As I write this last blog for 2016, I can’t help but look back with gratefulness to God for allowing me to see and experience tons of His goodness and faithfulness.
When we started 2016, Ava and I were anxious in some way because it was a year we are transitioning David, our second child to big school. (David was homeschooled originally for his first 5 years). We know that expenses will jack up and it’s what made us anxious.
When we were about to end 2015, I was still contemplating if I’ll join FOX Sports, which was then about to kick off its Philippine sports portal in 2016.
We were also praying that we could finally kick off our business Richard Dy Communications, where our vision is to make inspiration a way of life.
And then, we continued praying for our own house, not one that we could rent, but one that we could finally own.
But as we lifted all our concerns before the Lord to start 2016, we begin to pray and hold on to this passage we read from Joshua 3:5– “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.”
It was a word the Lord gave to Joshua, Moses’ former aide-turned-leader of the Israelites, whom God was leading to enter the Promised Land. And it was a word we felt the Lord was giving us as we start 2016.
As we prayed and fasted, we felt in our spirits we’re in the brink of something “big” as a family.
After many “passionate discussions” with Ava, and reminding each other to “rest” in God’s promise that He will “do amazing things” in our midst and relying on His daily dose of grace, we could confidently say we are ending 2016 not in “survival mode” or barely getting by, but our faith pumped up and strengthened through the things God has allowed us to go through this year.
Below are some of the things we are grateful to the Lord for this 2016:
- David’s “big school” – Even up to now, we still can’t believe how we were able to send David to big school and spend six digits in tuition and other school stuff alone in the ongoing school year. But this goes to show that God is able because He supplied all our needs according to His glorious riches.
- FOX Sports – I can’t remember what year it was that someone asked me if I’m open to be part of an international media outlet. At that time, the social media age wasn’t even born yet. I wondered if that’s possible. But fast forward to 2016, I’m now part of a legitimate international media outlet as its managing editor. It was another one of God’s “work” to show that “nothing is impossible” with God.
- Richard Dy Communications was born – we got our official business permit last April and started operating from there. It was a dream come true! Grateful to people like Chinkee Tan and Jayson Lo, who have planted seeds in our lives years ago, and we pray we will leave a mark in helping the next generation through our company.
- Shared lives in our VG and “Mondate” group – Our VG is a mixture of professionals, business people, athletes, married people – we had fun sharing lives and talk about God and His word with these people, who are growing in their relationship with Christ and are pro-active in living out their faith in Christ. Of course, grateful to the “Mondate” group, because while we are now attending different Victory centers today, we (and they include our kids) still reconnect regularly this year as we pray and encourage each other.
- Our extended families – grateful for our sisters, brothers and yes, my mother-in-law, Nanay Cora— for their all-out-support in helping us fulfill the call God has for our lives.
- New house – yes, a new house! Sometimes, I probably have to slap my face to “wake me” up and convince myself that we are about to move to our new house by 2017. It was God’s “last-minute” blessing, or should we say, His way to cap an extraordinary 2016. God used a series of events to make this “impossible” possible, while showing to us that God alone can answer a “God-sized dream”.
Ephesians 3:20-21 (MSG)- “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”