Adjustment Blues This January

The new year is rolling by rather quickly this year and I can hardly believe it! It’s already the 13th of January and I feel like I haven’t been able to take a breather. You see, this year marked some changes in our life. After focusing on GCF Santa Rosa Church for the past 5 years, my husband has taken a new challenge and is now focusing on building GCF Nuvali Church. Ministry is more challenging since everything is just starting.

Personally, I also accepted a new line of work which is tutoring kids at a tutorial center. I work in the afternoons and so, we need to finish our formal homeschool lessons by 2pm to ensure that I won’t be late. It also means that I must be able to multi-task effectively, making sure that my daughter will be able to attend her ballet classes on days that my husband can’t bring her to Alabang.

I also want to accomplish my goal of being able to read 1 book every month, help GCF Nuvali build its website and mobile site as well, meet with my existing discipleship group and start a new Bible study group. I want to be consistent with my Bible reading as well. And of course, to maintain this blog. Whew!

So far, I have not yet found the perfect schedule for me — so that is why I am still figuring it all out. I feel drained because I have not been able to have a regular devotional time in the mornings yet. So I am stopping and thinking about how my day goes by — and re-scheduling my day.

I’m still adjusting… It is difficult but I believe the Lord will help me make it work.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

My Focus for the New Year

As the new year rolls along, I can’t help but be amazed just how fast time passes by. Today is already the 2nd day of 2016! If one is not mindful, a whole day may just pass by while one is busy browsing Facebook or Twitter posts and a whole week might have gone by without achieving any life goals.

So earlier today, along with my kids, we memorized and discussed Psalm 90:12 together…

So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

It reminded me to focus my time and effort on what truly matters. This year, I believe that growth is a keyword that is a part of my focus. I want to grow in my relationship with Christ and with my family then with other people that God will bring in my life. I also want to grow personally via reading books, traveling to different places and pursuing dreams that God has placed in my heart.

It is important to live each with intentionally, and doing so, in line with the will of the Lord for our lives. I challenge you to number your days…. and live it according to God’s purposes and plans for your life.

What is your focus for the new year?

Gratitude and Goals

For the past 3 years now, our family has been doing a family tradition that I hope will continue on as the kids grow up. Just before the year ends, we all sit together and discuss the year that has been. We open our blessings jar, then we look back and list down all that we are thankful for… and then we look ahead and list down all that we hope to accomplish in the coming year. The list doesn’t just contain material blessings but spiritual and whole being blessings as well. It is a collection of the memories and the blessings that God has done in our lives.

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Through this family tradition, we remember God’s graciousness in our lives and how faithful He has been to us all year through. It also cultivates gratitude in our hearts and to be thankful for every little blessing.

And as we look forward to the coming year, the list is a reminder of all that we want to be and helps us to channel our focus and time on what matters most to us. It helps us to be more intentional in our daily activities.

Do you have a family tradition that you do every year too? Share it with us and leave a comment.

 

Grateful for 2015

2015 is about to end… and one of my yearly activities is to look back at the year that has been and be mindful of how my life went. I always want to be intentional with life and reflecting on 2015 helps me see if I was able to achieve my goals.

I am thankful that…
I was able to read the Bible more consistently and journal all year long.
I was able to attend growth group meetings at GCF Nuvali.
I was able to join fellowship dinners with GCF Santa Rosa friends.
I was able to read inspirational books.
I was able to attend Multiplying Authentic Disciples by Rev. Edmund Chan.
I was able to regularly stay in touch with my close friends through email.
I was able to meet a new homeschooling family in the vicinity.
I was able to lead my children in daily prayer for the nations.
We started our studies usually by 830am at the first half of the year.
The children are more mature and disciplined when it comes to their studies and their activities.
Both children loves to read and read.
The children got along better this year.
We were able to take a family trip to Dumaguete and Taiwan.
I am more aware of God’s presence in our family and in all that we do and experience.

I would like to improve on…
Being prepared for homeschool by having lesson plans for the children.
Meeting with my discipleship group more consistently.
Prayer and meditation of the Word of God.
Writing better blog posts about life, family and homeschooling.
Reading more books.
Giving sacrificially.
Growing in my personal relationships.

Indeed, God has been so faithful all year through. We faced challenges but God has always been with us and revealed himself through every situation. At the end of the year, and my one word is GRATEFUL.

Multiplying Authentic Disciples

A few weeks back, I attended a conference in GCF South Metro. It was IDMC 201: Multiplying Authentic Disciples, Leading, Discipling and Walking with God.

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The speakers were Rev Edmund Chan and his wife , Ann Chan. I have read a number of their books and I really have been blessed by them. But this was my first time to hear them speak in person. It was a one and a half day conference and I went expectant and came home full of encouragement, love and inspiration.

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Here are 8 of my take home lessons from the conference:

The chief duty of man is not to find its freedom but its master.

You see what your heart focuses on.

We don’t need to be nice but we must learn to be kind.

The X factor in discipleship training is your life investment.

God can use my brokeness in reaching out to others.

In making authentic disciples, I need to be one myself.

At the end, it is not about me but all about the grace of God.

What mattters take time.

Attending the conference was just what I needed as the year is coming to a close and a new one set to begin. I don’t really know what to expect in the coming new year as we face changes once again, but I am confident that God is with us and we just need to put our focus on Him.