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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Acoustic Broken Hearts

How do you call this love?

Sometimes you assume it’s just the glance that caught and mesmerized you, but really, it was their whole being and you realize, you’ve fallen.

Fallen deep down into the depths of happiness and consciousness of the fate-driven twined steps.

Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

So, I had a semi-Narnian-marathon with my friend last night. Sitting on the couch, eyes glued to the screen, at times when I glanced over, I often chuckled at her every expression in response to each of the exciting, sad, happy, and devastating parts of the film. For those of you that may not know, “Narnian” movies are the  set of movies based on the acclaimed series by C.S. Lewis. Written over 50 years ago, it has become a series that is loved by generations of all ages, little children merely learning to read to elders on their rocking chairs, flipping through the pages, devouring the plot line as if they were plagued with literary hunger. Though I was multitasking at the same time and not entirely focused on the movie, I still caught the beauty and story line that came with the dramatic sound effects and intense acting on the characters’ parts.

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There were many parts where subconsciously the elements of Christianity raided my thoughts. I am often one to look and prod for the deeper meaning behind certain parts in the plot. Moments such as where the White Witch tempted Edmund with the riches and splendor if he would take her hand and abandon his title of King on the ship, is reminiscent of the hold that the devil has on certain people in this world and their deep desires. Even Lucy’s wish to become Susan, whom some may deem small, had her realize she forfeited her desire to being Lucy Pevensie and believed she could toss it all away for the mere beauty of Susan’s that she was ever so jealous of and yearned to possess.

Sometimes we humans don’t remember, or think of the many blessings that we’ve been given in this life of ours. Always looking towards the riches of others who possess qualities of being prettier, smarter, taller, thinner, we see so many things that we lack… and just wish we could have it all.

God wants us to be proud and happy with whatever we may have. There are people out there who have to constantly worry about having enough food for the day, or enough clothes to wear to keep warm at night, or even whether they would survive to see the next day. Maybe we’ve been so fortunate to have all our limbs intact, our loving family members alive and well and at our sides, plentiful meals to nourish our bodies by everyday, and things that keep us happy throughout the day, that we forget not everyone is entitled to these basic things that we so easily take for granted.

Be thankful.

For when one day God decides to take it all away, would you still look towards Him with the love and happiness you have now?

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Nighttime wonders

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Nights are where I seem to have the most to say, because I’ve collected thoughts throughout the course of the day. Sometimes I wonder, what if I hadn’t been born as me? What if I had been born as someone else, somewhere else in this world. Would I have met the people that I have? Would I have done the things I’ve done? Would I be happier? Or not quite as? There are so many “what-ifs” in this world that I’ve grown accustomed to not wishing for any over-dos.

To be honest, I’m content; very, for everything that has happened. Either if it had been happy, sad, overwhelming, regretful, or even tiring and wishing I could forget that moment entirely. But sometimes it’s the fact that we are humans, and not having everything that we wish for to happen that makes us different; more special. We have to remember the memories of our past, continue that which we are doing in the present, and look towards the future.

It’s these times at night that I look toward the stars and somehow see a map of how my future will look. I always have the feeling that it will be “bright, unknown, and overlapping with many that I love and will love”.

I hope you all have a wonderful night. Tuck in and pull those dreams that much closer.

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