Thursday, October 30, 2008

Me & My Boy

Having some "spare" time on my hands on this early Thursday morning. It's that free time that is rare and hard-to-find nowadays cos of ... well, my baby! :)

At a whooping NINE MONTHS, he is officially 73 centimeters and 9.65 kg!

He is our absolute darling. He doesn't smile THAT often. You have to really work to make that grin come. I was in the nursery and saw another baby and just cooed "Hi sweetheart!" and that sweet baby smiled back at me. Then I turned to my OWN baby and cooed "Hi sweetheart!"... and got back a blank stare. Like I said... Not so easy to please! Hahaha! But when he does deem it worthy enough to smile, aah... it is worth it!

He fell quite ill over the last weekend. Must have taken in something dirty, and from Fri 6PM, for the next 24 long long hours, he was vomiting and had a bad bout of diarrhea as well. He vomited in his sleep, he vomited in the couch, he vomited on Nic & I, he vomited in the bed (many times).

That was, without a doubt, one of the worst days of my life.

But thankfully, he is so much better and almost recovered!

My life (and Nic's) has NEVER really been the same. A lot more responsibilities. A lot more restrictions. A LOT more sleepless nights. A lot more expenses. A lot more fatigue. But all this for a great big bundle of joy :)


On another note, it is going to be the Arise & Build pledging weekend coming up! So exciting! God is a faithful God and He has never and will not fail us as we trust in Him & give to Him! So as we all prepare to give our very best to Him, here're some points that we can all remember:

#1: God promises us abundant life
John 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

From the beginning, the Scriptures show us a God who wants our happiness and prosperity. In Genesis, God is revealed to us creating all things and declaring that they are good. Later, he gave this beautiful and abundant land to Adam, and granted him the authority to exercise dominion over all creation (Gen. 1:28).

God's plan from the beginning was to enrich and prosper us!

#2: Prospering is not limited to finances – it includes happiness, health, and peace

Ps 35:27 "Let them shout for joy and be glad,Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually,“Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”

The Hebrew word for prosper, translated as "peace" in this passage, is full of significance: "security, happiness, prosperity, abundance".

God is happy when his servants prosper, that which signifies being happy, to be safe, healthy and in peace. When all our needs are satisfied, we have peace. Furthermore, if God rejoices in the prosperity of His servants, He would want us to prosper in all aspects of our life. Physically, emotionally, spiritually and YES - materially as well!

Some argue that rich people will somehow not glorify or honor God. Which is why it is important to keep this balance:

#3: We need to define our priorities

Every promise of God demands a responsible action on our part.

Life is much more than obtaining and possessing material things. God wants us to enjoy a full, complete and balanced life; and has made provision through his Word so that we may enjoy the life that we receive from Him.

God promises to supply our needs (Phil 4:19) and to satisfy the desires of our heart (Ps 37:4). But He also wants us to clearly define our priorities. "Seek first the kingdom of God..." So, leaning as much on God's promises as on well-established priorities, we can trust that "all these things will be added unto you." (Mt 6:33)

And this definition of priorities will help to keep us in check. While we can enjoy our prosperity, knowing that God has no qualms about it, we also want to ensure our lives are still living right for him, that we are still serving Him.

Life is all about BALANCE.

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