Mother’s Day 2020 Testimony

Here is what I shared with GCF Nuvali Church last Sunday regarding motherhood…


Let me share with you something that is close to my heart, motherhood. Since I was young, it has been my dream to raise my children hands-on.  I wanted to be able to witness their milestones, to care and nurture them, to guide and help them and develop a close relationship with them. So  when the Lord blessed me with the gift  of becoming a mother, I knew that I was ready to be a stay-at-home mom. With the support of my husband, I resigned from my full-time job and stayed home to raise the children. I believed that it was the best way of using the time that the Lord has blessed me with.

I didn’t know much about parenting or motherhood or staying home or house chores, but when the kids came, the Lord provided for all our needs, equipped me and I learned how to be a mother along the way. Through the years, I realized that it wasn’t just enough to be “there” for them or to provide for what they need, but I believed that God called us to be “intentional” parents where we saw parenting as a form of discipleship. That led us to take the road less traveled of homeschooling. It wasn’t easy. But it was worth it. As I always say, it’s not just the kids who are learning when you are homeschooling, but the parent-teacher is also learning alongside the kids. I believed that God used this to mold us, and shape us to be better disciples of Christ. We learned from one another and we had a goal together. There were days that I often would wonder if what we are doing is enough, or if they are missing out in life, but after 16 years of motherhood, and 10 years of homeschooling, we finally see some fruits.  As 3 John 1:4 days, I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. And that is the goal of our homeschooling and parenting.


As a mother, there are hard days, and even harder days. But through it all, I see God’s hand and feel His leading all the time. When I worry, He reminds me to trust in Him and not on my circumstances.  When I fail, He reminds me that He is faithful and will keep His promises. He has always been enough, for all our needs, whether be it emotional, physical, social or spiritual. When uncertainties come knocking on my door, I just have to remember how faithful He has been in the past and believe that He will see us through and He always does, God never fails.



Feeling Stuck

There are so many possibilities out there. So many adventures and  pursuits await each of us. It doesn’t matter how old one is but what matters is the desire and discipline to achieve the set goals. Endless opportunities are available, through one’s connections and through the internet. But which goals are truly worth pursuing? How would you know that what you are aiming for matters at the end? How would you gauge success? What is worth living for?

I constantly think of my life…. since I was in my 20s, I have always dedicated my life to the Lord. Whatever opportunities open up in my life, it was important to me that I seek the Lord’s wisdom about it. But more often than not, I felt unsure whether the Lord wants me to pursue it or it was just my human desire to pursue something. So I will wait for the Lord’s movement in my life and see if how He leads me.

Many years forward, I find myself in the same situation. Still seeking the Lord’s guidance about the work I am currently involved in. I have always believed that the Lord moved in seasons in one’s life and I want to be sensitive to His leading every season. I want to pursue only those opportunities that would matter in eternity. But there are days that I feel stuck and unable to move towards those goals. Unsure if that is where God is leading, I find myself praying and seeking His wisdom once again.

I don’t know if you are in a situation like mine. But today, I want to encourage you that the Lord will answer. He is never too early nor too late. He will lead us as we trust Him and obey His word over our lives. Let us keep seeking Him – wait upon the Lord and His Words will certainly come to pass.


Following Jesus Faithfully

Whenever we read the Bible or listen to a preaching, do we actually take it to heart? Do we take time to ponder, meditate and reflect on what we have learned when we get home? Do we actually take time during the week to check our hearts or align ourselves to the Word of God? Or are we just reading the Word or go to Sunday services so we can check our to-do list?

Following Jesus Faithfully requires more than just listening to His Word or reading or attending services – we need to receive God’s Word into our heart and take action as the Word directs us. Being receptive to God’s Word means allowing the Word to change us from the inside out. 

We must not allow the circumstances of this world to harden our hearts and become indifferent to the Word of God. Let us take time to listen to His Word, and let His Word penetrate the deepest parts of our hearts. We must believe that God is at work in us as He disciplines us, moulds us to become the person He has purposed for us to be. 

Following Jesus faithfully Is not easy but it is the key to bearing fruit in out lives. Let us take care of our faithfulness and God will take care of our fruitfulness. 

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!

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?