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💗

Social Media & Me 

There was no doubt that I was so into social media. I was once a Facebook addict at the same time a paranoid Christian who hit people who are not at par with my opinion. When I have an ill feeling towards a brother and a sister in Christ, I used it as my platform to pour out my emotions but was too coward to follow what Jesus said, and that is if I am offended by someone else, I should go to that person and settle the offenses privately. It was not me. There were times too that I gave my unsolicited advice to people, appearing to be too intellectual about almost everything but cranky, bitter, and toxic to be around with. 

I should say that hitting someone in these platform, is the best version of a COWARD and I am talking about myself. I was complaining about everyone’s poisonous posts without realizing that many has died with what I posted myself. 

My two years of hiatus away from the mob or from the ministry to be exact without an Internet connection and without a tablet nor a smart phone gave me a realization that I was once a toxic silent journalist of my own while at the same time eating toxic feeds from bitter people too. 

Last year was a lightbulb that generally opened my eyes to a passion that I should not have. It was one morning when I just reported to work when a co-worker who really respected me a lot told me that I must be a DUTERTARDS. There is no doubt that I love the Philippine President but to be told a DUTERTARDS more than a JESUS FANATIC convicted my way of using social media as a whole. I smiled with my colleague’s genuine observation but I silently repented for my inability to increase the fame of JESUS more than any other man or woman on earth. As John in the Bible said, Let JESUS increase, and I decrease. I repented for using my talent to write to boast about someone I don’t know and who has no idea about my existence on this earth.

On the other hand, there were times too that I felt like I have a high blood pressure from all the feeds of negative people who hit others on Facebook. I get pissed off of people showing off what they possessed but are too lonely and swearing in real life. I get tired of me posting verses on my wall but I don’t have the fruit of the Holy Spirit to match. In the same way that I am tired of too much religiosity, pretensions, the know it alls, the Pharisees, hypocrites,  and so much more. If I look at it closely, that just describes me more than anyone else. 

This year, I made a decision to use my social media for a good cause. On the other hand, I unfollow a lot of people on Facebook because their posts will just cause irritations to my heart and my emotions will bubble up until it swirl to my failure to control myself or to listen to the Holy Spirit and I will start hitting the people I know and even with those whom I don’t know. I also removed my twitter app because I’ve got too much information but I lacked application. By now, I use these platforms to hopefully stir up good vibes in the lives of people and eventually may those who will read it will have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ as well. 

I just realized that my writings will one day be read by my own children and their children’s children and I hope to leave a legacy of positivity and faith in this negative world. If today’s generation is too negative already,  then how much more in the years to come. 

And since I unfollow a lot of people but still remain as friends, it makes my life so at peace too. I don’t get to read hypocrisy and no fake photos to watch. I guess, we mastered to be too plastic these days to impress the people we don’t know but hit the people who matters most to us in private because we become so uneasy with what we just feed ourselves in the process. 

In return, I also don’t want to waste the talent that God has given me by participating trash talks while at the same time claiming to be a follower of Jesus. I don’t want to be too religious with my lips but too hypocrite with my walk. I don’t want to post all the HALLELUJAHS on my wall while cursing someone on a private conversation. I don’t want to copy and paste verses but my heart is so unaffected by His Word in real life.

I love social media but I hope that from this year and forward, it will just radiate nothing but faith and positivity. That one day when my children will be reading it, they too will be inspired to walk on their dreams, win in life, laugh in good times and bad, and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Your life does not get better by CHANCE, it gets better by CHANGE ~ JIM ROHN~

A Week With Vaders & Figuras

It’s always funny how you end up doing something you constantly smile and say NO’S with. I was invited to have Christmas with my boyfriend’s family, I smiled, my respectful way of saying, No, I won’t be joining. I was nudged to have a family get away with them, they got the same answer. First, that’s my first time to be with the parents and I don’t know how to behave. Second, I am too shy to live in someone else’s home where you feel like you tiptoe in every move. Let me tell you for the record that I was encouraged to always feel at home in every corner but having lived in someone else home growing up, I guess there are traits that’s been engraved into me everytime I am in someone else’s place. Third, I don’t know how to cook and the best that I can only do is to assist my boyfriend who is a gifted cook and a natural chef. Fourth, I wanna apply on a job which is a desire of my heart,  something I thought the hiring would last until the 29th of December. Thankfully, a friend said, the position is still open so here I am hahaha.

Yet, in all my NO’S, I acted YES. I spent my Christmas and New Year with the Vaders and Figuras. I had a long week get aways with all of them even to the point of meeting their relatives and friends. I have to tell you that I prayed a lot before meeting and spending time with them. As I entered the Vaders rented home, the Holy Spirit reminded me to be the best version of myself and to never impress them but to just be me. I did so while I felt the sense of peace and relief on the inside. I believe I enjoyed them and their uniqueness a lot. It was a feeling of being in “Bahay Ni Kuya” thing. In an instant, I was surrounded with a hilarious commander in chief, joker, firm, followers, financier, chefs, doctor, fearful hahaha and others. The only share I had was to always laugh having my known shallow kind of happiness and probably lending my ears to hear and listen to their unspoken heartbeat, others, to their expressive feelings at the moment. Truth be told, I know all of them from a distance but I am totally thankful to Jesus to have given me the opportunity to have a personal encounter with them in just a week and vice versa. Knowledge will impress you but encounter will impact you and I was totally impacted by each one in that short period of time.

If there is one thing I learned in that one week get away with Vaders and Figuras is exactly what this verse says in Proverbs 16:1 We humans make plans,  but the LORD  has the final word (CEV).

Had I insisted of my stubborn plans of not joining with them, I would have missed the beauty and uniqueness of my boyfriends root. I would have missed the laughters and the fun, the adventures I never expected but it’s another beautiful story to share, the beautiful example of generosity, the portrait of having a Christian Family that fellowship together, the joint meals where there’s the presence of joy, the quiet tears that speaks of a human heart, the noise I did not quite expected but enjoyed, the kids I could identify with when I was still a child, the favor of God when our ticket is in sitting capacity but all nine of us has a bed to lay our head, the smile in every camera click, the make up and lipstcik even if we have to climb to the mountains regardless of the rain, the beauty of differences and how it makes us a beautiful picture of the Body of Christ, and most of all, the Presence of the Lord Jesus Christ that makes it tranquil regardless of the circumstances.

The beauty of 2016 will come in full bloom when each one of us will allow the Lord Jesus Christ to lead our lives and to follow His beatings spoken in our hearts knowing fully well that what He has in mind is far more beautiful than what we think is best in our peanut brain. As Pastor Levi said in his sermon,

“God is wiser than you, therefore trust Him with all your heart.”

So, go with the flow of His will. Stop struggling. His waves may seem scary on the onset but having in mind that Jesus stirred the sea of your life won’t drown you, it will simply propel you to be His best you for you.

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      First Sunday of January at church in Malitbog Leyte💗

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                               Sisters Christmas Together💗

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                               Walking together wt the Chief💗

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                              Eat n Style💗

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                              Style n Seashore

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                              Fen n Sun is Fun with Ron💗

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      We can’t have fun without our key: Prayer💗

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                               Sis n Crime💗

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                               My 💗

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                              The generous Vaders💗💗💗

Jesus Loves You🌻

Realization

In life, it’s not about how long we stayed, how loyal we had been, how a servant we were, but it’s about how impressive we are right now. Our loyalty becomes worthless, our servanthood becomes useless, our performance in the past becomes meaningless. Someone new comes, always saying YES, seems productive in all ways so forget about you old worthless, useless, meaningless people who had been important in the past, you are not performing in everything. You are not doing anything NOW.

I wish to believe it’s not true but I begin to see it as it is. That’s the reality of life.

But this is what I know. That no matter what season we are in, He hold us firmly on His hand. HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT. Whether we are on top of the mountain or deep down on the pit or like a boat in the ocean floating, weak and can’t seem to do anything, He will help us through. His power is always available and made perfect in our weakness.

We might be ignored, neglected, and labeled insignificant. People maybe quick to put a label on us but know that people’s negative label on us isn’t exactly God’s label for all of us.

He died for us. He suffered for us. We are in His mind. He loves us.

You might seem far from the vision that He put in your heart right now, but know that the God who created the heavens and the earth isn’t forgetful to not fulfill it and will just explain Himself in heaven. He won’t. He will fulfill it.

Friends, you might be crying right now. You seem like groping in the dark but know that He is not leaving you. You will have your time.

Wait and see. He will make Himself known to you. He will display His power over your life. He a good God & He is our great Dad.