November 18, 2013

My Miracle Potion

When I was a kid, a long 14 years ago back then, I remember how often I played the likes of Sega, Gameboy, Nintendo, Gamecube, PS1, and even the mini Tetris handheld. Out of my two siblings, it's me and the youngest who are actually the nerdiest.

I recalled us staying up till the middle of the night during holidays to play Legend of Mana together, browsing through (yes the site is still existent!!) finding cheats and tricks, or together reading the ultimate Harvest Moon walkthrough for gameshark codes. I also actually got reminded of how often our mom got mad at us for playing too much games during times we're supposed to spend for school's stuffs, specially when it comes to online games. Talk about Neopets, Ragnarok, Seal, Diablo, etc.

I was so bad at playing RPG because I'm always a sucker for cute inventory items. When I played, I often collect and save potion bottles or equipments like angel wings etc just for the sake of their cuteness in my backpack (>___<")

Sometimes I think God is like the Miracle Potion with an All-Cure Restoration attribute. One of the thing that draws me in full intensity to Him is His capability to restore. I picture life of a true Christian as a life flooded by the vocabulary of promises, hope, transformation, change, purpose, joy, peace, righteousness, strength, vigor, passion, power, and dreams. It's like going on a hunt with full HP and MP, all armoured and equipped to serve the Greatest Mission and fight evil along the way.

We are God's soldiers on earth to carry His mission here - full restoration of the world. When we are redeemed by Jesus' blood on the cross, we are fully capable to save lives around us. God always equips the people He calls for the mission, so it's just a matter of training and practice to strengthen our spiritual muscles and intuition. As long as we're willing, we'll be stronger and more prepared for the battle against the princes of the world.

Along our journey, there'll be sticks and stones that may bring us down. Challenges will grow as we enter the next stage of life. We'll be faced with stronger enemies, more demanding magic skill to learn, and it's likely we'll be dead in one of the battles and go back to our last save point (give thanks for checkpoint). What I've learnt from these games is, it's always a good idea to stash up on Miracle Potions.

Low health point? Restore.
Low mental point? Restore.
Fatigued? Restore.
Poisoned? Restore
Frozen? Restore.
Paralysed? Restore.
Burnt? Restore.
Jinxed? Restore.
Petrified? Restore.
Confused? Restore.
Going crazy? Restore.
Feeling dead in the battle? Can also be restored.

It's nice to always have Miracle Potions ready to prepare us for unforeseeable danger we may encounter in our future battles. Other than that, God also promises those who follow Jesus a life of abundance. God is capable of restoring everything that we're lacking in life. He's the way, the truth, and the life. In Him we can find real life, real joy, real peace. We humans are created in His likeness, beautiful and glorious, that we are not supposed to be so easily satisfied by a seemingly "good" life.

Feeling down and tired? Restore.
Lonely? Restore.
Empty? Restore.
Problem in being emotionally intimate with people? Restore.
Feeling not strong enough for your current responsibility? Restore.
Losing your grip and sense of direction in life? Restore.
Purposeless and meaningless life? Restore.
Traumatic past experience? Restore.

Broken family relationship? Restore.
Drug/alcohol/sex/gambling addiction? Restore.
Anxious and depressed? Restore.
Sick of living life and want to float away? Restore.

Unloved? Restore. Restore. Restore. Restore. RESTORE.

God is the God of Restoration. He is capable of our full restoration because He is our Creator who knows just what we are made of. Where we're lacking, He'll fill. What we've lost, He'll return. What we long for, He'll satisfy. What's been stolen from us, He'll repay in multiples. So don't aim for a mediocre life and trap yourself in the rat race of achieving the seemingly "good" life. Look up to God and ask Him to give us a full restoration of our body, mind, and soul.

Do not be satisfy easily with a "good" life. Aim for a complete restoration and bless others around us with the change within us that becomes so apparent to the world. God is as real as His miracles are. Ask people who've tasted God's restoration if you're curious to know more.

I'm stashing up my Miracle Potions daily through reading the Bible and praying about things. What about you? :)

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
- John 10:10

November 6, 2013

Darkness Can Not Overcome

I'm not so sure how to put my thoughts into words, but let me begin the post by this question:

Have you experienced darkness in your life?

It is that terrible, awful emotion that continually haunts your every single step in life. It is that something you know you have, despite of what people assume you currently have. It's that feeling of being numb, purposeless, low, zero excitement for anything, dreading another day to come.

It's something you have when you're walking and fanning off your best smile to the world but inside it's empty. It's when you wake up in the morning not wanting to get off the bed cause you know nothing good will come out of it. At night, you curl up inside your blanket feeling restless not knowing what to do next. On some good days you're numb, and some other days you're feeling emotions you don't want to feel.

Fearing the future, anxious about life, uncertain. You realise that things aren't as meaningful as you thought they would be. It's as if you're floating on this movie clip of "life", and the longer your walk there is, the emptier things feel. Well, sometimes the choice really comes down to whether you want to feel empty versus anxious.

I'm not too sure how to describe the feeling of darkness is, but I think I was there for a while. It goes back then to 2007 my first coming to Sydney till 2010. My brief encounter to darkness lasted for about 4 years, and I think that was a gradual process in which darkness grew as I seek more of life and myself. And thus I come to believe that darkness have seeds. As I walk longer in the darkness, I let the seeds grow and take deeper roots in my soul until finally I can't cope with the ever-growing tree of darkness, desperate to seek help from a Higher Being.

I call it a brief encounter as I know (from reading people's stories) there are plenty others who experience darkness for their whole life. Some people recover after decades, some barely live with prescription pills, and for some unfortunate ones, there's only one proven method to end the ever-growing darkness inside their soul. Suicide.

Or shall I call them fortunate instead?

I don't know. What I know is, I'm very very very lucky to be able to encounter the nemesis of darkness, ie. the light itself. My first encounter with God was actually during one of the super famous Hillsong Conference in 2010. That was my first taste of having light. I was enlightened (how the New Age people call it). That time I turned from a totally annoying selfish immature miss know it all lazy skeptical brat into a super happy girl overflowing with joy I know I've never experienced before. God truly got His own ways of doing things.

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it"
- John 1:5

Now, I am a very much alive and less annoying selfish immature miss know it all lazy critical Christian. Still the same person with same immaturity but lacking the darkness I used to carry before. Good food and pretty stuffs make me happy, social gathering excites me, but I know the darkness I previously had and I'm thankful to God for not letting me forget about that gloomy thing. I was there once, and now that I've gotten my light, I'll never ever go back there for the second time. Never twice.

Darkness and spiritual death is a serious matter. What good comes from living in the darkness? Walking with God has taught me many things that truly matter in life. I was dead in my sin till I meet Jesus. God is my Saviour, my true Light. Without Him I'm totally clueless what kind of life I'll live now. I'm very fortunate indeed to have Him found me and pulled me from that bottomless pit of darkness. No matter what life will bring, I'll never ever trade this Light for any other senseless things of the world. I know what I'm tightly holding on to. If I have to leave my God, I'd probably choose death. Come what may!!!!!!

(Yes, I was born an extremist)

"He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light."
- Job 33:28

September 25, 2013


For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. 
This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
(Ecclesiastes 2:26)

God makes me feel alive.

Really, really, truly, alive.

Have you ever felt the tingling sensation of re-enjoying something you used to enjoy in the past? There's just something about childhood's fascination about the world where everything is candy-coloured and sweet. It's the world where everyone is beautiful and every moving thing on earth is extremely interesting.

It's the world where I imagine God loves so much, with everyone assuming the best out of each other until proven otherwise. And even when people wrong us, we're just like the immature kids who get angry and fight and yell to each other but graciously release forgiveness the next day. Forgive and forget.

The world is not perfect, and no one will ever be. But God is. He was, is, and will always be perfect.

God lets me know the meaning of being truly alive in this fallen world. And once I've tasted a piece of this wonderful, inexpressible joy of resting in His presence, I'm more than eager to discover more jewels along the journey. Like a kid finding the delicious taste of her first chocolate piece, I'm addicted to find more about God's persona and power in this world.

Only God satisfies.

When was the last time you felt totally alive? It's that tingling joy in your stomach and the unstoppable wide grin on your lips. Awesome feeling.

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

John 16:24
Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Romans 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Psalms 19:8
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;

Nehemiah 2:43
And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also rejoiced. And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away.

John 15:11
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Psalm 17:23

My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.

Psalm 4:7
You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.

Proverbs 17:22
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

John 16:22
So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”

I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”

Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.

I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,

because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.

You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

(Psalm 16 of King David)

August 20, 2013

Hermes Fall/Winter 2013 Ad Campaign, with Mini Berline Bag

Model: Iselin Steiro, photographed by: Nathaniel Goldberg. Still on sporting life but in the fresh and cold winter setting. Snowy mountain, ski track signed by the beautiful scarves floating on the white canvas.

Sources: spottedfashion, bragmybag

August 19, 2013

I Just Want You

More than a nice melody,
More than the sweetest of words
This is the love I have found,
And in this love I am found

Never could I comprehend,
The love you so freely give
Never could I be worthy,
But your love covers all of my sin

I just want You, Jesus
I just want You, my Lord
I just want You, Jesus
I just want You

There is no greater love than Yours,
Nothing else could ever compare
And even if I searched all the world
I would never find a love like Yours

Want God, and everything else shall be added to you...

I Just Want You, by Planetshakers, a Melbourne-based band and church. Such a beautiful song. God bless you :)

Michelle Williams on W-Totes and Capucines, Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2013

Michelle Williams, with the W-totes and the Capucines for Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2013 handbag ads. Shot by Peter Lindbergh, styled by Sam McNight. Dark eyebrows, blood red lips, classic pixy hairdo and it's blonde ie. super cool. She looks a bit dark but edgy.

The W tote is a mix of monogram canvas and multicolored leather.

July 1, 2013

Home by Gabrielle Aplin. It's More Than A Bed to Lay On

Home: where I can read or think or write or chat or brainstorm till falling asleep..

But I'd like to elaborate more on it.

Like what the song says, home is where you go when you're alone and where you go to rest your bones. It's more than just a place to lay your head on, or where you make your bed.

Home is a root. A foundation. A smaller cell filled with God's grace and love to prepare us for the greater challenge outside the comfortable line drawn by our parents at home. I thank God for blessing me with a very loving parent who I know will always protect me (and sisters) no matter what.

They may not be the most expressive parent on earth, but they're the best I can ever have and I'll never wish to have it any better way. They've literally poured out their youth to provide for the family. Together, scratching their dreams of a better future for the family and to bring even greater blessings for others.

“Love is not affectionate feeling,
 but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained”
- C.S Lewis

I totally have no idea where they can have the strength to persevere and survive the tough times. It was just a newly wed couple younger than my age, with no certain stronghold or guidance about the city. Young and brave souls, persistent to ride Jakarta's challenge. Simply driven by the desire for a better future and better living for the family.

A lot of people that I see also have this kind of drive - strong desire to provide a better life for the family. Working moms who stays on the dual-job career path (definitely not easy to be a mother of few while working full-time). Fathers who work their bones night and day for the sake of bringing milk home for the babies. Single mom who's willing to take on any kind of job to send the precious children study in expensive schools overseas, for them to get a chance of better life. There are just too many awfully wonderful, amazing, touching examples of just how far people can go for their family.

Really, is it just something magical about parents? Where does that strong desire come from? Can love really drive people that much?

I think I'll be forever amazed.

Great parents, thank you so much for being great and faithful. Thank you so much for your countless sacrifices over and over again for us. Thank you for your endless faith of the brighter future. Thank you for the strong heart. Thank you for providing not just a house to live in, but a home. There's nothing greater in the world than a safe home, physically and emotionally.

Believe it, you've made a huge positive return investment with endless profitability payback opportunity. May God blesses you million times more. Love.

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
Keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching.

Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, 
so that you may live long and that it may go well with you
in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Love bears all things, believes all things, 
hopes all things, endures all things.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.
Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise"

- Ephesians 6:1, Proverbs 6:20, 11:29, Deuteronomy 5:16, Colossians 3:20, 1 Corinthians 13:7, Philippians 2:3

June 27, 2013

Learn to Love Again - Pink

Yes, we can always learn to love. Again and again, and again, and again and again, and again.

If it's up to me, I'll name this catchy song "Learn to Love Again". I love the part where she sang we're not broken just bent, we can learn to love again.

How true is that in our real life? We are inevitably social beings, and being social is all there is to life. I know some people are more social than others, but I think that only means differing degree of social preference between individuals.

Imagine a secluded life in the caves without anyone around. Or being deserted in an unknown island like Tom Hanks did. Even a volleyball can start becoming a bestie.

We humans, are uniquely created and made by God for the purpose of radiating His glory on earth. We are to reflect God's light and shine upon the darkness of the world. Having received God's strength and authority, we now have the Class A mission to spread the Message about God (ie. the bible) and build disciples. That's what Christianity has taught me.

I do think in any human relationship, fights and conflicts will always be there lurking in the corner. And I always believe that they are there for good reasons, which is to reveal the deepest desire or fear of the people we love the most (sometimes we think we know a lot about the people closest to us, but in fact we don't!!). Conflicts are there as a stepping stone, not a stumbling block.

Maybe, next time, when you got into a messy fight, hum this song we're not broken just bent, and we'll learn to love again. Leave all the negative emotions behind and cool yourself down. Remember, no fight can ever screw your relationship unless you have given up on it.

Also, no matter how messed up you feel now, remember, you're not broken just bent. And you'll learn to love again <3

June 22, 2013

Passion vs Survival

"Work our strengths not our weaknesses"

I used to think that it is really wonderful to be able to work in the area of our strength, and ultimately in the field of our passion. It's a nice feeling to wake up day after day being excited for work and anticipating what the day gonna bring.

But then again, although this works for some people in the world, the majority will still have to work for the sake of living. Not to live a more comfortable life, not to buy that new gadget or new dress, not to afford that new car, but literally, to live.

Whatever you see in Jakarta, is not really whatever there is to Indonesia. The country is so much more than the high-rise skyscrapers reaching up to the cloud and traffic all over the streets. It's so much more than just being a metropolitan city with active social gatherings and thumping beats on the weekends. Jakarta is the hub. The biggest spotlight-ed city in the whole Indonesia because of its rhythm as a central of whatever things happening here.

Jakarta, being the capital of Indonesia, is a city of hope.

It's the place where many people living below the poverty line go to with the hope of gaining a better life. It's the big city where people find hope that there's something more than their current life in the villages. Jakarta is the link connecting the dots of life aspirations and the rural countrysides.

Some people that I talked to used to farm, grow vegetables, nurture their own cattles (which is still considered a luxury for some households) and got themselves a variety of meals by trading food staples. One guy even went as far as poisoning his own cattle just so that the parent will be willing to let him go to the city. Another person, a waiter at an ailing restaurant, joined the secondary job market of the "three-in-one policy"and stand on the roadside day after day to earn more doughs for his family.

People do crazy things to survive. Many go to Jakarta and step into the path of prostitution or semi-prostitution, drug dealing, etc. Some become house helpers (maids), security guards, street beggars, parking attendants, drivers, basically all the jobs that the higher SES consider to be low.

Some say Jakarta is an adventure. Some say it's a nightmare. The city makes or breaks people. Rich or poor, there's one thing in common: We all strive to live the kind of life that we want. Be it through A or through Z, we simply fight for our survival. And work is the means to achieve that glorious life we've always dreamt about.

Now, the weirdest thing is, God tells us to go out of ourselves and breaks the comfort barrier. When we believe in Him, it's no longer us. Work is no longer for our dreams or survival. Our work is now dedicated solely for God.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, 
as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
(Colossians 3:23)

In his defense Jesus said to them,
"My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working."
(John 5:17)

God loves to see our work, cause He's always been at work too. And for this simple reason, we work, because we want to please Him. Doesn't matter, really, what kind of work that we do, as long as we know that it's a form of our worship to God.

No two persons are created equal. Likewise, no two lives have the same journey. Some people struggle to find work befitting their description of passion, while there are some others who gobble at any work they can do just to earn tomorrow's bread. I think I'm lucky enough to have the luxury of choice. Some don't even have the air to.

Thus, this phrase at the beginning of the article "Work our strengths not our weaknesses" certainly becomes much irrelevant for some lives. Maybe, life passion isn't there for everyone's consumption. And that's okay, cause I believe God speaks differently to people. I'm an acute believe of passion nonetheless, and here still stands to find my strength/passion.

Have you find yours?

June 11, 2013

The Church of The Lord Jesus Christ

She is the plan of God on earth; always in her Father's eye: Cherished, mysterious, beautiful and potent beyond measure: King empowered and life infused. She emerges triumphant; limitless with potential; a harbour for the hopeless and an answer for the ages: The church resplendent - a bride for His Son.

She is the body of Christ on earth; born, like her Head, amidst tribulation, under jealous skies. Cradled in her innocence and guarded for His purpose. She grows in wisdom and stature with victory on her lips and freedom in her hands. Hers is an unstoppable cause. She embraces the world with dignity, honour and compassion; gives vision to the sightless and life to the dying.

She is the family of God on earth. Within her compass, the hungry find sustenance and the weary receive strength. She is a haven for recovering humanity, enthralled by grace. She invites the broken, the vulnerable and the outcast to be immersed in love. She stands imperfect but perfection resides within her. She is flawed but is washed with forgiveness. She has a treasury of faith and a wealth of belonging.

She is the house of heaven on earth: A representative, resolute to reconcile. The Word within her accepts the receptive but challenges the heartless. She is the ecclesia, called out to serve the world: Calling out to welcome in. Blood-washed and armed with testimony, the cross on her lips liberates the chained and offends the unchanging. Like her Master she is pursued and persecuted. Yet she rises with strength in her heart and fire in her soul.

She is the bride of Christ on earth; readying herself for the day when all eyes will be upon her. Prepared and presented before the Lord: The Lamb for whom the world waits, who comes like the rising sun, majestic and magnificent beyond description, while she dazzles with reflected glory. Spotless, perfect and mature, she bows low to cast her crowns and passionately worship Him. Her temporal focus becomes her eternal gaze. She is the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

- by Robert Fergusson, Hillsong

I totally have no idea who Robert Fergusson is, but this poem depicting a church in God's eyes is just so beautiful. Frustratingly beautiful..

"She grows in wisdom and stature with victory on her lips and freedom in her hands. Hers is an unstoppable cause. She embraces the world with dignity, honour and compassion; gives vision to the sightless and life to the dying."

Vision and life. Hope. What else can the world possibly need? There's a lot of poverty and impoverished families here in Indonesia. Let's all do our best in life to fill in the part God has prepared for us to do.. Each one of us is made for a purpose and a unique job desc. Have you known yours? I'm still finding it out.

May 10, 2013

Human - Jon McLaughlin

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

But God shows his love for us while we were still sinners. Christ died for us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

Because, if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead, we will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. 

For when I am weak, then I am strong.
- Proverbs 14:12, 1 John 1:9, Romans 5:8, Romans 10:9-10,13, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

You never know how much you need God until God is all you've got left. 

Sometimes you think you're strong enough to take the world, young enough to brave the oceans and wise enough to get through the labyrinth of life. Experience all those ups and highs, accomplish this and that, till the lightning strikes and turns things into ashes.

Even worse when the lightning is followed by the storm. Stay there long enough until you realise that God is the only hope you can cling onto. There's so much you can do about you and your life, but at the end of the day, God gives, and God takes.

God gives, and God takes. When things are meant to be taken away.. just be confident that our Father in heaven knows the best. He got the blueprint of life and He's the real Mr Know it all.

So when you're up there, remember that God will bless you according to your own capacity. He'll never give more than you can take. For what good is a happy life when you lose your soul?

And when you're down there, and I mean, really, really, really, really, REALLY down there. Remember that God never takes anything away just for fun sake. But thankfully, these are the moments where I can feel so much closer to God and so much grateful of the people He puts in my life. I think it goes the same to the general population - easier to stick to God during the downtimes.

Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone of us can only take a certain amount of heartache in life. We're only human, afterall.

Jon McLaughlin - Human

Can you tell me how we got in this situation
I can't seem to get you off my mind
All these ups and downs they
They trip up our good intentions
Nobody said this was an easy ride

After all, we're only human
Always fighting what we're feeling
Hurt instead of healing
After all we're only human
Is there any other reason
Why we stay instead of leaving
After all

Can we get back to the point in this conversation
Where we saw things through each other's eyes
Cause now all I see is ruin and devastation
We all need some place we can hide inside

After all, we're only human
Always fighting what we're feeling
Hurt instead of healing
After all we're only human
Is there any other reason
Why we stay instead of leaving

I'm smart enough to know that life goes by
And it leaves a trail of broken hearts behind
If you feel I'm letting go, just give me time
I'll come running to your side
Can you tell me how we got into this situation
I can't seem to get you off my mind

After all, we're only human
Always fighting what we're feeling
Hurt instead of healing
After all we're only human
Is there any other human [2x]

May 1, 2013

Make Love Your Goal

It's this new up and coming British Youtube cover-turn-artist Gabriella Aplin. Her voice is really sweet and angelic.. This song is particularly touching to me. The line make love your goal strikes my conscience over and over again.

People say it's more important to do what's right than what's nice. However true this sounds, I think God's always wanted us to be nice and loving and gentle and compassionate, instead of being right and harsh. This is exactly why I'm always up against the term harsh discipline. Why make it harsh if we can have it the gentlest way?

As a Christian I'll always believe that only God can change hearts. It's only God and only God and only Him alone that can move and shift human's heart. It doesn't matter what others do or tell us to do, if we don't want to change, we won't.

So how can a foreign soul influence another soul to change and do what's right?
1. By doing what's right himself (the principle of leading by example)
2. By gently teaching/rebuking with love (the #2 principle of Jesus - love your neighbour as you love yourself)
3. By praying to God over the situation (principle of bypass - ask God and thy shall receive)

Make love your goal.
Make love your goal.
Make love your goal.

God is love. Jesus is the embodiment of God's huge love toward mankind. And we, humans, we are created to receive God's love and to love others back in return. We are capable of love. You are capable of love and you are meant to love those around you.

Have you made love your goal for today? :)

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels,
but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I had the gift of prophecy,
and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge,
and if I had such faith that I could move mountains,
but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.
If I gave everything I have to the poor 
and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;
but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

Love is patient and kind. 
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. 
It does not demand its own way. 
It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 
It does not rejoice about injustice
but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 
Love never gives up, never loses faith, 
is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages 
and special knowledge will become useless. 
But love will last forever! 
Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete,
and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 
But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

- Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 13

The Power of Love - Gabriella Aplin

April 30, 2013

The Ammo Against IT

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

- Apostle Paul, in Colossians 3:12-17 

Submitted by Albert Tan. Edited by IGNITE13: I'm In The Movement committee.

It's so easy to fall into the trap of negativity and critical spirit. If God is never judgmental/critical about our mistakes, what will be left of humanity?

Love covers multitude of fault. As simple as that. Love is the best weapon to fight against the spirit of dissension, strife, pride, argumentative nature, superiority, envy, anger, etc. I'll see all this in one coin: negative spirit. The IT enemy.

The best way to fight against negative spirits is to keep feeding yourself with daily dose of love and Words. You can't fight negative with negative. They repel each other by nature.

When you feel severely discouraged about people or some situations in life, just think of God's love. God loves you so much He will not let you stay there for long. Tribulations and sufferings are there to sharpen your character, and bring you up to another level of strength and maturity.

God loves you so much He will definitely provide the best people to be around you in the rightest timing of life. By all means, God will never desert you or leave you alone. What we need to do is simple, just stick close to Him like a Scrooge and his gold coin. Be as sticky as you can to God, and let His love and peace flood your heart with the sweetness of heaven..

Paul's Strategy Against IT

The Ammo: Compassion. Kindness. Humility. Gentleness. Patience. Forgiveness. Peace.

The Action: Be at peace. Pursue unity. Teach. Gently rebuke (admonish). Be wiser through God's Words. Sing praises. Be thankful. Give credit to God.

God bless you :)

March 19, 2013

Les Misérables - Bring Him Home by Colm Wilkinson

A very beautiful prayer sung by an ex-convict on the run, Jean Valjean. The worldwide famous musical production is originally adapted from the old 1862 French novel by Victor Huge. From 1980 the first production up till now.. 2013.

Watched the newest movie adaption in Jakarta and was fairly disappointed by the casting. I wish they can choose a much better Javert.. or Jean Valjean (T_T)

This song is really beautiful anyway. This one is exceptionally sung by Colm Wilkinson during the Dreamcast 10th Celebration Anniversary (you can google more piece of this cool production). So, enjoy, Les Miserables on the go :)

Bring Him Home - Jean Valjean

God on high
Hear my prayer
In my need
You have always been there

He is young
He's afraid
Let him rest
Heaven blessed.
Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.

He's like the son I might have known
If God had granted me a son.
The summers die
One by one
How soon they fly
On and on
And I am old
And will be gone.

Bring him peace
Bring him joy
He is young
He is only a boy

You can take
You can give
Let him be
Let him live
If I die, let me die
Let him live
Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.

March 17, 2013

Mondnacht by Schumann - Devi Jessica

I just heard this beautiful poem sung by Devi Jessica last night. She's really charming up on the stage, and still so young.. 

Mondnacht is the fifth song in Schumann's glorious "Liederkreis" cycle. Poem is by Eichendorff. A very beautiful German poem indeed..


Es war, als hätt’ der Himmel
Die Erde still geküßt,
Daß sie im Blüten-Schimmer
Von ihm nun träumen müßt’.

Die Luft ging durch die Felder,
Die Aehren wogten sacht,
Es rauschten leis die Wälder,
So sternklar war die Nacht.

Und meine Seele spannte
Weit ihre Flügel aus,
Flog durch die stillen Lande,
Als flöge sie nach Haus.

Moonlit Night

It was as though the heavens
Had silently kissed the earth,
Such that in the blossoms’ lustre
She was caught in dreams of them

The wind crossed through the fields,
And swayed the heads of grain
The forest softly rustled
How starry was the night

And my soul spread
Far its wings
And sailed o’er the hushed lands
As if gliding home

March 15, 2013

Time by Hans Zimmer, OST Inception

Imagine, a world where all your dreams and wishes come true. Imagine a world with no fear, no uncertainty on the bleak future, no agony, no pain, no regret for past mistakes. There's no twist of fate, because you will create your own fate. No money concern too because you are the creator of your own world.

Here and there you will build structures at your whims. Possessions mean nothing, because everything is yours. The world of "perfection".

Lately I've been getting really into the orchestra-ish mood. Enjoy the song and let me know how you feel about this :D

Top 5 Regrets of The Dying

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. As many of her patients approached their final days, she would ask if they had regrets or things they would do differently.

Ware was so surprised by the phenomenal clarity of vision people gained at the end of their lives that she began documenting their responses.

#5 - I wish that I had let myself be happier
“This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”

Photo by Rosie O’Beirne, Creative Commons

#4 - I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
“Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.”

#3 - I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”

#2 - I wish I hadn’t worked so hard
“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”

#1 - I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
“This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.”

This list hit me like a ton of bricks. I hope it did the same for you.

It’s remarkable how small things that don’t actually matter can dominate our days. They seem so innocent at first. A few extra hours in the office. Forgetting to call our friends back. Bottling up our emotions. Choosing a job you don’t enjoy for higher pay.

February 27, 2013

Through The Rain

My church The Cause will host the month of Strength in this upcoming March. It's Die Hard! Since I'm ministering in the social media/communication dept, we're starting to think about strength.. how to be strong, verses or God's words about how to stay strong and face problems, how to live a strong life, etc..

I think God does speak in many unpredictable ways to people. When I hear this song by Mariah Carey, I can't help to think about strong people who just make it through the storms. You know, being strong doesn't mean you have a natural antibody toward any expression of emotional vulnerability or you can split the river into two halves or lift tons of weight. And I'm sure we all know that strong people doesn't mean they're never broken or discouraged.

We live on the same earth and breathe the same air, see the same sun every morning and face the same annoying people everyday. Everyone is the same, we all have the natural capacity to survive and fight for life. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. So what makes some stronger while some weaker?

Strong people bounce back faster. They move past the hurdles and get back up on their feet quicker than others. They know their self-worth, they identify their potentials and they understand their problems. They just don't give up.

They don't just wait for the storm to pass - they learn to dance in the rain. They make great things happen in the pit they're in. They dig up gold out of dirts. And that's always true anywhere in the world. There are countless stories of amazing, incredible things who happen in the most unbelievable life situations.

Blind men with amazing musical abilities and limbs strength, dirtpoor streetkid-not even a school grad who make it to Forbes, cancer patients who battled the disease for decades and live, families destroyed by terrible earthquakes/tsunamis that just, simply said, survive..

Tough times never last, but tough people do 
Robert H. Schuller

You never know how strong you really are until being strong is the only choice you have. It comes back to you and how you choose to live your life. Problems will always exist anywhere anyway you live. Your parents may be divorced, your boss may hate you, your physical appearance may dissapoint you, your friends may turn you down, your business partners may betray you, or even your God Himself may seem to be going against you.

You may be in the stormiest season of your life now, but hey, tough times never last. Tough people do. So don't think too much about things and just focus on what you can do about em. Your response to life situations will shape your journey. Your attitude will shape your experience. Do you see a storm, or do you see a rainbow after the rain?

Be strong, and always get your daily dose of strength from God. He's supernatural. Get through that storm and be the inspiration this world badly needs. Be a witness of God :)

"So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

All who rage against you
will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
will be as nothing and perish.

Though you search for your enemies,
you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
will be as nothing at all.

For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you."

- Isaiah 41:10-13

February 26, 2013

Sky's The Limit

Scientific discoveries keep on surprising our race since the old times. When weird diseases spring up, miraculous cures combat them. When terrible disaster destroy lives, countless incredible humanitarian acts rush in. Hunger and poverty-ridden slum areas produce extraordinary business leaders and enterpreneurs. Physical disability may cripple families but it doesn't cripple their hearts. I've seen many Youtube clips on amazing number of people who're born with severe disabilities and have no other choice than to accept the condition.

What do they do? They rise up. Yes, they were depressed, suicidal and were so deep in the pit that they didn't see any other motivation to keep on living life. But they went through all that and found the greatest meaning in life. They rise up, they live as a blessing for others, as a witness for God's amazing transformation of their heart, as a rock when the weaker others desperately need encouragement. They shine..

"For all things work together for good to them who love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

People rise up in the most dire and difficult life circumstances. People always do.

When bad things happen, there's always the great stuffs that come to fill in the blank. We may not be able to choose where, or how, or what kind of living condition we're born with. But just have faith that when there's a super weird problem come upon you and crush your spirit... be excited. That means some amazing things are going to happen real soon. "When God gives you the why, God gives you the how."

We are human. Being resilient is in our natural genetic composition. You may be at your lowest point for some period of time, but you'll bounce back and look toward an even higher life points. You'll rise up and you'll run toward a bigger destination. You'll be transformed by God, you'll have the fire to pursue things greater than your failure, and you'll bless many others among the journey. You'll be the live, walking testimony of God's amazing power that heals and shapes you to be who you are right now. You'll shine, and God's name will be proclaimed all over the earth :)

When you're squeezed, stressed, pressured, etc. You'll rise up. It's just natural. Believe in yourself.

My submission to the church's IGNITE13 Photo Competition: I'm in God's Movement. Hosted by The Cause church.

February 7, 2013

Let It Roll - An Anthem

The wheel's turning, the step's pacing up.
There's no time to swell, just some nights to lull.
Will you greet the dawn; or will you flaunt a yawn?
The time's ripe, the hour's set,
For a kick and for a jump.
So let's get it rollin, babe.

Let it roll and take a stroll.
Look ahead and pace it up.
Steady your feet and poise a stance.
Catch the sparkles, see it twinkles.
Feel the heat, seize the beat.
Breathe. Take a deep breath.
And let it roll.

Get it rollin and dance a balling
The street is calling
Don the rhythm and blow this anthem
Feel the breeze and taste the vibes
Grab those swift steps, ain't need no preps
Be overwhelmed. Be amazed.
Be thrilled. Be amused.
Your body's in awe.
 So let it roll.

Photograph of Ruth Junita. Follow her twitter @LeRuthless

Images from Ruth Junita

February 6, 2013

Timeless, Super Glam David Jones 175th Anniversary with Miranda Kerr - Fall/Winter 2013

Miranda attack!!!

There you go, the big bouncy curls and that bewitching smile again in David Jones Fall/Winter 2013 campaign: Step Back in Time Glam. Inspired by the 70s red carpet glamour and the Great Gatsby, the collection features sequin looks and sophisticated silhouettes. Red lips, curled locks, and small hips (use corset if hip isn't as small as this babe) is they key.

Other brand ambassadors are Samantha Harris, Jessica Gomes, Jason Dundas, and Montana Cox.

February 5, 2013

Miranda Kerr in David Jones Spring/Summer 2012

One of the most distinguishable benefit of living in a tropical country like Indonesia is the all-year long sunshine and warm air. Although there's a rainy season (we recently got huge flood covering most area in Jakarta), it's still warm. And that means: freedom of summer-style clothing expression for the whole year.

Here are some pics from David Jones spring/summer 2012 brand book, featuring Miranda Kerr in her trimmed, post-pregnancy flat tummy (envy much) and lovely smile. The slick hairdo looks good on her too. But yeah, I think she looks good in everything anyway.

Photographed by Nicole Bentley and Hugh Stewart featuring clothes from various Australian designers (Collette Dinnigan, Lisa Ho, Alex Perry, Akira Isogawa, Dion Lee, Josh Good, and Willow).

Miranda Kerr for Mango Spring 2013

You look at those hip and abs. Haha. Lady Kerr is posing for Mango Springwear 2013. She's the cutest, healthiest, sexiest model I've ever seen. She's one with the most gorgeous hair too. Always the bouncy, elegant/casual/next-door-type of hair. And scandal free. Admire this lady so much.

Images from dailymail

January 30, 2013

Sonnet 43 - Browning's Love Poem

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right:
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Sonnet 43)

Wanted to change the line and spacing to suit my preference, but googled the sonnet and learnt that there's a thing called "composition", and I don't have the heart the alter this exceptionally beautiful sonnet.

But I finally found the heart. There you go 3 additional spacings in between the lines.

Well, passion is one of the key to living the life. Be reminded of the intensity of your early life adventure. Be reminded of the tenacity, the thrill, the burning curiosity of those days. As we age and experience more, we tend to tone down a bit of this and that emotional encounter. It's neither good nor bad, I think. Only nature playing its due course.

Some heat is always good, but never play with the fire too much lest you get burnt..

One of these days, I'll try BBQing marshmallows on a lit bonfire by the beach. Add to that the perfect starry, starry night. Gonna be super awesome.

God bless!