Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I declared 2008 to be a learning year (see previous blog here).
So did I learn anything? I did. A lot!
I learned that…
… my mind can be stretched (12 months of translating, and still going!)
… I have a Father who takes care of me (my travels in Europe and US attest to that!)
… I must dare for surprises await me (ex. got the recent Batterson book for free!)
… I need to always immerse myself in God’s presence, otherwise I’d fall
… I can live on my own (technically, not really alone but without my real family)
… I missed reading (so much!)
… I can still be a little more patient (learning still!)
… my beloved country, the Philippines, is really beautiful (Bicol & Davao attest to that!)
… friends are necessary for my sanity (Thank you for listening to me!)
… I have become more courageous (I can make a stand in the office.)
… I can now let go of things, people, places I thought would be hard to let go
… God (and life) really works mysteriously (more responsibility in the office, etc.)
But most of all, I have learned that God is the Rock of my life. The past year has been full of crazy and challenging changes. There are many things I could not and cannot understand. All I could do was to have faith that He is in control.
The year will soon end but I know that learning is forever. I am learning new things each day. Now, I wonder what 2009 would bring?
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
I wish I could say that I always think things through. I don’t. I know how to plan and organize and to take into consideration potential roadblocks ahead. But just like anyone else, there are things that I don’t analyze inside out. Take for example Pretzel. When I took in this playful cat, all I could think of was “Poor kitten, it would be put to sleep if no one takes it in.” I forgot that he is going to be another creature to be taken cared of. But this is just an easy example. There are other aspects in our life that are harder to process. Prayer requests that we are not sure we want. Dreams that we question if we really want to happen.
Then at the other side of the coin, I sometimes make specific plans. I start off with plan A, then plan B, and so on and so forth, reaching until plan E. I make them based on what is happening in my life and what I think might happen in the future. Sometimes, a friend or a relative has the same plan. The funny thing though is that we really cannot make plans. My plan B, a friends plan D, can suddenly dissolve into thin air because circumstances have changed.
I am glad thought that there is God who plans my life. True, it can be frustrating sometimes when I feel lost and do not know where I am heading. But there is also a sense of excitement in wondering where He will bring me next. He has been faithful so far, bringing me to journeys I never imagined I would travel.
So I continue with my adventure. I sometimes plan. I sometimes decide on the spur of the moment. I know He will guide me.
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Lion Chaser Manifesto
Chase the lion.
In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson (www.evotional.com)