tick tock tick tock..

"there is no better, simple plan for your life than the one God has for you.."

it's a rainy tuesday evening.. i have a dinner date with the mutienians (mga kabarkada) at shangy's place.

when the weather is not so good (like when it's raining), i prefer to just stay at home, read a book or a blog post, watch random tv shows, play psp games and the like..

but four hours ago, i chose to moved out of my comfort zone. despite the fact that i hate walking down wet streets, i still opt to leave the house and have dinner with my close and forever friends.. i can't just say "no" to shang for i know she prepared a wonderful dinner for us. she'll also be leaving for davao tomorrow..

since it took me long minutes to decide whether i'll come to her place or not, i was expecting that i'm already super late..

but, when i arrived at her place, i found out i was the first person there. so, i waited for our other friends to come..

while waiting, i came across a cute book. it caught my attention because its cover color is GREEN. you know i so love green! :D


then, i just found myself reading it until my other friends arrived..

i want to share the things i love in the book. this is for you, AMAZING WOMAN.

1. let your good looks glow
the desire to be beautiful is natural
. every girl/lady/woman wants to be pretty perfect.. everyone wants elegant clothes, branded cosmetics, fashionable hairstyles and outstanding looks. however, in the simple life, there is a deeper sort of beauty - inner beauty. this is the beauty which is more attractive, more effortless and it arises from an intimate relationship with God.. this is the beauty that matters most. you must know that..
one final thought: by easing the pressure to conform to society's view of beauty, loving God simplifies life and lets your natural beauty shine.

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
- Proverbs, 31:30

2. tell yourself something good
self talk - this is what you need to do. talk to yourself about positive things and never mention about the negative ones. avoid self-talk like i can't do it or i'm so dumb for will only cause you stress and will lead you to great depression. choose to let destructive self-talk and heavyhearted emotions subside. tell yourself that you are a better person and that you are beautiful. don't mind what other people say. enjoy the confidence and well-being that defines a simpler life.
one final thought: to nurture the simple life of emotional freedom and confidence, focus on how much God loves and values you.

"Instead of all the negative stream-of-consciousness thoughts that run through our minds - the worries, doubts and mumble-grumbles - we're supposed to maintain moment-by-moment that includes Christ."
- Carole Gift Page

3. never give up
there are times when you're knee-deep in pain or weary from a million of things that has gone wrong. yes, hope appears but a dying ember. at times like this, remember to call God. never lose hope in Him for with Him, you will have a simple life which is a hopeful life.
one final thought: unwavering hope and simplicity arise as you trust in God's faithfulness to uphold you.

"Be strong and take heart, all you hope in the Lord."
- Psalm 31-24

4. ticktock, stop the clock
you're busy. everywhere you go, you need to do something. appointments here, appointments there. but this doesn't mean you have to rush things. take some time to smell the flowers. call on God, ask him to guide you as you slowly accomplish the things you need to do. the key is to pray, seek God's wisdom about how best to use your time..
one final thought: seek God's wisdom as you conciously slow down, and you will experience a calmer, more peaceful spirit.

"Help me, God, to slow down, to be silent, so I can hear you and do Your will and not mine."
- Marian Wright Edelman

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