Heiress of His Promise, Personal


Pasasalamat, n. gratitude or indulgence

In the past few weeks, including the closing weeks of 2017, I had a lot of fleeting moments of immense gratitude.

Noticing something I bought months ago that’s propped up on the bookshelf, or remembering an experience that was once a prayer, or seeing faces of people I have come to love all over facebook. Each time — flashes of joy spreading through my body accompanied by humbling gratitude from the overwhelming realisation of the love from my ever-faithful God.

Here are some things that have made me feel that simple but powerful gratitude.

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Hello 2018~

Hello to the new year!

You could say I got swamped by so many events and other interests, hence my inactivity here, but hopefully this 2018 could be better for this blog.

I’m starting a BuJo so I hope I can keep myself on track. There are already so many backlogs to post and so many photos to share here. I might end up flooding this blog soon enough.

This is just a quick hello-slash-year starter post, so catch you all later in my upcoming posts. 안녕!

Bible & Prayer

Holy Spirit

The moment you recognize that you cannot achieve God’s standards of holiness and look to Jesus as your Savior, God marks you with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit guides, reminds and speaks to the Father on our behalf.

Along with the declaration of our limitedness, we begin to open our spiritual eyes. We begin to experience the Holy Spirit moving in our midst. From then on, the Holy Spirit indwelling in us does not change. Either we harden our hearts and feel a gaping distance or we humble ourselves and experience the Holy Spirit fully, but the Holy Spirit does not leave us. On some days we become more sensitive to the Holy Spirit compared to other days. But it doesn’t mean the Holy Spirit’s presence fluctuates based on our feelings and whims.

Don’t give in to the lie that the Holy Spirit has departed from you. Instead, believe in Him and ask for more faith.

Character & Leadership, Heiress of His Promise

“This is Enough.”

Last Sunday, this was my take-home line from the preaching. That day, we talked about the importance of not making money or other achievements our treasures, but that we lay up true, lasting treasures in heaven. A reminder to control our money, lest our money controls us.

As he talked about being content with what we have and living a simple lifestyle, he said this line,

Learn to say in your heart “This is enough”.

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Heiress of His Promise, Personal

Saved by Grace

I don’t remember when the word grace started resonating with me, but it has and in fact, it is from which the name of this blog was derived! In part, it’s a special word to me because the biblical definition of my name Hanna means just that, grace. However, it also encapsulates the unfolding of our relationship with God. In Ephesians 2:8-10, it reads

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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Character & Leadership, Heiress of His Promise

Pareto Principle ~ Grace

Usually my bosses, who are so much like mentors to us, would send us some articles or readings that would be helpful for us. Maybe it’s a new discovery in public health or a story about professionalism. Recently, one of them sent an article about the Pareto Principle. In summary, this is what it meant:

“The 80-20 rule or the Pareto Principle is a rule of thumb that states that 80% of outcomes can be attributed to 20% of all causes for a given event. In its simplest terms, it will typically show that a disproportionate improvement can be achieved by ranking various causes of a problem and by concentrating on those solutions or items with the largest impact. The basic premise is that not all inputs have the same or even proportional impact on a given output. (1,2)”

It was very interesting to discover that there’s actually a term and a theory for this concept that I’ve observed for a very long time. We’ve all probably had that friend that reviewed very little in contrast to the entire scope of a test and those came out as the major topic covered. Or maybe we saw other groups work quickly or even cram a project, but in the end their efforts paid off better than others who spent so much time doing the work. Maybe we have observed this in ourselves, how we feared that our output is not adequate, but later we find out that the seemingly insignificant output contained the essential elements that the teacher or boss wanted to see, thereby making our work actually excellent for them.

To me, this is an economic principle that also perfectly describes the grace of God. In truth, 80% of what I do has very little impact on the outcomes of my life. Honestly, I would say I have done very little to get where I am now compared to the grace of God that abounded in my trials and pruning seasons. In reality, even if I have done that 80% effort, that’s probably never enough to be translated into something worthwhile.

Conversely, there’s that 20% of God’s grace that produced 80% of what is my life right now. There may be correlation to my efforts and what I achieve or produce, but there is absolute causality when it comes to the grace of God. In fact, if we take it to the extreme. Even if I only allow 1% of God’s grace to flow in my live because of my stubbornness and selfishness, God would still be the cause for 99% of my successes. Scratch that, how about 100%?

I just can’t help but believe and bask in this picture for my life. Concentrating on the grace of God will more likely produce the greatest impact than otherwise. And God’s grace is so powerful we can’t really quantify it in percentages or a series of values. When I keep this a daily mindset or the overall paradigm of how I live my life, all the more I realise that my dependence on God is valuable in the transformation of my life to what He has designed and purposed for me. And in that place, I achieve my fullest potential, my 100% outcome. Perfection. But perfection not in the worldly definition, but perfection in achieving what I was placed in this world for.

(1) The 80-20 Rule by Investopedia
(2) Pareto Efficiency by Investopedia