BETTINA CARLOS

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Talking about love in February is so overrated but there are certain kinds of love worth discussing. Love is not a feeling—I think we all know this. Rather, it is a commitment, a decision. We continue to love and show it even on days we don’t feel it. That’s why…

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This is one “note to self” that I have always believed in. And it is very liberating to hear it from church. I was affirmed this last weekend through the preaching of Christian apologist and author, Josh McDowell. “I cannot give what I don’t have” —this is how my heart…

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Last week we talked about the pertinence of persistent prayer. Today there is another ‘P’ that helps shape our lives: perspective. And somehow, Gummy’s diagnosis of astigmatism and far sightedness at six, as well as my mom’s sudden but temporal blindness on her left eye prompted me to reflect on…

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After a three-part accounting of blessings to close 2017, let us now move forward, and upward, and commence the New Year. There is something about new that is nice and exciting. It’s possibly the idea of starting over or with a clean slate. But God gives us a fresh new…

YEAR-END ACCOUNTING (FINAL PART)

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The last, but definitely not the least, set of things I am thankful for as I turn 30. 24. I thank God for making me sick yet again this year as this called my attention on overworking and my self-sufficient tendencies. This time I had difficulty breathing–my asthma’s resurrection—a physical…

YEAR END ACCOUNTING (PART 3)

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In continuation of my previous week’s column, here are other things I am thankful for as I turn 30. 16. I praise God for removing my driver of three years. It revived my patience in doing errands on my own like driving myself and Gummy where we need and want…

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YEAR END ACCOUNTING (PART 2) Today is my first day as 30-year old and I want to spend it being grateful. 1. I am grateful to God for forgiving me, restoring and healing all areas of my life. For not just calling me back to Him but also choosing me…

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I am always nostalgic when it is December, not only because I will be turning a year older but because the feel of it is so conducive for making a year-end inventory or, as I like to call it, “[ac]counting of blessings.” The Lord wants us to give thanks for…

AMANDA ANECDOTES

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When you intentionally make time to be with your child, or when you actively listen to them and observe them in their quiet reflections, a magical moment is guaranteed. Our previous week was filled with these, so after coming from last week’s heavy column on bullying, we will share some…

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My daughter got bullied last week. While it was indirectly, it does not change the fact that she was played on with power. Good thing we have a good and open relationship as she was able to tell me and not just keep to herself. Bullying is a topic I…

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