This is what our pastor advised, believe me.
On Sunday, I was really glad that Randy and I were able to go to church again together after a looong time (we work on Sundays 🙁 ). It was refreshing to praise and worship the Lord with other people, and I realized how much I missed listening to Pastor Jon Dolor’s preaching. And his pre-New Year preaching did not disappoint. The word/preaching was centered around Joshua 4 where God commanded the Israelites to get 12 stones (one for each tribe) from the River of Jordan after He dried it up. Reason? To have a memento of the Israelites’ deliverance, and of how powerful God is. When one is weary and is feeling hopeless, the sight of the stone should remind him how God can just so easily dry up a river or part the sea just because.
So Pastor Jon suggested that we gather our own stones–reminisce about the times when God took over…the times we were sure we were bound to become bottom dwellers but then voila! These “stones” will definitely help us when we have doubts and when we are tempted to sin (convinced that nobody will know anyway). In 2011, I had an “ultimate” stone–the miracle that happened to Raviv. I always hold on to how God worked in Raviv’s and our lives.
What about 2012? Well, these are the stones I gathered in 2012:
- The fact that Randy and I are still together – Randy and I both have really strong personalities, and each of us wants to be in command. Almost ALL the time. We’re both anal about the things we care about. Alpha male + alpha female is not equivalent to bliss. Our marriage may be a match made in hell, but because of the big guy in heaven we still can’t get enough of each other.
- Raviv, enough said. – On second thought, I can’t shut up when it comes to Raviv pala. Hihi. Well, before the year closed, Raviv turned 2. And what a bright two-year old he is! He already knows all the letters of the alphabet; can distinguish a timpala from an antelope (ako nga malay ko ba ano ‘yang timpala na ‘yan! O Google na!); doesn’t cry at school and hardly cries at all; has a hearty appetite even for healthy foods; and is very sociable and malambing to Randy and me!
- BRAIN TRAIN is still Academic Clinic.com’s Students’ Choice UPCAT Review Center – true, this may not be an award from a nationally-renowned award giving body but then if you think about it this should be the highest honor given to an educational institution because it is the students themselves who averred that they indeed had a blast preparing for their college entrance exams at BRAIN TRAIN. Hindi nadaan sa PR o sa connections o sa bayad. Pure love from the students, bey-beh!
- BRAIN TRAIN teachers are still as tight as ever – they are my second family and it brings me so much joy that they even celebrate their birthdays at BRAIN TRAIN.
- BT@20: Going Neh-shu-nehl was a huge success! – As I’ve blogged before, it seemed it was doomed to fail. But thanks be to God, it was awesome! Until now, we can’t help but smile every time we talk about it.
- Full Blast Blogging – I’ve always been a writer at heart, and this blog has been my portal to realize that. Though I started MomsterTeacher in 2011, it was only in 2012 that I regularly wrote. I’ve been overwhelmed that I have vocal and silent “fans”, and was given the opportunity to write for Enchanted Kingdom and Cherifer.
- Blogger Friends – Honestly, I wasn’t keen on doing the “comment-comment on other blogs” shebang at first. I was merely writing to express myself, and them BOOM–I just befriended these other wonderful bloggers! Though we just meet each other online, the cyber hugs they’ve given me always make me feel great.
- My Small/Cell Group – who would have thought that often-devious Dewmaine would be entrusted to lead a group of ladies to be closer to God?!? At first I so wanted my group to be dissolved–I was almost praying my girls would hate me and not attend but instead God gave me nine ladies who were very thirsty for God’s Word. And they inspired me in sooooo many ways. They too have become my family. I really, really have a blast when I meet with them. Opposite of what I thought to be my blah meetings 🙂
- Our honest, appreciative and hardworking helpers – Though I’ve just recently fired another household staff, I thank God because we still have Yaya Isay, Alona, Yaya Margie, Dodong, and Peter (and looking for another female helper). I know that so many helpers are not really helpers but are headaches, so I appreciate this lot!
- Material things we were able to obtain – For one, I have a new cellphone! 🙂 Before Christmas, Randy was also able to buy a new Hyundai Starex van which will definitely make our family vacation drives more comfy. And most of all, gawa na ang basement and first floor ng BRAIN TRAIN Bldg Phase 1 sa Greenfield, Sta. Rosa City! We still have to work very hard for a long time to have money for the whole two buildings to be completed but at least the office spaces/classrooms are REALLY presentable now. P’wede nang gamitin! 🙂
- and 12. In 2012, I had no huge problem–that itself is one of the stones! And the twelfth stone? It’s that I’ve learned to appreciate life’s everyday miracles! I used to be very, very, very hard to please, but in 2012 even trips to the most mundane destinations made me giddy. This 12th stone is probably the best stone, because it makes me appreciate all the other 11 stones!
I will definitely look back to my 12 stones of 2012 so I can look forward to God’s plans for me in 2013. And I’m sure I’ll definitely get stoned–what with my mighty, merciful God!
What about you, what stones have you collected in 2012?
Tell me what you think!
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