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.
What if you find out you have a condition whereby there’s no specific medical cure? And while it’s not life-threatening, it’s still not a nice thing to have. And, nobody really knows the specific cause for it while many have speculated that it’s genetics related. Others claim that certain food is the culprit, but there’s no evidence that both are related.
Here’s a mixture I prepared based on some of the articles I’ve read online. (Mixture: castor oil and turmeric powder). Here’s hoping that this would be the cure. Fingers crossed that some fine doctor will discover a medical cure for lipoma (not surgery).
While I was working on my artworks to submit for a competition, I knew that I should submit 3 works because the entrance fee entitles me to submit up to 3 artworks. The problem was that I only completed 2. Working on the 3rd piece was like getting into a battle, in the mind.
I looked at the old photos I took and one of them captured my eye. Thought I heard a whisper that said, “Do that one.” At a glance, the first thing I said (in my mind) was “I can’t do it.” There’s so much details involved.
Nevertheless, I started working on it. Started with the easy parts,..the background. Then slowly working my way to the foreground and the details.
Sometimes, we ourselves are the ones that stop us from achieving our dreams… because we perceive that it’s just too big, too difficult, and we don’t know how to do it….
Then again, if it’s the dream that God had put in our beings,…as a seed dream, He will cause that dream to grow, in due time.
Philippians 1:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Last night, I told myself that I had to spend some time doing artwork. Even if I didn’t really know what to draw and I didn’t really want to use any reference picture, I took out my Wacom tablet and started this unknownand unplanned piece. I started with the darker shades and moved on with the brighter colours. As I continued painting, I started seeing a picture in my mind.
Depending on where you are, at this point,.. you could be following Him right now. Know that the LORD loves you and He will always guide you.
Isaiah 58:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
“Come follow Me”
If you haven’t made that journey,.. what are you waiting for? What the world offers will never truly satisfy you.
Matthew 4:19 King James Version (KJV)
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
My heart grieves because as much as I want to share (with an old friend) how real the Lord is, in my life,…I am unable to do so as his heart is already hardened. Looking back, he was there on the day of my baptism. I still wonder what happened that caused his heart to drift so far from the Lord. I wish I knew what to say to him. Sometimes I think he’s looking for proof that God exists. However, if God heals a person before his very eyes, (like seeing the lame walk, and other creative miracles) I still think it would never be enough for him. The problem is he will only accept God in his own terms. Is that the rebellious spirit?
Yes I’ve heard it so many times before – how people doubt the existence of God because they say that if God exists, He would not have allowed certain things to happen, He would’ve prevented this accident etc… Acknowledging that God exists means that one’s life needs to change, and it involves submission and dying to self. He is not a genie in a bottle. And we will all have questions and we will not know it all. Yet, considering all that,.. I have never regretted following Jesus.
In the world, you normally don’t believe something unless you see it. When it comes to our walk with the Lord, you believe,… and then you see.
When I read this morning’s devotional material, I was reminded that there’s a season for everything. Looking back, I can honestly say that the LORD has been with me all the while, watching over me. I’m so blessed that when I was studying in Canada, I never faced any danger. There was no tornado watch, no heavy thunderstorm, no earthquake etc… There was freezing rain but generally, I was safe. I’ve fallen down before, even fractured my tailbone but I didn’t have any bad experience except maybe a broken heart or two. I had a dream a few nights ago where I saw myself packing at the living room downstairs. There was someone helping me whom I assumed was my mom but I couldn’t see her face. While we packed, my father came out from his bedroom downstairs (again… I never saw his face but he came out from my father’s room and I called him “father” in my dream). He walked towards the windows, like he was getting ready for something. I remember asking him what he was doing. He said, “don’t worry. Continue what you are doing.” Then I saw a black shadowy figure trying to break in. But my father was already there, holding what looked like a baseball bat in his hand getting ready to swing to hit the intruder. I woke up after that. The father in my dream is symbolic, representing God the Father. I believe God is reminding me that He’s aware of what’s going on in my life and my life is practically an open book to Him because He formed me. Nothing catches Him by surprise. And God is with me all the time, to protect me because He is my refuge. (I once had a dream where I saw myself being chased by a dragon and I ran into a cave to hide. In that cave, I was safe.)
Proverbs 18:10 Good News Translation (GNT)
10 The Lord is like a strong tower, where the righteous can go and be safe
There’s a process involved in everything, an on-going process of sanctification – like how the potter is shaping the clay. While all that is going on, the Holy Spirit is helping me “pack up” the old, to prepare for the new.
Psalm 139:16 Amplified Bible (AMP)
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.
I never thought I’d see my dad going to church again but today, I was so amazed that he’s feeling well enough to go to church and to want to go for service. You see, my dad had a bad bout with osteoporosis. All those years doing his favourite activity (sweeping the garden) has caused him to have a bad back. And yet, he still strives to sweep the garden. He has to wear braces to support his back for long term and there have been days when he was stubborn and did what he wasn’t supposed to do; which brought him greater pain. There was a time when he was beginning to feel negative and didn’t want to listen to the Chinese sermons I got for him. However, praise God that he is up and about and is well enough to go to church.