My Help Comes from the Lord

psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.

The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

Psalm 121 (ESV)

Winter Morning

winter 3 ex
Look at the birds of the air. They neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of more value than they?
Matthew 6:26
(ESV) 

 

snow 1 4
Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.
Isaiah 1:18
(ESV)

 

isiah 1-18 -2
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:34
(ESV)

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Happy New Year 2018!

NarrowBamboo 2018

Today is just a continuation of yesterday, but we like a new start. I am sure you have some New Year’s resolutions. Every year, I see many new faces when I go to the gym, but by March, these new people have disappeared. Yes, we all fully intend to follow through, but our determination may not be enough. Breaking old habits and establishing new patterns is not easy. I have my lists of New Year’s resolutions also. In fact, every year they are the same. But this one is my lifelong resolution:

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

May your year 2018 be blessed by God’s grace and mercy!

 

The Eternal House

TNBG Christmas 2017

“You need to tell me what you want for your Christmas,” my mom said to me. But I didn’t want to tell her what I wanted because, after all, Santa knows everything, right? Why did she need to know?

But my mother kept asking me every day, so I finally gave in and told her, “I want to have a Licca-chan house (doll house).” Continue reading

The Three Wishes

two wishes

“At least I want to survive until I hold my baby …” She told me quietly, and she stroked her large belly with her slender fingers. It was three more months until her due date. She looked abstract and detached from reality. I was overwhelmed by a flood of various emotions and could not hold back my tears. I was shouting in my mind, “Why? Why, God? She is a faithful Christian who loves you so much. Her husband and her two boys, and her unborn baby need her. And I don’t want to lose her either. She is my best friend and dear sister in Christ. She is too young to go to heaven. Maybe after forty years, but not now.” Continue reading