Podcast Plug

16/11/2020

Once in a while I will do a plug.
This time I want to share about a podcast by this amazing young woman.

Deborah Chan has over 12 years experience in community development projects and missions work. Bearer of a Bachelors in Mass Communication with double majors in Journalism and Cultural Studies, she is also a freelance writer and sustainable tourism consultant. Her writing has appeared in national and international publications including Travel & Leisure, Asian Geographic and the Rough Guides. Deborah has also authored “Live to Last” a heart-gripping memoir written to inspire youth and young adults to step up and step out to make a difference in this world.

Now she has launched a podcast. Worth nipping over and having a listen. Together with her husband, they have launched Built to Last – apt for the time now.

Staying Serene

05/11/2020

Have no anxiety about anything,

but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving

let your requests be made known to God.

And the peace of God,
which passes all understanding,

will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6,7

Overcoming Anxiety

02/11/2020

Taking our mind captive … Intentionally focusing … Initially it might require discipline.
An activity I used to do, and which I periodically return to, is to make a daily list of at least 20 things to be thankful for. It really does help… Check out this message at the 37th minute on the recent Skyline Online Sunday Service.
Today’s thanks then… Freshly picked home-grown mint.

Just a sprig… a few leaves in hot water… makes a welcoming drink any time of the day.

Great way to start and end a day.
A simple post in overcoming anxiety.
Thankful!

FOCUS

21/10/2020

Has your life changed?

Has this year gone by in a flash?

Stop. Look. Before you go.

Untangling Knots

15/10/2020

It is easy to be tied down with a lot of negativity at this time.
Thoughts can twist everywhere.
Emotions can get snagged down.
Condemnation and hopelessness sets in.
We become immobilised and unable to proceed.
But condemnation is not conviction.
Condemnation is the dastardly enemy’s trademark.
Here is a prayer I have found helpful.

Amen!

Hibernating with Herbs

09/10/2020

Part of the new normal is to have home-grown herbs! Now for some of you, this might not be a new thing. Some might even have super green fingers.

For me, however I am just glad that this batch of herbs havent died on me! Take this mint for instance. Together with a few others, it was gifted by a friend, and came with instructions on the care needed. Needless to say, I have worked to ensure they are followed!

I am reminded Colossians 2:6,7 “As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built and built up in Him, established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding with thanksgiving”

One has to be intentional in growing.

New Normal Goodies

02/10/2020

So much for wanting to blog here regularly. Pandemic turns our lives upside down. Welcome to the new normal!

Still, all is not bad. I have become not only proficient in video conferencing, but am considered an authority on it by many at work! Not bad for a white-haired boomer.

I have also been able to paint most of my house, accidentally got a green wall thanks to my Hubby getting a specific paint colour which was closer to green than the expected blue. Again, not bad for a boomer?

Weight loss was another benefit! Now to keep it off! Ah, what a challenge!

One truly wonderful outcome was to be able to pray via video conferencing over forty days, at dawn. Undeterred by physical distancing, people young and old, joined in from as far as both corners of the globe. How cool is that.

Now we enter another round of controlled movements… Believing more good will come out of this still.

Growing Intentions

17/04/2020

Tending to some the herbs from in the garden… all were gifted by friends. I am so glad they havent died on me! That is because they came with instructions on the care needed, and I have worked to ensure they are followed…

Reminds me of Colossians 2:6,7 “As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built and built up in Him, established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding with thanksgiving”

Yes we need to be intentional to continue growing well.

Paint and Ponder

09/04/2020

Climbing up and down the ladder to get to all the nooks and crannies.

The ceiling in my house is high. Higher than most houses. I had to purchase a taller than usual ladder to reach the ceiling fans. Imagine having to paint those walls! And the ceilings! Just as well I didnt have bouts of vertigo! So glad that I was fit enough to do this! And most of all, that I enjoyed it despite the aches after.

With such thankfulness, as I reached up to paint the top of the walls, It crossed my mind  – Why am I not using the right tools? Shouldn’t I put an extension on my paint brush or roller instead? I realised that the post-painting session pains in my shoulder could have be lessened had I taken the extra steps to be more prepared. Instead of thinking beforehand, preparing in advance, and thereby using the right methods which could possibly ended up with a quicker and with a more comfortable conclusion, I rushed headlong and just did it… In this case, lesson learned – shortcuts don’t work without having some fore-planning. Just do it – put some though to it!

Painting Preps and Flaky Friends

01/04/2020

As with any project, there should be some preparatory work. Ground work is needed. Planning ensures smoothing out of potential bumps.

It is no different for our painting project. Old flaky paint needs to be removed.Sometimes I think that flaky relationships ought to be removed from our lives too… Just saying! Haha!