A place to remind you the simple things in life that really matter.

18 November 2011

Four Christmas Gifts


Christmas is drawing near. I hope all my readers stay blessed and happy. What are you planning on the day? Whatever the plan may be, don't forget to 'be there' for those that matter in your life. Let me share with you this article Four Christmas Gifts from ucb.co.uk for a broader perspective of the day. Merry Christmas to you all! :)


Four Christmas Gifts
MAY GOD GIVE PEACE TO YOU...AND LOVE, WITH FAITH...MAY GOD'S GRACE...BE UPON ALL WHO SINCERELY LOVE OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. Philippians 6:23
It's easy to get caught up in the craziness of shopping, parties, gift giving and family obligations. In fact, it's exhausting just thinking about it all! Imagine however, that when you wakened this morning you found four gifts you'd overlooked and tucked away under the tree. 


You open the first one, and you are filled with an awesome sense of peace you've never known before. 
You unwrap the second, and experience an overpowering love for others - even those who've wronged you. You open the third, and you're infused with a faith that enables you to trust God for anything - even things you previously considered impossible. 
Finally, you unwrap the fourth gift, and receive such grace, that you can handle criticism and hurt without retaliating. 


Sound far-fetched? Not at all! These are the gifts Paul says God wants to give you. Listen: 'May God give peace to you...and love, with faith...May God's grace...be upon all who sincerely love our Lord Jesus Christ' (Eph 6:23 TLB). What gifts! And you won't have to return any of them the day after Christmas: they're guaranteed to last a lifetime. Remember, God's already given them to you - all you have to do is open the packages and start using them.


It's Christmas Day, the day that changed everything. Why don't you take a moment and thank God for all His wonderful gifts - especially for the gift of His Son. After all, without Him you'd have nothing to celebrate. Right?
Bible in a year : Revelation 9-10
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18 October 2011

Christmas Huge Giveaway!

Christmas is just round the corner, and I feel like making people's days. I am giving away almost all the jewelry pieces I made you are seeing on my blog (take a look at the pics below). Anyone from all over the world can participate and I hope you all have a great Christmas guys!

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For your chance to win, head over to my other blog here for the details. GOOD LUCK!
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07 October 2011

Quit Complaining


I've watch 'The Pride of Britain Awards' the other night. Story after story of people, young and old, with difficulties or disability, having an incredibly brave heart and strong determination to do or work towards their goals, and one question came to my mind; 'Still complaining?' I've always been living life thinking I'm being well kept from committing sin. I don't kill, I don't steal, I don't do drugs, I don't envy of others for their luck or fortunate life, I don't think of making other's lives difficult for one reason or the other, and so on, but I remembered to have my little chat with God before go to bed that night, thanking Him time and time again for my life, for what I have, and asked Him to forgive me for times I was ungrateful enough to complain so much about little things and refused to see His hands in my life.


Have you ever wonder why complaining is so popular, yet it changes nothing?, Because it only satisfies our own self-centered nature and nothing else. When you complain you are hurting yourself, people around you, most importantly, you’re hurting God. You’re in a sense saying, ‘God you’ve messed it up. You’d a chance to meet my demands but you blew it.’


It is true that we all have to deal with some level of adversity. Be it falling apart marriage, health situation, struggling in career changes, family situation, it all seems unfair and burdensome, but ask yourself this; ‘Am I a complainer?’ Think long and hard before answer since it’s hard to see yourself as one, but if God reveals complaining as a problem in your life, accept it and turn away from it while you can.


We all know how having a grateful heart makes us feel. We know that if we go about our days fully aware of what we have no matter how simple they are, say, good health, ability to walk, talk, hear, see, think, cook, eat, sleep, go to work, spend time with loved ones, go shopping, drive, and the list goes on, we would be so busy thanking God for His kindness. The problem is, we often take what we have for granted and see only what we don’t have. The remedy is this; allow yourself to be reminded. Look around and see for yourself, even the tiniest things, what God has already put in place for you, be open and positive for the things to come. It is very important to acknowledge God's goodness in our lives. Remember, God is at work in your life and He has abundantly to give.


Peace.
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30 September 2011

Stop worrying


We all worry sometimes according to how life goes. It seems unavoidable and nagging, but for our own peace of mind, we need to get rid of worry and be on top of it altogether. Here are useful guidelines to help you do just that;

1. Define your worry; What exactly that is making you worry. Be clear and specific. In most cases, when you have that clear in mind, it is easier for solutions or ways toward solving the problem to surface. 

2. What is the worst case scenario?; Be very honest and think of the worst that could happen. Would you lose money, break promise, lose your job, etc? The truth is, the worst may not happen and even if it does it wouldn't completely ruin you. You may have to start all over again. In some cases, it may leave you wounded and inconvenient. But even then, your worrying now will not in anyway lessen the possible difficulty. 

3. Remember that most worries are only temporary; There’s time for everything. As long as you are living, you will laugh, you will cry, you will be happy, you will be sad and the list goes on. One of the most wonderful things about living is you never know what tomorrow will bring, so be open and positive. You need it.

4. Face your worries; we’re likely to be in denial or avoid facing the worry or problems at hands. Doing that only allow them to weight heavily at the corner of your mind and dragging you down both physically and emotionally. Make up your mind to accept whatever happens, and you’ll find worry loses it’s power over you.

5. Find solution and work towards solving the problem; Do the best you can where you are with what you have. After you’ve done everything in your power, be still and hope for the best possible result from your effort.

6. Do not forget God; Give all your burdens and worries to Him, for He is the creator and the controller of all things. Remember, God is aware of, in control of, and able to bring you through what ever happen to you today. Seek Him.

Best of luck.

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26 September 2011

Are you learning or breaking by life experience?

Winter is drawing near again. Newspapers reported early snow this year. I feel a little down..

How fast a year pass? For me, it's like a blink of an eye. One minute I'm delighted there're so many plans and good ideas, the next minute I felt a little dizzy knowing more should get done. I have learned so much this past few years, so much that I could never be the same person I was before again. I am now capable of a lot, and those that're left untouched only required me to turn and face them squarely and once again, get past it from one to the next.

Even when thing gets tough, rather than feeling down and breaking, I'd like to think I'm getting stronger and smarter. Somehow, We're all being shaped into a better shape and form to better suit the purposes of our very beings. I believe we're being prepared for greater blessings to come. So, with lots of effort, I am trying my best to learn from what comes, and not breaking. So that one day I'll be granted greater peace of mind and blessings.

How about you? Are you learning or breaking by life experience?
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29 August 2011

List Of Cool Lunch Box You Might Like For Your Kids


Summer holidays is coming to an end. I have a long list of things to buy for my little boy before school start (he's going to year1). One of those head-throbbing list is 'lunch box' and even when it sounds simple enough, the choices are so vast in the market today I'm having fun choosing. So I think I should share with you what I've found out there.

The idea is, I really want my boy to eat healthy. I am not a fan of 'sandwich' all through the week (you know, be it tuna, ham, cheese, or chicken, sandwich is sandwich). I am so determine to make his lunch variety. I want to include rice today, macaroni tomorrow, and so on. So I am looking for lunch box with more than one compartment inside. So that's one. Besides, kids should have fun eating, so I'm looking for fun-looking package too. Ready? Here they are;



This bento box has panda bear-shaped face that is super cute in my opinion. It got 2 stacked compartments and has a perfect size for kids school lunch.  It is made of food-safe plastic, and even though the inner lid is not microwave and dishwasher safe, the top and bottom compartments are. I love the fact that it is affordable ($13.85) and it's adorable outlook guaranteed to make my son's day. You can check it out here Kotobuki 280-129 2-Tiered Bento Box, Panda Face







Goodbyn Eco-Friendly Original Lunchbox Kit, Blueberry This is another one I am eyeing. Look at those compartments available! I love the fact that I can just put a bit of this and a bit of that in and Boom!, satisfaction guaranteed! This adorable lunch box is a little over the budget I've set, but I'm still open to the possibility (I can be a terrible impulse buyer at times).

The item includes handle for carrying, reusable 8-ounce bottle, removable lid, and 100's of stickers for personalizing. It has 5 compartments and top drawer dishwasher safe.





Pororo stainless airtight Lunchbox Bento Box Plate BLUE This super cute lunch box make me want to be kid again! The lunch is with a snap on lid. Also comes with matching bag ready to go. The box can also be used as plate at home.




I hope I can make up my mind in time with these lovely lunch boxes. Any suggestions?













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27 August 2011

My 10 Best Favorite Quotes And The Reasons Why I Love Them


90% out of every time I surf internet, I somehow ended up taking a look at good quotes and sayings. Now I think there's some few good reasons for that. For me, feeling good or bad, if I feel like sharing my thoughts on my favorite social networks (of course, Facebook and/or Twitter), I'd look around online for related quotes and BOOM..it's there as my updates. It is not me to input 'exactly', word by word what happened or how I feel. That is a bit too 'revealing', at least, in my view. So, YES, I am a fan of some good reads, and thinking I should share my 10 best favorite quotes and the reasons why I love them with you. Here they are;


Dr. Seuss
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." — Dr. Seuss
The reason: Despite the fact that the quote is truely sad, it contains the unavoidable truth of life. I can feel the bitterness as strongly as it's sweetness.
Malcolm X
"If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything." — Malcolm X
The reason: This is the hard truth that if we don't learn by other's mistakes or experience, we will learn it the hard-miserable way.
 Bob Marley
"The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for." — Bob Marley
The reason: The day I read this quote I thought, 'How true!'. I really love the tone the quote gives out, a little sweet, a bit bitter. Just like life ifself.
 Bob Marley
"Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet." — Bob Marley
The reason: I have always thought of Bob Marley as a very free minded individual, and the word 'freedom' popped up in my head every time I hear or think of Bob Marley. This quote of his just somehow clarifies it. 
 David Sedaris
"If you're looking for sympathy you'll find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary." — David SedarisBarrel Fever: Stories and Essays
The reason: I love that this quote is so funny and straight to the point. A really good thing to remind myself when 'self-pity' want to show it's ugly face.

Albert Einstein
"Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous." — Albert Einstein (The World As I See It
The reason: Basically I love everything that reminds me of God's presence. It helps me be intouch with the very fact and stay hopeful.

Mohandas K. Gandhi
"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win." — Mohandas K. Gandhi
The reason: I love good fighters. Ones that would fight with dignity diligently, without giving up. So, thumb up for this quote.
Martin Luther King Jr.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." — Martin Luther King Jr. 
  The reason: The hardest part of being a responsible human being is to stand up for something regardless. I've written in some of my posts about this. I wish all of us luck of getting over useless 'other people's opinions' and get serious with your lives. Regardless. 

Eleanor Roosevelt
"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do." — Eleanor Roosevelt
The reason: Just think this quote is so true. Keep this in mind and I feel a lot more relax any given days.
Martin Luther King Jr.
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." — Martin Luther King Jr.
The reason: Another great truth. After all being said and done, enemies will be the last person we care to think about no matter what bad they did to us, but 'friends'?... 
That's my '10 Best' quotes of all times. Give me another chance, and I'll pick them all over again. Let me know what you think, feel free to leave comments. I'll reply them all. Thanks for dropping by. I appreciate you.
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29 July 2011

Silent Cry



I've been away for quite some times, and really to be honest, I was just busy trying to understand how should we all live happily without a single drop of worry.

So I've been reading a lot and I keep going back to my bible. There, it seems, I could find some solid answers to my throbbing headache questions. I've found that when you keep to Him, He wipe away your fear and worries the way no one else could. I kept on reading and am inspired to come up with this poem I wrote I want to share with you today. Here it is;


So many things, too my problems.
So much worries, too many blocked roads.
So much burden, too many distractions.
They are distracting me from You.
They are pulling me away.

What is there to hope for?
In despair I am tempted to make peace with failure.

Lying lips are whispering, where are You? Are You even real?
I started to repeat it's murmur.

Dirty hands are pulling my legs. "Ahead? In your dreams!".
It's ancient mouth cracked open revealing decayed teeth,
smiling it's mocking smile.
Crying blood, I'm on my knee howling, You ARE real, and You WILL help me by.

Oh remember me, even in Your anger.
I am wounded, can't hold on any longer.
Save me, from these bloodthirst predators.
Oh for I know, I know Your love is forever.

Created me, beautifully You've created me.
Full of purposes, You've designed me.
Each breath I take soldly because you mercifully allow me.
Never fail, oh Your love never fail me.

Touch me once again with Your love.
Put Your arms around me and embrace me.
Lift me, oh the love of my soul, never let me go.
I am dying.. dying to be restored.

Guard me, guide me, hold me close.
Put your hand right on my forehead, pour onto me my rightful purpose.
Lift me, oh the love of my soul, never let me go.
For I am dying.. dying to be restored.

- The end -
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04 July 2011

Pass it on

We went to highstreet to grab a few things this morning. The parking zone was packed my DH just couldn't find any space to park. So we roamed about the place for a while. Then this man who parked at one of the spaces before came out of his spot and purposely used his car to block one other car so our car can park in his place. By the time we parked finish, the same man reversed his car and drove to the side of our car and handed us his parking ticket saying the time stamp on it was until 12 o'clock (it was around 10:30am at the time). We were so amazed at how nice some people can be.

I and my DH, we did the shopping seperately and he went back to the car first. By the time I went back, his car was already out and there was another car parking there. Just before I reach the car, a man who came out of that car walking towards me and the highstreet looked at me, nodded his head and said "thank you". I also noticed one old lady smiled to me while I walked pass. By the time I got in the car I just knew what my DH has done. He "pass it on" the same gesture of kindness the other man did for us.

It wasn't a lot, it didn't cost any money, but how good it makes you feel? Priceless.

Pass it on people.

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25 May 2011

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done? 

While life is precious, it is also uncertain. No one knows for sure what will happen tomorrow. I have been pondering this question for a while and feel the need to be more in-control than ever. There're things we do all the time, but cannot always say we do them right. There're also things we'd like to do or plan to do in the future, but couldn't quite sure how or when. I feel if we think well and hard enough we will go about our every day life a little differently.

The difference not only lies in whether we did or didn't do the things we should do, but also whether we just do them, or we do them 'right'.

Be it achieving your goal, be it spending time with your loved ones, be it going about your own tasks at hands, whatever it is, when it's all said and done, will you have said more than you've done?
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26 April 2011

I just want to thank 'You'


Often in life especially when things are tough, we have a long list of 'why..?'

'Why me, Lord?'

'Why this thing happened to me, Father?

'Why can't I just be happy, Father?

..and the list goes on.

I think that pattern just get a bit too boring because as much as I feel like beating myself up over some matters, I still can't forget how healthy I am. Even as I feel completely overwhelmed by some issues, I still have it at the back of my mind 'it is not the end of the world'.

If we try and see on the brighter side, I believe we will see something.. that something that we are grateful for. Our parents that love us unconditionally, our good health, our opportunity to wake up everyday and know that it is a new day, a new beginning with endless possibilities, the little things that our eyes can see-our ears can hear that are beautiful and soothing to the soul, our Father who've created us and is watching over us with love and compassion.

So I am trying out a new thing, a new trend I think should be cultivated as a habit, to give thanks. To be grateful for this life I have even when face difficulties or riding on emotional roller-coaster.

Father,

  • thank you for this life I have
  • thank you that I am healthy 
  • thank you that you've created me with love 
  • thank you that you love me regardless of anything
  • thank you that because you've created me, I am accepted the way I am
  • thank you for giving me a loving-caring parents
  • thank you for giving me my husband and my son
  • thank you for the gifts and skills you've placed in me
  • thank you for blessing the work of my hands
  • thank you for the opportunity to love and to be loved 
  • thank you that you keep my mom healthy and happy
  • thank you for the plan you have for me and my family
  • thank you for the opportunity to learn many useful lessons through this life you gave me
  • thank you for this eyes that I can see
  • thank you for this ears that I can hear
  • thank you for this hands that I can use to make, encourage, support, raise, cook, write, hold, ...
  • thank you for this legs that I can walk, run, drive, ...
  • thank you for listening to me and ease my pain
  • thank you for all of my accomplishments and ability to do all the things that you allow me to do
  • thank you for answering my prayers
... and the list will go on and on.
When we give thanks our heart filled with love knowing that we're loved and accepted by the One that is really matter to our lives. It will help ease the pain, and encourage us to move on with a little bit more cheerful perspective.




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18 April 2011

Does Your Countenance Need Help?



I SHALL YET PRAISE HIM, WHO IS THE HEALTH OF MY COUNTENANCE. PSALM 42:11
David said, 'They looked unto him and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed' (Ps 34:5). Lighten up! Get a spiritual face-lift! Don't just give your children orders; smile while you're doing it. If your husband or wife works in a difficult environment, make sure they don't come home to more of the same. Smiles are like thermostats; they set the temperature and determine the climate around you. Joy is infectious. How people see you determines how they'll treat you. Who wants to be with somebody who looks as if they'll bite your head off at any moment? Learn to smile; it opens doors and hearts. It causes others to relax and lower their guard. It says, 'I'm happy to be with you.' A well-known Bible teacher recently wrote, 'One morning in the shower God said to me, 'I wish you'd smile when you're talking to me.' At 6:00 a.m. I didn't feel much like smiling, but I tried it anyway. I thought, 'I'm glad nobody sees me doing this.' But when I did it, I immediately felt better. Then God reminded me of the words, '...joy cometh in the morning' (Ps 30:5). Suddenly, I realised that when my eyes open each morning - joy is right there with me. All I have to do is activate it and operate in it all day long. The decision comes first - the feelings follow. That's how it works.'
Bible in a year : Isaiah 46-48 & Ephesians 4

We all need to remind ourselves this once in a while, just so that we're a little bit happier. Don't you think?

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14 April 2011

Is You Focus Shifted?


I've read this from one of my emails today and feel like sharing it with you. So here goes;

"Today's Seed" from E-MIN  -  Apr. 14, 2011
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 For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard
  of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more
  interior: faith expressed in love. You were running superbly! Who
  cut in on you, deflecting you from the true course of obedience?
  (Gal 5:6-7 MSG)

  Prayer: LORD, some people try to persuade me that I have to follow
  their list of rules to be accepted by You. It may not sound bad when
  I hear it, but in the end, it hurts our relationship because it
  shifts my focus from faith in You to works that I do. My relation-
  ship with You works by our mutual love for each other. Help me
  be aware of anything that would limit it. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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Sometimes we lost for direction. We thought we're doing the right thing, but that thing we thought is right might not be the thing that matter. Praying wholehartedly, and liten quietly is still the very thing I do and nothing else.

How about you?
Is your focus shifted?

Peace.

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10 April 2011

Are you being the best you? [or are your parents forgotten?]


Most of us find ourselves striving to be the best we can. We try to do our best at work, we try to look our best at parties and functions we attend, We give it our best effort to be 'somebody' in the society one way or the other, but are you really, really being the best you for the ones who's truly and unconditionally love you?

Lately I have, here and there, opportunities to see how some of us can completely take their parents for granted. With their parent's love and effort to raise them up with good education as well as making sure they don't lack anything until they're capable of taking care of themselves, this type of people do not look back. Their parents become too annoying and too troublesome to be close to.

Are you one of this kind?


Are your parents, now that they're old, become a burden for you?


Do you feel annoyed and do not pick up the phone when they call?


Are you living a few minutes drive from their home, but still your parents don't get to see your face even once in 6 months?


Do you often say to yourself; 'I can't be bother.', when it comes to any matters concerning them?


WISE UP! You are heading to the wrong direction.


What is the point of you being nice to anyone else at all when you can't be even half-nice to your parents? 


What is the point of you donating to charity or tithing 10% of your income to church when you can't go to your parent's place and cook for them once in while or just to take them out for a walk? 


What is the point of you to even exist at all if you fail to identify the very people who made that very fact ever possible?

Like any other fact of life, your parents, no matter how much they love you, they will not be with you in this world forever. If you don't know.. YOU ARE FORTUNATE to still have them with you today. Cease the opportunity. Time is precious. Make them feel loved and appreciated. Little things you do mean so much to them, so start today before it's too late.


Be the best you.

Peace.
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