God’s Amazing Grace

This song has been playing in my mind since early this morning. I don’t want to write many things about the week that went by at the workplace. However, I can say again that the Lord hears my cry. And I am still believing God for the breakthrough that I am seeking Him for.

I thank God for giving me the strength to go through unpleasant situations at the workplace. I need his grace every day.

 

Psalm 116:1

I love the Lord, because He has heard [and now hears] my voice and my supplications. (AMP)

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My Heavy Heart

When I saw a tweet about MH370 this morning, my heart felt so heavy. I still feel very down and I pray with all my heart that the plane would be found as fast as possible. I pray for the safety of the passengers. I also pray for the family members. It must be emotionally draining for them.

No Wastage

When I was reading the newsfeed on my Facebook page, I saw my friend’s latest status. She has knee pain and is currently waiting for her turn (for the MRI).  I know that feeling. I feel for her. Tried to give her some words of encouragement but I know that it’s difficult to look up when the slope seems to be taking one downward. Been there. Done that.

This got me thinking. Perhaps the mess that I got myself into has become an asset now. I suppose my experience in the past two years would now benefit her. In other words, I came out from the deep dark hole, with God’s help. So, I’m confident that she would come out from the dark hole too, with God’s help.

Like a Broken Record…

When I woke up on Tuesday morning, the word that came to me was “forgiveness” and the more I think about the cross and what Jesus did at the cross, the more I’m grateful to God.  I’m truly amazed by God and His amazing love, that sets us free.

Have you ever experienced being reminded of unpleasant episodes of the past? Maybe it’s something that you did wrong in the past, or it might not even be something you did. Like a broken record, the very fact that some people keep reminding you of your past can be very annoying, and at times, painful to the listener. Sometimes even our Christian brothers and sisters do the same thing. (Something to ponder: Have you really forgiven? Or perhaps you’ve just swept the junk under the rug…so every now and then you still see the junk and you complain how dirty the floor is…etc…) 

I’m grateful that God’s forgiveness is different from the forgiveness that comes from mankind.

Psalm 103:12

New King James Version (NKJV)

12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Isaiah 43:25

New King James Version (NKJV)

25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
And I will not remember your sins

Happy New Year : 2014

I would like to start with this verse which I find suitable since it’s the 1st day of the new year.

Isaiah 43:18-19

New King James Version (NKJV)

18 “Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

When I woke up, I saw a string of messages on the social media networks whereby most were well wishes from friends all over. Then I saw a few status messages on Facebook hinting about the doom and gloom of the economy. Yes, those two words we do not like to hear, “financial breakdown”. I was then reminded of Psalm 91 which I spent a week meditating on.

At the end of the day, I believe it’s really Who you put your hope and trust in. People? Institutions? Banks? Politicians? As for me, I put my hope in God.

Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah….

 

 

The “Magic Chair”

I had a very strange dream a few weeks ago. In the dream, I saw a grand looking chair but it wasn’t just any chair. Somehow, it converts itself to whatever I need. When I wanted to get from one place to another, I saw myself sitting down on the chair and it moved to my destination. When I was tired, it became my resting place etc… I spent sometime thinking about that dream and seeking God for revelation.

To me, a chair is somewhere I can sit and rest when I’m tired. I suppose if the chair is big enough, I could also hide from people I prefer not to see, or hide from those who always give me a hard time… something like security albeit hiding from people doesn’t always work all the time. Then a thought struck me : when I’ve had a hard day at work, all I want to do is sit down and do nothing and practically laze around.  I’ve never once wondered if the chair would hold my weight. I hardly inspect the chair before sitting down. I don’t think people do that. So, the question is why do people find it easy to believe in the chair’s goodness (ie. stability and endurance) but find it difficult to believe in the goodness of God? Yes, I have my own share of struggles. But the LORD has ways to reassure me.

Since it’s the last day of 2013, I decided to send this package to God. The contents include my concerns on the changes in the company reorganizing structures, the possibility of having a different manager, my concerns for my own health (my knees)…etc
Do you have such a package? It’s time to rest on Him.

Psalm 46:1

King James Version (KJV)

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 116:7

New International Version (NIV)

7 Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.

Wanted: Hope

A friend and I had a serious discussion this morning, although she’s miles away. It started when I expressed sadness about the rise in suicide cases. Have people become less tough? Or do they give up more easily now? I am not saying that I understand what they went through, that drove them to suicide. I just feel saddened. 

I know how it feels to look at my artworks hanging on the wall. All my works are precious to me, whether or not others appreciate them. The point is I appreciate them. I felt immense pleasure creating them. So, it makes me wonder how God must’ve felt. I think His heart aches deeply for those that have made the choice to end their lives. No, I don’t have all the answers to why bad things happen to good people or the deep and profound questions. I was asked what I think will happen to them. I don’t know.  Is suicide sin? Yes, after all, it’s taking one’s life. I also believe that when Christ died, He died for our sins, once and for all. All means all. I believe there is only one “unpardonable sin” and that’s permanently rejecting Christ. (http://christiananswers.net/q-eden/unpardonablesin.html)

But I do know that if you cling to God, there is always hope. And He’s really not that far away. I’m not saying this because I have a problem-free life, but it’s because of these problems and dark valleys that I realised that God is very real. He has always been there for me, in good and bad times. Sometimes, it’s through comforting words from friends. 

None of your problems is too trivial for Him. If it bothers you, it bothers Him. I remember the time when I was back in Penang for my summer break, waiting for my exam results. Being a scholarship student, I’ve always felt the pressure to perform academically, or I risked losing my scholarship. I remember feeling so worried about my exam results. I couldn’t confide in anyone and therefore, the pressure kept building up. Then one night I had a dream. In my dream, I saw a highway with a big road sign that says “Trust Me!” 

I hope this encourages you. God bless.

1 Peter 3:18

18 Christ suffered and died for sins once for all. He never sinned and yet He died for us who have sinned. He died so He might bring us to God. His body died but His spirit was made alive. (NLV)