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

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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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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.

Walk at Your Own Pace

You may think your life has gone wrong just because something turned out entirely different from what you have always planned…until you come to a concrete realization that you’ve actually been reserved for something GREATER – much, much more than you’ve ever imagined for yourself. Don’t be stuck with the “detours”. No matter how many they may be, bear in mind that there is always a “destination” to look forward to. Wait. Work. Trust and obey. 

In every detour, you have the privilege of building your core, so that when you reach your destination, you’re the person fit for the job.

Walk at your own pace. You’re in no competition with anyone else. At the end of the day, nothing’s more heartwarming than seeing yourself better than who you are yesterday, and seeing the rest of the world experiencing the same. 🙂

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