Enemy pie

Many unknown enemies chased after me,

Who ran all the way across the ocean to the Big Apple City.

I thought I escaped from the past,

But my wounded heart still haunted me,

Too dark and empty and devastated,

Darkness almost engulfed me.

Until the song I heard in the church balcony,

“How great is Thy faithfulness”,

So off the heavy stone in my heart was dropped,

A new path was opened for me.

I moved to the Midwest, where the colorful summer meets the black-and-white winter.

Welcomed by the first Thanksgiving,

Which becomes my most favorite holiday in this new territory.

The host prepared the big turkey,

So big the leftover was stored in the pot outside on the porch as the natural fridge.

The sweet pumpkin pie was the dessert,

Reminding me of the children’s book, Enemy Pie, I read to the students in my classroom.

The pie was made by a wise father,

Not to poison his son’s enemy,

But to invite him over to taste the sweet friendship.

As I ate more of the sweet pie of heavenly,

Discovering the enemy was the pessimistic shadow following me,

Which made me grumpy, angry, and complaining…

Through many many friends God brought to my life,

Again and again I taste the sweet fruit of their lives,

Which makes me renewed, warm, and gratifying…

No more enemies.

Raining

Gloomy, cloudy, depressing,

Grumpy, misty, dreary.

Raining,

Raining hard,

Raining storm,

I hide, trembling.

After the night of waiting,

A blue sunny sky greets me.

Awake, my soul.

Raining storm didn’t kill the tree,

But strengthening its roots to flourish.

 

Fresh, clear, uplifting,

Renewed, warm, gratifying.

Raining,

Raining melody,

Raining blessing,

I embrace my destiny, joyfully.

God speaks through me

God speaks to me through my lips.

When I share His message and focus on blessing others,

But the message is for blessing me too.

 

While I heard the condemnation that hinders me from sharing,

I was reminded to just share one thing that touched me.

And God speaks to me through my lips.

 

I share that I am touched by the image of a hand,

With 5 fingers which do different tasks.

God is kind to give us various gifts,

So we come together to share burdens,

As His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

 

I ask God who cares about what I share?

But God speaks to me through my lips.

 

Next day I share again the message with my son,

And God speaks to me through my lips.

This message I share is for blessing me,

To encourage me to value my gifts and team up with others,

So with other saints gathered like fingers,

We hold and behold God’s glory together.

 

Next time, when the Holy Spirit inspires you to share,

Don’t worry to whom you should say,

For God speaks to you through your lips,

To answer someone’s prayer or questions,

And to bring life to the soul of desiring to hear His voice.

<神透過你說話>

不以善小而不為,

不以話少而不說,

不以字少而不寫。

由神評斷何為善,

聽神說話去分享。

受神啟發去傳達。

 

我想著要祝福人而分享,

可是神卻對我說話。

 

我聽到魔鬼控告的聲音叫我閉口,

但聖靈提醒我說出心中的一個小小的感動。

於是我分享聖徒的恩賜如同手掌上的五個指頭,

神給我們不同的恩賜來彼此幫補,

因為主耶穌的軛是容易的,祂的擔子是輕省的,

所以我們承受神的榮耀呼召,

一起分擔國度使命,

一起注視神彰顯榮耀。

 

下次當聖靈啟示你去分享,

不要擔心要說給誰聽,

因為神要用你的口對你說話,

來回應某個人的禱告,回答某個人的疑問,

並帶下生命給一個渴望聽見祂聲音的靈魂。

自由地創作

小小的夢想,

是主種在我心中的種子,

不知不覺,

落到對的溫度和土壤,

發芽了!

 

小小的欣喜,

是主澆灌在我心中的雨水,

不大不小,

滋潤正在萌芽的夢想,

長成看得見的小苗了!

 

小小的壓力,

是主放在我心中的石頭,

不重不輕,

鍛鍊我信靠天父的心,

往下紮的根長粗了!

 

小小的鼓勵,

是主親吻我焦慮的露水

不多不少,

浸潤乾渴疲乏的靈

綠葉伸展向上了!

 

小小的疾風,

是主堅固我徬徨的提醒,

不強不弱,

警惕我相信祂應許,

枝幹挺拔堅固了!

 

小小的踐踏,

是主容許臨到我的羞辱,

不好不壞,

提醒我謙卑學主憐憫罪人,

花朵開得更燦爛了!

 

小小的積累,

是主耐心地栽培我的生命,

不疾不徐,

陪伴我連於祂而長進,

熟成的果子何等甘甜!

Invite God to come to play with me

Remember,

Meditate,

Consider what God has done for me.

Pay attention to what you see, hear, touch or smell.

What God has done in me and my life,

So many blessings more than I can count.

He has saved me from despair,

A living Hope dwells in my heart.

I can be who I am in Him.

I don’t need to pretend or mimic any,

But imitate Jesus, my Bridegroom.

What can men do to me?

God has set me free to live with Him,

Follow my heart of His heart,

Listen to my inner voice of His whisper.

How thankful I am:

I have eyes to see the world and His Kingdom.

I have ears to hear nature and His voice.

I have the mouth to speak His message to the world.

I have hands to serve His people and bless the communities.

I have legs to go to meet people and spread good news.

I have a pure heart, sincere faith and good conscience through Jesus to love God, people as myself.

I have a partner God brings to me to compensate each other.

I have two kids God grants to give me love and joy, to learn Father God’s love.

I have praying sisters and saints around me, to support me to do His work.

I have met His creation of people in the world to appreciate His wisdom.

I have dreams and desires to write and draw everything He brings to touch my heart.

I am free and more free to fly and soar higher like an eagle.

I am renewed and revived to live my life on the earth all over again with my Lover of God.

I am bold and courageous.

No fear of men or devil,

I embark to sail out to the deep,

To catch the lost souls with Him.

Accompany

No listening to any stumbling lies.

No caring about any hindering sighs.

You are set free by the Truth through Jesus’ precious blood.

Don’t make His blood waste.

Take your heart and move on,

Inch by inch,

Task by task,

He is leading you with His grace and strength for you,

Accompanying you to His holy dwelling,

Which is you, the temple He indwells,

To transform you to the image of Jesus Christ.

(See Exodus 15:13)

祂的陪伴

讓你絆跌的謊言不用再聽,

叫你停滯的嘆息不需在意,

主耶穌的寶血已經為你流,

祂宣告的真理早釋放你自由。

祂的寶血不能浪費,

鼓起勇氣抬起頭,

跨出一步接一步,

面對一個又一個。

記住祂的恩典與力量夠你用,

引領你、陪伴你走到至聖所,

那個地方就是你自身—

聖靈樂意居住的聖殿中,

祂會轉換更新你的生命,

更像那以祂形象創造你的主耶穌基督。

(參出埃及記15:13)

Eternity

What does knowing about Eternity have anything to do with me? I know I am finite, mortal, and aging. I suppose the greatness of eternity is totally contrary to my quality. So I define Eternity as infinite, immortal and never change. 

Then I ask again: Where and how to meet Eternity? Does gazing at the stars in the night remind me each moment to be cherished? Will paying attention to the spider in the corner bring me understanding to the creativity of the Eternity? Seeing is believing, my flesh says.

But “believing before seeing”, the Eternity says.

Yes. I want to believe and I believe: There’s Eternity beyond me.

Then the Light comes from above, dawning on me: The everlasting Now is right here with me.

因愛去行

不認識天父上帝的人,

如同被外力所捏、壓的泥人,

給罪、魔鬼、他人擠壓,

自己也去壓迫旁人,

久而久之不成人形。

但主耶穌來如陶匠,

用愛如火溫熱泥人的靈魂,

再輕輕陶塑長久變形的個性,

恢復這個人起初被造的樣式。

這人被主醫治,被主所愛,所以會想去行出聖靈的感動。

沒有多想,沒有算計,只是因為蒙主所愛而去付出愛。

被主耶穌的寶血醫治的孩子啊,

主的聖靈在你裡面,多麼寶貝。

你能受主警告不靠近危險,

你能被主醫治並重新建立。

聖靈以平安取代罪咎,以溫柔等候取代強迫。

讚美主!何等恩典,聖徒有此寶貝保惠師陪伴,

隨時給我們保護與忠告。

恐れ感情とは何でしょう?

神様のいないところに私がいくときにおこる。

神様と私を引き離すときに危険信号として、恐れ不安がやってきます。

反対に、

神様の中にいるときには私の心から、どんな時でも感謝しようことできます。

Above all 笑傲江湖

No one will be condemned,

Those who take refuge in the Lord.

The Lord redeems His servant,

So I am redeemed,

I am restored,

I am revived.

I am equipped with the belt of truth,

To stand firm in my identity of Christ, the daughter of God.

I am put on the breastplate of righteousness, to be held intimately to His chest,

Beloved and protected by the righteous Judge of God.

I am crowned with the helmet of salvation,

To be glorified and honored as His holy bride.

I hold up the shield of faith,

Fervently consume all the accusing arrows of fire as God’s royal priest.

I wear the shoes of gospel,

Wherever I go, I am empowered to bring people to Jesus for reconciliation.

I practice swinging the sword of the Holy Spirit again and again,

To discern and cut off all evil lies as God’s praying warrior.

All the world are under my feet,

Whom shall I fear?

I stand with the true God who is above all.

(Psalm 34:22)

After reading “Hiroshima, memories of survivor”

“Please sleep peacefully. We will never repeat again.”

After I visited the Hiroshima peace memorial museum, I stood by the water and prayed for this land.

Father God, may you heal the broken hearts and mend the shattered memories of the beloved souls.

May you restore the people’s spirit as they rebuild their city.

Tears came down from my cheek. 

I know it’s Father God’s love to speak through my prayer.

***

It’s an honor to meet Sachi san in BSF (Bible Study Fellowship).

A wise, humorous 87-year-old lady with shining white hair,

Like a crown of honor is put on her head,

Being the peace-maker for Jesus Christ since she was baptized at age of 72.

What a dramatic journey she has experienced,

And continues to living out God’s stories written through her life,

To witness His faithfulness and grace is never ending for all who seek Him and are found by Him.