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God Goes Before Me

The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8

Moving to Eastern Europe was a big leap of faith for me and a new season to experience God’s grace in new ways. Though uncertain of my future here, I decided to submit to my husband and follow his decision in settling to his home country. I left Asia, my job, my home, my family and friends, and my beloved church.

Before I left, I received so many prayers and words of encouragement and blessings from my loving friends and pastors. Many of them assured me that God goes before me and prepares everything for me. Knowing that so many prayed and will keep praying encouraged me a lot to face an unknown future.

On the first week upon my arrival, I had the opportunity to rest and meditate on the changes I have to embrace as well as pray and wait on God. I asked God for specific things just like a daughter would do to her father. First: a community of faith who can journey with us. Second: friends who will encourage us to grow deeper in the Lord. Third: a job in the capital city.

Thirteen days later, God surprised me with a teaching job in one of the international schools in the capital city which I happen to get by randomly sending my resumé to well-known international schools in the city. I came for the interview and to my great delight met the first Filipina who paved the way to my quick employment because of her excellent teaching performance. We later found out that she is also a Christian and invited us to the only international church she’s been attending.

I taught summer course to a group of students for a month which I enjoyed a lot. And then I was given a month and a half holidays which I plan to use in learning the language, meeting new friends and preparing for the next academic year. We also began travelling to the West, South and East of Ukraine and I am so amazed not just by the beauty of the places we’ve been to but with the friendliness and generosity of their people. God has blessed us with awesome friends everywhere we went who also loves Jesus. It deeply encourages me and assures me that indeed God goes before me and prepares everything for me.

God is growing me and increasing my faith. His answers to my specific prayers prove His goodness and faithfulness to me. I can only boast in His love and grace and thank Him and praise Him greatly.

Good, Good Father

I encourage you to listen to one of my favorite songs for all seasons. Indeed, we have such a good Abba Father who loves us so deeply, whose ways are perfect, who gives unexplainable peace and comfort and never leaves us nor forsake us. He goes before us and prepares the way for us. He desires only what’s best for His children.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

God Loves You!

Set a 🔥 in our hearts, God.

God created you in His image. He made you for love and He wants you to have a love relationship with Him. But you only have two options, either you choose Him or reject Him. When you choose Him, you get to enjoy His love and affection. But when you reject Him, it’s not that He doesn’t love you, you just don’t recognize His love for you. You don’t see it or you simply ignore it.
Nevertheless, your stubbornness doesn’t change God’s character. He is still a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in love. He doesn’t want you to perish but He wants to lead you to repentance. There’s always a chance for you to turn to Him and experience a life worth living.
He patiently waits for you to one day realize all the ways He took care of you. How He saw you through. How He hurt when you hurt especially when you’re the one hurting yourself. How he orchestrated divine appointments so that you get to hear about Him or know Him. How He sent people to help you in the darkest days of your life. He’s been there since the day you were born and He’s been loving you even though you never saw it.
I’m praying for you. As you read this, may God lift up the veil so that you may see and encounter His deep love for you and realize the many ways He saved your life. May He speak to your heart and bring you to your knees with this prayer:

“God, forgive me for not seeing your love and rejecting you. Today, I choose to love you and have a relationship with you. I want to seek you with all my heart. Please reveal yourself to me.”