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It is one of those days when you are in front of your computer really doing nothing and some quotable quotes appear in front of your face. They’re like waving, asking to be read and true enough, they got messages to say that will struck a chord in you.

What I am sharing you this time  are powerful reminders for me. We sometimes forget our goals and convictions so I should say, reading something like this at a perfect time is like our guardian angels reminding us to stay in the game and be inspired.


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
She gave me permission to post her photos her. She managed to get rid of her shyness for a while to ask for your help. Gieve her not your pity but your kindness instead.

She gave me permission to post her photos her. She managed to get rid of her shyness for a while to ask for your help. Give her not your pity but your kindness instead.

Just recently I was invited to teach in the public school in the Southern part of the Philippines. The place is called barangay Libertad of the Municipality of Dimataling, province of Zamboanga del Sur. At first I was kinda hesitant about this invitation as I knew from the news that insurgency is rampant in this place. It is an impoverished place not even having a decent highway to get there. At first the experience was pretty uncomfortable for me since it is a very rural place where you could hardly find a cellphone signal. As someone who is used to tweeting and getting connected with my friends and family over the social networking sites, I comforted myself that I would not be able to use it. A couple (Mrs & Mrs Fuerzas) who are also teachers in that local high school was very kind enough to shelter me in their house.

The school is fine and clean (although somehow outdated), the principal was very accommodating too, and of course the students are very much polite and sweet.

I was told that I will be handling the second section of fourth year students in that school (I have an incredible experience with these students which I will promise to tell you in my other blog entry) who is known to be undisciplined with above average absences. I told myself that indeed this is a challenge for me and I met the challenge head on like a speeding truck. I am very sure that I am there for a Devine appointment, so if God asked me to be there, His grace will be enough to see me through (I never doubted that).

But this blog entry wishes not to describe my experience there. I would like to devote this post to one of my students who in a lot of ways bothered me. Bothered me not because she was unruly but because she was shy and timid. Her name is Maila; sitting on my far right corner, quietly listening to me and sheepishly smiles whenever I crack some old jokes in front of the class.

I am normally boisterous when I discuss lessons in the class and pride myself to be the walking “visual aid” as I make sure to engage my students in the discussion granting the whole learning exchange free from boredom. Maila seldom participates in our graded oral recitation. So after discussing something in the class, I told her to follow me in the faculty room.

I said, “Maila you are getting good grades from me in your quizzes but I seldom see you raise your hand during our discussion, what’s wrong?” Maila looked down and answered me, “Sir I am ashamed because my classmates might laugh at me.” “Why would they do that?” I replied. She took a deep breath and answered “….because of this mass in my face.” And I can hear between those words her feelings of desperation and self-pity.

I realized then that, yeah! I can’t blame her. She has a physical deformity in her face possibly caused by a disease she doesn’t even know what. I probed further if she has it checked by a physician but I was surprised by her answer NO – for lack of money. From the looks of it, it may require a surgery.

As she graduate in High School next year, it would still be a struck of luck if she can go to college but even then, that outgrowth in her face would always kill her self-confidence especially that she is a woman.

This may not be an accident why you are reading this now. Why you found yourself still reading up to this part of her story. Maybe this situation is touching your heart as much as it touched mine. Maybe it just knocked in the door of your mind to give her a little of your kindness.

I told Maila to do what I could to help. I asked her permission to post her photo here.

My dear readers, I am doing this not for myself but for the benefit of my student. I want her to believe that God can work miracles through the hands of kind people like you – and that God answers prayers.

Please let us help Maila.

If you wish to help her please email me at and I can send your help in your behalf. Or if you wish to help her personally, just inbox me & I can lead you to her and her family.

This could probably be her best breakthrough ever.

May God touch you and Bless you.

At times when we are faced with an adversity, we wished that none of those things have happened. Certainly, who wants to experience problems anyways, of course, nobody. Problems come in all shapes and color. Some are disgusting gray-colored box representing lack or immediate needs desperate to be filled. Some problems also disguises itself like a shining precious ruby representing a big blessing creating in us or our families unforeseen stress about how to handle it wisely.

No matter how they come into your life, the discomfort it gives can be so profound that your initial reaction is to stay away from it. Not that I am telling you to romanticize with your problem but there is gotta be something you need to learn from it.
My college professor once said that the reason why many entrepreneurs became successful in the world is that many people become interested in solving a problem. They see the need, they analyze the need, they try to address the need and make money by addressing that need.

If you find yourself at epicenter of trouble today, why don’t you sit down and have a conversation with yourself. Ask yourself, what wisdom you need to learn from it. It is important that you acknowledge your mistake but it is more important that you move on.

I always believe that wherever you are right now, you need to be there; for the amount of lesson that you need to learn.

The only intelligent thing to do after a fall is to get up, dust yourself and move again. To make good use of the experience you learned to make wise choices in the future.

Who knows, somewhere within that trouble lies your most prolific breakthrough.

My advice to you is…STAND UP and GET GOING.

Why are you downcast, O my soul? (Psalm 43:5)

Is there ever any reason to be downcast? Actually, there are two reasons, but only two. If we were still unbelievers, we would give a reason to be downcast; or if we have been converted but continue to live in sin, we are downcast as a consequence.

Expect for those two conditions, there is never a reason to be downcast, for everything else may be brought to God “by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving” (Phil.4:6). And through all our times of need, difficulty, and trials, we may exercise faith in the power and love of God.

“Put your hope in God” (Ps.43:5). Please remember there is never a time when we cannot hope in God, whatever our need of however great our difficulty may be. Even when our situation appears to be impossible, our work is to “hope on God”. Our hope will not be vain, and in the Lord’s own timing help will come.

Oh, the hundreds, even the thousands, of times I have found this to be true in the past twenty-six years and seven months of my life! When it seems impossible for help to come, IT DID COME, for GOD has His own unlimited resources. In ten thousands different ways, and at ten thousands different time, God’s help may come to us.

Our work is to lay our petitions before the Lord and in childlike simplicity to pour out our hearts before Him, saying,

“I do not deserve that you should hear me and answer my request, but for the sake of my precious Lord Jesus; for His sake, answer my prayer. And give me grace to wait patiently for you to grant my petition. For I believe you will do it in your own time and way.”

“For I will yet praise him!” (Ps.43:5). More prayer, more exercising of the faith, and more patient waiting leads to blessings- abundant blessings, I have found it to be true many hundreds of times, and therefore I continually say to myself, “Put your hope on God.”