Posted in Acceptance, Change, Gratitude, Just Random, Knowing oneself, Lessons Learned, Life's lessons, note to self, Settling, Sweet Surrender, Womanhood, Word of God

Change is good…

…it is beautiful. In God’s perfect time.

Are you the type who embraces change quite easily or are you like me or most of us who prefer comfort 99% of the time and stay in that zone as much as we can, as much as we are allowed to?

Change has lots of facets, degrees, phases, twists and turns, which make life all the more fun and exciting. If change is good and beautiful, that without a doubt is so easy to accept and embrace without so much thought and resistance. Change is sometimes internal, we change through our experiences, lessons we learn as we go along, and sometimes change is external, life imposes it upon us and we have no control about it but we only have to  face it, trust that it will be for our good, optimize all the teachings it offers, either it’s obvious or it’s something that will unfold eventually.

Sometimes, when life is well, we like it to stay that way for a really long time, though sometimes, even when life is well, you know in your heart that you want something more, something different, something you think is better, more beautiful than what you currently have and where you currently are, and sometimes I go and dwell to that place and phase. I am happy and grateful with how things are in my life, I am so grateful for my family and every single person in my life, very grateful for good health and strength, I appreciate the people I work with and the place where I work, I look forward to the coming of the baby in our family, my very first nephew, and the changes it will bring in our lives. But sometimes, I will remember to ask the Lord to bring me to “this world” which I dream of, pray and hope for… If the Lord will grant that request, it will certainly require so many changes in me and everything around me, it is both exciting and overwhelming when I think about it. And after awhile, I will get back to my senses and be reminded that God holds my life, its beginning and end, He is my Father and He definitely has the best plans for me, for all of His children. From then on, peace will again fill me, and I am well.

Sweet surrender is a good place to be – always whether you are currently in your comfort zone or you are brought to a entirely new environment.

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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Posted in Good gifts, Non-negotiable, Settling

When settling is okay…

There are things which are non-negotiable, especially when it comes to someone’s values, character, and identity in Christ.

With my experiences in life, one of the good fruits, is now I know my non-negotiables, most specifically when it comes to relationships, be it with friends or with “someone special.”

I am wonderfully blessed with amazing people around me, my family, friends and even my colleagues. If there are two greatest blessings I have right now which I am grateful beyond words, they are my family/friends and our strength/good health. Having these in my life, I know I am extremely blessed which I am really happy about. 🙂 All other things are just bonuses, and I can boldly announce to the world that God is so good to me, He gives me lots of bonuses. 😀 All praises and thanksgiving to you, our Great God, our Father, our Savior, our Healer, our Friend, our Lover, You Are All GOOD. 😀

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  – James 1:17

Actually, I learned from one of the preachings in Victory, and I believe it: that the greatest gift/manifestation of God’s generosity is our salvation thru Christ Jesus, and everything else (is) just wonderful bonuses from Above. We are enjoying our life here on earth because Jesus has saved us and forgave our sins thru dying on the cross.

When it comes to our faith, we shouldn’t settle. Our God is great and He deserves the top spot in our lives. He deserves our time, our attention, our love, our best.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. – Matthew 6:33

When it comes to mundane things, I guess it’s okay to settle, from time to time, depending on the circumstance. For me, simple is beautiful, always. In this world where materialism/consumerism is just too much, it is always best to go back to basics, relieve ourselves from getting stressed by trying to be “IN” all the time, and just be content with what we have and what we can have without getting into debt.

Don’t get me wrong, I love beautiful things, I do, even the expensive ones. But I know that I can be happy without them. I am actually happy without them, I am content with just appreciating beautiful things. I am also an advocate of local products, when I find myself liking imported, expensive things, I remind myself that it’s always good to support our own, always good to be practical and simple. #lovelocal #proudlyPinoy

A couple of months ago, I had a serious bag crush on these two. The one on the left is Sezane, a French brand, and the one on the right is Cuyana, a US brand.

As of this writing, I still love them. But I know they are something I can’t afford right now. Someday, I hope to have them. But for now, I will happily settle for something local and will serve the same purpose. 🙂

Tada!! The half-moon crossbody bag below is by PoshPocket, a local brand, this bag is handcrafted with vegan leather, a leather substitute that looks and feels like genuine cow leather and contains no animal products. It comes with a matching zip pouch to safeguard your small items, with gold metal zipper closure. 😉

What you think? It’s pretty, right, especially with my monogram on it? 🙂

This is what I mean when I say “settling is okay.” You can be happy without hurting your pocket. 😉