Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I'm fine and dandy...

How forgetful I tend to be... especially after the Lord has seen me through such a patch.

Well, I'm glad to be alive and kicking. God has really blessed the Crusade Blast Off camp and I'm very thankful to all the friends made in my group and also for all the freshies and their enthusiasm to be involved in Crusade activities. Youth Worship Service was good also. I knew that God was working through me.

My Lord saw me through last week and for that, I'm thankful.

My camera remains unsold. Can't seem to fetch a reasonable price for it. And when I could(and i even lowered the price further), the buyer did not get back to me. The other 70-300mm lens has no reasonable offers either. This is really odd. It's like God doesn't want me to sell the rest anymore. But I remain unconvinced. I pray that God will show me what He wants me to do, not what I would do.

Monday, July 17, 2006

feeling exahusted... worship rehearsal, debates training, blast off camp, prayer comm meetings, SM retreat... that's just some of the things happening next week... and still being asked for more things... scary isn't it? I honestly don't want to live through next week if the Lord is not my strength and my portion..

please pray for me (oh and it'll help a lot if you not ask me to be involved in more things too :) ).

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God
said, "Ask! What shall I give you?"
9 Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your
people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this
great people of Yours?" 10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had
asked this thing. 11 Then God said to him: "Because you have asked this
thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for
yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself
understanding to discern justice, 12 behold, I have done according to your
words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has
not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.

13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and
honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.
14 So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as
your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days."

Another verse came to mind when reading what Solomon asked of the Lord.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (Jam 1:5 KJVR)

God is well pleased at our requests to ask for wisdom, discernment of heart, understanding of justice. Is a lesson further reinforced into my heart. Is it possible that a God so great as ours is interested in giving a man wisdom in life and judgement of all things? I cannot begin to understand how God is interested in even this aspect of my life.

I used to think wisdom came with age(of course until I realise how some old people behave childishly). I used to think that wisdom came about faster for some people who were more observant and intelligent then others(until i met intelligent but foolish men).

Now I know all good wisdom is from above. From the LORD, who alone can give and is willing to give unabraidedly. Being well-pleased that we should even ask for wisdom above life and riches.

Friday, July 07, 2006

came back from a long day of work...

Am packing my 50mm f/1.8 lens... and I really am going to miss it... it really hurts to part with photography indefinitely... 3 years ago I wouldn't be saying this or even understand what it means..

The world was created beautiful and much of its beauty lies to be discovered. I pray the Lord wills that one day I'll see the world through those lenses again... yet not my will, but His.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

wisdom... what is wisdom? and what does it mean to be wise?

James 3:17 "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peacable, gentle, full of mercy and good fruits[good results], reasonable, and withou hypocrisy."

8 characteristics of true wisdom to meditate upon...
Started on Precepts Kings and Prophets Series 1 today. Am excited, at the depth of knowledge and application as I study the old testament books.

Adonijah tries to establish himself as king when David was old, by roping in Joab the commander of the army and Abiathar the priest. It's never wise to put yourself in opposition of God's word, as God had already told David to appoint Solomon as king and how God Himself would be a father to Solomon... As the story goes, Solomon was anointed as king by Nathan the prophet and Adonijah's coup attempt failed, as his "friends" left him terrified at what Solomon would do to them. And Adonijah himself was so afraid to return home as well.

What was most interesting that Solomon said "If he is a worthy man, not one of his hairs will faill to the ground; but if wickedness is found in him, he will die"1kings1:52

and finally when Adonijah the mastermind-of-the-failed-coup was brought before Solomon, he only had these words for Adonijah, his brother, "Go to your house." Such wisdom Solomon has exhibited from the start. Sounds much more interesting to come...

Please come and join me in Precepts class every Monday Night 7.45pm-10pm @ my church in pandan gardens if you stay in the west ya? I have so greatly benefited from this Precept study, that I cannot begin to express my desire to share this with more people, to see more of God's people be rooted in His wonderful word for us and seeing lives changed in accordance to the word with all prosperity and victory in living the life we've been called to in Christ Jesus.

Finally, want to praise God thus far that He has indeed been my provider by allowing pretty good offers for the various camera parts. But thus far the main body and another lens are not recieving good offers to sell... but it's good to wait upon the will of God even in this area.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Just recieved in my mail box an invitation to attend the SYPA(Singapore Young Photographers' Award) prize presentation and photo exhibitition on 27th July evening. In it there was no announcements of results. The website did not include results either... so did I win or not?

Haiz.. I was so happy when I saw the invitation card when opening the envelope, I thought I had won! but i don't know...

Realise that I need to commit this to the LORD too. And not just commit it to Him to win. But also to give thanks for not winning, for it would be the good and perfect will of God also! Given that I think there are tons of people taking better photos then me in Singapore who are younger then me even... my chances are... slim to say the least.. but I can still hope!

So, I'll say in advance... if I did not win... "Thank You Lord!"