Tag: Bible

Princess with a Purpose

Everyone wants to be a princess!

I don’t know about you but I grew up in a generation where stories are mostly about these beautiful young women who seemingly have a perfect life – their lives are stories with a little conflict somewhere along the way but still has a happy ever after in the end. This is also the same generation with a rampant collection of 2D Disney cartoons with magic and stuff and a prince charming and beautiful soundtracks and clothes… The list goes on, you wish everything can be converted into real life.

All I can say is, the pursuit to becoming a princess is timeless, for a lot of reasons. It may be fame, the necessity to be perfect, the prince! Very rare have I heard that one wants to become a princess because of a calling to serve. Many of our young ladies fail to realise that being a princess is not all about your VVIP status or your handsome husband or the beautiful family you married into. Like any kind of power, it comes with responsibilities.

As a Christian woman, like any other of my kind, I believe I am God’s princess. My Father is the King of all kings. But if I end up with the idea that I will enjoy all the benefits of being a princess while failing to remember to represent my Father’s Kingdom, just what good a princess am I?

I don’t want to be just a princess; I want to be a great woman for the Lord; for my Father and for His Kingdom.

The great women in the Bible were identified as great not because they’re beautiful and refused to get soiled. Also, not by slacking off and waiting around for others to do the work for them. Instead, they showed a non-pretence great character that is obedient of God’s leading in their lives.

My female Bible “heroes” would be Rebekah, Esther, and Ruth. There are a lot more worth mentioning but I tell you, these three did not just sit around.

Rebekah had a servant heart and fetched water, not only for Eleazar but also for all his many camels. Esther was even queen yet she acted accordingly to what God wants her to do and saved her fellowmen. Ruth displayed a strong spirit and character and was obedient and caring to her mother-in-law Naomi even if she need not to anymore (and no, Naomi did not “push” Ruth to seduce Boaz, please; but that is another story which I can tell you some other time.)

If these three ladies wore the princess crown and just waited to be served since they’re Her Royal Highness

Rebekah would not yield Israel who bore the many descendants of God’s chosen people.

Esther would not have preserved the Israelite lineage.

Rebekah would not have bore the generation of David, from whom the lineage of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour came from.

Imagine how history could have changed its course!

These women took off their princess crowns for a while and served in a way they can. It didn’t matter whether it’s big or small. What mattered is their love for the Lord from which their love for others sprung out.

Let us not cultivate laziness in our girls just because they are to be treated “princesses”. If you put it into proper context, princesses have their duties apart from being just beautiful. They become more beautiful and admirable because of the life they live. They are princesses who serve their people and not wait for others to serve them; yes, a reflection of how Jesus was when He came to earth.

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Jugs and Containers

2 Kings 4:1-7 tells of a widow who was in debt, and in order to pay for it, his sons were threatened to be taken away from her to be slaves. She came to Elisha the prophet to ask for help and he told her, ” Go up and down the street and borrow jugs and bowls from your neighbors. And not just a few – all you can get…” (v. 3, MSG)

Then the widow followed Elisha’s order to fill all the containers she got with the little of the olive oil left for the family to use for the rest of their lives. And guess what? The widow was able to fill out all the jars and containers until there is nothing to be filled. And Elisha told her to sell everything she has gathered to be able to pay for all her debts.

Sometimes, God is only waiting for us to empty ourselves so that He could fill us up. And we can only receive as much as we can contain. He knows it! And He wants to fill us as much as He can. But it will be up to us to decide whether we can be filled or not. Why keep your potentials to yourself? Why not try helping others when you can? The Lord wants us to receive blessings anew from morning to morning, but He can only work that out when we’re ready to be filled; consumed because we gave ourselves out to something bigger than us.

Plans

We can make our own plans,
    but the Lord gives the right answer.

Proverbs 16:1, NLT

The verse above is part of my Bible reading yesterday. And there are lots of passage in the book which lines are along this.

Many of my friends know that I have plans leaving the company; the reason is that I feel underutilized. Also, I would like to live my life normally again (i.e. work on a day shift – the earlier, the better. Hehe) so that I could spend more time with my loved ones which I failed to do so the past almost a year.

Many of the people I know know as well that I am actively seeking for another opportunity. In fact, I don’t know where I will be going, I just want to get out of here because I feel so stressed. 😦 Not because of the work load or the people (but sometimes, yes :P) but because I can’t do things which I love doing. I know it takes a little sacrifice to reach your goals but sometimes I feel so deprived.

I tried my best to find my way out. I seeked for opportunities. This time, I tend to be more choosy since I don’t want to commit any “mistake” I have done in the past. They come and go but I don’t find anything which seem fitting. 😦 I also have plans of applying for a scholarship abroad, to the point that I think I am just making it a scapegoat to get out of here (I really have plans but well, I don’t know if my goal should be career>school, especially if I have to give up my blossoming career just to live my life independently overseas.)

But you know what? His ways aren’t mine. Just when I’m in the brink of giving up, a light has shown.

I still have to know where all of this leads. I have my plans, or probably the lack of it for the moment (Heck! I just want to sleep and watch my DVDs! I know it’s selfish but I’m drained. T_T) But then again, the last verse of Proverbs 16 says, “We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.” (Proverbs 16:33, NLT) So I leave it up to Him. His ways are better than mine and His plans are greater, too.

That Piece of Land

I am a person who loves any body of water but certainly cannot swim. I still love it, though I know it could kill myself if go into a deeper part of it. No wonder the Israelites were afraid of crossing the Red Sea when they were set to a journey towards the Promised Land.

A lot of us might be familiar with how the Israelites behaved during the journey; heck, they were complaining even when they were still in Egypt! Then again, they were all set to return to the land promised to them until they came across the sea. And for their reactions, I suggest you read Exodus 14: 11-12. And oh, it hit me! I’m so guilty of such!

Like the Israelites, most of us trust God only until we see no land anymore. And I personally learned that I need to hold on to faith and realize that even if the other side of the ocean is out of sight, He could lift up the waters for us to pass.

Promises

I have been reading the book of John as of the moment (but yeah, I should have been in Acts na nga e. LOL) and upon arriving to chapters 15 and 16, there have been wonderful promises and statements from the Lord Jesus Christ which I (and everyone else who believes) should always be reminded of:

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CHAPTER 15

vv. 4 “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”

vv. 7 “But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!

vv. 9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.

vv. 15 “I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”

vv. 16 “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.”

vv. 18 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.

CHAPTER 16

vv. 7 “But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.

vv. 13 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.”

vv. 24 “You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.

vv 26 to 27 “Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God.”

vv. 33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

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What wonder it is to read the Word as you discover that you are given these things! God is marvelous! He never leaves us hanging. We just have to be open to know what He has in store for us. 🙂

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Passages were from the New Living Translation, taken from The Bible Gateway.