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The things we do for our sisters

Earlier today, before leaving for church, I asked ate for money (I always do, the independent Tobby in me encourages me to do so.) My plan was to hand it to Jett but the kid left right after the Cell Celebration without even notifying me (yey, more money for me!) So after receiving money from her I asked if she will go out with a-person-who-must-not-be-named-anymore. She nodded. And then another question followed, "Are you and a-person-who-must-not-be-named-anymore already together?" She looked at me and said yes, while laughing (like it was a joke or something.) I laughed too (to mask my confusion), because that's what brothers do when their sister is romantically with somebody. 
I asked when she decided it was a go - that they can bring the dating thing they were doing (for quite a while I guess) to another level. She told me she wasn't particular of the date. She just signaled the green light and puff (with smokes and all) they're officially together.
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Spend time with your spiritual leaders...

...aside from God (of course), that should be established first. If you haven't yet then you need to prioritize your relationship with Him.
I have always loved talking with people - it is one of the best ways to gain insights and wisdom.
That is why I really treasure such moments I have with leaders I look up to because of the invaluable wisdom I get from just having a hearty one-on-one with them.
What you'll receive during an hour of conversation are years of experience and wisdom on discipleship, ministry building, and spirituality, condensed in these easy-to-bite nuggets of wisdom.
Consider it a plus if they'll open up about their personal lives - that can be humbling and encouraging.
So, how do you spend your time with your spiritual leaders? Do you even make it a point to ask them to make time for you out of their hectic schedules? I know it's a stretch but who knows? 
That's why I'm so grateful for the wisdom I get from my beloved leaders. 
They encourage, inspi…

What worship is not

Worship is more than listening to praise and worship songs. 
It's not even close. 
Worship is more than singing, clapping, jumping, and dancing. Just because you know every single word of the song and its beat and melody doesn't mean you're more likely to feel God's presence.
Don't equate those to worship.
Crying is not worship. And so is kneeling and beating your chest.
Worship is birthed from a heart that is surrendered to the authority of God. 
It is the outflow of gratitude and humility brought by God's undeserved grace for us.
Worship is an outward expression of an inward devotion.
It transcends actions and other visible manifestions; for the heart of worship is our heart.

Six Feet Under (S03E07)

Brenda talking about her father's passing (who died of Gastric Cancer). 

These were exactly her words to Nate:

Watching him die was like watching somebody got washed out at sea, only they're sitting right there in bed. Wave comes and takes them a little away. Another wave comes, takes them a little away. Every wave is a day. Little by little, off they, off they go.
This illustration of a loved one dying is so poignant and heartbreaking.

Bits and Pieces 008

While watching a funny TV series I kept on holding my foot as if trying to scratch something. 

After a few seconds I felt a nerve on my left foot and remembered how mama was IV'd on both her feet. 

I also recalled her doctor (way before mama's feet were IV'd) advising us to not have mama's feet IV'd. 

It transported me back to that four-cornered room with mama being hourly checked. 

The nursed had already started the first liter for mama's fast drip check. 

The plan was to administer hydration to her body so as to have her blood pressure shot up to a normal level; her BP has already dropped to an alarming level.

Bits and Pieces 007

I remembered mama crying because she needed money badly. I immediately gave her some money from my internship allowance. We were still living at Tita Lorna's place.
I also remembered mama crying when she was still in the hospital.
Potassium, when intravenously injected to ones body is very painful.
Mama was already used to the pain. But there was this one time when she cried; it wasn't Potassium. But it was excruciating to say the least.
Mama twitched in pain the very moment it entered her bloodstream.
She cried "aray, aray, aray.." and called her mother.
I fought back the tears as the nurse asked for forgiveness like they were forced to do it. But it was needed.