stepping out of the way

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Sometimes it seems the easiest thing to do is to give our child what he wants and make him happy. It is such a temptation to be the answer to our child’s wants and needs rather than teaching him to believe God for it or to work for it. When our daughter, Janina, got her new puppy, Briggie, it wasn’t without faith, hardwork and tears.  When she first brought up the idea of getting a Maltese, we told her that she will have to use her own savings. Not only that, we wanted her to be the one to look for one that is affordably priced. Paolo and I thought that this would be good training for her. We would pray with her for the puppy but we expected her to do all the legwork necessary. We saw Janina spending hours online and on the phone looking for a Maltese […]

stories i love to hear

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If your faith needs a boost, I want you to read this story. It may be a little lengthy but it is such a great testimony of God’s faithfulness and provision. I called my friend the other day to ask her how she was doing, since her eldest and only daughter just left to study in the US. Her daughter graduated top of her class in highschool and was granted a scholarship in one of the universities in California. Naturally, she was filled with emotion, with a lot of thoughts running through her head, such as “Will she make it without me?” Her only consolation was to hope they could raise enough funds for her daughter to come home next year and spend the summer with the family. Now she relates this story to me… Her husband was the one who accompanied her daughter on the flight and will help […]

unexpected pregnancy

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No, I’m not pregnant! Just wanted to make that clear. But yesterday, at my ob’s clinic, i bumped into a friend who was pregnant for the 3rd time. Her husband and she weren’t planning on a 3rd baby so when they found out they were both initially upset, to say the least. She cried, but they were not really tears of joy, more of worry and anxiety. Her mind started to fastforward to the future and she began to think of bills to pay when they can hardly make ends meet at the present. I asked her what helped her overcome her initial shock. She told me that as she read Genesis 1, she was reminded that before God created man, He created the land and the seas first, all the plants and trees and animals. God made sure that man had everything he needed before He created him. This […]

unexpected pregnancy

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No, I’m not pregnant! Just wanted to make that clear. But yesterday, at my ob’s clinic, i bumped into a friend who was pregnant for the 3rd time. Her husband and she weren’t planning on a 3rd baby so when they found out they were both initially upset, to say the least. She cried, but they were not really tears of joy, more of worry and anxiety. Her mind started to fastforward to the future and she began to think of bills to pay when they can hardly make ends meet at the present. I asked her what helped her overcome her initial shock. She told me that as she read Genesis 1, she was reminded that before God created man, He created the land and the seas first, all the plants and trees and animals. God made sure that man had everything he needed before He created him. This […]