12 months, 52 weeks and 365 days, what a year has it been!
Time does run fast... so fast that it's as if I was on a speeding train nearing my next destination so soon that I haven't even slept yet! 2017 was a year of many unexpected events for me and my family. There were twists and turns in between, and I truly and honestly cannot thank God enough for the many majestic ways He has provided, protected and cared for each and everyone of us.
My 2017 was surely a year of learning new things, taking risks, accepting changes, and most of all, instilling an attitude of gratitude. When 2017 started, I took this challenge called "thanks-living". It was an idea from a devotional I read at that very time and I'm so glad I was able to go through it the whole year.
The challenge was to write about something that I was thankful to God for in every single day. I'd roll the tiny papers and keep it on a jar, or in my case, a container. The great thing about this is that I get to be thankful even for the simple things like being able to wake up the next morning, being able to move out and about, and all the other things we usually take for granted. Although not everyday is as bright as the other days, through the "thanks-living", I get to divert my attention from all the worries and focus on being grateful instead.
Because I loved doing the "thanks-living", I decided to unroll a few papers and read about what I was thankful for at the time.
When my mom started working, I had to get involved in all things cooking. Part of that was to learn how to cook certain Filipino/Chinese meals that the whole family loves.
My grandfather died the day before and I remember how miserable everyone felt about his loss, but God's comforting hand carried us through.
I don't remember what specific situation I was in at this time, but I'm glad for the change in perspectives always.
Oh my goodness! From October to present, I really wasn't able to get much needed sleep that honestly made me so sleepy and lazy during the whole day. This day must be good though!
Always have a great time at church!
Time spent with friends must never be taken for granted.
I guess I just learned how to appreciate the simple things. Simple things that have a great impact in our day-to-day lives such as the internet.
I can't believe that the first light yellow paper I unrolled was this one. The very first paper of thanksgiving that I have written down. A year later, a lot has happened and I'm oh so grateful for everything!
This is one of my favorite event at Fellowship (church). We got to go to the desert and had our worship time there where nature and humans all came before the God who created even the twinkling lights in the sky.
I love how my creative juices started flowing as I was assigned in one team with approx. 20 children during the Kidsgames Camp Winter edition. I never thought I'd learn to handle a cutter and make life-sized swords out of scrap materials. Thankful, so thankful...
Imagine reading 365 notes of gratitude! I can only look back and smile as I read what I've written the past few months. All those moments passed but with each one, a thanksgiving was given back to God, and that is just heartwarming at the purest form.
With thanks-living I learned that:
There's something to be thankful for everyday.
Our hearts can be trained to be thankful as long as we want to.
Our eyes can see the good in any situation as long as our hearts are open to that idea.
Every time we give thanks we become more content.
Thanksgiving is a way of living.
We have a purpose, a blueprint, and a God who loves us beyond compare.
Today I write my last one, and cap off 2017 with gratefulness as I enter the new year with a renewed heart, a thirst for God's word, and still... an attitude of gratitude.
Happy New Year, everyone!
Thanks for making it to this portion of the internet. I am truly grateful to each one of you for reading my entries! Most of what I've written here are unspoken words — words I wish I could've said or shared with anyone in person but has remained in my heart until I was able to write it in here.
My life's full of downs than ups, but through it all, I have seen and tasted the sweetness of God's grace and love. With that, I can tell you with a convinced heart that God is faithful, He is good and He never runs out of love for you and for me. Hope you enjoy your read(s)!
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