Count Our Days

Counting God's blessing in our daily lives

March 9, 2012
by Thuong
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God’s Gifts Come in Different Packages

God gives us, each and everyone plenty of gifts, and they all come in different packages. It’s funny (not in funny haha sense) how we receive our packages, yet still look around seeing everyone else and be jealous and envy of their packages for the sizes, shapes, colors, the wrappers, the timing they come in or the ways they are presented. We haven’t even thank God yet for the gifts we received. In fact we don’t even bother opening the presents, but already start complaining and begging God for something different or that of someone else. It was not about the package; it’s about the gifts that bundled inside which we often don’t see without breaking down the box.

It’s a childish behavior yet a grown man like me still often behave in such way. Insecurity is what puts us in the center of attention, compare ourselves on people scale of standards, and causes us to worry about how other people would perceive of us. It’s a tactic devil often uses to target our weakness as it knows the destructive power of insecurity. We wish we were somebody else, taller, richer, more talented, more success. We wish family, background would be different. Or cancer, illness, trauma, abuse, or certain events wouldn’t happen. Addictive personalities of any form lust, gamble, alcohol wouldn’t be an issue. We wish.

While Satan is lying and convincing us that we are defect creations of God, this is what God is telling us “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9) He knows our concerns and needs, for He created us; that’s why He gives us gifts. It might takes us some time to recognize His gifts, to use them and appreciate them. We may or may not understand His plan for lavishing us with such gifts, bundled in certain ways, but there gifts are always there in every package coming our way. No box is empty. For the Father knows what we need: “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11)

Are we still getting caught up in the package, the shell that the gifts come in? Let’s tear down the box, discover the gifts, thanks God for His love, and enjoy the blessings of the Father giving to His sons.

February 14, 2012
by Thuong
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God’s Greatest Desire

I want to share with you a snipset from one of my favorite sermons. This one is titled “God’s Greatest Desire” by Pastor Robert Morris.

 

To determine what is God’s greatest desire, let’s go back to the beginning of time when God created human. He created Adam, in His image – that means he talks like God, walks like God, thinks like His, and importantly he desires like God. We are trying to determine what is God’s desire here, and this was before sin came in the world, before Eve was created. So did Adam have a desire? He did! Let’s find out what it is.

God created a garden and put Adam in charge, and he enjoyed running around, have a good time in the garden. One day he probably came to God and said: “Lord!.. , love the garden! Thank you!! The other day Monkey and I climbing tree, we have a blast!.. Well, listen, I have this desire and I don’t really know what it is. I just don’t know how to describe it. With everything here in the garden, I feel like there’s still something missing.” God probably said: “I didn’t name all the animals in the garden yet. How about you help me naming the animals. Let start there, and while you are doing that, you might find something that you like.” We are not stretching the Scripture much because it said there was not found a compatible helper for Adam as he named the animals. That means he was looking, yet there was no companion to be found.

But one day when Adam woke up from his sleep, and he saw a new creation that he has to exclaim: “WOOO man!!” (and that’s how the ‘woman’ got its name .. haha) “This is now bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh” – That’s me!! he said. How did God know? How did God know the only thing that would satisfy the desire that Adam has is a bride? Why didn’t God make him a football, or a remote control? You know, things that men like. How did God know what Adam desired? It is because God has the SAME desire. He created the one just like He is, in image of God, who has a desire for a bride. So do you understand what God’s greatest desire is? It’s you! You! God who has everything, doesn’t need you, but He wanted you.

 

Let just say that Adam had not eaten the forbidden fruit, and there was a conversation going like this. Let say God came to Adam and said something like this: “Son, I need to tell you something that is going to break your heart. Your bride has sin and therefore your bride has to die. I am really sorry.” Adam replied: “Lord, I love her. I don’t want her to die!” Maybe God comforted him: “I can make you another one!.. I formed her, I can make her another one.” I think Adam probably had said: “I don’t want another one!… I want her!

 

I think the conversation like that did happen in heaven. I think God said to His Son one day: “Son, I’m sorry to tell you this. Your bride has sin, and your bride has to die.

Jesus replied: “I love her! I don’t want her to die.”

God said: “Well, someone has to die…”  to which Jesus answer: “Then let it be me. I’ll die so she can live.”

 

God’s greatest desire is you!!

 

He who has everything, doesn’t need anything, yet created you because He wanted you. When we all sin and fall short the glory of God, Jesus died for us so we could live. What is God saying to you? Where are you in the relationship with God? Did you know that you are His greatest desire?

July 1, 2011
by Thuong
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Check Off The List

At the begin of summer, I was thinking of what activities for the kids and family to do in the summer. I happened to hear a genius idea of asking the kids what they want instead of try to second guess. Absolutely genius I say!! :) So I asked Grace to make a list of things she wants to learn, to do, to have, and places she wants to go. She put quite some thought in it and came up with an elaborate list of things. It’s great because some of the things of that list are things I absolutely want to do as well.

So a whole month of summer break had passed, and there were few things that we were able to check off the list. However, there are things that weren’t on that list but have been spontaneously done and checked off. Things from the “bucket list.” Things that are milestone.

I’m proudly to share two things Grace marked her calendar as huge accomplishment:
1. Prayed and invited Jesus in to her heart.
2. Rode her bicycle without training wheels.

The awesome thing is that it is totally Grace’s decision and I did not influence her at all. She came out of the children ministry classroom and shared with me: “Daddy I prayed and invited Jesus into my heart today.” Best words ever heard!

Summer break is going great so far.

June 16, 2011
by Thuong
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Beautiful Things

I recently listened to the song called “Beautiful Things” by Gungor (http://www.gungormusic.com) on radio and absolutely love it. I happen to find an Youtube video with powerful message features this song, using cardboard testimonies.

Thank you God for “making beautiful things out of us.”


YouTube - Cardboard Testimonies (Song “Beautiful Things” by Gungor)

Beautiful Things

All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You

You make me new, You are making me new

June 2, 2011
by Thuong
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Be The Best Of Whatever You Are

If you can’t be a pine on the top of a hill,
Be a scrub in the valley, but be the best little scrub on the side of the hill.
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.
If you can’t be a bush, be a bit of the grass
And some highway happier make.
If you can’t be a muskie, then just be a bass,
But the liveliest bass in the lake.
We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew.
There’s something for all of us here.
There’s big work to do and there’s lesser work, too,
And the thing we must do is the near.
If you can’t be a highway, then just be a trail.
If you can’t be the sun, be a star.
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail,
Be the best of whatever you are.

– Douglas Maloch

Beautiful poetry. I love it