What is Wisdom?

What is wisdom? In our Bible study groups, we have been discussing, what is wisdom and it has really got me thinking. Wisdom according to the dictionary is “the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.” Upon reading this meaning, it seems that we all have wisdom because we do decide and act upon something based on our knowledge, experience and judgment. But as we dig deeper and discuss more using our book Roots & Wings from Edmund Chan, we come upon his meaning for wisdom.

As stated by Edmund Chan in Roots & Wings Bible Study Facilitator’s Guide, wisdom is “balancing the tensions of life in the fear of the Lord”. We make sound judgments based on our relationship with the Lord. So it is not just a random moral compass – but we use the Word of God and our relationship to Him as the basis for our decisions, judgments and actions. In Prov 9:10 ESV,  it says that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”

As we live our everyday lives, it is of utmost importance that we reflect on how we spend our days. Do we spend them on what matters most in eternity or are we too busy pursuing worthless matters and trivial pursuits which have no impact on our eternal life? As Psalm 90:12 ESV says “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” 

 

 

 

 

IDMC 2017

I was able to attend IDMC or Intentional DiscipleMaking Conference in Singapore from August 31 to Sept 2 this year. It was unplanned but the Lord blessed me with the airplane and accommodations for the trip. It was my first IDMC experience and it was a beautiful one. It was a heart probing and deep reflection type of conference. I went there with an expectant heart and the Lord has used this conference  to rekindle my spiritual passion.

It was awesome to be with 5,300 delegates from all over the world and be worshipping God together. It was even more special to know that I’m not the only one who wants to  draw nearer to God and have a deeper relationship with Him.

The topics were divided into 7 plenary sessions. And each one focused on how to rekindle our spiritual passion. If you asked me which one was my favorite – I would have to say every session was equally relevant and important. Rev Edmund Chan was able to divide every lesson into bite-sized life application and gives enough time to really reflect on my life after every plenary.

My heart needed to be broken so that the Lord can do an inner work in my life. I must “break up the fallow ground” so that my spiritual passion will be restored. There are 4 areas in my life  which needs to be checked upon – “primal wounds of the heart”, “cyniscism of the mind”, “paralysis of the will” and “overcrowding of the soul”.

I was also able to attend workshops about “keeping fresh in the ministry” and “living the intentional life”.  The workshops were panel discussions among different individual sharing their personal lives and how they relate to the topics. It was a very candid sharing of lives and experiences – which allows the attendees to get a glimpse of how God is working in each of their lives.

I went home broken yet filled because I know that the Lord is with me. His love propels me to move forward in the calling He has set in my life. My spiritual passion is renewed and I pray that in the coming days, I shall always be reminded of all that I have learned from the conference and that I experience God in a deeper way in my life.

 

What Can I Do To Improve My Health?

If you want to develop great health, don’t procrastinate. Instead, start implementing wellness techniques that are known to promote physical and mental well-being. Below are three strategies that can help you start improving your level of health right now:

1. Focus On Dental Health.

One great way to improve your level of wellness is by focusing on dental health. This step is important because it empowers you to decrease your susceptibility to a wide range of diseases, including gingivitis. Also note that people who practice great dental health tend to have better overall health. If you find yourself in need of Brooklyn dental implants, note that the professionals of Park Slope Dentist can assist you. Before you agree to purchase dental services from anyone, make sure that you do background research on the provider to ensure that she or he is reputable.

2. Invest In A Monthly Massage.

Another strategy you can implement to improve your health is investing in a monthly massage. Taking this step will help improve your level of wellness in many ways. First, massages are known to boost immunity and optimize weight management by improving your metabolism. Another benefit of massages is that they help release toxins from your body. Some of the other wellness benefits include clearer thinking, better sleep, and enhanced functioning of the circulatory system. To ensure that you find the ideal massage therapist, make sure that you go online and do some internet research regarding the individual’s background. You may want to read through a wide range of the therapist’s online reviews to ensure that the individual is known for offering exemplary, effective services.

3. Hire A Personal Trainer.

As many health experts know, the majority of Americans don’t obtain the recommended amount of physical activity. This sedentary mode of living has a profoundly negative impact on health. For example, failing to engage in regular physical activity can make you more susceptible to a wide range of diseases, including obesity and depression. On the other hand, exercising regularly can help you lose weight, enhance your metabolism, and improve your digestion. One way to gain the motivation necessary to exercise consistently is by hiring a personal trainer. This individual will put together a customized workout routine that will enable you to address and resolve your specific health and fitness issues!

Summing It All Up

Getting healthy doesn’t have to be hard. To make great health a reality in your life, you simply need to become systematic in your approach to wellness. You can utilize the data found in this quick reference guide to keep yourself on the path to optimal health!

Looking Back and Looking Forward

2016, has been a year of GROWTH for me. Not being a people person, God brought many people into my life and they came in all shapes and sizes. God gave me a part time tutoring job which helped me earn and pay for our family’s needs, but in turn, it gave me an opportunity to teach young children and help them in their studies. I pray that I was able to impart more than just academic skills but life skills as well. He also allowed me to become a Family Advisor for Homeschool Global. My main role was to come along side homeschooling families and help them in their homeschool journey. I also meet with them once a quarter to do portfolio reviews.

I had a hard time finding balance since I needed to meet with so many families, whether online or real time during portfolio reviews and also go to my tutorial job.  My children’s homeschooling lessons were a bit affected, especially my 4th grader so we are looking forward to being able to find balance and see if I can continue being a FA without sacrificing the homeschooling of my own children.

As 2017 starts, my children and I did our annual tradition of “looking back” and “looking forward”… we listed down what we loved about 2016 and what we look forward to in 2017. This has been our annual tradition for the past 3 years and I believe that this has helped my family to be closer and to pursue goals  together.

This 2017, SIMPLIFY is my keyword. I need to simplify my life and to pursue what really matters. Keep things simple. Don’t spend time, energy and resources on unnecessary matters. In the end, I want to draw closer to Jesus, in every aspect of my life.

 

Making Hard Decisions

After much prayers and discussions, we have finally decided to let our daughter stop attending ballet classes. It was a difficult decision to make since she has been taking ballet classes for the past 6 years now with Acts Manila. We’ve seen her grow, not just in dance but moreso in her character. She showed determination – even when it was hard to go to classes, she wouldn’t absent herself from class if possible. She showed perseverance – even when the routine was hard, she kept at it until she got it. She showed care and love to everyone in her ballet class.

This was definitely a hard decision to make but I knew that we had to make it. Financial, logistical and lifestyle issues are our main concerns. We couldn’t afford any longer to keep sending her to classes because ballet is truly an expensive art. From shoes, tights, costumes, exams, recitals and competitions – we just couldn’t keep up anymore. Of course my daughter was sad, but after discussing it together, we knew this was the best decision. The season has come for us to leave ballet.

We also realized that she is truly gifted in visual arts. We wanted her to explore that side as well so that she can fully bloom with the gifts that God has given her.

Before we made this decision, these blog articles  helped me through this decision: “Because when Jesus asks us to do something hard, he walks the difficult road with us” from the post When Jesus Asks You To Do Something Hard from We Are That Family. Another encouragement was from Concerning Change and Bacon Gouda Sandwiches.

I took this time as a way of teaching my child to make hard decisions in life. There will be days when we need to make changes in our life. It may not “feel right” but we prayed together, we considered circumstances and consulted our family members. I believe that through this change in our life, we had a lot of “teachable moments” as we discussed what God wanted us to do and what we are doing next.

I believe that  God will have something else for her. As we wait for new opportunities and new friends that God will bring to her life, we are praying and keeping our eyes open.