Mission Trip Updates

by Saturday, November 16, 2013
Hello fellow bloggers and readers! I have finally found the time to blog about the recent mission trip I went last September! It has been really hard for me to maintain my blog now with work commitments, but I’ll try to blog at least once a month :p

The trip to Philippines has been a real blessed one. The memories are still fresh within, and I think since a picture speaks a thousand words, I’ll begin by posting some.

Sunflower Garden @ Singapore Changi Airport (Before departure)
Arrival at Manila, Philippines for transition of flight!
Our frequent mode of transport - the jeepney
Our first micro (Cell group) at Central Philippine University, Iloilo
At the Barangay (Village) head office in Passi City
Radio Ministry at Easy Rock 92.3FM, Iloilo, Philippines
Doing house visitations with bible college students
from Faith Family Church, Cebu, Philippines!
Home sweet home - leaving Philippines!
There are simply too many awesome photos to be collated into one post, but I just thought I would share in summary what are the events I thank God for, and what He has taught me throughout the trip.

1) Preaching opportunities

Sunday evening service, City Light Church, Iloilo
This was the first official service I had the honor to preach in a church. I think there were about 50 people - young and old. God led me to share a message on healing that day, and I remembered being all excited and nervous at the same time.

I had a difficulty of speaking too fast for good that the people couldn't really understand me initially. Back in Singapore, because I was wired since young to speak really fast, it was quite worrying for the Filipinos. Thankfully I had Pastor Emily to interpret for me. :)

One of the most significant events that took place in the service was the healings (JESUS IS ALIVE WOOHOO!). One of the people Jesus healed was this lady who had acid reflux. She couldn't drink any acidic juices or carbonated drinks. After prayer, the ministry staff were serving orange juice, and she came to us, overwhelmingly happy, telling us that she tried drinking orange juice and there was no reaction!

Also, during the next day when we had fellowship over lunch, she drank Pepsi, and she told us she was completely healed! Praise the Lord! :D

Sunday Morning Service, Faith Family Church, Smokey Mountain Cebu
In the last Sunday of our stay, we were at Cebu and I had the honor to preach at the morning service with Pastor Boy interpreting for me.

I remembered this was yet another significant preaching session for me. I felt the Lord leading me to preach about "Building a legacy of righteousness" with reference to Ephesians 6, and honestly it was really hard for me because the message was targeted for parents and children. I find myself being unable to relate to the parents, and I was stuck, wrestling with God and asking if I could choose not to go ahead with the sermon.

Even though I was super nervous throughout the whole time, I really thank the Holy Spirit for enabling me to preach His Word, and guiding me to be sensitive to preach with boldness. He taught me to step out in faith, knowing that He'll give me His words, and He'll touch His people. Glory be to God for everything He has done! :D

2) Feeding ministries and Smokey mountain experience

Feeding ministry, Faith Family Church, Solas
This was one of the feeding ministries the missions team were a part of. The church at these ministries would first hold the service before the kids are served food.

I was helping out by serving juices to the kids. One by one, the kids handed their cups over to me, and my heart broke when I noticed that some of their bowls and cups were dirty. The water condition is unclean as well (at least, to Singaporeans because we have clean water).

Coming back to Singapore, I began to treasure the food I eat. I don't think I complained that much anymore when I had a craving and I couldn't satisfy within a day. I won't be that picky about food anymore (with the exception of the food having maybe a little too much fats heehee) :p

The smiles of the kids warmed my heart too, and they brought me to be thankful for my state of living in Singapore. :)

Witnessing the making of a coffin
in Smokey Mountain, Cebu
This shot was taken during our walk around Smokey mountain in Cebu. The man squatting down was actually making a coffin for his relative's 5 month old kid who died of high fever.

The conditions of living were poor - people could not afford for medical fees, building homes, going to school, buying coffins, etc. My heart totally sank when I was walking around Smokey and seeing this sight. Before I left for the Philippines, I watched the video about Smokey, but never I expected myself to be at a real scene, seeing those sights.

Sometimes we can be so rich till we take our luxuries for granted. Being there with the Filipinos, when they were worshipping and praising God, I could feel the Presence of God invading in their times of worship. Even when they had little in the material, their hearts were so sincere in worship. I believe their sole desire and priority was Jesus alone, and it was all that mattered to them.

3) Getting to serve with a really awesome team! :D

In the midst of the feeding program, we got a shot! :p
(At Solas Afternoon Feeding Ministry, Faith Family Church)
The trip has brought me to realize that I really love working as a soloist :p (Okay but it's really true). God taught me to work with my brother and sisters together as a team, remembering to look out for each other and ensure no one was left behind. I appreciate the fact that everyone came from different walks of life, and even though we all may have different working styles, we are serving as children of the Kingdom, and we work as a Body together, with Jesus as the head.

I thank God for my Pastors care upon me and for the awesome girls as well - they are a great form of encouragement throughout the trip :) It was the first time one of the girls and I were taking the plane, and I must say that it's incredibly AWESOME (Seeing fluffy clouds like marshmallows)!

I would really love to post more photos of the trip here, but I think it would become a really long post, so I shall stop here for now. In all, I thank God for everything He has done throughout the trip (there are actually countless things I can thank God about for this particular trip!):

  1. The Holy Spirit moved in tremendous ways and different people were being filled with the Spirit, healed, delivered and saved.
  2. The Holy Spirit, our most awesome Teacher, helped all of us to generate our sermons (YAY!)
  3. God provided for every single one of us financially and gave us clearance and safe trips throughout our travel.
  4. Thank God for loving us and using us as His hands and feet to love His people.
  5. God taught me a really good lesson: He can use anyone. Even when I disbelieved myself, failed before - I can give so many excuses to say why God cannot use me, but the secret is in the yielding (my sole desire in everything I do is to give my Father the glory). God can use you as well, brothers and sisters :)
Lastly, here's a compilation of the different mission trip events we did in Philippines. Thanks for surviving throughout the post HAHA :p God bless, and continue staying in love with Jesus! :D

PS: I believe some of you have watched the news about Yolanda. Please keep Philippines in prayer that God will keep all of them safe. :)

Also, edits have been made in the FeaturedSongs, PrayerLine and TheJourney page. Do take a visit to the pages! :D

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-Words only- Reflections for today

by Sunday, October 06, 2013
Hello fellow readers and bloggers! This is a super long update from my previous post - woah hahaha :D Just came back from a 2 weeks mission trip in Philippines - Cebu and Iloilo, and I'm super happy that God moved amongst our midst, and I felt God bringing me into a deeper level of intimacy and closeness with Him. I will talk about the trip in details in the next coming post, but for now I would like to post what God spoke to me today when I went to a church and was activated to pray for people. I hope these will bless you as well.

1) Don't despise the mode of operation He has given to me to operate in. Be faithful in the little.
I can totally relate with those who may not feel that they are sensitive to hear God for someone, or when God is moving, you activate your spirit fingers and you still can't sense anything (HAHA). Most times when I pray for others I don't sense much also, but it doesn't mean when we don't have that sensing means we cannot pray for people. You move with faith, and you see God move with you as well - God honors faith, and He loves partnership with us.

2) I need a lot of supernatural love that the Father has before I pray for anyone.
Particularly because the people whom we pray for today aren't people whom we know that well, it was really hard for me feeling for them. I don't desire to pray for the sake of doing so; neither do I want them to just come and receive prayer, and go back the same again. I don't want them to just taste the power of God; I want them to taste the Presence that comes from the fullness of Jesus - when we encounter the fullness of Jesus, I believe we will never be the same again.

I cannot manufacture love, and I desire to be authentic, and I can only do it with Jesus.


-to be continued-

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Being Bold In First Attempts

by Friday, August 30, 2013
Hi guys! It has really been some time since I've updated my blog, and I hope you awesome bloggers and readers have been doing great too! I've not been touching my mac for a while ever since it needed to get serviced, and I've learnt from experience, never to trust in technology ever again hahaha :p

Life has been going quite well recently. I've got some really good jogging buddies who have been helping me maintain a healthy lifestyle and I'm really thankful for them because I had thoughts about wanting to exercise and keep fit, and I haven't been executing those plans since a year ago, till they came in and suggested the idea. I love these bunch of awesome people haha :D

Also, I have been trying to maintain a journal, writing different reflective, spontaneous and devotional thoughts. Ain't easy to maintain a journal – it's like blogging haha. I'm really thankful that God has been speaking to me even as I was writing my stuff, and the best part is that, even when I may miss a day of writing, my journal actually inserts extracts of inspirational quotes and verses, and surprising the particular quote and verse of the day would be so timely, coinciding to what I was trying to express for that day. Journaling has opened my eyes, showing me my poor execution of structure in sentences and paragraphing. On a good note though, this has shown me the spontaneity of the human train of thoughts lol :p

I'm thankful for the covenant friendships God has been giving to me. Not only within the church, but even outside of the church. It's important for us to have our 'Paul', 'Barnabas' and 'Timothy' in our Christian walk, and I'm thankful to have found these precious ones who are willing to do life together with me. I'm not an easy disciple, friend or discipler that anyone can cope with, and I'm really grateful for their encouragements and their presence around :)

God has been speaking to me quite a bit these few days, through the opportunities He has been opening for me to serve in various areas in the church ministries. It's really important and awesome to have Pastors who believe in you, mentor you and spur you on, encouraging you in your walk with God. Yesterday I had my first attempt of facilitating a bible study, and mann it was awkward but fun at the same time haha. I remembered heading back home, and some spontaneous thoughts flowed from within:

Most first attempts comes with a realization for the need of improvement. If you start doing something new without making any mistakes, it most probably means you are a hidden master, it's too easy for you not to screw it up, or you're playing things too safe, trying your best to avoid mistakes - which is not the case for most of us, and we're missing the point if we don't want to try to be adventurous. 
It's really okay to make mistakes. The question is, “Are we willing to take risks and go in boldness, carrying that heart of servanthood and obedience to be willing to learn once again?” 
“Joy, since when faith doesn't require taking risks?” - God

We only have one chance to live, and now's not the time to hesitate any longer. I really believe that a revival wave is coming soon, and God's looking out for risk takers...

For now, I'll choose to be faithful in the little and, any God-given opportunities, and celebrate the small beginnings. God I thank You for creating me, and I thank You that You are really SO GOOD. :D

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The Gospel of Luke - Personal reflections

by Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Throughout journeying to read the Gospels ever since a month ago, it has been a really fun and exciting time, being able to dig deeper and really understand why the Gospels are written in that state. I love the essence every author brought out with the theme they had in mind to portray to the different targeted masses. For this particular post, the focal point shall be centered towards the one of the synoptic Gospels - the Gospel of Luke (since my mind is still extremely fresh about this and I really love it to bits! And I do hope that anyone will correct me if there is any wrong contents with regards to this post – still a fresh learner here.)

Firstly, I would like to state that I really do appreciate the painstaking efforts Luke, the physician, took to collate the whole Gospel through interviews with different eye-witnesses and people who had followed Jesus closely. I think if it was me, I don't know if I would be able to sustain and compile a whole lot of records into a full reliable summary of Jesus's ministry here on earth (talk about writing a book some more lol fail).

Zooming into the theme of Luke's book, being centered to portray Jesus as the rejected Prophet. The first hints of the theme as Jesus the Prophet can be found in the genealogy (Luke 3:23-28), as seen from being different from the genealogy in Matthew's Gospel, given that the line after King David was not King Solomon, but the prophet Nathan. In the whole account, Luke portrays Jesus being born as a prophet, performing miracles as a prophet, and dying as a prophet.

Even in the last traces of his book, the theme of Jesus as a prophet was clearly notable. Seen in the reply that Cleopas made to Jesus on the road to Emmaus.

Luke 24:17-20 (NRSV) - And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him.

And in the Old Testament, the prophet that Moses was talking about was Jesus.

Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19 (NIV) – The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name.

As I was thinking about the theme, I thought to myself – I had recognized Jesus as Lord, Saviour, King, etc. But talking about Jesus as the Prophet whom Moses spoke about has been a quite vague picture for me to look at and consider. I really began to appreciate Luke's portrayal of Jesus as the Prophet, dying as an innocent prophet, drawing forth repentance – an expansive content with I'll continue next time.

Moving on to mention another notable emphasis that Luke has portrayed, which I really love: the Holy Spirit [work]. It was first clearly seen in the introduction of the book of Luke, with different ones, namely Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, etc. Also evident in his continuation book, the Book of Acts, there was an elegant depiction of the day of Pentecost, the first mass scale move of the Holy Spirit, leading to the birth of the church. As I read the Gospel, I felt the love, honor and significance of the Holy Spirit being in my life brought to a whole new level, and I'm extremely thankful for the work of the Holy Spirit being evident even in the times of today.

Lastly, I end off with something that stayed with me throughout the time I read the whole Gospel: the prayer life of Jesus. I've noticed much that Luke records Jesus moving to the solitary to pray before He begins His ministry, as well as in the night watch before the Twelve were chosen. This left me honestly marveled initially, because I thought to myself– why Jesus would retreat in prayer since He knew the will of the Father and should know what to do in different junctures? And as I was pondering about this, and at the same time reflecting on my prayer life, this came to me in spontaneous revelation:

“When Jesus interceded and prayed, oneness was built between Him and the Father as He tap into the heavenly realm. Instead of the normal prayers like what you and I would normally pray, like, “God, help me”, having those “I” centered prayers, Jesus's prayers were different. He was praying the Father's heart and perspective.”

This, maybe, could be the answer to intercession. Sometimes I would honestly question God, “God, I don't know them, so how and on what basis should I pray for”. But in intercession, it's not, “If I know them, I would pray”; it's “even if I don't know them, God knows, so I would pray”. That's when I would begin to pray the Father heart of God - a complete side note here that I decided to throw in.

I hope that whatever that I've typed here today has blessed you who are reading this today – it indeed blessed me a lot, and I really thank God that He loves spending time with you and I. It's my prayer that your journey with God will continue to be enriched in great abundance as you continue to spend time with Jesus and know who He is. Together, let's have fun! (Apologies for a lengthy post too – I don't think I can ever get out of this lengthy mode while typing). :)

Camp updates - God's goodness!

by Monday, June 24, 2013


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Hey guys and fellow bloggers! It has really been a super long time since I posted anything on this blog! For those who have been regularly viewing my blog and feeling sad because there was no updates, apologies to you all.

For this particular post, instead of the usual topical posts and devotions, I'm going to post about the awesome and fun week I've been having, and at the same time share with you guys about what God has been speaking to me through all these. (PEEKTURES TIME!)


Leading in worship
Your game masters for da day :D
I've been on an awesome 3 days journey attending youth camp. I'm really super thankful to God because of the bondings and closeness I could share with the youths around, as well as seeing God move in power. I was really happy to be given the honor to lead worship and games. Being a game master was really a first time for me, and I'm thankful that the games turn out well and everyone really had lots of fun! It was a great honor being paired up with my awesome friend Sophia aka the Jedi (HAHA)!

The sessions in itself was really good and one of the sessions our Pastor was sharing about was “The Priesthood of all believers” - Everyone being called as a priest, prophet and a king. Honestly it was quite an enriching session for me because I've learnt the application of applying my calling and spirituality to the practicalities of life – to walk and do the Kingdom of God. I can't share about all though because this post will get really long haha :p

Me with da hoodie haha
On the first night and, there was the prophetic workshop conducted and we were all blindfolded and encouraged to hear the voice of God for the other person standing opposite us. Frankly, it was exciting and at the same time freaky, and the verse about “We walk by faith not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)” was the essence of this activity. I was really encouraged to see my friends around prophesying and taking that leap of faith.

What God spoke to me during the activity :)
Also, on the 2nd day we were given a piece of paper and questions were posed, one of which was to ask God what does He think about ourself. This was mine, and I actually saw a movie before my eyes, but I couldn't draw everything out, so I began to write it. And I was really encouraged because of what God spoke about me.

Masked peeps SMILE! :D (1st Day, playing Captains Ball)

2nd day at Siloso!

Playing the game "Bury Saikang" :p
Group Shot!
Watching one of God's creation, the sunset :)
The weather was really bad during the 1st day of camp due to a really bad haze and we had to stay indoors almost all the time or wear a mask if we wanted to head out. And as s a church, we believed and prayed for the weather and the PSI levels began to drop on the 2nd day and we got went to Siloso to play beach games and watch the sunset too! It was such a glorious sight to see!

Also, we did treasure hunt and street evangelism on the 2nd night! Even though there was a lack of time, and I didn't get to talk to anyone in the end, I was still thankful to be a part of this activity. Encouraging reports were given and everyone went back shagged but fulfilled!

Before I went to bed on the 2nd night, I heard that the PSI levels of the haze was predicted to be rising on the 3rd day, and I wasn't really welcoming the news because I was going to get baptized on the 3rd day. I prayed a silent prayer, asking God to blow the haze away in another direction, and God showed Himself faithful and the PSI levels dropped even more! Thank God! :D

One of our very own awesome church peeps (Erm I honestly don't know what is going on in their minds HAHAHA)
In the water getting baptized YAYYYYYYY
After baptism shot (ignore my hands please haha) 
The baptismal boomer behind, last warning HAHAHA
Group shot with the fellas'
Group shot with my family and relatives (Am super thankful that they all came!)
On the 3rd day, it was a really special day for me because I was getting baptized. I've been anticipating for this day to arrive, and I'm really thankful that my mum, brother, younger sister and relatives came to support me! And most importantly, I'm thankful that God orchestrated everything so smoothly and the baptism could go on as per planned! Also I want to thank God for giving me the boldness to be able to share about His goodness and faith over my life and giving me great Pastors who believes in the destiny God has for my life :)

Lastly, apologies for the improper structure of this post I know it's kinda untidy haha :p Ending off with something super random:

-Spirit inspired thoughts-

There's no amount of words that can comprehend the greatness and love of God upon my life. I find that I'm lost for words when I try to describe the immense amount of goodness and love the Lord has poured over my life.

For those times I've failed, deviated in the course, looked so deeply inward, having insecurities and trashed myself in and out, it doesn't change the matter of fact that He still loves me, and I'm His daughter. This is some serious grace divinely poured out on an undeserving me mann.

There is no mountain high enough, no valley low enough and no river wide enough that can keep me from the Father's love. This is really amazing grace and unfailing love poured out, and it causes my heart to sing.

I'm thankful to be able to sing over bareness, emptiness, failures, condemnation and doubts with the truth and joy He has for me. I'm thankful for the destiny and plans He has so thoughtfully planned out for my life - created, commissioned and called for greatness.
"Yield to Me - remain in Me, and you will bear fruit that will last. I've called you for such a time as time - to be who you are and what I've called you to be, and to step into the shoes I have made for you to wear and set foot on. You are my child, and I love you." - God 

Back To Basics - Prayer Answers

by Thursday, May 09, 2013

-Devotional thoughts: About The Wait-
James 1:5-8 - If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You'll get his help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who "worry their prayers" are like wind-whipped waves. Don't think you're going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.
In prayer, God gives 3 responses: 1) Yes. 2) No. 3) Wait. I love the "yes" answers that God gives because I know it has been answered. The "no" answers sometimes makes me feel a little sad, but I'll know He has a better plan for me. It's the "wait" answers that I sometimes find hard to embrace.

Take for instance in my case, the subject on healing and miracles. I never once doubted in healing because it happened in my own life and I have seen instant healings and miracles happened right before my eyes. Getting a "wait" answer or an unresponsive answer in what I see on the surface honestly brings me down a little (but it still won't stop me from believing that God can still heal and do miracles today).

Slowly, I've come to realised, not just in the subject of healing, but even little things that I prayed about, that God's cultivating my character and teaching me some valuable lessons along the way.

1) Ultimately, every prayer answer is from God.
If I thank God that a prayer is answered when, in effect, there shouldn't be any reason for me to put the blame on myself or feel down about this when the prayer is not answered in the affirmative.

2) In the wait, the seeding has an effect in the answer received.
It's like a seed planted in the ground before it grows into a plant and bears fruit. The seed is buried underground, in darkness. Regular watering and a suitable environment will enable the seed to grow into a plant.

It's in the unknown (darkness) that constant faith (watering) and the family of God, or anything in your life that builds up your faith, like God's Word (a suitable environment) will enable the seed to grow into the plant and bear fruits.

Whatever you sow is whatever you will reap. Reap faith then, and keep seeding faith.

3) Character is built and developed through the wait.
One of the fruits of the Spirit that God wants us to grow in: patience. If I lived in an environment where I can get everything I want when I ask, I don't think I'll be able to appreciate the waits - waiting isn't that bad after all.

Though I may not be able to see anything on the surface in the wait, and sometimes I may not even understand why, I'll still choose to trust His heart, knowing that He is always good and He loves me. :)

Stepping Into Your Destiny

by Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hey readers and bloggers! It’s been a really long while since I've updated my blog! Once again, the apologies for the lateness and I’ll try to update my blog as often as I can. For a random note to begin with, I've recently commenced work at a place called St Games, a video game arcade and I’m really extremely thankful for the favour God has bestowed upon my life! God’s really good – He sure is! And it’s my prayer that every single one of you will be able to experience the same God kind of favour that I've experience in your spheres of influence – be it your workplace, school or even back at home!

It’s actually about 3am in the morning here in Singapore. For those that may be wondering why I’m posting this at such an ungodly hour, it’s due to my intense sleep back in the day now, resulting in me not being able to sleep now, coupled with the fact that I've been having some deep thoughts going through my mind currently. For this post, my initial thoughts was to share what God impactfully spoke to me about a few weeks ago, since it has left me overwhelmed about His great love ever since. But I think this post will take a slight turn – I felt led to share what God spoke to me during my devotions from the past afternoon till now, and I hope in some way or another, God will encourage you through this. So here goes.

For some special reason, I felt the Spirit’s prompting to read Genesis 22 today. The heading of the chapter states, “Abraham’s faith tested”. I've heard Pastors and leaders shared with regards to this passage many times, but I think this chapter has become quite impactful to me because I could totally relate to what Abraham was going through at that instant. I was thinking about my own life and certain situations that I've been sourcing out answers for – what God’s will is for me, what will be the next step  - and when there are no answers to the next step, there's where uncertainty creeps and draws in deep.

Abraham was in a position of uncertainty when he brought Isaac to be sacrificed on one of the mountains of Mt Moriah. I was wondering how he would have felt - butterflies in his stomach, voices telling him to back out, feeling to rebuke the voice which told him to sacrifice his son in case the voice wasn't God's, etc. Abraham is as human as we are. I really think that the OT should describe his feelings then - I'll feel even more relatable about this (Ok just kidding here haha :p)

Here are just some notes I took away with regards to this chapter today:

1) Abraham didn't allow uncertainty to waver his faith in God
Despite the uncertainty, he spoke forth prophetically that “We [he and Isaac] will come back (v 5)” and “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering (v 8).” I believe, likewise for us, there is power speaking prophetically in situations we are uncertain about, falling back into the promises of God.

2) Abraham did not need to worry about the provision; he just needed to obey
I was thinking how the ram actually got up to the mountain. Because I was researching a little about rams, and I realised that rams don't climb mountains - this really proves that God did provide the sacrifice for Abraham. 

If Abraham didn't obey the Lord, he wouldn't have reached to the point of his destiny - to be “the father of many nations.” There was no point in worrying about the provision -  Abraham eyes were set upon the destiny that God has for his life – and he was certain about it. This made me thought about if I am really sure of what the Lord has called me for – knowing that it’s a yes, the lack of provisions shouldn't hold me back in fulfilling the destiny God has for me – I just needed to obey.

3) The road to the mountain
Because of the ram that God provided for Abraham, he named the place “Yahweh Yireh” (which means The Lord will provide). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” - v 14.

One of God’s name as Jehovah Jireh became so close to my heart when I read Abraham’s story. I knew God was promising me that, in any God will paths that I take, I may not visibly see any provision, or even be pointed to the road of uncertainty, but one thing I’m sure about is that the Lord will surely provide for me – the question is if I’m willing to take on the road to that mountain.

4) Abraham and Isaac in contrast to God and Jesus
I read this chapter a second time (I love how I can get different revelations out of this whole passage – just points to the fact that the Word really speaks!) and the point of focus this time was brought to Isaac. I was reading about how he actually had to carry his own wood for the burnt offering, and my mind was spontaneously led to think about Jesus carrying His own Cross. I thought that there was some parallel contrast between the 2 stories that I could point to:

Both mothers of the sons are in situations where it’s humanly thought to be impossible to give birth.
Both sons are mature enough – they could run away from the sacrificial scene.
Both fathers did not withhold their one and only begotten son.
Both sons were obedient unto death.

As much as Abraham’s faith was really strong in God, I really do believe that Isaac’s faith is strong too -  he had the same cry as Jesus had towards the Father, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” In the end, God provided a sacrifice to save Isaac, and that action was a foreshadowing of the provision of His Son for the salvation of the world.

I began to appreciate more about the Father’s thoughts and love in sacrificing Jesus as the Lamb for our sins when I contrasted to Abraham’s story. I’m really thankful being a descendant of Abraham, and it’s my prayer that all of us will begin to appreciate, understand and honour the call of having been called as children of God, children of promise and children of destiny. And also, don’t be afraid of uncertainty and just trust in a big Daddy God that is holding your hand (This is speaking so deep into me – I really need this mann thank God!). God bless you and have a great weekend ahead! :D

Galatians 3:28-29 - There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. 
Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 
Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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A long While Update!

by Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Hey bloggers and readers! Thanks once again for visiting and apologies for the lateness since the last update! Just thought that I could take this time just to give an awesome update certain things God has been speaking to me and also some testimonies over the past few weeks! Hope this will encourage your heart.

In this season I've been sensing the LORD’s leading in exposure to different places, like House Of Prayer Singapore (HOPS) for an instance. Have been visiting there for a while, and I got the chance to meet some really passionate Christians who love to worship the LORD together. Hearing them share their testimonies, and also being able to share about His goodness being upon my life is really a joy (this isn't pun intended haha).

Just last week when I was at HOPS, I felt God wanting me to just rest, abide and be in a position of receiving. And I remembered when I was just relaxing, I felt a weight of glory all over me [specifically over my head], and it felt like God was building a bride’s veil over me. I didn't really understood what it meant actually; I was just reminded about the Church being the Bride of Christ. 2 hours later, a lady came and prayed over me, telling me that “I saw you wearing a Bride’s veil”. I was so shocked (it was a good shock though haha), and her prayer confirmed what God was speaking to me initially, that “God is raising up His Bride, having the standard of purity defined by Him alone.” This was just one of the things God spoke to me while I was at HOPS – listing down everything will really be too much haha. I’m really thankful that God always desires to bring me [and us as His children] closer to Him every single day, and He loves to reveal His heart to us whom He loves.

Another significant event I went for was Kingdom Invasion Conference, with guest speakers like Heidi Baker, Randy Clark and Tom Jones. Came out of the Conference with a deeper realization of God as my Dad - a Person whom I can relate to, the importance of dwelling and going deeper in the Secret Place, Oneness with the Spirit, etc (will share more next time if I can).

Reflecting upon all my experiences, I can say that I’m really glad that each encounter is a time where God’s heart is revealed to me more. I don’t seek experiences for the sake of experiencing – I desire the Father’s heart to be made known, having a Kingdom mindset (speaking about this, I came across this link which you can click here), and getting the fruit produced which is the settlement of my identity as His kid, boldness and faith. I really believe it is Daddy God’s desire for His kids to be like John the Beloved – laying upon His bosom, hearing His heartbeat, not getting distracted by the voices of the world and even people around, but just getting a clear, accurate picture of the true revelation of Him [from the Word].

I don’t think I've gotten to the full measure of intimacy with the Father yet (I feel I’m quite far from this actually). But one thing that Daddy God celebrates for me, which I also do, is the small steps I've been taking each day, and the closeness He wants me to enjoy with Him. Though seeming small or even like nothing in some human eyes, I knew something was shifting and growth is taking place.  Just want to end off saying that God is really GOOD – this makes my heart glad! :D

Also, with a question for thought:
How do people define growth in their Christian walk? Is this the growth that God is looking at for they themselves [or even in others] in their season? (Something that's on my heart that I've been seeking God for now)

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by Saturday, March 09, 2013

Today marks my 19th birthday, together with my quadruplet siblings! Thought that I could dedicate this post just to thank God for all He has done, has been doing, and will continue to do in the following days to come.

Since the day of our birth, the Lord’s hand has been upon me and my siblings. At that instant, some may comment that we are too small, too light, and too frail, but still, I have no doubt that we’re fearfully and wonderfully made by our Daddy God who loves us so much. Thankful for the times that my mum actually prayed for us constantly too, wanting us to be healthy and living well. She’s really a great woman of faith, and I thank God that He is alive, a God of miracles, and He constantly answer prayers.

Through the years, God has brought me out of different storms and never fails to show me that He has great plans for me and my family. It’ll be a lie if I said life was smooth sailing back then – in actual fact, it was one of the toughest periods of my life, having lived in the wilderness. Nevertheless, I thank God for the breakthroughs and promises that had, and will come to pass in the future. One of which is my 4 long years awaited water baptism! So happy that God has opened the doors and blessed me so much!

Having come back from a stagnant relationship with God since 4 years back, I celebrate the milestones and growth that has taken place through my walk with Him. Yes, I do have such a big area to grow in God still, but having looked back and reflected, I knew that God has always been with me all these while, pouring out deeper revelations and allowing me to encounter His love. I love the way how God has been holding my hand, leading me through different seasons and stages of growth. I’m humbled and overwhelmed by the goodness and love of God.

Here are my birthday wishes (or rather, prayer requests). Hope that you who are reading this can pray alongside with me about these too!
1) A deeper heart revelation, intimacy, joy-filled and love encounter with the Holy Spirit
2) Constantly growing and living in love, and discover my spiritual giftings
3) Revival in Singapore ftw!
4) I will love to have a NLT, NRSV, MSG and AMP physical lightweight hardcopy bible (though it’s really my heart’s desire to have every version of every bible so that I can reference haha)
5) Books wishlist: The Heart Of Worship files, Matt Redman. The Heavenly Man, Brother Yun. Restricted Nations: North Korea, The Voice of the Martyrs with P. Todd Nettleton.
6) I need a bigger space mp3 actually haha (like 16GB or 32GB iPod classic? Lol *hint hint* haha)
7) Eh new guitar and can plug in one? Haha
8) I saw this “Woman of God” hoodie and I actually want to purchase this, but I can’t find the link! :(((
Thankful for Jesus, thankful for life! To the awesome days and journey ahead, cheers! :D (Jesus is awesome woohoo!)
Psalm 136:1 - Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
Linking with Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays!

An Eternal Home

by Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Since last week, there have been a lot of events happening around me, showing me and making me feel overwhelmed by the goodness of God. I’m extremely thankful that He is real and alive, and there’s no better place to be than to be in His Presence. :)

One of those events that I would wish to address in this post today is one of which got me into mixed feelings – the passing on of one of my dear aunt. She went home to be with the Lord on Valentine’s Day, back into the Father’s arms, living in an eternal Home.

What got me really happy was that when I heard of the news that she rededicated her life to Jesus and got baptized when she was in the ICU! I was really very happy and thankful, and God reminded me of Revelation 21:4, where she’s at a place that God “will wipe every tear from their (her) eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.” I will really want to live there and enjoy myself with Daddy God every single day in heaven, but I know my mission’s not done on earth yet, and I can’t leave so soon haha.

When she was placed at the wake where her friends and close ones can visit there, in my heart I really desired for her to be brought back to life. I did pray about it with faith, but I got a very strong assurance that God’s will is for her to be back with Him, so I recognized God’s sovereignty. I remembered that a few days ago I was reading a book written by Deborah Graham Ecker, titled “Upon Love’s Wings” and in the book she recounted an event whereby her mum was really sick, and she told God, “Lord, if she dies tonight, I will serve you tomorrow.” I was really encouraged by her story, and I made a prayer to God, that “Even if she is not coming back alive today, it doesn't change that Jesus is still God and I’ll still serve you tomorrow.” I’m thankful that my faith was brought to another new level in this process.

The sadness mode set in when everyone (her immediate family and friends) were brought into the viewing hall and my aunt’s going to be sent into cremation. Reality dawned upon me, and I knew I will not see her in physical form again, and I was really sad. But still what comforted me was the fact that she’s in heaven and with God (till we meet again…).

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die (Ecclesiastes 3)…” Praying that God’s comfort will be upon everyone who is mourning over the loss of our dear one, knowing that she’s back with Daddy…

Ending off this post recognizing God’s goodness and love upon us all… God really understands how we feel over the loss of a love one – He Himself experienced it when He gave up His Only Son for us, and He really does understand how we feel. Thankful for Jesus, and thankful for life. :)

The Culture of Honour

by Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Just felt that I should post this spontaneous thoughts I received just a few hours ago for my blog users who aren't my Facebook friends. Hope it blesses your hearts :)

http://on.fb.me/VaNBYw

Everyone is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Also, because of Adam, sin came into the world (Romans 5:12).

Having the sinful nature within us, naturally we'll relate other people's faults because we can easily recognise their weaknesses. But, without realising, that's sometimes what we have [or had] in our being.

The culture of this world condemns people when they have done wrong. Sometimes, not even a second chance is given. The world has condemned enough - the people don't need to add fuel to the fire by adding another discouraging comment.

The injured soldiers need their commander and co-soldiers' encouragement, thanking them for being there, for taking the front line and standing alongside with them. They don't need people that will hold back their encouragement and pick up on their weaknesses, telling them that, “they are useless because they are injured”.

Reprove and rebuke someone when needed [in love]. Also, encourage when you ought to. Believe in the best of others, no matter how many [obvious] weaknesses you may see in them.

Let the culture of honour reign in the House - where we'll begin to see the value God has placed in others and celebrate their growth and milestones.

Let the value of your identity as His kid be restored in your heart. Know that God didn't say, “I love you, useless and ‘good-for-nothing’ kid”; He said, “I love you, precious child”. Open the eyes of your heart and see how much God has placed such value over you and the others around you!

The Grace Of God

by Sunday, February 03, 2013


Hey friends and bloggers out there! My apologies for having not updated my blog for such a long time. Have been immersing myself in reading some Christian books for the past few weeks, spending time with God and hanging out with some of my awesome friends too! I must say that I'll cancel out the statement I made in the past, that “I don't love reading” haha - ain't a #truestory statement for me after all (random sharing here haha).

In the current post, I'll continue from where I left off in my previous post, “The Joy of Obedience”. In that post I mentioned that God has taught me some of the most valuable lessons in 2012 for application in life, and I hope you'll be blessed and God will continue to speak to you through this too.

In the past, unconscious to me [before I realised this], grace appeared to me as a dangerous topic to talk about. I've heard countless sermons about the grace of God, and I will think that overemphasizing [and over preaching] about His grace would give people misconceptions, thinking that they could act waywardly. I've heard stories [which ain't painting a very good picture] about this from my friends, and I wasn't comfortable at all.

Gradually, I found out that I was playing too safe. I thought that if I talked about grace too much, people will sin, so I rather not talk too much about this. And because I don't know what's “too much”, I won't elaborate too much about this topic. I was wrong.

It wasn't [and shouldn't be] my responsibility if I shared this much and people still allowed sin to reign in their lives; it's the Holy Spirit that convicts hearts and cause radical transformation. People need to understand what the true meaning of Grace is. I'm thankful that I was set free of playing “safe” haha.

Summing up what God has taught me about the Grace of God, through my own experiences and the sharing of some of my spiritual mentors (and given that I'm still in the midst of learning haha):

1) Jesus is a grace gift. In essence, the meaning of grace is “God's Riches At Christ Expense”. Understanding the expense, abusing grace can be actually equal to abusing Jesus (His life, love and finished work on the Cross). Grace shouldn't serve as a license for me to sin, but for me to be brought to repentance, setting me free from condemnation (Romans 5:15-6:14
2) Grace is an extremely good gift God has given to everyone. Grace shows the goodness of the Lord, therefore I shouldn't withhold from sharing this with anyone (Romans 2:4)
3) Grace is the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to expand my capacity, equip me with power from on high [boldness, faith, etc] and allow Him do what I can't do [through me]. This causes me to root my identity as His kid and not to other conditions like my natural abilities and talents (2 Corinthians 12:9)
4) Grace shifts me from the world's culture of striving to the Kingdom [Godly] culture of flowing with God - just following the direction where the wind [the Spirit of God] blows [leads me to] (John 3:8)

Learning to flow and rely on His grace has brought me beyond where I've expected myself to be at, and it is my prayer that God will lead you to experience the depths of His grace in every aspect of your life. May you continue to find pleasure in knowing Daddy God more each day!

Signing off with the greeting of the Apostle Paul, from the bottom of my heart,
2 Corinthians 13:14 - May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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