3 Ways to Finding What God Has Called You to Do

There are days I wonder whether what I am doing with my life is God’s will for me. There are many questions that fill my mind. Quesions like : Did He really call me to be a stay at home mom even now that my kids are all above 7 years of age? Shouldn’t a college graduate of a top university be pursuing a career? If I am to go back to work, what should I be doing?  Do you also have those days?

I believe that God has called me to be a follower of Jesus Christ and that I have completely surrendered my life to Him. I want to pursue what He wants me to for His glory. And yet, there are days that I question if what I am doing right now is really what He wants me to do.

So, how do I figure out what God has called me to do?

1. Read and meditate the Word of God. Spend time in prayer. The Bible is the first place to know what God wants for His people. Read, reflect and meditate. Before embarking on anything, it is of utmost importance that we become what God wants us to be so we can do what He wants. Our heart needs to be aligned with His.

2. When our hearts are aligned with God’s, go and take a retreat where you can really reflect on your life. Ask questions and answer honestly. Here are some guide questions.

> What are my strengths and weaknesses?

> What do I love doing?

> What can I contribute to the community?

> What are the circumstances telling me about my life?

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3. The answer to these questions can help me find my purpose in life and what God wants me to do in this season of my life. Intentionally make goals that will lead me to fulfilling God’s call in my life.

Here is what I have learned so far. There is no one answer because life changes. God may call you to do this for now but it is no guarantee that is what He wants me to still be doing next month. It is of utmost importance that I am connected to God so that my heart is right before Him. Then I have to listen to my  heart and cirucumstances around me to see where God is leading me.

I know that the main purpose of my life is to bring glory to God and I can do it by living intentionally in the circumstances He has put me. To serve others with love and gratitude. As for specific answers, I have to understand the season of my life and check how it is intersecting with my purpose.

So, if you are having these sort of questions in your life, don’t hesitate — seek God, reflect on your life and intentionally set goals. It is not an easy path but it can jumpstart your life and take you to a more meaningful journey in life.

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God is Our Refuge and Strength

Last week, our little boy was sick with fever for 4 days and it turned out that he got Urinary Tract Infection or UTI. If you are a mom, you would know how physically and emotionally draining it is if one of your kids is sick. Thankfully, his body responded well to the medicine and he has now fully recovered.

A week before that, we were reading Pollyanna as our read aloud. A quote that caught my attention is “There is something about everything that you can be glad about, if you keep hunting long enough to find it.” My little boy mentioned this to me while he was sick last week and it kept me grounded and thankful. Even in the midst of uncertainties and difficulties, we can thank God for his strength and his grace that enables us to get through situations.

I also found encouragement through the Word of God. Psalm 46:1 said God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Indeed, the Lord showed us that He cares for us by providing for the medicine, just in time and giving good results to my son’s tests and by being our refuge and strength. He is a strong tower in turbulent times.

Time and again, my family and I have witnessed God’s faithfulness. Thank you Lord.

Read This Before You Give Up!

Today is one of those days. When I seriously consider if what I’m doing is helping my child become the person God has called him to be or am I just causing him to go the other way. When questions like “Am I forcing him to be someone he is not? Or do I see that he just needs that extra push? Am I becoming over bearing already?” fills my mind.

What do you do when your 8 year old son seems undecided, not exhibiting perseverance or diligence? When he seems to lack self-confidence whenever he is faced with unfamiliar situations? When these are the very reasons why we are homeschooling our child, because we want him to grow up with the fear of the Lord and so that he can be what God has called him to be. He will be a person of character and integrity.

But I don’t see any of that today.

My first thought was “I give up.” I immediately doubted that homeschooling is working for him. Maybe he needs to deal with it by himself, in a school setting and he might just find himself and his strength, just as I was raised. I felt like waving that white flag on homeschooling and just send him to a private school and not have to deal with these issues anymore.

After calming down, I realize that this is precisely the time NOT TO GIVE UP. These trials and challenges will one day be triumphs as God changes my son’s heart and my heart along the way.  I just need to develop perseverance myself.

Here are lessons I learned today:

I need to pray more and rely on myself less. Commit my son to Jesus and pray that he will grow up and be the man God has called him to be.  Realize that it is beyond my power to change his heart but I can keep praying for him.

I need to be more sensitive about my children’s emotional needs. Homeschooling is not just teaching, explaining and modeling but it is also empathizing with their weakness and  helping them overcome it and seeing their strengths. Now that my children are 8 years and above, parenting is not just about giving instructions and meeting physical needs but there is a whole new dimension that I need to learn especially in being a coach and a mentor as they face new stages in their life.

I need to adjust as every child develops differently. I should never compare the development of one child to the other. Spend more time understanding each child and appreciate them for who they are now and inspire them to become who they can be.

Don’t make decisions when emotions are running high. Most often than not, the decision you will make is not the right one. This is probably an old lesson and one that I already know well. But I just needed to remind myself of this today.

Have you faced similar situations yourself? I’d love to hear from you today.

Thank You God

Dear Lord,
I just want to say thank you.

Thank you God…

… for another year that You have blessed me with..

… for the unfailing love yYu have showered me with..

… for being my best friend and being all that I ever need.

… for my hard-working and loving husband who is always there for me and the kids.

… for the wonderful memories we share  that I will forever cherish in my heart.

… for my sweet and loving daughter who taught me to see beauty in everything.

… for my happy and active son who reminds me to smile,

… for my parents and for all their love and unwavering support.

…. for my sister and for all her help and support.

…. for my brother and all the love.

… for my in-laws and all their love.

… for the church who prays and support.

… for the friends who remembers.

… for the provision that is always on time.

… for the inspiration to write and keep on writing.

… for the opportinities to be a blessing to others.

… for all the new experiences and  new words that I’ve learned.

… for 6 years of blogging and sharing and inspring.

 … for every struggle that makes me become more of who God wants me to be.

… for the grace that sustains me daily.

… for the love that brings meaning to my days.

… for the sunshine that warms my days.

…for the people that inspires and encourages me.

… for the laughter that brightens every moment.

… for the problem that needs to be solved.

… for the purpose and direction of life.

… for the new adventures at hand.

… for  giving us an opportunity to teach our children through homeschooling.

… for the warmth and comfort that our home brings.

… for change which brings growth.

… for the hope that springs eternal.

…. for the faith that perseveres.

… for the peace that goes beyond human understanding.

… for the forgiveness that I don’t deserve.

… for the wisdom that brings direction.

… for Your word rhat enlightens.

… for an abundant and  blessed life in Your presence.

 … for the gift of everlasting life.

Thank you Lord.
I love you.
Christine

I am Getting Older… And the Questions That Go With It

Just a few days ago, I saw 3 strands of white hair. It doesn’t really bother me that I have white hair but it does make reality become undeniable: I AM GETTING OLDER.

 

With that realization, these questions come into mind:

1. Have I done what God wants me to do ?

2. Am I still doing what God wants me to do?  If not, what change should I make?

3. Am I closer to God than before?

4. Am I continuously learning?

5. What else do I want to accomplish for God?

 

Life is short, and with the days that God gives us, we should not take them for granted. As we age, we should number our days and be mindful of how we use the time given to us. Let’s ask these questions and truly reflect on how we want to spend the remaining days of our lives.

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