A week ago my senior pastor preached a sermon on prayer.
I have always struggled with prayer in my own time. I guess it has to do with faith, and how little patience and concentration I have.
Something that Ps John quoted really struck me:
“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” – Samuel Chadwick.
This sparked a desire and an ambition for prayer in me. I went home and prayed with faith in the power of my words. I knew I was on the right track when I felt a spiritual warfare raging against me. I was stumbling in my own struggles, weighed down by thoughts I know are not from God, struggling to breathe from the stress of ministering to others - but there is hope! This is what God began to do: revealing to the youth whom I minister to their identity in Him, challenging them to think about His place in their lives and to lay down their desires in honor of Him, and learning to to trust in His goodness.
A week ago I was convinced that I did not have a heart for ministry. The power of prayer broke this lie and revealed even more to me.
The first time I had heard about Jeremy Lin was when I saw a Kevjumba video on YouTube. These guys are a hit or miss with me – sometimes I’m dying and other times I just gotta trust my teen cousins that they’re “OMGSOFUNNY”. What got my attention though, is Jeremy Lin’s boldness to share what he believes in, on camera with friends who make funny videos. I love the fact that his identity in Christ is not a dividing factor between him and friends.
As for basketball, let me be honest, I’ve only seen about 30 seconds out of all the videos there are of him playing, but I get the point, and I agree that he is great. Yet I must say, what gets me excited is not that he’s Asian, but as a person who works in what people call a ‘dark’ industry, I’m super excited to see a passionate follower of Christ in this sphere of influence.
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Haven’t blogged much because not much is new.
Well. I injured myself again.
Well no, not like this. This is from an episode of the sitcom hahaa. I slipped down my own stairs one morning and sprained an ankle and hurt my already-injured knee.