About the Author

Dorina is an author, speaker, teacher, foodie, and trail runner. She helps people chase God's glory down unexpected trails and flourish in their callings. Her books include Breathing Through Grief, Kailani's Gift and Chasing God's Glory. Dorina and her hubby Shawn are raising three courageous daughters in Central California.

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  1. This is Beautiful Dorina! I would love this… I have a daughter who has a beautiful voice who is so dedicated to use this gift that God has blessed her with for His glory! I would LOVE a chance to ‘win’ this book to read to my preschool class. Giving them the gift of this book to use their talents to glorify the Lord! Thank you!

    • Tamara, please continue to encourage your daughter to use her voice and talent for His glory. Your voice of encouragement could make all the difference for her. I’m grateful for my mama!

  2. This is beautiful Dorina. I can’t wait to read this book and share it with my grandchildren and my sweet Filipino friends.

  3. This really touched my heart .. I grew up playing piano and organ and over the years was not able to keep up playing music! Now in my late 50’s playing music again has opened up my soul and brought me back to my God given talent … I love sharing music with my children and grandchildren … hearing them sing warms my heart even when we get the words wrong or make up our own ones !

  4. Dorina, Thank you for sharing your story of persistence to inspire us all. I can relate in so many areas of life. Sending you joy, Lisa

  5. This is beautiful! God has been sharing this with me in multiple ways, including this devotional. Everything we do, do it for the glory of God. Thank you for gracefully sharing our gifts.

  6. Thank you for a beautiful book on gifts and perseverance.
    I am looking forward to reading it and seeing if the tinikling Is similar to what they showed us in grade school
    God bless.

  7. The practicing is harder but with perseverance it does develop our gifts and talents.

  8. I enjoyed reading the story about you playing a piano as a young girl. Reminds me of when I was younger, as in grade school. I did piano lessons as there was a piano at our house out on the farm. We used to have a piano but we got rid of it. Too much money to pay for getting it tuned. I gave a small keyboard that I play once in awhile. So long that I have to remember how to play music. I enjoyed during through the years ago. I’m glad your daughter is doing a good job playing and writing music. I’m sure your new book will be nice for children. God bless!

  9. I have a grandchild I’d love to share this book with! Thank you for your encouragement in finding and using our gifts and talents.

  10. Thank you for this devotional. It brings back many memories, both of piano lessons and of learning tinikling in one of my college classes. Mostly, it reminds me that although God blesses us with many gifts and talents, usually they don’t come to us fully developed — it requires perseverance on our part to develop those gifts. I used to tell my young athletes that very few people are just born a great runner or ball player, they have to develop those skills over time and with hard work. I am realizing that the same is true after we get older, God is giving me opportunities to use my talents in a new way, but I’m having to put in the time and effort to develop them into what God is asking me to do. Thank you for this encouragement

    • I’m a Track & Field coach too. I love that we get the opportunity to pour into our athletes and encourage them to cultivate their skills and gifts!

  11. Its beautiful to see some of my own childhood gifts blooming in my children. Yet so hard to impart the wisdom i have now that it doesnt come naturally. It must be tended & grown. Hope this book makes that message a little easier.

  12. This is just the devotion that I needed. My daughter was considering ending her piano lessons partly because of her frustration with the lessons. I told her that we would pray about it and that God would send us an answer. This devotion was “right on time”!

  13. Dorina,

    Each Friday I volunteer with Loaves Fishes Food pantry. We put together food boxes & give out meals 4 nights a week. They also have clothing give away & yard sales. You can find me assisting them any way they need me. My church helps Recovery Soldiers ministry. I will buy needed supplies each month plus help put meals together when we feed the men. One of my favorite things to do each year is the Senior Angel Tree, for people over 60. It blesses my heart to give nice items & allow them to have a Christmas. Always on the look out for ways to help others & use my God given talents.

    Blessings 🙂