It’s been a quiet second half of 2015 for me here at wordpress. A lot has happened towards the end of 2015, all in God’s timing and grace.
I started learning and practicing brush calligraphy or modern calligraphy with the discovery of using those amazing brush pens. And it was truly a grace and a gift that I can use that new hobby and passion in lettering/writing to share the good news to people via my instagram account @djletters. The instagram account started off as my “shop” account which later turned into my lettering account. (: Hope to see you there! My shop account: @shop_pixiesnstardust
Then at work, what I have been praying for, God delivered in His own time and His own ways. Never had I imagined that it could end like this but it ended really amazing and beautiful. Truly, His thoughts and His ways are not ours and He knows BEST – taking care of each sheep in His flock, not letting a sparrow fall without His knowing. TRULY AMAZING FATHER! (: I may be out of job in a few days but He has secured me for the days to come and opened new doors and ways for me. As the reading from Isaiah today greeted me declared:
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. – Isaiah 43:19 NIV
Now I’ll be getting more free time than I used to and I am praying that I will be able to use them properly – for the fundraising for World Youth Day this coming July, for practicing and using my passions – lettering & writing – for His glory and for earning income and for the important matters in life. Truly 2015 has pushed me, led me and shown me how to walk by faith and not by sight and I pray that He will sustain me to do that this year as well. Prayers and desires in my heart I lift up to the Lord and though some of them seem impossible, I hold on to His faithfulness and His great ability to work in the impossibles of my life.
HAVE A WONDERFUL AND BLESSED 2016 EVERYONE!!!
Sometimes you just want to tell someone what has been happening, or write it down and hopefully someone will be interested to read it. But then again, nah! I don’t want to bore you with my life story. 😛
I’ve discovered Easter, I still walk in valleys at times, and desert on other times, yet I know very well my God is with me, always with me. And busy months followed Holy Week – Mission Sundays, weddings after weddings – but the most important event, I must say, would have to be the moment God told me that the hour has come and my salvation is nearer than thought of – this is in relation to the work I’m in for 12 years now. Few years back, I prayed hard for a decision I am trying to make and God gave me the word – to wait for harvest time. Just few months back, after being persecuted yet again in this job that I’m in, God gave me consoling words one after the other, day after day, capped off with the verse from Romans. So now I am looking forward to God’s fulfillment of this promise. 🙂
And I ask, whoever will come to read this, to also pray for me and for the next step I will be needing to make – to entrust my future to God. And if it is not too much to ask, kindly include us in your prayers so we can all make it to Krakow next year for the World Youth Day! 🙂 THANK YOU!
Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried you since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (Isaiah 46:3-4)
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There is a wonderful joy in obeying the Spirit, being led by the Spirit than being busy thinking our efforts make God happy. We please God not by being busy for Him but by being obedient to Him. Listen, listen carefully, and listen well.
We all get tired. But a man-pleaser finds himself busy and stressed out while a God-pleaser finds himself fruitful and happy. 🙂
To be hope.
As light at the end of a dark tunnel signifies an end of the dark claustrophobic journey.
To be life.
As light to a soil brings life to a seed buried in the ground.
To be joy.
As light brings smiles after a gloomy day.
To be truth.
As light exposes what the dark conceals.
As light cannot be hidden, it is by nature made to shine as far as its might can take it.
“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,
Isaiah 42:6 NIV
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on 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.
In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.
Last Wednesday, I got a Stargazer from the flower market on my way to work. It’s a flower I’ve always wanted to have beside me, cos of it’s wonderful color and fragrance. Little did I know I’d be reminded so much by this lily. More than just appreciating how lovely they are and how nice they smell, they reminded me of life’s brevity, God’s glory, God’s providence, and His amazing grace.
As I see a bud opens up, I’m reminded of Matthew 6:28-31. Why worry? See the beautiful flowers in the field, even in the short span of their life, how pretty the Lord has dressed them without them toiling that even Solomon was never dressed as lovely as them. How much more, then, that God will provide for us? It also showed me how these fragile creatures never hold back in showing off their beauty to bring glory to their Maker.
Today, one of the lily has withered and it reminded me of life’s brevity; that beauty is fleeting, what is important is to praise God (Proverbs 31:30); of God’s faithfulness in the frailty of this life (Isaiah 40:8); and the will of the Lord. (James 4:13-16).
It is in the little things, even the tiny flower that springs up from a crack in the pavement, that teaches us the greatest lessons. Often, it is in the things we take for granted. So always keep your eyes, ears and heart open, cos our Father is always speaking to us. (: