Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It's Worth It!


Last Saturday at church, our reading was from Psalm 73. It was the question that most of us ask to God, “Why do good things happen to bad people and why do bad things happen to good people?” It was a really interesting question. However for me, the more interesting thing is that sometimes, without realizing it, we see ourselves good/even better than other people while actually we all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23). I’m just going to use “I” instead of “we” in these next few sentences, because I do believe that these next few words are for me. Sometimes I thought I get good things because I do good things. That’s not how it works. God gives me good things because HE IS good. God doesn’t differentiate the righteous and the unrighteous. Of course we (believers) will have eternal life once we accept Him as our God and live according to His will but, God is good to everyone. The question that we must ask ourselves or let me say the question that I have to ask myself is: ‘WHY do I do good things?’ When bad things happen to us as a devoted Christian, that’s when we have to check our motives. Problem is not always a test from God. Problem is something that we face as long as we live in this fallen earth. However, I do believe (this is not an easy thing to say) that in the midst of our problems, that’s when we can really see our character and our faith in Christ. I once heard a preacher says that problem does not only SHAPE our character, but also SHOWS our character. In this case, problem shows our true motive in serving Him. I’m only 22 and I still have so much to learn.. I wish I could have understood all of this in my early age or back in the days when I was still in elementary/junior high.. When I was still in school sometimes I put people in the ‘boxes’. The truth is God has smashed those ‘boxes’ or ‘labels’. When Jesus came to this earth, He already smashed all the boxes and labels, now He also wants us to smash those boxes and love all people. Instead of being envy to those people that we label as ‘bad’ or those who do not have the kind of relationship that we have with God, why don’t we love them? J I haven’t written for a while so I thought I just wanna share this with you! Hope you’ll be blessed!

P.S: If you happen to ask the same question that Asaph asked in Psalm 73:13-14 “Why am I keeping my heart pure? Is it worth it?” the answer is “It’s worth it!” One day we will see God face to face and hear Him say “Well done, my good and faithful child!”

Oh how I can’t wait for that day! J

Monday, July 4, 2016

God is faithful!

Hey! I just got back from Taiwan and there are sooooo many things that I wanted to share :)

Let me start by saying that God is faithful! (Yeah I went straight to the point, haha)

How many of you have been holding onto your dreams and then you watched it crashed and burnt? I believe many of us have been in that kind of situation..

When that happened, that's the moment when we started to doubt God that He is faithful.

Earlier in April, I got called by an agency to do/host an Indonesian TV Show in Taiwan. I got pretty excited when I found out about that. However, at first they were going to film the show on the 3rd of May which was the date of my final defense. So, I told them that I can only fly to Taiwan after the 3rd of May. Long story short, I didn't hear from them anymore so I thought they cancelled on me.

To my surprise, after the 3rd of May they called me again and told me that they still wanted me to do the show. Unfortunately (or actually fortunately!), during the time that they didn't call, I already arranged a ministry trip to Jogjakarta. To be honest it was a hard decision, don't get me wrong, I love to minister to people for Jesus Christ but it was also a rare opportunity to film a show in Taiwan. So, I remember I made the decision that no matter what "Jesus is first". We (me and my mom) refused the opportunity and the production house people even asked us twice to think about it but our decision was final.

A week passed by, I went to Jogjakarta, preached there, many souls got saved (it's totally a whole another story!) and I went back to Jakarta. Suddenly, out of nowhere the production house people called again and asked my mom if we could meet up somewhere. We were kind of confused but we said "Yes" anyway.

So, fast-forward, we met up with the production house and they told us the reason why they called again. Apparently, they already CHOSE another host and BOUGHT the ticket to Taiwan for her and they were going to fly in the 2nd week of May but... here is the crazy part, the people from Taitra/Taiwan Trade (their client) still WANT ME to do the show and no other.

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speechless..

I am no one, I am no one without Christ. He is the only "added value" in me.

I was so amazed by His work and I believed He would send me to Taiwan for a reason! and He did!

In Taiwan, I got to meet so many people to tell them about Christ and we got to be friends with
the "Bread of Life" church people. I should totally write a new blog about it :)

The point is, God is faithful.. He never breaks His promise.

But the most important thing to do is to hold on onto Him more than holding onto His promises! :)

When things don't go the way you planned, remind yourself "God is faithful, God is faithful, God is faithful" orrrr
just read this blog. tehehehehe


xoxo, Mima

Thursday, April 7, 2016

God is in control!

It is almost one month after I blogged about "Enjoy the moment!"

How many times in my life, I am struggling with trusting God that He is in control. Especially when what He promised and what actually happens in front of me is the total opposite

I've always wanted to travel the world to tell people about Jesus, but with my situation that I am still in uni and I have to finish several classes, it is hard to do travelling. However, I got to travel a bit here and there.

Earlier, the beginning of this month I found out that I still have to take 2 more classes which won't be open in the next semester. It means I have to wait for another 4 months to take those classes. I was so disappointed at myself, at my uni and at my situation because it means my graduation day will be postponed as well. In that kind of situation, that's when I start to wonder if God still is in control.

I don't wanna act like I am not struggling with things and I got it all right. In my life, I have to always remind myself constantly that God is in control. He has a plan and a purpose and He will never fail!

Friends, perhaps you are in the same kind of situation with me where your plan and your reality is the total opposite. Trust me, He is in control. It is hard to understand. But, you don't have to understand it. Just believe.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Enjoy the moment!

Wow it's been almost 2 months since I blogged!

There are so many things I wanna share. I don't even know where to start..                                
                               
Let me start by saying that I've been working on new music right now but let's not set the bar high yet! I'm saying that not because I am pessimistic or faith-less, it's just in this music industry we are never sure when our music will be released until it is released :D

I'm just thankful for this journey and each person that I met along the journey.

God has taught me lately to #enjoythemoment. There you go, a new hashtag for your instagram pictures :D instead of worrying about the future and the outcomes, I've learnt to just enjoy the moment that lies before me.

Writing the song, recording the demo, waiting for the team to get ready (lol!) seriously, I'm just trying to enjoy every moment that I have.
                                         
It's not an easy thing, especially if you're impatient, just like me.

Patience is a really BIG word for me! But that's what God has taught me the most "be patient, enjoy the moment and trust God"

So, the next time you see me being impatient just tell me "be patient, enjoy the moment and trust God!"


#easiersaidthandone #nothingisimpossible

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dream Big Dreams? No, Dream with big God!

Well, I guess this blog won’t be titled “Dream Big Dreams” if I don’t talk about dreams! I talk about dreams a lot but I realized I should be talking more about the Dream-Giver, Jesus Christ! So many times in our lives (especially my life) we’re too focused on reaching our dream that we forget above all that, it’s more important to focus on Jesus, the Dream-Giver. When our dream doesn’t come to pass, we will be disappointed and dragged down in a deep deep pit if we miss the main point! The main point is not about reaching your dream but the main point is being drawn to Jesus in the journey of reaching that dream! If our dream doesn’t draw us closer to God, then there must be something wrong with it. It’s either we’ve been so caught up in the obsession of achieving that dream or that the dream is not even God’s will for us. How many times in our lives we can’t differentiate between obsession and commitment. Obsession is when we are stressed out because things don’t go the way we planned and we still try to make those things happen but commitment is when things don’t go the way we planned but we choose to still be happy, relax and trust in God. That’s commitment. Today I want to choose commitment over obsession. I want to be committed to God, to His plan and to His decree and won’t be obsessed with my dream, no matter how perfect or “glorifying God” it may sound. Sometimes it seems like I already understood the Christian’s “Christian thing” but actually nothing is more Christian then surrendering our lives to Christ!

Surrender = paradosi (greek) = giving up = submitting = abiding


The act of surrendering is actually not just a one-time act, I learned that the act of surrendering should be practiced on a daily basis. Surrender, surrender, surrender until it becomes a habit and then becomes a character, a character of someone who’s truly surrendered to Christ and His will. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Stop This Train

So I've been listening to this song called "Stop This Train" over and over again for these past few weeks. This song has made me really think of this life. Just like John Mayer, sometimes I just want to stop the train and get off and go home. But we know that we can never stop the time, life is moving so fast and we are incapable to stop the time. Suddenly this question showed up in my mind "Yem, what do you want to do for God with the time that you have?" Sometimes we get caught up with the busyness of this world and we forget that this train of life will eventually stop at one point. In the book of Ecclesiastes, it says that everything under the sun is meaningless. We don't remember what happened in the past and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now (Ecclesiastes 1:11) but I like how Solomon closed the chapter of this book, he wrote "Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey His commands". Wow! I know sometimes we feel like we're in this train of life that's moving so fast and sometimes we feel like everything that we do will be meaningless once we reach our "final destination". But remember if you fear God and obey His commands, when the train stops you will never regret of the long journey that you took with the train!