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Jul. 7th, 2008

PUSH - Pray Until Something Happens

Feb. 28th, 2008

my oh-so-fav verse :)

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things.

--Philippians 4:8
New International Version

THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
Our actions follow our thoughts like a heat-seeking missile follows the exhaust of a jet fighter's engine. So in a day when so much around us trains us to find the negative in life, we must aggressively think and pursue the character, the qualities, and the things of God's goodness.

MY PRAYER...
Holy and Magnificent God, thank you for being better than anything my world can offer me. Thank you for calling me to a higher standard than the world accepts. Thank you for giving me the promise of a better future than any human can imagine. Thank you for giving me a high calling. In Jesus' holy name I pray. Amen.

Feb. 24th, 2008

The Cry of My Heart

MY PRAYER...

Abba Father, even your name is precious to me. I gasp at how much it cost you to let me call you Abba. I don't understand such extravagant love, but I thank you for it. I know I don't deserve to call you Abba, but it sounds so right. Something inside resonates at the sound of Abba -- Holy, Righteous, Almighty, Abba! While I know that I will never be a perfect child, I rest today in the confidence that I am your child and that you claim me. Thank you in Jesus. Amen.


MY PRAYER...

You, O Lord, are marvelous. You are God Almighty, the holy and majestic Creator. Yet you became the least so I can share in your glory. Please help me, O God, never to look down on someone else because they look like the least. I know, Father, that as I serve and love them, I'm serving and loving you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.



MY PRAYER...

Holy and Almighty Lord who refuses to be detached and far away: I thank you for coming to live among us in Jesus. I thank you and praise you for your sacrifice and pain. I know this sign cost you greatly so please let my praise in prayer, song, thought and life reflect my thanks to you in Jesus. Amen.

MY PRAYER...

Holy and Almighty Father, I thank you for all the ways Jesus is described and all the names he is given. They help me see the breadth of his nature and the depth of his character. Please bless me so I may always find a dimension of Jesus' ministry or a name or description of Jesus to help sustain me, when I walk through the shadows of doubt caused by the evil one. Help me, O Father, to see Jesus and not my preoccupations and biases so that when he comes again, I will know him, and he me. Through the glorious name of the Savior I pray. Amen.

You are greater than I can imagine and your glory is without comparison, yet you have stooped so low as to reach me and then raised me back up with you by your grace. I can never fully thank you, for you are more wonderful to me than my words can declare or a thousand years of life could repay.

Feb. 16th, 2008

The Treasure Principle

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose," were words written by Jim Elliot (Ecuador Martyr - South America) that became the hallmark of his life.

The season when God is calling us to fulfill the Great Commission by either GOING or SENDING is here once again brothers and sisters. The Gen 12ii Wave 1 trippers will be GOING in a matter of weeks and if i'm not going, what are some biblical motivations that would spur me on to SEND them by giving wholeheartedly?
That was a question i asked myself not too long ago.

And for such a time like this which truly comes only once in a year, i decided to read the book entitled "The Treasure Principle" by Randy Alcorn (which Pris Seah gave to me on my 20th B'day) with the faith & expectation that if the Lord wanted me to give, he would surely give me every joyous reason to do so, which he did of course :)

As a servant of the Lord entrusted with the trust of stewarding the finances of the ministry, the spirit of the Lord led me to see that our ministry wasn't & still isn't meant to be solely a ministry of evangelism, discipleship, prayer & fellowship alone, but a ministry of GIVING - where SPCCC believers are actively engaged in the act of giving in time of need; especially when it comes to God's kingdom cause.

Let me share with you some precious insights gained from the book which i hope you will find worth reading & be enriched by because they have personally encouraged me. :)

* Giving to the Lord may cost me everything i own, but it will gain me everything that truly matters. For as long as my eyes are fixed on heavenly treasures - the treasures that truly matter, i make short-term sacrifices with joy.
* Present joy comes from anticipating future joy; and Jesus Christ himself takes that profound truth of" You can't take your earthly treasures with you but you can send them on ahead" to demonstrate what a wise investment of finances that truly is.

Realizing God's Ownership
(Of us & of our material possessions)

It is my prayer that we may understand that we are giving not ours but God's money to do God's work & in understanding that, discover a peace & joy we never had back when we thought it was our money.

Kay Berryman has this to say, " My joy in giving comes from serving God in a way that i know he's called me to & realizing that what i give is impacting people for Christ."
"It's exciting to know that we're part of evangelizing, discipling, helping, and feeding the needy. It just feels wonderful and fulfilling."

The more we give, the more we delight in our giving and the more God delights in us. Indeed, our giving pleases God :)

The Macedonian Christians understood the joy of giving," but of the most severe trial,their overflowing joy & their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.”
Giving isn’t a luxury of the rich. It’s a privilege of the poor.
Christ’s grace defines, motivates and puts in perspective our giving. The demonstration of God’s grace to the Macedonian churches was evident by their act of giving to the needy Christians.Indeed, our giving is a reflexive response to the grace of God poured in our lives. True giving follows when God’s grace has touched us at any point in time.

Giving jumpstarts our relationship with God. It opens our fists so we can receive what God has for us. When we see what it does for others & for us, we open our fists sooner & wider when the next chance comes.
Proverbs 21:13 says, “If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the needy, he too will cry out & not be answered.” God says that his willingness to answer our prayer is directly affected by whether we are caring for the hungry, needy & oppressed. Want to empower your prayer life? Give.

The money we give to help others on earth will open doors of fellowship with them in heaven. Won’t it be amazing to hear stories by our fellow bros and sis in Christ of how our giving has impacted their lives for eternity in one way or another?
He’s looking for disciples so immersed in the causes they give to; so filled with a vision for eternity that they wouldn’t dream of not investing their money, time & prayer where they will matter the most.

1 Tim 6:18-19
“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life,” as opposed to the second class, so-called ‘life’ of materialism.
~Giving is the only antidote to materialism~

Every time I feel tempted to withhold money because of one reason or another; seemingly justified as they may be, God shows me an even better reason why I shouldn’t.
1) I worked hard/my parents worked hard for this money – God says,“U don’t work for money, u work for me & my glory.”
2) I need money for rainy days – God says, “ The Macedonian churches gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.” It means giving even when the bottom line says we can’t give anymore.
3) I have debts to repay – God says, “If you pay me first, you will incur my blessing to help you pay your debts to men.” We rob God to pay men when we rob ourselves of God’s blessings.

God’s money definitely has a higher purpose than my affluence. Giving as I how i have discovered it to be is a joyful surrender to a greater person and a greater agenda. Giving affirms Christ’s lordship in my life as it dethrones me & my wants and exalts him. It breaks the mammon of materialism that enslaves many in the world today.
It is my prayer that God will supply all of us with the capacity of faith to take him at his word every time a giving opportunity arises, so that we can afford to give confidently, generously & with the hope & expectation that as we give, more will be given to us because God is the greatest giver in the universe & he won’t let us outgive him.
Malachi 3:10, “Test me in this says the LORD Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
BUT Abundance isn’t God’s provision of raising my standard of living. It’s his provision for me to help others live by raising my standard of giving.

For such a time as this, we have the far more strategic opportunity to change our legacy in the world to come. Will you join me as i prepare my heart to give freely & wholeheartedly to every single crusader who has approached me (via email/in person) as an act of giving to the Lord so the nations can be reached for Christ?

It’s no accident that we live in this time of the 21st century & in Singapore where God has richly blessed us with more than we need. Let’s be encouraged to give until our hearts are more in touch with God’s kingdom work than with our wants which can never be fully satisfied.

Your Possible Giving Covenant may look something like this:
1)I affirm God’s full ownership of me & everything entrusted to me.
2)I will ask him to show me how I can be sharing with my potential financial supporters (for those going on mission trips) the treasure principle so they would discover a deeper & renewed purpose of giving.
3)I will ask him to lead me to crusaders whom I can be supporting financially as I make the choice to give sacrificially unto him for his greater purposes during this Gen 12ii season. (For those not going on mission trips)

Changing our legacy in the world to come,
sis evangeline

Aug. 1st, 2007

Reflection On The Biblical Basis Of Missions

After the session led by Rev Choi, I found that my perspective of why God calls us to do missions being renewed. Although most of what he shared was something I had already grasp over the course of these two years, I did not realize the essence of what pre-destination really meant. I learnt from him through Romans 8:29 that foreknowledge had to take place first before God could pre-destine those who were going to accept or reject him. It saddens me to know that not everyone would be given a place and an inheritance in heaven because of their hearts made callous to the light of the gospel.

Rev Choi also brought in the example and life of Jesus as an example of the way God carries out his mission and his will. I soon realized that Jesus ministry on earth is the prime example we should be looking at if we want to be successfully used by God to reach the world for him. In John 17:18 Jesus prays for the believers whom he knew were going to carry on the task of ministering, healing, exhorting, teaching, etc;
“As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”

God’s mission to send Jesus to the world was not just for the sole purpose of reconciling man back to him and redeeming him to be his own (that was of course the main purpose), but it was to also set an example for believers to pattern their life and ministry after as well  Jesus often withdrew himself away from the crowds so that he could spend time in deep intercession and prayer. He prayed for the will of the father to be done in spite of the pain it was going to cause him (this was done 3 times – a reflection that we should be desperate in our prayers for God’s will to be done as we are sent out as his missionaries).

It also showed me that even though evangelism is the core reason why we are being sent out by God to do his mission around the world and even locally, there are many aspects to what missions really is and what it truly meant. For some, it could be the ministry of intercession (for God’s protection, favor, intervention, etc), the ministry of healing in his name, the ministry of preaching the word of God to new disciples in the faith, the ministry of using our hands to rebuild and restore homes; to work in the fields and even to prepare meals in his name, etc. All of these are interwoven to form the backdrop of why God uses his people to do mission. He needs human vessels to extend his unchanging and everlasting love. He needs hearts who are willing and availed to be used mightily for the cause of his glory.

As we find ourselves led by God to meet needs in various ministries, I also learnt that our version of success in missions is not necessarily defined by the way we, or man may see it. Effectiveness is not measured by the number of converts we bring to the lord, but rather, the process of finding ourselves being yielded more and more to God’s spirit and his plan for our ministry and finding our progress charted according to his good, pleasing and perfect timing and will.

My Testimony Of Who God Is To Me :)

Central Theme: Life Is Worth The Living Because Christ Lives In Me!

How could a nine year old girl find any purpose for living when sorrow and dread filled her heart every morning when she awoke? Fear seemed to have consumed every part of her being; driving her to tears especially at night when she knew that her life wasn’t over yet and that tomorrow presented yet another day of living, whether she liked it or not. That girl was me ten years ago.

Even though i was in the best class at that time, I felt like an academic failure whenever it was time for the results to be released; knowing that I would never fail to be at the bottom of my class AGAIN. Yes, I found myself continuously struggling to try and keep up with my peers academically; asking myself many times over why I found it so difficult to answer questions that seemed so simple to them. I also found myself struggling socially as I sought to make friends in class. Given my plain, shy and quiet appearance as contrasted to many of my classmates who were popular, smart, rich and outgoing, I found it hard to fit in. I didn’t have close friends whom I could turn to for support and as a result, loneliness and self pity started to set in.

Moreover, I had many fears. I feared people. I also feared the water, which made it not only difficult for me to jump naturally into the swimming pool, but also, to learn how to swim. I feared not being able to measure up in music class and I feared not being able to adapt to changes going on around me. The world just seemed scary and unfamiliar to a young girl like me. I didn’t see myself as accepted, secured and significant. My apparent emotional and spiritual needs of value and worth had not yet been met.

Even though I was raised in a Christian home and was brought to church ever since I was a child, I failed to see how victorious living was made possible by the reality of Jesus Christ. I was taught many wonderful stories from the bible (God’s word) and knew that this God whom many spoke about in church had the power to do great and mighty things. He created the earth and everything in it. He could part oceans. He sent his one and only son Jesus Christ to die for the whole world so that we could live forever with him. He could multiply five loaves and two fishes to feed five thousand people. He could even cause the dead to rise again!

But being so vulnerable at such a young age, I was easily distracted and choked by the cares of this world. My life was driven and characterized by worry and fear; thus it was no wonder that Jesus Christ’s presence and power had no room to be displayed in my life. And even though I knew Jesus loved the little children (including me), all that I had learnt just became head knowledge for me. It hadn’t yet reached to the core of my heart and my very being to change the way I thought, felt and acted. Hence, going to church did not bring much consolation or joy as one might have hoped it would. To me, it was just another sunday routine.

But as the years passed, I began to see how faithful God was to me even though I wasn’t faithful to him. He did not abandon nor forsake me; neither did he give up on me even though I seemed to have given up all hope on myself. He revealed himself to me as a loving father who not only understood my fears, but also as one who had the power to deliver me from every single one of them. His perfect love, I soon realized, was the only key that could cast out all fear. But that’s not all. God wasn’t content with just delivering me from my fears. He who set me apart from birth and called me by name wanted me to establish a personal relationship with him. He wanted me to experience the joy of knowing him and his power especially in moments of heartache, weakness and struggle. He wanted me to see that his plan and purpose for man is to give life in all its fullness (an abundant, fulfilling and purposeful life); one that goes beyond just merely existing, to living. :) All I had to do was to once again open up my heart and receive him as saviour and Lord of my life. This offer stands for everyone, not just for me.

The years that followed were years when God brought friends, fellow sisters and brothers in Christ, mentors and teachers who came alongside me to encourage me. They brought out the best in me when they chose to believe in me and in what I was capable of achieving. They were God’s chosen instruments in helping me live out my God given potential and purpose at that particular point in time. By nominating me for leadership positions, this gave me ample opportunities to grow as a leader; and I soon found myself becoming more confident and sure of myself as I addressed students and adults alike. God soon gave me the heart and the gift in helping and encouraging others whenever I saw a need that needed to be met. It was so evident that God has begun a deeper work in my life; turning what others knew to be my weakness (someone who used to need a lot of encouragement) into one of my core strengths (someone who is now able to encourage and be brave in front of people). God also provided platforms for me to serve him in ministry. (Bring in YM) In so doing, I began to see myself grow spiritually. My faith in him was strengthened and renewed as he became more real in my life. His truths were no longer just head knowledge, but they became my heart’s joy and delight. It was through the living out of his truths that God birthed strong convictions in me.

But I soon found that I had much to learn. Even though God was slowly restoring and piecing together my fragmented life, my life was still not fully surrendered to him. I still found myself searching for love, acceptance and worth in all the wrong places when I felt emotionally unsecured. I was self seeking in the way I sought after people’s approval and attention. I let pride get the better of me and cherished disobedience in my heart. I was still, in certain ways, living for myself and for my own self centered desires. It was then that God showed me that I had not learnt to find my identity solely in him and him alone. I had also not learnt what it meant to live fully for him and his will for my life. I couldn’t possibly cherish disobedience in my heart and claim that I love God. True love for God demands my wholehearted giving and loving.

Since then, God has taken me on this amazing journey of discovering for myself that there can be no higher calling, no greater pursuit in life than to live for his glory and for his cause. With that I want to testify that life is worth the living because Christ lives in me. He has given me much courage, confidence and hope through the promises of his word (the bible) to face tomorrow and everyday of my life.

As I end my sharing, I would like to close with a verse taken from the bible in 2 Corinthians 5: 15, “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

Who or What are you living for today?

Jun. 20th, 2007

Asian Christian Teachers Conference Reflections (6th-9th Jun 2007)

Dearest Aunty Lin,

The word of the LORD says in 1 Thessalonians 1:3, “We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our LORD Jesus Christ.” :)

It is my prayer that this verse would bring about the timely encouragement your heart needs; and the quiet but strong assurance that the LORD would continue to strengthen you in every good deed and word as you continue to look to him for your every need.
“As thy days, so shall thy strength be.”
– Your strength being equal to your days-

As he continues to assign to you and me our cup and portion daily, may we find our lot being made secured by him as we seek to be refreshed and renewed by his living water that is not only fresh, clean and pure; but which in itself is life giving!

This email is intended to be a way of expressing my thanks and appreciation to you aunty lin, for being such a blessing in my life. Because of your Godly influence and your passion in training and equipping people, I know my life is just one of the ransom of many who have been touched by you in the field of education and beyond.
You have always been esteeming others (including me) better than yourself; and it brings me great joy to do the same for you at such a time like this. :)

Thank you for playing a huge part in helping me discover God’s intended will for my life upon graduation. Since then, I have discovered for myself the tremendous reward and fulfillment one gets when he/she chooses to invest time, energy and resources in developing what God has gifted him/her to do. Through the past months, God has been showing me that teaching was what he wanted me to do all along. He showed me what I was gifted at. He showed me what I was passionate about. He showed me where my heart was and where it would continue to be :). What it meant to impart more than just knowledge (that anyone can after years of experience or reading), but wisdom, principles and personal convictions which can only be found and birthed in the fear of the one and true living God! As I chose to pour my life as an offering unto the LORD and for his people, he did not withhold what I needed (his everlasting love, his grace, his all-encompassing strength, his wisdom, his guidance and his faithfulness in the mist of it all).

It is indeed a stunning revelation to know that what he intended to give me was not only meant for the sole purpose of sharpening my gift in teaching and affirming me (though I still feel very undeserving); but MORE so that he may once again glorify and exalt himself!

But perhaps what brings me the greatest satisfaction is knowing that I am and will be in the centre of God’s good, pleasing and perfect will for my life. Words can’t express how excited I feel; or how joyful I am at the prospect of entering NIE. The anticipation of studying and being given the privilege of serving God once again in a different capacity (through NIE CF and as a GB Officer) brings a surge of gladness and thanksgiving in my heart to God. The feeling is wonderful as the days and months draw nearer. I know with all my heart that he WILL bring me there as how he brought me to ACTC this year (through you again!) to be blessed and ministered in a wonderful way.

Thank you for introducing me to this year’s ACTC and for sponsoring the conference fee for me. I pray that the amount of time, resources and energy you poured in for the LORD and for his teachers would be channeled back to you a thousand fold! Yes and Amen to that! As you chose to give without holding back, may the LORD bless you with the fruits of your labour through changed lives, changed perspectives and changed initiatives! To God be the glory!

Even though I could only come for two days, the conference gave me a platform and an opportunity to gain new and very precious insights from the LORD through his ordained speakers and through the reflection articles; to receive encouragement even through the fellowship and interaction I had with his teachers from Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines (all I believe are his divine appointments!) One of whom happened to be Ms Sng Bee Bee who gave me her name card so I could contact her to find out more about NIECF. : )

Some key insights/reflections:

1)God’s perfect love being the only key that could cast out and deliver every one of my fears stood out till today.

2)The need to be still (in the mist of busyness) and know that he is God (I felt that this was the primary message he had for me - the need to be constantly reminded time and over again; especially when I am hard pressed on every side.)

3)A special encounter I had with the Lord during worship – a time of being renewed and refreshed spiritually as I drew close to him.

4)The need to reflect and ask myself if I am breathing judgment or life in the lives of whom I am investing and teaching.
Are my efforts aligned and matched with my true intentions?

5)The task is too overwhelming and the impact too significant that I cannot help but cling onto the promises of God.

6)My influence which ripples out from those I shape to the multiplied number of those people they relate to. (This echoes the prayer of my heart and is something I desire to see in the lives I influence)

As I end this rather long email, I thank you for your patience and heart in reading to the end. I guess there’s just so much upon my heart that I long to share with you and with the ones who, together with me, embrace this God-given calling for my life until he calls me to serve him full time as a missionary.


Mar. 17th, 2007

Holy Spirit Power

Something i received in an email forwarded by Sunny FMC which i thought would be worth reading :) May the lord reveal to u interesting new insights and revelations even through seasoned verses/passages.

This one is definitely between you and God.Read to the end

GOD: Angels, do you know what I was just thinking about?

ANGELS: What were you thinking about?

GOD: Christians seem to have forgotten what kind of power they have
available and the devil keeps on deceiving them!

ANGELS: God, exactly what are you driving at?

GOD: I have made my children in such a way that when the people of
the world are sitting, they would be standing, when the world is
standing, they will stand out, when the world stands out, my
children must be outstanding and when the devil dares the world to
be outstanding, my people will be the standards to be used!

JESUS CHRIST: They (Christians) are also forgetting the words in Ephesians 1:3.

GOD: Please read it out!

ANGEL: PRAISE BE TO THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ,
WHO HAS BLESSED US IN THE HEAVENLY PLACES WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL
BLESSING IN CHRIST .

ANGEL: So what do we do now since the end is almost near?

HOLY SPIRIT: My Presence is still among men and I will teach and remind the Christians of all that we have discussed. I will also make sure that they pass this message on!

JESUS CHRIST: I will also keep on interceding for them & stand in for them even in their weaknesses.

GOD: I will also make sure that I give to all those who ask of me, seek me and try to find me The blessings I have promised them through My Son, Jesus Christ will be delivered to all those who discover that I, Jehovah, am ready to bless them! Not because of any special things that they have done, but just because I LOVE THEM !

JESUS CHRIST: I will also give all My followers who are willing to pass this conversation on, enough strength to carry on!

ANGELS: We are all backing THE TRINITY and even the devil cannot stop us! How funny! Christians are finally taking over and ......

DEVIL (eavesdropping behind the gates): I hope you all heard! I will deploy more troops (demons) and make sure the Christians pray less, read their Bibles less, preach less and make sure this mail does not move anywhere! Also.....

YOU SURE HEARD THAT! THE DEVIL WILL MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT PASS THIS
ON BUT PROVE HIM WRONG AND SHOW HIM THE POWER YOU HAVE IN CHRIST
JESUS AS A CHRISTIAN. PRAY MORE, STUDY THE WORD MORE AND PREACH THE
WORD! DO NOT DISAPPOINT GOD ! PASS IT ON!



Like the bright and glorious sight of daffodils, we Christians were created and made to STAND OUT wherever we are :)

Mar. 10th, 2007

AY 06/07 Semester Two Results Release :)

No words can truly express how truly thankful and grateful i am to God for my results this semester. I remember vividly penning down the performance goals i desired to see this Semester for every module i took. God also led me to pen down certain key verses he wanted me to embrace, claim and cling onto for this Semester. Just reading them again brought much encouragement to my heart.

The Semester was a long and ardous one. It was the longest Semester in my student life in SP. But by God's grace which time and again,proved to be more than sufficient for me, i pulled through. I pulled through week after week having to manage to complete 5 tutorials per week on top of ministry, readings, revision and projects(from time to time) . I thank God for teaching me the stewardship of time and prioritizing. I thank God for giving me the enabling strength to do everything that was within the realm of his will. I thank God for opening my eyes to see studying as ministry. Something i could offer unto him as a fragrant offering. Something i could give him glory and honour. I thank God for displaying traces of his faithfulness once more. The list goes on.

As we contemplate on all that the lord has done for us, we are reminded that God does indeed not withhold his blessings even though we might feel the least deserving. That was how i used to and sometimes feel. On days when i felt so unworthy and filthy on the inside because of sins i committed against God. I could feel God's heart wrenching grief inside of me. Claiming 1John 1:9 and the assurance that i could come to the throne of grace boldly and confidently because of the redemptive work of Christ on the cross convicted me of the need not to put out the spirit's fire. Every time i sin against God, i hamper the work of the spirit in my life. I hamper his enabling empowerment. I hamper what he can do in and through me.

But God's unfailing love, mercy and grace knows no end. It was and is there to greet me and you at every facet of our lives. Especially so when u find yourself broken of all the things that God's heart breaks about. It is never limited by time. Never limited by boundaries we sometimes set for ourselves when we fail to fully understand God's capacity for forgiveness. Indeed, God's bank of Grace (through a msg forwarded by angela CCC)never runs dry. That is something i can always find in my heart to give thanks for :)Praise God! He gave and extended to me so much. What then is my heart's natural response? It should be patterned after Paul's exhortation in Romans 6:15-18 ," What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Don't u know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey....you have been set free from sin and have therefore become SLAVES TO RIGHTEOUSNESS."

This Semester was also a period when God showed me that his blessings came in both tangible and intangible forms. We need to see that God not only chooses to bless us in ways that are visible to man, but he also does so in ways that are sometimes only known to him and his children whom he extends such blessings. Such can come in the form of spiritual gifts. Renewed joy and strength. Newfound courage and boldness like never before. Transformation and growth in one's life.

As the day of the release of the Semester results drew nearer and nearer, i really didnt know what to expect and i didn't know how to react. Honestly. haha. There was this feeling of uncertainty because there were mistakes i regretted making in several papers. But as i prayed on the morning of 7th march (the day of the results), i felt a wave of peace flooding over me and i found myself being able to concentrate on my work that day with hardly any thoughts drifting to the outcome of my results. Thank God for that. Thank God for fellowship with Sing Yi over dinner.Thank God for her timely encouragement. Thank God for her praying for me before going home to check my results that night.

I was praying over and over in my heart for my results to bring satisfaction to my parents. In as much as i wanted to see God glorified, i just couldn't bring myself to face the prospect of seeing my parents disappointed again. I couldn't and didn't want to see a repeat of what happened last Sem when i cried myself to sleep over my results and the counsequences i had to bear at home.

But as i finally hit the Results (Semester) button on the SAS page, i found myself staring at..
1) Auditing 1: A
2) Fundamentals Of Finance : DIST
3) Mobile Internet : DIST
4) Information Systems: B (unexpected cos i was prepared for a C)
5) Cost Accounting II: B (I jumped two grades from last Sem!:)unexpected too cos i thought i would also get a C+)
6) Financial Accounting II : B+
7) Taxation: B+

GPA: 3.519 (Just as i prayed and asked God for! Truly amazing. One of the desires i penned down on my birthday! :) )

Ephesians 3:20 " Now unto him who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly beyond all we could ever ask for or imagine according to his power that is at work within us! "


The future looks bright as the promises of God.
May your glory continue to be demonstrated now and always in our lives father!

Feb. 20th, 2007

My birthvese :)

Hi all :) just wanted to share something which a friend introduced me to through email. The email contained a hyperlink with the following address: www.birthverse.com
Apparently, all of us have a specially selected verse from the bible on our birthdays :) haha. Do check it out when u have the time. it brought encouragement to my heart and i'm sure it will for u too.

BIRTHVERSE consists of 366 verses chosen from the 66 books of the Bible. Each verse correlates the chapter and verse with its month and day. Your birth was appointed by God and has been recorded as your birthday. BIRTHVERSE team spent countless hours searching the Bible for the perfect verse for each day of the year. Claim your verse, study it, memorize it and share it with others. But most of all, allow God to reveal Himself to you through your BIRTHVERSE.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

My birthverse (15th January) is below:

Galatians 1:15 NIV
...God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased

I am a child of God, His treasured possession. He created me in His own image. He chose the day for me to be born. He has a plan and a purpose for my life.
Help me to cherish the birthverse u have given to me with all of my heart father.
I pray that i would claim it, study it, memorize it and even share it as i testify for u. Help me to see how wonderful the truths in your word really are.

Help me to grasp the full extent of your grace more and more each day. To know that my life has already been set apart from the time i was born. Help me to feel more and more of your pleasure as i seek to do your will lord. I know its not going to be easy father. But no matter how ardous the journey may be, help me to hold on lord. To your love that never ends. To your love that restores me time and over again.

In your strength will i breakfree and breakthrough.
Touch me now, let your love fall down on me.
I know your love dispels all my fears.
Through the storms in life i will hold on lord.
And by faith, i will hold on lord.
Then i'll see beyond my calvary one day and i know i will be complete in you :)

Thank u for showing me that the strongest convictions are always born in the throes of doubt. I pray that the convictions which are formed by u and u alone would withstand the winds of adversity and confusion. Come what may. I pray that my faith, of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire may prove to be genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.

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