It Is Not God, It Is Us

About 10 years ago, I was in the middle of faith crisis because of my family situation. I was angry and blame my parents and God for what happened in our family.

I was thinking that God couldn’t help or even didn’t wanna care to listen to our prayers anymore. I “hate” God, I told Him.

But I was WRONG! It was not God, it was me & my parents. It was our sins that seperate us from Him.

The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It’s your sins that have cut you off from God.

Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.

(Isaiah 59:1, 2 NLT)

When I look back, God has been so gracious to us since that day. He has shown us His loving-kindness and unfailing love to us.

Through that situation He brought us back to Him. He used other Christian frieda to reach for us, to help us to find Him and His forgiveness.

He opened the way for us to walk in the salvation He provided for us in Christ Jesus.

He provided to way for us to CONNECT with Him again.So we can have relationship with Him again.

He was, is and always be our God. Though we had forgotten Him, He never forget nor forsake His creations. He never for get us. He never forget you, too.

You can connect with God again today.
You can have realtionship with God today.
You can confess your sins and ask for His forgiveness today.
You can be saved and be His child today.
You can because Jesus has done it on the cross for you.

Yes, God has provided the way for you today, are gonna take His hands today?

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I link this to Five Minute Friday: Connect

This Is More Than A Challenge

Before 2008, I always got up 4 o’clock in the morning, started my daily life with getting shower, ran to catch the bus, attended classes, went to work after class as part-timer, then went back home. I ended my days around 10 p.m. every day. That was my life when I was in Indonesia. My daily routine life was pushing me out of bed way early in the morning otherwise everything would be out of schedule.

I spent reading my Bible and listened to music on the way to my campus every morning because it took 2 hours from my parents’ house to the campus.

Since I moved to States after getting married, my routine shifted. Especially when I had nothing to do and then our first born baby arrived. Totally messed up my routine. I spent all my time to figure out what and how to become a mom and a wife, how to adjust with this new culture and life style. Everything is changed. The only thing that never ever change is GOD and his Word.

Yes, I found it difficult to wake up early in the morning since then. It’s been hard for me. Why? Because I have nothing to do or somewhere to be in the morning, I have no schedule at all, I have no priority, and I have no motivations at all. I feel that I am not a good wife and mom, nothing to compare with the woman describes in Proverbs 31 at all!

But I never stop asking God to show me how and help me to get on my feet in the morning, to do better serving my husband and my daughter (soon we will have 2 children!) and most of all to serve my Lord and King. I keep on praying and reading the Bible at any time, anywhere, any moment.

In the last couple of months, I have been following a Twitter feeds from several Christian women who have been encouraging me with their tweets. Through them I found Kat @ Inspired to Action. Kat with 9 other amazing women start a challenge called Hello Mornings, how to maximize our mornings as a child of God, follower of Christ, a wife, a mom and an encouraging friend to others.

THIS IS THE ANSWER TO MY PRAYER, I think. I am sure IT IS! God led me to this group of women who faithfully walk with God and share their testimonies to encourage other women. I need this. I need the motivation and help. Why?

Because we need others, who is stronger that us, to strengthen us in faith. And they are there for you and me.

Just like my friend, Meredith, says, “Being a mom and a wife is a never-ending non-stop job.” We need each other. This is a challenge for me. A challenge that I pray God will use it to maximize my life and my mornings for only for Him, that God will use and give wisdom to my Accountability Captains to motivate and to help me and my friends in our groups to life our lives in God’s glory, and that God will show His favor and love to all of us.

How are we gonna do this? Joining this challenge, participants will:

  1. experience quality time with God
  2. intentionally plan their mornings
  3. and exercise regularly

And how am I gonna do it?

  • I will go to bed when it’s time to go to bed as early as possible.
  • I will get up earlier that anyone in my house, that will be my husband and my girl (they are early risers!).
  • I will spend time with as my very first thing to do in the morning: listening to Audio Bible and reading  at the same time (writing journal, of course!).
  • Fixing breakfast for my husband and brewing our favorite coffee.
  • Get myself ready for my children to wake up and getting their breakfast ready.
  • and the list will goes on…

Those are the beginning and I pray that God will help me to start my day well with Him and finish it well with Him.

This is not just a challenge, this is more than that. This is a change of life style, from nothing to something. Everybody can do it with and through Christ Jesus who is the source of every thing we will need to walk with God, to serve and obey Him, to love Him and to show the world His love.

How do you maximize your morning? Do you want more that just what you have done so far?

Come and and join us at Hello Morning Fall Challenge, visit and register HERE. It’s not too late!

Five Minute Friday: Story

Story.

“What kind of story are you writing now in your life?”

That’s the question that I always ask myself. It’s not because I wanna be a writer, but I want to leave a story for my next generation so they will know who their older generations are.

Just exactly like what God told the people of Israel in the book of Exodus through Deuteronomy, that they had to tell the stories, the amazing stories, what God had done among them since the beginning, from setting them free form the slavery in Egypt until how mighty God’s hands over Israelites when they overcame the other nations so they could take over the Promise Land and settled in. But not only the stories of how God worked in their lives, but most important things are all the Law and commands that He had given to His people, need to be told over and over again, at any time, any where and to all generations.

Story I want to pass on is the story how God works in my life, to bring glory only to His Holy Name. Story I want my next generations know and remember is how great our living God, how faithful He is and how He has changed my life and so that they can trust and to obey Him. And they can be the stories to the next one.

My past is not a story that I want them to remember, but I want God to use my past that one that He has changed to show how He has plans for my life and their lives, that God never forget nor forsake us. I let God use my life stories to bless others and changes others.

I want my next generations know that God is the one who write our life story, to wonderful and perfect one, when we surrender and trust in Him, in His plan, in His love, in His grace, and in His mighty power that can change our life and yours.

So, what kind of story are you writing now?

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1. Write for 5 minutes flat on the prompt: “Dance” with no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
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There’s Always A Reason

There is always a reason for us to worship the LORD, our God.
There is always a reason for us to give thanks to the LORD, our God.
There is always a reason for us to lift up our voice and praise His Holy Name.
There’s 10,000 reasons to bless the LORD.

Overcoming Failure

I’ve been reading Renee Swope‘s book, A Confident Heart, for one of my Summer readings.

At the end of chapter 7, she shared about failing forward, failure and how we can overcome it. She wrote,

“When we disappint God and other people, it can automatically make us feel like a failure. This reinforces Satan’s lies and destroys our confidence. Fearing failure can distort our perspective and keep us focused on the fear of failing again. Instead, we need to ask God if there is something we need to di differently.”

What is failure? What are the causes of failure? Renee answers those quetions from the Truth:

“One of the main themes of the Bible is overcoming failure. Throughout Scriptures we see that failure is something caused by disobedience (Num.14:40-45), sin (Josh. 7:3-12), lack of faith (Matt. 17:15-21), not following God’s ways (2 Chron. 28:1-5), lack of counting the cost (Luke 14:28-29), unbelief (Heb. 4:6), and wrong motives (James 4:3).”

Isn’t that true? I know it’s true and happens to me. Satan always try to get to me through “making me feel like a failure” when I disapoint God or someone (especially my husband, daughter and parents). Satan knows well our weak spot in our life and he will use it over and over again to destry and draw us away from God and His love.

I would be so down and discouraged when that happened to me. But God is so good, so gracious and so faithful. He shows love, grace and mercy to me. He speaks to me through His words, patience husband and wise, spirit-filled mentor&friends I have. He makes sure I know well that He is there and guides me step by step to the victory in Jesus.

Overcoming failure is only by coming to Jesus, searching God’s will for your life and live it!

Five Minute Friday: Dance

First thing came up in my mind when I saw the promo word for today is the song from The Civil Wars: Dance Me To The End Of Love. Here’s part of it:

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic ’til I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
And dance me to the end of love
Yeah
Dance me to the end of love

I am not gonna write this is an analogy to something, I just like it 😀

Nothing spiritual or telling about Jesus in this song. But I have experienced that my husband has been the one who dance me through the panic, worries, and difficult times with me. He has been the one that lift me up in time when I was down. He has been the one that God uses to show me that He never leave me along, He is there for me through my husband, and I can count of Him at anytime. God has show me the beauty of love through my husband for he loves me that much.

I am so thankful to have my husband, Dave, to dance me and with me till the end of time.

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Five Minute Friday: Risk

I remember about 7 years ago when I said “Yes, Lord, it’s me send me to go,” at a National Student Mission Conference, in Indonesia. I kneeled down and cried out loud to the Lord for the heart and passion for the people on Indonesia. That day I made the commitment to obey His calling in my life, to walk with Him wherever He leads me and to submit to Jesus’ Lordship for the rest of my life.

Sounds so spiritual, right? But risky.

Yes, I take the risk to leave all my dreams behind, and take God’s dream, vision and desire for all nations as mine.

Yes, I take the risk to go alone (I was single that time ^_^).

And now, I take the risk to go to the mission field with my family – my husband and a toddler (soon will be 2 kids!)

But I have God with me, I trust Him with all my heart, my mind and my life. God who has called me, also called my husband, and also called my kids to go, to serve Him in Indonesia. We trust in Him that He is the one who will provide ALL THINGS that we need spiritually, physically and financially. He is the one who sent us to go and will make His own mission success through us. He is the One and Only who will receive the praise and glory from all people, the people of Indonesia who speaks over 700 languages.

Now, the risk seems so small because we have BIG God!

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1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..