My Prosperity Secret

mini vanMy Prosperity Secret! 

My father was a farmer in a very remote Barangay named, Carugmanan, in the province of North Cotabato. Starting 6th grade, I used to walk eight kilometers going home every Friday after school  and same distance every Sunday going back to my relative’s house where I stayed during school days.

 Life was hard then. Aside from the long hours of walking along hilly and muddy narrow road, allowance was only limited to buying dried fish (bulad) as partner to rice or some vegetable to survive a week. I cannot even afford to buy banana cue nor ice candy during recess time.

But even in those impossible situations, I inculcated in my heart and mind that one of these days, I will be living in a prosperous life: driving my own car, bringing my kids to private school, work in an office, travel to different places, and be financially free. Those are just simple dreams, right?

As time goes by, I got all my dreams one by one. Success after success. Little by little my financial status is advancing to the next level.

Ow,  but  wait, wait…

I am not that financially rich by now like having some sort of huge investment in bonds and equities, nor holding Swiss Bank Account. No no no.  That is not what I mean.  But yes, I am financially bondage-free, which means, I can eat what I want, I can go to places where I want, I can buy things I want, I can provide all my kids’ needs and even some wants, my loans are paying off, I have some savings, and more importantly I am giving my tithes with a grateful heart.

Yes. Tithes! When I started giving my tithes, it is when I started to be prosperous.

There are four kinds of storehouses in the bible according to Ptr. Peter Wee, which each and every one of us is holding at present. One is the bag storage (not enough), second is the barrel  (Just enough), third is the basket storage (more than enough) , and forth is the Barn level (it is exceedingly abundantly above all that you can ask or imagine).

Ptr. Wee talked about Bag level in Haggai 1:6, which says You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”

This passage hits me bull’s eye. Can u relate with me too?

Few years ago, I was living in a pay check to pay check way of life. From hand to mouth. Sweldo naku next month nagasto na naku karon (my salary for next month is already consumed this month). I grabbed all kinds of loans. I was leaving in the so called NOT ENOUGH way of life.

Ptr. Wee said this bag mentality will make you beggar. And if you keep this kind of mentality, you are always going to have lack, you are always going to have not enough, as soon as it comes, it goes out.  Can friends relate to this?

Upon learning Malachi 3:10 (Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house), I started to give 10 percent of all that I received as I believe that tithing breaks the bag mentality.  

Only then I experienced that my remaining 90 percent goes a long long long way beyond compared to the  100 % in the past.  It is soooo amazing. God’s word is really amazing.

It is all about giving that we are receiving more. Ptr. Wee  says, givers are gainers  and I can attest to that.

I challenge you to test God on this area. This is the only area that He allows His people to test Him (Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.) Malachi 3:10

I love the feeling that God’s blessings are pouring into my life and I will have no enough room to store it wow! Try it to experience it. ###

OFW Wanna be!

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One of the happiest moments talking to  my two daughters: Meljubille and Melrose Odette

Working abroad? Leave my family? No way!

Sarcastic as it seems but it was my opinion many years ago.

Feeling secure with the kind of job I have in my country, I don’t feel any need to work abroad, not even in dreams. Not until an offer came.

One day, my boss handed me an invitation to work in South Korea for a year. I find it interesting though I just have around 5% hope that I will be chosen since it is a nationwide search.

I made an application letter and submitted it along with the recommendation from my Director.

After a week I received a call interview about the job I applied. Another week passed, I received a congratulatory email that I was chosen to work for a Korea-Philippines Cooperation Initiative.

Now I’m here in South Korea horraayyy!

But leaving my family back home is killing me. It’s a real thing!

I just understand the real meaning of the word “homesick”. It is like an empty bottle whipped by the wind which produces painful sounds.

That feeling…

To all overseas Filipino Workers, ‘I feel you’

My salute as you endure loneliness for family’s sake. God bless all of you!