I had meant to write this a week ago but was tied up with other things, plus still recovering from a cold.
In one of our lunch, someone said something about a colleague of mine whom I hardly deal with but we were in the same team. Not many people knew that she’s battling cancer and her battle is coming to an end ~ unfortunately she’s on the losing side.
So, the question someone said was “What would you do, if you’re told that you have 2 months left to live?” I said I’d do what’s important to me with the time I have left. Someone else said she would spend more time with her family. The other reply was “But you don’t know if your family members will have time. You may be at home while others are working.” That could be true, but I think when that actually happens, the family members will want to spend time at home too.
I’m still finding it hard to believe that she has 2 months left although I’m not that close to her. But the truth is, we all have an expiration date. With each day that goes by, that time gets shorter and shorter.
So, what would you do with your remaining time? Lost time is lost. Forever.
There’s one festivity and two days that I don’t like in every year. Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and Chinese Valentine’s Day.
Chinese New Year – because there was a time when relatives who visit would keep asking when it would be my turn to get married (as if one is born in life to grow up, work, get married, have children and die). But this is getting better since most of our regular visitors reside in another country.
Valentine’s Day – because I often wonder why there is a need to shower one’s girlfriend/lover/wife with roses/chocolates etc on Valentine’s Day at the office. I guess I’m just the kind of person that feels that my significant other (if there’s ever going to be one) will only need me to know his true feelings; and not my entire office.
Chinese Valentine’s Day – again – perhaps it’s just me. But everything is just so commercialized. So much so that the message I seem to see is “tell them you love them only on Valentine’s Day”. And so, restaurants and cafes use take the opportunity to hike up the prices for lovebirds etc…
So, remember to treasure your loved ones daily (not only on Valentine’s Day).
If you’re single, go out and celebrate you! You are special and Designer-made. God made only one you and not clones. Celebrate that. If you’re the hopeless romantic, I hope you have the best back hug from the one you love (understand that sometimes it’s one sided, so this can be a miracle or a wishful thought).
And for those whose heart longs for that one person (who doesn’t know he/she exists)…. it’s ok to not feel ok at times and feel sad while you’re waiting. However, go out there and celebrate you. Go out there and eat at a good restaurant, enjoy a good movie or spa… and trust in God that He knows the best.
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)
I don’t have much to write, except my prayer that the coming year will bring you to a closer walk with God.
I believe I have a destiny and every day I am closer my destiny. Praise God.
Psalm 37:23-24 The Message (MSG)
23-24 Stalwart walks in step with God;
his path blazed by God, he’s happy.
If he stumbles, he’s not down for long;
God has a grip on his hand.
It’s not so much because of the date because we can celebrate Christmas day, every day of our lives.
John 3:16 New International Version (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Because Jesus took away my sins, I can have a brand new start. Just like a blank art paper, I yield my life to the Master Artist to paint over my life.
I must say, … God has strange ways in getting our attentions. At least for me, He speaks to me through dreams and occasionally, I hear him speak to me when I speak to others. Strange, isn’t it?
I wake up very early in the morning to read the Bible and pray. I don’t want to sound religious but it’s the truth. Spending the early hours with God keeps me sane in this insane world.
So, this morning, I didn’t end up getting to speak much to my Heavenly Father. Instead, I spoke to my earthly father. Apparently, he was anxious the entire night, worried that he had lost his IC. (Background: my mother had taken him to see the doctor yesterday to get his eyes checked. So, he started to assume the worst.) I found myself rather frustrated and I told him he’s thinking too much. In other words, my message to him was “You will find it. Just wait.” Then I heard the Holy Spirit speak to my heart. He was asking me in a way *(paraphrased) — “Did you hear it? Wait.” I felt like a spear had pierced my heart.
While I wasn’t worried, I was troubled the day before. It wasn’t the what-ifs but just the feeling of being left out… because of the desire in my heart that still won’t leave me. (Talk about having to die to self, daily!)
I wanted to tell my dad “Why do you worry? Does worrying help you find the IC? Does it make you peaceful and happy?” And found that the message was God’s message to me. “Why are you anxious? Why do you walk around like someone without hope? Trust Me. Just wait.”
Isaiah 40:31 Amplified Bible (AMP)
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired.
Life goes by incredibly fast. Everything is just accelerating. That must be why I forgot that I am really getting older.
There was a time when the relatives I meet would ask me if I have a boyfriend etc…I’m glad they’ve given up on that. It makes my life easier. Then people started asking if I’ve met anyone. Again, the answer’s no. Now they no longer ask me this. Instead I get questions from new friends. What questions? “Where are your kids?” “Did you bring your kids?” Yikes! Do I look like a mother now?