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He Shall Direct Your Paths

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Prov 3:5-6)

In life there are many gates (also known as milestones, major events, or challenges). What are they?

Gates of love: Finding a spouse
Gates of your career: Job hunting
Gates of growth: Birth, growing pains, menopause
Gates of health: Sickness, disabilities
Gates of death: Facing death, family members’ death

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When the Wind Blows

I recall sitting in the wee hours of the morning listening to a sermon centred on Song of Solomon 4:16: “Awake, O north wind, and come, O south wind! Blow upon my garden, let its spices flow ….”  I remember listening to the speaker and feeling wow… this verse is truly beautiful. I want to live this verse. I want the wind to blow upon me so that it will bring out my fragrance to the Lord. At the same time, I was fearful of what the wind might bring.

When I was feeling inexpressible peace and joy after my grandfather’s passing in September 2022, I wondered to myself, “Is God preparing me for something more challenging?”  There was a feeling that God was training me in prayer to trust in Him and that in the future, the wind would blow upon me.

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Guard Your Heart

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Prov 4:23 NIV)

Love, hatred, happiness, and depression are issues of the heart. What a person is on the inside has more impact on his emotions than his circumstances. In fact, all areas of our life are direct reflections of our heart—everything we do flows from it.

The Scripture teaches us to guard our heart against several things: Do not set your heart on riches (Ps 62:10); do not take to heart everything people say (Eccl 7:21); do not praise yourself (Prov 27:21); do not worry (1 Pet 5:7).

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Delayed Gratification

We are living in a fast-paced world where things move very fast and instant. Information can be obtained with just a click of our fingertips. Technological advancement has made it possible to purchase food and products without the need to step out from our house. Slowly but surely, this will shape future generations who demand instant rewards and cannot stand delayed gratification.

What is delayed gratification? It is resistance to the temptation of an immediate pleasure in the hope of obtaining a valuable and long-lasting reward in the long term. It is akin to the saying that “good things come to those who wait.” However, teaching our kids to practice delayed gratification is pretty tough in today’s world of instant gratification.

Let us look at what the Bible says about the spiritual aspect of delayed gratification and later, we will discuss some ideas on how to help our kids develop this virtue.

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Wait on the Lord: His Providence for the Future

Lamentations 3:25

“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.”

The future is something that holds a lot of uncertainty, especially when thinking about the big decisions in life such as which school to go to, what career to take, and eventually, choosing a companion who can walk with us on this journey of faith. With all these uncertainties, it is very easy to get overwhelmed by our emotions and thoughts. However, as Christians with the Bible to guide us, we do not need to live in uncertainty, unsure about where we should go or what we should do, because we have the truth to show us the way.

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