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πŸŽ‰ Confetti! 🎊

Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring their second goal.

Joy blossomed inside me

And all I wanted to do was

throw confetti at the world!

Throw it up anywhere

Watch it fall everywhere

Confetti!

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I love confetti! While coming up for the new signature for the blog (which you’ll see shortly), I got led to use confetti, and I was very pleased with the outcome (although it may be subject to change in the future). I bless God for the new signature.

May God’s peace and grace be upon you in 2020. πŸ’™

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Posted in Song Sunday 🎢🎷

Spend quality time with your children

Staying with songs that deal with or reflect on the parental relationship, here’s another one that can make your heart weep. In this song, the singer ponders over time spent with his little boy, which was next to nothing for work was more important. He missed the important milestones in his son’s life including his first words and when he first learned to walk.

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The dad was so busy that he couldn’t spare time to spend with his son. Eventually, his son grew up, became a man and had his own family, and what do you know? He wants to spend time with his son, but the son is too busy to even see him and thus, the singer muses that his son ended up becoming just like him. Some people think the last verse has nothing to do with the way the son grew up. Looking at it from another angle, I think the son grew up resenting his father for not spending enough time with him and he vowed not to be that kind of father when he has children of his own. But in doing so, he is in danger of ending up like his father, so the singer is right when he said his son became just like him.Β 

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This song can hit right in the feels. It’s a cautionary tale about spending time with your children and not taking it for granted, for before we know it, time flies, and no amount of money could ever buy it back.Β 

What I must say is genius though, is the usage of nursery rhymes during the chorus. The son is represented by “the cats in the cradle” (he’s at home) and the father is the “silver spoon” (he’s away making the money for the bills to be paid). The distance between the father and the son is analogized in “little boy blue and the man on the moon”.

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My son turned ten just the other day
He said, thanks for the ball, dad, come on let’s play
Can you teach me to throw, I said, not today
I got a lot to do, he said, that’s okay
And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed
It said, I’m gonna be like him, yeah
You know I’m gonna be like him

Parents are the first role models for children so be good ones for them to emulate. Also, quality time is very important.

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He’s 57 so what’s my excuse? Here’s to trying new things!

Life, as they say. A little testimony thus far…

Here’s the thing: I like my box. I don’t see why I have to leave my box to embrace new things and change/adapt, if possible. But recently, I’ve been thinking about the box.

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Having a comfort zone is natural. Over the years, I’ve come to love and depend on that zone until I began to realize that there were MANY wonderful things to explore outside that zone. I took the plunge and did things I never thought I’ll enjoy, including participating in a work event. I honestly dislike participating in work-related events, but I enjoyed it. Yet, I felt as if something more was missing.

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A few months ago (give or take, October I believe), I visited an online paper that I haven’t read in a long time – the Daily Mail – and I came across a 57-year-old Tom Cruise paragliding in the French Alps. Back then when I used to follow TC, I knew he took classes all the time (guitar lessons, hip hop dance classes, etc.), even if it was not for a movie for he loves being a part of life, and he loves discovering new adventures. He doesn’t stoop low to humiliate himself for hallow praise on social media, and he has massive respect for his career and this great passion for life that extends outside the screen. While his movie stunts are impressive, his zeal for life is even more so.

Am I going somewhere with this? Yes, I am, for right then and there, it was when the realization hit me: I needed to be a part of life more. Why should I stay in the nice comfy box when God has so MANY exciting things waiting out there for me? I had to abandon my comfort zone.

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After praying about it, results started showing up in various forms. Things I would’ve said no to before, I said yes, and guess what? I am enjoying them all thanks to God. We always ask God to change our situations, but we need to allow Him to DO SO and it may start with little windows of opportunities that He presents to us. You have the option to say no of course, but we never know where a “yes” may lead to future-wise.

You just gotta trust God. He has a habit of stripping away the old and replacing it with the new in the very same spot you never thought would’ve worked.

So there ya go! I love learning and discovering new things, and with the new opportunities my Father has presented to me, I am now embracing life as He wants me to.

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Thoughts on ‘Gretal and Hansel’ trailer

I don’t know what is ‘Gretel and Hansel’, I only know ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and I’ve disliked that story from the first read. I won’t be featuring the trailer for this beautifully shot garbage, but here’s a promotional poster:

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So, the dormant sibling in this is the girl because women are on top now and men suck. Why not just name the movie “Gretel” then? What are we going to have next? The Beanstalk and Jane? The Seven Dwarfs and Snow White? Jill and Jack? Tess Thumb? Come on, Hollywood agendas, this is getting ridiculous now! And to compensate for the name swaps, the girl looks like a boy anyways.Β 

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It’s like every feminist movie is a horror movie! All I gathered from the trailer were eyes, triangles, witches, demons, and cannibalism. Despite looking beautifully shot, the movie looks boring, slow-paced, and plain stupid. It looks like it leads nowhere and runs around in circles.Β 

Eh, whaddaya expect from a feminist movie?

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Movies lately have been remixed, rehashed, redefined, and remade to be given that feminine touch (See “Men In Black” & “Ocean’s 11”). It’s lazy, it’s lame, it’s overbearing, it’s tired. I guess this is what happened when the movie was first pitched:Β 

Hansel and Gretel: *crickets*

Gretel and Hansel: Whoooo!!! Confetti rains from the ceiling and stacks of money are flung in the air by producers because this is genius, brilliant, and so woke! It’s edgy! It’s art! Let’s dance.

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I’ll never understand why movies such as these set out to degrade men when in fact, men and women NEED EACH OTHER (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:21-24).

Meanwhile, the Russians and Chinese are training soldiers…

Meanwhile, there’s this…Β 

A new Top Gun: Maverick trailer that I have no problem with for the man in charge is male and not female. Bless you, Tom Cruise.

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Tell them you love them while they’re yet alive.

“The Living Years” by Mike + the Mechanics is one of those songs that always make me stop and reflect on all my relationships across the board especially the ones with my parents for we’re to honor and love them all the days of our lives (Exodus 20:12). This song has been on my heart lately. I first heard it when I was younger and it made me upset, angry, and sad for whatever reason. I guess I was going through emotions back then, but as an adult, I understand it better now.

This song explores regret when our parents have passed on and why we should have a relationship with them while they’re yet alive. We ought to listen and not just speak. Life is too short to harbor grudges, to point fingers and for misunderstandings. The song is full of so much love and so much regret that it’s super emotional, but not in an over the top way. The singer grieves his way through this song that it’s impossible for it to not tug at the heartstrings.

Don’t leave things unsaid. Let people know you care. Let them know you love them. Hold your loved ones a little longer. Kiss them and bless them. This song made me appreciate my loved ones even more than I could’ve understood back then.

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I wasn’t there that morning
When my Father passed away
I didn’t get to tell him
All the things I had to say

In relation to this topic, please see T.R.’s poem Dont let my death be the reason.

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Book #156: F in Exams: The Best Test Paper Blunders

And here’s a book that supposed to be funny. πŸ™‚

I had mixed feelings going into this book, for most authors do not know what funny is. This book somewhat falls into this category for it was not very funny, but it had its moments.Β 

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I’ll just get right into it. These were sort of the funniest answers for each featured subject.

CHEMISTRY

Q: What is the meaning of the term “activation energy”.

A: It’s what needed to get up in the morning.

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BIOLOGYΒ 

Q: What does “terminal illness” means?

A: When you become ill at the airport.

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PHYSICS

Q: Explain the word “momentum”.

A: A brief moment.

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MATH

Q: A car company is having a sale. A car that was $50,000 before the sale is now 30 percent off. What is the new price?

A: Still too expensive.

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BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY

Q: Explain the word “wholesaler”.

A: Someone who sells you whole items, e.g. a whole cake.

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Now, this is what you call selling a whole cake.

Q: What is a “partnership”?

A: A ship that takes two people to drive.

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PSYCHOLOGY

Q: Describe what is meant by “forgetting”?

A: I can’t remember.

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HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

Q: Define the phrase “commercial farming”.

A: It’s when a farmer advertises his farm on TV to get more customers.

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Q: Name the smaller rivers that run into the Nile.

A: The Juveniles.

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Q: Name six animals that live specifically in the Arctic.

A: Two polar bears; four seals.

Are the penguins a joke to you?!

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Q: Explain the term “autocracy”.

A: A country that has lots of cars.

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Q: Upon ascending the throne the first thing Queen Elizabeth II did was…

A: sit down

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Not gonna lie, I would’ve said the same thing, too!

Q: Who was Solomon?

A: He was a very popular man who had 700 wives and 300 porcupines.

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ENGLISH

Q: Use the word “judicious” in a sentence to illustrate its meaning.

A: I am using “judicious” in this sentence to illustrate its meaning.

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A decent read and I like the different types of handwriting. Nevertheless, it was a fun book to read and I got a few chuckles out of it. If you’re a student, please study so you can do well in your exams.

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What do you hear?

When you see clear blue skies

Listen to how sweetly a kiskadee sings

Marvel at how lilies toil and spin

Delights in a puppy chasing her tail

Struck in awe at a gorgeousΒ  sunset

That no words can describe it from the alphabet

 

Did you hear the whispered words

on the wind through the tree boughs?

Did you listen closely?

That’s God saying “I love you.”

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God’s creation serves as an inspirational driving force when it comes to writing. Lately, I’ve been scribbling down thoughts, ideas, songs, and little poems that come to mind and blessing and thanking God for them. When I was young, I filled books with poems and songs dedicated to Him and I’m happy that I can do this again. This piece was inspired by Psalm 8:3-4, verses that were etched on my heart when I first heard them.

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Goal counter: January βœ¨

Hello, and welcome to another…

This is where I talk bloggy stuff. Give little updates, etc. Today, we’ve come to the end of a wonderful start to 2020 both in the virtual world and in the land of the living. This month, I debuted a new sign-off signature for LPM and have actually gone on to create a few others which would make their debut in the Lord’s timing. I also started using a planner and…

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…I did not stick to it. Yep, your girl started off using it just fine, then revert back to the sheer randomness when it comes to posting. So, instead, I listed a few short-termed goals that I wanted to achieve this month. Et voila!:

* I did not know how my reading was going to start off this year, so I listed 5 books to read. I ended up reading 17 books, just 2 more than Jan 2019! I get to cross about 8 books off my TBR for the others weren’t on it.

* I plan to restudy Exodus soon. This month, I did not get the time to start for I was working on a Genesis recap.

* This was accomplished: Gratitude is an Attitude. It’s where I write thank you entries on a daily basis. I’m currently looking into another writing format, but so far, I am happy with the way the entries are coming along and I thank God for it.

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* I believe I’ve found it! In the right time, I’ll make the change if it’s to be.

* Happy that this was accomplished for I don’t blog for an entire week anymore. I hope to do this once a month for the rest of the year.

* Although this one is crossed off, I did manage to introduce a new category: Heart Reflections. I did not realize it until I was going back through the entries that I posted for this month. Originally, I had plans to introduce Adventures in the Kitchen, but all things work for good.

* I got the majority completed so bless God! πŸ’™

* Accomplished! It’ll be introduced within the new theme if all goes according to plan.

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In February, I want to direct my attention to reviews for books, TV shows, and movie trailers if there’s time to do so. Who knows? Maybe I’ll dedicate a week to do so.

God’s peace be with you.

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