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Do HARD things.
Do not despise the hard things. It’s a reflection of God’s love, how He wants you to not just shine but shine brighter. He doesn’t just want you to go upstream, but race your way up. He wants you to stand out, because that’s what He designed you to do.
You are a child of the great God in Christ. You are made for great things.
“The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” (Habakkuk 3:19)
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Do HARD things.

Do not despise the hard things. It’s a reflection of God’s love, how He wants you to not just shine but shine brighter. He doesn’t just want you to go upstream, but race your way up. He wants you to stand out, because that’s what He designed you to do.

You are a child of the great God in Christ. You are made for great things.

“The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” (Habakkuk 3:19)

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“Don’t look at me. I am ugly.”
My hands are covering my face, as if doing so will conceal my heart. I don’t want you to see. My heart hurts from what I see inside. I don’t want you to see.
Then you come closer.
I peek from the gap between my fingers, and see you. See you and realize that tears are welling up in your eyes. And then you smile.
“I have loved you long before you loved me. I have seen you even before you realized that I was looking. Have I not told you that I love you with an everlasting love?” 
The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
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“Don’t look at me. I am ugly.”

My hands are covering my face, as if doing so will conceal my heart. I don’t want you to see. My heart hurts from what I see inside. I don’t want you to see.

Then you come closer.

I peek from the gap between my fingers, and see you. See you and realize that tears are welling up in your eyes. And then you smile.

“I have loved you long before you loved me. I have seen you even before you realized that I was looking. Have I not told you that I love you with an everlasting love?” 

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

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I  was looking for  an old notebook that I could use for my reconciliation to writing stories again. The fire to write (short) stories was set ablaze last night, thanks to some animated films that I watched. So yeah, I was racking the cabinet in my room and found a thicker-than-binder fillers apple green notebook that I wasn’t able to completely fill back in college. I scanned the pages and found that there was around 8-10 pages filled at the back. Quite thick.
I ranged the filled pages and tore it away from the rest of the notebook. Only the front and back pages of the range got torn immediately—did I hold the pages wrong?—while the rest remained attached to the notebook with the now very slightly deformed spiral binder holding it together (more expensive notebooks have rigid spiral binders). In the end I forced the thick filled pages off, proving to myself just how careless I can be at times. Seriously, wasn’t I like a petulant 5-year old back there?
I’m glad God is patient in cleaning the old and messy pages of myself, the parts of me that aren’t fruitful and stains that need riddance. In my impatience with myself, I’m glad that He is who He is—powerful, sovereign, faithful and genuinely loving. He may never be often early, but He’s never late. His timeline is perfect and His love never ever fails.

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
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I  was looking for  an old notebook that I could use for my reconciliation to writing stories again. The fire to write (short) stories was set ablaze last night, thanks to some animated films that I watched. So yeah, I was racking the cabinet in my room and found a thicker-than-binder fillers apple green notebook that I wasn’t able to completely fill back in college. I scanned the pages and found that there was around 8-10 pages filled at the back. Quite thick.

I ranged the filled pages and tore it away from the rest of the notebook. Only the front and back pages of the range got torn immediately—did I hold the pages wrong?—while the rest remained attached to the notebook with the now very slightly deformed spiral binder holding it together (more expensive notebooks have rigid spiral binders). In the end I forced the thick filled pages off, proving to myself just how careless I can be at times. Seriously, wasn’t I like a petulant 5-year old back there?

I’m glad God is patient in cleaning the old and messy pages of myself, the parts of me that aren’t fruitful and stains that need riddance. In my impatience with myself, I’m glad that He is who He is—powerful, sovereign, faithful and genuinely loving. He may never be often early, but He’s never late. His timeline is perfect and His love never ever fails.

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

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I totally miss writing fiction.

Will I

Will I be able to stand
when I see Your eyes full of love for me
looking into mine?

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Maybe behind every prompting, every command that seems too difficult to do lies the Heart that knows that we do not always realize what we really desire. Those desires only get revealed after taking the step of obedience.
Like, God tells us to forgive. Forgiveness is difficult for most people, as it often involves wounds that are not shallow at all. And it involves people that we consider(ed) very dear to us, people we allow(ed) ourselves to be vulnerable to. People we love(d). But through the hard wall of the cold, avenging and seemingly numb heart lies a crying child. And indeed the wall was made to conceal this fragile, vulnerable child. The child mourns and yearns for everything to be right again. The child yearns for reconciliation. The child wishes to start over.
Then here goes God, telling us to forgive. And we go, “Well, God, surely You saw what this person did to me.”
And then God says, “You’re so mad at the person, I see.”
Then He goes on and says, “But why are tears falling down your face?” We hear Him say it again. “Forgive.”
Then we come up with excuses like we don’t care anymore (in other words, I’m apathetic to it anymore), etc. But are we really happy? Does apathy actually solve it? In our hearts, we know it never did and it never will. Where do we run to now?
And suddenly, the realization that God knows us more than we know ourselves comes. He made us, after all.
Sometimes I think God is the most understood One in this world.
“O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.” (Psalm 139:1–2, NLT)This blogpost isn’t supposed to talk about forgiveness (see the very first sentence) but it supports the point, right? Haha. Please tell me it does.
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Maybe behind every prompting, every command that seems too difficult to do lies the Heart that knows that we do not always realize what we really desire. Those desires only get revealed after taking the step of obedience.

Like, God tells us to forgive. Forgiveness is difficult for most people, as it often involves wounds that are not shallow at all. And it involves people that we consider(ed) very dear to us, people we allow(ed) ourselves to be vulnerable to. People we love(d). But through the hard wall of the cold, avenging and seemingly numb heart lies a crying child. And indeed the wall was made to conceal this fragile, vulnerable child. The child mourns and yearns for everything to be right again. The child yearns for reconciliation. The child wishes to start over.

Then here goes God, telling us to forgive. And we go, “Well, God, surely You saw what this person did to me.”

And then God says, “You’re so mad at the person, I see.”

Then He goes on and says, “But why are tears falling down your face?” We hear Him say it again. “Forgive.”

Then we come up with excuses like we don’t care anymore (in other words, I’m apathetic to it anymore), etc. But are we really happy? Does apathy actually solve it? In our hearts, we know it never did and it never will. Where do we run to now?

And suddenly, the realization that God knows us more than we know ourselves comes. He made us, after all.

Sometimes I think God is the most understood One in this world.

“O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.” (Psalm 139:1–2, NLT)
This blogpost isn’t supposed to talk about forgiveness (see the very first sentence) but it supports the point, right? Haha. Please tell me it does.

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"For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear."
2 Timothy 4:3