Deuteronomy 33:27"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms."
One of the good things that come from our times of desperation is that we quickly strip ourselves from pride and earnestly cry out to God. I've met many people who have their testimony that if they did not encounter difficulties, they would never have proven that God is enough. How much better to face the dark night of our soul and to learn that His grace is sufficient; that God is big, powerful and caring enough to meet us at the point of our greatest need, than to face difficulty.
The photos above are some of the establishments, business and buildings that have not been there 3 years ago but is now successfully operating. But still some old business enterprises are existing and operating. Like in one of the pictures above, Vietnamese are used to eat noodles on the sidewalks. so that you can still see these business selling noodles around in their old areas.
Indeed, I praised God for the privileged of visiting Vietnam a memorable one, not only spending time bonding with my son's family especially my grand daughters but we got to feel and experience Vietnam.
This photo was taken during the Wood Products Exhibit at the Capital City (Manila) during the early 90's. It was a program of the Dept. of Trade and Industry to invite selected local enterprises to display their quality products at the Philippine Trade Center for invited foreign investors for them to see and place orders of their choice. Oh! I missed this occasion, it was a time for bonding with my late husband.
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Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Acknowledge God in everything you do, and God will direct your steps. Today, our own understanding is often the hindrance to trusting Him, yet if we are convinced that God won't lie to us, and that the promise of His Word become the key that opens the door to His presence, then we can rely upon His goodness to meet our needs.
What I notice in Vietnam are their many lakes, some are man made according to my daughter in law. In this picture is one of the lakes located at the city center , where tourist can ride in the car (below photo) run by electronic touring around the lake and to some of their business center. It is in these area where paid comfort rooms are located that we experienced an unusual behavior which is a little bit a culture shock to us. This is what happened,. Love (my daughter) and I went to use the CR. There were only few person around and it was my turn first who went inside the CR and after me, Love went inside, but lo! when she was already inside, another lady step in too with her. She was shock, so she just step outside and let the lady do her thing. Oh! ! what a culture shock for us. We had mixed feelings imagining the incident. Well, Jeaneth (Dil) said that it happens also in a fitting rooms, even if you are already inside fitting the dress you want to buy, somebody just go in and fit also a dress. whew! Another incident Love experience was in the escalator in one of the malls, she was push by a well dress lady to overtake her, it was good she was holding the rail so she did not fall down. Yes, there are many culture shock you will encounter in VN according to one of the church mates of my son's family for she is new also on that place.
But, anyway, I do not condemn them instead it is one of the countries I am praying for. They are now a fast developing country in which they boomed at such a very short time. I will be posting more pictures later on.
This is fried ice cream we ate at a certain restaurant (sorry, I forgot what restaurant) at Thailand. The ice cream is in inside the dough. You will wonder how it is done when ice cream will melt easily. It is amazing? is'mt not?
Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
We are uncertain of what's out there that we are apprehensive at the beginning of a new year. It is not simply the issue of terrorism that causes our hearts to be troubled. There are also issues about the economy, environment, global warming, our health, family affairs ...... If you want to worry, there's to keep us busy..... But there is a better way .... hold on to Jesus promise. He spoke the word, We can have peace because of the power of Him who bestowed the great legacy on us. The other reason that we can have peace is that God, not fate or chance or evil, is in control. With this assurance we will walk into a peaceful new year filled with the goodness, grace and blessing of God. Happy New Year!
I am a widow and by God's Grace I have moved on. I thank God for giving me a loving and thoughtful children with good in laws. I praise God for His goodness and faithfulness in my life. My wonderful grandchildren is my greatest joy in my life.