Grace, purposes and unconditional love

Some days I feel like nothing much really happens. And some days it feels like the day is so packed I need to take a few steps back, go through everything that happened in my head, and write about it. Just like today (technically ‘yesterday’ by the time I finish writing this post I’m sure).

This afternoon, I realized I love how our similarities bring us together. But I love it more when our differences bring us closer. Just like in a family. We disagree. We mess up. We fight. It hurts because despite all those things, we love. Then out of that love, we forgive. Then understanding happens. Then acceptance. Then more love. And grace plays into action. And grace can be quite difficult to comprehend. Because really, who would give someone something they don’t deserve? Doesn’t make sense. And would be impossible with our own strength. But it is said:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

Then tonight at the English club, we watched one of Nick Vujicic’s motivational talks. He talked about choosing to speak life. How little words of encouragement have such a big impact on the hearts of the people who are hurting. That it saves lives. That saying good is more badass than bullying – because it makes you a real life superhero. *Can’t believe I just came up with that line. I’m feeling like Mystique all of a sudden. Anyway… moving on~

He talked about how he loves his life because he knows who he is and his purpose. And I feel like those are two of life’s most difficult questions to answer. And the sad fact is that most people don’t know who they really are. They just know what people think of them. They don’t know what their purpose is. They just know what others want them to do.

His message was so powerful I was low-key crying in the back. It reminded me of my old self. I thought I knew who I was. I was proud. So proud. Then the things I was trying to build for myself fell right in front of my eyes. I was lost. I was broken. Then He found me and made me whole again. His unconditional love humbles me. He reminded me that what I can or can’t do don’t define me. Because my identity in Him is secured and true and will never change.

Before I end this, I just want to say, “I love you.” Yes, you. The one reading this. Whoever you are, wherever you’re from. You don’t believe me? That’s alright. I wouldn’t believe it either if some stranger just walked up to me and said, “I love you.” Weird. But you know why I actually do?

“We love because He first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

¡Adios 2014, Hola 2015!

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I’m trying to write my last post for 2014 but I keep on typing and erasing and typing and erasing again and again.

I guess whatever I want to write about, it all boils down to the fact that I learned and discovered a whole lot of things this year. From the right mindset of saving up and my thirst for traveling to trying to become a better daughter to my parents and planning ahead… and a lot of precious stuff in between.

I’m still starting to learn the ropes of handling my finances well in a way that will work for my needs, wants and life’s emergencies. I fervently hope I’m doing a good job. Maybe I am because my mom was happy with her Christmas gift last night? 😉

Like what I said above, this is my last post for this year. I can already see a better, brighter, more challenging year ahead. And I’m just so exhilarated that I will be able to start 2015 with an all-expense paid company event on January 2-3 in Bacolod. I honestly think my new bosses are the awesomest people on earth right now. Some people might think that having an online job is meh compared to a “real” office work, but trust me. Do whatever makes you happy and gives you the time and financial freedom you need.

Looking at my 2015 calendar right now… it amazes me how many days are already marked off for my already planned lagaws… And I just booked plane tickets for me and my friends’ Baguio-Vigan-Laoag trip in April next year! Gaaah! I’m so excited! So many beautiful things are coming my way. I can’t wait to finally live them.

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