Anonymous asked: Hi Dorothy! I wanted to say thank you for the inspiring blogs. I read the one about your boyfriend and I was so touched. I need some advice. After I was saved in 2010, I have been trying to witness to my close friend but ex since then, but he is thousands of miles away from me, and our history maybe closed his heart..Ive been praying for him. I still really want to keep evangelizing but I'm not sure if I'm the right person to do so. He's still very close-hearted to God....what should I do?
Hi anon i’m so sorry it took me forever to reply to you. Regarding that, in situations where we are powerless to do anything, God’s power is demonstrated all the more. Prayer is always the way to start. What I’ve come to learn about the power of prayer, is that we get to witness God use other means or other people to get the job done. Sometimes though it may take years if necessary of hard earnest praying, and at times you might not see any result at all. But here’s a truth that I hold on to when I can’t see God moving 1 Timothy 2:4 ” [GOD] wants all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of truth.
Keep praying for Him, God is continually moving.
***Just to clarify he was your ex before? Mostly people discourage opposite-gender evangelism because of the possible emotions that may grow from it. I’m not sure also if you have the access of introducing someone of the same gender to him (assuming you guys live far away from each other). So if ever that’s the case, I still believe that prayers can move mountains.
Anonymous asked: hii i have a boyfriend and his family and him are christians i hope you can help me with what im going to ask you i known him for almost a year and i started liking him about three months ago how can we know that this is something good that god put each other in our lives?
Well for one I believe there are no accidents when it comes to the people that God brings to our lives. Though Paolo is my first and Lord willing last boyfriend, I did have guys in my life that I thought could be the one. Although they weren’t exactly the one God still used them to teach me a thing or two about my character.
What I’m saying is whether your boyfriend is or isn’t the one, God definitely has a good plan for letting him be part of your life. After all it does say in His Word that ALL THINGS work together for the GOOD of those who LOVE HIM and are CALLED according to His purpose. It’s a promise for His children :) And that applies also for the purposes why God allows certain people into our lives.
What’s better than an embrace? BACON EMBRACE!!!!!! ❤❤❤ (Taken with Instagram at Balkan Yugoslavian Home Cooking)
Outlive your life by Max Lucado (Taken with Instagram)
A month ago while my brother was having his OJT in a public hospital when I heard the news that someone stole his iPad. This morning I received an even more rattling news. Someone broke into our clinic in the province and stole EVERYTHING. From all the medicines, all the supplies (syringes, gauze, masks, gloves etc), all the equipment (stethoscope, pumps etc) EVEN ALL THE OXYGEN TANKS! Probably lost at least a hundred thousand pesos worth of things.
Honestly I feel sad about it. But I find relief in the fact that daddy is safe and he wasn’t killed or harmed during the robbery, and that in the fact that our treasures are stored in heaven where no thief may steal and no moth and rust may destroy. (Matt. 6:20)
I’m not sure what God is teaching us right now, but I do know He is in control and He has a beautiful purpose. As Paul would say, I count everything else as rubbish compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ my Lord and Savior. (Phil 3:8)
And that’s the beauty in being a child of God—-that even when things go crazy, we can always hold on to His promise when He said that “EVERYTHING works together for the GOOD of those who LOVE HIM and who are called acceding to His purpose” (Romans 8:28)
P.S. Please include us in your prayers, especially Daddy. I’m not sure how he can work now that he has nothing to work with. But more importantly please pray for his protection Thanks!
God believes the best in us (Taken with Instagram)
Anonymous asked: I wish you can make a video blog too about your devotional time or maybe sing for us :) it'll be more fun worshiping through tumblr ;) hehe! :)
oooh that would be nice *if only I had time and a clear camera to take videos with haha. the built in one in this laptop is kinda grainy haha*
Paolo and I have known each other for four years now. We started having feelings for one another sometime after a year, but things weren’t always that easy.
I’ve always told myself my first boyfriend would be my last. No exes. No pasts. Just one.
And for me to like a guy was a scary thing. If I invested my emotions in the wrong man I would live with so much regrets. I remember that whenever I felt like I was liking him more I would think of running away and leaving it all. But God said stay.
Fast forward—-> I had graduated now and was of legal age to have a boyfriend. A few months after graduation Paolo wanted to talk to my parents, and I found out about it (cause I’m very observant like that, and my parents sorta slipped haha!) However the thought of moving forward scared me to death; and I didn’t want to. I remember Pao texted me saying that we couldn’t stay like that forever and that I had to be brave and move forward despite the uncertainty of what lies ahead.
I had nothing to hold on to. No affirmation from God—-just gut feeling. And to me that was not sufficient. I was scared. I wanted to leave. I wanted to just go. I wanted to give up.
Next day I had my quiet time, and while reading my study Bible a footnote stood out saying
When you enter times of trouble or sudden change, pray diligently and move ahead doing whatever you can rather than giving up because of fear and uncertainty. (emphasis mine)
It was as if it was meant for me. I cried because I knew God was speaking to me. But at the back of my mind I would not rest cause I specifically prayed that God would give me a VERSE. That’s how my parents got confirmation and affirmation that they were meant for each other.
Something told me to go back to that verse… and I did. This is the verse it was pertaining to:
This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried(E) into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 “Build(F) houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.(G) 7 Also, seek(H) the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray(I)to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” 8 Yes, this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets(J) and diviners among you deceive(K) you. Do not listen to the dreams(L) you encourage them to have.(M) 9 They are prophesying lies(N)to you in my name. I have not sent(O) them,” declares the Lord.
So Paolo talked to my parents that night; and they didn’t give him their full blessing yet because mom asked Paolo what was the verse God had given to confirm it. Dad prayed for certain things and God answered his prayers and he was okay with Pao, but mom still needed a verse. God hadn’t given the verse to him yet, so we waited.
A year has come and gone since June 2011.
Last Tuesday Paolo took me out for dinner, and it’s a rare thing to see him on weekdays cause of his school being so far. I already knew he was going to ask me cause of some events that happened that made me know of the plans by accident. So I was waiting for him to crack the question over dinner—but he didn’t.
He asked if I wanted to go check the apartment they were selling, I said no I’m too tired plus I was sick with body fatigue. We went anyways, and he showed me around. As I went around the apartment he went to another room. Later he came back for me. With no functional lights all we had was the city lights from the window and the light from the laptop he had just setup.
He started playing “I won’t give up” by Jason Mraz on the laptop.
“Can I have this dance?”
I held his hand, and he asked me to take off my shoes and step on his feet so he could carry me around with every step. I couldn’t stop the tears as I realized that this was actually happening. After the song; Lucky began playing and I wouldn’t dance anymore. I was too busy crying in his arms. When the song finished he whispered the verse to me.
“Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
“God gave me a verse already.”
Then he got down on one knee and asked “Dorothy, will you be my girl friend?”
I think I was half hysterical by then cause what came out of my mouth was “uhhm ahh what did my parents say?”
He smiled and answered “I wouldn’t be here asking if they didn’t say yes.”
“I mean, YES!”
Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.
Law school has been hard for Paolo; but God assured him that He is with him. That He delights in Him and will provide for him. That God loves us and will show His love through someone. That He will rejoice over him with singing. (oh and when he got that verse that was the same time I worship led at church haha)
There’s so many stories on how God has moved in our relationship (but this blog would be too long if I wrote it all). But point is I really saw how God worked. And I am thankful that I waited on the Lord. It’s worth it :’)
Officially in a relationship :’)