And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. - 1 Corinthians 13:13
If I were to summarize my February, it would really be just about those three words: faith, hope, and love.
With everything that I've gone through this month in terms of health, finances, family, career, service, I would really say that it was just my faith and God's faithfulness that kept me afloat. I'm not a perfect Christian. I'm still striving to maintain a deep connection with the Lord. But with His grace, I am able to hold on to my faith especially when the going gets really tough.
Amidst the medical results, the meager resources, the uncertainties, the fears, I managed to remain calm and sane. I broke down a few times before God and before the people I trust the most, pero gaya nga ng sabi sa isang text message na natanggap ko, kung may pinagdadaanan ka, dumaan ka lang, huwag kang tumambay. I cry desperately before the Lord, I question Him (a lot, sometimes), but at the end of the day, I'd still surrender and say, "You know what is best for me. Your will be done." ♥
|Surrendering everything to the One who loves me the most. :)|
When you have faith, you have hope. Because you know that things will work out for your own good. Because you believe that the best is yet to come. Because you trust that God is just preparing you for something grand, something so beautiful, and you know it will all be worth the pain, the tears, and the sacrifices. ♥
|Such a beautiful affirmation! My goddaughter is named after the "Medicine of God." ♥|
Now more than ever, I truly felt the love of the people who care. And I thank God for the gift of reliable friends who are always just a call or a text message away. There are also those who constantly check on me, thanks to them, as well. I can feel their genuine concern and I am really overwhelmed by their love and support.
And how can I not be grateful for Pao? He has been with me since the beginning of all this, last year. And he remains to be a consistent source of strength and inspiration. ♥
|His love is as pure and as beautiful as this white rose that he gave me on our first (of many) Valentine's together. |
And I couldn't ask for more. ♥
God is so good He allowed me to start the year with so many reasons to rejoice. He knows I'll be needing all those moments to keep me strong and hopeful. And He did not let this month pass without letting me experience some of my most memorable "firsts". ♥
First monthsary gift: a can opener (because we believe in long-term relationships ♥)
|Dahil gumagamit ako ng kutsilyo at martilyo sa pagbubukas ng mga de lata dati. :p|
First MVP Bella Meet of BDJ: And I'm privileged to be part of it. :) First time at Mystery Manila too! I had soooooooooo much fun!
|Had a great time with these lovely ladies. :)|
First UP Fair: Ever!!!!!!!!! Haha. I know. Julian already told me that I'm such a loser. Well, not anymore. :D And the best part is, I got to spend it with my favorite people. ♥
|The Ransom Collective: These kids are super talented!!! ♥|
First Valentine's together: It was too beautiful for words. :) We heard mass at EDSA Shrine, had dinner at Big Better Burgers, and watched Deadpool. Ang simple lang pero ang saya. ♥
|And I made him this. :) Kunwari creative. Haha. ♥|
So yeah, not everything's perfect. But as long as I have these three things: faith, hope, and love, I know I'll be fine. I will survive and thrive! ♥
Thank you, February! Bring it on, March! :)