REAL WINNERS!

😍This is a true story of a young woman who went through the most gruesome fire. When you read her story, you’ll realize that your trials are absolutely nothing compared to what this young girl went through.

😍It was September 25, 2000. Maricel Apatan was an 11-year old girl in Zamboanga. On that day, this little girl went with her uncle to draw water.

😍Along the way, four men met them. They were carrying long knives. They told her uncle to face down on the ground, and they hacked him on the neck and killed him.

😍Maricel was in total shock, especially that the men were their neighbors. She tried to escape, but the men ran after her.

😍She cried, “Kuya, ‘wag po, ‘wag n’yo akong tagain! Maawa po kayo sa akin!” (“Don’t kill me! Have mercy on me!”)

😍But they weren’t listening. With a long knife, a man slashed her on the neck too.

😍Maricel fell to the ground and lost consciousness.

😍When she woke up, she saw a lot of blood. She also saw the feet of the men around her, but she pretended to be dead.

😍When they walked away, Maricel ran back home. But along the way, she saw that both her hands were falling off. Because the men hacked them too. She cried but she kept running.

😍Sometimes, she would faint and fall to the ground. But she’d regain consciousness and run again.

😍When she was near her home, Maricel called her mother.

😍Upon seeing her daughter, her mother screamed in terror. She wrapped her bloodied child in a blanket and carried her to the hospital.

😍Here was the problem: From her house to the highway, it was a 12-kilometer walk. It took them 4 hours just to reach the highway.

😍When they arrived in the hospital, the doctors thought Maricel was going to die. But for 5 hours, they operated on her. It took 25 stitches to stitch together the long knife wound in her neck and back.

😍Maricel barely survived. And she lost both of her hands.

😍Ironically, the next day was Maricel’s birthday. She was 12 years old.

😍But tragedy didn’t end there. When they went home, they saw their home was gone. It was ransacked and burned down by the goons.

😍Being very poor, Maricel’s family also didn’t have P50,000 for their hospital bills.

😍But God sent many angels along the way to help them.

😍Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, a distant relative, paid for hospital bills and helped them bring the criminals to court. They were sentenced to prison.

😍Today, she’s staying with the nuns at Regina Rosarii with Sr. Eppie Brasil, O.P.

😍But this is the incredible miracle. Instead of staying down, Maricel kept running.

😍Instead of cursing God why she had no hands, she now uses her wrists in incredible ways that will boggle your mind.

😍Maricel was cited as the most industrious, best in computer, and most courteous in the School for Crippled Children.

😍In 2008, she graduated from a course in Hotel and Restaurant Management. She even received a Gold medal for Arts and Crafts.

😍In 2011, she finished her education to be a chef. Yes, a Chef without hands.

😍Nothing can stop this young lady from reaching her dreams.

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BEAUTIFUL TRUE LOVE 💛

😍One day, a young guy and a young girl fell in love.

😍But the guy came from a poor family. The girl’s parents weren’t too happy.

😍So the young man decided not only to court the girl but to court her parents as well. In time, the parents saw that he was a good man and was worthy of their daughter’s hand.

😍But there was another problem: The man was a soldier. Soon, war broke out and he was being sent overseas for a year. The week before he left, the man knelt on his knee and asked his lady love, “Will you marry me?” She wiped a tear, said yes, and they were engaged. They agreed that when he got back in one year, they would get married.

😍But tragedy struck. A few days after he left, the girl had a major vehicular accident. It was a head-on collision.

😍When she woke up in the hospital, she saw her father and mother crying. Immediately, she knew there was something wrong.

😍She later found out that she suffered brain injury. The part of her brain that controlled her face muscles was damaged. Her once lovely face was now disfigured. She cried as she saw herself in the mirror. “Yesterday, I was beautiful. Today, I’m a monster.” Her body was also covered with so many ugly wounds.

😍Right there and then, she decided to release her fiancé from their promise. She knew he wouldn’t want her anymore. She would forget about him and never see him again.

😍For one year, the soldier wrote many letters—but she wouldn’t answer. He phoned her many times but she wouldn’t return her calls.

😍But after one year, the mother walked into her room and announced, “He’s back from the war.”

😍The girl shouted, “No! Please don’t tell him about me. Don’t tell him I’m here!”

😍The mother said, “He’s getting married,” and handed her a wedding invitation.

😍The girl’s heart sank. She knew she still loved him—but she had to forget him now.

😍With great sadness, she opened the wedding invitation.

😍And then she saw her name on it!

😍Confused, she asked, “What is this?”

😍That was when the young man entered her room with a bouquet of flowers. He knelt beside her and asked, “Will you marry me?”

😍The girl covered her face with her hands and said, “I’m ugly!”

😍The man said, “Without your permission, your mother sent me your photos. When I saw your photos, I realized that nothing has changed. You’re still the person I fell in love. You’re still as beautiful as ever. Because I love you!”

THE MIRACLE OF LOVE

😍Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling.

😍The new baby was going be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael sang to his sister in Mommy’s tummy. He was building a bond of love with his little sister before he even met her.

😍The pregnancy progressed normally for Karen, an active member of the the Creek United Methodist Church in Morristown, Tennessee, USA.

😍In time, the labor pains came. Soon it was every five minutes, every three, every minute. But serious complications arose during delivery and Karen found herself in hours of labor.

😍Finally, after a long struggle, Michael’s little sister was born. But she was in very serious condition. With a siren howling in the night, the ambulance rushed the infant to the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, Knoxville, Tennessee.

😍The days inched by. The little girl got worse. The pediatrician had to tell the parents there was very little hope. Be prepared for the worst. Karen and her husband contacted a local cemetery about a burial plot. They had fixed up a special room in their house for their new baby they found themselves having to plan for a funeral.

😍Michael, however, kept begging his parents to let him see his sister. “I want to sing to her,” he kept saying.

😍Week two in intensive care looked as if a funeral would come before the week was over. Michael kept nagging about singing to his sister, but kids are never allowed in Intensive Care.

😍Karen decided to take Michael whether they liked it or not. If he didn’t see his sister right then, he may never see her alive. She dressed him in an oversized scrub suit and marched him into ICU. He looked like a walking laundry basket.

😍The head nurse recognized him as a child and bellowed, “Get that kid out of here now. No children are allowed.”

😍The mother rose up strong in Karen and the usually mild-mannered lady glared steel-eyed right into the head nurse’s eyes, her lips a firm line, “He is not leaving until he sings to his sister.”

😍Then Karen towed Michael to his sister’s bedside. He gazed at the tiny infant losing the battle to live. After a moment, he began tossing. In the pure-hearted voice of a 3-year-old, Michael sang:

😍“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray.”

😍Instantly the baby girl seemed to respond. The pulse rate began to calm down and became steady.

😍“Keep on singing, Michael,” encouraged Karen with tears in her eyes.

😍“You never know, dear, how much I love you, please don’t take my sunshine away.”

😍As Michael sang to his sister, the baby’s ragged, strained breathing became as smooth as a kitten’s purr. “Keep on singing, sweetheart.”

😍“The other night, dear, as I lay sleeping, I dreamed I held you in my arms”.

😍Michael’s little sister began to relax as rest, healing rest, seemed to sweep over her. “Keep singing, Michael.” Tears had now conquered the face of the bossy head nurse. Karen glowed.

😍“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. Please don’t take my sunshine away…”

😍The next day,…the very next day…the little girl was well enough to go home.

THE LOOSER WHO NEVER GAVE UP!

😍When he was a little boy his uncle called him “Sparky”, after a comic-strip horse named Spark Plug. School was all but impossible for Sparky.

😍He failed every subject in the eighth grade. He flunked physics in high school, getting a grade of zero. 

😍He also flunked Latin, algebra and English. And his record in sports wasn’t any better.

😍Though he did manage to make the school’s golf team, he promptly lost the only important match of the season. Oh, there was a consolation match; he lost that too.

😍Throughout his youth, Sparky was awkward socially. It wasn’t that the other students disliked him; it’s just that no one really cared all that much. 

😍In fact, Sparky was astonished if a classmate ever said hello to him outside of school hours. 

😍There’s no way to tell how he might have done at dating. 

😍He never once asked a girl out in high school. He was too afraid of being turned down… or perhaps laughed at. Sparky was a loser. He, his classmates… everyone knew it. So he learned to live with it. 

😍He made up his mind early that if things were meant to work out, they would.

😍Otherwise he would content himself with what appeared to be his inevitable mediocrity.

😍One thing WAS important to Sparky, however — drawing. He was proud of his artwork. No one else appreciated it. But that didn’t seem to matter to him. In his senior year of high school, 

😍he submitted some cartoons to the the yearbook. The editors rejected the concept. Despite this brush-off, Sparky was convinced of his ability. He even decided to become an artist.

😍So, after completing high school, Sparky wrote Walt Disney Studios. 

😍They asked for samples of his artwork. Despite careful preparation, it too was rejected. One more confirmation that he was a loser.

😍But Sparky still didn’t give up. Instead, he decided to tell his own life’s story in cartoons. The main character would be a little boy who symbolized the perpetual loser and chronic underachiever.

😍You know him well. Because Sparky’s cartoon character went on to become a cultural phenomenon of sorts. 

😍People readily identified with this “lovable loser.” He reminded people of the painful and embarrassing moments from their own past, of their pain and their shared humanity. 

😍The character soon became famous worldwide: “Charlie Brown.” And Sparky, the boy whose many failures never kept him from trying, whose work was rejected again and again,… is the highly successful cartoonist Charles Schultz. 

😍His cartoon strip, “Peanuts,” continues to inspire books, T-shirts and Christmas specials, reminding us, as someone once commented, that life somehow finds a way for all of us, even the losers.

😍Sparky’s story reminds us of a very important principle in life. We all face difficulty and discouragement from time to time.

😍We also have a choice in how we handle it. If we’re persistent, if we hold fast to our faith, if we continue to develop the unique talents God has given us, who knows what can happen? We may end up with an insight and an ability to inspire that comes only through hardship. In the end, there are no “losers” with God. Some winners just take longer to develop!

NEVER TO GIVE UP!

😍Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. 

😍The trick is too not to get bogged down by it. 

😍We can get out of the deepest wells by not stopping. 

😍And by never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!

STRUGGLE OF OUR LIFE!

😍In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is how you choose to react to it and what you make out of it. 

😍Life is all about leaning, adopting and converting all the struggles that we experience into something positive.

RESPECT VS FEAR

😍Respect is something you have to earn, you cannot force it on others to respect you.

😍There is a thin line between Fear and Respect, every one of us should understand it and do necessary corrections in our personalities.