When I realized how lost this world is, how much God my Father has loved it, and how little I prayed for this world, my heart fell. He wants us not only to go out to preach but also to pray for those who need to hear the Gospel of Christ. I pray that I would pray not only for my personal relationship with the Lord but also for everyone for whom our Lord and Savior Jesus died.
About two weeks ago, my church kids and I put the puzzle pieces that have unique designs,various colors, and our names on our wall. We were talking about how each individual has different roles and gifts that he or she plays in a church (1Cor. 12) and how we, all together, are the body of Christ, the church.:) We are going to add more puzzles as more kids come to become the parts of the body !
So many times we focus on things that have not gone well for us. We look at circumstances that stress and discourage us rather than looking at the surroundings that are, in themselves, miracles. We take so many things for granted when we shouldn’t. So today I wrote down things that I easily forget to be grateful for, and God reminded me how blessed I am and encouraged me greatly.
These are some of the blessings I wrote down on my journal.
He gave me breath and another day, He gave us the Sun and beautiful weather that is not hot. He also gave us winds to blow and the clouds on the sky. He gave me ears to hear, mouth to eat, eyes to see, nose to smell, feet to stand, hands to write, and both of my legs and both of my arms. He also gave me health. He gave me food for today, water to drink, clothes and shoes to wear, a car to drive and protected me on road. He gave me His Word and heart to read and follow it. He revealed Himself to me and allowed me to have a relationship with Him. He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Spirit to help me believe. He gave me financial problems so that I may have compassion for the needy. He helped me rejoice in the time of troubles. He gave me the opportunity to study and gave me the job. He gave me an amazing family, both of my parents and my younger brother………………and He created me. I am thankful for my existence.
As I was writing them down, I could not hold my tears. There are much more than what I wrote. I was and I am so thankful for everything He has given me and has done for me. It was very precious moment to remind myself how much God has loved me, and that moment encouraged me deeply.
I hope you take a moment just to think about the blessings He has given you and be encouraged and comforted by God, who loves you much more than you can ever imagine!
On last Sunday, God spoke to my heart how I should be celebrating Christmas, the day our LORD Jesus Christ came to the earth to save the fallen humanity. Jesus Christ, who is in nature equal to God, gave up every right and privilege and humbled himself, in the form of human being, came to the world we are living. Plus, even his birth was not luxury or fancy in any way. When Jesus was born, there was not even one room in the inn for Him. When Jesus Christ, our LORD, the Savior, was born, He was wrapped in cloths and placed in a manger.
Although I knew all about this, it was not until lately that I truly understood and realized what I, as a Christian, should do to glorify God in the season of Christmas. Whenever people think about Christmas, probably the first thing comes to their minds would be fancy Christmas tree decorated with pretty ornaments, Christmas lights on streets, Christmas gifts, their beloved family, and Christmas carols.
Then, where is Jesus Christ?
“10 But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.'”
(Luke 2:10-14 NIV)
The birth of Jesus Christ was glory to God and peace to men. Christmas must be glory to God and peace to men. On Christmas, Christians should be glorifying God by sharing the good news of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ and what He had accomplished for the salvation of fallen humanity. We have to share the love of Christ. We have to go and meet the needy, as Christ came here to meet us. There are so many people starving on Christmas day when we have so much fun with people we love. There are so many people crying out of agony in their hearts just because they do not know Christ. Christmas is not a day for our entertainment, but for the glory of God.
I pray that I would not forget what God taught me about Christmas and that I would celebrate next Christmas with those who need Christ and His love. Merry Christmas, everyone !
On the last blog I wrote that God spoke to my heart to seek Him and promised me that He will be my stronghold in times of trouble. This time I want to share with you how God has been faithful to His promise in my life.
At that time, I was very anxious about and tired of the growing financial burden in my life. I did not and still do not have a job to meet my daily needs. However, after realizing that I needed to rely on His strength and trust Him that He would meet my financial needs, I repented of being anxious when God had already promised for His provision and had already been faithful in keeping the promise up to that point without failing. Then, I prayed that He would help me rely on Him and focus on the things that He has called me to do and that I would pray when I become worried. And, of course, I prayed for His provision.
That day I sent out emails to various places on campus where I am studying now, looking for any possible openings. I received feedbacks soon, but none of them was hiring at that point. Being little discouraged, I was becoming anxious again. I admit that I am such a weak person. But because I am weak, I prayed, again, for His help. “LORD, I know You are aware of my needs and I know You have already prepared things I need. Help me be patient and be able to wait without becoming anxious. Help me completely trust You. You are my strength.” Peace from God started filling my heart, and, soon, were the anxiety and discouragement removed from my heart.
The next day, I received few more feedbacks from other offices saying there is no opening at that time. But I did not get discouraged this time because I remembered God had been faithful and will be faithful forever. Few hours later, I opened my email again. (Being a student, I check my email pretty often as you can see! ha) There I found emails from few websites that I surf sometimes and an email from one of the campus offices.
The email said that there was no openings in the office; however, the person who wrote the email said that she would like to see me so that if she hear about any new openings she might be able to introduce me to the employers on campus. So, I had an opportunity to talk and get to know her, and she has been helping me greatly ever since then. (I want to thank her every time I think about her) In fact, with her help, I had an opportunity to talk to one of the employers on campus, and I might get a job pretty soon !
Yet, that was not everything.
On the day I sent out emails, when I was so exhausted, on my facebook, I wrote, “NEEDS A JOB!” That night, somebody sent me a message asking if I was interested in working in an international trading company as a translator. With my status, I am not allowed to work off campus. Plus, I did not even know any company that would hire me. I wrote him back a message saying that I can’t work off campus. The next day, I got another message from the same person saying “Let me know if I can help.”
When I read the message, I thought that was somewhat funny because, I thought, anybody who could really help me would be somebody working at my school. I asked him, “How could you help me?” At that time, I did not expect anything to happen. However, I received an unexpected response from him, “Let me know if it is okay to give you a gift. You can pay me back by helping someone else in the future.”
A gift? For a few minutes I did not know what to say or how to respond. I had never been offered any gift like this, and he and I barely knew each other (this is still true). In response to his message, I told him that I had been praying for God’s provision and that if He moved his heart to help me in this season I thank Him for using his hands to meet my needs and thank him for helping. So, the next day, I received the gift that could meet my urgent financial needs at that time. Once again I realized that God is able and powerful and makes things that seem to be impossible possible. After that incident, I received another gift from someone anonymously.
All these happened within the last few weeks.
I just wanted to share how God has been faithful in my life, hoping that this story might encourage people who are going through difficulties in life. Let’s remember that God knows what we need and wants us to depend on Him and take refuge in Him. God is faithful. The faithful God who has been with me will be with you, too!
Thanksgiving week is almost over, but I will not cease to give thanks to Him. And I want to invite everyone to give thanks to our faithful God :)