Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Three Things That I Love to Do In My Spare Time

If there is one thing given that is common to all men, it will be "time". We all have 24 hours a day. What we do with our time determines our success or failure.

Time is one thing you can't recover once it expires. So, whenever we have spare time, we should be careful in using it to get the most out of it.

There are Three (3) things that I usually when I have a spare time.

1. Read books. I love reading books. My favorite are inspirational books, religious books, and adventure. The latest that I am reading is a book by Pastor Cesar Castellanos, "Successful Leadership Through the Government of 12". It is about how a leader is formed and focuses more on character than the skill, talent, and abilities of an inspiring leader. Good book to read. My wife, Maritess, and I are enjoying it and is helping us in our leadership role in our church. I love reading books of Bo Sanchez and Robert Kiyosaki.

2. Blogging. Whenever I have time, I blog. As of this writing, I have a spare time while waiting for my turn to teach in our class here at Uno Overseas. I am developing my skills in writing, that's why I am blogging. The ultimate purpose is to prepare me for my "work-at-home" business when I finally retire from secular work. Here's one of my blog: Debt Free Life Philippines.


3. Chat and browse in the net. Recently, I was given an iPad as a gift on my birthday. I discovered that I can use it to chat with my sister in Canada. We are enjoying very minute of it. "Facetime" is Apple's equivalent of Skype. I like Facetime better (I guess I am bias towards Apple). Twice a day, morning and evening, in most cases, we chat. I also love watching Sid Roth and Jim Hockaday in You tube. Nothing beats their supernatural stories about angels and God.

What about you? What do you do in your spare time?

Here's to our life,
Jimmy


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My Simple Breakfast Treat

Have you tried ta truly Pilipino breakfast? I would like to introduce you to my fave breakfast menu: Fried dried dulong or sometimes anchovies, with tomato plus steamed rice. I love eating this with a hot cup of coffee.

My cousin, Ate Aida, prepares this for me to take to my office. I usually leave the house early together with my daughters so there's no time to take breakfast at home. I appreciate how she packs the breakfast.
The coffee is an alkaline based coffee since I can't take the usual 3 in 1 coffee of well-known brands.

What a way to start my day in the office. Itadakimasu! (Let's eat)

Life is an adventure,
Jimmy

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Blogs That I Regularly Read

This week, Daddy Yashiro is the sponsor of the BC Bloggers Meme about "The Blogs that I Regularly Visit". About two blogs earlier, I was privileged to sponsor the meme called "5 Countries You Want To Visit Before You Retire". I suggest that you join us at BC Bloggers. Maybe you have some good idea you can share with us. We would appreciate it so much.

I have been blogging for more than a year now. I started with zero knowledge and all I wanted was to be able to write an article online. They told me to set up my own "blog".  To help me in blogging, I frequently visit and read the following blogs for ideas, help and more ideas.
The UltraLife of Jomar Hilario 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

5 Money Saving Tips

Money savings tips. This is the topic of our blog this week. Thanks to Stay at Home Blessings , our sponsor for this week's BC Bloggers Meme.

Here are my 5 Money Saving Tips, which I know is doable.

1. Maintain you stuffs. A good example of this is the maintenance of your car, if you have one. You have to do this religiously and regularly. Change oil every 5,000 km run. It saves you a lot of money by avoiding engine troubles. Also, maintain other stuffs at home, like the door knob. When you buy stuff, read the manual and know how you can properly maintain it.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pinoy Breakfast I like

What's my favorite breakfast? Let me share you one of my favorite:

Well, let me see.... Dilis (dried anchovy), scrambled egg, baked tomato, sliced white unions, and hot pandesal with a glass of four seasons juice and of course fruits.

What a way to start my day.

Life is an adventure,
Jimmy

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

5 Countries I want to Visit Before I Retire

I have always dreamt of going abroad. I have a friend who owns a tour agency whom my wife and I used to visit every week to pray for their business and study the Word of God together. I have a holy envy of the tours they plan for their customers. So I have developed a desire to also go to these countries one day.

I would like to thank you for choosing to do this blog with me. I feel excited to see your itinerary too.

For me, here's my list of 5 countries that I want to visit before I retire:

1. ISRAEL - I want to taste and see what others have been telling me about the places where our Lord have walked and been to, I guess, as a Christian, this is our dream before we settle down, if there is such a thing as retirement. I am excited and believing God to go there next year.
A beach in Israel? 
The Wailing Wall
Mar Saba Monastery, Judean Desert
What's so special about Israel? It's people, God's chosen.
Love to stroll in downtown Jerusalem

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Day In My Not So Boring Life

BC Bloggers Meme host Yuri starts of quite early as she hosts this Meme this week. This week is about the 24 hours that we have been given and how we use it. Everyone receives the same amount of time. I use my 24 hour this way:

5:00 - 5:45 - spend it in prayer and in reading the Word of God. I call this my devotional.
5:45 - 6:00 - Take a bath and dress up
6:00 - 7:30 - Take daughters to their ride and travel time to my office
7:30 - 8:00 - Breakfast at the office

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

30 Things About Me: BC Bloggers Meme

This is getting personal now. I appreciate all the BC Bloggers members who are very enthusiastic, excited and open to what we're ask to blog.

For those who are not yet in the group, I encourage you to join us now. It's more fun being a BC Blogger.

Ok, now for my 30 things about me.

1. I am now a grandpa.

2. I just got my Senior Citizens card last week. (Did I say that?)

3. I feel I am just starting in life and my best days are ahead of me. Would you believe, I draw my inspiration from the life is Col. Sanders, of the famous KFC. He started his business when he was 66 years old, getting out of retirement. After more than 1,000 tries, someone believed his chicken recipe and that started the KFC business.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

You Can Always Dream or Set A New Goal

When you come to think of it, you really never stop learning. I took up blogging late in my life. That's why I envy (holy envy), the ones who started early in their lives to blog.

I decided to blog only a year ago. I want to prepare myself for my retirement and saw that I can do work-at-home by blogging.

So I joined Jomar Hilario's course on "How to make money online". He taught me a lot and still learning from him.

Now, I am enjoying our BC Bloggers Meme. It's really good to see how you have progressed.

I like to think that if I can do it, you can too.

Here's some of my blogs, which Jomar asks us to do to get ourselves going. Mind you, he asks us to do at least 50 blogs. I am on my 8th only. Hehehe.
My first blog, to remind me that I will be debt-free soon

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

BC Bloggers Meme: Family Bonding

Family is always first. That's my idea of my priority in life. For this Meme, I would like to share with you how we bond in my family. This, we inherited from my in-laws. They always find time to be together, Be it a birthday, wedding anniversary, or any reason to come together, they'll do it. Bonding is a normal thing to do.

So we do the same in our family. 


The addition to the family, Xander.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

BC Bloggers Meme: A Photo Blog

Whew! BC Bloggers always surprises me. Before I post my photo, I would like to really, really endorse  BC Bloggers, it's a place you'll enjoy hanging on.

For me, I would like to post this photo I took during my trip to Hokkaido Japan. It have been a wonderful experience. Most of the dairy farms there supply the milk to Haagen Dazs, which they say is made in Japan and supplied worldwide.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

BC Bloggers Meme: 5 Things You Want To Do Before You Get Old

Here goes. I like this because it's really been on my subconscious mind all the time. This time I want to bring it to my conscious mind and share it with you.

So here goes.

First, my dream before I get old is to see Israel. I am believing God for my provision to bring my wife and if possible, my family to that nation so loved by God. I know it will mean a lot to me. I was made to understand that I need at least a hundred thousand pesos per person as my budget. No worries, I can believe God for that.

Secondly, make my second million. I did the first in 2000. As a gift to my wife in our old age, and not to be dependent on our children for support. I guess that's practical. I've seen this in the lives of my in-laws. Such a blessing to see them even give to us in their old age. Me too.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

BC Bloggers Meme: Things That Make You Happy

Great time to say something personal to my fellow bloggers at BC Bloggers. Someday I look forward to hosting this exciting and fun event.

If you are yet undecided about joining the fun, why not click here and enter a new world of blogging ideas.

For me, the things that make me happy are:
1. A date with my wife once a week, usually every Tuesday
2. Taking time to talk with my children about their daily affairs
3. Pinoy Lomi meal at Ha Yuan with my wife
4. Giving to God what belongs to Him, my Tithes
5. Seeing others blessed by my giving (in whatever form)
6. My new iPad, a gift on my birthday
7. Badminton game with my former Fujitsu office-mates at Asuncion Badminton Court
8. Then having dinner at El Monaco at Greenhills
9. Being trusted

Monday, June 11, 2012

Travel Has Its Rewards

Travel has its reward. The beautiful places, people and food. My time in Japan these couple of weeks has been very rewarding. I would like to share some of these with you.

The people that I have met were very kind and hospitable. My first time to see Hokkaido and met Mr. Sasaki. He owns a dairy farm and is managing one of the best cooperative in that area.
Mr. Sasaki treating me to an ice cream shop 
The famous Hokkaido Ice Cream made from the cows milk from their farms

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Reward of Good Works

The Lord talked about us being "His masterpiece, created for good works which God has planned for us long ago". I can't get over the stories of our interns in Hokkaido, Japan. Many of them genuinely changed by the power of God's love. They came here motivated to see their dream come to pass.

One particular story that touched my heart was that of Erna. Erna came from a very remote town in Nueva Ecija. She came to Manila to seek greener pasture since her parents couldn't afford to send her to school. She took up a course in Education but had to stop due to financial difficulties.

On the day she went to Manila, she had to cross a river and had to walk about an hour out of the remote place they live.

Fortunately, she came of our office at Uno and she was chosen to work as a Dairy Farmer here in Hokkaido, Japan.
Erna with Mr. Sasaki
Yesterday, I had the chance to talk to Erna at Mr. Sasaki's farm, where she works. The latest news is that she settled all their debts, her father has bought a tractor to cultivate their 14 hectare farm land, her father won't have borrow money from loan sharks anymore as they now have capital to start planting rice. Today she is saving her income because she plans to continue her studies when she comes home 2 years from now. That's what a year of stay in Japan did to her and her family!
Erna with Mr. Yamada and myself
The best thing was she continues to trust the Lord for her life. She surrendered her life to the Lord Jesus during the Encounter Weekend a year ago when she was still training at Uno. It was our desire to see them encounter the lover of their soul, Jesus before leaving for Japan.

Hearing her stories made my day. It's like a reward for the work that God has done in her life through us. Truly God is good and He gives us the strength to see our dream come to pass.

It been a fulfilling time for me here in Hokkaido, Japan.

Jimmy

Sunday, June 3, 2012

My Birthday Surprise!

Surprised! I was indeed surprised to be invited to my 60th birthday party. Imagine how I felt when I entered that hall which my daughter, Steph, brought me to supposedly meet her client. It was pitch dark, I was wondering why would somebody meet her in a place so dark? My mind was analyzing why? Maybe there's a booze party? Maybe it will light up once we're touched with him (another reason given so I could accompany her).  Maybe??

As I was about to enter, I saw shadows moving inside. Ahh, it's must be a karaoke club (well since it's called a club house). When suddenly the lights came and everybody shouted "Surprise!" My mind couldn't connect that which I am hearing with my daughter's supposed meeting with her client. But as Maritess came to get me inside, I slowly realized it was really a "surprise" for me because there I saw the tarpaulin on the wall with my caricature and the words that says: "Happy 60th Birthday, Jimmy".

Yes, I am so blessed to celebrate my first birthday party! A week prior to this event, I cancelled my plan to have a party since I noticed that nobody was interested in helping me with arranging one. Even my own family seem too uninterested. My friends whom I have confided to about my plans were nowhere in my radar. They seem aloof to the idea. I was a bit irritated, angry but I just brushed the thought away.

Life in Hokkaido

What's life in Hokkaido, Japan? I heard stories about the place but it was different when I sat foot on this beautiful place somewhere at the tip of Japan.

I went there to see our workers at the different dairy farms in the island. My friend and partner, Mr. Sasaki together with our representative, Mr. Yamada, brought me to a place where you can actually see Russia. It was only separated by water, amazing.
See that island in the middle? that's Russia.
How can I forget the sumptuous meals that are unique to the island. I really enjoyed the foods that I would like to share it with you.
Salad with the island's fresh seafoods
One of my favorite
But most of all, I am enjoying the peaceful atmosphere that Hokkaido gives me with its vast pasture lands for the cows. By the way, Hokkaido supplies milk to Hagen Daas which in turn supplies that well liked ice cream everybody enjoys eating.

Here's to a life well spent in Hokkaido.

Jimmy

Saturday, May 5, 2012

My Father Provides

My grandson, Xander, celebrated his first birthday today. His mom and dad made sure that he gets the best for his birthday. The party was held in a newly opened Shakey's parlor with new party room and a play zone to complement the children's party.

Many were invited and because Xander is lovable, he got lots of gifts
Xander enjoying his new toy
At home, when they were opening the gifts, I saw Xander enjoying every gift. The smile in his eyes reminds me of how my heavenly Father also cares for me.

He makes sure that the gifts I need, I will enjoy. He cares for me deeply because He loves me.
Xander is focused on this one toy
That's the same with Xander. His parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and godparents make sure he gets the best there is in life. He provide for and is already set up for success.

That's why I love my heavenly Father. He provides for my needs and sets me up for success too.

I love and enjoy my life.

Life is an adventure,

Jimmy

The Simple Food I Like

Last week, our company gave us an overnight outing at the Camayan Beach Resort in Subic Bay. This was part of our yearly outing. Last year we went to Boracay Beach and that was really fun.

Maritess and I taking a walk at the Camayan Beach
Anyway, going back to Camayan Beach Resort. The place was perfect for an overnight stay. The hotel facilities were very good and the people serving us are very accommodating and responsive to our needs.

But the one thing I really liked was the breakfast menu they served us. There were many selection of foods but I chose the simple one and very native: Scrambled egg, dried anchovies, salted red egg with chopped tomatoes and unions plus a bowl of cereals (reminds me of our breakfast in Australia).
This is my favorite breakfast

That's what I really like to eat for breakfast. Simple and yet filling.

Come to think of it, sometimes the simple things make our life better.

I love food and I love adventure,
Jimmy

Friday, April 20, 2012

20 Ways to Thank Your Pastor

Whew! I am so happy to see people think of their pastor with special care. I have pastor friends whose members are so caring towards them. They are highly regarded and honored.

This article from Christian Personal Finance, which I am posting here, touches my heart. You know why? Because I am a pastor! Sounds self-serving but who else can say this? Among the four pastors in our church, I am sort of serving more in the marketplace. I like it because I feel it is what God wants me to do. I love what He gives me. He also gives me the chance to say what other couldn't say specially in the area of taking care of the pastors.

I believe, it is a blessing to take care of our pastors.  Do you think so too?



20 Ways To Thank Your Pastor
1.     Simply Say “Thank You” – While blatantly obvious, sometimes weeks go by for a pastor without someone verbally saying thank you.
2.     Provide a Vacation – Without a doubt, there is one thing that every single pastor absolutely needs no matter who they are: rest.  Whether this is a dubbed a vacation, trip, or sabbatical, all of the above allow for your pastor to break away from life for a set amount of time for the purpose of rest, relaxation, and recovery.  Consequently, this period usually serves to restore fresh passion and vision as well, decreasing the likelihood of pastoral “burnout.”
3.     Handwritten Notes – These are always special to receive, especially if you highlight something that “struck you” from a recent message or sermon.
4.     Photo Book – This is an inexpensive way to show your appreciation by gathering photos and notes from members that showcase special moments in the history of your church.
5.     Prayer – This may not seem like much of a thank you, but there is no greater way to support your pastor and encourage or appreciate them than forming a prayer group that prays regularly for him and his family.  This can also be done as a group during a prayer meeting/breakfast or a special night of prayer involving the entire congregation.
6.     Gift Certificates – This can range anywhere from restaurants to bookstores to movie tickets.  The possibilities are endless and the pastor usually gets to include his wife on this one as an added bonus!
7.     Lawn Care – This is a unique gift where you can arrange for free lawn care, whether you do it yourself or arrange to pay a service to do it.
8.     Special Acts of Service – You can ask families in the church to do something creative or special, such as provide a meal with dessert, wash their cars, etc . . . .
9.     Remember Special Dates – Everyone, no matter who they are, loves to be appreciated.  Show your pastor how much you love him by remembering special anniversaries, such as his birthday, the date that he came to this church, or his wedding anniversary.
10.  Lessons/Gifts For a Hobby – Many pastors love to golf.  Some like to read while others like to fish. No matter what their hobby is, you can always find a way to appreciate him by paying for lessons or going along with him to “play” and not talk about church!
11.  Plant a Tree – This is a great way to say thank you in honor of your pastor.
12.  Video Interview – Be creative!  You can record video interviews from members of the church sharing how they have been blessed by his ministry to them.
13.  Cards/Crafts – Ask members of the church to send cards or gifts that they’ve made to his home.  Remember to include the pastor’s wife and her supportive role!
14.  Special Service – Hold a special celebration service to pray and thank God for the lives of your pastors and their families.
15.  Kid’s “Thank You’s” – Have the kids design and create posters with their handprints/footprints and hang them around the church.
16.  Money – Many pastors take a pay cut to serve in this role.  The gift of money, given by members during a special appreciation event, can help to pay for car repairs or any other financial burdens that are unexpected.
17.  Gym/Health Club Membership – This is always a great investment for your pastor!
18.  Free Repairs – Organize a group that is willing to say thanks by helping the pastor take care of any repairs around the church or their personal home or car.
19.  Child Care – If your pastor is younger, you can offer to say thank you by helping to watch their children while they have a night out or go to a Bed and Breakfast for the weekend.
20.  Thank the Pastor’s Wife – Remember the statistic: 60% of pastor’s wives work full time to support the home.  Thanking your pastor’s wife for all that she does to support her husband and God’s church can be an incredible lift to her spirit and, consequently, your pastor’s spirit as well.
Although the list above is not exhaustive, it’s a great start to some innovative ways to thank your pastor!  My personal favorites include any ideas that help the pastor to get time away in order to get refreshed and refocused and also any ideas that show sincere appreciation to the pastor’s wife.

Do you have another creative way to say “thank you?”  Meet me right now in the comment section by sharing any additional ideas and insights that you have for thanking our pastors!

Monday, March 12, 2012

What An Exciting Life!

I am so happy today. For the first time in my blogging experience, I got my first ever affiliate marketing sale courtesy of my mentor, Jomar Hilario. I would like to share this joy with you:


Hi Jaime Ching,

This email is to notify you that you have made a sale.

You have earned $6.90 in commission for this sale, which was placed by Lezl Gusay (email:lezlgusay@gmail.com)

This will be added to your total commissions for this month.
To verify your stats online please visit:
http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/aflogin.asp?merchantID=118043

Please note that this sale and commission is based on the approval of the order and receipt of funds. If the order cannot be confirmed, or funds are not received, your commission account will be updated accordingly.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Jose Mario R Hilario for RichTeamEvents


Thanks so much for this encouragement. I feel that my life is just beginning.

Unstoppable,

Jimmy

P.S.  
Well, a lot of us say "yes" when asked "do you want work from home"? We all think its some kind of fantasy (that's impossible) or it's heaven (I wish...).
http://www.flickr.com/photos/spigoo/91358668/sizes/m/in/photostream/
Why not stop the speculation and investigate what to expect, how much can you earn, and know more about how you can do this "work at home thing".

Listen to the "work at home" expert Jomar Hilario as he trains you on how you can start making steps to leaving your stressful work and just staying in your bedroom all day ...while earning!

Click here to know more: http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?Clk=4656630

And if you can't attend the Manila Sept 18, 1pm - 6pm event, you can still be oriented via the ONLINE version of the seminar here:http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?Clk=4656630

Try it out, it's about time you spent more time at home.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Are You Living In The Past?

I think of technology. I used to sell and sold the "Huge boxes" we call mainframe computers of Fujitsu Computers to big companies like PLDT, San Miguel Corporation, among others.

Today if you look into their information system, I bet you, these huge boxes are not there anymore. They have discarded these legacy systems and replaced them with the state-of-the art technologies.

They say that every month new technology comes out making what you recently bought obsolete.

I think that is also true with our lives. We can't afford to live in the past. We have to upgrade or at least learn new things so that we will be relevant to the times. However, I believe, we have to make life simple as well.

Life is an adventure. We always discover new things and ideas. We never stop moving on. Living in the past only makes life harder and we stagnate.

Today, I want to share with you what Google did with the "old and famous" ads and their "creatives" and brought them back to life! This speaks volume to me.

I feel I can identify with these "old" folks.

Jimmy




Friday, March 2, 2012

SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR GOD’S DIVINE PROVISION


Deut 11:10-11
“For the land you are about to enter and take over is not like the land of Egypt from which you came, where you planted your seed and made irrigation ditches with your foot as in a vegetable garden. Rather, the land you will soon take over is a land of hills and valleys with plenty of rain – a land that the Lord your God cares for. He watches over it through each season of the year!”

This is about my experience during the two carless days. MY car broke down and my mechanic was having a hard time fixing it. It was an adventure I will never forget.

Lesson: Problems are bound to happen. God allows them in our lives to position us FOR the BLESSING He has planned for us.

I realize that when the devil says you’re a loser, it’s actually a declaration that you’re not a loser but a winner! Why? Because the devil is a liar.

The same is true in our finances. When the enemy comes to you and says that you are in lack, the opposite is the truth. Why? Because in Genesis 1:28 it says we’re blessed already in order to position us for fruitfulness and multiplication.
God delights in the prosperity of Hid children!

So the question in our minds right now is this: Why am I not experiencing the manifestation of the financial blessing in my life? Instead, What I am experiencing is the LACK of finance. Why?

If you are experiencing Lack, this message is for you. I want you to know that God is a God of abundance. And like Him, we shall also be. He is not the God of just-enough. He is the God of More than enough. Amen?

If you are in that place in your finances, I want to encourage you today. God will set you free. He will change the way you think. He will download to you Kingdom principles to position you for the blessing.  The enemy wants us to believe what we see with our natural eyes. But I ask you the question this morning: What do you really see? Lack or abundance? I believe God wants us to align ourselves with His Word and as we do that, we declare and decree with our mouth what we see in His Word for us.

My Past Prevented Me
For quite a long time, I’ve shy away from talking about finances. But I know in my heart that God has called me into this area of Kingdom finance. The voice of the enemy has silenced my passion in this area and I saw my dream slowly disappearing from my view. Sometimes we go through a process of pruning and God allows us to make mistakes because we insist on what we want. But God expects us to stand up every time we stumble and move on with God. What I like with the Lord is that He doesn’t look at our failures but He sees our potential, he sees a finished product. When the Lord spoke to me, I realized that I’ve fallen prey to the voice of the enemy. I listened to the devil and that caused me to stop believing God in the area of finances. Mind you, I was still declaring the provision of God but in my heart there were doubts. But now, no more! No more of those lies. God is my source and provider. He is the God of provision and he supplies all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

I am living in the miracles of God. But I believe that is not where God wants me to be. He wants me to take possession of the PROMISE LAND, A LAND OF HILLS AND VALLEYS AND PLENTY OF RAIN, and WHICH HE HIMSELF IS CARING FOR ME.

KISS Cart Experience
The Lord gave us a business when I retired. We franchised a food business called KISS. The seven (7) years we did that, really blessed us. We were able to use it to  bless many who are in need. We expanded it from one cart to 3 carts. Our vision was to have 10 carts, And We were thinking of giving each of our pastors a cart, whose income will bless them.
Every night Maritess and I were counting cash and coins. It was fun counting money every day. After so many years of doing that, I told the Lord: I am not complaining, but God, I want to count not just coins and thousands, but I want to count MILLIONS.
 The Lord answered our prayer. He caused the business to experience difficulty and the MMDA gave us a problem. Suddenly we didn’t have the joy we had when we first started. Finally, one morning, the MMDA dis a clearing in our area and that was the last I saw my cart. My business closed. How about that?

UNO Experience
The next thing I know, God took me out of CRC. He  brought me to UNO Overseas Placement, where my dear friends, Ramon and Elvira made me a partner in 2008. My job was to manage it in parallel with Interskills, a sending organization under TESDA. Little did we know that God will use UNO to replace Interskills. Because in 2010, the government scrapped the program from TESDA and transferred it to POEA. The JITCO program went into confusion. Many of those in TESDA were caught by surprise and were not prepared for the transition. We were blessed, because UNO was there to catch and continue the program under POEA.
God knows what’s in the future, isn’t it?

The Small Mindset
But you know what? While I was there, my mind was at CRC. I was dreaming of going back to my full time job in CRC.  I was screaming at God to bring me back to CRC. That caused me to be dissatisfied with my job. I want my ministry back.

But God has another plan. I was functioning in what I call the “SMALL MINDSET” mentality. I was thinking like an “Employee” rather that the owner of the business, which God gave me.  God, my Father, is the real owner of the business. I am His son! The Lord dealt with me concerning this. I am working for the King! We are all working for the Father.


Col. 3:23 “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

God will not move us further until you realize that you’re working for Him.
He said, in Egypt, we were working so hard but earning little. This is the mindset of “small amount but lot of work” person. God doesn’t want us to plant seed and irrigate ditches with our foot as in a vegetable garden. HE IS NOT GIVING US A VEGETABLE GARDEN; HE IS GIVING US A LAND OF HILLS AND VALLEYS WITH PLENTY OF RAIN! He wants us to enjoy what He has prepared for us. He wants us to take over the land! Let your mind grasp this word. Think BIG, that’s what he’s saying to us. Don’t think you’re an employee ONLY. No, you are working for the FATHER, who owns that company, you are His son/daughter, take over the land! He himself prepared it for you.

Our Father owns everything. He created all things.
Ps. 50:10, 12 “he owns the cattle on a thousand hills…For all the world is mine and everything in it.”

God gave me a revelation of this. Last week my car broke. For two (2) days, I didn’t have a car. So, I was dreaming and hoping I can use a car. But, I ended up using the public transport. I enjoyed it mind you.

Here’s the revelation: Our office has 4 cars. That week I was looking at the glass door of our office staring at these cars. They were just there but I couldn’t use one of them for my personal use. Suddenly, Christine, the daughter of my partners came and took the key of one of the cars and used it (of course she asked permission). How come I couldn’t do what she did? I was not a their child. It hit me. Through this experience, I now understand what SONSHIP means. This privilege we are ignorant of because we don’t understand that He is our Father and that we are His children.

I said, I could also come to my Father and get the keys to my car and drive it because I am his son. He owns everything! All I have to do is ask him!!! Hallelujah!

This is called positioning ourselves and getting into the divine order of God.

God wants to bless us to be a blessing to the world. God wants to use us to be the lender and not the borrower. God wants you to start believing in Him and accessing the spiritual dimension (we are seated with Christ in the heavenly places) as a child of the living God. How? By what you declare with your mouth.

Set yourself up for the divine provision. Get into the divine order of God.

There are two things we can do when lack comes to us: Seek God about it or complain and murmur.

When my car broke down, even my children were surprised, I wasn’t murmuring and I wasn’t angry. I think the daily declarations and decree of God’s promises to me have helped me a lot in this. I would wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning. I started looking to God, got myself into worship and praise, offering Him the sacrifice of praise, just thanking God and getting into His Word.

As I was doing this, I got another revelation from the Lord. Many of us believe God for finances, right? But we usually do a LIP service to God. We tell God about our need and we think we believe but we don’t. Why? Because, the car I want replaced is still working well. Everything is JUST-ENOUGH. OK LANG if God will not answer right away. If He does, praise the Lord! But, I can still use my car anyway. I wasn’t desperate!

But when I realized that the car NEEDS TO BE REPLACED SOON, IF NOT AM I TROUBLE, I began to ask God questions. My mind became alert. I asked God: How can I have a new car? How? I know the why. Now I need to know the How? That kept me looking to God and believing God for answers: He will send someone to give me a car, He will tell me where to get it, or he will send someone to give me the car. My imaginations began to work according to what I see in His word!

But, the first thing God told me was to give. I realized I have not been generous. I visited a friend in the hospital and gave them money to help in their expenses. Then I gave a tip of 50 pesos to the taxi driver who brought me to my office. He was dumbfounded.  He was blessed and full of thanksgiving. I bought French fries at Mc Donalds to have my money changed for my jeepney fare going to Exalta. This young girl came to me begging for money. So touched, I gave her the French fries. She run like crazy with joy! It’s good to be GENEROUS. YOU FEEL BETTER! GIVING POSITIONS YOU FOR MULTIPLICATION AND FRUITFULNESS.

Every time we are generous, we are like our Father. You’re lining up into the divine order!

When we give, we are functioning they way God made us. It is our divine nature. Satan withholds, steals, hoards. God gives! He gave the best. He gave His only begotten Son to save us from our sins and to give us the gift of eternal life through Jesus, our Lord. Amen!

God wants to position you for a great blessing. God want you to enter the PROMISE LAND. But He brings us to the WILDERNESS in order to prune us, to test us and prepare us. Thank God for the PROBLEMS. We rejoice, (count it all joy) when we fall into various trials – the Bible says. Amen, Hallelujah!
  
WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE and MIRACLES
In the wilderness, God provide His children with manna. Miracles happen in the wilderness. Oh, we love miracles don’t we? But this is not the goal.
Do you know that even with God’s manna, we can settle for less?
In the wilderness, we can pay our bills, our car mortgage (if any), we can survive! We can pay house rents. We can all do that, BUT God wants us to have our own HOME paid in cash! God wants us to have a better car! Fully paid!
God is the God of MORE THAN ENOUGH. He is not the God of JUST-ENOUGH. Pera mo ba KASYA lang o KASIYA-SIYA?

“Hope for miracles, but don't rely on one.” Yiddish (Jewish) Proverb

THE PROMISE LAND
This is the Goal. God said to the children of Israel: Go in to posses the land!
Don’t settle for less. You will soon enter the promise land, a land of hills and valleys with plenty of rain, a land that the Lord cares for. He watches over it through each season of the year!  WALANG GUTOM, WALANG KULANG SA PROMISE LAND! There is abundance in the promise land.

If you have a vegetable garden mindset, struggling to have both ends meet, God is saying to you, get out of that mentality, get out of Egypt and prepare yourself to enter the land the Lord your God prepared for you. You are a candidate for the blessing.  ALIGN YOURSELF, POSITION YOURSELF, PREPARE YOURSELF TO ENTER THE DIVINE ORDER OF GOD.

He delights in the prosperity of His children. I want God to delight in my prosperity.


WAYS WE CAN POSITION OURSELVES FOR THE DIVINE PROVISION

1.    GET SYNC WITH GOD. Get in tune with God, listening to His voice daily. It will change the way you think. You begin to get into His presence; you get a download from heaven every day. Faith will begin to rise within you and you can start believing God for BIG things. He will change your “vegetable garden mindset” to take-over the “land mindset”. Stop listening to bad news it will not help you. Faith comes from hearing God’s word. The opposite of faith is fear. Fear comes from hearing bad news. God will give you divine ability to produce in order to establish His covenant. He gives us the Power to make wealth. That word power is Koas- wealth, substance, power, strength (Is 40:29). God wants these to come into our lives, to become a conduit of his blessings to the world. The key: in V31- They that wait upon the Lord… When we do that, we are changed, altered to be producers not consumers. Altered/renewed supernaturally to access wealth.

2.   REPENT OF FOOLISH SPENDING. God wants us to have things as long as these things don’t have us. If you have been spending without consulting God, repent. He called you to be good stewards of HIS RESOURCES and not spenders. Here's what people do: they cut back on giving their tithes and offerings BUT in the same breath don’t cut back on dining out, events, etc. We must know our priorities in God. We must learn to save money during prosperous times so that in time of famine we have money to buy. Be like Joseph. God wants to position you to buy foreclose properties and make money in time of famine.

3.    REPENT FOR THE TIME YOU STOLE FROM GOD. Withholding your tithes and offerings. Be honest to God. Ours should be a lifestyle of giving and saving on a regular basis. Honor the Lord with your best, the tithes and offering. Be a blessing to others, specially to the man of God.

4.    START ENVISIONING. When I first learned how to sign a check, it started with envisioning. In my mind I saw how my signature will look like, then I got my pen and started practicing it until I began to like it. Do the same with what you see in the spirit. Have you ever wrote a check for P1M? Try it, envision it. God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all you could ask or imagine!

5.    GOD WANTS TO BLESS YOUR FINANCES. Give more this year, in fact now, than before. Give in an increasing manner. This is an exercise I do with my offerings. I add to my previous offering every time I give. I see that God also gives back to me in an increasing manner. You OUTGIVE YOURSELF IN GIVING. Don’t have that stagnant mentality in giving. Try Him.

6.    BE INVOLVED IN KINGDOM PROJECTS. This is like a spiritual venture projects. Ask God to download unto you ideas. REMEMBER MONEY IS ONLY AN “IDEA”. When there is an idea from God, be involve in it. Be ready to finance it. Be ready to support it in prayer and in finance. God wants you not your money. If He can get your heart he knows you can handle His money, He will download to you His riches in glory.

Really, Life is an Adventure.
Jimmy

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Joy of Travelling To Japan

Many desire to have the chance to travel outside of our country. My first chance to travel was when I was chosen to go to Dayton, Ohio by my company, NCR Corporation in 1979. It was the chance of a lifetime. Unfortunately, my passport wasn't ready and I had a hard time getting one due to some technicalities on my birth certificate. Long story short, I missed the opportunity.

My second chance came when I was with Fujitsu Philippines in 1985. I was sent to Japan as a reward for being the best salesman that year. Tokyo was very modern and amazing. Their railway system was something to be envied even at that time, more so now.


Yes, travelling to Japan has since been an ordinary thing for me due to my responsibility with Fujitsu until I retired in 2000.

Today I still travel as part of my work with Uno Overseas Placement. One of the things that I enjoy every time I go to Japan is the use of public bath  called "Onsen". Most hotels that I go to have built-in Onsen for their guests.


The first time I used the Onsen, I felt awkward because I have to go in naked like all the rest. Not a Filipino culture indeed. But I easily adjusted and now I enjoy like the Japanese do.

Another thing I like when I travel to Japan is their airport. This one is in Kansai Airport. What I do is I check in early so I have more time to go around and enjoy the amenities of the airport, including foods.
My breakfast at Kansai Airport
Doing FB with their ever fast and free Wifi
Just love waiting at the airport, so comfortable
If and when you have the chance to visit Japan, don't forget to try their Onsen and enjoy their airports and foods.

I just love travel adventures.

Jimmy

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I Just Love Tonkatsu!

I have the privilege to travel to Japan as part of my work at Uno Overseas Placement as we do monitoring work activity with our partners. My travel to Kagawa-ken in January this year is a very fruitful one. We met with many of our interns working in the area together with our Japanese Supervising organization.

The added amenities for me is the joy of eating at authentic Japanese restaurants serving authentic and famous Japanese dishes. One such dish is their famous Tonkatsu.

Tonkatsu , invented in the 19th century, is a popular dish in Japan. It consist of a breaded deep-fried pork cutlet one to two centimeters thick and sliced into bite-sized pieces, generally served with shredded cabbage and/or miso soup. Regardless of presentation, tonkatsu is commonly eaten with a type of Japanese Worcestershire sauce that uses pureed apple as a principal ingredient and is called tonkatsu sauce or simply sauce and often with a bit of spicy yellow karashi (Japanese mustard) and perhaps a slice of lemon.
Preparing my Tonkatsu sauce
The condiments set-up at the side of the table
Adding the sauce in the crushed sesame seeds
Ready to eat my Tonkatsu now! Miso soup compliments it.
A look at the cozy atmosphere of the resto
Ms. Nolits Otani knows where the best Tonkatsu resto is
Our waitress. I wish she can visit the Philippines one day
Thanks to Uno for this opportunity to travel and taste Japan's best dish like the Tonkatsu.

Enjoying my life's adventure,

Jimmy






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