I had been thinking about creating a website for a very long time, a site where I could publish a testimony of God’s blessings in my life.
My situation was that, I never had the time or the means to do so, mainly because I didn’t have the time for coding, nor did I have the means to purchase a script.
Years passed by when one day I came across a Bible verse of the day, where it said; “13 Is any one among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” James 5:13-15 (RSVCE).
So I said to myself, I have been going through bad times since I can remember. Is there any good thing that God has done for me? I asked.
Then I recall listening to this voice in my heart that said, “Do you remember long ago, when you were young, walking bare feet from school, when a drunk driver almost took off your leg? It was me who moved your leg from beside the street, without you realizing it, which prevented you from being handicapped or dead.
Do you remember when you ended up somewhere in the world where there was no one you knew, and still you had a place to stay, food to eat and clothes to wear? It was me who provided that for you.
Do you remember when you were unemployed for a time, and still, you were able to feed your children, cloth them and send them to school? It was me who gave you a hand. The voice went on and on about all the good things God did for me, until I said; “Yes Lord, I now remember.”
A few days later, I just felt the need to read the Bible in the book of Tobit, and while doing so, in chapter 12:6-11 it read; 6 Raphael called the two of them aside privately and said to them:
“Bless God and give him thanks before all the living for the good things he has done for you, by blessing and extolling his name in song. Proclaim before all with due honor the deeds of God, and do not be slack in thanking him.
7 A king’s secret should be kept secret, but one must declare the works of God and give thanks with due honor. Do good, and evil will not overtake you.
So while meditating in verse 7, I said Lord, what should I do to extol your name for the good things you have done and are still doing for us?
The only thing that came into my mind was to create a website. That Bible passage was like a confirmation to me. It was as if God was telling me that I should not delay in sharing the blessings experienced in my life, even though I did not have everything my heart desired.
Then I felt inspired to fast for 21 days this particular time. Although I have fasted before for 40 days or more, etc. On the 3rd day of fasting, I felt it was time for me to put my site together, but we did not have the domain name yet. My wife and I decided to pray for it. Somehow, later on we decided upon the name, divinepraises.org. We then did what we had to do to have the site up and running.
After I created the 1st page of the site regarding the benefits of fasting, I decided to go over the article when, suddenly, the word “fast” was moving side to side. To be honest, I did not understand why this was happening as I did not put any special coding to cause this movement.
So I decided to send the link to my wife and also to my co-workers, to find out if they too saw what I was seeing. Please note that this only happens in Google Chrome browser, in full screen mode.
Since I did not understand why this was happening, I just choose to ignore it, thinking, maybe it is the browser’s issue that is causing this movement.
The following day I added another article explaining how to pray the rosary, then while going over it after I had saved it, I saw that the letters “tw” from the word “twenty” were also moving, shifting back and forth.
These events had me thinking, first was the word “fast” and now the word “twenty” that is moving; Is it God telling me to fast 20 days, instead of my previously planned 21 days? I asked.
A week later, one morning while going to work, I started doubting if I should consider those events as God’s legit message to me. So I asked my wife what she thought about it. I asked if I should ignore the website thing and just stick with my 21 days fast, as I had planned.
She did not have any answer at that time and neither did I.
Sometime later, on my lunch break I decided to open the page on how to pray the rosary again, so while I was reading about the “15 promises of the holy rosary”, I saw that the word “those” was moving.
To my understanding, I took it as a confirmation from God that I shouldn’t ignore those messages. I interpreted that God was telling me to “fast those 20 days", which I did.
So on my last 20 days of fasting, about 6 to 7 pm, going back to the site, I saw that the word “in” from a recently created article about “The Chaplet of Divine Mercy”, was also moving.
This time it had me confused.
Because now I had altogether the words; “fast”, “twenty”, “those” and “in”, moving. I then decided to go over those pages again to see if those words were still moving. To my surprise, the word “those” had already stopped moving.
The following morning, about 6 am in the morning, I decided to open my site for prayers, when the word “that” jumped in my face. I was like wow, this can’t be happening. So, putting all words together, (“fast”, “twenty”, “that”, and “in”), I felt as if God was telling me “that I must fast in twenty days.”
Please note that the day before, was my last day of the 20 days of fasting. I don’t know about you people, but I take this as my personal revelation from God.
You see, I have already experienced other ways of communicating with God, like prompts of my heart, a voice in mind telling me not to do certain things or don’t go there and so on, but never moving words on a website.
Just to give you an example, a few days ago, on a Thursday, about 5 to 6 am, I had my laptop on, listening to the Holy Rosary prayer from our page. I usually open two tabs on the screen: one where I play the prayer in audio and the second tab, where I just open it and have the divine praise image (Eucharistic Adoration) displayed while I am listening to the rosary in song.
While listening to the rosary, I decided to iron my kids’ school clothes, but something told me to go over the computer and refresh the screen to see how many users were on the site praying with us.
So instead of clicking where I had displayed the image, I went on and mistakenly clicked where the rosary was being played. Disappointed I said; “do I have to restart it?”
I clicked again on the audio link that I thought was the one that was supposed to be prayed for that day. So a few minutes later, I went back to refresh it again, without realizing I refreshed where the rosary was being prayed.
So I said, what is going on here?
To my surprise, I realized that for two occasions, I mistakenly clicked on the Sorrowful Mysteries when I was supposed to click on the Luminous Mysteries.
At that point, I realized that the Holy Ghost was trying to tell me that I had selected a prayer that was not for that day. Please know that you can pray all the mysteries in one day, but in my mind I wanted to pray the one that was for that specific day, which was the Luminous Mystery.
You see, God has many ways to communicate with us, and I know that for a fact. But I never imagined moving words on a website. Not because I am limiting God’s ability to do so, it’s just that it took me by surprise.
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