In The Storm

Last October, I received a prophetic word about being in a storm and the verse given to me was Hebrews 10:35-36.

Hebrews 10:35-36 New King James Version (NKJV)

35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

I didn’t think much about it and shelved it. Then early in November, there was a word for me. “Be strong and of good courage.”  It didn’t dawn on me that those 2 verses were God’s way of preparing me of what was coming, and has now come. After all, 2016 was a good year for me.

Just as 2016 was ending, an announcement made me realize that I was entering into the storm. I prayed that I would be spared but for some reason, I knew that this was a path I had to go through. The earlier prophetic word included this statement, “Do not fear that storm you’re in for I am assuring you now that you will come through! Do not backup and go another way! Your path of prosperity is through this storm.”

A friend told me that she felt alone as it’s the first time she and I are in different teams. While I was trying to encourage her, I said I’m alone too. At least that was what it feels like lately, having no ally and nobody you really trust. I had purposed in my heart not to complain but then again, it’s especially difficult this year.

I found myself asking God if the lesson I’m supposed to learn in this period of isolation is that He is always with me, even though I can’t see it and definitely don’t feel it. Is He teaching me to depend fully on Him because who else do I have, but God? Is it possible to speed up these lessons?

But He whispered to me to trust in Him and I simply have to trust in Him. I need to remind myself that like how it was with Joseph, because the LORD is with me, I will be successful. (Genesis 39:2) Because God is my ally, who can be against me? (Romans 8:31)

 

 

The Endurance Thing

I guess the sports enthusiasts are all in the olympics fever. I’m not exactly a sports fan although I’m an avid supporter of Team USA (Swimming). There’s only 1 swimmer representing my country. I wish there’s more.

Anyway, when I think about Michael Phelps’s achievement, I’m stunned. I’m sure it took a LOT of HARD WORK! There’s of course the other thing called determination and endurance.

It reminds me of the race we (believers) are running. The moment we accept Jesus as our Saviour, we get into the race…whether we like it, or not.

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 Amplified Bible (AMP)

24 [a]Do you not know that in a race all the runners run [their very best to win], but only one receives the prize? Run [your race] in such a way that you may seize the prize and make it yours! 25 Now every athlete who [goes into training and] competes in the games is disciplined andexercises self-control in all things. They do it to win a [b]crown that withers, but we [do it to receive] an imperishable [crown that cannot wither].

How are you running your race?

Staying Rooted

I had a strange dream last night. In my dream, I saw someone I don’t know personally but I know who he  is. I saw him bending down and hammering the ground in front of a building. And I knew I was dreaming, so I guess that must’ve been a night vision.

Colossians 2:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it[a] with thanksgiving.

After doing some research, I found a verse in the Bible that says that God’s Word is not only like fire; but God’s Word is like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces. I asked God what it means and suddenly a thought came into mind, “Be grounded in God’s Word.” I believe that thought came to me from God.

Especially in times like these, when there’s no economic stability, nor political stability and everything is practically shaking away, cling onto God. (דָּבַק doesn’t only mean to cling. See the extra meanings here : cleaves (4), cling (14), clings (3), closely pursued (1), closer (1), clung (4), deeply attracted (1), fasten its grip (1), follow closely (1), held fast (1), hold (2), hold fast (2), holding fast (1), joined (2), joined together (1), overtake (1), overtook (5), pursued him closely (1), pursued them closely (1), remained steadfast (1), stay (1), stay close (1), stayed close (1), stick (1), stick together (1), stuck (2).)

Deuteronomy 13:4 King James Version (KJV)

Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

Jeremiah 23:29 King James Version (KJV)

29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

Back in Battle Day 1

It had been an incredibly easy day, and difficult day at work. It started out with having to attend a sharing session that was conducted online. The audio was so bad that most of us didn’t really know what the speaker was saying. As if things couldn’t get much worse, we lost the connection so we couldn’t see the slides in the last 30 minutes. The audio improved towards the end, where we only caught the word “goodbye”. (So much for sharing..and learning.)

We couldn’t do anything most of the day because the entire network was down (even the phone was down). A colleague ended up wiping her desk after the long break. After all, we couldn’t do anything else and had to wait for the technical issues to be resolved.

When the system issues were fixed, all the reports came in but sadly the due date didn’t change.

But of course, something good happened. Someone who drives me up the wall is no longer handling a certain portfolio. What a relief! I don’t have to deal with her anymore. (Yes, I did remember praying this morning. I did ask God to remove those in my path, that cause me a lot of misery at work.) It’s good to be honest to God. I’m relieved He doesn’t zap me with lightning when I complain.

Slave to Possessions

I’ve been enjoying the long break away from work so much that I find that I didn’t miss it at all. I’ve never felt the desire to connect to the office network and download my emails, at least not until today and it wasn’t because of desire but I can’t shirk my responsibility.

What I have observed is my passion to write is still there, even when I am not writing. What I need is an open door and inspiration from God to write something that will be my big break.

So much has happened the past year that has prompted me to look for a small property, to prepare for my future. Yes, so much to think about…the funds for the property, the funds to allocate in case of medical emergency (parents), cost of living that’s rising (and thank God for the drop in fuel price lately). Still, I’ve not found any property that I like which I can afford and I don’t see the point of being a slave to the property. Somehow, I don’t have the peace in buying any property at the moment. I’m not sure how to describe that feeling but it’s like a check in my heart that says, “no”.

I’ve also been wrestling so hard, wondering where my path leads. As always, I wish that God would show me a flowchart of my life so that I can see where various decisions would take me. I also know that if I had bought a property last year, I would be trapped and I won’t be able to leave a job that brings no fulfilment to me; and try something else that may bring me more fulfilment but at the same time, might be a drop in income.

Jeremiah 29:11 New Living Translation (NLT)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

The human side of me thinks I’m crazy to keep hanging on to that hope that God will open the door for me to what I’ve been wired to do. You see, I believe that if I’m already doing what I’m meant to do in this life,… there would be joy and fulfilment. I’m surprised that I’m still sane thus far. But oh, this wait is taking sooooo long.

Still, I know His plans are for good. Lord, please grant me favour, wisdom and peace at the workplace; and while You’re doing that, Lord keep me sane.

I Can Finally Float

IMG_2899.JPGSo, I can finally float at the 3rd lesson. However, I’ve not pushed myself off the wall. Now I see that I just need more time. In other words, I need to come early to “warm up” in order to get comfortable.

I will also be going for extra practises to hopefully get myself more comfortable with the water. For those who have not had bad experience with the water and do not have aquaphobia, floating is no big deal. However, to me, … it’s one heck of an achievement.

Next – I will need to push myself away from the wall.

Praise the LORD!

More than eggnog

 

 

 

 

The one thing that is very common in America and Canada during the season of Christmas is… (drumroll) eggnog. I first tasted eggnog when I was in Montreal, Canada. I loved it. I left Canada in 1997 and it has been that long. I’ve not had eggnog for years.

But more than eggnog this time, I’d really want to be able to conquer my fear of water and be able to swim. At the moment, it still feels like rocket science. Keeping fingers crossed that by Saturday I would be able to glide and float! That’s my Christmas wish.

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