I will never get this post done, unless I start writing it.
I have spent the past 2 months or so badly wanting to come up with another blog entry, but I felt like my words are just as lifeless as I was already becoming. I have already put up polls more than a month ago on my Instagram Stories to hopefully aid me in a post I wanted to write which was about ministry: what it is, what it is not and touch on its importance in our Christian growth. To be honest, I started writing it, but I could never end it. I could never come up with words to add at least a second paragraph. It's difficult, so difficult when there's emptiness but I still want to pour into others. Slowly, I am losing the glow, the excitement and the fun in blogging-- only to realize that what I perhaps needed was a rest from the ordinary so I can draw nearer to the Extraordinary.
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!
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.
Rest if you must, but don't you quit!
The Sunday Currently vol 15 (Easter Sunday)
The changing of seasons and what it teaches us
A season of pruning and refining
3 years into blogging + things I learned and unlearned
The Sunday Currently vol. 14
Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi
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