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Pay attention and listen when God speaks

Pay attention God Speaks To Us Through Various Ways

Recently, my son David pay attention and drew this picture during his art lesson. He remained focused and refused being interrupted until he completed this scene. As he explained what he drew, I felt God tugged on my heart string.

Pay attention

‘A storm coming, lots of rain, flood, houses and people in the water.’ He continued. I had a chill running up my spine. I wondered how much my son knew about what the news forecast over the hurricane Florence. Was he aware?

This picture that he drew was a couple of days before the hurricane.  This is likely coming from God because I have never seen David that focused before.

He remained determine to complete it without being interrupted. He had to get it out of his head. Like I said, God speaks! We need to pay attention and listen.

Pay attention! In 2004, God spoke to me through a dream.

To this day, the dream I had remained clear and vivid in my head. The year 2004 between December 24th – 25th, I had a dream. I dreamed that I got trapped between a fire (outside) and a wall. I was not in danger that I knew.

The fire was huge and stirred a fear within me. I touched the wall and it was hot. Much later I shared this dream with my sister. She had a vision of that sort as well.

The difference was I did not pray and I fell asleep. Then a major news broke out on December 26th, 2004.

Hundreds of thousands of people died as a result of a massive tsunami that hit Aceh in Indonesia and other parts of South East Asia.

It brought me tears and regret for ignoring the warning. How did I know? After talking it over with my sister, I realized God spoke and I never pay attention.

Today, I pay attention and pray when God speaks

Sometimes, it takes us a while to realize the seriousness that when God speaks, He wants us to pay attention and listen to Him. Lives may depend on our action and willingness to seek God for answers.

Take God’s prompting seriously. Pay attention and listen when He speaks! Listen and pay attention to this. You are God’s ambassador.

God works through your obedience. It is a privilege to work as His hands and feet.

 

 

 

 

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I have a dream for a non-profit to help families

I have a dream that one day I have the courage to set up a non-profit organization to help families who need respite care. How did this dream drift about? Out of my own desperate unmet needs. Continue reading

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Pro-life is essentially a necessity from the view of a mom

Pro-life definition

According to Google, the definition of pro-life is opposing abortion and euthanasia. It makes sense because if you do not support pro-life, you are pro-death. Essentially, a person who is pro-abortion and supporter of euthanasia is pro-death.

What does that mean? It means in favor of ending life through medical induced means either to end a pregnancy or assisted suicide.

Why is pro-life essentially a necessity?

Why am I here talking about this? Before I became a mom 6 years ago, I was never interested in the debate on the pro and cons on this issue. My view then was ‘none of my business’.

What changed my mind? The day I held my son in my arms and nursed him. This beautiful baby in my face, changed everything that I stood for. It was the first time I saw life as one so beautiful and precious.

Moms you are made to procreate

My plead to moms is that you need to know you are made to procreate. That is how special you are. Life comes from your womb. Some politicians argue that pro-life supporters are selfish.

How is a mom selfish when she learns to care and love a new life and takes responsibility for this new life she procreates? It is when one chooses to end another life, deciding that little life is not worth living because her ‘needs’ come first. Taking that life away is selfishness.

Young ladies, listen

Sometimes, as young women, you do not like to think that the act of taking another life (or clump of cells) is selfishness. But it is true. When you decide to have sex, and not consider the consequence of that act, you do not care do you? Now listen. You can either choose to take responsibility or find an easy way out of your turmoil.

Let me remind you that that abortion you took would haunt you for the rest of your life. One day should you decide to be a mom, you may never be able to conceive again.

Pro-life
Abortion – No!

As for those young ladies who choose to have babies to collect child support, I have a word for you. You are destroying lives. Your babies are not money-making machines. You are selfish and they deserve a better mom. If you are ever going to be a mom, be the best that you can be.

If you are unfortunate and was raped, I feel for you. You do not deserved being raped. When someone destroys your dream and hope, your future, that person deserves  being punished or even be put to death. I know. It hurts deep.

I truly do not expect you to take care of that baby. It is understandable if you cannot do it. If you can, give that little life up for adoption. 

Next generation depends on you

The word to procreate is to produce young. Our role as moms, is to produce the next generation to keep the family going. Are we going to produce healthy secured individuals? Why do I ask this question?

My son as some of you know him as David, often in our conversations we talk about death. Why is he so concerned about death? After all, he is only a 6-year-old boy.

In our in depth conversations, I discover he is afraid of being left behind alone without me. His fear and insecurity is the basis for his interest in the topic. I often have to remind him the beauty of life. Life is worthwhile because of the people you love.

Choose pro-life because life is better with you in it

Do you have someone you love deeply? Life is most worth the while because of that beautiful person/s you love. Do you know you are deeply loved? Then choose to be a pro-life rather than pro-death because life is better with you around.

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Satan, Did God Create Satan?

WHAT LED TO THIS QUESTION ABOUT SATAN?

Satan- ‘Why does God create satan?’ was the most interesting question that my 5-year-old asked me today.

So, how did this question come about in our conversation? Part of our conversation was: ‘Who is satan?’

When we talk about who satan is, we talk about the existence of evil. If we further elaborate on what evil is, and know what evil is capable of, then why does God create satan? Here’s what our conversation led to.
FREEWILL TO LOVE
To love God, God demands that we love Him with all our hearts, our minds, and our souls. Why can’t God simply accept it when we say we love him? Does God insist that we love Him with all our hearts, minds and souls? What has it to do with satan then?
Have you ever expect that your spouse whom you love will love you back in return? Love is the most beautiful thing on this earth. When you truly love, you give your all to that which you love, am I right?
Sometimes, your love is not reciprocated. That is why love can be hurtful. When God creates us, He desires for us to love Him fully, wholeheartedly. Yet, at the same time, He recognizes that His creation may not reciprocate in the same manner. That He allows freewill.
The same way we are capable of – to love with all our hearts, minds and souls or to hate and despise Him. In order to know for sure, who truly loves you, you have to allow that person that freewill to not love you.
WHY THEN DOES GOD CREATE SATAN?
Which lead us back to this question: ‘Why does God create satan?’ God created Lucifer, the arc angel Lucifer. Lucifer was a high ranking angel. He was created to worship God and be God’s messenger. However, he wanted to become like God, became a rebel and fell away from Him.
Lucifer later became satan, the originator of evil. Lucifer became the deceiver. Therefore it is safe to say that Lucifer is the creator of the persona of satan, the evil that is rampant in our invisible realm. If God did not create satan, then why did He not put a stop to him anyway?
GOD CREATES HELL FOR SATAN AND HIS FOLLOWERS
God passed His judgement on satan by sending him and his followers to hell. That would be their final resting place. God must have hate satan so much that He send him to hell, right? Good question!
I don’t think God hate Lucifer, but the evil and darkness that deceive so many. The attempt that satan masterminds to take with him as many of God’s creation to hell is despicable to speak the least. Why should God tolerate such act?
Many think God is a tyrant, merciless and cruel Ruler. Yet, when they take time to read the Bible, they discover opposite is true. Through the Bible, we know God became man in the person of Jesus Christ (Son of God).
Jesus through his life, we know that he was humiliated, misunderstood, and died on the Cross (treated like a criminal). But, was glorified through his resurrection, 3 days after his death on the Cross.
JESUS THE SACRIFICIAL LAMB
The only reason Jesus came to live on earth for 33 years, he fits the description of the sacrificial lamb (the only offering that could appease God).
If God is indeed a tyrant, merciless and cruel as many think, why would He sacrifice Himself to die on the Cross and His blood that cleanses us from all our sins (wrong doing) and set us free to be with Him forever in Heaven?
The only explanation is this, He loves what He created and treasure everyone of them.
But, for those who choose to hate Him anyway, there is nothing more He could do but to let you have your way. Sometimes, when you do your best to provide for your children and yet your children cannot appreciate the good you do for them, you simply have to let them go and give them time to find their way home back to you.
This is all I have to say. Good nite to you all and may you spot that light that help you figure out the answer you are looking for. Feel fress to visit our Facebook Page.
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Good Enough And Brave Moms! Don’t Let Others Tell You Otherwise.

 Good Enough, Mom?

Are you moms who are struggling with self-confidence that ask constantly: ‘Am I good enough?’ and ‘Have I done enough?’ Today, I like to say: ‘You are good enough and you are brave.’ Don’t let others tell you otherwise.

Good Enough Is Not Enough

Parents enter into this journey with nothing but clean clear pages with nothing written on them. You look for manuals but found none. You look for instructions and  got disappointed. We literally have to pray through our pregnancies at all times and I suspect that every pregnancy is covered by prayers from those who love us.

Meanwhile, we study the handbook ensuring that we are prepared when baby arrives. The truth is no matter how prepared we think we are, there is always something that reminds us otherwise. Do we struggle to become the best? If we compare with other moms, are we at the 99.9 percentile? The top 1% in the parenting world?

Good Enough Is The Best We Know How

Through this journey of parenting, we learn to take note. We observe, we question and we take notes. That is how we become the best because we learn through our mistakes. That is also how I believe God grows our mindset as parents. It is also through our desperate times, we come to God for help.

Do we need all our questions answered? The answer is no. The learning continues as we grow through our life experiences. We learn to make better choices over our failures. Interestingly, we learn to increase our ability to work within our limitations over time. We have become therefore the best that we know how. That is good enough by the way, moms.

You Are A Brave Mom! That Is Good Enough

Parenting is no easy feat. Trust me! You need courage and grit. For that reason you are brave enough. Look at your child’s achievements not failures. Seek to empower not put down. Look at how much you have grown as a mom and dad. You are brave enough to take on the challenges of raising a lifelong learner. That is good enough! Don’t you think?

Good enough

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Alfie Evans Deserves The Right To Live!

How Alfie Evans Was Sentence To Death

As a mom of a 5-year-old, my heart broke for both Tom, Kate and especially Alfie. As we all know from the media reporting out of England, the heart breaking story of Alfie Evans who literally had to fight for his life on the 23rd of April 2018.

The doctors removed Alfie’s life support (ventilator) because of Alfie’s hopeless diagnosis (a rare progressive neuro-degenerative disease associated with severe epilepsy). Basically, it meant, his doctors prescribed a death sentence for Alfie because his life was deemed futile. Therefore, ‘end of life care’ became the only option for Alfie as his final stage of healthcare ended.

There Is Hope For Alfie Evans

Alfie Evans

Guess what? After 100 hours, Alfie is still breathing, on his own with only 1 litre of oxygen to supplement what he needs. He is an awesome strong fighter. Showing the entire world that he desires to live. There is hope for Alfie Evans.

What More Does Alfie Evans Have To Prove His Desire To Live?

Down Syndrome was a death sentence for many babies in 1945. Yet, we have come this far to acknowledge that children with Down Syndrome are capable of living a good quality of life. Years down the road, we will continue to find ways to support children with rare neuro-degenerative diseases and give them a chance (that same chance we give to children with Downs) to thrive.

Is it not possible? Why should Alfie’s life be cut short because of his condition? Is he to be blamed for the condition he was born with? If not, he does not deserve to die.

We as a society we should learn to empathize and find treatments to assist these children live a full life. We have no right to decide their fate even as care providers and specialists. If the professionals have the right to end a life, then, they have the power to remove a society as they see fit. Now, that is scary!

Leave your comment below. Let us know what you think.

An unexpected update: Alfie Evans passed away in the early morning. Please come together to send our deepest condolences to Tom and Kate. Alfie fought a good fight. Yes, he did!

 

 

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Vision 2018 – What God Spoke To My Heart

What God Spoke To My Heart (Vision 2018)

 As I sat down to ponder what DOTA‘s vision 2018 would look like, I recall what God spoke to my heart that got stuck deep within and it never left me since then.
On an early winter morning, I was alone sipping my cup of a delicious coffee. While my husband and father-in-law were away for an early morning doctor appointment and my son still soundly asleep, God spoke:
 “Do not resent or underestimate what God is doing if He is training you to get ready for what’s in store. Rejoice and submit for His greater plan is not to harm you but to bring you a future and a hope.”
The word of God is power and life transforming
 
One night as my husband and I laid on bed and I started sharing with him what I gathered from God lately and what I believed He spoke to me. He said: ‘Do not underestimate what you’re going through.’ ‘Do not resent because the path is tough.’ ‘I am training you for something to come.’
While I poured out my heart to my husband, to my surprise, he too received the same message from God. We do not often find ourselves at the same receiving end. But, when we do, the emotion is incredible.
WOW!! YOU TOO!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!! That was awesome, by the way.
Pouring Of My Heart
So, we believe God has His hands on our lives. We do not simply welcome blessings and goodness in our lives. God has His purpose when He insists that He put us where we do not want to be in but where He believes we needed to be. We simply have to trust that God knows what He is doing.
The last 3 years have been tough. Sometimes, my faith is tested so much that I literally had to grit my teeth and endure through. Hoping for breakthrough and disappointed. Seeking for relief that never came through. Stuck in a circumstance that never see the light of day.
I am sure, you would understand these struggles in life. I am sure I am not the only one that had gone through these, part and puzzle of life.
When you find yourself in a similar situation, submit. It is easier to say it now. The struggle is real. But, eventually, I learned to submit and the peace of God came. When you are ready to listen, He will speak.

Take Time To Reflect And Seek God For Your Vision 2018

 

Vision 2018

Without Faith it is impossible to please God

2018 is coming. Take time to reflect the year and seek God for your future. If you think your plan for next year is great, God’s plan for you is greater. For He does not narrow His vision to 2018, He has your entire life in His hands. Walk only where He shine the path before you because that is what it means to live by FAITH.
Trust Him even though the rest of the path is dim and foggy. He will lead the way and you simply follow, never alone.
Finally, may you anticipate the year of breakthrough in 2018. Living out the promise of a future and hope that God gave in Jeremiah 29:11. #year2018 #DOTA
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Do You Have A Good Tool To Share Eternal Life?

Do you have a tool you use to share Jesus?

Do you have a tool you use to share the gospel with others? Today, I learned a  good tool to share my faith. Would you like to know? Sometimes, we are fearful to share because we do not have a good tool to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. But, when we found one, our fear and stress disappear. I’m excited.. shall we begin?

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death. But the gift of God is Eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

One thing we need to remember that heaven exists, not for good people, but for people who receive forgiveness. Once we understand this truth, we know where we stand. If the qualification to enter heaven  is being good, how much good qualify us to enter heaven? You see, we are never good enough, therefore, goodness cannot be the measurement for entering heaven.

Let’s look at the various key words in this verse. The word wages, mean rewards we receive for accomplishing a job. In other word, what we deserve.

Then we focus on the word sin. What do you think of when you see the word sin? A good way to describe sin is: What is it that you simply cannot let go? Entrapment

The word death means your last judgement. SENTENCE

Here comes the Good News

BUT, wait a minute, here comes something good.

Let’s look at the word gift. Now, put the word gift next to wages. How do we contrast the word wages to gift? Wages are what we deserved.. yet gift – un-deserving and free. Here’s how we illustrate it.

Wages  – what we deserved                                Gift  – what we don’t deserve and free.

Q: What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

Introduce God Q: What do you think of when you think about God? The contrast of sin is God.

Sin  – our entrapment                                        God  – Holy and righteous and just.

God gives Eternal life (Never ending life) through His Son, Jesus Christ. The gift of God is eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ by His death on the Cross. His blood cleanses us from our sins. The contrast of Death is Eternal life.

Death  – Our last judgement and sentence        Eternal life  – Life never-ending.

Final illustration:  Between Wages and Gift is the cross of Jesus Christ.

Tool

 

Wages       Death                     Cross of Jesus Christ                        Gift      Life

Conclusion

We hope this illustration helps you share the gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone you come to know. Easter is fast approaching and it is a good tool you can use to talk about your faith and God. Write to us and let us know what you think of this tool. We would love to hear from you. Have a fruitful week sharing Jesus to your friends and families.

 

 

 

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Entitlement Or Freedom?

Entitlement or freedom

Entitlement is the language of our future generation and is also the reason they fight so hard. What is entitlement by the way? In a nutshell, ‘entitlement is the fact of having a right to something‘. Meanwhile, my next question, is freedom a right? If freedom is our ‘right’ why then do we need to fight for it? Do we truly understand what it means to have freedom? So what is freedom then?

According to dictionary.com, ‘freedom is the power to determine action without restraint’. The freedom of speech and of press are highly valued to the American citizens. My question however to all: ‘Is there no room for moral restraint in freedom whether in speech or in press?’

Bible talks about freedom

Today we look at what the Bible talks about freedom.

Entitlement or freedom

When the Bible says ‘..Only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh’ it urges me that there is restraint. In other word, think twice brothers. Even though you have the freedom, do not let it become an opportunity for a self-centered act. Rather, through love, serve one another. The word serve does not mean lord it over others. It means to give of oneself humbly. Jesus came to establish the new commandment. In John 13:34, the Bible says:

A new commandment I give you: love one another. As I heave loved you, so also you must love one another.

As I have loved you

The phrase ‘as I have loved you’ tells me about the freedom that He gave up to become a human and lived as one for 33 years. The freedom He gave up when He gave His life in exchange for our sins on that cross. What He gave up to love you and me. Does the freedom you know tells you otherwise?

As disciples of Jesus Christ, the Bible is clear. Choose to love one another as Jesus have loved you. What is freedom if there is no love? To those who do not know Jesus, it is through Him that you will truly have freedom.

Freedom is gain through perfect love. There is no need to fight and no room for demand, simply agape love. Hopefully, the next time you think about entitlement or freedom, you think about what Jesus had to give up to love you.

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Sing Me A New Song

Will You Sing Me A New Song?

God gave me a new song this year and He revealed this new song to me in portions. Kind of like how He sometimes guide and show Himself to us, like using puzzle pieces that eventually fit together as He gives us more pieces. Although, we may not think to put the pieces together, He would show us how they come together and fit perfectly.

This is how the song goes:

Story Behind This Song

This song is about a conversation that took place between God and His beloved. It began with His beloved, entering into God’s presence and she spoke to Him.

Spirit of the Mighty God, do Your Mighty work. Come and full me to the brim, fill me up today.

In this conversation, His beloved seeks God’s power to work in her. The request to fill with His spirit seems crucial to her. She sees how important her beloved God is, in her life. This deplete the conversation that takes place in our personal relationship with God, our Heavenly Father. In times of need and in times of doubt, we reach our hands to Him, telling Him we need Him.

Can we function without His power? Not for long.. indeed. We cannot by our own might and strength do what He specializes in, the supernatural things only He knows best. Therefore, only through the supernatural power of God will we see and do what the eyes cannot. The song goes on:

God finally spoke

Go light your world, go light your world, go light your world, now is the time.

Then, in the midst of her plead, she heard God’s voice and she got excited.

Fill me up to the brim, fill me up to the brim. Spirit of the Mighty God, do Your work in me.

Again you see she needs His assurance here in the conversation. How often we find ourselves doing that? Either we lack confidence in ourselves or we lack our faith in God.

But in this conversation piece, God allows just that simply because He sees our needs. He wants us to solely rely on Him and then right in the end, He gave His last word saying,

Go light your world, now is the time. Go light your world, now is the time!

It’s as if He is saying, trust Me, go! I will be with you my beloved. You are not alone. Go and be My hands and feet where I place you, where only you will touch, influence and bring honor and glory to My name. Go, bring those whom you loved and cherish to Me and in my arms they will be saved.

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