Hi, I just want to share and document my joy. Hihihi. As a writer-wannabe, it’s always an ecstatic feeling every single time something you wrote gets published. There’s that happiness you can’t exactly put into words every single time you see your name on the author byline. More than that, the thought of getting to inspire at least one person through something you wrote is really an opportunity and a blessing.
A month ago, I posted a blog (“Dear, you are far greater than mere labels.” ) about how our real worth and value are not defined and limited by our labels. It came to mind during our Prayer and Fasting week. In the past, I used to be the girl who was so insecure. I always felt inferior. I always felt like I need to belong. I have looked for my worth and value on the wrong things and situations. I felt as if “labels” define me. But, I thank the Lord for rescuing me from my past, from my insecurities, and for making me realize that my worth and value isn’t found in the world. It’s found in Him. Thank You for His love that gave me security. Although, I still struggle with insecurity at certain points in my life (especially during PMS. hehe), I know and I am reminded that I do not need labels. Who I need is Jesus. I always go back to the truth that even though I am a sinner, He loved me still. His love met me in my mess.
So, going back, the blog post I posted on this blog, I also submitted to Thought Catalog. I think I submitted it in January, and after a few weeks I still haven’t heard from them. So, I thought that my article didn’t make the cut. Then, I also tried submitting it to Berlin-ArtParasites website. (Taas ng dreams. Haha) After a few more days, I have resolved that my article won’t make it on both websites. If it’s meant to get published on those sites, it will.
The morning of February 6th, I saw a message on my inbox. It’s from Thought Catalog!!! I was so happy as I read it. My article got published. Yay! More than that, I saw it on their homepage. I can’t describe my joy. I know writer-wannabes like me could relate. Hehe. So, I ended up print screen-ing everything. Hahaha
Yes, that’s how happy I am. More than the joy of seeing my article get published on Thought Catalog, I felt the opportunity to share my article to more people. It doesn’t matter how many. I just want to share the message. It might reach someone who needs it. Hehe. Although, there were a few nega comments on the TC page, I read one that made me smile. Napasabi ako sa sarili ko, solve na. Sulit na. One lady commented on the article and said,
But, when I thought that it’s all over for this article — I received another great news today. The same article was published in Berlin-ArtParasites’s website too! My heart is so happy! A very, very, very good bonus.
I’ve realized that nothing is possible. Let’s keep dreaming! 🙂 And, I also pray that I won’t only write for myself. I pray that this gift of writing (that I still need to improve on. Hehehe) will be used by God for His purposes.
And, to end, here’s one of my favorite songs by Tenth Avenue North, “You are More.”
Good night! Remember, you are valued. You are special. Go to God and experience the same love that saved, changed, and secured me. ♥