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Friday, January 1, 2010

My First Police Encounter

Have you ever tried to be arrested? What was the caused? How you've reacted with the experience? Being nabbed by the authority is not easy, especially if you know that you are innocent. Read this article to learn my personal experience with the unknown robber, the victim, the police officers, my older sister and me.

Last December 26, 2009 it was Saturday, my sister ask me to go with her to buy DVD player and her other needs. First, we dropped by in some stores to choose the items. Yet, she didn't like anything from the first three stores we visited. However, by 1 o'clock in the afternoon, we already bought the DVD player, microphone and the blanket she likes. After that, we were visiting another store, which is selling blouses. And that was where the circumstances begun.

It was exactly 2'0clock pm, we enter the unknown store to buy a blouse of my sister. And because we already brought along the purchased items, we left them at the baggage counter. We were give a number, then we started choosing blouses. We pick one blouse to another, until we reached to a woman, whom aged 47 years old. The woman fitted the pants, blouses and anything she liked to try. Then, suddenly the woman looked at me and then to my sister. Later, she acted like a nervous dog which don't know what to say, and don't know what she look for too. Surprised to her reaction, I guess her mind by asking, "Are you looking for your bag?" And she said, "yes, where is my bag?" We helped her finding her bag, and alas! we've found it just hanging on the blouse stand. I whispered to my sister saying that, "It seems she is stupid. Can you imagine she simply hung her bag as if she's in the house?" And we laugh secretly at her.

We continue our shopping. We choose blouses for my sister, but after 20 minutes or more, the woman whom we helped to look for her bag approaches us, and search her wallet in us. We were shocked but not afraid. We asked her about what she was talking about? Why she is looking for her wallet with us? And she search our bags, and even told the store guard about what happened to her wallet. In short, we were held at the store, until the three police officers arrived. They investigated the case, and later invited us to the police station. I was so angry inside, but I have nothing to do except crying. You know a woman is? Sometimes, being a woman is irritable. We were not ashamed since we know that we are innocent. But we are very upset with that woman.

We ride the police car with a siren. And I told the office to stop it because people at the street were looking at us. And my request, however was granted.

During the investigation, I was so hysterical. I have no idea about it, honestly. I wonder why we were not asked, only the woman was allowed to speak, and it came to my self-realization that we are not the complainant. We were the suspects. And guess what, I even was scolded by the police chief because of my attitude, which I tried to control, yet it just come out. Maybe, because of my disappointment to the situation. Like, I answer even I was not the one being asked, especially when the woman lie. Such manner is not right. But can you blame me? I cried, such police was very harsh too, especially when he tried to link us to the prisoners? Wow! I was really freak.

My mind thought about embarasshment to the people who knew us, especially if our name will be written at the report book or being held at the Carbob Poline Station, Cebu City, with very smelly environment, perhaps toilet room, and to be with the people, who maybe innocent or not. I was also thinking about maybe, we will be released by Monday since that was Saturday. So, we will be sleeping at that station for two to three nights? Anyway, we are innocent, and thank's God we were released after 1 or 2 hours, and also after being searched. And you know what? The woman who accused us was crying. Maybe, she just as if crying so that we will not file a case agains her. We actually not do it. All we want is to go home. I had forgiven that woman for God. But my older sister is really angry to her. I just hope she can forgive her someday. I can't remember the woman's name, since I have no intention to remember her. Yet, I cannot forget her face. She's coming from San Fernando, Cebu City, Philippines. A teacher perse for fourth year high school level in that place.

Such event was really really bad. Before the end of 2009, we were teased by the time. My faith, my control, and my attitude towards the situation. That was a bad experience, and the lessons that I learned from such encounter were; never smile to the strangers. Do not answer when you are not ask. Have faith to God, and learn to forgive, despite of the damage might be done.

Guys when you also come to Cebu or anywhere, please do not just hung your bag at the store. Keep it in your shoulder.  If you loss something because of your mistake, do not accuse anyone, just because they smile at you, or they are too kind on you. The amount of 5,500.00 pesos or more or less not enough to fix anyone's morality, once you damage it.

For that woman from San Fernando, Cebu I have forgiven you. But I want to tell you either you are a victim or maybe that was your modus for Christmas. We are not a robber. I hope you learn also from your own great mistake in life.

Thanks for your reading. That was my first encounter with the police officers.

My Walk With Christ – My Testimony And Reflection

Have I sinned? Yes, I did a lot but am so thankful that God did not see sin on me. What He had seen in me is Christ, who is setting on the very corner of my heart. I am weak because I am human but with the assuring love of Christ in me, I able to stand from my fall. I could not say that I always won temptation; I rather say that Christ had won my fight and struggle in life.

There are many or even a fellow Christian had been judging me through all my failures in life like unsuccessful life project or unfulfilling dreams. They said, “Oh! You are lack of prayer, Oh! You are not faithful to God, and etcetera.” They never know that it hurts my feelings that it hurts my spirit. Anyhow, I only tell God that, “Lord, they don’t know what they’re saying, sorry.”

As human being, sometimes I have concluded that people are judging other through achievements in life. If all your prayers are answered they will say, “Really you are faithful, or oh! Surely God hears your prayer because you are faithful.” That’s good, not bad at all. However, with that manner, what if trials come to their lives? Are they going to say that God has forsaken them? I am so thankful that I know God different from their learning about Him. I ask God that I hope someday, these people will also say some encouraging words, and not a judgmental phrase.

Like a song that says, “He never said, you’ve only saw sunshine, He never said, they’ll be no rain. But He only promises a heart that full of singing.” Yes, there are many dreams that I have, which had not been fulfilled but I never think that am not faithful or God do not listen on my prayers. God says, “For I know the plans I have for you. “ declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. That was my stronghold to God, His plan for me. My plan is not His plan; therefore I should be waiting because He said. Matthew 24:35 – Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. What a promise. Well, as human being you will cry on your failures. That’s alright. It hurts when you fail, you know. But what matters most is you attitude towards such failures. Learn to accept.

“I cried because I have no new shoes, until I saw a man who has no right foot.” Tears? Is it bad when you let your tears run on your cheeks? Definitely, no! Because even Christ cried. John 11:35 What would you do when you don’t get your wants? Are you going to complain or murmuring, or if not even come into blaming God? Why God, oh Why God?

Base on my personal experiences, feeling distress over your unsuccessful dreams in life is natural. If you have question like why that comes to your mind can be expected, it’s because you are normal. For me it is not bad. However, before you reach into blaming God try also to look around you. What life is trying to show you? What are they things in your surrounding, the people’s life, their sorrows, and compare yourself to them. Are they not suffering floods like what happened in Manila or even to the other side of the world? Have you seen people who are begging on the street, sleeping along the street, with no family, and no homes to shield them from rain or sunlight? Count your blessings, instead. You are not begging, you have comfortable sleep in your house, you are healthy, you have work and anything God provides your need. Most of all you have families; your family in flesh and family of God. How lucky I am. It‘s okay to cry when you feel like crying, but never ever blame God. God is too right to be mistaken, God is too good to be unkind, when you don’t understand, when you don’t see his plan, when you can’t trace His hand, Trust His heart. (Bible)

Walking with God is not always like in the bed of roses. And yet, the comforting truth about Jesus is that you have a singing heart. You have hopes and strength to fight a good fight in life. When my dreams are shattered, it made me cry. Yes, really but am so thankful to the Lord Jesus because He still make my mouth sings praises for Him. I feel sorry because I am human but I only trust His Heart, for I knew He is always faithful, despite of my unworthiness. If I ask why, I only tell myself, “Father knows best.” It is already proven through the testimonies of other Christians, Job, Mary Magdalene, through the thief on the right side of Christ, King David and many more saints.

All I can say is, “Jesus is still working on me." He always worries about me and He loves me.

I Timothy 6:12 - Fight the good fight of the faith.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called

How To Handle Fatigue

How could you say that you are healthy? Is it because you don't have cancer or that you are able to do your daily life acitivities? No, you can only tell yourself that you are free from any illnesses, when you are tireless through out your day. I mean, being not so tired at the end of the day. However, if you always feeling weak and tired even at the biggening of your day, it is mean that your physical body is trying to tell you that something is happening in you.

The most common physical problem to human being, which is often disregarded is fatigue syndrome. Fatigue can definitely make your body weak and easily get tired. A little movements, and mental activities, a person who have fatigue will soon get tired. It will make him feel lazy, boring and depress. And when you are fatigue, you always not in the mood to do the things you usually do. Even your hobbies like playing your favorite sport, reading and anything, you no longer have feeling to enjoy it. Fatigue will probably complicate your life.

There are health problems that contribute fatigue, such as hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. These could result to extremely difficult to concentrate on anything you do. Another is hypothyroidism. Thyroiditis is an inflamation of your thyroid gland in your neck, which according to a research result, it can cause you overfatigue.

If you also have a heart problem, anemia, infectious mononucleosis, folic acid defeciency, and infectious hepatitis, these can likewise make you feel weary and fatigue.

Moreover, you can detect fatigue syndrome when you are experiencing some signs and symptoms on dizziness, breathlessness, numbling around the lips, coldness in your extremeties, shaking, nausea, irrregular heartbeat and chest pain.

Sometimes, fatigue is also cause by a depression. This health problem may not need you to come to medical practitioner, but by sharing your problems that made you depress to your trusted friends or confidant, this will probably help you medicated from fatigue.

Most of all, strong faith to God and prayer in Him can give you enough rest that you are longing for. Just also change your attitude of living, observe the foods you eat, and your positiveness in life, despite of the odds.

This is how you can handle your fatigue, and likewise make your health uncompromised.

Stay healthy if you want to get rich because Health is Wealth.