Today was the last day of our church's 2-day Leadership Conference entitled: ALL HIS.  I had an amazing time hearing God's messages about the stewardship of everything that we have and everything that we are in this world. I was reminded, that I don't own anything, I am just a steward and so I have to ask my Master what He wants me to do with the time, treasure, talent, and influence that He entrusted to me. The messages were convicting and challenging, but overall, I'd say that being reminded of these things is very liberating. Indeed, the Truth does set us free!

I would love to go on and on and share how the Lord has spoken to me throughout the conference, but I can't find the words to put it all together! So I'll just share what part struck me the most.

I've mentioned in my 2013 Year-End post  that it has been the most challenging year for me and Mike in several areas of our marriage. Most of the challenges that we faced were actually consequences of our failure in being good stewards of God's provisions to us. In the year-end video that I included there, I used the song "Blessed be the Name of the Lord" by Matt Redman. It's because that song wraps up everything that we've gone through during that year. The Lord gave, and the Lord took away... With everything that happened, He taught us to learn to be grateful to Him, to let our hearts choose to say, "Lord blessed be Your Name!"

During the start of 2014, a friend of mine lend me the book "The Blessed Life" by Pastor Robert Morris, Senior Pastor of Gateway Church. Mike and I were so blessed by the principles that we've learned in the book about financial stewardship, tithing, and giving. It was such a surprise when we've found out that Pastor Robert Morris will be our Guest Speaker at the Leadership Conference! Co-incidence? I don't think so! It wasn't also coincidence that Mike told me before the year 2013 ended that our "One Word" for the year should be the word: GIVE , because that was what God was speaking in his heart. It wasn't co-incidence as well that the series in our church this year is focused on stewardship, thus, the title of the conference is ALL HIS.

With the many things that I learned in the conference, the highlight for me was when the worship team sang the very last song to end the 2-day event. I burst into tears when they started playing "Blessed be the Name of the Lord!" And while my eyes were closed, and my hands were lifted up high in total surrender to Him, every scene in the year-end video that I made came flashing in my mind! It was like God allowing me to remember them, and letting me know that He is pleased. Despite everything that we've gone through, He is pleased that we've decided to surrender everything that we have, and everything that we are to Him... because after all, they are ALL HIS! 

Journey to A Thousand Gifts... and More!

Last year, a sweet #SheReadsTruth sister blessed me with the book 
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.

What I've written here is not enough to describe how this book has changed my life! It has helped me to really understand what living a life of Eucharisteo (Thanksgiving) is all about. It has opened my eyes to see more of God's gifts everyday, His goodness, faithfulness, His never ending grace!

"When I realize that it is not God who is in my great debt but I who am in His great debt, then doesn't all become gift? For He might not have." - Ann Voskamp

This is one of my favorite quotes from the book. It's just so humbling to be reminded that God is not even obligated to allow the Sun to rise every morning, yet, in His great love for us, He faithfully does -- every single day! I have never thought of that before! I have never even thought of thanking Him for it before, and for all of His many gifts that I often fail to pay attention to.

I started my own One Thousand Gifts journal, and what I've found out is even more mind blowing! I found myself shrinking and completely drowning in the depths of His grace. His everyday gifts are so many! It's hard to capture them all!

"God is not in need of magnifying by us so small, but the reverse. It's our lives that are little and we have falsely inflated self, and in thanks we decrease and the world returns right." - Ann Voskamp

A journey to count His One Thousand Gifts... and more! To live fully right where I am. To have a heart overflowing with great joy...

Grace - Thanksgiving - Joy. 
-- All is Grace!

My New Home Routine

So it's mid January! And this is my first blog post for the year. My husband and I agreed that the the "One Word" that we are going to focus on this 2014 is the word: GIVE.

With everything that the Lord allowed us to experience during the past years, He revealed to us that we have so much room to improve on in the area of stewardship. Most of the challenges that we've experienced during the last few years were consequences of our failure in being good stewards of the time, treasure, and talent that the Lord has entrusted to us. So this year, Mike and I decided to really be intentional in growing in this area of our lives. God's discipline (no matter how hard it is!) always teaches us the right way to live. (Hebrews 12:11)

As a full time house wife (with no kids yet), one of the many things that God has abundantly entrusted to me is my TIME. I have failed so many times in being a good steward of it because of being disorganized. I have also misplaced my priorities countless times. Starting this year, I want to improve. The first ministry that God entrusted to me which deserves the best of my time (next to my relationship with Him) is my husband and my home. While re-reading a book the other day, I was reminded that the very purpose why God created me (us, wives!) is to be a helper suitable for my husband (Genesis 2:20-23). Yes! Before I was created to serve anyone else outside my home, God created me for my husband! He created me to do whatever I can to make life easier for him while he is also fulfilling the role God assigned to him -- to Lead, Love, and Provide. And one of the simplest things (yet I always overlook and take for granted) is being organized in the home.

Inspired by Ann Voskamp's Grace Plan and 25 Point Manifesto, I've decided to start a new routine. Taking things one step at a time, I followed her "First things First" advice:


A five minute exercise after my quiet time (music on!) is better than no exercise at all! And writing my plan for the day has been helping me get rid of distractions the last few days. Plus, there is a great feeling of accomplishment seeing the to-do list all checked and completed at the end of the day! :)

I'm still learning how to cook.
And no, I don't feed him Hotdogs everyday (haha!), we had veggies yesterday. :]
And it's one of those days when he's out late and can't eat dinner at home. :]
Any advice on learning how to cook is much appreciated though!
It's not my passion but I've committed to intentionally learn and put my heart into it this year. :]

With "GIVE" as my one word for the year, this little step in trying to be organized is my way of giving my time to where God wants me to use it, and not hoarding it and spending it on the things that I just want to do. This year, I know I have to step out of my comfort zone and by God's Grace face the growth in this area of my life. So how about you? Do you have any tips on how to be organized and be a good steward of your time? I would love to read them! :)