Pray for the Books You Read

When I need some distraction from thoughts I cannot run away from; when I want a companion who doesn’t judge and just let me listen because at times I have no words left to say; when I want perspectives and life-lessons given me without even the hint of trying hard and or justification – I pick up a book and read.  And I am always amazed at the things I get out of it.  The things speaking right at me, telling me what I need to hear.  That when I put down one, I have the sense of a renewed mind and spirit.

The books we read, that we pick up, matter.  And it is as important to pray for those that we read as praying for other necessities in life.  Because what we read affects us, influences us, changes us.  May God lead us to more literature that will help us become better and not bitter, at peace and not tempted, joyful and not depressed, informed and not deluded.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Philippians 4:8

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Lettering & Water Colours

Doodling on my notebooks during classes or meetings had been an act out of boredom.  I have always thought that I am made to read or write or both.  And that was what I have been gladly pursuing.  However, we have such a generous God.  As I was not contented with just reading and I have been struggling with writing as I often find myself on dead ends or literally no ending, a new journey opened up for me.

So I expanded my horizons and started exploring lettering second half of last year.  There were moments where I felt like I’m getting nowhere, and whenever I compare my work to those amazing works of people I follow on Instagram I sometimes get frustrated.  But since lettering relaxes me, I pushed on.  Later on, I worked with water colours, which at first I was hesitant to try because I felt it was messy and I’m not really artistic, I couldn’t draw properly, all the excuses thinkable.  But I love colours and so I dived in the water colour adventure and it was soooo satisfying!  Even when I couldn’t draw an identifiable stuff, just spreading those colors all over the paper was like a massage! ((:

I still have that “I will publish a book” in my list.  I scrapped everything from the first draft of the book and restarted on it again few months back.  But at times that I do not feel any inspiration or idea that I can add to it, I take comfort in the stuff that I can do and  that relaxes me.  You can say it’s like trying to feel useful and productive, maybe. (:  And I found that lettering is like sharing about stuff of my interest in a lively, colourful and simple way.  With that, I am adding another category to this wordpress of mine DJLetters where I will share my lettering journey/blog.  Or you can follow me @djletters on Instagram where I do post more often. (:

A Cup of Tea

Remember October
When the leaves start to change their colors
A book in one hand, a cup of tea in the other
By the lake I stare out to wonder

Remember November
By the leaves, the path is covered
A book in one hand, a cup of tea in the other
By the park I sit wrapped in my sweater

Remember December
The cool wind blows the start of winter
A book in one hand, a cup of tea in the other
Cold and alone, I wait for Spring and wonder

10.17.14 06:33
©djklmnopi

A Little Garden and a Vast Sky

A little garden in which to walk, and immensity in which to dream. At one’s feet that which can be cultivated and plucked; over head that which one can study and meditate upon: some flowers on earth, and all the stars in the sky.
~ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Makes Me Happy

A good read and a good breakfast in the morning is ❤️. A relaxed mind and a satisfied tummy makes me happy. No rush.

Breakfast and Book, makes sense to me. 😉

How about you? What makes you happy? (:

The most beautiful of altars…

The most beautiful of altars is the soul of an unhappy creature consoled and thanking God.
~ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

What Do You Fear?

Let us never fear robbers nor murderers. Those are dangers from without, petty dangers. Let us fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices are the real murderers. The great dangers lie within ourselves. What matters it what threatens our head or our purse! Let us think only of that which threatens our soul.
~ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

to fix its gaze upon a Star…

… to transform the grief which gazes upon a grave by showing him the grief which fixes it’s gaze upon a star.
~ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Wise Words from Thorin

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

Thorin of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Words that Tugged at My Heartstrings

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“It’s just that sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.” ~ Bill

“… We accept the love we think we deserve.” ~ Bill

“Not everyone has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it’s no excuse.” ~ Charlie’s Dad

“I just think it’s bad when a boy looks at a girl & thinks that the way he sees the girl is better than the girl actually is.”  ~ Charlie

“I don’t know if it’s better to be close w/ your daughter or make sure that she has a better life than you do.” ~ Charlie

“I feel great! I really mean it. I have to remember this for the next time I’m having a terrible week.”  ~ Charlie

“She really did look sad, and I wished I could have made her feel better, but sometimes, I guess you just can’t.” ~ Charlie (on Sam)

“But because things change. And friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.”  ~ Charlie

“every person has to live for his or her own life and then make the choice to share it with other people. Maybe that is what makes people ‘participate.’” ~ Charlie

“Because I guess we all forget sometimes. And I think everyone is special in their own way.” ~ Charlie

“She wasn’t bitter. She was sad, though. But it was a hopeful kind of sad. The kind of sad that just takes time.” ~ Charlie (on Sam)

“You can’t just sit there & put everybody’s lives ahead of yours & think that counts as love. You just can’t. You have to do things.” ~ Sam (talking to Charlie)

“I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.” ~ Charlie

“And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have.” ~ Charlie

“Maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there… Because it’s okay to feel things. And be who you are about them.” ~ Charlie

“Please believe that things are good with me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough.” ~ Charlie

Cultivate The Seed Planted In You

I’m reading this book by Francis J. Kong entitled “Just When You Think You Can’t Do It… Do it!”  It’s a compilation of his essays.  Aside from getting this book at a super price-off (20 pesos for a 560pesos book, hardbound!), I’m loving his essays!  Inspiring, encouraging and above all, a constant reminder of how God works in our lives.

At one he talked about a musician, actually he talked a lot about musicians – their passion, their discipline, their perseverance, and how they value their God-given talent (in spite of their situation) and use it to bring glory to our Lord.  It made me think about my own God-given talent.

It can be hard to know which is which because we often confuse the want-to-be’s with the talent that we really have, and it doesn’t help when you feel talentless at all, because you think talent is just about singing, playing an instrument, acting, drawing or painting.  Talent is anything that you are good with; and with discipline, practice, perseverance and the right heart and attitude, you can excel in.  It can be in public speaking, in academics, in understanding people, in counseling, in writing, in hair-dressing, in sewing, in cooking, in baking, in interacting with children, in teaching, the field is soooo wide we all have our own space and mark to make.  The sad thing is, not everyone of us realizes that, and not everyone of us aim for it.  And some even see their God-given talent as a burden, as a job.  We seem to want what others already have and neglect the talent-seed planted by God in us.

It’s about time we know what we’re made of, know what we’re capable of, cultivate our God-given talent and use it to glorify our Lord.

Because of what I got to read last night, I am in the process of once and for all determining where I can excel and to work on it. (:  Writing is sure to be in the list.  Daydreaming?  Will that be counted?  And i really have to take playing the guitar seriously, no more shortcuts, as it is an offering and service for our Lord.  Go!  Fighto-o!