It’s Friday. I’m in love.

You are not at your wit’s end. You just need a dose of this off and on to keep your sanity intact.

 

 

Friday Playlist

1. Friday I’m In Love by The Cure

2. Pictures of You by The Cure

3. Specks by Matt Pond PA

4. Stay With Me by Sam Smith

5. This Too Shall Pass by OK Go

6. Amber by 311

7. Answering Bell by Ryan Adams

8. Forever Young by Alphaville

9. Groovy Kind Of Love by Phil Collins

10. You Take My Troubles Away by Rachael Yamagata & Dan Wilson

11. Set The Fire To The Third Bar by Snow Patrol

12. The Moon by The Swell Season

13. Think Of Me by Rosi Golan

14. All The Way by David Nail

15. Heart Of Stone by The Raveonettes

 

 

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Life and More

Revisited the Book of Job for the schmushth time. Amazed by how God’s word speaks true then and now. Job is probably one of the most liked characters in the Bible. His story can give us a proper perspective of our own problems or testings in life. During hard times we ask, “Why me?” But is this the most important question to answer, or could there be something else there that really matters like, “Why do we serve God?”

This book got me into thinking and examining my heart as well. Do I serve God because I love Him? Or do I serve and love Him only at good days? Does my love know no seasons?

Once in our life, we have probably asked if ever we’ll find someone who will love us at all time? But have we ever imagined at the least, that like us, God is asking the very same question? Will He find someone who will love Him at all time?

I have known for a while now that love is a decision. But what does it really mean aside from the fact that we can get to choose who/what/where/when are we going to love? How about… to love means to choose to say the kindest word, the humblest act, and the purest thought possible even if we don’t feel like loving sometimes, or at moments when we find it especially hardest to love. It is to choose to love at good times, and a little bit more at bad times.

 

Blessed is the one who made it through the tough times because the reward is life and more.

 

 

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If ever you say, “I do”

I already got my post covered for the next month. Yup! That’s me excited! Another product of those sleepless nights. Anyway, today I just thought of the many wedding bells I’ve been hearing lately, and remembered someone asking “What is the heart of marriage?” Well, if ever you say “I do”, including me, let’s remember what they say…

 

 “The heart of marriage is covenant.”

 

 

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Rend Your ♥

The key to restoration is repentance. Spiritual revival is possible only if we return to God with a contrite heart. God is faithful to forgive and His free grace is something that we can avail 24/7. All we need is to leave our past sins, failures and hurts behind; come back to his lordship; and hold on to His promise that when he restores, it’ll be better than before.

As for me, it’s not always sunshine and smiles and rainbows everyday, yet I still love the life He has given me. Thank you God for being You.

 

“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart

with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

Rend your heart and not your garments.

Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate,

slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

-Joel 2:12-13

 

What If…

I already mentioned here before how I sometimes like reading novels by Nicholas Sparks. His book, The Best of Me, the latest that I have read, left me with what ifs…(just like the characters). I find it a little bit sad, honestly. I thought the characters somehow didn’t take their chance in love to the fullest when they had it. And it’s sadder when you realize that not everybody always gets a second chance. Truth in life is we make choices and we live with the repercussions. *Deep Long Sigh*

Anyway, surprisingly (or should I really be surprised?), Mr. Sparks carried on delivering successfully a very compelling story given this hard truth. I liked how the characters struggled to live with the aftermath of their decisions and tried hard to do the right thing. Sad and yet beautiful. That’s how I felt or thought about the book. I must say, it’s another delightful story of love and life, nonetheless.

“Instead, it had more to do with the sense that somehow she’d lost sight of the person she’d once meant to be, and she wasn’t sure she’d ever have the opportunity to find that person.”

“And almost always, those regrets led to the kinds of what if questions that could never be answered.”

“They weren’t happy. The otters knew they weren’t living in a real river. They probably didn’t understand how it happened, but they seemed to understand that they were in a cage and couldn’t get out. It wasn’t the life that they were meant to live, or even wanted to live, but there was nothing they could do to change it.”

(Notes: Excerpts and Photo from The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks)

Hopeful August

It’s the twelfth day of August and I feel like I am every word…every line of this song. It’s a little melancholy, yes, but hopeful. Sometimes, when words fail you, it’s better to just sing it. ♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫

She’s a girl in a world, she’s moving as fast as she goes
Loves her mum and her dad, the only secure that she knows
But at night, she’s alone, she’s dreaming of somebody new
Her someone for to hold, she’s praying the dream will come true

There’s a pain in her heart, she’s trying so hard to unwind
Makes her cry in the night, when visions so real make her blind
Wants to break through the fear
Erasing the scars from within
Start a new kind of being – she’s down and she’s praying again

Show me the way – show me, show me how
Help me be brave – for love
Show me the way – show me, tell me how
What do you say

You see she’s –
Turning the key, unlocking the door
Embracing the roller coaster world
Stepping outside, with body and soul
Taking whatever future holds
Turning the key, unlocking the door
Embracing the roller coaster world
Take it in stride, you’re just twenty-five
And you know we’ve all been hurt before
Yeah we’ve all been hurt before
So you’re not alone…, no…
You’re not alone…

(Note: Lyrics by The Corrs | Hurt Before)

Choose wisely.

Choice, I believe,  is one of the most wonderful gifts God gave us. I don’t believe in “No Choice”. There is always a choice. Yes, sometimes, a circumstance presents us with not so many options (not to mention that we are bounded by our own principles and beliefs) that can render us limited, but we still have a choice. Even not choosing between the limited options we have at a particular moment is a choice; we can choose to do nothing. But what would that say about us? Or we can choose to do something that could make our life count…anything but less. As for me,

 

I choose life.

I choose to forgive myself for all my mistakes.

I choose to hope.

I choose not to be locked up in the past.

I choose to be free.

I choose to believe in love and not in hurts.

I choose the truth and not the lies.

I choose to be in faith and not fear.

I choose to be happy.

I choose to be a better person…no…the best person that I can be…

the right person that I ought to be.