Read Your Bible (Small Change #4)

Oh how I miss blogging. I couldn't blog lately as I was taking care of a baby who was down with diarrhea and a nasty diaper rash. And today his condition has finally improved.

Back to my Small Changes for a Better Life series. And I will talk about the Bible today. I have a feeling the title would turn off a number of people and would strike them off as too religious.

Let me share with you a tweet which I found most interesting --

"To most Christians, the Bible is like a software license. Nobody actually reads it. They just scroll to the bottom and click "I agree."

Sad but very true. Growing up we have several bibles in the house which collected dust. I would only open one when I had to do my homework. I remember how my father would open his brown huge hardbound bible every Holy Week.

Then my life changed as I wanted to get to know Christ in a special way and I was drawn to His word. It all started with attending bible studies or small groups and this little book called The Daily Bread.

I made a trip to OMF Literature and I was this clueless woman who was in awe with the many types of bibles at the shelves. And they come in fun colors, not the boring black or brown hard cover. I was also pleased to find out that there were several versions which I could finally understand. I never realized bible reading could be enjoyable.

I own three bibles now. And they have to be in the shades of pink. One is my devotional bible, a backpack bible which I bring to church or when I travel, and another one in my room in Bulacan.

I am very OC when it comes with my other books. There would be no crease or dog ears as if it has never been opened. However my bibles are different - pages had been folded, verses highlighted - they look worn. Why wouldn't they be when I refer to it every single day.

One time when I was abroad on a business trip with my Miranda (Devil Wears Prada) like boss, I was reading His word in the morning or in the evening after my events. It helped me get through the trip without being fired. I was really scared I would do something stupid and I would end without a job.

I made a habit of reaching for my bible and reading it first thing in the morning. Last year, I finished reading the entire bible. I would like to read it again, from Genesis to Revelation. The stories in the bible are most interesting. Adam and Eve. Noah. Abraham. Isaac. Jacob. Moses. Joseph. David... JESUS... Paul. Peter. John.

The Bible is the most interesting as it was written by God himself. I get to read about His promises, how much He loves us. It's where God speaks to us. If you're seeking wisdom, then the bible is where you should go. Read. Study. Hear. Memorize. Devour.

For today, I will read my bible.

For tomorrow, I will keep on reading my bible.

For this week, I will keep on reading until I finish the entire bible.

Own Your Purpose (Small Change #3)

The other day after getting excited on a new project, I told my best friend/soul sister how I feel like I have a purpose again.

According to the author, purpose is the key to doing what we have to do to live out God's plan for us.

We all want to have a purpose in life. We all want to feel we exist, that we matter.

God's purpose for our lives are these three --

Determine to obey God

Develop a greater trust in the Lord

Devote your life to becoming more like Christ

I am holding on to His promise of eternal life. Who wouldn't want that, right? At some point I will meet my Creator and I have to be prepared when that time comes.

We need to grow our spiritual life. God expects us to grow spiritually. He wants us to know Him more and more everyday.

My life list includes my husband, my son, my mother, my siblings and my in-laws. And these are the people God has placed in my life which now becomes a part of His purpose for my life which I have to invest time, effort, energy and money.
If the only thing you ever leave behind is a godly imprint upon your family, then you will have lived out one of God's grandest purpose.
God wants me to take care of my health and my body. I'm probably on the right track with having the motivation to get fit by finding the time to exercise. Slowly, I will get rid of all those bad habits (overindulgence especially with food). He has entrusted me stewardship of my body so I will not be a bad shape or fallen ill in the future.

How I wish I could be more active in church and have the time to serve others. Those are my goals in the future. For now, I am doing my best to share God's goodness and faithfulness using social media praying that it reaches as many people as possible.

For today, I would look to God, not myself, for direction when it comes to planning for my life.

For tomorrow, I will be grateful for a new day and remember that it is not my day but His day.

For this week, focus on these three things: my walk with God, watching over my family and loved ones, and watching over myself.

5:00 AM

I have missed blogging so much. I just couldn't find the time for it. All of a sudden, Javi became this very active baby who always wants to crawl, stand, jump, and sometimes walk. I cannot leave him alone. Otherwise, he would dive on the floor or hit his head somewhere hard. My usual routine has been thrown off and I suddenly don't have time for the things I love to do.

I want to be superwoman. Sadly, I am nowhere near her. For now, it's all about priorities. And that's where my focus is now.

Like most people, I love to sleep. I fairly did too much sleeping before I had my little boy. Now, it's really goodbye sleeping in during weekends. My little boy is an early riser.

So what's with 5 o'clock in the morning?

It's when I wake up and do my WiiFit exercise. I do not have any other time to work out as I take care of my baby boy.

I had been struggling these past couple of weeks to get up that early. Then I realized I need to exercise and lose pounds and inches. So I set my trusty old PAL alarm clock to wake me up at 5 o'clock in the morning.

So far I had been successful. I am waiting to get that momentum and that drive to exercise. I knew how good that felt when I used to regularly work out before I got pregnant. I also remembered during business trips when I would wake up early then head straight to the gym as soon as it opens and work out. And then the rest of my day begins.

Because I wake up early and exercise, I noticed I have more energy during the day and I get to do so much more. I also refrain from napping with Javi. Instead, I do other things like blog.

As I need to be up early, I need to sleep early, too. The only challenge is my husband gets home late. He doesn't come home until 9 o'clock in the evening. How I wish he would be home three hours earlier and we could do so much more together. But that's the nature of his work.

I pray hard that I get used to this schedule. They say it takes 21 days to build a habit so I have 19 more days to force myself to get up when the alarm clock buzzes off.
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