Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Giving God Our Best!

Hey! I know I've not blogged for a 'short' period of time. Exactly 1 year and 1 month. =) Cool eh? ;p Not gonna talk much but to just drop some stuffs God is constantly reminding me and one another through another church pastor's blog. Link's below. Great stuffs! =) So yeah, will be back soon! Gonna blog more since I'm free-ier now. Will explain why in my next blog post. Watch out! =p


Serving God is the greatest privilege that we can ever have! You don't need to be called into full time ministry to serve the Lord. We just need to be available and be the bridge that will connect others to our Heavenly Father!


Serving God is fun! Serving God is exciting! Serving God is fulfilling! Serving God opens the flood gates of heaven over us! Serving God helps us to mature in our walk with Him! Serving God bond us together with the rest of His children! Serving God is adventurous! Serving God brings joy and tears! Serving God causes us to enjoy a greater level of intimacy with Him! There are many pleasures that comes in serving the Lord and I can't finish stating them all! Why don't you try it? Taste it and you will love it!

As we serve God, let's bear this constantly in our minds -"But, this precious treasure-this light and power that now shine within us - is held in perishable containers, that is in our weak bodies. So everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our own. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don't give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying our spirits are being renewed everyday."
2 Corinthians 4:7-9, 16

COME JOIN ME! As we give the prime time of our lives to serve the God who deserves nothing but our best!!!

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Friday, April 30, 2010

ily, Dad

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Just to share a song I came across a song book during keyboard lesson. Love the lyrics.

xx,

Melissa

More Than I Imagine

Helloooo!

How are you doing?

I am doing great here. Life's been busy when March kicked in and got even busier as April falls. However, there were greattt, exciting moments, L-O-L moments, not-so-pretty moments, and of course stress moments.

Still, praise God soo much that He's in control of my life and schedule. So often, I drift away from Him. But His everlasting love never fails to find me. These happens when He allows me to go down through unwanted situations, and that is when I cry out, "God, I can't do this on my own anymore!" That's when He gently picks me up, holds my hand and continues back the journey-leading me on. Sometimes, we're like that, aren't we? Boasting when we're all strong and mighty thinking we can do it all by myself, only to forget and then remember that it is GOD WHO MADE US STRONG!



I have so much to share. One of them is my experience of God singing to me during worship. That happened just a few weeks ago on a Sunday morning. While worshipping in church during the song "You Are More Than I Imagine"... As I was singing to God and trying to mean what I was singing...

You are more than I imagine,
Greater than the heavens,
Deeper than my heart could ever dream,
You are more than any treasure,
Beyond what I could measure,
Everything that I could ever dream,
More than enough for me.


All of a sudden, God spoke in my heart, "let me sing this to you." So, I allowed God to. Listening to the worship team and the congregations sing as God sings through them, half way, I stopped. "This is crazy!! How can this be? GOD, G-O-D is singing to me?! I was trying to pull myself back. I'm the one who's supposed to worship God, not Him singing to me. This is so wrong!"

So, I continued back worshipping God. Then, God spoke to me again. "Let me sing to you." I stopped and remembered the verse:
Zephaniah 3:17(NIV) "The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."

So this time, knowing it is God who wants to sing to me, I gladly allowed Him to. And it touches my heart hearing Him singing these.. the SAME THING I sang, back at me:

You are more than I imagine,
Greater than the heavens,
Deeper than my heart could ever dream,
You are more than any treasure,
Beyond what I could measure,
Everything that I could ever dream,
More than enough for me.


I am more than God imagines. I am greater than the humungous heaven that He created. His love and thoughts of me are deeper than His heart could ever dream. He says I am more than any treasure, beyond what He could measure, I AM everything He could ever dream... I am more than enough for Him.

That is what I call Father's love. Sometimes, our earthly dad will fail us in certain ways and sometimes we think, they couldn't measure up to our expectations as dads, but bear in mind... We have a heavenly Father who adores us. Who rejoices over us. And even sings over us passionately. Jesus loves you and I so deeply; more than our hearts can imagine.

Rejoicing in His greeaatt <3,
Melissa

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Wisdom is what I desire

BLESSED CHINESE NEW YEAR YA'LL!!!!!

How was your CNY? Hope you had a great time reuniting with your long lost family! I had a great CNY minus some stuffs that happened on the first day. My grandma couldn't get up from the bed in the evening after falling down. So we had to call for a doctor to come over and to give her an injection. But thank God she is fine now. phew~

First day of CNY: As pastor said, church first, then celebrations. Worship led that morning. Scared for the past few days as I have not chose my songs one day before practice. That week was just so packed! Mental block for list of songs too. =p But thank God for everything- for being my strength; for just being there to cheer me on; for believing in me even when I doubt my own ability. His grace is always sufficient, never lacking. Also, thank God for Pastor, Aty Jackie, Aunty Priscilla, Aunty Cindy and Uncle Charlie who played and sing on that day. Went aunt's house for lunch; grandma's house for dinner. Seeing grandma suffering on that night- horrible. Collected $$ of course ;)

Second day: Dad's friends came over. And more of dad's friends. Followed by relatives. Dinner at grandma's house again! Cool! haha!

Third day: Shopping with friends cancelled. Get well soon, babe! SO bloggin'. =)

CNY week (14-19 Feb) is relaxing for me. No classes on Monday, Thurs and Fri, no piano lessons on Tues, no music practice for youth on Thurs night, no keyboard class on Thurs afternoon etc... Hence, I get to catch some movies- Percy Jackson and the lightning thief (a show that confused me enough on truth and placed fear. :S.. but still! I enjoyed hanging out with my cool youth friends =)) and a few movies on 411, 413. I don't know when I'm able to do so and relax again! Definitely going to enjoy my week! Absolutely!

Nevertheless, there's still many things to do that needs time, discipline and effort. I need to buck up on my keyboard skills, listen to the instrumental parts of the song and learn. Guess this is the best way to learn. Piano pieces and scales... Accountings- assignments and study! Marketing Principles- presentation on Monday; revision on chapters. The items may be few, but the time needed is huge!

I need to cut down time on the Net. Though not alot, but still..... sigh. It's amazing how I can surf the Net just going where I feel like dropping by on those webpages. Aarghhh.

Psalm 90:12(A) So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Dear God,

Please show me how short my life really is, so that I may use my time wisely to do things that are important instead of doing things that are not beneficial. Grant me a heart of wisdom.

You know my name
<3

Monday, January 25, 2010

40 Days is over; but there's more to come! whee!

If you've been reading my previous posts, I've once blogged about a book- Give Me 40 Days. Here's the link: http://ilivebyfaith.blogspot.com/2009/11/launch-my-youth-like-cannonball.html Well, today (25th January 2010) in history, is the day I've completed my 40 Days. *clap*

Well actually I took 56 Days to complete my 40 days. What happened? Tiredness and hecticness was the main reasons, laziness and procrastination had their equal shares as well. haha

But all in all, it's a great journey. I say it again, great journey. Though there were times when it's hard to persevere and thought of quitting comes occasionally especially when you feel like giving up, but still I chose not to give up.

One thing God spoke to Freeda before she wrote this book was "Would you give me 40 days?" Well, to me, God told and reminded me time again that"Time is in His hands." So everytime when I am just so pressed for time, God reminds me- "Time is in God's hands." I remembered God once asked me on one of the morning of my finals, "Can you give me 20 minutes?" Yes, 20. =) In that 20 minutes, I willingly laid aside my textbooks, notes etc and just read the 40 Days book, pray and probably even sing a song of praise. It was so refreshing and I feel not anxious whether I am all prepared for my exams or not coz I know in the end of the day, it is not my exam results that holds my future, it is my God who holds my very future.


There's just so much I've learnt- commit to God and He will direct your path, surrendering your expectations to God, watch what you speak as it can either bring life or death, getting your motives right with God and of course, the importance of prayer. I've also grown to be much more sensitive to God, definitely.

I can't write my whole experience here which I can't exactly remember all, but if you are keen in having a close walk and relationship with Jesus, then I recommend this book to you. It changed my life and my heart deep inside. Give God a chance to mould your heart. He re-shaped those part of my heart that was out of shape, though there are still so many areas that needs to be shaped! Not only that, your eyes will be open to look out for the needs of others.


Chase God, pursue God, seek God. And all things shall be added unto you.

*p/s: If you want to do this 40 days, I strongly advice you to pray for covering over yourself, family and close friends. satan is going to do his work in bringing you down as well. just look at my posts from 1st Dec till 25th Jan. Actually, my posts are just a lil of what I went through. But do not fear, if God is for us who can be against us? =D

Cheers!

Hold on to your dreams

I've digged up some old yet very precious treasures, in the midst of clearing my very messy room. Those pictures used to be oh-so-dear to me!

A friend of mine wanted to borrow a Vince's album which I digged through my drawer only to find that I do not own that particular album. Nevertheless, I've found some old precious photos. I shall let the pictures speak.



I think this was my first time meeting Vince in person. My dad went all the to The Mines from PJ okay to drop me and my mum! Now thinking, my parents were crazy! Lol.. Nah, they just loved me so much, don't they, to 'obey' (give in to) my desires? No wonder, I love them too. =p



How this picture was my favourite. Vince's motto- "Hold On To Your Dreams."

He was more than an artiste to me. He inspires and encourages me through his beliefs, godliness and character. A man who never fails to give praise to God whenever he wins an award- big or small! I guess these are the few main reasons why I used to be 'crazy' =)

K moving on.. I found some memories that brings back my highschool fond memories. Here's two of them. Cocuriculum was one of the things that kept me very busy throughout my highschool years. LEO Club, Chess, Rangers, CU.... you name it. But it's good because I've been
'trained' to be involved and active in many things. Juggling things.




Oops, This Is Our God Album background behind my pictures. Love it though.

Cheers!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Life is unpredictable, but I enjoyed every single learning moment with You

God..

I don't know if I can take this any further. From one testing to another testing and the list goes on; I don't know when is it going to end. I now understand what Job went through- from one testing to another. I feel I could relate to Job. Lord, how ironic is it that I could not find some one that I'm close with to relate to, but instead Job who lived long ago is whom I can relate to. Lol.. And yes, Lord, I know what I'm going through is probably even nothing compared to Job who lost his wife, his friends sneered at him, endured all kinds of afflctions brought by the devil.. He's so tough and strong in You.

No matter what the devil can throw at me, my faith in You remains strong. When I asked you why am I going through these and how long more... "You said You are enlarging my capacity to contain more of You." But when I pray that it will end faster, You ain't happy... I can see that what's coming in the months to come- the new responsibilties, new journey, new leading, new challenges and adventures. You are really changing and moulding my heart. Ever since January started, You are so concern that you would not even let a minute go to waste in doing what You can to teach. THERE'S SO MUCH YOU'RE ARE DOING!

Well the downside, my friends will keep thinking that I'm emo, heartsick, heart broken, stress and whatever reasons I can think of whenever they see me cry. Uh it''s embarrassing especially when they see me, someone older than them cry.. Really lose 'face' lah. But nevertheless, I have never let it stop me from allowing You to speak to me, convict me, love me, hear what You have to say or feel or even what You are doing. It's crazyyy yet amazinggg, for reasons!

Weell, Your will be done in my life. All I ever ask of is that You don't leave me. I can't live life without You. My life will never be the same O Lord. My greatest asset is You, God.