Apr 6, 2009

You Smell Like Jesus!

John :12:1-7 " 3Then Mary took about a pint[a] of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
7"Leave her alone," Jesus replied. " It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial."

The episode of precious anointing. This chapter has been speaking a lot to me in these days. I wanted to write this during this Easter season, as it relates to it, more than any other time. Mary pours out the most expensive thing she had in her possession at the feet of her Lord Jesus. Poured on Jesus feet, the choicest perfume and wiped His feet with her hair. One might think of her as a big loser, but you know what. If you notice this chapter carefully, you will see the impact of this woman's dedication and submission to her Lord Jesus.

  1. Impact on her home-"And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume." When the woman anointed Jesus feet with her most precious gift, the anointing perfumed her whole house. Her house was filled with the repercussions of the anointing. So will our homes be filled with the precious anointing as we pour out our precious before our Lord Jesus.
  2. Impact on herself -" wiped his feet with her hair. " As she poured that precious perfume on Jesus' feet and wiped it with her hair, take note that perfume, that anointing touched her head too as she surrendered(bent down and wiped Jesus' feet). That anointing was on her head too. No one else's head in that house would smell of that perfume, but hers alone, because she was the one who had made that offering and bowed down.

Conclusion: Dear brother and sister in my Lord Jesus Christ, what precious gift do we have to offer our Lord Jesus Christ, this Easter. Our livelihood, our means of sustenance and our dignity as the hair represents a woman's dignity(1 Cor 11) bring it to our Lord Jesus and pour it out before the Lord and you WILL notice, the anointing fill up your home. And YOU yourself will bear the fragrance of the anointing wherever you go. I cannot help but rejoice in the fact that, that day wherever she would have gone, whomever she would have met, people who came around her would exclaim" Hey lady, you smell just like Jesus." Pour out your life your most precious possession before the Lord and guess what, that investment actually comes back not only on your life, but in your house. Be blessed this season as you reflect on the precious sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross and bring your alabaster jars to our Lord Jesus. He is more than WORTH all of it.

Mar 12, 2009

The Silent Shade

Psalms 1:3 "He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers."

I was reminded of this verse as I studied and waited on the Lord and I was amazed at the wonderful encouragement and lesson God has shown me through this verse.

When you read this verse you will find there is a season for the tree to give fruit and it will show ONLY when it is the season. Therefore, there is also a season where the tree is just being there, standing by the streams of water, just standing, looking like its doing nothing, no fruits or anything. Just waiting there. What happens when its this no-fruit season? Its the time the tree just keeps standing by the water and being fed and keeps growing.

But you know what, that tree is not just being there, it is BEING there as a shade for someone who's tired, hot, weary, exhausted. The shade is available when there is the sun. The tree provides the shade for those who come near it, does not prick with thorn or thistle to send them away saying "Come back when I have fruits". Even though it has no fruit to show for itself, it just provides the shade, the only thing the tree has for now. At this time of the season, Psalm 1:3 says its leaf is green, it is happy. No fruit has shown up yet, but the tree is not frowning, being sad, or having any withered leaves. It is happy, green, flourishing and diligently continuing to do its work AND prospering in everything it is doing.

When you feel like there is nothing in your life to put on display, nothing in your life to prove that dream that the Lord has designed you for and shown you, nothing in your life to show that you're on your way to fulfil God's dream for you(which hasn't manifest yet), remember this no-fruit season of the tree. Hang on there faithful one, keep standing by the streams of living water, keep being fed. Whether you know it or not, someone might be in your shade because they find rest there. Don't send them away, because You think You have nothing to give. Believe you me, if you are still standing by the streams of Living Water, you will always have something to give. So be green, be insect free on your leaves, don't wither but provide the best shade silently, for when your fruit comes, when your dream becomes evident, everyone will come, eat and be even more blessed through you.

Feb 16, 2009

Leap of Faith - Stay Strong

Recently I haven't been able to sleep past 4:30AM and I know the reason why. Someone has been praying for me after I posted a prayer request to wake me up early. Whoever it is my blogger friends, I wanted to tell you that it is working (but 430 is wayyyy too early, please make it 6am) and I have had wonderful Bible studies.
So I would like to be a blessing to you by sharing them with you.

At 5:30am I read this from Isaiah 66:9 "9 Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?" says the Lord. "Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?" says your God." I said "No Lord, You'd never do that. What has been conceived will be born." and I continued reading, but for some reason I was led to the book of Jeremiah 1 where my eyes fell on verse 12 "The Lord said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled." And suddenly there was this amazing, beautiful, indescribable joy that filled my heart as I was enlightened on what the Holy Spirit was trying to show me.

I prayed "Lord, I trust you. You are the keeper of Your Word and I trust you. I cannot see the full picture of my life, but I trust you."

Later in the morning as I watched one of my favorite televangelist on TBN she said something about the Impala that I had never known. The Impala is an amazing animal, it can jump as high as 10ft and as broad as 36ft. So you'd think the zoo keepers would have some problem in containing them at their zoo. They'd need some really huge stuff to keep these brilliant creatures. But you know what, the impalas can be contained within a wall just 3ft high. You know why! Impalas will never jump to the other side of a mere 3ft wall, just because they cannot see where they are going to land.

Faith calls for us to trust that God has taken care of our landing even if we don't see it. No wonder its called a leap of faith.

For some more encouragement you'll see that every time God has made a promise with His children, there has been a waiting period involved and the children of God who steadfastly held onto God's Word, trusting that He who has promised is able to bring it into completion, have seen victory, tremendous victory. Look at the lives of all those people in Hebrews 11 and you'll just get empowered reading and reminding yourself of their situations, their trust even through trying times and their victory.

What God has promised He is able to perform. You know why, because He Himself is watching His Word that it may be fulfilled. Personally overseeing, personally monitoring, personally working. Which means, He's constantly looking into every matter that affects our life in any manner and working His promise in our lives. In this waiting period we are growing in strength and character and learning to TRUST unabatedly on God. The One Who is ABLE to do over and exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or imagine.

Lots of Love

Feb 4, 2009

Growing Up Naughty

Here's the latest pic of my dolls (sigh) they're growing up so fast...
My kids love music, they start dancing almost immediately for anything that has some rhythm and a tune, except when their father's singing. Those cute lil behinds just move with the groove. Sometimes they attempt singing too, especially if there are many lala sounding words in the song, like the fa la la la song.
When we sit together for woship on sundays, I've noticed Sammy lifting her hand when the songs begin to play, while Chiyu is busy looking at people and smiling away to glory. So you can see the formation of a worship leader and an usher almost working its way out.
They then head out to their nursery, where wonderful volunteers take care of them while we enjoy the service.

Jan 13, 2009

Personal Time

The one and only thing that I used to feel sad about having twins was, not being able to give them individual attention. Well, my kids have found a way out for me for that. Sometimes one will go to sleep a little later or the other will wake up a little early so I will have time with each one of them alone. Then when they're awake they, love to play with each other and me together.

My together time with both of them is fun, but my personal time with each one of them is even more fun. They each play different fun things with me, laugh differently and I like both their ways of having fun. They fill me with joy.

Sammy is the adventurer. She loves, exploring and reach for things out of reach, behind closed doors or drawers. She doesn't find much fun in playing with them though. Once retrieved she goes onto the next adventure to find another something, difficult to get. She loves hugs and tickles and action.

Chiyu on the other hand is resourceful. She is not interested in going and getting something. If there's a boundary set for something she prefers not to try anything outside it. She will not try climbing the sofa even (as she thinks she cannot do it).She is very resourceful, finding new ways to play with things that are already available to her. She loves tickles and lots of talking. Occasionally she will take what Sammy has found but doesn't want, to make a fun game for herself and then Sammy sees the game and wants it back.

The one thing that stood out to me was though they are so different and have fun different ways, I like the time they spend with me alone. Its without the hassles, the crying, the hunger, just plain hanging out together, tickling toes, lots of hugging. Lying on my lap(though they don't fit ). Babblings. I wondered is that why God loves to have a Personal Time with each and every one of His children, because we each bring Him joy and gladness of a different kind, the kind that only we can bring coz of our personalities. How we interact with Him, not crying for food or other needs, just plain hanging out and talking and having a good time.

Give God a good time with you. Go to Him, not for a need but just for hanging out with Him. Just the two of you and you yourself will like it too, as much as God loves to hang out with you, because He loves you. You'll see.

Jan 5, 2009

In the Light and in the Dark

My girls are like my tails. They want to be where I am, what room, what place, what task, they want to be there with me. The only time they hide out of sight is when they're doing something I have already told them not to do.

Recently, in order to prevent them from playing in a room (filled with not so kid-friendly furniture), I would switch off the light and start to leave, my babes would follow right after me, seeing me leave. Sometimes if I need something from the room, I will return to the room and try getting whatever it is, without switching on the light. I thought they wouldn't follow me in, since the room is dark. Na-aan. They did come in, they knew I was there, they didnt care if they'd fall over something or that they didn't know the room as well as I did. Just that I was there in the dark room with them, was enough for them to follow me in and explore.

This got me to thinking of my own spiritual walk. There have been times in my life when I have been so glad to walk with Him, coz I just knew what would happen and I could so clearly see the way it was going to take. But there were times when I didn't understand why He'd usher me onto paths unknown, where I couldn't see a thing in the distance. I could not possibly understand what good it would do to humanity nor me. I was afraid to walk in the dark with the Lord, afraid of the valley of the shadow of death, even though He was with me. Afraid, just because I didn't know the valley so well. My little darlings have taught me to trust in my Saviour with and without pre-knowledge of the task set before me, knowing just that "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow as dark as death, I must fear no evil, for He is with me".

I seek your prayers, as I endeavour

  1. to wake up early in the morning(my biggest weakness, sleeping till late coz of getting up so many times in the night and not being able to get back to sleep, coz my feet would be cold after all the night time care for my babes)
  2. to love everyone whether they are like me or not
  3. to walk with my Lord Jesus, even if I don't know the dark valleys we walk through

Dear Lord,

Thank you for your constant nudges to get me to walk closer with You Lord. I need You every single moment of my life. Help me to do the tasks that You have planned for me to do since the beginning of time, even before I was born. Help me that I may be made ready for Your coming and that I may not come alone to meet You, but with ALLLLLL my family and my in-laws who don't know You, but will know as I walk in obedience with You. Help me to persevere in faith for in the end I will see Your victory.

In Jesus Name I pray.


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