VW Series 002 – WATER

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Spiritual Need no. 2 : Appreciation of Oneself

 

– Remedy –

WATER – aka Self-awareness & confidence of the truth that you are God’s son/daughter.

 

Water is the most consumed liquid in the world. It helps us with our survival and sustains our body needs to continue circulating blood as the cells and other organs have to do their bodily functions. 

Like water, our spiritual need #2 – Appreciation of Oneself – has such requirements to continuously replenish and rehydrate our self-confidence. But don’t get this in the wrong side of the coin… This is the opposite of that narcissistic thought about “me-me-me“…

This is more of the FACT that YOU are a CHILD of GOD.

Self-awareness is an essential value a person has to have. Many people nowadays experience depression and brokenness because they feel alone and probably misunderstood by others. This is because they are unaware of how precious they are. Plus the truth that their brokenness actually comes from within. Majority of us do not have self-identity. At times we identify ourselves because of the influence of our friends and mostly from the feeds of those “#goals” (of whatever kind) we see on social media. Unaware of our strengths and weaknesses, the only way of knowing who we are is to actually, take that time to get to know ourself.

How? By knowing what we are good at! And what we aren’t good at too.

Knowing what we are capable of, on what we are good at and the opposite of it, – will enable us to excel and admit our weaknesses, thus will allow us to improve and accept who we are. 

 

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When you don’t feel you are enough, understand that you can conquer doubt by knowing who you are in Jesus.

– Tim Tebow

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In order to process this, try to get a pen and a paper and answer these guide questions: (Note: These are the guide questions from the talk itself.)

  1. Think of someone (same sex) whom you admire most.
  2. What are the qualities I like about him/her which I think I don’t have?
  3. What are the qualities I love most about myself?
  4. What are the qualities I think he/she loves about me?
  5. What are the qualities I have which I think he/she doesn’t have?

Alternatively, I have created two (2) additional activities that may somehow help you dig deeper of your strengths and weakness. You can either use your own notebook/journal/diary/paper or download this free activity sheets.

  • Activity 1 – TALK Guide Questions
  • Activity 2 – WHO ARE THEY? #GOALS
  • Activity 3 – I AM . . . 
Download the above activity sheets here > VW Series 002 – WATER (Activity Sheets).

 

Finally, allow me to impart this inspiring and empowering scripture from our community’s theme this year:

But you are ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own

(1 Peter 2:9)

So who are you!? 🙂 

 

I hope  you make time to do these activities and that this one helps. Let me know in the comments below or drop me an email on hello@iamjmkayne.com.

 

Be blessed and be God’s blessings!

 

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VW Series 001 – The SUN (Sunlight)

From VW Series Intro, comes series 001 – The SUN (or Sunlight)

Out of the original outline, I have personally came up with the concept of “how to take care a plant”… and thought of ways/words to compare it to the theme of being in a vineyard or farm. Questions like: how to make it grow? What will it take from being planted? to being pruned, rooted and eventually bear fruits…?

So I came up with these: the basics include the sun/sunlight, water, fertilizer and human. Praise God for guiding me and that I somehow managed to relate it similarly to the SFL Life verse from John 15.

This VW Series will now be focusing on these “remedy/cure” or ways on how to take care our own seeds: our spiritual needs.

Spiritual Need no. 1 : The Experience of the Healing & Empowering Love of God.

 

– Remedy –

SUN / Sunlight – aka GOD

 

How?

A. HOLY MASS

According to the latest survey – churchgoers tend to decline in the recent years. Majority of Catholics would opt to be  “Sunday Christians” and thus try to make Sundays (or Fridays for our case in the UAE) a date with God. Sunday/Friday Christian – how about the others days of our lives? A challenge to all Christians then is –  how are we going to maintain this relationship and commitment to Christ?

As much as possible, being physically present in the church is important – but in the event that you aren’t able, these Youtube channel will get us through:

Sambuhay TV Mass – they publish Sunday masses and other important mass days.

JesCom TV: The Word Exposed. Cardinal Antonio Tagle breaks down the First Reading, Second Reading & the Gospel + some reflections. 

Both channels also help us to get ready & be prepared once we are in the church. As they both give us ideas and overview on the day’s readings. But then again – let us all try to be in church and not just a TV/laptop viewer.

/// #InMyHeart💚 – In our case, we do both. A Saturday/Sunday mass + Sambuhay/The Word Exposed. 

 


B. PRAYER

Aside from our daily morning “Thank you Lord for this new day” and evening – “Thank you for today Lord”… do we actually spend time talking to Him? Are we able to protect that time to be with our creator? I’d like to suggest to find a time:

  • At least start with 5 minutes a day.
  • Put an alarm if necessary.
  • Show up and set it as another date/time with God.
  • From 5, build up to 10 minutes… Don’t know how to start? Use the ACTS method.

A – Adoration , open your prayer with adoration to God. Say your words of admiration for Him. That “Lord you are Great, you are faithful, you are a great provider” and more.
C – Contrition , follow it with a sorry – asking for forgiveness of our shortcomings, say: “Father, I am sorry for the things I failed to do for your glory. For missing the Sunday mass, for not following your commandments” . . . etc.
T – Thanksgiving. This time say your gratefulness. “Thank you Lord for this life. For my job, for the good health of my family” . . . and so on.
S – Supplication. Finally – here ask for the things you hope to have. Pray what your heart desires. “Lord, help me to be a good Christian, build my faith stronger. May you allow me to see you in every person I meet”. Or you may go specific with things like our daily needs. “Father please provide us with our daily food, keep my family safe”. . . 

And simply close it with Amen or a Glory be  . . .

/// #InMyHeart💚 – the Daily Gospel is a must – it has been a habit every since I joined the community. My very first social posts on social media is always about it. I get them on these links:

Kerygma Readings and Daily Gospel.

Make this a habit. Make this a daily affair not just when we need Him.

 

 


C. TEACHINGS/REFLECTIONS/RETREATS

Being in a community like CFFL (Catholics for Family & Life) or CFC-FFL gives us a constant session of teachings, reflections and retreats. It is indeed a blessing to be a part of this kind of family. There is joy in community life and there is a constant reminder of faith and love as we continue to grow in His vineyard.  So why not give community life a try?! 🙂

If you aren’t a member of a community yet – for sure our parish has some formation teachings – so why not grab that opportunity. Again, this one needs commitment for us to get nourished.,,, But if I am you – join CFFL 🙂

/// #InMyHeart💚 – I have been in the community for the past 8 and half or 9 years now and although it’s not one easy – bed of roses life – we chose to stay because we are patients that needs the Physician. In our early community days/years – we have literally followed the teachings by heart, even the hard ones. So far – God has been faithful ( I mean He is always faithful) – so probably _ I’ll just say and also  my constant prayer – is that Lord – may you see me and Kokobear faithful till the end of our days” Amen.

 

 

 


D. Other SPIRITUAL ACTIVITIES

  • D2 – Listen to the Radio/Podcasts :
    • Podcast: Catholic Answers  
    • FM Station : Spirit 105.3
  • D3 – Websites/FB/Youtube Channels/Pages :
    • Website: Catholicism Series 
    • Youtube & FB
      • Kape’t Pandasal,
      • Ascension Presents,
      • Jescom TV,
      • CFC-FFL Fliq Media,
      • Live Pure/ LP Tambayan
      • One Billion Stories
      • Hugot Krisyano (Bisaya)
    • Pureflix (it’s a Netflix version of Faithbased movies and series)
    • and there are more to come… (Will keep this post updated.)
  • D4 – Books & Magazines
    • Tito Frank Padilla’s books: 40 days with Mary, Stories from Prison, Evangelization, 40 days of Servanthood, El Camino de Santiago, Fishers of Men and more.
    • CFFL The Vineyard Magazine (our Official Community magazine)
    • CCC (Book) – Catholicism of the Catholic Church
    • Why We are Catholic and other Catholic based books.
    • Of course – The BIBLE

/// #InMyHeart💚 – The above list are my personal list. 

All these will remain just an advise unless you ACT OUT! 🙂 Staying connected with God requires us to be faithful in being under the sun/sunlight for us to grow.
He is the sun. So we must keep on being shined upon his grace & love. Always, everyday & forever.

 

 

 

God bless,

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