As we enter 2017, the word for me comes from Psalm 90:17:

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.”

Things are going well for me at work. As I prayed this verse over the year before the first day of school, I can only attribute the smooth running of things to the presence of the Lord going before me to crown my year with His favor and blessings.

The almost two-month long break from teaching in 2016 has really been good. Even though it was tiring reprising the role of a full-time SAHM, and most of the time I am “gritting my teeth and enjoying it” (fellow parents will understand the paradox in this phrase), daily I am reminded of how each ordinary day with the people we love is a priceless blessing. Indeed, we do not look for God’s love in lofty miracles or extraordinary signs, though these moments may come in the course of our lifetimes, but we learn to see his Hand behind each day of peace, safety and provision.

We enter the year amidst a world more torn than ever by war, uncertainty, and bloodshed. In Singapore schools, the buzzword (or rather, acronym) for the future, is VUCA:

Volatile

Uncertain

Complex

Ambiguous

What is it like planning to raise small children amidst such a rhetoric? What will they need for the future? How am I helping them cope with the day to day stresses of “now”?

More than ever, we need wisdom from above. We need love and forgiveness for a strong marriage. We need head space and heart space to refresh our confidence and knowledge in the Lord. For now, I am ever thankful for the school’s approval for me to continue on the part time scheme. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for my career, and my mental, emotional, and physical health. I have finally reached a point where I wake up on a work day, and I’m excited to go to work, enthusiastic and passionate about what I do. I come home ready to be with my family (though our time together is barely enough to eat, shower and go to bed!). I’ve been entrusted with projects that I care about and am excited to lead. Most of all, I’m thankful for the people, both staff and students who have been so warm and gracious towards me.

Exciting things are coming up job-wise for Galvin too, and as a family, we have some plans to be more intentional in the way we manage our finances. No matter what lies ahead of us in future, I just wanted to note and cherish this moment for the gift it is.

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