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Psalm 145:18-20

The Lord is close to all who call on him,
    yes, to all who call on him in truth.
19 He grants the desires of those who fear him;
    he hears their cries for help and rescues them.
20 The Lord protects all those who love him,
    but he destroys the wicked.

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily), is a psalm of praise for our great God!

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is because God is love he is more than worthy of our praise. Praise for His greatness. Praise for His majestic glorious splendor. Praise for His wonderful goodness. Praise for His unfailing and unfathomable love. Praise for His loving kindness, faithfulness, mercy and grace.

Hence, my take away today is remembering it is not about us. Rather, it is all about Him. Not once in a while, when we need Him or only when we feel like putting Him first. It is indeed all about Him 24/7!

2Day’s Word – No Tears

Revelations 7:17

For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

Life Lesson

In Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) people receive a seal to protect them from suffering and through the tribulation. It is here wherein believers are then finally with God in heaven.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought come to mind is in our eternal home with God, there will be no more pain, no more suffering, no hunger nor anyone thirsting. In fact, there will be no tears. Only an eternal refuge with complete protection and unending relief.

Hence, my take away today is knowing where I am going and what it will be like. Moreover, my take away is also knowing that it won’t be a visit but rather a permanent stay. One which will last forever!

Psalm 143:10

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily), A Psalm of David, is about prayer in the midst of hopelessness, despair and depression.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is whatever situation or circumstance we might be facing your prayer and mine should always be God centered, not self-centered. For His will be done in and through our life and in our circumstance/situation. So our life, our priorities, our goals, our plans realign with His.

Hence, my take away today is remembering it is not about us. Moreover, our will should not be our will. Rather our will should really be His will instead.

2 John 5

I am writing to remind you, dear friends,[a] that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning.

Life Lesson

In today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) the apostle John talks about love. Which is by no means is a new theme. Rather, it is a recurring throughout the new testament. A most important one as well.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is what is contained in Verse 6 which says, “Love means doing what God has commanded us…”. In other words, it is not just knowing about love. Or, talking about love. Or, memorizing all the scripture about love. Instead, it is all about doing God’s love. Putting God’s love into action. How? By helping someone, lending a listening ear to someone, sharing your resources with someone, forgiving someone, etc. Yes, love does indeed come in all shapes and many sizes.

Hence, my take away today is remembering because love does take on many forms, we need to fit love to match the circumstance, opportunity, challenge, situation and most importantly the person whom we are attempting to love.

We had a very special guest passing through this weekend. A first time visitor to our beautiful Hawaiian islands, from LA to going to Manilla. A family member who happens to really love steak.

And so, without hesitation, we made the easy choice to come to “DK Steakhouse”. IMHO one of  the best steakhouse’s (if not the best) in Hawaii. Why” because they are known not just for fabulous 22 oz Bone-in Dry-Aged Rib Eye Steak (30 day is the bomb) but also for their wonderfully excellent service as well. Managing Partner, Ivy Nagayama, and her great staff never fails and always succeeds to give us the royal treatment. Two very good reasons for returning. Plus, not only do they do steak well, we love their appetizers and other delights.  Oh and not to forget sister restaurant “Sansei” which has excellent quality sushi and serves outstanding Japanese cuisine right next door.

However, aside from their mouth watering onolicious food and outstanding service, we look forward to going back simply because they always make us feel so special and treat us like family!

Often said, a picture is worth more than what mere words only can begin to describe. So without anymore words, here are the pictures….

Panko Crusted Ahi

Panko Crusted Ahi

 

Hamachi - Ponzu Sauce

Hamachi – Ponzu Sauce

 

Bacon & Shiitake Mushrooms

Bacon & Shiitake Mushrooms

Escargots Smothered in Garlic Butter n Cheese

Escargots Smothered in Garlic Butter n Cheese

Bone-In Ribeye 30 Day Aged with Ranch Butter

Bone-In Ribeye 30 Day Aged with Ranch Butter

Bone-In Ribeye 30 Day Aged Salt Rubbed

Bone-In Ribeye 30 Day Aged Salt Rubbed

 

Bone-In Ribeye 30 Day Aged Paniolo Style (YUMS!!!)

Bone-In Ribeye 30 Day Aged Paniolo Style (YUMS!!!)

 

 

1 John 1:8

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.

Life Lesson

In today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) the apostle John talks about living in the light. Declaring in Verse 5, “…God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.”

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is we all sin and all fall short of the glory of God. Just as Romans 3:23 affirms by saying, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” So while our sins, past, present and future are forgiven when we first accept Jesus Christ we sin still. Romans 7:18 also says, And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t.” 

Hence, my take away today is remembering because of who I am, my ongoing need to continue to confess and to repent so I can maintain my relationship and continue to fellowship with our heavenly Father, Jehovah. Moreover, remembering Romans 8:6 which says, “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.'” 

John 21:22

Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) begins as Jesus appears to his disciples for the third time after His death. It is here after breakfast wherein Jesus challenges Simon Peter about love.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is the race we are in is not a group race. Whereby we compete against one another, other brothers and sister in-Christ, as to our level of commitment, faith and devotion. Rather, it’s an individual race. A race between each of us and Christ. In other words,“My Race.”

Hence, my take away today is remembering to run “my” race (not Joe’s, Sally’s nor anyone else’s) with endurance, cross the finish line and win. So in the end I can say like Timothy says in 2 Timothy 4:7-8, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.”

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