How God funded my Bicol Trip!

Our parish conducts annual pilgrimage in the most notable church sites in the Philippines. We’ve been to Bataan, Batangas, Tarlac, Cavite, and as far as Vigan and Pangasinan. As our destination seems so distant, the pilgrimage fee becomes more expensive as well. This year’s pilgrimage is in Bicol, Our Lady of Penafrancia.

My grandmother and I made it to the point that we join this yearly event. However, I was not able to save for our fees. August was the month when I have to shell out bucks for my  tuition fee. I had to pay my birth certificate processing and passport too (which I will be getting this month! hurray!) I had been struggling with my finances since I dropped my extra writing sidelines, I recently paid my quarterly insurance, and lots of ~adulting~ responsibilities.

Basically, it’s so challenging, yet I survived. Thank you, Lord. 

Anyway, I don’t have any plans of joining this trip anymore. But, there’s this urge in me which pushes me to join. I suddenly remember that I always, always, have intention of my participation in these trips. I always want to pray. I have come up with a strong idea of joining the trip.

But, I have another problem… I honestly don’t have spare money.

With that, I mean, money that’s not coming from my super savings funded in my SF.

Before I leave my house last Tuesday morning, I ask God, “Lord, pahinging 2,000 please.” I keep on saying this. I just want to whisper it several times. I don’t even have any idea where is this coming from. But, I just want to pray.

In my spare time, (spare time for me, is the time when I finished all my commitments in school. Hehe!) I finished my articles and got it ready for submission.

Even before I submitted my article, my boss already paid me in advance. I had doubts about her contract, but still, it pushed through. It actually paved path for my Bicol trip!

Lord, I only asked for 2,000, but you gave me 2,300 within the day. How can I be not thankful for that? It is really true that we should be specific in our prayers.

When I stopped relying on myself, God makes the impossible, possible.

Lately, I’ve been relying on myself too much. I’ve forgotten what my real intentions are. I have neglected my responsibilities as a good and faithful Christian.

As of this writing, I am so excited for our Bicol trip. May the Lord keep us safe.

Do you have any intentions which I could include in my prayers? You may send me a message!


Praying with you,


By kimderla

Educator. Writer. God's Servant.

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