Leftovers

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“Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon possession.’
Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, ‘Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.’
He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.’ The woman came and knelt before him. ‘Lord, help me!’ she said.
He replied, ‘It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.’
‘Yes, Lord,’ she said, ‘but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’
Then Jesus answered, ‘Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”

Matthew 15:21-28

How many times do we have to live with the leftovers that others leave behind? So many times in our lives we feel that we are not appreciated or valued enough, so we have to conform ourselves with what we know is much lesser than what we really deserve.
Reading the example above, I think I can relate to the Canaanite woman. I remember how many times I have grabbed that “crumb” with so many illusions and how happy it has made my life for awhile.

There are many “crumbs” in our lives. It could be an emotion, a memory or a material thing; but each one of these “crumbs” have a lot of value for all of us. We grab that feeling or memory and we hold it dearly to our hearts and mind, so it could fill us with so much happiness or excitement. It makes us feel somewhat special; even though it’s just a “crumb” not the whole bread. Just imagine what would happen if we could have the whole loaf of bread…

To whom we relate better..? The “children at the table” or to the “dogs who eat the crumbs”? I have seen some “children at the table”. They are blessed in many ways but don’t seem to appreciate their blessings. They’re not grateful for what they have and they are always wanting more. They’re never satisfied. They see themselves as worthy of such good things. I guess that’s why they let those “crumbs” fall to the floor. They don’t need what they have in abundance.
There is a difference in letting things fall to the floor than sharing what’s on the table. When there’s sharing, it’s something voluntary and it’s done at the same level of height; maybe the sharing takes place with people that are considered worthy of sharing it with.

But there are some of us who have been waiting beside the table to see when or if a “crumb” will ever fall to the ground so we can grab that memory, that simple kiss, that word, that presence and hold it dearly close to our hearts and it can fill our lives with happiness, hope, faith and love. Do we deserve to be eating from the floor? I think not. We all should be “children at the table”. But we should be grateful children, who know how to share, feel secured, loved and appreciated.

Then, why so many of us have to live from “crumbs”? It would seem life is not fair. But I think WE don’t make it fair. We just don’t take decisions to change our lives, we let others make decisions for us; we let circumstances take a hold on us; we live on excuses and more excuses….

So, let’s learn a lesson from the Canaanite woman who with one simple answer astounded even the Son of God…Each one of us is valuable, unique, rare…let’s make our faith move mountains… you see…if God, the King of kings, Lord of Lords, Creator of the Universe was amazed by the faith of a simple woman… then why can’t we amaze a simple fellow human being?

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Well, I will use this blog to promote myself as a translator.  I have a pretty good mastery of both languages: English & Spanish.  I can easily translate both languages back & forth with good skill.

My years of experience are more than 10 years as a Bilingual Typist Clerk and an English and Spanish Teacher for more than 3 years.  Plus, I have a Masters Degree in Education.  I will create a page more professional but until then; this will have to do.  So, if any of you bloggers need a translation job of documents online; for pricing and other information, you can contact me here on this page or at my email:

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What frustrates you?

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Thinking about frustrations; here are some of mine, if you feel the same way about some of them, I pity you:

  1. My hair.  I’ve never known how to deal with it unless I have $$$ to go to the beauty parlor.
  2. The cat.  She’s bossy and always knocks my glasses off!
  3. My grandma.  She told me yesterday that she’s not rancorous but she can’t forgive the wrongdoings that people have done to her in the past.
  4. Some of my friends. No matter how many ways I tell them the truth about how God works, they still wanna live the lie of sin.  It’s that “if you can’t beat them, join them” attitude.
  5. People who want to boss God around.  They just don’t understand that God sometimes will say: “NO”  or “WAIT”.
  6. Fleas and roaches.  No matter how much you kill them; they keep coming back.
  7. How time flies when you’re having a good time; and how time stalls when you’re working.
  8. Fights between cat and dog people.  They can never get along.
  9. Cooking.  No matter how much I try; my mom’s food always tastes better.
  10. Movies.  There are so many and I’ve seen so much; but still, I have not seen enough.

I know there are more things that frustrate me; but it frustrates me that I can’t remember all of them….

Meet Angel Morell; Former Transsexual Now Servant of God

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I wish to share with you the testimony of this young man who God rescued from homosexuality.  This story really touched my heart, because as a mother and a teacher of young children, I can hardly understand why young kids go through sexual abuse.  We need to pray for the children and the youth of this world.  The world needs to know that God STILL has the power to transform a man or a woman from homosexuality or any form of sexual deviation, transgender/transsexual, adultery, fornication, bestiality…ect.  A lot of people believe that this is not possible; but the Bible begs to differ.  God is still King; He can still perform miracles: He can still free us from sin.  If anybody says that a gay person was just born that way; they don’t know how powerful God can really be!!!

Luke 1:37 “For nothing is impossible with God.”

Morell Santiago, son of Mr. Angel Francisco Morell and Mrs. Carmen Santiago, brother of Elfi Martinez, Jessica Martinez, Felito Martinez and Kenia Martinez was raised by his grandfather Juan Santiago in his native country Puerto Rico.

Angel Morell Santiago’s life was from the beginning very dramatic, because when he was three years old, his mother abandoned him in a trash can and he never got associated with his parents again.

At five years old, Angel was sexually abused by his relatives. “I told my professor and school authorities what was happening to me, they took me out of the house and I was sent to a foster home,” narrated Angel to the reporter COCN, Rubi Adames.

After spending time through many foster homes, he escaped and found refuge in the streets, there he was forced to endure sexual relations with men so he could feed himself.

When he was 15 years old and alone in his life; he became “Melania Hilton of Paris”,  and with that female fairness he developed activities that only added suffering to his life.

With only 17 years old, he moved to Ecuador to have plastic surgeries where he invested approximately $170,000 in implants and surgeries.

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He participated in five porn movies and in many occasions he was almost murdered, he was stabbed, he was constantly robbed and mugged and he was imprisoned in many occasions.  He was involved in drugs and witchcraft, all of that time seeking “to fill the void that he felt since he was a child” he narrates.

“I tried to take my own life many times, but I could never achieve it because the hand of God was behind me, and He had a special purpose for my life”, he tells.

Among the processes fulfilled for his sex change there were surgeries to his nose, breasts, liposuction, laser treatment, among others.  When he was about to have surgery on his genitals, the unexpected occurred: “I saw the face of God that stopped me”.

Angel says that his acquaintances accepted him because of the financial position he had obtained by means of prostitution.  He says that “for them, my multiple changes were something normal because they cared more about my money than my own suffering.”

Today, 25-year-old Angel Morell Santiago, is a man totally changed by God. “Only to Him I owe all of my transformation,” expressed Morell. In the year 2010, he accepted Jesus and four years with four months ago, his life has been different.

“One day while I was very sad inside my room, I felt that the world meant nothing to me anymore, nothing that I did replenished me…but I had a vision where I saw my ex-mate on the bed and beside him there was a demon that looked at me and I saw that blood was pouring from it’s hands.  When I rotated the mirror I saw myself transformed into a horrible monster with a crown of snakes on my head. When I tried to go to the street, very frightened and asking for help, I found a huge rat that wanted to bite me, suddenly I heard a voice that told me to look beside me and I saw a hammer, like the ones used in court and the voice told me to hit the rat with that hammer and the rat disappeared,” he adds. “Suddenly I looked upon the sky and I felt how a light came into my life and the pain disappeared for ever,” he narrates that the tears stopped coming out of his eyes and from that moment the change started to get noticed.

“A lot of people around me didn’t believe in my change, in fact, a lot of them still don’t believe it, however, only I know what God has done in my life and that is enough.”

Nowadays, Angel lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico and he’s committed to preach the gospel from his congregation, “I live by Faith Breaking Barriers Church” (Iglesia Rompiendo Barreras Vivo por Fe) where he testifies about his transformation.

He expresses feeling totally happy and renewed “by the new life that I’ve experienced in Jesus Christ,” he ends up saying: “My biggest eagerness is that millions of people, like me, come to know Christ and can be saved.”

Translated from Spanish to English by Lauriann Cruz

The following link is the Spanish version of this interview:

http://metodistalibreluzalasnaciones.blogspot.com/2014/05/angel-morell-pase-de-ser-un-transexual.html

Angel Morell’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Evangelista-%C3%81ngel-morell/1418018628497350?pnref=story

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