Peace be with you (4)

祂使我在高处安稳。

He enables me to stand on the heights.

                                                         诗篇
Psalm 18:33

勇气有时只是我们在一天将尽时听到的微小声音:“明天我要再尝试。”

Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day
that says “I’ll try again tomorrow.”

漫天风雨,雷电交加中,我们能安静歇息像主基督在加利利海上的风暴中那样吗?若在黑暗中,患难来临,我们能不惧怕面对,镇定无惧吗?须知世上幽暗和危险的地方都有父神在那里,祂掌管整个宇宙。不问我们是否见到祂,祂总与我们同行,引领、保护我们。

If a storm is raging about us, can we choose to rest as
Jesus did during the storm on Galilee? If we feel threatened in the dark, can
we imagine the darkness as a place of safety rather than a fearful place? There
is no dark or dangerous place where God is not present. He holds the keys to the
whole cosmos. Whether we see Him or not, He walks with us. He guides us and
protect us.

清晨的日光从高天临到我们…把我们的脚引到平安的路上。

The daysping from on high shall visit us…to guide our feet
into the way of peace.

                                                                                                  路加福音
Luke 1:78,79

神不是一个记载脑里的观念;神是人心可以经验的真是同在。

God is not an idea that we have committed to memory, He is
real as is His Presence which we experience in our hearts.

我们对神的认识,很像生来就瞎眼的人对着火:知道有“火”因为感受到火的热力,但不知道“火”究竟是什么?我们对神的认识也是一样,知道有神,但所知不多、不论我们如何穷根究底,对神的认识总是不足。有限的人,岂能完全体认无限的神?但感谢父神,藉着祂向人的启示,从研读祂的话语中,我们能认识祂。

We know God but like a person born blind knows fire and
knows that there is such a thing as fire, because they feel its warmth. But what
it is they do not know. Yes, we know there is a God, but our knowledge of Him
is limited. Indeed we can never search Him out to perfection. No finite
creatures such as us can ever fully comprehend the infinite. It’s only through
God’s revelation to us and through the reading of His Word that we know what we
know of Him.

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Peace be with you (3)

坚心倚赖你的,你必保守他十分平安。

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast,
because he trusts in You.

                                                                                               以赛亚书
Isaiah 26: 3

世上逞血气之勇的人随处可见,但有道德勇气的人却如此少,真叫人惊异。

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in
the world and moral courage so rare.

你的心灵是天父给你最璀璨的礼物,应该完全呈献给祂,交祂使用。这样,在患难中或遭磨炼时,心灵有力量站立得稳,因父神是你的坚固倚靠。心里若有什么荣耀神的思想,不妨看看大自然的物象,例如四季的更迭,太阳的起落等,会发现原来这些思想也是上天所赐。我们的心思意念应为神所用。

Your mind,
the greatest gift from God, ought to be devoted entirely to Him. This will be
an asset of your faith in time of trial because your faith and the Spirit of
God will work together. Learn to compare your thoughts that are worthy of
credit to God with what happens in nature such as the changing of the seasons,
the rising and the setting of the sun. In so doing you will begin to realize
that they are also from God. Use your mind always in service to God.

你们得力在乎平静安稳。

In
quietness and trust is your strength.

                                                   以赛亚书 Isaiah 30:15

每日每时发生的近在眼前的小事,与偶尔发生的大事一样,都是父神的安排,当中蕴含祂的奇妙旨意, 为要我们成为圣洁。能够在小事上忠心,尽力做好,讨神喜悦,正是委身与真爱的明证。让我们矢志在小事上,以小孩子的率真与信靠,事奉主、讨主的喜悦。

Little things
come daily, hourly, within our reach, and they are not less calculated to set
forward our growth in holiness than are the greater occasions which occur but
rarely. Fidelity in small things, and earnestly seeking to please God in little
matters, is the test of true devotion and love. Let our aim be to please the
Lord God in little things, and to strive for a spirit of childlike simplicity
and dependence.

我必在旷野开道路,在沙漠开江河。

I am making
a way in the desert and stream in the wasteland.

                                                                           以赛亚书 Isaiah 43:19

祷告的事无所不包,不论是心思意愿、感觉和企求,不论自觉如何不配、琐屑、世俗,都可以呈到天父的施恩座前,并确信祂必然垂听。神不像人,不会因我们不断祈求而劳累。我们的单字,随时随在都可以交托给祂。祂顾念,永不厌倦。

Prayer covers
the whole of a person’s life. There is no thought, feeling, yearning, or
desire, however low, trifling, or vulgar we may deem it, that we may not lay
before God and be sure of His understanding. His nature is such that our often
coming does not tire Him. The whole burden of the whole life of every person
may be rolled on to God and not weary Him.

倚靠耶和华有福了像树栽于水旁

Blessed is
the man that trusts in the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water…

                                                                                         耶利米书 Jeremiah 17:7,8

驱除生活恐惧的唯一方法,是时时刻刻保持对父神的倚靠;凡事认定祂的位置,把祂放在首位。信靠神可以坚固灵命,阻遏贪欲,增强勇气与自信,又是安稳不失的保障,患难中取得抚慰与体恤的源泉。

The only
sure way to keep our human fear out of our daily living is to keep complete
trust in God in our lives. This means maintaining a reverent attitude toward His
place and influence in the scheme of things. The trust in God is a healthy
ingredient, a deterrent to want, a spur to courage and confidence, an insurance
against loss, a source of comfort and understanding in any adversity.

Peace be with you (2)

草必枯干,花必凋残,惟有我们神的话必永远立定。

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God
will stand forever.

                                                                                                       以赛亚书
Isaiah 40:8

基督复活是天父赐人的最大喜乐。

Christ’s resurrection is the greatest joy of all from the
Heavenly Father to us.

复活节的信息是什么?就是人类的仇敌—罪和死已被打败,不能再在人的生命里兴风作浪。撒旦的作为,要我们相信成败之战还未打完,胜负还未决定。今天我们仍得对付这些攻击,但我们根本毋须恐惧。就在今世,此时此刻,靠着主耶稣基督复活的大能,我们已可开展新的生命。永生不仅在我们死后,现在就已开始。神所应许的必能作成,祂的话永远立定。

The Easter message tells us that our enemies, sin and death
are beaten. Ultimately they can no longer start mischief. They still behave as
though the game was not decided, the battle not fought. We must still reckon
with them, but fundamentally we must cease to fear them anymore. Not only that we
are to live newly after death, but that we are to be here and now by the power
of the Resurrection. God is able to do what He has promised. His Word stands.   

谦卑人必…以丰盛的平安为乐。

The meek…shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

                                                                                          诗篇
Psalm 37:11

感恩的心,从细细数算以往蒙恩惠的时间中积培而得。

Gratitude is born in hearts that count past mercies.

有生命而没有感恩的心,就成了没有爱与热的人。有盼望而没有感恩的心,就成立没有责任感的人。有交托而没有感恩的心,就成了没有勇气与毅力的人。凡是在天路上行走的人而有感恩的心,德行就更圆美。

Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion.
Hope without thankfulness is lacking in sense of responsibility. Faith without
thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. As we journey on the spiritual road,
thankfulness adds value to every virtue.

Peace be with you (1)

耶和华必赐平安的福给祂的百姓。

The Lord
blesses His people with peace.

                                    诗篇 Psalm 29:11

平安不是没有生活艰难,而是有力量胜过这艰难。

Peace is
not the absence of conflict from life, but the ability to win over it.

真平安在于人与造物主的紧密关系。耶稣对门徒说:“我留下平安给你们,我所赐的,不像世人所赐的。”在世上我们得着的不可能完全,但跟随主耶稣的人,终必得着神所赐的、永不会失去的平安。世人所给的平安,与时俱逝,至终归于无有。基督徒拥有的平安,却是神所赐的、超越眼前环境、一直伴随到终点。人生像赛跑,起步重要,但结果更重要。新年伊始,有神的平安常偕。

True peace
has everything to do with our relationship with the Creator. Jesus says to His disciples,
“Peace I leave with you…I do not give to you as the world gives.” Even though
at present perfect peace has not come, we should know that it will come to stay
forever with us. The peace the world gives is fleeting and does not last with
us to the very end. It is sure to leave us without hope of returning. The peace
God gives to Christians stays. Life is like running a race—look not at how it
begins, but how the race ends. In the beginning of the New Year may God’s
eternal peace be with you always.

你们要爱惜光阴。

Making the
most of the time.

                             歌罗西书 Colossians 4:5

土壤缺乏阳光,难有收成不能生产;人没有神的恩典,也一事无成不能成事。

As the
earth can produce nothing unless it is warmed by the sun, so we can do nothing
without the grace of God.

我们大都有人生短暂的感叹。圣经说,人生“原来是一片云雾,出现少时就不见了”(雅414)。人年纪渐大,时日越来越短,要捡真正有价值的事来做。如果要学习,应该 趁着现在去学。一天过尽,若与人有过什么嫌隙,千万别留下,恐怕永远无法弥补(弗426)。若发现你与父神的关系疏远,求圣灵帮助,遵祂旨意赶快修复。时间是神给人最珍贵礼物,切莫浪掷。每时每刻都是恩赐,都是修身助人的美好机会。

Nearly
every one of us has been haunted by the sense of the shortness of time. Life is
“a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes,” says the Bible (James
4:14). When we grow older and as time grows shorter we should do the things
which really matter. If there is something to be learned, learn it now. Never
come to the end of a day with a breach between us and any fellow-man for the
breach may never be closed (Eph. 4:26). And the moment you realize that God’s
purpose is to get you into the right relationship with Himself, you must prayerfully
decide to do it right now. Time is one of the most precious gifts of God. There
is no time for waste. Every day has its opportunity, every hour its offer of
grace.  

信我的人从他腹中要流出活水的江河来。

Whoever believes
in me…streams of living water will flow from within him.

                                                      约翰福音John 7:38

人是受造物,顺从创造主可得真自由,享受平静,安稳和喜乐。

We are born
subjects of God our Creator, and to obey God is perfect liberty. The person
that does this shall be free, safe, and happy.

今天的世界需要属天的光明力量,击溃罪恶的黑暗权势,建立公义,带来恒久的和平。这股属天力量从何而得?来自万民顺服造天地的主宰,遵行祂的旨意。以“十诫”的第一诫为起步点:创造万有的上帝向人宣告:“除了我以外,你不可有别的神。”有祂同在,我们可以成为水流不绝的泉源,我们的光也能使幽暗变为正午(赛581011)。

The world
today needs spiritual power to overthrow evil, to establish righteousness, and
to usher in the era of true peace. And that spiritual power begins in the
surrender of the individual to God. It commences with obedience to the first
Commandment:”You shall have no other gods before me.” By His presence we can be
the spring where waters never fail, and become the light that can make the
night like the noonday (Is. 58:10,11).

Set me free

 
It hasn’t always been this way
I remember brighter days
Before the dark ones came
Stole my mind
And wrapped my souls in chains

Now I live among the dead
Fighting voices in my head
Hoping someone hears me crying in the night
And carries me away

Chorus:
Set me free of these chains holding me
Is anybody out there hearing me?
Set me free

Morning breaks another day
Finds me crying in the rain
All alone with my demons I am

Who is this man that comes my way?
The dark ones shriek
They scream His name
Is this the One they say will set the captives free?
Jesus, rescue me

Chorus

As the God man passes by
He looks straight through my eyes
The darkness cannot hide

Do you want to be free?
Lift your chains
He hold the key
All power Heav’n and earth belong to me
(Repeat)

You are free
You are free
You are free

i believe this is miracle

Ok 有些事你不得不承认发生的太奇怪。

找房子是件大事,虽然只是租,那也得是个安全温馨的家。

今天的一切都发生的那么奇妙,我在等待了一天的我所预想的奇迹却没有发生后,做了决定拿下那个还行的房子,至少房间很大,有大的衣橱,我还是很容易满足的。于是今天是交押金的日子,中午出门前看到圣诞老人的来信,他欢迎我到加拿大并且希望我每年给他写信。这是圣诞前朋友的主意,我们每个人都给圣诞老人写了卡片,原来他真的会回信。=) 

metro见朋友,我竟莫名其妙的坐错车,结果半个小时的路程我整了一个半小时,恍惚中,我总是觉得自己的灵魂出窍,我不知道我在哪里,那恼人的疼痛在我全身肆无忌惮地游走,消耗我每一个细胞,我的精神被消耗殆尽,觉得那个可恶的声音一点点逼近。然而,一切又都不同了,当我和朋友坐在一起,当那样的相聚给我又一次活过来的温度,当上帝藉着她,藉着我们的见面又将笑容放在我脸上时,我觉得我又活过来了。

要去缴押金了,我犹豫,祷告,询问,再犹豫还是做了决定。又一次,莫名其妙收到朋友的短信,我们可以一起合租,那再好不过了!我知道我需要和姐妹住在一起。于是我们去了我本要租的地方,朋友的第六感拒绝了那个地方。我,我是个讨厌做决定的人,特别是选择,她呢,很果断,很有条理,最终她保证要帮我找到一个更好的地方。我们疯狂的回到她家,开始上网,打电话,她做事的速度我是难跟上,可我好开心有朋友的帮助。两个小时后,我们找到了这个地方街的名字叫Jubilee,
她强烈的第六感觉得就是这个地方了。 我们马上开车去看房,结果,的确我们都爱上了那个地方,很大的house,
非常干净整洁,二楼,一间宽敞的卧室有大的衣橱,阳台,一应具全的家具,和另外两个女生合用的卫生间更是出乎我意料,有单独的淋浴,还有超赞的浴池,周围有方便生活的商场超市餐厅,靠近交通枢纽,一切都是那么合适,THIS IS IT! 还好有朋友在,房东有些犹豫,聪明会读人心的朋友和房东你来我往,最后我将身上带的钱缴了押金,决定就在那一刻作了。总之,一切都是那么奇妙,这绝对不是巧合,我们的神也真够幽默,我还在一直埋怨到底我要等多久,到底哪里才是我的落脚处,祂就这样,将一个天使差来将我从一个将就的地方带到了一个明亮温暖真正可以称为家的地方。

我还有什么可以抱怨,走过那死荫幽谷,走过那荒芜的沙漠,神将我带到平安喜乐中。正如祂带我来的地方,我开始住的街道叫Fell,
是旷野的意思,现在我要搬到一个叫Jubilee的地方,是纪念欢庆的意思。这一切都是神的安排,我感激不尽!如今我虽然每天被疼痛搅扰,可我相信,走过这艰难,神所赐的、那等待我的应许之地将是超乎我想像的美好。

走入2010

新的一年,我好想把两个星期没睡够的觉补回来,可是很早就醒来,疼痛从整个背部毫不留情的蔓延到整个身体,我躺在床上如卧针毡,脑袋又开始不停的运转。自从开始工作,很久没有这样静下来思考并赋予指尖。

工作现在成为我生活的重心,已经工作两个多月,过上了上班族的生活,完全和学生时代不同,可还有着强烈做学生的倾向,每当为学生准备学习资料时,我也想做做他们的试题,强烈的求知欲让我也想把那些堆积如山的学习材料啃下来。生活开始趋于平静,内心的火热冲动我不知到哪里倾泻,我知道自己是危险的,可我依旧没有任何概念如何摆脱这矛盾的锁链,我只有隐忍,不知什么时候是个头,什么时候我才能找到,或者说被找到,什么时候我才能长大。

我又一再拖延,两周的劳碌奔波让我不得不作出决定搬家。每天天不亮就要出门,顶着夜色和寒冷,撑着沉重的眼皮开始九个小时的忙碌,夜晚又披着霓虹的疲惫和全身的疼痛回家。找个合适的房子跟找个合适的工作一样艰难,恍惚中发现这世界还是那么不靠谱。

我是不怎么看电视剧的,可是“蜗居”成为近期火热的话题,故事吸引了我。真实的令人捶胸顿足,看着剧中的每个情节,不住地感叹这世界真是疯了。我自己和我身边的人似乎没有经历过如此严重的房奴经历,但是我知道现在在国内的大城市,特别是奔三的一群80后已经成为房奴的主力军。还有官场,爱情,欲望,都是那么残酷的真实 。当欲望膨胀,甚至是在无意中膨胀,人被无情的蒙蔽,以为那是真情,以为那是惊天动地的海誓山盟,可脱下一切华丽的外衣,露出的只有赤裸裸的欲望—对肉体,对权利,对金钱。这世界是疯了,这世界是那么不靠谱。剧终的一段独白是多少被蒙住眼睛、放弃思考的人真实写照—随波逐流,曾经单纯的梦想在这疯狂的世界中被销蚀。可喜的是我们还有反思的能力,一部电视剧,一本书,甚至一个敏感的瞬间都可以触动还在寻求的心、不愿放弃的心。可悲的是随波逐流且麻木不以为然。