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Friday, March 20, 2009

A Nice Gift From Above

I encountered several aggravating circumstances this week, but I prefer to focus on the good.

I’ve been wanting to buy an MP3 player for some time now, but most of my resources go to athletic gear, traveling and household expenses. I know eventually, I would be able to buy one and so I focused on that – told my mind that I’m getting one this year. I even wrote a list of the MP3’s I wanted.

And you know what, just this evening – I finally have my own MP3 player without shelling out a peso.

My younger brother came home from an office conference and they were all given brand new MP3 players! Since he’s not into those, he just gave his to me – and I swear I didn’t use any form of force! On top of that, he gave me a new Victorinox Swiss knife to replace my old one, plus some pouch bags. I’m going to miss my old knife though since it has been with me to almost all my adventures. I gave my old one to my mother because she wanted one that had shears. Now, I have a new, shiny one to build new memories with.

Another good thing that happened to me this week is that I finally had the courage to disconnect from a friend of mine who is getting quite sadistic. That old friend of mine gave me bruises and a swollen lower lip and he thought he was just being funny. I’m going to miss him but I have tons of friends anyway who are far better companions than he was.

Lastly, let me share with you one of my favorite Bible verses. It’s from Proverbs 16:3.

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

I love this, because I enjoy planning, but sometimes, I get scared in the course between planning and executing it. I realized though that every time I lift something to Him, everything just works out so wonderfully and so now, I face every opportunity that comes to me with a sturdy spirit. Well, I still get nervous from time to time, but I manage to shake it off with fervent prayers.

Happy weekend everyone!

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