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Song Meditations: "Heart Like Heaven" by Hillsong United

"Heart Like Heaven" is deep and profound. The Christian who bares His all before God, he who yearns after Him and what He desires; he will find the song lyrics hitting close to home:
Holy, no measure knows Your worth. Face down, where mercy finds me first.
Oh, if you sought perfection; Oh, I’d die trying to reach it. Oh, but this broken heart is all You want.
Singing, “Holy"; heart like heaven. Singing, “Holy, God Almighty”. Own this heart broke sound- Singing, “Holy is Your name.”
Jesus, how perfect is Your name. Savior, what song is worth this grace?
Oh, I’ll throw my weakness, Oh, into Your greatness. Oh, if this broken heart is all You want.
Own this sound forever. Heart and heaven together, Singing, “Holy is Your Name”. And if it lifts You higher, Burn in me Your desire- A passion worthy of Your Name.
For You are worthy Jesus, Savior. You are worthy, King forever. Hear my soul cry out- Singing, “Holy is Your name”.
Perfection is something we'd die trying and f…

Devotional: God; Far...Yet Near

Reading: Psalm 90
Meditation:
It may be natural desire in many people to want to place his own mark in this world, to somehow stand out from the rest of the group or crowd he is in. While there is nothing plainly wrong with that, it looks quite trivial and a waste of priority in light of Psalm 99 where we we see the God who has established Himself to be higher than anyone and anything yet makes Himself accessible and adjusts down to those who would seek Him. I have a God who does not busy Himself with distinctions. Yes, His very nature is unreachable, He can't help it. Everything declares how far out of reach He is from flawed men. But I love that He is most interested in connecting, making the ultimate way for man to be reconciled with Him and making ways for man to be guided into His perfect plan for their lives. I love that His Word never highlights differences but puts importance on oneness and commonality in the body of Christ.

Today, I am thankful that I can praise and worsh…

Devotional: God's Light and Joy

Reading: Psalm 97

Marked: Light shines on the godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right.

The christian will always be conflicted when there is unrighteousness, but life is simpler when the desire is to be godly and right. You decide to do what is pleasing to Him and stay away from things that will disappoint God. You go after pursuits that matter and spend less efforts gaining material things that grant only temporal value. You keep company with like-minded friends, there's no struggle with testimony because you know your stand.

God's light and God's joy dwells in a life like this; there is rest and satisfaction in the heart. Today, I pray for this kind of life.

Devotional: How to Regard God

Reading: Psalm 96: 1-13
Marked phrases: 
1. "Ascribe to the Lord..."
Ascribe means to attribute to, to regard as belonging to. I pray to keep seeing how I must ascribe to God that which is rightly His; the praise and credit for all the good  things I see and receive in this life.

2. "Bring an offering..."
Seeing the greatness of my God should cause me to offer something- my life, my labors. I cannot say I see God and regard His place in my life if I am content with living for myself and pursuing what I desire. I need to live a God-honoring life, and that is my very offering.

3. "Worship the Lord... in holiness."
I cannot worship God at my convenience or preference. If I must worship, I must understand who He is and how He desires me to relate to Him. It is true that I come to Him a sinner, but He does not desire me to continue living in sin. If this is to be a life of worship, I must be ashamed of mixing sinful impulses with my faithlife.

Devotional: Worship

Reading: Psalm 95

Meditation:
Worship is  a consciousness of who God is and what He has been doing in my life. Today I am reminded of the need to intentionally be aware of His attributes and what they mean to my faith and life so I can thank and praise Him intelligently.

Devotional: God My Support and Soother

Reading: Psalm 94:12-23

Marked: "When my foot is slipping, Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, held me up. When [anxious] thoughts within me overwhelm, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul!"

Meditation: Today I praise the God who supports me when I'm weak and vulnerable. When I've had too much and feel overwhelmed, I'm thankful that He soothes and eases my soul.

Devotional: Ever Sensing God

Reading: Psalm 94

Meditation
God hears and sees all things. He is at work even when I don't sense it. He knows  full well. When I doubt His mind, I must remember that He is the One who gives knowledge to man. I am ignorant to suppose that I know better than He does. Today I am thankful that whenever I choose, I can put my mind to rest and trust in Him to know and work things out in my life.

Devotional: God, Our Resting Place

Reading: Psalm 90:1-7
Marked:
"In all generations, you have been our resting place. Before anything was ever made, before time ever was, from everlasting You have been and You are God."

Meditation:
This is who God is and I must give Him proper worship which have all these together: confession, prayer, supplication. Worshipping God for Who He is gives light to the faullts I ought to grieve over and forsake. Knowing God is my rest will cause me to remain in constant communication, laying before Him all that is on my mind. Today, I pray for a heart that is continually eager to worship Him.

Christian Quotes for the Week

Believe God for insane things. Rely on the God who consistently blows our minds as we grow in faith and trust in Him.- Local Sound The broken wall in Nehemiah's time was a physical representation of spirituality and worship in complete, utter dismay and brokenness.. You can't guide someone who is not willing to follow. When you come to God in humility, the natural becomes supernatural; you are able to do things.

Devotional: Blaming God

Reading: Psalm 89:38-52

Meditation:
I find myself blaming God or resenting Him when life is not the way I like it. This happens when I forget that God knows what He is doing (or not doing). I also forget that I live in a broken world and I am broken as well. I forget that the sins I commit have consequences. i forget that the sins I commit affects others and I am also actually affected by the sins my loved ones commit. I also forget that God's holiness and sincere love for people require discipline. Today i pray to stop forgetting and remember that what God desires from me is a heart that repents of sin and desires to grow especially during hard circumstances.

English Vocabulary: Opress and Repress vs. Supress

*simple, straight to the point, just the way you like it


Opress:  to keep down by force or by authority or position, to keep in subjection, to burden or weigh heavily upon,Repress: to unconsiously hold something back or forget, to unintentionally make yourself unaware Supress to intentionally forget, inhibit or set aside, to keep something from being revealed, to avoid revealing or bringing out
Examples: Financial problems oppressed him all the time.His parents always oppressed him in every decision he had to make.The abuse was too traumatic that when I asked him if he could relate one instance, he couldn't recount a single one specifically.He couldn't remember his father being a heavy, abusive disciplinarian while every other child did.He had to suppress feelings of grief due to his recent divorce in order to function well at the victory party.

Devotional: In the Secret Place

Devotional: God, the Faithful One

Reading: Psalm 89 1-18


Meditation:
Nature and history continually declares a God who is faithful. Unlike man, He is never found guilty of speaking nor acting out of thoughtless impulse. His Words carry wisdom and purpose. He never makes empty promises. As a loving father, He has promised to satisfy my life with His goodness. Moreso, I can rely on His loving discipline to bring me back onto the right path whenever I stray. When He acts, I know He does so in mind of a plan and desire to bring about His best for my life. When He stays or refuses, I know He does so because He knows full well what's best for me to have and to forgo. In all the stops and goes, I can count on my Father to know and craft His good and perfect will for my life.

Today I thank this great and incomparable God for all the ways He has been completing me and leading me aright. Today, I remember how blessed I am to call Him my Father.




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English Vocabulary: Effecient vs. Effective

*simple, straight to the point, just the way you want it

Comparisons:
1. Efficient  says that something is done using the least amount of resources or energy
    Effective says that something is done right.

He is an effective speaker. ( He communicates and people understand). He is an efficient speaker. ( He communicates thoughts in the least amount of words. A usual talk may take 1 hour but he only needs 30 minutes to explain the topic.)

2. Effective means something works.
    Efficient  means something works with minimum effort or spending.

The diet plan is effective. An efficient diet plan will produce results at a quicker, uncomplicated, and cheaper means.

Devotional: God's Reign

Reading: Psalm 93
Marked:
"The Lord reigns[consult- advice, guide with expertise]. Your throne is established[firm] from of old; You are from everlasting[long duration and futurity]. Your testimonies are very sure [confirmed]."

Meditation:
God has long been ruling and will continue to rule. He reigns with time tested expertise. I realize how foolish and childish I am to doubt His ways and capacity to direct my life. Today, I pray to increase in trust and understanding of His wisdom.

Devotional: God's Works

Reading: Psalm 92:1-15

Marked:
"GOD's deeds make me glad. In His works and accomplishments I triumph. God's works are great, the thoughts He has are abundantly deep. The brute and the foolish fail to understand His mind."

Meditation:
In every joy and victory or accomplishments, God is the cause, God is the bringer. I can't understand Him and His doings all the time but I thank Him that His thoughts and deeds are always for man's good.

Devotional: God, the Right Judge

Reading: Psalm 82
The chapter talks about how God gives judgment among "other faulty judges" As a judge, He is all about justice, fairness. With Him is no partiality, no bias. Vs 5 states true, that man's wisdom is limited, and even superior minds find themselves in the dark.
I'm thankful that my God has full wisdom, understanding, and rightness on each and every matter. Even my own assessments and judgments are flawed, but I can always trust Him to see truly and make the right call on matters.

Devotional: Loving God

Passage: Psalm 81
Marked: 10 I am the Lord your God, Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. But My people would not hearken to My voice, and Israel WOULD HAVE NONE OF ME.

Some philosophers see God through a stained window. they think He is self-serving and demands obedience simply because He wants the attention on Him.

I thank God that He isn't this way. He desires that I embrace Him and yield to Him as my God so that I will have sufficiency in times of need and protection from those who are out to hurt me.

Devotional: Made Strong for Him

Passage: Psalm 80
Marked: Psalm 80:14-15
"Turn again, we beg you O God of Hosts, Look down from heaven and have regard for the vineyard which your right hand planted, and the branch that You have made strong FOR YOURSELF."

Romans says that our life is not for ourselves, not to ourselves. In life and death, we are God's. We have a higher purpose, we have been given every chance to spend life more meaningfully.

I thank God that I need not rack my brains out and throw myself to the point of exhaustion in order to make my mark in this world. In knowing and pursuing God's desires for me, I will rightly experience that sense of achievement and worth of living.

Devotional: When God Tarries

07-22-Saturday Passage: Psalm 79:1-17
Marked: Psalm 79:9 "Help us for the glory of YOUR name. Save us & forgive our sins for the honor of YOUR name."
In frustration, we can think God is taking too long, no justice is served, prayers are not answered; God seems quick to discipline His children while evil around remains unpunished. At times, the child of God feels wrongly punished (or affected) for the sins & faults of others. We may pray wrong prayers, overly eager for God's punishment to fall on those who do wrong, or eager for God to just leave us alone and turn His "anger somewhere else."
A lot I don't understand, but 1 Cor. 10 says,  "ALL things must be to the glory of God." Whatever may be happening, to my liking or not, there's always an opportunity for God's honor to be displayed.

Meditation: Habitual Sins

What I need to stay on guard for are sins committed frequently in the normal course of daily living. These habitual sins have been confessed to God a multitude of times already, with declarations to God of shunning these regretful actions, promising to cease from committing them.Yet, I find myself in the same shameful situation as before. I thank God for the mercy of the cross and the abundance of His grace. I'm thankful for love and understanding from family and true friends. Today I pray that I may never reach the point of taking forgiveness and mercy for granted. I pray to value the feelings of my loved ones over my own and to value the glory of Christ over my unholy passions.

Devotional: An Example and a Warning

The lives of people older than us are examples to encourage and train us for good living, they are to be appreciated for all the goodness we experience through their lives & for good values & skills we've picked-up from them. For their failures & flaws, there's no benefit if we nitpick on that or look down on them because of that. We would do well to let their mistakes serve as lessons & warnings of what we shouldn't commit in our own life. 1 Cor. 10 shares: "Now these things happened to them (their ancestors) by way as an example and warning to us; they were written TO ADMONISH and FIT US for RIGHT ACTION."

There are many things I've learned from my parents and family I grew up with that I consider precious and vital. I pray hard for God's help so I can live in a way that my children would grow up learning precious and vital things from my life as well.

Food: Boiled Egg Tips

Eating an egg simply boiled is the easiest way to eat cooked eggs, and it gives the lowest calorie count as well. The calorie count yields the same number as it does if you eat the egg raw., about 78 calories for 1 large egg. Livestrong recommends small ones, which gives 54 calories. Jumbo eggs give as much as 90 kcal.

For a "just right" boiled egg, I've always found this to work. Bring water to a boil, put in the egg and keep it to a steady, mid boil for 7 minutes. I often use eggs straight from the fridge. And this leads to egg-shell cracking. If you don't want cracked shells, use room temperature eggs, but lessen the boil by at least a minute.

For a soft-yolk boil, BBC recommends bringing water to a boil and dipping in a room-temperature egg for 3 to no more than 4 minutes long.

For a full hard-boiled egg, 10 minutes boil time is recommended.


For easy peeling, these are recommended tips:

Tap eggs before putting them into the boiling water. This frees the insides o…

English Grammar: Enamored with vs Enamored by

In checking synonyms for enamor, you will see the following substitute words:
fascinate
captivate
bewitch
enchant
enrapture
enthrall
rentice
infatuate
please
arattract
charm
endear
entrance
grab
slay
fall in love with

Any prepositions used with these synonyms may be done so as well with "enamor", making enamored with and enamored by the most common combination being used.

Devotional: The Backslidden Heart

Passage: Psalm 78
Marked: Psalm 78:22
"They did not have faith in God, and did not trust his ability to deliver them. they continued to sin, and did not trust him to do amazing things."
Verses 17-19 describes what goes on in the life of a backslidden Christian.
He gets used to a life of sin, abusing God's patience. He rebels, refusing to do whatever is right. He challenges the will and Person of God. testing God to prove Himself by granting selfish whims. When God refuses to answer self-centered prayers, he unashamedly, bitterly testifies against the goodness and power of God.

Often, it all starts with an attitude of complaining and dissatisfaction. The discontent complainer is that way because he does not rely on God's power to deliver and to do mighty works because he does not intimately know God.

Today I pray to stay mindful of all the good God has been favoring my life with.And when life is not going the way I want it to, may I keep remembering who my God is, the …

Devotional: Tell-Tales

Passage: Psalm 78:1-10
Marked: Psalm 78:4,6,7 "We will tell the next generation about the Lord’s praiseworthy acts, about HIS strength and the amazing things HE HAS DONE.So that children yet to be born, might know about them.Then they will place their confidence IN GOD."
One of the wisest things parents can do is to be as they are, with their children. Our children must see that we do not know the answers all the time, that we can't be strong all the time, that we can't be all they need for us to be all the time. In all these limitations and failings, our children must sense that it will always be God pulling the whole family through life's changes and challenges. And whatever accomplishments I may be admired for, I must always be testifying to my children that it is all in His strength and wisdom that I amount to anything at all.
Today I pray that I may be able to raise my children placing their faith and utmost confidence in our God.

Devotional: God of the Waters

Reading: Psalm 77
When the waters [at the Red Sea and the Jordan] saw You, O God, they were afraid; the deep shuddered also, for [all] the waters SAW YOU.17 The clouds poured down water, the skies sent out a sound [of rumbling thunder]; Your arrows went forth [in forked lightning].18 The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind, the lightnings illumined the world; the earth trembled and shook.19 Your way [in delivering Your people] was through the sea, and Your paths through the great waters, yet Your footsteps were not traceable, but were obliterated.20 You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.- AMPC
Marked: v16 "When the waters [at the Red Sea]] saw You, O God, they were afraid; the deep shuddered also, for the waters SAW YOU. AMPC"

When Moses raised his rod, that was not what nature saw. Nature perceived God willing a miracle and in recognition and obedience, nature defied itself; nature resisted nature & forced open a pathway of salvation for G…