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Mei is a recovering perfectionist, a gadget freak and a self-professed Bible geek. During the day, she dives into the world of numbers but her true passion is digging into the Word of God. She is a contributor to A Moment to Breathe devotional and the (in)courage Devotional Bible.

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  1. Mei,
    God is continually there for us — we are the ones who turn away, time and time again, and then wonder where God’s blessing has gone. The whole Bible is a continuum of God’s people turning away from Him, reaping the consequences, and God constantly saying, “Turn back to me and live.” If we are in a spiritual drought, it’s a red flag we need to turn from our fruitless ways back to obedience. He promises He will never leave nor forsake us, but only we can turn our hearts back to Him and be quenched. Beautiful post!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • So true, Bev. Just in the book of Judges alone, the Israelites wander from God, they cry out to Him when they are desperate and He sends a deliverer. Twelve times it happens and then after each time, “everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” And the cycle repeats itself. So thankful, God is gracious and merciful and never gives up on us, even when others do.

  2. Life is certainly a balance of living in God’s kingdom, to living in this world of man’s kingdom. God’s kingdom doesn’t change, but man’s kingdom seems to be getting darker. So the peace of God for me, is to combine the 2 kingdoms: bringing God’s kingdom into our lives where we are living for a precious amount of time. I am disappointed in our hospitals firing chaplains because they don’t bring $ into the profit column. May this Holy Week 2021 renew our faith, being a mother, wife, daughter, grand mother, care giver and friend. Mei, when my Dad was under hospice care, he said your same words “It’ll be OK”. Jesus gave His life for us, so it will be OK, and we must focus remembering what God has done with thankful hearts.

    • Connie, thank you for bringing up your disappointment about our hospitals firing chaplains because of the limited revenue. So many businesses are operating this way, and it makes me so sad.

    • I agree, it’s so sad that God is being removed from a lot of commonplaces including hospitals. When I had my lumpectomy, a sweet, sweet lady at the hospital registration offered to pray with me. I was so moved by her kind gesture, we became friends. Sadly, she was told shortly after by her boss that she could not pray with the patients.

  3. Thank you, Mei for this beautiful post. I’m not sure why it feels so hard to rest in the truth that God is our everything. I strive and work hard to figure it out on my own and end up worse off because of it. God claims us as His own and it is in that place of knowing we belong to Christ that we find everything we need.

    • So true, Mary. Sometimes, it takes a situation like my cancer scare to bring us to the point of realizing the Christ is everything we need. We are complete in Him. Thanks for your kind words!

  4. Thank you for your testimony! I am on a similar journey to not place faith in myself, but in God. I’ve been waiting for a promotion into a role I’ve been performing for three years. I know my heart is looking for the recognition of my hard work. I believe God is withholding to build my faith, strength and patience. I’m slowly progressing to end my spiritual drought and am learning along the way that GOD is in control…not me.

    • Jennifer, it’s so hard waiting on God but we know His plan is always the best. I have learned that when He allows us to go through seasons of waiting, He is working something out in us. I went through a wilderness period that lasted 10 years and it’s only through hindsight that I can see His Hand in so many things and more importantly, how He has molded me and transformed me more and more into the likeness of Christ. Praying that God will bring forth fruit in your job, even during the waiting.

  5. Mei, though I’ve walked with Jesus for a long time, I still battle myself sometimes when it comes to deciding whose kingdom I’m going to focus on. When we spend time in God’s word, that’s when we’ll have peace when life’s hard situations hit us face on. Thank you for your sweet testimony. It’s such an encouragement!

    • Thank you, Jeanne, for your kind words! I am certainly not there but it’s a daily surrender (sometimes moment by moment) of crucifying our flesh. If I don’t spend time in His Word every day, I can very easily choose my own kingdom. His Word is so life-giving and life-changing.

  6. Dear Mei, thank you for your words. Reminders to put God first are always welcome! May the God of peace and love bless you greatly.

  7. God really spoke to me through this today. I’m not sure it will be in the way you originally intended with this devotional but … wow. What kept jumping out to me was the rebuilding of the temple. How as the building progressed God sent the message promising peace. The Holy Spirit immediately brought 1 Corinthians 6:19 to mind and convicted me so heavily. My body, MY body, my BODY is the temple of God. I have neglected it so. I have been desperate for peace and yet have neglected the rebuilding of God’s temple. I know now where I need to begin today. Today my next right step is start rebuilding God’s temple… to care for my body… to nourish, strengthen, heal… rebuild.

    • Melissa, I love how God uses His Word to say such individual and personal messages to His children. Blessings to you on your journey! God will honor us when we honor Him. So rebuilding His temple – your body, will bring glory and honor to Him.

  8. Mei,
    Thank you for expressing so beautifully through your painful story as a reminder to put God first always.
    Blessings to all,
    Penny

  9. “Peace comes when we spend time in God’s presence.” Amen. Thank you for this encouragement this morning, Mei. We’re so grateful to host your words on (in)courage.

  10. What a wonderful post today. I have been guilty of this and just this weekend asked God to make me more mindful, give me a greater desire to be in the Word. If I understand the Word, He is the Word. It states the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. I want to be closer to Him. Thank you for sharing this with us today. May God bless you !!!

    • Yes, you are correct. He is the Word! It’s such an amazing truth that His Word existed from the beginning of time. (In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1:1) He has lit a passion within me to study and read His Word. Sometimes, I’m so blown away at the treasures and truths that He reveals to me. I pray that He will give you the passion and desire to be in His Word every day. It is life-changing!

  11. Thank you Mei. Your words touched me gently and kindly just as God does, when I do just as you shared…
    “put my faith in a neat package. God was in one box and my career in another”
    Have a blessed day

  12. I love you sweet friend. You inspire and challenge me to seek the Lord daily. Thank you for sharing❤️

  13. Mei.

    We must learn to be in & not of the world. Just like Daniel was taken to Babylonia. He remained true to God. Even to the point of death. He knew God would be with Him always. In the end He won a few converts to Christ. May we be just like him. Living in a sinful world, but choosing & sharing the joy of Lord that non-Christians ask us about it.

    If we are in a drought then we have walked away from God. He never moves. He is the same always. We need to repent & turn back to Him. Then the rains will come & our souls will be happy again.

    Blessings 🙂

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