Archive | July 4, 2013

Keep Going

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Is the goal distant, and troubled the road,
     And the way long?
     And heavy your load?
Then gird up your courage, and say ‘I am strong,’
     And keep going.

Is the work weary, and endless the grind
     And petty the pay?
     Then brace up your mind
And say ‘Something better is coming my way,’
     And keep doing.

Is the drink bitter life pours in your cup –
     Is the taste gall?
     Then smile and look up
And say ‘God is with me whatever befall,’
     And keep trusting.

Is the heart heavy with hope long deferred,
     And with prayers that seem vain?
     Keep saying the word –
And that which you strive for you yet shall attain.
     Keep praying.

 Poem by : Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Keep The Faith

Keep the FaithWhen we have lunch together, my fiancé shared something about Ivan, his employee, who was having severe problem. I asked to him: “what kind of problem?” Then my fiancé said: “I thought, maybe God was testing his faith. His father got kidney disease and meanwhile his little sister has a problem with drugs.”

I am speechless for a moment. It is really hard for Ivan. Not so easy to faced two big problems at the same time. Then I asked to my fiancé: “what can we do for Ivan?” “Pray, sweetheart! Pray and encourage him to keep on his faith. He had started to complain. Why, why and why! I think this is serious. I am afraid his faith getting weak and weaker, and he no longer complaining, but starts to blame God!”

My dear friends, this is life. We often have a problem with our faith. My mind drifted to my daddy who ever told an illustration about faith, Why does God allow many big problems get into our lives.

To find out how sharp a knife, we should have to bring a piece of meat, we must test it by cutting that meat.  To know a pen can be used or not, we should have to bring a sheet of paper and try to write on that paper. To determine the efficacy of a detergent, we should have to bring dirty clothes and try to wash it.

That is an illustration of one of the reasons why God allows problems; challenges and uncertainty get into our lives. We are confronted with many of problems to test our faith, so that we want to rely on His strength and show that faith is real power in our lives.

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.(Matthew 17:20)

The Ivan’s problem can be our musings. If we have a big problem like him, let’s refer to this verse above. This Bible verse tells us; there is nothing impossible if we  have put a little faith in God, like a mustard  seed, God will move and solve our problems. The question for us is; what about us. Whether we have put big faith in God? If we are truly believe that there is nothing impossible when we have faith in God and not standing on our own wisdom? Amen.

“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God”. (1 Corinthians 2:5)

A Bible verse special for Ivan: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)


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I surrender All

sunrise in amed Bali

Good morning my Father in Heaven, I wake up.  Thank you for giving me a good night’s sleep. You have been keeping my sleep very well. Thank you for Your incredible blessings. Thank you for this beautiful morning.

Dear Lord, I surrender all of my day to your loving hands; I do not know what will be happen today. This beautiful day is Yours. I believe everything that will be happen to me today is part of Your will and Your plan. Not mine. I have a lot of plans, but yours be done.

I pray that You would give me strength to be strong for You in the world today.  Lord, You know the struggles that I will face today.  Be with me as I go through them.  Carry me if I am too weak to move.  If I stumble in them, forgive me Father.  When I succeed in them, I will praise You!  You are worthy of all praise and honor.  Amen.
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. (Jeremiah 29:11)


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