My Faith Goals for 2019

January 2019 is almost ending and I just can’t help but feel that I haven’t really spent the time I needed to reflect on 2018 and really plan for 2019.

Churches and Fellowships I know have scheduled their annual  prayer and fasting to really set aside time to pray and seek God’s guidance throughout the year.  It is typical to create a list of to-do’s or craft a list of resolutions to start the year.  Similar to that, what we (me and my friends and church mates) do is to make a list of or FAITH GOALS.   These are goals, usually big ones that require us to stretch our faith and rely on God to see them accomplished.


Aside from my usual goals for myself and my family, my goal for the year is to:

1. CULTIVATE A GRATEFUL HEART

I tend to stress about things and would often need to remind myself to just be still and cast all my worries and cares to God through prayers.  We were never designed to carry so much burdens and loads.  We were even commanded NOT to worry!  What causes stress anyway? My stress comes from FEAR – fear that all things will not be up to par and go wrong. I realized, eventually, that I have to be grateful instead.  Being thankful gives me joy! Focusing on what I am blessed with diverts my focus off worries and fears that saps my energy and enthusiasm.

I began my 2019 Faith goal with a long list of things to be grateful for. And wow! They are many.  And so I decided to start my 2019 days reciting all the things, people, events I am blessed with!

2. NOURISH MY SOUL

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For this year, I want to have consistent quiet time to meditate, pray,   journal, commune with God.   Often, I have tried to accomplish tasks, pushing myself harder, when my inner gas tank is running empty.  This doesn’t have to be.  It’s not just about being more of an introvert, it’s more of connecting with God and letting Him fill you up – trading your sorrows with hope and your pains with His Joy. Call it recharging your inner strength so you can face the day bravely, serve others and be an inspiration to many instead of dragging them down.

3. BE OF SERVICE

I believe that we are called to serve. We are to be God’s hands to others and be a visible representation of Christ to them. For many years, I have been trying to discover myself. I’ve tried many things, changed jobs, listened to a lot of people, observed their ways, read many books and was charmed by many movies and stories. Ultimately, the question I would like to answer would be: How can I serve in a way that is me – with my strengths and skills and at the same time, my limitations too? I am willing but how? I have an idea for this year. I’ve started and started small and will continue to start new stuff for this year.

I am believing and praying that 2019 is a year of elevation and purpose. Dreams put on hold will push thru. Provision will flow simply because my hope is not on myself, my skills, my abilities – it is on God who created me and has a purpose for me – to bloom and blossom and grow so I can help others bloom, blossom and grow too.

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Looking Back to Move Forward

January 2015 had been fast and we are now on our last week! Really did a lot of thinking about plans and goals for this year. 2014 had been a real breakthrough for me and my family. I quit my job of 8 years to head to the US and enjoy my family for 5 long months. Some learnings here:

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I realized that dreams do come true. The US Visa application for me and my son, and a separate application for my husband. Securing and booking our flights. It is just amazing to pray for something and watch how God makes a special way to make it happen and give you your heart’s desires.

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I began to love my family more. I was overwhelmed with so much love and support. The love we felt and shared was so heartwarming. I appreciated my Aunties and Uncles for the support and advices. We celebrated my dad’s birthday, our anniversaries and my son’s 3rd birthday. It is just amazing!

I realized how faith and love for God runs deep in our family. Music is in our genes. Speaking and facilitating is a “clan” talent. I am blessed even to realize that service is a privilege – a privilege that  my family members and relatives enjoy!

I finally was able to see Disneyland, with the whole family! The works! So much color and life – beauty, excellence in everything and fun at every turn! Wow! We also got to see the amazing Universal Studios, Monterey bay and aquarium. An awesome “under the sea” experience. Add to this Pier 59, Oakland Zoo, Golden gate at San Francisco, San Jose downtown. I love Cali weather, I love the abundance of food. I love the air, the parks, the malls. i love shopping! I miss Barnes and Noble, Walmart, Michael’s and Ross! So much lovely places to see which stirs my heart to travel and see more of the world.

I loved how I got to see the other side of the world — and how my dad, mom and brother are all in it. I saw how they have been blessed and how they are thriving. My heart wants to be with them and I yearn for the days when we can all share our lives and every day.

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US was my long quiet time. It allowed me to think and reflect what makes my heart sing. I began to fall in love with writing – another avenue to show my heart, my art. This page was born there. It was supposed to be a trial/mock-up site! I have truly learned a lot. I purchased my ever first macbook there. Mom and dad gave me an iPhone 5s just because! I read many books and attended trainings there. These were extras, unexpected, delightful experiences.

NEW WORK, NEW START

We came back to Manila and looked for work. My post with my previous company was still open but my heart was strong not to go back as I wanted something new and global. Me and my husband started our new work exactly 3 months after going back to Manila. I’m with HR Change Management now and husband is into Project Management. Exciting times.

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BEAUTY AND SERVICE

My theme for the year – beauty and service. Would very much like to cultivate inner and outer beauty, Would love to have the “unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.” I’d like to be with people who brings out beauty in others and limit contact with those who are otherwise. I’d like to develop my eyes to see beauty in even the little things which others may not see. I would like to cultivate beautiful friendships and see beautiful places. I bet life is beautiful when you are on the lookout for beauty.

I’d like to serve and use whatever talents I have to make the world seem better. I am on the look out for trainings and workshops to make me better, strong and happy so I can share them with others. I’ve sort of forgotten music and my heart tells me to go back to singing, playing and writing. I want to start my graduate studies so I can be better. I want to serve so I can honor God, the talents He has given me, and others.

OH, 2015, so much things to do and enjoy. May each day be an opportunity to learn, inspire and be better. May this year be filled with opportunities to bloom, blossom and grow to our fullest!