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Hello friends!

I’ve been on a self-imposed hiatus in blogging. Why? Well…

First. I got married!
Second. I moved to another continent~~ the US of A
Third. My husband and I are now serving as a mission pilot (husband) and teacher (wifey) in Bolivia, South America.

Since I have a new life now, moving from “ME” to “WE”, ¬†I think a new blog would be appropriate. Don’t you think so? ūüôā Ok, so here’s the address of the new blog¬†about US and our ministry.

FrontLine Gospel Support International

Don’t forget to visit the “About Us” page and see what we are up to.
Bonus: You’ll see us together! ūüôā

 

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Whole Again

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“I praise the love that makes me whole again”

I come before the throne of God
My kneeling soul is filled with wond’ring awe
As the Savior’s tender mercy
heals the wounds of all my sin
I praise the love
that makes me whole again

I come in hope; I come in faith
To feel the touch of His redeeming grace
As I offer him my broken heart
He heals the hurt within
And I praise the love
that makes me whole again

Alleluia! my healing spirit cries
As He reaches out his hand to bid me rise
Alleluia! praise the Healer of all men
Who makes me more than what I was
And sees beyond what I am

And when I fall He lifts me up
Restores my soul, removes my bitter cup
For He heals my every heartache,
and He carries all my pain
And I praise the love
that makes me whole again

Early 2015 Miracle

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In November 8, 2014, ¬†I found used books in eBay that I wished to buy. I was excited and was about to purchased the books when I saw the unbelievably high shipping cost! ūüė¶ ¬†Disheartened, I posted the photos of them on my Facebook with the caption¬†that they were on my forever wish list.

Late that night, a friend in the US sent me a message asking for the link of the “eBay books.” I thought she also wanted to buy the books. But when I asked her, she simply said, ” I want it for you…”

Heart palpitating…..

You cannot imagine my reaction that time. It seemed that the world suddenly stopped for a moment to give me time to process what I’ve just read. She wanted to buy the books for me!

She bought the books, waited for them to be delivered, and 46 days later, the books were sent to me.

13 days later, I received the books.

I was floating in the air while I was driving home. I couldn’t think of anything else but to open the package and embrace all the contents.:-)

UNBOXING!

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I laid them all on the floor just so I could enjoy looking at all of them.:-)

Who would have thought that the simple wish would come true? I never thought or expected that God would grant me this wish immediately and in this manner. If that isn’t a miracle from God, I don’t know what it is. I’m very much convinced that God hears and cares for the little things that concern me/us. God really surprised me!

This is my best post-holiday gift ever! Thank you, Lord!

A Week of Prayer: Day 5 – Do We Really Have to Kneel When Praying?

“Both in public and in private worship, it is our privilege to bow on our knees before the Lord when we offer our petitions to Him. Jesus, our example, ‘kneeled down, and prayed.’ Luke 22:41.”

“Where have our brethren obtained the idea that they should stand upon their feet when praying to God?”

“Do not stand up in your Pharisaism and offer your prayers to God. Mistrust your own strength. Depend not in it; but often bow down on your knees before God, and worship Him.”

My answer to the question is Yes and No. There are numerous examples of people in the Bible who knelt when they’re praying.

Jesus Kneeling and prayingKneeling down is a the natural position when praying. As defined in my previous post, reverence in having a sense of God’s holiness. To have this sense would be enough to bow our knees if we could¬†and if there are no other reasons not to kneel.

Pharisees in Jesus’ time loves to stand and pray aloud in places where a lot of people could see them. Jesus, on the other hand, withdraw Himself from the multitudes and seek solitary places to pray on His knees.

We need to kneel when in:

  • Private and personal prayers
  • Small groups or Bible studies at home
  • Church services
  • When we are able to kneel

Let us always learn from our Bible heroes and from our greatest example, Jesus. Bowing our knees is a privilege and should be natural for us when we approach the Majesty of heaven.

We need NOT to kneel when:

  • Having business transactions
  • Transit or inside a vehicle
  • Walking¬†or on the street
  • Working outdoors
  • Sick or unable to move
  • Health problems that may cause pain or discomfort (especially for elderly people)
  • Public or crowded places

“We cannot always be on our knees in prayer, but the way to the mercy-seat is always open. While engaged in active labor, we may ask for help;¬†…The Christian can and will find time to pray. ” ~~ Counsels on Health, p423, 424

Although kneeling is the appropriate position when praying, there are circumstances that is just impossible for us to kneel. But it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible for us to pray.

“Pray without ceasing…”~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Otherwise indicated, all quotes are from, Power of Prayer, by EGW. 

Walk By Faith, Not By Sight

 

“Those who defer obedience till every shadow of uncertainty disappears and there remains no risk of failure or defeat, will never obey at all.¬†Unbelief whispers, “Let us wait till the obstructions are removed, and we can see our way clearly;” but faith courageously urges an advance, hoping all things, believing all things.”¬†

~~Patriarchs and Prophets, p290

A Week of Prayer: Day 4 – Thanksgiving and Rejoicing

“The melody of praise is the atmosphere of heaven; and when heaven comes in touch with the earth, there is music and song — ‘thanksgiving and the voice of melody.'” ~~ Education, p161

¬†“Song is a weapon that we can always use against discouragement.” ~~ Ministry of Healing, p254

My eldest brother once told me a story during a blackout. I was young then and was all ears listening to the story. Little did I know that it will turn out to be a scary one that made me scream and cry. He was reprimanded by our aunt for making me cry.

From then on, I hated scary stuffs. He also told me that whenever I am scared, I could just sing religious songs to drive away the bad angels. ¬†I thought that was just an excuse so he won’t have to get up and go¬†with me whenever I want to go to the bathroom at night.

I grew up and learned that it is actually true! Whenever we are happy and rejoicing in God’s love, the enemies are driven away. They just couldn’t¬†bear to see and hear us praising God in songs and in prayers. Thankfulness is the melody of our prayers. It is a sweet music to the ears of God, and it pleases Him.

Let rejoicing, thanksgiving and praise set the tone of our prayers.

 

A Week of Prayer: Day 3 – Humility and Reverence

“True reverence for God is inspired by a sense of His infinite greatness and realization of His presence.” ~ Education, p242

“Humility and reverence should characterize the deportment of all who come into the presence of God…” ~ Patriarchs and Prophets, p252

phariseeAndTaxCollectorWe can come before God in confidence that He will not forsake anyone who comes to Him in humility and faith, but we must not approach Him in arrogance or with presumption. We are not to treat Him as though He is on our level. It is sad to note that there are people who approach and address the omniscient, omnipotent and holy God, as they would approach their fellowmen or those inferior to them.

The seraphims and angels in heaven veil their faces when they approach God Almighty. Yet, the fallen, sinful human race, come before Him with proud countenance and arrogance. Demanding and expecting God to give them whatever they ask Him as if God is a genie in a bottle.

Whenever we come before God to pray, that time is sacred, because God is there. Our demeanor and attitude towards prayer should be that of utmost reverence. Oh, that we may be cautious when¬†we speak God’s name in prayer!

The first condition required to those who approaches God in prayer is humility and reverence. It is illustrated in the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in Luke 18:9-14:  Pharisees were Jewish spiritual leaders and were respected by people as holy men. While tax collectors were labeled as outcast, sinner and hated by the people.

Both men went to the temple to pray. The Pharisee boasted to God his perfect obedience to the law and self-proclaimed righteousness. The tax collector on the other hand, cannot even lift up his head but is ashamed of his sinfulness, asking God to forgive him.

Jesus said in verse 14, ‚ÄúI tell you that this man [tax collector], rather than the other [the Pharisee], went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.‚ÄĚ emphasis mine.

May we take this in our hearts and remember the next time we pray.

A Person Who Has No Talent(s)

As I was commenting on one of the blogs I visited, a certain phrase caught my attention and the 26 letters of the alphabet came flying and swirling all over my medium-sized brain. ¬†“A PERSON WITH NO TALENT(S)”

i-have-no-special-talentsI, myself, for half the years of my existence, was convinced that I have no talent(s). That’s the main reason I hated “Talent Night Show” in school or church programs. While most of my friends¬†could¬†sing, dance, play musical instruments or tickle everyone’s funny bones, I couldn’t do¬†any of those.

As I live and explore life, I met talented people. Exceptionally talented ones. I’m surrounded by friends who have not just one, but more talents than an average person has. My self-esteem lies just on the drainage level. I was envious of those who can confidently do a lot of¬†things. If only they could give me one of their talents, especially those who doesn’t appreciate it, I’d be the happiest person in the world!

Sometimes¬†you’ll be in a¬†situation where “you gotta to do what you gotta to do” or simply, “you gotta to do it because no one else will do it.” That’s when I started to discover what I’m capable of. At first, I cannot call it a talent, just a passion. I love doing and learning things about it because it’s what makes me happy and feel accomplished. I began to do it effortlessly that others began to notice. Those who noticed were the ones who actually said that it is my talent.

A new dawn has come. 

I discovered my talent!

The ¬†more I use it, especially to help someone, that more I learn and became good at it.¬†Others may call it a skill, because it is something I’ve learned to do. But for me, it is also a¬†talent because it is not only how you do it, but why you’re doing it.

Jesus-Christ-and-the-parable-of-the-talentsThis reminds me of the parable of the talents in Matthew 25: 14-30: Three persons were given by their Master, talents or in Bible times, money. To one, he gave 5 talents, to the other, he gave 2 talents, and to another 1 talent. The Master went away on a journey. While he was gone, the person who received 5 talents went at once and put his money to work and gain 5 more talents. So did the person who received 2 talents. But the one who received only 1 talent dug a hole and hid it.

When the Master came back, he asked about the talents he had given them. The two persons brought the talents they received and the amount¬†they’ve gained. ¬†The Master was delighted and put them in charge of many things. But the one who received and hid his talent was afraid and gave back¬†the 1 talent. The Master was angry because he was lazy and didn’t use what he was given. At the end, the 1 talent that he had, has been taken away and was given to the one who previously has 5 talents which became 10 talents.

MORAL LESSON: Whatever God¬†entrusted to us, we should use it, not for our own glory but to glorify the one who has given us. The more we use our talents, the more it will grow. If we don’t use it, we will lose it. Think of¬†an investment. The more we invest, the more we’ll gain. In the end, God will hold us accountable for what He has given us. What have we done to the things He has entrusted us. Are we¬†using it for His glory or for¬†exalting ourselves?

Now, I do believe that ALL of us have a talent or two. Some may have discovered it at an early age, others may not just be aware that they have it. One thing I know, for sure, the more you use it, the more it will grow. If you’re not using it, it will be taken away from you.

So, what’s your talent?