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!

The Spirit of Christmas

What is the true spirit of Christmas?

The true spirit of Christmas is not about receiving gifts it’s about giving and sharing your love, service and blessings to people around you. Every Christmas, each of us expect gifts from our parents, friends and other loved ones and always get excited when we see gifts under our Christmas Tree. But haven’t you thought about those people around you who are very much in need? No matter what happens, Christmas will always be here but not all people celebrate Christmas like we do. Some families and individuals doesn’t celebrate Christmas with roasted chicken, ham, spaghetti and fruits on their table because they can’t afford to buy them. But we can help them to celebrate Christmas in their homes and make them happy by giving gifts, singing Christmas carols, cheering them up and sharing some of our foods to them.

We must always remember that we just don’t celebrate Christmas because it’s a holiday and it’s a time were we get to eat a lot of food and receive gifts but it’s a time that we remember and cherish Jesus Christ’s birth whom we dearly love for He’s our savior!

Let us all feel the spirit of Christmas! The cold breeze, the smile of people we meet each day, the love and warmth we feel with our family and the love & kindness of God will always bring happiness to us! May we all have a very happy Christmas!!

If Only There Is Love

What is Love? If you’re going to look in the dictionary the definition for love is a strong feeling of affection especially to one of the opposite sex. But what is the real meaning  of love? Love is a feeling. Everyone can feel love. It is a feeling of a deep devotion, care, concern and affection.

Now the question would be, is there love around us? Does everyone show and feel their love towards us? Love for God and fellow men is a characteristic of disciples/followers of Jesus Christ. We show our love to God by obeying his commandments and serving our fellowmen. Love can be expressed through sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to others, helping those who are in need, serving others, being kind to everyone, comforting those who needs comfort, praying for the sick and the needy, mourning with those who mourn and being a good friend to everyone.

When there is love among us we can feel it. Peace follows love. Love can heal the wounds and pain of the people and the world. If only there is love to all mankind then the whole world will be peaceful. Love should dwell in our hearts in order to obtain peace. When there is love the envying, pride, strife, oppression, tumults, whoredoms, lyings, murders and any manner of lasciviousness will cease then surely the world would be a better place to live in. There could not be a happier people among all the people created by God if our world will live in peace.

Our love for those around us will increase more when we remember that we are all children of our Heavenly Father. We are his sons and daughters and he loves us so much. Let us all come unto Jesus Christ together! Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ’s love for us will never cease. Let the love of the Lord dwell in our hearts. Remember that we can find peace in the Lord. Let love revolve around us! Cease from sin then all will live in love and peace!

A Very Special Poem

This poem was specially written for me as a gift for my birthday by my instructor way back in college..

G-od is great! He gave me in you a trusted friend
A friend who always there to comfort and to mend
Always be true to yourself, never ever pretend
And hoping this friendship will never end.

E-levating one’s mind, the prettiness of tomorrow
Smile, smile, smile and forget all your sorrows
Through thick and thin, through broad and narrow
Certain things happen for us to learn and grow

R-ain, countless drops fallinf from the sky
Man’s failures and pains and the question why
of desiring for happiness which we always try
Just lean on Jesus Christ and you will never cry

M-usic of the day and rhythm of the night
When you are here and you are on our sight
You are the princess who brings the light
Your kindness simply makes one’s day really bright

I-n places, time and faces, wherever you might be
Whenever you think of man’s fate or destiny
Whoever you will meet on the road of your journey
Whatever you attain, do remain in humility

E-very second, every minute,
every hour of the day
Always do your very best, we sincerely say
And to our dear God we will always pray
May success, peace and happiness be on your way….

A Mother’s Unconditional Love

I want to share this very touching story sent to me by a friend thru text….

My mom only had one eye. I hated her…she was such an embarrasment. My mom ran a small shop at a flea market. She collected little weeds and such to sell…anything for the money we needed she was such an embarrasment. There was this one day during elementary school..it was field day and my mom came. I was so embarassed. How could she do this to me? I threw her a hateful look and ran out. The next day at school…”your mom only has one eye?!”..and they taunted me. I wished that my mom would just disappear from this world so I said to my mom, “mom..why don’t you have the other eye?! If you’re only gonna make me a laughingstock, why don’t you just die?!” My mom didn’t respond..I guess I felt a little bad, but at the same time, it felt good to think that I had said what I’d wanted to say all this time…maybe it was because my mom hadn’t punished me, but I didn’t think that I had hurt her feelings very badly. That night..I woke up, and went to the kitchen to get a glass of water. My mom was crying there, so quietly, as if she was afraid that she might wake me. I took a look at her, then turned away. Because of the thing that I said to her earlier, there was something pinching at me in the corner of my heart. Even so, I hated my mother who was crying out of her one eye. So I told mself that I would grow up and become successful. Cause I hated my one-eyed mom and our desperate poverty. Then I studied really hard. I left my mother and came to Seoul and studied, and I got accepted in the Seoul University with all the confidence I had. Then I got married. I bought a house of my own. Then I had kids too. Now I’m living happily as a successful man. I like it here because it’s a place that doesn’t remind me of my mom. This happiness was getting bigger and bigger when..what?! who’s this?!…it was my mother still with her one eye. It felt as if the whole sky was falling apart on me. My little girl ran away, scared of my mom’s eye. And I asked her, “who are you?”, “I don’t know you!!” as if trying to make that real. I screamed at her, “how dare you come to my house and scare my daughter!” “GET OUT OF HERE NOW!!” and to this, my mother quietly answered, “oh I’m so sorry, I may have gotten the wrong address”, and she disappeared out of sight. Thank goodness she doesn’t recognize me..I was quite relieved. I told myself that I wasn’t going to care or think about this for the rest of my life. Then a wave of relief came upon me. One day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. So, lying to my wife that I was going on a business trip, I went. After the reunion, I went down to the old shack, that I used to call a house..just out of curiosity there, I found my mother fallen on the cold ground. But I didn’t shed a single tear. She had a piece of paper in her hand..it was a letter to me.

My son, I think my life has been long enough now..and..I won’t visit Seoul anymore..but I could it be too much to ask if I wanted you to come visit me once in a while? I miss you so much and I was glad when I heard you were coming for the reunion but I decided not to go to the school for you. And I’m sorry that I only have one eye, and I was an embarrasment for you. You see, when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. As a mom, I couldn’t stand watching you having to grow up with only one eye..so I gave you mine…I was so proud of my son that was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye. I was never upset at you for anything you did..the couple times that you were angry at me..I thought to myself, it’s because he loves me. My son…Oh, my son…

Finding Peace In The Lord

In Matthew 11:28-30 It says..

28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”.

29 “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls”

30 “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”

Whenver we have trials in our lives whether big or small, sometimes we find it very hard to deal with it. We don’t know how to solve it or how to get away from it. I have encountered a lot of trials in my life that sometimes it makes me weak and shrink but, everytime I think of Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifce that he have done for us, I feel strong. I always pray to the Lord to give me strength to move on with my life. I cried to him to give me the strength I need to face all the challenges my family is facing. I find peace and comfort to the Lord. He never left me. He will always be there for us as long as we remain obedient and righteous to him. He will make our burdens light. He knows what we feel, he knows the pain and sufferings we are going through because He has experienced it. Jesus took upon himself the pains, sicknesses, and infirmities of all people. He knows how to help us. In 1 Peter 5:7 It says, “Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you”.

Let us not forget that the Lord will be there for us. We have to be faithful and righteous always and blessings will follow. He will bless us with comfort, understanding and with strength to bear up our burdens with ease. Remember that we are never alone. Jesus will not leave us comfortless….

A Happy Treat

I am tired and bit weary today because I’ve done a lot of house chores today. But, I’m still glad! why? because I am the one who prepared and cooked our dinner for tonight. And I was touched because my sisters said to me that the meal that I’ve cooked was delicious. Wanna know what I’ve cooked for our dinner? well I fried 6 marinated milkfish and then cooked a very special “my own chinese style” fried rice w/ shrimps…I have always dreamed of becoming a cook in my own restaurant (but it’s only a dream..*sigh*)..I really love to cook and whenever my mom or dad is busy and don’t have time to cook, I always volunteer to do the cooking. I love to cook food for my family because they’re very special to me.

Well I’m just glad that my day today turned out to be fine even if I’m a bit tired and weary. And oh yes, at last I have seen the full moon this night!… and while I’m typing this..suddenly the rain started to fall…oh man! (*_*) I just hope the weather will be fine tomorrow…