Wednesday, May 22, 2019

You are important to God. :)

Last week, I wanted to visit my aunt who was in the hospital and just had an operation. I had a full day of transactions to do that day and I have no personal transpo to bring me quickly to where I have to go. I was torn between going to my aunt or going straight to do my transactions. Unfortunately there were no taxi passing at Alabang-Zapote road at the time. With 3 kids in tow, we rode a bus going to Manila from Las Pinas. (No Grab app yet. hehehe... will add it). I was surprised that the bus went straight to Macapagal skipping Baclaran, then it turned right to Edsa and left to Roxas Boulevard! And coming to full view, I saw San Juan De Dios Hospital where my aunt was confined. I shouted, "Para po sa San Juan De Dios!" Praise God! To me, it was like we were chaffeured by the bus to the hospital. 😲🙏😇😍 During the visit, the kids and I prayed over my aunt. I truly felt that it was there were God wanted me to be. Do you have a problem and you think that it is not worthy of God's attention? No problem is too big or too small for our dear God. 🥰 He loves you and cares about every detail of your being. Come to Him, call upon our Father. 🙏🙏🙏 He is just waiting. 😉 ~~~~~~ Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. ~Luke 12:6-7

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
~Hebrews 4:16

Friday, January 18, 2019

Want a free ticket to Holy Land?

Towards the end of 2018, I finally received the full payment for a real estate deal I closed in May.  I was thinking, did I already tithe for this transaction?  Checking my accounts, I cannot confirm it. I took the time to verify also from the organization where I usually give but they cannot confirm it too. More than a week has passed by and I still am not sure if I already did.  Until it struck me, “Ano ka ba? Nakikipagtuusan ka pa ba kay God.  Sa Kanya naman nanggaling lahat ‘yan.”

Can you guess what I did?

I just gave my tithe and more.  It was a good thing too that early on in our marriage, Bernie, my husband said that I am in charge when it comes to our family tithing.  He will not question it.  I have a hunch that I already gave my tithe, but I no longer want to keep tabs with God about how much I have already given.  And besides, everything came from Him and so I just gave even if it meant that I might be giving double. 

I decided to give through the Kerygma magazine subscription because I believe that the magazine is a window where readers can see how God works and how they can deepen their relationship with God.  It will also be a chance for them to have a glimpse about The Feast and I am hoping that they will attend too.  I prayed and asked God for guidance to whom He wanted me to reach out to and give free Kerygma magazine subscriptions.  

Just obey and God will do the rest.

Funny that after giving, it dawned on me how I already gave back earlier in May and why it did not appear in my records.  But I said, “I am happy Lord.  😊  Kidding our God, I said, “Advanced ko na po yun for 2019 ha!” 

God is healing my limiting belief.

On the second week of January, I was assessing our family’s financial state and I saw that we do not have much.  I looked backed on my recent deals and realized that God has given me enough opportunity to earn more but instead of charging for the value of my services I just let it pass and give it for free.  There is also an instance when I could have priced a property we developed for a higher amount but I did not, only because I wanted it to be sold quickly and a friend was already interested with it.  I was afraid that it might take longer to sell it if I will increase my asking price.  But properties in the area were selling like pancakes. 

For the first time, I realized that it was not that I am generous or kind but that I opted to let go of the opportunity to earn more just so they will not think that I am only after the money and also because I do not want to be arguing about money.  It was then that I realized that I still have a limiting belief even if I know that God can give me anything and that all He wanted is to bless me.

God has it all planned.

On, January 13, I attended the first session of The Feast at the Bay Area and was intently listening to Bro. Bo Sanchez regarding having the courage to let go.  I was asking myself, was brother Bo talking to me?  He said, “Let go… What you are holding on might even be good. But God has something better for you.”

Prior to attending the session, I was troubled on what to do about a recent commitment.  Doing it will be good since I will be helping a friend, but it will also deprive me of an opportunity to financially grow for my family.  Before leaving the Feast, I already knew what I had to do. 

And so, I left PICC to act on that decision.

I called my sister in the US and asked her to watch the FEAST LIVE STREAM for me and told her jokingly, “Baka manalo ako sa paraffle ng Kerygma” to which she replied, “Kinabahan ako ate!” to us, it meant that I will most probably win it.

A few minutes later, a friend sent me a message announcing that I won the Kerygma Mission Partner HOLY LAND Pilgrimage package! God even chooses who will give me the message.  She is someone I look up to when it comes to real estate entrepreneurship and sharing God’s love.  And here I am alone at the roof deck of the property I am about to renovate, crying with joy. 😊  

Bro. Bo Sanchez announcing the winner - Me! :) 
My tithing got me a free ticket to Holy Land!

I was crying and I was thinking how near our God is.  How he had everything planned: my obedience to Him about letting go, the tithing, me realizing my limiting belief, and me winning the grand prize.  

Bro. Bo with the DTI representatives validating the
winning entry
Simultaneous with this announcement of winning, I also received wisdom on how I will still be able to help my friend without me being too tangled with it and to charge for the actual value of my services.  God is curing me from my limiting belief.  It was like literally God was just next to me watching my every step guiding me as I obey. 

Amazing isn’t? As if what has already transpired is not enough proof that He is present and is always with us, as I am writing this, someone called out in our gate, the delivery man from LBC.  And guess what?  He delivered the letter from Shepherd’s Voice Publication announcing my winning the grand prize!  Of course, it made me cry again. Hahahaha! Silly me! 😊 The arrival of the letter was like God saying to me, “Good job!”

GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US... watching over us and looking after our every need.

Thank you, Lord, for your love and your presence. 😊

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

OBJECTIONS are Welcome! :)

Stalled to do something that you should have done two days ago, a week ago, a month ago or even a year ago? 

Could it be because you are shy, or are scared to be laughed at or you are afraid that what you are about to deliver is not good enough?  Are you afraid of objections? 

Stop. Instead of thinking that what you will do or give is not good enough, think about WHAT BENEFIT IS THE OBJECTION GIVING YOU. :) Replace the negative thoughts of rejection with the benefit of what it will bring.

What you are giving may be liked or not liked.  But you'll only know the answer once you take action.  

Most of the time, your product or service is already good and will be pleasantly received.  It is already of great value that is why you thought of offering/giving it in the first place.  It’s just you who is delaying the action.  

If in case the result is an objection, again, think about what benefit is the objection giving you.  Learn and move on.  It can be an opportunity to improve your product or service or the objection may just be a redirection to a better deal.  Get done with it. 😊 Win-win! 😊

Here’s a quote from W. Clement Stone – the co-author of Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude
Success is achieved and maintained by those who try, and keep trying, for there is nothing to lose by trying and a great deal to gain if successful. By all means TRY!

Whether you are offering a product or a service, think about how others will benefit from it and how great it is that you will be able to help.  So, don’t be shy but be happy to deliver. Be a blessing. Take  action.

Special thanks to John R. Pagulayan of The Freelance Movement for the gist of these thoughts are my take-away from his talk today and for inspiring me to take action.  I hope it will have the same effect on you. 😊

Monday, October 30, 2017

Music Can Heal Us

Music can heal us. 

Yesterday, I was blessed to be present at The Feast Bay Area, AM Feast​ and have witnessed LaDonna Taylor play the violin.

I pray that you will receive the healing you need as you watch and listen to the sharing and music of LaDonna Taylor.  The key is to immerse in His glory

I believe that I was there to listen to her music yesterday so that I can share this with you today.  Be healed, in Jesus name.  Amen!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Choosing Blessing Over Misery

Just recently, a person I am dealing with broke the conditions of our agreement.  Not only once but in succession.  He did not keep his part of the agreement one condition after the other.

I kept quiet.  I reminded myself that everything is a blessing.   What good can come out of this situation?  What is God trying to teach me or show me? Surely, He has a great plan.

With that pause and thought, by God's grace, I was saved from diving into anger,  bitterness and misery. 

One by one, the blessings of the situation unfolded.  And so the saying goes, "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.":

(1) I was given the opportunity to see how the other person thinks.  
 Were it not for the situation, I would have still believed that the person did not mean to do the wrong that he has previously done and was only forced to do it by the influence of the people around him; With the turn of events, I had the chance to assess that it was his preference not to honor our agreement.   Sad but true.

(2) I am thankful that I am the one who is in the position to understand and not the one to be understood.   
Seeking to understand another person opens a window for you to grow, to have a better perspective of where the person is coming from... Why they think that way?  A person may have done the wrong thing but  understanding will still make it easier for you to face the situation.

As for me, I was spared of feeling angry, bitter and miserable.  :)  Sometimes, just showing kindness to a person helps them realize their mistake without a need to go through a heated argument.

But ofcourse, it is still our responsibility to correct.  You also don't want the person to do the same thing to other people.  But at least, I hope with understanding, you'll be able to say it in a diplomatic way. :)  

(3) I was given an opportunity to exercise forgiveness.  
According to Dr. Wayne Dyer, "You practice forgiveness for two reasons:  to let others know that you no longer wish to be in a state of hostility with them and to free yourself from the self-defeating energy of resentment.  Send love in some form to those who have wronged you and notice how much better you feel."  

I did send love and I felt great and liberated! 

(4) Strengthed relationship between God, me and my husband.  
The situation only enabled me and my husband to work hand in hand in facing life's challenges and turn to God for help.  It became an opportunity for us to weigh what is more important to us.  We called on to God to enlighten us and to help us see things His way.  

At the end, you'll see that relationships are more important than money.  Money can't buy you peace. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bask in God's Light, Shine!

Have you ever felt down? Weary? You feel that something wrong is about to pop-up or a problem might suddenly surface? I have felt that. 

I know the feeling is not healthy.  The feeling of uncertainty brings fear. 
However you want to be protected by God's loving embrace, a time will still come when you will feel down and might let yourself be trapped into negative self talk.  The lies of the enemy will try to find its way to your heart and to your mind.  It becomes even easier for the enemy to succeed when we are far from God, when we are busy with other things and put Him aside.
At a time like this, who else should we turn to but to our Father God.  
Psalm 34:1-8
1 [2] I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. 2 [3] Let my soul glory in the Lord; the lowly will hear me and be glad. 3 [4] Glorify the Lord with me, let us together extol his name. 4 [5] I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.  5 [6] Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. 6 [7] When the poor one called out, the Lord heard, and from all his distress he saved him.  7 [8] The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. 8 [9] Taste and see how good the Lord is; blessed the man who takes refuge in him. 

Arm yourself with verses from the Bible and quickly use one when you feel the enemy is trying its way to you.  It's good to memorize verses that struck you and you'll have lots of weapon to use when you need one. :) 

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. ~Psalm 34:5

Expose yourself to God's light.  Let God's light shine into your life that you may radiate with joy and darkness will find it hard to come to you.

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.  ~Psalm 34:7
The Lord sends angels into our life.  They are present and real.  You may have encountered them in the form of your officemate, your friend, a bus seatmate, a passersby with a friendly smile.  You always have someone with you.  God has sent an angel to guard you.

God loves you. :)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Let God lead you

Once I had a conversation with my sister.  She has a coworker whom she wanted to treat to a day out.  She knows that the person has been through a lot.  Her coworker is already an elderly and still takes care of her children even if they are already grown up and with a family of their own. The elderly has loans here and there.

My sister felt that her coworker needed a day out. However, she's reluctant to do it because she also thinks that she might get abused if she'll do it.  The other might come to her more frequently for financial help.

The desire to show kindness, love and compassion was there but fear has kept her from doing it.

There's a natural feeling in us to love others, to feel compassion.  It is just that we sometimes stop in our track to loving others because of fear for one's self, fear of ridicule or for other reasons.  The environment that we have grown accustomed to has made us choose to disregard this feeling.  We have grown to neglect it... to set it aside... and let the feeling die.  We have let the reasoning of this world corrupt our good intentions.

Don't let it die in you. Don't let what this world dictates stop you from showing what you feel and what you want to share. For all you know, you are the light that God has sent for someone in need.

Don't let your desire to show kindness, love and compassion die.
Let God's love shine through you.
Be God's love to others.
Don't worry.  God will be your guide.
Allow God's love to lead you.