I started this habit ever since God sent me out to a foreign land on May 3rd 2010. Then I was unemployed and passing by East Malaysia in a hotel in Asia City Kota Kinabalu.

I was wondering how I would have survive the difficulties, and then the hymn I have chosen was "What A Friend I have In Jesus”. Since than, God had settled me down here for 3 years now. This is a job and a place I have stayed longest in my professional life.

Later on in 3rd May 2011, God has just begin stabling my life over here. That is when I dedicated the hymn “Thanks to God” . On 3rd May 2012, I shared about the “Hymn Day By Day”. I am thinking, would it be too hard to continue dedicating hymns to God on 3rd May? My church had a 523 hymn hymnbook, I believe I would use less than 1/5 of the hymnbook for this endeavor.(Unless I have the lifespan of Yoda or Methuselah, then I should be worried of not having enough hymns to do that)

For the past few years the grace of God, had been always there for me. Indeed, there are still problems that are encountered on a daily basis, and there are also much things that disappoints in life.

There are also  unanswered prayer request and some problems remain the same since 2010 and show no signs of improvement.

But I know, that God has been watching over me still, and what is most important is that God had also prepared many good things and precious things for me this year. There is much improvement and happiness that will come. Out of which I would give thanks to God ceaselessly.

With Gods blessing also comes more responsibility for the year to come. More people that will be in my care and in my life. Sometimes I wonder how I would be able to handle them. For I know I am a man of many weakness.

God once comforted Paul when he was praying to God to remove the torn of his flesh .

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My 
  strength is made perfect in weakness.”- Jesus (2 Cor 12:9)

Paul’s response to the Lord is written in the next few verses

“Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, 
  that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take 
  pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, 
  in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I 
   m strong.” – Paul (2 Cor 12:9-10)

Indeed as I look into the future there is much more new responsibilities and there are many questions that I have yet to answer. There are also much path that I require God to continue to guide me. But I am sure he will lead me all the way.

That leads me to the story of Fanny J Crosby. Apparently once in 1874 she ran into a difficulty, where she did not have enough money for rent. She committed the matter to God. Miraculously a stranger came and give her just enough money for the rent.

So later that night, she pondered over the incident and was inspired to pen down the lyrics of this Hymn.

No matter how difficult that road is before me, there are many questions about the future that I am unsure of what to do, and where to go. But I will remember that Jesus would lead me all the way.  Lets enjoy this hymn together.

 

Title: All The Way The Savor Leads Me
Lyrics : Fanny J Crosby
Music : Robert Lowry

  1. All the way my Savior leads me,
    What have I to ask beside?
    Can I doubt His tender mercy,
    Who through life has been my Guide?
    Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort,
    Here by faith in Him to dwell!
    For I know, whate’er befall me,
    Jesus doeth all things well;
    For I know, whate’er befall me,
    Jesus doeth all things well.
  2. All the way my Savior leads me,
    Cheers each winding path I tread,
    Gives me grace for every trial,
    Feeds me with the living Bread.
    Though my weary steps may falter
    And my soul athirst may be,
    Gushing from the Rock before me,
    Lo! A spring of joy I see;
    Gushing from the Rock before me,
    Lo! A spring of joy I see.
  3. All the way my Savior leads me,
    Oh, the fullness of His love!
    Perfect rest to me is promised
    In my Father’s house above.
    When my spirit, clothed immortal,
    Wings its flight to realms of day
    This my song through endless ages:
    Jesus led me all the way;
    This my song through endless ages:
    Jesus led me all the way.
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I was looking back at one year ago, i was writing my blog around this time of the night, just minutes before I was turning 29. And I realise, today finally marks that I have survived in a foreign country for exactly 1 year.

I was looking back, recounting all the things that the Lord has done for me so far. I remembered all the resolve and plans i had for myself. How I asked God for relief throughout the darkest period of my trial.

In fact, one year from that night where I was in Kota Kinabalu writing using the same blogging software many events whizzed pass, there are happy ones, there are sad ones, there are some tingling with disappointments, there are some I thank God for, there are some that I have learnt the hard way.

Personally, life had gradually stabilised, I have a little humble dwelling (though its far from complete) , and I have finally found courage to drive around. But there are also many situations where I wish God would have delivered me from. But my trials are far from ended. I have just learnt to live with what God has provided so far.

At this instance, I recalled the beautiful story from Mary Stevenson, which I am sure many Christians are well aware of.

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Footprints
By : Mary Stevenson (1936)
Margaret Fishback Powers (1964)
Carolyn Carty (1963)


One night a man had a dream. He dreamt
he was walking along the beach with the LORD.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand: one belonging
to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of
his life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he
questioned the LORD about it:

“LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you’d walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me.”

The LORD replied:
“My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.”
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Perhaps it is true that there are many plans that went haywire, there are many things that did not materialised. Like all military operations, things never goes according to plan. Yet throughout the pain and disappointment, we can see the hands of God that has protected and guide us. Therefore, we must learn to thank God for everything, even for things that did not go according to plan.

This reminded me too of a hymn written by August Ludvig Storm in 1891. He wrote it based on the 24 reasons for thanksgiving. 8 years after writing this hymn, he was struck with a crippling back problem. He did not allow the problem to affect his faith but rather it gave him depth in his teaching and writing.

God strength is shown in our weakness, therefore, we must constantly get comfort from Gods words and to give thanks, in whatever situation we are in.

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Title :Thanks to God
Lyrics: August Ludvig Storm

Thanks to God for my Redeemer,
Thanks for all Thou dost provide!
Thanks for times now but a memory,
Thanks for Jesus by my side!
Thanks for pleasant, balmy springtime,
Thanks for dark and stormy fall!
Thanks for tears by now forgotten,
Thanks for peace within my soul!

Thanks for prayers that Thou hast answered,
Thanks for what Thou dost deny!
Thanks for storms that I have weathered,
Thanks for all Thou dost supply!
Thanks for pain, and thanks for pleasure,
Thanks for comfort in despair!
Thanks for grace that none can measure,
Thanks for love beyond compare!

Thanks for roses by the wayside,
Thanks for thorns their stems contain!
Thanks for home and thanks for fireside,
Thanks for hope, that sweet refrain!
Thanks for joy and thanks for sorrow,
Thanks for heav’nly peace with Thee!
Thanks for hope in the tomorrow,
Thanks through all eternity!

Lets sing it together