If My Life Were A Fairy Tale

Friday, November 25, 2022
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Open sesame! A part of my childhood welcomed the wonderful world of fairy tales. I wished that I could have Aladdin's magic lamp. If I'd had it, I would have made these three wishes:

  • First, I wanted to be rich, not poor like Cinderella. I grew up in a family that started well-off, but since both my parents became jobless, my story became more of a riches-to-rags plot. From the time I was in elementary school till I went to college, my brother and I and sometimes my sister lived in a small part of a distant relative's house.

  • Second, I wanted to find Prince Charming like Snow White did. I did not grow up with my parents. After they became jobless, they separated ways. I ended up choosing to live with a distant relative. It's hard to gain love from someone who is not your biological parent. I felt that I was fighting my struggles and life's battles all alone. I thought that Prince Charming would help.

  • Third, I wanted to be like King Midas — whatever he touched became gold. I wanted anything that I touched to result in a treasure and, to everybody's delight, make me impressive. Being from a poor family lacking in love, I felt that my achievements could boost my esteem, and that is what I worked towards.

Now, wishing time is over! Being a grown-up showed me that there is no magic carpet ride to my dream life. Life is a real story, not a fairy tale set in a faraway land.

But once upon a time, I found the most wonderful adventure in the most unlikely place: the school where I am now working. I finished my high school there and met a teacher who is more than a fairy godmother. She loved me and pointed me to the most powerful Being, Who does not do magic, but performs miracles and provides for my needs: God! Yes, my teacher taught me about God. While I was like Alice in Wonderland who was lost and couldn't find her way back, this teacher led me to the Way: Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life — all that I need — and all that I was looking for was in Him.

When I was poor, Christ has made me rich — rich in wisdom and strength. Prince Charming? Christ is our everyday protector and the constant lover of our souls. His love is unconditional. Gold? Christ makes available everything that we need — it's just a prayer away.

Ephesians 3:20-21 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work in us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (NIV)

Having Christ makes me dwell on what Thumbelina said, "Don't ever wish to be anything but what you are", because in Christ, we can live happily ever after — eternally!

Prayer: Dear God, we thank You for making everything that we need within our reach, because You first reached out to us by sending Your Son, Jesus. Thank You for the love that You gave us that enabled us to have a feeling of worth. May we become good stewards of what You have entrusted to us, and may we continue to share Your goodness at all times. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Ivy Domingo <domingoivy25@gmail.com>
Laguna, Philippines

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you. Well written.

    Thanks for the encouraging words.

    Thank you. Enjoyed your devotional.

    Thank you for your message today!!

    Thank you, Ivy. I’m glad you found Christ and shared your story.

    Thank you for this wonderful devotional.

    Thank you, Ivy, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us.

    Thank you for sharing your story, Ivy. Very inspiring! May God continue to bless you every day!

    To God be the glory for your faith journey Ivy and the courage to be vulnerable by sharing. Blessings.

    Thank you, Ivy. What a lovely devotional! I hope you will continue to write. May God bless you as you teach.

    Thank you, Ivy, for today’s devotion.
    I like it very much.
    (Quebec Canada)

    Yes, you are right Jesus is a life changer. We can do nothing without Him. He lives inside of us.

    Ivy – what a meaningful devotional you have given us. Thanks for sharing the good and the bad before Christ claimed you as His own.

    Good morning Ivy.
    Wow, this was such a touching devotional and so very true. I am very thankful for the teacher who led you to the Lord. God bless YOU!

    Good Morning, Ivy,
    Thank you for this morning’s devotional which I have just read. What an amazing story and you have blessed many by sharing it. Thank you.

    Ivy, your writing is wonderful and a great testimony of how Jesus has become the answer to all your wishes. We are loved with an everlasting love by a Savior who is with us all the time. Hallelujah! What a Savior!

    Good afternoon, Ivy
    Thank you for the wonderful devotional today, through faith we are rich indeed

    Hi ivy – I am happy that you have found love in Christ, and your Christian family. I also pray that you will/have find love with your own mortal ‘Prince Charming’.
    (BC, Canada)

    Thank you so much for sharing with us today! It is so amazing that you found your way through a teacher. God is so truly amazing!

    Thank you for sharing your story with us today and how a teacher pointed you to the Lord. It touched my heart and helped me to put my own life in perspective.

    Dear Ivy
    Thank you for sharing this meditation.
    We also pray,
    Dear God, we thank You for writer’s who share your message so freely – providing food for thought and words of comfort.

    Good morning, Ivy,
    Spectacular devotional!
    Wow – your words are so true, haven’t we all wishes for riches and finally realized that we are rich through God!
    Keep up the great work!
    Have a blessed day!

    Thank you for you for sharing your message that warmed my heart! I am so glad that God directed you to such a wonderful messenger to heal your soul. As a retired teacher we often wondered if we made a difference in the lives of all those students we touched throughout our career. God indeed works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform!! Have a great day! Blessings.

    Dear Ivy,
    Thank you for this beautiful and most meaningful devotional today. Yours is truly a “rags to riches” life story and how true it is, that when we bring the Lord into our lives our life becomes rich indeed. All praise and glory to our loving Saviour! The quote from Ephesians 3 are words on which to focus.
    Blessings for your writing and sharing your story.

    Thanks Ivy, do take care, blessings.

    Thank you for a very interesting and inspiring devotion.
    You and your life story are a blessing.
    Thanks for sharing.

    A wonderful description of what believing in God can do for us.
    My son goes to the Philippines. He says the Philippines is a beautiful place. Maybe I’ll get there in the next few years with him.

    I went to Sunday school, sent not taken ever. But when I needed a mentor, the most was in my teens, no-one was there. I feel like I have come a long way and of course at 82 I’m still a work in progress, who isn’t? I hope you write again for when I read it I was already looking forward to the responses. Blessings to you and yours.

    Hi Ivy
    I loved your devotional – and the way you rose above your circumstances to live out God’s plan for your life. I grew up in what I call “upper poor,” although my parents sacrificed for me and through them, I realized God’s sacrifice for me. Like you, I consider myself supremely blessed to live a life rich in God’s love.

    Dear Ivy,
    Thank you for your lovely devotional! I’m going through a difficult time right now and your wise words were much appreciated.
    In God’s grace,
    (Ontario, Canada)

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