The Sabbath

Rest and the Sabbath. How delicate and perfect they go together.

How do you spend your Sabbath Sundays? Do they remain sacred to you, a day of rest and reflection on how the week has come and gone? Does it remain a quiet time after church, when you can come to work on that space between you and God – bringing it an inch closer than last?

How joyous it is, to be able to serve. To have the ability to praise You along with the masses; to revel in the beauty of Your name. Though words will never entirely capture the essence of your perfection, we offer what little praise we give because You deserve it this much, and that much even more.

In Mark 2:

23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest,he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”

27 Then he said to them, The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Serve. Because your hands were not made to be your own, but to work as the salt of the world, heightening and exemplifying the presence of our Lord. The Sabbath has and always will be a gift among us. To remind us that even as God created the world, He took rest on the seventh day. Not because He needed to, nor did He necessarily wanted to. But He did, and so can/must we.

Let us continue guarding the gift of rest that the Lord promises us, week after week.

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How comforting it is to know in Him, we will be given rest.
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Love Is

Let’s say that I have the memory of a goldfish. Like the bubbles they produce as they swim back and forth, I may forget something quickly. So to combat this amazingly awesome quirk: let’s start documenting the important words that God graces me with.

1 Corinthians 13:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Like so many have said before: God is love. He is love, and through His love for all mankind, we were saved. There is definitely a lack of love present in the world today. In the lack of love, we have conflict, strife, chaos, confusion. All these could be so easily wiped away – like our transgressions, if we were to love like Him.

It is always through His grace that I can sit in the presence and learn, grow, and see the Truth.

There are many principles within love. Why are there principles within love? That is because without them, we may forget what love truly is. Through Him, we were given the opportunity to see these in action and with the transgressions placed on the cross, the love He has and always will have for us. Most surely out of order:

  1. You have to fix your own mistakes, no one else will.
  2. You are not the center of attention.
  3. Do not be in a relationship to receive, always think of what you have to give.
  4. You will not find happiness in another person; you must first find happiness from within.
  5. Be happy with yourself.
  6. Love comes with sacrifice.
  7. Find peace.

In our changing world, though it may seem that it is harder to reach the younger generation – it requires a change and embrace in the trends. Maybe you don’t know how to talk to them as they stare at their phones, or scroll through media, or pick up new words you’ve never heard about before. That’s okay. The change is a progression. Progression we see; God provides progression for us to see the impact and provisions He will ultimately provide. Use those methods and opportunities – do not be afraid, for as

1 Corinthians 2:

And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

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Yes. We may be His and to know of Him deeply in addition to sharing the Good News with those who may have not had the opportunity to know of Him – but we are not in this alone.

He is with us, every step of the way, He is not only our shadow but our heart. In Him, we receive salvation – and with that, we are also given peace, love, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. In Him, we know of unconditional love which entails sacrifice.

God, we give thanks because You continually provide. We give thanks because you provide when we need it most.

Thanks be to God for His grace, His mercy, His blessings, His strength. In Him we have salvation, given through grace and mercy; bounded by faith we are enough. For Him, we can do anything. Thanks be to God.

 

Emerge 2018

Elevation Worship – Do it Again

Your promise still stands
Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness
I’m still in Your hands
This is my confidence, You never failed me yet

I’ve seen You move, come move the mountains
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again

 

 

This weekend was a spectacular surprise. It was my first time attending our University Christian Ministry’s retreat. The sheer number of undergraduates gathered under one roof was pretty impressive. Seeing students of all ages, ethnicities, disciplines – showed me how God’s love has been able to grow in a faith that genuinely encompasses any son or daughter encountered.

There was an identity issue. We discussed topics on labels given to us, which internalize and take hold of us as we go about our lives. Maybe we wish we could throw down those labels and walk away – without a label, without a history. God (as always), loves us so much. He gave us this blessing of being nameless and sinless when He sent us the one and only Jesus. Jesus, the only human who ever traversed this earth as sinless, bore the sins of this world in hopes of allowing us, every single one of us (a sinner), to reconcile and foster a relationship with our Father.

There was the allegory about one’s aroma. What do you think your aroma is to others? To both non-believers and fellow brothers and sisters. Is your aroma enticing? Are you actions aligned with how God wants you to live in terms of your workings within your work, your commute, your relationships with your family, friends, or strangers? When I think about my aroma, I think it teeters between the freshness of cut grass and the morning dew that sits upon the surface. The sharings of fellow believers continually ignite and cleanse my palette of being ready to go out and share the Good News. But like grass that grows, if it is not kept tidy – becomes unkempt. There needs to be one that comes to maintain a smooth and beautiful appearance.

But in God, He sent His Son to die for all of our sins so that we may never have to feel unclean or burdened by the sins of this world. He provided a path for us to be able to see the cleanliness that comes with eternal life with Him. God allowed us to see with clarity and our hearts to shaken by love for Him. He loved us so much He decided that His Son was most definitely worth sending to save each and every one of us, the ninety-nine with the lost “ones”.

God can do the impossible. He showed me this a couple of years back. He defies the law of human physics and impossibility, to save lives – both physically, mentally, emotionally. He was there when the world might have turned against you. He is here as you take that breath, followed by another. He will be here tomorrow when you wake up and marvel at the beauty of life, of your home, of your loved ones.

There is much to be grateful to God for. This weekend marks the beginning of what I hope to continue to be a fire-igniting relationship with Him. Because if I do not live for Him, whom else would I be living for? He is so majestic; I still cannot believe He gave us the simple task of living for Him, as the center of our lives, forevermore.

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Let us continue to look upon your grace and live like You

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need those steps to carry you forward

as one takes one foot and places it in front of the next, what is pushing her forwards? what holds her up as she falters in her breath and her choice? what is holding her upright as she looks down and sees unfamiliarity?

will you hold on even when the times become rough? will you be there even when no one else is. when no one extends their hand toward you because they would rather look the other way.

hear that laugh disappear so quickly you thought you missaw. see you and see him bind themselves into one. look up but down even faster so you do not trip when the unforeseen manifests itself as a chip on your shoulder.

let’s all go together. to the one who was, who is, and who will forever be.

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i will be fine. we always turn out fine.

To Love Like Him

If anything, it should make us fight for it, it should make us even more stubborn because we know that if the tables were turned, we would want that kind of love, we would want kind hearts and vulnerable souls and honest feelings. And it’s only fair to give what we want to receive — no matter what the outcome may be.

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Thankful for the God who was, who is, and always will be there for me. Though the season seems to be picking up, I’m seemingly getting sparks of passion for my work. Having strived for this feeling for the longest of time and making uncertain decisions within chaotic periods, it’s good to feel the calm slowly subsiding in.

Whenever one looks at the end, they do not realize that there are many steps that take one from 1, to 100. The many hands, smiles, and laughter that accumulate as wisps of fresh air when the going gets tough. The people whom appear out of thin air, and make an impact in one’s life, without warning.

I thank God for His presence in my life. And to make Him proud, the little steps I take, I’ll keep taking them, for His glory.

What You Remind Me Of

“I saw you as a nice and pretty girl”.

It’s funny how sometimes what others say, can have an enormous impact on you.

I remember the first time I met you. You came, as if the wind had blown you in. Hair was disheveled, with a lopsided scowl on your face. You did not seem as if you wanted to be there; but were instead forced to.

Your voice is young. The words you use were coarse, but truthful. You encouraged us to try our best. And when the time approached – you disappeared just a few seconds tad of early.

I wanted you to be mine. I was glad, because I had you with me. I didn’t see much of anything, except through the eyes of you.

But sometimes, what we forget is that love is Him. He gave us everything in exchange for our love. But we didn’t carry through. And yet, time and time again, He forgives. He forgives because He loves us enough; and even more.

I believe I am weak when it comes to lust. I am weak when it involves my emotional side in taking over the logical side of myself. I miss you when I am happy. I miss you when I am sad. And I especially miss you when I am lonely.

But why depend on earthly beings to satisfy our loneliness, lack of happiness, and fill the void of our sadness? Humans at times, can be too in touch with their emotional lack of fulfillment – to the point of where they forget where they came from; of what love is. Who it is.

A prosodiac. A coffee addict. How opposite they can be.

A new beginning.

God My Saviour

I have found another song in which I was moved to tears. I have at times, when I come before our Lord – felt ashamed, guilty, lost, confused, and a whole array of emotions in which I feel unworthy to stand before Him. It is not that I have committed a slew of sins, but rather that I have kept him in the background of some of my decisions; rather than the forefront in which we should aim for.

He is my favourite. In this world and in the Heavens. I cannot dream of spending eternity with anyone else. But what is it about certain people I meet in my time here on earth where they captivate me to such lengths, that I become someone else. A different person in my values, beliefs, words, actions – in that instant, I have become someone else. Mostly, it is for the worse, and not for the better.

I know I am to keep our Father as my compass. As the True North for whatever it is that I decide to take on – He knows what is right. Because he sees and is the will, the way, my everything.

But I am thankful. For in the times of when I was at my lowest, I have met people whom God has put into my life to shepherd me and my decisions. They have given me honest thoughts and words that I only gather confidence and wisdom from. And I know it was because of Him, that I was to meet them at that time. God works in mysterious ways sometimes. And I have come to realize, life cannot only be filled with happy moments – because without those lows, we cannot truly put our faith to works, in overcoming obstacles, challenges, despair, and hurt.

Help me O Lord, to take whatever wounds or hurts I may have in life, and just lower them into your hands. Help me to not fret, worry, cry, frustrate – because those are all useless, when you are the one who holds what is to come, in just the pinky of your hands.

I thank the Lord for being there for me when I needed Him most. And to help me realize that in those moments when I am weary and tired, He is there comforting me to see – all that He has prepared for me, if I am to open my eyes and see.

His love on the line for us – day by day He is there and guiding us patiently with his mercy, grace, humbleness, and beautiful and whole, love.