Joy

Was just reading some blogs and had some thoughts about things in life. Being already 23 years old, having past through life as a young secondary school girl and stepping into a new walk in my life, there are a few things that I’ve learned about life itself.
A lot of times, we want to be happy and happiness have been the way we determined if we are succeeding well in life, or doing the right thing. It’s usually the emotions that gives us the security in our hearts, to keep us going and that’s what drives us with passion and love. Yet there were times when I find myself not feeling like doing the things that I used to love anymore. Especially now that I’m much older, there are some things that I may not feel the same way about. Yet, I still do it anyway.. simply because I still love it… beyond my own happiness.
So what keeps me going? What keeps me doing the things that I do, despite the failures and all that I would have felt along with it? It really all boils down to one thing and that is joy!
Joy is beyond emotions. Joy is a decision that you can choose to have!
Pastors always said we are not thermometers, but we are thermostats. We choose what we want to do at the end of the day, not because of our emotions, but because of what is right.
I continue to do the things that I love to do, because I know that it’s not for me, it’s for the lives of people. It’s for God at the end of the day… the glory goes to Him, instead of only making myself feel good.
The end result of this is that I’ll always find joy, even when I didn’t feel good doing it in the first place. At the end of the day, it’s your decisions, and your choice.
I choose to live a life beyond just emotions (while, emotions are a good thing!!)… I choose to live a life of decisions… because emotions are temporal, but decisions will determine your destiny, which is eternal.
Psalm 4:7 –
You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
Truly, real happiness and joy comes in God, the source. He alone can give us that joy that we need, and that gladness that we desire in our hearts!! 🙂

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back to basics :)

I only have a few minutes to blog before my battery runs out but I must say that Zone F’s revival night yesterday was amazing! Dom shared about Believe and brought us to a place where we believed in God again. It reminded me of the times when we were younger, as a 15 year old, loving God, and just loving God. It wasn’t about the clothes that we would wear… or the lights or the set up, but it was all about believing in the Presence of God… and the Power of God in our lives..

Adeline shared with the whole CG the first time she ever felt the love of God so closed to her. She felt so renewed, and filled when she was once empty! That reminded me of the first time God filled me in a school hall, where we had our school Christian camp… I remembered that God filled me and I felt so whole, I knew that God was real.

Yesterday, we spent the time just worshipping God for who He is.. and began believing in Him again. And here we are, with a decision so true and strong in our hearts… that truly, silver and gold we do not have, what we have we’ll give…

Live my life, to usher people into the Presence of God…

First entry of the year

Hello! It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged. Came home finding Zhou Jie cooking salmon and soup!! It was awesome… though, we both admit that it was too salty! Haha, the life living on your own. You’ve got to cook, settle the cleanliness of the house on your own, and everything!

Anyway, had CG today! And it was great! The girls are amazing. Have never met young people who are so confident and bold in their sharing and loving the Presence of God. Today’s word really encouraged all of us, even myself, that we really should not grow weary while doing good, for we will reap in due season!

I think that for the past week, I’ve really learned that I need to be grateful for the things in my life and one of the things that I know I can be grateful for is for my Pastors and for HoGC. And when I say this, I’m not being naive, neither am I just saying it for the sake of it. But if you think about it, you really do have to grateful for what you have in church, especially in Heart of God Church.

I was just talking to Wei Ling the other day and we said that every new person that enters in Heart of God church and gets planted are so blessed. They’ve got great equipments, so many platforms in which many skills and many opportunities are provided for everyone to find a place in, and to reach their destinies in God. Heart of God Church today has grown so big today, but Pastors still constantly find a place for people to serve that they may grow in God and progress towards their destiny in God.

A lot of times we neglect that… and take what we have for granted. But sometimes, we just need to look beyond that, and realize that behind all that we have, behind the equipment, behind the fun… is a lot of hard work, sweat and tears, a lot of discouraged changed to faith… a lot of believe and prayers made for the generations that were not seen then, but now coming to pass.

As a family, as a church, we need to be grateful. And today, I’m grateful for all that my Pastors and leaders have done in me and believed in me till today. For all the opportunities that I was given to serve because they’ve believed.

Today, I’m thankful. Thank you Pastors, Dom, Charleston, Lynette, Garrett, and Fifi for believing in me. Thank you for the friends in the CG who has made me feel at home! I’m home because of all of you!

Signing off!!

Love,
Joyce!

Physics Monday

It’s a Physics monday. 3 hours of lecture… wow

Our professor gives us a break by giving us problems to solve on the board… that’s a real physics fanatic..

Then again.. I loved maths so much I did it for fun. Haha..

Just thinkin about life, about the CGs, about Church. I’ve so much to grow in to.. I really want to grow into.

Expand me today. Grow me today. Change me.. to be more like You each day.

It’s six am

It’s six am and I’m awake in school. I just finished reading up all of my lecture notes. There’s more to do but I’m not sure if I can take in anymore. Physics definitely is more than reading up the lecture notes, you must try it to know how to deal with it. Living life is the same. You must try it to know how to deal with it… it makes it all the more better to have Him with you.

Listened to Pst How’s sermon on Moments, Movement and Monument. Words cannot describe what it was like listening to it. You can feel a whole part of you begin to change as God’s word speaks right through your life. More than that, it was a time where things are just put into perspective… to have a monument, where a generation of young people once had the Power of God moved in this generation. At least, in our generation… It has always been all for God and His glory…

When things do fade away and focuses get off-track, I’m reminded that it has always been for Him… always. That’s how it started… that’s how it should end..

I read the first page of the book that Charleston, Lynette, Dom and Fifi got me.. It’s Inspired to Pray by Phil Pringle. It’s from 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Quoted from Pst Phil Pringle :

It’s an astonishing insight that God’s own people are so disconnected from Him that they have to be commanded to pray. One would think that if we are his people, we would be communicating with Him on a regular basis. … The most natural thing for believers is to pray

The most natural thing for us is to pray…. We can’t stop praying especially if we are His people…

Psalm 12:6-7

The words of the Lord are pure words,
Like silver tried in a furnace of earth,
Purified seven times.
You shall keep them, Lord
You shall preserve them from this generation forever.

Be anxious for nothing

Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.