Looking Back and Looking Forward

After 2 weeks of Christmas break, we have already started with our official homeschooling activities once again. The kids and I were looking forward to going back to our usual routine and to see what we were going to learn this new year. But before going back to our usual routine, we started the year with our goal setting activities. We listed down what we were grateful for in 2014 and what we looked forward to in the new year.


Looking back at 2014, I listed down the following as what I really liked…

> earlier start of my day

> consistency with schedule

> decluttering days

> blessings jar

> family trips

> reading classics


Looking forward to 2015, I listed down what I’d like to improve on…

* consistent Bible reading and prayer time

* take trips to other provinces

*give to others through World Vision

*better preparation of lessons

* watch more shows

* embark on home improvement projects

*  read more books

* have family devotions


It has been a week since 2015 has started, and I am grateful that God has allowed me to revamp my schedule and help me attain my goals, one at a time.

Discipling Young Women

One of my life goals is to disciple young women. As it is written in Titus 2: 3 ” Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”

I have started a group with 4 young ladies last year but due to life changes, we stopped meeting. Early this year, I started another group and we have been meeting at least once or twice in a month. We discuss issues about faith, life, love and practical matters. We sometimes touch issues on smoking cigars, peer pressure, work matters, family issues and issues of the heart.

It is truly a privilege to lead young women in discovering themselves, knowing God and pursuing Him. I see how God works in their life and I truly marvel at God’s greatness! I pray that may we all grow more and more like Christ everyday.



photo from Irene.

Life Goal

A few months ago, I was asked how I would interpret a Bible verse that says love your neighbor as yourself. Though I am not an artsy person, I tried my best to come up with something. After using some colored paper and scrap album materials, this is what I produced.


It shows a heart that says I love others by inspiring and instructing them. And through this craft, I was able to come up with my vision for my life especially for this year.  I believe that we should live intentionally and that every day is a blessing from God, therefore, we ought to live it with a mission and a purpose.

As a stay at home mom, every day can pass by rather quick and sometimes, it can become blurry. With so much chores and kids to care for, one has little time to reflect and ponder on what you have actually done. It may seem that your every day is the same and doesn’t have much purpose but if you have a vision or a goal – then every day life becomes more meaningful and purposeful.


If you still don’t have a vision or a goal for the year, why don’t you set aside some time now and begin to really think it through. Here are some simple tips that can help you get started.

1. Think about how you want this year to be different than the last? What do you really want to accomplish? List them down.

2. Get together with your family and talk about it if necessary.

3. Check your list and summarize your goals into one statement.

4.  Share your goal statement with someone. This way, you will be accountable and you will have someone to support you accomplish your goal for the year.

5. Print out your goal where you can see it daily. It will serve as a reminder and an encouragement to you when the tough days come.