Strength to Strength

Strength to Strength

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Last year I have been diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism. Aside from having series of episodes, I was advised that my other organs have already been affected as well. My case had been a candidate for thyroid cancer and stroke. And my body was no longer responding to the medications. It also came to the point wherein I had to stop singing for awhile (and have been told that I might not get back into it anymore since my voice is becoming hoarse) and had given up my usual activities as part of my treatment.

It was one of the most challenging seasons of my life. Yet I held on to this:

“I will remain confident in this; I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13 

I remember reciting this Scripture in my head inside the ER when I couldn’t move and speak, and mentally singing “Good Good Father” inside the hospital room one night with that tube inside my body. Though most of the time, I know I wasn’t really that confident at all. I got scared. I was frustrated. There were moments when I don’t know what I’ve been fighting for anymore. Yet Jesus Christ, faithful as He is… never fails to comfort my weary soul. He’s the best Comforter there is!

Just this week, after some tests… I received a news from my doctor. And God knows how I dreaded for this week. I. Was. Anxious. Ha!

“You’re now normal as other people! You can now do whatever you want!” she said.

Woah! Just like that. I am well. I am healed! For the longest time, my body was not responding to the treatment, yet I am free! Right then and there, my doctor cancelled the need for biopsy AND surgery!!! I am healed! 

Looking back I know in my heart that God saw every tear and He heard every prayer. Throughout the process, I have learned that God is never threatened by our circumstance because He is big enough to use every situation for His glory.

That’s just how He is. That’s Who He is.

More than the healing miracle of Christ, I thank Him for the journey; leading me from grace to grace and strength to strength. It was on those difficult moments that I was able to see His heart for me. That even if my situation proves otherwise, I know that He is still good and His love for me endures forever!

I also thank the Lord for my family and friends and to everyone who prayed and fought with me in this battle. You believed at times when I couldn’t. I’m so blessed by your lives! 😉

“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.” Psalm 73:26

Bethel Music Worship Nights 

Bethel Music Worship Nights 

Bethel Music is a community of worshippers pursuing the presence of God and doing life together. Their mssion is to carry the culture of Heaven to the nations through worship and to see the global exapnsion of God’s Kingdom through His manifest presence.

That is why, Manila was so privileged to have them lead us in worship last March 18, 2017 at SMART Araneta Coliseum. I was glad that I finally got to see them live and not just on podcasts and Youtube  videos. Hehehe. They were supposed to visit Manila last October 2015 but because of some unforeseen events, they had to call it off. But God’s plan still stands strong— they made it this time. Truly, God’s timing is always perfect!😊

During the first set, Bethany Whorle, Brian Johnson and Josh Baldwin led us in worship. They sang some of their famous hits and covers: Forever, Where You Go I Go, Praises Rise, This is Amazing Grace and No Longer Slaves!

Set two were Amanda Cook and Hunter Thompson. And yep! That’s Amanda singing her own single, You Make Me Brave. Huhu. Tears, tears everywhere.

They also sang King of My Heart, Lion and Lamb from their latest album, Starlight.


“So pull me a little closer, take me a little deeper, I wanna know Your heart, I wanna know Your heart cause Your love is so much sweeter than anything I’ve tasted, I wanna know Your heart, I wanna know your heart”

12, 000 sons and daughters of Christ came together and laid down everything and worshipped at His feet. It was also a great opportunity for us to pray for our nation. 🇵🇭

But the time is coming–indeed it’s here now–when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.– John 4:23 NLT

Shoutout to Becca Music for making this happen. You are a blessing to many! Follow them on Twitter and Instagram for upcoming concerts and  events.

Wicked Manila 2017

Wicked Manila 2017

Happy is what happens when ll your dreams come true! 

WICKED, the Broadway and West End musical phenomenon, acclaimed as “one of the greatest musical of our time” (Daily Mail, UK) once again thrillified the Filipino audiences. The show ran from February 2 to March 19, 2017 at The Theatre at Solaire.

West End and UK actors led the cast when the show opened in Manila – including Jacqueline Hughes (Elphaba), Carly Anderson (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Kim Ismay (Madame Morrible), Iddon Jones (Boq), Emily Shaw (Nessarose) and Jodie Steele (who performs the role of Elphaba at certain performances).

My top favourite Wicked songs are For Good, Defying Gravity and Popular-ar!

Everything was green. I cannot! 

Thanks to everyone who offered to take my photos. Hehe. 

One short day in the Emerald City! 

With my Glinda during intermission… keeping ourselves together after the spectacular performance of Defying Gravity.  *cried a bucket of tears

Wicked – International Cast curtain call! I cannot.😭

“Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better, but because I knew you… I have been changed for good.”

Special thanks to Concertus Manila for making this dream come true! You can follow them on Twitter and Instagram @concertusmanila.

Hillsong United 2016

Hillsong United 2016

Last December 2016, God has blessed me the opportunity of meeting worshiping with Hillsong United LIVE! God’s presence was so thick and tangible during the time of worship and my heart was glad knowing and seeing that everyone was having their own encounter with Christ. It’s really never about who’s up there. It’s about Him, JESUS. The only King who deserves our praise and adoration.

I have also realised that night, that indeed God sees the desires of our hearts. He knows how I wanted to meet and worship with Hillsong and this opportunity came with just a snap! It challenged me to believe for more, to hope for more. For nothing is impossible with Him and that He could always work things out for good, more than we could ever imagine. Dreams do come true because Jesus is alive! And because of that…

Hillsong Conference, I’m coming for you! By faith! 😀

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Processed with VSCO with b4 presetTaya Smith singing “Touch The Sky”.

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Processed with VSCO with b4 presetJadwin Gillies singing one of Hillsong’s all-time hit, “Still”.

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetMy own version of #squadgoals. 😉 I was seriously freaking out inside.

Processed with VSCO with e3 preset*In Aussie accent*  “Hey Taya, you’re not just a country girl” 🙂

Processed with VSCO with c8 presetWith Simon Gibbes, Hillsong Band’s awesome drummer and their amazing technical director. 🙂

One more day and it’s not the same
Your spirit calls my heart to sing
Drawn to the voice of my Savior once again
Where would my soul be without your Son
Gave His life to save the earth
Rest in the thought that
You’re watching over me

Photos by: @rachediao

Approaching the Unknown

Approaching the Unknown

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“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”– Proverbs 19:21

We all have our set of plans and dreams planted in our hearts. Some of us even have set timelines for ourselves to inspire us to do well and to encourage us as we make our dreams come to life. In other words, we tend to have itineraries for our lives, for the journey ahead of us. Which by the way is not entirely wrong.

But what if those plans that we have doesn’t match Gods will for us? He said in His word that as we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our hearts. And it was only then that I have realized, that God honors our desires too. But sometimes when God intervenes, He takes some of these and replaces it with His beautiful purpose for our lives that brings us to greater heights in our relationship and greater adventure with Him.

Faith is a journey to the unknown, faith is approaching the unknown.      

The unknown has always been a scary thing. We imagine it as somewhere dark or is akin to a long tunnel that neither of us wants to enter, but what amazes me most is that God is present even in the unknown moments of our lives, and that faith comes after believing that even if things didn’t work out as planned, God is still faithful and His will stands the same, and that His love for us remains constant. Faith is more than just trusting. It also means leaving the familiar behind and being vulnerable with the Lord’s plans, embracing His ways, no matter how unplanned or unexpected things would get. This thought could be daunting, but it’s comforting to know that in every season, in every change, He is with us and that He is always for us.

I have learned that life detours are God’s way of revealing His heart to us, inviting us to know Him more as we journey with Him into the wilderness. He has taught me to rest in His love in times of confusion, fear and disappointment. And as soon as we recognize how God turns our greatest pains and detours to invite us to a beautiful dependence on Him, freedom and peace replaces fear and worry.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28

I scream for ice cream!

I scream for ice cream!

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IMG_8487.pngTo all my artsy fartsy friends, you’ll definitely love this place. ❤
IMG_8486Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich – Php 130.00

Head on to Davao’s ice cream parlour and stationery shop. Visit FTU Creamery at JJ’s Commune,Loyola Street, Davao City. You can also call them at 297-7417.

Breaking through.

Breaking through.

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I remember the exact words I prayed to God during the New Year’s Eve of 2014. And it has been one of my prayers too during our annual Prayer and Fasting. So I asked God for a breakthrough. I find it too general, so I added, “Father, I ask for a breakthrough in every aspect of my life.” Ha, I know what you’re thinking. But yes, I did ask for it. I mean, who doesn’t want breakthroughs to happen in their lives, right?

And so 2015 came and so were my breakthroughs! But wait, there’s more…

Looking back, I realized that breakthrough is not something that we just sit around and wait for. Breakthroughs happen when we respond to God in obedience to what He has already commanded and already promised. It’s about tearing down the walls that we’ve built for ourselves. Walls that have locked us inside and caused us to limit ourselves from believing for more of God’s goodness and faithfulness. I have learned that every now and then, God would call us to get out from these barriers that prevent us from seeing the beauty of the will of the  Lord.

Breakthrough happens the moment we surrender everything to God and believe that He will come through no matter how impossible and hopeless things may seem (an empty bank account, an unsuccessful career, a tired and weary soul and a broken heart). Laying everything at the feet of Jesus can be difficult and painful at times but it is always worth it. Knowing that all things work together for my good is enough to silence my fearful and anxious heart.

For God alone does the breakthrough. It’s always His job, never ours and He always have wanted to do impossible and incredible things in us, with us and through us.

So I say, 2015 was a wonderful journey with the Lord. I thank Him for constantly pursuing me, revealing Himself to me. I’m thankful for every answered and unanswered prayers and for all the grievous and joyous moments that He has allowed me to go through, all for His glory. And yes, Jesus came through my 2015 and I’m excited for a whole new year of journeying with Him this 2016.

A blessed New Year, everyone! 😀