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Have a great day ahead. 😊

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 141019 |  K-Pop Festival in Changwon  | Credit: Shortmoo
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141019 | K-Pop Festival in Changwon | Credit: Shortmoo

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“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts… And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine…” Isa 55:8 (NLT)
We live on the east coast of Australia & during June, every year, pods of humpback whales migrate up the coast towards warmer waters for winter. We often head to our local beach & watch them swim by… my kids are crazy for it & are in awe of the whales – the mysterious sea creatures of the deep. On the way home, they tell fantastical stories of whales saving humans & doing all sorts of amazing & incredible things… their wonder of it alone is beautiful to watch.
As an adult, I like whales, but the wonder of them has lost its edge… I’ve seen them, I know about them… they’re no longer mysterious & awesome.
We get this way with God too. Familiarity sets in, life plods along & the wonder & beautiful mysteriousness of God gets lost in the midst of everyday stuff… money, work, family, washing, pets, in-laws, dinner, deadlines… we want everything laid out, explained, no surprises, facts… everything on the table. After a while, the ‘unknown’ that was once exciting & hope-filled becomes agitating & somewhat scary. Instead of living by faith, we fall into ‘living by the numbers.’ God is not two-dimensional, He’s not human, & He’s not someone we can just explain away with facts & figures… He’s God almighty, the Author of life, creator of the universe… He’s literally AWE-some. Eph 2:8 says “it’s by faith we have been saved…” not by a table of outcomes and numbers, or our own works and calculations, but faith – that belief deep within our heart that what we do not see, what we cannot explain, exits.
I know it can be a challenge, but shake off that need to know everything… Shake off the idea that everything is black & white… God’s thoughts & ways are “far beyond anything we can imagine…” So instead of wanting the explanation – what? when? how? – start imagining, start asking questions, invite the wonder & expansiveness of God back into your heart. Get comfortable with the unknown, allow surprises to bring you hope & joy instead of dread & fear…
Go & watch some whales & be flawed by their magnificence… Our wondrous, mysterious, imaginative God created them.
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pktfuel:

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts… And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine…” Isa 55:8 (NLT)

We live on the east coast of Australia & during June, every year, pods of humpback whales migrate up the coast towards warmer waters for winter. We often head to our local beach & watch them swim by… my kids are crazy for it & are in awe of the whales – the mysterious sea creatures of the deep. On the way home, they tell fantastical stories of whales saving humans & doing all sorts of amazing & incredible things… their wonder of it alone is beautiful to watch.

As an adult, I like whales, but the wonder of them has lost its edge… I’ve seen them, I know about them… they’re no longer mysterious & awesome.

We get this way with God too. Familiarity sets in, life plods along & the wonder & beautiful mysteriousness of God gets lost in the midst of everyday stuff… money, work, family, washing, pets, in-laws, dinner, deadlines… we want everything laid out, explained, no surprises, facts… everything on the table. After a while, the ‘unknown’ that was once exciting & hope-filled becomes agitating & somewhat scary. Instead of living by faith, we fall into ‘living by the numbers.’ God is not two-dimensional, He’s not human, & He’s not someone we can just explain away with facts & figures… He’s God almighty, the Author of life, creator of the universe… He’s literally AWE-some. Eph 2:8 says “it’s by faith we have been saved…” not by a table of outcomes and numbers, or our own works and calculations, but faith – that belief deep within our heart that what we do not see, what we cannot explain, exits.

I know it can be a challenge, but shake off that need to know everything… Shake off the idea that everything is black & white… God’s thoughts & ways are “far beyond anything we can imagine…” So instead of wanting the explanation – what? when? how? – start imagining, start asking questions, invite the wonder & expansiveness of God back into your heart. Get comfortable with the unknown, allow surprises to bring you hope & joy instead of dread & fear…

Go & watch some whales & be flawed by their magnificence… Our wondrous, mysterious, imaginative God created them.

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Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel put your hope in the Lord – now and always. Ps 131 (NLT)
HOPE SERIES – PART 5
A new-born baby is precious and beautiful. But a newborn doesn’t know how to speak, or walk, or ask… its sense of understanding is not yet developed. These are things they learn in those first crucial years of life. Until they learn, they cry when they want or need something… little fits and tantrums, moments or hours of it are how newborns communicate. Even toddlers will fuss and wail when they want something, or are hurt and scared. They don’t yet realise, or have a hope and knowledge that you get from experience, that when they’re hungry, hurt or scared, their parents will attend to their needs. The crying is saying “I need something, and I have no idea how to get it or if it will even come to me.” As they learn and experience that their parents and carers will provide them with food, warmth, play, comfort, medicine, help, love, etc. the extreme crying gives way to the hope and understanding of asking and receiving.
The reference to a ‘weaned child’ in this incredible Psalm is not in terms of ‘detachment’, but it’s speaking of the growth and maturity that comes when you start to trust and understand your parents – knowing that when you ask, you will receive.
As you get to know Father God, you start to understand that He is always there for you, and He will lead and guide you along the path created for you. There is no need to tantrum or thrash about when storms come… calm your heart, quiet your mind, still your spirit and TRUST that God is at work. Hope fills the gap between a request and the response.
And because He is always at work, always covering us with His love, always encouraging us with purpose, we can have HOPE – now and always.
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pktfuel:

Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel put your hope in the Lord – now and always. Ps 131 (NLT)

HOPE SERIES – PART 5

A new-born baby is precious and beautiful. But a newborn doesn’t know how to speak, or walk, or ask… its sense of understanding is not yet developed. These are things they learn in those first crucial years of life. Until they learn, they cry when they want or need something… little fits and tantrums, moments or hours of it are how newborns communicate. Even toddlers will fuss and wail when they want something, or are hurt and scared. They don’t yet realise, or have a hope and knowledge that you get from experience, that when they’re hungry, hurt or scared, their parents will attend to their needs. The crying is saying “I need something, and I have no idea how to get it or if it will even come to me.” As they learn and experience that their parents and carers will provide them with food, warmth, play, comfort, medicine, help, love, etc. the extreme crying gives way to the hope and understanding of asking and receiving.

The reference to a ‘weaned child’ in this incredible Psalm is not in terms of ‘detachment’, but it’s speaking of the growth and maturity that comes when you start to trust and understand your parents – knowing that when you ask, you will receive.

As you get to know Father God, you start to understand that He is always there for you, and He will lead and guide you along the path created for you. There is no need to tantrum or thrash about when storms come… calm your heart, quiet your mind, still your spirit and TRUST that God is at work. Hope fills the gap between a request and the response.

And because He is always at work, always covering us with His love, always encouraging us with purpose, we can have HOPE – now and always.

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pktfuel:

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. Eph 1:11 (MSG)
The NIV says, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will…” I love the way The Message bible puts it… Whenever I read it, I hear Israel Houghton’s song in my ears… “Jesus at the centre of it all…” We’ve all heard the 7 steps to freedom, all the laws of leadership; we get told how to dot our Christian i’s and cross our spiritual t’s… the levels, the programs, the events, the services, the choices, the ideals, the measures, the weighing… the highs and lows, the hopes and dreams, the being and doing in this crazy, loud, noisy, echoing, beautiful mess of a world…
But it all comes down to Jesus.
In this man, in the son of God, we can find out who we are and our reason for being.
The programs and services are great… Most of the steps and the laws work out OK, not sure about the levels and the measures… but when all is said and done, when it’s just you and the air you breath during the vulnerable moments of spiritual twilight where anything could happen, all those things fadeaway, all that matters is Jesus, and the only thing that changes anything is His love. A love tried and tested by death, proven by resurrection and triumph.
If you’re searching today, please… sit in peaceful silence. Still your heart and mind. Speak with Jesus. Look to Him FIRST! Nothing will ever take the place of knowing Jesus and understanding that He KNOWS you. He was there when you were created; He has a plan for you, and He’s cheering you on.
Seek Jesus, listen for His guidance, feel His heart for you. Live your life from a place of knowing Him rather than trying to attain His favour (FYI you already HAVE it…). He’s not out there – He is right here with you, all around you… waiting for you.
Jesus at the centre of it all.
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pktfuel:

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. Eph 1:11 (MSG)

The NIV says, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will…” I love the way The Message bible puts it… Whenever I read it, I hear Israel Houghton’s song in my ears… “Jesus at the centre of it all…” We’ve all heard the 7 steps to freedom, all the laws of leadership; we get told how to dot our Christian i’s and cross our spiritual t’s… the levels, the programs, the events, the services, the choices, the ideals, the measures, the weighing… the highs and lows, the hopes and dreams, the being and doing in this crazy, loud, noisy, echoing, beautiful mess of a world…

But it all comes down to Jesus.

In this man, in the son of God, we can find out who we are and our reason for being.

The programs and services are great… Most of the steps and the laws work out OK, not sure about the levels and the measures… but when all is said and done, when it’s just you and the air you breath during the vulnerable moments of spiritual twilight where anything could happen, all those things fadeaway, all that matters is Jesus, and the only thing that changes anything is His love. A love tried and tested by death, proven by resurrection and triumph.

If you’re searching today, please… sit in peaceful silence. Still your heart and mind. Speak with Jesus. Look to Him FIRST! Nothing will ever take the place of knowing Jesus and understanding that He KNOWS you. He was there when you were created; He has a plan for you, and He’s cheering you on.

Seek Jesus, listen for His guidance, feel His heart for you. Live your life from a place of knowing Him rather than trying to attain His favour (FYI you already HAVE it…). He’s not out there – He is right here with you, all around you… waiting for you.

Jesus at the centre of it all.

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baby lion singing his heart out~

pktfuel:

For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Cor 5:7 (NKJV)
In this passage, Paul is talking about how to live “at home in the body [but] absent from the Lord” (2 Cor 5:6)… It was a post-Jesus conundrum. The Son of God had walked, talked, breathed and lived with many of them – they still had physical memory of Jesus and His life on earth. But Jesus had ascended into heaven, and His disciples were left on earth. It ‘seemed’ that there was a separation again between God and man. We know that the Holy Spirit had entered the scene, but the teaching and understanding around Jesus living in hearts, living by the spirit of God, was still very new and revolutionary. Paul was encouraging those gathered at Corinth that the way to ‘walk out’ their life here on earth was by faith – believing that Jesus, while not physically and tangibly with them, was still very present and at work in their lives.
It’s a grand mystery. Some say that those who believe in what they cannot see, test or physically prove are immature and are not engaging logical or rational thought processes. But that’s not the case. To live by faith and conviction takes courage, maturity and determination. It shows a mental attitude towards life and belief that is based on more than whatever happens to be in front of us at any given moment. It engages another part of us… the mystical part that wants to know and feel that there is more to life than meets the eye.
We walk through life, we progress and journey from season to season, by believing and having faith that our Heavenly Father awaits us, and our Saviour Jesus empowers us. It’s this faith in the unseen; the spiritual vibration felt in the undertones of living, which connects us all… that crimson thread weaved through lives built on Jesus across all times past, present and future.
Don’t live by appearances – they can be deceptive, flippant, ever changing with the times and seasons… Walk out your life step by step, day by day, by faith, the conviction that your hope lies not in what is seen with the human eye, but in the power of Jesus.
Wherever you are ‘walking today,’ engage your faith in Jesus… Don’t just go by appearances, but be led by your belief.
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pktfuel:

For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Cor 5:7 (NKJV)

In this passage, Paul is talking about how to live “at home in the body [but] absent from the Lord” (2 Cor 5:6)… It was a post-Jesus conundrum. The Son of God had walked, talked, breathed and lived with many of them – they still had physical memory of Jesus and His life on earth. But Jesus had ascended into heaven, and His disciples were left on earth. It ‘seemed’ that there was a separation again between God and man. We know that the Holy Spirit had entered the scene, but the teaching and understanding around Jesus living in hearts, living by the spirit of God, was still very new and revolutionary. Paul was encouraging those gathered at Corinth that the way to ‘walk out’ their life here on earth was by faith – believing that Jesus, while not physically and tangibly with them, was still very present and at work in their lives.

It’s a grand mystery. Some say that those who believe in what they cannot see, test or physically prove are immature and are not engaging logical or rational thought processes. But that’s not the case. To live by faith and conviction takes courage, maturity and determination. It shows a mental attitude towards life and belief that is based on more than whatever happens to be in front of us at any given moment. It engages another part of us… the mystical part that wants to know and feel that there is more to life than meets the eye.

We walk through life, we progress and journey from season to season, by believing and having faith that our Heavenly Father awaits us, and our Saviour Jesus empowers us. It’s this faith in the unseen; the spiritual vibration felt in the undertones of living, which connects us all… that crimson thread weaved through lives built on Jesus across all times past, present and future.

Don’t live by appearances – they can be deceptive, flippant, ever changing with the times and seasons… Walk out your life step by step, day by day, by faith, the conviction that your hope lies not in what is seen with the human eye, but in the power of Jesus.

Wherever you are ‘walking today,’ engage your faith in Jesus… Don’t just go by appearances, but be led by your belief.

I admit, I’d been a heavy internet user ever since especially now that I’m working in the office. Everyday, i have sites to open. Checking for news, stories and MEMES that would make my day.

One thing i appreciate with the online world is that i can see people that inspires me a lot which also urge me to change. Not long ago, my bestfriend became a fully-devoted server of Christ (she was before, but you know teenager thing). I just saw her drastic change and it made me realize that I had been with the Lord ever since in my life but I cannot even devote all the time that I have to serve Him. Having that made me realize as well that the Lord really sends messages to us, not literally but in many ways.

Now, I’d been away with my family and I admit with my faith. I keep on struggling but I always pray for myself as well. And as you read this post, i hope that you can pray for me as well. I wanted to change but I am too attached in this world. I pray that God would open my eyes, restore my faith and revive me. 

The Lord gave us chances everyday that’s why we are given new mornings. Take everyday as a challenge to make yourselves pleasing to God. 

GOOD MORNING! :)

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