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Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Promise


My guardian angel...

I remember I met her when she was already two years old. I was so excited to see her after living in North Africa for sometime.

I came back for good when she was four. She literally stayed with me when I was sick for several months...

She was only six when she led me to teach catechism to her playmates two years ago. It eventually became a dream come true in our street last year.

I do believe God speaks to us through the little ones.

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Last week's rain gave us 'bonding time'. Classes were suspended for a week, so we took out our board games from The Catholic Toolbox (click to view)



Bible Reviews 
(click to view)

Since she lives with me, she gets to play the games first. We used Bible Reviews for the younger children in our Catechism class and for the older ones, the Sacraments (in preparation for those who will be receiving their First Communion on December). 

Who is this?
I realized that most of them were not familiar with the Bible stories.

I asked Belle which story this Bible character belongs to...

Belle: Tita (Aunt), please give me a clue...it's at the tip of my tongue :P

Me: Okay, his name starts with letter J.


Belle: I knew it! Is it Jipeto? (Geppeto)...


Me: Since when did Pinocchio's father join the Biblical scene?


Belle: Since the whale swallowed him up?




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The Bible Reviews reminded me of Jesus' journey with the two broken-hearted souls He accompanied along the road to Emmaus.

It was a long walk from beginning of time ~ through the Old Testament we call SALVATION History to the New Testament which culminated in the Paschal Mystery...

A story retold ~ commemorated and remembered...
    ....and encountered EVERY single day in our lives...

~ the story of Salvation ~ and God's covenant ...

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After familiarizing herself with the stories, we prayed for the flood victims we've watched earlier on the television.

Last Friday, the sun shed its splendid rays and for several days after that, we were again enveloped with cloudy skies but...


I believe in God's love...

and

His promise...



to each one of us...

"How sweet to my taste are Your promises..."
~ Psalm 119, 103


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My gratitude to The Catholic Toolbox who allowed me to post the images of Belle with their boardgames. They also have a FB page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Catholic-Toolbox/116071361782634). I take most of my inspiration and lessons for my Satur-dates here. Check it out :)

28 comments:

  1. :-)Nice bonding you both have.

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    1. It's not always but those rare moments make them more precious :) Thanks Janu :*

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  2. What a wonderful bonding time with your niece, Melissa. Belle is so blessed to have you as her aunt because she is learning a lot from you. The sun shone yesterday morning here, too, but it rained again in the afternoon.

    Take care always and God bless <3 :-)

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    1. Oh, I'm off to read your post ~ I saw that flood entered your house? I hope things are better now there...lots of love Irene and keep safe :*

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    2. Yes, flood got into the house, but thank God nothing was damaged. It's strange that it floods anywhere now. And then there's another active low pressure area. I hope it's not as bad as typhoon helen. Stay safe, too Melissa! <3

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  3. Beautiful bonding you two have. Thank you for sharing it with us. :)

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    1. Thank you very much Mam. You are an inspiration to many :) God bless you!

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  4. Little Belle is a wonder, Melissa, and so are you. I'm so glad you share such a special relationship and that you are guiding her in her spiritual growth.
    Love and blessings!

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    1. She gives more Martha and I guess God has many words only little children could unlock with their very pure hearts...

      Lots of love always!

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  5. “I do believe God speaks to us through the little ones” – me too.
    If you want to know the truth Melissa, I heard something once that, as radical and odd as it may sound, I believe to be true. That is, we should be disciples of the children. Not all children, but the ones who are angels.

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    1. Ooo how do I know which ones Debra? My mom says teaching 'some' kids is futile...how could that be?

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  6. You are so good with kids soul sis. I wish I was half as patient and good with them. Beautiful the way you two bond. God bless you

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    1. Thanks soul sis... I'm developing such a great virtue LOL! Thanks God for the gift of children ;)

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  7. Dearest Mom, God has given you a heart which can bind with anyone. You are so full of love!
    -Portia

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    1. Ooo dear daughter ~ that isn't the case always... but I'm learning everyday to embrace myself and everybody...

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  8. I am reading the childrens bible old testament; a story a day during prayer time. I realsie the stories are so interesting and I am just as eager for prayer time. I join u in prayers for all those who suffered in the flood

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    1. What you just shared is so beautiful Jerly. That's a very good practice...

      Thank you very much for your prayers..

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  9. its a beautiful and classy post.agree with what debra said.i know i am too late sorry sister:),hey your new profile picture is so charming you are looking beautiful,stay blessed and happy:)

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    1. Oh Zarnab! EID MUBARAK sadiqy!

      I wish you peace always and everyday... there is no time in commenting :) You could even come here after a year if you find it helpful...

      I am so glad you liked that picture :) It was taken in 2010. Shukran.

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  10. hey how to foolow you as i dont use face book nor i am link user:(guide me its an honor to follow you:)

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    1. I saw that you were able to connect through google :) Shukran ;)

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  11. Beautiful post by a wonderful person. Love your bond with Belle.

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    1. Thanks Sulekha :) We bonded again yesterday watching a movie :) It's always fun with her.

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  12. Beautiful post...she is an angel indeed. You are both so very blessed to have one another. :)

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    1. Hi Jessica sis... most of the time, we'd ask 'what if my sister married another person...then we wouldn't have Belle. I believe there are no accidents and everything fall into the right place. But how we manage our decisions afterwards depend on us...

      She IS an angel indeed. I feel more blessed to have her in our family.

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