Good Good Father!

There are some songs that allows us to reflect and makes us sit in amazement of who our Father in heaven is. One good song is “Good,good Father” penned by Pat Barrett and Tony Brown of Housefires. Their song is the best expression of what Romans 8:15 talks about “we did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’”

Another good verse is from Galatians 4:7 which shares that we “…are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.”

This is how I felt and received while I reflected and pondered for these past few days. And it allowed me to understand that life is a mixture of different things and yet my father in heaven remains the same – yesterday, today and forever. This is the assurance I have in Him and for him alone.

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I hope you will experience the acceptance and love from our heavenly father as it resonates in this beautiful song of a son engrossed with the goodness of God:

Here’s the interview clip of Chris Tomlin about the song and how it brought impact to many of those who have heard this song.

Here are additional trivia of the songs taken from Songfacts:

  • The original composer and singers were  Pat Barrett and Tony Brown
  • Released as a single, Tomlin’s version debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Christian Digital Songs chart, the worship singer’s fourth leader on the tally
  • Local Atlanta act Housefires originally recorded “Good Good Father” on their 2014 Housefires II album
  • Other artists that have recorded the song include Casting Crowns, Big Daddy Weave and Zealand Worship.
  • This won Song of the Year at the 2016 Dove Awards.
  • Pat Barrett was originally inspired by his own role as a father to write the song and was quoted in CBN “When I started having kids and I’m looking at my daughter Harper Gray, and I’m like, ‘How am I going to explain God to you?'”

If you are also want to know more about the band Housefires, click here – Housefires.

What about you? How is your heart doing? Any good songs to recommend for reflections and just maybe, help someone with their experiences by encouraging them through a song. 🙂

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Christ Is Our Light

Spending my quiet time to understand darkness and light. Here are a few thoughts:

1.) A small light can illuminate the darkest place on earth. It symbolizes hope in our desperation, a glimmer of hope makes us jump in enthusiasm that something BETTER IS IN STORE.

2.) Light can overcome the darkness but not the other way around. Christ is symbolized as the light of the world. And because He is the light, darkness will submit to his power and authority.

3.) The break of dawn symbolizes a new day to ponder, to fight for, to live and enjoy. Hope is renewed, it rejuvenates and it allows us to give our best for the day once again.

Mark today as a new day filled with hope and positivity. It may be challenging to venture out but like darkness, it will not last.

If we are to change “light” with Christ’s name on it. It simply says that “Christ shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome Him.”

The Process Of Restoration

Isaiah 61:7 “Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land, they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.”

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I’ve been meeting with my mentors for the past weekends since January as part of the process of restoration. During these opportunities, I get to see them not as pastors but as parents. It was a season of renewing, one on one mentoring and having to sit down and listen to both of them.

If you are not aware of what happened, please click here to know why I am on disciplinary action. I still believe that confessing it in public was the most powerful experience I have been in to but meeting with both of them every weekend makes it more appealing, relating their love for me as a son. In the past few weeks, I haven’t heard anything bad about me, never ridiculed my wrongdoings or even condemned me for my past sins. It was more of a time of good food and a whole lot of time of loving!

For the last 6 weeks, here’s what I have done alone or together with them:

  1. I’ve spent almost every Saturday and Sunday with them, either by eating with them or doing activities at their home, mostly resting and eating snacks or lunch together, sometimes watching tv and a couple of hours of sincere talks about spiritual things, releasing of emotional baggages and the testimony of a love that conquers all (their love story!).
  2. A drive going to Bais with Uncle Lem, talking about life decisions, protecting myself from the cares of the world and encouraging me that there have been changes they have noticed on how I am, even when I am not talking. The importance of accountability and people who will protect and cover for me in prayer and encouragement.
  3. The opportunity to pray with both of them, listen to them and humbly submitting to their authority. To be covered in prayer, the laying of hands and the hugs (almost all the time) from them makes it real to me that they love me, even in the past that I have, they do love me.
  4. The blessing of having to eat with them during meal time. Auntie Tessie being my spiritual mom, will let me sit and wait for the food to be prepared. To eat what Uncle Lem and she will have is one of the best experience in this season.
  5. Praying, meditating, reading articles about redemption, restoration and renewal of the covenant with the Lord in my room.
  6. Writing blogs and tweets that reflects my experiences, lessons I am learning and even the struggles I’ve encountered so far.
  7. Listening to sermons about purity, one on one talk with Uncle Lemuel and with my personal quiet time with the Lord.
  8. Personal daily worship with the Lord, praying daily and journaling my thoughts.
  9. The changes in how I worship in the congregation, I no longer care how others may look or think of me except on how God sees me as I am.
  10. A time spent with my spiritual sisters and brothers ( Yhem and Micah, Kuya Dan and Christian, Viz and Lutzine) and how they have received my imperfections, my struggles and the encouragement to pursue godliness and purity.

Lastly, when Auntie Tessie spoke these very words last night “You are now restored fully in the ministry God has placed you…”. I answered back with “Yes, I am restored from the time we talked up to tonight…” She interrupted me this time by saying  “No, you are now fully restored in the ministry and in the leadership God has placed you.”

I was jumping for joy not because I can do the stuff I’ve been doing but because in their eyes, I have fully accomplished what I needed to learn in this season. In this season, God was relentless in making sure I am restored in the fullness of who I am in Christ Jesus.

Why do I need to share these things here? You probably needed to hear from someone who came from the pit of sin and how God helped me in the season I am in. I believe that restoration is a process of fine-tuning, and it will hurt you, break you, kill your selfish desires and even rebuke you. But there is also another side of the process wherein love is shown in simple ways, kindness, and grace bestowed in the small ways and in all of these, restoration and forgiveness.

Does it mean I can do whatever I want to do from this point forward? No, it will not work that way. I will continue to spend time with Uncle Lem and Auntie Tessie, not as part of the process but because I want to spend my days with them – to support, protect and minister with them. I also have a lot of people covering me, protecting me, checking on me and help me along the way. Freedom in Christ is not a one time experience, it is a process that we need to go through in a season.

What do I do now? I want to serve the church, the best way I can, with the very same words of Isaiah I am now receiving the double portion, a lot where I can grow and minister and the joy of the Lord to be my strength to pursue destiny. I want to use all of my experiences, lessons I have learned and God’s power of restoration to minister to the broken, the prodigals and the self-righteous like me.

I hope you are blessed with what I have shared and please do comment and share this post!

A Testimony Talk

“The moment we make our mess into a message of hope and the testings our testimony, we celebrate the victory we have in Christ Jesus.”

I had the opportunity to talk last night in a youth group about 1 Corinthians 13. By God’s grace, I hope I was able to present a very good and thorough explaination of what true love is, basing it in the written word of God, the bible.

Amazing things happen when you know God walks through the door and makes you tell your testimony to a group of youngsters.

Perhaps, I’ll share it here one time but for now, be praying to God about it. 😉

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!

The “Pacute” Effect for a camera

I went to SM City yesterday and tried looking for a top to pair with my white jeans but unfortunately didn’t find any that fits me.

After being tired of going around the mall, I finally decided to pass by Picture City and inquire about the Canon S220 that I was supposed to buy. The camera was out of stock and my reservation is still pending since it will only be available by Thursday of next week. 😦

They said it was out of stock but I came home with one.

I didn’t want to go home without trying to get a new camera for tonight so I decided to try my luck convincing them to find one. After much “pacute” effect for 5 minutes, the supervisor finally decided to offer his reserved camera of the same brand. And take note, of an additional discounted price of P 3,600.00.

I think luck is on my side and I’m crossing my fingers for those PSP tonight. 😉

The Good,The Bad and The…

The Visayas Blogging Summit 2010 was a good avenue to learn a lot of things on how to blog and how investing money, time and effort to write a good blog pays much. It was also a good opportunity to learn about making my blog interesting and earn an investment out of it.

Personally, I really appreciate the sessions about advocacy blogging and how blogging and social media affects the way we do things today. I would have wanted to sit down and do discuss about how social media and our blogs affect my work as a marketing coordinator for a BPO company but time did not permit me.

I know that there will be a lot of bloggers who will blog about their own experience and I’m excited to read every one of them. But for this blog entry, I have entitled this one as ” The Good, The Bad and The…” to share about my experience, my take on the event and perhaps a little tip on how to improve for the next event.

THE GOOD

Topics were very interesting and can be used to further someone’s craft as a blogger. From tips on how to create a good entry in making money online,one is sure to be excited to go home and blog about it. The other topics caught my attention as well especially in being actively involved (offline and online) for a good cause.

If I have the time, I’ll share some of those learnings here.

I strongly salute the organizers of the event, they were able to get a lot of sponsors and invited many speakers for the event. As per experience, you seldom get a lot of good speakers in one event and the Visayas Blogging Summit is one event that I would truly appreciate each topics and speakers in one way or another.

The topics were well thought of and definitely timely to the changing world of the pinoyblogosphere. It showcases that blogging is not just a hobby but a responsibility as well. (Bow to the organizers!)

I also love the freebies! I got a lot of freebies when asking 2 questions and just by being there. I seldom get a lot of freebies in an event so I’d say being in the summit is worthwhile. (Bow to the sponsors!)

Good food creates good vibes and with a lot of free food to munch and coffee to sip while feeling cozy sitting down is definitely a good experience. (Bow to the the food providers!)

THE BAD

Like what one speaker has said, “our views and opinions differs from one another” and I hope that what I will share be categorized as one and be accepted as constructive criticism rather than an insult to some of what I have to the organizers.

The Lights

SM Cinema 2 is a good venue for the blogging summit, I guess my only concern are the lights! It could have been better if we have the venue brighter. The speakers would have been able to interact more if they see the faces of those who were asking, know if their audience are still listening and the like.

The Topics

I love the topics discussed from start to finish but we only have limited time to dig deep about each one. I personally wanted to learn more about how digital media affects businesses since I am working in a company who just started investing with social media.

Some of the topics could probably be combined and have longer sessions ( 45 minutes…) and can include a 15-20 minutes workshop. This way, bloggers will have 1st hand experience on how to do these stuff and not just in theory.

Also, there were probably some people who had “information overload” considering that we have a variety of short topics in one day. Longer sessions with less topics is the best way I guess to focus on some essential topics in giving a broader perspective in terms of essentials, profitability and marketing tips that would make effective blogging – newbie or not, a success.

The…END.

The 1st Visayas Blogging Summit is an effort to accomplish. I remembered my days when I tried working my ass out to promote and there were only a few who really came. Just to note, an event is not considered a success only out of the number of attendees but also of the quality of output afterwards. The real achievement perhaps is to see people blog out of passion, find their niche and become responsible individuals (online and offline) creating impact to our society and the country.

To end my blog post, I would say that the 1st Visayas Blogging Summit is definitely A-OKAY! I salute all the organizers who have exerted effort in making my first summit experience the BEST!

The Blogging Summit 2010

It’s 4:43am and I still haven’t decided whether to pursue going to Iloilo and attend the Visayas Blogging Summit 2010. The summit is first in the Visayas where many bloggers from all walks of life will meet and learn more about –> BLOGGING.

Blogging has been always part of my life and perhaps an avenue to rant about anything and learning more about it could be a great experience. With the summit just an hour away from Bacolod, this is something that is not to be missed. (So,what keeps me from deciding in taking the first trip to Iloilo?)

What are my expectations in this ONE TIME-BIG TIME event?

1. A lot of people – of course,you can never call it a summit when there are only a few people in the audience.

2. A lot of neardy talks about blogs – forgive me the term, but I’m a nerd in disguise.

3. A lot of new friends and acquaintances – why join an event if you can’t get connections,right?

4. A lot of foods – there are a few restaurants I’ve been to in Iloilo but this will be another avenue of less talk,more food!

5. A lot of learnings – Wasting my money and time going to Iloilo –> NAH, I’m going there to learn more and get the worth of my time spending with fellow bloggers!

With 5 lists to ponder on, it goes to show that I’m going to the summit and pack my bag before the 6:00am trip! See you everyone! Whoever you are… Lol!

The “UNDAS” Holiday

I still remember my younger years when I play around the cemetery every November 1. I used to play hide and seek and jump around the tombs with my cousins and friends. It was definitely a good memory.

I also remembered doing business out of the melted candles by filling up a tin can and then selling it for a good price (for a kid,P 15.00 was okay!).

Trying to relive those memories let me understand that sometimes our holidays are not to celebrate (or in this case) remember important people in our lives but just to relax and unwind from the busyness of life and skipping diets.

After two blogs about work, it’s time to let go of the bitterness of toxicity and embrace the challenges by placing it in the right hands – God’s.

Church yesterday was also a good experience after a month of not being able to go for Sunday service because of work. I fully understand the reason why God really rested on the 7th day.

For the rest and the Undas holiday,surely this is a great experience!

A Lesson About Pressures and Prayers

You might have read my previous post days ago about my current experience with work and the pressure of meeting the demands of the job. That post helped a lot in making me realize a lot of things as much as clear my mind on what to do and not to do.

First of all, the blog post was a rant to express my uneasiness. I was uneasy being pressured as if I’m not doing good with my job. In reality,I had a lot lapses with the stuff I made and it’s really hard to come across people who scrutinizes our mistakes and not see the entire outcome of an event. It really added insult to the injury.

But our God is gracious, He has taught me to be patient and forgiving. I love to sulk in the idea that people hates me but it’s more fun to let go of that thought and move on. I’ll try my best to be friendly and do as much as I can with regards to my job. I don’t want to hold grudges considering that we still have one big mountain to climb before 2010 ends.

Another good lesson the Lord has taught me is that pursuing an excellent job doesn’t mean that we are exempted for failure. There are times when everything that we’re doing seems meaningless (like the author of Ecclesiastes have mentioned).

There will also be times when we forget to do the most important and necessary things to accomplish a good project. I don’t want to make it a lame excuse that we’re human and is prone to err but I have to agree that there are some things that we don’t have a hold of and what we can only do is learn from it and move on. Once we encounter the same issues,we better not do the same mistakes again.

Excellence as I come to know it is measuring up to your own capabilities and not of others. I now partially understand that an excellent job is making sure I did my very best (even when there are lapses) and then, on bended knees asked the Creator of Heaven and Earth to help me. True excellence is when I humble down at the feet of my savior for help and just exhaust myself in prayer.

To sum it all up, I strongly believe that with prayers and a little faith from the Lord can do so much! Thank you Lord,you made me realize that pressure is part of life but when we’re down on our knees,anything can happen especially when all things seems to be bleak!