Never say in your heart what you will or will not do until God reveals His way to you.

    As long as that way is hidden, it is clear that there is no need for action & that He will hold Himself accountable for all the results of keeping you exactly where you are.

    Wherever God’s finger points, His hand will clear a way…

    The blurb above is a text message from my dear, sweet sister in Christ, Ate Aires. To that message, I say… Waaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

    For those who know me well, I assume that they are quite aware of my desire to become a full-fledged writer. I assume that because that’s what I’ve been ranting about for the past few months ever since I got involved with Ako Ay Pilipino (Book now available for P500!!). I don’t want to leave this earth without having finished writing a novel. I want to be a journalist (although I’ll most likely end up a dead one).

    When good friends, Glenn and Pinky, asked me what I wanted to write. My answer was simple: “I want to write about God. I want to write something that will matter in eternity. I want to write something that means something to someone… even if that someone is just me.”

    It was Pinky who made me aware of the power of writing when she told me that what you write – once read – cannot be erased. And it’s true. That is why I want what I write to matter.

    My chat with Bro. Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj:

    “What do you do?” he asked me.

    “I’m a software developer,” I told him.

    “So what are you writing now?”

    I was quite stunned with the question, so, like a fool, I replied, “Software.”

    He smiled graciously (probably the same way God smiles at him when he asks something silly). “Anything?”

    Still being a fool, I replied, “Uhm… Smalltalk.” (That’s the programming language I’m currently using.)

    Before anything else was said, he was pulled by the other people at the Mactan Airport to take pictures.

    Voila! If anything, the conversation with him assured me that God is going to use my writing. But as to how or when or when or when… I don’t know. But really… when?

    When Ate Lorna Joannes brought up my going full-time for Ako Ay Pilipino as a writer, I have to tell you… my heart soared with anticipation.

    After praying about it and seeking my parents’ counsel, it was unanimously determined that it wasn’t time for me to pursue my dreams of being a writer. To be quite honest, I’m still disappointed. It feels like I’m setting aside my personal ambition for what I believe the Lord wants me to do, and yet… I’m not quite sure what it is He wants me to do right now.

    This is why the text message from Ate Aires spoke volumes to me.

    I am now left to continue to do what I’m doing until further notice. And no… that’s not to blog (which I’ve been doing a lot).

    Thus, here I am again… waiting. Anticipating. Wondering. Satisfied knowing that He is in control.

    “Surrender, surrender
    You whisper gently
    You say I will be free
    I know, but can’t You see?
    My dreams are me.”
    – Superchick –
    I SURRENDER.

     

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    Joanna Alonzo is a walking paradox. She is a beautiful, albeit messy, mixture of thought and emotion, expressed in the form of hopefully readable – and relatable – stories. She is a kingdom kid, who looks forward to being a writer and storyteller even when she reaches heaven. She is passionate about the unreached, about those who have yet to know the Love she found in the arms of the Almighty. She is intrigued by the world and its people, who day by day, continue to convince her that God is the greatest Storyteller of all.
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glentot
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I also believe the same way, that when I can't seem to decide, maybe it's not time to make a decision. And I always thought of myself lucky with the decisions I made. The sad thing is that for so long, I attributed it to Luck, and now I'm starting to realize that God works in me whenever I decide. Good and bad things happened to me recently but I did not feel any resentment, knowing He decided for me. So what's scaring you? You should be excited hehehe. *** By the way, we're having a hard time leaving you… Read more »
glentot
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Hey I left a long comment and it did not show… 🙁

Joanna
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You mean apart from the other long comment?

I have no idea how to do that… how to do that?

Joanna
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Oh… ok… figured it out… done…

Joanna
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Oh… and I'm not really scared.

Just wildly and impatiently anticipating. Like a kid the night before their field trip… hindi mapakali, hindi makatulog… super excited, can't wait.

That's how I feel… especially now that the spiritual battle for the Philippines is about to change gears… full throttle. 🙂

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