Month: May 2009

Biking with Jesus

A friend sent this story to encourage me. It’s from Closer to Heaven by Don Maclean. I love it! How to See God At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there, like the Prime Minister. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I really didn’t know Him. Later on, when I met Christ, it seemed []

Journal: Drenched in love

I’m sick… again. And I sent out a prayer request to my friends because I have to present at our church’s Catechist conference this weekend. I say I’m drenched in God’s love because even before I had completed sending out the sms prayer request, I began receiving smses and emails encouraging and blessing me. God truly answers before we ask! I want to keep a record of some of these beautiful messages, and so I am sharing them here. What amazing friends []

No lukewarm sentiments for me

Somehow, worldly, sophisticated and cultured speakers have lost their charm to me. The world has many good things, yes, that is without a doubt. But if we cut to the chase, knowing that we are all passing rapidly through this world as mere pilgrims, knowing that our destiny does not lie in this world, should we not feel the urgency of paying attention to what is not merely good – but infinitely more important – the preparation of our souls for eternity? []

Lord, this is my desire…

There are times when I am just so intoxicated and swept up by the love of God poured into my heart by the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5) that I wished my entire being could be poured out for him in return. Every fibre of my being thrums with the beat of Christ’s love in me. I belong to him. If only I could live every single moment without forgetting that! But fickle, inconstant lover that I am, I always need to be []

The grace of being sick

There’s something about being physically ill that seems to help me spiritually. Without my choosing to, I become more docile, softer, and strangely, more patient and forbearing. These are all traits that do not occur naturally in my nature and temperament. The world seems to move past me in slow-motion, and I perceive the gap between stimulus and response more clearly. Ah, and it is this gap I need to capture better so that I can learn to be one with the []

Deep inner healing

Saturday had been the Alpha ‘weekend away’ on the Holy Spirit, and the service team had both received the laying of hands and had also ministered to the Alpha guests. I had been prayed over twice in the last 10 days and both times, long forgotten memories (ranging from infancy to teen years) had surfaced for healing. Though these memories were not shocking, I was deeply touched that God would care so much as to revisit those old forgotten wounds with me, []

True strength

Of what great accomplishment is it to “win friends and influence people” if I have not conquered myself? How much time do I spend focusing on the defects of others as compared to my own short-comings? How easily do I get distracted by what others do or fail to do? Would it not profit me much more to contemplate on how I can become more perfect in my adoration of the Lord? Guard your heart, Ann! Keep the holy ground of your []