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Life Goal # 9: Read and study the Bible.

I grew up Catholic but it has only been recently did I truly accept God as the author of my life story. I hope to one day truly know and welcome Him, by reading His Holy words.

On the outside, I don’t look very religious. At least, I don’t think I do. But I have been training myself to the develop a habit of prayer, once I wake up, whenever I catch myself in silence (which, during this summer, it’s more often than usual) and before I go to bed. I’d like to develop a habit of reading Scriptures as well.

FIFTY RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME and BOOKS

SPOILER WARNING! 

  1. I fell in love with books when I was a kid mostly because my mom said my dad loved to read.
  2. My first book series was “The Baby-sitters Club” by Ann M. Martin.
  3. My favorite BSC member is Dawn Schaffer. I cried when she moved back to California to be with her dad.
  4. My second favorite BSC member is Stacey McGill. I sometimes wished I was her.
  5. I also read Sweet Valley novels. 
  6. I prefer Jessica Wakefield over Elizabeth.
  7. My first YA novel was “The Twilight Saga”. 
  8. I cried for Jacob Black in “Eclipse”.
  9. IMHO, Stephenie Meyer is a good writer; Bella and Edward are really just lame characters.
  10. I really enjoyed “The Host”, but the movie adaptation sucked. Figuratively and literally.
  11. The first fairy tale I remember reading is “The Frog Prince”.
  12. I really like “All’s Well that Ends Well”.
  13. My favorite fairy tale, if I have to choose, is “Little Red Riding Hood”.
  14. I also like reading historical romances.
  15. My favorite historical romance author is Julia Quinn.
  16. I love the Bridgerton series.
  17. My favorite Bridgerton book is “Romancing Mr. Bridgerton”.
  18. I really love Colin Bridgerton but…
  19. …my favorite Bridgerton series character is Penelope Featherington a.k.a. Lady Whistledown.
  20. I’ve read ALL of Julia Quinn’s books; they’re that addictive.
  21. My favorite JQ character (aside from Penelope) is Emma Dunster – Ridgely, the Duchess of Ashbourne.
  22. I’ve also read some of Eloisa James books.
  23. Going back to YA, I thorougly enjoyed Rainbow Rowell’s “Eleanor and Park”, that I don’t want it to have a movie because I’m pretty sure they will just ruin it.
  24. When I read “The Selection” series, I really just wanted America Singer to choose Prince Maxon Schreave.
  25. I love, love, love “The Heir”. Can’t wait for “The Crown”!
  26. My ultimate favorite novel is Danielle Steel’s “Wanderlust”, and it’s the only book I’ve NEVER re-read.
  27. My second favorite novel is Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”.
  28. I also liked “Veronika Decides to Die” and “Eleven Minutes”.
  29. For the first time, I read the Harry Potter series last year and I loved it even more. Didn’t think that was possible.
  30. I plan to re-read the HP books, only this time, I will own them as oppose to merely borrowing them from the library.
  31. My favorite HP character is — surprise, surprise — Hermione Granger!
  32. My favorite HP secondary character is Mrs. Weasly. (Cried when she cried Prisoner of Azkaban, when that boggart scared her with the dead bodies of her family. Talk about clever foreshadowing!)
  33. I’ve read “The Hunger Games” trilogy four times — once every time they come out with a movie.
  34. I really loved how “Catching Fire” managed to make the book version EVEN BETTER. That’s really rare.
  35. My favorite THG character is Joanna Mason.
  36. My second favorite THG character is Finnick Odair, and I still feel bad that he had to die.
  37. I read “The Millenium” series to get over a heartache. Haven’t re-read them since.
  38. I don’t particularly liked mystery novels but I love Sherlock Holmes.
  39. I really liked Neil Gaiman’s “Stardust”. The movie was even better too! #CaptainShakespeareIsLove
  40. The most expensive book set I bought (so far) was the “Dawn Rochelle” novels of Lurlene McDaniel. 
  41. I prefer reading actual books over ebooks, but sometimes you can’t help it.
  42. The book that changed my life is “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. It opened my eyes to the fact that I should only keep quality people in my life.
  43. I love Edgar Allan Poe! 
  44. My favorite Poe work is “Tell-tale Heart”.
  45. I read Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy and even though I sort of get why she ended it the way she did, it still sucks. 
  46. I’ve read 5/6 Mortal Instrument’s novels. I couldn’t continue with the last one since I can’t remember where the fifth one left of, and I’m still too lazy to re-read them.
  47. Dan Brown rocked the Catholic community when “The Da Vinci Code” came out, and I understand why.
  48. Still, I prefer the prequel “Angels and Demons”. 
  49. I once found a book titled “Puppies” from the Social Science department in the UST Central Library. It opened my world to the colorful life of gay love. 
  50. I worked my way to finishing “Fifty Shades” trilogy just so I can say that I finished it. To this day, I still don’t believe there was ever a real story amidst all those “Holy cows!” of Ana’s.

Reminding myself that…

Sometimes, what we want for ourselves isn’t what God wants for us.

Sometimes, what we think will be the best for us, no matter how much we want it, isn’t something we can have, for one reason or another.

Sometimes, we don’t get what we want because there’s something else that we are given.

And that’s okay. That’s great, even.

Because we have to remember: God will take us to where we ought to be. He will lead us, if we surrender everything to Him. He will take care of us, and we will be better for it.

We may not understand it just yet; it never does make one feel good to be told that you can’t have something you want and know you deserve.

But one day, soon, we’ll learn that everything that happens to us, happens for a reason.

We need to make the best of our time alive, do our best work, and give only our best effort.

God will lead us on.


So… OLOPSC is officially a no – go. Perhaps not right now. Perhaps never again.

I’ll give myself a day to get over this disappointment and then I’ll throw myself into learning everything about the new school’s system and culture, and make the most of it.

God’s got me. I believe.

Posting these 11 days late, but yeah, I’m so happy I’ve found a community where I can connect and communicate with God. I’ve only been to two meets, but I can already say that I’ll be an active attendee for the rest of the year, at least. I still want to attend the one in PICC one day, but for now, this will be my Sunday habit. It has actually made me excited for Sunday; it feels that good!

COME JOIN US AND BE BLESSED!