Wisdom and Understanding

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WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” James3:13

To be wise is to have understanding 
Understanding help us have a good life.

To be wise is to have a good life.
A good life encourages deeds to be done.

To be wise is to accomplish deeds with meekness. Deeds done in meekness produce humbleness.

To be wise is to do all things with humility 
Humility focuses on others more than self.

Understanding, a good life, deeds done in meekness, and humility are developed when we spend time with the One who is the wisest of all, our risen Savior, Jesus Christ.

Nature always reminds me that if I remain in Christ, I’m a mighty mountain, a pool of fresh water, a plant with beauty blooming, and a child of God. Which reminds me of doing good deeds for my Lord. 

As long as I practices the truths above, I reflect a hint of the grandness of our mighty God and the power of our Savior.

As I step away from such a grand scene, I’m also reminded of my earthly size. For I must remain humble with the confidence of what I know to be true in Christ. 

For it is not me, but Christ in me who is mighty like a mountain. 

•He is the refreshing water who quenches thirsty souls. 
•He is the one who rebuilds beauty out of ashes. 
•He is the one who gives confidence to the lowly.
•He renews hearts, minds, and souls.

Once Jesus touches the heart, the human spirit can clearly sense His spirit. Wherever anyone goes, wherever ever anyone find themselves, when ever anyone falls away from Him, His Spirit will be there. 

The Lord will always give his hand to the fallen not only to correct but to restore the one who calls his name. He rescues out of his love, his mercy, and his grace.

It is then we can live a good life, do good deeds, remain humble and be wise with a personal understanding.

Lord help us to be wise with understanding. In Jesus holy name I ask. Amen.

© 2022 Lidia Hu

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Teach Me God

“Teach me to do your will,

for you are my God;

may your good Spirit

lead me

on level ground.”

Psalms 143:10

Teach me God

For I never tire

Of hearing

Your voice

Your lessons

Your advice

Tell me

Once again

Remind me

To do your will

And to release

My fisted hands

You alone

Are my God

The rock

Of my life

Where I

Find refuge

I ask for

Your favor

Your goodness

Your protection

Over my life

And my spirit

Please allow

Your Holy Spirit

To lead me

On level ground

Where You’ve

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TEACH ME GOD

“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Psalms 143:10

Teach me God

For I never tire

Of hearing

Your voice

Your lessons

Your advice

Tell me

Once again

Remind me

To do your will

And to release

My fisted hands

You alone

Are my God

The rock

Of my life

Where I

Find refuge

I ask for

Your favor

Your goodness

Your protection

Over my life

And my spirit

Please allow

Your Holy Spirit

To lead me

On level ground

Where You’ve

© 2022 Lidia Hu

Under His Shadow

Misguiding Shadows

Shadows
Mislead
Unless
One is
Under
His shadow

His shadow
His people
Will grow
Will bloom
Will rejoice

Return to
His shadow
With words
Or repentance
His forgiveness 
Always abounds
– Lidia Hu
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Hosea 14:7
“Those who live in his shadow
Will again raise grain,
And they will blossom like the vine.
His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.”

Prayer
Our Heavenly Father, please guide us back under your shadow, forgive all our sins and receive us graciously. 

Only you can save us from shadowing misguidance. Your compassion will reach us. Save us. 

Help us to grow in your precepts. Bloom your goodness in us. Then other can see the reason for our joy. 

I ask these things in Jesus everlasting name.

Further reading Hosea 14:1-8
Repentance to Bring Blessing
14 Return, Israel, to the Lord your God.
Your sins have been your downfall!
2 Take words with you
and return to the Lord.
Say to him:
“Forgive all our sins
and receive us graciously,
that we may offer the fruit of our lips.
3 Assyria cannot save us;
we will not mount warhorses.
We will never again say ‘Our gods’
to what our own hands have made,
for in you the fatherless find compassion.
4 “I will heal their waywardness
and love them freely,
for my anger has turned away from them.
5 I will be like the dew to Israel;
he will blossom like a lily.
Like a cedar of Lebanon
he will send down his roots;
6 his young shoots will grow.
His splendor will be like an olive tree,
his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.
7 People will dwell again in his shade;
they will flourish like the grain,
they will blossom like the vine—
Israel’s fame will be like the wine of Lebanon.
8 Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols?
I will answer him and care for him.
I am like a flourishing juniper;
your fruitfulness comes from me.”

Yahweh Conquers Valiantly For Us

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YAHWEH CONQUERS VALIANTLY FOR US

“The joyful songs I now sing will be sung again
in the hearts and homes of all your lovers.
My loud shouts of victory will echo throughout the land.

For Yahweh’s right hand conquers valiantly!
The right hand of Yahweh exalts!
The right hand of Yahweh will never fail.

You will not let them kill me, but I will live to tell the world what the Lord has done for me.” Psalms 118:15-17 TPT

At the end of the day, when fatigue, apprehensiveness and maybe even hopelessness come like dark clouds ready to pour a storm in our mind and into our heart of mistrust and unbelief, SING a song.

Sing the words of this psalm.
“Yahweh’s right hand conquers valiantly!
The right hand of Yahweh exalts.
The right hand of Yahweh will never fail.”

Then make these words the chorus of your daily living; “His constant, tender love lasts forever!”

Repeat this truth, this fact, this hope until you fall asleep.

When you wake and the storm remains, may the hope of the Lord give you a step to dance of what is yet to unfold, His Victory.

Then call someone, text someone, send a message, encourage others, for we will persevere.

If it’s difficult for you to see the Victory, then take time to revisit how other believers in their great evil trials endured, held on and stood firm.

May the good Lord, Yahweh, give you endurance during this quarantine with stories of His goodness.

May your words reflect the light of Hope for others to visualize the new norm. Ultimately see how the mighty hand of our Savior never fails.

His constant, tender love does last forever.

Yet, He fights for us. His fight is fureiously. He will fight fiercely for you, me, us.

Put Up With One Another

Pray Pardon Prosper

“Put up with one another. Forgive. Pardon any offenses against one another, as the Lord has pardoned you, because you should act in kind.” Colossians 3:13 (The Voice)

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To put up with one another, one has to have a triple tune-up; in the heart, of the mind and from the attitude. In order to get the tune up, one must go to the best adjuster. I only know of one, Jesus.

Many times we need more than a tune-up to put up with those we love.The following also may need to be looked at:

1) A total overhaul. There could be major repairs to be considered which have been overlooked for years. Like years, 10, 20, 30 maybe even since childhood.

2) A quick refurbish. They may only be the need of an adjustment. The stress from a new job, newborn baby, low bank account, high credit card bill. Or just plainly the stress of marriage, parenting, or any other relationship along with the stresses mention above.

3) A costly remodel. This means a major fix up. What once worked is no longer working. People grow, mature, change revealing the need of new ways to deal with the present circumstances while others are stagnant, stuck, stubborn. It’s costly because most of us like the way we deal with others and feel the other person should change and not us. Well, think again! This is where it will cost, when we are the ones who must be remodel and we aren’t willing. God help us!

4) A humble Patch up. Restoring is when something worked well, but now it has a tare, a crack, or a hole which been over looked. Time and wearing down caused some wear and tear. Now they’re noticeable with the need to be covered with the same agreements. Together the loop holes must be recognized allowing proper time for healing and restoration.

5) A true revise. Reworking is going back and starting all over again. But, the start begins with a changed plan. Starting again with the same agreements, which didn’t work to begin with, will only produce more frustrations. A revision will have to be made or the error will occur again and again. Honesty is best, even if it’s fearful. It’s pricey to be frank.

Relationships are hard work. Maintaince is a must. Tune ups of ourselves have to be made.

Sometimes, we just have to put ourselves in the shop with God and tell Him do the works on me.

We may need to take a sabbatical.

All this to say, forgive, forgive again, forgive seventy times seven.

Actually forgive as often as the person who turned the heat up in the realtionship to 80 while you were already sweating anger and frustration.

By the way, forgive yourself for storming to the person holding your dial.

Cause and effect goes both ways. They hurt you. You hurt them. Come together to God, if possible. Be pardon, then pardon. Remember we’re sinner just as much as the person who raise the heat on our thermostat.

Forgive. Forgive. Forgive.

Pardon. Pardon. Pardon.

Release. Release. Release.

So, put up with one another, as you are kind with your words, your actions and in your secret thoughts.

Pray often. Pardon always. Prosper with love.

Pain Is Not Only Caused by Thorns

Pain will always be. The caused from the pain could be avoidable. But when love is involved, it may be more challenging to slide pass the pain. It can be managed with the correct dosage of relief.

Love will always bloom. It’s the caused of hearts admirations who may not always be suitable and avoided, yet the heart wants. It can blossom with much sacrifice, heartfelt dedication and caring fertilization, but it requires work form both individuals.

Pain comes from grasping what the heart wants, the flower.

“No one can say, “He jests at scars who never felt a wound,” for I have never got one moment been in a state of mind to which even the imagination of serious pain was less than intolerable. If any man is safe from the danger of under-estimating this adversary, I am that man. I must add, too, that the only purpose of the book is to solve the intellectual problem raised by suffering; for the far higher task of teaching fortitude and patience I was never fool enough to suppose myself qualified, not have I anything offer my readers except my condition that when pain is to be borne, a little courage helps more than much knowledge, a little human sympathy more than much courage, and the least tincture the love of God more than all.” From “The Problem of Pain” C. S. Lewis

Pain comes from suffering, discomfort, injury and wounds which are not only caused by the thorns of living, but by embracing what or whom one loves.

Even in love, pain can only be bared for so long before it cripples the heart, effecting the mind and in-prisoning the spirit. It is then when one can chose to act lovingly because it’s the right thing to do. While one lives experiencing hurtful thorns in the relationship, they may continue to accomplish what must get done as their spirit becomes fragile in a mindset of unworthiness out of duty and not so much out of love. One then exist in a mental cell, never living free to truly grasp the fullness of loving unconditionally.

What once was spontaneous romance, it becomes an expected reaction. What once was adoration, it becomes sights of hateful humiliation. What once was a breath of fresh intimacy, it becomes a toxic act of selfishness.

The blooming flower of any abusive relationship will wither at the edges. Soon the peddles of happiness vanish to not be felt again. What once was to be forever will frail apart, for the heart was never free to flourish, expand and grow into a mature love while romancing another’s heart.

What imprisons a soul is not always what one has done wrong, but what wrong has been done to the one with the caged up spirit.

How can one heal from such pain, abuse, circumstances?

First one must be freed. This freedom is not only physical, it is also spiritual. Both may be needed in order to feel safe. Through the help of a godly counsel, a person who is equipped with godly truths, the captive can hear words of healing. Even though the advice may bring further pain.

To heal a broken bone, more often than not surgery is a must. It is also true of a healing broken heart. Pain can cure pain. Managed pain can be a cure for unmanaged pain.

The ones who have been locked up by tormenting verbal abuse, threats of fearful actions, belittlement of their essence, physical scars of unspeakable tortures and reoccurring nightmares of past experiences need more than a therapist, they need a Savior. They need someone with the good news and the Spirit of the Lord God on them.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is on me, because the Lord has chosen me to bring good news to poor people. He has sent me to heal those with a sad heart. He has sent me to tell those who are being held and those in prison that they can go free.” Isaiah 61:1 NLT

Once the person has been spiritually freed then one can take the words of C. S. Lewis and meditate with much prayer to see how they can be apply to their hurting soul.

“It will take a little courage more than knowledge.” Within this little courage fear will exist.

“It will take a little human sympathy more than much courage.” With the little sympathy heart’s warm is felt.

“And the least tincture of the love of God more than all.” With the least bit of God’s love an overwhelming freedom appears.

Where can an impressoned soul get a little courage, a little human sympathy and a slight trace of the love of God? From the person the Lord has chosen to bring His good news.

The Lord will give the person’s sad heart joy, free to learn to love again and live a life of possibilities. Once the captive sees and accepts the Lord’s hand, the messenger must tell the one being held in hellish circumstance, that they can walk out and be free.

Once freed, there is where the healing begins. It will not be fast. One will be needing spiritual therapy. Continual mentoring exercises. With well-soul check-ups scheduled. One must learn to trust themselves to love again inspire of the thorns to come.

To guide someone to be spiritually free, one must have been set free themselves by the Lord Jesus Christ. These chosen people understand well the phrase, “He jets at scars who never felt a wound,” for they have felt the wound. These individulas know pain is caused by reaching to love the unlovable, to bare the unbearable, to give when there’s no more to give.

Yet these chosen people of God will stretch out their hand and give godly grace for they know what the cell room smells, feels and looks. They have empathy for those who are still captives in the cell. It’s an experience they will never forget nor ever want live through again.

Who Performs Miracles?

WHO PERFORMS MIRACLES?

“Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.” Psalm 77:14-14

God, our Father, please display your power among me. Perform a miracle in me, through me and with me.

May my life demonstrate a ray of hope in you, where others see you and your light through me as I wait for your miracles.

I ask in my loving Savior’s name, the name above all name here on earth, your Son, Jesus. Amen.

On A Warm Rock

ON A WARM ROCK ~ Psalm 40:1-3
“I waited a long time for the Eternal; He finally knelt down to hear me. He listened to my weak and whispered cry.He reached down and drew me from the deep, dark hole where I was stranded, mired in the muck and clay. With a gentle hand, He pulled me outTo set me down safely on a warm rock; He held me until I was steady enough to continue the journey again.As if that were not enough, because of Him my mind is clearing up.Now I have a new song to sing— a song of praise to the One who saved me.Because of what He’s done, many people will see and come to trust in the Eternal.”

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There has been times my waiting for my Lord felt like a dark tunnel without a way out. Yet I kept going searching for his hand and hoping to hear his foot steps. Maybe even the wings of his eagle as it comes to my rescue.

Many times, in my low hours, I cried for him as I felt alone. He comes. Always comes.

I’ve felt his touch, his warmth, his whisper. The picture this psalm describes of the Lord finally kneeling down to hear, it is what I’ve experienced and still experience.

His hand is gentle, his pull is kind and places me oh so tenderly on his warm rock. That warm rock, I usually describes it as his embrace, his lap, his heart. I know without a doubt and with every fiber of what makes me, that my Lord has come to my rescue over and over again.

When he holds me, its just not for me to regain my step, no, it’s to hold my lifeless soul, my weak spirit and my dwindled heart. Once I’ve regain my spiritual balance, my heart strengthens as it holds to God’s promises and my soul is filled with the hope that carries one to tomorrow.

It is then when I walk with my Lord as we lock arms that my mind becomes clear. For I know he is with we as I continue in the darkness of today’s unknown. For it isn’t what I can see or understand, but the hope of what God is doing that gives me a positive outlook at a distrustful time.

Then a song comes, it always has and it sings my heart and feels my mood, but someone else wrote the word and played out the rhythm. Time after time, I’m still amazed how God works it out for the song comes on the radio, pandora, or someone sends it at that hour.

I worship a living God and serve a risen Lord and listen to a flowing Holy Sprit. No one can ever take my faith, my belief nor my hope from me.
Because of what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for me every season of my life, even today, I can say he rescues, teaches and guides. Everything the Scriptures say about my Lord, is who my Savior is and what he does for those who follow him and worship God.

I pray that if you do not know God, his Son and the Holy Spirit, that you come to trust in the Eternal and experience his majestic love, his forever forgiveness and his everlasting assurance.

Be Humble

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TODAY ~ What are you thinking about yourself?

An old advice given to us all:
Don’t think of yourself higher than you should. Instead, with sober judgment, think according to the faith each of you have been given. (Romans 12:3)

Don’t judge others on their thinking. Also, don’t be harsh with yourself.

If you desire to reach different thoughts of others and yourself as God to increase your faith of what’s to come.

Change happens every sunrise, every sunset. Every day, every night. Every hour, every minute.

Souls, hearts, minds are changeable if one is willing to hear, listen and be humble.

Will you be humble?

AN IRON AXEHEAD FLOATS

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AN IRON AXEHEAD FLOATS ~ What’s impossible for man, it’s possible for God.

Have you ever read the story of the axe head that floated? It’s in 2 kings 6:1-7.

Elisha, God’s prophet, join the company of the prophets who were headed to the Jordan river. Cutting trees to make a bigger meeting place was the purpose of their quest.

One of the men’s iron axehead came off and plopped into the river.

With great concern, the man exclaimed, “Oh, my lord, it was borrowed!”

Elisha, man of God, asked, “Where did it fall?”

The man pointed to the spot.

Without a word, Elisha cut a stick and threw it where the axhead went down. Soon after, the iron piece floated.

The men must have been in awe because Elisha commanded, “Lift it out.”

The man reached out his hand and took it.

What an amazing story. What factors in this story grab your imagination? What details send questions to your heart? What lesson floats to you today?

Can you believe of what God can do for you? If not, you can confess, “Lord, I have less than a grain of belief.” Then ask, “Please Lord, help my unbelief?

If you don’t have enough faith, but you know someone with great faith, go to them. Ask them to pray for you or even better with you.

I read once a story of a preacher headed to a destination where God sent him. He got a free ride on a ship which was headed in the same direction. A stormed developed.

The captain came to the preacher and informed him that they will not be able to take him to the port he requested.

In that moment the preacher wondered why God would send him there, provide a free passage but then bring a storm.

He then told the Captain, ” Let’s go to your cabin and pray.”

The captain reply, “What can God do? It’s a massive cloud.”

After the pastor prayed, the captain started to pray. The pastor stopped him and said, “You don’t need to pray, for you don’t believe. Come, let’s go up and see what God has done.”

Once they were out, they noticed the storm cloud had moved away from where the pastor needed to go.

When, you don’t have enough faith or your belief is low, go find those whose faith is strong. Ask them to lift your burden to the Lord. You pray also and ask God to increase your faith.

Then wait for your iron head to float. Your burden to be lifted. Expect a solution to come your way.

Just like the man, had to reach in and get the axe head, we too need to reach out and take what God will bring our way.

Keep in mind when life seems challenging to overcome, it wasn’t the stick which brought the iron out of the water, but the knowledge of what God can do and the faith of him solving the impossible.

May God bless his word and us and his word in us.