Mr. Jones Orphanage

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Dined at Mr. Jones Orphanage tonight for desserts. How cozy the place! How nyummylicious the food! Will definitely come back here–earlier.

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The Blessing of Friends

Eighty-eighth day.

The Background

“What if your blessings come through rain drops? / What if your healing comes through tears?” My ringtone “Blessings” by Laura Story woke me up at 2:20 this early morning.  “Who could be calling at this hour?” I asked myself.  I quickly rushed and picked up my phone from where I left it charging before I went to bed last night.  It was Ate Shane calling through Carlo’s phone. (They’re my friends from our church’s photography club.)  They were wondering if I was joining their trip to Prachuap Khiri Khan, a three-four hour drive away from Bangkok, because they couldn’t find me of Facebook.  I’ve gone AWOL from the social media site for almost a week now. 🙂  I told them I couldn’t go.

Why not?

The Dilemma

I couldn’t go because the meeting place was far from my place and I can’t ride a cab on my own in the wee hours of the night after the fearful incident that happened to me about three weeks ago.  I decided to stay thinking I’d work on some papers while I watch movies or read a book.

The Solution

But around 7-ish pm last night, I got an invite to a trip of the married people to Saikaew Beach. *Coughs.* Yes, I am not married but obviously two families couldn’t make it due to unavoidable circumstances so they needed some stand-ins.  Trip to the beach? Who would refuse? I don’t mind hanging out with married people and of course, with their children so I said…YES! However, the van leaves at 5:30am. I had to do my laundry, pack, and finish the movie I started.

So, at  4:35am, I woke up again and this time it was for real.  I was still feeling like a zombie but I had to move quickly so I won’t be left behind by the van, right? Praise the Lord I made it!

The beach was scenic.  Oh, the sand was white and the water was crystal clear! It was perfect for families! I tried to learn how to swim, thanks for the fathers. 🙂 They said I am progressing but they reckon I should spend more time in the water and by that they meant go to a nearby swimming pool and practice if I really want to learn.

We got back from the trip pretty early–around 5p.m. We were not allowed to grill the fishes we brought so we decided to just go to our generous benefactors’ house directly to cook them and have dinner together.  It was fun! Have you seen a pipe used to blow some air to the ember? Or perhaps use an electric fan to increase the fire? Haha.

The Analysis

Working thousands of miles away from home especially in another country is never easy.  No matter how long a person has been away, still we cannot deny the fact that there is always a longing to be home once again.  But what does one do when it’s not possible yet? Make friends.  That’s right! My friends here have been my family here and I am so glad that I have found a “home” here.  I have found my foster parents who are always there for me through thick and thin.  They’ve been very loving, caring, and supportive of me and I can’t imagine how it would be when we separate ways in less than three months.  They’re going back to the US and I am going somewhere God prepared for me.  I really hope and pray that one day we’d be able to see each other again and spend some time together ‘just like the good old days.’ Because of them, I have also acquired foster siblings, nieces, and nephews.  How cool is that? I am so happy.  I may not have my own family here but I feel loved and cared for.  I may not be married but I get to play with kids and even take care of them! Aaahhh, how awesome! I truly praise God for these blessings!

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the blessing of family and friends.  May we continue to love and care for one another until You come. Kindly bless me and Vish as we lead out in our faculty worship tomorrow by playing instruments.  This is for you.  Amen.

The Want for Character

“In life, we don’t always get what we want.” These are the exact words that Aunty Nitz often tell Audrey, Ate Nesie and Kuya Wilmer’s a year and  a month old baby girl every time she cries for wanting to play with this or that.  I think these words are not only for Audrey but also for the rest of us.  Many times we find ourselves wanting things things we don’t need or things we obviously cannot have.  How sad, right? Instead of pining for this and that we should aim for something good that will not only benefit us but will benefit the people around us such as improving our character.

This year brought me pain and misery–tons of them.  There were countless occasions when I thought I couldn’t endure them any longer.  They were just too overwhelming.  However, God’s love is so great that every single time I am on the verge of giving up, I’d find myself kneeling before Him, asking for more strength to endure life’s trials and He’d always, always grant my request.  In all my dealings with God, I never asked Him to provide an easy way out rather I always ask Him for more strength.  I  cannot ask Him to get rid of the thorns because if He does then what will happen if more thorns come my way? I have to be tougher so I can successfully get through all these till Jesus comes.  But God is good.  He does not only give me more strength but He also provides me people to encourage me day by day.  I am more than grateful for these wonderful people who are always there for me.  They don’t judge me but they just listen to me.  They listen patiently, pray with me, and even hang out with me night and day.  They are such a blessing to me and I cannot stop but praise God for them endlessly.  I am no longer scared of whatever life may bring me because it has been proven and tested that God will never leave me alone.  Whenever I feel like crying it out, He sends me Audrey. Haha! Yes, that baby girl I am so attached to.  I hug her and she hugs me.  She hugs me so tightly and whenever she does it I can feel God hugging me, too.  It’s very comforting.  Whenever I feel like talking about my worries, He sends me my foster family here and a friend there.  I used to verbalize everything that happens in my life but since I have painfully learned one of life’s greatest lessons: “Not everyone that smiles at you is a friend” I have learned to carefully choose the people I pour my heart too.  Yes, I can easily talk to my own real family but they’re far and I don’t want to stress them out.  I need them to always know that I am okay even if sometimes I am not.  I am learning to conceal my feelings and just keep a poker face.  It’s best to just talk about your problems to people that care and you can fully trust.  They are God’s angels.  They are God’s instruments in letting us feel that He’s there, He’s always there.

So, every time life throws a hard punch on you, just relax.  God will never leave you alone.  I am surviving the punches and you will too. O K A Y?

1 Corinthians 10:13 ASV

There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it.
I believe these are some things in life that we don’t have to worry wanting to have. 🙂 Some of my friends at church used this in one of their activities and I am glad I decided to keep a copy.
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 Would you like my dear, dear friend Audrey?
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Oh, isn’t she the cutest? I can hug her and play with her f o r e v e r! She might be very young but she already knows how to care and I love her for it!
(Gotta go. Will edit later. Hahaha)

Uncertainty of Life | The Fish Bone

It’s the weekend.

It’s the weekend for outreach in Sattahip and Pattaya. Inspite of the hectic schedule here and there, I decided to join the group as it’d be nice to breathe in fresh air and see new faces while in God’s ministry.

After the long ride in the morning, we finally made it to our first destination: Sattahip SDA Church. It’s a small multilingual / multicultural church where warm smiles, lush and green trees, and friendly dogs abound. I enjoyed it there.  After the morning worship filled with music and God’s word ended, we proceeded to the physical food.  Oh, the food overflowed! I was so hungry that I got a plate full of different kinds of food. I cheerfully ate while chatting with friends when something happened. Upon taking that spoon full of food in, I knew there was something wrong. I tried not to panic. I quickly got up from my seat and looked for a banana then looked for someone to help me out with my dilemma. “Ate Sherryl, a fish bone got stuck in my throat,” I told my friend. She told me to bite and swallow a huge size of banana to push the stuck bone down. It moved. Then I ate another piece of banana. It moved. I ate another piece and it moved again. I kept eating banana and balls of rice upon suggestion of friends but still it did not go away. In the middle of biting bananas and eating rice, I cried. I cried, cried, and cried. I’m such a cry baby. Some people showed concern while some teased a lot and there were some who just ignored me–various reactions, really.

Next stop: Pattaya.

Before taking the van, I made a quick call to Aunty Nitz (everybody’s foster mom / the Pastor’s wife). She adviced me to go to the ER if the bone doesn’t go away in the afternoon. So, after singing with my mates at Pattaya SDA Church, I asked a local church member that I know if he could take me to the closest hospital. He didn’t look like he was really up for it because he and his son were cozily enjoying the concert. I just went back to my seat. I was on the verge of crying again as my throat really hurts and I badly wanted it removed. A minute after I sat, a familiar face approached me and invited me to the hospital. I hurriedly grabbed my purse and took off.

After what seemed like an eternity waiting at the ER, I got my turn to see the doctor and he took the stuck fish bone with a crocodile forcep. What a relief! Praise God!

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A miracle happened to me again. He answered my petition to survive this trial and I’m glad I survived.  I am also very grateful that God sent me angels today to watch over me ane help me out. I am truly blessed. God be praise!

Here’s the fish bone–a little gross. Sorry.

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Beautiful Life with Friends♥

Praise God for life,friends, families,and responsibilities!

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From a basketball clinic at 8am

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To Happy Birthday Papa Chlowe and Baby Eli at 11am

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To Happy Birthday Baby Kayla!

What a super blessed Sunday!

I truly praise God for making me a part of the AYA family–I am learning a lot. 🙂

I also praise Him for bringing me to RISDAC church where everyone is a family. I feel so great for being invited to those birthday parties. I am indeed an aunty.♥ It is so wonderful to be in a church where love and care abounds. Sigh. Now I should start shopping for kids stuff so whenever I get invited to birthday parties I won’t have to go last minute shopping. Brilliant idea! Oh, this reminds me of my other nephews and neices at church that I haven’t given any gifts yet. Oh-oh. Make-up time! I pray that these kids will grow to be like Jesus and that the parents will continually be filled with the Holy Spirit as they rear their children.♡

Anyway, I am starting an old habit called Punctuality. So, signing off now. Later again!♥♥♥

The Seventh is for Jesus

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The Sabbath is almost here and I am so excited for it. 🙂 This week went by so fast. Hanging out with my foster family here has made my two-week vacation extra special. I feel a bit sad that in twenty-four hours my vacation will end and life will go back to normal. However, before I began thinking about work let me think about God and the Sabbath first. 🙂 I can’t wait to fellowship with my friends and other believers in Christ.

One important lesson I’ve learned this week is that:

Life is all about relationships. Be kind to everyone.