Saturday, November 25, 2006.
Ta da!!! Presenting... Ms Chloe!
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006.
THE FERN AND THE BAMBOO
An interesting article of the Fern & the Bamboo - read on & be blessed
One day I decided to quit. I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality...I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
"God", I said, "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?" His answer surprised me. "Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?" "Yes", I replied.
"When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo."
"In the second year the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. However, I did not quit on the bamboo. In year three, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. Nevertheless, I would not quit. The same in year four."
"Then in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern, it was seemingly small and insignificant. However, just six months later, the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle."
"Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots? I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you."
"Don't compare yourself to others." He said. "The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern. Yet they both make the forest beautiful. Your time will come", God, said to me. "You will rise high."
"How high should I rise?" I asked.
"How high will the bamboo rise?" He asked in return.
"As high as it can?" I questioned
"Yes," He said, "Give me glory by rising as high as you can".
I left the forest, realising that God will never give up on me. In addition, He will never give up on you.
Never regret a day in your life. Good days give you happiness; bad days give you experiences; both are essential to life.
- Author Unknown -
Sunday, November 12, 2006.
SUN, SAND AND ATVs :)
Today I was at Muara beach with my Bio students, my being there was to serve as "adult supervision" LOL Me? Adult? Hah! (denial...) Hehe... anyway, it was not too bad, although I feel the start of a sun-induced migraine...eurgh...
The past few days have been amazing... In all my 24 years (yes, I AM 24!), never have I felt the hand of God in my life so strongly as of now. God has revealed to me a lot of things lately. One of my first lessons in faith is being CONFIDENT that God is, and will always be, the same, no matter how much the world around me changes. I need to accept and embrace changes in my life and to allow my experiences to shape me, and walk hand in hand with Jesus to face the road ahead and say "Bring it on
People always ask me why I like butterflies. Besides the fact that they're pretty to look at, to me a butterfly signifies change. From something rather ugly (caterpillar) to something beautiful (butterfly), just like a butterfly, we change along the way. Hardships are necessary to transform us into something more beautiful and stronger. Get this: Butterflies aren't weak- every year, Monarch butterflies migrate from Canada to S. America, and back again! Amazing...
I now know that the hardships in my life have shaped me into the person I am today. By God's grace, I am here today, stronger and wiser... and I also know that through my experiences, I am able to help those around me who are going through similar situations and I can testify how great and awesome my God is to have brought me through it! To bring Him honour and glory...More of you Lord, and less of me
For those of you with the name Vanessa (or any other derivative of that name), that's what your name means: butterfly
I shall now call my future unborn daughter: Emily Vanessa ;) Isn't that cute?? :) You have been informed! LOL (why Emily? ask me personally and I'll tell you;))
Have a God-inspired day guys! *hugs*
Monday, November 06, 2006.
Phyllis for this :)
A boy was born to a couple after eleven years of marriage.They were a loving couple and the boy was the gem of their eyes. When the boy was around two years old, one morning the husband saw a medicine bottle open. He was late for office so he asked his wife to cap the bottle and keep it in the cupboard. His wife, preoccupied in the kitchen totally forgot the matter.
The boy saw the bottle and playfully went to the bottle fascinated by its color and drank it all. It happened to be a poisonous medicine meant for adults in small dosages
When the child collapsed the mother hurried him to the hospital. He died. The mother was stunned. She was terrified how she was going to face her husband.
When the distraught father came to the hospital and saw the dead child, he looked at his wife and uttered just five words.
1. What were the five words ?
2. What is the implication of this story?
The husband just said "I am with you Darling".
The husband's totally unexpected reaction is a proactive behavior. The child is dead. He can never be brought back to life. There is no point in finding fault with the mother.
Besides, if only he had taken time to keep the bottle away, this would not have happened.
No one is to be blamed. She had also lost her only child.What she needed at that moment was consolation and sympathy from the husband.
That is what he gave her. If everyone can look at life with this kind of perspective, there would be much fewer problems in the world. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears. And you will find things are actually not as difficult as you think.
MORAL OF THE STORY
This story is really worth reading. Sometimes we spend time in asking who is responsible or whom to blame, whether in a relationship, in a job or with the people we know. By this way we miss out some warmth in human relationship.
Have a nice and blessed day ....
AND, to Yunn for this (from ages back)...just for a laugh :)
Simplicity of Men Vs Complexity of Women
Day night, I thought he was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a cafe to have some coffee.I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment. Conversation wasn't flowing so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk, he agreed but he kept quiet and absent. I asked him what was wrong - he said, "Nothing. "I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset. He said it had nothing to do with me and not to worry.On the way home I told him that I loved him, he simply smiled and kept driving.I can't explain his behavior; I don't know why he didn't say, "I love u,too."When we got home I felt as if I had losthim, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore. He just sat there and watched TV. He seemed distant and absent. Finally I decided to go to bed.About 10 minutes later he came to bed. I decided that I could not take it anymore, so I decided to confront him with the situation but he had fallen asleep. I started crying and cried until I too fell asleep.I don't know what to do. I'm almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else . My life is a disaster.
Today Liverpool lost the match against Bolton.
Have a great day guys!
Sunday, November 05, 2006.
A NEW START
Isn't it funny how you think you know everything, and then it turns out you actually know NOTHING?? Today (well, last night to be more exact!) was the first time in a long time that I've been to church, first service or otherwise.
So there I was, sat near the front, and for ONCE, I actually hear a message that HITS me. It could have helped that I was already emotional at the time (bring up a "certain subject" and I would have burst into tears!)Uncle Andy talked about how God cares for us, and how we needed to move from an intellectual state of mind, to one that felt with the heart. This was the part that, when I heard it, suddenly made a huge impression on me.
I've always been told that sometimes I'm too smart for my own good
. I almost always have the answers, lots of people have always come to me for advice, I know lots of worldly things, have a head chock full of Bible knowledge... and it dawned on me that I was stuck in that intellectual state of mind. It is one thing to KNOW that God cares for me (me being a smarty-pants and all), but honestly, I know NOTHING about really DEPENDING on Him! I may have SAID it (you know, "God I depend on you!) or wanted it (many times!) but i just never DID it! What you say and what you do may not always be the same, though in your head you think it is. I have NEVER LET GO AND LET GOD (said it, never done it!). I have never let Him have control. My words and my will did NOT MATCH!
Something else that struck me during service was this: maybe all my problems, my struggles, all my hurt and pain, all the emotional blackmailing, the betrayals- all that brought me to the place where I am now- was necessary. I'm not saying God was mean and made me go through hell, but I believe He has bigger plans. All the years of pain was necessary to break down my walls of insecurity, my walls of comfort, my walls of intellect and self-dependency, my walls of self-centredness-leaving behind nothing but an empty, broken vessel; to break me until I cannot be broken anymore, that He may pick up the pieces and put them together again, making me whole, and more beautiful than what I was before, slowly and surely filling me with more of Him, more of His wisdom (and not mine!), more of His faithfulness and his blessings and promises. The dark tunnel that is my life now seems to have a light at the end...finally! :)
I see it now, that this past year, He has amazed me with His mercy despite my lack of spiritual growth and fervour. Many times I thought, "I'm not doing what a good Christian should, and yet He still blesses me and is still faithful to me." Isn't that amazing? God really wants to bless me! (and you of course:))
My God is a good God :) There's more to say, but this will have to be it for now. I pray that you too will go through a new and fresh experience with God, and that He does great and amazing things in your life. Yes, and Amen! :)