one day at a time

Slow days; quiet moments, quiet talks, and quiet walks. I've learned so many things in this season and I am currently enjoying the present moment and still striving for the future. "One day at a time," I always hear this from our pastor in his preaching and he always mentioned it. He referred to Psalm 119:105, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." He explained that, in contrast to a flashlight, which can light up even the farthest places, a lamp only illuminates the area where your feet are, His Word serves as our guide for every action we take in life. He warned that, if we try to look ahead, we risk mishaps because we won't be paying attention to the steps right in front of us.

There is a time for everything. Yesterday was just so calming, reading good books under the sky while watching the clouds passed by, and eating good foods. When I was working I couldn't even have self-care moments, I would only do it when the weight of the world became insurmountable. Now that I am in this stage of life, I am incredibly glad for the delays; it all makes sense.

Whenever I reminisced about my workloads before I wanted to tell my younger self, "Just let it go, there's so much ahead of you, you're so young sissy, don't stress out yourself." I was so thin before, with puffy eyebags and heavy backpacks. I learned so many things during those years and I am so grateful, but the things I was doing to myself were not worth it. I forget to enjoy life at its best because I was so focused on my profession. Hardheaded lady! But actually, the tons of paper works of teachers in our country is disheartening, unending training and seminars that gave so much workload.

I remember it was teacher's day; I received a lot of gifts, cards, flowers, and letters. I was grateful for the warm treatment of everyone; I feel loved and pursued but when I went home; I was so sad. I was feeling hollow and figuring out what was wrong with me. My journals were filled with tears as I wrote from the heart. And now looking back, I am happy I felt those emotions, I am grateful I experienced a lot of things in that season and now I am happier in the mundane days and slow days. That's the beauty in life. We don't know what the future holds so we can enjoy and endure the present moment. "Live now" sounds so cliché but has profound meanings. No one has a ticket for tomorrow so whatever our hands find to do, we must do it even if it is so uncertain.

We were conversing yesterday about many things under the sun, but specifically how beautiful it is to live despite the hardships in life. I was asking my friend, "why God didn't tell us the time of our death?" And she said that his dad even a pastor, the doctor numbered his years when he got sick, but he still lived for more than 30 years. Some tried to kill themselves, but they are still alive. It just means that if God has still a purpose in your life, no matter what you do or other people, no matter who you are, it still depends upon God. And if we know the time of our death, perhaps we will be so anxious and we will just be preparing for that day to arrive, we won't enjoy life anymore. Our goal why we are here is to be transformed and not so much about achieving so many things in life, it does not happen in a blink of an eye, it happens one day at a time, and choosing to walk according to His word every day.

So whatever your season right now, if you are at the peak of your success or if you feel like in the pit of your failures, it is just a season. It will come to pass, what matter most is who you are becoming. God has a purpose in your life and no matter how improbable it is, if it's His work, it will come to pass because He works excellently, beautifully, and perfectly. He does not look at our imperfections and limitations; He is looking into our hearts- surrender hearts so He can use us fully and mightily so we can do His purpose.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 9:10

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

 So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?

Ecclesiastes 3:22

13 Now all has been heard;
    here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
    for this is the duty of all mankind.
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
    including every hidden thing,
    whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 3:13-14

PS. Guys, my journal book is available now. You can purchase it already. I make this book for you guys so you can also journal your daily life. You can be yourself there and just pour out your heart, there are spaces there where you can write your thoughts, your stories and letters. You can avail hardback, paperback, or digital flipbook. I suggest you purchase paperback or hardback so you can write on a paper.

Thankeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Labyu guys! ayieh! I'm so kilig! Bibili na yarn? Hehehehe.

Published by Merrel Ya

A lady who has been pondering her hope into Christ, inhaling His grace, and enjoying the beauty of life. Writing about life, asking God about "kuliglig sa kanyang dibdib."

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