Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Archive for December 2012

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11

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This budding young little writer of mine (my 4-year-old Allyra) loves to make “mini-bibles.” The text on the cover page is actually read as “Bible,” and on the inside it says, “God so loves us for made so beautiful.” (Please excuse the spelling-she’s learning phonics and I’m sure she’ll learn to spell later.) She decorated the cover with colorful things to show how “it is beautiful.”

As we end 2012, it is a good idea to reflect on all the good (and not so good) stuff that has happened in the past year. And as we look forward to 2013, may we know and experience more of God’s love and hold on to the truth that whatever sort of circumstances may come our way, truly God makes everything beautiful in His time.

Have a blessed 2013 everyone!!!

It’s finally Christmas day in our side of the world. While the kids and hubby are fast asleep, I type away the thoughts that come to my head.

What for you is the true meaning of Christmas?

We’ve watched several movies and cartoons about the birth of Jesus (the “Beginner’s Bible” cartoons on the birth and life of Christ, “The Visual Bible” series and “Veggietales”, to name a few). We’ve done the usual Christmas arts and crafts like this angel craft from her lessons from BJU.

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We’ve made greeting cards.

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We studied the events leading to that most glorious day in the manger in the little town of Bethlehem in our Sunday school.

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My hubby and daughter even got to be part of a Christmas play in our church (my baby girl is the pretty little angel in the middle).

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Of course, there was the usual gift-giving and feasting and merry-making. Our Christmas eve was spent with our church family eating good food and enjoying the fellowship with one another.

After all the celebration is done, we go home and my I tell my kid to paint whatever she wants to show me what Christmas is for her. She goes to work and presents me and her dad with this:

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Puzzled, I ask her what she meant by “God is daed for born.”

She explained that Jesus died, was in the cave 3 days and 3 nights, and then was alive again. (An “Aaaaah! Okaaay!” moment). She may have gotten her spelling a little mixed up (“daed” for “died”) and her choice of words not very clear (“born” meaning “resurrected”), but as I reflected on this, it dawned on me that my 4 1/2 year old daughter actually bull’s-eyed the true meaning of Christmas. Hallelujah!

For indeed today, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, but that birth would not have served its purpose unless Christ died and lived again. For we are saved not by His coming as a little infant but by His sacrifice on the cross to redeem us from sin and open the way for us to be reconciled to the Father.

I thank the Lord for touching my little girl’s heart with this message and for reminding me of this truth as well.

Happy happy birthday dear Jesus! Thank You for coming to save us! May we always remember that even during Christmas, the message of the cross is as alive as ever. To You be all the glory and praise!

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We’ve all been asked the question, “What would you like to be when you grow up?” I’ve asked my little girl that quite a few times in the past, but she was always too young to know. This week, we’ve been studying about authors and illustrators and how these wonderful people put together the story books she loves to read. And when I popped the question again, just out of the blue, she joyfully exclaimed, “I want to be a writer!”

I think if ever this little girl of mine ever becomes a successful writer, then I would be most proud. I remember back in the day when we were given creative writting assignments in school (both in highschool and college), that I greatly admired (and yeah, envied a bit) certain classmates who wrote these amazing stories and essays. I used to wonder how come I couldn’t write as good as they did, no matter how hard I worked on my own writing. I used to photocopy their work and read and reread them because they were about as good as the stuff I also loved to read in the school library.

In any case, I intend to encourage my little one to pursue this dream as far as the Lord will let her take it. We all wish our kids would grow up to be successful in whatever field they choose, but I’ve also known for a long time that it’s not about what WE WANT, but it’s all about what HE PLANNED.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

I’ve read somewhere that success is not about planning something and asking God to bless that plan, but TRUE SUCCESS is in seeking God’s plan and walking in it for it is already surely blessed.

One of the reasons we decided to homeschool is because I don’t see my children as growing up to be employees in the future. Our current “traditional” school system generally trains them up to be that — a well-trained group of future job-seekers, many of whom will end up as employees that are used to an 8-5 schedule and sitting on a desk doing their assigned task. I simply can’t see my children as something like that, and don’t get me wrong; I don’t look down on employees. I was raised by one (althought my folks eventually went into business full-time), and my amazing husband is a great employee (in my humble opinion). I just believe in my heart God has something else for my children. What it is, I do not know. Of course, I could be wrong; God may actually have worked out something different for them — like they may start out as employees — which is why we are using a DepEd approved homestudy system from VCIS. We’re making sure our kids learn what they have to as per our country’s educational standards. Only time will tell what God really has planned for our beautiful children.

In the meantime, we continue to pray for them and “train them up the way they should go (Prov. 22:6),” guiding them to discover their God-given talents and gifts and teaching them to use all these for the glory of God.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31