Song for Getti

I have never considered myself good at singing but if I’ll dedicate a song or be requested to sing for Getti, it will be Air Supply’s “Come What May”.

The song uniquely summarizes how I see myself through her eyes and how I want her to know how much she made a big difference in my life, first as a friend, then as a girlfriend, as a wife and now as a mother of our Elisha Marie.

The song goes:
When she looks at me
I know the girl sees things
Nobody else can see

All of the secret fears inside
And all the craziness I hide
She looks into my soul
And reads me like nobody can

And she doesn’t judge the man
She just takes me as I am

Just like any other song, the best part is the chorus. As the song picks up to its climax, this part of “Come What May” never fails to bring a lump in my throat and moist my eyes:

Come what may, she believes
And that faith is something
I’ve never known before
Come what may, she loves me
And that love has helped me open a door
Making me love myself a little more

There were times when I consciously tried to avoid and deny a lot of my realities, but Getti helped me by being quiet, by understanding, by believing, by trusting. The non-verbal and accepting gestures she showed me made me understand and accept myself more. The lines of my song for Getti hit it to the core:

When I turn away
She knows those are the times
There’s nothing she can say

Nothing that anyone can do
And so she lets me live it through
And when I’m in my darkest hour of uncertainty
She just simply lets me be
And goes right on loving me

Our relationship was put into test when I was faced by so far one of the biggest blows in my life. I felt that the world was crumbling and told Getti that we can go for a “cool-off” while being on that state. She said: “No, I won’t bail out on you. I’m here to support and pray for and with you. Let me know how I can be of help. We can work this together.” With those words coming from her, Getti indeed was instrumental in helping me restore and strengthen my belief in partnership and relationship.

With God’s help, we surpassed that challenging stage and as I recall that, this part of the song now makes me thankful that Getti, together with God, stood by me:

And when it seems my dreams
Have all slipped through my fingers
When they just can’t be found
I turn around and there they are
Shining in her eyes 

Getti is a manifestation and affirmation of God’s unconditional love for me — the kind of love that don’t ask for anything in return, the kind that restores my belief in the goodness of woman (and man), the kind that assures me that someone cares and loves me… come what may.

Witnessing

How wonderful is the Lord for He has given me hope through Jesus Chrits’ resurrection during Easter! 🙏👍👏

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The following reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager (c) 2015, whose website is located at DailyScripture.net

Do you believe the Lord Jesus is truly alive and ready to make his presence known to everyone who believes in him? The first to see the risen Lord was not Peter or one of the apostles, but a woman noted for her demonized living! She had been forgiven much, and loved her Master greatly. She was first at the tomb to pay her respects. Unfortunately for the disciples, they would not believe her account of the Risen Master. Jesus had to scold his apostles because of their unbelief and stubborn hearts.
Are you like the apostles or like Mary – slow to believe or quick to run to Jesus? Do you doubt because you do not see? The Lord makes his presence known to us through the work and power of the Holy Spirit. He gives us the gift of faith to know him personally and to understand the mystery of his death and rising. Do you believe his word and do you listen to his voice?

After his appearance to his beloved apostles, Jesus commissions them to go and preach the gospel to the whole creation. Their task is to proclaim the good news of salvation, not only to the people of Israel but to all the nations. This is the great commission which the risen Christ gives to the whole church. All believers have been given a share in this task – to be heralds of the good news and ambassadors for Jesus Christ, the only savior of the world. We have not been left alone in this task, for the risen Lord works in and through us by the power of his Holy Spirit. Do you witness to others the joy of the Gospel and the hope of the resurrection?

“Lord Jesus Christ, increase my faith and hope in the power of your resurrection. And give me joy and courage to be your witness to others and to boldly speak of what you have done to save us from sin and death.”

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The following reflection is courtesy of PresentationMinistries.com (c) 2015. Their website is located at PresentationMinistries.com

TAKE THE WITNESS STAND

“They called them back and made it clear that under no circumstances were they to speak the name of Jesus.” —Acts 4:18
Jesus is risen, and we are His witnesses (see Acts 1:8; 2:32; 3:15; 4:33; 10:41; 13:31). Satan could not keep Jesus from rising from the dead, but he can try to keep us from being witnesses for the risen Christ. However, we should never stop “speaking of what we have heard and seen” (Acts 4:20) from the risen Christ, no matter how much we may have to suffer. The risen Jesus Himself will back us up by reprimanding those who do not believe our witness (Mk 16:14). He will also send the Holy Spirit to put the words in our mouths so we can witness (Lk 12:12). The Spirit will likewise convict of sin those who disbelieve our witness (Jn 16:8).

Therefore, witnessing is one of the most powerful ways of communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ (see Acts 1:8). When we witness to our faith in Jesus, we share the faith and grow in it ourselves. Witnessing glorifies the risen Jesus, builds the kingdom of God, and accelerates our growth in holiness. Witnessing for the risen Christ changes the culture of death into a civilization of life and love. Therefore, Satan, “the prince of death” (Heb 2:14), hates witnessing, for he is especially defeated by our witnessing (see Rv 12:11).

Love God; defy the devil; be a witness for the risen Jesus.

Prayer: Father, may I witness for Jesus right where I am, and then to my neighbors and co-workers, and then to cities and countries (see Acts 1:8). Promise: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation.” —Mk 16:15 Praise: Praise Jesus, “the Resurrection and the Life”! (Jn 11:25) “This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it” (Ps 118:24). Alleluia! (For a related teaching, order our tape on Prophetic Lifestyle on audio AV 75-3 or video V-75.)

Experiencing God through Humility

This is such a promising day 😇 The Lord reminded me about humulity in prayer through the reflections courtesy of Don Schwager (c) 2014, whose website is located at DailyScripture.net:

Do you know and experience in your personal life the joy of the Lord? The scriptures tell us that “the joy of the Lord is our strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Why does Jesus tell his disciples to not take joy in their own successes, even spiritual ones? Jesus makes clear that the true source of our joy is God himself, and God alone. Regardless of the circumstances, in good times and bad times, in success or loss, God always assures us of victory in Jesus Christ. Jesus assures his disciples that he has all power over evil, including the power of Satan and the evil spirits or fallen angels who conspire against us. In fact, that is why Jesus came into the world to overthrow the evil one (John 12:31). We, too, as disciples of Jesus have been given spiritual authority and power for overcoming the works of darkness and evil (1 John 2:13-14).
Self-centered pride closes the mind to God’s revelation and wisdom
Jesus thanks the Father in heaven for revealing to his disciples the wisdom and knowledge of God. What does Jesus’ prayer tell us about God and about ourselves? First, it tells us that God is both Father and Lord of earth as well as heaven. He is both Creator and Author of all that he has made, the first origin of everything and transcendent authority, and at the same time, goodness and loving care for all his children. All fatherhood and motherhood is derived from him (Ephesians 3:14-15). Jesus’ prayer also contains a warning that pride can keep us from the love and knowledge of God. What makes us ignorant and blind to the things of God? Sinful pride springs from exaggerated self-centeredness. It closes the mind to God’s truth and wisdom for our lives. The angels fell into pride and were cast out of heaven. The virtue of humility, the only true remedy against false pride, and which is very different from the feelings of inferiority and low self-esteem, leads us to a true recognition of who we are in God and of our dependence on God.

Humility is the only soil where God’s grace and truth can take root
Jesus contrasts intellectual pride with child-like simplicity and humility. The simple of heart are like “babes” in the sense that they see purely without pretense and acknowledge their dependence and trust in one who is greater, wiser, and more trustworthy. They seek one thing – the “summum bonum” or “greatest good” who is God himself. Simplicity of heart is wedded with humility, the queen of virtues, because humility inclines the heart towards grace and truth. Just as pride is the root or every sin and evil, so humility is the only soil in which the grace of God can take root. It alone takes the right attitude before God and allows him as God to do all. God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble (Proverbs 3:34, James 4:6). The grace of Christ-like humility inclines us to God and disposes us to receive God’s wisdom. Nothing can give us greater joy than the knowledge that we are God’s beloved and that our names are written in heaven. Do you seek to be like Jesus Christ in humility and simplicity of heart?

The Lord Jesus wants us to know him personally – experientially
Jesus makes a claim which no one would have dared to make: He is the perfect revelation of God. One of the greatest truths of the Christian faith is that we can know the living God. Our knowledge of God is not simply limited to knowing something about God, but we can know God personally. The essence of Christianity, and what makes it distinct from Judaism and other religions, is the knowledge of God as our Father. Jesus makes it possible for each of us to personally know God as our Father. Saint Augustine of Hippo wrote: “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us to love.”

Seek God with expectant faith and trust
To see Jesus is to see what God is like. In Jesus we see the perfect love of God – a God who cares intensely and who yearns over men and women, loving them to the point of laying down his life for them upon the cross. Jesus is the revelation of God – a God who loves us completely, unconditionally and perfectly. Jesus also promises that God the Father will hear our prayers when we pray in his name. That is why Jesus taught his followers to pray with confidence, “Our Father who art in heaven …give us this day our daily bread.” Do you pray to your Father in heaven with joy and confidence in his love and care for you?

“Most High and glorious God, enlighten the darkness of our hearts and give us a true faith, a certain hope and a perfect love. Give us a sense of the divine and knowledge of yourself, so that we may do everything in fulfilment of your holy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Prayer of Francis of Assisi, 1182-1226)

Feast of the Cross

During the Feast of the Holy Cross, I was reminded of Jesus’ gift to mankind, that is, the gift of His being nailed to the Cross as a way to save us.

Therefore we say, “We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your Cross you have redeemed the world”

Memories of the 1995 World Youth Day’s Way of the Cross came back to mind 🙂

Thank you for your Cross , O Lord
Thank you for your Cross , O Lord

Positivity is a Decision

worth the wait :)
worth the wait 🙂

Time to relax on a Sunday morning and it’s a joy recalling my blessings and encounters. The #PositivityProject continues:

1. Us time: Reflection: good fruit from good tree with Getti Daez-Presaldo
2. Sent out reflection points and interesting replies
3. Healthy and delicious breakfast of vegetable and fish.. healthy and filled
4. Shared #PositivityProject for September 12
5. Us time: continued conversations with Getti going to QC – affirmation that Getti is a good person because of how Mommy & Daddy was able to raise her and her siblings Aileen Marie Daez Virtucio, Ryan Daez, Happy Daez-Angeles and Jd Daez
6. Restful time during visit to our dentist: relaxing therapy as I doze off to sleep
7. Lunchdate: thankful that we discovered Terraces in Fairview; so we took photos and posted in FB where Madz Jasmine Baac and Arlene Gregori reacted about being adventurous and size
8. Us time continues: watched Rurounin Kenshi and got interesting life lessons: the dead wishes to happiness for the living; you won’t be a better person if you harm or kill another; non-violence; 2 offerings of the sword: “shadow” for the man, “real” for the god. The movie is not as violent as it seems in the trailer; really worth the wait
9. Found a good pair of black shoes for P299.00: it is better than more expensive pair
10. Went for Grocery at Puregold – learned that is called as “Tindagan ni Aling Puring – cute!; we bought pork buy-one-take-one for P92.00 only!
11. Us time the saga: on our way to Bulacan, Getti and I further discussed what I shared with Regina Abrera about searching and praying for someone whom you can be wacky & crazy with
12. Appreciating friends: we talked about gift of friends as part of our support groups – thank you to Jollymugmates, Irasik friends, Superfriends, Lingkod and SOLV sisters and brothers, an those that God sent to us on times that we need them
13. Aling Nancy was in the gate to help us since we didn’t have umbrella – we remember about Angels reminding us of the things we need to do or bring, but most often we tend to ignore them… so, we should pay more attention for things crossing our minds
14. Good dinner with Mommy & Daddy: realized how generous my parents in-law are
15. Capped the night by with I Do: this has become my favorite weekend show. They tackled issues on trust with partner which reminded us of the August 26 event in our life that led to a more open and God-centered relationship as husband & wife

I realized that more “Us Time” is what God wants for me and Getti. Discovering new things and discussing what matters to us, our family, friends and community members — feeling joyful.

Project Positivity #2 :)

superfriendsThis is supposedly posted last night, but better things happened and you’ll find it later So, here am I on my second rendition of my #ProjectPositivity:

1. Us Time: discussed about Examen, an Ignitian exercise on daily reflection of being aware of what are our thoughts & feelings for the day
2. Able to do 40 (!!!) push-ups … in the bed!
3. Sent morning reflections to friends
4. Introduced to the process of making a cute button when Sheryl Evangelista shared steps … aliw! #IWillAttendButton
5. Colleague made a blurb and put my name on it… very generous man
6. Reviewed Smart Cities material sent email to research center on how to order and got a call.. so that’s how you do it
7. Savory lunch with Fatima Mabor Bautista, Aura Abon, Charity Lao Torregosa and Sheryl Evangelista
8. Attended brown bag.. remembered time spent in Indonesia with Edwin Leo Mokodompit
9. Finished initial material on Smart Cities and send to colleague; she’s very kind with her comments
10. Bought turkey sandwich for mother-in-law; got a sweet thank you
11. Extended help to a Tita
12. Received cute and funny message from Crispin Merlow
13. Was reminded by an angel to buy conditioner for Getti
14. Met up a friend (fwend) RealLife Book/Dolly; she treated me for snacks and gave RealLife: Story of Ordinary Filipinos with Extraordinary Lives ; the sharing was endless and we started to talk abut #Project300
15. It was also Celebrity spotting for me: PBB All In: Joshua, Mars, Loisa, Vickie, Jaso, Robi and some G-Force Dancers
16. Spent affirming dinner with a very good friend Regina Abrera; she’s really an inspiring sister
17. Got a good massaged – home service with wifey
18. Found out that I was tagged in a photo taken earlier with fwend Dolly
19. Saw a touching note from Superfriends Jasmin Lagunilla Vargas
20. Saw a the literary work of my bestfriend John Lorenz… gifted writer!
21. Went for a nap, but fell asleep while being hugged by wifey!

Ahhh, never get tired of counting my blessings! — feeling blessed.

Positivity Challenge #1 to Project Positivity

HappYness is overflowing and energy is bursting Finally, was given the grace of time to reflect and appreciate my blessings for the day, before it ends Nang Jo Rabacio and Mareng Owen Legaspi, thank you for inviting me to this process – you are God’s instruments in order for me to undergo this meaningful process So, here it goes:

1. Husband & Wife Time: accompanied Getti in the Makati City Hall to get her license
2. Sharing God’s Inspiration: was able to send morning reflection points while waiting for Getti and traveling to the office
3. Iloilo Connect: able to communicate with Joseph, my brother, and share lessons in taking care of family
4. Monetary blessing and the grace to set aside something for tithes
5. Helping Hand: forwarded to a friend re: job opportunity
6. Celebrity spotting: saw Basketball player’s girlfriend, finally
7. Teacher’s Connect: Ma’am Ofelia Pacete, one of my favorite professors
8. Forgiveness & Mother’s Love: listened to Lance Raymundo and his Mom over a faith sharing session. The mom shared that it is her devotion to Mother Mary who “kept everything in her heart”; very inspiring
9. Lunch with Sister Grace Huelgas, it was a divine appointment
10. Over work, I learned about Archiving & Smart Cities
11. Took a work break with Jen and Tina, cute banters and observations
12. Cousin Connect with Mike Hipolito, Getti’s cousin
13. Took a nap when I got home and was awakened by a sweet hug from Getti
14. Project Hope: we discussed about a friend who needs to be encouraged while she’s undertaking life challenge. We decided to visit her soon
15. Sinigang nga baboy over dinner!
16. TV Time: we watched Mother’s Story and surfed over my new channel fave: 2nd Avenue
17. Decided to uninstall Sticky Notes and Skype from my unit, which bothers me whenever I open my netbook:)
18. Began to write this Positivity challenge
19. Watched David Blaine in TV
20. Possibility of sleeping before 11pm — feeling happy.