22, Another Blessed Year

It’s May the 4th and I still haven’t watched Star Wars HAHAHA

….and it’s also my birthday! *sings happy birthday*

I turn 22, another year older. *play Taylor Swift’s 22 on Spotify*

Here’s to 22, praying for more growth in faith and welcoming more opportunities for the better!

Here’s to 22, to live freely and honestly.

Here’s to 22, to make more genuine connections and to love fearlessly.

Here’s to 22, to more blessings and to appreciate the beauty in this world.

Here’s to 22, thank You for giving me a wonderful family and great friends.

Here’s to 22, to treat myself kindly, to care more and to love myself.

Lord, I thank you for giving me another blessed and beautiful year.

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Xoxo, Patricia

Going Offline: Today’s a Gift

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.

Bil Keane (American Cartoonist)

Every time this quote comes across, it always makes me wonder. Whatever it is that I’m doing, this serves as a reminder to live with purpose and make the most out of each day. To invest time into things that really matter, instead of wasting it on social media and trivial things.

The Lent season made me focus on things that matter, to realign and review my priorities.

I recently gave a talk in the SFC community about Loving Your Neighbour. It is a challenging talk as I struggle to do so everyday. One thing that really stood out to me was how Loving God and Loving Your Neighbour can be showed on the cross.

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Love the Lord God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.

Mark 12:30

On the cross, Loving God is written on the vertical axis. To always remember to lift everything up to him during our triumphs and failures, to pray and be grateful that God has given us this life for us to lead.

I give you a new commandment: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you should love one another.

John 13:34

When God created us, he gave us His unconditional love. We should learn to love one another and spread love even to those who are difficult to deal with as we are all created in His image. We’re all brothers and sisters in Christ. Like on the cross, Loving Neighbour is written on the horizontal axis, which is to be spread to everyone around us.

Recently, I had an epiphany. Love goes around, we need this. Why is it so difficult to love sometimes? Why do we put up a wall to hide our imperfections? Is the world that afraid to be true to themselves and be known and accepted for who they are?

I learned that hiding does not solve anything. In fact, it drains us. We should learn to be courageous to face our problems and struggles with the guidance of our Lord.

Today’s a gift, I have learned to be more understanding and forgiving as we only have one life to live. Wasting your time holding a grudge on someone or something is not worth it, it refrains you from experiencing true and sincere love. I always ask myself, “Will this matter in 10 years time?” If in the present moment it doesn’t, let it go and move on and if it will matter, fix it and forgive.

It’s easier said than done, but it all starts from within. Surrender and seek guidance from God and you’ll experience His unconditional love. I healed because of Him and I’m so grateful for that.

Make today filled with purpose as it’s a gift.
Let’s keep in touch.

Much love,
Patricia

Offering First Fruits

Recently, I had my first SFC household of the year and the topic was about offering First Fruits. At first I wasn’t sure what it means but my understanding of it is to give back to the Lord. It is not about the money, it is about the symbolism of your heart and how much you want to give back to Him. It isn’t about the amount of money but to offer what your heart wants.

Giving regular tithes, I have not been doing for the past years. I admit I am not consistent with my faith and it is a challenge to be faithful everyday. I barely go to church on Sundays and I must change that habit – laziness is a sin after all. I need to make time for God in order to give back to Him as he has showered me with many blessings, it is easy to forget about faith and fall into temptations and other distractions. If we have time for those other things, we definitely have time for God – we just need to make time to serve Him.

Reflecting on it, I need to change. I need to give back to the Lord after He has given me good health; talents, skills and capabilities; work, career and livelihood; community, protection, mastery over heart. To give thanks to Him and to pray for the Fruit of Humility, Gift of the Spirit and Joy in the Heart so that we may be overflowed with more blessings from God to empower us and bring us success.

“Listen my people, I will speak; …every animal of the forest is mine, beasts by the thousands on my mountains. I know every bird of the heavens; the creatures of the field belong to Me. Were I hungry, I would not tell you, for mine is the world and all that fills it. Offer praise as your sacrifice to God; fulfil your vows to the MOST High, Then call on me in times of distress, I will rescue you, and you shall honour me.”

Psalms 50: 7-15

We need to be reminded everyday that God is always there for us and that he has a plan for us, that what we have is enough. He owns the world. Everything is His. The least we can do is to offer what we have to Him, our time, money and energy into service. That’s what I’ll do this year. Praise God for everything!