Friday, June 28, 2013
What is HOPE? According to Wikipedia, Hope is the state which promotes the belief in good outcomes related to events and circumstances in one's life.
But what if HOPE is no longer an option?
There is Grace.
Grace is God's unmerited favor. It is kindness from God we don't deserve. There is nothing we have done, nor can ever do to earn this favor. It is a gift from God.
The grace of Christ is sufficient; sufficient to cover our debt, sufficient to transform us, sufficient in the most trying times, and sufficient to help us as long as that transformation process takes.
Grace is not the absence of God’s high expectations. Grace is the presence of God’s power. God’s grace is sufficient. Jesus’s grace is sufficient. It is enough. It is all we need. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Keep trying. Don’t look for escapes and excuses. Look for the Lord and His perfect strength. Don’t search for someone to blame. Search for someone to help you. Seek Christ, and, as you do, you will feel the enabling power and divine help we call His “amazing grace”. We surely need the reminder that whatever we require, however big our lack, how so very great our sin, there is GRACE.
Grace that is greater.
Grace that is free.
Grace that saves.
Grace that sustains.
Grace that is sufficient.
Grace that is amazing.
Because Jesus is more than enough and He is able to make all grace abound to you and me.
“But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.” 2 Cor. 12:9
Color: Purple Wax
When everything else dies in winter, this purple wax flowers in my garden takes grand entrance! That is GRACE made manifest. Thank you, Lord!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Winter clouds may appear gloomy and grey
Yet no, that will not ruin my day.
For it no longer usher rain or storm
Enough of the sadness, weary and mourn.
Hello sunrise! You bring forth light -
Oh my, you are such a wonderful sight!
Etched on the sky, the colors of the rainbow
I stop and took you all in, what a view!
In the heavenlies, God’s HOPE is displayed
Oh how pleasant it is, with my heart at ease.
Of rainbows and sunrise or by moonlight skies
Your splendor spread out, O Lord, as You please!
My friend, your sky may be heavy and impervious
Your trials may be lonesome, crooked and mischievous
I pray that may your mountains rise above the clouds
And know no limits, God’s GRACE and LOVE abounds!
I dedicate this poem to a very good friend of mine, JM. This was the view coming home from night shift. The sunrise on the east tells of God's hope and the rainbow westforth portrays of His amazing grace. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers, dearest friend. Be strong. Know that you are not alone in this journey. God be with you!
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Have you ever done anything bizarre for the sake of obeying God? I have. In fact, many times I have done mind-boggling things just because I am prompted to do so.
Most often, people think that the out-of-this-world things we do for God may be unacceptable, objectionable or simply just “crazy”. However, we haven’t considered the purpose of the instruction. Have you ever thought that the “crazy” thing could be someone’s MIRACLE?
“Then Mary, taking a pound of perfumed oil of great value, put it on the feet of Jesus and made them dry with her hair: and the house became full of the smell of the perfume.” John 12:1-11.
Jesus is only days away from His crucifixion, and he stops at the home of Simon the Leper in Bethany. While in this home, Mary came to Jesus with a very expensive jar of perfume and poured it over his head as He was reclining at a table. In John’s account of this story, she also poured the perfume on Jesus’ feet and washed them with her hair.
The disciples were not happy about Mary pouring this perfume on Jesus, as it was very expensive. In fact, the disciples point out that the perfume could have been sold for a year’s wages and the money could have been given to the poor.
Jesus, however, was pleased with Mary’s gesture, and said, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”(Vss 10-13)
Mary poured a very expensive perfume on Jesus feet and used her hair to wipe them. In a common person’s mind, that’s crazy! But not in Jesus eyes. Mary did not seem to care that the perfume was costly nor did she mind people criticizing her. Jesus confirmed that Mary had her priorities straight. The important thing is, she followed her promptings to obey and serve the one true Saviour!
And God was honored.
Same goes with us. I hope you wouldn’t mind doing “crazy” things for Jesus. As we spend more time with Jesus, we will continue to grow and mature in our faith, and we will find that we are better able to serve Him in all that we do.
My flowers blooming in winter! A miracle unfolding!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
A little over three weeks ago, a staff at the workplace offered me a promo of her very own “falsies” business. “Falsies” is a short term for “false lashes”. How can I resist a bargain which is a third of its trading price? I thought it was something I will enjoy. After all, I work hard. I deserve such a treat. At least my hubby thinks it’s “sexy”!
Just yesterday, I noticed the “falsies” are starting to fall off, one by one. One got into my left eye. It was the most agonizing feeling! I had to shut the affected side as it felt like it was cutting into my eye’s surface! The one effective trick I learned during my youth and that is to take the speck out by burying the whole face in warm water. And while my face was in the state of complete submersion, I flicked my eyes open and close several times until the speck had been douched out.
This experience brought me to one of Jesus’ amazing “sermons in the Mount”. Jesus reminded me that we often pass judgment on others to keep from examining our faults, shame and weaknesses. Jesus emphasized that before we start removing someone else's sawdust, we had better get our own “blinding plank” out of the way. We spend so much time finding all the little things that are wrong with others while we ignore our own inconsistencies. Too common, but true, am I right?
Matthew 7: 3-7 says, "Why do you notice the small piece of dust that is in your brother's eye, but you don't notice the big piece of wood that is in your own eye? Why do you say to your brother, 'Let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye'? Look at yourself first! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye." You are a hypocrite! First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your brother's eye.” (ERV)
I pray for the Almighty’s special anointing to convict me and produce in me a holy character and not find the faults of others to keep from dealing with my own. I hope that is your prayer too.
Keep those eyes looking up, expectant of what God can do in your life today!
Monday, June 10, 2013
(From left to right: Irene and Baby Bella, Faith, Jannie, Ysa, Tara, Me and Grace. Plus the little monkeys: Bianca and Marge)
Always a blessing to fellowship with my beautiful and lovely women of God!
Missed those who couldn't make it--- Gel, Tracey, Elim! See you all girls next meeting!
Remember: "Expect the impossible from God!"
These are just a few of my spectacles, some bought from different convenience stores, others are prescribed multi-focals or bi- focals. Why so many? Because I lose them all the time! I lose a lot of reading glasses, which means I buy a lot of them as I consider them my one important possession of surpassing utility.
I keep them around the house in various rooms, in all places, so there will always be one handy no matter where I am. I have one by my bedside, one at the car, one in my work bag, one on my computer table, one lying around somewhere, and mostly one suspended above my head! The moment I reached the age of 40, my eyesight started to dwindle. I felt like I’m losing a limb. I feel so disabled not having my reading glasses around. I am literally blind without it. Sounds familiar?
I hope not so in our spiritual walk with our Heavenly Father. I pray that we do not lose hope and sight of HIM. "Faith is the evidence of things not seen". There are unseen things, as well as things that are seen. There is this vast difference between them: unseen things are eternal, seen things are temporary.
I pray that all of us grow in our walk with God, and that we keep our minds on things above, on things eternal instead of temporal.
2 Corinthians 4:18 says,
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
The winter comes; I walk alone,
No bird in sight that sing;
For me to keep my heart my own
The winter is "my" spring.
No flowers to see--no bees that hum--
The coming spring's already come.
I will love the cold, the slippery road
I’ll keep warm in my abode.
All sacred gifts sent unto us
Are made by God's own hands -
And always, they are precious ones
To love just as He plans!
While lillies in the valley rest,
And clad are crystal trees...
A lifeless day revives the soul
Through coldness on a breeze.
These heavenly troves to come our way,
So beautiful, big or small...
Will touch our lives through each new day -
God's gifts... they're best of all!