30 Days of Devo Challenge: Day 20

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It has been a week; despite setting myself this challenge and going to bed thinking multiple times that I should have written something, it seems that I haven’t been able to do it. Again it’s not that I haven’t had devo time during this week, but it is likely that I haven’t had enough devo time or prioritised writing a public devo.

As I sort of have more people finding this blog, YouTube channels, Twitch etc. recently, I really do want to be more careful about what I write if it’s faith related. Before I publish, I want to consider: is it edifying? Does it glorify God? If people read what I write and see my behaviour, do they view my attitude in a positive light? How can I bring up the fact that any of these positive things are wholly attributed to Christ’s influence in my life and give glory to Him in a way that my sincerity can be felt?

And more than anything else, how can I share this love of Christ with them so that they may come to know Jesus and receive that love for themselves as well? And should I ever be granted opportunities to have those conversations, how can I make it clear that I am not here to judge, for if anyone should be condemned I would be first in line.

I don’t have the answers, but I do know this: God the Father, Son and Spirit does, so I leave it in His hands. In the meantime I will continue to love Him and others as deeply as I possibly can, according to His will.

Heavenly Father,

What a gracious God You are; mighty to save, rich in mercy and abounding in steadfast love. Thank You so much that You have granted me favour with new communities that I have joined online. Thank You that You have deemed it fit to use me to share Your gospel on Twitch as well as this blog. Thank You first and foremost that You have saved me through your Son, Jesus.

Lord, You know I am not good with words and I often speak before I think. I pray that I will be sensitive to the moving of Your Spirit, that You might speak through me when gospel opportunities arise. I pray that I will represent You well. I pray that those with whom I interact are able to feel the love I have for them because of what You’ve done in my life. I pray that I will be bold to speak up where possible, giving all glory to Your Name. May You and You alone be glorified.

Soli Deo gloria,

Crystina

Health & Fitness: Week 47, 2020 – Get Peachy Challenge

Week 47 runs from Monday 16th November — Sunday 22nd November, 2020.

I am currently following Chloe Ting’s Get Peachy Challenge program. For this challenge, I always start the workout with Natacha Océane’s 10min Warm Up. I won’t be listing it under ‘videos completed’ every day anymore because I literally use this warm up every single time.

For more information on what, why and how I’m tracking everything, including my health & fitness goals, please click here. To skip to the end of week summary, please click here.

The Week in Fitness & Food

11/16 – Monday. Get Peachy Challenge Day 18 Completed 18:30.
Videos completed: Chloe Ting Toned Arms, Chloe Ting Abs in 2 Weeks, MadFit 5min Cool Down (loosely followed).

Today I really wasn’t sure if I was going to exercise. I’ve been expecting my period to start and have definitely felt a bit more tired and emotional. I’m glad I did exercise in the end! I felt weaker than before but I always feel weaker right around the start of my period, so that isn’t anything to be alarmed by.

I originally planned to do my other weighted ab workout too but honestly, it wasn’t going to happen. I almost quit half way through Chloe’s 2 Week Ab video because I was feeling really tired, but I’m glad I didn’t! Literally Chloe said “Don’t give up now!” at that very moment so I took some extra rest time and pushed through.

I felt a lot more energised after the workout though so that was great! Food wise, we’ve been eating out a lot lately. Oh, that said, last night I made chicken tikka masala and it tasted delicious. I had some leftovers for lunch today, then for dinner we ordered from Ros Ni Yom again.

We need to go grocery shopping but also I was just tired today. My average weight actually decreased last week, which was surprising given that I usually bloat more and eat more junk and thus gain more weight when I PMS. However, I guess last week was more stressful for me so I ate less because of it.

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30 Days of Devo Challenge: Day 13

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Today I witnessed my court case being dismissed on the grounds of insufficient testimony since the citing officer did not show up and did not request an extension for the case. Without needing to present the evidence I’d collected to support my case, I was free to go with no fine to pay. Today may have been Friday 13th, but for me it was full of blessings.

The past few days have certainly been stressful as I prepared those court case documents, but ultimately God was so faithful in not only granting me peace, but also a favourable outcome. Before my case was dismissed, I witnessed another woman be sentenced for a different case where she had been found guilty beyond reasonable doubt and was fined.

Jacky accompanied me, and it was the first time either of us had been in a courtroom. He mentioned in the car after the case was dismissed, that it gave him a new perspective of and appreciation for what standing before a judge felt like.

One day, we will all face a Divine Judge who will judge our sins — but for those who are trusting in Jesus, while we will be found guilty beyond reasonable doubt like the first woman, the penalty of that fine has already been paid for us by Christ.

What stuck most in my mind was something different though. I had been one of four people to have their cases dismissed. I had been the last to be called up to receive the case dismissal form, and while everyone else had left in silence, I said, “Thank you” to the judge. But it was the judge’s response that really surprised me: she said, “Thank you” back.

When I first moved to America, it took some adjusting to accept that the American response to “Thank you” was “You’re welcome”, even if your ‘thank you’ should have been taken as a polite gesture rather than genuine gratitude since the other person hadn’t really done anything to deserve your thanks (“Please hold”, “Okay, thank you”, “You’re welcome” was one that really irked me initially). I’d been taught to perceive such blunt ‘You’re welcome’s as rude, but after a while I realised that they weren’t being rude: that’s just how they were brought up to respond.

Perhaps thanking back was her default response to people thanking her, but it really touched my heart that the judge said “Thank you” to my thanks.

Jacky and I have been praying pretty much throughout the entire day, so this one will be brief :)

Heavenly Father,

Thank you so much, once again. You are so deserving of all the gratitude in my heart. I pray that today I have been a good ambassador for You, Your Son and Your Spirit. May You and You alone be glorified.

Soli Deo gloria,

Crystina

30 Days of Devo Challenge: Day 11

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I don’t really know how to begin. Even with ‘challenge’ in the title you can clearly see that I have skipped days. I have continued to think upon and have devotionals, but I have not written them publicly.

There has been a few things on my heart lately, but mostly I continue to be in awe of the God I serve. Delighting in the Trinity is one of those books that is really helping me to piece together the fragments of knowledge that I’ve collected about the Trinity over the years, and bring them together to form a deeper understanding and far greater appreciation for who God is.

Finally I’m able to better understand what John meant when he wrote “God is love” in 1 John 4, and better understand the Person of the Holy Spirit, and better understand how everything God does comes from Him being love… and how all of that is dependent on God being Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The doctrine of the Trinity is fundamental to Christian beliefs; I’ve always known this, but never truly studied it. I have indeed been very blessed by studying this book with my Wednesday women’s group.

I had a really lovely time of devotion this morning as well… it really had been a while since I’ve had a deeper devotional time. I can’t quite explain the multitude of emotions I felt from it but I can tell you it was something I’d been in desperate need of for some time.

Despite some things creeping up and causing me to feel a little anxious every now and again, I’m filled with gratitude today. I felt such a strong sense of peace and comfort this morning. I know my God is in control; I just need to focus on being Kingdom-minded.

Heavenly Father,

I don’t have the words to express my gratitude towards You or how in awe of You I am of You. Your majesty and beauty leaves me breathless. Indeed, pages upon pages of psalms are written to praise You and yet they still barely scratch the surface of how truly awesome You are. You have invited me in to the fellowship of the Trinity through the indwelling of Your Spirit. Oh that I could be gifted with words, to write a love letter that would be remotely worthy of describing You. Blessed be Your name, O Lord. May You and You alone be glorified.

Soli Deo gloria,

Crystina

Health & Fitness: Week 46, 2020 – Get Peachy Challenge

Week 46 runs from Monday 9th November — Sunday 15th November, 2020.

I am currently following Chloe Ting’s Get Peachy Challenge program. For this challenge, I always start the workout with Natacha Océane’s 10min Warm Up. I won’t be listing it under ‘videos completed’ every day anymore because I literally use this warm up every single time.

For more information on what, why and how I’m tracking everything, including my health & fitness goals, please click here. To skip to the end of week summary, please click here.

The Week in Fitness & Food

11/9 – Monday. Rest.

I wasn’t planning to rest today, but I guess I got distracted this morning and then the day kinda disappeared from there. I also haven’t slept enough for the past couple of days so I dunno, maybe I’ve been low energy. I’m not really feeling sore from yesterday’s workout, which is quite a win though :)

It looks like I’ve been eating at maintenance fairly easily lately, though I feel like I was sort of careful with my diet last week, so I am a bit surprised I haven’t lost any weight. However, my period is coming up and I have no doubt that I’ll be retaining extra water weight at least until next week, so we’ll see what happens after that.

I’ve been eating very happily and satisfactorily with my sushi, protein bars, wraps, burgers — oh that’s right I had Habit Burger twice last week okay no wonder no weight loss happened HA. Nevermind!

I was very proud of my before/progress photo though! If you haven’t seen it and want to, please check it out here.

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