Send in the Doves

I took a reprieve from yard manicuring and sipped on a glass of tea. Without warning, three doves flew down to join me and fed on the seed my love scattered about the ground the previous day. They were only a few feet from my chair. Amazed and with exuberance, I surmised there must be a message in their trusting action. Am I being watched, I wondered? Is my every move being noted and written down for judgment day?

In scriptures, the dove is often used to represent aspects of God’s spirit, instructing our lives. It is a symbol of peace, but it held much more significance, for it affirmed Jesus as the Messiah. As John baptized Jesus, the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus in bodily form like a dove – the anointing of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, other heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; Matthew 3:16

Also, Noah experienced a connection with these birds. Following the Flood, he sent out a dove. It flew out over the sea but then returned to the ark. Noah waited a week before he left it go again. This time…

“…the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.” Genesis 8:11

The third time Noah sent out a dove, it did not return, revealing the dove had found a new home on the land of the earth. The message here? God had made peace with the earth and mankind.

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The Lord held doves in greatness. One biblical event describes Jesus angrily driving out all the merchants from the Temple, including “those who sold doves” to worshipers (John 2:16). The happiest of birds, it identifies and represents divinity and purity, as Jesus acknowledged by His anger.

So, do you think God sends in the doves to confirm our faithfulness or as a subliminal sign He is near? It’s easy to comprehend because, after all,  signs from God are clear as the day is long.

I want to share a personal event in my life. I married my wife on a beach in Destin, Florida. Standing on a platform next to the tall grasses and sand dunes, we recited our sacred vows. At the exact moment the Justice of Peace declared us man and wife, three doves flew out of the grass and over our heads. We will never forget it!

At first, we believed it was our deceased parents showing their approval, but now we view it differently – it was the Lord! To this day, His abundant blessings affect our life.

So, Lord, send in the doves! I built my sanctuary in honor of You. It gives me the strength for all things of which I can do to serve You better. I keep one eye on my blessings and the other on Your arrival. Standing like a soldier, I shall remain in prayer and feeding the doves You sent to watch over me this morning.

I love the days I can share Christ with all my readers. So many seeks the Lord, but He joins me in my daily thoughts. Call on our Lord, and He will send doves your way if you just have faith and pray.  What a merciful Father, don’t you agree?

Send in the doves, Lord, and baptize us with powerful wings and life ever after.

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Sixth Sense

My Cockatoo parrot lays his head on my shoulders and even gives me the best little kisses. He severely injured his foot a year ago during our move. Covered in blood and crying from the pain, he allowed me to cut the string off that severed into his bone and tendons. Since the incident, I have become his best friend, his “mate,” if you will. I pondered our body’s faculties – the sense of touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste. They send information to the brain to help us understand and perceive the world. But I know God gave us a sixth sense, which began at the beginning of time.

If we go to the Book of Genesis, God created Adam and placed him in the Garden of Eden. But soon after that, He recognized man was incomplete and needed a mate. Eve solved the problem. Do you know what God realized was missing for Adam? It’s a sixth sense….

I believe every living creature on earth has not only five senses, but a sixth sense called LOVE. Love floods the brain with chemicals and hormones, producing pleasure, obsession, and attachment. However, the emotion of love sets in after we sense the endorphins. God knew Adam needed to love, just as He loves us. Jesus walked the earth to explain the innate love born into each person. Men couldn’t characterize it at the start of time, but love always existed, just as it does now.

Love is a sense of the inner spirit and a force of nature. It is unpredictable, irrefutable, and radiates independently of our fears and desires. So, if God formed all His creations with love as a sixth sense, how then could it not apply to animals too?

As we see on social media, mammals can show humans, love. Millions of caretakers of dogs and cats I’m sure will agree with me. They slurp kisses on our face and sleep in bed with us. But particular creatures, like fowl, are instinctively non-receptive to people. Their nature is to fly from danger… or is it?

I am happy to report that birds, too, are born with a sense of love. How did I reach this epiphany? By a bird – yes, by my parrots! We can’t teach our feathered friends to hug or give us a kiss. Instead, they sense (the sixth sense) when they are loved and protected. They reciprocate in a language only they can understand.

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Now to test my experiment on the outdoor birds. Each morning, I throw tiny seed on the ground, and then take a seat on the deck. Almost immediately, the small birds gather in the nearby trees. I call them, and they flock down to the grass to feed and greet me. Some even venture onto the deck and handrails and chirp. They feel protected and sense love.

 I even took my “love” hypothesis to Wal-Mart. As I walked down an aisle, I encountered many service dogs. We made eye contact, and they too broke and ran to me for a pat on the head. You see, God communicates with animals. He led the animals to Noah’s ark.  Scripture tells us that the breath of life resides within them; therefore, they have a sense of love too.

“Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark.”  Genesis 7:15

Love is the sixth sense inside all creations that share God’s spirit. It is the connection between all the universal languages. Humanity and animals do not have to be created alike to have the same compassion and love derived from God. He so loved the world first so that all His creations have the ability and instinct to love others.

“For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.”  Psalm 50:10-11


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It has always been you and it will always be you….

Waiting for you

“When you get married, your loyalty, first and foremost, is to your spouse, and to the family that you create together.”  Phil McGraw

When you feel that every person in this world has deserted you,

You are never truly alone,

I am still there for you

Take a moment,right here ,right now,

and thank them for that

No mater how bad your day is,

there is always a happy face

waiting for you

to get home.

‘unknown’

Thank you

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AN OPEN LETTER FROM ICHIROU

Ichirou. I loved my name because it meant “the first son”. Although I had many brothers in the house, but I was the only dog who stayed inside your room. The first time I saw a giant, smiling at me, it was the most memorable moment of my life. I heard cheers and joyous laughter from Vince who carried me from my mother, Dashie. I had 4 siblings and had the chance to grow with Mongshil for one and a half year.

I met your sister, Yash who always fed me every morning. Your room was huge for me, so I hid under the cabinet until I got used to your daily noise and teasing jokes. I loved how you make music with Vince and Yash, playing guitar and ukulele. I didn’t know how and what to react, but I wiggle my tail to show that I was happily entertained. There were times that Vince got mad when I destroy something inside the house, but I was always seeking for his forgiveness. I was so sorry for the mischievous behavior of mine.

I remembered every time you were going to work, I made sure that your way to train station was safe. So, I used to walk you and spent my 10 minutes every morning. I was very delighted whenever you call my name. My heart was joyfully beating so fast.

Then, one day, I had another brother. He’s a cat. You adopted him after I turned one year. He was always mad at me and never wanted to play. I was happy when he brought you smile whenever you arrive from work. That moment, I realized, I couldn’t have your full attention because you had Sapporo, but you tried your best to attend to me through hugs and pats. But, the day came when you, three, became busy and I was left at home, alone with the cat and turtles. I was afraid to be alone, so I scratch the wooden floor behind our main door. And you shouted at me because I made a mess inside the house. I was crying inside, but I saw you crying also so I came to you. You just hugged me, and I found out your father died.

That was very painful to see, my lovely people were in sorrow and I didn’t know what to do just to make you guys feel okay. I stayed beside you and give my best paw forward to show my love to you. There were days that you, three, were not in the house so I stayed outside the house just to wait for you. But, there someone who lived next to us who was mad at me. He shooed me away, so I strayed the long streets just to seek for friends. Every time you were out, I went to visit my friends at the next neighborhood and had a chance to eat with them, a family used to leave dog foods for the stray dogs.

There was a time that I was hit by a car and I went home injured. You were so worried, and you didn’t let me go outside for days. But you were annoyed by my howls and you let me to play outside again.

Today, you went out for work, Yash went to church and Vince got to do some errands. I was left in the house. I bid my goodbye to Sapporo (the big cat), Gulaps (the mischievous kitten), Boysen and Ros (your 2 turtles) to play and run outside with my mother, Dashie. Then a familiar face came to me and something made me feel strange. I smelled something that hit my lungs. I howled in pain and got to the nearest car, hid underneath. I saw Yash coming to me and I heard her voice, calling my name. Then, I saw Vince, helping me to walk inside the house.

I saw you sleeping although the room was like rotating. My head ached so bad and I grasped for air. Then, I realized my time was near. The two were worried about me as I fell off my knees. I gave my last howl then I felt my body wasn’t moving. The two woke you up and I saw you coming near me. You held me as you pressed my stomach. Your lovely voice filled my ears as you called my name.

“Ichirou. Ichirou.” Your voice trembled, and you were in tears. I knew that would be the last time I would be hearing your voice. You called me for the third time and I was so happy that I could still hear you. But my heart was beating so fast and I couldn’t breathe anymore.

I gave my final silent woof. I saw a clear and bright garden; many dogs were happily running but I could still hear your cries. I saw you and your siblings in commotion and trying to revive me back. I was very sad to see you crying as you lit a candle and gave prayers to my soul.

Thank you for taking care of me and loving me for three years. Don’t be sad, I will still protect the family every day. I am with you always and maybe the cats and turtles will see me. I am sending your prayers and feelings to God and I know He will help you to recover from mourning.

I love you and please send my warm woof to other dogs in the house.

Love,

Ichirou


Our dog, Ichirou, died last May 29, 2019 at 12 midnight and he’s in the process of cremation. His ashes and pawprint will be delivered within a week. I posted a Drawing for A Cause last night on my Facebook Page to help me with my funds for his burial. If you guys are interested to have a portrait sketch you can send me a message through my Twitter and Facebook account (will leave the links below). For those who want a sketch and to be sent abroad, I can ship it through any courier/shipment outlets that are near to your place. Any details will be discussed through personal messages. Asking for donations will be very hard but I thought of an idea of returning the gratitude through portrait drawings.

The drawing will be on 8.5”x 11” vellum board using graphite pencils. You can check my graphite artworks on the link below. Thank you guys and may God Almighty bless you!



All The World’s A Stage

All The World’s A Stage

By William Shakespeare

All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players:

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts,

His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,

Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.

And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel

And shining morning face, creeping like snail

Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,

Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad

Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,

Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,

Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,

Seeking the bubble reputation

Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,

In fair round belly with good capon lined,

With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,

Full of wise saws and modern instances;

And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts

Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,

With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,

His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide

For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,

Turning again toward childish treble, pipes

And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,

That ends this strange eventful history,

Is second childishness and mere oblivion,

Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

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Sacrifice

Sacrifice is the mother of everything.

Without sacrifice, you can’t get what you want in your life.

Your success always demands great sacrifice from you.

Are you ready for that?

Ask yourself.

Then you’ll know how to sacrifice in your life.

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Changes

Don’t scare of change.

Life is all about change.

You’ll change.

Everybody will change.

Everything will change.

Look around you, you’ll always find changes.

You can’t stop the medium of change.

Nobody can stop it either.

Change is the universal law.

This is the truth of life.

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Struggle

Life is all about struggle.

You never live without struggle.

Life begins with a struggle.

Life ends with a struggle.

Struggle is the part of our life.

A mother struggles to give birth to her child.

Every living creature struggles for survival.

Struggle is the rule of life.

If you struggle to get something today,

Tomorrow or in your near future, you’ll receive your grand rewards.

Don’t scare to struggle.

Enjoy your struggle and hug it like your true pal.

Your grand success and victory is always waiting for you.

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Failure

Failure is important in your life.

Without relishing the bitter taste of your failure, You’ll never get the sweet taste of your success.

Failure doesn’t break you down, But failure makes you stronger and solid.

Don’t scare of your failure. Make your failure as the stepping stone of your great success.

Discover the new ways of your grand success and glory on the path of your greatest failures.

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