Great is His Faithfulness

We are on the 7th month of the year – more than half-way of 2018!

Some things have turned out the way we wanted them to be and even better. Some also did not turn out so well. And so we become fretful, frustrated, disappointed and even hurt.

Well, it is good to remember that there are new mercies, new opportunities from our God each morning.

And so we can continue to move forward this year with hope, joy and peace that no one can take away.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:22-23 New Living Translation

It is because of the Lord’s lovingkindnesses that we are not consumed,
Because His [tender] compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 Amplified Bible

The God Who Sees You and Me

Something to inspire you and me today 🙂

Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord , who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.” She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” So that well was named Beer-lahai-roi (which means “well of the Living One who sees me”). It can still be found between Kadesh and Bered. Genesis 16:13-14 New Living Translation

Hagar asked herself, “Have I really seen God and lived to tell about it?” So she called the Lord , who had spoken to her, “A God Who Sees.” That is why people call the well between Kadesh and Bered “The Well of the Living One Who Sees Me.” Genesis 16:13-14 Good News Translation

Music to Set the Day

Music helps set the mood of the day.

I learned this as a child. I learned it from my late mother’s habit of playing music on the stereo very early in the morning or as soon as she wakes up.

Somehow the songs ushered in calmness, peace, hope.

Mother would play worship songs for hours until she leaves for the office. During weekends, the songs would continue to fill the air until breakfast time.

I borrowed that habit of hers when I left home for university. Her habit has especially helped me during my lonely and challenging times when I lived by myself in Cebu for several years. This was also true during my 3 years of living in Thailand, far away from family and from any close friend.

I can still remember today how lonely some days could be while living in a foreign land. You do not just miss family and friends but there are days when you miss the sight, the sound and even the scent of your own country.

Ah, but I survived that 🙂

Today, my mother’s habit is still a blessing to me. And my husband also shares that habit. I wake up in the morning and I hear worship songs fill the air of our home.

I am grateful for my late mother’s and my husband’s habit. And I am truly thankful for the gift of music and to the Ultimate Creator of all music.

The Season Has Changed

I was just reading through Song of Songs 2: 11-13 in the Bible and even mentioned it on one of my posts in another blog.

Then I came across its translation in The Passion Translation. This translation really inspired me 🙂 And I am sharing it here to also inspire you, my reader, to remind you and me that God is always at work in our lives. He is always there in every season of our lives. And if this is a dark and dreary season for you, know that a season of new songs will eventually come, breaking through.

Be inspired!

Song of Songs 2:11-13 The Passion Translation (TPT)

11 The season has changed,
    the bondage of your barren winter has ended,
    and the season of hiding is over and gone.
    The rains have soaked the earth
12 and left it bright with blossoming flowers.
    The season for singing and pruning the vines has arrived.
    I hear the cooing of doves in our land,
    filling the air with songs to awaken you
    and guide you forth.  
13 Can you not discern this new day of destiny
    breaking forth around you?
    The early signs of my purposes and plans
    are bursting forth.
    The budding vines of new life
    are now blooming everywhere.
    The fragrance of their flowers whispers,
    “There is change in the air.”
    Arise, my love, my beautiful companion,
    and run with me to the higher place.
    For now is the time to arise and come away with me.