I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. We were poor. My dad and my mom weren't rich, but we were always happy. My dad was a fisherman and he was the mayor's bodyguard for many years in a little province called, Carmen in Cebu. It was where they chose to live to get away from the city. My father's dad, Faustino was educated and according to my father, he worked as an interpreter during World War II. When my dad met my mother, it was love at first sight. My dad knew that she was the one for him. The only difference was that he was poor and my mother came from a rich family. According to my father, when my dad asked my mother's father for his daughter's hand in marriage, the first thing that my grandfather asked was, "How are you going to feed my daughter when you eat grits and we eat rice?" "We are rich and you are poor?" If you can imagine what went through my father's mind when my mother's father asked him those questions. It was pretty bold and straight forward of him to have said that, but he cared for his daughter. With great respect, my father humbly told him that he loved his daughter very much and promised him that he will never let his daughter work in her life for as long as he was alive. And my father kept that promise. He was a man of his word.
When they moved from the city to a little province called Carmen, my father worked as a bodyguard for the Mayor of that town for many years. My mother was not allowed to tell her father or anyone about his job for the sake of my father's safety. My father was always secretive about his job so no one would know where my father lived. For that reason my mother's father never knew and always thought less of him. As a little girl, I still remembered the many times the mayor came to pick him up in a jeep when they had to go to Leyte to harvest rice, one of his many assignments. But the great thing about my father's job was that the mayor would give my dad a big sack of rice as payment & to show how appreciative he was of my father, but he would never take it. He kept his integrity. He would change his clothes & went fishing. That is how we survived. They would wait until he went fishing or if he was not at home, and they would dropped it off.
My mother was a good person and never talked bad about anyone. She had a heart of gold. She never participated in gossip. She lived her life minding her own business. She lived a happy life because she married the person that she loved. Growing up, I always saw my father play the guitar and my mother would sing and we would gather around singing along with them. So music played a big part of my life growing up. After my father died, my sister told me that she would catch my mother singing their song, "Matud Nila" which means "So They Said" and she would cry in the kitchen by herself. There's meaning to that song that only my mom and my dad would know. So I've learned in their love & life story that money and being rich is not of importance as long as they love each other and put God in control of their lives that they would never go hungry. She was also a prayer warrior, she prayed in Spanish and Italian. She read the Bible written in Spanish language translation, for she was fluent in Spanish. She told me once that she got my name from the Spanish Bible and so are the rest of my siblings. I have never read the Spanish Bible myself, but it sure is good to know that she read the Holy Bible because it's not just a book, it's a way of life. It is the book of knowledge and all the answers you are looking for is in that book even today. Everything is written for us to follow to help us survive in this world and that prayers play a big role in our lives to help us overcome any hardship and obstacles that may come our way. So in conclusion, I can honestly and humbly say that their love for each other and putting their trust in God brought joy and happiness in their lives and instilled in us the importance of love because their love stood the test of time. I have found that void and that missing part of my life. It is our Lord Jesus Christ and His heavenly Father and I thank God for the gift of salvation. He is our purpose in life because God is love and eternal and He completes me. I was once lost just like a lot of you out there. I was misled and deceived for so long. You see, Satan's job is to blind you from seeing the Word of God. His main job is to confused and destroy families with depression, addictions, illnesses, and eventually suicide or murder. I also found during my trials and tribulation that the enemy uses people to set you up for failure and that is how I found out why my life went the way it was but I thanked God for those people because they played a big role in my life. It was what brought me back to our Lord Jesus Christ. I came to the end of myself and often times, that's what needs to happen in order to get saved. Now, I pray for those people.
I realized that I couldn't do it on my own and that I needed God's assistance on everything, so I reached out to Him and when I did, I found absolute divine Peace, Love, and Joy. God's Love for us is so immense and immeasureable that all he wants is our love in return and for us to pray, and to be obedient and trust in Him to get you through difficulties and obstacles. God's scriptures are our weapon against the unseen forces of darkness that surrounds us. So take the step to Salvation and redemption by turning yourself over to God. He has great plans for each of us. When you choose God and put Him in control of your life, He will never let you down. I got saved in January 2013. To be saved, you have to choose God and accept and believe in your heart that His son, our Lord Jesus Christ is our savior. All you have to do is ask for his help and guidance and confess all your sins by mouth to our Heavenly Father and then ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart on your own free will and straight from your heart with sincerity and you'll be saved. Have a blessed day! :)
Romans 10:9 (NLT)
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.