Helping a Stranger

On March 12, 2014 , we helped a total stranger. I met her in Songkhla Immigration and she’s in dire need of help to further her journey to Philippine Embassy in Bangkok. I could tell that her stories were just made-up like she’s a a dual citizen of Philippines and America, she doesn’t possess an American passport because she doesn’t want it to be stapled in Asia so she left it in America or that she couldn’t speak Tagalog because she was born and raised in America (yeah, she speaks English well like my fave fashion Youtuber from Hong Kong). Nevertheless, we helped because we saw how she desperately needed a place to sleep and food to nourish her starving tummy. Also, we helped because wanted to show to her that our God loves her no matter who she is.

She slept in the house for a day then we sent her to bus station in the evening. We also gave her pocket money for taxi and food. Then last night, we searched her name in Facebook and we got the shock of our lives. She posted her nude photos online publicly! I reported her account name and it’s removed after few hours. Thank God!

We didn’t regret helping her. We thank God for giving us the opportunity to help a person who is unlovable according to our human standard.

My baby is now …Hyzyd!

Meet my bubbly 3-year-old Hyzyd:)

Hyzyd refused to be called my baby because according to him a baby can’t talk, Hyzyd can. So I started to call him “my little boy” but he disagreed. He just want to be called by his name, simply Hyzyd…and I have a secret to tell you…..he already got a crush…a beautiful young teacher in school!

It all started one Friday afternoon when it’s time to go home. Here in Thailand, there are teachers assigned everyday to guard the gate and greet parents who come and go.  That beautiful teacher is stationed on that particular gate where we exit. Hyzyd got excited when he saw the teacher and I heard him saying “Oh, there’s the beautiful teacher”. He did the “wai” (Thai’s way of respect by bowing in greeting or bidding goodbye) with a smile and sparkly eyes. Outside the gate, he blurted to his dad “so beautiful teacher!”

Monday afternoon came. I’m taken aback when we went home and after doing the “wai” he started to say “not a beautiful teacher, so ugly!” Hubby and I couldn’t believe what we hear! He’s such an appreciative little guy and what he just said isn’t his style. Calmly, we explained to him that he can’t describe people as ugly because God made everybody beautiful. We hope that that teacher didn’t hear Hyzyd’s remark. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday came and once we’re outside the gate he demanded us to find the beautiful teacher! Can you believe that!!!??? It’s hard to grasp the truth that it seems yesterday when we knew that I’m pregnant. It seems yesterday that I shopped for baby clothes and searched the internet for the best website for baby strollers. And now this, a little guy asking us to find the beautiful teacher!

Finally Friday came and I don’t have any idea that Hyzyd knew that it was that beautiful teacher’s schedule to guard the gate. He refused to go home no matter how we persuaded him. He kept his back on us! Five minutes later, that beautiful teacher took her post and when we told Hyzyd that the beautiful teacher arrived, his mood totally changed- from grumpy to happy! He did the “wai” perfectly and we get home with a baby happy as a bee!

I made a deal with Hyzyd, if he can’t see the beautiful teacher, he only need to see Mom’s beautiful face because I’m more beautiful than that beautiful teacher because I’m his mommy! I think he understand because he gave me a nod and the most beautiful smile.

Hope to have tantrum-free-while-going-home-if-Hyzyd-can’t-see-the-beautiful-teacher episodes next week.

How do you handle criticism?

George Bernard Shaw, the Irish playwright, certainly had his critics – but he knew how to handle them. After one opening a critic stood up in the audience and shouted, ‘It’s rotten!’ Shaw stood up and replied, ‘I agree, but what are we against so many?’ Nobody had more critics than Paul, yet he wrote: ‘If God be for us, who can be against us?’ Without courage we simply accumulate a collection of good ideas – and regrets. Most of our missed opportunities wouldn’t have been missed if we had been willing to push through the criticism and embrace what could have been.

All of us experience fear. But here’s the difference: the winner’s need for progress overwhelms their reluctance to take a risk. They can live more easily with the memory of having tried and failed, than not having tried at all. They know that failure is an inevitable part of success, and failure always brings criticism. And while others fear stepping out into a new opportunity, the winner fears missing out on it.

By My God I can

Sharing to you today something that I learned from my meditation with Bod and Debby Gass. I hope you’ll be blessed with it today as it has blessed me.

What ‘wall’ stands between you and God’s blessing? Limited resources? Past failures? Does the job look too big and you feel too small? Rise up and say, ‘For by You I can run against a troop; by my God I can leap over a wall.’ Instead of accepting what your sight and your senses tell you, stand on the promises God has given you in His Word. On the other side of the wall there is victory for you. AB Simpson said, ‘You will never learn faith in comfortable surroundings.’ It was after the disciples came through the storm that they asked, ‘What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him’ (Matthew 8:27 KJV)? The One who commanded them to get into the boat knew there would be a storm, yet He sent them into it. Why? To develop their faith!

A little boy was crossing the ocean with his father, who was captain of the ship, when they ran into a terrible storm. The waves tossed them about like a cork and everyone was sick with fear. But he sat unafraid, his eyes directed toward a certain spot. When someone asked him why he was not afraid, he answered; ‘I have my eye on that little window. Through it I can see the bridge, and on that bridge is my father. He’s the captain of this ship. He has taken it through many storms and I know he will take it through this one too.’

Rejoice, you will make it through this storm and get to the other side. God has promised it. Start saying, ‘By my God I can.’

All about TRUST

God’s word in Psalm 146:3-4 reminds me the following:

“Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.”

“In her autobiography Climbing Free, rock climber Lynn Hill shares the peril she faced in May 1989 while scaling a cliff face in France. As Hill reached the top of a 72-foot ledge, she leaned back into her harness to take a rest. Somehow, her rope wasn’t fully connected to her harness. When she leaned her weight on it, she fell backward into space. You can imagine how terrifying this was—falling through the air with nothing to catch her. Amazingly, she survived the fall.

“As an expert in her field, Hill relied fully on her equipment. She had every expectation that her harness would support her full weight. Her experience illustrates the dangers of putting your faith in something that may fail.”

Many of us have learned the folly of putting our trust in others who let us down, or in accountants who adjusted their books to make their company look good on the stock market, or in the stock market itself—or in a broker who stole his clients’ entire retirement funds (of whom I am one of the victims).

Living in this world we are going to be let down at times. We can’t always avoid it. But the most important thing in life is that we don’t put our trust in a false god or a false religion and discover too late that when we come to the end of life’s journey, we had not put our trust in the Living God and his only way of salvation. We can trust in man-made religions, our own interpretation of the way to heaven, or we can trust in Jesus who said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father [God] except through me.” And again, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven [than that of Jesus] given among men by which we must be saved.”