Journey On

During Bridgewood Church’s Sunday service a few weeks ago, the pastor gave this:

Four Reasons for Being Stalled On Your Journey in Life:

1. At a rest area (actions have stopped)

2. At a red light (wanting to move but there’s a hindrance)

3. In a round-about (putting effort but not getting around)

4. Detour (growing in life but in the wrong direction)

Then these verses came to mind:

“We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy but to imitate those who, through faith and patience, inherit what has been promised.” Hebrews 6: 11,12

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. For in just a little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith and if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.” Hebrews 10: 35-39

God has made us all for a specific purpose. We are not on this earth by accident. In Hebrews 10 it goes from “…if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him,” into “But we are not of those who shrink back…but of those who believe and are saved.” Doesn’t that show God has hope in us, too? That the Creator of all things actually believes in us? Shouldn’t that motivate us to do as much as we can in this life that we’ve been blessed with while giving glory to Him? How motivating! Don’t shrink back but keep on growing. Put in effort and work hard and “it will be richly rewarded.”

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Living to Live for 2013

First and foremost…HAPPY 2013!!!

How was your New Year’s? My days leading up to 2013 and a bit after consisted of the above images courtesy of Instagram. Opening gifts on Christmas Day, intense games of Dutch Blitz, my current reads, jam sessions with my brothers, and even this little cutie giving me a surprise smooch on NYE! Now it’s already three days into the new year. It took me a few days to think about what my first post for 2013 should be; I knew I didn’t want to go straight into fashion/look shots. Instead, I’ll write on something we all need at least every once in a while especially when we start a new year: encouragement.

Be positive, don’t just think positive. Be thankful. Be kinder. Help others. Smile more. Love more. Because you can’t live a positive life with a negative mind. I’m a huge believer that everything happens for a reason and there’s a lesson to be taken from any situation. It doesn’t necessarily even have to be a bad situation. Waking up with air in your lungs is something to be thankful enough for. And please, you don’t always have to resort to social media to post your complaints and miserableness. One bad day doesn’t mean you have a bad life.

Live it out. What motivates you? What’s the thing that drives you to keep pushing yourself? Music’s a big part of my life. Ergo, some of my favorite “you’ve got this” songs.

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Keep track. 365 days is a pretty long time and we can tend to lose our perseverance throughout those days. Personally, physically writing down goals and encouragement for myself helps me to think positive. When I was in the Philippines I started a quote book where I wrote down anything that lifted my spirits just a bit more. It quickly became filled with Bible verses, quotes from books and the Internet, song lyrics, and words of wisdom from close friends and family. Whenever I feel down and discouraged I read each page carefully and meaningfully. How do you keep yourself on track?

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Trust God. Yep, you knew it was coming! Accepting Christ into your heart is the best gift you could ever receive and living it out changes your entire life. Have faith! Block fear, worry, and anxiety. These keep you from living the life you were designed to live. Dive deep into His Word, His love letter to us that basically guides us through anything and everything. I realize life is far from perfect; it never will be, actually. But remember: God brought you into this life. He will get you through it.

I am no therapist, counselor, or the like but I pray that these words somehow help you achieve what you want to do and who you want to be in 2013. Be determined and stay focused. Be the type of person you want to meet. I for one am so excited to see what God has in store for me this year!

“Get on your knees and pray. Then get on your feet and work.” -Gordon B. Hinckley

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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“You are altogether beautiful my love; there is no flaw in you.” – Song of Solomon 4:7

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“Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find ”tomorrow” on the calendars of fools. Forget yesterday’s defeats and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever utter are, ”If I had my life to live over again.” Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day! Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” –Og Mandino

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15. “B-e-a-utiful” -Megan Nicole

16. “Domino” -Jessie J

17. 3:35. Could NOT stop laughing for some reason hahaha

18. Chachi’s “I Should Have Kissed You” routine. Ugh. 

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That 80’s Dress

Uh, first off, please forgive me for that nasty stain. Thanks. 🙂

It’s weird/sad doing an outfit post that was taken while I was home because, well, now I’m not. I got this dress while thrifting (again. I went about 5 times in MI) and you can probably tell, but it’s really a skirt! I pulled it up and tied the “belt” around my waist. I was really attracted to it because of the print and it gives me an 80’s “Saved by the Bell” feel. Definitely a statement dress.

This was the day I went to my best friend’s house to celebrate her 20th birthday! It was great seeing her, my other friends and family friends; most of them was for the last time. 😦 I’m so blessed having every single one of them in my life and giving me encouragement and support.

As for me right now, I’m trying to cope and overcome all the nostalgia I have from my MI trip and the fear of the future. Thank God for Skype. I’m able to talk to my mom and my dad who give me the most encouragement and support than anyone else. I even made sure to write everything down while they were talking to me so I can look back on it. You know your parents care when they tear up while giving you advice. They really care.

“This is a blue moon opportunity. It’s going to be hard but you can do it.”

“You are a strong person. You have a strong personality. If anyone can beat this it’s you.”

“There is always a change…..but simple things can revolutionize your life.”

“Always always thank the Lord. The glory goes back to Him.”

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17

Wellp, back to SoFA this week and I’m going to have CRAZZYYYY jetlag. Haha, I’m ready.

Lastly, hi and thanks to all the new followers! 🙂

Happy is a Noun

Happiness. What makes happiness? I had a really hardcore reflection on this for the past 15 minutes and as I was watching the movie Flywheel tonight, I was so inspired and happy by how a man’s life was changed for the better when he stopped living for himself and turned to God. 

I don’t understand how people can be so negative. I mean, I know I can be a negative battery on sour days, but when people do it every single day? And constantly making it publicly known? Negativity is such a burden. You get nowhere with it. So why continue to bring yourself down with discouragement? Turn that discouragement into encouragement and do something that will make you…happy. It’s like that cliché saying “life is too short to be unhappy,” and it’s true, but it’s only through Christ that you find true happiness and a heart of peace.

Have you ever thought of being perfect? I know it’s humanly impossible to be perfect perfect; we just can’t do it. But being perfect as in smiling at everyone, doing nice gestures, respecting elders, caring towards everyone, being nice to everyone, not getting angry or creating conflicts, no swearing, no disrespecting, sitting up straight, catching up with a friend you haven’t spoken to in months or more, telling your parents “I love you,” don’t let the little things get to you, no sighing, and just taking in every moment of your day as a precious gift. Anyone is capable of doing this. I think if people did this even just for a day, the world would be a better place.

Easier said than done of course.

I remember at LU Miles McPherson was speaking in convo and he said “Turn everything in your life into a Cairo moment.” Chronos moments are moments where life just passes you by minute by minute; it’s just bland. Cairo moments are the moments that make you stop and say “Wow.” It’s those moments that take your breath away. 

Currently I feel empowered to do anything and I know it’s nothing but the Holy Spirit’s doing. 

This is me in this happiness zone.

2011, let’s do something epic. Cairos epic. 

Psalm 37:4 

Nothing compares to Your embrace. Light of the world, Forever Reign.