.A LITTLE BIT OF THIS AND THAT.

– mish mash of psychedelic ideals

By Way of Remembrance > Joel Osteen Ministries September 15, 2009

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– this is so good, i just gotta share :)

Today’s Verse: “I think it right, as long as I am in this tabernacle (tent, body), to stir you up by way of remembrance” (II Peter 1:13, AMP).

Today’s Word:

Do you know that when we dwell on the wrong things, it affects our moods? We get down, discouraged, and lose our hope. Some people today don’t have the joy and the enthusiasm God wants them to have because they are constantly dwelling on negative things.

But if we want to be in the position to take hold of all that God has in store for us, we have to stir ourselves up by changing our thinking. Instead of dwelling on and remembering all the bad things that have happened in life, you have to remember all the good things God has done for you. Every time you give God praise, every time you sing a song of victory, you are acknowledging and remembering His goodness. You are causing your mind to focus on what He’s done for you. And, I’m convinced one reason the scripture tells us to bless the Lord at all times is because you can’t praise and complain at the same time!

I encourage you today, stay proactive. Don’t become passive in your thought life. Don’t let your guard down. Keep stirring yourself up by remembering His faithfulness and watch what He will do on your behalf!

Prayer for Today: Father in heaven, today I choose to keep my mind focused on Your goodness. Thank You for Your grace, mercy, and loving-kindness. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus so that I can live in victory. I bless and praise You today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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.PURPOSED FOR ONE. September 14, 2009

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“…we all have one purpose. and that is to fulfill His purpose for our lives..”

those words she said, still ring in my head – with repercussions of thoughts following, reverberating through my mind.

i was scheduled to start school on the 7th of september. having gone for the orientation a few days before, i even got my time table and grouping, stopping short of my booklist.

i knew that my transcript was delayed for this divine reason. that i was going to either defer till jan or…pull out. i’ve talked about this anonymously here and there before this. my hesitance, my moving forward. this is the aftermath.

knowing i was accepted even before they received my transcript was already a testimony for me. how many can tell you, “Hey, you’re in!” without first seeing your results and having seen only a glimpse of your academic record.

so…why?

having envisioned this for more than half of my life, what then, or why have i put my dream on hold once again?

because i know His purpose for me. for now. and choosing to carry on would mean that one or the either would be compromised.

i can choose to look at my circumstances (and wallow in it) or look to Him. i choose the latter. because looking to me will only mess things up even more.

resting in His love for me, knowing that He will work all things beautifully for me in His time is the best decision i’ll make.

“He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment.” Colossians 1:17 (MSG)

xoxo

 

*pursue! July 18, 2009

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we headed to the foodcourt to fellowship after the mind-blowing talk.

an insight through the eyes of a true blue citizen – it renewed my love for the most beautiful country (in my own opinion) and re-ignited the zeal and passion i had for that nation. His nation. the ground on which His footprints were embedded upon and the storms which stilled in an instant, at the sound of His voice.

it was fun, laughing with the group of about 9 of us as we rarely have time for such gatherings on other days :)

“eh, shall we go for service after this?” one asked.

i paused.

“yes, lets.” on any other day i would’ve said no. only because i didn’t want to take the time to. having this pre-conceived notion that sat’s are for lazing by the pool, etc if there weren’t meetings of sorts. but this was different. okay, somewhat. because i was already there, i thought hey, let’s just go.

and so we went. and we were not disappointed. in contrary, we were enlightened. i felt the weight lift from my shoulders and i emerged – a Champion. not that i wasn’t one before i went in. but simply because i was reminded of my worth in You.  

i was in tears even before the sermon began as i felt Your love wash over me.

2 weeks of insufficient sleep albeit tossing and turning was beginning to take its toil on me but i remained in denial. i carried the weight of my challenge on my own shoulders though i said i’ll cast them to You. trying instead of trusting. attempting to make my own decision though You told me “Go For It” twice when i asked You what i should do. i swallowed my fears and dried my tears. put on a facade of strength to carry on. and i feigned it well. till now.

“The word for the next half of the year is : PURSUE.”

my jaw dropped.

“In the next half of the year, you will see the promises of God come to pass in your life.”

the tears fell.

in an instant, the walls i built so meticulously well, fell to the ground.

i liken this to standing at the edge of the cliff. your legs are strapped securely, awaiting the fall. it is time to bungee but you dare not jump. your legs are paralysed and you can’t seem to move. all because you looked down. your eyes have now shifted from your place of security to the insecurities that present itself before you. your focus has inadvertently panned to the giants.

fear is subtle. it’s kinda like those creepers you know? that grow slowly but surely. and wrap itself around your thoughts…only if you allow it to. no wonder You told us to guard our hearts. to rest in You. to trust You. to bank on Your unending grace. thank you for Your word that reminded me to shift my focus on Your love for me. to shift my focus to You. the One whose name when mentioned evokes even mountains to bow.  

i love this in the MSG bible version of Philippians 4:7 that says <Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.>

who says the promised land didn’t have giants?

only 2 saw the fruit and pursued.

i want to be numbered among those two :)

xoxo Jesus’ beloved

p/s: besides lazing by the pool, meetings and trainings of sorts, i now have a new dedication for sat’s. oh joy! :)

 

A vs B June 18, 2009

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“eh. choose A or B.”
“choose what?”
“just sayyyyyy. A or B! fasterrrr…”
“why do u want me to choose??!”
“just sayyyyyyy!”
“okay okay…..B!”
“yay! I also chose B!”
“#%£¥@!….ask me to choose for what.”

there are times when we know what we ought to choose (mostly) but just want to hear someone else’s opinion. if they agree – good. if they don’t? we’ll convince them to – by selling all the good points of the choice you made.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve said “what would you do if you were me?” and I’d go “YAHHHH…” if they reiterated what I said seconds before. we just love it when people agree with us, don’t we? (it’s the same with clothes but that’s another thing altogether).

but sometimes it’s not the number of people who agree with you that count. 10 people agreeing with you doesn’t mean – yay! we’re right. it is not always a case of “majority wins” 100% of the time. we could all be wrong for that matter.

I was tossing in bed deciding between my A and B. between something I’d like and something I thought would be good for me. and then it hit me.

making a decision is being lead by the “life” aka “the peace within”. (the tree of life vs the tree of knowledge of good and evil). choosing that which is life over that which i perceive is good for me.

it’s 205AM and I’ve made my choice :)

xoxo Jesus’ little girl