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Faith / 05.05.2017

It had dawned on me, a couple of weeks ago while teaching a group of teenage students, that I have already been a believer for half my life. I started to follow Jesus and get serious with God as a 16-year-old senior high school student, and thankfully there has been no turning back. This means though, that it would only make sense that I would have read my Bible from Genesis to maps about 16 times. I honestly do not know how many times I have finished going through it, however, it is safe to say the number is unfortunately...

Faith, Life / 13.04.2017

Like me? I've had this post idea for weeks and yet I've only come around to writing this now not because I'm busy. I think, it's because I've been distracted. In February I finished two books that's been really helpful to me, the first which I've blogged about a few weeks back, and the second is Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung. While both books don't focus on distraction, both mention it and it's been brewing in my mind and heart since. Both authors write that distraction is keeping us from getting to the core of who our spirits and souls thirst for, and...

Faith / 07.04.2017

Back when Olivia Women was in its planning stages, it was clear to us that there was a particular event we wanted to celebrate. Lent. Particularly, Holy Week. In the Philippines, Holy Week has slowly turned in to that five-day weekend we get to hit the beach or hangout with our family and friends. Metro Manila turns into a ghost town, most of our friends as we will be seeing on social media, will be on the road or the airport. But I remember, when I was a young girl (because ya know, I'm still little), Holy Week was solemn. It was...

Faith, Reads / 24.03.2017

This book was an accidental find. The back story is there was dissatisfaction brewing in my heart for months and I couldn't put my finger on what it was exactly. Until God whispered revealed it to me while I was cleaning up my makeup stash. My struggle with needing to prove myself and never believing I am quite enough were two fruits of a single root. So I set out to find something to read to address this the best way we know how: Google. I typed: "self-esteem christian book woman". And Nothing to Prove was at the top of the results....

Faith / 17.03.2017

A few days ago I posted a little challenge to try this lenten season for any one who might want to develop the habit of starting the day with Bible reading and prayer and there are a few who want to try it with me. Yay, thank you for joining me! :) I hope this little activity proves to be beneficial to you as it has been for me. I am sure it will be. I missed out on sharing a verse that I remembered to remind us that though these good habits are highly coveted, it is something we can only...

Faith / 13.03.2017

Mornings are such a beauty. I love seeing a city waking up or experiencing its last few moments of serene, before the hustle and bustle begins. However, I also quite love my sleep. I have yet to find the secret to enjoying both these loves without compromising the other, but I suspect there is none. I never really used to wake up ahead of my family. Left to myself, I can wait to wake up at the same time as my kids. We would sleepily stroll out of the bedroom. They sit around the living room while I prepare a simple...

Faith / 08.03.2017

Setting up a blog has always been met with reluctance on my end. Even when I bought my name's dot com, it's always been a one step forward, two steps backward sort of endeavour. While I have been writing professionally since 2007 (it's almost my tenth anniversary! I should have a birthday concert. Ano daw?!), I've never been fully comfortable about carving out my own home and space online. I have great ideas about what sort of things to write about or blog series to pursue, and then I start asking myself: Who's going to read this stuff? Why will anyone care about...

Faith / 15.12.2016

  We are restocking Plans & Purposes: A 12 Month Workbook! YAY! We're currently re-printing because we sold out our first batch so quickly--we honestly didn't expect it! Thank you so much for your support. <3 If you would like to place new orders, the links are below: One day pick up option on December 23 at Posh Pocket Shoes in Makati, 11 AM to 8 PM. Price is P320 a piece and P300 for 6 workbooks and up! Metro Manila orders Provincial orders International orders Please note that deliveries will start on December 27. If you would like to give this as a Christmas...

Faith / 03.12.2016

Click here to pre-order for Metro Manila, provincial, and international. Bulk orders get special rates! If you've been seeing my posts with the #OliviaWomen or #O hashtags, here's one part of our passion project, Plans and Purposes: A 12 Month Workbook. We put this workbook together for months and it was inspired by the tradition the Olivia Team picked up from our church community. Before the end of each year, it has been our practice to list what we're grateful for in the past year before we list down our "faith goals". We like to look back at what God has done,...

Faith, Family / 11.06.2016

Has it really been a year since I gave birth to my son? It's hard to believe most times, but when I look back at old pictures, I am surprised at how much my kids have grown. Insert crying emoji here! Surprisingly, I was much less of a soupy mixture of emotions when we celebrated Mateo's birthday two Mondays ago. There was definitely more joy and less of a bittersweet taste than when we celebrated Vera's first birthday. Perhaps I had the luxury of more time in my hands to "feel all the feels" or, in proper English, to overthink then. I...