Love Unites, Hate Divides


Good Day, Beautiful People!

People are entitled to their opinions.  Doesn’t mean we have to follow what the crowd do.  The world is fractured filled with angry, broken, hurt, lost and forgotten people. Love this saying, “We are here to heal and not to harm. We are here to love and not to hate. We are here to create and not destroy.”  

If we stop, consider and think first, most of us will not leash out in reaction and respond in a level head way. Apply Godly wisdom in all situations. 

Sometimes, we may not even like our leaders or even feel that they’re unfit for the role. The truth is the Creator of the universe does not need our approval. He can choose who he wants for His purpose. We often discount people base on the exterior and not the heart. Remember these:

The Lord can control a king’s mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases. -Proverbs 21:1 NCV

Surely you know. Surely you have heard. Surely from the beginning someone told you. Surely you understand how the earth was created. God sits on his throne above the circle of the earth, and compared to him, people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the skies like a piece of cloth and spreads them out like a tent to sit under. He makes rulers unimportant and the judges of this world worth nothing. They are like plants that are placed in the ground, like seeds that are planted. As soon as they begin to grow strong, he blows on them and they die, and the wind blows them away like chaff. God, the Holy One, says, “Can you compare me to anyone? Is anyone equal to me?” Look up to the skies. Who created all these stars? He leads out the army of heaven one by one and calls all the stars by name. Because he is strong and powerful, not one of them is missing. –Isaiah 40:21‭-‬26 NCV

All of you must yield to the government rulers. No one rules unless God has given him the power to rule, and no one rules now without that power from God. –Romans 13:1 NCV

Hope this serve as a kind reminder, just because a Christian won’t support something, doesn’t mean that they hate the people involved in it. Choose the high road and stop the nasty naming, blaming and throwing stones, especially Christian Leaders must lead by example. It is good to be sensitive and gracious to give people space and time to heal, dream, build, pray, love again. Be the salt and light, continue to shine brightly in the darkness of your spheres.  


O Lets together let people know that we are listening. May this not just be a facebook post but a quality of character that defines us!

To my Muslim friends – if you can find no one who will treat you with respect or welcome you with love, I will.

To my Hispanic friends – if you find yourself with nowhere to go or no one to help you or your family, I will.

To my LGBTQ friends – if you feel alone or lost and wondering who will stand up for you, I will.

To my Black friends – if you wonder if anyone will value your life, I will.

You are my friends, my neighbors, my family. Even if no one else will hear you, apologize or help, I will.  

– Shad McNeil

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Real Love doesn’t hurts 


Good Day, Beautiful People! 

Three months ago, I attended a charity high tea,  fundraiser for women suffered from domestic violence.  It makes me ponder about real love. 

Most young people will dream of having a lifetime of great romance, to find that someone special, the ultimate soulmate at some point. Unless someone has corrupted their minds to dream of that. Maybe someone has been living in the broken, fractured and dysfunctional family or environment for too long. It certainly become their norm. Psychologically and physically is damaging for anyone especially young children and youth that have no power to change their situation unless the adults rise up and make right decision and choices for the safety of the family. 

Truly, you are enough! You don’t need someone to complete you. That is the Hollywood romance movies try to make us feel that way. You are complete, whole and a beautiful unique masterpiece created by your Creator. So never settled for second best. Your soulmate is to add value to your life, to love, treasure, cherish and protect you like Christ loves His Bride. 

This is a good reminder for any single woman looking for love. Real love doesn’t hurt, a real man never hurts a woman. It is berserk to love somebody who hurt you constantly. Needless to say, is nutty as fruitcake to think someone who harms you loves you. Maybe is Stockholm Syndrome that the victims feel positive for the abusers. In most cases, they’re brain washed to the extent of protecting and defending the abusers.


6 Early Warning Signs of Abusive Relationship by Pamela Jacob.

1. He will romance you. He will buy you flowers and gifts. He will likely be the most romantic man you have ever met. He will pay attention to you and make you feel special and wanted. You may find yourself thinking that he is too good to be true — because he is. He needs you to trust him and develop feelings for him, because it is much easier to control someone who loves you. He will make you feel like you are his entire world — because he wants your world to revolve around him. Of course, just being romantic is not necessarily a sign of abuse. But, an abuser will often use these gifts and romance to distract you from other concerning behaviors, such as control and jealousy.  

2. He will want to commit — quickly. He will say that it’s love at first sight, that you are made for each other, and that he can’t imagine his life without you. He will sweep you off your feet, and tell you he has never loved anyone this much. He will insist on being exclusive right away, and will likely want to move in together, or even get married, very quickly. He needs you to love him, and to belong to him. You may feel like the relationship is moving too quickly — trust your instincts.    

3. He will want you all to himself. He will glare at other men for looking at you and question you about your male friends. You may think this jealousy is cute, or even loving — at first. But soon, he’ll make you feel guilty for spending time with friends or family. He will call or text you several times a day, and may accuse you of flirting or cheating. He will say he loves you so much, he can’t stand the thought of anyone else being near you. And soon, no one else will be. This is the beginning of isolation.  

4. He will be very concerned about you. He may get upset if you don’t call him back right away or if you come home late. He will say it’s because he worries about you. He will start to question who you saw, where you went, and what you were doing. He will mask his control as concern for your well-being. He will start to make decisions for you — who you spend time with and where you go — and claim to know what’s best for you. Soon, you’ll be asking his approval for every decision. Your control over your own life will slip away, as his power and control grows.  

5. He will be sweet and caring — sometimes. He will be the sweet, loving man who everyone else sees, and who you fell in love with. But, sometimes, he will become the man who puts you down, makes you feel guilty, and isolates you. He will make you believe that if you just did something differently, loved him more, or treated him better, he would be that sweet, loving man all the time. You will stay because of your hope for the man you love, but will spend most of your time being controlled by the man who hurts you. Eventually, you won’t be able to tell the difference. 

6. He will play the victim. If he gets in trouble at work, it’s someone else’s fault. If he has a bad day, someone is out to get him. And if he is upset, he will blame you for his feelings and actions. He will expect you to make him happy and fulfilled — and when he’s not, he will blame you. He may apologize for yelling, putting you down, or hurting you, but will always find a way to make it your fault. He will say things like, “It’s just that I love you so much,” or “I wish you didn’t make me so crazy.” Eventually, he will blame you for making him hit you. 

If these warning signs are happening in your relationship, even if he has not hit you (yet), this is abuse. Control, jealousy, and isolation are not love. And abusive behavior will not change — no matter how hard you try, or how much you love him. This man may seem like your dream come true, but soon, he will become your worst nightmare. 


Tips on How to get out of Abusive Relationship by Roogirl.com

1. Recognize the Signs

The first step is to recognize the fact that you are in an abusive relationship. Denial is a strong force that can keep us in toxic situations far longer than is safe or necessary. You may feel that your partner is an overbearing jerk, but he’s not that bad. Until you acknowledge the behavior as abusive, you won’t be motivated to take action. Here are a few of the signs:

Controlling: takes charge of the household money; demands to know your whereabouts; threatens to leave or throw you out; forces you to socialize, even if you don’t feel like it; withholds affection or attention; tells you how to dress; makes sure that the one thing you want is exactly what you won’t get.

Isolation: causes a riff between you and your family; slowly makes you stop spending time with your friends; all of his friends are now your friends; doesn’t allow you to go places without him; withholds money so you can’t go anywhere.

Crazy-making: blames his mistakes on others; is a different person in public than he is at home; changes history (denies saying or doing something that you know he did); tells you you’re too sensitive; has unpredictable mood swings; twists your words and uses them against you.

Emotional: disrespectful to you; harms animals or things you love; rolls his eyes at you; humiliates you privately or in public; seems energized by fighting; says things that make you feel good but does things that make you feel bad; treats you like a sex object.

Physical: hitting; pushing; blocks you from leaving the room or house; holds you down; forces you to have sex.

If you are experiencing these things in your relationship, seek help immediately.

2. Disengage

Before preparing to leave your abusive partner, you need to regain some of your power. First of all don’t announce that you are leaving him. It will only make your situation escalate or he will act like the perfect partner for a while until he begins abusing you again. However, you can stop the pattern of: abuse, guilt, excuses, normal behavior, fantasy, set-up then back to abuse. Instead disengage when he tries to bait you into an argument.

3. Secretly Save Money

If your abusive partner controls finances, this can be difficult but not impossible. Get a post office box that any mail from the bank can use to send statements. If you don’t set up a secret account, find a place away from the house to hide your money. A few alternate places are a locker at work, with a trusted friend or a safe deposit box. If you receive your paycheck through direct deposit, have some of it go into a different account.

4. Get Help

Many women stay in abusive relationships because they are too embarrassed to tell their friends and family. If their partner acts like Mr. Perfect when he’s in public, they may feel that no one will believe them. Although your family and friends love you, you may have trouble believing it if you’ve been emotionally beaten down. You can also find help through online sites or local women’s shelters. This is not something you have to go through alone.

5. Get Documentation

This is a two-fold process. You want to get documented proof that you are being abused. If you are getting a divorce or have children it is imperative to prove to the court that your partner is abusive. Take pictures of any physical abuse; save any abusive messages or emails; keep a dated journal; talk to your doctor and call the authorities when he is abusive.

You also want to have copies of all your important documents and keep them safe. Once you leave, he’s not going to politely hand over your tax records, birth certificate and insurance information.

6. Pack a SHTF Bag

You want to have an emergency bag already packed and hidden in case the shit hits the fan and you need to get out in a hurry. Have clothes for you and your children, some but not all of your money, a key to the car and a spare cell phone. If you fear for your life and need to leave the house in a moment’s notice, you want to be prepared.

7. Have a Safe Word

Have a safe word in place with any people involved, including your children, that will let them know if you are ok in the moment or if it’s a “code red” situation.

8. Have a Place to Go

Know where you will be going when you leave. This may seem like an obvious thing, but when you are in the moment it may be difficult to think. You also don’t want to worry people involved in helping you if they find that you’re not at home or if they get a call from your soon-to-be-ex. If you’re planning to stay with a friend or family member, make sure you have a key to their home. If you are leaving during an emergency situation, you’ll need a way to get inside if they aren’t home.

9. Call for Back-up

If all goes according to plan and you have movers reserved to move your things, let the police know ahead of time. They will be there to make sure there isn’t any trouble. If your abusive partner somehow finds out, and shows up to stop you (which is illegal) it will be a good idea to have the police already there.

10. Call a Lock Smith

If you plan to stay in the home and kick out your partner, you will also need to have a rock solid plan in place. Most abused women find it safer and easier to relocate themselves instead of their abusive partner, but it can be done. If you have proper documentation of his ongoing abuse, you should be able to get a restraining order. Once he is out, call a lock smith and have all the locks changed. You may also want to have a security system installed or have the code and password changed on the existing one. Before making this choice, please get all of the professional advice you can pertaining to your specific situation.

11. Get a Restraining Order

Once you have left him, get a restraining order. You want to have documentation in place to be able to have him easily removed when he starts harassing you. Remember that this is not the time to feel relaxed. This is the most dangerous time. If he doesn’t come at you with escalated anger, he will come to you with hearts and flowers. They are equally dangerous. If he doesn’t harm you now he will harm you later if you choose to take him back. So, do what you can to cut all contact with him.

12. Take Time to Heal

Once you get out of an abusive relationship it is time to begin your recovery. Finding a therapist who specializes in domestic violence is always a good idea. You’re broken and will require help putting yourself back together. You may suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or depression. Don’t ignore this very important step. You won’t be completely out from under the abuse if it is still affecting you. You also don’t want to repeat the mistake of getting into a relationship with another abuser in the future. It will take time, but you will heal from your experience.

Making the decision to get out of an abusive relationship is extremely difficult. People must understand that women who are in the situation are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. Although the term was first associated with kidnap victims, it also applies to women who are unable to leave abusive men. By changing the perception of the problem, perhaps more women can find the strength to leave and more people will be willing to help. If you are in an abusive relationship or suspect that someone you know may be do everything in your power to get the help you need.


Below are some Help Links:

http://www.thehotline.org/

https://www.1800respect.org.au/

http://m.whiteribbon.org.au/finding-help

Prayer to Cut Soul Ties Links: http://www.missionariesofprayer.org/2010/11/prayer-cut-soul-ties/


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Stay Strong Paris [rester forts Paris]

   
   

Good Day, Beautiful People!

I’m saddened by the morning news that once again one of my favourite city, City of Lights, Paris, is under attack!  So many innocents died because of terrorism.  Such senseless and gutless act to create havoc, pain and fear in people.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Be strong, stay strong. May the real God, Prince of Peace, shine His lights brighter than ever in this darkness. 

Sharing this song with you. May it brings some comfort and peace in your heart.

PRINCE OF PEACE

My heart a storm, clouds raging deep within

The Prince of peace came bursting through the wind

The violent sky held its breath

And in Your light I found rest

Tearing through the night
Riding on the storm

Staring down the fight

My eyes found Yours

Shining like the sun

Striding through my fear

The Prince of peace

Met me there

You heard my prayer
Hope like the sun, light piercing through the dark
The Prince of peace came and broke into my heart

The violent cross, the empty grave

And in Your light I found grace

Tearing through the night
Riding on the storm

Staring down the fight

My eyes found Yours

Shining like the sun

Striding through my fear

The Prince of peace

Met me there

You’re always there
And You hear my prayer

Your love surrounds me 
When my thoughts wage war

When night screams terror

There Your voice will roar

Come death or shadow

God I know Your light will meet me there

When fear comes knocking
There You’ll be my guard

When day breeds trouble

There You’ll hold my heart

Come storm or battle

God I know Your peace will meet me there

(Again and again)
Oh, be still my heart

I know that You are God

Oh fear no evil

For I know You are here

And my soul will know Your love surrounds me 
When my thoughts wage war

When night screams terror

There Your voice will roar

Come death or shadow

God I know Your light will meet me there

And my soul will know
When fear comes knocking

There You’ll be my guard

When day breeds trouble

There You’ll hold my heart

Come storm or battle

God I know Your peace will meet me there

Oh, be still my heart
And my soul will ever know that You are God

And You heard my prayer

   

    
 

  

   
 
This is to demonstrate the solidarity  with the French in the wake of the siege in Paris. 

Pray for world, pray that countries leaders to have wisdom and courage in fighting ISIS and radical Islam. Pray for justice. Pray for the people who are affected by this tragedy.  Muslim leaders need to make a stand and fight radical Islam. Stop pussyfooting. 

Critical Thinking: @AngelaSChua: Treat your country like your home. You don’t invite evil people to your home why you allow evil people in your country! Common sense, Screen!

  
  
In one day, so many tragedies happened. We can feel helpless and dampen our spirits. The best thing you can do is pray for peace for the countries and people affected.

There are wisdom to be learnt: Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses. – Proverbs10:12

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.

  
Link:

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/13/world/paris-shooting/

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/11/14/governor-general-expresses-condolences

http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/on_the_bolt_report_today_november_15_paris_attacked/
http://new.spectator.co.uk/2015/11/australian-diary-15/
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I stand for Mercy



Good Day, Beautiful People.

Today, I woke up at 5 am with a very heavy heart like many in Australia. The sad news of Bali 8 executions. Rodrigo Gularte, Martin Anderson (aka Belo), Raheem Agbaje Salami, Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Okwudili Oyatanze, Zainal Abidin bin Mgs Mahmud Badarudin, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have died because of capital punishment. My prayers and thoughts for those families that Prince of Peace will comfort them. Andrew and Myuran, Australia grieves for you, Heaven rejoices for you. It is noted, you loved singing songs of praises even the last day on earth and now get to sing with the angels. “It was breathtaking. This was the first time I witnessed someone so excited to meet their God.” -Pastor Karina de Vega. Her words spoke volume of the change Andrew and Myuran. Truly, I am thankful that Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso was granted a last-minute clemency.

“Shattered and disappointed by the news that eight individuals convicted of drug-related crimes have been executed in Indonesia tonight, despite global calls for clemency. It’s a devastating blow to all of us who hoped that mercy (and common sense) would prevail.” – Sir Richard Benson

This really is opening a can of worms, raise so many issues that people may have to agree to disagree in some. I know my Indonesian friends may not agree with me on this matter. It always good to show mercy and kindness than being judgemental.

In general, we hate drugs, drugs pushers and drugs cartel. We want to fight the war of drugs but not inhuman way. We know how devastating to see friends, families and loved ones suffer from drugs abuse and the aftermath. People in civilised society have freedom of choice, some of us choose poorly at times. Naturally, we recognise and agree people who do the crime, do the time and life sentence. On the other hand, death penalty is barbaric for civilised society. Especially where the countries have rehabilitation programmes in place and see the success stories come out of rehabilitation. I believe people should be given a second chance particularly they have transformed to be better. Saul used to kill many Christians before he became St Paul who we know now. Nelson Mandela was given a second chance and became the famous Nation Leader who did many good for South Africa.

One cannot help but think the law in Indonesia seems to favour terrorists who killed so many innocents. This is one of many worms, many Aussies still remember the devastating Bali bombing. The terrorists were all set free.
Links of Terrorists set Free:
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/36-of-the-bali-bombings-terrorists-are-free-even-more-will-be-released-this-year-2014-5
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2717999/Bali-bomber-Muhammad-Cholili-released-TEN-years.html
http://www.news.com.au/world/indonesia-releases-2005-bali-bomb-maker-muhammad-cholili/story-fndir2ev-1227016024717
http://www.news.com.au/world/analysts-divided-if-freed-bali-bombers-will-join-islamic-state/story-fndir2ev-1227032415482

I leave you with these famous quote by Nelson Mandela “You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than acts of retribution.”


This song 10000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman dedicated to you and your families:


Links for my overseas friends:

https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/the-death-penalty-has-no-place-in-the-world-0
http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/abolishing-the-death-penalty
http://www.smh.com.au/world/bali-executions-eight-prisoners-refused-to-wear-blindfolds-as-they-were-shot-20150429-1mvm99.html
http://www.news.com.au/world/asia/the-executions-of-bali-nine-duo-andrew-chan-and-myuran-sukumaran/story-fnh81fz8-1227325701195
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/why-andrew-chan-and-myuran-sukumaran-should-not-be-executed/story-fni0fhie-1227323017166
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-04/bali-nine-profiles-andrew-chan-and-myuran-sukumaran/6089120
http://www.news.com.au/world/asia/an-indonesian-prison-guard-working-on-the-same-island-where-bali-nine-duo-were-execution-has-been-arrested-for-trafficking-ice/story-fnh81fz8-1227357263172

Link for successful rehab:
http://www.malaysiandigest.com/frontpage/29-4-tile/551705-text-messages-from-one-of-bali-nine-before-his-execution.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=malaysian+digest
http://hillsong.com/blogs/collected/2015/april/istandformercy#.VUB8U40cTDc
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/bali-nine-australians-keephopealive-for-andrew-chan-and-myuran-sukumaran/story-fni0cx12-1227324524075

Talk about things that matters with your loved ones. Educate the next generation.
http://www.drugs.health.gov.au/internet/drugs/publishing.nsf/content/youth4
http://www.drugs.health.gov.au/internet/drugs/publishing.nsf/content/home-1

http://m.essentialkids.com.au/older-kids/education-for-older-kids/the-letter-andrew-chan-wanted-all-australian-teenagers-to-read-20150430-1mwwt6.html

Furneral Link:

http://mobile.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/andrew-chan-funeral-last-letters-read-at-hillsong-ceremony/story-fnj3rq0y-1227345986921
http://youtu.be/fCB-6horoWo
http://andrewchanlife.org/

http://mobile.news.com.au/national/mourners-farewell-bali-nine-ringleader-myuran-sukumaran-at-a-funeral-in-sydney/story-fncynjr2-1227348063728
   
 

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Happy International Women’s Day

Good Day, Beautiful People!

8th March every year is time to celebrate International Women’s Day worldwide! The essence of the commemoration of occasion ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards girls and women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements.

Well, the political and human rights subject matter designated by the United Nations. It directs and conducts active, healthy, powerful, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women across the globe are accessed and investigated in a hopeful manner. Some folks celebrate the day by wearing purple ribbons.

So thankful to all the beautiful, amazing, strong and resilient women in my life. My late grandma, my mom, all the women in my family and extended family, my friends and my mentors. By looking at their lives, give me something to look up to and to build more and want more out of my life. I am grateful that I am living in a country that believe in women’s rights, equality and women’s freedom. Like Oprah said “Here’s to more achievements, equality and realization of our dreams.”

At the same time, I am also praying and believing for the girls and women who are being oppressed in certain countries in the world will enjoy the freedom, human rights and equality in the near future. Basically, those countries that oppressed women and children are not flourishing and unstable.

Truly, woman is created to be the man’s helper, partner in life and his equal. Clearly, it is written in the bible, woman is made from his rib of his equal, not from his head to control him, not from his feet to feel inferior to him.
“God put the Man into a deep sleep. As he slept he removed one of his ribs and replaced it with flesh. God then used the rib that he had taken from the Man to make Woman and presented her to the Man.” Gen2:22 

Well, this is an excellent model we can be inspired to be. Honestly speaking, most of us will consider this is a tall order to follow. I am pretty certain I will not be doing all that especially the knitting, sewing and making my own clothes. Of course, there are women that are given such talents to sew and knit. Some are given green thumbs to grow plants and flowers in their gardens. We may not have all these talents but all of us are given something unique that we are good at. So stop comparing your talents and your life with others. Be you and that is enough. Celebrate the beautiful, authentic and exclusive you. Collectively, we cheer and applaud all our achievements.
A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colourful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises! -Proverb 31:10-31

Below are quotes that are encouraging for you or the girls and women in your world:

 

Links for further reading:
http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
https://unwomen.org.au/international-womens-day
http://www.internationalwomensday.com/theme.asp#.VP1J2I0cTDc
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/international-womens-day-highlights-end-the-right-to-rape-campaign/story-fnq2o7dd-1227252605714

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I have a Dream. – Martin Luther King Jr

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Good Day, Beautiful People!

I am aware that my American friends just celebrated Martin Luther King Jr Day on 19 Jan 2015. He was more than a minister, advocate for freedom, courageous fighter for civil right movement, visionary, hero, a world class leader and history maker. Even through Dr King was way before my time, yet he left a great legacy beyond the Nation of American soil. His dream has inspired so many to dream big even till today. This is my tribute to this world freedom hero. The video clips touched my heart so deep each time I watch, I end up shedding some tears thinking about his dream and my dreams.

You can watch the famous speech 28 August 1963 below:

 

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Below is Martin Luther King Jr Bio:
http://www.biography.com/people/martin-luther-king-jr-9365086

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Praying for Paris [Priant pour Paris]

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Good Day, Beautiful People!

It sadden my heart with all the news I read but it does not shock me that the earth is darker and sicker than before. Most of us, believers, know that we are living in evil days. There will be more and more violence and evil things happening.

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Thoughts and prayers for Paris, authorities and victims’ families. It is hard to see innocence being murdered in such cowardly and barbaric manner again and again.

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Below are the news links:
http://m.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30740115

http://mobile.news.com.au/world/europe/charlie-hebdo-attack-shooting-at-paris-kosher-grocery/story-fnh81p7g-1227180200292

http://m.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/radical-islam-and-western-values-cannot-coexist-peacefully/story-fni0fhh1-1227178804093?nk=1c65e9ec6f39011bf6531a861f32bda1

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Jesus told us offenses would come.
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (‭John‬ ‭16‬:‭33‬ NASB)
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭21‬ NASB)
It is not an easy task to follow especially for people who are affected.
Pray His grace is sufficient for you.

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[Noel] Sydney Siege #illridewithyou

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Good day, Beautiful people!

This is a celebration season that most of us are busy getting ready for Christmas, attending parties and gathering with loved ones, families and friends. Whether you are a believer or not, most of us in the world celebrate Christmas. Christmas is one of the international public holiday that enjoy by many. Christmas can joyful for some and sorrowful for others. My heart goes out to the people suffer great loss this Christmas. My prayer is that you find treat #peace and comfort .

15th December 2014, the world woke up shocked, received a dreadful news that Sydney Siege. We are all saddened by this news and watched on TV and mass media live coverage helplessly at this new form of barbaric terrorist act unfolded itself. Tears just stream down my eyes, prayed for quick resolution. I knew many prayed over Sydney and Australia. Thank you so much.

This really brings it home. ” Two decent and innocent people have lost their lives, and their families and friends now face life without them. The proximity to Christmas will make each anniversary a little poignant. Others were physically injured and all have been through a trauma that none of us can really imagine.”- Amanda Vanstone

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A week aftermath, Sydney still loved, stands taller and stronger. People just pay respect at Martin place. One good thing that happened is seeing Christians and Muslims cried and hugged one another. It is touching to see sea of flowers. Great tragedies bring out great unity. Once again, we are reminded the lessons of humanity.

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We are really living in crazy time. We still trying to recover from Sydney Siege. Two days ago, we woke up with another tragic news, Cairns massacre.
Eight children were being murdered by a 37 year old mother. This is beyond comprehension. It made me speechless, dishearten and pray for the victims family and friends.

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Hope for good closure for all the victims’ families and friends.

Tips by Ps Joel A’Bell
TIP 1. LOVE
Love conquers all. And genuine love fills our homes with acceptance, hope and a sense of belonging.

TIP 2. FORGIVE

Forgiveness is not always easy, but the results bring unity in the home and between the members of the household. The Bible says; where unity prevails God commands a blessing (Psalm 133).

TIP 3. FOCUS
Whilst social media is informative and can keep us connected, it also has the ability to keep us disconnected with the people who matter the most… family. This Christmas why don’t we put down our phones and electronic devices, on purpose, and engage in life-giving conversations.

Have a blessed Christmas with Jesus as the reason for the season.

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Walk for Freedom

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Good Day, Beautiful People!
Life is amazing itself. Every breathe is given to you is precious. Every life is important to God.
It is utterly repulsive and disgusting that Human Trafficking still exist. We must each play our role to help to stop this modern day slavery issue. There are quite a few good cause and campaign going on.
Supporting A21 campaign, walk for Freedom. Many of us walked in single file and prayed in silence for half an hour to create awareness of modern days slavery and human trafficking issue. If you are able and want to contribute in this area the web link is below.

http://www.thea21campaign.org/index.php

The A21 Campaign: abolishing injustice

Natalia’s Story

Maria’s Story

Child Sex Trafficking on internet

A21 campaign statistics

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#HeForShe Campaign [Gender Equality]

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Good Day, Beautiful People! [Bonne journée Beau! Buen día Bella!]

Hope you have a good start of your week.
UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson, conveyed her persuasive and poignant declaration during the #HeForShe Special Event, at United Nations Headquarters in New York on September 20, 2014. I must say her speech leave quite an impression on me.

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This is not about woman right, is more about making a stand and commitment to stop all form violence against women and discrimination faced by women and girls. It is about basic human right. Justice is love in public. It is time to share this message with the men in our world to participate. Guys if you’re reading please sign up to show support of this movement.
Take action, visit: HeForShe.org
http://www.heforshe.org/

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