Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect. Alan Cohen
I have to apologize for the long hiatus and for not being able to reply to your questions both here and in my email. Things have been busy lately and this year has been quite a roller coaster ride. :)
I am just so excited to post more and share about God's goodness on this blog now that I have more free time to do so.
I know everyone is busy preparing for the coming new year. Families get together with food and fruits in the table. People are preparing their lists of New Year's resolutions and promises.
With all these going on, I would just like to remind everyone that we must give time to our Lord and lift up our plans to Him. Yes, a new year is a new beginning, but God is the God of beginnings. He can restore and renew our lives whatever year, month, or day it is.
Isn't God so amazing?
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22
May God bless you and your family this coming 2017!
Don't compare yourself to others who call themselves Christians.
Compare yourself to Scripture.
In this present time, the term 'Christian' has become more of a classification rather than a character. Being a follower of Christ in this modern society has truly become a tough road to tackle. But with the strength coming from God, all of the hurdles in life can be easily overcome.
The world might have set a standard of Christianity, but always remember to test everything you hear with the word of God. The Bible is our instruction manual on how to live our life here on earth, so we must mold ourselves with God's words and and not with what others tells us.
There are times, when we feel like we are drowning in a deep crisis, we find it impossible to survive. We even feel hopeless and just succumb to the storms of life.
But we have to remind ourselves that we have a great and mighty God who can deliver us and save us from troubled waters. He is our rock and our source of strength. Just cry out unto Him and He will answer your prayers.
Jesus loves you. Regardless of who you are and what you've done, He will always love you.
It's currently 2:30 pm and I am trying my very best to sleep because later, at 7 pm, I'll be having my very first duty as a private nurse here in the Philippines. I know some of you might be wondering why I decided to try this new career path, given the fact that I already worked abroad. Well, frankly, I don't know if I would like to go back to the middle east, I'd rather stay here in my hometown with my family rather than working outside of the country again.
A little background: It has been almost 6 months since I stopped working and when I started to think of applying to hospitals here, a friend of mine told me that an organization for private duty nurses were looking for available nurses, so my friends and I decided to try it. There were three of us, and we were called last Saturday for an observation duty. After a couple of days we just received a text message for our first duty schedule, which is today. Weee!
August 31, 2016
I am supposed to be back this evening for my shift, but unfortunately the patient expired in the afternoon. :( When I left, his BP was already 50/40 and his HR went up to 170 bpm. He is in a DNR status and the family is fully aware of his worsening condition. I prayed for him silently while I was caring for him. He was still young, a 47 year old businessman with no wife or children. As cliche sounding as it may be, I realized that life is really too short. I am grateful for this opportunity to learn and to appreciate the life that God has given me.
Friends, only God holds our future. Some of us are so preoccupied with studies, work, relationships and all, that we forget to give our time to Him.
Luke 12:20 "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'
This verse shows that our soul is more important than the things here on earth, all your worldly possessions will not earn you a place in heaven. God loves you and He has given you salvation for free, you just need to accept Him as your personal Lord and Saviour.
If you are reading this at this moment, before you do anything, examine your life. When was the last time you read the Bible? When did you last prayed and talked to God?
You are loved by an amazing God. Give time for him.
It's your job to serve God until he leads a man to you."
I see this quote a lot in the internet and it simply reminds me, and all the ladies out there to wait in the Lord for a God given partner.
But have you ever attended a wedding and you realize that you are the only unmarried person in your circle of friends, and you still don't have a boyfriend.
Do you know that feeling? haha
Anyhow, whenever that happens, I remind myself that as a Christian, I must trust that God has already planned everything for me. He holds my future, so God already knows who the man is and when we'll meet (or maybe I already met him), I just need to let God control my life.
To all the ladies and the gentlemen reading: Stop worrying about your future wife or husband.
Remember, God made you and while making you, He already thought of a perfect partner for you.
Just rejoice and glorify God while waiting. Be active in your church, workplace or community, serve God in any way you can.
And when he/she comes, in God's perfect time, you will be glad that you waited.
There are a lot of women who battle insecurities everyday, this is because of the superficial concept of beauty standardized by the world.
We are often judged by the color of our skin, the flawlessness of our face, the type of clothes and shoes we wear, the measure of our weight, and the list goes on.
But God said in this verse, that everything we see in the outward appearance is deceiving and temporary. Which is very true, because when we get older our bodies change, beauty isn't forever.
However, our inner beauty, our character as a Godly woman will forever be etched in people's heart. This will never fade away.
I know it is hard to battle discontentment in a world full of lies. I, for one, have been bullied because of my skin color when I was younger. In the Philippines, if you have dark skin tone, you are considered unattractive. (I guess this also applies for other Asian countries.)
I struggled a lot, but with the help of the Lord, I was able to overcome my low self-esteem and insecurities. I praise and thank the Lord for a wonderful mother who was always there to remind me what real beauty is.
So to all the girls and ladies out there, remember to root your identity in Christ, and do not be fooled by the enemy's false accusations that you are not beautiful enough.
What is your priority in life? This was the first question I asked during our Bible Study last Friday, and by the way, it was my first time leading a bible study group (Yay!).
But before I continue, let me tell you that I did not enroll in a Bible college or studied theology, so everything that I say here is my own interpretation of the verses. I also did some reading and research just to be able to know more about the book.
Anyway, just to give you a small overview, Haggai was a prophet that was sent to Jerusalem in 520 B.C. This book was a collection of God's messages to the the people after they returned from exile. The Jews were actually held captive by the Babylonians for quite a long time. So when they returned, they were busy restoring their city.
2 This is what the Lord Almighty says: "These people say, The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house."
3 Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai:
4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
On Verse 2, the Lord already knew what the people were thinking and saying. The people were more concerned on their own houses more than the house of God. That also means that God already knows what our excuses are, our reasons, in other words, He knows our hearts.
Haggai 1:5-6 5 Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.
6 You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”
In this part, God asked them to think about their ways. Their misplaced priority has caused God to withhold their blessings. Have you ever stopped and examine your life? Did you ever feel like all your hard work doesn't pay off?
9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.
There is nothing wrong in being a hardworking person. It becomes wrong, when you put your work first before God. Human beings are selfish by nature.
When we achieve something, we do not settle and just be contented. Instead, we strive harder and try to reach the next step. Sadly, in that process, we sometimes forget God. We fix our attention to our goals and dreams in life that we set aside God.
Prioritizing God doesn't mean we must leave our work, businesses, or studies and just focus in Church alone. What He wants is for Him to be honored and glorify in your life. Every moment of your life, you must think of Him first before deciding anything.
I know some of the workaholics there would be asking, "If I focus on the Lord, will I still be able to earn? to eat? to live?"
13 Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: “I am with you,” declares the Lord.
In this verse, the Lord is simply saying that if you fix your eyes on Him, He will be with you, He will bless you. He will not just provide for you, but He will give you the best.
There are times when we feel like giving up due to the problems we have in our life. It might be because of our work, studies, family issues, health problems, relationships, or anything that causes stress in our life.
If you are in one of these situations, do not fret, God is with you. You just have to listen to Him and read His words.
Here are 12 scriptures in the Bible that will uplift your spirit and encourage you when you are in troubled waters:
"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you;
He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
"So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
"I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken."
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,
whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your faith
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?"
"The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened
and I will give you rest."
"What, then, shall we say in response to these things?
If God is for us,who can be against us?"
"You are my hiding place;you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance."
"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you;
He will never let the righteous be shaken."
I hope you got blessed by reading His words of love for you. Just keep on praying and continue trusting in Him. He has great plans for you.
"Then David danced before the Lord with all his might;
and David was wearing a linen ephod."
2 Samuel 6:14
During that moment, David was so overwhelmed with joy because the Ark of God was returned to Jerusalem. The verse said that David danced before God with all his might. This means that he was jumping, leaping, whirling and rejoicing with all his strength, to the extent that his wife, Michal, who saw him dancing detested his actions.
2 Samuel 6:16 "Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart."
2 Samuel 6:20 "Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, “How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!"
She ridiculed him and pointed out that he acted like he was a commoner. Michal, as a King's daughter, believed that his dancing was improper and not honorable. However, David stood firm in his faith. He still declared that he will dance and play for the Lord because he owe everything that he has to Him.
2 Samuel 6:21-22 So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord. And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.”
He even added that he will even look foolish in the future when praising the Lord, but his fellow believers will still look at him with dignity because they know that he danced for God.
When the spirit of the Lord comes upon my heart
I will dance like David danced.
Have you felt the spirit of God?
Did you ever danced like David?
Did someone criticized you like Michal?
When the presence of God prompts you to dance to express your love and gratitude for Him, just do it. Do not think of the people around you, because it is just between you and the Lord. You are made to glorify Him, so fulfill that purpose. Show your humility and reverence like David and God will bless you endlessly. Let God be the judge of those who make fun of you.
2 Samuel 6:23 "Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death."
The meager income of jobs here in the Philippines has pushed a lot of Filipinos to look for opportunities outside the country. This modern diaspora was mainly driven by the low economic status of our nation. This is why nurses, who are in demand in other countries, opt to work overseas for them to be able to give their families a better life.
The Middle East, specifically Saudi Arabia, remained the top destination of Pinoys in the past years. The flourishing economy of Saudi and their need for workforce, especially in healthcare, have made it easier for Filipinos to secure employment in the Kingdom. Furthermore, the income is tax-free and most of the employers in Saudi offer free accommodation and transportation for their employees, which made it more inviting for job seekers.
I, for one, had the opportunity working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I worked there as a staff nurse for two and a half years. It was not an easy job. I even do work outside of my scope. My colleagues and I would usually joke that we are not just nurses, we can also be the cleaner, the secretary, the pharmacist, the medical technician, the security guard, the receptionist and sometimes, the doctor.
If you have worked in Saudi, you might know what I mean. But to those wondering, I was simply saying that nurses are usually considered as the utility man or all-around workers back there. We serve as pawns to raging patients and the receiving end of blames. Trust me, whenever there's something wrong, you would always here them say "hada mamarida", which means "that nurse".
Working there was truly a test of patience, I learned how to deal with different kinds of personalities and I became more understanding and nurturing to the people around me. It was also a test of faith since Christian churches are not allowed there. However, there are secret churches where I usually attend. My fellow church members became my family there. I can't even describe how much help and comfort they gave me during my home sick moments. It is truly a blessing to have Christian friends in times of difficulties.
Albeit hard, I can't really say that I did not enjoy my stay there. There are places that I could go to when I want to rest and unwind. My favorite spots were the red sea, Al-shalal theme park, and sight seeing with cable cars in Taif. I also do retail therapy (shopping!) when stressed, especially when stores are on sale during Ramadan and Hajj. Clothing items can go down up to 10 Saudi Riyals each (for real!).
All things considered, I can say that my stay in Saudi was worthwhile. It did not only help me to become a better nurse, but it also molded me to be a better Christian.
So for those nurses who are planning to work in Saudi Arabia, ask the Lord for guidance and His will. And remember to always be the Christian who will shine the light of Jesus.
I know there are times were you feel like you are all alone.
At times, you do not even know what to do when you are in a difficult situation,
but God said not to be anxious.
Just pray and lift up everything to Him.
He will take care of it, just trust Him.
God is in control. Do not worry.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Presently, a lot of Filipino nurses are having difficulties on applying for a Saudi Prometric Exam because of the changes made by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS). When I scheduled my exam years ago, you only have to vistit the Prometric Site. However, in the new process, nurses are required to have an eligibility number before scheduling the exam. This revision of policy allowed them to screen first the candidates before permitting them to take the exam.
With reference to this matter, I have decided to make a blog post on how to get an eligibility number for a Prometric exam (Saudi Licensing Exam) to help my fellow Filipino nurses.
I. Acquiring your Eligibility Number(I highly recommend using a desktop/laptop, web browsing in phone might cause you problems during the process.)
1. First and foremost, go to the SCFHS website, click the box for E-Services, then click Mumaris > Practitioners > Create Eligibility Number for Applicant from outside KSA. Then, read the instructions and click the link given at the end. Click here for the same link(Note: the url address may vary from time to time).
2. On the Mumaris System home page. Click Practitioner New Account to create your new account. Read the general instructions carefully, then click Done to proceed. Afterwards, answer the questions on the site. Do you have a SCFHS Professional Registration Card? - No. Are you applying from out side KSA? - Yes.
3. The process from here onwards are pretty much easy and straightforward. There's no need to fill up the entries for arabic language (ARA). Just make sure that you fill in the necessary information, especially those marked with a red star. Also, the site will automatically generate the Hijri dates (Islamic Calendar) for you, so no need to stress about that. After reviewing your information, click Proceed.
4. You will then receive an activation link from SCFHS on your email address. Click the link and follow the instructions. At this moment, you just have to continue filling out the forms and uploading essential documents. If you are experiencing difficulties, refer to this PDF file by SCFHS for step by step instructions.
5. You can now start uploading your documents (your files must be attached in PDF and photos in JPEG that does not exceed 1 mb). Mentioned hereunder are the required documents:
Qualifications Certificate (College Diploma)
Experience Certificate (Certificate of Employment)
Board Certificate, Board Rating, PRC License ID
Academic Transcript / Log Book / Training Program Content (TOR and RLE)
Passport Copy (PDF)
Passport sized Photo in white background (JPEG)
6. After uploading all the needed documents, just wait for their response which will be sent on your email address. The email will contain 2 numbers, one is your eligibility ID and the other one is the verification code for your Data Flow Registration. (Note: Please click the link on your email directly to avoid errors such as "Eligibility ID does not exist or is already used.")
II. Scheduling your Exam(Prometric or Pearson Vue Test Center)
The computer based licensing examination can now be taken in two testing centers (Prometric and Pearson Vue).
When you receive your eligibility number and the link sends you to Prometricwebsite, just follow the instructions below.
1.2 On Step 1: Select your program, select Academic, Professional Licensure & Certification, Government, and Corporate Programs, then choose Saudi Licensing Examination. On Step 2: Select your region, choose Philippines.
1.3 On the next page, select schedule an appointment, then click Next, afterwards review the policy and then select I agree.
1.4 You then need to provide the Eligibility ID number that was sent to you and type the first 4 letters of your Last Name.
1.5 After that, you can now choose your desired test location and dates. Here are the locations of Prometric Test Centers in the Philippines:
#8475 & #8479 | 2/F Ateneo Professional Schools, 130 HV Dela Costa St. Salcedo Village, Makati City. In Manila, exams are on Tuesdays until Fridays.
#8473| Cebu City Int'l Stc, C/O Train, Educ & Dec Cons Inc Suite 308, Centro Maximo D Jakosalem Street, Cebu City. In Cebu, exams are on Mondays 'til Thursdays.
1.6 After choosing your test schedule, proceed to the payment of the exam which is currently $90 or $100 (please update me if you know the exact price). Fill in the details of your credit card and click Complete Registration.
However, if you are sent to the Pearson Vue website, do not worry. The process of booking the exam is quite similar.
2.1 Sign-in with the login credentials you are given on your email. (you do not need to create a new account in the Pearson Vue website).
2.2 Schedule your examination date. Test locations of Pearson Vue Test Centers in Philippines:
MISNet Education, Inc.-Manila, Philippines| Unit 2201 Antel Corporate 2000 Centre, 121 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City 1227
Pearson Professional Centers-Manila, Philippines| 27th Floor, Trident Tower, 312 Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City 1227
MISNet Education Inc. - Cebu City| Unit 401 Don A.Gothong Centre (Sugbutel), Sergio Osmeña Boulevard, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City 600
2.3 After paying the exam fee ($80 in Saudi Arabia and $100 in any other country), you will receive a confirmation email (within 48 hours). If any information is incorrect, you can call at 800 844 3692 (if you are in Saudi Arabia) and at +971 4 453 5380 (International Calls) between 08:30 and 17:00 UAE time, Sunday to Thursday, excluding Fridays, Saturdays and UAE Holidays or email them.
2.4 If everything is good, print the booking confirmation and bring it with you together with your valid ID or passport on the day of your exam.
What to review?
Here are the study reference they posted on their website:
Student Workbook and Resource Guide for Olds' Maternal-Newborn Nursing and Women's Health Across the Lifespan by Michele W Davidson RN Ph.D. CNM, Latest Edition.
Olds' Maternal-Newborn Nursing and Women's Health Across the Lifespan, by Michele R. Davidson, Latest Edition.
NCLEX-RN® Maternal-Neonatal Nursing Made Incredibly Easy by Lippincott, Latest Edition.
All-In-One Care Planning Resource, By Swearinger, Elsevier, Latest Edition.
Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Latest Edition.
Nursing Assistant: A nursing Process Approach, Hegner, Acella and Caldwell, Delmar, Latest Edition.
Care of the Patient in Surgery, By Rothrock, Elsevier, Latest Edition.
Fundamentals of Nursing: Standards and Practice, Delmar, Latest Edition.
Brunner and Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Latest Edition.
Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing (Hockenbury, M.J. and Wilson ,D) Missouri: Mosby, Latest Edition.
Essentials of Pediatric Nursing (Kyle,T. and Carman,S.). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Latest Edition.
The exam is 100 items Multiple Choice Questions that can be answered within 2 and a half hours. That means you have to allot 1.5 mins per question when answering the exam
The content/topics are:
1. Fundamentals - 24%
2. Medical - 19%
3. Surgical - 18%
4. Pediatrics - 16%
5. Community - 13%
6. Obstetrics and Gynecology - 10%
Avoid duplicate accounts, you can only use your email and mobile number in one account.
Please be patient in waiting for your eligibility number, it might take a week or even a month.
The type of exam will be chosen by the SCHFS (Nurse Specialist Exam is usually harder than the Nurse Technician Exam)
On the day of examination, please bring a print out of your confirmation letter and don't forget your ID.
And most importantly, PRAY! God has planted the desire on your heart to go abroad and that means He has purpose for you there. Pray in every step of your journey and ask God for guidance. To the one reading, I pray that and declare the victory in your exam in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, Amen and Amen!
Hi! Let me share this wonderful verse with you guys.
"And my God shall supply all your needs according to His Riches and Glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
I know some of you out there are undergoing financial constraints. But always remember, we have a big God that can give us what we need. All you have to do is ask. If that is you, I pray for financial breakthrough in your life. I pray that you overcome any monetary problems that you have right now. I claim that the gates of heaven open and pour out blessings upon blessings in your life. In Jesus' Name, Amen!