Tuesday, October 13, 2009

'God Is Not Boring" - John Piper

Have you ever felt reading the Bible can be so boring? Or have you ever felt God is not a fun God, but rather a strict God who's yes is yes and no is no?

I've not been spending much time with God recently. I don't really know why till I start to check myself inside. Part of it, I think I'm getting lazier. Another part of it, I feel reading the Bible is a commandment, a must do as a Christian to grow. There are times where I fell in love reading the Bible when God shows how real He is. When He starts showing you part of the Bible that you thought you will never understand, when He rebukes or shows you what have you done wrong, when He inspires you with His words, when He gives you words of encouragement when others around you are not supportive or encouraging. When you think no one cares, no one knows, God says He cares, He loves you and He is watching over everything in your life. Even the times you just stand and sit, He knows. That is (my and our) God.

This week I'm feeling doing things much routine-ly, if there's such a word. And throughout the days in this week, God reminded me that I should spend time with Him because of one reason- because I love Him. Not because it is a duty (which I know it shouldn't be long time ago.. but I fall at this trap again and again at times) and because it is a commandment. A must do. I don't like being forced to do something; I like to do it because I love doing it! It's me! And God wants the same of me too. Just like how I like to do a thing- I do it with passion, with love, with a heart so willing; this is how God wants my attitude to be like- because I love God. So simple, yet maybe humans or myself makes it complicated.

If you are trudging along, believing you have to give, have to read the Bible, have to pray, have to walk in the fruit of the Spirit, I encourage you to stop thinking you have to do anything. You will discover that God will give you the grace to want to do the things that lead to a victorious life in Him.

Some Christians want to make a law our of studying the Bible or spending a certain amount of time with God. But we should be motivated to read God's Word and spend time with Him because of our love relationship with Him, not because of a commandment to do so.

Jesus said, "If you (really) love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands" (John 14:15). What He really meant was, "If you love Me and walk in fellowship with Me, you will keep My commandments." If you concentrate on loving God, then keeping His commandments will become a natural part of what you do. It is a promise He makes to you.

And do you know God is a creative God? How can I find new ways to praise Him- drawing a picture, writing a poem, compose a song perhaps?

Adapted from: http://www.weesdomofwords.blogspot.com/ (the words above in purple Italic)

Cookie is it's name

Just baked cookies! Doesn't taste as good as the first time I baked. Haha.. I tried to put in raisins... But unfortunately made it worst.. :( I tried making some with those sugary sweets but it melted. Didn't turned up the way I expected it to be. Shape... was horrible. But the taste...? Was nice honestly. Why can't I BAKE A COOKIE THAT IS NICE BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE?

Guess I need more try outs. In other words, practise makes perfect.

Tomorrow's Children' Day! Yup, what has it got to do with me?... Anyway, thought of baking a big cookie with a big initial 'B' for my youngest brother. But it didn't turn out because of the sugary sweets i put in. Well oh well... guess got to find another way or thing to make him :D.

I know! Slurpee aka Big Gulp from 7-11.
Mum's not gonna be happy though.
But.. It's Children' Day after all.


Colleges should start to celebrate Teenager's Day! Quick before I'm overaged.. please. =)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Please Forgive Me, Dear Lord

Dear God,

I am sorry for being the disobedient kid that I am. I am sooo sorry God for not giving the tract to the person I'm supposed to give, led by Your Holy Spirit. I am frustrated, I am mad of myself! I don't know why I chose to ignore You when You are sooo real to me! Aarrggh... I am truly ashamed of myself. I am truly ashamed. God, I am sorry... Sorry to not do what You asked me to do. Again and again. How can this action be called a follower of God?

But deep down, You have never blamed me. Never condemned me. Never hated me or even hold back anything good from me. Your forgiveness and second chances are abundant. But Your heart cries out and longs for people who have not embraced Your love. Your heart chases after their heart. It's crazy to understand how long, and how deep is Your love for them! So much beyond what I can comprehend.

So here is the post of agreement. If i ever ignore You, remind me of this post. Bring me back here and remind me that You love and died for every one and everyone.

Your love is complete and everlasting, Jesus. <3

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Purity isn't just about girls, but boys too!

Hi! I just wanna share this dream that I had.

First scene: There is a group of people who were mostly girls unashamed talking to one another excitedly how they lost their purity. *Add in laughters and giggles in that situation* Then a girl and soon some of them from this group started to invite or ask a girl lets call her C who was not associated the group (who has not lost her virginity) to join them. This girl C stood up and said no! How can you all do such things?!? This girl C was the only one who was not yet influenced. Then she left them and went aside to the piano.

There's this second scene... In short, a guy who was sitted alone trying to control himself very hard. It seemed to be an almost big struggle to control himself than to let go of himself and be part of the others in the world around him. A girl came and tried to share a drink with him.. but he said No! Then the girl tried to persuade him (can't remember what she did...) and he said NO! The guy was trying to control himself as much as he is aware and could.

This dream is sooo different and unusual. That's why I'm putting it here coz there's understanding to the dream. It is like a life-lesson dream.. So, here, I'll share on what I think!

When it comes to the word purity, doesn't it somehow reflects more on women than men? Purity isn't just about girls, but rather both. Purity isn't just a matter of keeping your body as clean as possible, it's about watching what you think (your thoughts), what you say (your speech) and your doings daily (actions). The Bible says not to be conformed to the patterns of this world, but by the renewing of the mind through God's Word. Now, that's where the testing comes in right.. It is waaayyy easier to conform to the ways of the world than to stand firm and filling your mind with things that are good, encouraging, noble, true, pure.. It's easier to join a gang and be part of a gang, to feel accepted and not rejected... even when it requires you to compromise your values and faith... Will we be the one who will be laughing away and being part of the ugly side of the world, or will we be the one who will stand firm and say no to doing what is wrong??? It even comes down to something simpler; will we be found cheating in a class that's cheating, or will we be found blameless and fautless in a class that's cheating. In college, cheating is like such a norm! And sometimes, I ponder... If girls don't love themselves, don't love the body God has specially given them, who else would? Your friends? NO! Your family? No! Your future husband/wife? NO! It's YOU yourself!

We need to draw a line for our thoughts, actions, words and not cross over the line. As in set a standard of what you will do and what you will not do, what you will speak and what you will never speak etc. So that when a situation popped at your face, you wouldn't be thinking "Should I do this or not?" or "Should I say this?"... Even in friendships or relationships with the opposite gender, somehow, there should be a certain boundary and limit to not cross over with someone of the opposite gender.. We need to watch our actions constantly and ask ourselves what is the purpose or motive we're doing that. When we do ____ or say _______, what will they think? Will we cause them to fall or stumble?

Have you been let down by a person older than you before? Sometimes we place alot of expectations on people, how they should perform or behave and all we get is disappointment. Sometimes you can't expect a person that's 40+ to behave like their age. The person that'll make you down is yourself, because of your expectation of the person. I believe, age should not and never be the measuring bench for maturity and wisdom. It is found in person who is able to stay calm no matter what the circumstances may be, a person who is able to think and decide well, a person who is able to carry themself well in front of public and personal space, think and act reasonably and does not let their heart and emotions rule over what is right and what is wrong.

p/s: If this post offended you in a way, I'm sorry.. but this is a blog after all.