Genesis 22:1-14: August 2005

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

my best teacher's day!

and why?? cos this time, for the very first time, m a teacher! it's my turn to recieve presents from my students! wheeeeee...and who said pre-nursery teachers in galilee normally won't get presents?? wrong!!! i haven't even counted how many i got today! whahahaharz...

alrite, anyway, i just wanna thank God for everything, big or small, tt made me so happy today : ) it's such a blessing to be a teacher, i realised...haaaa. also, i thank God for being my Guide, Wisdom & Strength the past few months as a teacher. i just pray tt the Lord will continue to use me to be a blessing to the kids, just as they've all been a blessing to me...and most impt of all, to instill Christian values in them; direct them to all teachers out there, a very blessed teacher's day to you!!! :D

Friday, August 26, 2005

God is too good to be unkind

anor week has gone by & i thank God for an entire week with papa. indeed, God is too wise to be mistaken, God is too good to be unkind. papa was supposed to fly off on thu but his flight was postoned after his checkup with his company doctor. everything was fine, cept for his heart report - abnormal. i didn't know what to expect when i heard it. i felt scared, yet somehow, God gave me this peace in my heart, which seemed to tell me everything would be alrite. papa was referred to the heart centre for an ecg which also came out with the same result - abnormal. he was told tt things were pretty serious becos his artery was blocked. but the doctor said, too, tt there's a 20% chance tt it's a false alarm. papa didn't tell me, till today, but he had really hoped he fell within tt tiny weeny 20%. well, papa went for anor check today, which according to the doc is a more accurate one...and praise God! everything was perfectly normal & i really think God has been really merciful to papa, to us. this whole thing has just made me realise how little time i've been spending with papa...and reminded tt i should cherish every single moment with him whenever he's back. anyway, he's flying off again tmr morning, but m glad i made a wise decision to turn down all appointments to spend this evening with my family. it's been a great time of fellowship, tho i wonder why we always end up at nowhere else but crystal jade...cos i really wanted to eat at thai express >.<>

Thursday, August 18, 2005

wat's safety?

it definitely isn't the absence of danger, but the presence of the Lord. i've finally felt for myself how dangerous & not easy it is to be driving on the road. well, i wasn't driving, but dear was - with me in the front seat. dear & i could have got into an accident today if God had not intervened. the car couldn't make a turn on time and we went straight onto a road - in the opp direction of all the other cars. i was so sure dear must have been really frightened at tt point while she swerved quickly to get out of that road onto anor. well, by God's grace & mercy, we're safely at home now : ) i've also decided that from now, each time i pray for her, "safety on the road" would be on the list.

thank God for a great time i had with dear! thank God too, for dear who came to pick me from sch to go bugis. i've finally found a dress to wear to piching's wedding dinner : ) it's been some time, if m not wong, since i last shopped alone with her. dinner was great too. we were trying to give in to the other cos i kinda wanted bk, she wanted long john's. but we passed this thai restaurant - lerk thai - and decided to have dinner there instead! really hooray-ness, i've been tinking abt chiangmai lately.'s been an enjoyable day after work...from heading to the east twice (first ecp, den changi airport) by mistake, laughing at dear each time we missed an exit or got onto a wrong highway, seeing dear park the car in some way for the first time (i had to get off to help her signal...and i won't forget the no. of cars waiting behind! haha), to laughing (not in a bad way) at this malay waiter cos we found his actions so cute...THANKS DEAR! thanks so much for your company and of cos, for being my 'chauffeur' for a day! haaa...

Sunday, August 14, 2005

why are we so fearful?

thank God for today's sermon by rev tan eng boo. it seemed like the msg was directed at me and boy, thank God for the reminder! today's msg was focused on mark 4:35-41, mark's account of Jesus calming the storm, but 2 tim 1:7 was the key verse: For God hath not given us the Spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

in mark 4:35-41, we see the disciples at sea with Jesus when a storm took place. this account is repeated in matthew 8 & luke 8. the storm tt the disciples went thru, is equivalent to our storms of life. it says in 1 peter 4:12 tt it is not strange for us to go thru trials and tribulations. the storm of life is no respector of persons and we go thru them everyday. no one is ever free from troubles, even if you're a Christian. however, just like Jesus was with the disciples during the storm, He is with us in our troubles. Jesus was with the disciples, fast asleep in the stern of the ship (note tt He wasn't anxious at all!) but the disciples asked Him "don't you care if we perish?" how often, we are like the disciples & accuse Jesus of not caring abt us! the disciples shouldn't have worried, since their Saviour was with them!

the disciples were focusing on the waves and troubles during the storm. yes, it is not wrong for us to pay attn to our troubles. it is impt for us to take note of the problems we face, but we mustn't allow these troubles to overwhelm us. as we look at our troubles, we often allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by them & forget tt the Lord is with us! in joshua 1:5, God promised joshua to be with him thru his battles. psalm 55:22 says "cast thy burden on the Lord & He shall sustain thee". God will sustain us!

it wasn't enough for the disciples tt Jesus was with them. they forgot tt Jesus is always in control & the first thing Jesus did when He woke up, was to rebuke them (in mark 4: "you have no faith at all!"), not calm the storm. we're like the disciples, always expecting Jesus to perform a miracle for us. we want to see Jesus working quickly, but tt's when we fail to see Him with us. as rev tan spoke, i felt so guilty abt last nite when i was unwell. like wat rev tan said, when we're in need, we often forget God is with us & when we get desperate, we expect God to work immediately. tt was exactly wat i did, the pain was so terrible, i got desperate and asked God to take away my pain immediately, forgetting tt He was with me...

indeed, the more we look at our problems, the more our faith shrinks. i pray tt i'd learn to practise my faith & trust the Lord after today's impt reminder!

psalm 56:3 - when i am afraid, i will trust in Thee.

o Lord, please increase my faith...

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

singapore's 40th birthday

as i made my way through the sea of ppl (with or without tics) rushing to catch the ndp, i wondered to myself, how many of them are really THATpatriotic to singapore? seriously, more than half their lives, most ppl complain abt singapore and everything in it, hardly being grateful for other things like our incorruptible government, who ensures that most of us here get an education or have a job secured...etc. yet, each year on the 9th of aug, these ppl put on red t-shirts, white bottoms, paint their faces red/white, stick flag tattoos on their faces/arms...etc. wat an irony, i feel...

anyway, before i side-track, i shall get back to why m posting today's entry. i just wanna give thanks to God for taking good care of singapore all these years. i thank God for His bountiful blessings on us. m so glad and proud to be a singaporean. even as m rejoicing with our nation on this very special day, i can't help but remember wat tian lin shared with me in chiangmai when i first met him. he was 26, yet was only in his first year at payap uni. he shared tt the government in burma had shut the universities becos some students staged a protest. how thankful i am for a wise government in singapore, which does the opposite - open more universities for us! thank God too, for a stable economy. thank God we're free from wars & terrorists attacks, tho we'll never know what tmr holds. but m glad to have peace of mind, knowing tt my God holds the tomorrow : )

well, the list can go on and on, but most impt of all, m grateful to God for the freedom to worship my God openly. indeed, God is sovereign!

i believe each of our leaders are chosen by God and put there for a reason, and i pray tt God would continue to give them wisdom to make good decisions tt would glorify God...

thank God too, for a great time i had with shelia & her 2 friends, yuxin & salan, today! tho the 4 of us must have looked like mad girls, i sure had fun helping shelia & salan scream for their boyfriends as they marched under the bridge we were standing on. and well, tho i didn't know which vehicle eugene was in (cos i forgot to ask him!), we sure had fun shouting his name once each time a vehicle went by : ) and best of all, was the fireworks : ) simply beautiful.

blessed 40th birthday, Singapore!

thanksgiving : )

finally made a trip to doc ho's. m so thankful it isn't wat i tot it'd be...and thank God for His mercies : ) and prayers answered...and yeah, thank God for making me realise i've been worrying abt stuff without eve realising it...thank God too, most imptly, for this really big test of faith...wish i had trusted Him more tho :

"casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you." 1 Peter 5:7

Monday, August 08, 2005

to a friend

...whom God allowed me to meet, all the way in chiangmai...whose father has just been called Home to be with our eternal Father...i pray tt our God of comfort would be his solace during this difficult time...

Psalm 23
1. The Lord is my Shepherd; i shall not want.
2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me
in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4. Yea, though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
i will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life: and i will dwell
in the house of the Lord for ever.
dearest tian lin, i pray tt even as you are saddened by the loss, may you be comforted in knowing tt your father is rid of all pains & sufferings, safe in the arms of Jesus...remember too, tt your father had been serving the Lord and has gone Home to recieve his rewards from our Almighty God...and in the sweet by and by, we shall all meet on tt beautiful shore...

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

i must tell Jesus

thank you, for this reminder...and the prayers you whispered for me...
I must tell Jesus
All of my trials
I cannot bear these burdens alone
In my distress
He kindly will help me
He ever cares and loves His own

I must tell Jesus
All of my troubles
He's a kind and compassionate friend
If i but ask Him
He will deliver
Make of my troubles
Quickly an end


feels like the whole world's leaving me...o Lord God, take the whole world, but give me Jesus AND help me turn to Him and Him only...