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.

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