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!

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Robinsons Place: At a Glance

A lot of people have been waiting for the new mall to open hopefully next year – Robinsons Place!

With the many rumors of the said mall not to be finished or whatever, I took some pictures to see how the Robinsons site has been doing and building. The pictures were taken last Thursday, November 13th, 2008.

Glance at a distance

Well, Hopefully this place will be up in no time so we can have “variety” of places to hang-out and chill-out other than the usual ammenities that we currently up.

Just an Early Hue…

I was up early because I wanted to upload my new pics online at friendster and in hot dumagueteños as well. Unfortunately, Friendster is down so I decided to upload it in Flickr and get back to it as soon as the network is done with their maintenance.

By the way, Hot Dumagueteños is at 13 members, unfortunately, most are not from Dumaguete… Bad me! I forgot to double check my emails before sending the automatic invite of the website. Tsk…Tsk…Tsk…

Anyway, this can also be a good avenue of us ( from here) showing them what we can be and what we have as “people of the province” ( Yikes!)

Out of the total 13 members, I know of only 3 who are from here and 1 of them is in the KSA working. ( Hi EPpie!!!)

So, where are the rest of the hot dumaagueteños? Hhhmmm….

Here is one latest pic I got after taking a bath… Hehehe… ( What an ending!) Ain’t it hot? joke!!!

The problem with this picture is that I took it inside the bathroom and the bowl is at sight! (Gosh!)

Anyway, It’s still is a good take!

Hehehe…

A Day at the Office!

I always wanted to have a digital camera and give photography a shot for quite some time. So with all the equating of money, timeline and other payments,I decided to order one from a co-worker. And just today, I got with my new Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W120. Yey!

The first thing that popped to my mind was create another blog about the pictures I’ve taken but the site is still on the construction period. Hehehe… So, what can I do with a cybershot on my hand? I took the liberty to take the pics of my co-workers and just the typical day at the office…

All in A Day’s WOrk…

A new member has joined our Recruitment Team and I’d say he had a really blasting day having to see and experience how we do our daily tasks plus the weird stuff we do the entire day!

I haven’t talk to him but mind you, I was the one who interviewed him for the Associate post and then recommended him for the Specialist post instead.



At last, we have 3 guys in the team and I’d say this will be exciting as all tasks and responsibilities can be proportionately divided by everyone,not to mention we can now have 3 teams comprising of a guy-girl tandem!

At the right side is a sneak peak of the testing area with the 3 guys and a gal. This was taken in the late afternoon before I had an interview with a particular applicant. Hehehe… Can anyone say ” Narcissistic”?


Of course, the day wont end with the entire team having our Wednesday meeting with the updates, the hits and the fun of chatting about what’s about to happen in Cebu, the Duma gods show and the like. At this juncture, The team decided to have the TA Board updated with the new team member and of course, new photographer as well – me!

Thanks for Reading!

Dumaguete Bloggers!

Yey! My 2 blogs was added to Dumaguete site! And yes folks, it’s something to be excited about if you tell me because I have been looking for Dumagueteños who are into blogging as well.

To mention Dumaguete bloggers, the upcoming NegOr IT Expo 2008 is inviting all bloggers and technopreneurs to join this December 1-2, 2008 at the Negros Convention Center. Although joining the event may incur cost, I believe this will be an avenue to share ideas and be heard during the 2 day event.

I’m currently part of the organizing commitee ( sleaky me… Hehehehe) and I’d say this is something promising. So, for all those bloggers who are into e-business, send me a message and who know’s you’d hit it big after this event!

By the way, the said event will be handled by the Negros Oriental/ Dumaguete ICT Group,who are composed of different schools, goverment and private businesses respectively. Click my name to learn more!

Thanks,
Vir