Inspiration #27

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
–Proverbs 27:17

I was talking to my boyfriend about why church/fellowship is so important to our spiritual growth and thought of this verse.

I also compared the importance of fellowship to the things that help a plant grow. Plants need sun, soil, water, air, various nutrients from all those sources etc. to grow. Too much or too little of any of those parts probably isn’t good, and could result in the plant not growing properly. Our spiritual growth is similar. We need fellowship, we need prayer, scripture, service etc. for us to grow closer to God. If we don’t get enough of something, our growth becomes skewed.

//end food for thought

Thanksgiving

This past weekend was thanksgiving, though I’m a bit late. I wanted to just list a whole bunch of things I felt thankful for in the moment. Most of these things I had said in prayer before dinner several times over the weekend, but I like the visual reminder :)

I’m thankful for:
-God’s love – in every form
-my loving parents and family
-my awesome friends
-the job that I’ve been blessed to still be in for the last 3 years
-every brother and sister in Christ that I’ve met, kept in touch with, still remember from who knows when
-my loving, challenging, encouraging boyfriend
-anything and everything else God has blessed me with always

Amen.
I’m thinking of making/keeping a whiteboard/wall of thankful things. Also a wall of prayers.

Need to get me some dollarstore whiteboards now xD

Reconnect

Wow, I haven’t posted here since the beginning of the year LOL.

Today I feel compelled to blog here due to a conversation I had with my boyfriend after work over coffee. So let’s see, what have I been doing over the last 9 months…..

I read Ecclesiastes, Proverbs and Hosea.
That was a lot of fun, Hosea, I had been meaning to read ever since I started dating last year. It’s both a terrifying and fantastic story of Israel turning it’s back on God, warnings of destruction with the Lord promising redemption in the end (much like how Hosea went and bought Gomer back). Proverbs took longer to read than I thought, but was full of tidbits of wisdom. Ecclesiastes was probably my favourite out of the 3. It basically summed that you can enjoy all there is in this present and short life we have, but in the end it really is meaningless without God.

-Been doing skype bible study devotions with a few of the youth from my fellowship
We read Mark, Ephesiasns, James, John 1–3 and are kinda in the process of reading Esther. I’m trying to convince them that we should do Ecclesiastes after x]

-Today, my boyfriend and I had a brief conversation about prayer
I had him pick up an extra order of Philip Yancey’s “Prayer: Does it make any difference?” books I ordered for my youth fellowship today. We met up for coffee after I got off work and talked for a bit about faith and prayer. He was raised Catholic, and has knowledge about the bible, but is more skeptical about faith because of his parents (so he says). Even though he’s more interested from an intellectual standpoint, I find it absolutely fascinating and enlightening when we have these conversations, and it’s at these times that I learn a lot about my own faith. I pray that we continue to have these conversations and that it may encourage him to seek God with his heart in the near future. And until then, I pray that I could be a worthy witness of God’s glory. \o/

//End unfiltered run-on musing/reflection

p.s. I hope to get back into recording my thoughts on this blog again more frequently lol

All for love…

…is the theme name we decided to go with for the youth fellowship’s winter retreat this year. which is incidentally also on Valentine’s Day weekend. Inspired by probably my favourite chapter in the bible, 1 Corinthians 13:

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self­seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues,they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

It’s just one of the most amazing, inspiring, uplifting, encouraging, convicting (and other things that words can’t express) piece of scripture out there that I think, describes the nature of God and everything He stands for. love, love, love, love. The God who so loved the world and us that He sent His son to die for us.

Inspiration #26

You show Your majesty
In every star that shines
And every time we breathe
Your glory, God, revealed
From distant galaxies
To here beneath our skin

You are higher than we ever could imagine
And closer than our eyes could ever see
You are…

[Chorus]
Magnificent, You alone are holy
No one else as glorious as You
Magnificent, Jesus You are worthy
Who can shine as brightly as You do?
Magnificent
You’re so magnificent

You’re lighting up our lives
Illuminate our hearts
With everything You are

You are higher than we ever could imagine
And closer than our eyes could ever see
You are…

[Chorus]

You are higher than we ever could imagine
And closer than our eyes could ever see
We are pouring out our hearts here in Your presence

[Chorus]

–”Magnificent” by Matt Redman

Reconnecting

(It’s been a while eh?)

Today I met up with a childhood friend for dinner and had the most spiritually delightful and encouraging time I’ve had in a little while. Being all caught with the youth ministry, work (which got really hectic all of a sudden) and now a relationship made me feel a little spiritually distant and a bit drained (mentally and physically) recently. But just reconnecting and fellowshipping with my friend tonight was absolutely wonderful and uplifting.

Fiona was my first Christian friend that I had made outside of church, wayyyy back when I was in elementary school. She moved back to Australia (where her family was) after the school year was over (or not long after – don’t quite remember) and I didn’t see her for a whole year. No contact or anything really (cuz well, internet was a luxury then lolll), but when she came back the year after I remember I was so happy to see her, and in that time we used to literally talk for hours on the phone after school and whatnot. Our families were also fairly close and Fiona was also the person who inspired me to learn to play the violin (though I suck at it to this day hahaha). We parted ways again after elementary school, but still kept in touch until her family moved out of the neighbourhood. But I never forgot her, and always found each other again through mutual relationships through people we knew hahaha. Seeing her again today made me think about that time again (nostalgiaaaa – oh dear I feel old), and made me feel incredibly thankful and blessed that God has blessed us both with such a wonderful relationship that distance and time clearly hasn’t broken. I hope and pray that this is friendship will continue to flourish under God’s eyes (and be a blessing to the people around us ^^)