Mother’s Day Tribute

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the mums out there! Special shout out to my mum: Thank you mum for all your love, sacrifices and care for the whole family! I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful mum like you! May God bless you in return for all your hard work!! 🙂

Enjoy the slideshow! (All pictures are taken from: Dayspring Mother’s Day Ecards)

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Today’s article is taken from: http://www.dayspring.com/articles/the-meaning-of-motherhood

THE MEANING OF MOTHERHOOD by Mariali @ DaySpring

God has a specific purpose for everything He created, and mothers are no different. When He designed the heart of women, He had specific purposes in mind that were intended for them to carry out. There is something unique and special about how God designed a woman’s heart to love tenderly, teach wisely, and nurture selflessly.

I left home when I moved away to college 3000 miles away in a completely different country. Being only 17 at the time, there were a lot of things I still needed a mother for. I remember the first time I took my pile of dirty laundry to the dorm laundry room. I reached out for the phone as I stared at the washing machine wondering how to do laundry…I needed a mother’s instruction. As I walked through my college years on my own in a new country, I found myself in this same spot several times: the times I got sick, the times I felt alone, the times I didn’t know what God’s will for my future was, etc. But in God’s sovereign plan for motherhood, He put older women in my life at the time (and continues to do so) that have come alongside and loved me “like a mother.” The counsel in 1 Timothy 5:2 came very handy, “Treat older women as you would your mother.”

Our stories are all different. Some of us might’ve grown up without a mother, others may have a challenging relationship with our mother, and still others might live miles away from their mother like I did. The beautiful thing about our Heavenly Father is that no matter what our story is, He desires to meet all our needs so that whatever we lackHe will provide. During all these times when I needed a mother’s love, God sent other women who became “like a mother” to me over the years. Sometimes it was my roommate’s mom, other times it was my Bible study hostess, and yet other times it was the sweet older lady I sat next to at church. You’ve probably heard the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” and while no one will ever replace a Mother, I am grateful that the Lord provided many women throughout various challenging times that allowed God to use them to be like a mother to me.

Do you have those women in your life? Ask the Holy Spirit how you might be able to bless them back? Or perhaps you might consider being “like a mother” to a younger woman the Lord is leading you to mentor? This Mother’s Day, remember to honor your Mom and all the beautiful and selfless ladies that have been like a mother in your life.

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11 Ways to be a Prayer Warrior (by Whitney Hopler)

11 Ways to be a Prayer Warrior

Yay! It’s Wednesday! That’s when we usually have our OCF Prayer Meeting! 🙂

I always look forward to catching up with each one of my fellow OCFers and hear about the good things that has happened to them! And of course, lifting them up in prayers with whatever struggles/difficulties they are going through! It’s comforting to know that you are NOT alone!  (Even though sometimes  I can’t make it to every prayer meeting, I still pray for you guys at home/uni 🙂 )

I’m so grateful to our current OCF Prayer Coordinator (and anyone else who prayed for me)for being my Prayer Warrior(s), especially during the darkest hours of my life battling those annoying skin allergy…

Anyways, I thought it would be a good time to share with you on how you (yes, YOU 🙂 ) can also be a Prayer Warrior to the people around you, including strangers! =)

So, without any further ado, let me present to you the 11 Ways to be a Prayer Warrior!

Article taken from: http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/how-to-be-a-prayer-warrior.html

Editor’s Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Stormie Omartian’s new book, Prayer Warrior: The Power of Praying Your Way to Victory (Harvest House, 2013).

So many bad circumstances take place in this fallen world – such as illness, crime, accidents, and conflicts – that it’s easy to get so discouraged that you simply let it all happen without fighting it. But you actually have more control over bad situations than you may realize. Evil is behind much of the bad that happens in the world, and God has given you the ability to fight evil and overcome it with good through the most powerful weapon possible: prayer.

God calls all believers to fight in the spiritual battles that are constantly taking place, where evil causes suffering but God works to redeem it for good purposes. Those who say “yes” to God’s call – prayer warriors – participate in the world’s most important work.

Here’s how you can be a Prayer Warrior:

Understand that there is a war and you are in it. Like it or not, all of us are caught up in the spiritual war that’s taking place between good and evil. If you don’t engage in the war, you’ll still be affected by it – and you’ll be much more vulnerable to evil than you would if you decided to fight as God calls you to do. So be active; not passive. Engage in spiritual warfare with the confidence that God’s power working through you is greater than any evil working against you. Your prayers can help prevent bad things from happening to people and usher good things into people’s lives. Listen to the Holy Spirit’s promptings for guidance about how best to pray for what’s most needed – and then pray to advance God’s kingdom on Earth and stop the spread of evil.

SEE ALSO: Moms: How to be a Prayer Warrior for Your Kids

Know your commander and stand on His side. Your commander in spiritual warfare is Jesus Christ, who leads two armies: the army of holy angels in heaven and the army of prayer warriors on Earth. Jesus chose you, saves you, gives you an eternal inheritance of blessings, and lives in your soul as the Holy Spirit. Jesus wants you to choose His side in the spiritual war, and to remember that the power He gives you is more powerful than evil. Your commander Jesus is the greatest example of a prayer warrior; by studying his life on Earth you can learn how to serve God without fear.

Recognize who your true enemy is. Your enemy is Satan, the highest ranked of the fallen angels who rebelled against God. Satan is your adversary, accuser, tempter, and deceiver. He works by trying to convince you to doubt God’s truth and believe his lies instead. You open doors for your enemy to attack you whenever you deliberately disobey God and choose to sin. It’s vital to run away from temptations to sin and pray against Satan’s plans to hurt you and other people.

SEE ALSO: A Mother’s Role as Prayer Warrior

Be certain of your authority in prayer. Jesus has given you authority to pray in His name and to know that He will answer your prayers according to God’s will and at the right time. Be confident that you can pray to usher God’s power into any situation.

Condition yourself to be all you can be. Do the best you can to stay in good condition spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Prayer warriors, like soldiers should in order to be optimally effective when fighting. 

Put on your protective armor each morning. Put on the spiritual armor that the Bible mentions can help you engage in spiritual warfare:

Gird your waist with the truth by reading your Bible often so that its truths sink deeply into your soul, and keeping those truths in mind whenever you make decisions to help guard yourself from deception.

Put on the breastplate of righteousness by relying on the Holy Spirit’s guidance to choose what’s right; your right attitudes and actions will act like a bulletproof vest protecting you against Satan’s attacks.

Shoe your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace by accepting the peace that only Jesus can give you and using that peace as an unshakeable foundation of confidence to defend yourself against evil.

Take the shield of faith by placing your faith in God and His Word, the Bible, to deliver you from evil and trusting that anything is indeed possible with God.

Put on the helmet of salvation by reminding yourself of what Jesus did on the Cross to save you from sin’s deception and destruction, and choosing to believe what Jesus says about you rather than lies the enemy wants you to believe.

Take the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God by combatting lies with biblical truth, both defensively and offensively.

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Keep praying and relying on the Holy Spirit working through you until you see breakthroughs happen and God’s will is accomplished in the situations about which the Spirit led you to pray.

Become skilled with your spiritual weapons. Read the Bible and incorporate its truth into your life. Invite God’s presence into your life in greater power through praise and worship. Believe that anything is possible with God. Fast when you pray about especially challenging situations. Commit everything you pray about fully to God.

SEE ALSO: How to Help Your Son Succeed in Life

Engage in the war knowing time is short! Keep in mind that the time until Jesus returns at the end of the world is limited, and so is that time you have to live and serve on Earth. So make the most of the time you have to fight evil.

Identify the immediate battlefield. When you’re attacked by evil, be as specific as possible in your prayers about where the enemy has taken the battle.

Follow his orders to resist the enemy. Resist Satan and the evil spirits who work with him by submitting your life completely to God, rejecting pride, refusing fear, praying for miracles, being content, remembering what’s true and what’s not, and never giving up when you’re praying.

See what’s happening from God’s perspective. Ask God to show you the full truth about what’s going on in the situations about which you’re praying, as well as how you can pray about each of those situations to be most effective against evil.

SEE ALSO: The Joy of Fellowship in the Church

Adapted from Prayer Warrior: The Power of Praying Your Way to Victory, copyright 2013 by Stormie Omartian. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Or.,www.harvesthousepublishers.com.

Stormie Omartian is the bestselling author (more than 23 million books sold) of The Power of a Praying® series, which includes The Power of a Praying® Wife Devotional and The Power of a Praying® Woman. Her many other books includeJust Enough Light for the Step I’m On, The Prayer That Changes Everything®, and Praying the Bible into Your Life. Stormie and her husband, Michael, have been married for about 40 years and are the parents of two married children.www.stormieomartian.com.

Whitney Hopler, who has served as a Crosswalk.com contributing writer for many years, is author of the Christian novel Dream Factory, which is set during Hollywood’s golden age. Visit her website at: whitneyhopler.naiwe.com.

Related article: http://www.gotquestions.org/prayer-warrior.html 

A Treasure from Heaven

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Don’t see the point of reading the Bible/ daily devotions, then check out: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/six-benefits-of-ordinary-daily-devotions 

The bottom line is this: don’t give up on daily devotions. Don’t whip through them. Don’t let them get crowded out by other demands.

Brick upon brick a building is built. Lesson upon lesson a degree is earned. Stroke upon stroke a painting is created. Your devotions may have seemed ordinary today, but God is making something extraordinary through it. Press on! Don’t short-change the process. 🙂

Good News!!!

Hi again! I’m so excited when I received the idea from God to translate some of my posts into Chinese. Since I have some friends from China, I thought it would be easier for me to share my blog with them in the language that they felt the most comfortable with.

At first I was like, “This is a good idea God but how do I go about this???” My Chinese skills are average (hence I’m taking a Chinese unit at uni at the moment) so I’m like “God, I don’t think I’m the best person to do this…”

Just a few minutes later, one of the brothers-in-Christ from my church’s mandarin congregation liked my new blog on Facebook. I thought and prayed about it. “Is he the one you (God) have sent to help me out?”

I also just received the translated version of my article Crown of Glory in Chinese!!!  https://journeyfaithhopelove07.wordpress.com/荣耀的冠冕/

If you prefer to read in Chinese or have any Chinese friends please share this link with them: https://journeyfaithhopelove07.wordpress.com/中文-chinese-version/

Thank you all for your prayers, encouragement and support in general!! God bless you all! ❤

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Have a blessed week ahead!

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Cease Striving and Know

I was doing my daily devotion, Our Daily Journey. The article on 20th March 2016 “Beautiful Captivity” ended by challenging the readers to think of a situation that we desperately wanted to escape and how this situation might glorify God. At first I laughed, how can the health problem I’ve been battling with for weeks be a blessing to others? As I thought about these questions for days, I realised how faithful and loving God is, even though He allows me to suffer for the time being.
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Woah can’t believe I’ve been at uni for 1 month! A lot has happened. In-class tests has started and I’ve just started working on my 3 assignments. On top of that, I’ve been battling with a health problem since O-Day. No doubt stress was one of the factors.

An article by Francis Frangipane titled “Cease Striving and Know” reminds me to “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

The key points from the article that personally stood out to me:
You see, fear is a magnifying lens that exaggerates whatever it looks at. The devil is a master illusionist who uses fear to take our eyes off the Lord. The result is that our stress level increases, and anxiety brings death into our world. Indeed, the more we talk about what’s wrong, the less we see what is right and good in our world. Be quiet. Wait upon the Lord and compose your soul. Don’t let your unbelieving words deplete your spirit; for the more you talk, the more peace you lose. Keep your soul focused upon Christ, the Lord. Those who believe enter His rest, and from the place of rest, we can hear His voice.”

If you know who God truly is, anxiety will fade into trust. Therefore, cease worrying! God cares for you. Those who trust Him have peace that surpasses all understanding. Talk to the Lord and then quietly listen. As you do, your spirit will soar, and your heart expand and ascend into His presence.”

“It has been truly said, “Fear is the darkroom where Satan develops our negatives.” Therefore, renounce fear. Divorce anxiety. Beloved, the Lord is good. Trust Him with your battle. Yes, it’s time to cease striving and know that He is God.

Just last week at OCF, we sang “Through It All”, it was a timely reminder that God is with me through this hard time. Also “Still, My Soul Be Still” by Keith & Kristyn Getty has given me comfort and a gentle reminder to TRUST God, WAIT upon the Lord and to just REST in God alone.

I really thank God for His strength and peace as I go through this season in life.

For those of you who are going through some hard times at the moment, remember, “Leave all your worries with Jesus because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

Hope all of you have a blessed Easter, enjoy the well-deserved break from the busyness of life and be renewed, refreshed and find peace this season.

P.S. (For those of you who are keen to read the whole article you can check out the link: http://francisfrangipanemessages.blogspot.com.au/…/cease-st…)

P.S.S. If you’re interested to read the devotion, here’s the link: http://www.ourdailyjourney.org/…/20/beautiful-captivity/ 

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Hope you have a blessed day wherever you may be!

Blessings,

Annalisa 🙂

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