Our Beloved Pastor Poncho Juarez

I enjoy going to my chapel every Sunday in the last few years because our pastor has a great gift in sharing the Bible verses as well as his great sense of humor. Even on difficult topics, he can make them light. He's real and genuine who only spreads love. He shows us his vulnerability which makes me relate because we all have flaws who need God’s grace and mercy. Today he shared with us about his plan in 2019. He will focus more on his wife. He said, “my wife needs me. She does not have her mom nor dad to help her. Our children cannot help her because they have their own family. She needs me and I will be here for her as much as needed.” Suddenly, I got really emotional and couldn't hol

Giấc Mơ Chưa Hết Hạn

LễTạ Ơn đã qua, nhưng sao tôi cảm thấy vẫn muốn tiếp tục viết lên đôi dòng cảm tạ đời đã và đang cho tôi rất nhiều ân huệ từ ngày đặt chân đến Hoa Kỳ suốt ba thập niên qua. Có nhiều người thành đạt không bao lâu sau khi hội nhập vào xã hội Hoa Kỳ, nhưng cũng không ít người  vẫn tiếp tục vất vả, cần cố gắng hơn nữa, trong đó có tôi. Nhiều lúc trước đây tôi cảm thấy buồn cho số phận của mình, nhưng tôi tự an ủi chính mình rằng giàu nghèo là do số phận. Thế nên tôi không than thân trách phận mà ngược lại cảm tạ Thượng Đế đã ban cho tôi muôn vàn thử thách để giúp mình rèn luyện tánh kiên nhẫn và lòng trắc ẩn. Chỉ vài hôm nữa tôi đã làm được 18 năm trong Sở xã hội tại Quận Hạt. Suốt những năm

Determination to Succeed

Captured this photo on my way to jury duty in Downtown LA yesterday. A several blocks from where my car was heading, LA Job Corps is located on Broadway and 11th Street. It’s where I stayed for two years. It provided shelter, food, and education to me, without it I would be lost. I’ve never forgotten the place after thirty years. I have started giving back to the society lately, but I want to do much more. I know with my determination to succeed, very soon I will reach my goal. Thank you, God, for giving me many opportunities! ❤️ Everything begins with a thought. If you want to achieve something real bad, go get it. Set your mind days and nights focusing on it 🙂

Juror #4

Having sat in a courtroom as a juror number 4 for the first time gives me a mixed emotion as I listened to the judge’s order to not have any compassion about the case. It had to base solely on evidences presented in the courtroom. It was difficult for me because emotion had led most of my decisions in life. Innocent or guilty? Who am I to judge when I myself still have many flaws? There are always reasons behind the actions. Some are sound, but some are not. I had been on the other end of the spectrum where pain, hunger for love and acceptance were my constant companions. People who are fortunate to have held a high status in society need to have a heart of love and compassion. That’s wh

Why I Love My Job

Why I Love My Job I love my job because I have the ability to ease someone pain indirectly. All it takes is a heart, knowledge, and patience to get the job done, but the reward is priceless. Take today for example when my customer's niece said to me, "Thank you. You're my uncle's savior! The doctors refuse to treat him because he does not have Medi-Cal. He's in excruciating pain right now and needs emergency medical service." I get chills when I feel someone in pain. My heart aches literally. My ultimate fantasy is to be able to fly where the troubles are and rescue those in need. But I don't need to fantasize about it anymore because, in reality, I am able to do just that each day at wo

Living Life with a Purpose

Behind me, was a sound of a woman crying when our pastor asked those who had lost their loved ones this year to stand up at the beginning of today service. Two couples and a woman stood up. Minutes earlier, I shook hands with one of the women as our usual greeting in the morning service. Who could have thought she had gone through heartache for losing her loved ones this year, the first Christmas without them must be a hard one! He prayed for them as he also asked for prayers for his family who is in the same boat. I couldn't help feeling emotional. My tears rolled out of my eyes uncontrollably as I reflected on how painful to have lost family members. The pastor then said that as human we

Pursuing a Writing Career

Being able to pursue one's passion is the greatest blessing of all. I'm truly happy and blessed to do what I love and love what I do in writing. It's not only my pleasure to express my feeling in writing, but it's such a great joy knowing that my passion will also come with rewards, after I signed up for the Writerswork online couple days ago. I can't wait to dive it! Being busy all day today, but I managed to go over the three modules video lessons of how to start writing professionally on this platform. The lessons are short, interesting and informative. I won't rush myself to do everything at once. Each day I will dedicate an hour in writing, perhaps starting with 360 words. Also, I wil


Feeling a bit emotional tonight after watching two video clips sung by Josh Groban "Believe" and "The Prayer" sung him and Celine Dion. I love this kind of uplifting music very much. It always inspires me. Earlier today while walking with my co-worker at our morning break, I told her I just signed up online at writer work where I will be submitting my articles/short stories for extra bucks in the future. She asked me why I work too hard for extra money. It's easy for her to not have to worry about making extra money because she has no one else to care for while I have so many... Writing, for me, is definitely not working. It's a joy to be able to share my thought and stories to the world.

Los Angeles, CA, USA


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