Journey into the wilderness, spend time in solitude, and know that God has a better plan for your life. A Divine Plan.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Having a mother's heart without having children.

I believe that you don't have to bear children to have a mother's heart.

After 12 years of marriage and countless years of trying,  I've discovered that the Lord has given me the opportunity to cultivate a mother's heart. How can that be though if I've never bore my own children? Stretch marks, labor pain, and sleepless nights and all.

You see, infertility has given me a wider perspective and understanding that things take time and I'm not the one that is in control of time.

As much as I desire having my own children, its the season of barrenness that I've been in that has given me perspective on such beauty. Such beauty that I've found in the desert.

Because of the lack of children in our lives, as a family, I've found a love that I could never have imagined. A love that receives and embraces every child as blessing from God. A gift that is rare to those of us who spend sleepless nights pleading in despair for the one thing that we cannot have.

No matter the race, age, stability, condition, culture, or religion, I find that it does not matter. There is no thing that stands against the love that I have as an unseen mother for the children of this world. All that matters is that God used my empty womb to position my heart into a fountain of love that is needlessly overflowing.

Having deep desires that can only come from the Lord himself to love, care, invest, encourage, and pour into their lives what I would for my own.

Why should I hold back what He is obviously calling me to pour out?

Why wait until you bear your own biological children to start harvesting within you, a Mother's Heart?

I'm surrounded by a vast majority of children. Everywhere I go, I see God aligning my desires with His heart. To love and care for His children.

In both our families, we have an abundance of nieces & nephews that range from college age down to the newest addition which was born today! I also had the privilege to work in childcare for an amount of years that has also built me up to be the unseen mother I am today. I also volunteer Sunday mornings at my home church in the Children's Building.

No matter what I do, I find myself surrounded by beautiful children of God.

Precious, precious lives that He has given me the honor and privilege to be around. Not just be around, but to care for, nurture, and teach with the wisdom and knowledge that He has given to me.

If you've read this far and get exactly how it feels, thank you.

Thank you for being obedient to the calling that He has given you as a mother figure to so many others. It may be in the unseen sacrifices that you give up for the children you know and care for. Or your unimaginable patience that you have with infants in your church nursery. It may even be taking up college age students and mentoring them. Or even choosing to do life with young adults that need your friendship.

Where ever you are, Thank. You.

I pray that you would be honored in this season. Even as you await your own children, may you be known and seen as a mother. Not for the children that you bear, but for the love that you have. The love of a Mother that is beyond compare. To see the needs of the lives around you and to give so freely, your heart away.

I celebrate the mother in you.

Having a mother's heart without having children.

I believe that you don't have to bear children to have a mother's heart.

After 12 years of marriage and countless years of trying,  I've discovered that the Lord has given me the opportunity to cultivate a mother's heart. How can that be though if I've never bore my own children? Stretch marks, labor pain, and sleepless nights and all.

You see, infertility has given me a wider perspective and understanding that things take time and I'm not the one that is in control of time.

As much as I desire having my own children, its the season of barrenness that I've been in that has given me perspective on such beauty. Such beauty that I've found in the desert.

Because of the lack of children in our lives, as a family, I've found a love that I could never have imagined. A love that receives and embraces every child as blessing from God. A gift that is rare to those of us who spend sleepless nights pleading in despair for the one thing that we cannot have.

No matter the race, age, stability, condition, culture, or religion, I find that it does not matter. There is no thing that stands against the love that I have as an unseen mother for the children of this world. All that matters is that God used my empty womb to position my heart into a fountain of love that is needlessly overflowing.

Having deep desires that can only come from the Lord himself to love, care, invest, encourage, and pour into their lives what I would for my own.

Why should I hold back what He is obviously calling me to pour out?

Why wait until you bear your own biological children to start harvesting within you, a Mother's Heart?

I'm surrounded by a vast majority of children. Everywhere I go, I see God aligning my desires with His heart. To love and care for His children.

In both our families, we have an abundance of nieces & nephews that range from college age down to the newest addition which was born today! I also had the privilege to work in childcare for an amount of years that has also built me up to be the unseen mother I am today. I also volunteer Sunday mornings at my home church in the Children's Building.

No matter what I do, I find myself surrounded by beautiful children of God.

Precious, precious lives that He has given me the honor and privilege to be around. Not just be around, but to care for, nurture, and teach with the wisdom and knowledge that He has given to me.

If you've read this far and get exactly how it feels, thank you.

Thank you for being obedient to the calling that He has given you as a mother figure to so many others. It may be in the unseen sacrifices that you give up for the children you know and care for. Or your unimaginable patience that you have with infants in your church nursery. It may even be taking up college age students and mentoring them. Or even choosing to do life with young adults that need your friendship.

Where ever you are, Thank. You.

I pray that you would be honored in this season. Even as you await your own children, may you be known and seen as a mother. Not for the children that you bear, but for the love that you have. The love of a Mother that is beyond compare. To see the needs of the lives around you and to give so freely, your heart away.

I celebrate the mother in you.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

For the past year Roger and I have been convicted of the lifestyle that we've obtained. We've found our space just overflowing with unnecessary things. We've filtered through all of our belongings and realize that we have everything we need and more. We struggle with the best way to tell you this but we hope you'll be able to understand where we're coming from. This is solely based on our convictions and we honor and respect all of our friends and family, and the lifestyles that they have created.

We're asking for your accountability and support. It will look different all across the board, but we have decided to pursue a life with less. Meaning, to solely invest in only what we need and to learn to have a life of contentment based on having the bare necessities. We know this will change the ways of gift giving to us, but its okay. We no longer desire to be given things that aren't necessary to have. We appreciate the thought and generosity of all things given to us in the past but now we would rather you contribute towards investing in what God is doing in our marriage.

Image from Our Simple Life
We realize that we have been blessed with lots of friends and family who are givers and gifters. We are forever grateful for your thoughtfulness and kindness. Please understand that this isn't an easy lifestyle for us, but we have seen and know that a life with less is best for us. Words of affirmation and encouragement are always needed and cherished. You can always ask us personally if we need anything--instead of want. We'll always choose an experience over tangible materials any day so if you ever feel compelled to contribute towards an experience for us, we would love that!

We want to make this transition less awkward and therefore we thought we'd explain our updated lifestyle edit within a letter format. We realize there is no easy way of setting boundaries when it comes to gift giving but we are learning that less is more and our joy and happiness is not defined by having everything. Our joy and happiness comes from the Lord and him alone.

From the bottom of our hearts we thank you all for your gracious love, kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity. Most of all, your understanding in the lifestyle that we're pursuing together. We've chosen to simplify our lives down to only the very things that matter. We personally feel a calling in this pursuit and are excited to have you by our sides. Thank you for your unending love and support. We won't be able to do this without you.

Love,

Roger & Dora



P.S. Please keep us in your prayers. Pray for self control, contentment, and persistence as we pursue the lifestyle of Jesus.

For the past year Roger and I have been convicted of the lifestyle that we've obtained. We've found our space just overflowing with unnecessary things. We've filtered through all of our belongings and realize that we have everything we need and more. We struggle with the best way to tell you this but we hope you'll be able to understand where we're coming from. This is solely based on our convictions and we honor and respect all of our friends and family, and the lifestyles that they have created.

We're asking for your accountability and support. It will look different all across the board, but we have decided to pursue a life with less. Meaning, to solely invest in only what we need and to learn to have a life of contentment based on having the bare necessities. We know this will change the ways of gift giving to us, but its okay. We no longer desire to be given things that aren't necessary to have. We appreciate the thought and generosity of all things given to us in the past but now we would rather you contribute towards investing in what God is doing in our marriage.

Image from Our Simple Life
We realize that we have been blessed with lots of friends and family who are givers and gifters. We are forever grateful for your thoughtfulness and kindness. Please understand that this isn't an easy lifestyle for us, but we have seen and know that a life with less is best for us. Words of affirmation and encouragement are always needed and cherished. You can always ask us personally if we need anything--instead of want. We'll always choose an experience over tangible materials any day so if you ever feel compelled to contribute towards an experience for us, we would love that!

We want to make this transition less awkward and therefore we thought we'd explain our updated lifestyle edit within a letter format. We realize there is no easy way of setting boundaries when it comes to gift giving but we are learning that less is more and our joy and happiness is not defined by having everything. Our joy and happiness comes from the Lord and him alone.

From the bottom of our hearts we thank you all for your gracious love, kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity. Most of all, your understanding in the lifestyle that we're pursuing together. We've chosen to simplify our lives down to only the very things that matter. We personally feel a calling in this pursuit and are excited to have you by our sides. Thank you for your unending love and support. We won't be able to do this without you.

Love,

Roger & Dora



P.S. Please keep us in your prayers. Pray for self control, contentment, and persistence as we pursue the lifestyle of Jesus.

Saturday, May 7, 2016


Tomorrow is Mother's Day and I have to say it is one of the toughest holidays year round. There's a bittersweet emotion that overwhelms me. Part of my heart will desire to celebrate all the beautiful mothers around me including my own mom. But part of my heart dreads the celebration day itself because it just holds as a reminder of another year without children. For those who are in the same shoes as I am, its a constant reminder that another year has passed and we're no where near where we want to be. Each year the Lord puts infertile woman on my heart during this holiday. I know that I'm not the only one that knows of a woman or two that may be struggling this weekend. So here are a few things to consider this weekend even if you don't struggle with infertility. 

This year, pray about it. Ask God who it is that you can encourage and celebrate on Mother's Day. Maybe it's a friend, a coworker, or a stranger. Let the Holy Spirit move you as you press into Him. Let Him engrave someone on your heart. Maybe you're not aware yet of anyone that may be facing infertility, miscarriage, or even adoption losses. Ask the Lord to widen your lens to see the pain in other women who may have been forgotten this year and make a decision to celebrate them some way this year. 

Honestly, I dread Mother's day most years. It's just an overwhelming ambush of sadness that accompanies this holiday that lifts up other women besides myself. I know it may seem selfish of me or immature. But the pain that meets me every year around this holiday can only be understood by other women whom are in the constant long awaiting journey. For some of us, it gets a little easier every year. And for other's the pain is still fresh. I pray every year that I can have genuine joy to celebrate those around me and continue to put my trust and hope in the Lord. And over time, my heart has gotten a little bit stronger towards this holiday. 

If the Lord is moving in you today, here's a few things you can do to remember the forgotten. If all you do this weekend is pray for another woman, then I've done my job as a sister to all barren women in raising awareness. 

1.) Buy her flowers. There's just something about a bouquet of fresh cut flowers-they can brighten up anyone's day. 

2.) Make some time to take her out for coffee, lunch, or for a walk. Let her know that she is not alone. Hear out her story and let the Holy Spirit encourage her through you. 

3.) I know infertility can be hard to comfort sometimes, but we just need to know that we're loved and accepted the way we are without any expectations or judgement. So try not to offer any cliche remarks such as," don't worry, it'll happen," "its okay, you can just adopt" or "just enjoy your time, no need to rush or worry about it." (Here's my post to learn other things you can avoid saying.)

4.) Send a card. It could be as simple as "I'm thinking about you."

5.)  If you feel like going an extra mile, give her a little gift or memento that says, "I see your pain today." 

6.) Understand that for some women, its still a hard topic to talk about. So don't take it personal if she cant emotionally chat or socialize. 

7.) If she is involved with your children, have them make a gift that celebrates her as a mommy figure in their life. Show her appreciation and remind her she deserves to be celebrated just as much as any other mother does. 

8.) If you're moved to a grander gesture, contact her and schedule a day out to embrace her. Just knowing that someone cares can change her entire day. 

9.) Say a prayer over her. Shower her with a blessing and remember often, to pray for her and the family that God has planned out for her. Pray for healing, patience, strength, joy, and endurance.

This Mother's Day ask God to engrave a woman on your heart to reach out to. Even if God is the only one who sees your efforts, love never fails. "Love is the most important thing. It's not about how much you have, how much you know, or how much you do. It's about how well you love. Love is what matters most."

Happy Mother's Day!


Tomorrow is Mother's Day and I have to say it is one of the toughest holidays year round. There's a bittersweet emotion that overwhelms me. Part of my heart will desire to celebrate all the beautiful mothers around me including my own mom. But part of my heart dreads the celebration day itself because it just holds as a reminder of another year without children. For those who are in the same shoes as I am, its a constant reminder that another year has passed and we're no where near where we want to be. Each year the Lord puts infertile woman on my heart during this holiday. I know that I'm not the only one that knows of a woman or two that may be struggling this weekend. So here are a few things to consider this weekend even if you don't struggle with infertility. 

This year, pray about it. Ask God who it is that you can encourage and celebrate on Mother's Day. Maybe it's a friend, a coworker, or a stranger. Let the Holy Spirit move you as you press into Him. Let Him engrave someone on your heart. Maybe you're not aware yet of anyone that may be facing infertility, miscarriage, or even adoption losses. Ask the Lord to widen your lens to see the pain in other women who may have been forgotten this year and make a decision to celebrate them some way this year. 

Honestly, I dread Mother's day most years. It's just an overwhelming ambush of sadness that accompanies this holiday that lifts up other women besides myself. I know it may seem selfish of me or immature. But the pain that meets me every year around this holiday can only be understood by other women whom are in the constant long awaiting journey. For some of us, it gets a little easier every year. And for other's the pain is still fresh. I pray every year that I can have genuine joy to celebrate those around me and continue to put my trust and hope in the Lord. And over time, my heart has gotten a little bit stronger towards this holiday. 

If the Lord is moving in you today, here's a few things you can do to remember the forgotten. If all you do this weekend is pray for another woman, then I've done my job as a sister to all barren women in raising awareness. 

1.) Buy her flowers. There's just something about a bouquet of fresh cut flowers-they can brighten up anyone's day. 

2.) Make some time to take her out for coffee, lunch, or for a walk. Let her know that she is not alone. Hear out her story and let the Holy Spirit encourage her through you. 

3.) I know infertility can be hard to comfort sometimes, but we just need to know that we're loved and accepted the way we are without any expectations or judgement. So try not to offer any cliche remarks such as," don't worry, it'll happen," "its okay, you can just adopt" or "just enjoy your time, no need to rush or worry about it." (Here's my post to learn other things you can avoid saying.)

4.) Send a card. It could be as simple as "I'm thinking about you."

5.)  If you feel like going an extra mile, give her a little gift or memento that says, "I see your pain today." 

6.) Understand that for some women, its still a hard topic to talk about. So don't take it personal if she cant emotionally chat or socialize. 

7.) If she is involved with your children, have them make a gift that celebrates her as a mommy figure in their life. Show her appreciation and remind her she deserves to be celebrated just as much as any other mother does. 

8.) If you're moved to a grander gesture, contact her and schedule a day out to embrace her. Just knowing that someone cares can change her entire day. 

9.) Say a prayer over her. Shower her with a blessing and remember often, to pray for her and the family that God has planned out for her. Pray for healing, patience, strength, joy, and endurance.

This Mother's Day ask God to engrave a woman on your heart to reach out to. Even if God is the only one who sees your efforts, love never fails. "Love is the most important thing. It's not about how much you have, how much you know, or how much you do. It's about how well you love. Love is what matters most."

Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, April 8, 2016

We've decided that Thursdays are our date nights this year. We haven't been sticking to that plan but we're getting on it. Roger wanted to take me to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival since it was such a beautiful day! Come along with us & enjoy all the radiant tulips! I hope you're day is as bright as the spring sunshine! Have a blessed weekend!













We've decided that Thursdays are our date nights this year. We haven't been sticking to that plan but we're getting on it. Roger wanted to take me to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival since it was such a beautiful day! Come along with us & enjoy all the radiant tulips! I hope you're day is as bright as the spring sunshine! Have a blessed weekend!













Wednesday, April 6, 2016

It's spring already. I can't believe it! I'm absolutely loving waking up to the sun rays peeping in through my sheer curtains in the morning. And how about the crisp chilly breeze that sneaks in through the cracks of the windows? It makes me want to stay wrapped up in my comforter but also uplifts me to get up and out of bed to make the best out of my day. The weather sure can inspire you right? Spring absolutely sounds dreamy but lets face the reality, along with spring comes a bestfriend that we'd like to never visit; allergies. 

About 6 years ago, I developed allergies to pollen, and since then, I've dreaded spring. It makes me feel miserable. My eyes swell up and my nose gets completely congested and constantly dripping. I remember days where I wish that I could just be locked up in a box so that no pollen can affect me and I'll be in peace. But about 2 years ago, I was determined to kick my allergies to the curb. It was about time that I found my joy in God's creation of the different seasons again. I decided that I would no longer let my allergies determine my life.

For those of you who have allergies, you know it can be so burdensome. I hated having to lock myself indoors from the beautiful sunshine & flowers. I so often had to decline outdoor adventures and picnics in the park. And I love those things! My allergies always felt differently about it though. I decided to naturally fight off my allergies. I did it "cold turkey," I guess you could say. No longer would I take medications nor would I be constantly using eye drops.

I was off to a great start spring of 2014. I prayed and declared healing in my nose and eyes and protection from the pollen. As silly as it sounds, God knew my pain & misery. He began to heal me that year. It wasn't an overnight healing, but I've seen great progression of how I've not had to consume any medication and be able to enjoy the Lord's creation. Months pass by and I would notice that I no longer had any irritation to being outdoors at all!

I'm happy to say now that I'm healed, I no longer take walks in the park or hiking adventures for granted any more. In that season of facing irritating allergies, I realized that it was preventing me from being able to enjoy the simplest things in life. Fresh air, blue skies, flower gardens, and all outdoor activities! Now, I cannot wait for the sun to come out so I can go outside and breathe in the fresh air.

The Lord intended for us to be able to enjoy His creation for He created the Earth for us to nurture and care for. He made all things for us to enjoy. Rachel Sazon-Reyes says,

"Nothing is more calming than connecting to God through nature. His beautiful creations, gifts and blessings, we should never take for granted but enjoy."

Psalm 19:1 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork." Get outside this spring and enjoy all that the Lord has created for you and I. If you have bad allergies like me, then receive His healing power today. He is our heavenly Father. He created the beautiful world around you for you to enjoy!

What's your favorite thing about spring? 

It's spring already. I can't believe it! I'm absolutely loving waking up to the sun rays peeping in through my sheer curtains in the morning. And how about the crisp chilly breeze that sneaks in through the cracks of the windows? It makes me want to stay wrapped up in my comforter but also uplifts me to get up and out of bed to make the best out of my day. The weather sure can inspire you right? Spring absolutely sounds dreamy but lets face the reality, along with spring comes a bestfriend that we'd like to never visit; allergies. 

About 6 years ago, I developed allergies to pollen, and since then, I've dreaded spring. It makes me feel miserable. My eyes swell up and my nose gets completely congested and constantly dripping. I remember days where I wish that I could just be locked up in a box so that no pollen can affect me and I'll be in peace. But about 2 years ago, I was determined to kick my allergies to the curb. It was about time that I found my joy in God's creation of the different seasons again. I decided that I would no longer let my allergies determine my life.

For those of you who have allergies, you know it can be so burdensome. I hated having to lock myself indoors from the beautiful sunshine & flowers. I so often had to decline outdoor adventures and picnics in the park. And I love those things! My allergies always felt differently about it though. I decided to naturally fight off my allergies. I did it "cold turkey," I guess you could say. No longer would I take medications nor would I be constantly using eye drops.

I was off to a great start spring of 2014. I prayed and declared healing in my nose and eyes and protection from the pollen. As silly as it sounds, God knew my pain & misery. He began to heal me that year. It wasn't an overnight healing, but I've seen great progression of how I've not had to consume any medication and be able to enjoy the Lord's creation. Months pass by and I would notice that I no longer had any irritation to being outdoors at all!

I'm happy to say now that I'm healed, I no longer take walks in the park or hiking adventures for granted any more. In that season of facing irritating allergies, I realized that it was preventing me from being able to enjoy the simplest things in life. Fresh air, blue skies, flower gardens, and all outdoor activities! Now, I cannot wait for the sun to come out so I can go outside and breathe in the fresh air.

The Lord intended for us to be able to enjoy His creation for He created the Earth for us to nurture and care for. He made all things for us to enjoy. Rachel Sazon-Reyes says,

"Nothing is more calming than connecting to God through nature. His beautiful creations, gifts and blessings, we should never take for granted but enjoy."

Psalm 19:1 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork." Get outside this spring and enjoy all that the Lord has created for you and I. If you have bad allergies like me, then receive His healing power today. He is our heavenly Father. He created the beautiful world around you for you to enjoy!

What's your favorite thing about spring? 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Recently, Roger and I flew to MSP to visit my family. As I was sitting at the airport watching people pass by hustling through the airport, a question popped up. “What is our mission?” So often we go on through life rushing, rushing, rushing. There’s always more things to do and our to-do lists are never ending. Do all of our errands and activities center us with our mission? Or most importantly, is there any purpose to the things that we are doing? I believe that we all have a purpose & a mission. But are our lifestyles truly aligning with our purpose? Are we living up to the full potential that God created us to live?

These are things that we often forget to reflect on in our lives. We so often get so caught up in the busyness of family, friends, work, church, & etc. That we let time slip away without ever really examining our soul purpose. And then we face depression & emotional breakdowns because we will have lost ourselves along the way. Not knowing who we are and who’s we are. We start to question what the meaning of life is or even what our purpose is. We feel restless & will at some point feel like giving up on everything. On our family, marriage, friends, church, work, and everything else that matters.

Since when did we give up on our lives?  I find that when I start having these thoughts, it means that I’m letting the things of this world consume me. I’ve gotten so used to pleasing people and I give into the lie that if I die to serving others no matter how tired I am, its ok because it’s considered serving right? Wrong. God calls us to do everything with a pure heart. How can we be living our life mission if we’re so pooped out from our daily schedules? We need to be careful. We so often get obedience confused with pleasing others. Our obedience is to God first and no one else.

As Pastor Francis Chan says, “We normally order our affections like the list on the left, when the list on the right is the biblical mandate:

  1. GOD                                       1. GOD
  2. Family
  3. Friends
  4. Work
  5. Possessions                              2. Family, Friends, Work, Possessions.

Too many are content with the list as it is arranged on the left. But that list doesn’t come from the Bible. In fact, it stands in opposition to what the Bible actually teaches.”- From ‘You and Me’ by Lisa & Francis Chan

God is not to be compared to our worldly priorities. We cannot even measure Him on the same scale we measure everything else in our lives. We have but one mission and it is to live a life to follow Jesus’ example. To love God and love others, and to spread the Gospel to all the nations of the world. This will look different in everyone’s life. The way you do your life mission will be different from mine. But the results will be the same. Lately, I’ve been finding myself repeatedly saying, “God is doing something different in each of our lives. He is writing a beautiful story with different details but our beginning & end remains the same. He is writing a redemptive story in us.”

We are all but a small piece of puzzle in His great BIG story of redeeming love.


Recently, Roger and I flew to MSP to visit my family. As I was sitting at the airport watching people pass by hustling through the airport, a question popped up. “What is our mission?” So often we go on through life rushing, rushing, rushing. There’s always more things to do and our to-do lists are never ending. Do all of our errands and activities center us with our mission? Or most importantly, is there any purpose to the things that we are doing? I believe that we all have a purpose & a mission. But are our lifestyles truly aligning with our purpose? Are we living up to the full potential that God created us to live?

These are things that we often forget to reflect on in our lives. We so often get so caught up in the busyness of family, friends, work, church, & etc. That we let time slip away without ever really examining our soul purpose. And then we face depression & emotional breakdowns because we will have lost ourselves along the way. Not knowing who we are and who’s we are. We start to question what the meaning of life is or even what our purpose is. We feel restless & will at some point feel like giving up on everything. On our family, marriage, friends, church, work, and everything else that matters.

Since when did we give up on our lives?  I find that when I start having these thoughts, it means that I’m letting the things of this world consume me. I’ve gotten so used to pleasing people and I give into the lie that if I die to serving others no matter how tired I am, its ok because it’s considered serving right? Wrong. God calls us to do everything with a pure heart. How can we be living our life mission if we’re so pooped out from our daily schedules? We need to be careful. We so often get obedience confused with pleasing others. Our obedience is to God first and no one else.

As Pastor Francis Chan says, “We normally order our affections like the list on the left, when the list on the right is the biblical mandate:

  1. GOD                                       1. GOD
  2. Family
  3. Friends
  4. Work
  5. Possessions                              2. Family, Friends, Work, Possessions.

Too many are content with the list as it is arranged on the left. But that list doesn’t come from the Bible. In fact, it stands in opposition to what the Bible actually teaches.”- From ‘You and Me’ by Lisa & Francis Chan

God is not to be compared to our worldly priorities. We cannot even measure Him on the same scale we measure everything else in our lives. We have but one mission and it is to live a life to follow Jesus’ example. To love God and love others, and to spread the Gospel to all the nations of the world. This will look different in everyone’s life. The way you do your life mission will be different from mine. But the results will be the same. Lately, I’ve been finding myself repeatedly saying, “God is doing something different in each of our lives. He is writing a beautiful story with different details but our beginning & end remains the same. He is writing a redemptive story in us.”

We are all but a small piece of puzzle in His great BIG story of redeeming love.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Hello everyone!

I apologize for the hiatus. I definitely didn't intend to take such a long break. But it was definitely needed. Within a month, I found myself just stuck in a constant rut! Speaking of it, I'd say I'm just slowly coming out of it. The beginning of March I was in Minnesota for a week celebrating my baby brother's first birthday. I was definitely facing jet lag once I got back. It seriously took me a whole week and a half to get back on my feet again and settle back into a routine of some sort. And then I've been part of a wedding planning team, and the wedding we've been planning for just crept up on me this past weekend therefore here I am, stuck in a rut again. 

I feel exhausted, lazy, uninspired, tired, & completely unmotivated. All I want to do is lock myself up in a room and hibernate forever or at least until I return to my normal self again. (Whatever that means.) So I decided that I'd share a few things that can help you get out of a rut. Especially if you're in one-like me. 

1. Rest. Sleep when your body needs it. Listen to your body and take care of it. Don't be so hard on yourself. It takes some time to pull yourself up again. 

2. Get outside. Go for a walk. Breathe in fresh air & get some vitamin D. Our bodies were designed to get some sunshine in order to be revitalized and re-energized. It'll definitely boost your motivation to get back into your routine. 

3. Keep Hydrated. It's hard to tell that your body lacks water but make it a goal to consume more water than usual. After some R&R, water is needed to keep you strong. Water is always good for you and I don't think we can ever have too much of it because honestly, we don't drink enough water. 

4. Pamper yourself. Put together a cute outfit & doll yourself up! Don't wait until there's a reason for you to pull yourself together. Try a new look, find inspiration to be yourself again without the pressure.

5. Get Moving! Stay active or try a new class!  Get your heart pumping and release endorphin's. Endorphin's are a happy hormone that we can create when we get in some cardio or movement in our bodies.

6. Positive Feedback. Surround yourself with people who care about you and are willing to pick you up when you feel down but won't pressure you to get on with it. Talk it out. Find encouragement in the sweet friends around you to remind you of your purpose.

7. Read. Write. Draw. Do something creative. Use your creativity to draw inspiration again. Sometimes, all it really takes is a bit of imagination and it'll all come flooding back!

8. Listen to music. Test out a new playlist or repeat your favorite artist! I find that music inspires and motivates me to do a lot of things. Use it as a motivator to get some clean-up done around the house.

9. Volunteer. Sometimes, while in a rut, we become so self absorbed of just how stuck we are and unmotivated. But signing up for a community project or getting involved in your local church really resets you. I personally volunteer as a teacher at my home church, so this definitely helps give me perspective on changing my view to a child's lens. Long story short, be happy! Do what brings you joy! And love everyone! (There's always much to be learned from children.)

10. Remind yourself of your worth & value Genesis 1:26-27 says we are made in His image, the very image of God. Psalm 139:13-16 says we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and all the days of our lives were written in God’s book before we were ever born, confirming God’s prior knowledge and plan for our lives. Ephesians 1:4 says God chose His children before the foundations of the earth were ever formed. And so much more. Remind yourself of what the Lord says about you. Hold on to His promises and truths. See yourself the way He see's you. 

What do you do to get unstuck or out of a rut?

Hello everyone!

I apologize for the hiatus. I definitely didn't intend to take such a long break. But it was definitely needed. Within a month, I found myself just stuck in a constant rut! Speaking of it, I'd say I'm just slowly coming out of it. The beginning of March I was in Minnesota for a week celebrating my baby brother's first birthday. I was definitely facing jet lag once I got back. It seriously took me a whole week and a half to get back on my feet again and settle back into a routine of some sort. And then I've been part of a wedding planning team, and the wedding we've been planning for just crept up on me this past weekend therefore here I am, stuck in a rut again. 

I feel exhausted, lazy, uninspired, tired, & completely unmotivated. All I want to do is lock myself up in a room and hibernate forever or at least until I return to my normal self again. (Whatever that means.) So I decided that I'd share a few things that can help you get out of a rut. Especially if you're in one-like me. 

1. Rest. Sleep when your body needs it. Listen to your body and take care of it. Don't be so hard on yourself. It takes some time to pull yourself up again. 

2. Get outside. Go for a walk. Breathe in fresh air & get some vitamin D. Our bodies were designed to get some sunshine in order to be revitalized and re-energized. It'll definitely boost your motivation to get back into your routine. 

3. Keep Hydrated. It's hard to tell that your body lacks water but make it a goal to consume more water than usual. After some R&R, water is needed to keep you strong. Water is always good for you and I don't think we can ever have too much of it because honestly, we don't drink enough water. 

4. Pamper yourself. Put together a cute outfit & doll yourself up! Don't wait until there's a reason for you to pull yourself together. Try a new look, find inspiration to be yourself again without the pressure.

5. Get Moving! Stay active or try a new class!  Get your heart pumping and release endorphin's. Endorphin's are a happy hormone that we can create when we get in some cardio or movement in our bodies.

6. Positive Feedback. Surround yourself with people who care about you and are willing to pick you up when you feel down but won't pressure you to get on with it. Talk it out. Find encouragement in the sweet friends around you to remind you of your purpose.

7. Read. Write. Draw. Do something creative. Use your creativity to draw inspiration again. Sometimes, all it really takes is a bit of imagination and it'll all come flooding back!

8. Listen to music. Test out a new playlist or repeat your favorite artist! I find that music inspires and motivates me to do a lot of things. Use it as a motivator to get some clean-up done around the house.

9. Volunteer. Sometimes, while in a rut, we become so self absorbed of just how stuck we are and unmotivated. But signing up for a community project or getting involved in your local church really resets you. I personally volunteer as a teacher at my home church, so this definitely helps give me perspective on changing my view to a child's lens. Long story short, be happy! Do what brings you joy! And love everyone! (There's always much to be learned from children.)

10. Remind yourself of your worth & value Genesis 1:26-27 says we are made in His image, the very image of God. Psalm 139:13-16 says we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and all the days of our lives were written in God’s book before we were ever born, confirming God’s prior knowledge and plan for our lives. Ephesians 1:4 says God chose His children before the foundations of the earth were ever formed. And so much more. Remind yourself of what the Lord says about you. Hold on to His promises and truths. See yourself the way He see's you. 

What do you do to get unstuck or out of a rut?