Prayer for the USA

Out of the depths I call to you, Lord God hear my prayer. Pour your blessings upon America and keep it great. Open the hearts, mind and soul of the unbelievers so they may see the truth. Clear away the dark cloud that has enshrouded them in Leftish ideology of division, discord and hate. Let the light into their hearts so that glimmers of hope can seep through. Dearest God let the hand of the Holy Spirit protect President Trump and his family, all members of the Republican, all Patriots and the America people as they enter the last phase of your glory. Protect Q and all qanons. Praise be to God, in the name of Jesus. ❤️And prayers from 🇨🇦

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Blessed be the Lord!

1 Timothy 2:1-2– I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Praise be to God, in the name of Jesus❤️

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We Are Called Upon To Pray…

The past few days, I’ve felt the incessant need to stop and pray. The Holy Spirit moving my heart to pray for safety, strength and for the well being of those around me, as well as for world wide events.

I’m overwhelmed with prayerfulness.

The hand of the Holy Spirit is great as names, situations pop into my mind of people and events to pray for.

Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” 1 Chronicles 4:10

I pray that the hand of God protect and shield those around me…I pray for Will’s (one of my son’s bestie) father as he goes through treatment for a cancer. I pray for the Holy Spirit’s hands of healing and comfort for this family.

I pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit as my son and his friends make decisions in selecting a college – that they are Christ centred and wise. Please continue to guide them.

Lord God, our Heavenly Father, I pray for the upcoming US midterm elections – that you open the hearts and minds of the American nation as they go to the polls. Your hand guiding them to vote for a party that stands for truth and Godliness.

There is much darkness that belies our world, and once my eyes have been opened, and now that I am “woked”, I cannot turn back.

Words are cheap Lord, if it’s not followed through with action. So I call upon my Lord God, to let me do your works, and use me as a vessel to spread your good works and truths.

The realization that I can make a difference and help those around me through prayer, is humbling. I can add my voice and prayer to rally Jehovah. After all, God has promised He is with us:

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20

When I was a child and into my teens, we attended the first Chinese Alliance Church. Whenever I visit Toronto, I look forward to taking my kids to their English Sunday morning service.

It was when I was 6 years old that I first felt the hand of the Holy Spirit. Descending like a dove, I felt His warmth during prayer. I remember witnessing my team leader speaking in tongue. I recall not being afraid, but surprised. Praise be to God❤️

WalkAway

I was quite content to live in my bubble, until I “woked” to the truth. I thought I was through with learning after graduating with too many degrees to count – only to realize I was indoctrinated to an ideology that subtlety overwhelmed me…which pushed me into a culture full of “isms” – identity politics, race, and with more social divisions than I can mend emotionally or mentally comprehend.

I spent years in university to unmake my early childhood training in traditional art (classical training along with traditional Chinese watercolour and calligraphy) – and delved into post modernism and deconstruction – ideologies of the Left.

I have walked away! I have a renewed love of the classical and traditional, along with an understanding of the time and training involved visually, mentally and emotionally to develop those skills, and embellish my natural talent.

This also followed my embrace of Jesus, and like a prodigal child, I have returned home! On my knees I prayed for forgiveness! I asked for the Holy Spirit to guide me as I place my trust in God. I seek only the truth amidst a dark void that cloaks the world around me. Praise be to God! There is light.

Now I feel the push to walk a path of enlightenment – or to put it in today’s terms – “I am woked!” “I am out of the plantation!” I am not a slave to an ideology that kept me silent, blind and gagged, I see through the chains with every step I take. I move through the daily bombardment of propaganda (fake news) thrown at me from all sides.

Quiet Time

Sometimes it takes something drastic to force me to stop and call upon Jesus, and it’s times like these that I have no choice but to stop and listen to Him.  It’s also times like these when I am reminded that He is always there.

I had a severe asthma attack that landed me in emergency.   As my heart was pounding from the high dosage of medication and steroids in ICU,  I looked upwards and thank God for forcing me to take stock of myself and our relationship.

I’ve let the busy din of the everyday get in the way of my quiet time.  My excuses have piled up as I tell myself that as my children head into their teenager years, more time is required to oversee and keep one eye on their homework, friends and social circle, and another on their activities online especially their social media usage.  Yeah, social media – of which snapchat and Instagram rules.   I find myself immersing into their culture, and before I know it, I have put Jesus onto the back burner – last.

Romans 12:2 “Do not be conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is –  his good, pleasing and perfect will.“

Thank you for your nudges,  and for moving me to meditate upon your words.  Thank you for helping me articulate it throught this platform to blog about it as I let my thoughts flow into words. 

Job 37:14  (NIV) “Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders.”

Praise be to God!

Follow Me

There was a time when I thought myself unworthy 

as my soul moaned my lost of innocence 

my journey into the fringe drew me deeper into a dark journey

How can I explain to you that despite the shadows of death – there is hope
That with just a glimmer of faith

Jesus was right there with guiding me out of my misery

Like a tapestry with interweaving thread, a medley of people and circumstances intertwine and weaved their way into my life and guided me out of my self destructive path.

In hindsight, Jesus never forsaked me, and He watched over me and walked with me until my eyes could see him.

He is patient 

He is Grace

He loves me 

How can I explain that once I cried out to Him to be my Saviour – That all the bad decisions I’ve made in the past stays in the past – my life took a 180 turn away from my old life.

“Follow Me”, is all He asks of me.

Thank you Jesus for reminding me this past Easter weekend of your sacrifice for me❤️


Notes:

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

Luke 24:30-32 | NIV
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 

Luke 9:23 | NIV

Make Me Whole

My soul is broken in a world 

that cannot find peace

I can only grab onto you

turn my eyes to see your face 

I seek the light of your name     Jesus

I surrender myself to your grace

grabbing onto you      

 

In you     Jesus    I find my center

You embrace my sorrow

and comfort me in your love   

and make me whole

 

Winter’s blanket white and cold

the reflection of the sun bounces off it on a sunny day

warms my face and heart

but on a cloudy day, it just magnifies the blue I feel within

and I wait for a new season

as winter breaks into spring

I long for a new day filled with color

but as I wait within a world gone mad

reinforced by compounding echos of the ravaging turmoil

my soul is full of sorrow

the center gone

I tune out the noise

and grasp for meaning in a world full of discord

 

my soul is broken in a world

that cannot find peace

I seek the light of your name     Jesus

I surrender myself to your grace

grabbing onto you      Jesus

 

In you      Jesus      I find my center

You embrace my sorrow

and comfort me in your love   

and make me whole

 

 

 

 

Happy 15th Birthday Son!

14 years and 5 months ago, my husband and I received the most precious gift from God – a bundle of joy from South Korea.

At 42, I a was a mom! Those tumultuous and self centered years of meandering through life, faded into the background as I held him in my arms.

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We had prepared ourselves with many self help books for newbie parents. Resourceful guides to help us through the first 24 months of our son’s developmental progress. Nothing prepared me for the act of selflessness that comes with caring for an infant(s) – and although I thought I was prepared to be a new mom – I wasn’t.  It was humbling.

We had given up hope of having children – it was just going to be the two of us, until that summer when my sister and her husband entrusted Dan and I with the care of their two young children while they went on vacation. It was a life changing experience.  We discovered the joy of children, and imagined being parents.   We wanted a family – and my biological clock was ticking.  Adoption was the only option for us!

We placed all our hopes in God to fill the hole in our lives. How I must have whined daily and I’m sure I was a pain in the neck as I scribbled away in my prayer journal.

With every stroke of the pen, with every prayer I asked God for a child.    My daily prayers were simple and full of hope.   I even gave God a list of what I wanted in our child.  Oh I can imagine God’s lift eyebrows as I look back on those prayers.

God you are all forgiving, all merciful, and all glorious!!  You have done great thing in my life!
All my hope is in you!

We went through the adoption process in December 2011, and had our application in by March, and our bundle of joy arrived in July 2012.  God’s hand was present throughout the process, and when he arrived at the airport, he was 4 months old.  Surround by family and friends, we welcomed him into our lives.  Our promise to God – to bring him up within His embrace.

Oh there were many challenges of taking care of an infant.   After 21 years together, we went through a period of adjustment.   Each day saw our love grow deeper as we fell in love with our son.  Living in the moment, we savored and appreciated the new challenges in our lives.   Each day was a learning experience, from being panicky and nervous parents, to watching him pull his first temper tantrum at 24 months, to the tenderness and love as we embraced being parents under God’s hands is precious.

Dear God,

You gave Dan and I what we could handle – both spiritually, and in our lives.  You have taught me many life lessons about being a believer, a mom, a wife, and a teacher.

The joy of being a mom, is also a life long process where each thought, idea, inspiration, goal, ability is examined and made new. Along with trials to my patience, attitude, prejudices, bias, and character flaw mirrored and revealed – You Dear Jesus, guide me towards change.

“Down on my knees again surrendering all…I’m desperate for you…. drench my soul, I hunger for you….”. I Surrender- Hillsong Live Cornerstone

Thank you God for the gift of answered prayer!
Thank you Jesus for guiding me to be the best mom I can be. For showing me daily my flaws and short coming as I interact with my son – with my children.  Thank you for your grace, that with You in me, I can make the effective changes to be an awesome mom. Thank you for always being there to get me back on track when I make a wrong turn ❤