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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(photo via flickr.com)

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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!