Wisdom is as חוכמה does

I have always found difficulty in grappling with the notion of wisdom. To desire wisdom- would God see this as fruitful efforts? Something that I have seen in those around me is the power of wisdom that God grants to those whom yearn for His heart earnestly.

There are several virtues present in wisdom. A fear of the Lord (Proverbs 9:10) is the first stepping stone to truly acknowledging the Great I Am. The awesome respect for God and an attitude of reverent worship and prayerful study, will benefit that person greatly, as they journey in their walk with God.

Discernment, is also another key virtue of wisdom. For their open ears will allow for clarity in distinguishing truth from falsehood (1 Kings 3:9). To understand how God’s creativity in establishing our world, in science, philosophy, mathematics, or even the biblical history- requires wisdom: to see life from God’s perspective.

Trusting in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5) is also essential for wisdom. For life will surely squeeze many lemons, but when these challenges present themselves, the wise trust of God is our means of overcoming this. For we may wrestle with waiting on God’s perfect timing,

Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens

but if we do not even know what tomorrow will bring, why not rest on trusting in the almighty, ever-lasting, all-knowing God? For not all of life’s mysteries and answers are self-evident and simple.

There are many more attributes that point to a person whom walks wisely in their steps, their backing being the Lord himself. For when one grows closer, they will see their prayerful life change, their intention and desires, and vision. All will be brought in alignment with God’s will. To further the work for His kingdom.

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Equality

It was a beautiful day with HVDR today. We went for a walk outside, grabbed some sandwiches and gelato in-between. Up and down we walked among the trees, the trails, those paths. I learned quite a lot about her background and journey with our Father.

Something I really liked to take home from our chats was her desire to find a godly boyfriend, and husband. The prime example being her parents. Being able to have a godly husband does not entail that marriage will be easier or more beautiful, but it definitely does speak volumes when making tough decisions.

A godly partner does not mean that the male and female roles are to be literal following of the teachings in the Word. However, the biblical teaching on male and female roles and relationships in the church is first and foremost grounded in the foundational principle of equality in Christ. Both are importantBoth are needed in the proclamation of love for our Lord.

Though in Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, the Galatians, the Ephesians, and Timothy indicates the leadership of the household to fall on husbands, women are equally important. The Biblical principle for all believers to be submissive to one another, rather than seek to rule over others (Eph 5:21-30). Mutual consensus and agreement to walk a certain way, under God’s rule and context in which He speaks to us. Each to their own, has strengths and qualities that come together in perfect harmony. Knowing and supporting not only each other, but the entire community.

HVDR is a delightful being in her words and time spent sharing not only about her faith and dreams, but her convictions and circumcised heart for God. The desire and belief she has in being grounded in His Truth, alongside her knowing that God has placed us on this earth for tasks He has predestined us to take up, in His name, for His glory.

Congratulations on your first steps in your pursuit of a MD. Your love and beauty, both inside and out- will not only heal hearts, but change them in desiring a healthier body, to living for a better future. I wish you the best in achieving your dreams of serving as a MD in a rural area, touching those beyond His saving grace.

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.

A Breather to Rejoice

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It’s truly been too long of a time that I’ve shared my words. Too much has happened in this past while; I think even writing a novel would not capture everything in its entirety. The whirlwinds, the ups-and-downs, the happinesses and joyousness, the sadness and trembles of not getting what one wants. The list could be forever long; to the end of the yellow brick road. Having this time to take a breather is wonderful. I think I don’t give myself enough space to just do what I want. Many times, I bound myself with deadlines, timelines, due dates, appointments, and much, much more.

This picture of a silent yet graceful town lit up my eyes when I came across it. No people are in sight, but the festivity of the lights and all the colours, the beautiful colours; they just signal happiness, cheer, and joy, to me. Christmas is yet, almost upon us once again. This time last year, I was bound by a much different lifestyle. Submerging myself in silence, smiling meekly at that which made me laugh and oh so shy, nodding along to my own musical wavelength. These 365 days had me revert somewhat back to the person I once was. Laughing uncontrollably at moments, but also cherishing the beauty of silence, and the truth behind words unspoken.

Being thankful. Being considerate. Being quiet, yet understanding. Being kind. Being sincere. Being humble. Being loving. There are yet so many characteristics that embody how godly our God is. I am only one step on this path that I wish to hopefully achieve with my time here. It was supposed to be cut short. But the Lord let me continue on. Taking the steps I wanted. Walking the paths I desired so. Touching the hearts of those whom I never thought I would.

December. Rather, the celebration of our Lord, Saviour, and King. These times, so miraculous, merciful, and graceful. Belong all to him.

Hillsong United – Oceans

I think today should be a sharing kind of day. I hope my experience manages to touch at least one fellow reader, friend, or Christian.

This song I believe many have come across ever since it was released last year by Hillsong United. Covered, sung, and loved by many, it is a beautiful interpretation that is dependent on the listener and their past experiences which shape the meaning of the song for them.

I am humble to say that last year, I have had my share of time in darkness. During those months, I did not know whether I would live on or not; whether the Lord decided it was time for me to leave. In those solitary moments I knew God to be present. But with the persistent and constant hurdles and struggles I faced, though it was a confusing and sad time, I believed and knew the Lord was there with me.

I would often wonder whether this was the best life I could have fulfilled before life itself was taken from me. Whether the ending could’ve been different if I had chosen a different university, made different choices, loved and befriended different people, done things differently. Living with regret often permeated me through those times. Regret of not loving enough, forgiving enough, hearing enough, listening enough, praising Him enough, believing in Him enough, serving Him enough, worshipping Him enough… the list was endless.

In the aspect of the professionals and friends and family, though it did not seem as if my outcome would be a positive one, the Lord showed them all that ultimately, the result of life and death was not a choice, it was an outcome decided only by our Lord. 10% of survival meant nothing for those whom had the utmost, boundless, faith in our Lord. We were comforted as in Isaiah 9:1 it is written:

Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever.

Nothing is impossible for our Lord. He loves and cares for us. He truly does.

I have a friend who I love very dearly. I will always remember these few sentences in her testimony which I’ve come to love and be reminded by. She speaks of a time in her life when she did not know whether our Lord, the Heavenly Father, was true. She spoke of asking the Lord to save her from a tragic accident or from a huge illness, from which she would realize He was real and loved her very much. After what happened to me last year, though I knew before it happened, and especially after the incident, that the Lord was existent and loving, I am glad that my friend had managed to come to know the Lord in her own accord; without the occurrence of any accident or illness.

Often times we believe nothing bad will ever happen to us. Living in such fortunate and healthy conditions, the chance of being diagnosed with a chronic illness or contracting a deadly disease seems impossible. Life is often taken for granted, and it is only when we lose aspects of it such as food, shelter, the ability to speak, run, hear, are we repentant of the unconditional love the Lord has gave us and realize, nothing is forever. Only our love and faith for the Lord will guide us on.

Blessings,

G

The Five Purposes of a Purpose-Driven Life

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I realize that I don’t spend enough time reading His word and setting time aside to reflect His love and grace throughout each day. That will change. I hope that by the end of these 40 days I will feel a stronger yearning and love for our creator while at the same time, reflect and apply these principles.

Daily Inspiration for the Purpose-Driven Life; let’s begin.

For our time on this earth is short. But we were put here for a reason.

1. Worship: To express and praise our love for Him. To bring Him pleasure, and to fear Him, and obey his commands, because this is all that we were created for.

2. Fellowship: To be with brothers and sisters and become a family whom lives to spread His glory and gospel throughout the nations.

3. Discipleship: We are placed on earth to become more like Him and show others the grace and mercy God shows us.

4. Ministry: We are God’s workers to do good works; which He has equipped us with the talents and skills to accomplish.

5. Evangelism: We are to spread His gospel to all nations of the earth.

Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” [Matthew 28:19-20 NIV]

God will shape us. He will make us flourish. We will be blessed and never be thirsty. He is our everlasting God.

Searching

You know that feeling when you’re searching and searching for that one thing, and when you think you’ve almost got it in your hands, it manages to slip away; leaving you more down than if you had never been given that initial opportunity in that first place? I’ve went through that endless cycle a few times, but thanks to the Lord’s grace, I’ve managed to finally solve this problem once and for all, which I’m super, super thankful for.

I’ve never really liked the feeling of being indebted to people. Sure, lending a hand and helping others is in my nature, so I don’t mind it if it’s coming from me; but to others? I could compare that feeling of a fish being hooked and just dangling there until someone comes along and saves it.

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Luckily with problems, there often comes solutions; and sometimes in a place where you would’ve never expected to find it. Life has many great mysteries, adventures, falling-outs; and sometimes it just takes a little (or a lot!) of time, paired with patience of course.

And thus I leave you with a verse [Isaiah 9:11] that pretty much sums up this long, thankful post:

Nevertheless, that time of darkness will not go on forever.