UNMASKED: God Loves You "As Is"

Negative emotions like anger, fear, and hatred are poison that can shorten our life. But how do we get the negative feelings without allowing ourselves to explode in the process?


God Love You "As Is"!
UNMASKED Write to Ignite Season 3


During my teenage years, my heart was overflowing with hatred and anger. I was pretending to be strong, independent and brave, but the truth is I was terrified, fearful and feeling empty. Not until I found peace and love from our savior Jesus Christ. I surrendered everything, leaving the baggage that I’ve been carrying since I was young. As I grew a deeper relationship with the Lord, I decided to open myself with other people as well.


The purpose of life is to be happy. There is a little correlation with what we have and how happy we are. Let me put into the spotlight someone who inspires me with her unmasked attitude and real self - the story of Aunt Charito.


my differently-abled auntie Charito
meet my pretty auntie Charito


Have you ever wondered how 'differently-abled' individuals maintain a meaningful relationship with others? 


Allow me to share my personal experience living with a special individual who has taught me just to be myself.


Unmask to Build a Meaningful Relationship and Friendship


Despite her special situation, she was a charming tita who I can confide with my problems in life. She usually just stays quiet, but her generous smile uplifts my spirit despite the difficulties of life; whatever they may be. She might not be able to give me the best advice in the world, but hers was the most heartfelt one, with the most innocent view of life.


People growing up with a learning disability often feel a sense of embarrassment. They wear masks to cover their weaknesses. Sadly, these feelings of embarrassment often lead the individual to hide their feelings. This is usually the reason why their families would keep them at home, away from the pinning and judgmental public eyes.


an old family photo
old family photo together with my siblings, my late grandma and auntie Charito

But such is not the case with my aunt Charito, her unmasked attitude and real self inspire us to treat them with respect just like any normal individual. Even when I was a kid, I already knew there's something special about her. I still remember our grandmother telling us that she is a "yellow baby", an inborn state caused by a couple's blood incompatibility. My lolo had blood Type O while lola has blood Type AB. This is what they call ABO incompatibility in pregnancy.


UNMASKED: God Love You
innocent like a child

The only remarkable feature anyone would notice about her is her difficulty in processing speech and motor coordination, aside from the fact that she often acts like a child. Despite her condition, Aunt Charito went to school and finished a Library Science course in college, to the surprise of most people. She wanted to become a librarian back then. Her siblings, my other titas and titos, told us she had many friends, and even had a boyfriend! :)


memories of the past
fond memories with Aunt Charito

Aunt "Ato", for short, was also fashionable. Now in her 60s, she would still dress-up and wear very light makeup attending Sunday mass. Here's a video from eight years ago when we went swimming and island hopping in Batangas. There's my auntie Ato enjoying the boat ride and the scenery.


 


Most of us keep complaining about life, despite being physically fit. And here she is, a differently-abled person, proving that you can be the best you as long as you stay who you are. 


The Ongoing Work of Restoration


The last two years have taught me many things in life - to live a simple and peaceful life. In Christ, I have freedom. In Christ, I have freedom to love, love in serving others.


   


A video from our recent family trip abroad with my mom and her siblings except auntie Charito. Since then she expresses her desire to travel and experience riding a plane. I promised myself to bring her with me in one of my trips soon, perhaps a local trip.


I joined our church's community service. Funny that I was assigned in the hospitality team where we greet churchgoers as they enter the sanctuary. Back then I was not so friendly, so it was an extra effort on my part. But as time went by, it became easy and natural. Whenever I feel uncomfortable and not worthy to serve, I look at my humble auntie Charito, disabled but happy. I will forever be grateful for having someone like auntie Charito. I will forever be grateful to God for giving her to us.


Grace Christian Church
with Jonel and bro. Rene our Life Group Leader, The Captain's Table

UNMASKED, Write to Ignite Season 3
UNMASKED, Write to Ignite Season 3


In most cases, we fail to find the happiness we want in life because we set our own definition of success. Do you feel lonely and unacceptable? God created us in His image and likeness, shouldn't we be proud of it? Perhaps it's time to take off your mask.


Write to Ignite Season 3: UNMASKED


This story is an entry to COMCO Mundo's "UNMASKED: The COMCO Mundo Write to Ignite Season 3". The initiative aims to pull and collate powerful stories from the Philippine blogging communities. "UNMASKED" aims to explore how each mask is a person brimming with hope and wonders to share with others, as well as why it is important to tell their inspiring journeys in life. The "Write to Ignite" Season 3 is made possible by COMCO Mundo League of Enterprise, with airasia, Babyflow, PHILUSA Corporation, Century Tuna, Licealiz, Lamoiyan Corporation, Remy Martin, and Uratex Monoblock as brand ambassadors.


32 comments:

  1. You are such a brave woman Ms.Marj and napaka blessed mo with your hubby and family na always supporting you. No matter what big your problem is we know that God is bigger than our problem 😍😍
    Sometimes God will allow us to go through tough situations,not to harm us ,but to display his power.
    The trials we face are test of faith.Lets endure and hold on to Gods faithfulness .

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    1. I always see your posts, Lea and I really admire you even. I may not know you well but I can see how much you love your family. Blessings!

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  2. Hi ate Marj even di tayo pa masyado mag kakilala you treat and shown me as your family ❤️ your giving me partime Job and I'm so blessed with that kahit wala pa ako client na naipapasok sayo. I know your family members ay sinusubok ni Lord ngayon, but I'm so proud of you and sa lahat ng family members mo na magkakasama nyo hinaharap at nagtutulungan kayo sa kahit anong problema ang dumating sa pamilya nyo ❤️πŸ™

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    1. I'm touched! Sayang anonymous but thanks for appreciating it. Hope to meet/see you soon.

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  3. Sobra lahat post m.mam marj is nakakainspire at lalo mga aboiut kay GOdπŸ™πŸ™Napaka generous mopa miss.marj pinakagusto k talaga magtravel kayo.nakita.maganda place.blog m

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. We should share our spiritual journey as well for others to be inspired.

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  4. This inspiring story of Tita Charito is evidently the face of UNMASKED individuals
    all over the world. Wherein they/we limiting their capabilities, abilities and emotions to hide their true identity and to cover up the so called “Kahihiyan”.
    Gladly, that you and your whole family never treated her diffirently nor unhumane way. She is fortunate to have all of you whom she became her strength, power and rock that holds and molds her to be who she is now! I am so amazed and imaginably while smilling ready this story and how the often wears her sweet smiles to everyone! Her smile that gives an inspiration and spreads the true and value of life.

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  5. Im so proud of you Miss Marj..Indeed that GOD is always there for us no matter what.. Every time we encountered difficulties in life sometimes it make us strong and always remembered that GOD is there to guide no matter what..Always have faith in Him..

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  6. Very inspiring naman ng story ng Tita mo Ms. Marj..Hindi naging hadlang yung kalagayan nya para matupad yung mga gusto nyang gawin. Need talaga natin sa buhay yung may tatanggap sa atin kahit ano pa man ang kalagayan natin.
    Nakaka inspired ka din Ms.Marj dahil kahit ano pa man ang problemang napagdaan mo eh nalagpasan mo po.. Mahalaga talaga na may pananampalataya tayo sa Panginoon dahil sya yung nagbibigay sa atin ng lakas. Super blessed ka po dahil nandyan po si Hubby mo at family mo po na sumusuporta sayo at nagbibigay din ng lakas.

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  7. Worth time to read all your blogs Thanks for sharing this and Godbless to you and your whole family! Have a great day ❤️

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  8. Thanks for sharing this to us po 😍

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  9. Yes,with God we can experience true happiness and God send some people as instruments for us to know, recognize how God truly love us as his Child Keep it up God bless to our future endeavors in life

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  10. Thank you for sharing this po Miss Marj..God Bless you always and to your family..😍 (Melissa Batungbakal)

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  11. Thank you for sharing this po Miss Marj.. God Bless you always and to your family.. (Melissa Batungbakal)

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  12. Yes, very inspiring story. With god we can do everything ☺️

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  13. Yes!! God loves us all and doesn't care what we've done in the past. Jesus died on the cross to shed his blood for our sins forgiveness. Lovely post!!

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  14. What a beautiful family and what a beautiful story, thank you for sharing this with us!

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  15. What an inspiring post. I am a firm believer that God loves us, and he wants us to be happy. It is up to us to fulfil his will. Blessings to you and your family!!

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  16. This is a really great and very inspiring story, I’m gonna share this with my friends this is worth sharing

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  17. You are inspiring, and you are really brave. Thanks for sharing this story.

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  18. What a very wonderful story this is. I loved it. I'm so glad you were able to share this with us.

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  19. God loves us and meets us where we our. My pastor was talking about this last Sunday.

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  20. So inspiring. Sometimes we failt to find happiness because we think we can find happiness in others and in material things. We keep chasing it but its not something we can pursue because happiness is alread within us.

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  21. This is so inspiring. He is the definition of love, so I believe!

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  22. This post made me so happy. I absolutely believe that God does want us to let go of anger and celebrate the life we are given. Thank you for sharing your journey and that of your Aunt's.

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  23. Truly inspiring, your aunt is remarkable. I just have to also say that the purpose of life, is to make God happy, to focus on him and his will on how we should "choose life." (DEUTERONOMY 30:19)

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  24. I agree, some people just love to complain. I admire your Aunt Charito. Her story is inspiring. And I'm glad to know that you found your happiness. For me, happiness is a choice. -LYNNDEE

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  25. I love your story and can totally relate and appreciate you sharing! I needed this today and your aunt is a gem! I just love her!

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  26. This is a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it with us. It's beautiful to have amazing people around us as your aunt!

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  27. Thank you for sharing your story. I am a Christian and I do try to make sure I’m following his path.

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  28. The story behind this family is so beautiful and what a beautiful story it is. Thanks for sharing

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  29. This is a really beautiful and very inspiring story. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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