A beggar approached us halfway through our meal, we didn’t give him money. Is that right?
Ever since I became a step mum, Mother’s Day is rarely a happy celebration for me. But, as you’ve read the title of this post, there is a happy ending to my 2017 Mother’s Day! Continue reading “How making the right choices got me through Mother’s Day (happily).”
A Whatsapp conversation with a friend sparked the start of this new way of living. We were talking about the frailty of life. How our days are numbered, yet many of us live as if tomorrow will always come.
Me: Remember how you were when u were going through your illness?
C: Ha ha, yes I remember and wanna forget…I’m living in abandon!
Me: One day, I’ll interview you. Ok?
C: Things I’ll do if I have a week to live?
Me: Whether u r any diff before and after.
C: Of course! I was 68kg, now 57kg. LOL! Ok, ok, I have some nuggets of wisdom, somewhere. If I can find em’.
I don’t take life so seriously and dwell on petty matters, look for beauty in everyday living, and find contentment with the little things. Because I’m more aware now that I may just collapse at any time.
C: Life is transient, like the rays of the sunshine thru the trees that I saw at the park one morning. Never saw such beauty again so far.
C: Ha ha hahaha! Am I making any sense?
Me: Applies to anyone, regardless of whether they had an illness or what. Our days are numbered. We just don’t live that truth. I forget that every single day.
I think we/ppl need regular reminders to remember to live.
C: Yes, sometimes u need a near-death experience to shake u up.
Me: Not everyone has the chance for a u-turn though.
Me: Maybe I can do something abt it. And in the process, remind me to live like my days are numbered.
C: Of course, you can!
C: Hell yes! Ooops!
C: Hmm…why ppl never say, Heaven yes?!
Me: How to live like Heaven is on earth.
So, here I am.
I’m doing something about it. Something to do with this blog to remind you and me to live like our days are numbered, because…they are.
Just one day after I told myself that I’ll do something about it by taking one step of faith at a time—my days started to be kinda different! 😀
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I’m thankful for being able to move and work out.
I thought of this when I was grumbling through my workout today.
Part of my daily ‘3 things to be thankful for’ note.
The good questions often surface when we slow down internally and take the time to reflect.
I’ll always remember this phrase; you are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choice.
I’m free to choose to overeat either in terms of calories or quantity; I’m not free to choose the consequences of gaining weight.
I’m free to stay up too late; I’m not free to choose the consequences of grogginess the next day.
I’m free to choose to hold on to unforgiveness; I’m not free to choose the consequences of bitterness.
I’m free to be careless with my words; I’m not free to choose the consequences of damaged relationships.
I’m free to let my love for writing to remain as wishful thinking; I’m not free to choose the consequences of living (or dying) with regrets.
On the flip side:
I’m free to choose to eat moderately and healthily and enjoy being able to fit nicely into whatever clothes I wear.
I’m free to choose to sleep by a designated time and enjoy clear-thinking and better energy the next day.
I’m free to choose to forgive and enjoy being set free.
I’m free to choose uplifting words and enjoy seeing others being encouraged and not tear down.
I’m free to choose to persist with this daily writing prompts and enjoy whatever that comes with it—satisfaction, interaction with the blogging community, and hopefully being able to encourage someone along the way.
What would you choose to do, or not to do today?
20 days writing prompt series. Day three: One-word inspiration.
I’ve attended a two-day ‘Keys to Transformation Seminar’ at Elijah House. And this question posted to the attendees at the start of the seminar got my immediate attention—
Do you take God’s words lightly?
My instant response was, of course not!
But just take a look at this verse from the Bible:
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. Matthew 7:1 NIV
Or, another translation in AMP
Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly]
And I have the truth staring at me. I do take God’s words lightly!—because I do judge others.
(For a clearer context of this verse, consider to read this article by Wayne Stiles ‘Judge not, lest ye be judged—what Jesus meant’, then come back to continue reading this post)
That caused me to be worried, and I’d better be…
What other words from God have I taken lightly?
Those words which I’ve read and understood in my mind, but I didn’t ask God to help me live it out.
I worry not because of a fear of being punished, or of blindly sticking to religious laws. I worry because it shows a lack of my honour for God.
I worry because God’s words are truth, and I’m defying His words!
A shift happened—now when I read the Bible, I have a renewed interest in what God is saying to me through His words. The Bible became personal. And rich.
‘Do you take God’s words lightly?’ became my wake up call in my journey of knowing God.
Excerpt from my previous post: There’s a ministering course which I wanted to go to receive inner healing for all these knots and mess, which I’ve been trying so hard to untangle but failed.
And so I’ve attended Elijah House ‘Keys to Transformation seminar’. I’m delighted to share my discoveries about Elijah House, and also, inner healing.
- It’s for every Christian at any stage in their walk with Christ.
- It’s not designed to be a place for those with deep, personal problems and are only seeking help for themselves.
- Inner healing is not a single nor one-time process. It is also not something to repair or fix us. God intends to raise us anew in Him. Therefore our old selves have to ‘die’ so that the new selves can be born.
- It’s not a behaviour changing program where the attempts are to change how our mind thinks. It goes deep and deals a lot with our emotions and the actual conditions of our heart.
- It enables students to recognise the root causes of their problems. Often without knowing the root cause, the same problem will recur in different scenarios.
- Gain knowledge through the live teaching and video, and the revelation by the Holy Spirit to understand the reason why we are what and how we are. For me, it’s a great feeling to understand logically (through the enabling of the Holy Spirit) why I’m struggling with the same issues.
- Learn how to minister to others by observing how the facilitators minister in small groups.
- There are opportunities to be ministered to to experience personal healing through small group prayer ministry.
As I’ve said, it’s for every Christian at any stage in their walk with Christ. To me, what I’ve discovered about myself; the acceptance of responsibilities for my wrong responses to issues, and most importantly a heightened empathy towards others (for example, hurt people, hurt people) is a start to my walking in freedom with Christ.
‘I want to swim again’
said my late mum to her oncologist when at her stage-4 cancer, he asked what is it that she wants to do (to encourage her). Fight she did, but she never got the chance to go into the pool ever again.
What is it that you want to do even if it’s just a simple thing—but you are giving yourself excuses not to?
Or, are you questioning ‘does it matter to do what I’m doing?’
I question myself many times about my role in the church office. I question my blogging; writing about God. I question myself even over this 365 daily word thingy. Does it matter? Will it make a difference to other people?
Hubs told me, ‘Even if you do it, you may not know in your lifetime whether it will matter. But if you don’t do it, you will NEVER know and will live with this niggling thought. Maybe even at your death bed; regret.’
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