“This Time Next Year…”

The quote above is what I often tell myself as a reminder to live life with meaning for the Lord. I would also utter these words whenever I am in a challenging situation as a means of looking and moving forward.

Well, the last time I uttered these words was around this time last year. If you go back a few blogs, maybe I explained it, but if not here is a background on it.

Last year around this time, I was wrestling with God about studying here in the UK. It was during that time that I went in cycles of doubt and surrender. In the end, my plans aligned with God’s and now I find myself here in my last few weeks in university trying to complete my dissertation. This time last year, I was finalising papers and waiting for my visa.

Now, I find myself just greatly overwhelmed by God’s goodness. To maybe summarise how I feel, allow me to share to you a verse that truly describes my UK experience.

Psalm 32:8

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”

Indeed, God showed me where to go and what to do every single step of the way and every single day. Don’t get me wrong, there were days when I am guilty of running my own show, but at the end of the day God would guide me back to where I should be. He guided me since day one. From the university fairs in Manila, to the sending of the application, to taking of the IELTS, to choosing a university, to getting my visa, to my flight to the UK, to funding me everyday, to now working on my dissertation due in a few days, He truly and lovingly guided me. I have learned so much in and out of the classroom. I have met lovely people from almost all continents and have heard so much of their stories. This time last year, I never imagined I would find myself in city called Norwich. But this time last year, God reminded me that He will be with me even if I don’t see everything yet.

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Now as my postgraduate season comes to a close (claiming my dissertation goes well 😁 ), I tell myself again “this time next year…”. I don’t know what lies ahead, but I know who holds my future. I do pray to get a job soon and hopefully it would be with children in an NGO… but who knows. All I can say is “Lord lead the way”.

Well, back to dissertation writing and editing…

Best,

Dot

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Shipwrecked

 It may be the weather right now (which is a bit gloomy and wet) or the thought that back home its already the rainy season, but it seems fitting to write this right now. 🙂

For the past few weeks, I have been following the story of the Apostle Paul in the book of Acts and have now come to the later chapters, particularly chapters 24 to 27. These chapters narrate about Pauls various trials, physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual. Having read his experiences, made me realise how tough and courageous he was in the eyes of others who shared the same faith and how foolish and crazy he must have looked like to others who did not believe him. I really admire Paul’s boldness to share how Christ changed him. He never wasted his opportunities and always made the best of his situation, no matter how horrible they were (check the book of Acts for all his “mishaps”). He was a source of encouragement, also a hard-worker (he did side jobs apart from talking about Christ).

All these experiences and life accounts of Paul really amazes me. At times, they seem too good to be true, but reflecting on these made me realise that, in a much simpler way (my experiences don’t even compare to what Paul had to go through), I may be going through some Paulish moments right now. Well to start with I am going through what my coursemates and I would like to call as DISSERTATION (all caps for emphasis and maybe thunder afterwards) 😵. I have a few months left till my UK MA life is over. I don’t really know how to feel. On the one hand, the struggle is real with the process of writing and self-discipline is hard and on the other I will be missing this place and the experience. Another thing that lingers, as I write this, is the thought of after all these things. What’s next? The preferred path would be employed, but what to do and where are the things that comes to mind (and also expectations by myself and people). It is a lot to think about at the moment, so I choose to just go with the first struggle, dissertation. A friendly tip to those planning an MA keep writing and reading or start those habits. I have been reading a lot of interesting books and articles on the topic I plan on doing and have been trying (oh the inward struggle of laziness and feeling of being overwhelmed) to write bits and pieces of it.

So why am I writing all of these… well because today I came across Acts 27 where Paul is on a ship and he is about to be caught in a really bad situation… a shipwreck. (DO read the passage its really interesting!) Paul together with some soldiers, crew, and fellow prisoners have been caught at sea. He tells them that there is good news and bad news. Good news is all of them will reach their destination, bad news they will be shipwrecked. In the midst of Paul’s encouragements, verse 25 spoke to me.

“ So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as He said.” – Acts 27:25

The verse stood out because it’s what I need right now. I need to be courageous and face my incoming shipwreck. Along with that mindset, I have to always remember that it is never by my own strength that I am able to accomplish things, but rather it is because I have God who helps me. And as a bonus the last part of the verse says “It will be just as He said”. Before stepping out in faith and taking on this MA, God already assured me that He will carry me through. Now thinking about this, He did not say that it was going to be easy. Reflecting on the past months I have spent here, I could say He really has carried me this far and I believe He will allow me to finish this. It’s only a matter of me doing my part (reading and writing) and surrendering everything else to God.

Well, I hope this inspires and encourages you. 😉

 

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Stay dry! ☔️

 Dot

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It’s a Spring Fling Thing

So it’s already summer, but here is my supposed to be spring entry:

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.” – Anne Bradstreet

Spring is such a beautiful sight to behold. Sunshine, blues skies, and flowers of different colours blossoming all around. But I could not agree more with the quote above. Yes, it’s true that spring is lovely, but for spring to be appreciated you have to go through fall and winter; and I really appreciated spring because of the cold winter.

Spring here is like what I have imagined and so much more. The first few sights of spring were budding trees and branches. Next came the greener grass, then the flowers. The amazing thing I observed here is that the type of flower that grows comes in different batches. 💐 (It seems like every 3-4 weeks a bunch of flowers are replaced by another kind.) First were the bright yellow daffodils followed by all sorts of flowers (which I do not know the name).

 

I love spring because it is a mix of cool weather with the right amount of warmth. Also during this time, I had more free days due to the school break. Because of this, my friends and I visited London to visit some museums, famous tourists spots, and parks. We stayed overnight and this is the itinerary:

Day 1

11 (approx.) AM: We arrived in London and had a quick brunch at Victoria Place, which has shop and food outlets just beside the Victoria Station. After our meal, we made our way to the Buckingham Palace grounds on foot. There we took touristy photos. (Now I get better photos because I have friends with me. Hooray for that! 😀).

 

1 PM: We took a stroll around St. James’s Park and took more photos of the spring surroundings. There were cherry blossoms at the park 🌸! We also took some time and chilled by the grass.

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3 PM: I brought my friends to Trafalgar Square and National Gallery Museum were we spent most of the afternoon.

 

 

5 PM: Since the sun was still shining, we opted to walk to the Westminster and again took touristy photos of the place. Because of all the walking, we decided to go to Chinatown via the Tube to have dinner. Chinatown is a good place to go for cheap food (also because we missed Asian cuisine).  After dinner, we walked around the area and made our way to Leicester Square. There we checked out the Lego shop. It was such a treat to enter the place because it made me feel like a child again. It was like a lego museum/ shop to be honest because of all the displays. I also got to see the machine that prints lego mosaics.

 

 

9 PM: Before calling it a night, we went to Tower Bridge (which is often mistaken as the London Bridge). There the night scene of London was beautiful.

 

 

Day 2

Because of the tiring day we had, we started going around London again at 12 noon. We also took things more slowly.

12 PM: We decided to go to Natural History Museum. Upon arriving, there were loads of people! (Tip: go to museums early and on weekdays to avoid crowds). The museum was fine. There were some displays that were being fixed, but overall still a good place to see. If I would compare it to what we have back home, it was like Museo Pambata plus National Museum with bigger collections and more tactile stuff (so visiting the Natural History Museum is great for children).

 

4 PM The rest of the afternoon was spent walking around the area and biking at the Kensington Gardens. We rented the Santanders Bike. Afterwards, we made our way to Hyde Park and rested for a while before heading back to the coach station.

Overall the experience was fun and tiring, but I was able to see more of London than my past trips. (I have to mention that all the Museums we visited were free!) Also, traveling with friends is always nice. This trip also summarised my spring experience, because it was busy, but beautiful at the same time.

Till Next!

Dot

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Sunshine After the Storm

“Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will give you strength, and for sure I will help you. Yes, I will hold you up with My right hand that is right and good.”  –  Isaiah 41:10

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The verse mentioned above has been my battlecry for the past month with all the rollercoaster of emotions and stress that I have been through. It is literally and figuratively sunny after the storm for me. I still cannot believe that it’s been more than half a year since I set foot in this place. 7 months has been both fast and slow. It is true what they say that time flies when you are having fun. It has been fun meeting and getting to know people and making new friends from all over the world. I really enjoy listening to their stories and experiences, as well as share my own stories.

Despite the heartache of losing my precious Sparky while having to finish essays and prepare for THE exam, God has proven to me that He really is my strength and my help. I am feeling so much better now and the weather could not have come at the right time. It is now bright, warm, and sunny here in Norwich. It has been perfect for picnics and barbecues by the lake here in campus. I am so amazed by the culture of sunbathing here maybe because I take sunshine back home for granted. Here, I have observed that as soon as the sun out people go out and just lay on the grass. They stay under the sun for hours; this amazes me. 🙂

Okay now to get back to the reason for this entry… I just want to encourage people all over the amazing world wide web that situations right now in life may not be where you want to be. It might be tough, frightening, painful, and sad, but go through it and trust in God. If you feel like crying, go ahead and cry it out to God. Ask Him,  but at the same time seek Him through the Bible. It is so easy to pity your situation and just sulk over things that you caused or other people caused. Finger-pointing is never the solution as well as self-blame. Recognise that you don’t feel okay and give it to the Lord because He tells us to “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7). No situation is to hard for God, but do remember it will always have purpose for you and the people around you. So hang in there! Sending virtual hugs…

So now that I have more time to write, I will be posting backblogs of my spring and Easter experience while balancing dissertation. 🙂 Also, thank you for the people who have been sending well wishes and prayers especially during my tough days.

Warm Hugs,

Dot

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Sparky

*note: this is not my normal bubbly post, rather this is my current state so my apologies for the tone of this blog entry*

As I am writing this tears are falling because today I know I will lose another best friend. I will be losing Sparky. I truly believe in the saying that dogs are wo/man’s best friend and Sparky has been just that to me.

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I have had Sparky since 2009. Before adopting him, he was part of my cousins’ family, but since my cousins’ were moving to Canada, we gladly took him in our family. I could still remember his first day. He came in early in the morning from Baguio in his rectangular cage. He was a bit shaky (I could imagine the bumps and the darkness he had to endure to travel all the way to our home), but he was quiet. He looked at me with his doe-eyes and I knew that I would love him. And I did!

And that is the reason for my tears. Today I have to say goodbye to my best friend of almost 9 years. My friend who loved food, walks, and cuddles. My friend who was there when I needed to get my mind of some things. My friend who never complained (really, he would only bark when food was being served and when visitors would be outside our gate). My friend who was only a source of joy and love. Yes, I now have to say goodbye.

Having had two dogs in the past, going through the same thing never becomes easy and I always ask myself why am I even so attached. But you see the reasons why I feel heavyhearted are the same reasons why I choose to love my dogs. Sparky truly lived up to his name (he was named by my cousins). He had a sparky personality that allowed some of my friends, who were afraid of dogs, to start loving dogs by giving him pats. He was a joy to watch as he would waddle. His sparky personality also, in a way, helped calm down my ferocious chihuahua. To everything you gave and were to my family, thank you Sparky.

Thank you Sparky. I am sorry I can’t be there for the last time, but I am so thankful that I got a chance to spend Christmas and New Year with you.

Rest well my best friend.

Thank you. I love you.

-Dot

 

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Back to December

Oh how time flies! Four months in! Yes, It has been four months since I started my journey in this great country called Great Britain (pardon the bad puns). I have now experienced two out of the four seasons in this country, namely fall and winter. I have to say that both seasons had its own beauty and charm.

Here are some of photos of fall which I took at my university.

I finally saw colours change and leaves fall. Because of this, I enjoyed walking on the fallen leaves. I especially liked the rustling sound of the leaves as I walk through leaf covered paths.

As October changed to November and finally to December, the temperature dropped gradually till I was able to experience temperatures below 0. Because of this, frost was common and my surroundings changed once more.

Classes also became more interesting. With it being interesting came all the coursework, but I did enjoy them even through the struggle of readings and essaysssssss (more “s” for added emphasis) 🙂 . As classes started to dwindle, I had more time to be more aware of my surroundings a.k.a. time to go out and about.

Christmas season in Norwich was lovely. It was not like the Philippines (we take Christmas seriously… that we start decorating and preparing for it beginning September 🙂 ), but it had that Christmas town charm. There were a good amount of decor and lights at the city centre. It was a wonderful sight since the child in me loves Christmas. Like Filipinos, I have witnessed the crazy last minute shopping that happens during this season.

Last December, I made a conscious effort to witness Christmas in London (well not all, but I think a good amount). It was just a day trip to London and I just walked around, hence covering a small portion of London.

9 AM: My day started at Victoria Coach Station and then I made my way to the Buckingham Palace grounds where I took touristy-photos. I continued my walk along Birdcage Walk till I reached the Horse Guards Parade. At the Horse Guards Parade, I took more photos, saw guards marching, and attempted to touch the horse (not successful).

12 PM: After a few minutes, I made my way to Trafalgar Square. This was the main place for my trip to London. I wanted to see the giant Christmas tree standing at the center of Trafalgar Square; because nothing says Christmas like a GIANT REAL TREE. The tree came as a gift from Norway and has been a tradition ever since.

After a few snaps, I decided to visit the National Portrait Gallery. It was not part of my original plan, but then again I love art and entrance to the main galleries is free so I went. When visiting London, make sure you allot a good amount of time for museums and galleries. Most museums and galleries are free, you can check this website for more details: www.visitlondon.com. I was just in awe the whole time walking from one room to another. Amazing detail and emotion-filled paintings of various shapes and sizes filled rooms. Paintings which I studied during my undergraduate came to life! (shout-out to Prof. Ruben Defeo for the unforgettable FA 30 class). Works by Matisse, Van Gogh, Monet, and da Vinci could be seen along with other great painters from various periods in history. Here are some of them (note: taking photos using selfie sticks are not allowed).

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4 PM: Another agenda that I had in mind was to visit another London Christmas landmark which was Winter Wonderland. So from Trafalgar Square, I walked to Hyde Park. Along the way, I saw hundreds of cycling Santa Clauses, who were cycling for charity.

Upon arriving at Hyde Park, I already saw crowds heading to Winter Wonderland. Entrance was free, but if you plan on trying some rides or playing some games you need to pay. I did not really plan on riding anything so I just walked around (yes, a whole day of walking! So be sure to wear comfortable footwear and bring water). The atmosphere was fun and colourful. Various sights, sounds, and smells surrounded the area. After going around and checking the different booths, I settled for the fragrant pretzels.

The day ended and I hurried back to catch my coach. All in all, the day spent in London was fun and colourful (literally and figuratively). I believe I had a good glimpse of Christmas in London.

So that’s my back to December memory… Now back to do more academic stuff. 🙂

Will write soon,

Dot

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Pursuit of Peace

For the past two weeks in class we have been talking about concepts about violence, conflicts, and peace. Topics in class would seem discouraging, but I found it more fascinating; especially when we deconstruct case studies as to why a certain event happened in history to human kind. In class, I learned a concept about three types of violence (from Johan Galtung) namely, Direct Violence, Indirect Violence,  and Cultural Violence. To give a really brief idea on what these are, basically, direct violence is when you are harmed physically (e.g. being beaten up), indirect violence is when social structures (e.g. society, social groups) cause harm by being unjust, and cultural violence are aspects of culture that gives reason to the first two forms of violence.

With these theories, we then tried to define what peace was. We also had class discussions about solutions to violence. We came across various questions, but one question that struck me and my classmates (we were having discussions in small groups) was: If indirect violence is always present is it possible to really have perfect peace in this world? (It took a while for me to reflect on the question.)

…And to this my answer is Yes!

While doing some reading on the topics mentioned, I came across Charles Webel and what he had to say about peace. He said,

“Peace is, like all desired and desirable human ideals and needs, always potentially within us, even if difficult to discern and seemingly impossible to accomplish. The quest for peace may seem quixotic, but that is part of it allure.”

Perfect peace may seem like something ideal, but not attainable. As for me, I don’t think of peace as something abstract, but rather something true and attainable. For this I turn to my ultimate textbook 😉 :

John 14: 27

“ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Philippians 4:7

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Isaiah 26:3

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

Going back to my answer, I do believe that perfect peace is possible, but it can only come from God. In this world and in our lives, we want peace, we dream and crave for days where we can just rest our weary shoulders. From John 16:33, God reminds us that while living in this world we will experience pain, suffering, stress, etc. We look for ways to just “escape” reality only to wake up and return to what is reality. Well in reality (got to love reality 😀 ), it is possible to experience this perfect peace even in the midst of brokenness or uncertainty. In John 14:27, it describes this kind of peace as something that we can’t find in this world. God is giving it to us. It’s a choice that we all can make (Isaiah 26:3).

I don’t know about you, but our world has been experiencing major changes and with it comes pain, restlessness, and to some extent violence. Everyday we face stress and anxieties, but God loves us and reminds us that we are all welcome to experience the peace He freely gives (Matthew 11:28).

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Well, that’s some food for thought… till next time.

Cheers!

-Dot

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Nothing Like the First

One month down! I survived!

It has now been a month since I started my journey. The first month has been amazing. Amazing does not mean perfect or everyday okay. There have been days where I still feel homesick or where I doubt myself, but I praise and thank God for being my ever present help in time of need. I have been learning a lot in class about societies, structures, agencies, and other academic terms and ideologies. I have also been learning outside the classroom through classmates, flatmates, and new found friends. Learning about other cultures and hearing different languages just excites me. I am gradually taking in British culture and so far I am loving it.

Here are some highlights of my wandering around town and the university…

Currently, this is the place I call home. This place is called Norwich. I like how this place has everything you need in an unhurried pace. I am used to the business and the traffic of Manila, but this is such a refreshing place even with all the demands in uni.

There are loads of vintage and antique places here. Trips to these places is like going to a museum for free! You could find all sorts of things even from way back medieval times.

If you are looking for a place to walk or fresh air, parks are always a good place to visit. England does not have a shortage of parks (not kidding, how I wish we had proper parks in the Philippines).

It’s just so incredible how God has been working. To sum up my first month, allow me to share to you this verse from Isaiah 28:29

“All this also comes from the Lord Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.”

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Well, that’s all for now.

See you later! (side note: this is a very common expression here 🙂 )

-Dot

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The Bum Resurfaces

A year and 3 months ago, I wrote about my state of being a temporary bum. So now, the bum resurfaces.

Although I describe my state as being a bum, the year and three months was not totally a couch-potato like state, but rather it was an active – passive state. During my “bum mode”, I was able to really pray and ask God for His will in my life. I involved myself with part time work as well as voluntary work. I praise and thank God for allowing me to have this experience. I learned to really listen and wait on the Lord. It was also during this time that God led me to step out of my boat and walk on water. (You might be wondering what I am talking about… and no I am no magician.) Allow me to show you where I got that description above:

Matthew 14:22-33 The Message (MSG)

22-23 As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night.

24-26 Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror.

27 But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.”

28 Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really you, call me to come to you on the water.”

29-30 He said, “Come ahead.” Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”

31 Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”

32-33 The two of them climbed into the boat, and the wind died down. The disciples in the boat, having watched the whole thing, worshiped Jesus, saying, “This is it! You are God’s Son for sure!”

I highly gravitate to the passages because the past year and three months was a process of being in a boat of uncertainty as to what to do next. It was a time full of questions and doubts. As the days went by and as I kept myself busy, God slowly revealed His plans. It was not a detailed one, but He always had enough to tell me and keep on. From Bible readings to Sunday services to even the people around me, God made sure that this was His plan. What this plan is… study in UK. WOAH! WHAT?! Yes, study in UK. I was okay with the idea, but the process that I went through was such a test. I kept on wrestling with God if it was really His plan. It was a great one a beautiful one, don’t get me wrong, but I was thinking expenses, the place, and the ever repeating question “really God?”. But as I obeyed and went through the process of stepping out of the boat, He made sure I was able to walk on the water. Throughout the ordeal I learned and experience the truth to this promise: “Commit your actions to the Lord,and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3. There were a lot of times I looked at the waves of what ifs and giving up, but He was faithful.

And He will always be.

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Hello from the other side 🙂 

Now that I am here in England, I am sure that as I achieve the goal God has set for me, it would not be a super smooth process. But with Christ with me, truly nothing will be impossible. All praises to God who can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! (Ephesians 3:20)

Till next time,

EX Temporary Bum… Now a Student … Dot

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Election: It’s a Family Thing

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Hello there!

I have been contemplating whether I should write on this topic or not, whether there has been too many opinions and comment going around, and whether any one would stop to really read this.

What am I talking about?

Elections.

Okay, I might have lost you now, but thank you for reading this far. I promise as much as I can, no candidate will be praised or put down. I will try my best to explain.

How will this entry be different from all the truthful and trashy entries out there? Well, I will be writing in a perspective that I am more comfortable to use which is the family.

Why care about the family when we are talking about a national decision? Because the family is the basic unit of society. We have heard of this for so many times and have used it too commonly. But I would like for us to study and observe the families of the candidates we are planning to vote. Their families are important to look at because in the very near future we will allow them to influence our own families not just in a span of six years, but also for the future of our families’ family. Every decision made, every infrastructure made, every law passed, and every change made whether positive or negative will leave a mark and will surely influence the future.

So what should we look at?

Look at their role in their respective families. How are they as a child, a parent, a sibling, a cousin, an uncle / aunt, etc.? Are they able to be good role models to their family members? How do they interact with their family? Do they often fight with other family members or not? If a to-be politician is able to fulfil or cope with the demands of his or her family given their situation, then perhaps they would be able to lead our country. They say “your family is where you’re more you”.  By looking at a to-be politician’s role in his / her family we would be able to see how they lead and listen to their family members. A great leader is one who listens before acting upon something.

We all know that there are no perfect families. There are just families who are able to resolve conflicts better. Looking at a candidates family will also allow us to see how they have resolved conflicts in their families. Do they acknowledge problems in the family? Were they truthful in resolving the conflict or did they sweep their problems under a rug? Did they allow members involved in a problem to speak or did they judge them right away? How were the conflicts resolved? The importance of asking these things will help us shed light on how conflict will be resolved in this country. Our country has gone through a lot. And we will still go through a lot if the leaders of this country keep “forgetting” or keep looking away from the truths called reality.

For me, the most important thing to look at are the beliefs and values of the family of the candidate. What do they believe in? What for them is wrong, right, and permissible? What ideas are important to them? Where do they base their values? You may ask, why these are important to me. Well, as mentioned earlier, every decision made now will change your family. Now think, would you be comfortable living with your chosen candidate’s family if you value or believe in different things? If a candidate has a certain belief or value, would it clash with yours and to what extent are you willing to go with their belief / value?

These are just some questions to help us. If some questions made you scratch your head, then good for you! You’re thinking for our country. If not, I’m sorry for your time spent reading this. But I do pray that when the time comes for the elections, we have truthfully thought about our decisions. I pray that we have thought about the pros and the cons. And I pray that we have prayed about not just the future leaders, but our country and ourselves. During this campaign season, lots of words will be thrown. Some lies, some promises, and some truths. Weigh each word. Think. Pray.

Yours,

-Dot

P.S. Yes the tone of this entry is serious, because it is a serious matter. Therefore, all comments favouring or degrading a candidate will be deleted.

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