“No Prayer, No Breathing, No Power, No Life”

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing” – Martin Luther King

Imagine prayer is like a two-ways conversations between you and your closest friend, or with your spouse.

There is no definite time and place, no set of rules of “what we should talk about”.

It can be casual over a cup of morning coffee ☕️ or across the miles on road while we commute 🛣

in exasperation as we handle screaming baby or stubborn child 🤯,

in awe as we witness the beauty of nature 💐 and God’s creations 🌌 ,

as we also yearn for that intimate time when we share our deepest heart to nobody else who understands it better than He who created our inner being.

Just us in the hidden space.

Get rid of the image that prayer is only done by (old) church ministers inside church building.

Be transformed for the mental mind that think “we pray when/if we have the time” ⏳ (you’d never have that time unless you choose to use it).

Imagine prayer as a zealous conversation between the Lover and the loved one.

Imagine an invisible grace, love, and patience bestowed upon us when our heart connects with His.

Imagine when we don’t pray, we might as well stop breathing.

Then imagine how many mountains and valleys we would walk through, with the divine power which carries us miraculously along the way.

And imagine how the image of His Son shining brighter day by day through our momentary life on earth,

that this world and everything in it has nothing to compare with His glory in Heaven,

whenever we pray.

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Trust in You

The above lyrics is from “Trust in You” song by Lauren Daigle, it is my #songoftheday today 🎶

Sometimes when we commit to trust in God, things don’t turn easier they’ve even become way harder!

Moses had his faith in God and His promise that the Israelites would be freed from slavery in Egypt and to enter the promised land, the Canaan. However, when Moses approached Pharaoh and delivered the message, Pharaoh hardened his heart and made the Israelites worked even harder! (by not providing straws for them which is something necessary in making bricks, something that I’ve just learned this morning when I read Exodus 5).

The Israelites now had extra duties to find their own straws PLUS they still had to meet the daily quota of the bricks making.

Moses complained to God, “why have You brought all this trouble on Your own people, Lord? Why did You send me? Ever since I came to Pharaoh as Your spokesman, he has been even more brutal to Your people. And You have done nothing to rescue them!”.

Oh how I can really relate with Moses!

God once again gave His promise of deliverance, but the Israelites “refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery”.

And how I could relate with this too.

We may become too discouraged too in many times. Seeing the facts and circumstances in front of us are just different with one that God’s promised.

Is there something wrong with me?

What should I do more?

What should I do less?

We’ve lost our focus on Jesus and fix our eyes more on our doubts and worries instead.

We may not be able to find all the answers to our questions.

But today, as I read God’s words and listen to the above #songoffaith I find another courage to trust.

Another step of faith to believe in God’s timing.

God’s delay does not equal to failure of His plans.

Find your strenght, comfort, and peace in God’s words.

And once again, #choose to trust in Him.

Even if He did not move the mountain in our timing,

Even if He did not part the sea,

Even if He did not multiply the bread and the fish,

His ways are way higher than ours.

Choose to trust and keep the joy in our heart.

His deliverance shall come at His perfect timing!

#obedienceabovefeeling

#crunchynatsjournal

“Waiting With God”

For the last couple of days I’ve become weary again, from #waitingonGod

Then yesterday I read two devotionals in my inbox about, guess what, waiting.

First is “While You’re Waiting” by Louie Giglio, then “And What Happens When I Don’t Wait Well?” by Wendy Pope. Coincidence?

I certainly not think so. This is just one of the ways God wonderfully speaks on daily basis for the seeking hearts.

From each of the readings I’ve been reminded and strengthened:

📝 Even when you can’t see what He is doing, God is always orchestrating the events of Heaven and earth to accomplish His purposes for your life (Romans 8:28).

📝 Contradictory with human’s view that waiting is a waste of time, waiting is NEVER wasted when you are waiting on God.

Trust in His unfailing love — love that moved Him to send a Savior from heaven to restore and rescue you. God’s plans for your life will not be thwarted (Romans 8:32, Isaiah 55:11).

📝 Wait WITH God – see the pause as time to experience Him deeper. Waiting with Him is WORTH IT. His plans are the best — more than anything we can ask or imagine.

The God of comfort is able to take away my worry and fear, the “when” and “what ifs” questions, and replace them with deeper intimacy with Him as I continue to choose to trust.

When we give our attention much more on waiting on His promises than on His presence, He is able to shift the focus back on Him and Him alone #presenceoverpromise

Proverbs 3:5

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”

I am simply grateful for He is a Good Shepherd who always leads me back to the right track when I have wandered and relied on my own understanding and expectation.

My prayer for tonight is,

I want this season of waiting to not be wasted with worry, fear, or complains.

I want this season of waiting to be a time to experience Him deeper, a time to see things more from His ETERNAL point of view, a time to rejoice for He will never leave me.

Yes, even in times of waiting in silence.

He never fails me.

“Weak Women”

Last night before slept Aimee asked me if one day she’d become a mother (🤔😆). I asked her whether she wanted to. She said “it’s so hard, mum has hard works to do” 😂

And this morning when I was vacuuming she asked me again, “do you like to be a mum?”. (Obviously) I replied yes lol. Then I said “because God has already given you two for me”.

We definitely will have a good amount of time of mother daughter conversation discussing this role.

This morning I also read genealogy of Jesus Christ from Matthew. Reading the footnotes written by John MacArthur I gain more understanding.

It is unusual for women to be named in genealogies. Yet Matthew named 5 of them; Tamar (a Canaanite woman who posed as prostitute to seduce Judah), Rahab (a gentile and prostitute), Ruth (a Moabite woman), Bathsheba (who committed adultery with David), and Mary (who bore a stigma of pregnancy outside of wedlock).

Now aren’t the name of women written in the Bible supposed to be those who are noble, came from the purest line of the Israelites and honorable family?

And yet here I find all is flawed, imperfect, incapable, weak.

Just like many, countless times I feel the same way as a person and as a mother.

And yet God CHOSE them, He LOVED them, He gave them honorable roles – purely by His mercy.

Truly this is the greatest love we could find on earth, in Him who values our weaknesses not more than our “strengths”. Praise the Lord for this is the kind of God I worship!

#myprayer

May You continue to work through my weaknesses so my children can see more of You through the cracks,

may You empower me to keep serving my children and family with the kind of love You fuel me,

and when I am tired may Your grace and assurance comfort me that my journey belongs to You,

therefore I am NEVER alone.

2 Corinthians 4:7

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us”

“Be Fruitful to Whom?”

Spring ~ where there is abundant fruits from the garden 🍑

I have many plums and apricots from my friends’. And as I am holding this, I come to remember the Sunday sermon I heard this week. An eye opening one. I believe it is not a coincidence, as it aligns very well with my year 2018 “fruitful year”.

The intriguing questions that I have to continually ask my own self:

✅ Do I bear fruits for my own advantage, or for God’s glory?

✅ Do I use God’s abundant grace for my own pleasures on earth, or living for God’s kingdom and God’s purpose?

It is not enough to “be fruitful/bear fruits” and “living in grace”, only. To whom? To whose agenda? Who’s the audience?

I’m grateful for this stern reminder. Praying for the Lord will show and enable me to live “less of me and more of Him” kind of life. Because I need His guidance, His wisdom.

I need Him.

Cherry Crumbles Recipe 🍒

Since many of my friends been asking the recipe for the dessert I posted two days ago on Instagram (made from my abundant cherry supplies, thanks for the Christmas feast leftover and in season (lower) cherry price 😝), here’s the recipe for the Cherry Crumbles I got from Taste.com, and this makes it the first time ever I post a recipe on this blog! 😆

Ingredients:2kg cherries, pitted

2 tablespoons caster sugar

50g butter, chopped

1/2 cup (75g) plain flour

1/2 cup (50g) rolled oats

1/4 cup (55g) brown sugar

ice cream or custard, to serve

Method:Step 1

Preheat oven to 180°C. Place the cherries in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons water. Cook over a low heat for 6-8 minutes. Stir in the caster sugar and cook a further 5 minutes or until soft.

Step 2

In a bowl, use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until fine crumbs form. Stir in the oats and brown sugar.

Step 3

Spoon the cherries into a 4 cup (1 litre) ovenproof dish. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the top. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden. Cool slightly and serve with ice cream or custard.

Easy peasy!

As a mum of two I wouldn’t choose complicated recipe anyway 😝

Happy baking!

“Hello 2018 – My Fruitful Year”

It’s (another) new year! Another year gone by (too fast). 2017 for me felt only like 6 months scattered around here and there (where did March – September had gone?) 😅

At this point of life, I never make my “new year resolution” anymore. I have realized that change can happen anytime anyway. And that I’d most likely have forgotten about my resolutions by March of the year. Or simply I’m now much busier with the kids I hardly can find time to sit down and “think” without having several interruptions (at the moment I’m typing my blog with Arielle on my lap 😝).

Nonetheless, being a melancholic person by nature, I still like to be thoughtful and use the moment for life reflection. Yes, I like to reflect on things. Last night I read an email from Crossway.org about questions to ask for yourself on new year. I’d like to answer them in my quiet time. It’s amazing how God always speak during my time of reflection (clearly it is one of my favorite times of the day).

Anyway, I chose the word “fruitful” for this year because this  word is one that I kept on receiving since November last year, during my personal quiet time as well as when on one corporate prayer meeting. My guidance verse is from John 15 (have a read, I still find John 15 is very revealing whenever I read it. “Apart of Me you can do nothing” – always a good reminder as a Christ follower).

I still remember a vision I got on a retreat I came during my early years as a born again Christian (about a decade ago?🤔). I saw a coconut tree 🌴 Later on I knew the meaning of that vision.

Do you know that almost (or all?) parts of the coconut and the tree can be used or turned into something, such as making soap, oil, furniture, brooms, mats, and many more (I found an article titled as “77 Coconut Uses: for Food, Body & Skin Care, Household + more” when I wrote this 😋).

Isn’t it wonderful when (not ‘if’) God can use every part of my life for His purpose, for His glory?

In my motherhood life, marriage life, as a friend, as a daughter, as a sister in Christ, as a community member, as a church minister, as a business owner, as an artist, as a writer, as a worshipper, as an encourager – in everything.

That’d be one of my “wildest dreams”! And the amazing thing is, because I trust and depend on Him to work in me, I have no pressure to “perform”! I only need to follow His lead and make myself available for Him.

God has given me a conviction that my purpose in life can only be found in Him. My life purpose is not found in hoarding the best of this life on earth for my own pleasure. It is not “your best life now on earth”, but He’s given me the best of eternal life through my restored relationship with Christ!

Isaiah 43:7

“Bring all who claim Me as their God,

for I have made them for My glory.

It was I who created them”.

All the blessings and God’s goodness I enjoy in this life still leave me an empty hole that only THE GIVER Himself can fill in.

Yes, God draw me closer to Him with His blessings (I pray that He continues to do this).

For wouldn’t it be sad that if your child loves your presents more than he/she loves you as his/her parent?!

Anyway, I think that’s it for this morning.

To sum up, you and I were created on purpose and for purpose. If you haven’t found yours (like I used to 13 years ago when I hadn’t known Jesus personally),

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.

Keep on seeking, and you will find.

Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, find. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened”

That is God’s promise in Matthew 7:7-8, and He who promised it is faithful.

I pray that you find your purpose in the right place, in the right Person.

Happy New Year beloved of Christ!

All is Vanity

~~ Even the most beautiful flower will wilt after it blooms in all its glory 🥀 ~~

This morning my heart feels “uneasy”. I have felt this kind of “emotions” several times before.

Just like the King Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 1, “all is vanity”.

Have a read at the whole chapter, here I’m just going to write some from verses 8-9,

“All things are full of weariness;

A man cannot utter it;

the eye is not satisfied with seeing,

nor the ear filled with hearing.

What has been is what will be,

and what has been done is what will be done,

and there is nothing new under the sun”.

Then I come in to my studio and the picture above is my view, it resonates with my heart at the “right” time.

Following the world trends and fashion will not take us anywhere further if we look it from the eternal point of view,

and even to have a “happy family”, “good children”, “healthy and happy marriage”, “stable and good paying job”,

“successful business”, “excellent grades” – in thousand years time from now, would all of these still matter…?

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Eternity means “a state to which #time has no application; #timelessness”.

If we are to live in eternity even after we pass away and not be bounded by our mortal body anymore, would the things in this world matter…?

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If not, what matters then?

What kind of faith matters?

What kind of obedience matters?

What kind of worship matters?

What kind of pursue matters?

What kind of passions and zeals matter?

Whose kingdom matters?

Whose beauty matters?

Whose honor matters?

Ecclesiastes 1:14

“I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind”.

#fromdusttodust

#crunchynatsjournal

#mythoughtsmylife

A Mother’s Greatest Calling

This morning I try to wake up earlier and tiptoe quietly out from my room; I just want to make a cup of coffee, sit down and read my Bible in the quietness (which is rare since I have Arielle, sleeping has become precious commodity 😝).

Then I heard this whisper, “Mummy, can I wake up and go with you?”, oh well, the eldest caught me in the act! 😅 I thought why not with this time, we could enjoy the early morning just the two of us. So we woke up together, I made my coffee, sat down and opened my bible while Aimee was next to me having her breakfast. Then I remembered I once sketched the “weapon of God” from Ephesians 6 on my bible just to help me in memorising, and I felt like I wanted to share the Words with Aimee. In a second she straightaway replied with her excited face, “I know it! I also have it from Sunday school!”. She went back to her room and there it was her own version of “Armor of God” 👆🏻 haha.

We spent good minutes sharing the word of God, and moment after she goes to school, I have a warm affirmation in my heart about this morning’s encounter and I thank His Spirit for the opportunity.

I am not always aware or willing enough to share about God’s words in the midst of life routines and hectic schedule, so wherever we have the opportunity I fully realize and give the honor to the Holy Spirit who have guided, inspired, and given me the wisdom I need.

I feel His Spirit reaffirming me, that the privilege and honor to share the words of God to our children do not belong to the Sunday school teachers (or school teachers if they go to Christians school) no matter how awesome the jobs they do, but they belong foremostly to the MOTHERS/PARENTS.

God is glorified at the heart of the home where the name of Jesus is a part of daily life and naturally spoken out and shared with the whole family members.

Nothing is more important in your life than being one of God’s tools to form a human soul” (Paul Tripp), and with this great task we have Him and His grace with us!

Thanks for reading this mumma’s story! 🙂

Deut 6:5-9

5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.