Series Of Events That I am Thankful For My Life
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Series Of Events That I Am Grateful And Thankful For My Life

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December 4, 2020
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Every day is Thanksgiving Day for me. Here in the USA, they celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the last Thursday of November. Families gather together even from far away. People spend money on plane tickets or drive long distances to be with family on that day.

The typical menu is roast turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, bread with butter, stuffing, apple pie and pumpkin pie, pumpkin rolls, and much more.

Series Of Events That I Am Grateful And Thankful For My Life

There are many things for which I am thankful.  I’m going to list the miracles that have happened in my life. These events made me grateful that God is always with us in all of our journeys. The events that happen in our lives He forms in us to make us who we are. Though I am hesitant to share these workings of God in my own life, I feel He wants me to.

We live in a world that emphasizes the natural — what our senses can see and prove. But the spiritual realm is just as real as the natural and I have had experiences in that unseen reality. Finally, I am ready to spill the beans about my experiences even if few people believe it.

Series Of Events That I Am Grateful And Thankful For My Life!

My Dream

When I was 3 years old, I had a dream in the middle of the night that my father was going to commit suicide. I woke up crying and begged my mother to go see my father. (My father was in and out of our lives due to the tragedy of drugs ruining his mind and making it unsafe to stay with him.) I begged and begged mom to go now. I’m glad my mother and sister agreed to dress up and take the bus trip to my father’s place. It took three hours. When I came out of the bus, I ran to the backyard. Most of the neighbors were there begging my father to come down from the coconut tree. He was getting ready to hang himself. I ran towards the tree crying. Everyone moved out of my way. The neighbors told papa to stop because his daughters had come. I pleaded with my father to come down from the tree and he did. I’m glad I listened to my dream and I’m glad my mother believed me. It saved my father’s life.

Escape

Our Escape

When I was four years old, my mother, sister, and I had to run into the woods to escape from my father. We sheltered in a small house with a bamboo floor and a roof made with a nipa hat. After a few hours of being there, my father arrived with a big bolo or knife in my great grandparent’s Bahay Kubo. It is not their main house but a small house where they enjoy relaxing and having fresh air to unwind. Miraculously, he obeyed his old grandparents and didn’t even try to push the window or try to peek through the slats in the floor. He could have easily seen us inside of that small house or Bahay Kubo. We stayed there for seven days. From time to time, my father would roam around outside, but he never attempted to enter.

An Angel Came To Rescue Us

We moved to a town away from my father’s family. We didn’t know anyone in this town. Mama was new to her job as an Agriculturist in the town and the nearby surroundings. Sometimes her employer couldn’t pay her on time. She was having a hard time paying the rent for our house, and after three or four months, the owner of the house decided to kick us out.

The owner shouted to mama and told her to pack up and leave. We decided to stay that night and worry about leaving the next day. When we woke up early in the morning the owner was very angry again.
Lola Press is the sister-in-law of the owner. She came and rescued us! Lola defended mama, telling her sister-in-law to stop shouting and that they didn’t consider the facts and understand why my mother was not able to pay the rent.
Lola told us to pack our small things and live with her. She became our instant grandma! A stranger that treated us like a family! She even defended us many times against accusations from her own family Lola made sure to spend time with me and Juhan. She baked us cake every month and let us watch basketball during the league season. Friday night was movie night with Lola. We so appreciated it!
Lola was an angel of God sent from heaven right when we needed it. The kindness she showed to the three of us is such a great example of love outpoured on those in need.
My legs are healed by sister Cagets

My Legs Are Healed By Sister Cagets

When I was 9 years old, I complained to my mother that my legs hurt. The pain was so intense I cried every night. Mama heard about a  healing minister from Australia who was coming to the Philippines. Mama told me to pray. I was happy that the visiting minister was coming to our church where Mama, my sister, and I attended and went to Bible study. We arrived around 5:00 pm and the church was already packed with sick people. Lucky, we were able to get a seat.

Mama asked me again to pray so that we could make it to Sister Cagets. There were so many people she might get too tired to pray over everyone. We made it to her at 2:00 am! I was so tired and sleepy. The people in line for prayer kept moving forward slowly until we finally reached Sister Cagets. From the moment she prayed for me, the pain ceased and never returned. These many years later my legs are bothering me again, but that is another story.

Early Morning Surprise

One morning I rode a jeepney to school. It was final exam day. I was dressed up, and my broken cellphone was in my nice bag but aside from that nothing they can really get in there. My heart was beating faster, and I didn’t know why but a few meters away from my school, two guys came up, and the other one sat next to me with his knife pointing in my side. He told me, hold up and don’t move! I was shaking but pretended to stay calm. In my mind, I immediately prayed and said, Papa Jesus and Mama Mary protect and help me! After I said it on my mind, I talked to the hold upper as he is asking me to come down to a farther place than my school. I told him, big brother, it is my final test today, and if I wouldn’t come down here, I won’t be able to take my test. Can I please get down here?! He then replied, Ok, let us go down first, and you’ll get down last! Right after we talked, they both jumped out of the jeepney right in front of my school, and then I followed after them. They walked straight to the market right beside our school, and I walked directly to our school entrance.

I’m glad my simple fast prayers were answered immediately! These incidents happened twice in my life but in a different scenario and I ended up not harm even if they sat beside me and having the knife next to me.

A Sign If Nate Is The One

Mama Mary Appeared In My Dreams Revealing A Sign If Nate Is The One

I was honestly scared! As moving to a faraway country without knowing anyone other than your fiance. There’s some Filipinas who are killed by their foreign husband when they arrived here in the US. I prayed and asked Mama Mary for a sign. She appeared to me in a dream in 2007, asking me to go to Simala Church in Sibonga in the year 2007. Every year on the Virgin Mary’s birthday, we go to a different church in Carmen.

I asked my mother when I woke up if I dreamed correctly. Mama verified that there is such a church in Sibonga. (From the time I was very young, Mama usually believed that my dreams were from God.) This time she told me she wouldn’t go with me as it can be hard to go to Simala without a private vehicle.
I then asked my friends from college. Only one agreed to accompany me. The one who went with me is the type of girl who is not very religious. She loves wearing sexy clothes and very short shorts. I am the one who always brought her to church with me. The motorbike ride was hard and it was hot as we were traveling in the middle of the day. We were stuck in traffic and starving.
It took us two hours to get to the gate and another two hours to get to the front door of the church as the line was so long. My friend kept telling me to place my flower offering in the grotto outside the church, that it would mean the same thing. I told her, “No! we have to get in!”
Finally, we made it to the front door of the church. I immediately noticed that the church was decorated with pink curtains and pink roses were on the altar. I couldn’t stop the tears from rolling down my cheeks.
As we got nearer to the altar, people near me noticed that I am the only one who brought pink roses. They jokingly asked how I knew that the church decorations were pink and the flowers they were using were pink roses? I simply smiled at them and didn’t tell them the truth as I didn’t want them to think that I was crazy. But here’s what happened. In my dream, Mother Mary told me to bring a pink rose. When I went to the flower vendor in Santo Rosario early that morning, I specifically asked for a pink rose. They told me someone had purchased all their pink roses, and only one was left. They directed me from one vendor to another until I arrived at the vendor who has a pink rose. The vendor tells me I am lucky that one rose was left for me!
This miraculous sign from God calmed my fears.  I felt confident in proceeding with the requirements to move to the United States. The interview at the embassy was easy. The consul even joked with me and looked for my engagement ring.
My first born

My First Born

I had a hard time giving birth to my firstborn as I could not have food ahead of my labor. Thankfully, the nurses let me have ice in my mouth while I was pushing Keira, so I had some water in my body even though I didn’t have any food. During Keira’s birth, I lost a lot of blood. I was bleeding for four hours. The next day, the doctor wanted to give me blood, but luckily I didn’t need it, and I was able to stand up and take care of myself alone with Keira. I consider that a miracle since I lost a lot of blood the night before.

My Second Born

My Second Born

Kyle’s due date was September 5th. I start my contraction on September 7th in the morning and the doctor told me around 1:00 pm that Kyle will be out at 1:00 am the next day September 8th. I asked for medicine to induce labor because my tummy was so painful and carrying Kyle any longer was making me weaker so Kyle was born on September 7th. He was a big baby! Nine and a half pounds — the biggest baby in the Rode family! Kyle got a fever on the day he was born and the hospital took him to ICU to monitor him.

The hospital had a strict policy for babies that gets a fever right after their born. So they have to bring Kyle to the ICU. For 24 hours being there in the hospital, everyone who took care of him; every shift, the name tag is Mary. My sister and I even asked them if they purposely signed in for duty there, and they said “No”. Their head nurse assigned them mostly, and one of them doesn’t even know or meet each other until that night. Kyle ended up born on September 7th at 3:00 pm here US time. Isn’t it a coincidence that more than four people are Mary? By the way, my sister is Mary too. There’s like 6-8 total of Mary taking care of him for the first 24 hours of his life.

My Uterus Prolapse

A few days after Kyle is born I got my uterus prolapse. Of course, I am too small and having a big baby is a candidate for a prolapse. We went home and I saw the bulge in my private part. I immediately told Nate and called the OB-Gyn number. The midwife who answered my call told me to simply grab it is just a blood clot.

My sister knew that I was so tired and hungry and wanted to take a rest. She immediately followed the instruction and just thinking that she wants it out so she can help me. Not knowing it is my uterus. I pushed longer than I delivered Kyle and it was 16 centimeters long. I beg Nate to check it out and then we ran to the emergency room. It took us two hours waiting there and when someone is ready to see me. They can’t find anything. We are all shocked and surprised that it went back inside on its own. Isn’t it surprising?

Anointed By The Priest

One morning, I woke up with a tummy ache. It was the most painful tummy ache I ever had during my college days. The medical report says it is appendicitis. It was the day of my final test in college and I was a graduating student at that time.

Aside from that Mama doesn’t have the money to pay for it and I don’t want my mother to be in more debt. I told my mother if we can try to get a priest to pray over for me first before we will proceed to the operation. After the priest prays over me the pain subsides and so we asked them to check me again.

They came back with a negative result. After I was released from the emergency room I went directly to my school and took my final exam as if nothing happens. I was very happy and relieved that I don’t need that operation as it can really ruin my school.

God’s Presence

God didn’t promise us an easy life but he promised to walk with us every step of the way. As long as we have faith in him and believed in him. In every struggle of our life always lean to God because he is always there to listen to us.

In marriage, God will give us a partner that will compliment us it’s not to make our life easier but for us to grow, change, and be mature in our faith in him.

Be Thankful Everyday

We don’t need to have all these miracles above in order to be thankful every day as everything surrounds us is enough for us to give thanks to God. He provided us all the things and people we needed in our life. It’s not to hurt us but for us to keep pushing hard and having a close relationship with him.

I just got this book and immediately read it. I always love the author she’s always full of wisdom. She mentioned some things that we don’t even think of thanking like trash cans, a water pipe, a peeling tree bark and so much more. These are some of the examples that there’s a lot of things to be thankful for if we simply noticed them and start to look around us.

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    Alyssa

    December 7, 2020

    Wow it sounds like you have had many obstacles in life but have found your way to overcome everything. So happy to hear you are thankful regardless of how you got here!

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      April

      December 8, 2020

      Thanks, Alyssa.

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    Holly B

    December 7, 2020

    Amazing! Thank you for sharing your journey and the Angels that helped you along the way! Finding gratitude in every situation shows the faith you have! God bless you and your family!

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      April

      December 8, 2020

      You’re welcome Holly and I hope this post helps others who are going through something hard make their faith stronger and keep holding unto God.

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    Shelby

    December 7, 2020

    Oh my goodness, you have lived through a lot of trauma. I am so glad you are able to find some positivity through it.

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      April

      December 8, 2020

      Me too with God’s grace we were able to manage and keep going.

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    Bonnie

    December 7, 2020

    It sounds like you have had a lot of struggles in your life. I think that it helps to think of things that we can be thankful for every day in our lives.

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      April

      December 8, 2020

      So true!

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    Sabrina DeWalt

    December 7, 2020

    What a full life you have led. So happy to see that you have made it through all the trauma.

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      April

      December 8, 2020

      Thank you and me too!

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    Sydney Delong-Eat Simply Sweet

    December 7, 2020

    God has been with you through so much! You have an amazing life story, thank you for sharing it!

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      April

      December 8, 2020

      You are welcome.

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    Debbie

    December 7, 2020

    With all you’ve been thru, some people would lose their faith. So glad it has all made your faith stronger!

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      April

      December 8, 2020

      True.

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    Keirsten

    December 7, 2020

    Wow, you have been through a lot. I’m not a religious person but I am very spiritual. Thankfully someone has been looking over you & protecting you. <3

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      April

      December 8, 2020

      Thanks.

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    Suz

    December 7, 2020

    I truly hope your traumas and worries are behind you… Hang in there!

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      April

      December 8, 2020

      I’m really surprised at how I made it! Thanks.

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    Lisa Manderino

    December 8, 2020

    I always think about these moments as god giving his signature on your life. He is there and he will help you. Your faith is incredible and what is even more awesome is that you recognize the hand of the lord in your life. The gift of dreams is a special gift of the spirit.

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      April

      December 8, 2020

      Thank you Lisa and yes I am starting to think if I am going crazy sometimes. I need to learn how to use this gift and listen to it.

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    Sandi Barrett

    December 8, 2020

    sounds like you have been through a lot in your life. Take good care.

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      April

      December 8, 2020

      Thank you.

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    Chelsea

    December 9, 2020

    Wow. You have been through so much and at such a young age. Prayer changes things and God presents Himself in ways we can’t explain. Like your dream. Thank you for sharing your story, courage, and many blessings with us.

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      April

      December 9, 2020

      You are welcome! God bless!

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    Sarah

    December 9, 2020

    What an amazing life story – you have worked very hard to overcome hard times and stayed strong in your faith.

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      April

      December 9, 2020

      Thanks, Sarah! I am glad it made my faith stronger as the years goes by.

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    Kendra

    December 9, 2020

    What an incredible story of blessings, burdens, faith, and miracles in your journey so far. Thank you for sharing with us.

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      April

      December 11, 2020

      You are very welcome Kendra.

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    Danielle Ardizzone

    December 13, 2020

    The woman who took in your family was truly a miracle.

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    Cindy Moore

    December 13, 2020

    It teaches us trust when we can look back and see the miracles and intercessions in our lives! Thank you for sharing your stories.

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      April

      December 15, 2020

      Yes, trust is one of the lessons we can learn on this journey!

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    Jane

    December 29, 2020

    Wow, April what a great testimony! Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. God works in wondrous ways and miracle happens all the time. You overcame so much obstacles in life and look at where you are now…blessed with a beautiful family.

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      April

      December 29, 2020

      You are very welcome Jane. I agree, God knows where we are heading…

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April Key Rode
New York, USA

April Key Rode is a Bachelor graduate of Hospitality and Tourism Management. One of the researchers in Tabuelan "As An Eco-Tourism Destination." She loves to do research, writing, cross-stitching and dancing. Her favorite sports are badminton, biking, soccer, basketball, and bowling. She is a mother of two, and she loves traveling with her own family and friends.

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