In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. (Psalm 62:7, NKJV)
Eager for the Lord’s revelations, I have been studying the book of Esther with some of God’s warrior princesses. As we have been digging into the story of this beautiful and courageous woman of the Bible, I reflect on what God is saying and not saying on these pages of the Scripture. And on these pages, I am embarrassed to admit that I (unfortunately) see more of myself in Haman than I would want to think.
Maybe I am not alone on this. Maybe most of us, if not all of us, can identify with Haman’s obsession of himself.
Continue reading “On Haman and Pride”
My God is persistent. He is persistent on loving me, persistent on burning in me, persistent on keeping me wholly for Him.
This is what He revealed to me about Himself in the last few weeks.
October 19, 2012 was the expiration date of my Thai non-immigrant visa. This visa is the hinge of all our documents here — my work permit, Jason’s visa — thus allowing us to legally stay in Krabi. In February of this year, I acquired my U.S. citizenship in Hawaii where I was granted my US passport. This event marked the end of a long process of making sure that it’s okay for me to stay out of the States for a very long time. Continue reading “On Persistence”
Marriage passes through breathtaking heights and through swamps with choking vapors. It makes many things sweeter, and with it come bitter providences. – John PiperIn a few days, Jason and I will be celebrating our second anniversary as a couple. Still on the honeymoon stage, as many would say, and still such a young couple. In some … Continue reading Staying Married is Not About Staying in Love (from "This Momentary Marriage" by John Piper)
I am currently reading, “Desiring God” by John Piper; and I have been extremely blessed with the depth and genuineness of his writing catching myself often reflecting on his ideas in the last few days. I have yet to finish the book, but I want to share with you some lines from it that struck … Continue reading On "Desiring God"
Do not rejoice over me, my enemy;When I fall, I will arise;When I sit in darkness,The Lord will be a light to me. Micah 7:8 Have you ever been at a time in your life where everything is falling apart and the enemy seems to be winning? I have; numerous times. At thirty – … Continue reading The Lord Will Be Your Light
Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of … Continue reading The Proper Response
Not everyone is called to teach. Not everyone is given the key to shape our children’s minds. Not everyone. To teach is a privilege only a few are blessed with to love. I am blessed to be called to teach and to love doing it, and I don’t take it lightly or for granted. My … Continue reading A Privilege to Teach in Krabi
Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. What an awesome promise from our Father! In going to Bangkok for our US Embassy appointment, we met some old friends and had the opportunity to join their cell group Wednesday fellowship. During worship … Continue reading A Sweet Reminder
It has been about three weeks now since Jason and I arrived here in Krabi, and on our first Sunday we had the opportunity to worship with some Thai Christians at Santisuk Church. On several occasions, we also had the opportunity to study the Bible and worship with overseas Filipino workers as well as Germans … Continue reading Worship in Different Tongues
Many of you know that today was such a big day for Jason and me, as we have been anticipating my citizenship interview for months that will pave the way for us to leave for Thailand; and today was it. That’s me, around 7:30 a.m. this morning, waiting outside the USCIS building to be allowed … Continue reading An Abraham Response