Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God… The help of my countenance and my God. (Psalm42:11) My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. (Psalm62:5) No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. (1Corinthians10:13) Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? (1Corinthians6:7) …not returning evil for evil… but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose… (1Peter3:9)
Scripture verses included in the post:
My soul exalts the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
-the mother of Jesus;
-sinful human just like us;
-declaring her need for a Savior which God [and only God] can supply.(Luke 1:46-47)
Praises and glory to God alone! <3
If there is anything in me that shouts desire to see You glorified here, and to the ends of the earth; when my soul sings of Your mercy; when my being thirsts for more of You, my King; when I’m just so thrilled about experiencing You and seeing Your Word come to life in me… it’s because You have given me new eyes and new life to have the ability to treasure You.. God, humble my heart before You, that I may always acknowledge that it’s never from myself whenever I seek You.
Glad to be back home yesterday. I look like I went out of town because of the scarves and the many jackets and pajamas I brought. It was freezing from where I stayed for more than a week! It was still really a blessing to me though I was mostly alone during daytime. :) Like a semi-rest and retreat. The Lord had done wonderful things in my heart while I stayed there. I trust that He honored His Name despite my limitations. He is such a purposeful and personal God! And while I can’t imagine how some of my prayers can be answered, He most certainly knew how He would let them come to pass in a very natural way. Amazing. Things that I cannot imagine (but prayed for a few years ago) just happened before my eyes effortlessly according to His providence. Well, just as He said, His ways and thoughts are really higher than our ways and thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9) This is the God that I am worshipping! :)
I’m horrible at composing songs.. but I love it and certainly miss doing so.. Why did I ever stop? No one has to hear them anyway, right? :) Especially if I’m singing it for my Lord. :)
Typhoon Haiyan in My Home Country
But as I look at these images, one by one.. I feel the Lord speaking to me His very words in Isaiah 42:8, “I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols." And it let me stop and think.. What, Lord, are we Filipinos, giving glory and praise to more than You directly and who You really are as you said in Your Word? And a lot of things came to mind from our country.. Then I realized that in God’s power, He does not need people, but people need Him since He Himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25). ..
Before I ask the Lord about the reason for this, I realized that (1) God is perfect and pure and wise and powerful and great and He is Holy above all! Then, (2) because man is utterly sinful in thoughts, desires and deeds, none of us deserve anything good from the Creator God. In fact, (3) each of us deserve eternal punishment even as I type this. The Lord is still full of mercy that He is still not wiping us all away from the face of the earth. I’m amazed of His patience! We are all rebels in His sight. These are some things that we already forgot.. Despite what we can see in the news, I believe that God is doing a lot of much better things that media cannot cover right now. I believe that He is calling a lot of people to Him, to trust not in the good things that they do nor in the rituals that they perform. But to call on the Name of Jesus.. **To trust Him fully and to turn away from sins that though they are affected materially, times of refreshing may come to their hearts.. A peace that surpasses understanding in Christ Jesus alone may be in their hearts.. (Philippians 4:7)
O, Church, arise! Lord, help us see this as an opportunity to advance Your Kingdom through much much much prayer, helping hands, donation of basic needs. Teach us to share and live Jesus through the aid of Lord Holy Spirit.
One of the dearest friends that I met at AFMConference. :) Mariya, I’m so blessed about how the Lord is working in your life! I thank Him for our short discipleship time as well. One of our precious moments was praying for each other and hugging a lot. Haha. :) Thank you for the chatting time and lobby walks during one of our nights there. I asked the Lord to let me meet Japanese people in the conference, but He gave me sweet friendships. Lord bless you as you serve him back in your home country! Love you! ^_^ ありがとう！<3