When a Leader Falls

Last Thursday we are given a great chance to attend Alex Castillo’s class about Leadership Styles, it was very enlightening to say the least and I know if I can apply it at my life at once it will surely make a difference.
But this blog is not actually about the seminar, its about the video shown at the end of the seminar. Truth be told I’ve seen that video a lot of times, its about Derek Redmond running a great race when all of a sudden his hamstring got torn and he was in so much pain and his dad came to his rescue and he was able to finish the race. I cried again watching the video, try watching it and see if it will not elicit any emotions from you.
I cried watching the video because I remembered the time I was running a good race and I made a mistake that lead to other mistakes until I can no longer run in the same lane I was running before, do you get what I mean? It’s either you missed a great opportunity, you lose a position, you lose the trust of the people you love the most or the worst part that says after all your hard work you need to start over again-from scratch. That’s the worst feeling ever and it doesn’t matter wether it was brought about by a super simple foolish decision or a major blunder-the fact remains that now your present act has totally overwritten almost everything you have done in the past. And isn’t that the very truth about sin, how with one single blow it tries to destroy all our relationships, steals all our inheritance and beliefs and, kills our very heart and soul and convinces us that our great future has totally been rewritten for us.
Thank God the video did not end at Derrick Redmond, lying flat on the track race, crying out in so much pain and him being rushed by medics at the ER. Rather it ended with a loving father, fighting off the guard, telling his son its ok not to finish the race, nevertheless carrying his very weight all thru the finish line and he even got a standing ovation from everyone who’s watching.
I fell off once running a great track race that I was sure God wanted me to finish. Some people thought that I was not fit to run that track and suggested another race. I whined, I complained, I acted out and I fought hard for it but instead I got pushed off and I slip and stumbled and fell.
I should have been left writhing in pain in the gutter for the way I responded –who am I anyway to persist in what I want and to get it in whatever means possible-I’m not the Boss and Im not in charge-and same with you no matter how right you think you are and how injustice has happened to you.
God came to my rescue and He sent some of His great people to pull me out. In retrospect, that’s the main reason I was crying at the video. I was not flooded with memories of my downfall, I was flooded with memories of God’s grace and the loving people He surrounded me with.
People that I knew of have every right to scold me and point out all my mistakes 
but some people choose to just be there and just cry with me (literally at times)

My leaders could have simply said: “That’s it Babes, you blew your chance!” 
but the ones I’m really thankful the most are the ones who committed themselves into restoring me and giving me a second chance.

A lot of people made presumptions about who I was and what I was made of, 
some people heard my side, saw the bigger picture and responded like a true loving Christian.

There are those who choose to stay silent and just watched me get over it 
but Im really grateful for the ones who was willing to see my mess and help me clean it.

Getting off track is never an easy road, but the ones who made it out definitely did not do it on their own-they got help and they are willing to be helped.

So if you’re out there and you find yourself not in good shape to run your track again-shout for help! And if you are out there running a good race and saw somebody fall, slow down and help.
Writing this has challenged me to be more compassionate and loving towards people remembering where I’ve been and knowing what I would have become if nobody reached out. 
So here’s hoping that if you are out there reading this and
You have fallen: there is hope for today, a restoration process to go thru and a secured future Jesus has planned for you. DON’T GIVE UP!
You saw somebody fall: rise up to the occasion, don’t be afraid to get into the mess. FIGHT FOR SOMEBODY!
Remembering the truth God has shared with us..
Two are better than one,
 because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
 one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
 and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?

12 Though one may be overpowered,
 two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12(NIV)

God did not forget you!!

So today was the third day our Annual Prayer and Fasting and also our monthly staff meeting nationwide. It started out quite ordinary until i was seated beside a co-campus missionary and while praying she said: “Ate, I’ll pray for you later ha” and of course i responded “Sure!”. Later turned out to be sooner that in expected, i think hindi talaga sya mapakali, she blurted out: “Are you praying for a condo?”. Wow, where did that came from (just thinking to myself). So i told her, about how last week one of my ministry partner just showed me her brand new house and how i uttered a prayer that “Lord, build me my own house too” (hindi naman masama mangarap, di ba?)
So I told her “Yes, I’m believing for my own house”. And she just told me this simple phrase: “God wants to let you know that He did not forget you”. You know i don’t have that condo yet but within split seconds of hearing that my heart was just overwhelmed with joy as if I have it already. So i just want to encourage you today:
God did not forget you!!
He saw every moment that you have labored praying for it, all the gallons of tears you’ve cried, the number of times you have consistently written it in your faith goals.
 God did not forget you!!
That promotion you’ve long been waiting for, that most elusive graduation, the undying prayer request of family salvation and restoration.
 God did not forget you!!
It has been listed down, He heard, He wasn’t deaf nor will He ever need any sleep for all of eternity. He took note of it and it will never be misplaced, forgotten or unfulfilled.
God did not forget you!!
Yes your love life-that man and woman you had pictured a million times in your mind, that baby you have been praying for, that transformation that you want for your family, that growth you are believing for in your life group, His own calling to be fulfilled, that financial breakthrough and complete healing.
God did not forget you, so hold on tightly even when people won’t believe you, or mock you and say that your dream is way too impossible. Even if people will think that you are hallucinating, getting crazier every day because of your faith. Write it down, keep on asking, keep on believing, keep on imagining things that has yet to be seen. But most of all:
Do not let go of what God has personally promised you because the only name at stake here is His not yours and He would never put you to shame.
The year has just started and God has already set in motion the things needed to fulfil what He has promised to you and me. Im just glad for the grace to wait and patience to hope against all hope. My prayer is that you yourselves with be filled with hope and faith today.
That’s how my day started and it actually ended watching this perfect video illustrating God did not forget- an actual miracle, and my faith soared up a little bit more.

Fasting Fasting din pag may time

So its that time of year wherein if you are part of our spiritual family we start the year with prayer and fasting and here’s why. So kapag malapit ng matapos ang taon I’m sure mixed emotions ang maraming tao:
-feeling EXCITED
feeling excited sa bagong taon
excited mag move-on lalo na sa mga naging broken-hearted
excited magcheck ng mga faith goals na natupad
at kung marami yun, nagkukumahog magsulat ng mas marami ngayon
-feeling CONFUSED
confused kung bakit nangyari ang mga di dapat mangyari
confused kung bakit hindi sinagot ni God ang mga faith goals na pinagpray ng taos-puso
confused kung bakit sila nasaktan
confused kung ano dapat maramdaman
-feeling AFRAID
afraid sa uncertainty ng bagong taon
afraid mag-risk ng emotions
afraid to dream again; afraid to have wounded faith
afraid to lose the people we love or things we value the most
ang mga payat na payat takot na lalo mas mangayayat sa fasting
ang mga bilugan at yung mabilis ang metabolism, takot namang magutom
-feeling DETERMINED
determined bumangon sa lusak (sabay kanta ng Ulan ng Aegis)
determined wag masaktan at wag magpapasok ninuman sa puso
determined to show others “i can do better this year”
determined mag-make-over ng sarili
determined mag-bagong buhay, tupadin ang ilang taon ng New year’s resolution
determined maging tunay na kristyano, finally, in Jesus name!
I have mixed emotions pagpasok ng taon, well for one tatanda na naman ako ng isang taon- so no explanations needed, nakakatakot yun sa isang single woman :). Pero andun din ang excitement
dahil parang me clean slate ka parati pagpasok ng taon. That’s why I’m so thankful that we are starting this year ng Fasting
Fasting refocus my heart’s on what’s the most important
sino ba dapat ang pinaka-important?Si God at hindi ikaw yun!
Fasting re-aligneds my mind to know the truth-
hindi kung ano lang ang sitwasyon ko ngayon at gaano yun kahirap at kasakit
Fasting breaks me and breaks my heart in the most perfect way-yung bangon-na bangon ka after at mapapasigaw ka ng “ Thank you Jesus!”
Fasting wakes me up in the most tender way possible-yung tipong sinampal ka pero me halong pagmamahal, masakit pero nakaka-mature
Fasting helps me see who i truly am even just for 5days-kung gaano kadali ang ma-lose ang conviction mo sa isang mailiit na tsokolate, tinapay, tuyo, sardines, saging, itlog or kung ano pa mang random na pagkain na crina-crave mo hehe (wag magtaas ng kamay kung guilty, i feel you )
on top it all, Fasting gives me a glimpse of God, His undeniable presence, His overwhelming love, His gentle hand, His knowing-yet-fully-understanding gaze
-tanggap na tanggap ka ni Lord kahit gaano ka kadumi sa iyong paningin
So fasting-fasting din at bigyan ng time

Magfasting ka ng may saya-hindi yung parang sinukluban ka ng langit or nalugi ng 1million
Magfasting ka at magself-control hindi yung araw-araw gumagawa ka ng paraan para magka-excuse kang kumain at pilit mong kino-convince ang sarili mong Daniel fast ang carrot cake, oatmeal cookies at sangkatutak na french fries-sige ipush mo lang yan!
Mag-fasting ka sa mga bagay na naka-focus sa yo katulad ng pag-seselfie, pagmamayabang sa ibang tao ng klase ng fasting mo (sige ikaw na ang naka-water fast ), or pagpopost ng mga bagay na alam mo namang ikaw lang ang na-gloglorify.
Mag-fasting ka sa mga bagay na gustong-gusto mo-movies, series, games, pag shoshopping, pag sstalk sa gwapo/maganda mong crush at kung ano-ano pang apps (guilty ako dito, at bawal itanong kung sino ang crush ko dahil wala)
In short this time is not about you!
Ano ba naman ang 2x a year at 7days lang, ibig sabihin me 359 days kang kumain ng lahat ng gusto mo at gumawa ng selfie album kung pangarap mo talaga yun.
So fasting-fasting din at bigyan ng time, naway makuha natin ang puso ni David nung sinabi nya:
Sapagka’t isang araw sa iyong mga looban ay mabuti kay sa isang libo. Aking minagaling na maging tagatanod-pinto sa bahay ng aking Dios, kay sa tumahan sa mga tolda ng kasamaan.
Kung nanosebleed ka jan eto ang sa ‘yo:
One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship,
beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches.
I’d rather scrub floors in the house of my God than be honored as a guest in the palace of sin.
Psalm 84:10The Message (MSG)
Piliin natin ang tama at mabuti.
Naway mag-fasting tayong lahat ng may-saya sa puso, may pag-asang nararamdaman at may malaking pag-aasam na mas makikilala natin ng buong lubusan an ating Panginoon at maibibigay natin ang karampatang pagtuon at pagsunod sa kanya ngayong taon.
Kakampi mo ako at chinecheer kita sa patuloy nating pagbabago.