Devotion ๐Ÿ™

Scripture of the Month: Turn from your evil ways

Turn now from your evil ways.

God is not willing that any should perish. He is not distant as we tend to think. Return to Him and He’ll return to you.

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Blog Related ๐Ÿช

La Petite Muse Blog: The relaunch

Welcome to the relaunch of La Petite Muse! If you’re here, it’s because of the link left on the original blog, or you’ve somehow found your way here. Either way, I’m glad you’re here!

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I closed a blog under this very same name… only to reopen another one in the same name. Actually, I did not see this one coming… but God did! When I took a small hiatus from blogging last month, I sat down to look at the next step, and after everything was analyzed, I came to the conclusion to close the blog. I was going to come on at some point to officially announce my departure, but God had other plans where His online ministry was concerned, so that’s why we’re here at the relaunch.

Can I level with you for a minute? When the idea of a relaunch was conceived, I was skeptical, for I was convinced that I was done with blogging. But before I know it, I was opening a new blog and naming it La Petite Muse, this time with the proper French spelling. Themes and categories were put into place and topics were sorted out for the first few posts. I wanted to relaunch the old blog, but this year has been about new beginnings, and although the layout is still the same, I’m building from the ground up once again.

I love peacocks! So much that they’re the face of this blog at the moment as I tend to redesign and revamp every year or so. During the designing process, I came up with several logos and due to not being able to choose just one, I’ll be using several of them.

I can finally work on the new categories that I’ve promised since 2017! There are about 5-7 new categories in the pipeline, so hopefully, if the time permits, they’ll be featured. In the meantime, I’m looking at these main 3. The categories that you’re accustomed to such as Devotion, Travel Tuesday, and even Football remains. Bible Study is moving to a new home sometime next month be it God’s will. I may recycle some posts from the now-closed LPM, but that remains to be seen.

I’m most excited about the Spiritually Seasoned series! It’s aimed to strengthen our walk with God, to reflect on our hearts, and to put faith into practice. I’m relearning to draw – although not as often as I would like – so I thought it’ll be fun to share some under the art category. As for gardening, I’m no expert, but I’ll like to share some of the things I’ve learned thus far.

Last but not least, A HUGE THANK YOU!! To the ones that have always read and commented, thank you for making this transition with me. To the newbies, welcome. ๐Ÿ’™

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Moments of Inspiration โœ

Ode to Spring ๐ŸŒบ

Spring is here!
Spring is in the air!

Come! Let us run free in the meadow
Where the butterfly kisses flowers hello
and tulips and daffodils greet us with
bright coats of yellow.
Perhaps, we’ll even see a rainbow!

Let us sit with God by the still pond
where the frog croaks its silly song,
and there’s nothing to worry about
as we kiss our worries so long.

To the sticky sweetness of the flowers, senses may succumb,
but being in nature we see glimpses of God, and
His handiwork is never a moment of boredom.
The time of the singing of the birds has come,
so let it be known throughout the land
that there’s no time to be glum.

Spring is in the air!
Spring is here!

This was written sometime last month as I sat down to free write. Well, started, and completed only as recent. I haven’t written stories or poems in a long time and I only recently started to practice again. This piece was inspired by Song of Solomon 2:12-13. It also serves as a reminder to appreciate and listen to nature, don’t just be in it. Listen to the sweet bird songs, smell the sweetness of the flower, and don’t just gaze at the sky, watch the clouds go by.

On another note, I’m not active as I would’ve liked at the moment, but I don’t want to leave for another month or two as I may not return at all. Hopefully, I’ll be back to catching up on your blogs real soon. In the meantime, thanks for taking the time to stop by and read. I utmost appreciate it.

May God’s peace be with you.

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (May 2021):
  
Turn ye now from your evil ways, 
and from your evil doings: 
but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, 
saith the Lord. 

Zechariah 1:4 ๐Ÿ‘‚
Books & Reviews ๐Ÿ“š

What is essential is invisible to the eyes.

Of all the books I read last year, for some reason, Antoine de Saint-Exupรฉry’s Le Petit Prince left a long-lasting impression upon me, despite it not being a 5-star book for me. And that’s the beauty of books.

In Le Petit Prince, a very good piece of advice is shared with the prince by an unlikely creature: the fox.

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Apparently, the fox is smarter than we think. He outfoxes the competition.
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Here’s what the story fox actually said:

Long after the book was closed, these words remained with me and the lesson: seeing is a matter of the heart. The quote can be interpreted 99 ways to Sunday, but for me, it’s a reminder that things can be seen and understood if we approach it with feeling. The flowers saw only their outward beauty, so they lost out on what could’ve been a beautiful experience for them. If we keep focusing on someone’s outward appearance, we’ll never get to fully experience what could be a lovely friendship with that person.

There is a reason why God searches our hearts (Jeremiah 12:3, 17:10; 1 Kings 8:39).

The most valuable things such as love, faith, hope, and friendship cannot be seen with the naked eye, yet, we know they exist for we can feel and value them.

On a lighter note, I won’t be doing a lot of book reviews/rants this year. I don’t have the time or energy for it. I’m currently reading 15 books… don’t ask why, but I’m enjoying reading at a leisure pace.

As you look forward to the rest of the week, reflect on the fox’s words.

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (April 2021): 

And it shall come to pass in the
day of the Lord's sacrifice,
that I will punish the princes,
and the king's children,
and all such as are
clothed with strange apparel.


Zephaniah 1:8 ๐Ÿ‘š

My 2 Cents ๐Ÿ’ญ

Second impressions…

So, here’s the thing about first impressions: they can be tricky. People thrive on trying to please men so much that they have a checklist to make sure that their very first impression is super perfect. A few years ago, someone said to me that if she met someone for the first time and that person is “grumpy” if said grumpy person comes up to her the next day with a smile on his/her face and tries to talk to her, she is going to remember how grumpy that person was for the rest of her life, even if that certain person does not show a hint of grumpiness for the rest of their life.

Is that assumption fair? Yeah? I don’t think so.

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While first impressions are important because they may leave a lasting good image, it does not always reflect someone’s true personality. I can be grumpy when I meet you, but how do you know that I’m the sourest grape of the bunch? I simply did not want to have a chat with you on that day because I was rushing home to take care of a sick relative. You do not know if I was coping with the bad news of a loved o or if someone/thing put me in a bad mood. You do not know me from a first impression. That is just judgmental. Maybe I am an outgoing person, but on that specific day when we met for the first time, I was grumpy, simply because I was going through a tough time.

We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.

1 Thessalonians 2:4

At the beginning of this post, I said that first impressions can be tricky. How do you know that when you meet someone for the first time they aren’t faking their first impression because they live to impress? How do you know I’m not faking the smile plastered on my face as I laugh at something you say while we shake hands as weโ€™re introduced? I leave you a good lasting first impression, but do I really want to get to know you as time goes by? I am only being nice because that’s what society demands of me. Iโ€™m usually grumpy, but you like me from THAT first impression, so youโ€™re willing to overlook my dour mood, which is like most of the time?

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So yes, while I agree that first impressions leave a lasting effect, I have to disagree with the world in judging someone solely base on first impressions. While itโ€™s true that first impression never dies, meeting someone that you werenโ€™t charmed by for the first time makes you judgmental if youโ€™re not aware of what is going on in that person’s life.

Sometimes, first impressions can be wrong. Look forward to the second impression.

And that’s my two cents.

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (April 2021): 

And it shall come to pass in the 
day of the Lord's sacrifice, 
that I will punish the princes, 
and the king's children, 
and all such as are 
clothed with strange apparel.

Zephaniah 1:8 ๐Ÿ‘š
Music Vibes๐ŸŽ™

‘One More Time’ for Daft Punk!

Daft Punk retired earlier this year on Feb 22 after 28 years in the music business. I didn’t actually grow up listening to this French-based duo, but I got my life from some of their music. Werk! Anyways, the helmet-wearing duo created some of the best electronic music I’ve ever heard, and they were fashion from helmet to boots.

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Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter defined house music worldwide. It’s a genre I came to appreciate whenever I felt like dancing. There are so many things I can say about DP, but anyone can find that on the internet. Their focus was always on the music, so it’s only fitting to talk about that.

I can’t quite remember which song made me really appreciate DP, but I remember loving “Around the World”, the second single from their debut studio album. When I was young, I wanted to be a DJ, and I’d comply a list of tunes that I thought was the top of the tops and have them burned to a CD which I’ll then blast at full volume on weekends. So, this song brought out my inner DJ despite the lyrics being nothing, but the title of the song times 144!

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“Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and “Technologic” are perfect siblings, but “Human After All” was on another level. Despite the simplicity of the lyrics, I get the overall message that we are all human, and we shouldn’t discriminate against each other. We all have a lot of work to do on ourselves especially where the heart is concerned as we’re not perfect. But that’s a topic for another day.

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Then DP’s 4th and final studio album Random Access Memories came out. I recall it being the coolest album I’ve heard in years and just had to get my hands on a copy. And when I got my copy? Let’s just say that I didn’t listen to another album for a very long time. I played the album while writing, in the office, and even to bed. From the opener (“Give Life Back to Music”) to the closing (“Contact”), the album was simply a modern masterpiece. It deserves to be hung where the Mona Lisa currently hangs. It was a mind-blower that breathed life into music. If I were to comply a list of the 100 Greatest Albums of All Time, RAM will definitely be in the top 10. It is that elegant, that polished, that excitable.

Thanks for the memories Daft Punk! It was a great ride while it lasted, so let’s hear it for DP ‘One More Time’!

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (April 2021): 

And it shall come to pass in the
day of the Lord's sacrifice,
that I will punish the princes,
and the king's children,
and all such as are
clothed with strange apparel.


Zephaniah 1:8 ๐Ÿ‘š

The Community ๐Ÿคผ

France โ€“ Louvre

I’m simply in love with the words in this short masterpiece! Thank you, Prakash! Keep weaving words like its nobody’s business.

Its PH

Itโ€™s April of 2021 andDay 06of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme -โ€Travel the World.โ€ I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 06 Country: France

Be it the Eiffel Tower, Cheese, Cuisines, etc. it was a tough choice to make, for France is well known for many things. Louvre Museum is the Worldโ€™s largest art museum and who does not know about the painting Mona Lisa. The museum opened on 10 August 1793 with an exhibition of 537paintings and now it is said to house approximately 38000 objects from pre-history to 21st century. As per sources, the museum gets around 10 million visitors every year.

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Poem:

I am an artefact,
Passing by antiquities,
The arts of my mind,

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Devotion ๐Ÿ™

Scripture of the Month: clothed with strange apparel

How many ways are there to get into the Kingdom of God? Two ways? Six ways? Our way?

Regardless of what popular culture tells us, there is only ONE way to get there, and that is through Jesus Christ. He is the ONLY way, and we’re to be clothed in the robe of righteousness – that is provided by Christ – when we do come to stand before God.

So, which garment do you plan on putting on today? Righteousness or strange clothing?

For further reading, see Matthew 22:11-14.

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We Will Worship ๐Ÿ™Œ

Nobody can stop my praise!

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

1 Timothy 6:7

We should always rejoice whenever a lost sheep returns home, for there is nothing in the world that would satisfy us and make us happy like the peace, joy, and comfort that God supplies through Christ.

I don’t really listen to our local music, so this is not the type of gospel I usually go for, but at the first listen, I just had to put it on repeat. Michelle Sylvester and Denyse Plummer have left a life of soca and calypso behind for the Kingdom. I enjoyed listening to their testimonies, and I pray that they’ll continue to be on fire and shine for Christ.

Let us worship Him!

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (March 2021):

โ€œCome now, let us settle the matter,โ€
ย ย ย ย says theย Lord.
โ€œThough your sins are like scarlet,
ย ย ย ย they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
ย ย ย ย they shall be like wool.

Isaiah 1:18 ๐Ÿฆ™