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就是喜歡~ Simply like them~



People’s tastes are just so strange, certain things you may like so much but others just do not, and there are things that you just do not like while others do. It can be fashion, music, art, food… or just anything! Guess this is good for in this way everything can find someone who admires it.



In fact, with regard ourselves, there are areas that we like and parts that we do not like about ourselves too. That is why sometimes we seem to love ourselves a lot and at times we seem to hate ourselves! Such is the irony of a human being, very complicated and troublesome.



For example myself, I have taken so many photos, some were taken at the same place and time and yet there would be some that I really like and some that I do not even want to have a second look. The photos in this post are those that I really like, but there are also those taken during the same trip which I do not like at all. What is the reason? The clothes I wore? The pose? The angle? Photographing skill? Or what?



All things said, the truth is, there is only one reason why we like some of our own photos, that is we think we look really nice or pleasant in those photos. Sometimes we would not even care if others think the same, as long as we like them ourselves, haha! Actually, to be able to admire ourselves is any time better than despising ourselves, do you not think so?



Some photographs are very nice or pleasant, whether due to angles or photographing skills, can only reveal one thing, that is: from a certain angle or perspective, we all have moments when we look good. We all actually do have our good points, we all have some values and can be admired by people. If only people can always look at us from that angle or perspective, then they would always admire or see us as pleasant, that would be so good… However, that is not the truth, people instead often use very stringent, cold and critical eyes to view each other, that is why this world is full of conflicts and hurts.



But the most comforting is, our Heavenly Father will always look at us with eyes of loving-kindness, we will always be precious and adorable children in His eyes. If our hearts have more of our Father’s love, we would also have the Father’s eyes and would look at each other with loving-kindness and mercy as well.


2012 禁食日记 – 第29天: “还是谦卑” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 29: “Humility still”






10 以利沙打发一个使者对乃缦说:“你去在约旦河中沐浴七回,你的肉就必复原,而得洁净。” 11 乃缦却发怒走了,说:“我想他必定出来见我,站着求告耶和华他神的名,在患处以上摇手,治好这大麻风。 12 大马士革的河亚罢拿和法珥法岂不比以色列的一切水更好吗?我在那里沐浴不得洁净吗?”于是气愤愤地转身去了。 13 他的仆人进前来,对他说:“我父啊,先知若吩咐你做一件大事,你岂不做吗?何况说你去沐浴而得洁净呢?” 14 于是乃缦下去,照着神人的话,在约旦河里沐浴七回。他的肉复原,好像小孩子的肉,他就洁净了。”

~ 王下 5:10-14 ~

Day 29 (04/09/12)

A heart of simplicity and humility must be maintained, as years go by, we can easily allow our experiences , knowledge etc to take over our child-like simplicity. Another even more common problem is: we tend to hold on to our own opinions and thinking till we cannot accept the revelations of the Spirit of Truth, or we may limit the work of God with our own thinking. All these can actually result in the formation of our own “religion”, and cause us to lose a lot of amazing experiences and blessings.

The Commander Naaman on one side could humbly believe in the young slave girl’s words, but on the other side he could not accept the words of the prophet the girl introduced. When he rejected what the prophet said with his own thinking and left angrily, he however listened to his servants’ advice to just do as the prophet had said. As a result, he was really healed!

So we see continued humility is so important. Apart from this, our companions are also very important, the attitude and faith of the people around us can influence us to do the right or the wrong thing, and of course therefore indirectly affect our blessings.

10 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than any of the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.”
~ 2 Kings 5:10-14 ~

2012 禁食日记 – 第28天: “谦卑” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 28: “Humility”







乃缦进去,告诉他主人说:“以色列国的女子如此如此说。” 亚兰王说:“你可以去,我也达信于以色列王。”。。。”
~ 王下 5:4-5 ~

Day 28 (03/09/12)

When someone shares the word of God with us, would we look at their status, position and academic background etc, before we decide whether to listen or not? Some people’s status and position might be lower than ours, but their relationship with God, faith in Him and their knowledge and experiences with God’s Word really deserve our respect and listening to.

Yesterday we saw how that young slave girl was so bold in sharing her faith in her true God with the honourable commander of the army, as for whether or not the commander was going to listen or believe was another matter.
People who are seriously ill may not necessarily just listen to anyone’s advice too, what more to say from the mouth of someone much lower in status than you are. However, the commander chose to believe in the words of this slave girl, this was also a kind of humility, and a kind of simplicity of faith. And this simplicity indeed saved his own life too.

Many times, a little simpler, a little more humble, and a little more trusting in God’s Word, would ultimately bring blessings to our own selves…

“4 Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. “By all means, go,” the king of Aram replied. “I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”…”
~ 2 Kings 5:4-5 ~

2012 禁食日记 – 第27天: “小女子” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 27: “Young girl”





“亚兰王的元帅乃缦在他主人面前为尊为大,因耶和华曾借他使亚兰人得胜。他又是大能的勇士,只是长了大麻风。 先前亚兰人成群地出去,从以色列国掳了一个小女子,这女子就服侍乃缦的妻。 她对主母说:“巴不得我主人去见撒马利亚的先知,必能治好他的大麻风。” ”
~ 王下 5:1-3 ~


Day 27 (02/09/12)

Sometimes due to our inferiority complex, or despising ourselves, or self-pity, we do not dare to glorify God or do what we ought to. In actual fact, God is very willing to use anyone regardless of your background and status. When facing people “greater” or more powerful than us, we must consider our God is bigger than anyone else; and when worrying about nobody listening to the Truth we are going to share, we must remember it is enough as long as God is pleased with what we are sharing.

The young girl the passage mentions today was no more than a nameless slave girl who was a captive in a foreign land. Despite that, she did not harbour bitterness toward God or forget God’s greatness, instead her faith was still firm and strong and she even had the boldness to share the good news with the king’s commander of the army and saved the commander’s life! In normal circumstances, we would tend to think a powerful commander would not be bothered with what a young slave girl had got to advise at all; so if were that slave girl, we would probably just keep our mouth shut…

“Now Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.Now bands from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.””
~ 2 Kings 5:1-3 ~

2012 禁食日记 – 第26天: “冒死” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 26: “Death risk”






以斯帖就吩咐人回报末底改说: 16 “你当去招聚书珊城所有的犹大人,为我禁食三昼三夜,不吃不喝,我和我的宫女也要这样禁食,然后我违例进去见王。我若死就死吧!””
~ 斯4:15-16 ~


Day 26 (01/09/12)

Esther was a lowly insignificant “foreigner”in the Persian kingdom, but miraculously became the queen. However, while she was enjoying the luxury and pleasure of being a queen, her own people, the Israelites were facing extermination. King Xerxes (Ahasuerus) was recorded in history as a very cruel and merciless king, should Esther give up all her luxury defying the law to plead with the king revealing her identity and risking death as well?

The Bible shows us that Esther was not just a beautiful queen, she was not a weak and helpless beauty who was interested in luxury and vanity. When she saw clearly the mission God had for her in her position, she was willing to risk all including her life without regret, just to fulfill the mission and calling God had given her!

What about us? What have we ever offered up or are we willing to offer anything to accomplish the will of God?

“Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.””
~ Esther 4:15-16 ~

2012 禁食日记 – 第25天: “现今的机会” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 25: “For such a time”







13 末底改托人回复以斯帖说:“你莫想在王宫里强过一切犹大人,得免这祸。 14 此时你若闭口不言,犹大人必从别处得解脱蒙拯救,你和你父家必致灭亡。焉知你得了王后的位分,不是为现今的机会吗?””
~ 斯 4:13-14 ~


 Day 25 (31/08/12)

God has a wonderful plan for everyone He places in this world, He has planned a wonderful future for everyone. Each of us can contribute something to this world no matter what your background is, God can raise you up, bless you greatly and use you.

However the problem is, many times when we start to grow in our blessings, talents, wealth, position etc, we tend to get too comfortable and slowly forget our mission, or begin to enjoy too much and forget our calling, to the extent that when we are reminded and taught, we would even look for excuses or are unwilling. If so, God can definitely raise up others to replace us, and we will therefore lose the heavenly blessing God has originally intended for us.

Therefore, may we not forget our calling in the midst of our blessings, and may we always maintain that willing heart to be used by God.

13 he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?””
~ Esther 4:13-14 ~

2012 禁食日记 – 第24天: “能被信任” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 24: “Trustworthy”






“4 约瑟就在主人眼前蒙恩,伺候他主人,并且主人派他管理家务,把一切所有的都交在他手里。 自从主人派约瑟管理家务和他一切所有的,耶和华就因约瑟的缘故赐福于那埃及人的家;凡家里和田间一切所有的,都蒙耶和华赐福。 波提乏将一切所有的都交在约瑟的手中,除了自己所吃的饭,别的事一概不知。。。”
~ 创 39:4-6 ~


 Day 24 (30/08/12)

Quite a few Christians, they might seem rather “spiritual” in church, good at “worshipping” and “serving” etc, but when it comes to practical living, whether at home or work place, they do not seem to be trusted and respected that much. If so, then we would have to examine whether we are really full of God’s Spirit, or our own “spirit” or merely “acting” in church? Because in the Bible, those who were truly “spiritual” or had the presence of God, under normal circumstances, they would definitely be trusted and respected.

The Spirit of God is wise, creative, holy and almighty, so if we are really filled with His Spirit, can we not be outstanding and trustworthy?

“4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So he left in Joseph’s care everything he had; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.”
~ Gen 39:4-6 ~

2012 禁食日记 – 第23天: “神同在” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 23: “God’s presence”




约瑟住在他主人埃及人的家中,耶和华与他同在,他就百事顺利。 他主人见耶和华与他同在,又见耶和华使他手里所办的尽都顺利”
~ 创 39:2-3 ~






Day 23 (29/08/12)

“2 The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did”
~ Gen 39:2-3 ~

The Bible clearly shows us the result of having the presence of God: Success in everything! And not only that, people can “see” God is with you!
This was one thing very obvious about Joseph’s life, but success in everything does not mean therefore your life is very comfortable and without any worries or troubles!

In actual fact, Joseph went through a lot of sufferings, but in the midst of his sufferings, jobs handed to him would be completed with great success. The main reason was God was with him. However, there is always a reason as to why God is with someone!

In Joseph’s most difficult moments, he would still be looking to God, trusting Him, not doubting or grumbling, and he did not sin against God… Therefore, let us not just envy or desire his “success in everything” as the Lord was with him, let us first learn his life and endurance…

2012 禁食日记 – 第22天: “忧愁” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 22: “Troubled”





~ 约 12:27 ~


Day 22 (28/08/12)

When our heart is troubled, or when we feel defeated and our thoughts get a little disturbed, we would tend to have thoughts of giving up our pursuit and endeavour. If we continue to think negatively, then some people would really give up, or some begin to go the wrong direction as their visions are blurred. Therefore, it is very crucial to know our calling clearly, to maintain an intimate relationship with God, to know how to pray to God to increase our strength and to encourage us.

In fact, Jesus did have moments when He felt troubled or “at a crossroads” too; at such a time, He quickly focussed His eyes on the Father, so He could see clearly again. When your perspective and goal are right, you would be able to carry on the journey…

““Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.”
~ John 12:27 ~

2012 禁食日记 – 第21天: “谁的罪?” 2012 Fasting Diary – Day 21: “Who sinned?”





“耶稣过去的时候,看见一个人生来是瞎眼的。 门徒问耶稣说:“拉比,这人生来是瞎眼的,是谁犯了罪?是这人呢,是他父母呢?” 耶稣回答说:“也不是这人犯了罪,也不是他父母犯了罪,是要在他身上显出神的作为来。”
~ 约 9:1-3 ~


Day 21 (27/08/12)

Sometimes we do really need to empathize with people and also ask God for a merciful heart; because there are times when people encounter troubles or face problems, instead of showing sympathy or understanding their feelings, we might instead rub salt into wounds by gossiping behind their backs, concluding the reasons they have fallen into such predicaments etc.

Of course there are also many situations where personal sins or foolishness are the cause, in those cases of course people need to be properly taught or corrected at the right time; but too many times we really need to have a merciful heart to appreciate people’s feelings and to truly help them solve their problems, and to lead them back to God and ultimately bringing glory to God.

“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”
~ John 9:1-3 ~