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I’m in love with someone. He’s not like any other. There never could be another like Him.

He loves me more than anyone else. He asked me to love Him and live for Him.

I knew my choice would change my life forever. Once I made the decision, there would be no going back.

He would be my life now. I knew there would be a price to pay for my decision too. It would be paid for with blood… not my blood, but His.

He is my one true Love. Very few will ever understand that. Those that don’t will try to separate us, but they will fail.

Evil surrounds me, trying to crush me and bring me down. But He never lets them get near enough to touch me. He always protects me, as He promised to.

When He speaks, my heart stops. I know His voice, I dream about it day and night. I know His touch, I feel it with me always. I know His heart, He shares it with me always.

His love for me is overpowering. But yet constant. There is nothing that I can do to change that. I know there is nothing that can separate us.

I have made my choice. I am His. Always. I know it will be hard. But it’s such a small price to pay to live in His love, and know Him like I could know no other. And when death comes to take me away, I know it is just the beginning of my life forever with Him. My dearest love.


My dear girls,

You’re probably wonder “Are you writing a romance novel, Danica?”  Well… Not exactly. I’m writing of my love and relationship with Christ.

I’ve just recently seen Twilight, the movie. I read the books a while back (A friend of mine sent the first book to me as a Christmas present 2 years ago), and both liked and disliked them.

One of the things that I strongly disliked is the seed of lust that reading these books quietly plants into the hearts of the young girls who read them. It is a beautiful story in it’s own way, it brings forth a view of how God truly created the roles of men and women to be. (The man being the protector and the provider, and the woman being the supporter and seeing him for who he strives to be.)
Though it’s beautiful, it still is poison in some ways. By putting the good morals of Edward in a romantic story of lust, the author (though unintentionally) feeds you the sweet and decadent taste of chocolate moose and slips cyanide into it. What is sweet and romantic is also deadly.

Today, as I was talking to a fellow Christian young woman about this blog, she encouraged me to make sure that everyone understood my heart on this.
I am different.
I know a lot of people who read romance books cannot help but “Awaken Love Early” (as Song of Solomon 8:4 talks about. “I adjure you, O daughters, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases”), and have it start to claw at their hearts, and they start to desire to have a love of their own.
But for me I don’t have that desire, I read the books and think “Wow, that is beautiful” and see how it connects to my relationship with Christ. -Which I will get to in a moment.

So, something that does not effect me, may offend or hurt someone else.  -Please don’t misunderstand, I’m not saying that makes me better. Not at all. Just that I am different, and that is how Father has created me to be.

Basically what I am trying to say is, PLEASE talk to your parents and maybe even a deep Christian friend who knows you and your heart BEFORE you read these books or watch the movie. Ask them if they think this series will mislead you and injure you, or if they think you are someone who will not be affected by it.

Now, as for how I see the resemblance of my relationship with Christ in Twilight…

Edward has an uncontrollable urge to be overprotective of Bella, he can read people’s thoughts and gets edgy even when someone looks at her in a lustful way.
Christ is the same way with us, dear girls. He is very protective of us, and keeps us safe from things we could not imagine that could happen to us.

Bella loves Edward whole heartedly, and she’s willing to change her ways (in this case, become a Vampire like him) to stay with him for as long as she can, and be able to love him more.
Like Bella, we should be willing to lay down everything, even our very lives, for Christ and our love for Him.

Bella and Edward know that there can be no other person they could ever love as much as they love each other. When they are away from each other, they both burn to be with one another.
The same is with my love for Christ. I know I can NEVER love anyone (or anything) more than I love Christ. When I am in sin, and have stepped away from His love, I ache to be back again. It burns a hole in my chest. (Worse than Bella’s in New Moon. 😉 :P)

Edward treasures Bella, like she was air itself. He goes out of his way to bless her, and let her know that she is his precious one.
We are dearly beloved in Christ’s eyes, and He treasures us like we cannot comprehend! He is constantly showering us in blessings, if we just let Him.

Bella is weak and knows it, she has her faults and is clumsy. She is astounded that someone so amazing and beautiful as Edward can love someone like her so much. She leans on Edward and his strength, and depends upon him to hold her up when she falls.
The same should be how we are with Christ. We are weak, and we are utterly dependent upon Him, and His strength (not our own) to keep us from falling. And should CONSTANTLY be amazed that Jesus can love us so much, when we are such a weak and clumsy being, full of problems.

Edward knows Bella is created for him (in the books he talks about waiting for her for years, and knows that she was created for him, and vice versa), and he is willing to do whatever it takes to make her his bride.
We are made for Christ, and Christ alone. And He has laid down His life to free us from the bonds of Hell, and to allow us the freedom to be His Bride. (The bible constantly refers to Christ as the Bridegroom, and Christians, the body of Christ -that’s us, dear girls- as the Bride.)

Are you seeing the connection? 🙂 I have plenty more if you’d like to hear it!

Now for the review of the movie itself…
(Note: this is almost a seperate blog in itself, if you’re not familiar with Twilight -both book and movie- you probably should not read further. You’ll need a to have a bit of understanding of the Twilight series to read the next part of this blog)

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“You don’t know how long I’ve waited for you, my dear”
“You are my life now”
“I feel very protective of you”
“I don’t have the strength to stay away from you anymore”

What girl wouldn’t want the man who loves her to say these things to her? (Even if he is a love-sick Vampire that is struggling with not taking a bite out of her neck and sucking the life out of her.)
These are some of the lines from the famous “Edward Cullen” in the movie “Twilight”.
Yes, you guessed right, I caved and went to go see it this weekend.

Now before some of you groan and say “NOT YOU TOO!!!”, I want to explain something first.

The reason that Twilight is so addicting and popular among teenage girls is because of some of the morals in the books/movie. Edward, the strong, handsome Vampire, is utterly in love with Bella and drawn to her uncontrollably,and has a desire to protect and provide for her. That is how God created men.

Bella, loves Edward for the man he strives to be -not how his instincts make him.  She is willing to be the weaker vessel to let him lead and be the man, and follow him wherever he needs to go. That is how God created women.
Our culture tries to shove the whole “Woman of Power” thing down our throat, and we’re constantly pummeled with feminist views of the sexes sharing equal roles.

Our young women (and even men) crave to play the roles of who God has created them to be, but they don’t know how and when they even try to make an effort to be the role of a man or woman, they are beaten down and considered a freak.

No wonder Twilight is so popular. It speaks against our culture and encourages us to be men and women with differences, not androgynous blurs who have the same abilities. It gives us a desire to be what God created us.

(I’m not saying it’s a Christian book or movie, because it’s not. But it does have some good morals in them if you just look.)

Here are some of the points that I DID and DID NOT like about the movie.
(Warning: if you haven’t read the book/s there may be a few spoilers in here. I promise nothing will ruin the story for you, but it still will have some things that you wouldn’t normally see from the trailers.)

I DON’T like how you seem to be assaulted by the intense music throughout the whole movie. It may have just been because we were in the theater and in the front row, but I still felt like they put on an extra layer of heavy music to wrap your emotions into it. It almost pushed me too far and I am an auditory person who LOVES music.

I DO like how Edward makes an effort to be a gentleman. Granted, that is how he is raised. He’s quite a good example of how all boys and young men should respect women, with a few exceptions… which I’ll mention later on.

I DON’T like how Bella is so selfish and doesn’t think of others before herself. (More so in the book than in the movie.) Though she thinks she is giving up things for her loved ones, like moving away so that her mom and step-dad can have time together, despite pouting about it all the time. What purpose is giving such a gift of sacrifice if your heart is not in it and you pout about it all the time? (Father looks at the heart and the motivation, and if our hearts are not in it, the sacrifice is not a joy to Him.)

I DO like how the Cullen’s have such a high value of family. Most families these days are broken, or dysfunctional, or just flat out do not know how to act like a family. The Cullens, however, stick together and make choices that are best for everyone in the family, not just themselves.

At one point the family needs to all help get Bella to safety and they all have ‘jobs’ to do. One member of the family states their lack of concern for Bella and says they don’t care what happens to her, they won’t do their job. Doctor Cullen (the fatherly character) quickly reproves them and says “Bella is with Edward now. She’s a part of this family, and we protect our family. You will do it.” This is probably where Edward gets his standards for being a gentleman.

I DON’T like how Edward and Bella jump into a relationship and assume that all privileges and pleasures that go with a married relationship are theirs to experience in their first few weeks of knowing each other. (Minor spoiler alert: But important!) Edward startles Bella, as she’s sitting on her bed, about to go to sleep.
He says “I wanted to try something”, and leans forward to gently kiss her. Because he thirsts for her blood, he is trying to fight the temptation of mauling her to death while smooching her. (He hasn’t ever kissed a girl romantically before. -Will explain about that later) They both are thrown into a passionate frenzy and throw themselves onto her bed, where you see that she isn’t wearing any pants at all, but small undies. (It is rather gross)
They don’t really do anything because Edward stops and says that he “can’t loose control with her”, but you get the feeling that were he not a Vampire, he would have gone the whole 9 yards quite happily. (“Like a lamb to the slaughter”)

I’m sure the script writer and director wanted it to be a cute little moment of pleasure, but it truly disgusted me, and my opinion of both Edward and Bella went down a few notches.  (Not to mention the people who wrote the screenplay)

I DO like how much Charlie makes an effort to be a good father to Bella after nearly 15 years of not having a child around for longer than a week or so. Throughout the whole movie you see plenty of cute little gestures that he has made to protect Bella, and make her comfortable. Enough to make you want to say “Awww, he’s such a sweet dad. He’s making such an effort.”

My friend, who went to see it with me, and I actually did say that. 😛 We both “awwed” at Charlie’s efforts, and thought he was doing a good job at trying to restore his relationship with his daughter.

Sadly though, Bella shrugs off his efforts and doesn’t even try to see how much he is struggling with it, and she repays him with a cold shoulder while she goes off to pout about having to be in a town she doesn’t like. (Even though she made the decision to come)

I DON’T like how Jessica, Bella’s “Friend”, freely talks about showing off some of her body parts. Several outfits she wears make you cringe, and involuntarily “UGH” out loud, especially when she is prom dress hunting with some friends.

I DO like how the movie makes you remember the danger of hanging out with the Vampires. Of course you’d trust them not to eat you, but there is still the danger of their instinct to kill. It’s self control that keeps them from devouring their friends and the people that are around them every day.
That kind of self-control is very commendable. Some of us just wish we could have a portion of that kind of self-control over the Holidays with all the delicious food around. 😉

I DON’T like how the movie skips a lot from the book. There was so much more Christlike love from the Cullens, amusing scenes with various characters, a deeper perspective of Edward’s character, more family time between the Cullens and Bella, and a lot of important details of the Cullen’s story in the book that you entirely miss in the movie.

I DO like how Edward seems to be pure, and has waited patiently for his soulmate for almost 100 years now. His line of “You don’t know how long I’ve waited for you, my dear” makes us believe that he has lead a pure life, even though it was lonely. Obviously it’d be easier to wait for your soulmate if you rarely ever met someone of your own kind, and those who you do meet are meat-lovers while you’re a vegetarian. (Plus the added bonus of having an instinct to eat humans sort of puts a damper on having a relationship with one of them.) But it still is commendable that he has kept himself for one woman only.

I DON’T like the age difference between Bella and Edward. Sorry, but does anyone else find it just a wee bit creepy that an 100 year old Vampire has this huge lust-crush on a 17 year old girl?
(Granted, it’s not as creepy as Doctor Who, with 19 year old Rose snogging the 900 year old Time Lord. *shudders*)

I DO like how Edward is truly scared for Bella’s soul and not just for her life here on earth. It subtly hints that they believe in Heaven and Hell. The Vampires are immortal, and Edward refuses to do that to Bella by turning her into a Vampire (something she begs him to do), for fear of what it may do to her soul. He wants her to live a mortal life, ‘as it should be’ he says, and not be ‘eternally damned’.

I DON’T like how a young Bella, at 17, thinks she can be as deeply in love with Edward as she is supposed to seem, and still be as selfish as she wants to be. There’s no suggestion that a parent should be involved in their relationship, they’re supposed to “rough it” by themselves. I’m sorry, but that’s just not how it’s supposed to be. Parents were created to help and guide, and even protect their children. Especially when they’re ONLY 17! 😦
Neither Bella, nor Edward include their families in their relationship, and they don’t even want accountability or encouragement from friends even. They just want each other, and they think that’s enough.
Bella even makes a huge effort to keep her relationship with Edward under wraps, and doesn’t say anything to her mom or dad. (Several times she starts to say something, then stops.)
Yes, I understand that she’s trying to protect the Cullens by not saying anything about her “Vampire Boyfriend and his family”, but she’s deluded herself into thinking that she can’t tell her mum about her relationship without mentioning that he’s a Vampire. (My 9 year old sister can come up with dozens of ways for Bella to tell her mom about her relationship with Edward and not give away his secret.)

I DO like how the whole Cullen family has decided to strive so hard against their instincts (and desires) and not take human life for the sake of their own needs or pleasure. It’s a long and difficult battle to become, as they call it, “vegetarians”, but the result is life for dozens of human beings. I also appreciate Doctor Cullen’s effort to save lives instead. He studied for years to become a doctor and worked very hard to be immune to the smell and sight of blood. Even when he’s just working at the Hospital you can tell that he has the respect of his fellow co-workers, and he has a deep sense of caring for his patients to the best of his abilities.

Bottom line; I don’t like Bella (not even in the books). I don’t like how they didn’t have more of the whole Cullen family. I don’t like how Robert Pattinson portrayed Edward (he seems too shy. In the books Edward is supposed to be alluring and eloquent. He needs to speak fluently and not trip over himself like Robert does). I don’t like how they don’t talk about Jasper’s abilities (that’s always fun). I miss Alice’s close friendship with Bella -they don’t have that in the movie. I don’t like how quickly Bella and Edward jump into playing kissy-face. And I didn’t like the scene in the woods when Edward decides to reveal himself completely to Bella -it seemed too rushed to me (in the book it’s more gradual, and he eased her into it, thinking that she couldn’t handle some of the facts.).

However I really like Edward’s thoughtfulness and efforts to be gentlemanly. I liked Alice -even though she wasn’t in it much. I loved how they made Doctor Cullen and Esme seem like a close mother and father -I liked their relationship together and you can tell they really love each other. I like Emmett and how he was portrayed -he was always one of my favorite characters, this just made me like him even more.  I loved Charlie and how much he wanted to be a dad -you didn’t get the full extent of this in the books, but the movies play it out nicely. And I just flat out love the morals of the Cullen family.

Even though this sounds like I hated the movie, that’s not true. I really enjoyed it!
All in all, it was a fun movie with some good morals to it.
I will probably go watch it again in theaters if it ever reaches the dollar theater. I might even try to take my mom, my 14 year old sister, and maybe even my 16 year old brother to see it as well. (He’d really like some of the fight scenes)

I think that some boys would like the action, they made sure that the movie had plenty of fun vampire fight scenes that kept you on the edge of your seat. And they had some awesome beefed up Volvo and super Jeep scenes that make you groan in appreciation for the power behind the engine. (My friend and I sat there going “Ohhh, ohhhhhh, ohhhhhhhhhh!!! That’s such a sweet car!”)

I think that Twilight is a fun movie to just sit back and enjoy. It’s even more fun when you can watch it in a theater, and have your senses absorb all the sights and sounds that this movie has to offer.
I’d whole-heartedly suggest that you talk to a parent before going to watch this movie, and to have a deep conversation about it when you’ve seen it. It’s very good for deep discussions, and for thoughts on how your relationship with Christ should look like. (Without the lust and romantic schmoozyness.)

To be honest, I probably would not have gone to see it if I hadn’t read the book first. And I probably would not have read the book if my friend Laura wouldn’t have sent it to me as a Christmas gift a couple years ago. 🙂

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“Beautiful Girlhood” is only a little book; not some 223 pages. But contained in those pages are many treasures. While written mainly for girls entering their teenage years; I believe this book can really be for any girl or woman. Each one will get something out of it. Mabel Hale; the author, talks on many different subjects- books, friends, a pure heart, character building, obedience, modesty, and so much more. Her style of writing is easy to read and understand; and it is easy to find something to identify with. When I first read this book; it was earlier last year, and I had been going through a bit of a rough time in my life. When I read this book; certain parts made me simply want to cry, as it felt like Mrs. Hale was talking to me, personally. The book answered some questions I had about life; and encouraged me about growing into the woman God wants me to be. It helped me understand more about life; and after reading it, it made me feel very much uplifted, and almost…proud that I was a girl. 🙂 Perhaps proud isn’t the right term exactly; all I can say though is that it made me realize how precious girlhood & beyond really is; how it’s something that we should keep safe, keep safe for the Lord. 🙂

(Written by our own “Miss Krys” from Maidens of Modesty forums! :D)

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Hello again all my diligent readers!

I appreciate you coming back for the second part of this blog series, it means a lot to me that you would take the time to read this.
If you haven’t read the first installment, I am asking you to please pop over and take a peek at it.

I first met Paula last January on the Rebelution Forum ( http://www.therebelution.com/ ), I had just joined to find like-minded young adults who were passionate for God. Paula contacted me because she saw I had my own website -Maidens of Modesty ( http://www.maidensofmodesty.com ) and she had some questions of how to start her own website. 🙂
We became fast friends, we started talking about missions, God, our personal lives, our personal beliefs, our personal passions, and our personal convictions. At first it was almost eerie, sometimes she would talk about her passion for something and it would be something I had been passionate about. She’d then explain why, and it was almost word for word how I would explain why I was passionate about the very same thing!
It was such a God gift, because ever since then she has been a CONSTANT encouragement, blessing, and an amazing sister in the Lord and friend. 🙂 (She has stuck with me through thick and thin. *hugs* Love ya, Pau!)

As an American missionary Paula has to come back to the United States for furlough. This October she will be using a ticket that she has had for a long while to fly back to the US!
Some time between the time she arrives and the time she leaves again for the Philippines, she’ll be coming to stay with myself and my family! 😀
So yes, we will FINALLY be able to meet Paula! *laughs* (Don’t worry, we will post pictures of it. If you’re not on Facebook but would like to see the pictures anyway, please let me know and I’ll email them to you guys!)

One of the things that I would like to ask you guys to do is pray for Paula and her ministry. They are constantly coming across huge obstacles that keep them from doing what they need to do to better serve their community. Things like having no money to buy food, pay for gas, keeping the electric and to buy things that the mission desperately needs… etc.
That simply is not something they can tolerate, the enemy is trying too hard to bring them down because this mission has been ministering to and impacting the community so much!

And now, my dear friends, back to the interview with this passionate-for-God missionary girl. 😉

Danica: What is the hardest thing for you, right now, about the mission?

Paula:Wanting to help more people but not having the funds/resources to be able to. There are so many kids living on the streets, so many children who aren’t getting educated, so many hungry mouths. We want to house them, we want to give them a chance for a future. You can walk down the streets or in the wet markets and just see in their eyes their silent cries for help, having to see that every day, but knowing that you can’t help them right now, that is what is hard. To keep walking when you want to go wrap the kids in your arms and take them back to the home to be cared for and given a chance.
These kids have so much potential, there is nothing wrong with them, they just are not given a chance in this society. They have dreams in their little hearts, but for most of them that is all they will ever be…dreams, unless some one intervenes. That is what God has sent us to do, but we can only help so many right now. We want to increase our outreach from mere hundreds a week to thousands, but we need funds to make that happen.

Danica: If there was one thing that you could change in your ministry, what would it be?

Paula: I would and am doing everything I could to make it self sufficient, meaning that I would get businesses going where the profits from the said businesses would provide for the weekly and monthly budget for the ministry. starting new businesses would also provide jobs for people which is something greatly needed in the Philippines.
Good jobs are hard to come by here because a person cannot even work at a McDonald’s unless he/she is working towards or has a college degree! There are many talented people with poor jobs because they didn’t have the money to go to college.

Danica: What does a ‘normal day’ look like for you guys in your ministry?

Paula: The ministry is mainly broken up into 6 parts;
-4 Churches
-MMEC (Miracle Ministries Education Center our school)
-The HFC (Home for the Children)
-COPE (Children Of Poverty Everywhere) feeding program

Each area runs and functions every day in different ways.
The four churches are each in a different area of Pampanga (the region that we live in) and each reaches out to different communities.
The Pastors do home bible studies and outreaches many times during the week.
There are also prayer meetings at least once a week at each church.
Saturday mornings there is ‘kids klub’ at each church. Kids klub is a church service especially for kids, everything from Praise and worship to a Bible story to games! After words the kids get a free meal. COPE feeding program and the church share the expenses to feed these kids. Because of the poverty these kids live in some of them originally come just for the food but after coming to kids klub every week they eventually start coming for
God and they get a true desire to serve Him!

Saturday evenings or Sunday evenings is youth group. The youth group is a place where youth can come and be with other youth and have fellowship in a safe environment no worries about their jobs or their cares at home, but they can all come together to worship God. The Youth group (or DOC – Disciples of Christ) is also a training ground for the youth. They are being trained to lead worship, to preach and do other types of ministry. At least once a month the youth lead the main service on Sunday mornings.
The youth also get fed snacks before going home.

MMEC – MMEC is free education for the children of the communities. The students also
get a free meal at school everyday. It is an ACE school that focuses on students individually instead of expecting them all to be on the same level at the same time, they can move along at their own pace. This is important for our school because we have children that come in all different age levels and different levels of knowledge.

We had a boy come 2 years ago, he was 17 and didn’t know how to read or write, he couldn’t even tell you the alphabet. If he went to ‘traditional school’ he would have to start in preschool with 3 year olds, but instead he was able to come into a classroom with other teenagers but his books were at a lower level than those of his classmates. The students are grouped by age not by level. The students have 7 subjects; Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Word building, Filipino, and Bible. Devotions are held every morning before 1 schoolbook is opened and once a week a church service is held and put on by the students of the school. It is done sort of like a rally with all students and teachers attending to Praise the Lord as one body.

HFC- the Home for Children is a place for children to come and permanently live. These Children come to the Home for all different reasons. Some because they live too far from the school and so they live here so they can get an education. Others have been forsaken by their parents and left to themselves. We had two girls at age 9 and 10 who had been abandoned by their father while their mother was in prison. We took these kids in 2 years ago as small malnourished children with worms in the stomachs and who honestly didn’t know right from wrong. Now, they are 2 well behaved, healthy little girls. The oldest girl is now a member of the youth group and even leads worship on occasion. Both of them have dreams of helping the very family that hurt them so much when they were younger. The youngest girl even wants to be a missionary. We currently have 5 children in the Home for the Children. There are “house parents” that take care of these awesome kids on a daily basis. They all get 3 meals a day and snacks.
They also live on the same compound as the school and church so they are daily immersed in the word of God.
Right now we are in the process of building a Home for them, but construction has been
put on hold because of lack of funds. The Home will give a place to live to 100 children.
Right now we have converted 2 schoolrooms into houses, separate rooms for the boys and
girls. This is where the children and house parents are living until we can finish the Home.

COPE- Goes into action almost everyday feeding the students at school from Monday to
Friday and then on Saturday feeding all the attenders of kids klubs.

Danica: How many children come to your school every day and what sorts of things do they learn?

Paula: 100 children attend our school at this time. they have 7 subjects as listed above. Each book they go through has a memory verse that the student must memorize before he or she can take his or her test. All of the students also memorize a chapter of psalms every month. The first year attending at our school every student goes through LTR or the ‘Learning to read’ class. This class goes through each letter of the alphabet teaching the students the letter sounds and how to blend the letters to make words. Students can graduate highschool in public school in the Philippines and still not know all the sounds that different letters make, so this is an essential class for our school. After this 2 semester class the student then takes a placement test, and then is transferred to a new class according to age or level.
The students also get ‘merit points’ for attending church and kids klub/youth. during Bible class the children learn to exhort the word of God. and once a month each class has a chance to lead the ‘mid week service’ for the rest of the school. At that time the children are even the ones to exhort and lead worship.
Even at the ages of 7 and 9 they are already learning to lead worship and preach!

Danica: How many people live in your community right now and what kind of living conditions do they live under?

Paula: In all we reach out to about 7 or 8 communities. Each at a different level of poverty. Open sewers are a fact of life whether rich or poor. The sewage or open drainage is almost like a ‘threshold’ that you must cross before entering someone’s home. the children play in and around, sometimes toys are dropped in it, or balls thrown in it, the kids will fish out whatever is thrown it, wipe it off and continue playing. The ones considered rich have homes with more than 1 room and have running water. No carpet or air conditioning, no toilets that flush (you dump a bucket of water in the toilet to make it go down), no heated water, their homes have cement flooring, and they still eat rice 2 or 3 times a day, but there is actually a man of the home with a good job providing for his family. Those are the rich. In the poorest communities most every one works. The wife, the husband and the children.
Many don’t have running water or bathrooms in their homes. others live in 3 walled homes with leaky roofs and no floor. Still others have a small home…but not even all of their children can fit inside so some of the older boys have to sleep outside or on a motorcycle with a sidecar that they use for work during the day. The situations above are situations of real people that I personally know. their houses are in such poor condition, and then when rainy season comes, they stay awake at night begging God for mercy that their house will not flood, or worse, be destroyed. Flooding of a few inches is normal a few inches of water would not be a problem if it were water alone, but with open sewers this problem becomes a danger. Dengue and other mosquito carrying diseases are also a threat to society here.
Danica: What does your ministry need most right now?

Paula: We have dedicated workers, anointed staff and children that are learning. What we need physically is funds to improve things about the mission, finish the building projects and to start businesses to make the ministry ‘self-sufficient’. We could start gardens to grow veggies for the kids to eat, raise chickens and eggs, sell rice for a profit to buy the rice that gets consumed everyday.
We have many business prospects but we need funds in order to start them. We also have a home for the children still in its building stage waiting for funds for it to be completed. Until we have the funds the children and parents are living in 2 rooms that will eventually be school rooms.

To be continued…

Next blog on Paula’s ministry:
Big plans for the mission in the future!
Danica’s future trip to the Philippines!
How the mission plans to do more for the community!

For more information about Miracle Ministries in the Philippines, or how to donate, feel free to check out http://www.miracleministriesphilippines.com

All questions for Paula are more than welcome on this blog, or you can ask for her contact information. (She welcome emails, but prefers not to put it on the internet due to spamming reasons.)

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Hey again all ya’ll girls! Laughing

I have been in a VERY big Christmas mood. Razz Soooo, I had my ‘Website Critiquing Crew’ help me decide on some stuff that we’d suggest for Christmas. Very Happy
(Girls, I cannot thank you enough! -I haven’t had time to finish ALL your wonderful suggestions and ideas yet… my computer time has been hacked to pieces. I have been having 5 minutes at a time! Shocked But I have been slowly working on them all. )

Anyway, since I didn’t have Get Active finished yet, I decided to change it into a ‘Christmas Shopping’ room! Very Happy (I haven’t had time to get all the books yet either… that’ll take a long while. Blushing But I AM working on it)
If there is a certain book you want to see up there, let me know! Very Happy

Again… tons of love and hugs to all of you!
GROUP HUG!
~Miss Danica

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*comes in out of breath* Oh my goodness! I am so excited right now!

God has been giving me tons of new ideas for Maidens of Modesty! -I just got done ‘brainstorming’ with Miss Laura (one of my ABSOLUTE best friends!) about what we could do to give it a makeover. 😀

I have been sort of tired of how it has been, lately. It’s not very fun to look around on, and we haven’t updated it very recently. *blushes* (yes, that is MY fault… I can’t blame it on anyone or anything.)

I just have felt like it needs a new look, and a lot of new things to do on it.
But before I go on and do what I want to it, I want to know what YOU girls think.

SO, how about it? What do you want to see change on Maidens of Modesty’s website?
What are you interested in seeing/hearing/learning about?
What are you struggling with, if anything, in being pure?
What do you want us to research that has to do with purity, modesty, and being Godly young women?
Do you want tips on guys?
-WHAT???

Please, any ideas at all would be very much appreciated. 🙂
And don’t be afraid that we won’t like your ideas, just be creative and go ahead and pour your heart out. 😀

I can’t wait to hear from you all…
*huge hugs to all you Maidens of Modesty*
In Christ,
~Miss Danica

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The King’s Betrothed

Hello all my dear, dear Maidens of Modesty!
Here is a story that I have been working on for the last few weeks. I’ve not had a whole lot of time to add more, but I’m up to Chapter 8! (Or at least starting it…)
It all started out as an idea for a Blog post, and then slowly turned into a story. I still am going to put a sort of ‘blog’ at the end of the story, explaining what the story symbolized and so on…. *laughs*

If you would like to read the rest please let me know and I’ll send the rest of it (in pieces) out via email. It’s easier for me to do that than to keep updating it on here. Blushing

Here is a piece of the first chapter…

1- Rebekah started shaking… It had come! After all these years of knowing that it would come and it has finally come! She didn’t know whether to be excited or scared. She looked down at the letter in her hand again. No, she wasn’t dreaming; it was real, she held in her hand -the invite from the new King himself. She had known since she was a child that she was destined to be the Prince’s bride. The late King and Queen had made all the arrangements with her parent’s, before she was even born, for her and the Prince to be married when he was prepared to take the throne. She had never met the young man before in her life, yet she knew her future, she knew it was to come some day.

The young King had just recently assumed the throne after his father’s unexpected death last month. She should have known that he would send for her soon. Oh, how she felt so stupid for not expecting it to come just yet. She was hoping that somehow he would forget, or not want a queen so soon -For he was still young, and might wish to remain unmarried for a few more years- but no! He had sent for her, he had not forgotten, she held proof of it right there in her hand. Shakily she put the letter down not knowing if she was going to cry or not. ‘I am not ready to leave my father and mother yet!’ she thought to herself ‘I cannot leave my home, I grew up here, everything I know is here… how can he expect me to leave it so quickly?!’ A tiny tear started to trickle down her delicate cheek.
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To be continued…
Laughing

P.S. You can either comment that you would like to be added to the list of people who I send the story out to, or you can send me an email at maidensofmodesty [at] gmail [dot] com

Blessings on all you girls!
*hugs*
In Christ’s name,
~Miss Danica

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My lands! *blushes* I have been given such a compliment and such a gift.

Someone (aka Mrs Michelle) has awarded me with the Blogger Reflection Award.
What an honor!
Mrs Michelle, thank you so much. I appreciate it beyond words!

So, without further ado I shall paste the rules and get on with my awards. 🙂

As for my award, it is called The Blogger Reflection Award. Why? The reason for the title is because this award should make you reflect on five bloggers who have been an encouragement, a source of love, impacted you in some way, and have been a Godly example to you. Five Bloggers who when you reflect on them you get a sense of pride and joy… of knowing them and being blessed by them.

This award is for the best-of-the-best so consider who you pick, carefully. This award should not be given to just anyone. If you’re going to do the award don’t just write a few words and slap it on your blog. Write real thoughts about these bloggers and what they’ve been to you, and if the bloggers you pick have already been given the award, don’t be afraid to give to them again. They deserve it as many times as it’s given.

Rules of participating:
1. Copy this post.
2. Replace [my bloggers with yours] & Reflect on five bloggers and write a least a paragraph about each one.
3. Make sure you link this post so others can read it and the rules.
4. Go leave your chosen bloggers a comment and let them know they’ve been given the award.
5. Put the award icon on your site [below]”

The first blogger who I would like to award would be JavaDawn– She is my mother and has taught me how to blog for Christ. (I know that sounds odd, but it is true.)
Everyday I am inspired by her words of wisdom and the truth that God speaks through her to countless women.
My dear mother, I am blessed beyond words to be your child. Thank you for the examples that you set forth to your daughters, friends, and other sisters in Christ.

Second, I would like to award Mrs Michelle– She is an amazing woman. Although I will admit shamefully, I do not read her blog as often as I would like, I am still yet amazed at how God speaks through you to others as well. You have such an air of kindness about you and I always get excited when I see you have posted on my blog because I know that you have left words of warm wisdom for all of us budding women.

Third, I would like to award my dear friend Chris– She is a young woman of God who is full of wise words and tender teachings, though she may not know it. Chris, dear heart, you have such a gift for writing and God speaks through your writing to me every time I read your work…. even if that is a short blog about life and death. 😉

Fourth, I would like to award the lovely (in face and in heart) Alyosha– She is a wonderful Christian young lady with a heart for Christ and a hug for everyone. *laughs* Alyosha, you are always bouncy and lively, and your active love for God is contagious.

Fifth, I would like to award ‘runner-ups’- I have such a hard time choosing people for this, especially since I want to award this to all of my friends. But most of them aren’t bloggers for content so much as they are bloggers of ‘news’, so that puts a wet cloth on my awarding them. *laughs*
So, for ‘short content’ I would like to award my dearest Laura, my adorable Cait, my hearty Rebekah, my young Erin, my adoring Gracie Bella, and my loving Andrea.

You all are so precious to me, I do not know how I could be so blessed as to be surrounded by all of you girls. I am honored to be able to call you friends, and even more moved still to be able to call you Sister in Christ.

Blessings all my dear ones!

Striving to remain Pure for Him…
In Christ’s love,
~Danica

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