Thursday, July 20, 2017

Inner Beauty vs Outer Beauty

There are so many technologies for beauty nowadays. Eyelashes extension, face-lift, eyebrows tattoo, skin-whitening, body-fat removal. The list goes on and on.. Women nowadays are striving to achieve perfection. Don't get me wrong, I love looking beautiful. I love beautiful things.  But, too many times we work hard to look beautiful on the outside and we forget to take care of our inner beauty.

When was the last time we got jealous of someone? When was the last time we hurt someone with our words? When was the last time we thought of negative thoughts towards someone? When was the last time we desired earthly things/earthly romance? I asked those questions to myself as well.. We can't let our heart wander around by itself. We can't expect to have a clean heart without cleaning our heart each day. It's like we're expecting to have clean skin/face but we never wash them.

I've been disciplining myself to take care of my heart more than anything else. Don't wash your face every morning before having a quiet time with The Lord. If you clean your face with so many skin treatments (face wash, lotion, toner, etc) Why don't we clean our hearts with The Word of God over and over? 

There's this bible app that has helped me a lot to take care of my heart. You can download it on your iphone/iPad/any gadgets (haha I'm not sponsored by Apple) and you can choose the devotional readings that you want. 

Girls, let's pay more attention to our inner beauty more than anything else. For it says in Proverbs 4:13 "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Our life springs out from our heart. Therefore, guard your heart. Above all else, above beauty itself.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Be Patient


Patience is not really my strength. I can remember how many times in my life I got so stressed out because God had told me to wait and be patient. Whether it's about career or relationship or even ministry, being patient is not really my strongest characteristic.. As I'm writing this blog, I am sitting down in a hotel in Bali where many couples holding hands, snuggling, or even more (I don't really have to go into details). It's not easy to be patient while waiting for my time to come. I've shared in my previous blogs that I've always desired marriage. I desire to be married. I am preparing myself to be married one day. But, one thing that we forget about marriage. We need a lot of patience in marriage. I have seen many couples who got involved into arguments just because they lacked of patience. We need patience in every area of our lives. It's not easy, especially when we look at other people's lives and we see them getting what they want in a split second. I don't know which area you're struggling with. You may be struggling with sinful thoughts, you might be thinking "why am I saving myself for my future husband while other people can date around? I don't even know who my future will be, I don't even know if I will ever get married.. The act of being patient is not just for a reward that is waiting ahead of us. the act of being patient is also an act of worship.  How many times I found myself imagining me getting married to someone, kissing him, & waking up next to him then I know it's wrong. In Song of Solomons 2:7, it says "Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires" I know that kind of thought is wrong. Although people might say it's normal, I don't want to be impatient and imagine things that I should not imagine. Being patient is hard, but, being patient is possible. Philippians 4:13 says that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". 'I can do all things' is not only for getting the job that you have longed for, it's not only about being accepted in the university that you've been dreaming of, "I can do all things" means we can be the persons that God has made us to be. Yes, we can be patient. Not by our strength, but by Christ who strengthens us.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Submit under God's/My Parent's Authority?

Everyone knows how my parents were so overprotective over me. I know, as the youngest child (Note to you: I am 12 years younger than my 3rd sister and 15 years younger than my eldest sister. I have 3 older sisters and one older brother so that makes me the little baby), my family can be very protective over me and cautious about my life decisions. I remember one moment where I felt like I would never be able to leave my house just because my parents were so protective over me. Since my dad passed away, my mom has actually become more protective over me. Often times, I lost hope that one day God could use me and send me to many nations.. knowing that my family wants me to always be around them. But then one thing hit me pretty hard "God is bigger than anything". God is bigger than my fear, my worries, my desires, my dreams, my problems even my family. He can do anything. I know that God must have put me in my family for a reason. This is my training ground. I don't know about you, but for me, there are times when I wonder if God's purposes will be done in my life and that's when I need to remind myself Romans 8:28 "For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose". Underline "according to His purpose". If you believe that something is really what God has called you to do then you don't have to be afraid of the result. As I said, God is bigger than your situations, He is bigger than your circumstances. I don't know who I'm writing this for.. but I just feel that someone out there needs to hear this "God will open a way when it seems there is no way". Sometimes it seems there is no way for me to leave my family or my mom for missions/ministries overseas. Sometimes I feel like I should give  up on my calling. But, one thing I know: God will make a way when it seems there is no way.. Just submit under His authority, trust in His promises. He is working even when it seems like He is not.

xoxo,

Yemima.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Find Your Calling!

I’m sitting at Starbucks coffee right now and as random as it might be, I just get reminded of what my friend said about deciding on who you want to marry (such a big topic! Ha). Suddenly, while sitting on the corner of this coffee shop, I am thinking of my “calling”. I remember my friend once said “Another huge thing when deciding on who you want to be with is knowing who you are, how God has designed you and CALLED you to do”. It doesn’t mean that we have to know every detail of our lives but we have to know the things that we love and want to prioritize. Because you want someone that can support you and do life with.

I don’t know if I have written about this on my previous blog or not. Well, I think I did (check out http://yemima-hutapea.blogspot.co.id/2012/11/introduction-to-my-world-of-fashion-and.html) I love talking about fashion, beauty and style but above those things, I love talking about identity! Many girls out there are struggling to find their identity in this world. You can’t find your identity in this world; you can only find your identity in Christ because He’s the One who created you! Just like a baby who is born to the world and doesn’t know who he/she is until their parents give a name to him/her, we have to find our identity from our Father in heaven.

I know that I am called to talk about this stuff. Therefore, I know with all my heart that I have to find someone who agrees with the things that I talk about. Someone who also found their identity in Christ and is willing to encourage me to keep talking  about it.

When people get involved in a relationship without knowing each of their callings, it might cause a trouble in the future. It’s as simple as this: You can’t be with someone that does not support your calling, but, you can’t find someone who does support your calling if you don’t even know what your calling is. Hopefully you get my point here. Pray and ask God about it.

I will end this post with a devotional reading that I got from “Know Your Why: Finding & Fulfilling Your Calling” devotional by John Piper:

“Finding our passions—answering the question “what do you want?"—is crucial to finding our callings. Rarely is that question easily answered. For most, determining what we truly want is a profound psychological process: a journey of discovery that takes time to travel and that can lead us in different directions at different points in our lives.
So it was for the disciples (read John 1:38-39). They didn’t know what they wanted—only that they were searching for something. When Jesus asked them, ‘What do you want?’ they didn’t know how to answer. Instead they sidestepped it with a question of their own: “Where are you staying?”(John 1:38)

The inference from the disciples’ question is clear: We don’t know the answer to your question. We’re not sure what we’re seeking. We don’t know where we’re going. But we do know that we want to spend time with you, to abide with you, to learn more about you. Because if You truly are who John says You are (Son of God), then maybe you will be able to show us what we truly are seeking/called to do (I added it).

Jesus’ simple response to the disciples also acknowledged their unspoken questions. The words, “Come and see where I’m staying,” meant, “Come and find out the plans that I have for you: the callings and the passions that I will give/have given to you.” And that is EXACTLY what the disciples did. They entered the house seeking—but they left sought.”

Search for Him then, you will find Him then, you will find your calling. (then maybe, just maybe you will find the man who supports your calling too ;) )


Enjoy your journey with God! <3