My first duty as a Private Nurse

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August 30,2016
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.

God bless you!

God will lead a man to you

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Ladies, it's not your job to catch a man
"Ladies: It's not your job to catch a man.
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.

God bless!

Charm is deceptive

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a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised."
Proverbs 31:30

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.

Whenever you're in doubt, fix your eyes on Jesus.

God bless you!

Haggai: Put God first

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put God first and everything will follow
"Put God first and everything will follow."

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.

Haggai 1:2-4
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?

Haggai 1:9
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?"

Haggai 1:13
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.

Continue being faithful in Him!

God bless you!

13 Bible Verses about Love

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What is love? You probably have been asked this question multiple times, but do you know what the bible says about love?

Here are some scriptures from the Bible that talks about love:

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:31

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Romans 12:9

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:13

Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Romans 13:10

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease;
where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8

We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Colossians 3:14

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.
Proverbs 10:12

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:10

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7

We are loved by a perfect God, therefore, His love is perfect.

God bless!

Give it to God

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Give Him all your worries.
Give it to God and go to sleep
"Give it to God and go to sleep."

Are you in a problematic situation right now? Philippians 4:6 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

We just have to commit all our worries and cares to Him. Lay all your burdens and let Him carry it for you.

Just pray and read His words daily, because God is bigger than any of your problems. Trust in Him.

God bless!

Do not fear, I will help you

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Are you always anxious?
do not fear, I am with you
"For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you."
Isaiah 41:13

In this verse, God is assuring us that He will be with us in our every step, but we just have to let Him lead. 

Let Him take your right hand and follow Him as He guide you, and He will help you in everything. This is one of God's wonderful promises! 

So if you are stuck in a hard situation, just relax and call unto Him for help. He will surely rescue you.

God bless!

The hands that made the stars

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Did you know that there are an average of 100 billion stars per galaxy?
the maker of the stars holds your heart
The hands that made the stars are holding your heart.

Multiply that 100 billion stars to about 10 billion galaxies existing in the universe (you can do the math), the numbers are incredibly massive!

That's how great our God is! And here we are, constantly worrying about our life, our future.

Do we really know what kind of God we serve?

"But Zion said, The Lord has forsaken me;
my Lord has forgotten me.
Can a woman forget her nursing child,
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.
Isaiah 49:14-16

He loves you and He knows your needs. So stop worrying! Whenever you feel like there is no hope, just look up and remember that the maker of the stars is your Father and He loves you.

God bless you!

I put my trust in You

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If you are in great distress right now, take time to read and reflect on this verse.
put your trust in the Lord
"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?"
Psalm 56:3-4

Psalms 56 was written when David was seized by the Philistines in Gath.
Instead of panicking, he trusted the Lord. He knew that he is the hands of a mighty God.

So if you are trapped inside tough circumstances, just cling on to Him.
Trust and have faith in the Lord.
Do not be afraid.

God bless you!

12 Bible Verses for Encouragement

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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.”
Deuteronomy 31:8

"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."
Isaiah 41:10

"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."
John 14:27

"I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken."
Psalm 16:8

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,
whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your faith
produces perseverance."
James 1:2-3

"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."
Philippians 4:6-7

"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?"
Psalm 56:3-4

"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."
Psalm 34:17-18

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened 
and I will give you rest." 
Matthew 11:28 

"What, then, shall we say in response to these things? 
If God is for us,who can be against us?" 
Romans 8:31

"You are my hiding place;you will protect me from trouble 
and surround me with songs of deliverance." 
Psalm 32:7 

"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; 
He will never let the righteous be shaken." 
Psalm 55:22 

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.

Thank you for watching! God bless you!

Stand firm in your faith

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It is tough being a Christian. Everyday, you are in war with the enemy. This is because when you become closer to God, Satan works overtime to destroy that relationship.
stand firm in your faith
"the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. If you do not stand firm in your faith, then you will not stand at all."
Isaiah 7:9

Being a Christian does not mean that you will live a life in a bed of roses. It means that even if you undergo trials in life, you will still trust the Lord and believe that He is in control. 

So if you feel like giving up, Stand Up! You are part of God's army. Face the enemy with confidence because God is on your side.

Onward Christian Soldier! God bless you!

Dance like David

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"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.
dance like David
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."

Therefore, Dance for Him.
Play for Him.
Sing for Him.
Because you are made by Him.
And you are greatly loved by Him

God bless you!

Life in Saudi

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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.
life in saudi
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.
working as a nurse in saudi
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".
nurse in saudi
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!).
nurse in saudi
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.

Note: the first step through your journey is taking the Licensing Exam of Saudi Council.
You can click this link for the process: Complete Guide on how to apply for a Saudi Prometric Exam

God bless you!

Purpose of marriage

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Marriage is a gift from God which must be treasured.
The ultimate purpose of marriage is not to make us happy
but to glorify God.
Glorify God in your marriage
To avoid marrying for wrong reasons, you must first be happy in your singleness.
Until then, God will show you the person He created solely for you.
Keep praying for that person.

God bless you!

God centered relationship.

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God should be the center of all relationships, because God is love.
A God centered relationship is worth the wait.
It will be worth the wait
Before you date someone, ask the Lord for His guidance and approval.
Pray for the person that God has in store for you.
Trust that even if it takes time, it will be all worth the wait.

God bless you!

I will be with you

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Always be confident because God is with you!
God is with you always
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you."
Isaiah 43:2

God bless you.

He can make you whole

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Hardships and trials are part of our daily lives.
At some point, the problems multiply and breaks us.
When this happen, just trust in Him.
God can make you whole
He can make you whole no matter what is broken in you.

Trust that he has a purpose, and that He can mend anything that is broken in your life.
Just give your life to Him.

God bless you!