“If you want to become a good writer, you have to be a good reader.”- Beng Alba

I started reading Nancy Drew books in middle school. Then, I moved on to the cutesy romantic books that Sweet Dreams offered  back in high school. Later on, I began writing short stories which never got published.

Despite my love for words, I did not pursue a degree in Journalism, Literature or any course that would enhance this passion for writing. Instead I buried my nose in medical/dental books and became a full-fledged dentist.

When I became a mother in 2003, everything changed. I was no longer free to do what I wanted because there was this small person who needed my undivided attention. The first five years of my eldest child’s life prompted me to go back to my writing. I recorded my personal joys and challenges as a mom and a wife. The world-wide web became the keeper of my personal essays.familyrizal

I continued to read books that would help me to become a better mom, a better version of me. Unfortunately, there was not any book that really understood who I am and gave me life-transforming messages. Only when I read God’s Word, the Bible did my life slowly changed. I realized I couldn’t really make a lasting change in my life unless I surrender my life to Jesus Christ and make him my Lord and Savior. With Christ, I am able to do things I never thought I could do.

One thing the Lord led me to do was to homeschool our first child. I was excited yet hesitant if I could really do teach my child at home. There was not a day in our homeschooling journey that I thought of giving up. I don’t know how many times I cried over losing my temper and failed school work. But then I would soon realize that I am doing it all alone. I forgot to include God in my homeschool planning and teaching and that’s what makes it so difficult. Through the years, I’ve learned that since God has called me to homeschool then He will be the one to equip me, inspire me and give me the patience to continue doing this task set before me.

The other thing God called me to do was to pursue my love for writing. I have followed bloggers like Martine de Luna of Make it Blissful and Jeff Goins of Goins Writer not only to give me inspiration but to help me take steps in fulfilling what God has called me to do. I attended my first ever blogging workshop under Martine’s tutelage in 2013. I was ecstatic to go home and start working on my mission as a blogger and to officially have my site. After a few months of praying, I officially started Inspirited Mom.

My goal in starting Inspirited Mom is to encourage any mom out there who may be uninspired, at a loss in raising her kids or simply tired. She may be having doubts about her faith or her role as a wife and mother. I experienced all these especially when my kids were younger. I needed someone to talk to, another mom who knows what I’m going through. Someone who can understand and will not judge me.

I am hoping to be an encouragement, an inspirited friend who can say, “It’s okay, Mom.” But am I always inspired? Does my cup overflow all the time so I can share to others? My answer is a big fat No! There are days I don’t feel like writing anything. I just want to wallow in sadness… but God impresses in my heart that “It’s okay not to be okay.” Once in a while it hits us, and hits us real hard.

But we can’t stay that way for a long time. We move on. We let go and let God. We sleep and wake up to another day. Another chance to make things right. And God is good He will always give us a way out. He will always inspire us. He will always be our good shepherd.

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23 Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need!

2-3 He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him the most.

Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way.[a]

You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies. You have welcomed me as your guest;[b] blessings overflow!

Your goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all of my life, and afterwards I will live with you forever in your home.

My life is not perfect. Even my relationship with God is not always rosy but I know that the mistakes I make are for a purpose. He teaches me, refines me and loves me despite my imperfection. It is in these moments that I find solace knowing that the God of the universe cares for me and wants me to be better, a better mom. The inspirations I receive from my daily aha moments with God I share once a week with anyone who wants to live their lives for God.

What can I share with you here on Inspirited Mom?

  • Homeschooling ideas for elementary and middle school
  • Parenting aha moments
  • Faith journey
  • Family recipes
  • Craft projects
  • Book and product reviews

Motherhood is like an action-packed novel. Each chapter captures the different seasons in a mom’s life including the trials and triumphs the main character has to go through. The greater that challenges, the more intrigued we are to find out what’s going to happen next to our favorite character. Ultimately, the protagonist finds joy in the end of her journey in a dramatic ending. Kudos to the Author for writing a brilliant masterpiece. Praise to our God for making us the mothers He wants us to be.

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