Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mirror Mirror

Well, mirror mirror on the wall...... what have I been reflecting lately?

Oh well, I am not speaking of the story of Snow White and the seven dwarfs but rather my life...

As much as I'd like to give excuses for my lack of consistency in blogging, I have come to the realization that just like any other part of my life, this blog reflects who I am and my silence is just a sign of how my life has been.

I can relate my silence to my otherwise stagnant walk in salvation.

The many things we do mirror our personal lives, our dressing reflects the kind of person we are. Our words, our playlists....

As I came to this conclusion, I realized that I don't want to be stagnant, cause we all know stagnant water reeks and harbours all manner of stuff.

As Christians, we at times reach a sort of plateau stage, where we get comfortable and fail to make any effort in growing and it is not the best of places to be.

So let's stop, see what we are reflecting, are we happy with what we see?


Thursday, August 4, 2011

What a friend we have in Jesus

As we probably know most hymns in our hymnals were poems.'What a friend we have in Jesus' is no exception.
It was written in 1855 by Joseph M. Scriven to his mother living in Ireland while he was staying in Canada.
Anyway I'm not writing to inform you of the history behind this hymn but rather the message that it passes.
Every time I hear this hymn I find myself thinking of all the needless pain I bear yet I could take all the pain to the Lord in prayer. Just as it is written that we should cast our burdens unto the Lord,Matthew 11:28 and He'll give us rest.
Let's meditate on these words and let them ring true in our lives.

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

We truly have a friend in Jesus,


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Masquerade Ball

masquerade ball (or bal masqué) is an event which the participants attend in costume wearing a mask -Wikipedia.

I have come to realise that living in this world is somehow like being in a masquerade ball. We walk around wearing masks and thus we never really reveal our true self.

Albeit this trait is common with most of us, it's more conspicuous with believers. We go around parading ourselves as people trying to live on the straight and narrow while in actual sense we are living double lives.

Keeping up appearances can be such a hustle and we all know that the 'truth will out'. Hence it's high time as believers we take our stand and decide whether we are hot or cold. Let us rid ourselves of whatever masks we have been hiding behind and be ourselves.

This life is too short to live a lie.

I choose to live for Christ.

What about you?

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Final Level

Once a woman becomes a bride, the focus of her life and priorities change, and all other people and priorities pale in comparison to her primary love relationship. Again, this metaphor illustrates a much deeper truth- God desires for us to love Him passionately, to find it delightful to simply be in His presence, and to know Him personally both publicly and privately. He longs for our focus and priorities to become aligned with His.
Perhaps you can imagine relating to God as Father, Saviour, or Lord but are struggling with the idea of relating to God like you would a husband. While some may even say that it’s irreverent to relate to God in such an intimate way, God has always longed for this kind of relationship with His chosen people. He said through the prophet Hosea, “I will betroth you to me forever, I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord” (2:19-20).
God extends to us an eternal commitment of love so deep, so wide and so great that we cannot possibly fully understand it. This gift should inspire us to reciprocate with as equal a gift of love as is humanly possible. What started out as an engagement relationship between God and His own in the Garden of Eden will come to fullness at the wedding supper of the Lamb when Jesus Christ returns to claim His bride, the church.
So how can you cultivate a bridal love for Jesus and enjoy this intimate relationship that He longs to have with you? By falling in love with Him and attempting to pursue Him as passionately as He has been pursuing us all along.

Courtesy of Jack Hill
Extracted from ‘Every Young Woman’s Battle’
By Shannon Ethridge & Stephen Arterburn

Friday, June 3, 2011

Level Five


As we realize and accept the truth that we are not just God’s lump of clay, sheep, servant or even friend, but also God’s very own child, we can experience tremendous healing from childhood wounds and disappointments. We can allow God to be the Father or the Mother (He possesses the good qualities of both genders) that we so needed or wanted. We can be free from the burden of trying to perform or produce for Him when we understand that He loves us not for what we do but because we are His children. As wonderful and healing as a father/child relationship is, the groom/bride relationship promises the most intimate connection of all.

Level Four

A servant’s relationship with his/her master rests on business and performance, while love and mutual concern from the basis of a friend’s relationship with a friend. Jesus spoke about this deeper level of intimacy that He shared with His disciples when He said, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s (personal) business. Instead I call you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15). Jesus is saying, “I value you not just because of how you serve me, but because you share my heart.” A friend’s value lies not so much in what he/she does, but in who he/she is as a personal confidant.
God wants to be our friend, and He wants us to be His friends. We can experience this friendship level of intimacy. As James 2:23 tells us, “And the scripture was fulfilled that says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,’ and he was called God’s friend.” Also, Proverbs 22:11 says, “He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.”
Yet even as close as two friends can be, blood runs thicker than water.

Level Three


While sheep stay outside, servants at least live in the same household as the master and talk with Him as long as it is business. The servant enjoys a more intimate relationship. The parable of the talents (see Matthew 25:14-30) and the parable of the ten minas (see Luke 19:11-27) refer to this level of this relationship. However, servants know little of what is happening with the master, other than what they are directly involved with. A servant’s value is derived from how well he/she can complete the master’s will. While it is important for us to serve God wholeheartedly and do His will, God stills longs to have an even greater level of intimacy that this.