Looking back, it has been a year full of immense surprises for me. Both tremendous and appalling things came my way. Things I wished for and things that even in my dreams never did I want to happen.

It was— if I must say— a year full of great revelations that when I stop and reflect on it one by one, I still am enthralled.

It was a year full of tears, laughter, fears, uncertainties, confidence, challenges and trials on all sorts and figures.

So far, I can say that this would be included in my “most memorable” experiences, the year 2008 itself.

People came and went. People hurt and healed. People hated and loved.

I got broken, was in despair, lost hopes, found refuge, learned what I was made of, cried and smiled and cried some more…

In this year, a big thing happened to me that perhaps I would always remember for the rest of my life. But if it didn’t even occur, I won’t be where I am now. I won’t be WHO I AM now.

No matter how hard things seemed to be, I am glad at how those turned and turning out still. It wasn’t how I hoped for it to be but I know that it was how the Lord wanted it to be. After all, it was never about me… It was all about HIM.

This year was undeniably my breakthrough…

I had my reasonable share of experiences and memories that will surely be a part of my individuality, a part of my being.

I am so pleased and will forever be grateful to have known people who clearly became God’s expression of love for me— those who stayed and were there all along in the least anticipated time and place; people who believed in me, who never doubted, who never scrutinized, who gave their all-out support, and most importantly, those who offered their unconditional love and understanding.

Every battle I fought was remarkably tough. At some point, I lost. On all the others, I won. Changes are stanch… I still have those gray areas in my life wherein I resolve to discover its true colors.

There’s a saying that goes, “The journey to a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I do believe I already left some footprints behind and I’m about to leave more.

So as I bid my 2008 farewell, I put on a joyful face and a valiant heart. Without a trace of regret, I welcome my 2009 with high hopes and even bigger dreams. And I, with the Sovereign Lord’s guidance and help, am about to make those happen…

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a good future.”                – Jeremiah 29:11


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