Are You Ready for Change?

No matter how you plan ahead, changes are bound to happen.Are you ready for change? Personally, I am not a fan of changes, I think most of the people are not. But for the past years, I have learned to live with change, even to anticipate it. Here are some truths I’ve learned over the years about change.

Change is necessary if you want to grow. Therefore, expect that changes are bound to happen in your relationships and your life situations sooner or later. God allows these changes to come so we can mature and learn from them.

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Change can be uncomfortable but choose to put your trust in an all knowing God. If you want to live life without carrying so much weight of the unknown, trust that God knows what is best for you. He allows these things to happen because it is all according to His plan for your life.

Change is constant. Because we are living beings, change is a constant part of our life. We need to adapt to these changes and see the blessing in the process of change. We can choose how we react to the changes that God brings in our life.

Either we resent it and lose the chance to grow or we embrace it and live richer lives.

 

When I Am Weak Then I Am Strong

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As I was reflecting on God’s word yesterday, I felt great peace and amazement. I knew Christ was with me the whole time and He has reaffirmed in my heart that I should NOT LOSE HEART. Because I am not to look at the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Choosing to continually homeschool my children comes with a price. A lifestyle committed to learning God’s word, developing our family relationships and building our character. It is never easy and has no end. But this has been the calling of God to my family and today’s time with Lord further strengthened this call in my life.

I may not have all the money that I want because my time is devoted to raising my children but certainly God has always provided for all my family’s needs. He has shown me time and time again, how faithful and reliable He truly is.

For the past years, Christ has become more real to me. I experience His leading first hand. If there is something that we want to do and is it for our good, then God provides for it. But if it is not, then God provides the assurance that as we yield our lives to Him, He shall guide and lead us to where and who He wants us to be.

As I am reminded not to lose heart — I also marvel at the privilege of knowing Christ through my life’s journey these past years. He has won my heart so many times with His loving and faithful ways.

As the apostle Paul says, “For the sake of Christ, then I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

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.