|By C. S. Lewis|
|There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket of coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.|
From The Four Loves
What Have You Blamed God For Today?
Adam is amazing. Very creative guy. He managed to blame both God and Eve in one sentence.
And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
Oh the silly things we do when we feel guilty.
If God Loves Us, He WILL Let Us Go Through Tough Times
As I was praying for Joey, I asked Him to just stop and fix a situation she’s in. I know He can. He’s the Master Fixer. He can heal anything. He can stop anything from happening. And He can make anything happen. It’s entirely up to Him.
But He reminded me that He let’s us go through tough times and tight spots because He loved us.
He said He did it to protect us and strengthen us. What??… Isn’t that the opposite? I know He’s the Master Protector and Master Strengthener, but I forget He uses tough and bad situations as He pleases! Okay I admit, they’re probably more effective.
Tough times are like vaccines pumped into our lives.
He’s in control just like the doctor control’s the dosage. He has our situation under control no matter what.
He tells us it will hurt and it might even leave a permanent scar. He doesn’t lie about it being just an ant bite. He knows what a punctured skin and what scars feels like.
He knows our body will be able to take it and overcome it, thus effectively be immune to it.
So He tells us to just hold on. You may feel a bit sick from it, but keep on keeping on. You can take the punches.
Passive Christianity Is Dead Christianity
What do you want? What do you desire? What is your ambition?
Do you really want to know? Look at your behavior. You do what you want.
This is a devastatingly simple psychology of motivation. But it’s what the Bible teaches:
James: Faith without works is dead. Don’t tell me you have faith if the way you live doesn’t back up what you say. (James 2:17–18)
John: Love without deeds is dead. Don’t tell me you love if the way you live doesn’t back up what you say. (1 John 3:17–18)
Paul: Grace without holiness is dead. Don’t tell me you revel in God’s grace if the way you live doesn’t back up what you say. (Romans 6:12–14)
Jesus: Discipleship without obedience is dead. Don’t tell me I’m your Lord if the way you live doesn’t back up what you say. (Matthew 7:21)
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I Love You
10 Years Strong
Hello. I’m pretty sure you all know, blogging plays a big part of my life.
Today I enter my 11th year of blogging. Yes, I started blogging 10 years ago! That’s pretty crazy. In a good way.
You can read everything I’ve posted (on the right bar, and scroll down), even from when I used Xanga. And I’ve attempted to organize my blog posts by type.
My dream and plan with blogging is to update, encourage, teach, and entertain, which are things I love doing anyway. And I hope at least some of you have been blessed by what I’ve blogged so far.
I love it and will continue. Don’t worry.
Lastly, I would like to say a big thank you to God, for being my main motivation and my rock. And you know, God usually speaks and reminds me of things while I blog. So it’s been a really effective way that He uses to show He’s trying to build a relationship with me. Looking back, I’m really grateful for my life of blogging. If you scroll down, you can see that I rarely miss a whole month of blogging. #thankful
Alright. Aaron Out.
Less Than Three But More Than Words
Proverbs 31:30 (NKJV) Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
(Don’t kill me for sharing this pic. Or for this romantic thing I’m going to say)
Did you know that you’re my biggest light? And I’m your biggest fan. So we’re a power couple. Cuz our electricity is from God.
Ba dum tss
I always thank God for you. You’ve been such a big blessing in my life. You always support me. And you’re a great companion. (and a great caretaker) (and now I’m fat)
Continue to be passionate for God. Continue to be passionate for the less privileged. You’ll be a super woman for God one day. I really believe that.
May your bond with God grow stronger and may He bless you more and more in every way. Because when He blesses you, I’m blessed as well.
Happy valentines day Joey
Who Shall Separate Us From The Love Of Christ?
Romans 8:1-2, 5-6, 28-39 (NKJV)
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Roma 8:1-2, 5-6, 28-39 (AVB)
1 Dengan demikian, sekarang tidak ada hukuman bagi orang yang ada dalam Kristus Yesus.
2 Kerana melalui Kristus Yesus hukum Roh kehidupan telah membebaskanku daripada hukum dosa dan kematian.
5 Bagi orang yang hidup menurut sifat tabii yang berdosa, fikirannya tertumpu kepada apa yang diingini oleh sifat tabii itu; tetapi bagi orang yang hidup menurut Roh, jiwanya tertumpu kepada apa yang diingini oleh Roh.
6 Fikiran yang dikuasai oleh sifat tabii yang berdosa, adalah kematian. Tetapi fikiran yang dikuasai oleh Roh, adalah kehidupan dan kesejahteraan.
28 Dan kita tahu bahawa dalam semua hal Allah bekerja untuk kebaikan orang yang mengasihi-Nya, yang telah dipanggil menurut rancangan-Nya.
29 Kerana dari mulanya dahulu Allah telah menentukan mereka yang dipilih-Nya supaya menjadi selaras dengan rupa Anak-Nya, maka Anak itu merupakan yang sulung di antara saudara yang ramai.
30 Dan orang yang ditentukan Allah dari mulanya dahulu dipanggil-Nya; orang yang dipanggil-Nya itu diperbenar-Nya; orang yang diperbenar-Nya itu dipermulia-Nya pula.
31 Jadi, apakah yang akan kita katakan sebagai sambutan kepada hal ini? Jika Allah memihak kepada kita, siapa dapat melawan kita?
32 Dia tidak mengecualikan Anak-Nya sendiri, tetapi menyerahkan-Nya untuk kita semua. Oleh itu, tidakkah Dia, bersama Anak-Nya itu, juga akan memberikan segala-galanya kepada kita dengan rela?
33 Siapa yang akan mendakwa orang pilihan Allah? Allah yang memperbenar.
34 Siapakah yang dapat mempersalah kita? Kristus Yesus, yang telah mati, bahkan lebih daripada itu, yang telah dibangkitkan, berada di sebelah kanan Allah dan juga berdoa syafaat bagi pihak kita.
35 Siapa yang akan memisahkan kita daripada kasih Kristus? Kekacauan atau kesusahan atau penganiayaan atau kebuluran atau ketelanjangan atau bahaya atau pedang?
36 Sebagaimana tersurat dalam Kitab Suci: “Kerana-Mu kami menghadapi maut sepanjang hari; Kami dianggap sebagai domba untuk disembelih.”
37 Tidak! Dalam semua hal ini kita lebih daripada para penakluk melalui Dia yang mengasihi kita.
38 Kerana aku yakin bahawa kematian mahupun kehidupan, para malaikat mahupun para pemerintah, masa kini mahupun masa depan, baik kuasa apa pun,
39 ketinggian mahupun kedalaman, baik apa pun yang lain dalam seluruh ciptaan, tidak akan dapat memisahkan kita daripada kasih Allah yang di dalam Kristus Yesus, Tuhan kita.
2017 Is Pretty Great So Far
Blogging doesn’t take long. I hope I’ll be doing it more often this year. Yes!
New years eve was fun (though I needed to go to work in the morning). I had a great cha shao fan. Remember this shop’s name and try it if you have the chance! I don’t mind having this every year for my birthday.
New years day was fun! Seriously. First thing to happen during new years: Joey blinked, and then said “wah didn’t see you since last year”
Other adventures and updates to come