Christ, my Solid Rock

Psalm 40:1-2

1I waited patiently for the Lord,

And He inclined to me,

And heard my cry.

2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,

Out of the miry clay.

And set my feet upon a rock,

And has established my steps.

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who lives but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Matthew 11:28-30

Come to Me, all you who labour 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.

Romans 8:37-39

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sustaining Words

Thank you everyone for everything.

Affirmations and exhorations

Please please don’t despair. Jus continue praying as you have. I don’t know what to say except we will pray up a storm for her. Hang in there.”

I pray that God’s light will shine the brightest in your household during this time. You and your family will always be in my prayers.”

We will continue to pray. Take courage and faith.”

Faith is not from knowing what to pray for. It is simply just to believe what you pray for will come to pass. Don’t lose heart. Know we are standing in the gap with your family.”

I don’t know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day. Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand but I know who holds my tomorrow and I know who holds my hands.”

“Lord you know it all. Help your children, Lord. It’s too tough to bear. Come Lord Jesus as you said, your burden is light and your yoke is easy. So please show yourself to my dearest brother that you are indeed control of the situation. You are our only source of hope.”

I felt led to completely surrender everything into the hands of our heavenly father. This is what it means to walk by faith. This is when we ask ourselves whether we really trust God to do the best or not. I believe God is totally trustworthy and in that I am anchored. It is a really tough decision. I pray that God will decide for her. I don’t know how but I pray He will. Hold onto her Andrew, even as you hold onto God and know that He is holding onto you. I will be praying and will continue to pray for a breakthrough. God help us all.”

Yes have just said a prayer and pled for the blood of Jesus Christ to cover all and asked the Lord to command His angels concerning the situation to guard her in all her ways; they will lift her up in their hands, so that she will not strike her foot against a stone.”

Verses

“Fear not as long as you believe, miracles will occur… W and I will pray for it to be better… give you a verse from the Bible… ‘Everything is possible for him who believes.’ Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief! Mark 9:23-24.

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.” Isaiah 26:3-4

“I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” John 19:25-27

The Lord bless the home of the righteous. Proverbs 3:33

2 Corinthians 1:3-11

Put Me in remembrance, let us contend together. State your case, that you may be acquitted. Isaiah 43:26

Isaiah 65:24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30

The Funny but nonetheless heartfelt

“Ok. So I got some ways to relief your nervous

1st way is to punch your hand against the wall.

Punch until got blood then doctor will give you medi. Should calm you down.

2nd way is to run about. Till you cant think properly.

Dont stay in the hospital. Stay in the hospital will make you more nervous.”

Exercise that smile. Use your smile muscles.” (on MSN)

 

Tomorrow

Last week we did an exercise in class, planning for our ‘careers’ five or ten years in advance. We were asked to visualize where we would be five years down the road, and think about what actions we had done to get to that position.

If this activity were done retrospectively – meaning jumping back a year and thinking about whether you would have predicted where you are today – it would clearly be no.

If there’s anything I ever imagined, I would never have imagined the end of my time in NIE to be like this.

I’ve become strangely aquainted with a place I hardly knew before, used terms everyday that were never in my vocabulary prior to this and at the same time found myself at a loss of words more so than ever before. Silence and stoicness have become my regular demeanour when entering an environment where I should feel most comfortable to be myself.

Yet the journey is less than half done.

Tomorrow a new battle begins. I know the end is victory, because that’s what is promised, but what does the journey entail and what does victory mean? What does it mean that I am more than a conqueror? What does it mean that it will all work out for good? What does it mean to trust?

I have no answers. Are you not going to give me any answers too? Why have I been empty when I should be full? Why have I be silent when I should have had the words to say?

Memories bring hope and pain simultaneously. Hope of what could be, pain because of what is loss and the journey of recovery marked with uncertainty. Photographs of smiley faces, foreign lands represent vague impressions of what was and a strong yearning for a simple, certain, mundane life. Simple things you yearn for – a click, a shadow, a request, a favour – no longer seem so simple anymore.

There is no choice, but to press on. Because of the promise. Let me focus on tomorrow first.

Sowing and Reaping

Within the span of 1 hour in the morning today, I read 4 messages about sowing and reaping.

My REAPING is coming soon!

At 7:45 a.m: Robb Thompson’s Daily Devotional

Whatever You Make Happen For Another, God Makes Happen For You.

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“Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.”

Ephesians 6:8 (KJV)

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From the very foundation of the universe, God established laws that could never be broken. One of those governing laws is the law of sowing and reaping. This law is an avid expression of God’s own faithfulness to mankind. It is impossible for God to deny Himself, so He made it impossible for us to ever bypass the law of sowing and reaping. We cannot escape from the wondrous blessings, or the possibly grim consequences, of our actions.

In 1955, as an increase of tension broadened into an Egyptian naval blockade of Israel’s shipping, Major General Moshe Dayan was called back from vacation, fully aware that sowing hostilities on the part of the Egyptians could very well reap the appetite for war. In an article published in “Foreign Affairs,” General Dayan wrote, ” . . . the air is heavy on both sides of the frontier, and peace hangs on a tenuous thread.”

Now, some people are destined for misfortune because they totally ignore this divinely universal law. But you and I can be different. We can use this principle that, “whatever we make happen for others God makes happen for us,” to better ourselves and those around us.

  • What do you desire for this life?
  • Do you make that very thing happen for those around you?

There is no surer way to experience the life of your dreams than by following this principle. May God help you to sow your life now, so that your future only reaps great rewards!

Daily Confession


Father, I trust that whatever I make happen for others, You make happen for me. I thank You for giving me a right heart as I sow into the lives of those around me.

At 7:48 a.m: A friend’s blog entry & follow-up SMS at 8 a.m.

“Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.”

(Psalm 126:5-6)

At 7:50 a.m. CHC Devotional for Today – Giving your way out of Lack

And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son.” 1 Kings 17:13

In the midst of a severe drought, Elijah was sent to a widow in Zarephath. God will never ask you to do anything that would hurt you in the long run. As you step out in faith to obey the rhema He has put into your spirit, you position yourself for a miraculous blessing. But first, the trial of faith. When Elijah met the widow, she was preparing the last meal for her son and herself. Elijah said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink” (1 Kin. 17:10). What is the most precious commodity in a drought? Water! Would this widow bring that which was most precious to her and give it to a complete stranger?

Elijah then upped the faith challenge: “Please bring me a morsel of bread too” (17:11). To the uninitiated, this sounds like an unreasonable request. If Elijah was thirsty and hungry, he could have gone to a rich man. Why “torment” a poor widow who was down to her last meal? God wanted to meet the needs of the widow and bring provision to her. But the principle of abundance states that you must first give before you can receive (Luke 6:38). To the world, that widow can’t afford to give. But to God, she can’t afford not to give. Her generous sacrifice is her lifeline to get herself out of debt.

The world’s philosophy about money is: (1) Get all you can. (2) Can all you get. (3) Guard the can. God’s philosophy is: Give as much away as possible and you will start getting more. Proverbs 11:24-25 says, “There is one who scatters, yet increases more; and there is one who withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty. The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” In short, you can give and give and give your way out of poverty into prosperity!

Elijah encouraged the widow: “Don’t fear, just go and do it” (1 Kin. 17:13). True enough, as she did what Elijah said, she and her son continued to eat from her supply of fl our and oil. For no matter how much they used, there was always plenty left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised (17:15-16).

In God’s kingdom, there is no recession or lack. But faith is the currency of His kingdom. As you step out in faith by paying your tithes and giving your offerings, you will find yourself giving your way out of lack into God’s abundance. Try it. He won’t fail you.

At 8 a.m. ST Breaking News:

Teach Character Values (Read the full speech by Lim Biow Chuan – you’ll find the sowing and reaping there)

My reaping is on the way. I believe it to be so!

Graciousness Campaign

It’s people like these (“As graciousness drive starts, some want penalties imposed”, CNA), who really convince me that Singaporeans focus more external acts rather than the inculcation of the actual values. (Read the blogger’s views on the Singapore’s kindness movement, at the last few paragraphs of the article).

I can’t believe there are members of the public who believe that fining someone for sitting on a priority seat will actually inculcate ‘graciousness’.

I believe the solution to such issues is to inculcate in our citizens a sense of social conscience and responsibility.

If you see a pregnant woman, or an elderly folk on the train who has no seat – and someone sitting on a priority seat – what you could and should do, is to go to the person on the priority seat and ask if he/she can give up the seat to the pregnant woman or the one more in need of the seat.

I have not done this before, but a friend of mine has. She saw a pregnant woman on the train and went up to someone at a priority seat, asking her to give up the seat for the pregnant woman.

Of course there are many concerns – what if the pregnant woman doesn’t need the seat? What if she declines to sit down? What if the person on the priority seat is injured or not feeling well and has a fever, and therefore needs the seat? All these ‘what ifs’ can be resolved if we just take that step of boldness and ask.

A little step of boldness to ask someone to give up a seat is infinitely more useful than:

  • Taking a photo on your mobile phone and sending it to STOMP
  • Writing a letter to Forum, complaining about the lack of graciousness in Singapore
  • Giving suggestions just like the one above to SMRT or PTC to impose fines on people for not giving up their seats. That suggestion makes no sense both in terms of achieving the purposes of the campaign and administratively.

So, next time you see a public act of ungraciousness, go forward and be bold enough to encourage graciousness and if necessary, rebuke those who are committing those acts, especially if they are students. Let’s stop relying on government campaigns and rules to inculcate the kind of values that we all know are right. I know I’ll definitely be trying.

Daily Telegraph News

Features from today’s Daily Telegraph:

  • Too much fast food ‘harms children’s test scores’
    When I was in Secondary school, I used to have KFC or MacDonalds at least 2-3 times a week – perhaps I should have eaten more at the hawker centre to improve my test scores. 🙂 I find the studies of such a test quite dubious because you can easily pull two unrelated components together and compare them statistically to create an imaginary relation. Too many loop-holes in such studies.
  • Graduates told to work in call centres
    Looks like one of the ‘industries’ benefitting globally from this recession is education sector. A thought just came to mind that with good manpower planning, allocation and training, this recession could ultimately lead to an improved quality of education in schools globally.
  • MP’s expenses – 20 most bizzare claims
    Humorous yet ridiculous at the same time.

I have shared more interesting articles on my Google Reader Shared Items link on the right hand side of the blog. It’s under the category of ‘Personal interests’.

“Your body of work is yet to come”

Obama’s commencement address to Arizona State University in Tempe is really one of the best pieces of rhetoric in our modern times.

I really felt something stirring in my heart as I watched him deliver it masterfully, as he always does. Obama has delivered some of the best speeches of the 21st century and this is less than a year into his presidency! Here are the links below:

Watch his speech live!

The transcript of his speech

Thank Laremy and Ashley for sharing these links on twitter!