the article, shared it on Facebook, and tagged my siblings. I did mention in the article I have no idea how to utilize the land without the finances to back it up. The next thing that happened, we were all making serious plans about it. Literally serious plans. πŸ™‚

When I wrote that article I guess I was praying to God that if this is His will over me and my family, may He lead the way and prepare us all for the tasks beforehand. Now, when I look back to the decisions I made, the sacrifices my husband and I had to go through, it seems the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall into place though the entire picture is nowhere near completion.

Everything made sense.

All you need to do is just let go and let God, again and again and again. πŸ™‚ Part of the sacrifices and hard decisions I mentioned is letting go of an opportunity to be promoted to a Managing Editor and earn 30-40k which could’ve brought me and my husband to such great relief financially. But when I prayed to God about it, the question He asked was this, “What is your motivation, Tin, for getting the promotion?”

Don’t get me wrong though, I absolutely love my job now as a freelance content writer. I never enjoyed any work I did in my previous jobs than how I do now. I love how my work demanded versatility as a writer with all the different clients and specific demands we have to deal with. But my reason is mainly that I didn’t feel it in my heart to take on the responsibility. If my motivation is the high salary, we all know it is the wrong motivation. I may be ready to take on editing roles, however, managing people is my waterloo. I wasn’t prepared so to speak and I felt it isn’t God’s perfect time either.

But hear ye, hear ye. God hears prayers even those little voices that our hearts tend to whisper because we are unaware we’re praying for them already. This article ( yet again from Daily Godpreneur came just in time along with so many articles that I can totally relate now. I can’t help sharing them with my siblings too. In one instance, my brother mentioned in one of our meetings that if we are to venture into this business, it is not going to be for profit. We all agreed to it.

I also suggested we can use parts of the land as a retreat area and for the vacation home, God already gave us ideas how it should look like. For example, I got this idea of putting tables with bible verses on top of it when we ate at Mary Grace restaurant. Nothing is more spiritually rejuvenating during your retreat than being surrounded by the exact Words of God while communing with nature which is God’s creation at its best, right? πŸ™‚

IMG_20180130_233641_882I was also hooked on this survival game called Ocean is Home. I loved it because the setting is on a deserted island (nature). But the good thing is that you get to design and build your own house just like a real architect’s AutoCAD. I know you’re going to laugh at me if I tell you that I actually made a floor plan for the game like what real architects do. lol πŸ˜€


Just to share though, this is common in the family. When I was young, I always see my Mom making floor plans. Both Mom (grade school teacher) and Dad (civil engineer) designed our ancestral house. I also have a cousin (mother side) who’s an architect and yet another cousin (father’s side) who’s a talented painter and artist. So I guess sketching and floor plans are quite a normal thing to do in the fam either by profession or as a hobby. πŸ˜‰

Back to the game, I took screenshots of it after how many days of building it. Then suddenly an idea popped into my head and blurted it out to my hubby: “Hon, do you think it’ll be a great idea if I show this to my siblings as one suggestion for the design of the vacation home?” What do you think? πŸ˜€ I highly recommend this game if you’re intoΒ building stuff.


My eldest sister also suggested the idea of using our business to provide a livelihood in our community. The farmers and their families living near the property which we plan to utilize have work depending on the planting and harvest season only. This means they need to look for other jobs to sustain their families during the times they have no farm work. These farmers and their families have been serving our families for decades since we were young and even way before that when it was my late grandpa who was managing the farm.


We would like to pay it forward by serving them and their needs too. I did mention in my previous articles that God placed a desire in my heart to put up my own school someday and a foundation that will help students without the financial capability to have a good education. This is actually the reason why I pursued a master’s degree in Special Education altho halfway through my grad study, I did let the opportunity go because God led me to a different path. If it is still God’s will for me to put up a school, this could still materialize how many years or decades from now in the property which we plan to utilize.

I was born a people-pleaser. My Mom once told me it isn’t a good thing. But thinking about it in a Christian context, I believe being a people-pleaser is actually good. Only this time the one I am pleasing is not people but God. How? By serving others not to earn my way to Heaven or receive a reward from God but to fulfill His tasks and to share what He has given me.

My siblings and I have been gifted with skills and resources despite some setbacks and I know they are for a purpose and never for self-gain. All of us, I believe, have been gifted with certain talents and skills because we all compose the body of Christ – everyone has a specific role to play. Just like how 5 of us, siblings, have a special part to fulfill to make our project work. But then again, use it never for self-gain. If God gifted you with so many talents and skills, then He has greater work for you to do.

One of the famous entrepreneurs in history and Microsoft founder Bill Gates also said the same thing:

Bill Gates

Biblically speaking, it can be found in this verse:

“…When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” – Luke 12:48

Speaking of skills, you’ll never know when God will use them for His purposes. It doesn’t mean you have to go through the same experiences others did so you’d “activate” them. But it is all between you and God. He will use circumstances only designed for you and you alone because that is part of His blueprint when He designed you to fulfill a certain task – your calling. Do not try to copy how others lived and what they pursued because that is God’s calling for their lives. If we will always follow what others are doing WITHOUT consulting God FIRST, we are wasting away what God has prepared for us which, as we all know, is always the best. ❀

You may want to check this one out too. Every time I write my Friday article or even articles at work, I listen to worship songs. I sometimes play my guitar and my husband’s guitar as my icebreaker away from any screen (mobile phone or laptop).

So I browsed the internet one time for chords and lyrics of some worship songs I heard during a Sunday service. Voila, I stumbled upon this awesome website and it’s just the perfect site I was looking for. You’ll find most worship songs here with chords, lyrics, and tabs along with music videos and interviews with the composers and songwriters themselves. I am pretty sure they, too, have their own set of testimonials which led them to pursue God’s calling for them.

Yes, they are all using their gifts, talents, and skills to fulfill God’s calling for them. Just like our very own Filipina composer, musician, and singer (a beautiful lady too), sis Moira Dela Torre. Here’s her original composition entitled Safe now featured in Victory Worship’s new album. Can you guess what the title of the album is? You guessed that right, “For Your Purpose.” Amazing, isn’t it? πŸ˜€

You may watch her acoustic version in the video below:

Going back to God’s purpose, my husband and I are going to relocate yet again to a new place soon which, I am sure, is part of God’s plans too. We have a lot of people to be grateful for in this season and I just can’t help thanking God for them every single day. Along with it also came great opportunities. I already have hints how the plans will play out but I can’t say it is exactly what will happen. Simply because I am not God and “His ways are higher than mine and so are His thoughts higher than my thoughts.” πŸ˜€

So finding out what my hints are is something for you to look forward to. I’ll share if my instincts, guesses, foresight, prophecy, ESP, whatever term you may call it, are correct. So stay tuned for my next Friday article. πŸ˜€

Also, yesterday a bible verse for the day popped up from my screen courtesy of which ignited something that I have been trying to figure out but at a loss what was it. The word came out – prosperity of the wicked. I decided to type it into Google search and ended up reading bible study websites which pointed me to Psalm 37. Upon reading it, Psalm 37 encapsulated what I think now is God’s way of preparing us – how to deal with the money and success through God’s way since we are going to put up a business which, as we all know, is greatly involved with money. Money is the root of all evil, that is a given too. So God made a step ahead to guard our hearts against finding the wrong motive.

For now, I know I am in towards a whole new set of different seasons and I am feeling scary ( no, I should not be) but I have these verses to equip the journey ahead. Yes, God will pave the way too and I need not worry. πŸ™‚

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” – Exodus 20:12

“You shall walk in all the ways which the Lord has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.” – Deuteronomy 5:33

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5

“You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.” – Proverbs 19:21

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” – Proverbs 16:3

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” – Matthew 6:33

“The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:6


I hope these verses gave you the armor you needed too in whatever quest or crusade you’re set to journey on. The same goes when it comes to discovering the purpose that God has set for you to fulfill. Let’s all pray for God’s leading, our Master in everything, and claim the beautiful promises that He has for you, for me, and for the rest.

“Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” – Proverbs 3:6

From God’s journeyman with love,

Tin ❀

The Journeyman’s Moments: Becoming

Hello there, beloved reader! Yep, hello Friday too! πŸ™‚ So here’s the post for this week’s installment. I was saving it for my blog site’s 6th year anniversary in October. But I just felt like posting it today so here it is. πŸ˜€

I am pretty sure most of you are interested to find out why I named this blog as “The Journeyman’s Moments.” I never really thought much about the name of my personal blog when I started to put it up back in 2012. I didn’t even intend on being a consistent blogger. πŸ˜‰

I just thought I need to have my own space too in the blogosphere and share snippets of what I do. Little did I know God has a purpose behind it all – my blog as a megaphone for my faith. So back to the β€œjourneyman,” I was thinking what will describe my blog which is all about my lifelong learning and my day-to-day journey here in this world. I started doing my research and caught a glimpse of the word β€œjourneyman.” I made a quick research about it then I thought it’ll be good enough for now, I can change it any time anyway.

BUT little did I know too that this word will mean so much more. God never makes things happen for no reason. It is always the other way around and always to satisfy His purpose. As of writing (1/25/2018), I made an in-depth study of the word and it all dawned on me now why it has to be β€œjourneyman.” Here’s the link to Wikipedia’s definition of it so you’d get the context:

If you will notice, I described my blog with this:

β€œThe musings of a wandergeselle about faith, literature, music, dancing, culture, food, travels, art, fashion, photography, life experiences and everything in between from journΓ©e to journΓ©e.”

A β€œwandergeselleβ€œ is a wandering journeyman – someone who is always in different places to learn something new. I have been in different seasons and places (locally) since I started this blog. It brought me to new people, new experiences, and new learnings which all made me who I am now. I am still learning, I am a true-blue journeyman in my profession, I have other obligations outside work which require me to be a journeyman too, and through it all, I submit to one Master who teaches me everything that I needed to know – GOD. πŸ™‚

I also never thought about the background photo or the logo for my blog except for my photoshopped picture of a road and my randomly chosen bible verse closer to my life verse:

β€œI am confident that the good work that God has begun in me will be perfected.” – Philippians 1:6


Reading it now made me realize that this verse also speaks about being on a journey with my Maker and my Master. It is indeed true that when you let go and let God take charge of your life when you surrendered to Him, He will and He will be the orchestrator of your new life – the One behind the steering wheel. We may not understand His ways at first, but our obedience is a sign of our love and our faith in God. So when the Spirit tells your heart something, always, always take heed and act on it – right away. πŸ™‚

What Matters

Friday blog post, here it is! πŸ˜€ I guess I need to start every Friday’s blog post with an attitude of gratitude to God who gives me the Grace always. πŸ˜‰ Why? It seldom happens that I am idle and doing nothing. This means I need to find time for my blog and of course, find time for God. πŸ˜‰ But as always, hindi Nya ako binibigo. Lagi Syang nandyan para alalayan ako.

For the most part of this article, English ang gagamitin kong lenggwahe. ‘Yun ay dahil ni-copy and paste ko lang sila from the caption of my photos over Instagram and tweaked it a bit para maging isang article. πŸ˜€

The gist of this article revolves around last holidays’ events (still) since I was hibernating for almost a month in the blogosphere. So here goes my story. πŸ™‚

I am sure a holiday never passes by na wala tayong natatanggap na regalo. Kahit sabihin nating konti lamang natanggap natin, meron at meron pa din tayong natanggap. However, in my case, I don’t go about counting how many gifts I received. I am even fine in case I don’t receive any.

Why? Let’s just say I am never materialistic because my love language is quality time. I appreciate gifts not based on their worth or brand but based on the sentimental value. Yet I never fail to appreciate all of them because I know they’ve been given thoughtfully.

To our beloved families and friends, our deepest thank you for all your time and effort to shower us with these gifts. This gives us all the more reason to pay it forward. So if you see me using branded stuff, they are not a personal choice but gifts. πŸ˜‰

Next in line was the holiday feast – the food coma that was. *burp* I have made a promise that during the holiday season, one of my ways to express my love for God is to serve others. The best way to serve your family is through the tummy, right? πŸ˜ƒ

Though it’s hard to pull off several dishes (chicken skewers, shrimp scampi, embutido, stuffed roasted chicken, beef broccoli, leche flan – not in the pic), I am just grateful to my assistant chefs (Ate Boden and hubby dear) for helping me out in the kitchen. But most importantly, I give thanks to God for giving me the grace to do it. ☝❀

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10

So you now know why I was hibernating on social media during the holiday season. I was very busy in the kitchen because having good food at the table means longer conversations a.k.a. meaningful, priceless moments with the fam bam. This is something that social media can never offer – genuine moments and memories made along with your loved ones.

The cake’s not mine though, baking’s not my cup of tea. I am also not a lover of cakes but my Mom is the ultimate fan so there went Goldilocks’ Rocky Road. πŸ˜€

For the latter part of the holidays and the early part of January, hubby and I spent quality time with my second sister, Ate Ayn, and her Norwegian hubby, Kuya TK (they recently got married! Yay!). One of these photos was taken after our church service at Victory Fort.

Ah yes, this is just one of my answered prayers for my second sister – to have a lifelong companion who will be her prayer partner, who will share in her ups and downs, in sickness and in health ’til death do them part. I am just grateful for this most especially since she lives in Norway with no relatives around.

Indeed Lord, despite all the troubles we faced, You always give us a reason to smile, be grateful, and know Your goodness. Thank You for everything You’ve done for me and hubby and our families. All of us will remain to worship You as our one and only GOD in our lives.

Real treasures aren’t really those that are tangible but those that lay hidden in the depths of our souls and our hearts. They are what matters to God.

“..but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the Word, making it unfruitful.” – Mark 4:19

May we all not be pierced with so many sorrows brought about by the complexities of our own worldly choices. But may our minds be renewed so we can live in utmost freedom savoring the very essence of salvation – the priceless, most beautiful gift we have received and we can ever receive. ❀

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” – Romans 12:2

So this is it! This wraps up the Friday article for this week and I am wishing everyone a blessed weekend ahead! πŸ™‚

From God’s daughter with love,

Tin ❀

An Ode to My Grandpa: Memoirs

Finally! Thank You, Lord, for giving me the grace to finish my work earlier so I could post this. As promised, it is going to be in Filipino. But I’m keeping titles in English. πŸ˜‰


Biniro ko minsan si Brian na if he wanted to be a farmer, he will be going home with soiled clothes and feet from the mud every day. πŸ˜ƒ

When we visited the farm at mga Japanese tunnels noong World War II doon, hindi lang damit ang naputikan kay Brian kundi pati ang ulo. Sa tanong na paano ito napunta doon, lahat kami ay walang maisagot. 😁

Masaya sariwain ang kabataan ko dito na para sa aming magkakapatid at magpipinsan ay isang napakalaking playground. My late grandfather taught us all about the history of the place. Naalala ko, madalas syang magkwento noon habang iniikot kaming mga apo sa bukid nang nakapaa sya. He’s never used to wearing slippers. Yup, a true-blue farmer. πŸ˜ƒ


My family along with my maternal grandparents (seated) and that’s 7-year old me in between them. πŸ™‚

My maternal grandpa was also one great historian. Napakahilig nyang magbasa ng history books. He’s a great storyteller too and a devout Protestant. Sa kanya ko actually unang nakita paano maglahad ng faith with all fire and fervor every Sunday’s bible study.

My 94-year old grandma reminded us last holidays na kung ano mang meron kami ngayon, dahil ‘yun sa sakripisyo at effort ng lolo ko. When she said that, this bible verse came to mind:

“I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” – Genesis 17:8

At naalala ko na oo nga pala, sabi ni Mommy sa akin noon na noong bata pa sila madami silang tinirhan. Palipat-lipat ika nga ng tirahan bago nag-settle sa hometown namin ngayon. Nasambit ko sa aking sarili na it was my grandpa’s faith in the Lord and the Lord’s promise to him which brought my parents to where they are now and where we are now, his grandchildren.

Currently, masasabi kong I am at a loss how to utilize the land. My siblings and I have plans about it. Pero nananalaytay sa aming mga puso how to utilize it na mape-preserve exactly kung ano nakita namin noong una kaming dinala ng mga magulang namin doon when we were just kids.

Pero para maging productive ang lupaing ito, kailangan ng malaking pondo – still praying to God for this. Nothing is impossible with Him, kaya alam ko rin na kung kasama ito sa will and plans Nya for us, He will lead the way and provide the means.

Siguro kasama na rin sa mga plano ni God kung bakit na-assign ako sa mga business websites in my current job as a content writer. At first it was a definite struggle sa akin dahil wala akong background sa entrepreneurship, investing, finance, and everything related to money. But right now, with all the research that I am doing for my articles, natututo ako unti-unti. Sabi ko nga sa hubby ko, hindi ko na kailangan mag-aral ng MBA or MBM. Dahil sa ginagawa ko pa lang ngayon, para na akong nage-MBA. πŸ˜€

Regarding sa pag-aaral ng MBA or Business Management, minsan sumagi na rin ito sa aking isipan. At nabanggit ko rin sa aking asawa. Kasi sabi ko wala akong alam how to manage properties para gawing business. Hindi ako marunong humawak ng mga tao at wala din akong alam sa accounting. I mentioned this in my previous article na I asked my Dad about this dilemma and his answer was that we will learn in time.

As of writing, the thought is pretty daunting and scary for me – being an entrepreneur for real. But I am pretty sure God will prepare us along the way. Who knows, 10,000 years from now this is where another of God’s temple will be built. πŸ˜‰

Ah yes, everything in God’s time indeed. This verse reminded me also why God made promises that are fulfilled in His own time:

“An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end.” – Proverbs 20:21

It’s just amazing that I also stumbled upon this IG account while I was browsing in my newsfeed and it’s exactly what I am looking for – how to be a Godpreneur. πŸ˜‰


Yes, there are so many things I don’t know and so many questions I want to ask. But I can only thank God for the lives of my grandparents on both sides of my parents. We are who we are because of them and because of God. What I have now I will forever cherish including my memories of them which are always a priceless treasure. πŸ™‚


This quotation today from my planner also came just in time, as always. This is not really related to the post but it’s related to today’s events. πŸ™‚


It’s 2018!

Fiery 2018 New Year date with sparkling trails

Photo credit: Christmas Stock Images

Hello, everyone! I am back and I am sooooo excited to be back! I have so many things to post (all saved as drafts on my phone) and yet so little time! πŸ˜‰

I am actually on bed rest because I caught the flu bug and I’ve been sick for almost two weeks now. I easily get sick but I prefer not to take meds and train my body to develop its own immune system. Anyway, I still want to make good use of my idle time while I still have the free time. Thus, the post. πŸ˜€

So, if you’ve been following my blog for quite some time now, I usually don’t have a blog entry in the month of December for 2 reasons – it is my birth month and busy holidays. I also take this time off from social media as my own year-ender fasting in deep retrospect.

Speaking of fasting, I think you all know we also have a week-long fasting in our church at the beginning of every year. So the January blog entry is, for me, VERY spiritual and personal. πŸ™‚

No, I won’t cry a river in this post like I did the past years. But if I do shed a tear, that tear is precious. It speaks volume of the countless blessings and answered prayers I had back in 2017.

Ah yes, the Lord is GOOD! Freedom from the stronghold of the enemy, freedom at its finest, indeed. πŸ™‚


2018 is FREEDOM. πŸ™‚

Yes, the year 2017 fared fairly well for me and my hubby and our families. We did have some setbacks but the year ended with such a pretty awesome bang. What I meant by a “bang” is one major prayer request being answered – restoration of broken relationships through sincere forgiveness. Not mine though, God answered it at the beginning of the year 2017. But this is for people we’ve been praying for.

Thus, I just smiled my widest ever smile when on the first day of our prayer and fasting in church, I randomly saw this after accompanying my sister and bro-in-law at the airport:


God is good all the time, all the time God is good. πŸ™‚

The tangible assurance is there. God is always with us – Emmanuel. This is the reason for the season as they say. Personally though, I celebrate Jesus’ birth every single day. I thank Him every day for the greatest gift I have received from the Father which is salvation. December 25 for me is just a widespread, massive, collaborative celebration of the Savior’s birth worldwide.

Since I got saved back in 2013, I have seen the works of the Lord not just in me but through the people around me and even with the nations. I have learned since that year until now the very essence of Ecclesiastes 3, the joy of patiently waiting on the Lord, the complete trust, and the faith that we have such a great God though what we see around is the complete opposite.

I do not intend to make this post a very long one like my previous January posts. But that is only because I intend to write short posts once a week. The prayer and fasting at the beginning of this year imprinted on me these verses:

“Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you.” – 1 Timothy 4:14

“Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress.” – 1 Timothy 4: 15

This blog came alive right after I got saved. A very trying circumstance prompted me to make one. I made this first out of a need then, later on, I realized God used that circumstance and turned it around to serve His purpose. This blog now serves as the “megaphone” for my faith.

No, I dare not turn my back from my calling – sharing of faith-based testimonials through this blog. God knows there is a possibility I will because of other priorities. But God demands He remains the #1. Thus, the reminders. πŸ™‚

From me, my hubby and our families, let’s all claim for a fruitful 2018 come what may and cheers to more upcoming posts that will glorify His Name!

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15


The Ginete Family (missing one sibling and her hubby) with our 94-year old maternal grandma. πŸ™‚


The Ginete Family with the missing sibling and her hubby but still missing one sibling and our parents. πŸ˜€


The Rome Family missing my Dad-in-law. πŸ™‚

Always remember, our God is ALWAYS WITH US. Seek Him and you will find Him. ❀

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5


My future posts will be written through a mash-up of my native language (Filipino) and English. We have a very rich language and the Spirit also imprinted I use it often. I am sure Google Translator will do a fantastic job of translating them for you all. Or better yet, you can try learning our language too. I say, “yes” to the latter. πŸ˜‰