Monday, 29 December 2014

music monday// finish what He started

so, the year is wrapping up in a couple of days, and maybe you were hoping for certain things to happen this year, but perhaps things didn't quite turn out like you hoped. well, if the desires on your heart are the very desires of God for your life and He placed them in your heart, then surely, He has an appointed time for His plans to unfold in your life. 
this year has been a re-routing of my plans. Daddy stepped in and led me to His plans. i had to let go of my will and submit to His will for me. and it isn't as if my will was bad, no. but it was still not the sure, original plan He had in mind for me even before i was conceived. it's been a hard season of adjusting and waiting. He's been reminding me to make full use of certain gifts He's given me, and He's been drawing me to Himself so much more in this season, and placed some adorable lil' people in my life to love on.

i know, oh, i know that His plans are farrr better than my wildest dreams, knowing that the highest form of holiness is the release of my will to Him.(remember before the cross when Jesus prayed- 'My Father if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me. yet not as I will, but as You will'? yurp.--matthew 26:39) and i know that i will be more fulfilled in what He's leading me to. so, i'm choosing to dream the dreams of my Father.

i know that whatever good work He has started in me, He is going to see to it that every single word He has spoken to me will become a reality. He has His perfect timing which is not necessarily my timing. He is faithful and i will see His goodness, and twirl in His bliss. i'm a change in the making.

finish what He started~ mercyme
i don't have to know you to know that you will go through hard times, it's just part of life
don't let that moment blind you, and don't let it define you.
take heart, that's not who you are.

our God is able, more than capable to be faithful to the end.
He'll finish what He started.

no matter what you've done, grace comes like a flood
there's grace to carry on, He'll finish what He started.
no matter what you face, His mercy will not change.
He's with you all the way, He'll finish what He started.

remember you're forgiven, so there's no need to give in
to the lie that you're disqualified.

this work He started in you now, He's faithful to complete it,
the promise was sealed when He cried out "it is finished!"

He'll finish what He started.

"...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." philippians 1:6

"many are saying of me, 'God will not deliver him.' but You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high." psalm 3:2-3

"...but He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness...' " 2 corinthians 12:9

 "when He had received the drink, Jesus said, 'it is finished.'..." john 19:30

" 'blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil His promises to her!' " luke 1:45

"the One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it." 1 thessalonians 5:24

"so is My word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." isaiah 55:11

"now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! amen." ephesians 3:20
His seemingly 'delay' is not His denial. no matter how cruel 2014 has been, you are still alive, breathing, with purpose thumping in your heart, and Love coursing through your veins. Daddy is a faithful Father. let His wave of hope wash over you. He will lovingly swipe away our shame and lift our heads. ask Him what He's up to in your life and be in hopeful anticipation for what He's going to do in your life this coming new year. 

to all my 'silent' readers and not-so-silent readers, thanks for tuning in this year. i'm thankful for all the lovely bloggers i came across this year. i love the way you guys show Jesus!

 2014, you and i, we've had our ups and downs but it's time to say goodbye. bye, 2014!

'see' you guys in the new year! :)

xoxo, gen delali.

Monday, 22 December 2014

music monday// o holy night

giddy with the Christmas spirit yet? i bet! today's song is one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time. it's emotive, soulful and points to no one else but Jesus, our Savior!
o holy night~ kerrie roberts
o holy night, the stars are brightly shining,
it is the night of our dear Savior's birth.
long lay the world in sin and error pining,
'til He appeared and the soul felt its worth.

a thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
fall on your knees, oh, hear the angel voices
o night divine, o night, when Christ was born.
o night divine, o night, o night divine.

chains He shall break, for the slave is our brother
and in His name all oppression shall cease
sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we 
let all within us praise His holy name

Christ is the Lord
then ever, ever praise we
noel, noel, o night, o night divine
noel, noel, o night, o night divine.

o night divine, o night, when Christ was born.
o night divine, o night, o night divine.

there were a number of prophecies that God gave to His people years and years before Jesus was born to fulfill them all. here are some of those prophecies in the old testament:

"therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel." isaiah 7:14

"for to us a child is born, and the government will be on His shoulders. and He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over His Kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever. the zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this." isaiah 9:6-7

"a shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord- and He will delight in the fear of the Lord.." isaiah 11:1-3

" 'but you, bethlehem ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of judah, out of you will come for Me one who will be ruler over israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.' " micah 5:2

the fulfillment of the prophecies are found in these scriptures in the new testament:

"but after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. she will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.' " matthew 1:20-21

"while they were there, the time came for the Baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a Son. she wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them." luke 2:6-7

"suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God saying, 'glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.' they (shepherds) hurried off and found mary and joseph, and the Baby, who was lying in the manger. when they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about the Child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them." luke 2:13, 14,16-18

"on coming to the house, they(wise men) saw the Child with His mother mary, and they bowed down and worshipped Him. they they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh." matthew 2:11

"on the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the Child, He was named Jesus, the name the angel had given Him before He was conceived." luke 2:21

"the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. we have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." john 1:14

just like the wise men and shepherds, we have every reason to worship our Savior and be full of joy and love for Him and people, and celebrate that He was born to save us from our sinful nature, to reconcile us back to God, our Father, and to give us eternal life spent with Him! nothing should hold us back from sharing the truth of Jesus with people, especially in this season.

it's all about Jesus Christ, not the christmas tree or decorations, sparkly gifts or the delicacies. it's all about the most important gift ever!- Jesus and His gift of eternal life, which by the way is totally freeee! simply believe in Him, confess your sins, invite Him into your heart and choose to obey Him each day. 

a merry and meaningful Christmas to you!  :)

xoxo, gen delali.

Monday, 15 December 2014

music monday// light up the sky

sometimes we go through some things, and we yearn for a sign from God to assure us that we are really not alone. and sometimes this yearning is a whisper in prayer, or a thought running round in our minds, hoping that He will do something, give us some sign that He is with us.
and the truth is, He is always with us. even if we don't see the 'sign' we ask for. He is as sure as the sun. He is the sunshine in your hair, the wispy cloud in the sky, the cool, afternoon breeze softly touching your face. God is everywhere. His beautiful creation testify that He is. something cannot come out of nothing, and creation attest to this that He is the Creator, He is the very breath within us. and He is always with us.

i've always loved this song. enjoy!

light up the sky~ the afters
when i'm feeling all alone, with so far to go,
the signs are no where on this road, guiding me home,
when the night is closing in, is falling on my skin
oh, God will You come close.

light, light, light up the sky
You light up the sky to show me You are with me
i, i, i can't deny, no, i can't deny that You are right here with me
You've opened my eyes, so i can see You all around me
You light, light, light up the sky, 
You light up the sky to show me, that You are with me

when stars are hiding in the clouds, i don't feel them shining
when i can't see beyond my doubt, the silver lining
when i've almost reached the end,
like a flood You're rushing in. Your love is rushing in..

so i run straight into Your arms,
You're the bright morning sun
to show Your love there's nothing You won't do.

have i not commanded you? be strong and courageous. do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." joshua 1:9

"...its truth is seen in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true Light is already shining." 1 john 2:8

"when Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." john 8:12

"the Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall i fear? the Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall i be afraid?" psalm 27:1

"those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." psalm 34:5

"i lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? my help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." psalm 121:1-2

"...and surely I (Jesus) am with you always, to the very end of the age." matthew 28:20

He is not just with you, empathizing with you, but He is actively involved in weaving your pain and heartache into something beautiful. be encouraged, friend.

xoxo, gen delali.

Friday, 12 December 2014

beauty in waiting

"there is beauty in the waiting. He is working in ways i can not see or fully understand. in the quiet and dark times, things are happening. growing is happening. changes are happening. even if we do not see them. in time, at the right time, in His time, we will see. this gives me comfort and so much hope! i do not have to see to know. i don't have to seek immediate gratification because things are coming.

in His time for me, i will see. He has a time for us. perfect timing. we just need to wait and trust. He will bring us what is best for us in its time. with this hope, i have no reason to hurry. whether it be a season of waiting or a season of blooming, He makes it all beautiful." ~ jennifer// beauty in waiting// (in)courage

"i remain confident of this: i will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." psalm 27:13-14

"in You, Lord, i have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in Your righteousness. turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me." psalm 31:1-2 

"there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens...He has made everything beautiful in its time..." ecclesiastes 3:1;11

"but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." isaiah 40:31

you might be waiting on the Lord for...
a child
a business to kick off
a job
funds for school
the special someone to build a family with
maybe you're engaged, and waiting for the big day to say 'i do' ;)
a place to call home
funds to pay off school loans/mortgage
healing for your body and soul
or maybe He's spoken some specific, special promises to you, and you're waiting for the manifestation...

whatever it might be, i pray you take it to the Lord each day. He cares and His word says He will come through.

"God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. does He speak and then not act? does He promise and not fulfil?" numbers 23:19

xoxo, gen delali.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

music monday// nothing is wasted

i knoww, it's tuesday, not monday. ;) connection problems.

welp! so, today i'm sharing a story and a song that have a dear place in my heart.
story// no wasted pieces: a tourist strolling through a european village stopped to observe a master craftsman of gold filigreed porcelain.

he watched as the craftsman took one of his loveliest pieces, an exquisite vase, and carefully examined it. after a few minutes, a faint smile of satisfaction touched the corners of the artist's mouth.

the workmanship was perfect. the size and form were just right; the artwork, intricate and delicate. then, to the horror of the tourist, the craftsman picked up a hammer and smashed it into a thousand pieces.

"why" cried the stunned man when he finally retrieved his breath. "why did you do that?"

the craftsman looked at the tourist and explained. "you see, my friend," he said, "the value of this vase is not in its perfection. not in the artwork, not in its form or shape- as lovely as these may be. no, the value lies in the fact that i am now going to put these pieces back together again. with gold!"

so it is with our lives. the value of our lives lies not in our perceived perfections or lack of them...not in what we've done or left undone...not in how hard we've worked...not in our efforts, as sincere as they may be...not in the hope that we'll get a second chance to redeem ourselves. no, the value of our lives lies in the fact that God wastes nothing. He takes all the pieces of our lives, even the imperfect, shattered fragments, and puts them back together again with His blood, which is infinitely more precious than gold.

by gigi graham tchividjian from currents of the heart

nothing is wasted~ jason gray
the hurt that broke your heart, and left you trembling in the dark, 
feeling lost and alone
will tell you hope's a lie, but what if every tear you cry 
will seed the ground where joy will grow

nothing is wasted, nothing is wasted
in the hands of our Redeemer
nothing is wasted.

it's from the deepest wounds that beauty finds a place to bloom
and you will see before the end,
that every broken piece is gathered in the heart of Jesus,
and what's lost will be found again.

when hope is more than you can bear
and it's too hard to believe it could be true.
and your strength fails you half way there,
you can lean on me and i'll believe for you
and in time, you will believe it too.

nothing is wasted, nothing is wasted
sometimes we are waiting in sorrow we have tasted
but joy will replace it.
nothing is wasted in the hands of our Redeemer,
nothing is wasted.

"but He knows the way that i take; when He has tested me, i shall come forth as gold." job 23:10

"and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." romans 8:28

"you intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives" genesis 50:20

"no temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. and God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. but when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." 1 corinthians 10:13

"do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." philippians 4:6-7

"...weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning." psalm 30:5

i'll be the first to shoot my hand up if asked and admit that i've been through, and still going through some things that i don't understand. maybe you're going through some sticky, messy times and what you see with your eyes may make you feel or think that God has abandoned you. nope. He hasn't. never once does He leave His beloved children. 

whatever test it is, keep seeking Him through it. use your eyes of faith to keep believing in His promises of deliverance. God is too faithful not to bring an end to your present struggle! you might think your time and resources are being wasted in your circumstances or that the pain is too much. do not lose hope. you are being refined for something great ahead. and you will celebrate. :)

xoxo, gen delali.

Monday, 1 December 2014

music monday// give me Your eyes

after i confessed with my mouth that Jesus is my Savior and believed it in my heart of hearts, i was transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the brilliant Kingdom of Jesus. and that was the cue for Holy Spirit to come into my heart and take me through the process of sanctification. i have been saved by grace [undeserved favor] alone. God expected me from then to gradually start bearing the fruit of Holy Spirit.  

"He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His 
mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life." titus 3:5-7

now, out of Daddy's great measure of love for me, i'm compelled to bear fruit, good fruit. and this is seen through the actions i take, what i do. so, i do not work for grace, but i work from grace. God's love, His salvation compels me to die to my selfish nature and get out of my little world even when i don't feel like it and display His love- share the Good News of the salvation of Jesus, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, support projects that provide clean water to people who walk miles and miles for water which isn't even that clean...His love within me compels me to be empathetic to the plight of people and be moved to action.

our prayer should be that our hearts break for what breaks His, to see and hear the people in despair and be His hands and feet to them by doing something to help. how wonderful it'll be if we ask Him to show us how people are really feeling deep down, beneath the facade so we can speak Truth into them. i bet many suicides, self-abuse and horrible choices would be avoided. are you paying attention to that friend, that co-worker, that stranger in the coffee shop? is there something God is showing you? i hope you see and move to action.

give me Your eyes ~ brandon heath
look down from a broken sky, traced out by the city lights
my world from a mile high, best seat in the house tonight.

touch down on the cold black top, hold on for the sudden stop
breathe in the familiar shock of confusion and chaos,
all those people going somewhere. why have i never cared?

give me Your eyes for just one second
give me Your eyes so i can see everything that i keep missing
give me Your love for humanity 
give me Your arms for the broken-hearted the ones  that are far beyond my reach
give me Your heart for the ones forgotten
give me Your eyes so i can see.

yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

step out on a busy street, see a girl and our eyes meet,
does her best to smile at me to hide what's underneath.
there's a man just to her right, black suit and a bright red tie,
too ashamed to tell his wife he's out of work, he's buying time.

i've been here a million times, a couple of million eyes
just move and pass me by i swear i never thought that i was wrong.
i need a second glance, give me a second chance
to see the way You see the people all along.

"suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. if one of you says to them, 'go in peace; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? in the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." james 2:15-17

"you see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith the body without the Spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead." james 2:24,26

"but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." galatians 5:22-23

"and whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." colossians 3:17

i hope you see what God shows you, i hope you hear the silent cries of many wounded people around you, i hope you put yourself in the shoes of others and try to feel what they go through, feel the desperation in their hearts. but it doesn't end there. i hope you are compelled to do something. 
let's bear the fruit of Holy Spirit. :)

xoxo, gen delali.

Monday, 24 November 2014

music monday// somebody like me

i would be the first to admit that i have the tendency to be judgmental. sometimes i get into the ditch of judging before i realize what i'm actually doing, thanks to Holy Spirit convicting me. so this is not me trying to be all miss perfect and holiest of holy. this is me calling out my sin and challenging myself and you to be more mindful of how we react towards people who are neck deep, drenched into the bog of sin.


we must be the bigger person and let the love of Jesus inside of us move us into action by helping folks to come into repentance. the gathering of Christians should be the last place where people struggling with sin should feel judged and condemned. the church is where spiritually sick people go for healing so why do we sometimes condemn people with our sharp looks and gossip/slander? we only drive people who need Jesus away when we wrap ourselves with such attitude.

Jesus has called me to be a friend to sinners and help them get to know Him personally. however, i must remember that bad company corrupts good character. so where do i draw the line? i believe i can build a healthy friendship with those who don't really know Jesus and help them see Truth but make sure they are not the ones influencing me to go astray from Jesus. i must remember that the people i surround myself with consistently, my close friends should be people passionately chasing after Jesus as i am. but this also does not mean i ignore people God places in my path to influence and show His love to.

God is the only One with the right to condemn/judge a sinner, not me or you. but it doesn't mean i should look on unconcerned when i see someone going down with sin. the Word teaches me to correct [not condemn] people in love. the way i call out the sin in others, the tone i use matters. if we correct in a judgmental, harsh, condemning manner how can the person in sin be willing to change for Jesus? they're likely to rather become angry, bitter and feel unloved and walk farther and farther away from people who are supposed to be radiating with the love of Jesus and go seek comfort in their sins/wrong company. and the viscous cycle continues until someone like me decides to be brave and really reach out to the 'unlovable' and be the hands and feet of Jesus to them.
how would you feel and where would you be if Jesus held your sins against you and decided not to come and die to take away your sins? you and i would be doomed if He didn't love us enough to forever cleanse us from our sins.

this song convicts me so much! see how the little boy was ready to reach out to the old drunken man? oh, how Jesus is so right about how we need to be like children to enter into the kingdom of Heaven!

somebody like me ~ jason crabb
the congregation parted like the red sea when that old drunk stumbled in down
the aisle and took a seat right in the middle of amazing grace.
he could feel the judgement they were passing,
thought to himself 'aint that just how some folks acting.'
he'd rather be on the street than in this place and with tears on his face

you'd think somebody would put their arm around him
you'd think somebody would hit a knee, pull him in, say a prayer,
that's what i'm talking 'bout right there.
you'd think somebody would practice what they're preaching.
well, i wonder who that somebody could be.
prob'ly somebody like me.

well, he's got problems nobody wants a part of.
when he got up and slipped out nobody stood up.
they don't wanna make a scene so they let him walk outta there without a prayer

you'd think somebody would do something different
you'd think somebody would go against the grain,
be the one to run him down, bring him back and turn him around.
you'd think somebody would wanna make a difference.
well, i wonder who that somebody could be.
prob'ly somebody like me.

oh, can i get a witness? somebody, somebody. oooh yeah.

you'd think somebody would put their arm around him
you'd think somebody would hit a knee, pull him in, say a prayer,
yeah, ooh
you'd think somebody would put their arm around him
you'd think somebody would hit a knee, pull him in, say a prayer,
that's what i'm talking 'bout right there.
you'd think somebody would want to make a difference
well, i wonder who that somebody could be.
prob'ly somebody like me.

"and if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? do not even pagans do that?" matthew 5:47

"'a new command I give you: love one another. as I have loved you, so you must love one another. by this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.' " john 13:34-35

"while Jesus was having dinner at matthew's house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with Him and His disciples. when pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, 'why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?' on hearing this, Jesus said, 'it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but those who are ill. but go and learn what this means: "I desire mercy, not sacrifice." for I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.' " matthew 9:10-13

"do to others as you would have them do to you. if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? even sinners love those who love them. and if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? even sinners do that." luke 6:31-33

"instead, speaking the Truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ." ephesians 4:15

"do not judge, and you will not be judged. do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. forgive, and you will be forgiven." luke 6:37

"if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. if we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His Word is not in us." 1 john 1:8-10

"then i acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity. i said, 'i will confess my transgressions to the Lord.' and You forgave the guilt of my sin.' " psalm 32:5

"whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. for whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen." 1 john 4:20

"when they kept on questioning Him, He [Jesus] straightened up and said to them, 'let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her' [adulteress.] again He stooped down and wrote on ground. at this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, 'woman, where are they? has no one condemned you?' 'no one, Sir,' she said. 'then neither do i condemn you,' Jesus declared. 'go now and leave your life of sin.' john 8: 7-11

let's ask Jesus to help us carry Him to people who are broken and need the Hope tucked within us, to learn how to love people who are lost and at the same time to have the wisdom to know how to properly relate with them so we don't end up being influenced to go astray from Him.

xoxo, gen delali.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

music monday// slow fade

so, today's tuesday, but we'll still have our music 'monday.' connection crisis is to blame.
anyhow, this song, it speaks so much truth to me. heard it way back but i can't seem to have enough of it. it holds timeless truth.

slow fade ~ casting crowns
be careful little eyes what you see, 
it's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
be careful little feet where you go, 
for it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

it's a slow fade when you give yourself away,
it's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
thoughts invade, choices are made,
a price will be paid when you give yourself away
people never crumble in a day, it's a slow fade, it's a slow fade

be careful little ears what you hear 
when flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
be careful little lips what you say 
for empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

the journey from your mind to your hands is shorter than you're thinking.
be careful if you thin you stand, you just might be sinking.

it's a slow fade when you give yourself away,
it's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
thoughts invade, choices are made,
a price will be paid when you give yourself away
people never crumble in a day, daddies never crumble in a day,
families never crumble in a day.

oh, be careful little eyes what you see, be careful little eyes what you see,
for the Father up above is looking down in love
oh, be careful little eyes what you see.

"how can a young person stay on the path of purity? by living according to Your Word. i have hidden Your Word in my heart that i might not sin against You." proverbs 119:9,11

"Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." psalm 119:105

"above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." proverbs 4:23

"we demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2 corinthians 10:5

"My[Jesus] prayer is not that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one. they are not of the world, even as I am not of it. sanctify them by the truth; Your word is Truth." john 17:15-17

"do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is- His good, pleasing and perfect will." romans 12:2

"so, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! no temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. and God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. but when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." 1 corinthians 10:12-13

let's be mindful of the things we feed our minds-worldly movies/tv shows we watch, music we listen to, books/blogs we read, websites we visit. let's be mindful of the people we constantly surround ourselves with, both in person and the virtual world-our social media. let's do away with all that does not glorify our heavenly Father. in all you do, ask yourself: does this make me get to know the heart of Jesus better?

our thoughts are a great deal influenced by what we feed our minds, and our thoughts influence our actions. so let's guard our hearts and minds with the Word from the excessive garbage of the world. let's ask Holy Spirit to give us the power to resist temptation and walk in the Light of Jesus. 

xoxo, gen delali.

Monday, 10 November 2014

music monday// more beautiful you

hi, you! yes you! i want to let you know, you are a treasure, a beautiful work of art by the Creator of the universe. you are treasured and valued. dig into the Word and know what God, the most important being ever says about you. some people may not acknowledge this truth about you, but that's ok. cos what's important is that you know. and you believe it.
 please, do not cheapen yourself for someone's attention. the right people meant to stay in your life will not make you beg for their affections. God made you for sooo much more than what this world lets you on. stay close to Jesus and let His Word wash over you with it's powerful, world-altering Truth. you were made for an important purpose, a special, specific purpose that you need to focus on. i hope you seek the Lord and allow Him to lead you in your purpose. let Jesus be the sun your world orbits around.

this song holds so much truth with each sentence, you just gotta soak it in.

more beautiful you~ jonny diaz
little girl fourteen flipping through a magazine, says she wants to look that way
but her hair isn't straight, her body isn't fake and she always felt overweight.
well, little girl fourteen i wish that you could see that beauty is within your heart
and you were made with such care, your skin, your body and your hair are perfect just the way they are

there could never be a more beautiful you
don't buy the lies, disguises and hoops they make you jump through
you were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
so there could never be a more beautiful you.

little girl twenty-one, the things that you've already done, anything to get ahead
and you say you've got a man, but he's got another plan, only wants what you will do instead.
well, little girl twenty-one you never thought that this would come,
you starve yourself to play the part, but i cam promise you
there's a man whose love is true and he'll treat you like the jewel you are.

so turn around, you're not too far to back away,
be who you are to change your path, go another way
it's not too late, you can be saved.
if you feel depressed with past regrets, the shameful nights hope to forget
can disappear, they can all be washed away
by the One who's strong, can right your wrongs
can rid your fears, dry all your tears
and change the way you look at this big world.
He will take your dark distorted view and with His light, He will show you truth
and again you'll see through the eyes of a little girl.

"for You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. i praise You because i am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, i know that full well." psalm 139:13-14

"your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewellery or fine clothes. rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." 1 peter 3:3-4

"keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.' so we say with confidence, 'the Lord is my helper; i will not be afraid. what can mere mortals do to me?' " hebrews 13:5-6

"since you are precious and honored in My sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life." isaiah 43:4

"for the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-control." 2 timothy 1:7

"since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of othe Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. that means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. we have far more interesting things to do with our lives. each of us is an original." galatians 5:25 (MSG)

pretty is as pretty does. you are pretty because of the sweet, godly person you are inwardly. you are beautiful in your own unique, original way. please, do not compare. do not compete. you are beautiful. :)

xoxo. gen delali.

Monday, 3 November 2014

music monday// in the light

ok, moment of truth, i am a sinner. i am not perfect and i won't pretend to be. i'm under a standard of grace, not perfection. as long as i'm in this physical body, my spirit and the carnal part of me will continue to fight to have control over me. i'm thankful for grace, truly. so because of grace[undeserved favor], i choose to intentionally walk with Jesus and not live in an unbroken pattern of sin. 
confession. sometimes the sin nature in me takes over. and that's because i begin to focus on me, myself, leaving my heart unguarded for the enemy to throw parties in my heart of hearts. i can be really judgmental deep down, criticizing people in the chambers of my mind. and my excuse is that well, Jesus didn't say i can't acknowledge the faults of others, what He did say is that i shouldn't go fixing others when i have my own unresolved flaws. although this is true, i wonder why i'm so quick to see the flaws in others rather than the lovely in them. hm, Jesus is still working on this with me.

and when it comes to forgiveness, it can be such a struggle for me. i'm this super sensitive person who can sense the state of emotions and wrong vibes from people, but then again, i sometimes tend to read too much in between the lines. oh, and anger, i'm getting better with not letting the sun go down on it. and the love your enemies bit? urm, let's just say, not an easy one for me. more grace is needed here.

also, i'm realizing the sensitive bit of me makes me tend to withdraw from people more than i should. so i end being like an onion, all wrapped up in layers, sometimes with unnecessary walls around me. why? cause i do not want to get hurt. i do not want people to know my insecurities. and that leads me to being real picky of who i choose to hang around with. and i know all the layers and brick of walls i put around me may keep out pain, but it will keep out love too. 

it's like i would want to be sure you're not going to hurt me before i open up to you. but there's no guarantee for this, right?  and i know it's wise to be intentional in choosing godly close friends, but it doesn't mean i can't be friendly to others outside my circle of friends. oh, but how i like to only be with 'my kind of people', my kindred spirits who get me. 

and other times i don't even want to be with my kindred spirits. i just want to be with me and Jesus. i crave lotsss of 'me time'. 'me time' is good, but i know, oh, i know, my crave for it can be a lil too much. i know unlike extroverts, i recharge on 'me-time' but i have to watch it so it doesn't over exceed and turn into a selfish habit. but with the help of my sweet Jesus, the self is making room for the Spirit and i'm learning to be more like Jesus, my Light. 
this song really convicts me of the selfish me hiding, lurking in the corners of my being. i hope it convicts you too in the areas you struggle with.

in the light ~ anthem lights and jamie grace
i keep trying to find a life on my own apart from You
i am the king of excuses, i've got one for every selfish thing i do.

what's going on inside me? i despise my own behavior.
this only serves to confirm my suspicions
that i'm still a man in need of a Savior.

i wanna be in the light as You are in the light
i wanna shine like the stars in the heavens.
oh, Lord be my light and be my salvation
all i want is to be in the light
all i want is to be in the light.

the disease of self runs through my blood
it's a cancer fatal to me soul
every attempt on my behalf has failed to bring this sickness under control

honesty becomes me (there's nothing left to lose)
the secrets that did run me (in Your presence are diffused)
pride has no position (and riches have no worth)
the fame that once did cover me (has been sentenced to this earth)

"when Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, 'I am the light of the world. whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.' " john 8:12

"i do not understand what i do. for what i want to do i do not do, but what i hate i do. and if i do what i do not want to do, i agree that the law is good. as it is no longer i myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. for i know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. for i have the desire to do what is good, but i cannot carry it out. for i do not do the good i want to do, but the evil i do not want to do- this i keep on doing. now if i do what i do not want to do, it is no longer i who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it." romans 7:15-20

"if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. if we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His Word is not in us." 1 john 1:8-10

"so I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. for the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. they are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want." galatians 5:16-17

"put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. because of these, the wrath of God is coming. you used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. but now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips." colossians 3:5-8

"I[Jesus] am the vine, you are the branches. if you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing." john 15:5

"do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." matthew 6:19-21

"no one can serve two masters. either you will hate one and love the other, or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. you cannot serve both God and money." matthew 6:24

"but seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." matthew 6:33

what are the things you struggle with? how is Jesus changing your heart?

xoxo, gen delali.

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