It’s been a long night. A lot of my friends and relatives saw the video of my interview last night. Come to think of it, I didn’t even tell them that there was a segment called Magic ng Pasko. I got hundreds of likes and several comments on the album I posted there. A generous friend took shots of the video and sent the photos to me. It was the first episode in a series I think this Christmas season. Here’s the hashtag that the GMA network used in this segment.
They uploaded it on YouTube. It was done though in Tagalog so most of you won’t probably understand what’s been said. Anyway, I am posting it here for you to see. Not registering so well on TV I think, body fats are aplenty… haha!
Some say they got inspired by the story. Some say they admire the strength I had facing such a predicament. Some say they admire my faith amidst such trials. I say that God’s graces are immeasurable. I think of what happened as a test of strength, how far one can endure, how far one can go on and how far one can let the magic of Christmas stay alive in our hearts. It’s been seven long years and I know I am healed.
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Posted in blessings, blogging, Happy Birthday Mama Mary, inspiration, silence speaks, tagged blog stats, blogging, Closer to God, Faith, Happy Birthday Mama Mary, life, Mama Mary, Mama Mary's birthday on September 9, 2016 |
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I hope it is not too late to say “happy birthday Mama Mary”.
For those of you who read my blog regularly, you might have noticed that since 2011, I’ve been getting upward spike every time I blog about Mama Mary’s birthday and the bulk of views comes from my country. I love Mama Mary. Yes, every September 7 and September 8, I get notifications from WordPress. Last year was the highest so far with a total of 4,893 in one day alone.
WordPress has sent me notifications since the other day and again I am amazed by the amount of views I got until this morning. This one is the latest so far with this message:
Your blog, DREAMS AND ESCAPES, appears to be getting more traffic than usual! 303 hourly views – 6 hourly views on average
A spike in your stats.
Your blog, DREAMS AND ESCAPES, appears to be getting more traffic than usual! 303 hourly views – 6 hourly views on average A spike in your stats
Translated into numbers, I got 2,020 views the other day and 2,713 views as of this morning. It is still moving upward. Thank you Mama Mary, my blog posts about you are instrumental in these numbers.
May you all be touched with everyday blessings.
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Posted in book reviews, books, Closer to God, Faith, Goodreads' 2016 Reading Challenge, journeys, life, literature and Fiction, rainy days, reading, thoughts, tagged books, Closer to God, Faith, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, literature and Fiction, silence speaks, thoughts on August 8, 2016 |
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It’s a wet and cold morning and it’s been raining on and off since the start of the weekend. Hanging habagat (southwest monsoon) is definitely here. It was a busy weekend though. It’s a good thing we were able to finish some gardening chores early.
When you are forced to stay at home because of the weather, you either keep busy or you relax to your heart’s content. I did both…haha! Aside from gardening, I was able to find time to read two books over the weekend and to watch two movies on YouTube. Yes, you heard it right. For the first time in so many years, I caught myself finding some inspirational movies that would lift the soul and strengthen faith. The Song of Bernadette did just that. I could not remember the last time I watched this movie. I found a version in Blu-Ray. The Song of Bernadette is a 1943 drama film that tells the story of Bernadette Soubirous, a young visionary of Lourdes who later became a saint. From February to July 1858 in Lourdes, France, she reported eighteen visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This film is based on the true story of Bernadette Soubirous, and adapted from the book written by Franz Werfel. What a lovely, lovely way to spend two hours straight infront of my computer and see this film.
Lately, I was lucky enough to find more books on faith and redemption and how beautiful life could be despite the treacherous journey and the unfaithfulness of mankind. Alicia Ruggieri is new on my list of authors and I like her writing style. She writes grace-filled and Christ-centered fiction. If you have time, try to read her A Time of Grace trilogy. The first book made me really cry and think of life, it’s beauty and its angst. The Fragrance of Geraniums is such a beautiful book. I am in the middle of reading the second one entitled All Our Empty Places which picks up the story where it left off in the first one. I wonder if I’ll be able to find the third and the concluding book in the trilogy. I am not really into trilogies but this one is worth it. There are those stories that make you feel they’re real and you get into them like you would a story of a friend or yours, you feel the sadness, the triumphs and the pain. You feel that hope is not a dead thing but a journey that makes you look forward to another day.
A friend suggested another writer and poet. The blog is truly inspiring. I searched the link. You may visit it here.
It’s raining still and I am caught with these words, we are all special in God’s eyes. God’s grace overflows.
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Posted in book review, books, Goodreads' 2016 Reading Challenge, life, quotes, reading, tagged book review, books, Closer to God, inspirational, life, prayers, quotes, reading on July 29, 2016 |
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If there is a rating more than five stars, I’ll give this book a six. It’s one of the best books I’ve read to date, my 70th out of the 100 books I challenged myself to finish for Goodread’s 2016 Reading Challenge. I am afraid my review would not be enough to describe the beauty of this book, how well-written it is so I won’t even attempt to write one. Suffice to say, this book is beautiful, inspiring, awesome…..beautiful, inspiring, awesome. Truly a masterpiece. Lisa Wingate is a gifted writer.
I didn’t know I was on the last page when I read these lines.
“None can contain the magnificence of a wave kissing sand or the perfect spiral of a shell drying translucent in the sun or the fire of morning over endless water.
Or the beauty of a hummingbird as it hovers just an arm’s length away, mysteriously out of season on the day before Thanksgiving, it’s wings stroking air,rapid, invisible, powerful. Frozen in time for only an instant.
And then it flies away, growing smaller and smaller against the blue of an endless sky. Until finally it disappears into heaven.”
There are so many lovely quotes that I found in this book that I copied to my journal. The prayer box reminds me of another blog post I wrote exactly a year ago. My thought box is a discarded chocolate tin which contains square scratch papers of different size and color (filled with words, quotes, single lines, messages and reminders) which I have to sort out again whereas the prayer box is a treasure trove of inspiring words and letters religiously documented over the years.
When a book touches you where it matters the most, it is certainly a winner.
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