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“ Dian || @thehappycandle
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Happy New Month. We thank God for allowing us to see a new day/month. God has been faithful. If not God, then who? As we embark into this new month, I pray that the love of God will overflow in your life and those around you. May the peace of God which transcends all understanding rest upon every storm in your life. May joy come every morning amidst the trials you are facing. May you call upon the name of the Lord at all times. May you go deeper in your walk with God. May God carry us through every single day and we continue to remain in his presence at all times. Have a blessed month 🙂

Verses:

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. -Lamentations 3:22-24

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”  -Isaiah 43:18-19

“And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation” -Revelations 5:9

Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable. -Psalm 145:3

 

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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His Peace I Receive

 

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“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace.”
Isa 26:3

A PRAYER FOR PEACE

Here is a prayer for peace: “Lord, Your Word says, ‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.’ Your Word says, ‘The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace’ (Ps 29:11 NIV). Your Word says, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid’ (Jn 14:27 NIV). Your Word says, ‘The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus’ (Php 4:7 NIV). Today I need this peace which transcends understanding to settle my nerves and calm my mind. Instead of thinking about my fears and worries, help me to focus on Your goodness, Your faithfulness, Your healing power, Your overflowing resources, and Your forgiving heart. Take up residence within me and fill me with Your peace. Show me what’s robbing me of it. I really want to know, Father, so I can be specific in what I need to confess, what I need to commit to, and what I need to change. I open myself to You now. Teach me the secret of lasting peace. I thank You now for whatever it will take to help me receive the peace You have so generously offered to me. Your Word says, ‘Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts’ (Col 3:15 NIV). Today I want to be ruled by Your peace instead of my fears and worries. So I give all my concerns to You, trusting You to work them out for my good and Your glory. In Jesus’ Name I pray: Amen.”

Devotional//Word Of The Day. Picture Credit: Me. Have a lovely day 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Seek Him In All Things

Please fight for me Lord, and uphold me with your Righteous Right hand. Praise be to God. He's in the business of restoring all things!:

When Jesus Prayed Part #1

“Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Lk 5:16 NIV If you want to know about prayer, examine the life of Jesus: (1) He prayed when the pressures of life increased. “News about him spread…so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed…But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (vv.15-16 NIV). It’s when you think you don’t have time to pray, that you need to pray most. Spending time with God is the secret to having power with Him. (2) He prayed when important decisions had to be made. When it came to picking His closest friends, Jesus sought His Father’s guidance. He “went out to a mountainside…and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve…[as] apostles” (Lk 6:12-13 NIV). When you really think about it—the truth hits you up the side of the head! We can spend a year, not to mention a small fortune, planning a wedding. Yet amazingly we won’t seek God’s guidance when it comes to choosing a mate to spend the rest of our life with. God is not just the creator of the universe; He’s the CEO who runs it. Can you imagine what He knows about operating a successful business? His résumé reads: “I am the Lord…Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go” (Isa 48:17 NKJV). Before you hire an employee, form a partnership, formulate a plan, or invest a penny, God invites you to discuss it with Him and get His input. “Listen for God’s voice in everything you do…he’s the one who will keep you on track” (Pr 3:6 TM).

“He went…to a solitary place; and…prayed.”
Mk 1:35 NKJV

WHEN JESUS PRAYED Part #2

By failing to pray—you set yourself up to fail. The reason Jesus never failed is because He never failed to pray. Note the times when He prayed: When His heart was heavy. During His ministry on earth, His cousin John the Baptist was arrested and publicly beheaded for confronting a king about his sin. “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew…privately to a solitary place” (Mt 14:13 NIV). Disappointment, desertion, divorce, and death will write their chapters in the book of our lives. Thank God for therapists and doctors, but ultimately there’s no one who can heal a broken heart like God. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power” (Ps 147:3-5 NIV). Whether placing stars or healing scars, no situation is too big or too small to get the attention of our loving God. To understand God’s healing expertise, look at the life of Job. No one in history lost more than Job did, yet God brought him through it all. In Job chapter eleven we read: “You will forget your misery; it will be like water flowing away. Your life will be brighter than the noonday. Even darkness will be as bright as morning. Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety. You will lie down unafraid, and many will look to you for help” (vv. 16-19 NLT). Are you sad and heavy-hearted today? Do what Jesus did. Take time to pray about it.

“He departed to the mountain to pray.”
Mk 6:46 NKJV

WHEN JESUS PRAYED Part #3

Let’s look at another point at which Jesus prayed: When the pressures and expectations of others threatened to derail God’s plan for His life. The Bible says: “While it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: ‘Everyone is looking for you!’ Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.’ So He traveled throughout Galilee, preaching” (Mk 1:35-39 NIV). The lesson here is this: Unless you get God’s plan and stick with it, others will try to plan your life for you. Given the success Jesus enjoyed in every town He visited, many preachers would have stayed and built a church and enjoyed the accolades and rewards of their ministry. Not Jesus; He marched to the beat of a different drum. As you look back on some of your mistakes, you find decisions made in response to pressure instead of prayer. When you’re prayer-less you get careless. God has a plan for your life, and a schedule. To stay in sync with both you must pray regularly. Jesus realized He had only enough time to do what His Father wanted done, and that gave Him the ability to say no to other things. You’ve been called to love people—but please God. And your confidence in prayer comes from knowing you’re operating within His will (See 1Jn 3:21-22 NIV).

Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged. God bless you all 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Living Example

grace–upon–grace:
“Eva M. Winters
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Question of the day: How does your life represent Christ?

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
Php 2:5 NLT

HAVING THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

How many jobs do people lose every day because of poor attitudes? How many are passed over for promotion because of the way they approach their work and the people around them? How many marriages fall apart? It would be impossible to calculate. No one should ever lose a job, miss a promotion, or destroy a marriage because of a poor attitude. Why? Because a person’s attitude isn’t set; it’s a choice. Chuck Swindoll writes: “Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It’s more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I’m convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you…We are in charge of our attitudes.” Paul writes, “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” He always approached people with love, grace, acceptance, and a heart to serve rather than be served. So if your attitude hasn’t been as good as it could be, make this your starting point. Pray: “Father, give me a Christlike attitude toward everyone I meet.”

Reflection:

Take time to reflect. As you do so, invite the Holy Spirit. Allow God to reveal to you the areas in which you can grow spiritually. Write it down. Ponder on it. What are some ways you can grow in your walk with Christ? Until next time,  God bless you all. 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Happy Good Friday

grace–upon–grace:
“ Patrick Laurent
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“It’s what God had in mind all along.”
Isa 53:10 TM

CALVARY WAS ALWAYS PART OF GOD’S PLAN

The Psalmist wrote: “My God, why have You forsaken Me…I am…a reproach of men, and despised…All those who see Me ridicule Me…saying, ’He trusted in the Lord…let Him deliver Him’…I am poured out like water…My bones are out of joint…My tongue clings to My jaws…They pierced My hands and…feet…and for My clothing they cast lots” (Ps 22:1-18 NKJV). Think about it: David could be describing Jesus’ crucifixion in detail. Yet when he wrote these words crucifixion hadn’t been introduced as a form of execution. It was initiated centuries later by the Phoenicians, and long after that before it was adopted by the Roman Empire. Dr. Charles Augustus Briggs says: “You can take this psalm…lay it side-by-side with New Testament accounts of the crucifixion…and see how they dovetail perfectly. It’s astonishing that someone could describe something so intimately and intricately a thousand years before it happened.” Calvary wasn’t the result of happenstance. Long before Jesus came on the scene, God had a plan to reconcile us to Himself through Christ (See 2Co 5:18 NIV). Historian Paul L. Maier says: “In Isaiah chapter 53 we have almost a running commentary on what happened on Good Friday…It would be mathematically impossible for anyone else to fulfill all these parameters of prophecy in the Old Testament better than Jesus.” Bottom line: “It’s what God had in mind all along…that he give himself as an offering for sin.” That means long before there was an Easter, God was thinking about you!

Clara Yap

Reflections:

Take time to reflect upon this special day. Christ died for you and I. We were so unworthy but he still died for us all. What do you need to surrender to God today? Where does your focus lie on this day? What does this special day mean to you? May we never forget what Jesus did for us on this day. This is not just any other day or a an event but a call to Salvation. Who will you be praying for today? Who in your life needs to experience the presence the of God? Remember that, There is Power in the Blood. It’s still effective today and every day. Call on the Name “Jesus”. God bless you all. 🙂

Song of the day: Mighty Cross//Elevation Worship

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Power of Contentment

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭KJV‬‬ http://bible.com/1/1th.5.16-18.kjv:

Merry Christmas to you all. On this day, let us remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. It’s not all about the gifts. Sometimes, we forget and get caught up in materialistic things and forget the reason why we celebrate this season. God has been so good to us. From January till December, he has kept us. Though some days are tougher than others, he has sought us through it all. “Not everyone is truly content with with his or her life. Often times we are unsatisfied and seek more for what we don’t have and who we are. Through scripture however, we are commanded to be content with all we have in life.” (Bible Study Tools). Let’s take a look at what Scriptures says in regards to being content. A great reminder of being content is found in Philippians 4:11-12.

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
This is a reminder that no matter how little or small we have in life, we should always be thankful. There’s nothing wrong with worker hard to purchase something you want but when it becomes an idol in your life then that when it becomes a problem. So as this day is wrapping up, take time to reflect and write down what your’e thankful for. During this time, there are people all around the world, who don’t have the means of giving but they are still content. We must learn to have a heart of gratitude in every season, not just when we receive gifts but in those times when we have to be the givers. May God help us to be content in everything. May we be seekers and doers of his word. Remember that God loves you, he cares for you and he has a plan for your life. Stay blessed.  🙂
Devotion:

“Enoch walked with God 300 years.”
Ge 5:22 NIV

WHY JESUS CAME

Life is a journey with a definite beginning and end. And if you’re wise you’ll do what Enoch did for 300 years—he walked with God. Can you imagine how well you’d know God after spending all those years with Him? There’s nothing dull or boring about walking with God. The Psalmist says, “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence” (Ps 16:11 NIV). God made you for Himself, and only when you discover His purpose for your life will you find peace and joy. If you were to take a fish out of the ocean and place it on the beach, you’d see its scales dry up as it gasped for breath. Is that fish happy? No. If you covered it with a mountain of cash, would it be happy? No. Would an iPad, a good book, and a cool drink make it happy? No. Would a new wardrobe? No. Only one thing will make it happy: putting it back in the water. That fish will never be happy on the beach because it wasn’t made for the beach. It was made for the ocean, in the same way you were made for fellowship with God. You’ll always feel like a fish out of water—never knowing peace and joy—until you find Him. And the good news is He’s as close to you as a prayer. Once you ask Him into your heart you’ll never feel empty again. Do you know why Jesus came that first Christmas? He tells us: “So that [you] may have the full measure of my joy within” (Jn 17:13 NIV).

Song of the day: I Will Boast In Christ by Hillsong
 
 
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Posted by on December 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Intervarsity Basileia 


Has anyone ever invited to a place but you didn’t want to go because of the cost and the feeling of would it be worth it? Take a minute to think. Yes. Maybe. No and ask yourself why you didn’t do so. As for myself, it has occurred multiple of times. I was in this  position a few weeks ago. So I’m apart of Intervarsity at my University. I really enjoy and love the people that God has brought together in this fellowship. I have learned and grown so much spiritually in my walk with Christ in these few years being apart of Intervarsity and other organizations on my campus.

Let’s skip straight to the point. So one time during our small girls Bible study group, the leaders of this group kept talking about how they were going to Basileia. I honestly didn’t want to go. See I am a Christian but I don’t get moved to go to every event. I think about it then pray about it. See my friend kep asking me to go and I kept telling her I wasn’t sure and that I’ll think about it. It was costly but of course it’s not in comparison to the price that Jesus paid for us all. So weeks passed and I finally made up my mind on April 16th, 2016 that I was going to Basileia. After registering, I text my friend told her that I registered and she replied with a “Yay. I’ll inform the group”. So of course there was somethings that took place in the course of registration. There was a balance left over because like I mentioned before it was pricy honey but my friend and the leader of Intervarsity at my University held to cover the fees for me to attend this amazing event. Let me tell you, I definitely believe that God wanted me to be here.

So you see, we had to drive to get to our destination just as God sent Jesus to the Earth to perform the work that God needed him to do. My friend drove 5 1/2 hours before we got to Saranac Lake (Upstate New York). So upon arriving there, we had sign in and we were shown where our rooms were located. We shared rooms with the Intervarsity group in Farleigh Dickinson University. All girls of course but the guys lived in another designated area in camp. You name the schools from Columbia University, NYU, Drew University, Montclair State University, Wagner, Julliard, NJIT, FDU, University of Buffalo, Rutgers & many more colleges were there.

I can’t even describe it into words. Absolutely nothing like seeing college students coming together to worship and spend time with God. The amazing thing that I like about this retreat was that during the registration process, we had to pick a track that we were interested in for the retreat. There were different tracks like small group leader, transforming prayer, engaging in God’s World and many more. It was interesting because my friend and I actually registered for the same track but we weren’t in the same group. Even writing about this experience right now brings back so much memories. I really wish it was a 3 weeks retreat or even a month. The retreat began on Saturday May 14th-Thursday May 19th. See when I was there, I barely had any connection. I wasn’t able to reach my family. The time I got connection, I was able to send a text to my family/friends that text me. The text messages included “I hope your alive and well” lol as if I had been gone for a month or something.

Let’s get back to this amazing time with God’s people/retreat. I hope your still on board with me. Please bare with me. This post may be the longest blog post ever. So some of the events that took place included Daily prayer meeting at 8:00am every morning, followed by breakfast, quiet time for an hour then our first session at our selected tracks. After being in our track for 2 hours, we headed to lunch then followed by free time (2 hours). It was beyond amazing. During free time, we were able to go to the lake, to our rooms whether you needed to sleep or read your Bible, that time was for you. After that, we headed out to our second session for our tracks from 4:00pm-6:00. Followed by dinner then evening worship at 7:30. Okay let’s talk about worship for a minute. Let me tell you when the Holy Spirit comes just as it is described in the Books of Acts, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.” I’m telling you nothing like worshipping God. Being at a place where your not distracted about what is going on around you but you are still praying for those around you. I’ll list the songs that were played during all the days at worship. God was in our midst. It was beyond ecstatic being able to see college students put aside what was going on in their lives to come to a place so far away from home just to worship and be the feet of Jesus. There was chapter time which was a time for us to spend with our colleges and to talk about problems and different ways we can make God known in our campuses. It was a special time for us to bond and intercede for one another.

Talking about quiet time, on May 16th, we were given 3 hours for quiet time. Let me tell you. I’m even excited writing about this specifically. So for my quiet time, I went to the lake. If you know me, you’ll know I loveee Nature. Seeing God’s work brings joy to my face. Okay, so a lot took place at the lake. Personally, emotionally and physically. When I was reading the Bible during our first quiet time, something telling me to go to the lake and pray for people who were hurt, depressed and etc. So for me, when we were told that we had a 3 hour quiet time, I went to the lake. I can’t find the words to describe this time with God. I even met this Asian girl at the lake sitting peacefully on a rock. I mean this girl was so still and writing in her journal. After words we sat, spoke prayed for one another and even exchanged numbers. Precious moments that will forever remain in my heart.


My time with God:


So of course, we were there to spend time with God but honey we had a great time. There were different activities that took place including canoeing, kayaking, air ballon, volleyball, soccer and etc.



The sound of the lake and even just staring at it was so peaceful. There was so much that took place but I’ll be here forever writing which I don’t mind but I’m sure you guys are not going to read all that I have written. It’s so long. I couldn’t help it but to share this great, unforgettable experience with you all. Something that was dear to my heart was when I met the girl at the lake. I asked her if we can open our Bibles to our favorite verses so here it is. Her Bible to the left and mine at the right. 😊


So I will leave you with this:

If your wondering, should I go to Basileia or another retreat, pray about it. Talk to your Heavenly Father. Register. Take a step but let God gave his way in it. I’m so glad I went to Basileia, God knows and I’m so thankful for my friend for constantly asking me to go. It will be fun she said. And let me tell you, it was great. #TeamJesus

God is available. God is here. He isn’t dead. He is Alive sitting on the throne and working it out for your good. Don’t lose faith and doubt your God because of the people around you. Maybe God has placed these people around you, so that you can encourage them. By seeing the light in you, they will wonder, search afar but will find nothing but their hearts only longing for God. Know that even when you are not praying, someone is praying for you. Someone’s prayer saved your life and little did you know. This life isn’t easy but never give up. God won’t give up on you so don’t give up on those around you. Love, Forgive and serve others for God’s Glory. Continue to pray and share God’s word, his love with others. The world is hungry but are so unsure of what their hearts longs for. You may be the only Bible they read and the point of contact God will use to bring them into the light.

“You cried when He took away your drop of water, not knowing He’d saved for you , the sea.” – Yasmin Mogahed.


Here are the worship song that were sang at Basileia 2016:

Healer: Kari Jobe

Forever: Kari Jobe

Christ is Enough: Hillsong

Good Good Father: Chris Tomlin

Or Kalley Heiligentha (Absolutely love her version)

Great Are You Lord:

At the Cross: Chris Tomlin

You are Good All the Time.

No Other Name: Freddie Rodriguez

Even So Come: Kristian

Lord I need you: Chris Tomlin

Nothing is Impossible: PlanetShakers

You make me Brave: Bethel

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Yes, let me be honest, I realize that I haven’t been consistent with my blog but I’ll do my very best to be consistent. Thank you for your time.  I hope the rest of this week is filled with love, God’s blessings, joy and peace.


“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” -Psalm 34:8


All Picture Credit: Mine (Karen O.) Stay blessed. 😊🙏🏾✨

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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