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Parallel Worlds: A Call To Action


I am watching two kids playing while writing this. We are in a huge room with a play house and all sorts of toys. Both kids were playing independently. One was into trucks and little people, while the other was into cooking sets and teddy bears. Both minding their own business not talking to each other.

Parallel play.

This what you call this phenomenon in my world. There may be variations but the explanation is simple: two kids play along side but independent of each other. I play here. You play there. No interaction. No fighting. We may pick similar toys or exchange toys at some point but that’s all the interaction we’d ever get.

Ring a bell?

Isn’t that how you treat your office mates? Isn’t that your attitude when you walk around town? Isn’t that how you treat others from half way across the globe? Isn’t that how you treat people on the internet?

I am not pointing fingers here because I do those, too. I am also guilty.

The world has slowly become apathetic that we don’t care what happens in other parts of the world. We think our poor internet connection is a huge problem or the lack of spoon and fork in the McDonald’s you ordered is the end of the world. Little do we know that there are people who don’t even know what a computer is or don’t even have food to eat. There are people who don’t even have homes or are doomed to die even before they were born.

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

Praises to God there are people like the Benkert Family whose patriarch, Levi, was willing to stake his family’s lives to God and live to tell of the experience. In his book, “No Greater Love,” we are plunged into the life of a missionary family in Ethiopia.

Levi Benkert is actually a real estate businessman with a failing business due to the real estate crisis of the late 2010s. He brought his family from the US to Africa to organize and establish a fledgling orphanage. Due to a strong cultural belief, some parents were forced to kill their children or the whole village will suffer the consequences. Levi and family were to save these kids from death and put them in an orphanage.

We are told of their difficult transition from being a successful business magnate in the United States to God’s humbled and struggling soldiers in the forefront of Ethiopia’s tribal culture. The story telling is so heart warming, anyone reading the book would fight the urge to jump into a plane bound for Ethiopia the first chance he gets.

Believe me, I almost did.

Yet for someone like me who has seen the situation of children here in the country – the orphans, the children with disabilities and many others with special needs, the urge to stay was stronger than the urge to leave. In fact, as I am jotting these words down in my cellphone, I realized the weight of the work in the country.

As of this writing, I am here in the airport and I have just finished a side line job of assessing and evaluating children with disabilities in Davao City (my third time). In the several times that I have been here, I was able to meet and talk to parents who have been waiting for professionals who could help understand their children’s condition. Some of them travelled miles just to get their kids assessed and finally find some clarity in what to do with their child. It is hard to ignore their pleas.

The truth is, even though we may see Africa as more in need than our country, there exists a parallel problem.

Unknown to most, orphanages are full to the brim. There may be sponsors and willing hearts who could help, but there is still a need for better facilities. There is still a need for beds, toiletries and education services. Blame the government all we want, but as long as no one would take the leap of faith to help them, nothing is going to happen. Unknown to most, children with special needs outside the metropolis cities like Manila, Cebu or Davao are usually tied up to posts or put in cages to prevent them from roaming around. Their parents, in their shame and poverty, could not get the necessary knowledge or training they needed to handle their own son or daughter. Their neighbors and the whole town, in their ignorance, treat this family as either pariah or curiosities. While efforts are being done to educate and help, it is often not enough.

After reading the Benkert family’s story, I knew deep inside me that the way to help is not to go out of the country but to go deeper in it. Saying that Ethiopia is poorer than us or blaming it to our corrupt government wouldnt justify our inaction and inability to help. The Benkert family thought at first that giving money is enough. Yet once they experienced the need in Africa, they learned that being in the forefront of the battle is more life changing and more meaningful than just sending materials and supplies.

In the same way, would we just sit and give what was excess in our fat wallets or would we take that leap of faith, leave the comforts of your home and learn to surrender to God in the field?

The question is for me than for you.

WorthyWorthy Habla is speech pathologist by profession. Obviously, he’s a bookworm and blogger by passion. Aside from being a nature enthusiast, he’s empowered being an Adventist Youth Leader, a deacon, a deaf ministry co-coordinator and volunteer.

As much as he loves to capture memories, he is fond of chasing the wind through running. He strives to rise above the state of mediocrity, and literally, he challenges himself to conquer heights though hiking.

Check out more of his musings through his blog, MANACLED.

*Worthy is the first guest blogger, Curly Bookworm ever had. Grateful for his gaiety in responding to a bookworm challenge. Kindly read the blog post by clicking the title beneath:

BOOKWORM CHALLENGE: BOOK CHANNELING

It’s not in the blogosphere where I first bumped with this creative writer. I got acquainted with his articles in CQ (Collegiate Quarterly). It’s just surprising how we end up collaborating. And I’m grateful for God’s gift of friendship authored by the Heavenly Wordsmith.

Keep posted for the other guest bloggers! Who knows, the next could be YOU! 🙂

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Note: Photo credit to Worthy Habla. This blog has a copyright. The photos and articles should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.

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Bookworm Craze: Curly Bookworm’s BOOKS on SALE!


Few months ago, I read an article entitled: “THE BOY WHO CRIED BOOKS”. It was so fascinating because it’s about an impoverished young man who paves his way to secure education through selling books. Isn’t it amazing that he creatively make money to sustain himself to acquire the key to success?

I actually thought of going to where he sells books, bring some of my books to donate, so he could make good use of it, and let him know I highly appreciate his determination to obtain an education in a noble way. I also want to see some books to buy from his mini shop. I even encouraged friends to do the same. But since I’ve traveled a lot in the past months, flying here and there, seeing new and picturesque places for ministry and business trips, the thought was gone with the wind.

Later on, I thought of selling my books for a cause. I have another personal ministry so close to my heart: Pathfinder ministry. I want to save money for the Pathfinder Bible, and some resource materials for instruction since I get invitations to speak or give lectures on Master Guide training. aww

Crazy for a Cause

Then came the impression to pursue selling my books for a good cause: to save funds to donate to BRING LOVE IN, a non-profit organization which help sustain communities of orphans and widows, and impoverished families in Ethiopia. I wouldn’t have much, but I believe: “Great things start from small beginnings.” God provides and blesses the willingness to extend a hand.

It took me reading NO GREATER LOVE to realize more that others’ needs sometimes matter than my own. It teaches selflessness rather than selfishness, it promotes generosity and cheerful giving. I learned much from the selfless dedication of Benkert family who sold everything they have, left the comforts and greener pastures of USA to live in the poverty-stricken Ethiopia.

If you haven’t read my previous article, please STOP; kindly read it first so you’ll fully understand this cause:

Bookworm Challenge: Book Channeling

But Philippines is also poverty-stricken!

I have some ideas to help local related institutions I’ve visited and their advocacy. I’ll share about them later.

Letting Go, Letting God

Sounds so dramatic. haha

I’ve been with my books for many years, some, for many months. I thought many times if I really want to sell them away. I wouldn’t have the chance to see them again unless I sell them to my friends. In case I miss my books, I could visit them and see their bookshelves. LOL. Attachment. I really don’t know if you’re thinking I’m simply crazy. But it’s good to learn how to detach from personal stuff. Let go. haha

Why not just give them away? I thought about that before. It’s a relief to see my shelf with new space for new books. And to think that many others would be blessed with the books, I almost did. But I realized, I lent a lot of books to friends before, only few were returned. Maybe some forgot, or others presumed it’s given already. I’m guilty of the latter statement. I need to return the books lent to me as well. haha

For me, books are investments. They feed the mind, make your brain work more, and when applied to life the principles learned, huge blessing! So, ROI (return on investment) is expected. But it all depends on me how to handle my investments. I hope you’ve got my point. I understood that people oftentimes give greater value to things they acquired with money associated with it. When they bought them, they care more and make use of them more. Sometimes, people keep them to maintain its newness. So does with books (gifts as well). haha

I’m selling my books for low and reasonable prices. I’m selling them preferably to my friends because if other people buy them and they live abroad, the cost of shipping would surpass the amount of books. But who knows, they won’t also care for the extra charge? I have a new-found friend in Australia who bought four copies of new Health & Home (hard bound) and didn’t mind the cost of shipping (extra charge), to help my student ‘literature evangelist’ brother. Another friend from Saudi who had vacation last year bought two copies, there’s greater cause to deliver it personally. Grateful to have experienced generosity.

Bidding My Books Goodbye

Here are some of my books. Others are slightly used. Some, bought and never used – ‘tsundoku’ effect.

Take Time for Your Life (self-help) P150 – I personally learned a lot of practical lessons from the New York Times’ #1 best-selling author and lifestyle expert who supports busy people in achieving personal success without compromising their quality of life. Cheryl Richardson’s works were covered widely by the media, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and the New York Times.

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Crucial Confrontations (self-help) P150 – This help me most to deal with my weakness – confronting controversial and complex issues at work and at home. Much more of conflict management book, this national bestseller encourages never to walk away again from another conflict, but to deal with it maturely and intelligently. The award-winning team of authors produced two New York Times bestsellers, including this. They’ve been sought-after speakers and consultants.

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Wellness at Warp Speed (healing) P180 – The cure you seek is within! The body has its power to heal, you just need to discover the best way to heal yourself with nature’s help, and of course, the Great Physician. This is about the unique perspective of a physician and patient, what he discovered to have brought miracles. Dr. Noah McKay had his own dramatic recovery from life-threatening heart disease at age 33.

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Remember (inspirational novel) P120 – This is a moving and inspiring story about tragedy, healing and the importance of remembering. I understand that sometimes, people wanted to forget or to have selective amnesia to forget a dark past, a deep hurt or great loss. But this is something to learn from: heartfelt acceptance and forgiveness. Karen Kingsbury is America’s #1 inspirational novelist, written more than 40 novels over 15 million of copies.

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What Once We Loved (inspirational novel) P120 – This is an inspiring story about a circle of courageous women who discovered the meaning of independence, forgiveness and love in poignant and heartwarming ways. Jane Kirkpatrick is an acclaimed author of two-non-fiction books and seven novels, including the award-winning A Sweetness to the Soul.

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Singin’ and Swingin’… (autobiography) P120 – This is a memoir of remarkable accomplishments and travels. It also serves as an entertaining companion for travel, as you learn more of the world’s renowned best-selling author, poet, singer, thespian and actress. Maya Angelou received the Ladies’ Home Journal “Woman of the Year Award” in 1975.

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The World According to Clarkson (funniest memoir) P120 – Never been so entertained with a very hilarious, and roller-coaster ride of reading experience. Jeremy Clarkson has a strong dose of common sense, and his sarcasm is quite brilliant, LOL. He made his name presenting a poky motoring programme on BBC2 called Top Gear.

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Memoirs of Emma Courtney (classic literature) P120 – This is an Oxford World’s Classic. A gem, if you’re quite a feminist, LOL. Aside from hilarious entertainment, this is partly autobiographical and is based on Mary Hays’ own struggle with romance and Enlightening philosophy. The author is a feminist, and she reveals the lamentable gap between ‘what women are’ and ‘what women ought to be’.

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Things Fall Apart (classic literature) P120 – First published in 1959, it was widely sold in the United States, more than two million copies. Worldwide, there are eight million copies in print in fifty different languages. This is Chinua Achebe’s master piece, often compared to the great Greek tragedies. This is uniquely and richly African, yet many diverse culture could relate to the plight of the man he wrote about.

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The Lovely Bones (fiction) P100 – This #1 National Bestseller novel was made into a major motion picture. This is mesmerizing, but horribly scary at the beginning, but the ending was beautiful. I’ve wondered if I could be a sleuth and mystery stories were my favorite then. Alice Sebold is a gifted and phenomenal author. She received numerous praise for her works.

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The Magician’s Nephew (inspirational fiction) P80 – NARNIA…where Talking Beasts walk… this is part of the series of the Chronicles of Narnia which has been made into a major motion picture. Who doesn’t know the story? Clive Staples Lewis or best known as C.S. Lewis is a world renowned professor at Cambridge University. He wrote numerous books on Literary Criticism and on Christianity.

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The Uncommon Reader (fiction) P75 – A funny and superbly observed novella about the Queen of England and the subversive power of reading. Authored by one of England’s leading dramatists since the success of his other craft, Beyond the Fringe in 1960s. Alan Bennett won six Tony Awards in 2006, with his recent play-turned-major motion picture, The History Boys.

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A Self-Portrait (classic literature) P50 – This memoir, containing most of personal letters is a mirror of his soul. Kahlil Gibran is a Lebanese-US Arabic novelist, essayist, poet and painter. This booklet is a jewel from a romantic mystic and visionary.

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The Practical Writer (writing) P120 – Another remarkable book for aspiring wordsmiths! It helped me practically, from inspiration to publication (most of my published works are online and some printed (magazine articles). I’m fascinated with several pages for Grants and Awards section, as well as conferences and residencies, and much more resources. Therese Eiben and Mary Gannon have worked for Poets and Writers Magazine, known for their superb accomplishments and leadership.

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Perfect Phrases for Cover Letters (writing) P50 – New booklet but bought on sale, this would be very helpful for writing cover letters. You’ll find right phrase for every situation, any time! It’s important to make lasting impression on your first encounter with prospective employer, so this tool is a must. Michael Betrus conducts seminars and workshops in career guidance and has written numerous career guides.

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Ultimate Guide to Google Adwords (online entrepreneurship) P250 – How to access 100 million people in 10 minutes? It’s impossible. This is a very helpful tool for entrepreneurs and online marketers. Even for common blogger like me, it gave much information which I could make use of to empower my presence in the blogosphere and the web. Perry Marshall is the #1 author and world’s most-quoted consultant on Google advertising. Bryan Tood is an international marketing consultant and Google Adwords specialist.

Google There would be another set of books for the next book sale. 😀 Keep posted!

© 2015 LAF

Note: Photos credit to Franz Fronda for taking the shots and Google photo (pile of books). This blog has a copyright. The photos and articles should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.

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Bookworm Challenge: Book Channeling


Contemplating on the main objective of my main blog, I realized that I rarely publish book reviews. Curly Bookworm was conceptualized and conceived on August 2011. While having a quest with insurmountable queries of life during our family’s great crucibles, I found most of my comfort reading the Holy Writ and inspirational books. But naturally, I love books, and as much as I’m obsessed with reading, I’m fascinated and fond of writing and blogging.

When at times, friends aren’t enough to share burdens with, instead of sulking, I would spill my thoughts on the blogosphere. But of course, when answers to life’s trying trials and questions aren’t enough, there is Jesus. He is more than just an answer to my prayer. I have kept a journal as well to savor sanity.

Confessions of a Bookaholic

hahaI have bad habits to confess. I don’t know if many of bookworms out there can relate. As much as I want to hoard books for good reasons, often I compromise with ‘tsundoku’. Even tight of budget, if I would wander in a book store, especially with a book sale, I would end up buying books and later on wonder if it’s really a need. “Buy the NEEDS, not WANTS” I would always remind myself, but most of the times rationalize when the charm of books would take their spell.

While I wanted to uproot my old and bad habits, I am grateful that God inspired me some ways to replace them. Negative thoughts can only be overcome with positive ones, and so bad habits are replaced with good ones.

Thus actions repeated form habits, habits form character, and by the character our destiny for time and for eternity is decided. Christ’s Object Lesson, p.356

For several months, my new acquired books from a book sale (I occasionally buy 4-10 books on sale, 1-2 books on regular) have stood unmoved on the bookshelf, teasing me as they gather dusts. I would sometimes skim and scan them. But there are times, I would read books and don’t stop until I devoured the last page. No matter how blessed or entertained I am, I would think of blogging a review; then procrastination kills the initiative. No wonder you wouldn’t find much here. But I’ve written memoirs and musings. My life has been an open book after all.

No Greater Love

I skimmed and scanned them at the book sale. Having the aspiration to help establish and run an orphanage some day, I was thrilled to have found “No Greater Love” and “In a Heartbeat.” They are wonderful books about unconditional love and the memoirs about adopting African and Afro-American kids, and yeah, about orphanage! So, without an ‘if’, I secured them.

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

But they’ve waited long enough on my bookshelf. I started reading “In a Heartbeat” last week, but when I am at the middle, I started reading “No Greater Love” and I didn’t stop until I finish the latter. Actually, my sister Zola read “No Greater Love” first. I’ve focus more on this life-changing book. I’ll tell about the other book next review.

Throughout the roller-coaster ride of emotions, vividly imagining the thrill, triumph, tears and trials of Benkert’s sojourn at Ethiopia, which are unfathomable, I reflected on my own life’s purpose. I tried to fit my feet in the missionary couples’ shoes, but I know I would never fully understand until I go to Ethiopia and experience their plight. To leave all things behind and be out of comfort zone to face the challenges of the unknown, has been the great leap of faith which Levi and Jessie Benkert. They’re unsung heroes, they are selfless champions for children. I believe, they were called to be world changers, and with God by their side, they turned the world of ‘mingi’ kids upside down, and so the orphans and widows of Addis, Ababa.

As much as I want to spill the beans, and to spoil the reader, I want this book review to be enticing. I wouldn’t. I personally challenge you guys to grab a copy of “No Greater Love” (check it out in their website) or be part of my challenge: book channeling. This one is too precious to be missed. Imagine a mysterious and ancestral practice of parents killing their own babies with the fear for superstitious beliefs of spirits getting angry at them if they keep their baby born out of wedlock, or if they conceive a child without telling the tribal elders beforehand. Or worse, if the baby’s top teeth grow first instead of the bottom teeth. They call the babies with such circumstances, ‘mingi’ (cursed). If they keep the baby alive, living in their village, the Kara tribe believed for generations that it can drive the spirits to fury. As a consequence, the spirits might kill all their family, causing disasters like drought and plagues, to name a few. That kind of practice was drastically discovered and stopped, through God’s miraculous working and providence. They had a great role in the lives of the ‘mingi’ kids and tribes of Jinka.

God has a greater purpose of sending Benkert family to Ethiopia, to be beacons of light at its darkest nights.

God has a greater purpose of sending Benkert family to Ethiopia, to be beacons of light at its darkest nights.

Who would have thought that God can use a MESS and turn it into a MESSAGE! Levi’s life was totally in a mess, especially financially and spiritually, before God called him to serve full-time with his family in Ethiopia, rescuing mingi kids. But the Living Messenger had done a great deal in his life. I can relate in some lil’ ways. When our family was in the fiery furnace of tribulation, the pain of losing three family members in quick succession was too much to bear. But then, we’ve received the best spiritual gains despite our great loss. Our trials turned out to be triumph. I was inspired to write a tribute to my late father, “Pain: A Blessing Not Everyone Appreciates” and testimony about my late older sister and younger brother, “When SOON Lingers”.

“No Greater Love” is truly a wonderful testimony of God’s redemptive discipline, God’s rescue and His wondrous grace. The book was not just well-written by Candy Churd. Behind its process was a Divine Wordsmith who carefully and creatively guided the gifted hands. This life-transforming story should be channeled to many people.

Words can change. The WORD changes, yet His love knows no change. (John 1:1-4, John 3:16). I praise the LOVE that makes me whole again – No Greater Love indeed!

Kindly read the news re mingi children and their rescue: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/05/world/africa/mingi-ethiopia/

Whatsoever is done out of pure love, be it ever so little or contemptible in the sight of men, is wholly fruitful; for God measures more with how much love one worketh, than the amount he doeth. ~ Ellen G. White

Bring Love In

The Benkert’s high hope to establish not just an orphanage, but a community of loving people (orphans, widows, less fortunate, collaborating with missionaries and sponsors) was finally made into a reality. I was thrilled browsing the website! I had a regret of not having it read or discovered earlier. But God has a perfect timing! So true with “Bring Love In” as well.

The family who serves and prays together stays happily together. Levi and Jessie, with their lovely children, Nickoli, Luella, Ruth and Edalawit (Everly).

The family who serves and prays together stays happily together.
Levi and Jessie, with their lovely children, Nickoli, Edalawit (Everly), Luella and Ruth.

“Bring Love In is a community (not just an organization) that exists to show the love of God by giving families to children who have none.  We are based out of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where we couple orphans who are given to us by local authorities, and widows from within local Christian church communities, to create new forever families here in Ethiopia.” ~ Levi & Jessie

Check their website: http://bringlove.in/about/

Yesterday, after feasting on the last page of the book, I was moved to utter a sincere prayer of empowering my eye of faith so I could be more sensitive in helping others, especially those beyond my reach. I let go of some emotions that I’ve been harboring on the past months, struggling with the reality, my identity and ministry. I thought my tear ducts were drained already then, but a good cry is healthy.

I was a missionary for many years then, and I always wanted to be one. “You don’t need to go across the sea to be a missionary” was the lyrics from the song, my youngest brother used to sing then. That’s so true! I dreamed of going to Africa, Cambodia or India, to be a medical missionary or missionary teacher there. I still don’t let go of that aspiration. But how can I be a missionary in a faraway place if I don’t live by it at home and within the sphere of my influence? Yesteryears have a history. My future would be more of HIStory.

Inspired by the efforts of Levi and Jessie Benkert, I wanted to adopt the inspiration to ‘bring love in’ wherever I go. Be a missionary anywhere, everywhere. Nothing is impossible as long as self is submitted to Christ.

I’ve enjoyed publishing ministry during high school years, and I have always believed in the power of printed pages. With this in mind, I’m moved to have a book challenge (especially for myself): to share to as much as many people I can about a book that made a lasting impact in my life. My vision is to inspire people to read memoirs of unsung heroes, exceptional people like the Benkert family. To transpire the blessing of being changed for the better. Those who are willing to join the challenge could be a channel of change.

  • Share a wonderful book by lending it for a specific period of time (at least a week).
  • The next person would lend it to the person who is willing to read it. It would be tracked (then goes the same cycle).

For example: I finished reading NO GREATER LOVE. The first 10 people who would e-mail me: lafronda7@gmail.com (subject: Bookworm Challenge: Book Channeling) with the intention to join the challenge will be accommodated. Let’s consider extending the list later.

  • This chain of book channeling would create a bond among readers, passing the book to one another, until it return to me.
  • A personal book review is encouraged to be done. I will feature it here in my blog as a part of the series about this book challenge.
  • It isn’t compulsory, but I encourage you to donate to BRING LOVE IN, or encourage others to do so by sharing this blog post. Learn about donation and how to donate: http://bringlove.in/needs/

Book Channeling: A Book Travel

Literally, the book travels too as the bookworm pass the book for challenge to another bookworm. So let’s see how far “No Greater Love” could go and how far its influence could reach. You can also do the same challenge, choosing a wonderful memoir or inspirational book. Just follow my steps: make a book review, encourage readers to join the challenge, lend the book and let it travel. Certainly, we could create a book club with a cause.

I found out a greater purpose for my blog. I would be glad if you’re willing to join force; so together, we could change the world, one bookworm and blogger at a time.

Find out my first step to financially help “Bring Love In”. Bookworm Craze: Curly Bookworm’s books on sale. (Click the title to read about the book sale). The proceeds will go to this wonderful organization. I’m saving a particular amount to donate. This could be small to jump start. But great things start from small beginnings right? Any creative idea to share how to raise funds for the orphans and widows? You can leave a comment, or write an e-mail to me: lafronda7@gmail.com (subject: Creative Ideas for Bring Love In).

If you aren’t a subscriber yet to this blog, I encourage you to enlist at the bottom left corner of this blog for you to keep updated.

Let’s keep the book rolling. Join the Bookworm Challenge!

© 2015 LAF

Note: Photos credit to Levi Benkert, CNN and Google. Videos credit to (Bring Love In) YouTube and Vimeo . This blog has a copyright . The photos and articles should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.

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Irony of Life


"Life has to end," she said. "Love doesn't."

“Life has to end,” she said. “Love doesn’t.”

During my late father’s wake and after the burial, I felt again heaven’s comfort. I just cried big time after learning that my papa suddenly rested in peace in my mama’s loving arms, and when we informed that to my younger siblings.

A close friend was kinda worried coz I seemed chill even I’ve got a sudden loss. I never cried all throughout even during his internment and after. I guess, my tear ducts were just drained after profound losses. I had chosen to surrender the turbulence within and were granted peace.

“Take time to grieve”, he said. “Breakdown if you need to…cry and let go of the pain…then stand and go on with life…”. It’s one of the most comforting advices, knowing how true that it’s essential part of life. After all, tears are a language which Jesus understands.
For no one understands like Jesus! He’s a friend beyond compare.

Here’s my sister Zola’s gift to my mom, I appreciate it so much. I also spend time contemplatively reading the therapeutic messages and testimonials of others who’ve gone the same predicament.
Then, it dawned on me, I will be more vulnerable today, remembering Papa Benny’s 1st death anniversary, and 11 days later, my late sister Leah’s 2nd.

Learning the healthy way to grieve. :)

Learning the healthy way to grieve. 🙂

There’s Joy in the Morning

I love brisk walking as much as I love running. It’s very interesting how this tree arrested my attention from afar.
Ironically, the tree seemed dying, having been bald of its leaves of verdure. Yet, some of its flowers bloom gracefully. What a prolific illustration of the season of life!
As long as we’re rooted and grounded in Jesus, our Loving Gardener, we’ll still bloom amid the storm of life. We can defy the withering due to crazy weather as well!

Almost bald of its leaves of verdure, yet its flowers bloom gracefully. What an irony!

Almost bald of its leaves of verdure, yet its flowers bloom gracefully. What an irony!

© 2014 LAF

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Off the Shelf


Off the Shelf

“Take a look at your bookcase. If you had enough free time, which book would be the first one you’d like to reread? Why?”

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Well, though I’m in a hurry this time to post my daily musing, I’ll take time to answer this question from the daily post.

I have enormous books in the shelf which I wanna reread! Mitch Albom’s books are on the top list.

  • The First Phone Call from Heaven
  • Tuesdays with Morrie
  • For One More Day
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven (I don’t have my copy, from a friend’s shelf)

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“Helping the Yolanda victims is answering a phone call from heaven.” ~ Mitch Albom

Caught in the Act, taken at the Toastbox in Solenad 2, Nuvali just last week. Rereading, actually :)

Caught in the Act, taken at the Toastbox in Solenad 2, Nuvali just last week. Rereading, actually 🙂

Obviously, Mitch Albom’s recent book has been my top favorite among his master pieces! I also love Tuesdays with Morrie big time! There’s a greater reason behind why I love it the most, not to mention, it’s simply profound!

Love at first sight, to exaggerate!

Love at first sight, to exaggerate!

Mitch Albom visited our country, not only to give huge amount of money for the Yolanda victims through National Bookstore Foundation and Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, but also to promote his new book earlier this year. I have a lot of friends in YBH, including the co-founder, Dr. Anton Lim. So, I was more than grateful for his generosity and support to our kababayans — emitting compassion is his own unique way.

So when I visited National Bookstore on April 18, 2014, my heart skipped a beat. I actually posted the photo in my Facebook timeline with a caption:I left my heart at the bookstore. Will return to take it back.” But I wasn’t able to return to buy due to busyness and yeah, I was broke!

Gratefully, I didn’t! 12 days after, I received a copy of my own, sent thru a courier, LBC! Surprise of all surprises!

Ms Apple

Beware of what you wish for!

DAY 59 (100 Happy Days entry, April 30th)

Best Surprise ever!

“Be aware & beware of what you wish for.” ~Curly Bookworm

Seemed it’s Christmas or my birthday!

I received a package from Ms. Apple, just to find out that she saw my post re Mitch Albom’s latest book many days ago. There’s no occasion, and that made it more amazing!

“Helping Yolanda victims is like answering a phone call from heaven”. ~ Albom

Ms. Apple is indeed gifted with generosity & thoughtfulness. Through #amBAG campaign, we were able to get connected and built friendship! I’m so blessed sharing the joy of helping others with her. And our talk over the phone was also surprising!

Ms. Apple, thanks a lot once again for the precious time, 1:01:04! Never thought we already consumed more than an hour! Humbling experience it was!

God bless your heart more!

P.S.
Thanks for the special delivery of my heart which I left in the bookstore, through this book!

***

I’m humbled, blessed and really felt special coz Ms. Apple and I haven’t met personally, and yet with our communications, it seemed we’ve known each other for a long time!

Her response: I am honored to fulfill one of your wishes, it may not be an expensive one, but knowing that it made you happy, it has made me happier. May you continue to inspire your readers as you have inspired me. May God continuously bless you and your family, so you can continuously bless others too…hugs and kisses.”

Special Place in My Heart

Two things usually happen to my favorite books; either I’ll read it hastily and wouldn’t stop until I finish it, or read it slowly, as if thoroughly masticating a sumptuous meal. I did the same thing to Mitch Albom’s books. Yet, The Phone Call from Heaven has a significant meaning, since I lost loved ones. Though I have a different view/belief on the state of the dead, I somehow appreciate this kind of literature!

DAY 61 (100 Happy Days entry, May 2nd)

The most inspiring remembrance my late ate Leah left, her hand-made, pressed flowers bookmark done 12 years ago.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". ~ Philippians 4:13

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. ~ Philippians 4:13

My sole companion at the NAIA International Airport, Philippine Airlines, bound to Laguindingan Airport, on May 16th. I realized that I wore the same dress then in my recent photos taken at Toast Box! :)

My sole companion at the NAIA International Airport, Philippine Airlines, bound to Laguindingan Airport, on May 16th. I realized that I wore the same dress then in my recent photos taken at Toast Box! The best way to kill time is reading a fabulous book! 🙂

More of my favorite books which I hope to reread. So inspiring and very moving!

More of my favorite books which I hope to reread. So inspiring and very moving!

One at a Time

I love to juggle work, and I apply the same multitasking in reading books. I sometimes read three books simultaneously in a week. One in the morning, another one during vacant periods, and the last one at night, without messing up with info and details. I love doing that! But it’s still best to read and enjoy a book, one at a time.

As much as I love to share what I’ve read, and discuss what I love about the dozens of books I actually wanna reread, let me invite you to subscribe, or follow my blog so you can be updated. This main blog is actually intended for book reviews, musings and articles about books and my bookworm adventures. I will restart writing reviews in my website, under renovation: lailaniefronda.weebly.com

Keep posted! Please feel free to suggest books that meant a lot to you, books that are exceptionally invigorating. Feel free to share this blog post to your friends too! 🙂

"Life has to end," she said. "Love doesn't."

“Life has to end,” she said. “Love doesn’t.”

© 2014 LAF

Note: Photos credit to Apple M. (photos at Toastbox) and Shielah Fern M. (photo at the bottom).  The rest are taken by the author. This blog has a copyright . The photos and article should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.

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Ready, Set, STOP!


I’ve always wanted to be back on track, to be consistent in running; joining fun run and pro run.

What’s with running? You might wonder.

For me, it’s more of the feeling of freedom, a package of endurance, agility and strength’s tests. Actually, it’s more of character building. Behind every successful run is a huge dose of discipline, determination and diligence. That’s pretty rewarding!

Birthday Blast

Having missed joining fun run and pro run last year and the earlier years, I’ve done other outdoor adventures to compensate my frustration. But those were so few, I longed for more!

Unknowingly, my younger sister Zola, an accomplished half-marathoner, registered me in an 8-K fun run early this year. She surprised me few days before the run, January 26th. I was bound to a four-day event, 7th Asia-Pacific Conference for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, held on January 21-24, 2014, at Philippine International Convention Center.

I felt so fulfilled having my dream answered, to volunteer in whatever program or outreach with a good cause on my birthday. Instead of paying P 14,000 in an international conference I was invited to take part, I was accepted as a volunteer. So, it was like hitting two birds in one stone!

Tired but happy serving as one of the registrars for the registration. I encountered roughly 1,000 people, delegates and participants from countries all over Asia-Pacific Region and beyond.

Tired but happy serving as one of the registrars for the registration. I met roughly 1,000 people, delegates and participants from countries all over Asia-Pacific region and beyond. (There’s a blog post about the 7th APCSRHR)

Though tired for the four-day event, spent on travels (I commuted twice going back and forth Silang, Cavite-Pasay City) and various services done in the conference (usherette, monitor for satellite presentations, assistant to the speaker, assisted a reporter during a coverage), I was excited to run!

I also lacked sleep and having no enough vim. But my delight, being given such unexpected gift, surpassed my body’s condition.

Unexpected! sandwiched by too 'beauty and brains', Ms. Monique Wilson, the world-renown Broadway artist, and Ms. Myrel de Castro, one of the organizers.

Unexpected! Sandwiched by too ‘beauty and brains’, Ms. Monique Wilson, the world-renown Broadway artist, and Ms. Myrel de Castro, one of the organizers.

Run for Your Life, Run!

Imagine yourself being one of a thousand runners, or more than that, having one aim: to reach the finish line, in the shortest time possible. It’s like the battle of the fittest, and the race of the fastest.

Meanwhile in a fun run, you have all the time, no pressure (unless you wanna beat your time limit). As long as you finish the race, you’re a winner.

Having that in mind, I just wanted to enjoy and have fun! It’s a bonding with my sister and my friends. After all, it’s just 8 kilometers!

One of my favorite movies, Forrest Gump flashed back, when Forrest started to run for years, only to find out he has no specific reasons why did he run.

Epiphanies on Track

While on track, I was talking to Therese, a dear friend. Since my sister Zola was fast, we’re left. Instead of focusing, we talked, and talked; we even stopped once in awhile.

But I was aware, while running, I thought of the three P’s to keep in mind:

  • Pacing – it should be constant, once you stop, you’ll have a hard time starting again. Avoid distractions, or else, plan destruction follows.
  • Patience – the vital key, not only during training (for a race, pro run), but while on track.
  • Perseverance – keep your mind to your goal — reach the finish line.

These are actually not new. But these three P’s are running after me, again and again. It followed me as far as Oriental Mindoro, my province. Well, sometimes, you ought to do crazy and corny stuff to keep your sanity!

Coming here in our province made me realize that I needed to slow down, find solitude, and sulk (healthy sulking), if needed. I’ve been in a rat-race and have always been anxious to finish an ample amount of to-do-list, while my body silently scream for proper and longer rest.

This also help me evaluate my efforts in the past few weeks. What I’ve been too absorbed with, what I was eager to accomplish. I’ve got many appointments, here and there. Some friendly requests, volunteer writing projects and extra writing job. Well, I had sense of fulfillment and fun (especially volunteer blogging/writing), I also had some regrets. I thought of this, having the musings, “there’s power in second thought”, and “it’s ok to say NO!”. After all, I’m no Wonder Woman!

Feasting on these books helped me a lot! I should have spent more time feeding on His Word.

Feasting on these books helped me a lot! I should have spent more time feeding on His Word.

Taking the risks worth taking is worth it!

Taking the risks worth taking, is worth it!

With regards to spiritual race, I was reminded of 1 Corinthians 9:24-27:

The Need for Self-Discipline

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 

26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 

27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Grateful for the grace, I finished the fun run with a flash! haha! (my thigh started to ache, I looked like leaning to Errand).

Grateful for the grace, I finished the fun run with a flash! haha! (my thigh started to ache, I looked like leaning to Errand).

extended birthday celebration with Therese and Zola

extended birthday celebration with Therese and Zola

“We are able to persevere only because God works within us, within our free wills. And because God is at work in us, we are certain to persevere. The decrees of God concerning election are immutable. They do not change, because He does not change. All whom He justifies He glorifies. None of the elect has ever been lost.” ~R.C Sproul

"Trustful dependence on Jesus makes victory not only possible, but certain." ~ Signs of the Times, Jan. 3, 1906

“Trustful dependence on Jesus makes victory not only possible, but certain.” ~ Signs of the Times, Jan. 3, 1906

I’ve always wanted to be back on track, to be consistent in running; joining fun run and pro run.

But more to that, I’ve always wanted to just be on the TRACK OF LIFE. Through God’s grace, I wanna have the CROWN OF LIFE, waiting for me at the finish line.

© 2014 LAF

Note: Photos credit to Errand (fun run), and Google Image. Video credit to You Tube. This blog has a copyright . The photos and articles should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.

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Witty Wordsmith


An ordinary bookworm and wordsmith with an extraordinary Author & Finisher of Faith. :)

An ordinary bookworm and wordsmith with
an extraordinary Author & Finisher of Faith. 🙂

Deadlines are sacred. I desecrated a lot already, I felt scared.

I’m chasing the time, but I tried to do it with poise and grace.

Then out of my busyness, I bumped with a friend’s post. She calls it great find. I consider it a jewel.

Why? You better read it.

Date a Girl Who Reads
by Rosemarie Urquico

“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent.Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by ***, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”

"A way to woman's heart is through a book store" ~ H

“A way to woman’s heart is through a book store” ~ H

It swept me off my feet. I am humbled.

Oh well, am I assuming enough to be flattered? Is this written in favor of me?

It’s too amusing not to concur. haha!

“If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”

The author of the article is witty enough. I had a good laugh!

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

A serious lady yet unintentionally funny.

A voracious bookworm who wishes to be a witty wordsmith.

Friendly and sunshiny with her sanguine side.

Loves serenity and scrutiny with her melancholic side.

She isn’t complicated; she’s just creative.

She can’t help but to embrace her queerness to develop her prowess.

She’s LOQUACIOUS, yet aims BREVITY.

She’s VULNERABLE, yet hopes for BRAVERY.

(click the title to see Curly Bookworm’s Tumblr blog)

A curly bookworm with a vision.  A curly wordsmith with a mission.

A curly bookworm with a vision.
A curly wordsmith with a mission.

© 2014 LAF

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Starting the Year with a Reading Year Plan


Jeremiah 9:23,24 - Let no man glory in himself, but glorify God and glory in knowing Him.

Jeremiah 9:23,24 – Let no man glory in himself, but glorify God and glory in knowing Him.

“Of necessity men must bear responsibilities; but instead of striving for the supremacy, he who is a true leader will pray for an understanding heart, to discern between good and evil.” – Ellen G. White, PK p.22 

From April 2012 until March 2013, I’ve got “Christ Our Redemption” devotional reading guide (year plan) from APLA manual. It’s an accomplished II Personal Requirement 1: Patriarchs & Prophets by EGW, with Genesis 1 – 1Chron. 27.

for the complete article, kindly visit http://curlywittywordsmith.tumblr.com/post/72071974540/starting-the-year-with-a-reading-year-plan

Happy Sabbath! ^__^

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Marinating Memoir


The Bible isn’t like search engines which when you need something, in a turning of page, or a click counterpart in Google, you’ll find what you need or what you search for.

Prayerful and careful study, with enthusiasm and focus would yield a rich experience. The Bible is like a barren land, quite a boring book, with no illustrations and trivial stuff. But underneath the barren land is a vast threshold of treasures! It takes time, patience and perseverance to search for the gem. Digging deep in the Scriptures is a remarkable experience!

I praise God for this awesome, week-long exceptional experience. But it wasn’t only digging in a sense. It’s digging, and upon finding a reservoir, do marinating. Quite weird, from digging to cooking! But that’s how special it was!

MARINATING on 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 is a new Bible study technique which I found so priceless. For the past week, from September 11 (night time) til yesterday, September 17, we had a unified activity with my DREAMiCM (DREAM International Creative Ministries) friends (leadership team).

For seven days, as I soaked myself in the marinating sauce of the verses, I noticed that the daily impressions were special, focusing on my daily need. However, the spice of God’s love remained the same. It just became more flavorful and it savored my life as days passed by. It was actually my first time to do this marinating, and I appreciate the great impression channeled thru Kuya Anthony Stanyer (Director of DREAMiCM) to initiate this.

my marinating tools :)

my marinating tools 🙂

Lingering Musings

On the culmination, we’re encouraged to share our individual introspection. I considered blogging mine.

v.7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

During Apostle Paul‘s time, pottery was very common and he used it’s analogy for the brethren to easily relate. The kinds of vessel vary somehow. There are expensive jars made of special shell shards or designed with precious gems and other embellishments.

But instead of jars made of glass, crystal of other kind, we’re likened to jars of clay because we are vulnerable, fragile and plain. But we are considered treasures despite of our quality, because through our sinful propensity, God’s beauty and glory could be magnified through Jesus Christ, The Potter.

God in His wisdom and loving kindness oftentimes break us more when we’re already broken with sin and it’s consequences; because He doesn’t want to just repair us. As a Wise Potter, He wants to mold us anew. He makes us new vessels, strengthened in his special oven.

The fiery flames of the Potter’s oven are enumerated in the succeeding texts:

v.8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;

v.9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

v.10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

v.11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.

v.12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”

I love the irony of the verses. Reminds me of my favorite quotation from Sketches from the life of Paul p.300:

“The triumph of Christian faith is to SUFFER, and be STRONG;
to SUBMIT, and thus CONQUER;
to be KILLED all day long, and yet to LIVE;
to BEAR the CROSS, and thus WIN the CROWN of IMMORTAL GLORY.”

I’ve got my reflections summed up with this:

SIN = distraction = destruction
LOVE = redemption = restoration

I came with this because I dug Philippians 2:5-11, 12-15 first, thus prepared me for marinating. It is great to know more the nature of the Potter!

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature[a] God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,

13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”

I applied what we learned during our LEVEL-UP Bible study/sharing; how to use the 4 lenses in Bible Study. And I can attest that it’s best to seek for spiritual discernment, following the chronological order: Theology, Christology, Missiology and Eschatology.

For my dear fellow DREAMiCM leaders who did the marinating, I believe God has tremendously blessed you too! And with the knowledge about the lenses, you would identify what specific lenses I used. Let’s talk more about it later. Happy Midweek! 🙂

Among the most interesting books you could read, nothing beats the BIBLE. It's has the best marinating sauce, full of the spice of Jesus' love.  Take time, SAVOR UP!

Among the most interesting books you could read, nothing beats the BIBLE. It has the best marinating sauce, full of the spices of Jesus’ love.
Take time to marinate. SAVOR UP!

Here are some related blogs that were posted with the same inspiration from 2 Corinthians 4:7-12. (click the links to read more about the article)

Nostalgia

https://curlybookworm.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/nostalgia/

Philippine-wide Youth Summit “CLAY” @ Baguio City

The STAFF were mostly DREAM International Creative Ministries leaders and members, tapped by SSD Youth Director; worked closely with NPUC and CLC Youth Directors, respectively.

CLAY (Preparation for Youth Summit 2013)

https://curlybookworm.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/clay-2/

In the Potter’s Hand (my old poem, the longest poem I’ve written during devotional)

https://curlybookworm.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/in-the-potters-hands/

© 2013 LAF

Note: Photo is owned by the author. The other picture is from another Bookworm/Blogger friend, Jenyve Ibanez http://seongyosa.wordpress.com/. This blog has a copyright . The photos and article should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.

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Transformed at Two!


What’s with the sudden change?

I’ve got a special reason to do so.

On August 13, (U.S. time), I received a special notification that I failed to notice. So the following day, ’twas a eureka moment! 🙂

Anniversary Trophy

WP Anniversary Trophy

“Happy Anniversary!
You registered on WordPress.com 2 years ago!
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!”

Actually, I registered earlier on August 9, 2011. My first entry was about a devotional delight — LOVE OUT LOUD!

Kindly click the title of the entry to read:

Terse Soliloquy

My main objective in blogging here at WordPress is to be of great witness to the mysterious metamorphosis our Creator could perform, to do the literal transformation in our lives.

To stop me from writing/blogging means to take life itself. Writing is not just my therapeutic craft, especially when our family was in crazy crucibles. Writing is my tool to liberate the unshackled change in me. Through my musings and epiphanies, I pray that I will be a channel of blessing and inspiration. And through this blog, in a simple way, I wanna challenge the readers to constantly behold the Creator who sustains the nature’s processes.

Other trophies received within the two-year period.

*Trophy Case*

“My, aren’t you a prolific publisher! Take a look at all the achievements you’ve earned so far. Maybe you should blog about ‘em.” ~WordPress

Like Trophy for reaching 50 likes in posts on September 30, 2012

FOLLOWER Trophy *for reaching 50 blog followers on 8.30.12 – more than a year ago!

LIKE Trophy *for receiving 200 likes in the posts on 6.27.12

LIKE Trophy *for receiving 200 likes in the posts on 6.27.12 – more than a year ago!

I wished I was not that occupied and had spent time updating my blog in a regular basis. But days were shorter than I could imagine! I wasn’t able to chase the time.

Terrific Traffic

The chaotic whirlwind of event that led to the tragic loss of AUP struck my blog too! With the two blog entries dedicated to AUP family, especially the bereaved families of three the victims, my blog stat was transformed too! Suddenly, it rose, from hundreds to 3,232 views and 4,892 views respectively:

"Flushed by a Flash Flood"

August 29, 2013 – “Flushed by a Flash Flood”

August 30 - "Scars Wounded Afresh"

August 30 – “Scars Wounded Afresh”

Glory and praises to the Author of Life! I never imagined there would be a quasi-tidal wave in my blog stats. And I’m so grateful for your support! For the time spent reading, viewing and sharing my posts. Without the readers, this blog is in vain.

At present, the total views are 24.735, there are 333 approved comments, 91 posts, 70 blog followers, 559 Twitter and Facebook followers. Curly Bookworm got viewers/readers from 138 countries all over the world.

Thrilled Bookworm

It was overwhelming to realize how time slipped so fast! 🙂

Curly Bookworm meets Red Bookworm

Curly Bookworm meets Red Bookworm

This photo was taken at Paseo de Sta. Rosa. ‘Twas taken on 2011, while strolling around with friends. I’ve finally decided to change the header of my blog to give a more significant look 🙂

transformed... unshackled... set free!

transformed… unshackled… set free!

This photo was taken by Jefferson Clark, a friend in U.S., taken in their yard. They have a huge farm, and these monarch butterflies are having a nap, caught unaware.

This is more about the theme of this blog: Metamorphosis in Progress. I’ve experienced a transformation and it’s a progressive one. Here’s an introspection about it: “Unshackled Change”
https://curlybookworm.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/unshackled-change/

Towards the Mark

Great is thy Faithfulness!

Great is thy Faithfulness!

In 2009, I was recognized and was given “Faithful Journalist Award”, as the Managing Editor of the UV Journal. (I served UV as a writer for 4 yrs.)

It meant a lot to me. ♥

As an apprentice of the Author of Life, it’s been my sincere desire since I’ve realized I was “called to write”, to keep being faithful in the publishing ministry and in serving AUP & our church.

I’m humbled with the appreciations of my ministry.

Thanks a lot! To God be the glory!
^___^

Kindly keep me in prayers. 🙂

Here are some memento of my writing seminar and workshops:

receiving my great souvenir, the certificate :) at my right are Roy Adams, Associate Editor of Adventist World and Adventist Review, and Mrs. Lilibeth Casel, the Philanthropic Director of the Adventist University of the Philippines (she's now the PR Director as well)

receiving the certificate 🙂 sandwiched by Steven Chavez & Roy Adams, Associate Editor of Adventist World and Adventist Review, and Mrs. Lilibeth Casel, the Philanthropic Director of the Adventist University of the Philippines (PR Director as well) November 11-12, 2009: SSD-wide “Adventist World” Writing Seminar, CLC

reunion with University Voice alumni, Chipz Marvie and Chipz Lynn
July 2, 2009: CLC-wide Editors and Writers Workshop, Philippine Publishing House

keeping the Adventist Journalism creed by heart

keeping the Adventist Journalism creed by heart (February 2007: during the Tertiary Press Conference, angel Hills, Tagaytay City)

© 2013 LAF

Photos credit: Mark Mole, Lynn Rivamonte andKevin Lagrada.

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