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Less and More

Frown less.

Laugh more.

Complain less.

Encourage more.

Plan less.

Work more.

Hate less.

Love more.

Worry less.

Hope more.

Doubt less.

Believe more.

Expect less.

Give more.

Argue less.

Understand more.

Stress less.

Live more.



You are more than anything!

If you’re in a bad situation right now,

remember these things.

You are more than your ambitions.

You are more than your insecurities.

You are more than your uncertainties.

You are more than your disappointments.

You are more than your thoughts and words.

You are more than anything in this world.

You are beautiful.

You are kind.

You are talented.

You are amazing.

You are smart.

You are loved.

You are appreciated.

You are valuable.

You matter in this world.

Choose to be happy!

Spread love and good vibes!


Be Free!

Hello, dearest friends!

Today is Sunday, and it is a beautiful day! We are more than blessed to feel and savor it. I can only thank Him for His delightful blessings. Thank you, Oh Lord!

I had a wonderful morning! I found out that my good friend, Judy, has finally started her blog. After several weeks of asking her to try it, she has fortuitously granted my persistent wish. I’m really overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. Thanks, Judy! Actually, we have the same qualms when it comes to self-expression before.

However, through continuous writing, I’ve learned to overcome my fears, and write freely without inhibitions. I just wish her the same. I know exactly how she feels right now, so I wrote her a sonnet to further uplift her confidence and spirit.



We are inimitably shaped in this thrilling realm,

with different predilections and capabilities.

Some just glower while others heartily gleam,

few choose to bathe in the irritating negativities.

It is undeniably throbbing to finally ponder,

that many of us are captives of our own fears.

Instead of appreciating the gifts with wonder,

we inadvertently plummet in the river of tears.

Today is the time to free ourselves from this rut,

and unwanted manacles that detained us to create.

Let those abilities be used, mark them with dots.

Unlearn those uncertainties, savor and celebrate!

Whatever transpires, we just need to understand!

That we are already blessed with a mighty hand.

Copyright © 2017

Anabel Geneta-Raymundo

All Rights Reserved












Thoughtful Thursday:Why do we pray?

Why do we pray? God knows everything already anyway. He’s almighty, sovereign, and in control of all things. What could we possibly add to His wisdom with our feeble attempts at prayer?

It’s a great question. So, let’s figure it out.

First, we pray because we are God’s children, and He loves to hear from us. –Zephaniah 3:17

Second, we pray because it deepens our trust in God.-Philippians 4:6-7

Third, we pray because it causes us to depend on God.-Isaiah 40:26

Fourth, we pray because it gives us the chance to express ourselves completely to the Lord.-Psalms 62:8

Fifth, we pray because our prayers move the heart of God.-James 4:2

Sixth, we pray because it’s an amazing way that we get to be involved with what God is already doing in our world.-1 Thessalonians 5:25

God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.”-Mother Teresa


Wishing everyone a lovely day!

God bless you!






5 Things You Need to Know in Life

Life is not easy. At this age and time, I haven’t met or heard someone saying it is the other way around.

We’ve all been there. Even the richest people in the world failed once or twice in their lives. Even the intellectuals suffered from despair and condemnation.

Life is an unending cycle of learning and relearning things. It is composed of twists and hitches that one needs to defeat.

As we see it, it is never perfect. However, we should never disregard this principle: Live life the way it should be lived.

I’m not a sage nor an expert. But I have this assenting view towards life. I have shared here 5 most important things you need to probably rediscover about life.

You may disagree with some of these but please give it a shot first. If it makes you better and happier, apply it. If you think it doesn’t do any good, throw it away.

So here it goes……

  1. Trust yourself.

You are living in a world where you are bombarded with how inadequate you are. You’ve seen in the news how another 19 year old created a software that some giant company bought for a frigging $1 billion. Then you look at yourself and feeling disgruntled for not doing the same.

Because you feel you don’t have enough knowledge, you go out trying to get more skills and competencies. But then, when you already acquire those, you realize you are still inadequate.

This is not because you lack anything or what. It is because you don’t have resourcefulness, the feeling and confidence within you. It requires to show that you can take care of things, that no matter how bad the situation is, you will overcome it. Just learn to trust yourself.

  1. Learn to ask the Right questions.

When I was younger, my parents would punish me for not knowing the right answers in my assignments, tests and activities. Of course, the same is true with my former teachers. They wanted me to get the correct answers instantly.

As I grew up, I discovered that knowing the correct answers wouldn’t give me anything. But the right questions would.

Why asking questions is better than knowing answers?

If you ask the right questions the more likely you get a good answer. If you think you have the answer then this thought will limit your ability to find a better answer.

Undoubtedly, questions help you clarify things in your mind. The better questions you ask, the better your answers will become.

  1. Practice the 20-Minute Rule.

This rule will completely change the way you think about doing and learning things. Even if you’ve never been able to learn a skill before, following this rule will help you learn that skill in 30 days or less.

What is the 20 Minute Rule?

The rule is this: Whatever you want to learn, practice it 20 minutes in the morning right after you wake up and another 20 minutes before you go to sleep.

This is essential. By spending the 20 minutes after you wake up, your brain will be at freshest and will be able to assimilate the lesson quickly. However, the 20 minutes before you sleep at night is more important.

During sleep, your brain starts to accumulate all the things you’ve learned in the day. New connections are made in the brain which supports learning.

There is a saying about the brain, “Neurons that fire together, wire together”. As you practice, the pathways get created. The process is called myelination. Myelin is a chemical in the brain that is used to connect neurons together.

The more you practice, the more myelin gets laid down, the easier it is to practice. This is a virtuous cycle that gets established.

The more you expose yourselves, the more likely you become skillful.

  1. Think Accurately.

The ability to see things as they are and not as you “think” they are is probably one of the best things you will learn in life.

Most people don’t have this ability. They think they do, but they actually don’t.

What is accurate thinking?

Accurate thinking is being able distinguish facts from opinions. Whenever someone talks to you, they will share their opinions, speckled by facts. Not facts, speckled by opinions.

Your job is to distinguish facts from opinions. You must determine also if it is an important fact or useless fact. If it is an important fact, use it. If it is not, forget about it.

Make your decisions based on facts that you collect from a number of resources.

Just remember a quote from Dead pool. “Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one, and everyone thinks everyone else’s stink.”

Focus on finding facts from the opinions and you will be successful.

  1. You matter than you think.

When I was 25, I had that fatal experience.

Strangely, my right foot had swollen without any knowledge of its cause. I went to the doctor to be checked and he said I suffered from cellulitis. It is a kind of cell infection which I might have gotten from insect bites. Then I was advised to take some medicines for a week, but it didn’t do any better.

My condition became even worse and that made me disheartened for days. I couldn’t eat nor sleep. Everything turned darker. The following day I was rushed in the hospital.

As I was resting in bed, I realized one thing. I didn’t want to die. Not this time.

The doctor clearly explained my condition. It was no longer about my swollen foot, I had that severe gastrointestinal problem. He further said that I was nearly dehydrated when I was rushed in. The situation could have been a lot worst if I weren’t brought earlier.

I realized then, just for that split moment. I mattered.

It was one of the valuable lessons I learned in life. I matter. It matters that I live. It matters that I do the things I want to do.

In this same light, I want to share it with you: You matter. Don’t wait for that fatal experience for you to understand how important you are.

Even if no one else cares, no one else recognizes you. You matter.

Sometimes the world will let you feel how incompetent and worthless you are. This might be the time when you’re thinking about jumping in front of a bus or shooting your head by a gun.

Don’t do that. You matter. It matters that people see your abilities.

It matters that you share your gifts to the world. You might be seeing your potentials just yet, but they are brilliant and surprising.

Let the world see them because you matter.


© Anabel Geneta-Raymundo



Message to my 500+ Followers


I wish everyone a good day.

As you all know, my blog is just seven weeks old. It was in the 16th of July this year when Lebana’s Journal was introduced in the WordPress community. Blogging was a total stranger to me until that very moment. 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.

Today marks a special day for me. Lebana’s Journal just hit 500 follows in a short period of time. Well, that’s for me. Of course, 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 commented on my posts. Your words have moved me to be better than I was.

More often than not, I used to think that half of what I write here is garbage. However, it gives me comfort when I realized that at least they do not decompose in my head. Plus the fact that, someone from somewhere devotes his/her most treasured time reading my articles. Again, thank you very much.

Lebanas’ 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 a difference.


-Anabel Geneta-Raymundo-