Take that Step of Faith

Sharing the good news is a specific command by Jesus Christ to his disciples. He instructed us to go and make disciples. The command can be found in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Though we all know this, often times, it is a struggle for us to obey this command. We have various reasons for not sharing the good news of salvation – waiting for the perfect time, unsure of what to say, not equipped with the right words, afraid to say anything unbiblical, fear of being rejected or offending other people. The Lord knows our struggles and has assured us that we should take that step of faith as he will be with us always. There is nothing more comforting and reassuring than knowing Jesus goes before us and will be with us as we pray, speak and share the love of God to the people around us.

As we take that step of faith, we not only proclaim the good news but we also grow in our faith. We get to experience the goodness and the presence of the Holy Spirit within us. Truly, this is a wonderful opportunity for us to bless others and be blessed ourselves. Let us push forward, go and share the good news to someone today.

Each one, win one!

Reading List for 2019

One of my goals this 2019 is to invest more time in reading. I am quite glad that I have finished a few books already. Most of my list comes from the books that my daughter has read or will be reading. I want to understand and be able to converse with her on the different stories she’s read and I don’t want to miss on really good books.

Here are some of the books I really want to read this 2019:

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Jane Austen
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Ides of April
  • Anne of Green Gable series
  • The Hiding Place
  • The Princess Bride
  • Books from Jean Fritz

What titles do you recommend I add to my list?

Looking Back at 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019

Every year, the kids and I sit down on the first few days of the year and look back at the year that was and write down our highlights, then we also write our goals for the following year.

This is Toby’s….

The end of 2018 took a slower turn as the year winded down, but throughout the year, there were so many regular activities, like  monthly Learn Group meetings, discipleship meetings, youth gatherings, growth groups and my tutorial work. I also had to undergo eye cataract removal. Thankful that we were able to go to a number of vacations too, like Taiwan, Singapore and the beach. As for personal growth, I was able to read more books and interact with more people.

As 2019  begins, I have listed down my goals:

Be creative.  Learn crochet, take chances in art, decorate the house.

Pursue writing. Take classes, write often in this blog, find mentors to help me, write devotionals.

Grow. Read the Bible consistently, journal, read books of different genre. Pray and believe.

Nurture others. Take care of plants, connect with people. Homeschooling.

Be courageous. Take trips. Try freelancing jobs Invest.

 

How about you? What are your goals for 2019?

 

Homeschool Help: Homeschool Organizations

As a homeschool mom, it is of great encouragement to know that there are now many homeschool organizations which I can join and  help me should I need some assistance or support. I’m listing some of those organizations:


HAPI or Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands  was established in 2010. The current HAPI president is Ms. Donna Pangilinan-Simpao.

Mission: To bring together homeschool leaders who will help shape the Philippine homeschool landscape.
Vision: To see home education recognised as an available and respected form of education, shaping leaders and movers who build our nation. (Info taken from HAPI website)

I personally am grateful for the efforts of HAPI to meet with DepEd and let DepEd know the needs of the homeschool community. 

HAPI’s website is http://www.hapi.ph

 

PHA or Philippine Homeschoolers Association was established in 2017. The current PHA president is Ms. Jihan Tan.  PHA  was formed by homeschool co-op families who, after experiencing the benefits of being in a community, decided it was time to give back and pay it forward.

Mission:
1. AWARENESS
2. ACCREDITATION
3. AFFORDABILITY
4. ACCESSIBILITY
5. ACCEPTANCE

(Info taken from PHA about page)

I am following the PHA discussions and the instagram account and it is encouraging to know that awareness about homeschooling in the Philippines has greatly increased. 

PHA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineHomeschoolersAssociation/

EFL or Educating for Life is the team of homeschool moms who came together to establish  several of the homeschool conferences in the past years. The members are Michelle Padrelanan, Sanne Unson, Mariel Uyquiengco, and Tina Rodriguez.

Mission: To provide avenues for parents to connect with one another through the various workshops, events, and seminars that are tailor-fit to the homeschool community. (Info taken from EFL website)

I have been to almost every conference that EFL has organized and I am grateful for all the encouragement and equipping workshops that I’ve been to. 

EFL Website is http://www.educatingforlife.co/

HOP or Homeschoolers of the Philippines is an online Facebook community group. It currently has 14,000+ members and the founder of this group is Ms. Donna Pangilinan-Simapo

The main reason why this group was established is to be a support group for the homeschoolers in the Philippines. This group was formed in 2012.

There are many FAQ articles, activity lists and books for sale being posted. You also get to organize meet ups in your local area through this FB group. I have greatly benefited from this HOP group over the years. 

HOP’s Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/303988516361928/

Be Kind to One Another

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Phil 2:3

“No one ever offers to help.” This is a statement we often hear people say and sadly, it is a common scenario in all of our lives. Most of us are often consumed with our daily activities that we fail to see the people around us. They could be a mom who just gave birth, a husband who has just lost his spouse, a brethren who has just lost his job or someone who needs a friend to talk to.

We should look up from our gadgets, and really look around us. The Lord might be presenting an opportunity for us to do something kind for someone. The Lord has created us not to live self-absorbed lives but to be humble, and serve others in whatever capacity we can. 

As the holiday season rolls, this season presents a perfect opportunity to extend kindness and be helpful towards another. Let us make it our goal to make someone else smile.