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Then God spoke…
using Isaiah 55 again (after 5 years or so). That was His promise to me a long time ago. To be honest, I still can’t understand what he meant, what he wants. But I’m sure in His perfect time, everything will be revealed.
Thank you Lord. Thank you.
I learned a lot this week!
First, God doesn’t only open windows when He closes doors, He opens up a universe. Along that line, God assures me of the reasons why He closes doors: God doesn’t want me to have a limited life, bad company, and heartaches. I can always be certain that when he closes doors, it’s all for the best. And I’m sure it is. There’s another one that I learned about this concept. In one of the readings I had, an author explains its connection with preparation and more blessings. The closing of certain doors points us to the right doors, and these right doors are opened to prepare us for future doors. When previously opened doors we went through closed, it’s only because they already served their purpose. We remember broken relationships, moving from one career to the next, death of someone. Lastly, God assures those doors for us won’t close up or escape our notice, for those He loves He guides, the favored He guides the steps. No matter how hurtful it is, we need to only trust. God is omnipresent and omniscient after all. He sees all angles, all sides, all effects which our inane, proud minds cannot comprehend. Another thing I learned tonight after watching a certain movieto never lose that magic – that belief I once had that brought me to places. IT’s the exact feeling the movie relived in me. While it was playing, my heart sang, my heart leaped for excitement – suddenly all else become possible. The movie also instills tenacity, positive thinking, importance of believing, joie de vivre, je ne sais quois. To summarize it in one sentence: TO ALWAYS BELIEVE IN MIRACLES LIKE A CHILD. Third, I learned during the week that life is meant to be lived, to be excited about, to be enjoyed, to be cherished. I should not be afraid. I am reminded of my young age when I just focused on the now while leaving all else to God for I trust in His care. I didn’t command Him to do this and that for me, He wasn’t a genie, He was a friend I could confide in and talked to about my daily concerns. God knows I did not ask for summa, I simply imagine it. I didn’t ask for US or UK, He simply gave. He is always full of surprises, and His surprises are always better than what we pray for. Fourth, I resolve not to question people’s success because who they are is only a product of their daily habits which they have been doing for five years. My task is to choose habits that will make me in the next five years. The last five years is up, but the next ones aren’t done yet. I can do so much more, if I do the grunt work.
No matter what we do, we can never control our lives and we can never be fully prepared. You reminded us that the only way to be fully equipped for the future is to bring You along with us, to establish a relationship with You because it’s the only thing that doesn’t fade. I entrust the future to You, whatever it is.
I realized the importance of ensuring my retirement and health coverage, especially my Philhealth contributions. That’ll be my first target. We need financial literacy and discipline to prepare for the future.
Love you so much,
After three days in the hospital with mama, finally new uplifting words came from one of the hiring Managers from Australia.
“I am very very impressed with all your answers.”
Of course, I threw my eye smile again because most of my employers in the past said it’s very calming and assuring. True enough, I saw the three of them nodding and smiling.
You proved me again today that I can impress not only Americans and Filipinos but ahem…Australian linguists.
You showed me You were with me today. I didn’t know where those words came from; they simply flowed that I only notice the three of them smiling gently, looking dazzled.
Imagine, they are linguists and I’m just an ordinary girl with an imperfect grammar.
Who else could have done that but You?
Thank you Jesus for the successful meeting.
Time to have another one tomorrow with the director.
I know You are always with me.
I love You,
Today, I studied Acute Childhood Experiences. I learned that most of the physical and mental illnesses people experience as an adult are caused by Childhood trauma. Kids can also pick up on parents’ emotional states, so parents need to be calm once with their children. To do that, they can try meditation and forgiveness. To sum up all my learning from the past few days, I listed six commands for easy memorization: Total Dependence on God, Entrusting the Future to the Lord, Improving relationships/networking, Being Humble, Defining who I really am/Personal branding and most of all Working Smart. Saying these every day reinforces the message.
For my passage studies, I found that Isaiah 22 talks about the removal of Shebna from his post because of erecting his own image. Isaiah 24 speaks of the end of the world. In my own study, I feel that what’s being prophesied is happening now. It was said that Assyrians and Egyptians will bow down before the Lord before the end of the world. Isaiah 25 continues to reprimand against idolatry and pride which the Lord greatly abhors. And Isaiah 26 reminds believers to recognize God as the fountain of success and skills. Without God, we are nothing. All in all, the verses remind me and the believers to be humble, to depend on God, trust in Him in all things, and most of all to work smart.
Kuya Jesus, my God. You heard our pleas. Jesus, you came to the world, expecting nothing for yourself. You washed our sins, and continued to forgive all of us. You served as a libation for our sinfulness. You are the source of all wisdom, truth and understanding. Without You, we are nothing. With You, all things are possible. With Your help, we can be successful. Jesus, you hold the future in your hands. You are already in the future as you’ve stated in Isaiah. All else are fleeting, so why even bother worrying. All these are temporary. We can only do our best in this world and worship You, our own goal. Jesus, I realized that all of my relatives are not even practicing Christians. Is this Your task for me? How? Show me the way. Jesus, I really want to be contacted by World Vision. Jesus, if they would contact me tomorrow, then being a missionary is what You want me to be. I’m ready for whatever task it may be. After all, our life is fleeting. Our concerns are but a dot to Your concerns. Jesus, You are my hope, Lord, God! You are my savior, best friend, guide, coach, trainer. You are my sole purpose. You are my boyfriend. You are the gift to this world. Without You Lord, I fail. Unless You raise me up, I will labor in pain to attain my dreams. Unless You will it, I will fail. Jesus, all my dreams I lift up to You. Do as you wish with my life. As I said, all my dreams – the ones I write- are a reminder of what I want to be, but I accept that what You want for me is far grander, far better – if it is to build character-, so I am willing to trade. I love you, Jesus! I love you so much! Thank you for reminding us the value of money, hard work, family and relationships! Help me build on my network of positive friends, take care of my body which I’m doing now. Teach us humility each day. All this is vanity. I know. I learned it the hard way even if it’s already written in Your work. I thank you for this day! I love you, Jesus! I love you. I want You to fill my mind with You. I want You. I crave for You. I yearn for Your message and whispers. I remember our days together, those moments when people still find my quirkiness cute and my audacity and productivity inspiring, those times when I had to wake up early to practice and practice and prepare for everything, those moments when You would send gifts unexpectedly, those times when I didn’t have to fear for I didn’t care what others think because I want to please only You, those moments when I did something foolish and instead of berating me, you would hug me tight and tell me “it’s okay”. I miss the moment when You showed clearly your presence in my life and told me, “You will always have the greatest friend”, those times when I prayed alone during recess times in the chapel because eating could not even satiate my hunger for You. I miss those moments, Jesus. And yes, I miss going to church daily, coming back home to watch EWTN’s Angel Force or listen to a sermon from random pastors and priests, asking for your permission for all that I do.
Where did that child go? Where did that bold 13-year-old go? Jesus, my greatest desire is to think of pleasing You alone. Tsaka ya, I remember You told me, “I no longer want to give You tangible gifts for You are a big girl now. I want to build Your character.” People judge me, spat ill words against me, but You know my heart – You know my inner thoughts, the reason for all actions. It’s You who comforted me in those dire depressing moments. It’s only You who trusted in my heart. You even promised that there’s nothing I can do that will make You love me less. I even remember the letter You gave through my sister. I want You to know that You are my secret weapon, my coach, my trainer, my guide. I love You, Kuya Jesus. I love You with all my heart. I want to see You. Even if the world will strip everything off me – from awards to finances- I am content for I still have You. I love you, Jesus! I love you! Good night!
Today, I reviewed all my notes from my Learnings Notebook, and realized that I haven’t really been living up to the four agreements by Ruiz. My words aren’t impeccable. In fact, I always find fault. Second, I take everything personally when people’s reaction, attitude towards me isn’t a reflection of what I want them to be. Third, I am not in my best mode yet. I haven’t really worked hard to be my authentic self. Lastly, I assume. I assume a lot of things. Worst of all, I assume that everyone hates me. Why on earth are they even going to spend time competing or hating me? Everyone is innately selfish, so all must be working hard towards their own goals. Unless stated, I shouldn’t have sweeping statements and convoluted assumptions. Thank you for this reminder. Also, Networking is highlighted again. Yes, the message is clear. I need to network. In fact, I created my own types of friends: the energy suckers, energy boosters, energy energizers, energy dependents and energy models. Hmmm. Need to submit the meaning of each to Thought Catalogue. Well, I’ll never know. Personal branding also came up. Yes, Lord. I am a work in progress. With You, this journey will succeed. I learn also that habits should be tackled one at a time; the mind and body can only take so much. I am finally done with my journal writing every night and one-cup of rice challenge for more than three weeks now. Tomorrow, I’ll start off with No-coke challenge. Hmmm. All for your glory! Stepping up the game!
Today, the message of networking, of being proactive continued to be highlighted in my readings and in my thoughts. I realized that no matter how much you achieved, people will still view those who dress impeccably to be smarter. Although You look at the heart, I feel that it’s Your way of motivating me. Hihihihi. Of course, I’m not going to cop out. If that’s how life is played, let me join the game. And I promise myself to reach that authentic self.
Also, the blog I read today bolstered what I previously read in Ferrazzi’s Never Eat Alone book where he stated we must create our personal brand. According to the blog, in order to project a personal brand, we must have our own voice, own style of dressing that resonates with our mission and the people we want to attract, our network, our mannerism (so cussing is out), our word, our habits and our consistency. So far, I can confidently say I have all except for the style part. I haven’t define my own style yet, but I know that I am more of a natural-classic one. I also feel that an accessory with bible passages will make me unique and will reflect more of my priorities. Before the end of the year, it’s a promise to define and project that into the world, and to weed out unnecessary wardrobe items that do not resonate with who I am. Three points: Focus, Hard work and Personal Branding.
Thank you Jesus!
I love You always,
I read Coffee Lunch Coffee by Muller, Never Eat Alone by Ferrazzi and The Charisma Myth by Olivia Bane. All three books discussed a common theme, networking. What have I learned from the books? I must be proactive in building my network by inviting people to lunch or dinner, asking them important questions, and being genuine, open, warm, powerful and present in the process. Also, Muller suggested to build a portfolio that contains my elevator pitch, resume, 300 to 500 bio and update it often. She insisted that we be prepared to present ourselves once thrown in the pond. Because of that, I created a professional page. Honestly, it’s seems awkward and daunting to invite a CEO or someone in position over for dinner even if we haven’t established that pond. But Muller highlighted that we can mitigate this by preparing in advance, asking important questions, showing what we can lay on the table, and projecting warmth, power and presence.
Actionable plan: Start my Networking Plan where I write my goals, the people I want to network, and the people I already know. I must also be clear on what I want to be known for and establish a brand for myself and sell it. In my case, I think I really want to be known as a great influencer and a legendary world-class empowering public speaker and coach who changes thousands of lives (dream big right? Hihihihi). Everything I study should bolster that image from clubs, networks to projects and skills. Thanks for this message tonight.
For my passage readings today, I tag Isaiah 10 as pride. It reminds me to humble myself. The chapter speaks of God’s wrath upon the King of Assyria who thinks he conquered Israel out of his own might. In the same way, I shouldn’t acknowledge everything as a product of my own effort. Nope. Everything comes from You! Isaiah 11 is unity. It speaks of the time when Ephraim would not be envious of Judah anymore, and Judah wouldn’t be an inimical enemy to Ephraim. Instead, God will use both for His glory. Isaiah 12 is Thanksgiving. Because of this reconciliation, we would remember Christ as the source of our strength and courage. Isaiah 13 is Trust. God is already in the future. He allows the savior to sprang from the shoot of Jesse. Although he has all good things prepared for the Israelites, they must undergo the trials as a cause of their sin. Probably the message is God’s faithfulness to His promise and divine justice.
Thank you for promising a surprise for this week.