h o p e

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My overwatered succulent 😦 Kodak Ultramax 400 film, taken with Yashica FX-3

We’re about to close 2016 and it’s an annual tradition for almost everyone to reflect about the year that’s coming to an end. As for me, I’m finishing the year by starting something that scares me (haha) I planted flower seeds!!! My friend Raye gave me a DIY plant from Miniso for Christmas. I’m scared because I have a lot of plant blood on my hands. Various cacti and succulents have died on my watch—mostly because of too much watering or too little sunlight. This time I want to believe that it will be different. I want to declare life over my hands. There will be no more dry or overwatered plant this time. I’m just so hopeful because people are believing with me too! Aside from the DIY plant, my boss Nika gave me a cactus for our office exchange gift; and another friend (Win) gave me a succulent. Wuhooo! Thank you for believing in me, ladies! Haha

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Frankie the cactus and Queen Tara the succulent (as named by Ellice and Win haha)

2016 has been a season of scattering seeds of joy, prayer, hope, and love to the people around me. It’s also been a time of planting myself—in a new community and new circle of friends and influence. This year has been filled with breakthroughs, refreshing encounters,  as well as painful pruning and uprooting. I am declaring that 2017 will be a season of growth and harvest. I’m excited to see shoots spring up, fields of flowers bloom, trees bear fruit—literally and figuratively. As we usher in 2017, may we never lose the Hope that we can always hold on to, season after season.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

(John 15:4-5, ESV)

This verse serves as a reminder that I cannot sow, I cannot grow, and I cannot bear fruit apart from Jesus, the One True Vine. He is the one who can turn any dry season into spring. #Greenery2017 #Mahalaman2017 #NewYearNewHope

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I just planted this awhile ago. I’ll be posting updates on the seeds! 🙂
hōp/
noun
  1. a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
  2. a feeling of trust.
verb
  1. want something to happen or be the case.
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