12 Highlights of My 30th (Part 2)

I still can’t get over how gracious our God is. I shared more about the first six highlights HERE. But, in this post, I want to continue honoring Him, as I go through the last six highlights that made this 30th birthday very humbling and special.

 

12 HIGHLIGHTS OF MY 30TH (Part 2)

 

7 – LAPTOP

 

I’ve never had my own before and the Lord knows how much I’ve been wanting to get one. But, since I didn’t have the budget for it, I continued to use an old (and deteriorating) one shared by the family. I didn’t tell anyone about this desire in my heart. But, the Lord impressed it on my sister more than a month ago. Then, as a family, they decided to give me one on my 30th birthday. WHAAAAAT???

What is grace upon grace? Huhuhu.

 

8 – BIRTHDAY MESSAGES

 

Time & Words. My top love languages. To everyone who sent their birthday greetings, photos, and video messages, words cannot express how deeply you have touched my heart and made me feel God’s love.

Also, I even received a birthday doodle from one of my favorite artists (The Land of Boggs). And a video greeting from Mikki, Bettina, and Gummy. Their family’s testimony recently encouraged me so much in my faith. Huhuhu!

Thank you, Ate Camille and Temic for orchestrating everything!

 

9 – SHE KNOWS ME TOO WELL

 

God has blessed me with a sister-in-Christ who has been one of the constants in my life, ever since I met her a few years ago. She sent a detailed and heartfelt compilation of 30 things that she appreciates about me! And really, everything is only by His grace!

What made this more special? This greeting came from someone who doesn’t really enjoy writing. She’d usually rather tell it to me in person.🤪 Plus, the details she wrote really showed that she knows me too well! EVEN the little things about me that not everyone sees. Huhu. So, receiving this meant so much to me! Thank you, Z!

 

10 – MY BEST FRIEND

 

By God’s grace, in the past five years, He has allowed me to journey through the hills and valleys of my life with this one. I really wasn’t expecting anything from him. But, for my 30th, my best friend gave me a photo album that had 30 special memories from 2015-2020, what he appreciates about me, photos, and 30 bible verses that were valuable in our friendship, through the years.

What made it more special? His effort!! In going back to our oldest documented conversations and my old online photo albums, printing them, manually cutting and putting them together, thinking of specific ways to encourage me through words, etc. But more than these, I was deeply moved because I saw how God graciously built our friendship on His Word. I didn’t realize it then. But wow, Lord! What a huge blessing! Also, thank you, H!

 

11 – PEACE IN THE MIDST OF PAIN

 

My ear infection was so painful and was such a hassle during the week of my birthday. But, the Lord provided for my needs. My dad is also an EENT doctor, so I didn’t need to go to the hospital in the midst of a pandemic.

Even this seemingly bad situation, God has used for the good. Through this, He reminded me of finding my true security, contentment, and joy in Him alone. And how I should always be grateful for what He has already given to me. Also, you can just imagine how much I appreciate being able to hear now! The little things I take for granted.

 

12 – 30TH ORIGINAL SONG

 

“VICTORY”

I wrote my 30th original song, just in time for my 30th birthday.♥️  Talk about God’s perfect timing and funny humor. This song shows a glimpse of His faithfulness in my life, in the past three decades, in spite of who I was / am. The song title was inspired by our victorious God and by the meaning of my name (Victory of the People).

On my birthday, I shared it to the world because of my desire to let others know who Jesus is and how much he loves us!

 

WHEW! If you’ve reached this far, thank you for joining me in this journey! This 30th birthday has been an incredibly beautiful and humbling reminder from the Lord… that He sees us, He loves us, and He is with us always.

Whatever it is that you’re going through right now, whether you’re in the hills or in the valleys, may you find your hope in Jesus. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

 

To the Lover of my soul, my Lord, and Savior… JESUS, words cannot express how grateful I am for you. Any good in me is only because of you and your grace in my life. With every breath that you allow me to take, I pray that I may bring glory to you! For those who are reading this blog, Lord, I humbly ask that you would also continue to work in their hearts and allow them to experience the depths of your love, faithfulness, and grace each day. For those who do not have a personal relationship with you yet, I pray that they will also accept you as their personal Lord and Savior, and find true joy, peace, and satisfaction in You alone! Thank you, Jesus! In Your Name I pray, Amen.

 

“Hear these praises from a grateful heart!

Each time I think of you, the praises start.

I love you so much, Jesus!

I love you so much.”

-Heritage Singers

 

Psalm 8:4 “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?”

12 Highlights of My 30th (Part 1)

In my previous entry, I shared more about what went on my mind a few days before my birthday, and how the Lord spoke to me. In this post, I will be sharing the first six highlights of my 30th birthday, that showed how personal, gracious, and loving God is. I pray that as you read through it, you will be encouraged to get to know Jesus more and His love, truths, and promises for you. :)

 

12 HIGHLIGHTS OF MY 30TH

 

1 – EARLY SURPRISE

 

One of my dearest friends surprised me with a Grab delivery of Starbucks a day before my birthday! She knows how much I love it. She was also my coffee buddy back in the office, for many years. What made this more special? Her thoughtfulness and effort as she is currently living in Japan, many miles away from me!♥️  Thank you, twin!

 

2 – MILK TEA TREAT

 

My cousins from L.A. surprised us with our favorite milk tea drinks!! Huhuhu. They didn’t know that a week ago, I was already planning on treating my family with milk tea on my birthday. Thank you again, Kuya Macky and Ate Nikki!

 

3 – MEAT PIZZA FROM HASSAN

 

I wanted homecooked shrimps, tacos, pesto pasta, and Hassan’s meat pizza for my birthday dinner. But, I decided not to order from Hassan anymore, so I can save money. Without me telling anyone, my cousins and inaanak sent me a box of meat pizza from Hassan that afternoon!!! Of all the items on the menu. Grabe si God! Thank you, Kuya OB, Ate Leah, and Tristan.

 

4 – TROPICAL THEME

 

I didn’t tell anyone that I was hoping to have a Tropical vibe for my birthday. I also didn’t know that my older sister had already ordered the supplies and balloons way before my birthday! So, I was surprised to see the fancy decor at home! Moreover, my gorgeous birthday cake had a sunset & beach theme. HOW PERFECT for someone who’s a sucker for sunsets and beaches. #amazingGod

Decor (Party Station Phils.) and Cake (Sweet Creations by Mums)

 

5 – ZOOM PARTY

 

Both my sisters (in the PH and in Hawaii) organized this intimate Zoom party which included a funny game (Pera o Bayong), honoring part, gift giving, and a closing prayer led by dad! My immediate family celebrated with me online! THE EFFORT WAS INTENSE. They blocked off their time for me too! :( I can’t even describe how much I felt loved through this. Thank you, family!

 

6 – “NOT OF THIS WORLD” T-SHIRT

 

Ever since I discovered this sticker from a Christian store that says “Not of This World”, I’ve had a radical change in perspective of my life here on earth. This isn’t my home forever. We were made for eternity with God in Heaven. So, anytime I feel discouraged, I remember the security we have in Jesus! I even bring the sticker everywhere with me and take random photos with it as a reminder for me!

AGAIN, I didn’t know that the Lord had impressed on my older sister’s heart to make a t-shirt with that logo!! She even contacted the artist and paid for royalties for a one-time print! Now, I’m literally the only person in the world who legally has this kind of t-shirt. HUHU. What a personal God!

 

My heart was already overflowing with love and grace from God! But, guess what? There are six more highlights of how personal He was this week! Such grace!

I shared more about the next six HERE. :)

 

30: When Grace Overflows

It has been three days since my birthday, but, my eyes are still sore from the never-ending tears of joy. I want to share with you how the Lord has been so personal and gracious to me this week. Through this, I hope it encourages you (and my future self!) to remember that God will always be good and faithful; that we are very much known and loved by Him.

 

DAYS BEFORE MY BIRTHDAY

I wanted to celebrate my 30th birthday by buying seafood at the wet market and indoor plants (finally) at another open market. But, when my ear infection happened a few days before it, I had to cancel my plans. Out of my frustration, I honestly told God “Yun na nga lang magpapasaya sakin sa birthday ko, Lord, tapos tinanggal Niyo pa.” This came from a heart that was struggling because I was pressured and insecure, as I was approaching my 30th birthday.

 

Right after that thought, it was as if the Lord told me: “So, your joy is dependent on your plans and desires? Am I not enough for you, Nicole?”

This humbled me so much as I remembered how I also got disappointed this year, when the Lord allowed my 2020 plans to be cancelled. But by His grace, He immediately changed my perspective. He helped me thank Him and enjoy His presence. Even in the midst of cancelled plans, unanswered prayers, and discouragements… His grace, love, goodness, and presence are MORE THAN ENOUGH for us. That gave my heart so much peace!

AT GRABE LANG. Wala man lang akong idea sa mga haharapin ko on my birthday. Although I was 50% deaf (temporarily, because of my ear infection), I still enjoyed spending time with the family! I was also deeply blessed by the time, words, acts of service, and gifts that family and friends graciously gave this week.♥️

All throughout that day and even this week, God orchestrated many things that basically shouted “I SEE YOU, NIC! I LOVE YOU!”

It’s so humbling to know that God chooses to love us, even after knowing everything about us.

 

I shared more about how personal and gracious the Lord has been in the ff. blogs. I pray that through these, you will be encouraged!

12 Highlights of My 30th (Part 1)

12 Highlights of My 30th (Part 2)

 

Thank You, Jesus! Again and again! You deserve to be praised!

 

Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Psalm 139:1,3 “O LORD, you have searched me and you know me… you are familiar with all my ways.”

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My name is Nicole Obligacion and I started this blog because I was inspired by Hebrews 10:24 and Hebrews 3:13. I love to eat, cook, bake, read the Bible, and encourage. :)

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