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Be Thankful

Be thankful for your struggle for

without it you wouldn’t have stumbled

across your strength.


Be thankful for the darkness for

without it you wouldn’t have seen

 the stars.


Be thankful for the pain for without it

you wouldn’t have experienced



Be thankful for the rain for without it

you wouldn’t have seen

 the rainbow.



Be thankful for the storm for without it

you wouldn’t have appreciated

 the sunshine.


Be thankful for your failures for without them

you wouldn’t have reached



Be thankful for the little things for without them

you wouldn’t have shaped

  the big things.


Be thankful for goodbyes for without them

you wouldn’t have created

new beginnings.



Copyright © 2017

Anabel Geneta-Raymundo


Message to my 1000+ Followers

Hello, dearest friends!

I’m truly overwhelmed with delight and gratitude today. I woke up to a 1000 follows on my blog, Lebana’s Journal. What a pleasant surprise!

This is certainly a splendid way of making me feel loved, my Lord. I could only utter the foremost words, Praise the Lord, Our God!

I won’t let the day pass without thanking each and everyone of you who have followed and supported my blog. Surely, I would like to send my kisses and hugs to all. Same appreciation goes to those who have liked, viewed, visited, and even gave their coolest and substantial feedbacks. Your words have moved and uplifted me in so many ways.

If you’re a regular visitor in my site, you might notice that I’m just a newbie in this endeavor. It was in July 16th, this year, when I joined the blogosphere. Blogging was a total stranger to me until I decided to try it. Back then, I couldn’t really dredge up what pushed me to create one, the last thing I knew was, I wanted my voice to be heard and the rest was history.

More often than not, I used to think that half of what I write here is just a claptrap. However, it gives me comfort when I realized that, at least they do not crumble in my head. Plus the fact that, someone from somewhere devotes his/her most treasured time reading my works. Again, thank you very much. I’m deeply humbled!

Lebana’s Journal will continue to serve its purpose of spreading good vibes and inspiration to everyone. I am writing to express not to impress and that makes me who I am.

May the good Lord continue to guide me as I traverse this trajectory.






The Blogger Recognition Award (10/10/17)

Hello, dearest friends! My blog has been blessed once again with another award yesterday. Praise the Lord, our God. He has His identifiable way of making me feel loved and valued.

I would like extend my sincerest appreciation to Gail Brookshire of gaillovesgod for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award. I am deeply moved and honoured to receive an award especially from a great woman like her. She has an immeasurable love for God, our creator and protector, which is fully manifested in her amazing blog. If there’s one thing she wants you to know, that is God loves you! Even if you don’t know Him or love Him yet. He loves you!

Congratulations on your award, Gail! You’re truly praiseworthy. May you keep on touching people’s lives through your inspirational blog. I’m too grateful that you’ve uplifted my spirit in so many ways. May you also continue to be His instrument of spreading the good words. Thank you so much, Gail. God truly loves you!

The Rules

  1. Write a post to show your award
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  3. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers
  4. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  5. Select fifteen or fewer other bloggers you want to give the award

About My Blog

I have shared in this blog post, Chased by the Waves, how and why I started a blog. Just check out the link.

My Advice:

  1. Write not to impress but to express.

If it works to me then it will definitely work to thousands out there who struggle expressing themselves. Basically, when you try to impress, your actions and speech become stifled. Every word or sentence has to be likable to those persons you are trying to impress. When everything fails, you become disheartened and unresponsive. The truth is, if you won’t deviate from it, you will be permanently stuck in a continuous cycle of disappointments.

  1. Interact with bloggers.

WordPress is such a wonderful avenue where you can share your predilection in writing. Another good thing is, you are surrounded by people with rich ideas and experiences. Grow with them. Follow blogs which you think are valuable and can help you discover your self- worth. Learn to interact through giving substantial feedbacks. Of course, you’ll not do it to just increase your views or build readership. Rather, you’ll humbly do it to let them know how they affect you. More often than not, positive feedbacks can somehow uplift a person’s crumbling spirit.

Remember, impressing is different from inspiring. Make sure that your purpose is clear.

The Nominees:

  1. Life,more than existence!
  2. Life With LaToya
  3. One Woman’s Quest
  4. Lillie-Put
  5. InspireHigh
  6. Life Swags
  7. The Perks of being Differet
  8. !nsight
  9. just Becoming…
  10. Thought Spark

Congratulations to all the nominees! Please don’t feel rushed or obligated to answer the post instantly. Take your time. I just want the world know how marvelous your blogs are. Keep on inspiring people. God loves you!






The Liebster Award

Hello readers!

I would like to give a big thank you to Gail Brookshire of gaillovesgod for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I feel very honoured to receive an award especially from such an adorable woman like her. She has an immeasurable love for God, our creator and protector, which is fully manifested in her amazing blog. If there’s one thing she wants you to know, that is God loves you! Even if you don’t know Him or love Him yet. He loves you!

The Rules:

Thank the blogger that nominated you!

Answer 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you

Nominate 11 blogs

Ask the bloggers 11 questions


My Answers

1What time is where you are?

around 12:30 in the afternoon

2. What kind of mood are you in?

I’m in a blissful mood most of the time. Savor every moment!

3.Do you have a favorite bible verse?


For God nothing shall be impossible.-Luke 1:37

4.Do you have a favorite hymn song?


The Heart of Worship by Michael W. Smith

5.What’s the weather like where you are?

Scorching! It feels like summer in the PH!

6. Tacos or hotdogs?


7. Chicken or burgers?

Chicken! I love it!

8. How many posts have you made so far?

30+, a new blogger here!

9. What is your favorite color?

red and white

10. How do you stay calm when upset?

I just pause and compose myself and everything turns fine.

11. Do you have a salvation testimony?

Just last week, I have shared this  in my blog post, Negative Inspiration ,the most challenging experience I’ve ever had. Certainly, I believe that God had been there to save me from such difficulty and He’d been working in my life in countless ways. God loves me and He never leaves me!  And I’m proud that He is my creator, protector and saviour. Glory to Him!


My Questions:

  1. Where do you live?
  2. What’s the best thing about the area where you live?
  3. Where is your favorite place in the world?
  4. What’s your funniest travel story?
  5. What would you say is your biggest accomplishment?
  6. What makes you happiest?
  7. How many countries have you visited so far?
  8. Who is your role model?
  9. What can’t you live without?
  10. How many posts have you made so far?
  11. What is your message to new bloggers out there?


I would like to nominate the following bloggers/blogs for the Liebster Award:

  1. Motivated and Free
  2. It’s a Dog’s Life
  3. Mountain Girl Photography
  4. Loving the Fifty Something
  5. Rosemerry Writes
  6. Life Swags
  7. radhika’sreflection
  8. sassylittleworld
  9. Just becoming…
  10. Welcome to Crystal’s Site
  11. Inspire High

Congratulations to all the nominees! Please don’t feel rushed or obligated to answer the post instantly. Take your time. I just want the world know how amazing your blogs are. Keep on inspiring people. God loves you!








Hey!It’s Lebana’s Day

Hello my dearest friends!

Yes! Today is my birthday and I would like to celebrate my special day with you. You’ve been a part of my journey in discovering my inner self and the beauty of the world.

So please join me in today’s occasion by reflecting on the bible passage below.


Created to Become Like Christ

God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.

-Romans 8:29 THE MESSAGE-

Thank you so much!

To God be the Glory!


Negative Inspiration

I dare you to figure me out!

Hello readers!  If you are a regular visitor in my site I guess you’ve already read that line. It might sound like a challenge but it’s more than that to me. Actually, reality just hit me now. It’s not your duty to discern me- my thoughts, fears, aspirations, joys, and pains. It’s my solitary task to discover and rediscover that veiled truths in me.

And today I shall take the first few steps.

I once cursed my father. You heard it right. But before you condemn me, please take a listen first.

Twenty two years ago, I was six years old then, I could copiously remember what kind of life we had. We resided in the small barrio of Naujan, the biggest town in the province consisting of roughly 70 barangays. To make a living, dwellers had to plow their fields and plant various crops such as corn, rice and fruit-bearing trees.

Life was not easy then, my father was a typical farmer, a tenant of a little four-hectare parcel. And my mother, a plain housewife busying herself in the different household chores and other farming duties which was unusual for a woman of her age. I salute my mom for doing manly tasks beyond her strength just to abridge the situation.   Confronted with the nasty realities of life, making both ends meet was nearly possible.

Perhaps you’ve read this in my post “Childhood’s Rumination”. But I skipped something. No! I intentionally avoided it.

So here I am staring nervously in front of my computer thinking if I can muster narrating this story. Breathe in…Breathe out…Here it goes.

I had a father, a hardworking and responsible man, but not sweet and loving compared to some men I’ve known.  He was different. My mom had been a battered wife, and we, his children,had been physically and emotionally battered as well.

I could still remember every time we eat our meals. He would often chide me for not eating fast at his own pace. Needless to say, he’d shout at me on top of his voice telling me to put my food onto my mouth, ears and eyes so I could finish them instantly. And that made me lethargic and despondent.

One sizzling summer, our family went to the beach just to escape from the strenuous works of the homestead. I was truly overjoyed that I bolted from his reproaches even for a day. He had a good mood perhaps. Unfortunately, we went home early because of the unfriendly weather so my father just continued his favorite drink at home. Before he emptied another glass, he called my attention to get his cigarettes upstairs and look after the salted fish he was cooking in the kitchen.

I searched for it as fast I could but the problem was, I couldn’t find his cigarettes everywhere. It took me an hour to finally locate it under my parents’ bed. So I went down hastily to hand it to him. But I was late, he was too furious as he took the cigarette from me. Oh my god! The salted fish was left unattended and it turned to black. He grumpily blamed me for what happened and asked me to stay out of the house. So I went out.

It was nearly 8 o’clock then and I was patiently waiting if they would ask me to come in. But no one did. No one cared. Tragically, the rain started to pour as thunder and lightning frightened me. I hid in the foul-smelling and tapered doghouse adjacent to my neighbor’s house. For once, I experienced to be a hound and it wasn’t funny. In that very moment, I rebuked and cursed him in my mind. I even pronounced his death in the rain because of too much wrath in my heart.

Yes! I was once a bad daughter.

However, when he died a little over fifteen years ago, I learned to forgive him from all the pains that he had inflicted to our family. I learned to forgive myself too.

As I write this confession, I realized how much he loved me. He had his identifiable way of showing it but he did love me.

During meals, he trained me to eat fast so I could use my time wisely. He was a hardworking man so he valued every second and minute of it. “Eat fast and early to get ready for the day’s drudgery”, this had been his motto and I eventually tailed it.

When he sent me out that night, I knew he wanted me to discover something. Perhaps that is to keep an eye on what’s important and to learn that multitasking should not be used as an excuse to failure. Oddly, I realized that I have been already living up to my dad’s principle. He put me through difficulties at an earlier time so now that he’s gone I can soar high like an eagle without being scared to fall.

And for that, I will always be grateful because he is my father.


A Sister’s Love

Hello readers! Today is my sister-in-law’s birthday so I crafted her a sonnet.

Happy Birthday, my dearest sister!



(A poem dedicated to Gardhen C. Raymundo-Claveria)


Shall I compare thee to a golden moon?

Thou art more glorious and radiant.

Even the gleaming stars croon,

When you gaze in an instant.


Shall I compare thee to an easterly wind?

Thou art more unfathomable and temperate,

blowing fairly from the bottomless rind,

enveloping your idiosyncratic fate.


Shall I compare thee to a flower?

Thou art more delicate and exquisite.

Even the bees made inimitably sober,

after sipping your sugary palate.


Shall I not compare thee to anything?

Thy beauty is ethereal and everlasting.


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