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As we are counting the days to the new year, to new hopes, to new beginnings and new things to look forward to, I would like to encourage you to sit in a moment of silence and watch your 2014 life roll by. This activity can bring about some sad, happy, exciting and devastating memories all together but trust me, Its worth the watch.

The reason why I encourage you to do so, as you will realize how much stronger, bolder, smarter and brighter you have become. As we know, everyday brings some lessons for us to learn and brings in new hope to motivate us somehow. This year was a year I would like to share with my readers today.

This year was a roller coaster ride for me in particular, yet one of the best. While I welcomed 2014 with high hopes and spirit, I also felt a serious change in my season that this year will be something different, I felt nervous and scared but the same time assured that whatever will happen will happen for the best. So why best?.. Here is why..

My top 5 things I am grateful of 2014.

1. I am thankful that God continually showed his presence in my life. This year was a year of so many problems, having somewhat like a snowball or a domino effect, yet I survived this year able to battle those problems not my my strength but by the Grace of God.

“Having God in your life does not make you storm free, but storm proof!”

2. I am thankful of being able to forgive my past, reunite with old friends and meet some new friends.

3. I am thankful that in this year I had experience being in drought a season of dessert as every dark night comes with a brighter morning.

4. I am thankful of how God continually taught me new things. Things I thought I never could do nor think of, such as fashion, designing my own dress, experiencing on meeting new business owners and developers.

5. Lastly I am thankful that despite everything this year had to offer, I am here, standing stronger, smarter, bolder and brighter knowing God is with me all the way.

Last year around this time (Dec 2013) My mind and heart was full of hopes, dreams and promises that I hoped God will fulfill one way or another. I had so much to look forward too but see, God had other plans somehow I was blinded with my dreams I totally forgot what God wanted me to experience. There is nothing wrong with planning or dreaming or even looking forward to what your hearts desires are however it is also important to consider or make room for Gods plans for you as well otherwise you may be up for some serious disappointments.

So this year, I have a few prayer points to welcome 2015. New hopes and dreams; new things to look forward to but this time having Gods plans in mind as well.

I pray that you all will be happy despite how 2014 treated you, and excited as I am to welcome the new years with Gods provision and blessings that this coming year would be of a greater one.

Until next year everyone, I look forward to writing more and sharing more on how God has continually worked in my life. Have a blessed and happy new year! 🙂

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Celebrate Life!

Birthdays, Anniversaries and Graduation have all one thing in common.. to celebrate life’s milestones.

Recently I was blessed to witness I friends birthday party which is not the ordinary way of celebrating birthdays. Usually when people throw birthday parties it is all about their friends, fancy places and activities and wish list catering to them. I am not saying that this is bad or wrong, but that’s just how everyone celebrates birthday.

My friend Riva on the other hand celebrates birthday with the street children or the less privileged. She increases the count of her attendees with her age. She celebrates with them in a restaurant which they can only dream of entering. Plays games and does unique activities with her special invited guests and friends. On top of that she asks her friends to not give her gifts but cater to her wish list of giving certain things to her special guests, such as educational materials, slippers or shoes, clothes and utilities like toothbrush and soap.

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Riva started this when she was 18, ten years later she has now invited 28 kids and made it extra special by bringing them to a science museum. After which they had story telling then celebrated in the local Filipino fast food chain restaurant. I was so blessed to even simply witness the happiness in the faces of the kids of having a new slipper or a new toothbrush! Somethings we simply take in for granted.

While seeing the smile on their faces, I was reminded of the birth of Jesus Christ and why we celebrate Christmas. That baby Jesus was born so that one day he can bridge the gap between our relationship with our God the Father. A sense of Hope and renewal a reason for us to celebrate life.

Let us not forget the reason why we celebrate Christmas or why we simply celebrate life, the reason why we are here, the purpose and the gift.

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Joy and enjoyment are available just as misery. Righteousness and peace are available just as condemnation and turmoil. There are blessings and curses now its up to you what you would like to choose. Deuteronomy 30:19 tells us to choose life and blessings! – new day by Joyce Meyer

Luke 2:6-7 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her first born, a son. She wrapped him in clothes and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

Isaiah 9:6 For us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting father and Prince of Peace.

Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas! 🙂

WHERE CAN I FIND PEACE?

If I were to ask you, draw me a picture on what is peace for you? I’m sure most of you will have a picture in your head of a beach, calm waves crashing the shore, birds flying and kids building a sand castle in the side, for others it can be in your living room in from of a fire place nice soothing music playing while you sip your hot chocolate, or maybe for others doing yoga, massage, or as simple as having no war or death because of unresolved issues.

From this season of Christmas, we all experience back to back parties and get together’s. Not just this season, but in life in general, from a stressful day at work or school, heavy traffic, unfigured life plans, marital issues, unresolved and conflicting situations, we all strive to find peace, peace in mind, heart and within ourselves. Which leaves us begging with the question of “Where can I find peace?”

This weekend, I had a pleasure of listening to pastor Christian preach about peace. The true definition and what the Bible had to say about peace. While listening to the Pastor preach, I was reminded of my recent past of who I was before Christ in my life. Of how I spent money like a leaking faucet just to fill the part of my life where peace lacked. I went to countless beach trips, out of town trips, spent time with friends and did things which the world defines peace. Which was nothing wrong, apparently, for some strange reason that particular bucket remained empty despite those countless efforts.

We all know our heart, by default, has a vault where only God has the key, A space where only God can fill. And this space – yes! is where the peace of God lies. Believe me after all this years of trying to fill this space, I failed. Mainly because I failed to understand that unique design of how God created us to be.

This empty space was now getting filled every time I heard Gods word, seeked him and followed His will for me. The moment God came in to picture of my blurry life now started to make sense, the purpose became more clear and my life became more beautiful everyday. This started to reflect in my character, my beauty and my relationships with everyone.

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A story is told of a painting contest. The artists were asked to render their perspective on subject of peace. There was one who painted calm waters of a brook. Another painted a man under a tree resting. But one submitted his artwork that didn’t seem to make sense at first. It was a picture of raging waters coming from the top of a mountain. The weather gloomy and it looked like the wind was strong.

But when you zoom into one part of the painting, you will see a bird with her young lings in a cleft of a rock, nestling. In the midst of the raging waters, gloomy weather and strong winds, they peacefully rest.

The Bible says that Jesus is our Prince of Peace and He is with us every moment.

So what does it mean to have the Peace of God? There are three points to consider:

1. Peace with God.

We have peace with God through Jesus. We were at war with Him. The Bible says that, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.” (Romans 5:10)

Jesus came so that our relationship with God could be restored.

2. Peace of God.

The result of peace with God is the peace of God. Life is now lived before an audience of One. The Apostle Paul says that he lives to please only One – only his Savior Jesus.

We are told in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

3. Peace with others.

Because we have peace with God which brings about the peace of God, it is now possible to be at peace with others. If we have been forgiven of our gravest of offense, we are now empowered by His grace to forgive others.

Romans 12:18 tells us to “do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”

My Prayer for all of you reading this, just like God had turned my life for the best, I pray same for you. May you have the peace of God to know Him better, to restore relationships and most importantly to set you free.

Remember that Peace is not the absence of storms but the assurance of God’s presence in the midst of it.

Have a good week everyone 🙂