One more year before it starts with Number three

I believe that this is, by far, one of the most emotional birthdays I ever had. We (men) don’t really want to be too emotional, most especially if it’s your birthday. We want to play it cool and relaxed. But somehow, even yesterday, I was already starting to feel it. 

Maybe it’s because I only have one year left and still be true when I say I’m in my late 20s. Hehe. I don’t really celebrate during my birthday. I just want to keep it simple and be with people close to me, like my family. I can’t recall when was the last time that I actually had a big party and celebrated with lots of people.

But while praying this morning, I just realize that indeed, there is reason to rejoice and celebrate! There is reason to celebrate because life was given. In the goodness of our God and his graciousness, he chose to create us and give us life. And that life should be spent in a wonderful relationship with the one who controls the heavens and the earth. I was personally reminded that it’s really a joy to be given another year in life – another year to experience God’s goodness, another year to see his work in people and another year to encounter his grace and mercies daily.

I’m thankful I have another year to spend before my age starts with the number three. Hehe. I guess, I’m mainly being emotional because I’m really just praying and desiring that I would always walk closely with God and do what He wants me to do.

Success as I would define it is being able to faithful do what the Lord has called you to do. If I can have any birthday wish, I would want that kind of a success.

Thank you to all who greeted me today! Most especially to my mom and dad, for giving me a letter to remind me that I am loved and cared for. May God bless everyone and a double-thumbs-up-selfie for you guys. Haha!

Marc Sorongon

My 2015 Pre-birthday Treat

Azure Urban ResortThis is one of those moments wherein I really thank God that He has blessed me with someone who just wants to take care of me. My birthday is coming soon and as a birthday treat, my girlfriend planned a day wherein we would do all the things that I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time. She knows that I want to go on a vacation and just relax. She knows that if I have the liberty of time and freedom from some responsibilities, then I would wish to take a vacation outside the country or even just out of town, perhaps go to the beach. But because there are still so many things that I have to do especially for work, she just decided to take me to Azure, which is the only urban beach resort in the city, for a day of rest and relaxation.

First item on our itinerary was to have breakfast at the 3rd floor Al Fresco open area. We bought food in Mcdo and ate it in the venue while enjoying the quiet and cool atmosphere.

Azure Al Fresco Area

Second item on the list was to workout in the gym area. Some people don’t like working out, but for me, it’s usually a time where I get to unwind. We were there for around two hours.

Azure Gym

Third item was to have lunch in the same area where we had our breakfast, but this time we had some food delivered from Subway.

Subway Sandwiches

Fourth item was supposed to be a 3pm SPA massage appointment, but since we still had around an hour to spare, we decided to hit the beach and experience the blue lagoon in the middle of the resort.

Azure Beach Area

Just 10 minutes before our 3pm appointment, we went to the second floor of Paris Beach Club already and had our massage separately. We both had the hot stone massage which was the masseuse recommendation since it is said to take away any stress in your body.

Azure SPA

I’m writing this entry to just really appreciate my girlfriend. Who would have thought that we can do all of those things in a single day, in one venue. She was the one who planned everything & I thank God for her. I thank God that He has given me someone who is really sweet and thoughtful. The entire day she just wanted me to unwind, enjoy every moment, and not think about anything. I am truly blessed to have her in my life.

Blog Changes

Nobody likes changes! But the truth is, change always happens.

This 2015 I expected changes to happen – some changes in my discipline, some changes in my lifestyle, some changes in habits and a lot more.

But more importantly, and hopefully, a big change in my blog. Throughout the past couple of months somehow, the Lord has been tugging in my heart to write more. I have always expressed my lack of confidence in my writing, but if writing can be a good way to bring people to Christ then I would gladly do it.

Marc Sorongon 2014 MilestonesLast 2014 was a blast. Two major events happened in my life. First, I finally went full-time serving the Lord in the church and in time, I’ll write a post how it was clearly confirmed in my heart that this is what I’m supposed to do. And secondly, God has just blessed me to be in a wonderful relationship with someone who supports me and loves me.

This year, I don’t know what will happen. There are just so many uncertainties. But with my blog, I plan to write more entries about my life experiences aside from my devotional reflections and messages. I hope that this will inspire people to follow Jesus. Connect with me if you want to follow what the Lord is doing in my life and in the B1GSouth ministry. May this year be a fantastic year for us!

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