This week I’m sharing more quotes from my journals.  These come from scriptures, books, even Facebook posts from friends.  I don’t write something down every day but some days I come across many to record.  My journals are full of great truths I don’t want to forget or neglect.  Here are some of the recent quotes:

This is the blessedness of waiting upon God:  it takes our eyes and thoughts away from ourselves, even our needs and desires, and occupies us with our God.  –Andrew Murray, Waiting On God, pg. 39-40

Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the apples in a seed.  –Unknown

If you are then “risen” with Christ, reach out for the highest gifts of Heaven, where Christ reigns in power.  Give your heart to the heavenly things, not to the passing things of earth.  For, as far as this world is concerned, you are already dead, and your true life is a hidden one in God, through Christ.  One day Christ, the secret centre of our lies, will show himself openly, and you will all share in that magnificent dénouement.  –Colossians 3:1-4 (PHI)

The eye of the LORD is on them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy.  Fear and hope are generally thought to be in conflict with each other.  In the presence and worship of God, they are found side by side in perfect and absolute harmony.  And this because in God Himself all apparent contradictions are reconciled.  Righteousness and peace, judgment and mercy, holiness and love, infinite power and infinite gentleness, a majesty that is exalted above all heaven and a condescension that bows very low, meet and kiss each other.  –Andrew Murray, Waiting On God, pg. 40


An Urgent Need

I received a very sad message on Facebook just before Christmas.  It was from Emjay, the girl I corresponded with when she was an LDP student through Compassion’s ministry.

Now that’s she’s finished, we are able to talk on Facebook.  Here is the sad message she sent me:

Mommy…our city was devastated by the typhoon last night.
Many lives were lost…and all our things and house were gone by the flood.
My father and brother were almost drowned.  Thank God they were saved.
We have nothing left.  Please pray for us…

I immediately googled the name of her city — Iligan City in the Philippines — and was shocked to see the news.  Over a thousand people had died in the floods.  It was right in the area we had visited a year and 1/2 ago.

I contacted her Project Manager, Eva, to see what we could do to help.  This is what Eva wrote to me:

God is good all the time! Emjay and her family are now safe and are taken cared of by our church disaster team headed by our senior pastor…

Her father was injured during the flood, causing his hand to swell. right now he is under medication. His right hand is still in bad condition. he cannot use it for now because the wound is deep. Thank God that Emjay’s family is safe. Their house was totally wiped out. All their things were gone…

About our church condition — we have 3 casualties.
2 staff of Compassion and  1 compassion assisted child. The church rooms are being used as an evacuation center for 10 families. We are also accepting Relief goods to help people  in their desperate hours. We want to help more people… according to our assessment they need food, kitchen utensils, cooking utilities, shelters, blankets, shoes, medicines, groceries and toiletries. Thank you so much for expressing help for the church especially that we need to feed the people who are refugees and volunteers in our HOPE OPERATION.

I will tell you more about “Hope Operation” in the next post.

I was able to wire some support to Emjay’s family, but am also collecting funds for the church project itself, which will be sent through Compassion.

This church is amazing.  Though it is not very large, it has a huge outreach in the community.  This week I will focus on this church and will be collecting funds to send to them.  If you would like to donate, please click here.

Here are some photos from this very special Compassion project (taken before the flood):