Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Let Go

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Filipinos have been known to have long-winded Christmas celebrations. The rush would usually start when the so-called "ber months" begin. Officially, it would kick-off in the month of September. Vendors commence to display products related to Christmas. Radios would air phenomenal Christmas songs. Moreover, people would also decorate their house with Christmas ornaments.

Friday, October 11, 2019

30ish

     For someone like me, reaching this milestone is my biggest achievement so far. I could still not believe how I have reached this far. Well, there is the only one answer to it. I AM BLESSED. I AM BLESSED by my Almighty Father.
    Turning thirty might have been hard to imagine, but it is something that someone should not miss out. If I go down the memory lane there would be not enough room for how many times I fell and made myself deeply wounded. There are countless times of misery and cliffhanger moments. Whirlwind emotions or even desperate seasons. However, no matter how complicated my life was, the certainty that I could eventually surpass everything was always in my heart. I might have reached the verge of giving up, yet at the end of every day, I would still get myself being salvaged by the promises of God that He has instilled in my heart. I could just rely on Him each time I go though thick and thorns.
    Like the colorful sunset, those thirty years had its own spectrum of colorful learning and experiences. In fact most of those times I have been grateful. Grateful to all the favors and blessings that God has provided in my life, that despite how lacking I have been, He would always fill me with His might , love and grace. Now, as I embark this new mileage, I can only say that I would still anchor my life to God. Whatever He has pre-planned for me in the journey, I will lift and let everything to Him. The next incoming years might be uncertain, yet I know I have no time to complain because my faith and commitment to Him is certain. The world has strained me so bad. This time I will try my hardest not to listen to its demands.
   To my family whom I care and love so much, I pray  to God that His perfect and beautiful time will come for them to commit themselves wholly to His sovereignty in their lives.

   To myself, yes it will be hard for sure. Do not be blinded by the hardship. Always speak your heart out and stand firmly and boldly according to God's will in your life. Be patient.The standards of this world doesn't define the plan of God for you. Be more understanding. Live simply for God's glory. Live the way that glorifies His Name. Always seek His Word and His Will. Aim higher for your life as it is to the Lord. Most especially aim to inspire others by living like Jesus. Let them see Jesus in you and your life. Forgive. Love. Love. Love.
    To all 30 years old: to be thirty is not something to be anxious about.

 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.Romans 12:2 New International Version (NIV)

   Never let the world's standards define who you are and you will be. It could be in your career or relationship status.  If you're still single, take it as an opportunity to use your freedom to serve God. Remember family life is a juggler's life. It is as if you juggle too many balls at the same time. So, before you get yourself into that irreversible commitment and as long as you still can, make it as the most meaningful out of your single and blessed life. Living the life is not as easy as flipping the pages of a book. It's a deep dive into the unknown. Remember that we are winning and losing as we live every single day of our lives. Embrace the process. Prioritize what has to be in  front and center. Lay down all those areas of your life on God's altar. Make a commitment with Him. Surrender everything to Him. Seek His counsel and let God be your North Star. As the world changes around you let God be the constant that you can depend on in your life. Let God decide and let His purpose and will be accomplished in your life. If He answers all those desires in your heart, "Praise God!" If He doesn't, remain joyful because His love for you remains and He is always there for you. Never grow weary. Use your prime to focus on the assignment that God has given you. Anyway, if those desires are for you, He will definitely bring you to completion and victory. When His beautiful time for your life unfolds, it will be perfect. 

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”


Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

V❤V in Iloilo City

It was a beautiful day on a Friday the 13th. I never expected this day would come. Not in my million dreams. I used to imagine only to meet them in Manila. Yet, the fact that they came to my city was more than what I have imagined. I have known these two awesome ladies through Sharmaine. She loves pink and anything about Paris. She came through Verniece's instagram feed and there's how it all started. I love there OOTDs and travel blogs, until they got into Youtube. From then on I became a regular subscriber and came to know them well and love them more through their vlogs. VV&Co came into the limelight, they hit the entrepreneurial world by storm and it made them more known. No wonder why they are blessed in the momentum where they are in right now. It is simply because these ladies represent themselves and their platform genuinely without any pigment of imagination. Though they look like they came out from a fiction book outwardly, yet the way they carry themselves and get along with everyone shows humility and passion towards inspiring others. Keep inspiring!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Underrated Faithfulness

I can say that a human mind is limited. It cannot be filled, there are limits that can cause it to malfunction when reached. There are things that we set with our mind to that serve as our goal or focus.
Most of the time when we focus on a certain objective, we become very attentive to it. Also, if an unusual event occurs, especially if it brings discomfort or excitement, our mind turn its focus to it.
If that happens, we simply lose track of our regular pattern. We become disoriented of other concerns and happenings in our life. For example, when a problem comes, we set our mind on it with so much eagerness to solve and overcome the problem. We become too preoccupied that we close our self to any other things around us. I could totally understand why a person becomes inefficient when she has a burden on her shoulder. The problem is so complicated that it could spring out its roots and immobilize our being. We become disassociated with the real world and the problem becomes our world. I could definitely attest to it.
This year started with a lot of worries in my mind. As the days, weeks and months have passed I was able to prove that my instincts were really accurate. I went through thunders and high waters. I felt that everything just poured out simultaneously and endlessly, from the constant challenges from my family, time-bound demands from work, confusing issues of friends and the people around me and even the war I have within myself. Since I was too attentive to my trial, I became accessible to fear, doubt, and lots of worries. These negative virtues fed on my vulnerability. That moment where I smile but would feel silly because it doesn't really feel right. That instance where I could feel my head seems heavier that what I can only do is to keep my head ducked down the entire time.
My mind is so heavy and exhausted that I can not even think straight. It is so much that all I just want to do is to take it out and the only way to do that is to wail, yet even my tear ducts might have dried up because of too much stress.
I have been like that as the days keep going. Each passing day, I noticed joy estranged me. What I have in me are all sentiments. Profound sentiments about my life. Bitterness stalked me. Loneliness came. Self-pity followed. On the contrary, hope though barely breathing, remains.
Despite feeling awful, I never missed reading and doing my devotions every day with the little hope that God would be able to turn around my situation.
And HE never failed, has never failed, never fails and will not fail. That little hope in me pumped up and made a big difference. That Sunday was my headway. During the praise and worship the song " Goodness of God" was sung. Suddenly I felt my throat grew tighter. My mind was eventually enlightened when the lyrics of the song struck my heart. From there, my tear ducts which have been experiencing drought for along time, overflowed, even flooded. FAITHFULNESS. That was the word, in all caps, that God instilled in my heart.
When I was in the battlefield, my mind was clouded with all the negativity. I was too busy thinking of solutions and way out. It didn't even come to me that through all those things, through the years, His faithfulness to me has never changed. His goodness for me has never diminished even a little bit.
His goodness even comes running after me every time, yet I failed to see it in the process.
After that moment I held a tight grip on His faithfulness. When I did that, everything was restored. I traced back to all of my previous devotional topics during those hard times, and it overwhelmed me when I saw that every topic highlighted His goodness and faithfulness in my life. I was too blinded to see and discern it.
Yes, when this world is too chaotic to deal with, we become numb, blind and weak, and we fail to remember that we have a BIG GOD who is ABLE to do even the impossible things for us. We tend to forget that all throughout our life His faithfulness remains and never falters.
Now as I cling on Him, I have received incomparable joy. I have gained indestructible faith and trust. I am blessed with immeasurable strength and endurance.
When we were faithless, He remains faithful.
When we were hopeless, He restores us.
When we were weak, He makes us strong.
When we were blind, He makes us see.

Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
  • Because His compassions fail not.
    They are new every morning;
    Great is Your faithfulness.
    “ The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
    “ Therefore I hope in Him!”
  • Lamentations 3:22-24