How to love one another?

It’s easy to love lovable’ people, anyone can do that! But it’s in the loving of people who have wronged us or caused harm to others, or simply just very different from us that my walk being a Christ follower is tested. 

I’m chewing on this passage. 

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭1-2‬ MSG)

This girl is seriously in love.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I love how You love me enough to let me fall.

To allow me to slide down the ravines of life, again & again, trying to climb up on my own…injuring myself badly, only to finally be desperate enough to look up.

There You are. Your hands stretched out to me. Ever ready to pull me out. Your arm opens, every ready to hold me in them and embrace me. “You are safe, you are safe, hush child, shh… you are safe.”

Your assurance. You are always here.

I love how You broke me into pieces, this child of Yours whom You’;ve created.

And with pain in Your heart, You watched me as I destroy my own life and crumbles.

Didn’t know who You are. Ridiculing You. Arrogantly declaring I have no need for You in my life. I denied You. I denied Your existance.

Yet. Patiently, You’ve waited for me to come home.

And boy. Did I run home. Did I run as hard as I could to Your arms. Crying, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry Father for all that I’ve done. I’m sorry. I ask for Your forgiveness even when You had forgiven every-single-thing-I’d-done-that-breaks-Your-heart.

Thank You Father. Thank you for breaking me. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for there is the Kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

You are blessed when you get your inside world- your mind and heart – put right. Then, you can see God in the outside world.

Indeed.

Lord, I’m amazed by You, how You love me.

Tango with Him

I am not a dead-knot ribbon. I can be un-knotted.

Let me loose, let me go.

Let me breathe, let me flow.

Let me leap, let me soar.

Let me go where I’ve never been before.

Eeps! I say.

Do You mean I have to go far away?

No, no, if I may.

Pretty please, let me stay.

Trust Me, you say?

Just let me soar where I am inside, I say.

Not needing a flight ticket to fly away.

Pretty please, let me stay.

Pretty please, let me stay.

Pray tell, how then should we pray?

Did my first Bible Study Fellowship daily bible study exercises on Genesis 16-17.
Reflecting on the Word, I learned that God’s timing can’t be understood, but His promise never changes.
My question is:

How long do we sit around and pray, doing nothing?

Immediately after asking that question, I also realized it’s wrong. PRAYING – is doing something if not the most important thing of all.

So, since prayer is so important, how should we pray then? What should we pray for?

And since God knows our heart, is it of any importance that our prayers to be accurate & correct for it to be ‘effective’?

Why are some people ‘prayer warriors’and why some shy away when asked to pray for people?

Am I going to be impatient, pray hard and mid-way through taking a peek through one eye to see if anything is happening, y-e-t?

Praying – is it a learnable skill?

 

Ripples

A seemingly tiny action causes an impact on others.
A fellow cg (Cell group) member shared this song with us to encourage some of us who are going through some rough patches in our life.

I was inspired by it and shared it.

Little did I know, some hearts were touched, and one of the encouraging response I received is this :

This is so refreshing – not just the song but more so we remember each as colleagues that we are family. To pause and consider one another and encourage each other with an appropriate song that turns our thoughts and attention to the Lover of our souls who offers us hope, encouragement, inspiration and most of all, His great love and abounding grace.

May the Lord bless you for your thoughtfulness and sensitivity.

From wanting to encourage & inspire others, I am in return, blessed ten-folds.

A tiny step of action to love produces ripples of joy in others.

I’m glad I don’t have to be a ‘super Christian’ to do this. Amen.

Here’s the song that stirs my heart, especially this verse.

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy

A plot to distract my mission

In the middle of crying and looping down: thinking about my mummy, my family issues, just too much… I find myself drifting away and away from God…

I asked in my head, why? What do I have to do to get back to you God?
Why am I like this?
One word immediately came into my mind—disobedience.

I ignored it and continued to spiral down.
I cried out, mummy, take me with you…

I stopped short of that when that horrible thought came into my mind.

At once I recognized this!
It’s the devil scheme to distract me away from God.

Ever since I started serving full-time in church, my once good relationship with my daughter started to strain. Everything she does hurts me. I chose not to love but harbour resentment.—Disobedience.

I chose not to forgive.—Disobedience.

Things started getting on my nerves more.—Disobedience.

I’m feeling less happier.

And now I know it’s the evil plot to pull me away from joy. Joy comes from God.
The evil plot to render me powerless.

Dear Lord, thank you for giving me life.
Thank you for your power and wisdom.
Lord, shelter your lambs from the evil ones.
Let us place our eyes on You.
Amen.