DON’T LOOK GOOD BROKE

When I was still working in the religious organization,  I was labeled as PASTORA FASHION because of how I dressed up, how I applied make up and of how I accessorized myself.  I also believe that presenting ourselves the best that we can isn’t bad provided that we did it moderately and it will not lead us into debt. 

Today, I still have two pouches of Make Up. I check and notice that there are still a lot that I don’t use and some really needs to be thrown away. 

These are my make up pouches. On the left was given to me by Ter Anne when she and her hubby went to Japan.  On the right was the pouch I purchased two years ago. I loved the design so I bought it out of impulse and not really out of need.

The following are my make up essentials after decluttering:

I keep this for my lips that cracks sometimes but since drinking a lot of water these days has been my habit, it has not recur anymore but I still use this when I am at home. I also apply this on my skin when I get burned out cooking and the oil spills out to my skin. 

I don’t apply day cream but my partner discovered this and it suits me perfectly well. He bought another one for me when were in Pagadian because he thought that the first day cream that he purchased was left in Cebu. That’s what it makes it two.

One night my partner brought his co-workers catalogue from AVON and he asked me to choose whatever I like and I chose this. I love this blush on. It melts on my face and I don’t look like Santa Claus. It comes out naturally on my skin as well.

We saw this at Watsons and the waterproof label  sold me out plus it was on sale. Then I was sweating under the heat of the sun and it melted. It was water proof amd not sweat proof (hahaha). But I will use this until I can consume everything to not waste money.

I got this last year and my lips will only go for Revlon lipstick. It’s quite expensive though but I can save for no allergies plus I got it in 50% sale. I guess, I can still use this for another year.

It has been with me since last year. It is still sharp and I am loving it.

I bought this because I like the picture, it’s so chic but it’s also natural when applied on my face. I purchased this two years ago but I am keeping it for the mirror. I don’t need to buy another mirror but I can save extra for not buying one unless of course if it is going to be broken. Hopefully, not in 10 years (hahaha).

I save this when I go to fast food restaurants and the line is long for handwash. It is still full because I made use of the wash area when we eat outside. But since I am still staying at home, I go for soap and water.

Pepsodent was not my toothpaste then. But I noticed that it’s a lot cheaper.  I only got this for P10.00 while the other toothpaste on this size cost P27.00 to P30.00. I saved money by shopping wisely even for toothpaste.

This pouch is to be given away along with some other make up that I don’t really use. 

And this is my only make up pouch left after tons and tons of make up. 

Some were thrown away because it’s no longer of good use and it will not add value in someone else’s life.

This is still in my pouch even if it has been fully consumed because this was a beautiful gift from my sister from Australia. No more perfume. The smells gone but I so love the color and the design. This reminds me of the love of family, generosity, and the importance of people. This is my thank you perfume. Everytime I see this beauty, I give thanks.

As I am thinking about this, it brings me to Psalm 139:13-17 ESV

13 For you have formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.  17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them.

So ladies and gentlemen, you are not your make up essentials. You were loved, valued, and cherished by God Himself even before the world sees you. Way before the ULTRASOUND had been invented, you were cared for by a LOVING FATHER IN HEAVEN. You were naked then but His thoughts for you were precious.

It’s not wrong to have make up but don’t ruin your budget just so you will fit on the image the world of instagram or social media presented to you. Don’t let it be your life pursuit. Start considering what adds value to your life and be content by the love of God through Jesus Christ. 

Now, if you are a make up artist, then buy tons of make up please. That’s business but at the same time that’s your outlet of your creativity. You earn from it and that’s good.

BUT DON’T LOOK GOOD BROKE. Yes, others are so impressed by your appearance but you are deceiving yourself because when you go home and remove all your make up, you are so stressed out of where to borrow money to pay for your kids tuition or how to pay rent because you are so busy impressing the people you don’t know and much more you don’t like. 

Just love you. Do you. Enjoy you and shine in the best you.

Remember, you are lovely even sans make up. 
Have a lovely day💗

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Live Out Your Calling//Do You

I remember standing in the background of our Elementary Campus in between the bermuda grass listening to the silent whisper of my heart. I was thinking of becoming a journalist and I never knew where I got it knowing that we don’t have television to watch. I probably must have gotten it through reading a book. I thought of having my own book published so the next generation specially my children will never go through the mistakes and hardships I have made. I can still recall the yellow pad so filled with my groanings and moanings because I can’t express my heart when I have to say it but oh how I could see my internal wishes when I started to write it down. In that yellow pad, I have written down my frustrations, my hopes, my fears, my anger,  my bitterness, and my secret prayers with so much hope that I could become that girl. It’s just a matter of time. I can still look back with pride over how much I was the school’s pride as I always won for poetry and essay contests here and there and everywhere. 

 Then I was thinking of becoming a lawyer and be the voice of the poor and the oppressed. I can’t always express my thoughts but oh how I love debate so much. I was that girl in the dreamland with so much hope and determination to make it big in life. 

Then I have to go to college and I was told to study education. While I don’t belittle the impact that teachers has for my life, I just felt that the dream slowly died and I was beginning to see the impact of poverty. But as I was thinking about it, it was in that department that I was introduced to Christ, the one who died and resurrected and He is still the one who have resurrected my dreams back to life. 

So here are my practical tips so you can LIVE OUT YOUR CALLING:

1) SEE WHAT YOU ARE VERY GOOD NATURALLY AT DOING & FAN IT TO FLAME. If that’s cooking then don’t wait for a cooking show to cook, start now in your kitchen. If that’s singing then sing everyday even if you can’t record yourself to be uploaded at You Tube, just sing. If that’s teaching, then  probably start sharing your knowledge to your brothers and sisters at home or maybe to your neighbors. If that’s writing, then start a blog and just write. Don’t wait to have a perfect grammar to start. Your greatness isn’t when you have become famous, it is when you have the courage to start. If that’s giving then enjoy your business or excel in your job. If that’s Homemaking then start in your home and make it your best work of art. 

2) REJOICE IN YOUR STRENGTHS AND SHARPEN IT. I know that the easiest thing to pick up from ourselves is to point out our weaknesses and begin to see how terrible we really are. We all have weaknesses but start looking at your strengths. I know that if I’ll visit my brother’s house and if I am not careful, I will feel terrible in comparison to my sister in law’s gift for home making. She excelled at it. It comes naturally at her. She can turn a haunted house into tourist spot. As for me, if I entered a room or a house, I will remodel it and turn it into a library. That’s for sure. So instead of feeling disgusted with myself, I rejoice in someone else’s strengths as I applaud mine. Thankfully today we have so many tutorials from You Tube to sharpen and enhance our strengths. 

3) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LIKE MINDED PEOPLE. The best way to fan the flame of your gift is to be with people who has the passion to excel at where they are good at. Be with them. Watch them. Observe how they are doing things and start making your own. That’s what I do. I watch people in You Tube who are doing similarly with my interests and pursuits so I could have enough inspiration to pursue mine. I read inspiring blogs that will feed me into becoming who I am suppose to be.

4) BE YOU & DO YOU. There are so many voices suggesting you to become this and that. You better be a teacher because the retirement is quite high. Or you should work in the call center since you are very good in English and the pay is really good. Or you should make your home this way. So on and so forth. I realize that people started to lead us anywhere because they haven’t seen us going somewhere. But thank them anyway and start doing you and being you. You are unique. Your gifts are tailored to fit you. Explore the possibilities and start living. Remember, it is when you really do what you are called to do that you really really live. 

5) ENJOY THE PRESENT. Don’t wait for 20 years to enjoy life. Even if you are just starting right now and it looks like you don’t matter in this big world, ENJOY because you really did matter. And ENJOY NOW. Enjoy doing the very reason of your existence.  It’s never about how much money you have saved although we are called to be a good steward and that’s another story. It’s never about the fame and popularity. It’s about enjoying life because you have really live. 

And it all begins by threading the waters, paving the way, and living the very life you are called out to be. Stop becoming like everyone else because when you do, the world will miss a a unique contribution that’s in you. 

Live out your calling friends because there’s a reason why you behave that way. Make the most of the best gift you have receive from God. 
Because beside where I sleep are partial books to be covered and to be read and re-read. Our house will one day be a library in the mountaintop.

25 Facts About Me

A lot of those who read my blogs wonder who I am so here’s to the 25 facts about me👸

1) I AM AN INTROVERT. I recharged by being alone with my coffee, tinkering my tablet and not doing anything but just to stare and enjoy the moment of silence. That’s when I can hear God the most.

2) I DON’T LIKE SHOPPING MALLS. If I go, I dash to a bookstore and leave. 

3) I DON’T LIKE WINDOW SHOPPING. It’s a waste of time and energy.

4) I LOVE NATURE. Just by seeing the seas flow gently, the trees sway beautifully, the sun smiles brightly, and at night when the moon stopped to just look at me and the stars twinkle to celebrate me, oh, I am in awe of how MAJESTIC AND MATCHLESS GOD AS AN ARTIST IS. 

5) I AM A TO DO LIST WOMAN. I write what I need to do and I follow through. What I write is enough pressure to get up in the morning. If I don’t feel like doing anything, I will not write it so I will not feel guilty:mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:

6) I LOVE BRITISH ACCENT. I watch You Tubers who are based in London and I can stay whole day dowloading their podcast and just hear them talk. London, here I come🏃🏃🏃🏃

7) I ONLY HAVE ONE BOYFRIEND. I am in a relationship for 5 years already and it’s been worth the wait. 

8) I FEEL SUPER LOVED BY JESUS. When I think about His blood shed out for me. When I think of Him going through hell just for me so I could go to Heaven with Him, that’s ENOUGH TO MAKE ME FEEL SO LOVED & COMPLETE.

9) I AM A MINIMALIST. Too much stuff gives me migraine. I just need the best few to survive.

10) I LOVE SAVING MONEY. Too much money is not a sin, the love of money is.

11) I LOVE GIVING. I am the happiest when I make people smile and feel the love of Jesus because they felt remembered as they receive finances, other stuff, or my time.

12) I HATE BEING LATE. It gives me so much stress if I arrive at work late or even in other events. 

13) I DON’T LIKE BEING THE CENTER OF ATTENTION. 

14) I DON’T LIKE RELIGION. It is doing something to please the Pharisees and Sadducees and hearing the leaders voice more than Jesus. 

15) I HAVE A LOCAL CHURCH PHOEBIA. That explains why I don’t want to commit to any local church activity because at most the leaders seemed best at far distance but too dangerous up close. But, I still go to church and join a Bible Study with my best friends.

17) I LOVE COFFEE. That’s where my morning routine starts.

18) I LOVE BOOKS. But now, I am giving away some of it and just retain few books which I think I needed for life.

19) I AM A LATE BLOOMER. 

20) I LOVE ORGANIZING. 

21) I LOVE PRAYING. That’s my best offense. 

22) I SHOP LIKE A MAN. I have my list. I go straight to where I can find it. Put it in a basket. Then rush to the counter.

23) I DON’T LIKE COOKING. I thank God for Jollibee, McDonald, Greenwich, Orange Brutus and all other restaurants and carenderias:mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:

24) I LOVE TO WRITE. That’s an extension of me.

25) I AM A BACKPACK GIRL. It’s super cool.

So that’s just me. 

Have a lovely day💗

Highlights Vs Reality

​There is no doubt that we are in the time of our lives where the worship of stuff is the in thing and comparison is wildly overwhelming. We just click in and scroll instagram, facebook, twitter, and we see a picture of too good to be true poses, smiles and things that if we are not careful will slowly crept into our soul. Most of the time, we see prayers to the Lord in these social sites that is so contradictory to what Jesus said when we pray. In Matthew 6:6 Jesus said, But when you pray,  go into your PRIVATE ROOM, SHUT YOUR DOOR and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you (HCSB). We are in this season when verses are so easy to copy and paste to appear religious, me included, but has no evident of a changed lives. We are in this phase of BeautyPlus and 360 filter kind of applications that makes our photos appears fabulous as if everything is perfectly going on but it took 20 times of filters to finally decide the best angle. We are in this moment when everything can just be posted to keep up with the Joneses that we failed to keep up with what He says. In just one scroll, we can see the opinion of one famous individual in a far away land and we are just a type away to also make our thoughts known. Yes. That’s so me. 

At times, we become so engrossed of what others have become that we failed to check how our lives have turned out to be. The opinions of so many people who don’t know us become our go to advice to live. In some cases, we become so obsessed with what others have that we slowly kill ourselves in the process just to be in where everyone is IN. 

The truth of the matter is, the social sites photos of people including us is really not the real us. We see people in their best smile that seemed to have the best vacation and we join the loneliest party called PITY PARTY because how come life for them fares well but it doesn’t sit well with me? We see someone that seeemd enjoying their marriage life and we sulk in the corner joining a radio drama of why does she or he has the best spouse while mine doesn’t seem to care without us having an idea of how they kneeled down in prayer very early in the morning to have that kind of marriage while we fall asleep. We watch people driving their own brand new car and we wonder why we are still riding a bus without knowing that they push their butt off to work in order to pay their vehicle a month.
What am I saying? The social site photos are not always the real us. 
So what we going to do? Let’s see what we have and start thanking God. Let’s thank God for our job. It may not be the best job but we have a job and it puts food on our table. Let’s thank God for our health. We may not have a medical insurance but the Lord blessed our bodies with His strength and His vigor. Let’s thank God for our house. We may not have a mansion like our neighbor does but we are not in debt. Let’s thank God for our families. Ours may not be perfect but it has been the best. Let’s thank God for our partner, spouse, wife, and husband. They may not look like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie but they are the one who sacrifice their life for us to prove their love. Let’s thank God for who we are. We may not earn millions yet and our face may not look like someone in the magazine stand whose been photoshopped a thousand times over, but hey, we are created in the image and likeness of God and regardless of how small we seemed to be, we truly matter in His University.
Let’s not compare our lives in the highlights of someone else because we have no idea of how their back story really looks like. Let the authenticity in us shines out and let the spirit of Praise be our new habit. 
We have been so much blessed to compare ourselves to a facade that we failed to see His day to day grace, mercy, unfailing love, protection and a Father kind of care.
Let’s get real without being fooled by someone elses filtered highlights.

~Because the reality is I don’t always wear make up and life is not always organize as I wanted it to be~

Thank You Lord

The morning towel touched my neck and wipe the sweats brought by this much heated one of a kind rays of the sun. The books shoots at my feet wanting to be read as it should be. The cold water refreshes me so much to quench my thirst. There in the refrigerator stood out two tupper wares one for spaghetti and macaroni created just for me. Then tears began to flow in my eyes like a river in the dessert. It’s #MyLoves labor of love prepared overnight because he still have a work to do today. My brother called, smiled his sweetest smile, greeted me in one unusual way and handed me a gift that I never expect. I could not stop crying.  My phone rings and my boyfriend’s brother called. How sweet he is as a man to even bother me. And then I am reminded of my sister far away who sent her gift way in advance, who beyond what she went through, never in a moment left us in her mind, not to mention that she called from far away land.

I am a small woman with a small beginning yet I am believing that my latter end would greatly increase [Job 8:7]. And though what was planted in my heart long time ago wasn’t too great to mention, I have decided based on the Word of God that I will not earnestly remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, God is doing a new thing! Now it springs forth. That I should perceive it and know it and give heed to it for God will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert [Isaiah 43:18-19]. My journey isn’t smooth as I desire it to be but I am assured and know that (God being a partner in my labor) all things work together and are (fitting into a plan) for good as I love the Lord and is called according to (His) design and purpose [Romans 8:28]. And since I am too sensitive and easily offended, I am beginning to keep God’s Word of forgiveness that if I forgive people of their trespasses (their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, giving up resentment), my Heavenly Father will also forgive me [Matthew 6:14].

So, this is the day which the Lord has brought about; I will rejoice and be glad in it [Psalm 118:24].

My life is totally beautiful and colorful when mixed with my family far too distinct in personalities alongside the other side of the mix in the form of my #MyLoves family. Yet, if I am in my right senses away from hormones that’s out of balance plus the hovering of the power of the Holy Spirit, I can’t bargain the various mixes that has been in God’s mind to be part in my life grandeur design. I am too boring alone given that I can peacefully live with my books and BOOK, probably live in the library and write and become an author of various books which will still to come in Jesus name. But, with the troupes around me, I am taught to relate well, to blend, to understand, to be corrected and grounded, to believe, to dream, to be myself, and to experience LIFE. In essence, in relating will expose either the fruit of the Holy Spirit or the fruit of my flesh and when the flesh is exposed, I am thankful for the provision to humble before God and repent.

I experienced great celebrations with friends but nothing beats the greetings and the genuine thoughts from the people too imperfect but too perfect to be part in my beautiful and colorful journey.

I am forever thankful to our Heavenly Father who loves me enough to give me Jesus and for Jesus to give me the Holy Spirit and to the Holy Spirit who comforts, teaches, counsels, intercedes, advocates, and standby me.

To all of you, I could not see how beautiful and challenging your journey has been. I have no idea the war that you are fighting in your head. But, I am pretty sure that you have a beautiful story that blesses and inspires the people around you. May you all experience God’s peace.

It’s the 37th blessings of the Giver Of Life. My heart is thankful beyond what my mouth can say.

Psalms 37:1-5 FRET NOT yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not upright or in right standing with God). For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass. AMP

Let’s Keep Trusting💞🌳🌷

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He Is Focus, She Is Changing

I’m blessed to be in a relationship to a man who loves Jesus. Opps!!! Before you jump out of the page and begin to think how super spiritual this blogger is, keep on. The truth is, I am glad that Jesus is the common ground because apart from Him, I can’t find anything common in the two of us.

And so here’s to one of our differences: He Is Focus while I Am Changing.

He can stick to that one dream. He thinks about it. He dreams it. Sleep with it. Drive in it. Work upon it. Do it. Until he will have it. I remember him always wanting a motorbike and no matter how much I discourage him of having it, I was just surprised one day that he already brought two helmets with the most handsome radiance in his face. I was amazed but my being a natural intercessor shoots up all the more at that very moment.

I am exactly the opposite. This morning, I wanna be a lawyer. In the afternoon, I wanna be a stylist. In the evening, I wanna be a homemaker. The next day, I wanna be a photagrapher. The next month,  I wanna work. The only dream that stick with me is I wanna blog daily which is happening right now to which he is supernaturally surprised and have been thanking God for a miracle (hahaha).

See the differences? And there’s more. Let’s see if I will be comfortable in sharing that tomorrow. I told him that he must thank Jesus for giving me to him because his life is pretty much boring without (hahaha). On the other hand, I thank God for him because it gives me a little focus by supporting him on his dreams. Yay.

It’s been four years together and if you are asking when are we going to get married, we are still saving the date for ourselves (Char)👏👏👏

Maybe some of you have been heartbroken and betrayed by someone you thought as the one, I understand. I was there. Stick on Jesus. While it’s easier said than done, hold on. And while waiting, know this;

“the greatest love story starts in Him.”

So what happened to the differences? My take is rejoice. That makes the relationship fun.

Have a 🍮 and savor each uniqueness💗💗💗

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Jesus Loves You🌻