Place Your Life Before God

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

When I read these translations of Romans 12:1-2 I was so amazed at how down to earth and practical these verses are. 

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Words of encouragement

Do you feel so overwhelmed by your limitations? by what other people can do? by others “upper hand” compared to yours?
You may feel you don’t have the connections you really need, or the money, friends, family, anything you can named of.

But hey, don’t just look at your problems, they may be great, they may seem so huge and never ending, but switch your focus on your blessings. I’m not trying to be cliche, but wait a minute. let’s think about these things with me

Do you still have complete set of eyes? If Yes, then give thanks and use those pair of eyes to pay attention to what will benefit your life the most
Instead of sulking of not having the latest trend of make up palettes, or the newest iphone 6, or any other things that held most prominent places in your life, why not be grateful for those pair of eyes? if they aren’t there, you won’t be able to enjoy your phone, your hobby, your makeup, etc etc right?
Do you still be able to enjoy meals 3 times a day? (unless you are on a diet!) then give thanks! and try to find something you can do to share your blessing with the one who is terribly hungry right now? why not buying some snacks or a set of Mc donalds and give to someone who has to trimmed down his meal as his wages used for buying milk for his baby or for paying his child’s school fee?

Remember it’s happier to give than to receive, and you’ll be happier as you give and bless people who need your help, in comparison as having all the stuffs that you want, coz no matter how many stuffs we own, they don’t even seem to be enough. there will always be new trends, new “needs” that is not really a need actually, and our wish list will be never ending.

Matthew 25:40 New International Version (NIV)

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Luke 6:38 New Living Translation (NLT)

38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.[a]”

so what kind of blessing are you going to be today?

Have a blessed day everyone
-luz-

Just a little thought from workplace

If I take a look back at my life, how was I when I’m only a little girl, when I was a rebellious child, full of myself, so selfish, only care about what I want and never consider other party’s feeling or need. I also take a look back at the journey God lead me until I am what I am now, still far from perfect, of course, yet I know deep down in my soul that wonderful what You’ve done in my life, and I realize it so much until no more “thanks” can be uttered…

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary,I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 1 Cor 15:10

Jesus, You are everything to me, no one can replace Your presence in my life, nothing can ever be compared with You, with Your love, Your presence, Your amazing faithfulness, Your patience, Your grace, Your glory…..

This is my prayer Lord, keep me in Your presence forever more, let me know Your heart more, fulfill Your purpose in creating me, make me a woman after Your own heart, whose heart beats like Your own, for one SINGLE PURPOSE, and it is the HIGHEST PURPOSE of all, to PLEASE YOU MORE AND MORE, until I come to see You face to face.  Amen

Quiet time

I just want to share my experience about how can we refresh our souls after being in a very tiring day, which is defined as the day full of annoying stuffs, people, etc, or the busy day, or any day that left us feeling drained and lost our joy (just see this like you put some frown instead of smile in your face).

at least in my experience, I always find a place to confide in God’s presence. I know it’s sound too abstract, or too spiritual for some people, but wait until you get the taste of being in God presence, and let Him soothes you with His love, His assurance, His almighty power, His glory. When I got to REST in HIS presence, my annoyance suddenly banished, I feel energized again, my soul being refreshed by the spring of His Word, and as we know that our thoughts can determine our feelings, and our feelings actually will shape our attitude. You can’t have a good and pleasant attitude when your thought isn’t right? Wouldn’t you agree?

My hospital shift quiet time

 

This is a photo I took yesterday, when I was having two shift at one in the hospital. It has been awesomely tiring and annoying day, with so many complaints, calls, and hectic stuffs. Finally when I got my time to breathe (very hyperbolic, >< sorry, teehee) I remembered I haven’t finished reading my part of Bible study that day, then I decided to read it, and turned out that it was the most valuable thing to do when you feel so drained, like the life is just sucked up from your souls, then come rest in His presence, just like Jesus said in Matt 11:28

Matthew 11.28

Go find Him in His sanctuary, hear what He wants to tell you, do what He wants you to do, shake off those unnecessary loads and trust Him to do HIS PART of the story.

God bless!

 

Faith in “Failure”

It is hard to keep in faith when we face difficult times, when what we hope for doesn’t happen, when we think we have failed, and when things get hard to understand. But in these times, instead of believing what we feel, we should make a decision to believe what God says in His Word.

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A Person of Purpose

We need to have purpose in everything that we do, if not we will left feel empty and pointless. Most of the time, we want instant gratification of our desires, why wouldn’t we? we like that feeling of satisfaction, of having our “current needs” fulfilled. Yet is that the way it should be? Continue reading

The power behind the word ALL

This small word “ALL” can be easy enough to be forgotten, yet hold such a wondrous strength within itself in meaning. The word “ALL” changes everything when you put it in its proper place in a sentence.

Romans 11:36

36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. [For all things originate with Him and come from Him; all things live through Him, and all things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him.] To Him be glory forever! Amen (so be it).

Eph 4:6 (NIV)

one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

1 Pet 5:7 (AMP)

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you.

1 Cor 10:31 (NIV)

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Do you see it (All)? Don’t us tend to overlook this powerful word?

He knows ALL things, He has ALL powers, He is the Creator of ALL, He is the Ruler of ALL, He is King over ALL, He is OVER ALL, THROUGH ALL and IN ALL!

He knows ALL your weakness, He understands ALL your fear, anxieties, whatever you can mention, He holds ALL answer to your questions, prayers, anything. He loves you with ALL the love you long for….. this can goes on and on  and on (and I think ALL has no limitation, or has it? the limit is…. ALL there is)

and only Him can fulfill ALL your needs! yes He may do that with people, yes He may reach you through your loved ones, yes He might have approached you with His blessings, but the bottomline is HE works THROUGH ALL of it.

I once read a wonderful statement, and I might have missed it unless I took some time to ponder its meaning.

It sounds like this:

“Give God your ALL, and let HIM be your ALL in ALL”

let the very dear one who reads this post, also ponder its meaning in your own life!