But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 49:14-15, 18)
I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. (Jeremiah 24:7)
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem… how often I have longed to gather your children, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. (Matthew 23:37)
Sobrang kinikilig lang talaga ako. As in. I am reading Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge, when I came across these three verses; still in the second chapter but really learning a lot. But more than just understanding my circuitry and my heart, I learned the natures of God that He decided to incorporate with my design.
I was really amazed when I realized that God wants to be in an intimate relationship with me. That simple thought gave me shivers. I have been in this walk for two years and the idea never fails na pakiligin ako. Na yung Diyos na gumawa ng mundo, with all its beauty, eh sobrang in love sakin at gustong gusto na sa kanya lang ako.
“I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god!” (Exodus 20:5)
The God, in all His majesty, longs for my affection! And He is not willing to share it with any idol in my heart. He wants to be above anything else. He longs to be my priority.
He longs to change His status as to “in a relationship with LJ Parpan” in His facebook page! Can anything be more amazing than this?
And this is applicable to each and every one of us. The Bible is the story of how God loves His people and how He wants to be pursued, yet He always moves with the initiative. After Adam and Eve committed sin, He was the one who made them garments of skin and clothed them (Genesis 3:21). And He was the one who died on the cross, paying for the sins we can never pay, with the mere intention of taking us back to be with Him.
“… neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
*kinikilig na naman ako :”>
Every moment I have with my guitar is a Eureka moment. I mean, things just overflow when my favorite G chord pattern is strum. From the silliest nonsense thoughts to the humorous, still nonsense songs, they all manage to show up.
But let me tell you a secret.
Of all the songs I play with my guitar, more than my favorite acoustic earcandy country songs, or those incredibly repetitive birthday compositions, the songs I value most are those spontaneous ones that I sing to Jesus. Those moments when right after reading my Bible, I just play and sing out words that are straight from my heart just because I can be honest about them.
Surely, the worship time we have every Thursday and Friday is fun. The great band, the flickering lights, the smoke machine, and the multitude of people singing out to God — these are all amazing. But just like any other relationship, more than bonding together with friends, we must cultivate our one-on-one relationship with Jesus as well..and that includes our individual worship time with Him.
But what’s the difference? There are lots actually. But my favorite is this: In my individual worship time, I can sing whatever I want 🙂 I can sing songs that do not even exist just because I got all the right words that I have for Jesus for that moment.
On why I do this, I came up with 3 practical answers:
Maybe you can relate to the morning I just had.
It’s a Friday. Fridays for me usually have the best mornings. But there was something about today that promised to make it a little bit different from the rest. It came in the form of a mild fever coming out of nowhere; Nothing too serious to need assistance from a doctor, but severe enough to keep me from doing my usual Friday routine.
For one, I missed Advanced Math Class. Now don’t get me wrong, I loathe my math courses. Equations full of letters don’t quite excite me, and fractions are sort of my real world kryptonite. But of course, contrary to the lies that most students believe, that doesn’t mean I must not aim for excellence in that certain subject. In fact, I am compelled by my excellent God to do just the opposite.
Second, I am not able to finish writing the song Read More…