What does a “faith journey” look like? One can say that our entire lives can be called faith journeys, but for this blog post, I’m talking about real journeys, real trips–the ones that involve some geographical distance and usually a mode of transportation. But faith journeys are not your ordinary trips. Here’s how I define it:
A faith journey:
- starts when you step out of your comfort zone
- involves going down a path you’ve never gone before
- has no promised results
- has no definite road map
- requires you to trust, rely, and get direction from God
My faith journey took place between April and July. I will tell you this:
- I went to the US without knowing where exactly I would be going and when I needed to go
- My plans changed as the days went by
- It did not turn out the way I expected
- There were a lot of surprising (not necessarily pleasant) adventures along the way
- My faith was stretched
- My character was tested and shaped
- I learned a lot
- I experienced God’s grace and love like never before
Maybe God’s telling you to go somewhere and you’ve been too scared. Maybe He’s not calling you right now, but He will one day. If that time has come or when that time finally comes, I just want to encourage you to take that step of faith. If you need provision, if you need confirmation, if you need a miracle, here’s what you need to do: ASK. He knows what’s up ahead even if you don’t. And if He called you, He’s already paved the way for you.
God is so wise, faithful, and so full of love. Throw away your preconceived notions and open your mind and heart to what God wants to do (and it’s not always about you…I learned that on the way, too!). The great news is that–in the greater scheme of things–His plan is not just better…it’s the BEST.
It took me forever to write this post, because I knew that my words would not do justice to the whole experience. What I experienced was beyond words. Thank you Lord for this wonderful journey–You are the best travel partner ever. Thank you to my family for sending me off with a blessing. And more than the places and the experiences, the best part of the trip was being able to spend time with all of these people (press play to see the rest!):
You made the journey so worth it.
Now to go back to the topic of this post: do I think you should go on a faith journey?
I’m currently doing a “How to Love Your Life” series on my blog to share ideas on how to…LOVE YOUR LIFE! Enjoy!
Last Sunday, my family and I headed over to Roxas Boulevard to check out Manila Ocean Park, “the Philippines’ first state-of-the-art Oceanarium, open water marine habitat, boutique mall, restaurant row and function facilities all located in one complex at the back of the Quirino Grandstand.” (Description from their official website: http://www.manilaoceanpark.com) Here are some of the photos I took during our little field trip:
My nephews had a blast! We even tried the Fish Spa, which kept us laughing for the first 10 minutes, because it was tickle torture! We laughed so hard that we had an instant ab workout. :) Just look at my brother, my dad, and my sister-in-law:
While you’re there, you MUST try the Makansutra Asian Food Village. It’s one of the restaurants that you’ll pass by as you exit the Oceanarium. They serve Thai, Chinese, Singaporean, and Filipino food, among others. The prices are very reasonable, the food is delicious, the choices seem endless, and each order can serve two people or more. We loved it!
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Manila Ocean Park is located behind the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. The Park is open all year round, including holidays. Operating hours are 10 am to 7 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 8 pm on weekends and holidays. Admission fee is P400 for adults and P350 for children (4.5 feet and below). For more info, check out http://www.manilaoceanpark.com :)
It’s no secret that I’m an avid reader. In fact, I have a backlog of books to review! But my favorite week of the year has come, when one of my favorite bookstores (OMF Bookstore) goes on its super sale!
Most people think that OMF only sells Christian books (they do have the best selection of Christian books and Bibles), but they also sell a lot of books on leadership, finances, practical living, relationships, family, etc. They’re the local distributors of authors such as John Maxwell, Zig Ziglar, Max Lucado, and more, so you’re sure to get the best deal over there. And speaking of best deals, here’s their super sale that I’m talking about!
The books come out really, really cheap! I already went there today to check out the new stuff, and I’ve already set aside several ones I’m planning to give as Christmas gifts. I stopped myself and only bought 2 for myself…the rest, I’m putting on my Christmas wish list. Haha!
If you’re planning on going, I suggest you go early, because the lines can be very long. For more information, click here. If you want some book recommendations, read my blog post: “Best Books I Read in 2008“. Enjoy!
…and allow yourself to laugh. Smile. Be joyful about the blessings and be grateful about the grace you’ve received. Look at your past and see how far you’ve come. :)
I was given a chance to do that this week as I was preparing for a couple of career talks I had to do in the Immaculate Conception Academy in Greenhills. Since they asked me to talk about working in the media, I had to look back, specifically in the years 2002 to 2008, when I was working at Summit Media and MTV. I couldn’t help but smile. Those were good times. :) I recalled the fun/surreal/fulfilling experiences, the challenges that I had to go through, the amazing people that I had the privilege of working with, the places I went to, and the people I met, among many other good memories. And then there were also the dark days: sleepless nights, days of depression (quarterlife crisis, perhaps?), angst, bad decisions, fatigue, etc. Oh, those days!
When I get to look back and realize how far I’ve journeyed, I see that there’s just so much to be grateful for. I am blessed with great experiences, but I’m most blessed by God and His grace which has carried me to where I am today: constantly ‘refined by fire,’ but happier than I’ve ever been. :)
I know I said I’d blog about the recent RepubLIKHA Children’s Music Fest, but I’m excitied about this event that we have coming up, so this couldn’t wait. I’d like to invite you (yes, YOU!) to come to a fundraising event for our non-profit org, REPUBLIKHA, which is being produced by the awesome people from Light It Up Productions. Not only will you get to enjoy a one-of-a-kind gig (you’ll get to watch some of the country’s coolest artists playing their hits AND some children’s songs too), but you’ll also make a contribution to our efforts to bring good quality, educational music to Filipino children. Find out more about RepubLIKHA at www.republikha.org.
Please come! It’ll surely be fun, and we’d love to see you there. :)
November 27, 2009 • Friday
Mag:Net Cafe at Bonifacio High Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines
(I just had to throw that in there, just in case!)
Tickets will be sold at P250 — proceeds go to RepubLIKHA