Thursday, December 25, 2008

My Christmas

Been having a jolly good time. I'm really enjoying my quiet time in the morning. About 0530 to 0615. It's really wonderful. And I can truly see God working through every single event in the day. Every problem is solved and things are so smooth. I have come to believe that sometimes prayer is more important than sleep. In the sense that rest is necessary. But prayer is indisposable. Rest without prayer will not get me by my day.

Well, had an enjoyable time at church just babysitting the kids. Spending time with them, understanding them. Something I love. And went out to eat with the youth in CM at Kembangan. Daniel Li was saying that it would make more sense to have eaten at separate tables and I agreed. But then again the level of closeness and sense of family I saw last night was most excellent. We have to work hard to maintain this and keep close to God. For divisions and quarrels and squabling and gossiping and the evil desires of youth might soon overtake us.

Slept over at Caleb and Aaron's place last night. Talked into the early morning with Jeremy and Wayne too. Most excellent companionship.

Still looking for a job. Anybody has any offers?

God has been real good to me.

This verse I memorized in one of my more troubled days.

The Lord your God is with you
He is mighty to save
He will take great delight in you
He will quiet you with His love
He will rejoice over you with singing- Zephaniah 3:17
And this one from Lamentations.
I will say to myself
"The Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait for Him"
It is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord
It is good for a man to bear the yoke
while he is young- Lamentations 3: 24-25
Yeah, I know what it's like to hit a stonewall with God in our walks. But keep waiting on God. For in His time He will provide. I know and testify to that.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

53 more days to go...

Till my ORD!

Well, I already got my new shoes. 2 new pairs to be exact. Dad and mom drove me down to a warehouse sale in the Upper Paya Lebar area. And managed to get some pretty good buys. Bought a pair of Lee Cooper and a pair of Kappa. First one original price S$129.90. Bought at $S49.90. Second one original price $S79.90 (if I remember correctly). Bought at S$39.90. So saved about S$120 perhaps? Hee hee.

And also bought a new desk for my room. Replacing the one I've been using since say about Primary 3? That's about 11 years.

Well I went to church this morning. Hmmm. Wonder what's my posting for the next year in childrens' ministry.

I was thinking that I have mellowed in the last year or so. I get angry a lot less easily. I hope.

If you're wondering how my walk with God has been, I must say in true honesty that it's been hard to find time with Him. I make time in the mornings at about 0545 to 0630 to spend some time praying and reading the bible. Then I hit the bed at about 2200, most days. Much to do in the solitary room of rifles. I do wish some days that I have more time in the middle of the day to spend with God.

Friday night I went out with my fellow commanders to watch Yes Man. And before that we had dinner at Sakura near Causeway Point for OC's farewell. I thought it was a rather fast way to spend money. And I did both only because I thought I needed to spend more time with the rest. The monetary-minded person in me hated it. But we had a good time and then again it's good to spend a little bit more once in a while. Too much discipline in such an area can lead to a backfire.

Hmmm. Well. I have changed a lot in these last 2 years, if you've noticed. And I hope and pray that out of new-found strength in God and hammered out character I can better glorify God.

Ta for now. Booking in. Roughly my 8th last week. So roughly 16th last time booking in? Considering Christmas and New Year and the occasional night's out.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Back

Well, server was down last Sat and Sun after YPM camp. And booked in Sun night. So couldn't get to use the net.

Still very busy in armskote. This past week at my workplace reminded me again of the stark difference of civvy life and freedom that a civilian possesses. It is very possible to go with the flow inside and shut off the outside world, not knowing much about what happens outside, not having much contact with people outside. At the end of the day it does boil down to possessing a healthy work-life balance.

Kinda looking forward to seeing my camp kids for the camp reunion?

My to do list for ORD (Operationally Ready Date):

1)Find a job. Don't mind a full time job. But I would like one that leaves me enough space to spend time on working out regularly and spending time in my God-given ministry. And for driving lessons.

2)Learn how to drive. I've passed FTT already. Will need to apply for PDL and start sourcing for a good driving instructor.

3)Re-pack my entire room. Need to reconfigure a few things. Last did a major pack up right after A levels. I need a new undergrad friendly configuration and living space. Prob need to get a new mattress? The one I use has been there since sec 1 or 2 I think. Kinda bad for the back in the long term.

4)Of slightly lesser importance, get a new pair of shoes. I've been wearing my current pair since roughly May 2005. And it's in a pretty bad state. Soggy socks each time it rains, the sole is coming off.

5)Other miscellaneous errands, get a new bank book, get a new handphone, get a new watch perhaps. Notice that I'm not doing this in a spendthrift manner, but that I simply need to make some worthy purchases. I've put off many purchases these last 2 years and managed to save quite a bit on waste. So many things I'm holding on to are in a rather shabby state...

However, the most important aspect of my life is already settled right now. My walk with God and my relationships with many people. Once a person's walk with God is settled, everything else will subsequently move into place.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Hey all

Well, it's the marathon tomorrow.

Just want to say to all that I am facing quite a big amount of pressure from my workplace. And though on the outside I appear quite alright, it's really a daily struggle to do things in a way that is righteous before God. There are so many ethical dilemmas, so many complex decisions to make. I need exceptional wisdom and strength and extraordinary diplomacy to take the narrow road.

And so please keep me in your prayers, all. Yes, God has been speaking to me and working in my life in very evident ways recently. But yet I recall that 1 Peter 5:8-9 says to be self-controlled and alert for my enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. And that I should resist him, standing firm in the faith.

And yes, I thought that for all who attended the childrens' camp I should put 1 Peter 5:7 in perspective. Don't read it alone. There are some very important points above and below. Yes, cast your anxieties to God, but you have to in the first place be humble before Him. And after that, be self-controlled and alert.

1 Peter 5:6-9:

"Humble yourselves therefore under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxieties on Him, for He cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers around the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering."

Prayer pointers. I need God to carry me through my last 2 months where I am. I do not envisage a smooth ride.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

The camp

Okay. I'm just back from the Oligopistos childrens' camp. Jointly organized by Scripture Union and Church of Singapore. It was a real blessing to be there. God is so good. Heard so much from God. I know the children also enjoyed themselves. Quite a number of them heard from God too.

And so this blog is dedicated to those in my Christian family, of which Christ is the head. To the SU people, who taught us so much more about this line of ministry. To the teachers from COS, for there is great joy whenever I work with you all. And to my kids from Sesame; I really felt loved by you in this camp.



Gavin and I. Leaders of the same group. Bunkmate, brother-in-Christ, friend. A great blessing to work with you, bro.



Yim. Camp commandant. I know a true brother when I see one. This fellow's stuck with me for so long, all through my NS years. And I'm always grateful to God for all his advice and frankness. Of course the other person who really gave me credible advice in my NS years is my very own kor, but he didn't attend the camp.




Uncle David Leong, from SU. So much to learn from this uncle in the ministry. Of course there's all the other SU folks, but didn't take pictures with them.



Kimberly!! Used to be one of my students. Sniff. I'm feeling old. Haha. But seriously, I think she's done a swell job in the camp. Only Sec 1, but she's a very mature thinker already.




Another brudder. James. Always an honour serving with him. Hmmm. if only I had taken a picture with Daniel Li too. We all enlisted at about the same time. And God brought us through our NS in His own special way for each of us.



Annette. Proud of this young lady. Also used to be one of my students. Her joy rubs off on other people. Love her bubbly character.




Andrea. Happy to see that you've been growing much closer to God the last few weeks, sista. Thanks for listening to me share bout my life.




Zhang Wei. We teach the same class on Sundays. A real blessing to me in ministry. Well there's Rebekah Kan too. Together we prayed for more girls in our class. And now we have 4, as compared to 1 in the past. Hmmm. Well, I started to pray for more "children" in the class instead of "girls". Heh.




Caleb. Aiya, this one no need to say lah. This is one man who always watches my back. As the NLT of Ecclesiastes 4:12 puts it, "... two can stand back to back and conquer...".



Okay, here's the Spices family.



The whole camp.




Matthew. This guy is impressive. I really enjoyed working with him on the PT the last morning. I see a lot of strength and depth of character in him. Really encouraged by his service to God.




Jeremy and Jing Yang. Macham brothers like that. Jing Yang's going to the nice little resort island very soon. Jeremy one month later. But just as God has brought me through, I know He'll see them through and that they'll really mature there.




Okay. Another family photo. The photos are not in order, if you haven't already noticed.


My group! Love these kids. Feel so loved by them. Especially the evening that I came back from my army camp and they all greeted me one by one and gathered around me. I have Fang Qi, Jamie, Jerutha, Matthew, Johnmiah, Samuel, Si Li, Mathu and Natalie. And there's aunty Cynthia (who's a real good encourager to me) and Gavin too. Aunty Hwee Lan left on the 2nd night. Awww. And Adele left early too. Aww aww.




Jamie and Jerusha!




Punching bag (yes, that's me) punches back. Fang Qi. My violent "little sister". Very rugged for a young lady. Respect lah. She did like 3 pull ups on the chin-up bar (Arms not fully extended, but gotta give it to her lah.)



Mathu. Very brave. Love her character. Was very nice talking to her and hearing about her life.



Another family photo. Man, I feel young looking at these poses. Okay, I'm still not yet an adult. Coming soon though.




Group photo. Matthew and his nonsense. Well, for the record I love his nonsense. It goes down quite well with my nonsense.
And no, Natalie, no more ice cream.

And so that's all for now. Of course there are so many more people I'd like to dedicate this post to as well, but I can't go on forever y'know.
For the next few days I'll be resting and training up for my stanchart marathon. Will see how far I can run. But my main aim is just to finish, even if I have to walk the last few klick.