Take Action

 

You have a choice. You can believe or not believe. But if you believe – whatever you believe – you must act upon it. Otherwise, why believe? … All those things that have happened to you do define you or your life if you fail to take action to define yourself. You can  believe in your talents. You can believe that you have love to give. You can believe that you can overcome your illness or disability. But that belief on its own won’t bring positive change in your life.

You must put it into action.

Nick Vujicic, from his book Untoppable

You Know Me

 

You know me

More than I know my name.

You could search my heart

And even see the emptiness

I’d rather not know.

You  have seen my worst,

My filth and my imperfections.

Yet you still picked me up

As though I was a lost precious pearl

Finally found by your mercy.

Why do I question you when I’m hurt

As if your faithfulness is not enough?

Why do I doubt your plans

As if your thoughts are not higher than mine?

Why do I deny your love

And get angry when I’m disciplined?

Why do I forget to trust you

Even if I witnessed you do the impossible?

Your patience brought me to humility

And I am eternally grateful

For your gift of redemption.

I need your grace

More than ever.

Fill me with your spirit.

Complete me with your love.

Make me live your words

That I may shine the light

That gives you glory.

Kris Ancog

Be Wrecked

 

Everyone in this world is searching. Each of us is searching for something to give meaning to life. To bring purpose to our work. We all know this; we’re familiar with this emptiness, this longing for more.

Jeff Goins from his boook Wrecked

Just read the first chapter and I’m loving it.

Daybreak

With a bleeding heart

And a broken soul,

My body turned into stone

Gradually swallowed

By the rising waters

Of the river of sorrow.

My eyes refuse to open

For they know

That darkness is better

Than seeing

What is real and painful.

Nevertheless, I looked up

Above the heavens.

And you showed your mercy

Like a glowing ember

In a pitch black night.

A glimpse of hope

And sufficient strength

You gave me

Until I saw the first light

Breaking into a new morning.

You lifted me up

And made me fly

Like the great eagle

Soaring above the thunder.

I am no longer afraid

Because I know deep within

That healing and comfort

Would come even from

The smallest of faith.

Kris Ancog

Finding the Burning Bush

 

In the midst of turmoil

I tremble

As my silent tears

Flow from my weary eyes.

Then I saw

The burning bush

And heard your voice

That said

I have not given you

The spirit of fear…

I am with you

And will not forsake you.

So even in the valley of danger

I will carry on walking…

Knowing

Believing

And trusting

That you are faithful

To fulfill

Your promises.

Your word

Stands

Forever.

Kris Ancog

The Way

From yesterday’s preaching:

We cannot enjoy the power of the resurrection if we do not first experience the pain of crucifixion.

The way to the mountain of life goes through the valley of death.

Dr. Barry Chant, Senior Pastor, Wesley International Congregation, Sydney

The Season of Waiting

When I started my 101 Contemplative Photography Project, I chose the photo of those green buds for my first post. During that time I knew that I needed to wait for a few months before I could see how beautiful the flowers will be when they are ready to bloom.

Nature taught me that good things are worth waiting for.

Even my own spiritual journey led me to one of the very important lessons in life – waiting upon the Lord.

There will be times when to be strong in the Lord is to resist manipulating things and just stand still, knowing that God is readying and accomplishing something we may not be able to see. Waiting upon the Lord is NOT doing nothing.  It is patiently and prayerfully trusting Him that He knows exactly what He is doing, He is protecting us, He is acting on our behalf, and His timing is always perfect – not too early but never too late.

For when you did awesome things

that we did not expect,

you came down,

and the mountains trembled before you.

Since ancient times,

no one has heard,

no ear has perceived,

 no eye has seen any God besides you,

who acts on behalf

of those who WAIT for Him.

Isaiah 64:3-4, NIV

Have a  blessed Good Friday everyone!

Kris | The Terrible Artist