U have new mercies for me everyday

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Nothing can separate
Even if I ran away
Your love never fails

I know I still make mistakes
But You have new mercies for me everyday
Your love never fails

You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There maybe pain in the night but joy comes in the morning

And when the oceans rage
I don’t have to be afraid
Because I know that You love me

Your love never fails

The wind is strong and the water’s deep
But I’m not alone here in these open seas
Cause Your love never fails

The chasm is far too wide
I never thought I’d reach the other side
But Your love never fails

You make, all things, work together for my good.

Day 9: Ten People that Have Influenced me

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  1. Jesus Christ: I can’t really say enough or say anything.
  2. St. Paul: One of the greatest minds in history.
  3. St. Peter: I relate to Peter and I love his transformation pre and post resurrection. I love how this transformation is right in the Bible for all of us to see. It shows that people of great faith were just like us in the beginning.
  4. Chris McCandless: This guy abandons society, give his entire savings account to charity, and camps out in Alaska. To learn more, please watch Into the Wild. I can’t begin to describe how inspired I am by this guy. His courage to follow his heart and pursue what he feels is right, despite how people thought he was crazy/stupid , is my biggest motivation.
  5. My mother: I have never seen anybody love me like she does.
  6. My father: The best father in the world!
  7. My sister Mariam: inspires to LIVE more by her ambition and thirst for life.
  8. My brother Peter: inspires to have fun and take it easy.
  9. My grandmother: One of the kindest people I have ever met, whose death still haunts me and I wish I had spend more time with her.
  10. My uncle Emad: One of the kindest people I have ever met, whose death still haunts me and I wish I had spend more time with him.
  11. My uncle Hany: One of the kindest people I have ever met, whose death still haunts me and I wish I had spend more time with him.p168385_p_v8_aa

Day 7: What is your Dream Job?

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Dear Wonderful Reader,

It’s unsettling how I am 25 and still aren’t working my dream job. In fact, I don’t even know what my dream job. To be honest with you, I don’t even believe in the concept of “a dream job”. Quiet frankly, I feel like this is just bogus and probably a derivative of the “American Dream” bullcrap.

Simply, I want a job that I am going to enjoy. I know, I won’t even always enjoy it. I want a job that has purpose. Purpose that wakes me up everyday and urges me to continue. I believe  I would enjoy a job a fighting for a cause. I care deeply about animal rights, and spreading the Gospel, and helping people/animals in general. Unfortunately, with great causes come great pains. I am full of fear about diving into those topics I know there is an ugly truth to what’s happening to animal each passing second, and christian minorities in the world. The truth is ugly and there is so much evil, that I am afraid of being exposed to that and I’m discouraged to help.

But, with great courage comes great rewards. My prayer is that I could gain this courage and guidance to walk in my purposeful path.

Day 6: The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Experienced

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Dear Wonderful Reader,

That would be being hooked up on a guy for 6 years who was not worth it. I do regret that time spent. All the mental and physical energy that was spent on him. In fact I am so over this experience now that I can’t write about with the same passion. That in itself makes me happy because It shows how far I have come and how I was able to put the past behind me. This gives me hope that I could overcome anything, however big it seems at the time. And I did learn a lot from this experience and I am bitter about it anymore.

Whatever you’re going through, remember the power of time. So It’s okay to be sad, bored, or after the guy or people, but let that time be entirely spent on them. Feel the emotions you want to feel but please work to achieve your goals and dream at the same time.

 

Day 4: 10 Thngs I wld Tll my 16 Yrs Old Slf

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Dear Wonderful Reader,

  1. Focus on school and do well, and think about what you want to do in the future.
  2. Play sports and join clubs.
  3. Pray, talk to God, and Volunteer.
  4. Call your grandmother and send her gifts. Unfortunately she died before I got around to doing that :(.
  5. Start a savings account.
  6. Don’t worry about boys; they will come later.
  7. Read more books.
  8. Be more social but also be your own person.
  9. Start a blog and write everyday. & start a Youtube channel.
  10. Don’t focus on how small your life is, the time wasted, or things you don’t have, instead LOVE LIFE and laugh as much as you can because 16 is awesome.

Blog Challenge, Day 2: My 3 Biggest Fears

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Dear Wonderful Reader,

As much as I want to make this blog a happy place, I want to connect with you by opening myself and sharing things that I find myself very uncomfortable to admit pondering about or materialize in writing or conversation. Its easy to talk about external things, but extremely difficult to be open and vulnerable. Though, I believe that with great risks, comes great results. I find writing very therapeutic and a great way to unknot our thoughts and emotions buried deep inside.

Based on the views, I know that I have a lot of silent readers (I am a silent reader to many blogs too) but I would love to hear from you on this. Yes, I’m talking to you! What are you biggest fears?

. Death

Not my own death but others’. I don’t know when exactly did this became a fear of mine, but I believe that this is an innate fear in everyone even those who claim that they could make sense of it. God is truly my only solace and confidant when it comes to this fear. This train of thought could make me feel panicky and disturb my peace easily but one thing I know is that God will never give more than I can handle and that He’ll always be there.

. Losing Love

I think love is the greatest pleasure on Earth and I spent many years suffering it’s absence. I think love is THE source for support and hope. We all know how losing (romantic) love can be tragic and could make one feel like there is nothing left to live for (Emo Alert). I have a lot of emotions to express but I can’t seem to find the words. It’s like there is an iceberg within my emotions and thoughts. The pressure is definitely building and soon they will burst into words……. But, yes the aforementioned is one of my greatest fears.

. Becoming contaminated by this world: losing sight of what truly matters.

“True devotion, the kind that is pure and faultless before God the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their difficulties and to keep the world from contaminating us.” (James 1: 27)

This is my prayer: that your love might become even more and more rich with knowledge and all kinds of insight. I pray this so that you will be able to decide what really matters and so you will be sincere and blameless on the day of Christ. I pray that you will then be filled with the fruit of righteousness, which comes from Jesus Christ, in order to give glory and praise to God.” (Philippians 1: 9-11)

The first scripture touches me deeply because being contaminated by this world and it’s standards is one of my fears. I always want to keep my mind on higher things and go against the current if need be, but quiet frankly this is easier said than done due to peer pressure, wanting approval and praise from others, instant gratification, satisfying my flesh, etc…

I love the second scripture and It has a special place in my heart. It’s truly the perfect prayer to pray for anyone (thanks Paul!). I love how Paul wishes that our love would “grow rich with knowledge… and insights” because it shows the intensity and complexity of love. In a way, It also explains that there is a correlation between love and wisdom. For example, you could be doing something good for someone that you love and It could look like a completely different thing to them or to onlookers. More over, it depicts love as a journey and the more we walk deeper in love, the more enjoyable and meaningful it becomes.

“….that you will be able to decide what really matters”. I LOVE this piece of scripture so much. I wish that God would give me this kind of wisdom. This links to James 1:27,  because If we are able to discern between what really matters and what doesn’t then we won’t be contaminated by this world.

(Let’s just say, I’d hate to wake up and find myself like a character in a reality show)

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The Joys of a Quiet Life

Dear Wonderful Reader,

We live in a society the promotes MORE, BIGGER as such they are the sign of success and true happiness. Yet all we end up with is debt, unmet expectations, and a longing for a time when life was simpler…quieter.

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The Joys of a Quiet Life

  1. Becoming one with nature.
  2. Becoming acute to God/spirituality.
  3. Exploring yourself (freely from any external influence such as social media or the pressure to “fit in”, or to become a “people pleaser”).
  4. Spending quality time with family and friends (those selected few).
  5. Focusing on your goals/dreams.
  6. Having time for hobbies, imagination, and creativity.
  7. Spending money wisely on things that we need rather than what we want (liberating ourselves from measuring up to “The Jones”, buying the new “IT” thing on social media, or to fit in with a clique”). Also, by saving, we can have enough money to donate or help someone in need.
  8. Purpose: Growth: Joy. There is something alluring about realizing that we’re utilizing our resources and energy to its full potential for good that leads to feeling purposeful. Purpose flourishes to growth and growth yields joy.
  9. Less drama. 
  10. Peace of mind (which sounds really simple but as we get older and life’s problems start swallowing us, we realize how precious peace of mind is).

 

This serves as a very rough draft of this topic, I don’t think I have said all I wanted to say so stay tuned for more :).

I’m interested to know if a quiet life sounds attractive to you?

What’s the best thing about living a quiet life?

Do you disagree?