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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.

Magnificent God

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. Psalm 19:1

I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Psalm 145:1-2

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All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might. Psalm 145: 10-11

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Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights above. Psalm 148:1

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Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Psalm 96:11

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God, You are beautiful beyond description. Your creation declares your glory and magnificence. How awesome is the work of your hands, O God. You are perfect in all of your ways. May your praise continue to be on our lips. We exalt you for You alone are worthy. You deserve the highest praises and honor.

A Grateful Heart

I thank you God for today
For giving me another special day
I’m grateful for this life that You’ve given me
In everything, you are God Almighty

You are all that I need
My soul longs for you indeed
Great is your faithfulness
Your love is so earnest

Thank you God for saving me
From the grip of the enemy
Once, I was living in misery
But you delivered me and now I am free

My heart sings praises to you
Because of the joy and peace that are found in you
Your love for me is unfailing
It’s from everlasting to everlasting

You are true to your Word
Since the foundation of the world
And so I hold on to your promises
In them, I found strength and wholeness

Help me fix my eyes on you
To live and move and have my being in you
I trust you with all my heart
In your presence I will never depart