God Specializes in Impossible Dreams

When the pursuit of your dream deteriorates from difficult to impossible, congratulations! You’re in good company.

Even Paul went through dead ends: “At that time we were completely overwhelmed, the burden was more than we could bear, in fact we told ourselves that this was the end. Yet we believe now that we had this experience of coming to the end of our tether that we might learn to trust, not in ourselves, but in God who can raise the dead.” (2 Corinthians 1:8-9 PH)

If God can raise people physically, he can raise people who are dead emotionally. He can raise a dead marriage. He can resurrect a dead career. He can resurrect you from a health problem.

God told Abraham he’d be the father of a nation, but then Abraham had to wait until he was ninety-nine years old before he had his first child. The Bible shows Abraham’s situation going from difficult to impossible.

But Sarah got pregnant, and they laughed about it. When the baby was born, they named him Isaac, which means laughter.

God often lets problems become impossibilities.

What’s the best response to a dead end? “He has delivered us from such a terrible death, and He will deliver us; we have placed our hope in Him that He will deliver us again.” (2 Corinthians 1:10 HCSB)

—from Rick Warren’s daily devotional

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#StrongerPH : 24-hour Tweetathon, Remembering Yolanda through Volunteering

TweetathonTeaser

On November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) made a remarkable history in the Philippines. More than ten thousand volunteers rendered their time and best effort to help and serve the victims of the killer typhoon. With their endeavour to aid victims, services are provided as well as to their families.

Their endless ability to extend their hands to unable people makes the Filipino spirit stronger than any typhoon. Reaching vulnerable people without getting anything in return but just self worth is beyond words. Relative to their capabilities and precious effort to serve, our humanitarian spirit remains alive.

As we now commemorate a year after Super Typhoon Yolanda, we are coming up with a tweetathon (twitter chat marathon) with a theme: Remembering Yolanda through Volunteering, on November 8, 2014. “What one volunteer can do is small, but what all of us can do is huge for recovery.” In all corners of the world, communities today face challenges that require creative and constructive solutions which foster a disaster-resilient community. Take part by promoting the upcoming discussion through your networks. Join us in the conversation! Tweet your views and use #StrongerPH.

WHAT IS TWEETATHON?

A Tweetathon is basically like a marathon, but instead of using your legs, you run the reach with your fingers. This is an online event on twitter where Tweetizens focus all their tweets on a particular issue.

It’s not just to get your issue to be a trending topic. Running a Tweetathon raises the profile of your Twitter account, of your organization and of the issue. It can also raise money (but not probably very much) and social media literacy in the organization.

The goal is to make the topics trend so that we can raise awareness about the value of volunteering and by answering the question: How do we effectively engage people in disaster preparedness, reducing impact and responding to disaster to build a stronger nation?

Ways to Make the Tweetathon More Enjoyable and Efficient

1. If you’re planning to share specific URLs during the chat, shorten them ahead of time using a shortening service, so that they don’t take up the entire 140 characters. Save them somewhere convenient, such as an email draft, or in a note on your desktop, for quick access.

2. Leave at least 10-15 characters of space in your tweet (including any URLs you’re sharing and the hashtag) so that it’s easy for people to retweet you without scratching their head over how to edit your original tweet without losing your meaning.

3. Now we know it would not be easy to come up with tweets every few minutes. So we have created some custom tweets that you can simply cut and paste below. Just put in your tweet box and keep tweeting, space them out for maximum effect and spread.

4. To promote or remind people of the chat, schedule a few tweets spread over a few days leading up to the chat.

5. If there are specific tweets, such as chat guidelines, etc., that you know you will share on a regular basis, save them ahead of time (similar to #2 above) so that you don’t have to type them from scratch.

6. Always include the hashtag associated with the chat in your tweets. Otherwise, when the moderator pulls a transcript based on the hashtag, you may have “said” something very smart, but it won’t be in there.

7. Looking forward to seeing you on twitter… Let’s have fun.

WHAT DO WE NEED TO RUN A TWEETATHON?

A twitter account. @philredcross is the official twitter account of the Philippine Red Cross while @redcross143 and @RedCrossYouthPH is the official twitter account of its Volunteering Program.

A group of staff/twitter hosts/volunteers to contribute tweets.

Followers who have a tolerance for a major influx of tweets over a limited period of time.

A staff member/volunteer who is willing to coordinate the Tweetathon.

Now if you have never participated in a tweetathon before, do not worry, we are here to guide you. Here how it works:

1. Get your community on board by promoting the upcoming discussion through your networks before the tweetathon. There will be 2 hosts per hour. The tweetathon will start from Luzon at 12am and will finish in Mindanao at 12mn.

2. During conversation, please use the official hashtag: #StrongerPH

3. Have a goal. . .and communicate it. Let us focus on thinking ways on how we can help the community to build a better and stronger Philippines.

4. Have fun and be yourself.

Tweet your views about the following topics: 

a. Red Cross 143 (#RC143): Volunteerism as a way of life

b. Social Media: What roles do Social Media play? How can we communicate during disasters?

c. Disaster awareness and volunteer engagement: How can we get everyone ready and how can we train the community on actions to take during emergencies?

d. Youth Leadership: How can the youth lead in developing community preparedness?

Listen for the Still, Small Voice

To find peace in our lives, we simply need to obey the promptings God gives us each day. A prompting is a “knowing” deep down on the inside, telling us what to do. First Kings 19:11-12 refers to this knowing as a still, small voice. A prompting isn’t a whack on the head with a hammer!

In 1 Kings, the Lord didn’t use the great and strong wind, the earthquake or fire to prompt Elijah. His voice came to Elijah as a sound of gentle stillness and a still, small voice. A prompting doesn’t even have to be a voice at all. In fact, God often gives direction by speaking to your heart rather than to your ears.

If we’ll simply learn to listen to God and do what He says, we’ll discover that things will go well for us. No matter what the situation, we need to listen to God and obey His voice. You may not understand the reasons that God is asking you to do certain things, but as you listen to His voice and obey His direction, you can experience a peaceful calmness. So listen up!

Prayer Starter: Holy Spirit, help me to listen closely to hear Your promptings every day. I want Your peace, so I will listen to You.

—from Joyce Meyer’s daily devotional

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Does Your Inside Match Your Outside?

Sometimes we wish for things to change but are unwilling to do what it takes to make things better.

I was always upset about my circumstances. I wanted God to change them for me, and I wanted Him to change the people around me too. But then He showed me that I needed to work on changing my inner life before I could expect real change in my outer life.

Matthew 6:33 (NLT) says, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

So what is God’s kingdom? The Bible says the kingdom of God is in us. If you’ve accepted Christ, that means He’s living in you, and He wants to live in a good spiritual home. That’s why your inner life is so important to God.

We must seek first His kingdom, letting His Holy Spirit take hold of us on the inside. When we allow Him to work in us, eventually we won’t be able to contain it, and it will spill out and change the world around us!

Prayer Starter: Holy Spirit, help me not to get caught up in trying to change external things when You’re asking me to focus on developing Your kingdom in my heart. I invite You to work in my inner life.

—from Joyce Meyer’s daily devotional

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You Won’t Take Your Job to Heaven

You’re not taking your job to heaven. You’re not taking some gold watch or achievement award to heaven. You’re taking YOU, so you want to build character because God is more interested in what you become rather than what you do.

Look again at today’s verse because some people have a misunderstanding about temptation. They think that, once they become a Christian, they should be beyond temptation.

It’s important to realize you will never outgrow temptation. In fact, the closer you are to God, the more you become an enemy of Satan, and the more he will try to tempt you. The good news is that God gives you greater strength to resist it.

When you are tempted at work – to be unkind, to get angry, to be prideful or greedy – remember that every temptation is not only an opportunity to do good but, it’s also an opportunity to grow in character.

For example, when you encounter an annoying co-worker, the temptation may be for you to get upset with that person. But the Bible says to bless those who curse you and pray for those who offend you. So instead of getting mad, use it as an opportunity to praise God.

First, Satan will get annoyed that you’re praising God. The more you praise God, the less Satan will use that as a temptation in your life.

Second, you’ll find yourself naturally growing in godly character as you apply God’s Word to your life.

from Rick Warren’s daily devotional

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7 Steps to Rewire Your Beliefs

7 Steps To Rewire Your Beliefs!
(Create A Wealth Mind Set/Beliefs)

1. Write down a clear mental picture of a person who do you want to becone and a clear financial dream.

Examples:
-I’ll be The Top Networker Leader in TFD!
-I’ll be giving P100,000/month worth of tithes by Dec. 25, 2014.
-I’ll be one the greatest motivator and wealth coach.
-I’ll be a registered licensed electrical engineer by February 28, 2014.

2. Create an Action Plan

Say this: “The key to my success is hidden in my daily routine. So starting today…”

Have a SUCCESS RECORDER
(List down your things to do)

Monday?
Tuesday?
Wednesday?
Thursday?
Friday?
Saturday?
Sunday?

3. Create new powerful beliefs that supports this dream.

MY WEALTH BELIEFS
(This is what I have learned from the Book and my mentor. Special thanks to Up A.M. and Pastor Jayson ☺)

a. I’m God’s beloved and it is His great happiness to bless me.

b. God’s river of blessings is flowing to me at every single moment of my life.

c. Everything I need comes to me.

d. I am a blessing magnet.

e. I am open to receive all of life’s riches.

f. I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.

g. Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better.

h. I am prosperous.

i. I say yes to life, and life says yes to me.

j. Everything I touch turns to gold.

k. I inspire millions of people.

l. Money flows me in great abundance.

m. I am a brilliant networkpreneur creating wealth for God’s purposes.

n. I love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.

o. I love others as I love my self.

p. I love living life.

q. I am a Happy Millionaire!

4. Declare your dreams and beliefs everyday.

—>Morning. Lunch. Evening.

5. Pray for it!
(Yes, nothing is impossible!.. Just pray and believe dear..☺)

6. Commit to stick with it, NO MATTER WHAT. Commit it to GOD.

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.”
-[Proverbs 16:3]

7. Believe and received it!

—>Commit it to God 🙂 put it in your faith goals and don’t forget to do your part.. 🙂

Hope this can help you in achieving your goals in life.

More to come.

@lynvgarcia

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Today is the Beginning of my New Life

-I am starting over today.

– All good things are coming to me today.

– I am grateful to be alive.

– I see beauty around me.

– I live with passion and purpose.

– I take time to laugh and play everyday.

– I wake up, energized and alive.

– I am free to be myself.

– I am magnificent in human form.

– I am a perfection of life.

– I am grateful to be me.

– Today is the best day of my life.

– I am riCh.

– I am a new creation.

– The old has gone. The new has come.

-I WILL SUCCEED BY GOD’S GRACE.

-I am Lyn Garcia. Apart from God, I am nothing.

***My first (personal) blog for 2014. Looking forward for more encouraging and inspirational topic to share. Special thanks to my mentor who keeps on motivating and guiding me.. 2013 was AWESOME!.. The best is yet to come. Happy New Year!.. :)***

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Maintaining Physical Health

Love is exhausting. It’s work to really love. Most people don’t understand that their physical condition has a strong impact on their relationships and their ability to love.

What happens to your relationships when you’re run down? Little issues become big problems when you’re tired. You’re more cranky, defensive, and critical when you’re physically low.

What are some habits the Bible says will physically refresh you?

Rest – “It’s senseless for you to work so hard from early morning till late at night. God wants you to get your proper rest.” (Psalm 127:2 LB) Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is just get some rest. It’s amazing how much better things look after a good night’s sleep. Many of you are too tired to love your kids, too tired to love your husband, and too tired to love your wife.

Balanced Diet–“You made my body, Lord, now give me the sense to head your laws.” (Psalm 119:73 LB) It’s a no-brainer, but choosing fruits and vegetables over chips and cookies will give us more sustained energy.

Regular Exercise–“Honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20 NIV) Our bodies were made for activity. In Bible times they didn’t have to exercise; they walked everywhere, they did physical work. But most of us have sedentary lives, and we drive everywhere. Yet, you really only have two choices in life: fatigue or fitness. Fitness involves regular exercise.

—from Rick Warren’s daily devotional

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God Says I’m Valuable

How much are you worth? I’m not talking about money. We confuse self-worth with net worth, but they are very different. Your value has nothing to do with your valuables.

How much are you worth?

I once read an article in the Journal of Hospital Practice that calculated how much each of the enzymes and hormones and all the different things in your body are worth. The author added them up and if you are an average size person you are worth six-million, fifteen dollars and forty-four cents ($6,ooo,o15.44) based on your weight. (Some of us are worth more!)

You’re a six-million dollar man or a six-million dollar woman! The article’s author also estimated that, if you calculate the cost of creating each cell in your body, it would be about six thousand trillion dollars.

You are priceless.

Jesus thought this was so important that he took a whole chapter of the Bible to talk about it. In Luke 15 he tells three stories — the lost son, the lost coin, and the lost sheep. It’s the same punch line in each story. Jesus says, “You matter!”

You matter to God. You are valuable. God says you are valuable because he loves you and he has accepted you in Christ.

—From Rick Warren’s daily devotional

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God is Never Too Busy

A lot of kids today grow up with absentee fathers. Their father’s are never home, always gone, never there for the important dates. Even when their father’s are home, they really aren’t there. They’re detached, reading a newspaper, watching television, or working. They may be physically there but they’re not mentally or emotionally at home.

That’s why it’s important to remember three encouraging facts about the closeness of God:

God is never too busy – “The Lord is near to all who call on him.” (Psalm 145:18 NIV) He’s never too busy to talk to you. He’s always near. He never says, “Some other time.”

God loves to meet your needs — He’s not annoyed by your request. “If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11 NIV)

God is sympathetic to your hurts — “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and rescues those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18 NLT) When you hurt, God hurts. When you grieve, God grieves. He is there. And He cares. That is the Good News.

—from Rick Warren’s daily devotional

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