Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Sigh. Nope. Guess that's not what really matters.
From the Bible we learn that healing that really matters in God's sight is not physical. When the prophets of OT talked about healing, it's not merely physical. We all know we will all eventually die. What is most important is spiritual.
This reminds me that this life is really real. God is really real. And what He wants for us is to be healed from real stuff that really matters.
We are sick with sin. Sin is totally real. We need to be transformed into holiness, Christ-likeness. This is the kind of healing He wants.
Yet we may pray for physical healing, for God wants us to pray for all things. But we need not be desperate about it. Because we know we're in good hands. GOD's loving, perfect wisdom filled, hands.
What I need to do is be there for them... though from far away, cos they're both in Indonesia. Prayer connects us all in spirit. God took care of them much better. God helped me to find ways to encourage them, even from such a distance.
How great is our GOD.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Our family love a pasta meal. Any aglio olio pasta with no complicated topping. I even get my son to eat vegetables this way.
Here's my trusty pasta recipe. I learned all my basics from Jamie (Oliver, that is)!
Into a pot of boiling water, add some olive oil, salt, and your favorite pasta (spaghetti and penne pictured). Let boil gently for about as long as the packet tells you (8-11 minutes).
Give or take five minutes before the pasta is ready, heat up a pan with some olive oil. When it's hot, add sliced garlic until fragrant.
Put in sliced sausages, sun-dried tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, asparagus or arugula/rocket leaves, chilli padi; whatever you want. Sprinkle some dried oregano, dill, a pinch of salt and crushed black pepper.
When the pasta is al dente (not too soft, not too hard especially in the core), pour most of the water out of the pot. Then season the pasta with a splash of olive oil, oregano, salt, and crushed black pepper. Mix thoroughly.
Remove the pan from the fire, and dump the pasta into the pan. Mix well.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Ge 2:19
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The sun cannot compare to the glory of Your love
there is no shadow in Your presence;
No mortal man would dare to stand before Your throne;
Before the holy One of heaven.
It's only by Your blood,
And it's only through Your mercy,
Lord, I come.
I bring an offering of worship to my King,
No one on earth deserves the praises that I sing;
Jesus may You receive the honor that You're due;
Oh Lord, I bring an offering to You.
below is the song's christmas version:
Monday, February 11, 2008
After all that's happened, have I been discouraged because I thought my usefulness is less? Am I scampering to find new things to do, to continue to "bring glory to God", whereas actually He wants me to slow down and take more time to learn to know Him more personally, and enjoy Him?
Yes, man's (and woman's) purpose in life is to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever. What He is doing in me is more important to Him than my usefulness. He wants me transformed into the likeness of His Son. All I can say is, "Here am I, Lord."
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. 2 Co 5:15
The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. 1 Jn 3:1
I was talking to my young son about his status as a child of God the other day. That he should start living according to that wonderful fact.
Then this morning it dawned even more on myself (you know, sometimes we may 'talk' but missed the 'walk').
I am a child of God ! How cool is that.
It's this cool:
Bought me with nothing less than the blood of His beloved Son. Given me His Holy Spirit so His presence shall forever go with me to comfort and lead me.
I am a child of God. That means I have a father, GOD: Creator, Sovereign, everything in this vast universe is under His control. Nothing can snatch me away from Him. He has given everything to save me and in the future will give me everything associated with being a child. We are joint heir with Christ !
Even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not fear. His presence endures as I cross the raging river to reach the Celestial City on the other side.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Ro 8:38-39
And when compared to the sinful state He rescued me from. How great is the love of GOD! That I should be able to call Him FATHER!
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
Memories of my childhood came flooding back as I listen to my favorite frog. I'm glad I found it.
13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Ge 9:13-16