There IS Still Good In This World…

… i want to believe that… i have to believe that… i need to believe that…

because yesterday i saw this video and this morning i read this news article (yes, it’s from May 2013 but still relevant).

Please read at least the article before reading the rest of my post… be warned the video is so very heartbreaking, no one i know personally has watched it till the end. i could only watch 30 seconds of it!

My heart is once again broken and my tears have not stopped and my spirit is so sad i’m not sure i know how to face Christmas this year, now that i know about this.

i mean, i have heard about the abuse these precious children suffer but to see it… i have no words…

My first instinct upon seeing that video is that the woman in the video and others like her are downright evil and should be given a taste of their own medicine. Then another advocate told me that woman is actually also an abused orphan herself. And then i read the article. It is just such a sad sad sad situation; a vivacious cycle which hurts everyone involved and can only be stopped by others; people from the outside, by responsible government and law, by love!

This is just one orphanage. There are many more like that BUT… of course there are also good orphanages with very caring helpers /carers but in countries where the label of orphan means you are worthless, these good places are too few.

i cry to the Lord about these children and tell Him how i feel about the abuser woman. The Lord tells me to pray for that woman; for her heart to be changed, for love to grow in her, for her to turn 180 and become a champion for these orphans. Is it possible? Not by human powers, ONLY GOD can do this. So i pray, with a heavy heart, i pray for these precious ones and that woman.

This morning, the Lord also told me that Spring will come.

How is that related to these orphans?

Well, we have been under a thick constant fog for 2.5 weeks now and it’s depressing. But in the midst of it, the Lord has shown me beauty.

The buds hang on even in the bitter cold, even when ice covers them. Even the ice itself has a certain beauty.
The buds hang on in the bitter cold, even when ice covers them. Even the ice itself has a certain beauty.

And the Lord says, the ice and snow will melt and the plants will bring flowers and fruit again.

So the Lord is telling me to hold on, stay the course, stay strong. He will hold on to these precious ones and there will be hope cos there is still good in this world.

And i believe it. i have to, i need to… otherwise… the alternative simply can not be…

So believe with me… and pray for these precious children, share their story, they need the world to know about them and care for them and do something to help them.

The little something i do for these orphans is to shout out for them, especially for the ones with special needs who are even more at risk of abuse. i know i can not help every single one but if even a few come to know love, my small part is done. It takes lots of small parts to form a whole. Would you be a small part too?

This Christmas my efforts include helping Jasper (Asia) to get as much exposure as possible and to increase his adoption grant by US$1000 by year’s end (we are US$644.40 from our goal at the moment). Here and here are my 2 current events for Jasper. Please do take part and share them with your friends and family. Thank you.

syc

Have a Laugh…

It has been a busy busy couple of weeks… between husband being away a lot and being seriously ill upon his return home and son’s various activities which usually double during this time of the year, and that means a lot of coming and going, it has just been flat-out go-go-go around here… and of course, i do a lot of fundraising at this time too. (See here, here, here and here.) Plus i have been making a lot of flower hairclips too. (A wonderful friend ordered 12 pairs! Thank you!)

i do a lot of deep breathing to get by when i have a lot to do 😉

Laugh
Laugh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

i have a lot of pages bookmarked. So i thought i revisit some funny pages i had bookmarked for some good o’ laughter. Actually, for a lot of laughter. After all, laughter is the best medicine!

ROFLOL… that’s what i did reading this article 😉 So i hope you like it a lot too!

Hyperbole and a Half: The Alot is Better Than You at Everything.

Did you enjoy that article? It was a lot of fun, right? Did your grammar improve a lot?

Hahhaaa…

syc

Talking About Scenes…

A storyboard for an eight-minute animated cartoon.
A storyboard for an eight-minute animated cartoon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, every story is made up of scenes…

And that’s the progress i have made in my WIP (Work-In-Progress) – i have a scene list.

See this post for details: How a Scene List Can Change Your Novel-Writing Life.

i don’t have it quite the same as what is described there but i have date/time in novel-world, POV (Point-Of-View) and i have a short description of the scene. i must say the process took time but worth it. i now know where the story is going and i have managed to bridge a couple of gaps which were causing me much hair-pulling moments.

BUT… it has also shown up some potential problems, especially with my characters, so i’m now going back to the drawing board with my characters and getting to know them better by doing an interview with them. Something like this here.

By the way, has anyone reading this used the Snowflake method? i read about it in that scene list post but would like to hear personal testimony.

More progress to come this week? i hope so.

syc