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The Promise Of A New Day

The Promise Of A New Day

Parenting | March 23, 2021
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The past year was trying, painful, and challenging for many of us but there is hope in the promise that each day brings.

2020 will go down in history as the year we learned so much about ourselves, our families, and friends. With the promise of what’s next, we learned what matters most to us and how to let go of the unnecessary. It also exposed our hearts. The past year forced us to face who we really are. Without our busy schedules and our crazy social calendars being stripped away to nothing, we were left to face the man in the mirror. I wonder: Did you like what you saw?

So many questions

As a naturally introspective person I welcomed this new normal because I believed there was more than meets the eye. Being as I have children, the first few months or lockdown were all about meeting their emotional needs. I have learned how resilient and highly adaptable kids truly are. I am amazed at how my children have been coping and growing through this experience. I guess my focus was definitely on things “I can still control,” and that is my ability to care for their well-being.

Promise

And then there’s my small start up business, Bloom and Topiary. It was a venture I dove into head first only for it to be hit hard with the monster pandemic. This was a hard pill to swallow, and I’m sure I am not the only one who felt this punch in the gut. But just like my children, my partner and I adapted and challenged ourselves to make sure our small business survives. It took a lot of hustle, tears, and prayers. And I am grateful that we are still one of the few local SME’s that have survived, for now.

Last year I also experienced extremely painful losses of two loved ones who were dear to me, reminding me how fragile life truly is. As if the pandemic was not enough to shake me to the core, all of these experiences brought me to my knees. I asked the God I serve the question we all want an answer to: WHY?

Seeing the bigger picture

This pandemic may have done so much damage and caused so much pain to so many people but I am reminded of Genesis 50:20. Joseph the dreamer told his brothers who sold him to slavery:“You meant evil against me, but God used it for good.” The pandemic may have caused us unimaginable losses and inexplicable pain, but if we look hard enough, it also brought us to the realization of what truly matters in life. It reminded us to be grateful for the simplest things. We were able to take stock of our emotional baggages and let go of the unnecessary. What could have broken us forced us to grow in the knowledge that we are all connected and that we are all accountable for each other.

Facing the man in the mirror is never easy when life as we knew it has been stripped away. I would be a lie if i said that I was pleased with what I saw when I took a good hard look at my own reflection. Instead of cowering, I owned up to what I didn’t like about myself and dealt with things I have been putting off.

I immersed myself in studying the Word of God, being involved in my spiritual community, and helping others do the same. In my own little way, I want to give hope to those who are feeling hopeless and broken, because I have been there. I want people to know of the promise that there is light in everything.

The choices we make

In life, there is a series of small choices we make. In the end we either give it our best or we don’t, and we leave it at that. We let the moment slip away and just live with the choices we make. But that’s not the end-all be all way of living our lives. There is such a thing called change, redemption, transformation, however you want to call it. Everyday, we have a chance to change what we don’t like about ourselves and our lives. We make the choice to be grateful for what we have, starting with our family and our loved ones.

Promise

For me, and as cliche as it may sound – my faith literally saved me. It saves my everyday. Knowing that God is sovereign over everything gives me peace. Knowing my God lavishes us with His merciful and compassionate love brings me comfort. It makes me want to be better and do better than I did the day before. Knowing my God works everything out for our ultimate good brings me peace and joy.

At the well

We all have a calling and that is usually to serve our fellowman in whatever way we can. We can help by sharing our time, our resources, our talents and our knowledge. This burning desire to help everyone make some sense of all that is happening led me to a new project called At the Well. It is a small and growing community that was formed at a time when humanity needed God’s grace, promise, and presence the most.

Promise

This pandemic may have shaken all of us, but it is the promise of faith that will anchor and unite us all.

Wife to Miquel Aguilar, mother to 4 boys: Isaiah, Daniel, Michael and Moses. Believer of Jesus Christ. Her enthusiasm with skin care lead to a local brand called Bloom & Topiary. And her love for God lead her to be a part of a ministry called At The Well.
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