Saturday, July 28, 2012

triple shot of trust #dailysoulfood

"do not let ur hearts be troubled. trust in God. trust also in me" - John 14:1

Before Jesus mentioned this scripture... He was telling His disciples that He was going to leave soon. Imagine the pain and anguish in the disciples hearts hearing that horrific news. The one they trusted to save them and be their Messiah was going to leave them. They had left EVERYTHING for Him and He was now leaving. 

I'm sure in their heads they were thinking "huwaaaaat? What do you mean you're leaving? You're not supposed to go anywhere... We trusted you with our lives..You're supposed to be the promised Messiah. If you leave us... Where the heck are we supposed to go and what are we supposed to do now?!?!?" I'm sure everyone had some sort of mini-anxiety spell at that moment. 

In the middle of dropping one of the saddest news to them, Jesus says: "do not let your hearts be troubled... Trust in God, Trust also in me."

Jesus was telling His disciples to trust, even when they didn't understand the full situation. He didn't just say trust Me (because He knew they were about to witness His painful death). He told them, trust YHWH, my Father God who has been faithful to His people throughout generations....the One who led Israel out of bondage and slavery, YHWH the One who provided manna in the desert and let them win wars even if Israel was a small nation.

And then Jesus said trust also in me, the Servant who came to live with you, dine with you, heal you and walk with you. The One who laughed with you, cried with you and the One who just washed your feet. (the Holy Spirit had not been introduced to them at this time or else im sure Jesus would have said... Trust also in the Holy Spirit)

Daily Soul Food: When God takes us through hard situations and we receive news that we don't understand... He knows how easy it is for our hearts to worry or be anxious or even be heartbroken and in complete pain. But He wants us to learn that in and through whatever news and season we go through, but especially when we don't understand what is going on, Trust in the characteristic of each person in the Trinity. Remember the goodness and faithfulness of our Father God, our Savior and Lord Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit that lives within each of us. The remedy for a troubled heart is to take a triple shot of trust in the Trinity. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Swinging it.

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." George Bernard Shaw

Friday, July 20, 2012

One of life's greatest treasures.

I love these ladies :)))) so thankful for covenant friendships that grow stronger even through time and distance. friendships and relationships like these are one of life's greatest treasures. #wedding #girlfriends #sisters #family

you got madskillz #dailysoulfood

"send me therefore, a man skilled to gold, silver, bromze, iron and in purplse, crimson and blue yarn, and experienced in the art of engraving, to work in Judah and Jerusalem with my skilled craftsmen..." - 2 chronicles 2:7

solomon asked for skilled craftsmen and workers who were experienced in certain skill sets and crafts to build the temple. more often that not, society (church, schools, tv, etc) celebrates and exalts the one person that looks like an all-around, well-gifted leader. one like solomon...who was hella smart, hella rich, someone who looked like he got it all together.

but even he couldn't build the temple by himself.  he needed people. he needed others to build the house of God. people who weren't in the "limelight"... the ones who have madskillz in doing every day work..... which are most of us today.

i know people around my sphere of influence that are great in admin, great in teaching, great in taking care of their children, great in making coffee, great in cooking, great in engineering the soundboard or powerpoint, or serving in set up and take down, great in accounting, great in organizing and cleaning, skilled in leading smallgroups and making disciples.

often times, these people aren't in the limelight and they aren't celebrated as much as the "limelight people". often times the people that get recognized are the "solomons"....but remember...without the experienced workers and craftsmen, solomon would have not been able to build the temple (God's house) by himself.

daily soulfood: dear non-solomons.... the church needs YOU (your skill, your craft, your gift, your work) to build His Kingdom. You play an important role in what God is doing...because He chose for you to be a part of keep on at it...even if you never get any accolades or praises. use your gift for an audience of ONE and He will be faithful to bless you in due time.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

love them to the end #dailysoulfood

Just before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that the time had come to leave this world to go to the Father. Having loved his dear companions, he continued to love them right to the end. The Devil by now had Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, firmly in his grip, all set for the betrayal. Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God. So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron. - John 13:1-6

Jesus washed His disciples feet. Those nasty, dirty, stanky feet. Even the feet of the person who was about to betray Him. It baffles me to think that God, in human flesh, would have it in him to touch feet. I have taken massage therapy classes before...and let me tell ya...some people's feet nowadays are still nasty...with different kinds of crud and stuff on it....imagine how it was 2000 years ago - Jesus' homies were walking without socks and shoes, walking on dirt and dung. guh-ross!

Jesus took on the state of a servant and washed their feet anyway. even if He knew how dirty those feet were. even if He knew that one pair of those feet would be the ones that would run away and betray Him only moments after. He still washed them. 

i often ask myself...why??? why would God do that....!??!!?!?!?

1. Jesus knew Who He WasJesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything. Jesus had no insecurity of who and whose He was...that's why He could serve the way He did. often times, we try to put ourselves in positions that aren't "below us"....but Jesus took the position of a slave...a humble servant and clean dirt and dung off of the disciples feet...why?!?! because He was secure that He was a King and knew His serving in lowly places and serving people who didnt like Him didn't make Him insecure. 

2. Jesus loved. John 13 says that Jesus wanted to love them right to the end. His love for His disciples was so unconditional that it didn't matter where they have been or what they were about to do...He still served them and loved them anyway. He still cleaned them. He still gave of Himself to them. even to the people who He knew was going to betray Him. 

the disciple's response (and now our response) was to allow Jesus to wash the dirty off of we can help others in the process to help serve and lead others the One who removes all filth in us.

help people. serve people. love people to the end. yes, even those people who have betrayed you.

because Jesus did the same for us, our heart should only be overflowing to do the same to others. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Photographs and thoughts at 3am

It's 3:00am Cali time (midnight in Hawaii) and I can't sleep. my brain hasn't been able to shut down. And my allergies are messing me up.

Can't believe we've been here for 5 days already. These past few days have been crazy fast, trying to play parties and weddings and even more parties. It's been a constant go-go-go. I forgot how busy life gets here in LA.

In the midst of the "go", I've taken photographs in my heart of certain moments that I want to capture in my memory forever. Moments that make my heart feel full. Moments when i wish that the clock would slow itself down and not even move. Times that I wish could last a little longer than that minute that it was given.

A photograph of me being here with my nephew watching him grow up - crawling, smiling, crying, hugging. Seriously, this kid is the cutest. He hardly ever cries and is one of the easiest babies to take care of. Aaaaaack I just wanna bite him and squeeze him.

A photograph of being with immediate family. My crazy, zany, often dramatic family with all our weirdness, quirks and idiosyncrasies. Though it drives me crazy often times, these are the very things I miss when my heart misses home. Being far away from my parents and sisters is hard.

A photograph of being friends and girlfriends. Who cry or squeal or shout when they see you coz they miss you so much, no words can express what they feel. Girlfriends who throw parties for you and drop last minute plans just to be with you. Friends who have supported me and believed in me by praying, encouraging, and even giving financially these past 11 months and are willing to continue to do so coz they believe in the vision God has put in my heart, and now in my husband's heart as well.

A photograph of being with sisters and best friends together. My sisters. Blood sisters. Adopted sisters. Sisters who know me, can make me laugh out loud with one look, and can affirm my husband's theories about me being crazy by sharing their own stories of crazy Patricia :)))

A photograph of food. An array of food. Cheap food. Real cheap food!!!!

A photograph of watching my husband being welcomed with open arms. LA isnt necessarily the friendliest city in the world, but he sure did get a lot of love here already. He was a complete stranger to almost everyone here, yet everyone in my family and church welcomed him and loved on him and they were all excited to meet him as much as they wanted to see me. A photograph of seeing the expression in his face, to see me in my element and see how much the people here have exemplified friendship and love. He now understands (and has seen) the full reality of how hard it was for me 11 months ago, to leave family & friends in order to do God's will and move 2500 miles to live away in a land full of complete strangers.

A photograph of the toast during my bridal shower, when my sister said "for dreams coming true".... And how each person in that table KNEW to some capacity, the fight it took for me to continue to stay in faith and believe for God for breakthrough.

A photograph of cousins with familiar hugs and smiles and jokes and stories about me before I became a Christian. Boy do they got some stories ;)

A photograph of my son and his excitement to see and be with his friends. Friends he has grown up with all his life.

My heart has taken photographs of these special moments. I'm so glad I have a few more days to create memories. I'm trying to take it all in. And at 3:20am, i find myself in tears because i already know how hard it is going to be for me to get on that plane next week and leave.

Los Angeles is not the homiest place, its not even the friendliest place, but the people here have created an environment here for my heart to call home.

Dear God, I ask, please remind me and speak to my heart as to why You are asking me to leave all this and go back to Hawaii. And please give me strength not to break down and cry at my wedding in front of all the people that are the very reasons why it is going to be so very hard for me to leave.