Prayer Time

Mama left for Singapore early this morning and she’ll be back on November 8. As usual, we prayed together before she left. Mama was about to start the prayer when Papa said, “Okay, Jas, lead the prayer.”

Oooh, that was something new. Mama seconded that I lead the family in prayer. She told me to pray for her.

Yes, of course, I thought.

Then she said, “Pray also for the patience of all of you here at home.”

And so I prayed. I prayed for Mama’s safety and fulfillment on her travel. Then I prayed for a productive weekend for all of us left at home. I hesitated to pray for more patience, concerned that they might get offended. I wanted to pray for more love at home, but I held back my words. It was kind of awkward to say it aloud. I mean, how would everyone react if they hear the phrase more love at home? (We don’t usually talk about love at home hehe.)

The prayer ended without me saying all that I wanted to lift up to God in prayer. Oh, next prayer time if I’ll be asked to lead again, I hope I could say my prayer without reservations. 🙂


Upon writing this, I realized we should start talking about love little by little so that it won’t keep on being a taboo inside our home. Maybe by saying and hearing the word love more often, we could be able to express our love for each other more naturally. Oh yeah! HAHA


Quality Time

If I will be asked what I truly desire right now, it is quality time with my family. We lack that. We often have no time for each other. I, too, am guilty. Yeah. I just wish we could be together and spend real time with each other, share and listen to each other’s stories, sing songs, dream dreams, exchange smiles and hugs and kisses, dine together, play fun games, and do just anything together. It seems impossible right now but I know this will surely happen in God’s time. Yes, please, Lord Jesus, fill our family with love. Amen.


Hallelujah Psalm

Psalm 146

Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

I will praise the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes,
    in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
    on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
    the sea, and everything in them—
    he remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
    and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
    the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
    the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner
    and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
    but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reigns forever,
    your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord.

Imagine for a moment what your life would be like if it were a hallelujah psalm. If every day began and ended for you in the praise of God. If the departure point of everything you did and the goal of every activity were to bring praise to God. Imagine what would happen to your work, your relationships, your home, your leisure time if all these things were enfolded in the praise of God and if you recognized in these things a beautiful opportunity to proclaim God’s praise. What would our world be like if all of us made praise of God our highest priority?

-Roger Scholtz, The Upper Room Disciplines 2015


Right now

Dear Jesus,

You have poured out Your love for us when You shed Your blood on the cross 2000 years ago. Thank You for Your love. Now, I pray once again that You may fill us with Your love, Lord. Fill our family with love for each other. Fill our home with love that comes from You. May we all taste and experience the goodness of Your love and grace. May we let each other experience Your love, mercy and grace. May we be a family that seeks You and delights in doing Your will. May we praise and worship and serve You together as a family. This is my heart’s greatest desire now, Lord – that we, Crismo family, would come together to know You more and love and serve You and each other more and more each day. May You grant this desire of my heart, Lord Jesus. Thank You for Your love, for this life, and for our family. I love You, Jesus. Thank You for loving me. Amen.


May liwanag ang buhay :)

Paminsan-minsan, nawiwili tayong piliin ang dilim kaysa liwanag. Kasi doon, hindi tayo makikita. Hindi mae-expose ang mga mali nating ginagawa. Walang sisita sa atin. Hanggang sa nasasanay na tayong magtago at mamuhay sa dilim.

Pero hindi yun ang gusto ng Diyos para sa atin. Gusto ng Diyos na magkaroon tayo ng buhay na ganap at kasiya-siya. Gusto Niya tayong mamuhay sa liwanag. Kaya nga Siya pumunta sa mundo para bigyan tayo ng liwanag. Hindi para silawin lang tayo sa ningning Niya. Hindi para konsensyahin lang tayo sa mga mali nating nagawa. Dumating ang Diyos para ialis tayo sa dilim at dalhin tayo sa liwanag. Dahil gusto Niya tayong iligtas sa kasamaan at sa kamatayan. Dumating ang Diyos dahil gusto Niya tayong mapabuti. Gusto Niya tayong mabuhay ng ganap dito sa mundo at mabuhay nang walang hanggan sa langit kapiling Niya. 🙂

Ngayong ang Diyos na mismo ang gumawa ng paraan para mapalapit sa atin, pipiliin pa rin ba natin ang dilim kaysa sa liwanag?

Sana, gaya ni Bartimaeus, gustuhin din nating makakita. 🙂

see the Light


I Will Never Pursue You

“Maybe I’m beginning to like you a lot
But I will never pursue you.”

Sorry sa pagma-manipulate ko ng mga bagay-bagay.

Lord, please keep my heart pure. Let me pursue only You.


Maybe I’m beginning to like you a lot,
but I will never pursue you.
Around me, I’m tempted by all these pawns
calling me to use them,
looking me in the eye, saying
maybe you and I can ”accidentally” bump into each other in a coffee shop;
maybe we can schedule “friendly dates” with a bunch of conniving friends;
maybe I can start “innocent” topics with you over that gleaming chat box,
ask you things that no one would brand as bad,
I can even send you “wrong sends.”
But even this early, I realized
that albeit pawns are the most numerous pieces in a game,
at the end of the day,
they are but
the weakest.


Don’t get me wrong -
I want to be with you.
Just to get to know you more,
I am ready to manipulate
so many things -

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