Wednesday, December 31, 2008
But nothing could have prepared us for it. The constant rain that dampens the atmosphere throughout the three days, the icky motel that creeps under your skin when you sleep, the traffic jams that teaches patience, the parking summon that we said we'd never get, the fully booked ferries heading out because the whole world was heading to the same island, the tour that we missed because our ferry was late, and the list simply goes on... and on... There were a hundred things that deserves to be complained about... It felt like an internal ticking bomb, ready to go off. I heard the soft ticking at the back of my head.. getting louder. I had to tell my heart to be still for God is still Sovereign. GOD!
What makes something perfect? What makes it wonderful? Seeing everything go exactly the way we want or had hope for? Without blemish. Is God good only when everything falls into place? But how do you appreciate a rainbow if there were no storm, or a good meal if you were not hungry?
We were so determined to have a good time and we stuck to saying God is good, hanging on to His good graces... asking for favour at every turn. And He never fails. Every time we choose to put it in His hands, He never fails. In spite of all the frustrations, there were moments of pure bliss - the rhythm of perfectly good music while we chilled from the pouring rain, having a good soul at the hotel help charter a boat for us to the islands, floating in a lake surrounded by endless mountains in the clouds while rain drops lightly on the surface, watching the sun rays shine down from heaven as we speedboat away from paradise...
It was simply awesome! Waiting for my photos...
I had so much more to say, but let's leave that to fester in my heart. Some things you can't buy. And those are the ones you treasure. Here's to forever...
Saturday, December 27, 2008
As usual Christmas morning involves paying honours where it is truly due - to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the reason for the season. He came - God in an embryo, all of Heaven's glory and splendor confined in mortality.... living to die for you and for me - the perfect sacrifice, a heavy price for salvation of men.
Then the day was spent at home with a very proudly decorated tree .
We had Nasi Kandar for Christmas lunch and dinner (and the next day dinner too).
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Twas the night before Christmas
And all was abuzz - wrapping gifts, cooking dishes, wishing friends...
Every year we get caught in the Christmas 'spirit'
And in that moment of stress cry out, 'what is Christmas all about?'
May we never forget the answer
As we celebrate His birth this year
Blessed Christmas to you and your family
May His light shine down on you
Bringing good tidings of joy and peace and love
Let every lonely heart and rejected spirit know
That there is a God who came in love for you and for me.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Aspirers Christmas Party 21.12.08 - Kodak moment!
As I am thoroughly lazy to blog and/or upload pics of this, please refer to Lynne's for pictures.
Other than that, it had been a long weekend for me, whereby one thing followed another and another. I guess my body was screaming in tiredness and I eventually caught the bug that was going around. My fervent prayer was that I not fall sick for real. *sniff*
But never regret that which has been done whole-heartedly unto the Lord. Nothing is done in vain for the Lord. Man labours but it is He who gives the increase.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I hopped into our church Unser and hoped we would survive my drive all the way down to Melaka. We hijacked all our young youth leaders for a retreat at an amazingly beautiful bungalow down at A' Famosa. There was a mini pool and fully furnished bungalow with Astro! What a retreat!
The youth, of course, made use of this opportunity to hang out with each other till the wee hours, kick their heels up and watch tv, stash their mouths with junk food, throw someone in the pool, etc. Not withstanding the chance to camwhore and even Dota (I hear). Huh! Thought I didn't know leh. But I'm sure you can hear all about that from them.
But what's more important was that which passed between our hearts and theirs, God's heart and ours. That's what we call a defining moment. I've learnt the importance and necessity of communicating a vision and imparting a dream, as well as doing it with more vigour. But the most part was when God just moved in our midst. His presence was undeniable. It covered us like a blanket and settled in every heart. When we prayed for each other, there was such a sense of release and empowerment. God is so awesome. He who has a word let him speak...
Right until the hour we were too leave, not an eye was left dry. We lift each other up, empowered every single leader and saw tat return to us, the older ones. I believe this was so because their hearts were hungry, longing. Because as we say "revival in progress", hearts were really being prepared. And now that revival is here, their hearts are so full and ready to burst. No wonder God's spirit just fell! God is so awesome! Now I know for sure that God will be faithful to Aspirers to the next generation.
I pray that this is only the start of greater things in Aspirers - for a release of spiritual gifts and anointing among the youth as they step forward and take on that which has been entrusted to them. That's one of the thing I would like to see next year. O God, we are ready to go to the next level.
For more stories and pictures of what happened there, read Larissa's blog.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
*clap* *clap* "Aspirers, come help!" a voice rang across the hall.
And they came like wolves ready to ravage everything.
I rolled up my sleeves to help carefully peel of the backdrop.
Lari screams, "I wanna do it" and takes over the spot I was at. *Hmph!*
After a while, I decided to help roll up the metal netting that held the clouds in place.
Jian says, "go away I don't need your help" *mata sepet-ed*
Dav laughs and says, "they're grown up and don't need you already"
Aww, I'm not sure I feel more pain or joy.
Person 1: Wah these kids still got so much energy, I feel like I'm ready to collapse.
Me: Uncle, haven't you heard that youths are the best labour force.
Person 2: Look at them go at it. Thank God for them man.
Me: Ya aunty, this is youth ministry**. Wanna join? (bahahaha..!)
** Qualifier: I said it as a jest.
At the end of every musical, we feel sad watching the stage torn down and the production almost forgotten. Most look forward to the DVD as mementos and product to show-off to their friends and family. It's something we hold proud of and pats our own back for.
But let us not forget the real reason we worked so hard to put this up less we labored in vain.
Lyrics of my favourite songs. Both very emo:
(sung by the choir of angels during the crucifixion)
O God He's dying, O God He's dying
O God He's dying, O God He's dying
Can't you feel His pain? Could this be a grave mistake?
Can't you hear His cry? You must know His heart will break
O God He's dying, O God He's dying
O God He's dying, O God He's dying
Must we watch His death? Speak the words we'll set Him free
Let your angel host, destroy the world and conquer calvary
O God He's dying, O God He's dying
O God He's dying, O God He's dying
O God He's dying, O God are you crying?
(A story of Jesus' great love)
They bound the hands of Jesus in the garden where He prayed
They led Him thro' the streets in shame.
They spat upon the Savior so pure and free from sin;
They said, "Crucify Him; He's to blame."
To destroy the world and set Him free.
He could have called ten thousand angels,
But He died alone, for you and me.
Upon His precious head they placed a crown of thorns;
All alone He suffered everything.
Then the sinful work of man was done.
Salvation's wondrous plan was done.
Monday, December 08, 2008
I was considering whether to do this or not. I mean it is yet another tag. Who keeps making these stuff up anyway? It's time to get more creative ;) Anyhow...
1. Who are you?
A child and servant of the Most High
2. Who is more important to you? Friends or boy/girlfriend?
hahah... equally! Friends are my support and boyfren is my future family. So how can you choose one over the other?
3. How often do you think of committing suicide?
That was a very long time ago...
4. Do you think you have enough confidence?
Nope. I always wonder how I am able to do what I do. Then I remember Jesus stood by my side and held my hand =)
5. How many babies you want?
6. Do you believe in seeing a rainbow after the rain?
Rainbow doesn't always appear after the rain. And when it doesn't, Sovereign Lord.
7. What is your goal for this year?
You mean for 2008. One of it was something to do with my focus for Aspirers.
8. Do you believe in eternity love?
There is only one eternal love. He who is.
9. What's a perfect boy/girlfriend like to you?
10. What feeling do you love most?
11. What are the requirements you wish from the other half?
lol. I won't list it here less I scare the world. Perhaps if you ask, I'll sit and tell you.
12. Is there anything you wanna tell the people you hate ?
13. Do you cherish every single friendship of yours?
Even if I don't call or make effort to keep in touch, know that whenever you do call or find me, I will always make time. Really one.
14. What does flying means to you?
Taking a break, a holiday.
5. What do you crave for the most currently?
Right now... something to drink.
16. Who's hotter?Chace Crawford or Kevin Peake?
17. Describe the person who tagged you in 5 words.A warrior princess who does not yet recognize her call.
18. What have you done to yourself make yourself happy?
19. If time were to rewind, when will you want it to be?I wanna fastforward time not rewind it!
20. What are your fear(s)?Oh, the lizard family, that I never be what I need to be, loneliness, that I might become too proud one day, angering God and loosing His favour, loosing my sight.... among other things.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
But on Sunday night, during our mock full dress full rehearsal, we had an audience. Real audience. Pastor even gave the salvation call and two people accepted. I mean it was a practise! Isnt' that awesome? As tiring as it was, it was awesome
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Early this morning, scores of excitement built up to talk about the smiling moon. With a grave face I asked what smiling moon. It seems I had just missed it. It's like missing the sun eclipse! How could I? Why didn't anyone tell me?
Apparently Jupiter and Venus had lined up with the moon crescent to form what looked like a smiley face. It's a phenomenon that was much hyped about in Australia but would have appeared as a frown in the States. The next time Jupiter and Venus would line up like that would be five years from now.
It's almost as if heaven was smiling down on us. In times of turmoil and trouble in our world today, some would think it cruel for heaven to smile innocently down at us. But I'd like to think it as an assurance that He is still with us and finds favour upon us. I'd like to think that it was symbolic of Him who love us and reminds us of His sovereignty and control over circumstances - over sun and seas, over nations and people. How it must have felt to look up in your darkest hour and see heaven smile upon you - as if to say 'all is not lost'.
Monday, December 01, 2008
Kingdom of the Son: A Prayer Safari
December 1-2, 2008 (Mon-Tues)
>100 kids with about 40% unchurched children
The lesson rooms were insanely beautiful. Children's workers have put in a lot of effort into creating a colourful atmosphere of props and stuff toys - it was a safari indeed. I've always said we've got some major talent here in our church. My pictures don't do justice. Perhaps you'll find better pics on Fong's page.
I later asked Ann if she thought VBA was worth it. She said yes, seeds were sown. For children, the answer is always yes. It's always worth sowing and investing in children and young people. =) May we always remember that.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Here's another thing you can do. There's a section in Parkson, Seremban Parade (ground floor) that has a 'wish list' from kids from Rhema Home. You can buy something for them and put it into the basket as a present for them. Aspirers, I encourage you to go there, share money to buy a few gifts for a few people and put it into the basket.
Put a smile on someone's face.
Christmas is a time to love/share.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
We watched the stage come into shape:
We watched the comedy and frustrations behind each Sunday 4hour long practice:
We went on foot to distribute flyers - announcing and inviting people for the musical:
With only two weeks to go, we increase in our hard work as excitement builds up.
This is an invitation to all who reads this blog. Will YOU be there? 12-14th December 2008. Come early to avoid disappointment. We are expecting a full house, every night.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Here's something totally random from Fong's blog.
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence along with these instructions in a note to your wall.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
Here's mine :
But as Goleman (1995, 1998) notes, there is nothing passive about empathy.
It's actually from The Skilled Helper by Gerard Egan. I have no idea why it's still sitting on the table next to my laptop. Sigh!~
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday night at the glamarous Sheraton Subang with KokThye's wedding dinner. A violinist accompanied the bride and groom down the red carpet. More pics here.
After a 5hour sleep, I was up again (skipped church) and heading north for another wedding session. She had a theme colour! Congrats Lian! So happy for you, babes. More pics here.
I think I did put on weight! Oh man...
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
After much persuasion *mannn, I'm quite influenced by my friends* I decided to get a new hair style. SHORT. Note that I've not had short hair since I was about 9yrs old. Can you imagine that? I was sitting quite traumatized in the saloon. My hair dresser asked me a couple of times if I was okay.
So now i have short hair. I'm still starring at myself in the mirror, trying to get use to the reflection. Wondering about the girl starring back.
Whaddya think? My hand still unconsciously touch it now and then. Maybe I'm consoling myself... or convincing myself. I'll probably get use to the style sooner or later. I may even like it. For now I can't seem to see what people are telling me.
And I do so miss my long hair. Especially the curls I did for Lian's wedding. So... how?
Oh bother! I already cut it, I should just run with this for a while. Do some enhancement for a change. Who knows, it might actually be better for me.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Why isit old friend's meet up only at events - especially another friend's wedding?
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I bought a little bun from the bakery for lunch and was going to eat it in the office. But a pit stop at the computer projection during music practice proved me wrong! My bun disappeared! I bet somebody took it. Why would somebody do that?
I can only think of one person who would be so nonsensical. I'm too lazy to confront during practice and too hungry to wait for it to be finally returned! Since that somebody will probably never read this, I'm just going to moan here. What's wrong with you? Questions that can never be answered... =.= So irritating! *You're probably wondering why I don't just go get it back* Yea I'm wondering too...
Now I'm downgraded to eating a muesli bar and a instant mushroom cream that taste a little odd. I have no words left to say....
Monday, November 10, 2008
At the end of the event, five people asked us how we thought the presentations were.
Our answer shocked them all.
Here's the story:
We had crabs for dinner that evening. I was running late, getting ready, filling gas and turning back for my phone. So Mich and I were already late when we finally headed towards KL. The problem was that we got lost. Trying to be smart about the roads didn't help. Majority of our friends didn't pick up their phones or couldn't help. An hour later, we found our way to KLPAC. We were stupefied to realize we had been so near yet so far the entire time. Why there are no signboards to identify the turning, is beyond me. No wonder we keep missing the tiny road.
After traveling possibly every nook and cranny of KL city, a knowledgeable and helpful petrol kiosk attendant helped point us the exact direction and location of the venue. And we walked through the front entrance fashionably late, hoping no one will notice. Except that the stage doors opened at that moment and people started to come out.
So what was our answer to the five people who asked us about the event?
"We just arrived" was our answer.
Imagine that. My brains are laughing and rolling on the floor as I type.
Well we HAD to take some pictures. I mean we came all the way from Seremban. We said our hellos to some old ICFers. Most were volunteering and busy. So for those that were not, we had dimsum at a nearby roadside stall to catch up. I mean I came all the way from Seremban after all!
Though the rest did not have time to say more than 3 sentence, and their bloodshot eyes says it all, I did widen my network a tad bit.
Nic: Attends to artistes.
Toll price: RM21.60
Petrol price: RM20 (about)
Dimsum price: RM6
Catching up with friends: priceless. (but forgot to take pic of that)
I arrived home at 1am and headed straight to bed. I was already groggy driving myself back and thank the good Lord that I am safe and sound. I was in grave danger of falling asleep on the wheel.
But the night wasn't all that bad. After all, you can't buy stories like these.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Bah! This picture doesn't do it justice. My lousy camera will never be able to capture the splendor of such a majestic splash of color across the sky. Dav, reserve ur comments pls. I know your camera can do wonders.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
As the world goes head over heels about the US presidential win, here's Barack's winning speech. Whatever I feel about the issue is besides the point. The speech, I must admit was good. Read it. And as Jimbo said, be inspired.
Warning: It's a long read.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Even if these were his last days, I think that he would be happy to know that he has made a difference in at least one life. Mine. Without you, old friend, I would have been so limited in what I do and how I serve. So well done, indeed.
But hang in there! I need you still...
p/s: Perhaps I should bare with his handicaps a little while longer. Perhaps I should backup my data and format his harddisk to improve performance. Perhaps I should care for him more diligently and take time to house clean. Perhaps I should just get a new one. I probably need to start an "@nne's New Laptop Fund". Who wants to donate?
Sunday, November 02, 2008
This 6-week series explores the motivation behind sharing as it talks about God's heart. It is a very practical study guide into the live of a fisherman - that we were all called to fish - the very thing we are trying to ignore. Some said it's boring some said it was interesting. I say it gave me a whole new perspective to God's call and the idea of fishing. Couple with the Christmas Musical's "Mobilizing Evangelism" under yours truly, I did some soul searching, and was immediately convinced of the urgency of the matter.
I started to embark on journeys in what most people call 'catching up with people'. Sometimes in our busyness we tend to forget what's important. I'm convinced that I need to do more than what I've been doing to reach my loved ones, I need to care more and I need to pray more. I'm trying. I need to make time, I know. And I'm trying. Oh and it's not enough. And it's so necessary. Oh God enable me to speak Your word with boldness! And I am trying so.
Here's a song by Casting Crowns called "Here I Go Again"
Father, hear my prayer
I need the perfect words
Words that he will hear
And know they're straight from You
I don't know what to say
I only know it hurts
To see my only friend slowly fade away
So maybe this time
I'll speak the words of life
With Your fire in my eyes
But that old familiar fear
is tearin' at my words
What am I so afraid of?
'Cause here I go again
Talkin' 'bout the rain
And mullin' over things
that won't live past today
And as I dance around the truth
Time is not his friend
This might be my last chance
to tell him that You love Him
But here I go again
Here I go again
Lord, You love him so
You gave Your only Son
If he will just believe
He will never die
But how then will he know
What he has never heard?
Lord he has never seen mirrored in my life
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
During the two days, I had yearned to go mingle (it is seldom that I actually want that - perhaps because I actually do know more people now) but I worked hard doing my job. Felt a little disappointed to not have the chance to mingle much, save for small hies and byes. But perhaps when GLS is in another church and I'm simply attending, I could then mingle. =)
Nevertheless, I will not miss out the chance to experience and learn as much as I can. Forget the food, just let me learn too. And like most delegates, I had been originally disappointed at the speakers line-up. But as the saying goes, "don't judge a book by it's cover". It was simply too awesome. The messages pierced hearts as it spoke to church leaders, challenging them to go back once again to the core of the Faith and dare to go out and make a difference, whatever it may costs, for the call is bigger than any thing this world can offer. At least that's the message to me. I was moved and challenged and convinced and re-fired. The session ended with leaders giving their lives anew and saying "Here Am I".
I want something more.....
Here's some of my prayers:
- That I will refuse Him nothing.
- That I'll always be foolish enough to believe I can make a difference in this world so as to not stop trying.
- Break my heart for what breaks Yours.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round - Ben Hogan
So lets celebrate life.
In the midst of a busy and excrutiating week of packing bags and making nametags, we took time off to sing a birthday song. I never got to eat any part of the cake because someone ate my share while I was not looking.
A friend who is soon to be married, came down to Seremban to give the red envelope. So we met up at a Spanish restaurant - which is over rated but cozy and unique - and ended up chatting and chilling for almost 3 hours. Thinking bout how the years have flown by kinda scares us though.
Only days before SPM, some SPMers were grateful for an excuse to come out and NOT study. It was another birthday. They're all growing so big! Sobs! Swarming their favourite steamboat restaurant in Lobak, they really cook up a storm. Hmm.. I should go there one day to actually eat and find out what's so awesome about it.
And at the end of the day, I'm really glad to have taken time of to celebrate life with people around me. I know that these are the things that really makes up my life.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
And for one week, I made used of some youths (free labour), to work work work! Forced labour. With stress level so high, my brains ready to fry and zap anyone in my way. Unfortunately, some of the kids kena my wrath. *feels sorry* I learnt that I'm at my worst when I'm that stressed. =(
But I do so much wanna say, "THANK YOU MY DARLINGS" for all the help you have willingly bestowed. Your servant heart will be remembered. And i KNOW God has seen and smiled. So even if just for that reason alone, it was worth it right?
Pic's from ETC's blog...
Monday, October 20, 2008
Why did we pick "tattoo"? Because one of our group member was so hyped up about it.
I don't even like tattoos. Never did. Yet that's what we needed to look into.
How was it? Go to google image and type 'tattoo' in the search box. It is interesting.
But I did learn a lot of things about a controversial topic like 'tattoo' and it did shape my opinion about the topic in a more concrete manner. So now I can say I know so cos I've researched it so. LOL. And I did make new friends. And I did learn more about the friends I already have and more about myself. And I did stand in front of the class of 80 students (not all was present tho) and give a conclude our group's presentation. So it was good.
What was the conclusion to the topic? LOL. Go figure. Or ask me in person.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Watching you begin to take ownership and act responsibly. Watching you willing to support your team and encouraging the rest. Watching you.
.... I'm proud of you! *hugs*