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On Sunsets and God’s Grace

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Seven years ago, I started my blog and called it Sheena Loves Sunsets.

To be honest, I didn’t think much about the name then. Little did I know that it would become such a huge part of my life. There have even been times when “sunsets” became an extension of my name; I’ve gotten a few “Hi, Sheena Loves Sunsets” over time!

But I don’t mind at all. I really do love sunsets anyway.

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Warm Sand and Sunsets

I’m a simple person with simple pleasures in life.

I enjoy the sound of raindrops, long summer days, sitting on the grass, the feeling of warm sand on my toes and quiet Sunday afternoons. I like eating buttered popcorn, feeling the cold wind on my cheeks, looking up at the stars (no matter how few) and holding hands with my favorite person.

Oh, and I enjoy sunsets too. A lot. Sunsets are one of the many things I love about life and they remind me most of God’s grace.

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God’s Amazing Grace

Sunsets herald the end of the day beautifully. When Jesus came in my life, it was like the end of one day and the beginning of another. In this way, the burnt skies are like a picture of how God has turned my past into a beautiful testimony of His great love.

My past, sins and mistakes, don’t deserve to be transformed into something beautiful but that’s exactly what Jesus did. I also did not deserve a new chance or a new life, but that’s what Jesus gave.

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Sometimes, I think about how my life would be so different if Jesus didn’t pursue me; I wouldn’t be illustrating Bible verses, I wouldn’t be married to my husband now and I wouldn’t have peace about my mom’s passing. That’s just naming a few.

But more than those things, if Jesus didn’t reveal Himself to me 8 years ago, I wouldn’t have known the greatest love, experienced the greatest peace and understood the greatest sacrifice. 

Jesus said “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” and I can honestly say that it is only by His grace that I have that now through Him. I didn’t do anything to deserve it.

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Sunsets though, no matter how beautiful, are only brief. In contrast, God’s grace knows no end.

Everyday, I make mistakes but He is always faithful. When I am apathetic towards Him, he continues to pursue me as He has always done. Life is definitely not perfect but I have all I need because of my perfect God.

Imagine, the Creator of the heavens, the earth, the stars and sunsets chose to love me. Me, the sinner who sins everyday. What amazing grace is this?

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Carla Regina
    December 6, 2016 at 12:01 am

    I love your post, Sheena! And I love sunsets too! ???? God’s creations are amazing and priceless! ???????? May God’s grace be with yoy always. ????

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 6, 2016 at 12:29 am

      Thanks Carla! May you also always experience His amazing grace in your life!

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    Clare
    December 6, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Ah yes, amazing Grace indeed <3 this is such an inspiring post Sheena. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 7, 2016 at 9:59 am

      Glad you think so Clare. Thanks for dropping by!

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    Siffat Haider
    December 7, 2016 at 2:36 am

    Sunsets totally take my breath away as well!
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

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    Monique Galang
    December 10, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Sheena Loves Sunsets become your ‘brand’ name ever since! When i first saw your username on tumblr, i tried to think about copying the ‘loves’ like moniqueloves__ hehe.

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      December 10, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Yeah it has become my brand! :)

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    Miss Pippi
    December 17, 2016 at 2:02 am

    Lovely pics.

    http://misspippisstyle.blogspot.hu/

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    Ken Patricio
    January 6, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Now I clearly understand your brand name Ms. Sheena. Thanks for sharing! SUNSETS ARE BEAUTIFUL! HAPPY NEW YEAR! :)

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 8, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      Aww thanks Ken!! Happy new year!!

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    Darlene Briones
    January 12, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    “In this way, the burnt skies are like a picture of how God has turned my past into a beautiful testimony of His great love.” Those words ughh thank you for sharing this blog! Ugh! I’m excited for what God has instore for me this 2017. IG @darlastronaut

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 12, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks Darlene! God bless your 2017!

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    Rochelle Dianne Pentinio
    January 15, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Nothing’s better than sitting on a sand beach with your favorite person and watching as the sun kissed the waves of the blue sea while listening to the soothing sound of salty lips of the waves kissing the sand roughly. Sunsets are way romantic!
    Same as you, sunsets have always captivated me and put my mind at ease and somehow, clear all nega vibes. I could just sit down and happily gaze at a sunset and be content. Its colours and beauty leaves me in calm. Whenever I can, I always try to get some sunset photos when travelling. I am always amazed at the variety of different colours and contrasts.

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring blog! ????

    – IG: @rochellepentinio

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 16, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Thanks Rochelle!!

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    micha manaig
    January 24, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    you inspire me. keep doing what you do for HIS glory.

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 24, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Hi Micha, all glory to God! Thank you for the encouragement.

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