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ARISE! to the Perfect Love

There was something on my mind the whole time on Sunday during the ARISE worship concert. I kept asking myself: why did Li-Ann prefer to sit rather than stand during the concert? Was it her tummy that was still unwell? Was she hungry? Did she have stage fright? Was it the loud music or the bright lights? I didn’t ask her directly but just made sure she ate, she was alright and then, I urged her to join the others to worship the Lord. Then I would take my usher position at the entrance and check on LA and Rebecca now and then.

Then on Monday morning, I woke up and got the answer to my question. Li-Ann sat because she was afraid she would fall off the platform. I felt so bad that I cried. Because I could have helped her but I didn’t realise it. She was paralysed by her fears. As I recalled all their rehearsals, they practiced on the floor and LA always enjoyed herself. Even on the day of the final rehearsal at the Expo, she stood with the others, but slightly behind Rebecca right at the top of the steps. Rebecca was her security. However, on the actual day of the concert, she was to stand next to Rebecca but not at the steps. Her security was gone. To increase her centre of gravity, she chose to sit down. She chose wisely. I could almost sense her anxieties within her – while she wanted so much to join in, she couldn’t. As all these thoughts raced through my mind, I was reminded of 1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…

Then I asked LA about this and she nodded in reply, telling me that ‘some people touch her’. Poor girl! So I explained that it was rather cramped on the platform and that’s why it happened. The children standing behind her had no ill intentions.

I learnt a few lessons:

1. Many of us are so badly paralysed by fears which we may not be aware of or be able to express. If only we would go to God and tell Him, He will set us free. Even if we do not know how to tell Him, if we desire to be set free, He will give us the victory too.

Psalm 139:23

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

Romans 8:26-28

26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

2. We need to listen to the hearts of our children. I wish I had listened to LA. I was too busy and didn’t give her time to tell me. I must admit I do neglect my children in times of my busyness too. This is something hubby has often cautioned me about – not to let my fatigue or busyness interfere with time spent with the children. Thank you dear for that reminder to focus on my priorities.

3. We need to listen to God. As I prayed that day for LA to worship God, I forgot to listen to God. I just kept talking and didn’t ask God what He wants me to do. God, being all knowing, surely knows the reasons but if I refused to listen, then He won’t be able to tell me too.

Proverbs 23:18-19

18 There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.

19 Listen, my son, and be wise,
and keep your heart on the right path.

4. We need to hide God’s Word in our hearts. First, I saw the urgency to pray for Li-Ann’s salvation and that of all our children. God wants ALL children to go to Him.

Matthew 19:14

14Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Secondly, what happened made me realise that a situation like this can happen again. And I may not be by my children’s side to help or listen to them. But if I teach them the Word and encourage them to memorise God’s Word, they can draw on these precious gems in times of need. The God who is The Perfect Love will then comfort them and give them peace.

Proverbs 4:20-23

20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
listen closely to my words.

21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;

22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to a man’s whole body.

23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life.

So let’s ARISE to the Perfect Love.

Only He alone can set us free and give us the victory in Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:57

57But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.


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ARISE! and Give Thanks!

The ARISE! Worship Concert on 22 August 2010 was terrific! Join us as we give thanks:

1. Our alarm didn’t go off but we woke up on time and was early when we reached the Singapore Expo.

2. I forgot where I put Rebecca’s glasses on Saturday evening. The last place I recalled, to my horror, was the roof of our car. That was exactly where CM found it on Sunday morning! On Saturday night, he had driven up 3 storeys of our multi-storey carpark and God kept the glasses ‘glued’ (as Rebecca put it) onto the car roof. Praise the Lord!!

3. With #2, God reminded me of Zechariah 4:6 and that sustained me for the whole Sunday

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD Almighty.

4. God kept Rebecca and Li-Ann going although they slept late the night before, as we were having dinner with a relative, and had to wake up early on Sunday morning.

5. The girls’ tummies were on their way to recovery from virus attack since Saturday afternoon. Thank God for His Healing. Thank you for praying for us.

6. I am extremely appreciative to the ARISE! team and helpers for looking out for the girls. I can imagine this as an added stress and yet they continue to reassure me that their antennae were alert to any signs of distress shown by the girls. One mom even carried LA to comfort her. Thank you so much. This sharing of burden gave me great peace to continue my duty as an usher. The head usher was also very tolerant when I had to get away to see to my girls’ needs. Thank you, Peter. John was also very efficient in bringing me news of how the girls are now and then. Thank you, son.

6. We all had a lot of fun worshipping God – whether in photo-taking, on the stage singing and dancing or serving God as an usher. We also made many new friends and had a wonderful time of fellowship. Rebecca told me a few boys kept touching LA’s head and said she was cute and she’s like a doll. My guess is they probably don’t have a younger sister. LA said,”They touched me and called me doll. I don’t like it.” I told LA she could tell them she doesn’t like it and walk away. But I suspect she kind of enjoyed the attention a little hehehe… 😉

7. Many friends joined us and they were glad they made it. I’m so grateful that the families were blessed. Some even asked if a DVD is available for this concert.

8. Many friends were very encouraging especially towards Li-Ann. I’m really touched by your love for us.

9. There were 100 people who indicated they would like to receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour in the morning concert. Praise the Lord!!

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Such Love…

I was at the GoFest four-day conference last week – the children had theirs and I went for mine. My original intention was to send the children, go for the one-day conference and then spend the rest of my time at home or catch up with my friends. But I ended up attending all four days of the conference. I was glad I went. It was a WONDERFUL experience for all of us.

GoFest Asia, organised by YWAM (Youth With A Mission), is an Equipping and Outreach Conference that targets Singapore and Asia nations. As Singapore will host the first ever Youth Olympics, this is a great opportunity to reach out to Youth and Children of Asia, who will be represented in Singapore during this event.

Did I benefit from the conference? Absolutely and more than that – I felt LOVED. I felt loved by God and the people. At the end of the four days, Rebecca said,’Mama, I wish the conference will not end.’ I felt the same way too.

Of late, I’ve been talking to God about all the things I see in the media these days. Many messages are worldly and not edifying. I’m concerned about the influences on my own children and also those in their generation. As I sat through the conference, I learnt many things about our youth, how we can reach out personally, using the various art forms and media, and not apply a one-size-fits-all kind of evangelism and that Jesus CAN redeem our culture.

Revelation 5:9 (KJV)

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

As a mom, I felt comforted to know that God is able to do something about my concerns. I signed up for the workshop to learn how to effectively use the digital media for evangelism, after ruling out dancing and singing (decided I’m bad at both), sports and games (too lazy to do any running around) and a few others. Those of you who know me well will know that I am digitally rather illiterate; while I can email and surf the web, I don’t know very much about trends, like iphone, ipod, mp4 and hardware. The hi-tech person at home is my hubby. So perhaps I can check it out and connect better with my hubby… and maybe throw out some digital lingo here and there…Little did I know that God was answering my prayers. He showed me the work He had done through others – producing many excellent quality movie snippets and various short movies of very wholesome nature so that His name can be made known to all the nations. WOW!! I was so thrilled!! Now I need to know how to use them and I was extremely eager to begin. Hubby will have to help me download some of them into my handphone first. I will also share links to some fabulous websites so you can be equipped to reach out too.

On the last day, we all went for a Treasure Hunt – to hunt out God’s treasure. The children went out in their groups as well. My group were all first timers and we had a mixture of locals and foreigner, male and female. We were very excited Treasure Hunters. God put all our clues together and we found this lady, who was the treasure. We were extremely amazed at how God used us to reach out to bless others. I saw the love and power of God reaching out through willing vessels.

Furthermore, I saw how the children were loved and accepted too. Being familiar with some of the ladies and Jie Jie, John and Rebecca fitted in quickly. One lady volunteer who helped with the children suggested letting LA join the children in their activities. I was so grateful that they didn’t mind taking care of LA as they had preferred children of at least  7 years old and above. A few warm and thoughtful ladies treated LA like royalty and would even feed her and helped wash her pee/poo-stained pants. Aiyoh…so pampered!! What else could I ask for? And LA LOVED to be with them. Praise the Lord for them!! Without them, I won’t be able to attend the conference with undivided attention. Without them, I would miss the refreshment of my soul. They spoke kindly of LA and adored her. Many others often called her name affectionately and praised her. John and Rebecca, initally apprehensive about the length of the conference, were stretched as they learnt and played games, found new friends and now being equipped, are more motivated to reach out. How could I, as a mom, not feel their love for my children and me? I met many new friends too and exchanged contacts. In every new face and heart, I saw candor, dedication and joy.  It was during the four days that I began to understand the reality of Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

God further embraced me with His love on the last day in the morning when the children led a time of worship and prayer. It’s the first time I’ve seen how it was done and  I believe it was a preview of the ARISE worship concert on 22 August. At first, LA didn’t want to join John and Rebecca on stage, probably because she was unfamiliar and there was such a huge crowd. Later on, after all the children were prayed for ( including LA as I brought LA up onto the stage), I asked if she wanted to stand next to John (he was standing at the side). She agreed and I let her down. Then I got nervous – LA decided to walk to the middle of the stage and take her place next to Rebecca, smiling broadly at everyone! She seemed oblivious to the fact that she was on stage facing the huge audience. Time stood still for me. I wanted to yell out to the whole world,” SEE!!! My LA is singing and dancing on stage!!” But I didn’t. I couldn’t. I was so overwhelmed that I was crying. It was hard to hold back those tears of joy (I tried to sob softly – also very hard) as I tried to keep my hands steady while capturing these images on my video camera. The link to the video is below. I know God will be further glorified during the worship concert on 22 August at the Singapore Expo during the two worship times at 1030am and 330pm.

So come!! Bring your family and friends. If you want to get the tickets, let me know.

See the video. Share the moment. Experience His favour.

Praising God on Stage (Video)