Great is Thy Faithfulness

Stripped of your pride, nothing else will remain but awe of God’s faithfulness and humility. You will realize that everything is from and by the grace of God. I am just truly thankful that God is faithful and that I have witnessed His marvelous love time and time again.

Great is Thy Faithfulness Lord.

What Really Matters in the End

 

When we are distracted by everyday busy-ness, we often forget what we should be pursuing. Instead of pursuing what really matters, we get side tracked of material possessions, other people’s lives via social media and fame. It is when we are most busy, that we should take a moment to reflect and check our lives – are we living it according to God’s prescription?

Here are some reminders:

DO NOT WASTE YOUR LIFE.

DO NOT LET SIN REIGN IN YOUR LIFE.

DO PRESENT YOUR LIFE AS INSTRUMENTS FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

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We should live day to day with the end in mind. And these statements should help us to choose how we are going to spend every waking day that the Lord has blessed us with. Because at the end of the day,  these are what really matters.

Marriage Truths

Getting married is  one of the biggest decisions you will ever make in your life. Some get married early, while others choose to marry late and still others choose not to marry at all. Marriage has become a debatable topic these days with all the different issues surrounding it – same sex marriage, divorce and its validity.

But for those who believe in marriage, their wedding day is a much anticipated event. Months of planning and tons of money is spent on this special day. They make sure that they get the perfect venue and ambiance, invite the important guests, get the best platinum wedding bands, wear their special dresses, say their wedding vows and get the blessing of their family and friends for their new life together.

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For those of you who are planning their wedding in the very near future, I would like to remind you of these important truths about marriage:

Marriage is more than just the wedding day. Don’t overspend for this day. You need to pay your rent, buy your furniture and buy groceries after the big day.

Marriage is a life time commitment. Getting married doess not ensure a “happily ever after” ending. After the wedding, you will get to know your spouse better and make sure that you are ready to be committed to him or her regardless of what you discover.

 

In order for marriage to work, both spouses need to pour 100% to the relationship. It is a give and take partnership, balancing each other strengths and weaknesses.

Marriage brings a lifetime of joy but be wary that it doesn’t happen automatically. So before you make that decision, pray, seek wisdom and evaluate yourself.

Meeting the Master

Since I was in elementary grades, I remember joining essay writing contests and contributing to the school literary journals and writing poems in high school. I also wrote for organization magazines during college years. 20 years after, I am now writing on my blog for the past 5 years. This year, I am very honored to be a writing cotributor to a devotional book entitled “Meeting the Master: Gospel Encounters with Jesus Christ”.

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I wrote a devotional about the Samartian Woman who encoutered Jesus at the well. She has made bad choices in her life and was continually looking for love at all the wrong places. She wanted someone to love her inspite of all the wrong choices she has made in the past and when she finally met Jesus, Jesus confronted her about her lifestyle and showed her where she can find lasting happiness and true love.

After her encounter with Jesus, the Samaritan Woman couldn’t help but share her joy with other people. She wasn’t ashamed to proclaim that she has met the person who knew all about her past and still chose to love her. She wasn’t hiding behind her sins, instead she wanted others to know the man who gave her freedom from her past.

As I wrote about her, I pray that God will use all the days of my life so that I can know this man who has freed me from my past and loved me faithfully even when I was unlovable. What a joy to know that this is the same Jesus who loved this Samaritan woman and died on the cross for me, and will one day meet me and I can be with Him forevermore.

Knowing Christ has been the greatest journey of my life — and I hope that you too will know this Jesus who loves you.

4 Character Lessons in Homeschooling

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The school year is almost done. A few more weeks to go and we should be concluding another school year. This school year has been a tough one for me. When I first began homeschooling 4 years ago, I thought that homeschooling would be easier as the years roll along but I learned recently that it is not so. I’m sharing with you 4 characters lessons  I’ve learned through homeschooling the past 4 years.

1. PERSEVERANCE. Because homeschooling is a lifestyle, learning takes more time. Learning is not only confined  to completing the workbook or finishing the assigned books. As you get to know your child more over the years, you realize how your child learns best. You provide these avenues where they can understand and appreciate the significance of what they are learning. Thus, it takes more of your time as you research about the best ways to teach your child. You look for educational opportunities outside of your house and plan for that field trip. You teach practical life lessons and pray that your child will grow in wisdom and in stature as the years go by. You assign projects where they practice what  they learn. Homeschooling entails hardwork, year after year. It doesn’t get easier.

2. FLEXIBILITY. What worked yesterday, may not work today. Your routine last month may not work this month because  life’s interruptions can bring changes to your daily routine. Homeschooling thrives in flexibility and as the parent teacher, you need to learn to be flexible and adaptable. Your kids are growing and they change as they enter different life stages, your relationship will work best if you embrace the changes and grow alongside with your kids.

3. HUMILITY. Be teachable and humble, always. It might be humbling to admit that there are areas in Math or Grammar that you might not be familiar with, but admiting our weaknesses and letting our children know that we don’t know it all is part of the learning process. As they see us handle things that we don’t know, they learn to respond the same way. Does your child give up easily? Are they frustrated or pressured? We need to constantly check our own attitudes. As we homeschool our kids, we need to remain teachable and humble too.

4. WISDOM.  You can’t do it all.  We want the best for our children and often we will feel limited with what we give them, but we must remember  GIVING THEM THE BEST DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN GIVING THEM EVERYTHING. We must remember that our children don’t need ALL the extracurricular activities, trips or activities out there. Recall the primary reason why you are homeschooling your children, and then choose activities based on your mission and your child’s interest. Engage in a few but meaningful activities. Don’t fret over what you don’t do. Accept that you can only do as much in a limited time and believe that God will give you the wisdom in choosing what is best for your child.

At the end of the day, homeschooling my kids is a privilege that God has blessed me. I know that it is not about my abilities, or my chidlren’s.  I know  the reason why we are able to accomplish anything with our homeschooling is all by His grace alone.