THURSDAY TUNE #13: To Me by Matthew West

“If you repeat a lie again and again and again, you will believe it.” -Peter Tan-Chi

For the past week, I was tempted to believe in certain lies about myself/others, my security, my purpose, my basis for joy/fulfillment, etc. and it was really discouraging. But, God continued to speak to me through His word and He reminded me of His perfect love for me. In spite of disappointing moments, I was encouraged to trust that God knew what He was doing and that He will continue to do so. :) And even in the midst of lies and negative thoughts, God allowed me to see the Truth in Him and in His promises for me.

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever. (Psalm 138:8)

This song has been such a great encouragement for me and I hope that as you listen to it, you too will be encouraged to find your security in Christ. He is definitely more than enough for us. His unfailing and everlasting love for us is enough. :)

I hope that this song encourages you today. :)

“To Me”

Well it breaks my heart
Every time I see the world break yours in two
You know those lies ain’t true
When you let ’em get to you,
Being you is hard to be, I see.

These days sticks and stones
Sound like paradise
Compared to those harsh words
They’re rather cut you down than hold you
But they don’t know you like I know you
If they did I know they’d see,
Yes they would see…

To me you are
Heaven’s finest invention by far
So much brighter than the brightest star
And what I’d give to make you see
Who you are to me

All your so called friends
Said they’d be there to the bitter end
But I won’t be just like the others
I’m gonna show you my true colors
You can’t ever make me leave
No, no, I won’t ever leave

To me you are
Heaven’s finest invention by far,
Even brighter than the brightest star
And what i’d give to make you see
Who you are to me

When you laugh it’s my favorite song
And all the gray is gone
Every single time I see you smile,
I just haven’t seen it in awhileSo go on and dream
Bigger dreams than this town’s ever seen before
There are just two kinds of people:
Ones who say you’re just not able
And the ones who change the world
And you’re gonna change the worldTo me you are
Heaven’s finest invention by far
Even brighter than the brightest star
And what I’d give to make you see
Who you are to me
…to me.
Encourage yourself one tune at a time. :)

Best Before March 4

About a month ago, I noticed two unopened, packs of cream cheese in our refrigerator.  I saw that both packs had “Best when used by March 4, 2013” printed on them. And because I didn’t want to waste cheese or risk eating spoiled cream cheese, I promised myself that I would use them immediately.

But, because I wasn’t able to prioritize it, I ended up forgetting about the cheese! I only remembered it two days ago — two days before the “best before date”!

With the limited time that I had, I decided to make two kinds of no-bake, mini cheesecake cupcakes: Oreo and Blueberry. While making them, I was getting paranoid with the quality and taste of the cream cheese because all I could think of was the possibility of it being spoiled.

“I don’t want to use expired ingredients again. :( Lord, please don’t let this cheese be bad.”

I guess I got traumatized before, when I used “expired” crushed graham crackers for a dessert. At that time, I figured that since they were crushed crackers, they wouldn’t probably taste bad even if it was already past their “Best Before Date”. However, it was so awful that it tasted like carton/cardboard.

That moment flashed back in my mind again and again as I was making the cheesecake cupcakes and I figured that since cream cheese is a more delicate ingredient, it would taste bad after “the date” too!

But, God still encouraged me to learn from that moment; use the two packs of cream cheese this time; and seek the opinions of my mom and sister while I make the desserts.

After hours of preparing and waiting for the cheesecake cupcakes to chill, I was finally able to make 24 no-bake cheesecake cupcakes without using expired ingredients! Hooray!

This cheesecake moment allowed me to experience God’s grace once again. He saved me from wasting more ingredients and motivated me to finish producing the cheesy treats, in spite of my discouraged spirit and past traumas.

In the same way, I know that God’s grace is enough for us no matter what situation we’re in. His timing and His ways are always perfect.

 

Are you going through a rough time? Tempted to worry and give up?

 

It says in Hebrews 4:16:

 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

 

Encourage yourself one treat at a time. :)