Category Archives: Spiritual lifestyle

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24 – the number of hours in a day, the number of Kobe’s jersey, the number of years I’ve spent here on Earth. Yes, last Tuesday July 27, I celebrated my 24th birthday. Though there are a lot of things yet to have and dreams to achieve, I still have a lot of blessings I should be thankful for.

First of all, I would like to give praise to God and Jesus Christ for the life You have lend me. Thank you for all the countless blessings I continually receive. Despite all my shortcomings as You’re follower, You have never neglected me. I vow to serve You with all my life.

Second is to my family. For the support and the guidance, thank you. I made our life hell but they never left me. I wish time would come when I can give them all they wish for. I want to give back and show my gratitude to all of them. I love my family and they will be part of my priorities.

Next is to my friends- childhood friends, high school batchmates, college peeps, officemates, prayer meeting buddies and everyone I came to know outside my family. Thank you for making my life a roller coaster ride. For all the experiences and things we have shared, I will forever cherish those. Good or bad, I know I learned a lot from it.

Lastly, to all the girls I loved before… and eventually broke my heart, thank you for contributing to my maturity. I also learned a lot from the experience and I thank you for the opportunity of letting me feel that emotion, the jitters, the stutter. One day, I will meet someone and I’ll be happy too. I hope it wouldn’t be that long. I’m already 24, dear God. =)

For my wishes, I pray to have more birthdays to come and more years to spend here on Earth. Good health for me and for my family, success and accomplishment of mine and my family’s endeavor and dreams, genuine happiness, contentment, that’s all I want to have. In God’s time, I know everything will be provided to me and to my family. Just let me have the blessing of patience, understanding and contentment, dear God.

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Renewal

(A back post)

Dear God,

Thank you for the opportunity of reconnecting with you again. I’ve lost my way and did a lot of things that disgrace you. But then you’ve accepted me in again. Sometimes, I felt I am not worth it to receive your blessings. But by your grace, I am humbled and to you I surrender everything. I know that this is gonna be a struggle for me, but I promise to do my best to keep my promise to you. I want to be, not just a new John, but a good Christian all the time. Please help me help myself to stay on the path.

New found friends!

Thank you also for the new found friends I’ve meet in the Friends of the Divine Mercy community especially my 37 batch mates. We were strangers but we were destined to join the renewal and be brothers and sisters in faith. Thank you God ‘coz I never felt alone during those 2 days. I have so much fun with them. I hope most of us will continue serving you through the community who accepted us.

God thank you for everything!

Loving you with all my heart,

John

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Note:
Thank you to Billy for inviting me to the retreat held last May 22-23, 2010 in Dinalupihan, Bataan. Now, I owe a lot to you!