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Scripture of the Month: We are lacking knowledge

Romans 15:4 perfectly captures why the Bible was written. Yet, many people lack knowledge for they do not read, learn, meditate, and study the scriptures. They lean on false teachings instead of opening the Bible. They get their learning from Hollywood, misinformed and misguided individuals/celebrities, instead of going directly to the Word.

It’s no wonder we are destroyed due to a lack of knowledge!

To reject the knowledge of the Word of God is to reject God. Today, open your Bible and seek knowledge. 

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Scripture of the Month: Where were you when God created the world?

God made the world without help. We were not there to give advice or guidance, so why do we want to dictate on God’s behalf?

God was the One Who laid out the blueprint, measurements, and details. The angels delighted in the Creator’s creative creation by singing and shouting for joy.

The world is not what it once was, but when Christ returns to reclaim what’s rightfully His, we shall rejoice as the angels. Even so, come soon, Lord Jesus.

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A look back at blogging in 2021 and… goodbye?

Salut ร  tous!

*sighs* I did not want to write this post, but it’ll be unfair to not give an update for my ghosting lately.ย 

I was looking over the total post count for my old blog recently. Turns out, I managed to publish 2,491 posts. It may not be a lot to show for 5 years, but for me, it represented what I set out to accomplish when it came to blogging. With this blog, things have been slow from the get-go. I only managed to write 49 posts for the year, which for me, is, but a bit of a failure, as I would’ve liked to have published at least 80 posts by this time, 100 by year-end, but it was not to be.

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The goals I laid out at the beginning of the year for the blog was not achieved. I tried to crank out those posts, but I did not have it in me to do so. I still don’t, as other projects has captivated my attention. Looking back at 2021, it was impossible to realize those goals, as too many things kept coming up that were totally not blog related. I should’ve stepped back since April or so, but I wanted to push forward. I’ve come to realize that I was forcing what I couldn’t hold onto.ย 

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With that in mind, I’ve decided to take a break from this blog until further notice. I do have a few posts scheduled, but hopefully, I’ll be working on new content behind the scenes. I do have some long-overdue comments to reply to, so I hope to get to those soon, as I’ll be working on building the Bible study blog, and a Trinidad related blog that is dying for content. I’ll also be using this time to work on my Italian, writing, and simply organizing all areas of my life.

Thank you always for your support; I utmost appreciate it! Hopefully, I’ll be back with a vengeance at some point, but for now, it’s time to say goodbye.ย 

Until then, may God continue to bless, keep, and guide you.ย 

A presto!

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (October 2021): 

Why should the living complain when punished 
for their sins? 

Let us examine our ways and test them, 
and let us return to the LORD.

Lamentations 3:39-40 ๐Ÿ™Œ
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Scripture of the Month: Return to the Lord

What right do we have to complain about the punishment of sin we’ve committed? None at all. We tend to want His grace, but not His fair justice. We shouldn’t even be complaining about God, but to God.

Instead of complaining, and fretting, let us instead examine our hearts, ways, thoughts, and beliefs. Let us repent, and turn again to the Lord. Saying that we are of God is easy to say, but are our actions in sync? Being a Christian is an everyday affair, not a sometimes affair.

Instead of complaining, we should encourage ourselves in hope. 

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Books & Reviews ๐Ÿ“š

Everything wrong with ‘The Secret Garden’

I’ve been reading more than I should lately, and although I should’ve already read 90-110 books given the calculation during a small reading slump I had to get over (thank God!), I’m glad to have read 78 books.ย 

Before I begin, I apologize for being M.I.A. I’ve been busy (and I use that word loosely) organizing, plotting, planning, and of course, resting. I needed this time for myself to also reflect and see how far I’ve come, and where I’m going to. In all my years of blogging, it feels as if this is the first time I’ve slowed down concerning posting, and also reading your blogs. I can’t promise that things will change soon (although I’ll like it very much to), but life happens, and unfortunately, I can’t press the bell for it to stop at my address just so I can get off. All I can do is hope to get back to a regular blogging schedule, one day.

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Okay, so this book. What’s the BIG deal about it? I couldn’t find any. When I was young, and I just started out reading, I was made to believe that I should appreciate every single book I read, and not criticize even if I don’t like the book. This book falls under such category, but it’s not even all that special or unique, and as much as I love reading books, I love that I can give my honest thoughts, opinions, and reviews, without sugarcoating it.

Here, in note-taking form, are the reasons why I dislike this so-call favorite classic:ย 

๐Ÿ”–ย Dialect. I dislike reading books sprinkled throughout with local dialects. It’s a major turn off. Also, this book target group are children, so why not proper English dialogue usage? Plus, people are reading this book worldwide, so the dialect could’ve been toned down a bit.ย 

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๐Ÿ”– There’s a character in this story that I kind of liked. His name is Dickon. He speaks to animals, and plays on a pipe for his listening audience of animals. Piped Piper of Animals? He quite gave off Jack from Legend vibes. You know? That Tom Cruise film which is never mentioned by said actor, in which he’s king of the jungle and talks to animals? I guess Dickon was Ridley Scott’s favorite character as well.

๐Ÿ”– Magic. I know there are people that believe in magic, but there’s no such thing as good magic. It’s not even magic, it’s God. Authors need to stop stealing what is God’s, and calling it magic. Call it what it is: a miracle. Nature is not made of magic for God is not a magician, but rather, a Creator and Designer. Colin (a spoiled, obnoxious character) got scientific about ‘why it gotta be magic’, so I got technical on ‘why it can’t be magic’.

๐Ÿ”– A grown adult male bringing up, a man hitting his wife in front of children. Just, no! If that’s not wrong enough, here’s young Colin’s response: “She used the wrong Magic until she made him beat her. If she’d used the right Magic and had said something nice, perhaps he wouldn’t have got drunk as a lord and perhaps – perhaps he might have bought her a new bonnet.”

I’m sitting there, like, “What did this child just say?” Really? So, bad magic can make a man beat his wife, but good magic makes a man buys her nice things? CHILD! NO! There’s no such thing as good or bad magic, and a man shouldn’t beat up on his wife period. What drugs was this author taking when this dialogue was written? I’m sure Colin grew up to be a wife beater simply because his wife didn’t believe in “good magic”.

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๐Ÿ”– The Big Good Thing. No, just say God, you know you want to. Say His Name, praise Him, acknowledge the miracle He has done, and stop being a cowardly mouse that wants to fit in with the world. An adult mother talks like this? *Mocking voice* Th’ big good thing. So stupid.

๐Ÿ”– Dickon’s mother (Susan Sowerby) is an ode to what people call “mother nature”… here, I roll my eyes. The names of many characters were downright annoying.

In almost every children classic I’ve read, the children are neglected by their parents… like Disney, and it’s downright annoying. Didn’t wonderful families existed in eras gone by? Why must the children be selfishly or emotionally neglected? Is that supposed to tug on our heartstrings to ask for sympathy for an annoying and rude character? There was also hints of racism, which was not necessary. I get that it was a different time, but this is no excuse. Authors – of all ethnicities – have a responsibility when they write and edit before the final product go out into the world.

When I was young, I’ll devour any book, and call it good. I now see through a different prism. While I appreciate an author’s “labor of love”, I won’t be sugarcoating words when it comes to discussing a book. I’ll call it out for what it is and stand by what I said.

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (September 2021): 

To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, 
though we have rebelled against Him.ย  

Daniel 9:9 ๐Ÿ™Œ
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Word High July: Maharlika and Musmos

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Salut! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to compose something. I decided to take a little break to pursue other things, reflect, and ponder. At some point, I’ll come to a decision about blogging, but not today.

This is going to be my last post regarding Word High July. With six more words to go, I only managed to write words to two of them. I’ll save the others for another time. I want to thank Rose for hosting such a wonderful event. I had fun learning new words as I worked on my writing, and I’ll definitely participate in the other one.ย 

So, let’s begin:

Maharlika: royal, noble, regal; high or great by birth, rank, or in character

This piece was inspired by the events in Revelation 1 and 19. Everyone claims to be king, but the King of kings will return to claim what’s rightfully His (Rev. 11:15), and in the meantime, we should watch (Matthew 25:13).

We must not wait to declare Jesus our Savior until we can see Him with our physical eyes. We must accept Him by faith, not fact, to be saved.

Even so, come Lord Jesus!ย 

And finally, I come to this word:

Musmos: child, naive, innocent

It pretty much explain itself.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (September 2021):  

To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, 
though we have rebelled against Him.ย  

Daniel 9:9 ๐Ÿ™Œ
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Scripture of the Month: Mercies and forgiveness

How many times have we rebelled against God? Countless! Yet, God is so merciful, He tends to forgive us, and start with us all over again, once we’re willing to let Him work.

So, what’s our excuse?

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Word High July: Alaala, a tribute to Daft Punk’s ‘RAM’

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Salut! I’m back, back, back again with another Word High July post. It’s currently over, but I still have a few words to go. This brings us to:

Alaala: a memory, keepsake, remembrance

Now, I had so many ideas to write, but I decided to write a tribute to Daft Punk’s last and greatest album, Random Access Memories or simply RAM. When I returned to writing short stories a few months ago, this album was my constant background musical companion, as I wrote late into the night. This album taught me about music layers, composition, and appreciation. It makes one look beyond the lyrics, ponder about life and love. It allows you to remember that joy is ever present, whether in dancing, loving, or living. It makes you pause and think.

I can’t speak music’s language (yet), but RAM is teaching me so much after all these years. Iโ€™m in no way endorsing DP or encouraging you to go out and buy/listen to RAM; Iโ€™m just in my musical feels. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐ŸŽถ

So, this piece is dedicated to my favorite album of all time, RAM. The 13 blue bold words are the titles of the songs featured on the album. The line “French Touch was rooted in silver and gold” refers to Thomas and Guy-Man’s helmets and their contribution to French House music.

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (August 2021):  

Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; 
yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.ย  

Jonah 2:4 โ›ช
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Word High July: Tadhana and Iniirog, a combination

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I’m still enjoying this series! I’ve decided to fuse Tadhana and Iniirog together…

Tadhana: destiny, fate

Iniirog: someone dear, a person who is deeply loved

…to create this:

I have no idea where those words came from; the mind wanders to strange territories sometimes… but I like it!

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VERSE OF THE MONTH (August 2021):  

Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; 
yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.ย  

Jonah 2:4 โ›ช