Happy are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God.
– Matthew 5:3

I used to disregard this bible verse. I felt it was disempowering. Why would I want to be poor in spirit?

But at The Feast last week (Oct 9), Bo shared an empowering interpretation of the verse above. “Poor in spirit” meant “desperate” … “desperate for God”. When we’re desperate for God like we are desperate for air when we’re drowning — this is the desperation that helps us recognize how much we need our God.

I prayed that day. I prayed that I acknowledge how desperate I am for my God. I prayed that I find courage to face my fears. I prayed that for courage to make the changes necessary to turn my life around.

Thank you! Rejoice in our blessings, and they shall increase!
Thank you! Rejoice in our blessings, and they shall increase!

And, this weekend while visiting my parents in Baguio, I made some tough decisions to make major changes in my life. Specifically I made decisions about changing the way I manage my mindset, my dreams, my finances, my time and my energy.

My starting point: Gratitude

I am blessed! And it’s funny that I used to downplay or completely disregard my blessings.

Now, I have made a decision to celebrate every blessing! I want to develop this into a habit. Thus, I am committing myself to writing a Gratitude Journal entry each and every day for the next 30 days (October 16 to November 16, 2011).

Why do I want to be even more grateful?

I am reminding myself of my worthiness. Sometimes I’m told that feeling worthy or being worthy is just a decision. Probably.

In the meantime, my goal is simple. Rejoice in my blessings that my blessings may grow. I simply want to acknowledge my blessings, to rejoice in it. Knowing that what I focus on will expand.

Thus I continue rejoicing in my blessings:

  • I am thankful for my existence. I am put in this world by our good Lord because I am worthy! He has a purpose for me. I do not need to question my existence. :-) I am loved by our good Lord no matter what. (Tonight, without fail, I will upload this to my blog, knowing and trusting in the Lord that this is a turning point for me. I shall finish this! On with our journey!)
  • I am thankful for all my experiences in my 36 years. I have full trust in the Lord that all I have gone through in life all build up to achieving my purpose in life which is to teach.
  • I am thankful for my family, my parents, my siblings. Their nurturing and unconditional love has been the foundation of the kind of person I am.
  • I am thankful for the organizations, institutions (and the friends I met along the way) that helped establish my beliefs in life: SPED, Philippine Science, UP, UPSCA, Pahinungod, Cuyo, AIM, Intel and PSI.
  • I am thankful for my mentors: Captain Bobby Lim, Bo Sanchez, my parents Tony and Flor, my siblings Kelmer, Atchi Liza, Keric.
  • I am thankful for my best friend: Jorey who has inspired me in many ways, though we are apart.
  • I am thankful for my two former relationships. I have loved, lost and learned from you. And these have prepared me for a lifelong relationship with Rezza.
  • I am thankful for Rezza – my life-partner, the one with whom I will serve the Lord for the rest of my life.
  • I am thankful for all the blessings that our good Lord has given me, and will give me.
    I live that I may serve my Lord and my purpose.

Gratitude = Great Attitude!

edWIN “Ka Edong” Soriano

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