Thursday, January 10, 2008
So I continue to read. As I read through this book by Elizabeth Elliot, I came across this sentence that struck me “When I start to pray, I just put myself in God’s presence. Psalm 46 urges us to be still and know that He is God”. This led me to realize that as I deal with my struggle, I did not put myself in God’s presence. I’ve set my own standard for myself to achieve. I’ve dwelt in myself. What’s worse, I’ve forgotten to just come back to God and be still.
Psalm 46:10a says God wants us to come to Him and be still, to be quiet in spirit and be at peace. Sometimes the best prayer could be just being silent before God and let God do the speaking. Let God do the lead. Know that He is in control and He is God. All He wants from us is our trust and simple obedience in Him in the midst of our struggles.
In the same way, when we feel life is a mess, things doesn’t happen the way we wanted to and we struggle to do thing in our lives, we need to ask ourselves these questions:
“Have I tried too hard to take control of the situation?”, “Have I taken away God’s position as the Director of my life?”. Every time we struggle, we face the danger of putting ourselves as the one in-charge of our troubles and our lives.
This struggle that I face may seem like a peanut, but it serves as a good reminder and good reflection of what bigger struggle that is to come in the future. It taught me the attitude and the heart that I should have in any situations. I believe that we all are growing and learning to take on more responsibilities this year and hence it will be a challenging year again for all of us. Our team will be scattered in KL, Sitiawan, Aus, Us and other places. We all might not be in contact or able to take care of each other sometimes, but always remember the ultimate Source to turn to is not anyone but God alone.
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, as the year 2008 begins to unfold, let this verse “Psalm 46:10a Be still and know that I am God” be our constant reminder. It reminds us that when we do not know what to do, how to do, when to do, or where to draw strength from, then all we need to do is to come back to Him, be still in spirit and know that He is God. And if we proclaim that He is God, surely also we trust that he is the One in-charge of the universe and the Only Director of our lives. We are not at all in-charge of this life and we are not our own director.
Let’s set our hearts ready to learn simple obedience and to cooperate with the mysteries of His mighty plans this year, which in His plans surely includes also trials, hardships and surprises.
Lastly, I shall end this with Romans 15;13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing.
God bless U, IPWS+C+L.
Can u see the huge lizard there..??? camouflage between the rocks....!!! super big lizard man....!!
Thursday, January 3, 2008
i think wedding is not between two people, but it's about three-God,husband and wife.
From left to right (front row) : Catherine Hor, Sophia Wong, Carmen Hor, Ps.Lina Chai, Ps.Wee, Nick Guok, Samson Lau, Hannah Ding, Samantha Ding, Amy Yu.
From left to right (back row) : Kelvin Yu, Ps.Desmond Kok, Zhi Wei, Ps.Ling Kee Chai, Tommy Eu, Samson Sip, Timothy Kok.
So this is the entrance to pulpit, decoration courtesy of sis Grace from Shalom Florist, hihi.. Amazing right, seriously of all the wedding ceremonies i’ve attended in this church, i think this is the best. I like it cuz it’s all so white, so clean. I think Ps.Wee and Ps.Lina love it too...!!!
This is our great family...!!! established four years ago after receiving vision from God in Batam, as a worship team from Manjung, we have sinced travelled to various states in Malaysia, leading worship and prayer in different conferences. In the process, we all (me me me) have learned a lot. Our pastors were great people who care for our spiritual growth and also our growth as young people, building and constantly moulding our characters and attitude. Anyway, back to Ps.Wee’s wedding. =>
A closer look, there are lots of heart shape floating balloons. => simple, sweet and pure. The whole sanctuary is in pastel colour and it gives the wedding a really soft and gentle touch. I took all the pics before the guests arrive, hehehe..
The ceremony finally ends with the group photography sessions and the out-parade of the newly-wed couples...! Congregation then proceeds to the wedding luncheon in our church multi-purpose hall.
From left to right : Nick and Carmen (bf and gf) , then Elise and Samson (bf and gf as well)... now u see my point...!!! oh btw, since Carmen is my elder sis, so basically Nick is my future-bro-in-law, hihihi....
i want to get married too. Sometimes, in the middle of studying, i will dream of getting married, The Big Day with white gown, walking down the isle, congregation witnessing and my family is there! The only thing is that the face of the bridegroom is not clear =P. but chill chill, i know this is not the reason i should get married, not because for the excitement of the wedding day.
To kick of today, two aunties-namely Ah Hoon aunty and Eu Ing Aunty ( my mum la... hehe) started preparation for cooking. Hihihiihhi... i climbed onto a plastic chair to take this picture ok, hehe... lol.. i was initially helping in open-air kitchen as well, but later Ah Hoon aunty asked me to decorate the Christmas tree... not too bad, it was fun, heheheh ,so happy to see my own masterpiece, hahahah...!! oh well, it looked much better when the sky turns dark and the glittering little light bulbs were lit on!! After that, i proceded back to the kitchen, doing nothing much other than cutting the spring onions, papaya and watermelons. Mmm, wanna tell u all a secret.... that is, aunties here always eat while they cook... hahahahah....!! like, the papaya... after placing the nicely cut papaya into plates, aunties started taking piece by piece to eat while they talk and cook at the same time. Same fate goes to watermelons, lol....!!!
by 5pm, kids started arriving in church vans, cars and motorbikes (adults driving la, of course).. before events started, kids crawled on the floor la, teased each other la, chit chatted la, and run around, hehehehe... we then had prayers, worships and games, hehehe, the kids participated and laughed. and this is the pic where the teenagers were hosting games. kids had fun time...!
Rain started to pour down heavily not long after, but it didn’t damped the kids spirit, they run around happily, seemingly oblivious to the fact that it was raining heavily out there, unlike adult. A valuable lesson to learn from kids...
the kids all gazed at this smartly dressed uncle, eyes tailing him as he made his way to the front of the crowd, hehe.. the kids must be wondering who’s this uncle, he’s so handsome and smart- he’s our pastor la!! Rev.Wong...!!!! applause...!!!!!! Pastor was funny too, like when he said no one else in the place look more like Santa Claus other than him cuz hes got the tummy but he forgotten to bring his fake beards, hehehehe.... He also said Christmas ( in Chinese) doesn’t mean chicken laying eggs, but it means the birth of our saviour King, Jesus Christ.
See, kids admiring the christmas tree =>. glad to see them liking it. when i was young, i didnt have the opportunity like them, but it's alright =>. decorating one and let the kids admires it was more that fulfilling =>.
From left: Ya Pin Aunty, Ah Hoon Aunty, Yu Ing Aunty @ my mummy, Mei Siu Aunty.
Mmmm, so ends the day with us packing up and cleaning the place. Every one was glad, the kids were happy to recieve gifts and met santa claus, the teenagers were happy to serve, aunties were happy to do mass cooking and spending time together and i was happy to be photographer and helper.