Footprints in the sand

I would like to share a very common yet inspirational story that we can apply to our daily lives specially now that the world is suffering in sickness, tribulation, chaos, economic crisis and calamities.

“Footprints in the sand”

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.”

The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

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I really love this story because it inspires me more to get closer to God. Whenever we feel down and hurt always remember that there is someone who is willing to help us and that is GOD. God will never leave us. When we have problems or sufferings in our lives and we feel that there is no one there to help, remember that  God is there to carry us and give us a hand. He knows how to help us because he has suffered all the infirmities in this world. Let us continue to live our life well in the eyes of the Lord. Seek the Lord always and continue to be righteous, patient and faithful unto him for in the end we will be together w/ him in his kingdom.

Have a blessed lenten season to all!

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What is Poverty?

Poverty is a state of being poor. Being poor means having little or no means. Some say being poor is dirty and tiring. People who are experiencing this are full of sufferings. They say they are hopeless and they could never rise above the state of life they’re facing. They are afraid that their children might become heir to their poverty.

It’s hard to live in this world if you have been deprived of things necessarily for you to go on with your life especially if you have a family of your own. You are constantly in need. You necessitate for food so you can feed your family; you need money to pay your $20 rented old, tiny and wrecked house near the squatter’s area; you need medicine for your sick baby and you need clothing for your naked children.

Poverty is when you lack money and can’t provide the needs of your family. You can’t even buy a can of sardines or a big loaf of bread in the supermarket because the only money you have in your pocket is just enough to pay for the house you are renting. It is when you’re husband was fired in his job and since then cannot find a new or permanent job. And you as a wife and a mother need to find extra jobs like doing the laundry and cleaning the house of a rich neighbor that will pay you $20, collecting newspapers/magazines/bottles/cans in the garbage and then sell them to a junk shop or going to a relative or a friend to seek for assistance just to survive your family.

When you are in poverty, you suffer. You can’t sleep at night because of thinking how and where you can obtain the things your family needs. You can’t even remember when is the last time you have eaten a slice of pizza or drank a bottle of soda. And when you look at yourself in the mirror, you’ll realize that you look ten years older than your real age. You also feel sorry because you can’t send you’re little children to school because you don’t have the money to sustain their educational needs.

Isn’t sad to know that there are many families suffering because of poverty? It hurts to see young children walking on the streets barefooted begging for food. As years go by, the rate of poor families is surprisingly increasing. So the question is what are we going to do about this? Are we also experiencing this? Continue reading

Global Economic Turmoil

The whole world was shocked after Lemman Brothers’ declaration of bankruptcy in the United States. Many banks, stockholders, clients all over the world who have investments/stocks/money on Lemman Brothers were confused and worried. And now what? Many countries have declared that their economy is going down like U.S.A, Kuwait, Lebanon, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Russia, France, Hong Kong, Europe, Indonesia and many others. Stock market all over Asia and Europe is falling! I can’t believe these things are happening..This global economic dilemma that we are facing is really devastating. What’s gonna happen to us if this continues?

Money Crisis! Credit Crisis! Financial Crisis…these sayings are common to poor families in my country. More Filipinos are suffering poverty. It is indeed that we are going to celebrate Christmas and welcome the new year dry! no celebration, no food on the table, no money on your pockets….just you and your family waiting for nothing….

If the economy continues to fall, many people will lose their jobs. OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) will be forced to go back to their homeland. Call Centers in the Philippines will be pulled out and thousands of Filipino call center agents will lose their jobs. Recessions in U.S, Singapore and in other countries is really devastating. People around the world are very much affected. Tribulation has started and we must prepare ourselves…