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Original Photo from Versify:Life

Original Photo from Versify:Life

Proverbs 4:23. Oftentimes the hardest thing to ever do and be consistent with. But that’s what the Spirit is there for, to be our Guide, Advocate and Counsellor (Luke 12:12, John 14:26). We still have the choice though, whether or not we want to follow His guidance. But one thing’s for sure: He’ll never lead us to sin or wreckage.

R.

Anástasis

Easter season. It’s that time of the year again that we remember the death and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross for the salvation of humankind from sin. However, oftentimes, many of us forget how the story’s ended. Luke 24:1-8 recounts,

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered His words.

The rest of the chapter talks about how Jesus, after abandoning the tomb, has appeared to some people including His own disciples. I can imagine Him entering his homies’ hub with a huge smile and His trademark hailing, “Peace be with you” (verse 36).

So the story ended with Christ ALIVE. Off the cross and away from the tomb. My God is back to life and has ascended to heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19). My Redeemer lives and reigns forevermore, and because of Him we are set free (Galatians 5:1)–we live under God’s grace (Romans 6:14); we’re ransomed from sin and reconciled with the Father (Romans 3:23-24, 2 Corinthians 5:18). We are able to obtain and experience salvation because of what Jesus has done, and by believing in the power of the cross and that Jesus is truly Lord (Romans 10:9).

He is the reason why we can celebrate and be thankful for being justified, free, saved and loved.

We may not fully understand why or how this all took place, or what it really means for us. But I choose to believe in what the Scriptures say. I choose to feel gratitude by reflecting on God’s goodness and grace–by recognising that I’m a sinner and I need a Saviour; that I am nothing without God; that everything is in vain if I don’t make God a part of it.

I choose to believe in God’s promises and what’s written in His Word as we wait for His return. I choose to celebrate His love and share that with others to the best of my ability, however challenging it may be. I choose to continue to seek Him and get to know Him better and deeper.

Let us not forget that Jesus did not only die for us; He also rose again to live and reign, to justify and to save us, to find us and direct our ways. He LIVES. His love saves.

It’s all about Jesus, it’s all about His love.

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

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R.

Trends, trends.

OK. One interesting thing about the social media today is the existence of what I can call the “nomination trend” (I don’t know the perfect way to call it, and I don’t care). It is when one online user gets to do something cool or funny or ostentatious, and then share the fun (or the sorrow) with their peers by “nominating” them. The lucky nominees (or the hapless victims) do the same thing, and thus, a whole phenomenon arises.

A few examples of the “nomination trend” includes the famous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which originally was initiated in order to create awareness about ALS disease (but eventually used as a perfect excuse for fame-wh*res to flaunt their bodies and some MMK-ish play-acting). Then there’s Jam Nomination (getting nominated to sing any song you like); the Thankful List (getting nominated to write ten things you’re thankful for); your Favourite Bible Verse (getting nominated to write your favourite Bible verses); and then there’s the Facts challenge (getting nominated to write 20 facts about yourself).

Pretty thankful that I haven’t been nominated to do any of these until last weekend when I got nominated to the Facts one, then the Scripture one. Since I was kinda bored and got nothing too important to do, I actually gave it a try. It wasn’t too bad, and I did it in more or less than five minutes. And so, here’s what I wrote:

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20 FACTS

1. A Minimalism freak. Because less is more.

2. I have ailurophilia. Google that for yourself.

3. I sing random songs so randomly any time I feel like it. Throw me a word or a phrase, then I’ll sing it back to you.

4. Like singing Soul, Jazz and R&B.

5. Ultimately love Alex Gonzaga like mad. Like head over heels for her.

6. An education student. Teaching is one of my passions in life.

7. Actually think that I have a talent for graphic design, painting, photography, and anything Visual Arts.

8. Believe that watermelon is disgusting.

9. Sort of aspiring to become (as I know I would make) a good film scorer/sound designer/composer for screen.

10. Could be very snobbish, bur really friendly on the inside.

11. I only learn things that interest me and stuff that I find relevant.

12. Dreaming to actually work behind the camera one day.

13. I listen to Kyla and Ariana Grande everyday. They’re just some of the most important items on any of my playlists.

14. I love musical improvisation. I think it’s the real art in music.

15. Love BLACK. Black looks good on anything.

16. I drink about 2-3 litres of water everyday.

17. The Tomorrow People is seriously the first American TV series I got so massively infatuated with!

18. I make sure that I always engage in a super casual, real and honest conversation with God everyday.

19. I am a fan of Black music.

20. My most favourite people in the world are teachers, mothers and singers.

BIBLE VERSES

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)

Visit my Instagram account to actually find out who nominated me and who I nominated to do these things. I was pretty hesitant to conform but I thought it’s just this one time anyway.

R.

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THE 31-DAY BLOG CHALLENGE Day 2: Favourite Quotes

So, it’s Day 2. Here are some of the quotes that I love and are very vital in my life:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

“Truly to sing, that is a different breath.” —Rainer Maria Rilke

“God has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. You are as much alone with Him as if you were the only being He had ever created.” —Clive Staples Lewis

“They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

“A cat pours his body on the floor like water.” —William Lyon Phelps

“If God said it, then it doesn’t matter what people say.”

 

R.