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Turi Beach Resort, Batam | May 2014

Taking a hiatus from Singapore has never seemed more needed than this season of my life. The end of my MarComms internship with W Singapore — Sentosa Cove, and beginning my first full-time job (Marketing/PR Executive) with Singapore Dance Theatre next week, are two milestones of my 2014. And this week is the transition to a new phase of life.

This week serves as a reminder that I am not a slave to this world or myself, but a child of God. A reminder that I can always work and serve from a posture of rest, no matter how busy it may seem. To be still, to wait, and know that He is God. A reminder that He is watching over me, and guiding my every step, even when it seems uncertain and shaky. It is a reminder, once again, of my identity in Him and His amazing grace.

Thankful for this short getaway, thankful for the incredible brother, thankful for moments like these. (:

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Have you ever felt this way? When you find your desires and dreams in your head, but not beating with anticipation in your heart? When you question your passions and your future, because you so easily believe that it will happen, to the point that you feel like your dreams don’t scare you enough. Don’t push you enough. Don’t seem big enough, even though they already are. 

Have you ever come to such a state? When dreaming has became so integral, so seamlessly melted into your vision of the future that it has became a knowing of what’s to come. That to be able to feel like dreaming is close to impossible because your heart has been opened so wide to every and any possibilities, that nothing seems too difficult or unattainable?

I want to dream again. I want to feel this incredible lack, this passion for something that isn’t there. I want to feel the need to give of myself to the point that it cost, to the peak of sacrificing for it. I want to be so convicted, so convinced that whatever I am pursuing is of the ultimate legacy my life is called to leave. I want the very life and blood that flows through me to be of every fibre of this destiny.

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I feel like I’ve died a couple of times today. This weight that presses my lungs against my spine every time I take a breath. Present, and then absent, and then completely lost. It is as if sanity seeps out of me every few hours. Heat behind my ears, dryness in my throat. I can’t breathe. I can’t hear. I can only see this vision of the world swirling, and then floating, and then crashing hard on me. 

My soul has died, too many times now. But Your spirit has kept me awakened, aware, completely conscious. So though I’ve perished, I find myself gaining life, gaining purpose, joy, love, and thanksgiving.

Make it count. Every day, every breath, every word, every thought. Make it all count. 

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A reminder of His revelation to me two weeks ago.  The anointing God has placed in each of our lives is specific, and it has to be activated by faith. Do not wait to ‘feel’ anointed, because it isn’t a feeling. Do not wait for more, because He has already given you all that you need. Take a step of faith, and realise God’s work and power through you, when you operate in your God given anointing. (:

A reminder of His revelation to me two weeks ago.

The anointing God has placed in each of our lives is specific, and it has to be activated by faith. Do not wait to ‘feel’ anointed, because it isn’t a feeling. Do not wait for more, because He has already given you all that you need. Take a step of faith, and realise God’s work and power through you, when you operate in your God given anointing. (:

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Breathing gets difficult,
resting seems restless.
God, I really need You now.

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To my Dear Ivy,
This is to you. (: It’s been 2 months and 6 days, since 17 July. And though I won’t say that I miss you terribly every second of every day (hehe), but I do, every now and then, I do (:
But hey, I’m really glad that you’ve slowly accustomed yourself to life in Melbourne, to school, church, and friends as well. I’m really thankful that God has blessed you with Gen too. She’s so blessed to have you in her life (; Hehehe.
If I could, I would come visit you right now. But because I can’t, here’s yet another virtual hug for you, and a prayer (:
Dear God,I am amazed once again at the journey you’re bringing Ivy through. I thank you for positioning her for such a time as this in Melbourne, and for the people you’ve placed around her. Holy Spirit, may You continue to reveal Your heart for her purpose in Melbourne, and show her so clearly the things You desire her to accomplish while she’s there.
I speak boldness and strength into her spirit-man, that when her fleshly desires grow stronger than her spirit, may You be her strength and conviction to live as You lead. I pray that her quiet moments with You will be the daily source of her joy and growth, and may Your Word continue to be her firm foundation.
Grant her, once again, a fire to pray and stand in the gap as a warrior. Use her words, O Lord, to speak forth life into dry bones and to be a vessel of your blessings and love. I pray that her heart will be solely set on pleasing You, and may the desires of this world fade away, and the light You’ve placed within her shine every so brightly.
In the mighty mighty name of Jesus, I pray, AMEN!
LOVE YOU IVY QUAH (:

To my Dear Ivy,

This is to you. (: It’s been 2 months and 6 days, since 17 July. And though I won’t say that I miss you terribly every second of every day (hehe), but I do, every now and then, I do (:

But hey, I’m really glad that you’ve slowly accustomed yourself to life in Melbourne, to school, church, and friends as well. I’m really thankful that God has blessed you with Gen too. She’s so blessed to have you in her life (; Hehehe.

If I could, I would come visit you right now. But because I can’t, here’s yet another virtual hug for you, and a prayer (:

Dear God,
I am amazed once again at the journey you’re bringing Ivy through. I thank you for positioning her for such a time as this in Melbourne, and for the people you’ve placed around her. Holy Spirit, may You continue to reveal Your heart for her purpose in Melbourne, and show her so clearly the things You desire her to accomplish while she’s there.

I speak boldness and strength into her spirit-man, that when her fleshly desires grow stronger than her spirit, may You be her strength and conviction to live as You lead. I pray that her quiet moments with You will be the daily source of her joy and growth, and may Your Word continue to be her firm foundation.

Grant her, once again, a fire to pray and stand in the gap as a warrior. Use her words, O Lord, to speak forth life into dry bones and to be a vessel of your blessings and love. I pray that her heart will be solely set on pleasing You, and may the desires of this world fade away, and the light You’ve placed within her shine every so brightly.

In the mighty mighty name of Jesus, I pray, AMEN!

LOVE YOU IVY QUAH (:

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Spirit, call me upon the deep, where unchartered waves steal my heart,and may I be still in the face of my Saviour.

Spirit, call me upon the deep, 
where unchartered waves steal my heart,
and may I be still in the face of my Saviour.

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“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit” - Galatians 6:9, The Message

God has put dreams and desires in every person’s heart. We all have goals we want to accomplish and situations we are believing will be turned around. Sometimes it seems to take longer than we thought. Sometimes things don’t work out the way we planned, and it’s easy to lose enthusiasm. Negative thoughts come to us that say, “It’s never going to change.” “You’re never going to get well.” “You’re never going to get out of debt.” If we’re not careful, we’ll get discouraged and end up just settling where we are. Many times, people miss out on God’s best simply because they give up too soon. They don’t realize how close they are to their victory.

Friend, don’t let that be you today! Don’t give up just because things seem hard. You are closer than you think! You’ve invested so much and you never know, just another few more days of believing, another few weeks of doing the right thing, another few months of staying in faith, and you could see that situation turn around. Remember, God is on your side! Keep standing and keep believing because you are closer than you think to fulfilling every desire He’s placed inside of you!

(Source: Spiritual Inspiration)

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"A lot of times we try to grow to be more and more like Christ. But we also need to treat others like they are Christ. And when we begin to see and value others the same way we value Christ, we will honour and love them like Jesus."
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Purify my heart O God, let me be found true.Cleanse my lips and eyes, that my desires will be of You.

Purify my heart O God, let me be found true.
Cleanse my lips and eyes, that my desires will be of You.

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Your relentless love,Your faithfulness so true.With every steady heartbeat,I tread each step in you.

Your relentless love,
Your faithfulness so true.
With every steady heartbeat,
I tread each step in you.

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Heart Ablaze

Words spoken,
A life to live.
There’s so much more that matters,
Or even precious things to give.
To speak from a place of conviction,
Where values and beliefs run deep.
It’s not about rules or regulations,
But where mercies are reaped.
His word was in my heart,
a burning fire shut up in my bones.
My heart ablaze and set apart,
No, I cannot hold back these groans.
Fire burning,
Spirit stirring.
A generation arising,
For this season’s calling.

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Waiting

I’ve tried.
Too hard.
And yet, my search goes deep.
Relentless.
Discontent.
It’s only ankle steep.
This knowing in my head,
The pounding in my heart.
There’s more to give,
More to receive.
So much more.
But.
When, how, what.

I’ve long began this adventure,
On a hunt for something greater.
A greater filling,
A greater giving.
Something beyond,
Far beyond, what I can ever imagine.

I’ve longed for this,
Eyes darting to and fro.
Resisting every blink,
Hesitating every shift.
And I wait.
I wait for more.
But what I never expected came closer than I’d thought.

Too close.
You came too close.
You, You were waiting.
That in the midst of my insanity,
Searching every hole and gap.
You stood,
Waiting,
For me.

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