Columbus' Testimony

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

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One of the reasons I've not posted any big in-depth posts around here lately, has been because I knew I had at least two important posts to write (1. a devotional post for Not An Average Girl, and the other, the second part or sequel for Lady Jane Grey's life post), and I have felt compelled to write them before any other thing.  But such posts can take time and much thought to write, and sometimes they need special inspiration. And sadly inspiration has been rather lax with me for the last couple of days weeks. Lord willing, I will write out those posts, but I can't promise when.... (it shouldn't be too long. hopefully.) But until I do, I don't think it is fair for my dear viewers to be deprived from interesting posts! Honestly, I've had  dozens of posting ideas the last couple of days, but felt so handicapped by that thought of having to write those two posts. So, I've decided just to forget about them for now, and get to them when I have more inspiration. What do you all think about that? (Hannah, that doesn't mean that I won't be posting on Not An Average Girl soon, just I won't be posting soon the thing i had earlier had in mind...)

For the last few weeks since entering this new school year, my central focus has been on Maths... (and I think if you've been reading my blog for a while now, you'd know it isn't my favourite subject!). Well, it has been going well, but honestly I was a bit tired of studying formulas all day long every day of the week... so I decided this week I'd concentrate a bit more on English and History, my favourite subjects. Yesterday (and today, while doing History), my schoolwork was so. much. fun! I'm currently studying about the Age of Exploration in World History, and it is fascinating.
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I came across a section in my PACE about Christopher Columbus and his Christian faith, which I thought might be really interesting to share. I haven't studied much into this period with Columbus' exploration and discovery of the New World,  (before doing this section in my history course, I had the idea that Columbus was the first one who truly discovered America, but now I know better!) so it was interesting to read this about Columbus. 
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Section taken from my PACE, out of the World History Course, ACE curriculum:
"...[Christopher Columbus] definitely held a firm belief in God and depended on Him all through his life. His name, "Christopher," means "Christbearer." It is said that one day as a small boy praying in church, he vowed that he would live up to that name and be a "Christbearer" He became convinced that every Christian could and should "bear" the teaching of Christ wherever he went. As he grew to manhood, Columbus came to believe that he had been chosen by God to spread the Gospel to other lands... He believed that the Holy Spirit helped him understand the Bible, navigation, and geography so that he could fulfill his personal destiny..."

The PACE goes on to speak of Columbus' scientific and geographic understanding, being based on God's Word, especially Isaiah 40:22. He wrote a book entitled Libro de las Profecias (The Book of Prophecies) that told his views about Biblical teachings on geography, people of other lands, and prophecies of the Book of Revelation. 

"Throughout his voyages, Columbus made constant references to the Lord. He opened his journal of his first voyage with the words, "In the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ..." He led his crew in singing hymns of praise to God when they first sighted the landmass of America. He named that first land "San Salvador" which means "Holy Saviour." In his official reports back to Spain, Columbus expressed great concern that the Indians be won to the Christian faith, but he was adamant that he alone be allowed to handpick the men who would be sent out as missionaries. Certainly Christopher Columbus was a God-fearing man trying to be of service to his Lord; but perhaps the best statement of his Christianity is his own testimony:

"I am a most unworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvelous presence. For the execution of the journey to the Indies I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics, or maps. It is simply the fulfillment of what Isaiah had prophesied. All this is what I desire to write down for you in this book.  No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. The working out of all things has been assigned to each person by our Lord, but it all happens according to His sovereign will, even though He gives advice. He lacks nothing that it is in the power of men to give Him. Oh what a gracious Lord, who desires that people should perform for Him those things for which He holds Himself responsible! Day and night, moment by moment, everyone should express to Him their most devoted gratitude."
I think this was very encouraging to read, and it actually blessed me a lot while studying! Does anyone know anything more about Christopher Columbus' faith?

Black And White Photo Challenge

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Today I had planned on posting something else first, but I just remembered the photo challenge that Lucia at Lucia, etc is hosting on her blog, and I had to scramble in my files for something! The theme for this month is "black and white love", quite unique I think =D. It was quite a challenge this time choosing from all my photos for something suitable, but finally I came across this. It is in black and white (edited), and something that I really, really LOVE, and long to love more and more every day. God's Word.

"Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day"

Psalm 119:97 NJKV

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There are only 7 days left to the challenge, why don't you join?

"Not An Average Girl"

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Not so sure how to announce this as dramatically as my friend and sister did, but since it is my most solemn duty to do this, here I am to announce the official, grand opening of a new blog, Not An Average Girl! As Sarah posted about it here, this blog has recently been created by four Christian girls (who make up the NAAG team), Hannah, Dakota, Sarah, and myself as an online magazine to share and encourage other Christian girls in their walk with the Lord. In it, we hope to share posts of encouragement and inspiration especially for girls, as well as interviews, testimonials, and guest posts so as to challenge and encourage other young woman. There will be some fun stuff like giveaways, recipes and book, movie and music reviews as well. As time goes on, our team will hopefully be expanding, so this is just a start :) and we pray that this blog will be an encouragement to you all.

God willing, I'll try contributing as much as I can, and that all depends on how much free time I've got (I definitely don't want to neglect schoolwork, music, my writing or writing here on Fullness of Joy!). You're all so welcome to visit Not An Average Girl anytime, and find out more about us; please feel free to 'follow' and comment as well as they are such a blessing! Here is the link: Not An Average Girl (and the button).

And here is a song for today that I hope you'll find a blessing, a medley called, Hallelujah/ O the Blood. It comes from a CD Album called, The Praises of His People, which was recorded in the 1970s or 80s I think. The last few days I've been realizing how important praising the Lord is, even when we don't feel like it, when everything seems to be going wrong, or we're feeling discouraged. I believe that when we give thanks and praise the Lord, there is such power in that! Jesus has bought us with His precious blood, He has made us His own! His blood is more than match for all sin. I praise Him and love Him so!

Cup-A-Tea Poetry Corner

Sunday, 5 February 2012

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Thee Will I Love

Thee will I love, my Strength, my Tower;
Thee will I love, my Hope, my Joy;
Thee will I love with all my power,
With ardor time will ne’er destroy.
Thee will I love, O Light Divine,
So long as life is mine.

Thee will I love, my Life, my Savior,
Who art my best and truest Friend;
Thee will I love and praise forever,
For never shall Thy kindness end;
Thee will I love with all my heart,
Thou my Redeemer art.

I thank Thee, Jesus, Sun from Heaven,
Whose radiance hath brought light to me;
I thank Thee, who hast richly given
All that could make me glad and free;
I thank Thee that my soul is healed
By what Thy lips revealed.

Oh, keep me watchful, then, and humble
And suffer me no more to stray;
Uphold me when my feet would stumble,
Nor let me loiter by the way.
Fill all my nature with Thy light,
O Radiance strong and bright!

Oh, teach me, Lord, to love Thee truly
With soul and body, head and heart,
And grant me grace that I may duly
Practice fore’er love’s sacred art.
Grant that my every thought may be
Directed e’er to Thee.

Thee will I love, my Crown of gladness;
Thee will I love, my God and Lord,
Amid the darkest depths of sadness,
Nor for the hope of high reward—
For Thine own sake, O Light Divine,
So long as life is mine.

~Johann Scheffler

Today was the first time I came across this hymn which really inspired me, and though I had intended to post a usual poem, I found I had to post this hymn instead. I hope you have been blessed by it, dear sisters, and may we indeed seek to love the Lord Jesus more and more, and may we keep looking unto Him, leaning on His eternal love and grace. "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)

P.S. I just want to apologize for the lack of quality posts of late... I just haven't had much time, with school work and family activities to write thought-provoking posts lately, though there are many on my heart to share. Lord willing, things will calm down soon and I'll get to it =D.

A Sweet Blog Award

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

I feel so honoured to have had Elizabeth from The Endless Road award me The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. Thank you so much, Elizabeth, it was a lovely honour to get this award! I really enjoy your blog as well, and think it is really sweet and refreshing =D. Well, for this award, here is what I have to do:

1. Post seven random facts about yourself 
2. Pass this award to seven  ten other bloggers!

Random facts about me:
1. I love a blue sky and the smell of fresh green grass after rain
2. I'm an alto and love singing harmonies :)
3. 3 of my favourite movies are, Luther, Amazing Grace, and all of the Narnia movies (plus a lot more)
4. I was born on the morning of Christmas Eve
5. I've blogged for a little over 8 months now...
6. I have 3 wonderful sisters, two older, one younger (Elizabeth, I didn't mean to steal your random fact, but I'm the same as you too you see, and thought it a nice fact to add =D)
7. The two greatest joys of my life have been to know the Lord Jesus as my personal Saviour, and to have been born into a wonderful, godly family

Now for blogs to get the award! There is a little bit of confusion on whether to award 7 or 10  blogs. I decided to do the later since I have so many favourite =D. (P.S. I would have awarded some of my friend's private blogs, but since it is private, I don't know it works very well... anyway, you dear friends, have all really sweet blogs too!)

1. Gems of Faith in History
2. Delights of the Narrow Way
3. Living on Literary Lane
4. Graceful Maiden
5. Scribbles and Ink Stains
6. Forever His Servant
7. Life in the Wilderness
8. He Designs My Life
9. A Life Worthy of the Lord
10. The Road Goes Ever On

To those who've been awarded, your job in turn is to post 7 random stuff about yourself, and award 7/10 other blogs that you enjoy with the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award. God bless you all, and thank you again, Elizabeth, for the award =D.