Sunday Thoughts : Time with God is a two way street🔁. Yesterday, I spent hours sitting outside in the Texas sunshine. Besides getting all the vitamin D I didn’t know I needed, I was hit with a reminder that prayer is meant to be a two-way conversation — praying to God, and also listening to him. We don’t call people on the phone and just chat the whole time, never giving them time to speak, so why do our prayer lives often look like that? Probably because life is so “busy” I don’t prioritize sitting in silence and waiting on God. Praying and listening to Him isn’t as easy as googling, hearing back from a friend, or some other instant gratification response. He’s not a genie. He wants a relationship with each work of art He’s created, and a relationship takes two. I’m keen to sit in silence more and I invite you to do the same!
P.S. - I’m starting the book “Invitation to Solitude and Silence”, if you want to pick up a copy & read with me! Maybe I should start a book club? #thehonestShruth
2,535383 December, 2017
Why The Cross Was So Significant. ⠀
Why was Jesus being hoisted up on the cross so significant? ⠀
Jesus’ death and resurrection were so profound in so many different ways, but I’m going to share one that is relatively fresh to me. ⠀
Jesus was a Prophet no doubt. I’m not saying he was only a prophet, I do believe he was fully God and Fully man at the same time. But Jesus was the word and fulfilled many prophesies that I can’t keep track of, or even understand. I’m really excited to see the levels & angles of his death and resurrection over the span of my life through revelation and studying the word. But I was reading the book of John and something Really interesting popped out at me. In the wilderness, Moses put the snakes upon a rod, and hoisted them up I. The air, for anyone who looked upon the snake on the stick with faith would be saved from their bites and injuries and death. ⠀
Who else was hoisted up? Jesus!!!!⠀
What’s required to be saved? Faith In his death and resurrection!!! Faith that he set us free!⠀
Jesus was crucified for the world to see. Faith in the cross, in his death and resurrection, sets us free from the curse of the snake from Genesis. Jesus set us free from the curse! All of it. Nothing was left on the table. Nothing!⠀
Jesus, I love you, I choose to live for you and lay down my life ❤️❤️❤️⠀
John 3:14-16 for those who want to study it. ⠀
But the context of the verse is Nicodemus asking how he could be born again!⠀
6521014 December, 2018
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I love casinos. I was very interested in gambling; Vegas, Macau, gambling ships, casinos.. But that was all before I found Jesus. He had transformed me not only from gambling (and I mean all forms), but also from a chain smoker, an alcoholic, and being an ungodly woman. Through the walk with Christ, I realised that the more I walk closer with God, the more He keeps me and protects me from going the wrong way.
Here is a testimony.
We went on a trip to Malaysia and Genting Highlands was in the agenda. Weeks leading to the excursion, I was pretty excited about the casino and I suggested to my friend that we will take a quick round inside and spend no more than 10mins. "Sin" did not come to my mind. I did not stop to think that it was NOT ok. What did the bible says anyway? On the way up the hill, I was grinning inside my head, planning on the roulette or baccarat table. I got really excited; it's the thrill.
We got to the entrance (just one step away!), and were instantly stopped because we were both wearing flip flops (my husband an anti-gambler but willing to "walk" with me or maybe for a better cause). That means we are barred from entering. It was so funny because the excitement turned to a 180 degree - to disappointment. My adrenalin dropped.
But at that moment, the Lord sought me. He told me that He already knew the end before I was even thinking about entering the casino. He knows that I am not going to give it a miss. He tells me that he does not want me to sin. You see, we already had the day's activities all lined up and Genting is scheduled for the last stop. I had made up my mind to wear flip flops for the day because it is more comfortable under the hot sun. That morning however, the devil did tempt me by using someone to suggest that I put on walking shoes. But I refused because I was all determined to wear flip flops. And thatttt, was God's intervention. The Holy Spirit guided me to do the right thing, even though I was all ready to "sin". He protected me from harm.
As long as we walk in His presence, and keep Him in the centre of our lives, we will never walk the same way as before. I am thankful and blessed. I will never be the 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
Today was both a mentally and emotionally draining day at work. All day I struggled to keep myself together and get through with a smile, and my hair intact. I know God had his hand on me the entire time, and I know had He not of been with me, things would have ended badly. We all go through the emotional ringer sometimes, but its important to continue to trust in God and keep on smiling. People are watching how you handle things, and you very well could be a witness to someone without even saying a word. Today, I'm posting a unfiltered photo, wrinkles and all. And as drained as I feel and look, I know there is always a reason to smile. For me, its knowing that no matter what is thrown my way, I have a Heavenly Father, family and loving boyfriend who are right there with me no matter what. #keepmovingfoward#godisgood#keeponsmiling#leadmetotherock#yourgraceisenough
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He thinks of me. Even I don’t remember Him in times of pleasure, even I can’t pray in times of sorrow, even I won’t recognize Him in times of hate. He thinks of me, every time.
I was awful but He is God, a never ending loving God.
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I heard this in church @perimeteratl on Sunday and it brought to mind a quote by one of my favorite authors, CS Lewis. “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” Oh my heart, where have I run after lesser things than YOU, Lord. Thank you for your mercy in my life that hasn’t always given me what my confused, adolescent thoughts lead me to believe would be best. #yourgraceisenough#newmorningmercies#daughterofaking 👑
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. #blessed#grateful#yourgraceisenough
146614 January, 2019
Sunday Thoughts: On Jan 1, I asked God to break down my idols (anything I find TOO much comfort, value, or identity in other than God). Maybe I was feeling really rested that day or maybe it was the beauty of London or maybe I was high on chai or maybe it was the peace from my social media break. Who knows. But yo’ girl prayed that prayer with a lot of confidence thinking, “I don’t have many idols.” Oh. LOL. It’s been 13 days since 2019 and I see a lot of things being revealed:
1. Approval - I don’t like saying no to people because I’m worried I’ll upset them (ugh). I think of all these ridiculous scenarios and then just say yes. In the end, I’m exhausted + frustrated.
2. Perfection - I seek perfection from everyone even though they’ll never achieve it and neither will I. In the end I distance myself from people who ‘just so clearly’ fall short (EVEN THOUGH I DO TOO).
3. Fear of conflict - I’d prefer to be that friend who just love love loves you and never judges even though I know that’s a shallow friendship. Speaking truth in love and love in truth is HARD but... you simply cannot have one without the other.
And those are just the first few He’s shed light on from that prayer. Prayer isn’t an afterthought... it’s dialogue with the God of the universe. He can change hearts and give wisdom through the power of prayer, it’s incredible.
If you haven’t already, I’d love to challenge you to pray this prayer, with open hands and heart, and see what Jesus reveals to you! #thehonestshruth
8503114 January, 2019
20 years ago this month... I would look at that pregnancy test for the first time. I was lost, scared and unsure that God would love such a sinner like me. Thank you for sending this precious life to me. Thank you for saving me. Through my mess you have put a brave message of hope to share with others that would face the same life situations as me. Thank you Lord for embracing and forgiving a sinner like me! #whywemarch#yourgraceisenough
74714 January, 2019
Hidup adalah anugerah,Janganlah dibikin rumit, tetaplah bersyukur Dan kerjakan pekerjaanmu dengan yakin dan ikhlas😘
“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
196512 January, 2019
Thank you Father God for executing your plans for me really carefully and methodically,. I should have known better not to trust my own understanding, that each time I do, I get disappointed and frustrated when all along I could have just prayed and placed my trust in you because time and time again you have showed me that your plans are always bigger and always so much better than I could ever imagine! 2018 turned out to be one of the best year-to-date yet. Starting 2019 stronger, stronger in faith! Thank you Father God for all the blessings #gratefulheart#catholic#youremylivinghope
17111 January, 2019
Sunset Hill....Spokane 😍 it’s no wonder it has the nickname! Watching the sun go down, thanking God for all my blessings 🙏
I am referencing the song “Your Grace is enough” by Matt Maher.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 #christ#yourgraceisenough#jesus#glory#grace