Day 10: My Favorite Quote(s)

 

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“you can make or break the chains that hold you.”

“Bless this mess.”

“be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

“and though she be but little, she is fierce.” – Shakespeare

“think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy” – Anne Frank

“The more you care, the more you have to lose.” – HP

“and I think I’m gonna love you for a long long time” – my heart

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

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“Lord, have mercy.”

“Lord, have mercy.”

All around her, the teen heard the horrifying sounds of death and misery. There was nothing she could do about it. 

Helpless, Rhea herself lay prostrate on the gritty dirt in front of her tent, gasping for air. Her long, shimmering hair lay tangled around her tanned face, which was wrenched with anguish. Her woven shawl had fallen away from her slim shoulders that trembled from the venom rapidly coursing through her body.

A slim, iridescent snake slithered past her glazed brown eyes, triggering the fading memory of being painfully bitten by a mad serpent that morning in bed. With great effort, the girl cried out in desperation.

“Lord, have mercy!”

The poison had completely circulated through her body, causing excruciating agony. If only they had listened to Moses and hadn’t complained, then the Israelites wouldn’t be in such misery now. Tears drew paths down her dusty face as she remembered the lifeless forms of her parents and siblings just a few hours before.

Gritting her teeth, Rhea felt a shudder go through her whole weakened body. She knew she didn’t have much time left…

Suddenly, crunching footsteps came to a stop in front of the slowly dying girl.

“My dear, if you wish to be healed, then all you have to do is cast your eyes upon the serpent on the brazen pole.” She faintly heard Moses’ melodious and deep voice vibrating in the air.

His footsteps crunched away…leaving her to think. Of course she wanted to be healed, but how would looking at a brass statue of a snake help her? It seemed like a cruel joke.

But then again, what did she have to lose?

So, with the very last of her energy, Rhea lifted her eyes up to the shining pole.
Based on Numbers 21:5-9  

Morning Plea.

Dear God,

As I start another day, I want to thank You for giving me another chance to perfect my character. Father, I pray that everything I do today will reflect You like a crystal mirror. I want my thoughts, my actions, my words, my all – to say that I am a true daughter of the King.

Dear God, I want to live for something better on this Earth. It seems that all the worldly pleasures I seek only bring temporary bliss. They’re like flecks of dust, drifting in the sunlight. They sparkle innocently as the world temptingly offers it to me, but all the façade disappears as soon as I get a hold of them. And then, too late, I realize it was all an illusion. Please help me not to fall for the temporal things.

Also, Lord, please take away this feeling of aloneness that lies deep within my soul. I cannot shake it off by myself. When I feel my deepest loneliness, change my heart so that my highest aim, goal, and purpose in life is to live a life that glorifies You. When I feel in need of human beings’ unnecessary attention and praise, help me to remember Your boundless, limitless, undying love. Thank You for loving me to the extent of giving Your Son for me. I praise You for Your mercy and love that cannot be surpassed; for Your abundant blessings.

I love You.

Amen.

Image credits: whispersfortheheart.wordpress.com

Not-So-Little Miracles ~ Part 3

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Three feather-bundles

Huddled inside the nest

Well on their way to growing up.

Midnight black eyes,

Pointed beaks –

Almost all of their attire is in place.

But their surroundings do not look comfortable at all.

Their nest is

Smelly, tiny, and cramped.

Two of them sit, heavy, on the third chick —

Which makes the nest look even less spacious.

And where is their mother?

They are all alone.

But siblings stick together –

Through the sunshine and the rain,

Through the good days and the bad –

They are always there for each other.

Continue reading “Not-So-Little Miracles ~ Part 3”

A Time for Everything

Wow! Time really flies! Here I am, with only one week left to spend here in Taiwan. After more than a month in this unfamiliar land, I am so ready to go back home to the US. I know I will be leaving behind relatives, delicious food, and fun sights, but home is where the heart is, of course. However, there is a time for everything. Sometimes we must leave the comforts of our home to experience new things and risk new opportunities. Sometimes we must stay in our home and draw closer to our family members.
Today I leave you readers with a wisdom filled passage from the Bible, our light. Read, and meditate on it.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Wow…..
As we enter the New Year, keep in mind this passage when it comes to difficult situations. Pray to God, and let Him be your Lead in stormy seas. God bless.

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Thought for the Day



The Lord is my light and my salvation

  whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked advance against me
    to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
    who will stumble and fall.

 Though an army besiege me,
    my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident.

 One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
 

For in the day of trouble
    he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
    and set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exalted
    above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
    I will sing and make music to the Lord.

 Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
    be merciful to me and answer me.
 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
    Your face, Lord, I will seek.

 Do not hide your face from me,
    do not turn your servant away in anger;
    you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
    God my Savior.
 

Though my father and mother forsake me,
    the Lord will receive me.
 Teach me your way, Lord;
    lead me in a straight path
    because of my oppressors.

Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
    for false witnesses rise up against me,
    spouting malicious accusations.

 I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
 

Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.

Yesterday , this was my evening devotion. I thought this was a wonderful chapter, especially in our time now. We need to keep faith in our Father as we surpass daily trials and vexations. Even in the face of death, we need to be able to “be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  Because, “in the day of trouble,” God will protect us and be with us no matter what happens. Whenever you are afraid, in any circumstance:

  A biology test. Peer pressure. Or death.

Remember this passage. Fasten it in your mind as you face the enemy. And triumph.


One Day at a Time

This post is just about my everyday life. Each morning, I pray for help in glorifying God’s Name. But as I go through the day, I find my resolve slowly fading. My homework is so tedious and lengthy, little but important things demand my attention, and my little sister aggravates and provokes me!!! ARRRGHHH!!! In addition, each day, when I awake, I have to repeat the cycle again. Monotonous. VERY monotonous. The same things, the same time, every single day.

Again.

Again.

Again.

But however dreary and drab the day must be, the Bible is a source of comfort. One of my favorites is Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.


Holding to this, I continue to pray to God, hoping that someday I will be as holy as He. Meanwhile, I will go through each day. One at a time.

Thank you, God.