Thursday, January 1, 2009

Farewell Fruitful 2008. Welcome Prosperous 2009.

Two thousand eight (2008) has been a fruitful year for me. My heart is full of thanksgiving as to what the Lord has done in me. In connection, my first blog for 2009 is all about the blessings I received for the past year. I will cite the eight (8) major highlights of all the blessings I received that made 2008 extraordinary for me.

The first thing I want to thank God last year was the blessing to pass the December 2007 Philippine Nursing Licensure Examination released February of 2008. The night before the result was released I prayed to God that He had supplied my needs for four years in college that I knew He would make me pass. Human as I am the fear of failing was there, though. I prayed just to pass it be it 75% for a general average I would not mind. God was so good. He let me passed and the good thing was, I passed with satisfactory grade. My comforting song during that worrying and bloodcurdling night was “He never sleeps” by Don Moen. (You can found this song in the player I have in my sidebar below.) I played the song for hours while crying and praying to pass. The lesson I learned, as the Bible says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things just be added unto you” Matthew 6:33. The verse is true and God’s promises will always be true.

Next to my list for my thanksgiving for the last year, I fell in love for the first time. I don’t want to talk about it but for the sake of the blog I will talk it over a little. I fell in love with an unbeliever. I struggled to keep the relationship; however, it ended up a failure. Until then I appreciate my pastor’s advice regarding the Bible verse about equally yoking with the unbeliever (2 Corinthians 6:14). My first was a failure; nevertheless, it’s with a purpose.

The succeeding blessing, the third I suppose; another year to serve God through Vacation Bible School (VBS), 5 days of classes pointing to God’s goodness. It was my first time to be a VBS Music Teacher. It was a big challenge for me, the fact, that I have this stage fright. What motivates me to do so was the opportunity to serve God through the message of the songs and the voices of the children singing for the Lord. I love kids – the reason why I enjoyed it. An opportunity to serve God is a blessing too.

June. It’s been a year since I’ve seen my father that time. God is really good for using somebody just for His will to push through. My aunt invited me and my mother to visit their place where my father is working for them. Tears of joy and sadness stir together when I saw my father. No matter what, that’s a blessing, a wonderful one to thank God.

August. Out of desperation of failing the interview I had with the manager of a Korean Academy in my place I resolved to volunteer my service as an oncology nurse in one of the hospitals in my place. I did not experience any difficulty applying for that position. The head nurse just scanned my papers and said I can start that date. Well, another blessing to thank. I was the last person who got the last slot.

September. Funny thing happened. Surprisingly, I passed the exam and the interview with the Korean Academy I applied last August. I jumped for joy that I made it. I was trained together with my batch mates things that I don’t know. It was another learning experience that I never expected to happen. It’s a blessing to thank God.

My second to the last thanksgiving, 5th day of November, I had in my hand the white card with my picture and of course my name and the title nurse. I am talking about my license card as a nurse of my country. It’s a double celebration because that day I was celebrating my 22nd birthday anniversary. No party was prepared but handling my license was the greatest present I had received.

To wrap up my last and the most important thing I want to thank God for the last year, is the opportunity to serve Him. The eternal life He gave me that I will always keep. I can’t have those things I’ve mentioned above without a life obviously. God has been good in my life for the past years and unquestionably will be good for the years to come.

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