Friday, March 27, 2009

God is a God of second chances

I just came back from the first night of The Filling Station conference for this year. The theme is Grace. I know....what an amazing thing that is. The speakers this year are amazing. Tonight's message was from Simon Gau, a youth pastor right here from Whalley!

I've heard so many messages on grace but it never fails to humble me every single time I hear it.
A verse from tonight's message struck me so much that I felt I had to write this out.

Micah 7 : 8, 9

"Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I will rise.
Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.
Because I have sinned against Him,
I will bear the Lord's wrath,
until He pleads my case,
and establishes my right.
He will bring me out into the light;
I will see His righteousness"

I love the part that says "He pleads my case". Jesus is pleading MY CASE!!!

Other random notes I made :
-Get Up and keep going

-Grace is my safety net when I fall down

-God's grace is free because Jesus paid for it on the cross

On a personal note, God is amazing. He's got my path laid out for me and it's amazing how no matter what turn I take, I'm headed in the same direction. I'm sure God is just sitting up there laughing at how we lowly mortals struggle to make our way in this world, and all along He's just saying "HEY CHILL!! I'M HERE! NO WORRIES! GOT IT ALL PLANNED OUT KIDDO!! "

Given a second chance by Grace,
~SIM J~

Friday, July 11, 2008

busy July

I think this is probably my most busiest month of July ever.

- this sunday we'll be leaving after church to go to six flags in california. we'll be spending about two days in portland as well on our way to calli. we come bak the next sat.

- the next weekend I'll be off to portland again with Mia for the Western youth conference

-the weekend after that hopefullly i'll be able to go to edmonton for the next western penti conference.

Hopefully my bank account can withstand all that!

I'm so excited to travel again!

leaning on His arms,
~SIM ~

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

His eye is on the sparrow

I listened to this song about a month ago. It seems I now wake up with this song on my lips.

why should I feel discouraged
and why should the shadows come
why should my heart feel lonely
and long for heaven and home

when Jesus is my portion
a constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
and I know He watches over me
His eye is on the sparrow
and I know He watches over me

I sing because I'm happy
I sing because I'm free
His eye is on the sparrow
and I know He watches me

It's such a simple song but it never fails to reassure me. I absolutely love how for ever event in my life, God brings a song that encourages me.

It's been weird not going to school for such a long period of time. But at the same time I feel like I'm waiting for that right moment to walk down that right road.

I'm in love with Jesus. He makes all things beautiful in His time. I know where I want to go in my life but it never seemed possible. But God is just opening doors left and right.

I just came back from a youth Conference called History Maker. One of the bands that really inspired me was the 'kiwi' Parachute band- the next generation. The name of the lead worshiper was Omega and his story struck a note. He was born with no nose. Even after the doctors constructed a nose for him, it didn't look like everyone else's'. When he was 15, on the day Christ came to die for us, Omega want to take his life. Ready to commit suicide on Christmas day, he stops when he heard God say " I love you". Three simple words changed his life around. It was such an inspiration to see someone so not physically perfect being used so mightily in God's beautiful hands. And his voice was just ammazzzzzzzing! It was pure silk and honey. I've never heard someone sing so beautifully.

broken for Him,
~SIM J~

Thursday, January 17, 2008

crank that curry sauce

The guys at work showed this video to me at work and i couldn't stop laughing!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Rainbow promise

- On my way to guitar lessons with my mom, we look up and there right in front of us so clearly and spectacular was a rainbow. I'd never seen one as beautiful as this. It was so strong that it either had a shadow behind it or a second rainbow. It was perfectly arched. My high school knowledge about the colors of the spectrum ROYGBIV finally came into use as my mom wondered what colors were in the rainbow. It was marvelous. The entire car ride my mom kept muttering about the the rainbow and God's promises to us in the Bible. She kept saying that God always keeps his promises. The rainbow was proof of his promise. Dang i like rainbows.

- Practice tonight went relatively well. We practiced the song Hosanna. It's been weird the past couple of weeks for me since Ben left. There was a huge void in my musical life. For the past three years Ben and music have gone hand in hand. I didn't want to do Hosanna. But I was asked over and over again to do it and I just couldn't refuse. Today when we did it, it was so hard. I kept imagining Ben's harmony in my head. But i refused to get irritated and angry like i usually did when no one else could do the harmony as well. I realized that I can't keep expecting others to sing and play the guitar the same way my friend did. I can't keep expecting everything to be the same again. It won't. I'll just have to learn my way around it. No one can take her spot. No one can do the marvelous harmony with me like Mia and Ben could. Even when Mia and I sing now, it seems like we're missing a third someone. But I'm glad I had those three years. I learned what perfection in music could be. I've learned that music is embedded in my heart and I love Jesus. I don't think i could do anything other than worship God. It's a part of who I am. I'm a worshiper of the Living God. I'm still learning to get back on track musically and spiritually with God.

- I love waking up to text msgs from my friend in America who wakes me up and sends me to sleep with the words I love you. I love you too chica.

Leaning on my rainbow promise,
~SIM J~

Thursday, November 29, 2007

.....

- The night before i went to Dallas, i was sleeping cuz i'd just come back from work and i was soo sick and i had the biggest headache ever. Sumi calls me.
"Hey u wanna go to the Beckham game?"
Me: "Are u freaking kidding me?"
Sumi: " No seriously....i have platinum tickets that i couldn't sell off so i decided why not go myself...so..wanna go?"
Me: "David Beckham game? Heckerz ya!"

And thus the night before Dallas when i'm supposed to be packing, I went to watch the game downtown with Sumi. It was a no score game but the highlight of the game was the streaker. The game was playing and the guy comes out running into the field with no pants on. He starts of running on the other side. By the time he'd finished the lap and come to Sumi, and my side, the guy was completly naked. The crowd was cheering like crazy. Everyone's clicking away on their camera's trying to capture the moment. I take out my cell phone and start clicking away too....too bad the megapixels on my cell camera sucks...ooh well.
The funniest part for me was that a female police officer runs out into the field and tackles the naked guy down...ya i know...eww

- Dallas was so much fun. Except the driving around of course. I swear u couldn't get from one place to the next without going on a highway! Whew thank God we had a GPS.
It was such a blessing to be able to see friends and family from Kuwait after about 8 years. And i love my cousin's fiance and her family!

- I hate cancer. It's talked about alot but i never fully grasped what the families of those that have cancer have to go through. I pray for peace and comfort upon all those who've lost loved ones to cancer.

- Christmas is coming up. Our PMC party is on Dec. 8. The kids have been doing a lot of work preparing for this year's drama. Praying that it goes well.

Planned events for next year
- Generation Unleashed 2008 in Portland.

- Trip to India in May for cousin's wedding

- Atlanta for PCNAK 08

I hope i get to do all these things... Inshaallah

- I'm learning so much in my guitar classes but i wish i had more time to just sit down and practice. And dang i want to buy a new guitar! Sig is getting really really old..

still in prayer,
~SIM J~