Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
God ROCKS AND RULES!
MS Retreat 2010 was awesome, I bet people would agree with me. I have reflected on myself quite a lot and learned some things that I would like to share.
First thing, I was reminded that God is always near. In Psalm 139, David says, “Where an I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there” (verses 7-8).
Reflecting on these verses, I was encouraged and discouraged at the same time. On the positive side, God is always near me, wherever I go, whatever I do. Since God is the Creator of all, even us humans; he knows us better than we do ourselves. I do not have to do something to go and talk to Him about my troubles, and even better, I do not have to retell any stories. He is all-knowing.
That was a little discouraging on the other side. With piles of work to do in school and at home/ dorm, I have been very stressed out and did not fill my mind with Godly things. I was tempted to gossip and act in a very mean way. I was also laid back in reading my Bible and doing daily devotions. Because God knows when I sit and when I rise, my going out and my lying down, even a word that is on my tongue that I did not speak yet; I felt very ashamed.
In summary, I can say that Psalm 139 reminded me to get back on track with God. He created me in His image with purpose, and loved me greately that He would send Himself in Human form to show us how to live, love and forgive. I felt my shortage in reaching God and being pure, and came to repent. I asked for forgiveness once again for I know that it’s never too late to apologize to God and ask to cleanse me white as snow again.
God is always reaching out to us and it is never too to grab His hand and let Him lead your life.
By Cyndy Chang
Since this is me, YOHAN, sharing my own experience, I’m not sure if they will really believe me on this. But since i have been asked, i wil state one simple thing. God does exist and he does listen to our prayers. You can ask for the simplest things, and you may not recognize it, but he does listen to them. It may seem stupid, but whenever i lose something, after looking for it for about ten or twenty minutes, i pray for about ten minutes. This has actually helped me find almost everything. But one thing i have found out during my times loosing my belongings are, i tend to lose valuables when i start to make a gap between me and God in my spiritual life. I was either not going to church, not doing my devotions, prayers, and not reading the Bible. But whenever i start to go back one track, even though it may sometimes be a little while, he gives me grace and will help me out. The latest thing that happened to me was losing my wallet. I still havent found it, but i am sure there is a reason for it since it has been quite a long time. I have to quickly find out what the problem was for him to make an MK to lose his wallet, but once it is good between me and Him, im sure he will help me out again. It may really seem stupid, but from the simplest things to the biggest things, God works. Pray, then he will help, but if he still does not help, pray even more and even harder.
By Yohan Chai
This year, I have thought a lot about my identity and what I believe in. I have been working hard to reflect on myself and set myself to a high standard to live a balanced life.
One thing I learned recently is that being a real Christian is really tough. No matter how many good deeds you do, all the service and Godly things, people tend to put the emphasis on the negatives.
For example, as a leader in our school and dorm, I have worked hard to be a servant leader and to be humble in my actions and words. I have set a reputation that is Godly for many years. Recently, I have heard many comments on me influencing people in a negative way. I have heard that people have considered not being a Christian when they saw me who is known as a Christian messing up.
I am a Christian, I know for sure. Though it was really hard to hear those criticism, I have learned my lesson that I need to live my life considering that I will have an influence on the whole Christianity by my words and actions. I want to live my life well, knowing that all Christians cannot be perfect but the difference being apologizing when realizing a mistake and stating fresh again.
I want to be remembered as a Godly girl who is beautiful inside out. I don’t want to worry about my looks or popularity but the deeds I did for God as a service. I do not need anything in return but only hope that I am not a bad influence on my friends or family, nor the whole Christianity.
1 Timothy 4:12
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
By Cyndy Chang
The Lord reigns!… Let the earth Shake!
The reason i love this verse is because it goes right along with the ‘theme’ of the last few months of 2009 and 2010 for me!
Going into High School represents a lot of changes in my life. People who i love are leaving, my family and i have to start thinking about whether we’re going to stay or go and every one is just growing up and changing!
The Lord’s being speaking to me a lot and one thing that He’s stressed is that he has a plan for me. (Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans i have you, Declares the Lord, they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.)
He’s told me to 1. understand and accept that, and 2. trust that, to look to that for hope and guidance.
Knowing that everything that comes and happens, is going to work out for good (Romans 8:28 For we know that God causes everything to work together for good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.) is a good thing to have in mind!
Like King David said, The Lord reigns! Let the earth shake!
No matter if the earth shakes and falls, if I/we love the Lord and live for him, it’s going to work out=P
By Anna Moimoi
Sometimes when i am laying in bed at night i start to wonder. I start to wonder about thousands of different things. The most frequent thing that i wonder about is who ill be when i grow up. But last night i thought about something different. I was reading in Genesis about how the bible was made. About how Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden. This lead me to think about the relationship that they must have had. I think that they would have lots of fun!! I can imagine Eve standing by the river asking what she was supposed to do with so much water. I think that God would have then taught her how to swim. This reminded me that our God is a loving God a God that cares about our questions and cares about what we think.
By Sarah Roberts
Be absolutely clear about who you are and what you stand for. Refuse to compromise.– Brian Tracy
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who beliueves in me will never be thirsty.– John 6:35
Hillsong- Take It All
“I searched for truth and all I found was you My God, I’ll only ever give you all!”
Listen to the lyrics and see if you agree what what the song is saying.
Do you believe that God sent His Son to Earth to die on the cross and give us an eternal life? Are you willing to live for God and not be ashamed of it?