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Wood You Trust Him?

Title: Wood You Trust Him?
Materials: Paint and Wood
Description: Many people go through trials unseen by others. Perhaps like me, you place all the burdens on yourself through tough times. You forget you are not in it alone.

Trust in His will and who He is. Trust me, things will turn out way better.

I used wood (to inscribe the words on) because I love the idea of taking something so ordinary and making it extraordinary – just like what God does with us, and our situations.

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God never changes, regardless of how our environment does. He’s always good and He always cares. We can rest assure in this certainty.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

 

 

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Because of His death, he has broken the enmity between Jews and Gentiles, and between God and man. We’ve been reconciled to God Himself. Christ is our only peace.  

“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.” (Ephesians 2:14)

 

 

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The more we deny ourselves, the more God reigns in our hearts. Let’s be living testimonies to show forth His love and grace, so that others might come to know and trust in our Almighty God.

“ He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:30)

 

 

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If God can do wonders with our little faith, think of how much more He can do through us if we keep growing in our faith.

“faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain.  ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.” (Matthew 17:20)

 

Artist Feature | Rachel Stewart

Rachel-Stewart

Ever since I could remember, I have always only wanted to be an artist. My love of art started with drawing people. This then turned into a desire to communicate through my artwork which eventually led to me dabbling in typography and calligraphy.

In life, comparison has been a biggie. I’ve had to learn the difference between inspiration and jealousy. Inspiration helps motivate and grow whereas jealousy creates bitterness and keeps me in the same spot. I’m striving to learn to appreciate without feeling the need to obtain.

With this passion for art and determination to learn, I’m trying to honor God by using them for Him.

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ODJ: After 35

What’s the best age in life? According to one survey, it’s 35. This is because by 35 years old, many people have reached milestones like buying a house, finding a spouse and having a first child while still having several years to go before reaching the peak of their career. So, at 35, it’s expected that individuals will have achieved stability in life with hopes of more success in the future.

Speaking of 35 years, that’s also the number of years Asa had achieved success as king. When the powerful Ethiopian army attacked Judah, he trusted in God to deliver him and his people from the enemies—and He did! (2 Chronicles 14:9-12). Asa was faithful to his God, and there was peace in the land (15:19).

But something changed after year 35.

“In the thirty-sixth year of Asa’s reign, King Baasha of Israel invaded Judah and fortified Ramah in order to prevent anyone from entering or leaving King Asa’s territory in Judah” (16:1). This time, Asa responded by trusting in human resources rather than in the Lord. And even though he was called out for his wrong choice, he remained unrepentant. He “also began to oppress some of his people” (v.10).

What happened? Perhaps, during the 35 years of peace, Asa allowed success to go to his head. Perhaps he’d begun to think he had no need for God and could handle trouble on his own. Maybe he’d become rigid in his role as king and had reached the point where nobody could give him advice.

Regardless of what went wrong, this truth is clear: No matter how old we are or how important we’ve become, we never outgrow our need to rely on God. May we remember to praise Him in our victories, trust Him in our trials and rest in His wisdom.

—Poh Fang Chia

365-day plan: Luke 9:28-45

July 23, 2016 

READ: 2 Chronicles 16:1-9  


The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him (v.9). 

What’s the best age in life? According to one survey, it’s 35. This is because by 35 years old, many people have reached milestones like buying a house, finding a spouse and having a first child while still having several years to go before reaching the peak of their career. So, at 35, it’s expected that individuals will have achieved stability in life with hopes of more success in the future.

Speaking of 35 years, that’s also the number of years Asa had achieved success as king. When the powerful Ethiopian army attacked Judah, he trusted in God to deliver him and his people from the enemies—and He did! (2 Chronicles 14:9-12). Asa was faithful to his God, and there was peace in the land (15:19).

But something changed after year 35.

“In the thirty-sixth year of Asa’s reign, King Baasha of Israel invaded Judah and fortified Ramah in order to prevent anyone from entering or leaving King Asa’s territory in Judah” (16:1). This time, Asa responded by trusting in human resources rather than in the Lord. And even though he was called out for his wrong choice, he remained unrepentant. He “also began to oppress some of his people” (v.10).

What happened? Perhaps, during the 35 years of peace, Asa allowed success to go to his head. Perhaps he’d begun to think he had no need for God and could handle trouble on his own. Maybe he’d become rigid in his role as king and had reached the point where nobody could give him advice.

Regardless of what went wrong, this truth is clear: No matter how old we are or how important we’ve become, we never outgrow our need to rely on God. May we remember to praise Him in our victories, trust Him in our trials and rest in His wisdom.

—Poh Fang Chia

365-day plan: Luke 9:28-45

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Read Psalm 18:2 and consider what it means to rely completely on God and not your own devices. 
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Are there areas in your life where you’ve stopped depending on God? What does it mean for you to rely on Him in all things? 

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ODJ: Stay or Run Away?

Waiting in a long line to ride a roller coaster, I considered turning back several times. When it was finally my turn to board, the safety bar in the seat I was to occupy wouldn’t release properly. I was afraid of getting stuck, but I hopped in anyway. When the safety bar came down too tightly on my lap, I felt trapped and scared! I considered waving my hand and asking to be excused from the ride. But an attendant announced over the loudspeaker, “You can scream and you can shout, but there’s no way we’ll let you out.”

Thankfully, my ride that began with near terror ended in exhilaration!

God’s people had an intense encounter with fear shortly after leaving Egypt. “The [Israelites] looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them” (Exodus 14:10). The Egyptian forces were massive and moving quickly.

This threat caused the Israelites to consider turning back and surrendering to their enemies. They told Moses, “It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!” (v.12). Moses might have been scared too, but his faith in God gave him courage. He told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today” (v.13). Moses knew that giving in to fear would mean missing out on the blessings of the Promised Land.

Thankfully, the Israelites pressed forward and escaped the Egyptians. The Bible tells us that God used the whole event to display His glory (v.4). If you’re facing a scary situation, remember that the great God who delivered the Israelites is with you.

The psalmist wrote, “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you” (Psalm 37:5). May we rest in His power and presence today.

—Jennifer Benson Schuldt

365-day plan: John 3:22-36

June 20, 2016 

READ: Exodus 14:1-13 


Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today (v.13). 

Waiting in a long line to ride a roller coaster, I considered turning back several times. When it was finally my turn to board, the safety bar in the seat I was to occupy wouldn’t release properly. I was afraid of getting stuck, but I hopped in anyway. When the safety bar came down too tightly on my lap, I felt trapped and scared! I considered waving my hand and asking to be excused from the ride. But an attendant announced over the loudspeaker, “You can scream and you can shout, but there’s no way we’ll let you out.”

Thankfully, my ride that began with near terror ended in exhilaration!

God’s people had an intense encounter with fear shortly after leaving Egypt. “The [Israelites] looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them” (Exodus 14:10). The Egyptian forces were massive and moving quickly.

This threat caused the Israelites to consider turning back and surrendering to their enemies. They told Moses, “It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!” (v.12). Moses might have been scared too, but his faith in God gave him courage. He told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today” (v.13). Moses knew that giving in to fear would mean missing out on the blessings of the Promised Land.

Thankfully, the Israelites pressed forward and escaped the Egyptians. The Bible tells us that God used the whole event to display His glory (v.4). If you’re facing a scary situation, remember that the great God who delivered the Israelites is with you.

The psalmist wrote, “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you” (Psalm 37:5). May we rest in His power and presence today.

—Jennifer Benson Schuldt

365-day plan: John 3:22-36

MORE
Read 2 Timothy 4:16-18 to see how God’s presence and support can empower us despite our circumstances.  
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How might God want you to display His glory in your life? What’s the relationship between fear and faith? 

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Job Hunting: Are You Relying on Yourself or God?

Written By Lisa Loh, Singapore

“You are the future generation and you can change the world.”

So we are told repeatedly in university, and it is with this mindset that we enter the working world as bright-eyed fresh graduates, full of hope and expectation. But the reality is quite different.

Over the few months after graduation, I applied for various job, but kept getting rejected by one company after another. Soon, my friends and I were exchanging stories about our failed attempts to enter the job market.

Imagine the exhilaration I felt when I finally got called for an interview! Having been taught that showing confidence would increase my chances of getting the job, I went all out to position myself as Ms I-Can-Change-The-World (or, in this case, Ms I-Know-It-All-And-Am-Therefore-The-Best-Fit). I oversold myself by pitching my internship experience as a perfect match, even though what I had done didn’t really have anything to do with the position I was interviewing for.

By God’s grace, I got the job. The next two years, however, turned out to be a roller-coaster ride. The expectations and working styles of my bosses and colleagues were completely different from what I had envisioned, resulting in much disappointment on both sides. The job itself was a mismatch: I could not excel in the tasks I was given, and I found the work unfulfilling. This hit my confidence badly, and I started to believe that I really wasn’t good in anything.

About half a year into the job, I was tasked to work on a project with a colleague. Due to differences in our working styles and personalities, I encountered much difficulty and felt like I was running into a wall on a daily basis. However, God in His wisdom knew when I had reached my threshold, and provided a new boss to oversee the project, which made it much better for me. It was a testament of God’s constant faithfulness, goodness, and deliverance.

Looking back, I realize that those two years had been a time of molding. It was a period where I learned to place my confidence solely on God’s providence and grace, instead of my own ability. It was also during that period that I learned what one’s identity in Christ means, which is a beloved child of God made in His image. I learned to recognize that my strength came from God alone, and not from me (Isaiah 30:15). I learned to let go and trust God to cause all things to work together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28-29).

So, whether or not I get the results I aim for in work, or the promotion I strive for, my confidence should not be shaken, because it is placed in God.

If you ask me now what I would have done differently in that first interview had I relied more on God, I know that I would not have given the interviewers the false perception that I had all the answers. Instead, I would have admitted humbly when I didn’t. And I would have trusted God to decide if I would get the job or not.

Recently, I applied for a new job and felt prompted to follow up with a personal email to the head of the team. Although the thought that “nobody really does this” made me hesitate initially, I decided to listen to the prompting. Instead of overselling myself like I did the first time, I explained honestly why I was seeking a job change, and shared realistically about how I could contribute to the team.

Despite this being a completely different industry with an unfamiliar job scope, I felt a sense of calmness throughout the process. My confidence came from the assurance that God would have it all planned out. I knew that I just needed to try my best, and God would work all things out for my good—even if it meant closing the door.

A week later, I was signing my employment contract. God had graciously opened the doors and taken me into another season of life—I give Him full glory and thanksgiving!

So far, this new job has been nothing short of fulfilling and exciting. Of course, I still face difficulties and still make mistakes, but people around me have been forgiving and patient with me. I believe it is the result of God’s constant grace and faithfulness in my life.

Are you going through such a change in your life? I encourage you to never forget who you are in Christ. You are God’s beloved child, created in His own image (Genesis 1:27), regardless of the job you hold, or the designation written on your business card.

Don’t let your job search make or break you. Instead, make it your priority to present your true self as God’s child, and leave the rest to Him.