Monthly Archives: January 2016

Good Listen of The Day

Stumbled upon this song on Spotify the other day. Her voice is just great. This song in itself is so simple but the lyrics really are applicable and heartfelt. Hope you all enjoy!

Thank You- Jesus Army

HE WORKS THROUGH THE DIFFERENCES

Woke up this morning and looked at the weather app on my phone and it said it was almost 60 degrees. I thought to myself there is no way this is possible in January. So I went and opened the door.. and wow no joke it was almost 60 degrees and mad sunny on a January Saturday morning.

That in itself put a huge smile on my face. Just last night it was near the 30s and in less than 24 hours God made the weather just how I liked it. So i started off my day in a great mood. I needed to get ready to go to a fellowship activity that we had planned with Refresh (The english ministry I lead at church) and the Korean young adult group.

So if you come from a Korean church with an english ministry you all may know that it is not always the easiest to have unity amongst the two. The main reason is because of the cultural and language barriers. But I have a strong belief that a church is one body and one community. So I think it is really important to have intimacy between ministries.

But the reality is it is not an easy task. Well it’s not easy if we try to do it on our own.

So the KM young adult group pastor and I have been talking for awhile now to have a combined fellowship activity with both of our ministries. We both agreed that it was a necessary thing to do, But to be honest I did have some doubts and fears in the back of my mind. This wasn’t the first time we tried something like this but every time we did try to grab food together or hangout it didn’t end up the way we expected. But going into this one, even though I had some worries I felt a sense of optimism.

So we all met up at a pizza place first for lunch before we went bowling. When everyone arrived I awkwardly forced everyone to try to sit next to someone that was not in their ministry. I thought people would be against it or this plan would just blow up in my face but surprisingly it went well.

While I was sitting at the end of the table I looked around to see how everyone’s interactions were and honestly I was pretty shocked. Yes, I could still sense some awkwardness but still I could see how people were being intentional in trying to carry conversation and better get to know each other.

Then we all went to go bowling after lunch. We decided that for bowling we will try our best to split up the teams so each team had a good mix of people but due to uneven numbers it was kind of difficult but it was good enough.

As we were all bowling it was just such a blessing to see everyone cheer each other on, give high-fives and laugh together. This may not seem like much to some people but for me it meant a lot. Seeing people from the KM trying their best to speak in english and to see Refreshers attempting their best Korean really put a smile on my face.

Growing up in this church all my life I could always identify the struggles between EM and KM but I believe and hope that today could be that stepping stone to true unity. I saw God moving through the differences today. I saw God trying His best to bring His children together in harmony and joy.

Today was just fellowship but my hope is that in the future we can join hand in hand in worship, prayer and bible study where we can look beyond our differences and only look at our common interest; God. One day God will make this into a reality. Why? Because I know he wants to see all of His children, no matter where they are from, what language they speak or what their background is, worshipping their father.

I saw God today.

Did you?

HE SPOKE THROUGH A LICENSE PLATE

Wow, a long day it has been. I never could really understand when people said there weren’t enough hours to the day until recently. But through all the busyness and chaos God is still so good.

So today after my Public Theology class I met up with a dear sister-in-Christ for lunch. She hit me up about a week or two ago telling me how her spiritual life has been in a slump and she really wanted to talk about it. I wasn’t able to meet up last week but finally had the opportunity to meet with her and catch up.

We went to Findlay Market to talk over a bowl of pho (which is always a great idea). We got to the restaurant but since it was Friday and around lunch time it was hoppin. So we ended up having to wait for 20 minutes. So while we were waiting we went into the market and grabbed a seat at those red metal chairs (you know what I mean if you have been to Findlay Market). As we were waiting until they called us we took advantage of that time to just catch up on our spiritual lives.

It was great to just sit and chat and discuss God. She was able to really explain her current situation and position in her faith. So I just gave her as much advice as I could and told her a little bit about my dry season I just came out of not too long ago. We kept on talking and then we got the call that our table was ready.

Advice: If you have to be waited to be seated at a restaurant, just talk to a friend about Jesus and 20 minutes will feel like 2.

So we sat down and continued to talk but the weird thing was it felt like we got all the depressing stuff out of the way when we were at those red metal chairs and the moment we got to our table our conversations were just filled with joy and optimism for the future. As we were enjoying our spring rolls and pho we had a side of good Jesus talk and cups of joy. Very interesting how the ambience of a conversation can change so quickly.

It was really interesting to see how God was able to turn a difficult and sad situation into a time of laughter and rejoicing. That situation revealed to me the verse which states, “wherever two or more gather in the name of Jesus, He is there” in motion. We got lunch together not just as friends to just gossip or hangout but we met up as brothers and sisters in Christ to encourage each other in our walks of faith. And like that verse says, God showed up, in multiple ways. How? give me a second and I will say.

So we finally get done eating our pho and sweating out the msg from how hot it was in the restaurant. Then as we were leaving and going to our cars I was talking to her about the importance and power of prayer. So as we were getting closer and closer to our cars deeper our conversation got about the topic of prayer.

This is where God does something funny.

As I am looking at her while walking and talking to her about how she should continue to earnestly pray for herself, I look a little past her face and see this:

Yes, in the moment we were talking about prayer we turn and see this license plate say: 24/7 Pray. Some may call this coincidence but I call it confirmation and just a funny act from God. You can take it how you want it but I believe God wanted to show us that. Because the moment I pointed it out she was in awe, freaked out and went and took this picture. I believe that God used this to just put the cherry on top.

God is everywhere and moves in very unique ways. At times it could be as hilarious as speaking through a license plate. My God is a friendly, loving and caring Father who at times, has a good sense of humor. I like Him a lot and love Him dearly.

I saw God today.

Did you?

 

good listen of the day

These lyrics really embody my motivation for this journal and in my daily walk with God. Hope this song can bring you encouragement and courage like it does for me!

 The More I seek You – Kari Jobe

Opening My Eyes

It’s now 12:45am on January 29th and this is the beginning of my new journal where I will write every day on how I saw God in that day. I am not one to publicly share much or fully express myself on social media but for some reason God has given me conviction to start this blog; which I would rather call a journal. Why? Because God opened my eyes to something tonight (since it’s past 12, technically last night).

After a long day of classes I met up with a dear brother of mine; Gunwoo for dinner, just to catch up on life and shoot the bull. After some delicious dinner and great conversation we ended up at Starbucks next door to the restaurant to do some homework and just hangout.

The real reason we were at Starbucks was because I needed some help with my Algebra homework. First time doing math in about 4 years… (Someone tell me why a Biblical Studies major needs algebra lol). So there I was sitting at the table drinking my coffee listening to Gunwoo give me a mini lecture that honestly seemed like gibberish to me.

I have a personality where when I am not interested in something I just totally zone out and become like a ninja, where I am fully aware of all my surroundings. Some may call this ADD but I call it multi-task awareness. So as I am just sitting there I look to my right and see two ladies in deep conversation while both writing in journals. Because I am so nosey I take a closer look and see that next to their journals are bibles. I end up eavesdropping and realize that they were sharing prayer requests with one another.

But then an older male sitting at the nearest table to them turns his seat around and faces them. At first I thought to myself, “Here we go… A creeper”. But then something amazing happened.

He looked at them and started talking and began by trying to make it clear that he was not a creeper. Then he said something along these lines, “I happened to look over and see you girls taking the time and effort to further your faith and it was really encouraging and I felt like God wanted me to come up to you to encourage you”. (And yes I am seeing and hearing all this while Gunwoo is continuing to teach me about factoring and the quadratic equation).

Then he goes on to speak words of truth and encouragement to both of them, and it was obvious that these words were not of his own but from God. The girls began to confirm that the things he was saying was what they have been needing and wanting to hear. After he was done speaking he just concluded with a nice smile and turned back around.

Then the girls began to chatter amongst themselves by expressing how in shock and awe they were that this man knew what they needed to hear. By looking at the expressions on their faces I could tell that they just encountered God in a refreshing way.

So why am I writing about this in my first post? Because God used that moment to reveal to me that He is alive and is moving in all places. He reminded me that He is not just dwelling inside of a church sanctuary but He is at Starbucks. He is everywhere. It was truly a blessing to see God move through that man and that man be used by God to reveal truth and love to those girls.

Through that God gave me a revelation and a new conviction. Which is to seek Him and look for Him every day and everywhere I go, because He will reveal himself to me. That is why I wanted to start this journal to challenge myself everyday to be on the look out wherever I am to find Him in new ways. God is good and He is here.

I saw God today. Did you?