Month: March 2009

So you would come

http://media.imeem.com/m/HYqXGU6c7j/aus=false/ So You Would Come – Darlene Zschech Before the world began You were on His mind And every tear you cry Is precious in His eyes Because of His great love He gave His only Son Everything was done So you would come Nothing you can do Could make Him love you more And nothing that you’ve done Could make Him close the door Because of His great love He gave His only Son Everything was done So you would come []

God answers prayers (II): Love of prayer & scripture

Growing up as Catholic, I have always known that prayer is important. Scripture too. But though I have had experiences of spontaneous and personal prayer sessions with God, these were scattered through my life. On a day to day basis, for most of my life, prayer to me was purely a discipline. I did so because it was the right thing to do. Reading scripture was an even greater challenge for me than prayer. Since the time I was a child, I []

God answers prayers (I): Mary

Last Saturday, during the follow-up to the Conversion Experience Retreat (CER) I attended, I had not intended to share any testimonies because I did not have any experience I really felt needed to be shared. But when testimony time came, as the facilitator was opening the session, I suddenly felt a strong prompting in my heart. “Tell them about my Mother.” I was taken my surprise, and hesitated. Again I felt my Lord urge me, “Tell them about my Mother, Ann. Tell []

Letting God love me

Not too long ago, when I was telling my troubles to Fr. W. Goh, I had said, “I truly want to love God. I have always asked God to help me love Him more.” He smiled at me and replied, “That’s not the problem. You don’t need to ask Him that. You already love God. What you need to do is to let God love you.” His reply took me by surprise. Let God love me? Was it something I had to []

Mother Mary and I

I want to tell you about my Mother Mary, and about how I never could love her until recently, even though I was brought up a Catholic. When it comes to the Mother of my Lord, I had always felt a distance. Though I have respected her, and admired her for her fidelity and obedience to God, I have never felt a sense of closeness to her. So whenever I know of people with great love and devotion to Mary, I never []

Thanksgiving

To all of you who prayed for me and all who went for the Conversion Experience Retreat, THANK YOU. So many people (there were 120 attending and more than 100 volunteers) were touched by God’s grace and love over the 4 days of the retreat. Hardened hearts were melted, many healings – spiritual, emotional and physical took place. The most touching of testimonies for me was of a 70+ yrs old man who shared that he had the best experience of the []

Conversion Experience Retreat

I’ll be away from Thursday March 12 – Sunday March 15 on retreat. Zibin and my parents will be attending the Conversion Experience Retreat with me. Please pray for us, and for all our fellow retreat participants, that we will encounter the Risen Christ and have a true conversion of heart at this retreat. Please pray also for healing and reconciliation in my family, particularly between my parents. Thanks! :) Here is a suggested prayer from the retreat: PRAYER FOR CONVERSION EXPERIENCE []

Grace

Grace does not make us impervious to suffering. Nor does it give us plain sailing in life. Any gospel that attempts to preach grace as such is severely shortchanging its audience. The beauty of grace is precisely that it transforms the experience of suffering such that we come to experience and understand God’s love for us in an even deeper way than before. Grace gives us the ability to praise God for His faithfulness even when we are in the worst situations. []

My prayer warriors

Every Friday evening, a wonderful thing happens in my home. A small group of people comes together to break bread, share the Word of God, pray for one another and have fellowship. My SCC (Small Christian Community) group is a prayer powerhouse. Our meetings recharge our spiritual batteries in such powerful ways that no matter what state we arrive in, we disperse feeling uplifted, encouraged and fully reminded of God’s faithfulness and love. The last few weeks have been tough for each []

All for You

Sweet Lord, In the past week I’ve begun to realize the foretaste of what a life lived in mission for You would entail. And it is nothing short of radical. And I never saw myself as radical – for I used to toe the line. Always, and carefully. I hated to give offense, and that had been the guiding principle for most of my actions. Diplomacy is what I had become known for. But You taught me that peacemaking is not the []