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Yes, this is our world.

We live in a self-centered world. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 warned us about these perilous times and this cartoon by Steve Cutts accurately (sadly) portrays everything that’s wrong with this generation. 

Yes, this is our world.

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Why I attend church.

NOTE that I said ‘I’ and not why ‘you’ should attend church. I am not here to preach about why one should attend church. This is a reflection post of my churchgoing life.

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Hebrews 10:25

Happy Sabbath!

Church is an essential part of my spiritual life. When I had stopped attending, my life took a nose dive because I was missing out on the spiritual part of it although I was praying constantly. I talked about reattending church last year in a post last month and how vital it is now for my well being. I am fascinated by Jesus Christ and I strive to be like Him every day and He set an example by going to the synagogues and preaching on the Sabbath (Mark 6:2; Luke 4:16; Luke 6:6; Luke 13:10).

I attend church because…

* I get to pay my tithes.

* I get to be spiritually rejuvenated.

* I get to mix and mingle with like-minded sisters and brothers, my second family.

* It helps me to focus on His Word and connect with Him. ❤

* It fills my heart and soul with joy and song.

* To hear others’ testimonies.

* It is God’s dwelling place, therefore it is my home.

But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling forever.

King Solomon

2 Chronicles 6:2

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* I get to talk to God’s representative (pastor) if I need guidance or prayers.

* I get a chance to reflect on gratitude. 

* I am taught forgiveness.

* I have the opportunity to worship God.

* I have a better understanding of the Bible.

For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

Hebrews 4:10

Thank you, God, for reintroducing church into my spiritual life for I am certainly reaping the benefits.

What do you like/love about attending church?

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Novel November!

I’m sitting here reflecting on October and I am thankful to God that I got to live it. Most of the things that I set out to do was accomplished (except that wine and food pairing display that I was supposed to do eons ago for the library). All in all, it was a spectacular month!

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Hello, November!

Even though it’s happening in small doses, lots of changes are coming to La Petit Muse… although I am thinking of opening a new blog. I used to have five blogs, now I am down to two, but for the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking of opening another one where I can dump world news events etc. But for now, I think this one works fine. 

It’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), so depending on how things go, November might be my busiest month yet, but I’ll embrace it as it comes.

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this is my new favorite GIF; it has EVERYTHING that I like in it: twins, scarf, nice hair, smiles, that black & white striped tee, the goofiness, smiles… 🙂

As I said yesterday, I’ll like to introduce a few new series in a timing, and although I’m going to putting in a lot of writing this month, I’ll be doing two challenges that I’ve chosen since last month:

November 2016 Journal Prompts - Gratitude and Joy. New prompts released the beginning of each month >> Eight Pepperberries blog

30 Day Blog Writing Challenge - National Blog Post Month!

I know they’re old and one is a journal prompt, but I think of my blog as a journal and challenges never go out of style. Hmmm.. I think I’ll use the journal prompt as a reflection for the end of the month.

I am happy to be where I am at the moment and I give all my blessings to God. ❤

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Blessed November to everyone, thank God that you have breath, and remember to…

June plans! – La Petit Muse:

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Fall Again

Short Story #21
A Fall Romance

I apologize in advance for the story cover being better than the actual story. Please proceed with caution.

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My Love,

I know we’ve been through a lot in the past two years and with us being separated for almost one, it brought me back to where I needed to be. I had the time to cleanse my system and re-purify my soul.

Dari, I know no one is perfect. No, not even I, but I’ve acted the hypocrite with you. For that, I apologize. I am writing this letter to make a promise to you that I am going to try as hard as I can for us this time. Also, it’s Fall.

The trees are shedding their old to make way for the new, the leaves sway, rushing against the many leaves on the floor, the wind blows a burst of fresh cold air, I can smell apple spice bread baking from Mrs Darcy’s shop down the hill and I know it’s your favorite…You know how Fall makes me sentimental! We first met in the Fall after all! I was biking through the park enjoying God’s grandeur when I almost knocked over a man in uniform! We laughed about it, chatted a bit, and then we went our own way. I did not expect to see you again, but I did, the very next day, at the same spot and what were the odds that you were riding a bike? As leaves softly fell to the ground making a blanket around us, you presented me with a flower and asked me out and of course, my answer was yes.

It didn’t take long for us to confess the most powerful words in the world to each other and we were married by the next Fall.

I hope this letter finds you well and that you’re in good spirits, Dari, for I never want to take our love for granted again. We’ve wasted too much time during this separation. However, if you go back on your promise on waiting for me, I’ll understand.

As long as you’ll have me, I am yours for the long haul.

 

Yours,

Candice

Sergeant Darius reread the letter once again with a goofy grin on his face. You can fall in love twice when second chances won’t leave you alone and he was determined this time to make things work until the rest of their lives. He folded the letter and placed it in the jacket near his heart. He had work to do in winning back his wife’s heart and he knew just the place to start; after all, the bikes were parked in the garage for way too long.

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***I was leaning towards a sad story, but there’s just something romantic about Fall! I also admit that I had quite a few story ideas before landing on this one and sticking with it. I wanted to write the story based on a soldier falling in love again with his wife, but I ended up with this cheesy thing.

And Michael Jackson’s ‘Fall Again’ set the mood right. This beautiful song tells the story of my story that I wanted to tell… if that makes sense. 🙂

I wanna spend, time to live in
I wanna fall with you again
Like we did, when we first met
I wanna fall with you again

30 Day Writing Challenge: Days 14-18

Day 14: Relationship to food

“Don’t feel guilty if you like something.” Matthew Gray Gubler

Day 15: Something that excites you and fill you with joy

The Word of the Lord.

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Day 16: Something that you regret not doing in the last year

I regret nothing.

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Day 17: Someone who broke your heart

My heart is intact and still beating so I guess it was never broken in the first place. 

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Day 18: Someone you miss

This same question was asked on the 12th day and I said, my grandpa.

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Phobia Challenge: F

I didn’t find many phobias underneath the letter F.

The letter ‘F’ didn’t yield many results, but I still managed to get a few. Also, I’ve noticed that some phobias are repetitive as you’ll see in the coming weeks.

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Febriphobia/Fibriophobia – Fear of fever

Felinophobia – Fear of cats

Francophobia – Fear of France/French culture

Frigophobia: Fear of cold, cold things.

Book #79: The Matchmaker

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48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others – like her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man – call it meddlesome, but there’s no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance.

Never, that is, except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending 27 years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused, or so alive.

But when tragedy threatens her own second chance, Dabney must face the choices she’s made and share painful secrets with her family. Determined to make use of her gift before it’s too late, she sets out to find perfect matches for those she loves most. The Matchmaker is a heartbreaking story about losing and finding love, even as you’re running out of time.

Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (June 10, 2014)
Chapters: 3 Parts
Pages: 360

She was not only engaging in awful, illicit behavior, she was hoping that other people would engage in it as well, so that she might feel less guilty.

I haven’t read new material in a while from Elin Hilderbrand and when this book was dropped into my lap, I couldn’t pass it up, but now that I’ve read it, I’ll think harder about reading her future material.

Dabney Kimball Beech has this gift for matchmaking: she sees pink if it’s a good aura; green if it’s bad. Dabney is 48 and she grew up on the island of Nantucket with her family. She is also married to John, an economist – trust me, you wouldn’t have forgotten his career even if you wanted to because the author repeated it numerous times. Dabney has a 26-year-old daughter, Agnes, who is dating Charles Jacob Pippin who is 18-years her senior and Dabney does not see pink (she sees green. Lots of green!) and therefore dislikes CJ for her only daughter.

Although married to the economist, Dabney truly loved one man her entire life: Clendenin – seriously, what kind of name is this? – who is also Agnes’ biological father. Clen left the island to pursue his journalism dreams but returned 26 years later with one arm missing in hot pursuit of the woman he left behind. I hated Clen for boldly walking back into Dabney’s life and demanding that she spends time with him. He didn’t care that she was married.

It gets worse. Nina, Dabney’s best friend encourages her to have a love affair with Clen.

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Dabney is the Queen of Nantucket. She was the center of EVERYONE’S universe (so gag worthy!) and she was revered by many if not all. It was as if, Dabney was singlehandedly running Nantucket (excuse me, but who made her President?) and without her, tourism would have faltered.  I don’t need Dabney to tell me to choose Nantucket as a vacation spot. 

She is pathetic!

When Chen returned, Dabney became a different person. A childish, selfish, dishonest person. She cheated on Box and then tried to defend her actions rather selfishly. Box was the father figure in Dabney’s daughter’s life. He literally raised her! 

I’ve already made up my mind about Dabney being pathetic and selfish because she also cared for material things, so she learned that she had pancreatic cancer and did not have much time left, I couldn’t feel remorse for her. Sometimes I dislike it when an author kills off his/her main protagonist, but in this case, I don’t think anyone would miss Dabney.

It seems as if this author likes indulging and glamorizing adultery. It’s like a recurring theme for her, but when she tried to normalize adultery by putting a positive spin on it, it turned me off. Elin is telling us that it is okay to commit adultery with the only guy we’ve ever give our heart to. I find Dabney fake and annoying for her moral ambiguities. Everyone in this story was either committing adultery or thinking about having an affair.

This book is a big mess and I couldn’t wait for it to be over. I am not going to be reading this author again.

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All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner