Friday, July 29, 2011

He works in mysterious ways...

inspiration: encouraged by the fact that God cannot be predicted.

confession: i've always been skeptical of the concept of meeting my future husband online.
confession: i have been and to a degree still am skeptical about the concept of online dating.

truth: God works in mysterious ways.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts."

(Isaiah 55:8-9)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

faith without works is dead.

inspiration: tonight's message at theWell

tonight, we went through Romans 2:5-11 and focused on how as believers, we are judged by God. but as believers, we aren't judged for our salvation - once we believe, we are saved by our faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) - but we are judged by our actions.

Ernest spoke about how God judges our faith by our actions and how our faith is proven by our obedience. it kind of pricked my heart tonight. are my actions displaying my faith??

Saturday, July 23, 2011

purity: culture vs. church

inspiration: a topic that i'm quite passionate about: purity

the next chapter in our small group study book is entitled "In Search of a Soul Mate: Finding Mr. Right". i, along with the rest of the group, am excited about this section because i'm pretty sure we could spend hours upon hours upon hours discussing relationships, marriage, men, etc. (and chances are we will and i'm excited about that!).

granted, this wasn't meant to be an all-inclusive chapter of everything related to relationships, marriage, etc., but as i was reading through it, the last section (the topic was chastity) really brought up a lot of thoughts into my mind.

it seems like the word is almost archaic in today's culture and almost taboo in the church world, but it's something that's vitally important to anyone and everyone that wants to get married: purity.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Christians get amnesia

inspiration: a conversation from SHE-Retreat back in May and an idea that i always forget.

a girl in my break-out group at the SHE-Retreat a couple months back shared this with us:

"hold out your arms in front of you.
this is the furthest God will ever be away from you because this is as far as you can push Him."

this concept is totally true in my life. i try to push God away.
i try my hardest to do things my way.
i get amnesia.
forgetting that He is in control.
forgetting that without Him, i am lost.
forgetting that even though we live in a broken world, He has restored us.
forgetting that even when things look hopeless, He has a plan.

lately, i've been in the "how am i possibly going to get through this..." phase, and completely forgotten that i serve a God who is in absolute control.

He has a plan
Nothing that has happened has caught Him by surprise.

He will provide
He always has and He promises that He always will.

He is in control
i am not in control. i may want to try to be, but ultimately, i am like a morning mist and God is eternal. i serve Him, not the other way around.

i can try and push Him away.
i can try and deny His plans for me.
but i can't.
God is always with me.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

a woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ....

inspiration: two months into my "one-year challenge"

so, i'm two months into my "one year challenge". about a month ago, i took a huge leap and deleted some people as Facebook friends who were keeping my heart from being truly devoted to preparing my heart for my future husband. not going to lie, it was a difficult thing to do and wrestling with my season of singleness has been hard at times, but i finally feel at peace with everything.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

iron sharpens iron.

inspiration: Proverbs 27:17

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."
(Proverbs 27:17)

i, honestly, hadn't heard the reference "iron sharpens iron" until i heard about a conference for men on the radio a couple weeks ago. but now i feel like the "iron sharpens iron" reference has come up a lot for me lately.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

a few answered prayers.

inspiration: a few answered prayers.

sometimes i get so caught up in the "gotta-do-this-gotta-do-that" moments of life that i forget to truly take time to reflect on what God's doing in my life and how He is using me.

it's hard to think that He would even want to use a crazy asian like me to reach other people and to connect with other believers. i'm pretty much the definition of a "hot mess" sometimes. i stress out too easily and i'm horribly guilty of "Christian amnesia" (i always forget that God's in control and He will come through for me!)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

blessings in disguise.

inspiration: taking time to reflect on the last six months of my life.

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven" -Ecclesiastes 3:1

...and this morning was the time that Adrian (my car) died -- well technically it was last night, but we didn't know how bad she was til this morning. (you can read what happened last night HERE).

but this turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it meant that i was able to get a new car :)

Friday, July 8, 2011

i'd sure hate to break down here...

inspiration: trying to rejoice in the midst of hard times...(btw, the title are the lyrics to a song called "Break Down Here" by Julie Roberts

so i got to see my lovely friend Kasey from back home tonight!
we went and had an amaaaazing meal at Amalfi's and it was fun to hang out and catch up!

but when i took her back to the hotel, i went inside to meet her mom; and when i came back out to leave, my car wouldn't start :(
it's frustrating because i've invested a lot in my car as far as repairs go; it's almost paid off and i'm sincerely hoping i will still be able to drive it for a long while after it's paid off...

but the dealership i have to have my car towed to (per my insurance company) is closed and they can't tow it there until in the morning. again, frustrating.

but i'm very lucky...

Sunday, July 3, 2011

letting it go. again.

inspiration: tenth avenue north's "let it go"

i've been struggling again with accepting where God has me now.
it's been easy to become bitter and resentful for not having a "special someone", especially when a handful of really good friends are getting married soon. or are engaged. or in healthy happy relationships.
not going to lie, it makes singleness much more difficult.

you are faithful God

inspiration: devotionals, songs, and Greg's sermon

this morning, i had a "kairos" moment with God.
i was worshiping at Seacoast, as i do every Sunday morning, singing a song that we sing frequently. the chorus goes:

"faithful God, faithful God
constant source of never failing love
always true to Your word and promise
You are faithful God."

the words are so simple.
the concept is so "easy".
yet when it comes to living it out and trusting what it says is a much different story.