Beautiful in His eyes

George 😍

“I pray that you will always know that you are beautiful because you are God’s wonderful creation, that you are loved and your family and your ninongs and ninangs will always be here for you.”

This photo was taken during ‘George’s‘ (Krystal Dannela’s) 1st birthday and dedication and I remember telling the photographer to make sure I don’t look fat in the photo 🙊 (He said he wasn’t a magician, but I think he did a pretty good job)

You see, i have been feeling really ugly recently. At 31 weeks I have already gained almost 30lbs, I’ve gotten pretty big in a lot of areas- including my nose (🍅) and a lot of areas in my body has started to darken- my neck, my tummy, belly button area, underarms, and even some parts of my face…

I always tell @marcoalcaraz that I’m so ugly and he would gently remind me that I’m pregnant and assures me how beautiful I am and that he loves me no matter what… and I’m thankful for a loving husband.. but we can’t always depend on someone to tell us we are beautiful and we are loved…

There will come a time for all of us when we will feel ugly even we’re really not. Sad for no reason at all. Worthless, unappreciated… And this is not just for us ‘pregnant women’, anyone of us can go through these kind of emotions and we must never forget, that our worth is not based on how we look, our status, what we have in our life, how much money we have in the bank… but in how God sees us- as His precious children. Worth saving. Worth dying for.

When nobody seems to care or when no one is around to tell you – always remember this:

Jesus loves you my friend and you are beautiful in His eyes.

‘Tobias’- God is good!

I woke up from a dream that we were having another baby boy… It was 330am on January 31, 2018. I went to the bathroom, grabbed a home pregnancy test, peed on it and then took a shower. As I was drying off, I glanced at the stick and saw two red lines.

I cried.

I cried not because I didn’t want it but because I wasn’t expecting it. If you have been regularly reading my blog and instagram posts, you might remember that we have always wanted another baby since Noah turned 3 years old and have always expected each month for a positive home pregnancy test result, but it never came. (Read previous post about pregnancy Jesus Forgot Us? )

And so we trusted God that He knows what He is doing and that His timing is always perfect. -but it did not feel like very good timing when we got the positive home pregnancy test and then two weeks later at the doctor’s, when she confirmed that there was a sac but no little embryo yet, up to the point when we found out another two weeks later that yes, a baby is growing inside of me!

While the good news was very much welcomed, it was unplanned and we felt came at the wrong time as I was doing 2 regular shows that just started… but who are we to question God’s plan?

What a wonderful opportunity to learn to trust God that He is always right, that His timing is always perfect and that He will provide and strengthen us through this wonderful miracle. What a wonderful gift God is allowing us to have and experience. And we know whatever happens, God is in control and this God who is in control is a good good God, a good Father, who knows what we need and what is best for us.

Our new baby boy, Lord willing is due to arrive this September and we are naming him Tobias Nolan. Nolan means ‘Champion‘ and Tobias means ‘God is good‘ because He is!

It is our prayer that God will keep Tobias in His presence all the days of his life and that he will be a Champion, victoriously conquering all things that will come his way with God who will surely strengthen him. That his life will always declare the goodness of God and bring Him glory in everything he will do and say.

Are you going through something now that feels as if God has forgotten you and has not taken your situation into consideration? Instead of questioning, seek Him through His Word, trust that He loves you and knows what is best for you, take encouragement in these promises:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a bright future…” Jeremiah 29:11

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you, He will never leave you or forsake you.” Deutronomy 31:6

“Cast all your concerns on Him for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

When you feel forgotten or forsaken, lift your eyes, hands and heart to God and our good God promised that those who truly seek Him, will find Him.

SOS Children

SOS Children’s Villages Philippines celebrates its 50th Anniversary by promoting Filipino artistry and creativity.

This October, open your hearts as SOS Children’s Villages Philippines celebrates its 50 years in service with a fundraising event that will surely be fun, artistic, and for a good cause. “Art Exhibit for A Cause” will happen on October 24 to 29 at Upper Ground Floor, Home Zone, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City. This is to present the programs & initiatives of SOS Children’s Villages Philippines and increase public awareness about the reality of neglected, abandoned and abused Filipino children. Artworks from local artists will be exhibited to generate funds for the benefit of SOS children. In every piece sold, we can provide family and home to children who have lost parental care.

Multi-awarded artists like Rene Robles, an internationally exhibited artist with over 70 solo exhibitions in Europe, USA and Asia, and Aris Bagtas, a visual artist and sculptor genius of his generation, will join us together with other artists that you don’t want to miss.

To add more fun, celebrities such as Teddy Corpuz, Maxene Magalona, Sharlene San Pedro, Trina Legaspi, Myrtle Sarrosa, and Sarah Carlos will support the event by donating pre-loved items that are going to be sold at the exhibit!

Items will be available for viewing at our website www.sosphilippines.org and on our Facebook account www.facebook.com/SOSCVPH/ on October 16, 2017.

You can purchase the items through our social media accounts or call us at (02) 867 7800 (Landline), 0917 679 0024 (Globe), and 09992299749 (Smart).

The event will start at 2 in the afternoon on October 24, 2017. Everyone is invited!

Come and let’s see the exceptional talent of Filipino painters and help the children in need.

For more information, contact Ms. Ellaine Grace C. Grisola, the Creative Services and Communications Assistant of SOS Children’s Villages – National Office at 867-7800 (Landline) or at 09264554149 (Globe).

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Why so downcast O my soul?

We all have moments when we cannot seem to explain why we are so sad, why we feel so down, so low- that we end up crying! And the worst part is, we don’t even know why we’re crying!
I seem to be getting a lot of those moments recently. I believe I am being attacked spiritually, past sins creep up, guilt comes knocking, feeling of worthlessness, of hopelessness… so what do I when I get attacked?

What should we do when we feel down?


Psalm 42:5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

I turn to God’s Word and I put my hope in Him, in His Promises. I remind myself of what the Bible says and not focus on how I feel. I think of all the things that I don’t deserve, that God has blessed me with- my husband, my noah, my family, this day that I am alive and well! I remember all the times God picked me up and rescued me and how He helped me overcome all the challenges.
Oh I will put my hope in the One True God! The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In Jesus, the lover of my soul and I remind myself that nothing can ever separate me from the love of God and that I am more than a conqueror!

When you fill your mind with God’s Word, His promises and assurance of His Grace, there won’t be room for the enemy’s lies.

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:31-39 

What we tell Ourselves Vs. What Jesus Says

We tell ourselves to indulge,

Jesus tells us to deny ourselves and follow Him.(Luke 9:23)
We tell ourselves to take the easy path,

Jesus tells us to take the difficult path toward Him. (Matthew 7:14)
We tell ourselves to get all the pleasure we can out of this life,

Jesus tells us to lose our life to find Him instead (Matthew 16:25)
We tell ourselves this life is all there is,

Jesus tells us this life is just a blink of an eye and then eternity. (Luke 12:20)
Jesus tells us- ALL OF US- to “Repent and Believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15)

To turn from sin and trust in Him

To believe that He is the Son of God who came into the world, lived a perfectly sinless life, died on the cross to absorb the terrible punishment due to sinners like you and me for our rebellion against God, and rose from the grave, defeating death, sin and hell.

“Repent and Believe” He says- to All of us.


Straight, Gay, Bi, Married, Single… ALL OF US.
No matter what’s in the way.

No matter what we have to give up.

Quiet Time

God knows our hearts, He knows what we’re thinking, there is nothing we can keep or hide from Him. So let go- surrender… I would lock myself in our closet, kneel down, I would imagine that I’m in the throne room of God- in the presence if the Living God, the Creator of the Universe… and I just cry out to Him and thank Him, praise Him, lifting all my concerns on Him and then I ask Him for wisdom and revelation as I read His Word.

So how do we do Quiet Time? 

Sharing with you what my discipler’s (Miriam Quiambao) discipler (Cindy M Soriano) shared with her:

“Quiet Time” – it sounds so …. quiet!

As a christian, we hear this so often in our circles. But how do we really have a good quiet time? What is a quiet time? To put it simply – it is time spent alone with God, putting away all other thoughts, putting all focus on God, His Word and having a two way converation with Him.

How is your Quiet Time? 

Is it one way prayer asking God for anything and everything or just pouring out your troubles to Him? Or one way in the sense that you read His word through with no contemplation or meditation on what it was all for or about? Or is it just sitting with random thoughts flying through our minds because we are troubled or basically just not quiet in our minds and souls?

May I suggest that our Quiet Time be our time with God to be truly honest, open, surrendered and hungry for Him? It must be a combination of all that we are and all we can be, no pretenses. There needs to be no formal form just honest, normal me. We must be totally free of pretenses and excuses when we come to God each day to seek His Word, His counsel and His rebuke. Forget the eloquent words and the rationalizations – instead may I propose this – 

 “Sit quietly by His feet”

Sit quietly by His feet, in your favorite corner, away from the maddening crowd, switching off or putting away the all technology and social media and anything that will draw your mind away from HIM. Close your eyes and tell Him you want to meet Him and have a personal conversation because you are weary and thirsty for His Word. Ask Him to help you hear from Him then open His Word, and not randomly – read from a a plan or a book. Read slowly, thoughtfully, ruminating through each word and phrase – hearing HIM speak to YOU and not to your issues or enemies – but to you….. then…. very inwardly and thoughtfully ask that He uses His Word to make you see how you and I can better ourselves today, each day until He comes.

I will barrow from a story of Martin Luther King, when asked by his barber one day how he has a quiet time: “Luther would take each sentence of Scripture (for instance, “Do not steal”) and think about it in four ways:

1) As a teaching. What does this mean for my life? What are different ways I steal?

2) As a reason for thanksgiving. For instance, how is this commandment not to steal God’s way of protecting me?

3) As a confession. How have I stolen from someone?

4) As a prayer petition. I can pray that injustice like stealing will end with Christ’s return.’

So dear ladies, my sisters in the faith – If there was one thing we could do in a day and only one – I would choose to spend time at my Savior’s feet and quiet my soul in His Word and in His counsel.

Have you met with God today?

-Cindy M Soriano
If you find a reluctancy to go into the presence of God, there may be unconfessed, unrepented sin in your life. Part of your quiet time is to get your heart clean and pure. Each of us needs to take ourselves by the nap of our necks and confess and repent before we come into God’s holy presence to fellowship. -Adrian Rogers

He [the Lord] will always hear your prayers and will invariably answer them. However, His answers will seldom come while you are on your knees praying, even when you may plead for an immediate response. Rather, He will prompt you in quiet moments when the Spirit can most effectively touch your mind and heart. Hence, you should find periods of quiet time to recognize when you are being instructed and strengthened. -Richard G. Scott

Ultimately – Richard Stearns says what is in my heart – and this I want for myself:

‘And when we go to church, read our Bibles, have our quiet times, and go to Christian conferences, we too can build some impressive spiritual muscles, but UNLESS we USE THOSE SPIRITUAL MUSCLES TO CHANGE OUR LIVES and build the church, love our neighbors, and care for the sick and the poor, we…are just posers. Let us not take God’s truth for granted.’

John 13:17 – Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.