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Thoughts to ponder in between

Leadership qualities

Leadership does not depend on being right. – Ivan Illich

Don’t accept evil

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Be generous

Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thought for the Day #342 ? Forgiveness is hard

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. – Dalai Lama


Cultivate ideas

Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive. – Nicolas Malebranche

Strength in adversity

When you face the perils of weariness, carelessness, and confusion, don’t pray for an easier life. Pray instead to be a stronger man or woman of God. – Luis Palau

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My first encounter

       Encounter with whom?


     Many many years ago, yes definitely many years ago because I am 51 years old now. It was the point in my life that tears were my companion every day because of the tough situation I was into and didn?t know how get out of it. But then, one day, my older sister  invited me to a certain bible meeting. Being borne in a catholic home and learned to worship God as a catholic person would normally do and with prayers seemed unanswered, I found out that I should give it a try. Anyway, that time, I begun attending the Methodist church already because the father of my children in the Philippines which I was with before ( who made my life miserable)  is a methodist. I found out that the minister there in their church shares God?s words more interesting than a catholic priest does.



  Anyway, the day came and my sister fetched me and we went to this born- again bible meeting. When I entered that big conference room, I just felt that something was different, but I couldn’t explain. People were so friendly and smiling. When the worship songs begun, I just felt that I entered in the heavenly realm. Then a lady came out to preach the word of God. Strange too, because I was used to see a man preaching God?s words. But I remained seated and got hypnotized with God’s words. I didn’t realize that time went by. I just wanted to hear some more, but she already  asked the people if they wanted to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Somehow I got the courage to stand up and go to the front,  or there was really something that pulled me to the front. The desire to know this Jesus that this lady described so beautifully. That Savior I wanted to meet too. And before I knew it,  she barely touched  my head, I fell backwards. Luckily, there were people behind me who supported me then. They were well prepared that this thing can happen.


Wow! My first encounter with the Holy Spirit. He drained all my strength and showed me my life like a film and let me feel the beauty of God’s love and forgiveness. Tears flowed like a river in my eyes. I felt like I was floating and afterwards felt  so renewed and alive. From that day on, I was totally changed from the inside out. Hope was planted inside me and the assurance  that God will always be there for me no matter what happen. And sure He was and is. I am still here  and can say that God, lifted me up from the pit of destruction, restored me and given me a new life. Made me a happy woman which my name actually is.