Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Passion Principle

Finished reading the book which I shared about - 10 Things Jesus Never Said and it took me only a week. WOW! Indeed a record considering my slow speed and low interest in reading.

Reading another book and it's titled "Awesome On The Inside" by Tim Hawkins. Halfway through and every chapter I read felt like I was reading about myself - not the awesome part of course but how not awesome it is deep down inside me.

Something I want to share from the book:

"There are some things that if you don't do them with all your heart, you might as well not do them at all."

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. - Colossians 3:23

1. Work at it with all your heart
You're never meant to do anything half heartedly. God says, whatever you do, work at it will ALL your heart.100%


2. Because you're working for the Lord
You don't read your bible because your youth leader said you should. You don't come to church because you've simply "got into that habit". You don't get involved in ministry to others "because it's expected of you". You don't obey your parents just so they won't get angry with you.

All because we're working for the Lord.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Happening Monday

This is a backdated post. I've been wanting to blog this post since Monday but was really busy for the past many days since Thursday.

Monday was an extremely happening day for me. Quite a black Monday as well. You'll know why.

After settling the usual house chores, my sister and I went out to several places to settle some stuffs. First to the bank to withdraw some money. There, I took notice of a red kancil because it was blocking the way and somehow i remembered the number plate. Then we went to the bus station to buy my sister's bus ticket. On the way out, there was a roadblock, police checked my licence and of course I got through =p It's the second time my driving licence got checked since i started driving.

Next, we headed to sister's college to settle some convocation procedures and next to Ipoh Parade to watch Ah Beng: 3 wishes. Guess what? I managed to park at the free parking area outside starbucks for the first time, must be my day eh? and guess what again? we met the very same red kancil we saw at the bank !!! The car was entering the same parking area when we got off. What a coincidence!!!

Wanted to watch that movie in Kinta City with my friends last week but it was sold out and it's super expensive to watch a movie there now. It's so much cheaper in Ipoh Parade, only RM6!!! My sister claimed a free ticket cause it's her birthday month so it's like a 3bucks movie! Definitely worth it =) sound system ain't that good, but doesn't matter, it's so cheap anyway.

Dined in Kenny Rogers after movie. Sister's treat to celebrate her new job in a new department.

Vanilla and chocolate muffin.

We're quite health conscious and thrifty when it comes to ordering drinks so, sky juice =)

Quarter chicken with black pepper gravy with fresh fruits, mashed potato and garden pasta salad.

Sister's chicken with rice,macaroni and cheese and coleslaw.

Walked around after lunch looking for brown court shoes for sister's new job but couldn't find any and planned to hunt for it somewhere else. We decided to leave Ipoh Parade for the next place at about 4pm but couldn't unlock our car. We thought something must be wrong with the remote control so we called dad for help and he suggested us to get new battery from the watch shop. We went back in, all the way to the 1st floor but the guy said the battery was still strong and taught us how to unlock the car using the key and off the alarm when it's triggered but we changed the battery anyway, just in case. Got back to the car and nothing worked.

We loitered around until 5.45pm, dad came. He brought the spare remote control and it didn't work either. Anyway, long story short, tapped my dad's car battery in the end and realised the headlights were on!! That's why the battery went flat. I refused to admit I turned it on until i recalled i did turn it on at the bus station while crossing the dark carpark and totally forgot to off it. The funny thing was that, the police didn't tell me, the guard at the parking lot didn't tell me. They probably didn't notice either. It was about 7pm by the time everything was settled.

Lesson learnt: Always check that your car headlights are off before getting off your car and remind others whenever possible when you see their headlights on during the day or at any parking lots. It'll save them a whole lot of trouble.

Went to church for the valentine event preparation at night and finally had time to check my results at 11.30pm. It's just so happen that I'm always occupied on the exam results day. Didn't know what to expect and gathered my guts to check it. Failed one, passed another. Just 3 more marks to pass! argh.... but it's definitely much more than what I deserve based on how badly I answered the paper. It is already grace and I'm really thankful I didn't fail both. Least I don't have to defer the one I'm enrolled for now. I'll finish this year if all goes well.

Guess that's all about my happening Monday. Sorry I'm just so long winded cause it's for my record too =p

That's all for now. Till then!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

assurance and encouragement

I came across these 2 bible verses 3 times today, I think.

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
- Colossians 1:16

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
- Galatians 2:20

First while watching a video shared by a friend on facebook, then at cell group and again while googling up for verses related to 'love'.

Perhaps these 2 verses always come hand in hand but it simply amazes me each time i stumble upon the same verse a few times in a short period of time.

It's not just bible verse. I even came across some same phrases at least twice over the past one week.

- We can never surprise God because He knows everything.
- God will never give up on us.
- Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is not a one time sin but a lifetime sin of which we reject Jesus until the day we die and that is unforgivable.

That's an encouragement for me and I hope it is for you too =)

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

"I'm so disappointed in you"


Got this book a few days ago and I'm almost halfway through. I'm not a bookworm but if a book can get me reading on and on, it must be good.

It's quite a risky act to simply purchase a book without knowing how good it is but so far it's a good read especially if your christian walk seems to be driven by guilt, afraid you're not good enough for God and afraid of how He may be disappointed by you.

The title of this post is among the 10 things Jesus never said.

There is no way we can disappoint God because He knows every single thing about us, every decision we would make and every deed we would commit. We'll never catch Him by surprise by the things we do.

Here are some lines taken from the book that I had the urge to share:

God knows more about you than you do. He's a "you" expert! How are you going to surprise Him or somehow do something He didn't expect?

Jesus died for our sins. Past, present, future - He died for it all.

God is way to big and all-knowing for us to ever surprise Him or let Him down.

God knows everything about us but chose to love us anyway.

Our standing as believers before God has forever been confirmed by the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Know that when you fall - and you will - your loving heavenly Father will be the first to pick you up. You will never hear Him say, "I'm so disappointed in you".

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8 -