Chinese New Year Holiday and we’re cooped at home

We don’t have class last Thursday to Friday plus Saturday and Sunday, that would give us four free days. Did we go out? Nope. Are we bored inside the house? Nope. We’re used to stay this way whenever we have holidays. We don’t want to go out especially with the recent condition of Thailand . There’s so much we can do in the house. I’m able to do the things I so long wanted to do. Our children are contented to play in the house with their finger puppets or pet rabbits. They have more time to watch cartoons and read their favorite books with us. Though there were some minor mishaps like my son pouring motor oil to our water garden , we’re glad we’re able to manage. Staying at home give us more time to take a rest, enjoy each other and finish household works.

For the past years, we visited the center town during the holiday. We’ve familiarized ourselves with the decoration, the food, the sale and the entertainment. Every year seemed to look the same to us so there’s nothing to lost this year if we didn’t mingle with the crowd.

Take Control of Your Life

Hello September! For the past days God has been teaching me through His Words to say “yes” to God first – then to yourself. Fulfilling God’s will for your life requires taking responsibility for yourself and your life. Every time you say ‘yes’, you open yourself up to your God-given potential and to the greatest of possibilities. If you’re used to saying ‘no’, you may find this difficult. If that is true in your case, then at least be willing to say ‘maybe’. One day a father whose child was chronically ill asked Jesus to heal him. ‘Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”‘ (Mark 9:23-24 NKJV) If you’re a self-doubter, pray that same prayer. God will answer it. Never forget that you are unique, possessing talents, experiences and opportunities that no one else has ever had – or ever will have. You’re responsible to become all God made you to be, not only for your own benefit but for everyone else’s.

Choice is the greatest power God gave you.

Renewing Attitudes

Today’s meditation brings me on God’s word in Ephesians 4:23 (NLT)”…let the Spirit renew your…attitudes.”

When you sell a house, it feels great to get rid of stuff you’ve accumulated. You wonder why you lived so long with it weighing you down. It’s the same with mental and emotional clutter. Jon Gordon says, ‘Why do we fill our life with so many things that weigh us down? Thoughts that hold us back. Habits that limit us. Distractions that derail us. Negative people [who] drain us. Fear that paralyses us… time zappers that sabotage…productivity. We spend so much time…on things that don’t matter – we fail to focus on what does matter. We fill up with so many things that generate negative energy, there’s no room for positive energy in our lives.’ Paul writes, ‘…throw off your…former way of life…let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.’ (Ephesians 4:22-23 NLT) The clutter you need to lose includes: believing you’re alone, trying to please everyone, feeling insecure, putting yourself down, needing everyone to like you, jumping to negative conclusions before you know the facts, thinking you’re always right, recalling all the times you messed up, wanting to know how it all turns out, needing to have all the answers, worrying you’ll lose the memories if you let go of the memorabilia, agonising you’re not rich enough, good enough or clever enough, surrounding yourself with people who recall the bad times and not the good, making energy-sucking comparisons, observing life instead of participating, believing your best days are over, constantly waiting for the right moment, fearing you’ll look foolish, focusing on negative type-casting…and anything else you don’t want to pass on to your children. How can you get rid of the clutter? ‘…let the Spirit renew your…attitudes.’

My God is Committed to Me

Did someone say you amount to nothing or that you have nothing to offer? Someone did that to me:( Yeah, it hurts but if it’s done to me now I’ll laugh it off. It’s impolite to hear a joke and not laugh…LOL! When God made me He stepped back and said, ‘That’s very good’ (read Genesis 1:31 for evidence:) ). I tried hard to stop entertaining contrary opinions.

My God who brought me this far will take me the rest of the way – He’s committed to me. I’ll make sure I’m committed to Him too.

Let Go and Let God

Sometimes letting go is hard to do especially on relationship…in friendship but if you let go and let God, you’ll realize that it’s for the good of both of you. Remember the story of Abraham and Lot? Abraham and Lot started out together in business. Then a problem arose: ‘…Their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. And there was strife between the herdsmen…’ (Genesis 13:6-7 NKJV). So Abraham said, ‘Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right…’ (Genesis 13:9 NKJV).

There’s an important lesson here: just because somebody belonged in your early life, doesn’t mean they’re supposed to make the whole journey with you. When memories of the early days of working with somebody are wonderful, it’s difficult to face the truth that those days are gone and will never return. Does that mean you are right and they are wrong? No, it just means you each have different destinies. If you don’t understand that, people who were once the wind beneath your wings can become a weight that drags you down. Sometimes you outgrow a person’s gifting and capacity, and no matter how much you try to help or improve them they won’t get any better. When that happens your prospects are diminished and your momentum suffers. Some of the people you want in your life shouldn’t be in it because they don’t share your passion; they have a different calling. If you learn this sooner rather than later, you’ll save yourself untold heartache.

The story’s told of a man who left this message on his answering machine: ‘I’m not available right now. I’m making some changes in my life. Please leave a message after the beep. If I don’t return your call, you are one of the changes.’