On Passion: A #TakeHome on Communication & Public Speaking

Communication & Public Speaking.

The above photo has a direct link of the slides or presentation I used recently in delivering a talk about one of my passion.

Ever since I was a kid I wanted to be a teacher. I opt to act as a teacher and gather younger kids in my place to be my students. And yes I enjoyed it. But I have this funny reason why I wanted to be a teacher… back in Elementary school I studied in a public school where in every time there is a periodical test, examiners are given a snacks. Most of the time a sandwich plus a bottle of softdrinks! Seeing it with the eyes of a kid at around 6 or 7 years old was such a treat!!! lol (Hahaha)

But this blog post is not about more revelations of me being a teacher. 🙂

It is about me, having that passion to impart knowledge and information. To be in front, deliver contents, share knowledge and be on stage. Whether its teaching, hosting/emceeing or a public speaking – I found myself fond of it. I have to admit though I have never been into contests such as impromptu speaking or extemporaneous speech. I on the other hand is more of the one being the master of the ceremony!

Last Friday (23.06.2017), I’ve been given the privileged to deliver a talk about Communication & Public Speaking and with all my heart, I’ve accepted this opportunity given by my former SFL Servant, Ate Amie. For 8 years in the community, it’s my first time to deliver this topic. I have attended this teaching once (as far as I remember) and yet I was not part of the workshop proper as they have exempted me for some reasons.

As a speaker, preparing the talk itself brought me joy. It is a pleasure reading, researching, checking out videos and practicing it. Creating the presentation as well is a journey that I love.

The Take Home

I would like to share own take home (lesson learned) for this talk. Aside from all the information being shared which will be self-explainatory once you check out the slide, is the fact that if you enjoy what you are doing a task or a challenge will never be difficult.

  • Awareness of the given opportunity,
  • Acceptance of the fact and responsibility to share knowledge/wisdom and content to fellow brothers and sisters, and
  • Acting out – what is appropriate to complete and identify things to make a better way of delivering the talk.
Of course it wasn’t a perfect presentation, I’m a work in progress too!
Nevertheless, I am satisfied with its outcome, because I know God is with me. I do hope that the participants also had their sets of lesson learned in that teaching. Above all, what I really want to impart is:

When we are given the chance to do something, a service – may it be for our family, friends, community and most especially for God, make sure you get reminded with this very special verse from 1 Corinthians 16:14.

Let us put and spread love in all we do and for sure, He will lead us the way!

If you missed the above link, check it once again here.

God bless!!!


 

Concert Experience: Hillsong United Live in Dubai

Concert Experience: Hillsong United Live in Dubai

Dubai, UAE: Hillsong United Live in Dubai!

Ticking off a bucketlist when the chance is at hand? Why not!?!

Right after hearing that Hillsong United is visiting the UAE this 2017, Kokobear and I decided to level-up praising God with this concert! It is actually one of our bucketlist! It’s a 2-day concert and 28th April just went soldout. So here we are on the 2nd day, 29th April – Saturday! Our transportation was arranged with fellow CFFL member, we rented a carlift and hit the road at 5:00 pm to reach Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium inside the Irish Village.

We arrived at quarter to 7, right in time when the gates opened. Sis Rose, Sis Dianne, Sis Mariel & Sis Vielinda of SFL were with us! But we have to part ways because we’re in the platinum area!

Here are a few of the songs they’ve performed in this 2 and a half hour concert:

  • Touch the Sky
  • Oceans
  • Prince of Peace
  • I surrender
  • Let There Be Light
  • New Songs: Beautiful Name, Even When it Hurts, One Day.

If I have counted it correctly, there were around 22 songs and every single one speaks directly to the heart. I have to mention too, that the in between prayers were as powerful as the songs! And one of the many is this:

. . . “Don’t just go to the church, BE THE CHURCH” – JD

Song after song, I found myself swept away. Memories of life comes flooding through my thoughts. I found myself having difficulty in containing the emotions especially when From the Inside Out was playing. I raise my hand, sang, shouted, cried, lifted my heart and of my pains, worshipped and praised God. Never did I expect an emotion so strong that made me feel every single word of the lyrics to be so full, soulful and meaningful at its peak! Such a spirit filled ambiance, I hear some people praying in tongues. Emotions? ECSTATIC! In Awe of how Great JESUS is!

Let me share some lyrics that have captured my heart and indeed pierced it:

“Every word u have spoken, I will not be shaken”
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“A Passion worth living”
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“Oh be Still My Heart, I know u are God, I know u hear my prayer”
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“Spirit leads me my Trust”


Check out these few snaps we’ve taken during the event.

Who wont remember this?!? – “LET THERE BE LIGHT” – Photo by Bro. Gab Rios of SFL Abu Dhabi

You can see more of our photos in this concert at #ByahengKokobears – Hillsong.

A #MustExperience and I highly recommend this concert to everyone!

God Bless!!!

All other photos are by yours truly and of my husband (Kokobear – Darrelle) of Ellerrad.

Faith : Misconceptions of Christianity

misconceptions of christianity

I’ve intentionally prepared this blog for Easter Sunday!

When everyone else thinks of Easter egg hunts and parties or just simply going to church and complete an obligation, I on the other hand – have been contemplating another “faith-based” post that I haven’t done for a while.

A week ago I had a chance to deliver a talk (for the 2nd time with this topic) – CLS Talk #2 – What it means to be a Christian.

I want to focus more on the facts of misconceptions for all Christians/Catholics that many of us fall into the trap of understanding barely the actions, without contemplating what it really meant. So, the talk enumerates four (4) of them as follows:

[MISCONCEPTIONS] – Christianity is a:

  1.  A mere Religious system
  2. A mere Moral system
  3. A Social/Humanitarian system
  4. An Escape

Above misconceptions have been misunderstood, misjudged or shall we say a wrong thought that needs to be corrected.

Let me start by explaining why these are incomplete notions of our faith:

First, Religious System.

Majority of Christians nowadays think that our faith is a set of doctrines to believe in, some thing that requires memorization such as the Apostles Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, etc. Sets of religious practices like going to mass, doing novenas, rosaries. Others do readings about God. Gaining knowledge about the religion or some do a lot for God. But the real question is, while all of these are correct and there is no wrong about them, do we actually understand why we are doing them? When we memorize a prayer yet not applying them in real life, knowledge becomes only up to our intellectual level. When we go to mass, yet an hour later we find ourselves angy, disappointed and wants to start a fight because of taxi or bus problems.

How do we align ourselves into this trap? These are incomplete labels for us – followers of Christ, that what we believe/do should be translated into our lives. These religious practices are ought to be “expressions of our faith” and not just a mere religious system. We do them, because in every relationship we have ways express that love. In our relationship with God, we pray, go to mass, do something for God because that is our expression of faith.

Second, Moral System.

People think of what is right or wrong. Don’t do this or that; do this, do that! Thou shall not kill, thou shall not steal, thou shall not lie – – – and the list goes on and on. When we look at our religion into this image – we see it as a legalistic faith. But it should not be! We do what is right and wrong because we are “expressing our love for God and His people”. Our religion should be life giving. That we do what pleases God and/or what makes our family, friends and brethren happy.

Third, Social/Humanitarian System.

Christianity most of the time is equated to being Humanitarian [Humanitarian – people/system that works to make other people’s lives better]. Also equals to people are good, kind, never get angry, all smiles and pleases everyone. While it is true, that Christians posess those qualities, we are also just human. Yes, we envisions our people to be better in all aspects of our lives and be able to claim that we are happy, good, kind people – we also have our own limitations that sometimes we fall into sin and not being able to cope up with this misconception and thus needs the Holy Spirit to guide us. We are not only the faithful in this earth, other religions or shall we say non-Christians are also good. Infact for us OFWs who have faced many different nationalities/religious people – they too are good.

Finally, an Escape.

Christianity is an escape in the realities in life, that this kind of faith is only for the poor, the weak and those who couldn’t cope up with life. But the truth is, we Christians are the strongest among many faithful, because our identity comes from someone who is indeed tough and faithful. That is none other than our Saviour Jesus Christ who has won our salvation right before we asked for it!

“This Easter, let us recall why we become Christians. Let us go deeper on meanings of these rituals/religious practices and understand that there is mission at hand. This reminder applies not only in this season but at all times, especially when we claim to be a follower of Christ. We are His warriors – His missionaries in helping our fellow Christians.”


Get a copy of my talk’s slide on this link: CLS Talk # 2.

God bless!!!


 

10 Things that make me happy

10 Things that make me happy

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PHOTO CREDITS to the owner. Got it from one of the members of DIY Travel Philippines Facebook Group. Please PM me if your the one so I could give you a backlink 🙂 Thank you!

This post is another series of my TGIT – Thank God, It’s Thursday, #CountedBlessings series where I am enumerating ten (10) things (people/event) that make me happy! I know, I know – that it’s not Thursday but somehow, I feel the need to actually write this post because I feel I am blessed amidst the challenge that I am going through right now.

So, let’s jump right into it and let me write those things real quick.

  1. Family & Loved ones – ones that never fades

  2. The smell of rain – I know, but it rarely rains in Abu Dhabi –though rain sometimes makes me melancholic but it brings memories of home (PH)

  3. Coffee & green tea (mint) aroma – need not to elaborate right?

  4. Catching up with old friends. Or even with new friends – that truely love, care and understand.

  5. Books, inspirational books or any thing paper, pens, pouch, colors etc, pretty much define #nationalbookstore!

  6. When my recipes at #KusinaNiKayne is approved by the hubby! (heheh wala cyay choice! ) ^^

  7. When someone I know tells me they read my blog! ^^ (Thankie so much!)

  8. Flowers! Simply knowing that these came from the people who cares!

  9. Waking up late because of weekend! Who wont be happy with that?

  10. Holding on to the truth that God provides. Yes he does!

How about you, comment your 10 things below! 🙂

 

God bless!!!


 

What I Learned in our 2016 Sri Lanka Trip

A question, not many would probably ask… most of the time, people ask about “How’s the _____ (country/place) – asking how’s the view, the experience, the food, sightseeing spots, the people and more. On this blog, I would like to answer this in a different perspective. I would like to answer this with what I truly learned and realized when we were in Sri Lanka – September of 2016.

Culture, Food, Places, People and more!
These are the common “what I learned” many would probably share. Indeed I learned about those different aspects of this place that used to be called CEYLON. So I’m skipping this part as I believe, if you have been reading my past blog posts you’ll learn what, where, when how etc… 

This Sri Lanka itinerary would help! So! What I learn about this 2016 Sri Lanka trip with Kokobear and Ate Amie is an eye-opening encounter with God!

Yes, you read it right, it was an encounter with Him!

We stopped by in a church near our hotel, took a few minutes riding a tuktuk to reach St. Mary’s Church. After getting inside, our tuktuk driver guided us to a chapel beside the church. We went down on the underground to their adoration chapel and on that room I have felt God.

I started saying my prayers. Distracted a bit actually because I could still feel the dust around the place as it’s totally new. In a blink of a situation I have started feeling my tears slowly drenched into my face. I found myself crying. My mind is empty, I say prayers no more. Nothing is playing on my head, but the thought of BEING BLESSED. Being blessed for being able to travel. That I have reached another part of the world and able to enjoy His magnificient creations. Able and having fun with my husband and friend. That not many can actually do this. Some may be capable but just don’t get the chance because of the different circumstances they are in. A few has enough money to splurge but don’t have the guts or probably don’t have someone to share it with. I say, I’m truly blessed.

Thoughts about comparing myself to others, thoughts of why we were denied in our last visa application and the questions on why here and why not in other chic places… were erased.

How do I thank God for this opportunity?

I know right? I could actually realize that while I’m in Abu Dhabi or in the other places I’ve visited – but I felt it in Sri Lanka. When I thought this is just a 3rd option to us, but actually this is the chosen place God has bestowed for me to realize how blessed I am.

Signing off all Sri Lankan stories with this blog post. Thank you Lord for such a lesson!

Read all my Sri Lanka series blog (and other places) on my Travel Log page!

God Bless!

JM Kayne | www.iamjmkayne.com

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The Fear of Losing Jobs

As many of you know, I am an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) – one of the so called “Bagong Bayani”. I am in Abu Dhabi UAE for the past 8 years and 2 months (never thought I’d go this far…) Like many OFW I have gone through the ups and downs of this life which many of the people in the Philippines especially those who haven’t been abroad don’t know, understand and realize. 
 
It pains me to hear and see family, friends and relatives (or even Facebook friends who are not that close) thinking that someone who is abroad is “rich”, that money is effortlessly gained. That if “naka-abroad ka datu na ka!!!” I think it is because of what most of the OFWs image shows on social media: pictures of the luxurious “kuno” lifestyle, posting food (like feast), beautiful buildings, and gatherings – all smiles and as if life is a bed of roses! Not known to others (or actually knows – but people just play is cool and somehow stays into that illusion that OFWs are = to lots of money) – life outside the country is never easy.

 
*   I remember a friend who wholeheartedly wears her heart on Facebook expressing her disappointments to the people who think that way, especially in her case when she married a foreigner. I feel for her! A sad reality every Juan/Juana abroad has to face.  

 

*      Another colleague gets pressured by her family of buying the latest plasma TV and never even bothers to say thank you for the 32 inches she sent home!  

 

*      A friend whose family thinks he is a bank… asking money after money, week after week.

Want hear more? If you have an OFW family member/friend it’s your time to show some concerns. Ask how he/she is… Of course most of us would just say we’re okay, we don’t want to burden the people in our life and worry about us.
 

Dear Fellow OFWs,

This open letter is to encourage you to tell the truth and be open to your family with your struggles. Let them understand what life is.

 

Dear Friends and Family (of OFWs),

Don’t just think about money – be human enough to care and love those people, who are away from you, you don’t know what they’ve been through. (If you’re not one of them, ignore this letter. If you are guilty – please try to be kind)

 
*  *  *

This year the Emirates are hit with another crisis after 2008 recession.  The bread and butter of this country – the major field is affected which means the Oil & Gas industry. 2016 is indeed a shaky year for Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other Emirates, news of laying off, termination here and there are the major talks. My own company is not exempted, there has been numerous of expats affected with this crisis and with the threat of Emiritazation of the government companies.  

List after list comes and as an expat, I have that premonition that my time will come.
 
Month after month, names after names, position after position, friends after friends – have received their “love letter”.   

Somehow I was at peace. Inside me is the thought that God determines when my time will come. Hearsays heard that my name was on the list earlier this June but haven’t received the letter yet. So I conditioned my mind that one day I will have it. 

So, NDC celebrated the 45h UAE National Day on 29th November and in the midst of this celebration, I received a call from the Employee Relations – HR, never thought IT was the line! There is really that time in our life that even when you conditioned your mind that something’s gonna happen – – –  but when the situation is really at hand, there is that hunch in your heart that says “opppps!”  

No! Don’t get me wrong – It was not shocked… I was something like “uh! – hmm – ok .. moment” . . . my thoughts are battling whether to be happy or sad!


To some of you who know my “NDC work life” – you would understand that I will be happy because of not being able to go through the “Loving thy Neighbor” episodes at work – which actually makes me sin… and if I stay longer I might do the un-doable (MUST NOT – do as a Christian) 

To anyone, the FEAR of LOSING a JOB is something not to be happy with. Of course, financially, it would disable me from doing whatever activity that requires money – simply because our adult life tagged it as a “NEED”! 

But why? Why am I not sad? Actually, I even got excited! Let me tell you some of the reasons:

1.    2016 closes a door (last working day is on 29th Dec), which makes me excited what 2017 has in store for me.
2.    I will now stop the Loving Thy Neighbor episodes (Basically this should go first! )
3.    It gives me a month to go back home and spend time with family (although I’ll be apart with Koko for a while) – which is the reason I have kept this post until now because I’d like to surprise them!!!
4.     Finally, #InMyHeart is PEACE. A peace that makes me trusts God that nothing happens without a reason. In fact, the moment I received my letter – if I could write on Facebook’s “What’s on your mind” status – I’d say “Answered Prayer”

So, why am I writing this?


 
Sorry, my introduction (about OFWs) was quite longer than my main body on this blog. What I want to say is that OFW (and even others who are working) has this “FEAR OF LOSING OUR JOBS” special mention to OFWs because of the visa woes, going through immigration problems, processing documents, to do this and that, flight tickets, exit moments, monetary back-up – – – etc. etc. . .  but I say: 
*Think of it as a door closed by God because he has better and bigger doors to open including windows even 🙂 .* 
Psalms 9:10 says “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you” 

As of today, I am JOBLESS, but I”ll never gonna feel down –  I claim that God has right timing and plans. I keep holding on.


I will keep you track what happens next . . . 

This is my last blog post from NDC computer.  
Thank you NDC, it has been a great 4 years+!

JM signing off for 2016. Ciao!
God bless!

SFL Love Forum 2016 – My Take Home

SFL Love Forum 2016 Backdrop and the 111 SFL attendees

It’s my 4th SFL Love Forum in my 7 years of community life.

To many – they might say “ay tapos na ako so di na ako aattend”. But what I realized, attending the sessions/talks over and over again allows you to gain more ideas, teachings, lessons etc.

·         At first, I was a participant,

·         second I was a service team,

·         third I was a guest,

·         And on my 4th time, just this Friday – I became a speaker.

What’s common among all 4 is that I keep myself interested “still” in all the sessions. If some of you were there, you’d notice that I was still on my seat intently listening to each speaker as they deliver their pieces.
Why?
Because I know I can still have a take home for every talk.
Indeed even if I have heard them the 4th time – I still learned a lot. Some teachings that used to be a “hard teaching” during my 1st and 2nd have become a little bit lighter on my 3rd and 4th. I was sure the attendees had a great time; I can see it in their smile and the laughter. The fun shared to each brother & sister was indeed memorable.
However, amidst this fun and happiness shared I also noticed the silence when Kuya Pong delivered the final talk which actually has the most “hard teaching” among the 5 talks. I can hear the sound of their hearts (not all of course) – – – screaming :

“Whyyyyy”
“No way”
“Really!?!?”
and I can see the smiling heart into a sad face heart. L

Speakers : Talk 1 – Bro Ryan & Sis Amie, Talk 2 – Yours truly, Talk 3 – Bro. Darrelle, Talk 4 – Ate Nancy, Talk 5 – Kuya Pong.

Yes, brothers and sisters – following Christ is never easy. But stay calm and be at peace with God. He has your questions answered in His perfect time. 

The Levels of Relationships
I’d like to emphasize on going through each level of relationships inside the community.
As the song goes: You can’t hurry love . . .
An advice I will testify as effective.
·         Start with the main and borderline of all relationships – be brothers & sisters (at all times) and go back to it IF – a relationship didn’t push through.

·         Be Friends; meet in HH, fellowships and other gatherings 

·         Become co-workers in the SFL mission – be CLS service team, community events, music ministry, choir, KFL/YFL heart champs and more. There will always be a place where you could both serve.  

·         To some, they may also go through Leader-Subordinate relationship – and respect is always important in this level. 

·         Finally, Special relationships will blossom and hopefully you both continue to become ambassadors of Christ’s love to each one of us especially those people who look up to you.
You will go through bumpy roads, wavy oceans and strong winds that might tell you to give up. But Hold on. Hold On.
Let the Lord hold your heart. Have that burning desire to seek Him first and when He sees you’re ready – He will surely allow your paths to cross.
While reviewing the talk, I realized “Oo nga noh, napagdaanan naming lahat ng levels na ito” and there is that joy in my heart that indeed it was an awesome feeling to be actually going through the right path guided by God through the SFL ministry. 

The Kokobears – yes, that’s our endearment! ^^

My last call?
Is that I hope all the attendees didn’t just enjoy the event, but also learned. We (the speakers & the organizers) are hopeful that you will “apply” the learnings you’ve gained. Nevertheless, I know that no matter how much we push and emphasize those guidelines/talk- it will never be effective if you won’t put it into action. Start it from oneself and let the Holy Spirit guide you.
 

That 111 strong SFL from Abu Dhabi! May God bless the desires of your hearts.

A relationship works best when God is the Heart of it.  


Kumusta ang puso mu Y?  #AfterSFLLoveForum2016

Love,

Sis JM Y | www.iamjmkayne.com
Photos by: Sis Arlene Tubaña & Sis Asfel Timog.


Blog post by : JM Kayne