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“Be joyful always, pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thes 5:16-18
This year I’m believing God for….
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Limitless! That’s how my 2012 looks like! God has proven himself again that He is faithful and able. God always surpassed my expectations; He fulfilled most of my 2012 faith goals. God’s blessing is always greater from what I believe for.
What a year! 2012 has been so good to me. January 2012, God spoken to me that it’s gonna be a “my year of harvest.” And truly, everything I pray for, comes so easy. When I pray today, for sure God answered YES tomorrow! It’s like my Father spoiling me. I feel like that maybe I did something good in the past and God is rewarding me now. But the truth is, it’s not about me, it’s about God who wants the best for us and our God who’s just being faithful to His promise.
- Finally in 2012, God promoted me at work. I also passed the comprehensive exam, received University and College Scholar achievement award and completed my Masters degree in Management at University of the Philippines – Manila. I’m also privilege to attend trainings and workshops for career and leadership development. There are successful projects, high performance rating, and monthly business travels. It was really an exciting year for me professionally! Though also this year, I have to say goodbye to my best friend at work Mami Myrns and another close friend Joel, I still thank God that I have the opportunity to work with them for 5 years. As this happened, God blessed me with new friends at work – Jean, Anna, Ana, Rea, Lee, Sean and Jeegz. I believe that work is more colorful and exciting when you’re surrounded with real friends, I can’t survive working without friends around me! Also, this year is a challenging year for almost everyone who used to be part of the company for more than 2 years. This year the management is up for new and stricter policies and complicated processes. Politics and power tripping is all over. Well, this is the real corporate world! In spite of all this, God is teaching me to continue to work excellently for Him! God is in control and no one can harm me.
- Though my payroll and savings account don’t have hundreds of thousands now. I’m grateful that last year I achieved financial freedom. God delivered me from prison of credit card debt. Today, I don’t owe anyone! How relieving is that? By God’s grace, I was able to fix my finances and now I’m on track to making my money work for me. Last December, I just availed Variable Life Insurance from Philam-Life (for me and my family’s protection). I also started to invest through BDO Easy Investment Plan and now learning the stock market through Citisec. This year, God provided for monthly amortization for my car and lot. Aside from this financial goals success, I’m more grateful how God reveals His goodness, power and faithfulness to me. He showed me that “Joy, I am the owner, provider and controller of everything. I am able to turn around things, if you just let me and if you completely trust me.” I’ve learned so much from this experience, though I learned it the hard way, the good thing is that “I Learn.” Special thanks to Randel Tiongson (learned from his blog www.randeltiongson.com) and Chinkee Tan (learned from his books www.chinkeetan.com).
- Aside from new friends at work, I’m also grateful that I was able to spend enough and quality time with Nanay and Jell. I’ve spent most of my free time with them, from simple chats over meals, attending Sunday services at Victory Alabang, shopping and travelling together. I also got to see my close friends and spend time with my relatives. This year, we had a chance to meet my cousins from Sumaway (Malou, Charina and Lisa), also Sanchez spend summer in Raya’s Resort and also this year our family was blessed with two babies Chammy & Misha, these 2 kids bring so much joy in the compound. God just blessed me with enough time to nurture relationships that truly matters to me.
- Be determined, patient, be on-time, practice self-control, be friendly, confident and frugal. These are the characters that God developed within me in 2012. I know my limitations and I can’t change by my own effort. God is the only one who has the power to change us. Though life’s struggles are not easy, I’m grateful that through these, God transforms me to be a better person.
- 2012 is really exciting! I was able discover and learn new things. I enjoyed life by choosing happiness over sadness, positivity over negativity, and good over bad. I was able to enjoy simple things, by being myself and by being a little bold, daring and adventurous. This year, it was my first time to travel with connecting flight alone, that’s during my business trip in Chiang-Mai, where I have a connecting flight from Manila-Bangkok-Chiangmai. It was my first time to have an out of the country road trip. It was also my first time to try harness zorb, zipline and AUV in Boracay, island hopping in Honda Bay Palawan and Malapascua Island in Cebu. I’ve learned presentation skills, personal finance and investment, cooking Thai food, baking and wakeboarding. This year my family and I also had a chance to bond in Baguio, Pangasinan and Tagaytay and finally surprised Nanay with a Jollibee Kiddie Party when she turned 61. Also, thank you to all my readers, my blog site hits 8,654 views in 2012!
For some that was left unanswered, does it mean that God is Limited in some areas?
- Yes God bless me with so much in 2012, but there were still some left unanswered, and some things that we don’t expect or want to happen. My Lola Mileng passed away, my best friend’s unexpected resignation from work, I was not able to save for Emergency Fund, free parking was restricted for non-CLT members, backpacking in Cambodia –Thailand didn’t happen, I still don’t have an iPad, a Louis Vuitton bag, and a boyfriend! Of course not! God is not a limited God, there’s still 2013. I believe that 2013 will be fantastic year again, favor and breakthroughs will just continue to come! Blessings will be doubled from last year and God will fulfill these faith goals that left unanswered. I just have to wait, God wants me to wait patiently for Him and keep the faith! You want your personal goals happen, then claim this promise from God!
I don’t know about you, but I guess you also have prayers, goals and wishes that you want to happen! If God has been limitless to me, for sure He can do the same thing to you, if you allow Him to. The Bible says, in John 5:20 “For the Father loves the Son & shows him all he does. Yes, & He will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.” Believe that God can do amazing things in your life, then you will experience limitless blessings from our unlimited God.
It’s been 10 fruitful years in a corporate world and I owe it all to the One who make my life exciting and fulfilling! Yesterday, I was asked to share God’s goodness to Canlalay Christian Church singles & youth and i’m humbled that God used me to encourage men & ladies whose been struggling in their career. And here’s what I’ve shared to them.
- God is the ultimate dream giver. Its the first thing He does to build our faith. Like Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Esther, Nehemiah, God gave them dreams and the same God who made it all come true. We must ask wisdom from God about our dreams, because dreams that comes from God will be always be so big in your life that you can’t do it on your own and will not contradict the truth.
The Bible tells us that God “by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes” (Ephesians 3:20 LB).
- God empowers us. Be the best person that you can be. God created each of us uniquely different from each other. He blessed us with talents, gifts, intelligence, strength and beauty to excel, to achieve our dreams. There’s a great potential that lies in each of us, all we have to do is to ask God to allow us to discover our potentials. How do we do this? Get out of your comfort zone, seek God and take risk, you’ll never know what God has in store for you if you never try.
- He gives purpose to our lives. Ask God, Lord now I have dreams and bring on my talents, what do you want me to do? As Christian our purpose is to honor God and make disciples. We can honor God in everything we do, with our talents, work, money, time, relationships, with our whole life, and to share our faith with other people. But God called each of us into different path, some are called to be artist, nurses, teacher, engineers, government official, pastor, housewife, etc. Wherever God called you there’s always a purpose for that calling. Our purpose is more than just for us, it will always be something that will bless others as well. God says “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great & mighty things, which you do not know.” – Jeremiah 33:3
- God reveals faith goals. Being a go-getter person, I started setting life goals since I graduated from highschool, my goals focus on what are the things I want to accomplish in college. Then when I was in college, I have long-term goals, what are the things I want to accomplish in my career, in my life. Mr Webster defined goal as the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; But 5 years ago, I’ve learned setting faith goals, faith goals are the things we’re believing God for in our life for the year or for the years to come. Faith Goals are not just from us but from God. Faith Goals will always be aligned with our dreams, talents, potential and purpose. Because God has greater plans for us Isaiah 55:8 says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. And as we run towards achieving that goal God encourage us to endure, “And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1c (NLT). And like what God dis to Joshua and the Israelites. He also promise us that it will happened, it will come true, it will be given to you. “Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” Joshua 21:45
I don’t know about you but for me, a brand new year really excites me. If December is a great time for me to thank God for the countless blessings, trials surpassed, problems solved, relationships restored, atittude changed and prayers answered. While, January is the time to renew our dreams, to plan, to set life direction and to choose the path where you want to be. Every year I set goals, the things i want to achieve… But since 2009 when i join Victory’s prayer & fasting, i learned to set faith goals instead – Faith goals because it is not about what you want and how will you achieve it, but it’s about seeking what God wants, and how He will make your goals your dreams happened!
This 2012, it’s kinda different process for me, I participate in 2012 prayer & fasting, pray, meditate on His word and list down what God tells me to do. And it gets me more excited as i realized that it is a harvest season for me this year! It was a unique and wonderful experience… I started with a 3 day Daniel fast in the Philippines, prayer and worship while in-transit from Manila, to Bangkok, to Chiangmai, to Chiangrai. And finally, in 3rd week of January i have my 2012 Faith Goals set, and believe me God has even answered most of them in January!
And to summarize my 2012 Dreamsicle, this 2012 I will: have a deeper relationship with God, keep in step with God, keep doing good, live healthy, work smarter, graduate with flying colors in my MBA, achieve positive cash flow, live life to the full, learn new things and try new experiences.
By the way, i choose “butterfly” shape for my faith goals collage because i believe this year I will fly, spread my wings and conquer my dreams!
First time in our Victory Group to celebrate a thanksgiving party. Cai hosted our dinner in their lovely crib in Ohana. We are asked to write our Top 10 “Thank You’s for 2011. And since God has taught me to be content and live a simple life this year, I thought of thanking God for what i have, for the things that most of the time i ignore because i’m desiring for more or worst focusing on things that I don’t have. There you go…This 2011 I thank God for….
1. My family, for my sister and nanay who’s been there for me in good and bad times.
2. Old & new friends in Victory (VG – whose been there for me all this time and for deeper friendship with them & KC volunteers), Monsanto and in UP, Relatives (Sanchez & Sumaway), for the love and encouragement.
3. Provision for me & my family’s basic needs Comfortable house to live, that we never get affected by strong typhoons, Good food cooked by nanay everyday and free dine-outs, Old & few new clothes, sandals & bags that I can mix and match. (Thank you Lord that I can also borrow from my sister)
4. Good health! That after series of consultation, I thank God I’m free from sickness.
5. Strength and wisdom doing work and studies at the same time. It’s really God!
6. My work in Monsanto. Good compensation & benefits, trainings and exposure.
7. “JJ” my companion wherever I go! My favorite spot to meet God!
8. LCD TV without cable, laptop & we roam to surf and do my term papers (not an Ipad2), not so reliable N97 (not a BB or iPhone)
9. Places I’ve been too early this year. Davao, Subic, Batangas, Tagaytay, KL, SG
11. Newborn baby “Misha Venice” my pretty and lovely pamangkin, who brings joy in our family.
12. Nanay’s 60th Birthday – for long life, good health, simple yet happy celebration
13. Finally, finish with so much learnings and confidence in “Training for Victory”
14. Renovated bathroom, kitchen and new oven at home
15. RRA and GCs received during Monsanto 2011 Christmas Party
16. Bringing me to situations where I don’t have a choice but to fully surrender everything to Him. For always reminding me to be fully dependent in God alone in all areas of my life. He always made me realized that without God I am nothing. In my weakness and during down times, He moves in my life amazingly!
By the way, i wrote more than ten because i cant get enough of God blessings, countless!
I can’t get enough for thank you list for 2010.
Thank you Lord for…
- Stronger relationship with nanay & jell, though we have misunderstandings sometimes, there come reconciliation and forgiveness.
- For fulfilling my UP dream. I took MBA this year! wootie!
Picture taken by Libby Malibiran. (www.thetravelinghavaianas.blogspot.com)
- Learning yoga for free
- Free movies (from Citibank)
- Run… for the sake healthier lifestyle plus another way to donate for charities
- Free parking at the office and at UP
- Was able to watch a concert for the first time “Supafest 2010”
- Seeds that i sow for my inaanak Monique, relatives – Kuya Ivin, Lola Mileng, Lolo, Mommy, jayjay, Dick & Kenneth, PGH ward, Every Nation and other needy people i met in the streets.
- Additional income from accessories, perfume, jj rental to airport and ice scramble ville
- Debts paid – SSS loan, Citi Visa and Citi Rustans
- Healing my boils, migraine, cough & flu, nana y’s combulsion and mommy’s TB and breast cancer.