Looking back at the past year, there are so many things that I’m grateful for. So many blessings that I thank the Lord for. My mom came home after years of living in the US, the wedding of Alec (my brother) and Anj, our family reunion, Jong’s marriage proposal, we put up our 2nd branch of Gamers Enclave, our growing Truly Wealthy Team, our expanded Truly Wealthy office (we now take up an entire floor)… And the list goes on.
And yet, if there’s one thing I thank the Lord for most in 2017, it was my mom’s total acceptance of Christ as her Lord and Savior. You see, although we come from a Catholic background and we knew of Jesus. We didn’t really “know” him. Not in the real sense of the word. My mom is a worrier. She worries about all sorts of things – even things that she doesn’t really even need to worry about. And because of that she gets stressed out.
Being a Christian is not about religion. It simply means that you are a follower of Christ. Being a Christian means trusting Him fully and surrendering everything in you – all your worries and fears – to Him.
And so I stared to pray that my mom would fully surrender her life to Christ and join a Discipleship group. Being part of a D-Group would allow her to have a spiritual family to grow with and be accountable to.
When she came back home in Iligan, I tried to encourage her to join a D Group at CCF but she was resistant at first, saying that she wasn’t ready and that I shouldn’t “force” her. It’s ironic, but it’s often easier to invite other people to join a bible study group. So I stopped encouraging her but continued to pray about it instead. Then one day, during church service, we met Tita Susan. She was very friendly and after finding out that mom didn’t have a D Group yet, she asked for her number and continuously texted and called her. After months of non-stop texting/calling, my mom finally relented and agreed to have coffee with her. And the rest is history.
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Now my mom regularly attends her discipleship group meetings once a week. We actually have the same Dgroup schedule which is every Thursday. She also started doing daily quiet time. I can see how she has grown spiritually. She doesn’t get worried as much anymore and is now more dependent on God for guidance and strength.
When you truly know the Lord, you really don’t need to worry about anything. Your future is in his hands and he has promised to take care of it. The bible has so many promises that you can hold on to.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition and thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I have acknowledged that Christ is the source of everything and He is all that I need. Everything else is just a bonus.
May you live a Truly Wealthy life.
If you want to join a discipleship group, feel free to contact me. I promise that you won’t regret it.