One Little Secret

Friday, August 31, 2007

There's a contest going on at Darlene's, sponsored by their company Art Bookbindery, to celebrate the book release of Allison Bottke's "One Little Secret".

I know the time is almost up for this contest, but let me still share with you one little secret I had. It's something I did when I was about 6 years old.

My mom would usually cut a papaya in half, crosswise. She would peel and cut the papaya into bite size pieces and leave the other half still with the skin on a plate then she'd put it in the lowest shelf inside the fridge. As a young kid I can only comfortably reach, you guessed it right, the lowest shelf. I was curious how a papaya looked like inside because I only get to see the fruit when they're already cut in pieces and ready to be eaten. I turned the papaya downside up (is there a word like that?) so I can see its inside. I saw hundreds of black, round seeds. I didn't know what I was thinking then, I got one seed and ate it. YUCK!!! From then on I never ate papaya again until I was 28 years old. My mom would always ask me why I wouldn't eat papaya and I'd say I just didn't like it. Before I got married I finally told my mom why and she just laughed so hard. Now do I eat papaya you ask? Yes, I do now.


An Award... For Me?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007
My first blog award ever! What an honor! Thanks Paula...

“This award is for those bloggers who are nice people; good blog friends and those who inspire good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world. Once you’ve been awarded please pass it on to 7 others who you feel are deserving of this award.”

Now I pick 7 of my wonderful blogging friends...

Shucks, just 7...

Paula M

God Woke Me Up

Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Two nights ago, I knew I sinned and I felt guilty about it. My guilt won't go away even though I already repented. I kept telling God like a little child over and over again, "Oh God, please don't be mad at me. I'm really sorry for disappointing you. Please don't be mad." So I went on with my routine - I prayed, I read my Bible, got myself ready and off I went to work.

Early this morning, at around 7, I woke up and prayed but I was still sleepy so I doze off again. Usually, after praying I'd read my Bible but that time I was just too sleepy to keep my eyes open. Lo and behold, my phone rang or so I thought it did. Immediately I said, "Yes, Lord. I'm awake." I sat on my bed and read my Bible.

He woke me up!

I felt good because I know for sure that He knows my troubles and He hasn't forgotten me. He's just there... wherever I go.

The Heavenly Man

Tuesday, August 14, 2007
This is the book I'm currently reading. I am in awe of God's greatness. His miracles were not just from the Bible times but still is happening in the NOW. This book clearly illustrates how God is in control. He weaves the events in our lives so perfectly to fulfill His very purpose in our lives.
"The Lord had put it all together as only He can. The Holy Spirit was working in such a wonderful way."
This gives me much hope in the events that are happening in my life now. I'm like walking in pitch darkness and the only "light" I'm holding on to are the promises of God to me. Brother Yun's story reminds me of how God CAN do what seems impossible to man. He can turn things around even for me.

I highly recommend this book. If you think you're losing hope, read this book and see how BIG our God is.

I Forgive You

Wednesday, August 8, 2007
I have just been accused of getting something which I didn't know about, I have been called a liar, curse words have been thrown at me, I have been lied to and the list goes on. What do I do with all of these? Accept them? Certainly not! I don't need filthy scums in my front yard, not now, not ever! Clearly, this person has been harboring ill feelings toward me and my husband all these years and it has been so rooted in this person's heart.

I have been ministered to by people at church the day after that incident because I wasn't just upset, I was furious! The only thought that was spinning in my head that time was REVENGE! Thank God for my church mates, they helped me get hold of myself and reminded me that it's not my battle but the Lord's. I've decided to release this person to God because I didn't want the enemy to use this as a foothold in my life. Forgiving someone doesn’t justify or make right the wrong they did, but I want to be released from anger that could result to bitterness if I didn't do anything about it.

God, help me with these battles. I am not giving up because You promised to never let me fall and that You will sustain me through it all. You promised to strengthen and uphold me. And I know Your promises to me will ALL come to pass because You are a faithful God.

I'm sure this will somehow get to the person who did this to me because somebody's been reading my blog who's very much related to that person. So let me just go on and say -- I FORGIVE YOU!

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins." Mark 11:24,25

His Love Endures Forever

Monday, August 6, 2007
Before I slept last night, I asked the Holy Spirit to speak to me, to tell me what else to pray for. I woke up this morning singing "... sing praise... His love endures forever." I picked up my Bible and read through the book of Mark chapter 12 and on verse 11 there's a footnote that led me to Psalm 118:22,23. I don't normally pay attention to footnotes but this time I did. As I read along, I came across verse 29 which says, "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."

I knew right there that God wanted me to give thanks and to praise Him even before I see my breakthrough.

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