In A Nutshell: My 2014 Blogging

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.

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While I’m Waiting

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Have you ever prayed to God so much that it hurts every time it does not come to happen? I have.

Some would pray for financial stability. Some for emotional healing. Some for reconciliation. And for my case, a partner in life. We all have those “desires” that we pray for but never seem to be answered. And we feel that God forgets and will never answer at all.

My mentor once asked me this question: “How do you rejoice in the Lord even in circumstances you don’t like?” That was a tough one. Honestly, I don’t. My natural response is to question God’s love for me. All throughout my walk with God, once God took away the desires of my heart, I find it hard to “rejoice” in Him. I always ended up bitter, angry, and rebellious. I strayed for a while and then came back to God once I recovered. It’s been a really long cycle for so many years. And it’s been a sign of my weak faith. However, after going through so much of that cycle of pain, I have come to trust Him.

Recently, that cycle happened again. But this time around, my response wasn’t bitterness, anger, nor rebellion. Don’t get me wrong. It was still as painful as before–more painful, actually, but my response was different. By God’s grace, these realizations were revealed to me:

If God loves me so much, then He must want what’s best for me. Before, the initial response was to question God’s love for me. I used to think, “If God allowed this to happen, then He must not love me at all.” But all along, I’ve been living under God’s love and I’ve taken it for granted. In my devotions, Luke 12:6-7 spoke to me saying,

6Are no five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. 7Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”

I am valuable. I am loved. I am a Child of God. It might be difficult to believe it but it’s true. When you rest in that truth that God loves you that much to the point of sending Jesus to die on the cross, then you can trust His heart.

If God is all-knowing, then He must know what He’s doing. Let’s look at it this way, if you find it hard to trust in God’s heart, then look at His hands. He is God. How could a God like Him who created the entire universe not know what He’s doing? So what’s the use of doubting? What’s the use of thinking that God made a mistake? With this in mind, you can trust His hands.

If God is gracious, then He must have enough to heal me. This realization is the hardest to digest. For you to fully understand God’s grace, you must need it badly. You must ask for it sincerely. And we can only do this when we are in complete desperation. I only came to know God’s grace when my heart got broken so bad a few years ago. Nothing can heal the pain and emptiness I felt for every day of that period. I was as good as dead, or as a zombie. No life. No smiles. Nothing. And in prayer, I could only plead for God’s grace to heal me and sustain me. It says in 2 Corinthians 12:9,

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

His grace was indeed enough to get me through the pain each day. And it was only in my weakness have I felt Gods power work in my life. It was my desperation that made me recognize God’s grace. And this time around, I knew I could trust in His grace.

And while I’m waiting for God’s answer to my prayers, all I could do is to serve Him, worship Him, and run the race. If you could listen to John Waller’s song “While I’m Waiting,” it will tell us what we must do during this time of waiting:

I’m waiting
I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead,
bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience
While I’m waiting
I will serve You
While I’m waiting
I will worship
While I’m waiting
I will not faint
I’ll be running the race
Even while I wait

I’m waiting
I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it’s not easy
But faithfully, I will wait
Yes, I will wait

Serve Him.

Worship Him.

Run the race for Him– boldly, confidently, and without fainting.

You may listen to the song at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb7TSGptd3Y .

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5 Insights on “Growing Deep In God” (by Edmund Chan)

Growing Deep In GodHaving read this book “Growing Deep in God” for the second time around, I have learned some new insights about prayer, God, and my current ministries. Allow me to share 5 insights I gained:

Insight # 1 – Prayer is God-Centered, not Me-Centered.

Prayer to me at first was remembering that God is the God of how much more. He’s always willing to give me what I need. And He loves me enough to provide what I need. What a me-centered thought! I failed to realize that the most important point of prayer was God’s character. Continue reading

The “Selfie” Generation

If you’ve taken a photograph of yourself (often using a webcam or mobile phone) and have intentionally uploaded that photo on a social networking site (FB, Instagram, etc.), then you’ve probably done a “Selfie.”

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Now, let’s be honest here.

Who doesn’t like to be in control of his/her own image? Instead of having your friends tag you in your most embarrassing pose, you’d rather upload a photo that people would Like. Ideally, you’d rather have a picture that’s been photosho—I mean, filtered to your standards, right? Your own image and how others perceive it is important, and not necessarily narcissistic. Or is it?

According to Joel Stein (2013), those born from year 1980 to 2000 (including me) deserve to be called The “Me Me Me Generation.” With hard facts and data, Stein proves that we are “lazy, entitled, selfish, and shallow.” Because of globalization, social media, and the information revolution, a lot of things have relatively declined: cultural differences, face-to-face interactions, empathy level, and our ability to understand other’s point of view. On the flip side, one thing has increased tremendously: narcissism. Uh-oh.

That may be the reason why taking a “Selfie” is a norm among the youths today. Our image is ours to manage and protect. It is the source of our self-confidence; a reputation that we keep because we love ourselves. So why would it be wrong?

It’s not wrong. In 2 Timothy 3:1-2, we are warned that “in the last days perilous times will come.” Why? Because “men will be lovers of themselves.” The Bible isn’t saying that taking a Selfie is a sin. But it does say that being a lover of our self is. If we place our confidence in others’ approval (or Likes) through our Selfies then that’s the time that a Selfie becomes “Selfiesh.”

So, before you upload that Selfie, remember this important message:

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)

3 Things To Do When You Lose Faith in God

I’VE BEEN A CHRISTIAN FOR 10 YEARS NOW and it’s surprising that I’m on the verge of letting it all go. Why? It’s because I’m starting to lose faith in God.

And I’m sure, that somewhere out there, someone’s going through the same thing as I am. But I’m not writing this post to convince you that it is good to lose faith. Instead, I want to share to you the things I’ve been holding onto to keep moving on.

1. Remember God’s Goodness.
When circumstances become too unbearable, when you seem to doubt that God loves you or had let you go…remember what He has done for your life. It is tempting to look at the current circumstances and think that God has left you behind. But if you look back at how He has taken care of you, you will question your doubt in God.

2. Trust God Even if You Don’t Feel Like It.
This is a highly arguable statement that came from my pastor. But it makes sense. Trust means, even if you don’t see God, you still believe that He’s doing something right now. He’s working…in His own time. And you need not question God’s timing. A beautiful poem by Ruth A. Morgan describes this as faith:

Sometimes, I’m sad, I know not why                           
My heart is sore distressed;
It seems the burdens of this world                           
Have settled on my heart.                                              
And yet I know…I know that God                              
Who doeth all things right                 
Will lead me thus to understand                   
To walk by FAITH…not SIGHT.

And though I may not see the way            
He’s planned for me to go,                    
The way seems dark to me just now                
But oh, I’m sure He knows!                                            
Today He guides my feeble step                     
Tomorrow’s in His right.                                          
He has asked me to never fear                                 
But walk by FAITH…not SIGHT.

Some day the mists will roll away,              
The sun will shine again.                   
I’ll see the beauty in the flowers,       
I’ll hear the bird’s refrain,             
And then I’ll know my Father’s hand         
Has led the way to light                       
Because I placed my hand in His                 
And walked by FAITH…not SIGHT.

3. Remember Those Who Might Stumble.
For me, this is the strongest reason that keeps me hanging on to my faith.

As a group leader, I remember the flock that I oversee and teach. It pains me to see what might happen to these innocent teenagers that I keep advising to trust in God. Imagining 13 to 15 kids straying because of what I did grows heavier in my heart.

As a worship leader, I cannot bear to see the congregation criticize my team that we are only music-centered, not God-centered, just because I strayed.

As a sister, friend, and employee, I cannot bear to hear the people around me scoff and say, “So this is Christianity that you were fighting so hard for.”

It would just break me…destroy my soul.

So now, while I struggle with this faith of mine, I encourage you to hang on as I do. It’s not easy, for sure. But knowing that there are people around the world going through the same thing as I am, it might not be that bad after all.

Perks of Walking [Infographics]

This is a random infographic I stumbled into while surfing. It’s actually informative. Like it says, Take a WALK.

The Perks of Walking [Infographic]

The Perks of Walking [Infographic]

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Interesting Facebook ShortCuts

Interesting Facebook ShortCuts

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