Seeing Through The Eyes Of Faith, Hope & Love

Deep in our heart of hearts, there’s a secret wish, a dream and a desire that’s been buried away because ‘experience’ has taught us not to hope.

Maybe for you it’s the mail that never arrived, the phone that never rang, the job that never came, the raise that never materialized, the guy / girl that never responded, the auditions that never worked out, or the business that never took off.

Over time, it’s so easy to slide into a faithless, hopeless and loveless state of being–harassed by fear, anger, worries and disappointments,

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You continued to look at these outcomes as a “glass half empty”.

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What if, your ‘failures’,  ‘obstacles’, ‘rejections’ and ‘set-backs’ were only what it is, because of the way you had chosen to look at it?

This morning, my prayer was that I would continue to See through the Eyes of Faith, Hope and Love.  And during morning devotion, I found myself in 2 Chronicles. The commentaries on chapter 28:22 says,

“Difficulties and struggles can devastate people or they can stimulate growth and maturity.

For King Ahaz, deep trials led to spiritual collapse. This need not be so in our lives.

When facing problems or tragedy, we must remember that rough times give us a chance to grow.

When you are facing trials, don’t turn away from God, turn to him.”

And then the commentaries for chapter 32:7-8 says, “Hezekiah could see with “eyes of faith”. The numbers of opponents meant nothing to him… He knew Victory was not by might or strength but by His Spirit.

Wow.

How timely is this? Right after my prayer to See Through the Eyes of Faith, Hope and Love, I land in a heap of passages and verses that shows me real life case studies of people who are on the same page with me!

AMAZING. 🙂

So what does it mean to See Through the Eyes of Faith, Hope and Love?

…It means fixing your gaze UPwards, when you hit rock bottom.

…It means looking at your ‘disappointments’ as His appointment.

…It means seeing closed doors as a blessing in disguise–it’s been sealed because you’re meant to move on to something greater, bigger and BETTER. Have Faith and Trust that God, the Author and Finisher of the best story for your life, is in control and that He is allowing this to guide you to greener pastures–Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking!

…It means when everything appears to be a lost cause, you see a glimmer of Hope because you trust that something so good can come out of this.

…It means knowing that Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. So you keep looking for ways to guard your heart and your dreams, trusting and hoping and holding on until the Dream of dreams God has planned for you–they’re always More than what we could ever ask or hope or imagine–becomes a living reality for you.

Are you ready to give yourself a change in perspective? Try it today. 🙂

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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Everyone Who Wishes To Have Love, To Him It Is Given

“Too often, we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, and a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia.

When I read this inspiring quote last week, I went from being in awe of this beautiful thought to being in awe of the person who wrote it:

Leo Buscaglia. Who is he? I love the way he thinks!

A quick search revealed that he is known as ‘Dr.Love’.

He’s a famous motivational speaker, author and a professor, who created the non-credited course titled “Love 1A” after a student’s suicide moved him to contemplate human disconnectedness and the meaning of life.

Which then lead him to writing his first book, simply titled, LOVE. 🙂

I really enjoyed Leo’s “Speaking of Love” and “Born for Love” talks on YouTube and once again, I was sure that this is what I want to be doing!

Ever since experiencing the life-transforming power of Love, I can’t get enough of it. I live for it, I crave for it, I breathe for it and through it.

And this Love, is unlike any other Love I’ve experienced in my human life… It’s a Divine Love that’s steadfast and new every morning.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

It’s an Unfailing Love–a Love that’s better than life.

And having had a taste of it–all I want is more. 🙂

For this reason, I wish to be a life-long student of Love and to share my story of Love with the world. As I was thinking what  that would mean for me in terms of a ‘job title’, the funny revelation that came to mind is:

“Love Guru”. 😉

And this student is so fortunate to have the Lover of my Soul to be my personal Guru of gurus–through His Word, through His still small voice within, through the 1001 ways He loves me and most of all…

…through the Pure Love Christ has shown me.

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But there are days when I forget what makes my heart beat and come alive… So I woke up this morning with a prayer for Purpose. “What shall I do with my life? Should I continue writing? Why?”

And the answer was revealed to me so simply…

I’ve been reading Works Of Love by Soren Kierkegaard. I love thumbing through it randomly and surprising myself with what I find in the pages.

Today, the book opens at chapter X, ‘The Works of Love in Praising Love.’

“Everyone who wishes to have love, to him it is given, and if he wishes to undertake the work of praising it, he will be able to do this also.” – pg 331

I was like, wow. Amen, Amen, Amen.

I felt the surge of Purpose charging through my being at this reminder. 🙂

And then, in answer to my second question, 

“Write! For whom? For the dead, for those whom you have loved in time past!–and in loving them I shall also meet with the dearest among the living.” – pg 333.

Wow… It can’t get more specific than this. 🙂

“Ask–it shall be given. Seek–you shall find. Knock–it shall be opened.” What are you asking today? Who are you seeking? Where are you knocking? May God’s Amazing Love be your guide, always. Amen.

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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A Blessing in Disguise is The Best Surprise

I’ve often prayed for better communication with my brother. And I’ve always imagined that the day my prayer is answered is the day when we’re magically on good terms with each other, all sugar and smiles.

That day never happened.

Instead, I woke up with“Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter” flashing on my computer screen. I was devastated with a capital D!

I get stressed up just trying to muster the courage to ask him for help. He doesn’t make it an automatic privilege just because I’m his sister.

I tried praying over my computer (yea you can stop laughing now can’t you tell a girls desperate?:/). I tried trouble-shooting. NOTHING worked.

Left with no choice, I prayed for favour and sent my brother a S.O.S SMS.

Unexpectedly, he promptly replied and offered to have a look at it when he got back from work. Surprisingly, he checked it out the moment he could and got it working again—on the same day! Instead of grunts and silence, he even explained what happened–all in very, pleasant, vibes!

WOW.

ALL of that is, unfortunately, not the norm for my brother and I. Then the light bulb went off within. The PC had to break down! It gave me and my brother the perfect opportunity to practice better communication skills! 😉

I’ve got so many stories just like this one.

I’ve prayed for the strength to forgive someone that’s increasingly hard to love–then a person gets sent in my path to remind me of me and how much effort it took, in the past, to love me too. Self-realization–seeing the plank in one’s eye instead of focusing on the speck in others–always brings you and I back to a place of humility, accountability and LOVE.

And when I prayed for Wisdom and Strength, I should’ve known that there’s a reason why the people I admire are wise beyond their years or stronger than your average girl. Just like what Kahlil Gibran says,

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

They’ve been through a lot to be what they are today and it’s often not a pretty story in the beginning. Life happens. But in the end, they live and they learn, growing stronger and wiser… or that’s what I learned. 😉

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A blessing in disguise is the best surprise…

…but it takes a shift in perspective to see it, to learn from it to be blessed.

It means being grateful for Opportunities and Teachers and Lessons as they come, as they are—without blaming God and judging others.

It takes a growth in Faith—that this is allowed for a reason. A measure of Hope—that it will get better and that something good will come out of it.

And LOVE. Lots and lots of Love.

“I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind. I should not be ungrateful to these teachers.” – Kahlil Gibran

Love & Strength,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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Over The Moon

It’s a beautiful full moon tonight… Happy MOONCAKE festival. As a kid, I always loved celebrating with my cousins. We’d bust out the superman or goldfish or bunny or traditional paper lanterns & stroll around the neighbourhood, seeing whose lantern would last the longest without getting burnt. Of course, boys being boys, their agenda IS to let it burnnn! 😉 We don’t do that anymore, but here’s an idea: Consider ourselves A Living Lantern in a world darkened by fear, hate & greed. May the Love and Light within us shine and burn brighter each day. Together, we can light the way–the hope is in the trying!

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

The Love Culture on FB: https://www.facebook.com/theloveculture