Beauty from ashes

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a] 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. – Isaiah 61: 1-3

beautiful

 

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Your bad things will turn out to be ultimate good things.
Your good things can never be taken away from you.
And the best things are yet to come.

http://angryarchi.com/blog/post/truth_hurts_10_facts_of_life

Hm

Haven’t been here in awhile (not that anyone reads this) but even for myself, I should come on here more often, to recollect my thoughts and just write for memory’s sake as well.

Just been busy from the busy-ness of life. I should still write in here more often than not. And not when something has gone “wrong” persay.

Fortunately, I’m writing here today not because something bad has happened, but I just happened to remember this and wanted to write in here.

Alot has happened, most good, some not-so-good, but ah, that is life, no?

Year 2 has begun, I’m thankful, hopeful, scared, nervous, challenged, and excited. I’m glad to be back :] However, I can definitely see that I can’t keep up with these long hours. I’m not sure if its just my body aging or if its just my body can’t handle it anymore. Whatever it may be, let me be wise to rest when needed and to work with diligence and strength.

Thank you

Thank you for the prayers, the calls, the messages, the emails, etc.

I’m sorry though that I have not gotten back to most, if not all, of you. For one, its hard to talk about such a delicate topic online/phone, even in person, its hard for me. I don’t know how to bring it up, and even if its brought up, I don’t know what to say. I think part of it is because I don’t want to talk about it too because I don’t want to think about it. I know you might think I’m silly because I put it up as a facebook status, but it really was to ask for prayers, not for any other reason. But, I know I would be confronted/asked about and such. It’s just hard to say anything about it though. I know, as individuals, we share our burdens, and I know how much sharing a burden can help, but this burden, I don’t want to put upon anyone else, it’s a burden I don’t want, and a burden I don’t want others to have as well. But I know, as well, that I should, but it still is very difficult to do so. So please don’t take it personally if I didn’t directly respond to you. I will try though, one by one, to get back to those messages. I should talk about it, I should think about it. Not to an unhealthy excessive amount. Just think about it, but with God next to me, so the thoughts do not overcome me in a negative way.

But the messages are definitely appreciated. I am very thankful to have people in my life that do truly care for me and my mom. Such a blessing in these dark times.

Thank you once again, and if you could continue those prayers, it would be greatly appreciated.

 

What Does It Mean to Remember Jesus in the Lord’s Supper?

What Does It Mean to Remember Jesus in the Lord’s Supper?

One of the things encouraging me is the current resurgence of understanding the ongoing application of the gospel. Christians today regularly hear that the gospel is believed once for salvation but is reapplied daily. The gospel rhythm isn’t one-and-done but rinse and repeat. This growing awareness of what it means “to preach the gospel to ourselves daily” or to “apply the gospel” might give us some insight as to how we look to Christ and again receive his grace as we eat the bread and drink the cup of the Lord’s Supper.

Every time we take communion the gospel is proclaimed, and we believe and embrace it again—in other words, we remember. My hope is that Christians come to the Lord’s Table with eagerness and expectancy, believing this is not a dull religious ceremony but a spiritual gospel experience.

Where the Poor are Welcomed

Where the Poor are Welcomed

Tim Be Told – The Battle Hymn – Lyric Video (w/ Jae Jin, Michelle Chae, Psalm Bird, Calie Garrett)

What People Are Really Thinking When They Invite you to Church

What People Are Really Thinking When They Invite you to Church

“God helps those who cannot help themselves, those who know they can’t help themselves, those who admit they can’t help themselves, and those who cry out to Him for help.”
-Nancy Leigh DeMoss