Starting From Scratch

I’ve been thinking of going back to writing stuff that makes me complete. I mean, I’m the kind of person who loves to write about anything but couldn’t seem to finish it for some reason…okay, I guess the passion dies down, I get mental blocks from time to time or for whatever the reason is.

Yep, I’m planning to go back into writing devotionals for next year but it will focus on certain topics that relates to me. As what every author says, you can never share something that is not based on experienced so I will focus on stuff that I have been learning and start from scratch.

Uhm, you might be asking why from scratch?

My recent post since early this year focused on the hard road of recovery from a very bad experience. And although I am still in the process of restoration, I strongly believe that if ever given the chance to speak about it – I would do so knowing that everyday is a constant reminder that I am created and still alive for a purpose. What an amazing grace I have experienced since then!

Okay, going back to the plan. The booklet will be entitled like “Starting From Scratch…” focusing on the restoration I have experienced through Christ, the love journey that started like a downhill and hope that didn’t disappoint me in the end.

I am not hoping that it will be published or whatsoever but it will be a book or booklet that will point me back to why the Lord has been in the process of my restoration, protection amidst everything else and the hope I strongly profess until now.

The bible says that we are being changed from glory to glory and that hope doesn’t disappoint us that even though we feel we are deteriorating, we have this hope in Him, through Christ. And that’s one message I could not bear to be silent about even when things go miry that expected.

Stay tuned and let’s see where this leads me.

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A Marketplace Lessons In The Parable of The Sower

I had an interview a couple of days ago for a supervisory academy role and the candidate was so on fire of his faith. It is amazing that we see people recommended for further training in leadership in the marketplace because of their stand, their work ethics and of course, their faith.

I have been a believer for most of my life and have worked in three industries for almost 11 years now. Since 2007, I ventured in the BPO marketplace which was the hyped industry at that time. I got in unexpectedly for a role I was not accustomed to, had my experience being trained and encountered a lot of errors in the making. But one thing for sure is amazing, I’m still here after 9 years and counting.

Now, going back to having that zeal in the workplace.

Jesus, the best author we can look into, talks about a parable of a farmer who went to work and did as he was always do day in and they out, Matthew 13 shares this story like this:

Then he (Jesus) told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.  Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

The marketplace, like a farm, is where I work. I often see this parable as something to consider when I’m at work. But more importantly, I tend to reflect on myself to as what kind of path I fell.

Considering the parable, Jesus gave us a good point in sharing the meaning of the parable is on the next few verses:

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.

I oftentimes doubt if I’m doing the right thing at work. I feel that I make some effort to make sure that I do my best to deliver results. In the long run, I often see myself moving away from what the bible speak about – specially about standing to what is right, to have the mind of Christ in all things and the fruit of the spirit in crucial times.

The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 

I honestly don’t brag about my faith. I seldom share it to my co-workers. I don’t talk about my faith as much as I want to. Of course, my actions will always reflect my christian standards but how long do I often make the mistake of not standing my ground to make sure I close an item? Ugh!

The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.

My walk in the Lord is not smooth. I am financially independent but I worry too much about my expenses. I often work just to pay off some debts and does not prioritize some stuff like before. I failed a couple of times with my tithes and oftentimes, give in to my drive to have a new gadget. (ugh,ugh!)

But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

But in all of these situations, I find myself referring to the word of God for comfort, for direction, for alignment and as much as I can for life lessons. This is where my faith fruits comes in. I see it in the way I talk, the way I do stuff and even with the ministry opportunities I have.

But let’s face this reality – being in the BPO industry has a lot of challenges and I honestly think that I’m currently intertwined with all of this at the same time at the moment.

I think I started the last few paragraphs with “Buts” justifying my actions and need to end with the reality that my faith comes from hearing (and correcting myself) for the benefit to grow in my father’s love, to my mentor’s teaching and to the one who’s lessons never fades in time. The word, as referred to the parable, is not just the gospel but the entire scripture that 2 Timothy 3:16 speaks about:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Because of what God has done, I am confident in saying that I was taught the right way, rebuked and corrected and trained to walk this path with confidence to do every good work.

The Siblings To Keep

My siblings are my treasures. I often fight with them or scold them but I love them all. My sickness brought me to the understanding that although we have our differences, it’s really is a “blood thicker than water” no matter what.

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Just imagine my older sister whose kids I love the most. She might have some lapses and mistakes in her past but she’s been doing all stuff to provide and take care of the four kids. Strong-willed but caring,even to me when my mom was away is something worth sharing. Regardless of her past, I love the only princess in our home, she’s one gift I’ll never give away.

My younger brother is one to stick around. The 3 of us still calls him “gang”,an endearment since he was a kid. He sometimes becomes rebellious but not to the point of no turning back. He took care of me when I got sick. He cooked for my meals even without sleep and carried me around going up or down the stairs, pulled my wheelchair and even cleaned me up when I couldn’t do it myself. I saw his immaturity but I also experienced his love for me when he became a kuya at one point in time.

My other sibling is my twin brother. We’ve been the closest friend ever since high school. He loves me, no questions asked. He’s also the only person I listen to when scolded. There was a time where I cried because he didn’t visit me at home. I texted him and told him I cried in the bathroom for an hour. It didn’t take an hour for me to see him with an ice cream on hand. He took care of me, carried me and even fed me when I can’t hold a spoon steadily. He sticks closer than any friend and accepts me for who I am.

I’m sharing these things to honor their lives. It’s never too late to say “thank you” through this. And yes, I did say it to them more than once.

My Jehovah Jireh Indeed

Jehovah Jireh means the “YHWH Provides” in the Hebrew language. It depicts provision of the ONE who is able. I experienced this reality in three aspects of my life right now. Sharing here speaks of the testimony of Jesus in my life – past, present and future.

God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all I could ever ask for or even imagine.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… Ephesians 3:20

He provided money for the entire duration of my medical struggles. I didn’t even experience lack even when on a five month hiatus at work. Simply amazing.

Of course, I loaned some money to pay my expenses but with a good condition to pay it when able. Isn’t that amazing?

Favor simply means having what’s not merited for us. I believe in this truth all through my ordeals even until now.

He is the peace that passes all our understanding.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus… Philippians 4:7

God gave me peace of mind. Having been diagnosed has its challenges but even in this great challenges, I find peace believing God is able to heal me. Four people have spoken words of healing to me. Three people dreamed of my healing in fullness. Hundreds prayed for me.

Can I just say “thank you” for all those times of God’s testing if I can stay put and trust him more even in the midst of circumstances. 

For His grace is sufficient in my weaknesses.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”… 2 Corinthians 12:9

I have experienced being strong-willed, having the physical strength to do stuff I could do on my own. But as my senior pastor would say “it takes God to put me in bed for me to realize many stuff…” is true.

I spent the first month out of the hospital,immobilized to the point of my mom or brother cleaning me up. I even had myself bathed by my mom because I can’t bend down, my brother cleaning my dump, my other brother washing my clothes and papa fixing my food. I was messed up. But God’s grace is sufficient for my needs.

In my insufficiency, He is there. In my struggles, He is there. In my great need, He is there. Indeed, He is able.

Today, I shared my testimony at church because I had my lungs checked-up and got a negative results from two doctors, a fit to work per se. I’m pneumonia free after 5 months. The medicine works! God healed me!

Now to Him who is able to keep me from falling, be glory and power and praise forever more.

Just Another Medical Update as of February 2015

I’ve been in the house for almost three months now. It’s been a hard fight to stay put – knowing that I’m the kind of person who was on the go almost every day when I was still working.

And yet, it is the Lord’s will to slow me down. Yes, I have to admit that there are times I want to hasten everything but the process seems to slow down. It is indeed a redefining moment for me.

Indeed, a living testimony of His enabling grace which meant…

  • To trust the Lord for the medicine to work, gain additional weight and increase intake of food. As for last check-up, the doctor confirmed that I am regaining my strength and stamina compared to the last few months
  • To walk again after a month of not being able to stand on my feet. I can now walk all alone, stand longer hours during worship time and even bend down and bow which I couldn’t do before
  • Having His strength from “strength to strength” which made me to still rely at times to people. Something that the Lord is dealing with me for some time now

May you please join me in prayer for the next few lines…

  • Financial provision for my next laboratory tests since I’m scheduled on March 23 for my medical check-up for my lungs and immune system
  • Travel to Bacolod to finish the laboratory and check-ups
  • Physical stamina and strength when I travel for the laboratory examinations which can last the entire day because it will be the same procedure as when I got admitted
  • Complete healing in my lungs as I feel better but of course, it will only be the doctor’s final word that can confirm that
  • To wait patiently before the Lord. It’s hard to wait; it’s harder to go from one phase to another.
  • Opportunities to open-up once I’m completely well and can go back to work

 

There have been a lot of changes lately, including my pattern of living. I am amazed on how the Lord has led me to trust God for my daily needs. Above all, to entrust to him my medical condition and complete healing.

Almost every time when I’m worshiping the Lord in my private quarter or at the church when tears will just fall and I would weep. I’m too emotional with my condition to the extent that I get easily disappointed, discouraged or feels discomfort.

But in all of these, I am more convinced that God is able to continue His purposes for me. That what He started in me will be completed in His due time.

If The Blog Remains As Is….

Blogging was and is an avenue for expressing myself. It was never an “informative-type” or “other-cliche” kind of thing. Just to be honest with it, it is and will remain a personal blog across topics. It can never be an easy to stick to one blog post but mundane sometimes as it can be, I can randomize my topics. Or so, I say….

The blog is personal and so is my faith. You will often read about my own experiences and the learning the Lord is teaching me along the way. It’s often hard to distinguish one experience from another but more easy to grab a lesson from it all. But all I can surely say is that faith, as if my personal blog, is something too personal that I have to express it.

2014 might be a busy year filled with many things but my 2015 will be busier in the blogosphere. I will maintain a blog post twice as much as I had to and will focus of faith, hope and love on a personal standpoint. Bad as it is, my niche blog has been a personal thought blog and will remain as is, no matter what.

And since I’m always changing, one thing remains, this blog will have to tag along this title for the remainder of my years.

The 2015 1st Quarter Mandate

I’ve been into the online world most of the times to let the day finish. It’s my way to make sure I can sleep straight at night because of the medications. I often sleep early a month ago ending myself to wake-up by 3AM. I couldn’t get back to sleep even if I want to.

But things change lately and part of it is to stay awake the whole day to make sure that by around 9PM, I can easily dose off to sleep. And yes, it’s pretty much a big help!

It’s 2015 and although I’m still in my recuperating stage, I need to get back on track for some things. This is to make sure that I also won’t forget some of my skills and critical thinking mindset. Of course, I’m not pushing myself to my limit. I’m taking it one small step at a time.

Just like a couple of weeks ago wherein I can’t even walk but decided to do something about it. I decided to walk without the aide of anyone else. Good thing I didn’t fell or bumped myself in doing so!

For this quarter, I intend to do some stuff which can basically help with my healing namely:

  1. Write a bi-weekly post on my personal blog (AlterEgo Project) and ministry blog ( The Forerunners Movement) to sedate myself.
  2. Try to roam around the grocery store twice-a-week to strengthen my legs and stamina in standing.
  3. Start helping out with the ministries I left behind like Generations Project, missions mobilization and preparing some training materials for some possible opportunities.
  4. Wait for opportunities to come up either in ministry or work.

I know the Lord has a lot in store for me but I must take one step at a time. It’s a prerogative to rest but I also need to have the will to live and be healed completely and without much complications.

Again, I rest my case before the Lord. I don’t want to rush things through and I’m all ears to what He intends to accomplish through these season.

2015’s Year of Jubilee

The year 2015 is my Jubilee year! I felt the nudge before 2014 ended that something is different for the year up ahead. I just know that it will be far more than what I’m imagining but at the same time challenging. It’s a transition stage as many would say.

For now, I just need to wait and rest. As the Lord showed his faithfulness for last quarter, I will see still His goodness to abound as I recuperate and wait upon the Lord’s direction for the year.

If you’re reading this post and felt the nudge to pray with me for my year, please do. It’s a new direction I’m facing and decisions have to be made that gave me peace even when it hurts. It’s a choice if I want to heal myself and stride to where and when He (my maker) leads me.

Thank you for reading.

Psalm 91: God is Our Refuge and Strength

I grew up in the care of my grandparents together with my siblings. I often remember my grandfather asking us to memorize Psalm 91 and recite it almost every prayer time early night time.

Looking back at my grandfather’s strict compliance made me realize that He probably knew how life will be and how God’s word, especially the Psalms can be an avenue of encouragement and refuge when life gets rough. I love the first few verses (1-3) of the Psalm below:

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

The psalmist has a close relationship with His creator, he knew that when he rests in God’s arm, he can also rest in the promises of God almighty. Basing through the next few verses allows you to understand that the psalmist experienced a lot of trials and God rescued him (or them) every time there was a problem.

Personally going through so many things lately made me realize if I truly understand these verses. Do I really entrust and rest in God even when in despair and in unbelieving circumstances?

To be honest about it, at first I didn’t. The experience of being hospitalized, continuous medications and check-ups because of certain complications seems to clog my vision of the challenges. Not to mention the financial aspect of it made me blur my vision of a Father who can take care of me – through friends and family (including my church family). I have fears until now. I also sometimes question certain things as well. I think that’s the usual challenges for people who are experiencing such medical challenges.

Second, I didn’t see my situation as a call from the Lord to rest. Because I’ve been working for more than 10 years now, my workaholic lifestyle took out the work-life balance God intends it to be. As a good friend once mentioned, I need to look into what God is telling me through it. That life is not just about work or the creation of wealth but of rest, of doing what I am passionate about and finding time to grow.

Lastly, I often wonder if God will directly heal me or let me go through these experiences. I believe that by His stripes, I am healed. But it seems that I’m going through this journey as part of the healing process. And yet, He also promised to go through it with me. I sometimes look in the mirror and ask myself if my health will be restored and deep inside, the answer is always a yes. I may not see everything now but God knows better.

Every day is a challenge, a time to rely more on God. Oftentimes I see it as kind of bleak but faith is what keeps me going. I trust Him even when things are different from what I expect it to be. To make Him Lord is hard when you want to be in control of the situation. The Lord has his good intentions for me.

His desperate love for us can’t deny this truth at the works of the cross. He will continue to rescue and protect us because we acknowledge Him. To acknowledge means to recognize him as our Lord and Savior. He will answer every time we call upon our needs and show us His salvation.

“Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

How about you? Are you having a hard time lately? Are you experiencing a faith-stretching circumstance right now?

God is in the business of taking care of us. Because of His great love for us, He will never leave us nor forsake us. The intentions may differ but the purpose and results will always allow us to focus back to Him who is able to keep us from falling.

Uncooked Rice and A Devotion

I couldn’t go back to sleep so I decided to cook rice for our breakfast. It was almost perfect only to find out that the gas range doesn’t have butane anymore. Epic fail indeed.

I decided to have my daily devotions instead. Having an early quiet time is sometimes endearing. It does make you think of all the details of what you’re currently reading.

I’m continuing my devotions to the book of Ephesians ( I’m currently at Chapter 4) and Paul mentioned that we are new citizens through Christ and should not do bad stuff anymore, to avoid lust and to avoid unhealthy talks. Our new goal is to live a holy life pleasing to God. He also reiterated that anger should not cause us to sin and be dealt before the sun goes down. When we disobey God, we give the enemy a footstool in our lives.

The chapter ended with a very endearing note to be kind, compassionate and forgiving. These characteristics found in Christ Jesus and part of the fruit of the spirit.

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

How often do we fail to be kind to one another? How can we show compassion to those who are in need? Can we truly forgive someone even if they’ve hurt us a lot?

The answers to these questions may differ but the bottom line is that it’s Christ’s command to do so. It may be hard and gritty at times but the Lord’s grace will be upon us. Just imagine receiving these gifts and then doing it to others as a gift as well. Remember, our goal is to become like Christ one step at a time.

A Time to Reflect, Rest and Be Vigilant

I was admitted at a local hospital for severe pneumonia and got an infection in the lungs. I was there for almost 10 days and now, continuous rest and medication is required before my next follow-up check-up this Thursday. I was advise to rest, recuperate and eat a lot. Something that I don’t or seldom do straight for ten days.

I often whine because I had nothing to do and someone as independent as I am has to depend on my brothers (and their wife) just in case I need or do something. I was often scolded as well because my stubborn behavior to always do it my way comes in the way. I even had a conflicting reasoning with my twin at times even on how to prepare.

It’s an excruciating experience because I’ve been always alone and managed to do stuff my way. It was a manner that I don’t want to be a burden to anyone. And yet, the Lord is teaching me about trust and dependency. Dependency is so many ways, is so many aspects in my so called life.

Nevertheless, I’m still in the midst of my dilemma, to medicate and rest, to reflect and be refreshed by God’s timing and instructions. To be vigilant with my help, make sure I’m okay and healthy.

The experience taught me three valuable lessons I’d like to end with:

  1. Being healthy is a necessity. I need to be healthy so that I can work, do stuff I love and live a balanced life. If not, everything can fall apart – especially with getting severe pneumonia and an infection. It cost me more than P 100,000.00 and a debt I also need to pay.
  2. The Lord’s lesson are sometimes hard to experience and faith-stretching. In the midst of a chaotic mind of trying to do it my way, I ended making unwise and unjust decisions. In the long run, God provided- in an unexpected way beyond everything I can think of.
  3. The journey to rest is long and yet necessary. To be restored again to good health requires discipline and sacrifice. It will be a time of great reflection, of scrutiny and of rest in God’s purposes and promises. I’m praying that this thirty days rest will find its worth in knowing that I’m here for change, for the better.

Thank you for reading this update and God place!

Looking Back To Move Forward

I always wanted to write. I first started writing stuff through my journal back in high school. There were a lot of topics back then and I couldn’t even finish anything that I’ve started. I wonder what could have happened if I had the time to finish everything that I’ve started.

Starting off was a story of seven warriors from the middle earth, sworn through a legacy all of them received through a prophecy. I just ended up finishing 3 chapters opening about the history of the warriors. I think I entitled it as “The Seven Star Warriors of Middle Earth“.

Another was a “Hardy Boys” style of mystery series wherein a kid witnessed a supposed to be a simple “hit and run” into a big syndicate’s secret plot. I ended the writing because it was tiring to finish a plot and not based it from the books I’ve read.

I also started writing about my experiences as a believer, thinking of writing some devotionals from my personal quiet times. I even started writing of specific topics like spiritual gifts, prophecy and spiritual disciplines. After a few articles, I ended up going back to posting updates and experiences.

It’s been like that since I started going back to blogging.

Now my passion is to write (and hopefully, finish) a topic I really wanted to write about. It’s something that I could believe can leave a legacy to what God has done and is doing in my life. It’s an amazing experience and hopefully, a good learning journey reading through it.

Looking back through the years made me realize that wisdom, learning and knowledge through experiences are different things when combined can help others build their lives on it. It’s an opportunity to journey together.

Today, I decided to write once more – not just a blog post but a series of simple articles that relates to my own spiritual journey and learning as a believer, a follower of Jesus Christ. And with that being said, I welcome once again my melancholic side to finish what I’ve started before.

The Month That Was January

Every month seems to be different and a fresh new start for the year 2014 is definitely part of it. There were a lot of unexpected things that I tried not to do but in the long run, I did join the bandwagon.

 

January seems to be colder these days that I started wearing a jacket at home and with the fan off because it’s really cold. I hope it stays until March. 🙂

The Higher Purpose

Our small group at church started with the workshop on our first meet-up but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to come back to finish the other sessions. I pray that God will allow me to finish this, find time to settle down and don’t do overtime at work.

Another Outreach Experience

I love reaching out to kids and the experience last Saturday led me to realize that there are kids out there who are not familiar with outsiders, kids who fears the camera and are shy. 

A Visit to the Derma Doctor

I was having allergic reaction since last year but it’s just this year that I was brave enough to have a check-up for the scaling in my face. Thank God for the medicines and I look better now, moisturized and no more scales!

Long weekend Rest Day

I filed a one day leave that leads to a 4 day rest day because of the Chinese New Year and Sat-Sun off. I love long weekends, staying at home and making the most of my experience with the kids and the internet connection.

New Opportunities

Some companies have sprung up and asked if I’d be interested to move and be part of their pioneering group. I sent my resumes and try to wait for a positive feedback. 🙂

Ministry Desires

I’d love ministering to people and this year seems to be more of it. My desire is to see people come alive with the message of the gospel, to see signs and wonders promised by the Lord and speak destiny to peoples lives.

What’s In Store For February?

Part of my goal this year is to gain weight, be healthy and mature. My prayer is that God will honor this desire as I work, have a balanced life and enjoy the journey up ahead.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Choosing Rightly For A Bright Future

Luke 9:61-62: Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Looking forward to a year of breakthrough? We first need to have the will to let go of our past – mistakes, failures and misgivings. We also need to let go of our achievements, goals and experiences. It’s hard,huh?

Like a farmer’s plow,it has to be steered by focusing on where it is going. The driver of the plow pushes itself forward to cultivate the land. The same goes with our relationship with the Lord, we need to move forward to and correct our steps to grow in him.

We then decide to toil for a better future by starting it right with God. We need to focus on Jesus and His words through the bible to grow, move forward and experience a fruitful life.

Our experiences determines where we are but can never determine where our future is heading. Where do you want to go from here? What do you want to accomplish? What do you need to let go to move forward?

These are beneficial questions for us as we start 2014 right and my prayer, we answer correctly and act on it as if it’s the end of the year and we can hear Jesus’ words “well done, good and faithful servant.”

Yolanda & The Molocaboc Island Experience

It’s been a week after typhoon “Yolanda” passed by the Visayas region which affected a lot of places and you get to see a lot of relief operations scattered across the region, offering support and volunteers to help those greatly affected.

Everyone seems to be focused with Tacloban and the Leyte province, there were a lot of areas affected in a span of half a day. One of the affected that we’ve visited today is at Molocaboc Island,somewhere north of Sagay City.

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The team traveled for 2 hours going to Sagay City,rode a pump boat for 40 minutes and walked for around 10 minutes going to a small church which is named “Hiding Place” in the island. The small community is the farthest within the island and is unfortunately not being reached immediately by the relief due to its location.

The group!

The dream team comprising of rescue volunteers, graduates, high schoolers, two kids and a teacher!

Oh by the way, we were a bunch of high schoolers, staffworkers, volunteers and graduates from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Mansilingan Christian Academy who went to the community for a day of service.

The goal was to distribute some relief goods in the area, do basic community work and have fun with the kids. And the name of the church was “Hiding Place”,hidden at the heart of the community and the mangrove trees!

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A church at the heart of the community!

I had so much fun together with the kids who participated with the action songs, group games and the story telling of Noah’s ark. It was fun hearing the kids sound the animals they all knew from the story. 🙂 It’s always great to be with kids even when we stayed 40 minutes under the scorching sun at mid day.

And yes – I’m sun burned and with allergies!

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Indeed, it was only through the wisdom of God that I was able to come up with a fun way sharing it, having all the kids from ages 5 years old to around 12 participate and listen attentively.

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At the end of the day, the group was able to minister to 152 families with 135 kids in one community alone. I wonder what we can still do after this experience for the next few weekends. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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And we walked for 30 to 40 minutes going back to the boat because of the low tide! Whew!

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With all that we’ve experienced today,it’s always is true to say that all honor and glory ONLY BELONGS TO THE KING who is able!

Through Thick & Thin

Manila was hit by flood, Visayas was struck by an earthquake and Mindanao experiences war and rumors of wars. What does this tell you? Well, aside from the fact that these are signs of the end times, natural calamities (& those that are man-made) will be part of life until Christ’s return. The Apostle Paul was right when he wrote it to the Romans one time –

Romans 8:20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

How then do we respond to all of these?

When calamity, chaos and panic stirs the earth from time to time, I often ask the question on how I should respond and not on the “why” or “what” of life. And yes, God is good because with all these inner struggles and questions, I was given a good reminder for my situation.

The verse God placed in my heart in this season became clear by reading through a couple of verses down the same chapter in Romans:

Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life (affected by the calamity), neither angels nor demons (who are sent to do these things), neither the present nor the future (after the calamity), nor any powers (natural disasters), neither height (of flood) nor depth (of quake) , nor anything else in all creation (wars and rumors of it), will be able to separate us from the love of God (that protects, bring favor and made us stand strong) that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (with His work on the cross).

Therefore, I find rest and assurance in God’s purpose and promises. God is and will always be in control – through thick and thin.

 
How about you? What has God been telling you lately about the current issues of this world? I hope it’s drawing you closer to our Creator, King and Savior and not the other way around.
 
God bless!

My October Madness

October is here and I’m still wrapped up with so many things at work. My work started with only two job caravans in a month until it reached to 4 or 5 offsite activities every month. It’s been a busy quarter,if you tell me.

But I still thank God for good health and I appreciate the opportunity to find rest and recreation from time to time. My weekends right now are filled with either staying at home or spending some good afternoon or evening fun with friends.

Looking at things clearly made me realize that even if I want to push myself to focus more in my ministry, I usually end up leaving it at the side for the moment. It has become a corner ministry. I miss doing so many things at the same time but time does not permit me. 😦

And I guess it’s pretty good to mention that October has a couple of holidays I can spend for these things. I also booked myself for October 31 – November 2 for the AGLOW International conference in Davao. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Lastly, I can’t wait for Christmas break to be with the cute ones. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

September Thoughts For The Christmas Season

I woke up the other with some Christmas carols from a neighbor’s stereo. I find it too early to do something at the start of September but preparing for this year’s yuletide season is a must with my growing family. I want it to be special since I just turned thirty (haha!).

In the simplest of ways, I wanted to spend a weekend somewhere exciting for my nieces and nephews. They love the beach and get’s excited every time we go for a family outing. Perhaps an overnight in Siquijor or La Limar will do. It would definitely be an enjoyable day for all of us.

I don’t know, these are all just plans for now. Hopefully, I’d come to realize this plans the soonest possible time.

The New Look Project

It’s the end of the first month of the last half of the year (it’s also called, July) and I’ve been thinking of doing a lot of things.

 

For one, I want to gain weight and will probably go to the gym to earn those pounds.

Two, I want to grow some beard so that I’ll have a new look.

Lastly, I want to color my hair with some highlights.

You’d probably notice that all the things I want to do is trying to change the way I look and yes, it’s probably a good idea! 😉

Overcoming Life’s Expectations

It’s amazing how God can change our perspective. Back when I was in college, I feared for my future. It came to a point to even questioning God why I had to experience those circumstances before. But that was 10 years ago and God has changed and blessed my life like never before.

OVERCOME

My small group discussion last night focused on why God allows hardships in our life. The activity allowed everyone to share their current dilemmas and apply God’s word in their own circumstances. It was amazing to see the group interact with one another. Another good thing that happened is that we get to learn the different struggles each of us faced and encouraged one another.

It was a simple fellowship with the exciting truth that God will always take care of us. This is the main reason why we can overcome anything in life. It’s because of what He did on the cross that we overcame sin and death, his grace and favor that allows us to go through difficult situations and come out victorious and because only of his mercy that we live in the promises of his words day in and out.

How about you? Are you struggling right now? How can God help through your circumstances? How do you intend to go through it? Do you have any concrete plans on how to solve it?

Your answers can impact everything you are going through and can change the very situation upside-down.

Here are a few learning from last night:

  1. The abundant life God offers is not an easy life but a journey filled with so many things, including tough experiences. It’s what makes life spicy. (John 10:10)
  2. We can overcome the world by God’s grace because He was able to do it for us. (John 16:33)
  3. He will take care of our future because He promised to do so but we have to do something by faith to get there. (Jeremiah 33:10)
  4. After tough experiences comes restoration and steadfastness ( 1 Peter 5:10)
  5. We have a new life in Christ because He died for us (Isaiah 53:5)

Be blessed today!