The Things that we DO and DO NOT do

My Lover woke me up early dawn today and asked me if I can spend quiet time with him and I obliged. He reminded me of these two things in Revelation 1-4 –  The things that WE DO and the things that WE DO NOT DO.

Of the things that WE DO :

Like the Ephesians, the Lord has seen our hard work, our patient endurance in times of testing, our reading and constantly studying the Bible,  teaching the Gospel , trying to do all the good deeds that we can think about .. but might have exactly missed the point. We have forgotten our first love.

“ You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen from your first love! Turn back to me again & work as you did at first.  If you don’t, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches..” – (Rev2:4-6)

Sometimes, our love for doing the “church things” eclipse the very thing that He has commanded and considered important of all the commandments – “Love God above all else and love your neighbor as  yourself.”  Time to shed the spiritual pride and say “ I love you Lord, I will not forsake my first love that is you.  At times when I forget, let me go back to that place where I first met you and I will always remember that You come before anything and anyone else in my life.”

Of the things that we DO NOT DO:

Like the Laodiceans, we may possess that “have-it-all” mentality  –  the attitude and the privileges of this world. Feeling so contented, we are also content to be “benchwarmers”  – having nothing to do with anything all!  “ I know all the things  that you do, that you are neither hot or cold. I wish you were one or the other!  But since you are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of my mouth!” – Rev3:15-16

We all know how lukewarm water tastes like. To many , the moment we had a sip of it, we want to spit it out right away! Like the rich Laodiceans, He has reminded us that there is always a need for Him in spite of the sufficiency that we feel because we are more privileged than others. We might think we’re ahead of others in the Christian walk,  we have already weathered the storms in life, we have been through a lot in the “ministry work” , so what else is left to do?  We stopped and let the world spin around us – NO doing, NO growing, NO going, NO knowing, NO sowing at all!  We became blindmen leading the blind – wretched, miserable, poor and naked.  But he corrects those He loves so He reminds us not to be indifferent.

I remember in conferences when I don’t want to be noticed and wanted to ease out of the place in any minute , I used to stay at the back row so that I can easily step out of the place.  It is true that we stay so close to where we came in so that we can easily go out unnoticed. This is true to us – when we don’t want our relationship to grow with our first Love, we just stay at the back, be apathetic and just go out of the door easily. We don’t commit. Just easy come, easy go… We know the consequences and we know that there is a solution.  I pray we repent of the things that we do and do not do that take away the joy of our first love. Would you choose Him today?

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My 1st Blog Nomination.. Many thanks, Antonia!

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Never thought blogging could be so much fun! I love to write . I used to write short children’s stories and poems back when i was younger and had the luxury of time. Things have changed, and I’m sure most married women with school-age children trying to hit that “work-life”balance always end up on our knees and live each grace-filled day. Thank God , we have a bunch of Sisterhood – both that I deal on a face-to-face-i-can-touch-you-and-cry-on-you moments  and virtual!

Like this one.  Antonia , my new friend in this vast blogosphere, has nominated me in for this Liebster Award! thanks Antonia! I really felt so special even if i have just known you in  a matter of months … and blogs??  Being able to love and be loved is a universal feeling, so I am sharing this to all of you. Here’s how it goes .. This is not too academic, so we’ll absolutely have some fun!

There are three simple rules for this award, you need to display it, answer some questions that you can change or add to, and award it to 11 fellow bloggers who strike you as worthy. So here goes…

Rules for The Liebster Award:
1. Add the award logo to your blog.

Check!
2. Answer the following questions:

1. If there’s any wanderlust, what would that be?

That would be a Mediterranean/ European tour!  I remember I had my then 10 yr old daughter promised me that she’ll take me and her dad there once she becomes a famous doctor! (But now, her goals in life have changed…so i just hope it would be sooner than later that she takes me there!)  Well, i think it’s just too much of a pressure for a child – so I settle with my hubby taking me there…

2. What is the best joke of your life?

That my National ID has my third (yes, you got it right) name “Michelle” cropped into “mic” so i always end up explaining that my name’s just too long, it wont fit in a plastic card so they just have to drop the last 5 letters!  Imagine getting the stares as if they try to blurt out “what’s a Mic (microphone) for a lady’s name??”  ! 🙂

3. What was your pet name in school?

I really don’t have but because of #2 above , i have a kinder name , which i’d rather not post!!  So let’s just put that back behind in the kindergarten memories 🙂

4. Have you thought about the place called “Heaven”? What do you think?
It’s the best ever happy place!!

5. Tell me your best prank that ached your tummy laughing?
uh-oh im bad at this… cant remember any! but i do laugh out loud at the silliest and most shallow of jokes 🙂

6. Do you scream in your sleep after you watch a scary movie?
No… because I am not fond of scary movies – i don’t watch them!

And here are my nominees.. (you can send up to 11!)

1. http://thehomeschoolmomblog.wordpress.com

2.  http://nowathomemom.com

3. http://wonderfullymadekids.wordpress.com

4. http://one7blog.com

5. http://thegreendragonfly.wordpress.com

6. http://banannagirl.wordpress.com

back to the questions :
1. If there’s any wanderlust, what would that be?
2. What is the best joke of your life?
3. What was your pet name in school?
4. Have you thought about the place called “Heaven”? What do you think?
5. Tell me your best prank that ached your tummy laughing?
6. Do you scream in your sleep after you watch a scary movie?

7. What’s your all-time favorite movie?

8. If had a dream role, what would that be?

(the last 2 were mine 🙂 )

Have a fun time answering! I just had a great one!