Fully Satisfied in Him

In our fast paced life and materialistic world, we are enticed to think that we need the latest gadgets to be able to live a more organized and connected life. We are enticed to think that we need to enroll our children at that program so they can become the best in what they do. We are enticed to think that we need to do more to become better people in our society.

But sadly, in our own pursuit of happiness, this is not what God intends for us. Yes, God wants us to be blessed, but not in the way we thought. We might not be aware of how God has been blessing us because we have been looking at life through the wrong lenses.

As we face our daily life, we make hundreds of choices. Each of those choices yield results and we make more choices out of those choices. It may seem endless and futile but God wants us to see beyond our daily toil. God blesses us with His presence amidst our daily choices. As we completely surrender our cares and our days to Him, He promises to be with us – always. Whatever happens to us, God is with us, thus we are blessed.

His presence brings peace, joy, goodness, love,  and hope in our lives. And that is the fullness that fills our lives. We become fully satisfied in Him and regardless of our life’s circumstances, we know and we can acknowledge that we are blessed.

Our pursuit in life takes a different direction as we realize, in the end, what truly matters is the state of our relationship to God. Because if our relationship with God is doing well then everything else falls in the proper places in our lives. We can be fully satisfied because God is with us.

 

From Restlessness to Restedness

What a busy 1st quarter I had! From the start of a new part-time job in tutoring kids to becoming part of several growth groups to joining TMA Homeschool as a Family Advisor, it seems that this year truly is all about growth and opportunities.

It has been really busy and sometimes, I do feel guilty that I have not been able to give our homeschooling enough time and focus. I’m just grateful to see that my 6th grade daughter has become more independent through it all and has been studying on her own without me. I guess, this is the season where she is learning to be independent and I have to let go, so she will learn to do things on her own. If not for the opportunities that God has given me, she wouldn’t have tried to be independent and I wouldn’t have let go of controlling her time and how she does her studies.

Early on, I have been restless with our schedules and all that we need to do. But thankfully, God has worked in my heart and taught me to rest in Him. It has been a season of learning to trust in God. Knowing that His purposes will be fulfilled as I choose to let go and let Him guide me in everything that He brings in my life.

I’ve also seen the truth that our life has different seasons. Just as the climate has 4 seasons, our life also has different seasons for different purposes. We can never stay the same otherwise we wouldn’t grow. We just need to trust that God will be with us all through the different seasons and that He will fulfill His purposes in our lives. So whatever season of life we are in right now, let’s trust in the Lord and enjoy it. Let’s learn and grow from the current season that we are in for this is what the Lord wants us to do.

Reflection on Our Life’s Meaning

Most of the time, people find meaning for their lives by what they do. Fathers find the reason for their being as the provider of the family, mothers nurture and care for the family, children study and find jobs as they graduate. But I realized, the reason for our being should go beyond what we do. The reason for our being should not be based on what we do, because one day, the day will come when we cease to do what we do. Will that mean then that our life means nothing?

The meaning of our life rests on the being of who we are in God. As we find our identity in Christ, we understand that we are really nothing and whatever we do amounts to nothing, if not for who Christ is and what He has done for us. We find meaning in Him and then we do what we do because it is the appropriate response to God who loves us so.

 

 

 

Adjustment Blues This January

The new year is rolling by rather quickly this year and I can hardly believe it! It’s already the 13th of January and I feel like I haven’t been able to take a breather. You see, this year marked some changes in our life. After focusing on GCF Santa Rosa Church for the past 5 years, my husband has taken a new challenge and is now focusing on building GCF Nuvali Church. Ministry is more challenging since everything is just starting.

Personally, I also accepted a new line of work which is tutoring kids at a tutorial center. I work in the afternoons and so, we need to finish our formal homeschool lessons by 2pm to ensure that I won’t be late. It also means that I must be able to multi-task effectively, making sure that my daughter will be able to attend her ballet classes on days that my husband can’t bring her to Alabang.

I also want to accomplish my goal of being able to read 1 book every month, help GCF Nuvali build its website and mobile site as well, meet with my existing discipleship group and start a new Bible study group. I want to be consistent with my Bible reading as well. And of course, to maintain this blog. Whew!

So far, I have not yet found the perfect schedule for me — so that is why I am still figuring it all out. I feel drained because I have not been able to have a regular devotional time in the mornings yet. So I am stopping and thinking about how my day goes by — and re-scheduling my day.

I’m still adjusting… It is difficult but I believe the Lord will help me make it work.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

My Focus for the New Year

As the new year rolls along, I can’t help but be amazed just how fast time passes by. Today is already the 2nd day of 2016! If one is not mindful, a whole day may just pass by while one is busy browsing Facebook or Twitter posts and a whole week might have gone by without achieving any life goals.

So earlier today, along with my kids, we memorized and discussed Psalm 90:12 together…

So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

It reminded me to focus my time and effort on what truly matters. This year, I believe that growth is a keyword that is a part of my focus. I want to grow in my relationship with Christ and with my family then with other people that God will bring in my life. I also want to grow personally via reading books, traveling to different places and pursuing dreams that God has placed in my heart.

It is important to live each with intentionally, and doing so, in line with the will of the Lord for our lives. I challenge you to number your days…. and live it according to God’s purposes and plans for your life.

What is your focus for the new year?