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.

Not only During Christmas

It’s easy to neglect a lot of things. We’re so limited in our thinking that our focus can immediately just shift on the here and now. This is the month where everyone celebrates, some maybe out of wrong reasons and some out of the right ones. I am reminded of what I neglect a lot of times.

Christmas FiguresYes, it’s Christmas and we get to remember what the Lord has done for us. He gave His son to this world to die for our sins. That has always been the reason to celebrate Christmas for me. But why do we sometimes neglect this great truth and just really remember and internalize it during Christmas season. Isn’t it suppose to be a daily and regular reminder for us to be grateful of our salvation? Not only during Christmas.

As I read Hebrews 2, I really begun to internalize why Jesus came to be a man. He was 100% God and 100% man. How that is possible will always leave me dumbfounded. But that it what the Bible says. Hebrews 2:14 explains why:

Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil

Only through being a human being can Jesus die to pay for our sins. Shedding of blood (life) was needed for the forgiveness of our sins. Imagine that. The God who created everything, walked in realm of his creation. He walked the dirt that he created. He breathe the air that he spoke forth with, through His word alone. All to die for the sins of humanity.

Christmas should always be celebrated because of the gift. That gift, is the gift of God through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

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