The man was expected to die from bleeding; he asked to buy a burial site from our church just 2 days ago. After the best doctors in America gave up God decided to intervene and prove His power! Read what his relative doctor said: the miracle.pdf
A homily by St. John Chrysostom on today’s QT. It’s worth reading.
My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits…O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come. Psalms 71:15-18
Today’s QT reiterated the purpose of this blog: to declare the Lord’s strength to this generation. I feel guilty keeping so many miracles and wonders I get to see every day. I feel guilty for not recording them and telling every one how awesome is our God. I also feel guilty for not praising the Lord as I should. I will say this prayer and go do the midnight praises.
“Lord, forgive me for opening my mouth with complaints more than praises. I tell people how great I’m not how great you are. Lord, open my mouth that I can tell all people your wonders. I know your wonders but I don’t speak about them; open my mouth that I can tell every one about your greatness. Give me humility so I can open my mouth and sing your praises ALL day like a little child singing. I do listen to hymns and songs but you want to sing to you. Same way I like to hear my child singing …even if it’s imperfect or out of tune! Open my mouth that I can do that for the rest of my life! Amen.”
God has been teaching me a very important lesson lately: how to use the bible to make decisions. Not only to make big decisions but even to make very little moves. If I ask God how to use my afternoon or evening He can show me through His word. He wants me to be dependant on Him; like a little child He wants me to ask before doing any thing.
Not only He guides me He also encourages, supports, and teaches me constantly. He wants me to hold His word as I’m holding unto His hands ALL the time.
The message was clear but I thought this is not practical. Should I hold the bible all day and keep looking at it as I look in a map?!
The following day I got this forward in an e-mail:
Cell Phone vs. Bible
I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phones.
What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we flipped through it several times a day?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?
What if we gave it to kids as gifts?
What if we used it as we traveled?
What if we used it in case of an emergency?
What if we upgraded it to get the latest version?
Interesting “Mesh Kedah”!
I haven’t been feeling well lately, that’s why I couldn’t write for a while, even though I really wanted to. Today I’m officially sick! I’m catching a cold from my son Daniel. I couldn’t pray vespers (Asheya) or give the bible study so I went home to rest so I can be able to go to church tomorrow and survive a long day.
Sickness is definitely a gift from God (hatchooooooooooo …sneeze!) It made me stay home and write my blog!
A year ago my car was hit by another car from the back. I stopped and looked; it wasn’t too bad and my bumper is decorative any way. The man was going to give me his info in order to repair my car but something told me “forgive and you will be forgiven.” I told the man, “I’m cool it’s not a big deal … have a nice day!” As I meditated on my bumper a couple of days later, I doubted the voice. “Why didn’t I just get his info even if I don’t use it?” I said to myself; but I remembered the sound was very clear “forgive and you will be forgiven.”
Two weeks later, I hit the door of an SUV. I left my info and was waiting to hear from these people. Now it’s a year after and I haven’t heard from them – I guess they forgave me!
Just last week I hit another car when I was parking (that’s why the church decided to dedicate a special parking spot for me next to curb – to avoid constant lawsuits!). Anyway, I left my info again and still haven’t heard from them; maybe they forgave me too!
So I guess the lesson from this is: Do you want to save on car insurance? You don’t have to switch to Geico; just start forgiving!
July 15th is the feast of St. Bishoy (AKA, the star of the desert). Because he used to spend all night in prayer, we celebrate his feast with all-night prayer. It’s amazing how we struggle to make it once or twice a year and such people used to do it all the time. It’s definitely their love for the Lord that was behind it. If we just discover His love for us we would definitely reciprocate it. God’s love must be the root of our prayers, sacrifices … I mean every thing we do.
It doesn’t matter how much we can do but what it matters how much love we put in what we do – Mother Theresa
Today’s Q.T. is still insisting on waiting on God till He comes. “To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” Heb 9:28
Bishop Paul was talking to us, group of people, last night also about waiting on God. apparently it’s a big topic! how long can you wait on Him in prayer? Till you get tired … till you have to leave … or tell you hear Him. How eager are we?
suggested book: Waiting on God by Andrew Murray
Yesterday’s Quiet Time was so powerful (Acts 16:16-34)! St. Paul had the Roman Citizenship that could have saved him from beatings and jail and yet he never opened his mouth or mentioned it. He preferred to wait on God to save him not his power, position or people. He preferred to be beaten and imprisoned over saving himself by his own power. That’s why God did a great miracle and opened the doors of the jail for him; He even saved people through this experience. Had he claimed his rights as a Roman citizen he wouldn’t have experienced God’s power and miracle. We need to learn to sit still and wait on God even before we open our mouth, before defending ourselves, before solving problems OUR way. Waiting on God to do things His way at His own timing. We often loose great opportunities seeing God’s miracles because we don’t wait on Him. There is always human solutions and godly solution to every problem; Godly solution shall come by waiting on God NOT by forcing our agenda on Him.