Devotion 🙏

Scripture of the Month: The characters of God.

This month, I dwell on these wonderful characters of God:

“for He is gracious and merciful”: God brims and overflows with mercy. For those that hope in it, He delights in mercy and is ready to forgive when we humbly come to Him with a heart full of repentance.

“slow to anger”: God is ever patient when it comes to us, a trait that we do not deserve given our sins. However, God is long-suffering towards us by not stirring up His wrath. 

“and of great kindness”: God could’ve left us to stew and die in our own sinful ways, but He did not; He sent us a Savior to die for us so that we can have everlasting life through Him (Christ).

Also see Exodus 34:6 and Jonah 4:2.

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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. 💙

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Books & Reviews 📚

Books I Read In One Sitting (Or Would Have If I Had The Time) 📚

Ciao! And welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Artsy Ready Girl.

I’ve read a lot of books in one sitting over the years when I had enough time on my hands. For this Top Ten, I’ll be listing books I would’ve like to read in one sitting if I had the time from my TBR. I’m not reading a lot lately, but I’m looking forward to the personal reading marathon I’ve set for next month. Let’s begin…

1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

I don’t know what this book is about, and I don’t want to know. I just want to read it in one sitting.

2. The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

I’ll love to sit and devour this book in one sitting, but I’m still reading ‘The Silent Patient’ by this author, and since my reading is all over the place lately, I’m certain I won’t be reading this book until year-end or so.

3. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

His books tend to be longer than an ocean bed. I’m not excited to read this book. I just want to read it and get it over with.

4. Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant

Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant

I once read a short story by Guy, but I didn’t like it. I thought I’ll give him a second chance with this book. I wanted to watch the movie, but when I saw the leading actors – Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman – I passed, and decided to watch paint dry instead. 

5. The Trial of Gilles de Rais by Georges Bataille

The Trial of Gilles de Rais by Georges Bataille

Gilles de Rais is “The Original Bluebeard” and is considered to be the first serial killer in recorded history. It’s been a while since I’ve read a True Crime, so I’m looking forward to this one.

6. Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie 

Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie

This book has been on my TBR for tooooo looooonnnngggg!!

7. Agents of Babylon: What the Prophecies of Daniel Tell Us about the End of Days by Dr. David Jeremiah

Agents of Babylon: What the Prophecies of Daniel Tell Us about the End of  Days by David Jeremiah

This book is not really a one-sitting book as I’ll have to take in and absorb the information presented to take notes, but given the time I have – which is not a lot – it’ll be awesome to read it in one go.

8. Antony and Cleopatra by Adrian Goldsworthy

Antony and Cleopatra by Adrian Goldsworthy

This book… I have so many questions where it concerns Cleopatra’s reign, so I’m hoping that this book can provide answers to some of those questions. 

9. Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic

Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic

I simply like Mr. Vujicic, and he’s got a good sense of humor! I’ll love to sit down with this book, perhaps after the reading marathon, and read it in one sitting.

10. A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans by Michael Farquhar 

A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans: Pirates, Skinflints, Patriots,  and Other Colorful Characters Stuck in the Footnotes of History by Michael  Farquhar

This book is – hopefully – right up my alley! These are the kind of books I tend to get lost in. 

What book have you read in one sitting, or will like to?

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (July 2021):  

And rend your heart, and not your garments, 
and turn unto the Lord your God: 
for he is gracious and merciful, 
slow to anger, 
and of great kindness, 
and repenteth him of the evil. 

Joel 2:13 💙
Moments of Inspiration ✍

Word High July: Mahal

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We’re two-halves of one solid combination. There’s balance there – completeness between us,

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo 

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (@GuyHomem) | Twitter

So the Guy-Man said while talking about his other Daft Punk half, Thomas Bangalter, and I decided that I wanted to dedicate this piece to, well, other halves. Let’s take a look at the second word for this month:

Mahal: love, dear, beloved

Man, am I slow or what when it comes to writing these prompts! I love this word, though! It’s soft and musical sounding to the ear. When I first saw the word, I knew what the title of this one was going to be: Ma Moitié. It’s French for ‘my other half’. I wanted to dedicate this piece to the epic, iconic, disastrous French poems I’ve read and had second thoughts about, but it didn’t turn out so. Here’s the first ramble:

Mon chéri,
Love has no law
stating that I can’t love you
with your imperfect flaw

put my arms around you
when you fall
run to you when you call

for you’re ma moitié

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I didn’t like some of the wording, so I tweaked it just a bit, and this is the result: 

This piece is sort of a draft. I’ll attempt to extend it at some point, as words seem to neglect me at the moment.

However, I couldn’t decide on one design, so I made two just for the fun of it. Let me know which one you prefer. Here’s the other one:

Bon weekend!

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (July 2021):  

And rend your heart, and not your garments, 
and turn unto the Lord your God: 
for he is gracious and merciful, 
slow to anger, 
and of great kindness, 
and repenteth him of the evil. 

Joel 2:13 💙
Football ⚽

I believe congratulations are in order!

“The happiness that I feel today cannot be described. I dreamt about this moment countless times. Since the last Copa América, it was clear that this group was very strong and motivated. Sometimes I had to lose a final, but I knew that this day would eventually come.

“I feel that God was saving this moment for me, against Brazil in the final and in their country.”

– Lionel Messi

F I N A L L Y! 

The wait is over!

Apart from Euro 2020, I’ve been following the Copa América for Argentina. I knew from the beginning that they’ll get it right this time after seeing them lose 3 Copa finals in 2007, 2015, and 2016. But last night, they got it right.

This is Argentina’s 15th Copa América title, the first one since 1993.

This is also Lionel Messi’s first major international trophy. He’s also the Top Scorer and Player of the Tournament. It took him 28 years to win a trophy with his beloved Argentina, but he never gave up. He had a great tournament:

Best Player of the Tournament ✔

Top Scorer of the Tournament ✔

Most Assists of the Tournament ✔

Another player that had a great tournament was Argentina’s goalie, Emi Martínez. He made 4 penalty saves (including 3 in the semis), 4 clean sheets (including one in the final), and he became the first Argentine goalie to win the Golden Glove since the award’s introduction. A pretty good year for the goalie if you ask me. Gloves I’m sure a lot of clubs are going to want to snap him up soon!

Overall, I’m truly happy to finally see Leo lift a trophy with Argentina.

Truly deserved, Argentina! The football world celebrates with you!

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As for Euro 2020, I just watched the final between Italy and England, but everyone seemed to be enamored with a specific guest: Sir Tom Cruise. Yes, I said that with a pompous British accent.

Every inch the Hollywood star, Tom Cruise waved to the crowds as he took his seat at Wimbledon today

His reaction was priceless. And that’s the tea.

TC showed up to support England, and it was good to see him enjoy the game, but I rooted for Italy because from the beginning of the tournament I envisioned them in the final. My sister is still asking how I knew they were going to end up there. Well, two things really: their coach Roberto Mancini and they reminded me of Les Bleus 2018.

Special shoutout to the Player/Goalie of the Tournament, Gianluigi Donnarumma! It was a joy watching him guard the post.

This is their first win since 1968.

This is 34 games unbeaten.

𝗖𝗔𝗠𝗣𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗜 𝗗’𝗘𝗨𝗥𝗢𝗣𝗔!

Congrats Italy! This was truly deserved. The football world celebrates with you!

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (July 2021):  

And rend your heart, and not your garments, 
and turn unto the Lord your God: 
for he is gracious and merciful, 
slow to anger, 
and of great kindness, 
and repenteth him of the evil. 

Joel 2:13 💙
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Word High July: Likha

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In 2016, I participated in a writing prompt called ‘Word High July’! I love learning new words, so it was a great pleasure to learn Filipino words. Well, areadingwritr brought it back, and although I’m no wordsmith of sorts, I decided to partake in it once again. I was looking for a way to be more active, et voilà! I’ll take you behind the thoughts of attempting to write. 

Likha: a piece of art or fiction created with intelligence and skills

This is the first prompt. I found the word adorable, and I just knew I had to contribute to it. I wanted to take a funish approach to it, so I started throwing out whatever words came to mind:

Dream it, sketch it
Stream it, etch it
Now erase it

If you’re familiar with “Technologic” by Daft Punk, you’ll understand where the thought process was heading, but that format didn’t work out as planned…

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…so I went another route:

I long to set words on fire
For of this craft I’ll never tire
So I shine and polish

Although I like where this was going, I didn’t finish it. It takes a while for me to settle on something, and I eventually did after getting inspired by one of my nightly devotions about the Creator. And so, this is my contribution:

Like I said, I’m no wordsmith, but I love writing, and it’s good to be posting once again. I’ll be getting to your blog soon. Bon weekend!

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (July 2021):  

And rend your heart, and not your garments, 
and turn unto the Lord your God: 
for he is gracious and merciful, 
slow to anger, 
and of great kindness, 
and repenteth him of the evil. 

Joel 2:13 💙
Blog Related 🪁

So, Jeremiah did something today…

Jeremiah is such a delight! His little antics are the cure for a bad day. Just recently, my sister purchased our monthly supply of groceries, and Jeremiah was excited to see what delicious treat she bought for him this time. Every time he sees the green shopping bags, he gets excited and tends to attempt to peek inside them to find a treat.

When my sister returned home, she sat down to have a snack. A muffin, to be precise. After having her snack, she placed the wrapper on a surface to dispose of, but it fluttered to the floor unawares. However, before anyone can retrieve it and dispose of it, Jeremiah picked it up (in his mouth of course) and ran towards the trash, disposing of it himself. It happened so fast that if I was not present to witness it myself, I would’ve thought my family was pranking me.

I love that cat so much! Enough of Jeremiah, though, for it’s time for a blog update.

Salut à tous!

How’s everyone keeping lately? I pray fine.

On this end, I’ve been wrapped up in certain personal projects, that when it comes to the blog, I feel as if I’ve been neglecting it. At the beginning of the year, I was excited to take this blog to another level, but life got in the way. Although I do come on from time to time, I miss reading your blogs routinely. It’s not that I don’t want to read your blogs, it’s just that of late, I can only read 2-5 depending on how much time I have, which is not a lot, unfortunately, so I tend to read the first few blogs that pop up in the reader.

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However, I’m working on returning to a regular routine when it comes to reading and also posting. Sadly, the topics I mentioned at the beginning of the year won’t be published until I find the time to actually sit down and get them done. I’ve been writing a lot of short stories and poems lately for no reason, so maybe I’ll share something if/when the time is right. 

Thank you for taking the time to stop by, read and leave comments. I appreciate this a lot. Hope to be a regular visitor to your blogs soon!

A presto!

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (July 2021):  

And rend your heart, and not your garments, 
and turn unto the Lord your God: 
for he is gracious and merciful, 
slow to anger, 
and of great kindness, 
and repenteth him of the evil.

Joel 2:13 💙
Football ⚽

Marchons, marchons!

There’s a lot of things to say about France’s lackluster display in this competition and so many fingers to point and poke the blame at for those responsible, but after all is said, done, and weighed, it just was not to be.

We win together, we lose together.

In victory and defeat, we stand together.

Marchons, marchons!

Allez Les Bleus!

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On another note, I made a list of the teams that I’ll like to see get far in this EURO: Denmark, Spain, Germany, England, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, and France, obviously. Netherlands and France are out. Today, England or Germany goes home. Still, so many exciting games left, but I’m rooting for Italy to be champions because of Roberto Mancini.

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (June 2021):  

Love not the world,
neither the things that are in the world.
If any man love the world,
the love of the Father is not in him.


1 John 2:15 🌎

Bible Lessons/Reminders 📌

WORSHIP.

Who or what do we invest time in worshipping instead of God? Is it social media where we attempt to find our 15 minutes of fame daily? The celebrities that are only flesh and blood like us? The books and music that demean our Creator by blaspheming His Name in every other paragraph or lyric? Is it money? Cursing? Pornography? Work?

It’s such an irony that we were created to worship God, yet, we deny His existence, and choose to worship celebrities and other devices that can’t ever promise us salvation.

God is eternal. Everything else is just temporal. It’s a reason why we’re warned not to love the things of this world.

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (June 2021):  

Love not the world, 
neither the things that are in the world. 
If any man love the world, 
the love of the Father is not in him. 

1 John 2:15 🌎
Football ⚽

Euro 2020: France edge past Germany

And we’re off and running in this tournament after winning 1-0 against Germany thanks to a Mat Hummels’ OG, but overall, France had a pretty good game. I was disappointed that Deschamps didn’t play Giroud for he would’ve been perfect for this game.

There were some winning performances from the likes of Kanté, Hernandez, Varane, and even Lloris. Pogba was given the Man of the Match award, but my MOTM was Griezmann. He had a spectacular game!

Focus now shift to Hungary on Saturday. They’re a tough opponent, so France have their work cut out for them.

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (June 2021):  

Love not the world, 
neither the things that are in the world. 
If any man love the world, 
the love of the Father is not in him. 

1 John 2:15 🌎