My Joy Is Complete

27 John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven…Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
John 3:27-30

Every thing is given to me from heaven. Therefore, this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.

Prayer Mondays: Nepal

I don’t know how long this ‘series’ will last, but it’s something I’ve thought about for awhile.

Every Monday, I write a ‘Prayer Mondays’ post, where I feature an event/person/country that has been on my heart, so that I can pray about it for the rest of the week. It reminds me that God’s world is so much bigger than just me and my problems, and it allows me to pray for what is on God’s heart. I often find that my prayers revolve around my problems and my relationship with God, but I forget that Christianity is not a religion confined by the boxes of my comfort zone. Christianity should not be a religion that blinds me to the problems of this world. There are a lot of people who need the Lord, and a lot of people who need prayer.

So, I hope these posts will also encourage you to pray. And you may think, why pray? Will anything ever change because of my prayer? Well, as a family friend said to me a year ago, ‘When you pray, the spiritual realm moves’.

So the first of ‘Prayer Mondays’ is about Nepal.

The death toll for the earthquake that shook Nepal last week has gone over 3000. These are the bodies that have been found, and I’m sure there are still many buried under the rubble.

1. Pray for the victims and their family members

Pray that as many lives will be sustained and preserved as possible. Every life is precious. That in their distress, God will give the victims and their family members a real sense of peace and comfort.

Pray for mercy.

2. Pray for the rescue workers

That God will give them strength even as they work day and night to find survivors. Give them hope, stamina and determination. Help them to be able to reach as many victims as possible. Keep them safe as well.

Pray For Nepal

Please two minutes to pray for Nepal.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Kathmandu yesterday and the death toll has reached over 1000.

You may not have been to Nepal, or known anyone from there, but they are all precious in the eyes of the Lord.

But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.

Psalm 10:14

The Glory Of His Goodness

Moses said, “Please show me your glory.”
19 And [God] said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.

God’s glory is His goodness.

Have you ever thought about that?

Often, we think that God’s glory is a formidable, sometimes wrathful, bright light that overpowers us. But in Exodus, God refers to His own glory as His goodness. When I read the passage, I was left with a sense of awe and wonder. When we think of God as glorious, have we ever thought of it as His goodness? He is glorious because of His characteristics – not only is He good, but he is also gracious and merciful.

These things make Him glorious, and it makes me love Him even more because I realise that above all, God is good; He is goodness; He is glorious.

Fearfully Made

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By chance, I found this card in my wallet – I can’t remember who gave it to me or when, let alone the card itself.

But it was a timely reminder at a time when I was preparing for an interview. I’ve always been nervous about anything that is marked or tested, to the point that I base my worth on whether or not I meet the benchmark.

I remember imagining a scene in my head where family friends would ask about my interviews for an internship, and me thinking: ‘I didn’t make it through them. Yes, I almost made it – I got selected for the interview but I always missed it. And that doesn’t matter to anyone, because the fact is I didn’t get it’

But when I found this card, I was reminded that no matter how many rejections or failures I get, I must still have confidence in myself. I have an identity and I have a worth. Even the God of the heavens FEARFULLY made me. He made me with such awe and wonder and my very existence.

It’s easy to remember that God has a plan for each of us, and He will not bring us where He has not planned. But it’s easy to forget that the rejections we get along the way do not change our worth.

To the commercial world, you didn’t make the cut.
‘You’re not aggressive enough. You’re not resilient enough. You’re not analytical. You’re. not. wanted.’

But in the bigger picture, God Himself made you fearfully and wonderfully. There is no imperfection in you. You and I have a worth, a worth that God wanted enough to create and save you.