It seems like, in human nature, one of the hardest things we've ever had to deal with is change. Every time we are taken away from our comfort, our natural instinct is to desperately hold on to that thing we feel completes us, our entire being. All of these to say that seasons do change. In one way or another, going through periods of uncertainty, emptiness and brokenness only leads us to a better understanding of what remains certain and unchanging through it all.
Humanly speaking, I cannot think of a foolproof way to deal with the changing seasons in life because of the inevitable pain, anxiety and fear that sometimes come along with it, but I looked up these verses in the Bible that fortunately helped me come up with this post. It has encouraged me, I hope it does for you too.
Into the last day of February! How has your month been? Mine was going steady until this week where things were shaken up a bit; faith was tested but trust and confidence in God surely heightened to new levels.
I remember exactly 3 years ago today, I had started a journey of the unknown — walking down unfamiliar paths; meeting new people, conversing to strangers with whom I shared the same interests; getting involved in online groups, and immersing myself in a world that helped me know God and know myself in all the adventures and misadventures of life. Looking back into what blogging has done for me, I can honestly say that I loved every easy and difficult part that came along with it. I loved the people I came to know and of course, I also loved every moment that I got to encourage and shed light on someone else's dark corners. And if it wasn't God who breathed life on my words, those words will just stay as words.
I admit that there were a lot of my life's inside stories in the span of three years that didn't make it into this blog which I sincerely hope I can write about someday. Even then, I want you to know first and foremost that God has been good. Life hasn't for the most part, but HE has remained my anchor in all those depressing times. It was those days of sadness that made me turn to Him and my blog more. And now that I'm on my third year into blogging, I wanna share a couple of things that I learned and thankfully unlearned along the way. Some of it may not directly be related to blogging per se, but it still helped me all throughout. I hope it does for you too!
Before 2017 ended, we were blessed enough to have been able to visit the newest museum in town, Louvre Abu Dhabi. Coming from Al Ruwais, it took about an hour and a half before we reached the venue. Good thing my aunt was able to book our tickets online so we didn't have to line up amongst the long cue of people by the entrance gates. The area is truly attractive from the outside, and the washrooms along with the perfect greenery for photo-shoots are situated outdoors. The museum's dome-like structure is already a work of art in itself — bravo to the ones who came up with its construction and design. So genius!
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.
I live an ordinary life; striving and making it work in the giant sandpit aka Dubai. My life isn't perfect (I wish it was!) But I guess there's something about the imperfection in my journey that makes it worth the write and share. I believe that we don't have to have everything figured out because if we do, a lifetime won't be enough.
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