"This Time I Will Praise The Lord"

Saturday, 29 October 2011

A few months ago, Mum gave us girls an article from the Newsletter, Ministries of Francis Frangipane written by Pastor Francis Frangipane. That article, or sermon was entitled, "This Time I Will Praise the Lord" and it truly challenged and blessed me very much. The theme of it is of delighting in God, and desiring Him above anyone one or anything else in this world. It also speaks about marriage, waiting on God, and so forth, Pastor Frangipane gleaning lessons learnt from the life of Leah. I'd truly challenge you to read it... it will inspire and bless you!




"This Time I Will Praise The Lord"

We cannot pass through life without getting hurt. Pain and disappointment in this world are inevitable. How we handle our setbacks, though, shapes our character and prepares us for eternity. Our attitude is the pivotal factor determining the level of our protection from strife.
Regardless of the hardships we have faced, and in spite of the mistakes we have made, the end of our lives can either be full of praise and thanksgiving or full of misery and complaint. In the final analysis, what we have experienced in life will be as rich as the desires we have had fulfilled or as painful as the things we regret.
The Bible tells us, "Hope deferred makes the heart sick" (Prov. 13:12). Deep disappointments in life have a way of never leaving us; they enter our hearts like fire and then harden into our nature like lava. Setbacks can leave us cautious about new ventures and suspicious of new friends.
Our woundedness restrains our openness. We are fearful we will be hurt again by new relationships. Gradually, unless we learn to handle heartache correctly, we become embittered and resentful cynics. We lose the joy of being alive.

Through it All

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Here is a beautiful hymn that has truly blessed me and uplifted me, especially in times when I felt struggling and unable to continue. I pray it may also bless you!

"Through It All"

I've had many tears and sorrows,
I've had questions for tomorrow,
there's been times I didn't know right from wrong.
But in every situation,
God gave me blessed consultation,
that my trails come to only make me strong.

Chorus:
Through it all,
through it all,
I've learned to trust in Jesus,
I've learned to trust in God.

Through it all,
Through it all,
I've learned to depend upon His Word.

I've been to lots of places,
I've seen a lot of faces,
there's been times I felt so all alone,
But in my lonely hour,
yes, those precious lonely hours
Jesus lets me know that I am His own.

Chorus

I thank God for the mountains,
and I thank Him for the valleys,
I thank Him for the storms He brought me through.
For if I'd never had a problem,
I wouldn't know that Christ could solve them,
And I'd never know what faith in God could do.

Chorus
~Andrae Crouch

Yes, I just want to thank the Lord for everything, that He is there and is not silent even when everything looks dark. Oh, I long to trust in Jesus with all my heart, and depend on His Word! I love Him so... may the Lord bless you today, dear sisters and friends, and may you ever stay close to the Good Shepherd.
In His love,
~Joy

Music To Inspire!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

"Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us." ~Martin Luther

About time we had another "Music To Inspire!", right?
Today is a random collection from different movies, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Kingdom of Heaven, The King's Speech, North and South, and Young Victoria. I have mentioned it below, but please note that not all the soundtracks are from films that I have seen so I can't necessarily recommend them as movies themselves. What I pray and hope is that you are blessed and inspired by the music as you listen to them! Note: Please remember to hit the pause button on the Mixpod on the right-hand corner before listening to these tracks as it will naturally interfere with your listening :). Then remember to play again afterwards! Thanks.


Composer: Harry-Gregson Williams
From the film, "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe"
The "Lullaby" is the song that Mr. Tumnus played for Lucy...
It is so haunting and lovely!

Composer: Harry-Gregson Williams

This is the last movie soundtrack (beside the songs)
 of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie (Narnia 1)
It is entitled, "Only the Beginning of the Adventure"
and the scene comes during the 4 children's coronation; it is really epic!

Composer: Harry-Gregson Williams

This is a soundtrack from the movie, "The Kingdom of Heaven"
called, Swordplay. The music is composed
 by the same composer as the first 2 Narnia films, 
Harry-Gregson Williams who is an amazing modern composer I think.
Please note that the film itself ought to be watched with care.


Composer: Alexandre Desplat

This track is from the film, "The King's Speech"
It is called, Speaking unto Nations
I love that music, it is quite classical and royal
Composer: Martin Phipps


 This is from the film "BBC North & South"
and the track is called, "Daniel". 
Please Note that I have NOT watched this film
 and therefore I may or may not recommend this film.
 I just liked its soundtrack :).
Composer: Ilan Eshkeri


This is from the film, "Young Victoria"
 and the track is called, "The King's Birthday".
 Again, I have not watched this film and therefore
 may or may not recommend the film itself. 
The soundtracks though are really, really beautiful!


This "Music To Inspire!" happened to turn out to be a longer one than usual, so sorry about that! Pray that you have a blessed weekend!

October 9, 2011

Friday, 21 October 2011

Before I can post anything at all... I have to post this.



Yes, it is painful.
Yes, it is horrific.
Yes, it is indescribably inhumane...
and what words can relieve, describe or change what happened that day?

I know that in the face of their sacrifice, all the words I may say will sound hollow and empty, void. But I have to. The words flow through my mouth, through the pain of my heart and I know I will never forget. I cannot. Not even if the whole world tries to deny it... because I know it happened. They know what happened and we cannot keep silent. The tears and pain of those left behind, the agony of those who are now lacerated more than with mere bullets, but with the horror of what they saw... experienced... and those who died for Christ, the One Precious to them, the One who died for them and set them free, for the One who gave them the life that will never end. It all vibrates in my heart. 


The day I heard the news,  I wrote this out...
(please forgive my poor grammar and the raw emotion; I was near tears at that moment...)

"O God, hear the cry of the poor and needy, those who seek You day and night. They are your children... You, O Lord Jesus, are suffering with your people again. You know their pain and suffering... Oh Lord, have mercy, Christ have mercy. Deliver them in their chains, their sufferings. Forgive us, we who forget part of the Church that suffers such horrors, for our worldliness, materialism and doubt. Help us, that we may cry with those who cry, weep with those who weep and pray with those who pray. Give us the grace that we may suffer with those who suffer. You've promised to be with Your children always, Lord. Be with them now. Hold their hands as they  walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Comfort the ones who've lost loved ones... strengthen Your people, give them boldness to speak Your name, faith to see it through the darkness, the song to sing in the midst of pain and the night. Give them hope in the midst of despair, joy in the morning that will drive out the shadows. May their valley of weeping be turned to joy. Oh Lord, You are Worthy--for You were slain, and You have redeemed us to God, and made us kings and priests to Your God and Father... Please look on Your people and hear them. Let the world know! Let them see and not be silent at the horrific, revoltingly inhuman shedding of innocent blood, let them cry out against this injustice. But O Lord, there is none but You that we look to; do not be far from us. Hasten to help us! For in You we trust. Do not let us go...

Most of you would have received an e-mail throughout last week explaining what happened in Egypt among the Coptic Christians. My sister Sarah also posted about it in her blog, "Gems in History"... I felt I really didn't need to write more... just pour out my heart. Last weekend my parents found on YouTube some close-up footage of what happened. It was a really close filming through a mobile camera showing what happened. It was just so horrific and brutal. I found myself truly shaken and crying... the horror of those people crushed by those army trucks and the shootings. My heart broke as I watched the stories of the families of those who had been martyred; many of you may have heard how a girl's fiance was run over by one of those trucks and was killed and so many other stories... a widow lost her son, a young wife with three children lost her husband, another man lost his son... that thought gripped me that these are real people and their agony and grief right NOW is so real!!! May the Lord have mercy them and give them that Strength, that Heavenly Comfort and Peace that the world can never know.  The Lord has put it on my heart, my family and many of my friends to spread the news to all we know so that they may pray for our brethren in Egypt and to tell others. In our Parliament here in Australia, they passed a bill condemning what happened on October 9 and demanding that there be a stop to the violence against the Coptic Christians. It has been a great answer to prayer. Many of my friends have e-mailed me... they told me they were praying and many have spread the word! I am so thankful for that, of course all that we do is hardly enough... it can never be really. But I know that above anything that we can do, there is one thing that is so powerful and important that we can do... in fact, I know it will affect our brothers and sisters dramatically for the good. PRAY!!! Please join in prayer for our brethren there in Egypt now... and not only Egypt but everywhere where our brothers and sisters in Christ are suffering untold agonies and trials for Christ! To get more news about what's happening go to: http://gemsinhistory-sarah.blogspot.com/2011/10/urgent-prayer-for-christians-in-egypt.html?zx=ac943dd60966cfea


"Verily, verily, I say unto you, That y shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy...And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you." ~John 16:20;22 KJV

"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." ~Revelation 1:5-6 KJV

In His unfailing love,
~Joy

Postscript: I really have to apologize for not posting "Part 2" of Lady Jane Grey's life last weekend as I promised. I felt I really couldn't until I posted this one, and for some reason it was extremely hard to post this one up... for many reasons. I hope you understand, and please continue to look forward to Jane's Part 2 sequel as it is on my priority list! 

Blogging Update

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Hello everybody,
Have been wondering where I was?
I have to apologize for not having posted anything for a while *wistful sigh*. I can go on and on at how busy the last few days have been for me (school work, violin, e-mail/letter writing, writing in my book, chores, checking up on events in Egypt, spending time with family, opening up a vCampus account, math lessons via phone etc...), but it will just suffice to tell you that blogging has fallen behind a little I'm sorry.


As I am already starting to miss it terribly and I hope my viewers are looking forward to a new post soon, I shall get back to you as soon as possible Lord willing (most probably this weekend!).You may notice that some of my pages are missing, but don't worry as they are currently under construction for the better I hope. Check out soon please, and God bless.
In Christ,
~Joy

Cup-A-Tea Poetry Corner

Saturday, 8 October 2011

I can hear the whistle of the kettle on the wood stove. Gingerly I finger the slender glass handle of the china cup as I sit cosy in a corner, and flip through a bunch of old poems... wistfully, I gaze at the rain droplets trickling down the glass panes... but the musty smell of the old book in my hand draws me from the dreary scenes of the window into its parched world of WORDS... a moment later, with a steaming cup of herbal tea clasped around my hand, I bask in the beauty of the poetry before me. I sniff the herbal smell of the tea and give a contented sigh, before a thought flits in my head. "Why not make a poetry post?"

Well, that's not how I got the thought of sharing sporadic posts, entitled, "Cup-A-Tea Poetry Corner", where I can share some beautiful poems with you. No, it just came to me the other day while on my desk, but I thought it was a good idea. Some of the poetry themes that I'll post about Lord willing are spiritual, devotional, classic etc. I hope you'll enjoy that, as I love good poetry :). Here is one of my favourite of Amy Carmichael's large collection of poems, and has been very challenging and inspiring in my daily life... "in school and in the house"... to learn to say to self, "Deny".


"What is Discipline?"

When I refuse the easy thing for love of my dear Lord,
And when I choose the harder thing for love of my dear Lord,
And do not make a fuss or speak a single grumbling word;
That is discipline.

When everything seems going wrong and yet I will not grouse,
When it is hot, and I am tired, and yet I will not grouse,
But sing a song and do my work in school and in the house;
That is discipline.

When Satan whispers, "Scamp your work"--to say to him, "I won't,"
When Satan whispers, "Slack a bit"--to say to him, "I won't,"
To rule myself and not wait for others' "Do" and "Don't"'
That is discipline.

When I look up and triumph over every sinful thing,
The things that no one knows about--the cowardly, selfish thing--
And when with heart and will I live to please my glorious King;
That is discipline.

To trample on that curious thing inside me that says, "I,"
To think of others always--never, never of that "I",
To learn to live according to my Saviour's word, "Deny";
That is discipline.

~ Amy Carmichael

Have a wonderful weekend, dear sisters and friends, and may we strive with heart and will, by God's grace, to live to please our glorious King! P.S. if you check out here again sometime this evening, or in the coming few days you should be finding the "Part 2" about Lady Jane Grey... that is, if any if you has read Part 1 yet!! (I know it was an enormous post, and I don't blame you if you didn't read it all XD).
In His love,
~Joy

What's Been Happening?

Sunday, 2 October 2011


Hi there everyone,
Sorry for my slackness in everything and most of all, sorry for such a loooonggg history post! And it hasn't even been finished... well, I hope to write the next part soon, perhaps the more special part, about Jane's reign and death and reveals her strong faith very strongly. Anyway, we'll get to that in time... briefly I'll say some of the things I've been up to. I've been writing lots of e-mails and letters this holiday, and did a little tiny bit of writing though tomorrow is my last big writing day I hope :). I got to bring down my summer clothes even though the weather is far too cold to dress in the bright summery blouses and skirts that I found in my 'upstairs' wardrobe! I've even got to give the bathroom a good scrub-down (the shower cupboard was due for a good scrub). So... yeah, the other thing is I broke my E string on the violin this afternoon!!!! Ugh!!! My teacher will lend me her old string tomorrow Lord willing until I can buy a new one, but that way I couldn't practice any of my pieces... well, is there anything else to say? Well, not really...OH! I got to make a 'grab-my-button' (check on the right-hand side for the blog design). I always thought them so nice and puzzled over how they did it. Today I got to do it at last, though of course it doesn't have much use right now, my blog not being an open blog... but oh well... I was just happy to do it :). Lastly, here are a few photos I captured on our camera from my wanderings all over the place, but the camera has been doing some weird tricks... and I couldn't really get it to take many photos which was a pity because I got to go outdoors the other week and had opportunity to take sooo many shots... oh well!




Tree in front of our house




A Butterfly!


A spider's web... if you don't know what this is! :)

A History Serial: A Reluctant Queen (Part 1)

Saturday, 1 October 2011

"The faith of the church must be tried by God's Word, and not God's Word by the church; neither yet my faith." ~Jane Grey

Throughout history, the name "Lady Jane Grey" has rung in our ears... some of us may not know of her, or have only heard fleeting snippets of her life, her brief reign and her tragic death. The life of Lady Jane Grey, the 9 day Queen of England, who was executed by Queen Mary at the young age of 16, has been seen most widely in history as an unfortunate, overly-romanticized  young victim and pawn of ambitious men, men like the Duke of Northumberland and her heartless, ambitious parents who wanted her on the throne to feed their desire for power and control. But to view her as just that, would be missing a big and perhaps the most vital picture of that noble young woman. For Lady Jane Grey, even in her youth, was a devout Christian, earnest in her Evangelical faith, courageous in the midst of the trails and turmoils of her time, a humble servant of the Lord, and ultimately a martyr for Him. In this post, I wish to tell briefly of her life, her struggles, the times she lived in, her death, but most importantly her faith! In the beginning I will be obliged to give a brief introduction to the political times and events surrounding Jane and her life, but as I progress I'll try to deal more on the spiritual aspect of her life.