Rejoice! It’s a Brand New 2014!

New – defined as “not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time.”

When we say New Year then , it means, we will be experiencing things for the first time – not rehashed nor recycled. They are the first of their kind in 2014! When I think about this, my heart beats fast as I have experienced a lot of firsts in 2013 together with my family. The kind that have let out different emotions, more praying, more pruning. My relationship with The Lord, my husband and with my children have grown stronger because of the major events in our lives this year. God has been faithful, always is and forever will be.

He has healed my breast lump and anemia/ mineral deficiency problems.

He has provided for our needs, financial dues, some wants, rest and recreation.

He has brought us to a new place.

He has stepped the brakes on my career in the marketplace (after working for 13 years) so I can be with my husband, together with my children.

He has signaled the start of our homeschooling journey.

In all these changes in my life this year, He has taught me to be more dependent on Him.

When I welcomed 2013, I have declared that this is going to be the year of the Lord’s favor for our family. Indeed, it has been. This is the year of rebuilding, replanting and renewing. We may have experienced some rough times just like how our country has experienced and survived the strongest typhoon that ever hit land, but God has been with us. We were not forsaken, we were fed by the wealth of the nations, and we will continue to share in the double portion of His blessing.

For 2014 , I pray that Christ’s supremacy be above all the things that we have planned and prayed for. When there will be times when I will battle my will with His, may His voice be so loud and clear and I may not be so stubborn as to obey and yield to His good, pleasing and perfect will for me and my family.

May we all have confidence in Jesus Christ, who goes before us in 2014. The one “who is BEFORE all things and in him all things hold together”.

What a joy to know that He has already marked the events and seasons in our lives! So whatever comes our way in 2014, let us say,

“Rejoice in The Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” 

 

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Rains in the Springtime

Living in a tropical country, where we only experience 2 seasons – summer and rainy (spring) , we can only look forward to either of the two with each passing time.  Similarly, in my life, I experience droughts during the dry(barren) season but can always expect for the rains to come thereafter.  Times when I ‘m driven for more of God because of desperate and trying situations, it is with confidence that I go to  Him, believing He is the one who sends the rains (in any form) for my own and for others’ refreshment.   Concluding our Church’s  5-day corporate Prayer and Fasting today with “Persistence and Breakthrough” , I am reminded of this:

‘Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who makes the storm clouds. He gives showers of rain to men, and plants of the field to everyone.’ – Zechariah 10:1

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Rains in the Spring time is a natural occurrence. But because we acknowledge God’s supremacy in our lives, Him, being the creator of the heavens and the earth, the rains and the sun, then we go ask Him for it, unceasingly and persistently! He brings us to situations where we can ask boldly because we have already come to our wits’ end. Left to ourselves, we can be prideful and boastful with our own accomplishments.  I choose to thank God in the ‘dry’ season of my life for it is there that I cry all the more for the rains to come in its due time.  It is there that I thirst more of Him, it is there where I crave more for His word.  And then I know, when the break of clouds shows its first drop of rain,  “Spring’’ has come.. grasses will grow, flowers will bloom, crops will grow , trees will soon bear fruits . I can laugh again in the rain, thanking God for this wonderful rebirth , another season of rejuvenation … of revival … of restoration!  We’re catching all of your raindrops, Lord!

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My Crowning Glory

I don’t really have a bad hair day, literally, as far as I can remember. Blessed with straight hair, a little running through my fingers just kept the strands in place.  As I grow older, I became more adventurous with my hairstyles.  Not that I have become like Coco Chanel who revolutionized the fashion industry – from the pearls, to the LBD, to the flapper style clothes – right up to the cropped glorious locks!  And should I add, up to the scent of a fair lady.  I am not a fashion icon or perhaps I am, only in the eyes of my children!  As I look back, I sported different styles in various phases of my life – the bangs with the long hair as a growing teenager and the short one before graduating from college. The well-kept locks on my first job in the academe, the well-maintained while in the financial sector, the layered bob after I gave birth to the first child, and yes the second, too (there’s just something about pregnancy and short hair 🙂  ) .. and the long one that I have recently been sporting through the years that has gone from being layered, colored and permed. Pretty much the same with my life – various professional experiences,  different towns and cities that I call home (wherever my husband brings us) and meeting new challenges.

After 7 looong (hair)  years, I decided to come out with a bolder, more courageous look, and as I say , also with a new outlook.  Long hair has become my comfort zone.  If I am to embrace change in 2013, then I can certainly go out of comfort zones.  I have been out of many lately, so this “hair” thing isn’t such a big deal after all.  I am glad I decided to sport a layered bob ( and no, I haven’t given birth to a 3rd one, just making sure you’d get this right) , with streaks of highlights to complete it.  New look, one that just gets better with age.  And I think most women can relate.  It is not because we attempt to desperately hide some years but because we’ve grown in a lot more ways. We become mature with life’s experiences, we are able to choose our own battles and we can love more fiercely and passionately.  We have been liberated from the youth’s innocence and will continue to age in wisdom and grace.  BUT more than this hairdo and what-have-you’s, the more important accessory to me is when I choose to wear Faith’s fashion – one that is not concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes but with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God (see 1 Peter 3:3-4).

One can always achieve a new look – and it starts from the inside, out.  When we have a gentle and quiet spirit, we have the confidence that comes from God which is precious to Him.  Our greatest crowning glory comes from Him alone.  And to Him I will always be beautiful – long, short or bald. 🙂

Happy New Year!  Happy New Hair!

2012: Joyful, Prayerful, Thankful

In a few seconds ( I already have an acute awareness of how short life really is!), our family will welcome another year – full of hope and excitement! 2011 is an eventful year – in the homefront, the biz, workplace and in the city of Golden Friendship where my family has called home for the past 6 yrs. The tragedy that has struck the city through Sendong’s fury has claimed lives, has broken spirits of the living and has left little hope to most. We were not spared – my relatives also dove and “wheeled through” ( since my 83 y.o. lola was on a wheelchair that time – to cross to a neighbor’s 2-storey house) floodwaters and mud, amidst the wailing of little children in pitch dark madness. HeBrews’ warehouse was flooded – washing away some stocks and destroying equipments and leaving the delivery van floating into a highway of “wilderness” (ALL sorts – living and otherwise bumping into each other). Our biz, named HeBrews speaks clearly of the kind of faith that we ought to have – being certain of the things yet unseen – that Yes, God’s glorious riches will abound in good times and bad for He owns everything!

Having seen all of these, I pondered on what I read from 1 Thessalonians 4 and 5 this morning – that what I witnessed were just glimpses of the Lord’s 2nd comeback, that He will come like a thief in the night – when we say that “All is well, everything is peaceful and secure” then disaster will fall upon them as suddenly as a woman’s birth pains begin when her child is about to be born. And there will be no escape” (1 Thess 4:2-3)..I have heard those lines “ everything was peaceful, then the waters rose up!” “ we didn’t expect it – it was just too fast!” , and as a mom, likening it to a mother’s birthing pains is just so real to me..Yes, these are fearsome thoughts, but as God’s children, we ought to behave differently – give hope to the hopeless, share the gospel of Good News to those who have lost it, or never heard of it.

“ But we need not fear for we are children of the light and day!” (1 Thess 5:8-11). What are we supposed to do? The apostle Paul,(not me), outlined these:
1. That we should think clearly
2. That we keep armed with faith and love
3. That we wear the helmet and confidence of our salvation
All these will allow us to break into thanksgiving to God for he has saved us, through Jesus Christ – not to pour out His anger on us for He died so we can live for Him forever!

With tears welled in my eyes, I have lost count of the goodness that God has done in my life, my family, my love-ones, the people whom we have been praying for all these years – the challenges that He has allowed to happen that we may mature in Him, the miracles that have kept us amazed by how His hand has moved clearly in impossible circumstances, and a whole lot more!

As we embrace 2012 – it is my prayer that we “Always be JOYFUL. Keep on PRAYING. No matter what happens, always be THANKFUL, for this is God’s will for you (and me ) who belong to Christ Jesus! “ (1Thess 5:16-18).

Blessings, peace, prosperity in 2012!