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God has given all of us a garden to tend for, and here is a little piece of mine. This is a place where I would like to share my thoughts and things I learned from my daily Bible devotion and studies, and experiences of my journey with Jesus and His family. I hope you’d be able to chill and enjoy some raisins and apples from my little garden.
Taste and enjoy the sweetness of His word, and find strength in the Lord.
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The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success! Blessed is he who… Continue reading Thank you, Lord, for this day you have made (Psalm 118: 22-29)
Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly, the right hand of the Lord exalts, the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!” I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. The Lord has disciplined me severely, but… Continue reading Gates are open, enter with joy! (Psalm 118: 15-21)
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!2 Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”3 Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”4 Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”5 Out of my distress I called on the… Continue reading Shelter in His everlasting love (Psalm 118: 1-14)
Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! Psalm 117 ESV This is the shortest psalm with only two verses, and it is the shortest chapter of the entire Bible. There are 1189 chapters in… Continue reading Praise Him, the God of all nations! (Psalm 117)
What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of… Continue reading What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? (Psalm 116 12:-19)
11/19/20 – Took a stroll around the neighborhood and found myself indulged in the colors of Fall. Despite of what the world is going through in 2020, Fall didn’t fail to make its grand entry, and God still sends these beautiful colors, every year. As we enter the 8th month of the pandemic and anticipating… Continue reading #Blessings: Give thanks for the Colors of Fall
11/1/20: It’s the first day of November, 2020 already, and the 8th month entering the shelter-in-place order! What a strange year we are having! Global pandemic, political divisions, separations among ourselves, sicknesses and death around us… Things just kept crashing over at us like waves in the storm. Daylight saving ended today, and with that… Continue reading #Blessing: Good morning again! Sunrise on the 1st day of November, 2020
10/31/20: Give thanks for every unique sunrise and sunset, and remembering a dear brother who is fighting a sickness in the hospital right now. May the God of sunrise and sunset also rests His mighty healing power on him, and protects him from all complications. Great is Your faithfulness! Lamentations 3:23 Thank You God for… Continue reading #Blessing: thankful for every sunrise and sunset
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of… Continue reading Unity in love and in truth (Colossians 2:1-3)
Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. Colossian 1:28-29 ESV Jesus died for us and washed away our sins to present us holy and blameless in God’s sight… Continue reading He is the One we proclaim (Colossians 1:28-29)
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the… Continue reading Revealing the mystery of God (Colossians 1:24-27)
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move… Continue reading Transformation in Christ, beyond magical (Colossians 1:21-23)
And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace… Continue reading He lives, He leads, He reigns. He is above all! (Colossians 1:18-20)
10/24/20: Sunrise Bible devotion with a bigger sunrise chasing group! It was cooler and foggier today, and sunrise didn’t quite look like what we anticipated. But it was all good when being able to hang out in the daybreak together; to keep each other warm with cup noodles; to praise the Lord of the sunrise… Continue reading #Blessing: good morning again! chasing sunrise together
10/22/20: Though I have had these babies for six years, every bloom they have still brings a smile on my face. And every bloom brings me so much hope. They have trained a plant killer to be be a plant keeper! I first got them when Guo, my husband, was admitted to the hospital six… Continue reading #Blessing: oh plants, stand by me! (my African Violets)
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father. Colossians 1:1-2 NIV Bible Gateway This was a greeting from Paul to the church of Colossae, and today, it became a… Continue reading Grace and peace to you, in times of mourning (Colossians 1:1-2)
10/17/20: Another wonderful morning chasing the sunrise with Irene, my early bird bestie! Woke up at 4:15am and better equipped this time just so we may catch the first light of the daybreak! Flashlight ✅ Camping chair ✅ Hot water ✅ GoPro and tripod ✅ Cup Noodles ✅ Coffee ✅ (a must for the night… Continue reading #Blessing: rise and shine! chasing daybreak – be watchful until the day dawns
The Jeshanah Gate was repaired by Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah. They laid its beams and put its doors with their bolts and bars in place. 7 Next to them, repairs were made by men from Gibeon and Mizpah—Melatiah of Gibeon and Jadon of Meronoth—places under the authority of the governor of Trans-Euphrates. 8 Uzziel son of Harhaiah,… Continue reading Builders of the wall (Nehemiah 3:6-12)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 NIV This was one of the Bible verses that encouraged me on my very first day entering full-time ministry. New challenges come with unknowns and uncertainties. From professional architectural practice to hanging out with different groups of young people varied from age 4… Continue reading The same Jesus all along! (Hebrews 13:8)
Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.… Continue reading Look up and see Jesus only (Matthew 17:1-8)
10/10/20 – blessed is when a night owl and an early bird could catch a beautiful sunrise together. Woke up at 5:15am to see the sunrise with bestie. It’s just awesome to have someone who can do things with me that I wouldn’t have done alone! Hoping to catch the daybreak moment next time. Maybe… Continue reading #Blessing: Catching the sunrise by a night owl and an early bird
Some thoughts about Jonah and Psalm 139. God’s patience, presence, and His persistence touched me through my journey with Jonah, and Psalm 139 concluded it very well! “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my… Continue reading Where can i go from Your presence? (Psalm 139 and Jonah)
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. 2 And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow… Continue reading A Father’s heart (Jonah 4:1-11)
Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three… Continue reading Rise again (Jonah 3:1-10)
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