We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the Philippines but there are a lot of things I am thankful for this year. In two weeks time 2009 will close and 2010 will open new doors, new experiences for me. I am so thankful for the so many blessings that God has showered upon me. This year made me closer to God, it made my faith even stronger. So here are the list I am so thankful for.
They have been my pillar of strength, they are always there to support me and guide me all through out. I may not be the perfect daughter but they never give up on me. They are still proud of me and ready to protect me from harm. I am so thankful that I have the best parents of all, my mother who is my number critic yet she has remained my friend and my dad who spoils me to death but then he always explains that things are not always easy.
They always give me a reason to strive hard. It’s hard being the eldest since you need to keep up with them and set a good example. We have our own flaws in the family but then again, they are my hope. They are still my babies and forever I will still keep up in making them happy, whatever happens.
Everything rolled into one. He is my strength when I wanted to give up in life. He fills me with love when all I am feeling is pure hatred, he makes ME as a person. I am very thankful that God has given me the best partner. Though I have to kiss a lot of ugly frogs before but in the end I found my prince, my king.
I have found real friends who never lets me down, they always makes me smile and encourage me to go through life whatever happens. When someone talks trash about me they are my savior, they always defend me. They were there when I had everything the world can offer but they still keep up with me though I have nothing left. They accepted me throughout my flaws and imperfections.
My new family in Bangkok
It is not a coincidence that I am currently staying with a Christian family, I guess it was God’s plan to give me a comfortable place to live with an amazing set of people who have welcomed me into their homes. These people made me feel complete though I am a thousand miles away from my family. They encouraged me to be strong and to live my life to the fullest. Seriously when I celebrated my birthday, I thought it’s going to be like hell, but my landlady and the people in the restaurant made me smile and let me feel special on my natal day.
Now that it’s Christmas, I was feeling so down since I miss my family but after last night’s worship, a lot of invitations came my way that is really unexpected. I have a Christmas worship on Saturday, Christmas caroling and party afterwards on the 24th to celebrate the eve of Christmas and a Christmas party at the church community without me worrying about my gift or any payment.
Being in Bangkok, made me a strong Christian, I have grown as a person with great faith towards God but this time, it was tested and it was strengthen. I was able to grow with God.
God has really big plans for me, when he closes one door he opens another one unexpectedly. And his great plan became the best plan ever. I am so thankful for all the blessings, the guidance and all the gifts he has showered upon me. I couldn’t ask for more, I may not have my family right now but I know this is God’s plan of making me realize how important they are and how much I miss and love them so much. He made this plan for me to value my life, to value my friends, my loved ones and to make each day count as a new beginning. He gave me a new start and I still don’t want it to end so soon.
I am thankful, I am without a doubt happy. I am rejoicing in God’s name. Christmas is not about gifts, it’s about Jesus being born and that is the best gift of all for humanities sake.
Merry Christmas everyone!