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I would have what I want, but I wouldn’t know “Him”

waiting = knowing more of Him


Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried:
Quietly, patiently, lovingly God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate,
And the Master so gently said,
“Child, you must wait.”
“Wait? You say, wait!” my indignant reply.
“Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is Your hand shortened? Or have You not heard?
By faith, I have asked, and am claiming Your Word.

“My future and all to which I can relate
Hangs in the balance, and You tell me to WAIT?
I’m needing a ‘Yes,’ a go-ahead sign,
Or even a ‘No’ to which I can resign.

“And Lord, You promised that if we believe
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And, Lord, I’ve been asking, and this is my cry:
‘I’m weary of asking! I need a reply!'”

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
As my Master replied once again, “You must wait.”
So, I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut
And grumbled to God, “So, I’m waiting… for what?”

He seemed, then, to kneel
And His eyes wept with mine,
And He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign,
I could shake the heavens, and darken the sun,
I could raise the dead, and cause mountains to run.

“All you seek, I could give, and pleased you would be,

You would have what you want —
But, you wouldn’t know Me.

You’d not know the depth of My love for each saint;
You’d not know the power I give to the faint;

“You’d not learn to see through the clouds of despair;
You’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m there;
You’d not know the joy of resting in Me;
When darkness and silence were all you could see.

“You’d never experience that fullness of love
As the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove;
You’d know that I give and save, for a start,
But you’d not know the depth of the beat of my heart.

“The glow of My comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight,
The depth that’s beyond getting just what you asked
Of an infinite God, who makes what you have last.

“You’d never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee,’
Yes, your dreams for your loved one overnight would come true,

But, oh, the loss if I lost what I’m doing in you!

“So, be silent, My child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me,
And though oft’ may My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still, “Wait.'”

(This poem originally appeared in
Wait: A journey to discovering the heart of God by Russell Kelfer,
and was excerpted from
Emotional Purity: An Affair of the Heart by Heather Arnel Paulsen)

Thanks to my friend, Tin, for sharing this excerpt (which eventually made me read the actual book! haha). Anyway, I believe you’ll agree with me when I say that the poem was so beautifully written, it’s unfair not to share it!

So yes, if you’re waiting for an “answer” from God, whatever that may be, I hope this poem somehow “answered” you for now. After all, nothing worth it ever comes easy in this life, so if you’re being “pruned” right now, just remember that you’re in good hands — God’s hands!

In the meantime, while you’re still waiting, take advantage and get to know more of Him. Talk to Him. PRAY! What is He trying to teach or tell you? And then LISTEN — through your heart.

I wish you well, my friend. Stay patient and strong, and God bless!!! ❤

“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
-2 Peter 3:9


Why “FAITH” is Greater Than “fate”

WARNING: This wasn’t an “easy” post,
and you may NOT want to read this.
(But that doesn’t mean you don’t need it!)

Lately, I’ve been into words with the same sound when pronounced but have completely different meanings: homophones. Hello, Wordy and Worthy!? Haha! But the thing is, these words just suddenly appear in my head, complete with a realization or two. And these “epiphanies,” I’ve decided, are also worth sharing through the medium I know best: the written word.

FAITH > fate

This time, I thought about FAITH and fate. Two words, pronounced the same, but have very different definitions. If we’re going the literal route, here are dictionary-based descriptions:





I don’t know. I’ve always known the meanings of the two aforementioned words, but when I double-checked them on the dictionary, I was reaffirmed that the former has a more positive connotation, whereas the latter is the opposite. Hence my realization: FAITH is greater than fate. At least in this life, it’s better to have “FAITH” in God to lead you where you need to be rather than just believe that what happens to you, whether good or bad, is simply your “fate” — Period. Nada. Dead end. No lessons learned. Just empty acceptance. Confusing, no? Well, that’s what homophones do to you when they’re not “spelled” out. Here’s what I believe, though.

Acceptance is a good thing. But don’t settle for empty acceptance and just “blame” whatever happens to you on fate. Instead, strive to have FAITH that whatever happens to you, yes, good or bad, is all part of God’s grand plan in your life. But of course, this would apply to believers only. What if you’re an unbeliever or you belong to a different religious affiliation?

As a believer, I’ve had “others” question me on my belief. Why did I decide to stay in the Roman Catholic Church? Why do I believe in Jesus Christ? If so, why do I still sin? And more and more questions — all with the goal to try to “break” me.

I’m not going to answer all those questions because at the end of the day, I know what I believe in no matter what others say. However, I want to address the last question I mentioned.

For the last question, if I am so into my faith then why do I still sin?, my answer is, who hasn’t sinned? Now don’t give me “pilosopo”-cal answers. Even Saints have sinned! What’s more important is the awareness of those sins and the commitment to try to avoid doing them again. You see, the problem with us, humans, is we correlate “FAITH” and “religion” to our fellow humans. For example, if someone has “religious” parents, we try to question their parenting skills if somehow, one or all their children turn out to be unbelievers without thinking that even if that’s the case, the children have individual life experiences no matter how connected they are to their parents and vice versa. Another would be if you know someone who claims to be a “believer” and yet still shows un-Jesus-like traits, you would question if his/her belief is all for show — without thinking that yes, maybe, the person’s still struggling and still has to deepen his/her “FAITH” (but that’s not to say it’s all for show!). After all, it’s so easy to blame rather than understand, right? No! So no, we must change the way we correlate “FAITH” and “religion” to what other people do. Heck, we should also change the way we correlate “FAITH” with “religion.” Because no matter what, “FAITH” will still be greater. But as to know the difference, the discernment will only come from your own experience — experience that only God Himself can “gift” to you.

Yes, it all comes down to this: each has his/her own walk of FAITH. You can’t question or compare your walk of FAITH to others’ because you have different experiences. Forcing your belief (or lack thereof) to others will just create a counterproductive result. And that’s where difficult decisions and discernment come in.

As humans, we’ve all been told that experience is the best teacher. True. The same goes for spiritual experience.

Sometimes, spiritual experience is simply something unique to each person that it just can’t be described in words — there’s no other way to realize it but through experience. And if you meet a person who just can’t understand what your spiritual experience is, there’s no point in explaining it because he/she just won’t get it — all because he/she hasn’t experienced it.

It’s easy to exercise “FAITH” when things are going well in our lives. We thank God endlessly. But when God says “no” to a prayer? We tend to revert back to “fate” rather than “FAITH.” And sadly, that’s not real FAITH. Real FAITH is still praising and thanking God for ALL that’s happening in our lives, whether we like it or not. Real FAITH is about reflecting on what God’s making you realize through each good and bad event in our lives.

So when others try to question me, I think and remember that they don’t even know my whole story. Like my story involves both of my parents passing away while I was young, me being diagnosed late last year with a hormonal imbalance (thank God it’s manageable, though!), etc. And yet in all these, I’ve experienced God. I’ve experienced the way He has strengthened me and more in everything that I’ve been through. I’m stronger than they think. And if I made the hard decision to choose God despite everything, so be it.

But they won’t understand that. You, the one reading this, might not even fully understand what I’ve been rambling here. No, because my experience is mine.

I don’t know. Maybe I’m just tired…

But to my fellow believers, yes, FAITH. Focus more on that than fate. Focus more on that than religion. Pray to Jesus to guide you when the enemy tries (believe me, the enemy will always try!) to make you lost. Keep the real FAITH in Jesus Christ. Always.

“Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'”
-John 20:29

Gathered Thoughts

The Most Low-Maintenance Girl You’ll Ever Meet!

Most of the time, no one wants to be called “low” anything.  But if there’s going to be an EXCEPTION, I think “low maintenance” will be our best bet! 🙂

“Usually” being the operative word! Haha!

And you betcha!  I, Mikhaela Georgette, am a self-proclaimed low-maintenance girl! 😉

Not convinced?  Very well.  Let me tell you why The Lady considers herself low maintenance for some reasons.  Haha!

Let’s start with DOES NOT REQUIRE CONSTANT PAMPERING.  First word: MAKEUP!  Don’t get me wrong, I’m “interested” in makeup.  But you know, I don’t really “love” it (obviously, I DIDN’T say “I love makeup” in the previous sentence) that I can practically live WITHOUT it.  Call me a “late bloomer” or something, but it wasn’t until I was 18 and was about to graduate college that I actually started using it.  But even now, my makeup routine will always be Pressed Powder.  Blush.  Lipgloss (or sometimes when I’m in the mood — Lipstick).  Tapos!  I don’t even use concealer or mascara.  Sometimes, eyeshadow gets in the mix, but that’s mostly reserved for very special occasions.  Yung tipong pang-debut or wedding!  Heck, I didn’t even wear makeup during my first Junior-Senior prom!  I don’t even wear makeup when I go to work — at least NOT everyday!  Wahahahaha!  Loser, much! 😛

But anyway, the Cleanse.  Tone.  Moisturize.  rule every night before dozing off will. always. be. a. NON-NEGOTIABLE!  And the occasional visit to your trusted derma is a must, too.  But then again, I don’t even visit the derma that often!  Ah basta!  I-try niyo nalang, pwede ba?!  Hehehe.

Now for the next word (or in this case, a phrase): PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION!  Yebah!  When it comes to “going places,” I actually call myself a “versatile passenger.”  Yes, I drive.  But I also commute!  Be it a bus, jeep, taxi, LRT/MRT, at kahit padyak pa ‘yan, game ako diyan!  As long as I get to and fro my destination SAFELY, walang arte-arte si Mikhaela Georgette noh!  Kung pwede nga by horse, why not?  Feeling prinsesa pa’ko kung magkataon! 😀

Now let’s move on to ONE WHO IS GENUINELY HAPPY TO ENJOY THE COMPANY OF OTHERS.  I guess being “someone who is easy to please” is included with this one!  But then again, who needs “pleasing” when you’re lucky enough to have AWESOME PEOPLE (e.g. family and friends) to spend your time with?  No need to spend moolah.  Kahit simpleng kwentuhan lang, solve na’ko!  Actually that’s one of my most favorite parts when I hang out with those dear to me…  Yung tipong hindi mo na napapansin yung oras sa sobrang enjoy nilang kasama!  At dahil diyan, *drama mode* I LOVE YOU MI FAMILIA Y MI AMIGOS!  Thank God that we’re all “low maintenance” in our own unique ways!  Mwah, mwah, mwah. ♥

But wait, I also have a NON-NEGOTIABLE with this one: “ME” TIME!  Sometimes, you need to be alone…  to reflect…  to feel “independent” (if you aren’t already!)…  and TO GENUINELY ENJOY THE COMPANY OF Hotties from Faraway Lands — ergo, MOVIES!  Plus BOOKS and THE INTERNET!  Seriously, I can watch a movie in a movie theater all by myself or sit in a quiet corner inside a coffee shop (or milk tea place) with a book in hand, and it’ll still be all good for meee!  Thanks a lot to artistic licenses and whatnot.  Hahaha!

Just a little DISCLAIMER, though.  I may be one of the most low-maintenance girls you’ll ever meet…  BUT I’m also one of the girls with the “HIGHEST STANDARDS” you’ll ever know!  Paaak!

Having said that, paki turuan niyo na nga lang akong maging HIGH MAINTENANCE, please?  HA HA HA =))

Low maintenance nga dahil walang makeup, pero chapped naman ang lips!!! FAIL! Hahaha!