Day 02: Quote I Live By | 30-Day Blog Challenge

Day 2 - Quote

We all have a quote we live by but mine is not necessarily a quote but a Bible verse. I grew up in a Christian home and my parents have influenced me to always read the Bible, have my daily personal devotional, and always put God as the center of everything.

In everything that I do, be it a simple or a complex situation, I have always set my mind and heart with my life verse:

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This verse has always been an uplifting reminder to me that God is the only One that makes things possible as He leads, guides, and directs me to the right path. He is the one that supplies me with strength to endure whatever circumstances and trials that come my way.

I first encountered this Bible verse as a memory verse in Sunday school but I never really understood its context heartily until our church’s Youth Camp in 2011 which has this exact Bible verse as its theme. In that camp I have learned that Apostle Paul is saying in verse Phil. 4:12 (KJV), “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”, that we shall know how it is to be in need and how it is to have plenty – we shall know how to be contented in any situation – whether we are in need or in abundance.

It is a realization that when we do not get our desires or goals, we must not allow these circumstances or disappointments to cause us to turn away from God or to lose faith in Him. Most often, these are the times when our faith is tested and revealed. The whole point of this verse is that being contented can be felt and revealed in situations after we have learned to let things have its way (according to God’s will) when things don’t always go our way (personal desires).

Whatever life throws at us, just learning how to be content in everything is what helps us through our journey in life while we are going through it and that in Christ, we can do all things. Wherever I or you may be at in your journey through life, always walk with the Lord. Never doubt that we are already victorious through Jesus Christ just as how the hymn goes, “He arose a victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever with His saints to reign.”

We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

Carpe diem,
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Commonly Misused Words

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People who are close to me know that I have a knack of correcting misused or mispronounced words during a conversation. Not that I am a grammar Nazi of some sort but I think it just came from having English as my favorite subject in school and the love of writing.

Most often, we use words we thought were right and then we find out that it has a different meaning. Awkward, right? I sometimes get into the same kind of situation when I thought I used the right words just because it sounded right. That is why it helps to double check if we are using the appropriate words.

Last year, I participated in an integrated business communication course facilitated by our conglomerate’s L&D team. It made me refresh my vocabulary and grammar knowledge. Today, I thought of sharing with you some commonly misused words that I have learned and would come in handy when we make written communication at work.

Advice / Advise

Advice is a noun which means a guidance or recommendation. When used in a sentence: “She is asking for your advice.” Advise is a verb which means to inform or recommend. In a sentence, “Please advise her.”

Effect / Affect

Effect is a noun which means a result or consequence. When used in a sentence: “It is the effect of Global Warming.” Affect is a verb which means to cause something to happen. The verb affect means to have an effect on something. It can also be used to mean to have an impact on someone. In a sentence, “It affects her badly.”

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Having A Guy Best Friend

Reblogging this post from my Tumblr.

I am one of those people who have best friends of the opposite gender. I am a girl and my best friend is a guy. It is rare to find individuals who share such kind of friendship. In my case, I am fortunate enough to have found a best friend that happens to be a guy.

Most girls hang out with their other girl friends who can relate to them and have the same interests as them. Of course, I also have my own share of girl friends and I am in a tight relationship with them. But, there is something with my guy best friend that makes him unique and sets him apart from all of my other friends.

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Having a guy best friend have its own advantages and disadvantages. Let me give you some of those (I am only going to provide five for each since there are a whole lot. This entry would get too long!)

First off, the disadvantages (let’s start with this so that by the end of this post, you’ll get why it’s cool having a guy best friend).

  1. They are too honest. Why is this a disadvantage? Let me defend that. We know that most guys are known to be more straightforward rather than cautious especially when it comes to expressing their opinions. Most often than not, they forget to be sensitive. There are instances when you would hear comments from him that, I swear, you would never have expected to hear. For example, you want him to appreciate your looks but he instantly tells you that you actually don’t look good. Haha! But hey, that kind of feedback helps if you take it in a good way.
  2. They find it hard to understand the “girl” thing. By “girl” thing, I meant those stuff that girls do that guys do not. They won’t understand why we take so long taking a bath, why we find it hard to choose the right clothes to wear for the day, why we wear make-up, the mood swings we often have and the like. And oh, how could I ever forget the times when our monthly visitors come! The cramps and all – they will never understand.
  3. People’s impression and judgments on your relationship. Other people who absolutely have no idea what kind of relationship you both share would think that you’re a couple. Even those who know about your friendship would think that you’ll end up together in the future. This is a disadvantage because people misjudge you. It will make the friendship awkward (well, not really). People will always look at you and keep track on what’s going on between the two of you even though there aren’t (really) anything at all. I find this one funny, though. I would explain further on number 5.
  4. Other guys will forget about pursuing you because somebody’s on guard. THIS. When other guys become interested in you, they hesitate to get near you finding out that you have a guy best friend. Guys know stuff about other guys (I think?). The best friend will always be vigilant of the other guy, making the latter intimidated and hesitant to get you.
  5. You can never risk your friendship to turn into something beyond “friendship”. The friendship that both of you share is special, something that’s very rare. You won’t ever want to break each other’s hearts nor give each other pain. Moreover, as I have mentioned in number 3, I find it funny because getting into more than just friendship will be very difficult. Know why? Because you know each other too well, you know each other’s secrets (even the darkest ones). Being too comfortable as friends would bring both of you to a very uncomfortable situation later on. Well, I am not speaking in general because there are couples who started out as best friends then turned into lovers that have magical relationships (fairy tale-ish, that is). In my case though, I don’t have the time thinking of that with my best friend. I bet he doesn’t have time for that too. I think it is overly awkward.

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On Positive and Better Changes

Lately, I have been reading and following some articles online that inspired me to become a better version of myself — in all aspects of my life. I realized how important it is to notice my own self and actually do something worthwhile to “improve myself for myself.”

So you see, I am not really an expert on anything and I am not really good at giving advice or tips about everything. As a disclaimer, everything I am going to share to you is solely based on my own experiences.

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While evaluating myself, I discovered that I have five important aspects in life to improve (in case we are on the same stand, I hope these help!):

Spiritual Life

I am very blessed to have grown up in a family where Jesus Christ has always been the center of everything. My parents have always demonstrated this love for God and His word and how important they are in everything that I do in life and that involves my choices and decisions. I am so grateful to be saved by Jesus Christ, my Lord and Personal Saviour, for saving a sinner like me from my sins, for giving up His life on the cross, and for giving me the promise of eternal life. My salvation is very important to me and as much as I can, I want to spread this gospel to others so they can experience God in their lives. I know in my little ways, giving the most available time I have in sharing the gospel is something big for God’s glory. I believe I must improve on this – winning souls. And aside from that, I need to be diligent in attending church activities, my bible reading and devotionals, as well as my prayer life. I firmly believe that I can do and achieve these because God has promised us that with Him, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

Health and Lifestyle

For the record, I am not a health buff nor a fashionista nor a beauty conscious individual. I often reject the idea of being too conscious of how I look like and how other people see me on the outside because I personally believe that what always matters is what is in the inside. However, I changed that perspective because it is equally important to pay (at least) some attention to how you look outside as a reflection of what’s inside – unless you want to look like you haven’t taken care of yourself for the past 23 years.

I am not the typical “hey, she has a great body” type of person and I am definitely not a girl who makes guys turn their heads twice because I possess a beauty of an angel or a porcelain doll. I don’t like make up until I realized how I need to at least put something on my face so I won’t look like a zombie. Moreover, my body type (I don’t call it fat) is on the chubby side. I am fluffy – that’s how I always describe myself. It didn’t really matter to me if I am thin or chubby. But lately, I realized that I must now focus on my health especially in my food intake and the need to exercise. I am not getting any younger!

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