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These are my little devotionals, all written by me. These are reflections of my personal experiences, feelings or whatever God places in my heart to share with you. Enjoy :)

December 13, 2009
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. - Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV)

December 12, 2009
Bad things happen. Without hope, without Christ, there is no reason. There's just bad, worst, and hopelessness. But when you're going through your storm with Jesus, when you know who's in control, things don't seem as bad anymore. Raging storms become drizzles of rain dancing down from the sky to paint a rainbow up above.

November 12, 2009
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." - Psalms 51:10
Jesus gave me fresh start in life. Not a same start, to start all over again. But a new start, a new heart. A new heart for Him, for others and for myself.

April 27, 2009
Matthew 14:22-33 Right away, Jesus made his disciples get into a boat and start back across the lake. But he stayed until he had sent the crowds away. Then he went up on a mountain where he could be alone and pray. Later that evening, he was still there. By this time the boat was a long way from the shore. It was going against the wind and was being tossed around by the waves. A little while before morning, Jesus came walking on the water toward his disciples. When they saw him, they thought he was a ghost. They were terrified and started screaming.
At once, Jesus said to them, "Don't worry! I am Jesus. Don't be afraid." Peter replied, "Lord, if it is really you, tell me to come to you on the water."
"Come on!" Jesus said. Peter then got out of the boat and started walking on the water toward him. But when Peter saw how strong the wind was, he was afraid and started sinking. "Save me, Lord!" he shouted. Right away, Jesus reached out his hand. He helped Peter up and said, "You surely don't have much faith. Why do you doubt?" When Jesus and Peter got into the boat, the wind died down. The men in the boat worshiped Jesus and said, "You really are the Son of God!"

When Peter walked on the water, he floated because he had faith in Jesus. But when he began to lose faith and to doubt the Lord, he began to sink. How can we apply this to our lives? Proverbs 4:5,6 says "Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track." When we lose focus of who is really in charge, when we begin to doubt our Lord, when we place our trust in mere in man rather than God, when allow fear to swallow us rather than allowing God's faithfulness to embrace us, we begin to sink, just like Peter. But our lack of faith does not nullify Jesus's faithfulness. Whether we decide to trust God or not, He always has a way to bring us through, and to save us. Psalm 37:23-24 tells us that "If [we] do what the LORD wants, He will make certain each step [we] take is sure. The LORD will hold [our] hand, and if [we] stumble, [we] still won't fall. "

February 21, 2009
What does the Bible say about giving and sharing?
"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full." - Acts 20:35, 2 Corinthians 9:7, Matthew 6:2
Everyday on my way to school, I would see poor men begging for money. I would sometimes wonder, are they just pretending? How do they spend the money giving to them? On drugs, alcohol, cigarattes or for food? There is a particular man whom I've been convinced is truly poor. I could feel God speaking to my heart, telling me to buy him life living necessities such as toothbrush, tooth paste, socks, deoderant, some juice, ect. I listened to God, and I went to the store and bought a bunch of stuff for this man. I don't know him, I've never spoken to him, but God told me to do something and I obeyed. It really felt good to help this man. I don't consider the money spent on him as a lost to me, but more as a gain to him who truely needed it. When you obey God's voice and give to those in need, God will reward you. Two days after I gave the man the things I bought for him, my mother's friend gave me some money just as a gift. I knew it was a way of God rewarding me, and it was more money than I had spent on the man. Be careful, don't try to turn the Bible's words into a money making scheme. Don't think, "If I give away 5$, I will get back $10." It doesn't work that way. We should give out of love, the same kind of love God showed us by blessing us with the things we have now. I considered that man's happiness as a reward to me. But God wanted to reward me even more. Anyways, bottom line is, obey God, and do something nice to those in need. You don't necessarily have to give money, exactly. You can give food to the hungry, you can give words of encouragement to the discouraged, you can offer your time to those who need help with a task, etc.

December 7, 2008
"As the dear panteth for the waters so my soul longeth after Thee (Psalm 42:1) You alone are my heart's desire and I long to worship You. You alone are my strength, my shield, to You alone may my spirit yield, I love you more than any other So much more than anything"
- Song by A. Martin Nystrom.
How much does your soul long after God? Do you seek Him as one would seek a treasure? As you continue to grow spiritually, you will more and more realise your need for God in your whole life.

November 24, 2008
"Seek after God as you would the most precious treasure on
earth
. Seek Him with all your heart and you shall find Him. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. Make making Him your life’s quest, your top priority. Christ died for you. He took your place of judgment. Live your life for Him. Do this, and you will discover the reality of God. "
- Reflections

November 20, 2008
My source is God. Proverbs 3:5-6 says "Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take." Proverbs 14:12 says "There's a way of life that looks harmless enough; look again—it leads straight to hell. Sure, those people appear to be having a good time, but all that laughter will end in heartbreak."

November 15, 2008
Don't attempt to get rid of sin before coming to Christ. Nobody can conquer sin without the Holy Spirit living in them. Come to Christ just as you are. It is because of sin that we need to come to Jesus. It is only then that we may begin to conquer sin and live a life pleasing to God.