Shane Mendiola | 18 | Guam | Chamorro | Christian | The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?

- Psalm 27:1

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I miss the sun // #rainfordays #guam #vsco #vscocam #socality #socalityguam  (at ☀️)
Beauty in the breakdown // #guam #vsco #vscocam #socality #socalityguam (at 💐)
Yahweh-Yireh (God will provide) // #guam #vsco #vscocam #socality #socalityguam #selfeee (at 🍁)
Yea, I’m a waterbender // #guam #vsco #vscocam #socality #socalityguam #demskills (at 💧)
Let it rain, let it pour. // #guam #vsco #vscocam #socality #socalityguam  (at ☔️)
When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. // #guam #vsco #vscocam #socality #socalityguam

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28, NLT)
Everyone goes through things that don’t seem to make sense. It’s easy to get discouraged and wonder, “Why did this happen to me?” “Why did this person treat me wrong?” “Why did I get laid off?” But we have to understand, even though life is not always fair, God is fair. And, He promises to work all things together for good for those who love Him.
I believe the key word is this verse is “together.” In other words, you can’t just isolate one part of your life and say, “Well, this is not good.” “It’s not good that I got laid off.” “It’s not good that my relationship didn’t work out.” Yes, that’s true, but that’s just one part of your life. God can see the big picture. That disappointment is not the end. Remember, when one door closes, God has another door for you to walk through — a better door. Those difficulties and challenges are merely stepping stones toward your brighter future. Be encouraged today because God has a plan for you to rise higher. He has a plan for you to come out stronger. He has a plan to work all things together for your good so that you can move forward in the victory He has prepared for you!
Live for something bigger than yourself. Lord, let your will be done. // #guam #vsco #vscocam #socality #socalityguam #changesahead  (at 🙏)
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*Happy Liberation Day Guahan*

Today is Liberation Day. For many, it’s just another holiday on the calendar — a day off from work to spend watching the parade, or indulging in the fun and food at the carnival in Tiyan, waiting for the fireworks in the evening. Others will spend time with friends and family, barbecuing or relaxing at the beach on Guam.

But Liberation Day is much more than just another holiday marking July 21, 1944, when U.S. armed forces landed in Guam to begin the battle to retake the island from the brutal Japanese occupation. It’s a day when all of us need to reflect on the courage and sacrifices of all those involved.

About 55,000 men from the 3rd Marine Division, 1st Provisional Marine Brigade and the 305th Regimental Combat Team of the 77th Army Infantry Division landed on the beaches of Agat and Asan, and engaged in a bloody battle to secure the beaches.

That was just the start; the full liberation of Guam took three weeks of heavy fighting, in which 1,800 U.S. servicemen were killed, with total casualties at 7,400. Japanese casualties were about 17,500.

And during the more than two-and-a-half year occupation, 1,170 people of Guam died. Another 14,721 suffered atrocities of war — beatings, forced labor torture, rape, murder, beheadings, massacres, forced marches and concentration camps.

Yet the Chamorro people persevered. Their faith, loyalty and patriotism never waivered.

With every passing year, there are fewer and fewer Chamorro survivors and American liberators among us. This is why it’s so very important to always remember the sacrifices of the Chamorro people and the servicemen who liberated the island, to always remember their bravery and courage.

We owe these men and women our respect and gratitude. We honor them, for now and forever more. //#guam #vsco #vscocam #socality #socalityguam  (at Guam History ✌️)