10,000 Reasons

How I wish I was born with a beautiful singing voice. Nung panahon, usong-uso pa ang singing lessons. My mom even bought a mini karaoke for me and my sister and enlisted the help of a voice coach to come on weekends to teach us how to sing. I think it only lasted for a few sessions because the teacher gracefully bowed out and well…I think our neighbors were starting to complain. I could imagine para kaming kinakatay na baboy while singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” duet pa and with feelings. Yikes!!! This was such a teeny-tiny part of my life that it’s almost like a blip in my imagination. I don’t even know if it really happened, it was that forgettable! Hahaha! My sister luckily picked up the piano quickly so at least she has a bit of musicality in her—while I am musically hopeless! Dead on arrival sa pagkanta! And that’s why I love singing in church. Aside from the fact that the lyrics always pinch me, it’s just nice to sing your lungs out and not receive any judgment. Because it’s in church, people are expected to be nice so it’s the perfect place to go all out! Hehehe. I remember sitting next to a lola who was so off key, but maaaaaan, she sang like she was the head of the choir of angels in heaven, belting out like it was a her solo concert and I realized that I too should have the same attitude towards singing praises. Kahit sintunado, kahit paos, as long as you want to sing to the Lord—Let it GO! Let it GO!!!:) 🙂

I grew up in a Christian home like most of you so church songs have sort of dwindled in the background because I’ve heard these songs over and over and over again. I remember being so on fire–singing so excitedly as a bibo grade schooler then all of a sudden high school and college came and I just convinced myself that I was too cool for all that. It was only in my late twenties, maybe because of Patrick’s influence, that I discovered a new found love for songs of praise and worship. And even songs that are not necessarily meant to be sung in church, but just written so well, just songs that talk about daily life and our personal journeys with the Lord.

These past few months have been really stressful for me and Patrick, work-wise. We’ve been swamped with so many projects and we’re utterly grateful for the trust we’ve received from all our clients. It’s always, always, always a blessing to have the opportunity to work, to be productive, to contribute and elicit change. We feel so fortunate to be in an industry that we love and to be given this platform for creativity. But it has been taking a toll on our minds and bodies, especially on Patrick who runs two companies simultaneously. My husband is very hands-on and without an inch of senorito complex so he really works alongside his employees and willing to do all the tedious work as well. Bumigay na nga yung cellphone niya, it just conked out on him last week because of all the calls he’s been receiving. I don’t know if Patrick will ever have a chance to slow down soon. Coupled with the workload is also the stress of having to deal with people who don’t share the same values as we do, the daily struggle of trying to do things clean and honorable but at the same time going head to head against people who don’t practice the same principles. But as Patrick and I always say, we’d rather just earn little but honestly than to live in excess but riddled with anxiety and shame. It’s amazing though that the clients still come, provisions keep pouring, and we are able to live simply but comfortably and also help others in the process too. 

So whenever I hear a song that has been written by someone who has also experienced trials and turmoil, it sort of allows me to let out a little of sigh of relief. It’s good to know that there are others like us. Others who don’t live perfect lives. Others who are also struggling. Others who are also going through hardships. But it’s so wonderful to see that one thing unites us all—GOD’s Love 🙂 It’s new, it’s fresh, it’s current, it’s real. And this song really hits the spot. There are just 10,000 reasons for my heart to find 🙂

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
Worship His Holy Name
Sing like never before, O my soul

Worship Your Holy Name

You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

4 Responses to 10,000 Reasons

  1. Hi Patty, I read your blog every now and then. 🙂 Whenever I check your blog, I always end up seeing some similarities in our lives. Well, feeling ko lang talaga yun kasi we got married the same year, days apart lang (Dec ako)

    Today, I visited your blog and this post made me smile. May similarity na naman tayo. Haha. This song has been in my playlist and I have been playing it over and over again for weeks already. 🙂

    I also have a blog. Hope you get to read it din, if you have time. 🙂

    God bless!

  2. *HUG*

    Thanks for posting this, Patty. Played the song while River and I were having breakfast this morning & she danced with her hands raised. Was such a nice way to start today, especially after how stressful it’s been these past few weeks. I miss you guys.

  3. Hi Patty.

    Songs like these are a staple on the one and only radio station I listen to here in NJ. See if you can stream star991.com from your phone or computer. Just positive and inspiring music the whole day. Cheers!