How was your prayer and fasting week?
I remembered my first time to have a prayer and fasting week, and I thought I was hopeless! Lol.
As I look back from where I started, oh boy! God had really made me into someone different – still praying to be who He intended me to be though. This Intercede week, I realized that every prayer and fasting that I join to was way different from my previous ones. I used to be clueless and I used to be the one with many questions, however, this time is completely different. Now, my prayer and fasting week was intentional, mindful, and focused. I know that my current workload did not ease out just yet but this week, I submitted to my body’s needs. I did not stay up too late and I did wake up early for the whole week for work. John picks me up from work and we both come home at a reasonable time – enough for me to have a nightcap with the Lord. I rest whenever I feel tired and I sleep even before my eyes force me to.
I prayed for three things this prayer and fasting week:
  1. Going back to school – SPaCE program of DLS-CSB. I just graduated last year from Workplace Learning and Development and now, I am planning to take up Human Capital Management. It will eat up all of my Saturdays for 6 straight months.
  2. I applied for the Batch 4 of HR Mentoring. It is one of my recent goals when I started my new work. This will also eat up 6 Saturdays and I don’t know what else because I know there will be more to it than just attending. I am excited to join this program because this can be helpful to my career in the HR field. Also, I can volunteer as I will soon embrace a “pay it forward” attitude once I graduate in the program.
  3. Volunteer in the B1GFridays as a Facilitator. God has been giving me this burden to volunteer and I thought that being with the Chronicle Team of CCF Eastwood is already enough, but no! Not that my DGroup leader has been pressuring me to volunteer but this burden has been leaving an impression on my heart ever since B1GFridays helped me with my walk as a Christian. This will eat up all of my Friday nights just like 2017 and it is already a “pay it forward” attitude for what the Lord had done for me through B1GFridays.
Those are the three things I prayed for. I thought not only the pros and cons but also the commitment that I have to make. As I was taking this prayer and fasting week, I had a breakthrough

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. 2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. Ephesians 4:1-3 NLT

Trust God and He will reside in your heart. I lifted up to God my work and my career. He placed me there for a reason and I firmly believe that it is not for me to fall into another sin – idolatry in work – but the Spirit to work through me in showing who my God is even in the workplace. I neglected much of my quiet time because I got preoccupied with work. I forgot that out of His immense love for me, He pulled me away from my previous work and placed me someplace way better – it is true that I enjoyed much of the blessings and oftentimes forget the one who blesses me with these.

3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;
let us exalt his name together.

6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
he saved me from all my troubles.

10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,
but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.

22 But the Lord will redeem those who serve him.
No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Trust God and He will provide. This struck me completely. I found my lost self with the help of B1GFridays and Jesus found me. Honestly, I was afraid of volunteering as a Facilitator as I know that I still have A LOT to learn about God’s words and these passages from Psalm 34 reassured me that my testimonies of God’s unconditional love are enough for me to share as a Facilitator. Truly, 2017 had been great and God revealed Himself to me through B1GFridays and through the impossible measures that ONLY GOD can perform. Praise God for making me one of His living testimonies of His greatness. I was a sinner saved by His Grace and He never loved me less.

18 of those who are faithful to his covenant,
of those who obey his commandments! (Psalm 103:18)

Trusting God means Obeying. Finally, God’s answer to my prayers was sealed with this passage. I acknowledge God’s supremacy as He shows His loving heart in which, even if we commit sin, He is slow to anger and he only punishes us as we deserve. (Psalm 103:10) He is a fair Father to me even when I faced a huge obstacle last year. I received a punishment because of my sin and I felt that it was just and I deserved it but because of His intentional love, He guided me and blessed me with everything I needed to face the trials.

I am called to Persevere my walk with the Spirit.  I am called to volunteer and I just need to obey. I realized that out of all three things I have been praying for the week, God’s answer gave me more than what I am considering of in the pros and cons list. If I volunteer, not that it will eat up my Friday nights for the year, embrace the “pay it forward” attitude, but also He wanted to teach me DISCIPLINE. Discipline not just in my quiet time but also in work. God still wanted me to focus my work week for work, quiet time for Him, and weekends for Family. I know I Everything will surely fall into place because I do trust His plans.

Now I can’t wait for January 19 for the B1GFridays Volunteers Meeting! I know that I am new to this and there are far better facilitators than me but just as same as they are, I am letting God use me through my talents so that I can grow this persevering heart of mine.

Are you having the same burden as I am? Come on! Let’s volunteer!


  1. Jaymie Eileen Victoria

    January 15, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you so much for this. I have just actually started my fasting today and decided to spend my lunch break to "consecrate" and worship the Lord. I want a between-me-and-my-God moment. But after my prayer time, a notification from your blog post appeared and it feels like we're going through the same page! God speaks to me again through your post. I can relate when you said that you had become preoccupied with your work before but God pulled you away from it and now I believe you are in a far better workplace already–carrying the vision that God has placed in your heart.

    Blessed po ako sa writing nyo! To God be the glory! I hope and pray that your workmates will see Jesus in your life. God bless! 🙂

  2. Lyza

    January 15, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Jaymie! Wow, a follower? My heart flutters in joy reading this comment. <3 Thank you so much for your time in reading this and Praise God for your heart. Sobrang nakaka-bless to read something like this from a co-believer. I pray that you find God’s wisdom during your prayer time and I pray that whatever you are praying for right now — as long as it will be glorifying to God, will be answered. I am humbled by your acceptance in my learning as I still find my way how to “consistently” observe my spiritual disciplines. Thanks again for your time and enjoy your prayer and fasting week! God Bless! 🙂

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