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Acceptable: A Five-Star Review of Sweet Accord by Felicia Mason

“I’ve done a lot of thinking the last couple of weeks.”

“And did you come to any conclusion?”

She nodded as she ran a finger along the back of a metal folding chair. She looked up at him…

“I still love you.”

I cannot stop my tears from falling. Praise the Lord for this Love Inspired, Heartwarming Inspirational Romance– a story about the King who conquered the world with love, a story about two people who was drowned with it, and a story of faith, of prayer, of hope, and of God’s will.

Indeed, romance stories have never been this beautiful. Indeed, when God is placed in every life story, everything becomes all the more beautiful! Most importantly, everything comes into place like the puzzle pieces that make up a most wondrous image.

This story revolves about two servants of Christ who found each other through circumstances. And ultimately through the music of God’s love in their hearts. Matt and Haley may not have started off with hearts and rainbows and flowers, but that made the story all the sweeter. I would not say any more at this point, because that would mean explaining something that goes beyond a mere attraction between two people.

This is true love in each of its pages. It is 1st Corinthians Chapter 13 personified! This is the love of God, reflected on two imperfect people.

And what ultimately drew me to this story was how the author weaved the story, and how I understood that though it was full of flaws, still, none of it mattered. None of it. Because everything fell into place and everything was fully understood, when Felicia Mason wrote:

If I’ve made any errors, blame it on my head and not my heart.

Oh Lord, You have been faithful to me all along. I’ve seen Your beauty through this story. I know nothing can be compared to You. You are the Most High, but still, I thank You for this. I thank You with all my heart, Lord God.

In the sweetest name of Jesus, our Lord…

Amen!

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The Secrets of the Little Bonnie Lass

The Secrets of the Little Bonnie Lass: I Don’t Know What Love Is.

Dear Reader,

Every single time a friend asks me for an advice when it comes to romantic relationships, I do not know what to do. I do not even know what to say. It was as if a big chunk of apple was stuck in my throat, and I was just waiting for it to choke me. And yet my friends approach me as if I was their fairy godmother who had every answer to their questions, without knowing that, really, I am as stuck as they are. Besides, I cannot really give an advice if I have not even experienced it, can I?

One thing I know about love- at least the one that resides in this world and the one that people know so well- is that no one can really fully grasp what it means. “Love,” as the world and our society describes, is like a maze- you do not know which way to go, really. It was all trial and error. Go this way and if there is no path on which to walk through, then go the other way. Sometimes, when one is completely lost, he or she stays on one place, waiting for someone to just rescue her and lead the way to the nearest exit. As simple as that. Or not. It is a mesh of beauty and ugly, honesty and lies, laughter and tears, joy and sorrow, vows and more vows, lies and more lies. And yet the world craves it like a drug for which they wanted to drown themselves in. People even kill for love, literally. And this part, I cannot understand.

Because- and the question that lingers in my mind is this- isn’t love supposed to bring peace and hope for everyone involved- or not- in it? Yes, I understand. You may be shouting at your screens right now saying, “You do not know what love is! You have not experienced it! You do not know what you are saying!”

But let me tell you this. Maybe, I know a different kind of love than you do, darling. Maybe what I know of love is not of this world but far from it. Maybe what I know is this…

The Way of Love

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. 

As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 

(1 Corinthians 13:1-13)

Now I have to say this. I do not believe that love is crazy and that it makes one blind. The love I know of will not turn anyone crazy and insane and blind. It will give clarity. It will give peace and purity, humility and kindness. It is not a loud scream or a frightening roar; it is a gentle wind, soothing to the flesh. It dries up tears; it whispers songs of forgiveness and grace. This is the love I know of. This is how I know it comes from God.

This is maybe why I still cannot relate to the ways of the world. I cannot fathom how the world describes love as if it was just another word in the dictionary. And yet even though I cannot fully grasp the way the world uses it, I still give the people I know a few words that will linger in their minds as they think of love.

If this love is true, you will not be wanting to move on.

I know this for sure, because love cannot be only experienced romantically- as in a relationship with the opposite sex. Love can be experienced with your family who supports you, your friends who give you a good laugh, your best friend who stands by you no matter what, your teacher who inspires you to work harder, and the God who gave you all these and more.

And so my next advice would be this: Wait. 

Experience God first and then wait. Let Him teach you the way of love, and then, when you are ready in His time, experience this love growing and extending to the people around you.

And remember…

If this love is true, you will not be wanting to move on.

With love,

The Little Bonnie Lass


Flower crown girl original watercolor painting by OliveTwigStudio. Retrieved from Pinterest

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The Secrets of the Little Bonnie Lass

The Secrets of the Little Bonnie Lass: Saying No

Dear Reader,

Yes, I know what you are thinking. Saying, “No,” is one of the most difficult things one could ever face especially when it comes to a friend. Saying, “No,” is always succeeded with the statement, “If I say no, *insert friend’s name here* might get angry at me,” and we know what that will bring. As a result, you might lose a friend, and if you lose him or her, you will be all alone. A.L.O.N.E.

I know, I know. I know what you are thinking, “Isn’t this a problem only children in the first grade encounter? Why should I even read this?”

Now, this is where you are wrong, because (and this is true, at least for me) the more we grow older, the more it is difficult to say no. Again, a ridiculous notion right? But here are some of the more ridiculous notions that we thought might happen if we say, “No.”

1. Living in this time and age is one big challenge. Society keeps on pounding its members with rule-of-thumbs and norms that when violated, will isolate and cage them away. People of every age experience this. A child experiences this at school; a teenager experiences this in the form of peer pressure; a young adult experiences this with a lot of decisions and choices he or she should make to face everyday; and the older ones may experience this with their families, their jobs, and their employers. As a result, we need companions to act as back ups whenever we need help, and to say no to them (even once) may endanger our friendship with them.

2. To say no means you are coward. (Blast this notion! I’m sorry, my impatience is getting ahead of me.) But let us face the truth. When told by a friend to go on a You-Only-Live-Once Adventure (without thinking of the consequences of your actions), and you said, “No,” (because apparently, you are in the right mind to think of the consequences), the next statement is of him or her taunting you and mocking you for not accepting the invitation. Mark. My. Words.

3. And lastly, the word “NO” is always associated with “negation” and “negativity”. You do not want to say, “No,” or else, you will be deemed a person who kills the fun. A “kill joy” to make it short.
Now, after explaining the reasons that hinder us from saying no, it is now my turn to actually tell you that these reasons are generally, One. Big. Lie.

Let me tell you two stories I have encountered about a month ago involving two friends of mine. The first one is all about a friend who genuinely does not want to inflict any disrespect or hurt on anyone. This person just acted in the spur of the moment, intending to have fun with me and my friends. This friend is fond of using Photoshop and actually edited my face to a different body (a sensual body, nonetheless). I did not like it, and I told her about it. I said, “No,” and she apologized for it and deleted the edited photo right away.

The second story, on the other hand, bordered on the line of atrocity, an act of seemingly bad taste. A friend of mine (supposedly a friend) demanded something from me that I could not give both because it is not right in the eyes of the Lord, and because giving it would violate the kind of woman my Father in Heaven told me I should be. I said, “No”. My friend continued on demanding it and yet, I stood by that one word. And the words I told the person next, made the conversation stop: “I won this round. You lost.”

Let me remind you, love, that a true friend will not lead you in danger where the only answer you could provide is, “No.” And if ever there was a yes-and-no situation between the both of you, he or she will respect your choice and will tell you that everything will be alright. A true friend will never leave your side and will walk with you through the bad and the good.

Also, saying, “No,” is not a sign of being a coward, love. In fact, it is a sign of courage! Standing up for what is right amidst all the people who are going the opposite direction, is an act of courage in all sides! Let us not conform in the ways of the world. Be different, love. Who cares if you kill the fun? Besides, there is no fun in making the wrong choices that will lead to the worst of the consequences. And if you truly care for your friend, your “No” should be followed by words that will tell them the extent of how much you care about them, enough to make them think twice of their actions and withdraw from it as soon as possible.

And love, remember what our Father said through Paul?

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

With love,
The Little Bonnie Lass

P.S. Remember, love, “Only dead fish go with the flow.”

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