I’m Not Reading the Bible Anymore

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On the last day of 2016, I presented a little study at church. And I remember recommending everyone there to follow a Bible reading plan for the New Year.

Well, here is the deal: I take that back.

Whoa, whoa! Let me finish here. Don’t jump to conclusions.

Yeah, so beginning January 1, 2017, I went online and downloaded a reading plan to read the entire Bible in one year. I have already read the entire Bible, but I wanted to read it again and stick to a schedule.

And so I began to read…

But–

I missed reading a couple of chapters one day because I got caught up reading another part which was related to what the Sabbath School Lesson was about; and because I did not read them, I somehow felt I was spiritually getting cold and backsliding from the right way.

How wrong I was!

I was treating the Bible like my Chemistry textbook: I have to read all these chapters today, or else I am in BIG trouble.

And here is another thing: you read the amount of chapters you have to read, and then you don’t remember a thing.

So starting today, I will not follow a schedule. I will not merely read the Bible. I will read it diligently. It does not matter if I only read one verse a day, as long as I understand it, apply it to my life, and never forget it.

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” John 5:39

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Christian Dating 101

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Advisory: Eligibility for Marriage Undergraduate Class. 

Prerequisite: Completion of Home Duties 101 and/or concurrent enrollment in Responsibility Course 102.

Age Requirement: 20 years or older

*Absolutely no crashing allowed in this class.

Student Learning Outcome (SLO)

  • Guarding of heart and feelings
  • Dangers of physical contact

Welcome to Christian Dating 101. My name is Professor Heidi Alonso, so let’s get started. Remember that there is no such thing as a dumb question here, so please ask away.

Let’s begin with the logics. What is dating? What is courtship? Any ideas?

Well, dating happens when one person goes out with several people in hopes of finding that one special person. And as you might well be aware of–because most of you have done it–many just date for fun. They don’t care if they play with people’s feelings, because they are not serious.

Now courting. What is the difference of it? Here is the definition given by J.D.

“Courting is the sincere effort of two persons who are finding if it is God’s will for them to be married.”

So yes, of course, courtship is one step closer to marriage. So you will obviously enter into a courtship with a wedding in mind. That is the whole purpose. And now, if you followed all the previous steps prior to this class, then there is a pretty good chance that the person you are courting ( or will court) will be your future spouse. Of course, it might not always work out. That is why you should guard your heart.

And what do I mean by that?

I mean that you should not give pieces of your heart away to just anyone. Don’t go around saying you love such said person out of emotion or mere impulse, because you will regret it later. As time passes, you will realize that you did not really love that person, or you will see that that person was not for you, and you will wish to turn back time in order to recover those words you told them.

And consider this: Wouldn’t it be so special to share those words for the first time with the person who will be your spouse?

Another point that I want to bring out, is the age requirement in order to even enter a courtship. As a rule of thumb, if you are still in your teens, you should be focusing on solving your algebra homework and feeding your pet fish instead of trying to enter this class.

As for you, my dear students in your twenties, please be careful when thinking to enter in a relationship with teenager students in the elementary classes. Teenagers do not really know who they are, or even what they want, because they change their mind so very often. One day they might wake up and decide they want to be a firefighter, but then later on they will announce they will be a brain surgeon.

Take me for example. In my teenage years, I was going back and forth between being a cook, a writer, a poet and songwriter. All survived except for poetry. Let me come up with something so you can see why I kissed poetry bye-bye.

The sky is so blue

Don’t you think so too?

Is it not nice,

To look at the sky

While eating a plate of rice?

You see what I mean? Like they say, I cannot write poetry to save my soul. But you get what I mean, right? You realize that if you court at such young age, or if you decide to court another young person, then your relationship will be ruined because of your/their immaturity. Either you, or that person, will still be figuring out who they are or what they want, and then later they will decide they don’t like you any more because you have green eyes or because of your personality. Bottom line is that you or they will keep changing their minds because at that stage, both of you are still developing emotionally.

To conclude, let’s talk about…yup, the physical stuff like kissing, touching and hugging.

Let’s start with the 00:00:05 second rule. 

Okay, get out your paper and pencils, write this down and frame it on your bedroom because it will be on the final test: I will not touch anybody for more than 5 seconds.

You got it? Good! You are such great students! I’m so proud of you. 😀

Okay, moving on.

Why should you not touch people? Well, first off, they don’t belong to you, and unless you have the key of marriage, you won’t be able to get them out the glass box they are in. Of course, I am not saying that kissing, touching or hugging is wrong. Not at all. It is wrong when you do that before marriage, because then it will lead to other things which you will later regret.

But that does not mean that if you are in an official courtship you can’t hug or hold hands. You understand that when you court, you are almost sure you are going to marry the person. And therefore, not court willy nilly. The physical contact is really up to the couple to decide, and they should put their physical boundaries. This might differ from couple to couple, since some individuals might need more restraint than others. However, it is scientifically proven how kissing affects the relationship. It is definitely a blessing within the circle of marriage, but outside of marriage it will affect both, or one of the parties involved in case the relationship does not work. Therefore, causing the breakup to be more painful since there will be physical and emotional losses involved.

So to end, please jot down these questions in your notebook for this class and turn them in for homework next time.

Wouldn’t it be special to share your first kiss with your husband/wife?

Do you think it will be nice to save all your love for your spouse?

Is it not purity the best and most beautiful gift you can give to your future spouse?

Okay, don’t forget to review for the upcoming test.

Class dismissed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a Relationship With…

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Dear Diary,

Did you think I was in a relationship? Lol! Nope, not at all. Well, I am-but we will talk about that later. 🙂 I just chose this title because everyone is familiar with it, and you know what it means. Okay, on with the writing.

You know, dinnertime at my house is really something. It’s that time of the day when my whole family gets together to enjoy each others company and the food as well, even if it tastes a little weird ( I mean, there have been times where I don’t know how to make my food disappear). Anyways, during dinnertime a lot of things happen: we talk about what happened during the day, someone might get scolded for not doing some work they had to do, we laugh when my brother tries to guess who made the food, we talk about church events or just plain local church planning, I might 99% of the time tease my brother about something; if someone is sick, my Dad and I talk about natural remedies or share our latest discoveries, and my favorite is when my Dad gives us older siblings advice on certain topics.

And well, for the past three days, my Dad has been giving us advice on the subject of relationships–you know, guys and girls, and Facebook chatting and all that drama. I thought about this long, and I really felt impressed to share all the advice my Dad has given me. I know that there might be some of you who were not blessed with godly parents, and so this might be of some help to you. So here it goes.

#1 EVERYTHING HAS A SEASON

Once we were children (blessed stage of life! I wish I could go back), but now we are young adults. With it comes many changes to our bodies, new weird feelings, urges and–well, you know what I mean. No need for me to explain this area.

But sometimes, as my Dad says, one tends to rush everything, especially when it comes to relationships. One should really take it easy. Relationships and courting are serious issues. One should really know the other persons character. Know how that person reacts in various situations. Take this scenario for example: suppose you are a girl and you have your guy whom you love very much. But you want to know how he reacts when he is mad, because so far he is as happy and sweet as cotton candy. And suppose you hire some stranger to break an egg on his head. How will he react? Will he scream and be like, “You are going to pay for this!”, or will he be like, “Hey thanks! My hair will really start growing faster now!” (By the way, egg does make your hair grow faster, but I’ll not get into that Lol!)

Always remember that good looks and a good body will go away pretty soon unless, of course, you make your future spouse sign a contract to go to the gym three times per week or something. Character is what remains. And you have to ask yourself if you are willing to live with such a character for the rest of your living days. That is the reason why it is very wise for two persons to be just and ONLY friends before anything happens.That way you can really know that persons character without them trying to put our only their pretty side. You really want to get to know ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’. And well, if after some long time of being friends you realize that you have feelings for such said person, and you know that your parents approve, and you are sure that God is leading in that direction, then, by all means, take it to the next level.

So yeah, don’t rush things. And don’t feel alone when it seems that the whole world around you is in relationships, and getting engaged and married. God has the right person for you out there–somewhere. You just have to be patient and wait on the Lord.

#2 ONLY TIME WILL TELL

Yup, when it comes to relationships, time is your best friend. Time reveals many things: character, secrets, lies, true love, intentions, motives–you name it!

Here is a little advice for you my fellow girls. My parents always tell me this: “If the guy really cares about you, and has true motives/intentions/feelings, he will respect and wait and not rush things. He will get to know you well, and us too.”

#3 DON’T BE TOO TRUSTING, BUT NOT TOO UN-TRUSTING EITHER

I know this to be very true. Do not be too trusting, but still that does not mean that you are going to live with a  constant senseless fear of “oh my goodness, he is going to cheat on me”, or “I refuse to trust men ever again.” No. It simply means that one should have a little space reserved for the bad. In other words, be prepared for the worse. One should be aware that things might not work out, that humans are humans and will hence make mistakes. If one is well aware of this, and it happens that things do not work out, then you will not be severely broken. You know, I have heard of cases of people attempting suicide because of a broken heart.

#4 LISTEN

*sigh* Listening. This is probably the last thing we do, and in reality it should be the first. We have to listen to counsel and not stuff our ears with artificial earwax. We might think that we are some cool geniuses on life experience, but in reality we are just children who are in need of direction.

So yeah, all of us single people, and also to those who are in relationships or engaged, let’s put on our thinking caps and listen to all the counsel and advice we can get our hands on, and not end up making wrong choices that we will regret for the rest of our lives.

So let’s finish writing the title, shall we.

In a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Yes, that is the person you should be in a relationship with before you even think on courtship or marriage.

 

 

 

 

Zucchini Smoothie for Breakfast??

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Dear Diary,

Just this moment I was thinking about what happened the other day. It was really funny actually, but it also reinforced in my brain a lesson that I am pretty sure everyone already knows. I mean, I knew this already, but sometimes we really need to refresh our memory, right?

Okay so this is what happened:

So I get up in the morning to prepare breakfast, and to pack lunch for my Dad and my brother. I decide to make them some smoothie, and so I get the blender and put in some milk, frozen strawberries and bananas. I go to the freezer to put back in the remaining fruit that I did not use, and I see some frozen honeydew melon. And I’m like, “Oooooo! Honeydew melon, perfect!” And so I put some in too. I blended everything up an served it. Then I finally was more awake, and I realized it was not honeydew melon I had put in, it was raw frozen zucchini! Hahaha! I was not going to throw out the smoothie, plus they had already drank it. So I just didn’t say anything.

But here’s the thing, neither my Dad or my brother noticed they had had raw zucchini smoothie for breakfast! They never realized it! I mean, now they will because they will read it here, but haha it’s too late now! 😛

Well, it got me thinking, and what happened is a very good illustration of what this verse says, take a look:

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14

Satan will always mix in truth with the false. If you really do not know for yourself what truth is, you will drink the false thinking it is true. Just the way my Dad and brother drank their smoothies and did not know what they had.

And like the verse says, Satan will come as an angle  of light. Of course, in order to make you fall, Satan will not come as his real self.

That is why truth has to be part of us; that way when we see false we can know right away. Also, communion with Christ is vital to each and every one of us, because that is the only way we will be able to distinguish God’s voice from Satan’s voice.

And when you know God for yourself… 🙂 You will be truly happy, and that void inside you will be filled to the brim!

 

 

 

Like a Child

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Dear Diary,

Today I could finally upload my video to YouTube. Finally! LOL. What happened was that yesterday we had a power outage. I was about to upload the video, and then–black screen! I was like, “Noooo!” But yeah, the power was out at about 5:00 P.M, and came back on like at 12:30 A.M. So by that time I was already sleeping, and was only awakened because the lamp that is over my bed turned on on me. It scared me. I was like, “Geez, where am I?” haha!

There it is!

So yeah, yesterday we ate a very romantic dinner lighted by candles! hahaha! We really had fun though. My little sister, Daisy, was a happy mess, and when she said the prayer before eating, she was like, “And Jesus, thank you because the power went out!”

And you know what? I really thought long and hard about what my little sister said (I mean, I had all the time to think without any internet. Lol.) Watching my little sister jump around all happy at the thought of eating in the candlelight, and because my Dad was lighting a kerosene made me happy too! 🙂

It just does not take so much to make a child happy! Have you ever realized that?! They are happy with the simplest of things. They are so trusting and loving!

Why can’t we be more like them? Now I understand what Jesus meant when He said this:

“…Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3

Look at this beautiful quote from one of my favorite books:

“The simplicity, the self-forgetfulness, and the confiding love of a little child are the attributes that Heaven values. These are the characteristics of real greatness.” The Desire of Ages page 437.1

I want to be more like a little child. How about you? 🙂

What Being Thankful Means to Me

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Dear Diary,

What I write today will be short. But I just want to say what a blessed day I had today. Thank you for this great blessing that you guys have given us. You know who you are, and you also know that we are very grateful, and words cannot express the deep gratitude that we feel.

I also want to say that the Lord has been so wonderful to me and to my family.

“Thank you Lord!”

*happy sigh* I could say that phrase a zillion times and not get tired! I understand this verse now:

“…and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” Revelation 4:8 

Lastly, I just want to say that Jesus is coming soon, and we need to use our talents to the utmost of our abilities. Time is short–very short. Let us spread the word with the gifts God has given us. And don’t tell me that you have no gifts, because you do. I am sure of it. 🙂 Use them; don’t bury them. Don’t make that mistake. Please don’t. I tell you from experience.

P.S. Guess what you guys?! I got my driver’s license yesterday!! Yaay! Thank God!

Sabbath @ Cal City! :)

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Sabbath, April 9, 2016

Dear Diary,

Today I had an amazing day! Church was great, and I truly enjoyed every minute of it. Something that I want to share is something that I learned in the sermon. I mean, I already knew this, but it was good to refresh my memory.

  1. I am my greatest enemy.
  2. Faith point me to God.
  3. Faith allows me to grow.
  4. Doubt holds me back.

I cannot find the correct words to say just how true this all is! I have learned that I am my greatest enemy. I saw that when I took my own way and it just ended in disaster. I have seen that doubt hold me back in every aspect of my life. Doubt kills, and the best choice I have made is to just leave my doubts at the foot of the cross. I have seen that faith in God has helped me grow in ways I never thought possible! God has been working in my life, and I can see why He has allowed me to go through difficult times.

And I just want to shout this to all the world. That is why I began writing in the first place– I don’t want you to make mistakes when you can avoid them.

Well, I just wanted to share that. And now I’m guessing you would like to hear about my day? 🙂 Okay, so as you know we have lunch at church, and the food was AMAZING! Str. Chinta made some vegan baking-soda-free biscuits, and they were the best I have ever tasted! I mean, I have tasted the original biscuits, but these were like way over and simply deeeeee-licious. Thank you Str. Chinta for those amazing biscuits!! ❤

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Oh, and she warmed them in a crock pot, and they were warmed evenly and beautifully. I will definitely try this method of warming them. Especially in the summer when turning  on the oven is unheard of. Lol.

Yeah, so Brooks made a yummy lasagna, and Eunice made my favorite pasta with pesto. 🙂 And I made too much rice that I had a leftover casserole of it, but you don’t want to hear about that.

Hmmmm…now that I think of it, does it mean people did not like my rice?? 😥 hahaha I’m kidding you guys. I made a lot of rice that’s why. I mean, who makes 2 large casseroles full of rice for 14 people? Only Heidi Alonso… Lol.

Okay, that’s all for now you guys!

Happy New Week!

TTYL

Weird fact: I have never made lasagna before. I don’t know why. lolsy