“Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by Him without spot or blemish, and at peace.” 2 Peter 3:14
Schat and i are done with our Bible reading and sharing of 1 and 2 Peter…and for the first time since we started reading God’s Word together before bed time, we shared about the same verse! (:
Thankful for a well-spent Sunday.
Schat and i haven’t been to Orchard for sometime and decided to head down today to buy my 2014 schedule book. And so we had a nice little date topped off with a Dunkin Donut each, since the queue for Krispy Kreme was ridiculously long. Wait, i mean, loooooooooonng. Really long.
i cooked dinner today. Schat put up a picture of this on Facebook and Auntie Evangeline commented that he’s blessed with a wonderful wife. But i prefer to think, God has blessed ME with a husband who never complains about my cooking (attempts). 🙂
Crispy pork with garlic, one of my favourite Thai dish (:
I actually felt quite lazy today and wished we could skip devotions together. Yes, very naughty and very ill-disciplined i am. Therefore, i’m so very thankful for schat who firmly reminded me that we have to be disciplined. We continued with our Bible reading and sharing with 1 Peter 3 and once again, i was greatly blessed by God’s precious lessons to us.
Beauty from Within
“Do not let your adorning be external – the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear – but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” 1 Peter 3:3-4
The challenge for me: i must work on developing inner beauty instead of being overly concerned about my outward appearance. Of course, this doesn’t mean i must be a dowdy, frumpy woman…it just means i should put more emphasis on developing godly characteristics. Well…i guess practically, this means that when i have to choose between putting on a facial mask or having devotions with schat (due to lack of time)…reading God’s word will have priority.
Hello Monday! You’re here so quick! I wished you’d take your time, but i’m also thankful each time God gives me the breath of life to meet you 🙂
So we started our Bible reading tonight 🙂 We read the book of Jude and i was delighted to re-discover refreshing truths.
1. The Danger of False Teachers
Jude warns us of false teachers and leaders who existed even from the first century. He reminds us of God’s coming judgment and emphasizes on the importance of correct doctrines to our faith. He urges us in verse 3 to “contend for the faith”. i was really excited to share this since it was related to the theme of my blog, “Guarding the Faith”.
How then, do we “contend for the faith”?
- By knowing the truth. We do that by studying the Bible and understanding the basic doctrines of our faith so that we can recognize false doctrines.
- By growing personally with Christ. Knowledge may be important, but our relationship with Jesus is essential. Without a relationship with God, even if we know everything, we will understand nothing. Abiding in Christ, we are given spiritual understanding as well as experiences with Him that deepens our faith.
- By remaining unified on the essentials. As Christians we may disagree on minor doctrines like music and methods of worship, but we must always defend the truth of the basics of our faith as found in God’s Word.
2. The Duty to Remain Faithful to God’s truth
“But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love. And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.” Jude 20-23
Tonight was really a night well spent with Mr Nyoto. Thank God for a life companion who’s willing to study God’s Word with me! 🙂
Today while at work, i actually thought to myself, “Will schat initiate devotions with me eventually? Will he really be the spiritual leader of our marriage like he knows he’s supposed to be…or will i have to suggest/hint to him to start anything?”
Well…i didn’t say anything about those thoughts at all, but that evening when Jun and i were brisk-walking at the park, he suddenly said to me, “Schat, shall we start reading the Bible together?”
i’m pretty sure it wasn’t a coincidence that Jun spoke to me about this tonight. God must have spoken to Jun and laid this burden on his heart…to be a spiritual leader. To be the man that God has chosen to place next to me as my life partner, and the head of our household 🙂
Awestruck by an awesome God.
i love you schat, so thankful to God for you 😉
i woke up and came to work feeling strangely very lousy emotionally, wondering how i’d get by today. But God loves me so much to comfort me through this morning’s song during worship and prayer, bringing me to tears and rest in Him.
“Gentle Saviour, closest Friend, Strong Deliverer, Beginning and End…all within me falls at Your throne.” Thank you, King of kings, in all Your majesty, for loving an undeserving me.
And so we had our pre-wedding photoshoot today!
I have tangled hair despite 7 shampooing, slightly tired jaw and aching body from a whole day of smiling and posing…but i had i really wonderful time with schat during the whole process! i’m thankful to God, even for the rain (blessing in disguise), and looking forward to seeing the pictures in two weeks!
Feeling awesome! 😀
One of the scenic spots we witnessed today ♥