Him & faith

Goodbye 2014

by FeR on December 31, 2014 in family & friends,Him & faith,just me

Lord, we’re prone to quickly forget Your goodness
and care for us. May we trust You today and
into the new year—whatever uncertainties we
face. You are the God who can be trusted

– ODB December 31st 2014 –

As I’m typing this, the TV is on with news of the AirAsia crash.
:bum:

2014 hasn’t been that all that great for us but I want to focus on what I’m thankful for. Getting a job prior to arriving here, having a safe and comfortable place to live in, meeting kind souls, getting reacquainted with dad’s side of the family, discovering the joy of watching things grow and experiencing new things.

I am also thankful for the pain that I’ve gone through this year as it has taught me to really appreciate what I have and not to take things (or anything/anyone!) for granted.
[Sometimes I still beat myself up as I could’ve visited dad right before he passed away, I was there and the chance was there. I took that opportunity for granted and thought I still had time to see him later. Later didn’t come. He didn’t wait. It was a hard lesson.]

Enjoy time with your family and friends, cherish them. Tell them you love them, hug them if they are with you. Reaffirm that they are dear to you. Forgive them even if they don’t ask for forgiveness. Love them even if you don’t like them or the things they do.
Forgive the fault of others and mean it when you decide to do so. Cut off those who are toxic and it’s okay to put yourself first sometimes. Do not use people’s past against them, give them a genuine chance. Try try try, always try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
It’s okay to grieve but choose happy. It’s okay to complain but choose gratitude. It’s okay to be angry but don’t let it cloud your judgement. It’s okay to cry but remember joy is not from the world. It’s okay to run away and hide but don’t cut ties with reality.

I wish you well, I wish you health.
I pray for God to give me strength and courage to face every facet of His blessings in my life for 2015 and if you’d let me, that’s my prayer for you, too.

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Spoke to me: Economy of Mercy

by FeR on November 3, 2014 in Him & faith

In the economy of mercy, I am a poor and begging man
In the currency of grace is where my song begins

– Switchfoot –

Look through some of my “Spoke to me” entries and this entry caught my eye because I shared 1 January’s page from “Grace for the Moment” – I felt it was perhaps to tell me that dad did cry out at that point of time. I pray that he did.

January 1
God listens

I cry out to the LORD;
I pray to the LORD for mercy.
PSALM 142:1

I feel that I’m at a crossroad again. I’m unsure if I put myself there or am lead there.
I miss my family more and more as I get older. Perhaps I’ve had enough of not having my immediate family within driving distance. Flying is too complicated, too far and too expensive to do on a whim when you’re craving mom’s home cooked food. Funny how things turn out to be. When we were teenagers, we couldn’t wait to leave. Now we all want to return to how things were.

Grace.

Freely given. No money can buy, no strength can procure.

Grace.

Undeserved yet blessed.

Mercy.

Given without hesitation.

Mercy.

Without which, life will be dreadful.

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Spoke to me: Blessed

by FeR on December 10, 2013 in family & friends,Him & faith

Blessed are those who dwell in Your house
They are ever praising You
Blessed are those whose strength is in You
Whose hearts are set on our God


Hear our prayer
O Lord God Almighty
Come bless our land
As we seek You, worship You

-Hillsong-

Even before I arrived at your place, this song has been running through my head. The bold line is what I pray for you. It’s an amazing encouragement to see you take this on with such boldness and joy. Truly, it is a privilege to be chosen by God to be guardians of His gift. I believe everything you’ve gone through together has prepared you for this and God knows you’re ready – else it would not have happened.

Excited for you and encouraged by you.

Much love and prayers from me!
xoxo

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Spoke to me: Unending love

by FeR on June 9, 2013 in Him & faith

Jesus, nothing compares to this grace that rescues me
Saviour, now and forever Your face is all I seek

Now all I am, I lay at Your feet
I’m humbled by the wonder of Your majesty
One thing I know, I find all I need
In Your unending love

– Hillsong –

Also a reminder: If I ever have thoughts of “undeserved”, I need to go back to this post I wrote in 2009. No one gets to judge or decide who is “undeserved”.

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Spoke to me: Does anybody hear her?

by FeR on April 22, 2013 in Him & faith


She is running
A hundred miles an hour in the wrong direction
She is trying
But the canyon’s ever widening
In the depths of her cold heart
So she sets out on another misadventure just to find
She’s another two years older
And she’s three more steps behind

Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?
Or does anybody even knows she’s going down today
Under the shadow of our steeple
With all the lost and lonely people
Searching for the hope that’s tucked away in you and me
Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?

– Casting Crowns –

We are all different, unique and set aside for a purpose that’s our very own. No one can step in and do it for you, it MUST be you because you’ve been sanctified for it. Even if you don’t see it now, even if you can’t imagine it, the time will come for your specific purpose and all your doubts/questions will be answered.

January 1
God listens

I cry out to the LORD;
I pray to the LORD for mercy.
PSALM 142:1

– Grace for the Moment –

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