Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Will of God

 Rejoice. Pray. Give thanks. At all times.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Many times I find myself searching about what God wants me to do--a grand plan for my life--up to a point where I simply overlook the straightforward truth of the will of God.

Photo courtesy from Ps. Steve's Blog

Seize life!

Seize life! Eat bread with gusto,
Drink wine with a robust heart.
Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure!
Dress festively every morning.
Don’t skimp on colors and scarves.
Relish life with the spouse you love
Each and every day of your precarious life.
Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange
For the hard work of staying alive.
Make the most of each one!
Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!
This is your last and only chance at it,
For there’s neither work to do nor thoughts to think
In the company of the dead, where you’re most certainly headed.

~ Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 (MSG)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Less Helpless

Psalm 121:1-2 say,
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.

I look up to the mountains;
does my strength come from mountains?
No, my strength comes from God,
who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.
~ Message
There are times when I feel helpless. A helplessness that is similar to what Apostle Paul expression in Romans 7:15 (NIV) "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do."

At those times, as I do what I hate to do I begin to hate myself, my situation, my limitations, and everything else. Like in the movie, Click, I want to quickly grab the remote and press the skip button.

However, at those times, God's love becomes very real, especially through the word. As I unconsciously recite Psalm 121:1-2 (see the quote earlier), I began to read it in parallel with the Message version. Do you see the red line?

The Psalmist, like me, is looking for help. I was looking for a grand rescue act. I was waiting for somebody to save me. But what does the Message version say about help? It means strength.

Strength is the answer. I never realize if I am strong I can overcome. I have always thought that I need to be rescued. Not once and not twice but all the time. I expect somebody would do all the dirty work, fight the battle, and save me, the beautiful princess whose body is trapped between snapping tree.

But today's word is saying to me that what God does is not to change situations or to send Michael, the Archangel, to come through and help me out of my problems. Instead, he changes me by giving me [enough] strength to overcome.
Drawing near to him is like filling our car's tank with enough fuel, feasting our body with healthy food, or recharging the batteries of our mobile devices with full power. 
Have Super-Powered Day, Folks!

Saturday, June 8, 2013


Today, June 8, 2013, I am officially 23 years old. I am thankful for my family; they are the greatest. My friends; they are my inspirations. My God, Jesus Christ; without Him I am nothing.

Dear Future Raissa,

   Pray boldly
      Live fearlessly
         Love abundantly
            Learn from the ants
               Have fun more seriously
                  Be thankful a little bit more
                     Trust God completely

22 years old Raissa

Monday, June 3, 2013


For those who are not satisfied with themselves and even started to doubting about self-worth. This is for you.
Clay doesn't talk back to the fingers that mold it, saying, "Why did you shape me like this?" Isn't it obvious that a potter has a perfect right to shape one lump of clay into a vase for holding flowers and another into a pot for cooking beans? ~ Romans 9 (MSG)
Inspired by +Ribka Soesilo