All posts by Vir Antonio

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

Crazy Book Ideas!

Got a crazy idea? I had one (again!) and this time, I had the guts to ask a close friend working in a christian publishing company if they can have a book about stories of pastors who were led astray using drugs and how they turned that mess into a message.

With some little chat over Facebook and going through some Q & A portion from her, I ended up asking her to send me the “Book Proposal Submission Guidelines” that needed to be filled-out.

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After browsing through the guidelines and questions to answer, I was shock that it takes not only guts to write a book but a lot of reflecting and rewriting to let the message through. Here’s one of my answer below that needed a lot of time to rewrite:

“The main theme of the book is about how God rescued individuals from drug dependence and made it a message for others to be set free as well. It was very evident that God made it possible for these pastors to have a way of escape and their lives were never the same….”

I’m honest enough to share that this is something that thrills me and will entail much time and research! With the issues and concerns of the drug epidemic today, their stories can personally bring a positive impact to our church community in the Philippines. And hopefully, we as the church, to see the importance of taking part of God’s redemptive move for those enslaved by drug dependence. I hope that through this project, we can give light to the real issue and bring a different perspective with love and acceptance.

As a preview, here’s a chapter synopsis / abstract I’ve forwarded to my friend:

“Living in the limelight as an actor has its privileges but when everything turns awry by falsely being convicted of homicide, everything fell apart. His wife left him, his kids were misguided and yet he continued using drugs inside the city jail.

But one encounter inside the City Jail led him to meet Jesus at the crossroad but it didn’t just end there, he was set free from drug dependence immediately and the Lord paved the way for his parole after two decades in prison.

He now shares his testimony to different conferences and activities, giving hope that God can change our situation in the blink of an eye….”

Pray with me on this project and if you happen to know someone who has a story to tell, please share them to me by sending it through email at virsilva@gmail.com. God bless and thank you for reading! 😉

 

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Work Rants and Some Other Stuff…

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I’ve been dreaming of applying for an online job. Although this may entail me to work on the wee hours of the night, at least I can have some spare time doing something else. Working for some time in the corporate world makes you see things differently. In a span of 15 days, I’ve noticed that I am spending more than 10 hours regularly ( averaging to 12 to 16 hours every other day for the last 3 weeks) to meet deadlines and joining meetings.

I also noticed a decrease in my sleeping habit and although there are good amenities in my room, I usually spend my days or nights on my bed rather than enjoying the perks of being single.

Recently, I’ve been asking my self what I really want to do in life. The crazy feeling of wanting to work online spurs me to look for some online job. The search seems to be as easy as 1,2 and 3 but getting feedback is definitely entails a lot of patience. I want to be in a work wherein I can be my own boss or should I have one, a client who is miles away from me. I love to work alone, finish projects and spend time researching and learning new stuff online. This is what drives me right now to be online most of the time.

But seriously, I will miss talking to co-workers on important stuff, spending time doing reports and spearheading coaching sessions as well. These are also important to make me sane from time to time.

Simply put, this rant is just to make me vent out on some stuff on my mind and get to understand the feeling of being free to do stuff, earn while doing the things you love most and grow in another level of maturity outside the four walls of the office.

How about you, how are you doing today?

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!