The Love That Does Not Fail

I have a few albums by Chris Tomlin and I have found that many of the songs he wrote minister to me. They’re also quite singable.

I think this is one of his latest and I absolutely love it.

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Abiding In God’s Love

John 15:9-11 New International Version (NIV)

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

Many times we sing about how we love the Lord but if we do love the Lord, our actions should also show it. If we love the Lord, we will keep His commands.

 

 

Valuable

Each time I listen to this song, tears would flow naturally.

This evening, I spent some time at the art gallery putting up the price labels on my artworks. I was reminded of what Jesus did for me. The very fact that I will be having my solo art exhibition is evidence enough that God hears and knows the desires of my heart.

The God I serve is leading me closer to my dreams. The God I serve still sees me as valuable even though I’m not worthy. And I remain so thankful…

The Love of a King

If there’s one Chinese drama that really moved my heart, it had to be “The Imperial Doctress”. While I know that the story isn’t reflective of actual history, I applaud the writer for making the characters so real; and of course the actors and actresses for bringing the characters to ‘live’. It’s so real that my heart aches for the characters and I found myself (along with others), discussing in the forum…wondering if Yun Xian did love the emperor Qi Zhen.

It is the story of a famous female medical doctor Tan Yun Xian (from the Ming dynasty). It’s nice to see a female lead who has dreams and not another typical female lead without dreams and ambitions. The two male leads are (prince) Qi Yu and emperor Qi Zhen (Zheng Qi). Although Qi Yu was the first to meet Yun Xian, I think it was Qi Zhen who really knew Yun Xian. It’s nice to see them bickering in the earlier part of the series. She didn’t know she was with the emperor. It’s easy to understand why the emperor would fall for her. She’s a very likable character and very kind too.

It’s also very obvious how much the emperor loved her although he accepted that she was in love with his younger brother (from a different mother). No matter what happened, he was almost always there for her. When she got into trouble, he would be the one defending her.

There were several scenes that I liked. Imagine having that much favour from the emperor. He reminded her that when they’re together, he’s Zheng Qi and not the emperor. In many ways, he was her confidant. Wallace Huo carried that role very well. I almost feel that ache because of the unrequited love. One of my favourite scenes was when both of them played in the snow and she accompanied him watching the fireworks.

Although Yun Xian promised the empress that she would never have feelings for Zheng Qi, I think those feelings grew during that period when they were captured by Esen’s troops. I believe by the time she realizes her own heart, it was too late in the sense that she’s bound to that promise.

Many times when I am watching the series, I feel like slapping that character because (I think) she fell in love with the wrong man. Qi Zhen’s love for her was unconditional he was always so supportive of her. Meanwhile, her beloved Qi Yu just became darker and darker in the later episodes.

So, in one of the mornings after a marathon session (watching a few episodes of the series), I thought to myself… imagine having the unconditional love of a king…. imagine if the someone who loves you is the king. The same king who protects you even without you knowing it and even at times when you feel you don’t need protection.

Then I had an epiphany, that love was reminding me of God’s love and His sacrifice. Yes, it is a good Friday!

Revelation 19:14-16 New Living Translation (NLT)

14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. 15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. 16 On his robe at his thigh[a] was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

 

Park The Car

Last Saturday evening, in my quiet time with the Lord, I asked Him to give me dreams again. True enough I had a dream that night. I saw 3 different scenes in the dream.

In the first scene, I saw a car getting into the carpark slot (for parking). In the second scene, I saw a few deers in the wild. Then the third scene was a broken ankle. I asked God what He was trying to tell me and I believe this was what He’s saying to me.

The car getting into the parking spot was an invitation to stop for a while, stop being so busy and take time to soak in His presence. I believe that God showed me the deers because I needed that reminder that nothing will truly satisfy me, except the love that comes from the LORD. The broken ankle was probably the condition of my heart and I need to take some time to just worship and soak in God’s presence and allow Him to heal the “broken ankle” so that I can stand strong and walk again.

Psalm 42:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)

BOOK TWO: Psalms 42—72

Yearning for God in the Midst of Distresses

To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation[a] of the sons of Korah.

42 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?[b]

Psalm 18:33 Amplified Bible (AMP)

33 
He makes my feet like [a]hinds’ feet [able to stand firmly and tread safely on paths of testing and trouble];
He sets me [securely] upon my high places.

 

Adoration

Christmas is coming. Yes, you can see the decorations in the store.

In the hustle and bustle, let’s not forget the reason for the season. Not forgetting how chaotic the world has become. Yes, there’s so much evil, hatred and bitterness in the world. I don’t have to write but you can read the newspapers and see how lives have been lost etc… all the senseless killings, etc… Let’s not forget those who are directly affected and spread a little kindness and love because (John 3:16)…

John 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

A Reflection of the Creator

I had been busy working on a piece of digital art. When I started this project, I already saw the completion in my mind. A picture provided by my friend inspired me, and I knew what I wanted to do. I saw it in my head and started working on it, bit by bit. I felt pleased when I started to see the picture showing,..the ears,.. the eyes,..the body….etc…

As I progressed further, I started to sing when I was painting. I usually paint with music playing in the background but I’ve never sung along with it but this time, I started to sing. Then I heard a whisper in my heart, “I delight in you.” I knew it was the Spirit of God and I felt amazed. I was reminded of this verse.

Zephaniah 3:17 New King James Version (NKJV)

17 The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Wow! I realized that I was beginning to reflect Him. It was like suddenly I knew how He felt because I was delighted in my own creation – the artwork. And in the midst of that, hearing “I delight in you” totally steals my heart away.