As I turn the page to a new chapter, I want to look back on years that have gone by and reminisce the lessons I have learned.
Although the past years may have been very difficult for me, it didn’t break me. For every bad hit, I have continued standing and moving forward. I call it God’s grace and protection. Despite the bruises, here am I still standing strong and full of faith on the promises of God. I have learned that we all had to go through some phases in life where we will be tested not to break us but to make us a better person than we were before. It may not be easy, but always choose to be the one who never gives up. Stand up from where you fall, and start all over to win. Have faith in yourself and trust God’s ways and plans because it is always for your best.
Last year was full of colors and many things. It was a year when I needed to gather all my strength, courage and faith. The struggle was real for sure, but I have a bigger God – bigger than those challenges that came my way. It was also a year when I have witnessed how everything in my life was deliberately stitched together for a reason, and that was to work for my good. Everything was simply flowing naturally in beautiful coordination.
The first quarter of the year was quite a challenge for me, both in my personal life and career. It almost pushed me to the last drop of my patience. At first, I didn’t understand why certain things had to happen the way they happened. It just became clearer at the end of the quarter. There were endings that lead me to new beginnings and better road. I’m so glad I kept my sanity. I’m so glad I didn’t give up.
The second quarter of the year was the start of new things in my life. New beginnings and new people. Truly, “God makes all things new”.
God certainly knows my heart. He knows my pain. He knows what I can bear and withstand. He knows what is good for my mind and soul. He probably feels that I had enough.
God did not only give me a new start and a new environment, but He also made sure that I will have new buddies to make the journey worthwhile. He ended some relationships to give way to better new ones. I met a lot of kindhearted and positive people who played significant roles on how I finished the year strong, and yes positive! It was just so amazing. Prior to meeting them, I remember I was just praying to God to lead me to the right people. God was so fast in answering. He surely knows who to place at the right moment in my life.
The third and fourth quarter were quite a test of endurance and perseverance.
Just when my husband and I thought that things might be too hard for us, it turned out differently.
We survived the whole year with blessings pouring in to our surprise. We finished strong! I would say it was all because of God’s grace and mercy. “For when two or three gather in my name, I am with them.”
Despite the series of rejection, discrimination and discouragement I had experienced in the past, I still believe that life is beautiful, that dreams do come true and that there are still good people around. It didn’t change the way I look at many things, like kindness and God’s love. I still believe in happy endings, miracles and victory. Setbacks are just temporary, because “the plans of the Lord is to prosper us and not to harm us”. Most of the times, it happens only to teach us humility or maybe it’s just another way of lighting the fire in our hearts so we will be pushed to be the best version of ourselves, so we can achieve the best version of our dreams.
I know all the waiting in the past will not be put to waste, because “God is faithful to His promises”, and I believe that He will fulfill his promises this year 2018. I am holding on to that promise. I am keeping my deepest faith, because I know that “nothing is impossible with God”. I have always believed that if God opens the door, nobody can ever shut it even if people tell you that you are not deserving or qualified. Remember that God doesn’t only call the qualified, He qualifies the called. Whatever you lack will be fulfilled, because“His grace is sufficient”.
Last year warrants a salute and a lot of “thank you(s)”. What a journey it has been. I thank God everyday for all the provisions as well as His protection. We would not have surpassed the year without His divine intervention. God’s love is limitless. No one can ever outdo God’s goodness. No words can ever express. My heart is just filled with joy and gratitude.
This year, I am lifting my dreams to God, my dream giver. I know time will come that my dream will come to pass. I claim that would be this year. After all the tears that I have cried, I claim that I will now have the appointed time to celebrate my victory of achieving my dream. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Let me end this, with the bible verse which was the first reading on the last day of the year 2017. I hope all the dreamers somewhere out there will not give up on their dreams, but instead will continue to keep their faith in God and believe that their time shall also come.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.”
– Ecclesiastes 3:1-4