Do you have to drag yourself to work every Monday morning?

Do you feel like even 30-minute overtime without pay is already a huge violation of your human rights?

Do you stick to your job because of the salary or your friends there?

Do you feel like you ought to be somewhere else even after jumping from one workplace to another?

You are not alone.

I believe these happen to many of us.

We can feel like we are going around in circles in life looking for the “best” job. The result? Discontentment and unhealthy workplace relationships — competition, bickering…

Perhaps you do, too.

“I am not computer savvy. How can I learn keyboard lessons online? I’m already having trouble with physical lessons as it is. How can the coach see my fingers?” These were the questions a student threw at me in frustration.

Our music school encouraged them to switch to online classes, so calls kept coming in from confused students.

“No worries, this is just temporary, and only for those who are okay to join online. We can still have physical lessons, but we only have a few slots,” would be my robotic reply. Almost every time.


“Tears are streaming down her face.”

This was what my grandma’s watcher told me on the phone. I asked her to place the phone on dear grandma’s ear so that I could talk to her.

She was in a coma. But I was sure she could still hear me. I wasn’t sure until when, though. So I treasured every moment of that call. I was afraid that it would be the last time I’d be talking to her.

I couldn’t go home. I work overseas. …

And I’m never the same again.

Since I became a Christian, I had observed all religious practices to the letter. I made sure to obey all of God’s commands and the precepts of the church. I also made sure to read the Bible every day, pray every day, fast, and not miss church services, meetings, or Bible studies. I was more than active in the ministry.

I was confident that I would stay in God’s presence forever, no matter what.

There was nothing wrong with that. In fact, I believe a true Christian has these fruits of devotion.

But I…

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“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Like 19:10)

Many of us approach God as a distant judge who might probably be asking His angels in heaven to take note of every sin we commit, and on judgment day, sit on His throne and exclaim, “Now, I got you!”

But the word of God says, Jesus came to save the lost. He came not to condemn, but to save sinners.

But the word of God says, Jesus came to save the lost.

Like the woman caught in the act of adultery, Matthew the tax collector, Zaccheus. And how about the man possessed by a legion of demons? …

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Let me tell you a story.

There was once a lady named Khazaqah who lived in a small house in a small village where burglars were free to roam around even at daylight.

Khazaqah had lost many of her valuable pieces of furniture to the burglars, but it seemed that she didn’t value her possessions. She wouldn’t even clean up her house; dust and cobwebs were everywhere. But tidy or not, the burglars would come in and steal whatever they wanted, anytime. They would come in using the keys that she would leave on the shoe rack outside her door.

Admit it. You are in this, too.

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How many “likes” should be enough?

How many followers would make me happy?

How much money would suffice?

How high the ladder must I climb?

The Way of the World

In this life’s social competition, we fight against time with all its rounds of bullets. It’s like being in a race where nobody wins. We grow old in the blink of an eye. There’s always someone better, has more skills, is more popular.

It is like getting a fancy phone – there’s always a new model.

Isn’t this pursuit too tiresome?

Social media influencers, celebrities, and even some of our friends can make us feel…

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I’ll let you in on a little secret.

Yesterday, I put Hark the Herald Angels Sing on replay on Youtube. I loved that song, and I was trying to catch the keyboard rhythm patterns so that I could start practicing, and play it for Christmas. But after 20-something replays, it’s embarassing to say, but I cried my eyes out. I miss home.

Perhaps I had been binge-watching Hallmark Christmas movies and listening to Christmas Songs a little too early and a little too much that I got a little carried away.

Working overseas makes the Christmas holidays somewhat melancholic. At…

Oh wait, is that too blatant for you?

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God is not offended by our honesty.

And yes, we have an opinion.

And God values it.

Abraham could’ve been bolder. If he didn’t stop at 10, a whole city could’ve been saved. God confided with him so that he could intercede.

But who am I to blame our patriarch? He was a righteous man.

David’s Heart

God is relational. And He longs for our intimacy and transparency. He already knows what’s in our hearts. He is rather offended by pretense. By pride. By lack of dependence.

We don’t have to come and pray in King James’ version and eloquence. Or pretend…

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You shout to the dead,

“Get up and walk!”

But how can it be?

They’re not even free

There is a place

Affirmations can’t reach

Nor fear can move

Nor pity, nor platitude

The hearts too darkened

Minds unrestrained

Faces too rigid

Hands too tired to keep trying

In an hour of darkness

He is sending a Helper

He doesn’t condemn

But abides forever

A new mind He gives

A new heart He creates

Till the dead bones rise

An army so great

Even in the grave

The dead can hear

But only life can give life

Only Jesus can revive

The hearts too darkened

Minds unrestrained

Faces too rigid

Hands too tired to keep trying

Carmel Valdez (Gal)

I’m a servant of God.❣️ ɪ ʟᴏᴠᴇ ᴡʀɪᴛɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ Sᴘʀᴇᴀᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ɢᴏᴏᴅ ɴᴇᴡs. ᴅɪffᴇʀᴇɴᴛ ᴛᴏᴘɪᴄs, ʙᴜᴛ ɪ ᴏɴʟʏ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ONE MESSAGE. ɪ ʟᴏᴠᴇ ☕️, 🎹, 🎤, 🎳,🎲,🏀, & 🎾.

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