The Birth of a Bookworm

Book.worm [n] : a person unusually devoted to reading and study : a person who prefers reading to just about any other activity

I never liked reading when I was young. In fact, I was the worst reader in first grade. So worst that my homeroom teacher then, gave a dismaying prophecy that I would never learn to read well and pass my English subjects with flying colors.

Raised in an environment of grown-ups with considerable generation gap, I ended up reading newspapers and Reader’s Digest. Other than my textbooks in schools, I never had books suitable for my age and comprehension level.

To prepare me for school, my eldest brother asked me to read my textbooks in advance. Persuading me that it would be of great benefit to know the lessons ahead of time before the subject is discussed in the class. My brother has influenced me greatly in this area of my academic literacy. He would tell me to read the book from cover to cover. Never start reading in the middle of the book and to read only with eyes and mouth closed (no finger-tracing every word.)

Sure enough, my reading comprehension increased about a hair-width. That’s progress for me!

Later in college, I save my school allowance to buy myself a book. I met a special person who gave me lots and I mean lots of books. I would say that that was the start of my love affair with books. From that moment on, a desire to acquire and read more books aflamed in my heart. My dream of having my own personal library came true just before my college graduation.

I told my family that if ever our house would caught on fire, I would save my books first before anything else.

When I finally got a job, I would allot a budget intended only for buying books. Little by little the bookshelf is getting filled. Most of my books were given to me as gifts, that’s why I treasure them so much. I told my family that if ever our house would caught on fire, I would save my books first before anything else.:-)

My poor ability to evaluate a book if it’s good or not limits and hinders me when I’m buying or simply choosing from a library. Unless someone more qualified recommends a good book to me. Sometimes I would read reviews about certain books before buying them but most of the times I would just ask my bookworm friends for recommendations and we would exchange books.

My brother introduced me to Max Lucado’s book “He Still Moves Stones.” I liked it. Later on, I bought several more of Max Lucado’s books and added them to my personal library.

Although I love to read, I don’t read just any books. I prefer to read books that would strengthen my mind and character and that would help make me a better person. I’ve put side novels or fictions for the peril it may cause me. As the saying goes, “Garbage in, garbage out.” This statement from my favorite author change the way I choose books to read:

The readers of fiction are indulging an evil that destroys spirituality, eclipsing the beauty of the sacred page. It creates an unhealthy excitement, fevers the imagination, unfits the mind for usefulness, weans the soul from prayer, and disqualifies it for any spiritual exercise.

Messages to Young People, p.272.2

Books have changed my life forever. It helped me a lot during the times when I have no one to answer my questions about life, depressed or simply when I was bored or have no one to talk to. It feels good to have something to say in group discussions or in any conversation because you’re not totally clueless about what they’re talking about.

Of all the books that I’ve read…nothing, NOTHING can compare to the BIBLE! It’s not only a spirituall guide, but it sharpens the simple mind. Why and how? Because God’s word is spirit and life!

“…the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

John 6:63, KJ

Look Back to See the Future

This is the first page of my first ever bullet journal. A coloring page of Jeremiah 29:11, one of my favorite Bible verses. Oh, I tell you! The years has been as colorful as the Bible verse in the photo above. Most of the plans I jotted down on that bullet journal just fell on their places like Tetris pieces!

God indeed has a plan for me. He gave me hope, a future, and an unexpected end! It’s great to look back on how God has led me for the past 5 years

  • 2015 is the year I met my husband and we got married the following year. My Mama, auntie and eldest brother were able to attend our wedding in the US. That in itself is a miracle! They’re all coming from the Philippines.
  • My husband and I served as volunteer missionaries in Bolivia for 2 years.
  • Lots of opportunities to serve and minister through medical mission trips and outreach programs.
  • My husband served as a mission pilot and plays the keyboard, sometimes the trumpet, during live broadcast of the gospel TV station in Bolivia.
  • I volunteered as a teacher in Bolivia
  • Travelled alot in small planes from the mainland to South America, stopping by smaller islands along the Carribean.
  • Work on planes during annual inspections.
  • Miracles. Miracles. Miracles. Lots of them!
  • Lots of answered prayers.
  • Met a lot of wonderful missionaries from different parts of the world!
  • We moved to a new house.
  • My brother was invited to present their research paper in Harvard University along with his colleagues. He got his first snow experience!
  • My youngest sister got married and my prayer request in 2015 for her to be able to work in Macau was answered.
  • Last year, my Mama came to stay with us for 6 months and I got to spend alot of time with her without 8 siblings to compete with her attention!
  • Covid-19 changed everything, but God protected our health and kept us from diseases. My husband and I never got sick for the last 5+ years.
  • Blessed to be a part of Feedspot Top 100 Christian Women Blogs, Websites & Influencers of 2020, at #80. You can get your site featured there too. Check them out here

  • And so much more…

This thought came to me this morning in our devotional time: “You can only see your blessings when you look in the past, not when you’re looking forward in the future.” I don’t know if that makes sense, but looking back on how God has led me in the past gives me assurance and trust that He will not leave nor forsake me in the future.

So how was the last 5 years of your life? What are you thankful for?


When God Has Another Plan

There have been countless times when God has made it clear to me that my plans are not going to work out. I was stubborn! “Gonna have it my way,” so I thought. Just when I’m driving through smooth, paved road, He would put up detour signs pointing me to rough, dusty, uneven roads.

Then comes the whining…”Why, LORD?”

At the end of the day, it turned out that God’s detours are the best route to get me to where or who I wanted to be. As I drove through the dusty and rugged road, I realized that that is what is needed to smoothen out my rough edges.

As sailors say, “Smooth seas don’t make a good sailor,” and my own version, “Smooth roads don’t make a good driver.” Then, a life of ease and comfort, without sharp pebbles to hurt your toes, no dust and mud to dirty your feet, is not going to make you a better navigator in life.

As I grow older and gain more experiences and insights in life, I thank and praise God for not letting me have my way all the time. It would be a disaster! Believe me! I would end up crying out to God to get me out of the entangled web of misery and troubles that I’d get myself into.

The article below made an impact on how I view God as the Master Architect of life. I’ve learned to trust Him even in times that it doesn’ make sense. Especially when major, major disappointment grip my inner being to the point of hopelessness. I just have to let go and let God. As my favorite author said, “Trust your life in the hands that were nailed to the cross!”

Our plans are not always God’s plans. He may see that it is best for us and for His cause to refuse our very best intentions, as He did in the case of David. But of one thing we may be assured, He will bless and use in the advancement of His cause those who sincerely devote themselves and all they have to His glory. If He sees it best not to grant their desires He will counterbalance the refusal by giving them tokens of His love and entrusting to them another service.

In His loving care and interest for us, often He who understands us better than we understand ourselves refuses to permit us selfishly to seek the gratification of our own ambition. He does not permit us to pass by the homely but sacred duties that lie next us. Often these duties afford the very training essential to prepare us for a higher work. Often our plans fail that God’s plans for us may succeed.

We are never called upon to make a real sacrifice for God. Many things He asks us to yield to Him, but in doing this we are but giving up that which hinders us in the heavenward way. Even when called upon to surrender those things which in themselves are good, we may be sure that God is thus working out for us some higher good.

In the future life the mysteries that here have annoyed and disappointed us will be made plain. We shall see that our seemingly unanswered prayers and disappointed hopes have been among our greatest blessings.

We are to look upon every duty, however humble, as sacred because it is a part of God’s service. Our daily prayer should be, “Lord, help me to do my best. Teach me how to do better work. Give me energy and cheerfulness. Help me to bring into my service the loving ministry of the Saviour.”

Published in The Ministry of Healing, pp. 473, 474.

Our Non-profit Website is Now Live

Hello friends!

I’ve been on a self-imposed hiatus in blogging. Why? Well…

First. I got married!
Second. I moved to another continent~~ the US of A
Third. My husband and I are now serving as a mission pilot (husband) and teacher (wifey) in Bolivia, South America.

Since I have a new life now, moving from “ME” to “WE”,  I think a new blog would be appropriate. Don’t you think so? 🙂 Ok, so here’s the address of the new blog about US and our ministry.

FrontLine Gospel Support International

Don’t forget to visit the “About Us” page and see what we are up to.

Mission Field Bolivia

We heard the call.

So we sold all our possessions that could be sold, put things we want to keep in the storage shed, packed our clothes and flew down to Bolivia. Our flight plan is: Oregon-Tennessee-Florida-Puerto Rico-Guyana-Guayaramerin-Sta. Cruz, Bolivia. How’s that for an air trip! 🙂

We arrived in Bolivia in February 2, Friday afternoon after an all-night flight from Guyana and very little sleep since leaving Puerto Rico. We were able to get things unloaded out of the airplane and settled in before the Sabbath. We were greeted by many wonderful missionaries who my husband met last year when he was here.

On our first Sabbath, my husband was aksed to play the keyboard for the live broadcast of the church service, which they do one a month. There was a very good sermon about the soon coming of Christ.

And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, [but] it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.  Daniel 2:44

My husband had the first divine appointment on Monday. We had bought a refrigerator and summoned a taxi to take it to our house. He rode in the taxi while I went for more shopping for household stuff. The driver asked if Donald Trump was a good president. That opened the door for conversation about what is coming up and that it’s time to get ready. They talked about the importance of keeping the 7th day Sabbath and that it will be the pivotal issue just ahead. That we need to be studying the Bible and praying to God each day, and truly giving Him our hearts.

What is amazing is the driver knew no English and my husband don’t speak any Spanish worth mentioning. But God put the words in his mouth to witness to the driver. If we are willing, God can use us in any situation. His name is Freddy and he’s the oldest of 8 children – he’s 24 yrs old.

Please pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to speak to him and water the planting of the seed.  We hope to meet him again although that will be next to impossible in such a large city unless God arranges it again.  Which He can and probably will.

It’s time to learn Spanish!

Today, my husband started putting the recording studio together so we can start capturing good music. Praise the Lord it will be done in an air-conditioned room. It is hot and humid here. The music will be recorded in the music studio first, then it will be mastered it and given to the video team for the singers/performers to lip sync to the music. The videos will be put with nature footage and then aired.

God has provided for our every need.

And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.  Isaiah 65:24

Our house. Used to be a slaughter-house for cattle. Previous occupants just made improvements.

Inside our house. Spacious living room and lots of windows, but no furniture except for the plastic table and one shelf.

Going bananas~~

The grassy runway.