golden years

Beautiful Lord.

Thank you.

My heart is so full right now with thanksgiving.

I thank you that you’ve blessed me with the knowledge of you in my life from such a young age and that I’ve been able to serve you since my youth.

I thank you that you’ve also been protecting my heart all this time even as I began straying down the wrong path.

Having recently heard one friend lament how hard it is to have a long distance relationship, I’m glad I’m not in one.

Having heard another friend talk about a guy who likes her, she likes him but he has a bad past… I’m glad I’m not in that situation.

Another friend is wondering if she has crossed the friendship line… been there, done that lol.

I thank you for the revelation (perhaps once again hehe) that these are my golden years.  These are the years to cherish.  Being uncomplicated-ly single is a beautiful thing.  There is a special grace on these season.

No need to consider another’s schedule or finances.  No mortgage.  No kids.

These are the years that I’ll be able to serve God in all fullness and passion.

I feel a sense of release and freedom to do all He has called me to do.

To love Him without inhibitions.

To serve Him without restraints.

To go wherever He calls me.

To give generously whatever He quickens me to give.

To be completely satisfied and content not because of earthly blessings but in Christ alone.

Help me, Lord, to treasure these golden years.

– Ames –

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overwhelmed again

Lately, I’ve had those moments where I’m just overwhelmed by God’s grace and His love for me.

Like when:

I hung out with an old friend and thanked the Lord that I didn’t end up marrying him (and he married someone perfect for him).

I grieved over a broken friendship and had someone to comfort me while the tears fell.

I was supremely blessed by an anointed teacher of the Word of God.

I saw God’s provisions for a lost sister of mine.

My prayers for a spiritual mentor came true!

I spoke about the loving community that God had brought around me in one of the lowest times in my life.

I recalled how much growing has happened in the last 3 years.

I was reminded of how we serve a God that redeems, renews and restores things that we thought were lost.

I realised that sitting across from each other with my kids and your kids running around in the background, isn’t such a far-fetched idea after all :).

And I find myself here on my knees again
Caught up in grace like an avalanche
Nothing compares to this love, love, love
Burning in my heart
– Like An Avalanche, Hillsong

Praise God for His faithfulness.

– Ames –

chased by grace

Surely goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life. – Psalm 23:6

…the Hebrew word for ‘follow’ is radaph’ and it means to “to pursue, to run after, to chase” or, quite literally, “to hunt you down”. The word radaph, that one that goodness and mercy is doing in Ps. 23:6, it is first found in Genesis 14, when Abram discovers that his nephew Lot has been kidnapped and Abram gathers an army of 318 men and “pursued them unto Dan” (Genesis 14:14). The word ‘pursued’ there? It’s is ‘radaph’.

God is so bent on blessing, He chases.

God’s not out to get you — He’s out to give to you.

And God’s blessings don’t pursue temporarily — but relentlessly. It’s right there in His Word: His goodness and mercy pursue me not just some days — but all the days of my life. When I’m in a wilderness, His mercy and goodness run after me. When I’m hurting, His grace hunts for me. When I’m plagued by problems, His goodness pursues me.

No matter where I go, He has his two blessing men right there in hot pursuit: goodness and mercy, and no shadow of death can overshadow the goodness and mercy that shadows the child of God.

Even the discipline of the Lord can be a grace of the Lord and all the interruptions of a day can be the intercessions of Christ.

Whatever is chasing you — no matter what it looks like — it’s grace.

– read the rest at A Holy Experience

Over the last week or so, I began to start feeling overwhelmed once again with the tasks that are at hand.  There was always something to be done, another thing to be checked off the never-ending to-do list.  I felt like I was constantly behind, trying to jump from one thing to the next… it wasn’t a nice feeling.

So when, I sprained my foot late last week, I just thought, ‘Great.  This is what I need.’ [read: sarcasm]

However, having taken a few days to rest, I’ve come to view it more like a blessing in disguise.  This is what I needed.  Time to rest the body, rest the mind, rest the spirit.  Still many things that I’ll continue to do (i.e. catch up on uni work) but at the same time, taking it slower, breathing deeper and letting His love wash over me.

I love that He knows me better than I or any other human being could know me.  And He knows all my needs and chases me down with His goodness, mercy and grace.

Credit: A Holy Experience

– Ames

Easter Reflections 3

In the last post, I mentioned that there were two words that came to mind when contemplating the meaning of Easter.  The first was ‘redemption’ and the second is one that I’d like to expand on today: ‘love’.

Jesus redeemed us from eternal separation from God so that we could experience the blessings and good plans He has for us not because we earned it.  The infamous passage in the Bible does not say that,’Because we tried to be good citizens of the world, that God gave his only begotten Son…’ neither does it say, ‘Because we gave to the needy, didn’t lie this week, gave up our seat for the old lady, that God gave his only begotten Son…’ No.

John 3:16 says, ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever so believed in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’

He loved and continues to love ALL of humanity and desires them to come into full awareness of their own transgressions/wrongdoings/failed attempts of being righteous or good so they can accept His saving grace and run desperately into His loving arms, ready to embrace us.

We watched a condensed version of the Passion of the Christ this weekend and I was struck once again of the enormous pain and suffering that Jesus undeservingly went through for people who spit on His face, denied and condemned Him.  He had no sin but took on the sins of the world so that we could be restored back into a relationship with God, the way it was meant to be from the very beginning.  And not only that, but in Him we have victory over all addictions, troubles, challenges and even death itself because He has already overcome it all.  When we are connected to Him, we have the power to overcome.  Freedom is ours for the taking because of His Great Love.  There is nothing to lose except our bondage to old mindsets and old patterns of living.

Greater love has no one than this, that He lay down His life for His friends. – John 15:13

♥ Ames

Easter Reflections 1

I’ve been in church since I was a few weeks old and through the years, I’ve heard/sung/played a countless number of hymns.  There are some hymns that will always stick in your mind (i.e. ‘Amazing Grace’) and some that you only realise the significance of at different stages in your life.  Last Sunday, one hymn became of the latter.

As I sung the words to ‘The Old Rugged Cross’, all of a sudden they weren’t just words on a screen, they were declarations from my heart:

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Wow.

I’m stoked.

Back to back miracles… life doesn’t get more exciting than this!

I’ve heard it said that people generally need to be exposed to the Gospel at least 7 times before they are ready to receive salvation.  Where that statistic comes from I have no idea… what I get from it though is that we can all play a part in someone else’s salvation story.  In fact, we’re called to (Matt 28: 16-20).  Many seeds may be planted before there is a harvest. I’ve also heard it described as links in a chain – how all the little things i.e. a word of encouragement, a prayer in time of need etc. are individual links that eventually lead us to knowledge of God and His sacrificial love for us.  We may be the first link, one in the middle, one 5 years down the track… but it all counts and makes a difference.

Today, I got the privilege of being the last link in someone else’s story :).  What an amazing thing it is to be the one to lead another soul to repentance and then acceptance of Jesus as their Lord and Saviour!  I am humbled and grateful to reap the harvest from the seeds that others had planted in her life over the years… there’s no greater joy and all for the glory of God!

Let’s do our part… don’t be the missing link!

Amen!

♥ Ames

I wouldn’t change a thing

I love them.  I really do!  I try not to talk about it too much because I don’t want to scare them off (or for them to think I’m weird) but every time I get a notification in our ‘Box’, it just brings a smile to my face :).  I feel so blessed to have ‘re-joined’ this community of believers – no questions asked but just encouragement, support and love.  I’ve only been there consistently for 10 weeks but it feels like home :).  I have the room and opportunity to continuing serving but at a capacity that I can balance alongside my other commitments… another example of God’s gracious favour :).

This is not what I had envisioned at all at the start of this year and yet, I wouldn’t change a thing… about anything.

As a side note, M shared her testimony today that was preceded by this video clip (there are mixed views about Rob Bell and everything should be filtered through the eyes of discernment, but in this particular clip, I was challenged to take a deeper look at how I go about my everyday tasks and view those around me… that’s never a bad thing):

♥ Ames