16 June 2016

Royal treatment

This morning I was waiting for my regular reverse commute from Waterloo. The grey June morning could not dampen my spirits as I was surrounded by elegantly dressed passengers who were waiting to catch their train to Ascot to go to the Royal Ascot races. Men with top hats and women donning fascinators in various colours and sizes made the heads of the rest of us turn and some of us whip out our phones to capture the beauty on digital film.

I was trying to photograph a couple discreetly from behind them when they suddenly turned- I politely asked if I could take a photograph of them and they kindly obliged. What I did not expect was that they would go on to gift me a beautiful bouquet of roses and irises. They had purchased it earlier as they needed a rose for the gentleman's buttonhole-and they generously gave away the rest of the bouquet to me!

I am reminded of the verse -'Every good and perfect gift comes from our Father above who does not change like shifting shadows' .

Let's keep trusting our precious Jesus and keep our eyes open to how he might be displaying his love to us ! #godissoromantic. He is so rich in mercy that my heart sings ! Yayy 


P.s- I went on to glean while chatting to another racegoer that there is a strict dresscode viewers have to subscribe to if they go to the Royal Ascot races- men are expected to wear tophats, women's dresses have to be knee length and with straps and their hats (known as fascinators) have to be atleast 10 cm wide.

21 September 2014

Memorising truth

Its been a joy to memorize scripture (psalm 16, psalm 130) lately. Thank you God for Grace who has been an invaluable prayer partner who has spurred me to memorize scripture. Grace and I have been learning a psalm by heart each time I go away on a work trip...this has been so fab because when I am on a work trip, I am usually always in work mode mentally and I find it difficult to quieten my spirit and rest in Jesus during my quiet times with him. When I read the word during these fast paced days, I find it hard to concentrate...but voila! memorising scripture is just the thing to do/

It forces you to concentrate...I usually write the psalm down several times and say it aloud several times. Sometimes I do fun things like make an audio rec of me saying it and listen to it. And the scripture takes on new depth as you invest more time in it...and the best thing of course is, when you don't have a Bible with you, but want to preach to yourself, speak the truth and shush the lies, memorised scripture is so helpful.

I love this sermon by John Piper , a large chunk of it is him reciting memorised scripture:

Sunday evening reflections

Two links Sandhya shared with me today:

1) It is well with my soul feat John Piper- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80x6wDi9umY
2) Though you slay me feat John Piper- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyUPz6_TciY

Our suffering is momentary. It is also totally meaningful.

The only thing we can rely on is God's goodness.

He is not going to let go. God is too faithful. It doesn't depend on me.

10 December 2012

Methinks

that the two best inventions ever are : the pocket and the hot water bottle...thought of the first as I was ironing a shirt...am grateful it has pockets. Thought of the second as its winter :)

18 November 2012

Follow Him


"Then shall we know,

if we follow on to know the LORD:
his going forth is prepared
as the morning." Hosea 6:3

View of the work of my infinitely creative God from my room in Higashi Osaka Shi (2009)



Meeting with Royalty

The sun is shining
I can hear the gurgle of water fountains
That adorn this motley landscape
Where wilderness and trimmed hedges are neighbours

I am here to drink
From a deeper fountain

The leaves are lush in the trees
Sweet September
With not a hint of autumn

Regent's park.
Meeting with regency, royalty
ie the King of Kings
and Lord of LORDS




06 November 2012

Hungry (by Kathryn Scott)

Hungry I come to You for I know You satisfy
I am empty but l know Your love does not run dry
So I wait for You
So I wait for You
I'm falling on my knees
Offering all of me
Jesus You're all this heart is living for

Broken I run to You for Your arms are open wide
I am weary but I know Your touch restores my life
So I wait for You
So I wait for You


(the poster on the left was made by Natalie during the Megacities London outreach) 

26 October 2012

Quotes from 'Blue Like Jazz'

"We dream of Christ's love for His bride reading like Romeo and Juliet; two equals enflamed in liberal love. I think its more like Lucentio's pursuit of Bianca in Taming of the Shrew. That is, the groom endearing the belligerent bride with kindness, patience, and love. " pg 86

"I was in a lot of pain from the hike, so I was in no mood to mess around. There was no trying to impress Him, no speaking the right words. I simply began to pray and talk to God the way a child might talk to his father....Beneath the billion starts and beside the river, I called out to God, softly. 'Hello?' " pg 99

"I will love God because he first loved me. I will obey God because I love God. But if  I cannot accept God's love, I cannot love Him in return, and I cannot obey Him. Self discipline will never make us feel righteous or clean; accepting God's love will. ...accepting God's kindness and free love is something the devil does not want us to do. If we hear, in our inner ear, a voice saying we are failures, we are losers, we will never amount to anything, this is the voice of satan trying to convince the bride that the groom does not love her. This is not the voice of God. God woos us with kindness, He changes our character with the passion of His love. " pg 86

"Too much of our time is spent trying to chart God on a grid, and too little is spent allowing our hearts to feel awe. By reducing Christian spirituality to formula, we deprive our hears of wonder."

13 September 2012

Pruning

I am reflecting on this verse :

John 15:2 
photo courtesy-oak wise design
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

05 September 2012

You've replaced my sky

Jesus, You’ve replaced my sky
Yesterday, my roots strained to go deep
First they stirred vaguely as though in paradoxical sleep
Then they spread wide and spread thin
But today, I am strengthened from within,
And will stand not on sand
But in the LORD’s land
Limbs stretched in a cry to my creator: 

LORD let your blood drip over these pests that infest
The core of my soul
Establish me by streams of living water
Transplant me into thy dwelling quarter

Yesterday, I was bent beneath the rage of seasons changing, the moon waning
But today I am waiting
For eternal spring to sing
Praises to the King who is coming
And even as I wait, I am
Nourished, fed, satisfied by He who in me abides
Entrenched in the soil of his love,
Wooed to fix my thoughts on things above
The old is gone the new has come
You’ve replaced my sky =)