RESPECT is a big word that carries a big meaning.

We loosely say, “respect needs to be earned.” Often, when we do not agree with someone or maybe when someone hurt us, we always say this fancy phrase to make ourselves feel better or to heal the wounds that was implicated on us. Then, we start justifying our ill feelings and our ill thoughts about that person.

But you see, respect should and must be given to all God’s creation. When our Heavenly Father created everything (Genesis 1:1-31), he did it out of love.  It is His expression of love to all his creations and we are part of that creation.

Respect is not earned as we believe and practice. It must be given unconditionally to all, thus, respect for environment, respect for all kinds of living creatures big and small, but most importantly, respect for all mankind regardless of who and what we perceive they are, whether they are pleasing or not to us, and even the time when they hurt us. Respect, kindness, forgiveness, caring ~ all these equates to LOVE which is the second greatest commandment of God.

Respecting another human soul is giving value to that person’s worth ~ it is loving them. And we are all worth something to the eyes and heart of our Heavenly Father.

We can list all kinds of virtues and pretend that we apply these to others in our lives, but when we assess our hearts with all honesty, we should ask ourselves…do we build our parameters and choose who we give these virtues unconditionally? Do we create our own justifications to cater to our needs, wants, preferences, and desires? Do we really respect all creations, hence, love them?

Healing starts with love.  But we cannot love until we remove all the fences and parameters that we built to encase ourselves in.

© fm1 (11.18.15)

A Bountiful Door of Blessings!

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People always say when one door closes, one opens. Do you really think that this is true? What if the door that you are closing is the only door you have known for a long time in your life? What if this was the door that you have found seventeen years ago that brought you new adventures…

The same door that paved the way to exciting events – times that allowed you to be with your child in school festivals, trips to the zoo, birthday events, holidays with friends and families…

What if this was the door that you got accustomed to every morning, when you get up before dawn thanking God for another day… where familiar sounds, steps, people, and experiences happens from day one to day five of the week?

One can only hope that the next door that opens will bring new joy, new faces, new happy journeys….a door that stays open for as long as you want – without anyone coercing you to close it no matter what the circumstances are at the moment.

My hope for you is to have not just one, but more doors of love and wonderful experiences to open through the course of your life. Where no one will close it for you. And when it is time to exit, you get the chance to close it behind you.

©fm 11.20.19

Recipe: Brioche French Toast

Brioche French Toast with strawberries

This recipe is easy to make and yields a delicious plate of french toast. It naturally makes 8 pieces of french toast, so be ready to share with family or friends! (You can also cut the recipe in half to make 4 pieces of french toast.)

Original recipe from Food Network’s Robert Irvine.

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk (lactose-free milk is okay too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 slices brioche bread (challah or white bread is okay too)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup, warmed
  • Small bowl
  • 10-inch or 12-inch skillet (nonstick frying pan is okay too)
  • Shallow container (i.e. bowl, tupperware, pie plate)
  • 2 forks
  1. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon, nutmeg, and white sugar and set aside briefly.
  2. In a 10-inch or 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk together cinnamon mixture, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Pour into a shallow container.
  3. Dip bread flat-side down in egg mixture briefly and remove. Using a fork, scrap off excess egg mixture from bread.
  4. Fry bread slices until golden brown. Flip to cook the other side.
  5. Serve warm with syrup.