Who Am I, What Am I?

Who Am I, What Am I? -Toastmaster Project #1

Who Am I, What Am I? This is my first Toastmaster speech – Project #1- The Icebreaker. I also used this speech as Project # 3 at another Toastmasters Club. Therefore completing two projects with just one speech, from the Competent Communicator Manual.

Who am I? What am I?

My parents nicknamed me Pinky because I was pink when I was born. My real name is Cyd which was my Grandmas initial. It stands for C as in Consuelo, y as in Yangco and  D as in Doctolero. Cyd for short but it’s too short for some of my co-workers that they actually call me C-Y-D!

I was born and raised in the Philippines. When I was growing up I drew lots of pictures. I drew pictures of people, flowers, houses, I made comic books and I even designed my clothes which the dressmakers made for me. 

I thought for sure I was going to college for fine arts but after graduating from Hi school I had to make a decision. Should I go to nursing school or art school? Nursing meant a secured future. I would have a big chance of going to that far away land where money grows on trees and ice cream falls from the sky. I could meet lots of handsome American boys and I could drive my own car! And did you know what happened?

I went to nursing school!

My parents sacrificed everything so I could become a nurse.  There were times they had to choose between paying my tuition or buying our food.  As a result, They put the food on credit and paid my tuition! That was forty years ago!

I applied for a job in Texas in 1982. A year later after I processed all my papers, I realized I did not have any money for airfare. How many of you remembered Pan Am World Airways? They had a program called “Fly Now Pay Later.” I went to their office and told them I needed to go the US. They asked, do you have a job waiting for you? I said, “yes” and they issued me a ticket.

Coming to America was the most exciting time of my life! Everything was new! I explored, I learned, I cried I survived! After awhile,  I met my handsome all American boy! Guess what? I married him!  We started a family, and we have three children.Two boys and a girl. They are 26, 22 &17. 

I am now a recovery room nurse. My job is to wake patients up, control their pain, and kick them out. 

Nursing is not the only thing about me. I had been a stay-home mom, a homeschool parent, an eBay seller and a travel agent in the past.   

Currently, I crochet baby hats from recycled strings. My co-workers and I organize infant hat drive, children’s coat drive, and other community project services. I also do gardening, cooking, shopping, shopping, shopping…but they are not my passion.

The one thing I am passionate about is the pursuit of knowing God and his promises. I am committed to praying the Scriptures over my family and me. I am extremely passionate about it that I turned my prayers into a book and here it is: Your Prayer Coach, a personal prayer guide. It is available on Amazon. If you put your name in the basket, I would like to draw a name and give this book away tonite.

In case you’re wondering, I did not regret becoming a nurse. Art and creativity will always be with me in the way I worship God and in the way I live my life. 

Florence Nightingale said, ” nursing is an art. “God+nursing+art= ministry! 

That, ladies and gentlemen, is who I am and what I am!

Update: I decided to pursue my art. On Jan. 1, 2017, I watched a youtube video and followed the lesson on how to paint. Then I enrolled at Sofia Art Academy for a 10-hour course. The rest is history, I found my song!



Your Guardian Angel – An Amazing Alaskan Adventure

 Your Guardian Angel – An Amazing Alaskan Adventure was a speech I presented as Project #2 from my Competent Communicator Manual for Toastmasters International at St. Andrews Speakers Club. I gave a shortened version to accommodate 5-7 minutes of timeframe required by the manual. This posting is now edited and more facts were added.

The speech begins:

Do you believe that you have a  guardian angel?  I do!

Photo credit (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.sciencemusings.com/blog/uploaded_images angel-718605.jpg

        1. The Angel will guard you

God says in Exodus 23:20, “Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.

This is a story about how God sent angels to rescue my son. They became actual humans to do their job.

In the Spring of 2015, our 25-year old son, Kurt, went on a road trip to Alaska.

He snowboarded and did a lot of rock climbing along the way.

This is the route he took, starting out from Dallas, TX.

Somewhere in Utah, Photo by Kurt Olson

He went northbound on the Pacific Coast Highway and entered Canada. It is 2500 miles via Alaska Hwy or 48 hrs from the border of Washington State to his final destination which was Homer, AK.

credit: google map

        2. I asked for God’s Angels… Not just one but a lot  

It was early morning as I was driving to work, when suddenly, I called on God, “Adonai Tzevaot (LORD of Host), please send your angels to rescue Kurt.”. I thought, “Rescue from what?”  Although I wasn’t sure what it meant, I trusted God that he would do it. That night, my husband received a Facebook message that Kurt had been stranded in the Yukon.

Yukon, Canada Photo by Kurt Olson

It happened at 2:00 am when his car decided not to start while he was at a rest stop

Typical Rest Stop along Alaska Highway in the Yukon (Photo Credit: Micaeldavialactea’s Instagram image @25.02.2016. (n.d.). Retrieved March 06, 2016, from http://sixmoment.com/m/1192483260414121251_1454506364
No Cell phone connection, AT&T does not work in the Yukon! No GPS. He was all alone. It was -20 below 0 and very dark.  He crawled inside his winterized sleeping bag in his full snowboard gear. He saw the most beautiful arctic sunrise; he was euphoric but had no idea he was dying of hypothermia.

Kurt made the sleeping bag a few weeks before the trip
3. God sent the Angels
After 10 hrs in the cold, three cars passed by and the third one stopped. A man and his daughter rescued him. When he got into the tow truck and started thawing, his fingers were in excruciating pain. They took him to Whitehorse city, where their family lives.

City of Whitehorse, Canada Photo credit: (n.d.). Retrieved from http://yukon-news.com/media/images/2012/january/13/BIZpassivehouse.jpg
The kindhearted family placed Kurt’s car in a heated garage, gave him a room with internet connection so he could send us a Facebook message. They fed him and kept him for a week. Kurt had to do a lot of research on the net, to figure out what exactly happened to the car. Together, with his Dad who is in Texas, they brainstormed on every possible cause. After much discussion through Facebook Messenger, they came to the diagnosis that the car had fuel pump failure. He ordered the part from an Audi dealer in Vancouver, and they mailed the part to him. When it arrived after a few days, he installed it himself, and the car started.
    4. The Angel confirmed His Presence
Before resuming his journey, Kurt wanted to download music from iTunes into his iPhone. When he opened iTunes, this was what he saw:  It said” your guardian angel.”
He said, “whoa how did it get there? I never downloaded that. It was not his kind of music. Wow, angels must also use technology too.
Meanwhile, down here in TX, I was worried that he would travel alone again. There was still 924 miles to go so I talked to God about it. “Adonai Tzevaot, pls be with Kurt and surround him with your Angels!” I also sent a message to Kurt. This is what I said, “I started fasting for you yesterday. I will fast until you get to Homer. The angels will continue to watch over you with Adonai Tzevaot, The Lord of Hosts, in command. Say the Shema at the start of your trip and don’t forget to offer money to your hosts. Shalom.”
The day Kurt left for Alaska, was also the day his host family and a bunch of other people scheduled themselves to go to Anchorage, Alaska for a conference. The lead angel (The Dad of the family) rode with Kurt while the rest were in the van.  The Angels surrounded him!
I told Kurt, “Praise Adonai! The Lord heard the prayers of His people! You are special. The LORD who sent Oded to take the metal out of your eye and the God who sent the Petersons to rescue you is the same God who was with you on the way to Homer!”
Kurt was in Homer, Alaska for four months. The number 4 is the number of the sides of a square. It is one of symbols of completion in the Bible

Bishop’s Beach Alaska Photo by Kurt M. Olson
Majestic Mountains, Photo by Kurt M. Olson
Photo by Kurt M. Olson

Golden Sun in Alaska, Photo by Kurt M. Olson

Photo by Kurt M. Olson
Matthew, Kurt’s Friend Spinning Burning Wool

Photo by Kurt M. Olson
Mountain Range, Homer Alaska
Photo by Kurt M. Olson
Kurt found employment with a fishing boat, but he suffered terrible motion sickness and found it difficult to do the job. He decided to quit, but the boat was already in a different location from where his car was. The only way to get back to his vehicle was to hitchhike. He walked for approximately 20 miles on the first leg. He was thirsty, hungry and tired. It was a 170-mile walk if no one picks him up. Three different cars picked him up and dropped him at certain points along the way. At one particular time in his walked, he had to get rid of some of his baggage to lighten his load. He threw them behind the bush in the ditch. He went back at a later time to retrieve them. The driver in the third car who picked him up took him to Homer, which was about 100 miles away.
Angels can drive cars too! So thankful for these three!

While in Homer, Kurt built a mini-playground for a charter fishing company. God provided a temporary shelter by staying at the site, provided by the owners. This is the handrail that he built:

Photo by Kurt Olson
  5. Guardian angels are faithful.
Time to head back home. He was passing thru Edmonton, Canada when he became confused and lost in the highway interchange.
Courtesy of Google Map
Then he spotted a hitchhiker, a middle-aged, haggard-looking woman. He picked her up and this woman became his GPS. After she had done her job, she got off the car. Kurt went back on the right track, and he came home safely.
For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
Psalm 91:11
When Kurt was stranded in the Yukon, there were three cars that passed by and he was rescued by the third car. When he needed to hitchhike in Alaska, Three different drivers gave him a helping hand to bring him where he needed to go.  According to an article I found on the net, the number three is associated with God’s mighty acts.
Three. It is natural to associate the number 3 with the Trinity of Persons in the Godhead, and the following references among others may be instanced: Mt. 28:19; Jn. 14:26; 15:26; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Pet. 1:2, where this teaching is implied. The number 3 is also associated with certain of God’s mighty acts. At Mt Sinai the Lord was to come down to give his Law on ‘the third day’ (Ex. 19:11). In Hosea’s prophecy the Lord would raise up his people ‘on the third day’, probably meaning a short time (Ho. 6:2). There is a similar usage of ‘three’ in Lk. 13:32, where ‘third day’ is ‘poetical for the moment when something is finished, completed, and perfected’ (N. Geldenhuys, Commentary on the Gospel of Luke, 1950, p. 384, n. 4). Jonah was delivered (Jon. 1:17; Mt. 12:40), and God raised Christ from the dead, on the third day (1 Cor. 15:4). There were three disciples admitted to special terms of intimacy with Christ (Mk. 9:2; Mt 26:37), and at Calvary there were three crosses. Paul emphasizes three Christian virtues (1 Cor. 13:13). A further instance of three being used in connection with periods of time is the choice offered to David of 3 days’ pestilence, 3 months’ defeat or 3 years’ famine (1 Ch. 21:12). The deployment of Gideon’s army furnishes an example of division into three (Jdg. 7:16), and the fraction, a third, is employed in Rev. 8:7-12.  https://bible.org/question/what-significance-numbers-scripture
This is the blessing that I offered to God when He did a mighty act for me. (Scriptures)
I will exalt You, my God, the King; I will bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You. Lord, You are great and I will praise You with the highest praise; Your greatness, I can’t comprehend. Each generation will praise your works to the next and declare your mighty acts. I will speak of Your splendor and glorious majesty and Your wonderful works. People will speak of your mighty awesome acts and I will tell of your great deeds. They will proclaim the fame of your abounding goodness.
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Books Store – Com’ on In

Welcome to my little bookstore. Books featured here are good for the soul. Browse around and linger awhile.

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Your Prayer Coach: A Personal Prayer Guide

Your Prayer Coach – A Personal Prayer Guide. Prayers are Scripture-based and personalized. Pray with confidence by praying God’s word. It is great for a beginner prayer warrior but also refreshing for veterans. These are prayers for yourself, family and life’s issues. Experience breathtaking climb into the heart of God. Learn to enhance your prayers. It’s the start of an incredible journey of faith. Prayer is powerful with remarkable results. It keeps you ahead of the game and puts your mind at ease. This book will make a difference in your prayer life.


Just a Little Girl: How a Clinical Death Brought a Teenage Girl Face-to-Face With An Angel and Head-to-Toe with Her Faith

When eighteen-year- old Victoria dies in the ICU and encounters an angel that gives her a prophetic mandate from God, her insatiable quest for spiritual enlightenment begins. As compelling as any contemporary novel, this dramatic and inspiring true story is a roller-coaster ride through supernatural experience, denominational enlightenment, and a teenage marriage that not only survives the loss of a child but thrives through unbeatable odds.

Shining a fresh light on the theology of a Jewish Jesus, the author deftly weaves the history of the Christian faith from its genesis of the first century to the present-day Greco-Roman Christianity―all the while giving us an up close and personal glimpse of an extraordinary life.

A devoted wife, mother of six, and grandmother of nineteen, Victoria refuses to succumb to age and limitations. Far from Just a Little Girl, Victoria Sarvadi’s unconventional journey from teenage motherhood to Hebraic scholar and teacher will captivate and consume you from start to finish.    Victoria Sarvadi’s Website


17 Reasons Why The Universal Church Idea Is Unscriptural by Edwin Jardinel (2015-07-04)

Many Christians today do not care about attending a Biblical church or finding the true church that Jesus founded because they have a wrong conception of what a church is and they believe that the local assembly founded by Christ do not exist. However, if you would study Matthew 16: 18, you will learn that His church will continue to perpetuate because Christ made a promise that, even the gates of hell shall not prevail against her.
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock, I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. –Matthew 16:18

The problem is that a lot of Christians are confused about the meaning of the church, and many are made to believe that this has reference to a universal invisible church and not a local visible assembly. Is there really a universal invisible church? Is the universal church idea Biblical?
This book shares 17 reasons why the universal church idea is unscriptural. The church describes in the Bible is a local visible assembly. One will not be interested in learning about the history and perpetuity of the Lord’s church without a clear understanding of the Lord’s church. It is my prayer that readers of this book will be enlightened about the real meaning of the church.  Edwin’s Books


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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Biomechanics for the Performer

This book is not written for everyone. It is written for those who believe that a God, a Divine being, an Intelligent Designer, created them. The study of the human body is an astonishing celebration of our Creator, who with extraordinary care molded our bodies, provided us with novelty to celebrate our differences, and integrated us with such wonderful systems, functions, and capabilities that such praise is stopped in our throats.

The anatomical and physiological aspects of the body are applied to aspects of training in an introductory and pervasive way, including the biomechanical applications to movement in performance. Designed with practical applications of exercises, this book serves as a basic textbook for students interested in performing. The text is also a wonderful complement to homeschool education. Dr. Lou’s Books


31 Days of Mountaintop Miracles: One Woman’s Legacy of Unconditional Obedience

Miracles by definition are extraordinary events manifesting a supernatural work of God―an unusual event or accomplishment, a wonder, a marvel. A never-ending supply of miracles has made up Susie Jennings life since November 1993, when she and a group of volunteers distributed 100 new blankets to the homeless living under the Canton Street bridge overpass in downtown Dallas.

In 31 Days of Mountaintop Miracles, Susie shares the legacy of a blanket distribution project that through God’s grace and guidance has grown from an unthinkable tragedy into Operation Care International (OCI), a worldwide outreach ministry, dedicated to caring for the homeless in Dallas, Texas and impoverished children around the world.

With a spirit of unconditional obedience, Susie and her OCI Team have reached over 130,000 homeless men, women and children in the Dallas Metroplex area and conducted major outreach efforts to change the lives of thousands of impoverished children in nine countries, including; the Philippines, India, Africa, Taiwan/China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Jordan, and Israel. OCI has been faithful in carrying the message of love and hope to those in need through the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

With over 3,000 volunteers and serving 8,500 + homeless, OCI hosts the nation’s largest Christmas party for those in need, held every December since 2004 at the Dallas Convention Center.

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O Lord God Of Israel


Jonathan Settel, presents 12 wonderful Messianic songs! Settel, one of the best-loved singers in Evangelical Christian circles, is known worldwide for his musical abilities, technical skills, and strong, sensitive vocal style. His golden voice will lead you to places of worship first discovered by the fathers of Israel. He always draws our spirits back to Israel, where we dance and sing in worship to King Messiah.



Not A Doll

I Am Not A Doll-exclaimed the little boy!

I Am Not A Doll-exclaimed the little boy!

One day, when Kurt was six years old, he came home mad after playing with the Borotz children who were neighbors. “I don’t want to play with Vanessa and Jaime anymore, all they want to do is to play with barbie dolls,” he said. I explained to him that they are girls and naturally, they want to play with dolls. I said to him, “I have dolls too and I have two (at that time) of them.” He looked at me, wrinkled his brows, crossed his arms and with emphasis, responded, “I am not a doll!”
My Dolls

My dolls with the doll players, Vanessa and Jaime
Toastmasters International

Why I Joined Toastmasters International

I decided to join Toastmasters International because I need the experience to speak in front of people. I noticed that my mind goes blank whenever I need to say something in front of a group. Although I had no problem sharing testimonies in a Bible study setting, I am always nervous.  At a Toastmasters meeting, the opportunity is given to say something. I am assigned different roles each time, and I have noticed that I am not as scared anymore. I have gained confidence in performing my role whether I am the Toastmaster of the evening, a general evaluator, speech evaluator, a timer, a listener, ahh monitor or a Table Topics Master.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. The organization has more than 345,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,900 clubs in 142 countries that make up the global network of meeting locations. Their mission is to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.

The district mission is to build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence. The Club mission is to provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

I belong to St. Andrews Speakers Club located in Plano.  http://standrewspeakers.toastmastersclubs.org/  You are welcome to check it out.

I have completed the Competent Communicator manual which required me to give ten speeches. The members are very helpful and supportive. I am very grateful for their heartfelt encouragement and evaluation.

I am growing with confidence and forging new friendships. Our common bond is the desire for personal improvement. Since this is not a religious organization, there is no judgment regarding anybody’s spiritual level. Anybody is free to be them. Everybody listens. It is good for the soul and very refreshing.

My Competent Communication Manual Speeches:

  1. Project #1: THE ICE BREAKER
  3. Project #3: GET TO THE POINT
  4. Project #4: HOW TO SAY IT
  5. Project #5: YOUR BODY SPEAKS
  6. Project #6: VOCAL VARIETY
  7. Project #7: RESEARCH YOUR TOPIC
  9. Project #9: PERSUADE WITH POWER (I still need to find my notes)
  10. Project #10: INSPIRE YOUR AUDIENCE

Storytelling Project #1, Folk Tales

Storytelling Project #2  Let’s Get Personal

Check out a Toastmasters Club near you…you will be glad you did!




My Personal Prayer For Success

This is a prayer for personal success. The words are from the Holy Scripture. It is tried and tested.

We must always bless the King of the universe whenever we approach His throne.  The next thing we need to do is to forgive others. In order to appear clean before the LORD, we have to confess our sins. We must take the opportunity to thank The LORD before we recite to Him a long list of our desires. After we have done all these then we can say the following prayer.

LORD (Adonai), bless me and keep me. Make Your face shine upon me and be gracious to me. LORD (Adonai), lift up Your countenance upon me and give me peace.

LORD (Adonai), You are faithful. You established me and kept me from evil. Remove from me, all bitterness, wrath, anger, screaming, and evil speech including malice. Please cover (me/ us) with the love and blood of The Lamb. Help me to be kind to (name of spouse) and enable me to forgive.

Place a hedge of protection around (me/ us) and our children. Be gracious to me and be my strength every morning. LORD (Adonai), remind me that I am working for You, and not for men. Help me to do my job with excellence and with all my heart. Enable me to honor You with my tithes and offerings.

Help me to fulfill my responsibilities without complaining. LORD (Adonai), defend me from the enemy. Father (Abba), if You are willing, please do not permit the adversary (HaSatan) to touch me.You are the LORD Who heals (Adonai Rapha). There is victory in The Name of Jesus (Yeshua)!

Keep me healthy LORD (Adonai)! Spirit of infirmity, depart from my body right now! Come out of me in The Name of Jesus (Yeshua) Who gave me the authority to trample down snakes and scorpions and to disable all the power of the enemy! Go away and do not come back in The Name of Jesus (Yeshua)!

LORD, (Adonai), help me to obey Your instruction, to walk in Your ways, to keep Your statutes, Your commandments, Your ordinances, and Your testimonies, written in the law of Moses, that I may prosper in all that I do, and wherever I go. LORD (Adonai), I beg you, let Your ear be attentive now to my prayer.

I delight to fear Your Name. Please grant me success today. Grant me mercy and favor in the sight of my co-workers and leaders. I can do all things through Jesus (Yeshua), The Messiah who strengthens me.

God of Hope, fill me with all joy and peace. I believe that I will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. I cast all my cares upon You. Thank You for caring for me. LORD (Adonai), Honor and glory and blessing be Yours today.

In Jesus’ Name (B’Shem Yeshua). Amen.

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