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21st Century Proverbs 31 woman – THE SISTERS’ KEEPERS

This message was shared by Susan Dunn at WOW31 Summer Splash on 18 August 2012. INTRODUCTION Proverbs 31:10-31 provided a long list of attributes about what this woman can do. It described her general character and her specific qualities. And what a long list it is!  To be a Proverbs 31 woman is truly no easy feat and what a tall order to fill! I have read this passage many times in my life as a Christian but it was only in 1999 when the Lord spoke to me through this passage that I really took a close look at it. To me the woman depicted in Proverbs 31 is too perfect and surely I thought no one would be able to achieve it. Well, at least not in this world! I often wonder what it means to be this woman. Does it mean that I can make a check on all the items on the list mentioned above? Some days I could put a check on some of the qualities but other days I …

Raising Children and Discipleship – Part 1

In these next few articles, I want to talk about something that is very close to my heart. I want to talk about raising children and link it to lessons on discipleship. Many have spoken on what it takes to be a disciple but in this series I wish to address what it takes to disciple others. In another words, what kind of discipler should one be. Now I am no expert in child psychology, however, my 15 years in ministry have taught me much about discipleship which provided me with understanding about raising children. Similarly, my 9 years as a parent have shed further insights on raising children and discipling them. My personal conviction: My Children Should Be My Best Disciples in Life. I believe that if I fail to teach and disciple them in the ways of God, I would have missed the mark in ministry somehow. The bible says in Psalms 127:3~5: Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand …

WOW MOM

This year for Mother’s Day, my daughter’s school planned a special event for all the mothers. I was invited for a special Mother’s Day tea party with Erin. It was my first time wearing a hat to a tea party and celebrating it with a class full of mothers wearing hats of various colors and designs. What fun! I had a great time eating snacks and drinking tea out of a tea cup that Erin had especially chosen for me. I delighted in seeing my daughter sing and dance in front of me and in receiving the cards she designed for me and coupons for free massages just for Mom! However, the thing that touched me most was what she wrote regarding the best thing and the worst thing of being a mom. This is what she wrote and said in front of the class, “The best thing about being a mom is spending time with us because she loves us. The hardest part of being a mom is punishing us because sometimes we do wrong.” …

Christian Marriage – Final Part

Hi everyone! I can’t believe that it’s been more than a month since my last post. I have been traveling a bit and could not settle down to write. Just a summary for those who are new at reading this blog, we have started our 4-part series on Christian Marriage. In our first article in this series, we talked about the Christian marriage being a symbol of Jesus redeeming the world through His ‘marriage’ to the Church and making her one with Him. In the second article, I discussed about how God wants us to adopt a ‘No Longer I’ attitude in our marriages. I also commented that true joy comes from loving someone with liberty. However this must be done in the boundary of God’s word and being guided by the Holy Spirit. My husband, Derek contributed the third article from a man’s perspective. He expounded on what men really want in their wives and that is the companionship of a helper. In other words, a soul mate! Whenever a man leaves his parents …

Christian Marriage – Part 3

What does a man really want from a marriage? This question has been asked throughout the ages by women as well as by men themselves. There have been numerous books, magazines and talk shows that have become popular by trying to answer this. For us to truly begin to understand the answer to this question, we need to go back to the beginning. In the Word of God, we get His perspective on marriage. Genesis 2:18; 21-24 (NLT) 18 Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the LORD God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. 23 “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because …

Christian Marriage – Part 2

Christian Marriage – A Woman’s Perspective No Longer I In my last posting, we saw how Christ because of His love for us, “ left” His Father in Heaven so that He could cleave to the Church and became one flesh with her. Now, He is the Head of the Church- His body. Similarly, how can two persons with different attributes and personalities become one flesh? It can only happen when we begin to see Christian Marriage in a difference perspective – God’s perspective! In a Christian Marriage, God expects us to “see” our spouse and ourselves as ONE. This is clearly evident as He specifically instructed men to love their wives as themselves and for the women to see that they respect their husbands. (Eph 5:22~33) He wants us to take on a “no longer I” (Gal 2:20) approach and attitude in our marriages. It is no longer about “Me” but “We and Us”. This does not mean that you lose your individuality and become a person of no preference, opinion or ideas when you get married …

Christian Marriage – Part 1

Till Death Do Us Part Many of you may have watched my wedding video from my last posting. If you listened carefully, you may have noticed that Derek had left out something in his vow; not deliberately but because he was a tad under the weather. This is what was left out in his vow: “all my worldly goods endowed to you” “as long as we both shall live” After the ceremony, I pulled him aside and jokingly asked if he had intentionally left out the two most important statements in a wedding vow – which is all that he has is mine and he will love me no matter who I am and accept me no matter what I did! Of course he denied it vehemently! I saw this joke on the Internet one day…. During the wedding rehearsal, the groom approached the minister with an unusual offer. “Look, I’ll give you $100 if you’ll change the wedding vows. When you get to me and the part where I’m to promise to ‘love, honor …