“Halfway 2017”

It is halfway of the year 2017 already… not a surprise, but I still can’t believe how fast time flies…

I come to think to the earliest days in 2017, in which I chose the word “THRIVE” as my “word of the year”, a practice that I’ve been doing for the last 3 years (my word of the year in 2015 was “BELIEVE”, and “FAITH” was for in 2016).

And here I am feeling a bit down and running of hope… and make me thinking in which way I have “thrive”?

Things are not getting “easier” this year… problems and conflicts arise (even more!), disappointments lurking very often, “my faith” is also getting volatile than it’d ever been…

Of course, setting aside the gloomy weather and my weary heart at the moment, there are so many things that I am thankful for this year. But yeah, back to the word “thrive” – I don’t think I am “flourishing, growing vigorously, growing well”,  just yet.

I feel it is so hard to let that first bud coming out, let alone blossoming into a beautiful flower.

But then again, sitting here alone by myself make me thinking even deeper… maybe…. God is putting me at the best soil and surroundings for me to thrive…? Maybe, this is just what I need… Through the hard conditions, the heavy rains, the storms, the scorching heat.

James 1:2-4

Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

I haven’t been able to see all of these trials as “joy”… Maybe I still don’t understand what’s “steadfastness” for in my life… I still have hard times to accept that God’s wills for me not to be happy, but to be holy… Maybe I don’t want that “perfect and complete” (according to His ways/view)… Just maybe.

Lord,

You know my every thoughts and my every struggles.

Please assure me that I am not alone,

every time the world clouding my mind heavily.

Lord,

Show me and give me the understanding of Your perfect love,

and let it be my greatest comfort, assurance, and joy in my life.

Help me, Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 55:6, 8-9

“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call upon him while he is near;

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

 

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“30 Days of Gratitude”

Hello good morning all!

I couldn’t believe it is almost November already! Only two months left in 2016 ~ am getting older by this end of the year #Decembergirl 😄

Speaking of month of November, in US they celebrate thanksgiving day on the 24th. In Australia we don’t celebrate it as much as they do ceremonially in the States, but let’s take a purposeful step by taking up this challenge “30 Days of gratitude”!

HOW?

“30 Days of Gratitude” for the month of November

I found this image from Pinterest and have printed it into a cute size to have it handy on my working desk as a reminder. If you’d also like to join in just print it out too and/or journal it somewhere 😉

I will be posting the answer/challenge for each day on my Instagram @crunchynat and will be using a hashtag #my30daysofgratitudejournal because I like to refer it back in the future and simply count my blessings! 😊

Well that’s it I guess for now ~

1 Thes 5:18

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.

God bless you my friends! 

A Mother’s Prayer

I may not stay whole day at home on weekdays to mind my baby because I am a full time worker, yet I can still relate well to the above prayer. After hectic schedule at work and end up at home with aching body, my mind is refreshed once I see her beaming face when I call her name…

Aimee… I love you so much my daughter…
I pray that you will be a beautiful girl, inside and out,
a woman who will make a positive change to everyone around you,
a woman who brings smile on everyone’s face

xoxoxoxo

your Mommy who always miss you at work

“I Will Sing” – Don Moen

 
Lord You seem so far away
A million miles or more it feels today
And though I haven’t lost my faith,
I must confess right now that it’s hard for me to pray.

But I don’t know what to say
And I don’t know where to start.
But as you give the grace
With all that’s in my heart.

I will sing.
I will praise
Even in my darkest hour
Through the sorrow and the pain
I will sing
I will praise
Lift my hands to honor You
Because Your word is true
I will sing

Lord it’s hard for me to see
All the thoughts and plans You have for me.
But I will put my trust in You.
Knowing that you died to set me free.

But I don’t know what to say
And I don’t know where to start
But as you give the grace
With all that’s in my heart

I will sing
I will praise
Even in my darkest hour
Through the sorrow and the pain
I will sing
I will praise
Lift my hands to honor You
Because Your word is true
I will sing (2 times)