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My Valentine – always and forever

Valentine’s day just passed, couples all around are celebrating their love for each other, which is of course lovely and wonderful, but what about those single people out there, don’t fret because little did you know you have an admirer or even so true love, your first love and also your valentine-always and forever. So keep on reading!

Life is beautiful, its so awesome how God created us and the earth in a short amount of time and the little details on how we have so much freedom, he gave us freewill. Though, there was always some questions I had in mind when I started going through the bible and hearing the stories in the bible. Like for example, in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given one simple instruction, to not eat from one specific tree. I asked myself, why didn’t just God erase humanity from Adam and Eve and start over again or why did he even put that tree in the middle of the garden? The answer is that God values life and he loves us so much that he gave us freewill, he didn’t want robots in the first place. Also Love connects with freewill and that is to have a choice, a choice that Adam and Eve failed to do, they chose selfishness rather than God.

Another question that I have found an answer to is What is the meaning of Life? What is the purpose of Life? My dear friend asked me that question and I did not reply for months until I came up with an answer. I have read the book Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and another book called Life is____. by Judah Smith and came to this conclusion. 

The bible is about a story of God’s amazing love toward man. God is love personified and we are created to be loved and love. We are the centrepiece of Gods creation and he wants us to have a relationship with Him but Adam and Eve chose selfishness rather than God. I always pondered why put the tree in the middle the garden anyway? The answer is because to love is to have free will. God wants us to love him genuinely and not force us to obey him. The theme of life is true love. We can see it all in the movies, songs on the radio and conversations. We were hardwired to love God but because of sin, we have strayed away and now we seek other forms of love like the love for fame, power, flesh and money. Sin=death but God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. So what is the purpose of life? It is to believe in Jesus and receive Him. It is to Love, Trust, Obey, Praise & thank Him and also use our abilities for the glory of God. So that when we enter heaven, Jesus will say “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
In conclusion, God loves you so much that he died for us to save us from our sin and so we can have eternal life, Jesus made a way for us and all he wants from us is to love him back by having a relationship with Him. So what does having a relationship with Jesus like? In my understanding its just like any other bride and groom relationship. The church is his bride and Jesus is the groom. Also in another way to think about it, Jesus can be anyone to us, a teacher, a healer, a bestfriend, because He is unfathomable.
 
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Road Blocks on Dreams

When we drive in our car and we plan on where we are going, we don’t expect a road block in our way, or a construction or accident on the road, we expect a smooth sailing drive to our work or home. The tendency when we get stuck on traffic due to unexpected reasons, we tend to get frustrated, upset and even angry at our situation because we want to be on time. If you look at our lives, we all plan on for example going to graduate high school and get into that perfect college that you wanted or on getting that dream job, a girlfriend/boyfriend and a dream house. Let me ask you this, what if it doesn’t go all into your plan? What if you or your loved one gets sick? What if you’re in your mid 20’s and you still don’t have a stable relationship or a permanent job? What if there is a temporary road block in your life and you think that there in no hope in your future? I used to think that way and sometimes dwell on it – in the past I got disappointed at myself, upset and angry at times but when I remember the verse that makes me think that there is  hope and a future. 

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3

These three verses have similarities and these are that each and every person has plans in their life that they want to accomplish but it won’t always be smooth as we want it to be. There will always be road blocks on our dreams, there will be struggles and the plans we have in our life might not always be the best for us but rest assured God’s purpose will prevail, he will capture your heart and make you new and he will improve our character and mold us into who we are created to be.

 One thing I learned within the few years I lived on this earth is that God softens the heart and opens our eyes and shapes our life for the better. He cleanses the heart as we surrender to him. Remember that God has perfect timing and that if you are in that waiting period in your life, always guard your heart and commit to the Lord in whatever you do, seek God first, TRUST in Him and the rest will follow.

 

 

 

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Three stages of Gratitude to God

I still remember when I was young, my parents always taught me to say thank you to someone who gave me something. When I go to bed, my parents would even make me memorize the prayers and then in the end of the prayer, give thanks to God for what he has given me. Now that I think about it, its just good manners to give thanks when somebody gives you something.

It’s like when we are all little children. We give thanks to the things that are present and can be seen. “Thank you, For the… “ That is the first stage of gratitude. This is the preschool stage for saying thanks. For example we thank God for the food that we are about to eat. We thank our parents when they give us things. Basically, we thank someone for what they have given us that is present and that can be seen.

The next stage for saying thanks is when we give thanks for the presence of God. While Moses taught us how to say thanks for the things God has given us. David teaches us to give thanks, in another way which is more advanced than the one before. This can be seen through Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4

“Even though…”  For example, even though I am afraid of the unknown things that may happen, I still want to give thanks for the opportunity that was given to me. Even though I am heart broken, thank you for the chance to feel loved by someone. These are just examples of what David taught us, that even though we have struggles and problems and in the midst of all the chaos,we still give thanks and fix our eyes on Jesus. This can be seen further on Psalm 23:5

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 

Psalm 23:5

Lastly, the most advance of giving thanks is Because of…” This can be the most difficult thing to say because it is thanking God for everything in our life. The bad and the good experience that we have, we give all our thanks. For example, I wanna thank you Lord for every ingredient that you have in my life, I know that whatever you make up in my life will be something good overall. This part of gratitude is not as easy as it sounds, because it is thanking the Lord for each and everything he gave or he didn’t we still thank him anyway, we give him our complete TRUST in our lives and believe everything is for the better.

Always remember that All things work for the glory of God and that you do not have to feel grateful to be grateful.

 

 

Special thanks to S. Furtick for inspiring me to write this from his video, Graduating in Gratitude.

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Have Faith

We all know the scene in the bible when Jesus walks on water but there is much less emphasis on Peter who asked Jesus to ask him to come to him and walk on water as well. I just realized that  its an example where when we obey we get an answer and sometimes even a miracle. Lets all be courageous and ask God to let us out of our comfort zones so that we will become who we were meant to be. I can’t believe I am writing this and if I even have the guts to ask Jesus to get me out of my comfort zone because I am the type of person that is laid back and like to be in my comfort zone. When Peter walked on the water for a moment, I would like to think that he thought this, “Thank you for leading me into the sea and making me realize all I needed was to focus on you and not on the depth of the ocean or the struggles but the fact that you are there ready to help me when I fall.”

Indeed, when there are many distractions in our life, like too much work or play and even procrastinating at times make it hard for us to focus on what needs to be done, to meditate on the bible and his word and pray for guidance and repentance for my sins. To be honest, sometimes the storm is just too great but remember that its the enemy that wants you to be not close with God, he’ll do anything to get you from having a deep and intimate relationship with him, because the devil came to steal, kill and destroy. So we should put the Armor of God for the battle is not just spiritual but physical and emotional and mental as well, for these four things are connected to one another.

I remember when I told my friend that I was scared of horror movies and monsters etc. and then in the family gathering, the mother of a five year old little girl said that her daughter doesn’t even believe in monsters anymore and her reason is, because Jesus is with me. That moment really gave a smile to my face, because we all should have child-like faith, for the kingdom belongs to people with child-like faith, strong and unwavering love towards Jesus.