Rend Your ♥

The key to restoration is repentance. Spiritual revival is possible only if we return to God with a contrite heart. God is faithful to forgive and His free grace is something that we can avail 24/7. All we need is to leave our past sins, failures and hurts behind; come back to his lordship; and hold on to His promise that when he restores, it’ll be better than before.

As for me, it’s not always sunshine and smiles and rainbows everyday, yet I still love the life He has given me. Thank you God for being You.

 

“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart

with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

Rend your heart and not your garments.

Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate,

slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

-Joel 2:12-13

 

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Just a little quote and passage for today. =)

“You want to know the secret of knowing the will of God? Here it is. In everything you do, know God. We’re hung up with the decisions of life. Should I go here? Should I go there? Should I take the job or say no? God is less concerned with what you do than with what kind of person you are. The questions is not ‘Who should I marry?’ but ‘What kind of person am I going to be no matter whom I marry?’ We focus all our energy on decisions but God says ‘Know me and I will take care of the details.'” -Ray Pritchard

 

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.” -Jeremiah 29:11-13

Faith is being sure of what we hope for. -Hebrews 11:1

Life is not all good, but it is not all bad either. I’d say that in whatever season we go through – sunny, rainy, cloudy, stormy, snowy-  there is always something to thank God for.

Mary Magadalene - Passion of Christ

Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth

Would care to know my name

Would care to feel my hurt

Who am I, that the bright and morning star

Would choose to light the way

For my ever wandering heart…

Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin

Would look on me with love and watch me rise again

Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea

Would call out through the rain

And calm the storm in me

Not because of who I am

But because of what You’ve done

Not because of what I’ve done

But because of who You are

I am a flower quickly fading

Here today and gone tomorrow

A wave tossed in the ocean

A vapor in the wind

Still You hear me when I’m calling

Lord, You catch me when I’m falling

And You’ve told me who I am

I am Your’s

(Note: Who Am I lyrics by Casting Crowns; Photo from the movie Passion of Christ)

The Beauty of Fellowship

sunset

“As the waters cover the sea, so God’s love covers me.”

(Saving Grace by Hillsong United)

My life is like walking along the beach with the Lord.

Secrets are revealed as I walk through with Him.

Sometimes, there are more questions than answers.

But it’s okay; God is always ready to give assurance.

Every step brings me closer to my Father.

As we journey, the more I get to know Him.

As we wait for the sunset, the more I see Him for who he is.

It’s a date, then!

This is the date I got saved. Six years have gone so hasty, still, sometimes I feel it just happened yesterday. It was a liberating experience. That night when I accepted Christ in my life. That moment I wish I could have frozen in time.

And so I want to spend this day alone with God just like what I’ve got used to. I plan to read on His word. I wish I could be more creative in celebrating this. Next time, perhaps. He-he! Which made me also wonder, how do other believers celebrate their spiritual birthdays, or do they even remember the exact day when they got saved? I think what’s more important is how we live out that faith, anyway. So, it doesn’t really matter much, I guess.

Hmm…Anyway, I gotta go. I still have a day to celebrate. ^_^

Happy Spiritual Birthday to me!

Otanjobi Omedetou! Sayonara!

Something to Ponder

“No matter what the first part of your life looked like,

no matter who else you’ve loved or how you’ve lost,

no matter how you’ve sinned or suffered or slandered,

God’s irresistible love continues to come after you as well.

Through the pages of the Bible — we read of how He created us,

the mission He has to rescue our hearts,

the price He paid so we can be His.

No love on this earth could compare to the one He has boldly yet tenderly,

so methodically yet recklessly shown towards you.”

-Cindi McMenamin

Crisis of Faith

I remember the time when somebody said that there will come a time in a believer’s life where he will experience a spiritual dip. This is the point where he will experience things different from what he has learned to believe. Just then, I found myself nodding.

Time and again when I struggle, I wonder where God is. There’re just so many why’s during these days. I find almost every thing complicated to grasp. The lowest point is when His goodness in the past gets automatically forgotten, until all I can see is my pain. There I find myself messed up…again. Bigtime! (I know. I can be better than that.) This is the sad thing that most of us are inclined to do, because it’s easy to lose sight of the facts when we are hurting. But there is a way out; commitment with God would draw us out of ourselves.

There is one answer I realized on why God allow recurring trials to happen in one’s life. It is for the special reason that God cares so much about the state of our hearts. He wants to know if we are really genuine with our commitment to Him.

For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.

(1 John 3:20)

Faith is simply being tested, because it’s easy to be a Christian when things are going good, when all prayers are being answered. Praise is extremely effortless at moments like that. But when hard-hitting situation strikes you, when you feel that you don’t know what to do or what to believe anymore, that’s the time you will hold on to every single hope that you have. That’s when you will make the most solid, genuine prayer of your life! You will learn to pray hard, incredibly hard as if you have never prayed before!

Here is the truth that every one ought to know: God is not a convenience. He is neither a formula nor a genie. He did not also promise a struggle-free Christian life. What He promised was grace and mercy; and He has been faithful in keeping that.

As I go through trials, the more I understand that the only good thing about me is the goodness of the Lord. I don’t have power over so many things, but there is one thing I have absolute control of – MY RESPONSE. I can choose to respond in a Christ-like manner. I can choose to trust and obey.

I have shared this truth in the hope to remind that in brink of despair, God still cares. No matter what we are going through, no matter how we are suffering, God is busy thinking about you and me. He is concern in every single detail of our lives. Never EVER doubt that He cares.

When I consider your heavens,

the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars,

which you have set in place,

what is man that you are mindful of him,

the son of man that you care for him?

(Psalm 8:3-4)