Goodbye, 2014!

Before life gets busy again tomorrow, I shall post my year-end post for 2014.

I can't really say that 2014 was great. Like the previous year, it's full of challenges and struggles sprinkled with complications. During those times, it felt like hell! But as I look back, I would say 2014 will be the year that I went through The Refiner's Fire.
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold--though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. ~ 1 Peter 1:7
To tell you honestly, it's a struggle until now. But despite of everything, I am glad and very much proud to say that I've proven to myself that my faith is genuine; my security, identity, and most importantly my hope, is anchored in Jesus and not on anyone or anything. With that in mind, I will forever be grateful for 2014.

And really, it's just a matter of perspective, right? Life may have thrown me the craziest blitz last year but it's still a year filled with amazing blessings and answered prayers.

In one of my posts last 2013 I wrote how worried I was about my career. Things didn't go well as planned but I'm happy I've let go of my all worries and just let God take control because He really does have bigger plans for me. Just three months after I wrote that post, I am in a new workplace and things just kept getting better.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11
Just a couple of months on board, I got the opportunity to work in our company's headquarters. One Friday afternoon, as I was reading my emails, I remember asking God if I can I also go to Sydney. Few weeks later, I received a message from my boss letting me know that I am being requested to work on shore! God never really ceases to surprise me. :)

View from my Sydney Apartment

My visit to Sydney is definitely the highlight of my 2014. I'm preparing myself for a solo travel but it got more interesting because God allowed me to meet new friends. :)

And of course, get in touch with old ones whom I haven't seen in a while.

It was a different kind of travel for me because it's not something I planned yet everything went just fine. I had a real good time, friends took care of me and I know I got the most out of it.

Of course, what is a year without travels? I didn't get to go to a new destination this year but revisited some of my favorite destinations.

This year, I also got to witness a few of good friends marry the man of their dreams. So happy to be part of this milestone in their life. :)

So yeah, 2014 is overall great. The bumps along the road are necessary to make me a better person. I will always look back to 2014 as the year when God has once again rescued me from bad consequences and protected me from wrong experiences; the year where I proved that God is refuge and strength and the year that God taught me how to receive and give unconditional love.

Forward march to 2015! :)

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