New chapter

The New Chapter – Beyond David’s Mom

The New Chapter – As David’s Learning Coach

When Dan and I decided the path for David was to home-school him, my new chapter as David‘s learning coach began. We were excited when his enrollment was accepted by K12.com

Excitement continued to build up when we finally had a chance to talk to his new teacher over the phone. To cut the story short, David was transferred from Transitional Kindergarten to Kindergarten.

 The New Chapter Comes The New Reality

New chapter

Now, after the introduction to David’s new school online, Dan and I were told about our roles as his learning coaches. We had to go through orientation courses to get ready for this new role we were about to embark with him. The reality of being David’s learning coach finally set in. It took me a while to adapt and adjust to this new role in my life. Seven weeks had past and David did well although not always smooth sailing, we made it. This week, his teacher is preparing to meet all the parents and planning for the next quarter. We are meeting her on the 24th of October in the morning.

The Knots Behind My New Chapter – As A Learning Coach

He never has to do any intense work all through his 4 years on earth so far. He gets to play all day and not much schooling unless he wants to. If he does do any school work, they have never bothered him before. They are usually fun for him. About 4-5 weeks into our homeschooling program, David mentioned that school was hard work. The 7 weeks of homeschooling was not always smooth sailing like I’ve said before.

We struggled and got back to school on several occasions. One of the struggle we had was trying to get all the various phonic sounds accurately. I was born with a cleft palate and teaching David phonics was a tremendous task for me. Sometimes, if you know David, he liked to be the teacher instead.. and that did not help either. Unfortunately, the struggle might have caused him some anxiety which did not help our relationship as mom and son. At times, I wished the struggles never happened. Other than phonics, we got along pretty well.

The Needs To Advocate As A Mom In This New Chapter

I was his mom to begin with, although in my new chapter I was called to be David’s learning coach. I felt as his mom, I needed to fight for what was best for him. In so many way, I could work around to keep him engaged and growing in knowledge because I knew how to work according to his ability. He did great in many areas in Kindergarten however, I felt he needed more challenge in Mathematics so my mommy instinct kicked in.

I felt the need to push for more expectation from his Kindergarten teacher despite the fact that as a law abiding citizen, I grew up following rules and regulations. This is clearly another new chapter in my life. From a reserved and timid individual, I have become an advocate and David’s learning coach. This new chapter brought forth some epiphany moments in me.

The Epiphany Behind My New Chapter As David’s Learning Coach

Epiphancy of homeschooling

Into the 7 weeks of homeschooling David, I got to see him for the first time cutting shapes independently using a safety scissors. He is able to write phrases reasonably well in lower case letters. So much so that even Grandpa noticed how much he improved in his handwriting. This proud mama had to share with his teacher.

The epiphany moment came when his teacher called me ‘a blessed homeschooling mom’. You see,  7 weeks before, we were not sure if we were ready to home-school David. However, 7 weeks into his Kindergarten, mommy suddenly realized we made the right choice to home-school him. We got to see, our own ‘aha’ moment. Nothing is more worthwhile than experiencing our ‘aha’ moments with David.

New Chapter -What’s For The Future?

For now, we are happy with our decision. We will continue to home-school David until the need arises to make another decision together. To work harder at improving my skills as a learning coach and be more sensitive to David’s feelings to build him up.

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Political correctness

Political Correctness Is Out Of Control, Walking On Egg Shells Is No Freedom

 Political Correctness Is Out Of Control

Is political correctness blamed for many caught walking on egg shells, in homes, work places and social media? What do you think? By the way, have you heard the song ‘I’m walking on sunshine.. wow..wow’? Just a candid comparison to show how it feels to walk on sunshine and walking on egg shells. Be honest, which do you prefer?

Political correctness

The reason for raising this social situation is because we need a more honest and tougher look at what’s happening today.  Insisting on political correctness mentality is spun out of control. At the same time, it takes away our freedom in so many ways.

When did we first hear the phrase ‘political correctness’ before? What does it mean to our families, colleagues at work and online friends on social media? In addition to all my questions, here is the last one: ‘Why is being politically correct so important socially?’ Have you ask why?

How Does Political Correctness Take Away Our Freedom?

Whenever we have to watch over our shoulders to say something in the open, in retrospect, we have no freedom. Unfortunately, a leaked written memo that came out of Google became viral because what was written offended his colleagues and was ultimately shamed on the media this week.

I honestly did not agree with his perspective on some points. Yet, when Google CEO fired him, the news shocked me. Apart from what I think, I do not agree that his memo was worthy of firing. Was he fired for the wrong reasons? He responded by planning to file a complaint against Google.

Did he have the right to respond the way he did? In a way, the firing forced the former Google employee to ‘shut up’. Would that stop him from making his mind known? Did someone take his freedom away? What do you think?

Political Correctness Censors And Robs Our Freedom

This week, Bob Nelson, Fresno Unified’s interim superintendent was on the news. His statement: ‘you have kids who are extremely moldable at this stage, and if you start telling them that LGBT is OK and that it’s a way of life, well maybe you just swayed the kid to go that way‘ brought fire and fury to the LGBT community and an LGBT activist demanded that he should be fired for his statement to the local newspaper, Fresno Bee.

As a mom, I agree with Bob because our young children are visual learners. They cannot process abstract information like the older kids do. These materials are complex and not age appropriate. They often easily persuaded in order to gain an adult’s approval.

Here is another classic example of how often we are walking on egg shells. When a minority group opposes our perspective, we become offensive to them. This clearly reinforce what I’ve to highlight in this article.

Is Tolerance The Answer To Political Correctness And Freedom?

How is intolerance acceptable to some speeches and not to others? Why do we punish those who speak their minds? When do we violate free speech and free press? How can we hold a double standard on free speech when in truth, freedom is for all? Not exclusively for just some of the elite members of the club.

I choose to respectfully disagree and allow him the freedom to express his honest opinion. I also realize we have limit in what we can and cannot tolerate. Now, you are being judgmental.. or am I? We need a tougher look and be honest about what we are able to tolerate and what’s intolerable to us. In the case of Bob Nelson, I believe in what he said and we should protest if Fresno Unified School District fires him.

In retrospect, have we been fair or are we equally judgmental to those who differ from our perspective? As a result, we took away his freedom to be himself, to express his thoughts on various matters. Are we being fair to him as a nation? How about Bob’s case?

Walking On Egg Shells Is No Freedom

If we have to walk on egg shells all the time, the truth of the matter is, we have no freedom. No freedom in speech and actions and most of all, no freedom of the press. Whenever a person gets punish for putting an opinion in print, we rob him or her the freedom to express who he or she is. For a nation that actively encourage freedom, this is unacceptable.

My conclusion to this article is that if we therefore, cannot disagree with respect to those who have different opinions from us, we take away the freedom that belong to all. Can we at the least agree with this?

 

 

 

Charlie Gard

Parental Opinions Matter – No Matter What The Professionals Say

Parental Opinions Matter

When parental opinions are undermined as in Charlie Gard’s case in United Kingdom, who then has the rights? When the States undermine parental opinions arguing that the rights of the child come before his caregivers’ opinions and win, what’s next?

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Parental opinions

Too Late For Charlie Gard – Move Forward With His Experimental Treatment In United States

Too Late For Charlie?

This morning I woke up with a heavy heart after receiving a devastating news update on Charlie Gard’s latest development. It is a piece of news no parents look forward to. Both Chris Gard and Connie Yates declared their decision to end their legal battle to save Charlie’s life. This decision came after Dr. Michio Hirano took a look at the scan submitted to the court by the Hospital today. The prognosis did not look good.

According to the report that came out this morning, “Charlie has experienced significant muscular atrophy, for instance, as a result of his condition. While the treatment could potentially improve his condition – though doctors have said the chances are low – it would not be able to reverse those effects and so it is too late to pursue that route, the family has agreed.” 

After 5 months of Charlie’s parents fighting to save their son, it is too late.

Charlie’s Parents Prepare For His Verdict – Too Late

As Chris and Connie make peace to accept the news that they did everything they could to give Charlie a chance to live, no matter how long or short it might seem, to prepare for Charlie’s last remaining days left with them. This is a devastating day not only for them but also for any parents who believe that life is worth saving. No matter how short that little life is or in some circumstances, is allowed to live.

Too late

What does ‘die with dignity’ mean to Charlie? 

Does the term ‘die with dignity’ mean anything to Charlie? Or is ‘die with dignity’ a comforting thought for us as adults because Charlie is a hopeless case? Charlie’s primary doctors could not reach a final decision that Charlie is in pain. How can we say that by removing Charlie’s life support we are letting him ‘die with dignity’? Why do we have to fight this hard to save a life before it is too late?

Is ending a life easier than saving one these day? Who truly win today?

Did the law of Britain win today? 

Judge Fransis will make his decision on Charlie tomorrow and we know what is going to happen to him. For those who believe that the law rules over parental rights, you may feel you are right on today. It is time to celebrate indeed.  Those who think Charlie got 5 more months to live, got justification by the verdict today. You breathe a little better because you are probably right.

The truth is, when a life ends, no one wins. No one reaches this far to stay alive and is ultimately given the verdict that it is ‘too late’. Please I ask you continue to pray for Charlie‘s parents through this ordeal.

Did GOSH Do Enough For Charlie? -Too Late

Did Charlie’s primary doctors from GOSH do all they could, to care adequately for him while put on the ventilator for life support? Or was it true, that his death sentence was declared since March?

My question is: Did Charlie continue to receive any form of therapy that is, physical therapy, while he was under the care of GOSH after March? This action speaks volume because we need to know if Charlie got the death sentence since the hospital decided that he was truly a ‘hopeless case’ in March?

Why does it matter or does it matter to anyone that a hospital has the right to give up on its patient and deny any form of treatment presumably before seeking a second opinion?

By raising these questions I hope we will seriously ponder on what is right and what is appropriate. Charlie deserves an answer from our conscience not out of our convenience.

The Frustration Continues For Chris And Connie

Every step of the way was difficult and obstructed by the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. In fact the final obstruction came today from GOSH clearly showed how unwilling the Hospital was to help Charlie’s family.

If it is truly so important to GOSH to make sure that Charlie ‘dies with dignity’, then GOSH needs to release him to his family to let him die at home with privacy in his mom and dad’s final care. Just stop making absolute impossibility to Charlie’s final moment.

Judge Fransis Rulings

July 26 update: The battle continues.. Judge Fransis gave a statement that if Charlie’s parents and GOSH cannot reach an agreement by 12pm tomorrow (July 27 ), Charlie will die in a hospice facility.

July 27 update: Judge Fransis ruled that Charlie will die in a hospice facility and Charlie’s parents are disheartened by the outcome of the ruling today.

July 28 update: Charlie passed away today after the order to remove his life support executed.

Reflection on Charlie

Please pray for Chris and Connie as they did the best they could for Charlie. Although life does not always go the way we expect, we can only trust God that He knows why He is in a hurry to receive Charlie back in His arms in Heaven. The truth is even though the world let Charlie down, God will not. He is safe in God’s arms now. Let Charlie #restinpeace.

 

 

Hugalicious Day

Hugalicious Day Everyone – Celebrate The Story Behind It All

Hello everyone! My name is David and I am 4. I am going 5 on August 29. Happy Hugalicious Day! ‘Hugalicious is that it will never end’. Come celebrate Hugalicious Day with me on August 21. Post how you celebrate Hugalicious with me and hashtag it to #celebratehugaliciousdaywithdavid I love to watch your videos.

The Story Behind Hugalicious Day

David loves putting 2 words together and creates a whole new word. It’s his thing. He is absolutely creative and definitely a curious little guy. He is always looking for new ideas through his play and learning. One day he saw an advertisement and he shouted: ‘Cycleboard’! Now you ask: ‘What’s a Cycleboard’? Cycleboard

By the time David is 4, he’s reading really well for his age. He calls himself  ‘Math Bee‘ and a great speller for his age. David enjoys playing games like ‘Angry birds’, ‘Bad Piggies’, ‘Cut the rope with Om Nom’ and others. He loves to sing and dance and adores minions and various characters in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Occasionally, he gets special treats by going to the play area in his favorite McDonald. Even though he is 4, David is able to google anything he wants to know on his computer. He aspires to become an awesome game host and his favorite is: ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’  David is starting his schooling, a day before he turns 5, online with K12.com

Reasons Why Hugalicious Is Important To David

He loves playing with his friends and often looks forward to social activities, however, due to our present circumstance, we are unable to do so. David’s dad was and is still unemployed for more than 2 years now. We moved in to take care of David’s grandpa.

When David was 2, we gave him a $5 calculator as a Christmas gift that year. We could not afford more because of our circumstance. That turned out as an awesome idea because he loved numbers. Even to this day, he loves to learn everything new that is to do with numbers.

He does not attend birthday parties because they cost money. We celebrate his birthdays by going out to dinners and cakes just on his birthdays. Yet this little guy never once complain that we do not give him a birthday party.

Mom’s Thoughts And Reflection

As his parents, we cannot give him much like many kids his age, however, David never ask for anything. Most of what he has come from gifts his grandma bought for him on his first birthday. Often neighbors would drop by and gave him items he needed, solely by the grace of God.

David

David stays home most of time and so he loves his computer. When he brought up the idea about Hugalicious Day, I just love it. I hope that by doing this, David gets to learn he makes a difference even though he is 4. He would learn that his ideas can make someone else happy.

 

Bullying

Bullying – A Deadly Epidemic That Needs To End

Bullying – A Deadly Epidemic That Needs To End

Do you know? Bullying is becoming a deadly epidemic in America. Yet, quite frankly, we are nowhere near addressing this issue. Will we ever see an end to bullying? For now, I simply cannot see how unless we as a nation address this with absolute honesty and says: ‘Enough is enough!’

Today, in my attempt to discuss the problems behind bullying, I hope to show you how serious and deadly this epidemic actually is and why we need to do something to stop it.

Bullying Happens Everywhere Not Just In Schools

Bullying does not happen just in schools. In fact, we see it daily and it is happening everywhere and at every level. We see it in work places, over the media and social networks, at home and sadly, our children pick it up and use it for various reasons.

Many of our children become victims to bullying and sadly, more are choosing suicide to get out of it. The bullying suicide statistics is ever climbing at an alarming rate. So have you wonder why so many of our children are either bullied or are bullies themselves?

Reasons Why People Choose Bullying

Bullying is not an issue just for our children alone, it is also for the adults. Why do people choose to bully?

People choose to bully because they are

  1. stressed out and they simply slap their frustration on another person.
  2. insecure and needs to present themselves bigger than they actually are.
  3. cowards who pick on those weaker than them.
  4. in need for affirmation because they lack it.
  5. afraid of those who are different and better than them.
  6. lacking in love from those they seek love and attention.
  7. forceful and do not know how to relate and communicate appropriately.
  8. hurting and manipulate to get what they want.
  9. brought up believing that bullying is okay.
  10. survivors – thinking that only the strongest survive mentality.

Bullying Is A Tell-Tale Sign 

Bullying is a tell-tale sign to something bigger. According the reasons above, I notice that one thing calls out to me. People hide their hurts and are afraid being truthful about their pain and needs.

Why as a society and nation that pursues freedom for its citizens, its people are not free being truthful as they are? Can this inability for truthfulness, a huge problem we have not addressed? A mountain we have no clue where and how to begin looking.

Bullying

Can we be truthful when we address:

Tolerance – When we call on others for tolerance, we need to look at ourselves and honestly ask and demand that we are able to do likewise. If we are unable to meet that, then we should not put that expectation on anyone.

If we are intolerance of others opinions and views, be truthful about it. As we address others’ inability to tolerate, we need to look inwardly and address it within ourselves why we are intolerant of others at the same time.

Respect – We can agree to disagree on anything. We do not need to resort to name calling to those who disagree with us. When we communicate, we make sure we get our thoughts across clearly and to the point.

Believe that the receiving end of our communication has something good to offer to us.  Be respectful and return with kindness. Be an intensive listener. Simply, do unto others what you would want others to do unto you.

Love – It is not easy to love strangers, am I right? What do we know about them? So, why do we get so upset and frustrated communicating with strangers over the social media? Do we talk to our friends and neighbors in the same way?

The truth: Are we bullying strangers because we do not have to face them like we communicate with colleagues  and neighbors? Simply because there is no consequences to answer to? On the contrary, if we do everything out of love, we can love even strangers whom we do not know.

The Reason Behind This Deadly Epidemic – Bullying

The reason this epidemic is so deadly is because our youths are in crisis. The constant and relentless bullying is wearing our young people out, forcing them to choose suicide as the only option left to ease from their suffering and pain. Often, when a suicide attempt is successful, a life gone and ended.

The hardcore truth is the victims of bullying who attempt suicides are not only our youths but our children in their tween. If we as a society do not address this epidemic, we are going to lose our children to suicides. When will we wake up and do something before it is too late.

In Conclusion

It is not enough talking about what bullying does. We need to as a nation take a deeper look at ourselves, how we treat others, what we show by examples to our children, how we value life, and where we stand on bullying and ultimately how serious are we to say: ‘Enough is enough!’ We have a problem. It is time to end it once and for all.

 

 

 

Charlie Gard

Charlie Gard Needs Your Prayers, Will You Pray?

Charlie Gard

Many of you heard about the story of Charlie Gard and the latest update requires our attention and our actions. The judge demands Charlie’s parents to give ‘new and powerful evidence’ demonstrating that he be kept alive to receive experimental treatment.

The dateline for this submission is on Wednesday and a second hearing will be held on Thursday this week. This can mean that if the judge decides to end Charlie’s life, it can happen by the end of this week. How is this possible?

Charlie Gard

Charlie, a 11-month-old baby suffers from a very rare mitochondrial disease and has brain damage. There is no cure for this disease presently. The hospital determined that the best treatment for Charlie was to remove his life support and allow him to die with dignity.

Many times, we heard doctors say that aborted babies are often children with various disabilities because they will not have good quality of life. It would be better for them to die than to live because there is no hope for them.

Yet, many times, we hear testimonies from parents that life is better because of their existence. They are better parents because of them.

Brain Damage And Muscular Degeneration

How is brain damage an answer to death? What about muscular degeneration and incurable disease? Are these answers reasonable enough to end a life? Have we seen it all?

In the 19th Century, Down Syndrome, which was known as ‘Mongolism’ was first discovered by a British physician named John Langdon Down. Meanwhile, any parents who had children with ‘Mongolism’ then issued a ‘death sentence’.

Yet, we have seen how science progressed since then. Lifespan for adults with Down Syndrome is now well above 50 years.

Brain damage is no longer a ‘death sentence’ for many of our children with various disabilities. Now how is rare mitochondrial disease different? Since science is so advanced these days, how is another rare form of disease keeping us from making life better for these children?

We are making breakthroughs everyday in science. One day, this disease will become another challenge we can overcome. For now, Charlie Gard’s life matters. We can do this because we can save his life.

Cancer Survivors & Charlie Gard

If we can hold on to hope for those who are suffering from cancers, that which is incurable for many survivors, how can we not hold on to any hope, especially for Charlie? Are our babies not worthwhile saving because they do not have their voices?

What would Charlie cry out if he is able to do so? If Charlie is to die in dignity, should not his parents allow to enjoy and have him for another day? How about for as long as he is able to receive the treatment and live?

In Conclusion – Charlie Gard’s Story Pray for Charlie Gard

Charlie needs your prayers. He needs a miracle. Even a change of heart from the judge is a miracle Charlie needs to get his treatment, for a chance to stay alive and a hope for his parents to have the time to spend with Charlie for as long as he is able to do so.

The only hope he has now is to get some form of treatment that can help him, keeping him alive. Please say a prayer for Charlie Gard this week. He deserves a chance to live not die in dignity.

To die, we can get it anytime, but to live, we have to show ‘new and powerful evidence’. What an irony.. Charlie needs you today.

Leave your comments below and let us know what you think or contact us if you have any question. We look forward to hear from you.

We Keep You Up To Date On Charlie

Breaking News on Charlie: Please click on the breaking News to find out more about Charlie’s situation. We ask that you continue to pray and support Charlie while he is still fighting for his life.

New Release on Charlie: Want to know more? Click on New Release to learn more.

Judge Francis seems in a hurry to remove Charlie’s life support according to the newest development. Please keep this family in your prayers.

Today, July 14, we finally get a good and encouraging breaking news on Charlie’s situation. Read all about it on our link.

July 19 update: Not only did Charlie get his first brain scan, Charlie is given U.S citizenship to fly to America for treatment.

 

Resilience

Some Surprising Lessons About Life – Be Resilience To Life

Be Resilience To Life

My mother-in-law had an amazing plant at the porch for several years now. It is one of the most resilience plants of all I know.  Let me introduce you to a favorite of all humming birds in our neighborhood anyway.

Resilience

Maybe some know this plant well but I am sure there are others who do not. I have the privilege to live with this amazing plant for more than 9 years now and would like to share what I learned about some surprising life lessons from it. Through this article, I will highlight some specific life lessons we can learn.

Revive Quickly

It does not take much effort to keep this beautiful plant alive. Sometimes, you watch it drooping and seemingly dying. However, with one sufficient drink from the sprinkler, it will return often without a doubt to life soon after that drink. Life is sometimes tough, but if our wish to live is stronger than giving it up than we like this lovely plant can revive quickly. Every opportunity we take to keep us going, is an opportunity to live above our circumstances.

If we give up, we deny life for ourselves. This particular plant is a true survivor even in the toughest ground.

Easy To Propagate –  Resilience To Grow Freely 

One of the easiest way to plant this beauty is simply to cut a piece of it and stick it to the ground with only consistent watering. It grows well without much care. In life, we resist changes. If we are open to being moved from one situation to another, we are not that despondent when life tests our strength. It is never easy when your life gets interrupted by unexpected events.

However, the flexibility gives us the strength to stay calm and not to run away from unexpected and difficult circumstances. Resilience

When The New Replace The Dead

As I see, often in this particular plant, new blooms appear shortly after the flowers appear dead. We celebrate resilience when the new replace those that are dead. On the contrary, to give up is to stop trying again and with it comes death.

We need new fresh outlook every time we get knock down. You see,  new blooms bring new beginning and a glimpse of hope that comes along in it. From watching this plant often, it reminds me that I need to stay resilience no matter what life brings.

I would not be surprised if it is the reason this beautiful plant is deeply loved.

David

What Its Like Being Mom Of David?

What is it like being mom of David? One word – Amazing

The truth is, motherhood changes my life as many moms around the world can also testify to it. At the same time, if I may say so, the role for me as a mom, completes my life. With another Mother’s Day around the corner, I am taking time to reflect on my role as a mom to my 4-year-old. Motherhood has been a journey full of privileges and delights, yet at the same time, it carries responsibilities for this little life.

When David was a baby, I prayed that he would grow strong and healthy. As he grows older, my prayers for him change according to his needs. How about his need to go to school, meeting new peers and making friends? What about his growing need to know Jesus and the Bible?

Did my role as a mom make me a better person?

Meanwhile, life is definitely better and joyous with David’s presence because he is the pride of our lives, both mine,  daddy’s, Michelle’s and grandpa’s as well. I live with challenges as a mom to David, a step-mom to Michelle, a daughter-in-law and a wife. Keeping all the roles in balance is at times tricky to juggle without losing a piece of who I am.

Incidentally, I have come to realize that who I am is also a part of who I represent in each of those I love and care about. So, in a way, my journey as mom to David allows me to discover my identity as a whole, therefore, my role as a mom does make me a better person because of what I discover and learn along the way.

I cannot image what’s life-like now without David

I found my purpose in life. For some, it’s becoming a nurse, a doctor, an engineer, an author. However, I’m immersed in joy learning all about my son, David. Discovering his potential and helping him discover his world.

My prayer for this little man is that as he grows up, Jesus will become his first love. God will watch over him like King David. God uses his gifting for His glory.

 

Silence

Silence Of The Almighty – The Purpose

Can we trust the silence of the Almighty?

Today, I started to write on this segment and hope that we can explore on this subject with depth and perhaps gain a new refreshing revelation later. The truth is not all questions have answers but with God’s revelation, we can get a better understanding of where we are and why we are going through it.

One of the greatest mystery of all is this silence of God right when you think you need Him. Why does God put us through this process? Have you experienced this where you heard from God, that a breakthrough is coming and you have hope and excitement. Suddenly, you got hit by this ‘massive’ silence from God, that left you wondering what you did. Is God angry with me? What have I done wrong this time?

Today, I hope to discuss this with you. Honestly, I have no answer to this yet. Are we on the same boat? Why is it that God cannot understand us? Does He had to figure us out or do we have to figure Him out?

Let me share my story – God’s silence

Declare the year of freedom I was given this for 2017. I did not understand why and how. But, I accepted and believe it was from God. My husband spent time in prayer and received more revelation on it. He believed God will send us to places, namely Spain, and surprisingly, Japan and one other place, I forgot. Japan was a surprise for me as it is a hard land for the gospel.

Next question: How? Dan is unable to find work for over 2 years now. We do not have the income to travel. But deep in my heart, I believe if this revelation is from Him, He will give all we need to get the tasks done.

He received revelation that needs to meet specific conditions before breakthrough comes. Then lately, Dan, my husband became desperate for income to flow in. It was a difficult struggle for us not to have an income for the family. It is either we are fighting with God on this or God is addressing this head on. We are still struggling to figure this out.

Lately in the shower, out of nowhere God dropped a word for us : Your drought is over! When you hear this, you can imagine how exciting I am. Right? Wrong. Next thing you know God is silent since and everything seem to go wrong. We have more frustrations and pain to deal with. Can the word I heard be of God’s?

Is this silence familiar to you?

Do you have a word for our situation? This is a learning curve for us and the struggle is real. Most of all, I share with you honestly today because I believe we are not the only family going through this and at the same time, there is a need for us as believers to understand this mystery. In  hoping that from what we learn, it produces a sweet aroma from the hardship we go through to bring God’s glory and then return it back to Him.

We include a set of questions for your group Bible discussion. Hopeful that this discussion will help bring some light and answers to your circumstance, You are allowed to use my story.

Group Bible Discussion:  Silence of the Almighty

 Study : The Life Of JOB 

Questions: 

  1. Does God have a purpose in His silence? Discuss the possible answers.
  2. What have I done to cause God to remain silent this long?
  3. Is God angry with me?
  4. What does the Bible talk about His silence?
  5. How long should God remain silent?
  6. Why is God silent?
  7. How do we pray for those who go through this?
  8. Is God’s silence an final test for His children?