Last year hadn't been easy for me, perhaps for all of us. But I know that I'm beyond blessed in spite of all the failures and ordeals that I faced, and we, as a family are dealing with until now. 2016 was a year full of realizations, growth and self discovery. I'm grateful for the hardships, all the hurtful conversations, the people who doubted me, the personal issues and distress that I dealt with, and the weeps I had at 2 am; because they made me who I am and brought me closer to God, which was certainly one of the best things that happened to me last year.
Trying to build a deeper and stronger relationship with Him, has already made a big difference in my life. I have learned how to sleep peacefully at night and wake up with a grateful heart. I have learned how to be positive even if it's all messed up because apparently, time passes and seasons change. I have learned how to stay the course even if people try to demoralize me. I have learned that we should retaliate with understanding and compassion to those who detest us even if the world teaches us to react the same way we were treated because hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. Most especially, I have learned that life is short and we should give longer hugs and say our I love you's and thank you's more often.
In the past years, He had placed me under different circumstances to show me who and what really matters in life. I have felt what it's like to have nothing, and that taught me how to be more appreciative of the little things. The times of despair revealed my real friends, the ones who really care. All these things, good and bad, continue to mold me into someone I didn't know I was capable of becoming.
God, thank You for this life, my family, my friends, the things I have, the experiences, the lessons, and the dreams I can dream. Thank You for your unbounded love and mercy. Knowing that You're in control and will never leave me nor forsake me keeps me going no matter how hard life gets. I have stepped into this year, full of hope and excitement for what You have in store for me. I love You. ❤️️🙏🏻