Waiting Ends.

I don’t know how to start this blog. I just want to share how my walk with God has been since the beginning of this year. Since I became a Christian, “waiting” had been a common season in my life. Waiting for a change in career, waiting for a new direction, waiting for an answer, waiting for God’s best. Just a lot of waiting. It’s part of God’s pruning and discipline so that I become more dependent on Him and it increases my faith also.

However, just recently, God wanted me to stop waiting. Are you that kind of person who likes to plan things ahead? Who sets goals and works so hard to achieve that goal? Since I started working, I’ve mastered the skill of planning ahead being an integral part of my job. And I have brought that into my personal life. And even with God, I tried to set deadlines. On my next job… on getting married… on His answers to my prayers. Yup, that’s me. So when God asked me to stop waiting, stop planning and start learning to live one day at a time, I struggled. I realized I don’t know how to live one day at a time. I always think of what tomorrow would look like.

Right now, I’m learning on how to live in obedience to God one day at a time. I’m learning to focus on what He wants me to do for the day. It’s not like I don’t plan anymore. I just don’t set goals for my own agenda anymore. I am learning right now to surrender and make Him create the plan for His agenda.

I had so many plans since I moved here in Canada. I wanted to have my own start-up and business, I wanted to bring my parents here, I wanted to keep working as a contract (consultant) so that I can achieve the salary I wanted, I wanted to go back to school, I wanted God’s confirmation this year if He wants me to get married, I wanted to get married. All of these things I set were with good intentions – to help, to have a ministry, etc. But it was becoming tiring. I got too focused on the future that I fail to see what God has intended for me for the day. And so, I dropped everything. I have to stop waiting.

What matters now is I am learning to enjoy God’s presence each day that He allows me to live. How my future would turn out doesn’t matter anymore because I know that the ending would be with God.

Surrender is a continuous act of obedience until I finally meet the Lord someday. As the verses below say, I just want to know God more so that I can love Him more. His love is so much better than the life I live. Because apart from His love, my life is empty. Without His love, our ending will be a sad one.

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.

Proverbs 63:1-3

 

I am so grateful that I worship a God who is not about performance but who cares more about my being and my relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus.

If you are in a waiting season, I pray that you will also learn to focus on what God has in stored for you for the day and let tomorrow worry on its own. Don’t miss out on what God has for you today.

God bless!

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Got Love?

It’s close to Valentine’s Day so I thought I might as well write something about…

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I am no expert in the area of romantic love. So, if you are expecting to read something like that here, then, sorry but it’s not gonna happen.  🙂

I just finished reading the story again about Jesus and the Samaritan woman. Well, it’s the lesson I’m preparing for Sunday School. This kinda triggered me to write about LOVE.

If you know the history of Jews & Samaritans during the time of Jesus, those people are not friends. They aren’t suppose to be talking to each other. But Jesus deliberately passed by Samaria where the Samaritans lived. He went there  with a great plan in mind. To meet the Samaritan woman and offer her the living water that can satisfy her thirst- Himself (if you want to know the whole story, read John 4). And as I think about it, that’s just LOVE right there. That’s how God met me and other people in their different walks of life.

I did not reach out to God. He reached out to me. He pursued me. And it probably took me a long time to respond. He reached out to me not when I was in a good state, but during my season of dryness. If you read the story, you will see the situation of the Samaritan woman during that time. She was living a life that was not pleasing to God and at the same time she was looking for true worship.

God’s love, God’s agape for us is sacrificial and unconditional. He does not require us to do anything to be able to experience His love. There is no requirement. We just need to receive it. Whatever circumstance you are in right now, God can take that. Good or bad, He will take it. What matters to Him is you.

So do you got God’s love? How do you receive it? The famous John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus, that whoever believes in His Son will not perish but will have eternal life.”

Just like the Samaritan woman, when she believed in Jesus, her life was changed.  She put her faith on Jesus who despite knowing her past and present life, offered to her the gift of eternal life. She received the kind of love that the men (read the story) in her life can never offer. A LOVE that satisfies and will never make you thirst and ask for more. Because the love of Jesus is ENOUGH.

And do you know the best part? The Samaritan woman was so excited that she told her encounter with Jesus to the rest of her village. And everyone in her village believed and received the love of Jesus. That’s a LOVE that’s life changing!

Do you want to experience the love of God through Jesus Christ? No ordinary person can every satisfy you because people like you and me will always disappoint each other. Our love is very limited and sometimes selfish. But God’s love – not even worth comparing to human love is selfless, life changing, forgiving, extravagant, never ending and overflowing to other people in your life.

I hope today, if God has been knocking in your heart, may you just open your heart to Him. Jesus loves you. And that’s a pretty serious love. It will cost you eternity.  So might as well really consider it.

If you want to know more about Jesus and His love for you, click  and watch the video that will truly bless you!

Happy Valentine’s! Hope you experience God’s great love today and forever!! Best decision I made years ago! I can’t imagine life without the love of God in my daily life!

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

 

 

 

Worth Fighting For

I had the privilege to attend Kari Jobe’s Majestic Tour yesterday night at Broadway Church. For her front act was Warren Barfield who sang one of the soundtracks, “Love is a Fight” of the movie, “Fireproof”. He shared a story last night which left a mark in my life and I believe will forever be.

He shared the story behind the song “Love is a Fight” and it was about his marriage that closely would have come to an end. At the end of the biggest fight with his wife, they chose to fight for their love and marriage. He said that sometimes we fight for the wrong things. We fight for things that don’t even matter. He shared another story on his trip to the hometown of one of the children that he and his wife were sponsoring. He witnessed how much people are fighting to get into a little stream of water just to get a few gallons and bring it to their homes. And while seeing this, he saw a young boy at the side just standing. This boy could not get into the crowd and he was willing to wait the whole day until someone would fight for him to get water. And so, that’s what Warren did. He fought for this little boy, squeezed in to the crowd to get water for the boy. As they walked back, he was carrying a few gallons of water only for the boy. The boy had to walk 2 hours to get that water to his home. Something that we take for granted matters so much for others.

I hear so many stories like this in the past, but I never really do anything. I just react like, “Awww…”. Then, that’s it. Then, he popped the question. ARE THESE KIDS WORTH FIGHTING FOR? Warren and his wife had to give up eating at restaurants to be able to sponsor one child every month. It’s not like they will suffer hunger or anything. They will just have to eat their meals  at home to sponsor that child. And they believed, that child was worth giving up their restaurant meals. A man last night also decided to gave up his cigarettes to sponsor another child every month. God touched my heart that I can’t just settle for an “Awww..”. I believe I have to start doing something. And it’s not just about the monetary value that you give to these children and to their families but the opportunity to be able to share God’s love to them and make Him known to them. Those are worth giving up and fighting for!! Big Time!

I pray that I will learn to always keep fighting for the things that really matter – things that matter to God.

If you are touched by God, you can visit www.feedthechildren.org.

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That is LOVE…

When my dad would take time to read my blogs and tell me how encouraged he was, that is love.

When my mom would make sure my benefits are taken care of while i’m unemployed, that is love.

When my brother would simply throw his usual jokes and made me laugh, that is love.

When my sister would continue to encourage me on this journey of waiting, that is love.

When my former colleagues would make time to see me, eat with me or chat with me, that is love.

When my friend would spend a weekday to watch a movie with me, that is love.

When my housemates would wash the dishes I left in the sink, that is love.

When my best friend would try to reach me through face time, that is love.

When my small group ladies would never fail to appreciate and express their gratitude, that is love.

When married couples choose to accept each other’s imperfections, that is love.

When a poor, little boy would ask a flower for Valentine’s Day that he can’t afford so that he could give it to his mom who passed away, that is love.

When guys are thoughtful enough to give gifts to single ladies on Valentine’s Day, that is love.

When people are generous enough with their time and effort to tell about God’s love to those who do not know about it, that is love. 

When God gave His One and Only Son, Jesus and that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life, that is perfect LOVE.

May you experience love each day in different ways, doesn’t matter how simple or extravagant it will be expressed.

Happy Hearty Day everyone!

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Our small group doing our Valentine’s Day project. 

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Happy Single ladies receiving their pretty flowers.

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These are the nice guys in Singles@Work giving out flowers.