Ang mga Surpresa ng Diyos

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Ang buhay ko ay puno ng surpresa, merong masaya, meron ring masakit.

Ang pamilya namin ay may pagkakaisa, pagmamahalan, kuntento, hindi naghihirap at higit sa lahat, masaya. Ganyan ko mailalarawan ang pamilya namin noon, pero patikim lang pala ang lahat.

Pito o walong taong gulang ako noon nang umalis si Papa. Ang sabi niya sa Maynila lang siya pupunta at sandali lang daw siya mawawala. Hanggang lumipas ang mga araw, buwan, at ilang taon pero hindi siya bumalik.

Isang araw naikuwento sa akin ng aming pinsan na nakita niya si Papa sa Polomolok at may kasamang bata. Noong umpisa, hindi ako naniwala kasi inisip ko na kung talagang nasa Mindanao si Papa, babalik siya sa amin kasi mahal niya kami.

Dumating ang masakit na sorpresa sa buhay namin. Napag-alaman namin na may ibang pamilya na pala si Papa at matagal na pala itong alam ni Mama. Masakit malaman na ang dating inaakala kong nagmamahalan at masayang pamilya ay hanggang doon nalang pala.

Dahil sa mga pangyayaring iyon, nawala ang lahat, kabuhayan, bahay at ang masayang pamilya at kinailangan kong sumama kay Papa sa Polomolok.

Noong nasa Polomolok na ako mas na-sorpresa pa ako sa aking nalaman. Ang bago palang kinakasama ni Papa ay ang dati kong yaya. Siya pa naman ang isang taong namimiss ko dahil naalala ko kung paano niya ako inalagaan. Sa unang pagkakataon, nagalit ako ng husto. Pati ang Diyos ay sinisi ko sa lahat ng mapapait na nangyari sa buhay ko. Nais kong isipin na bangungot lamang ang lahat.

Pagkatapos kong matuklasan ang lahat, mas napalayo pa ako sa pagiging isang Kristiyano. Parang ayaw ko ng maniwala sa lahat. Hindi natatapos ang bawat taon na hindi kami nag-aaway ng pangalawang asawa ni Papa. Hanggang sa nagpalipat-lipat na ulit ako ng tirahan. Sa kakalipat ko ng bahay, ang daming nangyari sa akin na hindi ko inaasahan. Hanggang isang araw, napagpasiyahan kong tumira ulit sa Gensan kung saan nakatira ang ate ko.

Sa aking pagtira doon sa aking kapatid, minsan niya akong niyaya para sumama sa isang seminar ng CFC FFL. Noong umpisa ay ayaw kong pumunta sa dahilang nagalit ako noon sa ating Diyos. Ang sabi ko, wala namang magbabago sa lahat ng ito. Pero hindi nawalan ng pag–asa si ate, niyaya pa rin niya ako kahit alam niya na imposibleng sasama ako sa kanya. Ngunit sa pangalawang pagkakataon, hindi ko alam kung bakit pero napapayag niya ako na sumama sa kanya.

Hindi ako nagsisi na sumama sa kanya. Ang dami kong natutunan sa araw na iyon at first time kong na-excite sa sang seminar kaya nagpatuloy ako hanggang matapos ko. Hindi doon nagtapos ang lahat,sumasama ako sa bawat HOUSE HOLD at habang tumatagal, unti-unti kong naalala ang mga pagkakataong muntikan na akong mapahamak. Napagtanto ko na kahit pala nagalit ako noon sa ating Diyos, hindi Niya ako hinayaan na mapahamak. Doon ko lang nalaman na kahit kinalimutan at nagalit man ako sa Kanya, hinding-hindi Niya ako binitiwan.

Ang mga SORPRESA ng buhay ay talagang gugulatin ka. Minsan Masaya, minsan masakit. Pero sa bawat sorpresa na iyon, isa lang ang sigurado, palaging nakaantabay ang DIYOS sa buhay natin.

A Sharing by Melissa Leoncio
SFL POLOMOLOK

Sailing Towards My Vocation

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A Sharing by Dhei Puoayan from SFL Pasig
“Never stop dreaming until you reach the horizons that God has prepared for you and there, new dreams will be made by you and the Father.”

The concept of the horizon amazes me. Imagine. The horizon is where the heaven and earth meet- the limit of what is possible. As for me, it is where my dreams are. Let me share to you my story.

I am a graduate of BSBA major in internal auditing. Ever since I got into college, I knew I made a wrong decision by taking up the course that I didn’t really want. I was thinking of shifting into another course but I felt that everything would be put into waste. I can still remember that moment when I told my friend just a few months before my graduation that I was sure that I won’t last long in a corporate world. He asked me what I wanted to do, but I couldn’t answer because I still didn’t know what I really wanted to do with my life or the direction that God wants me to go to.

A few days after my graduation, I was blessed to have a regular position in a good company as an accounting assistant. However, I found that everything was routinary and personally, I didn’t find it life giving. There was no room for professional growth so I decided to leave. Shortly after, I was blessed to have an internal audit position in another prominent company but still, I couldn’t find or feel the fulfillment in what I was doing. I was not happy.

It was during that moment when God made it clear before me the path that he wanted me to take. The desire to help children through teaching burns inside my heart. I talked to my parents about it, filed my resignation and enrolled for the certification for professional education for me to be able to take the Licensure Examination for teachers.

To cut the long story short, I am now preparing for the board exams this coming September. Do I have regrets? No, I am happy. In fact, very happy!

While preparing for the boards, I do part time tutoring and the joy that I get from teaching the kids give my heart so much fulfillment and happiness. Yes it’s tiring. Yes, it doesn’t make that much money. But, I guess, doing what you love is something that helps your heart grow. I can still remember a line from a retreat that I attended last 2014 which said, “kapag yung passion mo ay nakaka-contribute sa society, ‘yun ang vocation mo.”
Today, I am sailing towards that horizon, my vocation, that I believe God has prepared for me. And as I reach that same horizon that my eyes saw from the shore, another dream will be made by me and my Father. Do what makes you happy. Do what you love the most. Dreaming is reaching the limit of what is possible!

Beyond Blessed

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 by Marbe Sagarino, SFL Pasig

I prayed for discernment and He gave me prudence.

Exactly 3 years ago, I was on a flight to Brazil – a place I never dreamt of going to for a life-changing event that I never thought I would ever be a part of.  It took only a year before that for me to experience inexplicable joy just by exiting a destructive relationship.  And I packed with me a prayer for discernment: “Lord, will you be assigning me a new life buddy?  Will I leave my job which asks me to promote against Life?  Will I ever know which path to choose?”  And because I l had learned to surrender everything, I was not only given a natural gift of impulse.  With the help of the Church and my community, I have also been given guidance to the moral judgment of my actions.  Now, I may not necessarily know where I am headed for everyday but I know that the little things I do are of God.  I thank Him for this gift of prudence.

I prayed for patience and He gave me constancy.

Early on in my career, I was used to job grade promotions and salary escalations in a matter of months.  I was impatient with life and wanted to conquer heights.  But when I prayed to God for patience, He made sure I would get really it.  Now, I am seeing 5 years of immobility but not without grace and constant learning, which is the bottom line of all my aspirations.  I found faithful learning through tough diligence while experiencing the rigor of life.  I now have maturity; constancy.

I prayed for companionship and He gave me LOVE.

Being an only child made me long for a sense of belongingness.  That is why I never want to be alone especially when I again dropped out from that 7-year “friendship.”  I sought for companionship in the mountains and in various random trips with random people.  But God eventually led me to prayer groups and “household” systems which brought me tears, laughter and “magical” moments with newfound “brothers and sisters.”  If this ain’t LOVE, I don’t know what is.  So I thank Him for everything.  For who I was, what I had gone through and who I am today because of grace.  I am more than blessed.  I am more.

Finding True Happiness In God

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by Melot Atenista, SFL Marbel

Chasing happiness is undoubtedly one of the reasons man live. Growing up, I have been searching for my own happiness. I’ve always thought I wasn’t good enough and that I don’t belong even if I have my barkadas with me. I’ve always come to believe that I am second place in life. I have always had the desires for happiness, love and belongingness and so I have this insane desire to prove that I’m worthy enough. I’ve tried finding it through making people around me happy, letting them make decisions for me in my life and always trying to win their favor.

I thought I was happy. But no matter how big my achievements were, whether in academics or service in the community, there’s would always be an emptiness residing in my heart.

But God loves me and is immensely powerful. He did not let my weeping overcome the great person that He is created in me. Last October 2015, He renewed me and He led me to the realization that true happiness can only be found in God alone. He took away my every brokenness and He replace my heart with. I was truly happy, serving Him alone.We do not need to devalue ourselves to find happiness because happiness is within. Narealize ko na, hindi mo na kailangang maghanap pa, pagmamahal niya lang sapat na.

I want to share this happiness to others. Now, I am happily serving our community here in Mindanao and with great desires to make our brothers and sisters find their true happiness in serving God too.

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