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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.”

John 15:12

This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) begins as Jesus talks about the Vine and the Branches. In particular, He is the Vine, God is the Gardener and we are the branches. And, how we need to remain in Him to be fruitful. It is here wherein he then speaks about love.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is to love others like how He loves us. Moreover, what also comes to mind is the example of His kind of love. A love so great, He sacrificed His life on the cross at Calvary for you and for me. We however may not have to die for someone to show His kind of love, but we can still love others in many other Jesus kind of ways. Such as being a friend with a kind, caring and concerned heart. Or, being a sounding board or lending a listening ear (or two) with compassion, patience and empathy. Perhaps, we can also willingly help, serve and give to others. Yes, a Jesus kind of love indeed comes in many shapes, forms and sizes!

Hence, my take away today is remembering to love others regardless and always. Not only family and not only friends, strangers too. Essentially, to run your/my love tank empty every night before going to bed!

John 14:9

Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you?

Life Lesson

I today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) Jesus talks about being the only way to the Father, Jehovah.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is who Jesus is. That He is a tangible and visible image of  an invisible God. Moreover what God is like in the flesh. My bible sums it nicely by saying,  “to know Jesus is to know God.”

Hence, my take away today is remembering Hebrews 1:1-4 which summarizes who Jesus is very well saying, Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.  This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels,  just as the name God gave him is greater than their names.” Moreover, remembering Colossians 1:15 which also says,Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.    He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,”

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