In my quiet time this morning, God made me fall in love with Jesus much more.
My reading was on the latter part of Luke 5 and beginning of Luke 6 which talked about the Pharisees trying to question all the ways of Jesus – like eating with tax collectors and sinners, His disciples picking wheat on Sabbath and Jesus healing during Sabbath.
How Jesus responded to the Pharisees made me thank God more for who He is. I’m just grateful and very glad that Jesus did not come into this world bringing set of rigid rules and traditions but love, hope and forgiveness which allowed us to live a pleasing life for Him.
Just imagine a life full of strict rules and traditions to be followed so that we could attain perfection and be with God. One – it is very impossible, Second – it would be very exhausting, and Third -it is pointless and useless. We will never be with God for eternity.
God’s love is so powerful and compelling that once we accept it through Jesus Christ, there’s no other way but to respond to it, not out of force but of free will. Not that we don’t do the right things and follow His commandments, but we do it not out of striving for perfection but out of our love for God. It’s an act of obedience resulted from love and not from a scary thought of hell.
Indeed, life is sweeter and better each day when I walk with Jesus even if it gets tougher sometimes. True enough, it is only with Jesus that I am able to experience a full, complete and abundant life – full of hope, peace, joy and love.
Thank You Jesus for a sweeter life. 🙂
This is my song for today! 🙂
God’s love letter to me tonight.
Isaiah 43:1-7 But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob,he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,you will not be burned;the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,Cush and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,nations in exchange for your life.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you;I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.
’Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
Today, I became a ninang again. I lost track to how many godchildren I have already. 🙂 It is a privilege for me to be asked as a ninang because it means the parents want me to take part in their journey in bringing up their child. Since I became a Christian, it was my first time to really witness a dedication and be a part of it. And I was really blessed!
This is me and my kumare, Rhodes with Baby Rikhaela
After the dedication, my brother, Christian and I watched the movie, “Life of Pi”. It was interesting because I remembered when I was in highschool and college, some of my very close friends, well even until now calls me “Pay”, “Pi” and the Pi sign. So I felt like it is my movie. Hehehe… Just a little bit 😉 But anyway, I was totally clueless what the movie was all about. And I was amazed that the gospel was even shared in the movie. Really cool. I have many favorite parts in the film but I was struck by the last few conversations of Pi and the writer. The goal of Pi was not just to tell the story but to help the writer believe in God. At the last part, Pi asked the writer which version of the two stories did he believe. Then, the writer responded, it was the first one. Then Pi told him, it is the same with God. How I interpret it is that the writer wasn’t able to see what really happened in Pi’s journey. He wasn’t there. And he can’t really be sure that the first version was the real one. But he believed in Pi. Just like believing in God. 🙂
Lastly, God indeed speaks through others… I have received wisdom today from someone which I didn’t expect but was praying for it. Isn’t God amazing? He hears our prayers. He answers.
Good night. 🙂
I saw a video today posted in Facebook which is still related to the shooting in Connecticut, a news personality answering the question where was God during that time? I can’t help but get teary-eyed. I realized that some kids might have never heard about Jesus.
Video: Where was God?
One of the things I’m always grateful to my parents is that they made sure we came to know God as we grow up. It allowed us to seek God more and walk in His ways. As for me, it’s the best thing any parent could do to their children.
I was reminded by these verses in Deuteronomy 6:5-8.
” Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
It’s time we truly care for the next generation, parent or not.
Today was really refreshing day! Praise God for today!
I attended a women’s conference in my church with the theme, A Time of Refreshing. Indeed, I was refreshed! It’s about forgetting the past and reclaiming the future. I liked what the speaker, Ms. Anne Chan said, that we should let go of our past because God will rewrite it and make us anew. Such a comfort knowing that God never looks at our past. 🙂 And as we learn to let go of our past, we learn to reclaim a future that is hopeful and much better.
Just tonight, I also watched the movie Samurai X with friends. And funny that the movie was also about forgetting the past and choosing to be better. Kenshin, the main character has killed a lot in his past and after ten years came back with a new conviction. He was changed, reclaiming for a better future for the coming generation.
Isn’t God so amazing? He tells us not to dwell in our past. It’s never easy to forgot the past but it is more difficult to live in the present if we couldn’t let go of our past that hinders us to be better and not bitter.
All glory to God for changed hearts!
And forevermore, I’m choosing God! In HIM, there are no complications, no heartaches, no heartbreaks… But PERFECT LOVE. 🙂
So I choose YOU, Lord! 🙂