Monday, April 27, 2009

TOD Jumble Sale!


This is Caleb with his balloon doggie in a heart. He was arranging it in strange positions earlier...


I thought this was the prettiest booth of all - this is Auntie Carmen's flower booth.


That's Michelle in pink selling organic healthy stuff. Jennifer is in the behind her selling earrings and necklaces she made herself. And right at the back - Michelle with her clothing line!


This is the majorly jumbly section with everyone selling lots and lots of stuff!


Err... Benjamin is just in the piccie! *grin* These are the 'lepak'ers in the lepak corner waiting for the ladies to finish their shopping!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

"Give them Me"

I'd been feeling uncommonly drained lately. More than once I would cry out in my heart when I saw someone with a need, "Lord, I have nothing left to give."

Last Sunday I was in Pst Roderick Tay's church and Pst Roderick himself preached. It was really tough for him to preach because of the stroke he had gone through.

But God spoke to me through this part of the message - Pst Roderick shared that one day he faced a crowd of 40,000 people and he told God, "Lord, even if I gave $1 to each person here, I would not have enough in my bank account to give to all of them. Lord, I have nothing to give them."

And God spoke to him and said, "Give them Me".

Give them Me - give them Jesus!

And Pst Roderick Tay called up the people for prayer and many were healed by God's power.

What a powerful thing to remember and it was a refreshing to my spirit. It was as if God had whispered directly to my ear the answer I needed, "Gillian, give them Me. Give them Jesus."

"I Wish You Jesus" by Scott Wesley Brown

I could wish you joy and peace
To last a whole life long.
I could wish you sunshine
Or a cheerful little song.
Or wish you all the happiness
That this life could bring;
But I wish you Jesus, more than anything.

I could wish you leaves of gold
And may your path be smooth.
I could wish you treasures
Or that all your dreams come true.
And I could wish you paradise
That every day be spring;
But I wish you Jesus, more than anything.

'Cause when I wish you Jesus,
I've wished you everything.

Desna's wedding

Went for the wedding of an ex-classmate of mine called Desna last Saturday. I don't remember how on earth we got to know each other so well in Sec 4 - she was quiet and so was I! We went through Sec 3 barely saying a word to each other because she was right across the room from me.

But somehow we did get to know each other and became good friends :> And her friendship really brightened up Sec 4 for me - I remember I went to her house to stay over and she came out with me when my parents visited....

And now she's all grown up and married :> God bless you abundantly, girl!


Signing the marriage certificate


Hubby putting wedding ring onto Desna's finger


Sealed with a kiss!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Mentoring

One of my friends (let's call her X) MSN'd me just now to say that she is going to be mentoring someone. I'm really proud of X for doing so. The person X is mentoring is someone that some of the 'older' Christians have been talking about needing mentoring, but whom none of us (except for friend X) has sufficient a burden for to want to do so.

Mentoring isn't easy. It's a thankless task, filled with tears... and moments of deep joy too :>. There are days when if not for the love of God burning in our hearts, we would give up on the people God gave us to mentor. And that's a wrong thing to do, because to reject someone who has bucket-loads of rejection issues can turn the person away from God for a long, long time.

It's not a duty to take up lightly 'because nobody else wants to do it'. Depend on it, God loves the person enough that in the right time, at the right place, He will send the person a mentor.

I've mentored someone who reminded me of a horse the way the person kicked. But the person still needed love and attention and guidance just as we all do. And in moments of exasperation, the person would remind me by seeking me out again.

Nothing beats the 'highs' .... when someone is still loving God years later... when someone gives a revelation that God gave them in their own quiet time.... when somebody shares a growth in their walk with God that they achieved themselves.... These are moments when the tears of joy in the heart soothe all the pain and scars. It's all worth it.

And after all... this is what Jesus said, "Do you love Me? Feed My sheep".

Friday, April 3, 2009

Be Still

Are those words hard for you? They are for me! People think my life is boring (*ahem*!) because it is filled with work, volunteer work and church.

Nowadays they would find it even more boring, because I've emptied my schedule of everything except the basic things needed - church and work.

Was looking at Darlene Zschech's website (thanks for e recommendation, Nadine!) and seeing her work with the less-fortunate children of the world made me feel like running out and helping again.

But I also know that this rest time is ordained by God for me to build on Him my solid foundation. To grow my roots strong in Him.

Lately I've been waking up to worship music resonating in my spirit and my mind. It's beautiful to wake up and I never know what song is going to be there when I wake! Sometimes it quite catches me by surprise.

I learnt after becoming a Young Adult, that it is easy to go through Youth days thinking you know God but not really knowing Him at all. Youth days are filled with youth group meetings, school Christian Fellowship, serving in different ministries, hanging out with church friends, reaching out to your non-believer classmates, youth camp .... and lots of hype-y things that can keep you so busy, you forget to grow your own relationship with God. You forget to take time out away from the noise and bustle just to spend time with Him in your own Quiet Place.

And then you become a Young Adult and all the busy-ness falls away because you are so busy at work that you have no more time to serve. And that's when you realise how strong your own 'roots' and foundation are.

I've seen so many fall away at this stage. Speaking from experience, I believe sometimes it's just the sheer disappointment of finding out that all the hours you spend 'serving' meant nothing in terms of building your own relationship with God.

So it's time to grow roots - feed on the Word of God, spend time in one-to-One worship - get ready. Because when the busy times come again, without a solid foundation in God, I will lose hold of Him. And I never want that to happen again.