Greatest Blessing.

It was the worst paper ever in this exam season.

Out of the 30 mcqs I was only sure of a handful, and the open-ended questions were just… I don’t even know where to begin. It was the first time I felt so dejected after a paper, and I was this close to crying.

But right here right now I am going to proclaim that Jesus my Lord is a good God, and He has plans to prosper me and not harm me, plans to give me hope and a future.

So thankful for ποτό and for this loving and encouraging community that never fails to remind of the bigger picture. I thank my God for being faithful in all seasons, and He is good no matter the circumstance.

He dropped this verse into my heart during worship today, reminding me that He is not a God who is sitting high in the heavens but He is a God who calls me His, who loves and cares for me.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

I could continue to sit here and mope, or I could choose to put God above my emotions and thank Him for every other thing that He has blessed me with.

18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

It may have been a bad day, but thank You for You, because You are my greatest blessing.

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You Must Choose to Love God.

Reblogged from here:

“That you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (Deuteronomy 30:20 NIV)

Today we’ve bought into this myth that love is uncontrollable, that it’s something that just happens to us; it’s not something we control. In fact, even the language we use implies the uncontrollability of love. We say, “I fell in love,” as if love is some kind of a ditch. It’s like I’m walking along one day and — bam! — I fell in love. I couldn’t help myself.

But I have to tell you the truth: That’s not love. Love doesn’t just happen to you. Love is a choice, and it represents a commitment.

There’s no doubt about it: Attraction is uncontrollable, and arousal is uncontrollable. But attraction and arousal are not love. They can lead to love, but they are not love. Love is a choice.

You must choose to love God; he won’t force you to love him (Deuteronomy 30:20). You can thumb your nose at God and go a totally different way. You can destroy your life if you choose to do that. God still won’t force you to love him, because he knows love can’t be forced.

This same principle is true about your relationships: You can choose to love others, but God won’t force you to love anyone.

Listen.

“My concern isn’t so much about the things you do but about you, yourself, your life! Because I know that if your life is right with God, the actions will follow naturally. I worry that your heart might be stolen. As I’ve said to you during your baptism, you love freely and vulnerably and that could be your greatest strength and at the same time, an opening for the devil. More and above anything and everything else – will you trust God enough over all areas of your life? The battle for your soul will intensify. Life at home will not be easier, ministry commitments will get tougher, personal life struggles will be fiercer. But will you listen to the Lord? Even when it is difficult to understand? We’re accountable to God and people who have been appointed by God. […] The storm rages and some times the storm in our hearts drown out God’s voice. And that is when we count on godly peers and leaders to nudge us (or strangle us, if you prefer hehe). Listen Seeting, listen to the voice of God. Really seek Him: tune out the world completely and tune in to Him. If you’re still, you will hear Him speak. God loves you too much, much more than you know. And He’s definitely more concerned about who you turn out than your comfort. It won’t be a comfortable life to follow God – but be humbled and satisfied by the living water.

No matter how many times I read this note, something in it will speak to me and the situation that I’m in. It’s amazing; how a note written in Feb 2011 can still speak to me. Thank You Jesus, for this precious friendship and fellowship.

I thank my God every time I remember you. (Philippians 1:3)

Thank God for God, thank God for you.

Encouragement.

You know what they say about studying – suddenly everything around you becomes interesting. So yep, suddenly packing my drawer sounds like a great idea while I was mugging for my paper that is on Tuesday so that’s exactly what I did. I actually bought a soft casing file quite some time ago, determined to get down to packing this particular drawer that is full of love and encouragement notes from loved ones but obviously I never got down to doing so, until today.

Anyway the main point here is: even though the file is really quite big, I couldn’t fit all the notes in.

all that love

Okay, I take back my words. That’s not the main point.

The main point is, I am really a very loved and blessed person. Not that I just realised, but looking at all these notes reminded me again of God’s goodness. God has been too good to me, really. I don’t mean to come off as cocky but I’ve got really amazing friends who love me as I am, who bother to set aside time to fellowship with me, who write me notes to remind me that I am loved. I am way way wayyyyy beyond blessed.

And then I started to reflect upon how I’ve been so stingy with my love and encouragement. I would like to comfort myself by saying that it’s because Uni has taken quite a toll on me but I know that it’s not a valid reason why I haven’t been as active in encouraging my brothers and sisters.

11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Stated so clearly in the Book of Truth, and I myself know that little encouragement can really go a long way, yet here I am not doing so.

Well on that note, I really hope that I will work on this AFI and be more encouraging! Especially in this exam season where people tend to focus so much on academics that they forget what truly matters – reaching out to God’s people. So yes! Thank You Jesus for Your timely reminder, I will try to be a better channel of Your love and blessings 🙂

Your goodness.

Just wanted to give thanks to God for all that He has done in my family.

Just now after dinner I could actually share testimonies with my mum (we were discussing about Dr Richard Teo’s testimony) and show her the verses which he mentioned:

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. (Hebrews 12:7-8)

对管教的事,你们要忍受;神对待你们,就像对待儿女那样。到底哪一个儿子不受父亲的管教呢? 大家都有份受管教;你们如果没有受管教,那么,你们就是私生子,不是儿子了。(希伯来书 12:7-8)

Never expected that there will be such a day where I can talk about God and the gospel freely with my mum, and really, like what T says all the time, I have done nothing to merit His goodness.

Thank You God, and may You continue to cover us all with your abundant love, grace and mercy.

Do not fear.

“1But now listen, Jacob, my servant,
Israel, whom I have chosen.
This is what the Lord says—
he who made you, who formed you in the womb,
and who will help you:
Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant,
Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.
They will spring up like grass in a meadow,
like poplar trees by flowing streams.
Some will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’;
others will call themselves by the name of Jacob;
still others will write on their hand, ‘The Lord’s,’
and will take the name Israel. (Isaiah 44:1-5)

There are times when fear is appropriate, but even i those times, God promised to provide strength and assistance. Just as God chose Israel, called them by name, ‘formed’ them ‘in the womb’ and promised deliverance and renewal, God has also formed us, calls us by name, loves us, and will sustain us through all things. There’s power in God’s words of assurance. Let us draw from that power.