Archive for March, 2012

Take heart;

Posted in Chord progressions., Czerny. with tags , , , on March 26, 2012 by Vivian K

for i have

overcome

the world

John 16:33

There is a light
It burns brighter than the sun
He steals the night
And casts no shadow
There is hope
Should oceans rise and mountains fall
He never fails

So take heart
Let His love lead us through the night
Hold on to hope
And take courage again

In death by love
The fallen world was overcome
He wears the scars of our freedom
In His Name
All our fears are swept away
He never fails

All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome

All our failure
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome
All our heartache
And all our pain
God our healer
He has overcome

All our burdens
And all our shame
God our freedom
He has overcome

All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome

All our failures
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome

God our justice
God our grace
God our freedom
He has overcome

God our refuge
God our strength
God is with us
He has overcome

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What love is this?

Posted in In a major key. with tags , , , , on March 12, 2012 by Vivian K

You never change, You are the God You say You are 
When I’m afraid, You calm and still my beating heart
You stay the same, when hope is just a distant thought, You take my pain 
and You lead me to the cross

What love is this, that You gave your life for me
And made a way for me to know you
And I confess You’re always enough for me, You’re all I need

I look to you
I see the scars upon your hands
And hold the truth
That when I can’t, You always can
I’m standing here beneath the shadow of the cross, I’m overwhelmed that I keep finding open arms

What love is this that You gave your life for me, and made a way for me to know You

And I confess, You’re always enough for me
You’re all I need

Jesus in your suffering, You were reaching, You thought of me
Jesus in your suffering, You were reaching, You thought of me

What love is this, that You gave your life for me
And made a way for me to know You
And I confess, You’re always enough for me
You’re all I need

What love is this, that You gave Your life for me
And made a way for me to know You
And I confess, You’re always enough for me
Always enough for me
Always enough for me

A midst of life’s calling and to-do-lists,

a day without having to bask in His love, is indeed a day wasted.

Post graduation.

Posted in Chord progressions. with tags , , , , on March 10, 2012 by Vivian K

I’ve recently received an offer from the bar school of my choice. It’s definitely a miracle because I only had two days to write up 11 essays. My parents gave me the green light to apply in such a short notice. I knew God was pointing me towards bar school and placed friends in my life to guide me on which school to apply.

So I got into the school of my choice. But I choose to surrender to the Lord, what He wants to do in my life.

If it’s bar school, I trust He’ll provide. If it means taking two gaps years working (with Teach For Malaysia) prior to commencing my course, I will obey.

Or having a job offer in the UK.

Either way, I will be walking down this next chapter of my life alone. Indeed it is the road not taken. I will be stepping on new territories and having the opportunity to grow into what He wants me to become. And ultimately, He will be with me.

So much uncertainties. But yet, so much peace.

 

The pathway is broken
And the signs are unclear
And I don’t know the reason why You brought me here
But just because You love me the way that You do
I’m gonna walk through the valley
If You want me to.

Cause I’m not who I was
When I took my first step
And I’m clinging to the promise You’re not through with me yet
so if all of these trials bring me closer to you
Then I will walk through the fire
If You want me to.

It may not be the way I would have chosen
When you lead me through a world that’s not my home
But You never said it would be easy
You only said I’d never go alone.

So when the whole world turns against me
And I’m all by myself
And I can’t hear You answer my cries for help
I’ll remember the suffering Your love put You through
And I will go through the valley If You want me to

Overwhelmed.

Posted in Czerny. with tags , , on March 9, 2012 by Vivian K

I find myself being overwhelmed with work as the final examinations are in less than two months. Overwhelmed to the point I sometimes don’t know what to do but cry out to God.

Then I stumbled across this video:

Find rest my soul in Christ alone. Know His power in quietness & trust.

Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt
Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart
Not because of who I am
But because of what You’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who You’re 

I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I’m calling
Lord, You catch me when I’m falling
And You’ve told me who I am
I am Yours, I am Yours

Who Am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love and watch me rise again
Who Am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me

I am Yours
Whom shall I fear
Whom shall I fear
‘Cause I am Yours
I am Yours

Then I find myself overwhelmed by His love for me. And how He cares about the things I care about.
He will carry me through this.
Who am I to deserve such great love?

Look to God. For men will disappoint but God will never.

Posted in Chord progressions. with tags , , , , on March 8, 2012 by Vivian K

Have you ever been disappointed by people whom you believe in? Those that you actually thought that they had your back. Because you poured into their lives, showed them you cared for them through your time and effort.

They then manage to strip off all of your strength and will to be kind and patient by doing exactly the opposite to you.

Truthfully, sometimes you want to just totally give up on this person and ask yourself “why do I even bother?

But you know, I believe God has placed difficult people in our lives to shape and mould us to be more like Him everyday. Jesus too had some tough people to deal with in His life on earth. But yet He chose to do good towards them in return, love them, and even died on the cross for them.

So this verse came into my mind when I was feeling disappointed.

Galatians 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Matthew 5:46

If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?

I think the ability to do good unto others continuously even though you might not receive the same treatment back, is indeed very powerful and speaks volumes.

It speaks volumes about the God you serve. About how He is so great, that you do not have to highlight the petty things you are upset about in life.

Because you choose to highlight Him and His greatness.

My God is a God who will never forget.

Posted in In a major key. with tags , on March 4, 2012 by Vivian K

And this is Your world, You made it
And all of creation is breathing because You sustain it
Jesus, by Your powerful word, You spoke out the earth and the heavens

So I will not worry or fret
My God is the God who will never forget
All of His goodness and all of His promises
He’s holding my world in His hands

And these are your days, You give them
All for your fame and all for Your glorious kingdom
Jesus, You have ordained all things to dwell in Your purpose
So I will not worry or fret
My God is the God who will never forget
All of His goodness and all of His promises
He’s holding my world in His hands

And I am Your child, Beloved
And all of my days my future is laid in Your promise
Jesus, to the end of the age, I am not alone or forgotten

So I will not worry or fret
My God is the God who will never forget
All of His goodness and all of His promises
He’s holding my world

So I will not worry or fret
My God is the God who will never forget
All of His goodness and all of His promises
He’s holding my world in His hands

Self control.

Posted in Chord progressions. with tags , , on March 1, 2012 by Vivian K

Isaiah 64:8 says “Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

I’m sure you had friends in your life – of all sorts. Those who share the joys with you when you are excelling, spurring you on as you grow in life.

Then there are those kind of friends you have that enjoys seeing you stumble and trip over. Those that seek to pull you down because simply do not feel secure in themselves. Sure, they’re nice to you upfront but you can see through all the fake smiles and observed their true colours.

How do you react to those type of people in you life? You know you can’t avoid them because they are in your life.

Well, they are placed in your life for a reason.

Life is all about

choices.

Looking back at the Vivian I was 2 – 5 years ago, I would tell you without a doubt that sarcasm was my sword. I can be very passionate about things that get to me. Retaliation was the only option, and the only thing I could think of. And I actually became very good at it.

Then, God placed an obstacle before me. And He watched from above, which option I could choose. I felt His loving eyes on me. I knew He was with me throughout everything that happened. Yet, I felt so burdened and heavy hearted. Each day, I felt like I could not carry on any longer. But His strength and grace sustained me. I really felt I was put through fire. But I came out purified. I came out a changed person. As I made the choice to do what God wanted me to do. To love.

Since being purified and moulded by God, I no longer feel the need to fight back with my earthly strength. I don’t even choose to fight back anymore. Sure, I may be tempted sometimes. And sometimes I may fail, but God has really changed my heart. Instead of using an earthly sword, I throw away all swords. I only work at sharpening my double-edged sword – the word of God.

Don’t allow for the devil to whisper thoughts of anger towards that person that has hurt you. Instead, like Jesus, choose to love that person.

Jesus did not choose to die for people that followed and obeyed Him. No, He chose to die for everyone. Even those who spat on Him, nailed Him on the cross, and you and me who continue to sin and break His heart.

So, why can’t we do the same for our friends? After you have experienced His immense love and sea of grace poured upon our lives, it shouldn’t be hard to love those who wronged you. Even those who have wronged you over and over again.

Because we all know, at the end of the day, love wins. Jesus has won the battle because He loved.

It is indeed a tough thing to do. But allow the Lord to mould you.

I do stumble at times and want to conform to how the world works, but God has been so gracious and patient with me. And that just makes me want to try harder.

But, with all humility, I am very much still in the learning process to be more like Jesus.

The purpose of me writing this post is not to gloat about myself and try to convince you how I am a different person now compared to the person I was a few years ago. I am writing this to reflect His grace upon my life and maybe encourage you to persevere in running the good race for the Lord.

You may feel like you are doing this alone. But know that the King of Kings is writing every choice you make for Him in His books.

Have self control. And at the end of the day, it will be worth it.

1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

And now I have fully understand the true meaning of 1 Corinthians 13:8;

Love never

fails.