My 3 Fs for 2018

SIMPLIFY was the word for 2017 but unfortunately, as I evaluate the year that has been. I have not been able to SIMPLIFY life in several areas. Though I have simplified our home by decluttering consistently, I feel like I have not been successful in simplifying my schedule.  I unexpectedly have more people to meet both for work and for ministry which led me to have no peace over where my life was headed.

Before the year ended, I had a divine appointment with Pastor Tony Yeo of Covenant Evangelical Free Church from Singapore. I was actually praying and contemplating how I want my 2018 to be. He shared 3 Fs that will serve as my guide for 2018.

FOCUS. Ask the Lord what He wants you to focus upon in ministry, in work and in life. What is that one thing that the Lord wants me to do? I need to realize that there are several things that I can do in my current age but am I building a life of depth? a life which would leave a legacy as I age?

FAMILY. Spend more time with the family especially as the children are growing up. In the teenage years, as they become more independent, it is essential that I spend more time with them. Days can pass by rather quickly and soon enough, the children will be starting their own life.

FAITH.  Think BIG because our God is BIG and CAPABLE and trust Him.

I am committing my 2018 to God – may He go before me every day.

A Look at 2017 – The Year That Was

2017 has ended a few days ago and as I look back, I can say that my year was truly a busy one. Compared to the previous years, 2017 was filled with activities and it was definitely a year of stretching.

We continued homeschooling this year and we are on our 8th year of homeschooling. There has been a tremendous amount of adjustment as I had to work on my schedule since I am also working part time as a tutor and as a family advisor. I also am meeting young adults and discipling them during weekends and night times. The Lord has allowed me to talk to more people and even let me attend the IDMC in Singapore.

While there were many ups, I was quite disappointed with a few things. I was able to continue my journaling but towards the latter part of the year, I was not able to be consistent at all. I fell below my target number of books that I wanted to read. I didn’t get to save as much as I hoped. At the end of the year, I just wanted to quit everything I was doing – I was overwhelmed.

I realize that there was just too much on my plate. I was thankful for the year end break and the few days of rest that the Lord granted me. I am still processing how I want my 2018 to be but I definitely will be changing my involvement in some things.

2017 passed by like a breeze. Some goals were achieved but most were not. But through it all, God has been faithful and I have seen him work in my life.

Joy and Peace


As the Christmas season approaches, it brings different emotions to people. For some, it may bring many pleasant memories but for others, it may bring a sense of loneliness and to others, they may get overwhelmed by the festivities and the busyness of the season, Truly, as Christmas comes, we must intentionally grab some alone time and process the state of our hearts. It is important that we look deep and assess if we have the joy that surpasses getting materials things during Christmas season and the peace of God amidst all the busyness that the season brings.

If we find that joy and peace is not present in our lives, let us call upon the Lord Jesus. Let us remember the true meaning of Christmas – that Jesus came to the world not to be served but to serve and that he came to save the lost. Reflecting on who God is and how much He loves us would truly fill our hearts with joy. Knowing that Jesus is with us, no matter what we are going thru is enough to give us peace in our lives.

As you take a moment to enjoy your hot cup of coffee this Christmas season, look deep within your heart and ponder upon what Jesus Christ has done for you. May joy and peace fill your hearts this season.

What is Wisdom?

What is wisdom? In our Bible study groups, we have been discussing, what is wisdom and it has really got me thinking. Wisdom according to the dictionary is “the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.” Upon reading this meaning, it seems that we all have wisdom because we do decide and act upon something based on our knowledge, experience and judgment. But as we dig deeper and discuss more using our book Roots & Wings from Edmund Chan, we come upon his meaning for wisdom.

As stated by Edmund Chan in Roots & Wings Bible Study Facilitator’s Guide, wisdom is “balancing the tensions of life in the fear of the Lord”. We make sound judgments based on our relationship with the Lord. So it is not just a random moral compass – but we use the Word of God and our relationship to Him as the basis for our decisions, judgments and actions. In Prov 9:10 ESV,  it says that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”

As we live our everyday lives, it is of utmost importance that we reflect on how we spend our days. Do we spend them on what matters most in eternity or are we too busy pursuing worthless matters and trivial pursuits which have no impact on our eternal life? As Psalm 90:12 ESV says “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” 

 

 

 

 

IDMC 2017

I was able to attend IDMC or Intentional DiscipleMaking Conference in Singapore from August 31 to Sept 2 this year. It was unplanned but the Lord blessed me with the airplane and accommodations for the trip. It was my first IDMC experience and it was a beautiful one. It was a heart probing and deep reflection type of conference. I went there with an expectant heart and the Lord has used this conference  to rekindle my spiritual passion.

It was awesome to be with 5,300 delegates from all over the world and be worshipping God together. It was even more special to know that I’m not the only one who wants to  draw nearer to God and have a deeper relationship with Him.

The topics were divided into 7 plenary sessions. And each one focused on how to rekindle our spiritual passion. If you asked me which one was my favorite – I would have to say every session was equally relevant and important. Rev Edmund Chan was able to divide every lesson into bite-sized life application and gives enough time to really reflect on my life after every plenary.

My heart needed to be broken so that the Lord can do an inner work in my life. I must “break up the fallow ground” so that my spiritual passion will be restored. There are 4 areas in my life  which needs to be checked upon – “primal wounds of the heart”, “cyniscism of the mind”, “paralysis of the will” and “overcrowding of the soul”.

I was also able to attend workshops about “keeping fresh in the ministry” and “living the intentional life”.  The workshops were panel discussions among different individual sharing their personal lives and how they relate to the topics. It was a very candid sharing of lives and experiences – which allows the attendees to get a glimpse of how God is working in each of their lives.

I went home broken yet filled because I know that the Lord is with me. His love propels me to move forward in the calling He has set in my life. My spiritual passion is renewed and I pray that in the coming days, I shall always be reminded of all that I have learned from the conference and that I experience God in a deeper way in my life.