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Do you believe in signs from God?
Back in 2001, I was pregnant for the first time. Something horrible happened in my business (don’t ask) and because I was pregnant, I didn’t have have the energy to fight back. I didn’t know how to proceed. So I talked to my sister and she told me that if you need a sign from God, ask for something difficult and specific.

I know this sounds super shallow, but during that time there was a Stephen Sprouse x Louis Vuitton bag I really wanted. I saw it in the shop (when it used to be at 6750) but it was reserved by someone else.
I told God, if you want me to give this up (the problem), please let me have the bag.
A few days later I got a call from Louis Vuitton (and I was not a VIP customer), they told me the bag was now available because the one who had reserved it changed her mind.
The bag is very special to me. I ended up selling the business.

Louis Vuitton x Stephen Sprouse

Lately I’ve been praying to God more often. This year 2014 hasn’t been good for me, but through the kindness and prayers of friends and family, I’m still here.
Last June 12, I prayed to God for a sign. “Are you with me? My faith is weak and I need to know if You are with me.”
“What sign do you want?” was the question I got back.
“Ask for something difficult and specific,” I remembered my sister’s words.
“Yellow shoes. On a man. I have to see yellow shoes on a man before June 18.”
Yellow shoes.
Who the hell wears yellow shoes in Manila, I thought. This is going to be difficult.

So the next three days I kept looking at people’s shoes in the mall, in the hospital, in the supermarket.
I saw nothing. Then on June 15 I was feeling kind of sick. I took an Advil PM and went to bed. I could not open my eyes when Netherlands played against Spain in the middle of the night.
Once in a while I could hear my husband getting excited.
“Are we winning?” I would ask. “What’s the score?”
Netherlands ended up winning the game 5-1.
The following day my husband was on the Dutch Telegraaf watching the five magical goals that made them win, and showed them to me.
Here’s what happened.

world cup yellow shoes
world cup yellow shoes
world cup yellow shoes

“Wait. Are those green or yellow shoes?”
“Yellow,” said Jeroen. Pause.
I told him about my prayer.
The entire Spanish football team, plus two Dutch players that scored important goals, wore yellow shoes.
“If that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is,” Jeroen said.

Last week I finally saw a man at the Shang—live in and in person—in yellow shoes. I wanted to stop him and take a picture for my blog. But I was too shy.
June 16 was the first time I watched a World Cup game this year. Since then I’ve been seeing yellow shoes all the time, almost everyday.
Is God with me? I certainly hope so.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” — Isaiah 41:10

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Adrian O.

I think its funny that so many people go to church, practice being good christians etc. and supposedly seek intervention, only to turn around and rip each other apart after that communion with ‘God’. People are so broken – especially the haters here. I’m not rich – will never buy an LV in my lifetime, but know enough to not judge CVS for her points of reference here. Who cares what sign she needs? Point is, the sign needed doesn’t correlate to the blogger’s character and for anyone to think it does, is really arrogant. (or simply too judgmental or… Read more »

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Mark Canizares

Don’t mind all the bashers. As if not wishing/buying for expensive stuff would lessen the starving people somewhere else and would improve the lives of those less fortunate individuals. In reality, what can actually do that is by helping people and donating to charities, which many of us know that you do. People are quick to judge when they don’t know the person they are judging that well! Lastly, your relationship with your God (whatever signs and requests you ask from Him) is a private matter and is none of our business. Thanks for this lovely post Ms.C. Truly inspiring.… Read more »

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Flor

I am amazed at the hypocrisy of some of the comments, they attack and yet hide behind made up names.

This is a blog people! a means to an end, an outlet, a place to be vulnerable, transparent, that is why I come and read this blog. It is easy to find a speck on someones eyes and yet be blind to one’s own inadequacy.

A bag, a shoe, a maserati, a grand vacation, WHO CARES? it is this bloggers story so get on with it! Take a chill pill!

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VAN CS

There is really no need to be so negative about somebody else’s experience of God. I am in my mid 30s, 10 years happily married with 3 kids. Someone once told me that when you want to ask something from God, be specific about what you want and be specific of the sign that you want. So that’s what i did when i was still dating my future husband. My question to God was clear, “Is he the one?” The signs I asked were explicitly colors of clothes he wouldn’t wear or prints he wouldn’t wear. But 3 consecutive times… Read more »

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L. Lanuza

Dear Ms. CVS, Let me begin by saying that Ive been a fan of your blog for years now. I find your posts entertaining and informative. Im not the type though to comment, if I recall correctly Ive commented 1-2x only. But with this post I just had to say my piece, got some very bad news today and got really pissed with the Lord coz my reasoning was Ive been praying for almost a month now, doing 2 novenas one from St. Clare and St. Jude, why cant he give what Ive been asking for. But this post made… Read more »

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AC

For some people with so much angst and prejudice in life, they might find such post baffling – dare I say, even irritating being that the thought-bubble came from someone on a privileged standpoint. But for those who have a genuine relationship with God, a relationship that experiences interpersonal warfares and of highs and lows much like all relationships, they would understand the message this post intends to impart. Being a christian doesn’t always mean fields of daisies everyday; there will be moments of feeling a certain painful solitude. There will be times when the heart gets weary regardless of… Read more »

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AC

For some people with so much angst and prejudice in life, they might find such post baffling – dare I say, even irritating being that the thought-bubble came from someone on a privileged standpoint. But for those who have a genuine relationship with God, a relationship that experiences interpersonal warfares and of highs and lows much like all relationships, they would understand the message this post intends to impart. Being a christian doesn’t always mean fields of daisies everyday; there will be moments of feeling a certain painful solitude. And because hanging on to God is of utmost importance and… Read more »

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Joshua Tree

Wow, the unkind comments here makes me sad. I grew up wretchedly poor, and if I learned anything, no one, rich or poor has a monopoly on suffering. If CVS’ posts offend you, you are reading the wrong blog. There are many other blogs where you can satisfy your sense of outrage, donate online to help the poor, adopt an orphan (which CVS actually did!). Seeking divine intervention through an LV bag purchase may sound shallow, but at least she is honest! [Reply]StarvingChildrenInAfrica Reply:June 26th, 2014 at 2:23 AMYes, she is honest. But my comment is also honest as well.… Read more »

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StarvingChildrenInAfrica

Yes, she is honest. But my comment is also honest as well. I didn’t say she is a bad person. I didn’t say she is a selfish person. I am simply pointing out the truth.

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Jess

So ‘God’ intervened because, clearly, you need one more luxury bag. Meanwhile, children are dying everyday in Africa.

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Yousuck

Wow this confirms it. You are so shallow. Look at you life. WTH you need a sign for. I don’t believe in God and even I’m insulted with this notion that he intervened in an LV bag purchase.

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CVS Reply:

would you feel differently if I asked for a Secosana?

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StarvingChildrenInAfrica

Confirmation bias. [Reply]StarvingChildrenInAfrica Reply:June 26th, 2014 at 12:01 AMThis is called confirmation bias. You blatantly ignore the hundreds of different colored shoes you see everyday because you were basically looking for the yellow one. The odds of seeing men with yellow shoes is great – when you factor going outside and watching TV. As for the Louis Vuitton, it is very very shallow indeed. It is somewhat insulting that this god of yours choose to intervene in the purchase of this expensive bag instead of heeding the prayers of the thousands who are legitimately suffering and dying. You are rich.… Read more »

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StarvingChildrenInAfrica

This is called confirmation bias. You blatantly ignore the hundreds of different colored shoes you see everyday because you were basically looking for the yellow one. The odds of seeing men with yellow shoes is great – when you factor going outside and watching TV. As for the Louis Vuitton, it is very very shallow indeed. It is somewhat insulting that this god of yours choose to intervene in the purchase of this expensive bag instead of heeding the prayers of the thousands who are legitimately suffering and dying. You are rich. Your family is intact. Take off your blinders.… Read more »

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HiddenMickey

Kawawa ka?

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Jess

True. I mean, if someone is desperately looking for a man wearing yellow shoes then he or she will surely find one.

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Joshua Tree

Dear Chuvaness: I live in the U.S., and I read your blog because of two things: you are funny and I often miss home. We all struggle with this cycles of darkness, when our “God” seems out of reach. I hope you keep your sense of humor. This might help, hopefully you can find it at your local bookstore: ‘Learning to Walk in the Dark’ by Barbara Brown Taylor. Godspeed.

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CVS Reply:

i will check it out. thanks 🙂

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schoolkidph

Yup, with those many shoes, you can bet that He’s with you loud and clear. It’s really good too that you have wonderful people around you too as they are our lifeline in times of despair. Whatever hardship you are going through now, I do hope that it gets resolved soon. I think I’ll try that method myself too 🙂

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Steven Zahl

God intervening in a Louis Vuitton purchase.

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CVS Reply:

and a court case

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Max

Very timely and inspiring. Thanks for this. I almost gave up. Your blog is my sign. You’re an angel.

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Kristin

Love this story! Beautiful. Keep the faith and continue praying to Him 🙂

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Guest

Thank you for this post…I need to ask for a sign too. Things have been bad. I’ll make it difficult and specific as well.:)

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Flor

We are only aware of the 4 dimensional world we live in, –height-depth-width-and time–. There are actually 10 dimensions. If we try to wrap our brains around that thought, ( 10 dimensions really!) we would go crazy, yet miracles happen everyday to people. God created us after His image, died for our sins, so yes He cares and knows our needs and answers our prayers. I have been reading your blog for years, yet I do not recall you quoting a verse, to share to you my favorite verse is : Psalm 46:10 — Be still and know that I… Read more »

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lemonetlime

This is the best thing I read in weeks Ms C. God bless!

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T.

Nice…

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cheekeegirl

Thank you! You are God sent… I am praying for my own now and asking God for a sign too, difficult and impossible as far as I know. But with God nothing is impossible. He knows best!

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Myleen Payawal Castro

God is with you always. And kami ding mga followers / fans mo. Always.

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meg

He’s with us, all the time. Keep the faith!

ps.
I love your blog

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