Blessed and Blissful at 30

To me, age has always been irrelevant. And I don’t mind people asking how old I am for two reasons. One is because I act and feel like a kid most of the time people usually think I am younger. And second is because when you ask how old I am, I think about years of being blessed. I think about years’ worth of adventures, years’ worth of learning and improving myself, years’ worth of struggles and challenges that made me try to understand people more, years’ worth of love and kindness from people that have come and gone, years’ worth of love and strength from those who stayed, and years’ worth of the Lord’s love and guidance.

So, every time that clock strikes 12 on the 25th of the 2nd month of the year, I am reminded that every year added to my life means another year’s worth of blessings. And I can’t let the moment pass by without saying thank you to you who remembered and are happy for me, to you who took time to celebrate with me, to you who has been or continues to be a part of this unbelievably beautiful journey, and to You up there Who has been on my side since day 1.

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If you haven’t already noticed, I really like looking up. It’s not only because I find amazing frames and beautiful sights up there but also because in a particularly challenging day, I find comfort and grace up There. Somehow, looking up has meant looking up to Him who saves.

*In response to the Mundane Monday Challenge

We’re the Same, You and I

Your fears are my fears

We feel the same shivers, shed the same tears

The world is full of things that leave us paralyzed

We’re the same, you and I

 

Your pain is my pain

We give and give and give to no avail

Little by little, we let ourselves die

We’re the same, you and I

 

Your broken is my same kind of broken

We try to fit in and be accepted

But we can’t fit the mould no matter how we try

We’re the same, you and I

 

But also…

 

My courage is your courage

We dig deep no matter the circumstances

 

My strength is your strength

We fight for those we love ’til the end

 

My faith is your faith

We know deep down we’re meant for greatness

 

So, there’s no room for worry; we’ll be alright

‘Cause we’re the same you and I

Keep This In Your Heart

When the world sees but never believes
When the world takes but never gives
When all it sees is black, white and gray
Even when a full spectrum’s on display

When the world’s so quick to judge but so slow to understand
When the world gives out opinions but never takes a stand
When the world just talks but never listens
When it sees the clouds but never the sun behind them

When the world always plans out an escape
When it is so quick to run every chance it gets
When the world continues to sin but never forgives
When it has become even less accepting

Stay true; be yourself
Continue to love without regret
Put on your best smile; laugh your heart out
Hug without ever holding back

Hold on to hope; keep the child-like faith
Plant the seeds of kindness everywhere
Know this and keep this in your heart:
You are exactly what will give this world a new start

Listen Closely

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Feelin’ so blue
Just didn’t have a clue
Then He said, “Yes, you do.
You just don’t have trust in you.”

Hounded by the sounds
The voices were just too loud
Then He said, “Keep calm, My child.
Focus on My voice; it’s the loudest one you’ll find.”

Kept breaking into pieces
Hanging by a very thin thread
Then He said, “Let Me help.
Let My love put you back together again.”

Looking for a way out
Run, hide, keep away from the crowd
Then He said, “Stay, be strong.
You’ll find that you were meant to win this battle all along.”

“What’s wrong? What’s with all the worry?
In this life, you don’t need to hurry.
In time, everything will turn out fine.
Come here, I’ll hug ’til everything feels alright.”

Everything Happens for a Reason

 

Took a wrong turn
Got lost as lost can be
Nowhere to go
No one you know
Stopped and got to thinking

Looked back
Looked within
Found yourself
Found who you were meant to be

Poured out your heart and soul
Got hurt as hurt can be
Broken to the core
Feeling like you’ve lost it all
Stopped and picked up the broken pieces

Put it back together
Felt like something’s new
Found love
Found a stronger, braver, more carefree you

Made a wrong move
Felt ashamed as ashamed can be
Questioned everything you ever knew
Worried you couldn’t stay true
Stopped and tried to find the calm within

Retraced the steps
Went back to your roots
Found your Center
Found a you that knows better

Gave everything you had
Felt exhausted as exhausted can be
Spread yourself too thin
Just had no more to give
Stopped and tried to refill

Took care of what’s important
Chose to love yourself more
Found renewed strength
Found a you that could give even more

Every seemingly wrong turn
Every seemingly poor decision
Lead you to this moment
Lead you to where you’re meant to be
Have more belief and less of the doubting

Welcome that lesson
Believe in yourself more
Look to Him relentlessly
Believe everything happens for a reason

Ingenuity. Passion. Devotion.

The last Sunday of January is when people from my hometown celebrate the Sto. Nino de Malolos Festival. Literally hundreds of depictions of the Holy Child parade along the streets while thousands of people watch in awe. How could you not? Each Sto. Nino has been painstakingly adorned with flowers, fruits, feathers, umbrellas, lights, marshmallows, and some of the most unusual things you could think of. And behind each Sto. Nino are the people who have sacrificed their time and resources to be able to participate in the parade. It was indeed a grand display of ingenuity, passion, and devotion.

Let Me Be

Let me find rainbows, pots of gold, four-leaf clovers, and golden snitches.
Let me fight giants, dementors, evil witches and ogres.
Let me be taken to far away kingdoms, secret gardens, Neverland, and castles.
Let me have my chocolate waterfalls, cotton candy clouds, ice cream mountains, and jelly houses.

Let me believe in forevers, happily ever afters, in one true love, and prince charmings.
Let me hold on to miracles, magic, to potions, and true love’s kiss.
Let me long to see unicorns, hippogriffs, mermaids, and fairies.
Let me live in complete surrender, childlike wonder, in awe and pure bliss.