On Obedience:

There is always a reward in obedience – sometimes, it may not be in the way you wanted, but always in the way you needed.

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Finding the strength that comes from within

Most of the time, we hold on to something or someone to feel confident. And it’s not entirely wrong. We have families, friends, and even certain “security blankets” that we depend on for us to feel motivated in life. But I hope that one day, we’ll learn to look deeper into our hearts; to search for that inner power – the strength that comes not from any external force but from within us. It’s the strength that remains even when the world seems to fall apart. Because it’s the power that springs from our commitment to overcome. No matter what. I hope we find that power within us. And to find it, we have to turn to the only One who is capable of giving us that power.

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#7

Remember, nothing beats the strength that comes from within.

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JULY 5, 2017 | #SONGSONGCOUPLEISREAL 

Today is indeed the best day YET for the #SongSongCouple fans all over the world – and I’m sooo proud to say that I’m one of those overjoyed fans! It has been a year since I’ve fallen deeply in love with these two and words are not enough to express how happy I am to have learned about the news – especially about the fact that they honored the idea of marriage! They’re such an inspiration.  Finally, all the stalking I did has paid off! 

Though it’s almost impossible for you to actually read this, but we, your fans, are sincerely happy for the both of you! You have our love and support in this important chapter of your lives! I just can’t wait for October 31 to come! *hears wedding bells*

So yeah, apparently, I made an extra special cover photo to pay tribute to my OTP!  (fangirling at its maximum level ) Congratulations, Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo!!! 👏

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Your approval over the world’s

I was dying to get the approval of the world when the only approval I needed to get was Yours. Nah, scratch that. You’ve already loved me even if I was never worthy of Your approval. What more can I ask for? ❤ But I guess, it doesn’t just stop there. I really have to get Your approval; not because I’m obliged to, but because I WANT to. Besides, is there a better way to say “Thank YOU”  than striving to be like You?

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#6

A year ago, I had almost entirely different plans for the next five years or so. Thanks to all those detours, I decided to aim for a much better destination.

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#5

May we reach a point in our lives when we can wholeheartedly say, “Thy will be done, even when it hurts. ‘Cause You know better than I.” 

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Straight from the Heart: 2016 Reflection

“…And so I’ve finally understood how instances which brought tremendous anxiety can lead a person to strive and achieve absolute peace. Because through it all, we always have a choice: Whether to appreciate the beauty of the petals or to hurt ourselves with the flower’s thorns; or even to be bold enough to believe in the best of both worlds. And even when we think that there’s no other choice, thinking in such a way also became our choice…” -mgls©2016

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#4

The earth may shake. Oceans may rise. Thunders will roar. Still, my God is Lord of all.

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Everything will be okay. 

Dear, you.

Yes, YOU.

Everything will be okay.

Maybe not today;

Maybe, not even tomorrow.

But believe me:

Someday, everything will be okay.

You’ll be okay.

And all the pain will be taken away.

Everyone has his “bad days”.

But someday, things will fall into place.

Hold on to that faith.

Again, everything will be okay.

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#3

Life is a combinatiom of a “yes” and a “no”; of acceptance amd of rejection. Life doesn’t always give you what you want, when you want it or how you want it. But one thing’s for sure, it gives you what you’ve always needed.

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#2

In whatever aspect of our lives, waiting can be rewarding. Because great things take time. 

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#1

It’s amazing how one person can cause an impact into someone else’s life. Indeed, there is power in every testimony.

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Yes, That’s Love.

Love is never just about what you think or feel about a certain person in a certain span of time. Love is more about the little things you do for him or her, the decisions you make each day that would affect his or her life in one way or another. Love cannot be fully defined by your emotions. It goes way beyond the butterflies in the stomach, the quickened heartbeats resulting in tachycardia, or even the feeling of being on cloud nine. Love is a commitment. Love is a choice; a decision you make especially when you seem to run out of reasons to do so. Love is a ministry – both to people who are easy to love and more so to the people who are very hard to love. Love is exactly what Jesus has shown us when He decided to embrace all that we are. It’s the love that covers all our sins; a love that had forgiven even before we realized that we were wrong. And a love that continues to believe, to work and to strive so that, slowly, change will take place in the very core of anyone who’ll be filled with it – a change that illuminates, rather than that which simply shines; a change that will also bring about change to more redeemed souls as time goes by; a change that can turn this hurting world into a place filled with new hope and new beginnings.

So yes, I think, love is all about causing a great impact in the lives of the people whom you consider dear to you. It is about how much their views about life and the world have changed because they’ve known YOU. And if in case you don’t know yet, you have been loved for so long.  So don’t look for it anymore. You have it in you a long time ago.

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I don’t know what the future holds,
But I know who holds the future. ☝
I may fear what life will bring,
But I know the One who owns it is King. 👑
Indeed, each day is a proclamation of faith –
from baby steps to the big leaps. 👣
It may not be as easy as I say,
but I’m willing to try – to trust and to obey. 🙏
I know things will fall into place…day by day. 🌸

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For me, nothing’s more pleasing than knowing that the Lord our God is ALIVE. And He is alive in everyone – regardless of age, gender, race, religion; regardless of our past, our mistakes; regardless of how long we’ve been fooled by the greatest lie that we are not loved. Now, the choice is ours: whether to embrace the reality and the call to follow Him against all odds or to remain in the facade of our comfort zones, depriving ourselves of the privilege to experience LIFE as we have never experienced before. Yes, it’s easier said than done, especially when the journey’s road blocks seem to hit us every single time.

But I still think it’s worth it. 💯 Besides, He first believed I was worth His flesh and blood, though I know very well I was never deserving…not at all. ☝

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One evening, I looked up at the sky.

And there was one wish that was brought to mind:

I wished I could go back in time;

I wished I could be a child again –

without the worries, without the stress,

without the past and all those regrets

without the burden brought by today

without the anxiety that awaits tomorrow

Yes, I wished life could be that simple again.

I wished I could be a child again.

But I realized, all I can do was wish for it to happen.

And it will always remain as a wish; a wish that can never be granted.

Life, as it is now, is all I have.

I can never go back,

And I can’t afford to make it fast forward.

No matter what I do, No matter how hard it may be,

I have to go through  the life that was laid down for me.

As I grow older each day, I realize that

What happened before, I can never change anymore.

Only the lessons of yesterday will prepare me for more.

What happens now, is for me to cherish, to treasure, to value.

Because once it passes, it will just be another memory to look back to.

What holds the future may be unknown but it will always be worth waiting for.

And so I’ve learned that being a child again wasn’t what I truly needed

It was accepting the reality, that life comes with age,

Age welcomes experiences,

And experiences bring about maturity

And that maturity enables us to understand

That we can be happy even when things seem to fall apart;

We can smile through all the pain;

We can believe even when reason and rationality tell us to do otherwise;

Because at the end of the day

Whether it’s about living a simple life

Or being happy with who we are

It is still our choice.

It has been and it will always be.

Before, I wished I could be a child again…

I wished I could go back to yesterday.

Not anymore.

I’d rather accept the bigger challenge.

I’d rather go through today

And await what holds tomorrow. ✨

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Tell me, is there a lovelier sight to behold than that of doctors and soldiers working hand in hand, serving the country “together”? And is there a more nerve wracking, tear-jerking, heart warming love story, with all the life’s irony, than that of a soldier and a doctor? 

Yes, there may be. 

But one thing’s for sure. Such a beautiful story proved to me that to live is to be noble. And to serve, we ought to give our all. It’s when we learn to put someone’s needs before ours that we begin to sustain peace – something which we possess, but we usually look for elsewhere. 

Life is about endurance. It’s in acknowledging our differences that we learn to appreciate what’s the same. And it’s about holding on to the truth that love, though it may be put to test, will always conquer all in the end. 

Thank you, Descendants of the Sun. You’ve rekindled the fire inside. Truly, you’ve left a huge mark in my heart.

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With everything that’s been happening around the world right now, it’s very important to remind ourselves that in the midst of turmoil, there is always hope; that despite all the chaos, we can still find peace; and that when everything else seems to fall apart right in front of our eyes, we can still believe in the power of unity. 

We must keep on believing that people are worth fighting for; they are worth loving, worth all the efforts and the sacrifices. And most all, life is worth living – no matter what comes our way or what other people would say. 

And it all boils down to the unchangeable truth: Though we don’t know what lies ahead of us, we can put our confidence in the One that holds the past, the present and the future.

Truly, in the midst of darkness, there is light. And while everyone else spends his life, struggling to search for the light, dare to be different – aim to be the light. 

Thoughts: on seeing things with a clear perspective 

It has been more or less 14 years since I’ve first worn a pair of eyeglasses. Yes, I discovered that I was having problems with my eyesight during the 2nd grade. In fact, I started out with a grade of 250 for both eyes. Now, I have a grade of about 800 and it’s almost impossible for me to recognize a person without my glasses, even with a fair distance. 

Wearing glasses was a challenge, for so many reasons – first, I’m one of those people who would really look like a nerd when wearing glasses; second, it’s hard to play basketball or volleyball or any kind of game that would involve playing with a ball. I already experienced being hit straight in the face and my glasses almost broke (thank God it didn’t shatter into pieces or else I would probably be blind right now); third, when it’s summer and you stayed long under the scorching sun, your glasses would leave a mark on your face making that portion the only one not getting a sunburn; fourth, in case you misplace it, it’s gonna be hard to find since, remember, you actually needed a pair of glasses to see clearly! 😂; and lastly, the maintenance required. The pair of glasses that you used when you were 7 will most likely not be suitable for you after three years or so…or maybe, even just after a year. The grade of your eyes would increase over time, and then you had to request for a new pair of lens. The prices, especially for those of good quality, were never a joke, either. And you just had to have your eyes monitored at least a year, just to be sure you won’t be needing a higher grade for the lens anytime soon. 

But then, there’s the bright side in wearing glasses. For some people, you would look like a smart kiddo who diligently studies his lessons every night even if that’s not exactly the case. 😂  But I guess the best part about wearing a pair of eyeglasses is that a person who’s almost close to being blind is finally given a chance to see the world in a clearer point of view. Someone who may struggle to see the fine details of his surroundings and even the person he’s talking to, may now enjoy the beauty of seeing things in a better resolution. In reality, not everyone has been blessed enough with a 20-20 vision, for various reasons – the problem may be hereditary, it could be the life style, or certain incidents along the way. But at least people like us could still have a chance to look around and appreciate every fine detail. 

It may be much of a hassle, but if it meant seeing the world in a clearer view, I would be thankful enough to be able to wear a pair of eyeglasses. 

The thing is, not everyone can see the world clearly as much as most people do. There are others who have a greater obstacle of not seeing anything at all. I hope today, if you felt that everything in your life has been shattered into pieces, the fact that you are reading this right now means that there is an expensive gift that you must be thankful for every single day: that is the gift of eyesight. ❤ And don’t ever take it for granted. Explore the world – read books, travel to different places, take pictures, visit people, make memories. Appreciate the beauty reflected around you because you’ll never know when you’ll lose the chance of seeing things in a clear perspective. 

Character and Changing the World (short version)

Being able to change the world ultimately lies in a person’s faith manifested in his character, much more than the intelligence or the skills he or she has developed through the years. Whatever gift one has can never be beneficial to the world unless he decides to utilize it for that purpose.

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