Walk a mile in my shoes

Walk a mile in my shoes
My one pair of shoes
Broken soles and
Walked off heels
A mile or two,
maybe hundreds more
Through the narrow streets,
Swamps and dumps
To the place I call my own

Stay a while in my home
One room shack
Leaking roof and broken walls,
patched with pieces of wood
Not much shelter against
rain and cold
Four huddled together for warmth on a foam bed
A terrible raft when floods start to flow
But come on in
I am sure there’s place for one more

Share a meal from my plate
A spoon full of rice,
A sliver of meat you will find
Only on special days
It’s nothing much, but fills a hole
In the rumbling tummy
Growling for more,
Oops was that mine or yours?

Take a look through my eyes
The windows to my soul
What do you see reflected
In the pools of murky rivers flow
Nuggets of gold
Beauty to be uncovered
To the one who ventures into waters deep

Feel the beat of my heart
A steady rhythm of hope
Love tune overflowing on my lips
Listen a while to the song of my youth
Melodies of sweet innocent joy
Join in and lift your feet,
arms lifted high, head back
Move to the sounds of laughter, loud and proud
Resounding from my inner depths

Spare a minute to listen to me
Share the stories of my world
Take some time to read
My letters filled with dreams
Discover a mind full of plans
Setting goals for a hopeful future
Waiting to be reached

Take my hand and walk with me
Through challenges and joyful times
Pray for me as years go by
As I discover more of who I am meant to be
And as I grow you will see
Not a girl in despair or poverty
Nor one without hope or destiny
But a woman beautiful inside out Reflecting the One who is Love
Who created me for a time as this
With a plan and purpose
To change my world, the Philippines.

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Letter to God

Dear God

It has taken me some time to compose this letter to you. I have tried to think of the many reasons I am grateful to You for giving me an opportunity to write to my Compassion kids.

 

Ever since I can remember it has always been a desire of mine to have a pen pal. I also remember that there was an opportunity in high school to have one, but that didn’t work out.  And at that time I thought Your answer to my desire was “no”.  I had another opportunity to find a pen pal but that also didn’t happen and I sadly thought it was “no” again.  So I left it thinking this is not for me.

 

Years later another opportunity through Compassion. And now I see the “no” was actually a “not now”.  You didn’t just want me to have a pen pal but to be a friend, a mentor, an aunt, a big sister and a “mother”.  And to fulfill those roles I had to grow, learn and live my own life. And I’m LOVING every moment. Every letter. Every picture. Every verse. Every story. Every photo.  And I’m still growing, learning and living an enriched life. This opportunity has taught me many lessons;

(1) Words are powerful and life changing,

(2) To lead by example – in order to encourage my kids to follow their dreams I have to follow my own and

(3) Opened my eyes and made me aware of the world around me and its many needs.

 

I want to thank you for giving me THIS opportunity. I want to thank you for giving me the sweetest kids ever.  I know I probably sound like a typical mother that thinks her kids are the best, J but that is how I feel about them. They are not just pictures of kids on my wall, but they are close to my heart, they are family and I love them like my own.  I want to thank you for this opportunity where I can share in their lives and can be a witness to the work You are doing in them. I am privileged to be an observer, to stand at the sidelines, to cheer in the stands and watch them grow and learn.  My prayer is that Your grace and love will carry them to the finish line. I ask this in the name of Your son, my brother and Saviour. Amen.

Your daughter,

Nicolette Paulse

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Confessions of a procrastinator

I have to confess I am somewhat a procrastinator. I have been excitedly waiting for the topic for this week’s blog and setting up my blog address as I am a first time blogger would have been a “clever” even wise thing to do, but true to my procrastinating style I failed to set up my account and it took me more time to do than start writing immediately.  <eyes rolling>  Now it’s taking me two days to set up my account whereas I could have been blogging.

But sometimes being a procrastinator has been good. So I hear some question that but it’s true. I too have also wondered if it can be a good thing… I have sometimes punished myself for putting things off but in hind sight it has helped me to not do things that would have been unnecessarily and I would have wasted my time doing it.  Sometimes I feel put off from going somewhere thinking I’m procrastinating AGAIN but it’s kept me from harm’s way as well. So I guess my procrastinating hasn’t been all bad.

But what about the things it has kept me from achieving in life; for e.g. my driver’s licence. Is it fear keeping me back, or is the timing never right for me. It could be all of those reasons but when I think about it am I looking for an excuse for my inaction? What have you put off in your life? Have you put off the voice of God to accept Him in your life? Have you put off the call from to ministry? Have you put off the urge to make a difference in someone’s life?  What where your excuses; not ready, too messed up, too busy, not qualified, no money or resources?  And believe it or not for every excuse there is a response from God. For my fear it’s “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of love and a sound mind”. For your “I’m not ready and too messed up” – Come now and let us reason together, though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.  “Too busy” what does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul? “Not qualified” You can do all things through Christ that gives you strength. “No money or resources” God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.

So then if all our procrastination is excuses to do what we must do and there are solutions in God’s word, what are we then waiting for? An opportunity you might say. Or is that another excuse to continue to be double minded.  There is only one place procrastination can take you fast and that is NOWHERE. So don’t wait heed to the call – Carpe Diem (sieze the day)! Put it into action.

I can however present you with one opportunity and that is to make a difference in someone’s life. Have you wondered how and kept on putting off finding a way to be the difference in our wicked, sinful, sad, dark world.  Wait for it… here’s the opportunity – log onto www.compassion.com Compassion has created that opportunity for you to “release children from poverty in Jesus’ name” and make a difference in a child’s life. You will see the huge impact it makes in the life of someone. Not just one life will be changed, but yours too. It’s a boomerang effect, the more you give it out, the more it comes back to you.  And not just will your monthly contribution make a difference, but you will also have an opportunity to invest personally in the child’s life as you write letters to each other and experience with them the physical, emotional and spiritual change in their life. And without a doubt that effect will be mirrored in your life.  I can testify of that as I correspond with my three children and I can see the effect it has on their and my life.

So stop procrastinating, get on Compassion’s website now, take God at His word and see how God’s response to you is true. And for the rest of your excuses, what are you waiting for? A better day? The time is NOW. And let me know of your decision, whether to sponsor a child through Compassion or if you have decided to do any of the things you have been procrastinating about.

>What does your heart reflect<

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