God is reminding us today!

God is reminding us today!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Be Wise, Mission Out for that Oil.

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Please read God's Silent Message: Matthew 25.1-13

Yong ang tagal mo Syang hinintay, pero dahil hindi ka pala talaga prepared,  
you still missed that chance!
Yong akala mong ready ka na, kaya umasa ka, pero may kulang pa rin pala. 

Hahah … nakaka-relate ka po ba? 
Have you also been caught unprepared in some instance? 

Sometimes God sends us surprises us which make us unaware of what’s best to do and how – and in these instances, sometimes, we’re missing out on what’s most important in life. 

The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.”

Minsan kasi, yong akala mong ang dami mo nang ginawa, pero you just did it for the sake na “kasi kailangan” – it leads us to consequences which give us the choice that we’d never actually want to take.  It makes a lot of difference when you work hard on things with all your heart than “just because it is required.” 

Sometimes all that it takes is for us to HEED GOD’S CALL.  At that moment when we are so uncertain, and yet, we allowed our senses to grasp what lies ahead, we are actually giving ourselves the chance to be attentive to God’s voice within us. 

Yong sabi mo na ang tagal mo Syang hinintay, baliktad pala, 
ikaw pala yong hinihintay Nya, matagal na! 
Ang kulang lang pala ay maging ready ka sa bawat instance 
na gusto Nyang maramdaman mo na umaasa Syang mapansin mo. 

Yes dear friend, buti na lang you’re reading this! 
Congratulations for being here – because today, God has actually initiated to fill your lamp with oil.  Together, let’s mission out a good relationship with God and with one and all here @The Feast San Lorenzo. ☺ #sunset

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"True Character is who you are and what you do -- even when no one is watching you!"

Sunday, October 22, 2017

This, I Should No Longer Keep to Myself!

Gospel Reflection for 
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Pls Read God’s Silent Message: Mt 22:15- 21

For the longest time, I’ve never been too bold telling one and all that “I have cancer!” 

For some reason I respected, I never disobeyed when my mom told me that I shouldn’t make others know that I am battling cancer. For all those times, seven years in a row while I was in remission, only few did know that I was giving cancer a good fight. Only few did know that I’ve been a strong fighter.

Up until the “second wave” came in 2016 when I had to go through the same battle again – when cancer turned stage 4, I was still too cautious whether to go out to the open because as I was told, not everyone would wish us good will when we are frail.  

My body showed how physically weak metastasis have caused, 
... but every time I gave myself “the push” that I needed, 
... every time I smile at myself in the mirror while loosing those hairs again, 
... every time I strive to manage to get up each waking morning 
    to mend the home and assure my husband and kids that they still have me, 
... and every time I would strive to bring myself to sleep with God’s songs of healing 
    amidst the stinging pains elsewhere in my body, 
    -- I just can’t help but be grateful for God’s mercy.     

"Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God." – Matthew 22:21

For the longest time, I deeply know I owe God!

Thanks to this Gospel – because today, I am boldly declaring to give back whatever is due to Him – that amount of gratitude which I should never keep to myself.

Just like that coin which has Caesar’s image, I am a kind of a coin as wellstamped with God’s image and likeness, I belong to God!  Nothing will ever hinder me now from telling one and all that I am strong in my battle because God is within me -- and at that, I am not just a Cancer Survivor, AM A VICTOR!

So my dear friends, I am inviting you to get inspired by my story in my blog  

& in instagram @ https://www.instagram.com/gailmontero.47/  #sunset

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"True Character is who you are and what you do -- even when no one is watching you!"

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cor Dei & Silent Messages: Are you Breaking? ... Praise God in Advance!

Cor Dei & Silent Messages: Are you Breaking? ... Praise God in Advance!: Hi Friends, here's wanting to share with you once more in gratitude, my personal notes  and reflections too , on last Sunday's  1st... "True Character is who you are and what you do -- even when no one is watching you!"

Are you Breaking? ... Praise God in Advance!

Hi Friends, here's wanting to share with you once more in gratitude, my personal notes and reflections too, on last Sunday's  1st Talk entitled FILL of the Series LeakHow To Heal Others Through Our Brokenness by our Laguna District Builder Bro Jon Escoto @ The Feast SM Santa Rosa, Cinema 1.    

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Have you been worrying a lot lately?
You've been in unfair situation?
You’re breaking and you don’t know how to mend? 

… in effect, parang lahat ng worries nasambot mo na;
… parang lahat ng justifications inangkin mo na;
… kasi ang sabi mo, “nasasaktan ka!”

But friend, why not look around and see who else is hurting? 
While you’re much focused on your pain, God must have been hurting too!
Why? … because you don’t seem to acknowledge His outstretched arms, 
striving to reach out to comfort you.
And you doubted instead, doubled with all apprehensions. 

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. -- Ps 147:3

All along, we are constantly given all the opportunity to praise God in advance

1.     when there is Anxiety 

You cannot grow in faith by complaining 
Don’t forget to thank God in advance
Switch over into praise!!!
It's all about thanking God
Praise keeps us moving forward. 
If you don't thank God in advance, you will not have the grace to wait for the fulfillment of His promise.
From faith comes strength 
Stop running; refrain from worrying; start trusting! 

The secret:
“Every time you worry let it be the signal to praise God in advance!”

But the problem is:
When things are not turning towards our timetable, we start begging God. 
No need to worry, God have heard you long before. 
Never beg each time. God will give what you want soon, 
just keep on trusting that He will fulfill His promise. 

The key: 
The blessing that's to come…just keep on thanking God everyday! 

2.     when there is Uncertainty 

Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind 
to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, 
and I have come in response to them.” -- Daniel 10:12

 From the day you said your prayer, God already heard it.
 God heard you the first time. 
 The very first day, the answer is on its way!
 The promise is already in motion!

3.     when there is Tragedy

You just can't see it yet with your natural eyes
But sometimes we look at our situation as dead – when the fact of the heart is that you can actually bring things back to life. 

 4. when there is Calamity

 Offer a sacrifice of praise! 
 Umiiyak ang kalooban mo but you still praise God for it.

 Di bawal mag complain, but please, do not murmur all the days of your life! 
 Praise and God will make a way!

So friend,  cheer up, make up your mind, FILL YOUR HEART with God’s love. 
Don't loose praise! 
The battle may be tough but God will never let a praiser to be a looser! #sunset

"True Character is who you are and what you do -- even when no one is watching you!"

Thursday, July 20, 2017

What to do When You Are Broken

Nakatambay ka ba? 
Nakatambay ka ba sa problema na dapat ay dinadaanan mo lang?

Hi Friends, here's wanting to share with you once more in gratitude, my personal notes and reflections too, on last Sunday's  2nd Talk entitled FLOW of the Series LeakHow To Heal Others Through Our Brokenness by our Guest Builder Bro Jann Silan @ The Feast SM Santa Rosa, Cinema 1.    

Sometimes, we feel so broken, that we tend to uncontrollably LEAK!

It is during these times that we should remember: 
"When your breaking happens, that's not God punishing you 
-- that's God saving you."
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"Sa mga panahon na hindi mo na kaya, 
Kaninong kamay ang gumagalaw sa buhay mo?
Kung di mo naiintindihan kung bakit ka broken ngayon,
Alamin mo kung sino ang may hawak sa buhay mo"  -- Jann Silan

When you are broken, God wants you to:

1. Devote your time to prayer. 

When you pray, your brokenness will lead you to openness. 
     You become more open to God. 

2. Rest

Kailan ka ba huling nagpahinga? 
     Allow God to comfort you. 

     "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion 
     and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort 
     those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God." -- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 

3. Embrace 

  Sometimes your brokenness happen because you allowed your weaknesses 
     to break    you. Yes, you commit mistakes because you tolerated instances 
     that used up your inequities. 

     Do not be anxious though, embrace that loving truth 
     that God sacrificed so much for your sake. 

     “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, 
     so that we might die to sins and live   for righteousness; 
     “by his wounds you have been healed.-1Peter 2:24

4. Utilize

     Avail your perks in relationships. 
     Nandyan lang naman sila, wag mong ilayo ang sarili mo para lalo kang 
     magkamali-mali sa mga decisions mo.

     Don't wait 'till you loose them, then just cry over some spilled milk.  
     You won't appreciate their presence not until you're broken. 

Appreciate life
Appreciate your relationships. 
At the end of it all
You would ask yourself 
Did I truly love? -- Jann Silan

5. Surrender

     What is God's will for you? 

     While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, 
     he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, 
     "Take and eat; this is my body." -- Matthew 26:26

     God has been offering Himself to you -- why keep up with that PRIDE? 
     Choosy ka pa?!!!
     Stop resisting God's mercy and compassion! 
     If there is pride in your life, you will have a breaking. 
     It is pride that causes you to fall -- so what are you waiting for? 
     -- give up your pride before you fall !!!

At the end of it all, 'di mo kailangang tumambay in your brokenness.
Your scars will connect with others' stories if you let your learnings from it FLOW! 

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Your wound is an empty space for Jesus to dwell.  
Revealing your wounds to others, and allowing them to see Jesus hidden in these wounds, 
becomes a light to the world. -- Bro. Bo Sanchez

"True Character is who you are and what you do -- even when no one is watching you!"