Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Constant Thing Called Change

I haven't blogged for a while because there are things happening in my life that are, at this point, still a blur. You know how sometimes when you're waiting to cross the street and a car whizzes past you and you feel the impact of the movement and for a while there, you feel the wind was strong enough to make you topple over? That's how I feel now.

So many things are happening to so many people, including myself.

I am about to enter a new season of my life. And I am scared. Because I know this new season requires a lot of growing up and taking responsibility. This season requires the testimony of a changed life. This season requires security and confidence. This season requires getting out of my comfort zone in a major way. This season requires relying solely on the grace of God (because I will not get anywhere if I relied on my own non-existent strength).

Life is never a bore when you're living for God.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Preparing for Something Amazing

These past weeks have been really busy for all of us at the Fort but they have also been very exciting.

We're planting a new church in Greenhills on Sunday and I am so excited for Dennis and the rest of the team.

God's been opening a lot of doors and to echo Pastor Joey, a big wave of new people are coming. I've been sensing that since January last year. A lot of adjustments are going to be made, a lot of changes will also happen. It's all pretty overwhelming (in a positive way) but also scary, because we're parting with a lot of things we've gotten used to. But as you may have read in my pre-birthday post, God's been calling me to step out of my comfort zone. I don't know yet what that means and how that will pan out in which area/s of my life but I sense God's been preparing me for this for the past year.

Things will be changing this year, friends. And we better be open and prepared for what God's going to do.

In light of this, here are some posts worth reading, especially for those who are working in the ministry:

Pitfalls for Young Lions

My Greatest Fear

The Church Does Not Need Me

Pumpkin Spice Latte Evangelism

Of Obituaries

I was able to catch Oprah on TV tonight and saw a woman in her 30's being interviewed about something she did when she hit the 3-0.

She wrote her obituary. My first thought was that it sounded morbid. But after listening to what she had to say, I decided to make one for myself.

The woman didn't want to have any regrets and so, she thought about how she would want her obituary to read if she were a 78-year old looking back at her life. What she wrote was something like this:

"She always had a smile on her face. She didn't know how to hate. She genuinely wanted to know people and love them..."

She edits her obituary regularly.

There are times when we get so caught up with today and all the busyness that we forget what's really important. At the end of my life, what would I want written on my obituary? How do I want to live the next several decades of my life? What are the things I'm spending a lot of time on now that don't matter in the long run? What are the little or big things I can do that will matter for all eternity?

John 10:10 says that Jesus came so "that (we) may have life, and have it to the full." Am I living in the fullness of the life Christ has promised?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

B-Day (not Beyonce- related)

It's 1:51 AM Manila time and I am officially 29 years old.

God has been so good to me on my 28th year. Here are a few highlights:

1. Took on a new role at work this year.
2. Made a huge booboo at work but learned a great deal from it.
3. Made a lot of new friends.
4. Went back to the youth ministry.
5. Taught Victory Weekend for the first time.
6. Watched Beyonce live 3 days before my birthday. Great seats, too!

I am so excited at how God is going to work in my life on my 29th year. I'm off to a great start actually. There will be a lot of cutting and pruning this year. And I am excited about it. I know it won't be easy. It's probably going to be painful. But I know God is taking me to a new place.

I can't wait.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Birthday Coming Up

I love birthdays!

Mine is coming up five days from now and I'm excited. Not so much because I'm having a few friends over at my house although I haven't had a real party in years. It's more because birthdays mean new beginnings for me.

It's a bonus that I always get a break from work before my birthday wheels in because I use that week of rest to just think about the year that was and make some changes and set new goals for myself.

I haven't gotten to writing everything down but I believe my 29th year of life will be an exciting one. There will be a lot of new things God has in store for me and maybe for the first time in a long time, I am really going to let God lead.

I have to admit the past few years I've been the one deciding on my life. I guess for as long as what I was going to do was good, I just did it and prayed that God would bless it.

God's best always trumps good. It's about time I just let go of my own plans and let God really take the driver's seat.

Just this morning at the service I attended, God spoke clearly about moving out of comfort zones. This is a pretty scary premise for me as people who really know me know well that I am someone who loves routine. I'm all about comfort. But I know that if I am to mature as a Christian woman, I need to learn to trust God to move me wherever he wants.

I'm ready now.