Happy Birthday to Me

imageThank you for giving me another year of life. No celebration, no cake, no gifts, I am grateful though for the inner peace in spite of our current situation. Today I am reminded of so many things.

Life is very short.

Meeting You is getting nearer. Each day past is one less of the number You set for me.

Time is precious.

Material things are just but “things”, having You is having everything.

Each day is a gift and an opportunity to glorify and seek you.

I want You more than anything else in this world.

If you ever ask me to choose between riches and salvation of my entire family, I will choose the latter.

And here’s my birthday wish:

First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord ?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name. (Proverbs 30:8, 9 NLT)

I wrote 38 things that I’m thankful for, yes I’m 38 years old.

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Jesus

Salvation

Parents

Husband

Children

Sister,nephew, brother-in-law

Grandmother

Aunties/uncles

Cousins

Relatives

In-laws

Friends I met in high school, college, my former work, my church(Philippines/HK/China), China, social networking, ACM

Best friends

Godchildren

Pastors

Former bosses

Degree

12 years of being an auditor

Traveling

Country/nationality

China

Second life

Savings

Trials

Problems

Struggles

Imperfection

Wisdom

Grace

Weakness

Strength

Provision

Protection

Health

Church

Life

Prayer-partners

Body/age

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So teach me to number my days, That I may present to You a heart of wisdom. (Psalms 90:12)

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I am not making Christ at Home in His Temple

“Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong” Ephesians 3:17 (NLT)

Wow, I haven’t read this verse like this before, it gave me fresh revelation. Oh yes, it seems hard for Christ to dwell in my heart if I couldn’t fully trust Him. It’s just like allowing someone whom I couldn’t  trust to stay in my home. That person surely is not comfortable and at the same I am not comfortable. By trusting Christ completely I am making Him at home in me.

“Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong”

As I trust in Him, He will reveal Himself to me and one thing He wants to tell, is how much He loves me. Knowing and experiencing His love follows everything, it drives out fear, it makes me hate sin, it makes me want to please Him more, it gives me self-control. Knowing and experiencing His love  breaks greediness and makes me content. Experiencing His love stops me from grumbling and gives me a grateful heart.

Father, I want your Holy Spirit to feel comfortable in me, I am your temple, I am the Holy ground where you have chosen to dwell. I think I am not really trusting you completely. I still have this fear, doubt, greediness, bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred, etc, in my heart. I think I am not really letting you move freely in your temple. Forgive me Lord. From now on I will make  you feel at home by trusting you completely.

Oh yes, I think I’m not really conscious that Someone is dwelling in me. Someone is home in me. A King is dwelling in me. The God of the universe is dwelling in me. Ha? How could I not realize that before.

How can I be powerless if a King is residing in me. I must be powerful. How can I feel inferior if the Lord of the universe is dwelling in me. I must have confidence. Oh yeah I am powerful, I am confident. I can do all things because Someone is giving me strength. How come I sometimes feel unworthy and lonely? How come I sometimes view myself as weak, loser, poor, etc, etc?  Hey someone very powerful is residing in me. Someone who can do anything and everything is dwelling in me. The GOD of the universe chose to reside in me. How LIBERATING to know that.

I ain’t nobody, I am somebody. I am rich, I am powerful, I can influence others. I can usher others. I am not weak, I am not a loser and I am not poor. My worth is more than the worth of the owner of Apple, Microsoft and Facebook. Am I hallucinating? No, that’s the truth. It is the truth.

I will not settle for less. The King is residing in me. I can do all the things He has called me to do. I am able because He is. I am not inferior. I am powerful no matter what others think about me or what the enemy is telling me. THE TRUTH is SOMEONE is dwelling in me and He is far more powerful than them. I am strong and powerful, that’s the FACT.

i am not

I AM in control of everything, i am not.

I AM the same yesterday, today and forevermore, i am not.

I AM the sustainer and provider, i am not.

I AM the creator of everything, i am not.

I AM the Savior, i am not.

I AM the great healer, i am not.

I AM true to my promises, i am not.

I AM  faithful, i am not.

I AM the true GOD.

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Doing Everything for The Glory of God

From time to time I am thinking about how much our life had changed since we got married and started a family. Our hope and dream to be in the front line was sidetracked and put on hold.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, I love my daughter, indeed she brings joy and blessings to our lives and another blessing is coming, 11 weeks from now I’ll be giving birth to our second child. But sometimes I thought of just how much of my time is spent in our house. We rarely go out anymore. I envied those women who are doing full-time in the ministry especially those missionaries. I stopped teaching in the Sunday School since I gave birth. I couldn’t even stay long in the church every Sunday to listen to the preaching because my daughter sometimes is noisy and I need to bring her out.
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Soon, I’ll be taking care of a toddler and a baby, couldn’t help but think….. can I ever go back to the ministry. I used to feel fulfilled when I did some ministries.

I am thanking the Father for reminding me of this verse, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31

Being a wife to my husband and mother to my children are major part of my ministry. Whether I am at home taking care of my family, doing household chores, changing diaper, breastfeeding, bringing my daughter to the park, etc, etc… or sharing the gospel, it should be done with joy and grateful spirit.

I should do everything for the glory of God.

Father, you have a purpose for everything, thank you for the family you have given me. Thank you for giving me a loving husband, a lovely daughter and letting me pregnant again. Instead of thinking about the past, may You give me the grace to embrace completely the life I have now. Help me to minister to my family for your glory. Amen!

My thankful list for this week….. I am thankful for the following:

#73 opportunity to share the gospel again

#74 the pizza I made and the bread that my husband made

#75 reminding me not to forget the keys everytime I go out

#76 the public transportation, it’s convenient to commute, with the subways and buses

#77 thankful that a friend working in the middle east was given a free airplane ticket so she could visit her family back home on July

#78 for the good weather, I can go out for a walk and my daughter can play also outside

#79 the seven stars we saw in the sky the other night, rarely you see them here because of the pollution

#80 bread machine my husband bought

#81 a husband who’s helping me at home, he’s cooking and washing dishes

#82 that the result of my tests are all great

#83 a healthy baby in the womb

#84 for a sister who is celebrating her birthday today

This post This post has been submitted to this week’s Gratitude post with Ann Voskamp and to Thankful Thursday with Iris.

Thankful Thursday-He is Awesome

Just few days ago, fears,worries and doubts were attacking me. I felt unsatisfied; I felt that I have so little, I was coveting something. I felt like I was near the cliff, just a little move and I would fall.Like the Israelites I felt like I’m still heading to the promise land and it was pretty tiring. As I was pondering  I felt God’s presence filling me, I suddenly felt joy; the Holy Spirit filled my thoughts with wonderful things and reminded me of His faithfulness and promises. Oh I how I thank you Jesus for your amazing love.

God reminded me that I have everything I need to live a life that pleases Him; he gave me great and marvelous promises that His nature would be part of me.

Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received!  We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you – your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust. 2 Peter 1:3-4 The Message

I almost forgot that the Lord God has forgiven my sins and that is the best gift that I ever have. And that the greatest worry that I should ever have, that is my sins has been solved and forgiven. Can He not able to give other things that I need? Absolutely He can, actually it has been because WHATEVER I NEED IT HAS BEEN PROVIDED,

Thank Lord Jesus for you are an overflowing God, your grace, mercy, love and provisions are overflowing.

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Happy New Year Everyone

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Two more days and we’ll be facing another year, oh how time flies so quickly. There is so much to be thankful for 2010, the blessings, the healing, the learning experiences, love ones, people whom we met even the trials and problems we encountered, the failures and mistakes we made. Whether good or bad, one thing I’m sure of, God uses every happening to accomplish His divine purpose in my life. Do we have regrets? I guess we have especially with the bad choices we made, but one thing I know in God there’s no junk, He uses every significant or insignificant moment in our life to accomplish His will.

We believe the best is yet to come, The Father wants us to accomplish more, He wants to extend our territories, He is pushing back our horizon, He has plan for us and that plan is great. Sometimes fear is attacking us nevertheless we thank the Father for He replaces it with excitement, He’s giving us an expectant heart, He’s giving us joy to face the future. Right now we are submitting ourselves to the sovereign will of the Father that we may say with confidence that all things, yes in all things- He works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

May His promises fill your heart with joy and excitement as you face the New Year. Happy New Year Everyone!

Isaiah 55:11-13

So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth ; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

“For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace ; The mountains and the hills willbreak forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

“Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up, And instead of the nettle the myrtle will comeup, And it will be a memorial to the LORD, For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”

Linking up with Iris  at Grace Alone for her Thankful Thursday.

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Thankful Thursday

 

There are many things to be thankful for, I am full of gratitude that complains and murmurs have no place in my heart. Have you ever been so full of gratitude that there were no words to express how you feel? That’s how I feel right now. Maybe if you can see us now you might think, what are you thankful for? I really don’t know, our life is simple though. But still I feel like we have so much to be thankful for.  My heart says we are so blessed beyond measure.

I just want to thank everyone who is praying for and with us. I thank God for your life. Oh how I am grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ for what He’s doing in our life, particularly in my life, He’s revolutionizing my heart and I really appreciate and enjoying it.

Worship is a lifestyle and so with thankfulness. When you’re living a Christ centered life and everyday you are aware of how much He loves you, gratitude comes naturally even in your worst situation, you don’t need any reason to be thankful for, He’s enough reason for you to have a grateful heart.

Being thankful is not a feeling, it is a character, it is what Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, In everything give thanks because it pleases Him when we do that.

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TSMSS-You are Good

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Oh Lord I want to bask in your love for the rest of my life. Your love makes me hate my sin more and more. Your goodness, Your grace, Your mercy strengthen me more to cleanse and purify my heart with all the things that is not pleasing to you. Thank you Father for your unfailing love.

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