Sunday, July 31, 2011

Song of Joy

I’ve been searching for such a long time

the peace and joy from within

wondering if it’s a crime

‘coz it’s nowhere to find: from here until Berlin

After all the pain and sorrow,

there’ll be one day when I can see the rainbow

my life will once again be colourful

the pure joy makes it beautiful

joyfully, Lord I embrace You

even the sky isn’t always blue

I believe that You’ll provide

In You oh God, I’ll confide

I surrender my life to You,

I have faith that you're gonna see me through

All my life, I will sing this song

With You, I know that I’ll be strong

Ho Chi Minh City, 31 July 2011

@ copyright Fonny Jodikin

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Problems Have a Purpose

Yesterday, I encountered this interesting article by Max Lucado. It has been a great blessing... And I'd like to keep it in my blog...thanks to Max Lucado for this inspiring article...

Problems Have a Purpose

Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.
Psalm 50:15 NLT

God will use whatever he wants to display his glory. Heavens and stars. History and nations. People and problems. My dying dad inWest Texas.

The last three years of his life were scarred by ALS. The disease took him from a healthy mechanic to a bedbound paralytic. He lost his voice and his muscles, but he never lost his faith. Visitors noticed. Not so much in what he said but more in what he didn’t say. Never outwardly angry or bitter, Jack Lucado suffered stately.

His faith led one man to seek a like faith. After the funeral this man sought me out and told me. Because of my dad’s example, he became a Jesus follower.

Did God orchestrate my father’s illness for that very reason? Knowing the value he places on one soul, I wouldn’t be surprised. And imagining the splendor of heaven, I know my father’s not complaining.

A season of suffering is a small assignment when compared to the reward.

Rather than begrudge your problem, explore it. Ponder it. And most of all, use it. Use it to the glory of God. . . .

Your pain has a purpose. Your problems, struggles, heartaches, and hassles cooperate toward one end—the glory of God.

—from It’s Not About Me

Heavenly Father, when problems and pain come my way, help me to remember that nothing comes into my life without your approval. Rather than complain and cry about the challenges I face, help me consider them as opportunities to bring glory to you. Give me the strength and patience to bear my burdens in a way that will honor you. I will lift my eyes off the trials and keep them fixed firmly on you, amen.

Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us.
Daniel 3:17

Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.
Joshua 21:45

Live LovedMany are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
Psalm 34:19