Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Human Nature Vs God's Control

Our human weakness always urge us to take control when things are in the mess. Indeed, we should step back and let God handle it instead of trying to perfect the situation. Actually the rule is very simple to follow but yet is the hardest to follow. Human Nature Vs God's Control. Sometimes I really need to let go and trust in Him that He will provide me the needs just like how He guide Noami through.

Managing The Mess
Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me? —Ruth 1:21

When we meet Naomi in the Scriptures, her life is a mess. She and her husband had gone to Moab searching for food during a famine. While in that land, their two sons married Moabite women, and life was good—until her husband and sons died and she was stuck, widowed in a foreign land.

Though honest about her pain, Naomi obviously had a sense of who was in control: “The Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me” (Ruth 1:21).

The Hebrew word for “Almighty” (Shaddai) indicates God’s sufficiency for any situation. The word “Lord” (Yahweh) refers to His faithfulness as the loving covenant-keeping God. I love how Naomi put these two names together. In the midst of her complaint, she never lost sight of the fact that her God was a capable and faithful God. And, sure enough, He proved His capability to deliver her and His faithfulness to care for her to the very end.

If there seems to be no way out of your despair, remember that Naomi’s God is your God as well. And He specializes in managing our messes to good and glorious outcomes. Thankfully, He is both capable and faithful. So, when your life is a mess, remember who your God is! — Joe Stowell

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last. —von Schlegel

Stand back and watch the Lord manage your mess into a glorious outcome

Monday, February 23, 2009

Press On

No matter how difficult and stressful, I will remind myself to be faithful and trust in the Lord always.

No matter how tired, I will remind myself I can renew my strength in the Lord.

No matter how frustrating, I will remind myself I shd seek peace with God and myself.

No matter how worrying the circumstances are, I will remind myself that God is in control of the whole plan.

No matter how upset I am, I will remind myself that God loves me all the same.

No matter what is it, I know I have a God who I can lean on 100%.

He is my Rock, my Refuge, my Strength!

Press on PY!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

When things get tough

I can't felt but feeling that time moves real fast around me. There were times that I wanted to work real fast but things are not according to my schedule and when things flies in real fast I wished hard for a breather and to look forward a break from all these hectic works.

There are many things clouding my mind and yet I feel that i am not doing a good job in every aspect. Lots of things just piled up on the plate and I wondered will I ever finished the pile?

I pray Lord that you grant me the strength to go through this. I am glad that God you have enabled Keegan to go though and I am sure You will too do the same for me :)

The Answers
READ: 1 John 3:1-9
Beloved, now we are children of God. —1 John 3:2

The story is told that the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860) was sauntering through Berlin’s famous Tiergarden one day, mentally probing the questions of origin and destiny that had been constantly perplexing him: Who am I? Where am I going?

A park-keeper, closely observing the shabbily dressed philosopher as he walked slowly with head bowed, suspected that Schopenhauer was a tramp. So he walked up to the philosopher and demanded, “Who are you? Where are you going?” With a pained expression, Schopenhauer replied, “I don’t know. I wish somebody could tell me.”

Are you ever perplexed by those same questions? Who am I? Where am I going? What a comfort it is to have God’s authoritative answers in the Bible. Who are we? In 1 John 3, John calls his readers “children of God” (v.2). We become His children by receiving Jesus as our Savior from sin (John 1:12). And where are we going? John 14:1-6 tells us that one day He will receive us into a home He is preparing in heaven.

Our Maker is not only the Author of science and history, but He writes the story of every member of Adam’s family—yours and mine. We can trust His answers. — Vernon C. Grounds

Open my ears, that I may hear
Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave-notes fall on my ear,
Everything false will disappear. —Scott

When you know Jesus, you know who you are and where you’re going.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Wedding #1 - 11.01.2009

Worship leader said media folks always late.. must come early.(True) I was told that I must come @ 7am. Hmmm... tried pushing it away... but didn't work. (of course.. it will never work) So I thought since Jem was coming @ 7am with P.Carol - ok lor... breakfast together... didn't suspect anything...

Jasmine: Crab lar~ like that you also believe .... hahaha...

I woke up @ 6am... super sian .. especially I slept at 12 last night. It was considerably early sleep especially I usually ended up sleeping around 2am. *bad habit must change* I snoozed and stoned till 6.30am and finally I dragged myself to wash up and change.

Surprise #1: Mother stood beside me. She just stood beside me while i was brushing my teeth.. i got abit of a shock cos she came in without any noise....I looked @ her and exclaimed "吓死人!" She just looked @ me and said "what so scary?" and walked away... (apparently she knew what was happening)

Suprise/Shock #2: I fell down... not once but twice ... the clothes poles fell on me... *ouch* Then i felt something was going to happen later.. but yet I couldn't point it out.... like bad or good

Surprise #3: Jemaine kept calling me... suspect alittle cos it was very unlike her... to call me ....

Finally I reached church @ 7.10am. I saw Ray's car... then I tot chum liao.. Worship leader really reach church at 7am today... no wonder Jem kept calling me.... then i saw Jem running across the main sanctary. Hmmm not very right..... she get nervous she starts to run like a squirrel....

First thing i looked out of KK and Mandy's car. I did remember that they are meeting Enqin for breakfast... Didn't see any.. and walked into the church. Then i saw Ray, Grace and Joan sitting there. I was like *oh confirm meet Enqin for breakfast liao* ... then i started to yak away... happy that Worship leader haven arrrrive yet plus I was very excited to get coffee for Ray. Then Jemaine said - aiya get ur laptop now and go and set up.... I like ok.... go and take and next I knew....

Keegan Lim arrived from in with a bouquet of flowers with his left hand and his right hand in his pocket...

My reaction: Shooootttt... RUNNNNNN

I ran away from him - Kg was too shocked (plus with anxiety .. ) I made his life quite hard... He said stop running take the flowers!

I said I DON'T WANT - What u want?????

We probably stare at each other like idiots for awhile and deep down in my heart... "That's my proposal???"

When he gave me the flowers, he knelt down and presented the ring that I was probably dreaming of all these while (ok i am kidding.. i am not)

My eyes are blurred (not with tears) and all I could then was - nod nod nod nod nod nod nod

As he slipped the ring into my finger, i knew it.... my playtime was over! AHHHHH I AM GETTING MARRIED!

I was in lala land for awhile.

What probably touched me the most was not the ring, not the flowers, not the surprise proposal. It was the 10 years photo album he did it for me recording all the times we spent together. I never thought this guy would do such a thing for me. As I flipped through the album for a few times a day for the next few days, I was reminded that these wouldn't be possible without the love of God for us.

As the wedding preparation kicked in now, its going to be tougher than before. In fact arguments and quarrels crept in after 2 weeks in my lala land. We need to commit this marriage into God's hands till the day I walk down the aisle meeting him and HIM to embark the new chapter of our life.

Haha meanwhile let me enjoy my single life first :) hehhehee

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Little Time again

A list of things that I wish to write but i cannot:

1) To share what last year Christmas Dinner

2) To share my Hong Kong Family Trip

3) To share my adventure in Vietnam

4) To reflect what is the new chapter in my life mean