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Gratitude

There are two wonderful things in life; first, is the day you were born and the second is the day you find out why.

 

Today, the Lord has proven His faithfulness to me again by giving me another year to live. This birthday is truly meaningful for God led me to a totally new direction. For so many years I have evaded from this path but now I am embracing it wholeheartedly.

 

For the past two years I endured the darkest storm in my life. My footstool has been shaken and been overwhelmed with enormous challenges from all directions. Losing a fortune, a flourishing career and good plans are devastatingly painful but nothing beats the pain of being abandoned by friends who unfairly lambast you with hurtful words on social media. I was reeling for a deep gangrene of a fallen relationship with them, a relationship I closely likened to my siblings.

 

I decided to not dwell on it for in anything and everything I believe God have good reasons for allowing it to transpire. I learned to understand that we never learn when we are on the mountaintop, instead we learn best in the valley. No matter how dark this valley may get, as long as you remain steadfast in your faith in God, no storm can wipe you out from His amazing grace. Understand that God’s love for you is bigger than your greatest disappointments.

 

God in His infinite wisdom showed me that He has to remove nocuous friends so they will be replaced with anodyne ones. He has to take out opulent opportunities so meaningful careers can come in. He will make you do things so you can show others how to do it. He will allow you to reach the point of giving up so you will know that giving up is not the end but fighting is. It is in fighting for your visions and dreams that you will discover new strengths to grow and build again.

 

As I journey for another year in life, I am fully convinced that I am not alone. I know Someone walks beside me. Challenges will still come but my Lord’s yoke and burden are light.

 

To papa & mama, thank you forever.
To my beautiful sisters Jairus & Jaycel, I love you both.
To my true friends, you are my siblings from other parents.
To everyone who touched my life both friends and foe, gratitude for teaching me lessons.
To my great Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I am forever in awe of your love to me. Thank you for directing me to my divine purpose. I LOVE YOU LORD.

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The last 2 Christmases were not so good to me. Not so good in a way that my experiences were specifically daunting. Year 2011, just two months before Christmas, I saw my company’s performance dwindling down. God knows how I tried to save it but it seems like every action that I do comes to no avail. There were still many things that I tried doing to save it but I kept it secret from my team. I thought, by doing that, I can cushion them from the headache of getting financed by just having them to focus on ramping-up our sales, but unfortunately even that, we missed. The uphill climb was tracked by me alone.

I have learned that being a leader, as someone who is on top of the organizational hierarchy is truly a very lonely place. A lot of people think that it was full of glee for having gregarious environment all around you… but my experience will tell me it is the exact opposite. You make decisions that are general in scope, and yet you could expect it will not be taken lightly. And at the time when you need all the strength and encouragement you can get, you find yourself in the middle of the mire where everyone is ganging up against you. One single life-changing, career-aligning decision will move your subordinates to crucify you many times over even if you know your heart bleeds of the decision you have to make of closing the very company you love. Blame, hate, false accusations and digital effluvia were just a few things I endured. Nonetheless, in all this, I choose to stay mum and reserved.

In the heyday of my success and wealth, I have 100 friends BUT in the valley of my loss and poverty, I would be lucky if I have 5 that remembers. 

Year 2012, I am filled with hope. I thought that things are beginning to turn-around. But every door of opportunity I knock on, were two doors shunning down. I lost a big amount of money from an investment scam. I was literally swimming with debt. I didn’t know what to do. Fear overran me. Depression intends to claim my life. Extreme loneliness and pain were a meal every morning. The feeling was unbelievably crippling and paralyzing.

In my deepest pain, I turned to God and God is good indeed.

This year, 2013, God has restored me. He healed all my pain. He taught me how to forgive myself for the unwise decision I made. He touched my heart to forgive others and give them more love. God opened my eyes that I never lost my talents and abilities. God shook away my pride and replaced it with humility. God renewed my mind. God did not only make me happy but assured me of joy. God remove my doubt and offered me faith.

Then as I begin to realize how my pain made all sense, fear melted away from my sight. Fear transformed into love, courage and forgiveness. I come to know that I really never feared my darkness. I feared my light. Because deep inside I know, that when I set mind unto something, I can turn it into something great – so great that I may not have a ready aptitude and audacity to handle it.

God slowly opened door after doors of opportunity. My career and purpose were now affirmed, my entrepreneurial ideas were sharper than ever and my knowledge in finance like stock market and money market instruments were honed. I met new mentors in different fields. I have learned new things I wish I knew earlier. I met new friends that uplift my worth and affirm my expertise.

I can no longer visit my past with blame and guilt but with authentic gratitude for the many lessons it has counseled me with.

I discovered that the greatest gift I have ever received is LOVE and the greatest gift I have ever given is FORGIVENESS.

This Christmas… the Christmas where the Lord became my fortress, strength and my friend is a Christmas of VICTORY, EMPOWERMENT, FORGIVENESS and LOVE.

This is what this Christmas means to me.

May you have a greatly blessed Christmas too.

  1. Let go of the things that do not serve you anymore. Example: check your closet then mark those that you no longer use. Give it away. Your closet will do look bare but what’s left are the things you often use anyway. The next thing you know, it will be full again.

  2. There are things that you do that are inconsequential in nature. Remember, it’s the motive that matters and not the particulars.

  3. Make an accounting of your negative thoughts. Example: use a bean and a cup. Every time you thought of negative thoughts, throw a bean in the cup. Check at the end of the day how many negative thoughts you made. It will surely change your behavior.

  4. In every good thing that happens to you. Do a good thing for others. The acts of gratitude must be conscious and planned, not just random and retroactive.
  5. Take care of the people who take care of you.

  6. Always say ‘Thank you”.

  7. There are many roads to the mountain’s summit, but the view from the top is the same.
  8. There is no failure only a delay in results. Don’t ever dismiss or nullify good, positive energy because you are disappointed. Acquire the attitude.

  9. Patience is Power. Keep on keeping on. One of the most causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Don’t stop three feet from the Gold. Go back and dig some more.

  10. Sometimes, the only way for you to know that you don’t need what you want is for you to have it.

  11. When everything falls apart, it is a good sign that everything is about to come together. In the very act of birthing, we get a lesson in life. In life, chaos often comes to completion. When you recognize this pattern, you rejoice when everything breaks down; you must be getting close to the finish line.

  12. When you welcome problems in your life, your problems will go away. But when you avoid it, the more it will stay. The point is not really to expect problems to come in everything that you do. It is about you to be ready when it pays a visit. Problem is an inevitable reality of a human life. No matter what you do and how good you are in handling things it will surely come. Problems refine processes, sharpens your wit, improves management skills, calls for sound decision making. This is because problems are part of an experience, and an experience teaches us many great things that helps us creatively deal with our circumstances. However, if everytime a problem presents us a situation to act upon even sparingly and do not face it like a man, it never gets to be resolved. It remains there until you face it with courage.
  13. Learn leadership, marketing, strategy, and accounting. Always check your finances and make your money grow for you. Find ways how you can be different from the competition or how to stand out. Be your own mogul.
  14. You must know where you want your company to go. Some calls this vision, goal, objectives etc, but really no matter how you are going to call it, the need of knowing it is equally important of communicating these to people under you. Unless you are clear to your subordinates where you want them to go, they wouldn’t know what to do or what to anticipate.

  15. Life is short and death is sure. Hence, identify your long-term goals. However, life is also a series of events, therefore do not allow temporary setbacks affect your long-term goals. What you can do otherwise is to seize the moment of learning from them.
  16. God is in control. When your universe is crumbling left and right and you don’t understand – pray. When you know that God is with you; you don’t really need to understand, you only need to have faith. Your biggest ascents come on the heels of your biggest mistakes.

  17. Being an entrepreneur, you are not driven by motives alone, but by the motivation of fulfilling a deep, deep desire.
  18. If the focus is on failure, fall is inevitable. Some of us has a wrong thinking. It is that when something positive happens, we start to worry of what negative events could possibly come after. Yes sure we experience failures in life. Some are big and some are small. Regardless of size, they should only occupy a short duration in our lives. Don’t dwell on it. The key is a few simple steps: know how you failed, learn from it, accept it then move on. Something good that happen can only get even better. Now that’s the focus.
  19. You don’t always get what you want but you always get what you vibrate. The universe is very obedient. Remove the doubt. In other words, if you remain focus in your dreams with utmost faith it will surely come to pass.
  20. There are so many lessons and insights in the world that we already know all along. But we need an opportunity for one person to tell it to us so we hear and implement it in our lives. I call this as validation.
  21. Indeed life is a test. You really do not fail as someone being graded and marked for life. You only need to take a retake. You fail when you quit your life. But as long as you’re alive, you always have a chance to pass the test. The reason why we experience the same problem over and over again is because we flunked the test – that’s your retake. Check yourself, an in depth review does the help.

  22. When somebody tells you that they had a good feeling after talking to you as a compliment, what they really mean is that you made them raised their dial to match yours. I promise when you set your dial and lock it in 99.5 you will attract 99.5.

  23. Never fret in occasions when the darkness of the storm envelopes your life. God is present in it, visiting us, counseling us and instructing us in the night. Listen to His thoughts and meditate on His word.
  24. The harder you fall, the harder you bounce back. You have to be weakened first that you may be strengthened.

  25. Peace is not the absence of affliction, but the presence of God.

  26. Fear is a dead end, but faith opens the door for God. Fear binds you and limit you from your potential. It is alright to be afraid but never fear, because when God ask you to do something, He will equipped you to do it.

  27. Don’t let people turn you to be a person you are not by how unfairly you were treated by them. Let them hate and bash all they want. Always hold your ground and let God judge them someday.

What God can do?

Posted: August 9, 2013 in Love
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  1. God cannot lie.
  2. God cannot change.
  3. God cannot recall our sins after we’ve asked for forgiveness.
  4. God cannot be the author of confusion.
  5. God cannot leave us or forsake us.
  6. God cannot go back on His promises.
  7. God cannot revoke His gifts.
  8. God cannot be pleased without faith.
  9. God cannot be defeated.
  10. God cannot be too big for our problems.
  11. God cannot be too little for out problems.
  12. God cannot prefer one person over another.
  13. God cannot creak His covenant.
  14. God cannot revoke His calling.
  15. God cannot be unjust.
  16. God cannot do anything contrary to the scriptures.
  17. God cannot bless a lie.
  18. God cannot love sin.
  19. God cannot give anything to the double-minded man.
  20. God cannot be forced into the impossible situation.
  21. God cannot ignore the praises of His people.
  22. God cannot be our problem.
  23. God cannot be overcome by the world.
  24. God cannot be late.
  25. God cannot be neutral.
  26. God cannot be weak.
  27. God cannot bless doubt.
  28. God cannot withhold wisdom from those who ask in faith.
  29. God cannot be against us.
  30. God cannot be limited or confined.

The List can go endless. And most of these truths can be revealed throughout personal relationship with God.

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Everything is possible for him who believes. (Mark 9:23)

The “everything” mentioned here does not always come simply by asking, because God is always seeking to teach you the way of faith.

Your training for a life of faith requires many areas of learning, including the trial of faith, the discipline of faith, the patience of faith, and the courage of faith.

Often you will pass through many stages before you finally realize the result of faith – namely, THE VICTORY OF FAITH.

Genuine moral fiber is developed by enduring the disciple of faith. When you have made your request to God, and the answer still has not come, what are you to do?

Keep on believing His Word! Never be swayed from it by what you may see or feel. Then as you stand firm, your power and experience is being developed, strengthened, and deepened.

When you remain unswayed from your stance of faith, even in view of supposed contradictions to God’s Word, you grow stronger on every front.

God will often purposely delay in giving you His answer, and in fact the delay is just as much an answer to your prayer as is the fulfillment when it comes.

He worked this way in the lives of all the great Bible character. Abraham, Moses, and Elijah were not great in the beginning but made great through the discipline of their faith. Only through that discipline were they then equipped for the work to which God had called them.

Think, for example, of Joseph, whom the Lord was training for the throne of Egypt. Psalm 105:19 (KJV) says, “The word of the Lord tried him.” It was not the prison life with its hard beds or poor food that “tried him” but word of the Lord.” The words God spoke into his heart in his early years, concerning his elevated place of honor above his brothers, were the words that were always before him.

He remained alone in prison, in spite of his innocence, and watched others being released who were justly incarcerated. Yet he remembered God’s words even when every step of his career made fulfillment seem more and more impossible.

These were the times that tried hid soul, but they were also times of his spiritual growth and development.

Then when word of his release from prison finally came, he was found ready and equipped for the delicate task of dealing with his wayward brothers. And he was to do so with a love and a patience only surpassed by God Himself.

No amount of persecution will try you as such as experience like these—ones in which you are required to wait on God.

Once He has spoken His promise to work, it is truly hard to wait as you see the days go by with no fulfillment. Yet it is this discipline of faith that will bring you into knowledge of God that would otherwise be impossible.