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October 28, 2010 by by Fiona Mae Alvero

36216_410391814546_533999546_4381849_2384779_nI was literally digging up a bag-full of old photos this evening. I’m happy that my mom was able to keep photos of us when we were still babies until digital age. I slumped on my bed and had a trip down the memory lane. I noticed that majority of our pictures were taken during either recognition days, graduations, foundation days, intramurals and other special events during grade school. And if there’s one memory that these photos made me remember is that I was one heck of an active gradeschooler.

When I say active gradeschooler, I don’t only mean being a consistent honor student, it also means being a consistent class president. I was a strong leader, you know, the one who has the guts to write the names of my influencial classmates on the Noisy list when I caught them chatting, and they don’t get to complain, haha. When special events come and selected students from the class has to perform, I’m most likely to get picked. If the whole class has to perform, they put me in front. Thus, these photos.

No, I was not the most excellent nor the smartest. But grade school has made me as a student set apart from the rest of the class. And that made me feel special and important during my primitive years. I lost it when I entered a different school in high school. I became an ordinary student who had her own shares of dangered moments because of Calculus and Geometry.

Being set apart. We always hold on to something that could make us set apart from the rest. When I was in grade school, it was being an honor student, being voted as a class president, being the star dancer (but not necessarily the best, haha), being special, being chosen.

Looking at the photos, it occurred to me that like any other temporary things, what made me set apart before are now only memories captured in an old 3R photo. I was convinced that even if I got to do a lot during grade school, where I am today is way better because I met Jesus Christ who I can hold on to and make me set apart from the rest of the world forever. And it’s not anymore about what I did or what I can do but because of what He did for me.

Wish I knew Him early on. What sets you apart?

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. – 1 Peter 1:9

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October 25, 2010 by by Fiona Mae Alvero

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October 13, 2010 by by Fiona Mae Alvero

checkToday my cousin handed me a letter that was mailed to their house last September. We used to live in the house that they are living in now but my family moved out when I was in Grade 6 so it got me thinking why there was still a letter mailed to my old address.

My tita who mistakenly opened the letter addressed to my name said that there’s a check inside. Lo and behold, when I opened it, I saw a check.

Enclosed with it is a letter. And it said in the letter that the check is representing the payment of my insured deposit in a bank. Apparently, that rural bank had to be closed months ago.

I have actually long forgotten about my savings account in that bank. It was my first bank account and I was in gradeschool when I had it opened. That bank was just across my school and I remember one instance, during our recess time, when I crossed the street to deposit my P50.00 ipon in my savings account. It was already a big amount of money back then. That was equivalent to 10 barbecues or 10 bowls of sopas in our canteen. Haha. The amount of check that I received today? One hundred and fifty two pesos and two cents (P152.02).

My tita and I had a good laugh as I was joking around telling her that I’m already rich for receiving P152,000 when in fact it was just 152 bucks. She told me that it isn’t even enough for me to get a bus ticket to Manila.

But this check I received today came just at the right time to remind me of an important lesson. Last last night, my friend Gaviene encouraged me by saying a little prayer to God asking Him to provide for me a macbook. And this morning, I started praying for my macbook seriously. I have always wished to have a macbook, or that I could travel, or to have this and have that but barely did I become bold in asking God. It also reminded me that I have been wishing to open a savings account but I never had it done.

The Bible clearly says that if you ask anything in His name, you will receive it. In Matthew 21:22, it says “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” I learned that wishing isn’t enough, I have to believe, be in faith and ask. God is always willing to give according to his glorious and unlimited riches in heaven. I really hope that starting today, we will not miss out on those blessings just because we do not ask.

PS. When I get back in Manila for second semester, the first thing that I will do is to finally open a savings account. And please hold me accountable for that. ;)

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