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

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
  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

 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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01 April 2011

Hate Free Zone





I'm a bit late, but think I'm going to talk about the issue going viral about now, "White Girl Hate Asian (Racist rant video)", just for the sake of argument. 

You might have heard about the video earlier and how popular it become (check out the video below if you haven't). 






It was about one white girl from UCLA talk about how Asian are (in her opinion). First of all, if you don't already know, 'I am Asian' and seriously, I am proud of the fact (everyone should be proud of who they are and where they come from.. seriously). For that reason, I am not at all offended by the video (not that what she did wasn't wrong, IT WAS WRONG and I personally think it wasn't necessary at all). Second of all, from life experience, people that do or say things like that, they have their own 'personal' issues stem from at least 1 out of 2 major reasons;
  1. inferiority complex
  2. can not accept differences 
If you ask me, I'd say I feel sorry for her. Simply because there're certain things in life you just don't do. Certain things that once you made happen, it is just impossible to undo. But hey.. there's also something they call 'forgiveness' and I think it's worthwhile to think about. Not because the person deserve it, but because you want to free yourself from being part of something ugly. Besides, we don't want to get carried away and countering hate with more hate, do we?

Below is a video response I think is very insightful it helps explain why certain remarks and criticism are made, and what is actually going on in the person's mind. 






We all know there're differences in this world, and that is exactly what makes this life of ours not that boring. 

Remember to; 

"Share our similarities, celebrate our differences." ~M. Scott Peck

 
Peace.
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