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?

 

Tool

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.

 

 

 

Entitlement or freedom

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.

New song

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.

Much

Much Is Not Enough, He Wants All

Much Is Not Enough, He Wants Our All

A couple of days ago, I listened to a LIVE message featuring Lisa Bevere and Hannah, promoting Lisa’s latest book and a phrase stood out to me. It stated that ‘some gave much, but others gave all’. There is a huge difference even between the words ‘much’ and ‘all’. Do you know that much is not enough, He wants our all?

The truth is, if 1% of rust or lead is found in our drinking water, it is absolutely unacceptable in our book. However, what makes it acceptable to God when we think we are doing God a favor by giving what we think is our ‘much’, when in fact He is asking for our ‘all’?

I know it’s a lot to digest in that paragraph, but I urge you to think about it. Think about how we can give our all today in terms of our time and how we represent Him in terms of what we say, what we do as well as surrendering our thoughts to Him, Even how we preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Are we spreading the truth of God or only our understanding what the Gospel is about..?

If you are an accountant, you will know what a ‘liability’ and an ‘asset’ is. We can either be a liability to the Kingdom of God even without knowing it..or an asset. Let us think about how we can become an asset to His kingdom today.

It means a change of our mindset and our attitude that we had allowed to steer us all these time. If change is necessary to let God have it all, then do it and do it today.  Do not accept that lie that says ‘much is enough’. Instead, says ‘No’, much is not enough! God wants our all.

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