Sunday, April 10, 2011

What does it mean when you rest in the Lord...

I was searching for an answer, started to type the phrase "resting in the Lord" on Google search, and I was very very touched and blessed to find this from a site "inspiration for singles". My God truly knows my need...

What does it mean to 'rest in God'?

Sometimes, all you can do is rest in God.
The single life can be maddeningly frustrating at times. You can feel discouraged, lonely, and so soul-tired that you don't know what to do.That's when it's time to rest in God. It's not giving up. It's not giving in to despair. Rather, it's turning your messed up life over to God to let him fix it. He promised to do just that:
"Come to me all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest." (Mt. 11:28)
We were never meant to go it alone anyway. Jesus found that out firsthand when he became a human being. He depended heavily on his heavenly Father for support and guidance. When he was exhausted, he went off by himself to rest in God.

And just do nothing?
We're not used to handing control over to anyone else. We want to do it our way, on our timing. We don't trust other people to do things exactly the way we want them, and we have a darn hard time trusting God, either. But can you think of anyone more competent than God? Can't the all-powerful being who created the universe and who keeps it running take care of your problem? When you rest in God, you don't tell him what to do or how to do it. You take a break from your trouble. You sit on God's lap and take a nap.

Hit bottom yet?
Some of us need to hit bottom before we're willing to surrender to God's care and protection. We still have the stubborn notion that somehow we can pull it out, somehow we can salvage the situation on our own.
We're not smart enough yet to turn things over to the Professional Problem Solver. We think of God only as a last resort. Amazingly, he doesn't get offended by that. He watches us bang our head into this wall and that, looking with compassion on our foolishness. We run around like hyperactive two year-olds until we can't run any more. He knows what's coming. He knows we'll eventually crumple, exhausted, then ask him if he could help.
He doesn't even seem to mind that we've botched things so badly that they look impossible. For nothing is impossible with God. (Luke 1:37)

Can I help? Please?
Even then, we still can't keep our fingers out of it. We don't completely get what it means to rest in God. It means trusting. Surrendering. Not interfering. It means having so much faith in him that we can finally have some peace. Again, by losing our life--turning it over to him completely--we gain it. We finally get it through our thick skull that he always wants what's best for us, and no matter what happens, that's what we'll get. It may not appear so at the time, but he'll make it right. He never welches on his promises.

'Hey, this really works'
To our surprise, we're calm. Our anxiety is gone. This resting in God business means exactly that, resting. We're relaxed again. Stress-free. We have this unexplainable assurance that everything's going to turn out all right, even if it does mean a loss. He'll be with us after the loss and will take us into his rest again, anytime we want.
We could kick ourselves for not coming to him sooner. Finally, though, we're safe in the Master's hands. We've learned how to let go and rest in God.

When yr mind is transformed...

I wrote a note on facebook while I was in Seattle, and today I was reading again. It once again blessed my heart, so I decided to repost it on my blog :

Transformation of mind by the Holy Spirit :
Woke up early this morning, turned on TV and Joyce Meyer was sharing : Everyday, I tell myself I am blessed, I expect the abundance of blessings from the Lord. There are many people in this world, who thinks that waiting upon God is simple passive, awaiting for blessings to just fall from Heaven, and they do nothing but wait aimlessly.. But the true waiting of the Lord is aggressive, it is believing with action that what the Lord promises will come true. It is like a pregnant lady, she prepares for the baby to be birthed, she gets her body ready, she gets the baby room ready, she doesn't expect the baby to be gone.. she expects the baby to be birthed.
 
Instead of saying : I don't want to wish too much, just in case my dreams never come true and I am hurt. Every Christian should be saying : I pray for my dreams to come true, and even if the dreams do not come the way I perceive, in my spirit, i know God is good, and it will still be fulfilled, in ways beyond me, and when it happens, often we look back, God actually answers our prayer, sometimes more than just according to our desire, He perfects the process of us receiving and eventually be in awe of it,
 
Lord, let 2011 be the year I understand this truth even in greater measures.. I know you have given me a good dream, and when people or even myself sometimes wonder have you forgotten that specific dream, I knew You have already answered that dream, and you are preparing me to receive that in full blessings without any flaws.. I am getting my ready for it.. 2011 - the transformation of the mind by the Holy Spirit. Amen.

J

Saturday, April 9, 2011

After 7 years....God is still faithful.

Today, we had a wedding at White Rabbit, and it was another beautiful wedding. Unlike our usual weddings, it was a design that was created with no frills, rustic white and green table centrepieces with interesting ingredients - herbs. Handmade placecards, no coloured lightings, but simply the ambience lightings from the restaurant. And when I was seated outside at the courtyard, I was reminded simplicity is truly beauty at times.. sometimes the most simple things created by God is the most beautiful things discovered.
I never felt so relaxed in a wedding, since Jas was the assigned planner for this couple, and I was here just to ensure all is as planned. Interesting it was one wedding party with many familiar faces - my old clients and friends. I have much thoughts in my mind and heart, and I will be flying again tomorrow.

The sound engineer came to me, and asked me : Hannah, how's business? Long time no see...
Honestly this year is a very special year for me. I was reminded that God will surprise me this year, with fulfillments of childhood dreams I thought He has forgotten. Our financial year ends in March, and a new financial year starts in April of each year. In Feb, I have no single deals for the new FY, my other planner has about 4 weddings, and we were wondering what has happened. My heart panicked a while, but then somehow because of what He has spoken, I was certain this year may be the
year I learn to rest in Him. We just passed March, and when I looked back unconsciously the deals I have just recently closed on my end, I realised God has blessed me with 5 weddings within a month... what can I say : After 7 years, God is still faithful.

Lord, thank you for being so faithful always... forgive me that at times, my little faith and doubts have failed to see Your wonderful blessings.. Teach me O Lord, never to doubt what You have promised.. in your time, You truly make all things beautiful.. Amen