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A simple guy,witty at times but mostly melancholic. Trying-hard sanguine and an obsessed writer-wannabee!

When Work Has Its Challenges…

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We face difficulties and challenges differently. I for one would strategize how to get out of the situation, create resolutions and start working to sort things out. But other people respond differently. A friend of mine usually tries to detach herself to people when faced with challenges while another one, bursts out in discouragement and talks about it to everyone he meets.

Regardless of the challenges, one thing is for sure, our attitude determines our response to the situation. Responding negatively only brings more problems and frustration while responding the positive way helps fix the situation. We need to become part of the solution and not the problem.

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. -Hans Selye

Here are a couple of things I am learning while experiencing the challenges:

  1. Listen to other people’s concern but never retaliate – LISTEN. It pays to listen to a co-worker when they are venting out their frustrations. Although it might push us to retaliate when words gets very sharp but having the patience to sit for some time and know the root cause can help us better understand the situation.
  2. Affirm the other person’s point of view but rebuke when needed – the person will keep on telling the group that he or she is right. Regardless of how negative this may sound, affirming their remarks and observations helps the person to open up. We need to understand that this gives us the edge to also give our side of the observation. It becomes different when the person now pinpoints other people’s mistakes instead on focusing on what really is going on. That’s when rebuke comes in. I always remind myself to “rebuke with love” – the statement may be hard to take but sharing it the right way, without raising your voice and using right words that brings clarity not hatred matters.
  3. Always be cool-headed when talking to someone – having two hot-headed people in one room is too much. Someone will retaliate at any moment. According to my favorite author Zig Ziglar “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude…” and being cool even when discussing hot issues gives balance and resolution always.
  4. If needed, we need to be firm with what needs to be done and get both side’s commitment – verbalizing our comments, commitment and even with a simple “yes” or “no” can level the game. It always takes two or more people to fix the issue; it can never be resolved with you just absorbing everything. You need to tell the right people and discuss resolutions. Get the commitment of the person concerned to “move on” and do something about it and if possible, not talk about it anymore in a negative way.

I hope the things I’ve shared help. And if it does, please let me know! 😉

The “Aftershock” Experience

The camp was a blast! Here’s a pic compilation from the travel and during the event itself.

I believe God is doing something in Butuan City, regardless of what our eyes have seen. God is bringing down walls to breakforth into a  level of intimacy. 

Here is what the Lord shared in my heart during my early devotion before I step in to the area. 

Sharing this to you and see if this aligns to your heart. I have received this word last Wednesday upon our arrival and may it encourage you to bring Butuan in prayer as well.

Prophetic Word for Butuan Area: Romans 8

The spirit of God comes in power, the manifested presence that brought Jesus up from death is the same power that is at work in you. He shall be the quickening spirit that will bring light into the darkness. Because you are his remnant, the heirs of promise, the firstborn of what God is doing in this area.

And in this same authority, the Father gives both the glorious riches of His power to dwell in you.

So, do not fear if men rejects you but be excited because God is up to something and He wants to partner with you in the days to come. He will lift you up in due time, the bearings of the past does not define the fruit of the future. The remnant God is giving you is new, it is the mantle of sonship, the authority to thread on, build, uproot and restore.

And even if you see hardship,pain and fear in the naked eyes,God is saying move forward, move beyond what you see, move in the mindset of just being ordinary because it will drain you…but when sonship comes, authority to receive destiny is at hand.

For I have heard your prayers for so long, the desire to take this land as inheritance, the desire to bring in the harvest, to train and equip, to build the work of Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Have I not promised you in the past that I will be with you?have I not spoken my words to quicken you to move forward? have I not given you instruction that you will know what will the right steps be in season.

Behold I am opening doors for you and no man can shut it. I am expanding your territory, I am enlarging your tent, declares the Lord.There will be birth pains and struggles and fear of rejection and a battle to fight for.

But my love will sustain you,my grace is sufficient for you,my power is made known when weakness arises. Take delight in receiving your portion from this point forward.

You will see that I will fulfill it to you and the next kin of you,from this generation forward, I shall speak my blessings towards you.

Let us pray for Butuan City and its area because God will visit the place and will call His people to arise from dryness to a fulfilling season of rain and rebuilding.

Butuan City, Youth Camp and A Lot of Other Stuff

It’s the last day of April and I am excited to what’s in store for next month. For one, I’m going for the first time in 7 years back to the National Youth Camp, only this time, as a kuya. 

Butuan City, according to wikipedia:

Butuan (pronounced /bˈtwɑːn/), officially the City of Butuan (ButuanonDakbayan hong ButuanCebuanoDakbayan sa ButuanTagalogLungsod ng Butuan) and often referred to as Butuan City, is a highly urbanized city in the Philippines and the regional center of Caraga. It is located at the northeastern part of the Agusan Valley, Mindanao, sprawling across the Agusan River. It is bounded to the north, west and south by Agusan del Norte, to the east by Agusan del Sur and to the northwest by Butuan Bay. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 337,063 people.[4]

I believe God is doing something in the city and we are all excited what He will reveal through this season. 

Please pray also for our youth group of twenty something as we travel from Negros Oriental to Cebu by bus and barge and by boat overnight all the way to Nasipit. 

Also,since it will be on a weekday, I’ll be out of the office for the entire week and my boss approved of it. Wohoo!

And oh, I’m also helping with some church stuff with NIHOP’s Negros Youth Convergence 2017:

So,it is going to be a hectic month on top of work so please pray for the following:

  • Provision for travel, the activities and for my family as well
  • Protection in all the travels, promotional stints for the events
  • Good health as I do stuff because you know how I become workaholic

I appreciate your reading and send me a comment if you agree with me in prayer! Salamat!

At Random Shots

Just sharing some shots from my Asus Zenfone max 3 5.5 here. I hope you enjoy some of my “phoneography”while I tinker my new gadget and see where this will lead me. 

I guess I’m quite satisfied with my camera and I’ll post more when time permits. 
Bye!

God In The Marketplace…

Just wanted to share my testimony today:

An applicant came for an interview today and while going through the interview, shared his views about God and being an atheist. He is very knowledgeable on the theories and gave his points.

The Lord led me to ask him one simple question which led him to share that his belief might not be an absolute truth. I then asked if there was a time wherein he did ask God if he is real and he shared about a time when his mom had an operation and he prayed that if “He exists” then he will make his mom’s operation successful which the Lord granted. 

This gave me a way to bring in the truth of God’s way of showing himself to him. And with wisdom, looked right into his eyes and said these words “God showed his existence by answering your small prayer.” It led me to directly speak to his heart challenging his belief by blurting out that with your own experience of seeing your mom be healed was proof enough that a higher being was at work.

The applicant agreed to what I said and led him to share another life and death situation wherein the doctor gave his mom the final verdict after his accident,if after 8 hours in coma, there is a big possibility for him to die in a few hours. His mom prayed f0r him and after 1 hr and 30 mins, he woke up as if nothing happened.

This gave me the courage to give a bold statement to him – do not wait for God to show off his supernatural power through your experience in expense of your life. Because if you deny His existence even after these experiences, then you are actually trying to deny the very things you are seeing in your own eyes.

He ended up asking if we have a church in Basay he could go to where he could learn more of this same God I’m talking about. I ended up giving him my calling card and invited him on our Purity Ball with this assurance – If God has led you here for this reason and if you pass all our exams and interviews. I tell you, this is the starting point wherein God will turn it all around and you will experience the truth of God in a different way. 

And this applicant passed all our exams in one take and I know our God is not yet done revealing himself to him.

Blessings!

Kuya Vir

02/16/17