Mrs. Bo

Mrs. Bo

Hello 2015!!!

January 1, 2015, 13 Comments

If you’ve been with me the past few years that I’ve regularly blogged then you know this is coming! For my new friends however, let me explain a yearly tradition I do over here.


Since 2012, I’ve been sharing about this annual list-making activity we do at the end of every year which I have learned from the elders at church. Two lists which are supposed to say 1) the things you are grateful for in the year that was and 2) for your faith goals in the year that is about to come.

Over the years the questions or headers of these lists have changed. Especially when we share them in group settings. First off, we don’t say the whole list in group discussions due to some sensitive information and/or length of explanation. Instead we say, “Tell us your TOP 3 for the year, and TOP 3 for next year.” The other thing is that we sometimes interchange “things we are grateful for” with “highlights” of the year. Sometimes that can be one and the same, actually. Like for 2013 a highlight for me was to have all of my siblings and father come from the United States to attend my sister’s wedding. While that is a highlight, I am grateful to God that He had let it happen! 🙂

Faith goals on the other hand are simply things that you are also “believing God for.” Since I’ve been taught to do this all I ever knew to make were new year’s resolutions lists- which I’ve always failed to fulfill.  And you know what? Even if perhaps I would have had listed down the same thing for a resolution and a faith, I somehow am amazed that naming it as a “faith goal” makes it come to pass! Perhaps it is the acknowledgment of the Power of God working in us and not my own might that assures me “I can believe for something seemingly impossible (because it isn’t up to me) and moreover, it CAN be done (because it isn’t up to me!).”


The purpose behind this activity for us Christians is to be able to see at the end of each year how much God had done for us. For seeing Him move and be so involved in our lives.

Now as I invite you to join me I hope you will share the same purpose, as well. To make lists that not only will make you happy but let you fall in love with and be closer to God all the more!

howHere’s how: take out two sheets of paper or make two new blank documents and respectively, begin a 1) TOP 10 list of THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR IN 2014 (or your “highlights”) and 2) TOP 10 list of your FAITH GOALS  or THINGS YOU ARE BELIEVING GOD FOR  in 2015! It is that simple.

Though I encourage you, be creative! You may also see my old posts for ideas: 2012, 2013, 2014 for some ideas after reading through my short lists for this year. (TIP: I used for my lists this year!!!)


Hope when you’re done with your lists you can also share them with me! Do tag me or leave a link below, ok? Praying for a faith-filled 2015 for us all!!!


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  • Reply Glaiza Villanueva-De Leon January 1, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    Thanks for inspiring me to write about the things that I’m grateful for. 2014 has been full of changes and challenges for me but I’m thankful for all the blessings, answered prayers and lessons learned in the past year. Here’s the linked to the post in my blog:

    • Reply Rica January 3, 2015 at 12:37 AM

      Oooohhh!!! I just saw this and I agree with the ADDING NEW MEMBER TO FAMILY! Heehee! Hope God opens your womb soon 🙂 Thanks for sharing this with me!

      • Reply Glaiza Villanueva-De Leon January 3, 2015 at 8:22 AM

        I will pray for it and also for your baby #2 🙂 Thank you and Happy New Year Ms Rica 🙂

  • Reply Farrah January 2, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Farrah from Every Nation Church Singapore 🙂

    Happy New Year Ms. Rica.

    • Reply Rica January 3, 2015 at 12:39 AM

      I love numbers 1 and 2 on your FAITH GOALS list 🙂

  • Reply iList 2014 | January 3, 2015 at 12:34 AM

    […] I recently blogged a yearly tradition I’ve had over the years at It is someth… What I failed to mention in my last post about it is how I’ve added a new category for my 2014. Instead of just the things I am grateful for and things I believing for, I meant to ask myself also: What were your TOP lessons or learnings for 2014? […]

  • Reply Joan Narciso January 3, 2015 at 3:31 AM

    I finally had the time to sit down and write my own list (at kahit nakakahiya, I’ll share it with you because you asked us to.. hehe). Thank you for sharing your lists with us these past years. God bless you more this 2015! 🙂

    • Reply Rica January 4, 2015 at 12:49 PM

      I edit mine before sharing. Some are for public consumption, some are better in private nalang. You can do the same! Thanks for joining the tradition!!! 🙂

  • Reply Carmina Idanan January 3, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    It was a pleasure to experience this in our small group and now that I’m in Qatar, I also had the opportunity to share this tradition among my friends, couples’ small group and family ministry. Miss you, Carla. Nice visiting your blog again. =)

    • Reply Rica January 4, 2015 at 12:50 PM

      I miss you Carms! Let me message you cause we are going to Dubai. Hoping kahit phone call will work. Continue sharing traditions that honor God!!!

      • Reply Carmina Idanan January 7, 2015 at 4:10 PM

        That will be great! Let us know when because we are also going home to Pinas and coming back, we will have a 15 hour stopover in Dubai, sana we can meet or yes, kahit phone call man lang. =) Standing with you and Joe and our whole Church in Dubai in prayer as God moves lives and advances His kingdom through your works. Love you, love you!

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