unexpected encouragement.

Cruising over my favorite blogs, when I found this;

in the cleft of the rock.

“God said, ‘Look, here is a place right beside me. Put yourself on this rock. When my Glory passes by, I’ll put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with my hand until I’ve passed by.’”

~ Exodus 33:21-22

Sometimes when it’s the darkest…

God is the closest.

Never thought of this before. This is so unexpected, so encouraging. Thank you for sharing this, Alece.

 

God loves me.

I’ve spent some time thinking about my personal happiness commandments, and the first question I asked myself was,

“What makes me happy?”.

I could think of some answers.

Having a good laugh with good friends.
‘Me time’; good book to read, painting my nails, writing.
Singing; it makes me happy most of the time.
Goofing around with my husband at home.
Snuggles with my mom, recalling old stories.
Snuggles with my husband after a long day.
Ice cream!

When I asked myself to think deeper, I feel happy and content when I can comfortably be myself, and nobody minds. When I feel secure that no one’s going to judge me or think differently about me when I am being myself. When my imperfections and everything else in me don’t give any reason for others to think twice but to love me nonetheless.

What makes me happy? Or happiest? It’s when I feel secure. Secure and content of what I have at this moment.

I did mention in the previous post that I’d have “Be Yuko” as my first commandment. But when I thought about it, it wasn’t completely true. Sometimes I wished I was somewhere else, or someone else, or I wished I have done more or differently than what I have done right now. Being myself sometimes disappoints me. And whenever this condemning thoughts of “you’re not doing enough, you should’ve done differently, you’re not good enough” started to take over my head, the only thing that will calm me down is the conviction that my God loves me no matter what.

How so? Because if He doesn’t love me, He wouldn’t even bother creating me in the first place. I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14), and this is more than enough to calm my heart on any rainy days. I am secured in His love for me.

I’m not going to be naive and say that everything is okay. As a matter of fact, I know full well that life has its ups and downs. But whatever life may bring forth, I know in Whom I shall confide. When I don’t feel that my day deserves a smile, I want to remember that there’s one Being that loves me no matter what. And His love will never end for me.

This is my fundamental understanding about my life; rain or shine, God loves me. Good day, bad day, God loves me. And no one can take that away from me.

So, Happiness Commandment #1 is : God loves me. Simple, straight-forward, and very true!

😀

ps. here’s a blog I found when browsing about ‘what makes you happy?’. The tip is quite handy, too! and it’s got a short video of Joel Osteen talking about happiness.

..a repost.

I was browsing thru Febe‘s gorgeous blog when I stumbled into this entry. The words touched my heart, I can’t help myself to not repost it. Fe, I hope you don’t mind 🙂  It is wonderful to know that people are not giving up on love, however discouraging or disappointing their love stories could be. Love heals, love restores, love gives hope. 

So yes, here we go.. 

I’m asking you to do something.
I’m asking all of you that have HIM…

the one who sold his car for a least expensive one,
so he could buy you a ring…
the one who drove many miles through rain, snow, or shine
just to see you…
the one who brought you soup when you were sick
the one who came to see you in your show more than once
the one who changed schools and moved to a completely different city,
so he could be closer to you
the one who patiently taught you how to drive a manual transmission…
the one who went out early and scraped the ice/snow off your car…
the one who fixed your car…
the one who drove all the way back home to get you a sweater because you were cold…

the one who holds you when you cry…
the one who supports your dreams, no matter how unrealistic they are…
the one who jumps on beds, swings on swings, and skips with you…
the one who watches chick flicks with you and secretly likes them…
the one who cleans out the shower drain…
the one who takes out the garbage…
the one who works two jobs so he can support you…
the one who carries you up to bed
after you have fallen asleep watching a movie…
the one who kills spiders/bugs for you

the one who stuck around after things got hard…
the one who no matter what curve balls you threw at him
is still by your side…
the one who tells you are the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen…
the one who loves your more than anything else in his world…

because you are worth everything to him…
i bet he would even swim the ocean for you…

he gets it.
he gets that you are a divine woman.
and he really does love you.

hug him a little bit longer today…
kiss him a little bit harder today…
take in his smell and savor it…
look into his eyes and say, ‘thank you for choosing me.’
my dear friendsyou are blessed
to have HIM…

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I had someone in mind when I read this. I mean, apart from my boyfriend. *Yes, I am blessed :)*

I truly hope that one day she’ll have that revelation on how wonderful you have been, dear friend. How sweet, caring and gentleman you are to her. How your life is orbiting around her, and how she is such a lucky woman to be loved by you. That first paragraph did ring a bell to me, and I wish you the better and the best. 

I do wish that she’ll hug you and kiss you and say that she is blessed to have had you in her life.

And for you who haven’t found your “HIM”, don’t give up yet.
When life says ‘yes’, it gives you what you want, when life says ‘no’ it gives you something better. But when life says ‘wait‘, it gives you the best.

*blow kisses to you all*